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Critical Thinking

I was still a “sweet young thang” of 24 years, still listening to parents, the church, the government, the schools, everyone but myself, when I had a small but pivotal experience. I had an older friend, a woman that I was slightly afraid of because she tended to chew people up and spit them out on a regular basis. At least that was how I thought of her back then. Nevertheless, I liked her because she always seemed so clear about what she thought and wanted.

One day I read an article in the newspaper. It was brief and had to do with international relationships. I can’t remember now exactly what it said, but at the time, I was upset or unsettled and thought it was important for my friend to know about as well, so I took it to her and insisted she read it. When she did, I began spouting my opinions and attitudes about the article, only to be cut off at the knees when she handed it back to me and fired off a barrage of questions, “What do you know about the guy who wrote this? What is his agenda? Why does he use those particular words? How is he trying to hook you? Who benefits from this deal? Look at the bias of the newspaper itself! What does the article imply? What is it trying to get you to believe…to think…to feel? What is the history of international relationships between these countries? Where does this fit in the bigger picture of life and government and other countries today?”

I stood there in shock. Her questions implied that I did not know nearly enough to have an opinion of anything! They also implied that I had not done my homework. I was dismayed that I would have to do so much more work and pay attention to so many more boring details instead of allowing myself to get all worked up over a few juicy tidbits put out there solely to get me in a froth.

I only remember saying to her, “Where did you learn to think like that???” Suddenly, I wanted to see why things happened and know the understand the underbelly of life as it flowed through me and others.

What she presented that day was a small example of critical thinking. It is something we need right now in the U.S. If we don’t know HOW we have arrived at our present state of affairs…if we don’t know the hidden side of why people do what they do…if we aren’t looking outside the framework presented in a solitary news story… if we aren’t assembling a bigger picture of what is going on than the picture presented by the “authorities”… then we have not learned to think for ourselves or reached the point of critical thinking and will make serious mistakes in our choices for the future.

Weapons for Silent Wars???

I received the following link in my inbox…

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_38tsQ4p0I   (about an hour in duration)

along with the question, “What do you think of this?” I watched the video and replied, but thought the whole thing – video and reply – might be useful for helping others sort out the stuff being passed around on the internet. So I’m sharing it here.

Hi Gary,

I watched and listened to the video and was not impressed at any level. I don’t know who wrote it, but within the first few moments my intuition was on high ‘fraud’ alert. The entire document smacks of something created recently that is trying to look and sound older than it really is.

It starts out saying that the document was delivered to their offices by an unknown person, and that it was not stolen or gotten by dishonest means. Later, it says the document was found inside a copy machine. Which was it – delivered by an unknown person or found inside a copy machine? Perhaps a copy machine was delivered to their offices by an unknown person??? That is possible, but that is stretching things to make them fit and to overlook the contradictory statements about how the document was found. People who go to great lengths to make the origins of something very murky and mysterious often make contradictory statements like this.

Supposedly the document has been authenticated by 4 experts – but no proof or names are given that would back up such claims. The problem with lack of proof is often explained away by saying that people want to remain anonymous. However, my observation of documents that are legitimate is that people sign their names and often feel they are doing something good in the world. Even David Rockefeller said that he felt he was doing something good by trying to get the world into a New World Order.

The document was obviously written by someone who sees the world through the eyes of a mechanical/electrical engineer who is very good at math. He-or-she has put a lot of thought into interpreting the world through the metaphor of engineering and clearly sees the analogies between the mechanics of engineering and the mechanics of the banking system.

Since it is over 40 pages, and hardly anyone is willing to read anything anymore, it was probably hoped that by claiming it was “a leaked document outlining a plan to destroy us written a long time ago and found accidentally” perhaps more people would read it and be upset with our government and entire financial system. This idea of creating distrust in this way does result in chaos, but if the truth comes out, it can quickly backfire.

The document has been carefully scrubbed of almost all references to computers until you get almost to the end, and then computers are mentioned only briefly. I graduated from high school in 1966 and my very first job was in a computer office. I was also married to a computer programmer-turned-cop. Thus, I am very familiar with computers, their presence in business and the population, and their evolution from the mid-60s onward. The entire feeling of this document is one of careful avoidance of mentioning computers because that would give away how recently it was written.

Speaking of being scrubbed, in spite of the efforts to make the document sound like a plan leaked from CIA or political offices, there are a few key words and phrases that indicate it was written recently. Words like “shock” – as in the shock doctrine, or phrases like “Problem-Reaction-Solution.” These are very current phrases and hint at the fact that the document is not as old as it purports to be. There are a few allusions to the CIA being implicated in this document, which is supposedly part of a training program, but these few references seem to be trying too hard to connect the CIA to the whole thing. It doesn’t ring true.

Copy machines existed in 1979, a date that is mentioned in the document, and maybe a few VERY sophisticated machines were around back then, but I question the idea that they had the capacity to store documents in them at that time. I’m not sure what year copiers, computers, and printers merged, but in any case, the story gets very questionable in hinting that this “plan” originated shortly after WWII and was accidentally left in a copy machine.  It is also quite unlikely that a 40-page paper document left in the document feeder would be unnoticed and accidentally delivered with said copy machine.

The narrator and several unknown others supposedly find the document plans “disturbing” yet there is little that amounts to a “plan” in the document. The document remind me of the writings of the “Uni-bomber” and is mostly the ranting of someone who is highly irritated with the “ignorant masses” who “refuse to think for themselves.”

I am no expert on documents purporting to tell of the planned destruction of humans, but this document has more of a feeling of some individual simply bemoaning the things he is observing out there in the world, back-tracing the origins of what he is seeing, and trying to assign blame – which mostly falls on the ignorant masses as being “stupid and lazy.” The few documents I have read that consist of real “plans” and that have the capacity for destructive results are not usually written in engineering/mathematical language. Those that are – like the patent documents on manipulation of weather – do not contain paragraph after paragraph ranting about humanity and describing how they are being manipulated. Scientific notation is not the language that bankers, social engineers, or politicians use. This has more of a flavor of the document author realizing that banking, money, and the economy are being used to manipulate society, compares it to his field of expertise (engineering of some sort) and expresses helpless rage that other people do not see what is happening, thus are not doing anything about it.

One of the problems of our time is that there really ARE efforts to set up a New World Order, no one really knows what the original motives of those doing this were, AND the Powers-That-Be went about this in a really stupid manner! It could have been done in an upfront, positive, inclusive, look-at-the-magnificent-world-we-can-create-together kind of way. Instead, they tried to be sneaky. This left the taste of mistrust in everyone’s craw. We DO need to do something about over-population and we know it…but not the way the Globalists are going about it. We DO need to reduce the destruction of the planet…but not by spinning lies about ‘climate warming’ when the truth is we know very little about the real life cycles of the planet and have not put together a decent story that can be adopted and appreciated by all. We DO need to stop wars and fighting over resources, but not by creating stronger and more destructive weapons. These are only some of the issues.

We are seeing a proliferation of false documents, lies, misperceptions, biased reporting, news that is distorted and incomplete, and attempts to stir up trouble between and among us. This document strikes me as one of those attempts.

Penny

Media, Truth, and Perception

There have been a number of people asking me what sources I use for my information. The latest was Janet, so I decided to answer in a post.

When it comes to television, I watch it rarely, maybe once every couple of months. When I do, I watch Link TV with Amy Goodman. The rest of TV has been a wasteland for a long time and network TV will probably never fulfill the promise of its potential to develop and educate us.

Regarding newspapers, the mainstream newspaper I still read most often is the New York Times – mostly to get a good feel for the propaganda being perpetrated on the U.S. The NYT seems to have suddenly tempered some of their reporting a tiny bit since the election, but is still very biased and still failing to report all of what is going on in a balanced way. As for radio, I no longer listen to radio or NPR at all – most of that stuff is milktoast.

A side note… Since I travel to the east coast a fair amount, it is clear to me that the people in Washington DC and New York – all of whom have been lost in some very comfortable illusions for a long time – are about to experience a taste of what Detroit experienced when the Big 3 automakers suddenly found themselves ousted by Japanese carmakers…uncertainty, loss of income, abrupt expulsion from the illusion of security, a total paradigm shift, and a feeling of their world being turned upside down. My point in mentioning this is that all of the mainstream media has been totally controlled by the people in Washington DC and New York.

To get an idea of what is really going on and how people think and feel outside of DC, New York, and the U.S., I visit sites like NSNBC (my favorite), InfoWars, DrudgeReport, Breitbart, Truthdig, ZeroHedge, RealistNews, NewEasternOutlook, Xinhua News Agency, Jon Rappaport, RT News, Veterans Today, Washington’s Blog, Gmail News, French news, English news, Russian news, and a number of sites that are not well known at all but still provide a serious context for what is happening in the world around us.

I think it would be important to say that I am not looking for “the truth” from any of these sources. I am looking at the consciousness and assessing the language that is represented by each of these outlets. I then put together a picture for myself of what people are saying, thinking, and doing here and there. I weigh all of this along with what my own inner knowing is telling me, and out of this emerges a picture of what might be called “What is.”

This picture of ‘what is’ gets sifted, sorted, added to, subtracted from, dumped, retrieved, tweaked, and re-shaped again and again over the ensuing days and weeks, eventually resulting in something much broader and deeper than any media outlet could ever present. It allows me to see what is happening and to examine all of the factors that are in play at any given time.  In other words, “the truth” is something I discern for myself, and I am never in a hurry to declare what that truth is. What most people think is true, is usually just a momentary snapshot of where they are pointing their perception and attention.