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Prophecy 2004

The following piece is intended to be 'inspirational', another attempt to share a 'virtual experience' you might say. In an attempt to save on disk space, I include links to one location. On Earth Day, April 22nd, 2001, I released a set of predictions describing how events would unfold up to and including the year 2004. Given how eerily accurate those prognostications turned out to be I anticipate that the predictions concerning 2004 will also follow the same pattern and come to pass.
Prophecy 2004 - Part One, some background discussion
 http://southafrica.indymedia.org/news/2004/01/5157.php
Typically at the end of the year the top stories of the previous year is reviewed, and pundits also appear to discuss what they forecast for the year ahead, as well as reviewing their predictions from the previous years. This piece provides some background information that places into context the discussion of some predictions concerning how events should unfold in 2004.

Prophecy 2004 - part Two - predictions concerning the year ahead
 http://southafrica.indymedia.org/news/2004/01/5156.php
Typically at the end of the year the top stories of the previous year is reviewed, and pundits also appear to discuss what they forecast for the year ahead, as well as reviewing their predictions from the previous years. I begin this discussion by introducing you to some of my 'prognistications' concerning 2002 and 2003, and then move on to 2004.
Too good to be just a link 11.Jan.2004 07:58

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This article (part 1) is too good to be just a link. It is in fact a discussion about the use of religion, spirituality, and natural "gifts"...used to drug the populace into compliance. I am especially interested in the part where this author sought his own answers outside mainstream religion. A great discussion about how religion was used against the people in Venezula. Below is the text of part 1:

One more comment. I have met many people in the movement who are so turned off on relgion and spirituality that they have stiffled their own natural intuition. The "knowing" that will save them from harm is turned off. Every person who will stand up against the corporate machine needs to have strong "inner" resources to fall back on and use every day. Look at the psycological battering and fierceness of violent tactics used against those who resist in the streets. Without an strong inner self, we are all in danger of going mad. Many fearsome street warriors came back from Sacramento and Miami psycologically weary and feeling hopeless. To destroy our ability to stand up is the whole strategy of bush's war machine in the u.s.

Please read what this guy has to say...even if it is just to hear anther beings perspective. Read it below or follow the links in his introduction.

Prophecy 2004
By Brent Herbert

Background - part 1

In order to put this story into context it is necessary for me to provide some background material, a description of some strange events that precede the events of today. I have made some previous attempts to tell this strange story (for example on this page) and so the following will be an attempt to briefly sketch out a summary.

When I was twelve years old I had the first of a series of these strange experiences. I felt a 'presence' enter the room in which I was sitting and the feeling of this presence was so real that it caused me to look up and towards the left which was this sense of presence seemed to be 'located'. It seemed to enter the room like 'a gust of wind'. I dismissed the feeling as being similar to that strange and passing feeling of deja vu that people occasionally experience. Next I heard a voice, in my left ear. It was barely audible, almost a whisper, and it sounded 'tinny', and the words were very rapid. It said, 'The telephone is going to ring. You're grandfather is dead.' This experience scared the living daylights out of me, and I was also prepared to dismiss the second part of the experience as some type of strange mental aberration, like the first. I thought to myself, 'I will wait and see if this actually happens.' I was about to dismiss the experience and ignore it as a curiosity (a trick of the mind, like deja vu) when suddenly the phone rang. All my senses became heightened. The sound of the phone ringing seemed to be amplified. Perhaps I could have heard a pin drop at a hundred yards. A great wave of fear went through me. My mother picked up the phone, there was silence, then the sound of the phone crashing to the floor, and my mother ran up the stair steps in tears. It was about fifteen minutes later that she returned and told me that they had just phoned to inform us that my grandfather was dead. I just nodded my head. I already knew. The weeks that followed was some of most awesome of my life. I was haunted during the day and haunted during the night. The dead were every where. The very air that surrounded me was heavily populated and the universe seemed to be a very different place indeed. I was surrounded by ghosts.

After about three weeks I managed to make an adjustment that allowed me to live with this new experience, and I seemed to 'return to normal' but looking back on the experience I can see that it changed me in profound ways. I studied all sorts of ancient spiritual texts over the next two years looking for clues that perhaps over the course of human history perhaps traces might be found that would indicate that others had experienced something similar to what had just happened to me. Eventually I was attracted to the most ancient form of Buddhism.


Sidebar : I am referring here to Buddhism in the beginning, when it was a practical philosophy, and before the myth making of religion transformed it into the type of 'popular Buddhism people might be more familiar with today. During my investigations I found that religion repelled me. According to the most ancient Buddhist philosophy, which actually contradicts Buddhism as a religion, people should not speculate on what happens to people 'in heaven' as an example, because all such religious dogma can never be anything more than speculation. Religious texts and religious authorities teaching what are supposed to be authoritative dogma that purports to explain these highly speculative descriptions of reality should be rejected and all individuals should be regarded as equal and thus there is no insight or understanding that is unique to some 'great religious authority'. This is a lesson that needs to be learned in Christian, and Muslim, not to mention Jewish cultures, where the dogma of 'the unquestionable authority of the supposedly divine individual' is used as a prop to support what in the end are highly speculative doctrines.

The story is told of how the Buddha was consulted by the Kalamas, who were confused by the conflicting claims to religious authority by various sects operating at the time. Each sect was dogmatic concerning their own traditions and doctrines and condemned the others, and the Kalamas told the Buddha that "we always have doubt and perplexity among ourselves as to who among these venerable recluses and brahamas spoke the truth and who spoke falsehood." The Buddha replied,

It is proper for you to have doubt, that you have perplexity, for a doubt has arisen in a matter which is doubtful. Now, look you Kalamas, do not be led by reports, or religious tradition, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, nor by mere logic or inference, nor by considering appearances, nor by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, nor by the idea that "this is our teacher". But when you know for yourselves that certain things are wrong then give them up and when you know for yourselves that certain things are good then accept and follow them."

I also found ancient Buddhism to provide a practical way of viewing the world as a form of cause and effect. For example if you pollute a stream you get a polluted stream. This is obvious, and the principle applies more broadly in that nothing happens without there being a root cause and the results just follow logically.

A brutal social order creates a brutalized society and the circle of brutality continues for another generation. Religion on the other hand tends to mystify cause and effect and thus distracts from real solutions.

Let me give you just one practical example of how the process of religious mystification works in the real world, which can then be contrasted with the practical philosophy of Buddhism before it became distorted by the process of changing it into a religion. The reason there is child prostitution and child thieves stealing food in poor countries is because of 'individual child sinners' who 'need Jesus'. Religion justifies the status quo and then concentrates on 'solving' the problem by converting 'one child sinner at a time.' The selected child will then appear on Christian Television announcing that he is now saved and will preach the saving message of Jesus to other hungry, prostituted, stealing children. Now if you recall the 'anti-Chavez' demonstrations in Venezuela, you might have seen that the protestors were all remarkably white skinned and very well dressed and quite rich. That sea of white faces and well dressed white people driving up to the anit-Chavez protest in their SUVs might give a person the idea that Latin America is a white country. The so called 'anti-Chavez strike' was actually a lockout as these descendants of the white colonialists of the past locked out their brown skinned workers so as to create 'strike' that could be reported in the western press as one more reason for a coup d'etat. Currently in my country (Canada) Amnesty International has launched a campaign to pressure these white people to get them to stop paying off duty police officers to murder thousands of brown skinned street kids every year, because, being hungry and starved after all, they practice child prostitution and also steal food when they see an opportunity to do so, and these white people like money. (Chavez was planning some poverty reduction moves, which would of course require taxes, which is the real reason for the white protests and the constant attempted coup d-etats. Which isn't surprising, because people who routinely murder thousands of street kids every year, to save a few bucks on stolen food or to 'clean up the street of dirty child hookers' are the same immoral types who want to hold onto their cash even if it means a coup d'etat.) Now, Christian television parades 'saved Child prostitutes' who 'found Jesus' and are now 'evangelists' who are going to 'save the souls of more child prostitutes.' This is a truly classic example of the deleterious effects of religion and its mystification of cause and effect, since the 'sinners' are hidden from sight, and the root cause of the problem, which is the lingering result of white Christian imperialism and colonialism, is never mentioned. Rather it is hidden, and the problem is mystified, and it is obvious that the so called solution (saving souls of street kids) is misdirection, which is what religion does (after being saved by Jesus and not prostituting themselves or stealing any more they can starve to death content in the knowledge that a big pie is waiting in the sky for them when they die).

Here there is an element of truth to be found in original Buddhist philosophy, in that the Buddha concluded that all suffering on earth was caused by greedy desire. There is some danger in his proposed solution, in that he suggests that one withdraw from desire, and this can easily be twisted into a passive withdrawal from the world, but there remains an element of truth in his analysis of the root cause of the problem of suffering on the earth.

I include this side bar here, even though it is a bit of a digression, both to explain my position on religion, and why I oppose it, and in the hopes of making certain that the strange stories that I tell do not lead others towards religious mystification, which is something I oppose. Even the most practical philosophy can be twisted and become a religion. Both Buddhist religion and Christian religion are remarkably similar in that regard. For example according to the mystification and myth making of later Buddhist religion the Buddha was a special, and authoritative, divine being who entered his mothers womb in some sort of ghostly form to be born as a type of god like being in human form. The Buddha would be appalled. But the story should sound familiar to anyone in a Christian culture. According to the earliest Christian documents, the Christ figure stated, 'you must not call me good, for no one is good except God.' He also stated that all authoritarianism was to be resisted, for 'the great Lords of the world lord it over people and exercise authority over them. But it must not be like that for you.' Compare this to the perfectly 'sinless', absolute authoritative 'Lord Jesus' who demands your 'complete surrender' and who is 'taking control of your life as your personal Lord and Master, taking complete control'. All religion is about mystifying and then justifying the power of elites, and ultimately this is about money and wealth, and religion is obviously the tool used to protect money and wealth, and there is no better example of this than the perversions of both original Buddhist and Christian philosophies, not to mention the everyday examples of how religious mystification works, such as the example I gave above, the story of 'saving child prostitutes from being sent to hell by Jesus' (a true real world story, and just one many of the same type). Mystification is used to target victims and protect the guilty, thus supporting the status quo, which in the end is about protecting money, and thus is religion is always keeping people busy doing worthless projects while what really matters is left undone. As I mentioned this side bar is a digression, but nevertheless I feel it is important to make clear my position on religion, in particular when I am discussing these strange events, which lend themselves to the development of superstitious mystifications, which I oppose (and so even though such side bars are a digression, they nevertheless serve a useful purpose).


As I mentioned previously I responded to this strange premonition event by studying the past, looking for clues that might have been left behind throughout history that would indicate that others had left behind traces of their own experiences that would relate to what I had just experienced. This required me to plow through piles of religious obfustication and religious mystification, and out of it all, ancient Buddhism seemed at the time the most attractive philosophy. This experience with struggling with the cloud of dust, and the muddying of the waters by religion was very worthwhile and continues to influence me to this day, since the function of religion, it seemed to me, was to catch those searching, as I was searching, trapping us in a net and then distracting us and leading us astray, thus protecting the status quo.

A few years later my family went on a vacation at Banff National Park in Canada and the next strange experience took place. I was fifteen at the time and about three years had passed since the initial experience I describe above. During that three years I had undergone some profound changes, which, in retrospect, I can see were the product of this first experience. I had become radicalized. And I questioned everything. As time went by I became more and more aware that 'the status quo' and the commonly held beliefs of my society were corrupt and inadequate. This collection of superstitions as well as the commonly held assumptions and beliefs of society were inadequate, and yet these things were held to be true with a kind of religious fervor. This religious belief system extended beyond even religion, to the every day ordinary system of beliefs that even non-religious people held to be true. For example, my society would tell me, and would continue to tell me, to this very day, that out of the ordinary events do not take place. The whole world can be encapsulated in conventional beliefs and conventional thinking. I knew that this was rubbish, through personal experience, and yet I encountered a resistance which I came to perceive as increasingly arrogant and even atrociously ignorant. This remains my view of the surrounding culture to this day - arrogantly ignorant. I also encountered the New Religion and the New High Priests of our culture. This new religion is called Science and the High Priest is now the Scientist. Now I should point out here that I have nothing against Science or the Scientific Method per se, however I do fiercely resist Science as Religion, and I also oppose the High Priests. Science is not the 'explanation for everything', and yet what science does not understand and what science cannot explain is trashed and debunked. The arrogance of this new religious mindset that has infested our culture was always obvious to me, and it could only be the True Believer who could remain blind to this fact, just as the High Priests and the True Believers of the past missed certain pertinent facts that were not encapsulated in their narrow (religious) view of the world. Science is poor religion, and I have clashed constantly with this New Faith, and will continue to do so. Science is a poor choice for the new religion, but then aren't all forms of religion impoverished? Science as religion is no different in that regard, and its greatest weakness as a form of 'religion' lies in the fact that it is strictly limited to whatever can be measured with a ruler or poured into a beaker. This is fine, for the purposes of science, and it should be no other way. It is, after all, science, and that is how science works within its limited domain. To hold that what science cannot measure or capture in a beaker 'does not exist for the purposes of science' is something that I can understand and accept, but when science becomes the New Religion, when it moves out of the lab, and then begins to provide the religious explanation for reality, based on its own texts, and thus declares as a form of dogma that what is not in the Sacred Texts (the peer reviewed religious journals of science) is anathema, well this dogmatic rising new religious mindset is more than I can stand (and I protest). My days of clashing with this new religion and this rising new Priesthood are not over yet, for reasons that would be obvious when you consider what I have to say. Furthermore, there is some evidence that exists that might even fit within the narrow definition of science, and it is also interesting to note that when you provide evidence that contradicts accepted dogma and sacred doctrine suddenly science is no longer interested in evidence. They won't get away with that sort of cheating. I won't let them.

You know our ancestors had to topple the priests to advance scientific inquiry, and the thought that now the scientist will become the New High Priest is more than I can stand, and thus I find myself resisting scientists just as scientists resisted priests, and for the same reasons. Science has its place, and in its place it has its purpose, and its value, but when it arrogantly defines The Nature of Reality and The Meaning of Existence and The Limits of Understanding, in other words when it moves out of the lab and into the pulpit, well now we have a problem that is going to have be dealt with, and a challenge that I cannot ignore. My purpose in mentioning this is to bring to your attention the kind of struggle I found myself mired in during those early years as I stumbled upon something that was beyond the pall of the faith and the doctrine of the surrounding culture.

Now speaking of that of which science has nothing to say, and thus is not real and cannot exist, and yet which exists nonetheless, I continue my story. I was at Banff National Park. Years of resisting the pressures of my culture, and its ignorant viewpoint, and years of resisting the dictates of the New Doctrine of Religious Science (as I might call it) had radicalized me, and I doubted everything and I questioned everything. I was also in deep distress as I considered the wide spread corruption of the planet (street kids being murdered by cops paid for by rich white colonialists, babies left to starve at the rate of thirty or forty thousand per day, because feeding them would cost money and thus challenge the status quo). I became quite clever during those years, very wise, wiser than my years, in that I finally concluded that the corruption of the world was caused by the greedy desire for money, and that the lies and misdirection of propaganda, and of religion, were just tools to hide this fact. All problems must be hidden, so they won't be solved, because solving them would cost money, and that would level the playing field, thus threatening the powers that be. Therefore the aim of all religion, and all propaganda, is to suggest that the problem is not one of money. Religion will tell us the problem is one of 'individual sinners' rather than a sinful social system, and non-religious propaganda will also distract and confuse and kick up a cloud of dust, since to tell the truth is to spend money, which is what is really required to solve these problems, and given the wickedness of greed, that particular solution must remain forever off the table.

By the time I was fifteen this became my 'thumbnail sketch' of all propaganda and religion in the world - its all about money and keeping it, all therefore all religion and all propaganda offensives can be dissected by looking at the problem and understanding how it will cost money and how that is not going to happen. The nature of the propaganda or the religious doctrine then becomes clear since it is clearly designed as a tool to hang onto money, you know, such things as avoiding being taxed to get street urchins out of a life of prostitution and food stealing. Shooting them costs money as well (you have to pay the off duty police officers who murder children in countries around the world) but even though that solution costs money as well, it still works out to be a bargain, since they won't be stealing and you won't be taxed. Religion can create a distraction, and avoid talking about money, which is what religion is all about, by keeping everyone concerned about how little Juan will be sent to hell by Jesus if he isn't saved, and religion can also offer 'a solution', that won't raise taxes or cost a dime, by holding little Juan up as an example, now that he is saved and is out telling the other street orphans about Jesus. Take any filthy propaganda or any religious doctrine and as a first step find the money, and then the propaganda comes apart at the seams. For example, we are starving out tens of thousands of children a day, each and every day. This is why we need to support genetic engineering of the food supply, you know, to feed the poor. Once those food patents go through, a spirit of generosity will result in the revenues being set aside and like the good fairy, that new patented, engineered food will feed the poor. Of course, today the world is over producing food, and the glut is driving down prices, which means farmers require subsidies or they will go bankrupt, given how prices would be far below the cost of production. This world wide food glut caused the WTO talks to collapse in the latter part of 2003, since the American government could not convince poor countries to allow the United States to dump their surplus commodities onto their markets. According to the research done by FoodFirst.org (see their page Ten myths about starvation) the world is currently producing about 3500 calories per day, enough to make everyone on earth obese. So the problem is obviously not that the food supply is not engineered and patented. Follow the money. According to propaganda the world is over populated and the solution is the castrate the poor. You here that one a lot, over and over again. However, when people are poor and hungry, they have more children. Its called 'Social Security' poor people style. You see, when you get old, you can get one carrot from one child, a yam from another child, and not be an extreme burden on just one or two children. Large families are a survival strategy, and while we might wish to castrate the poor, and then slash the budget, as happens now, you can understand how the thought of starving to death in old age doesn't go over well. Especially after all that budget slashing that has been going on in recent decades, which makes large families even more important, given how wrong it is to have support programs in the modern world. Look around the world. Every support program is being slashed to 'encourage investors.' Follow the money. Look, if we have to feed people with all that left over food that would cost money. Follow the money. No propaganda offensive can survive this simple technique. I discovered this principle by the time I was fifteen, so that strange experience I had when my grandfather died bore some interesting fruit, which helps to explain why religion exists, and why religion muddies the waters.

Now what I had discovered plunged me into despair. Money and greed were the root cause of these horrible problems in the world. The powerful were entrenched, and the roots ran deep, and the weak were destroyed and swept away. Those around me were propagandized and kept in a state of abject ignorance, with their heads muddled by the carefully crafted doctrines of religion or should this not work, by the devious machinations of more secular propaganda (the end result is always the same). Each and every day I had to wake up in the morning and endure the offense of acts of vicious cruelty, and a world wedded to greed and thus wedded to violent solutions. I had no choice. The entire planet was being poisoned by the lethal spiritual toxins that were the end product of this cruelty. This in turn had led to ruthlessness, hard heartedness, as well as being the true root cause of all the violence in the world, violence which therefore cannot be solved with more violence. When you see violence promoted as a solution, such as, for example, the so called 'War on Terrorism' you know that once again a non-solution is being offered as a distraction. While the 'War on Terrorism' will cost money, fortunately it is money that will be spent in the proper way (going into the pockets of stock holders in the Military Industrial Complex). And no matter how much that 'War on Terrorism' might cost, it will still be a lot cheaper than taxes. If you think long term, you will see that although the military consumes about a trillion dollars a year on the planet, many tens of trillions over the course of the last century, money that could have brought peace to the planet, it was still worth it to waste our time using violence as a solution, since, if you do the math, it was still cheaper than taxes to put an end to suffering on earth. Its one of those deals where you have tens of trillions of dollars of wealth, and you spend a trillion to make damn sure you will keep the rest. It is still not as cheap as keeping the trillion as well, but sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Its called being realistic. Almost all of the military money spent each year is not spent to protect Chad from the evil nation of Mali, but rather the money is spent on quelling internal revolts, to protect 'Columbia' from the legions of poor people in Columbia, to kill union organizers, who will cost money if not stopped, and to just basically keep money. Follow the money. Spend a trillion to keep tens of trillions. Its called being realistic.

That evening while I was in Banff Park, I was desolate, and I thought to myself, 'why not try saying a prayer.' Looking back on it now, I can see that this too was one of the products of that experience that took place when I was twelve and my grandfather died. What I am saying here is that 'praying', while it might seem like a worthless thing to do, actually seemed like a realistic possibility to me, and this type of thinking was due to the influence of a prior exceptional experience which had opened my mind to such thoughts. I said three prayers. The first went something like this. 'I am a child of God, just like that Jesus Christ figure. Give me a sign.' The second prayer I can't remember. The third prayer went something like this : 'We both know I am getting this sign someday, so I might as well get it today, but if not, then very well, for I am going to carry on no matter what happens.'

None of these prayers produced any results and I remember having this sinking feeling inside, a feeling of total futility. I walked over to where my parent's had parked their car. I crossed my arms on the hood of the car and then laid my face down on my crossed arms. Then I felt something like ice cold water that seemed to rain down from the inside of my head, and then overflowed down the back of my neck. This was followed by contractions in my neck muscles, a couple of tentative contractions, and then a sudden grabbing, and I found my head lifting involuntarily off my crossed arms. When my head was raised there was in the sky in front of me a bright, white, luminous, circular object sitting motionless in the sky. The object suddenly accelerated, moved into a small cloud a short distance away. I waited for the object to emerge from the other side of the cloud but it did not. And then the cloud dissolved and disappeared and there was nothing there.