Tuesday, May 9, 2017

S.O.S. From The Wilderness - Help Save Mike Ruppert's Online Archive

an appeal by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Greetings, patrons.

I've been contacted by the tireless team of people behind keeping Michael Ruppert's work available online at From The Wilderness blog.  They need our help and with their blessing, I've started a Fundrazr to assist them. All monies raised will cover fees necessary to keep this incredible investigative repository up and running before the deadline of May, 21st.

Fundrazr's widget code does not work here. Please use the above link or the QR code below from your phone or device to learn more and donate what you're able. I believe it is USD only. You may also use my Paypal donate button to donate in a different currency. I know Mike's global community will wish to help if they can.
Michael passed away 3 years ago and left those he trusted most to watch over his legacy. It has been a rough few years but I've gotten to know these folks and their commitment to keeping Mike's work going and respecting his last wishes. Their efforts are nothing short of inspirational. I'm honored to act as archivist for the official book page for Crossing The Rubicon but it is Michael's From The Wilderness newsletters and website archive that started it all. Mentioned in the documentary Collapse, this website remains an invaluable trove of information for any truth seeker, researcher, or journalist looking for hard-hitting and well vetted articles from a consummate pro.

Let not this flame die out.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Psywar: Why I Killed My Television and Learned to Trust My Own Mind

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price
"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ~ William Casey, CIA Director 1981-1987

Psywar from S DN on Vimeo.



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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Deep State's Dominant Narratives And Authority Are Crumbling

by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog

This is why the Deep State is fracturing: its narratives no longer align with the evidence.

As this chart from Google Trends illustrates, interest in the Deep State has increased dramatically in 2017.

 The term/topic has clearly moved from the specialist realm to the mainstream. I've been writing about the Deep State, and specifically, the fractures in the Deep State, for years.

Amusingly, now that "Progressives" have prostituted themselves to the Security Agencies and the Neocons/Neoliberals, they are busy denying the Deep State exists. For example, There is No Deep State (The New Yorker).

In this risible view, there is no Deep State "conspiracy" (the media's favorite term of dismissal/ridicule), just a bunch of "good German" bureaucrats industriously doing the Empire's essential work of undermining democracies that happen not to prostrate themselves at the feet of the Empire, murdering various civilians via drone strikes, surveilling the U.S. populace, planting bugs in new iPhones, issuing fake news while denouncing anything that questions the dominant narratives as "fake news," arranging sweetheart deals with dictators and corporations, and so on.

The New Yorker is right about one thing--the Deep State is not a "conspiracy:" it is a vast machine of control that is largely impervious to the views or demands of elected representatives or the American people. The key to understanding this social-political-economic control is to grasp that control of the narratives, expertise and authority is control of everything. Allow me to illustrate how this works.

The typical politician has a busy daily schedule of speaking at the National Motherhood and Apple Pie Day celebration, listening to the "concerns" of important corporate constituents, attending a lunch campaign fundraiser, meeting with lobbyists and party committees, being briefed by senior staff, and so on.

Senior administrators share similarly crowded schedules, minus the fundraising but adding budget meetings, reviewing employee complaints and multiple meetings with senior managers and working groups.

Both senior elected officials and senior state administrators must rely on narratives, expertise and authority because they have insufficient time and experience to do original research and assessment.

Narratives create an instant context that "makes sense" of various data points and events. Narratives distill causal factors into an explanatory story with an implicit teleology--because of this and that, the future will be thus and so.

For example: because Iraq has weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the future promises the terrible likelihood (more than a possibility, given Iraqi deployment of poison gas in the Iraq-Iran War) that America or its allies will be devastated by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. This teleology leads to the inescapable need to eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction by any means necessary, and remove the political will to use them by removing Iraq's leader from power.

Politicos and senior administrators rely on expertise and authority as the basis of deciding whether something is accurate and actionable. Professional specialists are assumed to have the highest available levels of expertise, and their position in institutions that embody the highest authority give their conclusions the additional weight of being authoritative. The experts' conclusion doesn't just carry the weight of expertise, it has been reviewed by senior officials of the institution, and so it also carries the weight of institutional authority.

So when the C.I.A. briefing by its experts claims Iraq has WMD, and the briefing includes various threads of evidence that the institution declares definitive, who is a non-expert to challenge this conclusion and teleology? On what technical basis does the skeptic reject the expertise and authority of the institution?

We can now define the Deep State with some precision. The Deep State is fundamentally the public-private centralized nodes that collect, archive and curate dominant narratives and their supporting evidence, and disseminate these narratives (and their implicit teleologies) to the public via the media and to the state agencies via formal and informal inter-departmental communication channels.

By gaining control of the narratives, evidence, curation and teleology, each node concentrates power. the power to edit out whatever bits contradict the dominant narrative is the source of power, for once the contradictory evidence is buried or expunged, it ceases to exist.

For example, the contradictory evidence in the Pentagon Papers was buried by being declared Top Secret. The bureaucratic means to bury skeptical (i.e. heretical) views or evidence are many. Sending the authors to figurative Siberia is remarkably effective, as is burying the heretical claims in a veritable mountain of data that few if any will ever survey.

Curation is a critical factor in maintaining control of the narrative and thus of control; the evidence is constantly curated to best support the chosen narrative which in turn supports the desired teleology, which then sets the agenda and the end-game.

The senior apparatchiks of the old Soviet Union were masters of curation; when a Soviet leader fell from favor, he was literally excised from the picture--his image was erased from photos.

This is how narratives are adjusted to better fit the evidence. Thus the accusation that "the Russians hacked our election" has been tabled because it simply doesn't align with any plausible evidence. That narrative has been replaced with variants, such as "the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee." Now that this claim has also been shown to be false, new variants are popping up weekly, with equally poor alignment with evidence.

The primary claim of each Deep State node is that its expertise and authority cannot be questioned. In other words, while the dominant narrative can be questioned (but only cursorily, of course), the expertise and authority of the institutional node cannot be questioned.

This is why the Deep State is fracturing: the expertise and authority of its nodes are delaminating because its narratives no longer align with the evidence. If various Security Agencies sign off on the narrative that "Russia hacked our election" (a nonsense claim from the start, given the absurd imprecision of the "hacking"--hacking into what? Voting machines? Electoral tallies?), and that narrative is evidence-free and fact-free, i.e. false, then the expertise and authority of those agencies comes into legitimate question.

Once the legitimacy of the expertise and authority is questioned, control of the narrative is imperiled. The control of the narrative is control of the teleology, the agenda and the end-game--in other words, everything. If the institution loses control of the dominant narrative, it loses its hold on power.

This is why the Deep State is in turmoil--its narratives no longer make sense, or are in direct conflict with other nodes' narratives or have been delegitimized by widening gaps between "definitive" claims and actual evidence.

There is indeed a Deep State, but its control of dominant narratives, and thus its source of control and power, is crumbling. The gap between the narratives and the evidence that supports them has widened to the point of collapse.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Podcast Archive: The Lifeboat Hour w/Michael C. Ruppert || 10-10-10

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

On this podcast, Mike Ruppert speaks with Janaia Donaldson of Peak Moment TV and also discusses the devaluation of the dollar and other currencies as well as another bailout [QE] that occurred at that time. He mentions food production and a story from the Denver Post regarding 1500 water main breaks that were a daily occurrence in the US.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

#SolidaritySisters Podcast | 03-17-17 : The Real Deal on Corporate Media

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

After a 48 hour hiatus to decompress, I'm back with the third installment of Solidarity Sisters podcast. Today I visit the foreword of Mike Ruppert's book, Crossing the Rubicon where Catherine Austin Fitts describes exactly why I 'killed my television' before they got 'smart' enough to spy on anyone.

Future shows will be archived on Youtube every week until we're able to bump up to Soundcloud Pro. Each podcast will be peppered with ongoing media analysis, personal reflections on where we are and discussion about how we move forward. [Warning: adult language at the adult table].

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Solidarity Sisters || Second Podcast 03-13-17

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

I'm back for an off-the-cuff second podcast with special announcements, including new projects for The Refreshment Center, and a little deep state/media/circus discussion. The first show is now archived on Youtube. Future shows will be archived there every two weeks until we're able to bump up to Soundcloud Pro.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Podcast Archive: The Lifeboat Hour w/Michael C. Ruppert || 10-03-2010

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

On this podcast, Mike Ruppert speaks with Dmitry Orlov. A Russian-American engineer and a writer on subjects related to economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States, something Orlov has called "permanent crisis".

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

How We Got Here: Truth and Lies - The Deep State's War On Democracy

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Michael C. Ruppert at Portland State University, Nov. 28, 2001
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#SplinterItIntoAThousandPiecesAndScatterItIntoTheWinds




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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

COLLAPSE: A Documentary featuring Michael C. Ruppert

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Michael C. Ruppert (February 3, 1951 – April 13, 2014) was an American writer and musician, Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officer, investigative journalist, political activist, and peak oil awareness advocate known for his 2004 book Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.

From 1999 until 2006, Ruppert edited and published From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website covering a range of topics including international politics, the CIA, peak oil, civil liberties, drugs, economics, corruption and investigating the motives behind 9/11. It attracted 22,000 subscribers. This 2009 documentary film Collapse, is based on his book A Presidential Energy Policy and received The New York Times' "critics pick". He served as president of Collapse Network, Inc. from early 2010 until he resigned in May 2012. He also hosted The Lifeboat Hour on Progressive Radio Network until his death in 2014. Click the image below to watch Collapse on Amazon's streaming service.


I'm honored to be asked to administrate Mike's fan page, act as archivist for Crossing the Rubicon's Facebook page and with permission from him, his friends and loved ones, to continue to share essays based on his book.
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

House of Cards Against Humanity: Cheap Oil, Chess & Hunter S. Thompson

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

I heard someone utter, "George W. Bush was pretty cool on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show yesterday."

The Edge...there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

We can't stop here. I invite you to go over the edge rather than stay in bat country. After today, I'll only be sharing excerpts from Michael C. Ruppert's book, Crossing the Rubicon, blistering social critique and announcements about a collaboration for an audio book [or several] for archive and download. I'm working on more podcasts where I plan to bring back some Gonzo. Donations help keep these coming. The political shit-show has hit the fan and is best left in the rear view mirror. Good riddance.

There's no sense resisting what one has no control over. I'm not talking about what you can -- and should -- do locally, that's where it will count. I'm talking about limits to growth. Have control over mind and heart growth...and no longer suffer fools who believe this system can be salvaged with George Dubya's kind of magical thinking. Willful ignorance is a disease and there aren't many inoculations left in America unless you look to the arts. They don't exist in the media-infotainment complex. Mutually assured destruction? Only if you stay locked in the tower like Rapunzel waiting to be saved by a corporate system that bangs on nuclear warheads with stupid hammers.


Post-petroleum Jesus Freaks who hate basic liberties and worship money on the right -- meet the post-petroleum shell of a left now war-mongering with a nuclear power for $15 an hour justice from a nearly bankrupt country creeping with McCarthyism while the rest of the world watches in horror. Stick a fork in the two-party goose. It's cooked in cheap oil. Can I get a witness? I might be asking too much from this insane asylum...



"Let go or be dragged" reads my favorite Zen proverb. Damn fine advice I took up 7 years ago when I learned of peak oil. The only information left worth sharing is the kind that will help decent people prepare and stay sane. You'll not find me 'resisting' in the streets. I tried peaceful protest during Occupy and saw good people pepper sprayed, bloodied and others involved in media behave like the monsters they railed against. Anyone getting arrested for protesting now runs the risk of entering for-profit-prisons in a police state that just deported immigrants -- many who had labor-intensive jobs which privileged white folks won't do -- most of those in big agriculture. Those same privileged folks aren't going to give a social justice fuck if prison inmates are picking their organic produce. As long as comfortable people are comfortable, there will be problems for the marginalized. Until this president dismantles the deep state's apparatus, assume you're being watched.

This new president is a total wildcard. The last one turned out to be a wildcard for those involved in Occupy and other social justice movements that followed and no one paid attention to those warnings then, either. Because Obomber was pretty cool, too...even after signing the NDAA which allowed brutalizing of water protectors in North Dakota. The left is worried about Russia because they are COMFORTABLE. Ask a water protector, a homeless vet or a black family in Detroit if they're worried about Putin. I'll wait...

Prison labor replacing deported immigrant labor is just one symptom of collapse that Mike Ruppert predicted with stunning accuracy. I saw it when cheap prison labor was used to clean up the Gulf after the BP disaster in 2010, rather than hire locals for decent pay who needed the money because of income lost from environmental damage done to seaside businesses and fishing industries. What has been seen cannot be unseen. To ignore the truth is one man's small step backward but mankind's giant leap into the nuthouse. Some folks stroll right in like morons falling in manholes because they can't be bothered to look up from their iDevices -- the same idiots that claim they have nothing to hide, share their whole boring-ass lives online, 'check in' at a bar on Foursquare and wonder why they've been robbed when they get home four hours later.

Privilege makes people stupid. A woman I worked for [who thought she was above everyone] once tried to sue the local police department for 'pain and suffering' because she was strip searched after a DUI. I sympathized until she told her story. She was driving drunk on the interstate when a rock hit her car's windshield from an overpass. She was so affronted, that in her mind she was better than the rock throwing delinquents [she assumed were there] and promptly called the cops. She expected justice! Instead, they were happy to escort her drunk ass to jail.

It was a female cop who strip searched her...

In the East: lose your illusions. In America: delusions reign

America needs to snap out of its fossil fuel addiction. We've acted like zombies in the eyes of the old world, including Russia. Like the woman in the story above, we're behaving like rude awakened children who just learned Santa Claus isn't real. Russian people know about collapse better than spoiled Americans do and we can learn a great deal from them. Trump happens to be the peak oil president in charge of decline [whether he knows this or not. I'm betting not]. Many analysts saw this coming and many hoped for at least a Libertarian decline. The only hint of those values in this administration, would be move to dismantle the damage done to the Bill of Rights under The Patriot Act, continued loss of liberties under NDAA which all started with Bush Jr. [If you think that's 'pretty cool' you can eat shit with a side of bullet...if you can find bullets.] If any of the aforementioned things are considered less than civil rights, it is as bad as I thought. In fact, it is worse.

My silver lining? I'm thankful a woman won't be blamed throughout history of the oil crash, even one as repulsive and corrupt as Hillary. The DNC rigged a primary election, unless your cognitive dissonance won't allow you to read the emails that Russians didn't write and still believe whistle blowers are "conspiracy theorists" when it suits your political narrative. I'm moving on to more important things happening at the adult table, Dorothy. We're not in Kansas anymore. Clicking heels is for kids.

From Things that Can and Cannot Be Said
Arundhati Roy & John Cusack

What we are witnessing, along with the acceleration of cheap energy decline, is societal collapse. In a globalized economy, Mike Ruppert warned about this. At home, Hunter Thompson saw the political/cultural aspect with collapsing of liberties and predicted perpetual war with an unseen enemy in his ESPN column right after the Twin Towers fell. He knew. Mike and Hunter were worlds apart with similar visions and warnings of what this country might become. They both loved this country and both left this world in the same manner. I had hoped to see Wall Street bankers jumping out of windows instead but those swine learned to fly after 2008. Now they're tapping phones and smart TV's. They'll get another pass at the remaining social and environmental funding while feeding at the zero percent interest trough. Who will bail them out next time?

You got it, Rapunzel. I've practically had to sell my hair to get out of debt. Though, my soul never had a price. I've found that this is what I have in common with people who truly love liberty. Now that IS pretty cool.

I can't judge how Mike and Hunter chose to leave this mortal coil and often wonder what Hunter took to his grave after that prescient ESPN column. I know what I know because of whistle blowers. I choose to remember and honor the American spirit, wisdom and grit of Hunter S. Thompson and Michael C. Ruppert as 'road men for the lords of karma'.

I've distanced myself from this increasingly insane and complex society, toward a simpler way of living, being, and loving. Hopefully others will follow suit but I'm not holding my breath for the willfully ignorant. I like breathing more than beating my head against brick walls. I'll enjoy watching mother nature take them back like so many abandoned places that capitalism forgot.

Which brings me back to the tarot card of radical transformation: The Tower. Change is inevitable whether from outside forces or choices we make ourselves. Both Mike and Hunter lived as far from the shadow of empire's tower as they dared while flipping it off. I'd recommend the same to anyone wise enough to see the cracks in the foundation and instead of fear and self-loathing, take action for your loved ones and local communities now. Preparing is always preferred over the shock and awe of a lightening-bolt fate you believe you have no control over.

Religious folks believe in angels, miracles and 'acts of God'.  Mother nature deals in science; laws of physics, gravity and mathematics. Yet science has become an economic religion content to poison water, air and soil...after building nuke stockpiles and teaching children to 'duck and cover' under little wooden desks. Do we really need cartoon turtles from the 50's to educate adults in 2017? We very well might. Science is still too pompous to imagine humans can conquer nature with more man-made techno-saviors in a debt-based economy for another 100 years without the miracle of cheap oil. It's the same lunatic hubris that built the Titanic and believes in a different benevolent god: 'the invisible hand of the market'. [Psst: It's not too big to fail.]

My dear departed friend, Otto the Comic used to say: "Numbers don't lie, people do."

I've been called an alarmist. I don't talk to those folks anymore. If you're not alarmed now, you're fucking brain dead and I prefer to stick with people who have gone over the edge. They're funny, honest, generous, helpful, wise, love music and are pretty cool for refusing to normalize war and war criminals. If that's really what it means to be politically correct in America, we should be fitted for straitjackets.




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Friday, March 3, 2017

How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality & Protect the Powerful - Chomsky & Greenwald

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

From an interview that aired on C-SPAN2, Book TV on 10/29/11. Keep in mind this was during the height of my media travels for the Occupy movement, just two short months before Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act at midnight on New Year's 2012. I remember this night as clearly as remember 9/11.

Twelve days later, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges and others, including Chomsky, sued the Obama Administration and won. The presiding judge ruled for a permanent injunction and deemed the NDAA unconstitutional. Obama sought a second judge who lifted the permanent injunction, holding that "none of the challengers had a right to pursue their claim because they could not show that they were harmed by the NDAA."

I often wonder if this can be challenged by a second group of plaintiffs who have certainly been harmed by this unconstitutional practice and now states are creating unconstitutional laws making protest illegal under the NDAA with this new administration. This effects ALL Americans who believe in freedom of assembly, speech and journalism. If this president wishes to dismantle the deep state -- we the people should dismantle the laws it it put in place. Otherwise, the new boss proves himself the same as the former deep state boss. Just a thought.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Podcast Archive: The Lifeboat Hour w/Michael C. Ruppert || 09-26-10

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

In loving memory of Michael C. Ruppert, I've decided to share The Lifeboat Hour archived podcasts at TRC in chronological order by air date. There will be little to no commentary, but I feel it is important to know where we've been if we're to understand where we're headed.

Everything up to this point in history was predicted with startling accuracy in his book, Crossing the Rubicon and in the documentary from 2010, called Collapse. The Lifeboat Hour podcasts began shortly after the documentary's release.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Lee Camp: We're Facing A Deep State Coup And MSM Is Cheering

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

In a decidedly humorous follow-up that mirrors recent blogs here, Lee Camp [former TRC contributor] absolutely NAILS IT in this web exclusive for Redacted Tonight. This is good to see. Most of my American comrades, even former Occupy supporters simply do not understand where we are at this moment in history, geopolitically. It is both precarious and fascinating. [But mostly precarious.]

We must acknowledge that there is a different 'center' now -- what Buddha called 'the middle way', which [whether Lee knows it or not] he explains beautifully in this chaotic moment in our collective history. I can only say, "Well done, brother."

There is a storm coming. Hold on to yer butts but also hold your ground. In fact, those who can should either be a rock or a lighthouse. Shit is just about to get very real.




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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Deep State Hiding In Plain Sight

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Mike Lofgren, a congressional staff member for 28 years, joins Bill Moyers to talk about what he calls Washington's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. "It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war," Lofgren tells Moyers.




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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Nevermind Sticks and Stones: Unpleasant Words Hurt Americans

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

An interesting thing happened yesterday...

Or not at all interesting and possibly shocking to grown people who get feelings hurt so easily, that they simply can't allow free speech to continue [fyi: this means democracy cannot continue]. It has been circling right down the shitter with the Constitution. There are fingers to point about why this has happened but it is certainly no fault of Milo Yiannopolous. In fact, he's a staunch supporter of free speech...like myself. I'm no stranger to sharing ideas and information that make people nervous, I just choose a different delivery.

You don't have to like a damn thing Milo says. You don't have to condone it or agree with it. In a nation we claim is still run by Constitutional law, we're going to have to agree that no one has the right to censor a damn thing, either.

I'll be honest, I'd only heard of Milo peripherally during the last few months or so. Tonight I couldn't avoid him because of continued moral outrage from the left. However, I'm glad I paid attention this time. It brought to light a larger picture and reminded me of the importance and value of free speech. The left, which is eating itself alive right now -- after failing miserably to unify behind a platform that addresses issues that effect all Americans, that still imagines a corporate-owned press is a 'free press', what the left has done has given rise to Milo's larger platform. This is how controversy always works. And this is exactly how Trump became the 'accidental President'.

Loss of rights and liberties didn't happen in a vacuum. The corporate media helped march its consumers right to this place. It is hardly surprising that people on both ends of the political spectrum seem to have lost their minds -- that happens by letting fear run roughshod over common sense under the perpetual 'war on terrorism' now with a shiny surveillance apparatus. Orwell would be proud of this production of his work, if only it weren't on such a large and important stage. This is the neocon/neoliberal, 'lesser of two evils still begets evil' political system we're watching collapse. And if you are not letting go of it -- you are getting dragged by it.

America is now a country where words themselves are losing meaning along with free speech rights that I hold in very high regard as a writer, analyst and a voracious reader.  In my opinion [while it's free to share and I'm certain Milo will not get his feelings hurt], he's got an Andrew Dice Clay kind of appeal...with brains instead of the brawn. He's a self-proclaimed provocateur and in this climate he's proven to be quite an enigma. It's no secret he's been completely radioactive to the left but what occurred yesterday made him equally radioactive to the right.

Milo lost his book deal with a corporate publisher and left Brietbart media of his own accord. Why? Over a year ago, he made comments about pedophilia, and to some it sounded like 'normalizing' it. In fact, Milo has come out and apologized for these statements, mentioning he has been a victim of child sexual abuse himself.

People deal with grief and abuse in a variety of ways; dark humor has been one of them for centuries.


Perhaps Sarah Silverman will now bravely explain her jokes that normalized pedophilia? Why was the right the only group outraged when she did this? How many people on the left were outraged when Salon.com engaged in pedapologizing when they gave a pedophile a platform to explain why 'he wasn't a monster.' Why do liberals look the other way or downplay it as conspiracy when anyone at all dares to mention it? Why won't liberals read Podesta emails instead of blaming hackers? Hackers didn't write the emails...

We're always afraid of what we don't know because we don't want to burst our own bubbles. Like the scandals within the Catholic church, it changed perceptions and shook up faith. We're always afraid to leave our comfort zones. When it comes to the shadow side of human nature, we push it far away instead of shining light on it -- lest we see ourselves reflected in the eyes of monsters -- allowing such atrocities to continue, including 17 years of bloodshed and loss of our own liberties 'for a little safety' since 9/11.

Who feels safer now? Frankly, I feel a bit safer knowing people like Milo are still speaking, no matter how much I dislike what he has to say. The left would do well to emulate him and shake things up a little more to attempt better discourse before the fundamentalists put an end to that for good.

I thank Milo for the courage to tell his story, apologize to other victims of abuse and for making time to clarify his statements. Courage is a damn rare thing. I also appreciate his honesty in addressing child sexual abuse. It goes as under-reported as rape, is ignored by politicians, Hollywood and the corporate press unless it serves to blackmail someone. I'm betting more than a few media outlets who have actually tried to 'normalize' pedophilia are now scurrying under the rocks. That's a good thing and also why whistleblowers are a good thing. Hurt feelings of grown folk who choose to wear blinders about the horrors of this world should take a backseat to children abused by predators. [The difference between myself and Milo, might be that I include all warmongering governments in this view. War atrocities are just as under-reported.]

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me: each of us decides whether we'll give someone's words personal power over us. But how much power does PR have when we ignore very real sticks and very real stones harming innocent children. From priests, to casting couches to human trafficking in Haiti, there are millions of children waiting for America to get outraged enough to speak for them...

We interrupt all reality because America's feelings are hurt. Please stand by for a word from their sponsors who tell them how fat, old and unfuckable they are and need to have this car, drink, or pill. Won't someone please think of the poor Americans?

Protect your spirit because you are in the place where spirits get eaten ~ John Trudell

Everyone I know understands the far right has always been xenophobic, racist and sexist -- colonialism is not breaking news. Now we see that Simon & Schuester was [at one point] okay publishing xenophobic, racist and sexist writers. They drew the line at pedophilia. So do major newspapers, and corporate media outlets that keep political pedophiles out of the headlines not to mention anti-war voices since the invasion of Iraq. It hides monsters in plain sight to protect them. Americans often idolize monsters, like mob bosses and drug kingpins. But feminists took time to be outraged over what a corporate publisher allowed and then didn't when it drew a moral line in the sand [which should be applauded] instead of looking at the very line itself?

Some lines people just can't cross. Well, I say fucking hallelujah! America isn't completely spiritually dead! Christ on a crutch, let's start with that little bit of good news and work our way UP from that line, shall we? Perhaps we'll all grow from the experience instead of complaining about how far we've allowed ourselves to fall and point fingers at everyone else instead of in a mirror.

I'd really like to say more about American values than I can about its media. I've found that I cannot because those values are a hollow reflection of what they used to be, even 20 years ago. Americans don't want to admit that they've ceased paying attention to corporate corruption and the moral decay Martin Luther King warned us about. Does that mean I want media banned? Books or voices censored? Of course not. Harry Potter books shouldn't be banned by any religious fundamentalist anymore than the Koran by the same, nor should Milo be censored by the left who claims nearly the same moral superiority with as much fervor.

Both are strikingly similar witch hunts. I cannot imagine raising children in this shit show.

What I have watched this country devolve into [in horror at the media's precision]: two party dualism, us and them. Behaving like corporations on one front and fundamentalists on the other. Without a reasonable middle ground left to tell them apart. When people stop buying either of these bullshit paradigms, then resistance might get somewhere. Resisting does not mean quiet all dissent of everything that doesn't 'fall in line' with the feigned morals of a collapsing status quo that has been stealing from and bombing the hell out of people in other countries for centuries. Oh, we better shut up those voices that make us uncomfortable about what we've allowed ourselves to ignore to maintain our privileges. That gets leveled at both sides. I checked out of this Matrix years ago and have a different and yes, a radically detached perspective. For the planet, not a party.

How many millions of adult children of baby-boomers have turned into carbon copies of dullard parents? I'm glad to burst bubbles, Cleavers. There are a few more to burst that this country is totally unprepared for, and anyone attacking alternative press, writers, voices and first amendment rights does so at their own peril.

There's a reason why rock-n-roll, punk rock and rap music made millions of parents uneasy. Revolution is supposed to be uneasy. Change scares the shit out of comfortable people who think the 'good old days' are over and are resigned to plunk down in front of an idiot box with the same thinking they had 30 years ago. That thinking no longer works.

I'm a mother of a 32 year old daughter who is as cynical as she is genius in her art craft. I never allowed her to believe that this world defines her -- because I refused to teach her what I was indoctrinated to teach, and instead took lessons from my grandparents. I never took away her passion as punishment for not conforming to 'social norms'.

I've found embracing bullshit is just super-duper swell and a-okay with my former 'set' of peers. I set out in search of others. At some point, we have to be our own 'guru' and ditch the notion of saviors. I've been treated as blasphemous for mentioning laws of nature when it includes cheap oil.

Violent delights have violent ends...



My heart breaks every day for the millions of Americans, especially young people, who have been robbed of their homes, use of their degrees because of staggering student debt and loss of human dignity caused by corruption. Stop using the word recession -- it's robbery. So many will never be afforded the luxuries that cheap oil provided when the next round of austerities come. Simple is good. Complex societies are about to go bye-bye, Dorothy. Whites have been a minority since the last consensus -- they just happen to have old money and are now desperately trying to use jumper cables on an American battery they were told had a 'lifetime' warranty -- long after the store has declared bankruptcy.

No technology can save people who think survival hinges on belief -- even the belief that infinite resources are possible on a finite planet. [This is why Native Americans refer to white colonialists as 'fat takers'. Fat is energy.]

What is good, Phædrus, and what is not good—need we ask anyone to tell us these things? 

Evidently, we do.

I've not watched Bill Maher in 8 years. He's always been sexist and has engaged in overt Islamophobia even after donating a million dollars to Obomber's campaign. He just wasn't funny anymore, so I decided the good thing to do was turn him off. NOT give him a platform. Easy. No outrage, no stress, no need to destroy a campus, storm a castle or destroy a person's rights.

Turn it off if you don't like it. The public should have been doing the same to Milo if they don't like his views. In social media, you have the option of 'blocking' -- this is within everyone's right -- but by censoring, we actively engage in policing thought, both good and bad. So, then who gets to decide what's good? I certainly hope it isn't corporate media or cable television -- they've screwed our psyches and our culture six ways from Sunday. Unfortunately, mainstream news is one of the worst of offenders. Until the left sees this,  they'll march in lockstep with it. Bill Maher doesn't give a shit because his bread is buttered. Jeremy Scahill boycotted appearing on the same night Milo was on Bill's show. That was his right. As it is the right of anyone who doesn't like Milo's speech, Trump's speech, CNN, ABC, Brietbart or Fox News.

What I find most deplorable is insisting on paying to be lied to in a world of free information. There's a quote I've often revisited when doing analysis and becoming energy literate: "A man who doesn't read is no better off than the man who can't." My tough love translation: "A comfortable man who believes he doesn't have to think critically about the world will, in the end, be no better off than his poorest neighbor."

Willful blindness is different than censorship -- it happens on both sides of the two-party spectrum. Black and white becomes as increasingly dull as left and right. An almost 30 year veteran of photography, I've learned to appreciate the need for grey. That brings me to mention the Faurisson affair, [wiki] an academic controversy in the wake of a book by French scholar Robert Faurisson, a Holocaust denier. The scandal largely dealt with the inclusion of an essay by American linguist Noam Chomsky, entitled "Some Elementary Comments on the Rights of Freedom of Expression", as an introduction to Faurisson's book, without Chomsky's knowledge or approval. Responding to a request for comment in a climate of attacks on Faurisson, Chomsky defended Faurisson's right to express and publish his opinions on the grounds that freedom of speech must be extended to all viewpoints, no matter how unpopular or fallacious.

This grey area is important and seems to be a very hard concept to grasp for both American conservatives and liberals. Jumping to conclusions on one side or the other is the 'in thing' -- no research required, just 'feels' -- and those who do research and share the grey are deemed 'fake news'. Especially news that makes us uncomfortable. Shadow work is necessary in life as much as it is in photography to get the whole picture. In a country facing economic decline, the concept of free speech is one we better grasp tightly with both hands or whatever liberties we claim to love aren't going to make it. People over centuries have seen and been through far worse than what we face right now. Find your courage and compassion, not your outrage.

This morning, I watched Milo give a press conference in which he not only defended himself, but the very constitutional right that Chomsky sought to defend that also caused so much controversy for him. There is a vast grey area between these two men. Yet, they share a space on some common ground. We should all be seeking common ground instead of moral high ground.

When you seek to quiet dissent of one -- you consent to quiet the dissent of all. So if you truly believe that 'all lives matter' stop silencing voices who have stories yet to tell. Milo just told his. When will you tell yours? When will you take a platform that isn't a sound byte designed to fit in a stream of 40 characters day in and day out? When will your experience become a teaching moment instead of more echoing across a void?

Another provocateur and one of my favorite authors, Hunter S. Thompson once said, "Freedom is something that dies unless it is used." We're still free to investigate, research, write, speak and offer opinions -- opinions aren't news, but are protected under the first amendment all the same. Unless we've collectively decided that the very freedoms Bush Jr. declared 'our enemies hated us for' should be taken off life support -- I'm sorry to report that the enemy needing diplomacy and thoroughly interviewed, shows up every morning in the mirror.

If words hurt Americans -- maybe it is past time we elevated them above snark, cynicism and outrage into stories that reflect understanding of the human condition on this hurtling hunk of dirt in the solar system. I find them both worthy of protecting. Including the oldest languages...especially now. #MniWiconi





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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Podcast Archive: The Lifeboat Hour w/Michael C. Ruppert || 09-19-10

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price


In loving memory of Michael C. Ruppert and his selfless work, I have decided to share The Lifeboat Hour archived podcasts at TRC in chronological order by air date. There will be little to no commentary from me, but I feel it is important to know where we've been if we're to know where we're headed.

Revelations will come faster as we move forward. Everything that is happening was predicted with startling accuracy in his book, Crossing the Rubicon and in the documentary from 2010, called Collapse. The Lifeboat Hour podcasts began shortly after this documentary's release.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

BFP Roundtable: Pedophiles Run the Government & No One Gives A Damn

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

I'm fully aware of how inflammatory the title of this post is but I have never been one to shy away from controversy.  The subject is a hot potato that will literally burn mainstream news outlets, corrupt politicians and the Hollywood elite beyond recognition. [That day will not come too soon for me.] US media will not be bothered to report on any of this, so I have to seek the courageous work and voices of those who have been on the record about this topic, like the indomitable Sibel Edmonds.

Something my readers may not know about me : before I jumped into media analysis, I had taken a short course in computer programming in my 20's. At that time, I was researching how law enforcement profiled serial killers and was fascinated by the investigative work done by both local and national agencies. My specific goal for taking that computer programming course? I had lofty aspirations of working for the FBI to catch online child predators. 

Little did I know then that the system I once held in high regard would need to be investigated itself.

After viewing the documentary, Conspiracy of Silence and studying Mike Ruppert's work about the failed 'war on drugs' [hint: it didn't fail the deep state or the for-profit prison complex], I'll no longer stay silent in the face of real evidence. What people need to understand about these complicated and highly illegal activities is that they are related. Where there is and has been drug trafficking in this country [Mike Ruppert more than proved this in his book, Crossing The Rubicon] there is also going to be human and child trafficking.

I have no interest in protecting war criminals and monsters. What we're afraid to look at and name is not just denial, but a brainwashing through moral ambiguity and a celebration of repressive values. Innocent children pay the ultimate price for our willful blindness. I'm 30 years older, wiser and still earnestly refuse to be party to that. You should not allow any of this to be normalized for one more day.



For your consideration: Published on October, 22, 2015: Boiling Frogs Post Roundtable James Corbett talks to Sibel Edmonds, Peter B. Collins and Wayne Madsen about the Hastert scandal and cover up, the history and context of this story, and the remarkable lack of public interest in the case.



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Podcast Archive: The First Lifeboat Hour w/Mike Ruppert || 9-12-2010

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

In loving memory of Michael C. Ruppert and his selfless work, I have decided to share The Lifeboat Hour archival podcasts at TRC, beginning with this first show.  There will be little to no commentary from me, but I feel it is important to know where we've been if we're to know where we're headed.

Startling revelations will come faster as we move forward. Everything that is happening was predicted with startling accuracy in his book, Crossing the Rubicon and in the documentary from 2010, called Collapse. The Lifeboat Hour podcasts began shortly after this documentary's release.

Mike often said before his passing that there is no longer a map for this Rubicon. We've crossed many since 2010 and the recent election is no exception. My hope is that listening to these podcasts again in chronological order, people might begin to understand a) that we were warned many times about our predicament, and b) what to watch for in future as well as how to prepare for it. Not just spiritually but physically. Grounding is imperative for our continued journey on the material plane. We can only change our reality when we face what is -- together.

Mike taught me so much more than media analysis. It is why I study permaculture and deep ecology now. Michael C. Ruppert earned the moniker of hero because he saved my life with his urgent warnings. Unfortunately, no one in my 'monkeysphere' cared to listen to them when I tried to explain this. Perhaps they will listen now.

I'll be sharing these twice a week on Friday and Tuesday, instead of once a week as they aired before. My thanks to Mike, Ali, Gma Koko and everyone who misses Mike's torch. I can only carry it so far without sharing the flicker to took to ignite it. || For all sentient beings ~ Gabrielle




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State Secrets: Sibel Edmonds Uncovers ‘The Untouchables’

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Major new revelations by former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. Edmonds, known as the most classified and gagged person in US history, takes on the US Congress and the culprit media in one of the most significant and longest ongoing political/criminal cover-ups involving the FBI, a notorious political mob in Chicago, a well-known elected official and her convicted criminal spouse. Further, she renews her public call for joint testimony under oath before the US Congress. Do not miss this in-depth exposé shedding light on just how notoriously corrupt criminals are given immunity and untouchable status, not only by the US government, but also by the Deep-State collaborators- the US media.





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Monday, February 13, 2017

A Message to Donald Trump : HIRE THIS GUY

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

I have shared Mr. Steele's work on TRC before, around the time Wikileaks dumped its first batch of documents that eventually got Chelsea Manning arrested, put in jail and now awaiting clemency by the last administration. Robert Steele applauded and advised online bloggers and media analysts [like myself], when I was neck deep in investigating oil companies after the BP Gulf Disaster. I found Michael C. Ruppert's work during that same time and deeply appreciate the courage it takes for former intelligence staffers to stick their necks out for the truth.

Wikileaks has eluded to releasing more documents on January 19th. TRC has reason to believe this conversation with Mr. Steele may be relevant to this coming leak.

Robert David Steele has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Please sit with this for a moment.

Ignoring the very real dangers outside the realm of social justice politics at home, is to ignore America's role in ongoing globalization and Wall Street crimes against other nations, creating more humanitarian crises perpetrated by the military industrial complex that JFK warned us about. Trump may be useful to a swarming deep state but he is NOT the deep state. We all know he is out of his element and this message serves to reach out in the spirit of helping this administration make decisions on the best way forward for the Republic.

Yes, Republic. Democracy is in its death throes. Mr. Steele offers suggestions about the possibilities of electoral reform as well, which should be made paramount.

 Mr. Steele identifies those who are in President Trump's inner circle but do NOT have his best interests or America's interests at heart. This information-packed and fascinating interview is loaded with critical information about how Trump won, what he needs to do forthwith to remain viable, and what the future might hold if he does not.

Robert David Steele's website: http://phibetaiota.net



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Deep State Candidate : A Legacy of Ashes

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Obama’s legacy is measured in ashes. From wars of aggression to a police state on steroids, banking bailouts and Obamacare, Obama has been the perfect captain to carry the New World Order football further down the field. But as Americans prepare for a new liner to be placed in their gilded bird cage, today we remember how the Deep State tricked the public in 2008 by giving them what they thought they wanted.



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How the Left Killed the Anti War Movement

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Once the home of the anti-war movement, under Barack Obama the Left advocated a continuation of war and mass murder by using the political expediency of humanitarian interventionism. In this episode of The Geopolitical report, we unpack how establishment Democrats have continued the wars begun by President George W. Bush and expanded them into Syria and Yemen through illegal proxy wars and an ongoing and intensified drone campaign across the Middle East. Now that Donald Trump is president and the wars continue, the antiwar movement will emerge from the shadows and reveal its hypocritical political coloration.





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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Chris Hedges on New Atheism, Science and Religion, and Self-Delusion

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

New Atheism is the name given to the ideas promoted by a collection of modern atheist writers who have advocated the view that religion should simply not exist.

Chris Hedges on New Atheism, the God Debate, Science and Religion, and Self-Delusion
Lecture at the World Affairs Center, from April 8th, 2008


Solidarity Sisters || First Podcast 02-12-17

submitted Gabrielle Jones-Price

Welcome to my first podcast, warts 'n all. In this first installment, I discuss the state of western media, US resistance, and visit a recent and brilliant article from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Chris Hedges, for your consideration. 

Each podcast will be peppered with ongoing media analysis, personal reflections on where we are and suggestions about how we move forward. [There will be adult language at the adult table].
It's time to come together and #PunkRockSomeShit || #UNITE || #RESIST

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Monday, February 6, 2017

US History 101: Glass Steagall, The Complete Story

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price
 

Letter To The Editor: Ursula Le Guin on Fiction vs. 'Alternative Facts'

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Original post from The Oregonian

Legendary Portland writer Ursula Le Guin is pictured here in her home in this March 2016 photo. (Motoya Nakamura)
February 01, 2017 at 9:30 AM

A recent letter in The Oregonian compares a politician's claim to tell "alternative facts" to the inventions of science fiction. The comparison won't work.  We fiction writers make up stuff. Some of it clearly impossible, some of it realistic, but none of it real - all invented, imagined --  and we call it fiction because it isn't fact. We may call some of it "alternative history" or "an alternate universe," but make absolutely no pretense that our fictions are "alternative facts."

Facts aren't all that easy to come by. Honest scientists and journalists, among others, spend a lot of time trying to make sure of them.  The test of a fact is that it simply is so - it has no "alternative."  The sun rises in the east.  To pretend the sun can rise in the west is a fiction, to claim that it does so as fact (or "alternative fact") is a lie.

A lie is a non-fact deliberately told as fact.  Lies are told in order to reassure oneself, or to fool, or scare, or manipulate others. Santa Claus is a fiction.  He's harmless. Lies are seldom completely harmless, and often very dangerous.  In most times, most places, by most people, liars are considered contemptible.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Northwest Portland


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Reassuring Lies Are Out Of Stock | John Pilgar Interview With Julian Assange

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

Video Published on Nov 5, 2016 || Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year.

[Editor's Note: I know many people are not fond of Assange. He has become a polarizing figure in US media but when analysts can't trust that media we have to look to whistleblowers and often go back over something we may have missed. There's no map for this place.

I go to other cartographers like John Pigler. His reputation is impeccable and he's a journalist I hold in high regard. I share this in the spirit of understanding how we got here, what Wikileaks does and does not do, and the high price that Assange has had to pay for revealing unpleasant truths about elected officials. Keep in mind there are thousands more emails still to be released. Rest assured there will be more revelations. It is essential to be discerning rather than reactive. Information helps us understand how the world IS so we can make conscious decisions about where we're headed. Acting on what isn't true is how propaganda works. That is its purpose. When corporate media can't be trusted, and our newly elected president can't be bothered to brief anyone outside of a 40 character Tweet -- we absolutely need to rely on instincts and use our good sense. Welcome to the adult table. Inconvenient truths will be served. Reassuring lies are out of stock. We should welcome that. ~ G
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Redcacted Tonight: Trump's Lying Is Changing Our Brains . . . Like It Or Not

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

All politicians lie, but Trump is bringing it to an whole new level. What does his constant barrage of lies and half-truths mean for the American people? Well, it’s certainly not good. Psychologically speaking, our brains are going to continue to be affected negatively. When so many lies are thrown at us with such frequency, our ability to discern and reject those lies gets worn down. Now more than ever it’s crucial that we be aware of this lie-storm and make sure we’re taking in information from sources we can trust. Redacted Tonight correspondent, John F. O’Donnell, joins host Lee Camp at the desk to delve into it all.

[Editor's note: This is exactly why it is a good idea to stop watching cable news networks and seek other avenues and even unconventional news sources, if simply for your mental health! This is a type of 'shock and awe' campaign on the psyche. Do yours a favor: make ample time to unplug from them and connect with nature, your family, and especially your community. That's where we're needed. ~ G]


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Crossed Rubicons: A Birthday Message For A Mentor

by Gabrielle Jones-Price

"Call on God, but row away from the rocks."
~ Hunter S. Thompson

Today is Michael C. Ruppert's birthday. Mike was my mentor for many years after the BP Oil Disaster led me to investigate the topic of energy. As a consequence, I became not only energy literate but this singular education crystallized with great force a spiritual knowing I'd always felt in my bones: the connection to everything and everyone on this planet. Wahe Guru.

Mike's professional dedication, from his work as an LAPD narcotics officer and throughout his career as an investigative journalist, taught me how to become a media analyst and a better writer. I'd always been a good researcher but Mike showed me how to recognize different patterns, pinpoint what data to keep and what to disregard. He called this 'separating the ice cream from the bullshit' -- in this country that has never been a small task. However, that task is getting smaller with the current media or rather, lack of a real one.

To err is human. Mistakes are always made. Mike often made them but always owned them, apologized for his mistakes and retracted, always doing his level best to help his readers learn the value of their own discernment. A teacher, but also a rare man of integrity, honesty, and duty. A good cop with a big heart.


Highly intelligent, Mike also had a wicked sense of humor, loved music and was a musician himself. Before his appearance in the critically-acclaimed documentary, Collapse, I'm sure he would have loved nothing more than to sing and play music and what any of us have ever wished for: to live a happy life and share that happiness with others. But sometimes we have a calling we simply can't ignore. Ultimately, it was Mike's sense of duty that called him to put his country, and all of us, before himself. What he'd come to see couldn't be 'unseen' and he wished desperately to teach others so they might act and ultimately prepare for what he saw coming; what he felt in his bones.

Mike was a seer and a visionary that I was honored to have met and known a short time in this life.

He forever changed mine. After I met him in December of 2012, we exchanged correspondence a few times and he gave me permission to share anything I desired from his publication, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. I realized a torch had been handed to me as an analyst and a journalist, an honor I could not have imagined after hearing of his work only two years before. That torch has been heavy and a lot of inner work followed. Since his passing, I often find I know the man better than the analyst. I'm not alone in missing him terribly. His friends are many down the rabbit hole. I am blessed to know some of those dearest to him.

We're all mad here. Alice knew the best people are mad. Remember what the dormouse said?



For better or worse, knowledge has a funny way of changing our lives because it changes us. Any wisdom worth knowing takes sacrifice and the courage to face the truth, which is often unpleasant. That's the inner work. He taught me to be courageous to that end. Even now, the skills I learned through him have synthesized beautifully with my recent studies in Jungian analysis and deep ecology.

Strangely, I remember no teacher before him that had as much impact on me but I have met the most amazing teachers on the path since we met. I'm forever grateful for his work, his integrity and his encouragement. He was a torch bearer, a liminal being in a darkening world. The torch isn't as heavy now. We were all once students seeking mentors, were we not?

And like Daniel Quinn's title character, Ishmael, we should expect more students will be coming. This we can predict with absolute certainty.


In Mike's honor, I ask those who knew him, loved him or followed his work [or even if you haven't] to now muster your courage and lift your torch. Speak out against injustice. Bear witness. Continue diligently to separate ice cream from bullshit. Simply trust your instincts, the brains you were given as well as your big hearts. He asked us each to be our own authority. We must speak with that authority now.

Mike told us that people in bunkers with beans aren't going to make it. He also taught us how to start building lifeboats. Now that many have, who are we to sit in them idly? Are we to laugh and point at the drowning? One thing I remember Mike stating clearly: he refused to utter the words, "I told you so."

Let's try to follow that example with the knowledge he gave to the best of our abilities.

Mike's legacy doesn't have to end with a radio program called The Lifeboat Hour. We can all continue to teach using our own experiences, our stories and, like Mike, be a lighthouse for others in the cruel storm.

Happy Birthday, Ruppert Bear a.k.a. Tracker of Truth || Sat nam, my friend.



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