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DONALD TRUMP’S WALL AND WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN…. a debate inspired by Pat Buchanan’s “What Trump’s Wall Says to the World”

Asmodeous Rex • an hour ago
Donald J. Trump intention to build a wall at the southern border is an insult to all of Latin America.
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Tim in NY to Asmodeous Rex • 13 minutes ago
Uh huh…
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Charles Edward Lincoln, III to Asmodeous Rex • 43 minutes ago
I don’t see that the WALL is anything more than a re-inforced border. By your standard, Mr. Asmodeous, isn’t every border an equal insult?

Does your house have walls? is that not an insult to nature, or at least to your local weather and all your neighbors?

Walls don’t work against every kind of invasion or catastrophe (modern bombs and the IRS can penetrate almost everyone’s walls) but walls do serve to establish and declare one’s claim to private space, of reasonable expectation of peace and tranquility within a space that we can call “home”.

I don’t think Trump’s wall is going to change America—but it MIGHT help prevent MORE change than has already happened, and perhaps we can start deporting millions of people BACK on the other side of the wall who should never have crossed the border.

As a Symbol of National Sovereignty and Identity, I accept the need for a wall, although we will need to back up that SYMBOL with substantial action—I’d like to see every Latin American, African, and Asian Naturalized in 1986 by “Amnesty” to illegal alines or who immigrated after that date, lose his or her citizenship….

America is the New Jerusalem of the Europeans, by the Europeans, and for the Europeans….
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Asmodeous Rex to Charles Edward Lincoln, III • 36 minutes ago
O.K. Your reply is sensible and polite enough but the USA should be building bridges to Latin America; not promoting distrust and hostility. Are you aware that the USA has spent a lot of money and energy and lives trying to prevent that region from turning to communism?
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Charles Edward Lincoln, III to Asmodeous Rex • 26 minutes ago
That’s kind of preposterous: we have thousands of bridges of every type (air, land, and sea) to and from everywhere in Latin America. It’s easier and quicker to reach Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cancun or Acapulco from any major airline “hub” in the USA than it is to reach Alaska, which is one of our own states. It also easier and cheaper to take a cruise in the Caribbean than to Hawaii or American Samoa…or again, along the “inland passage” to Alaska… just compare the effort it will take you to get to Curacao compared to the Aleutian Islands…. I’ve done both trips….

As it happens, I turned 18 as a legal resident of Honduras while working on an archaeological research project at Copan sponsored by Harvard and the World Bank. And since then I have lived about a quarter of my life in Latin America since then, in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela….

And I have been living and or visiting in several Latin American countries during Coups…. or kidnappings (I once watched the helplessly as the German Consul in Guatemala was kidnapped)…. And on top of it all, my grandfather did major business with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, so yes, I’m quite aware of the U.S. attempts to fight communism all over Latin America….

So what exactly is your point? That because we have more-or-less succeeded in keeping communism from taking root anywhere except for Bolivia and Venezuela, and for a time in Chile—we should let all the rest of them in?

Chileans and Argentinians are pretty much “white people”…. as are MOST Colombians and many upper class Mexicans and Brazilians, for that matter, but other areas are much more racially mixed, and “upper class” immigration into the USA is NOT the source of any problems I’m aware of….
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Asmodeous Rex to Charles Edward Lincoln, III • 17 minutes ago
So then what is your point? What you’re saying is that there is already a lot of trade and commerce with that region. Shouldn’t that continue? Why create new hostilities in a region that wants to further integrate. I do hope sane people will stop all this recent madness.
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Charles Edward Lincoln, III to Asmodeous Rex • a minute ago
I guess we’re basically talking past each other about totally different things. You’re talking about Trade I guess, mostly, but I’m talking about the need to preserve America’s cultural and racial integrity by stopping the flood of immigrants. I don’t despise Latin American elites or peasantry IN THEIR CULTURAL CONTEXT. I think a lot of valuable lessons can be learned from the study of the Ancient AND Modern Maya—among other things, the value they have placed since the Spanish Conquest on resistance to cultural and racial assimilation.

The Maya of Yucatan and Guatemala are a great noble people. But that doesn’t mean they need to all move to Los Angeles. Out of heir historical physical environment and cultural historical context, I don’t think their nobility will survive any more than their culture. Los Angeles and Phoenix do not need to become Maya Cities—or Quechua cities or Nahuatl Cities for that matter.

Los Angeles has now the largest ZAPOTEC SPEAKING population IN THE WORLD…. larger than any city in the Zapotec Native (Mexican) State of Oaxaca. This is bizarre and perverse. The Zapotec will NEVER become real Americans but they won’t be real Zapotec anymore either. The Nahuatl (Aztec) speaking population of Los Angeles is not far behind. This is insanity. This is a perversion of nature.

And as for Trade, which seems to be your focus, I DO disagree with you if you think that NAFTA has been good for Mexico or that CAFTA is good for Central America.

Many if not MOST of our real racial problems, and especially those of Europe, come from the heritage of a Colonialism which was abandoned, not because the British and French and Dutch (or the Belgians or Germans, for that matter) FAILED at their enterprises of Colonialism, but because of the post-World-War II ideological shift….. towards communistic insanity and the demented doctrine of unearned freedom and meritless equality….

But NAFTA and CAFTA are essentially new Colonialist programs WITHOUT the benefits of Colonial Administration and Education. NAFTA and CAFTA have led to the mutual cultural degradation of North America AND Mexico and Central America…. and I applaud President Trump for his willingness to back away from these catastrophic enterprises (and to avoid new ones like the Trans-Pacific, which would have been the same only MUCH BIGGER and hence much worse).

Isolation leads to diversity…. and diversity leads to greater value in exchange…. So I think that we need to return to a world model where each region develops itself according to local traditions and environmental circumstances, and trade is an exchange of positive values developed in different regions, not moving plastics and electronics from cheap labor areas to expensive consumption areas.

So no, I think that fewer bridges and more barriers will benefit EVERYONE.
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Funruffian • 20 hours ago
“To the tens of millions for whom Trump appeals, what the wall represents is our last chance to preserve that nation and people.’

This wall is more than just Political theater and a way to stymie the bureaucratic onslaught of the Multicultural monster. This is a bold statement White America is making against the world who has intentions of undermining and destroying us. Many other nations have criticized America for years, but at the same token they want to reap the rewards and benefits America has to offer. I know that President Trump finds this attitude obscene.
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“Adding Oil to the Wild-Fire of Savage Globalization”: While America Sleeps through Summer—in France the Front National Warns of a New Free Trade agreement—on the 224th Bastille Day

Today and for the entire past week (since July 13, the day before Bastille Day) Americans, goaded by their manipulative politicians and brain-dead mainstream media have been obsessing over the (artificially) “racially charged” saga of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin (including President BHO who first said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin” then corrected to, “that means I could be him or he could be me” with final suggested translation, “I am Trayvon Martin and Trayvon Martin died for your sins, so get ready to pay all you middle class people obsessed with being safe in your homes and wanting ther right to self-defense”). Now the NAACP is discussing with (the worst ever Attorney General Eric) Holder’s U.S. Department of (Manifest In-) Justice whether (now that he has been acquitted) George Zimmerman could be prosecuted under the Federal Civil Rights Laws.  Well, that’s OK, because it’s what PRESIDENT OBAMA wants us to focus on, right?  But turning (on this 224th Bastille Day) to the Website of the Front National led by Marine le Pen in France—I see that they are worried about a new free trade agreement I have never seen even discussed in the U.S. Press, a free trade agreement between the United States of America and the European Community which would dwarf NAFTA and truly lead to one single global economy.  The Front National is against it, and I think all sane Americans should wake up and oppose it also.  Can we escape from the trivialities on which the Media want us to focus?  I think we should….while there’s still a chance left:  This article warns that the opening of negotiations for a new free trade agreement is like “putting oil on the wild-fire of savage globalization.”  Yes, the French people are awake. I originally published this quote on July 14, a week ago, on the afternoon to wish all French Front National Members and Sympathizers a  Happy Bastille Day!  Joyeaux Quatorze Juillet!  Vive la France and Vive Marine le Pen and the Font National.  At least someone somewhere was paying attention to what’s really going on in the world:

Press Release Marine Le Pen, President of the National Front

Marine Le Pen strongly condemns the opening date of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.  [The Future Madame President has articulated her position forcefully, my translation]:
“The free trade agreement is inappropriate [“incompetent], above all in the midst of an economic and social crisis.  This agreement will exclusively benefit  the United States and its multinational corporations, while our farmers, our workers, our employees and our defense industry will be delivered into the wildest and most radical law of the jungle.  Serious health problems will also arise when the well-known dangerous methods of the American food industry result in strong pressure in this country to accept American GMOs.

The agitated distress of the French government in recent days following revelations of American espionage has not slowed the original schedule [for implementation of this agreement], which shows the [French government’s] total abandonment of the sovereignty of our country for the [hypothetical and supposed] benefit of the European Union. By supporting this agreement, the French [socialist] government hand-in-hand with the UMP [Union for a Popular Movement, = Rally for the Republic, Neo-Gaulist, supposedly conservative + French Democratic Union*] party betrays the interests of the French economy and our workers putting oil on the already devastating fire of unfettered globalization.

The French government must remove its hand [from this fire] by putting an immediate veto the agreement.  No opening of negotiations is justified.
Instead, France must return to a patriotic and self-preservative [protectionist  economic model. This implies [that France must] further control our economic and financial boundaries to face unfair international competition rather than open [ourselves to such things] even wider. Globalization should not be amplified or encourage but controlled and regulated.

(This is my personal free-hand translation, July 21, 2013, of the statement pubished ten days ago at) http://www.frontnational.com/2013/07/ouverture-des-negociations-sur-laccord-de-libre-echange-etats-unisue-hollande-et-lump-mettent-de-lhuile-sur-le-feu-de-la-mondialisation-sauvage/ (all [brackets] included above are clarifications inserted by CEL/Kalel, who takes sole responsibility for any and all errors)

Communiqués / 8 juillet 2013 / Mots-clefs : /

Communiqué de Presse de Marine Le Pen, Présidente du Front National

Marine Le Pen condamne fermement l’ouverture ce jour des négociations sur un accord de libre-échange entre les Etats-Unis et l’Union européenne.
L’accord de libre-échange est une ineptie, surtout en pleine crise économique et sociale ; il se fera au bénéfice exclusif des Etats-Unis et de leurs multinationales, alors que nos paysans, nos ouvriers, nos salariés et notre industrie de défense seront livrés à la loi de la jungle la plus radicale. De sérieuses questions sanitaires se poseront également, quand on sait les méthodes dangereuses de l’industrie agroalimentaire américaine et les pressions très fortes de ce pays en faveur des OGM.

L’agitation du gouvernement français ces derniers jours suite aux révélations sur l’espionnage américain n’aura pas fait bouger d’un iota le calendrier initial, ce qui démontre la perte totale et consentie de souveraineté de notre pays au bénéfice de l’Union européenne. En soutenant cet accord, le gouvernement français main dans la main avec l’UMP trahit les intérêts de l’économie française et de nos travailleurs en mettant de l’huile sur le feu déjà ravageur de la mondialisation sauvage.

Le gouvernement français doit retrouver la main en mettant immédiatement son veto sur cet accord. Aucune ouverture de négociation ne se justifie.
Au contraire, la France doit s’engager dans un modèle économique patriote et protecteur, de rebond. Ce qui suppose de maîtriser davantage nos frontières économiques et financières face à la concurrence internationale déloyale plutôt que de les ouvrir plus grand encore. La mondialisation ne doit pas être exacerbée mais maîtrisée et régulée. 

They’ve changed the rules but they don’t want to tell you: Phatic Communication in Meaningless Legal and Political Processes and Community Meetings: reading recommendations, reading between the lines, and seeing what’s really behind the Green Mask

In my last post after attending the “Homeowner Bill of Rights Townhall” at Whittier Community Center on Wednesday night, I suggested that there was no real purpose to this meeting other than “social reinforcement of the status quo”-making the people of Los Angeles County feel that their needs and feelings are being heeded when they are not.  I have been reflecting on this and remembering back to my early days as an anthropology undergraduate at Tulane University, and my wonderful Harvard Professor Victoria Reifler Bricker introducing me to the concept of “phatic communication” and “phatic expressions.”  As defined by a much older anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, as a matter of “socio-linguistics”: a phatic expression is one whose only function is to perform a social task, as opposed to conveying information.  The Social Task Wednesday night was to make people accept the situation with the banks and their mortgages as hopeless.  The Beetles’ song “Good Morning” or “I’ve got nothing to say, and that’s OK” is a fairly perfect example of phatic communication.

And now let me say this: the conventional wisdom in the press and media is that you have to be crazy to believe in conspiracy theories.  I am going to categorically deny that now and say that anyone suffers from insane delusions (of the overly optimistic, Polyanna-ish, rather than pessimistic, paranoid variety) if he or she does NOT believe that most of the meaningful change in the world today results from secret agreements, illegal or unconstitutional formulations of policy and purpose, formed behind closed doors and with only the most manipulated public knowledge, much less genuinely informed democratic assent.  Unfortunately, these secret agreements are being implemented by and through popular ignorance, insouciance, and appalling lack of vision, and Rosa Koire and the author of several other books I shall mention here have shown us how this is happening.  Now, really and truly:

One of the best (but shortest) and truly brilliant books I have read in a very long time is Rosa Koire’s Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21. Koire’s book (published in 2011 by the “Post Sustainability Institute Press, P.O. Box 15192 in Santa Rosa, California 95402) explores one of the aspects of the modern world reality of which I am becoming increasingly aware:

The powers that be have set their minds to changing the way we live and they plan on radically altering our home life and “settlement pattern” of communities every bit as autocratically as dictators from the Famous or Infamous Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten at the end of the 18th Dynasty, as Stalin did when he removed the Kulaks from their farms and the Germans from Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Danzig & Silesia (all what is now modern Poland, whose western boundary is the infamously artificial Oder-Neisse line).

Forced resettlement resembling the westward expulsion of all the aforementioned Germans from those traditional provinces of Germany (and let’s not forget the simultaneous westward removal of the Poles from what was traditionally Poland in what are now the largest portions of Belarus and the northwest corner of Ukraine) is a threat that Americans need to deal with.  Mao ordered and enforced  massive resettlement programs of the Chinese Population during the  Cultural Revolution, during which literally millions died.  Of course, we go around constantly reminded of and so remembering World War II and the Holocaust of six million Jews who (without any good censuses or any other reliable lists or directories) appear to have died or disappeared under Nazi rule in Germany.  But absolutely nobody cares about the 38-67 (some say 49-78) million (that upper figure would be 78,000,000, with a possible error, obviously, of at least 10,000,000 either way) Chinese who died under Mao, because, well, after all, they were peasants and that’s just the price of progress, right?  China is now the second most powerful nation in the world, and it is not in “second” rank….by very much of a gap…

Rosa Koire’s book details how, in the name of environmental conservation—our own United States Government wants to radically alter the settlement pattern of the United States to a continuous high-density series of corridors—a cross-between suburbs and cities without end, and without private property.

One of Ms. Koire’s most interesting points in her book concerns the Delphi Technique—a kind of hyper-sophisticated “Uber-Phatic” strategy or technique of communication which she says was invented by the RAND Corporation as a “Cold War mind control” procedure.

According to (totally sanitize dnad whitewashed, pro-establishment, pro-New World Order, unreflective, unchallenging, unthinking) Wikipedia: “The Delphi method (del-fy) is a structured communication technique, originally developed as a systematic, interactive forecasting method which relies on a panel of experts.  In the standard version, the experts answer questionnaires in two or more rounds. After each round, a facilitator provides an anonymous summary of the experts’ forecasts from the previous round as well as the reasons they provided for their judgments. Thus, experts are encouraged to revise their earlier answers in light of the replies of other members of their panel. It is believed that during this process the range of the answers will decrease and the group will converge towards the “correct” answer. Finally, the process is stopped after a pre-defined stop criterion (e.g. number of rounds, achievement of consensus, stability of results) and the mean or median scores of the final rounds determine the results. Other versions, such as the Policy Delphi, have been designed for normative and explorative use, particularly in the area of social policy and public health.  In Europe, more recent web-based experiments have used the Delphi method as a communication technique for interactive decision-making and e-democracy.  Delphi is based on the principle that forecasts (or decisions) from a structured group of individuals are more accurate than those from unstructured groups.  This has been indicated with the term “collective intelligence”.  The technique can also be adapted for use in face-to-face meetings, and is then called mini-Delphi or Estimate-Talk-Estimate (ETE). Delphi has been widely used for business forecasting and has certain advantages over another structured forecasting approach, prediction markets.”

I will not summarize Ms. Koire’s entire book here because I INSIST everyone needs to read the real thing—it’s only 168 pages and is very well-written, easy to digest (conceptually, not emotionally—the message is nothing short of horrific: One World Government and the Abolition of all Individual Rights through mind control and manipulation—with Hillary Clinton being at the forefront of it all).

But Ms. Koire shows how insidious the Delphi technique really is “Delphi is used to channel a group of people to accept a point of view that is imposed on them while convincing them it was their own idea.”  (page 25) In other words, Delphi Forums work hand-in-hand with “predictive programming” in Television and Cinema to make people accept in advance what is already being planned for them—show it to the ignorant masses in fiction and they won’t mind it so much in reality—they’ll just think how smart were the producers who predicted it all.  “A New Consensus does not allow for actual dissent” (page 24).

It seems that Continuing Legal Education programs are also being used “Delphi-like” to impose norms on lawyers and judges.  The extraordinarily radical transformation of Bankruptcy Courts from relatively safe-havens for homeowners in foreclosure to radically hostile environments for foreclosure victims (in the Central District of California in particular) has been startling over just the past two years, but has accelerated in 2012.  Every bit of judicial discretion which used to be employed for the Debtors’ benefit is now channelled in the opposite direction against the Debtors.  I had never EVER before this very day (Friday September 14, 2012) seen a debtor’s first Motion for two week Extension of Deadlines to file schedules denied in Bankruptcy Court—but it happened today.  Earlier in the summer I heard of an Orange County Bankruptcy Court telling a debtor that she was tired of people coming into Bankruptcy Court trying to save their homes.  Judges don’t make this stuff up—not lowly Article I Bankruptcy Judges with less mere Congressional statutory authority rather than constitutional and than life-time Article III tenure, in any event.

ALL the Rules have either already been changed or are being changed.  Some of this change is happening more-or-less openly: for example the five or six years have seen radical reshaping of the the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the requirements for stating a claim  under those rules as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and his supremely elitist brother and sister justices.  In cases such as Bell Atlantic v. Twombly 550_US_544 and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the Supreme Court has made the process of framing a complaint, initiating a viable lawsuit deemed “worthy” of going to trial or final judgment on the merits), ten times more difficult, and given judges ten times more unbridled and unguided discretion, in dismissing plaintiffs’ claims based on entirely subjective evaluations.  This is nothing short of a disaster for due process of law.  I personally believe that Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should abolished by congressional action entirely—but that would be much too open a change—out of the spirit of our times.  

But the point is: the rules that we can see being changed, by Judicial Fiat, at least we can argue and ask Congress to overrule.  

The idea that U.N. Agenda 21 being imposed by meetings no more important in democratic substance than the “Homeowner Bill of Rights Town Hall” at the Whittier Community Center on Wednesday, is such a cynical perversion of the concept of the Old New England Town Hall Meeting—sometimes called the Greatest Institution of Pure Democracy since the Athenian Agora—is, well, almost analogous to the cynical use of the name of Apollo’s Oracle of Sunlit Truth at “Delphi” to describe the process of mind-bending and  manipulation by disinformation.

Together with Rosa Koire’s book, I have been reading a rather longer and more academic text entitled, The Case AGAINST the Global Economy, edited by (I swear I’m not making this name up!) Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith, published by the Sierra Club and the University of California Press in 1996 (don’t know how I’ve missed it all these years).  This wonderful collection of articles attacking GATT, NAFTA and the WTO should be read by anyone and everyone who has the patience to delve into the details a little more deeply.  But the conclusion and the counsel against World Government and World Homogenization is, in this Bright Red Jacketed volume, if anything, even stronger than Rosa Koire’s much shorter and much less academic book. The Case Against the Global Economy is 550 pages, fully three times the sheer paper volume, and in much smaller print fonts, than Behind the Green Mask. 

But what I want to close by pointing out is how astounding it is that while both Rosa Koire and most of the authors of the articles inside “Jerry Mander’s” book (for example Ralph Nader [author of Chapter 8: “GATT, NAFTA and the Subversion of the Democratic Process”] and members of the “Harvard Working Group” anonymous authors of Chapter 13: “Globalization, Development, and the Spread of Disease”) either expressly or implicitly claim to be liberals or Democrats or “Greens”—their conclusions mirror to a striking degree those found in William Cooper’s ultra-conservative “textbook conspiracy kook” [remember what I wrote above: you are demented and blind if you DON’T believe the world is constantly being reshaped and manipulated through secret, illegal, immoral, and in the USA Unconstitutional conspiracies and agreements] entitled Behold a Pale Horse based on a practical, step-by-step deconstruction of what’s going on in the US and UN so far as implementing communism and totalitarian government.  

Even more ironically, from a historical standpoint, the views, perspectives, and conclusions of (self-described liberal Democrat) Rose Koire, Ralph Nader, and the Harvard Study Group (along with most of the contributors to The Case AGAINST the Global Economy) line up perfectly with those of John Stormer in his now classic None Dare Call it Treason of which the Liberty Bell Press in Florissant, Missouri sold over 1,000,000 copies in 1964, the first year of the book’s release—and not coincidentally the year after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the last year silver coins were minted and legally circulated in the United States, and the year in which Lyndon Baines Johnson buried Senator Barry Goldwater in an anti-conservative avalanche precipitated by sympathy over Kennedy’s death…..

Milton William Cooper’s 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse was published by Light Technology Publishing P.O. Box, Flagstaff, Arizona 86003.  It is filled with detailed documentation but is usually described as the craziest of all right-wing conservative tracts—who knew Ralph Nader and the Harvard Working Group were radical right-wing conspiracy theorists?  Hurray for them, I guess….. I confess I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000…..and generally find him and his work much more compatible with free market and libertarian philosophies than he would probably like to admit….