Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: How to Detangle the Majority Caught in the Web of Political Conformity?

Welcome to our sixth episode of Probable Cause. For this episode we’ll be revisiting our discussions in the first three episodes-revolution, and combine that with what we discussed during the last two shows. We are going from identifying the ‘what’ to explaining through ‘whys’ and arriving at the important stage of ‘how.’

I am going to discuss one of the biggest impediments we face in translating revolutionary thoughts into actions- Cattle-mindedness, and its ingredients: Learned Helplessness, Conformity and self-fulfilling Prophecy. To illustrate these I’ll present a couple of real-life examples, including the fizzled TSA Opt Out Campaign. I will also include a fun but sobering hypothetical example: The coming Opt Out Clause for the NSA’s surveillance operations and the likely public response.

As always, I will be providing my take based on what I have been observing, through my own personal lens, reasoning and analyses, and will pose important macro questions for you to consider. And as usual our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Common Core Opt Out: Information

Local parents abandoning Common Core

PARCC: What happens if students 'opt out?'

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: Corporate-Government Partnership towards a Lobotomized Society?

Welcome to our fifth episode of Probable Cause. For this episode we will pick up where we left off last time, and further our discussion of our current education system. We begin by addressing whether the current system naturally evolved (or devolved) into its current state, or was created by a well-calculated design. We will look into the ultimate beneficiaries of our public education system, and pose and answer questions such as: How does our current education system directly benefit the war industry? How do the mega pharmaceutical corporations directly benefit from this education system? How does our current education system directly benefit the mega government that operates as a police state? We will then assess our education system’s role as an active participant in the Mega Corporations-Government partnership towards a Lobotomized Society.

As always, I will be providing my take based on what I have been observing, through my own personal lens, reasoning and analyses, and will pose questions for you to consider. And as usual our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Black Ops Jungle: The Academy of Military-Industrial-Complex Studies

High school mixes algebra, homeland security

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: The Feds’ Coming War Against Homeschoolers

Welcome to our fourth episode of Probable Cause. Our topic for this episode is homeschooling. We will be discussing homeschooling as a major step towards independent and critical thinking, and of course, by doing so, challenging the system. I’ll be talking about how and why the government sees this ever-increasing trend, homeschooling, as a major threat, and various tactics and attack scenarios that will be implemented by the feds in its war against American homeschoolers. We will also identify various steps and activities that can be taken by homeschooler communities to preempt the coming federal government’s war against them.

As previously, I will be providing my take based on what I have been observing, through my own personal lens, reasoning and analyses, and will pose questions for you to consider. And as usual our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: Libertarians- The Likely Kindling Point of the Coming Revolution?

Welcome to our third experimental episode of Probable Cause. I want to thank all of you who joined our interactive discussion in our previous two episodes. For this episode I am going to share with you my responses to the questions posed during our first episode: Do you believe we will have some sort of revolution here in the United States in the near future? If so, in your opinion, where will it come from? Which segment of our population do you see likely to revolt?

I will be providing my answers based on what I have been observing, through my own personal lens, and based on my very own experiences, views, reasoning and analyses. And as usual our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: Uniting for a Revolution … and the Morning After

Welcome to our second experimental episode of Probable Cause. On this episode we will be delving deeper into our previous topic: clarifying which meaning of the word revolution we are basing this discussion on, using the Iranian Revolution of 1979 as an example and context to illustrate why revolution is not an end unto itself, discussing the upsides and pitfalls of uniting for a revolution both in the short and long term, and much more!

In our previous episode I provided a very brief account of my own direct experience with the Iranian Revolution of 1979. For this episode I will get down and dirty with more details and highly personal experiences, and challenge the USA version of the Iranian Revolution. I’ll talk about the Iranian dissenters during the Shah Regime: the intellectual elites, the workers’ movement, the nationalists, the centrists, and the ultra-religious right. I will tell you how the dissent went from simmering to percolating and boiling, and then reaching the point of radical revolution, and how and why differences were put aside for the common goal during the initial stage. And finally, I will give you the account of what took place the morning after … immediately after the initial objective was fulfilled-the regime change. Get ready, you will be listening to a version that is vastly different from the Hollywood movies and hostage-taking news footage and videos shoved-down your throat by the US media.

We will revisit our previous questions, and then some more. Just like last time, our next episode will be based on your reaction, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Where will the revolution in the USA come from … assuming it will ever come?

Welcome to our first experimental episode of Probable Cause. Our first few podcast episodes will explore different ideas and formats in order to determine how we can make this new podcast series interactive and spontaneous.

On this episode, after a brief introduction and discussion of the objectives behind this new show, we will delve right into our first topic: the likelihood of a revolution here in the United States, identifying (or predicting) the political segment(s) of our population most likely to revolt.

We will also discuss the general notion of revolution and the importance of not viewing a revolution as an end unto itself, together with my own direct experience with the 1979 Iranian revolution.

This episode is only the beginning of our interactive debate and discussion of this particular topic. We have several important questions for you, and our next episode will be based on your responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 80

Reflecting on Revolution

EPPWhat makes a successful revolution? Has there ever been one? Looking at Egypt's current situation, two and a half years after the fall of Mubarak, what have we learned about the revolutionary process, about its failures and successes? How does this relate to the global imperial system, and how can people within the imperial powers play a part in these foreign revolutions?

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 79

Egypt: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution

EPPIn the two and a half years since the uprising began, Egypt has undergone not only a continuation of the Revolution, but an institutional counter-revolution from within Egyptian society, most dramatically witnessed with the ouster of Morsi two weeks ago. As always, the American Empire - in its infinite pragmatism - supported the counter-revolution just as it supported Morsi. The rule for the empire is to support whomever holds power, and to attempt to manipulate circumstances from behind the scenes. Within Egypt itself, there was an internal power struggle, which has reached an extreme in the form of recent events, attempting to steer the revolution into a direction safe for the entrenched power structures: the military, the police, and the economic oligarchy.

The story of the Egyptian Revolution continues... and will for some time.

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Egypt under Empire, Part 1: Working Class Resistance & European Imperial Ambitions

Control Over Egypt Has Always Been a Pre-Requisite

Egypt is one of the most important countries in the world, geopolitically speaking. With a history spanning some 7,000 years, it is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, sitting at the point at which Africa meets the Middle East, across the Mediterranean from Europe. Once home to its own empire, it became a prized possession in the imperial designs of other civilizations, including the Persians, Greeks, Romans, and Byzantine to the Islamic and Ottoman Empires, and subsequently the French, British and Americans. For any and every empire that has sought to exert control over the Middle East, Asia or Africa, control over Egypt has been a pre-requisite. Its strategic location has only become more important with each subsequent empire. [Read more...]

Meet the Next Country That Might Explode into Protests Against Corporate Plunder and Slave Labor Working Conditions

Will the Wave of Global Unrest Crash on Indonesia Next?

Indonesia – a Southeast Asian archipelago that is home to the largest Muslim population on Earth – is a key global hot spot for corporate plundering, worker exploitation, land grabs and environmental devastation. Simultaneously, the country is becoming a tinderbox for militant labour unrest, peasant rebellion and indigenous resistance. After 500 years of domination by imperial powers, the population of Indonesia is organizing and resisting the ‘new order’ of global corporate colonization. Much like Brazil and Turkey, Indonesia has been praised by the imperial powers as a “model democracy” and the IMF hails its progress as an “emerging economy.” The illusions of Turkish and Brazilian state-capitalist ‘democracy’ have been revealed by massive urban uprisings. The conditions are present for Indonesia to become home to its own national uprising, the only question may be: what will be the spark? [Read more...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 78

Egypt's Ongoing Revolution

EPPOn June 30, between 14 and 17 million Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of their first democratically-elected government of Mohammed Morsi, which came about a few days later when the military intervened (to protect its own institutional interests) and side with the population. Looking back at the start of the revolution in 2011, it's important to understand the conditions that led to the revolution, labour unrest, economic and social justice, and pro-democracy groups organizing. The US government had its own interests at play, namely in an attempt to co-opt, but that effort was largely unsuccessful. Egypt's ongoing revolution is an inspiration and a powerful example of the complexity of relations between institutions and populations.

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Interview With A Vampire

Let the Inner Fire of Discontent Burn Brightly

By Richard de Bruin

Contrary to what you might have thought this is not an interview with Lloyd Blankfein or Jamie Dimon. Although Blankfein in particular certainly looks the part of some unclean nosferatu, let us not glamorize these banal criminals with alluring lore and myth. When it says 'interview with a dung beetle' or something like that you may assume I have gotten hold of one of them thugs.

No, surprising as it may seem I am actually referring to the movie with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Yes yes, I know, but please bear with me. As a first-time writer I have to start somewhere and for some reason this presented itself to me. It looks as good a starting point as any. [Read more...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 77

Global Unrest: Is Indonesia Next?

EPPEgypt just witnessed the largest protests in human history, Turkey and Brazil continue to witness protests as their uprisings take on new, evolving forms. Protests are taking place all over the world, yet only a few are grabbing international headlines. Indonesia, the largest Muslim country on Earth, is home to 240 million people, half of whom live on less than $2 per day. The IMF praises Indonesia's "emerging" economy, which has created enormous wealth for a small elite, and has led to widening divisions between the rich and poor, increased inequality, the growth of slums and poverty.

In recent years, the country has experienced rapidly increasing labor unrest against the exploitation of workers by global corporations, and in the countryside, new peasant organizations and indigenous groups are resisting the massive land grabs which are destroying the third largest rainforest on earth, threatening multiple endangered species and displacing thousands of indigenous and peasant communities. The country is set for a massive uprising; all it seems to lack is the spark that led to the uprisings in Turkey and Brazil. So the question remains: Is Indonesia next?

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America’s Continuity of Government Plan: The Cronyism of the Revolving Door

Eliminate the Revolving Door & Stop “Deifying” Military

All the media bluster and folly surrounding whistleblower Edward Snowden is detracting from critical thinking that Americans must engage in and act upon. At this moment, benefits from the Snowden data dump  appear to be accruing to the US government and its assorted defense related corporate interests. If the American national security apparatus is to be checked and balanced, structural changes must take place. Substance must be ascendant, form can come later.

The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been bypassed by the Cronyism of the Revolving Door. It is an inept practice hardly useful for designing comprehensive national security strategies, policies, operations or tactics (SOCOM stands out though) that protect the American people. [Read more...]

Washington Is Driving the World to the Final War

“Whether the desire for liberty exists in America remains to be seen.”

“V For Vendetta,” a film that portrays evil in a futuristic England as a proxy for the evil that exists today in America, ends with the defeat of evil. But this is a movie in which the hero has super powers. If you have not seen this film, you should watch it. It might wake you up and give you courage. The excerpts below show that, at least among some filmmakers, the desire for liberty still exists.

Whether the desire for liberty exists in America remains to be seen. If Americans can overcome their gullibility, their lifelong brainwashing, their propensity to believe every lie that “their” government tells them, and if Americans can escape the Matrix in which they live, they can reestablish the morality, justice, peace, freedom, and liberty that “their” government has taken from them. [Read more...]