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Are 2012 Olympics A Zionist Plan For Holographic Alien Invasion?

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December 6, 2010: Steve Rose / The London Guardian (guardian.co.uk– December 5, 2010

This is a fascinating read, and quite plausible given today’s technology! – SJH

When Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots of the London Olympic Games, were unveiled to the world in May, the general reaction was one of bemusement.

These stumpy, one-eyed, metallic-skinned creatures, the organisers explained, had formed out of stray drops of molten steel during the construction of the Olympic stadium, but most of the public and media simply interpreted them as aliens. What do monocular extraterrestrials have to do with the Olympics?

A year earlier, the 2012 Olympic logo was greeted with a similar mix of derision and puzzlement. Jaded observers passed off these designs as sorry reflections of the state of British creativity, but a small minority had a very different answer: we were being primed for the establishment of the New World Order, by means of the greatest hoax in history.

Even in conspiracy-theory terms, the London Olympics plot is a difficult one to swallow, but that hasn’t stopped a credulous minority from gulping it down. You’ll find them on cult conspiracy blogs such as Red Ice Creations, Godlike Productions and Above Top Secret, or even making their own video presentations on YouTube.

The basic scenario goes something like this: while the world’s eyes are on London in 2012, a spectacular alien invasion will take place at the Olympic stadium. Or so the public will think; it will actually be a hoax invasion, orchestrated by the New World Order as an excuse to stage a global coup d’etat.

Terrified by the appearance of aliens, the world’s populace will surrender their civil liberties, and “they” – a vague array of elite cliques such as the Bilderberg group, the Freemasons, the Illuminati, and dynasties such as the English royal family, the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds – will have smoothly achieved their goal of a single world government, economy and religion. It sounds like a cross between Dan Brown, the X-Files and Watchmen, but believers insist this stuff is real.

The evidence for such a plot is vague: exhibit A is the 2012 Olympic logo. Rearrange the four angular numerals of the bizarre design, the theorists say, and it really spells “zion”. There’s even a dot to go over the “i”. This is a sign that “they” plan to build the new Jerusalem right here in England’s green and pleasant land, just as William Blake’s poem predicted. The “dark satanic mills” of the Lea Valley will become the epicentre of the New World Order.

Conspiracy theorists insist there is nothing anti-semitic in their use of the word “zion”, although the suspicion is there. (Zionism and Judaism are diametrically opposed! – SJH)

The next giveaway is the street names around the Olympic site: Great Eastern Road, Carpenter’s Road, Angel Lane, Temple Mills Lane, Church Road – don’t they all seem a little biblical? Isn’t it strange that such a large patch of land has stood undeveloped in London all this time?

It goes on: Prince William is the obvious choice for king of this New Jerusalem because of his royal bloodline, his birthday (the 21 June – the summer solstice) and the fact that he will be 30 years old in 2012, the year of the 30th Olympiad, or XXX in roman numerals. Numerology counts for a lot in these circles.

And as for the fake UFO invasion, the theorists note the closing ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, in which a flying saucer landed in the stadium and an alien walked out and waved to the crowd. The staged spectacle, in which a blacked-out military helicopter lowered a model spaceship by cable into the Coliseum, did not prompt mass panic, but it has been interpreted as a warm-up.

The advocates of “London Zion”, as the theory has become known, have been poring over London Olympics promotional videos and finding a lot of suspicious symbolism in them – flying saucers and other spaceship-like objects, lights in the skies, stadiums in flames, all-seeing eyes. Then Wenlock and Mandeville came along and the theory really had legs, albeit stumpy alien ones.

“Once your eyes are open to it, it’s amazing what’s hidden in plain sight,” explains David (not his real name), the friend of a friend who first told me about the London plot a year ago. So in the name of curiosity, and, perhaps, the future of civilisation, we arranged to meet at the Olympics site to look for evidence. You can’t get into the site itself – construction continues apace and security is tight – but there are daily guided tours of the perimeter.

On a clear, chilly morning, as we wait outside Tesco for the tour to begin, David explains how most of the clouds in the sky are now man-made. Aeroplanes have been lacing the atmosphere with metal particulates for decades to facilitate holographic projection, he claims. That’s how they’ll pull off the UFO illusion. These “chemtrails” also enable the use of top-secret super-weapons that bounce energy off the upper atmosphere to remote locations. The Haiti earthquake was triggered this way.

David spends hours scouring the internet for conspiracy information, and stumbled on the Olympics plot theory two years ago on a blog called the Cosmic Mind, run by 28-year-old Rik Clay from Leeds. Clay was making a name for himself in these esoteric circles. As well as the Olympics, his blog discussed everything from the significance of the No 11 to crop circles to Princess Diana. But three months after the Cosmic Mind launched, it suddenly went down in August 2008. Clay had died. Internet forums were full of wild allegations about the cause of his death.

As the tour proceeds, David’s eyebrows rise at certain points, such as when the guide explains how they had to reroute power lines crossing the site 30 metres underground. “There’s bound to be a secret network of tunnels so that dignitaries can escape when it happens,” David says. Had the guide ever seen anything paranormal going on here? “What, you mean like flying saucers? No, nothing like that,” she laughs. David’s eyebrows rise again. No one mentioned flying saucers. The vast construction site looks fairly innocuous to me. David isn’t so sure. “What about that cross in the sky up there?” he says. Two short fragments of aeroplane contrail have formed a distinct cross in the sky directly over the stadium. That is good enough for him.

Unsurprisingly, the London Olympics organisers deny all knowledge of the conspiracy. “Since we launched the logo in 2007, many people have passed comment on it and have suggested it resembles different shapes or characters,” a spokesperson says. “This is a new one on us. The logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else.” The conspirary theory is far from cast-iron: you could make the word “zion” out of the numbers 2,0, 1 and 2 however you designed them. And while some of the road names around the site might sound biblical, the ones that don’t, such as Pudding Mill Lane, have been conveniently omitted. “Of course it sounds ridiculous,” David acknowledges.

And then he delivers the killer blow: “But if I had said to you 10 years ago that a few people were going to destroy the Twin Towers by flying planes into them, and that Britain and the US would start two wars as a result, would that have sounded believable?”

Just as the assassination of JFK and Watergate fuelled a golden age of paranoia, so the attacks of 11 September 2001 and its repercussions have ushered in a new, productive generation of conspiracy theories. It’s not just a fringe minority. In a 2006 poll by Scripps Howard/Ohio University, 36% of Americans agreed that the US government was either involved in the 9/11 attacks or did nothing to stop them. Another poll by Zogby in 2007 put the proportion at 26.4%.

Then again, polls this year also found that 18% of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim and 27% believe he was born outside the US. Public credulity seems to be at an all-time high, or reliable information at an all-time low. For the conspiracy hardcore, though, 9/11, the London 7/7 attacks and other terrorist incidents are what’s known as “false flag” operations; hoax attacks designed to advance the conspirators’ agenda, and the London Olympics plot is the next one.

Rik Clay’s Olympics theory was chiefly inspired by another British researcher, Ian R Crane, whom he saw speaking at an event in Glastonbury in 2007. A former oil industry executive, Crane is something of a heavy hitter on the conspiracy circuit. He regularly holds public lectures and releases DVDs on what he calls “deep geopolitics”, and claims to have predicted the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, and pre-empted a failed terrorist attack in Chicago in 2006.

It was Crane who first deciphered the “Zion” in the Olympic logo, and who suggested a fake UFO invasion was being planned. “We’ve seen the abilities of computer graphics in Hollywood movies,” he says. “It doesn’t take much to recast that fantasy as something that’s then presented as a reality.”

Crane also acknowledges that the Olympics conspiracy sounds crazy, but “it’s only when one puts it into context with the much deeper geopolitical agenda that it starts to have some basis,” he says. He sketches out this context in dizzying strokes. How the recent financial meltdown was deliberately planned, purported links between Obama adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and extreme right wing think tanks, Henry Kissinger and global warming.

“They’re all inextricably linked,” he says. “What we’re really looking at here is a web of intrigue that actually goes back a long way. The individuals who believe themselves to be the rightful rulers of the planet have some concern about what the very short-term future holds. In their belief system, they feel they need to have total planetary control by 2012.”

Crane and Clay exchanged emails, but never met. Crane doesn’t think there was anything suspicious about Clay’s death. Nor do others close to Clay, including his parents, who have been understandably distressed not just by the death of their son but by the subsequent internet rumours. “There have been many outlandish ideas put forward about Rik’s death, some that beggar belief, but most have come from people ignorant of the real facts and who have been too lazy to do their research,” says John Clay, Rik’s father. “An autopsy was carried out and an inquest held at Bradford coroners court in February 2009.

The official verdict was that Rik took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.” There were clear pointers to where Rik was heading, says John. A few weeks before his death, he had suffered some form of mental breakdown. He had jumped out of a third-floor window, fracturing his heel. His parents took him in for six weeks. “During his time with us he was not the Rik that we knew and was mostly very withdrawn,” says John. “He told us that he had things in his head that shouldn’t be there but would not elaborate, which was quite normal for Rik – he would only tell you what he wanted you to hear. Rik could be quite obsessional.”

Another close friend of Rik’s also believes his death was caused by a combination of his work and his mental health: “It’s a stressful arena, conspiracy stuff. You can’t trust anything any more. What level do you take it to? If you’re passionate and paranoid, it can really take over, and I think that’s what happened with Rik. He wanted to get to the bottom of everything. Unfortunately the result of that was that he pulled apart his own reality.”

One of the problems with many conspiracy theories is that, unlike scientific theories, they’re impossible to definitively prove wrong. Any attempt to do so invites accusations that you’re in on them. Conversely, labelling something as a “conspiracy theory” is a convenient way to close down political debate or a challenge to authority by painting the theorists as wackos.

Tony Blair described his critics as obsessed with conspiracy during the Chilcot inquiry earlier this year, just as George Bush in 2001 urged the UN not to tolerate “outrageous conspiracy theories” about the 9/11 attacks. Neutral observers point out that regardless of their content, conspiracy theories are “unofficial” knowledge, and therefore threaten institutions of official knowledge, such as academia and journalism. The two sides resemble each other more than they would like to admit.

The London Olympics theory is an intriguing case, not least because it actually makes a prediction. Either something will happen in 2012 or it won’t: the theory will be right or wrong. What will people such as David do if nothing happens? “I’ll be really bloody surprised,” he says, “but if nothing happens, I’d say that the forces of good behind the scenes, like us, saved the day and the forces of evil were stopped.”

Holographic 3D Digital Projection Explained

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I stumbled upon Project Blue Beam back in 2000, about a year after my research into chemtrails was well underway. After doing so, I concluded that indeed the atmosphere could be used as a three dimensional projection screen for just such an event using satellites as projectors– SJH   

Project Blue Beam

http://www.educate-yourself.org/cn/projectbluebeam25jul05.shtml

Link to original article below…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/dec/05/olympic-games-2012-alien-conspiracy-theory

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TTR’s “Just Because!” Red Grange: The Galloping Ghost Of Chicago

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November 19, 2010: Larry Schwartz / A Special Report For ESPN.com Sports – 2007

In sport’s Golden Age, he was football’s golden boy. Red Grange was the name, though he was commonly known as The Galloping Ghost.

While it’s a shame they don’t make nicknames like that any more, it’s even more disappointing they don’t make many players like the three-time All-American halfback.

“This man Red Grange of Illinois is three or four men rolled into one for football purposes,” wrote Damon Runyon. “He is Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, Al Jolson, Paavo Nurmi and Man o’ War. Put together, they spell Grange.”

If you made a football movie and the star scored four touchdowns, covering an incredible 262 yards, in just 12 minutes, would anyone think it was anything but fiction?

But that’s what Grange accomplished against one of the best defenses in the country. That 1924 game against Michigan so inspired Grantland Rice to give Grange his nickname and write:

A streak of fire, a breath of flame
Eluding all who reach and clutch;
A gray ghost thrown into the game
That rival hands may never touch;
A rubber bounding, blasting soul
Whose destination is the goal.

Then less than a week after the remarkable No. 77 completed his college eligibility in 1925, he was breathing life into the struggling professional game. While it was a national television contract four decades later that eventually made the NFL truly major league, it was Grange who first gave the pro game legitimacy. His exhausting coast-to-coast 67-day barnstorming tour with the Chicago Bears filled stadiums and newspaper space.

Not big at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, his philosophy was simple: “If you have the football and 11 guys are after you, if you’re smart, you’ll run.” And while he could run like the wind, he also could shimmy his hips like an exotic dancer, becoming as elusive as an invisible man.

“I will never have another Grange, but neither will anyone else,” said Bob Zuppke, his coach at Illinois. “They can argue all they like about the greatest football player who ever lived, but I was satisfied I had him when I had Red Grange.”

The storybook life of Harold (later to be called Red) Grange began on June 13, 1903 in Forksville, Pa. After his mother died when he was 5, his father Lyle, a foreman for a lumber company, moved the family to Wheaton, Ill., where four brothers had settled.

 

While Lyle switched professions and worked his way up to chief of police at Wheaton, his son starred in athletics. At Wheaton High School, he earned 16 letters in football, baseball, basketball and track (a four-time sprint champion).

Working summers as a helper on an ice truck enhanced his physical development. Eventually, he would be given the nickname, “The Wheaton Iceman.” Despite scoring 75 touchdowns and 532 points in high school, Grange considered skipping football at Illinois and competing in basketball and track. But some fraternity brothers got Grange to change his mind with the use of a large wooden paddle.

In his first game, Grange scored three touchdowns, including a 66-yard punt return, against Nebraska in 1923. In seven games as a sophomore he ran for 723 yards (5.6 average) and scored 12 touchdowns in leading unbeaten Illinois to the consensus national championship.

Not until the Michigan game on Oct. 18, 1924, did Grange reach legendary status. He returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Then he scored on runs of 67, 56 and 44 yards. All this in the first 12 minutes. The four touchdowns were as many as Michigan had allowed in the two previous seasons.

Tired, he took a rest. But he came back to run 11 yards for a fifth touchdown and passed 20 yards for a sixth score as Illinois won 39-14 to end Michigan’s 20-game unbeaten streak. He totaled an amazing 402 yards — 212 rushing, 64 passing and 126 on kickoff returns.

As a senior, in a 24-2 upset of Penn in Philadelphia, Grange rushed for a career-high 237 yards, including touchdown runs of 56 and 13 yards, through ankle-deep mud. With rumors of Grange turning pro swirling, he helped Illinois win its season-finale, 14-9 over Ohio State. In his 20-game career, he ran 388 times for 2,071 yards (5.3 average), caught 14 passes for 253 yards and completed 40 of 82 passes for 575 yards. Of his 31 touchdowns, 16 were from at least 20 yards, with nine from more than 50.

The day after the Ohio State game, Grange announced he was turning pro. C.C. Pyle, a Champaign, Ill., theater owner and promoter, negotiated an elaborate deal with Bears owner and coach George Halas in which Grange was guaranteed a reported $3,000 per game and a varying percentage of the gate.

Grange’s jump to play for pay brought credibility to the pro game and shocked the collegiate world. “I’d have been more popular with the colleges if I had joined Capone’s mob in Chicago rather than the Bears,” Grange said.

The Bears concocted a hybrid schedule — part regular season, part exhibitions — in which they played 19 games in 67 days. The first part of the frantic tour was 10 games in 18 days in the East and Midwest. After a two-week break, they played nine games in the South and West Coast. While 7,500 attended the Bears’ last non-Grange game, a standing-room only crowd of 36,000 jammed into Cubs Park (now known as Wrigley Field) on a snowy Thanksgiving to see Grange’s pro debut. It was reported that Halas cried while counting the receipts. Grange didn’t do much in a 0-0 tie with the Chicago Cardinals.

While some games drew fewer than five figures, others attracted amazing crowds, such as the more than 65,000 that attended in New York and Los Angeles. Grange played in 17 games (injury kept him out of the other two), and when the tour ended on Jan. 31, 1926, he went home to Wheaten weary but wealthy, driving a new $5,500 Lincoln and wearing a $500 raccoon coat. Pyle also made his client richer by getting him several lucrative endorsement deals.

When a bid by Grange and Pyle to buy a piece of the Bears was rejected by Halas, the two formed their own league, the American Football League, in 1926, with Grange playing for the New York Yankees. The league folded after a year. The Yankees, though, joined the NFL, but in the third game of the 1927 season, Grange suffered such a severe knee injury that he never was the same dashing runner he had been.

After missing the 1928 season, he returned with the Bears in 1929 and played six more years, becoming more valuable as a defensive back than as a running back in this era of one-platoon football. In the NFL’s first championship game in 1933, his touchdown-saving tackle late in the fourth quarter preserved the Bears’ 23-21 victory over the New York Giants.

In the 1920s, Grange made two films and a movie serial, called “The Galloping Ghost.” After his retirement, he made money in the insurance business. Later, he became an analyst on Bears games for 14 years until 1963 and on network television college games. A charter member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame, he died at age 87 of pneumonia on Jan. 28, 1991 in Lakes Wales, Fla.

About his success as a football player, Grange had said, “They built my accomplishments way out of proportion. I never got the idea that I was a tremendous big shot. I could carry a football well, but there are a lot of doctors and teachers and engineers who could do their thing better than I.”

Red Grange

NFL Top 100 Players: #48 – Red Grange

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Sports isn’t the problem. The obsession with sports is the issue– SJH

Link to original article below…

http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00014213.html

Written by Steven John Hibbs

November 19, 2010 at 2:28 am

End Of Liberty While Bread And Circuses Replace American Dream

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November 7, 2010: Steven John Hibbs / The Tonka Report (TTR) – November 7, 2010

While America engrosses themselves with Bread and Circuses this weekend, literally glued to their flat screen plasma televisions rooting and betting for teams of little significance concerning anything of substance, the corrupt US government and Wall Street banks march steadfastly forward in their quest for global domination and the destruction of America. And nobody seems to notice… Nobody seems to care.

Our Republic has been here before many times in the past, and have been amply warned throughout our brief yet storied history by such prominent patriots as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, General Smedley Butler (USMC), Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, as well as many others concerning the imminent danger of the private banking industry and an unaccountable and treasonous government beholden to said banks, trans-national corporations, the military-industrial complex and nefarious secret societies.

As the late comedian George Carlin so eloquently states while describing the vanishing American Dream in the classic video below, “And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care… They don’t give a fuck about you!”

George Carlin ~ The American Dream

What will it take? I love sports as much as anyone, having played both quarterback for a championship Marine Corps football team and as a catcher for an independent instructional league loosely affiliated with the Atlanta Braves baseball organization. I was also a tournament 2-man beach vollyball player in the past, as well as a competitive mountain bike racer. So it’s not sports per se that is the issue here. The issue is priority.

Is it more important to celebrate Joe Paterno’s 400th win in a tremendous comeback against Northwestern, albeit an astounding college sports accomplishment, or to educate yourselves as to why the dollar continues to plunge, jobs continue to disappear, prices are skyrocketing and foreclosures are stealing the American Dream from millions of good, hard-working people by fraud as the banksters continue to loot the country?

If as many Americans knew just how this government and financial system worked and who they actually work for, as they do about Brett Favre’s foibles both on and off the field, do you really think that we would be in the situation we are today? Again, don’t get me wrong, Brett Favre is the greatest NFL quarterback to ever play the game in my humble opinion. But is that important right now? As one great industrialist is quoted as saying:

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” – Henry Ford

Yet, as the world spirals into utter financial chaos while on the cusp of world war, more Americans know about Jersey Shores and Dancing With The Stars while 42 million of them now collect food stamps in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Slave. Why? Bread and Circuses!

As a result of their willfull ignorance and apathy, the American people are now woefully responsible for their…

End Of Liberty

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Yet another excellent documentary outlining the plight of America! – SJH

Link to original article below…

https://stevenjohnhibbs.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/end-of-liberty-while-bread-and-circuses-replace-american-dream/    

Privatize Football – Sports And College ‘Bureaucracies’ In America

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September 21, 2010: S.M. Oliva / Lew Rockwell.com – September 21, 2010

In 1874, students from Harvard University and Canada’s McGill University played a two-game football series in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The first game was played under Harvard’s Association Football rules, what we know today as soccer. The second game was played by McGill’s rules, a variant of rugby. The McGill rules proved so popular with the Harvard players they adopted and taught them to other eastern schools. The next year, Harvard played Tufts University in what was likely the first game of “American football.”

By 1876, students from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Columbia had formed the Intercollegiate Football Association to develop and maintain common playing rules. Among the IFA’s first leaders was Walter Camp, a Yale student-player credited with developing many of the familiar rules of American football, including the set play from scrimmage, the down-and-distance system, and limiting each team to 11 players on the field. Camp also embodied the notion of “amateurism”; although he remained active in coaching and promoting football throughout his life, he became a businessman and eschewed playing or coaching football for money.

Camp and his allies fervently believed that college football should remain under student and alumni control. He resisted early efforts by the Yale administration and faculty to regulate – or abolish – football. Most university presidents, in fact, hated the game. One notable exception was William Harper, the first president of the University of Chicago. Harper saw football as an excellent means of promoting his newly formed school, and he hired the first paid coach in football history, Yale alumnus Amos Alonzo Stagg. Chicago’s early success under Stagg spurred the creation of the first athletic conference in 1895, the Western Conference, which survives today as the Big Ten.

Although football quickly grew in popularity, the violence of the still-developing game caught the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1905 –  a year that reported 18 football-related deaths – Roosevelt convened a summit with Camp and Ivy League representatives to discuss possible changes to the sport. Later that year, 60 colleges met in New York to form an alternative to the student-led IFA –  a group known today as the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Amateurism and Federalization

The IFA quickly dissolved itself into the NCAA, giving it a monopoly on football regulation. In its first few decades, the NCAA merely continued the IFA’s role as a playing rules committee. But now that the university presidents, not the players and alumni, were in charge, the NCAA slowly morphed into a grander bureaucratic entity based on the concept of preserving “amateurism” at all costs.

The first NCAA Constitution banned “proselytizing” – the recruiting of, or offering financial incentives for, any student to enroll at a school based on athletic ability. The NCAA viewed any compensation related to a player’s athletic ability unacceptable. This yielded over time to reality; eventually, the NCAA allowed schools to offer athletic scholarships, but even today the strict ban on outside income related to athletic ability remains.

Amateurism itself is a class-based concept. In Walter Camp’s day, an amateur was merely a generalist who didn’t specialize in a particular sport or hobby. This excluded members of the “working classes,” because their specialty in physical labor gave them an unfair advantage over gentlemen of the privileged classes (like Camp). The idea of paying amateur athletes was unnecessary, as their social position made it unnecessary.

By the early 20th century, academics transformed amateurism into a moral code consistent with collectivist principles. Howard Savage, a Carnegie Foundation official in the 1930s, said “professionalism in school and college athletics … is a most serious evil,” and that amateurism represented “the moral struggle between force and the uses to which, with the sanction of our civilization, it may be used and should be put.” In other words, athletes were barbarians who had to be tamed by the “civilizing” presence of academics. Savage noted that while it was acceptable for students in artistic fields to profit from their work – because they offered “tests of even temper and self-control” – it was never acceptable for athletes to profit from their efforts.

The Subsidized Truth

Of course, there is nothing wrong with the universities profiting from the athletes. As student-alumni control of football yielded to university administrators, schools not only realized substantial profits from football, they moved to block competing influences. Schools constructed on-campus stadiums to capture revenues going to municipal and privately owned stadiums. When a pair of postseason college basketball tournaments emerged in the late 1930s, the NCAA quickly acquired one of them and turned into what we know today as “March Madness.” When television emerged, the NCAA spent three decades trying to restrict public access to games, until the Supreme Court struck it down as an antitrust violation in 1984. And, of course, from its earliest days, the NCAA has tried to outlaw every form of private wagering on its “amateur” contests.

The NCAA itself is a giant subsidy scheme that redistributes revenue from two sports –  men’s basketball and football – to dozens of other sports and hundreds of schools that generate little or no independent revenue. This same process exists at the university level, where football revenues often support entire athletic departments.

Overall, college athletics is a money loser for the universities. Former NCAA executive director Cedric Dempsey said in 2002 that only 40 major college programs turned a profit, and even at the lower levels of the NCAA – schools that offer few or no athletic scholarships –  expenses had jumped as much as 30 percent in recent years.

Of course, much of these losses are borne by government-run universities. As I discussed in a 2004 paper, while 80 percent of Division III (non-scholarship) schools were private institutions, 65 percent of Division I (scholarship) schools were government sponsored. The growth of college athletics mirrored the boom in government-run universities spurred by the massive influx of student subsidies (and research “grants”) in the years following World War II.

The Privatization Solution

Awhile back I had an exchange with a law professor who was incensed over the competitive environment for college coaches. He couldn’t understand why the NFL could prevent its member clubs from “tampering” with one another – that is, Team A hires a coach under contract to Team B – but the NCAA was powerless to prevent the same among colleges. I replied the main difference was that NFL teams were privately owned and universities were not. He didn’t understand; surely, universities were “owned” by the students and the “public”!

What I meant was that since NFL teams were privately owned and operated, the owners had market incentives to cooperate on certain subjects and adhere to a certain code of mutually beneficial conduct. That’s why you don’t see many reports about the kind of tampering and cheating that are now commonplace in college athletics. The college programs are unowned and answer to multiple layers of often-conflicting bureaucracy, including athletic departments, university presidents and boards, the NCAA, athletic conferences, the Bowl Championship Series, and federal and state authorities. There’s nobody truly “in charge.”

In particular, the NCAA is a self-sustaining bureaucracy. It exists to justify its existence. The most recent example is the NCAA’s flogging the University of Southern California because a former player, Reggie Bush, accepted money from an outside agent. By the NCAA’s reckoning, agents are the greatest force for evil in the universe, as they seek to corrupt the ideals of “amateurism.” But agents reflect a simple economic reality: There is a market demand for talented football players, and agents assist players in maximizing their value.

Former NCAA president Myles Brand once argued there’s a fundamental conflict between “education” and “profit” and that “we must be vigilant” in keeping the latter away from the former. This attitude reflects higher education’s long descent into state control – universities as a whole are not expected to be profitable, so why should athletics be any different? Except that for at least some schools, their football (and basketball) programs could successfully operate outside the NCAA’s bureaucratic system.

“Privatization” of college football might sound like sheer lunacy, but in some respects it would be a return to the 19th century system of student and alumni control. Wealthy alumni boosters could pool their resources and purchase the assets and naming rights to existing college programs. In exchange, universities could get out of the minor league football (and stadium operations) business, allowing them to shed some of their massive bureaucracies. Obviously, players would benefit from an abolition of “amateurism” and its quasi-socialist principles. Not only could they gain the right to market their services, they would be able to form voluntary associations – and yes, even unions – to strengthen their bargaining position.

Privatization would also improve the quality of the football product. The NCAA’s regimental approach to “student-athletes” severely restricts practice time and overall access to coaches. These arbitrary restrictions don’t apply to any other college discipline and effectively deprive students of the vocational education they’re seeking. This may not matter to players at lower-level schools – they don’t expect to play in the NFL – but it stunts the growth of high-level players with pro potential. And since privatization would reduce the size of “major” college football by eliminating unprofitable programs that only exist because of NCAA subsidies, the remaining programs would produce stronger schedules – and even the elusive championship playoff, which has never existed due to NCAA bureaucracy.

The counter-argument is that privatization would totally sever the mystical “student-athlete” link. But it would actually liberate the student from the athlete. The NCAA’s model remains tethered to 20th century assumptions about how students obtain degrees. These assumptions are moot in the Internet age. Privatization would enable experimentation. Some programs might offer players “vouchers” that could be used for tuition after their playing days are over. Other programs could utilize online learning. Schools might even commit the ultimate heresy and offer full degree programs in professional football – which is hardly unthinkable given the proliferation of majors offered by the typical university.

Conclusion

There’s no real alternative to privatization. The NCAA’s enforcement bureaucracy will never be effective. The disparity between the “haves” and “have-nots” in college football will continue to expand. The number of secondhanders demanding subsidies will continue to increase. And the façade of “amateurism,” already cracked beyond repair, will shatter sooner rather then later.

Of course, the same could be said of the state-controlled university system itself. Privatizing football would provide a roadmap for doing the same to the other parts of the nation’s bloated academic bureaucracies. Which is precisely why the established interests will fight to their dying breath to preserve some form of “amateurism,” and insist that education should never be tainted by the horrors of profit.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This is yet another example why the Federal government needs to be stopped! – SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/oliva5.1.1.html

The Feel Good Society – Baseball, Hotdogs & Obama In Boys Town

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August 26, 2010: Jerry Mazza / Infowars.com – August 25, 2010

I like to watch the Yankees on TV. I used to like visiting the stadium until they built the uber billion dollar baby and the ticket prices, food and drink soared.

What I also don’t like, at home or at the stadium, is the extra hour of commercials, advertisements for the “feel good” society’s goods and services, urging perennially happy, smiling consumers to buy more cars, rebuild their houses at Home Depot, Live Better at Wal-Mart, drink more beer (hotties will love you) and in general keep chasing the hedonistic, pleasure-seeking dream of endless plenty. It’s over, kids. Get back to earth. Mom’s looking for you.

We had a total loss of 221,000 jobs last month, according to the New York Times. And “Friday’s (8/6/2010) jobs report renewed pressure on lawmakers to consider the next steps they might take to bolster the economy. Along with the consideration of aid to states (a $26 billion education package), a fierce discussion is still to come whether to let the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush expire at the end of the year.” Did anyone need to debate that except the multi-millionaires and billionaires and their lackey politicians? No.

Re the extra hour of commercials, my son and I discovered that when we went to see the ace minor league Brooklyn Cyclones housed in the Municipal Credit Union (MCU) field, the game came in at two hours and six minutes, with a searing shut-out by the Cyclones (Short-Season A classification New York – Penn League) against Buffalo, in a nine-inning game, with lots of great glove-flashing on both sides. Of course, we had some cheerleaders and a chunky pitch man for the local car dealership. Even with that, it was beautiful.

Cyclones MCU Park comfortably seats five thousand fans, has wide aisles, easily accessed from Surf Avenue next to the boardwalk, the classic Cyclone roller coaster towards left field, the freshly-restored red parachute tower towards right field (sans parachutes), the Wonder Wheel in the distance (center field), with a view of the ocean. We sat 17 rows back from home plate in field box seats that cost about twelve bucks each, parking five, and a great sausage sandwich about six, drinks about four, which for the two of us wouldn’t get one mezzanine seat at Yankee Stadium, or one upper deck front row box seat.

The park also drew lots of nice families, moms, kids, grandpas, grandmas, and a general feeling of well-being that my old borough of Brooklyn is famous for. In fact, a line of kids ran on the field with the Cyclones, providing them with the biggest thrill of their young lives, waving as they faded off to the sidelines.

But, the plastic-flashing “feel good” crowd at Yankee Stadium is still whooping it up in the boxes and suites, which these days are often empty. Yet, out at the Cyclones Field, the working and middle classes are still enjoying life, without the Steinbrenner sting. And we are not missing that extra hour of wall to wall TV commercials that add to the length of the game, which the commissioner of baseball and other aficionados are always bemoaning is too long. So we can still take pleasure in living, and in a truly diverse crowd, as the dusk falls, the multi-colored lights fade up and the moon smiles down at us. Long may we live and propagate.

Of course, if you wanted to think bad thoughts, there was always Ben Bernanke printing money and trying to buy more “feel good” prosperity. Our “bought and paid” for stock market and economic recovery came at the expense of massive government borrowing and spending. As Mike Larson of Martin Weiss’s Money Markets writes, Fed Insanity Crushes Stocks!

It seems that neither the Fed nor the Federal Government can stop throwing money away in pointless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, mercenary armies, financing tax cuts to the rich and blaming it on Social Security, from which they would love to steal even more money, cash, the real kind, not the funny money they’re using, that will come back to bite us in the rear one ugly day like the one on which the market tanked 777 points.

But nobody can say no to the boys in the pleasure dome (not the one in Coleridge’s poem, Xanadu), but in Washington, D.C. where the boys are partying hard in the stately pleasure dome of the Capital. In fact, you can read how hard some of the boys like Rahm and Obama are partying in Man’s Country, a 30-year old gay men’s bath house in uptown Chicago, article courtesy of the distinguished investigative reporter and ex-Navy Intelligence officer, Wayne Madsen. Or you can find it at lawyer/investigative journalist Tom Flocco’s Rummormillnews.com.

It is Mr. Madsen’s point of view that the corruption, moral bankruptcy, and depravity depicted in this tale puts our nation at risk of blackmailing by the wrong powers. And so the participants’ adventures in the “feel good” life of Chicago’s “boys town” are in fact seriously endangering us all. For those interested, the news is here. It concerns the flightiness of some of our major politicians and high members of White House staff, some of whom have escaped the D.C. Pleasure Dome of recent. But the tentacles of this male bath house extend far and wide as you will see, at least for as long as this link lasts.

Apart from that, we return to our “field of dreams,” which was built so we could come and enjoy ourselves in a modest manner. We are still here, playing the role of “the salt of the earth,” capable of living within our means, not pursuing murder as a career, or plunging our nation and the world into the hell of bankruptcy and depression. In other words, we are not the elites, the illuminati, the Bilderbergs, the New World Order. We are just folks, the glue of American life that holds this circus together with our taxes, labor and love day after day, year after year, as the charlatans come and go, “talking in the room of Michelangelo,” as Eliot would say.

And may I remind you, both New Yorkers and visitors, that only two short blocks from Cyclones Field you can find Nathan’s Hotdog Stand, with probably the best dogs and all the trimmings in the world. And before the boardwalk is totally privatized by real estate developers who feel the neighborhood has “soul,” a quality in short quantity in the “feel good society” of celluloid images, hyped marketing strategies, and daily corruption, y’all come out and see us.

P.S. sports fans, there is also the Staten Island Yankees team, a beautiful free ferry ride away in Richmond County Bank Ball Park. From there, you can not only see the game of tomorrow’s stars but the Bay of New York, liners going by, and Lady Liberty hold her torch up high in spite of it all, the creeps, the low-lifes, the ten percenters (as Hem called them), the skimmers, the closeted bad boys, the busted politicians, the Chicago gang, Obama booster Tony Rezko (now in solitary), et al. And the thing is, I believe we the people, the glue of this whole show who turn up at work every day, pay our taxes, do our jobs, raise our families, feel good within our skin, on our own dimes, not OPM (Other People’s Money), are going to win the game in the long run.

In fact, despite the billionaires’ attempts to scuttle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and all genuine entitlements, we shall overcome as King said, and live to see the rabble of the rich in the chains they have earned, that is from the boardrooms of Goldman Sachs on down to the cells of rendition prisons. Just hang in everybody and do the right thing, as Spike Lee would say. Do the right thing and that will make you feel really good, like maybe you never felt before.

[Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer, life-long resident of New York City. His book “State Of Shock – Poems from 9/11 on” is available at www.jerrymazza.com, Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. He has also written hundreds of articles on American and world politics as an Associate Editor of Online Journal.]

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Having played baseball at a competitive level as a switch-hitting catcher, I used to love sitting behind homeplate at the old Yankee Stadium when I lived in Manhattan back in the ’90s, especially during a Yankees-Boston series. Now, I too prefer to go to minor league games where the sport, the people, and the surroundings bring back memories of old, when life was still somewhat simple and real, when a “field of dreams” was still possible, before the extravagant trappings and narcissism that have put us in this mess took hold and infected America like a terminal cancer. We all must fight it and beat it, together as “one people, under God, with Liberty and Justice for all,” or there will be no future for the Little Leaguer’s of today. – SJH   

Link to original article below…

http://www.infowars.com/adventures-in-the-feel-good-society/

The Media Worships LeBron James As The United States Collapses

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July 11, 2010: Alex Jones & Aaron Dykes / Infowars.com – July 8, 2010

Editor’s note July 11, 2010: The video below has gone viral on YouTube with over 350,000 views since it was posted on July 8, 2010.

Alex Jones gives the ‘inside scoop’ on NBA basketball MVP LeBron James’ pivotal trade decision…

…err, I mean, rather breaks down how society has become obsessed with celebrity culture and has taken its eye off of important world events, allowing corruption and total global domination to take root.

While LeBron announces his move to Miami, the mindless sports fans of America have all essentially ignored larger problems.

Here are people by the tens of thousands begging LeBron James to stay on their team, yet these same people won’t even go out and protest the looting by the Federal government, the banker bailout or even the BP oil spill.

Yes, modern Bread and Circuses – endless ballgames, television and gossip about celebrity birthday parties – has driven our culture to embrace the meaningless, while reducing our consciousness to mindless drivel. America – once the greatest cradle of imagination and wealth has fallen to a land of virtual morons who look up to decadent system-icons instead of leaders who could drive our future to greatness once again…

Alex Jones

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, the entire world was riveted to a meaningless soccer match today as the world economy collapses; unemployment skyrockets; world war is on the horizon; the Gulf of Mexico is dying; our food, water and air are being poisoned; and the Obama administration is engaged in open treason against the state of Arizona. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of tyranny descending on humanity like a hammer on the nail driving the coffin lid shut! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.infowars.com/lebron-james-announces-hes-going-to-miami/

Chicago: Fans Boo BP Crosstown Cup Presentation At Wrigley Field

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June 12, 2010: Associated Press Editors / Associated Press (AP) via Nola.com – June 11, 2010

Fans at Wrigley Field let out loud boos when the BP Crosstown Cup was presented before the Chicago Cubs’ game against the Chicago White Sox.

BP, which is under fire for its handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, is in its first year as title sponsor of the annual six-game series between the crosstown rivals.

The Cubs and White Sox opened a weekend set at Wrigley Field on Friday, with another three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field scheduled for June 25-27. The cup goes to the series winner or the team that takes the final game if they split the six games. Both teams have said they would stick with BP, although some of the promotions were scaled back.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Good for the fans of Chicago. Both teams should immediately drop BP sponsorship like a sabotaged blow-out preventer into the Gulf of Mexico along with that pretentious Cup! – SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/06/fans_at_wrigley_field_boo_when.html