By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014) — The lively discussion stimulated by Craig Gaetani‘s petition to the city council giving Pittsfield citizens the right to request that any dealings with a city department be recorded brought THE PLANET into the deeper consideration. That would be the ultimate state of civil liberty in America, in Massachusetts, in Berkshire County, in Pittsfield, and in your home.
The United States, and by extension all of its incorporated governmental entities including the city of Pittsfield, is like the proverbial frog placed in a pan of water on the stove. If you bring the water up slowly to a boil, the frog will not notice until it is too late.
As this country and its cities continue to morph from one that safeguards liberty, especially civil liberty, into a National Security Nanny State (NS2), we will find an increasingly ignorant and bull-headed police force, eager to demonstrate their power. This rush toward NS2 is done for the worst reason of all: For our own good. It’s disconcerting to see local police forces armed to look like military units.
What July 4, 1776 is the the country, Sept. 11, 2001 is for NS2. Prompted by irrational fear of terrorism, NS2 has since its founding (9/11/01) continued to raise the temperature of the water in the pan water. True patriots refused to get in the pan. Awakened patriots have had the sense to jump out. Only those who remain asleep, distracted by Taylor Swift and the like and turned politically inactive and apathetic, will boil to death. Unfortunately, there are enough of them in the pan to bring down the whole shebang.
The NC2 recruit poster for the police academy will not show the friendly cop treating the runaway Huck Finn to a malt in the corner diner as in Rockwell‘s painting. Rather, it will be the big, beefy musclehead with Parris Island white walls, a narrow education, and the cartoonish belief in “right” and “wrong,” “good” and “evil,” making the the chromatic world one of black and white. The NS2 is, bottom line, a police state, defined as a state where government at all levels “exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life o the population” (source: Wikipedia). Using that definition, Pittsfield is already there, with its “repressive” budget taxing the middle class out of existence.
With this in mind, THE PLANET presents a two-part series dealing with binary aspects of this problem. The first installment deals with the necessary condition for governments to successfully employ police-state tactics with growing success over an apathetic and complacent public — the dumbing down of the population through the public school system.
Part Two looks at the symptoms of the police state.
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THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?
By ROGER LANDRY
Special to PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary courtesy of the commonsenseshow.com
There was a point in our history when Americans were considered among the most well educated and aware societies on this planet; those days are gone. The American system of education is now a global joke, as it should be … But the most dangerous aspect of this realization is … it is intentional.
Common Core and its supporting curriculum is now the purveyor of the American education standard, and it is growing in influence daily, facilitated by grants (bribes) via the federal government to cash strapped states. This departure from a well proven system of teaching is written and implemented via the corporatocracy and propagated by entities such as Bill Gates, NOT by the long established system of education.
The goal of this endeavor is to churn out average students capable of satisfying the needs of said mega corporations, but without the ambition, knowledge or drive to challenge the system. People who are unaware of what freedom, liberty and unbridled ambition truly are will not strive for it and the end result is a passive and complacent population that knows its place in the hierarchy.
The days of parents’ involvement in the education of their children (helping with homework or staying in contact with their educators), are almost gone as more and more parents must work longer hours and even multiple jobs to maintain a reasonable standard of living. This is a mistake beyond reckoning, but again falls within the plans design.
We trust and except that the education our children are receiving is the best and complimentary to their future needs … and nothing could be further than the truth! The education presented today is no longer in the best interest of these children, it is in the best interest of the corporatocracy facilitating that education, and this does NOT bode well for our children or their future, as you are about to see.
What you are about to experience is funny from a very sad prospective, and tragic on so many levels. You can’t make this stuff up, and if I were to publish an article describing what you are about to see for yourself, it would be trashed on every forum as a blatant exaggeration or outright fabrication. Yet these children are allowed to graduate because by the standards of our system of education in America today … they are ready?
If you can control the minds of children … within a generation you will control the population.
Witness the successful Dumbing Down of America. And this is just a small sample … WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA !!!
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AMERICA, THE POLICE STATE? LET US COUNT THE WAYS
By HUEY BERK
Special to PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary, courtesy of distractify.com
1. Police are killing more people every year
ctvnews.caWhile the number of officer deaths is thankfully declining, the number of killings by officers is increasing. In 2013, 33 law enforcement officers were killed by gunfire. While it is a morbid statistic, it is the lowest number since 1887. Meanwhile, in 2012, police committed over 400 justifiable homicides for the first time in more than a decade. This trend would suggest that crime is increasing…but it isn’t. It only means that officers are more frequently resorting to violence.latimes.com
2. Unlawful harassment is becoming the norm
nydailynews.comEarl Simpson, 28, has been stopped 258 times in four years by Florida police. These stops, which he believes to be racially motivated, have resulted in 100 searches and 56 arrests for “trespassing.” The best part? The majority have occurred while he is at work, trying to do his job. His boss at Quickstop, Alex Saleh, told the Daily News “He’s a good guy, a humble guy, a quiet guy. He’s not a convicted felon.” During his long history with the law, Simpson’s only conviction has been for marijuana possession. There really is no cause or purpose for the ongoing harassment.nydailynews.com
3. Even children are seen as criminals
neowin.netWhat might have been considered an issue for teachers and parents in the past…is now a police matter. Recently, 7-year-old Wilson Reyes was handcuffed and interrogated by police for hours. All the commotion was over a missing $5 bill, which Wilson ultimately did not steal.gothamist.com
4. Stop and searches are becoming more common and more invasive
secretsofthefed.comExperts have referred to modern search techniques as “security theater.” In the case of David Eckert, officers may search for non-existent drugs in your anal cavity for a matter of hours and then send you the bill for the gesture. For a New Mexico woman, it meant being stripped down and “searched” so extensively–that lawyers deem it sexual assault.alternet.org
5. New York City’s “Stop and Frisk” program is racial profiling
metro.usMayor Bloomberg’s failed “Stop and Frisk” policy allows NYPD to stop, question, and frisk anyone for contraband and weapons, often times without reasonable suspicion. In 2013 alone, New Yorkers were stopped 179,063 times. In 89% of cases, the person stopped was completely innocent. As well as doing very little to stop crime, the method is clearly racially motivated. Of those stopped in 2013, 56% were black and 29% were Latino, while only 11% were white.nyclu.org
6. Non-criminals are being arrested for ridiculous things
telegraph.co.ukUntil recently, prison was reserved for dangers to society. Now, you can be arrested and imprisoned for making nothing more than a human mistake. George Norris was sentenced to 17 months in prison after he forgot to get the proper paperwork and sold orchids to an undercover agent. Georgia Thompson, a state employee who accidently filled company data incorrectly, spent four months in prison. A bridal shop owner, Judy Wilkinson, was hauled away in cuffs after making a champagne and orange juice cocktail for a customer without having the proper license.alternet.org
7. You can face jail time for not paying rent
wilmothpropertyservices.comIn the nineteenth century, the cruel practice of arresting debtors until they repaid their debt was put to an end. Now, it’s making a comeback. Rental tenants in Arkansas who are allegedly behind on their payments can be sent to criminal courts, where judges will respond to failure to pay with arrest and imprisonment. It’s almost like the judicial system wants to fill prisons with people who shouldn’t be in them.hrw.org
8. The NSA is listening to everything and achieving nothing
dailytech.comAccording to the US Government, NSA agents are frisking all of your digital and telephone communications in an attempt to avert terrorism and save lives. However, Senators recently concluded that there’s no evidence that this method of policing is doing anything to stop terrorism. So why exactly are we paying billions to turn into an Orwellian surveillance state?thehill.com
9. More people are being sentenced to life in prison without parole for nonviolent offenses
friendsofjustice.com“Life without parole” is supposed to ensure that the most dangerous criminals are never allowed back into society. However, 3,278 people are currently serving life without parole for crimes in which no one was injured. These include offenses such as acting as a middleman in the sale of $10 of marijuana and stealing a $159 jacket. That doesn’t sound like justice.aclu.org
10. Police officers don’t face the same punishment as civilians
blogspot.comIn April, 2013, Orlando Police Officer Michael Fiorentino-Tyburski hit a homeless man with his police car and drove away without calling for help. Tetris Nunn survived, but saw no justice. The officer who hit him was not charged and received a measly 88 hour suspension. The officer’s defense for the hit and run? He didn’t think Nunn was injured after hitting him with the car–so he didn’t stop. What if someone without a badge had done something this negligent?wftv.com
11. America’s incarceration rate is the highest in the world
washingtonpost.comWith 737 prisoners per 100,000 citizens, the US has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the entire world. That number makes China look like a democratic paradise with their rate of 118 per 100,000. More shockingly, African-American men are five times more likely to be arrested than citizens of the Soviet Union at the height of the gulags. These shocking stats are a direct outcome of having privatized prisons, which allow people to profit off the incarceration of American citizens. Criminals are human beings who need support; they are not an opportunity to make money.alternet.org
12. Peaceful protests are being met with violence
dailymail.co.ukAs an American, the constitution grants you the right to assembly. In October, 2011, the peaceful Occupy Oakland protest turned violent when police forcefully evicted protesters, and in the process, fractured an Iraq veteran’s skull. This is only one example where perfectly lawful protests were disbanded with unnecessary force.dailymail.co.uk
13. The Government is hunting down a national hero
techweekeurope.co.ukEdward Snowden is a hero. It is a not a debate. When he leaked NSA files and revealed the full extent of illegal Government espionage, he was doing his country a service. How has the US repaid his honesty? He has had to seek sanctuary in Russia, and will likely never see his country, friends, or family ever again, for fear of being prosecuted…or worse.csmonitor.com
14. The FBI can watch you whenever, for no reason at all
gawker.comIf you were worried about the NSA listening to your communications, then you’ll be outraged to learn that the the FBI has been able to record you for years. Not only can they take control of your laptop camera, they can activate it without turning the light on.gizmodo.com
When you get your paycheck, a chunk is taken out to support programs like these. Policies and technologies that are supposed to protect citizens, which are actually more dangerous than the “security threats” that they’re designed to stop. Right now, our own government is holding us hostage in subtle ways. This is how it starts. We have seen how police states violently ends through history, so let us not get to that point. Know your rights, and refuse to be taken advantage of.
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Folks, The Big Sleep is upon us. At the world, national, and state levels, citizens have become more powerless to fight for their freedom. At the local level, however, there is still time (though not much) to rise up and grab back the power stolen from We The People by spineless politicians. 2015 may be Pittsfield’s last gasp.
“I should have been a pair of ragged claws / Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.” — T.S. Eliot, from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the greatest poem written in English since 1900.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.