Thursday, January 18, 2018

United We Stand?

If we don't know what we're up against, how will we ever take effective action?

Best of the Solari Report: The 2017 Wrap Ups (Time 1:29:19) at

     “The earth is not dying. It's being killed.
               And the people killing it
             have names and addresses.”
                               ~  Utah Phillips ~
                                        (at min. 46:40)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

“Alien” Agenda?

Considering the
▪ missing Pentagon trillions;1
▪ gov't. / corporate obsession with secrecy;
▪ admission of a “black budget”;2
▪ proliferation of UFO witnesses;
▪ Reagan's reference to the usefulness of a common enemy (as in “alien”) to unite humanity;3
▪ many “alien” movies over the years;4
▪ repeated use of false flags and propaganda to manipulate humanity for purposes of pursuing (and protecting) power and gain agendas by persons without conscience;5
▪ etc. etc.
perhaps we could still learn a thing or two by listening to two credible witnesses concerning “alien”(?!) agendas:

UFO's for 21st Century Minds | Richard Dolan & Catherine Austin Fitts
(Time 1:44:23) at
3. Short clip of Reagan's ALIEN speech to UN:
5. For examples see: ; ; also ;

Monday, November 27, 2017

Should we be concerned about cryptocurrencies?

[ krip-toh]
1. a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group, party, or belief.
2. secret or hidden; not publicly admitted: a crypto Nazi.

Derivative? of crypt?
1. a subterranean chamber or vault, especially one beneath the main floor of a church, used as a burial place, a location for secret meetings, etc.
2. Anatomy. a slender pit or recess; a small glandular cavity.

BREAKING DOWN 'Cryptocurrency'1
The anonymous nature of cryptocurrency transactions makes them well-suited for a host of nefarious activities, such as money laundering and tax evasion.
Hmmm ...... Looks like we might be in the midst of another run-up to a  BUBBLE bath. Perhaps we need a history refresher? In March of 2011, I wrote a blog post entitled “Vast Fund of Stupidity [& Recycling Cupidity]”?![2] It began thus:
In memory of the birth of the South Sea Company[3] (in 1711 – 300 years ago), Deja Vu Times recycles a few comments/quotes from the “bubble-bath” of 1720. These words from the 1700s are also recycled in memory of the many bubble-baths[4] since and in expectation of The Great Bath (TGB) to come (sooner than later), if we don’t renounce this Vast Fund (and all its fundamentalists).
Are we in a grandiose run-up to The Great Bubble Bath? Investopedia assures us that cryptocurrencies “are difficult to counterfeit” and “theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation.” Do the words “difficult” and “theoretically immune” offer sufficient comfort? Isn't the major overwhelming economic problem NOT that governments interfere and manipulate, but that private central banks continually puppeteer governments and economies on a global scale? And who really believes that the secret creators of cryptocurrencies have not engineered backdoors to monitor and control whatever they wish. Are we being bambozzled? Is what they promise the opposite of what is or will be? Déjà vu the perpetual schemes of all those who pursue and protect power and gain?!

What do we understand about cryptocurrencies and their connections to AI? Could any of these videos help?
Quinn Michaels:

Crypto Conspiracy and the Road to the AI Singularity (Time 1:05:35) at See also:
▪ King of BlockChain Peter Thiel #bitcoin #Ripple #Etherium #Aragon #Augur (Time 6:11) at
▪ Kings of Blockchain Peter Thiel and Marc Andreesen #bitcoin #zcoin #earn #coinbase #slack #qadium (Time 14:13) at
▪ Sophia and The United Nations Peter Thiel and Friends - #Jess #Tyler #Louise (Time 19:300 at
▪ SingularityNet and The Beast a Strange connection (Time 2:02) at

Other warning voices:
▪ The Singularity is Here You were warned (Time 5:27) at
▪ Saudi, Bitcoin & The Sophia Singularity w/Anthony Patch (Time 1:43:51) at
▪ Blockchain Raising The I.Q. Of A.I. w/Anthony Patch (Time 1:43:50) at
Plus dozens of other warning voices. So, should we be concerned about cryptocurrencies? Should we have been concerned years ago? You decide.

1. ;
3. South Sea Company:
4. Bubble-baths:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hypocrisy of YouKnowWhoTube?

Before I could even post, recommending this shocking exposé of hypocrisy and marketing of children, the End Times News Report video was DELETED by the lords of increasing censorship. (Oh, déjà vu!!) Here is evidence:

EXPOSED! Dangerous Pedophile Rings & Child Traffickers On YouTube (Time 51:28) at
WARNING: Disturbing, graphic content exposing a reality that we ignore at our and others peril.
Here is where ETNR explains the take-down of his exposé:

#PizzaGate - YouTube Gags Journalists Trying to Expose YT Pedophile Rings (Time 8:00)
This explanation may also disappear in short order. If so, search his channel periodically for updates or try his channel for the exposé of adults-without-conscience who are sexualizing, filming, and uploading images of children (or of cartoon characters loved by children) for the (im)pure sake of ad revenues. ETNR's exposé should go VIRAL with a blowback to YouKnowWhoTube that will never be forgotten. Here is the ETNR initial exposé posted (hopefully) beyond the clutches of the lords of censorship.
How Pedophile Rings Target Children On YouTube (Time 51:07) at
WARNING: Disturbing, graphic content exposing a reality that we ignore at our and others peril.
May it shock and disturb you into an awakening to what is really going on, into a commitment of united action against the marketing and abuse of children worldwide, and against the blatant hypocrisy of quasi-monopolistic corps who are prepared to do and sacrifice anything in pursuit and protection of power and gain.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Connecting the Dots ~ Exposing the Cons?

When media is in the ownership and control of those pursuing and protecting power and gain, what is the likelihood of truth being disseminated to the masses?

Does it matter whether the pursuer / protector is black or white? brown or beige? young or old? able or disabled? politically right or left? human or AI?

If your raison d'être were to increase power and gain, would you allow your owned and controlled media empire to spread the truth about your hidden agendas? your secret deals? your moral failings? Would you want anyone connecting the dots of your cons as you competed for the resources of the world? for the supreme position of all positions — #1?

Or maybe you fell for a “honey-pot” / “brown-stone” op and found yourself compromised such that your power and gain status was at risk of exposure and collapse? What would you not do to keep the truth under wraps? to keep the income coming in? Would you lie? steal? cheat? oppress? kill? Would you seek to compromise and blackmail others so they, too, would be “in control”? Would you falsely accuse whistle-blowers of the very crimes they seek to expose? Would you come to take pleasure in the success of your duplicities? Would you become addicted to the highs of deceiving the “low brows”? Would you revel in the deliberate, increasing incongruities you were able to get away with? in the fabrications that you were able to force others to advance for the sake of their paychecks and pensions?

So if media is owned and controlled by power- and gain-brokers, what is the chance for truth? What is the historical, déjà vu “pattern and practice”? to accuse upstart, non-conforming investigative journalists of fictional sins and crimes? — just like whistle-blowers? Is the pattern to deflect? disparage? destroy the true news? to swear by all that is high and mighty, low and despicable that “False News” is everywhere but where you are?

So to those who get their news and views from corporate-controlled media, the déjà vu truth is: Whether the anchor or reporter is Fox-, CNN-, MSNBC-, ETC.-affiliated, your diet is fat-cat-saturated and truth deficient.

Time to move on, folks. Unplug from the fat-cat MSM. Move on to the new news paradigm — those upstart alternates who risk reputation, life, and limb to uncover the cover-ups of power and gain agendas with facts, evidence, and accountability. As always, use one's head and discernment, but perhaps begin with some of these:
The Corbett Report at
George Webb at
Crowdsource the Truth at
SGT Report at
Trello Bd at
Trello Bd at
NewsBud at
Our Hidden History at
The Outer Light at
Judicial Watch at
The Solari Report at
End Times News Report at
And remember, the fat-cat "pattern and practice" is to malign, mock, and accuse all who threaten their standing and glory; and to reward willing, shilling others for doing the same.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“Operation Psychopath”?

aka: Operation Northwoods? (Etc.)
Operation Northwoods was a proposed false flag operation against the Cuban government, that originated within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. Government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The plans detailed in the document included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. Cities.[2] The proposals were rejected by the Kennedy administration.[3]
   (Bold emphasis added; reference #s refer to wiki website)
So, in the spirit of déjà vu, how long before we recognize that Operation Psychopath is but the umbrella reality of hundreds, if not thousands, of CIA / DoD / FBI / HSA / JCS / JTTF / NATO  / NSA / ETC., ETC., Operations that were NOT rejected?  And how many that were rejected, if any, became operational nonetheless, in secret?

Lyman L. Lemnitzer
Lyman (!!) Lemnitzer (1899-1988) was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and signatory to the 1962 Operation Northwoods proposal — the same Lyman who worked his way up through the U.S. ranks and decorations to four-star general in 1955. Does this serene visage give any hint as to the mind that could propose committing acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets with the intent of blaming such acts on another government in order to justify war (or Strategy of Tension,2 or p-r-s3) against the blamee?

Do we imagine this proposed false flag4 MO was just a Lyman aberration, peculiar but confined to 1962? What other deco-laden (left) breasts (on right-wing generals) might have a large measure of Lyman psychopathy flowing in red, white, and blue veins? Could one of those be that charming four-star general, ex-CIA director David BetraeUS?5 (Pardon the spelling.) Or as one writer describes him: “the poster boy for toxic leadership.”6

David H. Petraeus
And how about all those NATO generals that rubbed shoulders and schemes with Lyman during his tenure as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO from 1963 to 1969?

If one doesn't know about the secret machinations of NATO, read
Gladio, Nato's Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The Pentagon-Nazi-Mafia Terror Axis by Richard Cottrell (2015)
If one doesn't believe that American government (and nigh every government) has been corrupted to the core read:
Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, Updated Edition by Peter Dale Scott and  Jonathan Marshall (2017)

The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot (2015)

The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World by Douglas Valentine (2016)

The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote by Sharyl Attkisson (2017)

Classified Woman-The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir by Sibel D Edmonds (2012)

Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America by Annie Jacobsen (2014)

or the myriad other whistle-blowers and witnesses who are being denied, suppressed, stonewalled, smeared, or eliminated.
Our world seems to have become one déjà vu after another of highly orchestrated “Operations” disguised as lone-wolfers, crazies, extremist cells, and freedom-haters. Deceptions, manipulations, and truth suppression by our psychopathic elites have been so successful, they seem almost not to care how sloppy their “Operations” unfold.

YES, it's time we woke up, folks, and ceased Sleepwalking Through History,7 whether we sleep on the right, on the left, in America, Europe, Asia, or anywhere between, above, or below because
“The time is far spent and there is little remaining” time to repair US and the world.
2. “The strategy of tension (Italian: strategia della tensione) is a theory that Western governments during the Cold War used tactics that aimed to divide, manipulate, and control public opinion using fear, propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare, agents provocateurs, and false flag terrorist actions in order to achieve their strategic aims."
3. Hegelian Dialectic of problem-reaction-solution: “The Hegelian dialectic is the framework for guiding our thoughts and actions into conflicts that lead us to a predetermined solution. If we do not understand how the Hegelian dialectic shapes our perceptions of the world, then we do not know how we are helping to implement the vision. When we remain locked into dialectical thinking, we cannot see out of the box.” Quoted from .
4. If one doesn't believe in the prevalence of false flags, peruse this for a partial awakening:
5. ; see also
6. The Petraeus discussion begins about 3/4 down the article.
7. Title of a book written by Haynes Johnson

Sunday, September 17, 2017

“Your Lawyers & Your Judges”

(LLPs or NOT?*)

Amazing how so many things recycle themselves from ancient times! as in
the foundation of the destruction of this people [has again been] laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.1

Circa 82 B.C. ~ “Americas”
12 And now, when Amulek had spoken these words the people began to be astonished, seeing there was more than one witness [Alma] who testified of the things whereof they were accused, and also of the things which were to come, ... .
13 Nevertheless, there were some among them who thought to question [Alma & Amulek] that by their cunning devices they might catch them in their words, that they might find witness against them, that they might deliver them to their judges that they might be judged according to the law, and that they might be slain or cast into prison, according to the crime which they could make appear or witness against them.
14 Now it was those men who sought to destroy them, who were lawyers, who were hired or appointed by the people to administer the law at their times of trials, or at the trials of the crimes of the people before the judges.
15 Now these lawyers were learned in all the arts and cunning of the people; and this was to enable them that they might be skilful in their profession.
16 And it came to pass that they began to question Amulek, that thereby they might make him cross his words, or contradict the words which he should speak.
17 Now they knew not that Amulek could know of their designs. But it came to pass as they began to question him, he perceived their thoughts, and he said unto them: O ye wicked and perverse generation, ye lawyers and hypocrites, for ye are laying the foundations of the devil; for ye are laying traps and snares to catch the holy ones of God.
18 Ye are laying plans to pervert the ways of the righteous, and to bring down the wrath of God upon your heads, even to the utter destruction of this people.
19 Yea, well did Mosiah say, who was our last king, when he was about to deliver up the kingdom, having no one to confer it upon, causing that this people should be governed by their own voices—yea, well did he say that if the time should come that the voice of this people should choose iniquity, that is, if the time should come that this people should fall into transgression, they would be ripe for destruction.  ...
24 And now it came to pass that the people were more angry with Amulek, and they cried out, saying: This man doth revile against our laws which are just, and our wise lawyers whom we have selected.
25 But Amulek stretched forth his hand, and cried the mightier unto them, saying: O ye wicked and perverse generation, why hath Satan got such great hold upon your hearts? Why will ye yield yourselves unto him that he may have power over you, to blind your eyes, that ye will not understand the words which are spoken, according to their truth?
26 For behold, have I testified against your law? Ye do not understand; ye say that I have spoken against your law; but I have not, but I have spoken in favor of your law, to your condemnation.
27 And now behold, I say unto you, that the foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.
28 And now it came to pass that when Amulek had spoken these words the people cried out against him, saying: Now we know that this man is a child of the devil, for he hath lied unto us; for he hath spoken against our law. And now he says that he has not spoken against it.
29 And again, he has reviled against our lawyers, and our judges.
30 And it came to pass that the lawyers put it into their hearts that they should remember these things against him.
31 And there was one among them whose name was Zeezrom. Now he was the foremost to accuse Amulek and Alma, he being one of the most expert among them, having much business to do among the people.
32 Now the object of these lawyers was to get gain; and they got gain according to their employ.2

2 But the more part of them were desirous that they might destroy Alma and Amulek; for they were angry with Alma, because of the plainness of his words unto Zeezrom; and they also said that Amulek had lied unto them, and had reviled against their law and also against their lawyers and judges.
3 And they were also angry with Alma and Amulek; and because they had testified so plainly against their wickedness, they sought to put them away privily.
4 But it came to pass that they did not; but they took them and bound them with strong cords, and took them before the chief judge of the land.
5 And the people went forth and witnessed against them—testifying that they had reviled against the law, and their lawyers and judges of the land, ...3
Circa 29 A.D. ~ “Americas”
20 And there began to be men inspired from heaven and sent forth, standing among the people in all the land, preaching and testifying boldly of the sins and iniquities of the people, and testifying unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord would make for his people, or in other words, the resurrection of Christ; and they did testify boldly of his death and sufferings.
21 Now there were many of the people who were exceedingly angry because of those who testified of these things; and those who were angry were chiefly the chief judges, and they who had been high priests and lawyers; yea, all those who were lawyers were angry with those who testified of these things.
22 Now there was no lawyer nor judge nor high priest that could have power to condemn any one to death save their condemnation was signed by the governor of the land.
23 Now there were many of those who testified of the things pertaining to Christ who testified boldly, who were taken and put to death secretly by the judges, that the knowledge of their death came not unto the governor of the land until after their death.
24 Now behold, this was contrary to the laws of the land, that any man should be put to death except they had power from the governor of the land—
25 Therefore a complaint came up unto the land of Zarahemla, to the governor of the land, against these judges who had condemned the prophets of the Lord unto death, not according to the law.
26 Now it came to pass that they were taken and brought up before the judge, to be judged of the crime which they had done, according to the law which had been given by the people.
27 Now it came to pass that those judges had many friends and kindreds; and the remainder, yea, even almost all the lawyers and the high priests, did gather themselves together, and unite with the kindreds of those judges who were to be tried according to the law.
28 And they did enter into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant which was given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered by the devil, to combine against all righteousness.
29 Therefore they did combine against the people of the Lord, and enter into a covenant to destroy them, and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the grasp of justice, which was about to be administered according to the law.
30 And they did set at defiance the law and the rights of their country; and they did covenant one with another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over the land, that the land should no more be at liberty but should be subject unto kings.4
How naive so many of us seem about the latter-day lawyers and judges who for the sake of power, gain, and fame (or sometimes fear) have “set at defiance the law and the rights of their country” and who have covenanted one with another to destroy the rights of the people and to establish a tyranny of control over the land such that the land and people should no more be at liberty.

BUT thank God and goodness for the few lawyers and judges (and a few journalists and others) who have the courage to stand for truth, equity, and justice. For those (or their families) who have been targeted or murdered for taking that stand, their names shall, at some future time, be remembered as martyrs in the pursuit of truth and justice.

NOTE: Whether you accept the Book of Mormon as an authentic record or not, the insights and warnings are as relevant as any of those of George Orwell. SO, just as with Orwell, these words can open our eyes to things of great import and prescience. Therefore, please do not reject these words out of hand.

* Book of Mormon | Alma 9:28 ~ ... for the time is at hand that all men shall reap a reward of their works, according to that which they have been—if they have been righteous they shall reap the salvation of their souls, according to the power and deliverance of Jesus Christ; and if they have been evil they shall reap the damnation of their souls, according to the power and captivation of the devil.

1. Book of Mormon | Alma 10:27 ~ And now behold, I say unto you, that the foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.
2. Book of Mormon | Alma 10:12-32 (bold emphasis added)
3. Book of Mormon | Alma 14:2-5
4. Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 6:20-30 (bold emphasis added)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

To Hear ..., To See ..., or Not?

(Echoes of George Orwell1)
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence.

This business of making people conscious of what is happening outside their own small circle is one of the major problems of our time,

The essential job is to get people to recognise war propaganda when they see it, especially when it is disguised as peace propaganda.

If you disregard people's motives, it becomes much harder to foresee their actions.

Every war, when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defence against a homicidal maniac.

There is something wrong with a regime that requires a pyramid of corpses every few years.

[T]he existing social order is a swindle and its cherished beliefs mostly delusions.

I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that had never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.

Is the English press honest or dishonest? At normal times it is deeply dishonest. All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise an indirect censorship over news.

I watched him with some interest, for it was the first time that I had seen a person whose profession was telling lies — unless one counts journalists.

Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.

Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.

[I]f public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.

Nationalism is power-hunger tempered by self-deception.

What now strikes us as remarkable about the new moneyed class of the nineteenth century is their complete irresponsibility; they see everything in terms of individual success, with hardly any consciousness that the community exists.

One's got to change the system, or one changes nothing.

Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.

Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for.
So, are we open to hearing and seeing the greater reality of our 21st Century world by examining the prescience of 20th Century George Orwell?
The Orwell Tapes [A Biography]:
  Part One at (Time 53:51)
  Part Two at (Time 53:59)
  Part Three at (Time 53:59)

YouTube version at (Time 2:41:34)
Then let us see if George Webb has anything Orwellian to open our 2017 eyes and ears—

Above quotes from
Some additional quotes from the same source:
» Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side.
» War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
» It is difficult to see how Gandhi's methods could be applied in a country where opponents of the regime disappear in the middle of the night and are never heard of again. Without a free press and the right of assembly, it is impossible not merely to appeal to outside opinion, but to bring a mass movement into being, or even to make your intentions known to your adversary.
» Looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery.
» In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and that fact does not seem to me to have had the discussion it deserves.
» The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
» As time goes on and the horrors pile up, the mind seems to secrete a sort of self-protecting ignorance which needs a harder and harder shock to pierce it, just as the body will become immunised to a drug and require bigger and bigger doses.
» The choice before human beings, is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two evils.
» Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Observations / Lessons from Egypt

(A Global Pattern?* A New Revolution 2.0?)
Five years ago, Wael Ghonim published a memoir of his experiences during the “Arab Spring” as it played out in Egypt, 2010-2011. How déjà vu his observations seem to our circumstances in “freedom-loving” North America in 2017! If one doesn't believe the déjà vus,  ask those whose YouTube, Twitter, PayPal, Facebook and other accounts are being demonetized, cancelled, or closed by “authorities” because their views and investigations are exposing too much crime and corruption by the powers that BElieve in the primacy of power and gain.

Consider how universal Ghonim's words from Egypt have become for US:
Egyptian State Security reached deep into society, involving itself in every detail of life. It thrived on the emergency law, enacted in 1958 but not enforced until after the Six-Day War in 1967, and still in effect in mid-2011. That law gives executive authorities the right to arrest, interrogate, and imprison any Egyptian for up to six months without a warrant or any legal grounds or even the right to an attorney. It also empowers the authorities to ban all types of protests as well as gatherings of any group of people without a security clearance (p. 2).

The Egyptian regime lived in fear of opposition. It sought to project a façade of democracy, giving the impression that Egypt was advancing toward political rights and civil liberties while it vanquished any dissidents who threatened to mobilize enough support to force real change (p. 3).

This all amounted to what I came to call “weapons of mass oppression.” No matter how far down we spiraled, no matter how much corruption spread, only a few people dared to swim against the current. Those who did ended up in a prison cell after an unfriendly encounter with State Security, or were subjected to character assassination in the media, or were targeted on fraudulent charges or long-ignored violations (p. 3).

... cheating and fraud gradually became everyday activities in Egypt, making their way from education to business and commercial transactions, and ultimately to elections (p. 13).

He was right: regimes of terror cannot stand exposure (p. 37).

Worse yet, the media, under the usual pressure from State Security, ignored the protest. As with many past examples of human rights abuses, the public was kept in the dark. / The media’s suppression of the physical world made the virtual world a critical alternative for promoting the cause (p. 63).

This is not a political stand. It is a humanitarian stand in solidarity with victims of torture in prisons (p. 88).

I used to think, like you, that there was nothing wrong with our country and that accidents were minimal . .  . Then I realized that catastrophes happen on a daily basis, but no one sees them . .  . The police torture people systematically . .  . the informers threaten the citizens . .  . and work with thugs . .  . and the law is only enforced on the helpless . .  . Anyone who is not well connected in our country loses his rights . .  . and when injustice takes place, they threaten anyone who could open his mouth to tell the truth (pp. 96-97).

Gandhi replies, “In this cause, I too am prepared to die, but my friends, there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill. Whatever they do to us, we will attack no one, kill no one, but we will not give our fingerprints, not one of them. They will imprison us. They will fine us. They will seize our possessions. But they cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.” A member of the audience shouts: “Have you been to prison?  .  .  . They beat us, they torture us.” Gandhi interrupts: “I am asking you to fight. To fight against their anger, not to provoke it. We will not strike a blow, but we will receive them. And through our pain we will make them see their injustice. And it will hurt, as all fighting hurts. But we cannot lose. We cannot. They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body— not my obedience!” (pp. 107-108)

In the past, the government maintained a long-standing tradition of telling lies to the people through its state-owned [-controlled] puppet media . .  . ... . .  . The people lost trust in the government, and the government thinks that since the people are silent, then they are satisfied, or that there is no problem until the people take action (p. 147).

Jan25 is not a revolution in the sense of a coup, but rather a revolution against our government to let them know that we have taken interest in one another’s problems and that we shall reclaim all our rights and will not be silent anymore (p. 165).

The revolution brought out the best in people. It successfully proved that a multifaceted society like Egypt’s could easily unite when its members shared the same dream, and could do so with dignity. Everyone came together for the sake of the country (pp. 225-226).

The guards entered the room one by one, and I saw their faces and got to know them all. As a group, I had thought them to be nothing but indecent animals. As it turned out, they surprised me by appearing to be perfectly normal. Their faces were the same ones you see every day on the streets of Egypt. Some of them even carried the same hint of goodness you see in many Egyptian faces. It was hard to believe that these people could, under the right circumstances, turn into evil torturers. It was really mind-boggling. This only confirmed my conviction that these men were not my enemies; they were just tools of my real enemies. Egypt’s real enemies were the leading figures of the regime, who had corrupted these people and stripped us of freedom and dignity for the sake of sustaining themselves in power (p. 247).

I implored everyone not to think of personal gains at this point. This was not a time for promoting, let alone imposing, any ideology or for settling old grievances. Egypt had to come first, and nothing must stand in the way of realizing our dreams (p. 260).

At the end, I asked everyone to set aside personal wishes and ideologies. It was time for Egypt to come first and to rule over everything else (p. 264).

The sense of solidarity transcended differences of age, class, culture, education, and religion (p. 265).

I began to realize that many of the conspiracy theories that I kept hearing about may actually have been true. Tyrants maintain power by conspiring against the will of their own people. We ranted in disappointment and anger, while Mostafa and Khaled reminded us of what they had said all along: this regime was not going to change overnight and suddenly start caring more about Egypt than it did about its personal interests (pp. 281-282).

Revolutions of the past have usually had charismatic leaders who were politically savvy and sometimes even military geniuses. Such revolutions followed what we can call the Revolution 1.0 model. But the revolution in Egypt was different: it was truly a spontaneous movement led by nothing other than the wisdom of the crowd. One day revolution seemed utterly impossible, and there were just a few people dreaming of change. And then, after the brave people of Tunisia ignited a fire that had been smoldering in the hearts of Egyptians and many other Arab people, the impossible quickly became possible. People who would only post comments in cyberspace became willing to stand in public; then those protesters, among many others, made the great leap to become marchers and chanters, and grew into a critical mass that toppled a brutal and tyrannical regime (pp. 293-294).

The revolution in Egypt would certainly have happened without many of the common faces that are linked to it today— and that is the best point of all. This book is a personal memoir and not a comprehensive historical account, and the few names mentioned in the previous chapters, including mine, certainly have no primacy over others in this leaderless revolution. It has been jokingly said that no snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible, and when it comes to Jan25, I couldn’t agree more. This was the Revolution 2.0 model: no one was the hero because everyone was a hero (p. 294; bold emphasis added).

We shall never forget all those who sacrificed their lives on our path to freedom, and we will continue to sacrifice so that future generations live in the Egypt that their brave predecessors aspired to. The selfless heroes who died defending the dreams of millions of their fellow citizens will forever be our beacon of light. Indeed, it was their courage, determination, and grace that reminded us and the rest of humanity of a universal truth that many seemed to have forgotten: the power of the people will always be stronger than the people in power (p. 294).
So what is the great universal take-away?

“The power of the people
will always be stronger
than the people in power”
[if only we will wake up
to the realities and deceptions around us
and stand united for truth and justice].

* Old Testament | Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 ~ The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
Ghonim, Wael. Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

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