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December 24, 2015

Once when we were free

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Once when we were free

Once when we were free

by Jon Rappoport

December 24, 2012

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

We’re so much more sensible now. We don’t live our lives as much as we arrange them and organize them. B follows A. D follows C. We take our medicine and our shots because the doctor says so.

We’re careful, because accidents happen.

We don’t say what’s on our minds a lot of the time, because other people might pass that on, and who knows? We might get into trouble.

But once upon a time, when we were young, we were free. We didn’t take any shots, and when we got sick we recovered. We were stronger than kids are now. We didn’t ask for much protection and we weren’t given much, and we survived.

There was no talk about the needs of the group. When we went to school, we weren’t told about ways we could help others. That was something we learned at home. We weren’t taught about The Planet. Instead, we learned to mind our own business, and it wasn’t considered a crime.

When we played games, adults weren’t hovering or coaching every move we made. We found places to play on our own, and we figured it all out. There were winners and losers. There were no plastic trophies. We played one game, then another. We lost, we won. We competed. Losing wasn’t a tragedy.

There were no childhood “conditions” like ADHD or Bipolar, and we certainly didn’t take any brain drugs. The idea of a kid going to a psychiatrist would have been absurd.

People were who they were. They had lives. They had personalities. They had eccentricities, and we lived with that.

There was far less whispering and gossip. There were fewer cliques. Kids didn’t display their possessions like signs of their identity. A kid who did was ignored, even shunned.

Kids never acted like little adults. They didn’t dress like adults. They didn’t want to be fake adults.

Our parents didn’t consult us about what we wanted. We weren’t part of the decision-making process. They didn’t need us for that.

We weren’t “extra-special.” We weren’t delicate.

No one asked us about our feelings. If they had, we would have been confused. Feelings? What’s that? We were alive. We knew it. We didn’t need anything else.

We could spot liars a mile away. We could spot phonies from across town. We knew who the really crazy adults were, and we stayed away from them.

We didn’t need gadgets and machines to be happy. We only needed a place to play. If you wanted a spot to be alone, you found one, and you read a book.

There was no compulsion to “share.”

School wasn’t some kind of social laboratory or baby-sitting service. We were there to learn, and if we worked hard, we did. Teachers knew how to teach. The textbooks were adequate. Whether the books were new or old didn’t matter.

Kids weren’t taught how to be little victims.

Sex was a private issue. You were taught about that at home or not at all. You certainly didn’t learn about it in school. That would have been ridiculous.

Some of us remember being young, and now, we still have that North Star. We still don’t take our shots and medicines. We still don’t take every word a doctor says as coming from God. We still know losing isn’t a crime or an occasion for tragic theater.

We still know how to be alone. We still think gossip and cliques are for morons. We still feel free. We still want to live, and we do.

We still resent intrusion on our freedom, and we speak up and draw the line. We still like winning and competing. We still like achieving on our own.

We can spot self-styled messiahs at a hundred yards.

As kids, we lived in our imaginations, and we haven’t forgotten how. It’s part of who and what we are.

We aren’t bored every twelve seconds. We can find things to do.

We don’t need reassurances every day. We don’t need people hovering over us. We don’t need to whine and complain to get attention. We don’t need endless amounts of “support.”

We don’t need politicians who lie to us constantly, who pretend we’re stupid. We don’t need ideology shoved down our throats. Our ideology is freedom. We know what it is and what it feels like, and we know no one gives it to us. It’s ours to begin with. We can throw it away, but then that’s on us.

If two candidates are running for office, and we don’t like either one, we don’t vote. We don’t need to think about that very hard. It’s obvious. Two idiots, two criminals? Forget it. Walk away.

We don’t fawn, we don’t get in other people’s way. We don’t think “children are the future.” Every generation is a new generation. It always has been. We don’t need to inject some special doctrine to pump up children. We remember what being a child is. That’s enough.

read more at https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/once-when-we-were-free-2/

Kansas Couple Whose Tea Was Mistaken for Marijuana Loses Lawsuit

Last week, a federal judge in Kansas ruled against a couple whose home was raided in 2012 in an unsuccessful “SWAT-style” search for marijuana.

According to Reason.com, U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum said that police acted “legally and reasonably in planning and conducting the fruitless raid on the home of Robert and Adlynn Harte, former CIA agents whose children were 7 and 13 at the time.”

The family was held at gunpoint for over two hours while Johnson County sheriff’s deputies ransacked their house, finding nothing and refusing to say why they thought the Hartes were growing marijuana.

The couple reportedly spent a year and $25,000 in legal fees to find out what “probable cause” police had to support a search warrant.

“It turned out that the genesis of the search was a tip from a Missouri state trooper who saw Robert Harte leave a Kansas City hydroponics store on August 9, 2011, carrying a bag,” Reason.comreported. “Inside the bag were supplies for a horticultural project involving tomato, squash, and melon plants that Harte thought would be edifying for the kids. Since people often buy indoor gardening supplies for such perfectly legal purposes, that purchase itself was not enough for probable cause. But eight months later, sheriff’s deputies rummaging through the Hartes’ trash came across wet “plant material” that the Hartes think must have been some of the loose tea that Adlynn favors. Although a field test supposedly identified the material as marijuana, a laboratory test (conducted after the raid) showed that result was erroneous.”

read more at High Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stories of Syrian children that went viral in 2015

The dead toddler who changed everything

Alan Kurdi

If there was one photo that captured the world’s attention, it was the picture of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach. That one image came to symbolise the struggles of Syria’s refugees and helped galvanise global appeals to help them.

Alan, along with his brother Galib and mother Rehan, died on 2 September when their boat capsized, killing 12 Syrian migrants on their way to Greece. His father Abdullah was the only member of the family who survived. He now says he’s given up on his dream of going to Europe and that he will return to Syria.

In an interview with BBC Trending, Alan Kurdi’s aunt, Tima Kurdi, says that Alan’s death changed the way the world viewed refugees, “It is very painful to go through this tragedy, but in other ways. we are so proud of this picture [which] saved thousands of refugees,” she says.

Blog and illustrations by Mai Noman

The girl who mistook a camera for a weapon

Huda's photo was shared on Twitter over 25,000 times, but her father says nothing has changed in their lives since her story went viral.

A photo of a young girl holding up her arms up in front of a camera after she mistook it for a weapon went viral in early 2015 – but little was known about the child.

The original tweet that brought attention to this girl’s story was retweeted over 25,000 times. Back in March, BBC Trending tracked down the Turkish photojournalist, Osman Sağırlı, who took the picture in Atmeh camp on the Syrian border with Turkey. The photo was actually taken in 2014, and the girl’s name is Huda. “I was using a telephoto lens, and she thought it was a weapon,” Sağırlı explained.

BBC Trending tracked down Huda’s father to find out what has happened to the family since the photo of his three-year-old daughter went viral. “Nothing changed,” he said. “Our situation has gone from bad to worse, especially now that it’s winter.” Huda’s father says basic things, like water, are not always available at the camp where they’ve been living for the past three years.

A girl with her hands up in surrenderImage copyrightOsman Sağırlı
Image captionThe original photo was taken by Turkish photographer Osman Sağırlı in 2014

for many more stories that changed things go to BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSA helped GCHQ spies hack Juniper firewalls – Snowden leak

Satellite dishes are seen at GCHQ's outpost at Bude © Kieran Doherty

British spies enlisted the help of the US National Security Agency (NSA) to learn how to hack firewalls made by top internet security provider Juniper, according to leaked documents.

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which is the UK’s foremost electronic intelligence and surveillance agency, looked to its counterpart across the Atlantic to access the firm’s firewalls.

read more at RT

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hateful Eight ( 2015 )

Great Tarantino film. The actors and their respective dialogue drive the movie but within the script is a good mystery/suspense movie, a good thriller movie,a dark comedy and a good western. I started the movie with a Tarantino “bias” I had from his other films but got turned around as the plot develop. The mystery and suspense of a “who done it” I found somewhat refreshing. The dark comedy, (dark is putting it mildly) at times left me smiling at things that naturally I should not be smiling at which Tarantino is good at. Going in I did not realize it was a 3 hour film and it held my attention throughout with some backing up for total understanding dialogue. There will probably be some editing for the official release as this is a screening and most likely the directors cut I’m guessing.It is a very good film, with the best Tarantino actors, a great dialogue and story adding to the every increasing Tarantino list of credits.

here is the link unblocked for the UK  The Hateful eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krampus

Where I grew up we did not only have ST Nicolas but also Krampus a scary figure that would punish you if you had been bad or even take you away in his sack.At AmusingPlanet there

is a great article about this tradition.

Christmas is coming and do you know what it means? Santa Claus is coming with your presents, kids! Well, Santa Claus has been around hanging in homes or chilling at public spaces for weeks to remind everyone that his special holiday is on the way. However, he isn’t the only one who wants to give kids presents or a high five. Meet Krampus, Santa Claus’s (originally Saint Nicholas) other half, and he’s on his way to give not presents but a good whipping on naughty kids and adults.

Photo Credit: pixel0908

Photo Credit: pixel0908

Photo Credit: philip_taylor_king

Photo Credit: philip_taylor_king

Krampus is a horned, anthromorphic creature who punishes the misbehaving kids, unlike Saint Nicholas who gives gifts to the good ones. Created by Austro-Bavarian folklore, the character’s origins were quite unclear but as some pagan elements and holidays were blended with Christianity, Krampus is believed to be a pagan supernatural that assimilated to the Christian devil as a counterpart to St. Nicholas.

read more at AMUSING PLANET

 

 

 

 

 

‘Cameron a hypocrite for applauding NHS staff in Christmas message’ – Ken Loach

© Luke MacGregor

Prime Minister David Cameron is a “hypocrite” for praising healthcare workers and paying tribute to the homeless in his Christmas message while imposing austerity on public services, veteran filmmaker Ken Loach has said.

In his annual festive message, the PM sent his condolences to families spending Christmas in refugee camps and shelters.

‘We must pay tribute’

Millions of families are spending this winter in refugee camps or makeshift shelters across Syria and the Middle East, driven from their homes by Daesh [Islamic State] and [Syrian President] Assad,” Cameron said.

He further expressed his sympathy for those in Britain spending the festive period ill, homeless or alone.

If there is one thing people want at Christmas, it’s the security of having their family around them and a home that is safe. But not everyone has that,” he said.

The Conservative Party leader then went on to praise National Health Service (NHS) staff for surrendering their own Christmas to fulfill their duty of care.

We must pay tribute to the thousands of doctors, nurses, carers and volunteers who give up their Christmas to help the vulnerable — and to [members of the armed forces] who are spending this season even further from home,” he added.

‘Hypocrite’

His message, however, was mocked by filmmaker Ken Loach, who called the PM a “hypocrite.”

The director, who is known for his social realist style and socialist themes, questioned whether Cameron “thinks of the poor he punishes with cruel sanctions.”

He talks of coming together with his loved ones in safety and security,” he told the Morning Star.

Does he think of the poor he punishes with cruel sanctions and delayed benefits? Or the thousands of families his government has condemned to homelessness, temporary accommodation or hostels, while new tower blocks are built for rich speculators?

more at RT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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