I began writing articles for LewRockwell.com in 2001. Lew Rockwell accepted and posted my first one on September 7, 2001, right before the September 11 attacks. That article deals with America’s Civil War from a Jeffersonian, classical liberal perspective. The second one, sparked by 9/11, is titled “A Fourteen Point Plan for a Post-Wilsonian America,” which Lew Rockwell posted on his site on September 28, 2001.
Other more recent articles address various health concerns (vaccines, vitamin D, iodine, selenium, HIV/AIDS, measles, saturated fat, statins, etc.) and other subjects, such as ionizing radiation and nuclear power, climate change, and water fluoridation. The fifteen articles below deal in varying ways with the subjects of politics, economics, and the pursuit of power. They treat these subjects from different, and one might say unusual perspectives.
Written over a 15-year period and listed in chronological order, they are:
1 — A Jeffersonian View of the Civil War (September 8, 2001)
2 –A Fourteen Point Plan for a Post-Wilsonian America (September 28, 2001)
3 — The Philosophical Basis of the Conflict Between Liberty and Statism (May 5, 2003)
4 –Celebrating the Beats (May 17, 2006)
5 –Gone With the Wind: An American Epic (April 17, 2007)
6 — The Austrian Cure for Economic Illness (June 2, 2009)
7 — Pursuing Truth on the Kennedy Assassinations (August 21, 2012)
8 — Wagner’s Ring on the Lust for Power (September 2, 2013)
9 — Reflections on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 50 Years Later (November 16, 2013)
10 –The U.S. Dollar: Currency Masquerading as Money (April 11, 2014)
11 –World War Redux: The Fourth Turning Fourth Time Around (September 16, 2014)
12 — On Compassion (October 6, 2014)
13 — Modern Medicine(September 5, 2015)
14 — Trump: Our Only Hope for Escaping World War III (March 9, 2016)
15 — Becoming a Libertarian (May 2, 2016)
Some thoughts about them:
The victors of wars write history. Naming the war that the American states fought against each other, a Civil War is a misnomer—the Confederate side was not battling for control of the central government. Two more appropriate names for it are Lincoln’s War to Prevent Secession (thanks to Tom DiLorenzo) and the War to Prevent Southern Independence.
The “Civil War” was fought for political and economic reasons. Import duties on goods shipped into southern ports provided most of the revenue needed to fund the (then small) Federal government. The Union would face serious financial difficulties if the Confederate states were to become a separate republic. Lincoln did not introduce slavery as an issue until 17 months, almost a year-and-a-half, into the war when the Union was losing. By then, seven battles had been fought. The Union won one, lost three, and another three were indecisive (see the article). At that point, Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, framed as a “war measure.” The Proclamation only freed slaves in rebel states, not under Union control, and owners of slaves could keep them as their personal property if their state would rejoin the Union within 100 days. Lincoln also proposed constitutional amendments whereby slave owners could keep them for 37 years (up to 1900), and the government would compensate owners for the loss of their slave property when they freed them. Once freed, Lincoln’s stated intention was to ship them out of the country. (The article provides the references that confirm the truth of these statements.)
In its pursuit of power, the Federal government sought to control the Confederate states and bend them to its will. This was the guiding principle in its War to Prevent Southern Independence.
(My interest in the Civil War began at an early age spending summer vacations in North Carolina with my maternal great-grandmother, Mary Lyde Williams [1866-1960]. Her father, Lewis Thomas Hicks, fought with Stonewall Jackson and commanded a North Carolina regiment in the Battle of Gettysburg. I write about them in this article and in another one titled, A Civil War Book Collection for 2002, which I recommend. Some of the books my great-grandmother had on the Civil War are now in my library.)
Written in the wake of 9/11, this article considers what Americans must do to prevent more terrorist attacks and restore the country to its once economically well-off condition.
President Wilson inflicted lasting damage on our way of life during his term in office (1913-1921). His reign effected enactment of the Federal Reserve System; a Federal Income Tax, popular election of Senators, and Prohibition of Alcohol (Amendments 16, 17, 18); a Federal Trade Commission and farm Loan Act; and a Narcotics Act, making cocaine and heroin illegal. He sent 1.5 million U.S. soldiers to fight in a European war that had become a stalemate, turning it into World War I. This led to the rise of Hitler and Stalin and 20 years later World War II. Wilson presented his “Fourteen Points” to Congress in 1918. It included rearranging the borders and sovereignty of some nine countries in Europe and through a League of Nations to establish a New World Order.
The following 21st Century Fourteen Points is an Austrian economic, classical liberal plan for a post-Wilsonian America, one which can restore our country, in this century, to the constitutional Republic it once was:
- End the United States’ worldwide military presence and keep American troops in the United States.
- Stop placing economic sanctions on other countries.
- Engage in unrestricted trade with all nations; drop all trade barriers with nations that will do the same.
- Declare principled neutrality in all foreign disputes and wars.
- Withdraw from the United Nations.
- Abolish Government restrictions on domestic energy production.
- End the War on Drugs; decriminalize their sale and use.
- Privatize health, education, welfare, and social security.
- Dismantle federal government regulatory agencies, such as the EPA, FDA, OSHA, and BATF.
- Proscribe corporate welfare and subsidies.
- Return all illegal aliens to their homeland.
- Decommission the Federal Reserve banking system.
- Repeal the 16th Amendment and abolish the Federal Income Tax
- Place the nation’s currency back on a Gold Standard.
Fifteen years later, two alterations: First, for point 6 in Domestic Policy instead of returning all illegal/unauthorized aliens to their homeland, grant amnesty and a Green Card to those who are gainfully employed and do not get government support, especially families with children born in the U.S. Second, also repeal the 17th Amendment, ending popular election of Senators which Andrew Napolitano shows in his book, Theodore and Woodrow, published in 2007, is an important factor in the progressive central government’s effort to strip away power from the States. 
This article touches on the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and, most importantly, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860). His philosophy endorses the concept of Natural Rights to unregulated life, liberty, and property—so long as one’s action do not infringe on the rights of others. In a witty and acerbic fashion, Schopenhauer thoroughly discredits Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), the reigning statist philosopher of the day and philosophical father of Karl Marx.
Schopenhauer studied human action from a philosophical perspective like Ludwig von Mises subsequently did in economics, demonstrating that self-interest is the principle motive that guides human action. A second motive is a malice, which a small percentage of people possess, notably sociopathic politicians pursuing power. A third motive that directs human action is compassion (see article no. 12). Schopenhauer was also the first philosopher to focus on sex and its philosophical significance, before Sigmund Freud (1836-1939).
Despised by Cultural Marxists and sadly neglected today, progressives dismiss Schopenhauer for being a “pessimist.” He was the first Western philosopher to study Hinduism and Buddhism, two religions that he greatly admired (along with Christianity), whose “pessimistic” teachings he embraced to some degree.
Libertarians should read Schopenhauer. Start with his essay “Wisdom of Life.”  This article recommends what to read next. People who take to heart what Schopenhauer writes about life will not want to seek political office and pursue power (but will still enjoy reading Lew Rockwell’s Political Theater blog).
In World War II, politicians, and their military aides exercising power killed millions of people. A generation of young Americans living then and seeing the ovens of Auschwitz and what atomic bombs could do rejected the pursuit of power and sought escape and enlightenment through sex, drugs, bebop (jazz), and Eastern Mysticism.
Called the Beat Generation the Beat movement began in 1944 when Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, at Columbia University, met William Burroughs, author of The Naked Lunch (1959), a Harvard graduate ten years their senior. Neal Cassady, its fourth main figure, raised in the slums of Denver by a “wino-hobo” father, became the inspiration and guiding light of the movement. In Ginsberg’s Howl (1956), Neal Cassady is “N.C.,” the “secret hero of these poems.” He is also the central character in Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel, On the Road (1957).
Recognized now as one of the classic poems of the 20th century, in a highly publicized court trial authorities sought to ban Howl as obscene. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an important Beat poet, reporting on the trial for the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “It is not the poet but what he observes which is revealed as obscene. The great obscene wastes of Howl are the sad wastes of the mechanized world, lost among atom bombs and insane nationalisms.”
Kerouac’s On the Road has been translated into 33 languages. When queried, booksellers in the UK have ranked On the Road as one of the 50 books that have had a significant and lasting impact on the world, along with the Bible, the Koran (Quran), and Alex Comfort’s The Joy of Sex.
The Beat Generation is the antithesis of the pursuit of power.
(I first read On the Road at age 17 soon after it was published. It prompted me in my early 20s to spend a summer hitchhiking around Europe, saxophone in hand, sitting in and playing with jazz groups in clubs on the Left Bank of Paris and in Schwabing, Munich which, in those years, was its bohemian quarter. The Journal of the Book Club of Washington first published this article in a somewhat altered form. For interested readers, see my companion article Books by the Beat Generation )
Published in 1936, people around the world revere Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone With the Wind about the fall of the Confederacy, the burning of Atlanta, and the military occupation of the South. It has been translated into more than 40 languages. In Auschwitz, a woman in Lager C who had read Gone With the Wind numerous times told the story in installments day after day to her bunkmates, providing solace and helping them to mentally escape their confinement. In Ethiopia, Mengistu’s Red Terror in 1977-78 imprisoned two-thirds of the young men in that country. One inmate, an Addis Ababa University student, obtained a copy of the book that an arrested American had with him. This student translated it into Amharic on the only paper obtainable, the inner linings of 3,000 cigarette packs. He would read the passages translated each day to his cellmates who, when released, smuggled them out piecemeal disguised as packs of cigarettes. When the translator, Nebiy Mekonnen, was finally released eight years later he managed to track down all of the packs and get the novel published, in Amharic.
The communist regime in the former USSR banned Gone With the Wind. When finally published in Russia in 2001 its translator said, “The whole thing happened in Russia… We were survivors of the war, like Scarlett, and this novel was ringing a lot of bells for us. We saw the ravages, we saw the fires, we saw the pilloried villages, we saw the poverty and the hunger… Gone With the Wind is considered in Russia as [the] American War and Peace.
This article recognizes the fact that each culture typically will have only one or two true epics in its literature, like Homer’s Iliad for ancient Greece and Virgil’s Aeneid for ancient Rome. Gone With the Wind is America’s epic. It addresses a universal theme, that of struggling through adversities created by war, spawned by politicians pursuing power and prone to malice. Its narrative deals with a pivotal event in American history that altered the power between the U.S. Federal government and the States.
Mainstream court historians, presenting the victor’s version of events, focus on slavery and downplay the economic reasons why the South seceded from the Union. They dismiss Mitchell’s epic novel as a “moonlight in magnolias” plantation romance. In today’s political climate, educators avoid the book.
Lew Rockwell posted this article in 2007, at the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. Americans today, nine years later, risk suffering the same kind of privations people in the South experienced during and after the Civil War and will likely once again treasure this epic work like people did during the (first) Great Depression.
(The 1939 film version of Gone With the Wind presents a falsely romantic picture of the Old South. Though well-loved, it is a pale and distorted mirror of the book.)
This article approaches our country’s chronic and worsening economic illness from a medical perspective. Physicians appraise a patient’s symptoms and signs (physical findings), order laboratory tests, make a diagnosis, start treatment, and offer a prognosis on how things will turn out. The Fed, government officials, and financial advisors handle economic illness in a similar way. Unfortunately, their diagnosis, employing mathematical models from a macroeconomic perspective, is wrong. And the treatment prescribed, repeated doses of Keynesian fiscal and monetary stimuli, is making the patient, in this case, the economy, sicker.
By most measures, the economy has poorly recovered from the 2007-2009 Global Financial Crisis, and things are getting worse. The 2007 to …? period in American history will likely come to be termed the Second Great Depression, or Great Depression-2 (GD-2). Written in 2008, in the middle of the (initial) Global Financial Crisis, this article states:
“The unfolding Great Depression-2 has the potential to become much worse and more protracted than the 1930-1946 Great Depression. In GD-1 [the first Great Depression], the U.S. was a creditor nation. There were no subprime mortgages (and no property taxes), no credit cards (and thus no credit card debt), and no financial derivatives (there are $600 Trillion of them today [now up to $1.5 Quadrillion in 2016]). The country had a trade surplus. The U.S. now has a trade deficit (the gap between the nation’s imports and exports), ranging between $612 and $759 Billion a year since 2004 [the trade deficit was still a high $531 Billion in 2015].”
In 2008 the U.S. Federal Debt was $7.4 Trillion. Now, eight years later it is $19.5 Trillion.
Austrian economic medicine is our only hope for curing the worsening financial crisis we face and making the Second Great Depression shorter than the first one, and to avoid another world war. (The Austrian School of Economics is named after the nationality of its founder Carl Menger [1840-1921], a professor of political economy at the University of Vienna, not for that country’s economy.) Taking a microeconomic approach and studying the action of individuals in the marketplace, Austrian economics eschews mathematical models and, instead, addresses subjects such as marginal utility, the subjective theory of value, scarcity and choice, capital malinvestment, moral hazard, and the importance of free markets and stable currency for setting prices.
This Austrian medicine has six parts: 1) End the Fed; 2) Restore sound money to the economy; 3) Lower taxes and cut government spending (cutting government spending by two-thirds after WW II helped finally end the First Great Depression); 4) No bailouts (especially of banks); 5) Allow prices and wages to fall to levels set by the market; and 6) Regulate the government, not private property and markets.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy represents the apogee in American history of politics in the pursuit of power. The politically ordered truth that a lone gunman with communist sympathies killed Kennedy is false. Its true history is that JFK’s assassination was a political coup, planned and ordered by the U.S. National Security State—high-level government officials, the CIA, and the military-industrial complex defense establishment.
The article discloses my personal connection with the two key physicians involved in President Kennedy’s care when he was shot. They are Admiral George Burkley (1902-1991), the President’s personal physician, and Dr. Malcolm Perry (1925-2009), the surgeon who performed a tracheotomy on JFK at Parkland Hospital after he was shot. Their observations are pivotal to the case.
Dr. Burkley filled out and signed JFK’s Death Certificate. It placed the bullet wound in the back 5½ inches below the neck, far too low for the bullet to have exited through the neck and gone on to inflict all the bullet wounds Governor Connolly sustained sitting in front of Kennedy according to the “single bullet theory.” The findings on JFK’s Death Certificate render the single bullet theory ballistically and anatomically impossible. The Warren Commission ignored it, did not publish it, and kept Dr. Burkley from testifying at its hearings.
Dr. Perry was the first doctor to speak publicly about the President’s injuries in a televised news conference. This seasoned trauma surgeon informed the American public and the world that, “There was an entrance wound in the neck… It [the bullet] appeared to be coming at him.” A Secret Service agent later coerced Dr. Perry to change his opinion and agree with the Warren Commission inquisitors that the bullet wound he observed in the neck “certainly would be consistent with an exit wound.”
Fifteen years later Dr. Perry told me in a private, surgeon-to-surgeon conversation that the bullet wound in Kennedy’s neck was, without question, a wound of entrance, irrespective of what he was obliged to tell the Warren Commission. He left Texas and joined the surgical faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle as a professor of vascular surgery, with an office next to mine. We became friends would sometimes operate together on thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.
The article examines five books on the assassination published since 2003 that prove beyond a reasonable doubt the assassination of President Kennedy was a state execution, a political murder carried out to achieve political-military ends.
The article also addresses the assassination of Robert Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr.
(The late John Judge, director of the Coalition on Political Assassinations invited me to give a talk on this article at their annual November 22 (2012) meeting in Dallas. Leading assassination researcher Joan Mellen, a professor at Temple University, spoke at this meeting and said she would like to have her students read this article as an introduction to a course she was giving at Temple on the JFK assassination.)
Regarding Richard Wagner (1813-1883), the German opera composer, Woody Allen says, “I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.”
Wagner’s four-opera music drama Des Ring der Nibelung (Ring of the Nibelung) is the ultimate artistic statement on the pursuit of power. Drawn from Norse mythology, its two principle components are an all-powerful Ring made of gold and a magical metallic veil, the Tarnhelm, which renders the ring’s possessor invisible and able to watch everything that is happening unobserved.
Apropos Oscar Wilde’s dictum that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life,” we find ourselves now living in a U.S. Surveillance State with its all-seeing National Security Agency (NSA) watching everything we do, hiding behind the allegorical Tarnhelm. Power brokers, pre-Edward Snowden, called the NSA, “No Such Agency.”
The first opera in the series, Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), focuses on acquiring power. A dwarf, Alberich, steals the gold at the bottom of the Rhine River that three Rhinemaidens guard. Making advances and rebuffed by them, Alberich discovers that by renouncing love he can not only steal the gold but also forge an all-powerful Ring from it.
The story continues in Das Rheingold and then in three more operas: Die Walküre (The Valkyries), Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods). Wotan, the supreme god steals the Ring from Alberich. It then passes through the hands of Fafner (a giant); Siegfried (Wotan’s human grandson); and finally Brünnhilde (Wotan’s godly warrior daughter who he sadly turns into a defenseless human being when she disobeys him). She returns the Ring to the Rhinemaidens as the world burns, ending the reign of the gods.
Adolf Hitler, one of the most striking cases of the pursuit of power in human history, was a big fan of Wagner’s operas. But he did not like not Parsifal, Wagner’s last opera about compassion, composed as a musical manifestation of Schopenhauer’s philosophy. Hitler also disliked the Ring’s final opera Götterdämmerung due to the way it ends with the gods all dying, perhaps due to a premonition that he would come to a similar end. (After the Battle of Stalingrad he could only listen to the light operas of Franz Lehär.)
This article recommends what arguably are the best CDs, DVDs, websites, and books on the Ring.
(I grew up in a musical family. My father helped put himself through medical school playing saxophone in a swing band in the 1930s, in Nebraska. My mother, an aspiring church-choir coloratura soprano, co-founded Palm Beach Opera [in 1961] and was the company’s first Violetta in La Traviata. I played hard-bop jazz on the [alto and baritone] saxophone in quintets in high school and college and then fell in love with classical music, particularly opera. As a surgical resident at The Roosevelt Hospital [1965-1970] in New York, two blocks south of Lincoln Center, I had the opportunity to sign up, 2 and 3 times a week, as the house doctor for performances by the NY City Opera and Ballet, NY Philharmonic, and sometimes at the Met. In Seattle, since 1974, I have had the pleasure of attending more than 30 complete performances of Wager’s Ring of the Nibelung presented by Seattle Opera).
My second article on JFK written on the 50th Anniversary of his death delves more deeply into the case, beginning with his handling of the Cold War. The major events, starting shortly after Kennedy assumed office in 1961 until his assassination in 1963, were
1) The expatriate Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, where he refused to provide U.S. troops and the necessary air support for the invasion to succeed.
2) Operation Northwoods, where the Joint Chiefs of Staff (unanimously) wanted to mount a U.S. military invasion of Cuba, to be justified by acts of terrorism performed by U.S. military disguised as Cuban terrorists, which Kennedy angrily rejected.
3) The Cuban Missile Crisis, which JFK diffused without engaging in any actions that might provoke war, to his military leaders’ disgust.
4) His American University address promoting peaceful coexistence with communists.
5) Pushing through and ratifying a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
Kennedy’s final insult to the U.S. National Security establishment was:
6) His National Security Action Memorandum 263 for pulling all U.S. troops out of Vietnam.
JFK issued this Memorandum on October 11, 1963, six weeks before they killed him.
This article goes into more detail on my connection with Dr. Perry (Kennedy’s surgeon after he was shot) and Admiral Burkley (Kennedy’s personal physician) and his son, and my friend, George; on the medical findings and witnesses at Parkland Hospital in Dallas; and the events, findings, and witnesses at the autopsy done at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The article exposes the chicanery the Warren Commission practiced in its investigation of the assassination. It also has a table presenting a 1963-1998 JFK Assassination Timeline, which is subtitled “Truth is the Daughter of Time, not of Authority” (from Francis Bacon).
This article, written on the 100th Anniversary of the country’s third central bank, the Federal Reserve System, displays the front-and-back sides of a U.S. $20 bill issued in 1922. The following statement is printed on the front side (in big capital letters): IN GOLD COIN, PAYABLE TO THE BEARER ON DEMAND; and on the back side it states: GOLD CERTIFICATE. One could then redeem this $20 bill for about 1 oz. of gold when gold was then valued at $20.67 per troy ounce.
When the Fed opened its doors for business in 1914 people used gold coins to make purchases and pay the debt. Real-money gold and silver coins and gold-backed and silver-backed dollars served not only as a medium of exchange and unit of account but also as a store of value. Now, however, shorn of any relationship to gold, or silver, the U.S. dollar is a fiat currency masquerading as money.
Since 1963 the declaration on U.S. dollars states (in small letters): “This note is Legal Tender for All Debts, Public, and Private.” Instead of printing dollar bills, the Fed now creates the vast majority of “dollars” with keystrokes entering numbers on a computer. As one observer (see article) puts it, “At one time the biggest problem was [unbacked] paper money. Now it’s vapor money. The government can create trillions of dollars by pushing a few computer keys.” As a result, the dollar under Federal Reserve management has lost 95-99 percent of its value, depending on how one measures it.
The U.S. dollar has been a full-blown fiat currency since 1971 when the U.S. government suspended international convertibility of the dollar into gold. (A fiat currency is “money” that is not convertible into coin or specie of equivalent value, where the government arbitrarily fixes its value.)
This article makes three points with regard to fiat currencies: 1) Fiat money funds wars; 2) Fiat money fractures the curb that gold-backed money places on political power; and 3) State-controlled fiat currencies throughout human history have uniformly become worthless. This has been the fate of all 389 fiat currencies issued in 170 countries.
(Check out Ralph Foster’s 2012 book Fiat Paper Money: The History and Evolution of Our Currency, cited in the article’s references.)
William Strauss and Neil Howe wrote a prophetic book, published in 1997, titled The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny. They show that human history does not progress in a linear fashion, as commonly thought, especially among progressives. Human history, instead, follows a cyclical course, each cycle having four seasons, like the four seasons of the earth’s solar cycle.
Each cycle in human history around 80 years, corresponding to the normal lifespan of an individual and overall renewal of a human population. Strauss and Howe call the four human seasons in the human cycle “Turnings” naming them a High; Awakening; Unraveling; and Crisis. The “winter’ Crisis season—Fourth Turning—is typically a two-decade period where the country’s institutional life is torn down and rebuilt from the ground up in response to a perceived threat to the nation’s survival.
America as a nation currently is in its 4th Cycle—“Fourth Time Around.” Its history began with the Revolutionary Cycle (1704-1794), then a Civil War Cycle (1794-1865), followed by a Great Power Cycle (1865-1946), and now is in the final stages of its Millennial Cycle (1946-2026?). As predicted, exactly to the year in their 1997 book, the Fourth Turning Crisis season in the current Millennial Cycle began in 2008 with the Lehman Brothers collapse in the Global Financial Crisis.
A table in the article shows that wars have occurred in each American Crisis phase so far, with each one worse than the previous one. There were 25,000 military and civilian deaths in the American Revolution; 750,000 deaths in the Civil War; and counting all military and civilian deaths, including those from war-related diseases and famine, 85 million people died in World War II.
What will happen during the ten years or so remaining in this Fourth Turning? A nuclear World War III? A nuclear holocaust with ten times the number of death than what they were in WW II?
Strauss and Howe write: “The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort – in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.”
To help avoid a nuclear Third World War in this Fourth Turning, America needs to adopt a more non-interventionist foreign policy like that advocated by the nation’s founders.
The article ends quoting Strauss and Howe in a more optimistic light on how this Fourth Turning might end. They write: “America could enter a new golden age, triumphantly applying shared values to improve the human condition. The rhythms of history do not reveal the outcome of the coming Crisis: all they suggest is the timing and dimension.”
12 — On Compassion
This article begins with an account of my experience with a 101-year-old man named George Crosby, on whom I performed open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. A photograph of this indomitable centenarian given to me by his wife, taken six months after his heart surgery, shows him working on his farm on the Olympic Peninsula across Puget Sound from Seattle, bent over a trestle of vines, arms outstretched, tending them lovingly with his hands. Celebrating life, George Crosby possessed a loving-kindness for all living things. He glowed with compassion.
Today people increasingly use the word “compassion” in a loose and careless fashion, particularly in political discourse, where politicians like to say, “I feel your pain,” in the same kind of way they have usurped the word “liberal,” having it connote the opposite of what the word classically means.
True compassion embodies the two cardinal virtues of natural justice and loving-kindness.
This article explores the philosophical, moral, and medical significance of compassion and contains quotes by Schopenhauer; Woody Allen, most importantly from his movie Broadway Danny Rose; and from Milan Kundera’s novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
The one thing that self-serving politicians in their pursuit of power totally lack is compassion.
I was quite touched by an email that Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute, sent me after reading this article. He said, “Thanks for the incredible piece Monday [October 6, 2014]. Sobering, thought-provoking, yet upbeat and hopeful. One of the year’s best articles [on LewRockwell.com].”
(A longer version of this article first appeared as Chapter 3 in my book, Heart in Hand, published in 1999. This book delves into the philosophy of Schopenhauer, the operas of Richard Wagner, the films of Woody Allen, and my life as a heart surgeon.)
13 — Modern Medicine
This commentary addresses the problems that afflict modern medicine. The U.S. federal government has sought to control and regiment the practice of medicine since 1965 when a Social Security Amendment created Medicare and Medicaid. I graduated from medical school that year.
The next big step in government’s control of medicine occurred in 1984 with the Deficit Reduction Act, which imposed price controls on physician services for Medicare patients. By 1999, there were 110,000 pages of Medicare-related federal rules and regulations (twice the number of pages comprising the U.S. Tax Code).
Worse was to come. One particularly draconian Act is the 1996 Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA), which the regime uses to trap unwary physicians and impose Civil Monetary Penalties for various newly defined health care offenses, which include “incorrect coding and [government-judged] unnecessary services.” A subsequent related Act, the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) raised Civil Monetary Penalties to $50,000 for each violation and up to $1.5 Million for identical violations in a calendar year.
And on it goes, culminating in the current Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as “Obamacare.” This Act decrees how medicine is now to be practiced and stipulates that all “providers”—the new politically correct name for physicians and surgeons—must start using electronic health records or face penalties. The 384,000-word ACA deals chiefly with subjects other than “Patient Protection” and “Affordable Care.” Instead, it focuses on taxation, regulations, subsidies, expansion of Medicaid special interest group favors, replacing physician fee-for-service with “value-based” purchasing, penalties, punishment, and further price controls (all discussed in the piece).
This commentary also addresses Practice Guidelines, which function more as medical-legal requirements than optional guidelines; relatively new Evidence-Based Medicine, which is statistically based and functions more as a tool for managerial dominance than for making good medical decisions; Unassailable Medical Paradigms, like the cholesterol theory of heart disease; the Industrialization of Medicine, where doctors are becoming like assembly-line workers, practicing medicine according to federally prescribed guidelines, centrally connected and monitored using online computer health records; and the Two Laws: Eroom’s Law (Moore’s Law spelled backwards) and Gammon’s Law, two fascinating, little-known bureaucratic laws that I discuss in the commentary.
The government road that modern medicine is following ends with the Sovietization of American medicine. The other road that Robert Frost describes it in his poem “The Road Not Taken,” the “one less traveled by,” leads to freedom and free market medicine. Taking this road offers modern medicine the best opportunity to prevent disease and develop cures for existing, currently incurable chronic diseases, where longevity with well-being is the ultimate goal.
Lew Rockwell posted this commentary on his site after it was first published in the Fall 2015 Issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (Volume 20, Number 3, Pages 83-89).
The best thing about Donald Trump is that he is not part of the political establishment, and he has no stake in neoconservative efforts to subdue Russia and have Washington run the world. In contrast to his establishment-favored opponent, Secretary Clinton, Trump views U.S. wars of intervention and occupation around the world, in countries that pose no threat to American citizens a waste of taxpayer money. He’d rather spend that money refurbishing U.S. infrastructure and its decaying airports.
Both the Democratic and Republican establishment criticize Trump for being too friendly with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. They denounce him for questioning the cost and legitimacy of America’s commitment to Cold War relics like NATO and Washington threatening Russia by encouraging its neighboring states of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Georgia to join NATO and giving them weapons and military guarantees to defend them.
This article revisits the Fourth Turning theory postulated by Strauss and Howe discussed in article No. 11 in this series, “The Fourth Turning Fourth Time Around.” The likelihood that this 4th Fourth Turning in U.S. history that began in 2008 will beget World War III before it’s over and turn nuclear is quite high. The nuclear weapons the U.S. and Russia stockpile now are 50-times more powerful than the atomic bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan in 1945. This means that if a nuclear WW III does indeed occur there will be hundreds of millions of deaths, likely 10-times the 85 Million deaths that occurred in WW II.
Since LRC posted this article, on March 6, 2016, ominous signs continue to point towards nuclear war. Zero Hedge, on October 4, 2016, issued a report titled, “40 Million Russians To Take Part in ‘Nuclear Disaster’ Drill, Days After US General Warns Of War With Moscow.”  Another one the next day, as I am writing this, by Paul Craig Roberts is titled, “Washington Pushing the World To War – Can Trump Stop It?” 
Donald Trump may very well prove to be our only hope for escaping a nuclear World War III.
Libertarians champion individual liberty, private property, free markets (operated with sound money), and peace (following the non-intervention/non-aggression principle). A libertarian adheres to the two natural laws that make human civilization possible: Do All You Have Agreed to Do and Do Not Encroach on Other Persons or Their Property. Individual liberty and free markets cannot exist without following these two laws. They safeguard contracts and property rights respectively. Political systems that reject them eventually succumb to tyranny or chaos, or both.
This article and a companion one, “What Kerouac, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Practicing Medicine Have Taught Me About Liberty,” discuss how I became a libertarian—a liberal in its classic sense.
The path that the U.S. government has been following over the last 100 years and has funded its wars began with the new Federal Reserve System and personal income tax. Armed with these two money-printing and money-collecting acts, the country’s leaders have pursued a redistributionist, “progressive” ideological path. Instead of doing all they have agreed to do and not encroach on other persons or their property, progressives follow a different code, one in which “the end justifies the means,” where a perceived good outcome excuses any wrongs committed to attain it. As a result, the American political system is becoming increasingly tyrannical.
Two senior libertarians, Walter Block and Ralph Raico, have founded a group with me called “Libertarians for Trump.”  We encourage people to visit the site and its Facebook page, which my wife Linda manages, and to think about becoming a libertarian.
We will soon see how things turn out—with the election, the economy, and if America can avoid becoming engaged in a third world war.
(One can access all my articles that are online, including all those on LewRockwell.com, categorized by subject on my website donaldmiller.com. My book Heart in Hand is also available on the site, with each chapter separately accessible in pdf.)
1 – Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom by Andrew Napolitano (2007), available in various formats on Amazon.com HERE
2 – “Wisdom of Life” by Arthur Schopenhauer, available on amazon.com on Kindle ($0.99) and Paperback ($1.99) HERE
3 – “40 Million Russians To Take Part in ‘Nuclear Disaster’ Drill, Days After US General Warns Of War With Moscow” is HERE
4 – “Washington Pushing the World To War – Can Trump Stop It?” by Paul Craig Roberts is HERE 5 — Its website is libertariansfortrump.org.
I rarely buy The Sunday Times, a British newspaper with as many sections and supplements as Joseph’s coat had colors. It is an unwieldy journal to read, about as convenient as riding a bicycle in an airplane.
I bought it the other day, though, and as usual admired the consummate skill with which its editors manage to pack so little into so much space. It requires a certain ingenuity and brazenness (as well as advertisers of everything from holidays in Croatia to stair lifts for the elderly) to fill so many pages every week.
I turned to the section called Culture, on whose cover I saw staring out at me the face of a man called Liam Gallagher, a former pop singer. The title was “Still a Rock ’n’ Roll Star.”
His face took me back a few years to when I was what might be called the vulgarity correspondent for a British newspaper that shall be nameless. When it came to vulgarity, this newspaper faced in more than one direction: In theory, it was against it, but in practice it actively promoted it, thus getting the best of two readerships.
As for vulgarity correspondent I was sent wherever, at home or abroad, British youth gathered and behaved unattractively—which, of course, was more or less anywhere it gathered. They sent me to Glasgow to see Liam and his brother Noel perform.
This was the second pop “concert” the newspaper had sent me to. The first was by an act so horrible—the “artists” urinated over the nearest members of the audience and repeatedly addressed it as “you motherfuckers”—that the council of a town repeatedly voted as one of the worst in England (where the competition for the title is exceedingly great) had banned them from appearing on a municipal stage. Their music sounded to me like a perpetual car crash; their language combined banality with extreme offensiveness, and I was surprised to see that many middle-class enthusiasts so desired to be insulted and urinated over that they brought their 6- or 7-year-old children with them to witness it. I suppose they couldn’t get babysitters for the night.
It is amusing to see the political establishment so desperate to defeat Trump that it will resort to any – as in a-n-y – indiscretion to keep him out of the White House. The sin du jour is an eleven-year-old video of Trump talking about a failed effort to seduce a woman, saying, in part, “when you’re a star they let you do it.” I don’t know whether any of the “stars” were Bill Clinton, or the Kennedy brothers, who did far more than talk about doing so, but used their positions of power (including helpful Secret Service agents) to engage in such acts with vulnerable women. Perhaps the make-believe “journalists” on television news channels whose “reports” are dominated by their endless babbling about this video, would be willing to replay some earlier video taken at Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts!
Unless such behavior is outrageous only when engaged in by the non-politically correct faithful, and if joking, on camera, about sex is enough to disqualify such persons from office, any intellectually honest journalist (are there any?) might choose to inquire of Hillary: “do you repudiate the extra-marital sexual behavior of your husband when he was president – including oral sex with young interns in the Oval Office – and can you assure us that neither you nor your husband – as ‘first gentleman’ if you are elected – will engage in such actions?
Reply from Jack Douglas:
Excellent, Butler! You really skewered the bastardmediaflaks with the TRUTH here.
The whole thing is a set up. Whatever Billy Bush the interviewer taper said is missing. Trump is responding in a joshing, very unvulgar way to what the interviewer said about all the beautiful ingenues on the set who were, as always, on the make for the stars like Trump who could give them a boost. I did a study of BEAUTIFUL WOMEN and know that scene. Trump talked like a Sunday School teacher, very politely and tenderly, even about the “pussy,” a childish term. He’s really talking about his powerful feelings for beautiful women, something any young heterosexual man knows about and finds hard to tame. Then Trump tells about an old girl friend from an earlier period who shut down his advances, then he sees her beauty has been cosmetized away.
This rates a big fat 0 on the scale of locker talk. This is like grade school except for the last bit about her shutting him down. Note, unlike Bill and his bulldyke lesbians friends, Trump was very polite in being rebuffed. This would at most be a PG flick at the Mall. I literally remember second-grade sex talk that was way beyond this and by the seventh grade the old wild sex booklets were all over Miami’s Robert E. Lee jr. high.
Americans are deteriorating mentally very rapidly.
The headline reads “John Kerry calls for war crimes investigation of Russia and Syria over Aleppo attacks”. John Kerry is angry that the Syrian army is about to take eastern Aleppo. He’s angry because the U.S. has no viable force to stop this. He’s angry because Assad is still in power. He’s angry that Assad has allies in Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. He’s angry that the chemical rap didn’t stick on Assad. He’s angry that the U.S. didn’t launch a massive air attack on Syria’s infrastructure and military in 2013. He’s angry that no viable force of “moderate” rebels exists. He’s taking his anger out on Russia.
Kerry attacks Russia with phony charges because his other options are so unpalatable. He acts as if attacking a city to win a war has suddenly become a war crime, today, in 2016, in Aleppo. He acts as if it was not a crime for Saudi Arabia to attack Yemen, for NATO to attack Libya and for the U.S. to attack Iraq and Afghanistan. He acts as if the moral designation of acts of war has changed drastically from the time that the U.S. mercilessly bombed Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. This was a mere 45 years ago. Does the turning of a calendar page into the 21st century mean that an act of war that was always in mankind’s arsenal of killing suddenly has become a war crime? If so, then the U.S. stands in the docket too.
Kerry is so angry and frustrated that he launches a propaganda salvo to obtain what he cannot win on the battlefield. He attacks Russia and Syria on grounds that apply to Israel, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in the 21st century. Is this also blindness? Is it also confidence that the American public and media will not call him on this because he’s gotten a free pass up to now? Is it that in the lame duck presidency, he feels free to express his frustration and lash out at convenient objects?
Kerry wants Russia and Syria not to attack the jihadists lodged in eastern Aleppo, but these jihadists are associated with al-Qaeda and ISIL and/or similar Islamic fundamentalist armed groups.
Kerry is mighty confused. The U.S. signed onto a U.N. resolution just 10 months ago that called for attacks like these. Kerry is cited in that document saying “the test now was to defeat the terrorists and put Syria on the road to the political transition envisioned in the Geneva Communique.” The document itself “Reiterates its call in resolution 2249 (2015) for Member States to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh), Al-Nusra Front (ANF), and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al Qaeda or ISIL, and other terrorist groups,…”
Kerry’s confusion has a simple source. He wants Assad out of power and the only forces capable of bringing this about are jihadist forces whom he also wants out of the game. He has to choose one or the other. He is choosing to support the jihadists, also commonly called terrorists. This choice has been in effect for years. The U.S. sold arms to Saudi Arabia and they supplied them to the jihadists. Jihadists were recruited from many nations beyond Syria’s borders. Turkey participated.
Because of Kerry’s choice and the previous role of the U.S. government in cutting the jihadists a lot of slack, knowing full well what arms they were getting that were made in America, theAmerican attack on Syrian forces on August 15, 2016, takes on a sinister look. It looks intentional. It looks like a rogue Pentagon in action. It’s the Pentagon that publicly resisted coordinating with the Russians against terrorists. It’s the Pentagon that has suddenly bombed bridges on the Euphrates. It is now military and neocon think tank people who are suggesting that the U.S. bomb the airplane runways of the Syrian air force. It is all of these and Kerry who are renewing their outcries against Russia.
This is all because eastern Aleppo is about to fall to the Syrian forces. That victory will release forces for ongoing offensives in other parts of the country. The U.S. has no other options to prevent an Assad victory or at least safe options that do not directly confront Russia and make unmitigated and undeclared war against Syria.
In contemporary America, a president can with impunity send special forces into Syria uninvited and drop bombs too on Syrian territory while no established social or political institution challenges the constitutionality of it. The next president, whether Clinton or Trump. can be expected to expand the U.S. participation in this war. This is one reason why the Assad coalition forces are seeking to win as much as possible now. Voices are also being raised again in favor of a partition of Syria.
The U.S. has sought in vain to locate or train or build up moderate forces. If Assad had resigned or been driven from power, who would have taken his place? The U.S. strategists continually have pipe dreams of installing a viable puppet government supported by a force that will maintain order. But do these so-called experts expect the jihadists who have definite ideas about an Islamic government and who do the fighting to lay down their arms or otherwise turn into a docile force loyal to an American-inspired and assisted government? This didn’t work in Vietnam. It didn’t work in Iraq. It failed in Iran, although it took several decades to fail. It hasn’t worked in Afghanistan.
The actual moderate forces in Syria are those of the government, of Assad. He has been a strong man. That’s what has suited the Syrian society, which is divided, even if it was unpopular to many and had elements that the U.S. State Department found objectionable. Various groups in Syria had scope to live together even though the political system didn’t allow serious dissent or political association that threatened the stability of the arrangement. The repression of the population was preferable to what has been going on now for 5 years, which is an internationalized war whose aim is to get rid of Assad and balkanize the country. Partition of Syria is the objective of both Israel and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. supports it as one of the several possible outcomes because it plays into the U.S. animus against Iran and its support of both Israel and Saudi Arabia.
U.S. support of Israel and Saudi Arabia has never had a reasonable basis in terms of American interests. Such support has brought us nothing but grief, death and trouble, including 9/11, the U.S.S. Cole, war dead, war disabled, veteran suicides, enormous debts, wasted taxes, a loss of freedoms at home, loss of privacy, homegrown terrorism, increased fear, increased inconveniences, the growth of jihadist radicalism, perpetual war and serious inroads of an American police state.
Now this same support of Israel and Saudi Arabia has brought us into a confrontation with Russia in a country (Syria) where we have no interests. We have Kerry lambasting Russia for things that are a consequence of what the U.S. itself has done. We have sanctions on Russia. We have a notable deterioration in U.S.- Russian Federation relations including the nuclear area and plutonium destruction. What positive do we and the world get out of this? Really we get nothing positive. It’s all negative.
America is asleep, paying little or no attention to the mayhem and negatives of the unquestioning support of Israel by the U.S. government. What attention that is paid is to criticize any notable voice that points to the negatives associated with supporting Israel so blindly and so fully. People in high positions or public figures who might be critical or make trenchant criticisms of the U.S.-Israel connection do not do so for fear of being labeled as anti-Semitic or otherwise harming their livelihood. Anti-Semitism exists but it is hardly such an important or widespread factor that it is to be found in every person who criticizes the Israeli government under Netanyahu or who criticizes U.S. policies with respect to Israel. In my opinion, the suppression of open debate about U.S. support of Israel and about Israel’s domestic policies and about its treatment of Palestinians actually increases irrational and hateful anti-Jewish sentiments. The virulence actually may rise among groups already disposed to it when it appears that the U.S. government is the servant of Israeli interests and not American interests.
For a sample of how the U.S. serves Israel and Saudi Arabia, see this document of the U.S. State Department. Click on the link that appears to see the short memorandum. I will not analyze this document in the detail it deserves. As a sample of how the State Department or components thereof think, it shows that we are in very big trouble. The thinking contained in this is very poor. It is so wrong in so much of what it says that it would take another long blog to lay this out clearly.
For example, it says “Libya was an easier case. But other than the laudable purpose of saving Libyan civilians from likely attacks by Qaddafi’s regime, the Libyan operation had no long-lasting consequences for the region.” This is simply an incredible statement. The purpose (or purposes in the case of France) was anything but laudable. The aims were not to save anything Libyan, civilians or material. The consequences have been bad for that entire region of Africa, for Libya and for Syria to as arms were shipped from Libya to Syria.
The memo paints a picture of how to intervene and win, i.e., displace Assad. It opines “The resulting regime in Syria will see the United States as a friend, not an enemy.” This idea is downright ridiculous. It imagines a democratic core within Syria ready, able and willing to take over once Assad is gone. It takes no recognition of what might transpire instead. It doesn’t acknowledge the social equilibrium that produced a strongman ruling system in the first place. It doesn’t recognize the society’s divisions, the aspirations of certain groups within and how they conflict. It doesn’t recognize how order has been maintained. This kind of statement is a naive pipe dream.
It goes on to argue that “Hezbollah in Lebanon would be cut off from its Iranian sponsor since Syria would no longer be a transit point for Iranian training, assistance, and missiles.” This is part of the support for Israel that motivates the document’s approval for removing Assad. But whoever wrote this is clueless, not realizing that any new government in Syria would very likely establish relations with Iran on a friendly basis and even allow accommodation for Hezbollah. The fact of being neighbors and having many ties makes this likely. It is very unlikely that a new regime will do the bidding of the U.S. and turn Iran into an antagonist, or alternatively suddenly become a friend and supporter of Israel.
More directly on Israel, Iran is painted as the feared enemy that’s aspiring to a nuclear bomb capacity: “Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted.”
This document begins with “The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.” Right off the bat, it identifies the aim as being for Israel to maintain a nuclear monopoly. Overthrowing Assad is the suggested means of attaining this objective.
Where are American interests in this memo? Where are the interests of the peoples of the countries affected, the Libyans and the Syrians? Where are the interests of Palestinians?
A new broom sweeps clean. We Americans need a new broom to sweep Washington clean. It needs to be a very big broom. The place is filthy, benighted, corrupt, devilish, incompetent, and blind. It’s working from extremely slanted premises and worldviews. The results are moronic. The thinking in one area after another is stale and unimaginative, bureaucratic, uninspiring, phony, and tired. These views have been iterated and reiterated across this land and become the conventional views of the media and the silent masses occupied with their daily lives. What does inspire some emotion is the very thing that shouldn’t, which is demonizing Putin and Russia. Anti-Russian editorials everywhere mimic Obama’s own anti-Russian rhetoric. Trump is not that broom. Clinton is not that broom. The current Pope is not that broom. No human being is that broom.
Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after being a bomber pilot in World War II that he acted out his mental distress during ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.
Stewart played George Bailey in the classic movie and channeled his anger and guilt into the scenes where he rages at his family.
Stewart was haunted by ‘a thousand black memories’ from his time as an Air Force commanding officer that he took with him back to Hollywood after the war.
Pilots who flew with him said that became ‘Flak Happy’ during World War II, a term to describe what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany including one instance where they destroyed the wrong city by mistake.
Actor Jimmy Stewart, pictured in 1945 after World War II combat ended, was haunted by his memories from his time in the Air Force
Stewart felt responsible for the death of his men and especially one bloodbath where he lost 13 planes containing 130 men who he knew well.
Stewart’s anguish is laid bare for the first time in author Robert Matzen’s Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the fight for Europe, published by Paladin Communications.
Stewart never spoke about it, even to other veterans, and bottled up his emotions that came out in the acting parts he chose when he returned to Hollywood.
He acted it out during It’s a Wonderful Life, where character George Bailey unravels in front of his family – the emotional core of the film after a lifetime of setbacks, including being unable to go to war while his brother becomes a decorated hero.
Films like Shenandoah and Winchester 73 allowed Stewart to explore his dark side which was never there before he went to war.
Matzen writes that Stewart’s decision to join the military was less surprising than his decision to become an actor; his grandfather fought in the Civil War and more distant relatives fought in the Revolutionary War.
Growing up in Indiana, Pennsylvania, he got into acting while in school and was given a contract by MGM in 1935 which led to him starring Philadelphia Story in 1940, for which he won the Oscar.
The United States is a manipulating humanitarian concern in an effort to protect its proxy militias and its imperial regime change project in Syria. The media and intellectual classes are dutifully falling in line, promoting a narrative of military aggression under the cover of “protecting civilians.” These same “responsibility to protect” arguments led to the invasions of Iraq and Libya, exponentially increasing the massacres, chaos, and proliferation of violent extremism within those countries. They are hypocritical, designed to further interests of conquest and domination, and will lead to more death and destruction in Syria as well.
The United States has no stake in the well-being of Syrian civilians, despite their condemnations of Russia’s offensive in Aleppo. This is clearly shown in the fact that the people they are supporting are guilty of the same crimes they accuse Russia and Syria of indiscriminate attacks, targeting of civilians, destruction of schools, hospitals, etc. Furthermore, the offensive in Aleppo is really no different from what the US did in Manbij, where they are said to have incorporated a “scorched earth policy” while they liberated the city from ISIS, whereby the civilian population was treated “as if they were terrorists or ISIS supporters.” Arguably their conduct was even worse, as they there earned the distinction of launching the deadliest single airstrike on civilians out of the entire 5-year conflict, massacring at least 73 where no ISIS fighters were present. The Manbij operation elicited no moral outcry from the media and punditry, understandably since these were “unworthy victims” given that they were our victims and not those of our enemies. The same can be said about the US operations in Kobani and Fallujah, whereby the entire towns were essentially reduced to rubble without any uproar.
Saudi Arabia as well has no concern for Syrian civilians, as they have been ruthlessly besieging and bombing Yemen, with the support and help of the United States, for two years without any concern for civilian lives. Their assault has led to a humanitarian situation even direr than in Syria, leaving at least 19 million in need of humanitarian assistance; in Syria, it is estimated that a total of 18 million are in need of aid.
Turkey as well is not concerned, as is evidenced by their conduct towards their Kurdish population, yet the recent quiet by Erdogan over the fate of Aleppo is indicative of an understanding reached between him with President Putin, whereby Turkey establishes a presence in northern Syria and blocks the advance of the Kurds, and in return limits its support to the rebels and the insurgents in Aleppo.
The real reason the US is decrying the Russian operation is the fact that they are staring aghast at the near-term possibility that their proxy insurgency in Aleppo will be defeated. Not only will this mark the decisive turning point in the war, the rebels all-but being fully overcome with the Syrian government in control of all the populated city centers except Idlib, but others have argued that it could as well mark the end of US hegemony over the entire Middle Eastern region in general. In other words, the US is trying to turn global public opinion against the Russian effort in an attempt to halt the advance and protect their rebel proxies trapped in Aleppo.
So, who are these rebels?
In short, they are an array of US-supported groups in alliance with and dominated by al-Qaeda. During the past ceasefire agreement, these rebels refused to break ties with al-Qaeda and instead reasserted their commitment to their alliances with the group. The UN’s special envoy for Syria recently explained that over half of the fighters in eastern Aleppo are al-Nusra (al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate), while according to the US Department of Defense, it is “primarily Nusra who holds Aleppo.”
Expert analysis concurs, as Fabrice Balanche of the Washington Institute details how these rebel alliances indicate “that the al-Nusra Front dominates more different rebel factions, including those considered ‘moderate.’” He explains that al-Qaeda’s “grip on East Aleppo has only increased since the spring of 2016.”
It is these fighters, al-Qaeda, and their affiliates, that the US is trying to protect from the Russians, and as well other US intelligence operatives that are likely embedded with them. The narrative that Russia is committing a humanitarian catastrophe is intended to hide this fact, as well as to shift the blame for the suffering in Aleppo off of the US’ shoulders. Yet it was the US support to the rebels that is primarily responsible for the suffering.
To illustrate this, the people of eastern Aleppo never supported the rebels nor welcomed them. The rebels nonetheless “brought the revolution to them” and conquered the people against their will all the same. Of the few reporters who actually went to the city, they describe how Aleppo has been overrun by violent militants through a wave of repression, and that the people only “saw glimmers of hope” as the Syrian army was driving them from the area. The people decried this “malicious revolution” and characterized the rebel’s rule as a “scourge of terrorism.” This, of course, was of no concern to the US at the time, who now proclaims to be the “protectors” of the civilians in Aleppo.
Around 200-600,000 of the original population fled and relocated in the government-held western part of the city. Of the civilians who remain, they are primarily the families of the fighters, who themselves are paid to stay and fight. The official numbers for those remaining are 200,000, yet the actual number is likely much lower, around 40-50,000.
Nonetheless, the remaining civilians who were trapped within this war zone were prevented from leaving.
During the first ceasefire, humanitarian corridors were opened and the civilians were encouraged by the Syrian army to leave, yet the rebels stopped them, with reports saying they went as far as to shoot at those who tried. The attempt to evacuate the civilians was condemned by the US, who argued that the innocent people “should be able to stay in their homes.” The radical groups were using the civilian population as human shields in order to protect themselves, and the US was supporting it. Further corroborating this is the special UN envoy Steffan de Mistura, who quotes reports indicating that the rebels have been utilizing “intentional placement of firing positions close to social infrastructure, aside and inside civilian quarters.” This is because it has always been the policy of the Syrian government to separate civilians from insurgents, as it is simply much more militarily effective to fight against an enemy that is not ensconced within a civilian population. Likewise, it has always been US and rebel policy to prevent this separation.
According to a knowledgeable individual with contacts with high-level Syrian officials, the US and EU always rejected the Syrian government’s proposals to separate civilians from the fighters, as they explained, “because doing so will be helping you win.” This makes sense, given that if all of the civilians from eastern Aleppo were evacuated there would then be nothing stopping the Syrian army from crushing the remaining fighters, and there as well would be no international outcry over them doing so. The source explains that “Syria’s war is an urban war theater. [The] only way for insurgents to compete is to use residential areas to hide and operate out of. This is in direct contrast to [the] Syrian army who would like to fight a theater totally void of civilians.”
Those claiming to be the protecting Aleppo’s civilians from the Russian and Syrian onslaught are in actuality using them as a means to protect their success on the battlefield.
Given this, the strategy of the Syrian government has been to bomb sporadically in order to scare the civilians and force them to flee from areas controlled by the militants. This is also why the Syrian army just recently halted their advance in order to allow civilians to evacuate; they wanted the civilians out of the picture so they could militarily defeat the rebels more quickly and easily.
If one actually were concerned about saving the civilians in eastern Aleppo it is pretty straight forward that one would try to evacuate the civilians from the area, and that the backers of the rebel groups would put pressure on them to allow this to happen. From there it would follow that all sides abide by the UN Security Council resolutions of which they agreed to, which call for the suppression of financing, fighters, and support to al-Qaeda, for the suppression of al-Qaeda “and all other entities associated” with them, and “to eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Syria,” of which Aleppo is one of the largest.
Unfortunately, it is only Syria and Russia who are following through on these commitments, while the US and its allies are consciously blocking them. The media and intellectual opinion are as well falling in line, obscuring from the narrative all of these inconvenient truths that do not support the interests of the policy planners in Washington. In this way, the media are shown to be completely subservient to state power, drumming up support for another aggressive war based on falsities and half-truths in the exact same way that led to the continuing catastrophes in Libya and Iraq. When the US was driving ISIS from Manbij, just as Syria is now driving al-Qaeda from Aleppo, killing hundreds of civilians at a time, there was not so much as a debate about it, much less an international outcry.
Yet now there are countless calling to “save” Syrians by bombing them and flooding the war zone with more weapons and fighters, ironically using “humanitarian” concern to call for policies that will lead to even more death and misery. The rebels are dominated by jihadi extremists, and any further support to them will further strengthen the radicals engaged in a project of ethnic cleansing, conquest, and reactionary theocratic governance. Bombing would only help to further descend Syria into chaos and death, just as it did in Iraq and Libya.
This is an international proxy war and humanitarian concerns are being manipulated unscrupulously in support of interests having nothing to do with concern for innocent lives. Don’t fall for this faux humanitarianism from which more war, imperialism, and thus more death and destruction will result.
Original article can be found at undergroundreports.blogspot.com.
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Ron Paul is the only major presidential candidate Christians could hire without sinning against Jesus in my lifetime.
What I mean by “sin” is doing that which is against the imitation of Jesus. The word Christian means “Jesus imitator” or “follower.” If one hears what Jesus requires of his followers and does the opposite, that is sin or, in the Greek, “missing the mark” of Jesus’s model.
When I speak of Ron Paul, I am not referring to his character here, but rather his stated platform for what he would do if hired to be the president of the United States. Ron Paul demonstrates excellent character in being married to one woman for 59 years and being the father of five children who demonstrate imitation of their father’s love for liberty and medical practice. But I cannot truly speak for the character of candidates who have sought the presidency in my lifetime. I can only judge the ethics of their stated platform of what they would do if elected president. Every one of them fails to hit the mark of faithful imitation of Jesus except Ron Paul.
This is very simple to see. Christians don’t get to turn off their moral requirements in bearing the name “imitator of Jesus” at the ballot booth. You aren’t imitating Jesus if you do the opposite of what he did. For example, in Matthew 5:39, Jesus says, “But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Theologian Walter Wink reminds us the word “resist” is used for the Greek word antistenai which means “to resist violently, to revolt or rebel with violence.”
In Jesus’s context he is telling the Jewish people experiencing violent oppression to not repay their elites’ abusive evil with violence. If this command applies to the evil of dominant powers how much more so does it apply to the evil perpetrated by our fellow citizens? What part of “do not violently resist evil” are we missing?
You think it’s sinful and gross that your neighbor does drugs? Got it. Jesus says, “Do not resist evil with violence.” That means, don’t use deadly force to get them to stop: it will only create more violence, drug abuse, and social disintegration.
Jesus is teaching us a structuring principle of society. And yet we disobey it, for what? The Public Good? The Will of the People? Hope and Change? American Exceptionalism? How’s that working out for us?
You’re incensed that your neighbor down the street is sinfully underpaying his workers? Great, me too. Jesus says, “Do not resist evil with violence.” That means you can’t hire politicians that will keep laws in place that send armed agents to use lethal force to cage said neighbor. Which means if a presidential candidate wants to keep minimum wage laws in place, and you hire them with your vote, you are sinning—missing the mark—of the imitation of Jesus. And it wasn’t even hard to do. It’s not like you had to face down brutal Roman soldiers or coliseum lions. You just had to not be foolish in thinking it’s ever the Jesus way to send armed agents to force the “selfishness” out of your neighbor.
You’re scared and confused because the big pharma ad-riddled nightly news says groups can’t make health claims for non-patented, non-FDA cartel-approved natural medicine? Great, I understand you’re scared. But Jesus says, “Do not resist evil with violence.” That means even if you think it’s evil to disobey TV medical authorities, don’t hire any presidential candidate who does not nullify our current laws that violently suppress non-patentable natural health solutions.
Scared of seeing factory new Toyota truck driving, US-armed ISIS fighters with beautiful Hollywood-level production budgets assaulting…. Wait do I even have to explain this? Don’t hire a presidential candidate that leaves one dollar or troop in the hands of foreign countries that have no way of hurting us accept with the weapons and occupation-fueled recruitment tools our government gives them. How is this even a thing we have to explain to grown adults? Especially Christians whose namesake demands, “Do not resist evil with violence.”
But what about greedy healthcare companies that don’t insure fairly, you say? Such evil exists because of government rigged-ulations that create captured, corporatist markets. But do not resist their evil with more state violence, lest you create even more healthcare destruction and misery.
Again, most of us don’t even have a gun to our head or a lion at our throat, and we can’t even handle obeying Jesus on his central social structuring command. We have no skin in the game and yet we’re like, “Meh, I think Paul Ryan’s got some great ideas.” Mercy, Jesus.
Ron Paul’s stated platform was the only presidential platform you could vote to implement that would not actively make you disobedient of Jesus. Ron Paul said as president he would pardon all nonviolent offenders from all nonviolent actions: that includes the drug user, the raw milk seller, the alternative medicine promoter, the honest alternative money creator, the conscientious objector. He said he’d bring the troops home from all acts of occupation and unprovoked aggression. With screaming crowds waiting for orders, Ron Paul—like any Christian serious about Jesus would say—that shock of all shocks—he “didn’t know how to run the world, didn’t know how to run the lives” of the 300 million people in the US.
Can you believe that? From 2007-2012 AD, a follower of Jesus told crowds that he didn’t know how to or have any interest in running 300 million peoples’ lives! Jesus said, “The first shall be last, and the last first.” Wouldn’t that look like a president who tells the voting mob of millions not to trust him to plan out their lives? Wouldn’t that look like a man asking a nation permission to set its collective scapegoats—its millions of poor, rich, young, old, black, white, and brown captives—free? Free from the dark belly of a predatorial, criminally unjust system that shoves nonviolent defenseless misfits into cages with actual violent antisocial psychopaths.
Wouldn’t “do not resist evil with violence” look like striking a blow to the global state-corporate power structure through the nonviolent creative destruction of nullifying all laws that hinder the working out of the salvation of 300 million unique persons—each with their own flaws, family histories, and sins incapable of being healed by the satanic physical abuse of legislated anti-laws that destroy families, intensify resentment, and multiply violence as Jesus predicted?
Can somebody say Amen? Or have we lost our damned minds? Have we thrown down our crosses before we even tested their weight? Have we thrown our stone at the adulterous woman safe in the anonymity of the crowd because, God forbid, we need to violently subdue her sins lest adultery run rampant? Adultery is much more socially destructive than dope, you know.
Have we stood in raptured applause as Caiaphas proclaimed, “it is better that one man die than the whole nation perish,” as we dismember and murder thousands of innocent human lives across the globe in drone strikes and village raids and bloody coups because we fear death so much we’ll gladly shoot anything that moves if it looks different from us? Jesus declared Shalom—Peace with You—right after defeating death. Have we even tried to imitate his courage in letting go of such violent death anxiety? It doesn’t cost us anything but our media-stoked fears.
I’m glad this year millions of American Christians are finally starting to second-guess their obligation to pick a flavor of anti-Christ violence for the state to carry out on their behalf. I’m just sad it took a candidate’s petty vice of cussing and vulgarity to wake some of them up. I wish they woke up before they hired people like Clinton, Bush, and Obama to ascend a throne of bigoted cowardice built on the millions of people cast into the darkness of rape cages for the same nonviolent vices they themselves enjoyed. Whether it’s rebellion, greed, addiction, or self-medication, haven’t we all done what we accuse of our scapegoats?
To such blind lovers of Christ-less Christianity, does the Jesus you’ve made up in your mind and in your likeness say do not resist drug use with violence as long as the drug users have lots of worldly power like Clinton or Bush? What possessed you to devise a false Jesus that says it’s okay to hire drug using presidents to lock up drug using neighbors with deadly force we ourselves would vomit in carrying out on our own?
Thank you, Ron Paul, for showing a nation of anti-Jesus Christians how it’s done. Thanks for showing millions of Christians, as Nina Simone once sang, “how it would be… to be free!” Free from violent envy of our neighbors’ possessions and status. Free from neverending lust for power over rivals. Free from the evil of resisting evil with violence. Free from the soul-rending cycle of strife and lies and brutality such state violence creates. Free from the fear of death.
In a nation where 70% claim to be Christians, may we have the courage to love our neighbors as ourselves. To not repay evil with violence. To follow Jesus.
No matter who is elected this November, there will be a recession before the next President is elected.
This is why we should not lose sight of cause and effect: central banking. This is true in every major nation and the Eurozone.
Central banks operate domestic banking cartels. These cartels operate for the advantage of large multinational banks.
The central banks establish the rules of money creation domestically. This places limits on the banking system as a whole.
When there is a recession, blame the central bank. It establishes the rules governing the creation of the central economic institution: money.
The public wants a representative who can be held accountable when bad things happen in the economy. But most of what happens in the economy happens because of what the banking system does. The banking system governs the money supply, which in turn influences interest rates. Interest rates influence the supply and demand for capital. They tell investors where the highest rate of return is on borrowed funds.
The voters do not understand this. So, they look to the one American politician who represents all of the voters. That means the President.
This is how the system was designed in 1910-13. The central bank was deliberately structured to present a facade of decentralization: 12 regional, privately owned banks. But policy is set by the Federal Open Market Committee, which is a representative agency of all the regional branches plus the President-appointed Board of Governors. It therefore conceals responsibility. It is a bureaucracy. It is an operationally independent bureaucracy.
Currently economists and market watchers roughly fall into two camps: Those who believe that the Federal Reserve must begin raising interest rates now so that it will have enough rate cutting firepower to fight the next recession, and those who believe that raising rates now will simply precipitate an immediate recession and force the Fed into battle without the tools it has traditionally used to stimulate growth. Both camps are delusional, but for different reasons.
Most mainstream analysts believe that the current economy can survive with more normalized rates and that the Fed’s timidity is unwarranted. These people just haven’t been paying attention. The “recovery” of the past eight years hasn’t been just “helped along” by deeply negative real interest rates, it is a singular creation of those policies. Since June 2009, when the current recovery began, traditional economic metrics, such as GDP growth, productivity, business investment, labor force participation, and wage growth, have all been significantly below trend. The only strong positives have been gains in the stock, bond and real estate markets. We have had an “asset price” recovery rather than a bona fide economic recovery. This presents unique risks.
According to Greenspan, to spare the public the pain of higher interest rates the Fed has no choice but to hold its nose and accommodate any level of debt Congress chooses to accumulate. But the ability to pursue unpopular policy is precisely they are supposed to be politically independent. What good is an independent central bank that simply helps incumbents win reelection?
Given that the Fed has already unsuccessfully exhausted so much firepower, it is unfortunate that it never seriously questions whether their policies are actually harmful. Modern economists simply can’t imagine that throwing ever more debt on the back of a weak economy actually prevents it from recovering.
I think it’s high time the Fed finally moves rates well into positive territory. The next recession has been on its way for years, and it will arrive no matter what the Fed does if it’s not already here. Sometimes reality hurts, but fantasy can be more damaging in the long run.
The real choice is not between recession now or recession later. It’s a massive recession now, or an even more devastating one later. Either way, there is no Fed policy that will be able to fight it. But that is not because the Fed is out of bullets, but because it never had any real bullets to fire in the first place. All it had was morphine to numb the pain as the wound festered. Now is the time to bite the bullet, endure the pain, and allow the wound to actually heal. This will also allow us to finally bury the idea of a new normal, enjoy a real recovery with all of its traditional benefits, and actually, make America great again.
Fifteen years ago this week, the US launched the longest war in its history: the invasion and occupation of remote Afghanistan. Neighboring Pakistan was forced to facilitate the American invasion or ‘be bombed back to the stone age.’
America was furious after the bloody 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration had been caught sleeping on guard duty. Many Americans believed 9/11 was an inside job by pro-war neocons.
Afghanistan was picked as the target of US vengeance even though the 9/11 attacks were hatched (if in fact done from abroad) in Germany and Spain. The suicide attackers made clear their kamikaze mission was to punish the US for ‘occupying’ the holy land of Saudi Arabia, and for Washington’s open-ended support of Israel in its occupation of Palestine.
This rational was quickly obscured by the Bush administration that claimed the 9/11 attackers, most of whom were Saudis, were motivated by hatred of American ‘values’ and ‘freedoms.’ This nonsense planted the seeds of the rising tide of Islamophobia that we see today and the faux ‘war on terror.’
What’s more, without 24/7 US air cover, Washington’s yes-men in Kabul would be quickly swept away. The Afghan Army and police have no loyalty to the regime; they fight only for the Yankee dollar. Like Baghdad, Kabul is a US-guarded island in a sea of animosity.
A report by Global Research has estimated the 15-year Afghan War and the Iraq War had cost the US $6 trillion. Small wonder when gasoline trucked up to Afghanistan from Pakistan’s coast it costs the Pentagon $400 per gallon. Some estimates put the war cost at $33,000 per citizen. But Americans do not pay this cost through a special war tax, as it should be. Bush ordered the total costs of the Iraq and Afghan wars be concealed in the national debt.
Officially, 2,216 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan and 20,049 were seriously wounded. Some 1,173 US mercenaries have also been killed. Large numbers of US financed mercenaries still remain in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Noble Peace Prize winner Barack Obama promised to withdraw nearly all US troops from Afghanistan by 2016.
Instead, more US troops are on the way to protect the Kabul puppet regime from its own people. Taliban and its dozen-odd allied resistance movements (‘terrorists’ in Pentagon-speak faithfully parroted by the US media) are steadily gaining territory and followers.
Last week, the US dragooned NATO and other satrap states to a ‘voluntary’ donor conference for Afghanistan where they had to cough up another $15.2 billion and likely send some more troops to this hopeless conflict. Washington cannot bear to admit defeat by tiny Afghanistan or see this strategic nation fall into China’s sphere.
Ominously, the US is encouraging India to play a much larger role in Afghanistan, thus planting the seeds of a dangerous Pakistani-Indian-Chinese confrontation there.
There was no mention of the 800lb gorilla in the conference room: Afghanistan’s role as the world’s by now largest heroin/opium/morphine producer – all under the proud auspices of the United States government. The new US president will inherit this embarrassing problem.
For most folks in the developed world, getting a drink of safe, clean, palatable drinking water is as easy as turning on the tap.
Outside of the comfortable amenities of home, however, attaining potable water can get more complicated and require more effort.
Maybe you went backpacking with all the proper gear and simply didn’t allot the correct amount of water for the trip. Or you’re traveling in an undeveloped country and have been warned not to drink from the tap. Perhaps the SHTF and you’re trapped in a city without a clean water source (or less apocalyptically, you’re simply living in a town whose water source has been temporarily contaminated).
How would you procure clean drinking water in these circumstances?
The right methodology might be different for all these scenarios, as it depends on where you are, your budget, how long you need your filtering materials to last, etc.
The options for filtering and purifying water are in fact numerous, and unfortunately, some of the terminology related to them is also confusing, and not necessarily standardized (especially on the web).
So below I provide a crash course on water filtration and purification for camping, survival, and travel. I break down the consequences of drinking untreated water, the proper terminology to understand when researching and shopping filtration and purification methods, and the pros and cons of the methods themselves. Finally, I offer a short guide to best methods to use in various scenarios.
The Risk and Consequences of Drinking Contaminated Water
There are a number of bacteria and parasites that can be ingested and lead to illness through the drinking of untreated water.
How do these diseases get into water sources? In both the wild and in populated areas with poor sanitation practices, it’s often carried by humans and animals (and their waste) who hunt, live, bathe, defecate, and even die or get their remains thrown in lakes and rivers.
In the wilderness of the U.S., a primary waterborne illness is called giardiasis. It’s a protozoan parasite that can cause extreme cramping, and worst of all in any outdoors scenario, violent diarrhea.
Throughout the wilds of the world, other waterborne diseases include dysentery, cholera, and various other worms, viruses, and bacterial infections. The most common symptoms that arise from these illnesses are similar to giardiasis in that they’re largely intestinal issues. When you’re perhaps already dehydrated in a survival scenario or even just from backpacking for a few days straight, diarrhea will exacerbate the problem, and even put your life at risk.
Far better to treat any water you drink from the wild or from questionable sources rather than risk a debilitating illness. The only exception is if your life truly depends on getting hydrated. In that case, absolutely drink untreated water. As is often said in wilderness survival circles, doctors can treat giardiasis, but they can’t treat dead.
Does All Water Need to Be Treated?
In the wild, rainwater you’ve collected in clean containers is generally safe, as is snow that you’ve melted. Water in the wilderness is also almost always safe if you’ve collected it via transpiration or a still (if the plant itself isn’t poisonous, of course). If you collect the water by any other means, though — from a stream or lake (flowing water is better than stagnant, but still not foolproof), dew, etc. — it should be filtered and/or purified; you never know what might be lurking in the ground or upstream from your collection spot.
In urban areas, rainwater may not be safe to drink, as it traveled through the polluted air. And if you’re traveling in a developing country where the safety of the tap/well water is questionable, you’ll want to stick to drinking bottled water (not always an option in rural areas), or consistently purify your water.
Purification vs Filtration
When it comes to finding and drinking water, the first thing you need to know is the difference between filtration and purification. They are not synonyms.
Water filtration is the elimination of debris, and some bacteria, by way of some type of cloth or mesh net — a sieve — through which the water flows.
Water purification is a chemical or UV process of rendering bacteria and other harmful agents inoperative. The chemicals (or heat) in these purification methods essentially deactivate the bad stuff, making it safe for consumption.
Sometimes water needs both of those processes; sometimes it only needs one. Knowing the difference, though, can truly save your life. If you’re backpacking in Africa and think you only need a filter, you could end up with a deadly disease in your system. So let’s get a little more into the differences between the two.
Using a water filter, especially a commercially tested one (versus just the DIY backwoods variety), can indeed eliminate some bacteria. But not all. Filters can take care of protozoa and bacteria, but they can’t get rid of any viruses present in the water — those are simply too small for the mesh to catch.
Generally, for backpacking and survival purposes, water in the U.S. and Canada is rated as safe for filtration-only methods and devices; this is especially true for mountainous areas. When folks get sick while backpacking or camping and blame it on the water, it’s often found to actually be sanitation-related (not washing hands, not disposing of waste properly or far enough from the campsite, etc.).
Filtering water also ensures the best flavor. Your H2O will taste natural and will be immediately drinkable, whereas some purification methods either alter the taste and/or take up to a few hours to make the water safe.
The bottom line is that filters work to rid the water of impurities — including dirt as well as microscopic bacteria — but aren’t completely effective in making the water safe to drink. If it’s all you have, you’ll likely be okay, but know that negative consequences are still possible.
Make no mistake, anyone held at gunpoint is living through one of their worst nightmares. That nightmare came true for Kim Kardashian West when she was recently held at gunpoint and robbed by masked criminals pretending to be police officers. While the criminals spoke mostly French when they broke into the private apartment, they also screamed, “Ring!” “Ring!”, referring to the 20 carat diamond ring estimated at 5 million dollars that her husband, Kanye West had given to her, and one they most likely saw on her Twitter feed. In addition to her ring, the robbers stole other jewels in the heist estimating to be over $10 million dollars in stolen jewels. Two cell phones were also taken that could prove to be a disaster in and of itself due to the stored information, contacts, and photos.
Courtesy of Instagram/kimkardashian
“[Kim] was tied up, and gagged with duct tape wrapped around her head. They put plastic ties around her wrists but she managed to squeeze her hands out of the wrist ties by wriggling her hands,” a source says.
4 Costly Security Mistakes Kim Kardashian’s Team Made
I get that in Kardashian’s case being a celebrity makes it difficult, but if we are trying to learn from her situation, when we are out in public areas perhaps we can leave the expensive handbag or flashy jewelry at home and try to blend in more. I’ve seen countless women dressed to the nines with expensive bags and jewelry in shopping centers during the holiday season. This is absolutely the worst time to get dressed up. Folks, when you are in a highly populated area, do not bring attention to yourself by wearing expensive fashion items. Save it for another time!
3. Security layers are the key. It must be said that Mrs. West always has a highly trained security detail around her, but perhaps enough security layers were not met in this case. The night of the robbery, her bodyguard was not present and in six minutes, the worst-case scenario went down. If someone is tracking a victim they look for an opportunity and take it. As well, perhaps Kardashian fell victim to a classic case of cognitive dissonance. As a high profile celebrity, they know that danger can lurk around any corner, yet she didn’t think it would happen to her or felt the security was adequately handled.
Her security guard was there to protect her, yet he left her side and went to a nightclub to help protect Kardashian’s sisters. The security detail dropped the ball in this case and handled the situation a little too relaxed, thus giving the criminals the opportunity they were waiting for. As well, there probably were not enough security layers insulating her from harm’s way.
To learn from this, we know that home break-ins have increased throughout the years. Having multiple security layers present can better protect homeowners from danger. Here’re a few ways you can add to layers to secure your home.
Just in time for Halloween, creepy clowns have been spotted all over the nation. My main question is this: why is everyone too terrified to fight back? They’re clowns, for heaven’s sake.It wouldn’t be very difficult to end this ridiculous trend if everyone would stop getting sucked into the hysteria.
However, of late, “clown sightings” are occurring across the US. There has even been clown violence (a 16-year-old was stabbed by a creepy clown in Reading, Pennsylvania.) Social media is all abuzz with the latest clown fear frenzy. A humor book was published last fall, just ahead of the trend, called, “When Clowns Attack.”
Okay, does anyone else find this kind of weird? Kind of contrived? I’m positive it isn’t just me, because my friend, Melissa Melton, at Truthstream Media, clearly thought the same thing.
Is this just a weird social experiment? Is the media just spreading fear, and if so, to what avail? Are they trying to distract us from the approach of World War III? Truthstream Media investigated it.
Over the years, I have learned that superstars of preparedness are those items that serve multiple purposes. In many cases, these are common, everyday items that we already have on hand. Not only that, many of these multi-taskers are budget-friendly and available everywhere. Some good examples include vinegar, salt, honey, duct tape, coffee filters, and even microfiber cloths.
There is one preparedness multi-tasker whose list of uses is so diverse that you will wonder why you had not thought of stockpiling it previously. I am referring to old-fashioned Epsom salts.
Let’s start with a bit of history. According to this article on PubMed, the purgative effect of the waters of the town of Epsom UK were first discovered in the early seventeenth century. Epsom, the town, was subsequently developed as a great English spa where high society flocked to take the medicinal waters. Eventually, Dr. Nehemiah Grew, a distinguished physician, botanist and early Fellow of the Royal Society, extracted Epsom salts from the spa, and the rest is history.
Since then, Epsom salts have been used for a multitude of beneficial purposes—from fertilizing gardens worldwide to easing muscle aches and other ailments. But what about specific uses to the prepper and survivalist?
With the able assistance of Carmella Tyrell, here are 10 ways to use Epsom Salts both now and during a major disruptive event.
What are Epsom Salts?
Did you know that Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) have many medicinal, household, and garden uses? If not, then you probably dismissed them as an important part of your prepper stockpile. Nevertheless, in a pinch, Epsom salts can be used in place of more expensive items and perhaps even work better than expected. If you are looking to save money, create a smaller cache of diverse bug out gear supplies, or just want to make it easier to manage your home, it is well worth looking into Epsom salts.
Epsom Salt or Magnesium Sulfate is a common mineral found throughout the world. You can obtain your own Epsom Salt by boiling down ocean water (you can also get table salt from the same source), or pick up the crystals from around mines, hot springs, or other areas where magnesium sulfate can leach from the rocks and bind with water. Since Epsom Salt is so common in the environment, you can be assured of a steady supply of it when other items in your stockpile run out.
Controversies and Precautions When Using Epsom Salts
Many people believe that when Epsom salts are mixed with warm water, it becomes possible for the salts to pass through the skin as magnesium and sulfate. Even though magnesium is very important for maintaining good health and is necessary for many bodily functions, too much can be dangerous. For example, if you use too many laxatives with magnesium in them, they can cause kidney damage. While there is considerable debate over whether or not magnesium from Epsom salts can get past the skin and into other parts of the body, it is still best to exercise caution. By the same token, if you take Epsom salts internally, or even use them for other applications, handle them with care so that you do not cause permanent damage to your body.
10 Ways to Use Epsom Salts
1. Relax Muscles
When it comes to relaxing muscles, Epsom salts work best when dissolved in warm water. They do not dissolve or work as well when mixed with oil or lotion, so it is best not to combine them with these carriers. There are many ways to use Epsom salts as a muscle relaxer. My two favorites are:
Take 1 ½ cups of Epsom salt and mix them in 4 – 6 cups of hot water (you can speed this up by getting hot water from the coffee maker) and then adding the Epsom salts into a bowl of hot water. Next, run enough water into the bathtub for soaking. The water should be warm and comfortable long enough so that you can stay in the water for about 15 minutes. Add the Epsom salt solution to the tub, get in, and soak for no more than 15 minutes. If you have arthritis or other long-term pain, you may have to soak once a day for a few days. Follow manufacturer instructions so that you do not use Epsom salts longer than what might be safe.
Take 1 cup of Epsom salts and add them to a foot bath full of warm water. Soak for about 15 minutes to ½ hour.
2. Reduce Inflammation
To reduce inflammation in swollen or sore muscles, you can soak in an Epsom salt bath, or simply use a moist compress over the affected muscles. To make an Epsom salt compress, mix 2 cups of Epsom salts to one gallon of warm water, and then let it get cold. Soak a towel in the cold water, and then loosely wrap the region with the moist towel for 15 minutes.
3. Relieve Constipation
As noted above, you need to be very careful when taking Epsom salts internally. That being said, the magnesium in these salts is well known for relieving constipation. You can use Epsom salts in two ways to resolve this problem:
If you do not want to ingest Epsom salts, try soaking in a mixture of warm water and Epsom salts. Just use 5 cups of salt in the water instead of just 1 ½ cups as you would to relieve sore muscles.
When ingesting Epsom salts to treat constipation, try dissolving 2 – 4 level teaspoons of Epsom salt in 8 ounces of water. If you are treating someone between the ages of 6 and 12, drop the Epsom salt amount down to 1 – 2 level teaspoons in 8 ounces of water. If you do not have a bowel movement after 4 hours, you can try a second dose. Do not take more than two doses in a 24 hour period, and do not use Epsom salts for more than 5 days.
4. Soothe Insect Bites
Epsom salts can be used to relieve redness, itching, and irritation associated with mosquito and other insect bites. You can bathe in Epsom salts as you would for relieving sore muscles, use a cold compress, or apply an Epsom salt paste. To make the paste, just dissolve one teaspoon of Epsom salts into 1 cup of hot water, and then put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to speed up the process. Apply the paste to insect bite once you clean it and pat the area dry. You can also use these three solutions for poison ivy, poison oak, rashes, and sunburn.
5. Emergency Battery Electrolyte
As with other uses for Epsom salts, there is a considerable amount of controversy surrounding their usage in enhancing or restoring automobile batteries. You can try adding a mixture and Epsom salt and hot water to old or weak batteries to see if it will help. Just be aware that if the plates inside the battery are excessively worn, or the contacts that join the cells together are in bad condition, it is not likely the Epsom salts will be of much help. Do not forget to wear goggles, acid-proof clothing and shoes, and work in a well-ventilated area for the sake of safety. Never underestimate what battery acid can do, especially if you don’t have much experience with batteries and how to make repairs to them.
A new 3D printing technique could finally result in a cure for baldness.
While hair transplants, such as those had by England footballer Wayne Rooney, are possible, they involving a painstakingly long and expensive process.
New technology being developed by L’Oréal could lead to 3D printing of new hair follicles that are capable of sprouting new hair.
The cosmetics firm has teamed up with French bioprinting company Poietis in order to develop the groundbreaking technology.
Current tissue engineering techniques are limited in terms of cell patterns.
However, the two companies believe that they can crack the process needed to bioprint a hair follicle.
The technique, developed by Poietis, uses laser-assisted bioprinting tech to produce biological tissue and can ‘position cells in 3D with extremely high cellular resolution (on the order of ten microns) and cellular viability (over 95 per cent)’, according to a statement from L’Oréal.
‘Our partnership with L’Oréal should lead to the development of innovative applications in terms of tissue engineering,’ adds Bruno Brisson, general manager, and chief business officer.
The printer fires a laser at a cartridge containing ‘ink’.
Rather than the ink usually used, this substance is in the face a suspension of cells taken from alopecia patients after hair surgery.
The lasers sends a stream of these cells on to a substrate that is covered in nutrients to help the cells grow.
By doing this layer by layer, scientists believe they could grown something similar to a hair follicle.
The living biological tissue created is then matured for around three weeks before it can be used in tests.
Last October, about 6 months after the New York Times first revealed the existence of the Hillary Clinton private email server, President Obama appeared on “60 Minutes” and denied any and all knowledge of her potentially illegal technology arrangements. When asked point blank whether he knew about Hillary’s private email server, Obama responded, quite simply, “No.”
Of course, we now know from the FBI’s investigation notes that, in fact, that was a complete lie. As we noted back in September, Huma Abedin’s interview with the FBI on April 5, 2016, revealed an email sent on June 28, 2012, from Obama, using an unknown pseudonym, to Hillary on her private email server. So, either Obama is so incompetent that he didn’t recognize that Hillary wasn’t using a “.gov” email account or he simply lied in the following interview. We’ll let you be the judge.
But now, per a report last night from the Wall Street Journal, we know that not only did the Obama administration know about Hillary’s private email server they actually conspired, along with the State Department, to cover it up. New emails, obtained by the Wall Street Journal via an FOIA request by the Republican National Committee, reveal communications between the White House and the State Department coordinating over how to minimize the potential fallout from Hillary’s email scandal so as to not impact her nascent presidential campaign. We’re sure Bernie supporters must love that.
The first relevant exchange occurred between White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri and State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki. Shortly after, the March 2nd New York Times article on Hillary’s private email server, Palmieri, who was known to be leaving the White House to join the Clinton campaign, emailed Psaki to request that John Kerry not discuss Hillary’s email scandal on an upcoming interview with “Face The Nation” on March 15th. Apparently, Psaki was able to coordinate with CBS to make sure Kerry wouldn’t be asked any “uncomfortable” questions and then wrote back to Palmieri that they were “good to go on killing CBS idea.”
Ten days after the story broke, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri emailed State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki to ask, “between us on the shows…think we can get this done so he is not asked about email.” That apparently referred to Mr. Kerry, who appeared in an interview on CBS ’s “Face the Nation” three days later.
“Agree completely and working to crush on my end,” wrote back Ms. Psaki.
A day later, Ms. Psaki added, “Good to go on killing CBS idea.” She continued, “And we are going to hold on any other TV options just given the swirl of crap out there.” Mr. Kerry wasn’t asked on CBS about the email server, though it isn’t clear how Ms. Psaki could have guaranteed that.
Teased by Ms. Palmieri about her use of the phrase “swirl of crap,” Ms. Psaki wrote back: “Ha I mean—the challenging stories out there.”
And, of course, you can see from the transcript of Kerry’s interview that he, in fact, was never asked a single question about Hillary even though other guests were questioned about the scandal later during the show.
Worse yet, Psaki, of the State Department, was seemingly rewarded for helping to “crush CBS idea” as she was given Palmieri’s position at the White House once Palmieri departed to join the Clinton campaign.
Ms. Palmieri had previously announced she would be leaving the administration to join Mrs. Clinton’s campaign in mid-2015, but was still at the White House when she sent the email. Other emails show Ms. Palmieri helped arrange for Ms. Psaki to move from the State Department to the White House communications job Ms. Palmieri was vacating.
Unfortunately, the stories don’t end there as other emails reveal coordination between the State Department and Hillary’s attorneys all while the FBI was conducting an official investigation.
In another email coming from the State Department, Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management, told Heather Samuelson, one of Mrs. Clinton’s attorneys, about new documents the State Department had posted concerning the former secretary of state.
Ms. Samuelson was one of the attorneys who reviewed Mrs. Clinton’s emails to determine which were government-related and which were personal before providing the official ones to the State Department. She was interviewed by the FBI as part of its probe and granted limited immunity in exchange for turning over her laptop as part of the investigation.
In another exchange, Mr. Kennedy told Ms. Samuelson that Politico was “running [a] story that State official said Secretary Clinton did wrong thing. Wildly inaccurate reporting.”
But, as outrageous as this story is, we’re sure the mainstream media will simply bury it as yet another ring-wing attempt to “criminalize behavior that is normal” and promptly go back to demanding Trump’s tax returns.
Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.
As we move into the final month prior to this year’s presidential election, the tempo of dramatic world events and developments that are breaking daily is mind-boggling. Every single day we are seeing more outrageously desperate actions on the part of the globalists and their US government minions. Among the latest unfolding developments this week all fast tracking towards world war against Russia is NATO’s violation of international law deploying AWACS (Airborne Radar Warning and Control system) in Syria despite only Syria and Russia possessing the legal right to control the embattled country’s airspace. With both US and Turkish boots on the ground in northern Syria and US-led coalition airstrikes regularly invading the sovereign nation’s airspace, recently targeting Syrian soldiers and plans to kill more, along with former acting CIA director Mike Morell’s recent call to begin killing Russian soldiers, the latest warpath rant comes from Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley who is now threatening Russia (as well as China and Iran) with nuclear war. Spoken just like a true grade school bully on a playground, he boasts, “We will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before!” This is the kind of moronic leadership that rises to the top of the Empire food chain? I’m afraid so.
God help us when his most likely next commander-in-chief is the warmongering bulldog herself Hillary Clinton who’s not any more civilized nor humane. She’s already made it very clear that any real or perceived cyberspace attack on America coming from anywhere in the world constitutes an act of war and a military response against the cyber-perpetrators’ country. After already vowing to bomb Iran and with her constant accusations blaming Putin for everything gone wrong in her miserable life, including exposing her DNC corruption scandal responsible for rigging her presidential election, she is also all but promising to launch World War III against nuclear powered Russia. Incisive insider Paul Craig Roberts and even Putin have both said so. The neocon insanity that she represents is committed to perpetrating both suicidal and genocidal mass murder.
With a total of 7,100 US nuclear warheads as of August 2016 and an estimate reported two years ago of 2,150 operationally deployed nukes, America could destroy itself four times over while Russia’s 7,300 nuclear weapons would likely carry the same tremendous overkill power. When we’re all dead, it hardly matters who has what? As the Benghazi ringleader who gave the stand down order that sealed the fate of four murdered Americans would say, “What difference does it make?” The sheer madness in control of our planet right now actually believes the elite can simply hunker down in their underground luxury bunkers, take a long nuclear winter’s nap and a few years later emerge like Rip Van Winkle unscathed in their grandiose fairy tale. Talk about madness!
Meanwhile, a whopping 40 million Russian citizens taking US threats very seriously are currently undergoing a WWIII practice drill in preparation for the real thing that the US megalomaniacs are bent on igniting. But unlike the US, Moscow is also taking care that at least 12 million of its citizens in their capital will also safely submerge into a subterranean world when the SHTF.
Demonized Syrian President Bashar al-Assad succinctly summed up US foreign policy accurately this way:
Today the United States is waging wars with the only goal to cement its project of total control by launching an attack on everyone who opposes its dominance.
Assad is reminding the world that the US Empire refuses to accept a balance of power sharing hegemonic interests with the two most powerful other nations on earth Russia and China. And invariably just when the curtain is lifted exposing the US crime cabal government that’s created and to this day still supporting al Qaeda and ISIS terrorism around the world, the wag the dog propaganda frenzy goes into overdrive to falsely vilify Putin and Assad for actually being the two biggest fighters of terrorism on the planet. But then peace and harmony are not what the New World Order agenda’s about. The globalist puppet masters pulling Washington’s strings are simply setting the stage to destroy the West in an orchestrated West versus East showdown at the doomsday corral in order to obfuscate the collapse of their house of cards, theft-based, a debt-based economy that will be sure to usher in their long plotted one world government tyranny.
This week’s tempo of news breaking events exposing Hillary and the US government’s aggressive hubris is only accelerating the closer the November election looms. The globalists are well aware that a growing segment amongst the global masses are on to them and their evil ways. So the elite is growing increasingly desperate trying to plug all the holes of endless false narratives exposing the rampantly corrosive corruption and in-our-face criminality of the entire Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Clinton dynasty. Thus, the dangerous treachery of warmongering rhetoric and reckless threats are ratcheting up daily.
But one key development seems to have barely gotten noticed this week. On October 1st Obama took us one enormous step closer to stripping away our free speech and access to accurate news sources via the internet as virtually the only truth disseminator left on the planet that’s not already oligarch owned and controlled by the six mega-media corporations. As of this last weekend, Obama surrendered US control over important functions of the internet to the United Nations. Tech experts warn that placing internet domain responsibility into the hands of a centralized global bureaucracy like the UN may well lead to widespread censorship and control as just another warning sign plunging humanity towards New World Order totalitarianism.
Of course, in recent years the CIA-NSA-Homeland Security apparatchik has co-opted internet giants like Facebook and Google which also controls YouTube, enlisting them as deep state spies invading citizens’ privacy and increasingly censoring the internet according to what deep state dictates as acceptable for consumption by a dumbed down robotic population. Just as mainstream media is now overwhelmingly viewed by the vast majority of Americans as pure propaganda not to be trusted, by design so will the same oppressive fate soon befall the internet. Again, history keeps repeating itself as truth becomes the enemy of every totalitarian state. The elite plans to shut down any voice of dissent and the truth, thus gaining absolute control over the servile misinformed population. The rise and fall of the US Empire is morphing rapidly into a globalized crime cabal that only a handful of ruling psychopaths could love.
The recently rigged spectacle of a debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was just more over-the-top evidence that the elite controls every aspect of this year’s presidential election. It’s been reported that Hillary received the debate questions a week in advance when an NBC intern was spotted dressed in a Fed Ex uniform delivering a package directly into the hands of her campaign manager. And it didn’t take a four-time world poker champ to point out that Hillary was obviously in cahoots sending hand signals to MSM moderator Lester Holt every time she wanted to take another cheap shot at the Donald. Her bag of dirty tricks is unending as it’s also gone public that she is paying big bucks for dirty laundry secrets about her opponent. And since Trump’s recent tax return is unavailable due to a pending audit, the Clinton rag the New York Times feebly released a 1995 tax return that only found Trump using the same legal tax code loopholes that every other wealthy American reporting losses exploits in the corrupt US tax law system. But that would-be smoking gun quickly fizzled out.
Less than two months ago on national television Clinton campaign strategist Bob Beckel called for a drone assassination strike on Julian Assange to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch” due to ongoing WikiLeaks’ disclosures incriminating Hillary for her “lost” emails and DNC documents chronicling how she stole the primaries away from Bernie Sanders to cheat her way to the nomination. Earlier this week because Assange was again threatened with his life, at the last minute he called off his hyped up bombshell disappointing millions who had stayed up late in America. Julian did promise to release within a few days such damaging information on the war, arms, oil, Google, the election and mass surveillance that many hope will finally put Hillary behind bars where she belongs once and for all.
Speaking of a hard time, the felony blackmail her hubby Bill brazenly committed just prior to the FBI-Justice Department issuing Hillary’s get-out-of-jail card also just surfaced. Journalist-author Edward Klein in his recent book Guilty as Sin wrote that he received some powerfully damaging information from one of Bill Clinton’s closest legal advisors. The anonymous source said that Bill shared with his advisor, “I want to bushwhack Loretta [Lynch],” the sitting US Attorney General. So the unindicted rapist stalked and laid in waiting to pounce on Lynch at the Phoenix airport in July prior to boarding her plane. Bill’s ambush was to blackmail the AG. Afterward the former president bragged to advisors how he had the Attorney General sweating and shaking, so thoroughly intimidated that she promised not to charge Hillary with any crimes for being guilty of violating national security. On a related side note to Bill’s alleged sex crimes, Hillary’s been labeled his enabler pretending to stand for women’s rights on the one hand while on the other hypocritically intimidating to viciously discredit her husband’s past accusers.
That’s just the way business in Washington DC is done, behaving like criminal thug killers not unlike organized crime. The Clintons have been notoriously aggressive gathering and using the dirt on others in order to get what they want, from Arkansas to the White House. And when others in their path ever resist, a murder trail of dozens of close associates have suspiciously shown up dead, from longtime Clinton family friend-White House Counsel Vince Foster to Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. Three more victims with ties to both the DNC and Clinton this summer are just the latest fatalities. Blackmail and murder pretty much explain Hillary and her husband’s modus operandi that appears immune from any and all accountability. A two-tiered justice system has been operating in the US for a long time where the top 1% continue getting away with murder while the rest of us without constitutional rights get screwed by a grossly unjust, violent police state system.
Assange and WikiLeaks may have deferred their bombshell to Romanian hacker aka Guccifer 2.0 who released over 800 megabytes amounting to 42 pages showing how millions of taxpayer TARP bailout dollars were syphoned off and allegedly laundered illegally through the Clinton Foundation. The hacked documents list a database of “pay-to-play” donors and bribes to selected Congress members as well as on to major banks and large financial institutions. Other documents show kickbacks from banks to Congress members. Tax dollars allocated to boost the recession-racked US economy ultimately padded the 1%’s deep pockets, compliments of Hillary and Bill’s criminal laundering scheme. If confirmed as legitimate Foundation documents and not the already hacked DNC records released earlier this year, this latest data dump is but one more example demonstrating Bill and Hillary’s “pay-for-play” criminal enterprise. Moreover, additional emails released this week confirm how her State Department and her Clinton Foundation worked for hand in glove together to illegally drum up revenue and influence with clear evidence of conflict of interest.
Despite this fact, prior to Hillary even being nominated by Obama to become his Secretary of State, she signed an ethics agreement that was a Memorandum of Understanding as a precondition to taking the job that she would not violate conflict of interest laws by allowing foreign interests undue influence. As soon as she accepted her powerful position, she began violating her White House agreement and compromising national security. In fact over half the private interests (85 out of 154) who met Hillary at her State Department made sizeable donations often into the millions totaling $156 million.
Pathological liar Hillary committed perjury before the Benghazi Congressional hearings and lied hundreds of other times, chief among them claiming she had turned over all her emails to the FBI that later found 17,448 more that she had failed to submit. In early March this year Hillary received a subpoena from the FBI for her emails. So what did she do? Three weeks later she ended up caught deleting 33,000 more emails attempting to destroy critical evidence, yet another crime. Through the watchdog group Judicial Watch, even more emails were procured from the State Department beyond the 55,000 emails she allegedly turned over to the FBI.
Repeatedly Clinton’s unsecured private server account had been used to criminally sell off America and US arms to the highest foreign bidders from places like Saudi Arabia (gave $10 million to Foundation) and Israel on top of her willful destruction of incriminating evidence she tried hiding from authorities to cover up her countless crimes. Throughout her entire 4-year stint as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton knowingly breached national security allowing foreign nationals and hackers easy access to this nation’s top secret classified information. Anyone else but her would be doing decades inside a federal prison.
Because of Hillary’s crimes and FBI Director James Comey’s whitewashed investigation, both the Justice Department and the FBI have been politically and irreparably compromised, causing the public to completely lose confidence in both government and law enforcement. Comey used his red herring smoke screen of “intent” to bogusly justify not pressing charges. Yet violating national security clearly, falls under US Code 793 and has nothing to do with Clinton’s intentions but everything to do with her passing at least 22 top secret emails through her unsecured private server. Clearly, she broke a federal law that’s among the most serious of all felonies. Yet despite her consistent lying, destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice, she was never even required to take a single polygraph test. Comey’s shoddy farce of a non-investigation indicates that he’d made the political decision from the get-go to not prosecute. At no time did he refer the case to a grand jury. Instead, he granted immunity to key witnesses and totally overlooked Hillary’s destruction of evidence.
Because the DC crime cabal works together in the oligarchic interest of the ruling elite, Congress will never dare impeach Hillary Clinton, even though overwhelming evidence of her criminality and immorality make her unfit for president. And as far as Director Comey’s criminal part, the Senate has more than enough grounds to file a resolution of no confidence in his capacity to oversee the FBI. Many FBI personnel working under Comey are now calling him a “traitor” too.
Audited financial records show that both Bill and Hillary Clinton amassed a fortune by diverting millions through their Clinton Foundation into their own private bank accounts. While Hillary headed the State Department, her partner-in-crime husband made a cool $48 million in speaking fees 215 times that she lent her official stamp of approval. Their combined speaking engagements from 2001 to her presidential bid earned them $153 million. The same Persian Gulf monarchies that overtly support and finance ISIS terrorists that Hillary and Obama created gave the Clintons over $100 million. This unprecedented scale of obscene corruption enabled foreign interests undue influence and control over both the Clintons and US foreign policy as their pay-for-play tax-exempt Foundation profited $2 billion. Since 1997 over $100 billion has been collected by their international criminal charity foundation. The Clinton scheme monetized the White House, using illicit practices no different from the drug cartels to set up multiple shell entities for no other reason but for money laundering purposes.
The Clinton’s post-earthquake Haiti debacle starting in 2010 with photo-ops and promises became a disgraceful example among many where 95 cents on each dollar was absconded by the Clintons while the remaining 5 cents trickled down to a few quake victims. An artificially inflated price tag into the hundreds of millions was designated for building a new hospital that was never built. $2 million for housing never got off the ground. A minuscule fraction of what they took in was actually spent on victims in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation. The Clintons greedily self-enriched through their charity fraud off the backs of the destitute, hungry and homeless. Their organization was supposed to create 16,000 jobs but instead created a sweat shop on the north side of the island where the least damage occurred. $13 billion was raised in all. A mining gold contract was secured for Hillary’s brother while her chief of staff Cheryl Curtis made 30 trips to Haiti ostensibly to set up an industrial park and posh hotels that made a killing for the Clintons. To this day Haiti’s earthquake victims have yet to receive their promised assistance from the Clintons.
Getting richer off selling enriched uranium to the so-called enemy Putin that’s the essential ingredient for making nuclear weapons allowed Russia to buy up 20% of America’s uranium deposits as yet another flagrant act of treason. And now hypocrite Hillary is resorting to the same kind of cold war witch hunt that Joe McCarthy would be proud of, accusing Donald Trump, Roger Stone and other critics of being un-American, secretly colluding with Russia, implying that they are violating national security, the very same high crime she willfully and recklessly perpetrated herself as the traitor she is. Both the Clintons’ entire public careers have been mired in scandal, controversy, deception, cutthroat criminality, and thuggery.
Finally, because on top of everything else Hillary is gravely ill suffering from a host of severe medical and mental health issues, it’s all the more reason to ensure that she does not get elected. WikiLeaks determined that in 2011 Clinton asked her State Department staff to research a commonly prescribed drug for treating Parkinson’s disease. Her poor balance, multiple episodes of falling down, coughing fits, and what appear to be seizures have created a firestorm of speculation.
Do Americans really want to place their lives in the hands of a known psychopathic liar and criminal with such severe medical impairments who possesses the capability to push the nuke button that would end the world? Another heinous world war, extreme tyranny and corruption bringing more human carnage, suffering and despair on a scale that humanity’s never witnessed before, if the diabolical Hillary Rodham Clinton ends up the next US president, that is exactly what’s in store for us. The globalists realize their window is fast closing before the now waking masses will be turning against them to actively oppose their finalized one world government disorder and brutality. Thus, they’re frantic to place their latest demonic puppet into power in order to deliver their apocalyptic destruction to our planet earth.