I can't tell if I ever sent this one! Either sending or resending now. I often do these late at night and am half asleep.
Dear Mark, Misha and List Readers,
Really, it's money men controlling government officials that control our
money supply. Why do you think so much more is spent on elections than in
salaries for political posts? Why do you suppose top officials get cushy
Fortune 500 positions upon their retirement? Why is it we are in the mess
we are in?
In a certain sense what the "brown recluses" at the centers of their funnel
shaped webs are doing is performing the service of requiring us to raise
our individual consciousnesses or we are mutton on the hook. It's the old
story: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Any of us who want to be
free have to get used to awareness and quit yearning for its surcease. We
needn't think of this as bad. Those who want to own everything, control
everything, centralize everything, reduce us to helpless victims, etc. are
doing us a favor with their evil schemes.
I see an awful lot of folks who want to ignore evil and not think about it,
hoping it will go away. Then when rude awakenings come they are paralysed
with fear and they perish. Why be naive? Be suspicious! Be wary! Know your
hole card! Don't tailgate, and don't hang out in the no zone. Spot the
rattlesnake haunts. Know what time of summer a copperhead strikes at
anything. Up-end your boots and shake them out well in the morning before
slipping them on.
The first thing you should do upon boarding a commercial airliner is spot
the emergency exit. Count the rows of seats from yours to that door, and
for that matter to any others. You may have to get out in pitch darkness
with the plane filling with water or burning or some such. If some feeble
oldster or some child is seated by that exit, trade seats so you don't have
to go over and through them to open the escape if the plane goes down.
Pay close attention to all safety precautions. It may make all the
difference. The rest is karma--your just deserts. But this much is not. It
is the price of admission. Education is expensive and this is your tuition.
Don't make light of the "Noah's" who prepare for the worst. Learn all you
can from them.
Do they seem to be doomsayers or am I doomsaying? Many are not, but some
are, and there is a lot to be said for incurring doom by being obsessed
with it. So construct a positive agenda and work toward it. Then, with
awareness of the possibilities of doom, its avoidance is not so impossible.
We see this in events such as the World Trade Organization protests in
Seattle. By and large that was a successful effort to hold the predators at
bay even if it is only for a few days, weeks or months. The winged,
incendiary lizards will be back soon enough, but there is a future as long
as we are wary and prepared. Seek awareness and answers rather than
automaticity and solutions. Wake up and take stock of what goes on.
Passing laws against confidence artistry has never eliminated its
existence. We have both more laws against such stuff than ever AND more of
it. It is the sleepers wearing rose colored aviation goggles who make easy
Seemingly there must be a few devils accruing horrific karma if the rest of
us are to expand our consciousness. This is why we have mercy and
forgiveness and what give these things meaning.
>>Are you serious? Of course the government controls the money supply!
>>Unless you have a really good color copier in your basement...
>Thanks for saving me the trouble of having to say this, Mark. :^)
>Good heavens, people--wake up and smell the air pollution. Currency
>is, by definition, a centrally controlled system of value that has
>little--if any--connection to anything you can touch, eat, clothe
>your loved ones with, house them or yourself with, grow food upon,
>etc. Its power is mainly symbolic. Which is no less power--but those
>who accumulate abstract power have to have others do concrete reality
>The history of accumulation is ancient. The powerful decided to
>centralize the food supply in Mesopotamia (so that priests and
>merchants accumulated surpluses and set themselves up to control it)
>right after the invention of agriculture and cities. There are some
>historians who argue that the history of agriculture and land use go
>hand-in-glove with the history of accumulation, oppression, and
>Millennia later, the powerful decided to enclose land in Europe and
>destroy the notion of the commons, and to make land ownership a thing
>of documentation and legalese, rather than of concrete work, sharing,
>The history of America (north and south) has been of the powerful
>appropriating--by any means--others' resources, with death or
>withdrawal of life sustenance as the punishment for not going along.
>Resistance to these trends has been what I consider real history. As
>Salvador Allende said, just prior to being murdered by the U.S. CIA:
>"They have the force. They might be able to overcome us, but social
>processes cannot be stopped with crime or force. History is ours. The
>people make it."
>This is a powerful theme in imperial culture: controlling the
>resources, the means of production, the outcomes of that production,
>and the value/valuation of it. Translating common, and concrete,
>things into private, and abstract, ones. And now, with the invention
>of corporations and intellectual property, there ain't nothing don't
>have a price tag or ownership deed nailed to it.
>The Sacagawea coin issue is particularly ironic in this context.
>Thanks, all for listening, and for your thoughts on these issues.
>They are central to rethinking agriculture.
>Center for Integrated Ag Systems, UW-Madison
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