[Verse 1] We took it on the chin The numbers were so grim Bossed around by pricks Stiffen upper lips, yeah Pacing in the yard You’re trying to take the Mick You must think I’m really thick Looking at the graphs with a magnifying glass Cancel all the tours, football’s fake applause, yeah No more travel brochures Virtual premieres I’ve got nothing left to wear
[Chorus 1] Looking out from these prison walls You got to rob Peter if you’re paying Paul But it’s easy, easy Everything’s gonna get really freaky Alright on the night Soon it’ll bе a memory you’re trying to remеmber to forget
[Verse 2] That’s a pretty mask But never take a chance TikTok stupid dance Took a samba class (Yeah) I landed on my ass Trying to write a tune You better hook me up to Zoom See my Poncey books Teach myself to cook Way too much TV, it’s lobotomizing me Yeah, think I’ve put on weight I’ll have another drink, then I’ll clean the kitchen sink
[Chorus 2] We escaped from the prison walls Open the windows and open the doors But its easy, easy Everything’s gonna get really freaky Alright on the night It’s gonna be a garden of earthly delights Yeah, it’s easy, sleazy Everything’s smooth and greasy Yeah, easy, believe me It’ll only be a memory you’re trying to remember to forget
[Verse 3] Shooting the vaccine Bill Gates is in my bloodstream It’s mind control The earth is flat and cold It’s never warming up The arctic’s turned to slush The second coming’s late And there’s aliens in the deep state
[Chorus 3] Now we’re out of these prison walls You gotta pay Peter if you’re robbing Paul But it’s easy, easy Everything’s gonna be really freaky Alright on the night We’re all headed back to paradise Yeah, easy, believe me It’ll be a memory you’re trying to remember to forget Yeah
[Outro] Easy, cheesy, everybody sing “Please Please Me” Yeah It’ll be a memory you’re trying to remember to forget
The reality of corporate socialism makes no sense to you because you cannot think outside of your Marxist ideological box. You draw on textbook (Marxist) definitions of socialism and capitalism. You believe the pabulum that socialism is the takeover and control of the means of production by the working class. That’s ludicrous and never has and never will be the case.
Did you know that the Bolshevik Revolution was funded by capitalist bankers? No, you didn’t. You believe, following like a puppy after Marx, that socialism is about overthrowing capitalism, when it’s really about destroying the free market and small businesses. The middle class is always the target of destruction for socialists, and never the oligarchy.
As a matter of fact, socialism is a ruling-class idea. You’re utterly clueless about the true nature of socialism. Your cluelessness is exactly why the likes of you have been referred to as “useful idiots.”
Socialism is nothing if not the monopolization of the economy. So too is corporate socialism. In the case of state socialism, the state (theoretically) monopolizes the means of production. In the case of corporate socialism, the economy is monopolized by state-favored corporations– sometimes at the direction of the state as in China, and sometimes in a close, cooperative partnership with the state as is currently the case in the United States.
I say that state socialism is the theoretical state monopolization of production because socialist states can never exist for long without their corporate favorites. This was the case in fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, and, if U.S. corporations are taken into account, in the Soviet Union as well. (Almost all technological innovation in the Soviet Union came from American corporations.)…
Do CEOs have the right to get involved in politics? Their business is to ensure their companies are profitable for the benefit of their shareholders. As such it is not a CEO’s fiduciary role to get involved in politics or to dictate to politicians who are elected by citizens.
A corporation is an association defined by civil law as an artificial being. CEOs are merely officers representing an artificial person. Corporations are not natural persons and cannot vote; only natural persons or citizens can.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. The Fourteenth Amendment’s first article
In the U.S. the corporation is defined as a “person”. The idea of person has a dual and misleading meaning. The ambiguity is attributed to a confusion between artificial and natural person (a human being). Adding to the misunderstanding is the fact the Latin origin of corporation is corpus or body.
The word body in this sense does not mean a physiological organism commonly understood as a human body, but refers to a society or an association.
In addition, the original Latin meaning for person is persona, a mask worn by an actor. One must keep in mind that the mask of a person, his or her personality, does not mean the essence of being, his or her soul.
The person, therefore, remains on the side of the thing about which we speak rather than on the side of the speakers themselves who designate themselves in speaking. Paul Ricoeur, Oneself as Another
The misconception around the meaning of person is exemplified by the oxymoron of corporate citizen. Although the corporation is defined as an artificial person, it cannot be a citizen. Citizenship is granted either by birth or through the process of citizenship, a ceremony that involves taking the oath of allegiance to the United States of America. Only human beings can vote for their elected officials who represent We The People as a mystical body.
The corporation is defined as invisible, intangible and immortal. As such it supersedes ordinary human attributes. An artificial person is larger than its constituent parts, with a power greater than the individuals comprising it.
The body of corporations as we know it today surpasses in power and wealth many countries of the world. Although corporations are identified with a variety of brands they nonetheless all have a similar legal definition, structure and accounting standards. This body of unfathomable artificial persons sharing a similar doctrine, has evolved into an Investor State representing Global corporations.
“The goal of a quantum internet is to connect quantum processors using long distance quantum communication. The internet has had a revolutionary impact on our world. The long-term vision of this talk is to build a matching quantum internet that will operate in parallel to the internet we have today. This quantum internet will enable long-range quantum communication in order to achieve unparalleled capabilities that are provably impossible using only classical means. Stephanie starts by exploring what a quantum internet is good for, and gives an intuition why quantum communication is so powerful. She proceeds from the state of the art today, towards stages for a full blown quantum internet. As an example, she discusses the efforts of the EU quantum internet alliance including the planned demonstration network connecting four Dutch cities in 2020.”
“Stephanie Wehner is an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at QuTech, Delft University of Technology, where she leads the Quantum Internet efforts. Her passion is the theory of quantum information in all its facets, and she has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. In a former life, she worked as a professional hacker in industry. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.”
Big Corporations Now Deploying Woke Ideology the Way Intelligence Agencies Do: As a Disguise
By draping itself in the finery of political activism, the corporatist class consolidates political power, corrupts democracy and distracts from its real functions.
By, Glenn Greenwald, (excerpt)
Corporations have always sought to control the legislative process and executive branch, usually with much success. They purchase politicians and their power aides by hiring them as lobbyists and consultants when they leave government, and those bought-and-paid-for influence-peddlers then proceed to exploit their connections in Washington or state capitals to ensure that laws are written and regulations enforced (or not enforced) to benefit the corporations’ profit interests. These large corporations achieve the same goal by filling the campaign coffers of politicians from both parties. This is standard, age-old K Street sleaze that allows large corporations to control American democracy at the expense of those who cannot afford to buy this influence.
But they are now going far beyond clandestine corporatist control of the government for their own interests. They are now becoming increasingly powerful participants in highly polarizing and democratic debates. In the wake of the George Floyd killing last summer, it became virtually obligatory for every large corporation to proclaim support for the #BlackLivesMatter agenda even though many, if not most, had never previously evinced the slightest interest in questions of racial justice or policing.
One of the very few companies that refused to do so was the Silicon Valley-based cryptocurrency exchange platform called Coinbase — which announced that it would remain apolitical and not involve itself in partisan debates or causes of social justice unrelated to its core business mission. When announcing that policy of political neutrality, the company’s co-founder Brian Armstrong explained that “the reason is that while I think these efforts are well intentioned, they have the potential to destroy a lot of value at most companies, both by being a distraction, and by creating internal division.” That once-anodyne announcement — to stay out of politics as a corporate entity — produced instant backlash. And exactly two months after, the notoriously censorious and politicized “tech reporters” of The New York Times punished the company for its heresy of neutrality with a lengthy article depicting Coinbase as a bastion of racism and toxic bigotry (the company was also savaged by journalists because of its audacity to reveal and respond to the NYT’s allegations in advance of the paper’s decision to publish).
Ever since, large corporations are diving into numerous other political debates with great vigor and force — provided that their views are in alignment with affluent liberal culture and prevailing social justice pieties (though, like NBA officials and stars, they confine themselves to easy domestic causes and scripted liberal platitudes while they steadfastly avoid commenting on any injustices that may implicate their business interests, such as debates over repression in China or Amazon’s abuse of its workers). The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that “dozens of chief executives and other senior leaders gathered on Zoom this weekend to plot what several said big businesses should do next about new voting laws under way in Texas and other states.” The campaign against these laws includes not just corporate giants but also the nation’s largest and richest corporate law firms.
Part of the motive may be self-serving strategy. With Democrats controlling both houses of Congress as well as the Executive Branch — all of the instruments that can legislate and regulate their businesses — they may be calculating that using their massive weight to serve the Democratic Party’s political agenda is wise. Doing so could curry favor with powerful lawmakers and regulators and result in rewards or, conversely, allow them to avoid punishment and recrimination for the crime of refusing to engage in activism. That motive at least partially explains why they have been so generous with their donations to Democratic candidates. “Wall Street is putting its money behind Democrat Barack Obama for president,” reported Reuters in 2008, while they did the same overwhelmingly in 2020 to support Biden over Trump (just as Democrats have increasingly become the party of affluent suburbanites, they are also increasingly supported by the wealthiest corporate and tech power centers)…
My faith was really put to the test and deepened when I was deployed to Iraq. There was a big sign over the gate at our camp that read “IS TODAY THE DAY.” I fell asleep most nights to the sound of mortar attacks and woke up to the heart-wrenching task of going through a list name by name of every American casualty the day before.
I knew with little doubt that any day could be my last. So every night before I went to sleep, I would rest my heart and my mind in contemplating on verses about the eternality of the soul. I would reflect on the fact that we are only here for a certain length of time and nobody knows how long. Is today going to be the day?…
I found great comfort in recognizing that I’m not this temporary body—that’s not my real identity. My true identity is that I am the spirit soul, servant of the Supreme Soul, temporarily in this body, using this body as a vehicle.
When many people think of religion, they think about externals: what group, sect, or denomination you belong to; what church/temple you attend; who your pastor, rabbi, or guru is; when/why did you “convert”; etc. But to me, the essence of “religion” is not about these externals. Rather, it’s about my personal relationship with God, others, and the planet. In short, my “religion” is my loving relationship with God and the motivation that springs from that relationship to try my best to use my life in the service of humanity and the planet.
Perhaps, therefore, rather than saying I’m “religious,” it would be more accurate to say that I am a very spiritual person, and yoga and meditation are the focus of my spiritual practices. Every day I spend time alone to meditate, resting my heart and mind in God’s unconditional love, which is manifest in God’s countless Holy Names. This is my refuge from stress, worry, and fear; my source of strength, courage, and happiness. It is what drives, directs, and motivates me. It is my manna, the food which sustains me.
This spirit of putting love into action (karma yoga) is also the essence of what is called “aloha”. Karma yoga (aloha) is central to the teachings of both the Bhagavad-Gita and the New Testament. Love isn’t inactive: it’s not just a sentiment. Love is a motivating force that propels you into action.
That’s why I have made aloha a central focus of my campaign. Our campaign is motivated by aloha, rooted in aloha, and is an expression of aloha. Aloha is the spirit of deep respect and love for all of God’s children—regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or level of education.
Debbie W., Richmond, CA
Extremely Interesting Read. Deeply researched account of the symbols om the US dollar.
I’ve always been curious about the symbols on the one dollar bill and the little book explains them well. Highly recommend this read.
Peter O., Santa Fe, NM
Good and entertaining… This book is full of historical facts about the symbols on the dollar. You won’t be bored reading it. The author keeps delivering relevant info till the end. And once you’re done reading the book, you’ll never look at the dollar the same way again.
L. K. M., Seattle, WA
Great read! Extremely well researched writing of the history, symbols and makeup of the US currency.
After reading the book you will love the tender you exchange everyday. Highly recommend.
R. S., Santa Monica, CA
Well researched book on the symbols of our currency. Very interesting and revealing aspects behind the history of our currency.
Joanne A., Novato, CA
Everything you ever wanted to know about the one dollar bill. This book explains all the symbols on the one dollar. Who knew it was so detailed? Very interesting!
M.J.B., San Diego, CA
Great Read! Well researched, packed with interesting facts about the US dollar. Quick read.
Carl L., San Francisco, CA
If you’re curious as to how the symbols found on the US dollar came to be, look no further than
Michael Rizzotti’s well researched book. In addition to providing the reader with the history and context, the author expands on related subjects such as the Federal Reserve and the dollar’ s evolution to becoming the reserve currency of the world. All in all, a good, well written read.
Ricky I., Palm Desert, CA
Interesting and Detailed. A unique and well researched explanation and interpretation of the symbols we have all seen on ou US dollar. Mr. Rizzotti vividly introduces us to the history of the symbols; and quite interesting interpretations on how and or why these symbols were included on the dollar.