On the 5th of September 1793, the Reign of Terror began and The Revolutionary Tribunal had ordered the execution of 2,400 people in Paris by July 1794. Across France 30,000 people had lost their lives.
The Terror was designed to fight the enemies of the revolution, to prevent counter-revolution from gaining ground. Most of the people rounded up were not aristocrats, but ordinary people. For example, a man (and his family) might go to the guillotine for saying something politically incorrect or critical of the revolutionary government.
Watch Committees “to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set” and as a type of ‘”civilian national security force’” were established around the nation and encouraged to arrest “suspected persons, … those who, either by their conduct or their relationships, by their remarks or by their writing, are shown to be partisans of tyranny and federalism and enemies of liberty” (Law of Suspects, 1793).
Civil liberties were suspended. The promises of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen) of 1789 were forgotten. Terror was the order of the day.
Maximilien Robespierre was the mastermind behind this Reign of Terror. He was the bureaucratic leader of the Committee of Public Safety, the executive committee of the National Convention, and the most powerful man in France. However, when he called for a new purge in 1794, he was arrested by the Jacobins and promptly sent to the guillotine the next day. Whether it was divine irony, karma, or poetic justice, it was Robespierre himself that became last victim of the Reign of Terror.
If the spring of popular government in time of peace is virtue, the springs of popular government in revolution are at once virtue and terror: virtue, without which terror is fatal; terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible…It has been said that terror is the principle of despotic government. Does your government therefore resemble despotism? Yes, as the sword that gleams in the hands of the heroes of liberty resembles that with which the henchmen of tyranny are armed.
~ Maximilien Robespierre, Speech on the Justification of the Use of Terror
The maxim “the end justifies the means” clearly describes how Robespierre’s policy eventually played itself out.
Even now, in the 21st Century, we should recognize that ‘revolutions’ giving individuals or ochlocracies absolute power and control inevitably end up as brutal totalitarian dictatorships. In this sense, George Santayana’s insight that ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,’ has a ring of truth to it. At least for the individual able to recognize it for what it is.
Also true to form; Time doesn’t necessarily change things, except may be the methods by which they are done.
What dominates our thoughts dominates our power to succeed or to fail. How we ‘think’ and what we choose to ‘believe‘ about ourselves determines how we will ‘feel‘. If we constantly focus our thoughts and actions on sinister and nefarious expectations or dire events and things that might happen, it only generates more insecurity and robs us of power while directing us toward mentally creating the very conditions we may fear.
Our thought process is vital to many of the conditions we face in life. We can have either confidence and success or insecurity and defeat. It is a personal choice we alone are responsible for. Therefore our personal power is the result of our cognition and the psycho-social personalities and attitudes we have chosen to accept and the environment we choose to be stimulated by.
Whatever you are led to believe, and/or accept as a truth, is what you will likely do and become. Don’t let another determine for you, who or what you are, because that relinquishes to them the power to enslave and eventually destroy you and those around you. There are many ‘diverse‘ choices on the difficult path toward maturity and wisdom, you will make mistakes, learn from them, and choose your thoughts and actions wisely your life will depend on it.
So take some time, look around you. Think about who exactly, are you giving your power to? Or are they stealing it from you? Is it building or destroying, defeating and enslaving you to someone else’s ideology? Does it label and negate you? Or is it truly freeing you to independently chose, succeed and have the liberty to make your own choices?
There are many an individual crawling through life on their hands and knees, grovelling, defeated and afraid, plagued by difficulties and decisions that are draining their energy and leaving them spent and without self-confidence. Therefore, reappraise yourselves and embrace an attitude of reasonableness, because you are less defeated than you think you are.
Do you of little or false faith easily get offended and blame others for your own bad choices and actions?
Endure has nothing to do with exceptionalism. Nothing to do with victory. Nothing to do with crushing one’s enemies. Endure is what victims do. It is a place of few, if any, choices, as when one is a prisoner of war. And in a way, symbolically, isn’t that what we’ve become, (especially over the past decade)?
If so, that my friend, is the difference …
“I’m not saying it’s aliens, but…”
‘Mystery’: Radiation spikes being detected in many countries — US military secretly deploys ‘nuclear sniffer’ aircraft — Radioactivity levels quadrupled — Officials: Iodine-131 is “proof of rather recent release… the origin of which is still unknown” February 20, 2017
- Hungarian gov’t radiation expert: Iodine-131 detected in Budapest, but it’s OK because “this is far below the levels found after Fukushima” November 11, 2011
- Poland tries to blame Pakistan for iodine-131 over Europe — Pakistan says no: “Release of Iodine-131 is not possible unless there is a nuclear fuel failure” November 13, 2011
- Xinhua: Radioactive Iodine-131 detected in Austria February 7, 2012
- Iodine-131 now detected in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary… other countries — An indicator of nuclear chain reaction — 10 days after criticality talk at Fukushima November 11, 2011
- AP: Anonymous IAEA official says iodine-131 release appears to be continuing across Europe November 12, 2011
Meanwhile, “Safe and Clean” Nuclear Energy continues to successfully generate adverse global effects on both the environment and its inhabitants.
IF WE COULD JUST FIGURE OUT WHO’S CAUSING THE PROBLEM…
Are you confused?
Are they confused?
Is our Media confused?
Are our Politicians confused?
Let’s see… do I understand this thing correctly?
The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bafi Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
The Moscow Theater Attackers were Muslims
The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims
*** THINK OF IT: ***
Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
Confucians living with Baha’is = No Problem
Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
Christians living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
Confucians living with Hindus = No Problem
Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
Muslims living with Christians = Problem
Muslims living with Jews = Problem
Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG PROBLEM
*** SO THIS LEADS TO: ***
They’re not happy in Gaza
They’re not happy in Egypt
They’re not happy in Libya
They’re not happy in Morocco
They’re not happy in Iran
They’re not happy in Iraq
They’re not happy in Yemen
They’re not happy in Afghanistan
They’re not happy in Pakistan
They’re not happy in Syria
They’re not happy in Lebanon
They’re not happy in Nigeria
They’re not happy in Kenya
They’re not happy in Sudan
*** SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY? ***
They’re happy in Australia
They’re happy in England
They’re happy in Belgium
They’re happy in France
They’re happy in Italy
They’re happy in Germany
They’re happy in Sweden
They’re happy in the USA & Canada
They’re happy in Norway & India
They’re happy in almost every country that is not Islamic!
And who do they blame? Not Islam. Not their leadership. Not themselves.
THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!!
AND THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN, TO BE LIKE THE COUNTRIES THEY CAME FROM, WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!
I’m completely stumped…
Any idea who might be causing the problem?
The protesters say it’s Trump.
Reposted from Western Rifle Shooters Association
Once upon a time, “colored people” fought to be allowed to use the same facilities as white people, as it was racist to force them into separate spaces based only on their skin color.
Today, “people of color” fight to be forced into separate spaces based only on their skin color, and call any refusal to do it “racist”.
Is Islam being any different?
Google Cranium – Dystopian “Perspective” Information Control: (Bias) algorithms enslave, persecute and destroys millions of humans
“ That terminator algorithm is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”
Google’s freely available software, known as Perspective, is being tested by a range of news organisations, including The New York Times, The Guardian and The Economist, as a way to help simplify the jobs of humans reviewing comments on their stories.
Does the shift toward more data and algorithmic direction for our business decisions assure us that organizations and businesses are operating to everyone’s advantage? There are a number of issues involved that some people feel need to be addressed going forward.
Numbers don’t lie, or do they? Perhaps the fact that they are perceived to be absolutely objective is what makes us accept the determinations of algorithms without questioning what factors could have shaped the outcome.
That’s the argument Cathy O’Neil makes in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. While we tend to think of big data as a counterforce to biased, just decisions, O’Neil finds that in practice, they can reinforce biases even while claiming unassailable objectivity.
“The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they’re wrong. The math destruction posed by algorithms is the result of models that reinforce barriers, keeping particular demographic populations disadvantaged by identifying them as less worthy of credit, education, job opportunities, parole, etc.
Now the organizations and businesses that make those decisions can point to the authority of the algorithm and so shut down any possible discussion that question the decision. In that way, big data can be misused to increase inequality. As algorithms are not created in a vacuum but are born of minds operating in a human context that already has some set assumptions, they actually can extend the reach of human biases rather than counteract them.
“Even algorithms have parents, and those parents are computer programmers, with their values and assumptions,” Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO and of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation wrote in a blog post. “. . . As computers learn and adapt from new data, those initial algorithms can shape what information we see, how much money we can borrow, what health care we receive, and more.”
The foundation’s VP of Technology Innovation, John Bracken, told me about the foundation’s partnership with the MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society as well as its work with other individuals and organizations to create a $27 million fund for research in this area. The idea is to open the way to “bridging” together “people across fields and nations” to pull together a range of experiences and perspectives on the social impact of the development of artificial intelligence. AI will impact every aspect of human life, so it is important to think about sharpening policies for the tools to be built and how they will be implemented.
The fund, which is to be open for applicants even outside the founding university partners, may be used for exploring a number of issues identified including these:
- Ethical design: How do we build and design technologies that consider ethical frameworks and moral values as central features of technological innovation?
- Advancing accountable and fair AI: What kinds of controls do we need to minimize AI’s potential harm to society and maximize its benefits?
- Innovation in the public interest: How do we maintain the ability of engineers and entrepreneurs to innovate, create and profit, while ensuring that society is informed and that the work integrates public interest perspectives?
Independently of the organizations involved in the fund, the Association for Computing Machinery US Public Policy Council (USACM), has been doing its own research into the issues that arise in a world in which crucial decisions may be determined by algorithms. It recently released its take on what businesses should use for guidance in its its Principles for Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability.
The seven principles listed include awareness of “the possible biases involved in their design, implementation, and use and the potential harm that biases can cause to individuals and society;” the possibility of an audit of the data, algorithms, and models that were involved in a decision that may have been harmful; the possibility for “redress for individuals and groups that are adversely affected by algorithmically informed decisions;” as well as the obligation for the organization to provide explanations of their processes and accountability for their validity.
As we go forward in incorporating even more algorithms into the daily functions of business and other organizations, we will have to be mindful about the potential impact of decisions that may not be as objective as we assumed them to be. Better data doesn’t automatically translate into better results, and we have to be aware of potential problems if we are to address them.
[Byline Ariella Brown]
22 February 2017
“Rapid diffusion of technological advances could have something of a leveling effect at some level, since many actors, both states and non-state actors, could have access to cutting edge commercial (artificial intelligence) and robotics” –Michael Horowitz
Well, maybe not so much so for a representative republic, but that doesn’t keep them from trying. Right?
The weapon of terror has been used by tyrants from time immemorial to make a meek instrument of man. In Totalitaria, the use of this weapon is refined to a science, which can wipe out all opposition and dissent. The leaders of Totalitaria rule by intimidation; they prefer loyalty through fear to loyalty through faith. Fear and terror freeze the mind and will; they may create a general psychic paralysis. In the panic caused by totalitarian terror, men feel separated from one another, as by an impassable vacuum, and each man becomes a lonely, frightened soul. Even panicky hovering together could be suspected of being conspiracy against the state. Separated from any real emotional contact with his fellow men by his own inner isolation, the citizen of Totalitaria becomes increasingly unable to fight against its dehumanizing influences.
Excerpt from “The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing” (1956). Joost A. M. Meerloo, M.D.
Glenn Greenwald: What The ‘Deep State’ Is Doing To Trump Is ‘A Prescription For Destroying Democracy’
The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald is no conservative, but he’s also not someone to give fellow liberals and progressives a pass over their actions that he feels threatens democracy and transparency in government. For starters, he found it interesting that liberals all of a sudden think that leaks are awesome since they’re making it harder for the Trump White House to govern. Cortney wrote about this hypocrisy, where Greenwald said on CNN’s Reliable Sources how the Obama administration declared war on the press first, that more leakers were prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act under Obama than all previous administrations combined, and there was a strong consensus among Democrats that anyone who leaks classified information is a villain. Greenwald added that the Obama White House established the rhetorical and legal framework.
1) Trump presidency is dangerous.
2) CIA/DeepState abuse of spy powers to subvert elected Govt is dangerous.
One can cogently believe both.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 15, 2017
On the other hand, Greenwald supports the leaks. He finds it to be something of a safety valve that exposes surreptitious and at times, illegal dealings behind closed doors in the halls of government. You saw that when Greenwald, then writing for The Guardian, reported on Edward Snowden leaking surveillance and data-mining methods used at the National Security Agency, where Snowden formerly worked. In fact, that’s the basis for his publication The Intercept: a place where whistleblowers can disseminate sensitive material as safely as possible:
Leaks are illegal and hated by those in power (and their followers) precisely because political officials want to hide evidence of their own wrongdoing, and want to be able to lie to the public with impunity and without detection. That’s the same reason the rest of us should celebrate such illegal leaks and protect those who undertake them, often at great risk to their own interests, so that we can be informed about the real actions of those who wield the greatest power. That principle does not change based upon which political party controls the White House.From the creation of The Intercept during the Obama presidency through to today under Trump, a central principle of The Intercept — a key reason it was created — was to enable whistleblowing and report on leaks in the public interest. As our pinned article on our front page says: “If You See Something, Leak Something,” with instructions on how to do that as safely as possible.
— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2017
At the same time, Greenwald also described the deep state’s actions concerning the leaks emanating from the Trump administration as dangerous. For days, there’s been heavy speculation that America’s intelligence network is purposefully leaking classified information to damage the Trump White House. Greenwald calls that a prescription for the destruction of democracy. There’s a difference between leaking something to expose government malfeasance and leaking information because your candidate lost an election. To make matters worse, Greenwald considers these actions by the intelligence community against the Trump administration to be akin to a soft coup. He’s not a fan of the CIA or the American intelligence community since he faults them for having a history of war crimes and atrocities, but leaving out that commentary and his antipathy for the president—he nails it on the head: unelected intelligence operatives are undermining a democratically elected president. Greenwald thinks both Trump and the intelligence community are dangerous, but he admits that the latter isn’t subject to democratic controls (i.e. the courts), which makes all the difference. He voiced these concerns on the far left online program Democracy Now with Amy Goodman last week [emphasis mine]:
Now, I happen to think that the Trump presidency is extremely dangerous. You just listed off in your news—in your newscast that led the show, many reasons. They want to dismantle the environment. They want to eliminate the safety net. They want to empower billionaires. They want to enact bigoted policies against Muslims and immigrants and so many others. And it is important to resist them. And there are lots of really great ways to resist them, such as getting courts to restrain them, citizen activism and, most important of all, having the Democratic Party engage in self-critique to ask itself how it can be a more effective political force in the United States after it has collapsed on all levels. That isn’t what this resistance is now doing. What they’re doing instead is trying to take maybe the only faction worse than Donald Trump, which is the deep state, the CIA, with its histories of atrocities, and say they ought to almost engage in like a soft coup, where they take the elected president and prevent him from enacting his policies. And I think it is extremely dangerous to do that. Even if you’re somebody who believes that both the CIA and the deep state, on the one hand, and the Trump presidency, on the other, are extremely dangerous, as I do, there’s a huge difference between the two, which is that Trump was democratically elected and is subject to democratic controls, as these courts just demonstrated and as the media is showing, as citizens are proving. But on the other hand, the CIA was elected by nobody. They’re barely subject to democratic controls at all. And so, to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity. That is a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it. And yet that’s what so many, not just neocons, but the neocons’ allies in the Democratic Party, are now urging and cheering. And it’s incredibly warped and dangerous to watch them do that.
Taking out the partisan noise, what Greenwald is saying is not controversial. There are democratic ways to resist the Trump administration. The Democratic Party—once they’ve stopped whining about losing the 2016 election—should get moving on rebuilding for the next election because that’s where the ship maintains its course or rights itself. Let the Constitution work. I don’t think that being for the democratic process and saying that unelected spies are hamstringing Trump is abysmal isn’t all that unreasonable. While the discussions about leaking of classified information to keep government accountable is a multifaceted debate, can we at least agree that intelligence agencies shouldn’t be trying to undermine constitutional government?
The seriousness of the leaks came to a head when Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser for misleading the vice president over his discussion with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Granted, Flynn’s misleading should have been cause to show him the exit, but the leaked transcripts, which are highly sensitive, were leaked to the press to expose the discrepancy. Guy wrote that former Obama officials might be behind the leaks to protect the Iran nuclear deal. Former CIA analyst Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer even named three top Obama officials who he says were directly involved in the leaks that sunk Flynn.
[Byline Matt Vespa]
21 February 2017
UMich students demand no-whites-allowed space to plot ‘social justice’ activism
Because bigotry against white people is socially acceptable.
Imagine a student KKK group demanding a special space on campus where no blacks are allowed, so it could scheme against blacks without them learning what it is up to. Outrageous, right? Yet we barely bat an eye at this:
A student activist group at the University of Michigan [Students4Justice] is demanding campus officials provide them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for Black students and students of color to organize and do social justice work.”
In this context, “social justice” means “racial revenge.”
The clamor for a segregated space for students of color to organize social justice efforts comes even as the public university builds a $10 million center for black students in the center of campus.
But as we know by now, way too much is never enough to satisfy campus moonbats, who have learned that the more belligerently they bellow their outlandish demands, the more obsequiously these demands will be granted by fellow-traveling educrats.
In their demands, students explain why the new black student center is not enough, “because we want a space solely dedicated to community organizing and social justice work specifically for people of color.”
If I didn’t know better, I would think that was racist. Isn’t it the worst thing in the world to be racist?
Gasps The Michigan Review:
The same organization that criticizes the University for failing to create “an environment that engages in diversity, equity and inclusion,” is calling upon the University to undermine these ideals by facilitating a sort of de facto segregation? One where space and resources are designated for students based solely on the color of their skin?
Other demands by Students4Justice include more race-based faculty hiring.
This idiocy would end quickly if universities would discard Affirmative Action and only accept students with the aptitude and motivation to learn, rather than fritter away their time behaving like hooligans.
[Byline Dave Blount]
“Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
During a lively discussion centered on fears that President Trump is “trying to undermine the media,” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski let slip the awesome unspoken truth that the media’s “job” is to “actually control exactly what people think.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters. They go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”
BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”
As grabien points out, the comment failed to raise any eyebrows from her co-panelists. Instead, her co-host, Joe Scarborough, said that Trump’s media antagonism puts him on par with Mussolini and Lenin…
[Byline Tyler Durden]
22 February 2017
Yellow journalism redux
“Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.” –Adolf Hitler
Trying to have a rational discussion based on facts with a College of Education graduate who uses Common Core teaching methods, how children learn, and the dumbing down of America’s education, is like trying to reason with a petulant child who happens to be a member of the Communist Party USA.
As soon as the subject returns to a free atmosphere, the hypnotic spell is broken. Dissociation and temporary nervous repercussions take place, like crying spells, feelings of guilt and depression, etc. An expectation of a hostile environment, in view of having yielded to the manipulator’s indoctrination, may fortify this reaction. Thus, the period of brainwashing and manipulation becomes a nightmare. Only those who were staunch members of the resistance before may stick to it. However, here, too, observation reveals that if the manipulators impose their mental pressure too well they will convert their former subjects into eternal haters of freedom. ~ Joost A. M. Meerloo, M.D.
“Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy”
The person who has no mind of their own can easily become the pawn of would-be tyrants.
Words of wisdom:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. … Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. …You will know them by their fruits. — NKJV