Tuesday, November 29, 2005 

I've made a list and checked it twice

Lists are fun. Oh, so much fun! Today's list consists of Inconsistencies in Christianity and the Bible! Yaaaaaay!

  • Pagan trees: Your Christmas tree has Pagan origins! When Germany was being converted to Christianity, in place of it's beloved Paganism, Christians pulled a fast one. They conveniently included the cutting down of a tree from the forest into their Christmas celebration. The Germanic peoples, knowing no better because they cut down trees all the time to worship their forest god, said "Awesome, you got trees too? And a book? No freaking way!" Here's where it really gets funny though: "Learn not the way of the heathen. (other Pagan nations) They cut a tree out of the forest. They adorn it with silver and gold." -The Book of Jeremiah 10:2 to 4
  • Sinning is rewarded: "Now we know that God heareth not sinners..." - John 9:31 Yet, God apparently will listen to Satan and test Job's faith in order to make Satan look stupid? So, he kills off everyone that Job holds near and dear. He also apparently talked to Cain in Genesis 4:14 to 15. The same Cain who killed his brother Abel. Both of whom are sons of Adam. Riiiight, and god isn't listening to sinners when they talk to him?
  • I confused: I'm gonna let this one speak for itself. Luke 9:50 Jesus said "for whoever is not against you is for you." Luke 11:23 "He who is not with me is against me." And finally. Mark 9:40 "for whoever is not against us is for us."
  • It's raining lies: As scripture would have you believe, a great flood washed over this entire planet about 6,000 years ago. It wiped out everything, save Noah, his family/friends, and a whole lotta animals. It's funny that the Mayan and Chinese civilizations of the time show no such thing happening in their records. There is, however, recorded interpretations by other ancient civilizations of a flood taking place anywhere between 35,000 to 250,000 years ago. Unsubstantiated, of course.
  • The air is choking me with lies: According to the bible, god is everywhere and everything. So by going to heaven, one will be next to god in his domain. Now uh, if god is already everything and everywhere, wouldn't that sorta make the whole journey to heaven thing moot? We're supposed to live our lives in some ideal manner in order to gain entry to heaven, yet by definition, we're already there. Sweet!
  • Jesus and God need not apply, for heaven is right this way: Matthew 19:16 - "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master [Jesus], what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" 19:17 - "And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." 19:18 - "He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness," 19:19 - "Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." No tenets of worshipping Jesus or a God mentioned when Jesus addressed this person. Straight from the horses' mouth there.
Alright, some fun has been had at a defenseless religion's expense. But who cares? That's what it's followers get for continually floating their nonsensical interpretations around me for the last 30 years.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 

The Federal Reserve and J.F.K.


Forty-two years ago today, the United States of America lost it's last semi/quasi-free thinking leader. By which I mean, he had the fortitude not to be trampled on by those whom wore a badge of globalization on their foreheads. Which isn't saying all that much because he was a theist and that negated most of his moral judgement.


Anyways, I'd like to talk about the circumstances of John F. Kennedy's death and offer a slightly less than "patriotic" point of view in regards to his untimely demise.

Ten days before his murder, Kennedy gave a speech at Columbia University where he stated that a "grievous wrong" had be forced upon the American people and he how intended to do his civic duty by ridding the people of this injustice. You see, on June 4, 1963 President Kennedy had signed Executive Order 11110. This order essentially took away all power that the Federal Reserve Bank had over our currency and, essentially, the country..

First, let me briefly explain the hollow nature of the Federal Reserve. The FR is not backed by anything tangible like the U.S. Treasury used to be. That is to say, no gold, silver, platinum, or copper. Nothing. An interest rate is charged to the U.S. Government everytime they need to print more currency. So, we're supposed to pay back our debt + interest. That is the only thing backing our currency and it is the main reason why our national debt is allowed to climb into the trillions today. Oh, and did I mention that contrary to it's name, the Federal Reserve is not a government institution? It's a privately/publically owned bank. More on that later.

JFK, having a penchant for doing the right thing, completely looked past all party and economic lines. He signed the aforementioned document, that would've made the founding fathers nod in approval, and reversed a financial coup by unseen forces. Over 4 billion U.S Treasury, which had sustantial silver backing, notes had been printed and put into circulation between the time the order was signed and JFK was killed. Subsequently, when LBJ took over, one of his first actions was to remove these U.S. Treasury notes from circulation. Thus putting our country right back into the same economic quagmire where a few select individuals fleece America of it's wealth perennis.

Here's the kicker though. Executive Order 11110 was never officially amended by any President. or legislative power, whom have followed. This has been researched extensively by numerous political activist groups, law firms, and determined citizens alike. Regardless of your politics, it is undeniable that the Federal Reserve has zero legal grounds for printing our money and putting the interest it charges us to do so in the pockets of it's owners. A crime of epic proportions has been committed against the American public for nearly 50 years and no one seems to care.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy did though. One could argue that it's not worth the effort. After all, look at what happened to our 35th President. I disagree. If enough people can collectively muster up the courage to take a stand, then a few things could happen. 1. The United States would take a big step backwards into a constitutional embrace, if you will. 2. Those behind such entities as the Federal Reserve would be forced to take action that would nullify their guise of anoninimity to the masses; which could lead to the shadowy strangle hold on our civilaztion loosening, if only for a moment. I'm sure they wouldn't be too fond of latter. Then again, it doesn't seem like anything really puts a dent in the democratic system. We could all stop voting but that isn't going to happen.

Who are these people you ask? Well, quite frankly, it's the A-List of the world's bankers. Are these the sort ultimately responsible for Kennedy's death? No one can ever say for sure, but it is the most plausible theory i've seen over the years. Use some logic with this template and see if it makes sense to you.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 

"Ethics, huh-yeah, what are they good for?...

Absolutely nothing! Good god, y'aaaaall!" - a melody that apparently plays in Presidente Bush's administration with frequency.

I just feel like going over some of the "inconsistencies", for lack of a better word, that never seem to get much press coverage in this country. It's been a rather boring day.

Let's see. One of Bush's first official actions was to unsign the Rome Statute in 2000. You know, the one that created a World Court? Yep, that same World Court which would've been responsible for putting Saddam on trial. Instead, the U.S. ends up turning him over to the Iraqi courts. I'm sure it was because of the stellar track record their system had in decades prior. WTF!

Here's a favorite. A bit more recent too. Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, used to sit on the board of a company called Gilead Sciences up until he was selected for "public" servitude. In fact he was Chairman of the Board for several years. What does Gilead Sciences do you ask? Why they make a vaccine, Tamiflu, for the Avian Flu. Isn't it strange that the Bird Flu is suddenly quite the celebrity? WTF!

Oh, oh! This one has given me a chuckle a few times over the years. There's a guy named Walden O'Dell (major Bush campaign contributor) who runs a company named Diebold Election Systems Inc. They manufacture all of our new-fangled automated voting machines. The ones that don't leave a messy paper trail and are supposedly 500x more secure than the infamous chadded punch cards. Well, it didn't take long for that to be proven wrong as there were several reports, especially in Georgia, of officials finding strange programs running on these machines during the last election. And then there's this quote from good ole Wally when he was adressing a group of Ohio Republicans saying that he's "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year". WTF!

Sure, there's more important ones but these have always gotten stuck in my craw and I felt like sharing.

Friday, November 18, 2005 

Disgusted

The audacity of this one is shocking. Even to me.

ALERT: EPA TO ALLOW PESTICIDE TESTING ON ORPHANS & MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN!

Follow the above link to the OCA's website. They've found some reprehensible things that are trying to be passed in a rule by the EPA. It's criminal.

I'm going to put the sub-rules that I am talking about in this blog, just incase there are any ultra-short attention spans floating by. These are straight from the EPA's website. Here is the entire rule in PDF or HTML format.

Let's get started.

70 FR 53865 26.408(a) "The IRB (Independent Review Board) shall determine that adequate provisions are made for soliciting the assent of the children, when in the judgment of the IRB the children are capable of providing assent...If the IRB determines that the capability of some or all of the children is so limited that they cannot reasonably be consulted, the assent of the children is not a necessary condition for proceeding with the research. Even where the IRB determines that the subjects are capable of assenting, the IRB may still waive the assent requirement..."

The language used here is seemingly Orwellian. Consulted and assent? Give me a break.

Not to mention the rest of this rule is just flat out absurd.

70 FR 53865 26.408(c) "If the IRB determines that a research protocol is designed for conditions or for a subject population for which parental or guardian permission is not a reasonable requirement to protect the subjects (for example, neglected or abused children), it may waive the consent requirements..."

So, let me get this straight, the EPA wants a broad-sweeping power to test who knows what on wards of the state under circumstances that may or may not be extreme? And if said child is in state custody for being abused or neglected, they might not need permission to conduct experiments?

70 FR 53864 26.401 (a)(2) "To What Do These Regulations Apply? It also includes research conducted or supported by EPA outside the United States, but in appropriate circumstances, the Administrator may, under § 26.101(e), waive the applicability of some or all of the requirements of these regulations for research..."

I'll quote the OCA on this one. "This clause is stating that the Administrator of the EPA has the power to completely waive regulations on human testing, if the testing is done outside of the U.S. This will allow chemical companies to do human testing in other countries where these types of laws are less strict. This loophole in the rule must be completely removed."

70 FR 53857 "EPA proposes an extraordinary procedure applicable if scientifically sound but ethically deficient human research is found to be crucial to EPA’s fulfilling its mission to protect public health. This procedure would also apply if a scientifically sound study covered by proposed § 26.221 or § 26.421--i.e., an intentional dosing study involving pregnant women or children as subjects..."

The first three sub-rules really got my ire going but this one, oh boy, this one is a piece of work. Again with the Owellian language used. "Ethically deficient human research" being used in mission critical circumstances? Keep in mind there is no regulation on what a mission criticial circumstance might entail for the EPA here.

The juxtaposition for these extreme open ended go-aheads, in what is an otherwise benign document for protecting research subjects, is sickening. They're just packed in there nice and neat, hoping no one will notice. Major kudos to the folks at the OCA for discovering these. I've written the EPA, expressing my concerns in a rather unpleasant manner. I urge everyone to do the same when they have a moment.

To openly try to pass this under the noses of the citizenry really ticks me off. It's one thing to go behind our backs with things like this, because we'd probably never know about them. Lots of people are always carrying on about "How can we make a difference?" or "Even if we speak up, it wouldn't be loud enough for anyone to care." Well, here is a great opportunity to let the goverment know that we're wise to them and refuse to idly stand by while this sort of injustice to humanity is allowed to proceed any further.

Click here to let the EPA know how you feel. Sign the OCA's petition and your voice will be heard.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 

Ask not what your Empire can do for you...

...Ask what happened to our once great Republic.

Credit to Richard M. Dolan whose ideas inspired this.

Empires, hmph! These conquering monoliths of greed seem to pop up every now and then. Let's start off with some shiny pictures to titillate the gooey, gray matter trapped in our skulls. (Apologies to anyone who just ate or is planning to do so)

Roman Empire - 44 B.C.

British Empire - 1900 or so
And that leaves us with; drum roll please!

The U.S. Empire - circa 2003

Alright then. Visuals aside, there's something wrong here and most of the citizenry has not a clue. In fact, most of them probably wouldn't even want to buy a clue.

The U.S. is not a republic anymore. It hasn't been for quite some time. Republics tend to thrive off of a pair of central issues like oh, say, being free and sovereign.

Yeah, that whole notion of freedom tends to get marred by an imperial march. For instance, have a looksee at our recent Patriot Act. Or the flow of information from our government. It's a singular, closed point of view. No wiggle room allowed if you're interested in understanding the other side's point of view. You tout the company line or you're branded as part of the uncaring, savage minority who doesn't stand for anything decent.

As to that distortion, I mean distribution of information. Citizens are not able to govern themselves without truths. If our ideals and message to the rest of the world is based off of information riddled with deceptions, how can we truly reign in the government when we see fit?

Empires love war. They want to hug war, take war out to dinner, and fall asleep on the beach next to war.

War fuels empires in the utmost of ways. It forces an overwhelming majority of a population to don a blind-patriotism for at time being at least. This is a buffer period where the government can pretty much tell you that the moon is made of Snickers bars and you'll believe it. If you can't see the benefit of that for our corrupt government, then just stop reading.

As such, we are given wonderous documents with cheeky names like Domesitc Security Enhancement Act and Patriot Act II. All designed to tear appart anything that resembles the basic rights given to us by our Constitution.

War allows government to be so blatantly dishonest with the citizens to whom it reports, that any form of self-government is inherently doomed for a lengthy period of time.
  • We put officials in office because they represent our ideals.
  • Officials then proceed to feed us distorted information.
  • Citizens have no notion of truth, unbeknownst to them, and support what is put infront of them.
Our government is then free to run amuck. Wars against religion(s), wars for resources, wars to further an insidious globalization policy, and perhaps matters far more obscured.

Who is responsible for this mess?

Back to the bulletpoints! Yaaay! (These are in order)

  • Us - for being so weak-minded that we are simply led around by the short and curlies.
  • The Power Elite - a group so sinister, and even more secretive, that it makes Kevin Spacey's character from Seven seem like a boyscout.
  • The Media - for not having the fortitude to collectively bitchslap the two just mentioned.
  • The U.S. government - they're pretty much in the same boat as we are but couldn't do much about it even if they understood what was happening.
  • Religion - just because.
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All of which leads to empire. The U.S currently has 900+ bases in over 50 countries around the world. This essentially means that any of those countries who allow the U.S. to have a military installation, is our bitch at the snap of someone's fingers. The empire has spread far and wide; rivalling only the Roman and Ottoman empires in terms of the diverse nations it has dug it's talons into.

If you're not enraged by the few facts that have been revealed here, then you need to do one of two things. Read more on this subject or find a pair of red, white, and blue underoos with a crucifix on the crotch and wear them on your head.

Credit to Richard M. Dolan whose ideas inspired this.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 

Humanity - Us versus Them?

Well, the Summer has passed, at least in this part of the world, and I have had many a thought run through this weary mind since my last correspondence. Let's start off with a biggie, shall we?

With the continuing "War on Relig... err I mean Terrorism", an omnipresent class war in the U.S, and a seemingly impending energy catastrophe on the horizon, there doesn't seem to be any bastion of sanity for people to rally around. Certainly not in the public eye, at least. No government officials who are demanding answers to necessary questions. No media outlets pushing at least a partially-objective notion of humanity. What, then, are millions of open-minded human beings to do when the bell tolls for a final time on one of these, any many more, pressing issues that only seek to divide our species further?

Will your religion save you? Sure, if you hit the ultimate lottery and your path to salvation just happens to be the correct choice(hah, choice! there's an arguement about contradicting free will somwhere in there), which virtually anyone will say who holds a deity all too close to their heart. Here, in this country, the prevailing ethereal ruler(s) are God and "his" son Jesus Christ. So, according to the last time I could stomach CNN, Fox, NBC, or (insert major media puppeteer here) for more than 2 successive minutes, if you do not follow those two and their divine ideological ways then you are one of the dreaded "them". You know, people who live in the Middle East, Canada, Asia, caves, desert palaces, Northeastern U.S., and so on.

I've wrttien of them before. Them are something that is not you. Precisely that. Therefore, them must be inherently skewed or confused; such would the power structure of this country have you believe. A bit too conspiratorial for you? Fine, fine, i'll subdue my curiosity for a moment and continue with my main point.

Is this whole life thing really just a poker game with stakes so high that we only find out who wins when our hearts cease to beat? Is your invisible god bluffing or does he have pocket aces? Remember in the South Park episode, or was it the movie?, when everyone is at the gates of Hell, waiting for the devil to come and someone asks about which religion was the right one? Well, it's safe to say that if you're a rational individual, you understand that's not how it works.

Having a notion of humanity is not just some distorted tag-line thrown into politician's resumes. Humanism is a philosophy that encompasses us, them, and all humans inbetween. While I don't advocate collectivism, humanism does have some aspects which I consider useful.

If the citizens of this country want to distance themselves from the quagmire that our foreign relations have become, then turn off the televisions, try learning a second language, and stop listening to propaganda. Those places are real that you've seen in the magical box. War-torn, impoverished nations struggling to support themselves under the heavy economic strains of the corporatists; those places are real. They are as real as the street you walk on to go buy a gallon of milk at the local variety store. In fact, an alarming number of communities in this very country can probably equal the amount of despair felt by those just mentioned.

A key to addressing that problem is not one of dropping boxes of food on their heads, debt relief, or going to war and implementing a way of life that conflicts their own. It is simply done, first and foremost, by realizing that these people are not "them" but rather us. The same feelings are felt all across the world. Love, hate, sadness, curiosity, fear, insignificance. We all share a basic common bond; that we're human beings. It's not as though one side of the equation is a turtle and the other side is a wolf. We're the same species. All of us have genetic bonds and that needs to be far more prevalent in our mindset when we examine the differences that have us at odds today. Sure, this is a sappy return to my seldom used virtual space but I feel that this train of thought is a good start. Perhaps it's borrowing a bit much from a collectivist point of view, but if we approach it with our own interests being served simultaneously with the groups', albeit with our own selfish interests in mind first and foremost, I don't see the harm that could do. Does it require a sacrifice that would hurt anyone. Well, I suppose it would hurt a Christian to not be able to wish some sort of eternal damnation upon any and all people outside of their amoral circle.

Don't get me wrong though. This isn't some call for altruism or new-age crackpottery to start running rampant, or even at all. Rather, I would like to think that any morons(read: chest thumping Christians) who read this would maybe, just maybe, stop polluting our society with incoherent, mind-controlling dogmas. Bastards.

Yeesh, my thoughts are all jumbled up, eh? Oh well.

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