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## JournalJournal: Correlation, causation, and all that.12

So this cartoon has been going around my Facebook friends list ... I'm going to try to explain what's wrong with it, and I'll try to be succint, but I don't know how good a job I'll do, so bear with me. The short and snarky version is found in my Slashdot sig line, "The correlation between ignorance of statistics and using 'correlation is not causation' as an argument is close to 1," but that's kind of unfair and certainly isn't all the discussion this subject deserves.

First of all, yes, "correlation is not causation" is strictly true. That is, they are not the same thing. If events A and B tend to occur together, this does not mean that A causes B, or that B causes A. There may be a third, unobserved event C that causes both, or the observed correlation may simply be a coincidence. Bear this in mind.

But if you observe the correlation frequently enough to establish significance, you can be reasonably sure (arbitrarily sure, depending on how many times you make the observation) that it's not coincidence. So now you're back to one of three explanations: A causes B, B causes A, or there exists some C that causes both A and B. (Two caveats: whatever the causal relationships are, they may be very indirect, proceeding through events D, E, F, and G; and the word "significance" has a very precise meaning in this context, so check with your local statistician before using it.) An easy way to check for A-causes-B vs. B-causes-A is by looking at temporal relationships. If you are already wearing your seatbelt when you get in a car crash, you are far more likely to survive than if you aren't, but you have to have made the decision to put the seatbelt on before the crash occurs--it's the fact of you wearing your seatbelt that causes you to get through the crash okay, not the fact that you get through the crash okay that causes you to have been wearing your seatbelt. Unfortunately, the temporal relationships aren't always clear, and even if you can rule out B-causes-A on this basis, it still leaves you to choose between A-causes-B and C-causes-(A,B).

An awful lot of what science does is figuring out what C is, or even if it exists at all. This is where mechanistic knowledge of the universe comes into play. Suppose that emergency departments in particular city start seeing a whole bunch of patients with acute-onset fever and diarrhea. Shortly thereafter, ED's in nearby cities start seeing the same thing, and then the same in cities connected by air travel routes. Patient histories reveal that the diarrhea tends to start about six hours after the onset of fever. Does this mean the fever is causing the diarrhea? Probably not, because these days we know enough about the mechanisms of infectious disease to know that there are lots of pathogens that cause fever, then diarrhea. The epidemiologists' and physicians' job is then to figure out what the pathogen is, how it spreads, and hopefully how best to treat it; while they're doing that, the "correlation is not causation" fanatics will be sticking their fingers in their ears and chanting "la la la I can't hear you," and hoping desperately they don't end their days as dehydrated husks lying on a feces-soaked hospital bed.

The point here is that in most cases, correlation is all we can observe. (Some philosophers of science, a la David Hume, would argue that we never observe causation, but I'm willing to accept "cause of death: gunshot wound to head" and similar extreme cases as direct observation of causal relationships.) Not every patient exposed to the pathogen will get infected. Of those who do, not all will show symptoms. Some symptomatic patients will just get the fever, some will just get the diarrhea. Some will get them at the same time, or the diarrhea first. Medical ethics boards tend to frown on doing controlled experiments with infectious diseases on human subjects, so you have to make what inferences you can with the data you have.

Even with all these limitations, correlation--in this case between exposure and symptoms--is still a powerful tool for uncovering the causal relationships. Most of what we know about human health comes from exactly this kind of analysis, and the same is true for the observational sciences generally. Astronomy, geology, paleontology, large chunks of physics and biology ... they're all built on observations of correlation, and smart inference from those observations. So if you want to know how the universe works, don't rely on any one-liners, no matter how satisfying, to guide your understanding.

## JournalJournal: "Terms and Conditions May Apply"1

"The scariest movie I've seen this year, a horror tale that would have been science fiction had it been made in the 1990s." These are not words to describe the latest zombie or slasher flick, but the description by G. Allen Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle, in describing "Terms and Conditions May Apply", a new documentary about Internet privacy and the use of consumer information platforms like Facebook and Google for government surveillance. Included are a range of discussions from personalities as diverse as Raymond Kurzweil, Moby and Mark Zuckerberg. The preview trailer at on the film's website is a great 2 minute primer on the subject, for general audiences, and the film's producers provide links to privacy tools, including instructions for leaving Facebook and removing Google personalization.

## JournalJournal: Put THAT in your geo-political worldview and smoke it!11

"Simply stated the DEA's story (and they're sticking to it) is this: Operating from hide-outs in the mountains of Sinaloa and million-acre ranches in the Sonora desert, goes this narrative, with bandoliers loaded with spare ammunition strapped across their bare chests, Mexican drug lords direct the worldwide drug trade.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. In almost every country in which drugs are a factor, a corrupt elite in that country controls that country's drug trade. "

INCLUDING THE USA.

You don't move trillion-dollar traffic in duffel-bags, dummies.

## JournalJournal: And the wheel turns2

Yet another cutting edge, value adding software project cut because the stock market went down.

The manager who told me in 2001 that any project that takes over 4 months to be complete is a failure, has been proven right in my career more often than he's been proven wrong. 2 quarters, that's all you ever get to show success anymore.

Oh well. This one was good resume fodder for next time. But I'm glad I never got around to buying my own whiteboard pens.

## JournalJournal: Journal Archiving re-re-re-revisited3

I have written many times about how much I'd like to have a tool to archive my journal entries here. I've also written about the very nice tool that LeoP made. (wow - I wrote about it four years ago) But that sucker is now broken.

It probably says a lot about me that I'm interested in saving these. It's just me rambling on and most of it is rather limited in the length of time that it is relevant. But there's a part of me that doesn't like the idea that if slashdot is shut down tomorrow that all my journal entries go with it.

So anyway - I took a couple stabs at getting things working but usually got stuck and just got busy with other stuff. But now I have a script that I think will work.

I am not a proper programmer like Leo. There is no error handling. You need to put your username and password into the script. And I ran into a really odd case that I haven't handled yet that made it break. I had a journal entry listed, but when I followed the link to the entry I got a message about it not being there or that I couldn't see it. Strange. I hit the "edit" link from the list. That brought it up. I saved it from there and now it seems to be working properly. I've started the script again to see if it gets past it. (it did)

I'll post the script here and link to it so you can grab it if you are interested. I don't know what happens if you don't have a subscription. All this is built around how the site works for me right now.

I think it is also worth pointing out that it is rather slow. It takes anywhere from 1.5 - 3 seconds per journal entry. It took 52 minutes to download my 1,436 entries (Don't look at me like that). It doesn't look like it is doing anything when I run it in Konsole - that is because it outputs the html of each page and they always end the same. But it should either print out DONE when it finishes - or stop when it hits an error. I know, pretty amazing work.

Each entry is written to a text file. In the file is the url to the entry, the timestamp from when it was written, the title and the body. The body is in html format with the div that is wrapped around it in place.

Another file is created, linklist which will have every journal url in it. (without the http: part - it starts //)

I have not done anything to save comments yet - though I think I'd like to get that in there too. Quite a few of my entries are worthless without them. But that will have to wait for another time.

It should also be obvious - but just in case- you will need Python 2, twill and beautifulsoup installed to use it.

from twill.commands import *
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

uid = 'your user id here'

go("http://www.slashdot.org")
fv("3","unickname",nick)

submit()

go("http://slashdot.org/journal.pl?op=list&uid="+uid)

urllen = 25 + len(nick)

if item.url[:urllen-1] == "//slashdot.org/~"+nick+"/journal" and len(item.url)>urllen:
print>>lf,item.url
jurl = "http:" + item.url
go(jurl)
soup = BeautifulSoup(show())

journalid = soup.find('span',{'class':'sd-key-firehose-id'})
bodytag = "text-" + journalid.string
titletag = "title-" + journalid.string
entrydate = soup.time.string[3:]
entrytitle = soup.find('span',{'id':titletag}).text
entrybody = soup.find('div', {'id': bodytag}).prettify()
journalfile= "jfile" + journalid.string

f = open(journalfile,'w')
f.write(jurl.encode('utf8')+'\n')
f.write(entrydate.encode('utf8')+'\n')
f.write(entrytitle.encode('utf8')+'\n')
f.write(entrybody.encode('utf8'))
f.close()

print("DONE")
lf.close()

## JournalJournal: The Scottish Rite's KKK Project3

"The influence of Scottish Rite-dominated Freemasonry is shockingly pervasive in American government and culture, particularly in the South. But it has come under attack from some surprising quarters."

by Anton Chaitkin

(The following is the edited text of the speech delivered by Mr. Chaitkin to the Labor Day weekend conference of the Schiller Institute in suburban Washington, D.C.)

In the heart of Washington, D.C., there is a large statue and monument honoring the most important founder of the Ku Klux Klan. Inscribed on the base of the statue are the words, "poet," yet the terrorist anthem of the KKK was his most famous literary work, and "jurist," yet he was called the KKK's chief judiciary officer, and reputedly wrote the organization manual for the terrorist anti-black movement after the U.S. Civil War. The immense, bearded figure of Confederate General Albert Pike is looming over a public square in the nation's capital. Why has it never been pulled down in that predominantly black city? The statue is a tribute to the influence of Pike's organization. It has power in the Executive Branch, and the Congress, and it is decisive in the courts. It has great power in all branches of law enforcement and the military. Do I mean that the Ku Klux Klan has such sway over the government? No, I'm speaking here of the "Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction," of which Pike was the chief, or "Sovereign Grand Commander."

The Ku Klux Klan, the Southern Confederacy, and the pre-Civil War secession movement were a single, continuous project, with Pike's "Scottish Rite" at its center. Though the Confederacy was defeated, this project lives on today, and now dominates U.S. political life. Look at Baker & Botts, the Houston family firm and power base of Secretary of State James A. Baker III. This law firm was formed after the Civil War by die-hard Confederate and Masonic officials in Albert Pike's Scottish Rite and military clique. With their British imperial racial notions, Baker & Botts and Scottish Rite freemasonry have dominated the Texas power structure ever since. Secretary Baker's grandfather, Captain James A. Baker, brought English race scientist Julian Huxley in to supervise the "race purification" study program for Texas, at Rice University. Secretary Baker's family wealth and power came from their representing Harriman, the international oil companies and George Bush's Zapata Petroleum, all sponsors of the population control, or ban-dark-babies movement. This movement is synonymous with the Scottish Rite.

Bill Clinton is governor of Arkansas, a state infested by the tradition of Albert Pike, who was the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas. Look closely at the mind-set. Bill Clinton supports and carries out the death penalty, which in practice means executions of black people and poor people; and Clinton supports abortion. Clinton sat down, and worked out his views on these issues with his Baptist minister, the late Rev. W.O. Vaught, who was Clinton's spiritual guide and virtual foster father.

As Vaught's son recently told me, Clinton and his pastor agreed that their religion permits the killing of prisoners and unborn children. The authority for this version of Christianity is derived from a peculiar, neo-pagan reading of the Old Testament. And the New Testament, with its ban on revenge and requirement to love, is considered irrelevant: They say that Christ was primarily concerned with fulfilling the Old Law of the Hebrews (as interpreted by this faction), and when Christ said love your enemy and turn the other cheek, he was really trying to reenforce and impose the authority of the Roman Empire.

But whose religion is this? Well, the Reverend W.O. Vaught was a 32nd Degree Mason, a {Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret} within the Scottish Rite hierarchy.

What Is the Scottish Rite?

What, then, is the Scottish Rite? Freemasonry was founded in the early 1700s in England by the so-called Venetian Party. This clique of British philosophical liberals had a few other experiments in human misery, for example: the East India Company, the royal African Company of slavers, and the slave colony of South Carolina.

The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, in particular, has a feudalist lore and legend, that is rooted in the black slave trade through the Caribbean Islands. In those islands, the pagan cults of slavers in ancient Rome, and Venice, were reused as anti-Judeo-Christian or Satanic cults and rituals for the amusement and gratification of the slave-traders, the British, Dutch, Bostonian, and Jewish-ethnic slave runners.

The Scottish Rite was formally organized in the U.S.A. in 1801, as a group of Tory partisans on the losing side of the American Revolution. The Scottish Rite came to rule over American Freemasonry during the nineteenth century.

American colonial leaders had used the British Empire's Freemasonic lodges as political clubs, and had turned them against the British Crown in the American Revolution. But in the 1820s and 1830s, Masonry had been widely condemned and virtually run out of the U.S.A. as a would-be dictatorial grouping, an unwanted "British underground" intrusion into America.

With British assistance, the Masonic lodges were reintroduced, under the control of the Scottish Rite based in Charleston, South Carolina, as a force for Southern secession. Since the 1840s, the U.S. Freemasonic structure has been strictly dominated by the Scottish Rite. The Scottish Rite dispenses the 4th and higher Masonic "degrees" of initiation, up to the 33rd. The Scottish Rite was divided into a Southern Jurisdiction, and a Northern Jurisdiction based in Boston, that is politically subordinate.

As for Bill Clinton: A spokesman for the Freemasonic Grand Lodge of Arkansas told me that although Clinton was a member of Freemasonry's Order of DeMolay as a young man, he is not now a Mason. I have been informed, however, that DeMolay membership is in fact a life membership.

The influence of Scottish Rite-dominated Freemasonry is shockingly pervasive in American government and culture, particularly in the South. But it has come under attack from some surprising quarters.

The Southern Baptist Convention recently voted to conduct an investigation of Freemasonry in all forms, and to prepare a report on whether Masonry is compatible with Christianity. The Southern Baptist Convention, predominantly white, is the largest U.S. Protestant denomination, with 18 million church- goers. Freemasons make up a sizable proportion of this church's male membership, perhaps 20 percent. So this is a dramatic, emotional issue, a strongly factional issue within Protestant Christianity.

At their annual meeting last June in Indianapolis, the Baptists also adopted a resolution against secret societies, which reads in part: "we ... call upon all Christians to ... [avoid] any association which conflicts with clear Biblical ... teachings concerning the taking of oaths, the secrecy of activities, mystical knowledge, or racial discrimination...."

A leader of this initiative, Dr. James Holly of Beaumont, Texas, told me this was aimed at the known fact that white Freemasonry is affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. The 2.5 million member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod says in its official Handbook: "The Synod has declared itself firmly opposed to all societies, lodges and organizations of an un-Christian or anti-Christian character." The Lutheran Missouri Synod has also printed an attack on Freemasonry, which attacks its racialism and quotes from an absurd Masonic explanation of why blacks are excluded from white lodges: "There are excellent reasons for this apparent race discrimination which only a Mason can fully understand ... [racial integration] would endanger the harmony of the lodge....Secondly, although Negroes today may technically fulfill the Masonic requirement of being 'free,' their subordinate economic, educational, and cultural position is such that they hardly fulfill the spirit of that prerequisite to initiation."

"The True Religion of Masonry"

But let us ask, does Mr. Pike's organization have an "un-Christian or anti-Christian character"? Albert Pike responded in 1861 to a Mason who tried to claim the Scottish Rite was somehow Christian. Pike said that if the Scottish Rite "had a Christian basis, how did it chance that most of those who had possession of it in this country from 1763 to 1800 were Hebrews?"

In fact, Pike and the Scottish Rite borrowed a good deal of numerology and other superstition from the Jewish cabala, a neo-pagan tradition in direct opposition to the Mosaic law underlying the Jewish religion. We shall deal later on with the relationship of Jews to the Scottish Rite. But if the Rite is not specifically Christian, is it anti-Christian? We may judge this from Sovereign Grand Commander Pike's words, on his {method}, and on the {true religion}. In Pike's book, {Morals and Dogma,} the Scottish Rite's main guide to the universe, he explains his method: "Magic is the science of the ancient magi.... "Magic unites in one and the same science, whatsoever Philosophy can possess that is most certain, and Religion of the Infallible and the Eternal. It perfectly ... reconciles these two terms ... faith and reason ... those who accept [magic] as a rule may give their will a sovereign power that will make them the masters of all inferior beings and of all errant spirits; that is to say, will make them the Arbiters and Kings of the World...."

Pike wrote this particular section to instruct "Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret" gentlemen of the 32nd Degree, such as was Bill Clinton's preacher. Thus, Pike is an illusionist, a conjurer, teaching his priesthood the means of controlling their squads of initiates. But what is the underlying belief? In France in 1889, Pike said:

"That which we must say to the crowd is, we worship a God, but it is the God one adores without superstition.... The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine. If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay (the God of the Christians) whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion to science, would Adonay and his priests calumniate him? "Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two Gods.... Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil." This quote, by the way, is available in French and English in the Albert Pike vertical file at the library of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction at 1733 16th St. NW, Washington D.C.

The Terror Project

The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, an instrument of British Empire strategy, directed a continuous offensive of murder and racist terrorism against the U.S. A. and neighboring countries, during the middle decades of the last century. We shall trace this endeavor, from the U.S. occupation of Mexico in the Mexican War (1846-48), to the slaveowners' rebellion or U.S. Civil War (1861-65), through the Ku Klux Klan's war against Reconstruction of the South (1867-1870s). A few individuals will come into view repeatedly as gang leaders and project directors: Boston's {Albert Pike}, boss of Arkansas; New York's {John A. Quitman}, boss of Mississippi; New York's {John Slidell}, boss of Louisiana; Slidell's nephew and partner, British banker{August Belmont, }boss of the Democratic Party; Slidell's trainee and partner, Britain's {Judah Benjamin}, boss of the Confederate secret service. Patriots such as then-Congressman Abraham Lincoln saw the 1846 U.S. invasion of Mexico as a crime and folly, pushed by strategists of slavery who also aimed at the destruction of the U.S.A. Transplanted Southern Democrat John Slidell, and Whig leader Caleb Cushing, spokesman for Boston's opium and slave-running fortunes, had both planned and promoted the attack on Mexico.

As that first U.S. war of aggression drew to a close, volunteer General John A. Quitman became the military governor and dictator over Mexico City. The U.S. A. prepared to seize Mexico's northern territory, the area from California to Texas. Yet Quitman proposed to President Polk a plan for the forcible annexation of all Mexico, to be an area for negro slave plantations. During the peace negotiations, Quitman travelled as a conquering hero to Charleston, South Carolina. He was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Scottish Rite, and became the most powerful and prominent member of the Rite's Supreme Council. John Quitman's grandfather was governor of the island of Curacao, the Dutch West India Company's slave concentration camp; his parents had fled the Caribbean slave revolts, taking their slaves with them to New York where John was born. In 1830, young Quitman had been formally commissioned by the Scottish Rite, leaders of the secession movement, to establish their organization in the state of Mississippi.

In the autumn of 1849, General Quitman held a meeting of anti-Union operatives from throughout the South. They resolved to call a formal convention of the Southern states for the following June, to begin the breakup of the United States.

Quitman became governor of Mississippi in January 1850, and his Nashville secession convention met from June 3 to 12. Delegates from nine states proclaimed the rights of slaveholders. Quitman and his clique meanwhile moved to provoke immediate civil war. He proposed to lead a private army from Texas, to conquer the new U.S. territory of New Mexico on behalf of slavery. President Zachary Taylor faced Quitman down. President Taylor was determined to bring the new southwest into the Union as free states. On June 21, 1850, nine days after the secession convention, Governor Quitman was indicted by a federal grand jury for violating the U.S. Neutrality Laws!

The charge was based on Quitman's leadership of a well-financed conspiracy to invade and "liberate" Cuba from Spanish rule. Then two weeks later, on July 3, President Taylor threatened to hang those "taken in rebellion against the Union. "The next day the President fell ill, vomited blackish material, and died soon after. The Quitman prosecution was delayed. (You may recall that Taylor's body was recently dug up by Kentucky authorities, looking for evidence of arsenic poisoning.) The following summer, 1851, Quitman brought fellow Mississippian Jefferson Davis to Massachusetts to meet with Caleb Cushing. They picked the man to be nominated by the Democrats for the U.S. presidency: volunteer General Franklin Pierce, a member of their clique in the Mexican War. Pierce surprised everyone by taking the nomination at the convention. Then, August Belmont, the U.S. representative of Britain's Rothschild banks, paid for Pierce's 1852 election campaign.

Though this blatant foreign intrusion caused a flareup of resentment among the voters, Pierce was elected the 14th President, and his foreign and domestic backers took over. Caleb Cushing became U.S. attorney general. Jefferson Davis became secretary of war. Banker August Belmont became ambassador to Holland.

Scottish Rite chief John Quitman was now ready for serious business. Some months earlier, when he had finally gone to trial, he was fortunate that Louisiana private attorney Judah Benjamin had been specially hired by the federal government to run the prosecution against Quitman. The jury was hung (rather than Quitman), and the charges were dropped. This outcome should not be too surprising to us, given prosecutor Benjamin's own growing role in the faction of which Gen. Quitman was then the shining star. Benjamin joined Slidell as a U.S. senator from Louisiana at the next election, and was a top leader of the slaveowners' insurrectionary government.

Let's look for a minute at the trio of Slidell, Belmont, and Benjamin. Slidell had a master's degree in political dirty tricks, learned as a member of Aaron Burr's machine in New York and Louisiana. Slidell had politically schooled Belmont and had brought him into the Democratic Party, and Belmont married Slidell's niece. Slidell had also virtually adopted, taught and brought into politics the young Judah Benjamin, a British West Indian Jew living in Louisiana. Both Belmont, and his banking client Benjamin, were passionate backers of the expansion of slavery into Latin America. When he was a young private secretary for the Rothschild family, Belmont had toured continental Europe doing financial and political intelligence work for the Rothschild bank, a pillar of the British royal family. With Britain meddling in Spain's civil war, the Rothschilds had sent Belmont off to the Spanish colony of Cuba in 1837 to "take charge of Rothschild interests" in Cuba. Belmont's ship stopped over in New York and he never went on to Cuba, but his subsequent U.S. banking and political career was often focused on Cuba's wealth and strategic location.

Following the 1853 presidential inauguration of their candidate Pierce, Scottish Rite chief John Quitman and his New York financiers signed a formal agreement making Quitman the "civil and military chief of the revolution" which they would impose on Cuba. Once he had seized the island, Quitman was due to receive \$1 million from the proceeds of the revolutionary bonds the financiers were floating. Quitman's criminal enterprise recruited as many as 50,000 U.S. mercenaries for the intended invasion. But the Spanish authorities brought these plans to grief. They emancipated most of Cuba's slaves, encouraged racial intermarriage, armed the freed blacks and recruited them into a militia through which they could defend their own freedom from the gringo attackers. The Spanish governor arrested Quitman's intriguer, Captain James D. Bulloch, when Bulloch brought his ship, the {Black Warrior}, into Havana.

Senator John Slidell of Louisiana demanded the U.S. neutrality laws be repealed. Attorney General Caleb Cushing called for a naval blockade around Cuba. But given the military realities, saner heads prevailed, and Quitman was placed under legal restraint. After the {Black Warrior} affair, the Quitman mercenary force was absorbed into a new, more aggressive movement with enlarged aims. The {Knights of the Golden Circle} appeared first in Cincinnati, under the supervision of the Scottish Rite's midwest organizer Killian Van Rensselaer, a longtime underground military operative for Britain in North America. So Cincinnati was the northern capital of the pro-slavery, Masonic terrorist underground. From there the Knights spread throughout Ohio, Indiaal.

The Golden Circle was to be a new slave empire centered in Cuba. It would break up the U.S.A. and conquer Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The Knights armed and drilled up to 100,000 would-be emigrants, raiders, rapists, and slaveholders. They were organized into lodges called "castles," with Masonic signs, grips, and passwords. They were to kill the hated Catholic Hispanics, and fill their places with black slaves brought fresh from Africa. This is the first "North American Free Trade Agreement"!

(The Masonic imperialism of the Franklin Pierce administration lives on as the romantic, elite legend of the Eastern Establishment. They celebrate that legend in the marriage of President Pierce's blood relative Barbara Pierce to George Bush, whose imperial ideas are rooted in the events of the 1850s.) Led by Quitman and his allies in the lower South, the Knights of the Golden Circle formed the heart of the secession military machine as the crisis of the Union deepened.

But John Quitman died in July 1858. The Scottish Rite leadership was then totally reorganized. Albert Pike was brought into the Supreme Council and, in 1859, Pike was elevated to Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction. While the Knights of the Golden Circle intensified their terrorist activities in Texas, and their "filibuster" raids into Mexico and Central America, Albert Pike pulled together the inner core of a revolutionary government for the U.S. southern states. As Albert Pike said himself, Pike had not even heard of the Scottish Rite until 1853. Sponsored by his fellow Bostonian, Attorney General Caleb Cushing, who inserted Pike's cronies into office for him in the 1840s, Pike had become the boss of Arkansas politics. He had proven his "Southernness" by running racial hysteria campaigns against Arkansas's handful of freed blacks and against America's Catholic immigrants.

Joining Pike's new Scottish Rite Supreme Council in 1859 was the U.S. vice president, John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky. He would soon run for President on a secession platform, his campaign managed by Caleb Cushing. In March 1860, the U.S. treasury secretary, Howell Cobb, joined Pike's Supreme Council. (Cobb was a ruler of the Georgia Masonic mafia with Robert Toombs and James Bulloch.) If you are going to lead a revolt against a government, it is handy to have the head of that government's treasury take charge of your finances, as Cobb did for his Masonic boss Albert Pike.

Cobb resigned his treasury post in December 1860, following Abraham Lincoln's election to the U.S. presidency. Two months later, Cobb was president of the convention in Alabama, which created the Confederate government and broke up the United States. Cobb's name appears at the top of signers of the Confederate Constitution, a document which Cobb and Albert Pike are supposed to have drafted together.

The rebellion of the Southern slaveowners, which brought on the Civil War, was a British Empire-sponsored insurrection. The British supplied the arms used by the anti-U.S. insurgents, and coordinated the Confederate secret service activities in North America and Europe. These expanded efforts continued the political and irregular military operations of the Scottish Rite which had been led by Quitman, and by Pike after Quitman's death.

For the final three years of the four-year Civil War, Judah P. Benjamin served as Confederate secretary of state. Benjamin supervised the financial and supply relations to the British Empire and its ally, Napoleon III of France, and ran the Confederacy's international network of spies and saboteurs.

Benjamin's secret service liaison man in England and the Confederacy's chief arms procurer there was James Bulloch. We remember Bulloch as the man who had been arrested in Cuba during Quitman's 1854 fiasco. John Slidell became the famous Confederate commissioner to France, where he married off his daughter Mathilde to Baron Emil Erlanger. The baron was an eminent German-French Jewish banker, closely tied to the British government and the highest levels of British freemasonry. Slidell and Benjamin negotiated the famous Erlanger Loan, the series of Confederate war bonds floated by this banker. They sold the bonds primarily to British oligarchs who felt poisonous hatred for the American republic. The collateral for the Erlanger loan was Southern slave cotton, that was smuggled out past the Union blockade.

John Slidell handled relations between the French Empire and the Masonic "filibusters," the raiders of Latin America. Slidell promoted the joint European/Confederate invasion of Mexico in the 1860s. The Confederate secret service, meanwhile, attempted to weaken the resolve of the Union to carry on the war. The key to their strategy was the old Knights of the Golden Circle, still in place in the north, midwest and southwest, involving pro-slavery whites-and American Indians. Sioux Indians, strangely organized into military Masonic lodges, wiped out 700 citizens of New Ulm, Minnesota and the surrounding area, while the town's young men were off in the Union Army. Albert Pike was at the time the Confederate general officially in charge of arranging Indian attacks against the Union; Minnesota was also part of Commander Pike's Masonic Southern Jurisdiction. Judah Benjamin based his main secret service group in Montreal, a safe haven since Canada was then still British territory. They coordinated across the border with Golden Circle networks in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and with the August Belmont Democratic Party machine in New York. Agents led by Jacob Thompson planned prison breaks, tried to burn down northern cities, and instigated anti-draft riots in which drunken mobs lynched black people and burned orphanages.

This ugliness was in vain. But just when Lincoln's nationalist money policies and our industrial strength overwhelmed the rebellion, President Lincoln was murdered. A dragnet went out for the Confederate secret service operators, accused of participation in the assassination. Albert Pike escaped and joined Jacob Thompson in Canada. Judah Benjamin fled to England, joining the exiled Robert Toombs and James Bulloch. John Slidell stayed permanently in France. Confederate secret service agent John Surratt made it to Italy and hid in the Vatican, while Surratt's mother was convicted and hanged on the charge of plotting with John Wilkes Booth to kill Lincoln. John Surratt was discovered and returned for trial. He was acquitted. But in 1870, Surratt admitted publicly that he had plotted with Booth to "abduct" Lincoln. He told of the days preceding the murder, of his trip to Montreal carrying money and messages from Judah Benjamin. The secret service bank in Montreal, where gold from Britain was deposited for Benjamin's crew, was the same bank in which Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth had made his deposits six months before the killing. The war was over. But the defeated Confederacy was transformed into the romantic {Lost Cause}, an object of cultish reverence.

During Reconstruction

Anti-slavery congressmen pressed ahead with plans for Reconstruction, designed to break up the power of what was called the "chivalry," the feudalist lords of the prewar South. In Tennessee, the pro-Union faction tried to increase its political strength by putting through a law, granting the right to vote to the newly freed blacks.

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was a terrorist counterattack, beginning in Tennessee, designed to block Reconstruction and reverse the outcome of the Civil War. The Klan and the Scottish Rite were one and the same enterprise, continuing the imperial effort behind the slaveowners' rebellion. Pike, Benjamin, Slidell, Toombs, Bulloch, and Thompson were all in exile at war's end. Though Judah Benjamin had quickly become a wealthy lawyer for the British merchant oligarchs, his continuing preoccupation with defeating Reconstruction is indicated in letters he wrote back to the U.S.A. with complaints such as these: "I have always looked with the utmost dread and distrust on the experiment of emancipation so suddenly enforced on the South by the event of the war. God knows how it will all end!"; and: "the South is kept crushed under negro rule"; and: "I can never consent to go to New Orleans and break my heart witnessing the rule of negroes and carpetbaggers"; and: "nothing is so abhorrent to me as Radicalism which seeks to elevate the populace into the governing class."

From Albert Pike's British sanctuary in Canada, on July 15, 1865, Pike issued a summons to the Supreme Council, to resume the operations of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction. Six weeks later, "under pressure from Masonic officials in the government," the new President Andrew Johnson permitted Pike to re-enter the U.S.A. The Rite was reborn over the next few years, as money and messengers went back and forth between Pike and the Confederacy's sponsors in England.

In April 1866, a year after the murder of Abraham Lincoln, Albert Pike's Supreme Council met in full costume inside the White House. There Lincoln's successor President Andrew Johnson granted a pardon to Pike. The following year, the awed and grateful Johnson was granted advanced degrees 4 through 32 by the Scottish Rite. The Masons claim that Johnson's Freemasonic involvement was an important reason why the pro-Reconstruction congressmen tried to impeach Johnson.

Albert Pike could not go home to Arkansas, however. He was still under indictment for treason by state authorities there, for inciting the Indians to break laws or treaties. So he settled in Memphis, Tennessee, just across the Mississippi River from Arkansas, becoming a newspaper publisher, lawyer-and president of the Tennessee Bar Association. Tennessee blacks got the right to vote in February 1867. Beginning that spring, Albert Pike and a small group of Confederate generals held several meetings in Nashville, at the Maxwell House Hotel, to form the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

The name was taken from the Greek, {kyklos}, meaning "circle. " It was no mystery to the pro-Unionists: The Knights of the [Golden] Circle had reappeared. Pike was appointed chief judicial officer of the Invisible Empire. He is said to have written the Klan's military manual and ritual, and was the Klan's expert on secrecy of organization-its secret grips, signs, and passwords. At one of the later Nashville meetings, General Nathan Bedford Forrest was chosen Imperial Wizard of the Klan. Albert Pike organized the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas after General Forrest appointed Pike the Grand Dragon of that Realm. The Tennessee leaders of the Klan at the time of its founding were prominent Masons subordinate to Grand Commander Pike.

Pike's old comrade and financial backer Robert Toombs returned from England in 1868. Toombs was appointed dictator of Scottish Rite activities inside Georgia, and Toombs and his family ran all aspects of the Klan within Georgia.

President Ulysses Grant said that the Klan worked "by force and terror to prevent all political action not in accord with the views of the members; to deprive colored citizens of the right to bear arms and of the right to a free ballot; to suppress [i.e. burn] schools in which colored children were taught and to reduce the colored people to a condition akin to that of slavery." In his newspaper {The Memphis Daily Appeal{ for April 16, 1868, publisher Albert Pike wrote: "With negroes for witnesses and jurors, the administration of justice becomes a blasphemous mockery. A Loyal League of negroes can cause any white man to be arrested, and can prove any charges it chooses to have made against him. "The disenfranchised people of the South ... can find no protection for property, liberty or life, except in secret association.... We would unite every white man in the South, who is opposed to negro suffrage, into one great Order of Southern Brotherhood, with an organization complete, active, vigorous, in which a few should execute the concentrated will of all, and whose very existence should be concealed from all but its members."

In the latter decades of the nineteenth century, British-centered finance gained supremacy over American industry and U.S. policy-making. Under British sponsorship, Pike's Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, came to rule over much of the world's Freemasonry. At length its headquarters moved from South Carolina to Washington, D.C.

Theodore Roosevelt, a racialist Anglophile and passionate Freemason, became U.S. President September 14, 1901, upon the shooting death of William McKinley. Teddy Roosevelt's reign was the Lost Cause triumphant: Roosevelt's revered exiled uncle, James Bulloch, Judah Benjamin's secret service chief in England, had ghostwritten young Teddy's book on naval history; and Teddy's clique had finally conquered Cuba in the 1898 U.S. War with Spain. The Washington, D.C. statue honoring Klan founder Albert Pike was dedicated 39 days after Teddy Roosevelt's inauguration.

The B'nai B'rith and 'Egyptian Principles'

In his admiring biography of Judah Benjamin, Eli Evans quotes the famous attack against Benjamin's pro-slavery fanaticism by Ohio's Senator Ben Wade: "when old Moses, under the immediate inspiration of God Almighty, enticed a whole nation of slaves, and ran away ... to old Canaan, I suppose that Pharaoh and all the chivalry of old Egypt denounced him as a most furious abolitionist. ... There were those who loved Egypt better thanthey loved liberty.... They were Israelites with Egyptian principles." Senator Wade's barb hit its mark. Judah Benjamin had deserted the religion of Moses. He had spat on the law of freedom, the gift that Jews celebrate in the Passover seder (which was also Christ's last supper).

Since then, other "Israelites with Egyptian principles," those Jews who like Benjamin attached their destinies to the British Empire and its racialism, have become a vital component of the Anglo-American Eastern Establishment; "honorary Anglo-Saxons," they have helped transform the United States into an essentially mindless British model imperium. And the racialism they coauthored has brought tragedy to Jews as well as to others outside the racial pale. In the Civil War, twice as many Jews fought for the Union as for the Confederacy. Northern Jews, many of them recent German immigrants, were strongly pro-republican and anti-slavery. The predominant Jewish tradition in the South was not only pro-slavery, but overwhelmingly Freemasonic.

The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith formed in 1843 as a Jewish community sub-project in the restoration of Masonry by the Scottish Rite and the British foreign office. Though most of its lodges were in the North, B'nai B'rith was openly pro-Confederate. Though it claimed to be neutral in the war, many of the Order's Northern spokesmen were stridently pro-slavery. B'nai B'rith's post-Civil War leaders were pro-Confederate operatives, including later president Simon Wolf, who had been arrested by the War Department in Washington, D.C. as the lawyer for a Confederate spy ring.

Rabbi Isaac Wise established B'nai B'rith's center for the "liberalizing" of Judaism in Cincinnati, Ohio-coinciding with Cincinnati's other great Scottish Rite scheme, the launching of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Wise was officially neutral in the Civil War. Core leaders of the B'nai B'rith from then on have been Scottish Rite Masons. The political establishment associated with the Order has always had its headquarters in London.

In Richmond, the Confederate capital, Gustavus A. Myers was Secretary of State Judah Benjamin's closest friend and Benjamin's channel to banker August Belmont. The former president of the Richmond City Council, and the undisputed head of Richmond's Jewish community, Myers was Freemasonry Incarnate.

Myers's maternal grandfather, Moses Michael Hays, had brought the original "patent" and rituals from England to found the Scottish Rite in the American colonies. A Tory and financial partner of Boston's slave trade millionaires, Hays passed his fortune and his Masonic and British underground connections to his daughter's husband and sons, the Richmond Myers clan. Moses Myers, merchant partner of the Richmond family, was head of Norfolk's Jewish community. His house is now a public museum, located on Norfolk's Freemason Street. Inside is a large wooden plaque given to the family by Queen Victoria, in recognition of the family's long service to the British crown and cause. Several generations, living in that same Moses Myers house, were British consuls.

All of Virginia's Jewish leaders then were Masons, one of them Rothschilds' official Virginia agent who was grand master of Virginia Masons during the war of 1812. After the Civil War, the Belmont/Rothschild faction took absolute control over the Jewish leadership within New York and trans-Atlantic finance. Joseph Seligman, who had been pro-Union like most American Jews, joined the British banking syndicate of Rothschild and J.P. Morgan, which ran U.S. government finance from the 1870s onward. London's Anglo-Saxon and Jewish employees, banking partners of the Confederates against Lincoln's nationalist money policies, were now merged as the Eastern Liberal Establishment. While Alabama cotton broker Emanuel Lehman lived in Civil War New York, he sailed back and forth to England raising money for the Confederate war machine. Continuing the family tradition, his Lehman Brothers firm supported the racialist eugenics movement, and tenaciously defended their investments in Nazi Germany.

But the bigshot was Jacob Schiff of Kuhn Loeb private bank. Schiff's power was entirely trans-Atlantic: Travelling back and forth between London and New York, Schiff was Sir Ernst Cassel's U.S. partner and representative; Cassel-the personal banker and the most intimate friend of Prince Edward VII, the grand master of British freesmasonry. (Edward's son Albert Victor was supposed to be the subject of the Jack the Ripper story: His unapproved marriage was broken and covered up by the Freemasonic murders of witnesses.)

On behalf of the royal family, Ernst Cassel managed the finances of the British Fabian Society leaders, and the British Round Table in its outrageous African racialist endeavors such as {apartheid}. At Kuhn Loeb in the 1890s, partner Otto Kahn (a British subject) directly supervised Schiff and Cassel's project to build up a certain snarling little railroad man who was a favorite of the old Belmont Confederate machine, Mr. E. H. Harriman. At that same time, the Warburg family joined Kuhn Loeb; the Warburgs' preoccupations were anchored in their Masonic Occult Institute in Hamburg and London.

Look at the first years of this century: Teddy Roosevelt is President, Edward VII is King, and the racist cult-master Lord Arthur Balfour is his Prime Minister. The British Masonic clique at Kuhn Loeb founded the American Jewish Committee, and made its president, Louis Marshall, the official legal advisor to the Harriman eugenics laboratory-mother of this century's nightmare race theories. It was Kuhn Loeb and the Warburgs who officially brokered New York's banking ties to Hitler's Nazis, as well as Harriman's entree to the Soviet dictatorship.

A striking instance of the Confederate "Lost Cause," persisting and haunting the present century, is to be seen in the attic of The New York Times. Iphigenie Ochs married Arthur Hays Sulzberger in 1917. He succeeded her father Adolphe Ochs as publisher of The Times, which Mr. Ochs had bought in the 1890s. Adolphe Ochs and his father founded the "Baroness Erlanger" Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The hospital was named for John Slidell's daughter who married the Confederacy's chief financier Baron Emil Erlanger. The Baron had bought up the main railways between the bankrupt South and Cincinnati. Adolphe Ochs had married Iphigenie Wise, the daughter of B'nai B'rith's Cincinnati leader Isaac Wise. When the Ochs family had lived in Cincinnati during the war, Adolphe's mother Bertha had been arrested for smuggling drugs to the Confederate army.

In 1991, Arthur Sulzberger's daughter Ruth sponsored the visit to America of British banker Rodolphe d'Erlanger, John Slidell's great-great grandson. At a reception for Erlanger hospital, he said that his great grandfather, Baron Emil, was the partner of Cecil Rhodes in his nightmare race projects in Africa, and that Emil and his wife Mathilde Slidell had introduced Wagner's {Tannhauser} to the stage in Paris-which was booed off the stage.

Arthur Sulzberger's Philadelphia Uncle David Sulzberger joined the Confederate army in Arkansas. Cousin Cyrus Adler, born on the Sulzbergers' Arkansas slave plantation, became the occult, psychic, Masonic, and gnostic expert for the New York Jewish establishment and for London and Cambridge Freemasonic strategists. At the same time, under the Teddy Roosevelt regime, cousin Mayer Sulzberger was president of B'nai B'rith International and president of the American Jewish Committee. At that time, B'nai B'rith leaders (such as the Sulzberger's partners the Morgenthaus) directly represented British crown interests in the Middle East, and worked as a bridge for Scottish Rite Masonry between the Middle East and Washington.

In the 1930s, Cyrus Adler, president of the American Jewish Committee, coordinated with the family's B'nai B'rith, and the family's {New York Times}, to crush all U.S. political action against Adolf Hitler in Germany. The B'nai B'rith was the one Jewish organization that Hitler deliberately {left open }and functioning under Nazi rule from 1933 on.In 1939, Britain made a dramatic change in its policy toward Hitler-after teaching Hitler his race theories, after forcefully backing his takeover of Germany, after financing and equipping his armies, Britain now changed publicly to opposing Hitler. Only at that point, in 1939, about a year after Hitler finally closed B'nai B'rith's Nazi-authorized German operations, B'nai B'rith decided to "approve" an international boycott against the Nazi regime.

B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League recently opened a vicious campaign to label American black leaders as anti-Semites, aiming at a racial conflict, and stomping on the memory of the young Jews who fought for civil rights in the 1960s. It is essential that the religious, national, and historical character of this racialism be precisely understood.

Now a surprising breakthrough has occurred. Leaders of U.S. black Freemasonry have attacked white Masonry, particularly the Scottish Rite, as a center of racialism. The attack is contained in the latest issue of the {News Quarterly}, official publication of the ["Supreme Council, Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction,"] Prince Hall affiliation, in an article by Joseph A. Walkes, editor of the {Quarterly.} Walkes exposes Albert Pike as the national Chief Justice of the Invisible Empire of the Ku Klux Klan, and the organizer and Grand Dragon of the Klan in Arkansas. Walkes describes Albert Pike as a "traitor to his country." The article carries a photograph of the Washington memorial statue to the KKK founder. Walkes calls the statue "an affront" to the residents of the nation's capital, a majority of whom are black.

With this and similar initiatives, a strong potential now exists for members of all faiths and ethnic groups to think about and to solve a central problem of our era: Fanatical Zionists are urged on by Anglo-American backers, to brutalize and displace Arab residents and Muslim religious institutions from Israeli occupied territory. Among the Anglo-Saxons cheering them on in their blind racialism are many known as "fundamentalist Christians." They have seen a vision of Semacialism are many known as "fundamentalist Christians." They have seen a vision of Semitic warfare in the Holy Land, ending in mankind's annihilation, which they cheer as "God's will" and "Bible Prophesy." This madness has been called the British balance-of-power strategy. But its familiar name is, British Freemasonry.

## JournalJournal: should i become an at home author?2

i haven't been as heavy a contributor here on slashdot since i started on facebook/g+. i have considered taking up writing as a hobby again as i now have the time to do so... i learned how to storyboard from movies and haven't taken up a project with a good storyboard yet(since i learned how). i just want to feel important and to do what i enjoy doing and if writing isn't all i thought it would be as a child, well i don't have any better plans for what to do.
it would seem that things are going to be okay for me for a while, i have no worries other than worrying that not progressing on writing fiction will drag me back into feeling worthless cause i could not write a single useful thing in that spare time.
what should i do. i can't game, as i made an iron clad no serious gaming for myself except on weekends rule as i can stay sane if i don't over stimulate my brain. i know how to write, i know what i like to read, i know a few insider secrets to writing the kinds of stories i like... but every time i try to draw myself into writing i just act like i don't want to write more. i don't want to be tldr, i don't want to scour old media hoping to glean some copyright infringement free ideas... basically i just don't know what to do as i want to be important, but i can't figure out what i should do to be important

## JournalJournal: An interesting satori1

I am significantly less bothered by individual acts of sin, both in others and myself, than I am by collective attempts to redefine sin as not-sin.

Even in authoritarian terms, forgiveness outweighs justice.

## JournalJournal: I'm not sure if Betteridge's law applies here or not.2

Privacy and the Internet: Is Facebook Evil?

He's right that privacy in the modern sense is a new development--for most of human history, people lived with what we would now consider a near-total lack of privacy--but wrong, I think, to dismiss it on that basis. There are many, many modern ideas, such as democracy and equality before the law, that would have made no sense whatsoever to our ancestors; does that mean they're any less worth prizing?

Obviously I'm not particularly concerned about giving up my privacy by maintaining an online presence, else I wouldn't be posting this. But the combination of a traditional "village" level of everyone knowing everyone else's business with the speed and ubiquity of modern communications represents a third phase in humanity's development as far as privacy is concerned--the first having been the intensely linked small communities of nomads and peasants, the second having been the mass anonymity of the industrial age--and I don't think we have any idea how that's going to shake out yet.

## JournalJournal: Evil Empire34

The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.

Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it.

It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-lecture-e.html

## JournalJournal: THIRTY-NINE YEARS AGO, TODAY!10

http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/57775093467/tricky

Who else remembers the graffiti?

"Flush twice, it's a long way to Watergate"
and
"Nixon: The Only Dope Worth Shooting"

Pity. He now - despite paranoia and megalomania - seem innocuous after what came to us at the start of the following decade - and persisted ever since.