Tuesday, July 28, 2015



The Donald in full attitude

I used to think that America had achieved the pinnacle of H.L.Mencken's famous quote about the eventual election of a moron with the disputed election of George W Bush but that was just a rung above the possibility of a President Trump. Donald Trump represents the last desperate hope of an American electorate who have been left out of the political process and have lost respect for our corpocracy ~ so in their powerless dilemma, many have turned to a billionaire huckster who will gleefully voice their fears and concerns while creating a grade D political reality show which sadly has become American politics: Allen L Roland, PhD


 "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Wall street (Corpocracy) has made its decision on where its money will go for the 2016 Presidential Election Primaries and the decision, no surprise, is Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Marc Rubio and the rest can scramble for the crumbs.

The Supreme Court Citizens United decision has given corporations a voice and vote in our elections so the corpocracy (Wall Street) essentially decides the winner through political donations and associated huge media exposure.

The public (voting electorate) don't have a chance since the electoral college voting system guarantees the decision will be made in essentially five states ~ regardless of the results of smaller states with Ohio and Florida being the principal states.

 Unless we reverse Citizens United, the public is reduced to voices in the wind and as their frustrations mount they support and vote for candidates that are almost directly opposed to what they feel ~ they settle for mediocracy and rule by the corpocracy ~ while gnashing their teeth in the background.

Many, including myself, felt we had reached rock bottom with the election of George W Bush who immediately led us into our illegal war with Iraq and the loss and displacement of millions of Iraqi lives as well as over 6000 American servicemen and countless wounded in action ~ which we are still paying for.


Satirist Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, recently satirized the entry of Donald Trump into the 2016 election primaries with his article ~ Bar Officially Cannot Be Lowered

" Logsdon acknowledged that he and his fellow scholars have come under fire in the past for claiming that the bar could not be further lowered, specifically when they issued a paper to that effect after the selection of the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee (Sarah Palin) in 2008.

Then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was formally nominated for vice president at the 2008 Republican National Convention

We got that one wrong,” he said. “Clearly, the bar still had a way to go.”

Now that the issue of whether the bar can be further lowered has been settled, Logsdon and his colleagues plan to examine the question of whether there is anything left to scrape at the bottom of the barrel. “Our findings are preliminary, but it appears that the answer is no,” he said."

"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out...without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable." ~ H. L. Mencken

But Trump may well survive the satire and abuse and play an important role in the upcoming 2016 Presidential Primaries as

"Six months ago, by way of example, Donald Trump was not on anyone's radar screen. Six months ago the polls had Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker ~ with a side of Ted Cruz ~ as the recipe for Republican victory.

And rest assured, six months from now there will be yet another scenario that will surely change from today's snapshot.

I strongly suspect Trump has little or no chance of receiving the GOP nomination. He'll spend some of his fortune, that's for sure.

Trump is today's oddity and the lightening rod on the campaign trail.

But the Trump momentum is easy to understand.

Trump consistently says what many Americans feel and he says it bluntly - which is refreshing in the world of politics.

Trump says illegal immigration will unravel the fabric of our society. He's right. .

There is nothing politically correct about Donald Trump.

And right now, I honestly think the American public is sick and tired of political correctness.

What's really fascinating about the Trump candidacy is that despite massive and unprecedented efforts by the liberal national media to paint him as a clown, Trump keeps rolling on and making an impressive showing in virtually all polls.

That must surely have the liberals scratching their heads for an answer.

As I said, I think Trump is somewhat a flash in the pan; a popular guy in our reality television world.

But there is one major benefit to the Trump campaign.

Because of his success thus far, he is forcing the other GOP candidates to talk about the important issues and perhaps slant their opinions in a different direction.

And here is my ultimate dream.

I would love to see Trump and Hillary on the stage debating one day. He would eat her alive and throw the bones to the dogs.

I can think of no better end to her dismal political life"

But I Digress ~ a dull politically correct 2016 Presidential Primary season has suddenly come to life with the appearance of the Donald and despite his enormous ego and overbearing attitude, Trump may just, along with Bernie Sanders, help bring this election back to the issues the people really care about (and the corpocracy ignores) ~ and set the stage for a truly meaningful 2016 Presidential election.

As the late George Carlin once correctly exclaimed regarding our Congress ~ “It’s a great big club, and you’re not in it ” ~ so get used to it because Corporations are people and the electorate are most definitely not to be trusted with the truth, starting with 9/11 and extending to Drone assassinations and TPP. But when the Truth does make its belated appearance ~ it may come in strange idiotic forms which most certainly could include Mr. Trump.

"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair." H.L Mencken

Allen L Roland, PhD

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net


Thursday, July 23, 2015



Nixon in the cross-hairs in 1974 (Click on photo to enlarge)

Look at his eyes and you see the frightened look of a paranoid and insecure man who knows that his own tapes and fear based decisions have revealed in no uncertain terms that the game is up ~ his presidency is over. Tim Weiner’s remarkable new book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon  was recently reviewed by Tom Engelhardt who correctly points out ~ Put it all together and you have something like a White House-centered, first-draft version of the way the national security state works quite “legally” in the twenty-first century: Allen L Roland, PhD


Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”  ~ Richard M. Nixon


Retired four-star general and former NATO commander Wesley Clark's remarks to MSNBC News last Friday in support of placing “radicalized” and “disloyal” Americans in World War II-style internment camps must be taken as an urgent warning that the end result of our Orwellian national security state is the growing specter of military dictatorship.

To fully understand our present day paranoia we must go back to its full flowering in the Nixon administration as well as the unsettling realization that we still live in a Nixonian world.

I vividly remember as I sat with my family in Tiburon and watched in amazement that night on November 17th, 1973 when President Nixon said, during a news conference, that he had not obstructed justice and was not a crook whereby he immediately crossed his arms and assumed a defensive position awaiting questions. At that very moment I exclaimed to my wife and children ~ "He's a crook"

One minute video of that moment  ~

The news conference did nothing to end questions over Mr. Nixon’s honesty. His declaration “I’m not a crook” was used against him ~ and the line would forever be the fodder of Nixon jokes and all associated with the Watergate era especially Tricky Dick.

In April 1974, the Internal Revenue Service ordered that the president pay more than $400,000 in back taxes for making improper deductions ~ and the Watergate investigation continued to uncover misconduct regarding Nixon.

In August 1974, with the House Judiciary Committee having recommended impeachment along with the release of a “smoking gun” tape, that dramatically showed Nixon had approved a cover-up ~ the president finally resigned in disgrace.

But now, 40 years later, we have access to the last of the secret Nixon White House tapes ~ finally made public some 40 years after the first of them were turned over to courts, prosecutors, and Congress.

Tim Weiner's amazing new book One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon  brilliantly uses the secret tapes and traces the rapid downfall of Nixon. Weiner's book will undoubtedly be seen as the ultimate source on that president’s reign of illegality ~ as well as a sordid prelude to our present national security state.

Excerpts ( With my EMPHASIS POINTS )

" Richard Nixon saw himself as a great statesman, a giant for the ages, a general who could command the globe, a master of war, not merely the leader of the free world but “the world leader.” Yet he was addicted to the gutter politics that ruined him. He was ~ as an English earl once said of the warlord Oliver Cromwell ~ “a great, bad man.” By experience deeply suspicious, by instinct incurably deceptive, he was branded by an indelible epithet: Tricky Dick. No less a man than Martin Luther King Jr. saw a glimpse of the monster beneath the veneer the first time they met, when King was the rising leader of the civil rights movement. “Nixon has a genius for convincing one that he is sincere,” King wrote in 1958. “If Richard Nixon is not sincere, he is the most dangerous man in America.”

May 11th, 1973 became judgment day at the White House. First Haig read the memcons (tapes). They were devastating. One passage said: “It was the President’s wish that Walters call on Acting FBI Director Gray and... suggest that the investigation not be pushed further.”


"That same morning, page-one stories described the White House wiretaps Nixon and Kissinger had placed on presidential aides and prominent reporters starting in 1969. Kissinger, who was expecting to be appointed secretary of state, brazenly denied that he had chosen the wiretap targets among his NSC staff and national security reporters; he implied he was only following orders. Nixon shouted: Henry ordered the whole goddamn thing... He read every one of those taps... he reveled in it, he groveled it, he wallowed in it.

How they were going to stonewall the Huston Surveillance Plan was another question. Nixon had endorsed every kind of government spying on Americans ~ opening their mail, bugging their phones, breaking into their homes and offices ~ until J. Edgar Hoover himself killed the program. John Dean had placed a copy of the incendiary plan in a safe-deposit box and given the key to Judge Sirica. He intended to turn the copy over to the Senate Watergate Committee.


"Nixon’s constant refrain had been contempt for court rulings on wiretapping, break-ins, any aspect of “the national security thing.” Nixon insisted: “I’m going to defend the bugging. I’m going to defend the Plumbers [and] fight right through to the finish on the son of a bitch.” But when he thought about people actually reading the patently illegal Huston Plan, he changed his tune. “The bad thing is that the president approved burglaries,” Nixon said on May 17th; he could be perceived as “a repressive fascist.”


The tension at the White House was unbearable. With the Watergate hearings days away, Nixon screamed at his underlings as he schemed to save his presidency. Ziegler cautioned him to stay calm: “If we allow ourselves to be consumed by this ~ " We’ll destroy ourselves,” the president said.

A must read for any student of history and how absolute power can absolutely corrupt.

“I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue.”  ~ Richard M. Nixon

Allen L Roland, PhD

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

60th Anniversary of Russell-Einstein Manifesto Now Reinforced by Climate Change and Teilhard's Warning


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Sixty years after Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell issued their manifesto about the growing threat of world war, the globe continues to face the prospect of nuclear annihilation coupled with the looming threat of climate change as well as Teilhard's ominous warning ~ Love one another or you will perish: Allen L Roland, PhD


"We have reached a decisive point in human evolution, at which the only way forward is in the direction of a common passion ~ Either we must doubt the value of everything around us, or we must utterly believe in the possibility, and I would add, in the inevitable consequences of universal love."  Teilhard de Chardin, Human energy

As Emanuel Pastreich brilliantly explains in Transcend Media Service / Foreign Policy In Focus ~ "It was exactly 60 years ago that Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein gathered together with a group of leading intellectuals in London to draft and sign a manifesto in which they denounced the dangerous drive toward war between the world’s Communist and anti-Communist factions …. They were blunt, equating the drive for war and reckless talk of the use of nuclear weapons sweeping the United States and the Soviet Union at the time, as endangering all of humanity. The manifesto argued that advancements in technology, specifically the invention of the atomic bomb, had set human history on a new and likely disastrous course…..The manifesto stated in harsh terms the choice confronting humanity: Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?"

But we must take little comfort in those accomplishments today for as Pastreich explains ~ " The United States has completely forgotten about its obligations under the Nonproliferation Treaty, and the words “arms control” have disappeared from the conversation on security. The last year has seen the United States confront Russia in Ukraine to such a degree that many have spoken about the risks of nuclear war.

As a result, on June 16 of this year Russia announced that it will add 40 new ICBMs in response to the investment of the United States over the last two years in upgrading its nuclear forces.

Similar tensions have emerged between Japan and China over the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Isles and between the United States and China over the South China Sea. Discussions about the possibility of war with China are showing up in the Western media with increasing frequency, and a deeply disturbing push to militarize American relations with Asia is emerging."  See article ~ https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/07/satoshi-ashikaga-transcend-media-service/

But this time, as Pastreich correctly asserts,  the dangers of nuclear war are complemented if not reinforced by an equal, or greater, threat: Climate Change. ~ " Even the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, told the Boston Globe in 2013 that climate change “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’

But perhaps the warning voice of Teilhard de Chardin, who died 60 years ago, should also be added to those of Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in proclaiming that our trip on the dark side has only one obvious consequence ~ Extinction.

Teilhard de Chardin

It is Teilhard,  the Jesuit priest. paleontologist and explorer of the soul whose life's work was the reinterpretation of Christianity in the light of evolution, who stands impatiently at the summit of man's quest for the ultimate truth proclaiming to all that God is love.

To Teilhard, not only is love the most universal, the most powerful and the most mysterious of the cosmic forces but it is also the primal and universal psychic energy ~ a Unified Field of love and soul consciousness whose primary property is the universal urge to unite.

Teilhard wrote in his last unpublished work " "Le Christique " (The promised Land ) of the inevitable consequences when this truth appears: "Sooner or later there will be a chain reaction ~ for the truth has to appear only once, in one single mind, for it to be impossible for anything ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze"

And it is Teilhard who writes in Human Energy ~ " Love one another. These words were pronounced two thousand years ago ~ but today they sound again in our ears in a very different tone. It no longer says only; Love one another in order to be perfect but adds Love one another or you perish … Therefore, despite all checks and all improbabilities, we are inevitably approaching a new age ~ in which the world will throw off its chains and at last give itself up the power of its inner affinities ~ the universal urge to unite and universal love".

We cannot escape our destiny and it is divine. It will perhaps happen during our lifetime and we all have a part to play in it if we will but surrender to what is deepest within us ~ a Unified Field of love and soul consciousness or as Emerson wrote The thread of all sustaining beauty that runs through all and doth all unite.

Declaration on the 60th Anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto

July 9, 2015

In view of the growing risk that in future wars weapons, nuclear and otherwise, will be employed that threaten the continued existence of humanity, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.

We also propose that all governments of the world begin to convert those resources previously allocated to preparations for destructive conflict to a new constructive purpose: the mitigation of climate change and the creation of a new sustainable civilization on a global scale.

This effort is endorsed by Foreign Policy in Focus, the Asia Institute, and World Beyond War, and is being launched on July 9, 2015.



"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones": - Albert Einstein

Allen L Roland, PhD

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net


Wednesday, July 8, 2015





The no vote by Greece is an extraordinary act of political courage, defying threats and intimidation from the European Union, the US government and the Greek ruling class and sends an alarming signal to the global elite that the game has dramatically changed. The “no” vote itself has made clear the social chasm separating the working class from the ruling elites of Greece, Europe and America and sets the stage for needed social change but it won't be easy escaping our Black Hole of debt: Allen L Roland, PhD


"Since the troika austerity measures began in 2010, the Greek economy has shrunk by a quarter, unemployment has skyrocketed to 25 percent, and because most of the money it's been lent has gone straight back to the banksters, Greece is still more than $271 billion in debt.
Whatever way you look at it, austerity has been a complete and utter disaster, and Greece’s Syriza-led government is completely justified in opposing more cuts, even if doing so might force Greece to abandon the Euro": Thom Hartman

Is chaos looming for the European Union and eventually the United States and does Goldman Sacks have its incriminating greedy fingerprints over this matter ? The answer is YES and here are the details.

According to investigative reports that appeared in Der Spiegel, The New York Times, BBC, and Bloomberg News from 2010 through 2012, Blankfein, now Goldman Sachs CEO, Cohn, now President and COO, and Loudiadis, a Managing Director, all played a role in structuring complex derivative deals with Greece which accomplished two things: they allowed Greece to hide the true extent of its debt and they ended up almost doubling the amount of debt Greece owed under the dubious derivative deals ~ according to Pam Martens and Russ Martens / Wall Street On Parade.

On March 5, 2012, Nick Dunbar, who appears in the BBC documentary on the Goldman Sachs deal and author of The Devil’s Derivatives, penned a revealing article for Bloomberg News with Elisa Martinuzzi. The writers describe the Goldman Sachs deal with Greece as follows:

“On the day the 2001 deal was struck, the government owed the bank about 600 million euros ($793 million) more than the 2.8 billion euros it borrowed, said Spyros Papanicolaou, who took over the country’s debt-management agency in 2005. By then, the price of the transaction, a derivative that disguised the loan and that Goldman Sachs persuaded Greece not to test with competitors, had almost doubled to 5.1 billion euros, he said…

“A gain of 600 million euros represents about 12 percent of the $6.35 billion in revenue Goldman Sachs reported for trading and principal investments in 2001, a business segment that includes the bank’s fixed-income, currencies and commodities division, which arranged the trade and posted record sales that year. The unit, then run by Lloyd C. Blankfein, 57, now the New York-based bank’s chairman and chief executive officer, also went on to post record quarterly revenue the following year…

“The revised deal proposed by the bank and executed in 2002, was to base repayments on what was then a new kind of derivative ~ an inflation swap linked to the euro-area harmonized index of consumer prices…

“That didn’t work out well for Greece either. Bond yields fell, pushing the government’s losses to 5.1 billion euros, according to an analysis commissioned by Papanicolaou. It was ‘a very bad bet,’ he said in an interview.”

The deal was restructured again in 2005 according to the Bloomberg article, this time locking in the 5.1 billion euro debt.

For the unschooled to the ways of Wall Street, one might jump to the conclusion that Greece and its finance officials were knowing participants in the deal. That would be a reasonable assumption were it not for counties and cities and school districts across America that were similarly fleeced and hoodwinked by investment banksters on Wall Street especially Goldman.


Shanghai Composite Index




Meanwhile, Since mid-June, Chinese stocks experienced their biggest three-week decline (-29%) since 1992 ~  and fueled by skeptical investors have so far shrugged off each step the government has taken to keep share prices aloft: an interest-rate cut, threats to punish rumormongers, allowing the national pension fund to buy stocks and even plans to investigate short-sellers who have placed bets that the market will fall.

With all this growing global financial uncertainty I usually turn to Max Keiser (RT) to bring some plain talk and levity to the growing possibility of a worldwide liquidity crisis greater than 2008.

RT:Is it time to run for cover in Europe, or would a Grexit not so horrendous? Where is it going to go?

Max Keiser: I’ve been watching the stock price of Deutsche Bank today, Germany’s largest bank, one of the largest banks in the world, certainly with the biggest derivatives book in the world. They are the counter party to the Greek debt. And their stock got hammered. Deutsche Bank could go the way of Lehman Brothers or Bear Stearns, which would set off a global liquidity crisis that would make 2008 look tame by comparison. Look, the thing about Greece is that the Syriza government has said all along that “we have no money, and we’re not going to pay this debt.” And now, Jean-Claude Juncker has woken up to the fact of what he has been told now for a year.

Remember Jean-Claude Juncker is the guy that said not long ago that “when the going gets tough, you have to lie.” So anything that comes out of his mouth, we have to assume that he is lying, because certainly the going has started to get tough

RT: How tough is it going to get? What’s actually going to happen by your best estimation?

MK: As I’ve been saying all along, Greece should grexit and now it looks like they will grexit, which is fantastic for Greece, they will get to restart their economy. It’s terrible for their counter parties, it’s terrible for the Eurozone, and of course Italy and Spain are probably the next countries that will come under the same kind of stress that we’re seeing in Greece right now.

RT: If it chose bankruptcy, would Greece walk free from all of its debt or will it be pursued in the future by the rest of Europe?

MK: They can be pursued all they want, but it’s a global economy, it’s global competition, and Greece has the right to compete in global competition and not have a colonization of their economy by Germany, the ECB, the IMF – the Troika. They have the right to be a free people. The Troika, unfortunately, overplayed their hand, now they must suffer the consequences. Greece will be fine, but I can’t say the same about the Eurozone. I think now they’ve lit a fuse to total destruction of the euro and the banks. In particular Deutsche Bank is the most exposed. This is a hundred trillion dollar derivatives book that could go the way of Lehman Brothers. That’s an enormous shellacking to the global economy, and I think now we’ve got to raise the odds of this happening above 50 percent.

We are staring over the edge of a Black Hole of worldwide debt and this is what it looks like ~ according to Dmitry Orlov of TRANSCEND Media Service;

"The way the black hole sucks in entire countries is as follows. If the black hole doesn’t have enough to suck in for a period of time, it gets hungry and makes the financial markets go into free-fall. The financial instruments of countries that happen to be farther away from the black hole ~ out on the periphery ~ fall faster. In search of a “safe haven,” money floods out of these countries and into the “core” countries that are clustered tightly around the black hole ~ the US, Germany, Japan and a few others. The black hole gobbles up this money, but is then hungry for more. But since the periphery countries are now financially too weak to resist, they can easily be turned into black hole fodder. This is done by saddling the country with a foreign debt it can never repay, then forcing it to keep making payments against this debt by making it a condition for maintaining a financial lifeline ~ keeping the banks open, the ATMs stocked, the lights on and so on. To be able to make the payments, the country is forced to dismantle its society and economy through the imposition of austerity, to privatize everything in sight turning it into collateral for more loans, and to surrender its sovereignty to some transnational organizations, such as the IMF and the ECB, which are directly involved in the care and feeding of the black hole."  See article ~ https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/07/the-care-and-feeding-of-a-financial-black-hole/

Perhaps Ron Paul's warnings of an impending financial crisis are true (http://ronpaulupdate.com/?cid=MKT033949&eid=MKT062458&gclid=CPGagq_by8YCFUuTfgod358OZw) for It appears the day of financial reckoning is rapidly approaching and 2008 may have just been a prelude when you consider the ramifications of a hundred trillion dollar derivatives book going bust. So Greece saying no to the Troika may well have opened up Pandora's Box ~ and we may all soon be feeling the effects of this Greek tragedy.


Allen L Roland, PhD

Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at  allen@allenroland.com Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also featured columnist on Veterans Today and  guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net