American History 2000-2012United States Visual Time Line of Our 21st Century by Gaye Lub

American History 2000-2012

United States Visual Time Line of Our 21st Century by Gaye Lub

Returning from the RNC and DNC

Returning from the 2016 RNC and DNC has been a journey. We met amazing people and are grateful for the experience to see and greet so many enthusiastic Americans. The cities of Cleveland and Philadelphia were generous in the exposure they gave our exhibit “American History 2000 – 2012”, as we gathered information and launched “This Unites US”. Both conventions were extremely different and captured by our film crew. We are still processing the experience.

During our exposure I was asked to identify specific questions.

1) Are you against government?

No! I am concerned about accountability.

2) What is this art project about?

I’ve captured mainstream media from 2000 – 2012. Scanned collected images and words into the computer and made a series of collages that represent chronologically our current 21st Century U.S. History told to us by mainstream media.

Reading the articles that went along with the images I had too many moments where I questioned what I was being told and started doing research. I made a fourteenth panel called the “Grid”. The Grid shows statistical information about what happened to the American People, who were the decision makers, who funded the decision makers and who profited.

Trying to get this body of work noticed by museums or galleries has been challenging. The response is that it is too political. This dumbfounds me. I feel this body of work is cultural and social. American History 2000 – 2012 is images and words presented to the American People VIA mainstream media. If this series of collages is perceived as political than these panels represent mainstream media’s involvement with influencing the behaviors of our nation VIA powers of organized control. Pay attention to how you feel when you turn on the news. We are continually being told we are divided and projected with fear. If there is one word to describe this artwork it’s entrainment. Entrainment means mass mind manipulation.

Last November I realized I needed to take this artwork to the streets. It seemed a natural venue to bring the artwork to the upcoming 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) and the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC). My proposals to the convention host cities, Cleveland and Philadelphia, included asking the question “What do we have in common”. Our attempt was to capture people’s responses and retort VIA social media at “This Unites US”.

What we witnessed was collective consciousness.

3) Where is your political stance?

Undecided. I’m really about the people. Regarding our current political situation I am concerned about accountability.

4) What is your inspiration for this project?

There are two parts.

Part One: “American History 2000 – 2012” came from witnessing 9/11. We all witnessed 9/11. Images were everywhere, TV, Internet, newspapers and magazines. I captured images that I had an emotional reaction to. I felt if I was having a reaction others were too. I started noticing in 2007 people remembered 9/11 and invading Iraq in 2003 but they were forgetting what happened in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Things escalated in 2008. There was so much going on that we could only retain bits of information. In October 2011 I started scanning into the computer images I collected. I spent 2 years working 60 – 80 hours per week building the fourteen panels were bringing forward.

At the end of 2013 I walked away from capturing the mainstream media. I felt shattered and hopeless. I felt if I there was going to be a change in the world I had to start with myself.

Part Two: July 2015, I realized I needed to bring this body of artwork forward. I researched galleries and museums that would be interested in displaying this collection. Through this process the idea was planted to take it to the streets. It felt like coming forward to the 2016 RNC and DNC was a good option for public viewing. In my proposals to the city of Cleveland and Philadelphia I said we wanted to ask viewers the question “What do we have in common?” We’ve been retorting back VIA social media to “This Unites Us”.

5) What was your process like?

Emotional, intellectual, eye opening. I read articles that went along with the images I had collected and realized I had many questions. I started researching details about the data that was coming forward. I made a 14th panel called the “Grid”. The “Grid” shows statistical information about what happened to the American People, who were the decision makers and their connections to Think Tanks, Family Foundations and Corporations.

2000 – 2008 was what we will remember as the Bush Era. There was a specific Think Tank that was active at this time called “Project for a New American Century” (PNAC). In 2000 PNAC released a 90-page report titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

This report was a guide for American Global Leadership that the Bush administration followed. It was the bible for the war on terrorism.

PNAC contributors, principal signatories and supporters were contributors, principals and controllers in Mainstream news, the military industrial complex and the hierarchy of the United States Government. During the Bush Administration (2000 – 2008), war was the agenda and media was how it was sold to the American people.

This concept of American Global Leadership needs to be re-identified. It’s really Global Leadership (control) under the name of America. I have to question “Does this really represent how American People see themselves?”

PNAC closed down in 2006. They reopened in 2009. Their new name is “Foreign Policy Initiative.” They don’t sound very friendly on their website. They again are advertising “American Global Leadership” at the expense of continued international havoc and reducing American social benefits.

Don’t question if this is true. Read their website. They are very direct in their mission. http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/

6) Do you have an end goal through this?

During our presentations in Cleveland, OH and Philadelphia, PA during the 2016 RNC and DNC we asked viewers the question “What do we have in common?” and retorted VIA Social Media at “This Unites US”.

Viewers identified we have more in common with each other in our beliefs, goals and needs in this country than we are lead to believe, that we collectively have similar concerns where our country is headed.

I feel the end goal, bottom line is we need to find a way to gather a national common voice that represents the people.

We need an online voting system. Not a voting system for our government or corporations, a voting system (voice) for the people.

I’m not against the government, corporations or profit. I am concerned about accountability and decisions being made that are affecting our present and future well-being. If we can design a voting system that addresses key issues, allows us to VOTE on our cell phones, identify results and retort back, this feels like a way to collectively start changing our behavioral patterns to be people lead instead of profit lead.

What we witnessed and captured during the RNC and DNC is collective consciousness. The energy was very exciting. We the people can divest, concerns from a micro to a macro scale if we can find a delivery system to identify a common voice. Activism in action is growing.

RE: Cleveland – Cleveland was a power source: Local citizens told me that their city is going through a resurrection. Everyone I met who lives in Cleveland loves this city. I understand why. There is a lot of culture and community. Cleveland is an example of population working together within their communities. I am very grateful for the opportunity to of witnessed this.

My dream is to enhance and bring forward our messages.

I’ve witnessed, as individuals, communities and a nation we have more things in common that bind us together than separates us.

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Sincerely, Gaye Lub

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Crash Course 21st Century American History – 101

American History 2000 – 2012” A Visual Time Line of Our 21st Century

Images and words used in this historical art collection were derived from newspapers, magazines, billboards, TV and the Internet.

This exhibit is an attempt to share what WE saw the first 13 years of this 21st Century and the veiled connections that we did not recognize.

“Taking It To The Streets”

“Taking It To The Streets”

This historical visual art collection will debut in Cleveland, OH July 16th and 17th, will be publicly displayed July 18 -21 during the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) and July 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA during the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC).  It is meant to remind us of the events we lived with during the beginning of this 21st Century, including the role of our public figures and the influence of mainstream media and less known institutions.

Resisting the trends to divide us, this shared historical review is asking Americans to explore specific questions. “What do we have in common?” and “What Unites US?”

“American History 2000–2012” is a collection of 13 collages one per year starting with 2000 and ending with 2012. These collages show images and words that were presented to the American people through newspapers, magazines, Internet, television, billboards and tabloids. We saw these images whether we wanted to or not.

There is a fourteenth panel called the “Grid” which shows statistical information of what happened to the American people during the beginning of our 21st Century.

This historical art collection is a tool to understand our current 21st Century. It reminds us how public opinion was influenced. It tells our story of what we witnessed and how we were collectively entrained.

I have a story tell. In preparation for these exhibits I need to express what “American History 2000 – 2012″ represents.

 

Background Information

Background Information

Background Information: In 1998, Citibank, the Largest Bank in the United States, illegally merged with Travelers Group Insurance to become Citigroup. This created a huge conglomerate that was specifically prohibited by law. Citigroup got away with it by receiving a temporary waiver from the Federal Reserve and by having Congress pass in 1999 the “Citigroup Relief Act” which changed the rules by allowing commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms and insurance companies to consolidate and becoming “Too Big to Fail”.

Signed: President Bill Clinton

 

YEAR 2000 "Y2k"

YEAR 2000 “Y2k”

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Project for a New American Century - PNAC

“Project for a New American Century – PNAC”

09/2000: “Project for the New American Century” (PNAC), launched a 90 page report titled: “REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES – Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century”, which soon became a script for exploitation and expansion of military power throughout the world.

Researching PNAC I found key members were a web of politicians, authors, journalists, publishers and the news media. There was also an alarming interconnection between core members and other Think Tanks with similar agendas, who’s funding also came from family foundations that profited from conflict and war.

 

2000 Election

Year 2000 “Election”

11/07/2000 – Presidential Election Day is undefined, it revolves around the votes of one State: Florida. Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush, is the brother of one of the candidates bringing conflict of interest issues.

11/25/2000 – Five Members of the U.S. Supreme Court stunned the Nation when they held that Florida Law allowed NO time to count the remaining 175,000 votes.

12/09/2000 – U.S. Supreme Court orders to halt to manual recount of presidential votes in Florida. As a result, George Bush wins the 2000 Presidential Election by 537 Votes.

To implement PNAC’s plan “Rebuilding Americas Defenses”, Bush had to win the 2000 election. Of the twenty-five people who signed PNAC’s founding statement of principles, ten went on to serve in the George W. Bush administration.

 

The "GRID"

The “GRID”

The “GRID” shows relations that were not easily recognized when I started documenting our XXI Century. It also shows statistical data regarding “What Happened To US”. Printed full scale this image is: 92″ wide X 44″ tall.

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Year 2001 "9/11"

Year 2001 “9/11”

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Bush Tax Cuts

Year 2001 “Bush Tax Cuts”

03/15/2001 – Bush abandons the 1997 Kyoto Climate Change Global Treaty.

06/11/2001 – 178 nations sign the Kyoto Treaty without the United States support.

06/ 2001 – The Bush Tax Cuts will add $2.6 Trillion to our public debt in their first 10 years, plus $400 Billion (interest) servicing the debt created by the cuts.

What do we have in common? Power in control took advantage of those they controlled.

09/10/2001 – Donald Rumsfeld admits that $2.3 Trillion is missing from the Pentagon.

What do we have in common? We are all victims of reckless monetary policy.

 

9/11

Year 2001 “9/11”

09/11/2001 – 9/11: America is devastated.

What do we have in common?

We all witnessed this attack on American soil.

 

We Will Never Forget

Year 2001 “We Will Never Forget”

What do we have in common? We will never forget!

 

We're At War

Year 2001 “We’re At War”

09/12/2001 – The day after the attack President George W. Bush announced a War On Terrorism intent on targeting both terrorists and those who harbored them. Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that Osama bin Laden was a suspect.

O9/18/2001 – One week after 9/11 letters containing ANTHRAX were mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. Senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others. News media spread the fear of biological attacks.

NOTE: On 09/19/2010 CNN announced that the FBI concluded its investigation into the 2001 anthrax mailings, saying that a US biodefense researcher carried out the attacks alone.

What Unites Us: We were afraid.

09/21/2001 – BUSH: “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists”

Throughout the next 8 years images of American Flags are broadcasted to show support for American patriotism.

What do we have in common? You got a second glance if you did not participate.

10/07/2001 – We are at WAR:

The Taliban agreed to hand over Osama bin Laden upon evidence of his connection with 9/11. The US could not present proof implicating Osama but it went to war by starting air strikes in Afghanistan.

NOTE: 2006 FBI says “NO hard evidence connecting Osama Bin Laden to 9/11”.

10/26/2001 – “USA PATRIOT ACT and DOMESTIC SPYING” is signed into law by George W. Bush.

What do we have in common? We didn’t know about this until later. We did not know then that the Patriot Act will be used to undermine our hard earned rights.

2001 – US Federal Reserve lowers the federal funds rate 11 times from 6% to 1.74% creating an easy credit environment that fueled the growth of US subprime mortgages.

The economic message to the American people: We are going to give you a lot of credit so you can live the American Dream. Keep on spending money, you’ll feel better. When you’ve used up all of your credit were going to stop the cash flow, too bad if you lose your job, pension and home along the way. Don’t pay attention, you are going to inherit the war debt.

What do we have in common? We got blamed for the consequences.

 

Year 2001 "Blue Print for the American Dream"

Year 2002 “Blue Print for the American Dream”

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The War Over War

Year 2002 “The War Over War”

01/02/2002 – The Euro became the common currency for twelve countries in the European Union. The biggest money change ever.

01/29/2002 – Four months after President Bush told us that we invaded Afghanistan because the Taliban would not hand over Osama bin Laden, he changed the war justification at his State of the Union address, saying that the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, because the Islamic regime did not respect the human rights of Afghan citizens.

In this speech, Bush introduces the terms “Axis of Evil” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction” (WMD, he also says that America will not wait to be attacked. “America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation’s security.”

 

2002 - American Dream

Year 2002 “American Dream”

06/17/2002 – Bush unveils his “Blueprint for the American Dream” A Public/Private Partnership to increase Minority Homeownership by 5.5 Million. They target marketed Hispanics, African Americans and faith-based communities. Easy credit became available for everyone. When the Easy Credit dried out 5 years later, our inflated assets deflated, people lost their jobs and their homes.archives.hud.gov/initiatives/blueprint/blueprint.pdf

 

2002 - Homeland Security

Year 2002 “Homeland Security”

07/26/2002 – DOMESTIC SPYING/HOMELAND SECURITY PASSED. This new addition to the US Patriot Act was signed into law on 10/26/2001 by George W. Bush without informing the American people.

09/12/2002: President Bush addresses the United Nations and warns members that Iraq presents a grave danger to the world that they must confront, or that the United States and others will act unitarily.

 

2002 - Fear Freedom

Year 2002 “Fear Freedom”

10/02/2002 – A few days before the US Senate voted to authorize the use of Military Force against Iraq, US senators were briefed that the Iraqi government had the means of delivering biological and chemical weapons by drones that could be launched from ships to attack US eastern cities and Colin Powell suggested to the United Nations that drones were transported out of Iraq and could be launched against the United States. Meantime the US Air Force challenged the CIA’s conclusions by denying outright that Iraq possessed any offensive drone capability. In spite of the controversy, US Congress passes a resolution giving authority to the US President to use military forces as he thinks necessary.

Public relations: The U.S. government engaged in an elaborate domestic campaign to market the war to its citizens. The administration declared that Saddam Hussein’s government had sought to purchase yellow cake uranium from Niger. The supporting evidence to this was later proven false.

 

Year 2003 "21 Days to Baghdad"

Year 2003 “21 Days to Baghdad”

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2003 "Collen Powell"

Year 2003 “Collen Powell”

01/15/2003 – White House announces huge deficits expected to top $200 billion in 2003 (due to the Bush Tax Cuts and the War in Afghanistan)

01/28/2003 – In his State of the Union address Bush said erroneously: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa” and announces he is ready to attack Iraq even without a UN mandate.

 02/05/2003 – US Secretary of State Colin Powell tells the United Nations about the threat of Iraqi weapons. He held up a vial of white powder equivalent to a teaspoon of anthrax and said that a lesser amount had closed down the United States Senate in 2001. Powell noted that according to UN Inspectors Iraq “could have produced 25,000 liters” of Anthrax”. While the UN inspectors had not accounted for any of this deadly material.

 

2003 "Biological Warfare"

Year 2003 “Biological Warfare”

No Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Anthrax, coincidence?

Much searching in Iraq found no WMD and the 2001 Anthrax scare was a domestic issue that had nothing to do with 9/11 or being under terrorist attack. Critical information was falsified and exaggerated, with the complicity of Mainstream Media, to engage our support for war in the Middle East.

The person the FBI named in 2006 as a possible suspect for the anthrax letters had no link to Iraq. He was Bruce Ivins, a scientist working at the Army’s biodefence labs at Fort Detrick, MD. Ivins denied any involvement and he committed a suspicious suicide in 2008. No formal charges were ever filed against him and no direct evidence of his involvement has been uncovered.

02/15/2003: Largest protest day in human history.

Massive peace demonstrations take place in the US and around the world, protesting the potential invasion of Iraq. They were ignored by our elected officials and by our mainstream media.

What do we have in common? Fear! I wanted to protest but I was afraid.

02/18/2003: 100,000 U.S. troops were assembled in Kuwait in preparation for the invasion of Iraq.

 

2003 "U.S. Invasion Live"

Year 2003 “U.S. Invasion Iraq “21 Days to Baghdad – Live”

03/20-21/2003: . 

The world watched as U.S. Forces and their allies attack Baghdad. Live VIA CNN.

 

2003 "Paul Bremer"

Year 2003 “Paul Bremer”

05/11/2003: Weeks after the 21 days of Baghdad, Generals in charge of operations were removed from Iraq. On May 11, 2003 Paul Bremer took charge as the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

His first two orders destabilized the remaining Iraqi government and dismantled the Iraqi military putting 400,000 Iraqi soldiers out of a job. Soldiers were told to lay down their weapons and go home. Tune into a local radio station and wait further instructions. The resulting massive unemployment fueled the insurgency.

During his 13 months in Iraq, Paul Bremer established 100 new orders for governing the Iraqi people, including:

Order #12: Trade Liberalization Policy: Suspends all tariffs, customs duties, import taxes, licensing fees and similar surcharges for goods entering or leaving Iraq. This led to an immediate and dramatic inflow of cheap consumer products, which essentially wiped out all local providers of the same products.

Order #40: BANK LAW: Turned the banking sector from a state-run to a market-driven system overnight by allowing foreign banks to enter the Iraqi market and to purchase up to 50 percent of Iraqi banks.

Order #81: PLANT VARIETY LAW: Prohibits Iraqi farmers from using their own seeds and forcing them to buy seeds from multinational seed corporations from the US and Europe.

07/09/2003 – Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces the price of the Iraq war is about 3.9 billion a month. Nearly double the 04/2003 estimates.

 

2003 "What's Plan B"

Year 2003 “What’s Plan B”

We were told that Iraq was building and concealing Weapons of Mass Destruction. This justified the war but there were no WMD. Oops!

2003 Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan lowers Federal Reserve’s key interest rate to 1%. New and refinanced Home Mortgages are BOOMING as Americans take advantage of the lowest interest rates since 1958.

2003 – Census Bureau reported the number of Americans living in poverty had increased by 1.3 million in 2003 and the ranks of those without health insurance had increased by 1.4 million, the third straight annual increase in both categories.

2003 – Depression: 10 Million Americans suffer from Major Depressive Disorder.

 

Year 2004 "NO Draft"

Year 2004 “NO Draft”

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Year 2004 "Back Door Draft"

Year 2004 “Back Door Draft”

Mood Of The Nation: In 2004 during our presidential election President George W. Bush said there would be NO DRAFT! This made us feel that the war in Afghanistan and Iraq were under control. His words made us feel that our soldiers would be coming home soon.

11/04/2004 – Bush wins Re-Election

Backdoor Draft: Bush promised the American people that there would be no draft. Instead he called in the “Backdoor Draft” which kept more than 50,000 military service members in service beyond their original agreements.

Americans were also not aware that increases in military spending went to hiring private multinational mercenaries to fight for us.

 

Year 2004 "Bush Response to Iraq Insurgency"

Year 2004 “Bush Response to Iraq”

02/03/2004 – CIA admits that the imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction was not present before the 2003 Iraq invasion began.

06/09/2003 – The Senate Intelligence Committee released a unanimous “Report on Pre-War Intelligence on Iraq,” evaluating the assessments that formed the basis for the Bush administration’s justifications for the war.

It strongly criticized the CIA and other intelligence agencies, concluding that “most of the major key judgments” on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were either “overstated, or were not supported by, the underlying intelligence report.”

It challenged the CIA’s assertions (declaration, statement, claim, allegation, affirmation), that Iraq was reconstituting (building up again) its nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs.

It also concluded that there were “no operational links” between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, exposing another false justification for the war used by Bush and Cheney.

In October, the Iraq Survey Group’s final report confirmed that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction nor a formal plan to revive its WMD program.

In response, Bush says “Removal of Iraq’s repressive dictatorship is grounds enough for waging war” and contended “America is safer today with Saddam Hussein in prison.” That was not what he said before to the UN, Congress and the American People.

 

Year 2004 "SOLD"

Year 2004 “SOLD”

2004 – US Home-ownership all time high of 69%.

2004 – Federal budget deficit reached a record $413 billion in 2004.

The “Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that two-thirds of the 2004 deficit were the result of Bush Tax Cuts.

The Bush administration countered that the president’s tax cuts had in fact kept the country’s recession shallow and brief and were now stimulating the economy.

 

Year 2004 "U.S. Prisons"

Year 2004 “U.S. Prisons”

2004 – The United States has the highest prison population in the world.

10 million people were on probation, in jail or in prison.

 

2004 "Iraq"

Year 2004 “Iraq”

2004 – Iraq descends into chaos.

10/25/2004 “Report Suspicious Activity”: 380 tons, or about 100 truckloads of explosives are reported missing from a military installation south of Baghdad.

 

Year 2006 "KATRINA"

Year 2005 “KATRINA”

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Year 2005 "CAFTA"

Year 2005 “CAFTA”

06/01/2005 – Paul Wolfowitz, former US Deputy Secretary of Defense and one of the 25 signatories of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), becomes President of the World Bank.

08/02/2005 – Bush signs CAFTA Central American Free Trade Agreement.

 

Year 2005 "Hurricane Katrina"

Year 2005 “Hurricane Katrina”

08/25/2005 – Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast causing severe destruction from Florida to Texas. 80% of New Orleans was under water. More than one million Gulf Coast residents were displaced. Investigators ignored multiple witnesses reports of hearing explosions before the levees broke.

 

Year 2005 "FEMA"

Year 2005 “FEMA”

2005 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA – was not properly prepared to meet the Katrina challenge. Over 1,300 people perish in one of the worst natural disasters to strike the United States.

 

Year 2005 "Patriot Act"

Year 2005 “Patriot Act”

12/15/ 2005 – The New York Times reports that in 2002, Bush signed The US Patriot Act to allow the National Security Agency to spy on Americans suspected of being connected to terrorist activity without a warrant. This order is in open disregard to our Bill of Rights and the US Constitution that Bush had sworn to defend.

12/17/2005 – Bush confirms secret eavesdropping program and lashed out at those involved in publicly revealing the program.

 

Year 2005 "H.R.4437"

Year 2005 “H.R.4437”

12/16/2005: H.R. 4437 the Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act is passed by the Unites States House of Representatives. It is now a Felony crime to help an illegal immigrant to enter or remain in the U.S. – By 2007 over 1 million people had left the US on their own.

2005 – The housing market boom starts to decline as foreclosures increase.

2005 – Gas Prices go up from $1.70 to $3.10 per gallon.

Exxon Mobile, Chevron, BP, Conoco Phillips, Valero Energy and American arms of Royal Dutch Shell earned $110. Billion in Profit. When asked how they could justify these increases, their response was “We have a right to make a profit”.

2005 – War spending in Iraq and Afghanistan increases as the “War on Terror” Continues.

2005 – Majority of Americans believe the Iraq invasion was a mistake.

 

Year 2006 "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Year 2006 “Where Do We Go From Here?”

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Year 2006 "With US Or Your a Terrorist"

Year 2006 “With US Or Your a Terrorist”

01/19/2006 – NEWS VIA Audio Tape: After a year of silence, Osama bin Laden says al-Qaeda is, planning to attack the United States.

 

Year 2006 "Sticking To His Guns"

Year 2006 “Sticking To His Guns”

02/09/2006 – NEWS: President Bush signs the law renewing the Patriot Act, including a statement stating that he does not consider himself bound by its requirement to tell Congress how the law is being used.

02/15/2006NEWS: House releases report on the response to Hurricane Katrina, assigning blame on all levels of government.

 

Year 2006 "Global Warming"

Year 2006 “Global Warming”

An Inconvenient Truth (Documentary Film 2006) opened the world’s eyes to climate change and sparked a worldwide conversation that continues today.

Climate change reports are in the news media. Pros and cons are advertised as truth and fiction.

 

Year 2006 "UNEMPLOYMENT"

Year 2006 “ECONOMY”

2006 – American economy starts its downward flow.

2006 – AAA Rating agencies make billions in profits – Home loans started declining. Over 90% of subprime mortgages were adjustable-rate mortgages.

2006 – 617,660 file bankruptcy

2006 – Unemployment 7 Million

2006 – US: Products bought in America are overwhelmingly made in China and India.

 

Year 2006 "Revolt of the Generals"

Year 2006 “Revolt of the Generals”

Early 2006 – “Revolt of the Generals “six retired generals, publicly criticized Bush’s handling of the Iraq war and some generals demanded the firing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

2006 – Scandals of military prisoner abuse surface.

2006 – War spending in Iraq and Afghanistan steadily increases.

 

Year 2006 "Who Gets To Be An American"

Year 2006 “Who Gets To Be An American”

2006 – Millions of people protest over proposed change to U.S. Immigration Policy.

11/07/2006 – NEWS: Democrats take back Congress

 

Year 2007 "Report Suspicious Activity"

Year 2007 “Report Suspicious Activity”

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Year 2007 "Made in America"

Year 2007 “Made in America”

01/10/2007 – NEWS: Bush announces planning to send 21,500 troops to Iraq.

 

Year 2007 " Global Warming"

Year 2007 ” Global Warming”

01/30/2007 – GLOBAL WARMING: CBS NEWS: “Two private advocacy groups told a congressional hearing Tuesday that climate scientists at seven government agencies say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/groups-say-scientists-pressured-on-warming/

02/2007 – GLOBAL WARMING: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report finds ExxonMobil spent nearly $16 million to fund skeptic groups and create confusion around the certainty of global warming and used its access to the Bush administration to block federal policies and shape government communications on global warming.

http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/legacy/assets/documents/global_warming/exxon_report.pdf

International debates between scientists and government officials continue to volley.

03/2007 – GLOBAL WARMING: United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “Fourth Assessment Report” on Climate Change

This report is the largest and most detailed summary of the climate change situation ever undertaken, produced by thousands of authors, editors, and reviewers from dozens of countries, citing over 6,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies.

 

Year 2007 "UNemployed"

Year 2007 “Unemployed”

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: AAA rating agencies Moodys. Standard & Poor’s and Fitch make billions in profits on the sub prime home mortgage advice they gave investors. Advisors in control took advantage of the ones being controlled

08/17/2007 (Friday): Lending Market Collapses. I remember. We had an appointment the following Monday with a lending broker. Over that weekend our life altered direction.

2007: Lenders began foreclosure proceedings on nearly 1.3 million properties, a 79% increase over 2006.

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2007 American credit card debt surges. Prime interest rate is 8.25%.

2007 850,912 people and business declare BANKRUPTCY.

2007 – Our inflated assets deflated.

2007 C.P.I. (Consumer Price Index): The value of $1 U.S.D is .80 cents compared to 2000.

 

Year 2007 "future of Terrorism"

Year 2007 “future of Terrorism”

2007 – Over 1 MILLION illegal immigrants leave and or deported nation wide.

2007 – Missing $1 billion in tractor-trailers, tank recovery vehicles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other equipment and services provided to the Iraqi security forces.

12/06/2007 CBS News: Mismanaged & Wasted in Iraq – $10 billion – Halliburton Overcharges Classified by the Pentagon as Unreasonable and Unsupported – $1.4 billion.

 

Year 2008 "Wall Street Bailout"

Year 2008 “Wall Street Bailout”

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Year 2008 "Friday 09/19/2008"

Year 2008 “Friday 09/19/2008”

09/19/2008 – FRIDAY: US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Former CEO of Goldman Sachs debuts a 2-½-page plan unveiling our economic catastrophe. The plan is to bail out Wall Street by giving them $700 Billion U.S.D. Congress is given a one-week deadline to agree to this debt to the American people.

Year 2008 "Wednesday 09/24/2008"

Year 2008 “Wednesday 09/24/2008”

09/24/2008 – WEDNESDAY: Bush WARNS the Nation; failure to act quickly could result in a long and painful recession!

 

Year 2008 "Monday 09/29/2008"

Year 2008 “Monday 09/29/2008”

09/29/2008 – MONDAY: “Bailout” plan rejected. The DOW looses 777 points, the biggest one-day point decline ever. Approximately $1.2 Trillion U.S.D. market value evaporates. The wealth of American families plunged nearly 18% in 2008.

The 2008 stock market crash was the WORST decline since 1931.

 

Year 2008 "Friday 10/03/2008"

Year 2008 “Friday 10/03/2008”

10/03/2008 – FRIDAY: Wall Street Bailout Approved: Signed G.W. Bush.

The “Wall Street Bail Out” shocked, awed and squeezed the American people again, financially and emotionally. The money the banks received was NOT provided to the banks customers. For the next few years it was a charade to try and get a loan.

Question: If we had given the bailout the week before would the stock market have evaporated $1.2 Trillion U.S.D. market value assets?

 

Year 2008 "End of Bush - Hello Obama"

Year 2008 “End of Bush – Hello Obama”

2008 – Obama wins Presidential election. His slogan “Yes We Can”! inspires people for change. Good Luck! This is what you inherited!

2008 – War spending in Iraq and Afghanistan peak in 2008. Obama inherits the war debt and new military/Homeland Security service and equipment contracts that Bush committed to the War on Terrorism.

2008 – Gas Prices $1.61 – $4.11 Exxon Mobil breaks its own record with $45.2 Billion U.S.D. in PROFIT.

2008 – 1,117,771 bankruptcies are filed. Unemployment peaks at 8,924,000 but will jump to 14,265,000 in 2009.

2008 – One U.S.D. is worth .75 cents compared to $1.U.S. $ in 2000.

2008 – 9.2% of all U.S. mortgages outstanding were either delinquent or in foreclosure

2008 – Lenders began foreclosures on nearly 2.3 million properties. An 81% increase over 2007.

2008 – The U.S. Imprisons more people than any other country.

2008 – The economy just crashed and burned.

NOTE: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke enlightened us that between 1996 and 2004, the USA current ACCOUNT deficit increased from 1.5% to 5.8% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Financing these deficits required the USA to borrow large sums from abroad, much of it from countries running trade surpluses, mainly the emerging economies in Asia and oil-exporting nations.

QUESTION: Is the GDP debt because products we use are now made overseas and we have to import them?

QUESTION: Whose debt is the GDP, Government or Corporations?

QUESTION: Who is making the decisions on what the USA is producing and exporting, Government or Corporations?

QUESTION: Are we in-debt to oil-exporting nations because the Military Industrial Complex, Oil Industry and Banking conglomerations want control? Is this debt part of the War on Terrorism?

 

Year 2009 "Downsizing"

Year 2009 “Downsizing”

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Year 2009 "Yes We Can"

Year 2009 “Yes We Can”

2009 – Wall Street Executives Receives $18 Billion U.S.D. in Bonuses.

03/2008 – 05/2009: CNN Money (12/01/2010 ) Reports the Federal Reserve made $9 TRILLION U.S.D. in loans to major banks and Wall Street firms. “The amount of cash being pumped out to the financial giants was not previously disclosed”.

2009 – Amendment to AUDIT the Federal Reserve is approved by the House Financial Services Committee but obstructed by the New Federal Reserves chairman Ben Bernanke because it “would shatter the Fed’s independence.”

2009 – Exxon Mobil breaks its own record with $45.2 Billion U.S.D. in PROFIT. NOTE: 2008 – Gas Prices $1.61 – $4.11

2009 – Economy shrinks 3.8 percent.

2009 – Foreclosures increased 2.8 million, a 21% increase vs. 2008.

 

Year 2009 "Unemployment"

Year 2009 “Unemployment”

2009 “Unemployment”

2009 – Unemployment increases  from 8,924,000 to 14,265,000.

2009 – 62.5 % American Families saw their net worth decline between 2007 – 2009.

2009 – Budget cuts are implemented as cities start going under financially and Main St U.S.A. shuts down. Credit dried up. There was no construction going on.

2009 – Buzz Words Nuclear War, Nuclear Armament, Nuclear Attack, and Nuclear Energy.

 

Year 2009 "Mid East War"

Year 2009 “Mid East War”

2009 – State Department notifies Blackwater U.S. “Will not renew Security Contract”. Blackwater changes their name to XE

2009 – KBR Pleads guilty to paying Tens of Millions of dollars in bribes to Nigerian officials.

NOTE: KBR, was spun off from its former parent corporation Halliburton in 2007.

KBR/Haliburton has been under fire for its business practices in providing logistical support to the U.S. war effort in Iraq.

12/01/2009 – NEWS: Obama announces a surge of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to stem increased efforts by the Taliban in the country.

2009 – British Petroleum (BP), Exxon Mobil and Shell receive Iraq Oil Contracts.

They were among the oil giants that played the most aggressive role, lobbying to ensure that the invasion would result in an Iraq that was open to foreign oil companies.

2009 – NEWS: U.S. Army report indicates military veterans have double the suicide rate of civilians.

 

Year 2010 "The cloning of America"

Year 2010 “The cloning of America”

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Year 2010 "Main St U.S.A."

Year 2010 “Main St U.S.A.”

Summer 2010 – My husband and I traveled through the Midwest and noticed that Main Street in the towns we visited was Foreclosed, For Sale or For Rent. Thrift and Dollar Stores were open for business along with Wallmart and Check Cashing outlets.  On the highway we saw generic shopping centers offering imported items. We had similar experiences traveling to major US cities where slightly more upscale brand name stores were common, but they were the same in every major city and filed with items that were not made in America. We both remember when cities had unique shopping districts reflecting local creativity.

2010 – 1,593,081 people and business file Bankruptcy in the U.S.A.

2010 – Unemployment reaches 14,825,000.

2010 – 52 million American adults (28% of working-age adults) found themselves uninsured at some point during 2010.

 

Year 2010 "GMO"

Year 2010 “GMO”

2010 – Health care and climate change issues have been bouncing back and forth between truth and fiction during political debates.

2010 – 93% of the planted area of soybeans, 93% of cotton, 86% of corn and 95% sugar beets are genetically modified varieties.

GMOs are used in biological and medical research, production of pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine and agriculture.

Future foreseen applications of GMOs include drugs in food.

4 symptoms GMO poisoning: eczema, inflammation, allergies, cancer.

 

Year 2010 "Public Debt"

Year 2010 “Public Debt”

Shock and Awe images in the news media and advertising, of war, fear, consumerism and patriotism have played with our emotions.

2010 – Bush told us originally that his Tax Cuts were going to help the economy but in their first 10 years, those cuts meant the largest transfer of wealth to already rich Americans. America paid more than $400 Billion U.S.D. in new interest while $2.6 Trillion U.S.D. was added to our public debt.

2010 – Hall of Corporate Shame: Twenty nine Major Corporations Paid No Federal Taxes between 2008-2010. These companies did manage to pay $400,000. per day to lobby lawmakers and influence political elections. Companies included General Electric, Wells Fargo, Boeing. Verizon Communications, Mattel, Pepco Holdings. Baxter International, Intel Corporation.

2010 According to data from the US Department of Defense (DoD), there are around 112,000 contractors employed by the US military currently working in Afghanistan and 95,000 contractors employed by the US working in Iraq. 28,343 are private security contractors (PSCs) protecting personnel, convoys and bases.

No Draft meant: US taxpayers will pay for hiring mercenaries.

2010 – Operation Iraqi Freedom ends. New name for Iraq war is: “Operation New Dawn”.

2010 – The Federal Reserve released a study that said “The average American family’s net worth dropped almost 40% between 2007 and 2010, wiping out 18 years of savings.”

2010 – According to a government report, interest costs on the National Debt plus escalating Social Security and Medicare spending, will absorb 92% of the federal revenue by the year 2019.

 

Year 2011" Occupy"

Year 2011″ Occupy”

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Year 2011 "Live Breaking News"

Year 2011 “Live Breaking News”

Personal: Between 2008 and 2011 six friends came to live with us because they had no place to go. We tried to refinance our home. The refinance application was insanely demanding, it took 2 months, 150 emails and we got declined. Many of the stores we sell to went bankrupt and others asked for extra financing. To keep our company’s cash flow we withdrew from our pension fund to loan it to our business.

2011 – CPI Consumer Price Index: The value of $1 U.S.D. is $0.69 compared to 2000. This means that our currency lost 31% of its purchase power in 11 years.

2011- Japan hit by powerful earthquake and tsunami causing the worst nuclear disaster yet. Radiation makes its way towards the U.S. affecting sea life and our food supply.

 

Year 2011 "Debt = Slavery"

Year 2011 “Debt = Slavery”

2011 – Protestors take to the streets to Occupy Wall Street. Claiming that large corporations and the global financial system are benefiting a few and undermining democracy. Within its first month protests had expanded to 700 cities in over 80 countries making the “Occupy” movement the largest international protest in history. We were able to see its early stages in mainstream news and then had to switch to alternative Internet media to learn of the repressive measures taken by authorities to neutralize it.

2011- Disillusioned with big banks, 650,000 US customers moved $4.5 Billion to smaller local banks.

 

Year 2011 "People VS Corporations"

Year 2011 “People VS Corporations”

2011 – PUBLIC NOTICE:  Due to lost jobs, bank fees, tuition hikes, oil spills, insider trading, budget cuts, military hikes, secret funding, indefinite detention, warranty-less spying, and bi-partisan stalling, Americans no longer know who to trust.

 

Year 2011 "War Spending"

Year 2011 “War Spending”

2011 –  The out of grace mercenary group Blackwater, also known as XE, changes its name again to: ACADEMI – Elite Trained Protection “10 years experience deploying over 75,000 personnel around the globe”.

Changing names worked and ACADEMI receives a new $250 Million contract to provide military services in Afghanistan. John Aschroft, former U.S. Attorney General under Bush, becomes Academi’s New Ethics Director.

2011 – Xbox 360 releases a new video game called “Blackwater”. Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, compares the game to children playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians, so young minds get the impression that being an action killer is cool. You can watch this game trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_V0bftQAqc

2011- More U.S. soldiers are dying from suicide than in combat during the Afghanistan and Iraq War.

 

Year 2011 "WTC Building 7"

Year 2011 “WTC Building 7”

2011- Only 5% of Americans know that 3 buildings fell at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Even less know that Thermite (an explosive used to demolish steel buildings) was found in the WTC debris. Calls for a new independent investigation continue to be ignored.

5 Facts about Building 7

1) If fire caused Building 7 to collapse, it would be the first ever fire-induced collapse of a steel-frame high-rise.

2) Building 7’s collapse was not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report.

3) It took the federal government seven years to conduct an investigation and issue a report for Building 7.

4) Over 1,700 American architects and engineers have signed a petition calling for a new investigation into the destruction of Building 7, specifying that it should include a full inquiry into the possible use of explosives.

5) Building 7 housed several intelligence and law enforcement agencies including:

_ Department of Defense (DOD)

_ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

_ United States Secret Service (SS)

_ Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

_ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

_ Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

_ New York City Office of Emergency Service (“Giuliani’s Bunker”)

 

Year 2012 'Wag The Dog"

Year 2012 ‘Wag The Dog”

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Year 2012 "Plutocracy"

Year 2012 “Plutocracy”

2012 – December: As we waited for something special to happen at the end of the Mayan Calendar I took a random survey asking how did 2012 feel? Everyone I questioned told me “2012 was a Great Year”. This made me excited to put together the last panel in this American History 21st Century collection. My enthusiasm declined as I opened the boxes of images and data I collected and started my research, which made me name 2012 “Wag the Dog”. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend it.

2012 was an illusion. It felt good. Money was loosening up. You saw construction happening. Images presented to us were family oriented, but 2012 has under-layers of information which, when put together, makes me shake inside.

2012 will expand into individual posts once a day for the next week.

 

Year 2012 "New Law"

Year 2012 “New Laws”

Did the Occupy movement scare the government?

12/31/2011 – National Defense Authorization Act

Title X, Subtitle D, entitled “Counter-Terrorism_ sub-sections 1021 and 1022

“Indefinite detention without trial” An unconstitutional measurement, reversing civil rights gained back in the Habeas Corpus era.

05/2012 – H.R. 347 “Another anti-Occupy law” Punishable up to ten years in jail to protest anywhere the Secret Service “is or will be temporarily visiting”. The Secret Service is now a division of Homeland Security and by the nature of their work they often do not announce where they will be, effectively making it unsafe to protest anywhere.

 

Year 2012 "Danny the Syrian"

Year 2012 “Danny the Syrian”

2012 – February 2012 – Danny the Syrian is speaking to CNN telling the world that he’s in a town that is being attacked by the Syrian government. This news is being broadcast internationally. Something didn’t feel right. Who was this guy speaking English with a British accent, talking to Anderson Cooper and being called Danny The Syrian? His message fueled a lot of alarm and escalated war. He was discredited later for enhancing his interviews with gunfire theatrics and background explosions. Who was listening when the Syrian government was saying, “We aren’t doing this”?

The Assad government was denying these attacks on their people. VIA mainstream media there was a lot of pressure put on the government. They sent military forces to investigate these reports. They were shot at, they shot back and the civil war became real.

CNN promoted Danny the Syrian until he became the mainstream media’s poster child for a military invasion of Syria. The story was compelling, with gunfire, explosions and graphic images of bombed buildings, dead people and injured children. It was later proven that Danny the Syrian falsified his information and was caught on camera coordinating gunfire and explosions to be staged during his interview with CNN.

 

Year 2012 "Global Warming"

Year 2012 “Global Warming”

Impacts of Global Warming

2012 – Our scientists have been trying to tell our government that Climate Change is Real. During 2012 there were 11 Natural Disasters in the US costing over $1 Billion each, they included droughts, wildfires, hurricanes and floods.

2012 – Was the Hottest Year on Record – Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 degrees, 3.2 degrees above the average recorded during the 20th century and 1.0 degree above 1998, until now the hottest on record.

2012 – Arctic sea ice hit a record low this year while reports from the private sector are trying to debunk the overwhelming scientific data. Laws are being passed that release private industries from responsibility for harmful wrong doing to the environment.

 

Year 2012 "Lobbyist"

Year 2012 “Lobbyist”

2012 – There are twelve thousand lobbyists in Washington D.C. Corporations (many of them foreign), Foundations and Think Tanks spend Millions of Dollars lobbying to advance their interests.

This pressure from self-interests challenges our financial, our health and our well being for present and future generations. Our system is failing us and it needs an audit and overhaul.

 

Year 2012 "Who is Watching You"

Year 2012 “Who is Watching You”

It feels like we are pawns in a global chess game. It’s not about what’s right verses what’s wrong, it’s about profit and control.

 

Year 2012 "You are Under Surveillance"

Year 2012 “You are Under Surveillance”

 

Year 2012 "Underlying Structures - Prison"

Year 2012 “Underlying Structures – Prison”

2012 – “2.4 Million People Behind Bars”: More than 1 in 100 adults in the United States were in prison or jail, plus 5 million more were being monitored through probation or parole.

04/22/2012 – CBS NEWS: U.S.A. has close to 5% of the world’s population and holds 25% of the world’s prisoners. Ironically, our Land of the Free has the highest incarceration rate of its citizens than any other county on earth, including the most repressive dictatorships.

Statistics show that more than 50% of prisoners once released will be back behind bars within 3 years.

 

Year 2012 "Prison Habitation"

Year 2012 “Prison Habitation”

The cost of incarcerating one inmate averages between $30,000 and $60,000 per year, the equivalent to a teacher or firefighter’s salary. Our epidemic of incarceration costs US taxpayers $63 billion dollars a year.

QUESTION: If crime rate is down more than 40% over the last 20 years, WHY do we have more prisoners in jail?

NOTE: Forty two (42) years ago our political system declared the “War on Drugs.”

Forty five (45) MILLION arrests have been made costing over $2.5 trillion dollars and causing collateral damage to society.

Non-violent offenders make up over 60 percent of the prison and jail population.

Nonviolent drug offenders now account for about one-fourth of all offenders.

 

Year 2012 "Borders"

Year 2012 “Borders”

Why are our borders being walled off?

 

Year 2012 "More Borders"

Year 2012 “More Borders”

Republicans have said repeatedly they would not support a comprehensive immigration bill unless it stopped foreigners from illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Year 2012 "More Borders"

Year 2012 “More Borders”

Are we being shut in or shut out?

 

Year 2012 'More Borders"

Year 2012 ‘More Borders”

 

Year 2012 "PUBLIC DEBT"

Year 2012 “Divided”

Mainstream news media constantly reminds us that we are divided. This keeps us confused, debating or just ignoring the issues because we are numbed down.

Our president tells us that the government can’t balance the budget and we’re left hanging on a fiscal cliff. News media is telling us that unless congress passes bills quickly the government will shut down.

06/11/2012 – Federal Reserve releases a triennial study that said, “The average American family’s net worth dropped almost 40% between 2007 and 2010”.

The stunning average drop indicates that the recession wiped away 18 years of savings and investment by families.

 

Year 2012 "NATIONAL DEBT"

Year 2012 “NATIONAL DEBT”

U.S. National Debt Clock – http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Outstanding National Debt as of June 18, 2016 at 2:05 P.M. PST is: $19,281,376,278,669.

The estimated population of the United States is 322,890,591. Each U.S. citizen’s share of this debt is $59,551.

The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.37 billion per day since September 30, 2012.

 

Year 2012 "NATIONAL DEBT"

Year 2012 “NATIONAL DEBT”

It’s true! The public national debt is growing. What is our country spending so much money on!

 

Year 2012 "CREDIT CARD WARS"

Year 2012 “CREDIT CARD WARS”

Oct 12, 2012 – Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledges two Credit Card Wars!

Which two? War on Terror, War on Afghanistan or War on Iraq?

The U.S. Military is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world.

 

Year 2000 "NATIONAL DEBT"

Year 2000 “NATIONAL DEBT”

During the first 13 years of our new millennium our Public National Debt has tripled.

 

Year 2012 "MILITARY BUDGET 59%"

Year 2012 “MILITARY BUDGET 59%”

2012 – 59% of the Governments Budget is spent on the Military.

Who’s getting these Government Military Contracts and what are they buying?

 

Years 2012 - 2016 "INTEREST ON PUBLIC DEBT"

Years 2012 – 2016 “INTEREST ON PUBLIC DEBT”

The Interest DEBT our government pays includes seven (7) categories.

  1. Interest on Treasury Debt Securities (gross)
  2. Interest Paid to Trust Fund Receipt Accounts – Shadow Account
  3. Interest Paid to Expenditure Accounts – Shadow Account
  4. Interest Paid to Federal Fund Receipt Accounts – Shadow Account
  5. Payment to the Resolution Funding Corporation
  6. Interest Paid to Credit Financing Accounts
  7. Refunding Internal Revenue Collections – Interest

Source: usfederalbudget.us/

 

"U.S. DEBT PROJECTIONS"

“U.S. DEBT PROJECTIONS”

What do we have in common? Our present system is not sustainable.

 

2012 / DHS (Department of Homeland Security)

Year 2012 “DHS – Department of Homeland Security”

After the first Gulf War (Papa Bush) a law was passed in 1994 (Clinton) authorizing the Pentagon to donate surplus military equipment to local police departments.

Since 1994 millions of pieces of equipment designed for use on a foreign battlefield have been handed over for use on U.S. streets, against U.S. citizens.

The Pentagon has distributed M-16s, M-14s, grenade launchers, armored personnel carriers, tanks, helicopters and airplanes to civilian police agencies across the nation.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created as a direct result of 9/11 and first initiated by President George W. Bush.

The 9/11 attacks provided an excuse for auxiliary militarization of America’s police departments. Some police departments switched to battle dress uniforms instead the traditional police uniform.

Psychological Operations: Critics say subtle changes like a more militarized uniform can change both public perception of the police and how police see their own role in the community.

The military’s job is to protect against a foreign enemy. Police are charged with keeping the peace and protecting the constitutional rights of American citizens and residents. It’s dangerous to combine the two.

That is why the U.S. passed the “Posse Comitatus Act” in 1878, a federal law that forbids the use of federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States.

 

Year 2012 "DHS True / False"

Year 2012 “DHS True / False”

Department of Homeland Security is giving grants to police agencies across the country to purchase vehicles like the Leno Bearcat, modified armored personnel carrier that sells for about $250,000 each.

 

Year 2012 "DHS Report Suspicious Activity"

Year 2012 “DHS Report Suspicious Activity”

DHS Buys 2,500 GLS armored fighting vehicles. Are we being prepared for mass civil unrest?

Year 2012 "DHS War is Business"

Year 2012 “DHS War is Business”

2012 – DHS grants have led to a booming law enforcement industry that specifically markets military-style weaponry to local police departments.

– The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) retrofitted 2,717 ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles.

– They retrofitted vintage MaxxPro vehicles that were first Designed in 2007.

– Business is good, Navistar International continues to anticipate new vehicle capabilities and enhancements for its entire fleet of 32,000 vehicles.

 

Year 2012 "DHS Shoot to Kill"

Year 2012 “DHS Shoot to Kill”

DHS has recently purchased 7,000 automatic assault rifles, calling it a “Personal Defense Weapons Solicitation” and it has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, this amounts to about 5 bullets for each American Citizen.

 

Year 2012 "DHS EAGLE IT Contracts"

Year 2012 “DHS EAGLE IT Contracts”

DHS has a contract award program called Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE).

EAGLE Contracts: Indefinite, delivery, quantity contracts for IT support.

United States Department of Homeland Security recipients of DHS Eagle (IT) Contracts are national and international corporations selling IT security and information management.

 

Year 2012 "We The People Need Change"

Year 2012 “We The People Need Change”

About this time I started “Looking for a Hero!

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous - Time Magazine"

Year 2012 “Anonymous – Time Magazine”

In 2012 ”Time magazine called Anonymous one of the “100 most influential people in the world.”

What was going on with Anonymous? Who is this masked man who was popping up everywhere?

Anonymous is distinguished in public by wearing a stylized Guy Fawkes Mask and was changing the nature of protesting. Anonymous represents NON-censorship. He operates on ideas rather than directives.

I like this guy. He’s always smiling!

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous"

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

What was going on with Anonymous?

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous"

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

He was popping up everywhere!

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous”

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

Spain – France

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous”

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

Germany – Sweden – Ukraine – United Kingdom

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous”

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

Tunisia  – Jordan – Egypt

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous”

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

Israel – Turkey

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous”

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

Canada – Australia – Brazil – Bahrain

 

Year 2012 "Anonymous”

Year 2012 “Anonymous”

Thailand – Indonesia – South Korea – Malaysia

 

Year 2012: Health / GMO "Suffering Depression"

Year 2012 Health / GMO “Suffering Depression”

In 2012 health care spending in the US accounted for 16.9% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) one the highest in the world and yet the United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system.

 

Year 2012 “CNN Get Your Flu Shot”

Year 2012 “CNN Get Your Flu Shot”

CNN news pushed us to “Get our flu shots” by telling us: “50,000 people expected to die this year from flu related deaths. Get your flu shot NOW, supplies are running low.”

The vaccination industry is blossoming in spite of their suspected serious side-effects.

 

Year 2012 “Cancer Warning Sign”

Year 2012 “Cancer Warning Sign”

I went to a popular restaurant with my parents where I saw a sign that said “Warning Chemicals know to the State of California to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm may be present in food or beverages sold or served here”.

I asked other guests waiting for a table if anyone had seen this sign before. Three people responded yes and gave me separate locations. We went to our table and ordered our meals. Reflecting later I wondered why we all stayed and ate in spite of the clear warning. We are becoming numbed to dangerous environments.

 

Year 2012 “HR 933 Monsanto Protection Act”

Year 2012 “HR 933 Monsanto Protection Act”

Ever hear the saying “You are what you eat”? There is a strong connection to the food we eat and our health.

MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT (March 2013): Our president tells us that the government can’t balance the budget and mainstream news was telling us that unless congress passes bills quickly the government will shut down.

Buried 78 pages within a spending bill known as “HR 933” is a provision know as the “Monsanto Protection Act” This provision protects biotech corporations such as Monsanto and is an example of corporations bending Congress to their will.

HR 933 does not allow Federal Courts to stop the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds.

HR 933 reads there is no liability to the producers of GMO or GE seeds for health risks they cause the people and environment. No Liability!

What do we have in common? The public does not expect this abuse of power.

4 indicators of being poisoned by genetically modified foods

INFLAMMATION – ALLERGIES – ECZEMA – CANCER!

 

Year 2012 “Protest Monsanto”

Year 2012 “Protest Monsanto”

Scientists, consumers, environmental and farmer protection advocates argue there have not been enough studies into the potential health risks of GMO seeds and food. Studies are showing risks to the population are present.

Many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed within the bill they were voting on. HR 933 was a spending bill aimed at averting a government shutdown.

How come the public has become numbed down to this abuse of power where a corporation governs the will and health of the people?

WHAT has Monsanto developed that is going into our agricultural system?

Why do they get to produce genetically engineered crops without federal safeguards that protect human and environmental rights?

 

Year 2012 “Conflict of Interest”

Year 2012 “Conflict of Interest”

Monsanto/Pfizer

By the early 2000’s Genetically Modified Food ingredients become installed in 2/3rds of US processed foods. Where were our elected leaders when decisions were being made that affect the health of the nation verses profit for the corporations?

Monsanto is owned by Pfizer: Pfizer is the world’s richest pharmaceutical company.

It seems like a clear conflict of interests when the company that produces medicine that makes us feel better owns the company that produces food that makes us sick.

1901 – 1997 – MONSANTO COMPANY – Chemical Conglomerate
Merged in 1997 with Pharmacia & Upjohn to form Pharmacia Corp.

2000 The merge is complete creating the parent company name Pharmacia.

2002 Pharmacia spun off it’s Monsanto Company subsidiary into a new company called Monsanto. Pharmacia is acquired by Pfizer and it includes Monsanto.

MONSANTO and Globalization:
In 2003 during the beginning of the U.S. Occupation in Iraq, an American Diplomat named Paul Bremer was put in charge of establishing new laws and order for the Iraqi people.

Paul Bremer was in Iraq for 13 months and signed 100 executive orders.

Paul Bremer / Executive Order # 81

“PATENT, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, UNDISCLOSED INFORMATION, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND PLANT VARIETY LAW“.

Prohibits Iraqi farmers from using their own seeds and forcing them to buy seeds from multinational corporations based in the US and Europe. “Hello Monsanto”

Our taxpayers founded invasion made it possible for Monsanto to expand its GMO market to Iraq.

 

Year 2012 “Chemtrails”

Year 2012 “Chemtrails”

GEO engineering is one of the most alarming situations we need to pay attention to.

To learn more go to: http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/

 

Geeks Who Leak “Edward Snowden”

Geeks Who Leak “Edward Snowden”

“I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.” Edward Snowden

“All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago.” Edward Snowden

“America is a fundamentally good country. We have good people with good values who want to do the right thing. But the structures of power that exist are working to their own ends to extend their capability at the expense of the freedom of all publics.” Edward Snowden

“I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest. There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.” Edward Snowden

“I have no regrets.” Edward Snowden

 

Geeks Who Leak “Bradley Manning”

Geeks Who Leak “Bradley Manning”

“They call me a Whistleblower” Bradley Manning

“I believed and still believe that [the Iraq and Afghan War Logs] are two of the most significant documents of our time.” ” Bradley Manning

Bradley went on to describe how he began to see that these documents exposed a horrible mess of a war.

 

Geeks Who Leak "Julian Assange Wikileaks”

Geeks Who Leak “Julian Assange Wikileaks”

“You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can’t lead to a good conclusion.” Julian Assange

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.” Julian Assange

 

“NGIA"

“NGIA”

Whoops! This is interesting!

NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY?

7500 GEOINT Drive

Springfield, Virginia 22150

571-557-5400

Geographic Names Database

“Geographic coordinates are approximate and are intended for finding purposes. The online database is updated weekly.”

nga.mil/ProductsServices/GeographicNames/Pages/default.aspx

You can’t deny Globalization.

 

"NSA"

“NSA”

NSA We know your listening.

Why Is The Department Of Defense Spying On Us?

Can you tell me “What’s Patriot about the Patriot Act?

 

Follow the Money "Audit The Federal Reserve"

Follow the Money “Audit The Federal Reserve”

2012 – The Federal Reserve launched an aggressive program to BUY $40 BILLION of Mortgage-Backed-Securities MONTHLY until the job market improved. Where is the Federal Reserve getting $40 BILLION a month?

 

"Follow The Money”

“Follow The Money”

Decisions that have been made under the name of American Democracy have done more to bankrupt the US economy than consolidate its influence around the world.

Under the name of “American Democracy” multi-national corporations, backed by foreign investors, are systematically taking over and merging with US companies.

Follow the Money: The big players are wealth management conglomerations.

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is one example of the influence wealth management conglomerations have.

_ AUTO INDUSTRY: Parts and Distribution

_ BUILDING INDUSTRY: Wholesale and Distribution

_ CONSUMER RETAIL: Shopping Centers

_ ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES: Hydraulic Fracturing & Drilling

_ FINANCIAL SERVICES: Global Billing & Payments / Debt Collection

_ GOVERNMENT SERVICES:  Weapons – Private Military Security, Service Contracts for U.S. Military, DHS, NASA. Facility Management / Base Operations / Technical Services/ Contingency and Logistics Support Services

_ GROCERY STORES:  Food Chains & Food Distribution Centers

_ HEALTH CARE: Networks & Systems. U.S. Contract to Administer Smallpox & Anthrax Vaccines

_ INTERNATIONAL BANKING: Banks – Financial Institutions

_ PHARMACEUTICALS: Anti-Depressants, Antibiotics

_ PROPERTY: Acquisition, Development, Management & Redistribution

_ REINSURANCE / LIFE INSURANCE: Reinsurance / Life Insurance

_ TRAVEL AND LEISURE: Film Production – Resort Hotel Chains

_ TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY: Space Imaging – IT Infrastructure Solutions

_ TRANSPORTATION: Public Transportation – Buses

_ WEAPONS PRODUCTION: DHS, Military and Private

 

"Mood Of The Nation"

“Mood Of The Nation”

QUESTION: “Are there private governments within our financial and corporate environments that are manipulating our behaviors and responses? Are their actions “Cause and Effect” for personal gain or the benefit of the people they make decisions for?

Mainstream Media and International PR firms have used key words and images to adjust our emotional and behavior patterns. We have become information processors used to look the other way when mayhem corrupts our cultural and social senses of what is right verses what is wrong. We have spent a lot of time reacting while our world is being redefined on profit value.

 

“Where do we go from here?"

“Where do we go from here?”

A VOICE FOR THE PEOPLE

We need an online voting system for the people.

We need to identify what’s working and collectively shift what’s not.

 

"Solutions"

“Solutions”

Game on!

 

"Burning Man 2013 Center Camp"

“Burning Man 2013 Center Camp”

F.Y.I. There was a Year 2013 Panel.

 

“Taking It To The Streets”

“Taking It To The Streets”

Asking the question “What do we have in common?’

124. W.D.W.H.I.C

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 20 (20 day story) “Follow The Money”

Audit The Federal Reserve

Audit The Federal Reserve

2012 – The Federal Reserve launched an aggressive program to BUY $40 BILLION of Mortgage-Backed-Securities MONTHLY until the job market improved. Where is the Federal Reserve getting $40 BILLION a month?

 

"Follow The Money”

“Follow The Money”

Decisions that have been made under the name of American Democracy have done more to bankrupt the US economy than consolidate its influence around the world.

Under the name of “American Democracy” multi-national corporations, backed by foreign investors, are systematically taking over and merging with US companies.

Follow the Money: The big players are wealth management conglomerations.

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is one example of the influence wealth management conglomerations have.

_ AUTO INDUSTRY: Parts and Distribution

_ BUILDING INDUSTRY: Wholesale and Distribution

_ CONSUMER RETAIL: Shopping Centers

_ ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES: Hydraulic Fracturing & Drilling

_ FINANCIAL SERVICES: Global Billing & Payments / Debt Collection

_ GOVERNMENT SERVICES:  Weapons – Private Military Security, Service Contracts for U.S. Military, DHS, NASA. Facility Management / Base Operations / Technical Services/ Contingency and Logistics Support Services

_ GROCERY STORES:  Food Chains & Food Distribution Centers

_ HEALTH CARE: Networks & Systems. U.S. Contract to Administer Smallpox & Anthrax Vaccines

_ INTERNATIONAL BANKING: Banks – Financial Institutions

_ PHARMACEUTICALS: Anti-Depressants, Antibiotics

_ PROPERTY: Acquisition, Development, Management & Redistribution

_ REINSURANCE / LIFE INSURANCE: Reinsurance / Life Insurance

_ TRAVEL AND LEISURE: Film Production – Resort Hotel Chains

_ TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY: Space Imaging – IT Infrastructure Solutions

_ TRANSPORTATION: Public Transportation – Buses

_ WEAPONS PRODUCTION: DHS, Military and Private

 

"Mood Of The Nation"

“Mood Of The Nation”

QUESTION: “Are there private governments within our financial and corporate environments that are manipulating our behaviors and responses? Are their actions “Cause and Effect” for personal gain or the benefit of the people they make decisions for?

Mainstream Media and International PR firms have used key words and images to adjust our emotional and behavior patterns. We have become information processors used to look the other way when mayhem corrupts our cultural and social senses of what is right verses what is wrong. We have spent a lot of time reacting while our world is being redefined on profit value.

 

“Where do we go from here?"

“Where do we go from here?”

A VOICE FOR THE PEOPLE

We need an online voting system for the people.

We need to identify what’s working and collectively shift what’s not.

 

"Solutions"

“Solutions”

Game on!

 

Burning Man 2013 Center Camp

Burning Man 2013 Center Camp

F.Y.I. There was a Year 2013 Panel.

 

“Taking It To The Streets”

“Taking It To The Streets”

Asking the question “What do we have in common?’

 

124. W.D.W.H.I.C

 

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Day 19 (20 day story) “Geeks Who Leak”

“Edward Snowden”

“Edward Snowden”

“I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.” Edward Snowden

“All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago.” Edward Snowden

“America is a fundamentally good country. We have good people with good values who want to do the right thing. But the structures of power that exist are working to their own ends to extend their capability at the expense of the freedom of all publics.” Edward Snowden

“I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest. There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.” Edward Snowden

“I have no regrets.” Edward Snowden

 

“Bradley Manning”

“Bradley Manning”

“They call me a Whistleblower” Bradley Manning

“I believed and still believe that [the Iraq and Afghan War Logs] are two of the most significant documents of our time.” ” Bradley Manning

Bradley went on to describe how he began to see that these documents exposed a horrible mess of a war.

 

"Julian Assange Wikileaks”

“Julian Assange Wikileaks”

“You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can’t lead to a good conclusion.” Julian Assange

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love.” Julian Assange

 

“NGIA"

“NGIA”

Whoops! This is interesting!

NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY?

7500 GEOINT Drive

Springfield, Virginia 22150

571-557-5400

Geographic Names Database

“Geographic coordinates are approximate and are intended for finding purposes. The online database is updated weekly.”

nga.mil/ProductsServices/GeographicNames/Pages/default.aspx

You can’t deny Globalization.

What do we have in common?

The values that created and nourish our country.

"NSA"

“NSA”

NSA We know your listening.

Why Is The Department Of Defense Spying On Us?

Can you tell me “What’s Patriot about the Patriot Act?

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