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These Tanks Are The Worst Horses Ever


“This isn’t a battle, it’s a mass suicide.” – Unnamed British Officer, 3rd Battle of Ypres, part of a mutiny against the British Government

“Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical.” Major General Smedley Butler, 2-time Medal of Honor recipient, War Is A Racket

If World War I occurred today, we would call it The Apocalypse.

Military casualties totaled over 13 million. Civilian casualties, never formally documented, have been estimated to be three to five times that number.

Need an analogy? Take the modern U.S. Army (half a million). Kill or wound that number of people 26 …

One Bank To Rule Them All


Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. – J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

In the fantasy realm ofMiddle Earth, all races are unknowingly ruled by the influence of the One Ring, crafted to enslave them all. It’s an apt analogy for our current paradigm.

Come on! That’s just a story. These things don’t happen in real life.

Suppose if someone, had control …

Classical Civilization – Fall Of An Institutionalized Elite


The term Classical Civilization encompasses the Greek and Roman Civilizations.

These civilizations experimented with democracy, and brought forth the concept of the voting class, the “citizen.” But it’s not the pretty picture painted by school textbooks. The word “citizen” literally means “one who dwells in the city.” Those who were not citizens, were slaves. No exceptions.

Those outside the city had no vote, and were slaves for the benefit of the city dwellers. The lifestyle of the citizens was sustained by the rural slave-farmers and trade laborers. Country-dwelling farmers were conscripted to go to war to expand the wealth and empire of the city dwellers.

The citizens looked upon city life and its culture as morally superior to country life. The citizen lifestyle revolved around leisure, luxury, and intellectual …

Appeasing The Gods Of Yesterday


“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

Some Things Never Change

Because human nature is to seek greatest gain for least effort, there will always be opportunists among us.

The first human civilization began along the Euphrates River, in what is modern day Iraq. Large groups of Sumerian tribes converged to build farms upon the river’s fertile flood plains. A better life, with less risk, would have been inviting.

For a crafty few, this would yield an even greater opportunity.

The Sumerian Priesthood invented the first human calendar, along with the concept of a year. They noticed that the sun moves northward in the sky for about 180 days, and then reverses direction, south, for another 180 days. By tracking …