I’ve been very busy helping organize the Phoenix Gathering. I won’t have much time for the rest of this month, and for most of June I’ll be out of contact with email almost entirely. We are pretty full up at the event at this point, but if anyone is desperate to attend, let me know and perhaps we can accommodate you. The costs are $600, including lodging and meals for the week, and of course you need to get to Ecuador as well. Here’s the website:
We have a lively discussion going on our related dialog forum, and if you wish to join that you can send a message to:
The archives of the discussion are here:
I’ve been dreaming of having such a gathering for years, and it is turning out even better than I hoped. I am expecting breakthrough outcomes, as regards what the hell we can do to avert the collapse of civilization as we know it. Or perhaps I should say the goal is to bring about the collapse of civilization, as regards how it is currently organized and governed. We will have a critical mass of the following essential ingredients:
serious people + quality facilitation + isolated venue + adequate duration
I imagine some of you are following the Presidential campaign, and perhaps even taking it seriously. How sad. Permit me to assure you that the campaigns are a total fraud. The US is now a fascist state, even though you don’t see storm troopers on every corner, yet. For the third time I recommend checking out Naomi Wolf’s video on this subject: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/177.html
Finally, before proceeding on to the dialog part of this posting, let me share a revealing article that refers to the phony candidates in the election. It’s a report on the recent Trilateral Commission meeting in Washington DC. Below is the URL and the first few paragraphs.
it’s time to wake up to the real world,
Luminaries at the Trilateral Commission meeting in Washington expressed confidence that they own all three major presidential candidates, who, despite political posturing, will support sovereignty-surrendering measures such as NAFTA and the “North American Union.”
“John has always supported free trade, even while campaigning before union leaders,” said one. “Hil and Barack are pretending to be unhappy about some things, but that’s merely political posturing. They’re solidly in support.”
He was referring to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
Mrs. Clinton, they noted, held strategy sessions as first lady on how to get Congress to approve NAFTA “without changes.” As president, they agreed, she would do no more than “dot an i or cross a t.”
Candidate Obama has not denied news reports in Canada that his top economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, assured Canadian diplomats that the senator would keep NAFTA intact and his anti-trade talk is just “campaign rhetoric.”
PETRIFIED ABOUT PAUL
While they are confident they can deal with any “potential president,” the Trilateralists paid huge tribute to Ron Paul in an equally large twist of irony, by expressing alarm that he is causing “significant future damage.”
They expressed concern that Paul’s rallies have attracted multitudes of young people who are getting “their political education.” They want Republicans to pressure Paul to drop out now and stop his education rallies. This assignment was given to Thomas Foley, former U.S. House speaker.
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Bob Ocegueda sent me this video of a rousing anti-war poem
Claudia Rice wrote:
Hi- AOL is bouncing all mail with links to this article- tho since you used the general link to the blog and not the specific link to the article, you may have out foxed them.
I have complained to their postmaster since several people in my email group are on AOL.
Glen Barry: Ecological Collapse: Mother of All Bubble
Thanks Claudia, I recommend everyone on AOL quit them and get another email provider. They exercise more censorship than any other provider I know of. All of the big corporate providers are to be avoided. I highly recommend Alien Camel as your email provider:
re/ The Grand Story of humanity
Caspar Davis wrote:
I enjoyed the Grand Story very much. It is noteworthy that no one has surpassed the Upanishads or the Gita when it comes to spiritual wisdom.
Joanna Santa Barbara wrote :
An inspired and inspiring piece, Richard. It will continue to resonate within me.
Thanks again for giving your wisdom so freely to my dreams for this small town in New Zealand. I’m proceeding with small steps and will keep you in touch with significant developments.
John Fellowes wrote:
Richard, that was one of the most exciting interviews I have heard on the economy, wish we could get copies
Here are some of Richard Cook’s latest articles:
Also, watch for his new book We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform
, which has been accepted for publication by Tendril Press, LLC in Aurora, Colorado www.tendrilpress.com/
Anti-Empire Report, May 1, 2008
re/ Herd Behavior
Thomas Greco :
Thanks, Richard, for that post.
I agree with you that when governments are hyping something, it’s almost certainly to for the purpose of promoting the narrow interests of the banks or some other element within the oligarchy.
Howard Switzer wrote:
I share your disappointment, although also not really surprised, that several people sent you indignant replies accusing you of callousness and insensitivity toward Tibet. There are so many tentacles on the monstrous lie that it takes people time to find them all. However, the title of your response was priceless. I would like to see others consider this regarding Obama.
Ed Goertzen wrote:
Your take on international affairs is comprehensive and as close to the mark as any.
On these same lines, about Tibet, the March/April issue of Nexxus magazine
contains an article: “Friendly Feudalism” & the Free Tibet Myth. It starts
The old Tibet was a feudal theocracy where ordinary Tibetans were treated
cruelly by lamas and landlords and forced to accept their misery as karmic
Evelyn Goodman wrote:
I am getting to a point where I am ready to throw up my hands. The Dali
Lama and the CIA? Unless it is hand in hand to returning Tibet out of the hands
of occupying China, it makes no sense to me that these two are working
together to the detriment of Tibet.
The Dali Lama is supposed to represent spirituality leadership. The article
sounds like it is a far cry from that concept. (?)
Maybe black really IS white!!
The Dali Lama himself seems pretty sincere to me, although nothing is really what it seems, as regards what one gets through the mass media. Basically, if it’s in the media, the intention is to manipulate you. That’s its job. Period. This includes genuine exposes — their purpose is to seduce you into having faith in the media. I’m not talking about the producers, who may be sincere, but the media moguls who choose to air the exposes.
Even if the Dali Lama is a saint, that doesn’t prevent him from being used by the powers that be.
bill aal wrote:
Thanks Richard for your interesting take both on Africa and about Tibet.
One interesting thing about USA for Africa, which predated the “We are the
World” concert, was that it raised a substantial chunk of money and gave it
all away with little overhead. That money went to organizations on the
ground that actually did stuff. The Mozambique Health Committee of which I
was a part, got money to partner with a health district. The premise of the
project was that the Mozambicans were in charge, that each person, Doc,
Nurse, public health educator, plumber ( that was me )worked with someone in
the equivalent role in the health system there.
The project lasted 10 years with independent funding and was deemed by
folks in country to be way more effective than the bigger aid programs. The
USA for Africa money allowed a lot of small and innovative projects to get
off the ground in Africa.
Peter Myers wrote:
I agree entirely with you regarding Tibet and China. While one can
sympathize with the Tibetans’ desire for freedom from Chinese hegemony
(a desire which now has no chance of being realized), those who protest
Chinese control of Tibet during the relay of the Olympic torch are unwittingly
working on behalf of the Western psy-ops boys, who seek to embarrass
their geopolitical rival China and to deflect attention from the US’s own
abysmal human rights record.
JAMES MACGREGOR wrote:
regarding you getting some flak for the Tibet stuff, I sent on your
mailing to a practicing buddhist here in Scotland. Thought you’d be
interested is his response to your posting – and the several articles he
has written on it himself:
From: Keith Mothersson
Sent: 23 April 2008 17:24
To: JAMES MACGREGOR
Subject: Re: red-pill news, 22 April 2008
Thanks for your passing on these articles: which I think are generally
good. They may at times underestimate the degree of repression the
ordinary people of Tibet suffer under Chinese-military rule, but I am in
complete agreement that this is more or less inevitable so long as the
West contines its strategic and military encirclement, CIA-NED ‘colour
revolutions’, Kosovo secessionism, strategy of tension, propaganada war,
disgtractionism from the crimes of the West, etc.
I am not sure if you sent me your query knowing I had had a couple of
quite substatnial articles in Op Ede news about Tibet. Anyway,, you do
now, here are the URLs FWIW.
re/ US Gestapo is now operational
Diana Skipworth wrote:
You’re telling me! I’ve had, on more than one occasion, had my spirits ruined in one of these ‘safety check’ road blocks… There is no way anyone can avoid the police. Everyone must show their ID and insurance, etc. Answer questions, like: “Are you safe to DRIVE, sir???” with the cop’s head within inches from my husband’s nose.
Real Estate is soaring out in Coast Rica, if you know what I mean…
People are becoming angry because the farmers are selling their farms to fleeing Americans!
recent red-pill articles
Won’t have much time for these for a while – rkm
* Iran attack imminent: Fallout will be global catastrophe *
MAYDAY ALERT! — Terror Drills Could Go Live!
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since last month, when Dick Cheney paid a visit. Israel has just finished its
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Terror Drills Could Go Live! – Thurs, May 1 2008 1:01 am
William Bowles: World run by sleazy creeps
[link] The world is run by sleazy creeps with a license to print money by
William Bowles * Thursday, May 1, 2008 10:25 Have you noticed that whenever we
see/hear a corporate boss or government hack open their mouths, they’re
invariably no more than mediocre creeps in shiny suits?