About Rob

Born in Southern California, Rob Schneider migrated to Australia in 1985. He is currently living in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where he works as a freelance content writer.

On Getting Hacked


I don’t post on this website any more, but keep it to redirect my most popular posts to my new website, Expat Journal. I made the change because my new website reflects a broader range of my interests. Unfortunately, someone managed to hack into this website and claim shared ownership of it. They’ve added hundreds of small files, products by the looks of it, but they don’t seem to have changed the contents of the website. I’m looking into ways of getting rid of them, but so far haven’t been able to. Apparently, they were able to gain access to my site by adding their email address somehow.

Anyway, I’m just posting this in case things get weird here. Even as I write this, they seem to be adding more files. I just noticed some for “Armani.” Hopefully ads won’t start appearing, but if they do, that’s why. hacker

Getting hacked sucks and I can’t figure out why a little site like this would become the target of a hacker. Maybe it’s simply because they found a vulnerability. I’ve had websites for 10 years now and suddenly all three of my sites have been targeted. Fortunately, I took steps to protect my other websites, but left this one vulnerable because I don’t think about it much. Just goes to show that if you have a website, you need to protect it. Hackers love to do their dirty work. Maybe it gives them a sense of power or maybe there’s some SEO value to it. I don’t know and don’t care. It’s just been a valuable lesson. While I don’t believe in being paranoid, it’s good to be realistic and take necessary precautions.

How Bad Luck was Really Good Luck

A funny thing happened last week. One of my other blogs, Writing Resources received the distinction of being flagged for “unnatural outbound links.” What that means is that I had shown a pattern of including suspicious links in my posts. Although Google didn’t tell me which ones they were, they had to be the links at the bottom of my guest posts, many of which were to law firms and other websites that had nothing to do with writing or the subject matter of the posts.

This is how your traffic can drop when you get slapped by Google

This is how your traffic can drop when you get slapped by Google

I deleted the offending links, but it will be weeks or months before I get back into Google’s good books on that site. I checked Google Analytics yesterday and discovered my traffic had fallen to an all-time low. I WAS OVERJOYED.

Neither that site nor this has felt quite right to me for years, but I’ve stuck with them because of all the work I’ve put into them. My Google penalty brought that fact home to me. I don’t want to stop blogging, but I want to have just one site that gives me the freedom to write about whatever I feel like writing about. Writing Resources was too writing oriented and I always feel like I have to write about something esoteric here. The problem with that is that I no longer see a distinction between the “esoteric” and the everyday.

Anyway, I’m going to get a new domain name and then start phasing out both this blog and Writing Resources. The new site will have the word “journal” in it because I want to write a journal, not a blog, and the word ties in nicely with the one blog I don’t want to change — my Sihanoukville Journal.

There’s some content I want to save from this site – especially my most popular article about TDA Lingo. I’m looking forward to updating the article and posting it on my new journal. Once I’m set up, I’ll redirect searches to the new site until this one expires.

Jesus Revisited


From about February till May or June of 1972, I was living in a stone woodcutter’s hut in the Kumaon Hills of India. The view from my tramped earth verandah looked something like this:

kumaon hills

source: http://gkamesh.wordpress.com/tag/kainchi/

Every morning, my two roommates, Naima and Ravi Das, and I walked down a winding dirt trail to the ashram on the banks of the river for darshan of Neem Karoli Baba. I often stopped along the way to bathe under a waterfall on the side of the path. Aside from picking small stones out of rice and dry lentils, my days were spent waiting for Maharaji to come out of his room and entertain us. He rarely if ever preached, so “entertain” is the right word.

I’m the guy with his hand on his hip at the back of the photo.

On March 30th, the day before Good Friday, Maharaji instructed us to go home and read the Bible. Although he told me on no uncertain terms that he was not my guru, I always did as he instructed, so from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, I stayed at my hut and read the New Testament from cover to cover. As I read, some passages seemed to shine like gold, while others were merely in black and white. Amongst those that seemed to be written in gold were the Beatitudes, especially these:

  • Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

On Easter Sunday, I finished my reading. I set down my New Testament, but continued pondering one passage that still confused me. “Take, eat: this is my body,” Jesus said at the last supper as he broke bread for his disciples. What did he mean by that? Just as the sun touched the distant hills, a voice quietly whispered in my ear: “Take, eat, this is my body.” At the same time, all the energy of the universe began pouring into me. The experience was so intense, it terrified me. As a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, which came to me later, says:

If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One and I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds.

Robert Oppenheimer made those words famous in the Western world, but as far as I’m concerned, his comparing the “thousand suns” to the explosion of an atomic bomb is pathetic. For one thing, an atom bomb isn’t even the tiny flame of a cigarette lighter in comparison to a thousand suns. For another, an atom bomb is a tool of destruction. The energy I felt was that of pure love. The terror I felt was the terror of my ego, whose existence depends on separation from the purity of all-embracing love. Best to keep a safe distance from the sun and bask in its rays. Get too close and you’ll be vaporized.

From that moment to this, I’ve been living in limbo. My life has been far from exemplary, but the only thing that makes sense to me is love.

Why did Jesus single out the the poor, the meek, the merciful and the peacemakers as blessed? All you have to do is substitute their opposites to get the answer. Would it not be absurd for the incarnation of God to say:

  • Blessed are the rich,
  • Blessed are the powerful,
  • Blessed are the merciless, and
  • Blessed are the war mongers?

As spiritually absurd as it is, those are exactly the qualities our governments, corporations, financial institutions and even religions embrace and promote.

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? I’m no more qualified to know for sure than anyone else (including those who say they do), but, like others, I have an “inner Jesus.” The life of my Jesus may have gone something like this . . . . .

Jesus’ mother, Mary, became pregnant, but the father didn’t want to take responsibility for the baby, so another man, Joseph, who had loved her from afar, offered to marry her. Mary felt loved for the first time in her life and gladly accepted.

Joe and Mary were so poor, they were homeless when Jesus was born. It wasn’t that Joe was lazy. In fact, he was hard working and conscientious, but there wasn’t much money in making plowshares for a living. Eventually, Joe was able to settle down and build a small house for his family. They were always dirt poor, but what Jesus remembered the most was that his was a loving family. His mother remained faithful to his father and his father never took his frustrations out on his wife or children.

When he came of age, Jesus left his family to make his own way in the world. As a poor Jew who spoke the crude language of Aramaic, he was socially ostracized. Neither the wealthy Jews of the city nor the Romans wanted to know him. He could have become a thief, but his family had brought him up well, teaching him the virtues of honesty and integrity.

Looking for answers to life’s big questions, he turned to some of the fringe gurus who had small followings in Jerusalem. One of them, John the Baptist, taught him some radical ideas that rang true to him. Not content with intellectual truths, Jesus decided to leave Jerusalem and fast and meditate in the desert until spiritual truth was revealed to him. He found a cave that was close enough to water to sustain his life while he fasted. Taking a gourd of water with him, he went deep into the cave and vowed not to come out until truth was revealed to him as it had been to John the Baptist. For several days, nothing happened and he was tempted to leave the cave and find something to eat. Resisting the temptation, the pangs of hunger diminished and in the total darkness of the cave, he started having visions. Some of the visions were horrific, reflecting the consequences of living a life of greed and corruption. Others were divine, making him feel bathed in oceans of bliss. Finally, a blinding light enveloped his being and Jesus knew the truth.

Returning to Jerusalem, Jesus started telling whoever would listen about his experiences. He also became a political activist, exposing the hypocrisy of the top echelons of the Jewish hierarchy and their Roman counterparts. On one occasion, he got so pissed off, he overturned money changer’s tables at a big temple. That and other acts of protest earned him some notoriety and a small following.

Jesus fell in love with one of his followers, a pretty girl named Mary Magdalene. Some of his other followers were scandalized by this. “She’s just a whore,” they told him. Big mistake. “Who are you calling a whore!” he said. “Are you or I or anyone else here perfect? Mary did what she had to do to survive. So what? I know what’s in her heart and that’s all that counts.”

For awhile, Jesus was considered a harmless nut case by the authorities, but as his popularity grew, they decided it would be best to keep tabs on him, so they sent a spy into his inner circle. Jesus knew full-well that Judas was a mole, but didn’t expose him. Judas reported back to the authorities regularly. Finally, when it looked like he posed a serious threat to both the Jewish hierarchy and the Romans, they decided he was a terrorist threat and had to be disposed of.

When Jesus was crucified, his followers couldn’t handle it. They consoled themselves by taking some of his words out of context and interpreting them literally. He was literally the one and only “Son of God” and would literally come back to save them. While they waited in vain for his return, some of them started writing down his words of wisdom. How many gospels were written, nobody knows, but at least two, the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Thomas were tossed out in favor of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, which are all pretty fundamentalist in nature.

I’m reasonably confident Jesus didn’t look like this

I’m sure you could have a field day picking apart my version of the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. Still, I’m confident I’m closer to the mark than Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly, who created a stir recently when she said, “Jesus was a white man.” Then there was the bumper sticker that said, “Immigrants: if English was good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for you, too.” It’s way, way past time we took Jesus or any other religious figure and appropriated them for cultural, racial, or political ends. Here are some probable truths about Jesus to think about this season:

  • Christmas isn’t Christmas. It’s the winter solstice. The Gregorian calendar wasn’t even invented when Jesus was born and no one is really sure of the real date of his birth. Like Easter and many other Christian myths, Christmas was ripped off from “pagan” religions.
  • Jesus wasn’t white and didn’t speak English. He was brown, Jewish and spoke Aramaic, the language of the poor.
  • The village Jesus grew up in didn’t have a Walmart. It bore a greater resemblance to the villages in Pakistan our drones strike every day. For that matter, Jesus bore a closer resemblance to the people our drones kill than he does to any of us of European descent.
  • He’s not going to come down from heaven to save a bunch of fundamentalist Christian Americans and leave everyone else to fry.
  • America hasn’t been blessed by Jesus with a bunch of useless stuff nobody really needs.
  • If Jesus saw salvation anywhere, it was in the people we crucify every day: the poor, the meek, the peace loving and the merciful.

If you’re interested, I tell more of the story of the year I spent in India in My Guru Who isn’t My Guru.

An Identifiable Threat: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The TPP - an identifiable threat
The TPP - an identifiable threat

All joking aside, the TPP is an identifiable threat to all of us.

The comments I received on my last post, Searching for Obama, took me by surprise, suggesting I was making fun of right-wing or Republican conspiracy theories about Obama. I wasn’t trying to make fun of or denigrate anybody. What I was trying to do was point out that we all are afraid “something is happening”, but it’s hard to put our finger on what it is, so we let our imaginations take over.

I haven’t lived in the United States for nearly 30 years, so I no longer have a nationalistic world view. I used to be highly critical of the U.S. government because of its draconian foreign policy. I’ve changed my stance, though, as it has become increasingly clear that the government of the United States dances to the tune of global financial and corporate interests.

Setting aside speculation about the reptilian agenda, the Illuminati or Barack Obama’s citizenship, there is an identifiable threat we should all be concerned about. The most important issue that stands before us today is the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). If you haven’t heard about it, it’s because the mainstream news doesn’t want you to be aware of it.

Basically, the TPP is a “free trade” agreement currently being negotiated between the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brunei, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Peru, Malaysia and other countries. Free trade! That sounds great, doesn’t it? Not really, at least to most of us. Some of the things this “free trade” agreement will do to hurt the average citizen of every country include:

  • Giving corporations more incentives to move offshore. Say goodbye to job creation in the U.S. and other developed countries.
  • Giving corporations the right to sue nations whose labor laws cause them to lose profits.
  • Removing food importation regulations designed to protect the health of the people.
  • Giving greater power to a handful of pharmaceutical companies. This will drive up prices both domestically and abroad.
  • Drastic reductions in financial regulations.
  • The legal status of corporations will become equal to those of sovereign nations. They will be able to dictate policy to their advantage.

That’s just a brief rundown of what the TPP is all about. For more detailed information, check out the sources listed below.

I could give dozens of examples of the ways corporations are working against us and not for us, but I’ll let one small example suffice for now. Apparently, a majority of Americans still believe GMOs pose no health risks. If you are one of them, it’s because you believe the propaganda coming from Monsanto and other manufacturers of GMOs. The other side of the argument has been largely suppressed, but a study published in a respected, peer-reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology, briefly brought their dangers into the spotlight. The journal retracted the article. Why? Well, the appointment of ex-Monsanto employee Richard Goodman as associate editor of the journal probably has something to do with it.

105 scientists wrote an open letter in opposition to the retraction, saying, “Your decision to retract the paper is in clear violation of the international ethical norms as laid down by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), of which FCT is a member.” (source: Ecologist, Scientists pledge to boycott Elsevier, 5 Dec. 2013).

This wasn’t the first time scientists stood together against GMOs.  Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), was signed by828 concerned independent scientists from 84 countries.

Oil exploration, water, medicines, food, fracking — you name it and a handful of multi-national corporations want to control it. The TPP is their latest and most threatening ploy to gain complete control over our lives.

Further Reading:

WikiLeaks Press Release: https://wikileaks.org/tpp/pressrelease.html
Expose the TPP: http://www.exposethetpp.org/
Huffington Post Politics: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/09/obama-trans-pacific-partnership_n_4414891.html

That’s just a small sampling of what’s out there. If ever there was a time to be alarmed, it’s now.



Searching for Obama

The TPP - an identifiable threat

Note: Please also read the following post: An Identifiable Threat. We needn’t be “conspiracy theory nuts” to join together against identifiable threats to our welfare and security.

After years of exhaustive research, I, Rob Schneider, investigative journalist extraordinaire, have uncovered the truth about Barack Obama! Searching for Obama was an exhausting ordeal, taking me to the depths of Google and the jungles of YouTube, but it was worth it. You won’t believe what you are about to learn, but I have documented evidence that proves once and for all that Barack Osama Obama is not who any of us believe him to be!

Obama is NOT a U.S. Citizen!

obama's forged birth certificate

Forged! It says so right there on his birth certificate! Click image to visit source site.

The theory that Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen has been with us since he became President, if not before. There are whole websites devoted to proving Obama was born in Kenya and that the birth certificate he finally revealed due to public pressure was a forgery. Moreover, his real birth certificate shows that he was born in Kenya!

The image reproduced here comes from a website called Our Constitution Matters. Why does it matter if Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States? Because the Constitution says in no uncertain terms that the President must be a natural born citizen. Of course, a Constitutional lawyer as clever as Obama could easily re-interpret that to mean a President must be “naturally born” and not a result of artificial insemination, so whether or not his birth certificate is a forgery is possibly a moot point.

Obama is a Muslim!

Proof! Obama is a Muslim! Click image to read source article.

Along with speculation that Obama is not a U.S. citizen came the news that he was a Muslim. Irrefutable proof of this has been presented on countless websites over the years, but the public still refuses to believe! The document at left is evidence, but researchers have uncovered far more than just this — enough evidence, in fact, that one in five Republicans still firmly believe Obama is a card-carrying Muslim posing as a Christian.

It is certainly understandable that Obama’s campaign managers would want to debunk such a shocking revelation. According to them, he is a devout Christian who attended Trinity United Church, a church headed by pastor Jeremiah Wright Jr., who preached black liberation theology. But did he? As this next piece of evidence proves, Obama was actually living in Afghanistan during the 20 years he allegedly was attending church in Chicago!

Obama and Osama bin Laden are the same person!

obama is osama

Proof! Osama bin Laden and Obama are the same person!

The revelation that Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden are the same individual came to light more recently. Someone noticed that without the beard, bin Laden bears a striking resemblance to Obama. Using their Photoshop skills, they spent weeks producing this YouTube video that proves once and for all that they are indeed one and the same individual. Seriously, watch the video and you, too, will be convinced. The eyes, the ears, the mouth, the ears and even the shape of their faces are uncannily alike. True, Osama bin Laden looks a little worse for wear, but that’s probably because he was living in a cave in Afghanistan before being shipped to the U.S. to be groomed to become President of the United States.

Obama is an Alien!

Proof that Obama is a shapeshifting reptilian! Click image to visit source site.

I like David Icke. I really like his reptilian agenda angle and think that on an allegorical level, at least, he’s on to something. I find taking it literally a little hard to swallow, though. This photo proves otherwise. Barack Obama is a reptilian alien come to earth (or from beneath the earth) to further the reptilian agenda of world domination!

In case you don’t know about the reptilian agenda, it’s a theory that aliens inhabited the earth thousands of years ago and began interbreeding with humans. Millions, maybe billions, of humans have reptilian blood flowing through their veins, but the British royal family, the Rothchild’s, and other fabulously wealthy and powerful families have interbred over the centuries to make sure the reptilian bloodline remains dominant in their family lines. Reptilians like these are shapeshifters and at times, they accidentally reveal their real bodies. The photo above proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Obama is one of those shapeshifting reptilians.


Every good investigative journalist summarizes their findings in the final paragraphs, so here you have it. The person we know as Barack Obama is a full-blooded reptilian shapeshifter who was born in Kenya. He then moved to Indonesia, where he attended an all Muslim school. Then he was adopted by the bin Laden family. He didn’t like his family, so he became the terrorist known as Osama bin Laden. Then he was shipped to the United States, given back his birth name and groomed to become President of the United States in order to overthrow the country and turn it into a reptilian slave colony.

Who is Obama, Really?


Human evolution a result of alien “invasion”?
Image found on Facebook. Source unknown.

Okay, I’ve had my fun. Who is Obama, really? I still have no idea. In my opinion, identifying Obama as Osama bin Laden is highly unlikely, if for no other reason than there are plenty of photographs of Obama during the years he was supposed to be active in the Middle East. There is also strong evidence that bin Laden died in 2001. If that’s so, is Obama the resurrected anti-Christ, as many Christians believe?

I was kind of hoping Obama wasn’t a U.S. citizen when that news surfaced. If he wasn’t, then maybe America would finally have a President who had a global world view instead of the myopic vision of his predecessors and fellow U.S. citizens. He has been so disappointingly American in his world view, though, I find it hard to believe he wasn’t born and raised in the States. He’s so White American, in fact, I find it hard to believe he’s even half-black.

I don’t believe Obama is a Muslim any more than I believe he’s a devout Christian, so that leaves us with the alien alternative. That one still appeals to me, but, as I said above, only on an allegorical level. I could be wrong, of course, but I’m not ready to take the leap from allegory to reality when it comes to shapeshifting reptilians. I’m not ready to take the leap from allegory to reality when it comes to Jesus, either, for that matter. I do, however, believe strongly in the power of myth (I think myths are at least as real as reality) and the myth David Icke espouses may just turn out to be the defining myth of this age.


The reptilian mind

Substitute “sociopath” for “reptilian” and the idea of reptilians becomes more palatable. In his role as President, he represents a sociopathic power structure that has no regard for humanity. Driven by greed and a hunger for world domination, that reptilian power structure will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. It can be seen at work in global financial institutions, corporations, governments and the military. Even institutions that seem to be humanitarian are under its control.

Millions of people feel the oppressive weight of power descending on them. “Why were suckered into the War on Terror?” they ask. “Why were the financial institutions bailed out instead of the average person?” they wonder. Looking for answers online, they see it all laid out for them by David Icke. Even other “conspiracy nuts” like Alex Jones, who used to viciously attack him, have come out in his support. Others say he does the “movement” a disservice with his “outlandish” beliefs, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of his critics in alternative media from getting their material from the David Icke Headlines pages.

When “you know something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is,” your imagination can bring all your worst fears to the surface. What’s more frightening than a reptilian alien who is more intelligent than any human and whose only agenda is domination and subjugation?

There’s another word being tossed around on alternative news sites: “Illuminati.” In most of the important ways, “Illuminati” and “reptilians” are virtually synonymous, but Illuminati is easier to believe for those of us who try to confine reality to our familiar world. Lest you think Illuminati is a recently coined term, here’s a quote from George Washington: “It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.” For more information, read this article: Verified Warnings From Former Presidents . . . .. Like the song says, “and you know there is something happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones.” Well maybe we do.

I had a dream

Kelly's 1st birthday party

About 3 years and 3 months ago, I had a dream that changed my perspective on life.

My first 3 years in Cambodia were the hardest years of my life. The first year was marked by emotional turmoil as it dawned on me just how serious a commitment I had made. As the second year drew to a close, all my carefully laid plans for financial security unravelled to the point where we had to sell our car just to eat. By year 3, I had managed to cobble together a survival income through freelance writing. Just when I felt I was able to breathe again, Sopheak decided she wanted to have another child. I couldn’t say no, but inwardly I was freaking out.

Kelly's 1st birthday party

Kelly’s 1st birthday party

When Kelly was born, he had serious breathing problems. Seeing that fragile little body struggling for every breath cemented my bond with him, but beneath the surface, I was still quaking with fear. How was an old fart like me going to be able to take care of this beautiful child? Part of me wanted to escape. That’s when I had the dream.

One of my favourite neighbours is a guy just up the road who’s about my age. He used to have a fishing boat and boasted to me through translators that he used to sail his little boat all the way to the east coast of Vietnam. He doesn’t have much, but he usually seems very jovial. Then he goes on benders and blows it with drunken rages.

This is the kind of boat we were in. Take away the land and this is the setting, too.

I dreamt that my neighbour took me out in his fishing boat. He was sitting cross-legged on the bow, teaching me to steer. I can still see the backdrop of blue, blue sea and sky in contrast to his long, wispy white beard. He looked exactly like this Cambodian sage you see statues of here and there. I’m not sure who the sage is or if he’s even Buddhist, but the statues really do resemble my neighbour, especially when they have cigarettes hanging out of their mouths. I know he is believed to live in the jungle and appears before people when they are in need of help, but that’s all I know.

Feeling the weight of responsibility, I sighed and said, “I wish I could disappear.” My neighbour looked at me quizzically, said, “Disappearing is easy” and proceeded to dissolve before my eyes.

I briefly thought he must possess some magic power. Then I thought, “Hang on. If he can do it, so can I” and the next thing I knew, I was a formless consciousness floating through empty space. I had disappeared.

Time didn’t exist, so it’s pointless to speculate about how much time I spent just existing in the void. All I know is that the sound of a baby crying made me return to this phenomenal world. I woke up immediately, relieved to find Kelly sleeping peacefully between Sopheak and I.

Life has gotten more comfortable since then, but there’s still no security blanket. I make enough money to feed our big family, but if I lose a client, I don’t have anything to fall back on. I’m not going to pretend I no longer worry, but what’s changed is that I no longer worry so much about myself.

Sometimes worry gathers pace and doesn’t serve the purpose for which it’s intended – to anticipate and take steps to prevent genuine threats. When that happens, I just disappear  until a measure of clarity returns.

Disappearing is dead easy. I knew how to do it before my neighbour taught me, but I learned how from gurus who made it sound hard or only available to the select few. Consequently, I rarely appreciated those little moments of clarity that come so easily when you just detach yourself from the storms of thoughts and emotions in a moment between breaths.

It was my dream, so I suppose it was meant for me, but I’ve been wanting to share it ever since I had it. “I had a dream” was the title then, so it’s the title now. What’s the moral? Well, for me, the dream revealed the meaning of life as I see it now. We’re not here for any selfish purpose, whether it be wealth, power or the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. We’re here to give and the better we get at that, the better we’re living our lives. There’s plenty of time to disappear when we’re dead.

Shapeshifting with John Perkins


abby-martin-john-perkinsI’m a little ashamed to admit it, but I knew little about John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, until a few days ago. Yes, I’d picked up his book in bookshops over the years and read random chapters, but had never gone beyond that. It all changed after I watched Abby Martin’s interview with him on Breaking the Set. I’ve embedded the interview below, so please watch it. What you see here is just a screenshot, so don’t try to watch it!

Our bookshops here in Sihanoukville aren’t as well-stocked as I’d like, but one of them had a copy of his 2007 book, The Secret History of the American Empire, so I bought it today. To say it’s a riveting read is an understatement. I’d read it even if it was fiction. He has a simple style and a real eye for the details that matter. The first chapter is about his first assignment to Indonesia. The goal was to secure Indonesia’s oil resources for America.

I’m tempted to transcribe the whole chapter — it’s that good — but I’ll limit it to this fascinating story about the origin of the term “bogeyman”:

 Sulawesi was also the home of the infamous Bugi tribe. European spice traders centuries ago feared them as the fiercest, most bloodthirsty pirates in the world. When they returned home, the Europeans threatened disobedient children with the warning that if they did not change their ways, ‘the Bugimen will get you’.

Interesting as that was, what followed was even more poignant. Perkins later became friendly with a boat builder who was a descendant of the Bugi tribe. He told him that his people never saw themselves as pirates, but as defenders of their homeland against foreign intruders. “Now we’re at a loss,” he continued. “How can a handful of people in wooden sailing ships fight off America’s submarines, airplanes, bombs, and missiles?”

“Questions like that got to me”, Perkins concluded. “Eventually they convinced me to change my ways.”

Shapeshifting with John Perkins

After finishing that chapter, I decided to put the book aside for awhile and learn more about John Perkins. His official website, johnperkins.org told me all I needed to know. First I checked out his books and discovered that along with his “economic hitman” revelations, he’s written books about his experiences with shamans in Asia, Africa and South America. For synopses and links to ordering pages, click here.

Alas, I don’t yet own an Ereader and doubt I’ll find any of the books in our local Sihanoukville bookshops, so I had to content myself with an article I found in his archives. Why I am Hopeful: Shapeshifting the World was more of an advertorial than an article, because it was announcing a workshop he was going to hold at the Omega Institute. That’s okay, though, because Perkins is a perfect example of someone who has “shapeshifted” himself into a better person, so if that’s what he’s selling now, more power to him.

According to his definition:

Shapeshifting is about energy. We ourselves are made of energy and all of our emotions are energy. The practices that collectively are known as “shapeshifting” empower us to use that energy to change ourselves and the institutions that impact our lives. We can transform our “negative” thoughts and emotions into positive energy that we can then channel into appropriate actions. Throughout history humans have found shapeshifting to be one of the most effective means of transforming ourselves, organizations, and communities.

I’ve been doing a little shapeshifting of my own recently. I got sick and tired of writing about trivial stuff on my writing blog, so I changed the name of it to A Writer’s Blog: random ramblings of a freelance writer and although it’s not going to help my writing career, it’s been a joy to start writing about things that matter. I’ve also started writing about things that matter on my Sihanoukville Journal and am taking an interest in this site again, too. Between the three of them, I still only get 3-5,000 visitors a month, so I don’t harbour any illusions that I’ll single-handedly change the world, but I get a great deal of satisfaction out of feeling like I’m finally making my contribution, small as it may be.

Remember the End of the Mayan Calendar, December 21, 2012?

Remember December 21, 2012?

December 21, 2012 came and went without the world ending or any discernible shift in human consciousness, but Perkins and some of his colleagues, both Mayan and Western, apparently still recognise the significance of that date. As he wrote in another article:

December 21, 2012 was identified by Mayan astrologers more than a millennium ago as the Great Turning – a time of opportunity to “shapeshift” human societies away from exploitation, brutality, and materialism into cooperation, compassion, and spirituality.

You’ve got to admit, with the revelations of people like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and the popularity of sites like RT, a global awakening does seem to be occurring. When Obama and company wanted to invade Syria recently, it was largely us “little guys” and the lowly alternative media that forced them to retreat — with a little help from Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. There’s still a long way to go and it might take some catastrophic events to turn the tide, but at least we’re not just behaving like mindless zombies any more.

I’ll stop jabbering soon, but I do want add that amongst those who recommended The Secret History of the United States were names you wouldn’t usually associate with a book about American imperialism. Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, wrote: “It’s difficult to accept that U.S. and corporate policies can be so brutal and greedy, but, knowing John Perkins personally, I have come to understand the importance of disclosing this uncomfortable truth.”

Okay, enough jabbering. Here’s the promised video.

A Mind Blowing Blog — the Shift has Hit the Fan

Jacob's Ladder, by Wm Blake

Whether you believe in the Hollow Earth theory or not, take a few minutes to watch the videos and read the text in this post or head straight over to The Shift has Hit the Fan and read it there. While you’re there, sign up for her newsletter. Earth Energy Reader has a wonderful mind and heart and comes up with some of the most enjoyable and strangely inspiring blogs I’ve run across.

Natural Treatments for Cancer Updated

plant based alternative medicines

Some natural medicines. Click image for source article.

A couple of years ago, I was given a paid assignment to write about THC as a potential treatment for cancer. In the course of my research, I ran across a Spanish study that convinced me there was scientific evidence that THC was a potential treatment for cancer. That, combined with a wealth of anecdotal evidence, prompted me to download the PDF and offer it to readers here. Unbeknownst to me, my method of linking the PDF didn’t work, so anyone who tried to access it failed. Now I’ve found another way and you should be able to download it easily. Just go to the original article, Cannabinoids: Potential Anticancer Agents, by Manuel Guzman and follow the link.

The same thing happened with The Cancer Files, which is a series of lectures given by a number of alternative cancer treatment providers. It was a fascinating series that shed light on how natural treatments for cancer work, why they sometimes don’t work and why it’s a subject that shouldn’t be dismissed as “quack science.” I’ve just updated that article as well, so if you want to read the PDF transcripts, you can now. Just visit The Cancer Files article and click the links one at a time. They’re pretty long, so be prepared for some serious reading.

I’m no expert, so don’t take my word for anything. I’m offering this information because I personally believe natural medicine works and should be explored as seriously as what we now call “conventional medicine” is. I put conventional medicine in quotes because, in fact, the kind of medicine practised today has only been conventional for about a century.

Before you go, you might want to read this article I wrote as part of the series I was commissioned to write. It tells the story of how plant based medicine was replaced by pharmaceutical medicine.

Witch Hunt: The Medical Establishment’s Suppression of Alternative Medicine

We all like to believe that the Medical Establishment is on our side. On the micro-level, in our day-to-day dealings with our personal physician or specialist, this is usually the case. But on a larger scale, we are the victims of a fraud of colossal proportions. If this sounds like the ravings of a paranoid conspiracy theorist, a look at the facts will reveal that it is simply true.

First we need to define what alternative medicine is. The broadest definition, according to Princeton University, is that it is to practice medicine without using drugs. There is no qualifier for that. If prescription drugs are involved, it is considered to be “medicine.” If plant materials are involved, it is “alternative medicine” and comes with all the connotations of inferiority and quackery that have been associated with the term.

How did this come to be? Back in 1908, the Carnegie Foundation commissioned Abraham Flexner, a professional educator with no medical training, to draft a study of the state of medical education in the United States and recommend changes to admission standards and curriculum in U.S. medical schools. The book-length document Flexner wrote recommended strict adherence to the methods and protocols of the emerging field of biomedicine (theoretical medicine) within the university system.

The Flexner Report showed a clear bias towards upper income, white males and denigrated “folk medicine,” female physicians and African American physicians. Half the medical schools in America closed as a direct result of the report, including the oldest four year medical school in the country, the Leonard Medical Center. They shut this university down simply because it was an African-American university.

Biomedicine is the province of the big pharmaceutical companies. Another consequence of the Flexner Report was that the entire medical profession began to be trained to practice medicine using only laboratory manufactured drugs and it became illegal for doctors to prescribe any plant based remedies to their patients, even if they believed them to be effective.

The witch hunt was on and continues to this day. One noteable example of an M.D. who was persecuted for advocating the use of drug-free treatments is Dr. Serafina Corsello. A passionate advocate of alternative medicine, she was an adviser to the National Institute o Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine beginning in 1992.  Charges were brought against her for the use of vitamin and Chelation therapies and for diagnosing lead toxicity. Her medical license was finally revoked after her lawyer failed to file a reply to the charges in the specified time. Her failure to file was deemed tantamount to an admission of guilt. Dr. Corsello passed away in February, 2009. Until the day of her death, she remained a passionate advocate of alternative medicine.

The definition of medicine is, “the science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.” The medical establishment has managed to legally redefine it as something more akin to “the science of selling and administering pharmaceutical drugs that may or may not be effective in treating or preventing disease to the body or mind.” All other treatments are either illegal or suppressed, whether they are effective or not.

We are Energy Explained Rationally

I usually cringe when I hear someone say, “We are energy” and then go on a cosmic tangent based on a college acid trip or pure New Age fantasy. It’s not that I don’t agree with them about the first statement. I do. I just take exception to the flights of fancy and the conclusions drawn from them.

I was dubious when I saw the headline, Scientist Photographs the Soul Leaving the Body, but by the time I’d finished watching the 50 minute interview with Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov, I felt renewed hope for mankind. I didn’t see any actual photographs of the soul leaving the body, but I learned about energy fields from a scientist’s point of view. Much of what he said validates what many of us believe about the energy fields around us, both positive and negative, but Korotov made it so much more accessible to those who may have been made sceptical by the self-serving claims of New Age gurus or the arguments of reductionist scientists.

In the second video below, an RT reporter interviews Korotkov. In it, he says if we can create the ability within ourselves to create love and positive emotions, these emotions can be transferred to others energetically. This ties in nicely with something he said in the longer video about the group mind (my term, not his), which is able to create enormous energy that can be used for good or for evil.

Korotov finds the proof for his theories in bio-electric photography, which I think is an extension of Kirlian photography. Check out the photograph of the leaf here. It looks pretty normal until you discover that the top of the leaf is missing on the “real” leaf, but its energy field appears on its Kirlian photograph.

Okay. We are energy. Duh. Now, what do we do about it? Well, spreading those love vibes (intention) is a start, but as I discovered when I learned an energy healing technique, before healing can effectively take place, the source of the illness has to be identified first. This isn’t always easy. Whether you’re focusing on an individual’s physical or emotional illness or an “illness” that threatens humanity as a whole, you have to become as objective as possible and explore beneath your personal or collective assumptions and prejudices. I discovered this when I was trying to uncover the source of a woman’s persistent rash. She was sure it stemmed from her divorce. Upon further investigation, it appeared to have stemmed from a problem she had with her eldest son she had not yet resolved because her love for him didn’t permit her to admit to herself that she harboured a resentment against him. When we uncovered that and went through a forgiveness process, her rash, which had resisted both conventional and alternative treatments for years, vanished overnight.

On a global scale, there are still millions of Americans who can’t face the fact that they are being lied to on a daily basis by their government. It’s been going on for decades and arguably since 1776, but, in my opinion, we’re in an end game scenario today and unless everyone wakes up fast, the cancer of greed, lust for power and corruption will spread so far and so fast, it will have devastating consequences for all humanity.

Another way to look at using energy positively is to substitute the word “truth” for love and “lies” for negative emotions like greed. It’s not hard to do. When you seek the truth, you are seeking the light. When you lie, you are attempting to either hide in darkness or manipulate others for selfish gain. Either way, a lie is a negative energy and hence an illness.

When I was learning energy healing, we learned to distinguish between truth and falsehood in the body using kinesiology. A false statement would weaken the arm while a true statement would strengthen it. The technique worked amazingly well on a one-on-one basis, but failed miserably when self-diagnosis or an attempt to uncover truths or falsehoods outside the immediate energetic fields of the practitioner and client was attempted.

We already have a great tool for uncovering the lies that are told to us by the media. It’s called reason. What we have to do is set aside our cultural conditioning and look for evidence that either confirms or denies what we’re being told. Then, when we uncover the truth, we need to share it. Sharing the truth strengthens the collective energy field and can lead to positive change. On the other hand, if we keep our knowledge to ourself and just pray or meditate for peace, our positive energy isn’t going to travel very far.

We are energy. What we do with our individual energy fields is up to us, but if there’s any meaning to life at all, it must be to reflect the love that’s the ultimate source of all our energy and resist the lies whose purpose is to rob us of our life force in order to nourish those who have turned their backs on the light and have no other source of nourishment. That’s how I see it, anyway, and that’s why I’ve written these words.