The Gate Keepers by Greg Calise


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Unfortunately we are not free. We haven’t been free for a few thousand years. We have overlords, trans-dimensional beings who have invaded Earth many thousands of years ago. In the ancient legends, they are known as the gods. The Gnostics knew of them as the Archons. Don Juan called them The Predators. They are our overlords, and they have constructed a matrix, or false covering of illusions, to cover the Earth, which keeps us captive. We have been mind controlled, brainwashed and hypnotized to believe these illusions to be reality. They consider us their herd, and they feed off of us. That is the predicament we find ourselves in.

These overlords have recruited many minions to keep us in line. In the past, there were the royal bloodlines and priests which acted as the minions. Today we have the same scenario, but the royal bloodlines are hidden as heads of states. The high priests are no longer found only in the traditional religions, but have found their way into new age and as “spiritual” teachers. And of course this all branches out into banking, corporations, the military and police, etc. On the spiritual side you have all of the fundamentalist followers of the religions and sects.

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We also have the social and cultural leaders that do their part to keep the herds in line. We have the “people’s champions” who steer sections of society to where they are wanted. These are too numerous to mention.

“As soon as I hear that someone is thinking that another authority, another person, has the rights over their mental and emotional and attitudinal and psychic life, I’m worried about that person. Because I know that that person has some very serious psychological and existential problems, right off the bat. Then that person is going to be a part of a herd, or will be a controller of a herd, or be manipulated by the herd, or whatever you want to call it. But you will never find that person doing any good in the world. Not any real necessary good at all. It’s a contradiction of terms. They may be sold the illusion, or delusion that they are doing wonderful work, because they gave to Live Aid or the next stupid charity that pops up out of the woodwork. [They are] the people’s champions that lead you away.”
-Michael Tsarion

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All of these minions of the overlords do their jobs to steer us away from the Truth. Wherever you look, you are being confronted by charlatans pointing you in the wrong direction. I know, I went through 50 years of being led down dead ends and detours. Of all of the many spiritual teachers I have met, almost every one of them were fakes and charlatans. I feel the same about most of what I read and watch. If you consider also the social leaders, politicians, the media, judiciary, military and police, etc., they seem to have a pretty tight grip on the populace. Most people are completely hypnotized into believing whatever they are told by their leaders.

Most people are so embedded in the system, that they will fight to protect it. They have been hypnotized into believing that the artificial world they live in is real. They see anyone that wants to expose the truth as the enemy. So you see that anytime someone speaks the truth, they are immediately slandered as tin hat wearing crazy conspiracy nuts. So because most people believe in the illusion, they gladly protect it. They fight and die to uphold the very prison in which they exist.

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These minions are the gate keepers, and their jobs are to keep us from finding the gate, the doorway to true freedom from their prison. So they will lead us astray, far away from the gate. The gatekeepers closest to the gate are the spiritual charlatans. They pretend to give you spiritual truths, but in reality, they steer you back into the matrix. They may even entice you with little pieces of actual truth, but they are incased in deceit. They use the truth as bait to capture you.

The internet and bookstores are filled with these charlatans. Parrots, plagiarists, thieves, ego trippers, even perverts and psychopaths; the scandals abound. The sheer number of these fakers that spring up are innumerable. They are a dime a dozen. Every day, new teachers, guides, channels, coaches, gurus and authors appear on the internet. And they all have agendas – money, followers, fame and recognition, proselytizing their message, even sexual favors and other deviant reasons.

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Many of these charlatans know that they are deceiving, but also many have no idea. They actually believe that they are conveying truth. I was in an ashram where everyone was convinced that their scriptures and gurus were truth. Later I realized that it was one big con game where everyone involved (including the gurus) was deceived into believing it all to be true. These are the most dangerous deceptions, those propagated by true believers.

These deceptive teachers and teachings can usually be spotted, but not always so easily. Some of them are quite expert at deceiving. The first thing I notice is if the teacher is genuine; that he has actually realized what he speaks, that he is honest, kind and without agenda. Then I discern the message; Is what is spoken the truth? Where does it lead one? What is the agenda?

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“There’s a plethora of disinfo tools laced into the alternative spirituality arena. If it disempowers, it’s wrong. If it directs your allegiance, it’s wrong. If it robs you of your sovereignty, it’s wrong. If it’s dogmatic and hierarchical, it’s wrong. Most lies and lying systems have all of those traits, while other aspects are more subtle. There are other attributes but to me the ones above are the most prominent. The so called New Age Movement is rife with phony baloney trips, messiahs and deliverance doctrines.”
– Zen Gardner

The spiritual truth is not subject to some religion, guru or teaching. It cannot be taught or given. It is who you are at this very moment. Search who that is.

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”
― Eckhart Tolle

“The Self is here and now, it is the only Reality. There is nothing else.”
– Ramana Maharshi

“One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge, and not with somebody else’s.”
– Ramana Maharshi

“The ultimate truth is so simple; it is nothing more than being in one’s natural, original state. It is a great wonder that to teach such a simple truth a number of religions should be necessary, and so many disputes should go on between them as to which is the God-ordained teaching. What a pity!
Just be the Self, that is all.”
– Ramana Maharshi

The absolute truth is simple: It is as it is. You Are that truth. Search for it within your inner territory, as you will not find it out there, even within the higher dimensions. Stop chasing the phantasmagoria and take the inner journey. Ignore the merchants in the marketplace.

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Truth is nothing new. It is nothing to be achieved or acquired. It is timeless, eternal and has been revealed throughout the ages by those who actually realized it. There are no new techniques, healings, teachings, working with energies and the rest of the new age smorgasbord. Question everything.

“Self-betrayal is a grievous matter. It rots the mind like cancer. The remedy lies in clarity and integrity of thinking. Try to understand that you live in a world of illusions, examine them and uncover their roots. The very attempt to do so will make you earnest, for there is bliss in right endeavor.”
– Nisargadatta Maharaj

“There is no reaching the Self. If the Self were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not now and here, but that it should be got anew. What is got afresh, will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not worth striving for. So I say, the Self is not reached. You are the Self. You are already That.”
– Ramana Maharshi

So we find ourselves in a dilemma, where even if one was interested in the truth, there are innumerable gatekeepers to lead one astray. One must have proper discernment to traverse any path in this world, especially on the path of truth. Don’t believe anything. Find out for yourself. As they say, “Buyer beware in the marketplace.” or as Michael Tsarion says, “The question is not ‘have I been sold a lie’, but ‘have I bought a lie.’”

– Greg Calise

Preparing for collapse? FBI reveals 11 attacks against internet lines in California


On Tuesday, someone broke into an underground vault in Sacramento, and cut several high-capacity internet cables. Nobody knows who this person is or why they did it, but since that time the FBI has revealed that it was not an isolated incident. They’ve been investigating 10 other recent attacks on the internet infrastructure of California, and they seem to be deeply troubled bythe vulnerability of these cables.

The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California’s San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including one early Tuesday morning.

Agents confirm the latest attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and residential customers in and around Sacramento, the state’s capital.

FBI agents declined to specify how significantly the attack affected customers, citing the ongoing investigation. In Tuesday’s attack, someone broke into an underground vault and cut three fiber-optic cables belonging to Colorado-based service providers Level 3 and Zayo.

The attacks date back to at least July 6, 2014, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich.

“When it affects multiple companies and cities, it does become disturbing,” Wuthrich said. “We definitely need the public’s assistance.”

A security professional who was interviewed for that article, also suggested something that should perk the ears of any American that hears it.

“When it’s situations that are scattered all in one geography, that raises the possibility that they are testing out capabilities, response times and impact,” Thompson said. “That is a security person’s nightmare.”

The article goes on to compare these incidents to similar attacks that happened in Arizona last year, as well as California in 2009. However, they may be missing the bigger picture. This whole situation reminds me of an article I wrote just over a year ago about several attacks that were carried out against the power grid, which again, occurred in California and Arizona (weird right?). This included the very unsettling attack against a power station inSan Jose, which wasn’t revealed until 10 months after the fact, and to date, there has been no explanation for the incident.

Rather than a bomb, the San Jose attack turned out to be a frighteningly coordinated shooting. It’s estimated that 6 individuals approached the facility late at night armed with AK-47’s, and opened fire, but not before sneaking onto the property and disabling the alarm system. The attackers managed to disrupt a total of 10 transformers, and escaped just before police arrived. Investigators would later find more evidence of just how professional the attack was:

“After walking the site with PG&E officials and FBI agents, Mr. Wellinghoff said, the military experts told him it looked like a professional job. In addition to fingerprint-free shell casings, they pointed out small piles of rocks, which they said could have been left by an advance scout to tell the attackers where to get the best shots.”

It should be abundantly clear now that some organization out there is quietly coordinating small-scale attacks against America’s power grid and internet lines. In my previous article, I suggested that they’re probing our infrastructure for weaknesses, and gauging reaction times and security. I still think that may be the case.

It’s possible that these attacks are all unrelated, but it sure doesn’t look like it to me. I won’t suggest who may be doing it since it’s impossible to know for sure, but it definitely looks like there is an organized effort of some kind to disable the electricity and communications of Arizona and California. We probably won’t know who it is until they get around to a full-scale attack, which given the vulnerability of America’s power grid, may be absolutely devastating. If you have a hunch about who these people are, share it with our readers in the comments.

Comment: TPTB may have a plan in place to control or instigate a collapse of the system and economy at the time of their choosing. A part of this plan could be pulling the plug via electrical and internal infrastructure disruptions, but first they would need to know their vulnerabilities and test out these weaknesses in preparation for a bigger event. These disruptions could even be blamed to any number of entities, such as China, Russia or ISIS. As this article points out this probing seems to be deliberate and done by professionals and might just be such preparations. It also just so happens that Arizona and California are part of the Jade Helm 15 military exercise taking place this summer. Could there be a connection?
http://www.sott.net/article/298573-Preparing-for-collapse-FBI-reveals-11-attacks-against-internet-lines-in-California

Kuwait imposes mandatory dragnet DNA testing after mosque bombing


Published time: July 03, 2015 
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Following a deadly mosque bombing, the kingdom of Kuwait has passed a law ordering mandatory DNA testing of all its subjects and foreign residents. Violators face prison terms.

An estimated 1.3 million citizens and 2.9 million foreigners have to submit their DNA to the Interior Ministry, which was tasked with compiling a comprehensive database of people in the country. The Arab country is the first in the world to gather gene samples of the entire population, as opposed to merely storing the DNA of convicted criminals, which law enforcement in many countries do.

Special funding of some $400 million was allocated for the creation of the database. Those who fail to submit samples face a prison term of one year and a fine of up to $33,000. Those who falsify their samples can be jailed for up to seven years under the new law.

The Kuwaiti legislature passed the draconian law in response to the bombing of a mosque in Kuwait City during Friday prayers on June 26, which killed 26 people and wounded 227 others. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The suicide bomber was reportedly identified as a Saudi-born national, who arrived in Kuwait via Bahrain just hours before the attack

Kuwait’s decision is bound to spark criticism from human rights advocates. The creation of such a database would be illegal in the European Union, where the Strasbourg court of human rights ruled in 2008 that collecting DNA samples of non-criminals breaches their privacy rights.

The court’s ruling forced the UK to amend its biometric retention rules, which previously allowed storage of DNA samples and fingerprints taken during the arrest of individuals if they were not subsequently charged with a crime, or they were acquitted.

The largest national DNA database is maintained by the US and includes profiles of convicted criminals, some arrestees, forensic samples, missing persons and their relatives and unidentified remains of deceased people, among others.

: Former MP Musallam al-Barrak has been arrested for critical speech

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde17/1872/2015/en/ 

Kuwait has other unconventional and draconian practices in enforcing its laws. For example, the kingdom may arbitrarily revoke the citizenship of someone deemed unwanted in the country, and has also launched a large-scale crackdown on those who criticize the authorities. Just two weeks ago, a high-profile member of the opposition, a former MP, was given a two-year sentence for a speech he made in 2012.

http://rt.com/news/271435-kuwait-abuse-dna-database/

Note: Hmmmm….This stinks, I smell a fish. Are nefarious off-world groups getting desperate for fresh DNA samples to trade on the inter-galactic blackmarket? Could this desperate move be linked to the alleged quaruntine on the solar system preventing the flow of trading? Lots of questions here for inquiring minds….

Big mahalo to Andre Hodge at www.ServantofTruth.org for submitting the link! 

Gold Bullion Dealer Unexpectedly “Suspends Operations” Due To “Significant Transactional Delays”


Note: If this editor were to take a wild guess as to what’s happening behind the scenes in the financial markets, it appears the domino’s are falling. It’s a long line of domino’s, so there’s still a window of time to prepare…Blessings, {~A~}

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What makes the current sovereign default episode different from previous ones is the uncanny stability and lack of buying of “fiat remote” assets such as gold and silver, and to a lesser extent, digital currency such as bitcoin. Indeed, all throughout the Greek pre-default escalation and ultimately, sovereign bankruptcy to the IMF, it seemed as if there was an absolute aversion to the peak of Exter’s inverted pyramid.

What is even more surprising about the lack of any gold price upside is that it is not due to lack of demand. Quite the contrary, because as Bloomberg wrote last week, “European investors are increasing purchases of gold as Greece’s turmoil boosts the appeal for an alternative to the euro.”

Demand from Greek customers for Sovereign gold coins was double the five-month average in June, the U.K. Royal Mint said in an e-mailed statement. CoinInvest.com, an online retailer, said sales on Saturday and Sunday were the highest since Cyprus limited cash withdrawals in 2013, driven by a jump in German, French and Greek buyers.

Investors are searching for a safe haven after Greece imposed capital controls, closed banks and stopped selling gold coins to the public until at least July 6. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said Germany is still open to negotiations if Greece wants.

“Most of our common gold coins are sold out,” Daniel Marburger, a director of Frankfurt-based CoinInvest.com, said by phone. “When people learned that the Greek banks will be closed, they started to think that it may not be such a bad idea to have some money in gold.”

The bullion dealers themselves are enjoying a jump in sales to retail customers:

GoldCore Ltd., which buys and sells bullion, reported coin and bar demand rose “significantly” on Monday. Sales to U.K. and Ireland today are about three times the average for the past three Mondays, the Dublin-based firm said in an e-mailed statement.

The U.S. Mint has sold 61,500 ounces of American Eagle gold coins this month, the most since January.

BullionVault, which says it operates the largest online physical gold trading platform, reported a jump in sales during the first half of this year, a sign of a broader increase.

However, it is the “paper” gold market where things were most perplexing in recent months. Recall that, as Zero Hedge broke and first reported, in the first quarter of the year, or the same time the Syriza government took power, something very dramatic took place in the US derivatives market, where first JPM saw an absolute explosion of its commodity derivative holdings (a broad umbrella which is not broken down further):

 

… coupled wih Citi’s surge in “precious metals” derivatives which soared from $3.9 billion to $42 billion.

 

But what is most confusing is how even as physical metal demand clearly rose across Europe in the past few months and the price of paper gold actually declined, perhaps facilitated by some “hedged” derivative positions on the short side of precious metals, some bullion dealers have actually found it impossible to survive, and in the last few days at least one major gold bullion dealer, Bullion Direct, greeted customers with the following notice on its website:

Bullion Direct has experienced significant transactional delays. To avoid further inconvenience or other adverse consequences to our customers, Bullion Direct is suspending its operations as it attempts to resolve those issues. We intend to keep you informed at this website. Thank you for your patience.

 

Just what are “significant transactional delays” and how bad is the physical gold supply-chain if it can put at least one dealer out of business. Another question: is this a solitary failure by gold vendor due to a one-off problem with working capital, or is something more systemic about to be revealed in the gold bullion sales industry?

We look forward to finding out, but in the meantime our advice to buyers of physical precious metals is the same as always: if you purchased it and you can’t hold it in your hand, it isn’t yours.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-03/gold-bullion-dealer-unexpectedly-suspends-operations-due-significant-transactional-d

SGTreport – THIS IS THE BANKSTER’S GREATEST FEAR — Harley Schlanger


Reblogged from FollowingWorldChange

Published on Jul 1, 2015

Our friend Harley Schlanger, Historian and national spokesman for LarouchePAC is back with us to process the developments in Greece as it defaults on IMF austerity and usury in favor of a future for its people over the criminal international Banksters.

Harley notes, “This is the worst case scenario for these Bankers. The reality is there is something new on the horizon. A new financial system outside of the control of what George Herbert Walker Bush called the New World Order. It’s fragile, but it’s coming into existence. And this is what the Banksters fear more than anything else.”

Harley asks a very important question as we approach what ‘Independence Day’ in July 4th: “What will the United States do? Where we are under the same captivity of an austerity driven global Bankster domination. Will the American people recognize that the Greeks should be our allies, the BRICS nations should be our allies? Or will we continue to go along with this London-Wall Street DICTATORSHIP?”

As we document the collapse for the first day of July, 2015 Harley reminds us that “after the collapse “There is very little that will remain standing. There’s an interconnection, it is a Domino effect.”

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Berniemania: Largest crowd of 2016 campaign shows up for Bernie Sanders


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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders may be an underdog, but a massive crowd of 10,000 people gathered in Madison, Wisconsin to hear him speak – the largest crowd drawn by any 2016 presidential candidate.

Sanders, an independent US senator from Vermont who has described himself as a democratic socialist, has been dismissed as a low-tier candidate ever since first announcing his campaign for the presidency. However, while he may lack the high profile of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he is showing himself to be quite capable of energizing liberals.

This ability has helped him attract more people than other candidate so far, Democrat or Republican.

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“Tonight we have made a little bit of history,” Sanders said at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison. “You may know that some 25 candidates are running for president of the United States, but tonight we have more people at a meeting for a candidate for president of the United States than any other candidate has.”

Clinton herself attracted some 5,000 people at her campaign kickoff in New York City. And while Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke to an audience of 11,000 at Liberty University, attendance was mandated by the school.

In Madison, the 73-year-old Sanders received an energized and raucous reception when he took the stage, where he spoke about combating income inequality, climate change, single-payer healthcare and more.

Citing the need for a vast, sustained grassroots movement to spark change, Sanders called for a “political revolution in America” that challenges “the greed of Wall Street and corporate America,” as well as “big-money interests.”

“We believe that the time has come when people in Wisconsin, Vermont and all over this country create a political movement which says to the billionaire class: You can’t have it all.”

A common theme for Sanders has been that the wealthy class and corporations have wrested the political system away from the people, something he continued to passionately advocate against on Wednesday.

“This great country and our government belong to all of the people and not just the handful of very wealthy people,” he said.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Sanders campaign announced that he has raised $15 million in two months from 250,000 donors. That may not seem like much compared to Clinton’s $45 million haul, but it’s a significant amount of dough – former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney raised about $18 million during the first quarter of the 2012 race, according to NBC’s Mark Murray.

Sanders’ low profile and Clinton’s seeming inevitability meant the Vermont senator’s campaign didn’t immediately catch fire, but he has been steadily gaining ground in the polls. He garnered 33 percent support of those surveyed in a new poll in Iowa, up from 15 percent in May. Clinton received 52 percent.

“I know we are going to get outspent,” Sanders said. “But we are going to win this election.”

“At the end of the day, they may have the money, but we have the people. And when the people stand together, we can do anything.”

Comment: Bernie is an interesting wrinkle in this campaign with shades of Ron Paul. He may not win this campaign but maybe more people will get the message.
http://www.sott.net/article/298597-Berniemania-Largest-crowd-of-2016-campaign-shows-up-for-Bernie-Sanders

A New World Order Reading List ~ Corbett Report


SHOW NOTES AND LINKS TO BOOKS: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=15486

People are always asking James what reading he recommends. It’s an overwhelming question with hundreds (or thousands) of must-read books that could be named, but here James offers a few suggestions to get you started. To continue exploring the question, please delve into the archives of corbettreport.com for the hundreds of book recommendations in previous podcasts and interviews.

NWO Globalist Agenda – Central Banks Attempting to Outlaw Cash Transactions


Published on Apr 23, 2015

NWO Globalist Agenda – Central Banks Attempting to Outlaw Cash Transactions
Beware All, Central Banks Attempting to Outlaw Cash Transactions, Be Prepared!

German Deja Vu: Merkel Summons US Ambassador Over New Spying Claims


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It would appear the most transparent administration ever is in trouble with an ‘ally’ once again. Following its wrist-slap from France last week, and its previous quasi-admission of spying on Merkel and her senior officials (which we are sure President Obama said would never happen again – better to ask for forgiveness than permission?), The Guardian reports Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has asked the US ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged US spying on Germany.

Reports two years ago that the chancellor’s mobile phone was monitored by the NSA caused diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washington, prompting Barack Obama to pledge that he would not allow America’s massive communications surveillance capability to damage relations with close allies.

It appears, he lied… (as The Guardian reports)

Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has asked the US ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged US spying on Germany.

A German official said Peter Altmaier had invited John Emerson to the chancellery on Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers that it claimed showed that the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Merkel.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-02/german-deja-vu-merkel-summons-us-ambassador-over-new-spying-claims

Global Debt Overload, Phony Jobs=Phony Recovery, Droughts and Floods


Greece is going through a referendum, and they are taking a que from the Clash song “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Meaning, should Greece stay or leave the European Union? I say it is not going to make much difference. The Greeks, as everybody else in the world, have been living beyond their means. There are going to be big cuts to everything no matter what.

More phony jobs numbers were produced by the government this week in the ongoing so-called recovery story. The MSM always focuses on the jobs created but fails to tell you they are part- time jobs or more than 400,000 just left the work force.

From coast to coast, there is either too much water or not nearly enough. Let’s start in California. It is ground zero in the western drought. All of California is in some sort of drought. Most of California has never seen a drought this bad. This is a state of 38 million people, and about four months ago, NASA estimated that California had about a year’s worth of water left–8 months and counting, folks. Here in the Midwest, there is too much water, way too much water. Missouri and other states had record breaking rainfall amounts.

Join Greg Hunter as he covers these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up.
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Simon Black – JP Morgan private banker: “We can’t make money anymore…”


Reblogged from FollowingWorldChange.wordpress.com

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July 1, 2015
Singapore

Yesterday over coffee, a friend of mine leaked the news that JP Morgan’s private banking division here in Singapore is going to start charging negative interest rates.

I almost fell out of my chair.

He’s a successful hedge fund manager and one of their best customers. So when he received the notice, he rang up his private banker and demanded to know why.

Between ridiculously low interest rates (banks are closing loans here for 0.9% or lower) and the increasing costs of compliance, “we can’t make money anymore…” was the response.

It certainly paints a clear picture of how screwed up the entire financial system is.

Compliance is a major component in this. Bankers around the world are buried up to their eyeballs in paperwork and regulations now.

They can’t make a move or approve a single transaction without first doing anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and tax evasion due diligence.

Imagine it like this: your banker rings you up tomorrow and says,

“The government of China requires us to have all of our depositors fill out this paperwork. So I need you to send this form back to me ASAP…”

You’d probably think it was a joke.

Or at a minimum think, “Wait, what? I’m not Chinese. You’re not a Chinese bank. Who cares about some stupid Chinese regulation?”

And you’d be right.

Except that’s precisely what the United States is doing right now.

All over the world, bankers are contacting their customers and forcing them to fill out paperwork to comply with idiotic US government regulations. Even when there’s no connection to the US.

Here in Singapore, the bankers are completely miserable about it.

They’re so angry for having to call customers and say, “Yes I know you’re in India, and I know we’re in Singapore, and I know you’ve been a customer for 10 years. But you still have to fill out this US government form or else we’ll close your account.”

It’s ridiculous– all of this because the US government is bankrupt.

A few years ago they passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)– a major part of their crusade to stamp out tax evasion and bring in more tax revenue.

FATCA is now in full force. Banks all over the world have been forced to enter into information sharing agreements with the IRS, meaning that they have to report on all of their customers and force them to fill out meaningless forms.

Needless to say, this costs a lot of money.

If you own a business, you can just imagine how frustrating and expensive it would be to have your employees toil away on senseless paperwork instead of… you know, doing real business.

The US government tells us that all of these disclosure programs have brought in about $6.5 billion in tax revenue.

Yet the costs of compliance are estimated to cost at least $8 billion, with some estimates over 10x higher.

Now that’s a neat trick. Uncle Sam gets the money and passes off the costs to everyone else.

And those who don’t comply with America’s rules are destroyed.

The most blatant example of this was last year, when a French bank was fined $9 billion for doing business with countries that Uncle Sam didn’t like.

Bear in mind, this was a French bank, not an American bank.

They violated no French laws. Yet they had to pay the US government $9 billion for doing business with places like Cuba.

(Ironically, Cuba is now BFFs with the United States, but it’s not like the bank is going to get a refund.)

More recently, the US government destroyed an Andorran bank that was accused of weak anti-money laundering controls.

And a few years ago they took down the oldest private bank in Switzerland.

Every bank in the world has seen these incidents, and they’re scared. They could be next.

And that’s why you can’t get a single financial transaction done anymore without first submitting a mountain of paperwork to prove that you’re not a terrorist. Or financing terrorists. Or laundering money. Or doing business with the Axis of Evil.

Even outside of banking it has become utterly ridiculous.

A friend of mine here runs one of the largest bullion depositories in Singapore; he wanted to buy some raw gold and have it made into bars, so he contacted a refiner.

The refiner said, “Sure no problem. I just need you to send us some compliance documentation before we get started.”

Then he sent a list of no fewer than 22 items that he needed to submit– copies of licenses, passports, certificates, etc.

22 items. Just to have a refiner make some gold bars. Ridiculous.

So obviously they’re not going to waste their time. Which means there’s some business that could have been done, but won’t, simply because of the compliance costs.

The US government has really screwed the world on this. Paperwork is the priority. Not business.

And all because America is bankrupt.

This trip to Singapore has been very eye-opening for me as I’m just now starting to understand how much people within the financial system despise the US government.

They feel like they’re being forced at gunpoint to be volunteer spies and tax collectors, simply because US politicians have been financially irresponsible.

And to me, it’s the biggest sign yet that America’s financial dominance is coming to an end. They’ve essentially engineered it themselves by alienating the whole world.

The transition isn’t going to be smooth. And it won’t happen overnight. But there will come a time, and likely soon, when the United States gets displaced.

And the rest of the world can hardly wait.

Until tomorrow,
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A Political Earthquake and No One Covered it! ~ Thom Hartman


Note: Even tho I left American politics behind when I “woke-up”,  I’m compelled watching Bernie Sanders get crowds of 10,000 people as mass media continues to ignore his gaining popularity. At this stage of the game I believe Sanders is the best candidate, but the only caveat is every president since Kennedy has been highly controlled with MKUltra mind control technology’s. Immediately after taking oath they ALL get compromised and begin changing their tune.

There are photos online of Pres. Obama with a fresh scar on the back of his head,  insiders knowledgeable in mind control techniques claim that’s when he was “implanted” so he could be controlled.  Is it true, your guess is as good as mine.

That said, with Bernie throwing his hat in the game it’s surely going to be an interesting election year….lets hope he wins. With any luck, by then maybe some of the “controls” will have been removed.

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Planetary Update July 2015 ~ Mastering Alchemy


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One People Round Table 30 June 2015


Another data dump from the ‘girls’
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Capricorn Full Moon – Venus/Jupiter Conjunction, Wed. July 1, 2015 ~ Meg Benedicte


Today, July 1, is the Capricorn Full Moon. You may have noticed it shimmering brilliant light in the night sky. This Full Moon opposes the Sun and Mars in Cancer, and forms a trine with fire signs. It is also conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. Venus moved into a conjunction with Jupiter in Leo just a few hours before the Full Moon.
In a meeting yesterday I was struck by how much I’ve evolved and grown this past year…this Capricorn Full Moon is reminding us how much we’ve expanded into our true essence and personal power and how far we’ve come in our Ascension. 2015 has already been an extraordinary year of expansion and growth.
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign which supports the physical, earth-bound manifestation of Spirit. Keep in mind during this Full Moon and rare Venus/Jupiter conjunction – that we have an opportunity to crystallize our Soul essence in form.
Also, there is a Mars-Pluto opposition building. Mars opposite Pluto is one of the more typical indicators of power struggles. The Capricorn Full Moon will highlight any outdated relationship dynamics that need resolution. Pluto reveals the hidden shadow, bringing everything up for review, clearing and transformation. I’m finding it more and more challenging to endure 3D emotional venting from people around me. It feels like a violent attack when someone cannot master their emotional reactions and are spewing about. And these are Starseeds who believe they have ascended into 5D…but in truth their 3D Ego is still controlling their behavior quite a bit.
So take this time to flush out the polarizing Ego emotions, so that you can maintain more Still Point. This requires inner focus, breath, and balancing. Pay attention for any signs of the old 3D Time Matrix still active in your lives. We are all moving into the newest version of reality. The Solstice Activations are stretching our ability to open more to our Divine Self, to expand into the next level of service and purpose.

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Venus and Jupiter are the benevolent gift givers of the zodiac and they are very influential during this Full Moon – creating new opportunities not seen before.  So be open to new ideas, allow in the new energies. Our health and happiness are determined by our personal freedom and inner connection to the divine. Dream big during the Venus/Jupiter influence in Leo, the sign of creativity and romantic love. This rare alignment will be exact 2 more times, in August and October…so take advantage of the Venus-Jupiter gifts that keep giving.
During the Capricorn Full Moon spend some time focused within to your heart’s desires. You now have the tools available to create a whole new life that supports your authentic self. You are the Master of your Energy Field. Direct your personal reality with your conscious choices and action. The Capricorn earth energy helps us ground and anchor our Ascended lives. The Stargates are now open to the galaxy and within our own bio-electrical energy body. We’re blowing open all constriction and blockages to be transmuted now.
Every layer of shadow that we probe, uncover, heal and integrate will contribute to increasing our energetic frequency vibration and assist our transition into the 5D feeling field. As we let go of more and more heavy, dense, stuck energy we begin to feel lighter and lighter.
The 2nd half of 2015 will accelerate the crystallization of our Light Body. Think of this as the transition period out of the old 3D system, and the adjustments required to live as Light Beings. There is another energy surge coming in the fall time frame near the Equinox on September 23rd. I can already feel the shift coming around October. Every day we hear more astonishing news as the world inhales the new consciousness. Personal liberties are expanding at the same time old regimes and institutions are collapsing. Nothing will be the same once we get on the other side of the Ascension.
Lovingly,
Meg
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Simon Black – “Boots on the ground” report from Greece


Reblogged from FollowingWorldChange.wordpress.com

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June 30, 2015
Piraeus, Greece

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by a Greek-American friend of Simon’s who is currently living near Athens.]

Since my arrival into the country late May, the topic of most discussions I overhear everywhere are naturally about the debt negotiations.

I’d call opinions in support or against the Tsipras governments’ activities pretty sharply divided.

Tsipras supporters are generally fed-up with 5yrs of blood-letting “from the Germans”.

Critics, on the other hand, see the euro as some sort of abstract membership in a club that must be retained at all cost.

A minority even criticize Tsipras for—get this—being too soft.

That’s especially true where I’ve been staying here in the port-city of Piraeus, which – being the country’s biggest port, is home to mostly blue collar, working class folks where unions more or less dominate.

To illustrate the political leanings around here, I hazily recall a headline in a newsfeed summing up their worldview quite accurately: “Piraeus – a neighborhood where Syriza is not quite left-wing enough.”

Enough said.

Like most locals, I’ve been steadily hitting the ATM for the past weeks to amass some emergency cash.

I ventured out today for the first time since the capital controls were installed yesterday to have a look around.

In Piraeus, I saw a queue of at least 30 people at a branch of Alpha Bank, and about 10 people at the Bank of Piraeus, where I waited.

The mood among the people waiting was pretty cool, friendly and even throwing a few funny comments around to address the obvious elephant in the room.

Older pensioners who were waiting, being used to getting their money from the window, had dusted off their debit card and received generous help from others on using it.

Experiences were shared on efforts to withdraw cash the previous day, where the published daily withdraw limit of 60 EUR/day for citizens was in effect (and confirmed by to me by the folks on line).

Today however, having presumably exhausted their supply of 20 euro notes, this ATM machine imposed upon users a de-facto daily withdraw limit of 50 Euros – since it was only dispensing 50 Euro notes.

As has also been reported, these capital controls do not apply to foreign bank accounts; and I can confirm to be true as my foreign bank card allowed me to withdraw my self-elected amount (of 300 EUR on this occasion) without issue.

There is certainly an unusual feeling of calm in the air. Car traffic resembles a quieter “Sunday” level than a typical summer weekday going into the high tourist season.

Citizens seem a bit more polite and helpful to one another than before, with no shortage of clever comments to break the tension on everyone’s mind being all in the same boat.

My first thought was to assume a newfound “keep calm and soldier on” state of unity among the populace.

But this is Greece, not Northern Europe. the words “quiet” and “calm” never share a sentence here.

No, this was something different, I believe, more of a “laugh to keep from crying” state of mind.

And being very experienced with Greece and Greek culture for my entire life, this realization was off-putting to say the least.

I’ll forward along any additional observations during my stay and leave you with one final, personal thought.

For all the talk and preaching of the risks one takes by placing all their “flags” into the blind faith and trust of one government in the abstract, it’s nothing like witnessing it firsthand.

Greece, right here – right now, is where that all “gets real.”

But more importantly, all the benefits of a multiple flags approach also “gets real” when you’re the guy who the crisis can’t touch.

I’m able to merely observe and participate without worry, sleeping tight knowing that all that what I’ve worked to achieve in his life is out of the reach of supranational, unelected & unaccountable EU autocrats.

Until tomorrow,
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Differences In Consciousness by Chief Luther Standing Bear


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Nothing the Great Mystery placed in the land of the Indian pleased the white man, and nothing escaped his transforming hand. Wherever forests have not been mowed down, wherever the animal is recessed in their quiet protection, wherever the earth is not bereft of four-footed life – that to him is an “unbroken wilderness”

But, because for the Lakota there was no wilderness, because nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly, Lakota philosophy was healthy – free from fear and dogmatism. And here I find the great distinction between the faith of the Indian and the white man. Indian faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings; the other sought the dominance of surroundings.

In sharing, in loving all and everything, one people naturally found a due portion of the thing they sought, while, in fearing, the other found the need of conquest.

For one man the world was full of beauty, for the other it was a place of sin and ugliness to be endured until he went to another world, there to become a creature of wings, half-man and half-bird.

Forever one man directed his Mystery to change the world He (God) had made. Forever this man pleaded with Him to chastise his wicked ones; and forever he implored his God to send His light to earth. Small wonder this man could not understand the other.

But the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.”

~Chief Luther Standing Bear~
(1868 – 1939)

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Reincarnation Is Enslavement by Greg Calise


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Have you ever actually wondered Why we reincarnate? Why is it that we have such short lives, and, for the most part, the only spiritual paths are very dubious religions and teachers? Or why those religions are built upon hierarchal structures? Have you ever wondered why there is so much evil in the world? And why such evil people seem to become the leaders of men? And the big question concerning reincarnation: Why don’t we remember our past lives? How can we resolve our past if we don’t even remember it?

We go through our lives with our past lives haunting us, yet we cannot see them. We carry the residual habits and traits from our former selves, yet we have no idea where they came from. For the most part, we don’t have any idea how they are affecting us now. Therefor, how can we ever resolve our past issues? Especially since they affect us even in this life?

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What religious person or spiritual teacher, or channeler or yogi has ever answered this question satisfactorily: Why don’t we remember our past lives? The answer may be chilling.

It is described in Vedic and Puranic texts that humankind lived very long life spans during the golden age. They spent their lives in deep meditation and were in balance and harmony with Mother Nature. Then something happened. In ancient legends, myths and texts, there is described the fall of man.

“Man is perfect at his origin, a divine being who has degenerated into what we are.” – R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (Egyptian Miracle)

“…primeval man was the truest model and representative of man, and that all human progress since, though upward in some things, has been in the main an unceasing deterioration…All the world that came next after primeval man honored and even worshipped their first fathers as very gods of light, knowledge and greatness.” – Joseph A. Seiss (Gospel of the Stars)

“Then she added a prophecy in which she foretold the approaching end of the Divine Age and the beginning of a new one, in which the summers would be flowerless, the cows milk less and women shameless and men strengthless, in which there will be trees without fruit and seas without fish, when old men would give false judgments and legislators make unjust laws, when warriors would betray one another and men would be thieves and there would be no more virtue in the world.” – (Prophesy of Badb, War Queen of Ireland)

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So what caused this fall? We can see that at one point, gods from the sky came, and humans were taught about agriculture and animal husbandry, which is the enslavement of animals. With that knowledge came the cities, the kings, the hierarchal systems of control, armies, war, slavery and the worship and sacrifices of gods. This was the fall of man. Mankind fell out of balance and harmony with Mother Nature and thus began losing virtue.

So who were these gods that came and gave humankind this knowledge? From where did they come? They are not of the Earth. They came to enslave humankind, to demand flesh and blood sacrifices, including human sacrifices. They demanded to be worshiped. And, as we read in the old testament, Jehovah would destroy entire races, or have his “chosen people” destroy them for him. The Gnostics called these gods the archons. Don Juan called them the predators.

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These gods have been feeding off of humanity for thousands of years. They consider us their herd, just as we consider farm animals. As above, so below. They feed off of our negative emotions and energies and they feed off of our worship to them. They especially like blood and suffering, so they create conflict, violence and wars between men. Notice most wars were between religions.

But they also control us through religions, ideologies, governments, societies, propaganda, the media, etc. Another way of controlling us is through reincarnation. Reincarnation is a form of slavery. After the fall, man’s duration of life was drastically shortened. Before the present age, men only lived a short average life span of 25 to 40 years. That is not enough time to figure out what life is about, especially if all they were given were the religions of the gods. They had to toil all day, raise their families and then they died.

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And then comes the question of why we don’t remember our past lives. We are constantly born into ignorance and the only knowledge available was what the gods gave us – religions and ideologies. After a few short years, we die in ignorance and then return again. This keeps the herd in order. Without any remembrance, we are imprisoned in ignorance, without the proper tools to break free. Occasionally a few great souls were able to liberate themselves, but the priests took control of their teachings. They skewed them and butchered them into religions.

We find ourselves in a matrix, where an artificial light construct has been overlaid upon the real world. As in the movie, The Matrix, we are simply batteries that the gods feed off of. This is our plight, where we are born and we die in a matrix as food for evil entities. And of course they have their minions here on Earth that keep the herd in line.

So the next question is: What happens when we die? When we die, we enter the cosmic matrix, another false light construct which we call heaven. Our souls are trapped within this prison of the gods. After some time in the false heavens, we return again in the same cycle. This is called the wheel of samsara, the cycle of birth and death.

The only escape from this prison is to awaken to who you truly are. By letting go of all of the false beliefs, gods, angels, gurus, etc., and stop feeding these false gods with our worship, our blood, our negative emotions and thoughts, and moving out of the whole game.

“To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do so, for the net is full of holes. Look at the net and its many contradictions. You do and undo at every step. You want peace, love and happiness, and work hard to create pain, hatred and war. You want longevity and you overeat. You want friendship and you exploit. See your net as made of such contradictions and remove them – your very seeing will make them go away.”
– Nisargadatta Maharaj

See the matrix for what it is. It seems all powerful, without any way of escape, But it is full of holes. If you have an open mind, discernment and the eyes to see, this whole game is nothing more than a house of cards. In Ask Simple Questions I showed many examples of how this entire matrix is falling apart at the seams. The question is, will you wake up, or be dragged away in the net, to continue on the wheel of birth and death?

Imagine how fortunate you are to come into contact with the keys to escape this prison. You can see how confusing it can be with all of the religions, new age philosophies, false teachers and teachings. I see that there are a few great masters who shine above all of this confusion. Take what you can from them, but blaze your own trail into your inner Self. Break free of the prison.

– Greg Calise

http://riverbankoftruth.com/2013/08/27/reincarnation-is-enslavement-by-greg-calise/

Prisons: America’s slave empire


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Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council—who led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free Alabama Movement have spent the last 18 months in solitary confinement. Authorities, unnerved by the protests that engulfed three prisons in the state, as well as by videos and pictures of abusive conditions smuggled out by the movement, say the men will remain in solitary confinement indefinitely.

The prison strike leaders are denied televisions and reading material. They spend at least three days a week, sometimes longer, without leaving their tiny isolation cells. They eat their meals seated on their steel toilets. They are allowed to shower only once every two days despite temperatures that routinely rise above 90 degrees.

The men have become symbols of a growing resistance movement inside American prisons. The prisoners’ work stoppages and refusal to co-operate with authorities in Alabama are modeled on actions that shook the Georgia prison system in December 2010. The strike leaders argue that this is the only mechanism left to the 2.3 million prisoners across America. By refusing to work—a tactic that would force prison authorities to hire compensated labor or to induce the prisoners to return to their jobs by paying a fair wage—the neoslavery that defines the prison system can be broken. Prisoners are currently organizing in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

“We have to shut down the prisons,” Council, known as Kinetik, one of the founders of the Free Alabama Movement, told me by phone from the Holman Correctional Facility in Escambia County, Ala. He has been in prison for 21 years, serving a sentence of life without parole. “We will not work for free anymore. All the work in prisons, from cleaning to cutting grass to working in the kitchen, is done by inmate labor. [Almost no prisoner] in Alabama is paid. Without us the prisons, which are slave empires, cannot function. Prisons, at the same time, charge us a variety of fees, such as for our identification cards or wrist bracelets, and [impose] numerous fines, especially for possession of contraband. They charge us high phone and commissary prices. Prisons each year are taking larger and larger sums of money from the inmates and their families. The state gets from us millions of dollars in free labor and then imposes fees and fines. You have brothers that work in kitchens 12 to 15 hours a day and have done this for years and have never been paid.”

“We do not believe in the political process,” said Ray, who spoke from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Ala., and who is serving life without parole. “We are not looking to politicians to submit reform bills. We aren’t giving more money to lawyers. We don’t believe in the courts. We will rely only on protests inside and outside of prisons and on targeting the corporations that exploit prison labor and finance the school-to-prison pipeline. We have focused our first boycott on McDonald’s. McDonald’s uses prisoners to process beef for patties and package bread, milk, chicken products. We have called for a national Stop Campaign against McDonald’s. We have identified this corporation to expose all the others. There are too many corporations exploiting prison labor to try and take them all on at once.”

“We are not going to call for protests outside of statehouses,” Ray went on. “Legislators are owned by corporations. To go up there with the achy breaky heart is not going to do any good. These politicians are in it for the money. If you are fighting mass incarceration, the people who are incarcerated are not in the statehouse. They are not in the parks. They are in the prisons. If you are going to fight for the people in prison, join them at the prison. The kryptonite to fight the prison system, which is a $500 billion enterprise, is the work strike. And we need people to come to the prisons to let guys on the inside know they have outside support to shut the prison down. Once we take our labor back, prisons will again become places for correction and rehabilitation rather than centers of corporate profit.”

The three prisoners said that until the prison-industrial complex was dismantled there would be no prison reform. They said books such as Stokely Carmichael’s “Ready for Revolution” and Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” along with the failure of prison reform movements, convinced them that the only hope to battle back against a prison system that contains 25 percent of the world’s prisoners was to organize resistance. And they find no solace in a black president.

“To say that we have a black president does not say anything,” Ray said. “The politicians are the ones who orchestrated this system. They are either directly involved as businessmen—many are already millionaires or billionaires, or they are controlled by millionaires and billionaires. We are not blindsided by titles. We are looking at what is going on behind the scenes. We see a coordinated effort by the Koch brothers, ALEC [the American Legislative Exchange Council] and political action committees that see in prisons a business opportunity. Their goal is to increase earnings. And once you look at it like this, it does not matter if we have a black or white president. That is why the policies have not changed. The laws, such as mandatory minimum [sentences], were put in place by big business so they would have access to cheap labor. The anti-terrorism laws were enacted to close the doors on the access to justice so people would be in prison longer. Big business finances campaigns. Big business writes the laws and legislation. And Obama takes money from these people. He is as vested in this system as they are.”

In Alabama prisons, as in nearly all such state facilities across the United States, prisoners do nearly every job, including cooking, cleaning, maintenance, laundry and staffing the prison barbershop. In the St. Clair prison there is also a chemical plant, a furniture company and a repair shop for state vehicles. Other Alabama prisons run printing companies and recycling plants, stamp license plates, make metal bed frames, operate sand pits and tend fish farms. Only a few hundred of Alabama’s 26,200 prisoners—the system is designed to hold only 13,130 people—are paid to work; they get 17 to 71 cents an hour. The rest are slaves.

The men bemoaned a lack of recreational and educational programs and basic hygiene supplies, the poor ventilation that sends temperatures in the cells and dormitories to over 100 degrees, crumbling infrastructures, infestations of cockroaches and rats, and corrupt prison guards who routinely beat prisoners and sell contraband, including drugs and cell phones. These conditions, coupled with the overcrowding, are, they warned, creating a tinderbox, especially as temperatures soar. There was a riot in St. Clair in April. There has been a rash of stabbings and fights in the prison. Prisoners have assaulted 10 guards in St. Clair during the last four weeks.

The worst thing is the water,” said James Pleasant, a St. Clair prisoner who has served 13 years of a 43-year sentence. “It is contaminated. It causes kidney, renal failure and cancer. The food causes stomach diseases. We have had three to four outbreaks of food poisoning in the last four months.”

He said that the prolonged caging of prisoners and the closing of rehabilitation programs, including education programs, guarantee recidivism, something sought by the corporations that profit from prisons. An estimated 80 percent of prisoners entering the Alabama prison system are functionally illiterate.

“Sleeping on a concrete slab is not going to teach you how to read or write,” Pleasant said. “Sleeping on a concrete slab will not solve mental health issues. But the system does not change. It does what it is designed to do. It makes sure people are driven back into the system to work without pay.”

“For years we were called niggers to indicate we had no value or worth and that anything could be done to us,” Ray said. “Then the word ‘nigger’ became politically incorrect. So they began calling us criminals. When you say a person is a criminal it means that what happens to them does not matter. It means he or she is a nigger. It means they deserve what they get.”

Prisons, the men said, have increasingly placed larger and larger financial burdens on families, with the poorest families suffering the most. Prisoners, too, suffer as a result.

“If you don’t get money from your family, your poverty blocks you out from buying items at the commissary or making phone calls,” Council said. “You can’t communicate with your family. If you don’t have someone to send you money you can’t even buy stamps to write home. They [authorities] are supposed to give us two free stamps a week, but I have never seen them do it in my 16 years of incarceration. We pay a $4 medical co-pay if we make a sick call. Every additional medication we receive is $4. If you have a cold and you get something for sinuses, pain meds and something for congestion, that becomes a $16 visit. And if you get $20 from a family member, the state will take $16 off the top to pay for the visit. You end up with $4 to spend at a jacked-up canteen. There are a lot of brothers walking around in debt. …”

“It takes brutality and force to make a person work for free and live in the type of conditions we live in and not do anything about it,” Ray said. “The only way they made slavery work was to use force. It is no different in the slave empire of prisons. They use brutality to hold it together. And this brutality will not go away until the system goes away.”

The men described numerous horrific beatings by guards.

Pleasant said, “They stood me up against the wall [with my hands cuffed behind me]. There were about 10 officers. They started swinging, punching and hitting me with sticks. They knocked my legs out from under me. My face hit the floor. They stomped on my face. They sent me to the infirmary to hide what they did, for 30 days. When I looked in the mirror I could not recognize my facial features. This was the fourth time I was beaten like this.”

I asked the three men, speaking to me on a conference call, what prison conditions said about America. They laughed.

“It says America is what it has always been, America,” said Ray. “It says if you are poor and black you will be exploited, brutalized and murdered. It says most of American society, especially white society, is indifferent. It says nothing has really changed for us since slavery.”

http://www.sott.net/article/298239-Prisons-Americas-slave-empire

Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t


“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says Mark Plotkin, “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest’s indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.

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