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Wednesday 1st February 2017

G’day #Name#,

Here is a bunch of what crossed my digital desk over the last week. I trust you get something from it!

What role do you play in the War on Terror?


While you may think that you have no impact on whether a war is fought or not, let me assure you, nothing is further from the truth. Every person or citizen of any nation plays an important part in any war fought on his/her behalf. So how does this work?

Warfare 101

Contrary to the image portrayed by the press, wars are not started overnight as a reaction to a single isolated event. Yes, I am aware that history books love to cite the “historic incidents” that sparked wars. The truth, however, is something entirely different. There’s a lot more going on than “one terrible incident.”

Warfare, as taught in WestPoint or any other military academy, is based on the rules and laws of strategy. While the equipment and resources vary from army to army or nation to nation, strategy is a skill of the mind - the ability to look at the resources at hand and how to best utilize them for the highest probability of success. Examples of resources include troops, equipment, vehicles, weather conditions, and terrain, to name a few. Wars are won or lost based on the strategic deployment and availability of resources and types of troops.

Strategy includes such painfully obvious actions as providing winter gear for troops in arctic regions. Sound obvious doesn’t it? Well fortunately for the free world, both Napoleon and Hitler failed to take cold weather gear into account when sending their armies to invade Russia. Their armies literally froze to death and were decimated by the Russian winter. Historians trace both of their downfalls in part to this strategic blunder.

Thus strategy is of the utmost importance. One needs to have all one’s ducks in a row, and to have the correct resources in the right place at the right time.

What is the most valuable asset of any military campaign?

Most people will answer this question with some sort of variation of the same answers: “military might,” “stronger tanks,” “bigger bombs,” “faster planes ...” But military textbooks and the rules of strategy proclaim something different.

Public opinion is the primary asset in the military arsenal. There is no single other element quite as vital as this one thing, public opinion, in waging a successful war.

Without at least the tacit approval of a population no war succeeds.

Ancient military commanders knew this. One of the oldest books on strategy written roughly 5000 years ago, and probably the most studied book by military commanders throughout the ages, is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. This book covers public opinion as the very first point of consideration before engaging in warfare.

Sun Tzu uses the more archaic term for “public opinion:” Moral Law.

“The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.”—Sun Tzu, The Art of War

So what does “Moral Law” mean?

It means having the people, or the civilians, on your side. It means convincing the population that there is a cause for war - that it is “just” or justified, that one is getting rid of something bad, that one is eradicating evil ....

As long as the people are of the opinion that you are getting rid of something sufficiently undesirable with a war, you will have their support. Without the support or approval of the people, war cannot be declared.

So the real battle ground for any war, no matter where it is fought, starts in the minds of the people.

Confrontation on the battlefield is factually one of the latter stages of war, it is only started once the fight for public approval has been won. The conditioning of people to accept the war would have started months, if not years or decades, earlier.

Media the strategic partner for war.

Very few wars would really get off the ground, and many more would have been avoided completely, if we still had a free press which was not tied to corporate or special interests.

The average sane and well-balanced individual, like yourself and others you know, abhors the idea of dropping bombs on people. We detest the idea of women, men or children being ripped to shreds with explosive ordinances.

There are only very few people, if any at all, that we would wish this fate upon. Witness the fact that the death penalty has been largely abolished in virtually every civilized nation. So there must be something very fundamentally wrong with causing the death of another, if the vast majority of people consider it unjustified for those with proven guilt of heinous crimes.

Yet a declaration of war is tantamount to the imposition of the death penalty and untold suffering upon a multitude of individuals. Many of them are women and children guilty of no wrong doings what-so-ever – real or imagined.

To overcome our disapproval of mayhem and destruction, the media is set in motion. It’s Job? Gaining your approval for indiscriminate killing of others. Something you would under no other circumstances agree with.

How the media gains approval from the population

To be frank, this is not easy. If it were not such a sordid task, one could almost admire the hard work, dedication, and effort it takes to make right into wrong, and wrong into right, in the public mind. It takes a consistent and long-term dedicated campaign to establish prejudice where there was none. And even where there is prejudice, it takes years for the media to turn even this into a tacit approval of war.

After all, you or I may not like our neighbors, but it would take more than that to get us to condone murdering them or bombing their apartments so that we could “feel secure.”

The keys to it all are:
1. Gradients
2. Repetition of message
3. Assigning blame to a group or segment of the population

Early this century, Joseph Goebels, Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany, made excessive use of this technique in order to set in motion what is now referred to in retrospect as “The Holocaust.”

In his own words: “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” - Joseph Goebbels

Sufficient repetition and an understanding of the people concerned.

Well, Goebels understood the German population well. And his constant repetition in the press, defaming Jews, allowed Hitler to implement “the final solution.”

So how does the media go about getting your approval or tacit consent?

There are innumerable ways, means or methods to gain your consent. They do all however have one thing in common, and will have these key ingredients:
1. The story will be about something that is upsetting and disagreeable
2. It will lay the blame on a group or a segment of a population

Laying the blame for acts by individuals at the feet of a segment of the population is the key to propaganda. I will give you an example:

During the time period leading up to Nazi Germany, anything bad that happened was blamed on the Jews, as a group, by the German press. One Jew did something bad, so therefore all Jews are bad, was the “logic” this was based on.

Defamation of a group as a whole always has, at its roots, a sinister propaganda activity. History has proven this so many times that it is impossible to list them all.

By laying the blame for any event at a segment of the population or a group as a whole, again and again, time after time, one eventually builds enough “brand recognition” (to use a marketing term) so that when one utters the name of that segment of population there is an instant recognition and association with wrong or evil.

For instance, if I say the word “Muslim,” or “Muslim extremist,” some will think “terrorist” or “suicide bomber.” Why? Well, they have been conditioned by the Press to associate Muslims as a group with bad or barbaric.

Similar to the Catholic beliefs, a Muslim cannot enter heaven if he commits suicide or if he kills the innocent. So to refer to a terrorist or suicide bomber as a “Muslim” or a “person of faith” is ridiculous. Yet the media purposely does so and lays the blame on that entire segment of the population so that you will gradually consent to more and more military “intervention” over time. You will get fed up and decide that “something needs to be done about these evil people.” You will vote for war or those who support it, and you will condone military action against these people. It is practically unavoidable.

This basic message repeated, over and over, day after day, week after week, month after month eventually puts one in a hostile or unfriendly frame of mind towards that group - no matter how hard you resist or try to be rational. History has proven that this strategy works. Goebbels used it with great success on the German population. Every single genocide in history had this method and operation at its foundation.

The art of propaganda did not die with Nazi Germany, and neither did Goebbels take it to his grave. It has evolved, has been refined, and is a very real weapon the military arsenal – one that is used primarily on one’s own population.

Your mind and opinion is where the battle lines are drawn. Once this has been overcome, war, death and destruction have free reign. They don’t even need your agreement; all they need is your silence.

“Silence is Golden,” they say. Well, it certainly is, to a warmonger’s ears.

This is why people of reason and common sense are constantly vilified as “unpatriotic” or “cowardly” by the media. Nothing is further from the truth. It takes courage to stand up to an overwhelming hostile media machine with seemingly unlimited resources.

I take my hat off to those that do.

William Tucker

Turnbull Government’s fraudulent Centrelink debt letter system

Have you, or anyone you know, been targeted by the Turnbull Government’s fraudulent Centrelink debt letter system?

If so, here’s something you can do about it. And if not, here’s a free community service you can share to help people who need it.

More than 250,000 letters have been sent already, and a staggering 20,000 more are churned out each week. Reports in today’s papers suggest as many as 90% are wrong.

That’s why we’ve set up – a free and easy way to formally appeal the Turnbull Government’s fabricated debt letters.

Leveraging GetUp’s years of tech expertise, and powered by the generous donations of more than 3,000 incredible incredible GetUp members, FraudStop lets anyone challenge their debt claim online in less than five minutes, instead of waiting hours on the phone with no result.

Got a debt letter to appeal? Click on the Read More button.

Protest the Dakota Access Pipeline for me Will You?

This link enables you to send a tweet to President Trump.

Storm Sky
Storm Sky

Love this image from Cecile Vowles’ newsletter.

Waitress surprised with generous tip, message of unity after inauguration

Something to share...

Don’t Mess With The Old Farts
Sometimes I Pretend To Be Normal

There was this one nurse that just drove me crazy.

Every time she came in, she would talk to me like I was a little child. She would say in a patronizing tone of voice, “And how are we doing this morning?” Or.... “Are we ready for a bath?” Or... “Are we hungry?”

I had enough of this particular nurse. One day at breakfast, I took the apple juice off the tray and put it in my bedside stand.

Later I was given a urine sample bottle to fill for testing. So you know where the juice went!

The nurse came in a while later, picked up the urine sample bottle, looked at it and said, “My, my, it seems we are a little cloudy today.”

At this, I snatched the bottle out of her hand, popped off the top, and gulped it down, saying, “Well, I'll run it through again. Maybe I can filter it better this time!”

The nurse fainted... ...I just smiled!

(I know it’s a joke but it’s also interesting the problems people create for themselves and others just because they are not prepared to communicate on the things that they don’t like.)

Petition to SAY NO to uranium mines that cause extinction!
Mining Rig

This civilisation has proven it does not have the organisational excellence or quality control systems and procedures to prevent disasters occurring from the use of nuclear materials. It seems ludicrous to persist with a dangerous and failed policy to continue to mine and use uranium when there are safer alternatives like solar, tidal and wind power to hand.

Do Not Depend On Death
Do Not Depend On Death

Pretty close to the truth. The missing piece is that a being plus body has more insanities than a being without a body.

The destructive intentions and evil purposes that a being has do not die with the body so you are better off cleaning those up as soon as possible.

An easy place to start on that path is to never go past a word you do not fully understand as misunderstood words restimulate evil purposes. The fewer misunderstood words, the fewer evil purposes in restimulation, the happier the life.

Death Is Nothing, All Is Well.
Death Is Nothing

by Henry Scott Holland

A Creed by John Masefield

I hold that when a person dies His soul returns again to earth; Arrayed in some new flesh-disguise Another mother gives him birth. With sturdier limbs and brighter brain The old soul takes the road again. Such is my own belief and trust; This hand, this hand that holds the pen, Has many a hundred times been dust And turned, as dust, to dust again; These eyes of mine have blinked and shown In Thebes, in Troy, in Babylon. All that I rightly think or do, Or make, or spoil, or bless, or blast, Is curse or blessing justly due For sloth or effort in the past. My life's a statement of the sum Of vice indulged, or overcome. I know that in my lives to be My sorry heart will ache and burn, And worship, unavailingly, The woman whom I used to spurn, And shake to see another have The love I spurned, the love she gave. And I shall know, in angry words, In gibes, and mocks, and many a tear, A carrion flock of homing-birds, The gibes and scorns I uttered here. The brave word that I failed to speak Will brand me dastard on the cheek. And as I wander on the roads I shall be helped and healed and blessed; Dear words shall cheer and be as goads To urge to heights before unguessed. My road shall be the road I made; All that I gave shall be repaid. So shall I fight, so shall I tread, In this long war beneath the stars; So shall a glory wreathe my head, So shall I faint and show the scars, Until this case, this clogging mould, Be smithied all to kingly gold.

Jimmy Webb’s Story Behind “The Highwayman”
Jimmy Webb

I was a highwayman along the coach roads I did ride
With the sword and pistol by my side
Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Many a soldier shed his life blood on my blade
The bastards hung me in the spring of '25
But I am still alive

I was a sailor, I was born upon the tide
And with the sea I did abide
I sailed a schooner 'round the horn of Mexico
I went aloft to furl the mainsail in a blow
And when the yards broke off they say that I got killed
But I am living still

I was a dam builder across the river deep and wide
Where steel and water did collide
A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below
They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound
But I am still around, seems like it all goes 'round and 'round and 'round
And 'round and 'round yes it goes when here we go

I'll fly a starship across the universe divide
And when I reach the other side
I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain and I'll be back again
Yes, I will when here we go but I'll be back again
Yes, I will when here we go but I'll be back again

Through a Glass Darkly

Perhaps I stabbed our Savior
In His sacred helpless side.
Yet I've called His name in blessing
When in after times I died.

Through the travail of the ages
Midst the pomp and toil of war
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.

I have sinned and I have suffered
Played the hero and the knave
Fought for belly, shame or country
And for each have found a grave.

So as through a glass and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names - but always me.

So forever in the future
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter
But to die again once more.

by General George S Patton Jnr

Sting - A Thousand Years
Sting - A Thousand Years

A thousand years, a thousand more,
A thousand times a million doors to eternity
I may have lived a thousand lives, a thousand times
An endless turning stairway climbs
To a tower of souls
If it takes another thousand years, a thousand wars,
The towers rise to numberless floors in space
I could shed another million tears, a million breaths,
A million names but only one truth to face

A million roads, a million fears
A million suns, ten million years of uncertainty
I could speak a million lies, a million songs,
A million rights, a million wrongs in this balance of time
But if there was a single truth, a single light
A single thought, a singular touch of grace
Then following this single point , this single flame,
The single haunted memory of your face

I still love you
I still want you
A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
Like galaxies in my head

I may be numberless, I may be innocent
I may know many things, I may be ignorant
Or I could ride with kings and conquer many lands
Or win this world at cards and let it slip my hands
I could be cannon food, destroyed a thousand times
Reborn as fortune's child to judge another's crimes
Or wear this pilgrim's cloak, or be a common thief
I've kept this single faith, I have but one belief

I still love you
I still want you
A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
Like galaxies in my head
On and on the mysteries unwind themselves
Eternities still unsaid
'Til you love me

George Soros Bribed Al Gore Millions to Lie About Global Warming

Newly leaked documents from whistleblowing website, DC Leaks, reveal that Liberal billionaire, George Soros, used his Open Society Institute to pay Al Gore $10 million dollars per year to lie to the public about the effects man-made global warming has on the planet.

Aunt Bertha's Fairy Dust Worked
Aunt Bertha's Fairy Dust Worked

Before The White Man
Before The White Man

Compare Sailing Ships
Compare Sailing Ships

Beware The Crocs
Beware The Crocs

Psyche Drugs Bad
Psyche Drugs Bad

Almost Fell Off My Unicorn
Almost Fell Off My Unicorn

Parenthood In One Picture
Parenthood In One Picture

Looks like a wrinkle cake!
Wrinkle Cake

The Planet Provides For All
The Planet Provides For All

Most Expensive Cities
Most Expensive Cities

"Holy Grail" Metallic Hydrogen Is Going to Change Everything
Metallic Hydrogen

Two Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating an entirely new substance long believed to be the “holy grail” of physics — metallic hydrogen, a material of unparalleled power that could one day propel humans into deep space. The research was published Thursday in the journal Science.

Choose Freedom Over Slavery
Choose Freedom Over Slavery

Good Thoughts
Good Thoughts

Global Warming Debunked
Global Warming Debunked


Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!



Most of the content herein has been copied from someone else. Especially the images. My goodness some people are talented at creating aesthetics! The small bits that are of my creation are Copyright 2014-2016 © by Tom Grimshaw - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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