This is an interview with Poof (as he calls himself) on coming changes in the world. There is more information about this interview on American Kabuki.
There is so much information out there in the alternative media that it’s hard to know what to believe. I like Poof because he’s always positive and solution oriented.
As someone who cares about the welfare of animals (humans included), I’ve often wondered about what part PETA plays in the way people perceive this issue. I am admittedly susceptible to conspiracy theories, and I have a suspicion that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is run, or at least infiltrated by the Big Food cabal.
Even if this isn’t the case, there’s little doubt that just about everything said by PETA (and other extreme animal rights activists) provokes a backlash that makes the average person feel more sympathetic towards the mainstream American junk food diet, meat included. Consider a story that came out today:
This is a silly story, to be sure. Whether you’re a vegetarian or meat-eater, “pardoning” a couple of turkeys is more of a publicity stunt than anything else. Yet if you click on the above article and read the comments, they are more than 90% anti-PETA and pro-meat.
It doesn’t take much to provoke a reactionary stance in the average American. Part of the cultural myth of America, in fact, is that it’s made up of fiercely independent people who don’t like to be told what to do or think. There’s at least a grain of truth in this, and I can sympathize with it. As a lifelong non-smoker, I nevertheless find many extremist anti-smokers more tedious than smokers.
There’s something about PETA that almost seems designed to push the buttons of the freedom loving majority who are naturally antagonistic to self-righteous moralizing and political correctness. In the above-mentioned article, for example, a PETA spokesperson compares the treatment of turkeys and other animals to oppressed minorities.
Equating animals with humans may have some validity in the realms of philosophy or spirituality, but in everyday discourse it’s a sure way to alienate the vast majority of the public. Aside from this, the tendency of PETA activists to condemn and ridicule those with whom they disagree is hardly the way to win new converts.
Many animal rights extremists don’t stop with being against animal experimentation and being pro-vegetarian. They insist that everyone become vegan, as they believe it’s exploitative to use animal products, even when the animals are treated humanely. Some are even opposed to people having pets, as this is “unnatural.”
Unlike many people, I don’t find these ideas completely crazy. I think in the ultimate scheme of things, we should value the dignity and freedom of animals. However, it’s also necessary to recognize gradations. Otherwise you end up putting someone who has a bee farm in the same camp as someone who abuses and tortures animals sadistically (or for profit).
This is the problem with all types of extremism, where zealots declare you are either with them or against them. Since most “reasonable” people are drawn to the middle, extremists often unwittingly (or not) harm their cause more than help it.
I’m not going to delve into my unprovable suspicion that PETA is secretly funded by the enemy, but it’s worth pointing out that when people’s buttons are pushed, they are likely to cling to positions that they might otherwise be willing to question.
Modern factory farming is a truly brutal and inhumane enterprise. It also presents extreme risks to human health, as movies like Food, Inc. have shown. Yet it’s all too easy for the average person, who doesn’t watch many documentaries or follow social issues too closely to associate such issues with the type of shrill and self-righteous outcries of the most extreme activists, such as PETA.
This is all too convenient for the fast food industry, Big Agra and factory farms. I don’t question the motives or good intentions of most animal rights activists. But if you’re part of this movement, you might want to consider toning it down a little and not making it so easy for the other side to stereotype you.
The Occupy Movement has been accused of being too unstructured, disorganized and lacking any type of practical plan. Now, however, some of them have come up with an interesting idea that they’ve already started to put into action. They are raising money to buy debt in order to relieve the burden on debtors.
It’s called the Rolling Jubilee project, and it’s an example of subverting the system by working within it. It’s a common practice for companies to buy debt for pennies on the dollar -in order to make a profit by squeezing money out of the people who owe the money. The Rolling Jubilee, however, is all about buying debt in order to abolish it.
This is a new idea, and only time will tell how much impact it will have. Yet what’s promising about it is that it’s potentially a way to make radical positive changes in people’s lives in a way that’s both practical and legal. According to the founders of the Rolling Jubilee, for every $50,000 they raise, they are able to abolish a million dollars worth of debt.
For this to work on a large scale, it will need the support of some wealthy individuals and organizations. It seems like a worthwhile effort, and perhaps the start of a (peacefully) revolutionary approach to economic problems.
On the eve of this presidential election, my main worry is that it’s never going to be over. No matter who wins, we’re going to have to hear endless complaints, demands of a recount, accusations of fraud, claims of how Hurricane Sandy distorted the results, etc., etc.
Considering how little is likely to change regardless of who wins, it’s an incredible amount of energy expended on a high profile, absurdly expensive public spectacle. I know it’s considered practically blasphemous to say this, but I just don’t care very much who wins. I just hope it’s settled without excessive whining, controversy and fanfare so we can move on.
To qualify the above comments, I’m not quite as cynical as I may sound. I think real, even radical change is very possible in the near future. I just don’t see it coming through the old guard political system.
Please see the previous post to make sense out of this one. As I was saying there, it’s essential to maintain interest in these public spectacles known as elections. This means keeping everything close, down to the wire. No doubt, this will be another contested election.
This is all part of the theatrics, to keep the public interested.
In his latest show, Bill Maher came out in favor of the military draft. It’s become trendy for liberals to take this position. This is supposedly in response to the injustice of having such a small portion of Americans serving in the military during wartime. It’s also arguably a way to engage the population and wake them from apathy. Since wars don’t impact the majority of Americans, the argument goes, no one cares very much.
Before you jump on this bandwagon, however, consider what it really means. Do we really want to return to the Vietnam War days, when the draft was actually in place?
There’s something disingenuous about people Bill Maher’s age to be in favor of something that they don’t have to be concerned about personally. The draft was never “fair,” as wealthier and more educated people managed to find ways around it. Nor did the existence of the draft do much to prevent wars such as Vietnam from occurring and persisting.
The draft is the ultimate evidence of the state owning the individual. “Fairness” is not a virtue if it means equality in slavery. We need to end wars by more people waking up and refusing to participate in unjust wars -not by implementing a system of involuntary servitude.
We all know that words and language can be used to deceive and manipulate as well as to convey and to inform. In George Orwell’s novel 1984, the state creates a whole new vocabulary—Newspeak—to ensure that citizens cannot think for themselves.
While his chilling description of an all-powerful state that controls citizens’ very thoughts by controlling their language has not literally come to pass, it was nonetheless prophetic in many ways. For example, the deceptive and euphemistic language used by the government and media to describe wars (which, not incidentally, are never called “wars” anymore) approaches Newspeak. Civilian casualities are now “collateral damage,” while an occupying army is now a “peacekeeping force.”
Sinister as this sort of propaganda is, there is another trend which may prove even more detrimental to our ability to freely use language. I am referring to the widespread copyrighting and trademarking of words and expressions, which amounts to the virtual ownership of words by individuals and corporations. Trademarks and copyrights are legal means to protect original names, ideas and works of art.
There is also, however, a contemporary social disease that might be called TM-mania, an obsessive concern with preserving the exclusive rights to commonly used words and the most casual turns of phrase. Of course, the people who reflexively place the letters ™ after every second or third thing they speak or write believe that they are protecting profound and unique utterances which their envious peers or business competitors would seize from them if given the chance. Thus, we must increasingly endure the ubiquitous ™ following the most banal advertising slogans.
The consequences of this phenomenon range from amusing to disturbing. In the former category we can place words, names and phrases that almost certainly would never be copied whether protected by copyright or not. Only the egotistical mind of the copywriter could conceive of anyone appropriating something like “Super Squish-O-Matic: the Ultimate Mixing Machine“ or “Neutron Bomb Roach Spray with Extra Killing Power.” These are (to the best of my knowledge) imaginary examples, but similar enough to ones we encounter daily. It is never enough to simply trademark the brand name; the accompanying description of the product must be protected as well.
Where all this starts to get disturbing is when it encroaches on our freedom to use, not silly slogans, but commonly used words and phrases. Consider the implications of protecting such phrases as: “Brand X Motor Oil—Simply The Best.” Brand X has, for all time, seized the right to call itself the best motor oil. Or, to take an actual example I recently noticed, Haagen Dazs ice cream has trademarked the slogan “It’s Just Perfect.” What we have here is a corporation gaining ownership of words that are not even true.
Most advertising slogans are neither true nor false, but unprovable assertions. After all, whether we are talking about motor oil, ice cream or anything else, “best” depends on who is judging and what standard they are using. Ironically, ™ after a phrase, despite the aura of legalese it adds to words, is actually a kind of guarantee that the statement is not true in any verifiable sense. Factual statements, such as “each cookie contains 8.5 chocolate chips” cannot be protected because there is nothing to prevent a competitor from making the same statement if it describes their product as well.
Furthermore, facts change. Ford cannot for all time claim to build the world’s largest sport utility vehicle, because next year Dodge might build a bigger one. This is why nonfactual but strongly connotative words like “best” and “perfect” so often appear in advertising slogans—and are so often protected.
There is certainly a legitimate need for copyrighting and trademarking. If Company A starts calling its product by a name already being used by Company B, there is a clearcut violation involved; it would also be confusing. However, the current trend of trademarking trivial descriptions of products and services is itself a violation—of free speech. People and corporations who do this are hoarders of words. Fearing competition, or maybe having an inflated opinion of their phrases, they want to forever deprive others of the right to use them.
Examples of TM-mania can be found in the issues of many writers’ magazines, where corporations routinely place ads warning writers not to use brand names such as Kleenex™, Xerox™ and Rollerblade™ as generic words. Note that we are not talking here about the right of another company to call their copy machine a Xerox. This would obviously lead to confusion and infringe on the rights of the original Xerox. They are concerned about writers using these words in ordinary sentences. Instead of being glad their product has been so successful that it has become a generic term, they react with the paranoia typical to large institutions and worry that people will forget that kleenex is not just any tissue, but KLEENEX, a unique brand name.
It’s a good thing that this mentality was not around a hundred years ago, or the number of nouns at our disposal would be severely limited. We are getting so accustomed to this practice that it may not seem out of line, but imagine if the first producers of automobiles, jeans, televisions and computers all trademarked these words. We would have to endure the capitalization of (or a ™ after) these and countless other everyday words.
This practice has also become ubiquitous in the realms of self-improvement, alternative healing and popular psychology. It is no longer sufficient to call oneself a mere practitioner of something as familiar as psychotherapy, hypnosis or massage therapy. It seems that everyone today has to claim ownership of a unique (and of course trademarked) system. Browse through the catalog of a center that specializes in healing or New Age workshops and count the ™ symbols. Once again, I am concerned not with the protection of truly original names and phrases, but of the appropriation of familiar ones.
If trademarking had been possible in ancient times, the Greeks could have trademarked, among others, “logic,” “psychology” and “metaphysics.” What would life be like today if the first cave painters had started a corporation and trademarked the word “art?” As ludicrous as this sounds, this mentality is common today. Since writing the first draft of this article, I came across a book in the New Age/Self-Help section of a bookstore that was promoting a self improvement system called “Philosophy”—with a ™ after it. Modern self-help gurus are rushing to trademark words that have been in use for thousands of years. Socrates would have been outraged at such hubris!
The implications of this go beyond linguistics and involve the way we are able to think about various disciplines and systems of thought. To paraphrase Orwell, those who control language control the way we think. When someone gains ownership of a previously generic word or phrase, they are attempting to manipulate our thinking (even if they only have profits in mind). We are no longer allowed to enjoy an open-ended and cosmopolitan sense of the word—we must now forever associate it with Brand X or System Y. These are intellectual chains.
This practice reflects a widespread puerile individualism; many people feel the need to portray an image, not only of quality and originality, but of uniqueness. In the vast majority of cases, this uniqueness is limited entirely to the name, which is perhaps why so much emphasis is placed there. What matters most today are superficial trappings like brand names and the advertising associated with them. Content—the idea or object to which the name refers—becomes secondary, if not irrelevant.
At a deeper level, the widespread trademarking of words points to the breakdown of language as a means of spontaneous communication. It is part of the larger trend of attempting to regulate and formalize every aspect of life. In the past there was at least as much hype, exaggeration and questionable information around as today. Passing through a bazaar, medicine show, carnival or revival meeting, or receiving a visit from a travelling salesman all demanded a healthy dose of skepticism.
Yet alongside the persuasion and manipulation, such informal exchanges contained an element of spontaneity and playfulness that is rapidly fading from today’s marketplace. When you bargained with a Middle Eastern merchant, it was understood that his initial asking price was way too high and that he was overstating the quality of the merchandise. Today’s merchants exaggerate just as much; the difference is, they want their prevarications protected by official decree.
Just as in the physical world public spaces are becoming rare, so even words are becoming privatized and cut off from the wider world. As people are increasingly putting gates around their suburban communities to keep out strangers, corporations are protecting “their” words with trademarks so no one else can profit from them, or even use them without permission. Language is becoming, instead of a tool for communication and understanding, one of control and deception.
Language, of course, has always been used for these purposes by means such as propaganda and censorship. Excessive trademarking, however, is a more subtle form of thought control. It allows words to become the exclusive property of special interests. Words are the products of our minds, possibly even our souls; as much as possible, they should be free.
David Wilcock has been releasing a lot of information lately, and his latest section, called Divine Intervention, discusses a few promising developments. In fact, what he is saying is that the complete overthrow of the Illuminati/dark cabal is about to occur.
If you’ve been following alternative news recently, you may have heard about many mass resignations among bankers, CEOs and other financial leaders. According to the American Kabuki site, there are now 450 confirmed resignations.
This, however, may just be the tip of the iceberg. What David Wilcock and Benjamin Fulford have been promising are mass arrests of members of the “cabal” or Illuminati, including high profile political and financial people in the U.S.
On March 30, David Wilcock conducted a 3 hour interview with an ex-military whisteblower only identified as Drake. Although it’s long, it’s worth listening to.
The entire interview can be heard on the video below. According to Drake, these mass arrests have been planned for several decades and are now imminent!
Updates about this situation can be found at the Freedom Reigns website. On their latest alert, they claim arrests will begin in April!
If there’s one thing the mass media is brilliant at, it’s keeping people focused on emotionally charged issues that divide them into two warring factions. This may be the number one reason that it’s so hard for things to change in any fundamental way.
A case in point is the recent shooting of Trayvon Martin. This incident is being used as a catalyst to keep people angry and polarized. To many white people and conservatives, Trayvon Martin is a symbol of the black hoodlum. To many black people and liberals, Zimmerman (who is actually Hispanic) is a symbol of white racism.
Even though more than 99% of the people who are emotionally involved in this case have no idea what really happened, they make assumptions based on their pre-existing biases. More importantly, we are all fixating on this, and similarly controversial issues such as contraceptive rights, religion or the latest stupid thing said by Rush Limbaugh.
The mass media tends to alternate between completely apolitical and trivial topics such as celebrity gossip and sports and small scale controversies like the Martin shooting. Is this so we don’t spend much time worrying about stories such as:
Incidents like the Trayvon Martin shooting are tragic for all concerned parties. However, does it really help anybody for millions of people to voice their outrage (on one side or the other) and hurl accusations at one another?
If things are going to change in any fundamental way, more people have to start opting out of the mainstream mindset and pay attention to what’s really going on.
I’m putting out a book on important new developments related to 2012 and topics such as:
*** Free Energy
*** Alternative Economics
*** Alternative Housing/Transportation
*** Natural Foods/Alternative Ways to Grow Food
*** Natural Healing Modalities
This book will be released as a Kindle e-book on Amazon, and possibly in print format as well. Thus, it will be possible to release it quickly, hopefully in the next month or so.
If you have:
*** Artwork -especially visionary art or sacred geometry
…or anything else you think might be relevant, please send it! It can be, but doesn’t have to be original -e.g. it could be something published elsewhere, as long as they don’t have exclusive rights to it.
No payment (since this is being self-published, it’s costing me time and money to release it), but I will give you credit, along with a link to any websites or online/offline endeavors you might have.
Send anything to email@example.com.