One of the most terrifying examples of political speeches in America was the farewell address given by its 34th president, Dwight Eisenhower. He warned the public of the dangers of unchecked political power, and called upon the nation’s citizens to keep a close and suspicious eye on their own government in the years to come. Although he was a decorated general, this former president cautioned Americans against the war machine that was being built and the untold dangers that its creation posed.
Rather than quote the speech here, I’ll encourage you to search out the specifics for yourself. The speech was only aired one time, in January of 1961, and all the folks that missed it then really missed out. Thanks to modern technology, full transcripts and even grainy video footage can be viewed online. Although it is often referred to as the ‘Military Industrial Complex’ speech, the commentary is both broad in scope and specific in detail. It warns about many dangers, perhaps the least of them military in nature. It’s also a little chilling. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #029 – We Were Warned This Would Happen!”
It’s Indie Author Spotlight time! Today I’m helping Christie Stratos reveal the cover to her latest book. You may recognize Christie as the host of The Writers Edge panels. Read on and learn more about ‘Locke and Keye (Dark Victoriana Collection Book 2)’…
Locke and Keye (Dark Victoriana Collection Book 2)
Coming September 7, 2017
Continue reading “Indie Author Spotlight – Christie Stratos reveals the cover to ‘Locke and Keye’”
Most truly evil things start off as what sounds like a good idea. All it takes is one or two course corrections, and what seemed like a brilliant plan yesterday morphs into a nightmare come true today. I won’t say the federal reserve is a prime example of that, but I won’t say it isn’t either. I’ll tell you what I’ve heard and read, and leave you to draw your own conclusions.
The first time someone told me the federal reserve was privately owned, I thought they were being silly. Then it became one of those tidbits that everyone was talking about, for a little while. Someone coined the phrase ‘the Federal Reserve is no more federal than Federal Express’ and a whole bunch of other people starting saying it.
Because it’s true. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #028 – The Federal Reserve is Privately Owned!”
Have you ever seen a car up on blocks in someone’s yard? Have you had opportunity to see that car deteriorate over time? It doesn’t take long, does it? Since metal is pretty durable, it ends up being the last of what remains. Years before it dissolves to so much drifting dust, that metal has lost structural stability to the point of virtual uselessness. One lifetime might not be long enough to watch a car turn to nothing in your driveway, but in the big scheme of things it doesn’t take much time at all.
Oh, did you think we’d be talking about the fact that losing armies never write history books, and that the winning armies often destroy the ones that existed before they came along?
Don’t worry; we’ll get to that, too. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #027 – History Has Been Erased!”
It might sound a little strange, unless you’re a chemist, but the periodic table of elements is actually a map of creation. It’s not a being or deity or anything, and few would argue that the periodic table or its elements are intelligent in and of themselves…but it tells the story of the creation of our solar system, if you read it right. I know that sounds like a weird way to put it, since ‘creation’ is often thought of in a very particular way by some people; but it makes sense, if you look at it a certain way. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #026 – The Periodic Table is a Map of Creation!”
Back in the day, there were no heart rate monitors or machines that could detect brainwaves. You listened for a heartbeat, maybe put a mirror under someone’s nose; but after they had failed those advanced medical tests, you were pretty confident it was time to put them in the ground. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #025 – Resurrection Used To Be Common!”
Did you know that people can actually be allergic to each other? There is no question that pheromones play a part in who is attracted to whom; but that’s not the only part they seem to play. Each person’s unique body chemistry is affected a little bit differently by every other person’s unique body chemistry, and some of those effects can be pretty powerful. When it’s good, it can be really good.
But, when it’s bad…. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #024 – Just Not Right for Each Other!”
The first time I heard the word ‘traditional’ get overused and misused at the same time, I was taking classes to learn Reiki. After learning about Usui Mikeo’s spiritual awakening and subsequent teachings, I was excited to study this path to understanding one’s self.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t feel bad. Even my Appletop underlined ‘Reiki’ and ‘Usui Mikeo’ in red. Let me fix that, real quick, and teach it those words…
…like I had to do with ‘Appletop’…
…and we’re good! Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #023 – There’s Nothing Traditional about Marriage!”
There have been very few situations in history where a country’s citizens were so soft that a large portion of them began to think that a life without challenge and growth was something they should expect the previous generation to hand down to them. I had to work through this issue, back when I had zero marketable skills and no desire to develop myself into something that others may find value in.
It might sound weird, but I realized that something was seriously missing in the way I had been brought up right around the time I hit adulthood. The initial temptation was to blame my parents and teachers and even society as a whole for my lack of direction and motivation and happiness. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #022 – Rites of Passage are Important!”
When I was nine or ten years old, my family moved to rural Montana. There are not a lot of people in Montana; the population has yet to reach a million, and it’s the fourth largest state. That was a major bone of contention for me, as a kid; I wanted to live somewhere with lots of people and a wide array of cultural diversity. It took awhile for me to stop being pissed off at my parents for moving us to the middle of nowhere, and I can tell you exactly what caused the shift. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #021 – This Land is Their Land!”