Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bush's Bookends

"Thinking about 9/11 in light of the bailout

by Linn Cohen-Cole

A lot gets filed under "conspiracy theory." King's murder. WMDs. Rigged voting machines. Though it has turned out there was good reason for suspecting all three official versions. "Conspiracy theory" is label given to things so people don't investigate, so they are marginalized. It's like calling people "kooks" which, if anyone remembers, included mothers and some doctors saying breast feeding was healthier than bottle feeding, as was having fathers in the delivery room. The slurs against those who resist officialdom's certainty and control continues, with a growing objection to mandated vaccinations at a time when vaccinations are suspected of being linked to autism. And no one needs to strain to think of what anti-war people were called during Vietnam or even with Iraq.

Freedom of thought seems to be okay so long as it is not attached to freedom of speech that asks serious - and extremely important - questions of authority. I have been told by people on Dailykos not to touch 9/11, it could get me thrown off. I have had a close journalist friend say it will marginalize anyone who touches it.

The ads "about" high fructose corn syrup are in that vein. Put out by the Corn Refiners in the US, they mock anyone who even begins to say they heard some worrisome thing about HFCS. The point of the ad - and I can't think of another that attempt to do this - is to suggest that anyone who raises the topic itself will be humiliated. It is a warning not to even talk about a subject involving all our health. That's impressive. Who designs such a bizarre and undemocratic-at-its-core ad?

With the timing so perfect for such a shhh-ing ad ....

"Researchers have found new evidence that soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may contribute to the development of diabetes, particularly in children. In a laboratory study of commonly consumed carbonated beverages, the scientists found that drinks containing the syrup had high levels of reactive compounds that have been shown by others to have the potential to trigger cell and tissue damage that could cause the disease, which is at epidemic levels." Click here.

So, in the midst of an epidemic in which type 2 diabetes has increased by 90%. Click here. The public is being told by ad companies paid by corporations, that anyone who mentions HFCS will be mocked. Marginalized. Shut up. Isn't that what they are telling us - about a product that appears linked to an epidemic of illness and death across the country?

So, now I come to 9/11, a subject I avoid personally. Never liked how it was used to inflame hatred and all that flowed from it. Didn't read about it, didn't want to hear about it. But on election night, I happened to read an Oped News article that included scientific studies and videos. I don't know why I looked but I did. I am a logical person and in very basic ways, a mechanical one, and now I am having trouble with what I saw. I kept looking at the buildings falling and I reading the scientists' comments that it isn't possible for airplanes to have caused them to fall in that way and I read the government explanations and went back again and again to the video and to the scientific data and ....

So, I am in a quandary. The science and what I saw with my own eyes and what makes logical sense don't fit what we were told.

Then, the other day I saw a video by a Catholic priest in the UK. And my journalist friend had warned me after the first article and before the YouTube video, that it's a waste of time to go down that road. But the priest said we are faced with an immense, world-changing lie. So, concerned and not wanting to be alone with my own thoughts, I sent both links out to people.

"Somehow, given the astounding things that have happened to all of us recently - the sheer scale of moral bankruptcy and cruelty - I listen and read the following with a new eye and ear. Anything that uses us now seems possible these days ...

I hope my sending this (out of my own confusion and concern about it), doesn't make you think less of me. I was taught we are supposed to have courage to look at things - even about very hard things - and think. The fact that we are somehow not supposed to think about this, makes it seem all the more important to do so, at least privately.

So, I am just passing this on, with no position taken. The first video is of a Catholic priest. The second is material from mechanical engineers, including from MIT.

One person responded this way:

"This stuff gets filed under conspiracy theory :-( There is a lot of it going around, as I recall this is the hardest to debunk. I believe the Bush administration has committed many sins of omission on 9/11, but there are no sins of commission. Not even they are that low ..."

And I responded:

"The thing is, if they are that low and we face that, what happens? We subtract "terrorism" from an explanation for things and in doing so, we take the driving force for world destructiveness and for police state control everywhere, away. We would suddenly see that our enemies are not our enemies but those who are running wars and Guantanamo. We would see the world entirely differently.

9/11 is like a giant burr under the world's saddle, making it buck endlessly. What if it were gone? If 9/11 were untrue it would be the biggest lie in human history. What came out of it? An undoing of basic constitutional rights at an astounding speed, then huge systems put in place to spy on and control us. And by whom? Those taking over now at a scale impossible to fathom while letting the rest of us go to hell. What did 9/11 accomplish and for whom? What would happen if it is untrue? And we are not supposed to look? Even when we have major scientists saying it's not possible?

This is part of an article sent to me by a friend. I don't know the political position of the author (Alan Adaschik) but at some point, right and left, we are all starting to share rage at what has happened to us and our constitution and wonder who is running this now crazy show.

"America just survived the nightmare of living under the worst possible president anyone could imagine; George W. Bush. No one can say anything good about his accomplishments while in office and this includes Republicans who are loyal to him. This is because everything George Bush did was to the detriment of the people of this Nation and to the rest of the world. As a President, he was a total failure and he deliberately worked to destroy everything that was right about our Nation and its government. This includes:

* Turned the office of the President into a dictatorship
* Tightened the New World Order's grip upon our Nation
* Increased government secrecy
* Opened the revolving door between corporations and government agencies
* Reducing the effectiveness of and politicizing all government agencies
* Increased the national debt bringing the Nation to the brink of bankruptcy
* Broke down the wall between the separation between church and state
* Wrongfully rewrote legislation through the use of signing statements
* Wrongfully rewrote legislation through the use of executive orders
* Worked to eliminate checks and balances in government
* Eliminated citizen rights including inalienable ones
* Introduced torture as a legitimate tool of government
* Broke treaties and ignored international law
* Lied to the American people about everything
* Established an illegal prison system outside our borders
* Wrongfully invaded a weak foreign nation on a lie
* Failed to prevent 9/11 and is remiss in fighting the war on terror
* Mishandled the Katrina disaster
* Etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum

No, George Bush did nothing good for America and nothing good for the world. While in office, his actions were undertaken solely for the benefit of our New World Order masters and the corporate executives who hold him firmly in their pockets. In the final analysis, the ultimate irony of this is that what he wrought is not even beneficial to these Fascists because the destruction of our environment and the collapse of our economic system benefits no one including the demented criminals of the New World Order. Indeed, America is ready for change but it goes far beyond just being ready because George Bush has driven a dagger into the very heart of what America is supposed to be and if his actions are not reversed, the American experiment in Republican Democracy is definitely over."

When I see that list - and it is far from inclusive - I wonder how all that was possible in only 8 years, and then I see 9/11 and buildings falling in that so perfect way, and it's clear that 9/11 was the kick-off, and the way into all of that, and the roaring (still-roaring) engine behind each part. It's as though 9/11 set the engine at full throttle for almost 8 years, so there was no longer an idle.

"Homeland Security" is a megaphone of that constant roaring 9/11 fear as well as an ingathering of greater and greater power dependent on it. It's as though "Homeland" "Security" were a factory and fear is trucked in as the boundless natural resource, and the factory produces police state regulations as its products.

Mr. Adaschik left off NAIS (the Animal Identification System), which, since it is also about fear, is now under Homeland Security, and out comes the greatest attempt in the history of the country to track every single farm animal (and thus their owners) on a 24 hour basis, the trackees paying for the spying equipment used against them, with even single penalties for not "being tracked" fast enough and accurately, enough to destroy a life. Click here.

It's George Orwell meets Animal Farm - both come to finish off our farmers utterly and steal our farmland out from under us.

So, then I see Bush's terms - astoundingly book-ended by 9/11 and the bailout. And I wonder.

I dare to wonder that despite all slurs and admonitions. Are those who profiting by taking us all to the cleaners at a level no sane person could possibly have imagined, capable of planning things to set this all off? Are those who are leaving nothing behind - not homes, not jobs, not democracy, not animals or farmland, or belief in anything anymore - are they capable of telling the largest lie in human history, to accomplish the largest theft in human history?

I see how immensely useful 9/11 was for all of this and that "they" who are making off with our whole world in sacks they seem to have kept at the ready, have gotten rich off its catastrophes at every turn. As contractors, arms dealers, oil companies, .... using fear and "patriotism" to take us to war (in the wrong country, some say, but the one with the most oil) and to get rich, but with a "patriotic" emptiness that left behind soldiers without even medical care.

I see 9/11 as the door opening on hell for our country and the bailout as the door closing as the largest thieves in history leave with everything.

My credit card company just announced in fine print that its rates during these desperate times just went up from 12.99% to 28.99% so they are lying in wait for the last bones, as well.

I see all this and I dare to wonder about those who have set upon us like wolves, now. What were they capable of on September 11, 2001?

“Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

~ Hermann Goering, President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and Luftwaffe Commander in Chief

"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."

~ Adolf Hitler

“The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

~ Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933— 1945

“What luck for rulers, that men do not think.”

~ Adolf Hitler

“By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell — and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.”

~ Adolf Hitler

“All this was inspired by the principle — which is quite true in itself — that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

~ Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf