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Bush Meets Lauer

Watching this, and I am sure my opinion is marred by my own prejudice, I just get the sense that Bush is the mouthpiece for a cabal with their own agenda. That we, as a nation, are forced into this give and take with a desperate and brutal force, because rather than stepping back and analyzing a situation and gaining the perspective necessary to address much broader issues of cause and effect… we are merely reacting to a bad situation in a moment to moment sort of choreography where we are not calling the the shots, we are not leading the dance.

Meanwhile, the domain where long term and broad planning has been applied is not in the Oval Office, but somewhere out in the private sector amongst actors and industries not directly beholden to the American people, but rather pursuing their own agendas–agendas ultimately driven by a profit motive.

The other thing that strikes me, I just wonder whether this moment of Matt Lauer behaving somewhat like a journalist isn’t somehow responsible for his many stints on camera since dressed as a woman! That is the kind of psychology I think we are witnessing here. I mean, the mentioning of the safety of Matt Lauer’s family and the aggressive gesturing from Bush (1:501:55, 2:06, etc,)–at 2:06 Matt L actually seems to raise his arm in a subtle defensive mode–seems right out of a gangster film. It’s a sign of frustration at having to answer actual questions when working from a script rather than an originator of a policy talking through his own sense of justification.

This is scary stuff. This is people murdered and plunged into misery and perhaps generations of social instability… not to mention the loss of antiquities.

It may seem cold and inappropriate to weigh the loss of antiquities with the loss and misery of human life, but this is the thing… The loss of antiquities is a strike at the very character of a people, their sense of self and history… the justification of the narrative of their own identity. This is something atheists miss in their clumsy ham-fisted attack on the church. If you have the intent to subvert the indigenous societal power structure of authority… something you must first do to steal the resources of a society and reduce their populations to servitude… You must recreate and impose a narrative upon that society which confounds that societies sense of self. By hijacking a societies narrative, you can disrupt the internal dialogue of that society and feed the various factions to eachother through an ever increasing and ever debasing internal conflict.

This makes it easier to impose a power-structure and hierarchy from outside the society merely by feeding and guiding certain elements within it. This is how you plunge an entire society into servitude exposing it to violence, rape, theft and slavery. And something people forget about slavery, it upsets the entire playing field. When one society or set of actors manage to reduce people to servitude, it gives them power and benefit to enact, perpetuate and spread human misery for the purpose of their own benefit.

Whoever has dealings with such power-capabilities lends these power-capabilities legitimacy and at the same time robs themselves in equal measure of their own legitimacy. The thing spreads like a virus reducing everything to it’s level which only finds deeper darker depths till something renders a check on it–such controls do not exist within the structure of the power-capability which wields such power, either the young are fed to the old or the old are fed to the young. North Korea is a perfect example of this.

It is no coincidence that where oil economies dominate, where there is the influence of an external power-structure–that is, those entities bringing oil to western markets or those western markets themselves–internal authority is upset and oppressive regimes are created in that commerce with that external power-capability.

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Why is Britain in the EU and what does it have to do with the Canadian wildfires?

The problem with the best minds today is that they are confined to the habits of our educational system and the time constraints of making a life under the terms set by the marketplace. As a result, rather than developing a schema of understanding, naturally guided by a direct curiosity, we follow a curriculum set by other minds divorced from the reasoning or bias behind its forging. And upon completion, we are armed with the habit of studying an issue by reading other disconnected studies to resolve our understanding in quick-time to meet the succession of immediate demands placed upon us by our roles in corporate decision making. This produces a shallow, hack, approach to everything from preparing homes for sale to planning the expansion of transportation systems, or supplying markets with goods or services. Another constraint of popular decision making is the minds juvenile predisposition to assume the world around us is a clockwork mechanism… particularly, in which we are prone, in our understanding of how governments operate. It is not enough to merely say, “yes, governments must change to meet the changing circumstances of that which is governed.” Saying it is not the same as operating with an actual understanding of this truth.

I remember gym class in high school… When playing volleyball throughout a quarter, two basic types of teams emerged. First, there was the team loaded with particularly athletic types who dominated immediately. Second, there was the team which methodically learned the intercept, set, return formula for playing the game effectively. It was this second group which took time to put together the skill sets and strictly demarcated realms of responsibilities and roles of the different players which ended the quarter in ascendance.

Today, governments are presented with the growing impossibility of the task presented to them. To manage resources, effort, organizations and individuals within the framework of a system ruled by an agreed upon set of guidelines. As of 1850, there had only been 1 billion people who had walked the earth throughout all of human history… now there are over 6 billion all at once living together. Further, we have companies and corporations controlling more wealth and influence than entire nations. These entities, these power-capabilities have a very narrow set of goals, act upon the say so of spineless individuals willing to set aside regard for law or the common good, and yet, are central to the survival of the populations. This is a perfect storm for self-destruction. To meet these power-capabilities all we have is government… when protesters hit the streets, they rely on the government to protect them against the entities they protest against (even the governments themselves) and beseech to act on behalf of their cause–otherwise, outright conflict is the only recourse for reclaiming the societies to ones concept of civilization. 

Now corporations, and macro-empowered individuals and entities easily cross borders to carry out their self-centered agendas. To meet such potential challengers to the common good, we need governmental organizations already in place and engaged in the never ending process of refinement to identify and address the threats and concerns of the greater society. Right now, there are wildfires raging in Canada. Just today, my roommate, in response to my question about it, replied, “the one caused by the fracking?” This was the first I heard a connection made between the largest single oil reserves and this out of control wildfire causing the destruction of an entire city and driving countless people from their homes in terror. She had heard an early news report making the connection. Now, however, you would be hard pressed to find the connection made in any news reports making the rounds. Why? Because this company has, no doubt, an army of PR people and inexhaustible legal muscle to point out the liabilities and cost of legal action against any institution making such “false” reports–if they, indeed, turn out to be false. What news agency could stand against, not only such a powerful company, but, no doubt, an entire industry, whose consolidte interest also weighs in the balance. How much might do the politicians of Canada wield to meet this challenge?!

Societies and governments are not like businesses with business plans concerned only with justifying loans and meeting quarterly projections; they are more akin to gardens and gardeners. As these gardens grow, so to, must the resources and organizational capabilities of the gardeners. This is why Britain is in the EU.