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by Don C. Marler

[NOTE: The bulk of this story came to me as anonymous. I have edited, changed and added to it. There is much more to the real story, but you get this point.]

This morning I was awakened by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly, regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility and drank some water from the same source since its safety is regulated by governmental agencies. After that I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Weather Service Administration determined the weather was going to be, using satellites designed, built and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture inspected food and taking drugs that have been determined safe by the U S Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time, as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I got into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved automobile and set out for work on roads built by the state, local and federal departments of transportation, stopping to purchase fuel of a specific quality determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposited my mail so the US Postal Service could deliver it and then I dropped my children off at the public school.

While at work I went to the local airport that was built by local, state and federal funds, to pick up fellow employees returning to the home office. I was pleased that they had all made a safe round trip, due in large part to the regulations and inspections of facilities and planes, and in part to the government required and supported training for pilots, controllers and other essential employees.

After work, I drove my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house that had not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire Marshal’s inspection, and that had not been plundered thanks to local law enforcement.

I then logged onto the Internet that was designed and developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and posted on and Fox News. There I learned about how SOCIALISM is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.


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Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America

Cannibalism, Headhunting and

Human Sacrifice in North America

George Franklin Feldman

A most fascinating and disturbing phenomenon in the U.S. is the neglect, denial, distortion and suppression of certain unpleasant, disruptive, criminal and treasonous episodes in the history of the country. This suppression is not surprisingly aided, abetted and enforced by “the powers that be” such as politicians, captains of industry, religious institution, a highly energetic and motivated patriotic subculture. These powerful forces exert pressure on professional historians who have their own subculture of conformity.

As a result the image of Native Americans as the Noble Savage has been promoted. School children learn that the Noble Savage was one with nature, free and generally at peace with other tribes and clans. While the Europeans who came to their land treated the Native Americans badly they tried to convert them to Christianity, which supposedly softened the blows delivered to these noble people. School children, even today, know little of the cannibalism, human sacrifices, headhunting, torture and other atrocities committed before the Europeans arrived and the European participation in many of the atrocities after their arrival.

In Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America Mr.

Feldman rips the scab off these taboo subjects, shining the spotlight on cannibalism, human sacrifice, headhunting and other atrocities, some of which were committed by both sides.

That headhunting was widely practiced by both sides is fairly well known. Even the Puritans participated in headhunting bounties in order to bring in cash. Less well known is the wide spread practices of cannibalism, and human sacrifice among many tribes across the U.S. and especially along the Gulf Coast.

While it is not pleasant to read about victims being sliced and eaten while dying at the burning stake, it is refreshing to see these taboo subjects uncovered and discussed.

This book is well researched and well written. Anyone interested in a reality view of life in North America will not be disappointed.



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Touchdown U.S. Navy Seals

We have all done our share of Monday morning quarterbacking, but with the killing of bin Laden for me it is more I told you so. As an ex- U.S. Navy SEAL I have been an advocate of use of Special Forces and an array of surgical procedures instead of use of cumbersome full-scale military assaults on multiple countries.

Islamic countries are a hold-over from ancient times when they were ruled by a united church and state; when leaders represented both entities. Perhaps America’s greatest achievement was divorcing church and state. We were so successful in that accomplishment that we hardly know how to deal with an enemy that uses religion as the motivating force driving a war in which terror is the mode of operation. We are so sensitive to the issues involved between church and state that we cannot admit the wars we are engaged in are with radical religionists; thus, in a real sense we are in a religious war. We, therefore, prefer to fight the primarily political element of, in this instance, Islamic countries.

Muslim extremist/terrorists live all over the world–even in America. That is their main advantage and we played into their hands by attacking countries rather than individuals and organizations representing and acting on extreme religious agendas. Surgical strikes are, in this instance, the equivalent of fighting fire with fire. When one gives the situation sober thought it is evident that as wars go the terrorists have killed relatively few people in the west directly. What they have done is cause us to kill more of them, spend trillions of dollars, change our lifestyles, suffer inconveniences, and most important of all suffer psychological and emotional stress. This stress is a result of the uncertainty of when, where and on whom the next attack will fall and anxiety about going bankrupt supporting large armies as they invade countries and as we guard every vital asset in America. This bankrupting a nation was no doubt bin Laden’s goal. He did it to the Soviet Union and almost completed it for America.

Terrorist warfare can work both ways. SEALS have long ago made great use of the art of being where they are not supposed to be. They are not supposed to be under a ship anchored out in the bay, loading explosives underneath it, nor showing up in bin Laden’s compound armed and ready. The surprise and the sudden deadly consequence is something to be dreaded. (I speak here of SEALs because of my experience, but now there are other Special Forces groups who are well trained and capable who all cooperate with each other).

Shock and awe, as we saw in Iraq, is no doubt terrorizing, but it is most expensive and a lot of innocents are killed. Often it is not the number of people killed but who they are and the manner in which the operation is carried out that causes terror. In the Korean Conflict certain Turkish NATO soldiers spread terror by slipping into a tent at night when all were asleep and cutting one soldier’s throat. When the others woke the next morning and saw their comrade dead and realized that they too could have been killed, they were terrified and more importantly they spread their terror among their comrades; it was contagious.

It would be advantageous for America to not publicize the event of a Special Forces Team killing radical Muslims or destroying their assets. When the pattern becomes clear to them and they have difficulty identifying their attackers their terror will grow. They will know they will never be safe again.

By their nature armies occupy countries and thereby cause as many problems as they solve. They are highly visible and somewhat predictable. America could at a small fraction of the cost in blood and treasure instill terror in the hearts and minds of Islamic terrorists in any location in the world. We could force them to be looking over their shoulders day and night. They could enjoy the defense of their families, compounds and other assets. They could not freely travel or use electronic communication equipment without risking their lives and the safety of their families.

Had we not announced to the world that we were sending two armies after Saddam Hussein and bin Laden we could have taken them much earlier and with much less cost in blood and treasure.

The SEAL style is to use stealth. They do not welcome the limelight, publication of their methods or accomplishments. They do not want personal attention; they want good intelligence, equipment and freedom to accomplish their mission. In the Panama operation their style was cramped by orders to not fire until fired upon. That order was counter to all their training and orientation. Give them a mission, let them plan and execute the plan and the enemy will not know what hit them or if they do it will likely be too late to do anything about it.

We likely will never know the names of the SEALs involved in the killing of bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda, and that is not important to them. They are professionals dedicated to taking out bad guys or destroying their assets.

SEALs and their counterparts in the other branches of the military are so effective and efficient, especially in this type of war, they may become our primary choice—our First Responders so to speak—but tradition is a powerful, binding and predictive force. Our tradition inclines us to use large military forces to fight our enemies. The Muslim extremists count on us continuing in our traditional ways. We are smarter than that. It is difficult to predict when, where and on whom a small military team will fall and what it may do. That should be something for Al Qaeda to figure out in the next fifty years.

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Whence Cometh Conscience

The human conscience is a constellation of beliefs, values, principles, ethical constructs and social norms that have been learned and internalized. Rather than existing as a biological entity within us, it is a constellation of non- physical attributes organized by the brain.

All humans have at least a remnant of a conscience; some are rigid, some flexible and some are distorted beyond imagination. These variations are a result of the influences of formal teachings, identification with significant others (parents, teachers, authority figures) and positive and negative life experiences.

It has been a staple of Christian teaching that the conscience is ”God given”. That is, God implants the constellation of principles, values, beliefs, etc.    If we take a close look at this premise it does not hold up well when viewed in the light of logic and reason or when compared to other Christian teachings, other cultures and to common observations.

If the conscience were of divine origin would it not be the same with all peoples–God not favoring one person over another. Yet, we see that people of different cultures have different content in their conscience. For example, the primitive woman in Africa who throws her oldest child to the crocodiles because her conscience tells her it is her obligation to do so. How many mothers in America or other modern civilized countries would even consider such a thing? Another example: Muslims have a strong conscience that tells them to do things Christians would not do because their conscience tells them something else. They feel compelled to obey the conscience; it is, to them, the voice of God.  Yet, no two people in the world have exactly the same content of conscience. Is God the author of confusion?

Is it not reasonable that the conscience is made up of the things we learn? Otherwise why teach what is right and wrong? In doing so perhaps one may be tinkering with God’s perfect work, assuming that he determines the content of the conscience. The Catholic Church says that if they can teach a child until he is 5-6 years old he will always be a Catholic. Why can the church make this statement? The church knows the conscience is formed during those years and that it is with difficulty that it changes later in life—especially when there is a prohibition against the person changing it. By teaching a prohibition against change we build in a protection mechanism; the prohibition becomes part of the conscience itself.

The conscience is nothing but a constellation of beliefs based on what we are taught. The Apostle Paul understood this when he spoke of his followers growing. He expected them to develop and change; and knowledge, experience and observations were the bases of that change. He said he had lived in good conscience always. What? Even while persecuting Christians? Yes, but when he learned something different he changed his conscience—he changed his belief/value system. Was it a God given conscience that he changed? Did God error in giving him his first conscience?

Thus, the conscience can be terribly wrong, but it can change. The institutions of our world (churches, schools, families) work very hard to shape the consciences of their members to conform to established beliefs and values.  All the while they undercut their teaching efforts by deifying the conscience, positing that God implants its contents.  Implicit in this internal inconsistency is the message that the efforts of humans to teach other humans a value system is useless; God has already taken care of that.

The Christian doctrine of a God given, rigid, inflexible, closed system conscience is internally inconsistent, illogical, and without reason or evidence. Psychosis has been defined as the simultaneous presence of conflicting ideas without resulting tension. We have often recognized that certain aspects of our society are psychotic; and here, by holding the doctrine of a God given conscience while simultaneously trying to create one independently, is a particularly pernicious psychotic state.

Modern day examples of the perniciousness of this doctrine are abundant.

  1. Public service cab drivers can refuse to transport a person because he has alcohol in his luggage because it violates his conscience.
  2. Pharmacists can refuse to sell birth control products because it violates his/her conscience.
  3. Doctors and hospitals can refuse to recognize a woman’s right to choose regarding birth control or abortion.
  4. The U.S. Federal government can reject a woman’s right to choose on grounds based in an archaic and flawed belief system rather than on scientific grounds.
  5. A United States president can stop funding for life saving research because it troubles his conscience.

Can it be that many of us in this age of enlightenment rely on an archaic belief system rather than on reason, knowledge, experience or scientific evidence?

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Animal Wisdom

As I grow older I am progressively more impressed with the human like qualities of animals. It seems to me that they are growing more understanding, tolerant and wise. The DNA experts now say that approximately 97 percent of the DNA of our closest animal relatives is identical to our own. It may also be that they have more exposure to humans and are less concerned with their own survival. Could it be? Such a change would come slowly and at first might be almost unnoticeable. Here are some observations I have made and also some that have been revealed by others.

We have all heard or seen dogs and donkeys that have on their own (some  have been trained to) guard goats or sheep from attacks from wild dogs or coyotes. We have seen animals adopt animals of different breeds giving them nourishment, companionship and protection.

Back in the days when cattle were on the open range they would respond to a distress call from other cattle by coming from all around the range in a fighting mood.

I had a Catahoula Cur that was run over by a car receiving an injury to her front leg. When I took her to the vet he asked me to hold her secure while he inserted a draining tube in her leg. It turned out to not be necessary. She seemed to know she was in trouble and that we were helping her.

I knew a man in east Texas who, while running some cows in a thicket on his horse, was shocked and dismayed when the horse ran into an iron pipe that had been left in the ground with one end sticking up at an angle that caught his horse in the chest. The vet sent him home with the diagnosis that treatment was useless; the wound was deep and would be impossible to keep clean and free of infection. When the man got home with his horse he saw the water hose and on impulse turned it on and inserted in as far as it would go into the wound. Again this animal seemed to know he was in trouble and was being helped. Anyone who has ever worked with horses knows that they are very averse to pain. This horse stood still from the first and allowed this procedure to be repeated everyday until he was completely well.

An internet story is going around about Molly, a mare that lost a front leg below the knee when attacked by a Pit Bull. She cooperated with the vet in every way and was fitted with a prosthetic leg. She protects her leg and is doing well.

Another internet story involves a cat that realized that her canine friend was deaf and blind. She spends all day each day being a seeing-eye cat for her friend.

A friend told of a time when she and her husband were sitting on the back porch and observed the behavior of their cats. They had a female cat and had saved one of her female kittens from a past litter. The two cats both had kittens about the same time. They each had a basket on opposite ends of the porch. The kittens of the younger cat all died and the mother’s kittens lived. As they watched, the young female went to her mother’s basket and got one of her kits and took it to her basket. In a few minutes the old mother got up and went to her daughter and slapped her then took the kitten back to her basket. A few minutes later she picked the kitten up and took it to her daughter’s basket and stood caressing her daughter. Both observers were by then in tears.


Nature still has its oddities and interesting phenomena. Having been reared in central Louisiana on a farm set in the edge of a swamp, I observed domestic and wild animals in a variety of circumstances and behaviors such as assisting and protecting each other, homosexual and heterosexual behavior, courtship, fighting, feeding, stealing, killing and play.  Nothing, however, equaled the conference of crows I witnessed in the early 1990s in east Texas.

While in a deer stand in east Texas late one sunny afternoon I saw and heard a few crows begin calling loudly. Then others started coming in from every direction answering the call.  On their way in they flew fast and were very vocal. Hundreds of them congregated among the red oaks there and began talking among themselves. They had out-posted guards. I had seen the posted guards or sentinels in other smaller groups of crows and blackbirds.  This conference proceeded for perhaps thirty minutes and then they began to disperse.

I, of course, did not know what the agenda was nor what conclusions were reached or what actions were taken. Nevertheless, it was an impressive meeting. Their leaving was relatively silent.

The high intelligence of crows has been known for many years. In the early settlement days in this country there was a practice of splitting the tongue of crows enabling them to talk in a fashion similar to parrots.

In recent time it has been noted that they have learned that mother rabbits feed their young once a day so they watch her and when she goes to them they swoop down and eat the young rabbits. The rabbit population in the east Texas area has decreased drastically in the last few years. Could this be the cause?

I recently heard an account told by a minister who watched another example of social behavior among crows. When I tried to contact this gentleman to confirm the story he had deceased—so it is unconfirmed.

He saw a small group of crows feeding on some road kill. I understand that in some parts of America crows do not eat carrion, but in this area they do. These crows had posted a sentinel whose purpose was apparently to warn the diners of approaching cars. He failed to do so and one was killed by a car, whereupon, the remaining diners promptly attacked and killed the sentinel.

So it goes. We humans have refined our ways somewhat, but they are still connected to those of the more primitive animal world. Perhaps that is why observation of them is so interesting.

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Marler’s Law

“There is an inverse relationship between the distance a person in need lives from a helping person and the helper’s willingness to help.”

This is true at the individual and national level. The affluent individual  in America will contribute more readily to a starving person in Africa than he will to a person in similar circumstance across the track in his own community.

Likewise the United States government routinely and easily contributes to poor people in underdeveloped countries while killing, with numbing regularity, proposals for providing health care, food and education to persons in need in America.

Don Marler

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Obedience to Malevolent Authority in America

Almost everyone is aware of the remarkably high level of obedience to malevolent authority figures such as the politician, Hitler, and religious cult leaders Jim Jones and David Koresh. Who among us has not thought that those who obeyed such leaders were different from ourselves—we would not have obeyed. Well, let’s take a look at that proposition.

In 1961-62 a young psychologist at Yale University, Stanley Milgram, conducted the first scientific effort to study the willingness to obey malevolent authority in an objective and scientific manner. He conducted a study of approximately 1000 Americans (mostly males from 20 to 50 years old) that raises serious doubt about our moral superiority in regard to our willingness to obey a malevolent authority. Briefly summarized, Milgram set up a behavioral lab at Yale rigged with what appeared to be an electric shock device. The device was to be used in what was advertised as an experiment on memory and learning, but was actually an experiment on obedience to authority. The device was to be used to shock students who gave a wrong answer to questions from the teacher. It was graduated in 15 volt increments ranging up to Extremely Severe and finally XXX—450 volts.

The experimenter invited volunteers in by pairs, one of whom was a trained confederate of the experimenter. The confederate was always selected as the student or learner and the subject of the experiment was the teacher. The teacher received a 45 volt shock so he would know what he was delivering to the learner when the learner gave a wrong answer. The learner actually received no shock, but was trained in responding as though he did. In the beginning he was screened from the teacher’s view but was clearly audible. As the shock level increased his reaction increased to screams and claims of a previous heart problem and eventually silence.

Many of the “teachers” were uncomfortable with their role: some cried or laughed and a few terminated their participation, but more than 50% went all the way with the shock even after the learner fell silent. The teacher frequently consulted the experimenter (the authority figure) with questions such as, “You hear that he says he has a heart problem?” or  “He no longer responds; what shall I do?” The experimenter’s response was along the lines of, “No answer is a wrong answer” or “Your instructions are to proceed.” The experimenter and his associates were surprised at the willingness of the volunteers to submit to malevolent authority.

These experimenters had little of the trappings of authority, except their location at Yale, and no ability to coerce the volunteers. The experiment was moved to another town and into a less than respectable building. The learner was eventually brought out from his screen where the teacher could see as well as hear his student. The teacher eventually was told to force the learners hand onto the machine. Nothing was very effective in slowing the teachers’ willingness to obey.

Alan C. Elms, (see Alan C. Elms Home Page) a member of the experimental team, has written that:

”…two-thirds of average Americans were willing to shock an innocent victim until the poor man was screaming for his life, and to go on shocking him well after he had lapsed into a perhaps unconscious silence, all at the command of a single experimenter with no apparent means of enforcing his orders.”

Why did these average Americans so easily knuckle under to malevolent authority? The answer is opaque and elusive. That it is human nature is not enough. These men were reared during the years when families and society’s institutions were much more authoritarian than they are today. It would be interesting to see if the 20 to 50 year old men of today would obey as readily as those who were born in the 1920s and 30s. Young male children, frightened and overwhelmed by authority figures such as an overbearing father often adapt by “identification with the aggressor”— that is, trying to be like the aggressor. So, in this instance, the teacher identified with the experimenter and carried out his malevolent instructions.

God is, of course, the ultimate model for such aggression by fathers and other authority figures. The Bible is replete with examples of such aggression by God, and He commands us to obey those who have authority over us.  The Bible is replete with accounts of those punished for disobedience. America, the most religious country in the world, makes punishment of the disobedient a major industry.

Our schools enforce obedience and instill a follow the leader mentality—some have children march in line to classes, dress as ordered, etc. In short, obedience is demanded by use, or threat of use, of external force if one does not obey—in preference to being taught values that are internalized. The internalization of values is facilitated when they are based on reality, are honest, make sense and are modeled by a valued person.

The modeling by a valued person can be a two-edged sword, especially when the valued person is malevolent, vindictive or aggressive such as Koresh, Jones or God. The internalization process is what it is regardless of who serves as the model. Fortunately, modeling is not the only factor in the internalization process.

Our military was long ago modeled after the Prussian military—a rigidly authoritarian institution. No one can deny that this has made for an overall effective fighting force, but even in the military there must be room for disobedience when the leadership is malevolent. Witness the need for disobedience in the Abu Graib debacle and the torture at Guantanamo and other sites.

In America our political parties reinforce the obedience mantra. We saw after the infamous 9/11 attack almost total obedience to a leadership that was both incompetent and malevolent. In seven years we saw our constitution assaulted, our privacy violated, torture instituted and practiced, invasion of a country that had nothing to do with the tragic 9/11 event, and hundreds of thousands killed. These events were supported by approximately the same percentage of the population that Milgram found who with numbing regularity were seen to knuckle under to malevolent authority.

What Milgram found startled him and his co-workers. And his findings are no less alarming today. We have been fortunate that we have had no worse example of what can go wrong than we had in the last few years. Will we learn the lessons inherent in the Milgram findings?

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