blue-flag-thumb2_50x50Our side's flag is a thin, airlight blue, drifting almost unseen against the sky. Our military march is a meadowlark's song among the dandelions. --Ken Kesey, The Real War
 

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  • Dark Age America: The Senility of the Elites | John Michael Greer

    Sept. 24, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- Regular readers of this blog will no doubt recall that, toward the beginning of last month, I commented on a hostile review of one of my books that had just appeared in the financial blogosphere. At the time, I noted that the mainstream media normally ignore the critics of business as usual, and suggested that my readers might want to watch for similar attac...

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  • Bootcamp Workout: Bringing the War Home | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust Sept. 24, 2014 “I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal. Fortunately, we were on the winning side.” - U.S. General Curtis LeMay, after the Good War When you’ve worked in gyms as long as I have, you become numb to the fitness-as-military-worship motif. For example: Bootcamps, civilian-military combines, Navy S...

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  • Barbarism Versus Stupidism | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust Sept. 22, 2014 In my lifetime, the USA has not blundered into a more incoherent, feckless, and unfavorable foreign policy quandary than we see today. The U.S.-led campaign to tilt Ukraine to Euroland and NATO -- and away from the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union -- turned an “intelligence” fiasco into a strategic humiliation for the Obama White House. N...

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  • Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception of Economic Reality | Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler

    Sept. 22, 2014 (PaulCraigRoberts.org) -- The Federal Reserve and its bullion bank agents (JP Morgan, Scotia, and HSBC) have been using naked short-selling to drive down the price of gold since September 2011. The latest containment effort began in mid-July of this year, after gold had moved higher in price from the beginning of June and was threatening to take out key technical levels, which woul...

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  • Steel Cage Match: America’s Torturous History vs. ISIS | Mickey Z.

    Photo credit: Mickey Z. Mickey Z. -- World News Trust Sept. 20, 2014 “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” - Aldous Huxley Despite the current "war on terror" façade, not much about American war propaganda has changed over the past century (besides, of course, how it’s transmitted). Rhetorical edits aside, it remains true tha...

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  • Dark Age America: The End of the Old Order | John Michael Greer

    Sept. 17, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- Lately I’ve been rereading some of the tales of H.P. Lovecraft. He’s nearly unique among the writers of American horror stories, in that his sense of the terrible was founded squarely on the worldview of modern science. He was a steadfast atheist and materialist, but unlike so many believers in that creed, his attitude toward the cosmos revealed by science w...

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  • The Era of Bad Feeling | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust Sept. 15, 2014 There are times when events are in charge, not personalities. The unseen forces that hold the affairs of nations and economies in equilibrium dissolve, particles fly out of the many centers, and things heat up toward criticality. Glance in the rear-view mirror and say goodbye to the Era of Wishful Thinking. This was the time when the USA wa...

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  • The ‘Long Con‘ | Philip A. Farruggio

    Philip A. Farruggio -- World News Trust Sept. 15, 2014 How foolish Americans are, or rather, until a few years ago, we Americans. This writer himself got caught up in the greatest of all confidence games: The Two Party Monte! Using an embedded media, the "Two Party, One Party" political system (created by our Military Industrial Empire) keeps chugging along. Whether it is a Reagan or Clinton, a B...

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  • Technological Superstitions | John Michael Greer

    Sept. 10, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- I'd meant to go straight on from last week’s post about völkerwanderung and the dissolution and birth of ethnic identities in dark age societies, and start talking about the mechanisms by which societies destroy themselves -- with an eye, of course, to the present example. Still, as I’ve noted here more than once, there are certain complexities involved in the...

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  • What’s Next? | Emanuele Corso

    Emanuele Corso -- World News Trust Sept. 14, 2014 What was once American democracy is disappearing. It is being replaced by Authoritarian-Capitalism, a cross between an economic belief system and a trope version of Christianity that is hatching like those creatures emerging out of an astronaut’s body in the film Alien. Recently, in a secret meeting with his billionaire sponsors, a Congressman, Mi...

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  • Washington’s War Against Russia | Paul Craig Roberts

    Sept. 14, 2014 (PaulCraigRoberts.org) -- The new sanctions against Russia announced by Washington and Europe do not make sense as merely economic measures. I would be surprised if Russian oil and military industries were dependent on European capital markets in a meaningful way. Such a dependence would indicate a failure in Russian strategic thinking. The Russian companies should be able to secur...

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