Friday, December 19, 2014

CIA involved in drug trafficking (Hitler video)



The author of this research is Professor of Southeast and Asian History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alfred W. McCoy, who wrote The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.
Legally become addicted to prescriptions.
There is an invisible power which secretly rules.

"Allegations linking CIA secret operations and drug trafficking have persisted on and off ever since the Agency's founding in 1947. Rep. John Conyers, Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, convened a special seminar on Capitol Hill to focus on the issue. A distinguished panel of experts discussed the new revelations swell as CIA covert actions in Southeast Asia. Their testimony is startling. [See the following transcript of Alfred McCoy's remarks]. The CIA was invited but declined to appear."
- David Barsamian, Director, Alternative Radio

You must be at least this high to enter.
In August of last year, the San Jose Mercury newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area reported that a syndicate allied with Nicaragua's CIA-backed Contras had delivered tons of cocaine to Los Angeles gangs during the 1980s. The Mercury concluded, "The Contra-run drug network opened the first conduit between Colombia's cartels and L.A.'s black neighborhoods. It's impossible to believe that the CIA didn't know." ...The Congressional Black Caucus demanded an investigation. But CIA Director John Deutch shot back, "The Agency neither participated in nor condoned drug trafficking by Contra forces."

This racially charged debate raises four questions about the CIA and drugs, questions which now demand answers.
  1. Did the Agency ever ally with drug traffickers?
  2. Did the CIA protect these allies from prosecution [like it once did for Nazi war criminals brought to live and work in the U.S. and in its own ranks]?
  3. Did such alliances and protection contribute significantly to an expansion of global drug trade over the past 50 years?
  4. Did the CIA encourage drug smugglers to target African-American communities?
For the past quarter century I have been looking at this question, focusing on alliances between the Agency and the Asian drug lords during the 50 years of the Cold War. I believe that this history offers precise parallels, particularly the Afghan operation, that can shed considerable light on the debate over alleged CIA involvement in the Contra cocaine trade.

One of the most "perverse" drugs of all Pervitin = methamphetamine invented by Nazis.
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Another Nazi drug, fluoride, as Prozac
Throughout the Cold War, the CIA used gangsters and war lords, many of them drug dealers, to fight communism. As the Cold War ends, our list of CIA's assets who use their alliance with the Agency to deal drugs grows ever longer.

It includes Marseilles Corsicans, Laotian generals, Thai police, Nationalist Chinese irregulars, Afghan rebels, Pakistani intelligence, Haitian colonels, Mexican police units, Guatemalan military, and look through your local paper for further listings.
 
During the 40 years of the Cold War, government intelligence services -- our own CIA included -- forged covert action alliances with some of Asia's key opium traffickers, inadvertently contributing to an initial expansion of opium production.
 
Nazis were invited to US, helped build CIA
In one of history's accidents, a very important accident, the Iron Curtain came crashing down along the Asian opium zone that stretches for 5,000 miles from Turkey to Thailand, making these rugged, opium-producing highlands a key front of Cold War confrontation.

Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, addict
During the Cold War the CIA and allied agencies mounted operations in this opium zone. It found that ethnic warlords were its most effective covert action assets. [The CIA pays "warlords" to deal drugs and provide them supplies, which the CIA brings to the USA to distribute to citizens and feed our drug addictions while the White House pretends to be waging an all out hypocritical "War on Drugs. This is a Nazi plan brought to life outside of Germany.]

(Comedy Central) Stephen Colbert: "Thank you, [U.S.] Nazis."

Hitler was secretly a crystal meth (Pervitin) addict says new documentary (nationalpost).
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These leaders exploited the CIA alliance to become drug lords, expanding opium production and exporting refined heroin. The Agency tolerated such trafficking and when necessary blocked investigations.

Since ruthless drug lords made effective anti-Communists, and heroin profits amplified their power, CIA agents, operating alone, half a world away from home, did not tamper with the requisites of success in such delicate operations. Surveying the steady increase in America's drug problem since the end of World War II, I can thus discern periodic increases in drug supply that coincide, if only approximately, with covert operations in the drug zones.

High Hitler: Adolf on Amphetamines
(GW) In 1936, Hitler was regularly using opiates and newly developed methamphetamine. By 1939, he was severely impaired, an addict leading Germany on a road to ruin. With friends like his physician, Dr. Felix Morrell, at his side for the last five years, who needs enemies?

CIA in the Global Drug Trade
Let me now turn to Southeast Asia, the site of these earliest CIA alliances with drug lords. Let's look at the background here because the background is important.

On the eve of World War II, most Southeast Asian governments sponsored state opium monopolies that sold legal smoking opium to registered addicts and generated substantial tax revenues. Despite this extensive opium consumption during the pre-war colonial era, Southeast Asia had remained a major opium consumer but very importantly for our story, a very minor opium producer. In 1940, Southeast Asia harvested only 15 tons in a region that produces today over 3,000 tons. Why? Why was it so low before the war?

CIA's Research on Torture
Since British colonial India supplied these colonial governments in Southeast Asia with limitless, low cost opium, Southeast Asian colonial governments had no reason to encourage local opium production. The sudden growth of the Golden Triangle opium production in the 1950s appears in retrospect a response to two stimuli, prohibition and protection. More
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Goop's Tantric SEX Guide with Gwen (video)

Amber Larson, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; Goop.com; Racked.com
(NMB) Can an electric device be sexy? Fiat tries to prove that there's something better than saving gas, the climate, and the planet by driving a plug in automobile. This woman agrees.

Uncoupling can be complicated after merging.
Goop has dimmed the lights and set the scene for romance in the latest post on tantric sex. The Gwyneth Paltrow-approved guide will help couples and non-couples achieve "deep intimacy," without forcing seven hours of straight intercourse. In true goop fashion, there are bundles of irresistible lines. Here are the very goop-iest:
Exactly:
"In reality, only a small portion of tantra has anything to do with sex, and only as a way to merge with the divine."
Oh, rly?:
We are all masculine-feminine, Sun/Moon.
"Each human has both masculine and feminine in them. We usually tend to enjoy one aspect more than the other -- that's what is called the essence."
Hobbies:
"Sexually speaking, the partner with a feminine essence enjoys the aspects of surrender, dissolution, and being ravished."
I don't think that word means what you think it means:
"This becomes a source of disconnect and dissonance: As she 'downloads' him on her day, he is craving silence -- neither one of them is getting what they want or need."
Fully charged, like your iPhone:
"There needs to be that separation -- getting full and getting empty -- before they can come together again fully charged." 
Swirls: 
Beware if kundalini awakes!
"As a feminine essence you relax into the ever changing swirls of emotion and texture, movement, and sound. You practice experiencing pleasure in your body and showing that pleasure to your chosen partner. You cultivate ways to move energy through your body and learn how to become responsive and give instant feedback."
Staring, as good as sex:
"Practice looking at each other, while staying relaxed, breathing, and simply noticing when you have reached a threshold where it's just a bit too intimate. Hang out there for a bit and you will find that this can be as good as sex!"
Everybody's got a dark side:
Now there's more of me to couple with.
"Mix it up, risk something new, or unpack an old and almost forgotten favorite. Learn some new techniques and have fun and humor experimenting again.
 And finally, make friends with your 'dark side.' Nothing enlivens intimacy more." More (Goop)

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Goodbye Colbert Report, hello network

Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Eric Deggans (npr.org)
The greatest right wing maniac who ever turned an ironic screw (thecolbertreport.cc.com)


(CC) Dec. 18, 2014 - The Colbert Report's yard sale offers something for everyone, Pope Francis helps the U.S. bury the hatchet with Cuba, and Stephen reminisces with Phil Klay about Iraq.

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out
There must be more to life than network TV!
They both started their late-night shows in the same year, reinventing their respective corners of television by bending and sometimes breaking the rules.
But as Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson both say goodbye to long-running programs this week, only one has turned his showbiz rebellion into a launchpad for an even bigger TV platform [pushing David Letterman off his throne and eventually destroying Jimmy Kimmel, the new Johnny Carson, in the ratings].

I loved Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central.
From the cover of Entertainment Weekly to [a final interview with outgoing warlord/president/CEO B.S. Obama and] shoutouts from James Franco and Michael J. Fox, everyone seems to be talking about tonight's finale of The Colbert Report. Including, to no one's surprise, the host himself.

(CC) Pres. B.S. (Barry Soetoro) Obama wows the Colbert crowd with charisma proving that there are two things he can't do -- stop wars or memorize jokes written for him, Dec. 9, 2014. But he's funny enough for a puppet leader.

But there's another long-running late-night host also saying goodbye this week.

Craig Ferguson (Sonja Flemmings/AP)
On Friday, Craig Ferguson hosts his last episode of CBS' The Late Late Show after nearly 10 years. His departure isn't getting much attention -- in part because he's leaving as CBS builds its new late-night franchise around Colbert, who will replace retiring legend David Letterman in the new year.

Both Colbert and Ferguson blew up the traditional talk show format, but each man accomplished it in his own, unique way. More + NPR AUDIO + MORE VIDEO

(TCR) Stephen Colbert takes Pres. Obama's trip to China and the inevitable criticism from "some" in the mainstream media. But nothing can compare to his send-up of Fox Business contributor Bo Dietl's unhinged rant.

Pink Buddha advertises bar, men arrested

Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Daily Mail Australia Reporter (FB)
Pink Buddhas on parade display of golden statues in neighboring Thailand (WQ)

Blasphemous Barbie dollhouse display with baby-sized Buddha decor? (Emily1957/flickr)


New Zealand man Philip Blackwood has been accused by Myanmar of insulting religion
NZ man arrested in Burma
New Zealand man is among three on trial in Burma (renamed "Myanmar" by the military dictatorship) charged with insulting religion by using a pink Buddha wearing headphones to advertize a bar
  • Three men have pleaded not guilty to insulting religion in Burma.
  • The men posted were arrested for using a pink Buddha to advertise a bar.
  • They were working in Rangoon, Burma's biggest city and former capital now replaced by the secretive, bunkered Naypyidaw.
  • The men could receive up to two years in Insane Prison.
A New Zealand bar manager and two Burmese men pleaded not guilty today to charges of insulting religion, which carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.

Drinking alcohol is not a Buddhist virtue. Far from it. It violates the Five Precepts.
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Don't name your bar Buddha Bar.
Philip Blackwood, General Manager of the V Gastro Bar in Burma's biggest city Rangoon (Yangon), was arrested last week for advertizing the bar with a poster featuring a pink Buddha wearing headphones.

The advertisement was removed and an apology posted, but Blackwood and his two colleagues were arrested. About 90 percent of insular Burma's population are Theravada Buddhist, and perceived insults to what is de facto the state religion are taken seriously.

Now it is 1984.
Author George Orwell used Burma -- for decades a police state only recently beginning to thaw from the horrors of spying and authoritarian rule -- and England as his models for the dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four.
 
About 15 Buddhist monks (or novices), mostly from a nationalist organization and more than 20 lay disciples were at the court as police brought in the three handcuffed defendants.
 
Monks in Myanmar taking photos of Richard Blackwood. Perceived insults to religion are taken seriously in the mostly Buddist country
Burmese monks and novices with cameras
Nearly 30 policemen were in attendance, thought to be due to the sensitive nature of the case.
Four prosecution witnesses testified at the first session of the trial on Thursday, with defense witnesses due to take the stand on Dec. 26. More
 
A Buddhist monk takes photos of New Zealand citizen Philip Blackwood
A Buddhist monk or novice takes photos of New Zealand citizen Philip Blackwood.

"Lewd conduct" in Burma: Pres. Obama in obscene public display with Aung San Suu Kyi
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Big Brother (NSA) is watching you.

You can't make your own goddesses!

I. Rony, CC Liu, Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero (eds.) Wisdom Quarterly; artist Andrea Abulencia (wanderingsoul39/deviantart.com); Ven. Tathaloka Theri (bhikkhuni.net)
Some hybrid-humans seem more deva than earthling (models.com/NYTimes Style Mag).
Devas in art as Greek and Roman gods and goddesses (wandering39soul.deviantart.com)
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Not just Spidey, I can too!
Can you create a goddess? Like resuscitate the Christian God's wife, Asherah? No, you can't make comic book heroes and heroines to do what you want people to do. Well, they could in ancient Greece and Rome (and the more ancient Indus Valley Civilization and India), but we can't now.

Why not? It's just not on. It's a, it's a, it's a nonstarter! What next, a "super" man? A "captain" America? A Latin, originally lesbian "wonder" woman?

No, no, it's a slippery slope. Once we get started going down that road, it could lead to anything, even Kaos. And we need Control. It's a throwback, it's regressive, who in the h*ll does Ram Devineni think he is? (Devi-neni? odd name for a man who gives birth like God/Ram and draws a new goddess as needed by society).

Could I become a Kami (spirit)?
Imagine a world where all ephemeral qualities were anthropomorphized, make like human, in the image of ourselves. Good gosh, it could lead to anything. A cherubic infant could represent the New Year. A fat jolly redcoated Satanist could represent Xmas spreading materialism and consumer-capitalism throughout the land. No, NO, we have to put our collective foot down. This stops here. It may not stop now, but here.

Mary, Kwan Yin, Santa Muerte goddess stylized tattoo (pinterest.com)
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The Amazing Transformations of a Buddhist nun
Ven. Tathālokā Therī "The Amazing Transformations of Arahant Theri Uppalavanna" as inspired and subsequently re-edited by Wisdom Quarterly
The Buddha had two female chief disciples, foremost in wisdom and supernormal powers, Ven. Khema on his right and Ven. Uppalavanna Theri on his left (BreenJones/flickr).
  
Born in a blue lotus (BLHD)
As with so many ancient histories, the nun Uppalavaṇṇā’s is one of many twists and turns, spanning vast reaches of space over the three periods time, tangled in the web of rebirths -- human, animal, and divine -- in connection with the Buddha.

Hers has long been a popular tale, retold in multiple texts, fascinating generations of listeners and story-weavers for more than 25 centuries.

And for good reason, as it continues to serve as a catalyst for exploration, inspiration, and insight. According to the ancient Pāḷi-text commentaries written around the 5th century CE Uppalavaṇṇā Therī ["the female monastic elder Blue Lotus Beauty"] was born into the family of a wealthy merchant of Sāvatthi (Sanskrit Srāvasti). She was extraordinarily beautiful like the dark blue uppala lily after which she was named as a fulfillment of her past life aspirations as well as those of the Buddha to have such a disciple.

Blue lotus lily (frank.itlab.us)
Her skin was said to be blue or golden like the calyx of the blue lotus, both colors associated with divine beauty and avatars -- incarnations of a deity into human form in this realm -- in Indian mythology.

Men lost their mindfulness when seeing her due to her extraordinary beauty and presence. When she came of age and began to consider marriage, such a stir began to occur that her father became afraid of civil conflict between powerful and wealthy suitors in competition for the honor of her companionship. Kings from all around India sent their proposals, such that he could think of no way to resolve whom to offer her to in marriage.

The idea came to him of her instead going forth into monastic life, to which she gladly and readily agreed, his idea falling on her ears as if it were an anointment of 1,000 times refined oil.

Ven. Uppalavanna rejects Mara.
Already familiar with the Buddha’s teaching, this exact aspiration was in her heart ardent and unfilled from the past finding a way to ripen in the present. She achieved enlightenment within a fortnight of her going forth into monastic life:

One evening, while the other nuns (bhikkhunīs) were out, she remained behind to practice the teaching. She lit a lamp to prepare the hall. She at down in meditation, concentrated her mind/heart on the fire element using a fire meditation-disc (tejo kasina). And all of her fetters (mental defilements) fell away. She realized the paths and fruits of an arhat, the pinnacle and complete fulfillment of the Buddhist Path.

Lakshmi/Uppalavanna, Saraswati, Radha (GWP)
"I have put down the heavy burden; everything that leads to continued rebirth has been rooted out. The aim for which one goes forth from the home to the homeless state, that aim has been attained by me -- all bondage is destroyed.

"My defilements are burned out; all [future] births are completely uprooted. Having severed my bonds like a she-elephant, I live without taints [of the heart]. Welcome, indeed, was meeting the Awakened One for me. I have attained the three knowledges. I have fulfilled the [goal of the] Buddha’s teaching." More

As beautiful as a budding flower calyx is the Buddhist nun Uppalavanna (chanyan).