Why I’m hopeful by Charles Hugh Smith

[Charles Hugh Smith’s blog is one of my go-to sites for sense and sensibility. I enjoy his viewpoints about the economy and what he calls the Deep State. When I am knee-deep in the mud and muck of current events, I find his perspectives to be wonderfully calming and sane compared to the emotionally triggered left (and right) voices online. His blog resonates with my ideas about the world and how we as individuals need to be more self-reliant rather than expecting an overly bloated central government to take care of us. This does not mean we cannot take care of each other as a community; what it does mean is not allowing the Central/Savior State to exist solely to serve itself, that is to break away from its original intent. There seems to be a beacon of light shining from the brink of darkness. From what he sees over the horizon, “A more human world lies just beyond the edge of the Status Quo.” Happy Holidays! ~ DV]

Why I’m Hopeful

by Charles Hugh Smith

December 26, 2016

Why am I hopeful? the Status Quo is devolving, and a better way of living lies just beyond the corrupt, wasteful, ruinous consumerist debt/financial tyranny we now inhabit.

Readers often ask me to post something hopeful, and I understand why: doom-and-gloom gets tiresome. Human beings need hope just as they need oxygen, and the destruction of the Status Quo via over-reach and internal contradictions doesn’t leave much to be happy about.

The most hopeful thing in my mind is that the Status Quo is devolving from its internal contradictions and excesses. It is a perverse, intensely destructive system with horrific incentives for predation, exploitation, fraud and complicity and few disincentives.

A more human world lies just beyond the edge of the Status Quo.

I know many smart, well-informed people expect the worst once the Status Quo (the Savior State and its corporatocracy partners) devolves, and there is abundant evidence of the ugliness of human nature under duress.

But we should temper this Id ugliness with the stronger impulses of community and compassion. If greed and rapaciousness were the dominant forces within human nature, then the species would have either died out at its own hand or been limited to small savage populations kept in check by the predation of neighboring groups, none of which could expand much because inner conflict would limit their ability to grow.

The remarkable success of humanity as a species is not simply the result of a big brain, opposable thumbs, year-round sex, innovation or even language; it is also the result of social and cultural associations that act as a “network” for storing knowledge and good will–what we call technical and social capital.

I have devoted significant portions of my books to an explanation of how community and self-reliance have atrophied under the relentless expansion of the dominant Savior State.

The social capital and “return on investment” earned from investing time and energy in community and other social networks has been replaced by a check from the Savior State–a transfer payment that surely beats the troublesome work of investing in community in terms of risk and return.

The net result of the Savior State dominating society and the economy is the rise of a pathological mindset of entitlement and resentment–the two are simply two sides of the same coin. You cannot separate them.

Once self-reliance has been lost, so too has self-confidence been lost, and the Savior State dependent–individual and corporation alike–soon distrusts their ability to function in an open market.

This is a truly sad, self-destructive state of affairs, and deeply, tragically ironic. The calls for “help” quickly lead to dependence on the Savior State, and that dependence quickly breeds complicity and silence in the face of repression and predation by the State and its corporate partners.

In a very real sense, citizens relinquish their citizenship along with their self-reliance and self-worth once they accept dependence on the State.

I often mention that the U.S. has much to learn from so-called Third World countries that are poorer in resources and credit. In many of these countries, the government is the police, the school and the infrastructure of roadways and energy. Many of these countries are systemically corrupt, and the State is the engine of enforcing that corruption.

Rather than something to be embraced and lobbied, involvement with the State is something to be avoided as a risk. In everyday life, people rarely encounter the government except in law enforcement or schooling.

As a result, people depend on their social capital and community for sustenance, support, work and connections.

This is not altruism, it is mutually beneficial.

Once a community dissolves into atomized individuals who each get a payment from the Central State, then they no longer need each other. Rather, other dependents on the State are viewed as competitors for the State’s resources.

These atomized, isolated individuals have a perverse relationship with the State and what remains of the community around them: lacking the self-worth earned from work or engagement/investment in a community, then their only outlet for self-identity is consumption: what they wear, eat, drink, etc. as consumers.

This dependence on the State also serves the State’s goal, which is a passive, compliant populace of dependents, and distracted, passive workers who pay their taxes. Thus dependence on the State and a hollow consumerism are ontologically bound: one feeds the other.


The era of debt-based consumption as the engine of “growth” and “prosperity” is coming to an end. Adding debt via credit no longer creates growth; it actually takes away from the economy by expanding debt service (interest payments).

The vast majority of developed-world people have had the basics of life since the late 1960s — transport, food, shelter and utilities. The “growth” since then depended on cheap, abundant oil and a consumerist mentality in which one constantly re-defines and renews one’s identity not from social investments in others or the shared community but from consumption.

Not coincidentally, this dominance of consumption as the only metric for “growth” (as opposed to, say, productive activity) has been paralleled by the dominance of the Central State.

The end of credit-based consumption will be a very positive development, as will the devolution of the Savior State. The Savior State is like oil–both are at their peaks and are starting their inevitable slide down the S-curve. The world they created was not as positive for human fulfillment and happiness as we have been told.

Indeed, study after study has found that people with the basics for life, a higher purpose that requires sacrifice and a tight-knit community are far and away happier than isolated, atomized, insecure consumers, regardless of their wealth and consumption.

This potential to re-humanize our economy is why I am hopeful.


My position on Donald Trump by Jon Rappoport

[Once again Jon Rappoport provides an excellent analysis of President-elect Trump. His writings always seem to hit the nerve every time. I agree with most of what he wrote, and I really credit him for touching on both the good, the bad, and the gray. It takes a lot of mental energy to thoroughly analyze a personality like Trump’s and to do so with fairness. I feel his take on Trump is well-balanced and deserves to be read by all parties of every stripe and color. Though if you happen to be a neocon or neoliberal, it might singe your socks a bit. ~DV]

My position on Donald Trump

by Jon Rappoport

December 22, 2016

I’ve written many words about the man and what he’s been doing. To repeat a few of them, his two most important achievements are: he’s contributing, in a major way, to the ongoing destruction of the credibility of big media; and he kept Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

Concerning the media— I am tremendously enthusiastic about what Trump has done. I pop champagne corks on that one. He’s provided a public service for the ages. We would be light years beyond where we are now, if the world of conventional journalism hadn’t sold its soul, its morality, its intelligence, and its hunger for getting to the bottom of things so long ago. In his own improvisations and riffs, Trump has turned the media stars on their heads looking out of their asses. He has been merciless. He has worked acrobatic tricks worthy of a Salvador Dali. When they thought he was here, he was there. When they thought they had him pinned against the wall, he vanished and there was no wall. When they thought he was done, he was starting. When they assumed they were occupying a higher position, he was poking them in the solar plexus of their pretensions and exposing them as rank amateurs. They go sober-serious, he laughs. They deride and mock him, he reminds them they’re supposed to be professional. They scream and go ballistic, he walks away. He’s supposed to be in Washington, he’s in New York. He’s supposed to lay out his schedule for them, he vanishes. He shouldn’t talk to a foreign leader, he talks to a foreign leader. The Washington Post reports the Russians hacked the election, he says the CIA is making it up.

Make no mistake about it, Globalists of every stripe and disguise infect Washington like the plague. Their goals, reputations, connections, and paychecks are on the line. They want to neutralize Trump by any means possible. He has hammered the TPP, and said he’ll cancel it (Chuck Schumer has already said it’s dead). He is raising the banner of nationalism, not Globalism, and he promises to bring back jobs to America…everything he promises in this regard is running counter to the Rockefeller agenda of destruction.

Will he change the pernicious culture, which is devolving to the point where “free-everything” for nothing is considered the most illuminated version of political philosophy? He will try, but indirectly, by opening up new levels of employment.

Will he continue to slam major media control of the information flow? Yes. In that regard, he has already done more than any president in modern history.

And if language is important (and it is), his communication with the American people, in its direct colloquial style, is a distinct departure from the polished, empty, grotesque media/politician mechanical mind-numbing bullshit that has all but taken over the landscape.

Will he try to curtail the divide-and-conquer “race-war” mentality that has been heavily promoted over the last eight years? Again, his basic strategy is: give people jobs. Renew the economy. Float all boats.

Will Trump curtail open borders and reduce the reality of terrorists and criminals entering the US? Will he knock aside the unproven claims of global warmists and erase the absurd and dangerous carbon-tax plan? Will he rebuild the fading infrastructure of this country? Will he put Common Core out of its misery? I believe he will make progress in all these areas. How much progress? Impossible to predict.

Will he refuse to launch wars and covert ops of Empire? Will he bring massive numbers of US troops stationed abroad back home, kick the neocons out on their asses, and scale back the enormous influence of the military-industrial complex, which, after JFK, encircled America with its dream of a forever World Empire? This would be one of the most important actions he could launch as president. And the effort is like trying to turn an oil tanker around in a small space. To the degree he rebuilds the military, he’ll keep pouring $$ into the maw of the military-industrial machine. I think it’s possible that he and his advisors see, from a purely pragmatic viewpoint, that American Empire has reached an end-point. It is a failure. It can’t go further. The blowback on America has outflanked its lists of Empire-conquests. However, until Trump shows he’s really going to try to cancel the neocon American Empire, and means it, I’m not making any assumptions whatsoever.

Is Donald Trump more than a puppet in the hands of Globalists? I believe he is more than that.

Is he a mere tool who was handed the election by Globalists who realized Hillary Clinton was too sick and deranged to stay the course in the White House? I believe he is not a mere tool in their hands, even if they ended up supporting him.

Does he want the job of president ONLY for the purpose of feathering his personal nest and stroking his own ego? I don’t think that’s the case now, if it ever was.

***However, unraveling his myriad business interests is necessary, in order to discover whether his decisions as president add to his wealth. Handing over those businesses to his family isn’t a barrier against self-aggrandizing policies. Trump is, after all, a real estate hustler from way back.

One question in this regard: Trump appears ready to give US corporations a tax holiday, so they can bring back huge amounts of money they’ve stashed overseas, for the express purpose of buying shares of their own companies. This practice has been a way CEOs can make their operations look good (share prices go up) while actually producing nothing new. As a reader of mine suggested (and I ask), will this Trump policy of share-buying do nothing to rejuvenate those businesses, thus creating no new jobs? And will this policy enable Trump’s family to buy shares in whatever piece of the Trump empire is publicly traded, pushing up its stock price? This needs serious attention.

Will Trump roll back the many local incarnations of the UN’s criminal Agenda 21 blueprint for closely monitored, extensively planned technocratic towns and cities? I’m not sure he’s even aware of this massive incursion on life in America—aside from sanctuary cities fronted by virtue-signaling liberal snowflakes and paid operatives. He will take steps to reduce those bastions of hope and change.

Is it possible that, when all is said and done, Trump’s most important action will have been his merciless attack on major media—and by extension, their Globalist handlers? Yes. And by my measure, he would then have achieved a step toward freeing information and truth from its century-long prison of mind control. The consequences of such a liberation could be titanic. In the long run, Trump is far less important than the millions of people who could wake up from their deep slumber.

I believe Trump’s plan to bring employment back to America will involve a kind of FDR/New Deal program of trillion-dollar government contracts to rebuild the infrastructure. This is by no means free-market America. If his plan gets through the Congress, many new jobs will be created, yes. On the other hand, the $$ power of the federal government will increase. It’s never a great idea to give the feds more control as the number-one employer in the nation.

I think Trump favors jobs, all jobs, and will go to extremes to create them. This includes giving the green light to tech giants to keep carrying out contracts to expand the Surveillance State. He’ll find ways to allow the FDA to license new drugs more quickly, thus maiming and killing more Americans. He’ll cast a blind eye toward big corporate toxic GMOs/pesticides. He’ll overlook and ignore major areas of agricultural and industrial pollution, and permit them to expand.

Will Trump curtail the disturbing trend of militarizing local police forces across America? Doubtful.

Will he root out and eliminate the power of vicious gangs in inner cities—gangs who are holding residents hostage in their own communities? I believe he’ll make at least a minimum effort. Even if a president is motivated, that’s a very tall order.

I assume that as a businessman he has committed criminal acts of one kind or another. Do they rank as high as the pay-for-play Clinton Foundation and the mass obliteration of Libya, two of Hillary Clinton’s favorite operations? No. Not even close.

Will Trump favor big-corporate cronies with the gift of government contracts? I would think so.

Will he make deals and side-deals, some of which go beyond the literal bounds of law, to advance his presidential agenda? I would certainly think so. What president hasn’t?

Could everything I’m mentioning in this article go by the boards, because Trump’s enemies create sudden disasters for him to manage—disasters which dwarf all other issues and programs? Absolutely.

Could Trump himself make a fatal error that brings his house down? For example, could his advisors convince him to make a wide-ranging deal with Russia that includes the extradition of Edward Snowden to stand trial in America? Maybe.

Could Trump be convinced to start a dangerous war somewhere, perhaps in response to a planned false-flag operation designed for that very purpose? It’s possible.

Does he see that so-called liberals, who are really socialists and Globalists and technocrats, have come very close to taking over this country, under the banner of “share and care” and “empathy” and “love”—behind which they hide an endless supply of venom for those people who believe in a) working for their own rewards; b) individualism; and c) independence of thought? I think he plans to approach that gigantic reality with jobs and more jobs; his blanket solution. Put America back to work. Is that a real solution? Yes, it certainly helps. But here we are talking about the culture, and what he can possibly say to the American people to restore a sense of traditional values (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) that doesn’t come across as vapid sentimentality. He is a clever man. I believe he wants to sidestep a direct confrontation with “the values issue.” Instead, he wants to cure the genuine desperation many Americans feel because they can’t find decent work. He wants to create a boom in the domestic economy that floats all boats. I can’t fault him for that. However, a major part of the US economy has long been predicated on jobs that either produce nothing or produce toxic outcomes. Those engines aren’t going to go away.

I believe Trump can make progress in decimating the political-correctness disease. I believe he can help reverse the obsession with parsing people’s words and finding “hidden racist content.” And the issue where all this rubber meets the road is: immigration.

His opponents will keep saying that anything less than wide open borders is Hitlerian. His point is: there is a threat and a danger. Letting in felons; letting in potential terrorists and actual terrorists; letting in people who hate America and want everything they can get for free in America; letting in people who take jobs from Americans (including legal immigrants); letting in people who overburden the economy via all the free services they can obtain—this is wrong, this is suicide, this is crazy. It has nothing to do with racism.

If he succeeds in reducing this immigration threat—wall or no wall—he will go a significant distance in proving that protecting America has nothing to do with hatred.

At the same time (and I have to stress this again), he can’t decide to keep forwarding Empire abroad, thus exacerbating the desire for revenge against America among many people who feel the destructive force of the US military machine.

If he turns into just another jingoist, he’s finished. And he should be.

He needs to talk to Ron Paul. At length.

What about draining the swamp in Washington? This is another case of trying to turn around an oil tanker in a small space. He needs to provide vivid examples. For starters, he should pursue, with all speed, the gathering of specific evidence for the prosecution of Hillary and Bill Clinton, vis-à-vis the Clinton Foundation and its nefarious activities. No stone should be left unturned. That would set a new tone.

For people who need a heavy dose of who and what the Clintons are, I recommend immersing yourself in everything the late Christopher Hitchens wrote and said about them. (I’m sure Hitchens would hate a Trump presidency.)


(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

—If I were in charge of everything from the beginning of the Republic in the 18th century (!), my goal would have been to make a hundred Republics with severely limited governments on this continent—with virtually no foreign entanglements of any kind (political or commercial)—instead, opting for self-sufficiency as the primary value. But that’s another story for another time. Meanwhile, I see a glint of light here, and I see risks and possibilities, and I see that perhaps we can make steps toward ridding America of the festering woes that have beset it: Empire, on the one hand; hideous liberalism masking a technocratic Globalist takeover that would sink us, on the other hand.

At no time over the past 30 years of working as a reporter have I felt all is lost. At no time have I felt that the forces arrayed against us are too great or too smart. At no time have I felt that all doors are closed. I take the long view. Many things can happen to wake people up—mainly themselves when they finally feel their way of operating and living has become self-defeating.

Rather than opting for pure hope now, I believe Trump’s feet should be held to the fire. He made promises. Those promises are clear. We should see authentic efforts from him in those directions.

I’m aware that some readers can only accept extreme views of Trump or any politician. Wonderful or terrible. Messianic or hideous. That’s not what I’ve presented here. I’ve presented what I see. So be it.

Stay tuned…

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

Getting caught in the Pizzagate honeytrap

[We’ve all had emotional moments from being caught up in the drama. When we feel out of balance, oftentimes our ability to discern the truth of things crashes like an old MS Windows program. Last night, I crashed. Something woke me up around 1 AM. I made the mistake of looking at my news feed and found that the Twitter sphere was abuzz about Rudy Giuliani’s Twitter account being suspended.

Supposedly, Giuliani tweeted about Pizzagate and received death threats for doing so. An official statement was posted about Pizzagate, 911, clones, and even mentioned the new Star Wars movie. He warned that a fake CGI or cloned Giuliani would deny all of this in the media. And now the account was suspended. All sounds like a Hollywood movie plot doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, this turned out to be the honeytrap many Pizzagaters feared. The Rudy Giuliani Twitter account was a fake and a psy-op like the recent incident with the gunman Edgar Maddison Welch (listed in the imdb.com as an actor) who showed up at Comet Ping Pong because he was influenced by Pizzagate tweets. It was a DDT grenade. As in Decoy, Distract, and Trash. Otherwise known as a honeytrap. In David Wilcock’s The Ascension Mysteries, he reveals how various secret groups discredit whistleblowers using the DDT campaign. It’s cheap and effective.

It had me going for a few hours in the wee hours of the morning. In college, I was a huge fan of The X-Files and really identified with Fox Mulder. He was known for a UFO poster with the words I Want to Believe hanging in his basement office.


For a few hours, I was Fox Mulder, wanting to believe what seemed like the real testimony of a deep dark conspiracy. Yet as it turns out, it was another decoy to distract us. Later that day, my husband played the part of Dana Scully, immediately telling me to stop looking because it was a distraction. I was tired and agitated, feeling off balance from lack of sleep and angered by the thought of so many innocent children being hurt. 

After a while, I listened to my husband and the inner voice of the Higher Self (which I had stubbornly been ignoring) told me it was all a fake…that I had in fact been emotionally triggered because I was a relatively new mother. This was a lesson in discernment. We all need to be careful. There are traps being set to catch us spreading “fake news.” And this one was indeed fake.

Below is the post by SITS’s Justin Deschamps who wisely points out that we must do our due diligence and learn from our mistakes. ~DV]

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

FAKE Rudy Giuliani Twitter Account Suspended Following Series of ‘PizzaGate’ Tweets — Honey Trap for Alt-Media

(Stillness in the Storm Editor) Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City allegedly tweeted about Pizzagate recently—but is this true? I had several people send me the data asking me if it was real, hoping that it was. But the account was suspended due to impersonation violations. In other words, it appears that the account—and everything that it said—was a hoax and not from Giuliani.

Given the fact that Pizzagate seems to be a psychological warfare operation to destroy the alternative media—despite the fact it is not completely contrived—it is possible that this was part of an attempt to bait media outlets into reporting the tweets as real. Several alt-media organizations have indeed done so, which further underscores the need for reporters of all types to be as objective as possible.While there is enough about the Pizzagate story to draw many suppositions that pedophilia and wrongdoing are taking place, there is nothing yet available that unequivocally proves anyone committed a crime. This makes it a perfect honey trap for investigators and the public, leading them to believe the narrative over and above the proper due diligence that is required. In our zeal to seek the truth, we mustn’t overextend ourselves when evidence is lacking, no matter how much the story seems to be true. Of course, we’ve all made mistakes in discernment from time to time. The key is to learn from them and move forward with wisdom.

– Justin

(Aaron Kesel) The Twitter account “@RudolphGiuliani” was suspended after posting a series of Tweets, including an “official statement,” about “PizzaGate.” The Internet was quick to question why the former mayor of New York City would speak out on the subject in such a way. The only problem is… the account is fake.

Related Pizzagate Articles and Updates

Source – We Are Change

by Aaron Kesel, December 21st, 2016

In October, Giuliani told Chuck Todd on Meet The Press that he was aware of at least four different accounts using his name, when he was questioned about a tweet from the account “@rudygiulianiGOP” critiquing Donald Trump‘s debate performance.

“I didn’t tweet that. That’s not my tweet. I never said that. That’s somebody pretending to be me. There are about four of them out there that pretend to be me,” Giuliani said.

Shortly before the imposter @RudolphGiuliani account was suspended on Tuesday, the user—which was not verified—posted an image purporting to be an “official statement” from Giuliani about topics such as “PizzaGate” and 911.

The statement was very erratic and jumped from topic to topic. It claimed that “if I deny this on TV don’t believe what you see they have technology 20 years ahead far beyond what is available to the public” and that “they can create a real-time CGI human-like avatar.”

While it is true that you should not trust what you see anymore thanks to technology like “Face2Face” and avatar-like holograms demonstrated during the 2008 election in the video below, that does not change the fact that this account is not legitimate.

If you look through the archive of this account’s tweets you can clearly see it is indeed a fake. In fact, its very first tweet is “Im Rudy Giuliani mother f*ckers,” as noted by this voat thread.

It’s also worth noting that the account was very hostile towards other people on twitter as is displayed by this screenshot of its tweets. You can verify this by visiting this archive.is link of the account’s tweets from September 2016.

The user also posted a series of tweets with one accusing the owner of Comet Ping Pong—James Alefantis—of “murder and child molestation” and another saying that the fake Giuliani was prepared to “spill the beans” shortly before its suspension. The account even went as far as to publish an “official statement” that was purported from Giuliani claiming that the “PizzaGate” rumors are “completely true.”

The only problem is, once again, this is disinformation as the account is not run by Giuliani. It is against Twitter rules to impersonate someone, so this ban is the first in a long string of bans by Twitter that are justified. You can read the full fake statement below, although, it must be said that I agree with Trump’s transition team member Michael Flynn Jr. – who was fired – that Pizzagate is not over until certain questions can be answered, as there are too many coincidences.

About The Author

Aaron Kesel

I am an Activist a writer a blogger and an investigative journalist writing for (www.wearechange.org)
A Radio host of the Blog-talk Radio Series:

My Sources are everywhere..
Enemy of the New World Order.
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Minimalism: A meditation in sustainability for a 7-billion-plus planet

In Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, two friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus give talks about leaving their six-figure corporate careers for more meaningful and simpler lives, both realizing their fulfillment of the “American dream” was in fact making them miserable. They travel around the country hoping to inspire others to find happiness outside of mindless consumption and the needless gratification for the latest thing. On their site, they explain:

Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s important things—which actually aren’t things at all.

Others in the documentary share their stories about the value of minimalism -how eventually it will lead to a culture of sustainability (the hot topic of today’s economics). The current American culture is one of extreme unsustainability in which things are produced cheaply only to be thrown away for the latest fashion, toy, technology, etc. Advertisements serve to appeal to this addiction compulsion, the dopamine experience of gratifying ourselves with things to feel whole and content.

Millburn and Nicodemus have learned that these things are all just distractions and do not necessarily make us happy in the long term. The question to ask in the process of decluttering one’s life is, “Does it add value to my life?” If not, let it go.

When I look at my own life, I see my own addiction compulsion with accumulating esoteric knowledge and books. I became attached to them like they were extensions of myself. Often, I would hold onto these books even though I no longer resonated with their ideas. They would take up so much space in my old apartment in New York City. In the 10 years I’ve lived there, I had to move five times, each time lugging around more and more heavy boxes of books. Now, my collection has slimmed down considerably. Yet, the process of letting go of my treasure trove of knowledge has not gotten any easier.

Another addiction compulsion was collecting crystals and stones. They are quite useful, beautiful and alive. After experimenting with them, I noticed that I was relying too much on them and would feel anxious if I wasn’t wearing the right stone pendant for the day.

I’ve come to realize that all of these things are really just distractions from the self. The Higher Self. By cutting back our reliance on books, crystals, tarot cards, gurus, or whatever we use to empower ourselves, we can truly concentrate on developing a relationship with our inner self. Through the use of meditation, which requires No-Thing but simply our attention to breath, we can hear that still small voice that has been muted by the volume of outside distractions.


If just a fraction of people turned to No-Thing, imagine the difference it would make in our relationships, community, working and living environments. Truly happy and fulfilled people often inspire others and create more of the same like the two friends and minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who continue to positively influence others with their book Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Ask yourself, “What are you willing to let go? What things? What ideas?” Finding those answers just might lead you to a more fulfilling path.

The OA: A fascinating new Netflix series worth watching during the holiday season

I just finished watching 8 episodes of The OA, a new series which many have crudely compared to Stranger Things (like comparing Star Wars to Star Trek) because they are both produced by Netflix and contain supernatural elements, resulting in some unfavorable reviews in the imdb.com. For audiences looking for that “cool factor,” this show is not for you.


The OA stars Brit Marling whose movies include Another Earth and The East, both of which I enjoyed. She is captivating and sensitive in the role of Prairie Johnson, who mysteriously resurfaces after being missing for seven years. The special effects are low budget, but the story mesmerizes.

If you’re into science fiction, you may think it too spiritual; If you’re into the paranormal, you may think it isn’t scary enough; If you’re into mysteries, you might enjoy it but think it too far-fetched.

The show is a combination of Gaia meets Carlos Castaneda meets The Blacklist. It’s not the smartest show I’ve seen, nor the best. What I like is that the characters transcend the typical TV show stereotypes and discover what the OA calls the “Invisible Self.” This is the real underlining story behind the secretive mission that unfolds in this drama.

I agree with this reviewer on imdb.com:

For The Overwhelming Minority

10/10Author:greyfatherfrom United States18 December 2016

 This show is undoubtedly going to suffer bad reviews. The majority of people who actually make it through all 8 episodes aren’t going to fully understand it. Most will see what is directly in front of them and interpret the most basic parts of the story and think that they have a handle on things. Ultimately they are likely to be plagued with feelings of frustration as they sense that they aren’t quite up to the task of realizing it’s true depth. To reiterate, works like this require that you willingly give up some control in order to enjoy them. Not everyone is willing to do that. Not everyone is capable of doing that. Some people don’t even know what that truly means. It is undoubtedly brave for Marling and crew, who are backed by entities known to be living on the fringes of society, to create such a show given the sheer number of individuals who will never be able to fully appreciate it.

This story might be completely fictional, but it is not entirely science-fiction. I am glad this work was produced and that it has found it’s way out and into the wild for people to enjoy. Thank you for making this show.

Check it out on Netflix if you feel the need for some televised escapism and don’t feel like reading, meditating, or interacting with others this holiday season. Take a break from all the chaos. Enjoy.

The war against the people: fear and loathing in NY and DC

[I’m on a holiday break now and have been enjoying some good home cooking with my family. So, I am rather behind on posting my personal thoughts on current events in the news, politics, and everything below and above the stratosphere (a full belly tends to slow the mind). Please enjoy reading this post by Jon Rappoport, an investigative reporter whose writings always contain extremely intelligent insights and commentary with which I resonate. He seems to have this wonderful gift of laying bare the facts in such a precise and clear-cut style and lifting any complex subject out of shadowy obfuscation to glaring transparency. Rappoport’s main site nomorefakenews.com is about how to take back your personal power and “exiting the matrix” by expanding your personal creative power, the very thing which the so-called elites wish to suppress. One way to achieve this is by freeing the mind and thinking beyond the consensus reality. As he asks us below:

So, dear reader, you can choose to obtain your news from purveyors of the Plan, or you can explore and keep exploring independent sources.

What is The Plan? Aiding and abetting the descent of America into a nation swallowed up in a global management system, where the Constitution, freedom, and the individual are relics of a discarded past.

Donald Trump is not The Answer. He never was. A declaration of independence can take many forms, articulated by many individuals, and backed up in different ways.

What’s your way?

My way is to keep listening to no higher authority but that of my Higher Self or I AM Presence, even if it goes against the grain and the popular consensus. And to always question those who say they are the higher authority, most often those who hide in the light, the proverbial wolves in sheep’s clothing. Keep centered and calm in these chaotic times. Or as my twin flame says. “Stay in the eye of the hurricane.” ~DV]

The war against the people: fear and loathing in NY and DC

The war against the people: fear and loathing in NY and DC

Thank you for your support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

by Jon Rappoport

December 19, 2016

Vladimir Putin is the secret president of the United States.

Yep. That’s it. The US is now the USSR. It’s all over. Trump is a Communist who took orders from Putin. Trump is a Red. That was his game all along. He’s a billionaire Commie.

Here is how this would play out in a reasonable court, in the judge’s chambers—

Prosecutor: Your Honor, we’re prepared to offer proof that Putin personally influenced the election in favor of Trump.

Trump’s Lawyer: Nonsense. This is a ruse.

Judge: Mr. Prosecutor, what is the nature your proof?

Prosecutor: We will bring several CIA people to the stand and they will say they have proof.

Judge: Will they back up those statements with evidence, so Mr. Trump’s attorney can cross-examine them?

Prosecutor: No. Secrets must be kept.

Judge: Not in my court.

End of story.

Think about this: what will the major media do when their latest fiction about the Russians and Trump sinks below the waves? They’re lying so hard and so often…is there any end to it?

The answer is no. They’re committed. They can’t turn back.

They’re committing slow suicide in full view of the public.

It almost feels like they want to go down.

“Stop me before I kill again.”

Men and women of the news, whose whole act depends on securing trust and admiration from the public, are squandering whatever is left of it in the space of a few months.

“Well, they didn’t believe that outrageous lie. Let’s try one that’s even more ridiculous.”

Now they want to censor news which fails to fit their picture. And if they don’t watch out, they’ll take down Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter—their enablers—with them, as people find new social-media outposts.

Trump—love him, hate him, whatever—is playing his role. He’s virtually winning a new election every time the major media slam him and he comes back with a tweet that simply announces, “You’re full of it.”

Influential papers like the NY Times and the Washington Post have gotten a free pass for as long as they’ve been in business. Their staffs have developed a massive sense of their own importance, their own infallibility. They’re like popes—who’ve suddenly been exposed, in leaked documents, for falsely claiming Jesus wanted the Catholic Church built in his name.

George Orwell: “A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible.”

Recognize we’re in a unique situation here. This has never happened before—certainly not in a highly sophisticated civilization where the official means of communicating information were limited to a few basic sources. Those sources have lost now faith with the people. Instead, huge numbers of new outlets have emerged.

The mainstream is beginning to realize how great the shift is.

A centralized reality splitting up equals a centralized and hypnotized perception of reality splitting up.

Centralized reality, by its very nature, presents a false picture. In the absence of that monopoly, many new true stories emerge that were previously hidden. Each of these stories is, in effect, a new reality holding a candle in the dark.

Virtually all major news sources agreeing on the substance of virtually all important stories, over the course of decades, is completely unnatural and absurd. That agreement must be engineered. Concocted. Invented.

The “consistent concoction” is dissolving in the minds of the public. It no longer holds sway.

Hillary Clinton and her supporters should be thanked for contributing to this break-up. The public is viewing their actions as those of a child who refuses to admit she herself is at fault, and instead throws blame in every possible direction: thousands of “fake news” sites; the Russians; Putin; pollsters who failed to warn of impending doom; the Electoral College system; the “deplorables”; WikiLeaks; the FBI.

“It’s not our fault. It’s everybody else’s fault.”

Thank you, thank you.

Keep finding new people to blame. How about the Chinese, the Brexit supporters, some guy who owns a gas station in Death Valley, a massive tribe who live on the dark side of the moon and illegally voted for Trump?

Don’t stop now.

Interestingly, the big donors to Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign, who are shocked and irate after forking over their money, aren’t eagerly drinking the Putin Kool-Aid. They’re hard-headed, and they want real-life answers.  As Politico writes (12/15):

“…the wealthy Democrats who helped pump over $1 billion into Clinton’s losing effort have been urging their local finance staffers, state party officials, and campaign aides to provide a more thorough explanation of what went wrong. With no dispassionate, centralized analysis of how Clinton failed so spectacularly, they insist, how can they be expected to keep contributing to the party?”

“’A lot of the bundlers and donors still are in shock and disbelief by what happened. They’re looking for some introspection and analysis about what really happened, what worked and what didn’t,’ said Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and a top campaign bundler himself. ‘It may take some time to do that, but people are still just scratching their heads’.”

“Or, in the words of a Midwestern fundraiser who’s kept in touch with fellow donors, ‘A lot of people are saying, “I’m not putting another fucking dime in until someone tells me what just happened”.’”

The CIA-connected Washington Post can pump out as many “Putin-did-it” articles as they want to. But the big Clinton donors are unimpressed.

Don’t look for major media outlets to give those donors much face time. It would explode the blame-game narrative.

The NY Times is now calling Trump a threat to democracy. Translation: Trump is a threat to the NY Times, and by extension, all major media—because the Times is usually the first voice that sounds in the news echo chamber that bounces fake stories among hundreds of outlets from shore to shore.

I’m waiting for the term “Russian denialist” to pop up in the press, as a label for reporters who “ignore a mountain of evidence” that Putin hacked the election and handed it to Donald Trump.

“Stay with us. Coming up after the break, a list of Russian denialists who refuse to believe what’s in front of their eyes, say government officials. Some of the names will shock you. But first, six commercials for medical drugs you don’t need that could put you in the hospital…

“The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country. It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f—ing idea what’s going on. If The New York Times didn’t exist, CNN and MSNBC would be a test pattern. The Huffington Post and everything else is predicated on The New York Times. It’s a closed circle of information from which Hillary Clinton got all her information — and her confidence. That was our opening.” —Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor

The major media’s depth of hatred for Donald Trump is beyond most people’s understanding. Most people can’t fathom it, because they believe they know who these media personages are. They see them on television or read their words every day. How bad could these reporters be?

Very, very bad. The media personages see themselves as 12th-generation feudal barons who are suddenly surrounded by the peasants stealing their land, crops, animals, homes, and royal titles.

Here is what Paul Krugman of the NY Times recently wrote about Trump: “Thought: There was (rightly) a cloud of illegitimacy over Bush, dispelled (wrongly) by 9/11. Creates some interesting incentives for Trump.” —As if Trump might secretly provoke another huge terror attack on US soil and, by his response, improve his status in the eyes of the public. Heavy, heavy malevolent conspiracy theory from a baron at the Times.

Back in February, WND reported on a tweet from another NY Times writer: “A columnist with the New York Times caused a social media stir with a tweet that joked of billionaire businessman and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s assassination.”

“’Good news guys,’ wrote Ross Douthat in his tweet, as found by Infowars.com. ‘I’ve figure out how the Trump campaign ends.’ Douthat is a foreign-policy expert who supports Marco Rubio and John Kasich. He then included a link to a YouTube video of the 1983 movie, ‘The Dead Zone,’ a flick that features Christopher Walken as a character who tries to shoot to death a politician played by Martin Sheen. Sheen’s character uses a human baby to shield himself from the assassination attempt.”

This is the media battling for survival.

Suppose, as rumored, Trump decides to re-cast the whole White House Press Office? Suppose, for example, he intends to deny many veteran reporters their press credentials, and instead welcomes independent journalists?

Suppose Trump decides to establish his own Web channel, and live- streams many fireside chats directly to a global audience, without even letting the press know his schedule?

Suppose the New York Times and the Washington Post fall to the bottom of the pile, left to scramble for crumbs?

Yes, things could get much worse for major media. And they should, because they have been lying to the public ever since the first brick was laid on their first office building.

Trump’s war on the media should become a centerpiece of his presidency. If not, they will shatter his term in office. I hope he understands that fully.

Suppose Trump’s inside man, Steve Bannon, puts his head together with a few deep-pocket investors and shows them how to create strong social-media alternatives to Twitter and Facebook, who are now trying to censor and bury independent online media operations?

Suppose Julian Assange and Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe vault to the top of the press hierarchy?

Suppose the American people laugh the Times and WaPo and CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and FOX out of court?

Suppose their echo chamber falls apart?

The major media’s fear and loathing of Trump knows no bounds. Their loyalty to Hillary Clinton, who played a central role in the inhuman decimation of Libya, and whose Foundation set up a parallel government stop-and shop for global greedheads, is without conscience.

If you think independent media need your support now, watch what is going to happen in the coming months and years. Big media will keep throwing nasty conspiracy theories like cakes of dreck at the wall, hoping something, anything sticks to “fake news” sites.

These “liberals” are so firmly in the Globalist camp, they wouldn’t know how to escape even if they wanted to. The very notion that America might reassert itself as a sovereign nation is a silver bullet aimed at their vampire hearts.

They’ve been sucking all the blood they can out of this country, with their “kind and gentle” “share and care” con job. It pays for their lifestyles, and they fully intend to maintain their status.

Exit From the Matrix

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrixclick here.)

Not quite on the level of George Washington’s Farewell Address or Eisenhower’s last warning to America about the military-industrial complex, here is Obama at his final press conference—tortured logic, generalized garbled garbage, and veiled threats of censorship—looking for scapegoats after the election put a cap on his failed presidency:

“If fake news that’s being released by some foreign government is almost identical to reports that are being issued through [domestic] partisan news venues, then it’s not surprising that that foreign propaganda will have a greater effect. It doesn’t seem that farfetched compared to some of the other stuff folks are hearing from domestic propagandists.”

“To the extent that our political dialogue is such that everything is under suspicion, everybody’s corrupt and everybody is doing things for partisan reasons and all of our institutions are, you know full of malevolent actors and if that’s the story that is being put out there, then when a foreign government introduces that same argument, the facts are made up, voters who have been listening to that stuff for years, who have been getting that stuff every day from talk radio or other venues, they’re going to believe it.”

“So, if we — if we want to really reduce foreign influence on our elections, then we better think about how to make sure that our — our political process, our political dialogue is stronger than it’s been.”

Then Obama basically characterized the totality of the WikiLeaks emails as “gossip.” That was his overheated swan song.

He message for the media was: stick to the script; you know what it is; why did you cover material detrimental to The Plan?

“Mele Kalikimaka.”

—So, dear reader, you can choose to obtain your news from purveyors of the Plan, or you can explore and keep exploring independent sources.

What is The Plan? Aiding and abetting the descent of America into a nation swallowed up in a global management system, where the Constitution, freedom, and the individual are relics of a discarded past.

Donald Trump is not The Answer. He never was. A declaration of independence can take many forms, articulated by many individuals, and backed up in different ways.

What’s your way?

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALEDEXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

Obama must declassify evidence of Russian hacking

[The information war continues to play out with the FBI calling the CIA’s claims of Russian interference with the 2016 US Presidential election as “fuzzy and ambiguous.” In the article below The Intercept journalists Jeremy Scahill and Jon Schwarz outline the CIA’s own history of deceit and meddling of foreign elections. They say the CIA and Obama administration should be careful about supporting such accusations without solid evidence:

The current discourse on this issue is plagued by partisan gibberish — there is a disturbing trend emerging that dictates that if you don’t believe Russia hacked the election or if you simply demand evidence for this tremendously significant allegation, you must be a Trump apologist or a Soviet agent.

The reality, however, is that Trump’s reference to the Iraq War and the debacle over weapons of mass destruction is both utterly cynical and a perfectly valid point. U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly demonstrated that they regularly both lie and get things horribly wrong. In this case they may well be correct, but they cannot expect Americans to simply take their word for it.

Although you might not be a Trump fan, this article makes you hesitate about blindly accepting the CIA’s intelligence without further proof. ~DV]


HERE ARE TWO of political history’s great constants: first, countries meddling in the internal affairs of others (both enemies and “friends”); and, second, bogus charges from a faction in one country that foreigners are meddling in its internal affairs to help another faction.

Both are poison for any country that wishes to rule itself.

So if we’re serious about being a self-governing republic, we have to demand that President Obama declassify as much intelligence as possible that Russia may have intervened in the 2016 presidential election.

Taking Donald Trump’s position — that we should just ignore the question of Russian hacking and “move on” — would be a disaster.

Relying on a hazy war of leaks from the CIA, FBI, various politicians, and their staff is an equally terrible idea.

A congressional investigation would be somewhat better, but that would take years — like the investigations of the intelligence on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction — and would be fatally compromised by the Democrats’ political timidity and GOP opposition.

The only path forward that makes sense is for Obama to order the release of as much evidence as possible underlying the reported “high confidence” of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia both intervened in the election and did so with the intention of aiding Trump’s candidacy.

Intelligence agencies hate, often with good reason, to publicly reveal how they obtain information, or even the information itself, since that can make it clear how they got it. But the government would not need to reveal its most sensitive sources and methods — e.g., which specific Vladimir Putin aides we have on our payroll — to release enough evidence to aid the public debate over interference in our election by a powerful nation state.

And if there were ever a situation in which it was crucial to lean in the direction of more rather than less disclosure, it’s now. Obama should make that clear to the intelligence agencies, and that if forced to he is willing to wield his power as president to declassify anything he deems appropriate.

The current discourse on this issue is plagued by partisan gibberish — there is a disturbing trend emerging that dictates that if you don’t believe Russia hacked the election or if you simply demand evidence for this tremendously significant allegation, you must be a Trump apologist or a Soviet agent.

The reality, however, is that Trump’s reference to the Iraq War and the debacle over weapons of mass destruction is both utterly cynical and a perfectly valid point. U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly demonstrated that they regularly both lie and get things horribly wrong. In this case they may well be correct, but they cannot expect Americans to simply take their word for it.

It’s also the case that the U.S. has a long history of interfering in other countries’ elections, and far worse: The U.S. has overthrown democratically elected governments the world over. In fact, in 2006 Hillary Clinton herself criticized the George W. Bush administration for not doing “something to determine who was going to win” in Palestinian elections. It would not be shocking in the least if Russia sought to interfere in the U.S. electoral process.

But let’s have some proof.

In his Farewell Address of 1796, George Washington wrote, “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it.” That was good advice then, and it’s good advice now. We have to force our politicians to take it seriously.

And if it comes to pass that the U.S. government refuses to back up these serious claims with evidence, then perhaps a patriotic whistleblower will do the public an important service. Here is our offer at The Intercept: If anyone has solid proof that Russia interfered with U.S. elections, send it to us via SecureDrop and we will verify its legitimacy and publish it.