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EDITORIAL
The Crisis of the Now: Distracted and Diverted from the Ever-Encroaching Police State
By John Whitehead - September 23, 2015

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility.”—Author Neil Postman

Caught up in the spectacle of the forthcoming 2016 presidential elections, Americans (never very good when it comes to long-term memory) have not only largely forgotten last year’s hullabaloo over militarized police, police shootings of unarmed citizens, asset forfeiture schemes, and government surveillance but are also generally foggy about everything that has happened since.

Then again, so much is happening on a daily basis that it’s understandable if the average American has a hard time keeping up with and remembering all of the “events,” manufactured or otherwise, which occur like clockwork and keep us distracted, deluded, amused, and insulated from reality while the government continues to amass more power and authority over the citizenry.

In fact, when we’re being bombarded with wall-to-wall news coverage and news cycles that change every few days, it’s difficult to stay focused on one thing—namely, holding the government accountable to abiding by the rule of law—and the powers-that-be understand this. As investigative journalist Mike Adams points out:

This psychological bombardment is waged primarily via the mainstream media which assaults the viewer by the hour with images of violence, war, emotions and conflict. Because the human nervous system is hard wired to focus on immediate threats accompanied by depictions of violence, mainstream media viewers have their attention and mental resources funneled into the never-ending ‘crisis of the NOW’ from which they can never have the mental breathing room to apply logic, reason or historical context.

Consider if you will the regularly scheduled trivia and/or distractions in the past year alone that have kept us tuned into the various breaking news headlines and entertainment spectacles and tuned out to the government’s steady encroachments on our freedoms:

Americans were riveted when the Republican presidential contenders went head-to-head for the second time in a three-hour debate that put Carly Fiorina in a favored position behind Donald Trump; Hillary Clinton presented the softer side of her campaign image during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; scientists announced the discovery of what they believed to be a new pre-human species, Homo naledi, that existed 2.8 million years ago; an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit Chile; massive wildfires burned through 73,000 acres in California; a district court judge reversed NFL player Tom Brady’s four-game suspension; tennis superstar Serena Williams lost her chance at a calendar grand slam; and President Obama and Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg tweeted their support for a Texas student arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school.

That was preceded by the first round of the Republican presidential debates; an immigration crisis in Europe; the relaxing of Cuba-U.S. relations; the first two women soldiers graduating from Army Ranger course; and three Americans being hailed as heroes for thwarting a train attack in France. Before that, there was the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse; shootings at a military recruiting center in Tennessee and a movie theater in Louisiana; the Boy Scouts’ decision to end its ban on gay adult leaders; the first images sent by the New Horizons spacecraft of Pluto; and the victory over Japan of the U.S. in the Women’s World Cup soccer finals.

No less traumatic and distracting were the preceding months’ newsworthy events, which included a shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church; the trial and sentencing of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of same-sex marriage, Obamacare, lethal injection drugs and government censorship of Confederate flag license plates; and an Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia that left more than 200 injured and eight dead.

Also included in the mix of distressing news coverage was the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore and city-wide lockdown; the damning report by the Dept. of Justice into discriminatory and abusive practices by the Ferguson police department; the ongoing saga of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state; the apparently deliberate crash by a copilot of a German jetliner in the French Alps, killing all 150 passengers and crew; the New England Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl win; a measles outbreak in Disneyland; the escalating tensions between New York police and Mayor Bill de Blasio over his seeming support for anti-police protesters; and a terror attack at the Paris office of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Rounding out the year’s worth of headline-worthy new stories were protests over grand jury refusals to charge police for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown; the disappearance of an AirAsia flight over the Java Sea; an Ebola outbreak that results in several victims being transported to the U.S. for treatment; reports of domestic violence among NFL players; a security breach at the White House in which a man managed to jump the fence, cross the lawn and enter the main residence; and the reported beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS.

That doesn’t even begin to touch on the spate of entertainment news that tends to win the battle for Americans’ attention: Bruce Jenner’s transgender transformation to Caitlyn Jenner; the death of Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown; Kim Kardashian’s “break the internet” nude derriere photo; sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby; the suicide of Robin Williams; the cancellation of the comedy The Interview in movie theaters after alleged terror hack threats; the wedding of George Clooney to Amal Alamuddin; the wedding of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt; the ALS ice bucket challenge; and the birth of a baby girl to Prince William and Kate.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, these sleight-of-hand distractions, diversions and news spectacles are how the corporate elite controls a population by entrapping them in the “crisis of the NOW,” either inadvertently or intentionally, advancing their agenda without much opposition from the citizenry.

Professor Jacques Ellul studied this phenomenon of overwhelming news, short memories and the use of propaganda to advance hidden agendas. “One thought drives away another; old facts are chased by new ones,” wrote Ellul.

“Under these conditions there can be no thought. And, in fact, modern man does not think about current problems; he feels them. He reacts, but he does not understand them any more than he takes responsibility for them. He is even less capable of spotting any inconsistency between successive facts; man’s capacity to forget is unlimited. This is one of the most important and useful points for the propagandists, who can always be sure that a particular propaganda theme, statement, or event will be forgotten within a few weeks.”

But what exactly has the government (aided and abetted by the mainstream media) been doing while we’ve been so cooperatively fixated on whatever current sensation happens to be monopolizing the so-called “news” shows?

If properly disclosed, consistently reported on and properly digested by the citizenry, the sheer volume of the government’s activities, which undermine the Constitution and in many instances are outright illegal, would inevitably give rise to a sea change in how business is conducted in our seats of power.

Surely Americans would be concerned about the Obama administration’s plans to use behavioral science tactics to “nudge” citizens to comply with the government’s public policy and program initiatives? There would be no end to the uproar if Americans understood the ramifications of the government’s plan to train non-medical personnel—teachers, counselors and other lay people—in “mental first aid” in order to train them to screen, identify and report individuals suspected of suffering from mental illness. The problem, of course, arises when these very same mental health screeners misdiagnose opinions or behavior involving lawful First Amendment activities as a mental illness, resulting in involuntary detentions in psychiatric wards for the unfortunate victims.

Parents would be livid if they had any inkling about the school-to-prison pipeline, namely, how the public schools are being transformed from institutions of learning to prison-like factories, complete with armed police and surveillance cameras, aimed at churning out compliant test-takers rather than independent-minded citizens. And once those same young people reach college, they will be indoctrinated into believing that they have a “right” to be free from acts and expressions of intolerance with which they might disagree.

Concerned citizens should be up in arms over the government’s end-run tactics to avoid abiding by the rule of law, whether by outsourcing illegal surveillance activities to defense contractors, outsourcing inhumane torture to foreign countries, causing American citizens to disappear into secret interrogation facilities, or establishing policies that would allow the military to indefinitely detain any citizen—including journalists—considered a belligerent or enemy.

And one would hope American citizens would be incensed about being treated like prisoners in an electronic concentration camp, their every movement monitored, tracked and recorded by a growing government surveillance network that runs the gamut from traffic cameras and police body cameras to facial recognition software. Or outraged that we will be forced to fund a $93 billion drone industry that will be used to spy on our movements and activities, not to mention the fact that private prisons are getting rich (on our taxpayer dollars) by locking up infants, toddlers, children and pregnant women?

Unfortunately, while 71% of American voters are “dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the United States, that discontent has yet to bring about any significant changes in the government, nor has it caused the citizenry to get any more involved in their government beyond the ritualistic election day vote.

Professor Morris Berman suggests that the problems plaguing us as a nation—particularly as they relate to the government—have less to do with our inattention to corruption than our sanctioning, tacit or not, of such activities. “It seems to me,” writes Berman, “that the people do get the government they deserve, and even beyond that, the government who they are, so to speak.”

In other words, if we end up with a militarized police state, it will largely be because we welcomed it with open arms. In fact, according to a recent poll, almost a third of Americans would support a military coup “to take control from a civilian government which is beginning to violate the constitution.”

So where does that leave us?

As legendary television journalist Edward R. Murrow warned, “Unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.”

This article contributed courtesy of The Rutherford Institute.

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  • Bill Ross

    Start with NOT tolerating LIES (including yours) at home. Teach your children the value of TRUTH, how to recognize diversions. They will thank you later, once mature:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8hP9-qnAxk

  • Bill Ross

    BTW, inquiring minds want to know…

    is it fair that Kermit, after years of service dumped Miss Piggy, for a newer, younger model?

    equivalent to:

    “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?”

    frivolous concern from the height of a previous age of absurdity, prior to collapse of central “belief”

  • Bill Ross

    I`m not easily overwhelmed by disgust at the sheer predatory evil of what our enemy the state DOES, but, this will haunt me until I manage to deal with it, if ever:

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/fighting-for-pedophilia-its-official-u-s-government-policy-to-allow-afghan-allies-to-rape-little-boys.html

  • Libertarian Jerry

    What the above editorial describes is the final apex of the implementation of the Cultural Marxist method of taking over a society. The progressives(socialists) and Leftists didn’t need a violent revolution to implement their worldview. All 10 Planks to the Communist Manifesto (albeit in modified form) has been woven into the American fabric. From the Income Tax to Public Education. Control the Media,Academia,TV,Hollywood and Public Education and you can control public discourse. Control public discourse and you control thought. Control thought and you control the people. For the collectivists of both the Left and the Right this tactic has worked out beyond their wildest dreams.

    • Bill Ross

      “Control thought and you control the people”

      not entirely correct. Control information and environment (perspective), you control range of thought, which determines choice:

      http://www.nazisociopaths.org/modules/article/view.article.php/c1/37

      • Bruce C.

        Here’s proof: I heard on the news this morning that a government study has determined that those who take selfies have a greater chance of being killed than swimming with sharks. A lot of radio stations picked it up and it’s now today’s “crisis at noon” (to update Whitehead’s piece.) Anyway, I’m not saying that’s true but whether it is or isn’t – and here’s where you’re spot on – some people are already vowing to not take AS MANY selfies (or at least not in the middle of a street, for example.) Evidently, given the choice between swimming with sharks MORE OFTEN and thus leveling the playing field, they’re choosing to take selfies LESS OFTEN, which is a clear case of informational control creating binary alternatives and a definite change in behavior BEFORE INDEPENDENT PROOF IS OBTAINED [empahsis mine.]

        • Bill Ross

          when authority is rejected, so is the logical fallacy of argumentation from authority

          where authority, of course is a fake substitute for fact, evidence and reason.

          I`ll leave it to others to ponder WHY their tax dollars are being used for such absurd studies among far more important absurdities such as, well you know the list and, general characteristic: unproductivity.

  • “Bread and circuses” (or bread and games; from Latin: panem et circenses) – it works because humans are what they are and if a political system understands their subjects propensities and weaknesses it will use them as an effective means of manipulation. This is not one big evil plot it is just they way things develop, because what works works, so it sticks, and what does not work does not last.

    Modern panem et circenses goes deeper than just media and entertainment arts. The welfare state is another example, spectator sports, a consumer oriented society, the day-care schooling system that kills-off your child’s inquisitive and self-motivated instincts. Even the two party political system provides easy opinion forming and a feeling of choice. So long as people feel the state is providing and taking care of something for them, or are just busy playing about with their iPhones, they will burp replete, itch their backside and drift-off back to their gently rocked slumber-land.

  • Praetor

    Television!! The device used to broadcast over radio waves, their propaganda, manipulations and deceits. It has now evolved into the watchman on the tower, it sees all, it hears all and tells all. You want to free up your mind for individual thought, throw it in the trash and then delete!!!

    • Bill Ross

      Mass media, including Television subverts / skews your perspective, channeling YOUR thoughts to THEIR myopic subject matter.

      go smell some roses, talk to bums on the street, people of different cultures. Overcome YOUR lobotomies, narrowed perspectives. Join the revolution. Resist within whatever degrees of freedom you are willing to exercise. Death to tyranny by a billion cuts.

      Pull a Henry Thoreau, get YOUR bearings:

      “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had
      to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walden

  • 2prickit

    Deus ex Machina

    Such “seats of power” are even found embedded in the highly skilled game, baseball. This unexpected power supposedly serves to save a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as this contrived device removes the call from the locale plate umpire, to be judged from afar by an unseen distant Higher Power. There be no local authority, even in sports —Athletics, mind you, are the only visual entertainments that is not scripted; competitive, athletes are, but not controversial. Socialism has successfully removed passion from society. And that’s
    why we no longer have what the ancient Greeks called Tragedy.

  • lulu

    Citizens don’t get involved in government because government ‘ per se ‘ is not the problem. Corporate power is. It has ruined the system and taken control and blames every problem on ‘so-called’ government which it has actually set up as the fall guy for its own misdeeds.

  • wrusssr

    Any media today is controlled deception. Has been for decades. Someone once asked Walter Cronkite, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations while a “newscaster”, how he selected his stories for the news. His reply was: “Oh, they’ve already been screened by the time we get them. We just select the ones we want to run. . .” (or words to that effect).

    The deception is everywhere. No truth. Take, for example, how bills are named for congress. Congress has a full-time PR (Propaganda Relations) group they use to come up with warm, fuzzy names and acronyms for bills designed to rip the guts out of our Constitution and rights. You know, names like the Food Safety Bill that mandates we eat only industrially-produced genetically modified foods (that kill and sterilize lab rats) while the corporations producing it are trying to force independent ranchers and farmers who grow organic food out of business and off their land, and the Patriot Act that Congress passed without even reading it with pockets full of cash and tears in their eyes humming the Star Spangled Banner that gave our National Security Agency (NSA) the right to spy on all Americans with no warrant or checks or restraints using “terrorists” as their shield, or the Clean Water Restoration Act—who could oppose that?—filed because the Supreme Court twice ruled the Corps of Engineers did not have jurisdiction over water standing in places like gravel pits, puddles, and stock tanks.
    The EPA’s recent takeover of the Waters of the United States WOTUS now gives the “government” jurisdiction over all, any kind of, any type of, anywhere water that stands or congregates, including rainwater and dry arroyos where it occasionally runs, in all but 13 states that
    managed to file a blocking lawsuit before a bureaucratic-imposed “deadline”—not a congressionally or Constitutionally mandated deadline —expired using un-Constitutional administrative law. Communist Czars. Clinton and crew introduced the words to the American people when he put what?—10, 15 “czars” in charge agencies and things.
    Mind prepping the public.
    The original Clean Water Act gave the government jurisdiction over all NAVIGATBLE waters in the U.S.—anything that could float a boat—and has been in effect for 30 years and has been effective in cleaning up our rivers, lakes, and navigable streams. EPA bureaucrats deemed it necessary they needed jurisdiction over ALL waters on private property anywhere in the U.S. (above and below ground) to further their agenda, but the Supreme Court stepped up said no. Twice.

    The people behind the curtain didn’t like the Supreme Court’s rulings and so began to scheme with agency administrative “law” using the same technique the used to wreak havoc on American ranchers, farmers, and property owners–unbeknownst to the American people with the exception of property owners and watchdogs plugged into their agenda) who don’t have a clue from the media as to the real content and meaning of the takeover of the waters of the United States (through which they can now control all the land in the U.S,) BECAUSE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO CONTROL THE MEDIA CONTROL THE EPA AND ARE USING ADMINISTRATIVE LAW TO SHRED CONSTITUTIONAL CASE LAW. WOTUS gives the feds the power to come onto yourproperty, tell you what you can or cannot do with the water on your property, and your property itself, including rainwater cisterns, and fine or jail you if you don’t do it.

    And John Q doesn’t have clue.

    There is no uncontrolled media in America or the Globe. Hasn’t been for decades. The Internet changed that temporarily. Had
    the boys behind the curtain chugalugging tums. They regrouped secretly and now aim to plug this information leak with the TPP—which isn’t about trade but about The City and corporate control of things like the ‘Net and pesky Constitutions and national laws and ambitious
    humans and international tribunals and the world’s resources; through which corporations can sue nations if they ban things like genetically modified food and vaccines. Did I mention the FDA just approved something like 240 new vaccines? Hey, what’s not to like about a breast cancer vaccine?
    To have a nation, you need three things: the right to own property, rule of law, and credible information from which to make informed decisions.
    This is why the sons of witches went after them first.

  • Martin the American redux

    The first thing that comes to mind is a line from an old Frank Zappa song. Re;TV, ‘ I’m the tool of the government and industry too’. So, how do we overcome the deluge of information and misinformation?
    In my mind, it is blatantly obvious and simple. However, every time I’m at a backyard party and hoisting enough to start talking politics, I am always told my simple idea is far and away to radical and even downright revolutionary. I abhor strong central government while at the same time, abhor violent overthrow. Thereby, it seems to me that a non-violent way to stop the nonsensical flow of misinformation and cut out the(fluff?) is to sever ties between business and government. Perhaps I’m being far and away too grade school, but, I figure a relatively weak federal government would, by nature, become unattractive for big business interests. Remove the feeding trough from the horse. Repeal the 16th amendment. I understand that this will not cure ALL ills, but, it’ll be one heck of a great start.

    • A little bit pregnant is still pregnant. Ending ‘the state’ is the only durable solution. Cut the head from the Leviathan.

      • Martin the American redux

        Instead of pregnancy, why not look at it kinda like a lawn. To be mowed and weed treated on a regular basis. No doubt, we’ve let this one overgrow. Time to call up an experienced landscaper. This ain’t a job for a homeowner!

        • Actually I like to look at the conundrum of the impulse (towards the believed necessity for having ‘the state’ against that of freedom) as a comparison with a natural environment against one farmed or gardened.

          Here is a patch of ground – how does it get along? With a natural order each organism appears to struggle for success against others, the worm is eaten by the bird, the trees take light from the ground. Soon a more stable, infinity flexible, order becomes prevalent; one that is optimal for the situation and for the life that can best flourish there. It needs no maintenance, the system is self-correcting. If rabbits boom the fox population grows too and counters that occurrence.

          And it is deeper than that. It appears that each organism is an actor in this process but it is not entirely because each organism is a conglomeration of individual cells that are all acting individually in their best interest; which is to work in an ordered but highly complicated system of cooperation to form the organism they comprise.

          This patch of ground needs no central planning and nor could that be achieved so supremely as it organises itself just fine. The systems are so intensely complicated it would be imposable to manage ‘top-down’ but left to operate as it naturally does, ground-upwards, it always produces a harmonious balanced and optimised environment.

          Now the alternative you propose is to attempt to work against that natural order and impose some apparently unified mono-culture on the patch – a lawn. It is going to take a lot of work, it is going to require force and resources. It is going to be unsustainable without constant attention and even then it is only going to look like a lawn when its is still just endlessly a natural environment struggling to return to its proper balance.

          For what. Why does it need to be a lawn? Human society is not the sum of blades of grass to be unified and simplified, forced and controlled. That is not necessary if the idea is to see life flourish on this patch. Humans are as diverse as they individually wish to be and, acting as individuals, will make the vast plethora of decisions they need to work in their own best interests which then, as parts of a whole, adapt and develop to allow a balance order to flourish.

          • Martin the American redux

            Nope, I disagree with what youre saying so much, I barely know from where to start.
            So here goes:
            1st- I believe I said to look at it KINDA like a lawn, not pinpointed. As I’m sure you didn’t mean it literally when you mentioned pregnant vs. a little bit prego. But, I’m gonna take your ball and run w/it, even if its just for kicks.
            2nd-A natural environment (assuming no farmland) puts us back toward a Hunter-Gatherer society. Which when I was 20 yrs. old may have been something I’d been into.After all, women were usually subjugated due merely to the lack of strength and a big guy like myself would have had my choice amongst them (including the ones belonging to other males). Now that I’m over 50 yrs. beyond 20, I understand the Neanderthal nature of an attitude like that. For goodness sake, I won’t even gripe over women being allowed to vote today (ha,ha).
            3rd-Speaking of my managing to make it into my seventies (I reckon this is what you baited me toward), do you honestly figure, for even a moment, that I could have lived this long in your pipe dream of a natural utopia?
            4th-Land management is CRUCIAL for the development of civilized society. Ask any sixth grader about the ‘Fertile Cresent’.
            5th-You hit the nail square on the head when you say I’m working against the natural order. As part of the human race, one of my (and your) responsibilities is to make sure to the fullest of abilities, that we protect our progeny from nature,along with those that cannot protect and nurture themselves. THAT is what separates us from wild animals.
            6th-Yes, I desire a federal government, just not one so overbearing as we’ve allowed to develop today. So, it is time to mow the lawn before we need to resort toward s!ash and burn.

          • I offered an analogy (a comparison between one thing and another, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification) for example “an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies” See the link (because it is rather apt) http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/analogy

            You understood that the comparison between having a large or small government and between being pregnant and a little bit pregnant was not meant literally. It was analogous – clearly governments do not get pregnant.

            You suggested “Instead of pregnancy, why not look at it kinda like a lawn” which should have been your clue, your clue that I was then ‘looking at it kinda like a lawn’ and not being literal. And to make it clearer still I give you a further heads-up and wrote ‘as a comparison’ but clearly not clear enough.

            So to make it as clear as I possibly can for you, as simple as I can possibly be: I am not saying human society should dispense with the indoctrinated cult belief in ‘the state’ and ‘go back to nature’. I am just saying: we can look at the way nature works, to organise its massively complicated functions and order, the natural model, and apply the same style of dynamic methodology to allowing human society to self-organise.

          • Martin the American redux

            EU, I’ll reiterate, ‘just for kicks’.
            PS- I like your comments

          • Thanks. I find this process very interesting, when these specifics get pinned-down, one to one, like this. It is useful to consider and then reconsider ones point plus, as importantly, to then refine the clarity of how one states ones point. No point giving an opinion if it is not easy to understand. A lot of this goes on in these comment sections, people talking at cross purposes and people often not understanding that they are actually in accord on a point! Regards

    • Bruce C.

      “So how do we overcome the deluge of information and misinformation?”

      I actually think a lot of people watch/listen to news not to glean valid info but only to learn what “they” want us to think. News sources are being laughed at increasingly. The coverage of the Presidential candidates is a prime example. First you see or hear what the candidates say and then you hear how the pundits and media reporters spin it and they are sounding increasingly nutty, if not just stupid, by the day. I don’t think that’s the problem. However, my fear is that anyone who tries to really undermine the system will probably just be flat out killed. End of story. If that happens, hopefully enough people will have learned from past assassinations that it won’t be due to a “fringe maniac” but the “Deep State” itself. Fortunately, as powerful as the underworld types seem to be, they need – as always – the cooperation of many others to manifest their agendas. Even the existence of an armed and armored police state will not be able to function if the heads of the snakes are missing.

      • Martin the American redux

        Yes, I agree that far too many (my relatives included) are looking for info. to be spoon fed to them and accepted at face value. Additionally, I agree that people are finally starting to laugh at the nonsensical nature of it all. Case in point- the upside down bizarro world of the stock market for the past 4+ yrs. or so. Seems that bad economic news raised the market via an expectation of new QE and continued near zero interest rates. Now, all of a sudden, people are opening their eys to the fact that Ms. Yellen cannot raise rates. Seems the jig may be up! After all these years of raping savers and pillaging the retired, our markets have realized we are in no better position as compared to ’07-’09, not to mention 2000 after the dot com burst. Maniacal fringe behavior and ‘Deep State’ aside, I really think we are treading in uncharted territory.Perhaps my juvenile desire for a repeal of the 16th amendment is unnecessary.

  • disqus_1Op5S8jvui

    Too late. Sorry but a handful of mindful humans cannot avert their game, set and match of control via all electronic and mobile media.
    Control the money, the media and …

    • I fundamentally disagree with the first part of your assessment, John Travis, and posit that a handful of really smart mindful humans and virtual machines can and will and do control the money and media, and words shared create, command and control, and also catastrophically collapse worlds. And rather that everything being brought too late to the Great Game to scupper arrogant malfeasance and inequitable selfish indulgence in excesses, is IT only just getting started and into its strides in making over and taking over systems and SCADA operations for/with/by exclusive executive administrations ‽ . 🙂 Poe’s Law Rules

      And there is an inherent remarkably powerful stealth, which beautifully guarantees ITs undoubted success, in that being thought and imagined an impossible situation and turn of events.

  • Ed

    American Policing and the Coming Domestic Insurgency http://zerogov.com/?p=4480

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