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

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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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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

State Secrets: Sibel Edmonds Uncovers ‘The Untouchables’

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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

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

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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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Monday, February 6, 2017

US History 101: Glass Steagall, The Complete Story

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

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Original post from The Oregonian || Update: Rest in power, Ursula || 01/23/2018

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

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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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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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Thursday, February 2, 2017

How Do You Sell Soul To People Who Have Sold Their Souls?

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

h/t to musical group Public Enemy for the title of this post. I was reminded of it when I viewed this video and have since been listening to a LOT of soul, R&B and funk. America has become comfortably numb and awash in denial. I've started diving deeper into personal studies with a focus on deep ecology to fill my cup. When you fall in love with the world, you want to keep it from being destroyed.

James Hillman was an American psychologist. He studied at, and then guided studies for, the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.  He founded a movement toward archetypal psychology and retired into private practice, writing and traveling to lecture, until his death at his home in Connecticut.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Alternative Facts, Crossroads in Communication, and Dreams

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by Douglas Thomas, Ph.D., LCSW, via Global Dream Initiative

Many of the people I work with as a therapist and teacher express alarm, distress, fear, and disbelief over the course of political events that have taken place recently in the United States as well as on the world stage. Often I find myself pulled into these same feelings as I equivocate over what to say, how to say it, and to whom, under what circumstances. What is of interest and concern is how fragmented and ineffective language itself has become. Perhaps ineffective is the wrong word, since often the words of a politician or pundit can have a considerable effect. Words can inflame passions and lead to rancorous venomous exchanges between people. Language itself devolves from conversations about ideas and issues into sarcastic quips and personal insults aimed at maligning and discrediting anyone with a different view. What I’m describing is a crisis in communication. According to the pundits, the post-truth era is upon us, in which terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” coincide with a spike in sales of George Orwell’s 1984, according to a recent NPR report (January 23rd, 2017). It seems to me, the current breakdown in language and communication provides an opportunity for some psychological curiosity and a chance to remember the sustaining nurturance in our relationship with dreams.

In the ancient world, the mysteries of language and communication were under the power of the god Hermes. Best known as the messenger of the gods with his emblematic winged sandals, helmet, and caduceus, Hermes held a special place in the Greek pantheon as the only figure capable of traveling from the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the underworld in Hades. In addition to language and communication, he was also the patron saint of liars, thieves, commerce, and travel, four other areas of timely interest and convergence in 2017. In his relationship to travel, he was also known as the god of the crossroads. As a divine traveler who was acquainted with the complexities of communication between different realms, Hermes was known as a psychopomp, one that leads the souls from the world of the living to their eternal place in the underworld. In this regard, he had a special relationship with dreams.

The Homeric Hymn to Hermes (as cited in March, 1998) describes the god as “wily and charming, a thief, a cattle-rustler, a bringer of dreams, a spy by night, a watcher at the door” (p. 389). In the current stress and strain of a nation undergoing a profound transition in consciousness, awakening to new difficulties, facing challenges that often appear as an ethical call to declare what we stand for, it seems especially important to notice the mythic convergence we find between the images of communication, crossroads, and dreams. James Hillman (1979) gave particular attention to the relationship between dreams and the mythic underworld and to Hermes as the conduit that guides us into those nocturnal departures from the daily world of the living. What we find in dreams provides us with new perspectives, new insights, figures that re-present daytime worries in a different light. Sometimes we rediscover what we truly love or truly value, sometimes we find poison that paradoxically heals. In his brilliant essay, Apollo, Dream, Reality, Hillman (2007) cautions against the impulses of rationalism and literalism to reduce the meaning of the dream into a simple prescription we might employ to somehow better our daytime existence. He says, when we allow the dream to present itself just as it is, in its obscure and often baffling language speaking on its own behalf, then

Night has not yielded to daylight, and understanding now speaks with a darkened tongue: the devious occulted language of analogy, allusion and metaphor. Metaphor, says Vico, “confers sense and emotion on insensate objects,” so that every thing in the dream becomes a “miniature myth” (Vico’s definition of metaphor), full of analogous truths, restoring you, the dreamer to the underlying poetic imagination from which all mental life springs. (p. 332)

This mode of communication at the crossroads between that which is conscious and rational, and that other path which is baffling and obscure, is the privileged landscape of Hermes, the god of the crossroads. In sitting with “the underlying poetic imagination” of our dreams as living entities, perhaps Hermes will offer us some assistance at also learning how to sit with the confounding breakdown of our collective imagination and the modern crisis of communication. Perhaps this new era of post-truth and alternative facts doesn’t make sense precisely because it’s not supposed to make sense. Hermes traffics in ambiguity, trickery, and deception as well as communication.

The alchemists worshipped this same deity by his Roman name, christening him Mercurius Duplex. They understood the necessity of his twofold and twofaced nature. Hermes Pharmakon was another alchemical moniker, indicating his paradoxical powers to administer the poison that brings healing. The alchemical experiment couldn’t succeed without his blessing, although it was understood the god could deceive and confound just as easily as he could show favor on the opus. Stephen Aizenstat has said that when he is about to tend a dream, he routinely invokes Hermes to be with him. This is the type of invocation understood by the alchemists, submitting to the wiles of the divine messenger who can lead us to a place of understanding at the crossroads between the daytime language of reason and the nighttime language of dreams.

What I’m suggesting is not a simple prescription or an easily implemented solution. Rather, I’m suggesting that the underlying roots of the current crisis in communication find their way to a mythic archetypal source, which becomes familiar with the practice of conversing with the images of our dreams. For better or for worse, we are living in a hermetic age, and the way forward will be under the aegis of that charming cattle-rustler, the bringer of dreams, the one looking over us as we stand at the crossroads.

Reference List
Hillman, J. (1979). The dream and the underworld. New York: Harper & Row.
Hillman, J. (2007). Apollo, dream, reality. In Mythic figures (pp. 320-335). Putnam, Conn.: Spring.
March, J. (1998). Cassell’s dictionary of classical mythology. London, UK: Cassell.

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