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Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.


Broken News

I happened to stumble upon Rachel Maddow’s show a couple of days ago and was greeted by a proclamation of a breaking news story, one that she and MSNBC alone were privy to. The lead in promised that her “scoop” was an amazing bit of journalism, and indeed it appeared to be.

It was, as it turned out, a political poll that showed that a significant number of people disagreed with President Trump about something or other. The problem with this poll was that it failed to show the number of people questioned or their demographics, which to my mind at least nullified this "proprietary-only-we-have-it“ would be scoop.

This kind of thing, much like the unattributed stories so prevalent in the mainstream press these days simply plays on the fears of the public, without providing any source material to backup the assertions. This is the crux of what we call "Fake News" and is a gross disservice to all who consume these purported news stories.


The Dark Clouds Of Conflict

Make no mistake about it, the dark clouds of battle hover over the nation’s capital. Donald Trump’s minions are engaged in an all-out warfare with the U.S. Deep State version of the intelligence services. President Trump appears to be in conflict with the entrenched intelligence community on many levels.

The recent take-down of Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, based partly on unsubstantiated intelligence leaks along with reputedly lying about his interaction with Russian government sources appeared to be a soft "coup d’├ętat” by dissident factions of the CIA, NSA and FBI. Aided and abetted by Trump’s brand of unscripted, haphazard and chaotic political tweets that flood the media, the battle rages on. But there’s more to the story than this.

The conventional Democratic and Republican parties have miserably failed their constituents. The pundits and political professionals all failed to properly read the pulse of the public. It is true that Hillary Clinton was clearly an uninspiring and compromised candidate, due to her ties to Wall Street and war mongering, but her loss went deeper than that.

Amidst this ongoing political conflict there is another crises at work, and it is both global and systemic. The Deep State factions world-wide, whether conservative or liberal, are being disrupted by mass protests of the disenfranchised. These storm clouds are bearing down not only in the U.S. but across Europe as well. And yet once again the political elites are tone deaf, failing to understand what is happening, Oh so sad.


The Dissemination Of Truth

Not all that long ago (in geological time) “Truth”, as opposed to false doctrine, was dispensed by monks of the Holy Roman Church in their laboriously written script.

Today, of course, it most often appears in the Mass Media or the jottings of widely dispersed bloggers, some of whom merely “retweet” dubious information that is called by some as “fake” news.

It is the speed of this communication that is different, not necessarily the trusted source (or lack thereof). That and the fact that illiteracy was so pronounced that few outside the Church elite could even read what the monks were scribbling on their parchment.

In view of our broken educational system, I find myself wondering if this isn’t what we are experiencing today in our inner cities and other pockets of the poor, where illiteracy runs rampant.


Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Christmas is here again - almost without fanfare this year. Probably due to the raucous noise of the election having dominated our thoughts these past several months.

We are all of us saturated by news events from both mainstream and alternative sources, some “fake” and some not. It seems to require a high degree of discernment or a well-honed bullshit meter these days to tell the difference.

I must admit that I paid a certain amount of attention to the North American political circus through the long-distance lens of a foreign expat presently residing in the Ecuadorian Andes. I didn’t however cast a vote.

To my own surprise, after 100% of the nation’s media and most of the pollsters indicated that Hillary Clinton would be the winner, Donald Trump emerged victorious. And now a nation that is still deeply divided and unsettled is inching ever so slowly towards some kind of equilibrium, even though the Democratic partisans still cannot come to grips with their loss.

Only time will tell whether or not the “deplorables” were correct in their faith in Mr. Trump as their president. It is, however, a proven fact that the professional politicians who have been governing ‘We The People’ have been doing a really lousy job of it, so I’m willing to give the new President Elect and his cabinet appointees some elbow room before passing judgement. As they always say - actions speak louder than words.

And so I wish all my friends, familiars and readers a heartfelt Happy Holidays.


The Lost Interview of Steve Jobs

Here's a little treat for all you 'hippy/computer nerds', a just-found interview of Steve Jobs that was lost in shipment from London back to the U.S. It is one of the most thoughtful and introspective interview of Jobs ever conducted. Click link below.

Steve Jobs Interview


Who Is The Immigrant ....

Hm-mmmm ... this might be a little too subtle for at least a few of my eight readers, but think in terms of Melania Trump as the immigrant. (A tip of my hat to the Admin of "The Burning Platform").



The perfect ending to a horrific, tumultuous, divisive US election. Click below:

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah sung by K.D. Lang


Newest Clif High Bombshell

There is a web link that is worth clicking on, just to see what is going on within the Deep State of the USA, especially the current political election.

The guest on the Greg Hunter USA Watchdog show is the Internet data mining expert Clif High of www.Halfpasthuman.com. To view click on:

Clif High Youtube Post


And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouching toward us … drawing nigh.

One can easily insert one or the other’s names of our hapless presidential contenders to the paraphrase of William Butler Yeats’ poem. Rough beasts indeed.

But this is an election that I will sit out, voting for neither one of these two would-be “leaders of the free world”. No matter who ‘wins’ this contest, at least half the citizens of North America are the losers. Not much of an election mandate is it?

I must admit that were I to cast my vote it would probably be for Donald J. Trump ... just to see all the professional politicians freak out in fear of what The Donald would do in the way of draining the swamp that is Washington, DC.


After watching the final presidential debate (North American version) I found myself outraged at the politicizing and pussyfooting around the serious issues in this U.S. election. Both candidates were equally to blame, as anyone other than a dyed-in-the-wool supporter would be forced to admit. Snarky rejoinders and hurled barbs took the place of statements about substantive issues that divide the electorate.

Were this clown circus not simply meant as 'entertainment' for the ill-informed, it would have been a complete disaster for the purpose of providing a proper context for what ails the United States of America.

And the clock is ticking. There is less than mere days remaining until the election itself, yet the nation is still hopelessly divided. How is it possible that the country of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson has put forth two such disliked and tainted individuals to serve as the heads of their respective political parties? How is it that this once-great country has sold itself so cheaply.


The one thing that this election cycle proves is that my beloved former country is in the midst of crashing and burning ... spectacularly.

Never in all of my 87 years have I witnessed this level of spite and angry vituperate remarks from one candidate to another as from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It is simply well beyond the bounds of the usual political devisive discourse of previous elections.

Regardless of the outcome of this political battle, the United States of America itself will desolve into a bloody class civil war. How sad!


I will probably receive a lot of heat for this post, but I would only ask that you read it in full before passing judgement, The editor/administrator of one of my most often read internet blogs, Jim Quinn of "The Burning Platform", has absolutely nailed it with regard to our current electoral circus. Check it out at:

The Burning Platform


Here is a partial quote from Martin Armstrong of Princeton Economics, a rebel-rousing debunker of anything governmental. Armstrong is someone I read daily in my meager "media briefings".

".... Hillary’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury will be Larry Fink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock. He will get to sell all his stock in Black Rock tax free. This is why these people take these positions in addition to ego. They have to sell their shares and the law allows them tax-free status because this is a requirement. Why do you think Robert Rubin and Hank Paulson from Goldman Sachs took that position. Besides helping Goldman, they get to cash out tax free."

Hm-mmm, I didn't know THAT. Did you?




A Note To Those Who Still Remain Behind:

We are deep into The End Of The World as we know it). The Dark Days are upon us. The inescapable truth is that the world is almost certain to experience change (both good and bad) of such a magnitude that will have a massive impact for the majority of the unsuspecting world’s population for years and probably decades to come. It is, alas, the coming reality of humanity's Great Regression.

We are the generations that must adapt to these painful changes. And there is no short term action taken by any of our governments that can alter the bad outcomes. They have tried, and failed. And that, as even those who are slumbering in denial would admit, is something that everybody already knows.

Our politicians, those who would lead us, those who make the laws that govern our lives, have mostly sold out to the lobbyists and peddlers of graft and corruption. As we see daily, those with the deepest pockets with which to buy the votes are those who reap the vast rewards of these ill-gotten gains. The rest of us, and the 47% as they are so dismissively called, cannot win this lopsided political game of exploitation. This is not conspiracy theory run amock, this is the sad reality of our lives today.

However, simply escaping from oppression is not really what it's all about. What is needed is finding a place where you and yours can practice and enjoy peace, harmony and gratitude in the company of like-minded people in these protracted hard times ahead.

Those who have 'Eyes To See and Ears To Hear', will act. Those who don't, well ……...

There is more. Check out: Vilcabamba Healthy Living.



I just stumbled upon a news link that blows away all the competition. It is where the new generation of information gatherers go for their perusal of "what's up" in our world.


Try it. You'll love the 21st Century graphic interface .... Guaranteed!