“Labor Day” is a misnomer. It is a leisure day ostensibly designed to celebrate the labor movement. Everyone now sees it as a leisure day for barbecue, final dips in the lake or ocean and the last “blowout” of summer.
Readers of this website, especially long-term readers, are special people. Why? It’s because you have a philosophical perspective based on individualism and liberty. This means that you take responsibility for your actions and all modes of your life. You have consciously or unconsciously overridden the herding instinct that moves the crowd against its best interest.
Under the nose of an oppressive economic and social system, you have made decision-making a conscious choice. You abhor the herding impulse of the crowd and the political system.
You seek out and evaluate options in your personal lives in health, finance and survival. Look at yourself as a rarity in this day and age.
You who believe as I do are a peculiar people who read and search through the hype and nonsense that move the crowd. Believe me when I tell you that steady reading makes you different and provides you with the capacity to evaluate reality and the options that you should take. Your knowledge base lies far above the mean.
Please don’t ever cheat yourself by slacking your study and your quest for information. No, you’re not too busy to read and learn. If you think that you are, you are grossly confusing cause and effect in this life.
You can and will find your own promised land in this life, set apart and above the herd. The only way to do this is through personal and daily growth by and through the love and practice of reading. There is no other way.
Put down the mundane, the simple and the frivolous. Your reward and self-satisfaction will be unbelievable. You will consciously rise above the crowd and, yes, your “friends.” Your knowledge will be far and above that of the elitists and their enablers: the low-information voters.
An ever-expanding mind brings joy, satisfaction and love of life on a higher plane. Compare yourself and the people around you. It’s your mind that is different and that has provided you with choices that bring you liberty and happiness, all because you cultivated the love of mental growth through daily reading. You are different. You forsake conventional wisdom and the propaganda of state worship.
An expanding mind feeds on itself with ever-greater patterns of thought, logic and reason.Life is a gold mine only if we dig it out. How wonderful it is to talk to other “gold miners” who are daily digging out the nuggets. That’s the purpose of this forum.
Spiritual and material advantage comes abundantly to those who read. And reading keeps the mind sharp. This is especially true in seniors.
The more we read, the greater our spiritual and material reward, the greater our joy and love of life, and the better our health. Just imagine the great riches our children and our posterity will inherit from the knowledge and wisdom we’ve gained and passed on. This is a great secret that most in the world does not know and will never discover, but you have.
It is difficult to escape that small social mentality that makes you dependent on the ebb and flow of the mass social mood. Most people who are full of themselves are full on nonsense and small-mindedness.
The daily noise of the TV and the controlled media is organized confusion to steal your quality of life. Avoid them. They suppress the mind and cause it to dwell upon petty nonsense, leading to the lazy herding instinct. Man’s destiny is to grow every day to its full potential as given to us by our Creator, to develop individually a thousand virtues that the idle and the vain never know
You can harness the world to your advantage. Are you reading serious material and books daily? This is how you should labor.
Happy Labor Day!
Whenever a group or class of people is given special “rights” (which aren’t really rights, but privileges), the real natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned on their ears and shoved down the memory hole. In other words, the rights of the one are secondary to the “rights” of the other simply because one subgroup of individuals has been granted special privileges that never before existed.
Take the case in New York of a Catholic couple who had $13,000 extorted from them by the state of New York (not to mention thousands of dollars in legal fees over two years), were forced to undergo and subject their staff to a state-sponsored re-education camp and were ordered to prominently display on their property a propaganda message contrary to their belief system, all for the “crime” of declining to host a wedding on their farm. The wedding, if it can be called such, was for a lesbian couple.
But this was not just any lesbian couple looking for a wedding locale. This was a lesbian couple fishing for a free wedding and seeking to be offended — or, in their minds, deprived of their rights. The couple secretly recorded the conversation in which their request to have the wedding conducted on the farm — which serves the dual purpose of being a place for events and Robert and Cynthia Gifford’s home — was declined and then quickly ran off to the New York State Division of Human Rights to proclaim they had been aggrieved.
Never mind that the Giffords, while declining to host the wedding, offered to the couple the option of visiting the farm to discuss handling the reception. And never mind that the Giffords had recently hosted a birthday party for the adopted child of a lesbian couple, indicating they held no special animus toward homosexuals. The Giffords’ decision to decline to host the wedding — which was contrary to their faith because they believe God ordained marriage to be a union of one man and one woman — led New York’s DHR to determine they were insensitive and discriminatory and must be punished (discriminated against) and re-educated (brainwashed).
This sort of discrimination (depriving one of his natural rights) against the one on behalf of the other — especially if the other happens to be homosexual — is becoming more common by the day. In St. Paul, Minnesota, the misnamed Minnesota Department of Human Rights recently went after the owners of a lodge after they turned down a request to host a gay wedding — again because it violated their religious beliefs. In order to settle the complaint, the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, Inc. had to pay for the couple’s wedding and reception at another location. So apparently in America now, if you are gay and persistent, you can eventually force someone you don’t know and don’t like and who is offended by what you do to pay for your wedding, all in the name of equality and fairness and anti-discrimination.
Bakery owners, florists, photographers, bridal shops and T-shirt companies have all been targeted in recent months by the gay lobby and state agencies and the courts, simply because they chose to exercise their natural rights (and the accompanying right of free association) and chose not to participate in something they found offensive to their faith. They did not go out seeking to discriminate against someone else, as did the homosexuals who sought the business owner’s persecution after they were “aggrieved.” They did nothing to prevent the so-called “aggrieved” parties from participating in enjoying their natural rights, as those “aggrieved” parties were certainly to free to choose from other venues that accept the concept of homosexual marriage. They sought only to not be forced to participate — i.e., not be discriminated against — and to be free to conduct business (or not) as they chose.
One of the most common refrains from the homosexual lobby in the quest to achieve a special “right” that sets homosexuals apart from everyone else was the one that went something like this: “How does their ability to be married (or whatever) hurt anyone else in any way?”
Now you know how. It deprives Christians of their rights. So whose rights are next on the chopping block? If agents of the state can force the Giffords to open their homes to a lesbian “wedding,” where does it stop? Must Christian business owners now provide products and services for polygamous households? Must a Jewish baker now bake a cake for a neo-Nazi holding a Hitler birthday celebration? Must a black photographer photograph a KKK rally? Must an Islamic caterer provide pork for an American barbecue? Must a homeowner allow a freeloader to share his dinner?
How long before the state determines there are no rights at all? Or has it already?
No one should be surprised that corporations are taking advantage of provisions in the U.S. tax code that allow them to keep more of their money by moving their operations offshore, as Burger King Worldwide announced it was planning to do when it acquired Tim Hortons. The Founding Fathers recognized something today’s government elites do not, that there is a limit to the onerous level of taxation that can be born.
In his opinion in the landmark McCulloch v. Maryland Supreme Court case that granted Congress “implied powers,” turned the “necessary and proper” clause on its ear and began neutering State sovereignty on behalf of the banksters, Chief Justice John Marshall recognized the destructive nature of taxation.
“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation,” he wrote.
In “Rights of Man,” Thomas Paine noted, “If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.”
And those are the exact forces at work in the U.S. that have produced the highest corporate tax rate in the world.
Both James Madison and Thomas Jefferson also noted the destructive nature of taxes.
In Federalist No. 39, Madison wrote, “[T]he most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.”
In a letter to Joseph Milligan, Jefferson wrote, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
The elites in Congress and their statist supporters apparently missed these lessons.
Big government statists eschew the power of the free market. Without government regulation of business, they’ll tell you, there would be large business monopolies. Never mind that there never has been a monopoly that did not become so without government interference in the marketplace.
Following Burger King Worldwide’s announcement that it would acquire Ontario-based Tim Hortons — a coffee and doughnut chain — and move the new company’s headquarters to Canada in order to take advantage of that country’s lower corporate tax rate, we learned a little more about the hypocrisy of big government statists.
First, the deal is being largely financed by Warren Buffett. Buffet, you may recall, is Barack Obama’s poster child for the White House’s “tax fairness” campaign. Back in 2011, Obama proposed the adoption of a “Buffett Rule” that would prohibit wealthy Americans from claiming the tax breaks and deductions provided them under current IRS law. The Buffett Rule would require millionaires to pay an effective tax rate of at least 30 percent. On the White House’s website we learn that the Buffett Rule is “a simple principle of tax fairness that asks everyone to pay their fair share.”
“Fair share” is one of the favorite code words of the elites, though no one can explain what “fair share” means. And although the elites want to make sure you pay your fair share, they don’t hesitate to take advantage of any and all loopholes granted them — as in Obama has investments in the Cayman Islands.
In order to ensure corporations like Burger King pay their “fair share,” statist Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) repeated his call for a global minimum tax rate. Sherrod wants to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate (a great idea) but establish a global minimum tax rate (a very bad one).
Why is it a bad one? It is an attack on the free market and another step toward One World Government.
It’s natural for companies (and people) to want to keep what they earn. If one country offers a lower tax rate, that incentivizes companies to move there. Rather than establish a global minimum tax rate, the U.S. should lower (or eliminate) its corporate tax rate to make it competitive so that American firms will return and foreign companies will want to move their headquarters here.
That will create jobs and grow the economy far better than any gimmicky “tax fairness” initiatives will.
But statists don’t appreciate realistic economic lessons, so they’ve pulled out their long knives. Sherrod is leading the call to boycott Burger King because trying to keep what you earn has somehow become unpatriotic.
What’s truly unpatriotic is advocating collectivism, confiscatory taxes and One World Government.
And if you want to boycott Burger King, do it because its so-called food is bad for you, not because it wants to keep the money it makes.
A researcher with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted that he and fellow researchers falsified data in order to hide the fact that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine increases the rates of autism spectrum disorder in black children by 340 percent when administered before age 36 months.
News of the whistleblower broke on Aug. 18 on the Age of Autism website. The whistleblower was later identified as William Thompson, Ph.D., one of the authors of the 2004 De Stefano study, which is accused of hiding the link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
The whistleblower helped Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and led him to information on the data manipulation by the CDC. The results of Hooker’s study were published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegeneration on Aug. 8.
According to Hooker, Thompson directed him to information showing the statistically significant evidence between the age at which the MMR vaccine was administered and autism incidence in African-American children was hidden by CDC researchers. Thompson helped Hooker to view the highly sensitive CDC documents. Thompson says the CDC knew of the correlation between autism and the MMR for 11 years and covered it up.
After Thompson’s identity was revealed on Aug. 20, he was escorted off the CDC premises. Prior to his removal, Thompson worked in the CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.
While this information may be revelatory for those who remain stuck inside the paradigm created by and for the medical-industrial complex, it is merely more justification for our view that the CDC is little more than a public relations arm for Big Pharma.
The federal government tacitly admitted years ago that vaccines are harmful when it established the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program (aka the “absolve Big Pharma of all liability at your expense” program) which pays out compensation for autism-related disorders.
More proof that the CDC is hiding information on vaccine dangers is found in the CDC’s refusal to grant Florida Congressman Bill Posey access to the fraudulent study claiming there is no link between autism and vaccines.
This whistleblower has likely exposed that most of what you hear from the CDC is a lie.
Liberal jackhole and many other more colorful pejoratives greeted me last week as I browsed comments both here on the Personal Liberty Digest™ page and on our Personal Liberty Facebook page. In fact, no single subject has led to more insults and more dropped subscribers and lost Facebook followers than our coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri, “crisis,” even though I believe our coverage has been quite fair.
However, the numerous charges that Bob Livingston is or has become a liberal (and they don’t mean liberal in the classical sense, which would be closer to the truth) indicate it’s time once again to explain my philosophy to the new readers and also answer some of the most common questions we get. I hope longtime readers aren’t put off by this, which they will likely find is a repeat of things I’ve written before. I ask that you view it as a “refresher” that helps you to remember all you’ve read here to date.
I also hope new readers will appreciate that the philosophy and questions are condensed so that they can receive it on one dose rather than either having to wade through previous articles posted here since the inception of Personal Liberty Digest™ in mid-2008.
Since we have a great many readers who come for a time and then disappear, writing this column from time to time is necessary. As we are one of the top libertarian sites on the Web, many libertarians join us but then become critical because we are not all libertarians (or all libertarian). Since we are linked to many conservative sites, many conservatives and Republicans join us and then become angry when we don’t toe the party line, when we are critical Republican politicians or when we advocate for a noninterventionist foreign policy. And since we write articles on natural health and nutrition and the dangers of genetically modified foods, we get many people here interested in those topics — many of them political leftists — who like our articles on those subjects, but vehemently oppose our other political views.
So who is Bob Livingston? Firstly, I am not the adulterous former congressman from Louisiana. I am an octogenarian Christian American patriot. In the 1960s, I became alarmed at the direction our nation was headed. I became frustrated with the lies, deceit, misinformation and deliberate disinformation being spread as “truth” by the government, the manipulated media and the controlling elite. I believed the lies needed be exposed, so I began to seek an outlet to do that. In 1969, I began publishing my subscription newsletter, The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required). My goal is to find the truth and spread it far and wide. My favorite subjects are alternative health issues, privacy, wealth protection, the preservation of freedom and the history of man.
Do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian? I belong to no political party. I am beholden to none. I consider myself an ultra-conservative and a Constitutionalist. Some read what I write and call me a conservative, some a liberal, some a libertarian. Those labels are meaningless in their current sense, as their meanings have been corrupted by the mainstream media and the political parties. I cannot be placed within any preconceived ideological box.
But what about party politics? There is no discernible difference between the two major parties. Both promote big government over the individual. We can use history as our guide. Candidates from both parties constantly run on promises of “change.” But the only change we see is a rearranging of which special interest gets the best seat at the table. Regardless of the party in charge, government grows and liberty is lost. The two major parties control the process and will never allow another party to invade their turf, hence the mistreatment of Ron Paul and his supporters and Tea Party Republicans during the 2012 election cycle, and since.
What do you mean when you say American government is not a democracy? The American government was founded as a republic, but years of deceit and the public (non)education system have served to dumb down the populace and make them believe the U.S. is a democracy. But it is not even a democracy as most believe. We have a representative democracy in name only. What we have are manipulated Representatives and Senators. They are owned by big business and socialist government bureaucrats. In truth, we have fascism, i.e., the alliance of big government and big business. The two-party system is, in truth, one party that represents only government. It is a benevolent totalitarianism that is growing less benevolent and more totalitarian.
Why are you always encouraging people to buy gold and silver? The policies of the Federal Reserve and criminal Congress and the perpetual wars are leading us pell-mell toward economic collapse. We are on the same path as Weimar Germany in the 1920s. During that period, currency was worthless. People were papering their walls with 1 million mark notes. A loaf of bread cost 100,000 million marks. Mothers had to prostitute themselves to feed their children. But those who had gold and silver in their possession were still able to purchase bread and meat. The Fed is now buying debt with debt. The “official” inflation numbers are a scam, as anyone who is buying food knows. When our currency collapses, banks will close and our dollars will be worthless. But some will be buying bread for a dime — a silver, pre-1965 dime. Those who hold gold and silver will retain their wealth. Gold and silver are permanent money. Those who hold fiat dollars will be destitute.
Are you paid by the gold sellers to push gold? No.
Why are you so critical of American foreign policy? Because I understand the true nature and goals of the elites. They create pretense for wars for their benefit. The people who caused the great World War I, World War II and all wars — and thus caused the deaths and suffering of millions of people — were none other than central bankers in other countries and the U.S. Federal Reserve. Central banks create paper money and credit for government and politicians to spend for war and a broad socialist agenda. All the money and credit that was/is the source of crushing debt on the American people was created by the U.S. central bank. Banker-created money is the blood of war, as well as the impoverishment of the people. The discipline of the gold standard would have prevented all the wars of the past 100 years. Millions of dead soldiers died for nothing, along with millions of civilians. History books do not record this.
Why are you so critical of the police? Local police should be peace officers, not militarized law enforcers. Police have become violent and abusive to the public they are supposed to protect, and we regularly document cases of abuse. This is the natural result of the War on Drugs and of the influence the federal government has — through grants, training and the divvying out of military equipment — to local police. When a “war on (whatever)” mentality is prevalent, everyone not a member of the force is viewed as an enemy combatant. This has created an atmosphere of fear of the populace among the police and a fear of the police among the populace, putting them at odds. The Founders recognized that a standing army is the bane of liberty. Local police officers and the federal law enforcement agencies are becoming that standing army by proxy.
Who are these “elites” you write about? The ruling elite is a small number of families who have ruled the world for 1,000 years. They are neither Christians nor benevolent rulers. They are merciless and Malthusian despots who demand blood sacrifice from the deceived humanity. They use psychopathic bureaucrats and politicians to carry out their deception and systematic oppression. They are godless and the only loyalty they have is to the secret orders (Skull and Bones) of ancient handshakes and symbols of the all-seeing eye of “providence” and “The New Order of the Ages.”
Why are you against vaccines and write so much about alternative medicine? They slay us with semantics. It’s not by any definition “healthcare” in the United States. It’s sickness care. If you are not sick when you go to the medical system, you certainly will be soon. The U.S. medical system is a killing machine, and not too disguised. More and more people are waking up to this fact. You know, we could bypass a lot of misinformation in the mystery of health if we could go back to the fork in the road that split off between Antoine Bechamp (1816-1908) and Louis Pasteur (1822-1895).
Pasteur created fertile ground for the hoax of modern medicine that we have today. Charlatans and sociopaths saw the vast empire of wealth that could be created on the theories of Pasteur. Hence, we have the multitrillion-dollar synthetic chemical pharmaceutical colossus that has medically imprisoned the whole planet. We are sicker than ever and everybody knows this, but ignorance keeps us sick and keeps making trillions of dollars for the pharmaceutical conspiracy.
Another thing, the government and the political order are in bed with the pharmaceutical companies. You don’t hear politicians exposing this madness that is crushing the American people economically and killing millions of people yearly. Talk about murder incorporated and population control all in the same bucket! And guess who pays the bill? Obamacare says it all.
How could you allow (that writer) to say that? Our contributors are given free rein to write whatever is on their conscience. While we all agree in a broad sense, we are not an echo chamber and do not agree on all points. You may one day read one perspective on an issue and see a different perspective from a different contributor the next.
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I am wondering what Bob has to say about Safe deposit boxes? Are they something we should have?
Also, wondering what country Bob is in because I am thinking and praying about what to do and where to go and I need all the help I can get.
I would appreciate a answer ASAP as I need to get this taken care of because I haven’t know what to do!
Safety deposit boxes should not be used to keep valuables like gold, silver and jewels because the government can and will rifle through them. Also, don’t keep any incriminating paperwork in them.
I have been living in the Bahamas for several years, but recently returned to the States.
On Aug. 11, Dillon Taylor, a 20-year-old white man, exited a Salt Lake City 7-Eleven with two friends. The three were confronted by a black police officer barking orders. Taylor was almost immediately shot dead.
According to the Salt Lake Police Department, the officer was responding to a report of a man waving a gun in the area of the store and Taylor matched the description of the reported suspect. Taylor’s friends say he (Taylor) was wearing headphones and likely didn’t hear the officer’s commands. Police say the officer thought Taylor was reaching for a gun. Taylor’s friends say he was likely either hitching up his pants or reaching for his phone. Regardless, Taylor — and his friends — were all unarmed, or at least that’s what his friends say. The SLPD won’t say one way or the other.
Two days before Taylor was murdered by a police officer, 18-year-old Michael Brown, a young black man, was shot down by a white police officer. He, too, was unarmed.
Brown’s shooting resulted in protests and riots and recognition — by some people (finally) — that American has morphed into a police state. This is something I have been telling you for some time, and it’s why we created our Power of the State section.
But most so-called “law and order” conservatives still fail to get it. After the Ferguson Police Department released a video that purported to show Brown committing a strong-armed robbery just prior to his police encounter, many of the so-called “law and order” conservatives immediately determined (if they had not already done so on the basis that Brown was a large black man) that he was simply a thug and “got what he deserved.” This very comment was made many times in our articles on the subject and on our Personal Liberty Facebook page. In fact, no single subject causes us to lose as many subscribers and Facebook followers as our “liberal” articles on the police abuses.
Although the SLPD won’t say whether Taylor was armed and won’t release video from the officer’s camera, it did manage to leak this tidbit to the media: Taylor had a $25,000 bench warrant for a probation violation in connection with a felony robber and obstruction of justice conviction.
Note the commonality in the aftermath of both the Taylor and Brown shooting. Police leaked information that called into the question the character of the victims after they had been shot. This is a common propaganda ploy employed by the LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) in order to provide justification for their latest shooting. Lost is the fact that neither Taylor’s shooter nor Brown’s shooter knew anything about the prior “criminal” history of their targets, so this history played no role in the shooting.
There are about 500 people killed by police in America each year. Granted, some of the killings are justified. But many more are completely ridiculous, like the murder of John Crawford, who was shot in an Ohio Wal-Mart for carrying a Crossman MK-177 air pump rifle. This “heroic” action by the police also led – indirectly — to the death of a woman who collapsed and suffered a “medical emergency” as she fled the store in terror.
Brown’s shooting, being as it was a white-on-black shooting that created a riot, has drawn the attention of the world, including some of America’s biggest race hucksters. Taylor’s has been ignored by almost everybody, especially Attorney Criminal Eric Holder and President Barack (if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, but not Dillon Taylor) Obama.
The militarization of our police goes far beyond just the equipment officers employ. It goes to the mindset that’s created by the use of the military equipment and the training with federal military agencies. When you’re trained to believe everyone in the community you police is a potential enemy, you shoot first and cover up the questions later. But that’s likely OK with the “law and order” conservatives. Taylor was, after all, just a criminal and a thug, so he probably got what he deserved.
Will you say that when it’s your kid?
On Aug. 21, 1992, agents of the federal government shot down 14-year-old Sammie Weaver and the Weaver family dog, setting off what has become known as the “incident” at Ruby Ridge. It turned into a multiple-day siege in which federal agents, using arrest warrants based on fabricated evidence and a stack of lies from scurrilous government informant sources, revealed the burgeoning police state in America.
Former U.S. Army combat engineer Randy Weaver moved his family to northern Idaho in the 1980s to escape what he saw as a corrupted world. The family built a cabin and began home schooling their children. He appeared on the radar of Federal law enforcement agencies after a neighbor with whom he had a land dispute wrote letters to the Federal government and local law enforcement saying that Weaver had threatened in the mid-1980s to kill the pope and President Ronald Reagan.
For the next several years, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) sought to either entrap him or get him to work as an informant and infiltrate local militia groups. They finally entrapped him — as an Idaho jury found — when they bought shotguns from him, sawed them off below the legal limit and accused Weaver of selling illegal weapons. He was indicted in December 1990.
The federal court system then went to work on Weaver’s case. He was cited for failure to appear in court when he missed a court date that didn’t match the one on a letter sent to him and his court-appointed attorney (an attorney with whom Weaver had no communication).
Because Weaver was a former military man who lived in an isolated area and sought to escape an oppressive federal government that had for several years sought to entrap him, Weaver was considered a terrorist threat by the George H.W. Bush Justice Department (sound familiar?).
So U.S. marshals dressed in camouflage and equipped with night vision goggles and M16 rifles surrounded Weaver’s cabin and began to search for a place to ambush and arrest him.
One of the marshals threw rocks against the cabin walls to test the reaction of the Weavers’ dogs. When the dogs began barking, Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammie, and family friend Kevin Harris came outside to investigate. They followed the dog to see what had upset him.
Marshal Art Roderick shot the dog. Sammie cursed Roderick then shot at him. Marshal Bill Degan came out of the woods shooting and hit Sammie in the arm. Harris fired back, shooting Degan in the chest. A third Marshal, Larry Cooper, exchanged gunfire with Harris. During the exchange Sammie, was shot in the back and killed.
The next day, members of the FBI hostage rescue team were deployed with the green light to shoot on sight. Agent Lon Horiuchi took the order to heart. When Weaver went to a shed where his dead son lay, Horiuchi shot him in the back. Horiuchi then shot Weaver’s wife, Vicki, in the head as she stood inside her cabin holding her 10-month-old baby.
After the shootings but while the siege was still ongoing, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Danny Coulson wrote a memo titled “Something to Consider.” The points to consider were these:
- Charge against Weaver is Bull Shit. (sic)
- No one saw Weaver do any shooting.
- Vicki has no charges against her.
- Weaver’s defense. He rand down the hill to see what dog was barking at. Som guys in camys (sic) shot his dog. Started shooting at him. Killed his son. Harris did the shooting [of Degan]. He [Weaver] is in pretty strong legal position.
Despite this knowledge, the FBI and ATF continued its siege until Aug. 30, when civilian negotiators talked the Weavers into giving up in order to stave off a threatened tactical assault by federal agents. They finally surrendered on Aug. 31.
In the aftermath, Weaver and Harris were acquitted of all charges against them. Horiuchi was indicted for manslaughter in Boundary County, Idaho. The trial was moved to federal court where it was dismissed on the grounds of sovereign immunity. The 9th Circuit Court reversed that decision and held that there was enough evidence for Horiuchi to stand trial on manslaughter charges. By then, the district attorney who gained the indictment had been replaced in an election. The then-sitting district attorney dropped the charges.
The surviving members of the Weaver family filed a wrongful death suit for $200 million. Harris filed a civil suit for damages against him. The Weavers reached an out-of-court settlement in which Randy Weaver received $100,000 and the three Weaver daughters received $1 million each. The federal government settled with Harris for $380,000.
Less than a year after Ruby Ridge, the Clinton ATF and FBI attacked the Branch Davidians under equally dubious claims.
Article has been edited to correct error. –BL
Mission creep is slowly escalating President Barack Obama’s new war on Iraq, as it always does in these cases.
What ostensibly started out as a “humanitarian” mission to rescue people trapped on an Iraqi mountain is morphing into a search and destroy mission. Much to the delight of the military-industrial complex, American fighter jets and drones are now patrolling the skies and blowing up billions of dollars of what was formerly American weapons and materiel abandoned by the Iraqi army as it fled the ISIS hoard.
But Obama’s bombing the wrong targets. If he wants to stop the ISIS threat with bombs, he needs to bomb the source.
The terror group rose from the ashes of Libya following the overthrow — with U.S. assistance and arms — of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. ISIS grew in the Syrian civil war, again with U.S. arms, assistance and training. It is, by the way, the same group of people that John McCain and his neocon toadies wanted to overtly assist — as opposed to the covert assistance provided by the regime — in its efforts to overthrow the Syrian government.
If he truly wants to stop ISIS, Obama needs to start bombing Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and, most especially, Washington, D.C. Of course, we know he doesn’t.
When armed protesters stood beside Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and faced down equally armed agents of the federal Bureau of Land Management in April, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called them domestic terrorists. This despite the fact that the armed protesters broke no laws and destroyed no property.
As it was, the only people destroying property, harming livestock and wildlife — and people — were government agents.
In Ferguson, Missouri, over the weekend, stores were looted, police reported they were shot at by the crowds and at least two people in the crowds suffered gunshot wounds. Police responded by deploying officers decked out in full military gear and driving armored cars, firing tear gas, smoke grenades and rubber bullets at the crowds — media included. Gov. Jay Nixon called out the National Guard Monday morning.
Reid has been deathly silent on Ferguson.
Perhaps it’s because there’s no money to be made by Reid in Ferguson. The truth is there is little to no sympathy held by Reid and his statist cohorts for blacks — or any other class or ethnic group they designate as the cause du jour — despite their platitudes.
Were there money to be made there, Reid would interject himself. He was interested in the Bundy ranch outcome only because he, his son Rory and their crony capitalist criminal partners had dollar signs in their eyes and Bundy and his supporters stood in their way.
A new study published in the journal Environmental & Analytical Toxicology has linked high levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, to malformations in piglets born on a Danish farm.
Last year, a Danish pig farmer noticed a sharp increase in malformations and birth defects in his piglets. So he took 38 live-born but malformed, day-old piglets to the Institute of Bacteriology and Mycology at the University of Leipzig, Germany, for study.
Malformations noted included deformed heads and spines, atrophied ears and legs, swollen bellies, single eyes, elephant tongues, females born with testes, and deformation of organs. Researchers found the highest levels of glyphosate in the lungs and hearts, but they also found it in the muscles and other organs. Researchers determined the glyphosate was crossing the placental barrier.
Glyphosate is used for weed control in increasing amounts. Crops like soybean, rapeseed, corn, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa are genetically modified to withstand glyphosate so it can be sprayed to before planting and during the growing season as a weed-control method.
Glyphosate has been detected in water, rain and air in areas far away from farmlands. Researchers have found glyphosate residues in the urine and different organs in dairy cows and in the urine of hares, rabbits and humans. According to some researchers, glyphosate and other commercial herbicides severely affect embryonic and placental cells and cause mitochondrial damage, necrosis and programmed cell death in doses far below those used in commercial applications.
Researchers quoted another study showing children living close to areas where glyphosate is in widespread use have also shown malformations. They determined the “risk of malformation in human embryos is very high when their mothers are contaminated at 2 to 8 weeks of pregnancy. The detected glyphosate concentrations in organs, gut walls and meat of these piglets suspect correlation to glyphosate. [The research team] concluded that glyphosate causes various disorders both in the parent female and in the progeny. Paternal exposure to glyphosate is recognized to be a cause of birth defects by pesticide mediated alterations of germ cells.”
The Institute of Science in Society recently published a study that found that there has been a decline in human male sperm counts and an increase in congenital malformations of the male reproductive tract and a drop in serum testosterone levels coinciding with an increase in the use of glyphosate. A Russian study noted that feeding hamsters GMO soy resulted in complete sterility after two or three generations.
Finally, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in recent years there has been an increase in fertility issues being experienced by women aged 15-44.
It appears it has now become impossible to avoid glyphosate contamination and the effects of GMO crops. Glyphosate needs to be banned from use and Monsanto and the FDA and USDA need to be charged for the criminal conspiracy that allowed it to be foisted upon us.
Heavily armed and armored, camouflage-clad storm troopers swarmed across the city, pointing rifles at citizens and journalists, firing tear gas and blasting with sound cannons the crowds that were standing in their own yards and business parking lots, or walking down the streets. An armored vehicle with a machine gun mounted on top rolled past in a show of force.
A scene from some Third World dictatorship or from Communist China? No. It’s right out of middle America.
The response by the St. Louis County Police Department to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was to demonstrate the overwhelming force of a military occupation in an effort to intimidate the populace into submission. It served to do the opposite.
Rather than disperse as ordered, residents stood in defiance, shouting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and holding their hands in the air as a symbolic gesture to descriptions by multiple witnesses of Brown’s actions as he was shot multiple times. With crowds growing — and growing increasingly militant by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at their oppressors — the local police were relieved of patrol duties by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and replaced by state police, led by a black former resident of Ferguson, Capt. Ron Johnson.
Johnson came to Ferguson as a peace officer rather than an oppressor; and like a light switch had been turned, the tensions of the crowd subsided and protests became peaceful. Johnson walked the streets with protesters, listened to their concerns and showed he was on their side rather than on the side of their occupiers.
The crowd stood up to tyranny and won — at least temporarily. That changed Friday night. After some looting began, police again moved on the crowd but did little or nothing to help those being looted. On Saturday, Nixon declared a state of emergency and curfew. The curfew was largely ignored and the police brought the military equipment back. It erupted again on Sunday night when police moved in with teargas and smoke canisters and rubber bullets.
It’s the second time in recent months that American citizens have stood to defy a militarized assault. Back in April, armed goons from the Bureau of Land Management began rustling Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle in order to free up land he’s been grazing for years so that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, his family and his cronies could make what they considered better use of it. It was land to which Bundy claimed ancestral grazing rights, land he claimed belonged to Nevada rather than the U.S. government.
After a video went viral that showed armed BLM agents siccing dogs on and shooting Tasers at Bundy family members, members of Oath Keepers and other patriots — many of them armed — showed up at the Bundy ranch to stand up to the BLM, which was bringing in heavily armed and armored troops of its own.
A tense standoff ensued. Some of the highest-ranking members of the U.S. government called Bundy and his supporters domestic terrorists. President Barack Obama considered deploying the military to drive Bundy and his supporters off the land. Some reports identified special forces members among the BLM agents on the scene.
In the end, the armed aggressors backed off and dispersed.
The militaristic style response by the St. Louis County PD is not surprising given the rising militarism of local police across the country. I began warning you of this several years ago in articles like “The Violent Militarization Of Local Police,” “Local Law Enforcement More Dangerous, Thanks To Trickle Down Of Military Equipment, Militarized Mindset,” and others that can be found in our Power of the State section. It is a natural and predicted outgrowth of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, which has created an us-versus-them mindset between the government and those it views as its subjects and has resulted in the U.S. having the largest prison population in the world.
The increasing interaction between local police and unconstitutional federal law enforcement agencies like the Department of Homeland Security, the passing out of federal dollars to local agencies for training and equipment purchases and the proliferation of military hardware and weaponry have turned peace officers into oppression officers with military training, military equipment and the natural outgrowth of that: a military mindset.
Of course, blacks have for years been subject to special scrutiny and abuse by local police, but their complaints are usually dismissed by the majority that has been propagandized into believing that anyone falling on the wrong end of a police encounter must have been guilty of something and was, therefore, deserving of the abuse, no matter how egregious. Self-styled “law and order conservatives” are quick to dismiss the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendment rights of blacks and those who they think look like thugs or criminals or drug dealers whenever they have an encounter with police that ends badly. If they got shot, those “law and order conservatives” say, then they deserved it.
It appears that Ferguson police may have a history of not only abusing innocent people, like many other LEO (legally entitled to oppress) agencies, but of officers’ committing perjury in order to cover their abuse.
With a history like that, and with the militaristic response that followed, it’s certainly not surprising that Ferguson residents would suspect that their chances of learning the truth about the Brown shooting and seeing any punishment meted out to the LEO if he did — as it appears — go too far in administering his form of justice to a suspected strong-armed robber would be nil.
Another newly leaked document from DHS predicts an increased “anti-government violence of the next year.” Of course, the regime has been peddling this for several years with DHS missives and reports warning that enemies of America include people who believe in small government, fly the Gadsden flag, store food and water, served in the military, photograph landmarks or oppose gun laws.
But if there is anti-government violence in the next year, it will be because an abusive and oppressive government kept pushing Americans until they wouldn’t be pushed anymore. And if the government fears that if it pushes too far there will be anti-government violence, that is a good thing.
Update 1 (7:32 a.m.): After protests turned violent with claims by police that shots were fired in their direction and amid reports of more looting, the Missouri governor deployed the National Guard overnight to help restore order. The human rights group Amnesty International also announced last night that it was sending a team to observe the events. It’s the first time a human rights team from the organization has ever been sent to the U.S. -BL
Just as important as it is to eat foods that are good for you, you should avoid those foods that are bad for you.
Last week, I gave you the heart-healthy foods list. Here is a list of foods you should avoid like the plague because they contribute to your risk of heart disease and other ailments:
- Fruits and vegetables to avoid: Vegetables made with creamy sauces and those that are fried or breaded; canned fruit packed in heavy syrup and frozen fruit with sugar added; fruit juices with sugar added; and vegetable juices with added sodium.
- Grain products to limit or avoid: White refined flour, white bread, muffins, frozen waffles, cornbread, doughnuts, biscuits, quick breads, granola bars, cakes, pies, egg noodles, buttered popcorn, high-fat snack crackers.
- Fats to limit: Butter, lard, bacon fat, gravy, cream sauce, nondairy creamers, hydrogenated margarine and shortening, cocoa butter (found in chocolate), coconut/palm/cottonseed/palm kernel oils.
- Proteins to limit or avoid: Milk (a dead food) and other dairy products; organ meats such as liver, fatty and marbled meats (especially nonorganic); spareribs; cold cuts; hot dogs; sausages; bacon; all fried or breaded meats.
- High-salt items to avoid: Table salt, canned soups and prepared foods such as frozen dinners, tomato juice, soy sauce, all processed foods.
- Sodas: Are highly acidic and contain sugar or, worse, sugar substitutes.
Most longtime readers know that I have often warned that our government has evolved into benevolent totalitarianism.
This is a gentle term for fascism. No, we don’t have the jack boots and the swastika. Our system is far advanced from that. Our fascism today is so advanced over Nazi Germany and fascist Italy of World War II that our system actually appears benevolent.
How could this happen? The answer is: reverse semantics. Every writer and every talking head in America refer to the U.S. as a democracy of free market capitalism and individual privacy and property rights. This is a big laugh to any sober, thinking person.
Well, the system and its paid politicians still repeat those high-sounding terms. They use the terms like “privacy” and “free market” as sedatives to the crowd. The terms “private” and “freedom” no longer mean what they once did. They are cruel deceptions that fool the mind yearning for human freedom.
The fact is that in America we have massive regulation and regimentation. But, of course, it’s “in the public interest.” It all spews forth out of “democracy” as if a biblical word and a holy sanction.
We live in a fiction of freedom perpetuated with semantic corruption that has evolved us into economic fascism and tyranny. Language and words that support a free society have been turned inside out.
With this propaganda of reverse semantics, opposition has been neutralized. True words, true meanings of patriotism and freedom have become the farce and illusion of fascism.
A “Patriot Act” is the cover for treason. “Free healthcare” is the cover for collectivism and forced medication. “Gay rights” is a cover for stolen liberty, increased State control and the creation of thought crimes. We have bought organized crime with a pretty face and twisted language.
And I say to you, millions of “educated” and vain intelligentsia, you bought the scam of American fascism too, the same as the millions of illiterates — if you weren’t busy perpetrating it.
Here are more examples of reverse semantics at work:
- Free press: Six mega-corporations control 90 percent of all that you read, watch or hear. This is down from more than 50 companies 30 years ago. The so-called “journalists” from those organizations operate in an echo chamber founded by a left-wing activist, Billy Wimsatt. More than 1,000 of these front-line “journalists” and editorialists from such organizations as CNN, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Thomson Reuters, The Nation, Al Jazeera America, U.S. News & World Report, among others, along with members of progressive (i.e., socialist) think tanks and activist organizations like Center for Media and Democracy and the American Legislative, Issue Campaign Exchange and American Sustainable Business Council, are members of a secretive and closed Google group called Gamechanger Salon in which they meet online to exchange information, ideas and strategy to promote progressive ideas, policies and candidates.
- Immigration reform: Along the southern border an invasion is taking place perpetrated by Barack Obama policies and pronouncements and intentional lack of border security. The intentionally crafted crisis is designed to flood America with socialist-minded aliens seeking government handouts, an opportunity to bring more family members along and willing to work for slave wages. The process was conceived as a way to overwhelm the system in order to force acquiescence on a policy granting amnesty to millions of potential low-wage earners for businesses big and small, more union slaves and millions of potential Democrat voters. Worse, it’s allowing violent gang members, human traffickers, drug traffickers and violent criminals into the U.S. in large numbers, along with thousands of people infected with Third World diseases.
- Ebola outbreak: A false crisis being overhyped as a catalyst for greater control and the creation of millions of new willing vaccination victims to hand over to big Pharma when the vaccine currently being “tested” is ready, no doubt just in the “nick of time” to avert “catastrophe.” As Jon Rappoport writes, “The ‘hot zone’ areas of Ebola, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, have been decimated for a long time: war, extreme poverty, malnutrition, starvation, contaminated water supplies, exposure to toxic industrial chemicals, vast toxic overuse of antibiotics, pesticides (some of them banned in other countries), expired and unrefrigerated medicines, vaccines (which, when given to people whose immune systems are already hanging on by a thread, can be lethal).” There is no accurate test for Ebola and, aside from U.S. health workers intentionally brought to the U.S. for treatment, it has not been found outside of the African continent. Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 1 alert for only the third time in history, and the World Health Organization is prepared to declare an international health emergency over a mere 1,700 confirmed and suspected cases of the disease. There are 7.2 billion people in the world, yet the CDC and WHO tries to start a panic by over-hyping 1,700 Ebola cases and only 932 deaths. The terror group ISIS kills more than that in a slow afternoon.
- Property rights: In addition to the possibility that one’s property will be expropriated from him over a minimal amount of arrears on tax payments, a host of alphabet soup agencies like the Department of Homeland Security, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service are poised to seize land, vehicles, homes and other property if they deem you have not used it properly. State agencies are also in on the act. A public library in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was deemed to have violated the “Seed Act of 2004” by hosting a “seed library” which allowed participants to get free heirloom seeds which they would plant and replace at harvest. The library was forced to close it down amid charges of “agri-terrorism” over the seed swaps.
- Federal Reserve: Though neither a Federal agency nor in possession of any “reserves,” the system controlling U.S. “money” is the final disenfranchisement of liberty and property. The evil and corrupt fiat money system and its money creators are transferring the wealth of the people to themselves through currency depreciation.
Fascism is fascism under any name or pretense. Will we ever wake up? Fascism operates the corporate state under the guise of democracy. (As I told you last week, the only difference between socialism, communism and fascism is semantics. All are top-down tyranny.) The modern American state is not one bit less tyrannical than any form of modern or ancient totalitarianism.
Once altruistic democracy separates the people from their belief system and reality, then all supreme power lies with the state. All allegiance is to the state and all knees bow to Baal.
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Hi, Mr. Livingston & Staff:
In his 1987 book, The Triumph Of Gold, Dr. Frantz Pick stated in one chapter that the US Government will climb into every safety deposit box of the US to confiscate our gold and furthermore my conviction is that, if we get into World War 111, all bets are off, because all governments will confiscate gold no matter where it is under a national emergency declaration and there is no way in my opinion to prepare around it. It’s already been stated that the US Congress has a bill of war declaration against both Russia and China and should we believe that such a confrontation between the 3 won’t create World War 111? Should World War 111 break out, what assets will be safe and where? There’s no way in my mind that any assets are safe for anyone under those conditions and how could they be when such corruption controls what happens worldwide?
-Russ from CA. (One Of Our Broke, Fiat Money States)
I have often written that Safety Deposit Boxes are anything but safe. Government rifled through everyone’s Safety Deposit Box during FDR’s banking holiday, stealing gold and other possessions. Don’t keep anything in there of value.
Gold and silver are essential for survival and will be used for trade in a barter economy after the dollar collapses. The thing is, the Feds can’t take what they don’t know you have. Buy it, but keep it secret and keep it safe. One of the advantages of Gold Eagles is they are stamped as US currency. The best survival “money” is pre-1965 US “junk” silver coins. They are 90 percent silver and therefore retain their value as a precious metal. They are also recognized as money by everyone and will be useful for trade and barter when the economy collapses.
I suspect that government will first confiscate the $21 trillion in retirement funds before they worry with gold. All of the gold in circulation in the U.S. will not put a dent in the so-called “national debt.”
I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ (subscription required) in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the August 2005 issue. Many Americans were caught unawares when the world economy, led by the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the funny money derivatives market collapsed in the fall of 2008. Readers of my letter, though, had ample warning of what was ahead and time, not only to prepare, but to make money along the way. In 2008, just before the collapse, the price of oil peaked above $145/barrel.
1. Oil — The public has not accepted the oil price skyrocket. The price per barrel is already over $60 with the projection of $87.00 soon. I can easily see $100/ barrel oil. This is not only an oil bull market but an oil shock.
2. Housing Mania — The housing bubble is now in the mania stage with potential for collapse at any time.
3. Deflation — Though we are into an inflation cycle, clearly any financial accident could reverse the economy to harsh deflation at any time. We do not expect deflation now because of the central banks’ high motivation to create new money. The whole world hangs on US inflation potential. We have to have it to keep the game going. Long-term it’s black hole deflation and a whole new world. We advise everyone to stay liquid. Avoid debt and hold some cash or equivalent.
When mainstream doctors suspect heart disease, they immediately turn to drugs for a cure. There is little discussion of diet.
But the simplest, easiest and tastiest ways to combat heart disease is to eat right. Of course, you knew that already. You know it’s true as is often said that, “you are what you eat.”
Heart health is really quite simple. Certain foods do your heart good. Eat more of them. Other foods do harm to your heart. Eat less of them or avoid them altogether.
You can also take supplements that supply the specific ingredients found by researchers to give you a strong heart and make its job easier, but it’s far better to get them the way nature intended—at mealtime. The nutrients in their natural state are more potent than the processed kind, and your body absorbs and processes them more efficiently when received in natural form.
The list of foods that are friendly to your heart is extensive, so you’ll have a tasty menu to enjoy while pampering your ticker. I’ve selected 31 heart-healthy foods (in random order) – and the benefits they provide — that I recommend you include in your diet.
1. Salmon/fish: Omega-3 fatty acids.
2. Flaxseed (ground): Omega-3 fatty acids; fiber, phytoestrogens.
3. Oatmeal: Omega-3 fatty acids; magnesium; potassium; folate; niacin; calcium; soluble fiber… serve with blueberries or raisins (or make oatmeal/raisin cookies) for extra heart protection.
4. Black or kidney beans: B-complex vitamins; niacin; folate; magnesium; omega-3 fatty acids; calcium; soluble fiber… served as a side dish or in soups and on salads.
5. Nuts: Vitamins, minerals, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and low levels of saturated fats. Eat nuts—walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts and peanuts (which actually are legumes)—two to four days or more per week.
6. Red wine: Catechins and reservatrol (flavonoids)… could improve “good” HDL cholesterol.
7. Tuna: Omega-3 fatty acids; folate; niacin.
8. Tofu: Niacin; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium.
9. Brown rice: B-complex vitamins; fiber; niacin; magnesium, fiber… stir in with chopped vegetables like broccoli, carrots or spinach.
10. Soy milk: Isoflavones (a flavonoid); Bcomplex vitamins; niacin; folate, calcium;
magnesium; potassium; phytoestrogens.
11. Blueberries: Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); anthocyanin (a flavonoid); ellagic acid (a polyphenol); vitamin C; folate; calcium, magnesium; potassium; fiber. Cranberries, strawberries, raspberries are potent, too. Use them in trail mixes, muffins, and salads!
12. Carrots: Alpha-carotene (a carotenoid); fiber.
13. Spinach: Lutein (a carotenoid); B-complex vitamins; folate; magnesium; potassium; calcium; fiber. Substitute spinach for lettuce on sandwiches, in salads.
14. Broccoli: Beta-carotene (a carotenoid); vitamins C and E; potassium; folate; calcium; fiber; vitamins A, C, E.
15. Sweet potato: Beta-carotene (a caroten – oid); vitamins A, C, E; fiber.
16. Red bell peppers: Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex vitamins; folate; potassium; fiber.
17. Asparagus: Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex vitamins; folate; fiber.
18. Oranges: Beta-cryptoxanthin, beta- and alpha-carotene, lutein (carotenoids) and flavones (flavonoids); vitamin C; potassium; folate; fiber.
19. Tomatoes: Beta- and alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein (carotenoids); vitamin C; potassium; folate; fiber.
20. Acorn squash: Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex and C vitamins;
folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium; fiber.
21. Cantaloupe: Alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex and C vitamins; folate; potassium; fiber.
22. Papaya: Beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein (carotenoids); vitamins C and
E; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium.
23. Dark chocolate: Resveratrol and cocoa phenols (flavonoids) — choose 70 percent or
higher cocoa content — epicatechin boosts nitric oxide to help keep blood pressure down.
24. Tea (especially green tea): Catechins and flavonols (flavonoids).
25. Whole grains: Antioxidants, phytoestrogens and phytosterols that are protective against coronary disease.
26. Raisins: Antioxidants that fight bacteria that can cause inflammation and gum disease (people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from heart problems).
27. Yogurt: Probiotics protect against gum disease that elevates heart risk (also improves digestion and boosts immunity).
28. Apples: Strong antioxidant flavonoid compounds help prevent “bad” LDL cholesterol from oxidizing.
29. Pomegranates: Polyphenols may help reduce buildup of plaque in the arteries and lower blood pressure… highest antioxidant capacity compared to other antioxidant-rich
beverages like blueberry juice, cranberry juice and red wine.
30. Bananas: Potassium helps kidneys excrete excess sodium, contributing to healthy blood pressure.
31. Garlic: Reduces the enzyme angiotensin that constricts blood vessels, helps reduce the buildup of plaque in blood vessels.
There are lots of other heart-healthy goodies to expand the variety of your menu, like sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, winter squash, acorn squash, pumpkin, mackerel, herring, sardines, pears, apricots, peaches and plums.
And, as always, choose organic.
This is a political and subversive word created and promoted by the establishment as a major key to formulate and channel the public mind. It has more than saturated the public conscience. Very “intellectual” people spout this word assuming that it means human freedom and liberty.
The truth and purpose of this word is for a cover and disguise for fascism and socialism. This word is the workhorse of the American propaganda ministry.Every person is taught this word, from politicians to school children. The government indoctrination centers (also known as schools) and the corporate media use it religiously. Politicians love its sound. It is one of President Barack Obama’s favorite words.
It was an important word to Hitler and Joseph Goebbels.
What is this word? It’s “Democracy.”
Let’s play a little game. See how many times you hear this word in a day from the elites, from the media and from your friends. Six; a dozen, 20 or more?
The U.S. was founded as a Republic. When asked what type of government they had created, Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” We could not. Our republic has been transformed into a democracy.
Democracy is an esoteric belief system that manipulates the people in such a way that all power flows to the state. As with pure dictatorships, power flows from the top down.
Democracy implies freedom in the public’s mind while power and wealth is constantly channeled to the Federal government. Human liberty is regressively crushed under the one simple word, “democracy.”
Democracy is a political word that is embraced by all political parties and all politicians under many labels in every country of the modern world. It is a cover and a facade for communism, socialism, fascism, for class warfare, for the exploitation and manipulation of minorities against stability, cultural heritage and private property. (By the way; communism, socialism and fascism are all equal. Don’t be fooled by claims that one is a right wing and another is a left wing philosophy. They all transfer power to the state. The difference is simply semantics.)
When politicians utter the word democracy, they are using a code word that signifies their total allegiance to the state. They are using mass hypnosis to manipulate the people against human liberty.
Democracy is that universal mystery that is loved by all and opposed by none. It implies everything good to everyone and every religion. It is the mantle (mantra) of the New World Order. It is the apex of adoration for the state, universalism, One Worldism and materialism. It is Satanism posing as an angel of light.
Anyone seeking human liberty, privacy and private property under the mental deception of democracy is under the greatest illusion. Let us purge our minds of this seductive appeal, this spiritual despotism. It has stolen our conscience, our soul and our honor. It is our legacy to future generations to whom we are passing on our slavery. Shame could have no greater victory.
Democracy is a faith, a state religion, a state of mind. It is the progressive destruction of the person — the individual. It is covered and masked with benevolence, philanthropy and brotherhood. Democracy is the opposite of the common belief. It is “democratic” tyranny, a camouflage for despotism. Its goal is nothing less than universal slavery.
Democracy is the polish, the refinement and the finished perfection of all the tyranny and despotism of history. It is the culmination of that perfect slave state where men and women give their minds, spirits, production and children over to the state. We are reduced to automatons and commercial units. We are government statistics.
The word democracy is a very important word in psychological warfare of government against the people. Democracy as a concept of freedom has evolved over many decades. It is a design word to impress upon the people an imagination that they are free. It has worked unbelievably well!
If the people imagine that they are free, all sorts of crimes by the political system can be imposed, without protest, upon the people. It is an invisible armed guard.
Mental democracy is a psychological weapon of the state that motivates the people to obey the system and to love the state. As George Orwell wrote in his book, 1984, the people come to love Big Brother (the state).
If we focus on this word democracy as an organism, we can tie the visible to the invisible and thus reveal the subterfuge. Democracy is an organism used to pacify the people. And what is an organism? An organism is a repetitive dogma that neutralizes the mind. Its purpose is to integrate the freedom concept of democracy into the American psyche.
It is not formal. It has no overt organization. It may function legally or illegally within the law or above the law. It is never identified as to its true name and purpose. It has no ethnic, social or legal connotation. It is powerful psychological warfare.
With this invisible organism, the American state has imposed all 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto without protest and beyond the awareness of the American people who imagine that they are free.
Following are the 10 planks of communism. They show that America is more a communistic than republican in form of government.
- Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. (Private property rights are almost nonexistent today. You don’t own your property if it can be confiscated for non-payment of tribute to the king, or if a government agency like the EPA or the USDA can arbitrarily tell you what you can and can’t do with it.)
- A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. (Accomplished via the American tax system. Enforced via the Gestapo-like Internal Revenue Service.)
- Abolition of all rights of inheritance. (Accomplished via the estate tax.)
- Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. (Accomplished via rendition and drug laws allowing law enforcement to confiscate property if it is suspected of being used in the trade or manufacture of drugs — often without evidence – or to satisfy debts and fines imposed by alphabet soup agencies.)
- Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly. (Accomplished via the Federal Reserve, which is not Federal and doesn’t hold “reserves.”)
- Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state. (Accomplished via the Federal Communications Commission and the regulated airline industry, Amtrak, public transportation and the regulated auto industry. Further attempts being made to seize more power through control of the Internet.)
- Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands and the improvement of the soil, generally in accordance with a common plan. (Accomplished through price controls on the utilities via their government-supported monopolies and subsidies for favored industries.)
- Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. (Industrial armies accomplished through regulations favoring/subsidizing unions.)
- Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country. (In progress via Agenda 21, “sustainable development” communities, etc.)
- Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production. (Accomplished via the public indoctrination system called public education under the control of the Federal government.)
These planks are supported by both major political parties.