Review: Open Your Mind Change – A Guidebook to The Great Awakening

6 Stars – Mind-Altering Book for Good of Humanity I wrote the Foreword, which you can read at the book’s original post (it is also offered free online at the author’s website but I have ordered the hard copy as a collector’s item and recommend you do as well). Martin Geddes, whom I have interviewed …

Worth a Look: Local is Our Future – Steps to an Economics of Happiness

From a renowned pioneer of the anti-globalization movement, a primer on working towards a localized world

From disappearing livelihoods to financial instability, from climate chaos to an epidemic of depression, we face crises on a number of seemingly unrelated fronts.  This well-referenced book traces the common roots of these problems in a globalized economy that is incompatible with life on a finite planet. But Local is Our Future does more than just describe the problem: it describes the policy shifts and grassroots steps – many of them already underway around the world – that can move us towards the local and, thereby, towards a better world.

Review: The Source Field Investigations – The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies, by David Wilcock

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David Wilcock, The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies (Dutton, 2011)

6 Star – Authentic, Compelling, Sensible Documentation and Explanation of Cosmic Consciousness, Energy, & Stellar Civilizations

Reviewed by Robert David Steele

This is the big picture connect the dots master work and it manages to avoid a focus on stellar civilizations per se while documenting the inter-actions of energy, consciousness, time, and space, within which matter (and seeing through matter), free energy, remote viewing, and stellar civilization in various forms, all make sense.

At a minimum — five stars just for this — the book is an extraordinary survey of the literature (including the here-to-fore completely ignored Russian scientific literature where the government has been much more engaged toward constructive ends for the public than in the USA).

At best — and easily carrying the book over into a 6 star rating (top 10% across 3,000 non-fiction books I have reviewed) — this book is the key to our blessed future; a most balanced presentation that is authentic and compelling.  The author is brilliant in combining findings of fact with questions of possibility.

I was fortunate to become a friend of Alvin  Toffler’s after TASC Corporation introduced him to my work, funded his appearance at OSS ’93, and he then chose to write a chapter around me, “The Future of the Spy.” This author — David Wilcock — reminds me of Alvin Toffler in his gifted integration of various specific people and their experiments or experiences, so as to create a superb narrative of cosmic — no pun intended — proportions.

The examples he has researched and brought together are extraordinary and to me represent painstaking and thus meritorious attention to detail.

This is the bridge book between the consciousness and energy communities, and the extraterrestial and unidentified flying object communities (there are also unidentified submersible objects).

The author makes excellent use of “odds” in suggesting the relative credibility of particular findings or supposition. The book’s greatest strength is that it builds toward a cosmic — stellar civilization — triumph of love and good in such a meticulous and thoughtful manner that by the time the skeptical reader reaches the final chapter, they are totally open minded and ready to consider the cosmic possibilities.

The author is sensitive to hoaxes. The saddest aspect of this book is its documentation of how easily — how unethically — Western science has allowed itself to be censored, diverted, and mis-directed.

The author is particularly compelling in discussing how there exists a biological information transfer capability — including teleportation — that is almost instantaneous (beyond light speed) and that includes all living beings — networks of plants, animals, humans, and one imagines — members of other stellar civilizations living among us.

The ending soars. We can return to the Garden of Eden, slow time down, and be happy and prosperous at peace.  The author speculates that America was created for a special purpose and in the aftermath of the 2012 passage anticipated by the Mayans, could not come into its own as a force for good. Elsewhere he writes that insiders have told him that President Donald Trump is committed to full dislosure, the most important aspect of which is free energy (free energy makes possible unlimited desalinated and decontaminated water and changes everything for the five billion poorest).

Where the author and I meet is with respect to the pathological impact of secrecy.  Secrecy has destroyed prosperity and prevented peace.  Secrecy has empowered the 1% over the 99%.  Full disclosure is how We the People return to the Garden of Eden and defeat the Satanic forces that have been looting the Earth and treating all of us as vermin to be exterminated at will.

I make a note at the end to connect with the Princeton Global Consciousness Center.

See the free online article below for additional perspective on why this book and this topic matter now as the 1% strives to start a nuclear war with Iran. It includes links to other key works including David Icke’s monumental work for which I have produced a 40 page summary.

SPECIAL: Robert Steele in Tehran Times on Full Disclosure (Extraterrestials, No Nuclear War, End of the Deep State?) UPDATE: Front Page Print Edition, Info to President Trump

Review: A Politics of Love by Marianne Williamson with Additional Links

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Marianne Williamson, A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution (HarperOne, 2019)

6 Stars – The Only Authentic Democratic Candidate

Reviewed by Robert David Steele

This is a six page summary review of a political-cultural-economic-social transformation that is both needed and possible, by the one person seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidency who appears authentic, inclusive, and truthful. Links to free online supporting documentation for the author’s radically humanistic and deeply spiritual proposals are included in the formal review. An additional five pages of links and one paragraph extracts are appended to give the reader easy access to a range of mass media depictions of the author that range from angelic to whacko.

I was so deeply impressed by Marianne Williamson’s authentic, inclusive, and truthful nature – all five minutes that she was allowed – during the second Democratic Clown Show, that I looked her up on my blog to find that she is the real deal – here is an edited work of hers that I appreciated in 2001, a year after which it was published.

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My 5 star title then was “Vastly More Practical (and Political) Than Title Suggests.” I also noted then – 16 years ago – that the author was associated then with the Global Renaissance Alliance, a spiritually-oriented group that nurtured Citizens Circles.

Marianne Williamson’s presence in the 2020 presidential primaries is not an accident.  She has been growing into this role as a spiritual complement to President Donald Trump (she has a great deal in common with First Lady Melania Trump, to whom I have mailed a gift copy of this book, and another copy to Kellyanne Conway). America needs to see more of the First Lady, and I would very much like to see the First Lady reach out to Marianne Williamson who shares her passion for helping kids in school “be best” and help – in her own way – make love for our citizens first and then humanity generally – the centerpiece of our President’s forthcoming 4th of July speech and a moderating influence on his second presidential campaign.  While the President makes it clear that he cares deeply about the average American, embracing Marianne Williamson’s core points will make him a better president. Just as I have been urging the President to enlist Dr. Cynthia McKinney, I would urge him to enlist – and LISTEN TO – Marianne Williamson. The Democrats and media are trashing her because they fear her. I do not fear her, I VALUE her, and am quite certain the First Lady and Kellyanne Conway will see my point.

Marianne Williamson is the ONLY Democratic candidate that is truly authentic, inclusive, and truthful, and the only one who clearly articulates – as she does in this book far more than she was allowed to articulate during the debate – why we need to flip our government right side up and restore both the bottom-up aspect – the government must serve the citizens, not its Deep State bribers and blackmailers – and the love aspect. She AGREES with Candidate Trump (and Ron Paul) on so many fronts.

Perhaps even more importantly, she is so different from the other candidates in her spiritual embrace of reasoned civil conversation, that she and George Will may be the new pairing, as Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich once were.  The below review should be read as a complement to this review.

Review: The Conservative Sensibility by George F. Will – Handbook for an American Renaissance

The book opens with deep authenticity, rooted in having a correct compassionate consciousness during the Los Angeles AIDS epidemic that ravaged gays and straights alike. She goes on to respect President Donald Trump as the answer to the prayers of millions of citizens who are in deep pain, in trauma, unheard and oppressed by the combination of an over-bearing state that imposes, among other things, vaccines that kill and maim and do not protect, and predatory unethical unconscious capitalism that has captured the  government (George Will is more erudite but they are both in agreement: the federal government has been captured by what he calls rent-seekers and I call carpet-baggers).

I am giving a speech at the Dimensions of Disclosure conference in Ventura, California in August 2019, and my working title is “What Would a Full Disclosure Government Look Like.” This book by Marianne Williamson answers – imperfectly but importantly – the question “What would a government rooted in love for its citizens and for humanity look like?”

This is not a typical presidential campaign book, but it does cover the bases and there are so many specifics woven in here that I strongly suspect this book was ghost-written to an extent by Thom Hartmann (who wrote one of the Prefaces to my own book free online, ELECTION 2008: Lipstick on the Pig). I have read many of the “mandate for change” books put out by prior presidential campaigns – they were the basis for my focusing on twelve issues in my own very brief 2012 presidential campaign (agriculture, diplomacy, economy, education, energy, family, health, immigration, justice, security, society, water).

The first three chapters set the stage for agreeing that America is in crisis;  that we all have the power to get right with God, country, community, and family now and forevermore; and that how we debate, how we engage, matters greatly. I agree with the author’s subtle dismay about both  the extreme left and the extreme right, and I am surprised to find across this entire book more holistic analytics and true cost economics than any prior or existing “presidential” book, without exception.

QUOTE (8): Any person, economic system, or political establishment that fails to concern itself with the pain of others is out of alignment with spiritual truth.   . . .   Once we give ourselves social permission to think that money, not love, is the organizing principle of a well-adjusted society, chaos is inevitable.

QUOTE (11): Our government has become a system of legalized bribery, less concerned with deep issues of humanity’s purpose and more with shallow questions of money and power.

Although this book has no index and no endnotes I am deeply impressed by the breadth and depth of the insights across the book. For any sentence in this book, I can point to at least one non-fiction book that will add a sledge hammer of emphasis.

QUOTE (37): Someone knew exactly what they were doing when American civics and history lessons started disappearing from many public school curricula.

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QUOTE (48): Economic values have taken precedence over ethical values, and now we’re having to face the consequences of this moral corrosion.

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QUOTE (55): The moral mission of the United States is to create a society in which, to the best of our ability, all material shackles are removed that keep any person from becoming who he or she was created to be. . . .  The power of our first principles, our democratic values, is that they speak to something higher than politics. They speak to the human condition.

She might as well be channeling Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, AND George Will. This is common ground for common good.

This author – and the people who helped her research and write the book – easily pass my smell test for gravitas, civic sensibility, and truthfulness. They are wrong on some points, but on balance Marianne Williamson is first after Donald Trump in my heart and mind.  She is a precious national asset who cannot and must not be ignored.

QUOTE (77-78): The threat is authoritarian corporatism, which does not respect serious conservatism, serious progressivism, universal humanitarian values, or even democracy itself.

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The next four chapters each take one major issue and in a most compelling fashion, outline what our politics and our economy and society would like if we demanded an honest evidence-based government that focused on We the People, rather than doing the bidding of foreign powers and predatory capitalists who treat all of us as disposable deplorables.

Economy: Focus on natural capital and particularly children and the general education and health of the public. Education must include arts, music, play, as the engines of creativity.  And of course civics.

QUOTE (110): The idea that a corporation should bear no responsibility to anything other than the financial bottom line of its stockholders destroys the social fabric of our society as well as the natural environment on which all business, and indeed all life, depend.

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Youth: This is a core chapter with insights very few “leaders” acknowledge. Generation Z is going to destroy the two-party tyranny (two wings, one bird, same crap) because Generation Z “gets” that the US government has betrayed them, their college educations are worthless, and there are not enough good jobs with meaning anymore.

QUOTE (133): So many of America’s children are endangered either physically or emotionally, it should be seen as a humanitarian emergency.

The author is very much in “family first” mode, such that I cannot help but see the transpartisan resonance of this theme as covered by a major conservative outlet:

American Greatness: America Needs a Family-First Movement

I agree – and the author is probably not aware that Deputy Secretary of Labor Del Spurlock, under President Ronald Reagan, foresaw this emergency and created the Joint Labor-Defense solution, “Building a Post Cold War Workforce for the 21st Century: Our Manpower Peace Deficit”. See also ON THE RECORD: Our Jobs Proposal, Centered on Veterans.  We have two emergencies in the USA, the first centers on the need for holistic fulsome education of children who also have solid family networks, and the second centers on veterans who do not want to be thanked for their service to predatory empire, they want meaningful jobs and an honest government.

QUOTE (143): The US Government should not be run like a business; it should be run like a family.

The author points out that over 74 million people in the United States are under the age of eighteen. This is our President’s non-voting constituency, this is the constituency that will determine whether he lives up to his ambition to be the greatest president ever and make America great again.

Race: The author loses me of reparations for descendants of slaves five generations ago – this is classic liberal nonsense – but she has a point when she emphasizes that we owe some form of justice not only to blacks but to Native Americans.

QUOTE (157): A politics of love is a whole-person pursuit that traces the psychological as well as political history of a relationship between peoples.

QUOTE (167): A politics of love is one in which we address the psychological and emotional wounds underlying our political realities and seek to heal them in meaningful ways.

Quite right. The USA is guilty of predatory capitalism, unilateral militarism, and virtual colonialism around the world, not just within its own borders (which are in turn based on wars rooted in lies), but reparations are not the answer, truth and integrity in all things are the answer. On that topic, the author falls for false narratives common to the liberal persuasion, but I am quite sure she would respond well to evidence-based dialog. We have no alternative but to have a national conversation about all threats, all policies, all costs, and that must include the cost of FORCING children to doubt their gender. Whites are now a threatened minority, and that is a good thing, because whites are now feeling the fear and pain that blacks have felt for so long.  As I have written in Democracy Riots, “we are all black now, deal with it.”

The author is half-right on immigrants. I am a white Latino (Latinos come in all colors including red and yellow) on my mother’s side, born in the USA to a white US-born Angle-Saxon father and grand-father and like all legal Latinos, I cannot abide open borders and the use of taxpayer funds to give illegal immigrants more support than we give to our veterans. Immigration has been a political football, and open borders exist in part because the Johnson, Bush-Cheney, Clinton-Gore and Obama-Biden crime families have demanded open borders so they could run drugs, guns, cash, gold, and small children back and forth with impunity. The President has been slow to show us meaningful arrests, but when he does, the Executive Order on human trafficking should put many US border state politicians, judges, prosecutors, and sheriffs in jail (as well as the CIA, FBI, and DEA officers managing cross-border smuggling to beef up their agencies off-shore illicit bank accounts). The border crisis is not a “made-up” crisis, if anything it is a concealed crisis and I for one will not abide the destruction of America in the same manner that Germany and France have been destroyed by largely unemployed adult male Muslims who rape with impunity because it is “politically incorrect” to hold them accountable. In our case we are dealing with criminal gangs we helped create across the Southern Hemisphere. Europe’s politicians sold out to the Arabs for large bribes at the Barcelona Agreements, and all of our Presidents and Members of Congress since Ronald Reagan have sold us out on this matter. The buck stops with our President and the author needs to get a grip on the facts.

It merits comment that the census question about citizenship is VITAL because today Congressional Districts are apportioned on the basis of ALL voting-age individuals including illegal aliens and visiting foreigners. Counted properly, California would lose four House seats.  This matters.

War and Peace: This is the author’s most powerful policy chapter, and far more sophisticated and nuanced than Tulsi Gabbard, who still thinks 9/11 was done by rag-heads armed with box cutters. On 9/11 and the President’s promise of disclosure see Memorandums for the President: 9/11 Truth. The author nails it when she calls our military a self-perpetuating war machine that yields profit for the banks and pain for everyone else including the US taxpayer. She singles out Saudi Arabia, perhaps fearful of singling out Israel, but the two together stand as examples of powers able to bribe and blackmail every Member of Congress particularly including Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. We have a dishonest Congress – a rigged system – a pay to play system – and this is nowhere more evident than in the fact that 60% of our disposable income goes to the Department of Defense, at the same time that 50% of the Department of Defense budget has been documented as waste, and it is known we cannot win wars.

QUOTE (200): For the $550 million we are spending on just one B-21 raider, we could ameliorate the human suffering of billions of people around the world. That would be the moral thing to do.

That would also be the practical thing to do. I predicted the illegal immigration breakout in my 2002 book THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political, and pointed out that as long as we subsidize 40 of the 42 dictators on the planet (the only two we don’t love are Cuba and North Korea), they will continue to abuse their publics and create waves of dispossessed, impoverished, diseased refugees.

The author embraces Dennis Kucinich’s idea of a Department of Peace, I would modify that somewhat by first closing all of our military bases overseas and bringing all of our troops and their wallets home, and then creating an Inter-Agency Development Command rooted in an Open Source Agency that stops the practice of lying to public about everything. It was quite telling to me that when I briefed the latter idea to the top national security aide for Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) who many years ago wrote the Foreword to my second book, she lost interest the minute I said that the mission of the OSA would be “to tell the truth about everything.” She got up and left. No one in Washington wants the truth because the truth is a budget cutter and a power reducer. No one in Washington cares about balancing ends, ways, and means, something Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) understood so very well.

This is also the chapter where the author’s commitment to holistic thinking is most visible, and I completely embrace her view that love instead of fear is a more sophisticated world view (and also much less expensive and much more sustainable in policy form).

QUOTE (207): According to research by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, “The world spends just $1 on conflict prevention for every $1,885 it spends on military budgets.

I nailed this one in my ghost-written article for the Commandant of the Marine Corps in 1989, but all of my ideas were seen for what they were: a threat to the unlimited budget for war and covert operations including regime change.  I explicitly called for re-inventing intelligence so as to better justify “peaceful preventive measures.”

Gray, Al (Ghost-Written by Robert Steele), “Global Intelligence Challenges in the 1990’s,” American Intelligence Journal, Winter 1989-1990, pp. 37-41.

The author’s final two chapters are articulate and compelling – a politics of love that puts people first.

QUOTE (228): The day has come for an American reckoning.

Indeed. The Democrats are too corrupt to let this brilliant spiritually-grounded candidate for the Presidency advance – they will demolish her as The Daily Beast, a Cabal rag has, labeling her a wacko. She is not a wacko.  She is the first Democrat since Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, and John F. Kennedy to impress me – with perhaps a nod toward John Edwards. Marianne Williamson is the real deal, and if the Democrats are too craven to advance her toward the convention, then I pray that the First Lady and Kellyanne Conway will point out to the President that there is an oracle in play – a woman of great intelligence, great integrity, and great imagination – who should be heard, respected, and embraced. Marianne Williamson just defined the gold standard for politics – a politics that places people first and is rooted in love not fear, and there is not a single other Democratic candidate for president that is at this level of authenticity, inclusiveness, and truthfulness.

People, not parties. Love, not fear. Transparency not secrecy, peace not war. Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

SPECIAL: Marianne Williamson

Bloomberg: Marianne Williamson Is Just What the Democratic Party Needs

Finally, there is Marianne Williamson. When she first began to speak, I googled her, as I suspect did many other Americans. Her eccentric manner can be distracting, but I recommend instead focusing on her values. Her performance suggests that Democrats need to take a broader, deeper set of values into account: sometimes love and New Agey spiritual values, other times historical values. Her answer about making America the finest country for a child to grow up in was perhaps the best single moment of either debate, and that too stemmed from her understanding of values.

NJ.Com: Marianne Williamson emerges as the love-fueled, groovy folk hero of the Democratic debate

Marianne Williamson was a dance. Marianne Williamson was a song. Marianne Williamson was a fragrant breeze carrying whispers from another plane of existence. Marianne Williamson was a state of mind.

Slate: The Bizarre Charm of Marianne Williamson

In the closing moments of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Marianne Williamson looked straight ahead and told the audience that her plan for her candidacy is to harness the country’s love. “Mr. President, if you’re listening,” she said, addressing Donald Trump directly, “you have harnessed fear for political purposes, and only love can cast that out. I am going to harness love for political purposes,” she continued, raising her eyebrows. “And sir, love will win.”

CBSNews: Marianne Williamson on bringing spirituality back into politics

“I think the issue is that politics has swerved,” Williamson said, opining that American politics has turned “toxic.” “The problem is with an over-corporatized, over-secularized political conversation so disconnected from values, so disconnected from issues of moral and ethical responsibility, as to have broken itself off of the major river of American thought and American life. That’s why so many people can’t relate to it.” She said that the U.S. is suffering from a “sociopathic economic system” that doesn’t value the American worker.

TIME: Marianne Williamson’s Vibe at Thursday’s Debate Was All Love. People Couldn’t Get Enough

Many viewers of Thursday’s broadcast found Williamson’s energy an “interesting” departure from the rest of the crowd.

UPI: Marianne Williamson running for president as a ‘political visionary’

Williamson first announced her bid for the White House in January, saying that America is in a broken state and in need of “political visionary” more than a “political mechanic.”

“I do not see American politics today as a conduit for a deep and meaningful transformative experience, either for our citizens or for our country,” she states on her campaign website. “Our government is now little more than a system of legalized bribery, and our traditional political establishment at its best is a container for an obsolete conversation about democracy and values and people.”

The Atlantic: What Do You Do When No One Takes You Seriously?

Williamson told me she saw Trump’s election as a blaring siren that the political establishment had ignored a revolution building underneath its feet. “The American people are not stupid. They know the game is rigged. They know we’re screwed,” she said. “The crying out for change was itself legitimate. Obviously they got the wrong kind of change agent. They got a con artist.”

The Hill: 2020 Democrat Marianne Williamson: ‘Love of our fellow human beings … should guide America’s foreign policy’

2020 Democratic presidential candidate and writer Marianne Williamson on Tuesday put forth a foreign policy agenda that emphasizes “peace-building” and a return to global agreements spurned by the Trump administration. The author and spiritual adviser also promoted the use of “soft power” rather than “military might” to deal with international conflicts.

Yahoo Video: 20 Questions for 2020 Marianne Williamson

Oprah’s spiritual guru and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson talks about getting money out of politics, fighting the climate crisis, and why she wishes she never called herself ‘a bitch for God’ in today’s ’20 Questions for 2020.’ This video, “20 Questions for 2020: Marianne Williamson “, first appeared on

VICE: Marianne Williamson Wants to Make Democrats the Party of Faith

For progressive, religious people like me, the 2020 candidate has a powerful message. It took a long time, but Democrats are poised to retake ground we ceded to a supposed faith and family–based party that nominated Trump, made him president, and cheered him on every step of the way.

BuzzFeed: Into America’s Spiritual Void With Marianne Williamson

Presidential campaigns can poll at zero and still have something interesting to say about America. In Iowa on the trail with Marianne Williamson, who helped shape today’s conversation about spirituality. Who is Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson?

Marianne Williamson says she is running for president to bring a “moral and spiritual awakening” to America — and that includes a $100 billion investment in reparations for slavery. “We need to get real in this country,” the bestselling author and lecturer told a CNN town hall in April. “… Racism is a character defect. Let’s end this. Let’s fix it.” Williamson, 66, is a Texas native who has never held public office and is best known for being a spiritual counselor to Oprah Winfrey.

Intelligencer: 68 Minutes With Marianne Williamson

This is a campaign event for Marianne Williamson, the self-help author and now semi-serious Democratic candidate for president. She’s very much in the “long shot” category, but she has gathered enough support to qualify for the first debate — which is more than the sitting governor of Montana and a congressman from Massachusetts can say. She’s a friend of, and former spiritual adviser to, Oprah Winfrey; the person who officiated Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding to Larry Fortensky; and a onetime congressional candidate from L.A.’s 33rd District whose supporters included Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Chaka Khan, and whose campaign anthem was written by Alanis Morissette (“We’re going down?/?Unless we move to new ground?…?Unless we revive this Constitution?/?From sure disintegration?/?Live out this revelation?/?Today”). In that race, she also received an endorsement from Dennis Kucinich, who remains an admirer. “Marianne is brilliant, insightful, and spiritually aware,” he says. “She is a true leader and does not require an office for affirmation, which is why she speaks with such compelling candor at a time this country desperately needs truth-tellers.”

“If you don’t get real, and you don’t get brutally honest, and you don’t get down to what’s really happening in a situation, and you don’t look deeply at the dynamics and the gaps between people, and the gaps between us and our truths, between us and somebody else’s truth, between us and our own integrity, then things don’t heal, things don’t really move, things don’t really break through to a better place.”

“I’ve had a 35-year career addressing people’s trauma and how to turn that trauma into transformation,” she continues. “All that a country is a collection of people, so the same psychological and emotional and spiritual forces that prevail within the journey of an individual prevail within the journey of a nation. The political Establishment is so blind to the deeper psychological and emotional factors at work. Our feelings do more to drive our behavior than does our intellectual analysis. Where people are not loved and not supported, despair arises, and large groups of desperate people are one of the most dangerous sociological elements possible. Desperate people are more vulnerable to ideological capture by genuinely psychotic forces.

That’s true whether it’s a corner of an American city, where people are vulnerable to gangs, or the whole United States, where people are more vulnerable to an authoritarian demagogue.”

Jezebel: Marianne Williamson Went Full Goop at the Democratic Debate

Spiritual leader and best-selling author Marianne Williamson, who has skirted thisssssss close to being anti-vaccine in previous appearances, had quite a mouthful to say about our healthcare system—or what she called our “sickness-care” system—in the opening minutes of the second Democratic presidential debate.

New York Times: 18 Questions with Marianne Williamson

Ms. Williamson has built her campaign on the idea that love can be a political force. Her political heroes include Bobby Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. She said she would not make any moves in Afghanistan until she first spoke to Afghan women. 10 Wild Facts About Marianne Williamson, Self-Help Guru And Dem 2020 Candidate

Though she identifies as Jewish, Williamson served five years as Minister at Detroit’s 2,500 member Christian Church of Today, a non-denominational member of the Association of Unity Churches. Steven Tyler was a recurring musical guest, Los Angeles Magazine reports. In her early days in politics, LA Magazine reports, Williamson was known to refer to herself as “Obama 2.0.”

Vox: Marianne Williamson is Oprah’s spiritual adviser. She’s also running for president.

The self-proclaimed “bitch for God” wants us to look more closely at who we are.

”Our national challenges are deep, but our political conversation is shallow,” she said. “My campaign is for people who want to dig deeper into the questions we face as a nation and deeper into finding the answers.’’

“She uses the language and attraction of sensuality to hold an audience,” one Psychology Today journalist wrote in a profile of Williamson in 1992. “Her charisma is sexual and humorous. Watching her perform is more like wrestling naked with Venus than kneeling with the saints.”

In a foreign policy speech at the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Williamson explained, “The same holistic paradigm that has transformed our view of physical health can be applied to our societal health. Active peace-building measures reinforce the social health of our planet the way good nutrition and exercise reinforce the physical health of our bodies.”

The Daily Beast: Marianne Williamson, Longtime Wacko, Is Now a Dangerous Wacko

For decades, Williamson said that medicines don’t cure disease but positive thinking does. Now she’s taking her quackery to a new and dangerous level: the anti-vaxxer conspiracy.

Phi Beta Iota: The Daily Beast routinely lies and defames people. They appear to be a paid outlet for the Cabal and attack people who threaten the Cabal. These are the same people who said that elite pedophilia networks do not exist. Vox is also more often than not a drive-by assassin for the Cabal, but in this instance has painted a useful negative picture that will help Williamson evolve the campaign.

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Review: Analogue Network Security by Winn Schwartau

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Winn Schwartau

6 Stars – Foundation for IT & Web 3.0 Security

This is a Nobel-level piece of work that provides everything that Vint Cerf and Tim Berner-Lee failed to plan for. It exposes the IT industry for the insecure naked posturing ponzi scheme that it is. Winn recommends, and I agree, Norbert Weiner’s Cybernetics as his own inspiration.  I would rate Winn’s contribution at this time as the equal of Weiner’s radical break-out book but would add Peter Corning’s 2009 book on Holistic Darwinism, and others that can be found at the link for Cybernetics @ Phi Beta Iota. Winn’s focus is on improving the security of online information, not on improving the collection, processing, and sharing of substantive intelligence (decision-support) across all subject matter domains.

I have known Winn Schwartau since we co-founded InfoWarCon under his leadership — I  dropped out early to focus on my own event focused on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) — and have always been delighted that Winn was one of the three co-authors with me of the first warning letter to the White House in 1994 on cyber-vulnerabilities (afterhis  being the first to brief Congress on the inevitable “electronic Pearl Harbor”).

Steele, Robert with James Anderson, William Caelli, and Winn Schwartau, “Correspondence, Sounding the Alarm on Cyber Security,” McLean, VA: Open Source Solutions, Inc., August 23, 1994.

Winn — who gives credit in this book to Bob Ayers on one end (1995) and Mark Carney (the math, 2018) on the other end– is the Top Gun on this topic, and has the patents in hand to execute. What is NEW is that his ideas are fully documented with mathematical proofs of viability and value,  and the book is a work of art with images and graphics and overall composition worthy of being placed in the Smithsonian just as Winn himself should one day be featured at Madame Tussauds (the wax museum not the whorehouse).

I recommend this book for corporate leaders who need to know just how vulnerable they are not being told they are; for IT managers that might wish to get it right; for insurance companies that might wish to radically improve their odds of avoiding catastrophic losses because their definition of “due diligence” is retarded; and for faculty, students, and wonks, who would like to avoid a total meltdown of the 21st Century’s infosphere. The hackers and crackers already get all this — they get in and out in seconds, hours, days, while IT “security” focuses on ineffective protection and leaves detection and reaction to days, weeks, and months. Time is not only a strategic variable (it cannot be bought nor replaced) it is a tactical variable — if  the attacker works in seconds and you work in any longer span, you are lost and will remain lost.

The book can be read in an afternoon but will reward subsequent readings. This review is an executive summary, but no substitute for most extraordinary composition I have read in this field since I was a co-founder of CIA’s Artificial Intelligence Staff in 1986, and then the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) and the modern discipline of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) in 1988. Paul Strassman in Information PayOff spoke to the failure of digital delivery in relation to books when considering hand-eye coordination and the physical manifestation of the knowledge.

This is three books in one — the core common sense ideas that are indiputably an indictment of the IT industry today as well as all corporate CEOs tolerating a retarded ineffective security paradigm; an extraordinary museum-quality integration of graphics and photographs and design that is out of this world; and mathematical formulas and charts that leave me cold but will impress the geeks.  All that matters for me is that I trust Winn to be right, 100%.

I learn in passing that he grew up with Richard Stallman, one of my other heroes and the founder of the Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS), movement, Richard and I have come up together, I founded OSINT at the same time that he was pioneering GNU and founding the Free Software Foundation.

Let me start by honoring Robert Garigue, whom Winn and I both admired deeply and whose work continues to be fundamental despite his early demise. Robert and I created the below graphic in 1997 and could never get our respective governments to understand  that they were doing it all wrong and needed to kill centralized security, what Winn calls “root” and completely redesign how we embed security in the actual data.

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Note especially Access based on Role, Tribe, TIME, & Place. Security is contextual.  Winn gets this, I get this, most people do NOT get this because they are lazy and are not held accountable for real-time and near-real-time digital security including monitoring of the human gatekeepers that are too easily social engineered.  Side note: when Winn and I spoke at Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) in 1994, a hacker on an open speaker phone social engineered the phone company’s technical support element into giving them root access, in front of a plenary standing room only crowd with the phone company vice president in the front row. The hacker introduced himself to the phone company data tech as Dave from the Department of Social Engineering.  Nothing has changed in all these years.

Core Point: Everyone is building Maginot Line fixed defenses and not focusing on the need to do real-time and near-real-time detection and reaction. The industry standard is still in the daily to weekly audit trail review. The harm that can be done in a fraction of the time before stakeholders notice the break and entry is colossal.

Core Point: Two-Man Rule over root changes (before we can get rid of root) radically increases security.  However, trust is contextual, changes at the individual level depending on task and timing, and the more people have any kind of root admin authority, the more likely the  system is to collapse.

Core Point: security companies are not guaranteeing their products; are not providing time-based efficacy certifications; and even at the accepted failure rate, are allowing thousands of forbidden accesses and dangerous phishing links into every major system every single day.

Core Point: security evolves much more slowly than the hardware and software it is supposed to be protecting.

QUOTE (12): For all practical purposes our approach to computer and network security has been static and limiting.

To which I would add, and not in the least bit accountable.

Winn identifies nine qualities of effective network security on pages 18-19: simplicity, utlity, scalable, measurable, quantifiable, provable, supports management, brings risk to the  table, adds value.

Core Point: each aspect of security done in depth and breadth BUYS TIME to DETECT and REACT.

QUOTE (38): if the measured time afforded to me by a protection device is greater than the amount of time it takes to direct and respond to (repair, halt) an attack, then I have a secure environment.

Core Point that I remember discussing in the 1990’s: it is insanely expensive and ineffective to apply security measures for the highest level of protection (e.g. TS/SCI) to ALL of the information (e.g unclassified).  At some point there needs to be a triage that sharply limits in an isolated separate network, that which is most sensitive.

To this I would add that almost everything that is TS/SCI is overly classified and largely worthless.  I still remember shredding all TS/SCI every morning as the S-1 Adjutant of Battalion Landing Team 3/4 (1976-1977) because there was nothing there of value to our battalion in that time and place. When I co-created the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) in 1988, same thing. The entire $100B US secret intelligence community could not provide what the Marine Corps needed in the way of strategic, operational, tactical, and technical intelligence (decision-support)  because a) they don’t cover the Third World shit holes where the Marines usually go and b) they could care less about defilade, 1:50K combat charts, and other essentials at the tactical level. As General Bob Scales has documented so ably in Firepower in Limited War, national and theater intelligence stink at supporting tactical fire and movement (and we will all remember Marty Hurwitz gutting tactical intelligence including collection assets to support his vision of centralized bureaucraticized theater intelligence).

Core Point: Automated responses only  work if you have pre-configured signatures.  The detection of new anomalies is a challenge.

Core Point:  Humans are not binary, computers should not be.  Trust and access and security are relative — contextual.

Core Point: Feedback matters.  Feedback can also perpetuate self-actualizing cognitive bias (e.g. fake news going viral).

QUOTE (125) : Feedback should be built-in as an architectural requirement in any dynamic system, such as data and control networks.  But it’s not.

Core Point: until you understand how much impact a single order of magnitude change in  time has, you cannot be effective in designing network security.

Core Point: Memristors will change everything.  Pages 136-137 are radical.

I have a note to myself, as the creator of the #UNRIG electoral reform project, that all of Winn’s thinking will be helpful to the creation of Instant Run-Off and National Polling applications that are desperately needed (they could also reinforce Thin Thread as created by  Bill Binney and associates).

QUOTE (142): The time-based approval and revocation model might bring measurable degrees of stability and equilibrium to code, networks, and security, as never before.

Core point: Trust can be measured, variations in trust matter, and trust can be managed. TIME & place and CONTEXT are essential trust variables.

If there is a flaw in this book it is the tacit assumption throughout that businesses are successful because they are optimizing information. In fact they are not. They are simply not being held accountable for integrating holistic analytics and true cost economics, which means they can pass on to the consumer — and future generations — the costs of all of their mistakes including climate change and water contamination.

Core Point: TCP/IP cannot be secured — it moves both control and data over the same line and is fragile to a fault. The author proposes a satellite based out of band control overlay, and accepts TCP/IP for all its flaws, as a given going forward.

QUOTE (185): Implementing ANS Out-of-bank (OOB) signaling and contrl paths that are isolated from each other does not require any modification to TCP/IP, or face the impossible task of replacing it.

Core Point: Ass detection processes should be continuously tested over time, not weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually as now appears to be the case with most networks.

QUOTE (217): At the core of Analogue Network Security is measurement. As history has shown us, cybersecurity without metrics is a fool’s errand.

Core Point: Six Sigma sucks.  Not even close.

QUOTE (221): We are looking for efficacy that exceed Six Sigma Measure, Analyze, Design, Verify, OODA approach used so successfully by ICS-SCADA vendors such as GE, sometimes by a factor of 106, or more.

Core Point: Most networks have such a kludge of security applications at multiple levels that they have no idea how much capacity is being consumed. When new implementations fail, it is often because security has consumed more of the capacity than anyone realized, and the bandwidth simply is not there.

Core Point: Most organizations are not organized to respond in a  timely fashion to a detection.  This is particularly true after hours.

Core Point: All links, all attachments, without exception, need to be scrubbed for phishing hazards. An organization is inevitably going to ingest thousands of phishing links, and is as vulnerable as its stupidest or least attentive employee.

The author is too kind to  Facebook in his discussion of Fake News, and of course makes no mention of Facebook as a primary sponsor of censorship intended to deplatform those telling the truth or challenging official narratives. I continue to believe we need a national Computational Authority that can examine and certify all algorithms and block the manipulation of polls and searches that are so common under the pay to play system (Google search shows you want someone else has paid for you to see, not what is the best or most relevant result) and the Zionist censorship system managed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for the Deep State.

QUOTE (243): Citing Dr. Gene Spafford: “TCP/IP was designed to be resilient under failure, not under attack.”

Core Point: We are forgetting that cyber is not an autonomous cloud — it depends very heavily on very specific undersea cables and routing centers — it depends heavily on physical wire.

Core Point: So many consumer devices — and their local ISPs — are being coopted for malware that a Big Fix is needed — something that integrates real-time testing and metrics as well as the real-time out of band information exchange that allows all ISPs to police one another and help one another contain the threat.

The conclusion of the book comes in several truly lovely bits and pieces that include a note from Dennis Groves of Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP);  a deep very special never before look at the mathematics of time-based security by Mark Carney; a security management porn primer (really); a nudge toward the policy-makers that are clueless; a short section on Speed of Signal; a detailed slam on Six Sigma; and a lovely reflection on the three domains of integrated security: physical, cyber, and human.  Short pieces on Artificial Intelligence, Hiring the Unhireable, and an ANS Design Tools Cheat Sheet complete the book. The latter is provided by the author for sharing PDF (8 Pages): Analogue Network Security Cheat Sheet.

This book is a collector’s item as well as an art & science object,  Paul’s Business Value of Computers is in some ways an extraordinary complement to this book when one keeps in mind that we are still all very retarded: we process 1% of what we collect, we collect 1% of what is published which is 1% of what is written which is 1% of what is known.  All this money we are spending on IT is mis-managed and not making much sense of 1% of 1% of 1% of 1% of 1%.  Duh.

Now imagine if we actually wanted to share multi-lingual, multi-media information across all boundaries, and particularly among China, Russia, and the USA? Imagine if we actually wanted to create a World Brain that respected individual, organizational, and national boundaries (i.e. China can censor what it wants but we do not let the Zionists censor anything)?  This is what that would look like, with all information in all languages being available ( within agreed upon anonymity, identity, privacy, and security parameters):

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Core Point: the scale of comprehensive data digitization and sharing is EQUAL to the scale of time-based security as proposed by Winn.  Web 3.0 must be a double order of magnitude improvement over the TCP/IP Balkanization we have now.

Steele, Robert. “Augmented Intelligence with Human-Machine Integrity: Future-Oriented Hybrid Governance Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE),” in Daniel Araya. Augmented Intelligence: Smart Systems and the Future of Work and Learning. Bern, CH: Peter Lang Publishing., 2018.

Steele, Robert. “Foreword,” in Stephen E. Arnold, CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access, Harrods Creek, KY: Arnold Information Technology, 2015.

I have known Winn since about 1992 when I first tried to force feed the US Government the concept of OSINT (“dont’ send a spy where a schoolboy can go”), only to be shut down by the CIA and marginalized for 30 years because my ideas — like Winn’s ideas — are threatening to the established mandarins who have gotten away with being ignorant and incompetent for decades. It is a comfort to me that time-based security has been refused for all these years just as OSINT has been refused, just as Bill Binney’s Thin Thread architecture for meta data pattern analysis has been refused by NSA, and it is most exciting to me that at this point in time multiple minds are converging to create Web 3.0: Binney, Schwartau, Steele, Stallman, and one of the most able crypto pioneers whose name I cannot share at this time. Below is the short version of what I want to build, ideally in support of President Donald Trump using the Open Source Agency (OSA) as home base.

  • protected valuations (coin, savings, deeds, trust, etc)
  • protected tools (cannot be programmed to lie)
  • protected data (cannot be erased or manipulated)
  • protected communities (competition of ideas, no one can be censored)

Additional references relevant to the post-Western economy and Internet that must certainly integrate time-based security (while eliminating Amazon, Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube, among others) can be viewed on the landing page for and across my many publications. WInn has delivered a manifesto that should hit every government and every corporation and every insurance company, like a solar storm. Pay attention or be fried.

See Especially:

Review: WORM – The First Digital World War

See Also:

Review: Terminal Compromise

Review: INFORMATION WARFARE–Chaos on the Electronic Superhighway

Review: Pearl Harbor Dot Com