(Reference here to Sheldon Wolin's theory on "inverted totalitarianism")
The Looming Collapse of the American Empire by Chris Hedges
Posted on February 18, 2009 by dandelionsalad
by Chris Hedges - Featured Writer - Dandelion Salad
February 17, 2009
Transcript of Chris Hedges’ presentation at the University of Missouri, Columbia, February 17, 2009. University Lecture sponsored by College of Arts and Science, Peace Studies Program, and Center on Religion and the Professions.
Chris Hedges - (Originally uploaded by Lorri37)
The daily bleeding of thousands of jobs will soon turn our economic crisis into a political crisis. The street protests, strikes and riots that have rattled France, Turkey, Greece, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Iceland will descend on us. It is only a matter of time. And not much time. When things start to go sour, when Barack Obama is exposed as a mortal waving a sword at a tidal wave, the United States could plunge into a long period of precarious social instability.
I posted this under Michael Hasty's blog post and thought it deserved it's own post as well. I would hope that our movement gives serious thought to what I'm proposing here.
I resist the temptation to believe that Obama, or his Justice Department or his administration in any way shape or form will pull for another 9/11 investigation, or be pressured to do so. To expect them to do so will very likely lead to deep frustration. The country is sinking. They have their hands full with immediate problems of grave consequence. We have to become pro-active instead. I think the most effective strategy is to keep doing what we're doing AND take a lesson from David Ray Griffin's new book "9/11 Contradictions". This book is actually an effective document for numerous legal actions. Our scientific, engineering, professional pilots and architectural colleagues are providing a similar body of work that can be used in legal proceedings. We have to formulate ways that the data we are amassing can be used by the legal community to achieve our objective.
(Let's not forget that the catastrophe of 9/11 brought suffering to many and extraordinary profits to a few. The toxicity of thinking that went into 9/11 paid handsome dividends to speculators, defense contractors, oil companies and a ruling elite whose governance is described below in this latest essay by historian Michael Parenti. Qui Bono applies to the functionaries of false flag operations as well as to the underwriters of the vast sums of capital needed for their life-hating agenda.)
by Michael Parenti
After the overthrow of communist governments in Eastern Europe, capitalism was paraded as the indomitable system that brings prosperity and democracy, the system that would prevail unto the end of history.
The present economic crisis, however, has convinced even some prominent free-marketeers that something is gravely amiss. Truth be told, capitalism has yet to come to terms with several historical forces that cause it endless trouble: democracy, prosperity, and capitalism itself, the very entities that capitalist rulers claim to be fostering.
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This is the music video portion to an upcoming video documentary about the creation of a nearly 2 ton steel sign that was an art installation at Burning Man 2007. The Piece was designed to draw attention to the evidence of the steel-melting incendiary, thermite, found at ground zero, World Trade Centers, by Professor Steven Jones. The film will raise questions about the "official" story and delve into the realms of "belief" regarding difficult to assimilate truths.
Native American artist, Jeremy Goodfeather, sang and composed the title song. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=252926166
More at: http://911truthburn.blogspot.com
This just came out from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
Research shows that when people perceive they have no control over a given situation, they are more likely to see illusions, patterns where none exist and even believe in conspiracy theories. The study suggests that people impose imaginary order when no real order can be perceived.
"People see false patterns in all types of data," says Jennifer Whitson, one of the authors of the report, "...This suggests that lacking control leads to a visceral need for order — even imaginary order."
Here's a little more detail from a site called news-medical.net/?id=41844
Medical Research News
New research suggests that the reason why people carry out rituals such as touching wood or wearing a 'lucky' item or some other behavior, is because they are experiencing a loss of control in their lives.
This prayer if prayed with extreme passion, works on an alchemical level. We are the authors of creation. Let's use that power.
Use This and Change the World...and Yourself
Being that we are all intimately connected by our common inheritance of shared life on one planet and that our common shared higher intelligence governs life in both seen and unseen ways, and being that this common ancestry has its roots in cosmic intelligence or mind, and being that we therefore incarnate with this shared higher intelligence, we share its creative power as well. We are imbued with this creativity and its commonality.
I thought I'd post this stirring and inspiring speech by playwright Harold Pinter upon the occasion of his Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.
From the last paragraphs in the speech:
"I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.
If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man."
We need spiritual food in this important 911 truth voyage, and Pinter serves it up as good as anything I've heard from anybody.
Thanks to Maria Gilardin of http://tucradio.org for hosting this and many other fine broadcasts.
The present invention provides for cutting operations using linear thermite charges; the charges cut one dimensional or two dimensional geometric shapes; the invention is useful for structure entry or demolition.
Inventors: Givens; Richard W.; (Columbus, OH) ; Klein; Jerome A.; (Raymond, OH) ; Burky; Thomas E.; (Monroe Township, OH) ; Reuther; James J.; (Worthington, OH)
Correspondence Name and Address: BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
505 KING AVENUE
Serial No.: 371541
Series Code: 11
Filed: March 8, 2006
U.S. Current Class: 89/1.14; 102/293; 102/332
U.S. Class at Publication: 089/001.14; 102/293; 102/332
Intern'l Class: F42B 15/34 20060101 F42B015/34; F41F 5/00 20060101 F41F005/00
Anatomy Of A SWAT From A Lawyer’s Perspective
Found this article from SCOOP Independent News, Tuesday, 26 April 2005, 11:32 am
Opinion: Guest Opinion. I Thought the appropriateness of these insights could undoubtedly benefit our movement and the
any legal strategy endorsed or considered by us. The link was found at http://solari.com
from the heading:
Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi, one of the most influential figures in modern social and political activism, considered these traits to be the most spiritually perilous to humanity. 
# Wealth without Work
# Pleasure without Conscience
# Science without Humanity
# Knowledge without Character
# Politics without Principle
# Commerce without Morality
# Worship without Sacrifice
Serendipity once again stepped into my life. I caught Paula Nelson's Band in Alpine Texas last night. The band is quite good and Paula has a great voice.
At break time I approached her and introduced myself as a member of http://ae911truth.org and asked her if she agreed with her dad's brave public statements questioning the official story of 9/11. She said she most certainly agreed with her dad and thanked me for our work. She took a bunch of ae911truth DVDs and said she'd get one to her dad. She also said she'd be willing to do an interview about her views on 9/11. She is friendly sweet very talented and joyful. Willie could be very proud. Video up as soon as I can.