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Use of paper money is a terrorist trait — if you don’t want to be considered suspect, the government commands you to use corporate-issued debit and credit cards, rather than its own currency.
The article has been generously contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management & response. You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness, Homesteading, and a host of other topics at www.readynutrition.com .
It is a fact that our country is more reliant on electrical power today than at any time in its history. Our way of life – from everyday conveniences and the security of local emergency services to commerce and communications – is contingent upon an always on, always available flow of electricity. But an aging infrastructure coupled with a rise in natural and man-made disasters threatens our entire modern day digital infrastructure. According to many experts from the private and public sector, we’re just one major catastrophic event away from a complete meltdown of life in America as we know it today.
So, what happens if and when the grid goes down for an extended period of time? Aside from the aggravation of not being able to determine what is happening through traditional media channels, for the Average Joe, his problems have only just begun. Our dependency to the grid doesn’t just stop at lack of electricity in our homes to power our appliances or an inability to charge our cell phones; it is much broader and affects every aspect of our lives.
We are regularly inundated with news reports covering outages that last several days or weeks resulting from inclement weather like snow storms or hurricanes, or heat waves in southern states that threaten to overload the system. During those times, when entire metropolitan areas or regions experience black outs, we get a glimpse into what a truly widespread emergency might look like. It is often the case that the first thing residents of affected areas do is rush to grocery and hardware stores hoping to acquire critical supplies like food, water, batteries, flashlights and generators. And while these supplies acquired at the onset of crisis may provide short term sustenance, any long-term grid-down situation that lasts for many weeks or months will prove dangerous, and perhaps fatal, to the unprepared.
Any American Who Criticizes the Government May Be Labeled a Terrorist
I noted in 2009:
The Department of Homeland Security and police forces label anyone who they disagree with – or who disagrees with government policies – as “terrorists”.
Don’t believe me?
Well, according to a law school professor, pursuant to the Military Commissions Act, “Anyone who … speaks out against the government’s policies could be declared an ‘unlawful enemy combatant’ and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens.”
And according to an FBI memo, peace protesters are being labeled as “terrorists”.
Anyone who disagrees with the “acceptable” way of looking at things is a terrorist.
How is this different from Stalin or Mao’s use of labels such as “enemy of the state”?
This may have seemed over-the-top to some, but events have proven it true.
For example, the following is considered terrorism or suspected terrorism in modern America:
by Szandor Blestman
There is just too much going on to remain still now, isn’t there? Things are getting way too interesting to ignore. I have a little time on the weekends so I thought I’d take the time to write a short commentary on a couple of recent developments. I don’t need to tell you that something is wrong, we all know something is very wrong. The system has failed us. The problem is, those in charge of the system refuse to change the system. They keep failing. They have no new or effective ideas. They also refuse to listen to the grievances of the many. They refuse to be accountable.
It seems that once again the government is showing its true colors. They have but one trick up their sleeve, only one thing they do real well, and it’s not roads. The government is force. It is violence. Government as an organization cannot handle anything without violence or the threat of violence. They are the mob. They are the definition of immorality. It should not be surprising when they become violent. Indeed, it is often surprising when they remain peaceful.
It should be no surprise to anyone that many of the Occupy (fill in the blank) movements have been broken up in a violent fashion by the police. Many of them were likely chomping at the bit to get in there and “knock some heads together.” They’ve been wanting to get in there and show these peaceful protestors what for. This goes to show that it is not the common folk that need to be feared. They are not engaging in mob violence. It is the government agents that use violence, and indeed it is shown time and again that they are usually the ones that initiate the violence.
I really don’t know for sure why this is. It is my conjecture that this is because violent type people are attracted to jobs that will give them free reign to express that violence. They are not going to think about whether what they’re doing is right or wrong. They’re not going to be thinking about the oath they may have taken to the Constitution. They are simply going to obey orders without question. In fact, I believe that those in charge of these organizations purposely recruit people with personality types that are easy to mold into obedient robotic types who don’t mind just following orders.
The police should be protecting the people of the United States, not the politicians. It is at least partially because they have this enforcement arm that the politicians are able to avoid accountability for the mistakes they make. For the most part the politicians control the police and have great influence in terms of the judicial system. It would be a wonderful thing to start seeing the police refuse in mass to carry out orders from their superiors that instruct them to carry out violence against common folk merely trying to voice their legitimate grievances and have them legitimately addressed.
This nation is supposedly engaged in a war on terror. I’m afraid the people of this nation are losing badly. It seems to me that the terrorists have taken over government agencies. I am personally far more terrified of what the government has done and continues to do to destroy our way of life than anything any extremist criminal can do. I know there are many others who share this point of view with me. Government agencies are engaging in violence, not ordinary people. Government agencies use coercion and threats in their interactions with others, not ordinary people on the streets or ordinary businesses on Main Street. The federal government, on the other hand, seems to be winning the war as those in power gather more power to themselves at the cost of individual freedom. It seems to me that anyone who questions the federal government and demands accountability, particularly in a peaceful manner, terrify government officials and can therefore be considered terrorists by said officials.
With the police and the justice system behind them, the senators in Washington, DC have decided they can once again circumvent the US Constitution by passing yet another bill that violates individual rights spelled out in the first ten amendments. Whether or not this bill will become a law is yet to be seen, but judging by the 93 to 7 vote for the bill it would be surprising if the house votes against it. When a bill is passed with such overwhelming numbers one can be fairly certain that there is tremendous pressure being applied by the powers that be who control our congress. This certainly isn’t because of political pressure from the people, many of whom have voiced their concern against this bill. I am talking about S 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act.
This bill authorizes the entire United States of America to be defined as a war zone due to the war on terror and allows for the indefinite jailing of United States citizens without trial or due process of law. Senators will, of course, argue this point, but as usual the language used in the bill is so ambiguous that it will allow for many different interpretations. It is also understood by many, especially those of us who have had to deal with the justice system in some way or another, that laws are often enforced due to the letter of the law, not the spirit of it. The very fact that there could have been any kind of controversy should invalidate that law and cause it to be rewritten in a more straight forward manner.
In my opinion, this Constitution of this nation was set up to limit the scope of government and should be the supreme law of the land. People who question the authority of government should not be considered terrorists, they should be considered concerned individuals trying to hold elected officials accountable to following the law. It was thrown out long ago. It was well hidden from the public long ago, but it is becoming harder and harder for even the most zealous government worshipper to deny. The limited republic set up by our founding fathers after having fought so hard against a powerful, tyrannical, empirical monarchy has been lost. It is now a fascist, corporate controlled oligarchy because the people have no power to enforce the Constitution.
I don’t believe that speaking out against government or its policies is treason. I don’t believe that pointing out its mistakes and ineptitude is treason. I believe that acting against the best interests of the people of a nation that you are supposed to represent is tantamount to treason. I believe that passing laws that usurp power and suppress the supreme law of the land is treasonous. I believe that a senator should be smart enough to know when a bill is unconstitutional. If we had an enforcement arm that could make sure the supreme law of the land is never violated than the 93 senators who voted for S 1867 could be arrested and put on trial for treason. If we had that kind of power, in my humble opinion, several unconstitutional laws passed in the past decade or so would never have even been introduced, we would still enjoy our individual freedoms, and we would enjoy a much greater sense of security in this nation.
I believe there will be difficult times ahead, but I have confidence we will overcome these hardships and come out better on the other side. The important thing is to remain peaceful, as difficult as that might seem. The important thing is to take care of each other because, god knows, the government is not going to take care of us. Sometimes it seems to me that the government wants to eliminate us. Mankind is striving to improve itself and will not be denied. Keep envisioning peaceful change. Keep refusing to engage in violent behavior. The ordinary people hold the moral high ground. The promise of freedom that this nation was built upon has yet to be fully realized. I’d like to think that it is our destiny to achieve a society that provides the liberty we deserve and our forefathers fought to obtain.
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There is just too much going on to remain still now, isn’t there? Things are getting way too interesting to ignore. I have a little time on the weekends so I thought I’d take the time to write a short commentary on a couple of recent developments. I don’t need to tell you that something is wrong, we all know something is very wrong. The system has failed us. The problem is, those in charge of the system refuse to change the system. They keep failing. They have no new or effective ideas. They also refuse to listen to the grievances of the many. They refuse to be accountable.
Somewhere Between Sept. 11th 2001 and Today, The Enemy Morphed From A Handful of Terrorists To The American Population At Large . . .
by James Bamford
Somewhere between Sept. 11 and today, the enemy morphed from a handful of terrorists to the American population at large, leaving us nowhere to run and no place to hide.
Within weeks of the attacks, the giant ears of the National Security Agency, always pointed outward toward potential enemies, turned inward on the American public itself. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, established 23 years before to ensure that only suspected foreign agents and terrorists were targeted by the NSA, would be bypassed. Telecom companies, required by law to keep the computerized phone records of their customers confidential unless presented with a warrant, would secretly turn them over in bulk to the NSA without ever asking for a warrant.
Around the country, in tall, windowless telecom company buildings known as switches, NSA technicians quietly began installing beam-splitters to redirect duplicate copies of all phone calls and email messages to secret rooms behind electronic cipher locks.
There, NSA software and hardware designed for “deep packet inspection” filtered through the billions of email messages looking for key names, words, phrases and addresses. The equipment also monitored phone conversations and even what pages people view on the Web — the porn sites they visit, the books they buy on Amazon, the social networks they interact with and the text messages they send and receive.
Because the information is collected in real time, attempting to delete history caches from a computer is useless.
At the NSA, thousands of analysts who once eavesdropped on troop movements of enemy soldiers in distant countries were now listening in on the bedroom conversations of innocent Americans in nearby states.
“We were told that we were to listen to all conversations that were intercepted, to include those of Americans,” Adrienne Kinne, a former NSA “voice interceptor,” told me. She was recalled to active duty after Sept. 11.
“Some of those conversations are personal,” she said. “Some even intimate. … I had a real problem with the fact that people were listening to it and that I was listening to it. … When I was on active duty in ’94 to ’98, we would never collect on an American.”
Despite his hollow campaign protests, President Barack Obama has greatly expanded what President George W. Bush began. And through amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Congress largely ratified the secret Bush program.
So much intercepted information is now being collected from “enemies” at home and abroad that, in order to store it all, the agency last year began constructing the ultimate monument to eavesdropping. Rising in a remote corner of Utah, the agency’s gargantuan data storage center will be 1 million square feet, cost nearly $2 billion and likely be capable of eventually holding more than a yottabyte of data — equal to about a septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text.
By Sept. 11, 2011, the words of George Orwell in his novel “1984” will have become prophetic. “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it,” he wrote in 1949, long before the Internet. “You have to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard.”
On Sept. 10, 2001, however, Winston would have found a radically different society. The NSA, the surveillance equivalent of a nuclear bomb, was allowed to point its massive antennas and satellites only away from the country. Before an American could be targeted, a judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would first have to find a link to terrorism or espionage in order to issue a warrant. And installing permanent taps on all of the country’s major communications links would have been impossible.
More than 35 years earlier, one person warned of such a possibility. On Aug. 17, 1975, as America was enjoying a lazy summer watching “Jaws” and “The Exorcist” at the movies, Idaho Sen. Frank Church took his seat on “Meet the Press.” For months, as the first chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Church had been conducting the first in-depth investigation of America’s growing intelligence community.
When he looked into the NSA, he came away shocked by its potential for abuse. Without mentioning the agency’s name — almost forbidden at the time — he nonetheless offered an unsolicited but grave warning:
“That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such [is] the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter,” Church said. “There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology.
“I don’t want to see this country ever go across the bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”
Church’s warning then has even more resonance today. In 1975, most people communicated only by telephone and the mail. While the NSA had the technical capability back then to intercept the limited telephone calls sent by satellite, it lacked the capability to monitor the millions of calls transmitted around the country over wires, the predominant method used, or anything sent through the mail.
Today, with everyone constantly communicating over cellphones and email, and spending hours on the Internet, the agency has the ability not just to hear and read what someone says but even to understand what and how they think.
America crossed Church’s proverbial bridge not because of the attacks. It’s been clearly shown that Sept. 11 could have easily been prevented with just the technology at hand — it was caused by human failure, not technological failure.
Rather, it was years of fearmongering that sent everyone rushing across the bridge. Without these draconian measures, we were told, we were in imminent danger of death by terrorist. For the Bush administration, the constant drumbeat of fear was necessary to launch and support the war in Iraq since no real danger existed.
From the outside, America began resembling Deputy Barney Fife from “The Andy Griffith Show,” shaking and trembling and constantly pointing a gun in every direction. There was Homeland Security with its rainbow of colors for security alerts; the weekly warnings of dire attacks, with no indication of time or location, none of which ever turned out to be credible; messages plastered on buses and billboards warning members of the public to keep a close eye on their neighbors and even their family; and body frisks at airports by security thugs looking for forbidden tubes of toothpaste.
Church was also right in his warning that once over the abyss, there is no return. Laws put in place stay in place — even if the reason for the fear is gone or never existed in the first place. And technology always moves forward; it never recedes.
A surveillance system capable of monitoring 10 million people simultaneously this year will be able to monitor 100 million the next year — at probably half the cost. And every time new communications technology appears on the market, rest assured that someone at the NSA has already found a way to monitor it. It’s what the NSA does.
What Church likely never anticipated was the rise of the security-industrial complex, a revolving door between those generating the fears and those profiting from them.
When warning the country of the dangers of an unchained NSA, Church may have been thinking of a passage from Friedrich Nietzsche when he spoke of the abyss:
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that
In the process he does not become a monster
And when you look long into the abyss
The abyss also looks into you.”
James Bamford writes frequently on intelligence and produces documentaries for PBS. His latest book is “The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America.”
The Elite Final Plan: The AGI Manhattan Project
The world keeps getting crazier and crazier, at an accelerating rate, and we haven’t seen anything yet. At a glance it all appears to be impossible. Impossible to happen, yet even more impossible to stop. Unpossible because it promises to undo every notion that we know about this world and the future of the human species. Here you will find answers and truths that explain it, and cannot be found anywhere else. Here you will find the why of it all, and even the solutions to undo this dystopian technological agenda.
The push for trillion dollar military budgets to fight “terrorists”, as if they’re the Soviet Union, doesn’t make much sense. Neither does the extreme global warming related proposals, such as a global government and a global carbon tax which will bankrupt what’s left of the worlds economy on its own. All this push, while the premises of these issues are highly debatable. That’s the truth that the advocates pushing for either issue doesn’t want to admit. Ask yourself when haven’t you seen 2 people dramatize an event between them, and didn’t each have different stories to what actually happened?
Meanwhile, not only has the global economy imploded rather dramatically, all the hard numbers point to a total collapse, especially in the USA. The Federal Reserve and Eurobank are both privately owned institutions, and there’s no debating this fact. The Federal Reserve in particular was at the heart of the US economic meltdown, which brought the rest of the world with it. These institutions are literally at the helm of each federal economy, and aren’t subject to being audited. They’re above each government, just the same as your local city government is subject to the state government, and the state to the federal government.
So we’re in the middle of a collapse that by all measures looks deliberate, that was caused by private stock holders, who made unfathomable amounts of cash on the ways up and down, and were handed trillions of unaccountable dollars in “bailout” money. Despite all of this, there’s still this push for a near-trillion dollar military budget (in the US alone), along with a global government based on a global carbon tax. Meanwhile the new administration is spending at all time record levels on all other fronts. We’re already on the brink here, how can they push harder, and tax us in all new ways? How can this looming total collapse not be deliberate? Why won’t they stop spending, and is there something this a lot of this money is going to that answers this question? The answer is yes.
We’re in a new world that changes everyday. Technology keeps expanding in its abilities, and our own. This is all happening at en exponentially increasing rate. This refers to its “doubling rate”, and in general the power of computational technology doubles roughly every 18 months, while it’s cost drops by half. This is most well known with computer CPU’s, but this rule applies with a similar rate to virtually every facet of technology, including revolutionary new technologies. There are 4 main areas of technology I’m referring to: nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive sciences. They’re all beginning to merge in different ways in each area of technology and innovation.
This is very important. This answers the questions being posed above. These new thrusts in science are giving rise to new technologies that are game changers in human society. Mankind is on the verge of radical life extension, brain implants, nanobots, and a wide range of related technologies with artificial intelligence in the middle of it all. Technological progress increases with it’s own doubling rate. Meanwhile there’s an ever increasing push for more and more powerful artificial intelligence, so powerful in fact it’s like what you see in the sci-fi horror movies. Who hasn’t heard of Skynet? What they’re trying to build is already poised to be vastly more powerful than how it was depicted in the Terminator films.
This sounds insane, but it’s absolutely true and there is no debating this fact whatsoever, as we’ll see. At this point, even a conspiracy theorist might say that if there are powerful elites in control of everything, why would they risk losing that control in the face of a global artificial general intelligence (AGI) network? The answer is simple: they firmly believe that they’ll be able to live virtually indefinite life-spans, literally hundreds upon hundreds of years. They believe they’ll be able to stop and then even reverse aging. They believe they’ll be able have enhanced physical and cognitive abilities, as well as being able to connect to a new type of global consciousness based Internet, in a hive mind.
They literally believe they’ll become gods, and there have been many scientific break-thru’s that suggest they might be right on everything just listed. It all answers why we’re being bled and bankrupted at an increasing pace. They literally say we’ll face war if we try to stop them from becoming gods. I argue that this war has already begun, and the original questions answer the how and the why.
If you listen closely to Global Warming rhetoric in particular, or most environmentalist rhetoric in general, there’s a total disdain for humans and our populations. Note that multinational energy companies such as Enron and BP helped design the carbon trading scheme, even though supposedly the energy companies are to be the ones to lose out. But it’s what global climate change efforts have in common with the global War on Terror that this is all about.
Efforts from both the global War on Terror and global climate change are fueling funding in artificial intelligence, while helping keep everyone divided and distracted from debating the implications of the four aforementioned revolutionary sciences. Recall that AI, and especially AGI, inherently increases the rate at which the elites might get their hands on their god technologies. This common thread between these issues you will not see anywhere else.
Whatever is actually possible, it’s all coming sooner than the masses would think. Even majority of the front-men of this movement speak loudly about their dream wherever they can be heard, but they seem to project it as if it’s only something for the next-generation to be concerned. They carefully leave out the true scope of the current military science R&D. One thing is for sure, which is that they don’t care about you and me. Their job is to condition the masses so when this comes we’re not taken by total shock & awe, but not tell us enough so that today we might stand up appalled.
There’s a Manhattan Project type initiative to perhaps leave us with less than 5 years time till the beginning of the end. The players are the United States government & military with key corporations like Google and IBM. They’re doing much of it without explicitly telling you, and much of it is being done on your dime. The facts can be found in their own words, documents and websites. It’s not even a secret except that few would ever suspect the initiative or possibility, while the controlled Big 5 Media machine fails to make much mention let alone deliver actual context.
We exist under a so-called 2 party system. These 2 parties work in concert together to ensure that no “3rd parties” have any chance of succeeding, despite giving us a facade of being mortal enemies. They’re almost perfectly totally against what the other is doing, but each side is still inherently supporting the same Technocracy agenda in what they do push for, while most of the time the career politicians are generally just paying lip service to the ideals that are expected of them.
“Democrats” fling all sorts of anti-war talk, but still vote to fund the wars, and American Imperialism in general. The US has over 760 military bases in foreign nations, which the rest of the world knows to be a classical empire, and the Democrats are just as responsible for it. Meanwhile the “Republicans” talk all sorts of small government rhetoric, while helping expand government and spending over the past 10 years. Democrats and Republicans are both just as responsible to the shipping of our jobs overseas so that we can only afford Chinese garbage products that aren’t even worth fixing when they break. We don’t only use crude oil for fuel, we literally need it to be able to make virtually everything we enjoy in our daily modern lives.
The other related issue that we can all thank both Democrat and Republican career politicians for is the rapidly growing trend towards a Big Brother Police State. We’re on the verge of collapse, by their doings, yet they have more and more billions of dollars per year to spend on new ways to completely violate the Bill of Rights and spy on us in real time with virtually every device in our existence, while building a militarized police apparatus ready to crush any peaceful protest movement with state of the art technologies. Majority of the “western world” is already under a pervasive real time dragnet that makes the spying of the Soviet Union look like 1980′s 8-bit video games compared to XBox 360.
This is supposed to be a free nation, yet we’re not even free to move to the other side of the world and not pay taxes. We face prison time and the confiscation of our homes for possession of certain natural drugs that are less toxic than most of the drugs cooked up in big pharmaceutical labs that we’re overcharged for. We’re free to talk, but we’re completely marginalized, and talking about the government these days gets you put on terrorist no fly lists. We’re not even free to travel without being groped and naked body scanned, for a threat that didn’t even kill as many people in the year 2001 as did everyday aspirin.
The reality is, by all definitions, here in the US we’ve been enveloped by corporate fascism, while holding the world hostage as the only remaining “superpower” aka global empire. We have both the Democrats and Republicans to thank for this, including Obama, and Bush. Except the Democrats try and act different, by offering us global communism. The problem is that total communism and total fascism are technically indistinguishable, both being centralized government totalitarianism.
To assume there isn’t a group of like-minded people, large or small, that have the same elitist agenda, and power, especially considering all of the undeniable realities we face, is insanity. It’s not like there’s some watchdog organization that makes sure we’re not being undermined by some sort of oligarchy ‘click’. It could be said that there are, but they’re usually labeled kooky conspiracy theorists. Meanwhile technology marches on, and the elites of the world get closer and closer to becoming gods, and cutting us out.
It all starts with the technology side, the AGI Manhattan Project. Next comes the system behind it, and the war against the masses which has already begun. It ends with the psychology and philosophy of the people working for it, and those behind it.
The AGI Manhattan Project:
Radical life extension, along with body & brain augmentation, each aspects of the growing movement known as “Transhumanism”, are the overarching goals of the establishment. The first and foremost “holy grail” goal is Strong AI, aka Artificial General Intelligence. The world is full of AI; from video games to the stock market. But these AI’s are “narrow” in ability. AGI refers to a “general” intelligence. Generally intelligent, not narrowly. Human level and beyond intelligence would greatly accelerate their other technological goals kicking off what they call the “Technological Singularity”.
Regardless of whether or not you believe this to be possible, they’re actively doing it, and they’re taxing you for it. There is absolutely no debate or refutation to this fact whatsoever. This isn’t even to say it’s possible, but they’re trying with all of their might (and your money)to do it. It’s right on public military websites, and in video statements by the higher ups and even heads of top tech corporations.
Perhaps most importantly, especially considering how if they succeed it would be arguably the biggest event in human history, and most potentially devastating, with almost no chance of turning back, it’s all happening without an ounce of public discourse or debate.
This overall effort openly involves virtually every government agency and department, every branch of military, which are all funded by Congress, and led by the administrations of both George Walker Bush and Barack Hussein Obama. It also involves the projects and super computers at literally all major all national laboratories, along with virtually all national universities, and all of the above tied in with the majority of the crony heads of the top technology corporations.
The Pentagons Mad Science coordination division, aka Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), sits at the top of this dragnet of science research & development (R&D) gathering. Enter the Science pyramid… the AGI Manhattan Project.
DARPA is the lead agency. They are both the capstone, and the foundation. They coordinate national labs & universities, companies and corporations, and agencies with all branches of military. Their scientific “thrusts” run the entire gauntlet of transhumanist related efforts, from cybernetics to life extension to Skynet level artificially intelligent cognitive computers. They direct the R&D to the most appropriate groups and institutions, and then help orchestrate systems wide integration upon completion.
To cite all relevant quotes from their various programs could take half a book. At this juncture there’s only space to list and link the programs:
Architectures for Cognitive Information Processing (ACIP), Biologically-Inspired Cognitive Architectures, Omnipresent High Performance Computing (OHPC), Real-World Reasoning (REAL), Cognitive Assistant that Learns (CALO), Deep Green (DG), Cognitive Information Processing Technology, Physical intelligence (PI), NetTrack (NT), Bootstrapped Learning (BL), Deep Learning, Integrated Learning (IL), Transfer Learning (TL), Accelerated Learning, Machine Reading (MR), Robustness of Biologically-Inspired Networks (RoBIN), Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC), Neurotechnology for Intelligence Analysts, Bio-Molecular Nano-Devices/Systems (MOLDICE), Biomimetic Computing, RealNose, SN-10-51, Global Autonomous Language Exploitation (GALE), Self-Regenerative Systems (SRS), and Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE).
It’s very difficult to even attempt to place budget figures on DARPA. They have their budget, as well as their cousins IARPA & HSARPA, while a lot of work by NASA, the NSF is in lockstep, not to mention military black budgets and secretive CIA & DIA budgets.
Funding for virtually every aspect of government agendas has hardly even decreased, while many areas have seen increases. The unique thing about DARPA is they aren’t limited by their budget alone.
Singularity University, Intelligent Archives (IA), Intelligent Systems, High-End Computing Capability (HECC), Integrated Systems Research, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Cognitive Sciences, and a dizzying array of other complex projects in those research areas.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Programs:
Adaptive Systems Technology (AST), Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI), Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Emerging Frontiers (EF), Core BIO Investments, Adaptive Systems Technology (AST), Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), Science and Engineering Beyond Moore’s Law, Cyber-physical Systems, Cognitive Engineering, Mapping the Brain in Time and Space, Cognitive Engineering,
One good example of virtually every government agency working in lockstep towards the Technological Singularity is the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The following institutions are all coordinated under the NNI, by the cabinet level National Science and Technology Council (NSTC):
Bureau of Industry and Security, Consumer Product Safety Commission, USDA, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Engineering R&D Center, Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Army Research Office (ARO), DARPA, Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury, EPA, FDA, Forest Service, US Intelligence Community, U.S. International Trade Commission, NIH, NIST, NASA, NSF, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Patent and Trademark Office and the US Geological Survey.
That about leaves out only the ATF and the DEA, and of course the CIA & NSA, but why would they be listed?
Another prime example of the system wide drive for the Singularity is a 2001 conference organized by the Dept. of Commerce and the NSF, which produced a 482 page document titled “Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance”. It had representatives and speakers from the following institutions:
The White House, National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Commerce, Newt Gingrich, NASA, National Institutes of Health, Hewlet Packard, Institute for Global Futures, National Science and Technology Councils Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science Engineering and Technology (NSET), IBM, Raytheon, Lucent, University of California, Stanford University, Sandia National Labs, Brandeis University, MIT, University of Washington, University of Strathclyde, Tissue Informatics, University of Pennsylvania, University of Louisville, NYU Medical School, University of Calgary, Duke University, University of Texas, UCSB, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Carnegie Melon University, Department of Defense, DARPA, Naval Research Laboratory, Defense For Research, New England Complex Systems Institute, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Institute of Nanotechnology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Commission on the Future of Aerospace, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The EPA, Department of Chemistry, Princeton Materials Institute …
The goal of the meeting wasn’t merely to promote the 4 “NBIC” technologies:
“Four transforming tools have emerged: nanotechnology for hardware, biotechnology for dealing with living systems, information technology for communication and control, and cognition-based technologies to enhance human abilities and collective behavior.”
Instead it was about structuring collaborative research to promote the converging of the 4 revolutionary science paradigms into an all new form of substrate. The goal being eventually to create and merge humans with new forms of synthetic “life”, to become “Post Humans”, and to merge humans into a brain implant enabled “hive mind” (that’s a quote).
Another choice example of cross-sector collaboration to construct the Singularity is the Singularity University, which is housed at none other than the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), in Silicon Valley. It’s partners include Google, ePlanet, Autodesk, Motorola, FIAP, Steelcase, 23andMe, Canon, LinkedIn, WordPress, KurzweilAI, University of California, Stanford and others.
Universities are the next realm of the AGI Manhattan Project. It would be absurdly counterproductive to even list only the universities which are directly awarded project solicitations from DARPA. But the universities of most relevance here are Stanford, Carnegie, Duke, Vanderbilt, Caltech, the University of Chicago and University of California. These universities are amongst the forefront of transhumanist related research, and happen to be founded robber baron era industrial tycoons. These tycoons were heavy advocates for Eugenics, and their pet project schools listed above were amongst the leading fountain heads for eugenics theory. If you’re not aware of the history of eugenics this is required research material. By all measures, transhumanism is just the modern version of eugenics. A full history of eugenics and listing of their theories is beyond the scope here, but in short it was the race science and methods of ‘solution’ that influenced Hilter’s concentration camps.
National laboratories are the final realm. Literally all of them, and their supercomputers are fully integrated into the aforementioned apparatus. One example of choice would be Los Alamos, which was the home of the original Manhattan Project. They’re hooked up, along with many leading universities, into the NSF’s TeraGrid network, which is a super high speed advanced version of the Internet, designed specifically for large scale science collaboration across institutions, enabling access to the various different top-in-class supercomputers. What puts DARPA at the top of the scientific pyramid is that they have access to mining literally every resource, meaning even indirectly supportive work doe at different levels are still at their disposal for concept and results mining.
There’s no debating the existence of the AGI Manhattan Project. It can be ascertained that the countless thousands of people indirectly involved in it don’t even realize what they’re a part of. With global telecommunications now being radically different than 60 years ago, private intranets can connect up any remote office or personal computer as a collective. This means that a modern day Manhattan Project could be operated across the planet in secret with great ease. This would especially be the case if you had literally a million or more parallel platformed CPU’s at your disposal (like Google does). Consider that computing power per $1000 is literally less than millionth what was during the Manhattan Project, and that project only cost about US$24 billion. Anything even resembling a modern semiconductor computer hadn’t even been invented yet. Meanwhile, every year their capabilities expand as CPU prices drop and work gets easier, exponentially, thanks to Moore’s Law and the Law of Accelerating Returns.
The issue is what the intentions of the true elites that shape U.S. policy have in mind for all of this. Listening to the PR people of transhumanism should offer a safe insight: becoming “gods”.
There’s a war being waged against us. A great many of the people on the planet are feeling the effects from this already, via the economic meltdown. While the economic war didn’t against us started generations ago, the modern technological war came before the economic assault, so we’ll explore that first.
We’re being targeted as children with social engineering indoctrination, to be desensitized to perpetual surveillance, while being systematically dumbed down. Every year school children’s productivity scores twirl around the downward spiral, despite increases in Dept. of Education spending annually. You get what you pay for. Today when we’re born our DNA goes into a federal DNA Databank. Next the children are targeted by manipulative marketers openly bent on turning them into mindless brand loyalist consumers via TV and other forms of media. Finally they make it into school where they face being monitored via microphones while riding the bus, and then they’re under the watchful eye of cameras and on duty police, including cameras in the restrooms and in some cases inside the actual toilets, and at lunch they pay using their thumbprint. Finally, when they go home they have to worry about being recorded by camera on school issued laptops and tracked with GPS trackers.
Perhaps in a few years the system will start installing full naked body scanners into schools like are going into all of the airports. As adults we’re being trained to be subjected to being frisked or filed into a naked body scanner, which are meant to become mandatory. You would never see a government official go through one of these and then post the images online, yet in the UK even children are supposed to go through them even though it violates child pornography laws. All of this over a ‘panty bomber’ plot that didn’t succeed, where reports suggest that the scanners wouldn’t have caught him, while the real problem was that he got on the plane without a passport. All of this being conducted by the TSA, while Obama has appointed a controversial spy figure to head the agency. It’s no surprise when we hear reports of maniac TSA employees power tripping over citizens and literally declaring themselves to be god.
We’re not even allowed to have privacy in our homes. It used to be illegal for any level of government to tap our phones without a warrant. Now the NSA, FBI and others do it anyways with an ongoing record of ‘abuse’. They decided that unilaterally, even though not even the Patriot Act set the precedent. But under the “Patriot Act” they can literally break into your home without anyone’s knowledge and go through your things and plant bugs, which opens the door to the planting of false evidence. They peek into our mail. Popping up in cities are police cameras with high-res night vision lenses than can zoom into peoples windows. Every census has them asking ever more personal questions, this time asking virtually everything, while having the census takers use a GPS transponder to mark your front door into their system. This is precisely what they used to do in the Soviet Union. Today it appears on virtually all fronts that despite out living the Soviets, the US federal government has become the enemy and makes those who criticize it enemies of the state.
When we’re being targeted, it can be assumed that we’re the enemy. We’re especially targeted on the Internet. Not only do many of the relevant Internet companies store our personal emails and surfing habits, they’re pushed by various levels of government to do so for at least 5 years. Between the military, CIA, FBI, NSA and local police we’re monitored browsing the web, using all of the major social networks and in video games. In case you assume they don’t have enough people to do all of this, they’re using AI in countless forms to catalog and chronicle all of the data they can. They even use AI to assess bloggers “moods”, for “hate speech” and other “subversive” behavior. All of this for domestic citizens, as now the “terrorist threats” are citizens from “supporters of the Constitution”, to “Luddites” and “conspiracy theorists” who complain about all of this Big Brother technology invading their rights to privacy. Next Obama is moving to create an ID token “Identity Ecosystem” designed to remove passwords from everything we do, where instead our personal names are tied to every single electronic device and component therein, right down to the flash memory chip you plug into your digital camera.
Then when we try to leave our homes it’s the same story. You walk out your door and a military satellite might spot you. Then you get into your car, that has an increasing chance of being equipped with trackable GPS. Your drive down the road to have your face and license plate scanned by cameras that mail you your traffic ticket via robotic automation. Mandatory black boxes are being proposed for all new vehicles that record even more data. Our airfare travel and border crossings being recorded, yet illegal immigrants are allowed to run rampant in border regions causing escalating drug cartel murders and beheadings. This crisis is caused by us not being free to do what we want with our bodies, according to the federal government, even when states decide for themselves that it is, but this is beside the point. Biometric ID cards were first proposed to domesticate the illegals, and now they’re about to be forced upon us all as an unconstitutional National ID, not to mention vice president Joe Biden once promised Supreme Court justice Roberts that one day he’d have to rule on whether or not everyone would be forced to take an implantable microchip to track their whereabouts via satellite.
Even if you try to walk, your cell phone has tabs on you. Under Bush the precedent was set for us to be physically tracked via both triangulation and GPS and to be monitorable in real time via the microphone or camera. Obama’s Justice Dept. fought in court in 2010 to keep it active. Even if the phone is turned off, the feds and police can still activate the microphone. You literally have to remove the battery to stop it, while the more sophisticated phones like those made by Apple and Google have increasing methods to be able to study our behavior, and to condition us to actually enjoy being tracked 24/7. The Google Android phone even has a free app that ‘lets’ you take a snapshot of your eye’s iris so they can store it in their NSA databanks, while the army is developing high speed iris scanners that scan rapidly scan entire crowds of people.
Next we have DARPA’s Total Information Awareness program. TIA was to be about gathering and linking every scrap of data possible on people through massive artificially intelligent data mining supercomputers, and then to create complex maps of every possible connection people have to one another. Initially Congress ruled to shut it down as being unconstitutional, but it didn’t take long before it was parted out amongst the various agencies of interest, all connected under Homeland Security. After a few years mainstream media reports of it still being alive began to surface, and the new Democrat congress did nothing to stop it. Today Fusion Centers are being set up in every state using the TIA framework, manned by military, federal and state police officials, all under Homeland Security and endorsed by Obama.
All of these tracking systems are being integrated into a pervasive and ubiquitous 3 dimensional real time global surveillance system. Stopping global warming is stated in the first paragraph of the official description of NASA’s “Planetary Skin” global nervous system. As Hewlett Packard prepares the nerves for it via technologies such as “smart dust”, IBM is working with DARPA to build the “global brain’ AGI system to hook it into. The EU has the same idea as they’re building a global monitoring system being designed to also predict into the future. It’s no wonder there’s all this talk about a global government starting with deep USA & EU integration.
DARPA programs that are part of the AGI Panopticon include:
Mind’s Eye, Fine Detail Optical Surveillance (FDOS), Flow-based Information Theory Tracking (FITT), Persistent Stare Exploitation and Analysis System (PerSEAS), Exploitation of 3-D Data (E3D), Urban Reasoning and Geospatial Exploitation Technology (URGEnT), Standoff Precision ID in 3-D (SPI-3D), Persistent Operational Surface Surveillance and Engagement (POSSE), Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance – Infrared (ARGUS-IR), Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), Fopen Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER), NEOVISION2, NetTrack (NT), Harnessing Infrastructure for Building Reconnaissance (HIBR) and Urban Reasoning and Geospatial Exploitation Technology (URGENT).
The combination of all of these aspects would have this system able to see through trees, walls and deep into the ground; while having billions of sensors of all types and sizes spread out across the earth; in and on everything. And guess who gets to pay for it.
It’s worth noting that in 2003 9,000 people died in automotive accidents, three times how many died on 9/11, a single disaster which could have been prevented without any of these new Orwellian technologies, or a Police State.
The thing about 9/11 was that same day Bush said the terrorists attacked our freedoms, which was then parroted by media pundits and politicians for years. Yet the federal government has been the one attacking our freedoms increasingly and persistently, doing things to us that won’t stop Islamic terrorism, while doing things that is creating more terrorists globally, while not even doing things like securing our borders where terrorists could infiltrate our nation with supposed suitcase nukes. The “American” people are the ones being targeted across the board as terrorists, as enemies of the state. Guilty until proven innocent, and then still suspect needing to be monitored and tracked.
Protesting virtually any issue out there gets you added to terrorist watch lists. The Obama administration wants it so that if you’re put on a terrorist no fly list you can’t buy a firearm, without any conviction, while 6 years old kids have been rejected at airports for being on the list. So if you protest any issue you might not be able to travel or buy a gun. And if you do protest you may face brutal consequences. Police riot squads already have or are developing a daunting array of sophisticated “non-lethal” weapons including sonic cannons, microwave pain beams, optical ‘vomit beam’ guns, shotgun and grenade launcher fired tasers, “Shockwave” swarm fired taser batteries, crowd blaster tear gas launchers and discuss other sickening things like chemical neurowarfare for use against demonstrators. Odds of facing these weapons are higher than you’d think, as at protest after protest police agent provocateurs are busted vandalizing businesses and burning cop cars to justify beating and arresting crowds of protesters.
The growing trend for the past several decades has been the militarization of the police, turning them into a standing army. There is now even a NORTHCOM marine brigade has been tasked with Homeland Security objectives, including the stomping of protesters. All of this is a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, passed in 1878 to prevent the federal government from using the military for law enforcement. Every year whichever president is in office signs new executive orders further consolidating the military takeover of the US, and Obama is no exception to this rule. We’re already under a state of de facto martial law, as we’ve been under a state of national emergency since before 1976, and these executive orders are always written under the context of a national emergency.
Laws are constantly introduced and even passed giving the military and federal government the ‘legal right’ to detain us in secret, against the foundational concept of Habeas Corpus, with no legal representation, indefinitely, where we can be brutally tortured and even ‘disappeared’ for ever. Whether or not you think that would ever happen is irrelevant, as this is already the case. Ask yourself why they’d install such measures, and ask yourself why they’d have hundreds of designated civilian internment FEMA / Halliburtan / military camps (with barbwire pointing inwards) for detainment and civilian labor.
With all of the police and the half a trillion dollar plus budget military, ask yourself why Obama has said repeatedly that he intends to set up a civilian national security “just as large, just as well funded as the military”, that includes a mandatory draft and youth snitch brigades. Ask yourself why Homeland Security is training the Boy Scouts in SWAT team gear and tactics, on mock missions to subdue an Iraq War veterans. Ask yourself why the military is constantly setting up checkpoints and patrol streets in cities across the US. Ask yourself why the military runs drills in US cities, that include foreign troops, doing mock roundups of groups of US citizens. Ask yourself why FEMA has a system of over 50,000 religious clergy ready to help round up guns, and to snitch on potential freedom fighters that might go to their local religious leaders for rest.
Ask yourself what these things have to do with terrorism, when the policies and actions of the federal government are what is pissing everyone off domestically and around the world. Ask yourself why each new administration is more secretive than their predecessors, with Obama’s being worse than Bush’s even after all the “change” he campaigned on. Ask yourself why the military is openly and deliberately training kids to be killers via video games, and why they’re making the interfaces of military equipment based on games, and why they’re calling for an all drone army. Ask yourself why the privately owned Federal Reserve bank has been handed more power over the US government and economy, with even less congressional oversight, in response to being responsible for setting the stage for the economic meltdown. Considering that the Internet is our last bastion of freedom, ask yourself why Obama has been given the power to shut it down during an emergency, while we’re under a constant state of emergency. Ask yourself why we’re being sickened by countless softkill weapons, and denied recent safe cancer cures.
There is still hope, but time is short. We have a way to slow down the growing AGI, using simple Automated Untelligence software tools that can be fun to use. For the political system, we have a unifying concept to pull the funding out from underneath the criminally corrupt Congress, via Consensual Taxation only, marginalizing their powers over us and to do these things that are bent on power instead of the human betterment their claimed to be. The future is now. Fight for what you want it to become, because the dystopian system being set up is already fighting you.
by Andrew McKillop
21st Century Wire
March 25, 2011
What the atomic energy lobby calls The Nuclear Renaissance is advance warning of uncontrolled and runaway financial and economic disaster.
This adds on to vastly growing risks of industrial disaster like we have witnessed this month in Japan, nuclear weapons proliferation, and reactors turned into and used as massive Dirty Bombs while their wastes are recycled as Depleted Uranium ordnance.
The so-called ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ could or might see as many as 225 new large-size reactors built in as many as 45 countries, through 2010-2020. World uranium demand – already at least 20 percent more than uranium mine supply – could almost double in the same period.
Presently almost unknown to the public and ignored by the media, national security and even the concept and present reality of nation states is under threat. Nuclear accidents, nuclear weapons production, and financial disaster triggered by the nuclear subprime asset bubble now under way are direct challenges to the existence of nation states. Nuclear power has ever less credibility as its costs spiral upward, pumping ever growing amounts of taxpayers’ money to feed the beast in every country treading the nuclear path, as is shown by any rational analysis of the nuclear industry’s energy and economic facts. But the real strategic role of civil nuclear power, despite it being able to yield nuclear weapons in “a few screwdriver turns”, is now economic and financial.
DOOMSDAY MACHINE: The risks of nuclear power far outweigh the benefits.
Fast increasing numbers of civil reactors, uranium mines, fuel fabrication and reprocessing plants, waste fuel centres and “plutonium repositories” across the world have generated a surge of political and corporate, economic and finance sector elite support. Nuclear power is the new “No Alternative”, shading down and crowding out the reality that massive volumes and quantities of nuclear materials, in any country, destroy all reality of national defense and the nation state.
The choice is simple: nuclear power or national defence. In the coming decade we will have to choose between the atom and the nation. Conventional war, like conventional nation states is not credible in a world with 45 or more nuclear power using states. Due to certain assured massive destruction of the economy when, or if , large reactors and nuclear installation are hit… conventional war is finished. Do our political leaders know this, as they sign ever bigger reactor and nuclear fuel contracts with a growing list of low income Emerging economy countries? How many politicians are factoring this into their decision making?
CHERNOBYL – THE FINAL SOLUTION
The world’s civil nuclear power system is a giant-sized Chernobyl-type dirty bomb offering no energy security or freedom from oil. Quantities of plutonium produced worldwide by civil reactors are already about 22 tons a year – enough for more than 2000 Hiroshima-sized bombs every year. By 2020 this could rise to 3500 per year. Oil saving due to the atom is negligible.
In a fast growing number of countries both the size and complexity of nuclear installations is also rising fast. Reactor building costs and prices are exploding, with the inflation rate in 2010 close to 25 percent per year. Only a few types of reactor, especially underground or ‘hardened’ military reactors can resist a wide-body airplane crashing on them. Their costs are astronomic as shown by the European EPR, whose proud boast is that it could also resist a wide-body plane crash – at fantastic cost. But almost no reactor of any kind will resist entirely conventional ballistic missiles, conventional artillery shells, conventional anti-tank and anti-building munitions, and infantry launched or drone launched missiles. The reality is inescapable. All are totally vulnerable to operator error and IT safety system failures. Every single one of them is a potential Doomsday Machine.
Reactors will also not resist worst-case seismic damage, as the Earth’s tectonic systems shift to a new long-term period of cooling climate and intensified volcanic activity, driving increased numbers of major seismic events. Due to the world’s uranium supply and fuel reprocessing system being totally fossil energy dependent, the vaunted claim of “Low Carbon Nuclear” is more of a marketing myth than the Friendly Atom.
We are promised or threatened the so-called Nuclear Renaissance. This is shorthand for a return to the rates of reactor orders and completions closer to those of the nuclear industry’s previous heydays and high times, dating from the first Oil Shock of the 1970s and by overdrive into the early 1980s. At the time and for 10 years one new reactor came on line every 17 days. Uranium prices and reactor construction costs exploded. The result was simple: the nuclear asset bubble imploded. The industry downsized, restructured, forced mergers took place, tens of thousands of jobs were lost – and Big Government, that is the taxpayers, paid for the party.
Today, like the 1970s, nuclear power is again promoted as the fast track to energy independence – and for delivering supposedly Low Carbon energy to fight global warming from burning fossil fuels. To be sure, the rationale is bizarre: nuclear energy claims to deliver energy security, but there is massive import dependence for uranium supply in nearly all nations using civil nuclear power systems. This is perhaps because uranium exporter countries are not yet seen as “terror supporting regimes”, not yet accused of overcharging for their uranium exports. This will soon change as uranium prices spike up to unknown peaks.
ATOMIC SURPRISES ARE BAD SURPRISES
Nuclear boomers dream in print they have the Final Solution to all safety risks, cost limits and uranium fuel shortages, that might or could bar mankind’s route to nuclear powered Universal Prosperity. This essentially cornucopian dream – very ironically – came from the fusion of two supposedly total opposite world views. In the deep Cold War period of extreme American defence of capitalism, and extreme Soviet defence of totalitarian state control, through the 40 years from the late 1940s until 1989, both regimes placed all their military faith in nuclear weapons. Both also linked civil and military nuclear power, then fused them into a nuclear technological utopia. This ideology-spanning facet of the all nuclear solution, joining civil and military in a seamless web of myth, makes it unsurprising that China and India, and other big states, or would-be big states of today are fully embarked in the Nuclear Renaissance.
INTERDEPENDENT: Both civil and military nuclear industries are joined at the hip.
Certainly for the Big 5 UN Security Council declared nuclear weapons states, any pretence that civil nuclear, and military nuclear are not 100% linked and totally interdependent, is a complete farce. All the Big 5 Security Council states started their nuclear story with a fevered race to develop nuclear weapons, then made a few screwdriver turns to spin-off and start their civil nuclear systems – always with fantastic government cash subsidies. Despite this, by a strange form of mass schizophrenia among the political elites of these states, nuclear power is imagined to be cheap and economic – and of course… safe !
Yet, the reality of dirty bomb capability for each and every large sized reactor anywhere on earth, is stoically denied. So as we wait patiently in the shadow of the fallout cloud, the myth of the nation state continues.
The permanent denial of civil and military nuclear power being one and the same has likely favoured the most proliferative-possible, most vulnerable-possible civil nuclear systems worldwide, both in the “old nuclear” countries, and in the 15 or more new nuclear states that the Nuclear Renaissance may bring. In any case, the historic reality of international wars started by one nation and fought against another nation is now obsolete. Any nation with sizeable nuclear installations on its home territory is vulnerable to devastating attack using entirely conventional, non-nuclear weapons of the type possessed by dozens of states and nations, today.
This reality hides the awesome question: who will look after nuclear power using states when they have suffered economic, political and social meltdown in civil, international, or terror wars ? Who can step in to prevent worst-case damage all the nation’s nuclear plants and fuel facilities?
If we ask the key question: “Can we be certain this awesome challenge is understood by our political elites and the opinion formers who control our press and media ?”, and still all we hear is silence, there is no answer.
THE END OF NATIONS?
The fully globalized economy is described by many as a certain death sentence for the nation state. Nuclear power proliferation sets the exact same No Future full stop for the nation. With a fully developed global nuclear power system the historical trend or social instinct of the nation state has no place and must disappear. To be sure, large nuclear reactors and facilities will surely serve, as they already do for Iran today as last-ditch anti-invasion defence, but they are also prepositioned enemy weapons for hostile opponents not necessarily wanting to invade and occupy. Only to destroy.
The asymmetric war potential is almost open-ended. This can inject new themes for the flagging ”Bin Laden industry” of technology-terror potboiler books, films and docu-dramas, but the reality of nuclear power’s threat to the nation state must be addressed. In a civil war, which reactor will get hit, first ?
So what are we left with? The linked illusions of the nation state and national security must be abandoned, if the world’s political and corporate elites want to pursue the chimera of cheap and safe atomic energy. Otherwise our leaders will have to stay hopeful and ignore the civil nuclear overkill threat, while they continue to pump state funds into the economic failure of nuclear power.
When we wake up to hear the incredible and fantastic worst case has already happened- as we have these last few weeks with Japan’s own major accident, or later because of operator error, or even in the shape of purposeful military or terror attack on large civil nuclear installations, it will be too late – much too late.
Andrew McKillop is guest writer and energy markets analyst for 21st Century Wire. He has more than 30 years experience in the energy, economic and finance domains. Trained at London UK’s University College, he has extensive experience in energy policy, project administration, including the development and financing of alternate energy.
Does the author of this report really expect anyone to believe that the never-ending financial crisis was caused by “outside forces” rather than the very obvious culprits on Wall Street and in Washington? The Washington Times has obtained a Pentagon contractor report suggesting exactly that, however unlikely it may seem:
Evidence outlined in a Pentagon contractor report suggests that financial subversion carried out by unknown parties, such as terrorists or hostile nations, contributed to the 2008 economic crash by covertly using vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial system.
The unclassified 2009 report “Economic Warfare: Risks and Responses” by financial analyst Kevin D. Freeman, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, states that “a three-phased attack was planned and is in the process against the United States economy.”
While economic analysts and a final report from the federal government’s Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission blame the crash on such economic factors as high-risk mortgage lending practices…
The following are some snippets from the most recent issue of the International Forecaster. For the full 31 page issue, please see subscription information below.
The world is awash in dollars and that is being reflected in the USDX, which are six major currencies versus the dollar. The loss of value is being loudly trumpeted as the IMF says a replacement must be found. This is the same IMF that has been foisting non-gold backed SDRs on us since 1969. Every time they have tried this it has been a failure. We can give the Illuminists an ‘A’ for effort, but what they do not get is that the professionals and investors see right through it. Another batch of fiat currency is not going to solve the world’s currency crisis, which can only be saved by gold backing. Needless to say, the mainstream media will never talk about this in realistic terms, because the elitists control them. The denigration of currencies versus gold and silver are advancing apace, as the elitists day after day try to suppress gold and silver prices.
The major media is as complacent as ever because they are totally controlled. It is not ignorance or incompetence. It is control. The media tells us the stock market is headed higher, but fails to tell us why. The reason is manipulation by the US government, and those who control it, and funds swamping the market via QE2. This is an economy where few jobs are being created, unemployment remains steady and we are told that a rising stock market means recovery, which is far from the truth. Propaganda flourishes as well as physiological warfare. There is no truth for the American people and the people of the world, it is all controlled and capsulated for consumption and control. There is no real recovery; it is all smoke and mirrors to mislead the public. Government and the media declare there is no inflation, but yet it abounds. This is the same media that has ignored the climb in gold and silver prices for 11 years. They have few explanations as to why gold and silver prices are rising. It is because the value of fiat currencies are falling versus gold and silver, but that is not the explanation we hear. We are told a number of absurd falsities.
Gold and silver are just now beginning to break out of government instigated doldrums, which has been government induced by those who own the Fed. None of the old tricks and nostrums is working anymore, so new tactics are being taken. You have seen ongoing attacks on gold and silver that has been going on since 1988, and in the last 15 years they have been relentless. As of late the theme is destroy the gold and silver shares to make people believe that there is little value there, to shake novices out of their positions. The psywarfare plan is to force down gold and silver share prices and gold in order to destroy silver prices so that JPM and HSBC can cover their shorts. It hasn’t worked and won’t work. Needless to say, we get the usual from CNBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox. Is it a bubble or a craze? Again, what else would you expect from a media which is usually wrong.
The debt and inflation will become more terse as we struggle forward. Government knows it has to cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, screwing the participants and better enabling government to control and reduce these benefits. Allowing government to renege over and over again does not instill confidence in its citizens. There are mammoth cuts coming, but the military industrial complex will experience few. This is how the elitists keep their empire by threat of force. Just look around you and look at the Patriot Act and Homeland Security or the new Gestapo the FBI. Yes readers, you already live in a police state.
As Americans overlook these developments and the fact that anyone who criticizes government is a terrorist, price inflation is destroying their purchasing power and it’s being done deliberately, as a result of saving a broken banking system that only catered to the wealthy and connected. Loans are available, but generally only to AAA corporations and fellow elitists, as interest rates begin their devastating rise into the future. That needless to say will be accompanied by a falling dollar and higher gold and silver prices. Many other countries have duplicated these events, so not only will the US dollar fall in value, but also so will the currencies of most every other country versus one another and particularly versus gold and silver. In case you missed it, or forgot, versus nine major currencies over the past 10 years on average gold has appreciated 15-1/4% annually and silver 20-3/8% annually, thus, these facts are nothing new. They have just been hidden from you. As a result of the loss in purchasing power and ever building debt we have seen demonstrations and riots throughout Europe for the past two years. That has been followed for the same reasons, plus price inflation, in the Middle East with the overthrow of the governments of Tunisia and Egypt. Several more monarchies and dictatorships are on the verge of falling as well. In the US the attempt to radically change retirement benefits and unions has led to demonstrations in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. We believe in time as unemployment rises with prices and there is no economic recovery that demonstrations will increase and they could, as they have elsewhere, turn violent. If police in the US fire on civilians or beat them into submission there will be retaliation and law enforcement will get decimated.
There is absolutely no way the dollar and other currencies can be saved. That is why the prices of gold and silver move relentlessly upward. There already is waning confidence in the dollar and many other currencies, and that is why the USDX, the dollar index, as a yardstick, is inferior to measuring all currencies versus gold and silver. You may not realize it now, but you are living through the collapse of fiat money systems. The future of monetary and fiscal matters will take many twists and turns, some good, some bad. It is far too early to make solid predictions on what routes will be taken. At this juncture it is easy to see where we are headed, but the future is more difficult. It could be inflation, hyperinflation, deflationary depression and another contrived war to distract people from the more important issues of the economy, finance and economic survival. In the meantime in reaction to such events gold could go to $5,000 or $10,000 and silver $100 to $500, as the flight to quality becomes a stampede.
Our studies and intelligence tells us that the elitists running the show deliberately planned a collapse so they can form a world government. For them everything is on the line. If they lose they’ll lose everything. If we lose the same could be true. We are not going to lose, because to many people worldwide already know what they are up too and that what we are experiencing was planned that way. Why do you think QE1 financial sectors were saved in the US and Europe and in QE2 the US government was bailed out. It is very obvious to thinking people as to what is taking place. The edifice that underlies elitist power has been bolstered as the US and European economics are being allowed to fail. Tough decisions will have to be made to save the dollar and the economy and that is not going to happen because those running the show behind the scenes do not want that to happen. The route being presently taken is that of the Fed funding all Treasury and Agency needs including deficit spending. In such a scenario gold and silver prices have no limits to the upside. It could also be that the majority of your gold and silver holdings may never be sold due to the ongoing turmoil the world may be buried in.
The stock market in Dow terms is about 12,400 due to trillions of dollars being poured into the economy via the Fed and QE1 and QE2 and via the manipulation of “The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets.” The insiders know what is going on but investors and the public do not have a clue. How is it that denizens of Wall Street get richer and the poor get poorer? It is because Wall Street and banking control the government. The question arises is the market overpriced? Of course it is, but hundreds of billions of dollars are available to Wall Street and banks to speculate in their rigged game. Can you imagine that it is possible for several banks and brokerage houses every day for months to have no losing trading days? Of course that is not normally possible. That can only happen when they create the inside information. They are slaughtering the average investor. Will the market collapse again? Of course it will, but the timing is very difficult. Perhaps if there is an announcement that QE2 is over and there will be no QE3, maybe major unrest in the Middle East will cause a correction, or perhaps a realization that there will be no further recovery, or perhaps we’ll see demonstrations in the US similar to those in the Middle East? After adding tax-pork legislation of $862 billion last year the administration is asking for $200 billion more. What the Fed has done with zero interest rates and quantitative easing at least temporarily is put a floor under the market. Eventually that floor will crumble as real interest rates climb further and perhaps QE comes to an end. Needless to say, were that to happen there would be total collapse. The US and for that matter, European economies cannot survive without major stimulus. In Europe the financially healthy nations are supplying $1 trillion to six poorer nations knowing full well $3 to $5 trillion is needed. German Chancellor Ms. Merkel says Germany will hold the euro together. Last week in elections in the Hamburg region the voters sent her a warning by crushing CDU candidates. If the CDU wants to be thrown out of office they will continue to advocate more support for sick members of the euro zone. We think the support by Germany is at an end and that means it is only a matter of time before the euro is history. In this regard the G-20 meeting went nowhere, as sick nations demanded that the solvent nations stop exporting so much. One asks where does it end.
Eventually the Dow will fall. When that will begin we do not know, but if it follows history it should fall to 6,650 and then to? Dow 3,200. It could fall lower, but 3,200 is the goal. The damage wreaked on the economy by deficit spending and QE will take years to correct. The longer the upside continues on the Dow the higher gold is going to go because in terms of gold the US dollar and other currencies will continue to fall. That is why the US Treasury and the Fed and other central bans want so desperately to stop gold and silver from going higher, which gets more difficult with each and every day.
That brings us to the performance of gold and silver shares, which have been under attack by government consistently for the past 15 years. You have major shares prices reflecting in many instances reserves at $300 an ounce or at 25% of gold market prices. Many of these operating companies are reporting profit increases of 20% to 40%. We have been involved in mining shares for 51 years and those who try to put a P/E ratio on producing mines are pursuing a futile quest. The reason is the enormous leverage in these shares that you are now seeing. In 1980 producers saw P/E’s of 350 times earnings. Gold is the perfect hedge against the collapse in value of other assets, currencies and inflation. For 6,000 years it has had no peers. Silver runs a close second as a store of value. Gold and silver are a reflection of the real value of currencies and are the most stable assets in the world. The proof of the dominance of gold and silver over the past ten years has been performance. Versus nine major currencies the average currency has lost 15-1/4% annually versus gold and 20-3/8% versus silver. There have been no assets that can come close to matching that consistent return and the trend is still upward. We wonder why CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg don’t site these statistics on their programs? You all know why, it is because the elitists behind the scenes own the media. So as a result you get totally managed and slanted news. There is never dissension and truth.
We have talked about an eventual market correction. We have just seen over the past six months the breaking of the bond market bubble and real estate continues its downward slide. That leaves gold, silver and commodities as the select investments.
In recent years real estate has proven to be a poor hedge versus inflation, as it still resumes its downward journey. It has become illiquid at market prices and can only be liquidated at severely reduced prices. Over the next few years massive inventory overhang will take prices lower and then there will be years of stagnation. That doesn’t sound like a very good investment to us.
We just saw the 10-year note fall from a yield of 2.20% to its current yield of 2.60%. We believe rates over the next two years could reach 5% to 5-1/2%. If we are correct that means 30-year fixed rate mortgagees could move to 6-1/2% to 7%. It also translates into large bond losses. The biggest question is will there be a QE3 and hyperinflation? We do not know for sure, but all the signs point in that direction. That means as inflation rises so do gold and silver related assets. Will we then see a flight to quality to gold and silver? Yes, we will. They will be the only game in town. We have been in an inflationary depression for two years. Next is higher inflation, probably hyperinflation and then deflationary depression. In all these environments gold and silver related assets will be the only place to be. These are the truthful facts of life today and a clear snapshot of where we are headed. Get your house in order, because if you do not you won’t like the consequences.
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