Monthly Archives: July 2006

Getting Outside the Matrix

Disillusionment is bitter medicine. It might seem that we can be more comfortable by remaining blissfully ignorant. But that is part of the illusion, too. Ultimately our comfort, our freedom, our happiness, and our very survival depend upon accurately perceiving reality.

The mainstream media can no longer be counted on to do anything but feed the myths and illusions that are an essential part in the machinery that enables centralized control and domination.

But the world is not devoid of tenacious investigators with the courage to expose the inner workings of what Rudolph Bahro has called “the mega-machine.”

One of my favorite investigative reporters, whom I consider to be among the most insightful and reliable sources, is Greg Palast. His columns are rarely published in America but often appear in the Guardian newspaper in the U.K.

Here is the lead from Greg’s latest email newsletter.

BLOOD IN BEIRUT: $75.05 A BARREL

The failure to stop the bloodletting in the Middle East, Exxon’s record second-quarter profits and Iran’s nuclear cat-and-mouse game have something in common — it’s the oil.  By Greg Palast, July 26, 2006

This article tells why nobody (Iran, Saudi Arabia, or the United States) seems interested in stopping the current bloodletting in Gaza and Lebanon.

If you want to read the full story, or get on his email list, go to www.gregpalast.com

 And while you’re at, get a copy of Richard Moore’s book, Escaping the Matrix. You can get it through Amazon.com.

Human Unity and World Peace

It was more than thirty years ago that I embarked upon a journey to discover the root causes of the world’s problems. I think I’ve made some progress in that. There are so many things that separate us from one another, from God, and from nature.

I think John Lennon was inspired when he wrote the lyrics to the song Imagine. Along those lines it occurs to me that much of the problem derives from our being overly identified with inherited mindsets. Each of us is born into and indoctrinated in a particular nation, culture and religion, all of which shape and color, and even distort our perceptions of God and reality. But the true nature of God is revealed from within, not from without. The true Self, or Divine Self, cannot be realized by following ANY particular set of rules, rituals, and formulas.

I think the current wave of “fundamentalism” represents a desperate seach for answers about how to live, how to avoid divine punishment, and how to guarantee one’s reward in some imagined afterlife beyond death. While the various “wisdom books” can be helpful in affirming ongoing revelation, they are no substitute for it and should not be worshiped as icons.”The way” cannot be contained in ANY book.

Another film I can’t wait to see – America: Freedom to Fascism

Aaron Russo’s new film promises to disilluision any remaining true believers in the myth of American democracy. Here’s one reviwer’s comment:

CBS News: “Four Stars (Highest Rating). The Scariest damn film you’ll see this year. It will leave you staggering out of the theatre, slack-jawed and trembling. Makes ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ look like ‘Bambi.’ After watching this movie, your comfy, secure notions about
America — and about what it means to be an American — will be forever shattered. Producer/director Aaron Russo and the folks at Cinema Libre Studio deserve to be heralded as heroes of a post-modern New American Revolution. This is shocking stuff. You’ll be angry, you’ll be disgusted, but you may actually break out in a cold sweat and feel a sickness deep in your gut; I would advise movie theatre managers to hand out vomit bags. You may end up needing one.”
— Todd David Schwartz, CBS

Michael Moore’s new film, Sicko

Sicko is the title of Michael Moore’s newest film. Based on Moore’s update [http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php], it promises to be another blockbuster. I hope he will highlight the following (I’m not a physician but these are my carefully considered views):

  1. prescription drugs are dangerous (I, personally, would not touch most of them with a ten foot pole),
  2. an enormous number of deaths each year are caused by prescription drugs,
  3. the Medicare drug “benefit” benefits mainly the drug companies and threatens to bankrupt the Social Security system.
  4. nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle approaches are much safer and generally more effective,
  5. people need to take greater responsibility for their own heath.