Take a look at the following two articles.
BP chief Tony Hayward sold shares weeks before oil spill | via @ Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/7804922/BP-chief-Tony-Hayward-sold-shares-weeks-before-oil-spill.html
Fertile material for conspiracy theorists – yes?
It is a fact that a number of people made a lot of money out of the two disasters. Some conspiracy theorists reason back from the results of the disaster – some people made huge profits and the government hugely extended its surveillance and other powers over citizens lives – to the theory that 9/11 was a false flag operation – an inside job.
So while we are on the subject of conspiracy theories consider this possibility (my contribution to the conspiracy debate). Have you ever visited a gypsy fortune-teller? If you are African or Haitian ever consulted a witch doctor for advice about your future? Ever read a horoscope or consulted Tarot or I-Ching? You will be a rare person if you answer – no – and anyway it's all a con game, hokum, hocus pocus. You don't believe in it. Yet in the middle of the last century both the Soviet and USA invested millions in investigating psychic powers for military and espionage purposes. They have since told us they abandoned the research as it was a failure, and of course if a spy tells you something you can take it as truth.
But what if ….. What if the spies lied. If there existed such things as psychic powers, who do you think in society would make it their business to know about it and corner the market? And what would they do with it? Use it for a good purpose like preventing bad events from happening or minimising the damage? Or studying the future event to work out how to maximise their profits and extend their power?
These days of political correctness and multi-culturalism have been accompanied with extraordinary intolerance and harassment of Christians. Christians, of course, are quite clear in their minds about the spiritual position of psychic powers/magic/witchcraft – take your pick. They also accept that such powers are often the tools of hell because hell is our enemy and the enemy of God's creation. God totally forbids their use. Scriptures don't explain why but I suggest logical deduction provides the answer. The use of any such power can bring about the destruction of our world – our lives – in multiple ways. The destruction of our lives and our world is hell’s objective. If the ability existed to really know the future, the future would be destroyed. If members of our secretive elite had someone/s who could really predict the future – they might not seek to prevent the event from happening, but allow it to run its course while seeking to make as much profit, financially and power-wise, as possible. And they could also help themselves to the proceeds of any lottery going.
Christians have the antidote to such a dangerous experiment. Prayer. Just in case our immoral, greedy, feckless and reckless elite are using such destructive powers, all Christians should pray that God/the gods/divine powers seize/confiscate such powers and take them out of irresponsible government' hands.
Pray that the psychic powers of secret organisations will be taken away by the Divine.
Documentary “The U.S. V.s John Lennon”
The US VS John Lennon Preview and Synopsis With John Lennon Timeline http://beatlesnumber9.com/usvjohnlennon.html via @ beatlesnumber9
“His message is still alive” (Yoko Ono) and perhaps even more relevant in our age of surveillance. John Lennon complained that his phones were tapped and he was subjected to overt surveillance, that is he was being followed and those following him made sure he knew it. The intelligence services admitted he was in their sights. Let us learn from history and be warned by John Lennon’s experience. Just because “they” are watching you, does not mean they will be there to stop a bullet coming your way. If they were watching him, funny they didn’t notice the assassin.
The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.
By John Whitehead
“Why should anyone trust a government that has condoned torture, spied on at least 35 world leaders, supports indefinite detention, places bugs in thousands of computers all over the world, kills innocent people with drone attacks, promotes the post office to log mail for law enforcement agencies and arbitrarily authorizes targeted assassinations? Or, for that matter, a president that instituted the Insider Threat Program, which was designed to get government employees to spy on each other and ‘turn themselves and others in for failing to report breaches,’ which includes ‘any unauthorized disclosure of anything, not just classified materials.’” — Professor Henry Giroux
Why should anyone trust a government that kills, maims, tortures, lies, spies, cheats, and treats its own citizens like criminals? For that matter, why should anyone trust a government utterly lacking in transparency, whose actions give rise to more troubling questions than satisfactory answers, and…
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In the sixties an interesting film was made called”If”. At a time when the humbler social classes were showing the astounding success of grammar school and single-sex secondary modern schools for girls, by accessing the top Universities in equal numbers to the elite children from public schools, where just two decades earlier most of these children only received primary education, “If” considered what might happen if ordinary children attended the elite public schools and learnt how the upper classes obtained and retained political and social dominance.
Alongside this there is also William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” which suggested the end result of children being left to their own devices without adult supervision and control, a model for feral children.
It has often been noted that society’s feral children come mainly from two social groups. Moral degenerates at the bottom of society, not to be confused with the working class although every opportunity is taken to do so, and many children of the wealthy upper classes. The common cause is parental neglect by policy. The degenerates can’t be bothered to look after their children and neither can the upper classes, unloading the chore onto servants who are not allowed to discipline. The gutter class dump their children onto the street, and the upper class dump theirs into boarding schools.
There is considerable historical literature about the peculiar, in every sense of the word, system of British upper class boarding school education. Children of a very young age, Spartan-style, separated from their mother’s or whoever was caring for them and coralled with other children in an institution which supposedly in loco parentis, carried on the parental neglect, turning a blind-eye to life threatening bullying from other children and ignoring teachers who doled out violent punishments or were pederasts.
Weird! What was going on? The wealthy upper classes are insufferably precious. Why should they opt for such a cruel child-raising regime for their pampered kids?
One answer is the system worked. The children at these insititutions knew they were privileged. That awareness of privilege was reinforced at every turn. Bullying served to reinforce the social class dominance. Children not part of the elite discovered at their cost and it was practice for the elite in defining exclusive and inclusive boundaries of who was “one of them” and who wasn’t. If you had power, you could bully. The abused learn to abuse. Being subject to violence in childhood teaches you how to carry out violence – as a norm of human behaviour – in adulthood. Bullying and the brutality of the teachers were valuable lessons in torture, psychological domination and manipulation and the knowledge that depending on “who” you were you could get away with it. Laws were something that were applied to “inferiors” not to you.
These methods of physical isolation, not being free to leave, being subjected to arbitrary deprivation, insult, humiliation, sexual assault and violence are all methods cults have used to brainwash and control their recruits. Along with the constant refrain “you are special. You are superior. The outsiders are evil, not entitled to any respect and you are free to abuse and exploit them as you wish”. These methods are particularly powerful when practiced on children, when the brain is malleable and in the process of being hard-wired for adult life.
These circumstances bring about another unusual effect. Under normal conditions children are totally selfish and do not form strong peer bonds with other children. However, in circumstances of collective adversity this breaks down and children sometimes do form incredibly strong peer bonds which can last a lifetime. What better way to enforce upper class exclusivity?
In the sixties the children from these elite public schools were entering the elite Universities and for the first time in history about half the other young people there were not from their privileged caste but from all classes of society. The children of the elite could no longer take their privileges for granted. They were being competed with on the basis of merit, and often out-performed by “inferiors”. Inferiors whom they had been taught how (albeit informally) to keep “in their place” with destructive manipulative psychological techniques, rape and torture. All under the wraps, covertly, of course.
In short order grammar schools were abolished along with single sex secondary modern schools for girls, and the status quo has been restored. Most politicians and high ranking members of the judiciary and intelligence agencies are the product of elite private schooling.
When you read history, a study that has been discouraged/abandoned in schools you start to notice patterns in events. It resembles a wave pattern – periods of cultural wealth and success succeeded by huge population loss through war or natural disaster. Cultures rise and fall.
Perhaps this is just a natural tide in human affairs and when you look more closely at particular events, explanations become apparent. Explanations up to a point. But there always seems to be something missing. Reading history has an unsettling effect. Your mind is tweaked in the same direction as a detective trying to get to the bottom of a crime. Is what is obvious the full and real explanation? Are events actually what they seem or has something important been concealed? Does the explanation fully explain what happened or have we just been given a plausible account, with further questions quietly discouraged?
In human life there are always these gaps in our understanding. Our minds may be satisfied with the seemingly logical/rational explanation, but our instincts for survival are more highly tuned. We sense something is missing and it makes us uneasy.
In the area of spiritual beliefs our ignorance and therefore uncertainty is so profound that some thinkers have described our collective religious beliefs as “The God of the Gaps”.
Perhaps conspiracy theorists are the God of the Gaps where our historical knowledge is unsatisfactory or incomplete.
Conspiracy theorists have pointed to the Irish famine and argued that it was started deliberately, which could only have happened if “people in charge” knew something the rest of the world was unaware of – in that particular case the use of seagull guana’s use as a fertilizer with potato blight, potatoes being the subsistence crop of the very over-populated Irish.
Other conspiracy theorists have pointed to the Great War, the causes of which have always been controversial for historians and mystifying to common sense thinkers everywhere – suggesting the intention was to cull the growing European populations, a possible political threat to the ruling classes.
Oddly conspiracy theorists have left the Highland Clearances alone. Instead this blatant calamity which caused mass migration from the Highlands of Scotland directly caused by the motivation for profit of the ruling elite to get rid of their inconvenient population is routinely treated as an historical non-event, as if it was not very significant.
So you read history, you start to discern patterns and you realise that often historical explanations, like religious explanations, do not fully cover the situation. And this is the ground on which conspiracy theories grow.
Like the detective trying to uncover the facts, where the evidence might well be non-existent or concealed, you resort to reasoning backwards, from effect to likely cause.
Take just the three events mentioned. The Highland Clearances, the Irish potato famine and the Great War. What do they have in common? One common factor is population growth, specifically population growth of the working population, either outstripping their subsistence resources leading to political unrest with the potential of an uprising against the ruling class or just an increase in such numbers that that alone represented a threat.
Now look at the end result of each of these disasters. The Highland Scots, always militant and quick to rebellion were driven out of the country.
The huge Irish population through death and mass emigration was reduced to a sustainable level and not likely to man a popular uprising against their English masters and exploiters.
The Great War put the majority of the male population of Europe under the direct military control of their state’ ruling classes – no Russian revolution here!
Each of these catastrophic events served the same purpose – maintaining the status quo. The ruling class remained the ruling class and their position was protected from a mass political uprising from the oppressed majority.
Isn’t it just these kind of coincidences which make the dedicated detective take a closer look, especially at the beneficiaries of the disasters.