The dark side of U.S. history – A sobering reminder

Many, perhaps most,  Americans view their country and its soldiers as the “good guys” spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world – and this is the view of American international policies promulgated by the mainstream media. When the United States inflicts unnecessary death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration. Writers and historians such as Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti, Howard Zinn and others have long pointed out this is a grossly distorted view of American history. In the following article Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry examine the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but rather conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the “dark side.” There is a dark — seldom acknowledged — thread that runs through U.S. military doctrine, dating back to the early days of the Republic. This military tradition has explicitly defended the selective use of terror, whether in suppressing Native American resistance on the frontiers in the 19th Century or in protecting U.S. interests abroad in the 20th Century or fighting the “war on terror” over the last decade.

As a psychologist, I know that confronting the truth about the actual effects of one’s actions on others is a necessary prerequisite to liberating change and self-empowerment. In my books The Well of Remembrance (1994) and The Roots of War and Domination (2008), I have written about the need for rituals of memory and truth-speaking as an essential process for civilized societies that wanting to restore peace and sanity to their relations with other nations and their own people. The South African Truth and Reconciliation processes, after the abolition of apartheid, are the outstanding example in our time. This is why the story below can serve as a reminder of aspects of US history that we either never knew, or have forgotten.–_the_very_dark_side_of_u.s._history/?page=1

The looming scandal of illegitimate foreclosures

While the mainstream media have reported one the apparent over-hasty foreclosure process, by which millions of Americans have been thrown out of their homes by banks overburdened by debts they can’t absorb, Ellen Brown, the author of the ground-breaking book The Web of Debt, points out the problem may go much deeper than just sloppy book-keeping. In a piece in OP-ED News, she points out that

Those errors go far deeper than mere sloppiness. They are concealing a massive fraud. They cannot be corrected with legitimate paperwork, and that was the reason the servicers had to hire “foreclosure mills” to fabricate the documents.These errors involve perjury and forgery — fabricating documents that never existed and swearing to the accuracy of facts not known. Karl Denninger at MarketTicker is calling it “Foreclosuregate.” Diana Ollick of CNBC calls it “the RoboSigning Scandal.” On Monday, Ollick reported rumors that the government is planning a 90-day foreclosure moratorium to deal with the problem. Three large mortgage issuers JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and GMAC — have voluntarily suspended thousands of foreclosures, and a number of calls have been made for investigations. .. .These problems cannot be swept under the rug as mere technicalities. They go to the heart of the securitization process itself. The snowball has just started to roll. You Can’t Recover What Doesn’t Exist. Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism has uncovered a price list from a company called DocX that specializes in “document recovery solutions.” DocX is the technology platform used by Lender Processing Services to manage a national network of foreclosure mills. The price list includes such things as “Create Missing Intervening Assignment,” $35; “Cure Defective Assignment,” $12.95; “Recreate Entire Collateral File,” $95. Notes Smith:

“[C]reating . . . means fabricating documents out of whole cloth, and look at the extent of the offerings. The collateral file is ALL the documents the trustee (or the custodian as an agent of the trustee) needs to have pursuant to its obligations under the pooling and servicing agreement on behalf of the mortgage backed security holder. This means most importantly the original of the note (the borrower IOU), copies of the mortgage (the lien on the property), the securitization agreement, and title insurance.”

Three recent articles from the GATA (Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee)

GATA is the best source I know for reliable updates on the rapidly changing national and international situation and discussion of gold and currency issues, becoming ever more relevant as the global economy goes into free fall and trade and currency wars loom.  The GATA newsletter reprints articles from the international press on precious metals and currency issues. You can subscribe to get them sent by e-mail.

1. Ralph Benko on the possible return to the gold standard, regularly dismissed as fantasy by mainstream economists and so-called experts.
Columnist Michael Kinsley is looking exceptionally prescient. Last May, in an article titled, “My Inflation Nightmare” in The Atlantic Monthly, he asked: “Am I crazy or is the commentariat ignoring our biggest economic threat?” Kinsley’s piece in The Atlantic Monthly anticipated a flood of articles in the world press exemplified by this UK Telegraph July 20 headline: “Gold reclaims its currency status as the global system unravels.” The evidence of the shift in the elite opinion stream is clear: The gold standard is returning to respectability….

2. Martin Crutsinger and Harry Dunphy: World Finance leaders fail to resolve currency dispute.
Global finance leaders failed Saturday to resolve deep differences that threaten the outbreak of a full-blown currency war. Various nations are seeking to devalue their currencies as a way to boost exports and jobs during hard economic times. The concern is that such efforts could trigger a repeat of the trade wars that contributed to the Great Depression of the 1930s as country after country raises projectionist barriers to imported goods.The International Monetary Fund wrapped up two days of talks with a communique that pledged to “deepen” its work in the area of currency movements, including conducting studies on the issue….

3. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard,
The Telegraph, London: Currency wars are necessary if all else fails.
The overwhelming fact of the global currency system is that America needs a much weaker dollar to bring its economy back into kilter and avoid slow ruin, yet the rest of the world cannot easily handle the consequences of such a wrenching adjustment. There is not enough demand to go around. Asian investment in plant has run ahead of Western ability to consume. The debt-strapped households of Middle America, or Britain and Spain, can no longer hold up the dysfunctional edifice. Asians must take over, or it will come down on their own heads. The countries actively intervening in exchange markets to suppress their currencies — China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, even Switzerland, to name a few — are all too often the same ones that have the biggest trade surpluses with the US. They are taking active steps to prevent America extricating itself from the worst unemployment since the Great Depression, now 17.1pc on the latest U6 index and rising again. …Yet this is an intolerable situation for the US. It should be no surprise that Washington has begun to retaliate in earnest, and not just by passing the Reform for Fair Trade Act in the House (not yet the Senate), clearing the way for punitive tariffs against currency manipulators…

A Brazilian city decides to take responsibility to feed all its citizens

More than 10 years ago, Brazil’s fourth-largest city, Belo Horizonte, declared that food was a right of citizenship and started working to make good food available to all. One of its programs puts local farm produce into school meals. This and other projects cost the city less than 2 percent of its budget. Belo, a city of 2.5 million people, once had 11 percent of its population living in absolute poverty, and almost 20 percent of its children going hungry. Then in 1993, a newly elected administration declared food a right of citizenship. The new mayor, Patrus Ananias—now leader of the federal anti-hunger effort—began by creating a city agency, which included assembling a 20-member council of citizen, labor, business, and church representatives to advise in the design and implementation of a new food system. The city already involved regular citizens directly in allocating municipal resources—the “participatory budgeting” that started in the 1970s and has since spread across Brazil. During the first six years of Belo’s food-as-a-right policy, perhaps in response to the new emphasis on food security, the number of citizens engaging in the city’s participatory budgeting process doubled to more than 31,000.

So how difficult or costly could it be for a whole province, state, or nation to do the same thing?

Alexander Shulgin, legendary genius chemist, talks about his work and his vision

For people interested in research and consciousness expansion with psychedelics, the name of Alexander Shulgin is equalled in renown only by that of Albert Hofmann. Shulgin has personally discovered (or invented) hundreds of new psychoactive substances, mostly in the phenethylamine family, his original interest area, but also tryptamines. He also pioneered a new form of reporting his scientific research in this unusual area. In a couple of autobiographical volumes PIHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved) and TIHKAL (Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved), he has described the molecular structure of these compounds, described the process of their synthesis and (most unusually) together with his wife Ann, given brief capsule descriptions of their subjective effects, as reported by their small group of research associates. By doing so, he has put the knowledge of these substances into the scientific public domain, where they can be downloaded and applied by anyone with the requisite technical expertise – truly an enormous contribution to potential human evolutionary advancement. The following interview/article about Shulgin was published on the alternet website. ‘Born Illegal’ — Exploring the Powerful Advanced Psychedelics Invented by the Father of Ecstasy Surveying Alexander Shulgin’s pioneering work with phenethylamine compounds, the ‘alchemy of medicinal chemistry,’ and the threat posed by the Federal Analogue Act.–_exploring_the_powerful_advanced_psychedelics_invented_by_the_father_of_ecstasy/?page=1

Is there a hidden reason for current high US unemployment?

According to Michael Salla, Ph.D., a leading commentator on the secret history of UFO/ET research, and author of Exposing US Government Policies on Extraterrestrial Life, it has to do with blocking or delaying development of free energy technology, that would make petroleum technologies obsolete. In his comments on exopolitics in the Honolulu Examiner, Salla writes –

As the U.S. economy slowly recovers, job creation has been painfully slow for the Obama administration. The reason for U.S. unemployment is all too evident to see. One just has to enter any large retail store, Wal Mart, Macy, etc., and see the all pervasive Made in China sign. China’s open access to U.S. markets had been a principle reason for rapid economic expansion which only a month ago led to China becoming the world’s second largest economy.  Why have the U.S. manufacturing and textile industries been allowed to collapse with production moving off-shore primarily to China? Is it merely because U.S. companies are making windfall profits with off-shore production, and their lobbyists have succeeded in getting Congress to approve the legislation to make this possible? Yes that’s part of the answer, but is there a deeper factor at work? Is the U.S. paying China off for its support on some unknown policy issue by sacrificing the US manufacturing and textile industries to Chinese products? What possible policy could China have secretly agreed to that warrants U.S. policy makers giving Chinese products unrestricted access to U.S. markets? The answer is in China holding off in developing advanced technologies that could revolutionize the energy industry. China is being paid-off to play dumb while the oil industry continues its global monopoly on how to power industries through fossil fuels.