Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'mPossible

Dogma Daze

Excerpts from Christopher S. Hyatt & S.L. Slaughter's Dogma Daze (buy or dl)
36 pages of hilarious genius

Dogma Daze
Free yourself from guilt
Never let anyone make you feel bad again.

Dogma Junkies
Dogma is a drug -- and we are dogma addicts.
"But Doctor, what is Dogma?" "Well my dear, dogma is acting as though you possess absolute truth, even though you have no real facts to support your propaganda. Some words which are similar are -- dictatorial, stubborn, egotistical, bigoted, fanatical, intolerant, opinionated, overbearing, arrogant, stupid, despotic, and the list continues. But of course my dear, these terms do not apply to you."

WHEN YOU GO OUT FOR DINNER ORDER DOGMA

WHEN YOU GO OUT ANYTIME ORDER DOGMA --
BECAUSE YOU WILL GET IT ANYWAY

AT LEAST YOU WILL FEEL IN CONTROL

If someone spots you going into dogma withdrawal (that is doing something which is a lot of fun) you will be provided with a remedy - be it sympathy - advice - or electro-shock therapy.

Shut it off! Now I can see how your view is much more valid and sensible than mine!!

Dogma Speed
Dogma travels faster than the speed of light. If the speed of dogma transmission becomes sloweer than the speed of change then a nervous breakdown can occur. When this happens frantic attempts are made to find a fresh connection, such as a psychiatrist, who is a specialist in dogma breakdown and withdrawal. OR YOU CAN --- Watch TV. Have an affair. Go on a shopping spree. Throw a war. Get sick. Provoke an economic disaster. If that is not enough, you can start your own counter culture or if you're really brave you can start your own religion.

Intelligent Dogma
The most advanced DOGMA JUNKIES are of course the educated addicts. They "CHOOSE" their -- DOGMA -- carefully, not knowing of course that they're junkies. They evaluate themselves and others in terms of the logic-reason-justice - originality and obvious truth of their DOGMA. Their customary paraphernalia includes style, value, convention, common sense, good taste and consensus.

The CIA
International dogma protection -- this agency protects us against the dogma of other nations. According to some TV programs the CIA will use any device conceivable to protect us from the insidious peril which is encroaching --------- (Note: The publisher removed the remainder of the sentence.)

Read on (buy or dl)

More liberating than you believe

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Through the Stargate with Sanctuary

Sanctuary is a series sure to have some interesting symbolism in it featuring Amanda Tapping, Stargate's Samantha Carter as Dr. Helen Magnus, an English (supposedly :p actors really need to stick to their own damn accent) doctor specializing in xenobiology and cryptozoology who seeks to help 'abnormals' by running the titular 'Sanctuary for All'.

She recruits Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), a forensic psychiatrist, to assist her in reaching people and gaining their trust so they can be helped. Other Sanctuary staff include Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins), a weapons designer & computer expert; and Ashley Magnus (Emilie Ullerup), Helen's daughter and self-proclaimed monster hunter.

I've seen three episodes, and I need to check those webisodes too which is how the show started (checking the first, woohoo Rodney McKay and more SG Atlantis folk, geez even the credits are better! Check the webisodes first! The show itself is not that great IMO). From the wiki: Although the show's creators initially said that the deal with the SciFi channel would not have an impact on the web access of the series, the webisodes are not currently available. Incredible & Duh... Every New Battlestar Galactica fan knows how well the SciFi channel gets along with webisodes. But they are on YouTube, which btw has switched to horrible black border widescreen, great, I guess I didn't hate the internet enough yet.

Speaking of BSG, Emilie Ullerup was in that too, in Sanctuary she's Monster Hunter Ashley Magnus and the following must be the hottest stargate symbolism I've seen yet :p

There be a stargate pond, with baddies approaching from the bottom
Reflection on the water surface of the skulled baddies
Gunshots emerge from under the water
What's this a-bubbling?





My Bazooka disagrees

Larry Carlson: Medijate!

Larry Carlson: Medijate!

The World's First Bionic Burger


The World's First Bionic Burger - Bionicburger.com

From the vid: "True story about a man who's been saving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and Big Macs from McDonalds for over 18 years... and they look EXACTLY the same!" (well, more or less)

Here's a test: Stop eating fast food for a month and eat healthy instead (this will make you feel good - as opposed to only your taste buds), then try to eat fast food again after that month and see how your body reacts the same & next day. I haven't eaten "fast food" in forever... cause it's not food.

Crisis? What Crisis?

Interesting article by Dave Fryett
"The economic mess that has been unfolding the last few months is not, as the right fear and the left hope, an organic collapse of the global capitalist system. But rather it is, as so many so-called financial crises before it, a scam perpetrated by what Lincoln used to call the "money power." The goals are to capture other lucrative businesses, reduce government and its ability to constrain its hegemony over capital, and to reduce union membership by creating such dire economic circumstances as to make unions powerless to save their members from hardship.

What we are experiencing is not the fall of the bourgeoisie, but its ascendancy to dictatorship. It is a charade, it's class war waged by a confidant, victorious bourgeoisie, not one on the verge of imminent ruin. In fact, the economic failure of the bourgeoisie, as things are currently constituted in the West, is an impossibility."

Read on

Monday, November 24, 2008

Through the Stargate with Dominion Tank Police

I watched the first 4-episode OVA of Dominion Tank Police. A 2-volume manga written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed) and turned into 3 OVA's.

Set in the fictional city of Newport, Japan (I partly grew up in Newport, Belgium ;p), in a future in which bacterial air pollution has become so severe that people must wear gas masks when outdoors (more about this later in the post), the series follows a police squadron that uses tanks.

Here is a shot of Leona and her boss in her little tank on the left, made from the scraps of her boss' tank which she wrecked ;p, and futuristic Newport on the right, Mushroom building and everything.

The first OVA was funny, action-packed and as usual in anime you barely know wtf is going on! (in a great way!) Without spoiling everything (barely), and after checking out this White Stripes Music vid set to some cool animation from the series, let's check out how we go through the stargate in this story:


Domnion Tank Police: 7 Nation Army AMV

Buaku, "We're Mad" is written at the place of the sleeping third eye.

Buaku is the super criminal the Tank Police was formed to fight, specializing in bank robbery and general mayhem. He leads a gang, but appears to be backed by unknown individuals. In the OVA Buaku's true origins are revealed in that he was a "prototype test dummy" for the Greenpeace Crolis project, who escaped destruction when government agents raided the lab and destroyed everything except for encoded data disguised as a nude portrait of himself.


Doctor talking about the Greenpeace Project: "The world is contaminated by the bacterial cloud, so this project is assumed national, no international, not to say global importance. We have already succeeded in creating a prototype lifeform capable of surviving in bacterially contaminated air, on the physical side then the project is incontestably a total success. The challenge we now face is to create a mental framework, completely human in form. At the moment the brains in our specimens exist, but they exist up till now only in a state I would term cognitive sterility... What we call their brains are made of microchips, replicas of adult human brains. We shall have the privilige of imprinting experience on them. 'Till now only God has known what it is to create human intellect from nothing. That's our task here, to create human intellect from nothing."

Buaku is helped by the Puma Twins, Anna Puma & Uni Puma who are a pair of tall, beautiful android catgirls (;p) who were created as "love dolls" to be marketed for profit, but they developed beyond this superficial programming and became criminals, joining forces with Buaku.

At the end of the first OVA, Buaku and the girls come upon a place where Buaku is led by his consciousness after having dreams featuring this:

Buaku's "dream" leads him to an abandoned lab...

"I was right, I knew I was right! The feeling was so strong it wasn't a dream.
Up there, that gentle green sea... peace." Buaku


Buaku climes it instinctively and reaches inside the stargate

The stargate activates

"Neither shame, nor anger, nor pain, nor bitterness." Buaku

and Greenpeace Crolis(/Chloris) appears

A mysterious green-skinned girl with wings (and I found out from the wiki: who's content as long as she's in a place with plenty of light. She was originally developed to counteract the bacteria-laden smog that covers the Earth: a humanoid "air purifier.") Can't wait to check out the rest of this series!

Expectations

"When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment and I told them they didn’t understand life."

Expectations

Song Around the World "Stand By Me"


Playing For Change: Song Around the World "Stand By Me"

Playing For Change: Peace Through Music

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's funny cause it's true

"Talking about magic with non-magicians is like talking to virgins about shagging. Reading about magic is like reading about sex: it will get you horny for the real thing but it won't give you nearly as much fun."
Grant Morrison, Disinformation Book of Lies Pop Magic excerpt

Autobiography of a Yogi

I'm reading the autobiography of Paramahansa Yogananda, who introduced meditation and Kriya Yoga to a lot of Westerners. Thanks to James for recommending this one. You can read it on scribd and choose between versions of 522, 308, 278 pages.

"Reform yourself and you will have reformed thousands around you."

"The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God."

Tek-Gnostics Blog

The Tek-Gnostic Sensei is now blogging too at the TekGnostics Blog. Providing wisdom and guidance for those interested in critical thinking and discourse. Sensei is a sophisticated intelligence agent existing in the virtual world. That is, Sensei is a sentient construct whose wisdom, intellect, and very existence resides in the World Wide Web. Earlier post on Tek-Gnostics.com.

Soulwax - Conversation Intercom

Stephen and David Dewaele are 2 brothers who play music as Soulwax (Rock Band), Soulwax Nite Versions (Remixes of their own music), Too Many DJ's (Remixes of other people's music - but also the name of a song by Soulwax ;p - and formerly known as The Flying/Fucking Dewaele Brothers.), etc :p. I saw their rockumentary DVD Part of the Weekend Never Dies yesterday about the tour where they perform with all 3 in a row, would recommended just for the fascinating way the brothers get along with each other. I formerly posted this and the NY Excuse song in this post. This song could be about reality tunnels and filtering communication:


Soulwax - Conversation Intercom

Time and time again
translation seems to sabotage the words
you know what is said is not what is heard
Damn this mean device
It makes a whispering-man-sound as if he cries
It's the pinnacle of what is typical

Conversation Intercom
you hear what I say but it comes out all wrong
Conversation Intercom
you say what I see still you speak in different tongues

Don't act like a fool
It makes you so uncool and that's what it does best
cause if anything it's just a temper-test
Fill in your own words yeah
1-800 Dial-to-be-heard
It's the pinnacle of what is cynical

Conversation Intercom
you hear what I say but it comes out all wrong
Conversation Intercom
you say what I see still you speak in different tongues

Clap your hands and you know what to do
my ear attends to you
as people listen intently
can you copy? do you receive?
Damn this mean device
It makes a whispering-man-sound as if he cries

Monday, November 17, 2008

Red Ice Live - Jake Kotze - "JC" Movie Synchromysticism

Grant Morrison answers


Grant Morrison about 2012, and the Pope.

"Beats me, who knows, maybe nothing," Morrison said. "But things are speeding up, information doubles exponentially toward this moment but the world's never ended yet, it may not end then. There's a lot of weird interesting things happening in 2012, planetary alignment. You might wake up one morning thinking you're on an acid trip that never ends. So if something happens I'll be there waiting with open arms!" (btw, we're in the sixth day, woo!)


Grant Morrison on Entheogens, Katmandu

One audience member asked about the effect of psychedelic drugs on Morrison's writing. "They were very big in The Invisibles." Morrison said that for years, he was completely straight edge but around the time he turned 30, he decided to do all the things he'd never done before, including transvestitism and "a lot of psychedelic drugs." He explained that the principle cast of The Invisibles were essentially five characters each based on elements of his own personality.

A fan then asked about how Morrison's experience in Katmandu--which famously informed a great deal of The Invisibles--has impacted the rest of his writing. "The Katmandu thing was really weird because I had taken a little bit of hash, but it was such a small bit and the experience I had was so profound and nothing like that has ever happened again." He explained that part of the idea of taking so many drugs in the '90s was trying to replicate that experience. "I tried all kinds of things to se if it was possible, and nothing took me to that place. It was something quite unusual and different and I was never able to get back there again."

Thanks Relaxed Focus! & More in this forum thread

Holy Moldy Bible


That bible just got a lot more holy!

Via My[confined]space. Thanks James!

added ;p

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jacques Vallée: The Software of Consciousness


Jacques Vallée: The Software of Consciousness

Jacques Vallée talks about Remote Viewing, Ingo Swann, and more.

Angels & Airwaves - Valkyrie Missile


Tom Delonge speech at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2007


Angels and Airwaves - Valkyrie Missile (the only official video online, on a Polish website, because that's how f'd up the internet is ;p)

Who do we think we are?


Over Airwaves - Valkyrie Missile (Cover)

What are Dimensions?


What are Dimensions?

Noam Chomsky: Capitalist Crisis, One-Party System, Obama's rethoric and Intellectual Conformism

The linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky has long been a critic of American consumerism and imperialism. SPIEGEL spoke to him about the current crisis of capitalism, Barack Obama's rhetoric and the compliance of the intellectual class. Some excerpts:

SPIEGEL: But is it correct to only put the blame on Wall Street? Doesn't Main Street, the American middle class, also live on borrowed money which may or may not be paid back?

Chomsky: The debt burden of private households is enormous. But I would not hold the individual responsible. This consumerism is based on the fact that we are a society dominated by business interests. There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.

SPIEGEL: How does it benefit politicians when the populace drives a lot, eats a lot and goes shopping a lot?

Chomsky: Consumption distracts people. You cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption. The business press has been quite explicit about this goal.

SPIEGEL: “Change” is the slogan of this year’s presidential election. Do you see any chance for an immediate, tangible change in the United States? Or, to use use Obama’s battle cry: Are you "fired up”?

Chomsky: Not in the least. The European reaction to Obama is a European delusion.

SPIEGEL: But he does say things that Europe has long been waiting for. He talks about the trans-Atlantic partnership, the priority of diplomacy and the reconciling of American society.

Chomsky: That is all rhetoric. Who cares about that? This whole election campaign deals with soaring rhetoric, hope, change, all sorts of things, but not with issues.

SPIEGEL: Do you prefer the team on the other side: the 72 year old Vietnam veteran McCain and Sarah Palin, former Alaskan beauty queen?

Chomsky: This Sarah Palin phenomenon is very curious. I think somebody watching us from Mars, they would think the country has gone insane.

SPIEGEL: Is there nothing about McCain that appeals to you?

Chomsky: In one aspect he is more honest than his opponent. He explicitly states that this election is not about issues but about personalities. The Democrats are not quite as honest even though they see it the same way.

SPIEGEL: So for you, Republicans and Democrats represent just slight variations of the same political platform?

Chomsky: Of course there are differences, but they are not fundamental. Nobody should have any illusions. The United States has essentially a one-party system and the ruling party is the business party.

SPIEGEL: You exaggerate. In almost all vital questions -- from the taxation of the rich to nuclear energy -- there are different positions. At least on the issues of war and peace, the parties differ considerably. The Republicans want to fight in Iraq until victory, even if that takes a 100 years, according to McCain. The Democrats demand a withdrawal plan.

Chomsky: Let us look at the “differences” more closely, and we recognize how limited and cynical they are. The hawks say, if we continue we can win. The doves say, it is costing us too much. But try to find an American politician who says frankly that this aggression is a crime: the issue is not whether we win or not, whether it is expensive or not. Remember the Russian invasion of Afghanistan? Did we have a debate whether the Russians can win the war or whether it is too expensive? This may have been the debate at the Kremlin, or in Pravda. But this is the kind of debate you would expect in a totalitarian society. If General Petraeus could achieve in Iraq what Putin achieved in Chechnya, he would be crowned king. The key question here is whether we apply the same standards to ourselves that we apply to others.

SPIEGEL: Who prevents intellectuals from asking and critically answering these questions? You praised the freedom of speech in the United States.

Chomsky: The intellectual world is deeply conformist. Hans Morgenthau, who was a founder of realist international relations theory, once condemned what he called “the conformist subservience to power” on the part of the intellectuals. George Orwell wrote that nationalists, who are practically the whole intellectual class of a country, not only do not disapprove of the crimes of their own state, but have the remarkable capacity not even to see them. That is correct. We talk a lot about the crimes of others. When it comes to our own crimes, we are nationalists in the Orwellian sense. Read the entire interview at Spiegel

Great interview, but I don't agree with Chomsky (or anyone, really) on everything, like his ridiculous stances on 9/11 and JFK.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Wonder



"Prejudice locks the mind. Nothing can enter. Nothing true can escape."
Gerry Spence

Thelemic analysis of Star Wars

Old usenet post. Subject: George Lucas a disciple of Aleister Crowley? From: Cavalorn - Newsgroups: alt.gothic - (source). Thelemic references in the Star Wars trilogy:

Crowley's secret name in the OTO was supposed to have been 'Phoenix' and the symbol of the Rebel Alliance is a stylised phoenix.

Crowley was OHO of the Order of Oriental Templars (OTO) and Lucas' original name for the Jedi Knights was the Jedi Templars.

The windows in the Emperor's chambers at the climax of Return of the Jedi spell 'OTO'. (Does the author mean these?)

From the Book of the Law, dictated to Crowley: 'the obeah and the wanga, the work of the wand and the work of the sword, these he shall learn and teach.' Obeah = Obi. Wanga = Wan. Thus, Obi-Wan. And what device is a wand one moment and a sword the next? A lightsaber, of course; and the relevance of 'learn and teach' is obvious, since Obi-Wan is the teacher.

Vader's sabre is red, the colour of the sphere of Geburah, or Severity: Obi-Wan's is blue, the colour of its opposing sphere, Chesed or Mercy.

Crowley makes references to 'the dwarf insane yet crafty' who is the source of true Wisdom, obviously a reference to Yoda.

The greatest ordeal in Crowley's A.'.A.'. system is the 'crossing of the abyss'. One reaches the brink of a great gulf and must either surrender everything one is and jump, or remain behind to become a 'black brother' or 'brother of the left hand path'. The 'crossing of the abyss' is foreshadowed in A New Hope, at the point at which Luke and Leia swing over the chasm, but is actually achieved in full in Empire Strikes Back, at the climax of the film.

In the climax of Empire, Luke's right hand is severed at the wrist, implying that he must take the left hand path and turn to the Dark Side, i.e. become a 'black brother'. Faced with the choice of crossing the Abyss or turning to the 'Left Hand Path', Luke chooses to jump, which is the act that redeems him from a future of corruption.

Luke is also the Horus figure, the avenger (as in Revenge of the Jedi, the original title). In the climax of Empire, Vader (previously identified with Set, the murderer of the father) is revealed to _be_ the father, the dark Osiris - this being the same secret that was revealed in the Egyptian Mysteries, namely that 'Osiris is a Black God!'

The 'Black Brethren' are those who have 'shut themselves up', become encased and closed off from the Universe, exactly as Vader is encased in black armour. Their sphere on the Tree of Life is the false sphere 'Da'ath', obviously the source for 'Darth'.

Vader out of his armour proves to be a bald guy with an English accent, uncannily reminiscent of Crowley.

Not convinced yet? Try this quote from one of Crowley's Holy Books, in which a part of the Star Wars universe is mentioned BY NAME:
'... Thy messenger was more terrible than the Death-star.'

The messenger of the Emperor is of course Vader, who possesses (and represents) a power far more terrible than the Death Star - the dark side of the Force itself. As Vader himself reminds his fellow Imperials, 'The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.'

You might recognise this scene, too:
'the chamber was corrupt; the air stank... He enveloped me with his demon tentacles; yea, the eight fears took hold upon me.'
Garbage compactors, anyone? However, we all know what happened next:

'I slipped from the embrace as a stone from the sling of a boy of the woodlands. I was smooth and hard as ivory; the horror gat no hold.' Smooth and hard as ivory indeed, for Luke is wearing stormtrooper armour in that scene.

Well, George? Been having a bit of the old Do-what-thou-wilt, have we?

Cav (Source)

ps: this is every bit as serious as Crowley's own qabalistic analysis of nursery rhymes. ;)

Yum: Fake


Yum - Fake

What do I have to do? To be as fake as you.
What do I have to say? To be your friend today.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Maicrocosm




Heroes & Villains

Short Roundup from the last 2 episodes:
Claire (Clear) and Elle (mirrored name, french for "she", and El=Hebrew for God) go to Pinehearst, a front for "the Company", which uses a DNA Logo and has the words Pine(al Gland) & Heart.

Claire
: What if there's something wrong with all of us and they can fix it?
Elle: You're fine. You're perfect.
Claire: No, I'm not. Whatever's happening to you, it's happening to me, too.
Elle: You're still healing, aren't you?
Claire: Yeah. But I can't feel pain. And I think it's only a matter of time before I can't feel anything at all.
Elle: You can't feel pain. I wish I had your problems, Cheerleader. My body is screaming. I'm in agony.
Claire: Go with me. If there's a chance that these people at Pinehearst can help us, we'll go together.
Elle: All right, Dorothy. Then we're off to see the Wizard.

But the "wizard" aka "the man behind the curtain" aka Arthur Petrelli causes his own son Peter to go flying through a window as they arrive... (through Sylar, his other son)

Mohinder (voice-over): "A child is born to innocence. A child is drawn towards good. Why then do so many among us go so horribly wrong? What makes some walk the path of darkness while others choose the light? Is it will? Is it destiny? Can we ever hope to understand the force that shapes the soul? To fight evil, one must know evil; one must journey back through time and find that fork in the road, where heroes turn one way and villains turn another."

"I am better, Peter. That's not a belief, it's a fact."
Arthur Petrelli

Meta-Modelling that: Better how exactly?
Well in the episode he has a crapload of powers, but that doesn't change the fact that a range of different intelligences within him need serious work, crazy megalomaniac screwball that he is and all. So how is Petrelli evil? It all comes back to bs, ego & ignorance.

In the same episode, Arthur is holding a copy of Thus Spake Zarathustra, with the much misunderstood concept of the Superman or Overman by Nietzsche. Arthur Petrelli is now the Leader of the Company in heroes, the Company is a much used name for a metaphor about an organization of megalomaniacs that might ring a non-fictional bell. The Company in Heroes got sync'd to Prison Break's Company by the mention of "where's Scofield?" in the last episode. He's not exactly a nice guy, as he has been brainwashing his wife most of their life together, tried to kill his own son, and oh yeah, take over the world by any means necessary...

Arthur Petrelli: What do you suggest, we abort?
Lindermann: No not abort, no. Postpone.
Arthur Petrelli: You're not thinking this through, the plan for New York has been years in the making, do we postpone that too?

Hiro is on a mind expanding spirit journey thanks to an entheogen...

"You eat a disgusting paste made from roots of a Tamboti tree and the dung of a hyena."

And will be facing Arthur Petrelli in the next episode, as he doesn't like people dreaming about him...

Merrily

Alejandro Jodorowsky - Tarot of Marseilles


Alejandro Jodorowsky - Tarot of Marseilles

Alejandro Jodorowsky talks about his fascination with the Tarot and how he helped recreate what the Tarot of Marseilles looked like 1400 years ago. He also goes into the meaning of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. This video is an extra from the 2007 restored DVD of The Holy Mountain (1973 film).

Thanks a lot to Technoccult

Conspiracy Research

Obama's Bailout Bunch Brings Us More of the Same

Opinion by Jonathan Weil at Bloomberg.com

Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- It's hard to believe Barack Obama would even think of calling this change.

Take a good look at some of the 17 people our nation's president-elect chose last week for his Transition Economic Advisory Board. And then try saying with a straight face that these are the leaders who should be advising him on how to navigate through the worst financial crisis in modern history.

First, there's former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Not only was he chairman of Citigroup Inc.'s executive committee when the bank pushed bogus analyst research, helped Enron Corp. cook its books, and got caught baking its own. He was a director from 2000 to 2006 at Ford Motor Co., which also committed accounting fouls and now is begging Uncle Sam for Citigroup- style bailout cash.

Two other Citigroup directors received spots on the Obama board: Xerox Corp. Chief Executive Officer Anne Mulcahy and Time Warner Inc. Chairman Richard Parsons. Xerox and Time Warner got pinched years ago by the Securities and Exchange Commission for accounting frauds that occurred while Mulcahy and Parsons held lesser executive posts at their respective companies.

Mulcahy and Parsons also once were directors at Fannie Mae when that company was breaking accounting rules. So was another member of Obama's new economic board, former Commerce Secretary William Daley. He's now a member of the executive committee at JPMorgan Chase & Co., which, like Citigroup, is among the nine large banks that just got $125 billion of Treasury's bailout budget.

There's More
Obama's economic crew might as well be called the Bailout Bunch. Another slot went to former White House economic adviser Laura Tyson. She's been a director for about a decade at Morgan Stanley, which in 2004 got slapped for accounting violations by the SEC and a month ago got $10 billion from Treasury.

That's not all. There's Penny Pritzker, the Obama campaign's national finance chairwoman. She was on the board of the holding company for subprime lender Superior Bank FSB. The Chicago-area thrift, in which her family held a 50 percent stake, was seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2001. The thrift's owners agreed to pay the government $460 million over 15 years to help cover the FDIC's losses.

Even some of the brighter lights on Obama's board, like Warren Buffett and former SEC Chairman William Donaldson, come with asterisks. Buffett was on the audit committee of Coca-Cola Co.'s board when the SEC found the soft-drink maker had misled investors about its earnings. Donaldson was on the audit committee from 1998 to 2001 at a provider of free e-mail services called Mail.com Inc. Just before he left the SEC, in 2005, the agency disciplined the company over accounting violations that had occurred on his watch.

Telling Stories
So, by my tally, almost half the people on Obama's economic advisory board have held fiduciary positions at companies that, to one degree or another, either fried their financial statements, helped send the world into an economic tailspin, or both. Do you think any of that came up in the vetting?

Let's say we give Buffett a pass -- smart move he made, skipping the group photo-op last week in Chicago. What about the rest of them? Donaldson, for one, was chairman when the SEC voted in 2004 to let the big Wall Street banks, including Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos., lever up their balance sheets like drunks. Talk about blowing it.

And whom did Obama tap for White House chief of staff? Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois congressman who was a director at Freddie Mac in 2000 and 2001 while it was committing accounting fraud.

Ideally, this job would go to someone who can't be easily fooled. Think about it: Of all the people Obama could have chosen as his chief of staff, couldn't he have found someone who wasn't once on the board of Freddie Mac?

Renewed Confidence
The president-elect needs some new advisers -- fast. We are in a crisis of confidence in American capitalism. These aren't the right people to re-instill its sense of honor.

Many of them should be getting subpoenas as material witnesses right about now, not places in Obama's inner circle. Did Obama learn nothing from the ill-fated choice of James Johnson, the former Fannie Mae boss, to lead his vice- presidential search committee?

Does he think people like Robert Rubin or Richard Parsons will offer any helpful advice on how to stop crooked bankers or sleep-walking directors from sinking our economy? Or that they won't mistake the nation's needs for their own corporate interests? Or that the people who helped get us into our long financial nightmare have any clue how to get us out?

Obama has created hope that our nation can stand for all that is good in the world again. It's not too late to change course.

Start by scrapping this board.

Yeah that's really gonna happen...
Seriously, stop drinking the Kool-Aid.