Does this documentary shows the true agenda?

I spent two hours and forty minutes on Saturday, that I cannot get back, watching Zeitgeist 3: Moving Forward. Boyfriend and I had seen the previous two Zeitgeist installations awhile back, so we decided to see what this movie had to say. I remember the general themes of the other two but not the movies individually, and found more of the same. More America-bashing, more Capitalism-bashing, more Constitutionalist-bashing, More Tea-Party-bashing, more Republican-bashing (with little or no mention of Democrats, only liberals),  more focus on “potential” rather than right or wrong, and more taking God and religion out of every venue of life. More sorry people, you’ve been wronged and you’re a victim but we’ll fix you.

courtesy of IMDb
courtesy of IMDb

I know what my views are but I believe in knowing the arguments of the “other side”, and being educated about the world around me. I believe that his documentary was right in one area, to a degree. Gabor Maté said that stress during a fetus/baby’s neurobiological development can affect them later in life due to the mother’s stress, possible abuse, nutrition and other factors while pregnant because the baby absorbs the mother’s nutrients and stress. He also talked about severe child abuse possibly leading to addiction and violence being the result of what a baby then child has endured, including neglect, which is consistent with other research I’ve read. I also agreed with downplaying the role of genetics with regard to diseases and other conditions because a large number of people blame their heart disease, diabetes, and other illness on genetics rather than on other factors, such as choices (eating fast food and not exercising, for example). I digress…

I did not like that this film removed religion from the equation, as well as personal responsibility, and it seemed to say that, while people want to work, their only motivation is money.  In fact, there is a quote in the Zeitgeist Addendum, and a similar one in Moving Forward, which states, “Without money, a great majority of crimes that are committed today would never occur. Virtually all forms of crimes are a consequence of the monetary system.” Granted, crimes are committed against humanity everyday due to money and the potential for profit, including war, releasing dangerous medications so companies can make back their R&D money, and collapsing economies  to exert control, but it is missing the part where some things are done just for power or the enjoyment of other’s suffering.

My big question is… who will be behind the global management of their “resource-based economy”, which would track all of the resources worldwide, who uses the resources and needs them? Who will be pulling the strings and making this system go around and, what exactly will be used to do the tracking? The film made sure to say that this was not the “New World Order” but it sure sounded like Agenda 21 when the city planning portion of the film was described in great detail. I heard a lot of automation of duty, which is not new to our society, and I heard ideas and methods focusing on the collective while bashing individualism. Great, you can take the tube to work and you won’t need a vehicle, but what if you want to drive. Will that be an option? You can eat from the community-grown agriculture, but there was no mention of having your own garden. What if you want fruit or vegetable that you cultivated with your own hands? Will be you be allowed to do that?  I believe that the focus on how possessions are bad was also a slam against private property. Granted, the emphasis on consumption and “Keeping up with Joneses” is part of the debt/spending problem but shouldn’t you have a say in how you spend your paycheck? Oh, wait a minute, they suggest eliminating money… And, it seems, this proposed system removes the sovereignty of countries because the resources now belong to the “global community.”

I remember the first Zeitgeist moving talking at length about the myth of Jesus and Christianity. The next two films followed in this vein by removing religion from their discussion and eliminating the effect of religion on society by basically denying the idea of good and evil. Sorry, but good and evil will always exist in the world. While most human beings are good at heart, there will always be a few who do evil things either to rebel against the good or to insight the good to engage in evil with them. Evil exists in business and in government but, everything that can be used for good can be used for evil via manipulation. Look at science. While some scientific knowledge can be used to treat and cure illnesses, it can also be used as a weapon to create the next epidemic… which leads to a solution… hmm.

Interestingly enough, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward seemed not to blame companies like Monsanto for world poverty, even though their GMO seeds bankrupt farmers and destroy their soil. Mention was also made of the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the amount of deaths… Could this not be partially due to vaccines and experimental drugs given to unsuspecting people desperate for food, health care, and assistance? This has happened before in the US and around the world. Most of the blame was placed on the money system, debt and Wall Street. There are so many factors tied to these entities, such as “Crony-Capitalism” and, while there is much blame to pass around, only one solution was offered: surrender because the system has an answer. Isn’t that how the world got to the condition it is in now? We trusted our corporations, our governments, our banks and our media. We hoped that they were telling the truth and acting in our best interests as we closed our eyes, put our fingers in our ears, and we told ourselves that all was well, even after blatant signs that it was going terribly wrong. Remember what happened in 2008?

In short, I believe that this film was not an idea of what the solution could be. It is a film telling us the direction that the world is heading. The more I hear about global warming and the need for global governance from many powerful people, including Pope Francis, I believe that this is a case of the “powers that be” are telling us what they plan to do with our world. We need to realize what is going before it is too late…


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Things We Need To Ban

Everyone can be offended by something, whether it’s a word, a symbol, a food, a culture or something else. We all lose freedom and the ability to choose for ourselves when things, words, symbols, books , etc start being banned. Once it starts, this will be hard to roll back.

Real Science

  • The Charleston shooter had a Confederate flag, so it must be banned
  • James Holmes thought he was the Joker, so Hollywood movies must be banned
  • Charles Manson was inspired by the Beatles, so popular music must be banned
  • The US cavalry killed native Americans, so the American flag must be banned

There is no limit to how far these psychopaths called “progressives” will take this. They won’t be satisfied until everybody are government slaves – and the GOP will assist them every step of the way.

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as…

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Thoughts on Embracing our differences and similarities as people, Chicago, and Violence…

I feel for the people who lost loved ones and community members in South Carolina. If you feel safe anywhere, it should be in your community and especially in a house of worship. I am truly sorry for the pain and suffering that these families and this community are going through.

As someone who grew up in, lived in, and worked in Chicago for most of her life, I am fully aware of the violence and hardship that people of Chicago go through on a daily basis. I was a Case Manager for a prevention and intervention program with juveniles on the Southside and Westside of the city. I met many families that suffered the loss of loved ones to violence, namely gangs and guns. I feel fortunate that I never witnesses any shootings while visiting many neighborhoods that make the news: Englewood, Back of the Yards, Lawndale, Little Village, Grand Crossing, Chicago Lawn, Marquette Park, Gresham, South Shore and others. I did see mob fights, domestic violence in public, people getting run down by rival gangs, and drug transactions. I often saw the aftermath of violence with police and emergency vehicles flying by, and I got good at listening to my instincts. The violence and tragic situations I speak of happened while handguns were still banned in Chicago, which was not overturned  and new laws implemented until 2013.

My job was to help youth and families to the best of my ability, and I did.  I was not perfect. My clients came from many walks of life in Kenwood/Hyde Park, Bronzeville, Canaryville, Brighton Park and they were Black, White, Latino, mixed race, documented, undocumented, poor, middle-class and toward the upper-middle class. Some of these families met me at humanity, taking what I could offer in support, information, service referrals and financial means. Some families agreed to our program rather than having to sit in juvenile court, doing the bare minimum until I disappeared. A few families were blatant in telling me that “you couldn’t possibly know what it’s like. It’s not like where you come from,” as they sneered and looked me up and down as if I were a martian from the outer space.

Admittedly, I don’t know what it’s like to be anyone other than me – a white, middle-class female from the Southwest side of Chicago, who grew up with short-hair, a German-English name in a neighborhood full of Ryan, O’Neil, McCarthy, McLaughlin, Coughlin and Dougherty, playing a sport that no one but my brother and I played, teased mercilessly for said reasons, in a family on a tight budget, and being a shy kid on top that. I travelled around the city to play tennis as I got older and felt fairly accepted at Hyde Park Tennis club, where I was one of the few white players and at McFetridge Tennis Center on the Northside, one in a rainbow of cultures. These people were educated and well-mannered in a very diverse environment and, if they didn’t like me or want me there, it wasn’t obvious to me.

I have learned that you typically know mostly what you are exposed to. For example, young people growing up in a neighborhood with people who think a certain way, raise their families a certain way, worship or not, educated or not, are molded as they develop. That’s anyone, even me. If you live in a crowded, noisy, violent environment, going to a rural, peaceful, small environment will be a very life-changing experience.  For the youth and families who were receptive to new opportunities, I was open with them and tried to offer them a chance to learn and grow, yet still be who they were. I learned a lot from some of these families and missed them after the case was complete. I felt sad for the youth and families that just saw a “white girl from the suburbs” (which I’m not) who came into their lives to tell them why they were wrong or bad or needed to change, instead of seeing a chance to work together to enrich their lives. We were not people to each other,  we were a White person and a Black/ Latino/etc. person, and it was your culture against mine. My job was not to “change” or “fix’ these families, it was to extend opportunities to their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren to keep out of or from returning to the system at large.

I get that on some level, I am not the typical “white experience” that some of my client families had previously encountered but some were not willing to give me or the program designed specially for disadvantaged, underprivileged youth from populations with high rates of arrest, imprisonment, gang violence and gun violence to keep them alive and from becoming a news blurb and a statistic.  Overall, I feel that I had good success with my clients and that our program helped a lot of people in Chicago. I know that racism exists, and I, too, have experienced it. I hope that these families not only saw someone who cared and genuinely wanted to help, but also found that people can reach across cultural divides to help them and their communities and to enrich humanity. By embracing our similarities and our differences, we can overcome many of the problems our country and our society face. We are more alike than we are different, we are  all human beings.

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Moved To Tears… Happy cows

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Moved to Tears.” Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful.

This may be a big admission, but I don’t normally cry unless I am sad or frustrated. That’s not to say that I don’t cry. However, the occasion touching moment that really gets to me does happen from time to time. Not that I don’t have moments that touch my heart in some way, it’s just not how I express myself on a regular basis.

One moment that did move me to tears was watching dairy cows being let out to pasture after all winter. This came to my attention while perusing articles on The Blaze news website: Watching the excitement of cows put out to pasture after a winter inside. I read the article but didn’t have time to watch the videos. The next day at work when I needed a break, I used my phone to find the cow videos and found this one on YouTube:

This farmer also has a website I plan to look at a bit more:!

Watching those beautiful cows run about joyfully, eating freely, and seemingly joking with each other made me so happy. I even shared it with a co-worker who had a similar reaction on a stressful day, which also made me happy. Now that I live in Texas I frequently see cows grazing and napping in the sun and I find it calming and peaceful. While I live in a town, the country is a short drive away and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the scenery.

Boyfriend and I drove past a feedlot farm in West Texas on a roundtrip a few years… all I can say is yuck and how sad. We could smell the feedlots before we saw it and it seems to go on for miles. I was disturbed to see cows cramped into small spaces, some of the standing on mounts of excrement because there was nowhere for them to go. And to think that those cows and others treated the same way produce a lot of the  red meat that Americans eat everyday.  Not to get on my soapbox but, if there is plenty of land to keep building and building and building houses, shopping centers and other buildings while there are homes going unsold, vacant crumbling buildings in major metropolitan areas, and lots of people who can’t afford housing, we have plenty of space to let animals roam as they are meant, especially the animals that produce our food.

Photo0057Boyfriend and I used to purchase pasture-raised beef, eggs and ham from a farmer in Illinois, and loved the food his animals produced. The eggs are the yummiest with the most golden yolks I have ever seen, and I really miss the deli ham! I can also attest to his animals being well cared for and pastured-raised because we visited Nature’s Choice Farm. If you are near Chicago or the South and Western suburbs, you should check them out! Photo0056