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Unsafe for Human Consumption? The Leftovers of Government-by-the-People [a.k.a. The Day After Thanksgiving]

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This post is about  13,000 words, and I see is lacking some paragraphing (WYS=/=WYG edit
I am putting up post after post circling around the same topic:
Who is Government, Really, and What should be our (yours, my) relationship with it?
Does this relationship need a Makeover?
Look at  Now, Look at Then, etc.]
In this Post, after reminding us coming and going what goverablnments do (basically empire expansion and monument construction) and how they do it (by force, combined with propaganda and slave labor, displacement of various populations, and occasionally genocides, followed by coverup of the same) and consequences to us (pervasive throughout any society, from top to bottom),
I end with another paragraph or so from the same blogger talking about our “Strawman” — which is the legal fiction (“person”) we as individuals — and corporations, which also become in effect “persons” by contract — become when we do business with this enterprise.
Having looked at some of how Great Britain and Germany (having some royal blood in common at the time) began to colonize South and Southwest Africa, I have to admit — it began with forming a corporation, supplying ammunition, and sallying forth to conquer.  The conquered populations doubled as slave labor.  Despite the conquerors always talking paternalistic, and how incompetent the vanquished truly were, as PEOPLE, the fact is they have not only utilized their labor many times (hard labor in those camps) but also their talent, inventions and ingenuity.
I also feel the same way about the individuals (not named here) who decided to “appropriate” my children after they were half-way raised, and have done nothing before, during, and since this appropriation than try to run me down, demoralize, break the spirit, and spread propaganda at who did what.
May my style of advocacy (called telling the truth) somehow result in making the world a less safe place for them and their kind. 
Empire expansion in miniature (family- and local-community oriented) has outlived its their usefulness, and is like a virus.  So have institutions whose supporters who put up with it, and cooperate  through fear, or simple lack of the human spirit (as opposed to the “world spirit” of Hegel), in exterminating those who don’t feel like putting up with it.
These things and this mentality are “leftovers” I can no longer stomach.  I hope some day, you won’t be able to, either.  However, if you can’t even stomach reading about it (I admit, it’s a bitter taste in the mouth, and nauseating if swallowed), that day probably won’t come until your life and household are involved.

From:  Wordpress blog by “Clint Richardson,” who is another interesting thinker, and who also discovered the radically under-reported information that “CAFRs” report what, actually, the collective governments (corporations) in our country — and overseas has collected, and how they like to report their holdings, when forced to.

January, 2012 — Social Security Trust Fund tops $2.6 Trillion.

Although it’s really in a $46 billion Deficit.

You may download this CAFR here:

Yes… for those of you who don’t know, the Social Security program has a massive investment trust fund that hoards your hard earned money into it every single year, and uses that money to invest in such things as war and occupation of other countries, junk bonds and federal securities – including mortgage-backed securities – and of course national and international banks and investments.

Remember, the main function of government’s taxation program is not to support government operations, but rather to increase the fund balances of governmental funds in order to create and support a massive investment based pool, which is then used for all of the non-taxpayer legal criminal activities that government participates in.

You see, your corporate government figures that any gains it is able to collect from investing your taxpayer money is there’s to keep and play around with at its leisure.

Editor, H. S. (2002;2002). BAR 17:01 (Jan/Feb 1991). Biblical Archaeology Society.

Grisly Assyrian Record of Torture and Death 

(website URL is “University of Massachusetts/ Lowell” and from a faculty site (faculty.uml.edu) By Erika Belibtreu

The two principal tasks of an Assyrian king were to engage in military exploits and to erect public buildings. Both of these tasks were regarded as religious duties. They were, in effect, acts of obedience toward the principal gods of Assyria.
. . .So — who do you worship?  No one?  OK, prove it.  Stop sacrificing to those two principal purposes of the “king,” today.

The annals of the kings describe not only their military exploits, but also their building activities. This suggests that the spoil and booty taken during the military campaigns formed the financial foundation for the building activities of palaces, temples, canals and other public structures. The booty—property and people—probably provided not only precious building materials, but also artists and workmen deported from conquered territories. . . .

For those who didn’t submit properly, in those days (as opposed to now, when it’s not “Politically correct” to admit), the terrorizing and humiliation were proudly detailed:

In one case when a city resisted as long as possible instead of immediately submitting, Ashurnasirpal proudly records his punishment:

“I flayed as many nobles as had rebelled against me [and] draped their skins over the pile [of corpses]; some I spread out within the pile, some I erected on stakes upon the pile … I flayed many right through my land [and] draped their skins over the walls.” †

The account was probably intended not only to describe what had happened, but also to frighten anyone who might dare to resist. To suppress his enemies was the king’s divine task. Supported by the gods, he always had to be victorious in battle and to punish disobedient people:

(Ashurbanipal II:  883-859 BC)

This stuff was “nasty,”
But so is this:

Inside this block quotes, alternate from either: ezakwantu.com (actually an African art gallery) on the pre-World War I Herero and Namaqua genocide (by the Germans, specifically) in South & Southwest Africa

or they are from Words Cannot Be Found: German Colonial Rule in Namibia: An Annotated Reprint of the 1918 Blue Book

a 2004 book on its centenary, discussing the “Blue Book” in which details of these horrors were kept, and further details of how this same politically inexpedient Blue Book was later covered up when the British and Germans were united to rule the (colonized) area together, after World War I.)

In these we can see that clothes of the conquerors, technology, and SOME of the tactics in HOW they kill them and spread terror has changed — but if the essential activities have changed, I’m failing to see how!

Quotes from the latter reference have a light-brown background, from the former (first section), plain background.
(Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow, Kaiser Wilhelm II)

With the use of 1625 modern rifles, 14 machine guns and 30 artillery pieces, General Lothar von Trotha slaughtered the Herero at the battle of Waterberg. … This death agent from Germany, with instructions from the highest level of German government (Chancellor Bernhard Heinrich Karl Martin von Bülow and German Emperor Wilhelm II – ‘Prince Frederick William Victor Albert’), the Kaisers Army and some of Germanys biggest companies (Deutsche Bank – Terex Corporation (formerly Orenstein-Koppel Co.) – Deutsche Afrika Linie (Woermann Linie), put in motion the first genocide of the 20th century.

Jeremy Silvester, Jan-Bart Gewald, eds.Words Cannot Be Found: German Colonial Rule in Namibia: An Annotated Reprint of the 1918 Blue Book. Leiden: Brill, 2003. xxxvii + 366 pp. $49.00 (paper), ISBN 978-90-04-12981-8.

Reviewed by Meredith McKittrick (Department of History, Georgetown University)
Published on H-SAfrica (July, 2007)

This famous report was republished in honor of the 2004 centenary of the 1904-08 Namibian War–in which Herero and Nama fought, and were defeated by, German colonial occupiers at a horrific cost.

German authorities {{Like Ashurbanipal II in 883-859 B.C.??}} had left a detailed archive of their time in Namibia, complete with the use of “concentration camps” after the 1904-08 uprising, and photographs of hanging and flogging victims. These were featured prominently in the Blue Book. So were African voices. A major feature of the report is statements by Africans complaining of mistreatment by German employers and officials.

The editors argue that this African testimony constitutes a valuable source on “the particular features of colonial genocide,” and they are right. The Blue Book is also “a key text in the production of colonial discourse” (p. xxxiii) in which “German” vs. “British” identities were constructed alongside a white supremacist, paternalist ideology (in the form of derogatory terms for Africans, among other things).

That has NOT really changed in many minds, today (USA)…  See Congressional testimony leading up to welfare reform, talking about the problem with welfare mothers…

FROM ezakwantu.com on this genocide (I blogged from this source, but not this part, recently).  After the extermination order went out from “von Trotha” and was in operation, ….

Shark Island at Luderitz would become the blue print for the death camps of the 20th century. The idea of collecting people from far away locations – shipping them by rail in cattle cars to a remote location beyond the public gaze – then systematically killing them – originated there.

Soldiers began to trade in the skulls of dead Herero and Nama people. They sold them to scientists, museums and universities back in Germany who advertized for them. The practice was so widespread that this postcard was made showing soldiers packing skulls – as normal colonial life. ….Part of the postcard (BELOW) was reproduced in book form. The text above more or less reads: Herero skulls were packed into boxes by German South-West-Africa troops, to be sent to the pathologic institute in Berlin, so that they might be used for scientific measurements

. …  Von Trotha didn’t stop there, but even turned on Henrik Witbooi, and his Nama people who had fought WITH the Germans against the Herero, and sent out the exterminate or submit order for them, too!  The language of challenge, followed on by action, parallels the language of Ashurbanipal II:

The Nama led by Hendrick Witbooi, had fought with the Germans against the Herero. Regardless, von Trotha turned his murderous attention to him, sending Witbooi, Cornelius Fredericks and other chiefs the following message; The Nama who choose not to surrender and lets himself be seen in the German area will be shot until all are exterminated. Those who at the start of the rebellion committed murder against whites, or have commanded that whites be murdered have by law, forfeited their lives. As for the few not defeated, it will fare with them as it fared with the Herero, who in their blindness also believed that they could make successful war against the powerful German Emperor and the great German people. I ask you, where are the Herero today? Approximately ten thousand Nama were annihilated during the ensuing battles while 9000 were confined to concentration camps.

But the German-British opposition was to some extent a temporary one, a product of a particular historical moment. Britain never investigated any of the Blue Book’s allegations. Once South Africa was awarded Namibia as a mandated territory in 1920, a new agenda came to the fore: unifying the divided white settler community of Germans and recent, mostly Afrikaner, immigrants from South Africa. The Blue Book very nearly did not survive this process of reconciliation. In 1926, orders were given for its destruction. All known copies of the Blue Book in Namibia were destroyed by 1935; the circulation of those copies that remained in British hands was tightly controlled.

Another account of the Shark Island camp read:
(Is that the human condition?)

Casper W. Erichsen. The Angel of Death Has Descended Violently among Them”: Concentration Camps and Prisoners-of-War in Namibia, 1904-1908. Leiden: African Studies Centre, 2005. xvi + 170 pp. EUR 10.00 (paper), ISBN 978-90-5448-064-8.

Reviewed by Rob Gordon (Department of Anthropology, University of Vermont)
Published on H-Genocide (September, 2007)

Namibia’s Forgotten Victims

Reader be forewarned. Do not dismiss this monograph because of the sloppy typographical and editing errors that abound in this account. This study, the product of more than four years research, is based on the first Masters thesis in History presented at the University of Namibia. Its author, a Dane, is a long-time resident of the country who has been heavily involved in promoting “activist history” and this monograph reflects that concern well.

After describing the history of Luderitzbucht, Erichsen describes the make-up of the camp, which was used to house both Herero, and increasingly, Nama prisoners. A discussion on mortality rates precedes an analysis of the “anatomy of evil.” Much use is made of photographic evidence to establish the author’s case. The third chapter, only around eight pages, deals with the issue of responsibility. It attempts to discuss who was to blame for setting up the camps and points out that some officials were deeply offended by the institutions. A brief four-page conclusion suggests that prisoners were kept on the island despite soaring mortality rates “because they might otherwise go and tell others of German trickery.”

Erichsen deduces that there is much validity in the conclusions reached in the controversial South African government’s 1918 Report on the Natives of South-West Africa and Their Treatment by Germany.  {{is that “the Blue Book”}}

The famous British Soviet spy, Kim Philby, once claimed that the most important activity he undertook was cruising the diplomatic cocktail circuit because that allowed him to interpret the documents he photographed. Already in 1909, Governor Leutwein’s brother, Paul Leutwein, noted that there was a world of difference between what was claimed in government documents and what was happening in the colonizer-colonized interface. By actually visiting the area–the scenes of the crimes, as it were–and critically examining what remains of photographs, newspaper reports, and other arcane, Erichsen offers a monograph with a solid sense of place and credibility.

Writing with passion but without sentimentality, Erichsen provides the reader with a renewed sense of sorrow, anger, and pity for Namibia’s “forgotten” victims. With a motion dealing with German genocide in Namibia currently wending its way through the German parliament, this is a very timely contribution to the study of genocide.

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Essentially, governments are functioning like, and think of themselves essentially, like gods to their contemporaries.  If you don’t cooperate and pay tribute (with talent, labor, and actual belongings), you are likely to be terrorized and made an example of.
This was happening in the millenium before Christ, it happened in the millenium since Christ; it happened in the late 1800s (European Scramble for Africa) and it is happening now (the “Diamonds are Forever” lie, and all that represents) through these court systems which sell children and adults into the system, and then ransom them back, a ransom which can never be fully paid — through the “courts.”  The word “court” is associated with royalty and temples, although we have come to think of them as somewhere to get, possibly (hope never dies in the human breast) “justice.”
However, to think it relates to “justice” just shows you haven’t done your homework yet.  So after this homework is done (the quiz is called “life,”) then I would like to know if someone else has a better idea than to be comply with this international extortionist war of the worlds and the priest-kings, etc.
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