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Monthly Archives: July 2011

20110728 – The most insane news rant to date!

Segment #1:  Alternative Energy News 

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Sterling Allan’s show notes are available at

Segment #2:  Extended News Rant – Hot Topics of Week

Guerilla gardeners sow seed bombs worldwide

Where blighted or abandoned land sits idle in vacant lots or on street meridians, under park benches or in the bare areas under trees, look for a latter day Johnny Appleseed to take aim. Under the radar of city planners and police, they may call their covert activities pavement pimping or guerilla or stealth gardening. Although their activities are peaceful, they may utilize to some extent the language of warfare. It is a war conducted against wastelands.

Social Security Reform Bill Encourages Americans To Live Faster, Die Younger

Brand new satire from The Onion released yesterday. This would be pretty funny if not for the ring of truth in it.

Argentina cautiously watches US debt crisis

Summary: The ongoing debt crisis in the US is a painful reminder of Argentina’s past when in 2001 the Latin American country defaulted on its debts.

For years, it was the US and developed nations who closely watched as Latin American economies struggled with their debt crises, and in many cases lectured them on what they should do about it.

But now it is the other way around, as this region is enjoying years of economic prosperity.

Economists in Argentina say a potential US default could spark a domino effect in the Americas and they think governments in Latin American countries should be ready.

Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.

Tell Congress: Say NO to deals that would cut Social Security and Medicare benefits

As soon as today, Congress could vote on budget deals that could lead to cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits and hurt millions of seniors.

It’s critical that your senators know you’re counting on them to stand up for seniors and say no to these deals, so make your voice heard today.

Calling is easy – here’s what to do:

Dial 1-800-826-9625, and follow the prompts to enter your zip code. Then press “1” to connect to your senator.

A staff person will answer the phone. Just tell that person where you’re calling from, and feel free to use the script to the right to help guide your call.

Since all your members of Congress have a stake in this debate, please call 1-800-826-9625 again to get connected to your second senator’s office. Once again enter your zip code, then press “2” to be connected with your second senator.

Once you’ve ended your call, use the form below to tell us how it went!

Going Beyond Left And Right To The Anti-Banker Party Platform

We will abolish the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and Threat Fusion Centers. We will go through the list of 850,000 DHS and other agencies employees plus their contractors who spy on Americans and fire almost all of them. We will make it illegal to grope anyone who is not under arrest and has not given probable cause of an imminent threat to public safety. The naked body scanners will be permanently banned as a threat to public health. We will abolish both the No Fly and the Slow Fly Lists.

We will immediately repeal the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Acts of 2006 and 2009 and the John Warner Defense Authorization Act. The business of America is freedom.

CNN’s Jack Cafferty: GE Moves $14 Billion Per Year X-Ray Business To China, And They Still Don’t Pay Any U.S. Taxes

Video – Jack Cafferty On GE’s Latest Announcement – July 27, 2011

Jack is pissed off at CEO Jeff Immelt and rightfully so, as GE announced plans yesterday to offshore its massive radiology manufacturing business to China. Cafferty and Blitzer also remind viewers that that GE paid no corporate income taxes for 2009 and 2010 despite making several billion in U.S.-based profits. Don’t forget that Immelt is the head of Obama’s Jobs Council and a board member of the New York Federal Reserve.

“What is a Dollar?” RonPaul at Dr Thomas Hoenig July 27, 2011

Lawfully speaking, a dollar is still 371 grains of fine silver.

Goldman’s new money machine: warehouses

A string of warehouses in Detroit, most of them operated by Goldman, has stockpiled more than a million tonnes of the industrial metal aluminum, about a quarter of global reported inventories.

Simply storing all that metal generates tens of millions of dollars in rental revenues for Goldman every year.

There’s just one problem: only a trickle of the aluminum is leaving the depots, creating a supply pinch for manufacturers of everything from soft drink cans to aircraft.

Tsunami Of Public Rage Unleashed As #FuckYouWashington Hashtag Takes Twitter By Storm

Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of New York, an expert on new media, and the author of ‘What Would Google Do?’ has started a shit storm on twitter with the hashtag #fuckyouwashington which is still going strong.

Feds to Grab Land for Homeland Security

H.R. 1505: Another Federal land grab, with exemptions from environmental regulations, and a few more just for good measure. And just who has the authority over these lands? Why Homeland Security, of course.

The Hegelian Dialectic – Create the border problem, the people demand security, and the Feds supply the solution: Grab the land and hand it over to Homeland Security. There’s your security for you!

“It’s Time To Close The National Money Hole”

More great satire from “The Onion”.

With the economy sliding deeper into a recession, panelists discuss whether it’s time to stop throwing our money into a massive pit out in the desert.

The Purpose Of The Fed Is To Support The Speculators And Let The Real Economy Go To Hell

The folks at the Fed have become so corrupt, so captured by the banking industry… the Fed is there to support the speculators and they let the real economy go to hell.

The Fed told us explicitly – many times – that it was taking “good collateral” to back up these loans and that it was quite confident it would not lose any money.

That, it turns out, was true.

What we were not told is that the “collateral” they took was so bad that it was in some cases valued at TEN CENTS on the dollar or less, and in each of these cases it leaves open the question as to where is that collateral now, having been returned to the bank, what is it actually worth, and how is it being carried on the books – because what we do know from the bank’s financial reporting is that it most-certainly was NOT written off.

There’s more than enough here in these tables to call for a massive forensic investigation into the accounting practices of each and every one of these institutions as the fact that FRBNY valued this “collateral” at such a tiny fraction of it’s claimed value by the submitting institution leads to an immediate question as to how one squares that valuation with the values reported by the banks in their quarterly and annual reports, and whether they were at the time, or are today, in point of fact, at anything approaching actual valuations, insolvent.

We the people deserve both answers AND HONEST ACCOUNTING.

-Karl Denninger

Ron Paul “I Am Sure We Will NOT Default On Our Debt”

Minority rules: Scientists discover tipping point for the spread of ideas

“Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.”

Gabrielle DeMarco
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, N.Y. – Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals…

Ron Paul’s Urgent Warning On The Inevitable Collapse Of The Dollar

Ron Paul gives and urgent warning on the inevitable collapse of the U.S. dollar and the civil rest that will result due to the economic collapse.

In this video Ron Paul outlines the only plan to prevent the collapse – get rid of corruption and return to the Constitution that our crooked politicians and bureaucrats continue to ignore.

The pentagon is already deploying 20,000 troops into the Continental U.S to deal with civil unrest due to an economic collapse.

We also know that the purpose of the fed is to support the wall street bankers and let the real economy go to hell.

George Carlin warned us!

From Geroge Carlin talks about big banks who own everthing and talks about how you are a slave. Wake up before its to late –

Arrest of Jennifer Jade Jones June 28 Quartzsite Arizona Council Meeting Viral

Jennifer “Jade” Jones — had her elbow injured (hospitalized) during outrageous and mysterious arrest – disorderly conduct – during peaceful statements at public podium during a town council meeting.

Jones had the floor. Police chief Jeff Gilbert (positioned at wall) was directly involved.

Many in Quartzsite do not understand why this police chief is not under suspension because Arizona State Dept of Public Safety is already investigating him for criminal accusations by officers in his department.

Presiding officer of the meeting (Mayor) could not dissuade police from their mission.

Many suspect conspiracy between police chief and council members, other than the mayor.

Share this video please.


Escalation in Quartzite Arizona: Firearms confiscated

Residents of the Arizona town that’s now a YouTube sensation after police forcibly removed a woman speaking at a recent public meeting are now experiencing firearms confiscation by the government.

Norway Shooting Suspect Anders Breivik: Attacks Were ‘Price of Their Treason’
By MIGUEL MARQUEZ (@miguelmarquez) and LEE FERRAN (ABC World News)
July 25, 2011

The man suspected of killing more than 70 people in a separate bombing and shooting spree in Norway Friday said he attacked the country’s liberal party because the “price of their treason is what they had to pay.”

Anders Breivik made the statement in a closed court hearing today in which Judge Kim Heger said he would be held without bond for eight weeks — four in solitary confinement — until his next court appearance. Breivik told the court that he committed the crimes, but did not plead guilty, Heger said. He was, as he told the court, trying to save Norway and Europe from cultural Marxism and Muslimization.

Though Breivik previously told police he acted alone, today he told the court there were two more “cells” in his “organization.”

In a video posted online, Breivik uses comics and signs to illustrate his views against what he perceived as communism and anti-nationalism in the Labor Party-led government. In a 1,500-page online manifesto, Breivik described his contempt for the Muslim population in Oslo and mulled even deadlier attacks by Christian conservatives — including one involving a weapon of mass destruction.

New Car Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto

Despite shifting into higher gear within the consumer’s green conscience, hybrid vehicles are still tethered to the gas pump via a fuel-thirsty 100-year-old invention: the internal combustion engine.

However, researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles and potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines.

The engine has a rotor that’s equipped with wave-like channels that trap and mix oxygen and fuel as the rotor spins. These central inlets are blocked off, building pressure within the chamber, causing a shock wave that ignites the compressed air and fuel to transmit energy.

The Wave Disk Generator uses 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard car engines use just 15 percent. As a result, the generator is 3.5 times more fuel efficient than typical combustion engines.

Researchers estimate the new model could shave almost 1,000 pounds off a car’s weight currently taken up by conventional engine systems.

Last week, the prototype was presented to the energy division of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is backing the Michigan State University Engine Research Laboratory with $2.5 million in funding.

Michigan State’s team of engineers hope to have a car-sized 25-kilowatt version of the prototype ready by the end of the year.

Segment #3: Audience Q&A Session

Estimated time:  10 minutes


20110721 – Open forum – Tell us what you are working on!

Segment #1:  Alternative Energy News

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes

Sterling Allan’s show notes are available at

Segment #2:  News Rant – Austerity comes to the USA

Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  15 minutes

On July 20th of 1969, mankind first set foot on the moon.

On July 20th of 2011, the last manned space craft in a once proud fleet was officially retired.

So much has changed in the United States in just 40 years.

Forty years ago, if you were a hard working individual with skills and/or a decent education, you could expect desirable employers to get into a bidding war to hire you.

Today, when you are applying for a low wage job you are competing against persons of questionable immigration status willing to work for wages most would find insulting.

Forty years ago, a good middle class job paid about $20,000 a year.  You paid about $1000 in various taxes and had enough left over to afford a middle class home that cost about $40,000 on a 20 year mortgage and a new car every two years that cost about $3000.

Today, a good middle class job pays about $100,000.  You will pay about $45,000 in various taxes and if you are lucky, might have enough left over to afford a middle class home that costs about $500,000 on a 30 year mortgage.  You might be able to afford a new car every five years that costs about $40,000.

The bottom line is that even though the typical income has increased substantially over the past 40 years, the standard of living in the United States has decreased dramatically.  

In the late 60’s the middle class was growing as even the poor found ways to advance themselves.
In the late 60’s, opportunities were out there for any willing to look for them.

Today, real opportunities are rare and the competition is tough. 

Today, most who are considered middle class cling to that status by their finger nails and the ranks of the poor are growing.

The government would have you believe that its your fault!

Those we elect to serve us say its OUR greed and laziness that has caused the United States to decline from its once lofty position.

hmmm … I seem to remember a funny looking Texan with big ears talking about a “giant sucking sound of jobs headed south”

So now the government, short on money and desperate to maintain their expenditures, says we need to tighten our belts!

If you thought maybe you would retire at 60 to 65 years old, maybe you start thinking in terms of 70 to 75.  

Instead of owning a home in the suburbs, maybe you should start thinking about a rented apartment in the city.

Instead of taking that 2 week vacation in the Bahamas, maybe you should be thinking about a long weekend watching TV at home.

But don’t expect the government to cut its spending on wars, support for the “too big to fails” and foreign aid to countries many of whom are in better shape than we are.

If there are to be cuts in government spending, it will have to be on services provided to citizens.
Roads, bridges, rails, other infrastructure and social services are the only items on the table being considered for cuts.

The continued build up of “Police State America”, the building of foreign empire and handouts to Wall Street are considered sacred cows that cannot be expected to participate in any sort of austerity plan.

So when you hear about austerity, grab hold of your wallet because it means the government is planning to take more from you, give you less in return, so they can continue to serve those who are paying them at your expense.

And as far as Social Security goes, this is what Dennis Kucinich put on the record recently

A quote from one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Rivero.

Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it.

To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones.

To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles.
Most people do not have the courage to face that choice.

Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.

You can follow Michael Rivero’s blog at

Segment #3:  Feature Presentation – Open forum – Tell us what you are working on!

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow & you?
Estimated time:  45 minutes

Tonight we have no scheduled alternative energy presenter.

Instead, the audience will be invited to participate directly in the show by coming on line via Skype and discussing their latest project. 

Hope is that between 3 and 5 will give brief 5-10 minute presentations on what projects they have working.

You Should add “TheSmartScarecrowShow” to your Skype contacts.

If you have a short 3-5 minute video that you would like played out, I must have that video not later than 7pm Thursday (show day). 

You can upload the video to YouTube and send me a link, or send it to me via Skype to either SmartScarecrow or TheSmartScarecrowShow. 

Each presenter will be given a total of 5-10 minutes to discuss their project including whatever time it takes to play out your video. 

Then there will be a brief 5 minute Q&A where the audience gets to ask questions.

This is intended to be a way for anyone working on an alternative energy project to brag a little and get some feedback from the audience. 

Have fun with it.

Segment #4: Audience Q&A Session

Estimated time:  10 minutes

20110714 – Presentation by RWG Research – Russ Gries

Segment #1:  Alternative Energy News

Presenter:  Sterling Allan, Founder and CEO of New Energy Congress
Estimated time:  20 minutes

Sterling Allan’s show notes are available at

Segment #2:  News Rant – From Athens Tennessee to Quartzsite Arizona

Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  15 minutes

You do not have to go to Libya, Pakistan, Iraq or Iran to find despotism.  There is an example right here in the United States of America that is about as clear a case of Government corruption and tyranny as you will find anywhere.

This is what happens when we do not pay attention to the people we elect on the local level because we are so preoccupied with the State and national politics.

We forget that corruption is ripe more than ever on the local level.

When a corrupt city council and a police chief violating parliamentary procedure over riding the mayor because a citizen was exercising their freedom of speech exposing the corruption in the city government.

What we are seeing is a hostile takeover of the city of Quartzsite Arizona where the corrupt unelected and appointed city council and a Police chief is trying to fire an elected mayor for his opposition to the corrupt policies in city government and the underhanded methods they been using to enact laws in an illegal manor.

Maybe you have not heard about what is going in Quartzsite Arizona?  Hmmm … you really should get out more.  But to get up to date, here is a link to an article at Intel Hub to get you started – .  The story is being covered extensively on the alternative press but you probably will not hear a word about it on CNN.

But, there is nothing new under the sun.  Events of this type have happened before and they will happen again.  There is an example in recent history of how the people of the United States of American can resolve such issues, when all other possibilities have been exhausted.

This is the most accurate account of the “Battle of Athens” I was able to find.  It was lifted word for word from an article published at  The article is not dated and cannot be attributed to a specific author.  It appears to be a summary composition based on other sources named within the article.

The City Council and Police Chief of Quartzsite Arizona probably hope this little piece of history is forgotten.

The Battle of Athens
2 AUGUST 1946
I. Introduction
On 2 August 1946, some Americans, brutalized by their county government, used armed force to overturn it. These Americans wanted honest, open elections. For years they had asked for state or Federal election monitors to prevent vote fraud — forged ballots, secret ballot counts, and intimidation by armed sheriff’s deputies — by the local political boss. They got no help.
These Americans’ absolute refusal to knuckle-under had been hardened by service in World War II. Having fought to free other countries from murderous regimes, they rejected vicious abuse by their county government. These Americans had a choice. Their state’s Constitution – Article 1, Section 26 – recorded their right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. Few “gun control” laws had been enacted.
II. The Setting
These Americans were Tennesseeans of McMinn County, located between Chattanooga and Knoxville, in Eastern Tennessee. The two main towns were Athens and Etowah.
McMinn Countians had long been independent political thinkers. They also had long:
  • accepted bribe-taking by politicians and/or the Sheriff to overlook illicit whiskey-making and gambling;
  • financed the sheriff’s department from fines – usually for speeding or public drunkenness – which promoted false arrests;
  • put up with voting fraud by both Democrats and Republicans.
Tennessee State law barred voting fraud:
  • ballot boxes had to be shown to be empty before voting;
  • poll-watchers had to be allowed;
  • armed law enforcement officers were barred from polling places;
  • ballots had to be counted where any voter could watch.
III. The Circumstances
The Great Depression had ravaged McMinn County. Drought broke many farmers; workforces shrank. The wealthy Cantrell family, of Etowah, backed Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1932 election, hoping New Deal programs would revive the local economy and help Democrats to replace Republicans in the county government. So it proved.
Paul Cantrell was elected Sheriff in the 1936, 1938, and 1940 elections, but by slim margins. The Sheriff was the key County official. Cantrell was elected to the State Senate in 1942 and 1944; his chief deputy, Pat Mansfield, was elected sheriff. In 1946, Paul Cantrell again sought the Sheriff’s office.
IV. World War II Ends; Paul Cantrell’s Troubles Begin
At end-1945, some 3,000 battle-hardened veterans returned to McMinn County. Sheriff Mansfield’s deputies had brutalized many in McMinn County; the GIs held Cantrell politically responsible for Mansfield’s doings. Early in 1946, some newly-returned ex-GIs decided:
  • to challenge Cantrell politically;
  • to offer an all ex-GI, non-partisan ticket;
  • to promise a fraud-free election.
In ads and speeches the GI candidates promised:
  • an honest ballot count;
  • reform of county government.
At a rally, a GI speaker said, “‘The principals that we fought for in this past war do not exist in McMinn County. We fought for democracy because we believe in democracy but not the form we live under in this county.'” (Daily Post-Athenian, 17 June 1946, p. 1).
At end-July 1946, 159 McMinn County GIs petitioned the FBI to send election monitors. There was no response. The Department of Justice had not responded to McMinn Countians’ complaints of election fraud in 1940, 1942, and 1944.
V. From Ballots to Bullets
The election was held on 1 August. To intimidate voters, Mansfield brought in some 200 armed “deputies”. GI poll-watchers were beaten almost at once. At about 3 p.m., Tom Gillespie, an African-American voter, was told by a Sheriff’s deputy, “‘Nigger, you can’t vote here today!!'”. Despite being beaten, Gillespie persisted; the enraged deputy shot him. The gunshot drew a crowd. Rumors spread that Gillespie had been “shot in the back”; he later recovered. (C. Stephen Byrum, The Battle of Athens; Paidia Productions, Chattanooga TN, 1987; pp. 155-57).
Other deputies detained ex-GI poll-watchers in a polling place, as that made the ballot count “public”. A crowd gathered. Sheriff Mansfield told his deputies to disperse the crowd. When the two ex-GIs smashed a big window and escaped, the crowd surged forward. “The deputies, with guns drawn, formed a tight half-circle around the front of the polling place. One deputy, “his gun raised high …shouted: ‘You sons-of-bitches cross this street and I’ll kill you!'” (Byrum, p. 165).
Mansfield took the ballot boxes to the jail for counting. The deputies seemed to fear immediate attack, by the “people who had just liberated Europe and the South Pacific from two of the most powerful war machines in human history.” (Byrum, pp. 168-69).
Short of firearms and ammunition, the GIs scoured the county to find them. By borrowing keys to the National Guard and State Guard Armories, they got three M-1 rifles, five .45 semi-automatic pistols, and 24 British Enfield rifles. The armories were nearly empty after the war’s end.
By eight p.m., a group of GIs and “local boys” headed for the jail to get the ballot boxes. They occupied high ground facing the jail but left the back door unguarded to give the jail’s defenders an easy way out.
VI. The Battle of Athens
Three GIs – alerting passersby to danger – were fired on from the jail. Two GIs were wounded. Other GIs returned fire. Those inside the jail mainly used pistols; they also had a “tommy gun” (a .45 caliber Thompson sub-machine gun).
Firing subsided after 30 minutes: ammunition ran low and night had fallen. Thick brick walls shielded those inside the jail. Absent radios, the GIs’ rifle fire was un-coordinated. “From the hillside, fire rose and fell in disorganized cascades. More than anything else, people were simply ‘shooting at the jail’.” (Byrum, p. 189).
Several who ventured into “no man’s land”, the street in front of the jail, were wounded. One man inside the jail was badly hurt; he recovered. Most sheriff’s deputies wanted to hunker down and await rescue. Governor McCord mobilized the State Guard, perhaps to scare the GIs into withdrawing. The State Guard never went to Athens. McCord may have feared that Guard units filled with ex-GIs might not fire on other ex-GIs.
At about 2 a.m. on 2 August, the GIs forced the issue. Men from Meigs county threw dynamite sticks and damaged the jail’s porch. The panicked deputies surrendered. GIs quickly secured the building. Paul Cantrell faded into the night, almost having been shot by a GI who knew him, but whose .45 pistol had jammed. Mansfield’s deputies were kept overnight in jail for their own safety. Calm soon returned: the GIs posted guards. The rifles borrowed from the armory were cleaned and returned before sun-up.
VII. The Aftermath: Restoring Democracy in McMinn County
In five precincts free of vote fraud, the GI candidate for Sheriff, Knox Henry, won 1,168 votes to Cantrell’s 789. Other GI candidates won by similar margins.
The GIs did not hate Cantrell. They only wanted honest government. On 2 August, a town meeting set up a three-man governing committee. The regular police having fled, six men were chosen to police Athens; a dozen GIs were sent to police Etowah. In addition, “Individual citizens were called upon to form patrols or guard groups, often led by a GI. …To their credit, however, there is not a single mention of an abuse of power on their behalf.” (Byrum, p. 220).
Once the GI candidates’ victory had been certified, they cleaned-up county government:
  • the jail was fixed;
  • newly-elected officials accepted a $5,000 pay limit;
  • Mansfield supporters who resigned, were replaced.
The general election on 5 November passed quietly. McMinn Countians, having restored the Rule of Law, returned to their daily lives. Pat Mansfield moved back to Georgia. Paul Cantrell set up an auto dealership in Etowah. “Almost everyone who knew Cantrell in the years after the ‘Battle’ agree that he was not bitter about what had happened.” (Byrum, pp. 232-33; see also New York Times, 9 August 1946, p. 8).
VIII. The Outsiders’ Response
The Battle of Athens made national headlines. Most outsiders’ reports had the errors usual in coverage of large-scale, night-time events. A New York Times editorialist on 3 August savaged the GIs, who:
“…quite obviously – though we hope erroneously – felt that there was no city, county, or State agency to whom they could turn for justice.
… “There is a warning for all of us in the occurrence…and above all a warning for the veterans of McMinn County, who also violated a fundamental principle of democracy when they arrogated to themselves the right of law enforcement for which they had no election mandate. Corruption, when and where it exists, demands reform, and even in the most corrupt and boss-ridden communities there are peaceful means by which reform can be achieved. But there is no substitute, in a democracy, for orderly process.” (NYT, 3 Aug 1946, p. 14.)
The editorialist did not see:
  • McMinn Countians’ many appeals for outside help;
  • some ruthless people only respect force;
  • that it was wrong to equate use of force by evil-doers (Cantrell and Mansfield) with the righteous (the GIs).
The New York Times:
  • never saw that Cantrell and Mansfield’s wholesale election fraud, enforced at gun-point, trampled the Rule of Law;
  • feared citizens’ restoring the Rule of Law by armed force.
Other outsiders, e.g., Time and Newsweek, agreed. (See Time, 12 August 1946, p. 20; Newsweek, 12 Aug 1946, p. 31 and 9 September 1946, p. 38).
The 79th Congress adjourned on 2 August 1946, when the Battle of Athens ended. However, Representative John Jennings, Jr., from Tennessee decried:
  • McMinn County’s sorry situation under Cantrell and Mansfield;
  • the Justice Department’s repeated failures to help the McMinn Countians.
Jennings was delighted that “…at long last decency and honesty, liberty and law have returned to the fine county of McMinn…”. (Congressional Record, House; U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1946; Appendix, Volume 92, Part 13, p. A4870.)
IX. The Lessons of Athens
Those who took up arms in Athens, Tennessee:
  • wanted honest elections, a cornerstone of our Constitutional order;
  • had repeatedly tried to get Federal or State election monitors;
  • used armed force so as to minimize harm to the law-breakers;
  • showed little malice to the defeated law-breakers;
  • restored lawful government.
The Battle of Athens clearly shows:
  • how Americans can and should lawfully use armed force;
  • why the Rule of Law requires unrestricted access to firearms;
  • how civilians with military-type firearms can beat the forces of “law and order”.
Dictators believe that public order is more important than the Rule of Law. However, Americans reject this idea. Criminals can exploit for selfish ends, the use armed force to restore the Rule of Law. But brutal political repression – as practiced by Cantrell and Mansfield – is lethal to many. An individual criminal can harm a handful of people. Governments alone can brutalize thousands, or millions.
Since 1915, officials of seven governments “gone bad” have committed genocide, murdering at least 56 million persons, including millions of children. “Gun control” clears the way for genocide by giving governments “gone bad” far greater freedom to commit mass murder.
Law-abiding McMinn Countians won the Battle of Athens because they were not hamstrung by “gun control”. McMinn Countians showed us when citizens can and should use armed force to support the Rule of Law. We are all in their debt.
This is a bare bones summary of a major report in JPFO’s Firearms Sentinel (January 1995). 
The source material is located at

To learn how the gutsy people of Athens, Tennessee did the Framers of the Constitution proud, send $3 to JPFO, 2872 South Wentworth Avenue; Milwaukee, WI 53207; and request the January 1995 Firearms Sentinel. This document is from: (A.K. Pritchard) 

Segment #3:  Feature Presentation by RWG Research – Russ Gries

Presenter:  SmartScarecrow & Russ Gries
Estimated time:  45 minutes

1.    Who I am, what am I all about. My Web Page. (Email Will be a slow response Please Be patient)
Just out it prove or disprove things, just like the rest of us…

2.    Is Stan a fraud? Photographic evidence tells another story. (  Photos  P1  –  P26  ) more online:

3.    What is the EPG? (High Quality Photos Of The EPG on the forums.) (Photo  R1 )

4.    How does it work? What does it do? (Moving Electrons )

5.    Types of gases/liquids for the EPG. 
A. Argon & iron/nickel/cobalt
B. Oxygen & hydrogen
C. Plasma

6.    Different types of drivers for the EPG, (Mechanical Pump, Oscillation, Electromagnetically, Light Energy. ) (Photos R1 – R3) my work, (photos  R4  –  R9)

7.    Processing of gas, “Laser energy” is nothing more than LED’s… Photon Energy…  (patent photos vs real equipment shows the use of RED led’s ) (Photo R10)

8.    HGG and the ECC. “GAS processor”  Its nothing more than a controlled gas ionizer.  What does it do, how does it work?  (Photos  R11  –  R14 )

9.    (More Prof) Stan’s Tall Full size EPG (Photos  R15  –  R16)

10.    My End Goal and the future.
 Invite people to:

11.    Q/A (may be with Mike Powers)

Segment #2: Audience Q&A Session

Moderator:  SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

20110707 – Presentation by noted sceptic Eric Krieg


Sterling did not make this show due to conflicting obligations – but he will be back next week with an expanded presentation


Segment #1:  Alternative Energy News
Presenter:  Sterling Allan, CEO, founder of New Energy Congress
Estimated Time:  20 minutes


Segment #2:  News Rant – Why am I at war with Libya?
Presenter:  an editorial by SmartScarecrow
Estimated time:  10 minutes

by Webster Tarpley, July 2, 2011

Published by Trends & Forecasts:

There’s a vote on a resolution authorizing? the use of force in Libya tomorrow in the Senate.Listen to deeper information into the current events in Libya and the possible NATO invasion. Listen to the after affects of this crisis on the rest of the World especially Europe economically.It highlight how the war on Libya is Illegal according to the U.N’s own Charter, and the history of western sponsored terrorism and who stands to gain in the latest attack on another middle eastern Oil rich country. Plus additional information.

Here we go again, first support the opposition with weapons (divide) then attack the Libyan defense and infrastructure (civilian infrastructure)? , third the embargo wont allow Libya to rebuild itself then fourth claim Libya “needs stabilizing” and send ground troops. Oil fields secure puppet government in place rubber ducky job done (conquer).

Video:  War with Libya? Admiral Mullen’s reply
by Laura Conaway

Published by MSNBC on “Meet the Press”  March 20, 2011

Article:  Why Are We Going to War with Libya?–Updated
by Massimo Calabresi, March 18, 2011

Published by Time Magazine online at

Americans have not been provided with sufficient evidence of mass atrocities committed by the Gaddafi regime or indications that a Gaddafi victory would destabilize the region to justify a military intervention on humanitarian grounds alone.

Nor has the administration made a case that the alternative to Gaddafi justifies the risk of removing him.

Members of both political parties are prone to support humanitarian intervention to stop war crimes and given Gaddafi’s past, it seems a strong case could be made that an alternative to him would be in the U.S. interest.

It is somewhat shocking that the U.S. is preparing to take military action against Libya and neither of those arguments have been convincingly made.

Article:  Central banking, oil interests real reason for Libya invasion
by The Coming Depression Editorial Staff

Published at

In case you haven’t heard, Obama has signed an order for the CIA to get involved in Libya.

Has he never heard of Viet Nam, Afghanistan or IRAQ?

The money will support the over throw of the Libyan government, then the excess supplies will be used against the United States.

The CIA supplied the Afghan rebels who got rid of the Soviets.

Then the Taliban used our own weapons against us.

There are several news items indicating Al Qaeda is or will soon join the Libyan revolt, so the United States will be funding the same people supposedly responsible for the 911 attacks.

Will Obama offer to cut out the middle men and ask Al Qaeda what sites they want him to attack in the United States so they don’t have to do a lot of unnecessary planning?

Why are we in war with Libya?

Simple answer: oil, establish a Western controlled central bank, and protecting Israel.

Indeed, USA-Israel are behind all the problems in the middle east lately, no doubt about it.

Kadhafi was, not longer ago, apologizing for his past behavior and USA was shaking his hands.

At that time he was the same ruthless dictator but it was okay with the USA.

So, this coalition of the willing (Heard that before?) that we are including ourselves are no more than smoke screen.

This rebellion is fabricated for a purpose.

We would not be surprise to see many mercenaries working as rebels in Libya.

Now, with a good excuse to once more bomb the hell of a country and again kill thousands of civilians and in the end, more oil and one less enemy of Israel.

I did not see our government run to help thousands of African people being slaughtered but they did not have oil and they were not a threat to Israel. Wars are not the way of the future.

Economic deals and trade are.

China did not need to go to war to be what it is now, also Brazil is booming and the country don’t get involved with the empire mentality of the USA.

Since many do not know the difference between a state central bank, and a private central bank, we are doing that research first here.

Indeed, the US had a state central bank until 1913, when it transferred power to a private cabal of banks which became the Federal Reserve. Libya has a state run central bank, which has complete control over its currency.

The new central bank, created by the ‘rebels’ in Benghazi, is controlled by private banks, particularly European ones.

Why central banking in Libya?

The rebel group known as the Transitional National Council released a statement last week announcing that they have designated the Central Bank of Benghazi as a monetary authority competent in monetary policies in Libya, and that they have appointed a governor to the Central Bank of Libya, with a temporary headquarters in Benghazi, according to Bloomberg.

Robert Wenzel of Economic Policy Journal thinks the central banking initiative reveals that foreign powers may have a strong influence over the rebels.

This suggests we have a bit more than a ragtag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences.

“I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising,” Wenzel writes.

The simple fact is that we are now under the governance of the NEW WORLD ORDER, the UN, who it would appear to have the ability to take the U.S. and Canada to war, and without the peoples consent, who will of course have to pay for it all, Central banking, oil interests real reason for Libya invasion.

Again, no rebel force against their own nation has created a central bank in the middle of a rebellion or revolution.

To do so in 2 weeks time, gives STRONG credence that the rebellion was originated, and backed by foreign powers for the express effort to do so, and control the oil.

Libya is one of the last 4 nations without a private central bank: MSNBC

Libya has been one of the last nations in the world that had its own state run banking system, and control over its own money supply.

By having this system in place, they could demand oil purchases from their oil fields to be made in Libyan Dinar, and not the US Dollar.

It also means that Libya has ensured themselves a stable economy, with little inflation and currency devaluing as most of the industrialized world has under private central banks.

How about the oil?

Libya is the largest oil economy in Africa, ahead of Nigeria and Algeria.

It holds at least 46.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves (10 times those of Egypt).

That’s 3.5% of the global total.

Libya produces between 1.4 and 1.7 million barrels of oil a day, but wants to reach 3 million barrels. Its oil is extremely prized, especially with an ultra-low cost of production of roughly $1.00 a barrel.

When Gaddafi threatened Western oil majors, he meant the show would soon be over for France’s Total, Italy’s ENI, British Petroleum (BP), Spanish Repsol, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum, Hess and Conoco Phillips – though not for the China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC).

China ranks Libya as essential for its energy security.

China gets 11% of Libya’s oil exports.

CNPC has quietly repatriated no less than 30,000 Chinese workers (compared to 40 working for BP).

For its part Italian energy giant ENI produces over 240,000 barrels of oil a day – almost 25% of Libya’s total exports.

No less than 85% of Libya’s oil is sold to European Union (EU) countries.

So a who’s who of profiteers of the – in theory – UN-sanctioned US/North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)/Arab League military operation in Libya has got to include European Union and Anglo-American Big Oil.

Not to mention Wall Street – think about those billions of dollars of Libyan financial assets deposited in Western banks, and now confiscated; and of course US/EU weapons producers.

The Empire seeks to achieve and to maintain world hegemony, NOT… FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY, and we are part of it.

We are at war in Libya because the Empire considers that war can best serve its interests in a whole region of the Globe said patronizingly to be alien to FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY (“that’s not in their nature, is it? it’s not in their genes…”).

The Empire would rather have civil war in Libya, in Egypt, in Tunisia, in Yemen, in Jordan, in Algeria, in Morocco, in Bahrain, etc. than have FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY there.

Polls and studies have shown that the people of the region are “enemies” of the Empire (of the world hegemony), given they overwhelmingly consider the Empire as the greatest threat that exists in the world today.

Segment #3:  Feature Presentation by noted skeptic Eric Krieg

Eric Krieg is probably most noted for taking a stand against Dennis Lee and his various companies.  Eric’s involvement resulted in a scathing documentary by the television show “Dateline” which was an effective hit piece on Dennis Lee’s activities.

In his own words:

I’m a skeptical engineer investigating fantastic claims from New Agers. But I saw Dennis Lee’s full page add for energy independence and apparently paranormal devices. He has made very significant claims; if true, he’ll be way bigger than Bill Gates. For the sake of the world I wish he would succeed, but I’m concerned for his many investors if this follows most similar claims I’ve studied.

On September 23 1996, 3 other engineers and I went to hear him speak for 5 hours at the Philly Corestates Center. My investigation showed he spent somewhere around $100,000 to put on that show. I found the style intriguing – it reminded me of shoppers home network, professional wrestling and Jim Bakker. Among the many things we think deserve further skepticism are:

He seems to think the entire government and American industry is part of a huge international multi-generational conspiracy to suppress his truth. Dennis’s militia and patriot movement rhetoric (and constant religious talk) doesn’t answer the single important question does the free energy machine work?

He implied that one machine ran on water, with out explaining the huge quantity of energy needed for electrolysis. He also referred to a machine running on air without making it obvious that the air was compressed from another source. I would have been impressed if the machines were left running for more than 5 seconds.

He made the absurd claim that a 30lb heat storage device could hold enough energy to be harnessed to run a car for days. He mentioned (old – generally abandoned) Stirling engine technology with out mentioning its severe efficiency problems.

His scientific references frequently confused units of measure to derive unbiased conclusions. I’ve since been told he lacks a science education and his former technical “experts” won’t deal with him.

At one point he compares static torque with dynamic torque to imply that his weak air powered engine would have more power output than a regular engine by comparing its stalled torque to that of a running engine.

His biggest claim was a briefly described device that could harness latent heat from the air ultimately into electricity. I would have been more convinced if he had left such a machine running while lighting light bulbs with no wires attached through the whole show. Many engineers and scientists have reviewed his theory and found it flawed and basically in violation of natural laws of nature.

He said a court of law proved his devices ( the court only failed to convict him on some charges). Courts of law do not prove engineering claims, laboratories do.

I offer the following rebuttal from a pro-Dennis person on that point: Actually he said (or should have said) that his theories were proven valid in a court of law. See, the prosecution alleged that his devices couldn’t work and tried to press fraud charges. Oddly enough they never brought in any sort of expert witness or even an engineering student to challenge Dennis. They just figured that since they succeeded in threatening the lives of anyone who dared to come forth to testify on Dennis’ side that Dennis was not qualified to carry his own side in a debate on theory in court. All they would have to do is to demand that he show his diplomas in engineering and such first and since he doesn’t have any they would summarily dismiss his theories without ever even hearing them out. It wouldn’t matter if the things he would say were correct or not as long as he was “qualified.”

I’d be more impressed if a team from the publication “SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN” “CONSUMERS REPORTS” or even “CAR AND DRIVER “would investigate his claims than lawyers. I wish Dennis would accept my open $2000 prize offer for proof of a free energy machine.

One of his machines with just little wheels rotating was claimed to put out more energy than put in – it quickly stopped in perpetuity after a getting rolling.

He constantly interchanged units of power, force and energy If this is true, it seems strange the unit is not currently on the market.

Many of his devices just ran a short time on a charge of compressed air and stopped -others were not demonstrated. I don’t think his investors understood that he offers no real proof of claims.

It didn’t make sense to most people why he claimed he was not allowed to demonstrate technology which could neutralize radioactivity. There are plenty of perfectly legal sources of radiation that could have been used. I hope Dennis doesn’t live up to his vow to neutralize all isotopes in the country since there are many positive medical applications.

He told us he had a brick battery which put out a volt of power. Power is not measured in volts (only in volts times amps) – besides you can get a volt out of a potato too, but the power level would be less than a watch battery.

He showed a poor quality video of a new low vibration air hammer – but it looked like it just didn’t work as well. the average person is not in a position to be able to judge the quality of a jack hammer, incinerator or welding equipment – I saw it as a needless distraction in an already too long presentation.

I felt concerned when Dennis said that ‘Nicky Tesla invented all this stuff 90 years ago. I don’t believe Tesla worked with heat pumps or low temperature phase change.

As a rule of thumb, warning lights go on for me when I hear people say stuff like: God gives me direct revelations, this invention needs a little more work to be demonstrated, I want people to invest with no business plan or formal contract. Yep when I hear a guy talking about God and money in the same breath I get the feeling that its Money that’s doing the talking. Also, most deals that ‘are only good for today’ are really about not giving you a chance to think it over – especially deals offered to exhausted people way past midnight in a mass hysteria environment.

A few late breaking odd things about BWT: his people claim Dennis makes many science mistakes at the presentations because he lacks education, they don’t seem to be doing promotions which could help their dealers get business. They claim to have sold all 2000 dealerships. ( currently priced at $25,000 ) Dennis claims to receive revelations direct from God. His people says even they aren’t allowed to access the machine. Dennis claims OJ is innocent and a group of Indians will supply hundreds of millions needed to manufacture the machines.

Dennis’ claims of high COP of heat pumps are mixing apples with oranges – because his units under test are SOLAR POWER ASSISTED! And there’s an element of multi-level marketing in the dealerships.

Dennis should be open to my offer to personally test his devices in the presence of main stream press people I’d love to see a chance for 3rd party engineers (like me) and scientists to do a hands on examination of his machines. In 6 months since I made an offer to prove his device, He’s been unwilling to respond to me. For centuries, people have made false claims of free energy similar to Dennis’ – such people constantly hide behind claims of secrecy and the excuse that evil forces are trying to stop them. Some also simply stop working on their free energy machines and start something else with out finishing it either. I think most people of science are like me – they love their countries, humanity and the environment and would love to see a machine which could make cheaper safer nonpolluting energy. Every segment of business (except the power industry ) would greatly benefit. How many Americans really want Iran and Iraq to continue getting hundreds of billions of oil revenue?

Dennis also claims that the steam engine has been designed wrong ! Dennis also won’t offer open proof of an alleged anti-gravity machine. Dennis has changed from calling Yull Brown the greatest man alive to the most greedy man he has ever met

I feel that people in the skeptical movement are better qualified to examine extraordinary claims than Dennis’ dealers. Skeptics usually takes on paranormal claims (astrology, ESP, dowsing, ufos) – but we feel that Dennis is fair game since his free energy machine would have to violate the laws of thermodynamics. James Randi has promised to pay Dennis $1,000,000 for simple proof of the machine. The scientific people who joined me at Dennis’s show did not see Extraordinary evidence for Dennis’ claims – but we are open to any evidence which may arrive.

Segment #4 –  Audience Q&A Session
Estimated time: 10 minutes