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Perspectives and Paradigms…

Instead of just doing another post about the more technical/scientific questions surrounding the Flat Earth issue, I wanted to step back for a second and reflect on a few of the more philosophical aspects which I’ve come to notice since really digging into it all.

I think one of the oddest things for me to realize, has been that despite how extreme and ridiculously counter-consensus the idea of the Earth being flat might be to most, in the end, regardless of whether the Earth is a ball or a plane, it actually has very little pragmatic effect on my broader “worldview” (oh look, a pun!).

What I mean is, I already believed that there was a massive international conspiracy and “secret government” of Luciferians. I already believed Satan is manipulating this human pyramid power structure in order to ultimately establish his own throne over the entire world. I already believed that this agenda will ultimately be defeated at the coming of Jesus on the clouds. I already believed that man trying to save himself, whether via transhumanism, or the colonization of outer space, or merging with A.I., or joining in with the fallen angels, etc., was all destined to fail. I already believed that the moon landings were fake, for whatever reason. I already believed that there were no “ancient aliens”, but instead fallen Watchers, and that there will not be any future “alien saviors” either, but perhaps a UFO disclosure/deception on a grand scale. I could go on and on, but the point is, that in either a globe or flat earth model, nothing of major significance really changes. The Enemy’s lies and propaganda are still what they are, and the only true means of escape is still what (or Who) it is…

Three+point+perspective+drawing+grid+worms+eye+viewSo I suppose in that sense, it makes it quite unimposing, to ask these kinds of bizarre questions, and listen to arguments that many people would automatically dismiss and ignore as absurd, because ultimately, my paradigm is not threatened in the slightest either way. I really have no “dog in the fight” on this one. There is no confirmation bias to avoid. I have lived for many years now believing the Earth was a globe, and still quite readily was able to believe in the Creator as is revealed in the Bible, as do so many others.

Yet, this segues to another element of the Flat Earth discussion which I have found to be both surprising and very fascinating. Amongst so many of the various “leaders” of this discussion, people writing about it and making videos etc., there is really a very large percentage who openly articulate their rejection of the Evolutionary paradigm we have all been taught as “scientific fact” our whole lives. Now, many of these folks have some degree of belief in the Bible so this would not be all that unusual, but I would have to say that an even larger proportion do not, and to me that is very interesting. Call it more of a “Deism”, or a mysticism, or whatever other brand of “spirituality”, it is noticeably present. In a way, it seems to confirm a lot of observations that many have made, about a broader shift going on in the current generation, which indeed is rejecting the scientific materialism of Modernism, and also the relativistic ambivalence of Post-Modernism, and actually returning to the mythology and spirituality of an earlier epoch.

So indeed, I find it very telling that within this “Flat Earth community”, you do find a good number of people pointing back to Genesis and the Bible, and talking about the “firmament” and the stars in Revelation and so on, but then you also find guys like Eric Dubay, who has tons of fantastic material on the physical evidence for the Earth being a plane, but then in terms of his spiritual message he’ll go from blasting Dawkins and the hopeless message of a cold Evolutionary universe on the one hand, to blasting Christianity and claiming that the Bible is simply mythologized paganism and not meant to be treated literally (turns out he’s a big Tsarion fan, so that makes sense…)

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But I have to say, I do find it quite amusing, the more I learn about the various figures who have risen to prominence within the Flat Earth “movement”, and watched as accusations of “SHILL!!!” are being thrown back and forth, by everyone, against virtually everyone else who doesn’t hold the exact same flat earth model, or conspiratorial bent, as they do. You would think that the fact that all these people are in agreement on the same basic ideas which the rest of the populace rejects and ridicules with such fervor would serve to create a much stronger climate of unity and open discussion, but, alas, I suppose the example of the Protestant Reformation serves to remind us of how quickly and easily factions and dissensions can arise, once the prevailing monolithic authority on Truth is finally broken away from…

Speaking of this notion of a “Flat Earth movement”, this is another interesting piece to encounter, the fact that so many people are quite convinced that the truth of the Earth being flat is really and truly “blowing wide open”, and that it could even perhaps be this revolutionary linchpin of information which compels the citizenry of the world to finally break free from the shackles of the satanic Elite. I would have to say that I am highly doubtful of this notion, though at the same time I can understand why people could imagine such a thing. Six months ago, there was not a whole lot of buzz about the Flat Earth goin on within the “Truth Movement” (a corny term I know, but for lack of a better one…) But largely due to Mr. Mark Seargent and his “Flat Earth Clues” videos, and copious amounts of high-profile interviews, it has really sparked a wildfire. Youtube has probably quadrupled the number of flat earth videos in the last several months, and so in a very real sense this sudden increase of interest in a topic, especially one that has so long been held to be taboo and idiotic, is most remarkable. Many are debating whether it is truly an organic, naturally-occurring internet phenomenon, or some kind of disinfo psy-op. People are either becoming intrigued themselves by the idea and the questions being posed, or totally offended and freaking out and going into full-on “debunk mode”.

“This is going to make the whole Truth Movement look completely asinine!”, cry the debunkers. And again, I get it. That’s sort of the whole thing about perspectives on Truth, and whether or not a particular proposition challenges or threatens our currently held paradigm. It’s like if you stumble across a mama bear with her cubs while hiking through the woods. In about a second or two, she’s going to decide if your intrusion poses a threat to her babies, and if it does, then look out! Claws and teeth…

But maybe that’s part of why I am shockingly not even that weirded out by taking a serious look at something like the Flat Earth, because honestly, I’ve been living with being regarded as “asinine” by teachers, peers, random strangers, for most of my life already, because I reject the dogma which asserts that after billions and billions of years, everything we see formed itself out nothing. The claws of ridicule and teeth of intimidation on behalf the “scientific establishment” are nothing new around here. “What? You believe the Bible and take it literally? Don’t you know anything about SCIENCE!?!?” I mean, good grief, tell me one I haven’t heard…

Perspective2Anyways. It is the phenomenon of our human instinct to protect the paradigms that appeal to us most which prompts me to doubt that the broader swath of humanity would actually even go as far as to openly question if we really could have ALL been lied to about something so big, for so long. That hurdle alone is the main reason why the majority cannot even allow themselves to question something as comparatively simple as 9/11. They simply cannot, or will not, accept the notion of a lie being that BIG. It’s crazy to think that it’s really that easy, but it is. Just make the lie big enough, and the collective pride of humanity balks at the suggestion that so many of us could be so easily fooled. This, combined with the fact that truth is most often times much more unsettling and scary than the fairy tale everyone is accustomed to believing, makes for a rather impenetrable psychological barrier to an opposing narrative…

This is a large reason why I’m not holding my breath about the Flat Earth “revolutionizing” anything. Neither to I expect any sort of “mass awakening” in regards to the bogus War on Terror, or the reality of cloaked Eugenics programs invading every corner of our lives, or whatever else. It’s not for lack of evidence, simply lack of willingness to find the truth, no matter how unpleasant it is, or how much ridicule one might experience for seeking it. A lot of people who are taking the Flat Earth seriously have commented that if is true, then indeed it would constitute the greatest Conspiracy in the history of conspiracies, and I too have thought this very same thing.

However, it has occurred to me recently that, as a follower of Jesus, and believer in the Holy Scriptures, and one who puts my Hope in the return of the One True King, I have had to stop and recognize that no, not even THAT would be the “mother of all conspiracies”. There is yet one more that is greater still. A lie regarding the nature of the created world, the cosmos, everything around us, is massive indeed, but a lie regarding the Creator of the Creation, is even bigger, and of far greater Untitled-52importance. It is actually a lie that any individual can choose for themselves to believe/disbelieve, based on the inclinations of our wayward, sinful natures, rejecting whatever evidence to the contrary that surrounds us. The rebellious heart steers it’s course, and the head follows.

We see only that which we are willing to see, and this holds true for the natural world, the existence of God, and the condition or our inner being. That is where perspective starts, where true clarity begins. Once you stop defending, stop pretending, stop insisting on propping up the walls of the fictitious kingdom of our own godhood, both individually and as a “species”, this is when our vision really starts to come into focus, and the fantastic, Created reality all around begins to fully unfold…

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Definitely one of the top NWO-insider interviews EVER…

I believe I posted something earlier about this, which was basically just a partial transcript of this interview, but yesterday I wound up actually listening to it, and all I can say is, wow. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a single source cover so many “conspiratorial” topics, and from the perspective of personal connection mind you, not just from “researching” it. It just goes and goes, and really kind of served to “slap me awake” a little bit to be honest, in terms of reminding me just why things like Jade Helm and false flag terrorism and a “planned WWIII” etc., are really not some joke or paranoid delusion… This interview is actually from the late 90’s or early 2000’s I believe, but it seems to be getting a bit of a resurgence lately after being put back online via youtube recently. Crazy how much further things have progressed towards the bottom since even this was recorded…

I’m not sure I should even try to list the topics she mentions, but dang… It’s like a smorgasbord of “Praetorian” New World Order shenanigans: Inter-governmental intelligence operations, Operation Gladio-style assassins, illegal arms dealing, false flag terror, secret societies, Skull and Bones, Cap and Gown, O.S.S., mind-control, drug-running, the banking cartel, “Kabbalistic Zionists”, the mafia, Henry Kissinger, Linda Tripp, Lee Harvey Oswald, Benghazi, Bohemian Grove, homosexual orgies, blackmail, infiltration of the military, “Tailhook”, jag parties, gang stalking, Operation Paperclip, and on and on.

And I’m not even halfway through the almost seven hours of recorded material yet…

What I love about whistleblowers like these, is that if you saw this woman standing in line at the grocery store or something, you’d never think to yourself, “Hey, she’s probably some crazy conspiracy theorist!” She defies all the pathetic stereotypes, an intelligent, gentle, well-educated and well-travelled individual who loves her country and people in general. Almost every flag-waving, church-attending person I know would probably think she was just such a sweet soul who loves Jesus, yet they would have the hardest time accepting even a fraction of what she talks about as the truth.

War is a vehicle through which so much evil is able to be brought about. So much more so than simply the dead who fall on the battlefield. The Machine of War is vast and deceptive, and the governments and militaries of today, (which so many people still continue to put their hope in…), are in fact completely infiltrated and controlled by people who are in deep, deep bondage, to hollow existentialist philosophy, to sexual addiction and perversion, to fear, to the Fallen one, the god of this broken world. If we love the Truth and are true to Love, then there is no reason we should still be blindly rallying behind some flag, some political party, some nonsensical litany of “anti-terrorist” government propaganda, etc…

Okay. Sorry for the rant there. Just wanted to say that this interview is well worth listening to, so, check it out!

“Meritocracy”, another anti-Establishment message brought to you by, the Establishment…

If you told me the following video was created as a clever piece of satire, I’d probably believe it, and find the whole thing to be a rather entertaining parody which quite adequately portrays how the an idealistic new political system might be advertised to a younger generation who “know all about the Elites, and hate them…”

Unfortunately, this is all completely real…

But really it serves as a terrific textbook example of Hegelianesque social engineering at work. One of the things of interest to me in this little video pitch, is how it all falls so nicely into the growing stream of millennial-generation political thought which one many levels has a greater awareness of there being an “Elite”, and on the surface seems to pushing back against a good many truly odious forces in our modern society. It is Zeitgeist phenomena trying to turn the corner into tangible political action. The “Occupy Movement” hoping to gain genuine traction and dethrone those pernicious “One-percenters”…

However… “There is nothing new under the sun”… It would seem that the Ecclesiastical Biblical maxim holds true, yet again. As a quote from Patrick Wood’s technocracyrising.com reads:

“In the heat of the Great Depression during the 1930s, prominent scientists and engineers proposed a utopian energy-based economic system called Technocracy that would be run by those same scientists and engineers instead of elected politicians. Although this radical movement lost momentum by 1940, it regained status when it was conceptually adopted by the elitist Trilateral Commission. (co-founded by Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Rockefeller) in 1973 to be become its so-called “New International Economic Order.”

As far as I can tell, the differences between Technocracy, and Meritocracy, are merely subtle discrepancies in the way the same core concept is being packaged and presented. As such, the basic tenets of Meritocracy are neither new, nor any genuine threat to the entrenched power brokers who originally spawned and funded such propositions in the first place, almost a hundred years ago. There are many interviews and lectures Wood has given, breaking down the elaborated definition of all that Technocracy was championed as in the past, as is finding a resurgence now once again. It does make a lot of sense that in our technologically-infused age, this kind of ideology would find an increasing amount of sympathy, where instead of spoiled billionaires and pompous politicians, people would welcome the suggestion of having engineers, scientists, (i.e., the “Technocrasts”) run things. After all, we’ve already seen people worship figures like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, for their perceived techno-revolutionary Buddha-like wisdom and philanthropic altruism, why not put people like that in charge…?

And so, the familiar Hegelian dance sashes on. Front foot thesis, back foot anti-thesis, everybody shuffle over into synthesis…

As has been before, in so many previous prepackaged “counter-culture” movements, the ideological seeds of this “grass-roots” were first nurtured under the warm lamps of an “Institutional Greenhouse” of thought manipulation. And, also like so many other “independent” and allegedly fight-the-Man groups and movements, we once again see how the same familiar kinds of long-used Establishment/Esoteric symbolism keep popping up as doubleheadedphoenixwell. The compass/rose of the main “Meritocracy” logo is telling in and of itself, yet I also found this other symbol that is supposedly affiliated with the Meritocracy political movement, and was rather amazed at how much it resembled a somewhat abstracted version of the double-headed eagle/phoenix, a symbol of Empire, secret societies and mystical ambitions of power which goes back who-knows-how-many millennia…

Of course, speculations involving symbolism is always just that in the end, speculation. But, what I would heavily argue is NOT speculation, is that the both the political mechanisms being proposed in the video above, as well as the broader almost Utopian vision being touted, is undeniable the very SAME vision that has been held by the very Elites which the naïve young believers in Meritocracy have convinced themselves they are going to break away from. It’s merely a different road to the same ultimate destination. Or maybe not even that far, maybe only more like a newly upgraded billboard, on the same road, to the same NWO destination…

I mean, come on, the guy is in his twenties after all, and he’s wearing a sport coat over a cool-looking graphic tee. You think stodgy old New World Order billionaires and aristocrats are hip to wearing graphic tees? No way man… 😉 Never mind that as the video goes on, it becomes increasingly hard to tell if the Illuminati-related images being shown in the background are included as examples of things intended to be done away with, or actually emulated and pursued, only in a younger, more hipster-friendly way. The Georgia Guidestones? Hey those are cool, as long the people putting their message of massive population reduction into effect are smart, educated, tech-savvy scientists, and not a bunch of stuffy lame media-mogul billionaires…

In the end, the only conclusion I am able to come to is that Meritocracy is simply Technocracy 2.0. It is a political ideology which ultimately seeks to establish the same globalist, totalitarian, privacy-eliminating, “data-omniscient”, State-worshipping goals already being advocated by the current batch of ruling “crats”, and only attempts to repackage it in such a way as to make it appear less threatening, more “scientifically-based”, more environmentally-friendly, and overall more attractive to a world embracing the integration of technology into every corner our everyday lives.

So… “Out with the Old, in with the New”, but then… “Everything that was old, is new again!” Please stop the merry-go-round sir, I want to get off. I think I just threw up a little bit on my graphic tee..

Beware the Ides of, um… September..?

Now, I’m not saying that I believe the “Nephilim are going to return” in September, but then again, this compilation of pop music, documentary segments, and more, really does make you think…

SO much is being made about this coming September, so many different ideas being bandied about, be they the “Shemita”, the blood moons, the end of Jade Helm, the “70 Generations” of the Book of Enoch coming to an end, financial collapse, martial law, a comet/meteor striking the earth, tidal waves, etc., etc., it’s really quite off the charts in terms of any previous “end times/conspiracy speculation” I’ve ever seen before.

“Truthers” are buzzing about it. New Agers talking about it. Christians pointing to it. Not a day has gone by in like over a week now, where I’m not being bombarded from all directions of doom-predicting messages related to the “later this year”, “September”, or specifically around the 22/23rd. I dunno… I don’t really have any special insight or anything, but it’s just quite bizarre, and I find myself going back and forth between wondering if it’s just a massive psy-op going on, designed to program us to believe “something massive” is gonna go down around that time, or if it’s God who is also really trying to get people’s attention and wake them up so that His people are not caught off guard and swept away by hysteria/fear in the face of some unprecedented event.

What do you guys think??

But “Occam’s Razor” Cuts Both Ways…

Recently I had an email exchange with an individual whose opinions and thought processes I have come to greatly respect. This person has a range of personal experience and capacity for systemic analysis which both combine to make for some very thought-provoking reading indeed. While completely preserving this person’s anonymity, and maintaining my utmost regard for their intelligence and experience, I wanted to share a piece of what they said, because it is really quite articulate, and also touches upon certain broader questions which I myself have had to grapple with in my “journey” to learning about so many of the things I talk about on this blog. He says:

“I tend to be an Occam’s Razor kind of guy, largely because I lack the capacity or inclination for developing intricate theories regarding latent processes and occult agents. In other words, I tend to take most things at face value, which if you think about it, is perhaps even more frightening. Let me take a moment to expand on that.

We are regularly treated to a variety of suppositions; some mundanely believable, others so fantastically bizarre that they defy common sense. 9/11 is a perfect example of an event that has produced numerous theories that reside across that entire spectrum. It is my opinion, and my opinion only, that people who develop the more bizarre claims do so because they need a framework in which everything makes sense and everything has a reason. The ability to tie every misfortune, tragedy and injustice to a root agent, whether it is the intelligence apparatus, the central banks, the catholic church or multi-century family dynasties, gives some people a sense of certainty. With that simple certainty, however, comes a belief in lack of control over one’s life that approaches predestination. After all, if you believe that Rothschild controls every facet of your life, who are you to change it? For some, however, that brings them great comfort. Some people simply cannot accept that, if you will pardon the phrase, “S#!t Happens”. The idea that we live on a ball of dirt whirling around in the universe, that we can do all the right things, yet get wiped out by some freak event (random crime, an illness) is something that some people never come to grips with. As such, they create detailed artifacts and scaffolding to support a comforting illusion of certainty.

I say this because I don’t believe the world is a place where every intricate detail of our lives is run meticulously by a cabal of sinister forces…”

The thing is, after several years of blogging now and having many folks pop in, look around, and go “Oh… I see you’re one of those conspiracy theorists…”, I have actually heard this “Occam’s Razor” position/critique many times. (albeit never articulated half as eloquently as the excerpt above)

“Occam’s Razor”, lex parsimoniae. The “Law of Parsimony” which states that among competing hypotheses that predict equally well, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. In short, it’s the idea that the simplest explanation is typically the correct one.

And to a high degree, this principle is really quite logically sound. There really is no need to construct an elaborate, highly-complex explanation for an event or phenomena, full of wild assumptions and speculations, if a far simpler one is readily apparent and adequately fills in the blanks. If you come after a long day’s work, unlock your front door, and find the television on, then the simplest explanation is that you probably just forgot to turn it off before leaving that morning. You don’t need to wonder about “ghosts” or neighbors breaking in while you were gone in order to watch some free cable…

And so sure, Occam’s Razor works just fine and dandy, as long as the available data presents no reason for further explanation. If the doors were locked, windows secured, and no sign of a break-in, then yeah, you probably just left the t.v. on. But what if you then go into the kitchen and find things moved around from their normal places? What if you find furniture out of place, lights left on, and other small anomalies which were not likely to be caused by your forgetfulness in the morning? At some point, the accumulation of new data requires the Occam’s Razor principle to push for a new explanation. Simple explanations can account for simple scenarios, but the more complex the information and situation becomes, the less adequate an answer such as “I probably just left the television on” might become…

And this was me… Prior to five years ago, I honestly had NO internal intellectual or emotional need to try and explain the machinations of the world through any kind of over-arching “evil master scheme”. I was quite like most other people, in that while I was certainly no fan of boondoggle wars in the Middle East or political corruption (which I certainly believed to be existent), they were easily explained in my mind as the routine outworkings of basic human fallacies such as greed, pride and just outright incompetence. I had absolutely zero compulsion to believe in “conspiracy theories”… My only context for a term like the “Illuminati” was the fictional ideas coming from Dan Brown books/movies. I don’t think I had ever even heard of the Rothschilds. I had no knowledge of central banking or the Federal Reserve, nor did I find such topics to be any practical interest to my own life. Sure, I knew the world was a messed up place in many ways, but for me there was absolutely no sense of needing to explain all that was wrong with the modern world in a way that would assuage my sense of powerlessness or insignificance. Sure, “sh*t happens” all over the place, but it ain’t gonna stop me from planning my weekend of some snowboarding, having a beer or two, listening to some good music, watching a good movie, enjoying my family… “S’all good…”

But then one day my “data set” was unexpectedly intruded upon. I have written a few times before about how being confronted with the actual facts regarding 9/11, particular the collapse of Building 7, (in a way that was not being mediated and spoon-fed to me by the mainstream media), suddenly left me feeling completely stunned and bewildered, like a deer in headlights, completely unsure of how or why this could possibly be…

newpearlharborI didn’t seize upon it as the “excuse” I had been waiting for to somehow prove the existence of some secretive cabal, some “New World Order Elite”, because honestly I didn’t even have a concept of such a thing in my head. I wanted it go away. I did not want to see what I was seeing, or even contemplate the kinds of things which now the “Occam’s Razor” principle was now nudging me towards, in the face of a new set of data which required a new level of analysis and explanation of which the official narrative simply didn’t come close to providing…

“Occam’s Razor”… Yes. It actually worked to push me down that rabbit hole, rather than to scoff at it’s very idea. Why? The data. The undeniable, stubborn, unwavering data! I may not have been a structural engineering expert (nor am I today) but anyone with the most rudimentary understanding of basic physics should be able to grasp the impossibility of a 47 story, steel-framed building, falling PERFECTLY straight down, collapsing into it’s own footprint in under 7 seconds, outside of the use of explosives in a controlled demolition…

Imagine, if you will, someone challenging you light a fire under a large wooden dining room table, in such a way that it would slowly burn the four wooden legs of the table until they all burned through and collapsed at the exact same time. You’d laugh, and say that was a crazy and impossible challenge. But then the person challenging you says, “Ha, watch this!” They light their own little campfire under the table, let it burn for a few hours, and then suddenly, POP, all four legs burst in the middle at precisely the same moment, and the tabletop falls to the ground while staying perfectly level. (or better yet, falls perfectly level, then turns to sawdust when it hits the floor…)

Would you believe what you saw, and admit that the table could fall in such a manner, caused only by the fire and no additional timed charges placed on the legs, or some other hidden mechanism in order to pull it off? Yet with building 7, we are now talking about some fifty or so steel columns, a building designed to withstand earthquakes, winds, and fires, a structure which is exponentially more difficult to bring down than a dining room table, but we are expected to accept the explanation which defies physics, defies common sense, which defies “Occam’s Razor” in every way.

1002638_10200504640647404_594854426_nThe Razor of Truth cuts in the direction that it does, based on the amount of information we first allow ourselves to take into consideration, and that which we choose to ignore. It follows the path of the preconceived boundaries between the ideas of reality we are willing to accept, and those we are not. “Occam’s Razor” wound up cutting through so many of my own preconceived notions of the world we live in, and led me to the mouth of those much-maligned “rabbit-holes” which many people understandably are repulsed by, for who actually likes the idea of true EVIL existing in the world, and lying to us and making us feel foolish and deceived and manipulated? Nobody does. Nobody embraces such sobering beliefs as though it was some kind of cynical, fatalistic “gospel” which validates their bizarre yearning for some unnerving, dystopian perspective on the world. No, they simply were honest enough to take a long, hard look at the anomalous data, and let “Occam’s Razor” lead the way…

As In the Days of Noah…

This is epic. I don’t know when Gonz finds the time to even sleep anymore…

Leonard Ulrich and Rob Skiba Discuss 9/11 and the War on Terror…

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Find the podcast here.

Fantastic, epic-length conversation between one of my favorite pairings, Skiba and Ulrich, starting with their own stories of waking up to 9/11 Truth and then tying it all into everything going on right now. If you have heard about this whole “9/11 Truth” thing but never actually looked into it yourself, or even if you have and are following current events with a deeper understanding of false flag events and Deep State shenanigans, this podcast episode is well worth your time.

Shrugging Off Atlas Altogether…

Watched this doc on Netflix over the weekend. It makes a lot of poignant points, and the sequence at the beginning showing the fixed Monopoly game is especially good as an analogy. If anything, the documentary falls short because it doesn’t even show the full extent of the true wealth gap. Do people like the Rothschilds even register on the wealth radar anymore? Did they suddenly disappear in a puff of smoke? No, it’s almost like they got so rich that their vast empire is now broken up into a conglomerate of smaller business empires.

Anyhow, the documentary does do a decent job nonetheless at showing how such a small group of people really controls all the wealth, and how these people are in fact in control of the banking sector, as well as the legislature and it’s influence over things like the tax code via massive lobbying efforts, etc. I suppose the thing that just strikes me about it all, is that it simply shows how much of this stuff is absolutely not the stuff of “conspiracy theory” anymore. There is a ridiculous amount of public evidence to demonstrably show that America is not necessarily the “land of opportunity” that it is still be heralded as. In fact, one could argue that perhaps it never was, at least not in the way we typically think, when we are able to take a step back and get a reminder of just how much “wealth” is out there.

Of course, the point where I start to veer wildly from the perspective of such films is when it starts leaning into the familiar right/left partisan politics angle. It starts talking about the Koch dynasty and their financial contributions to the “tea party movement” and “smaller government” political ideology, etc. Basically at that point it turns into a smear against “Libertarian” views, most of which I’d probably have a lot of agreement with at least on a certain level, but then again, the film does a pretty good job of showing how in lot of ways Libertarianism is twisted in order to simply defend the “rights” of Billionaires to be Billionaires. The film actually starts talking about Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and how Republican Paul Ryan is basically an Ayn Rand devotee…

Overall it is merely a continuation of the broader polarized narrative that I am increasingly trying toatlas__vector__by_decoechoes-d6vnjf8 extricate myself from altogether. This is a fairly difficult thing to do, in many ways, since there are valid points to be made on each “side”, yet in the end, I find it to be the only worthwhile direction, because the more you examine all these issues, the more you eventually start to realize that it is really not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, nor a Capitalist vs. Socialist debate, or any of the ways we have been conditioned to approach the matter through some faulty, dichotomized lens. It isn’t even about “rich vs. poor”, at least not from the perspective of the Bible as Truth, because for those seeking the Kingdom of Heaven, we must remember that we are not to seek the type of riches of which “moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal”…

What happened in 2008 was real, and it was criminal, and it did impact the lives of millions of people around the world. Our family was being supported by employment in the Real Estate sector at the time, Commercial Escrow specifically. We got out just before the commercial sector followed the residential into the mud, and six months later the national company which had looked rock solid for so many years was suddenly belly up, it’s stock sold for pennies to a former competitor, who gobbled up the few remaining assets/talent and jettisoned the leftovers.

Economics is really such a bizarre thing, and even though I have been able to slowly understand it more over the years, I never really get used to it’s surreal nature, the ways that immaterial concepts and figures and contracts eventually manifest themselves in the real world, impacting things like putting real food on our plates, real gas in our cars, and real roofs over our heads. It’s not wrong, or sinful, to recognize the basic needs we all have, and even the desire to enjoy “luxuries”, like vacation or travel, or a nice home, etc. But in the end, I am always both convicted, and encouraged, every single time I read the words of Jesus, when He says;

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Do We Suffer from “A.A.F.S.”…?

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Apocalyptic Anticipation Fatigue Syndrome.

So far, that’s the best acronym I could come up with.

It is hard for anyone who believes that we are indeed entering into the “Last Days” to not at times feel overwhelmed by the ceaseless array of warnings, wailings, railings and pronouncements of impending doom. Just yesterday, my mental faculties were presented with no less than four different occasions on which the prospect of an impending EMP attack was being put forth (and they weren’t all coming from “alternative media” sources”)

If you believe in the Bible, (and take it seriously) then you know about what Jesus says regarding the End of Age, and the “birthpangs” and wars and rumors of wars”. You know it will get increasingly unstable and tumultuous as we approach the Return of Christ, and as a result, it’s really not surprising that so many people get so easily fixated on waiting for the next big “cataclysmic thing”, be it a total global economic collapse, World War III, Israel going nuclear on it’s Arab neighbors, an earthquake so massive it changes the very landscape of the continent, “zombie apocalypse”, pandemic outbreak of disease, the next large-scale 9/11-type false flag attack, an alien invasion (real or synthetic), or some resurrected Nephilim horde spewing out of the pit to reek havoc upon mankind…

It’s not just people who believe in bible prophecy either, but it would seem that even the mainstream media is full-on participatory in promoting the idea that we’re gonna get hit with “the next big punch” at any given second. A suitcase nuke going off in NYC, or a secret army of Muslim assassins that has been sneaking across the southern border is suddenly unleashed… The net result is that we are collectively in a constant state of holding our breath, looking around, this way and that, wondering which direction that next big ‘ol punch is going to come from.

Our culture at large essentially equates the term “apocalyptic” with meaning massive, earth-shattering destruction. If an event is being described as “apocalyptic”, it more or less means it’s one of the most devastating floods, or earthquakes, or wars or whatever that humans have ever seen before. In the Bible however, “apocalypsis” in the Greek just means “unveiling” or “revealing”. Now, I’m not trying to get into a big debate on pre-Trib vs. pre-Wrath, but I will say that if Jesus’ return is what coincides with, and actually kicks off the brunt of God’s true unleashing of wrath upon the world (wrath being truly cataclysmic, not just “difficult” or a time of persecution, but where the elements are actually “destroyed by fire” 2 Peter 3:10) then this is the only sense in which “apocalyptic” can be accurately used to describe both the “Revealing” and “utter destruction”.

Anyhow… My point in all this, is that even though yes, we have absolutely seen an unprecedented number of “fantastic events” in our lifetimes, I would still have to say that when you step back and look at it all, the vast majority of how things have progressed towards a one-world government, one-world economy and one-world religion have not been via huge, massive cataclysmic events, but through a slow, steady progression that most people scarcely notice. I saw a piece on this show called “Brain Games” the other day, talking about how we are wired to notice sudden changes, but not so much gradual ones. They showed a painting of a town on the screen for about ten seconds, then ask if you could identify how many things in the painting changed. There were a few that were obvious, because they suddenly appeared/disappeared. But the rest were slow. From the beginning of the time to the end, the entire color of the sky actually changed, but you don’t even notice it, because your eyes are busily darting around the picture looking for rapid, sudden changes, and so the gradual color shift unfolds right in front of you and you don’t even realize it…

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

I grew up in a church environment where basically the prevailing mindset regarding the “End Times” was that sure, things in the world today are “evil” and getting further away from God, BUT, overall, we’re going to more or less keep trucking along in our comfortable middle-class American church-going lifestyle until Jesus suddenly beams us all up one unexpected moment, and the world is left without a clue, and then the “tribulation” will begin, and that’s when stuff get’s crazy.

I don’t believe that anymore. I guess now, I’m just at the place where I understand that being “sober-minded” doesn’t just entail being able to look at all the “birthpang events” and know that it means that Christ’s return is getting closer. Being “awake and sober” also means remembering what the scriptures also say about how people will be saying “peace and security”, all the way up until Jesus returns, until that final Day, that final moment when EVERYTHING in the world is baptized with fire, and God goes all the way with making a new heaven, and a new earth…

In the meantime, I am ever-increasingly feeling convicted that it’s not just the “big scary events” that we as Christians should so concerned with being prepared for, with all manner of things like food storage and guns and shelters and whatnot. It’s the “peace and security” that almost poses a more dangerous threat. The gradual, almost imperceptible change. The whole “boiling a frog” metaphor. We have now for decades been debating and discussing topics such as just what the “Mark of thedoomsday_wrist_watch Beast” will be. Will it be a chip? An implant? A code? Some kind of genetic “enhancement”? Every year the debate goes on, we all baby-step a little closer to that system. We all hold our breath, convinced that at any given day, the market could crash, the sky will fall, and then the need will arise for the Mark to be issued, but in the meantime, we’re still using our debit cards, and smart-phone apps, and digitized bank accounts, etc…

But what if it doesn’t actually happen like that. What if humanity, those who don’t believe in the Bible at all, and those who say they do, all of us, are all kept peering at the sky, glued to our screens, waiting for the market to drop, for the bomb to go off, for martial law to be declared… Waiting for that “doomsday clock” to finally, FINALLY “strike midnight”… And after decades of our groggy, droopy-eyed “apocalyptic anticipation”, we finally look down, and realize that somewhere in the midst of our planning and preparing and prognosticating, we somehow numbly went right ahead and took the Mark ourselves, and didn’t even realize it…

I Just Couldn’t Help Myself…

I never do this. I swear I don’t. Ok, I RARELY do it. But today I did, and I didn’t hold anything back. It was because it was something that touched upon a particular nerve that, I confess, really is hard for me not to react to. It shoots to the core of so much of what I have labored in and wrestled with and battled over in my own heart and mind. It’s what you might call a “pet peave”, but then again, “peave” doesn’t really come close to describing how this particular attitude and mindset amongst Christians continues to aggravate me, to an ever-increasing degree, whenever I come across it. I came across it today here:

CONSPIRACY THEORIES. DON’T.

It reads as follows…

Conspiracy Theories. Don’t.

Should you pay attention to that idea of a conspiracy theory? Let’s dive into the Deeper Waters and find out.

Okay. I know right up that conspiracies do happen. People do try to cover things up and pull them off together. Usually however, we have some idea that this is definitely going on. Eventually, it all comes down on those who do it. For instance, Watergate was a conspiracy of sorts, and frankly, it didn’t really last too long.

The main conspiracies I’m talking about are the kind that are popularized by too many Christians and are also the same mindset found in a number of atheistic circles. For Christians, these often involves “satanic plots” to control our children and indoctrinate them. Much of the time, you know that the Illuminati has to be behind it all!

Because, you know, the main way to send that secret message is to go through the half time show on Super Bowl Sunday. How is it that the Illuminati managed to reach all these dancers and send a secret message to people watching the Super Bowl? Before going off on how it is something you think is part of hidden satanic symbolism, why not just consider something else?

Maybe it’s just a tasteless performance.

Now this is saying nothing about the morality of what goes on in said performances. I am not at all endorsing that. What I am saying is that you need to be on the watch for thinking that there are several conspiracies afoot. For a Christian, this can result in a heightened paranoia and to the rest of the world, you just look ridiculous. We already look ridiculous for believing in Jesus. There’s no reason to add to that.

Atheists don’t always do much better. You can think about plots in Christianity to destroy everything that disagreed with Christianity and then of course, the process of canonization, that was all just a total plot! Very rarely is any actual real historical study done on the topic. Unfortunately in our internet age, too many people find something on the internet and think it’s true. We all laugh at the idea of “I read it on the internet so it must be true”, but too many people have that same mindset.

The thinking also leads to a heightened arrogance. Sure, everyone else misses the main message, but I know what it is. I am not going to be fooled the way everyone else is. If you do not see it, well you just haven’t really reached this level of insight and thinking. Of course, a possibly even worse case could be that you’re part of the conspiracy.

One point to keep in mind when researching these claims is see who is being cited as a source. Too many times conspiracy theorists regularly cite each other and validate one another’s claims. Try to find a source that you think will be as objective as possible. Of course, total objectivity could be impossible, but try to get as close as you can.

For Christians also, please especially avoid conspiracies related to end times madness. I have seen too many times the idea of secretly implanting chips in us that are supposed to be the Mark of the Beast. Honestly, I have reached the point where my eyes just start rolling immediately at this. It’s not just because I’m a preterist. If you’re a futurist, you should avoid this as well.

There are far too many important things to study than the idea of possible conspiracies. If some Christians would seek to interpret their Bible as well as they try to interpret a show at halftime on Super Bowl Sunday, we’d all be better off.

In Christ,

Nick Peters

(my response is as follows…)

So, you basically see the apex of “paranoid Christian conspiracy theories” as centering around things like Satanic messaging embedded in Super Bowl half-time shows..?

I guess you can’t be faulted for that. There are after all bajillions of youtube videos which invest themselves in exposing and decoding such things.

However, I must interject as to your overall resistance to Christians being too “paranoid” about Satanic conspiracies in general. Since you clearly seem to be writing from the perspective of a Christian yourself, I am curious as to how exactly you parse this out, in relation to what the Bible actually has to say about Satan and his intentions towards this planet and the entire human race….

You make a rather puzzling statement how even though you’re a preterist, you believe that futurists should avoid getting sucked into “end time madness” as well. Not sure how you can claim to not have a certain amount of bias on that one, but no matter. As a preterist, how exactly DO you see history playing out, might I ask? Are we just going to keep “progressing forward” as things get better and better? Is there no Second Coming of Christ at all in your view?

Anyhow… Your article is more or less built around the typical argument of “Well of course conspiracy happens, but hey, they’re small and easy to spot, and so we should be able to make a distinction between those “realistic” examples of conspiracy, and the full on “crazy” ones…” (is that a fair description?) Yet, there are much bigger “substantiated” examples of massive-scale conspiracies than Watergate, and far more sinister as well…

Hitler and the Nazis “conspired” to eradicate Jews and the “non-desirables” from Europe (and ultimately, the world) through the implementation of a highly organized system whose sole function was to destroy human life with assembly-line efficiency. (I suppose you don’t think there was anything “satanic” going on with any of that…?) The rest of the world allegedly had no knowledge of this massive program (there were rumors, of course, but to believe in them would’ve mean believing a pretty intense “conspiracy theory”)

The Manhattan Project involved thousands upon thousands of people all working on various aspects of a project whose intention was to create the most devastating weapon the world had ever seen. It was as though an entire city was all working together on a singular secret project, yet the rest of the American public was completely unaware the whole time, until later when the project was disclosed.

The Federal Reserve as well was formed in secret, and confessed by the men who created it as something they “conspired” to do, using all sorts of chicanery to put the production of the U.S. dollar into their private control. (The “Federal Reserve” is definitively NOT a Federal institution, but a private bank). This is not “theory”, but open, documented fact.

But as to your question about “How is it that the Illuminati managed to reach all these dancers and send a secret message to people watching the Super Bowl?” The answer to that one is really quite simple, in that you obviously don’t need to brainwash every dancer on a stage for a performance filled with Satanic symbolism. (duh!) Every music video, every stage performance, and for that matter, every film, tv show, news program, etc., is produced, directed, and edited by a comparatively small number of people. Those are the people who can put whatever symbolism, message, meaning, or imagery they choose into anything they produce…. The people dancing and singing and acting and reading the teleprompters are really just living puppets.

But finally, as to your point about our belief in Jesus making us look “ridiculous” to the rest of the world…

You’d better believe the world is going to think you’re “ridiculous” for believing in Him, and if you think that’s something you need to try and mitigate as much as possible, then wow, that frightens me…

Think about it. You lament how Christians need to better interpret their Bibles, but when we pick up the Bible and actually read it, it is full of the most “fantastic” stories and ideas and claims you could imagine. It claims that God made man and woman, put em in a garden, then some serpent/devil creature comes along and tells them to eat it, and if they do, they’ll become like God, become “enlightened”, so they do it, but they don’t become gods, only trapped by sin, and then they realize they’re nude, get kicked out of the garden, etc., etc., God later floods the whole earth yet saves eight people. He raises up a people to be His own, saving them through plagues and miracles and seas that split in two and water that pours out of rocks. He smashes cities with parades and trumpets. He kills giants with pebbles. He turns kings into beasts, and makes other beasts speak. He closes the mouths of hungry lions, keeps people singe-free in fiery pits, and takes people on underwater ocean cruises inside the stomach of aquatic wildlife. Then this “Jesus guy” comes along, and whoa baby, does HE ever do some weird stuff. Making the blind see, the lame walk, casting out these invisible spirit things who apparently were taking control of people all over the place… He even was killed, and then was claimed to have risen from the DEAD and could walk through walls and teleport and such. Then they say He floated up into the sky, back to “heaven”, after which His followers stayed here and told everyone about it, and cast out these invisible evil things that are supposedly flying around everywhere, but we can’t see or hear them, and this Jesus guy is supposedly still alive and even “coming back” one day, yet, in this totally crazy book at the end, it talks about this “dragon” character and how he’s totally been fighting against this Jesus dude the whole time, and is going to try and kill everyone who loves him, and is even at some point going to gather “all the kinds of the earth” to make war against Him……

Yet… You don’t at all see the Bible itself that fully encompasses the “fantastic” and even the “conspiratorial”……?
(end of my original comment)

Now, there are only a couple other points I’d want to add to my already ridiculously long retort to this article.  First, to the pred-purple-jellyfish-crossota-millsae_10670_600x450oint insinuating that “conspiracy theorists” are guilty of the mindset “I read it on the internet so it must be true”.  You hear this all the time, and it’s really a sucker-punch, a pathetic attempt to discredit information or ideas by pointing to the fact that the internet played a part in the exchange of this information and ideas.  It’s really quite a tired and poor argument, honestly.  Never mind the irony that this accusation is itself being put forth in a blog post, on the internet (so should we disregard the author altogether as total nonsense because he’s sharing his thoughts online?) but the underlying implication going on here is that of course the people looney enough to believe in grandiose “conspiracy theories” or in such nonsense as the “illuminati” couldn’t actually have done their due diligence and looked for a weighty compilation of independent yet agreeing sources, or well-examined and authenticated evidence, no, they must have simply watched some youtube video made by some unemployed, anti-social middle-aged bum living in their parent’s basement.  It’s just substituting insult for argument.  Such accusations and ad hominem attacks come from people who have never even heard of, let alone looked into themselves, such vast compositions of true, bona fide research and data-analysis as found in things like Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.  (oh wait, sorry, that’s a link for a website, and if it’s on the internet, it must be baloney…) 😉  I guess that’s why corporations, governments, media outlets, etc. all have chosen to eschew putting their information online as well, because it would only serve to discredit them….(!?)

deep-sea-creatures-002Secondly, there is the other common claim that “this thinking also leads to a heightened arrogance”.  It’s funny, because this is exactly the SAME sort of thing you hear on a regular basis from atheists and other non-Christians who find your claim that the Jesus is the only way to God, that heaven and hell are real, and that all the other religions are false and deceptive to be the absolute epitome of arrogance!  All the belief systems are wrong, and deceived, and leading people to hell?  Why, what narcissism!  What gall!  As though the people who have come to put their faith in Christ and His word have done so simply as a function of their own internal desire to be above everyone else, to condemn them, and have some sort of self-created sense of exclusivity in the world…  Yes, atheists can be pretty adept at smacking Christians around with this one, and yet Christians will then turn right around and use the exact same logic to try and silence their brothers and sisters who they find to be totally off the deep end…fish

But alas, I AM off the “deep end”, learning to embrace the tides of life and let the currents take me, instead of hiding in my own little cove and pretending that entire roaring ocean doesn’t exist.  And the further I go into those “Deeper Waters” Mr. Peters, the deeper they seem to get.  The weirder, and crazier and more amazing and beautiful and scary and awesome and almost unbelievable they become.  Only HE can plumb the depths of all that is and has been and will be in this vast and incredible universe that He has made, but He has promised to be with us, always, as we swim through even the darkest, and deepest, and most shark-infested of waters…