Archive for March, 2012

Federal product labeling laws fail the consumer when only the suppliers see the labels

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It was recently discovered that the Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino as well as the Strawberry Smoothies at Starbucks contain cochineal extract. So what is cochineal extract?

Well, simply stated… bugs.

An anonymous barista for the Seattle-based coffee company blew the whistle with the following communique:

“Hi! I’m a vegan who currently works as a barista at a Starbucks in the midwest, and I wanted to let you guys know that the Strawberries and Cream Frappucinos and Strawberry Smoothies at Starbucks are NOT vegan. The strawberry sauce we use contains “cochineal extract”. My guess would be that the recipe changed about three or four weeks ago, when our strawberry sauce got new packaging. I was hoping you guys could help get the word out there so that no vegans end up drinking this formerly vegan frappucino by mistake! Thanks. :)”

She also snapped a picture of the packaging:

Cochineal extract is a red dye made out of dried female cochineal insects. Reports indicate it takes 70,000 cochineal to produce 1 pound of the red dye. Known to cause a rare, but severe allergic reaction in some individuals, the FDA requires manufacturers to list the “cochineal” in the ingredient’s list.

Once promoted as vegan-friendly drinks (when made with soy milk), the strawberry beverages at Starbucks are no longer an option to those following a plant-based diet. Additionally, the drinks are not safe for those following a kosher diet.

In response to a recent article on This Dish is Veg  that warned readers of the cochineal extract, Starbucks provided the following statement:

“At Starbucks, we strive to carry products that meet a variety of dietary lifestyles and needs. We also have the goal to minimize artificial ingredients in our products. While the strawberry base isn’t a vegan product, it helps us move away from artificial dyes.”

While it’s commendable to move away from artificial ingredients, there are other natural means to achieve the red coloring. Red beet, black carrot, purple sweet potato and paprika are all-natural alternatives to artificial dyes and safe for those with dietary restrictions. (And those who don’t want crushed bugs in their designer drink.)

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Special thanks to Daelyn Fortney, located at:  http://www.thisdishisvegetarian.com/

And…

Change.org, located at:  https://www.change.org/

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Okay… Everything in my life has changed radically and virtually overnight. And that’s a good thing. I’m going to let this blog go with it, and begin anew with my own dot com and totally different subject matter and content. You won’t even know I’m there, my face and name aren’t even going on it. 

So, hopefully all this will remain here indefinitely for the public to access, but I won’t be adding any further posts. The time has come for me to move on with my life.

There are 125 pieces here on a wide array of topics from flouridated water to crop circles. This is what I’ve given back for all that I have taken… my gift to you, for whatever it’s worth. Enjoy…

Thanks to all of my viewers, commenters and supporters. Wishing all of you only the best of luck in all of your endeavors.

Catch ya on the flip-flop…

John

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This meticulously compiled newsreel mashup by video wizard Hugh Matkin turns Romney into a rapper. Matkin borrowed Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady   to drop the rhythm track, which brings Mitt about as close to hip-hop as we hope he’ll ever get…

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Let me break it down to you like this:

This man is what I like to call a “prime presidential puppet”. I call him that because of the position he’s in, right now.

The NWO has got the Oval Office locked down. No one in or out who’s not there to specifically advance the NWO agenda.

I say this because through the last several administrations this is all we’ve been getting.

There is no right. There is no left. There is only a dog and pony show designed to convince you you have a choice. The ugly truth — the dirty lowdown — is that you have no choice. Your vote is meaningless at this point. The next individual installed in the Oval Office will advance the NWO’s agenda no matter what you say, think or do.

Because that’s the way it’s working now. Anyone in Mitt Romney’s position has already made the deal with the devil. There’s nothing else I need to know about this person. So you can spare me the boring details. I really don’t want to know how many Cadillacs he owns or if he was the polo champion at Harvard in 1963… he’s just a shill to me.

The Robojelly robotic jellyfish could run forever drawing power from its surroundings

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Robojelly – a robot jellyfish called that feeds on water – could aid in underwater search and rescue operations, say its creators.

Researchers at Virginia Tech built Robojelly from materials known as shape-memory alloys, which return to their original shape when bent. Eight moving segments wrapped in carbon nanotubes and coated with a platinum powder replicate the jellyfish’s natural opening-and-closing method of propulsion.

The robot is powered by heat produced from chemical reactions between the oxygen and hydrogen in the water and the platinum powder, which causes the alloys to change shape. “To our knowledge, this is the first successful powering of an underwater robot using external hydrogen as a fuel source,”  says Yonas Tadesse, who led the research, published in the journal Smart Materials and Structures today.

More work is needed to make the hydrogen-powered robot fully functional, however. The video above shows an electricity-powered Robojelly swimming freely in a tank of water, but the hydrogen-powered version has so far only been tested while clamped to the bottom of the tank. The researchers’ next step is to figure out a way to deliver hydrogen to each segment separately, allowing them to be controlled individually, so that the robot can move in different directions.

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Technical Overview

Artificial muscles powered by a renewable energy source are desired for joint articulation in bio-inspired autonomous systems. In this study, a robotic underwater vehicle, inspired by jellyfish, was designed to be actuated by a chemical fuel source.

The fuel-powered muscles presented in this work comprise nano-platinum catalyst-coated multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) sheets, wrapped on the surface of nickel–titanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy (SMA). As a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen gases makes contact with the platinum, the resulting exothermic reaction activates the nickel–titanium (NiTi)-based SMA. The MWCNT sheets serve as a support for the platinum particles and enhance the heat transfer due to the high thermal conductivity between the composite and the SMA. A hydrogen and oxygen fuel source could potentially provide higher power density than electrical sources.

Several vehicle designs were considered and a peripheral SMA configuration under the robotic bell was chosen as the best arrangement. Constitutive equations combined with thermodynamic modeling were developed to understand the influence of system parameters that affect the overall actuation behavior of the fuel-powered SMA. The model is based on the changes in entropy of the hydrogen and oxygen fuel on the composite actuator within a channel.

The specific heat capacity is the dominant factor controlling the width of the strain for various pulse widths of fuel delivery. Both theoretical and experimental strains for different diameter (100 and 150 µm) SMA/MWCNT/Pt fuel-powered muscles with dead weight attached at the end exhibited the highest magnitude under 450 ms of fuel delivery within 1.6 mm diameter conduit size. Fuel-powered bell deformation of 13.5% was found to be comparable to that of electrically powered (29%) and natural jellyfish (42%).

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Out of 30,000, this one man had the integrity to step forward with the ugly truth

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“The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.”  – Greg Smith, former Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

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“In a world spinning backward and picking up speed. black is white, day is night, and wrong is right…”  – John Dilligent

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In a rare departure from Wall Street rules of decorum, Goldman Sachs Executive Greg Smith made a noisy departure from the investment giant when he resigned March 14. In a New York Times Op-Ed titled “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs”, Smith, formerly the executive director and head of the firm’s United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, wrote a scathing critique of Goldman Sachs’ business practices, which he says puts profits before the interests of investors.

The accusation is not new, but it has not been leveled so publicly by a Goldman insider before, and Smith’s missive has shed more light on Goldman’s practices than any Congressional hearing has been able to. Smith wrote that his employer of 12 years had devolved from one with a culture of, “teamwork, integrity, and spirit of humility” to a one with a toxic and destructive environment. More specifically, he confirms what outsiders have been saying for years, which is that, these days, business as usual at Goldman means pressuring clients to invest in stocks for Goldman’s benefit, even if the stocks are known to be unprofitable or not suited to the needs and wants of the client. Smith says the client has become so low on the Goldman totem-pole that multiple managing directors have referred to them as “muppets.”

The reaction to Smith’s Op-ed has been mixed. Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi, who famously referred to Goldman Sachs as a blood sucking “vampire squid,” called the piece, “devastating.” In other corners of the media world Smith has become a punchline, with parody “I Quit” letters scattering the internet. Yet others have issued droll statements of support for the status quo.

Forbes contributor Tim Worstall told the public yesterday to, “do nothing… for one of the great joys of this mixed capitalism and free markets system is that mistakes like those [at Goldman]…. are self-correcting.” Think Progress evaluated yesterday’s media coverage and concluded that Goldman Sachs has been effective in coordinating a smear campaign against Smith, with outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times citing anonymous sources who characterize Smith as a low-level employee disgruntled over a small annual bonus. Goldman Sachs lost $2.15 billion in market value yesterday.

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Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs

By Greg Smith, New York Times  Op-Ed Published March 14, 2012

To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest and most important investment banks and it is too integral to global finance to continue to act this way. The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.

It might sound surprising to a skeptical public, but culture was always a vital part of Goldman Sachs’s success. It revolved around teamwork, integrity, a spirit of humility, and always doing right by our clients. The culture was the secret sauce that made this place great and allowed us to earn our clients’ trust for 143 years. It wasn’t just about making money; this alone will not sustain a firm for so long. It had something to do with pride and belief in the organization. I am sad to say that I look around today and see virtually no trace of the culture that made me love working for this firm for many years. I no longer have the pride, or the belief.

But this was not always the case. For more than a decade I recruited and mentored candidates through our grueling interview process. I was selected as one of 10 people (out of a firm of more than 30,000) to appear on our recruiting video, which is played on every college campus we visit around the world. In 2006 I managed the summer intern program in sales and trading in New York for the 80 college students who made the cut, out of the thousands who applied.

I knew it was time to leave when I realized I could no longer look students in the eye and tell them what a great place this was to work.

When the history books are written about Goldman Sachs, they may reflect that the current chief executive officer, Lloyd C. Blankfein, and the president, Gary D. Cohn, lost hold of the firm’s culture on their watch. I truly believe that this decline in the firm’s moral fiber represents the single most serious threat to its long-run survival.

Over the course of my career I have had the privilege of advising two of the largest hedge funds on the planet, five of the largest asset managers in the United States, and three of the most prominent sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia. My clients have a total asset base of more than a trillion dollars. I have always taken a lot of pride in advising my clients to do what I believe is right for them, even if it means less money for the firm. This view is becoming increasingly unpopular at Goldman Sachs. Another sign that it was time to leave.

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How did we get here? The firm changed the way it thought about leadership. Leadership used to be about ideas, setting an example and doing the right thing. Today, if you make enough money for the firm (and are not currently an ax murderer) you will be promoted into a position of influence.

What are three quick ways to become a leader?

A) Execute on the firm’s “axes,” which is Goldman-speak for persuading your clients to invest in the stocks or other products that we are trying to get rid of because they are not seen as having a lot of potential profit.

B) “Hunt Elephants.” In English: get your clients — some of whom are sophisticated, and some of whom aren’t — to trade whatever will bring the biggest profit to Goldman. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t like selling my clients a product that is wrong for them.

C) Find yourself sitting in a seat where your job is to trade any illiquid, opaque product with a three-letter acronym.

Today, many of these leaders display a Goldman Sachs culture quotient of exactly zero percent. I attend derivatives sales meetings where not one single minute is spent asking questions about how we can help clients. It’s purely about how we can make the most possible money off of them. If you were an alien from Mars and sat in on one of these meetings, you would believe that a client’s success or progress was not part of the thought process at all.

It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off. Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as “muppets,” sometimes over internal e-mail. Even after the S.E.C., Fabulous Fab,  Abacus, God’s Work, Carl Levin, Vampire Squids? No humility? I mean, come on. Integrity? It is eroding. I don’t know of any illegal behavior, but will people push the envelope and pitch lucrative and complicated products to clients even if they are not the simplest investments or the ones most directly aligned with the client’s goals? Absolutely. Every day, in fact.

It astounds me how little senior management gets a basic truth: If clients don’t trust you they will eventually stop doing business with you. It doesn’t matter how smart you are.

These days, the most common question I get from junior analysts about derivatives is, “How much money did we make off the client?” It bothers me every time I hear it, because it is a clear reflection of what they are observing from their leaders about the way they should behave. Now project 10 years into the future: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that the junior analyst sitting quietly in the corner of the room hearing about “muppets,” “ripping eyeballs out” and “getting paid” doesn’t exactly turn into a model citizen.

When I was a first-year analyst I didn’t know where the bathroom was, or how to tie my shoelaces. I was taught to be concerned with learning the ropes, finding out what a derivative was, understanding finance, getting to know our clients and what motivated them, learning how they defined success and what we could do to help them get there.

My proudest moments in life — getting a full scholarship to go from South Africa to Stanford University, being selected as a Rhodes Scholar national finalist, winning a bronze medal for table tennis at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, known as the Jewish Olympics — have all come through hard work, with no shortcuts. Goldman Sachs today has become too much about shortcuts and not enough about achievement. It just doesn’t feel right to me anymore.

I hope this can be a wake-up call to the board of directors. Make the client the focal point of your business again. Without clients you will not make money. In fact, you will not exist. Weed out the morally bankrupt people, no matter how much money they make for the firm. And get the culture right again, so people want to work here for the right reasons. People who care only about making money will not sustain this firm — or the trust of its clients — for very much longer.

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Special thanks to the New York Times, located at:  http://www.nytimes.com

And…

Uprising Radio, located at:  http://uprisingradio.org

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The mother of an 18-year-old high school student who ran off with one of her teachers, confronted the pair on national television this week.

Tammie Powers had waged a Facebook campaign since her daughter moved out of the family’s home earlier this month and into a Modesto apartment with 41-year-old James Hooker.

Tuesday she finally confronted the controversial couple on the Dr. Phil show. She told Hooker that he had “no moral compass” and that he had “brainwashed” her daughter.

“I think you are arrogant,”  Powers said. “I think you are self-serving. I think you are selfish. I think you are ruining my child with this.”

Powers questioned the legality of Hooker’s relationship with her daughter. She said the couple frequently exchanged text messages before Jordan Powers turned 18.

The couple said they were all messages within the sphere of a student-teacher relationship and that things did not get sexual until after Jordan Powers turned 18.

Hooker quit his teaching job at Enochs High School and left his wife and children to live with Jordan Powers.

One of his daughters was a classmate of Powers’ at the school.

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Special thanks to NBC Bay Area, located at:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com

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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world shall know peace”  — Jimi Hendrix

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The other day a guy was remarking on a forum, “Man, we are so badly outgunned and outnumbered, the only thing that can save us now is love.”

I really didn’t care to take that home with me, but it managed to cling to me anyway, despite my own best efforts…

Truth is though he might be onto something, as sappy and impractical as it sounds on its face. We are massively outgunned and outnumbered. And did anyone stop to consider that not only do we have our own rogue federal government to contend with, we also have all her allies and all the power of the global elite to deal with as well, such as Nato forces, foreign mercs, domestic mercs such as Blackwater… do you want me to make you a list?

And against that you’re pitting what?

What’s that you’re throwing up against the total combined military might of the US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines? Not to mention the National Guard and every last state, county and municipal law enforcement officer in this country? Do I need to make you a list? Draw you a diagram?

Because actually I still left quite a few players out, some of them rather noteworthy.

And you’re going up against that with what?

Let me tell you how all this pans out in the real world: if you could make an equation out of it, and you could make a similar equation out of a shooting gallery, “citizens” would go in the first equation where “ducks” go in the second.

So the equation would read:

American citizens = ducks in a shooting gallery.

So, there it is. That’s just my appraisal, take it for whatever its worth. At the end of all that you’re free to come to your own conclusions as usual. I’m not trying to tell you what to believe. I’m trying to tell you what I believe. Big difference…

At the end of all that you may have realized what it is you’re really up against here, and that you’re coming out looking rather on the defenseless end of the stick. So, it might be time for a little critical “out of the box” thinking. Am I saying “resistance is futile”? Hell no! Resistance is never futile. Resistance can be many things but never futile. We are  resisting, and we shall continue to resist, until there’s no more resistance left within us.

What we do know is that a full-scale armed revolt would turn this nation into a slaughterhouse. Who in their right mind wants that? I know I don’t, and don’t know anyone who does who ain’t on the NWO payroll. And I don’t want to know any one who does.  Because only a psychopath or a sociopath would.

So… if  we are to survive and live free, we need to come up with some practical, peaceful approach for getting our country back on track if at all possible. because we only want to go gun barrel to gun barrel against these guys as an absolute last resort. And then only if and when it’s thrust upon us.

Because once that die is cast, there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle, and we’re going to take a tremendous ass-whipping, whether we like it or not or who comes out on top.

So ya’ll better be pulling something out of your toes, whether it’s some love or whatever… You’re looking kind of lean on firepower, so you might ought to take another look at the love.

Somehow intuitively this always keeps coming back to love for me. And fear. And I sense intuitively that love and fear are the problem and the solution here. I think the average American citizen has allowed these guys to rob them of their love and replace it with fear. And I think when the citizen acquiesced to that he sealed his own fate. He was doomed.

I think love is the only thing that can conquer this. As ridiculous as that may sound to some. Because I believe it is a very real, vital and viable force, and that there is nothing it can’t accomplish, when mustered properly and applied properly.

So let’s look at the quote again:

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world shall know peace”

I say you were just handed down the key. The key to the solution… the solution to your problem.

I say, that if we hadn’t allowed them to strip this society of love and replace it with fear we wouldn’t be where we’re at today. These guys couldn’t take this country from a loving society. They can only take it from a fearful society: a self-absorbed, me-first society, an apathetic and alienated society, steeped in continual fear and loathing. Now these  people you can take a country from. Why do you think they’ve been working overtime nights and weekends cultivating them?

The reason why most people don’t understand how generally diminishing, debilitating, and disempowering being emptied of love and replenished with fear is in actuality, is simply because they don’t understand what real love is to begin with, mistaking anything and everything that “feels” like love for the real deal: pure, undiluted, unconditional, love.

Put simply, loving is giving. When you are giving you are loving. If it doesn’t involve giving — with you on the giving end — you are not loving, no matter how good it may feel.

I’m loving you now. Because I’m giving up my time and effort on your behalf. I’ve been at this all night. It pays me nothing. Its a tedious grind. And I did it for you. On your behalf… because I love you.

This is how we do it. This is how we love. Let me take you by the hand…  These guys couldn’t take this country from a loving society. They can only take it from a society weaned off love and onto fear. By stripping you of your love they render you impotent… by filling you with fear they control you like cattle.  By filling you full of fear and a pseudo-pyschopathic mindset where everything revolves around you and everyone else around you is either inferior, a material object, or a “percieved threat”, they chase out the love, and they hold it at bay. And in doing so they rob you of your ultimate power, and the source of your greatest strength: strength in numbers — unity. This unity is built on self-sacrifice, which in turn is spawned from love

Fear is the opposite of love, love’s mortal enemy. If you love you have no fear, if you fear you have no love. That’s why Winston Churchill said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  It takes courage to love. A fearful person — or coward — cannot go there. Until they can acquire the authentic courage required to love, they will always run and hide in fear when confronted by the power of pure love. They will allow the fear to cheat them out of all they could have and the source of their own greatest power. By acquiescing to fear, love is denied, cast out, held at bay, shunted to ground. The power is bled off and simply dissipates. Fear is the gangster: the love-killer, the life-taker, the cradle-robber… the desolator of lonely lives and lost loves…. and mighty nations…

Let go your fear and love. Let go your fear and live free… free to love…

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Cindy and I finally decided to surrender to each other today, and it’s official. So, we’re a team from here on out. Generally speaking. Hopefully that will eventually if not sooner translate into a little something for the site, because I know Cindy could breathe a lot of new life into it and I hope that one day she will. I have  been grooming her. And she’s even been sitting still for it and at least appearing to be awake and alert — and even interested. She’s wicked-smart and has a degree in fine arts. She’s extremely creative and into the more graphic elements… the visuals. So, we’ll see. It’s strictly her choice to help out or not and that may or may not happen. She stays pretty busy with her career as a Macy’s manager.

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 Relationship Rules

1)  Be nice

2)  Be together because you want to, not because you need to

3)  Allow your partner the space to be themselves

4)  Look to your own faults

5)  Be honourable

6)  Put each other first

7)  Recognise the signs

8)  Be a hero – or a heroine

9)  Accept the differences, embrace what you have in common

10)  Don’t belittle your partner

11)  You want to do what?

12)  Let not the sun go down upon your wrath

13)  Be the first to say sorry

14)  Houston, we have a problem

15)  Don’t put them on a pedestal and expect them to stay there

16)  Know when to listen and when to act

17)  Never stop trying to be attractive

18)  If you can say something nice, do

19)  Don’t try to be their parent

20)  If little things annoy you, say so – with humour

21)  Go that extra step in trying to please them

22)  Make sure your partner is always pleased to see you

23)  Don’t dump responsibility on your partner

24)  Let them know if you don’t like their friends

25)  Jealousy is your stuff, not theirs

26)  Your partner is more important than your kids

27)  Make time for romance

28)  Have a passion for your life together

29)  Share the workload

30)  Trust the other one to do the job

31)  Don’t be a nag

32)  Most everyday arguments are about something else

33)  Respect privacy

34)  Treat your partner better than your best friend

35)  Don’t be offended if they want some space

36)  Men like flowers too

37)  Keep your finances separate

38)  Contentment is a high aim

39)  Be generous to each other financially

40)  You make a choice every day

41)  Don’t be a martyr

42)  You don’t both have to have the same rules

43)  Put yourself in their shoes

44)  In-laws are part of the package

45)  Keep talking

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Rules for Everyone

1)  Guilt is a selfish emotion

2)  Love equals time

3)  The more you put out, the more you get back

4)  Other people are where it’s at

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From The Rules of Love  by Richard Templar

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SUPER HERO GIRL

Posted: March 14, 2012 in by John Dilligent
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I have a particular fascination for the Valkyrie  type — a little… I always have such a hard time defining this… a little bigger, a little stronger… or maybe even just a little stronger… an Alpha female.

I’ve been locking horns and butting heads with them from the cradle it seems like today. And I do have the scars and at least one legitimate dent in my head to prove it.

I guess the average man wouldn’t normally associate strength with a woman.  But I do, all the time. I adore my Valkyrie… my strong woman. Occasionally I wonder if that’s how my friend Bob and I found each other, because I really can’t remember how… but I believe it was the Valkyrie… 

My Valkyrie’s battles aren’t always my battles. Sometimes all I can do is pack her off to war with a kiss and a fond farewell, and soothe her wounds for her and give her comfort when she finally returns home all beat up and bloodied but victorious (the fun part).

And when it’s very late and the rest of the world is sleeping peacefully, off in a steamy remote corner of the world, two Titans are clashing  fearlessly… tirelessly… clashing… <3

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I’ve come to the conclusion we’re in some real deep shit. These guys are robbing us, killing us, taking over the country and the world, trying to kick off World War III, and have programmed the average American so that all they want to do when they’re not working is go to their room and not come out until it’s time to go to work again or go get groceries, whichever comes first. When subjected to reality they can’t draw a sensible conclusion. No two of them can form a viable consensus and take action and follow through.  Our society is totally fragmented and that’s exactly what they want: a house divided cannot stand… divide and conquer.

So they have worked tirelessy to reduce us to a nation of 300 million “ones”. To “individualize” every last one of us.  Because that’s how the “mob threat level” is most effectively minimized. Your puppetmasters know that as long as they can keep you turned on each other, as long as they can keep you separated, isolated, alienated and disenfranchised, at odds with or indifferent toward or in conflict with one another, you pose no threat to them. We’re not 300 million strong, we are 300 million “ones”. Not good. Because alone, each of us is capable of very little in the scheme of things large.

We are up against a vast empire. Only with vast numbers is resistance even feasible, let alone practical. Women make up slightly over half of the US population. Let’s say 51% — controlling interest.

The other day somebody got on here and said it was “the men’s job” to handle this situation. I like how that works. But I’ll restrain myself from going off on a tangent and just say,

No, it is not.

In a case like this, we need all the warm bodies we can get.  Everybody.

Half (over half) of us just can’t lay down and encourage the other half to “go handle it”. Truth is, nobody’s handling it. And we all know that. That’s mainly because everybody’s still clinging to their own little flimsy reed of hope that someone else is going to step in and save the day, handling it for them, while they hunker down and stay safely out of harm’s way.

But that’s how they’re beating us and there is no one else to step in. There’s only us.

Now you birds were ruff n’ tuff up until now. So, get rougher and tougher because we need you now more than ever. We need you to stand up and be counted and not lay down instead. We need you to come out of your rooms and get active and get involved. We need you to help turn this thing around.

We need you, now, more than ever.

Because we need everybody.

And there’s only us…

I think there’s a Power Girl or a Wonder Woman inside every woman and girl. I do. I think every woman and girl has the strength of a Valkyrie, somewhere deep inside her. There’s no “safe place to go” to get out of the way of this, it’s going to find you wherever you are. So now’s the time to draw upon a little inspiration and stand tall.  You have more power than you think. Flex your muscles, let’s see what you can do…

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Another unsettling sign post has cropped up in the wake of the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as the Army has now reportedly designated a special prison guard unit for securing “civilian detainees”.

A similar job posting was advertised under the National Guard in 2009, which Infowars reported on at the time.

Only recently, leaked documents from inside KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary, announced the activation of FEMA camps, with calls to staff a wide array of services inside the temporary emergency facilities.

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This is a real eye-opening video. Take a good look at how all the most recent anti-constitutional, pro-fascist legislation passed here in Amerika plays out in the real world.

China and the US are meeting in the middle in more ways than one. Their elite paramilitary personnel are now training over here at our federal facilities.

The uniforms on the backs of our soldiers are manufactured by US federal prisoners in prison sweatshops located around the country, where captive slave labor is  fed, clothed, and sheltered, and given a token allowance of a dollar a day.

The uniforms on the backs of Chinese soldiers are manufactured by Chinese sweatshop slave laborers who are locked into their (prison) compounds at night, fed, cothed, and shelted, and given a token allowance of a dollar a day.

And you know the part that really grabs me?

By time the sun comes up, the greedy robber barons at the top have managed to take the dollar back.

The bottom line?

The slave gets to live. For now…

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