Caren Black | June 24, 2017 | TEOLAWKI TIMES

If you have ingested the red pill and eschew the so-called “mainstream” media, except to check up on the latest propaganda scheme, and if you get your news online from a mix of multiple independent sources and news feeds outside the US, you probably don’t have a lot of personal friends.

Not to rub it in or anything, but you’re just too damned knowledgeable, too tainted by reality, too willing to acknowledge that the vast majority of people across the globe are not all that happy with US policy and actions and for good reason – all of which makes you no fun at all. Your former personal friends have downgraded you to social friend status because their programmed opinions are just as good as your boring facts.

Caren Black | May 18, 2017 | TEOLAWKI Times

When my husband pointed out an online Business Insider article about America’s crumbling infrastructure this morning, I laughed. We always shake our heads when reporters sound alarmed and rather indignant that America's decay is showing. “This is, after all, America!” they gush, “How could this be happening??” - or something of the sort. What, exactly, did they think 2005’s global oil peak meant?

My apologies! I need to remind myself that in “their reality” Peak Oil never happened. It was just one of those – you know – conspiracy theories.

Titanic ship of fools

Probably later than many of you, I just discovered the source of the concept "ship of fools" on Wikipedia, where else? - and it seemed so fitting I decided to share it. I've edited it into paragraphs for readability.

Plato First Describes a Ship of Fools

Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better.

BernaysCompressedYou’re reading an alternative website that’s clearly a Flop -- or is that a NOT? -- having been excluded from the new "List of 200". Authored by “concerned Americans” listing no names, no credentials, and no funding sources, PROPORNOT? (no, not Pro Porno T?) attempts a Readers’ Digest compilation of websites these "concerned" "independents" claim deliver “fake news” and “propaganda”.

 Strong whiff of “Eau de Langley”?

 McCarthyPROPORNOT? is a plain vanilla site thrown up in a couple of hours, aligned with “Partners” such as Snopes and other Soros-funded sites, and featuring a List of 200 websites among which are 190 or so of the best independent news sources on the internet, along with linked articles as "examples" of all these stalwart McCarthyists despise and are trying to "save you" from (i.e., save themselves, their jobs, and their massive fortunes from, by preventing you from reading and researching anwhere but on their own propaganda mouthpieces like NYT, WSJ, WaPo, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC QRSTUV ).

fat capitalist cat

While I agree that Trump's not going to stop the fat cats, the artist falls into the outworn mindless brainwashing "educated" (indoctrinated) into us by the self-appointed masters of the universe. No one "needs" a job. Not a squirrel, a blade of grass, a sparrow, a whale, a crab, or even a human. Until enclosure, i.e., until some early psychopath decided he was better than everyone (and everyTHING - his word)else and dared to claim "ownership" of land and all beings living on/in it. Since the commons has been stolen, the disenfranchised cannot get 2 of the 3 things we actually need: Water and Food. They are "forced" into wage slavery working for the psychopath who stole what "belongs" to everyone. I put "forced" in quotations because psychopaths (otherwise known as masters of the universe), get all their power (and everyone's commons) BECAUSE WE AGREE TO IT. We let them. We let them because we've forgotten, we've been beaten for so long that down looks like up to us. But, we can get off our knees. Providing our own water and food (or at least some of it) is a huge beginning. Doing so in common with other people is much bigger. Re-learning to share, to re-use, to not "need" the "necessities" they manufacture (using our labor) to sell back to us. Taking back our commons is revolution. As for "good" jobs. Oxymoron. To say nothing of elitist.

Buy nothing day

Lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life - shopping!

It’s time to celebrate Buy Nothing Day!


Buy Nothing Day is where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from buying stuff - anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending! Instead of shopping people around the world will take part in a 24 hour moratorium on consuming, either as a personal experiment or public statement.

Can you resist the urge to splurge? Or will Black Friday bully you into buying things you probably don’t need. Join the global network in over 60 countries who will be celebrating Buy Nothing Day and if Black Friday does tempt you to go shopping - just remember to DO NOTHING.

“I’d love to be wrong about near-term human extinction, not to mention habitat loss for the many non-human species this culture gleefully drives to extinction. I’d love to believe the Sixth Mass Extinction is a myth. But I know better.”  

Dr. Guy McPherson

In 1987, R.E.M. recorded "It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine", a tune not quite so flip as its title at first suggests. Certainly the world's Converging CrisesTM first widely discussed during the 60s and 70s had receded during Reagan's "morning in America" and Thatcher's orchestrated regression. Yet, many were still in a rebellious mood, warning that all was - increasingly - not well. (See my review of Friendly Fascism, 1980)  At that point in time, we might still have been able to do something. More likely our last chance was '65-'75. But, the Clinton and Bush eras changed all that, refocusing, recalibrating and lobotomizing most of the US and the world. (The parts they didn't outright destroy.) Though we must never stop resisting, the Sixth Extinction is well underway, and at unprecedented speed. (And, here.)

1980, South End Press 0871313170   387 pages

          Bertram Gross
I first read Friendly Fascism during, ironically, 1984.  Shortly after reading it, I visited Gross at his home to talk about the book and learn how more might be done than what he offers in his final chapter, “What Can You Do?”  Thirty-two years later I remember little of our actual conversation, only that I’m sure I took it to heart, adding politics to my voracious reading and study habits. My most lasting impression of the afternoon is the generosity shown by both him and his wife with their time, thoughts and tea.

Warnings of and comparisons with fascism have become increasingly common over the past decade since books like Naomi Wolf's The End of America:  Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot (2007) listing ten steps toward a closed, fascist society, and documentaries like Aaron Russo's 2006 film America: Freedom to Fascism.  Internet articles frequently use the term to describe current conditions, and I have often referered to and recommended Gross' book.  The time had come to reread.

Oh, crap

Take a deep breath. Relax. Stop worrying. We’re off the hook.

It’s too late.  

We had our chance. But, we were busy.     

Busy…. Being (not doing) the change.

Busy....Being nonviolent in a free speech zone or on a designated route for a preplanned protest march with sign and tee shirt purchased from an oligarchy-funded NGO.

Busy...Being positive

Busy....Signing online petitions (from NGOs).

Busy… Following your bliss.

Busy... Speaking your truth - to power or whomever.

My dad used to joke:

“Are you spelling that with a ‘b’ or a ‘d’?”           

economic hit man

Editors' Note:  I wrote this in 2011 for a small business class I was teaching. The prediction I make a the end is more apparent today. The article is an (obvious) extrapolation from John Perkins'  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Berrett-Koehler (2004), which I highly recommend along with Perkins' other books. Perkins narrates a 2-minute cartoon version of his work here.

Basically, the Global Corporate Elites (GCEs), in the form of the IMF or the WTO, send a privately contracted Economic Hit Man (EHM) into a country which is living just fine, thank you very much (TYVM), albeit living as it has lived for hundreds if not thousands of years.

desert walker

NOTE:  I originally wrote this in 2009 after receiving a Kermit book from a dear friend. I no longer agree with the final sentence I wrote then.

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending
Keep believing, keep pretending
We've done just what we set out to do
Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you."

                   ~ Jim Henson, The Muppet Movie

A friend sent me the book, It's Not Easy Being Green. Of course she intended the double entendre. It's not easy living "green" and trying to convince others to help save the planet before it's too late.