Brian’s Column: Announcing a Precocious New Voice for Truth and Justice

What really appears to be going on in the world right now…
courtesy Helen Buyniski via Dr. Kevin Barrett
By Brian R. Wright

All I have say is Wow! Here it is in all its stream of independent-consciousness splendor, a column by one Helen Buyniski. SHE is The One. The range of her mind and ability to connect all the key journalistic facts with clear and humor-tinged colloquialisms and take-no-prisoners logic into a beautifully written mosaic for all the good guys is off the charts. I’ll find out more and share as I do.

WARNING: Helen’s prose is highly addicting.
Here’s a column reproduced by Kevin Barrett in Veterans Today, from Thursday:
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/03/07/the-sorcerers-apprentice-effect/

… and a corresponding email message I sent out to some of my one-time Ron Paul liberty-Republican friends who since the Trump Bubble Machine came to town in 2016 have shown very disturbing signs contracting Trumptardia—actually believing DJT has the slightest interest in the individual liberty of anyone on the planet. I first gave them the above link, then commented as follows…

Seeing signs of the ruling class pressing hard for absolute tyranny, but also the roots of their imminent demise.

For example, the movie VAXXED was pulled from Amazon DVD offering after some loony Congressman wrote a letter http://vaxxedthemovie.com/?s=amazon. But if you check out the VAXXED site, Amazon and the Congressman are going to be the ones taking it in the shorts. Same thing with Ilhan Omar playing the Emperor’s New Clothes on the Bright Shining Dogf*****s of apartheid, genocidal Israel. “One woman with courage makes a majority…” to paraphrase Lindbergh… and my dad.

The VT column is a long read, but you won’t be disappointed. Please no ad hominem responses that the facts cannot be right because the author once voted for a Democrat or drinks lattes or didn’t square her story with Q-Anon, etc., etc. And also note how our old friend and Bright Shining Lover of Liberty, Donald J(ust basically a sadistic, self-righteously illiterate, serial-child-abusing, state-worshiping moron). Trump comes off with letting his Ziocon-lackey officials run bananas all over the world.
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Book Review: Unprotected (2018)

Failures of General Motors and the United Auto Workers…
By Camille F. McMillan
Reviewed by Brian R. Wright

… and the civil and criminal justice in Michigan, and the general community of plant workers who failed to step in and prevent this horrific harassment of an exceptional and accomp-lished journeyman electrician—who happens to be black and a woman.

The title should be Unrelenting, to describe the abuse she suffered, mainly at the Pontiac East Assembly Plant during the 1990s and into the early 2000s. What happily married-for-41-years Camille McMillan had to endure is something out the worst Hollywood version of the Old South in the 1950s. In the Heat of the Night of Sparta, Mississippi, of 1967, ain’t got nothing on the blue collar bad apples (scum)—and their white-collar management and union enablers (often worse scum, participating in the abuse)—of Pontiac, Michigan, of the turn of the 21st century.

Then, after a journey down the big-money-bought (GM branch of corporate government)  citadel of corruption that passes for a judicial system these days, seeking a suitable redress of grievances, Mrs. McMillan’s case(s) are botched by attorneys and summarily, criminally squelched by judges. On top of it all, Camille has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), exacerbated by the trauma she suffered at work and now at a devastating stage:

“I lost my job. My MS is now progressive and I can’t walk. I have weird sensations throughout my body because of it. I have numbness throughout my body. I can only sleep four or five hours a night because of these sensations. The medicine I take does little to help. I’m glad I left [GM] because our work relationship was getting darker. Derek, Amos, and LeRoy were three of four of the worst black males [plenty of black-man-on-black-woman  ‘piling on’ to the underlying pervasive low-life, white racism and sexism at the plant, you get the picture: the harassment was systemic — ed.] I have ever encountered….” — page 222

All I have to say is, “Where is Oprah when we need her?” The world we’re all up against is one giant Jerry Springer Show with a pack of elite corporate-state vipers opportunistically instigating and sustaining all the injustices for their own sleazy financial scams, while smiling down sadistically at their little puppet show with dead eyes. Camille’s story is OUR story, any honest person who has gone up against the man, naïvely, and been thrashed about like a rag doll by a spoiled child. The spoiled children are IN CHARGE of our society… and that has to change. How? Well, I do have a plan.[1] Continue reading

Movie Review: The Happening (2008)

3/10 … and that’s because I don’t see too many 2s

081127_HappeningPrincipal: [to concerned teachers] “Alright, there appears to be an event happening. Central Park was just hit by what seems to be a terrorist attack. They’re not clear on the scale yet. It’s some kind of airborne chemical toxin that’s been released in and around the park. They said to watch for warning signs. The first stage is confused speech. The second stage is physical disorientation, loss of direction. The third stage…is fatal.”

Most of the movies I review I enjoy and recommend to the attention of others. Occasionally, I’ll go slumming and to try to gather page visits from the masses… e.g. RV, Talladega Nights, Fool’s Gold, and a few others—actually these all have some redeeming critical qualities IMHO. But I’m going to go out on a limb and state that of the popular movies I’ve seen, except for the absolutely atrocious Mars Attacks, this latest effort from M. Night Shyamalan should either a) not have gotten off the cutting floor or b) the metaphor is so esoteric and deep that my modest intellect cannot fathom it.

Written by M. Night Shyamalan
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Mark Wahlberg … Elliot Moore
Zooey Deschanel … Alma Moore
John Leguizamo … Julian
Ashlyn Sanchez … Jess
Betty Buckley … Mrs. Jones
Spencer Breslin … Josh

Like M. Night’s popular Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis and Signs with Mel Gibson, I assumed that The Happening would be a movie that was difficult to discuss without giving away an important revelation that gives meaning to the story and people’s bizarre behavior.  In the case of the two former movies, we saw that the thoughts of the protagonist(s) were all a big, beautiful, though troubling, metaphor for the reality of things.  I enjoyed Sixth Sense and Signs for that reason.  The viewer stumbles along saying, “Okay, that seems a little puzzling there, but this is science fiction, so I’ll suspend disbelief.”  Until in the final few scenes the author gives you the final piece of the puzzle, and it’s “Aha!” Continue reading

Guest Column: Ultimate Proof of DOJ Corruption and CtC Validity

Trial testimony of a DOJ attorney has now proven that the government deliberately lies about the content of CtC
From email by Pete Hendrickson

BACKGROUND:

DOJ Tax Division attorney Robert Metcalfe testified under oath in the show trial of Doreen Hendrickson on a charge of contempt of court for 1. refusing to replace her freely-made sworn tax returns for 2002 and 2003 with returns dictated by Metcalfe, and 2. for purportedly filing a tax return for 2008 based on the notion, purportedly found in her husband’s book, ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’ (CtC), that only government workers are subject to the income tax.*

According to the charge, Mrs. Hendrickson’s actions violated orders made to her by federal district judge Nancy Edmunds in 2007. However, Metcalfe’s testimony revealed that in fact, he wrote the orders Hendrickson allegedly disobeyed.

It also came out during the trial that even though the orders bearing Edmunds’ signature make declarations about the content of arguments presented in Peter Hendrickson’s book (such as the allegation that Hendrickson argues that only government workers are subject to the tax), Edmunds had never read the book. Nor had she ever questioned or had before her any witness regarding its contents (nor any witness, period) before signing the Metcalfe-written orders.

Further, the argument purportedly found in the book not only does not appear there but is very expressly debunked in the book. The assertion that the book makes that argument is also belied by the government’s own documentary evidence, which had been presented to Edmunds (and was, of course, known to Robert Metcalfe, who also admitted under oath to having read CtC before writing his false “findings” and orders concerning the book). See the attached .pdf or http://losthorizons.com/Documents/FalseAscriptions.pdf.

Nonetheless, the IRS has endlessly repeated the canard about the content of CtC for more than ten years now– even while steadily issuing $billions in 100% refunds for over 15 years now to filers acting on what ACTUALLY appears in the book. See http://losthorizons.com/BulletinBoard.htm.

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Brian’s Column: Randy and Dianne for Producers of Liberty

A retrospective on two fine behind the sceners in the Libertarian Party of Michigan
By Brian R. Wright

Greg, yes, I’ve known Randy for a long time, going back to my early days as leader of the Ayn Rand fans on the campus of Wayne State University, that would be 1969/1970, then Randy and two others and I rented a house in Detroit in the Greenfield/Grand River area for about a year in the early 70s.

I ran meetings of the Wayne State Students of Objectivism while I pursued and got my mechanical engineering degree. Randy was an electronics technician for the Engineering School at Wayne. I remember in those days he’d occasionally give me a ride in his late-60s Chevy Impala SS from our house down to Wayne along Grand River, he was a good driver but his foot was nearly always on the floor—accelerator and brake, both. I had given up the ghost a few years before, so didn’t say any prayers, but do remember a few “Thank Gods” in my thoughts as I exited the vehicle onto terra firma.

Didn’t know Dianne as well in those days. But understood she came from sort of a liberal Unitarian-Universalist milieu, and really wasn’t that turned on by any of the Ayn Rand characters or literature. I think they were married slightly before I was in 1975. They both became reasonably active in the LPM, whether they were at  the founding convention in Taylor I can’t say, but they’d have supported the idea of a third political party on the landscape devoted to the nonaggression principle.

As the years unfolded, Randy and Dianne were definitely in the social circle of my wife, Rose, and me. I mean to the extent that they’d join us every once in a while—along with Rose’s sister Therese and boyfriend—on Friday nights to watch the Mary Tyler Moore Show, the Bob Newhart Show, and the Rockford Files. Actually, my memory isn’t that good as to whether these shows were all on Friday or Saturday or even on the same night. And we’d go to movies together, sometimes, too.

Further they were petitioners and good workers, in general. I remember particularly on our 1982 volunteer ballot access petition drive at the local Meijer in Royal Oak. They helped a lot, and we’d all come back to our house in Birmingham (Lite), where Rose and Dianne would prepare this hot cinnamon cider toddy with cloves in it. Wow! Many a cold day’s petition drive was cut short a few minutes on the basis we needed a warm drink.

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Book Review: Engines of Creation (1986)

The coming era of nanotechnology
by K. Eric Drexler
1986, Anchor Press/Doubleday , 289 pages
Reviewed by Brian R. Wright

Original review, November 2007.

One of the watershed books of the life extension movement—or any of half a dozen names given to the rising awareness that we humans are destined to transcend our biological limitations—Engines of Creation by Dr. Eric Drexler lays out the vision for molecular-level engineering. (The approximate dimensions of molecules are in the nanometer—1 billionth of a meter—range, hence the words molecular technology and nanotechnology are synonyms.)

These were heady times in the mid to late 1980s for what I’ll refer to here generically as the “transhumanist” movement.  In 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Robert Ettinger had laid out some blueprints for how human beings could reach the next level of evolution: The Prospect of Immortality and Man into Superman.  Other scientists and humanists were also debating the ramifications of cryogenic preservation, gene therapy, cloning, nutritional enhancement, and so on.  In 1982 researchers Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw came out with a bestselling book Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach.

It’s no accident the life extension and transhumanist movement coincided with the heyday of the Libertarian Party’s impingement on American political consciousness—not to mention the thrust of free-market anarchist, individualist, anti-corporatist, Movement of the Libertarian Left, and innumerable variations on the following theme: “We are free agents, beholden to no central political power, and rational self-interest being a good thing, why not stick around as long as we can, vigorously, youthfully?!”

Engines of Creation describes the foundations of and the issues surrounding humankind’s increasing potential for building molecular machines. (Indeed as we stand here on the verge of 2008, notable accomplishments in nanotechnology continue to be made.) Drexler’s “starter kit” comprises what he calls “universal assemblers,” which are nanomachines designed for a simple task, such as replacing defective genetic links with functional ones or bonding one cellular structure to another: Continue reading

Movie Review: Alice (1990)

Entertaining film of troubles with the gilded cage, by Woody Allen
Reviewed by Brian R. Wright  ________________ Rating 9/10

Set in the posh East Side/Fifth Avenue world of wealth and youth, Alice (Mia Farrow) has been married to Doug (William Hurt), a millionaire businessman, for 15 years. They have two kids, with a nanny, and live in what looks like a $5,000 to $10,000 per month apartment. After having the chauffeur drop off her kids at the elite private school, Alice basically spends her weekdays in an epicurean montage: manicures, pedicures, hair styling, massage, acupuncture, shopping, gossiping with her similarly situated girlfriends.

What instigates her initial discomfort is a back ache that won’t go away. One of her friends recommends a Chinese ‘herbalist,’ a Dr. Yang (Keye Luke) , who serves more as a psycho-therapist and deliverer of tough love… in conjunction with ‘natural substances’ to cure the various dramas that are Alice’s unfulfilled life. She starts with something that opens her up emotionally and sensually toward an apparently single man, Joe (Joe Montegna), she finds attractive who brings his child to the same school that Alice’s kids attend. Good writing, and very good acting—I consider Alice to be a major tour de force of Mia Farrow’s career. She’s simply magnificent, and hilarious, as the dominating presence in her initial conver-sation with Joe, which moves the relationship to the next step.

So much more, as Alice starts to break out of her shell and leaves behind her insecurities, seen in her various relationships…with Joe, of course, but also with her first love Ed (Alec Baldwin—quite the handsome stud in 1990), her sister Dorothy (Blythe Danner), a woman friend Nancy Brill (Cybill Shepherd) who has ‘made it’ as a TV executive and to whom Alice goes to to propose a writing project, and so forth. All these relationships are drawn finely and fittingly into the general plot of Alice trying to find fulfillment away from the superficial life that she knows she’s leading but is afraid to let go of. Continue reading