The Story Behind ‘The Creature From Jekyll Island,’ the Anti-Fed Conspiracy Theory Bible

The Creature from Jekyll Island WND.jpgIf you’ve been wondering what all the fuss over the Federal Reserve Bank (a/k/a The Fed) is about, Daily Beast supplies the details:

It’s the kind of conspiracy theory so all-encompassing that it explains the very roots of all modern American wars, depression, economic boom, and (most importantly!) the darkest, best-kept secrets of international banking.

Typically, the Federal Reserve is a government entity that frustrated high schoolers in America are forced to learn about before entering adulthood and forgetting exactly what it is or why it exists. The Fed is our central banking system that was created at the tail end of 1913 as a response to a string of financial crises. It is responsible for implementing the United States’s monetary policy, and is routinely and aptly described as “boring.”

It’s all fairly mundane and unsexy (though hugely consequential) stuff. The Fed doesn’t bomb anything, invade anything, or even tax anything.

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War Tax Resistance: Hobby Lobby, Bitcoins, and The Peace Tax Fund

Back in October, we learned that 90% of the victims who are killed by U.S. drone strikes are innocent civilians just like you and me. Except that we’re not so innocent, right? Because our tax dollars pay for those drones. Sure, the politicians are the ones who sanction these wars; and yes, it is the soldiers who go off and fight the “bad guys” for us; but it is the citizens (“We the People”) who are funding these atrocities. So I guess that means we’re all war criminals with blood on our hands. If this fact is as difficult for you to accept as it is for me, then you probably find yourself asking: what then must we do? What can we do?

I was having a difficult time shaking the ninety-percent statistic from my mind, and then I was reminded of the Hobby Lobby ruling from several years ago. In case you are not familiar with it, this is the ruling which declared that Hobby Lobby – a private business, owned by Christians – did not have to pay for some forms of birth control (which were otherwise covered by the healthcare that was already being provided to their employees by the company) because the owners of Hobby Lobby equate those particular forms of birth control with abortion, and paying for them would go against their religious beliefs.… Read the rest

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How To Talk To Your Parents (and kids) About Psychedelics ~ ATTMind Radio ep. 14

Jonathan Thompso Psychedelic Parenting PDST promo photo 2015Jonathan is the Founder of, a resource for building community and family traditions around traditional plant sacraments in the Global North. He is also the father of 3, committed husband, and “sunlights” as Office Manager for a well-established Holistic Health practice in Mid-Michigan. He has a BS in Anthropology from Michigan State University and has spent the last 10 years in management and human resources in the retail and healthcare industry.

In this episode Jonathan offers great suggestions on how and why to talk to your parents about the use of psychedelics. He also goes into a discussion on how parents can talk about their relationship to psychedelic with their kids. Make no mistake, this is not a purely conceptual discussion as Jonathan offers real world, practical advice.

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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus Christ,

We thank You for allowing the settlers to obliterate the native inhabitants of this continent that we might more selfishly enjoy it — especially the obscenely wealthy among us.


We thank You for the slave labor we brought over from Africa to built it up and ask that You ensure those black folks stick with the program now.

We pray that You will impose restrictions on any other immigrants coming to this land now, however — if it be Your will. If not, we will take is as a sign or our great morality and bigheartedness, for which we thank You.

We thank You for the Crusades of the past and the Crusade upon us now and that we might smite our enemies like they did in the times of old.

We thank You for plausible deniability and selectively short memories that allow those in power to evade responsibility for crimes great and small — from the full blown invasion of Iraq, obliteration of Syria and Libya to the smallest hospital we blow up in Afghanistan.… Read the rest

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Animals in Conflict: Diesel, Dobrynya and Sentimental Security


Binoy Campmark writes at CounterPunch:

When it was realised that a police Belgian Shepherd by the name of Diesel had perished at the end of a last act of defiance in St. Denis by suspected ISIS militants, social media, allied to the sentimental industrial complex, took over. Extensive coverage scrolled across the screens, powered by such hashtags as #JeSuisChien. According to Jean-Michel Fauvergue, who led the assault, there was “little doubt that she saved the lives of police officers.”

The political chance to exploit this death was too good to miss, and canine solidarity was met in kind by a Russian gesture from the Interior Ministry to provide a puppy in turn. Dobrynya was duly described as the dog that melted French hearts.

Such animals duly suffered the indignity of anthropomorphic depiction. “Diesel,” it is noted, “had a distinguished career with the police and had been decorated with service medals.” Headlines featured the rather cynical suggestion that dogs “around the world” were paying their “own tribute to hero police canine killed in siege.”

Various dog owners, without a second thought, posted pictures on various media platforms featuring dogs on hind legs, sporting a French flag.

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Melancholia and the Infinite Sadness: A truly Dark Side of the Rainbow

When first told about the idea to combine Lars Von Trier’s cinematic ode to romanticized depression with the mid-’90s classic from Smashing Pumpkins, what struck me was the obvious similarity of titles. But then the little things start to add up:  Kirsten Dunst’s character in Melancholia is named Justine and the Pumpkins song “1979” also features a character by that name; “Justine never knew the rules.”

David Plate, a multi-media artist who goes by “MK Ultrasound,” has collected a list of correspondences between the two pieces of media (enough that he considers Von Trier may have utilized the album as a direct influence or even intended it as a secret soundtrack). If you want to experience it and judge for yourself, Plate has made this experiment in Xenochrony available to the public:


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Forget Turducken. It’s Piecaken Time.

This is so quintessentially American I just had to serve it for y’all at Thanksgiving (via the New York Times):

Piecaken by David Burke fabrick

Piecaken by David Burke fabrick

What is piecaken, you ask?

It sounds like a figment of some weird Thanksgiving fever dream, but it’s real: three types of pie stuffed in a cake. And social media has unexpectedly crowned it as the next big thing on Thanksgiving dessert tables, a space typically reserved for the just-the-basics trifecta of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie.

Piecaken has existed in underground dessert-eating circles for years, but a Thanksgiving-inspired recipe from pastry chefs at David Burke Fabrick in New York spent some time this week on the daytime talk show circuit. It’s a spiced poundcake with layers of pecan pie and pumpkin pie, topped with upside-down apple pie, slathered in cinnamon buttercream and edged in oat struessel. Just look at this thing.

Zac Young, the executive pastry chef for David Burke Group, said Wednesday that he dreamed up the recipe four months ago with Fabrick’s pastry chef, Gian Martinez.

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ISIL and the West: A Clash of Savageries

Lamis Andoni writes at Al-Jazeera English:

In the post 9/11 days, the US unabashedly exploited fear and grief to unleash its own sophisticated campaign of terror, replete with all that military technology can offer, providing a “civilised” cover for what are essentially mass murders of innocent populations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

Unlike al-Qaeda and the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Western civility rarely includes on-camera beheadings or burning captives alive in cages, but relies on the comfortable process of burning people through the simple pressing of a button – disassociating the murderer from the murder.

That does not exactly include Israeli criminal acts against Palestinians, often caught on camera, but “Israeli exceptionalism” absolves it from accusations of savagery.

In the West and according to Israeli political lingo, savagery is a trait confined to other nations who fall outside “shared values of democracy and freedom”, a propaganda concept that is used to camouflage – even whitewash – all Israeli and Western government crimes.

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Butterball Helps American Idiots

Happy Thanksgiving American disinfonauts. For some light relief amidst all that heavy eating, salivate over the idiocy of callers to the Butterball help line, courtesy of the Guardian:

Turning a 12lb bird into a meal for 10 while juggling friends and in-laws is a task that would have a St Lawrence, patron saint of chefs, reaching for the Xanax. People need help. Last year, about five million home cooks reached out to the talk line through 1-800-Butterball,, live chat, email and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. On Thanksgiving day alone, the talk line answered more than 10,000 calls.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Photo: Patrick Fitzgerald


In the weeks leading up to the big day, the phone lines at the Chicago-based center are busy with callers wondering what type of turkey to buy, how to prepare it and most often how to defrost it.

People can get quite creative with their thawing solutions, said Johnson.

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