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It's a club and you're not in it!

The late George Carlin had the political economy sussed: "Its a big club and you're not in it!"

First and foremost, it's a money club ruled by the bankster Mafia. All the bailout money, quantitative easing, etc.? Paid out in dividends and share buybacks to ramp up the share prices of banks to further enrich top banksters and rich shareholders.

Federal Bank Regulator Drops a Bombshell as Corporate Media Snoozes by Pam Martens and Russ Martens
What the fearless Hoenig told the Senate Banking Committee was effectively this: the biggest Wall Street banks have been lying to the American people that overly stringent capital rules by their regulators are constraining their ability to lend to consumers and businesses. What’s really behind their inability to make more loans is the documented fact that the 10 largest banks in the country “will distribute, in aggregate, 99 percent of their net income on an annualized basis,” by paying out dividends to shareholders and buying back excessive amounts of their own stock.

It's time to stop fighting with our fellow humans in the desperate struggle to "join the club", leave the Structural Elite to their games and start our own club which adheres to natural law: in which no human rules another, the commons are shared equitably and there is no usury.

Withdrawing Consent (3 minute video)

The dark art of money is the biggest obstacle to change - to protect yourself, use cash wherever possible; find alternative means of transacting with fellow humans (LETS, alternative currencies etc.) - leave those in the club to play with themselves  or join the rest of us as humans.

Reconnecting with nature

Yesterday's Daily Pickings suggests we need to talk; we also need to reconnect with nature and the universe to discover our human selves.

Meditations on Attuning with the Rhythms of Life: Panarchy, Poiesis and Presence by Giles Hutchins

‘The purpose of life is to live in agreement with Nature.’  Zeno, Greek philosopher, c500BC

‘He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking.’ Confucius, Chinese sage, c500BC

Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.’ Lao Tzu, Chinese sage, c500BC

‘There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.’ Pythagoras, Greek philosopher, c500BC

We need to talk

We need to have those difficult conversations with those people with whom we may vehemently disagree because currently our dialogue is conducted through an echo-chamber of misinformation and vitriol. James Damore produced some thoughtful analysis of the "diversity" culture at Google for which he has paid a heavy price. History shows where this will end - in bloodshed, on both sides of the argument.

What we find, when we talk and explore reality, based on evidence, is that there is a lot more we can agree on than divides us. We need to be open to new information and become attuned to the balance and subtleties of arguments. When we do, we are on the way to evolving to a higher state.

The left/right divide is a construct of the current political economy; that is the source of our troubles.

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We need to talk.

Grotesque Logic for Venezuela

Over recent years, the CIA has been ramping up their efforts to foment unrest and division to effect regime change across Latin America, repeating the history of the last century. After Argentina fell to the Structural Elite, Venezuela was lined up in the CIA's crosshairs.

Grotesque Logic for Venezuela, The Cuban Revolution and the Second Road of Ana Belén Montes by Prof Susan Babbitt
We hear about violence in Venezuela but not about politically motivated deaths in Mexico, Colombia and Honduras. Rigoberta Menchú, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her 10-year campaign against military terror in Guatemala, asked “En nombre de qué lógica” does it make sense to single out Cuba and ignore what is happening elsewhere? So it goes with Venezuela.

Abdul Ocalan (Kurdish PKK leader kidnapped and incarcerated by Turkey) says, freedom for the Kurds will only be possible when all people are free. This is true for Venezuela and all of us. None of us are free as long as any people are oppressed and abused around the world. The oppression, abuse and destruction is systemic and comprehensive - being rolled out across the world.

As long as there is institutional hierarchy, this madness will persist.

Hierarchy and power (51 minute video)