Perspectives on Pentagon “Waste”

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US Military Just Admitted Its “Waste” Is “Double” Russia’s Whole Military Budget. Russia’s Military Budget Is 1/8 of What US Spends

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Forget Air Force One: Pentagon Wastes Billions and Billions Every Month

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Audit reveals Army’s trillion-dollar accounting gaffes

But those “gaffes” may not be accidental.

The U.S. Military Budget Is the Work of True Scam Artists

Slush funds, smoke and mirrors, and funny money equal weapons systems galore

Excerpt:

Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the Pentagon’s budget is as close to a work of art as you’re likely to find in the U.S. government—if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year—more, that is, than was spent at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined. And keep in mind that that’s just a partial total. As an analysis by the Straus Military Reform Project has shown, if we count related activities like homeland security, veterans’ affairs, nuclear warhead production at the Department of Energy, military aid to other countries, and interest on the military-related national debt, that figure reaches a cool $1 trillion.

The more that’s spent on “defense,” however, the less the Pentagon wants us to know about how those mountains of money are actually being used. As the only major federal agency that can’t pass an audit, the Department of Defense (DoD) is the poster child for irresponsible budgeting.

 

 

 

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“PizzaGate,” and the need to excavate the rot infecting civilization

I have been aware of the pedophiliac, murdering, Satanic ghastliness at the heart of deep state false power for many years, starting with my reading of Trance Formation of America. At the time I didn’t believe Kathy O’Brien’s account. Even so, I couldn’t put it down. I then discovered Fred Burks site, wanttoknow.info, and his massive section on Mind Control, which gave context to Kathy’s account of her own young life as a mind control slave trafficked to the halls of power. Then of course, there’s courageous David Icke, who has been determined to speak of the unspeakable for decades.

As I grew more and more used to the idea that this evil at the heart of civilization was actually not only possible, but real, it became more and more obvious that, since it prescribes behaviors and attitudes that are utterly at variance with the way most people think and behave, then it could be used to blackmail anyone who had been invited to parties where drugs and children were served.

As I told the young people I live with a few days ago, it’s not just Catholic priests and basketball coaches, and Jimmy Savile in Britain. It’s everywhere, this massive infection that poisons the waters of human feelings.

Of course my young, wonderful, idealistic housemates don’t want to believe me. Who does? I don’t either. But unless we stand unflinching to face what appears more and more to be the disgustingly unfortunate truth about the malignancy that has infected the world soul, we have little or no chance of eliminating it.

So now we have “Pizzagate,” stemming from the strange contents of some of the Podesta emails. This alt-news thread runs alongside the high principles exhibited at Standing Rock, as if in parallel tracks. We simultaneously inhabit two very different worlds, one of which thrillingly calls us to our highest selves, and the other which threatens to do us in if we continue to look the other way.  Are we going to persist in our blindness to the horror, “Eyes wide Shut”? Or will we finally wake up. The jury is out.

Was the Pizzagate almost shooting a deep state false flag? If not, it sure was conveniently used to demonize alt-media and “fake news” 

Activist Angel interview with the author of the above post, Juachim Hagopian.

 

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Veterans, filled with “spiritual fire,” now heading to Flint?

Leonard Crow Dog, a Lakota elder and highly-regarded activist, left, places his hand over Gen. Wesley Clark Jr.'s head during a forgiveness ceremony for veterans at the Four Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

Huff Post image and text: Leonard Crow Dog, a Lakota elder and highly-regarded activist, left, places his hand over Gen. Wesley Clark Jr.’s head during a forgiveness ceremony for veterans at the Four Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

All my (our?) nightmares of roving gangs of violent PTSD veterans ransacking the countryside in a Mad Max scenario of the End Times are being upended by this extraordinary upwelling of veterans utilizing non-violence and forgiveness ceremonies at Standing Rock to help begin to make things right again. Now, it appears that our beloved veterans may be heading for Flint Michigan, and the tainted water there.

Standing Rock Veterans heading to Flint

So I wondered, who is this Wes Clark, Jr., who started the facebook page that got his fellow vets activated, and who knelt in front of Leonard Crow Dog and begged forgiveness? And, wouldn’t you know, he’s the son of a famous general, the very one who let us know what was planned for the Mideast after 9/11. Remember this clip?

It appears that real courage runs in the blood. So grateful. And that Wes Clark Jr. now stands on his father’s shoulders, seeing further into the bleak or beautiful horizon, depending in large part on our use or abuse of precious water.

Wes Clark Jr. at Standing Rock: General’s activist son heads to North Dakota, driven by “spiritual fire” and “ready to be killed.”

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Re: Standing Rock’s cascading significance: Warnings from Derrick Jensen and John Trudell

While it’s wonderful to realize that we may be on the cusp of total transformation, a complete paradigm shift from biblical “dominion over nature” to indigenous “being a part of nature,” from “Earth belongs to us” to “We belong to the Earth,” let us remember, with Derrick Jensen that “One of the things that this culture excels at is taking any movement for justice and sanity and co-opting it into furthering the ends of this culture . . .”

“‘Sustainability’ is about sustaining this culture for a little bit longer — this culture that is killing the real world.” Including all the new renewable energy technologies . . like “sacrificing the desert to save the planet, by installing huge solar arrays in the desert.”

“This culture has long conflated itself with the real world. It’s so narcissistic that it thinks it is the world, that this culture is what needs to be sustained. We are taught from a very early age that this culture IS the world. That if this culture goes, then everything good will end. Well, I don’t think the meadow larks would think that. I don’t think the prairie dogs would think that.”

And, speaking of excavating and letting go of our cultural

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in “dominion,” let’s recall Native American John Trudell’s perspective on the contrast between Religion and Spirituality.

Transformation does not imply lifting ourselves above an old world-view, but rather excavating the bowels of our unconscious collective mind of the horribly wrongheaded and ultimately eco-suicidal attitude that we are separate from Nature, that we stand above Her, that She is ours to do with what we will.

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Veterans’ Standing Rock legacy deepens: Ceremony of Forgiveness

The historical significance of Standing Rock continues to build, as non-violent U.S. war veterans recognize what’s necessary if we are to heal. Yesterday they revealed, and asked to transform, the backstory to the present movement within our collective unconscious mind to remember, re-member, what is of real value. That backstory? The attempted genocide and ruination of Native Americans by our ancestors, the European invaders. This backstory is now front and center, thanks to our veterans, their very public apology and request for forgiveness.

Which reminds me: Remember Chris Mathews, his extraordinary take-down on MSNBC this past August of our original sin against Native Americans? That astonishment left us slack-jawed only three months ago. Meanwhile, as of December 4, when the permit was denied, at least 3000 veterans had joined an estimated 10,000 natives and their supporters at Standing Rock.

Now flash forward to the very next day, December 5, yesterday, the Ceremony of Forgiveness!

Yes. It may very well be that we have entered the time of miracles.

Meanwhile, again yesterday, on the bridge that divides Standing Rock from the police, veterans and natives joined hands.

Veterans and water protectors unite to reoccupy bridge held by police since violent confrontation

Imagine how deceased elders John Trudell and Red Crow would smile, were they to witness the beginnings of our recognition and embrace of Native Wisdom.

 

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Standing Rock: Victory, or trickery?

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Dakota Access Pipeline to continue despite Army Corps failure to grant easement

The fines Energy Transfer Partners face from the government’s decision may be less than the penalties they face from investors if pipeline is not completed by January 1, 2017.

I.e., as usual in the matrix world, FOLLOW THE MONEY.

 

 

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Reflections on the Astrology of Standing Rock Victory

The chart for the Standing Rock Victory (as near as I can figure: 3:28 pm CST) shows a geometric configuration integrating seven planets that, via 60° and 120° angles, of Sun, Moon, Mars, and Saturn, briefly harmonizes an extremely tense, long running and powerful T-cross among Pluto, Uranus/Eris, and Jupiter.

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I wish I could convey to you the excitement I feel, just looking at this chart! It truly does indicate a breakthrough moment, a possible historic tipping point when those who would stand as one with Mother Earth begin to absorb into their generous hearts those who would kill literally anything, including Earth herself, for temporary selfish gain. Do feast on all the celebratory images —

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— that even the MSM is now trumpets, while of course, noting that the historic decision by the Obama administration could be reversed come January 20th.

Be that as it may. The challenges are ongoing, and even though this months’ long non-violent action, guided with assurance and steadfast determination by Native American Elders and buttressed in myriad ways by supporters across not only this vast land but the entire globe, appears to have at least temporarily succeeded in its precisely targeted aim, we all know that this is not the end of the struggle for Earth and her inhabitants; this is but the beginning.

Meanwhile, let us also feast on the fact that the strong T-cross in cardinal signs of initiation, featuring (primal, death and rebirth) Pluto in (structural) Capricorn square (90°) from both (unpredictable) Uranus/(discontented) Eris in (brave) Aries and directly across (180°) from (expansive, philosophical) Jupiter in (diplomatic, cooperative) Libra will be moving in and out of alignment through May 2017, making further breakthroughs likely. Let us rejoice, and meanwhile, let us also be grateful that stern Saturn currently transiting through Sagittarius, aligning harmoniously with the T-cross, is disciplining us to channel our energies within an ethical perspective of first principles, recognizing in this case that above all, WATER IS LIFE.

Given that focus, imagine just how those who would kill water and their own emotional life, feel. But do they feel? That’s the rub. According to David Icke, one who can be counted on to focus on first principles himself, in truth these souls do not feel. And this, in truth, is why they can do what they do. Why they can do what none of the rest of us could or would do. The water inside them is either deficient or poisoned. Let us pray for them, and for all who do not realize that this is what human living is for, to fully feel our own feelings, and as we do, to expand to feel others’ feelings, and beyond that, to the feelings of the insects and animals, the plants, the rocks, soil, trees, rivers, the sun and stars, the wind, indeed, the entire cosmos, as it breathes through us, we the self-aware ones who are living, here now, in great gratitude for our temporary victory and girding ourselves resolutely for the long haul.

 

 

 

 

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Standing Rock Statement of Gratitude

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement

December 4, 2016

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Cannon Ball, N.D.— The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II.

“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision.

We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.

Throughout this effort I have stressed the importance of acting at all times in a peaceful and prayerful manner – and that is how we will respond to this decision. With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones, many of whom have sacrificed as well. We look forward to celebrating in wopila, in thanks, in the coming days.

We hope that Kelcey Warren, Governor Dalrymple, and the incoming Trump administration respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point. When it comes to infrastructure development in Indian Country and with respect to treaty lands, we must strive to work together to reach decisions that reflect the multifaceted considerations of tribes.

Treaties are paramount law and must be respected, and we welcome dialogue on how to continue to honor that moving forward. We are not opposed to energy independence, economic development, or national security concerns but we must ensure that these decisions are made with the considerations of our Indigenous peoples.

To our local law enforcement, I hope that we can work together to heal our relationship as we all work to protect the lives and safety of our people. I recognize the extreme stress that the situation caused and look forward to a future that reflects more mutual understanding and respect.

Again, we are deeply appreciative that the Obama Administration took the time and effort to genuinely consider the broad spectrum of tribal concerns. In a system that has continuously been stacked against us from every angle, it took tremendous courage to take a new approach to our nation-to-nation relationship, and we will be forever grateful.

 

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On “Deadline” Day: Still Standing at Standing Rock

Update: Wow! Just in! Army Corps Denies Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline.

I feel sorry for the police in North Dakota. Can you imagine trying to do your job when more and more, it becomes obvious that your job is to “protect” corporate greed? As one veteran put it, the police are doing the job he was doing when he was in active service — protecting the corporate greed of big oil.

Can you imagine standing out there in the biting cold for days upon end, hoping that the Injuns would just get tired and go away? But they don’t get tired, and they won’t go away. They are not concerned for their own comfort, but for the seventh generation, and for all Life on Earth. For them, the issue is simple: WATER IS LIFE. How many of the rest of us perceive the world in such starkly elemental terms?

It’s obvious where our transformed set of values need to come from. Finally, after hundreds of years of being killed, marginalized and ignored, the fierce gentle aboriginal way is ascendant, and even the disgraced MSM is paying attention.

Let us rejoice.

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Well, no wonder! One story says 5000 veterans have now arrived at Standing Rock.

U.S. Veterans Form Human Shield

BTW: I read somewhere that the North Dakota has backed off threatened $1000 fines to those coming with supplies. But can’t find the reference now.

Another post has protectors gifting supplies from their camp, which they note, is full of abundance, to the police! Magnificent.

Standing Rock Sioux Offer Amazing Lesson in Compassion — Donate Supplies to Law Enforcement

Dennis Kucinich wrote a letter of praise to the Veterans, and admonished:

Please hold the line, but do not cross it.

As you support and protect the prayerful, non-violent lead of the spiritual leaders of the tribe, the elders, you will ennoble this great cause and set the stage for a great transformation in human relations.

My wife and I look forward joining you on Monday.

 

 

 

 

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Everything is holy now

So very grateful to have been born into a family where spirituality is the ground of our being. Raised Roman Catholic, we seven remaining siblings have evolved to inhabit different psychological and intellectual universes, as well as different versions of the sacred. Even so, it is there, it is there! — inside all of us, and guiding the way home. I contrast this with the atmosphere that a friend of mine inhabits at work: she’s in her early 50s, and her co-workers are all young technological geeks in their 20s, for whom the holy is foreign. She herself was brought up Quaker, and says she can feel herself needing to return to this spiritual root.

A few days ago I was on the phone with my son Colin, of the Garden Tower Project. We spoke of the word “ethical,” and together decided that each of us is going to use that word in public from now on, to indicate why we make certain choices.

So, on this day which may be a showdown day for the water protectors in North Dakota, let us pray for the unifying vision that will hold all of us, protectors, veterans and and police alike, those who would return to Nature and those who have forgotten Her, inside the same flowing, oceanic Love.

Finally, in hearing this song I’m reminded of the day not even two months ago when we sibs danced around the altar at St. Benedict’s Priory in Jerome, Idaho. Brother Mark, a new leader in the Dances of Universal Peace tradition, taught us a song, and its movements, and we danced. So special, that day of commemoration for our sister Mary, who had recently died, the first of us to cast off her body for the mysterious unknown.

Mark sent this song out to us. We can all imagine him singing it, and know that he will do so next time we meet.

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