Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Odious Debt, Cattle Herding, Drowning In A Giant Cesspool and Falling in Love

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"Orchestra"...art by Santiago Ribeiro

Wiping Out America's Debt
"When a despotic regime contracts a debt, not for the needs or in the interests of the state, but rather to strengthen itself, to suppress a popular insurrection, etc, this debt is odious for the people of the entire state. This debt does not bind the nation; it is a debt of the regime, a personal debt contracted by the ruler, and consequently it falls with the demise of the regime. The reason why these odious debts cannot attach to the territory of the state is that they do not fulfil one of the conditions determining the lawfulness of State debts, namely that State debts must be incurred, and the proceeds used, for the needs and in the interests of the State. Odious debts, contracted and utilised for purposes which, to the lenders' knowledge, are contrary to the needs and the interests of the nation, are not binding on the nation – when it succeeds in overthrowing the government that contracted them – unless the debt is within the limits of real advantages that these debts might have afforded. The lenders have committed a hostile act against the people, they cannot expect a nation which has freed itself of a despotic regime to assume these odious debts, which are the personal debts of the ruler."

{more -Greg Bacon}


Are We Really Cattle?
As members of the human herd, most of us recoil at the “bovinian” suggestion, but consider just how much we do behave like a herd. We willingly accept being treated like a herd, trusting our lives to politicians because we appreciate not having to make hard decisions for ourselves, being contented as cows, as our leaders and their hired hands drive us down a path to destruction, for the sake of them making a few dollars more in profit.

Preserving profits for the ruling elite is the only motivation (other than media-manipulated patriotism and nationalism) compelling us to fight our resource wars in Asia and Africa. The leaders of the entire world pretend that we are there to fight against terrorism, even though they know that the terrorism comes with us, their hope being their own little “piece of the action.” The American way is to wage war with dollars, as well as bombs.

What the hell is the matter with people? Has everyone so bought-in to the propaganda that leads them to their own deaths that they believe the lies that control us? Willfully following sell-out leaders, who are leading their own countries to death and slavery is more than merely suicidal, it’s something a dumb animal would do.

{more - Peter Chamberlin}


Drowning In A Giant Cesspool

I suffer from a recurring ... sensation ... that I'm drowning ...in a giant cesspool!

What triggers it?

Reading the paper. Watching TV. Listening to the radio. Surfing the net. Talking to idiots who think they're geniuses, and fools who think they know everything. There are other triggers, but these are the main ones.

{more - Winter Patriot}


Falling in Love
"Build it and they will come" ­ is the phrase behind most of our dreams, but we have failed to fall in love with life so we built our fantasies on the ever-shifting sands of inauthentic lives. We should not be surprised then, that everything is crumbling now, or that there are almost no answers anywhere because we put our faith in all the wrong places, and especially in the wrong people.

We have allowed our owners to capture all the fresh young years of youth; to imprison the young so that they never have the chance to ask all those vital questions such as 'why is the sky blue', or where does life come from? That 'experience' is then very quickly expanded into an educational system that has nothing to do with education and everything to do with blind obedience. The result is that there is no time for dreaming, for imagination or for "What-ifs."

From the cradle to the grave this society has been molded like farm-raised fish swimming in their own wastes; never far from overseer's or authority; and all of this takes place because of the ever-increasing need for protection: not just from natural dangers but from life itself. We have not fought these trends, in fact we have scrambled to enroll our young ever-earlier in the system that keeps on destroying anything that does not fit into some designer's model of what we 'ought to be.'

The young need time to fall in love with life, before they begin to even look into what the future might have in store for them-yet we have insured that because of FEAR this must never be allowed to happen. {more - Jim Kirwan}




1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this, Kenny.

    Nice to see you up and running again, too!

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