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    Making America Great Again ...


    Maybe the sign should be amended with the words "... operated by individuals with an IQ above room temperature."
    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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    Until recently I drove a green-colored car. But I never did that.

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    The future is now ...


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    What you see is what you get ...


    Here You Come Again


    Dolly Parton


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    Speaking of seeing what you get ...

    Asbestos Found in Baby Powder. You'll Never Guess How J&J Respond!... #PropagandaWatch

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    "On this week's edition of #PropagandaWatch we examine a case study in corporate spin as a thoroughly researched and meticulously documented Reuters report is marginalized with a magic two word phrase. Corporate stooges and PR lackeys take note!"


    Published on Jan 9, 2019
    SHOW NOTES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=29601

    17:13 minutes


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    "President Trump’s Tuesday night address reminded Americans and migrants alike that we’re all in trouble"




    The Humanitarian Crisis in the Oval Office


    "A day before President Trump delivered his first Oval Office address, a Florida prison employee named Crystal Minton was quoted in the New York Times. Hurricane Michael tore most of the roof and fence off her workplace, so the incarcerated were relocated to a Mississippi prison that is a seven-hour drive away. Thanks to the partial government shutdown that has resulted from Trump’s masturbatory wall fight, the corrections officers being sent there to work two-week shifts aren’t being paid for their service or reimbursed for their travel. Minton, a mother of seven-year-old twins, was understandably upset. But then she told on herself, and on many Trump supporters.“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” Minton said to reporter Patricia Mazzei about Trump. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

    On Tuesday night, Trump reminded his flock that he wants to hurt the right people. He didn’t appear excited to be giving the address, and subsequent reporting verified that he was pushed to do it. Sounding like a tired lounge act singing to the few fans who still love his old songs, Trump once again marched out a fresh list of immigrant crimes and promised varied nonsense about his mythical border wall. It’ll end sex crimes, surely a chief concern of this president. It’ll help African Americans and Hispanic Americans the most, also high up on his list. The wall will stymie those darn coyotes who smuggle people across the border, the ones who are thriving now thanks to his policies…oh, well, never mind that — did you know that it’ll stop heroin, meth, cocaine and even the Fentanyl that is primarily coming from China? Boy, that’s some wall.

    It was a concert of Trump’s greatest hits. His re-election could be yours for the low price of $5 donations to his campaign, or in the official-sounding “Official Secure the Border Fund.” Frightened Americans, your safety is but a click away.

    The most racist part of all this wasn’t the unjust stereotyping of southern migrants as bloodthirsty rapists, drug dealers and cop-killers. It was the suggestion that building a wall would be a compassionate action.

    “This is a humanitarian crisis. A crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul,” Trump said of the situation south of the border. Border crossings rose in 2018, but they had already been dropping precipitously since President Obama’s first term in office.

    However, what is rising is the number of families with children coming to the border seeking asylum or crossing illegally. Rather than devise a humanitarian solution to this dilemma, the Trump administration decided that separating the families as a deterrent and incarcerating the children would be the best way to go. Women and children are being held in Customs and Border Protection “iceboxes” nicknamed las hieleras, in which conditions are below healthy human standards and may have contributed to the death of a Honduran woman named Roxana Hernández in ICE custody last May.

    The deaths of two Guatemalan children, ages seven and eight, in CBP custody late last year didn’t make it into the president’s address lamenting this “humanitarian crisis.” When Trump said the words “America’s heart broke the day after Christmas,” for a half-second I thought he might mention Jakelin Caal Maquin or Felipe Alonzo Gomez, who died on Christmas Eve after being held too long in cramped facilities. Then I remembered all the racist stuff that this president has done and said, and I wasn’t surprised when he began talking about the murder of Cpl. Ronil Singh by an undocumented suspect during a traffic stop. Trump falsely blamed Democrats for the deaths of the children, so perhaps he feels no accountability at all.

    The “humanitarian” language was previewed by Vice President Mike Pence on news shows days earlier, and fell just as flat then. Which humans are they talking about helping? Are they trying to protect white people in America, those scared of immigrants but who may be choking to death on pollution or working unpaid federal jobs during the shutdown? Are they trying to liberate people of color who Trump says are being hurt by undocumented immigration, but are denied their discrimination claims by his government? Who is this white savior of a president trying to save but himself?

    We are now in the 19th day of a partial government shutdown, which, in two days, will become the longest ever. There will soon be a different kind of march on Washington if he doesn’t get his act together. But his racism and pride make for a toxic mix, and he can’t escape this invisible prison that he has built for himself. His solution to the shutdown has no future, and even he seems to realize it. Trump will go to the border later this week and make a big show of things. But there may even be Trump supporters like Minton who now realize that he really doesn’t care about any human but himself. If we learned anything from that address, it is that he will keep hurting us all."


    By Jamil Smith
    Source" RollingStone

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    Hey President Trump ...

    I'm coming over ...




    Changing water to wine

    On the Border



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    HOW EXPENSIVE IS ICELAND? Reykjavik & the Blue Lagoon

    Gabriel Traveler


    Published on Jan 8, 2019

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    Wasnt he in Iceland last year Gio

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    Quote Originally posted by Aianawa View Post
    Wasnt he in Iceland last year Gio
    Very good !

    Yes he was on his way through Northern Europe to Greece at that time ...
    I believe he usually looks for (and catches) flights
    that are deals for his travel plans ...

    Curious to see where he might be heading next ?

    Hoping soon for New Zealand or Tasmania/ Australia ...


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    Surf Girls Jamaica

    (Extraordinary People Documentary) - Real Stories Original

    Surf Girls Jamaica focuses on Imani Wilmot, an inspirational Jamaican surfer who uses the sport as a means of transforming the tough lives of the women around her, in Kingston and surrounding areas.

    Imani has harnessed the power of surfing to empower these women through training camps which bring women together to learn the mindful art of riding waves. This develops self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for the environment and a deep sense of community.

    Globally, Imani has taken it as her personal responsibility to empower women of colour to have access to surfing and see a place for themselves within the global surf industry."


    Published on Jan 10, 2019

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    Inside the Mind of Edward Mandell House, Administrator

    Originally aired January 20, 2015: Richard Grove of TragedyandHope.com and PeaceRevolution.org joins us on this month’s edition of Film, Literature and the New World Order to discuss “Philip Dru: Administrator” by Edward Mandell House. We examine the man behind the work and how the novel presages House’s time as the power behind the throne of the Wilson presidency.



    SHOW NOTES AND MP3 AUDIO: https://www.corbettreport.com/philip-dru-flnwo-23/

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    "Edward Mandell House (July 26, 1858 – March 28, 1938)
    was an American diplomat, politician, and an adviser to President Woodrow Wilson. He was known by the nickname Colonel House, although he had performed no military service. He was a highly influential back-stage politician in Texas before becoming a key supporter of the presidential bid of Wilson in 1912. Having a self-effacing manner, he did not hold office but was an "executive agent", Wilson's chief advisor on European politics and diplomacy during World War I (1914–18) and at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. In 1919 Wilson, suffering from a series of small strokes, broke with House and many other top advisors, believing they had deceived him at Paris ... More here

    Published on Jan 10, 2019

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    It's been one of my standing pet theories for some time now that there is at least one shadowy "Edward House type" here in the U.S. behind every rising political star, every administration, and most all of their international relationships and negotiations.

    The tricky part would be spotting them in real time.
    The unexamined life is not worth living.

    Socrates

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    Gary Lachman was a musican who played with Blondie and Iggy Pop. He became interested in the occult by way of Colin Wilson who wrote a book which also REALLY influenced me. I bet it influenced many people as did other Wilson books The Occult is almost encyclopedic but very engaging and worth re-reading. In addition Wilson, who died in 2013, wrote over 100 other major books.

    GL talks about knowing Wilson


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRr7lsDtQsE


    Colin Wilson presents what he considers to be the fundamental ideas in his works in the video below.

    The Essential - Colin Wilson
    0:00 to 8:22 Introduction

    8:22 to 53:00 Notes on Abraham Maslow: The Peak Experience

    53:00 to 1:07:29 The Self-image Concept: Conclusion


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH9JlvbDS7E


    Here is one tribute



    It’s hard to believe that Colin Wilson has passed on. In his youth, he claimed that most people die because they lose the will to live, and fall prey to boredom and listlessness. He claimed that, with a strong sense of purpose and optimism, any human being should be able to extend their lifespan beyond normal parameters. And for most of his life, Wilson seemed to exemplify this. Even in his late 60s – when I first met him – he seemed amazingly full of vitality, young way beyond his years, with a full head of black hair, bright curious eyes and an athletic gait. But in June 2012, Colin Wilson suffered a serious stroke from which he never recovered, and eventually died on December 5th last year, at the age of 82.

    Colin Wilson was a giant, in many ways. Over six foot tall, with a deep resonant voice and a strong sense of self-assurance, he seemed to naturally become the centre of attention wherever he was. He was an intellectual giant too. Wilson was sometimes criticised for proclaiming himself as a genius, or the most important writer of his generation. ‘Genius’ is a term which is very difficult to define. The best definition I can think of is ‘a person who shows incredible creativity and insight which goes way beyond their education or social environment, and seems to endlessly flow from an unknown source.’ And in these terms, Colin Wilson certainly was touched by genius.

    The odds were stacked against him. Born into a poor working-class home in Leicester in 1931, he left school at the age of 16. Most people are the products of their environment, at least to a degree, but Wilson was one of those rare human beings who seemed to be born fully formed, destined to become what they innately are, no matter what circumstances they’re born into. His early life was a struggle against his environment to allow his authentic self – and the role he was meant to fulfill – to become manifest. He knew from an early age that he was going to be a writer, but for the first 8 years after leaving school, he drifted from one menial job to the next, struggling to find time to read, research and plan his books. Eventually he hit upon the solution of sleeping rough on Hampstead Heath, so that he didn’t need to spend money on rent, and could just work part-time in the evenings while spending his days writing his first book, The Outsider, in the British Museum reading room.

    Fortunately, The Outsider was a massive success, becoming an instant best-seller. Nearly 60 years after publication, it still seems an amazing book – so vast in its scope and so profound in its insights that it would have been impressive if it had been written after a whole life time of reading and contemplating, rather than by a 24 year old. Looking at it now, the book seems strangely modern, both in style and content – the sure sign of a book which was way ahead of its time, anticipating (and helping to generate) the human potential and new age movements which are so powerful at present. The Outsider is a study of individuals who don’t fit into ordinary life because of their powerful ‘dynamic’ impulse to grow, to open themselves up to new experiences and become more than they are presently are, wider and deeper with a more intense awareness of reality.

    From that point on, Wilson followed his ‘destiny’ as a writer with amazing determination and dedication. He was probably the most productive author of the 20th century, eventually publishing 181 books, as well as countless articles and reviews. The range of his interests was amazing too. Possessed with an uncanny ability to absorb and retain information, and then to organise and systematise it, he became an expert in fields as diverse as philosophy, psychology, criminology, paranormal phenomena, ancient civilisations and literary criticism. He was also a prolific novelist, and an occasional playwright.

    As Wilson was aware himself, this diversity worked against him, since it meant that he didn’t have a clear identity as an author, and that his ‘serious’ philosophical work wasn’t taken as seriously as it merited. It also meant that other more territorial academics and authors felt that he was trespassing into their domains, and reacted with hostility to his work.

    Wilson as an Agent of Evolution

    All through his life, Colin Wilson felt a strong sense of mission, a feeling that he was marked out for a special purpose. And I think he was right. I view him, and his work, in evolutionary terms.

    Evolution is partly a process whereby living beings become increasingly complex and organised physically, but it’s also – perhaps even primarily – related to consciousness. Evolution is a process by which living beings become more conscious of the world around them, and more conscious of themselves – a process of the expansion and intensification of consciousness. That has held true since the development of the first single celled amoebi three and a half billion years ago, through to bacteria, plants, insects, reptiles. mammals, through to primate and modern human beings. And I believe seers and visionaries like Wilson are part of this process, as ‘agents‘ of evolution. In a sense, they are evolutionary ‘throw forwards’, who experience – slightly prematurely – an intensified awareness themselves, and try to encourage its development in other human beings too.

    continued here: https://www.stevenmtaylor.com/essays...ilson-tribute/
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