Sunday, 29 October 2017

'Use The Man' by Megadeth (Song)




Lyrics:

[Intro]

I saw her today, I saw her face
Was the face I loved and I knew
I had to run away and get down on my knees and pray-ay
That they'd go away
But still they begin...
Needles and pins
Needles and pins
Needles and pins...


I heard somebody fixed today
There was no "last goodbyes" to say
His will to live ran out
I heard somebody turned to dust
Looking back at what he left
A list of plans and photographs
Songs that never will be sung
These are the things he won't get done

I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the gutter on their hands
They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man

Just one shot to say goodbye
One last taste to mourn and cry
Scores and shoots, the lights go dim
Just one shot to do him in
He hangs his head and wonders why
Why the monkey only lies
But pay the pauper, he did choose
He hung his head inside the noose

I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use that man
I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the coffin on their hands
They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle in his hand
Cryptic writing on the wall, the beginning of the end
I've seen myself use the needle, seen the needle in my hand

[Solo - Friedman]

I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the gutter on their hands
They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
In my hand!

------------------------------------------------------
Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine/Friedman

Lyrics source (adapted)https://www.megadeth.com/releases/albums/5053/cryptic-writings

'Speciality' by Howard Jones (Song)




Lyrics:

Don't chop off his head
To make yourself look tall
Don't tear a strip off
To make yourself feel wonderful
Who wants to compare
As if this was a competition
Leave that to teachers at school
Must preserve their tradition

'Bout time you realized
You are a specialty
There is no one like you
Spend your life worrying
'Bout what you could have been
Can't you like being you

Don't need a scalp
Don't need to be a juror
Take care of yourself
No need to feel so insecure
Waste of energy
To prove a holier than him
Waste of energy
To find out who commits what sin

'Bout time you realized
You are a specialty
There is no one like you
Spend your life worrying
'Bout what could have been
Can't you like being you

Don't chop off his head
To make yourself look tall
Don't tear a strip off
To make yourself feel wonderful
Who wants to compare
As if this was a competition
Leave that to teachers at school
Must preserve their tradition

'Bout time you realized
You are a specialty
There is no one like you
Spend your life worrying
'Bout what you could have been
Can't you like being you

'Bout time you realized
You are a specialty
There is no one like you
Spend your life worrying
'Bout what you could have been
Can't you like being you

---------------------------
Songwriter: Howard Jones

Lyrics source (adapted)https://genius.com/Howard-jones-specialty-lyrics

'Assault and Battery' by Howard Jones (Song)




Lyrics:

The lives were taken
For feasts at the table
A life of misery
Ending with a shock

Brutal murder (brutal murder)
All hands to the slaughter
Mass torture
All hands to the knife

And I can hear the screams
With the knife, the jolt, the wring
They must follow in our dreams
Carrying a twisted sting

Children's stories with their farmyard favourites
At the table in a different disguise

Don't talk to me of health
Or something someone else will do
We're talking about the act
Of taking life for me and you
And I hear their screams

And I hear their screams                   (repeat)

---------------------------------------
Songwriter: Howard Jones

Lyrics source (adapted)https://genius.com/Howard-jones-assault-and-battery-lyrics

'Counting Blue Cars' by Dishwalla (Song, Video)




Lyrics:

Must have been mid afternoon
I could tell by how far the child's shadow stretched out
And he walked with a purpose in his sneakers down the street
He had many questions like children often do

We said, tell me all your thoughts on God
Tell me am I very far?

Must have been late afternoon
On our way the sun broke free of the clouds
We count only blue cars, skip the cracks in the street
And ask many questions like children often do

We said, tell me all your thoughts on God
Cause I would really like to meet her
And ask her why we're who we are
Tell me all your thoughts on God
Cause I am on my way to see her
So tell me am I very far, am I very far now?

It's getting cold picked up the pace
How our shoes make hard noises in this place
Our clothes are stained
We pass many cross-eyed people
And ask many questions like children often do

Tell me all your thoughts on God
Cause I would really like to meet her
And ask her why we're who we are
Tell me all your thoughts on God
Cause I am on my way to see her
So tell me am I very far
Am I very far now, am I very far now, am I very far now?
Tell me all your thoughts on God

-----------------------------------------------


Lyrics sourcehttps://genius.com/Dishwalla-counting-blue-cars-lyrics

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Four Rules Of Living According To Lao Tzu (Short Video)



'Visiting the Land of Japanese Myths' - Train Cruise (NHK World program), Time-sensitive - VOD available only until 18-NOV-17 - JST

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

This time, we'll travel on trains through Shimane Prefecture, a spiritual part of Japan where Japanese gods and humans have a strong bond. We ride a pink train to Izumo Taisha, a shrine where all the gods come to assemble.

We start our journey asking the gods to help us connect with others. Afterwards, a wide-open trolley takes us through a mountain range home to the mythical snake beast Orochi. Using a technique called "switchback", the trolley climbs up the mountain for a breathtaking view.

We then get on a train designed with kagura, a traditional form of Japanese entertainment. We experience an exciting kagura performance about the god who comes to vanquish the Orochi. Travel with us back in time to the mythical world of Japanese legends.


The video can be accessed at the NHK VOD (Video On Demand) site at this link:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/traincruise/3004358/

Note: This video is only available until November 18, 2017


Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp


Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp


The summary of this Train Cruise with some photos will continue to be available at this archives link:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/traincruise/201710130600/


'Hearts and Thoughts' by Pearl Jam (Song, Video - Image stills)

This song by Pearl Jam has also been released with a different title: 'Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In a Small Town'.




Lyrics:

I seem to recognize your face
Haunting familiar here
I can't seem to place it
Can I find a candle of thought
To light your name
Lifetimes are catchin' on
with me

All these changes takin place
I wish I'd seen the place
but no one's ever taken me

Hearts and thoughts they fade
fade away
hearts and thoughts they fade
fade away

I swear I recognize your breath
memories like fingerprints are slowly raisin'
you wouldnt recall...
are not my fault
it's hard when you're stuck upon
the shelf

I changed by not changin' at all
small time predicts my face
perhaps that what no one wants to see
I just wanna scream
HELLO!

By God it's been so long
never dreamed you'd return!
but now here you are
and here I am

my hearts and thoughts they fade
away

hearts and thoughts they fade
fade away
hearts and thoughts they fade
fade away

hearts and thoughts they fade
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaway
hearts and thoughts they fade
fade away

hearts and thoughts they fade
fade away
hearts and thoughts they fade
fade away

---------------------------------


Lyrics sourcehttp://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858744233/

How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 3: 90% Of What You Watch On Television Is Controlled By Just 6 Giant Corporations

Re-posting the 3rd (and final) article by Michael Snyder of 'The Economic Collapse' Blog, that was published on October 17, 2017.

Article Sourcehttp://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/how-the-elite-dominate-the-world-part-3-90-of-what-you-watch-on-television-is-controlled-by-just-6-giant-corporations


Image credit:http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com

How much is your view of the world shaped by what you see on television?  On average, Americans spend more than 150 hours watching television every month, and it is called “programming” for a reason.  If you allow anyone to pour ideas and information into your mind for five hours a day, it is going to change how you look at reality.  Everyone has an agenda, and every single news program, television show and movie is trying to alter your views.  Sadly, our society has become absolutely addicted to media, and the mainstream media is completely dominated by the elite.  In fact, about 90 percent of the programming that comes through your television is controlled by just 6 gigantic media corporations.  Most of us are willingly plugging ourselves into this “propaganda matrix” that is completely dominated by the elite for several hours each day, and that gives them an enormous amount of power over the rest of us.

In Part I and Part II of this series, I discussed how the elite use money as a tool to dominate the planet.  Today, we are going to talk about how they use information.  If you control what people think, then you control a society.  And through their vast media empires, the elite are able to shape how we all think to a frightening degree.

Just think about it.  What do we talk about with our family, our friends and our co-workers?  To a large extent, those conversations are about movies, television shows, something that we just saw on the news or a sporting event that just took place.  The reason why we talk about certain things is because the mainstream media gives those things attention, and other things we ignore because the mainstream media does not make them seem to be important.

The mainstream media literally sets the agenda for our society, and it would be difficult to overstate the power that is in their hands.  And as I mentioned above, the mainstream media is almost entirely controlled by just 6 colossal corporations.  The following list of these 6 corporate giants comes from one of my previous articles, and this is just a sampling of the media properties that they each own…


Comcast

NBC
Telemundo
Universal Pictures
Focus Features
USA Network
Bravo
CNBC
The Weather Channel
MSNBC
Syfy
NBCSN
Golf Channel
Esquire Network
E!
Cloo
Chiller
Universal HD
Comcast SportsNet
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studio Home Video

The Walt Disney Company

ABC Television Network
ESPN
The Disney Channel
A&E
Lifetime
Marvel Entertainment
Lucasfilm
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Mobile
Disney Consumer Products
Interactive Media
Disney Theme Parks
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures

News Corporation

Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox News Channel
Fox Business Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
FX
FXX
FX Movie Channel
Fox Sports Networks
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Post
Barron’s
SmartMoney
HarperCollins
20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios
Beliefnet
Zondervan

Time Warner

CNN
The CW
HBO
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
HLN
NBA TV
TBS
TNT
TruTV
Turner Classic Movies
Warner Bros.
Castle Rock
DC Comics
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Viacom

MTV
Nickelodeon
VH1
BET
Comedy Central
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Country Music Television (CMT)
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

CBS Corporation

CBS Television Network
The CW (along with Time Warner)
CBS Sports Network
Showtime
TVGN
CBS Radio, Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Simon & Schuster
Infinity Broadcasting
Westwood One Radio Network


If nobody tuned in to their “programming”, they would not have any power over us.

But according to a report put out by Nielsen, Americans are plugging into “the matrix” more than ever before.  The following is how our daily use of media breaks down by device

Live TV: 4 hours, 31 minutes
Time-Shifted TV: 33 minutes
Radio: 1 hour, 52 minutes
DVDs: 8 minutes
Video Game Consoles: 14 minutes
Multimedia Devices (Apple TV, Roku, etc.): 13 minutes
Internet on PC: 58 minutes
Smartphone: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Tablet: 31 minutes

When you total those numbers up, it comes to 10 hours and 39 minutes.

In essence, Americans are spending most of their waking hours plugged in to something.

And if you only add together “live television” and “time-shifted television”, Americans are spending an average of more than five hours each day just watching television.

Of course many of us spend countless hours on the Internet as well.  It has been estimated that 54,907 Google searches are conducted, 7,252 tweets are posted, 125,406 YouTube videos are viewed, and 2,501,018 emails are sent out every single second.

You may have guessed this already, but most of the news and information that we consume on the Internet is also controlled by the elite


Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half, SimilarWeb found.

The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.


This is why the “alternative media” is so important.  All over America and all over the world, people are waking up and realizing that they aren’t getting the truth from the mainstream media, and they are hungry for truly independent sources of information.

The only way that we are ever going to be able to throw off the insidious system of control that the elite have established is by winning the information war.  We are literally in a constant battle for hearts and minds, and the good news is that we have made a lot of progress.  Over the past decade we have “red pilled” millions upon millions of people, but we still have a long way to go.

Faith in the corporate media is dwindling, and the elite are deeply concerned about this.  The Internet has allowed ordinary people like us to communicate on a mass scale, and this has never been the case before in human history.  We have a window of opportunity to fight back against the elite, and we must not let this opportunity pass us by.

We are literally engaged in a battle for the future of this planet, and let us never waver in our pursuit of victory.


Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.



How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 2: 99.9% Of The Global Population Lives In A Country With A Central Bank (Article)

Re-posting the 2nd article by Michael Snyder of 'The Economic Collapse' Blog, that was published on October 16, 2017. Part 3 of the article will be re-posted later.

Article Sourcehttp://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/how-the-elite-dominate-the-world-part-2-99-9-of-the-global-population-lives-in-a-country-with-a-central-bank


Image credit: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com


Even though the nations of the world are very deeply divided on almost everything else, somehow virtually all of them have been convinced that central banking is the way to go.  Today, less than 0.1% of the population of the world lives in a country that does not have a central bank.  Do you think that there is any possible way that this is a coincidence?  And it is also not a coincidence that we are now facing the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world.  In Part I of this series, I discussed the fact that total global debt has reached 217 trillion dollars.  Once you understand that central banks are designed to create endless debt, and once you understand that 99.9% of the global population lives in a country that has a central bank, then it finally makes sense why we have accumulated so much debt.  The elite of the world use debt as a tool of enslavement, and central banking has allowed them to literally enslave the entire planet.

Some of you may not be familiar with how a “central bank” differs from a normal bank.  The following definition of a “central bank” comes from Wikipedia


central bankreserve bank, or monetary authority is an institution that manages a state’s currencymoney supply, and interest rates. Central banks also usually oversee the commercial banking system of their respective countries. In contrast to a commercial bank, a central bank possesses a monopoly on increasing the monetary base in the state, and usually also prints the national currency,[1] which usually serves as the state’s legal tender.


Over the past 100 years or so, we have seen central banks steadily be established all over the planet.  At this point, there are just 8 very small nations that still do not have a central bank…

-Andorra
-Monaco
-Nauru
-Kiribati
-Tuvalu
-Palau
-Marshall Islands
-Federated States of Micronesia

When you add the populations of those 8 nations together, it comes to much less than 0.1% of the global population.

But even though central banking is nearly universal, only a very small fraction of the global population can tell you how money is created.

Do you know where money comes from?

Here in the United States, most people just assume that the federal government creates money.  But that is not true at all.

Many are absolutely shocked when they discover that U.S. currency is actually borrowed into existence.  The federal government gives U.S. Treasury bonds (debt) to the Federal Reserve in exchange for money that the Federal Reserve creates out of thin air.  The Federal Reserve then auctions off those bonds to the highest bidder.

Since the federal government must pay interest on those bonds, the amount of debt that is created in these transactions is actually greater than the amount of money that is created.  But we are told that if we can just circulate the money throughout our economy fast enough and tax it at a high enough rate, then we can eventually pay off the debt.  Of course that never actually happens, and so the federal government always has to go back and borrow even more money.  This is called a debt spiral, and at this point we will never be able to escape it until we do away with this horrible system.

But why does our government (or any government for that matter) have to borrow money that is created by a central bank in the first place?

Why can’t governments just create money themselves?

Oops.  That is the big secret that nobody is supposed to talk about.

Theoretically, the U.S. government doesn’t actually have to borrow a single penny. Instead of borrowing money the Federal Reserve creates out of thin air, the federal government could just create money directly and spend it into circulation.

Yes, this could actually happen.  Back in 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 11110 which authorized the U.S. Treasury to issue debt-free “United States Notes” which were not created by the Federal Reserve.  These debt-free notes began to be issued, and you can still find them for sale on eBay today.  Unfortunately, President Kennedy was assassinated shortly after this executive order was issued, and the notes were not in production for long.

If we had ultimately fully adopted “United States Notes” and had phased out Federal Reserve notes, we would not be 20 trillion dollars in debt today.

The elite of the world love to get national governments deep into debt, because it enables them to enslave entire populations while making an obscene amount of money in the process.

Back in 1913, an insidious plan was rushed through Congress just before Christmas that was based on a blueprint that had been developed by very powerful Wall Street interests.  Author G. Edward Griffin did an extraordinary job of documenting how all of this happened in his book entitled “The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve”.  A central bank was established, and it was purposely designed to create a government debt spiral, and that is precisely what happened.

Since 1913, the size of the national debt has gotten more than 6,000 times larger, and the value of our dollar has declined by more than 98 percent.  Many conservatives are still under the illusion that we could get out of debt someday if we just grow the economy fast enough, but I have shown in another article that we have gotten to the point where this is mathematically impossible.

And most people are also operating under the false assumption that the Federal Reserve is part of the federal government.  But that is not accurate either.  The following comes from one of my previous articles


There is often a lot of confusion about the Federal Reserve, because a lot of people think that it is simply an agency of the federal government. But of course that is not true at all. In fact, as Ron Paul likes to say, the Federal Reserve is about as “federal” as Federal Express is.

The Fed is an independent central bank that has even argued in court that it is not an agency of the federal government. Yes, the president appoints the leadership of the Fed, but the Fed and other central banks around the world have always fiercely guarded their “independence”. On the official Fed website, it is admitted that the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks are organized “much like private corporations”, and they very much operate like private entities. They even issue shares of stock to the private banks that own them.

In case you were wondering, the federal government has zero shares.


According to the U.S. Constitution, a private central banking cartel should not be issuing our currency.  In Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution, Congress is solely given the authority to “coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”.

So why in the world has this authority been given to a central bank?

The truth is that we do not need a central bank.

From 1872 to 1913, there was no central bank and no income tax, and it turned out to be the greatest period of economic growth in all of U.S. history.

But since the Fed was established, there have been 18 different recessions or depressions: 1918, 1920, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1937, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1969, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1990, 2001, 2008.

Abolishing the Federal Reserve is one of the core issues of my platform, and I have been writing about these things for the last seven years.

As I discussed yesterday, the elite use debt to enslave all of the rest of us, and central banking allows them to literally dominate the entire planet.

Until we abolish this debt-based system and go to a currency that is debt-free, we are never going to permanently solve our very deep long-term economic and financial problems.

But because they are so immensely wealthy, the elite are able to wield extraordinary influence in our society.  They control the mainstream media, our politicians and even global institutions such as the United Nations.  Anyone that would dare to question the validity of the current system is marginalized, and for a long time very few politicians around the world were even willing to speak out against central banking.

However, that is starting to change.  A new generation of leaders is rising up, and they are absolutely determined to break the stranglehold that the elite have on our society.  It won’t be easy, but if we are able to wake enough people up, I believe that we will eventually be able to free ourselves from this insidious system.


Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.



How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 1: Debt As A Tool Of Enslavement (Article)

Re-posting the original article by Michael Snyder of 'The Economic Collapse' Blog, that was published on October 15, 2017. Parts 2 & 3 of the article will also be re-posted later.

Article Sourcehttp://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/how-the-elite-dominate-the-world-part-1-debt-as-a-tool-of-enslavement


Image credit: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com

Throughout human history, those in the ruling class have found various ways to force those under them to work for their economic benefit.  But in our day and age, we are willingly enslaving ourselves.  The borrower is the servant of the lender, and there has never been more debt in our world than there is right now.  According to the Institute of International Finance, global debt has hit the 217 trillion dollar mark, although other estimates would put this number far higher.  Of course everyone knows that our planet is drowning in debt, but most people never stop to consider who owns all of this debt.  This unprecedented debt bubble represents that greatest transfer of wealth in human history, and those that are being enriched are the extremely wealthy elitists at the very, very top of the food chain.

Did you know that 8 men now have as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people living on the planet combined?

Every year, the gap between the planet’s ultra-wealthy and the poor just becomes greater and greater.  This is something that I have written about frequently, and the “financialization” of the global economy is playing a major role in this trend.

The entire global financial system is based on debt, and this debt-based system endlessly funnels the wealth of the world to the very, very top of the pyramid.

It has been said that Albert Einstein once made the following statement


“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … 
he who doesn’t … pays it.”


Whether he actually made that statement or not, the reality of the matter is that it is quite true.  By getting all of the rest of us deep into debt, the elite can just sit back and slowly but surely become even wealthier over time.  Meanwhile, as the rest of us work endless hours to “pay our bills”, the truth is that we are spending our best years working to enrich someone else.

Much has been written about the men and women that control the world.  Whether you wish to call them “the elite”, “the establishment” or “the globalists”, the truth is that most of us understand who they are.  And how they control all of us is not some sort of giant conspiracy.  Ultimately, it is actually very simple.  Money is a form of social control, and by getting the rest of us into as much debt as possible they are able to get all of us to work for their economic benefit.

It starts at a very early age.  We greatly encourage our young people to go to college, and we tell them to not even worry about what it will cost.  We assure them that there will be great jobs available for them once they finish school and that they will have no problem paying off the student loans that they will accumulate.

Well, over the past 10 years student loan debt in the United States “has grown 250 percent” and is now sitting at an absolutely staggering grand total of 1.4 trillion dollars.  Millions of our young people are already entering the “real world” financially crippled, and many of them will literally spend decades paying off those debts.

But that is just the beginning.

In order to get around in our society, virtually all of us need at least one vehicle, and auto loans are very easy to get these days.  I remember when auto loans were only made for four or five years at the most, but in 2017 it is quite common to find loans on new vehicles that stretch out for six or seven years.

The total amount of auto loan debt in the United States has now surpassed a trillion dollars, and this very dangerous bubble just continues to grow.

If you want to own a home, that is going to mean even more debt.  In the old days, mortgages were commonly 10 years in length, but now 30 years is the standard.

By the way, do you know where the term “mortgage” originally comes from?

If you go all the way back to the Latin, it actually means “death pledge”.

And now that most mortgages are for 30 years, many will continue making payments until they literally drop dead.

Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize how much they are enriching those that are holding their mortgages.  For example, if you have a 30 year mortgage on a $300,000 home at 3.92 percent, you will end up making total payments of $510,640.

Credit card debt is even more insidious.  Interest rates on credit card debt are often in the high double digits, and some consumers actually end up paying back several times as much as they originally borrowed.

According to the Federal Reserve, total credit card debt in the United States has also now surpassed the trillion dollar mark, and we are about to enter the time of year when Americans use their credit cards the most frequently.

Overall, U.S. consumers are now nearly 13 trillion dollars in debt.

As borrowers, we are servants of the lenders, and most of us don’t even consciously understand what has been done to us.

In Part I, I have focused on individual debt obligations, but tomorrow in Part II I am going to talk about how the elite use government debt to corporately enslave us.  All over the planet, national governments are drowning in debt, and this didn’t happen by accident.  The elite love to get governments into debt because it is a way to systematically transfer tremendous amounts of wealth from our pockets to their pockets.  This year alone, the U.S. government will pay somewhere around half a trillion dollars just in interest on the national debt.  That represents a whole lot of tax dollars that we aren’t getting any benefit from, and those on the receiving end are just becoming wealthier and wealthier.

In Part II we will also talk about how our debt-based system is literally designed to create a government debt spiral.  Once you understand this, the way that you view potential solutions completely changes.  If we ever want to get government debt “under control”, we have got to do away with this current system that was intended to enslave us by those that created it.

We spend so much time on the symptoms, but if we ever want permanent solutions we need to start addressing the root causes of our problems.  Debt is a tool of enslavement, and the fact that humanity is now more than 200 trillion dollars in debt should deeply alarm all of us.


Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

'This Alone is Love' by a-ha (Song)




Lyrics:

This alone is love
No small thing
This alone is love
That my love brings

And all of us
Who travelling by trapdoors
Our souls are a myriad of wars
And I'm losing everyone

It will make my last breath pass out at dawn, at dawn
It will make my body dissolve out in the blue, for you
Oh, baby, what can we do?

This alone is love
No small thing
This alone is love
That my love brings

And all of us
Who travelling by trapdoors
Our souls are a myriad of wars
And I'm losing everyone

It will make my last breath pass out at dawn, at dawn
It will make my body dissolve out in the blue, for you
It will make my body dissolve out in the blue, for you
Oh, baby, what can we do?

It will make my last breath pass out at dawn, at dawn
It will make my body dissolve out in the blue, for you
It will make my last breath pass out at dawn, at dawn
It will make my body dissolve out in the blue, for you

Oh, baby, what can we do?
-------------------------------------------

Songwriters: Magne Furuholmen, Pål Waaktaar

Lyrics sourcehttps://genius.com/A-ha-this-alone-is-love-lyrics

'Monobe, Kochi: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet' - Journeys In Japan (NHK World program)


Updated: 25-AUG-18.

Linked to YouTube video.

--------------------------------

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

In the mountain village of Monobe, located in eastern Kochi Prefecture, a folk belief called Izanagi-ryu has been passed down for generations. Izanagi-ryu harmoniously blends elements of Shintoism, Buddhism and folk religions in a rare style of prayer.

Traveler Alessandra Lupi discovers the world of this mysterious belief system. She visits the residence of a tayu; tayu are mentors or leaders of Izanagi-ryu. And, she learns about its religious art and how to make a ritual paper tool called gohei. She also gets to study its Mai Kagura ritual dance. Gradually, after a walk along an ancient Salt Road and farmhouse inn stay, Alessandra gets a sense of how Izanagi-ryu plays an organic role in the rural community.


Video Source: NHK WORLD-JAPAN






Some images from the video:



Monobe. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


Salt Road Walk. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


The highlights of this journey including a Travel log, can be read at:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/journeys/journey_20170620.html


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

'SABAE: Eye on Design' - Journeys In Japan (NHK World program), Time-sensitive - VOD available only until 24-JAN-18

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

Sabae City, located on the Sea of Japan in central Fukui Prefecture, has a population of about 70,000. Sabae is renowned as a center for craftsmanship since olden times. It produces 90% of all eyewear frames sold in Japan and produces more than 80% of lacquerware used in restaurants across the country. The textile industry is another leading engine of Fukui business.

In terms of eyeglasses, our traveler Cyril Coppini learns about its local history and tries his hand at frame-making. In the arena of lacquer, he visits a master artisan at his workshop for an in-depth look at how it's made. As for textiles, Cyril meets a woman who is preserving, and passing on, the skills for weaving a traditional fabric called, Ishidajima.

Cyril also gets to know young people who have relocated to Sabae to pursue their craft. On Journeys in Japan, we meet the people of Sabae who continue to protect Japan's traditional culture of making items by hand.


The video can be accessed at the NHK VOD (Video On Demand) site at this link:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/journeys/2007268/

Note: This video is only available until January 24, 2018


Ishidajima Teori Center. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


Megane "Eye Glass" Museum. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


The highlights of this journey including a Travel log, can be read at:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/journeys/journey_20170124.html

'Ashes In Your Mouth' by Megadeth (Song, Video with Lyrics)


Lyrics:

People have round shoulders from bearing heavy loads
And the soldiers liberate them, laying mines along their roads
Sorrow paid for valour is too much to recall
Of the countless corpses piled up along the wailing wall

Melting down all metals, turning plows and shears to swords
Shun words of the Bible, we need implements of war
Chalklines and red puddles of those who have been slain
Destiny, that crooked schemer, says the dead shall rise again!

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy!

Now we've rewritten history
The one thing we've found out
Sweet taste of vindication
It turns to ashes in your mouth

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy!

If you're fighting to live
It's okay to die
The answer to your question is:
"Welcome to tomorrow."

Where do we go from here?

God have mercy!

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy!
Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy!

Mercy, mercy, mercy, mercy...
-------------------------

Songwriters: Nick Menza, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson & Dave Mustaine

Lyrics sourcehttps://genius.com/Megadeth-ashes-in-your-mouth-lyrics

'Ride Across the River' by Dire Straits (Song, Video)




Lyrics:

I'm a soldier of freedom in the army of the men
We are the chosen, we're the partisan, alright
Well the cause it is noble and the cause it is just
We are ready to pay with our lives if we must

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side

I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog of war
And we don't give a damn who the killing is for
It's the same old story with a different name
Death or glory, it's the killing game

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side

Oh, nothing gonna stop them as the day follows the night
Right becomes wrong, the left becomes the right
And they sing as they march with their flags unfurled
Today in the mountains, tomorrow the world

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side

Gonna ride across the river deep and wide
Ride across the river to the other side
------------------------------------

Songwriter: Mark Knopfler

Lyrics sourcehttps://genius.com/Dire-straits-ride-across-the-river-lyrics

Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve (Documentary)

Quoting from the introduction to this Documentary:

What is the Federal Reserve system? How did it come into existence? Is it part of the federal government? How does it create money? Why is the public kept in the dark about these important matters? In this feature-length documentary film, The Corbett Report explores these important question and pulls back the curtain on America's central bank.


Content Source: https://www.corbettreport.com

Transcript and Additional Resources are available at:

https://www.corbettreport.com/federalreserve/





The US National Debt Clock stands at 20.37 Trillion US Dollars today (TUE, 17-OCT-17).

Ref: http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/unitedstates

The alarming growth rate of the National Debt is graphically (pun intended) demonstrated below:

Source credit: https://www.usgovernmentdebt.us/federal_debt

'Canto Ostinato' (for 2 Pianos & 2 Marimbas) by Simeon ten Holt (Instrumental Music, Video - Minimalist Art Still images)

The Music was composed by Simeon ten Holt of Netherlands. The Visual Art is by Sharon Nowlan of Nova Scotia, Canada.




Credits: Besides the original content, this video was put together by Krishanth Suriyapragasam and information on the visual art was garnered from various User comments.

Monday, 16 October 2017

'Trails to Tsukiji' - Potato (NHK World program, Video)

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

The program visits the far northern island of Hokkaido, focusing on potatoes that gained brand recognition through strict selection standards, and producers aiming to proliferate Japan born new breeds of potatoes. In addition, unique Japanese potato dishes, and reservation only premium potato chips fried with rice oil are introduced as a part of Japan's potato culture.





Original Content Source:



Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp

Sunday, 15 October 2017

'Onsen' - Japanology Plus (NHK World program, Video on Demand)

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

Japan has many active volcanoes, which also means a lot of hot springs. Known in Japan as onsen, host Peter Barakan feels that these natural baths are "one of the best things about living in Japan".

They were used in turbulent times to heal wounded samurai, and the peace that followed gave birth to onsen tourism. More recently, new onsen businesses are taking off across Japan. Our expert guest this time is Michio Ishikawa, who has visited over 2,000 onsen. And in Plus One, onsen aquaculture!


This video can be accessed at the NHK VOD (Video On Demand) site at this link:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/japanologyplus/2032056/



Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp

Tabalai - an Ethnographic Musical Instrument of Lithuania (Music, Video)



'Dreams' by Gabor Szabo (Instrumental Music album)



Track list:

1. Galatea's Guitar (0:00) 2. Half the Day is the Night (5:40) 3. Song of Injured Love (10:05) 4. The Fortune Teller (14:12) 5. Fire Dance (18:43) 6. The Lady in the Moon (24:24) 7. Ferris Wheel (29:47)


Track list credit: Aguirre Cosmico

Saturday, 14 October 2017

'The Plurality of this World' - Quote by Sri M


A single understanding of something is a great detriment to the understanding of one’s self and the universe because the single vision becomes the fanatical vision. It has to move, change; it has to see the plurality of this world and its existence.


- Sri M (The Satsang Foundation, Madanapalle, India)

How Big Oil Conquered The World (Documentary)

Quoting from the introduction to this video:

From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of an area of our modern-day lives that is not affected by the oil industry. The story of oil is the story of the modern world. And this is the story of those who helped shape that world, and how the oil-igarchy they created is on the verge of monopolizing life itself.

Content Source: CorbettReport




This documentary is Part 1 of the 'Big Oil' series (Part 2 been 'Why Big Oil Conquered The World')

Link to additional information, transcripts etc., :

https://www.corbettreport.com/bigoil/

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Lie We Live (Short Video)

Content Owner/Source: Freshtastical

Quoting from the introduction to this video:

The Lie We Live (2015) is a video written & created by myself, Spencer Cathcart, which I originally published in January 2015.  It received over 26 million views, however a music company put a copyright claim on it over a small portion of background music. I've licensed new music to avoid this issue.  Otherwise this is the same video and the words are exactly the same.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

101 Cintamani Locations ✡️ New Atlantis World Tour (Video)

Quoting from the introduction to this video:

This video is a tribute to the Lightworkers participating in the Cintamani Grid project worldwide. Cintamani grid around the planet is one of the major tools for manifesting the Planetary Light Grid and the New Atlantean Society on Earth...




Content source: Arbre Solaire

'Yatsugatake: Outdoor Winter Play' - Journeys In Japan (NHK World program, Video)

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

The Yatsugatake mountain range-just 150 kilometers west of Tokyo-is a convenient destination for outdoor winters sports. Ice climbing is one of its popular attractions. Beginners can even get in practice on an artificial ice wall near a mountain hut before taking on the area's many waterfalls.

On Journeys in Japan we practice ice climbing and head to the summit of Yatsugatake's highest mountain, Mt. Akadake (2,899 m), passing through a ravine with a series of frozen waterfalls. 

Cveto Podlogar is an experienced alpinist who has scaled numerous peaks around the world. He is not only our reporter, but also our guide to the area's fantastic ice climbing and snow trekking.





Original Content Source:

This video can also be accessed at the NHK VOD (Video On Demand) site at this link (only until December 6, 2017) :

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/journeys/2007254/


Mt. Akadake. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


Jogo Ravine. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)



The highlights of this journey including a Travel log, can be read at:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/journeys/journey_20161206.html

'Sacred Mt. Ishizuchi: Autumn Trekking' - Journeys In Japan (NHK World program, Video)

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

At a height of 1,982 meters, Mt. Ishizuchi is the tallest peak in western Japan. It takes about three and a half hours to the summit if you board the ropeway for part of the journey. During the fall season many people hike up to view the autumn leaves.

Mt. Ishizuchi has been revered as sacred since ancient times. Mountain ascetics worship here to this day. It is also called "the mountain of life" by neighboring residents.

At the foot of the mountain lies Saijo City, where its plains' annual rainfall registers only 1,400 millimeters. But the rainfall on Mt. Ishizuchi is two to three times that amount, most of which flows into the city. The rich groundwater is said to rank among the tastiest in Japan. There are many public water fountains in Saijo.




Original Content Source:

This video can also be accessed at the NHK VOD (Video On Demand) site at this link (only until November 29, 2017) :

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/journeys/2007281/


Mt. Ishizuchi. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


Iron Chain Climb (Kusariba). (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


The highlights of this journey including a Travel log, can be read at:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/journeys/journey_20161129.html

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

'Woman in Chains' by Tears For Fears (Song, Video)




Lyrics:

You better love loving, and you better behave
You better love loving, and you better behave
Woman in chains
Woman in chains

Calls her man the great white hope
Says she's fine, she'll always cope
Woman in chains
Woman in chains

Well, I feel lying and waiting is a poor man's deal
And I feel hopelessly weighed down by your eyes of steel
Well, it's a world gone crazy
Keeps woman in chains

Trades her soul as skin and bone
Sells the only thing she owns
Woman in chains
Woman in chains

Men of stone
Men of stone

Well, I feel deep in your heart there are wounds time can't heal
And I feel somebody somewhere is trying to breathe
Well, you know what I mean
It's a world gone crazy
Keeps woman in chains

It's under my skin but out of my hands
I'll tear it apart, but I won't understand
I will not accept the greatness of man

It's a world gone crazy
Keeps woman in chains

So free her
So free her
So free her
So free her
So free her
So free her
So free her
So free her
So Free Her
---------------------------------

Songwriter: Roland Orzabal

Lyrics sourcehttps://genius.com/Tears-for-fears-woman-in-chains-lyrics

'Train of Thought' by a-ha (Song, Video)

Quoting from the introduction to this song video on a-ha's official YT channel:


'The black-and-white footage and animation in this video was actually the inspiration for the animation of "Take On Me." It originated as an art project for college, and went on to influence the generation of MTV.

The lyrics for this song were based on the existentialist authors and poets Hofmo, Hamsun and Dostoevski - Paul's favorites at the time.

"Train of Thought" was released as the third single from the debut album "Hunting High and Low" on 24 March 1986.

The video concept was designed by the same producers who brought "Take On Me" into the video mainstream.

Most of the video was old footage with animation. The live parts with the band were filmed during a break in the band's tour.'

Content source: aha




Lyrics:

He likes to have the morning paper crossword solved
Words go up, words come down, forwards, backwards, twisted round
He grabs a pile of letters from a small suitcase
Disappears into an office, it's another working day

And his thoughts are full of strangers
Corridors of naked lights
And his mind once full of reason
Now there's more than meets the eye
Oh, a stranger's face he carries with him

He likes a bit of reading on the subway home
A distant radio whistling tunes that nobody knows
At home a house awaits him, he unlocks the door
Thinking once there was a sea here but there never was a door

And his thoughts are full of strangers
And his eyes to numb to see
And nothing that he knows of
And nowhere where he's been
Was ever quite like this

And his thoughts are full of strangers
Corridors of naked lights
And his mind once full of reason
Now there's more than meets the eye
Oh, a stranger's face he carries with him

And at heart he's full of strangers
Dodging on his train of thought
Train of thought
-----------------------------------

Songwriter: Pal Waaktaar

Lyrics sourcehttps://genius.com/A-ha-train-of-thought-lyrics

'You Wreck Me Baby' by Tom Petty (Song, Video)

RIP Tom!



Lyrics:

Tonight we ride, right or wrong
Tonight we sail, on a radio song
Rescue me, should I go down
If I stay too long in trouble town

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

Now and again I get the feeling
Well if I don't win, I'm a gonna break even
Rescue me, should I go wrong
If I dig too deep, if I stay too long

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

I'll be the boy in the corduroy pants
You be the girl at the high school dance
Run with me wherever I go
And just play dumb, whatever you know

Oh, yeah, you wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do

You wreck me, baby
You break me in two
But you move me, honey
Yes you do


Songwriters: Michael W. Campbell, Tom Petty

Sunday, 8 October 2017

'Munakata: The Sea and Goddesses' - Journeys In Japan (NHK World program, Video)

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

Munakata City is located in northwestern Kyushu, facing the Sea of Genkai. As an ancient maritime trade route, Munakata opened its doors to international commerce and cultures, playing an important role in history. The city has been nurtured by deep faith since mythical times. And the 1,400-year-old Munakata Taisha, which worships three sister goddesses, is at the center of that faith.

Munakata Taisha holds an annual ritual in which the two elder goddesses-who live on nearby islands-travel to join their younger sister in Munakata. Hundreds of fishing boats take part in the spectacular Miare Festival, carrying vibrant banners.

Poet Peter MacMillan visits Munakata Taisha and observes the ritual-getting transported back in time. He also visits Oshima Island, the starting point of the festival, where there's a smaller shrine dedicated to the youngest goddess, whom islanders revere as the god of sea safety and good hauls. On Journeys in Japan, Peter MacMillan follows the traces of the ancient people who directed their eyes to the sea and beyond.





Original Content Source:

This video can also be accessed at the NHK VOD (Video On Demand) site at this link (only until November 22, 2017) :

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/journeys/2007280/


Okitsugu Yohaijo. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


Miare Festival. (Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp)


The highlights of this journey including a Travel log, can be read at:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/journeys/journey_20161122.html

'Kyoto Walls: Elegance Molded from Earth' - Core Kyoto (NHK World program, Video)

Update (15-OCT-17): Since the original video has been deleted, I have linked to another uploaded video and added a few images related to this subject.

Quoting from the introduction to the program on the NHK World VOD site:

The ancient capital's dignified air of yesteryear is in part generated by earthen walls: the walls of the imperial palace, shrines, temples and even private properties. Earthen walls imbue tea houses with a rustic air. Kyoto is blessed with soil of a color ideal for these walls. Plasterers over centuries developed and refined their technique to produce walls befitting a capital. Discover the aesthetic sensibilities and expertise of traditional plasterers as they pursue beauty in earthen walls.




Original Content Source (video not available anymore):

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/corekyoto/201709200600/


Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp


Photo credit: www3.nhk.or.jp