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Russia Did It!

Or maybe not...
Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:03 PM

Our lives are now fraught with easily-disproved fantasies, frauds and fictions being pushed to us through the media by institutions with deliberate agendas trying to engineer specific outcomes.

Those of us with a pragmatic mindset and an ability to recall (even quite recent) history, often find ourselves with mouths literally agape at the obvious deceptions being foisted upon what appears to be a terminally-gullible public.

Why do so many continue to blindly trust the same government agencies that have brazenly and repeatedly lied to them over the past recent years? » Read more

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The Pin To Pop This Mother Of All Bubbles?

A worsening shortfall in new credit creation
Friday, June 16, 2017, 7:23 PM

Global macro economic data has been weak for many years, but there’s now a very real chance of a world-wide recession happening in 2017.

Why? A dramatic and worsening shortfall in new credit creation. » Read more

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How To Be

True change starts from within
Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:02 PM

Executive Summary

  • Understanding The Ego & How It Can Be Manipulated
  • Shifting Our Own Minds
  • Creating A World Worth Inheriting
  • Becoming The Change We Wish To See

If you have not yet read Part 1: The Way To Save Ourselves available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In beginning to tackle this big topic, first, let's take a closer look at the ego.

The Ego

Humans are indeed set apart from the other sentient species on the planet such as dogs, elephants, whales, and dolphins. But what makes us 'special’ is not the use of language or tools. Plenty of other animals make use of both.  Humans seem to be unique in having an ego. 

The ego is the part of the mind we interact with (almost) entirely each day. It mediates between the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves, and is how we interact with the world. It forms our sense of personal identity.  For most people it's a fair statement to say they are their ego.  They identify with it fully, just as I did with mine until not that long ago.

The ego thinks, assumes, that it is everything about you

One feature of the ego is that it is always, and forever, in a state of wanting.  It needs more and more and MORE all the time.  The ego sets goals and attains them, but is rarely if ever satisfied by reaching a goal.  If it obtains one, it immediately sets a new one. Therefore it remains in a perpetual state of wanting as it strives towards each new goal.

Ekhart Tolle, who has had a huge impact on my thinking, puts it this way... » Read more

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The Future Of Truth

How to find trustworthy sources of information
Friday, December 9, 2016, 9:55 PM

Executive Summary

  • Uniquely, the next president will not rely on the mainstream media to get his messages out
  • Future candidates no longer need the mainstream platform to raise campaign funds
  • The current "fake news" witchhunt is threadbare and already being debunked
  • How to identify truth from fiction (in any media outlet) & stay well-informed

If you have not yet read Part 1: Breaking Free From The Captured Media available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we examined the transition from a corporate mainstream media serving a captive audience to the wide-open democracy of the Internet-enabled independent media.

How will this structural transition affect the political and social spheres going forward? How can you improve your ability to identify trustworthy information in the current landscape of controlled mass media & wildly fragmented alternative voices?

A President Who Is Not Beholden to the Mainstream Media

In a historically unprecedented show of homogeneity, the mainstream media unanimously endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign. In essence, the MSM covered Trump only when his success forced them to, and when his gaffes and provocative comments made good copy.

Regardless of your views of the two candidates, this media-wide bias in favor of one candidate was remarkable.

Despite this media-wide endorsement, Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College and the election. In my view, this is the first time in recent U.S. history where a unanimous endorsement of a candidate by the national media failed to persuade the overwhelming majority of voters. While many will blame the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the defeat, or point to the Democratic candidate’s weaknesses, the reality remains that weak candidates with heavy media backing have won in the past.

In my view, the mainstream media’s failure to persuade the citizenry cannot be pinned solely on the losing party or candidate. It reflects a profound erosion of the MSM’s influence and trustworthiness.

Back when the mainstream media held a monopolistic lock on print, broadcast and radio content and distribution... » Read more

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Breaking Free From The Captured Media

Why the mainstream press is freaking out
Friday, December 9, 2016, 9:55 PM

Why is the mainstream media freaking out right now? 

For the first time in American history, the entire weight of the corporate mainstream media failed to persuade the citizenry. With advertising revenues sliding along with the citizens' trust, the MSM is flailing about in a self-destructive fit of hubris. » Read more

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We're Being Played

Our emotions are manipulated by persuasion & propaganda
Friday, November 18, 2016, 9:20 PM

The explosion of emotions during and after the Clinton-Trump race and Trump election caught many off guard.  Friends have been lost, family members estranged, and threats and hostility have boiled over in many relationships and communities.

In our consumer culture we are sold lots of things. Two weeks ago it might have been jeans and a TV, but last week it was fear.  And Loathing.  People were sold fear and loathing, and now it is ruining friendships, making people miserable, and setting the country apart. » Read more

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How To Protect Yourself From Persuasion & Propaganda

Live by your own influence & yours alone
Friday, November 18, 2016, 9:20 PM

Executive Summary

  • Recognizing manipulation
  • Absorbing information on your own terms
  • Dealing with propagandized friends & family without ruining relationships
  • Healing the polarization the propaganda creates

If you have not yet read Part 1: We're Being Played available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Staying In Control

Personally I do not have a TV precisely because ‘they’ are so good at what they do.  I do not trust myself to resist their efforts because their methods are beyond my ability to resist 24x7x365.

I can maintain my vigilance for only so long, before I give up and give in.  What I’m trying to say here is that it is not a sign of any weakness on your part if you have been taken in by their methods, only that you are human.  There is no shame in being played, it’s a function of how you and I are wired.

If I did have a TV, I would absolutely not allow the sound to be on during commercials, and even better I would get a TiVo or its equivalent and skip past commercials. 

But we can control how much we get played by simply not exposing ourselves to too much of the junk.

Awareness is your first key to not being played. It’s your first line of defense.  Avoiding unnecessary propaganda/subliminal stimuli is your second key.

So staying in control of ‘your’ thoughts and emotions is as simple, and as hard, as being aware of the efforts to sway and/or implant ideas in your head and then avoiding those efforts as much as possible.

The benefit of doing so is a happier and more authentically connected life.  After all, it is your ideas and gifts the world needs, not your regurgitation of someone else’s.

Also, advertising is largely built upon the idea of... » Read more

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Special Report: Is It Time To Prepare For War?

Now available to all readers
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 3:36 PM

This report was initially released to PeakProsperity.com's paid subscribers earlier this week. Given the significance of the subject matter and the number of request from our enrolled members to share it more widely, we're making it available to all readers here. » Read more

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Is It Time To Prepare For War?

A serious question, given the escalating geopolitical risk
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:48 AM

I am seriously entertaining preparing for war, and as I’ve written before, the nature of this next war could involve everything from trade battles, to cyber attacks, to financial system assaults,  a downing of the US electrical grid, to an actual shooting war  -- perhaps one that escalates to a nuclear exchange.

When things are this obviously crazy, anything is possible. » Read more

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What To Believe Anymore?

Mainstream media requires a huge dose of salt these days
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:40 AM

Well, here we are in the late hours of the latest and biggest bubbles that central banks can blow. The whole world is involved and no country will be immune from the aftershocks when these nested bubbles in virtually all asset classes burst.

In fact, the whole scheme requires that political and monetary solidarity be maintained. If anyone breaks ranks, then the whole thing could come crashing down. » Read more