So far in this series, I’ve focused a lot on history and science, albeit some of it of a particularly paranormal persuasion. To jog the reader’s memory, the first installment began with a discussion of prophecy and prediction and asked some questions such as: Can prophecies be true? If so, are they all true? All fake? How can we weed out the cons from the clairvoyants, and can a good source give a bad prediction? How come? Well, today I want to veer in a slightly different direction – no climate science, companion stars, catastrophic comets, or non-coding DNA. No, I want to ground this one in something a little more SOTT-ish: politics and conspiracies.
Over the course of the Hit List series, some readers may have wondered what place so-called ‘paranormal’ research has on an alternative news website. And others may, as I did just under a decade ago, wonder what on earth political conspiracies have to do with so-called ‘spirituality’. I hope the answer to the former question is at least partially clearer by now, after seven installments. In a world as controlled as our own, where lies can be glibly passed off as indisputable fact, with media, corporations, academia, and government acting as shapers of public opinion on every subject, an individual finds him or herself in a situation not dissimilar to that of Theseus in the Minotaur’s labyrinth. At every turn we are confronted by lies, even (and perhaps especially) when it comes to our most basic views about the nature of reality. And we would be lost if not for the thread of Ariadne.
While I’m on a Greek bent, let me share something a forum member recently pointed out from Manly P. Hall’s The Secret Teachings of All Ages:
It is generally admitted that the effect of the Delphian oracle upon Greek culture was profoundly constructive. James Gardner sums up its influence in the following words: “Its responses revealed many a tyrant and foretold his fate. Through its means many an unhappy being was saved from destruction and many a perplexed mortal guided in the right way. It encouraged useful institutions, and promoted the progress of useful discoveries. Its moral influence was on the side of virtue, and its political influence in favor of the advancement of civil liberty.”
In other words, there’s our answer to the second question: a good oracle (or spiritual source) doesn’t shy away from politics. Like a Greek cynic, or the proverbial Cassandra, the prime role of an oracle is to present a vision of the world as it is, no matter how painful or unpopular the view, and provide the only alternative fit for a lie: the truth. So, yes, we track ‘high strangeness’, and our worldview is quite at odds with the materialistic dictum peddled and enforced by PhD’s and media pundits the world over. Everything you ‘know’ is a lie, and that includes all your metaphysical assumptions about the way the ‘reality’ really works. Luckily there’s a way out of the labyrinth, and (please excuse me for going Biblical here!) the truth will set you free.
With politics, it’s no different. Any ‘spiritual’ source that suggests otherwise – perhaps holding the view that such things are unspiritual – is no better than those COINTELPRO agents I discussed in installment five.
Think about it. Can you imagine a ‘great spiritual leader’ living under a corrupt government who is so stupid as to believe the lies the Party tells him? Or one who would give her support to a leader who spouts high-sounding words while killing innocent people? Well, maybe those are dumb questions, because I can picture any number of such ‘spiritual leaders’. But I hope the point is clear. A spiritual source that ignores politics is like a doctor who ignores disease.
On 3 January 2009, this topic came up:
Q: (L) I have a question I want to ask. A lot of people say that esotericism and politics shouldn’t be mixed together, that somebody who has esoteric pursuits – or spiritual pursuits, let me put it that way – shouldn’t be interested in ‘worldly’ things. I would like to have your view on this. Have we gone completely astray by mixing in politics?
A: Absolutely and vehemently not!!! There is no possibility of true spiritual work progressing without full awareness of the world that surrounds you. What have we said about “true religion?” Let your curiosity guide you. In its pure state curiosity is a spiritual function. [HK: The reference to ‘true religion’ is from 28 September 2002: “Life is religion. Life experiences reflect how one interacts with God. Those who are asleep are those of little faith in terms of their interaction with the creation. Some people think that the world exists for them to overcome or ignore or shut out. For those individuals, the world will cease. They will become exactly what they give to life. They will become merely a dream in the ‘past.’ People who pay strict attention to objective reality right and left, become the reality of the ‘future.’ “]
TWA 800 Secrets
So with that in mind, let’s check the Cs track record on a few issues. While doing some research on fireballs and meteors recently I came across a letter to the New York Times in an old installment of SOTT’s ‘Connecting the Dots’ series. The writers, Charles Hailey and David Helfand, professors of physics and astronomy, respectively, at Columbia University, wrote the letter on 17 September 1996 in response to the breakup of TWA Flight 800 two months earlier, which killed 230 people. Hailey and Helfand calculated “the probability that one commercial airliner over the last 30 years of high-volume air travel would be struck by an incoming meteor with sufficient energy to cripple the plane or cause an explosion” as being 1 in 10. They concluded: “We believe the meteor or cometary fragment impact theory deserves more considered attention.”
They have a point, especially given the increasing number of fireballs in recent years and the fact that practically no one in the mainstream considers such possibilities. But their hypothesis probably has more relevance to the recent destruction of Air France 447 in 2009 than it did to TWA 800, as we’ll see. Here’s what the Cs had to say on 23 November 1996:
Q: (T) About Flight 800. Pierre Salinger claims that the info floating around on the internet is accurate. He says that the Navy downed the flight. [HK: Before his journalism career, Salinger was White House Press Secretary for both JFK and LBJ.]
A: Close. Pierre Salinger is an impeccable journalist and not one to “fly off the handle.” [HK: Salinger had received informationfrom a long-time French Intelligence contact that it had indeed been ‘friendly fire’ that downed the flight. The information came from Capt. Richard Russell, who claimed to get the information from a friend who had attended a high-level briefing on the incident. Russell has stood by his claims, filing an affidavit asserting so in a lawsuit against the government.]
Q: (T) Very true. And that is why I am amazed that the rest of the journalism community is attacking him.
A: Why should you be amazed? They are “bought and paid for.” [HK: Operation Mockingbird was a CIA program to infiltrate and influence the media, beginning in the 1950s. Needless to say, they never stopped.]
Q: (T) What did happen to flight 800?
A: This was the result of an experiment gone awry. So was KAL “007” in 1983.
Q: (L) What was the nature of the experiment?
A: Testing of secret impulse guidance system using civilian airliner as an arbitrary “bounce” guidance target. Instead, it became the “homing” target, and a different aircraft became the bouncer. This was because the programmers did not anticipate the lower than expected altitude of the 747. [HK: The flight exploded and crashed just 12 minutes after takeoff from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Eleven minutes after takeoff, the Boeing 747 was flying at 13,700 feet, lower than usual because it had delayed its climb in order to make way for another flight approaching Rhode Island. Seconds before the explosion, the flight crew had responded to Air Traffic Control instructions to climb to a cruising altitude of 15,000 feet.] Warning: this must stay in this room for the present!!!!!!!!!! The facts will eventually be discussed by others. [HK: This was the case, as we’ll see below.] At that time, the danger is lifted. Now, about KAL 007 … that one is not dangerous to know. The plane was deliberately instructed to fly off course in order to trigger the Soviet’s Pacific air defense system, to “see what they were made of” in that area. The plane was lost, but the experiment worked. They did not expect them to shoot down a civilian airliner.
Now, all moving targets create electronic impulses. These can be “read” by the proper extremely high tech equipment. Older radar guided systems are subject to malfunctions in weather conditions that are severe, as one example. Also, the impulse system is an offshoot of the electromagnetic pulse experiments being carried out at Montauk, Brookings and elsewhere as part of the HAARP project! In connection with Pentagon missile tests, HAARP has many interesting tie-ins, not the least of which is your cell phone towers.
Now, the homing target can be any moving object. It can be whatever is entered on the computer. It can be a squirrel in a tree, a jogger on the beach, a building, whatever you want. The system looks for any moving target in order to establish recognition to the computer, in order to establish recognition of match pattern of pulse. TWA 800 was flying at the exact same altitude that was supposed to be designated for the “drone” craft. The drone plane was farther out at sea. The “bounce” target was to be any moving object in the air within 400 square miles.
Q: (L) So, TWA 800, through a series of problems, happened to find itself at the right altitude, a restricted altitude, within the parameters of the experiment. Anything further on this?
A: Not for now.
Up to 154 witnesses from several vantage points (including scientists, schoolteachers, Army personnel and business executives, according to the New York Post) reported seeing a bright flare-like object ‘streaking’ up vertically towards the plane and changing direction mid-air (ruling out a meteorite). Radar had indeed picked up another object. Rick Hampson reported for AP on 19 July 1996 that “Radar detected a blip merging with the jet shortly before the explosion.” This was probably in reference to the Long Island FAA radar technician who filed a report regarding“conflicting radar tracks that indicated a missile.” According to James Sanders (see below), the radar tape was then analyzed by the FAA Technical Center, who found an ‘unexplained blip’, and U.S. military experts told the FBI that a missile with a radar homing system would show up on an FAA radar set in transponder mode. The Times of London also reported that spy satellite images showed “an object racing up to the TWA jet … and smashing into it.”
The aftermath of the crash was an absolute farce. As the ‘friendly fire’ theory gained more ground, alternative theories popped up: the predictable ‘terrorist attack’ nonsense (propagated by Internet spooks), followed by a sparking fuel pump as the cause (for which there was no good evidence). Officials initially denied evidence of explosive residue. It was later found, but explained away as residue from a bomb-sniffing dog exercise (another impossibility).
James Sanders was provided two samples of fabric from the flight by a TWA employee. He had them tested by an independent lab, which found residue consistent with a solid fuel rocket motor. When he handed the samples over to CBS to have them tested again, CBS handed them on to the government, and Sanders was found guilty of theft of government property. Sanders went on to author a book, The Downing of TWA Flight 800, where we find the following (first published in 1997, five months after the above excerpt):
As the evening of July 17, 1996 began, … a joint naval task force was assembling for a critical test of a top secret weapons system. … At 2000 hours … military zone W-105, thousands of square miles of ocean located south and southeast of Long Island, was activated by the United States Navy. Within minutes, from different locations around the sector, military activity increased as the various units participating in the operation deployed their aircraft and surface vessels. …
Over the horizon, to the East, in zone W-105, U.S. Navy AEGIS guided missile warships prepared for the final evaluation of a multibillion-dollar upgrade to their software, radar, and Standard IIIA and IV antiaircraft/antimissile missile. … Tonight, the system itself had to be tested as the surface vessels sailed into position. At the same time, a Navy plane, with newly upgraded electronic equipment designed to work with AEGIS, slowly cruised. The plane was the key to the new top secret and highly complex radar tracking system that was in its third year of testing. …
Zone W-105 was selected for this final pre-certification test because of the complexity of the area. … Long Island offered dense ground-clutter, and the constant flow of commercial air traffic out of JFK gave the navy the “neutral” radar blip it needed to test the discrimination skills of the targeting software. Meanwhile, navy planes were approaching the exercise area to present “friendly” electronic signatures for AEGIS to track and compute into the task force battle array. A “hostile” presence would soon appear in the form of a BQM-74E Navy drone missile launched in the vicinity of Shinnecock Bay, east of Riverhead, Long Island. …
… Shortly before 2030 hours on July 17, an all-clear signal was given to the drone’s launch platform. No general aviation or commercial aviation traffic was in the area. It was safe. … Within minutes of the all-clear, the drone was airborne.
… CEC could identify and track all commercial traffic, and friendly military surface and air traffic in and out of the countries bordering the Sea, while remaining on the lookout for a hostile cruise missile launch from any direction. The Navy believed this system would allow them to discriminate electronically among friend, foe, and background clutter and still fight a battle. At least that’s what the Navy thought …
… almost instantly, the interlocking software of each AEGOS-CEC platform acquired the target drone, … [one radar] computed a shot through the thickening fog of multiple “hostile” electronic jammers, plotted its trajectory, and commanded the software to automatically select the platform best positioned to make the shot.
The computer software then launched a Navy Standard IIIA or IV antimissile missile, specifically altered to function with this new equipment, toward the oncoming drone. … The antimissile missile climbed high into the evening sky and rocketed west in the general direction of the low-flying cruise-missile drone, toward a position where its onboard computer was expecting to receive a midcourse correction. This signal was supposed to fine-tune the Standard missile’s trajectory in order for the inboard semi active radar homing device to lock onto the target as the Standard missile began its plunge toward the drone a few thousand feet below. At least that was the plan.
Commercial planes rising into the sky from JFK were unwitting participants in this final test of 21st century technology. … TWA Flight 800 … crossed into the warning zone and technically became a “neutral”. At the same time, the electronic receiver onboard the Navy Standard missile began sweeping its secure radio frequency, waiting for the course correction commands from the AEGIS computers to direct the weapon, now at its predesignated point, to where it was supposed to attack its prey.
But prior to the mandatory midcourse correction the last AEGIS-CEG radar still tracking the missile and the drone through the heavy electronic jamming suddenly went completely blind. The drone and Standard missile could not be tracked. … the Standard missile was no longer under the control of the AEGIS-CEC system. … In an instant, the Standard’s internal radar acquired TWA Flight 800 at well above and to the west of the target drone. The antimissile missile’s radar turned sharply to the right, aimed its inert war head at the 747, and painted an electronic bull’s-eye on an area just in front of the right wing. The missile leveled off in a direct line to its impact point, and then at full speed slammed into the fuselage several feet below the passenger cabin. …
You can read the full excerpt here, which includes a good summary of the events of the crash and the subsequent cover-up. While his account makes no mention of secret ‘electronic impulse’ technology, the similarity is still striking, and suggests to me that, however he got his information, it was probably a limited hangout. In other words, present the facts as accurately as possible, but leave out anything too ‘sensitive’.
9/11 and the Dancing Israelis
Reading about the way in which the official bodies involved in the investigation went about doing damage control, sowing disinformation, and in general covering up the truth about TWA 800 should bring to mind any number of recent ‘tragedies’ and ‘attacks’ that have been given the ‘Gaslight’ treatment. 9/11 was the biggest, by far. Just three days after the attacks, on 14 September 2001, the Cs had this to say:
Q: We have a series of questions about this recent event. Was the attack on the World Trade Center undertaken by Muslim Terrorists?
Q: Who was behind this attack?
Q: Is it going to become known that it was Israel? Will they be exposed?
A: Yes. [HK: This turned out to be true, to an extent. See below.]
Q: Is this the event that is going to lead to the destruction of Israel?
A: Yes. [HK: Open, at this point.] […]
Q: Are there going to be further terrorist attacks in the U.S. next week as others have been predicting?
A: No. [HK: True.]
Q: Are there going to be further terrorist attacks of this kind at any time in the near future in the U.S.?
A: No. [HK: True.]
Q: Is this the beginning of WWIII?
A: No. [HK: True. Despite being an aggressor, all the U.S.-led wars of recent years have been decidedly one-sided and ‘local’ in nature.]
Q: Is the U.S. going to bomb Afghanistan?
A: Possible in future. [HK: True. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan just over three weeks later, on 7 October 2001, which included widespread air campaigns.]
Q: Well, you say there aren’t going to be any further attacks; can we believe you?
A: Up to you.
Q: (A) You say that Israel will be exposed; in what time perspective?
A: Month [before first hints emerge.]
Q: Expose Israel? How?
A: Yes, open. Perhaps sooner.
Indeed, the first hints had already been published in a few local newspaper reports from the previous days, but the details were still too obscure to form any sort of clear picture. For example, on the 12th the Bergen Record reported that five men had been detained after they were “found carrying maps linking them to the blasts.” Their ‘Urban Moving Systems’ van had also tested positive for bomb residue. Three of the men, described as ‘middle-eastern’ in appearance, had been seen celebrating at Liberty State Park after the initial impact, which prompted an FBI ‘be on lookout’ alert. East Rutherford Police identified the van and made the arrests.
On the 14th, General Hamid Gul, the former head of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), was interviewed by Newsweek,sharing his opinion that “it was a coup [attempt], and I can’t say for sure who was behind it, but it’s the Israelis who are creating so much misery in the world. The Israelis don’t want to see any power in Washington unless it’s subservient to their interests, and President Bush has not been subservient.”
On the 16th it was reported that Israel had issued ‘urgent warnings’ about an imminent attack, but provided no specific details. U.S. intelligence denied the warning. And on the same day, Ha’aretz reported that the five detained men were Israelis. The next relevant news reporting didn’t come until 8 October (three weeks after the session above). The five men were identified as Sivan & Paul Kurzberg, Yaron Schmuel, Oded Ellner & Omer Marmari. The men had a box cutter, $4,700 in cash, fresh photos of the burning WTC on a camera, and one carried two passports. At least 4 of the 5 worked for Urban Moving Systems (explaining the box cutter), and all faced deportation for overstaying their visas and ‘other immigration offenses’.
In the years after, several more details would emerge. After resisting police orders to leave the vehicle, and before any reason had been given for their arrest, Sivan Kurzberg said, “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.” Another lied about their whereabouts, saying they were on the West Side Highway during the attacks. Two of the men (the Kurzbergs) would be revealed by the FBI as agents of Mossad, and that all were on a Mossad surveillance mission. (There are very few official Mossad agents – most act on a ‘volunteer’ basis, i.e., off the books.) All five were released and deported to Israel on 20 November 2001, after 71 days in custody. They claimed to have been tortured. Two other employees of Urban Moving Systems had been arrested on 12 September: Roy Barak and Motti Butbul.
The owner of Urban Moving Systems, Dominick Suter, had been questioned on 12 September, but when the FBI returned a few days later, he was nowhere to be found, having fled to Israel with his wife on the 14th. Christopher Ketcham later reported: “Suter’s departure was abrupt, leaving behind coffee cups, sandwiches, cell phones and computers strewn on office tables and thousands of dollars of goods in storage.”Suter’s name later appeared on the May 2002 FBI Suspect List, along with Mohammed Atta and the other alleged hijackers. The FBI would latertell ABC News, “Urban Moving may have been providing cover for an Israeli intelligence operation.” The Jewish Daily Forward came to the same conclusion: that Urban Moving Systems was a ‘front operation’ for Israeli intelligence. Two former CIA officers confirmed this to Chris Ketcham, noting that “movers’ vans are a common intelligence cover”. Ketcham also wrote:
A “former high-ranking American intelligence official”, who said he was “regularly briefed on the investigation by two separate law enforcement officials”, told reporter Marc Perelman that after American authorities confronted Jerusalem at the end of 2001, the Israeli government “acknowledged the operation and apologized for not coordinating it with Washington”. … From the beginning, “the FBI investigation operated on the premise that the Israelis had foreknowledge”, according to [former chief of operations for counterterrorism with the CIA Vincent] Cannistraro. … Before such issues had been fully explored, however, the investigation was shut down. Following what ABC News reported were “high-level negotiations between Israeli and U.S. government officials”, a settlement was reached in the case of the five Urban Moving Systems suspects. Intense political pressure apparently had been brought to bear. The reputable Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported that by the last week of October 2001, some six weeks after the men had been detained, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and two unidentified “prominent New York congressmen” were lobbying heavily for their release. According to a source at ABC News close to the 20/20 report, high-profile criminal lawyer Alan Dershowitz also stepped in as a negotiator on behalf of the men to smooth out differences with the U.S. government.
A most revealing clue had come the day before 9/11. In a report written for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a group of second-year students at the Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) had referred to Israel’s military as a “500-pound gorilla in Israel” that is “well armed and trained” and is “known to disregard international law to accomplish mission.” Of the Mossad, the report said: “Wildcard. Ruthless and cunning. Has capability to target US forces and make it look like a Palestinian/Arab act.”
Since revelations of the ‘5 Dancing Israelis’, researchers have gone much further in investigating Israeli/Mossad complicity in the attacks. For example, see this collection of resources for a lot of it (summarized here). And in addition to Pakistan’s General Gul, a couple of other prominent people have laid the blame on Mossad, including former president of Italy, Francesco Cossiga (“All of the democratic circles of America and of Europe … now know well that the disastrous [9/11] attack was planned and realized by the American CIA and Mossad with the help of the Zionist world to put under accusation the Arabic Countries and to persuade the Western powers to intervene in Iraq and Afghanistan.”) and former German government minister, Andreas von Bulow.
Pandemic and Palestine
On 24 September 2001, ten days after the session quoted about 9/11, this exchange took place:
Q: (L) Are there going to be any other kinds of violence, such as bombs or airplanes being flown into buildings, or release of anthrax, or small pox, or any other kind of chemical or germ warfare activities? Any of those?
Q: (L) Which ones?
A: Fair chance of germ disbursement.
Q: (L) What kind of germ?
Q: (L) Do you mean a deadly form of flu?
Q: (L) But nothing like anthrax or small pox or any of those really sick ones? Is that it?
A: No. Keep looking and listening. [HK: The 2001 Anthrax attacks had occurred a week before, infecting 22 and killing five.]
Q: (L) Well we plan to. What is going to happen with the Middle Eastern situation; this Afghanistan or whatever?
A: Herding of population to much finer order of control.
Q: (L) What is the purpose of this control; this increasing control.
A: Preparation for war in Palestine.
Q: (L) But nobody has said anything about having a war in Palestine. They’re all talking about having a war in Afghanistan. How does Palestine fit in here?
A: It is the ultimate objective of Israel.
Q: (L) Why would they want to have war in their own country? Well, aside from the fact that they’ve been having a war in their own country for a long time. I guess they want to bring it to a final conclusion. What is going to be the result of this plan?
A: Destruction of Jews.
Interestingly, the two events hinted at above – a flu outbreak and war in Palestine – both occurred in early 2009. The Gaza Massacre (‘Operation Cast Lead’) began on 27 December 2008, coming to a halt on 18 January. In those three weeks, 1,417 Palestinians were murdered, as well as 13 Israelis (4 from friendly fire). South African Justice Richard Goldstone’s subsequent report rightly accused the Israelis of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Unsurprisingly, it was met with a barrage of controversy and propaganda.
Four months later, in April, the first reports of a possible flu outbreak in Mexico and the southwest U.S. hit the airwaves. In what was to become the 2009 ‘swine flu pandemic’, several people were stricken with ‘novel’ H1N1 influenza (a prior ‘version’ of which was responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic). Apparently the human outbreak had begun in February. After spreading rapidly, the WHO declared a global pandemic on 11 June, the first since the 1968 Hong Kong flu. By May 2010, it had reportedly caused anywhere from 9,000 to 18,000 deaths. (By comparison, estimates for the mortality of the 1918 pandemic run as high as 130 million deaths.)
The virus was a veritable disease cocktail, including bits of human, avian and swine influenza viruses from North America and Eurasia. The pandemic sparked a ludicrous scramble and push for vaccines (e.g., Norway, with only 23 cases, ordered 9.4 million vaccines) and in general created a climate of hysteria totally out of proportion to the actual threat. As SOTT wrote at the time, “Consider also, the fact that the CDC was working on combining flu viruses back in 2004. A ‘new’ strain would necessitate another hugely expensive (and profitable) round of vaccine development and marketing.”
Not Cash, VISA
Given the current global financial crisis, especially the situation currently embroiling Greece, I thought it might be fitting to look at something the Cs said back on 16 October 1994:
Q: (L) What is the meaning of the number 666 in the Book of Revelation?
A: Visa. [HK: From later in the session: “VI is 6 in Roman Numerals. S was 6 in ancient Egypt. A was 6 in Sanskrit. VISA, see, is 666.” As far as I can tell, the symbol for 6 in hieratic Egyptian more resembled our letter ‘z’, the Greek lowercase form of which does, however, resemble a more curved ‘s’ (ζ). Our numeral 6 actually comes from India, but the earliest representations more resemble a cursive ‘e’. So, not quite a hit, based on what I could find, unless you consider Visa’s phonetic pronunciation: ˈviːzə.]
Q: (L) You mean as in credit card?
Q: (L) Are credit cards the work of what 666 represents?
Q: (L) Should we get rid of all credit cards?
A: Up to you.
Q: (L) Would it be more to our advantage than not to disconnect ourselves from the credit system?
A: Isn’t just credit also debit.
Q: (L) Is that an affirmative.
A: How are you going to do this?
Q: (L) Well, do you have any suggestions?
A: World will soon have nothing but credit and debit. Have you not heard of this new visa debit cards? This is the future of money as controlled by the world banking system i.e. the brotherhood i.e. Lizards i.e. antichrist.
Q: (L) If I don’t have a credit card then I don’t have to belong to this system?
A: No. You will have no choices: belong or starve.
Well, we’re not quite there yet, but apparently only 7% of financial transactions in the States are now done with cash, and at least some movers and shakers in the financial industry are pushing for a ‘cashless society‘. Apparently “cash is expensive”, according to executive vice president of Visa Europe Steve Perry. That was reported in September 2011. Check out these headlines since then:
18 March 2012: ‘Sweden moving towards cashless economy’
19 March 2012: ‘Nickeled and Dimed: Would the United States save money by switching to a cashless economy?’ (Slate.com even has an archive devoted to the topic: 10 articles over a one-month period.)
29 March 2012: ‘Visions of a Cashless Society: Echoes’
15 April 2012: ‘Is a cashless society inevitable?’
13 June 2012: ‘Cashless society: Do we even need cash?’
With all the media coverage coming at this time, I hope readers will forgive my cynicism for thinking that something decidedly ‘manufactured’ is indeed in the works. As this article from the Economic Collapse blog put it: “Yes, a cashless society is coming. Are you ready for it?”
Trying to make sense of chaos is human nature. Look at a blurry picture and your mind will try to ‘piece it together’ into something intelligible. And it’s rewarding when it comes together. ‘Aha!’ However, say that picture is evidence of a crime. The criminal has a vested interest in keepingit obscure, whether that means burning the evidence or influencing your perception of the blur in question. When truth is an obstacle to one’s ambition, lies are the only option, and that puts one at odds with anything truly human or spiritual in nature. It puts one in a position that goesagainst reality, forcing it into something it is not. Silencing those who question your manufactured reality – and thus risk waking others up to the truth and your own downfall – naturally follows.
This places those on the receiving end of the propaganda at a crossroads. It forces the questions: What do you truly value? Will you settle for being conned, if it means a relatively comfortable life? Or will you walk the ‘thorny road of truth’? That is spirituality.