“…Books are bright because they provide lights to our dim vision, and because they clearly project a lantern light that might help us discern our way in the world, or make difficult choices when it’s hard for us to see the right ones. But they’re bright too because of their incandescent energy of thinking and creating, the blaze of consciousness that has been inscribed upon those pages.”
Mark Doty, The Art Of Description, p. 34.
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”
– Neil Gaiman
It sure seems summers has been flying by at warp speed doesn’t? Hope everyone is enjoying summer for what it’s worth.
Been extremely busy lately myself and it seems some personal circumstances continue non-stop irrespective of how much focus is placed on them. It matters now, though! We are here for books, and books are here for us. What follows are some of the books purchased in the latest June Book haul. Enjoy.
Henry David Thoreau (Library Of America Ed.) by Henry David Thoreau
This phenomenal book that contains Henry David Thoreau’s A Week On The Concord & Merrimack Rivers, Walden, The Main Woods and Cape Cod, is arguably one of my favorite books this year, not only for content, which we could all learn from, but for the quality of the book. Look forward on getting more of the Library Of America book series as they are very high quality hardcover books with great information.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Had never read this book (I know, blasphemy!) now I have. It has become one of my all time favorites books (dystopian or otherwise), especially given how society is currently mimicking many of the disturbing elements noted in the book.
The Smear – How Shady Political Operatives Control & Fake News Control What You See, What You Think How You Vote by Sharyl Attkisson
A book that the establishment doesn’t want you to read: what’s not to love about that?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead was a phenomenal book by Rand that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I do not expect any less from this book. How her books function at multiple levels of intellectual thought blows away most fiction that’s out there by a wide margin. For individuals wishing to read about issues that matter that are woven within fiction (or even nonfiction), Rand set the bar high.
The Complete Patriot’s Guide To Oligarchical Collectivism by Ethan Indigo Smith
This book aims to wake individuals to the perils of collectivism, brought about with wide-ranging examples that even include samplings from George Orwell’s 1984. It is a very underrated book rarely if ever talked about, even in alternative research circles.
Walden & Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Although Walden is included in the Library Of America edition of the Thoreau book above, unfortunately Civil Disobedience was not. That’s okay since this book cost slightly over $3 and it’s practically priceless in insights. I love what the book has to offer as well as how sturdy it’s made.
Secret Missions 3: Destination Carcosa by Walter Bosley
Secret Missions 3 is the third installment in Walter Bosley’s incisive and thought-provoking Secret Missions series. This book is follow up of Secret Missions 1: The Hidden Legacy Of California, and Secret Missions 2: The Lost Expedition Of Sir Richard Francis Burton, both of which were absolutely jaw dropping books in their potential implications and incredibly intriguing reads. Thankfully, Secret Missions 3: Destination Carcosa is no different, and leaves much for rumination.
Defending Freed Speech by Steve Simpson
This book is a very timely book which surveys the increase of censorship and propaganda against individuals as it sifts through different essays published over the last two decades or so. Defending Freed Speech is a veritable must-read for any individual who values freedom and is concerned about the searing censorship that continues that is rising and continues unabated.
Mind Is Master – The Complete James Allen Treasury by James Allen
This book is a compendium of the wondrous works of James Allen. If you’re looking for something inspirational and motivational along the line of the works of Napoleon Hill but more philosophical that focuses on mindset, Mind Is Master might just be for you. In As A Man Thinketh, not only were Allen’s word just like reading poetry and learning about life, but it felt like being in the presence of someone whose wise beyond their years and is a person of extreme quality and virtue.
LA Requiem by Robert Crais
Always wanted to read some of Crais’ work, and now I have a chance. A friend suggested I started with this particular volume, which is why I opted to start here rather than the first book of the series.
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Got this book as a gift, and appreciate it very much. Appreciating the depth and scope in The Fountainhead, and knowing how methodical Rand is with her writing, I am looking forward to this very much. Much shorter than The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged too!
Full Black by Brad Thor
This book was found in a garage sale – it was like finding a black pearl in a swamp! Yeah, its fiction, but so what. Everyone needs to pump the breaks and revamp their engine now and then. Why not do it with an entertaining thriller?
Defiance: Judgment Day by William Weber
This is the third installment in Weber’s Defiance series, and it delivers just like his previous two books did.
Official Stories – Counter-Arguments For A Culture In Need by Liam Scheff
Scheff’s book is recommended by Jon Rappoport (NoMoreFakeNews.com) in his Power Outside The Matrix tutorial.
I am about a third of the way through, and am finding much substance in the book. With an unorthodox approach Scheff deconstructs the mainstream narrative in many different ‘official’ stories (9/11, JFK Assassination and so on) and shows there’s much more than the predictable one-dimensional point of view that the mainstream media nigh always brings to each narrative. How Scheff brings about his analysis with much brio via his prose is also just as refreshing. A very underrated book to say the least.
The Illuminati – The Secret Society That Hijacked The World by Jim Marrs
The Illuminati, which was reviewed on TheBreakaway not long ago, sheds light into one of the most intriguing – and often overhyped – Secret Societies. Marrs is excellent at sticking to verifiably sourced material, which is priceless given that the topic of secret societies is a field with innumerable rabbit holes and fraught with much disinformation, misinformation and downright lies as well.
Churchill & Orwell: The Fight For Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
This book not only recounts part of the life of Orwell & Churchill, but also essentially juxtaposes some of the core qualities. A very intriguing read, although a bit dry/slow at times. Here’s a review of this piece.
Forward The Foundation and Prelude To Foundation by Isaac Asimov
These are the opening salvos to Asimov’s intricate and timeless Foundation Trilogy. Given that these books were brought about after the original Foundation Trilogy was written, they do an apt job of further enlargening Asimov’s fictional world. The whole series is a must-read for any hard science fiction fan, especially if you are a fan of the classics.
Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by F. Batmanghelidj M.D.
Your Body’s Many Cries For Water is a fantastic book that takes a very outside-of-the-box view at health in relationship with water. If you want to know how much harm and disease can manifest your body by merely not drinking enough water, read this. In fact, this book should be essential reading for everyone given how most people go about dehydrated on a daily basis (myself included).
Beren & Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is a rather unique book that covers nigh all the aspects of Beren and Luthien, which was collated and brought about by Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Please keep in mind however, that If you are intimately familiar with the story by having read previous books that cover aspects of it, this might not be the book for you as most [if not all] of the information might be a rehash. A must-have for die-hard Tolkien fans however, especially because it finally collates all the data pertaining to Beren and Luthien in one book, rather than it being scattered through various sources.
The First Commandment by Brad Thor
Another garage sale find found for pocket change. The book is dynamite by the way!
Battlefield America: The War On The American People by John W. Whitehead
In Battlefield America, Constitutional Attorney and President of The Rutherford Institute, John W. Whitehead not only shows overwhelming evidence for the rise of the Police State in the American landscape, but incisively speaks his mind about where America is heading as a nation if the tidal wave of totalitarianism doesn’t cease. The most sobering book I’ve read all year by far.
For what it’s worth, the books this month were collated from AbeBooks, HalfPriceBooks, the Library, Amazon, Barnes&Nobles and Garage Sales, while some were gifts as well. I am fortunate to have found some glaring gems for nigh nothing, and am appreciative of the suggestions made by some of you in the department of research.
There’s still much to be done, so that’s all for now. Did any of you manage to snap up any books in the month of June, or otherwise? By all means, share your stories below!
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I’ve always conceived of my work as “up one side, down the other.” Expose the roots of the major covert ops of our time; expose the power of the individual to mount his own “op” for a better future.
In this journey of many years, I’ve come to a conclusion: a person looking at the world to obtain clues about his own potential and power is looking through the wrong end of the telescope. He’s bound to come to wrong decisions.
He skirts the edge of: I can’t succeed because the corrupt world is organized to fail.
This idea takes you into the morass, into the quicksand.
Yes, a person needs to understand what is going on at a deep level in the world—this is vital, but it’s a prelude. A beginning.
The real meaning of power is creative power. And that pertains to the individual, not the group. So the question becomes: what does a given individual profoundly want to create?
Limitation, inaction, and self-sabotage may be a few of the characteristics of society, but the individual doesn’t have to reflect them.
Nor does he need to reflect notions like “average,” “normal,” and “status quo.” They are meat grinders that turn out typical sausage.
Speaking of society, it’s instructive to read what authors wrote about core values a hundred or two hundred years ago, because then you can appreciate what has happened to the culture of a nation. Try to imagine these famous and celebrated authors from the past gaining prominence in the mainstream now:
“All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.” — James Fenimore Cooper
“The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of [by] formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The former generations acted under the belief that a shining social prosperity was the beatitude of man, and sacrificed uniformly the citizen to the State. The modern mind believed that the nation existed for the individual, for the guardianship and education of every man. This idea, roughly written in revolutions and national movements, in the mind of the philosopher had far more precision; the individual is the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” — Henry David Thoreau
“They [conformists] think society wiser than their soul, and know not that one soul, and their soul, is wiser than the whole world…Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members….Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist…. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Can you imagine, today, any of these statements gaining traction in mainstream media?
But the fact that the culture has devolved doesn’t get the present-day individual off the hook.
His independence, his contributions, his imagination and creative power are needed more than ever.
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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.
“If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth — certainly the machine will wear out…but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then i say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I did not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.”
– Henry David Thoreau
December 6, 2016
“It’s instructive to read what authors wrote about core values a hundred or two hundred years ago, because then you can appreciate what has happened to the culture of a nation. You can grasp the enormous influence of planned propaganda, which changes minds, builds new consensus, and exiles certain disruptive thinkers to the margins of society. You can see what has been painted over, with great intent, in order to promote tyranny that proclaims a greater good for all.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Here I present several statements about the individual, written in 19th century America. The authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and James Fenimore Cooper were prominent figures. Emerson, in his time, was the most famous.
“All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.” James Fenimore Cooper
“The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of [by] formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The former generations…sacrificed uniformly the citizen to the State. The modern mind believed that the nation existed for the individual, for the guardianship and education of every man. This idea, roughly written in revolutions and national movements, in the mind of the philosopher had far more precision; the individual is the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Henry David Thoreau
“They [conformists] think society wiser than their soul, and know not that one soul, and their soul, is wiser than the whole world…Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members….Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist…. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Can you imagine, today, any of these statements gaining traction in the public mind, much less the mainstream media?
Immediately, there would be virulent pushback, on the grounds that unfettered individualism equals brutal greed, equals (hated) capitalism, equals inhumane indifference to the plight of the less fortunate, equals callous disregard for the needs of the group.
The 19th-century men who wrote those assertions would be viewed with hostile suspicion, as potential criminals, as potential “anti-government” outliers who should go on a list. They might have terrorist tendencies.
Contemporary analysis of the individual goes much further than this.
Case in point: Peter Collero, of the department of sociology, Western Oregon University, has written a book titled: The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives:
“Most people today believe that an individual is a person with an independent and distinct identification. This, however, is a myth.”
Callero is claiming there aren’t individuals to begin with. They’re a group.
This downgrading of the individual human spirit is remarkable, but it is not the exception. There are many, many people today who would agree (without comprehending what they are talking about) that the individual does not exist. They would agree because, to take the opposite position would set them on a path toward admitting that each individual has independent power—and thus they would violate a sacred proscription of political correctness.
These are the extreme conformists Emerson was referring to a century and a half ago.
Unable to partake in anything resembling clear thought, such people salute the flag of the Collective, blithely assuming it means “whatever is best for everyone.” Such questions as “who defines ‘best’” and “who engineers this outcome” are beyond their capacity to consider. They rest their proud case in vagueness.
Without realizing it, they are tools of a program. They’re foot soldiers in a ceaseless campaign to promote collectivism (dictatorship from the top) under the guise of equality.
Let me repeat one of Emerson’s statements: “The antidote to this abuse of [by] formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.” The corollary: If there is no widespread growth of individuals and their independent thoughts, actions, and moral consciousness, if they don’t widen their horizons and spheres of influence, then in the long run what check is there on government?
Demeaning the individual is, in fact, an intentional operation designed to keep government power intact and expand its range.
Consider this question: If all opposition to overbearing, intrusive, and illegitimate government were contained in organized groups, and if there were no independent “Emersonian” individuals, what would be the outcome?
In the long term, those groups would stagnate and fail in their missions. They would be co-opted by government. Eventually, all such groups would be viewed as “special needs” cases, requiring “intervention” to “help them.”
That is a future without promise, without reason, without imagination, without life-force.
That is why the individual remains vital; above, beyond, and through any blizzard of propaganda.
“Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.” Oscar Wilde. The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891)
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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.
“This world is but canvas to our imaginations.”
– Henry David Thoreau
August 3, 2016
“Imagination decides everything.”
– Blaise Pascal
“Conceive of it this way. Far up in the sky you have people, individuals, who are inventing the fulfillment of their most profound desires, making them fact in the world, no matter what—and way down below, miles under the earth, you have other individuals who could be doing what the sky dwellers are, but they’ve bamboozled themselves into thinking they can’t. Instead, they think they’re trapped in every little response they might have to any old stimulus that comes along. Both groups of people are creative, but they’ve channeled their imaginations and creativity in vastly different ways. Waking up may be hard to do, but you either do or you don’t.”
– Jon Rappoport, Notes for Exit From The Matrix
Jon Rappoport [NoMoreFakeNews.com | JonRappoport.wordpress.com] has spoken at length quite greatly about imagination. His relentless tackling of the subject has made me keenly aware of what we as a society, and ultimately as individuals, are missing, and missing badly.
Rappoport tackles imagination often and for good reason. In the land of creative consciousness, imagination is the key to the kingdom. The portal to possibilities, to action, to answers, to solutions.
Why is imagination important? Because imagination is arguably the main tool each individual has.
Imagination serves as an affluent tool of manifestation. Everything that you ever used required the use of imagination for its creation.
For instance, imagine, just for one moment, that we were to remove the word failure from y/our vocabulary, what type of an individual landscape would a person have? Ruminate on that for a moment. Take a few minutes and ponder that very deeply. 
Heading into adulthood, however, imagination is removed, essentially castrated from our mind in many ways – as if it’s a child’s play thing. Because of that, individuals, and ultimately society has suffered.
Why has imagination been stamped out?
Because although imagination coupled with creativity are responsible for everything ever created, the establishment would have you believe that the power that you – the individual – have comes from the collective. This subjugates the individual to the group, thereby laying parameters to imagination, when imagination doesn’t have any parameters.
By counting on the collective – by counting on others – one learns to train themselves to seek solutions beyond oneself – the individual. Not only does that stifle individual progress, but it prevents the individual from being able to solve many problems, or even create rather intriguing solutions that they would otherwise do automatically if their imagination was used in its state of maximum potential all of the time.
For instance, we all have heard of group brainstorming, the epitome of collectivism. Group brainstorming is one form of collective structure that seeks creation ‘by the group’ at the expense of the individual. However, this corporate tool is fraught with issues.
Regarding this author and psychology researcher Susan Cain explains in her landmark book, Quiet:
“Psychologists usually offer three explanations for the failure of group brainstorming. The first is social loafing: in a group, some individuals tend to sit back and let others do the work. The second is production blocking: only one person can talk or produce an idea at once, while the other group members are forced to sit passively. And the third is evaluation apprehension, meaning the fear of looking stupid in front of one’s peers.”[Emphasis added]
How many individuals suffer from such system? It’s certainly not optimal, although the illusion of it is always pushed as such. Furthermore, due to all those reasons, the imagination an individual could use otherwise lays stagnant, rarely if ever used except in certain circumstances.
Not only that, but the larger the group becomes, the less efficient it is. This, of course, makes more and more individuals mere clogs in a machine when they could be harnessing their own endless creative potential.
Regarding large group inefficiency, Cain further notes:
“…some forty years of research has researched the same startling conclusion. Studies have shown that performance gets worse as group size increases: groups of nine generate fewer and poorer ideas compared to groups of six, which do worse than groups of four. The “evidence from science suggests that business must be insane to use brainstorming groups,” writes the organizational psychologist Adrian Furnham. “If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity and efficiency is the highest priority.”[Emphasis added]
Furnham’s words boil down this particular issue down to the individual. It’s at that level that individuals shine the brightest.
Speaking about the issues regarding individuals taking part in groups, Malcom Gladwell, author of the intriguing book The Tipping Point:
“…when people are asked to consider evidence or make decisions in a group, they come to very different conclusions than when they are asked the same questions by themselves. Once we’re part of a group, we’re susceptible to peer pressure and social norms and any other number of other kinds of influence…”[Emphasis added]
As we can gather, the collective is not where an individual’s maximum potential for imagination lies.
When the individual becomes part of the collective, creativity suffers, and thus, his imagination.
That is why it’s up to you to traverse from the periphery of the common place, dull, cookie-cutter reality that’s offered to us as ‘normal’, and warp into the cauldron of creativity that lies in every second, in every page, in ever canvas of your life.
The box is not all there is. In fact, the box doesn’t exist. The box is a construct, a precept, a structure. An idea. An idea that an individual can transcend.
Life – consciousness – is a boundless canvas of creation, where artists, writers, thinkers & visionaries create endlessly. This is an inexorable interplay that just spawns more creativity, which spawns more actions, which spawns more solutions, which spawns more…
You get the picture.
Such thoughts would render the establishment obsolete. They do not want that, at all.
People that use their imagination often are more self sufficient [thinking of countless ways they can create efficiency for themselves], rely on the system far less [who needs the establishment when you can create most of not all of your own solutions], and do not fall for ruses as much [because they know what’s possible, and not just what the box tells them is possible].
Using your imagination/creativity to its utmost degree will spawn the advent of solutions that will literally increase the quality of life you hold.
The individual which uses imagination doesn’t wait for solutions to come to them. The individual that uses imagination not only seeks solutions, but creates them. They don’t take anything at face value. They check – they research. Why? Because they realize they control their own path. They live a better life, a healthier life, because they imagine better possibilities and put them to action.
These individuals don’t allow themselves to be stopped because they’re incapable of being stopped. That’s not within their DNA. It’s not part of their reality structure.
Curiously, the proclivity to create is so ubiquitous in creative individuals that not creating seems rather foreign. They always seek create beyond the lines, outside ‘the box’ – always in action, always creating.
The canvas of endless possibilities is there for the taking. It requires the desire to create to the nth degree coupled with conscious action for the canvas to become something more than just a mere possibility.
What would happen if we all realized our canvas is reality itself?
As the well philosopher Sun Tzu once intimated:
“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”
Sources & Notes
 This notion will be addressed more precisely in a future post rather soon. It’s not being covered in depth in interest of length and time, but its mentioned for the purposes of showing what an individual can manage to see as possible by just employing the use of imagination.
 Susan Cain, Quiet, pg. 89.
 Ibid., pg. 88-89.
 Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point, pg. 171.
January 24, 2016
There is a profound factor that influences all human behavior, thought, and emotion.
It is boredom.
Often unrecognized and unacknowledged, it seeps in, as a person lives his life, as he repeats the same actions over and over, as he unknowingly focuses on the same thoughts colored by the same attitudes.
His space stagnates. It also shrinks. He becomes imprisoned in it.
He often fails to see this.
But what he once experienced as the electricity of being alive fades away.
If he is to renew himself, he will need to do it a number of times during his life.
What is the key?
The answer comes from understanding that what already exists in the physical world and in his mind does not supply inspiration forever. What already exists becomes tedious. Predictable. All-too-familiar.
Therefore, he is going to have to invent something new. It will not drop down to him out of the clouds.
Fortunately, although most people don’t perceive it, the individual is outfitted with an astonishing capacity to invent.
This capacity is at the core of what he is:
L Frank Baum: “The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization.”