Friday, December 29, 2006

A footnote on page 264 of "Controversy" illustrates the old adage "the more things change, the more they stay the same":

Lord Sydenham, when he wrote of the "deadly accuracy" of the forecast in the "Protocols" of about 1900, might have had particularly in mind the passage, ". . . We shall invest the president with the right of declaring a state of war. We shall justify this last right on the ground that the president as chief of the whole army of the country must have it at his disposal in case of need". The situation here described became established practice during the present century. In 1950 President Truman sent American troops into Korea. "to check Communist aggression", without consulting Congress. Later this was declared to be a "United Nations" war and they were joined by troops of seventeen other countries under an American commander, General MacArthur. This was the first experiment in a "world government"-type war and its course produced Senator Taft's question of 1952. "Do we really mean our anti-Communist policy?" General MacArthur was dismissed after protesting an order forbidding him to pursue Communist aircraft into their Chinese sanctuary and in 1953, under President Eisenhower, the war was broken off, leaving half of Korea in "the aggressor's" hands. General MacArthur and other American commanders later charged that the order forbidding pursuit was made known to the enemy by "a spy ring responsible for the purloining of my top secret reports to Washington" (Life, Feb. 7, 1956), and the Chinese Communist commander confirmed this (New York Daily News, Feb. 13, 1956). In June 1951 two British Foreign Office officials, Burgess and Maclean, disappeared and in September 1955 the British Government, after refusing information for four years, confirmed the general belief that they were in Moscow and "had spied for the Soviet Union over a long period". General MacArthur then charged that these two men had revealed the non-pursuit order to the Communist "aggressor" (Life, above-quoted).

On April 4, 1956 President Eisenhower was asked by a reporter at his regular news conference whether he would order a United States marine battalion, then recently sent to the Mediterranean, into war "without asking Congress first" (by that time war in the Middle East was an obvious possibility). He answered angrily. "I have announced time and time again I will never be guilty of any kind of action that can be interpreted as war until the Congress, which has the constitutional authority". On January 3, 1957, the first major act of his second term, he sent a draft resolution to Congress designed to invest him with unlimited, standing authority to act militarily in the Middle East "to deter Communist armed aggression".

That submission was 50 years ago next week.

Your homework today is to study the "Office of Special Plans".

Monday, December 25, 2006

Buried in WND's latest shameless hype of the alleged al Qaeda terrorist threat is a link to an intriguing letter from Terry Nichols. I'm a bit surprised he's trying to work with anyone from a mass media liars' club like 60 Minutes, but he's also trying to work with Kathy Wilburn, so my guess is he's sincere.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Well folks, this one is actually quite simple: either the IRS has been negligent for 23 years in its duties to stop criminal behavior, or it's knowingly violating the law now. There are no other possibilities. I know which of those is the case. Do you?

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Well, well. Feds caught lying about OKC yet again! This begs the question of what McVeigh's real agenda was when he tried to join various militia organizations prior to the bombing. Perhaps the same agenda Bill Clinton displayed after the bombing?

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

George W. Bush, Satanic cult member. BTW, that may not have been the last time he disappeared for 3 days with no explanation; he's reported to have gone AWOL during the weekend JFK Jr.'s plane crashed in July 1999, although I haven't been able to back that up with a solid source yet.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Quoting again from the "Protocols" chapter (the first paragraph is from the "Protocols" and the second is Reed's analysis of it):

"The chamber of deputies will provide cover for, will protect, will elect presidents, but we shall take from it the right to propose new, or make changes in existing laws, for this right will be given by us to the responsible president, a puppet in our hands. . . Independently of this we shall invest the president with the right of declaring a state of war. We shall justify this last right on the ground that the president as chief of the whole army of the country must have it at his disposal in case of need. . . It is easy to understand that in these conditions the key of the shrine will lie in our hands. and that no one outside ourselves will any longer direct the force of legislation. . . The president will. at our discretion, interpret the sense of such of the existing laws as admit of various interpretation; he will further annul them when we indicate to him the necessity to do so, besides this, he will have the right to propose temporary laws, and even new departures in the government constitutional working, the pretext both for the one and the other being the requirements for the supreme welfare of the state. By such measures we shall obtain the power of destroying little by little, step by step, all that at the outset when we enter on our rights, we are compelled to introduce into the constitutions of states to prepare for the transition to an imperceptible abolition of every kind of constitution, and then the time is come to turn every government into our despotism".

This forecast of 1905 or earlier particu1arly deserves Lord Sydenham's tribute of "deadly accuracy". American presidents in the two wars of this century have acted as here shown. They did take the right of declaring and making war, and it has been used at least once (in Korea) since the Second World War ended; any attempt in Congress or outside to deprive them of this power, or curb them in the use of it meets with violently hostile attack.

Remember, Reed wrote his book 50 years ago, and the "Protocols" were written still 50 more before. Just coincidence? Lucky guessing?

Friday, December 15, 2006

And, on the lighter side... am I bad for laughing loudly at #4? (The rest I didn't think were very funny.)
From Reed's "Controversy of Zion", in a chapter discussing the "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion":

In my opinion the Protocols provide the essential handbook for students of the time and subject. If Lord Sydenham, in 1921, was arrested by the "uncanny knowledge" they displayed, "on which prophecies now literally fulfilled are based", how much more would he be impressed today, in 1956, when much more of them has been as literally fulfilled. Through this book any man can see how the upheavals of the past 150 years were, and how those of the next fifty years will be brought about; he will know in advance just how "the deeds" of his elected representatives will differ from their "word".

In one point I am able from my own experience to test Lord Sydenham's dictum about fulfilled prophecies. The Protocols, speaking of control of published information, say: "Not a single announcement will reach the public


without our control. Even now this is already being attained by us inasmuch as all news items are received by a few agencies, in whose offices they are focused from all parts of the world. These agencies will then be entirely ours and will give publicity only to what we dictate to them". That was not the situation in 1905, or in Lord Sydenham's day, or in 1926, when I became a journalist, but it was developing and today is the situation. The stream of "news" which pours into the public mind through the newspapers comes from a few agencies, as if from half a dozen taps. Any hand that can control those valves can control "the news", and the reader may observe for himself the filtered form in which the news reaches him. As to the editorial views, based on this supply of news, the transformation that has been brought about may be comprehended by referring to the impartially critical articles published in The Times, Morning Post, Spectator, Dearborn Independent and thousands of other journals some twenty-five years ago. This could not happen today. The subjugation of the press has been accomplished as the Protocols foretold, and by the accident of my generation and calling I saw it come about.

Comparative study of the Protocols and of the Weishaupt papers leads to the strong deduction that both derive from a common and much older source. They cannot have been the product of any one man or one group of men in the period when they were published; the "uncanny knowledge" displayed in them obviously rests on the cumulative experience of eras. In particular, this applies (in Weishaupt's papers and the Protocols alike) to the knowledge of human weaknesses, which are singled out with analytical exactitude, the method of exploiting each of them being described with disdainful glee.

The instrument to be used for the destruction of the Christian nation-states and their religion is "the mob". The word is used throughout with searing contempt to denote the masses, (who in public are flattered by being called "the people"). "Men with bad instincts are more in number than the good, and therefore the best results in governing them are attained by violence and terrorization . . . The might of a mob is blind, senseless and unreasoning force ever at the mercy of a suggestion from any side". From this the argument is developed that "an absolute despotism" is necessary to govern "the mob", which is "a savage", and that "our State" will employ "the terror which tends to produce blind submission". The "literal fulfilment" of these precepts in communized Russia must be obvious to all today).

This "absolute despotism" is to be vested in the international super-State at the end of the road. In the meanwhile regional puppet-despots are depicted as essential to the process of breaking down the structure of states and the defences of peoples: "From the premier-dictators of the present day the peoples suffer patiently and bear such abuses as for the 1east of them they would have beheaded twenty kings. What is the explanation . . .? It is explained by the fact that these dictators whisper to the peoples through their agents that through these abuses


the are inflicting injury on the States with the highest purpose - to secure the welfare of the peoples, the international brotherhood of them all, their solidarity and equality of rights. Naturally they do not tell the peoples that this unification must be accomplished only under our sovereign rule".

This passage is of especial interest. The term "premier-dictator" would not generally have been understood in 1905, when the peoples of the West believed their elected representatives to express and depend on their approval. However, it became applicable during the First and Second World Wars, when American presidents and British prime ministers made themselves, in fact, "premier-dictators" and used emergency powers in the name of "the welfare of peoples. . . international brotherhood . . . equality of rights". Moreover, these premier-dictators, in both wars, did tell the peoples that the ultimate end of all this would be "unification" under a world government of some kind. The question, who would govern this world government, was one which never received straightforward answer; so much else of the Protocols has been fulfilled that their assertion that it would be the instrument of the conspiracy for governing the world "by violence and terrorization" deserves much thought.

Again, I must encourage you all to read this book. I'm nowhere near done, but I already consider it practically invaluable in understanding history (which, when you think about it, is the only thing we can truly know).
"It was a dark and stormy night."

Yes, and crazy too. Coming back from visiting our friend Marian in Forest Grove, Dad and I started off the wrong way (he had his homing instinct on and had temporarily forgotten that I needed dropping off on the way) and then tried to correct our course, only to be routed by a combination of downed trees, accidents, flooded roads and a dubious GPS across an asphalt (and occasionally gravel) menagerie of tree-debris-strewn roads in a route which must have ended up resembling one of those "Family Circus" dotted-line adventures of little Billy (or whatever his name is). At various points we found ourselves:

-- heading down a road nearly overgrown with trees from both sides, evidently cutting across someone's farmland through a thick forest (Dad didn't like the looks of that one so we turned around);

-- almost driving right into a tree which lay with the end of its broken trunk on the road (no, this wasn't the overgrown road, this was a paved and very public one) and the rest of itself angling upwards and away, into the forest;

-- looking at a GPS arrow that resembled an epileptic snake; and

-- watching the GPS arrow point right back at us, instead of forward!

The whole way, there were obstacles to dodge and distant flashes, presumably of transformers blowing up. Most of the way was dark; few buildings were lit and even fewer road lights.

Then, upon finally reaching home, I found that a huge chunk of Salem was powerless (part of nearly 1/10 of the whole state, I later learned), including my home. No lights, no heat, no computer (and thus of course no Internet), no TV, no radio, no cooking. Wow, man. Bummer! :-( At least I did have my MP3 player with some Jack McLamb and Webster Tarpley podcasts to listen to, and of course my trusty charged-up battery brigade. So, after a little while, I tried to call PGE to see how long I might have to wait. All circuits were said (by that nice, if rather impersonal, lady who seems to answer so many of my calls lately) to be busy. Hmmmm. My folks had no power either, and Katherine (who lives elsewhere and is usually up late, like me) didn't return my call, so I soon got pretty restless and set out for Denny's restaurant on Market to try to get some help. I was hoping perhaps they'd have a computer and be able to check PGE's web site, but if not, at least I could warm up and relax for a bit while I waited for PGE's circuits to debusify.

I won't tell the (frankly, rather boring) story of the walk there and back, other than to mention that I -- or, more precisely, the gusty wind with an assist from my foolish optimism -- killed my new umbrella; fortunately, I got it at the Dollar Tree, so its replacing will set me back less than the item I ordered upon reaching Denny's (and relaxing a while, just to kill time). The people there were nice, and the manager even dialed PGE for me on their phone (I had mine with me, but she dialed before I realized she was doing it) and then handed me the phone and let me hang on the line while "Julie" at PGE looked up my problem. Julie finally did find it, and then told me it could be 8 AM before power was restored.

After another brief pause to consider my options, and with the book I'd brought with me wrapped in a plastic bag donated by the manager to protect it from the rain soaking through my backpack, I decided to head for home anyway; extra blankets and long johns should keep me warm enough even without power. Well, not 10 minutes out of Denny's' (yeah, that does look weird, but how else would it be punctuated?) door, the lights came on as I walked down Market. Yaaaay! So, here I am, relaxing at home again with everything back to normal. Oh, sure, we're still headed for economic collapse and possibly a disastrous invasion of Iran, and most Americans are blissfully unaware of how deeply mis-educated they are about almost everything important, but at least my microwave works.


Anyway, I'm glad to have my power back. No doubt about it, we're a nation of wusses nowadays, and there's definitely a spot for me somewhere in that sad yearbook. (Maybe the walk to Denny's and back will save me from the Dean's list.)

Monday, December 11, 2006

I love my MP3 player! More to the point, I love what I get to do now that I have one: educate myself all the time, no matter what I'm doing (with a few obvious exceptions). Where I used to hate doing chores, now they're just a chance to listen to Dave Champion, without having to sit near my computer to hear him. Something to pick up at a store 2 miles away? Time to get some exercise and listen to a couple hours of Marc Stevens. That long drive to Portland in rush hour traffic? Dan Abrahamson will update me on current terror drills while I sit. I've ended the airwave plutocracy, for myself at least; I now totally control what I listen to and there's nothing anyone can do about it. All of you should do the same thing. Here are my thoughts on doing so.

First, do some comparative shopping to find a good MP3 player for yourself. I wouldn't spend tons of time on that, since you can always exchange it if you pick the wrong one, but look around a little. I've only had 2 of them so far so I'm not the one to tell you which one to get. The criteria to which I suggest paying attention are:

- software interface
- controls (especially progressive speed FF/rew)
- ability to record live audio (if you don't have a recorder already)
- means of "wearing" the player

The interface is important because it's how you put stuff on, or delete stuff from, your player (some players can delete stuff on their own; my current one can't). I currently use 2 pieces of software for this: a podcast aggregator and Windows Media Player. The aggregator keeps track of all my podcast subscriptions, checks for new episodes, and downloads them (if ordered by me). Then I use WMP to interface with the player, copying podcasts (and sometimes other files) to it and deleting files from it. I'll probably change to some other system, if I can find a good program that handles both of those tasks (podcast aggregation and player interfacing) in one. I haven't looked for one yet.

The controls are very important since you'll be using them any time you use the player. My first player had a progressive speed FF/rew; my current one doesn't. My next one will! ;-) In case you're wondering, the reason I switched was that I had to: the first one stopped working and was basically recalled. Anyway, play with the player a little in order to see if you like the way the controls work.

Recording live audio is a very cool ability. You never know when you'll want to record a conversation, or leave yourself an audio note. Now I can do those things any time. I'm very impressed with how well the tiny built-in mic works on my player. I recently recorded a political candidates' debate; the entire debate only took up 20 megs on the player, and was understandable when played back. I interviewed a couple of people in ad hoc situations and the player did a great job of that. A good audio recorder turns anyone into an instant investigator!

Finally, when you are active, you don't want to be juggling an object attached to your headset. You want that object out of your way somehow. My first player hung around the neck; my current one came with a good velcro armband. Either way, or other ways, can work; make sure you like the way your prospective player attaches to (or otherwise stays with) your body.

I don't list battery life as important, because I use and recommend rechargeables. I have a handful of them in service; I carry a spare AAA battery in my pocket when I go out. They're small. They get recharged when I'm at home, and they can be used many times. Battery life just isn't an issue for me. However, if your player has a built-in battery (as my first one did), then that may be a concern.

When you've obtained your player and are ready to find stuff to put on it, you're going to see why I'm so enthused. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of worthwhile podcasts out there; I'm already subscribed to enough of them to keep me busy 100% of the time, every day! I'm already choosing among the options at my fingertips, and I know there are many more I haven't even seen yet.

If you need someplace to get started, try Republic Broadcasting Network. The method of subscribing varies from one software to another so check your manual. With my current software, what I do is use my web browser to find an available podcast and then do one of these two things:

- Press and hold the left mouse button on the "XML" or "podcast" link (such as those to be seen on this page), drag it to the taskbar, hover it over my podcast aggregator software until that program comes to the foreground, drag it over a certain area of that window until the circle-and-slash is replaced by an encouraging symbol, and then release the mouse button. The aggregator software then confirms my desire to subscribe to that podcast and adds it to my list. (The podcast aggregator software has to already be open for this method to work. At least, I think it does.)


- Copy the URL for the podcast from a page like this one, go to the aggregator, tell it I want to subscribe to a new podcast, and paste the URL in when it prompts me for it. It then adds that podcast to my list. (Note: the URL for the subscription info page is not the same as the URL for actually subscribing to the podcast! Look at the info page carefully and you'll see. The podcast subscription URL appears *on* the info page, and I've linked you to the info page.)

That all sounds kinda complicated, but it's pretty easy once you do it a couple times. Once you have, let me know! I want to inspire everyone to do this. There are some cool accessories too, like speakers, cassette interfaces, etc., but I won't try to cover all that.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Tonight's (typical) temperatures in my apartment (in degrees Fahrenheit):

Office (on my desktop, with my space heater running on the floor nearby): 59.7
Bedroom: 50.7
Bathroom: 49.3 ("Paging Dr. Frizzen Yerbunzov! Dr. Yerbunzov to ER, on the double!")

Now you know why I keep hiding under my electric blanket until someone makes me get up and go somewhere. D-:>

Thursday, December 07, 2006

A short immigration presentation is viewable online here. I just left a bunch of comments as "already awake"...