The Luxury of Flying

Imagine, a century ago my trip to China would have been arduous by today’s standards. I would have had to cross the entire United States by train (made possible by Chinese laborers), to San Francisco.

Then I would have boarded a boat to China – the economical “slow boat to China” no doubt. I would have been wracked by seasickness and malnourishment.

Instead, thanks to the modern marvel of flying, I boarded an Etihat jet, where runway-model stewardesses plied us with great food, and where each person could watch all kinds of movies and TV shows. What Etihat has done to “upfit” the 777 is amazing. What a classy airline.

Forget napping, I can sleep when I’m dead. It’s better to get jacked on caffeine and watch stuff I somehow missed. I hoovered almost 24 hours of media, and among my recommendations:

The Knick

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The Knick is a Cinemax show directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. The writing, visuals and even music are all excellent. The show catapults you back more than 100 years ago to the New York Knickerbocker Hospital. It’s not for the squeamish… One would not want to time travel into the past without one’s shots.

Fury

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Fury is a hyper-realistic war movie about a tank crew in the last days of World War II. I’ve always been into these kinds of movies, having I went on a series of battlefield visits across France, Belgium and Germany when I was a kid. The movie works well on many levels, and Brad Pitt did a spectacular job, anchoring the story and providing depth to the character of  Don “Wardaddy” Collier.

The Judge

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The Judge is directed by David Dobkin, and it stars Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and of course Robert Downey, Jr., who impressively plays the central character. The movie is about a trial in Indiana, where Billy Bob Thornton is great as the opposing attorney. Above all the movie is about a father-son relationship, and it packs an emotional punch.

Lucy

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Lucy is a science-fiction film starring the captivating Scarlett Johansson, and Morgan Freeman is excellent as the scientist. As with many movies, there are people behind the scenes dropping clues. This film is pregnant with messages about how this world really works, the vast and limitless potential of humanity (presently locked in our DNA, and repressed across a full spectrum of economic, political and cultural structures). Science fiction my ass – there is nothing in this movie that is not true.

Lights, Camera, Action

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What if the latest ISIS provocations are just cinematic stunts?

What if the stories of the Christians being beheaded on the beach in Libya, and the Kurdish prisoners in cages, are hoaxes? Psychological warfare?

How easy it would be for an off-books and off-grid intelligence operation, NATO oriented, to simply “produce” these videos on a set in Saudi Arabia, and then diffuse them throughout the pliant global media complex?

It would be very easy. They’ve done it before, running up to the first Gulf War and the Iraq War: fake news about fake incubators; fake news about Iraq and 911, fake news about WMD, etc… Practice makes perfect (not that they have to be perfect, since so few people have the guts to call them out on it).

Consider the use of the words in bold and underlined, taken from the latest headlines:

“ISIS has released a new propaganda video showing what appears to be Kurdish Peshmerga fighters paraded down Iraqi streets in cages.”

“A new ISIS propaganda video claims to show Kurdish Peshmerga fighters being paraded in cages. CNN’s Phil Black reports.”

“A screengrab showing images reportedly of Kurdish peshmerga fighters being paraded in cages around the city of Kirkuk by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.”

This is not just a case of the media distancing itself from unconfirmed reports. This is the way of this cult I have mentioned on this site, a rather small but multinational and multiethnic faction, dedicated to centralizing global power and preventing humanity’s emancipation.

Well, they do live by a code of honor (at least their ghost writers do). We’re telling you that we are lying to you, if you care to pay attention.

If you don’t believe me, perhaps you might believe Fox News. On February 21, Fox News ran a story focusing on the likelihood that the ISIS beheading of 21 Christians on the beach was a complete hoax.

Fox News explained how the video that was seen around the world (except for the beheading part) shows many indications of manipulation and the use of a green screen.

Of course, it must be added that without any basis, Fox News speculated that the Christians were still murdered (what, put down by injection to maintain the fiction?) With the video exposed as fraudulent, Fox was still clinging to the central narrative.

So, after a week or so of disseminating this fake story as real, those behind-the-scenes ordered Fox News to tip still another card at the poker table, to clue more people in. Why? Because not enough people are picking up on the lie, that’s why!

The video in question is 1.48 minutes.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/21/isis-army-7-footers-experts-say-video-copt-beheadings-manipulated/

The Ground Beneath Our Feet

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If ISIS manages to penetrate Italy’s airspace (with one of a few jets they purportedly own) and drop one bomb, then we can officially inaugurate the start of World War III.

NATO’s Article 5 provides for the collective defense of the alliance: “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.” All roads lead to Rome after all. At least, the Road to World War III does.

Never mind that the ISIS airforce, based on a few captured planes, traces its origins to NATO’s helping jihadists in Libya and Syria, or that the 2003 Iraq war created a large number of pissed-off Arab youth. One of the blessings of the modern West (for its oligarchs) is that there is no historical memory, and no one is held responsible for calamities if they happened the month before last. There is absolutely no chain of causality between A, B, and C.

Mainstream media relies on the usual catchwords to scare people, but it also reported that ISIS pilots were being trained by Saddam Hussein’s ex-air force officers. If this media manages to pair “ISIS” with “Hussein” in the same sentence then it will be updating the playbook it used for “911″ and “Hussein.”

One wonders by the way, if the ISIS airforce paints its insignia on the tail. Is it ISIS? Or ISIL? Or even IS? All three terms are being bandied about, obfuscating the identity of an enemy that is partially trained, funded and even directed by the usual cloak-and-dagger crowd. ISIS needs no training with daggers, though, apparently, if the story about the beach decapitations is entirely true and we really can believe the headlines (pun intended).

It’s all about timing. The West is experiencing parallel and somewhat related developments, with more bizarre terror attacks in European capitals; with a patina of Cold War fervor directed at a more traditional rival, Russia; and with the Eurozone being fossilized into a low-unemployment and no-growth region, where Greece wants no part of the Clockwork Orange future, but knows not that everything must go.

Those three plotlines – which could be the basis for a new Robert Ludlum novel – will eventually converge into a Grand Finale, a well-timed climax, and a satisfying one at that for enemies of humanity.

Well, we know that World War III will probably not start before September 24, because someone convinced Pope Francis to talk before Congress, which mostly consists of avatars for corporate fat cats, eastern seaboard blue-bloods, predatory bankers, and fashionable designers (of global control), who periodically walk the runway themselves, showing a little flesh to sell the latest cut.

No matter what the Pope says or does, by agreeing to stand before the snakepit, his very presence will unfortunately bless the first large battle of World War III.

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Safety first! Rochester, NY.

Next: Toronto Feb 24 to Chengdu, China via Abu Dhabi on Etihat Airlines

 

Gettin’ Clarined

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The noose is tightening around the neck of Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

She is presently the victim of a smear campaign that insinuates an official whitewashing of the investigation into the 1992 and 1994 bombings (allegedly masterminded by Iran). Because a prosecutor investigating the case was found “suicided,” there are even insinuations that she or members of the administration were involved in what is basically a murder.

An earlier posting on this website provided details about how the evidence points to both the 1992 and 1994 explosions as originating within the buildings, and that they were not the result of car bombs, as claimed by the US and Israel.

That the explosions came from within was the conclusion, for the 1992 case, of a court-mandated investigation by the National Academy of Engineers.

Iran almost certainly had nothing to do with the explosions – because they each originated within the buildings - but Iran’s government is more than willing to play its role as a potential culprit. It’s like a veteran actor who just can’t seem to break out of being typecast as the bad guy. Maybe that takes less effort, who knows.

http://multipolarfuture.com/2015/01/24/current-events/

The link above also mentioned how President Cristina Fernández geo-political stance has placed her into the cross-hairs of various factions.

Soon, a major agreement goes into effect between Argentina and China, which is providing better terms of trade and investment than can be found in the Atlantic region. Argentina was also moving towards closer economic ties with Iran (at least until the scandal broke). Gaining more attention outside of Argentina is of course her administration’s ongoing battles with the vulture funds.

In Argentina, the media campaign against Cristina is being waged by the Grupo Clarin, a giant media conglomerate and publisher of the tabloid/newspaper Clarin.

There are some interesting things about this paper. The paper was founded in 1945 by Robert Noble, who was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Malta. The paper has been known to have an ultra-Catholic orientation. And in recent years, one of the largest minority partners, which provided editorial direction for more than a decade, was Goldman Sachs.

The current director is Noble’s 89-year-old widow, Ernestina Herrera de Noble, who was detained in 2002 on a judge’s order, in a case brought by the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The group apparently had reason to believe that her two adopted children had been abducted by the military dictatorship, after executing their parents. That regime murdered about 30,000 civilians, including many university students. That case remains in litigation, but President Fernandez came out in support of mandatory DNA tests for all such cases.

So, this is not just political; this entire battle is also personal.

The Grupo Clarin media conglomerate is now going against President Fernandez with impeccable timing and algorithmic precision. All the reporting is, as they say in Spanish, “friamente calculado,” or coldly calculated.

The drip-drip-drip of manufactured stories is meant to escort her administration, slowly but surely, to the gallows. Why, just today, yet another prosecutor came out of the woodwork to carry the case further.

Can President Fernandez surface above the avalanche of lies? Grupo Clarin is rather formidable, with quite the legacy: ultra-Catholic, ultra-Zionist, and with roots in Argentina’s dirty war.

Grupo Clarin represents oligarchic faction relevant to Argentina, and even the Iranian government is playing on both sides of the match.

Iran and Israel, dueling demonic forces, are interested in perpetuating their conflict: just keep playing the game for power, profit, and false prophesy.

The question is: Who, exactly, has the goods on President Fernandez?

Who has kept her from exposing aforementioned evidence, with other evidence, of 1992 and 1994 as being inside jobs?

Why has she only fingered a rogue agent or two within her own government?

What do they have on her that she cannot just get over, with a little perspective?

Clearly, if President Fernandez caves to the blackmail, or cowers under the threats, things will end rather badly (for her administration).

Unauthorized Authorization

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Politicians and the media are now discussing the merits of the latest “Authorization” to fight ISIS (or ISIL, for a little cognitive dissonance, cleverly planned by whoever wrote the latest White House speech).

It is worth remembering, however, that the US Constitution provides no room for any such “authorizations.” In fact, the word “authorization” never appears in the Constitution.

Article I Section 8 of the Constitution, which defines the powers and responsibilities of Congress, the legislative branch, is clear:

“To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water.”

Even President Abraham Lincoln, who infringed on the Constitution when it came to military tribunals for civilians (as the US Supreme Court decided in Ex Parte Milligan), recognized that the president did not have the power to mobilize the military except to repel invasions or sudden attacks.

Lincoln was critical of any position holding that a president could make war; he was rightly critical of any position that placed “…our President where kings have always stood.”

Apologists for executive overreaching often point to Article II Section 2 of the Constitution. However, they ignore the qualifying phrase at the end of this sentence:

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States.”

Here, “when called into the actual Service of the United States” does not refer to the president’s tenure after the Inaugural Address; it refers to his temporary and designated role as a commander only when Congress declares war.

When there is no declared war, the president is not commander-in-chief; he is just another suit filling the Oval Office. This constitutional point is seldom made by today’s critics of executive power, who forget just how much the Founders despised anything to do with kings, queens, and blood-soaked Europe.

Congress even fell for the ruse in 1973, giving the executive branch powers that belonged exclusively to the legislative branch. Congress introduced the novel and unconstitutional concept of “statutory authorization,” and it then limited the president’s military actions to 60 days without seeking congressional approval. What fools!

Congress has not formally declared war since World War II. It then follows that every war fought since then has been unconstitutional and illegal.

This is by design, apparently. The regime intends to distance one administration after another from the US Constitution, which to date represents the best constitution ever written (even though much of it has been suspended).

This distancing-by-design made successive administrations less accountable, less constrained, and less restricted as they flailed about the world, wreaking havoc from Vietnam to Iraq. Indeed, the current round of ISIS madness begins with the US invasion of Iraq, and with US support for Libyan and Syrian jihadists. 

No wonder Congress does not want to declare war, to be on the record for history to judge!

It is better, for these weasels, to take the more cowardly way out with these bogus and unconstitutional “authorizations,” especially when the president is leading the way.

 

Link to US Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

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Just Being Polite

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Nicaragua is being diplomatic, trying to take the sting out of the fact that it is already constructing a new canal with the help of China.

The Nicaraguan government said that their canal would be “complementary” to the one in Panama, which opened in 1914. Nicaragua also said that their canal, to be finished in 2019, would be beneficial to the “development of the entire region.”

Well, it’s certainly going to be good for Nicaragua (maybe), but every ship passing through the new Nicaraguan Canal will be one less passing through the Panama Canal, so… I don’t see the synergy, just competition.

But then again. Do canals even matter?

Panama could do a better job of investing and spending its billions earned form charging tolls. One does not see the money on the street. The standard of living in Panama is about the same as in Costa Rica, which has no canal. These two countries are pretty much tied in their Human Development Index, with .765 for Panama and .763 for Costa Rica. Go figure. And how many ships have passed through the Panama Canal since 1914?

Apparently, having a canal linking two oceans exerts a negligible effect on one’s economy.

That is a fact Nicaragua should consider before getting its hopes up.

Leaving Panama tomorrow, adios amigos.

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Are U Rapture Ready?

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Just saw Left Behind. The best thing about it was Nicolas Cage and a few other actors. Otherwise the movie seemed like those other airplanes-in-distress movies.

It’s just another Hollywood action movie, with an ending that is much like the end of the Book of Revelation: predictable. Even though whoever wrote that chapter was probably on hallucinogenics, the authors of Left Behind are convinced that a portion of humanity will instantly vanish in the Rapture, whisked away to Heaven, leaving the bulk of humanity in an age of Darkness.

One of my problems in the movie is how long it took everyone to get over the fact that they were “left behind.” How much wailing does it take to prove the point? We get it, already.

This scenario should be obsolete, since human free will has been so thoroughly violated (by both sides) that it is meaningless to speak of it. Much less to judge.

Plus, does not a Rapture depend on just more carving up of humanity? Saved versus non-saved, chosen versus non-chosen, and raptured versus left behind. It’s all so very primitive, and distant from the higher truth of an inherent human unity.

Lately I’ve been challenging my children to question the basic principles of Christianity, lest they be “left behind” in the sheep-like herds of modern American evangelism. Interestingly, Christianity is the bastion of the Silent Majority, but it is also the new politically-correct religion of libertarians and constitutionalists.

Point 1: How it is possible that everything is “God’s will” (the good and the bad) and yet humans have “free will?” These two concepts are mutually exclusive. Either God wills everything into action or we have free will. Choose. But enough already with both.

Point 2: Original sin. This is the automatic guilt all humans share through collective guilt. Christians believe that we are sinful for even existing, for even having consciousness. “Knowledge,” after all, came after eating the apple. Apparently, the preferred and more divine existence was to live like a plant or an animal in a zoo, unaware.

Original sin is a bit more complicated than that, but in the end it boils down to this: we are bad. WTF.

Point 3: Old Testament (and New) condemnations of consensual sexual behavior, such as premarital sex or homosexuality. Science reveals that people are born gay; thus, they are simply realizing their true nature, and impeding it seems to violate a higher law (that things should reflect their natures, and be truthful). Theoretically, a “Creator” has some claims over created creatures, but these do not include violating their own natures. Anyone condemning people into Hell for realizing their true natures should simply be dethroned.

So the “god” of the Old Testament seeks to control human sexuality much like a farmer with his animals. This sounds like “human husbandry.” Have we all been herded onto a feed lot? WTF?

Personally I believe that many people who lead these churches can be nice and inspiring. Most adherents are great people. The problem I have, and keep expressing to my children, is more philosophical, pointing to the nonsense and even wrongness of Christianity, Judaism and Islam as religions, as philosophies: one falsehood after another, one infringement on human dignity after another, one violation of human sovereignty after another.

Besides, if humanity cannot rewrite the ending of the Book of Revelation in real time then this world is a sick joke.

We’re being punk’d! :)

I present to you Exhibit A and then rest my case.

What is latest crowning achievement of American Christianity? A cheap Hollywood movie!!!

Greek Slavery

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Perhaps it is impossible to liberate Greece within the context of the European Union and the Euro. Perhaps there can be no “emancipation in one country” to turn a phrase that is almost a century old.

Unfortunately, the new Greek government is proving to represent a dead end just a week or so after it started. It should be clear that – after talking the talk – the Greek government cannot walk the walk.

“This is Sparta!” has become “This is Slavery!”

After all, true emancipation would mean abolishing and transcending the Euro. This is because the Euro is not really money in the true sense of the word; it is not a permanent store of value. The coins have not been struck from silver or gold, nor are they backed by the productive capacity of the economy (just the taxation capacity).

The Euro is merely a stand-in for debt, and the creation of any future Euros (and Dollars) must be accompanied by the amount being paid back plus interest. These debts are mathematically impossible to repay, ever since the creation of the first Euro (or Dollar). What a fucked up system. Of course, it was designed as a form of measured social control – of controlled control.

Those at the top of the pyramid could manufacture (counterfeit) money with little effort, but then those at the bottom of the pyramid would have to pay back these debts with the sweat from their brows.

The European economy is basically a river of IOUs, and the Greek economy a place where the river pools and becomes a backwater (despite Greece having a tradition of shipbuilding, tourism and hard workers).

Rather than taking the bold step of moving to a completely new monetary system (based on a logic that does not lead to periodic collapse and war, as has been the history of modern Europe) the Greek government will now attempt the following: to renegotiate the terms of its indentured servitude.

There is even talk of issuing some kind of “perpetual bond,” which is short for “perpetual bondage” (the etymology).

A week ago, there was the possibility that western civilization could be rescued precisely where it began so gloriously, in Greece.

But now it appears that Greece is on the verge of a more subtle and sophisticated form of slavery. To avert this catastrophe, Greek leaders should actually throw all caution to the wind: Everything Must Go.