STATE OF THE WORLD

Jonathan Cook is an Independent British Journalist living in Arab Nazareth of Occupied Palestine, the place where Jesus was raised up. He is published frequently in the Middle East but he is avoided like the plague by US and Western MSM because he gets what Palestinians have to go through with the Israeli Occupation/Military Dictatorship over Palestinians, and writes clearly and succinctly about it.

This is his latest publication appearing Today and while he writes in non-religious terms, he is basically articulating what I see unfolding in this Material World through a Biblical perspective, and agree with this analysis.

Our broken system has no ‘moderate’ devotees

Corporate Media ControlWestern politics is tearing itself apart, polarising into two camps – or at least, it is in the official narrative we are being fed by our corporate media. The warring camps are presented as “moderate centrists”, on one side, and the “extreme right”, on the other. The question is framed as a choice about where one stands in relation to this fundamental political divide.

But what if none of this is true? What if this isn’t a feud between two opposed ideological capitalist-pyramidcamps but rather two differing – and irrational – reactions to the breakdown of late-stage capitalism as an economic model, a system that can no longer offer plausible solutions to the problems of our age?

Neighbouring news headlines this week offered a neat illustration of the media’s framing of the current situation. Representing the “moderates”, German chancellor Angela Merkel made a “passionate address” in which she denounced the outbreak of far-right protests in east Germany and reports of the “hunting down” of “foreigners” – asylum seekers and immigrants.

She observed: “There is no excuse or explanation for rabble-rousing, in some cases the use of violence, Nazi slogans, hostility towards people who look different, to the owner of a Jewish restaurant, attacking police.”

Ostensibly pitted against Merkel, is Viktor Orban, Hungary’s “extreme right” prime Refugees not welcomeminister. Hungary risks being stripped of its voting rights in the European Union because of Orban’s “rabble-rousing” policies and his anti-migrant agenda.

Shortly before the European parliament voted against Hungary, accusing its government of posing a “systematic threat” to democracy and the rule of law, Orban argued that his country was being targeted for preferring not to be “a country of migrants”.

He is far from an outlier. Several other EU states, from Italy to Poland, are close behind Orban in pursuing populist, anti-immigrant agendas.

Family feud

But does this civil war in Europe really reflect a divide between good and bad politics, between moderates and extremists? Are we not witnessing something else: the internal contradictions brought to the fore by a turbo-charged neoliberalism that is now so ideologically entrenched that no one dares question its suitability, let alone its morality?

In truth, the row between Merkel and Orban is a family feud, between sister and brother wedded to the same self-destructive ideology but in profound disagreement about which placebo should be administered to make them feel better.

What do I mean?

Merkel and the mainstream neoliberal elite are committed to an ever-more deregulated world because that is imperative for a globalised economic elite searching to accrue ever more wealth and power. That elite needs open borders and a lack of significant regulation so that it can plunder unrestricted the Earth’s resources – human and material – while dumping the toxic waste byproducts wherever is most profitable and convenient.habitablezones

In practice, that means creating maximum damage in places and against life-forms that have the least capacity to defend themselves: the poorest countries, the animal kingdom, the forests and oceans, the weather system – and, of course, against future generations that have no voice. There is a reason why the deepest seabeds are now awash with our plastic debris, poisoning and killing marine life for decades, maybe centuries, to come.plastic fish.jpg

Interestingly, this global elite makes a few exceptions to its policy of entirely open borders and sweeping deregulation. Through its pawns in the world’s leading capitals – the people we mistakenly think of as our political representatives – it has created small islands of opacity in which it can stash away its wealth. These “offshore tax havens” are highly regulated so we cannot see what goes on inside them. While the elite wants borders erased and the free movement of workers to set one against the other, the borders of these offshore “safe deposit boxes” are stringently preserved to protect the elite’s wealth.offshore wealth.jpg

International order

Meanwhile, the global elite has created international or trans-national structures and institutions precisely to remove the power of nation-states to regulate and dominate the business environment. The political class in the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Mexico or Brazil do not control the corporations. These corporations control even the biggest states. The banks are too big to fail, the arms manufacturers too committed to permanent war to rein in, the largely uniform narratives of the corporate media too powerful to dissent from.

Instead, global or trans-national institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, NATO, BRICS and many others, remake our world to promote the globalised profits of the corporations.

The United Nations – a rival international project – is more problematic. It was created immediately after the Second World War with the aim of imposing a law-based international order, premised on respect for human rights, to prevent future large-scale wars and genocide. In practice, however, it chiefly serves the interests of the dominant western states through their capture of the Security Council, effectively the UN’s executive.US or UN

A few UN institutions – those in charge of human rights and prosecuting war crimes – that have the potential to restrain the power of the global elite find themselves ever more marginalised and undermined. Both the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court have been under sustained assault from US officials, both before and after Donald Trump became president.

Towards the abyss

The internal contradictions of this globalised system – between the unfettered enrichment of the elite and the endless resource depletion of the Earth and its weakest inhabitants – are becoming ever more apparent. Historically, the toxic waste from this system was inflicted on the poorest regions first, like puddles forming in depressions in the ground during a rainstorm.2001-12-31-dec-gap-tween-rich-and-poor-550

As the planet has warmed, crops have failed, the poor have gone hungry, wars have broken out. All of this has been an entirely predictable outcome of the current economics of endless, carbon-based growth, coupled with resource theft. But unlike puddles, the human collateral damage of this economic system can get up and move elsewhere. We have seen massive population displacements caused by famines and wars, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. These migrations are not about to stop. They are going to intensify as neoliberalism hurtles us towards the economic and climate abyss.

The political class in the west are now experiencing profound cognitive dissonance. Merkel and the “moderates” want endless growth and a world without borders that is bringing gradual ruination on their economies and their privileges. They have no answers for the “extremists” on the right, who acknowledge this ruination and say something needs to be done urgently about it.

Orban and the far-right want to fiercely resurrect the borders that globalisation erased, to build barriers that will stop the puddles merging and inundating their higher ground. This is why the right is resurgent. They, far more than the moderates, can describe our current predicament – even if they offer solutions that are positively harmful. They want solid walls, national sovereignty, blocks on immigrants, as well as racism and violence against the “foreigners” already inside their borders.

The system is broken

We have to stop thinking of these political debates as between the good “moderates” and the nasty “extreme right”. This is a fundamental misconception.

The deluded “moderates” want to continue with a highly unsustainable form of capitalism premised on an impossible endless growth. It should be obvious that a planet with finite resources cannot sustain infinite growth, and that the toxic waste of our ever-greater consumption will poison the well we all depend on.EconomicRatRace

The west’s deluded far-right, on the other hand, believe that they can stand guard and protect their small pile of privilege against the rising tide of migrants and warming oceans caused by western policies of resource theft, labour exploitation and climate destruction. The far-right’s views are no more grounded in reality than King Canute’s.

Both sides are failing to grasp the central problem: that the western-imposed global economic system is broken. It is gradually being destroyed from within by its own contradictions. The “moderates” are doubly blind: they refuse to acknowledge either the symptoms or the cause of the disease. The “extremists” are as oblivious to the causes of the illness besetting their societies as the “moderates”, but they do at least recognise the symptoms as a sign of malaise, even if their solutions are entirely self-serving.globalism

Squaring the circle

This can be seen in stark fashion in the deep divide over Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, so-called Brexit, which has cut across the usual left-right agendas.

The Remain crowd, who want to stay in Europe, believe Britain’s future lies in upholding the failed status quo: of a turbo-charged neoliberalism, of diminishing borders and the free movement of labour, of distant, faceless technocrats making decisions in their name.

Like a child pulling up the blanket to her chin in the hope it will protect her from the monsters lurking in the darkness of the bedroom, the “moderates” assume European bureaucrats will protect them from economic collapse and climate breakdown. The reality, however, is that the EU is one of the trans-national institutions whose chief rationale is accelerating our rush to the abyss.

Meanwhile, the Brexit crowd think that, once out of the EU, a small island adrift in a globalised world will be able to reclaim its sovereignty and greatness. They too are going to find reality a terrifying disappointment. Alone, Britain will not be stronger. It will simply be easier prey for the US-headquartered global elite. Britain will be jumping out of the EU frying pan into the flames of the Atlanticists’ stove.BritishBrothersLeaguePoster(1902)

What is needed is not the “moderates” or the “extreme right”, not Brexit or Remain, but an entirely new kind of politics, which is prepared to shift the paradigm.

The new paradigm must accept that we live in a world that requires global solutions and regulations to prevent climate breakdown. But it must also understand that people are rightly distrustful of distant, unaccountable institutions that are easily captured by the most powerful and the most pitiless. People want to feel part of communities they know, to have a degree of control over their lives and decisions, to find common bonds and to work collaboratively from the bottom-up.

IF-YOU-WANT-PEACEThe challenge ahead is to discard our current self-destructive illusions and urgently find a way to solve this conundrum – to square the circle.

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

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THE ONENESS of HUMANITY – An Interview of Ray Joseph Cormier

r. Ray Cormier, editor at The Word – Ray Joseph Cormier here on WordPress, has kindly accepted an invitation to take part in our recently begun interview series. Mr. Cormier has a unique personal perspective as have all previous interviewees, adding for readers a valuable contrast, and at the same time broadening the series’ diverse spectrum of worldviews as related to experienced events.

Thank you, Ray, for generously sharing your life experiences and insights, found in the following words.

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Question 1.) What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging on the worldwide web – the internet?

And more than they, my son, beware; making many books has no end, and studying much is a weariness of the flesh.-Ecclesiastes12:12

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. -John 21:25

There is no question the Internet is the marvel of our Age.There is no longer an excuse to say ,”I didn’t know.” My Blog is my ‘Book’ in the Spirit of the Bible verses above

I was a Star Trek devotee in the 60s. It was so Civilized. The “communicator” was only a fantasy, but now they are real with cell phone communicators. Unfortunately, we have smart phones but dumb people in the sense of not speaking up about the unfolding events in this World. I was so impressed with the technology when Captain Kirk said, ‘On Screen’ and there were visuals from anywhere in Space. Now we have Skype connecting everybody on Earth.

I would imagine the primary motivation for anyone entering the world of Blogging is to share their thoughts and visions of what they see in this world, and what they would like to see.

For me, part of the reason is to make people aware of this Public Record from 41 years ago.

These are excerpts from the article as I saw then, and see unfolding in the bigger world Today. There is an explicit Future Time-date in the article that came True in March 1979 as recorded in the 1976 record

“He came to town for the Republican National Convention and will stay until the election in November TO DO GOD’S BIDDING: To tell the world, from Kansas City, this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered […] He gestured toward a gleaming church dome. “The gold dome is the symbol of Babylon,” he said.” […] He wanted to bring to the Public’s attention an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a war with Russia.”

It’s taken over 40 years, but that 1976 FUTURE is NOW, with the Revelation of the details GENERALLY unfolding in the spirit of the letter. The World is finally waking up to see Trump just may hasten “its days are numbered” part of the 1976 Public record. Fire and Fury like this world has never seen before may be another promise Trump will keep?

The KANSAS CITY TIMES did a follow up report on ALL SOULS DAY, November 2, 1976. When the TV movie ‘THE DAY AFTER’ Kansas City was incinerated in a Nuclear Holocaust appeared in 1983, most likely, I was the only Human on Earth, including the newspaper reporters, to note at the END, the movie pauses at the very same picture frame THE KANSAS CITY TIMES chose for the ALL SOULS DAY record 7 years earlier.

Any way you look at it, that HISTORICAL FACT is a confirming SIGN for our Generations, the World has arrived at the point of Decision, of an “idea being put out subtly and deceptively” by the government that we have to get prepared for a war with Russia.” ‘Multitudes! Multitudes in the Valley of Decision. The Day of the LORD IS NEAR in the Valley of Decision.’

Not too many will recognize, “this country has been found wanting and its days are numbered” as the 1st two parts, of the 3 part ‘Writing on the Wall” from Daniel 5 and the Captivity of Babylon some 2600 years ago. The whole world saw The Writing on the Wall for the 1st TIME at the same TIME, with the Global Financial Meltdown-Economic Pearl Harbour in September of 2008, even if the world does not recognize it as such.

The 3rd part of the Writing on the Wall tells of the decline of Babylon, the 1st Biblical model of the Nation that reaches Imperial Military-Economic Superpower Status, and the rise of Persia

Ancient Babylon is now Iraq, and ancient Persia is now Iran.

The US is the latest, greatest of all the Nations reaching Imperial Military-Economic Superpower Status in the 2600 year old Biblical Babylonian superstructure.

The TAIL struck the HEAD, causing the unravelling of the Earthly Babylonian superstructure/infrastructure in violation of International Law, undermining the Global Order in place since WWII, ushering in the Law of the Jungle to the Middle East and this World.

The Iranian Revolution happened in 1979, 2-1/2 years after the record in the 1976 KANSAS CITY TIMES Timeline.

All the chaos in the Middle East since then, including the carnage in Syria, is the consequence of the vain attempt to reverse that God ordained, repeat of History, as a SIGN for our Generations.

The Trump government has announced to the world, the next target for regime change by the US is Iran. Trump is following the same US WAR PLANS brought out weeks after 9/11, to change regimes in Iraq, Libya, Syria and finally, Iran.

Former NATO Supreme Commander, US General Wesley Clark blew the whistle on those 2001 US War Plans in 2007, years before the 2011 Arab Spring, the regime change in Libya, and the attempted regime change in Syria.

Republican Bush did Iraq, Democrat Obama did Libya and attempted regime change in Syria, and now Trump, is going after Iran leading to the END game of those 2001 US War Plans. At a minimum, this is circumstantial evidence there really is a DEEP STATE pulling the strings behind the Republican-Democratic-Trumpian facade?

Obviously, I personally, had nothing to do with the larger, real world GENERALLY unfolding along the lines of that 1976 letter other than being a Messenger in the right place at the right Time. I cannot boast about it, except to point out the Historical FACTS. It does not make me better, superior or any more special than any other having a True Faith in God. The FACTS above are independently verifiable along the Timeline since September 13, 1976. I thank God I’m still alive in my 74th year and via the Internet, point to the record which is evidence God lives!

Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?

Brought up as a Catholic in French Quebec, the Church had much more influence and control in the Culture that it has now. Because it was something you had to do, the every Sunday Catholic mass had crowds overflowing into the street.  I recall the Church was able to stop Elvis Presley from performing in Quebec, because his sensual hip movements were not acceptable to be seen by the People. Ed Sullivan did the same thing.

I had a child’s love for Jesus, the Bible being the 1st Book I read form cover to cover when I learned how to read. Jesus was my Hero. But then I discovered the sexuality God designed and made part of the human experience in the human body.

Catholics have to confess their sins to the Priest and I had to confess how many times ‘I played with myself’ the only activity I engaged in called a sin I knew of in my younger years. The number varied from week to week, and the punishment was always the same, 10 Our Fathers and 10 Hail Marys. A Priest never molested me, but as I got older, and started playing with others, I confessed that sin as ‘committing an impure act with another person.’ As far as I was concerned, the Priest knew what I was confessing. I took offence when they started asking for graphic and explicit descriptions of what happened in bed and that was none of his business. I left the Church.

While the basic Christian Value of ‘treating others as I loved myself’ was ingrained in my personality, I never thought of God as I got into the world system. I was dead to God, and God was Dead to me. I felt no need since at the age of 24, with company car and expense account to wine and dine, the money I was making then, accounting for inflation, would buy the stuff requiring  $170,000 in Today’s Dollars.

At 29, my Business Card read, “National Marketing Representative, Mining Division, Dominion Engineering Works Ltd. of Montreal. It was all title, and no substance. A Canadian Mining Company was not going to pay $150,000 for the manufactured machines and pay Canadian workers $30 in salary, benefits and taxes, when they could go offshore and pay workers $5 a Day with no benefits or environmental costs. The mineral could be imported put next door to a Canadian Mine for less than that Canadian mine could get it out of the ground. The export Market was booming, and I was relegated to preparing Proposals for Export. I could see in 1974, if that was already happening to heavy manufacturing and Mining, it wouldn’t be long before other Domestic Manufacturing went the same way. This was before US-Canada Free Trade, NAFTA, and Globalization of the Economy. I quit the job.

The very next Day, February 1, 1975, when I was 29 going on 30 and I was ‘born again’ without looking for it. It was a totally unexpected surprise to me. With all I experienced in my Life before that Day, more than many, and less than others, I knew without a doubt, I came alive to the kingdom of heaven within me. ‘Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.’ -John 1:13  ‘And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21

This may be a long accounting leading to my spiritually after living a life in the flesh, but this is how I describe the beginning of it, trying to convey a spiritual experience through words made Flesh.

DAY OF AWAKENING – DAVID vs GOLIATH vs ARMAGEDDON

Sometimes I am a slow learner. Two years before I was able to identify what happened to me February 1, 1975 as coming alive to God, I did have a very vivid and powerful Dream, a premonition perhaps, but did not identify it as God, and did not start communion with God at that Time. That is described in the Blog article ‘I HAD A DREAM.

Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?

Getting to this 3rd question, I probably answered a lot of it in the 2 previous questions. Obviously, reading the answer to the 1st question, I would pay much closer attention to the unfolding events in this world more than most people, except for those experts who are paid to study Global events. As to ‘mystical experiences, some of them are covered in the 1st question. My Blog article ‘THE IMPERIAL POPE‘  describes things that happened in my Life without exaggeration or embellishment that would be considered mystical at the very least.

Like any other Believer, after 42 years, my spirituality is still a work and Revelation in progress, Day by Day.

Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?

I can only hope with this Witness and Testimony, people will see I write about a Power much greater than I, Presidents, Prime ministers and Religious Leaders, and will start looking for God in their lives, and in the World. God will not force anyone to look for God. Those who seek will find. It may not be quick with the snap of the fingers, but with Faith and Patience, God will Reveal God to the sincere seekers. No one can be saved by me, the Pope, the Rabbis, the Ayatollahs or any Christian Evangelist. You can be saved only by Christ in YOU. ‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’ -Isaiah 1:18

Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?

Ottawa Citizen - 2nd WarningI wish I had a viable answer or advice to offer on this question. I am stumped like everyone else. Watching CNN & MSNBC, reading The Washington Post & The New York Times, I often see them as Propagandists for the Power, not speaking Truth to the Power. I often find myself shouting ‘liar’ at the TV, listening to some Politicians and the so called ‘experts’ subtly inciting for war with Russia. It’s working on American minds too in the new McCarthyism.

When the US, with it’s belief in it’s own exceptionalism, it’s incomprehensible to me how CNN & MSNBC is all Trump, anti-Russian, 24/7 for the last year, instead of informing Americans about the World the US thinks it has the right to control and conform to American interests and priorities. As this point, all I can do is write letters to Senators and Representatives, and comment in articles in The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and many other online news sites – and pray to God.

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Thank you again, Ray. Peace.

LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

Praying to the god of this world

Neil Barofsky, the former regulator tasked with policing banker bailouts in the Bush administration’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) told talk show host Bill Moyers another major banking crash is now “inevitable” because neither of the political parties have the stomach to end “too big to fail.”

I trust what this man is saying, and I admire his honesty and integrity. He tells us how it is on the inside with the big money players and government. He was frustrated in trying to do the job he was hired to do when so many government officials were telling him not to rock the boat in taking his job too seriously.

Reprinted from The Raw Story. Images selected and added by Ray

“This was the government policy created by the architects, Ben Bernanke who is chair of Federal Reserve, Tim Geithner, who was then the president of the New York Fed before becoming Treasury Secretary, and Hank Paulson,” he explained, describing the Bush administration’s actions during the 2008 economic crisis. “Their solution originally was to further concentrate the industry, to make the too big to fail banks bigger.”

That’s a policy the Obama administration has mostly continued, placing only modest limits on the debt load financial institutions are allowed carry, but neglecting broader reforms like restoring the long-standing firewall between checking and savings accounts and the big banks’ more risky ventures on Wall Street.

It’s not as if there isn’t some support for restoring that firewall either, which effectively lets banks risk their investors’ money while keeping deposits safe from major swings in the markets. It used to be the law, but that law was repealed during the Clinton administration, in legislation created with the help of former Citigroup CEO Sanford I. Weill. In the wake of the crisis, however, Weill admitted in July that the time has come to restore the division between investment and consumer banking, which would essentially ban the “financial supermarket” model he created that’s led to institutions becoming “too big to fail.”

Barofsky added that the consolidation of over-leveraged banks like Merrill Lynch into somewhat more healthy institutions like Bank of America ultimately put the markets on a more dangerous path than the nation’s top financial regulators realize. That’s because “you have institutions now that are just monstrous in size, over $2 trillion in assets by certain measures, close to $4 trillion by other measures,” he said, calling the reality in today’s markets “terrifying.”

“The idea that any of these institutions could ever be allowed to fail is pure fantasy, at this point,” Barofsky lamented.

That’s when Moyers cut right to the chase: “Are you suggesting that we could have another crash?”

“I think it’s inevitable,” he replied.

And Judgment is turned away backward, and Justice stands afar off:
for TRUTH is fallen in the street, and EQUITY cannot enter.
Yea, Truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a
prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no Judgment.
Isaiah 59

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Luke 16:13

On a scale of significance and importance to the Future well being of America and the World, this report and Testimony of Mr. Barofsky should be the #1 issue in this election campaign and shouted from the rooftops!

Watching from CanaDa, this American election is an exercise in Fraud, deception and manipulation. It doesn’t really matter who wins the Presidency. For those who think Romney can turn things around in less time than Obama had, think again! Hard Times are ahead.

Mr. Barofsky confirms what most people already suspected. “The rich bankers will sell their souls for a few points of profit.” Jesus chased them out of the Jewish Temple, saying the House of My Father is a House of Prayer for ALL NATIONS and you have made it a Den of thieves. Is there anything new under the Sun?

This honest realism of Mr. Barofshy with his inside experience is so refreshing to see in this election campaign of lies and misleading half-truths. The mainline news media don’t have any Integrity left in investigating and reporting the Truth in my opinion.

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