Dec - 2002 "Idaho Observer" -- There are none so blind as those who will not look. If you are one of those who will look, take a look around. You are surrounded -- surrounded by millions who will not look. These are the blue pill people. Who are these blue pill people and why won't they look?
“The Matrix” may be only a movie, but it presents some scenarios with much relevance to our current situation. In the movie, Neo meets Morpheus and is offered an opportunity and a choice. Neo can take the red pill and see the truth for himself, or he can take the blue pill and return, comfortably unaware, to the illusion of the Matrix. There he can live out his life undisturbed by the truth. The truth depicted in The Matrix is an extreme version of modern socialism.
In the futuristic scenario of the movie, a massive array of human beings are kept in self-contained pods that resemble artificial wombs. These “row-cropped” human entities are maintained in their pods, from their in vitro conception until they are no longer useful to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) entity. The AI entity needs certain things from these “humans” for its own sustenance, so it continuously breeds new human crops and extracts from them what it needs. In return, the AI entity supplies the humans' needs with several permanent intravenous connections and a neural link. The neural link provides the pod-bound humans with a complete illusion -- the Matrix. In the AI-created illusion the humans have a normal life in a real world. In reality, however, the civilized world was destroyed some time ago and humans have been harvested as crops for the benefit of the Al entity ever since. The Matrix is a complete digital holographic type “world” created by the AI entity to mentally contain its human crops while it extracts what it needs from their pod-bound bodies.
In the movie, when Morpheus is about to offer Neo the choice between either the red pill or the blue pill, he explains:
“You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain -- but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life; that there's something wrong with the world; you don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?”
“The Matrix,” Neo asks?
“Do you want to know what it is? The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes; it is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
And Neo asks, “What truth?”
“That you are a slave Neo, like everyone else, you were born into bondage; born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch; a prison for your mind. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to experience it for yourself.”
Those few humans who were either born into reality, or have successfully taken the red pill, become the focus of the movie's story -- their attempts to destroy the Matrix and liberate the mass of humanity that lives completely encapsulated in their pods and the illusions fed to them by the powers that be -- powers that will go to any length to maintain the illusion.
Extreme, but not much different than our modern system of corporate government and capitalistic socialism. The governing powers need things from us, not the least of which is our consent. To obtain our consent we are fed all manner of benefits. We are programmed from an early age to believe that such benefits are necessary. To obtain these benefits, a number of conduits are attached to each of us. Adhesion contracts like Social Security, a driver's license; voter registration for a pretended choice of social masters, bank accounts where credit is manufactured for our use and other memberships, registrations, licenses, deeds and permits to insure the conduct of our affairs will be confined within the “matrix” of corporate governance.
We are given our own numbered &ldquood,” a social net provided by the government. Educated according to mandates of the state, our belief system is further cultured by corporate media.
There are various forms of “welfare” should we succumb to poverty or disease. If we are threatened or in danger we can call 911. Government's job of “securing” us is made easier by the massive database tracking our movements, our finances, the location of our homes and businesses and our tax records. When old age creeps up, we can rely on government to take care of us.
The corporate/government/financial interface combines to create a massive illusion of benefits -- the American dream. For the price of a promise to indebt our future labors, pay our taxes and play within the system, there are seemingly limitless toys, castles, comforts and consumables for those who believe in this Matrix. For half our productivity taken in taxes (the other half in payments) and the deeds and title to whatever we think we own, government and its private affiliates will take care of us.
To live in this Matrix, all we have to surrender is any genuine sense of independence, personal responsibility and our right to live freely and actually own the fruits of our labors.
And, like in the movie, a contingent of agents are deployed to combat any renegade humans who have a will for freedom from the Matrix which surrounds us.
As Morpheus expiained, “The Matrix is a system Neo, and that system is our enemy. When you are inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, the very minds we are trying to save. Until we do, these people are part of that system and that makes them our enemies. You have to understand that most of these people are not ready to be unplugged and many are so hopelessly dependent on the system, they'll fight to protect it.”
Why will blue pill people fight to protect a Matrix that enslaves them? It's all they know. And all their toys, castles, comforts and consumables will be gone without the Matrix. Their whole illusionary existence will evaporate, leaving them naked and alone.
What won't the blue pill people in our current “real” world look at? They refuse to acknowledge they are they are funding their enslavement to a socialist homeland police state. Last month, a few “red pill” people traveled to D.C. for an eloquent conclusion to Freedom Drive 2002, exposing the fraud of the l6th Amendment, the IRS, and the federal income tax. But the blue pill people remained comfortably in their coma, ever willing to pay a tax they do not owe. They fund Congress and the Nazi/moron president's implementation of America's new Third Reich, so they can feel “secure.”
And, so the blue pill people can finally understand what really happened the morning of September 11, 2001, Henry Kissinger, the angel of death and global tyranny, will investigate the facts and tell us the blue-pill truth. Will Americans really believe the Doctor of genocide?
Hidden away on the 6th floor of the Department of Justice building is the secret FISA Court. U. S. attorneys have been going there for years to get secret search warrants from in-house, rubberstamp judges under the guise of “national security.” This parallel “legal” system can order clandestine searches of citizens' and non-citizens' homes. From the “evidence” gathered, we can be secretly declared “enemy combatants” and held indefinitely at U. S. military bases.
Remember the detainment camps those paranoid conspiracy theorists told you about years ago?
U.S. officials claim they can detain and interrogate enemy combatants until the executive branch declares an end to the war on terrorism. This includes no access to lawyers or family members; investigations, interrogations, trials and punishments can be held without the protections secured by the Constitution. The Nazi/moron president's administration says there is ample precedent for what it is doing. Are we following the “ample precedent” of a man named Hitler?
Meanwile, the Congress has passed the American Gestapo Authorization (Homeland Security) Act which defines a terrorist as:
“The term “terrorism' means any activity that -- involves an act that is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources; and is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State or other subdivision of the United States; and appears to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.”
As a test for social compliance, 838 blue pillers recently passed blissfully through an unconstitutional random roadblock in Pittsburgh without “seeing” the real “terrorists” in Homeland Security's new America -- the police state (See page 22). Is our present police state “dangerous to human life” and “destructive of critical infrastructure” like the Bill of Rights? Is it “against the laws” (18 USC 241; 242) to deprive a citizen of their right to travel and be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects? Do random roadblocks, by design, “intimidate or coerce a civilian population?” What happens if you don't comply with the roadblock?
The next test for blue pill compliance will be mass inoculations for smallpox. Will the blue pill population literally trample all over each other to get their shots as some officials predict? Has the vaccination “matrix” been so well entrenched in the blue pillers' minds that they will actually let mercury, monkey puss and aborted fetal tissue be injected under their skin based on an unproven theory that such things promote health and prevent disease?
And what greater “matrix” is there, than our current “fiat;' financial system? We “believe” that a piece of paper with the picture of a dead president has the value of the number printed on it and that one dead president is more valuable than another. We don't even consider that the use of this dead president paper is the direct cause of our own enslavement.
Have you ever seen your bank account? It's not there. Only the slight-of-hand practiced by the teller and the accountant behind the scenes makes this illusion look real to the blue pill people.
How deep does the rabbit hole go? Near the end of the movie, the Matrix's agent Smith acclaims the virtues of the Matrix to the captive red pill people's leader Morpheus: “Have you ever stood and stared at it? Marveled at is beauty; its genius? Billions of people, just living out their lives -- oblivious.”
Corporate propaganda has infiltrated local TV newscasts.
The Center for Media and Democracy and Free Press recently exposed 77 local stations that had slipped corporate-sponsored "video news releases" -- segments promoting commercial brands and products -- into their regular news programming.
Stations disguised these advertisements as genuine news reports and passed them off to viewers without disclosure. This deception is a serious breach of the trust between broadcasters and their communities.
CMD, which conducted the investigation, caught 77 local stations that had slipped corporate-sponsored “video news releases” — segments promoting commercial brands and products — into their regular news programming. These advertisements were passed off to unsuspecting viewers as legitimate news reports.
This deception is a breach of the trust between local stations and their communities. By disguising advertisements as news, stations violate both the spirit and the letter of their broadcasting licenses, which obligate them to serve public interest.
More than 80 percent of the stations snared in the investigation are owned by large conglomerates. A list of the worst offenders reads like a who’s who of big media, including stations owned by:
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Clear Channel Communications
News Corp/Fox Television
The evidence suggests a strong tie between media consolidation and the use of deceptive, pre-packaged propaganda.
There’s a reason for this: VNRs are free. Reporting news that’s meaningful to local communities isn’t. By opting to air a VNR instead of sending a reporter into the field, station owners save a fortune.
Corporate PR firms offer local stations VNRs knowing there’s a built-in incentive to use them. By dressing up fake news as local reporting, stations cut costs and increase profits.
On April 6, we delivered a formal complaint to the FCC, urging the agency to take immediate and strong action to stop this widespread abuse. The CMD investigation — sampling less than 1 percent of local newscasts — exposed only the tip of the iceberg. It’s likely that fake news reports have been aired on hundreds of other local newscasts.
Free Press and CMD continue to pressure Washington policymakers to guard our airwaves against the spread of fake news.
Help us send a strong message to the FCC: Investigate this abuse by local news stations, enforce and clarify exisiting rules and penalize all broadcasters that truck in fake news.
I love this too much to stop reposting it -- impudent crusader
When the Weapons of Mass Destruction thing turned out not to be true, I expected the American people to rise up! ...ha They didn't. Then when the Abu Gharib torture thing surfaced, and it was revealed that our government participated in rendition, a practice where we kidnap people and turn them over to regimes that specialize in torture, I was sure then; the American people would be heard from. We stood mute. Then came the news that we jailed thousands of so called 'terrorist suspects' and locked them up with out the right to a trial or even the right to confront their accusers. Certainly we would never stand for that. We did. And now it's been discovered, the executive branch has been conducting massive, illegal, domestic surveillance on its own citizens; you and me. And I at least consoled my self that finally, finally, the American people will have had enough. And evidently we haven't. In fact, if the people of this country have spoken, the message is "we're ok with it all." Torture, warrant less search and seizures, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial, or any trial, war on false pretenses, we as a citizenry are apparently not offended. There are no demonstrations on college campuses; in fact, there is no clear indication that young people even seem to notice.
We've lost the right to demonstrate at a presidential or vice-presidential appearance as well. The secret service can now declare free speech zones, to contain, control, and in effect, criminalize protests. Stop for a second, and try to fathom that; at a presidential rally, parade, or appearance. If you have on a supportive t-shirt, you can be there. Yet if you are wearing or carrying something in protest, you can be removed. THIS in the United States of America! THIS in United States of America! Am I the only one embarrassed?!
And what I'm most sick and tired of, is how every time, somebody disagrees with how the government is running things, he or she is labeled un-American. Speech in this country is free you hacks! Free for me, free for you, free for anybody to stand up to their government and say 'stick it'!!! I object to the government using its power to squash the constitutional freedoms of its citizenry. And God forbid anybody challenges it, they are smeared as being a heretic. We are Americans, we are Americans, we are Americans
Last night I went to bed with a book, not nearly as much fun as a twenty-nine year old, but the book contained a speech by Adele Stevenson. The year was 1952. He said, "The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live. And fear breeds repression. Too often, sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to freedom of the mind are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism." Today it's the cloak of anti-terrorism. Stephenson also remarked, "It's far easier to fight for principals than to live up to them. I know we are all afraid. But the Bill of Rights, we have to live up to that; we simply must.
You know what I miss most about our country? Not the loss of our civil rights so much as our compassion, soul, our humility. We seem to be becoming a mean people. Learned Hand once said, "Liberty lies in our hearts and once it dies there, no constitution can save it." I want a kinder and gentler nation.
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