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


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:
Expose the TPP:
Huffington Post Politics:

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.

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, 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.

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.

Debunking Conspiracy Theorists Debunked


“I refuse to believe that 9/11 was an inside job.”

“Uh. That’s not what I wrote. I wrote that it was physically impossible for those buildings to pancake like they did.”
“Oh! You’re one of those conspiracy nuts, aren’t you?”

Those are just a couple of the kinder comments I’ve received over the years when I’ve written about 9/11. Anyone in America who spoke out about their doubts about 9/11 in the first several years after the event was immediately branded a conspiracy theorist and ridiculed or worse. Things are easing off a little now, but the most efficient way to debunk a person who questions 9/11 is still to call them a “conspiracy theorist.” There’s no need to re-examine the facts — they’re just crazy or, if you listen to the FBI and other government agencies, suspected terrorists. Some psychologists have even suggested that doubting the official line is some sort of mental disorder.

Several studies have been released that suggest that it’s the debunkers of conspiracy theorists who are the ones with mental disorders. According to a University of Kent study, What about Building 7? A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories, those “people who favoured the official account of 9/11 were generally more hostile when trying to persuade their rivals.” Moreover, the anti-conspiracy contingent was more fanatical in clinging to their conspiracy theory that 19 Arab hijackers pulled off the job than the conspiracy theorists they were so aggressively debunking.

University of Guelph psychologist Laurie Manwell interprets this irrational stance by conspiracy theory debunkers as being based on an inability to entertain a notion that conflicts with their pre-existing belief system. “Cognitive dissonance” is the technical term for this phenomenon.

“Conspiracy theory” should simply mean a theory about a possible conspiracy. How did the term come to be associated with irrationality, insanity and even terrorist tendencies? It looks like we have the CIA to thank for that.

According to Lance deHaven-Smith as quoted in an article by Dr. Kevin Barrett in  PressTV, the “CIA’s campaign to popularise the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and make conspiracy belief a target of ridicule and hostility must be credited, unfortunately, with being one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time.” The term was coined and circulated by the CIA following the JFK assassination. It worked brilliantly then, but times are changing. The popular media today is the internet, not the newspaper and TV and conspiracy theorists have a voice.

Debunking Debunking

The word “debunk” means to expose or ridicule a false or exaggerated story. When conspiracy theorists are debunked, the implication is that a more rational and independent authority is putting the story to rest and that any attempt at a rebuttal is futile and will only lead to more ridicule. That gives the phrase “debunking conspiracy theories” a double whammy – debunkers are the final authority and conspiracy theorists are crazy. Case closed.


I ran across a website the other day called Debunking 9/11. It’s hard to miss because it’s at the top of the list when you google “Building 7 free fall.” I gave a stab at reading the article, but, like others like it, it was painfully flawed.

In typical debunker style, the article chose an easy target as their example of a “truther” (another loaded word) — Alex Jones, whose emotions can get the best of him and who does sometimes take flights of imaginative fantasy. I didn’t see a reference to Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth anywhere in the article. I can’t imagine why.

In attempting to explain Silverstein’s infamous “Pull it” remark, the author quotes numerous fire fighters and others on the scene who said “pull” the fire fighting team out of the building or used the word in some other context. Way down towards the bottom of the article in an update, the writer says:

Conspiracy Theorists have once again hung their hopes on a word. Now the word is “it”. Because I did not include the word “it” – as in Pull “it” – I am purposelly (sic) changing the phrasing of his statement which implies complicity. I will include his argument and insert the word to show how silly his argument is.

Conspiracy theorists don’t hang their hopes on a word. Many of them come to their conclusions only after long and arduous research — research that takes them places they don’t want to go. In the case of academics and professionals, revealing what they know  often spells the end of their careers. That takes courage, and last time I looked, courage wasn’t on the list of mental disorders; it was something to be admired.

Reconstructing the Twin Towers of My Mind


Imagination is more important than knowledge – Albert Einstein

The twin towers of my mind started to collapse more or less on the same day the towers collapsed in New York. They had been showing signs of stress for decades, but that event triggered the controlled demolition that caused them to fall.

albert-imaginationBefore that day, I still clung tenuously to the idea that there were limits to what the powers that be in the United States would do. Vietnam had shaken my faith in the system and the collective greed that came to a head in the America of the 80s shook my faith in the people, but I still believed that, all things considered, the United States still stood for things like freedom and democracy. In other words, I still believed in the American myth.

After 9/11, nothing made sense to me anymore. I simply could not bring myself to believe those towers miraculously fell on their footprints. I couldn’t believe how quickly the perpetrators were uncovered and the finger pointed at Osama bin Laden. Abandoned by reason, I tried to imagine an alternative explanation. The one that came to me was too absurd to be true: that George W. Bush and company were responsible for the attacks, were complicit in them, or at the very least cynically used them to their advantage for some nefarious purpose.

Finding nothing on the nightly news that could help me, I started looking online. Little by little, I discovered others were having the same dark thoughts. Little by little, pieces started falling into place, but questions remained. I was uncovering facts and plausible hypotheses, but the tower of my imagination was being reconstructed faster than reason could keep up with it. I was becoming a conspiracy theorist.

“We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead.” – Donald Rumsfeld

Hot on the heels of 9/11 came the invasion of Afghanistan. That didn’t make sense to me, either. Yes, I could sort of sympathize when they said they were going in to flush out bin Laden, but why hang around? Oh! It’s Al Qaeda and the Taliban they’re after, Donald Rumsfeld informed me. The invasion is both part of the brand new War on Terror and “to provide humanitarian relief to Afghans suffering truly oppressive living conditions under the Taliban regime.”*

No sooner had the U.S. settled in in Afghanistan than it started gunning for Iraq. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were the reason here. By now, I and millions of others were beginning to smell a rat and speak out about it. I joined a rag-tag anti-war group in my corner of Australia and was relieved to discover I was not alone.

I was also relieved to learn that people who were better educated in physics than I also couldn’t fathom how the twin towers could have pancaked like they did. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth wasn’t founded until 2006, but many experts in the field were already speaking out. Derided as crackpot conspiracy theorists by the mainstream media and shell shocked Americans, their theories made more sense to those of us who were living outside the thought bubble of the American myth.

I felt sure there was a master plan, but what was it? Then I stumbled across a reference to a document called the Project for a New American Century that spelled out the neocons’ plan for world domination in the 21st century. The document had been written in the 1990s and signed by many of those who came to power in the United States with Bush in 2000. The version I read called for a false flag event to trigger the wars that would lead to this domination. The official website is still online and proudly states that “American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle.”

My tower of reason was growing, but it still wasn’t keeping pace with my tower of imagination. How far were they going to go with this? Would it end at the end of Bush’s tenure in office?

Enter Obama

My friends in the United States passionately supported Barack Obama when he ran for office, but I wasn’t so sure. The words sounded good, but something about his measured speech and the way his eyes moved as he spoke didn’t sit right with me. No sooner did he take office than I began to feel my suspicions vindicated. Revolving door? He appointed Monsanto’s Michael Taylor to his cabinet in a blink of an eye. Close Guantanamo? He blamed the Republicans, but that didn’t smell right, either.

Then came Libya. Same scenario as Iraq and Afghanistan. A construction of lies and then an invasion.

Now that Libya’s out of the way, Obama and company are moving on to Syria. Yes, I know Obama and Kerry talk a good line about sarin gas, but they leave out the proof and the evidence that “rebels” used it. They also sidestep the thorny issue of how great a replacement those rebels would be for Assad. “Oh, we only back the moderates,” they say, but that’s a hard pill to swallow, given the fact that many of those moderates openly declare themselves to be sympathetic to Al Qaeda and do charming things like biting into the heart of a dead enemy.

By now, my tower of reason is well on its way towards reconstruction. The whole charade matches the game plan outlined in the PNAC. My tower of imagination, though, is still way ahead of it. If the PNAC was a neocon plan, then why is Obama so obediently following the game plan? Are the conspiracy theorists who say the Rothchild’s are behind it right? Is the world being controlled by a Satanic group of Illuminati, as some contend? Or are we being manipulated by shape shifting reptilians from outer space?

Before you laugh, consider this: David Icke, the person most responsible for disseminating these conspiracy theories, predicted everything that has happened in this century back in the early nineties, when we all thought everything was rosy in the world. Like you and I, he started off normal enough, but had an experience that changed his life. A popular public figure in England, he became the laughing stock of the country when he started down this path, but he stuck with his convictions.

Pulitzer prize winning author Alice Walker recently came out in support of David Icke, saying:

What I admire most about David Icke is the freedom of his mind. It will go anywhere and often does in bringing together bits and pieces (sometimes whole chunks) of our mysterious human (and other) reality on this planet. Do I believe everything? I don’t think it matters. And so I wish to begin the New Year, 2013, honoring his courage, humility (it may look like arrogance but that is only because he is free of caring what others think), persistence, and freedom of thought.

I particularly like the first sentence: “What I admire most about David Icke is the freedom of his mind.” Maybe that’s why he’s been so prescient. While most of us are burdened by “knowledge” handed down to us by our cultural myth-makers, David Icke broke free into the world of the imagination and assembled a reasonable mythology that actually reflects today’s reality. Then again, maybe the alien shapeshifters are real in the “reasonable” sense of the word. If so, my tower of reason still has some catching up to do.

A third tower fell shortly after the twin towers collapsed — Building 7. Similarly, a third tower fell in my consciousness shortly after reason and imagination came tumbling down. That structure was knowledge. Just as David Icke points out in the video below, while it might make sense that the earth has to be flat in one era, when more information becomes available, we have to let go of previous “knowledge” and find another explanation.

The current architecture of my tower of knowledge looks similar to David Icke’s, but is not adorned with images of reptilians. That’s his vision and while I respect it, the words of an earlier English visionary, William Blake, still ring true to me: “I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” I’ll let you know when lightning strikes.


Slouching Towards Syria


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

That’s the first stanza of W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming (Slouching Towards Bethlehem). Have more prophetic words ever been written? It started on 9/11. Whatever your opinion may be about the truth behind that terrible event, you have to agree it was the springboard for all that has come to pass since.

Tip toeing through the opium poppies in Afghanistan

First there was the invasion of Afghanistan. Justified as a limited invasion to capture Osama bin Laden, within days of the invasion, the stated goal became to oust the Taliban. Over a decade later, U.S. troops are still there, the Taliban is arguably stronger than ever and the only industry that thrives in Afghanistan is the opium industry.

Then came the invasion of Iraq. Weapons of Mass Destruction were the excuse there. Never mind the fact that no WMDs were found, America’s leaders still defend the invasion. Saddam Hussein was murdered and that was enough for them. Leaving the country in shambles was just collateral damage.

Hillary Clinton in Libya

Next came Libya. For some inexplicable reason, getting rid of Gaddafi became of paramount importance, even though he posed no threat to the United States or its NATO puppets allies. “We came, we saw, he died” laughed Hilary Clinton diabolically gleefully when she heard the news of Gaddafi’s murder. Like Iraq, Libya was left in shambles.

Now it’s Syria’s turn to suffer at the hands of the United States. This time chemical weapons are the excuse. Mystery of mysteries: U.N. inspectors and others have stated that it was most likely the so-called rebels who used them, but our leaders insist they have classified information that proves it’s all Assad’s fault. We have to trust them on this. I guess we’re also supposed to pretend the video evidence that points to the rebels doesn’t exist or was faked.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

Barack Obama was as good as the Second Coming to millions of Americans. He was black! He promised to close Guantanamo Bay! He was going to get America out of Iraq! He was going to fix the economy! He was going to close the revolving door between big business and government! No sooner was he elected than his hypocrisy began to be revealed. Guantanamo Bay wasn’t closed, but, Oh! that was the Republican’s fault. He did pull the troops out of Iraq, but immediately set his eyes on another target. He fixed the economy by bailing out the very institutions that ruined it in the first place and in any real sense of the word, the economy remains unfixed. What about the revolving door? There are many others, but the appointment that is the most painful to remember is the appointment of Monsanto attorney Michael Taylor to the Obama cabinet. Now Taylor is, obscenely enough, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA. The list goes on, but why belabour the point?

The faithful got Obama into office a second time and for a second time, they are being betrayed. This time it’s on a colossal scale. This planned “limited” incursion into Syria promises to be the most catastrophic invasion in history. Does anyone seriously believe that any good will come of it? The rhetoric is that a few missiles will be launched to show Assad he won’t get away with using chemical weapons. The fact is that the U.S. wants to destroy destabilise Syria as it destroyed destabilised Iraq and Libya. Total domination of the Middle East (and the world) is the real goal. That’s transparently obvious.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Does America have the moral authority to rule the world? Let’s see. First there were the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Were they not Weapons of Mass Destruction? Then came Vietnam and that charming WMD called napalm. In Iraq, phosphorous was a WMD of choice. Worse, if that’s possible, on the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, it was revealed that “birth defects for the city of Fallujah has surpassed those of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the nuclear attacks at the end of World War II” (source: Huffington Post).

What “rough beast, its hour come round at last,/Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” The finger can’t be pointed at America alone. The beast includes the “rebel forces” who eat human hearts and commit genocide against the Kurds in Syria. It includes Saudi Arabian, Israeli and a rag-tag assortment of other morally bankrupt persons in power. The government of the United States may be the puppet master, but the beast itself is a collective one. Is this the Second Coming Christians have been praying for the past “twenty centuries”? Lest there’s any doubt still in your mind, ponder these words from the King James version of the Bible:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

If you still have sympathy for Obama and company, you have Sympathy for the Devil. It’s as simple as that.

How to Stay Positive Without Hiding from the Facts

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I’ve just removed a new column on this site. Called Not the Mainstream News, it was a compilation of some of the most disturbing news I read, watch or listen to each month. I removed it because in a moment of frontal lobes brain activity, I realized it was infused with a spirit of anger.

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I grew up in the United States, blissfully ignorant of the depths of evil the Powers That Be in that country are capable of descending to. It wasn’t until I left the States and got away from the mainstream news that I started learning the facts. Since (and including) 9/11, things have gotten so much worse there, it’s hard for me to find any redeeming qualities in the American government, its financial institutions or corporations. If I watch CNN, I hear the excuses, but when I scratch beneath the surface, I discover most of the news is really just “spin” – cleverly crafted lies and half-truths designed to keep us in the dark about what the real agenda is.

Frankly, I don’t know what the real agenda is, but I can surmise:

  • Monsanto wants to dominate the world’s food supply.
  • The Big 6 oil companies want to dominate the world’s oil resources.
  • The U.S. government wants to dominate the world and doesn’t care who dies in the process.
  • Banks and the government are desperately trying to stave off economic collapse, in the process making ordinary citizens foot the bill.
  • Corruption is institutionalized in the United States. I live in Cambodia and it seems less corrupt here than there.
  • Fracking is an attempt to make untold amounts of money without giving a thought to the human or environmental consequences of the process.

That’s just a brief rundown on some of the issues that have been bothering me.

Abby Martin on the set of Breaking the Set

Issues aside, I’ve been struggling to find ways to express my concerns in the most positive ways possible. Some media outlets are very good at exposing the lies. I particularly like Abby Martin’s approach on her RT program, Breaking the Set. She manages to expose the lies and pablum offered by mainstream TV without sounding like a militant or terrorist. If you’ve never watched her show, check out the embedded video below or click the link above.

Abby’s onscreen persona differs from her real personality in many ways. She’s a Bay Area artist turned Washington DC based TV host. Check out her website, Abby Martin to see the other side of Abby Martin.

There are several things I admire about Abby Martin:

  • She has found a way to apply her creativity to herself, creating an onscreen personality that can reach a wide audience.
  • She remains positive and confident even while expressing indignation.
  • She supports her arguments with facts.
  • She has great guests and always gives them the limelight.
  • She doesn’t stray from the facts into the murkier waters of speculation beyond what the facts provide.

Compare the two photos of Abby Martin in this blog to see what I mean by recreating herself.

Abby Martin off the set

She may be able to remain positive and confident in the face of uncomfortable truths because of her growing popularity, but I think there’s more to it than that. I think she sees more clearly than most of us that the truth, if revealed, will win in the end.

I’ll be lucky if 100 people read this blog or the blog I wrote recently on my other site called Was NSA Director Lying at Black Hat 2013? I’m not going to pretend that I wouldn’t like to have more readers, but these attempts to reveal the facts without resorting to anger make me feel better than my recently deleted “Fracking is Fucked” article did. I think it’s because I’ve finally learned how to stay positive without hiding from the facts and communicate in a more positive way. I also think that whether we have a million followers or just a handful, it’s important that we try to communicate as honestly as possible, with the welfare of everyone at heart.

Anyway, I’m beginning to ramble. I mostly wrote this blog as an excuse to introduce Abby Martin to others. Here’s an episode of her show, Breaking the Set. I’m lucky to be able to watch it on TV every day, but all her episodes can be found on YouTube or, if you are in the United States, Hulu.

It’s the End of the World!

Photo by John Biehler

“It’s the end of the world as we know it! It’s the end of the world as we know it!” Things were looking pretty good when REM declared they felt fine about it. Times have changed, though, and not as many people are feeling all that cheerful.

I just stumbled across a Reuters Mayan calendar poll that says an incredible 15% of the people in the world believe the end of the world will come in their lifetimes and a full 10% believe it will happen in 2012, the Year of the Mayan Calendar. I’m not going to argue about the merits/lack-of-merits of the Mayan calendar debate: it’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is that so many people are feeling so pessimistic.

Scratching a little deeper beneath the surface of the poll, a whopping 22% of Americans believe in the 2012 apocalypse story. Of that 22%, the majority are under the age of 35. That’s a big chunk of younger Americans. Why are they all feeling so pessimistic? Karen Gottfried, the research manager at the company that conducted the poll for Reuters, offered this explanation:

“Perhaps it is because of the media attention coming from one interpretation of the Mayan prophecy that states the world ‘ends’ in our calendar year 2012,”

That’s a pretty lame excuse, if you ask me. Nobody would be paying any attention to an ancient Mayan prophecy if there was no reason for taking it seriously. Perhaps the real reason for all the pessimism has something to do with the breakdown of belief in capitalism. Maybe it has something to do with 9/11 and the niggling feeling that something’s not right about the official explanation. Perhaps Americans aren’t so sure their country is a force for good in the world. Maybe they don’t like being treated like puppets by corporate America. Maybe the rhetoric about America being a democracy “of the people, for the people and by the people” is starting to have a hollow ring. In other words, maybe they can see the impending end of the world as they know it and extrapolate from there.

It can’t be just the financial mess America is in. France is doing it tougher and only 6% of that population believes the end is nigh. Great Britain is a mess, but only 8% of Brits buy the 2012 apocalypse line. Nope, America and Turkey are tied for most paranoid (or clued in?), followed closely by South Africa and Argentina. There must be a connection there. You figure it out.

REM released It’s the End of the World as We Know It in 1987. Check out the happy young faces at this 1990’s concert. Most of them are still under 35. If the Reuters poll is anything to go by, as many as a third of them or more are no longer smiling. That’s depressing:

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane –
Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn –
world serves its own needs, regardless of your own needs. . . . . .