My thoughts on Memorial Day

(This is my first post, and although the "original content" button is checked, it isn't showing as such...)

It's clear from seeing and hearing what some people think about Memorial Day that they believe that there is only one way to honor those who have died in service to this country. If you don't agree (according to them), you should keep your mouth shut and your opinions to yourself, because they are offended by any position that doesn't toe the official line.

The problem with that, however, is that trying to shut down the opinions of others because it hurts your feelings is no different than a gun control advocate wanting to take away my right to own guns because they are afraid of them. In both cases, my Constitutionally protected rights are believed to be somehow less important than the feelings and emotions of others. Not true, and your opinion is no more valid or deserving to be heard than the opinion of those who disagree. You are entitled to your opinion, but not entitled to keep others from exercising that same right you enjoy.

Making others responsible for your feelings also ignores that no one is responsible for how you feel or react other than yourself. Being offended isn't a magical state of being that allows you to bully others into silence. Ignore it or address it if something bothers you, but you have no right to prevent others from doing the same thing you yourself are engaging in: speaking out about something that bothers them. The only difference is what it is that you each find offensive. I am tired of hearing that our men and women are dying for our freedom, yet those very same freedoms are being taken away on a daily basis. What freedoms are they dying for?

I personally find it offensive that we are sending our men and women to wars based on lies and thinking that setting aside a day to remember the fallen in any way makes up for their not being here.


Apple and Google just attended a 'Confidential Spy Summit' in a remote English Mansion

05/22/2015 | BY RYAN GALLAGHER
The Intercept

At an 18th-century mansion in England’s countryside last week, current and former spy chiefs from seven countries faced off with representatives from tech giants Apple and Google to discuss government surveillance in the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s leaks.

The three-day conference, which took place behind closed doors and under strict rules about confidentiality, was aimed at debating the line between privacy and security.

Among an extraordinary list of attendees were a host of current or former heads from spy agencies such as the CIA and British electronic surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. Other current or former top spooks from Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Sweden were also in attendance. Google, Apple, and telecommunications company Vodafone sent some of their senior policy and legal staff to the discussions.


Spring Wildflowers

A few weeks back I took a walk through the woods, looking for morels, and took some pictures of spring wildflowers and plants. As spring is turning into summer soon, I thought I would take a moment to celebrate this great spring by posting some of the pics. I am not a good photographer, so I apologize if the quality is not up to snuff for some. Here we go:

Virginia bluebells:

wild ginger:


The Monsanto Years

Apparently this is the title of a new upcoming album by Neil Young

"The Maui group was joined by Neil Young, who performed a song from his upcoming album called "The Monsanto Years," Bruch said.

"It's pretty amazing he came out to this farm for this event," Bruch said."



"A Beautiful Mind" John Nash & Wife Die in Taxi Crash on NJ Turnpike

John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife Alicia were killed in a crash Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton Junction.

The two were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams.


Military Reveals Martial Law and Dissident Extraction Plans for US Citizens

by Dave Hodges | The Common Sense Show

Over the past two months, many of us in the Independent Media have said it again and again, Jade Helm is about subjugating the American people who will one day rise up to what is coming.

As the American people are kept in the dark about the true nature of Jade Helm, members of the Independent Media have been very consistent about pointing out that Jade Helm, because of its involvement of Special Operations Forces, the “drill” is clearly designed to practice political dissident extractions which would be executed prior to the imposition of martial law. This is a simple and logical conclusion to draw because this is what Navy Seals, Green Berets, etc. do in pre-combat activities. The involvement of ARSOF in Jade Helm as a primary player, speaks clearly to intent.

What I never counted on would be the fact that Jade Helm would ever let any part of these kinds of activities to ever become public. The military has now allowed planned political dissident extractions to become verifiably public, and most amazingly, they did so with the release of video that the military, itself, would make, produce and then disseminate.

...In a sight in which I could not believe my eyes, at the 3:40 mark in the following video, we see military forces rehearsing extraction drills on citizens:


Anarchast Ep. 215 John Vibes: The Conscious Resistance - Anarchy and Spirituality!

Jeff interviews conscious resistance activist and author John Vibes, topics include: becoming aware while in a state school, Anarchism through economics, defining spirituality, statism is to Anarchy what religion is to spirituality, Ayahuasca vs DMT, synchronicity, the spirituality mindset, real charity is voluntary, hope in the next generation, The Matrix, the big philosophical questions, our presence on earth is bizarre, dog meditation & zen, vegetarianism, awareness rising, Anarchapulco 2016!



McConnell's Senate in Disarray

Thanks in part to Rand Paul. Thanks Gilligan for the video tip.


N.S.A. and Other Matters Leave McConnell’s Senate in Disarray
By Jennifer Steinhauer and Jonathan Weisman | The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The sleepy United States senators thought they were done voting. But then, around 1 a.m. on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and presidential candidate, marched spryly to the Senate floor to let it be known that, no, he would not agree to extend the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records program. Not even for one day.

With that, Senator Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentucky Republican who only a few hours before was ebullient with the passage of a major trade package, was reduced to ordering his colleagues back to Washington next Sunday to try again to prevent the act from expiring.

The unexpected legislative collapse on the Senate floor, and Mr. McConnell’s morose departure, pointed up the quandary that has emerged since Republicans took control.


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