After the liberation: UNPUBLISHED color photos of American troops posing happily with liberated Europeans after Allied Forces defeated the Nazis in World War II

After the liberation: UNPUBLISHED color photos of American troops posing happily with liberated Europeans after Allied Forces defeated the Nazis in World War II | Mail Online.

A series of never-before-published color images of jubilant locals in liberated Normandy after the D-Day landings has been released by LIFE.com

By Daily Mail Reporter

23 June 2013 The devastation wreaked on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France as the Allies unleashed their history-changing assault against the Germans in June 1994 has been well-documented.

But in color photos taken by LIFE.com’s Frank Scherschel, but not published at the time, countless other scenes ‘of the beginning of the end of the war’ were captured.

From the reception troops enjoyed on their way to Paris to the jubilant liberation of the capital from Nazi control, these recently-released photos bring into the focus the spirit of the historic invasion on the 69th anniversary of the landings.

American Army trucks parade down the Champs-Elysées the day after the liberation of Paris by French and Allied troops, August 1944

American Army trucks parade down the Champs-Elysées the day after the liberation of Paris by French and Allied troops, August 1944

Life after the French capital was liberated in August 1944

Life after the French capital was liberated in August 1944

Troops and civilians pass the time on Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames, in 1944

Troops and civilians pass the time on Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames, in 1944

Photographer Scherschel (1907-1981) was an award-winning staff shooter for LIFE well into the 1950s.

On June 6, 1944, about 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.

By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans.

The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

Veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings gathered earlier this month on June 6 at the site of history’s largest amphibious invasion for a day of ceremonies marking D-Day’s 69th anniversary.

Captured German troops: From D-Day until Christmas 1944, German prisoners of war were shipped off to American detention facilities at a rate of 30,000 per month

Captured German troops: From D-Day until Christmas 1944, German prisoners of war were shipped off to American detention facilities at a rate of 30,000 per month

Allied troops uniting with locals in liberated French towns after D-Day

Allied troops uniting with locals in liberated French towns after D-Day

An American tank crew takes a breather on the way through the town of Avranches, Normandy, in the summer of 1944

An American tank crew takes a breather on the way through the town of Avranches, Normandy, in the summer of 1944

OTHER IMAGES CAPTURED AT THE TIME OF THE HISTORIC INVASION

Operation Overlord Normandy: Four Allied soldiers are looking at a map with two French police officers in the center of a town in Normandy, June 1944

Operation Overlord Normandy: Four Allied soldiers are looking at a map with two French police officers in the center of a town in Normandy, June 1944

In England, American soldiers, having loaded their equipment and supplies onto a landing craft tank, await the signal to begin the D-Day invasion, June 1944

In England, American soldiers, having loaded their equipment and supplies onto a landing craft tank, await the signal to begin the D-Day invasion, June 1944

Two American members of the Women's Army Corps are looking at a map presented by a uniformed Frenchman in July 1944, after Cherbourg, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army

Two American members of the Women’s Army Corps are looking at a map presented by a uniformed Frenchman in July 1944, after Cherbourg, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army

In the wake of World War II's D-Day invasion, French townspeople wave at arriving Allied forces, Normandy, France, 1944

In the wake of World War II’s D-Day invasion, French townspeople wave at arriving Allied forces, Normandy, France, 1944

Three girls are playing in the sand next to a war-damaged vehicle in Cherbourg, July 1944

Three girls are playing in the sand next to a war-damaged vehicle in Cherbourg, July 1944

French couple sharing cognac with American tank crew after Allied forces liberated the area

French couple sharing cognac with American tank crew after Allied forces liberated the area

Nuremberg Germany UFO Battle (1561)

Nuremberg Germany UFO Battle (1561).

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Nuremberg Germany UFO Battle (1561)
Nuremberg BattleOne of the earliest of documented sightings of aerial phenomena took place on April 4, 1561 at dawn over Nuremberg, Germany. What was described as a war in the heavens, with a wide variety of craft ranging from spheres to spear-like cylinders to crosses and “plates”. The sky was apparently filled with the machines, clashing in battle for well over an hour.  The battle was such that a winner was perceived as well.  Spheroid UFOs were seen emerging from cylindrical ‘motherships’.  At the conclusion of the battle, it seems a magnificent, black, spear-like super-ship of some kind came upon the scene.  An ancient woodcut (click image to view full-size picture) was created by Hans Glaser to document the event.  A second woodcut was created by an unknown artist (see below) that depicts the same event.The woodcut shows two people apparently witnessing the event.  Hundreds of oddly shaped and colorful objects fill the sky above.  The woodcut also seems to indicate that two of the objects may have crashed to the ground (bottom right in the above picture).It began at dawn, as dozens, if not hundreds, of crosses, globes and tubes fought each other above the city.  It ended an hour later, when “the globes in the small and large rods flew into the sun,” and several of the other objects crashed to earth and vanished in a thick cloud of smoke.  According to the Nuremberg Gazette, the “dreadful apparition” filled the morning sky with “cylindrical shapes from which emerged black, red, orange and blue-white spheres that darted about.”  Between the spheres, there were “crosses with the color of blood.” (i.e. red crosses)  This “frightful spectacle” was witnessed by “numerous men and women.”  Afterwards, a “black, spear-like object” appeared.The author of the Gazette warned its readers:

The God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Annunciation with St. Emidius Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that he avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may, temporarily here and perpetually there, live as His children.

A similar reporting occurred just five years later in Basle Switzerland.  On August 7, 1566, at dawn, many citizens of Basle (Switzerland), frightened, saw during several hours the black spheres involved in a formidable aerial battle, invading the sky of their city:   The city’s gazette recorded:

At the time when the sun rose, one saw many large black balls which moved at high speed in the air towards the sun, then made half-turns, banging one against the others as if they were fighting a battle out a combat, a great number of them became red and igneous, thereafter they were consumed and died out.

It should be pointed out that the descriptions and woodcuts are attempts by artists nearly 500 years ago, to depict an event that they potentially could not comprehend.  Some have pointed out that the woodcuts and descriptions of the event sound very much like a modern day “dogfight” between planes of opposing forces.  The black circles in the woodcut look very similar to explosions in the sky as photographed by World War II reporters.  In addition, the cross shaped vehicles look very similar to the profile of a World War II fighter ascending in a steep climb.  As such, some have proposed that the events witnessed were actually old World War II battles and that some sort of slip in space/time allowed the 16th century town to witness an event that would not occur for another 400 years.

To date, the only original source we’ve discovered that recorded this incident is the 1958 book, A Modern Myth: things seen in the skies (Ein moderner Mythus Von Dingen, die am Himmel gesehen werden).

References
A Modern Myth: Things Seen in the Sky
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New York City photos reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple

New York City photos by Charles W. Cushman reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple | Mail Online.

By Mark Duell

13th September 2011

It’s been 70 years since an Indiana photographer visited New York City and returned home with an amazing collection of holiday snaps.

But Charles Weever Cushman’s pictures are even more impressive today, as they were taken on pricey colour Kodachrome and look far more recent than they actually are.

He went around the city taking photos of architecture such as the Brooklyn Bridge and other parts of the Manhattan skyline – and it’s hard to believe they were taken while World War Two was going on.

Land and water: The Liberty Street ferry in New York City on September 27, 1941

Land and water: The Liberty Street ferry in New York City on September 27, 1941

Horse and cart: Men and boys are seen collecting salvage on the Lower East Side on October 4, 1941

Horse and cart: Men and boys are seen collecting salvage on the Lower East Side on October 4, 1941

Daily life: This street seen from October 3, 1942, is just one from a huge collection by Charles W. Cushman

Daily life: This street seen from October 3, 1942, is just one from a huge collection by Charles W. Cushman

Pub: McSorley's Old Ale House, still open today, is pictured on East 7th Street on October 7, 1942

Pub: McSorley’s Old Ale House, still open today, is pictured on East 7th Street on October 7, 1942

Compared: McSorley's Old Ale House in the East Village today, hardly changed from the above photo

Compared: McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village today, hardly changed from the above photo

But what is even more intriguing are the street scenes and daily life Cushman documented in his photos, showing 1940s New Yorkers going about their daily business.

Pictures of children smiling for the camera, businessmen sitting down outside and street traders are a fascinating insight to what life was like in the city all those years ago.

Many of the areas have been demolished or rebuilt since they were pictured in 1941 and 1942.

But others such as McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan’s East Village look almost identical now as they did back then, with the same store front and shop logo.

Park life: A suited man walks through Bowling Green in lower Manhattan on October 1, 1942

Park life: A suited man walks through Bowling Green in lower Manhattan on October 1, 1942

Smoking: Three homeless people from South Ferry doss houses are in Battery Park on June 6, 1941

Smoking: Three homeless people from South Ferry doss houses are in Battery Park on June 6, 1941

Crossing: The East River is pictured below Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, on June 6, 1941

Crossing: The East River is pictured below Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, on June 6, 1941

Portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green Oct. 1, 1942
On New York's lower East Side. Sep. 27, 1941

Around town: A portable soft drink stand at Bowling Green on October 1, 1942, left, and a Lower East Side street scene on September 27, 1941, right

The images are even more significant at a time when Americans are remembering the fallen World Trade Center, showing that a city ultimately transcends its buildings, reported The Atlantic.

Mr Cushman was born in Poseyville, Indiana, in 1896 and read English at Indiana University, where he was sports editor on the student newspaper.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Illinois in 1918 before leaving three years later and began working in New York City in 1928. He moved back to Chicago in 1929 and died in 1972.

His second wife, Elizabeth Penniman, said: ‘He loved life – music, good books, sports, the outdoors, travel, integrity – and could not tolerate ignorance.’

Read more about the Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection here.

Hosepipe: Looking up Fulton Street from South Street in downtown Manhattan on September 27, 1941

Hosepipe: Looking up Fulton Street from South Street in downtown Manhattan on September 27, 1941

Street in New York's Chinatown Oct. 7, 1942
Lower Manhattan Oct. 3, 1942

Business as usual; A street in Chinatown, left, and another in lower Manhattan, right, both pictured in October 3, 1942

Battery Park New York City. Jun. 6, 1941
Brewery adr. Lower end, Broadway Oct. 1, 1942

Downtown life: A man looks out from Battery Park on June 6, 1941, while a horse and carriage can be seen at the lower end of Broadway on October 1, 1942

Boat trip: The Statue of Liberty is seen across the water from downtown Manhattan on June 6, 1941

Boat trip: The Statue of Liberty is seen across the water from downtown Manhattan on June 6, 1941

Looking up: A tower of Brooklyn Bridge is seen from South Street in Manhattan on September 27, 1941

Looking up: A tower of Brooklyn Bridge is seen from South Street in Manhattan on September 27, 1941

Say cheese: Residents of lower Clinton St near the East River on a Saturday afternoon in September 1941

Say cheese: Residents of lower Clinton St near the East River on a Saturday afternoon in September 1941

Shops: Near the corner of Broome Street and Baruch Place in the Lower East Side on September 27, 1941

Shops: Near the corner of Broome Street and Baruch Place in the Lower East Side on September 27, 1941

Smiles: These two live in a big new housing project near the East River and are pictured on October 4, 1942
Reading: A woman sits in front of a doorway in the Lower East Side on a Sunday morning in October 1942

New Yorkers: These two, left, live in a big new housing project near the East River and are pictured on October 4, 1942 – while a woman, right, sits in front of a doorway in the Lower East Side in the same month

Barrels: People walk on a sunny day on the corner of Pearl Street on October 7, 1942

Barrels: People walk on a sunny day on the corner of Pearl Street on October 7, 1942

Chinatown: Chinese store windows are pictured in New York as men walk past on October 7, 1942

Chinatown: Chinese store windows are pictured in New York as men walk past on October 7, 1942

Hot sweet potatoes on sale on Oct. 4, 1942
Wall Street New York. Jun. 6, 1941

Traders: Hot sweet potatoes, left, on October 4, 1942, and Wall Street, right, is pictured on June 6, 1941

City buzz: A crowd gathers during a salvage collection on the Lower East Side on October 4, 1942

City buzz: A crowd gathers during a salvage collection on the Lower East Side on October 4, 1942

Long shot: Lower Manhattan is pictured from a Jersey City ferry boat on September 27, 1941

Long shot: Lower Manhattan is pictured from a Jersey City ferry boat on September 27, 1941

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036932/New-York-City-photos-Charles-W-Cushman-reveal-1940s-life-Big-Apple.html#ixzz1XvSUdYIR

Fukushima caesium leaks ‘equal 168 Hiroshimas’

Fukushima caesium leaks ‘equal 168 Hiroshimas’ – Telegraph.

Japan‘s government estimates the amount of radioactive caesium-137 released by the Fukushima nuclear disaster so far is equal to that of 168 Hiroshima bombs.

Fukushima caesium leaks 'equal 168 Hiroshimas'

Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima nuclear plant

Government nuclear experts, however, said the World War II bomb blast and the accidental reactor meltdowns at Fukushima, which has seen ongoing radiation leaks but no deaths so far, were beyond comparison.

The amount of caesium-137 released since the three reactors were crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami has been estimated at 15,000 tera becquerels, the Tokyo Shimbun reported, quoting a government calculation.

That compares with the 89 tera becquerels released by “Little Boy”, the uranium bomb the United States dropped on the western Japanese city in the final days of World War II, the report said.

The estimate was submitted by Prime Minister Naoto Kan‘s cabinet to a lower house committee on promotion of technology and innovation, the daily said.

The government, however, argued that the comparison was not valid.

While the Hiroshima bomb claimed most of its victims in the intense heatwave of a mid-air nuclear explosion and the highly radioactive fallout from its mushroom cloud, no such nuclear explosions hit Fukushima.

There, the radiation has seeped from molten fuel inside reactors damaged by hydrogen explosions.

“An atomic bomb is designed to enable mass-killing and mass-destruction by causing blast waves and heat rays and releasing neutron radiation,” the Tokyo Shimbun daily quoted a government official as saying. “It is not rational to make a simple comparison only based on the amount of isotopes released.”

Government officials were not immediately available to confirm the report.

The blinding blast of the Hiroshima bomb and its fallout killed some 140,000 people, either instantly or in the days and weeks that followed as high radiation or horrific burns took their toll.

At Fukushima, Japan declared a 20-kilometre (12 mile) evacuation and no-go zone around the plant after the March 11 quake and tsunami triggered the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

A recent government survey showed that some areas within the 20-kilometre zone are contaminated with radiation equivalent to more than 500 millisieverts per year – 25 times more than the government’s annual limit.

More Amazing Prophecies of the Coming Apocalypse

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(Here’s a fascinating collection of prophecies with several common themes, from prophets over past millenia. – Z)

What does it matter now if men believe or no?
What is to come will come. And soon you too will stand aside,
To murmur in pity that my words were true.
(Cassandra, in Agamemnon by Aeschylus)


MAYAN PROPHECY

The Mayans calculate that our present cycle of history will end on a precise date, given as December 21, 2012. Perhaps after the collapse of this civilization and after all the imminent earth changes and wars ahead we will stop using the Gregorian calendar on that day.


HOPI PROPHECY

Native American Indian Prophecy has already given us two warnings, the first and second world wars. The third world war occurs at a time when the white man puts the “great house in the sky” (the large space station which is due for completion very soon).


STORMBERGER

Stormberger was a remarkable 19th Century Bavarian seer who was able to visualize with great accuracy the events that would take place in the 20th Century. The third world war will be the most catastrophic war to hit mankind this century:

“When in the outskirts of the forest the iron road will be finished, and there the iron horse will be seen, a war will begin, to last twice two years …

It would be fought with iron fortresses that move without horses. Two or three decades after the first war it will come one a Second War still larger.

Almost all the nations of the world will be involved. Millions of men will die, without being soldiers. The fire will fall from the sky and many great cities will be destroyed. And after the end of the Second Great War, a third universal conflagration will come, so that it will determine everything.

There will be weapons totally new. In one day, more men will die than in all the previous wars. The battles will be accomplished with artificial weapons.

Gigantic catastrophes will happen. With the open eyes, the nations of the planet will go through these catastrophes. They won’t know what is happening, and those that know and tell, will be silenced. Everything will be different from before, and in many places the
Earth will be a great cemetery.

The third war will be the end of many nations”.


JOSYP TERELYA

Josyp Terelya is a visionary. He is an exile from his native Ukraine living in Toronto Canada. He survived 23 years of torture in prison based on his religious beliefs. At age 19 he was placed in prison for practicing religion in Communist Russia. He could either renounce his religion or go to jail. He successfully escaped from Soviet prisons 9 times.

As he was about to freeze to death, in jail, he prayed to the Virgin Mary. A light filled the room. He claims an apparition of the Virgin Mary came to his room to save him. At this point he claimed he forged a permanent connection with the supernatural and was a conduit for prophecy.

He has 200 prophecies. They are apocalyptic in nature. He is spoken at the white house. He has seen the Pope 36 times.

**He sees earthquakes in California. It will sink into the water.**

Politically, even if things seem peaceful watch out for RUSSIA and CHINA. They could be powder kegs ready to explode.


NOSTRADAMUS’S EPISTLE TO HENRY THE 2nd.

There will be omens in the spring, extraordinary changes thereafter, reversals of nations, mighty earthquakes. And there shall be in the month of October a great movement of the globe, it will be such that one shall think the earth has lost its natural gravitational movement and be plunged into the abyss of perpetual darkness.

(3 DAYS OF DARKNESS)…October 2000 Clouds of ash from volcanic eruptions could block out the sunlight for several days. Earthquakes and violent erratic weather will accompany these eruptions.


EDGAR CAYCE


Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) America’s greatest ever prophet

2000 to 2001 A.D.

Q-9. What great change or the beginning of what change, if any, is to take place in the earth in the year 2000 to 2001 A.D.?

A-9.When there is a shifting of the poles. Or a new cycle begins.

{826-8, August 11, 1936…Earth Changes Update, Hugh Lynn Cayce, ARE Press, 1980}


WORLD WAR III

World War III (2000 – ?

“There will come in the year 2000 the day of our lord, who will judge both the living and the dead. Stars and comets will fall from above, the earth will be set ablaze with lightning and the old earth will pass away. PROPHECY OF WARSAW (1790)


PROPHECY OF FATIMA

In 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in a village in Portugal. She made three startling predictions, including one that foretold World War II. The third prediction is the most disturbing and was revealed just two years ago. The Holy Virgin predicted that Satan would rule the world in the year 2000 – and that no one on Earth would escape the terrible plague that would befall humankind. (World Weekly News)


GERMAN MONK, LUDWIG HEINRICH, (17TH CENTURY):

“In the last years of the 20th century, one will see the disappearing of countless animal species, killed by man. But at the end, it will be the man that it will condemn the man to the death, because everything that grows on the earth will contain the essence of the death. The air will be the blow of the death, and as soon as the man breathe it, he will breathe the death “. (chemical weapons) [and nuclear fallout-ed]

“As soon as the millennium touches its end, it will rain from the sky one pestilence never saw before on the earth. And this pestilence will remove all the force from the man; and the man won’t be able more to fight, even against the worm that crawls on the earth”. (chemical weapons)


ORIGEN’S PROPHECY

Origen was a Greek [Egyptian born] Christian writer and teacher, who produced textual studies of the Old Testament.

Origen (d. 254 CE)

“…another king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the over thrower and destroyer of the human race, who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself…. Power will be given him to desolate the whole earth for forty-two months.”


ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S PROPHECY

“A period of natural convulsions during which a large portion of the human race will perish. Earthquakes of great severity, enormous tidal waves would seem to be the agents.

War appears only in the early stages and appears to be a signal for the crisis to follow. The crisis will come in an instant. The destruction and dislocation of civilized life will be beyond belief. There will be a short period of chaos followed by some reconstruction; the total period of upheavals will be roughly three years.

The chief centres of disturbance will be the Eastern Mediterranean basin, where not less than five countries will entirely disappear. Also in the Atlantic there will be a rise of land which will be a cause of those waves which will bring about great disasters upon the Americans, the Irish and Western European shore, involving all of the low-lying British coasts. There are indicated further great upheavals in the southern Pacific and in the Japanese region.

Mankind can be saved by returning to its spiritual values.”


SAINT HILDEGARD (12TH CENTURY)

The time is coming when princes and peoples will reject the authority of the Pope.
Some countries will prefer their own Church rulers to the Pope. The German Empire will be divided. Before the comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scourged by want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent will be devastated by earthquake, storm and tidal wave. It will be divided and, in great part, submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea and lose its colonies.

After the great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed.
All sea coast cities will be fearful, and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed, and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of those cities does a person live according to the Laws of God. A powerful wind will rise in the north, carrying heavy fog and the densest dust, and it will fill their throats and eyes so that they will cease their butchery and be stricken with a great fear.


ABBOT WERDIN D’ORANTE

The great monarch and the great Pope will precede the Antichrist. The nations will be at war for four years and a great part of the world will be destroyed. The Pope will go over the sea carrying the sign of Redemption on his forehead. The great Monarch will come to restore peace and the Pope will share in the victory.


ST. COLUMBEILLE (6TH CENTURY)

Seven years before the last day, the sea shall submerge Eirin [Ireland] in one inundation.


THE ECSTATIC OF TOURS (19TH CENTURY)

Before war breaks out again, food will be scarce and expensive. There will be little work for the workers, and fathers will hear their children crying for food. There will be earthquakes and signs in the sun. Toward the end, darkness will cover the earth. When everyone believes that peace is ensured, and everyone least expects it, the great happening will begin.

Revolution will break out in Italy almost at the same time as France. For some time the Church will be without a Pope.


SISTER MARY OF JESUS CRUCIFIED (19TH CENTURY)

All states will be shaken by war and civil conflict. During a darkness lasting three days the people given to evil ways will perish so that only one-fourth of mankind will survive.
The clergy, too, will be greatly reduced in number, as most of them will die in defence of the faith of their country.


MARIA LAACH MONASTERY (16TH CENTURY)

The twentieth century will bring death and destruction, apostasy from the Church, discord in families, cities and governments; it will be the century of ***three great wars***with intervals of a few decades. They will become ever more devastating and bloody and will lay in ruins not only Germany, but finally all countries of the East and West.

After a terrible defeat of Germany will follow the next great war. There will be NO bread for people anymore and no fodder for animals. Poisonous clouds, manufactured by human hands, will sink down and exterminate everything. The human mind will be seized by insanity.


PROPHECY OF STARETZ, RUSSIA (19TH CENTURY)

“The last century of the millennium is a mountain, on which three beasts (wars) sleep. The first one will wake up in the beginning of the road (century). And from its throat will go out blood. The Second will wake up in the middle of the road. And from its throat it will come fire. The third will wake up at the end of the road. And from its throat will come the horrible heresy”.


PROPHECY OF ST. ANASTACY (16TH CENTURY)

“The small nations (Arabs?) form a great nation. And they will be in wars. In the final part of the millennium, an invisible serpent will shake the people, which will move through the earth, as starving wolves, spreading hunger and plagues. Rome and Moscow will fall in the deepest disorder. The end of the millennium will see a lot of violence and blood. (…) The walls of the churches will be spotted with blood”.


RASPUTIN (20TH CENTURY)

“Mankind is going in the direction of the catastrophe. The less able ones will be guiding the car. This will happen in Russia, France, Italy and in other places. The humanity will be squashed by the lunatics’ roar. The wisdom will be chained. The ignorant and the prepotent ones will dictate the laws to the wise and to the humble person. So, most of the humanity will believe in the powerful ones and not more in God. The punishment of God will come late, but it will be tremendous. And it will arrive before our century ends.

Then, finally the wisdom will be free from the chains and the man will return entirely to God, as the baby who goes to his mother. In this way, mankind will arrive on the terrestrial paradise”.


SIGNS IN THE SKY By ADRIAN GILBERT

According to the book “Signs in the Sky” by Adrian Gilbert, the Stargate of Orion opens over the Mount of Olives, Israel on June 29th, 2000. “It is the symbol of the Alpha and the Omega, the ultimate sign of the end of the age”.


FROM THE SPIRITUALIST BROTHER ” X “, 1950’s BRAZIL

“At the end of the century, the earth will be a chaos. Its surface will be scorched by the fire of the atomic bombs. Europe will be a vast cemetery. Asia and Africa will be true deserts. Part of America will be horribly destroyed. The polar ice, because the effect of the verticalization of the axis of the earth, will shift abruptly, inundating many regions. The waters will cover immense extension of the earth and the inhabitable part of
the continents will be reduced to one third”.


EDGAR CAYCE, 1929

“Within 100 years approximately, after a series of earthquakes, islands will rise out of the ocean in the area of the Azores, and the ruins of Atlantis will be discovered and explored.”


PRE-COLOMBIAN HOPI PROPHECIES

“Before the time of the great Purification, they will make metal roads for iron horses and hang metal ropes in the air.”

“First they will bring back pieces of the Moon which will upset the balance and unleash disastrous forces.”

“Near the day of the Great Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.”

“The Purification will begin shortly after humans build a great house in the sky. By then there will be fires everywhere and greedy, selfish, power-mad leaders, internal wars.”

More Amazing Prophecies of the Coming Apocalypse | Before It’s News.

Global Uprising: London police arrest 200 at massive protest

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More than 250,000 people took to London’s streets to protest the toughest spending cuts since the Second World War in one of the largest demonstrations since the Iraq war.


Although most of Saturday’s demonstration was peaceful, riot police clashed with a small groups. More than 200 people were arrested, and police expected that number to rise. Clashes continued into the night as dozens of protesters pelted officers with bottles and ammonia-filled lightbulbs.

Groups set several fires and smashed shop windows near tourist landmarks including Trafalgar Square.

Commander Bob Broadhurst of the Metropolitan Police confirmed more than 250,000 people had marched peacefully, but said about 500 caused trouble.

Dozens of people were injured, and several were admitted to hospitals for a range of problems, including shortness of breath and broken bones. Five police officers were also injured.

Teachers, nurses, firefighters, public sector workers, students, pensioners and campaign groups all took part in Saturday’s mass demonstration.

“They shouldn’t be taking money from public services. What have we done to deserve this?” said Alison Foster, a 53-year-old school teacher. “Yes, they are making vicious cuts. That’s why I’m marching, to let them know this is wrong.”

Britain is facing £80 billion ($126 billion) of public spending cuts from Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government as it struggles to slash the country’s deficit. The government has already raised the sales tax, but Britons are bracing for big cuts to public spending that are expected next month.

500,000 public sector jobs could go

Treasury chief George Osborne has staked the government’s future on tough economic remedies after Britain spent billions bailing out banks. Some half a million public sector jobs will likely be lost, about £18 billion ($28.3 billion) axed from welfare payments and the pension age raised to 66 by 2020.

The demonstration began in the afternoon. Police said one small group of protesters broke away from the main march, scuffling with police officers and attempting to smash windows on two of London’s main shopping streets. Others threw objects at the posh Ritz Hotel in nearby Piccadilly.

The protesters, shouting “Welfare not Warfare!”, outnumbered the police. Some attacked police officers with large pieces of wood. A handful of bank branches were damaged when groups threw paint and flares at buildings.

Still, the day’s protest otherwise had a carnival feel with music, big screen TVs and performers in Hyde Park, one of London’s biggest public gardens.

The Trades Union Congress, the main umbrella body for British unions, says it believes the cuts will threaten the country’s economic recovery, and has urged the government to create new taxes for banks and to close loopholes that allow some companies to pay less tax.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said he regretted the sporadic violence.

“I don’t think the activities of a few hundred people should take the focus away from the hundreds of thousands of people who have sent a powerful message to the government today,” he said.

“Ministers should now seriously reconsider their whole strategy after today’s demonstration. This has been Middle Britain speaking.”

Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, likened the march to the suffragette movement in Britain and the civil rights movement in America. “Our causes may be different but we come together to realize our voice.”

© The Associated Press, 2011

London police arrest 200 at massive protest – World – CBC News.

Why the Japanese behave better than Westerners

Japanese wait patiently to buy salt (Photo: Reuters) 

Japanese wait patiently to buy salt (Photo: Reuters)

In response to my question earlier this week, Why is there no looting in Japan?, former resident Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker offers some interesting insights. As he writes:

Perhaps more successfully than any other people of the world, the Japanese have evolved a social system capable of ensuring order and good behavior. The vast reservoir of social strength brought Japan through the devastation of World War II, compared to which even the massive problems currently afflicting it, are relatively small. Japan has sustained a major blow, but its robust social order will endure, and ultimately thrive.

But why is this? He offers some basic points, the first of which is that Japanese life is settled. Recalling a conversation with a Japanese business executive, Lifson recalls:

Japanese people,” he told me, “are like passengers on a cruise ship. They know that they are stuck with the same people around them for the foreseeable future, so they are polite, and behave in ways that don’t make enemies, and keep everything on a friendly and gracious basis.”

“Americans,” he said, “are like ferryboat passengers. They know that at the end of a short voyage they will get off and may never see each other again. So if they push ahead of others to get off first, there are no real consequences to face. It is every man for himself.”

The Japanese, in other words, are more rooted and socially connected, and even when they move around, they make an effort to get to know each other. This builds social capital which, as Robert Putnam found in Bowling Alone, eventually builds economic capital. What people in Britain generally call “the broken society” is in fact a collapse in social capital, from disconnected neighbourhoods to desocialised children.

High social capital leads to higher levels of trust, which manifests itself in more orderly behaviour and lower crime rates. Richard Layard, author of Happiness, says: “Crime rates are high when there is geographical mobility. Indeed, the best predictor of crime in a community is the number of people each person knows within 15 minutes of their home: the more they know, the lower the crime rate.” He noted that crime had risen in every industrialised country between 1950 and 1980, with the sole exception of Japan, “and its causes are not completely understood”.

Second, child socialisation. The Japanese do it much better:

Anthropologists speak of Japan as a “shame culture,” as opposed to a “guilt culture,” meaning that people are constrained to behave themselves properly by an aversion to being judged negatively by those around them, rather than internalizing a moral imperative. Broadly speaking, that is true today. But it is also true that most contemporary Japanese have internalized a deep respect for private property, that is manifested in a ritual of modern life for children, one which we might do well to emulate. When a child finds a small item belonging to another person, even a one yen coin, a parent takes the child to the local koban and reports lost property. As chronicled by T.R. Reid in his wonderful book about living in Tokyo, Confucius Lives Next Door, the police do not resent this as a waste of time but rather see it as part of moral education, solemnly filling out the appropriate forms, thanking the child and telling him or her if the owner does not appear to claim the item, it will revert to the finder after a certain period of time.

In contrast, in Britain many children get to know authority through their social workers.

Third, public officials are respected. Although not many westerners will wish to imitate the police intrusion described in this article, it is nice when police make an effort to get to know householders.

Soon after the beat cop’s visit to me, local merchants began nodding to me as I walked to and from the train station, as if they knew me and acknowledged me. I was fairly certain the word had gone out via omawari san (literally, the honorable gentleman who walks around, a polite colloquial euphemism for the police) that I was a Japanese-speaking American in Japan on legitimate, respectable grounds. For a year or so, I was a member of the community.

Fourth, the Japanese still have the ancient Greek concept of the oikos, which encourages people to feel a stake in society, and to feel responsibility for their behaviour.

Every Japanese is not just an individual, he or she is officially is a member of a household (ie), and the state keeps track.

And so shame discourages bad behaviour. As the Japanese say: “The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.”

It’s a very interesting piece. However, while millions of people around the world, especially in the US and Britain, have been asking why we can’t be more like the Japanese, the elephant in the room is Japan’s lack of cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity. Japan, almost alone in the industrialised world, has rejected “diversity” as a philosophy for transforming society.

And, because of its geographic and culture distance, many westerners never get to see whether societies that do not open their borders really do “stagnate”, as we’re all led to believe, or whether the costs of mass immigration actually outweigh the benefits. There are downsides to Japanese homogeneity, or at least it’s not something most Britons would wish (even third and fourth-generation Korean immigrants are still not considered “Japanese”, which strikes us as weird), but this disaster shows the upside to a homogeneous society, namely its incredible solidarity. This is something Professor Putnam found when he looked at diversity in American communities, but it’s also interesting that in Bowling Alone Putnam stated that American social capital began to plunge in 1965. He never says why, and lots of things happened that year, but one of them just happened to be the US Immigration and Nationality Act. So why do the Japanese behave so well? Perhaps because they never had a Ted Kennedy.

Why the Japanese behave better than Westerners – Telegraph Blogs.

Ron Paul: Hemp for Victory | Mother Jones

Thu Mar. 10, 2011

Though the recession triggered the current budget stalemate in Congress, its roots can be traced back to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and his quixotic bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. While his campaign didn’t win a single primary, the Ron Paul Revolution minted a new generation of libertarian activists and his supporters helped lay some of the organizational and ideological groundwork for the tea party movement that swept in a raft of small-government legislators last fall, including Paul’s son, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

For the first time since I began writing about Paul and his movement more than three years ago, he agreed to speak with me over the phone yesterday. The occasion was his desire to talk about his support for legalizing industrial hemp. Hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis famously grown by the likes of George Washington and promoted in the World War II propaganda film Hemp for Victory, is an envrionmentally-friendly source of fiber and protein. Paul is the author of several hemp legalization bills, the latest of which will be promoted in May during the second annual Hemp History Week.

Rep. Paul spoke with me about why the federal ban on the super-fiber is further evidence of “government stupidity,” how liberals and libertarians can cooperate in the budget debate, and his plans for 2012.

Mother Jones: Hemp is a natural, eco-friendly fiber with a wide range of industrial uses, none of which involve getting high. So why has Congress been treating it like an illegal drug?

Ron Paul: Because they don’t have any common sense and they don’t know what they are talking about and it’s sort of an hysterical reaction to the drug war. If they had any sense at all they would just legalize it like it was for most of our history. So it is rather bizarre.

MJ: Your son, the freshman senator Rand Paul, also supports legalizing hemp. But why don’t more of his colleagues in the Tea Party Caucus, which is supposed to stand for getting government out of the way of economic growth?

RP: I think they are intimidated because they’ve built up this idea that it’s related to drugs. I mean, it was a consequence of the drug war that this happened. But it just doesn’t make any sense. So I don’t know. I do my best. I introduced legislation. We talk about it a lot. And it would be an economic benefit to all of us to have it. Why should we allow products to be made in Canada and then we buy the products made out of hemp and they come back into the United States?

“I think I probably have more allies from the progressive side when we talk about how to get the budget under control.”

It would be a good crop. If we really needed ethanol, maybe ethanol from hemp might be beneficial. But no, we subsidize one thing and make the other stuff that might be useful illegal. So I hope someday that the people wake up, because the Congress is asleep. They assume that that the average person supports the idea that hemp should be illegal. But quite frankly, I think the average person doesn’t know. If they knew more about it, they would support my position of legalizing it.

MJ: Libertarians don’t always agree with progressives, but there’s more overlap than many people realize. Where else do you think that both groups can work together to get things done in Congress this year?

RP: I think I probably have more allies from the progressive side when we talk about how to get the budget under control. In spite of the image of most progressives—and there are some who don’t really worry about the deficit—but there are some serious-minded progressives who would like to cut back and pay the bills. And where we agree on that is the foreign adventurism. Not so much on the domestic spending.

As a libertarian, I don’t endorse philosophically the many domestic programs and I’m willing to work on a transition. So I say: Let’s cut the unnecessary wars. Let’s cut the foreign aid. Let’s cut all the empire building which costs trillions of dollars and maybe we could tide ourselves over. But for some conservatives to start tinkering with the budget with health care or education for the poor, that doesn’t make any political sense to me.

MJ: You’ve done phenomenally well in GOP presidential straw polls, and there’s a lot of speculation about whether you’ll run again for president in 2012. If you do, how will you appeal to Democrats who voted for Barack Obama in 2008?

RP: I would just hope that the power of the message would take care of itself. I see some candidates or potential candidates are already directing their attack at Obama. But I think it’s very clear to the serious-minded liberals and progressives and increasingly even on our side, the conservative side, that we should be skeptical of the wars overseas. So I certainly would use that issue, the spending, the deficit, the foreign adventurism. There’s no difference between the parties.

And also on the civil liberties issue: The secret trials and endorsement of assassination and the events of that sort that should displease all Americans. Even today they are talking about Homeland Security announcing that it’s their policy that they can monitor and infiltrate any peace group or any group that they want.


MJ: Yeah, it may have fallen under the radar with all the economic news that the Patriot Act remains in full swing.

RP: And yet they said we would move in the opposite direction. The American people get really tricked into believing that there is a lot of difference and therefore you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But ultimately policies march on, whether it’s the Federal Reserve, the spending deficit, the welfare state, the world empire. Policies remain the same. Tone is different and the power struggle is real, but the policies don’t change.

MJ: The new crop of tea party congressmen has pointed out some of those same concerns, but how much real change are we going to see?

RP: I think they serve a very valuable function in calling attention to a lot of these things and I think they are sincere in wanting to cut back. I think the tea party movement probably doesn’t as strongly as I do endorse the idea that we look at some of the military spending.

The bigger problem is the difficulty in shifting gears. Some people say all you have to do is deal with waste and fraud. Well, we have to deal with much bigger things than that. We have to deal with the philosophy of government, the role of government in a free society. The Constitution gave us a pretty good outline. And there is no respect for the Constitution. Cutting things out now is practically impossible because even though a lot more people want the cuts, there’s an even larger number that don’t want their special programs cut.

MJ: Do you think hemp legalization could become an electoral issue, or is it destined to remain the kind of thing that libertarians and liberals dream about together on websites?

RP: I use it quite frequently as an example of government stupidity. And I am sure I get credibility for this, especially with the young people, because that’s where I get my strongest support. Whether this could be the issue, it’s not going to surpass inflation and the economy and jobs and the Federal Reserve and the national debt and war. I think that it’s going to be down on the ladder. But there’s no reason that it can’t be used frequently and help to make the point: If you are concerned about the economy, then why are we doing these dumb things?

MJ: When are we going to learn whether you are running for president?

RP: Well, in a couple of months—two, three, four, five. I don’t know. I think about it and I contemplated it and having given up on the thought of maybe doing it. But it’s gonna be a little while.

Ron Paul: Hemp for Victory | Mother Jones.

The uncomfortable truth about mind control: Is free will simply a myth?

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“One of the illusions about human behaviour is that it stems from personality or character, but social psychology shows us that often human behaviour is dominated by the roles that we are asked to play.”

In the Sixties, a groundbreaking series of experiments found that 65 per cent of us would kill if ordered to do so.

By Michael Mosley

Thursday, 6 January 2011

We have vain brains; we see ourselves as better than we really are. We like to think that we exercise free will, that put into a situation where we were challenged to do something we thought unacceptable then we’d refuse. But, if you believe that, then you are probably deluded.

I make this claim, based partly on the work of psychologist Stanley Milgram. Milgram devised and carried out ingenious experiments that exposed the frailty and self-delusion that are central to our lives. He showed how easy it is to make ordinary people do terrible things, that “evil” often happens for the most mundane of reasons.

I first read about Milgram’s work when I was a banker in the Seventies, working in the City. I was so fascinated by his ideas that I re-trained as a doctor, with the intention of becoming a psychiatrist. Instead I became a science journalist. Recently I got the chance to make The Brain: A Secret History, a television series which reveals how much we have learnt about ourselves through the work of some of the 20th century’s most influential, and deeply flawed, psychologists.

In the course of making the series we found rare archive and first-hand accounts of the many inventive and sometimes sinister ways in which experimental psychology has been used to probe, tease, control and manipulate human behaviour. High on the list of psychologists I wanted to learn more about was Stanley Milgram.

The son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Milgram struggled to understand how it was that German soldiers in the Second World War were persuaded to take part in barbaric acts, such as the Holocaust. As he once wrote: “How is possible, I ask myself, that ordinary people who are courteous and decent in everyday life could act callously, inhumanely, without any limitations of conscience.”

Milgram was working as an assistant professor at Yale University in 1960 when he dreamt up an experiment that would try to answer that question. It was beautifully designed to reveal uncomfortable truths about human nature. Milgram described the moment he had the idea as “incandescent”.

Some claim that what Milgram did was ethically and scientifically dubious. I have always thought it was justified and hugely important, but I had never had the chance to interview any of the “volunteers” who had unwittingly taken part in his notorious experiment, to get their perspective.

Last summer, nearly 50 years after the original experiment, I finally met one of the few remaining survivors, Bill Menold. I talked to Bill in his kitchen, surrounded by his grandchildren, who were eager to hear his account.

In 1961 Bill Menold was 23 and had recently left the army. “I happened to see an ad in The New Haven Register and it said ‘memory and learning experiment’ and they were going to pay $4, and I thought. I’m going to be in New Haven that day, why not?”

He went along to a building where he met an earnest young man in a white lab coat – The Experimenter – and a middle-aged volunteer. The Experimenter told Bill that he would be the Teacher and the other volunteer would be the Learner. The Teacher’s task was to give the Learner a simple set of memory tasks, which he would then be tested on. If the Learner got an answer wrong, the Teacher had to give him an electric shock. If he continued to give wrong answers, the shocks would steadily increase.

Bill was left in a room with a microphone and a set of electrical controls. The Learner was put in another room, where Bill could hear but not see him. Then the experiment began. The Learner was a slow learner.

“Wrong – 150 volts.”

Bill sat at the desk, carrying out the task he had been asked to do. Despite the screams coming from the next room, he continued to ask questions and administer electric shocks when the Learner failed to answer correctly.

“Wrong – 195 volts.”

Even now he finds it hard to explain what went on inside him that day. “You are sitting in that chair with this stuff going on and that pressure that you were under, it’s very hard to think clearly. I’ve never had anything before or since that was like that. Where you were literally out of your mind.”

“Wrong – 350 volts.”

“I just said to myself, I’m just gonna play this out and pretty soon we’ll be out of here. I’m finishing this thing. I don’t care what happens. Once you make the decision, you’ve made your decision. I want to go home. I want to get out of here, go and get a beer somewhere and go home. You know?

“Wrong – 450 volts.”

When I asked him if he thought he had killed the Learner, Bill replied, “Yeah. When he stopped responding.”

What Bill and the other volunteers who took part weren’t told was that the electric shocks were fake – and that both the Experimenter and the Learner were actors. The real purpose of the experiment was to see how far the volunteers would go. Stanley Milgram had asked colleagues how many people they thought would go all the way and administer a lethal 450-volt shock. Most said less than 1 per cent – and those would probably be psychopaths.

Yet Bill, like 65 per cent of the volunteers, gave an apparently lethal electric shock when told to do so.

I remember thinking, when I first read this, that such a figure was completely unbelievable. I was absolutely certain, and I’m sure everyone who read about Milgram’s work was equally certain, that I would never give a fatal electric shock to someone simply because I had been asked to do so by someone in authority. It is inconceivable that I could be manipulated in this way.

Perhaps, I thought, the volunteers had deep-down realised that this was a fake experiment, that they were just playing along. When critics put this point to Milgram he scathingly responded, “the suggestion that the subjects only feigned sweating, trembling, and stuttering to please the Experimenter is pathetically detached from reality, equivalent to the statement that haemophiliacs bleed to keep their physicians busy”.

Milgram argued that far from being in any way fake, his experiment demonstrated in a very stark way something that we all know happens, but which we can’t bring ourselves to believe. It is more comfortable to imagine that there was something uniquely evil or weak about German prison guards than to believe that most of us would behave the same way when faced by the same set of circumstances. “One of the illusions about human behaviour is that it stems from personality or character, but social psychology shows us that often human behaviour is dominated by the roles that we are asked to play.”

Bill was surprisingly sanguine about having been deceived, and very honest, particularly when he was talking about that moment when he abandoned his moral compass and handed over responsibility for his actions to the Experimenter. With the wisdom of hindsight he was able to admire the thoroughness of the experiment and the skill with which the actors had played their parts.

I think that a more legitimate criticism than, “they were faking it,” was the relevance of Milgram’s experiment to the real world. Perhaps people had behaved the way they did largely because of the artificiality of the situation? In 1966, inspired by Milgram’s findings, a psychiatrist called Charles Hofling created a more realistic scenario.

He arranged for 22 nurses working in a large hospital to be rung, separately, by a man simply calling himself, “Dr Smith”. Dr Smith told each of the nurses that he wanted them to give 20mg of a drug called Astroten to a patient, who he named. Dr Smith also told the nurses that he was on his way to the hospital and would sign the necessary paperwork when he arrived.

The drug, an invention of the experimenters, had been placed in the drug cabinet several days before the telephone call with a prominent warning on its side that 10mg was the maximum safe dose. Despite this, and despite the fact that hospital protocol specifically stated that no drug should ever be administered based solely on a phone call, 21 out of the 22 nurses were preparing to give the 20mg dose when they were stopped. The nurses had bowed to the imagined authority of the “doctor”.

People obviously knew, long before Milgram and Hofling did their experiments, that humans have a tendency to blindly follow orders, if they are presented in a plausible fashion by someone who is apparently in authority. What these experiments revealed was just how strong this “tendency” really is. Psychology, which is often criticised for discovering the bleeding obvious, had shown that it was capable of making surprising, original, disturbing contributions to our understanding of ourselves.

Some professional bodies,such as the US army, responded to these findings by incorporating it into their training, making sure that would-be officers were aware of the pressures they might come under to follow orders they felt were unethical. Medical and nursing students are also now taught of the dangers of blindly following orders.

Others,such as the American Psychological Society, responded to criticisms of Milgram’s methods by adopting new guidelines for the treatment of volunteers in psychological experiments. In a more nebulous way, I also think Milgram contributed to the widespread questioning and suspicion of authority that was characteristic of his era, the 1960s.

Milgram’s own motivation for doing experiments was not mistrust of authority, but the desire to understand why authority has such a hold over us. To find out more, he then took to the streets to see how people would behave in a situation where there was no obvious authority.

Milgram went with his students on to the New York subway. Their task was to approach passengers on the train and say, pleasantly: “I’d like your seat, please”. As Milgram pointed out beforehand, “if you ask a New Yorker if he would give up his seat to a man who gives no reason for asking, he would say ‘never’. But what would he really do?” The answer was that in just over half of all cases people gave up their seats when asked.

Recently I decided to repeat this experiment in a busy London shopping centre, with similar results. I was surprised by how many people complied with my completely unreasonable request, but even more surprised by how uncomfortable I found asking them to do it, something Milgram also discovered.

“I was about to say the words ‘excuse me, sir, may I have your seat,’ but I found something very interesting, there was an enormous inhibition, the words wouldn’t come out, I simply couldn’t utter them, there was this terrible restraint against saying this phrase.”

Although it was unexpected, Milgram thought that this was a hugely significant finding. He had found through his own personal experience just how important feeling socially awkward is when it comes to modifying behaviour. We don’t like breaking the social rules – whether it’s asking for somebody’s seat, or disobeying the instructions of somebody whose authority we have accepted.

In everyday situations there is an implicit set of rules of who is in charge and if we violate these rules it leads to feelings of embarrassment and awkwardness so intense we prefer to accept the submissive role the occasion requires. It is a terrible critique of human behaviour that we would rather let something terrible happen than act in a socially embarrassing manner. Yet it helps explain some of the chilling crimes you read about when someone is attacked, even murdered, in a public place and no one intervenes.

Now I’d like to believe that we have, as a society and because of what psychologists like Milgram have taught us, become less blind to the demands of authority. I’d like to believe that, but I don’t.

Dr Thomas Blass, Milgram’s biographer, recently asked himself that question.”Would Milgram find less obedience if he conducted his experiments today? I doubt it. To go beyond speculation on this question, I gathered all of Milgram’s standard obedience experiments and the replications conducted by other researchers. The experiments spanned a 25-year period from 1961 to 1985.

“I did a correlational analysis relating each study’s year of publication and the amount of obedience it found. I found a zero-correlation – that is, no relationship whatsoever. In other words, on the average, the later studies found no more or less obedience than the ones conducted earlier.”

There was a recent example of the continuing tendency towards blind obedience in the USA when a con man, dubbed “the modern Milgram”, made the staff of dozens of fast-food restaurants behave in an appalling fashion simply by ringing up and pretending to be a policeman.

He persuaded managers to strip-search their staff in search of stolen goods, to make them jog naked, even to strip off and appear naked in front of startled customers. One manager, who strip-searched an employee and was subsequently jailed, said, “I didn’t want to do it, but it was like he was making me”.

Milgram once wrote that we are “puppets controlled by the strings of society”. Yet what is also true is that not all puppets jump when their strings are pulled. Many of the fast-food managers who were rung up the “policeman” refused to follow his orders. In Milgram’s own experiment, although 65 per cent of the volunteers were prepared to give apparently lethal electric shocks, that still left 35 per cent who would not.

What no experimenter has yet been able to predict are the characteristics that mark out those who will rebel from the rest. The only way you will ever know how you measure up is when you find yourself tested. You have a one in three chance of passing.

via The uncomfortable truth about mind control: Is free will simply a myth? – Features, Health & Families – The Independent.

George Soros Openly Discusses the coming New World Order

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YouTube – George Soros Openly Discusses the coming New World Order.

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In the video you are about to see, George Soros talks about “the creation of a New World Order”, he discusses the need for a “managed decline” of the U.S. dollar and he talks at length of the global need for a true world currency. So just who is George Soros? Well, he is a billionaire “philanthropist” who came to be known as “the Man Who Broke the Bank of England” when he raked in a staggering one billion dollars during the 1992 “Black Wednesday” currency crisis. These days Soros is most famous for being perhaps the most “politically active” (at least openly) billionaire in the world. His Open Society Institute is in more than 60 countries and it spends approximately $600 million a year promoting the ideals that Soros wants promoted. Soros and his pet organizations have played a key role in quite a few “revolutions” around the globe over the last several decades, but these days the main goal of George Soros is to bring political change to the United States.

So exactly what is it that George Soros is trying to accomplish? Well, in a nutshell, what he wants is a Big Brother-style one world government based on extreme European-style socialism, strict population control and the radical green agenda. It would be a world where the state tightly regulates everything that we do for the greater benefit of the environment and of society as a whole.

However, Soros is not the “mastermind of the New World Order” that some have tried to make him out to be.  The truth is that to those in the international banking elite, Soros is considered to be something of a “black sheep” and an “outsider”.  Much of what Soros is trying to accomplish lines up with the goals of the international banking elite, but what they don’t like is that Soros won’t stop publicly talking about a global currency and a “New World Order”.  Of course the international banking elite very much want a global currency and a “New World Order”, but what they don’t need is a “squeaky wheel” like Soros running around drawing unneeded attention to those goals.

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Also, Soros does not seem to understand that both sides of the political spectrum in the United States are deeply influenced by the international banking elite.  Sadly, the truth is that the same handful of elitist organizations has dominated the cabinets of every single president that we have had since World War II.  If you doubt this, just check out how many members of each presidential administration over the last 40 years have belonged to either the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission or the Bilderberg Group.  If you have never looked into this before, you will be absolutely shocked.  No matter what president we elect, it is always the exact same organizations that always dominate their cabinets.

But Soros still seems very much trapped within the left/right paradigm and he seems absolutely obsessed with destroying the Republican Party.  For example, Soros spent an insane amount of money attempting to defeat George W. Bush back in 2004.  According to the Center for Responsive Politics, George Soros donated $23,581,000 during that election cycle to political organizations that were trying to keep Bush from being reelected.

Soros has also been a tremendous backer of Barack Obama, although lately Soros seems a bit disenchanted with him.  Through organizations such as the Center for American Progress and MoveOn.org, Soros is constantly trying to influence the state of American politics.

So what is George Soros thinking about these days?  Well, in the video posted below you will see Soros discussing “an orderly decline” of the U.S. dollar, the coming global currency and the importance of the New World Order….

Did you noticed how uncomfortable Soros was when he was saying the term “New World Order”?

The truth is that he knows exactly what that phrase means.  He knows that it is a phrase that he probably shouldn’t say and that will get a lot of attention.

But he said it anyway.

Soros also seemed a bit uncomfortable as he discussed “an orderly decline” of the U.S. dollar.

Soros has been saying the the U.S. dollar needs to go down for quite a while now, and he speaks of the coming fall of the dollar as if it is inevitable.

The only thing that Soros seems to fear is that the “managed decline” of the dollar could “get out of hand” and could lead to global financial chaos.

Soros even had the gall to say that having the dollar be the reserve currency of the world is not in our national interest and that a move to a global currency is “a healthy, if painful, adjustment” that we are just going to have to endure for the greater good of the world economy.

But shouldn’t the American people have something to say about all of this?

Perhaps the American people do not want a “managed decline” of the U.S. dollar.

Perhaps the American people do not want any part of a new “global currency”.

Perhaps the American people do not want any part of a “New World Order”.

But to men like George Soros, it doesn’t really matter what “the little people” think.  In the world that Soros lives in, those with overwhelming amounts of money and power know what is best for the rest of us, and if “the little people” don’t seem to want to go along initially then public opinion can be bought if you just spend enough money.

The sad truth is that we already live in a global economy.  Just go into just about any store across the United States and start picking up products to see where they were made.  Very few of the things we buy are still made in the United States.

Today, labor is a global commodity.  American workers must now directly compete for jobs with those making slave labor wages in China and India.  The fact that millions of U.S. jobs are being offshored and outsourced does not bother advocates of globalism at all because it is supposedly a beneficial thing for the overall global economy.

And most Americans have little to no idea just how much influence international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO have over our daily lives.

The truth is that we already live in a world that has been deeply, deeply integrated.  As this continues, at some point it will only seem “natural” for America to agree to a true global currency and full global political integration.

Let us hope that day never arrives.  Or at least let us hope that the American people wake up enough to not just go passively into a “New World Order”.

A global economy is bad for America and a global government would be really bad for America.

But perhaps you disagree.  Perhaps you believe that integrating our economy, our currency and our government with the rest of the world would be a wonderful thing.  If that is the case, please feel free to leave a comment explaining exactly why globalism is such a wonderful thing for all of us….

George Soros: The United States Must Stop Resisting The Orderly Decline Of The Dollar, The Coming Global Currency And The New World Order.