52) Remember The Alamo?

In popular culture, the Alamo, a Spanish mission in San Antonio, is regarded as an untrammeled symbol of freedom. Referred to as the “cradle of Texas liberty,” in Texas, devotion to it is fervent…

The “defenders of the Alamo,” the men who died there at the hands of the Mexican army in 1836, are regarded as heroic martyrs who valued liberty more than life, and who paid the supreme price on behalf of Texas….But their alleged martial prowess (most of them did not have much training as soldiers) and the military significance of the 1836 battle (which was virtually nil) were wildly exaggerated…

Their mixed motives for fighting against Mexico were suppressed, hidden under the fig leaf of liberty. In the process, the primary reasons for the revolt against Mexico in 1835-36 and the Mexican-American War in 1846-48 have been obscured…

the dramatic expansion of cotton production in the Southeastern U.S.

Cotton cultivation was begun by Anglo-American colonists in 1821. In 1849 a census of the cotton production of the state reported 58,073 bales (500 pounds each).

Steven F. Austin, the most important impresario (land agent), chose the finest land in what is now Southeastern Texas and modeled his settlements on Southern slave states. He incentivized slavery by making additional land available for each enslaved person that was brought into Texas. Mexico imposed several measures to end or limit slavery, and the Anglo-American colonists skillfully found ways to amend, delay, or defy them.

Alarmed by the volume of Anglo-American immigration, Mexico attempted to end it in 1830. But by 1834, that number had doubled from 10,000 to 21,000. Unauthorized immigrants, some of them in the form of organized militias recruited within slave states in blatant violation of the Neutrality Act, played a significant role in the revolt that broke out in 1835…

The conjunction of slavery interests in the U.S., or “slavocracy,” which included the brilliant and devious President Andrew Jackson, agitated incessantly – though sometimes surreptitiously – for the spread of slavery…The slavocracy funded and equipped an invading army, hoping to ultimately create one or more slave states out of Mexican territory. The men who fought against Mexico were promised free land. Most of the combatants were relatively recent arrivals, as were most of the delegates to the convention where independence was declared on March 2, 1836.

The 1859 census credited Texas with a yield of 431,645 bales. This sharp rise in production in the late 1850s and early 1860s was due at least in part to the removal of Indians, which opened up new areas for cotton production.

On the eve of the American Civil War in the mid-1800sThe cotton industry was one of the world’s largest industries, and most of the world supply of cotton came from the American South. This industry, fueled by the labor of enslaved people on plantations, generated huge sums of money for the United States… In many respects, cotton’s financial and political influence in the 19th century can be compared to that of the oil industry in the early 21st century…

For 134 years, from 1803 to 1937, America was the world’s leading cotton exporter.

The Civil War pushed the United States into first place among industrial powers by 1900  outstripping Great Britain [in one generation].” The bloodshed and number of lives sacrificed – and I use that term intentionally – to make this happen is staggering. “Approximately 625,000 men died in the Civil War, more Americans than in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined...Two percent of the population died, the equivalent of 6 million men today.

This price was not paid by either side because of slavery. It was paid by the masses in order for the elitists to expand their wealth and power through control of the cotton fields.

And slavery was the corner stone of the foundation of the highly profitable cotton industry.

The future of former enslaved people remained sealed in the cotton fields. African Americans were denied economic and physical mobility by federal government policy, by the racial animosity of Northern White people, and by the enduring need for cotton labor in the South. The federal governmen…devised a solution, a form of containment policy, whereby freed African Americans would remain in the South…to be contracted to work on the abandoned plantations…If a laborer missed two hours of work a day, he lost one-half of his day’s pay. The formerly enslaved were not allowed to leave the plantation without a pass…As many as two-thirds of the labor force was thought to have been “defrauded of their wages in 1864.”

And this didn’t end with the liberal’s Great Society begun in the 1960’s.

The current state of dysfunction in the black community (astronomically high crime rates, very low rates of home ownership and single motherhood as the norm) are not the natural state of the black community in the United States, but closely tied to the role that social welfare programs play.

Or as Dr. Thomas Sowell stated:

“If we wanted to be serious about evidence, we might compare where blacks stood a hundred years after the end of slavery with where they stood after 30 years of the liberal welfare state. In other words, we could compare hard evidence on “the legacy of slavery” with hard evidence on the legacy of liberals…”

When we review America’s racism we discover that not only is there the unapologetic White Supremacist side, there is an insidious side that poses as a savior but is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • In 1965, when the Great Society began in earnest following the massive electoral landslide reelection of LBJ, the out-of-wedlock birthrate among the black community was 21 percent.
    • By 2017, this figure had risen to a whopping 77 percent…with most of the unwed mothers being teenagers.
    • We have documented extensively…the negative effects of the single-parent household on child development and outcomes. The black community is now entering its third generation of single parenthood as the norm, something that rose astronomically with the advent of the Great Society…
  • black women were more likely to be married than white women as late as 1950…In the 1950s, 52 percent of all black children lived with both parents until the age of 17.
    • By the 1980s, that number had plummeted to 6 percent…
  • Among married black families, the poverty rate is 8 percent.
    • Among black households headed by a single mother, that rate jumps to 37 percent.
    • There is no better predictor of male criminality than being raised in a fatherless home. 70 percent of all juvenile offenders in state reform institutions were raised in fatherless homes.
    • This includes 60 percent of all rapists, 72 percent of all murderers, and 70 percent of long-term inmates…
  • Data provided by every census between 1890 and 1954 shows that black Americans were just as active – and sometimes more – in the labor market than their white counterparts. In 1900, for example, black unemployment was 15 percent lower than white unemployment.
    • In 2017, it was 30 percent higher

By 1920, there were tens of thousands of black businesses in the United States…

This concept was known as double duty dollars.” The idea is that money spent at black businesses not only purchased goods for the consumer, but also played a role in advancing the black race in America. This, and not government handouts, was seen as the primary means of achieving, if not a perfect equality with whites, a social parity with them [Emphasis added.]

This, however, began to change in the 1950s…National businesses simply saw that there was an emerging black middle class with money to spend and didn’t want to get cut out of the market.

Today, black business ownership is in a state of “collapse” according to Marketplace.org

These examples don’t begin to uncover American government’s pack of wolves in sheep’s clothing, but should at least open our minds to the likelihood that we, the people, are not being told everything that goes on behind closed doors in the halls of power.

In 1958, after Sputnik shocked and awed the American public, the U.S. government acceded to their democratic voters’ demands to get up to speed by launching the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

An Act

To provide for research into problems of flight within and outside the earth’s atmosphere, and for other purposes.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled…

The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of the United States that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind.

During the Cold War when Communists were the terrorists of the day and fears of nuclear annihilation fueled the arms race??

We can’t seriously believe this. And so, buried in the politesse is the real purpose of NASA.

(b) The Congress declares that the general welfare and security of the United States require that adequate provision be made for aeronautical and space activities. The Congress further declares that such activities shall be the responsibility of, and shall be directed by, a civilian agency exercising control over aeronautical and space activities sponsored by the United States, except that activities peculiar to or primarily associated with the development of weapons systems, military operations, or the defense of the United States (including the research and development necessary to make effective provision for the defense of the United States) shall be the responsibility of, and shall be directed by, the Department of Defense; and that determination as to which such agency has responsibility for and direction of any such activity shall be made by the President in conformity with section 201 (e).

One of the earliest opponent of NASA was President Dwight Eisenhower despite the fact that he was also its founder…in one of his speeches Eisenhower asserted that…This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children” (Bury, 2013, pp. 47–48).

So according to President Eisenhower, the founder of NASA, this agency was set up for war.

[In 1960] The Apollo program, was the third United States human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)…was first conceived in 1960 during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration as a three-person spacecraft to follow the one-person Project Mercury, which put the first Americans in space.

Because of its epistemology, i.e. search for new knowledge devoid of any practical significance, NASA convinces American taxpayers to support and underwrite its massive public funding with massive public relations campaigns to influence public opinion.

Spinoff reports, educational programs(e.g., promotion of STEM education from K-12 to university), grants, internships, and media affair activities among other initiatives…various events to raise awareness to budget cuts. One such event was a car wash and cupcake-giveaway at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) research facilities in Pasadena, California (NASA, 2018)…gathering signatures for a petition urging Congress to reverse the proposed 2013 budget cuts…How ironic that current philosophy holds that “it is humanity’s number one global moral imperative to provide the educational and technological resources, as well as develop the overall mindset,..for the advancement of space exploration and colonization.

Who can argue against morality?

Probably the same group of people who didn’t believe there was any morality in the original god Apollo. Or in the occult foundation of the Nazi regime that developed rocket science for the purpose of imposing a master race of supermen over an enslaved humanity.

Are you catching the parallels? Our culture has certainly developed the mindset.

Spencer Ackerman’s barnburner of a new book, “Reign of Terror,”is a narrative of the last 20 years that is upsetting, discerning and brilliantly argued.

Ackerman, who has been a correspondent for outlets like Wired and The Guardian, shows how Trump clearly understood something about the post-9/11 era that the professional political class did not. Waging endless war — on Afghanistan, on Iraq, on terror — yielded nothing so definitive as peace or victory, and instead simply fueled… “the perception of nonwhites as marauders, even as conquerors, from hostile foreign civilizations.”

“Reign of Terror” begins with a prologue titled “The Worst Terrorist Attack in American History” — a phrase that for years had referred not to the 9/11 attacks but to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. In the immediate aftermath, Muslims were blamed. Newspaper columnists started railing against foreigners and immigrants…

McVeigh was sentenced to death after being tried in an open court, before a jury of his peers. Ackerman invites us to contrast this respect for due process with how the entire machinery of the government transformed itself in response to the 9/11 attacks, with deadly wars, proliferating immigration restrictions and an elaborate apparatus dedicated to mass surveillance…

any prospect of national unity in response to 9/11 buckled under the incoherence of the wars that followed,..a source of profound instability, as one conflict (with Iraq) begat another (with ISIS)…euphemisms became so far removed from the reality they tried to obscure that they were rhetorically useless — “targeted war” (i.e. war), “enhanced interrogation” (i.e. torture), “targeted killing” (i.e. drone strikes), “Long-Term Non-Religious Fasting” (i.e. hunger strikes).

President Bush may have been a conservative Republican, but Ackerman reminds us that liberal Democrats were complicit in starting and sustaining the forever wars.

the animus and cruelty that had been stoked for a decade and a half could be easily turned on immigrants closer to home…”the foremost lesson of 9/11: The terrorists were whomever you said they were.”

Let’s not bury our heads in the sand. Wars have always been fought for plunder. NASA spends more than the American taxpayers can continue to pay for.

US within 10yr of having a continuous Moon presenc

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