It is strange that we sort the wheat from the chaff and the unfit from the fit in war, but we do not excuse evil men from the service of the state.Antisthenes (c. 445 - c. 365 BC) Greek Cynic philosopher
[ἄτοπον ἔφη τοῦ μὲν σίτου τὰς αἴρας ἐκλέγειν καὶ ἐν τῷ πολέμῳ τοὺς ἀχρείους, ἐν δὲ πολιτείᾳ τοὺς πονηροὺς μὴ παραιτεῖσθαι]
"I testify that #wickedness is rapidly #expanding in every segment of our #society. It is more highly #organized, more #cleverly #disguised, and more #powerfully #promoted than ever before. #Secret #combinations #lusting for power, gain and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to #overthrow the #freedom of all lands, nations and countries is increasing its #evil influence and control over #America and the entire world."Elder Boyd K. #Packer, speaking in a 16 January 2007 #BYU Devotional, stated:
"We live in a time of war, that #spiritual war that will never end. Moroni warned us that the secret combinations begun by #Gadianton ‘are had among all people. . . .Wherefore, O ye #Gentiles [and the term gentile in that place in the Book of #Mormon refers to us in our generation], it is #wisdom in #God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these #murderous #combinations shall get above you. . . . Wherefore, the #Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your #awful #situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you.." (Book of Mormon, Ether 8:23-24*)
22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.
Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them, and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavour to warp and spoil it to their turn.William Penn (1644-1718) English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, statesman
For the holy are susceptible too to evil, even as you and I, signori; they too are helpless before sin without God’s aid. … And the holy can be fooled by sin as quickly as you or I, signori. Quicker, because they are holy.William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist
He said the wicked know that if the ill they do be of sufficient horror men will not speak against it. That men have just enough stomach for small evils and only these will they oppose.Cormac McCarthy (b. 1933) American novelist, playwright, screenwriter
According to the testimony of the woman in question, a #rape had never even taken place at all. And not only that: The woman’s testimony was later changed by the #Stockholm #police without her involvement in order to somehow make it sound like a possible rape. I have all the documents in my possession, the emails, the text messages....
We have to stop believing that there was really an interest in leading an investigation into a sexual offense. What #Wikileaks did is a threat to the political #elite in the U.S., #Britain, #France and #Russia in equal measure. Wikileaks publishes secret state information – they are opposed to classification. And in a world, even in so-called mature democracies, where secrecy has become rampant, that is seen as a fundamental threat. Assange made it clear that countries are no longer interested today in legitimate confidentiality, but in the suppression of important information about #corruption and #crimes....
In September 2007, 75 students walked into a classroom at Stanford. Ten weeks later, they had collectively amassed 16 million users, $1 million dollars in advertising revenue, and a formula that would captivate a generation....
A decade ago, Fogg’s lab was a toll booth for entrepreneurs and product designers on their way to Facebook and Google. Nir Eyal, the bestselling author of the book, Hooked, sat in lectures next to Ed Baker, who would later become the Head of Growth at both #Facebook and #Uber. Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the founders of #Instagram, worked on projects alongside Tristan Harris, the former #Google Design Ethicist who now leads the Time Well Spent movement. Together, in Fogg's lab, they studied and developed the techniques to make our apps and gadgets addictive.#news #evil #advertisement #manipulation #economy #internet #history #smartphone #app #software
#Scientists and #security analysts have warned for more than a decade that #GlobalWarming is a potential #NationalSecurity concern.#sustainability #environment #anti-military #AntiMilitary #antiwar #anti-war #pollution #pentagon #fuel #war #evil
They project that the #consequences of global warming – rising seas, powerful #storms, #famine and diminished access to fresh #water – may make regions of the #world politically unstable and prompt mass migration and #refugee crises.
Some worry that #wars may follow.
Yet with few exceptions, the U.S. #military ’s significant contribution to #ClimateChange has received little attention. Although the #Defense Department has significantly reduced its #FossilFuel consumption since the early 2000s, it remains the world’s single largest consumer of #oil – and as a result, one of the world’s top #GreenhouseGas emitters.
#Iran, #China, and #Russia will hold in the coming weeks their first-ever joint #war #drills, which leaders say are meant to send a "message to the world" about increased #military cooperation between the rogue countries.This gathering of resisting #forces very likely accounts for the desperate sense of urgency that Dr. Charlton has observed among what he describes as the Ahrimanic #evil of the #global #establishment:
The commander of Iran's #navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said Wednesday that the #IslamicRepublic will team up with #Moscow and #Beijing within the next month to hold the #mass #war drills.... The joint war drills will be aimed at sending a #message to the #world, particularly #Western #nations, like the #UnitedStates, that have sought to constrain Iran's expanding military ambitions.
The interesting aspect is the sheer #urgency. There is a very obvious attempt to create a worldwide sense of #emergency, of imminent #cataclysm, of terrible things that are Just About To Happen... unless, we hand over complete power to the Establishment (preferably the-day-after-tomorrow, or quicker). And this handover - this Power Grab by the Global Establishment - is being aimed-at Very Soon; on a timescale of months, not years.Like it or not, the #reality is that the U.S. military has been the primary #tool for global #evil for the last 75 years, due to the #invasion of the #USA and the abandonment of the American #principles of #isolation, #non-intervention, and the #avoidance of entangling #alliances. And now, having been #converged and #repurposed, the U.S. military is observably no longer able to perform its primary purpose, which is to #defend the American people from enemies foreign and #domestic.