Timeline/Stages for Collapse of our Way of Life

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  • Sun, Jun 20, 2010 - 06:09am

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Good current stuff here on how the world works:

Global War Racket Exposed: Trillions in Resources & Funding Our Enemies

Jun 18th, 2010

….let me return to “The Business of War” report by Dena Montague and Frida Berrigan. As you will see, you always have to follow the money, the bankers and our friends at the IMF are always at the root of global death and destruction, and are the true Masters of War:

“Today, the United States claims that it has no interest in the DRC other than a peaceful resolution to the current war. Yet U.S. businessmen and politicians are still going to extreme lengths to gain and preserve sole access to the DRC’s mineral resources. And to protect these economic interests, the U.S. government continues to provide millions of dollars in arms and military training to known human-rights abusers and undemocratic regimes. Thus, the DRC’s mineral wealth is both an impetus for war and an impediment to stopping it….

During his historic visit to Africa in 1998, President Clinton praised Presidents Kagame and Musevini as leaders of the ‘African Renaissance,’ just a few months before they launched their deadly invasion of the DRC with U.S. weapons and training….

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have knowingly contributed to the war effort. The international lending institutions praised both Rwanda and Uganda for increasing their gross domestic product (GDP), which resulted from the illegal mining of DRC resources. Although the IMF and World Bank were aware that the rise in GDP coincided with the DRC war, and that it was derived from exports of natural resources that neither country normally produced, they nonetheless touted both nations as economic success stories….

In January 2000, Chevron – the corporation that named an oil tanker after National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice – announced a three-year, $75 million spending program in the DRC, thus challenging the notion that war discourages foreign investment…. As one investor put it, “It is a good moment to come: it is in difficult times that you can get the most advantage.”….

In April 2001, a scathing UN report argued that Presidents Kagame and Museveni are “on the verge of becoming the godfathers of the illegal exploitation of natural resources and the continuation of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” The two leaders, the report alleged, have turned their armies into armies for business….

According to East African media reports, U.S. diplomats continue to view Rwanda and Uganda as “strategic allies in the Great Lakes region” and “would not want to upset relations with them at this time.” …. The IMF and World Bank have also indicated that their policies toward Rwanda and Uganda will remain unchanged….”

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Famed two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient US Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler accurately summed up the situation when he said: “I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism…. The general public shoulders the bill. This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones, Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.”

http://pubrecord.org/special-to-the-public-record/7853/global-racket-exposed-trillions/

 

  • Sun, Jun 20, 2010 - 10:32am

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After all of these years, the mantra is much the same …

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5399796928596929639

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  • Sun, Jun 20, 2010 - 03:55pm

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Thanks for that VF. 

It is funny that one can live through these events and yet not see the truth and the big picture. It is only now that I am coming to the realization that with our current practice of capitalism, that video shows us the global end game. Given ongoing support (and I see no signs of it slowing down) the process will only stop when all of the planet’s resources have been used up.

The parched landscape reminded me of Greece in 2007 and 2009 when massive forest resources were burned:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Greek_forest_fires

“2003: Legislation, known as Law 3208/2003, changes the definition of what constitutes a forest and suspends penalties for construction within forests and their arbitrary destruction: fires rarely seem to occur on land with no real estate value.”

I guess now with their debt situation, Greece represents the leading edge of this same process of systematic exploitation now unfolding within Europe.

 

  • Sun, Jun 20, 2010 - 05:18pm

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Yes,

     Very good video VF. Nothing has changed. The problem is that the vast majority don’t see the “big picture” as Tall stated. Using debt as a tool to apply political and economic leverage via the IMF and World Bank has been very effective for the “First World” elite. My father was in the military and spent some time in the Philippines in the 70’s and 80’s, witnessing the wholesale destruction of their rainforests. He said it made him sick to watch it. He wondered about the “western way of life” being exported to them, but did not realize it was being shoved down their throat.

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[quote=Mike]

Nothing has changed. The problem is that the vast majority don’t see the “big picture” as Tall stated. Using debt as a tool to apply political and economic leverage via the IMF and World Bank has been very effective for the “First World” elite. My father was in the military and spent some time in the Philippines in the 70’s and 80’s, witnessing the wholesale destruction of their rainforests. He said it made him sick to watch it. He wondered about the “western way of life” being exported to them, but did not realize it was being shoved down their throat.

[/quote]

Hi Mike,

I feel it is that we look at life within our own allotted time-frame, using that frame as our rule of thumb. Corporation’s are immortal however, and without conscience, since those that it gives employement to have their own survival at stake.

A woman I met at a checkout till yesterday who admitted to being in huge debt when challenged about trying to sell finance to customers with an interest rate of 29.9% apr is a case in point. If she didn’t reach her daily target of signers’, she didn’t get her bonus. No bonus, she gets more debt …

Yesterday, Darran posted a reply to me on the Important films & books thread about one particular book by Author Edward Bernays – Propaganda that I posted recently. This was his edited reply:-

[quote=Darren]

THIS IS THE MOST FRIGHTENING AND DISTURBING BOOK I’VE EVER READ

CHAPTER I
ORGANIZING CHAOS
THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the
organized habits and opinions of the masses is an
important element in democratic society. Those who
manipulate this unseen mechanism of society consti-
tute an invisible government which is the true ruling
power of our country.

These are the opening passages from Bernays 1928 book, Propaganda. It frightens the hell out of me, and I don’t mean that in a conspiracy kind of a way, but through and by Public Relation (PR). Its manifestations are abhorrent to society, stopping any real societal growth and maturity required for progress, planned and constructed for only a tiny percentile section of society to benefit.

I ask, why would anyone want to be in PR? Why would anyone want to change the instincts of individual’s? It is perverse, in a sense that people want to control other people. On what moral authority, ethical or otherwise, does one think they have the right to control people and their thoughts?

Imagine at 16 or 17 stating that one wanted to be in or become a PR administrator or rep’.It is a perverse thought that one wants to do a job that controls others, and not have a societal input in some differing way.I fear the police and judiciary apply here to.

Bernays and his theories are flawed in the sense that they protect a minority; protect an elite so as to revel in what they are and keep large sections of society muted and ignorant.

If taken at its fundamental level, his theories give validity to many crimes from oil to bananas.

Like post structuralism can validate many atrocities by its flawed thinking, his idea’s should have been rejected as a philosophy as flawed. Bernays Whole thesis is based on morally wrong actions that gain ulterior outcomes by going against moral and cultural thought.

[/quote]

Could the Milgram Experiment hold some answers as to why; as of the last tree being feld by the citizens of Easter Island, we are smashing our way through every last resource down to our very extinction?

A truth or just another soundbite I’m not sure, but the other day I read somewhere that mankind has used up as much energy resource since 1942, than all previous generation’s up to that date combined …

Click on the link below to watch the film …

~ VF ~

 

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[quote=Tall]

Thanks for that VF. 

It is funny that one can live through these events and yet not see the truth and the big picture. It is only now that I am coming to the realization that with our current practice of capitalism, that video shows us the global end game. Given ongoing support (and I see no signs of it slowing down) the process will only stop when all of the planet’s resources have been used up.

The parched landscape reminded me of Greece in 2007 and 2009 when massive forest resources were burned:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Greek_forest_fires

“2003: Legislation, known as Law 3208/2003, changes the definition of what constitutes a forest and suspends penalties for construction within forests and their arbitrary destruction: fires rarely seem to occur on land with no real estate value.”

I guess now with their debt situation, Greece represents the leading edge of this same process of systematic exploitation now unfolding within Europe.

[/quote]

Hello Tall,

You reminded me of my journey from the UK to Greece back in the late spring of 1993. I sat and talked with a gentleman by the name of Nick Ganzis over the three day journey across Europe. He worked as an historian for the University of Adelaide, and his insights have stayed with me; one of those people on your travel’s that proved that the journey and not the destination is the more important of the two.

We sailed from Italy and were rounding the Ionian Islands, as the most beautifully colourful sunrise rose above the water. He said that it was mankind that had caused such damage to the ecosystem’s of the Islands that, as could be seen, not one tree remained, and the Islands that we could make out in the distance appeared baron.

I’ve just this moment found out that Nick died in 2004 while I was getting on with my life. All the more for my need to reflect here on the past; he knew more about Greece than I will ever begin to know.

He advised me to head to the Island of Kithnos, set on the outer ring of the Kikládes. It is, as you may be aware, (or was in the most part), a tourist free escape for Athenians, and the Nautious Nefos smog that afflicts the capital in the hot summer months. There, I found a bay that I stayed in, camping on the beach for almost two months of reading, writing and resting in the sea, the sand and the sun.

I counted fourteen houses in that bay, set up high and out of the way. Three years later when I returned, three times as many had appeared, and I was moved on within a day. Some would call this progress …

I have the memory of August however, when I awoke for some reason at maybe three in the morning. The sky was alive with falling stars; sometimes twenty or thirty in a single minute. The experience was priceless, rewarded for the sum of creating a bed from a beach, where no five star hotel room could match …

Nick Ganzis 1938-2004 rest in peace

ευχαριστώ

~ VF ~

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFfqixur9eI

Combining the economic corruption with the infinite growth paradigm and the lack of energy = problems.

Paper money is worthless without the energy to back it up.

A fast crash in modern civilization is roughly two decades.

Since 2005 we’ve been on the “bumpy plateau” of peak oil production where oil prices rise and drop, and economic activity responds to this price fluctuation by shutting down and restarting until we reach the end of the plateau.

Summer 2010 is the “cliff event”. After trillions of dollars in bail-out and “economic recovery” dollars, there are no more such funds capable of being printed by any government due to debt service issues.

Really what’s happening is a $700 trillion dollar derivatives bubble is imploding.

The only way for people to really survive is to disengage as much as possible from the monetary paradigm.

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Excellent article over at the oil drum which backs up everything Ruppert states in the previously posted video. Most importantly, it takes into account the wages of the vast majority which are not rising in sync with the increased cost of oil extraction.

The Oil Drum | What happens when energy resources deplete?



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Lovely memories, VF. You were lucky to have those experiences.

I too have fond memories of time in the Greek Islands. A very special place. 

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And xraymike,

Have I mentioned what an excellent thread this is?  I have learned so much.

 

Thank you.

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