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Read or Condemn Yourself to Death by Ignorance

For those courageous souls brave enough to look and see what is,

who are unwilling to blindly accept

the lies and rules of tyrannical authority.

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.

One word of truth outweighs a world of lies.


If perchance a post of mine you think extreme

heed this from Kahlil Gibran:

“In battling evil, excess is good;

for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth.

He conceals the other half out of fear of the people’s wrath.”


One of my goals is to think and act as if I fear no man’s wrath or deed.

Observation And Integrity

Wednesday 5th July 2023

G’day #Name#,

Hope this finds you fit and well.

Here is a sampling of what recently crossed my digital desk.

I hope you get something from it!


Meerkat and Warthog

Decline of Empire: Parallels Between the U.S. and Rome, Part III

It’s Never Too Late

If You Can’t Breathe The Air

Own The Day

Violence On The Language

Stay Strong

Life Hacks 2023

No Matter How Paranoid...

WHO, EU announce partnership creating ’global system’ of digital vaccine passports

Called A Smart City For A Reason

The True Motive Behind The Climate Change Scam

The Best 30-Minute Explanation of Marxism I Have Ever Heard

Blueprints for flourishing in the midst of a decaying civilization

Know And Preserve Your Human Rights

Mearsheimer Warns Of ’The Darkness Ahead’: Where The Ukraine War Is Headed

On Ukraine

Have a great week!


Meerkat and Warthog
Meerkat and Warthog

Decline of Empire: Parallels Between the U.S. and Rome, Part III
Roman Soldiers

A great read.

It’s Never Too Late
Never Too Late

If You Can’t Breathe The Air
If You Can't Breathe The Air

Plastic in the oceans, soil erosion and degradation, deforestation, drug residues polluting our water, soil and food, industrial pollutants and Chemtrails in the air - all these are genuine concerns that warrant our urgent attention. Funnily enough, fix these genuine concerns and even if Global Warming were not a made up scam it would be resolved!

Own The Day
Own The Day

Violence On The Language

“A man who deliberately inflicts violence on the language will almost certainly inflict violence on human beings if he acquires the power. Those who treasure the meaning of words will treasure truth, and those who bend words to their purposes are very likely in pursuit of anti-social ones.” - historian Paul Johnson

Stay Strong
Stay Strong

Life Hacks 2023
Life Hacks 2023

No Matter How Paranoid...
No Matter How Paranoid...

WHO, EU announce partnership creating ’global system’ of digital vaccine passports
Do Not Panic - Organize

The World Health Organization and the European Union announced their collaboration on global digital vaccine passports at a joint press conference in Geneva on June 5.

“In June 2023, WHO will take up the European Union (EU) system of digital COVID-19 certification to establish a global system that will help facilitate global mobility and protect citizens across the world from on-going and future health threats, including pandemics,” the WHO press release states.

Called A Smart City For A Reason
Called A Smart City For A Reason

The True Motive Behind The Climate Change Scam
The True Motive

“First of all, developed countries have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community. But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore.”

The Best 30-Minute Explanation of Marxism I Have Ever Heard
James Lindsay

I have come to name the enemy!

Blueprints for flourishing in the midst of a decaying civilization
Ancient Entrance

The following is adapted from the author’s remarks at a panel presented by the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Fran Maier is right that we are now at a hinge in history—the end of an age and the beginning of something new. Anyone who thinks he or she knows exactly what will emerge next is probably wrong. Whatever is coming next, it will be a very different world from the one we’ve inhabited since World War II. I am quite certain that many things will get worse before they get better. Our societal institutions—governmental, educational, communications, media, medical, public health, etc.—have failed us. The degree of rot in these institutions makes reform or repair, in the short term at least, impractical.

I believe our task is analogous to that undertaken by the Czech dissidents of the Soviet era. Many of us are familiar with Vaclav Havel, who became the first president of the Czech Republic after the fall of Communism and wrote the now classic essay, “The Power of the Powerless.” Maier mentions another Vaclav: a close friend and collaborator of Havel, Vaclav Benda is less well-known but no less important. In contrast to Havel, Benda was a faithful Catholic and remained grounded in his Christian convictions as he faced the challenges of his time and place.

Some readers will doubtless wonder whether the historical analogy to a communist totalitarian regime might not be a bit overblown. Things may be bad, but they surely cannot be that bad. But consider, as Eric Voegelin taught us, that the common feature of all totalitarian systems is neither concentration camps, nor secret police, nor mass surveillance—as horrifying as all these are. The common feature of all totalitarian systems is the prohibition of questions: every totalitarian regime first monopolizes what counts as rationality and determines what questions you are allowed to ask.

At the risk of offending my audience I will suggest: if you don’t see that precisely this is happening on an unprecedented scale globally, you have not been paying close attention. If you still remain skeptical, consider Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski’s brilliant formulation to describe the totalitarian method of imposing unity on an entire population: perfect integration through perfect fragmentation. Mull over this phrase while you watch T.V. or scroll social media: perfect integration through perfect fragmentation.

In the Czech context of the 1970s and 1980s, as Professor F. Flagg Taylor writes, “[Vaclav] Benda saw that the Communist regime either sought to infiltrate and co-opt independent social structures for its own purposes, or to de-legitimate and destroy them. It sought to maintain a populace of isolated individuals without any habits or desires for association.” In other words, as he put it, the Iron Curtain had not just descended between East and West, but between one individual and another, or even between an individual’s own body and his soul.

Benda recognized that any hopes for the regime’s fundamental reform or even moderation were futile. It was time to ignore the regime’s official structures and build new ones where human community could be rediscovered and human life could be lived decently. Benda proposed building new small-scale institutions of civil society—in education and family, in productivity and market exchange, in media and communications, literature and the arts, entertainment and culture, and so on—what Benda called “The Parallel Polis” (1978).

He described this idea as follows: “I suggest that we join forces in creating, slowly but surely, parallel structures that are capable, to a limited degree at least, of supplementing the generally beneficial and necessary functions that are missing in the existing structures, and where possible, to use those existing structures, to humanize them.” And he clarified that this strategy “need not lead to a direct conflict with the regime, yet it harbors no illusions that ’cosmetic changes’ can make any difference.” Benda explained:

In concrete terms this means taking over for the use of the parallel polis every space that the state has temporarily abandoned or which it has never occurred to it to occupy in the first place. It means winning over for the support of common aims…everything alive in society and its culture in the broadest sense of the word. It means winning over anything that has managed somehow to survive the disfavor of the times (e.g., the Church) or that was able, despite unfavorable times, to come into being.

The parallel polis is not, Benda emphasized, a ghetto or an underground; it is not a black-market system hiding in the shadows. As the word polis suggests, the purpose of these institutions was to eventually renew the wider society, not to retreat from it entirely. On this point, his proposal can be distinguished from the Benedict Option proposed by Rod Dreher in his book of that title. “The strategic aim of the parallel polis,” Benda wrote, “should be the growth, or the renewal, of civic and political culture—and along with it, an identical structuring of society, creating bonds of responsibility and fellow-feeling.”

Benda acknowledged that every institution of the parallel polis was a David facing the Goliath of a massively powerful totalitarian state. Any one or another of these institutions could be crushed by the state machinery if the state specifically targeted it for liquidation. The task, therefore, was to create so many of these parallel structures and institutions that the corrupt state would finally be limited in its reach: while it could crush any one institution at any time, there would eventually be too many such institutions for the state to target them all simultaneously. Elements of the parallel polis would always survive: as the state crushed one institution, two others would arise elsewhere.

Plan of Action

The parallel polis requires a deliberate strategy: it does not develop automatically. As Benda proposed in his own day, I am convinced it is time to build these new parallel institutions of civil society. We need to be thinking in 50-year increments. This means planting mustard seeds that may not fully germinate in our lifetimes. I suggest that today’s Parallel Polis should be grounded in three principles: Sovereignty, Solidarity, Subsidiarity. I will conclude with five brief points to illustrate the application of these principles in our current moment. (I am simply going to state these points, since time does not allow me to argue for or explain each one.)

First: governments during COVID demanded we become disempowered and isolated. People globally ceded their sovereignty and abandoned social solidarity. By contrast, the new parallel institutions of civil society must return sovereignty to individuals, families, and communities and strengthen social solidarity.

Second: markets, communications, and governing structures have become increasingly centralized at a national and global level, robbing individuals, families, and local communities of legitimate authority, privacy, and freedom. Thus, the new institutions must be grounded in technologies and models of decentralized communications, information sharing, authority, and markets of productivity and exchange.

Third: individuals, families, and local communities especially have been robbed of their legitimate authority and targeted. To rectify this, the new institutions must support the principle of subsidiarity and empower practical efforts at the local level.

Fourth: fear has been weaponized to coerce individuals, families, and communities to cede their sovereignty and even make them forget they once had it. To help individuals, families, and small communities reclaim their sovereignty—their ability to self-govern—we must help people overcome their fear and find their courage.

Fifth, with the rollout of new mechanisms of social surveillance and control—the biosecurity model of governance, biometric digital IDs, Central Bank Digital Currencies, surveillance capitalism, and so on—the temporal window to reclaim solidarity and regain sovereignty is closing fast. Therefore, the time to begin is now.

Aaron Kheriaty MD is the director of the Bioethics and American Democracy Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Zephyr Institute.

Know And Preserve Your Human Rights

A major concern with the current world scene is the speed with which human rights are being trampled.

This trend needs to be reversed. The entrance point is educating people that they do have rights.

If you do get that on which you put your attention, best we put our attention on what we want!

How many of human rights can you see under direct attack at present?
Freedom of thought?
Freedom of expression? (There are but two sexes.)
Freedom of movement? (15 minute cities.)
Right to assembly? (Right to protest outlawed.)
We are equal before the law? (Hunter Biden’s slap on the wrist for crimes attracting jail time for others.)

Watch these videos and if you think your human rights should be preserved, please share them.

Human Rights Video #1: Born Free and Equal

Human Rights Video #2: Don't Discriminate

Human Rights Video #3: The Right To Life

Human Rights Video #4: Freedom From Slavery

Human Rights Video #5: Freedom From Torture

Human Rights Video #6: You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go

Human Rights Video #7: We Are Equal Before The Law

Human Rights Video #8: Protected By Law

Human Rights Video #9: No Unfair Detainment

Human Rights Video #10: Right To Fair Trial

Human Rights Video #11: Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Human Rights Video #12: Right To Privacy

Human Rights Video #13: Freedom To Move

Human Rights Video #14: Right To Asylum

Human Rights Video #15: Right To A Nationality

Human Rights Video #16: Right To Marriage & Family

Human Rights Video #17: Right to Ownership

Human Rights Video #18: Freedom of Thought

Human Rights Video #19: Freedom of Expression

Human Rights Video #20: Right to Assembly

Human Rights Video #21: Right to Democracy

Human Rights Video #22: Social Security

Human Rights Video #23: Workers Rights

Human Rights Video #24: Right to Play

Human Rights Video #25: Food and Shelter for All

Human Rights Video #26: Right to Education

Human Rights Video #27: Copyright

Human Rights Video #28: Fair and Free World

Human Rights Video #29: Responsibility

Human Rights Video #30: No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights

Mearsheimer Warns Of 'The Darkness Ahead': Where The Ukraine War Is Headed
Global Chess

This well written paper examines the likely trajectory of the Ukraine war moving forward.

On Ukraine

Another interesting piece not following the usual drivel espoused by the media.

Click the Read More button to view the video:


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!



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