Agents of Change

Battle for the mind: How they do it. Any religion that has group identity is by definition an organized religion. Religion prescribes parameters of thought and religion prescribes thought. There are few exceptions to this.

Governments desire organized or group identity religion because they can be manipulated without any awareness by the group.

Religion is in general “tax exempt” because organized religion is pro-government and pro-authority. Any group has group thought and group expression. All individuals become faceless and mindless.

To the extent that one is a group member, to that extent that person surrenders individual identity or ego. The group is first step authority.

The more organizations that authority can get the people involved in, the easier the control and manipulation because all groups espouse altruism. (see below)

Group identity can be any religious group, any fraternal group either secret or open, and any social group.

What about Christianity?

Christianity is a personal and individual religion anathema to organized religious and regimented “spiritual” systems.

The stronger the groups appeal, the more one can be led into and deceived by altruism and altruistic appeals.

Governments strive to move humanity from the ego or self to the group — the foundation of government deception and power.

  1. They use controlled media
  2. “Public education”
  3. Organized religion
  4. Fraternal organization (both secret and open)
  5. Many, many subgroups — see “Occult Theocracy”
  6. Charities

Organizations impress upon one’s psychic concepts pseudo “facts” that are unprovable and have no foundation in fact but are accepted as an absolute generation after generation. The same is foolish to the individualist who by nature or who has a natural inclination to inquire into anything without inhibitions.

As one loses his/her identity to group thought, then he/she becomes manipulated by phony altruistic pronouncements of politicians and authority. This is to say when one loses self he is transferred to group thought. We are one or the other.

Altruism is a morality based on the philosophical premise that man lives for the sake of others… that man’s life and property are available for sacrifice to “higher causes, e.g., the common good the public interest, society, the needy, the world, God, country.”

In practice, it’s who will sacrifice whom. You guessed it. It’s the non-producer political power transferring the wealth, production and the public will to itself. They do this with great ease once they instill Altruism in the public mind with the group concept.

Competent people who act on reality have gone underground in these latter days of political suppression. They are fully aware that hyper-individualism now, though not coded, is tantamount to crime against the state.

What about Warren Buffet and Bill Gates? They certainly understand capitalism and the accumulation of wealth, but they well know to bow their knee to Baal with their espousal of charities and social dispensations, as Bill Gates heavy involvement in vaccination in Africa. Do they know that they are appeasing authority or are they mind-altered with Altruism?

Possession of ones’ ego is to live in reality. The ego is the self and means individuality. The common use of the word ego implies vanity, but our use here simply means the ultra-expression of the individual as opposed to the group.

Group dynamics promotes altruism and a mind locked out of reality. It’s a long road back and few arrive except those few who will read the right material without reservations or bias.

Groups socialize and dehumanize. Communication fails between husband and wife, between neighbors, between professional associates, etc., etc., in direct relation to group influences and their degree of altruism.

Authority abhors individuality. It is the destruction of the individual over time that has moved us to the fascist state.

Think Nazi torchlight parades. Herr Hitler used the morality of altruism with his “higher good” to which anything and everything should be sacrificed for the “National Will.”

CDC: Diabetes cases skyrocket nationwide

Diabetes is a common health conditionThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that new diabetes cases have sharply increased over the last decade, particularly in southern states.

Many experts have suggested that the poor Western diet is to blame, along with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

The latest data finds that new diabetes cases increased from 4.8 per 1,000 people in the mid 1990s to 9.1 per 1,000 as of 2007. Minnesota had the lowest rate at 5 per 1,000 people, while West Virginia and Puerto Rico had the highest with a respective 12.7 and 12.8 per 1,000 people.

"We must step up efforts to prevent and control diabetes, particularly in the Southern U.S. region where we see higher rates of diabetes, obesity and physical inactivity," said Karen Kirtland, Ph.D., the lead author of the study.

Other states leading the way in age-adjusted new diabetes cases per 1,000 people included South Carolina (11.5), Arkansas (11.3), Georgia (11.2), and Texas (11.1). Idaho, Texas, and Florida all saw increases of over 200 percent in their age-adjusted diabetes rates. And even though Minnesota had the lowest rate of increase, the state still saw its figures go up by 67 percent over the last decade.

Other states with low diabetes rates per 1,000 include Hawaii (5.9), Wyoming (6.1), and Colorado (6.2).
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Marijuana law reformers enjoy election night success

Supporters of marijuana civil liberties had some successSupporters of reforming the nation’s marijuana laws enjoyed a successful campaign season, seeing several of their initiatives win in various states.

The most noteworthy victory came in Massachusetts, where 65 percent of voters supported decriminalizing less than one ounce of marijuana. Also at the state level, 63 percent of Michigan voters supported legalizing medical marijuana. Massachusetts is now the thirteenth state to decriminalize marijuana, while Michigan is the thirteenth state to allow medical marijuana.

"The people were ahead of the politicians on this issue. They recognize and want a more sensible approach to our marijuana policy," Whitney Taylor, chairwoman of the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, told the Boston Globe.

Some local marijuana initiatives also enjoyed success on election night. Fayetteville, Arkansas and Hawaii County both voted to instruct local law enforcement to make crimes involving possession of less than one ounce of marijuana their lowest priority. Four state legislative districts in Massachusetts also voted to instruct their representatives to vote in favor of medical marijuana legislation.

The primary setback for supporters of drug law reform was in California, where a measure to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana fell by a 60-40 percent margin.
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Internet privacy concerns high on both sides of the Atlantic

Privacy concerns arise in both the U.S. and UKThe issue of privacy is currently being debated in both the U.S. and the UK, among governments and technology companies alike.

In Britain, privacy advocates are wary of plans by the government to monitor all email, phone and Internet traffic in the country with "black box" style technology.

British Information Commissioner Richard Thomas was quoted in the UK newspaper The Independent as saying the proposed Communications Data Bill went a "step too far" and was "awful." Still, British security agencies hope to use the information to fight terrorism and other significant crimes.

The Independent notes that the proposal has created "a huge public outcry," with plans for a formal consultation of the UK public on the matter in 2009.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic this week, a coalition including yahoo.com and google.com unveiled a proposal called the Global Network Initiative to try to protect consumer privacy on the web. This plan would require various commitments from participating companies, such as providing greater transparency to users, challenging human rights violations, and advocating laws that respect privacy and the freedom of expression.

"Through this initiative, we take a crucial first step in advancing free expression and privacy, at a time when government interference with these basic human rights is on the rise," said Human Rights First President Mike Posner.
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Supreme Court to rule on drug warning labels

Drug warning labels are under legal scrutinyOn Monday, attorneys for the Bush administration argued in front of the Supreme Court that drug companies should be shielded from consumer lawsuits even if they fail to warn patients about risks which could have long reaching effects on their health.

The case involves Diana Levine, a Vermont woman who had her arm amputated after an IV push of the anti-nausea medication Phenergan struck an artery, causing gangrene.

A jury awarded Levine $6.7 million in her suit against Wyeth, the drug’s maker, which the company appealed claiming the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act prevents state lawsuits that conflict with federal drug regulations like warning labels approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Levine’s lawyer, David Frederick, argued that Wyeth didn’t do everything in its power to warn of the potential dangers.

"The manufacturer has a duty of due care, a duty to analyze new information on risk and to make appropriate change in the warning to reflect that," said Frederick. "It didn’t live up to that duty."

According to Wyeth’s website, Phenergan has been on the market since 1951 and is typically used to treat the effects of inhaled allergens or food allergies.

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Study: Rain Linked to Child Autism

Wet weather is linked to autismA new study indicates that child autism rates may be higher in areas that have more precipitation.

The study, which appears in November’s Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, examined autism rates for children in selected counties in Washington, Oregon, and California, as well as precipitation rates for those areas from 1987 to 2001.

"These results are consistent with the existence of an environmental trigger for autism among genetically vulnerable children that is positively associated with precipitation," wrote Michael Waldman of Cornell University and his colleagues.

The researchers estimated that the presence of an environmental trigger had increased 2005 autism rates in the studied counties by as much as 43 percent. They also suggested their findings "could potentially be explained by any environmental exposure associated with indoor activities."

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that about 1 in 150 8-year-olds in selected areas of the United States suffer from an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The CDC estimates that this would amount to approximately 560,000 Americans aged 1 to 21 suffering from an ASD.
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Organic products running afoul of field drug tests

One couple was wrongly charged with drug possessionThe credibility of field drug test kits is under fire following the arrest of a Canadian couple on erroneous drug charges, raising concern about the violation of their civil liberties.

On September 11, Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis crossed the U.S. border with their infant son. The two were checked for drugs and a field test was administered on beauty products and organic chocolate produced by their company, Living Libations.

After the NIK field test produced a false positive, the couple were arrested and charged with exporting a controlled substance. Under separate interrogation, each was told by officers that the other had confessed to smuggling hashish.

The couple faced a similar incident on August 3 in Toronto after another false positive drug test. They were arrested, interrogated, and later visited by child welfare authorities.

The two were exonerated after more tests. Before the September incident, the two had notified border authorities of their travel plans and were accompanied by an attorney, but were still arrested.

"I thought somebody must have planted drugs in our bag. We didn’t know the tests could be faulty," Obadia told USA Today.

Along with worrying about their civil liberties, Obadia and Artemis are concerned about their rights to market and transport organic products.
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Economy Seen Struggling In The Short Term

Uncertain times for the U.S. economyThe National Association for Business Economics is predicting that the economy will rebound in 2009 – but not before continuing to struggle in the short term.

NABE President-elect Chris Varvares said that if current economic conditions do not undergo a rapid recovery, prospects could decline further.

"Still, the NABE panel expects that lower oil prices, a bottoming out in home prices, and a better functioning of financial markets should enable the economy to resume trend-like growth by the second half of 2009," he added.

Meanwhile, the economy is showing few signs of recovery in the short term. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the gross domestic product had decreased at an annual rate of 0.3 percent during the third quarter of 2008, down from a second quarter increase of 2.8 percent.

Varvares added that NABE economists "see virtually no economic growth in the fourth quarter" and predicted that the GDP would only grow by 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2009, but would reach 3 percent by the end of 2009.

He also notes that two out of three economists believe that a recession has already begun or will be underway by the end of 2008.
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Unstable markets could pay off for Roth investors

A Roth IRA could help guard your wealthOngoing instability in the stock market may offer a silver lining to those saving for retirement.

Some financial observers suggest switching from a traditional retirement account to a Roth IRA now because so many stock portfolios have posted significant drops.

This presents a potentially lower tax burden to those who switch. Assuming those portfolios return to their previous levels over time, some investors could realize considerable financial gains.

Writing on ABCnews.com, financial columnist David McPherson offers another reason to convert now to a Roth IRA.

"Twenty years from now, federal income taxes are going to be higher than they are today," he predicts, citing unchecked federal deficits and the pending retirement of the Baby Boom generation.

McPherson, converting now to a Roth IRA would amount to "paying lower taxes now than at higher rates later."

A Roth IRA works differently from a traditional IRA in that it does not tax an individual’s savings upon retirement. Traditional IRAs offer tax breaks as money is placed into an account, but then income tax is collected on those earnings at retirement.

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New Google browser raises privacy concerns

Can Google respect people's privacy?The group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the Justice Department and state attorneys general to protect consumer privacy amid concerns about Google’s new Chrome browser.

It has raised a red flag about the danger of Google selling information about people’s web usage to third parties, saying that the company has "a financial interest in knowing ever more about who we are" online.

Chrome’s features include easier access to bookmarked pages, desktop shortcuts to web applications, and warnings if surfers are about to access an unsafe website. Chrome also includes an "Incognito" mode that allows surfers to prevent pages from showing up in their browsing history.

However, Consumer Watchdog urges Google to "ensure that Incognito mode has the full meaning the word implies when users opt for it." The group wants Google to protect consumer privacy with a single, instant Incognito button that remains in default mode and keeps information from outside servers.

"If Google won’t solve its own privacy problems, the company must be prepared for regulators to put the brakes on its unprecedented growth," said Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court.
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