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Obama supporters sign petition to repeal the Bill of Rights to support the President

Media analyst, political activist, and author Mark Dice asks California beach goers if they'll sign a petition showing support for Obama in his quest to repeal the Bill of Rights.

Comment: Far from showing people willingly signing over their freedom, what this video demonstrates is that appealing to people's sense of freedom through the constitution and the Bill of Rights is a complete waste of time. People either don't know or don't care what these documents and ideals are.

Now, how many of these people would have signed if they were asked to support reducing the real value of wages and increasing home foreclosures in order to increase the elite's wealth?


People are concerned with practical measures of freedom, not 'high-falutin' ideals. '

Will me and my family have enough to eat today?'

'Have I done enough to ensure we have a roof over our heads for the foreseeable future?'

Only at the point where enough SEE this happening because they can viscerally FEEL this happening to them and the people immediately around them in their social networks are they motivated to DO anything about it.

Then, and only then, when they're educating themselves in open fora like we saw at Occupy Wall Street and Tahrir Square, can there be any meaningful discussion about 'bills of rights'.


Matrix: Who is Edward Snowden?

This article is a compilation of a number of pieces I've written about Ed Snowden and the NSA. It doesn't replace them, but it hits the high points...

Let's begin here: If you absolutely must have a hero, watch Superman movies.

If your need for a hero is so great, so cloying, so heavy, so juicy that it swamps your curiosity, don't read this.

If you can't separate Snowden's minor revelations from the question of who he is, if you can't entertain the notion that covert ops and intelligence-agency games are reeking with cover stories, false trails, and limited hangouts, you need more fun in your life.

NSA? CIA? These guys live for high-level bullshit. They get down on their knees and worship it. They fall into a suicidal funk if they aren't lying on at least three or four levels at once.

Okay. Let's look at Snowden's brief history as reported by The Guardian. Are there any holes?

Is the Pope Catholic?


Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) force-fed under standard Guantánamo Bay procedure - video

As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaked document sets out the military instructions, or standard operating procedure, for force-feeding detainees. In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), experiences the procedure


Twelve-year-old Ali Ahmad explains the situation in Egypt in under 3 minutes

This 12 years old boy is just stunningly, incredibly smart. Listen to him as he excruciates the Muslim Brotherhood, relentlessly dissecting their power grab in Egypt. Interview by Egyptian newspaper El Wady, in Cairo on October 19, 2012.

Thanks to the Youtube channel 'FreeArabsChannel' for the video

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Comment: Most adults of the world apparently have some catching up to do to reach the Ali's level of awareness. Whether the Egyptian, Arab or global revolution is 'successful' or not, this is exactly what Brzezinski warned his fellow elites about - the politicization of the masses:

Wikileaks and the War for your Mind
In November 2008, current advisor to President Obama, Zbigniew Brzezinski, described to a group of British political and corporate elite two very basic transforming developments that he believes are occurring on the world scene:

"The first change concerns the surfacing of global issues pertaining to human well being as critical international issues such as climate, environment, starvation, health and social inequality. The second change concerns a global political awakening."

Brezezinski described this second change as "a truly transformative event on the global scene". He said that: "for the first time in all of human history, almost all of mankind is politically awake, activated, politically conscious and interactive. There are only a few pockets of humanity here or there in the remotest corners of the world which are not politically alert and interacted with the political turmoil and stirrings and aspirations around the world. And all of that is creating a world wide surge for the worldwide surge for personal dignity and cultural respect in a diversified world."

To an audience in the US he described the global 'terror threat' in this way:
"I'm deeply troubled that a very vague emotionally stated semi-theologically defined diagnosis of the central global menace is obscuring our national ability to comprehend the historically unprecedented challenge which is being posed in our time"
The historically unprecedented challenge is:
"A massive global political awakening and this is obstructing our ability to deal effectively with the global political turmoil that this awakening is generating."
Brzezinski went on to describe another new reality that global powers such as the US must face: "while the lethality of [our] power is greater than ever, [our] capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at an historical low". He further noted that:
"In earlier times, it was easier to control a million people than physically to kill a million people. Today it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people."


4th of July DUI Checkpoint: Drug dogs, Searched without consent, Rights taken away while innocent

© File photo
The officer orders me to pull over and get out of my car, bullies me around, gets the drug sniffing K-9, lies about me having "Illegal Drugs" in the car, searches without consent, and tells me that it is ok to take away my freedom. All while not being detained. All this harassment because my window was not lowered enough to his preference. I broke no laws whatsoever. All of this on a day that we are supposed to be celebrating freedom and liberty. At the end of the encounter, the officer did not want to give me his name when I asked him. After I repeatedly asked him, he finally gave it to me.


NSA/GCHQ - The New Praetorians and the New Cold War

© After Banksy
In a democracy rule is by consent. In a dictatorship it is by control.

Which do we have in the West? It seems to me, it is no longer clear. We certainly still have the rituals of rule by consent. But behind the elected front men and women is a shadow state. It's people ritually swear allegiance to those we elect. They declare themselves there to serve and protect. But when it is us they spend their time spying on, whose interests are they protecting? Can you really serve those you do not trust?

In 2008 we discovered that behind the banking system we knew about, there was a vast shadow banking system whose size most of us never suspected. In 2013 we have glimpsed not only the scale of the shadow state but the degree to which it, like the shadow banking system, is out of control and not working for us at all.

Of course Mr Obama and the 'security chiefs', brought blinking into the unwelcome light, justify themselves by telling us that all those things they never saw fit to mention to us, or even to the people we spend so much time electing, have been saving us from un-named terrors. Are we to take such unverifiable assurances at face value from people who we know do not trust us and who make a profession of lying to us? I remember when Treasury Secretary Paulson told the US Congress that unless they stopped asking questions and simply handed him $600 billion to bail out the shadow banking system, there would be anarchy and tanks on the streets. Am I wrong to see a parallel?


President Truman: 'Limit CIA role to intelligence gathering'

Independence, Missouri - I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency - CIA. At least, I would like to submit here the original reason why I thought it necessary to organize this Agency during my Administration, what I expected it to do and how it was to operate as an arm of the President.

I think it is fairly obvious that by and large a President's performance in office is as effective as the information he has and the information he gets. That is to say, that assuming the President himself possesses a knowledge of our history, a sensitive understanding of our institutions, and an insight into the needs and aspirations of the people, he needs to have available to him the most accurate and up-to-the-minute information on what is going on everywhere in the world, and particularly of the trends and developments in all the danger spots in the contest between East and West. This is an immense task and requires a special kind of an intelligence facility.

Of course, every President has available to him all the information gathered by the many intelligence agencies already in existence. The Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Interior and others are constantly engaged in extensive information gathering and have done excellent work.

Comment: That 'something' about the way the CIA has been functioning, and continues to function, is that it considers itself accountable only to private, corporate interests that lie above the State.

This op-ed by former President Harry Truman, timed as it was one month to the day following the assassination of another President who made it his mission to "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds", was published in the morning edition of the Washington Post. It didn't make the later print runs. CIA officials pleaded with Truman to retract his op-ed, but he refused.

And so, like Eisenhower's farewell address to the nation outlining the dangers presented to a free and open society by the 'Military-Industrial Complex', and JFK's speech about the "monolithic and ruthless conspiracy", Truman's message stands as a warning to the American people: your government has been taken over by sinister psychopaths whose "subverting influence" is corrupting the nation, international relations, and the global common interest.

Che Guevara

Largest demonstration in world history? 20 million people take to the streets in Egypt, give Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi two days to step down... or face rebellion

Egypt's protest movement has given the president an ultimatum to step down by Tuesday or face a mass rebellion. Some 20 million outraged citizens have flooded cities across the nation in a show of frustration at Mohamed Morsi's failure to keep the promises he made when he came to power a year ago. At least 7 people have been killed and more than 600 injured during the rallies so far. RT's Bel Trew reports from Cairo.


Rafeef Ziadah - 'We teach life, sir',

How can it be any other way? The Palestinians have been tortured, brutalized and systematically murdered by the Israelis for decades. That they still exist is a testimony to the fact that they, more than any other people, know what it is to teach life to their children.

Che Guevara

Revolution of the Mind! Turks respond to government crackdown on protests by silently reading in Taksim Square

© George Henton/Al Jazeera
George Orwell's dystopic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four centralises around a police state with total government surveillance.
After weeks of violent clashes between police and protesters across Turkey a new form of resistance has emerged - the "Standing Man".

Standing silently, and initially alone, Turkish performance artist Erdem Gunduz stood, with his hands in his pockets, facing the Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square, Istanbul, for eight hours.

With extraordinary speed, Gunduz become the latest symbol of the resistance movement. In days that followed, thousands of people would emulate his solitary act, standing silently, for minutes or hours, in places across Turkey.

The contrast with the images of tear gas clouds and water cannon could not have been greater. Faces obscured by masks and helmets were revealed to show expressions of quiet contemplation.

Violent scenes are still occurring around Turkey, including in Istanbul once again this past weekend, but the Standing Man protests continue unabated.

The following images explore one aspect of the protest in Taksim Square, ongoing since before the communal standing took off. Public reading and informal education has been notable since the earliest days of the protest, but has since merged with the Standing Man to form "The Taksim Square Book Club".

The chosen reading material of many of those who take their stand is reflective, in part, of the thoughtfulness of those who have chosen this motionless protest to express their discontent.

Comment: Let the elites eat data... while the people read books!

Imagine a sea of people reading Red Pill Press books...