The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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Thank you! This is very interesting info. I appreciate you for taking the time to write it. You've filled in a few gaps for me, particularly with the tax burden forcing farmers into the cities. I think because Europe is very old, people value history more than Americans do. Our country is only 300 years old, and we've essentially erased all history before the pilgrims arrived. I feel like in a lot of ways, Americans are arrogant teen-agers who think we know it all.

I read this last night and thought it was relevant to our discussion: "While mainstream "centrists" will acknowledge that our current way of doing things is unsustainable, they resist making meaningful change. This is because of a cognitive glitch humans have called status quo bias, which can cause us to fallaciously equate change with danger." Quote is from blogger Caitlin Johnstone.

Has anyone been keeping up on Vanessa Guillens story? by its1342 in GenderCritical

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I have glanced at the story a little bit here and there as info came out, but have not read too in-depth because it is too upsetting. But I wanted to say something supportive. I feel like the silver lining of the lock-down is that each and every one of us had to change our lives in some way. For some it was drastic, for others, it was minor. But we've had to conscientiously think about our patterns and how to change them to fit the new guidelines. And now many of us spend our time and energy on different things than we would have normally.

Let's face it. Most of us live on a rat wheel. We just thoughtlessly run on the wheel. Yeah, we all have pivotal moments in our life where we make life decisions, ie, should I change my job?, but for most of us, the vast majority of days are programmed by school, work, or whatever. It's the first time we, as a world, have stopped to re-think what we are doing and why we are doing it. And with less distraction, like sports, it's been harder to keep blinders on to issues like this.

I know things are crazy and tumultuous and scary and bleak right now, but I have a lot of hope that society is at a turning point where we, as a society say we're not going to put up with this shit anymore. If enough of us demand an investigation and don't stop pressuring until we have accountability for her death and the cover-up, they'll have to comply. We should also demand they implement preventative measures to stop this type of thing happening again. Here is a post I wrote a while ago about how we, as an individual, can fight government corruption: https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/4c0u/some_tips_for_fighting_government_corruption/

Even though there are lots of types of corruption, it is the same broken system that keeps all the corruption going. I call it the fortress wall. I truly believe that if every one of us picks an area of corruption and starts pushing on that piece of wall, we'll take down the whole wall. We can do this!

Edit: Wanted to add this quote from Caitlin Johnstone: "The real revolution is an expansion of consciousness in all directions. Consciousness of oppression and exploitation, of corruption and imperialism, of propaganda and manipulation, of unjust social and economic dynamics, of our own egoic structures and unconscious mental habits. People can't change things they're unaware of. Once they're fully aware of them, change is inevitable."

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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"I mean, even when we want to tell ourselves how civilized we are, the most common form of dealing with injustice in our entertainment industry is to teach how physical demonstrations of strength will fix everything. Batman fixes organized crime by beating them up. Marvel superheroes beat up whatever seems to be threatening the order."

AMEN!

"I was once really interested about distributism, because it emphasizes the the spiritual aspect of wellbeing a lot."

I am curious to hear more. I have just started thinking about this issue recently.

"such thing happened e.g. in Russia, they truly tried to eradicate everything during the communist era that somehow reminded them of the time of Russian monarchy ruled by Tsar."

Didn't the Communists eventually allow religion and some other cultural/history back in because they realized that the culture wasn't rich enough to satisfy (meaning effectively control through narrative) the people? Or do I have that wrong? Clearly, you are very knowledgable about history. I love history, but they don't teach much of it in the US, and what little they do teach is not necessary accurate.

"and revolutions are not always peaceful, and this is the reason why I don't necessarily like multiculturalism, it creates unnecessary uncertainty and ethnic as well as cultural tensions."

You have valid points about people being suspicious and fearful of others who don't think/do things the same as they do. But different does not mean bad, and I think this may be the sticking point we've had in our discussions.

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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Sorry, I forgot to address an important point that you made:

Well, people might figure out what is best for them, but there's no guarantee it will work in the large scale. Nobody is educated enough to fix the big picture, and this is the reason we still need a bigger structure, because there will always be states which punish their neighbors for not being competitive enough either economically or having a capable military to defend themselves. This goes into geopolitcs, but it is another topic I guess.

My thinking may on this topic may be flawed and I am very open to feedback. But my current thought process is that the fortress of control by TPTB looks big and imposing, but it is made of hollow bricks that can be pushed over with enough effort. It's all one big wall, even on an international level because the same exploitative companies are in many countries. I am pushing on one small piece of wall with the CA income tax agency, and I am trusting that other people are also pushing on other parts of the wall, even if they are too far away for me to see. I think if each one of us focuses on one issue that needs fixing -- preferably the smaller local issues at first, then there will be a lot of gaps in the wall and the wall will be so weak that it will eventually collapse. But meanwhile, if we focus on fixing things from the local level and progress upwards, we'll have a lot more success in creating a functional system than starting at the top and trying to work our way down. Does that make any sense?

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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You make excellent points. I believe that the current system rewards sociopathy. Sociopaths like Bill Gates will do ruthlessly unfair things, like stealing other people's technology and monopolistic business practices, to grab on to power and wealth. They then use that power and wealth to exploit resources/people on bigger and bigger scales. With Bill, it started in one sector, tech, and he progressively spread out into other sectors -- now he is literally trying to take over the whole world with his COVID-19 vaccine. And how many millions of people idolize Bill Gates as a hero simply because he is wealthy and created an empire?

We need to identify effective ways to identify and stop these sociopathic behaviors before the sociopath becomes an all-powerful oligarch. Once sociopathy is no longer highly rewarded, people may not desire to emulate people like Gates. We also need to figure out a new system of distributing money/resources. And I don't mean by socialism... I have been thinking maybe we should get rid of the minimum wage so that small business can afford to compete in the marketplace and make a pay cap of the highest paid person in a company can only make 20X more than the lowest paid person? So say, Aetna can no longer pay a janitor $15 and hour while the CEO makes $1,900 per hour. I admit, I need to put a lot more thought into revamping how money/resources fairly works.

We also need to stop the manipulators from encouraging criminal activity. Here is a relevant video on that topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26ORPuH1-rU&feature=share. If you are like me and don't like to watch videos, here is the text that the rap star reads/comments on in the video: https://www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/hdfm30/the_secret_meeting_that_changed_rap_music_and/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf. Back to my BLM/Antifa analogy, we're seeing a lot of criminal activity being glorified right now (ie looting and rioting) and it is deeply disturbing. We need to get the BLM/Antifa supporters to understand that TPTB are manipulating them to be pawns in a bigger agenda.

But back to the original discussion that started this very interesting and thought provoking thread... I think it is too late to go back to the days of monoculture. With the internet, it is just too easy for information that goes against the official narrative to be uploaded and shared. We have to accept that things are moving forward in a new way, embrace the new way, and try to utilize it for the greater good.

Thank you so much for this discussion. I have thoroughly enjoyed it :)

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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I don't think your exaggerating. The reason globalism has succeeded in destroying the Earth is because companies that exploit people/resources simply move to whichever country will allow them to do the most exploiting for profit. The key is to get the people within each of these countries to stand up to the corruption and say "No more."

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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I wanted to add one more thing that we need to educate people on in school: sovereignty. We touch on it a bit with the concept of my rights end where they infringe on your rights, but Americans seem to think that only applies to other individual Americans in select settings and and not understand how the concept applies to society at large. If Americans understood the concept of sovereignty, we would not stand by and allow wars of regime change. There is no way to morally justify bombing or starvation sanctions because we don't like the way another group has chosen to rule over themselves. Those nations are sovereign and can do whatever they want as long as the people within the nation allow it.

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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The problem lies in the people, and the deviant behavior they somehow tout as a progress to some direction without understanding that with every structural change their problems have only taken a different form, as the problem was never in the structure, but instead, it is always the people.

Correct. As I said above, usually its one group of power-hungry people throwing out the existing group in power and setting up the same basic type of system of control via manipulation that is executed by false narrative. People need to learn to identify false narratives and manipulation. Maybe those are things we can teach in school?

Your Catholic Church example was great. Basically, you said clearly that historically, society rewards wealth. Over time, different manipulators changed the societal narrative to steal the power and then hoarded the power and wealth for themselves. But you basically said they should have stuck with the original corruption of the Catholic Church and never should have changed it in the first place. The reason it changed each time was because that societal narrative wasn't working for the masses and they all agreed to a new narrative that they hoped would work better for them. It didn't but that is because the narrative-makers were self-serving. We need to stop rewarding manipulators with wealth. And in those days, it was very easy for TPTB to control the narrative, yet they couldn't keep up the false narrative forever.

Going to stick to the examples currently happening in the US: ANTIFA and BLM are both spouting false narratives. The color of your body suit has no bearing on your character, for better or worse, and is thus a false narrative. Violence is a violation of the sovereignty of others and is reprehensible in all forms. Saying violence is ok for the sake of protest is a false narrative. Everyone who supports these movements has been duped by the false narratives. If I understand where your point of view is coming from, this is what you mean by counter-culture, correct? A narrative different than the main societal narrative, but not necessarily any more true (and possibly demonstrably less true) than the official societal narrative?

The truth is that in the current economic system, the rich are hoarding all the resources to the detriment of the masses, and as a society, we need to change the way money distribution works. Maybe we need to change the way money works altogether since fiat currency is dubious. That is the truth that TPTB are trying to keep covered up. They know that the money system only is in place because we as a society have agreed to it, and we can stop agreeing at any moment. The MSM and many corporations seems to support these false BLM and ANTIFA narratives, which makes it appear that the current group in power are grabbing on to a new angle with which to hold power since their current narrative is rapidly disintegrating with the light of truth shined on it from social media and alternative journalism. Hence the mass banning we are seeing now on Twitter, FB and Reddit.

But things like communism simply move the wealth from private to government, giving those in the government all the power to exploit the same as the private owners did before them. Switching from one exploitative system to another does no one any good.

The solution is to 1. stop rewarding manipulators with wealth 2. educate people better they have better discernment skills to spot false narratives and manipulation. 3. Then there will be more people like me, who go after the existing government legally and peacefully in order to change it so it serves the people instead of exploits the people. With more people pushing on the government to force them to operate openly and fairly, things will just naturally improve.

So... are we in a housing crisis yet? by PencilPusher55 in conspiracy

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Thank you! I just edited my comment above to finish what I had started writing about. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I am not an economist, but I did work in banking for 13 years, so I have some understanding of how the system works.

So... are we in a housing crisis yet? by PencilPusher55 in conspiracy

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In the US, people live in socio-economic clusters. What a house is worth is what the median income of that neighborhood can afford to pay. Houses are more than the millennial and Z can afford, so a housing crash was inevitable because they are the future buyers of homes as the Great Depression and Baby Boomers die off.

Is now the crash? Not yet. But definitely there will be a giant economic crash after the election. Why? Well, it's complicated, but let's summarize it as the stock market is being artificially inflated by the federal reserve using our tax dollars. Once the election is over, the federal reserve will stop the propping up and things are going to crash far worse than 2008.

My family needs me now, but I'll try to pop back in later with more links. Here is one to start with that 100% guarantees a crash is inevitable. https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/reservereq.htm

edit: The link above needed more explanation. Basically, this is the way it's supposed to work. I deposit $100, bank loans $97 of it and keeps $3 for when people ask for a withdrawal. In an economic downturn, people don't make their loan payments and the banks collapse when the depositors try to make withdrawals. The federal reserve requiring no more reserves means that a banking collapse will be imminent with the next downturn, which should start in August if the stimulus isn't renewed. My guess is they will renew the stimulus until the election. q

Here is an explanation of how the federal reserve works. Hopefully, it will help to understand the significance of the above link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P_8KtP3Qi0&feature=emb_rel_pause&app=desktop

Here is how the federal reserve is artificially propping up the stock market: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2020/03/23/the-federal-reserve-moves-to-buy-corporate-debt/#2b2ac7ae4c47

FYI, in my area (CA), house prices are still going up because investors feel the real estate market is more stable than the stock market. Everyone knows it's only a matter of time before the house of cards collapses. The one caveat of my opening statement is that more and more homes are being purchased by investors as rental properties. We're going to have to do something about that, legislatively speaking, to ensure that we don't go back to feudalism with a handful of wealthy landowners and everyone else being indentured servants.

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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No, it's about each one of us deciding to make ourselves better people and calling out others when they aren't being fair. The controlling societal narrative should be decided as a collective based on what is good for the whole population and planet. Both historically and currently, society has been all about one group getting into power and exploiting everyone else via that power. They convince the masses to give them this power via the narrative they have constructed. Currently, BLM and ANTIFA are trying to grab the power. While they make many valid points, the majority of their narrative simply isn't accurate -- all white people are not evil who deserve to be exploited. They have made it clear via their narrative their intention is to take power by force are then exploit everyone outside their group. Both of these factions have stated that they intend to rule in the same manner as every other group who has come into power. We need to break that cycle of power grab/exploitation.

Your argument is that a strong narrative control = calm society, but that is not true. Pretending that a cohesive narrative exists doesn't change the reality of the suffering of the people being exploited by the narrative creators. I am a perfect example of this because I am currently fighting back against false government narrative.

I caught the State of CA red-handed running two racketeering schemes: https://saidit.net/s/corruption/comments/2usv/i_have_uncovered_government_corruption_in/ They have been able to get away with it for YEARS via careful narrative control. As you will see in this 11-minute speech I made to the State Controller, I called them out on their bull shit false narrative. The State waived their right of rebuttal, which is a tacit admission of guilt: https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=179 While I haven't gotten them to stop the racketeering schemes as of yet. I certainly have made great progress in getting them to change their narrative to be more in line with reality. They added the our principals, our values and our goals section to this webpage as a result of my complaints. They also added this page to their website as a result of my complaints: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/help/disagree-or-resolve-an-issue/taxpayer-advocate-services.html, and they added a few other things, too.

According to your argument, I should have rolled over and let them continue the racketeering scheme because you want them to be allowed to completely control the narrative, even if it is detrimental to me and every other person in CA. No thank you. I want the narrative to reflect reality as it is and I will not stop pushing for that. I have already succeeded in making CA a better place for every taxpayer and I will keep pushing until our government's narrative is in a good place.

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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I think you have made this blogger's point for her: https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/09/04/how-to-own-life-like-a-fucking-wizard/

It sounds like your definition of peace is keeping the narrative tightly controlled so that people are brainwashed by the false societal narrative of the ruling class. She says that we need to shed the false narrative and create one that helps all of us in society flourish. Where we are at right now is that the ruling class has lost control of the societal narrative and there is a clash between the people who have an accurate narrative, the ruling powers trying to force the false narrative down our throats, and a whole lot of confused people who know things aren't right in our world right now, but have no clue that the war we are fighting is actually a war of who controls the societal narrative.

The education system is inherently corrupt. by CarlDung in 200acres

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I am Gen X. I have heard that my generation is the last cohesive generation because we were little in the days of monoculture. As we grew, things like cable took off, offering a multitude of choices for TV shows. When I was little, there were only a handful of channels to choose from and most of us watched the same shows. Same goes for education. That is when alternative schooling programs, like magnet schools, started to take root. But I am not sure that mono-culture is a good thing. I think they should be teaching accurate history from multiple-view points so people understand nuance in the shaping of history and evolution of our culture, not make sure everyone is programmed the same via ethnoculture classes.

PSA: Focus on your own hometown before worrying about the rest of the country. by Aureus in politics

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I love the advice you gave, especially about going for a walk and chatting with the people you see. I believe if we all did more of that, instead of hiding in our houses and fighting with people online, society would fix itself :)

I recently wrote a post that is relevant to this. It is about how you and I, as individuals, can fight government corruption. I point out that the strategies I outlines are most effective at the local level: https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/4c0u/some_tips_for_fighting_government_corruption/

“If we are pressuring women to pursue jobs and careers over family and homemaking, then we are still oppressing women." - Mrs. Midwest by calmbluejay in BiblicalSubmission

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You have hit a hot button with me! Currently, our culture defines equality as saying that a woman can be at good at being a man as a man is. I am sorry, but that is not equality. Equality is when female gender traits are valued as equal to male gender traits. I don't want to be a man. I want to be valued as an equal exactly as I am -- a nurturer who puts my family first. Instead, society tells me that I am only valued if I have accomplishments in the work world. OMFG. How is happy, healthy, functional children not considered an accomplishment in our society?????

Liberal Journalist Kim Iverson Warns That The Liberals Are Going To Start Religious Persecution Against Christians by christine_grab in politics

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Yes, but up until now the liberals have always said the conservatives are over-reacting to things that aren't really a big deal and denied that there was any actual religious persecution going on. This may be the first time I've seen a liberal freak out and warn that her fellow liberals have crossed the line.

Liberal Journalist Kim Iverson Warns That The Liberals Are Going To Start Religious Persecution Against Christians by christine_grab in politics

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The first 10 minutes is background, the meat of the argument starts at about 10:00. The TLDR is: She says she is not opposed to statues coming down if that is what the people in the community want. But a small mob deciding they are morally superior and that they can do what they want and don't give a damn about what you think because your thoughts are wrong... that type of mentality leads to dark places. She warns that this call for religious persecution is exactly the opposite of liberal ideology, which is embrace everyone no matter what color, religion, gender, etc.

May All Be Revealed by Caitlin Johnson by christine_grab in conspiracy

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"Those who live truth-based lives with the intention of bringing truth to the light will embrace it in whatever form it ends up taking, even if it makes them look bad, even if it proves they’ve been completely wrong about absolutely everything. Those who’ve lived untruthful lives have a vested interest in keeping truth hidden at any cost. These mutually conflicting interests often set these two very different types of people at odds with one another. If you have led a life that is fully dedicated to truth, you will have already experienced this."

"I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is mankind's sole purpose on this planet. If you're wondering what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I'll give you a hint... it has to do with Creating and Sharing." Bill Hicks by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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I read the article this morning. I grant that your article says as of today it costs 4.50 euros to produce e-fuel and they project it will go down to 2.29 euros. The article I provided said Audi anticipates it will cost 1 - 1.50 Euros once production is scaled up. So we were making a circular argument based on differing input info. And yes, with your comment about recycling being mandatory, you have essentially agreed with my point that the way money works nowadays is that we don't do the right thing for the earth if it is not financially profitable... we need to figure out another way to do the right thing for the earth. My guess by the word mandate is you mean pass laws requiring recycling?

My point was that if it is possible to create products that do not exploit the Earth, we should financially reward those non-exploitative products, even if they are not profitable under our current monetary system. Right now, pulling oil and minerals from the ground generates big money, and many people will fight tooth and nail to protect these exploitative practices because their own livelihood is on the line.

If it is possible to not make a product that needs to be recycled in the first place, we should be moving that direction. But we're not. Because people's livelihoods are on the line.

For example: I produce cheap toys that break instantly when played with. I buy paper and plastic for the packaging, plastic and metal for the toy. Those resources need to be exploited from the earth by people who do that for a living, and it is often done in ways that are damaging to Mother Earth. They get shipped to china in a ship that is a gross polluter by people who do that for a living. The factory is a gross polluter and is staffed by people who make cheap products for a living. The finished product is shipped to America, again on a freighter with people who do that for a living. Then it is trucked to a retail store by a trucker who does that for a living. And sold by a clerk who sells products for a living. And there is someone in the US whose job it is to coordinate the resources to get them to the factory and someone who coordinates getting end product from factory to store. And marketing people to generate interest in the product. All so that the product and its packaging can end up in the landfill. There are so many jobs on the line to stop the production of these products that really exist solely to pollute the earth, as they are not useful toys that last. And every one of those people will fight tooth and nail to protect their jobs, and thus their ability to make money.

That is why we need a new money system. Something where we are rewarded financially for doing the right thing for the earth, not the wrong thing. I don't think trying to keep the current system in place can work for much longer; it is just not really feasible to offset pollution/exploitation of the earth enough to protect our beautiful earth. The system as it stands now is simply too exploitative. We need to stop from happening in the first place.

Major Lightning That Came Out Of The Ground and Up Into The Sky, Amazing Pluto, Cosmos | S0 News Jun.23.2020 by christine_grab in space

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Has anyone ever heard of lightning going up out of the ground and into the sky? Apparently, it happened a couple of days ago, too? And he said to be on the lookout for more of it?

"I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is mankind's sole purpose on this planet. If you're wondering what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I'll give you a hint... it has to do with Creating and Sharing." Bill Hicks by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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Here is the engine I was thinking of: https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-created-a-fossil-fuel-free-jet-engine-prototype. It runs on air, not water, so I was mistaken.

Did you pull that 4.50 euro per liter number out of your butt? The article clearly says the fuel made from air will cost 1 - 1.50 euro per liter: "But Audi and Sunfire now want to build a bigger factory, and anticipate that once production is scaled up, the e-diesel will sell to the public for between 1 and 1.50 Euros per litre, dependent on the cost of renewable electricity. With traditional diesel currently on the market for upwards of 1.50 Euros per litre in Germany, this would make the fuel extremely competitive, and perfectly positioned to made sustainable travel accessible to everyone..."

Recyclable? Recycling plants are closing down because its not cost effective: https://www.wired.com/story/the-worlds-recycling-is-in-chaos-heres-what-has-to-happen/

Even "green" sources of energy are filling up landfills: https://www.activistpost.com/2020/02/green-energy-wind-turbines-are-piling-up-in-landfills-cant-be-recycled.html

How are you going to put the oil back into the ground and the minerals back into the earth once they have been mined? How are you going to fish the pollution back out of the air once its been expelled to ship raw materials to China, to produce these wasteful products, to ship them to US and Europe, to truck them around the continents to their end destination?

No, the more I think about it, the more clear it is to me that we need to stop producing things that don't need to be produced. Money should be paid to reward people for NOT exploiting the earth to start with. You just want to keep the same system in place of rewarding exploitation of the earth for profit, but somehow do something to offset that exploitation so its not as egregious as it could have been. What argument do you have for why we should be needlessly exploiting?

"I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is mankind's sole purpose on this planet. If you're wondering what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I'll give you a hint... it has to do with Creating and Sharing." Bill Hicks by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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I don't know much about libertarianism, but I thought it was all about private ownership and paying money to the owners? The primary motive is still profit, right? It's the profit motive that I think is broken; that people will not make things that are good for the world if there is no profit in it for them.

A Better World Is Possible - A World Without Money by EndlessSunflowers in conspiracy

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3D printers is a great example of a concept that could really push us forward as a society in terms of innovation, but it's not taking off due to lack of profitability.

I wrote a post a while ago about the book The Celestine Prophecy: https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/3yi3/the_book_the_celestine_prophecy_claims_that_we/ The TLDR is each person naturally emits energy, what psychics call our “aura.” When two people have conflict, the winner sucks away some of the energy of the loser, giving the winner a physical and emotional boost. The reason we have interpersonal conflict is because unconsciously we are all trying to get this boost. The Prophecy is that in the second millennium, the humans will learn how to harness this energy out of the earth itself. Once we no longer need to suck one another’s energy to fill ourselves up, we will no longer desire interpersonal conflict and we will become a peaceful species. The society it describes sounds like what you just described -- people stop being selfish and exploitative and just work together peacefully. I'll be honest, I am holding a lot of hope that the prophecy is real and that it comes true soon.

"I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is mankind's sole purpose on this planet. If you're wondering what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I'll give you a hint... it has to do with Creating and Sharing." Bill Hicks by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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I don't have a lot of time to look right for the proof right now, but I know for a fact that Big Oil bought that water engine patent and shelved it. I'll look for it tonight. Meanwhile, here is another article along the same vein: Audi creates non-polluting diesel in 2015. Why isn't it in use yet????? https://www.sciencealert.com/audi-have-successfully-made-diesel-fuel-from-air-and-water. Why isn't this new awesome diesel on the market?

I don't understand what you mean about companies compensate 100% for every environment usage? Compensate in what way? Magically eliminate the landfills and all the toxic substances that are created under the current system?

It's all one big distraction. Let's stop choosing sides and just look within to find the truth. by EpsteinIsHung in conspiracy

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I agree wholeheartedly with this: The only way to break free, is to stop, look within, and to fully realie the concept "I am." and . To break the cycle, we must do what they least expect to do. To stop choosing any sides. To stop identifying with any narratives. Just be. Just exist. Realize that anything that stems from fear is bullshit and a total illusion. Just realize I am, and everything else will make sense.

I don't agree with: In order to change the current circumstances and to find clarity, there's nothing that needs to be done. No rabbit holes that need to be dug up, no need to "resist",

Right now, TPTB are trying to shore up power. They are laying 5G everywhere right now: https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/92075-secure-5g-and-beyond-act-of-2020-signed-into-law and getting ready to micro-chip us: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBGiATyJKuq/. They are planning to actively take away our autonomy as people via this new tracking system. We need to band together NOW and refuse to let them get away with this, or other violations of sovereignty and all types of corruption. This is a major turning point in history.

It feels impossible to overthrow TPTB when we look at ourselves as individuals against "the system," but the reality is that there are billions of us and only thousands of them. The fortress looks impossible to penetrate, but the bricks of their fortress are hollow and the walls can easily be pushed over if enough people push. But we do have to push. We can't sit around and hope the situation magically fixes itself.

So pick a piece of wall and start pushing on it. Trust that other people are also pushing on the wall, even if you can't see them. It's all one big wall and the more people who walk up to the wall and start pushing on it, the easier it will become to completely knock it over.

I wrote a post a couple months ago about how we, as individuals, can start pushing back to stop government corruption, but it can be easily adapted to any kind of corruption: over.https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/4c0u/some_tips_for_fighting_government_corruption/

A Better World Is Possible - A World Without Money by EndlessSunflowers in conspiracy

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Lately, I have been thinking about this a lot. More and more I am realizing that the only way to fix society's problems is to change the way money works. We already have engines that run on water, but it was shelved because it would seriously threaten Big Oil. We have light bulbs that never burn out, but they will never be produced because they can't make money long-term. Nowadays, most products have deliberately designed functional obsolescence to ensure that we keep buying said product. I have no answers about what a new money system would look like, but there has to be a way to distribute money as a reward for making things that will make the world a better place instead of our current system, which rewards us for making things that pollute, fill up our landfills, encourage corruption and exploitation, etc.

"I do not believe making money in order to consume goods is mankind's sole purpose on this planet. If you're wondering what I believe our purpose on this planet is, I'll give you a hint... it has to do with Creating and Sharing." Bill Hicks by EndlessSunflowers in quotes

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Lately, I have been thinking about how the only way to fix society's problems is to change the way money works. We already have engines that run on water, but it was shelved because it would seriously threaten Big Oil. We have light bulbs that never burn out, but they will never be produced because they can't make money long-term. Nowadays, most products have deliberately designed functional obsolescence to ensure that we keep buying said product. I have no answers about what a new money system would look like, but there has to be a way to distribute money as a reward for making things that will make the world a better place instead of our current system, which rewards us for making things that pollute, fill up our landfills, encourage corruption and exploitation, etc.

Don't fall for demoralization, king! by Aureus in politics

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I wrote a post a couple months ago about how we, as individuals, can start pushing back to stop government corruption, but it can be easily adapted to any kind of corruption: over.https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/4c0u/some_tips_for_fighting_government_corruption/

It feels impossible to overthrow TPTB when we look at ourselves as individuals against "the system," but the reality is that there are billions of us and only thousands of them. The fortress looks impossible to penetrate, but the bricks of their fortress are hollow and the walls can easily be pushed over if enough people push. So pick a piece of wall and start pushing on it. Trust that other people are also pushing on the wall, even if you can't see them. It's all one big wall and the more people who walk up to the wall and start pushing on it, the easier it will become to completely knock it over.

Four years ago, I caught the State of CA red-handed running not just one, but two racketeering schemes. Since then, I have actively been fighting to try to get these schemes stopped. I don't spend a lot of time on my government fight; I do as much as I can as I have time to work on it. It's been a maddeningly slow and frustrating process, but I am tenacious and have been making real progress. I keep telling myself that slow and steady wins the race. I have recently learned that there are other people/organizations that are also pushing on the State of CA for similar types of apparently unlawful activity. If they make progress, too, the CA will have no choice but to change things.

I know my fight is only on one small area of corruption, but that is okay. Every bit of corruption needs to be taken out, and the more small chunks of wall we can push down, the weaker the rest of the wall is. It gives me a lot of inner-peace to know I am doing my part to make the world a better place. Whenever the news of this corruption or that corruption starts to get me down or feel overwhelmed, I remember that I am doing my part, small as it may be, and I trust that other people will also step up to do their parts, too. Together, we'll completely take the wall down.

Don't fall for demoralization, king! by Aureus in politics

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I wrote a post about the book The Celestine Prophecy a couple months ago: https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/3yi3/the_book_the_celestine_prophecy_claims_that_we/

The TLDR of the book: Each person naturally emits energy, what psychics call our “aura.” When two people have conflict, the winner sucks away some of the energy of the loser, giving the winner a physical and emotional boost. The reason we have interpersonal conflict is because unconsciously we are all trying to get this boost. The Prophecy is that the humans will learn how to harness this energy out of the earth itself. Once we no longer need to suck one another’s energy to fill ourselves up, we will no longer desire interpersonal conflict and we will become a peaceful species.

This is supposed to happen in the second millennium, when enough people have "woken up" that we can be a peaceful species that it tips the scales and everyone else follows suit. I believe right now is the turning point when it happens. I believe that TPTB are desperately trying to keep up living in fear and conflict to keep us from reaching this turning point.

Of course, even after we all wake up, we still need to overthrow TPTB. It feels impossible to overthrow TPTB when we look at ourselves as individuals against "the system," but the reality is that there are billions of us and only thousands of them. The fortress looks impossible to penetrate, but the bricks of their fortress are hollow and the walls can easily be pushed over if enough people push. So pick a piece of wall and start pushing on it. Trust that other people are also pushing on the wall, even if you can't see them. Its all one big wall and the more people who walk up to the wall and start pushing on it, the easier it will become to completely knock it. I also wrote a post about how we, as individuals, can start pushing back to stop government corruption, but it can be easily adapted to any kind of corruption: over.https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/4c0u/some_tips_for_fighting_government_corruption/

Don't fall for demoralization, king! by Aureus in politics

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Relevant comic from The Oatmeal: https://www.theoatmeal.com/comics/believe

Some Tips for Fighting Government Corruption by christine_grab in conspiracy

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Merci!

When Will This End? COVID-19 Facts and Failures -- Kim Iverson Discusses Effective Strategies To Fix This Mess by christine_grab in politics

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People are taking the blinders off at differing rates. It is devastating emotionally to come to terms with the fact that everything you've had faith in is a giant lie. Most people will do anything to keep the blinders on to save themselves from the emotional turmoil, no matter how crazy the cognitive dissonance. This pandemic -- or rather the way the various governments are handling it -- is helping people to come to terms with it at a faster rate than would have happened before. The pandemic is speeding up the human evolution into enlightenment. Your comment just inspired me to post an article from Caitlin Johnston from a couple of years ago that was eye-opening for me.

When Will This End? COVID-19 Facts and Failures -- Kim Iverson Discusses Effective Strategies To Fix This Mess by christine_grab in politics

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I love how level headed and logical she is. And I love that she calls out bullshit!

When Will This End? COVID-19 Facts and Failures -- Kim Iverson Discusses Effective Strategies To Fix This Mess by christine_grab in politics

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A non-hysterical view of what are and are not strategies -- she calls out both sides of the aisle for mishandling the situation.

What do you think will be the aftermath fo the coronavirus? by BlueShoes in AskSaidIt

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Good luck with your project! I know that one of the reasons we are "waking up" is because we can now easily share date. I'd love to see your tool make it big and help us get to the next, happier level of life!

The Book *The Celestine Prophecy Claims* That We are on the Verge of Developing World Peace By Learning to Harness The Natural Energy of Earth – I Think This May Be Why They Don’t Want Us Outside During Lock-Down by christine_grab in conspiracy

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You are certainly entitled to your opinion. And please remember that other people have a right to their opinions, too. Please don't belittle someone who has a different opinion than you do. I believe this belittling tactic falls under the category of Interrogation – Asking questions until you find a weakness to prey upon to syphon energy. You just did exactly what the book talked about: trying to create conflict via belittling. If you managed to get me to play your game by being defensive, then you would have succeeded in sucking some of my energy. But I refuse to play and, as the book instructed, I just called you out on your effort to create conflict to suck my energy. When everyone learns how to not get sucked into these conflict tactics, we'll be well on our way to spiritual evolution.

The Book *The Celestine Prophecy Claims* That We are on the Verge of Developing World Peace By Learning to Harness The Natural Energy of Earth – I Think This May Be Why They Don’t Want Us Outside During Lock-Down by christine_grab in conspiracy

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I've never heard of Final Fantasy 7, so I just looked it up and saw that it was a video game. Do you think maybe the reason this game was made was to brainwash people to view energy from Earth as bad and shelter themselves from it? Thus stopping all those people from undergoing the natural spiritual evolution that we are supposed to be in the midst of right now?

What do you think will be the aftermath fo the coronavirus? by BlueShoes in AskSaidIt

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I just finished it this morning. Now I have to try to apply the principals to my life.

I will tell you, though, that for the last four years, I have been actively fighting state level government corruption in CA. I have felt from the beginning that this is my calling from God, and as frustrating as this fight has been, so many serendipitous things have happened to further my fight that I have no doubts it truly is my destiny. This book affirmed that I am not crazy. :)

Break the cycle: Say no to government’s abuse by Unicorn in politics

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Thank you!

What do you think will be the aftermath fo the coronavirus? by BlueShoes in AskSaidIt

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My boss gave me that book 25 years ago and told me it would change my life. Then she quit, so I never felt pressured to read it. That book has been sitting on my bookshelf unread for all this time. With the lock-down, I started to wonder what this Prophecy has to say and picked it up. I actually just finished the book and put up a post about it, if you want more info. Even if you don't believe in it, it certainly gives food for thought: https://saidit.net/s/conspiracy/comments/3yi3/the_book_the_celestine_prophecy_claims_that_we/

What do you think will be the aftermath fo the coronavirus? by BlueShoes in AskSaidIt

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I am almost done reading a book called The Celestine Prophecy. The TLDR is that each person naturally emits energy, what psychics call our “aura.” When two people have conflict, the winner sucks away some of the energy of the loser, giving the winner a physical and emotional boost. The reason we have interpersonal conflict is because unconsciously we are all trying to get this boost.

The Prophecy is that the humans will learn how to harness this energy out of the earth itself. Once we no longer need to suck one another’s energy to fill ourselves up, we will no longer desire interpersonal conflict and we will become a peaceful species. This transformation allegedly started in the late 20th century and will be 100% complete by the middle of this millennium.

I keep wondering if the purpose of this lock-down is to keep us indoors and living in fear to stop the prophecy from coming true (crushing all negative and fearful thoughts is part of the process needed to gain the energy from Earth). I keep wondering if the reason they keep trying to divide us (ie right vs left) is to ensure that groups continue to hate one another, preventing the prophecy's promise of love and peace as a species.

While I agree with u/useless_aether about what the plan of the elites is to take advantage of the situation, I am hoping that this time of forced pattern breaking gets people to think differently, to be more open to the positive energy and thought patterns that the Celestine Prophecy says will transform our species. I am hoping that we can use this positive energy to work together as a species to overcome the evil puppet masters.

RONA Updates: Experts Disagree, Diving Into The Numbers (long, but well worth your time for non-hysterical facts about the disease/situation) by christine_grab in politics

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I think I found her here on Said it and now I follow her.

US has a history of testing biological weapons on the public – were infected ticks used too? by dcjogger in news

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Here is an interview with Kris Newby, the author of the book mentioned in the intro paragraph of the article. It is fascinating! https://www.peterbcollins.com/2019/08/06/in-depth-interview-author-kris-newby-and-prof-mark-crispin-miller-talk-about-chronic-lyme-disease-and-its-likely-origins/

Overlay of OTO temple locations (from their own site) over infection map... by Vigte in conspiracy

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Thank you

Overlay of OTO temple locations (from their own site) over infection map... by Vigte in conspiracy

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What is OTO?

Schizophrenia May Be an Autoimmune Condition by AliceofX in videos

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According to this article, schizophrenia is caused by a parasite: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/

State Postpones Tax Deadlines Until July 15 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic by christine_grab in politics

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Thank you! I am not a CPA, but if I read that correctly, I think there is no penalty if you pay your obligation that is normally due on April 15th on July 15.

Break the cycle: Say no to government’s abuse by Unicorn in politics

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I made a comment in this thread where I talk about what I am specifically doing to fight government corruption in the State of California. But what I am doing can be with every government agency. I honestly believe that it'll only take a few people per agency -- maybe 5? -- that really push for reform to make the reforms happen. Here is my website so you can see what I've done: https://gwsandiego.net/blog/

Break the cycle: Say no to government’s abuse by Unicorn in politics

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I am fighting the government in California and it is working! I caught the Franchise Tax Board, California's income tax agency, temporarily embezzling estimated tax payments, then charging penalties, fees and interest for "paying late." Four years ago, I started writing to legislators about it, asking them to put an end to the blatantly illegal practices.

They responded by changing the appeals process to make it virtually impossible to get illegally collected funds refunded: https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=6

I went to Sacramento in 2018 and 2019 to make speeches to legislators: https://vimeo.com/user93891576

They responded by telling me to F*** off: https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=196

I filed an appeal with the Office of Tax Appeals, even though I knew it was futile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjAaHxFPchI&feature=youtu.be

I lost in a verdict that was so blatantly corrupt that it was jaw dropping. And in January of this year, I filed suit against the Franchise Tax Board in Superior Court: https://gwsandiego.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Staples-Scan-9.pdf

The process has been slow, tedious and frustrating, but you know what? I am making progress. The FTB has actually changed a few policies and procedures as a result of my pushing. Each step that I have made has exposed more and more corruption in the system. As I have done research on the racketeering schemes that I got snared in, I have stumbled across several more racketeering schemes, as well. I have exposed corrupt politicians and judges.I know the Franchise Tax Board is terrified of me. I know they are terrified that I will inspire more people to fight back. I really believe that if a few more people -- like only 4 or 5 more -- start pushing on them, the whole corrupt agency will go down and have to be re-structured so that they serve Californians instead of raping the general public.

And we can do that with every government agency. Everyone who has has had enough, pick an agency and start hitting their fortress wall with a sledgehammer. With enough hits, it will come down.

I Have Uncovered Government Corruption in California's Income Tax Agency, The Franchise Tax Board -- Embezzling Taxpayer Funds and Assessing False Penalties on Embezzled Monies by christine_grab in corruption

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Thank you! I have been doing this FTB fight for 8 years. Learning how to navigate the bureaucracy has been slow, frustrating and a bit expensive, but I am finally starting to see results. I am hoping that I can pass what I have learned on to others so that others can also take up the fight against government agencies in the State of CA and see results more quickly and easily than I did. I feel like the FTB saw me as vulnerable and deliberately exploited that vulnerability. Now that I am in a better position, I feel obligated to fight for all the other vulnerable people that they are actively exploiting because most of them cannot fight for themselves. Honestly, we are considering leaving the state, but I feel like I need to at least try to make it better first.

I Have Uncovered Government Corruption in California's Income Tax Agency, The Franchise Tax Board -- Embezzling Taxpayer Funds and Assessing False Penalties on Embezzled Monies by christine_grab in corruption

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Thank you! The Franchise Tax Board's mandate is "to protect the revenue." They take that mandate as "gather as many dollars as possible in any way possible." If the FTB was a human being, they would be diagnosed as a sociopath: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/antisocial-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20353928?page=0&citems=10. As I have talked to lawyers and other groups about the FTB, the most commonly used word to describe FTB is "retaliatory." They have a big stick and they are eager to beat you with it if you don't submit unquestioningly to all their demands -- even blatantly illegal demands. They harassed the fuck out of me for money that I never owed because I had the audacity to point out to them that I had already paid the money and they'd lost it. They refused to locate my lost money -- they said they didn't have it -- despite me sending proof of payment 31 times -- and they tried to garner wages and levy bank accounts because I didn't send them more. How dare I want an accounting of what they did with the money that I'd sent them!

That said, the CA government squanders money like there is no tomorrow, and legislators don't want to fuck up their gravy train. So legislators turn a blind eye to the unlawful practices, and when they can't, they do everything they can to shield the FTB from consequences of their unlawful practices. I am certain that is why Gov, Brown and State Controller Yee set up The OTA court in the first place. The BOE was siding with the taxpayers too often -- that wasn't going to be tolerated! Out with the BOE and in with The OTA, who would usually side with FTB!

As to the question of who started this... it's been going on a long time and I am sure it has slowly but steadily built up over the years, with many, many people involved. But there was one person who caught my eye. I gave a speech at the December 2018 meeting, too (https://vimeo.com/311228307?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220). I had submitted the written request all the way back in October, so the FTB had known for almost 2 months exactly what I would be saying when I spoke that day. After the speeches, there was a little ceremony to honor a few long-time employees who were retiring. One of the employees was very high up in the legal department. They described him as a "creative genius." Hmmm... creative genius is not usually how you describe a lawyer who sets legal policy for a government agency... and it was interesting that he retired at the same time I publicly accused them of racketeering.... he also said he planned to do a lot of traveling in his retirement. I thought "Yeah, I'll bet you'll be spending a lot of time in countries without extradition treaties."

I Have Uncovered Government Corruption in California's Income Tax Agency, The Franchise Tax Board -- Embezzling Taxpayer Funds and Assessing False Penalties on Embezzled Monies by christine_grab in corruption

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I know, right? I have learned a lot about government bureaucracy over the last few years as I've been fighting the FTB. Each legislator is only allowed to present a few bills per year. Each legislator is on several committees, and they usually present bills related to the committees they are on. They also all have their "pet projects" -- for example, I am in Toni Atkins district and she is a lesbian and pushes a lot of LGTBQ stuff. Since they are limited on how many battle fronts they are allowed to fight, they pick the bills that give them the most "bang for the buck." So, they view my bill as only one vote -- mine. They pick bills that will garner them tens of thousands of votes, as well as big campaign contributions to ensure ads to garner more votes. This is where lobbyists come into the picture. The lobbyists get legislators attention in the first place with offers of donations, endorsements of influential groups, etc. and convince the legislators why its best to choose their particular bill over all the others they are considering.

As for class action... I spent months looking for a lawyer for a class-action suit to no avail. When I finally got to the "fuck it, I'll do it myself" point and went to the law library, I found out that "Class Action" means that every person in the group was harmed in an identical way. So say there are 100 people in the class. If everyone sued individually, they would be basically 100 identical lawsuits. Since tax situations vary with each person, it is unlikely that each taxpayer was harmed in an identical way. As such, it is unlikely that a judge would ever certify a class in a lawsuit involving income taxes. But if a few of us sue individually and win, the State of CA will have to change the unlawful practice because they will be losing more money than they are making from the unlawful schemes. But as long as the racketeering schemes are net positive financially, the government will let it keep going.

I Have Uncovered Government Corruption in California's Income Tax Agency, The Franchise Tax Board -- Embezzling Taxpayer Funds and Assessing False Penalties on Embezzled Monies by christine_grab in corruption

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Thank you for spreading my story! I am flattered that you think I'd be a good politician, but I don't see myself running for office...

Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in politics

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I also suspect he is a shill. He's trying to derail support for Trump's bill via confusion by conflating totally separate concepts (pricing transparency has nothing what-so-ever to do with Medicare for All). "Muddying the waters" via confusion is a common shill tactic. He also totally ignores good points I've made and harps on certain talking points, which are more shill tactics. However, shills are usually well-spoken. This guy sounds a bit unhinged, so I wonder if he's maybe someone who is just not in a good place right now mentally speaking, and he's holding his sanity together by holding tightly onto his vision of a better future. Either way, it's sad reflection of the state of our country: sad to sell your soul for money as a shill, and sadder that so many people are struggling to hold their sanity together.

Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in politics

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The word I was looking for is conflating! You are conflating two issues that have absolutely nothing to do with one another!

Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in politics

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Sigh. I am now 100% convinced that you are not right in the head. I am the reason insulin costs $800???? Where did you pull that from, dude?

"This plan will stand in the way by setting artificial prices by the folks ripping us off right now." Really, could you please explain how? Trump's bill isn't trying to set a national standard. They want each individual health care provider to provide a menu that shows how much each service costs so that patients can budget accordingly. It has nothing what-so-ever to do with Medicare now -- since that is already set pricing -- nor a future Medicare for All bill that could maybe come to fruition a minimum of 5 years down the road. What about the gap between now and then????

"Free college will train new doctors and nurses." Great, in 5 years, free college will get passed. Medical school is 8 years. So in as soon as 13 years, we'll have doctors who can afford a lower salary because they didn't have to pay for medical school. What about the gap between now and then????

I am done debating with someone who is completely unhinged from reality. I get that you have big hopes for a better future, but you cannot ignore solutions that can help NOW -- even if it is a little bit, it is SOMETHING NOW.

Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in politics

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"If you want the real cost of things look to the pay list for Medicare" The current pay list for Medicare is artificially low. Many doctors won't accept Medicare because it is a net loss for them. I know this because I have elderly parents on Medicare. IF Bernie wins and IF Medicare for All does go on the table, the entire medical community will vehemently fight it unless provisions are made to increase Medicare's payouts. In my mind, if we rein in the dire overcharging of the pharmaceutical industry, we should have plenty of money leftover to provide fair compensation for the doctors. The drug that I need for my disease is $100 per dose in Canada and $36,000 per dose in the USA. Even though ACTHAR is not commonly prescribed, the savings from reining in ACTHAR alone will make up for the additional compensation the doctors need to make Medicare for All financially viable: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/business/questcor-finds-profit-for-acthar-drug-at-28000-a-vial.html (note that this article was written in 2012, and the price has gone up to $36,000 since then).

"Transparency in your cost will not help." My reality is that pricing transparency will help me NOW. Knowing what my medical costs will be will certainly help me budget. Every time you tell me NO, that is not true, it makes me think that you are mentally unstable. It is cognitive dissonance to tell a total stranger that you know better than them what the financial situation is in their lives. I get it that you are on a moral high horse crusade to transform society into something better down the road, but you need to take step back from blind idealism and look what simple steps can help people TODAY. Just because it won't help YOU today since you clearly are on Medicaid or something that picks up all the costs, it will help ME as someone with a giant deductible and high co-pays. And for you to say I don't deserve help TODAY because this form of help does not meet your idealistic perfection is really fucking selfish of you.

"Negotiating prices for drugs will help" Bernie wants to NEGOTIATE from $36,000 down to $24,000. Fuck that. We need to lay down laws forbidding exploitative practices like ACHTAR. Like all pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to be for profit.

I have to go... I'll finish this later.

Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in politics

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Look, I have a rare kidney disease and I have crappy insurance. Medicare for all may happen in like 5 years, best case scenario. WTF am I supposed to do for the next 5 years until then?????? This is something on the table that can help me NOW with estimating what my annual health care out of pocket cost is going to be so I can budget accordingly. It is not mutually exclusive to Medicare for All and there is no valid reason to oppose it -- 88% of people support pricing transparency in the health care field. It pisses me off when people get on a high horse and refuse to acknowledge one thing is good just because a different thing may be better.

I am starting to wonder if the people opposing it are shills... pretending to be pro-Medicare of All in an effort to derail this initiative... and when Medicare for All is finally on the table, they'll suddenly oppose it.

Americans: Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in USPolitics

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You are correct that this bill does nothing to care for the sick. What it does is to help Americans avoid crippling medical debt by stopping providers from blind-siding us with unexpected bills. And making it easier to access your own medical records so that can you more easily shop for a more competent/cheaper provider. This is what I meant when I said earlier that pricing transparency and medicare for all can live in harmony -- they are two entirely different subjects that co-exist together peacefully.

I am seriously offended that you think that that medical debt caused by opaque pricing "is a problem that doesn't exist." I guess you've never had a $28,000 C-section where the hospital was in-network but the doctors on staff that night weren't and the insurance company refused to pay the doctor bills because the doctor weren't in-network. Had I known up-front that a C-section was so expensive at this particular hospital and that all the doctors weren't in-network, I would have chosen a different hospital. This is why so many of us are in crippling medical debt. In Greece, a C-Section at a private hospital where everything is out of pocket costs $3,000.

I wish that you would watch the interview that I linked to in the post. It's about 30 minutes and a worthwhile use of your time. The government isn't making a regional price list. They are requiring that every doctor, hospital and drug company have a menu of prices for services, much like a restaurant has a menu. So that they disclose upfront that aspirin they are giving you is $58 each and you have the option of declining the aspirin if you feel like the pain isn't bad enough to justify $118. Now, they shove the aspirin in your mouth and then send you a bill for $118 and you are on the hook for it.

In addition to the potential side effects in drug ads, the ads would also have to disclose the drug price -- that way you know exactly how much your local pharmacy is marking up the drugs they sell you. Seriously, why is my dad's medicine $25 at Costco and $150 at CVS?

They also would require full disclosure and transparency of medical records so that we can take our medical records and shop for care, rather than being stuck with the one provider that you don't like and is overcharging you.

I honestly don't know what this will cost to implement, but I doubt it is anywhere close to $100 million since most of the things they implement are up to the providers to foot the bill for -- and seriously, how much can it cost to add a price to a drug ad or make a menu of services? Whatever the cost, it is on the table NOW, it helps people like me A LOT, and it is frustrating that you are so wrapped up in partisan politics that you can't see that my problems are real and worth addressing today. I can't wait until 2025 for things to improve -- I need something now, and while this may be small, it is something.

Americans: Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in USPolitics

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You do realize that transparent pricing and medicare for all are not mutually exclusive concepts? That they can live together happily and harmoniously?

I agree that Medicare for all would be superior to the system we have now. IF Bernie wins, he'll start working on that legislation in 2021, right after he takes office. It'll be blockaded by the congress and the senate because most of the legislators are owned by Big Pharma and Big Insurance will not allow anything through that cuts into their overlord's profit margins. It'll take a few years to vote out the dirtbags and replace them with enough uncorrupted people that Medicare for all will have a fighting chance. By then, there will be so much public pressure that the rest of the dirt bags will have to acquiesce. So, realistically, medicare for all will happen in 2025 once the new group of legislators are sworn in -- and that is best case scenario.

I guess I don't understand why you are so hostile towards the concept of making a step forward TODAY. No, it's not a big giant comprehensive plan. But it is a step in the right direction RIGHT NOW, not someday down the road if the stars align. I am thrilled to take a step int he right direction, and I am hoping that if we can make this one step, maybe more steps will follow.

I can't seem to find the article right now, but I read a great article about how Ted Kennedy was pushing so hard for medicare for all back in the 1960s. The legislators were close to a compromise that didn't cover anywhere close to everyone, but got more people covered than just seniors. Everyone pushed him to take the deal, and then continue to push for more and more groups to be included until eventually everyone was covered. But Kennedy refused. And to this day, Medicare still only covers seniors. He had the chance to have gotten more people covered, and he didn't take it, so all those people who could have had coverage lost out.

I think you sound like Ted Kennedy did back then: "No, if I can't get it all, then I want nothing. Yes, I understand that millions of my fellow Americans are getting fucked over with opaque pricing and over-billing but god-damn it, they need to stay fucked over because this one step to help this one group doesn't do enough for every single American." I get it that this step doesn't help YOU very much, but it sure as hell would help me as someone with a rare disease that has to go to the doctor a lot. Yes, I have insurance, but it has a large deductible and large co-pays, so my insurance is essentially useless. I need to be aware of how much my care costs me since its mostly out of pocket! I am frustrated that you are so focused on the big picture that you can't be empathetic to the needs of the group that I am in... you could easily help me here and now, and you won't. :(

The reality of our country is that we tend to move in baby steps. We don't do big radical change very well -- and that is actually by the design of the founding fathers. They wanted something stable that didn't change quickly with people's whims. We'll see if Bernie 1. wins and 2. can make medicare for all happen. But even if he does make it happen, it will take time.

Americans: Please Take Two Minutes To Support Pricing Transparency in the Healthcare Industry by christine_grab in USPolitics

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As I said in the post, everyone agrees we have a health care crises and we are all arguing about how to fix it. One of the few things that most Americans agree upon is price transparency. I think it is great that the White House is moving forward in an avenue that can actually garner enough public support to pass. The reality is most measures won't pass because it can't get enough people agreeing that its a good avenue to pursue. In my mind you have to start somewhere, and this is a good place to start.

I get you are one of the 12% that opposes price transparency, and I totally understand your logic and arguments. You are right, when you are passed out and taken to the nearest hospital, you don't get to choose. But even in that case, going to their website to see what the anticipated bill will be for the services rendered will help a lot versus getting a bill for $20,000 in the mail that is full of codes so you have no idea what you are actually being charged for. This is how the providers sneak in extra fees, by making the bills so complicated you can't figure them out.

Most of us utilizing health care services have some kind of scheduled care that isn't a surprise. When I was pregnant, I knew damn good and well that I needed to go to the doctor X times and that I needed to go to a hospital to deliver my baby. That was something that I absolutely would have shopped for had I had the option. I was horrified by all the surprise bills that popped up after he was born. The hospital was in network, but not all the doctors assigned to me were, so I was fighting for over a year to get the insurance to cover these surprise doctor bills that totaled thousands of dollars. It would have nice to have not been blind-sided by these charges.

I also developed a rare kidney disease shortly after the birth of my child. I had to get labs and go to the doctor every month for years. It would have been great to have had the option to shop.

Medicare has its fair share of problems, too. My dad has basic Medicare, and I spend hours upon hours clearing up billing "mistakes" made by assorted practitioners. I can't tell you how many co-pays have disappeared and how many times the co-pays turned out to be much, much higher than we had anticipated. I believe that they make these "mistakes" to pad their bottom lines, knowing that most of these old people are easy targets for overcharging. Also, my understanding from my friend who works in medical billing is that Medicare doesn't pay enough to really cover the practitioners cost, so practitioners make up that loss by overcharging the rest of us.

I'd love to see standardized pricing across the board, and those are other steps in the process that need to be addressed. But just disclosing what the pricing is at all is a good first step.

Reddit is currently putting in new algorithms designed to ghost users. They will post and see their posts. But the posts will never be seen sorting by r/new or any other sorting method. They are ghosting entire subreddits right now. The algorithm is live. by salvia_d in WorldPolitics

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Does anyone know if there will be one community of ghosts that can all see each other and one community of normies? So basically two separate groups? Or will it be many disenfranchised ghost groups that can't talk to other ghost groups?

A double standard in our state government by dcjogger in politics

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This article is two years old, and after this article was published, what wound up shaking out from the BOE transfer of duties was insidious.

One of the duties that was taken away from the Board of Equalization was hearing appeals from the Franchise Tax Board (California's income tax agency), where taxpayers asked that unfair penalties and fees be refunded. Apparently, it was a casual hearing where the taxpayers explained their side + proof to the BOE. The BOE often sided with the taxpayers.

The appeals were moved to a brand new department, called the Office of Tax Appeals, which is a real court where you need a real attorney. Since attorneys start at $5k, for most people, the attorney cost more than the taxpayers were trying to recoup. The OTA has a reputation for almost always siding with the FTB, so even if you fork out the money for a lawyer, you'll probably lose anyway. Here is a detailed article that I wrote about it: https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=6

So here's where it gets really corrupt: In 2016, I caught the Franchise Tax Board red-handed doing an assortment of illegal stuff (https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=8), such as improperly assessing fees (https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=82) and overcharging interest (https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=120). I wrote Governor Brown a bunch of letters about it, along with documentation.

In addition to letters, I also made a speech in Sacramento to legislators about it in December 2018: https://vimeo.com/311228307?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220. I made another speech on December 3, 2019. Here is the text (the FTB hasn't posted the video yet): https://gwsandiego.net/blog/?p=151

So Governor Brown knew damn well that the FTB was doing a bunch of stuff to unlawfully rake in extra money from taxpayers, then deliberately made it harder for taxpayers to get that money back. Nothing has happened to the FTB... they are still doing all the same unlawful stuff.

Brown and Newsom are corrupt AF.

Las Vegas adopts ban that prohibits sleeping, camping on streets and sidewalks Opponents say the measure unfairly criminalizes the city's homeless population. by codedtestament in WorldNews

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I certainly agree that the homeless shouldn't be sleeping in the streets in downtown. I totally understand why some homeless would be resistant to shelters -- often it is less safe in a shelter than on the street... if the homeless person is mentally unstable, they are not better off in a place with more restrictions. The more I think about possible solutions to the homeless crises, the more I realize that the only financial solution is to bring down the cost and restrictions of living so that people who want to live in a lower standard of living or even off the grid can.

Las Vegas adopts ban that prohibits sleeping, camping on streets and sidewalks Opponents say the measure unfairly criminalizes the city's homeless population. by codedtestament in WorldNews

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Homeless people are a drain on the government budget. The question is, whose budget should we drain? Should we drain the social services budget, which struggles with funding, by providing empathetic solutions? Or do we criminalize it and drain the police budget, which always seems to be able to garner more and more budget dollars whenever they need it? When you view it from a purely political perspective, it's clear why these un-empathetic ordinances are passed. It says a lot about how fucked up our current political environment is.

Government lobbies government for more government by dcjogger in politics

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I am currently trying to fight government corruption in CA. I made a post about it: https://saidit.net/s/corruption/comments/zkw/update_on_californias_unlawful_schemes_to_collect/

Anyways, as I mentioned in the post, I have some legislative ideas that I think will help curb corruption. I talked to my local Assemblyman about introducing these bills in the upcoming legislative session. My Assemblyman said that they are great ideas, but he doesn't actually write bills. He told me I need to partner with a local lobbying group and that the lobbyists will write the legislation for the Assemblyman to submit. He gave me a list of lobbyist organizations that may be interested in these legislative ideas. I was shocked at how many there are!

Left in a hurry: RT films inside abandoned US military base in Syria by salvia_d in conspiracy

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My husband and I visited the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, which was a strategic military base during WWII. The US also left everything behind there, too, although they deliberately destroyed much of the equipment that was abandoned. We were told that the US had a contract with their military vendors that they could not bring back any of the equipment from the war. It would not surprise me if such contracts still exist.

Can you guys make voting like reddit why does a downvote have to be a happy face and count as a 'fun' vote, thats retarded by shadow_wolf7 in SaidIt

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If I had a downvote button, I would have downvoted you for disagreeing with me, and a few other people would, too. Then your comment wouldn't show up at all because it had a negative vote count. It's a good thing that my opinion isn't able to trample your opinion -- not just for this discussion, but it's for the good of society in general that dissenting view points cannot be crushed.

Can you guys make voting like reddit why does a downvote have to be a happy face and count as a 'fun' vote, thats retarded by shadow_wolf7 in SaidIt

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I much prefer this voting system over Reddit's. One of the things that drove me crazy about Reddit was the hive-mind of subs. If your opinion differed from the hive, you were downvoted to oblivion. At Reddit, the popular information was considered the correct information, facts be damned! This caused a lot of people there to believe bad info to be true.

I truly believe sites like Reddit are contributing to a break-down of society because people cannot discern "popular" from "fact." The sci-fi series The Orville did a great episode about this; I think it was Season 1, Episode 7: Majority Rule, where death sentences were determined by how many up and down votes the suspect got instead of a trial.

Update on California’s Unlawful Schemes to Collect Extra Income Taxes From Taxpayers by christine_grab in corruption

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That is a great idea! I actually reached out to them a while ago and never got a response, but at that point I had a lot of pieces of the puzzle and had an idea of what the finished picture would look like, but still too many missing to complete the picture. They may be more interested now that I have hard evidence that already held up once in court.

Update on California’s Unlawful Schemes to Collect Extra Income Taxes From Taxpayers by christine_grab in corruption

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Thank you. Yes, at this point I am talking to lawyers to figure out what the best strategy is to move forward. Like I said, a lawyer to take it on contingency is my hope, but if I can get a lawyer to do it for free/low cost if I do the legwork, that is a pretty good second option. The $300,000 quote from the first lawyer I talked to was depressing. I don't think I'd be able to raise that much money, so if I don't find an attorney in a realistic price point, I'll have to do all the legal work myself. We'll see...

Update on California’s Unlawful Schemes to Collect Extra Income Taxes From Taxpayers by christine_grab in corruption

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Thank you for the advice. I was my own lawyer for my Office of Tax Appeals hearing and I kicked the FTB's butt in court, so I know I can do the legal work myself if I have to. It was very slow go, time consuming and stressful, though, so it's not my first option. Right now, I am a one woman show, but maybe it won't look as daunting if I can find people to partner with me. We'll see...

Update on California’s Unlawful Schemes to Collect Extra Income Taxes From Taxpayers by christine_grab in corruption

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Thank you! :)

This week, I started searching for an attorney for a class action lawsuit. The first one I talked to wouldn't take it on contingency and told me it'll cost $300k and take 5 years for the suit. :(

I am still hopeful that I can find an attorney to take it on contingency. If I don't, I'll look into options to pay for it, including checking out the viability of crowd funding. Wish me luck!