In a "must watch" interview, Abby Martin speaks to retired US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell during the GW Bush Administration. In a nutshell, Wilkerson says that the US has become an Imperial War Machine—a "military-industrial-congressional complex" that manipulates the media, falsifies intelligence, and celebrates conflict as a means to corporate profits and expansion of the empire.
Swedish documentary (with English subtitles) about Livets Ord ("Word of Life"), a "Word of Faith" church in Sweden. The documentary questions the financial management of the church, and investigates its former leader and founder Ulf Ekman, who—before his move to Catholicism—was a "prosperity theology" preacher. But just who was getting prosperous? Anyone who has heard our interview with fraud investigator Ole Anthony ("Fleecing the Flock") will find this no surprise, but sad nonetheless.
A listener kindly drew my attention to this perceptive article by Justin P. McBrayer, associate professor of philosophy at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. The piece connects the issues of Common Core (as discussed with Dr. Duke Pesta, here and here) and the question of Moral Facts (as recently discussed with Dr. Glenn Peoples). It's worth a read... and a sigh.
I would like to have been able to reproduce this article at TMR, but I can't for copyright reasons, and I can't even ask permission without writing to their postal address; so that's that. (In a way, it's a bit of cheek considering the bulk of the article is a collection of quotations from Francis Schaeffer's writings.) Whatever...
Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on US territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.
In the fall of 2015, the world descended into an economic apocalypse that will transform the globe into a single cashless society. This bold prediction is based on trends in nations all over the earth as shown in the article below.
As we enter 2016, we are only beginning to see this Epocalypse form through the fog of war. The war I’m talking about is the world war waged furiously by central banks against the Great Recession as the governments they supposedly serve fiddled while their capital burned.
A long-time listener − indeed, a friend of the show − kindly drew my attention to this short video commentary by SGT Report on the new The X-Files miniseries. In the commentary, they show clips from the I-think-poorly-scripted programme in which a large collection of "conspiracy theories" − and, indeed, conspiracy theories − is discussed. This being mainstream TV, SGT report asks: Why are they doing this? Why are they allowed to do this?
Sir Edward Leigh, "We will end up with a list of tens of thousands of law-abiding, non-extremist groups, and Ofsted inspectors will try to justify their existence by picking on the occasional conservative religious group and brand them non-compliant with British values", Hansard, Westminster Hall (20 Jan 2016)
On Wednesday there was a debate in the UK Parliament on the government's mad and poorly-thought-out proposals to introduce a nationwide registration scheme for any "out-of-school education setting" providing instruction to under-nineteen-year-olds for more than six hours in any week... to counter extremism, of course. After all, if you want to check on a few, you have to check on everybody, don't you? So let's just hope that the really obnoxious groups bother to register...
While I have a healthy respect for the observations—though not all—of the good "Archbishop" and join with him in a sense of horror at the persecution of so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe, I note a subordinate clause in one of the Archbishop's sentences the significance of which, at least on this occasion, seems to have escaped him:
Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Micah Zenko comments upon the US Military's addiction to the "kill-em’-all with airstrikes" approach to fighting ISIS, and helpfully tots up some of the numbers for us.
A recent bombing in the Turkish city of Istanbul has left at least 10 dead and 15 injured. The government in Ankara was quick to blame the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), claiming the bomber was “Syrian” and had crossed over from Syria into Turkey before carrying out the terrorist attack.
The French, who know much about intrigue, have a very useful expression, “an Italian scandal.” This means a scandal or plot that is so complex or tangled it defies understanding, and never gets solved. The death of 96-year old Masonic Grand Master Licio Gelli this week reopened the mystery of Italy’s greatest and most murky political scandals. I’ve been following this wonderful case since the 1980’s. Gelli, a lifelong Fascist, was what was known in the US as “one of our SOB’s.”
As I said in TMR 122, I don't mean to suggest that what's going on in the UK, or in the US, or in other Western nations, is directly parallel to what happened in Germany during the 1930s, but when I read this book by Milton Mayer, I cannot help but hear some chilling echoes. Authoritarianism needn't reveal itself in identical ways in different times and places, as Francis Schaeffer was very careful to point out in his books, but that makes it all the more insidious.
In a beautiful video, Martin Erdmann combines selections from the Book of Romans in the Bible with footage from Broad River at Chimney Rock, North Carolina. A particularly fitting presentation, I think, given what Paul (the writer of Romans) says about the Creation: that, through its very being, all human beings are able rationally to intuit the existence and nature of the One who created it - the Creator.
A great video compilation of eyewitness statements about the demise of the Twin Towers, clearly showing that many people suspected very early on that these building had been brought down, not just by aeroplane impacts plus fire, but also through the use of additional explosives.
I know it's a bit tangential to the kinds of media items I tend to flag up here at TMR, but the news of Pierre Boulez's death - probably France's greatest living composer (until yesterday) - is something of a landmark for me. As some of you know, I used to write music for a living... for a few years anyway. (Yes, I actually managed to get some commissions, and even had a BBC performance... once.) Anyway, one of the composers who significantly impacted my musical style was Pierre Boulez, and I've had a love of his music ever since. (I know it's not to most people's tastes, but... well, neither is blue cheese... and I wouldn't be without that either!)
I mentioned FiveRedPears in conversation with The Nephilim Boys, so I thought I'd share one of his videos. As I said, he's a Scotsman (at least his accent suggests so) and he comes over as competent in geometry. Anyway, I'd like to see a flat-earth theorist deal with this...
"In 2015, there were 385 terrorist incidents around the world according to Wikipedia. Of these, 94% were attributed to Muslim perpetrators or occurred in Muslim countries surrounding the world’s most resource-rich region. The geographic pattern behind these and previous attacks suggests that terrorism is more a function of the need to seize resources than it is about religious or political beliefs. The terrorist events of 2015 continue to fuel speculation that most terrorism is government-sponsored and focuses on achieving political objectives."