Category Archives: Consiousness
The weird little voice inside your head that says ‘I am Me’
Being that we have three active armed conflicts occurring at the moment (Israel v Gaza, Ukraine v Russia, and finally ISIS v anyone it can find ).
I would seem pertinent to point out multilateral treaties on conduct during war specifically pertaining to treatment of wounded individuals and non combatants, known as the Geneva conventions.
Without being too cynical in the fact that civilian deaths over the last century have proportionally increased relative to military personnel deaths, a set of agreed minimum standards of conduct were accepted in geopolitical struggles.
In a nut shell:
Much of the convention covers who is a soldier or can be treated as such, and given certain protections (such as a right to medical treatment if captured), and obligations (such as to state name rank and serial number) and what weapons and tactics can be employed.
Curiously despite certain weapon being banned, (chemical, biological, nuclear, fuel air bombs) many signatory states keep such weapons in vast quantities and occasionally deploy them.
Importantly mercenaries, snipers and spies have no protections.
Soldiers must have standardized equipment, wear uniforms and have identification and be a citizen of the state they are fighting for.
Civilians must not fight and cannot be killed or mistreated when captured.
Certain locations such as schools, hospitals and places of worship cannot be attacked.
So while it is a diplomatic agreement, breaches regularly occur, with some states being notorious for breaches of the convention.
Some excerpts from the convention relating specifically to treatment of civilians and prisoners.
The third Geneva Convention (“Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War”) covers members of the armed forces who fall into enemy hands. They are in the power of the enemy State, not of the individuals or troops who have captured them
Prisoners of war MUST be:
- Treated humanely with respect for their persons and their honour.
– Enabled to inform their next of kin and the Central Prisoners of War Agency (ICRC, the International Red Cross) of their capture.
– Allowed to correspond regularly with relatives and to receive relief parcels.
– Allowed to keep their clothes, feeding utensils and personal effects.
– Supplied with adequate food and clothing.
– Provided with quarters not inferior to those of their captor’s troops.
– Given the medical care their state of health demands.
– Paid for any work they do.
– Repatriated if certified seriously ill or wounded, (but they must not resume active military duties afterwards) .
– Quickly released and repatriated when hostilities cease.
Prisoners of war must NOT be:
-Compelled to give any information other than their name, age, rank and service number.
– Deprived of money or valuables without a receipt (and these must be returned at the time of release).
– Given individual privileges other than for reasons of health, sex, age, military rank or professional qualifications.
– Held in close confinement except for breaches of the law, although their liberty can be restricted for security reasons.
- Compelled to do military work, nor work which is dangerous, unhealthy or degrading.
The fourth Geneva Convention (“Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”) covers all individuals “who do not belong to the armed forces, take no part in the hostilities and find themselves in the hands of the Enemy or an Occupying Power”.
Protected civilians MUST be:
– Treated humanely at all times and protected against acts or threats of violence, insults and public curiosity.
– Entitled to respect for their honour, family rights, religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs.
– Specially protected, for example in safety zones, if wounded, sick, old, children under 15, expectant mothers or mothers of children under 7.
– Enabled to exchange family news of a personal kind. – Helped to secure news of family members dispersed by the conflict
– Allowed to practise their religion with ministers of their own faith. Civilians who are interned have the same rights as prisoners of war. They may also ask to have their children interned with them, and wherever possible families should be housed together and provided with the facilities to continue normal family life. Wounded or sick civilians, civilian hospitals and staff, and hospital transport by land, sea or air must be specially respected and may be placed under protection of the red cross/crescent emblem.
Protected civilians must NOT be:
– Discriminated against because of race, religion or political opinion. – Forced to give information.
– Used to shield military operations or make an area immune from military operations.
– Punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. – Women must not be indecently assaulted, raped, or forced into prostitution.
More info at: http://www.ifrc.org/
What would be the point of wining a war, if your society lost its humanity in doing so?
Today we remember the official beginning of the what was called then the great war, the war to end all wars. France and the British Empire had just declared war on Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire. At the time the British Empire was a truly world power with loyal colonies all around the world. Its not really possible to consider WW1 on its own but more as a pair of wars with WW2 being the sequel, that tried to not look like it was a sequel. The only real change to WW2 was the switch of sides of Italy who joined the axis forces and the trenches were moved to the English channel and cities in the Russian Steeps.
The real proof that the war was designed to have a sequel was the Treaty of Versailles, which forced Germany into crushing reparations. Germany simply had to have a war to get a new treaty that excluded the reparations.
Why did it happen:
Some people with no scruples and vast power decided that in order to further their aims they needed to:
- Collapse European monarchies, their only real competition.
- Kill off working class people in western Europe who might other wise become excess to requirement and therefore threat.
- Reduce the standard of living that had been improved by industrialization, to keep people poor and ignorant.
- Move and erase borders in Europe to allow their global finance cartels to expand further.
- Create division among people in Europe an the wider world, and divert their efforts into fear and the creation of weapons, so they did not focus on the real enemy, the globalists.
Dam obvious proof ? The war started with the assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Ancestral monarchs were an endangered species. This empire disintegrated after this war.
Several important but apparently subtle changes had just occurred.
Queen Victoria had died (1901) and the Edward VII died in 1910 leaving George V with just 4 years in the role before war diplomatic relations broke down and turned to war. George the V had to change the name of their royal house from Saxe Coburg Gothe to Windsor to sound less German and more English. Interestingly a similar ‘fast baton change’ occurred just before WW2 with George VI’s predecessor famously abdicating after less than one year, giving George VI just 3 years to prepare for war. Perhaps if either monarch had more experience war might have been averted (or was that the plan all along).
The British navy had just converted to being a petroleum powered fleet and thus was reliant on access to foreign oil rather than domestic coal. The first move upon entering the war war to send troop to Basra to secure British oil supplies form the state of Iraq which it later manufactured from the ashes of the Ottoman empire.
The United States had Converted their monetary system to the Federal reserve system largely controlled by European bankers.
Hiram Maxim had invented a workable troop carried heavy machine gun along with his own variant of smokeless powder, European powers copied his design and soon most major armies had heavy machine guns. The heavy machine gun completely altered the wars that would be fought, making charges with troops and cavalry against fortified positions hugely costly in casualties. The heavy machine gun was a weapon built to be defensive in nature, it was designed to mow down troops in crowds from a fixed position, itself being too heavy to be moved easily while in use. This made for a mutual siege and prevented any real advance without slaughter, leaving battles bogged down in trenches, where it might have remained had it not been for the Spanish flu (influenza) which swept the world in 1917 and hastened the end of a pointless waste of human potential. One wonders if we would still be in the trenches of western Europe now had the Spanish Flu now come along.
Developments during the war(s):
The British invention the tank, Churchill who was a military man during WW1 said he wanted a land based version of a battle ship to turn the tide of battle.
The tank became central to Germany’s successes in WW2.
Aeroplanes were in an auxiliary role in WW1 by by WW2 had become pivotal in many battles. In more modern times the aeroplane has now almost supplanted the navy as being real military power with the aircraft carrier now being the most important overt aspect of modern navies.
Germany had used chemical weapons during the trench warfare, but use of these weapons (chlorine gas and mustard gas) was frowned upon in subsequent wars though they sadly seem to be making a come back in more recent conflicts.
In WW2 Germany had produced the first jet fighters but had produced them too late to deploy them to great effect. Germans had also significant advanced the field of rocketry so the war closed, USA (operation paperclip) and USSR scrambled to capture German scientists and government officials to power develop their war machines, space programs and their hold over their own populations.
At the war closed The USA dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which opened a new trench warfare against USSR with the trenches being the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Both USA and USSR now had the secret of the atomic bomb and the rockets to deploy them and suspiciously eyed each other for 50 years occasionally weaving and feinting.
The true agenda of this war was to remove ancestral monarchs from Europe so there would be less people influential enough able to resist the globalist ambitions of the multinational banking families, who wished to expand their sphere of influence. The Russian Bolsheviks ousted The Russian emperors family (House Romanov ) from power 6 months before the war ended . The disintegration of empires was the hallmark of this war and it’s companion war (WW2) less than a generation later. By the end of these war both the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Ottoman empires were gone, reduced to small countries. While the Russian empire now became a Communist state was expanded particularly after WW2.
In fact by the beginning of WW2 it was no longer kings and emperors declaring war it was presidents, prime ministers and governments, though the British still went through the ceremony of asking for a royal rubber stamp for the process.
Following the industrialization of production in Europe there existed a growing bubble of excess labor and people who were becoming dangerously comfortable with the benefits of efficient production. People had free time and were beginning to educate them selves. This industrialization was perverted into a war machine with factories now turn to creating devices of destruction rather than creature comforts. This was the first industrial war with vast resources turned to supplying the war effort.
2 world wars
European empires destroyed: 3 ( Austro-Hungarian, Russian*, Ottoman.) *The Russian empire was destroyed but expanded as the USSR.
Empires on the decline: several (most notably the British; losing India in ’47 and Canada in the 60’s, Germany; losing its colonies during the first world war, and a third of its territory for half a century)
People killed: 6% of the worlds population, mostly working class soldiers and civilians caught int he crossfire. A disturbing trend of 20th century warfare has been the increasing numbers of civilians killed from one conflict to the next.
Winners? after WW2 USA was apparently a winner having stayed out long enough to pick a winner, or at least appearing to do so. Well the real winner was the federal reserve system shipping all this skimmed money back to the European globalist bankers. Russia was also a big winner having absorbed most of the former Austro-Hungarian empire and a good third of Germany, which it held until the USSR dissolved. The USSR (2.0) is coming back and beginning to re-absorb states that broke away in the 90’s. We are seeing this occurring with eastern Ukraine right now. As we know the House (of Rothschild) always wins.
So there you have it, an in a nut shell version of the WW1 you never considered.
Approximately 1 in ever 5 males in Australia volunteered to go to war in the 1914-1918 period, very few were to realize when volunteering, the appalling conditions in France and Turkey and the fact the war was just a geopolitical chess game run by European bankers to expand their own power.
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.
George Orwell (Eric Blair)
English essayist, novelist, & satirist (1903 – 1950)
From this article today, which you may have seen on television today if you watch ABC.
Now watch the video again considering these details which you may have missed:
1) Food was being delivered to people who would otherwise go hungry.
This means poverty is severe and welfare is clearly failing. This generally means there are very limited prospects for employment in this area because money is simply not flowing in this community.
2) Tons of food was being transported, in particularly vegetables and bread. Question is why aren’t these products being sold in supermarkets? Are supermarkets simply squeezing out local manufacturers?
3) The young woman (Stacey Binns) was working for no payment.
This means no amount of work she was doing would increase her disposable income, and would not start money flowing in her community. Therefore what she was really doing was being forced to perpetuate the poverty in her community.
4) The young woman (Stacey Binns) quite rightly pointed out that there are hundreds of application for every job advertised. Her chances are slim of getting out of the poverty trap deliberately created around her.
5) This is one of 18 high unemployment areas around Australia where this scheme has been rolled out this month and already the federal government wants to expand the scheme further making it nationwide by July 2015.
6) The government will spend 900 Million dollars rolling out this scheme, that’s almost enough to send a rover to the surface of Mars. It well known that these schemes are generally not successful and actually if anything reduce the chances of transition from welfare to work.
7) 900 Million dollars is enough money to give 18,000 people 50, 000 for one year, I think 18,000 people having a basics income would generate more jobs than a downward economic spiral. The almost 1 Billion dollars will be wasted on a variety of corporate scumbags lining up for a hand out while attacking people on benefits.
8) Work for the dole or ‘help and hassle’ welfare schemes only really function when the economy is super hot and unemployment is extremely low (2% or less), not when unemployment is well above 5%.
9) All of this has been tried before and even without the stipulation to engage in slave labor, when there are no jobs no amount of looking for them will be successful.
Proof? (Warning kiwi accents.)
I cant try any harder!
-A young man shows quite succinctly by canvassing numerous Auckland suburbs that the jobs were simply not there.
The clip is from a much larger series by Alistair Barry which you can find links to here:
Don’t be too impatient give it a few minutes, you are practically looking at a working crystal ball, everything you are seeing now in the Australian economy was tried in New Zealand 25 years ago. The result was a disaster, by the time the right wing neo-con government was voted out off office in 1999 , the economy was shrinking at 2% though strangely the government statistics department was claiming it was growing at 2%. Though that is a separate scandal in itself which strangely got very little media traction. Of course this all happened while most western economies were booming, showing how much of a complete failure it was to improve the economy.
This of course was simply a tactic to reduce the average wage and introduce a whole new strata of New Zealand society to a lower standard of living ,and quite a few to abject poverty. Interestingly this right wing government launched a radical slashing of welfare just after assuming office on a strong majority after a lack luster two term Labour government with leadership changes in the dying days, sounds too bloody familiar.
For reference in 1991 $50 NZD was worth about $86NZD in today’s money. The inflation problems experienced in Australia in the 90’s had already happened in NZ in the 80’s. Food prices are comparable with Australian prices though meat is about 20% less expensive due to exceptional livestock rearing climate (fertile soil, lack of drought and neither too hot or cold most years). Beer and other alcohol is 50% cheaper due to much lower excises, personally I think if it wasn’t the country would be empty and Bondi Beach would be full. New Zealand actually produces enough food to feed itself and all of Australia, a good reason to be in the good books with the bloody kiwis, or at least have a comprehensive invasion plan.
Ok now, memes and MSM bullshit aside, did Jonathon Moylan do all that much damage to (ASX WHC) Whitehaven coal ?
Not as much as you might think, WHC had been on the slide for 3 quarters before the ANZ corporate hoax. Investors dumping WHC in the previous 3 quarters had done more damage to WHC than Moylan. So effectively what Jono had done was arrive in time to see the rich obnoxious WHC house being burnt down by an angry mob and kicking in the letterbox while being cheered on the crowd of disenchanted. Of course a serious analysis might show this up but when you are underscoring the dangers of fracking (AKA CSG AKA coal seam gas), But why let to many facts get in the way of good publicity. WHC had been under preforming the ASX 200 for several years, the business cycle, carbon tax, but even this being said its really hard to know how much damage a single well crafted rumor can do.
We are after all talking about Keynesian economics, with adherents who believe you can print fake money to appease animal spirits, which then magically repair an economy.
I couldn’t resist and it’s friday, for the tinfoilers out there, this video is from 1984, spooky.
For the OM hard core: which eviction was this song played at?
It seems that Julian Assange is not the only victim of Swedish Government Political Correctness. When will people understand that just because something is bad (racism) doing the opposite is not necessarily good (Not allowing an opinion on cultural or religious practices of others.) Just because right -wing neo-con -liberals are assholes, it doesn’t mean that left-wing nut-jobs are not dickheads. It’s a bit like the Israel-Palestine conflict, if you are foolish enough to pick a side there, you haven’t understood the problem.
Let’s just blame white males instead. For everything. Because Hitler was a white male. Therefore….
Or , instead of letting yourself be sucked in emotionally like the Germans under Hitler, you could start to think for yourself: In the game of life, the devil always finds a new disguise, and it’s not necessarily what you expect.
Here is an update from Pat Condell on the “Insane Asylum” formerly known as Sweden.
This springs to mind:
A false dichotomy is a logical fallacy ( an illogical argument) which states there are only two option option A or option B. Clearly there are many possible choices for most questions. A perfect example is in every bottle store when one decides which drink one might like to have. If a situation is painted as having only two choices it is possible a false dichotomy is being offered. Given the choice of beer or wine, one might wonder why vodka or whiskey (or anything else) are not being offered. Some times political situations are deliberately polarized to create the idea of a false dichotomy where such a binary choice is neither real or even helpful.
In Australian politics for a significant period of time the false dichotomy of Liberal(+National) vs Labour(+Green) has been not only offered, but even reinforced by the STV voting system. The classic response to this has bee the third option the donkey (informal) vote. Of course this is people either disenchanted with politics or not fully understanding the system, but clearly represents an additional option. Funnily enough in the recent Australian senatorial president election there were two donkey votes, clearly they were deliberate as you couldn’t really expect two senators to not know how to vote. Well one donkey vote maybe was possible, but I’m not looking in my rear view mirror at anyone in particular. Sometimes such donkey votes are a protest at the futility of voting against such large voting blocks or even a subtle insult to an expected last place getter.
Sometimes geopolitical situations can be described at a false dichotomy by the puppet masters, particularly if it suits their purposes. Here is the last two ‘world’ wars and the real false dichotomy that was an likely still is in place. Of course if you attack the false dichotomy both sides of the dichotomy will be instructed to attack you, which ironically proves that it is a false dichotomy for all those awake enough to see through the cognitive dissonance.
Of course sometimes the situation is so complex that making a dichotomy of it is not possible, though some people will try very hard and often limit and distort information in order to do so.
Once again Facebook being used against its users, looking more and more like the matrix all the time.
Are you going to wake up once you have to plug a cable directly into your brain to use Facebook?
The frog boils slowly.
The blogosphere delivers again. We get a lot of blog industry people follow us here, sure they are welcome to, but this very recent addition had such cogent and culturally contrarian point it was really worth sharing.
Nice work friend.
*please note this link below may include commercial offers, traces of nuts or may have been use to process nuts.
I might kick back and have some whiskey and enjoy some Barbra Streisand, because guess what, I don’t give a _ _ _ _.
Recently the MSM went digging for quotes from original organizers who apparently wished to claim to be organizers but don’t want to identify themselves. These fools wanted to claim the Occupy Melbourne was an anti capitalist movement. When did I see it advertised as that? Never.
Just more bullshit from Marxists and their cronies trying to claim ownership but in a tangential way now that the name Occupy Melbourne is too hot to handle.
Occupy Melbourne was never Anti Capitalist
So to clear up the created confusion by a poorly researched initial two paragraphs we give you this:
So there you have it corporatism is a form of socialism, hence all the bank bailouts, another reason we went to occupy. So in reality occupy was an anti socialist protest that got infiltrated and sandbagged by socialists of various stripes.
There were of course some rather lame claims of this being a site for conspiracy theorists ( what a Nixon term ) so we leave you with the god father of 20th century conspiracy JFK. JFK decided it was time to start minting silver coins again through EO 11110 and then he was killed in broad daylight. Co-incidence? We’ll let you decide, we just wanted to make you aware of that.
We generally don’t promise or offer solutions, we just raise issues. Only you can decide and demand the world you want to live in.