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Anderson Cooper was seen interviewing two older Muslim men immediately after the Paris attacks of November 13, 2015. He asked them why young Muslim men would go to Syria and support ISIS. The answer he received was profound, “Because they have no other opportunity to prove they are men.”
What would happen if people realize that they have power and that representation is no longer necessary? What happens if the science of human intelligence and the genius of technology are used to serve for the emancipation of human potential rather than as a weapon of control? It is not encryption or blockchain technology itself, or Bitcoin or WikiLeaks that determines the course of destiny. It is you and I, each one of us who are the true active agents in history.
On June 19, 1940, during another very dark hour in world history, Dr. Carl G. Jung wrote a very brief note to Mary Conover Mellon, a philanthropist who was to go on to found the Bollingen Foundation, which later published his Collected Works. On this particular date, World War II in Europe had already begun ten months earlier, and Dr. Jung feared this would be his last chance to communicate with one of his primary benefactors. He obviously thought this was very important to say. When I read his message this morning, it brought tears to my eyes, so I feel it is important to share with my readers.
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Since September 15, 2008, the Bush-Obama Administrations have given $19 TRILLION to the banking industry, while letting the banks harvest the life’s savings of a very large percentage of the American People; that’s $19 Million Million given to the banks (yes, that’s $19 million x $1 million). The American Middle Class has been hung out to dry by ALL of the politicians in Washington, and most especially by Wall Street.
Since September 15, 2008, Wall Street has been given $12 Trillion MORE than has been spent on ALL the wars The United States has fought since the beginning of the country, including The American Revolution, The War of 1812, The Civil War, The Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The combined total cost of ALL of those wars in inflation adjusted dollars is $7.2 Trillion; chump change compared to the largest illegal transfer of wealth in the history of the world.
Our politicians and courts have allowed the banking industry to be PAID DOUBLE on most defaulted mortgages; once by the bailout, and once by helpless homeowners, who did not have the where-with-all to fight them.
In my opinion, practically all foreclosures since September 15, 2008 have been fraudulent, and I believe there are multiple class action suits for fraud waiting to happen across the United States. Put simply, in my opinion the banks that claimed properties in foreclosure were no longer owed the debt, making their foreclosures fraudulent.
On September 15, 2008, I happened to be at a conference that included some members of the 1%. We had been watching the news of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy all morning, and I overheard one of them say, “It was stupid of us to have a financial crash in the middle of an election campaign.” I can imagine them on Wall Street now saying, “Wow, that was profitable! I wonder how long we have to wait before we can do it again.”
The daunting takeaway from Stanley Nelson's "Black Panther Party: Vanguard of Revolution" is that almost every issue that gave rise to the Black Panther Party has yet to be resolved. Police brutality, economic inequality, social injustice and even lack of voting rights continue to plague African Americans. Yet the Panthers caught the imagination of many, ignited the ire of others and left a legacy that begs fulfillment.