If it were still alive today, the largest snake ever known to have lived would feel right at home in South America's tropical rain forests. So the return of Quetzalcoatl is going to be scarier —& grosser— than you thought :-P
Surveying the fragments of an obliterated civilisation at the British Museum’s Moctezuma exhibition, Tom Holland is haunted by the parallels between our vulnerable globalised world and that of the doomed Aztecs
An urge to tell foreigners how to live their lives while getting rich from their labours has long been a characteristic of the west. "You say that it is your custom to burn widows," the British general Sir Charles Napier is reported to have told a group of Hindus who were on the point of consigning a woman to a pyre. "Very well - we also have a custom. When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and hang them." Good, robust stuff. And maybe those concerned today with saving the women of Afghanistan from patriarchal bullying might, in their most secret fantasies, imagine themselves addressing the Taliban in similarly forthright terms.
It was not, however, as a campaigner for gender equality that Napier served in India. Rather, what ended up winning him his Order of the Bath and a statue in Trafalgar Square was his achievement in conquering Sindh, a region so fabulously wealthy that the East India Company had long dreamed of little else but getting it in its clutches. Napier, like the British empire that he served, gave with one hand but took away with the other. Good news for widows; less so for anyone obliged to cough up taxes to the Raj.
Not that the west has been alone in this. Perhaps it is the very definition of a successful civilisation that it should balance an aptitude for violence with a deep inner conviction that its morals are superior to those of everyone else. The Persians and the Romans, the Chinese and the Arabs: all of them blazed this trail. Where the west has been exceptional, however, is that both its greed and its ethical presumptions have been so destabilising to other civilisations that they have served to transform the entire world. For centuries, the face of globalisation was European; even now, with Europe itself in eclipse and the United States in relative decline, this seems unlikely to change. So deeply embedded in western presumptions are the structures that govern world affairs, from diplomacy to finance, from technology to the law, that it would take a truly prodigious effort to reset them on new foundations. Those who do dream of making the attempt, whether in the back rooms of the United Nations or in the badlands of Pakistan, largely lack the power to impose their will. Those who might have the power also tend to have other priorities. The Chinese, for instance, unlike the Americans, appear to have little interest in exporting their way of life around the world. As dramatic as the shift in the balance of power between east and west may be, it seems unlikely that Confucius will ever come to wield the influence in Washington that Marx and Adam Smith have done in Beijing.
All of which is testament to how deeply shaped by history we remain, even in the hyper-globalised world of the 21st century. In the heyday of the Middle Kingdom, after all, it was generally held as a mark of weakness, not potency, to take an interest in the slough of backwardness that lurked beyond China's borders. Emperors best displayed their greatness by keeping the glories of their civilisation to themselves. Despite the voyages of exploration that were sponsored by the Ming during the 15th century, and which at one stage had a fleet of junks cruising off the Horn of Africa, these expeditions were never a priority. The imperial authorities, it appears, felt that barbarians so far distant from themselves should be left to lead their savage and uninteresting lives as they pleased. Coming, as they did, from the richest and smuggest country in the world, the Chinese were simply not hungry enough for what other lands had to offer.
Meanwhile, towards the end of the same century, ships were starting to appear in the Indian Ocean adorned with crosses and carrying crews positively ravening after loot. The Portuguese and Spaniards combined missionary zeal with a lust for gold that was bred largely of poverty. The blend of moral self-confidence and brutality they brought to the Pacific sea lanes, and then to the Americas, was to prove lethally effective. The west was still three centuries and more from global dominance during the lifetimes of Vasco da Gama and Christopher Columbus, but the pattern that would extend to every point of the compass was already being set. Missionaries and gold mines; quinine and Gatling guns; NGOs and cluster bombs: the changes since have been less of kind than of degree.
I was thinking about some of these things this summer on a visit to Mexico City. It was there that I looked at a portrait of the first ever victim of European expansion overseas to become well known back in Europe. In 1519, Moctezuma II, king of the people whom we remember as the Aztecs, but who should more properly be known as the Mexica, ordered that a huge likeness of himself be sculpted in the bedrock of his summer palace. Not much remains: only a leg and the faded traces of a body's outline. When it was finished, however, it showed the Mexican monarch as a guarantor of seasonal renewal, confirming to his people that spring was bound to return after the barrenness of winter. In fact, the year of its completion brought a less welcome arrival - that of a band of heavily armed Spanish explorers on Mexican shores.
As the exhibition at the British Museum makes clear, the empire that Moctezuma ruled was a civilisation no less distinctive and sophisticated than any of the others elsewhere on the globe destined to find themselves alternately looted and lectured by western powers. What added to the primal quality of Moctezuma's encounter with Hernán Cortés, the leader of the pale-faced invaders, was that the Mexica, unlike the peoples of Eurasia and much of Africa, had never suspected that other continents might so much as exist. Moctezuma himself thought that the invading Spaniards might be gods. It was this fatal incomprehension that served to doom both him and the civilisation he had believed it was his divinely appointed task to protect - thereby confirming the conquerors' assurance that it was they who had God on their side.
“Who could conquer Tenochtitlán?" demanded a Mexica poem in praise of the empire's capital. "Who could shake the foundation of heaven?" That an outlaw, in effect, such as Cortés, in command of barely 500 adventurers, should have made himself the master of a metropolis so vast that it was four times the size of Seville, the largest city in contemporary Spain, and immeasurably richer, is still a source of amazement.
Here, in the sheer drama and implausibility of the Spanish conquest, was an archetype of adventure that the west would never forget. It would give to subsequent notions of Manifest Destiny and la mission civilisatrice a breathless, Boy's Own quality, bred of the presumption that a handful of westerners were always bound to prove a match for the natives, no matter how teeming or bloodthirsty they might be. Nor has its glamour wholly faded today, when tales of empire-building tend to leave us embarrassed rather than inspired. One can see Cortés as a distant source of inspiration for the Pentagon officials who planned the lightning strike on Baghdad, as well as the wider adventurer tradition that gave us Tintin and Captain Kirk. It may not be too fanciful to perceive a touch of the conquistador spirit still in the projected mission to Mars.
The other side of such expeditions, however, has often been the bringing of ruin and death to those lucky enough to have been "discovered" or "liberated". Even as they gloried in the fabulous scale of their achievement, Cortés and his followers were not oblivious to its horrendous cost. "An enchanted vision" - this was how Tenochtitlán had appeared to one conquistador as he approached it for the first time. "It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this glimpse of things never heard of, seen or dreamed of before."
Yet the city's glories ended up obliterated, its temples levelled, the beautiful lake in which it sat filled with rubble, and its inhabitants slaughtered. "We could not but be saddened," Cortés later reflected, "by their determination to die." Ultimately, it was not the Spaniards themselves, but rather the germs that they brought with them, which truly spelled disaster for the Mexica, and for all the native peoples of America. Millions upon millions died. The survivors faced exploitation and poverty, and the demographic make-up of the New World was for ever altered. Such was the world's first taste of what globalisation might bring.
No wonder that today in Mexico, even among those of European descent, there is a profound sense of identification with the Mexica as against the Spaniards. Moctezuma himself, who was kidnapped by Cortés and became the victim of a highly pronounced Stockholm syndrome, is barely remembered. The true hero, the Mexican emperor with statues raised to him across the country, is his successor Cuauhtémoc, who fought the invaders to the terrible end. It is not as freedom fighters, however, that the Mexica are most potently commemorated in their native land, but rather as the denizens of a lost and innocent Eden.
A vision which enshrines the conquistadors as syphilitic slave-drivers, practising genocide in the cause of plundering gold, is to be found in the very heart of Mexico City, the great capital raised over the ruins of Tenochtitlán, right on the site of Moctezuma's main palace. Here, in the Palacio Nacional, seat of Spanish viceroys and Mexican presidents, the country's greatest modern artist, Diego Rivera, painted a series of murals illustrating Mexico's history in the 1920s. The blue blood of the Spanish aristocracy might have run through Rivera's veins, but he was also a Marxist with a passionate sympathy for the indigenous peoples displaced by his ancestors. Accordingly, in his murals, he portrayed Tenochtitlán as a workers' paradise where all was dignity, joy and calm.
The beauty of the natural world and the egalitarianism of the social order are represented as having existed in perfect harmony. Rivera shows Moctezuma, who mistook Cortés for Quetzalcoatl, the "feathered serpent" god, not to have been so wrong, after all: the Europeans may not have been gods, but they were certainly snakes in the garden.
This is a perspective that appeals far beyond Mexico. Hugo Chávez is only the most prominent of a generation of South American leaders who have followed in Rivera's footsteps, and found sustenance for their socialist principles in the seedbed of the pre-Columbian past. Evo Morales, the jumper-wearing president of Bolivia, has made much political capital out of being his country's first fully indigenous head of state since the death of the last Inca emperor. "Lula" da Silva, the charismatic president of Brazil, mortified Gordon Brown at a press conference by lecturing him on the sins of "white people with blue eyes" and pointing out, with reference to the global recession, that he had never met an indigenous banker.
So, what Cortés was to the 16th century, according to this demonology, Goldman Sachs is to the present: because, before the coming of the Europeans, so Chávez has declared, the indigenous people of the Americas lived under a model system of society, "in which there was no private property". This hostility towards globalisation is reflected perfectly by Chávez's substitution of the old Columbus Day celebrations with "Indigenous Resistance Day".
Yet there is a problem with any attempt to follow in Rivera's footsteps, and imply that the west alone introduced the evils of imperialism to the New World. Moctezuma may have died as a martyr to Spanish greed, but before Cortés arrived he had enjoyed a strikingly successful career as a theocratic monarch. Not only had he presided over a pronounced fossilisation of the already rigid social structures of his empire, but he also relished what he saw as his right to conquer whomsoever he wished. No socialist, he. In what must rank as one of the most premature rhetorical questions ever uttered, he had exulted that there were no fresh horizons for his people to conquer. "Are we not," he demanded, "the masters of the world?" And unlike the Spaniards, who were torn between revelling in the fruits of their empire and questioning the potential cost of it to their souls, the Aztecs' approach to imperialism had been red-blooded through and through.
In Rivera's mural of Tenochtitlán, the great temples of the city are painted a pure and unblemished white. In truth, there would seldom have been a day when their steps were not caked with human gore. Even to the conquistadors, hardly strangers to slaughter, the Aztecs' relish for sacrificing prisoners appeared shocking and demonic. After their victory they stamped the practice out, enthroning in its place the rituals of the Catholic Church. In the 16th-century monks and friars who laboured to plant a new religion in Mexico, we can see the predecessors of the sati-banning Napier and those today who campaign in the west against female circumcision or the persecution of homosexuals in foreign lands.
Were they wrong? Even the most convinced cultural relativists, if they are honest, will contemplate the Mexica pantheon displayed at the British Museum exhibition with a slight gingerliness: Huitzilopochtli, the guardian divinity of the Mexica, in whose honour the great temple of Tenochtitlán is said to have been consecrated with the blood of 10,000 victims; Xipe Totec, "Our Lord, the Flayed One", whose priests would wear the skins of those offered to their patron and stab their penises with cactus thorns; Tlaloc, god of the rains, the most primordial god of all, and perhaps the most unsettling, whose favour could be won only by the sacrifice of small children who had first been made to cry.
If these gods were still demanding their tithes of blood today, western public opinion would not hesitate to condemn them. But several centuries later, facing our own environmental crises, we are now better placed to appreciate the dread that drove the priests to make their frantic blood offerings. Dread that the world would darken, dread that it would turn to dust. Without sacrifice, so the Mexica believed, the gods would weaken, chaos descend, and the sun itself start to fade. Only chalchiuatl, the "precious water" pumped out by a still-beating heart, could feed it.
The Mexica certainly had good cause to fear how ephemeral might be the works of man. North of their beautiful city, across the lake, there stood another metropolis: Teotihuacán. This, too, had great temples and palaces, and had once boasted a population of 200,000, no less prodigious than that of Tenochtitlán. All, however, had vanished - and so completely that today we do not even know the name of the people who lived there. The Mexica honoured them as "wise men, knowers of occult things, possessors of tradition", and Moctezuma would often make a pilgrimage to Teotihuacán on foot. He could have had no more awesome a warning that the world was mutable and constantly threatened with collapse, than to gaze upon the wreckage of such a wonder. Whatever the proximate causes of the city's fall in the 7th century AD, few archaeologists today doubt the ultimate reason: the exhaustion of the ecosystem on which it had depended. Teotihuacán died because it had lived fatally beyond its means.
So those who imagine that Mexico before the coming of the Europeans was some kind of prelapsarian paradise could not be more wrong. For all that the Mexica did not use the language of environmental science, they knew that the human order was fragile and dependent on the vagaries of the sun. The metaphors of the Mexica's pre-Columbian religion possess a haunting relevance in today's globalised world, with its insatiable appetite for natural resources, its addiction to the apparently all-conquering technology of the west and its climate that gives rise to increasing nervousness. To visit the British Museum's magnificent exhibition, and survey the wondrous yet terrifying fragments of an obliterated civilisation, is to shiver with a sense of unexpected kinship.
What sacrifice - whether sacrifice of blood or not - might we ourselves be obliged to make to the mysterious forces that hold our planet in their grip?
What horrors, should we fail to make one, might end up closing in on us?
Are we in the west, the heirs of Cortés, the Aztecs of our time?
“Another time it will be like this," ran a proverb of the Mexica, "another time things will be the same, some time, some place. What happened a long time ago, and which no longer happens, will be again. And all will be done again as it was in far-off times."
The "Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler" exhibition is at the British Museum, London WC2, until 24 January 2010
Tom Holland's most recent book is "Millennium: the End of the World and the Forging of Christendom" (Abacus, £9.99).
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October 17, 2009
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Recent legislation attempting to legitimize the use of internment camps to detain U.S. citizens in the event of an uprising or civil unrest has many people asking what nation they live in.
Part 1 of Camp Fema:American Lockdown
In a country born out of political dissent, we watch our leaders in Washington slowly pass bills that label ordinary Americans as thought criminals and potential domestic terrorists for simply questioning the actions of their government. We see third party candidates and their impassioned supporters listed in secret government reports that call their allegiance into question and brand them as fanatics and extremists.
Senate committee hearings and official FBI documents further illustrate the mindset of our elected officials as they classify homeschoolers, gun rights activists and anti-abortionists as threats against the existing social and political order; by default creating an entire nation of radicals and revolutionaries - where everyone is a suspect… equally guilty until proven otherwise.
How has our government shown that they will deal with these people? The same way as every other totalitarian regime throughout history - marginalize their activities then lock them up. Prisons are being built; internment camps constructed and laws passed that deal severely with anyone who dares to step out of line or ask too many questions.Who are the potential domestic terrorists that will end up in these camps? Read the documentation for yourself and hear what our experts have to say. States rights take a front row seat in this new political thriller that is guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. Find out where the true power of the people rests in halting these treasonous activities NOW! View the Camp FEMA guest list.
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- Story Highlights
- 6 million in California registered to participate in earthquake drill
- Civilians will feign injuries so first responders can practice rescue techniques
- Event comes near 20th anniversary of Loma Prieta quake
(CNN) -- Millions of Californians will duck for cover Thursday morning in one of the largest earthquake drills in the world.
Elementary school students in Burbank, California, take part in last year's earthquake drill.
"The Great California Shakeout" will kick off at 10:15 a.m. at schools, museums, fire stations and other sites across the state.
More than 6 million people have registered to take part in the drill, sponsored by various state agencies. About 5.5 million Californians participated in last year's drill, organizers said.
Senior citizens at the Vallecito Mobile Home Park in Ventura County were among last year's participants. They took cover for three minutes and some pretended to be injured so emergency workers could practice safety procedures.
This year's participants also can watch an animated video that shows how much damage a magnitude 7.8 earthquake can cause.Thursday's event comes two days before the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The magnitude 6.9 quake rocked Northern California in 1989, killing dozens, collapsing a 50-foot section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, damaging thousands of homes, and interrupting baseball's World Series.
Sean Hannity hosted not one but two whole segments last night devoted promoting the new book by Jerome Corsi -- godfather of the Swift-Boating of John Kerry -- titled America For Sale, which is basically an extended black-helicopter-style conspiracy tome straight out of the Patriot movement of the 1990s, updated for the new century.
This is a classic case of conservatives mainstreaming extremist ideas. I haven't read all of Corsi's book yet, but it differs very little in ideas and content and overall thesis from the kinds of books you could buy at militia-meeting tables in the '90s.
I haven't yet found whether Corsi decided to include his recent reportage for WorldNetDaily detailing the nefarious Obama conspiracy to round up conservatives and imprison them in concentration camps. Hannity managed to not bring up that point last night.
But yes, that's what Corsi wrote:
The proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention, appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany.
Funny, I still have a Militia of Montana book that outlines this very same nefarious plot being concocted by Bill Clinton.
In truth, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., has proposed a bill that would order the Homeland Security Department to prepare national emergency centers — to provide temporary housing and medical facilities in national emergencies such as hurricanes. The bill also would allow the centers to be used to train first responders, and for "other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security."
Of course, Corsi and Hannity aren't the only ostensibly mainstream conservatives peddling this paranoiac fearmongering: So is Michelle Bachmann, among others:
"There is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service," Bachmann told a Minnesota radio station.
"And the real concern is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums."
Why, exactly, does Sean Hannity so avidly promote Jerome Corsi and his conspiracy theories anyway? Look at his record:
Force The Secrets From The Fed
By Bob Chapman Posted: October 14 2009
On Freedom Watch
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Leviticus 19:36; Deuteronomy 25:15-16
I John 4:6
Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your
getting, Get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
All Rights Reserved
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a
prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty
to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude
is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have
found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be
imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted
with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are
prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
Frederick Douglass, "If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress"
IPFW SITE FOR CONTROVERSIAL SYMOSIUM PITTING GEORG HEGEL AGAINST ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Friday October 16 at 7:00 the ArchAngel Institute will host a controversial lecture entitled “The Constitution in the Age of Obama” at the beautiful Rinehart Music Center on the campus of IPFW.
Notre Dame law professor Dr. Charles Rice and IU/PU philosophy professor Dr. Clark Butler are headlining this event. Given that these two academic titans approach the question of constitutional andfrom far different perspectives this symposium is a rare and intellectually stimulating event.
Rice is an outspoken advocate for the Natural Law teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas. Butler is an outspoken advocate of the teachings of the German theorist Georg Hegel. Rice has published a book presenting the Natural Law as the necessary foundation for society, Butler has a book coming out soon that proposes a brand new solution to the age old question of human rights.
The lectures by Drs. Rice and Butler will be followed by a symposium. Two panelists will join the professors to further discuss issues of national and international importance: Father Glen Kohrman of the Diocese of Fort Wayne- South Bend and attorney Jim Howard, President of Allen County Right to Life.
The ArchAngel Institute website promises that “we are in for quite a cutting edge discussion. biblical exegesis are all expected to hit the stage with these four gifted men Friday night.” ArchAngel Institute Executive Director Bryan J. Brown added that “Our symposium is the “not to miss” event of the weekend!”, the foundation for human rights, health care as a right, federalism and subsidiarity, solidarity and revolution, civil dissent and
More details, including a map and advance tickets, are available at www.archangelinstitute.org or by calling . These is no charge for admission to this event and the general public is invited to attend.
Wishing I could be there for this, Marvin. Is it going to be recorded so that I could receive it as an MP3 file? The fruit of Hegel's social psychology paradigm is so patently disastrous in the micro (aka Seeker Friendly Church or Emergent Church (Bowel) Movement and macro (Nazi Germany, Lenin/Stalinist Russia) it definitely should get a follow-up with Dean Gotcher doing a lecture exposing the dialectic process or praxis.
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Writes Luis Almeda: A very interesting document to be handed to police at “suspicion-less” or random checkpoints.
Click on the document link above for the Adobe original.
NOTICE TO CHECKPOINT AGENTS
For both of our safety, and to discourage criminal abuse of authority, a video recording of this stop is being made.
UNITED STATES V. MARTINEZ-FUERTE, 428 U. S. 543 (1976)
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Page 428 U. S. 566
In summary, we hold that stops for brief questioning routinely conducted at permanent checkpoints are consistent with the Fourth
Amendment, and need not be authorized by warrant. [Footnote 19] The principal protection of Fourth
• I have stopped as required.
• My attorney has advised me never to speak to law enforcement personnel under any
• I hereby assert and exercise my constitutionally- protected Right to remain silent.
• I WANT TO GO ON MY WAY IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE ADVISE ME AS SOON AS I AM
FREE TO LEAVE.
Page 428 U. S. 567
Amendment rights at checkpoints lies in appropriate limitations on the scope of the stop. See Terry v. , 392 U.S. At 392 U. S.
24-27; United States v. Brignoni-Ponce, 422 U.S. At 422 U. S. 881-882. We have held that checkpoint searches are
Constitutional only if justified by consent or probable cause to search. United States v. Ortiz, 422 U. S. 891 (1975).
• Probable Cause or Consent is required to conduct a search.
• Since this is a suspicion-less checkpoint, you do not have Probable Cause to search.
• I DO NOT CONSENT TO ANY SEARCHES.
And our holding today is limited to the type of stops described in this opinion. "[A]NY further detention . . . Must be based
On consent or probable cause." United States v. Brignoni-Ponce, supra at 422 U. S. 882.
• Any further detention requires Probable Cause or Consent.
• Since this is a suspicion-less checkpoint, you do not have Probable Cause for detention.
• I DO NOT CONSENT TO ANY FURTHER DETENTION.
Page 428 U. S. 563
We further believe that it is constitutional to refer motorists selectively to the secondary inspection area at the San Clemente
Checkpoint […] for the brief questioning involved.
• The sole permitted purpose of referral to secondary inspection is for “brief questioning.”
• I ASSERT MY 5TH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT AND WILL NOT ANSWER
• No other lawful basis remains for a referral to secondary inspection.
• I DO NOT CONSENT TO ANY FURTHER DETENTION.
I WANT TO GO ON MY WAY IMMEDIATELY.
PLEASE ADVISE ME AS SOON AS I AM FREE TO LEAVE.
If you conduct any unlawful search, detention, or other violation of my Rights (all of which I reserve), I
Intend to see that criminal charges are filed, and civil action instituted against you, to the greatest extent
Permitted by law.
I WANT TO GO ON MY WAY IMMEDIATELY.
PLEASE ADVISE ME AS SOON AS I AM FREE TO LEAVE.
Another WORLD-PYRAMID 911 Bankster dies mysteriously .
there are no mysteries ...
the "oh so bloody" truth of the 911 Banksters is known
to all who can see ...
and our Holy Mother Spirit/Karma always completes Herself ...
ready to speak up anyone?
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Rockefeller, Mister Big
JP Morgan Chase
Bank Of America
BIS (Bank of International Settlements)
Rothschild London Banks
Sir Evelyn Rothschild
Baron David de Rothschild
N M Rothschild & Sons, London
Rothschild Barclays PLC Bank, London
1993-2001 SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt
2001-2003 SEC Chairman Harvey L. Pitt
2003-2005 SEC Chairman William H. Donaldson
2005-2009 SEC Chairman Christopher Cox
11 September 2001 New York Mayor Rudi Guliani
Their SEC/NewYork/ Rockefeller 9/11 Production was staged on the date of the mayoral primary to select the Democratic and Republican candidates to succeed Giuliani. The primary was immediately delayed two weeks to September 25. During this period, Giuliani sought an unprecedented three-month emergency extension of his term from January 1 to April 1 under the New York State Constitution (Article 3 Section 25). He threatened to challenge the law imposing term limits on elected city officials and run for another full four-year term, if the primary candidates did not consent to the extension of his mayoralty. In the end leaders in the State Assembly and Senate indicated that they did not believe the extension was necessary. The election proceeded as scheduled, and the winning candidate, the Giuliani-endorsed Republican convert Michael Bloomberg, took office on January 1, 2002.
New York Cover-Up Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
FED Chairman Ben Bernanke,
New York Fed Head Timothy Geithner
2008/09 Global Economic Crisis Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson,
General James L. Jones, National SECurity Council
Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence
-- On Thu, 15/10/09, openmindopencodenew s forwarded:
911 Gangster/Bangster Bruce Wasserstein dies
Hurrahs sounded around from the World on Wednesday night following the death of legendary dealmaker Bruce Wasserstein, the chairman and chief executive of 'boutique investment bank' Lazard.
Mr Wasserstein – known to gangland as "Bid 'em up Bruce" – died four
days after being admitted to hospital in New York with an 'irregular'
heartbeat. The precise cause of death had yet to be found.
The gangster/bangsters described his murderous legacy as "more
than 30 years of deal-making" , promoting his "takeovers" of KKR's
1989 $30.6bn (£19.1bn today) buy-out of RJR, and the 1997 merger
of mobster monsters Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter.
Rockefeller Chief McDonald Dies in
By Charles Stein 
Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) --James McDonald, chief executive officer of New York investment firm Rockefeller & Co., died Sunday from a single gunshot wound that was probably self- inflicted, officials in Massachusetts said.
His body was found in a car behind an auto dealership in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, said Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney’s office in New Bedford. While police didn’t find a note, McDonald had called his wife earlier in the day, Miliote said.
McDonald, who was 56, headed Rockefeller & Co. for more than eight years, building the former family office founded by oil man John D. Rockefeller in 1882 into a wealth manager with $25 billion in client assets. Paris-based Societe Generale SA last year bought 37 percent of Rockefeller Financial Services, parent of Rockefeller Co., to add wealthy clients in the U.S.
A graduate of Harvard college, McDonald ran Pell, Rudman & Co., a Boston-based wealth management firm, before joining Rockefeller. He was a board member at NYSE Euronext and chairman of New York’s Japan Society, a nonprofit organization that provides information about Japan, according to its Web site.
McDonald was appointed to CIT Group Inc.’s board of directors in October 2007 and retired from the money-losing lender in May, two months before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. refused to guarantee the company’s debt, driving it toward a possible bankruptcy.
Rockefeller & Co. was set up in 1979 by members of the Rockefeller family as a successor to the family office, according to a company release. The firm today manages money for individuals, families and institutions, according to its Web site.
Thomas Coyle, editor of Family Wealth Report, a newsletter based in Bangor, Maine, said the firm still manages money for members of the Rockefeller family. In a telephone interview, he described the company as a “high-touch operation” that provides trust services, tax help and concierge services to well-to-do clients.
At a press conference announcing the Societe Generale deal, McDonald said the firm would offer services to clients with at least $30 million to invest.
“Jim McDonald was an exceptional individual who provided strong leadership of Rockefeller and Co. for over eight years,” said Colin Campbell, the firm’s chairman of the board, in an e- mailed statement.
Austin Shapard, Rockefeller’s chief operating and financial officer, has assumed leadership of the firm on an interim basis, the company said in the statement.
Bankster suspicious "suicide" list climbsPosted December 22nd, 2008
Police: Joplin mortgage banker committed suicide
by Jeff Wells - Editor, Joplin Tri-State Business
An autopsy of Joplin banker Kristy Hunt has revealed she died of self-inflicted wounds, the Joplin Police Department said Thursday.
Julius Baer's Widmer is dead --- Banker, 52, had built firm into a leader; possibility of suicide
Alex W. Widmer, a prominent Swiss private banker, died Wednesday of what police are treating as a possible suicide, according to people familiar with the situation.
Credit crunch banker leaps to his death in front of express train
By Christopher Leake
Last updated at 11:06 PM on 27th September 2008
Tragedy: Kirk Stephenson took his own life despite a successful 20-year City career, vibrant social life and a loving family
The City was in shock last night after the apparent suicide of a millionaire financier haunted by the pressures of dealing with the credit crunch.
Indicted Banker's Desperate Murder-Suicide
Iowa Father Killed Wife, Four Small Children Before Slamming Van Into Highway Abutment
By DAVID SCHOETZ
March 26, 2008
A desperate Iowa banker facing federal embezzlement and money laundering charges murdered his wife and four young children in their home before killing himself yesterday by slamming the family minivan into a concrete highway abutment, Iowa City police announced Tuesday evening.
Banker Suicide: HSBC Head of Insurance, Who Also Happened to be a Danish Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, Hangs Himself in London Five Star Hotel Room
December 22nd, 2008
Via: Times Online:
Knightsbridge An HSBC banker has been found hanged at a five-star hotel, after apparently committing suicide.
Christen Schnor, 49, was found by a hotel worker hanging by a belt in the closet of his £500-a-night suite at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge, West London. A note was found by his naked body.
Robert S. McNamara, dead, 6 July 2009
former President Ford Motor Company, World Bank President,
US Secretary of Defense, National Security Council
|National Security Council (Current)|
|Chair||Barack Obama (President)|
|Statutory Attendees||Joe Biden (Vice President) |
Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State)
Robert M. Gates (Secretary of Defense)
|Military Advisor||ADM Michael Mullen (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)|
|Intelligence Advisor||Dennis C. Blair (Director of National Intelligence)|
|Regular Attendees||James L. Jones (National Security Advisor) |
Rahm Emanuel (Chief of Staff)
Thomas E. Donilon (Deputy National Security Advisor)
|Additional Participants||Tim Geithner (Secretary of the Treasury)|
Eric Holder (Attorney General)
Janet Napolitano (Secretary of Homeland Security)
Greg Craig (Counsel to the President)
Lawrence Summers (Assistant to the President for Economic Policy)
Susan Rice (Ambassador to the UN)
Lawrence Summers, 9/11 US Treasury Secretary, 1999-2001
|LEAKED NETWORK MEMO REVEALS: Obama Controls Your Television Set|
|Published on 10-15-2009|| |
On September 10th of this year the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) posted a press release informing the world that “from October 19-25, more than 60 network TV shows [will] spotlight the power and personal benefits of service,” and that this “unprecedented block of TV programming is the first wave of a multi-year ‘I Participate’ campaign.”
On its face this all sounds rather benign in that silly, liberal do-gooder kind of way. The networks have launched these kinds of campaigns before and other than some clunky exposition awkwardly inserted into your favorite show to meet the mandate — no harm, no foul.
But this year there are a couple new strangers in town: “Volunteerism” and “Service.” You’ve heard of them. Their names have been bandied everywhere since President Obama took office, and this internal memo from the EIF to network showrunners obtained by Big Hollywood shows that the entertainment industry is well acquainted and eager to introduce both to as vast an audience as possible:
Like the NEA story, once again we see the same buzzwords pop up; suggested topics pitched to an overwhelmingly left-of-center group: Education, health, environment, the economy and lastly — almost as an afterthought as some kind of “bi-partisan” cover – support for military families.
We’ll have to wait until next week to see what effect this initiative will have on the 60 television (and news) programs in question, but thanks to the intrepid Patrick Courrielche and Stage Right, today we can answer the simple question of…
“What’s wrong with this?”
Doing the work the Kamikaze Media (many of whom are participating in this event rather than digging for the story) refuses, and with the help of Big Government’s Dana Loesch, Patrick and Stage Right have discovered that when it comes to this White House – whether it’s the NEA conference calls or EIF’s iParticipate programming — all roads funnel into one place: online volunteer portals, including Serve.gov, where if you plug in “health care” all kinds of Planned Parenthood openings pop up along with a video dispelling those ugly “myths” knocking ObamaCare.
There’s scarier stuff, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise. *cough*Trutherism*cough*
We’ll start with Stage Right. Next week, tens, if not hundreds of millions of Americans, will be urged through the (ab)use of public airwaves to log on to the EIF iParticipate site and volunteer. Stage Right will give you a preview of what the unsuspecting and well-intentioned, including your children, will find.
If you’re thinking it’s all about “Meals on Wheels,” think again.
From there, Patrick Courrielche will describe how this EIF initiative fits into a broader White House plan, including the push to politicize the NEA, to redefine “art” as “service” and engage an all too compliant news, entertainment, and artistic community to start a volunteer army through these online portals.
First the NEA, now the EIF…
Starting to notice a pattern?
PART III: Serve.gov or Serf.dom?
STOOPID POLITICS MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC
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