by David DeGraw

from AmpedStatus Website


Editor’s Note:

The following is the introduction to

David DeGraw’s new book,

“The Road Through 2012 - Revolution or World War III.”




Word from the Watchtower - A Hard Rain is Going to Fall
September 16, 2010

“There must be some way out of here…
There’s too much confusion
I can’t get no relief…

Outside in the distance…
Two riders were approaching
The wind began to howl…

So let us not talk falsely now
The hour is getting late…”

Dylan, 21: 6-9

All Along the Watchtower
Years ago I read a quote from a book called “The Evolving Self” which concisely summed up the mission of my life:

“To come ever closer to getting a glimpse of the universal order, and of our part in it.”

In a determined effort to fulfill this mission, I have become a highly efficient news analyst.


Using cutting-edge technology I developed a system that allows me to analyze thousands of news reports daily. I strategically sift through and condense them into the 200 reports which I surmise to be the most significant. I then take those reports and carefully read through them.


Approximately half of them are placed into a database and presented daily on

After years of honing my skills and the technology involved, looking over statistics from the past year I have read, on average, 600 pages of news per day, six days a week. It’s a torturous and tedious process that takes 10-12 hours per day and barely pays the bills. I don’t do this expecting to make much financial gain from it - if that were the case, given the time I put in I would make more working at Starbucks.


I subject myself to this task because I firmly believe that information is power and I see this process as an absolute prerequisite to understanding, and then overcoming, the unprecedented crisis which is just beginning to confront us.

Our current crisis has been steadily developing for several decades now. However, over the past few years its pace has been exponentially accelerating.


Last year I felt we passed a tipping point and quickly evolved my method from purely information gathering to reporting and released a commentary entitled, “The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society,” and then followed it up with a more extensive series of reports which I called “The Economic Elite Vs. The People of The United States of America.”


In all, over the course of the past year, I have written 28 reports and posted over 30,000 news excerpts.

Closely watching tragedy after tragedy unfold throughout the world day after day, week after week, is extremely depressing, to say the least. Having the unfortunate task of consistently being the bearer of bad news is definitely not something that I want to spend the rest of my life doing. The icing on the cake is dealing with people who attack me for reporting the facts and details on just how bad the economy, environment and political situation truly are.


I am all too often forced to defend commonsense positions that have consistently been proven to be correct.

Aside from having to defend obvious facts, as time has passed I have also received some praise and been asked how it is that I knew the economy wouldn’t be improving when most media personalities, politicians and economists were saying otherwise. You don’t need a crystal ball to tell what is going to happen within the near future; you just need to look at the policies that are in place and the actions being taken.


To use a simple analogy: if someone pours gasoline all over your house and then goes and gets a blowtorch, you can pretty easily guess what’s going to happen next.


This is essentially what is happening to us right now. When trillions of dollars are looted from the economy, and the people who did the looting are not held accountable and are allowed to remain in positions of power, only a fool would think that the economy would improve.

If we all had a dollar for every time a mainstream “news” headline described negative statistics in vital economic indicators as “unexpected” or “surprising,” we could have paid off the national debt by now. The truth of the matter is that there has been very little “unexpected” or “surprising” economic news over the past year - unless, of course, you have been drinking the Kool-Aid and buying into the mainstream propaganda.

It doesn’t take much intelligence to see through the charade, it just takes a commitment to putting in the time to do the research for yourself.


When you stop listening to paid-off pundits, so-called “experts” who have a long track record of almost always getting it wrong, and when you take the time to research and analyze the data, the facts and the-news-not-in-the-news, you begin to clearly see the horrifying reality of the situation.

Wicked Messengers
I don’t get a fat paycheck from a Fortune 500 corporation or a political party.


I don’t have to bow before global bankers and the Business Roundtable for campaign funding. It is not my job to build investor confidence, entice consumer spending or sucker people into voting for me. I do not report information to please a boss and collect a paycheck. As I’ve stated, the information I present is the summation of extensive research that I’ve done to educate myself and defend against the predatory elements within society.

I mention all of this because it is vital to distinguish between independent journalists who don’t have any financial incentive to deceive people, and members of the mainstream media, economists and politicians who most often do. They make a very comfortable living and are paid large sums of money to manipulate and pacify us - to keep us isolated, divided, confused, ignorant, apolitical and as passive as possible.


Their primary function is to dumb us down and keep us on the sidelines.

The harsh truth is that we are not meant to be free-thinking, intelligent human beings. We are not brought up to be critical thinking participatory citizens involved in the decision-making processes that guide our lives. We are bred to be spectators and servants - emotionally driven consumers and wage slaves.

The manifestation of sociology, psychology, marketing, public relations, the mass media and educational system represents the culmination of decades of scientific and strategic planning. We have been brought up in a system of mental domination. As a population, we have been intensely propagandized daily since birth.


Generally speaking, our critical thinking skills and attention to, and comprehension of, deeper political and economic issues are virtually non-existent.

The dominant characteristic of our present ruling system is the firm belief that power is to be gained and maintained by manipulating the masses. Being honest with the population is rarely an option for them. Current powers are much more interested in deceiving people than informing them.


They dogmatically adhere to the doctrine and tenets of propaganda, tactically utilizing technocratic methods of manipulation and deception.

The Will to Empower
I am in direct opposition to the existing power structure because my belief system is based on the premise that the more you inform and empower people, the more empowered you will be.


The point is, I’m driven by a need to inform and empower people, whereas current powers are more interested in manipulating and deceiving people.


I firmly believe that Thomas Jefferson had it right when he said:

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty… Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

As I watch the mainstream press and politicians continually deceive us and fail to relay vital and accurate information on the dangers confronting us, as conditions continue to deteriorate, I realize that we must not hesitate in exposing their lies and distortions, no matter how much criticism paid-off propagandists send our way in their relentless pursuit to marginalize the truth.

My main concern is that the mainstream media has obscured reality to the point where I will be instinctively dismissed by many of the people who could benefit most from the information provided. In exposing the harsh reality of our situation, I am fully aware that I will sound extreme and like an alarmist.


That’s understandable, I am most definitely sounding an alarm and these are most definitely extreme times.

As my track record has proven, I will not say anything that I cannot back up with ample evidence. Perhaps I will begin with something the casual observer will not at first believe, but I assure you, if you hear me out, I will end with something you cannot deny.

At this point, it is clear to anyone who spends time researching our current economic and political environment, it is clear to anyone who cares about truth, justice, democracy, freedom and the future, we all know damn well that it’s time to sound the alarm, organize and fight back.

This realization may still be dormant in your mind, held within the recesses of your private, isolated thoughts, but we all know deep down inside that something has gone horribly wrong.


Nietzsche hit the nail on the head when he said,

“Even the most courageous among us only rarely has the courage for that which he really knows.”

Ultimately, my goal is to reach those among us who are aware enough to understand the reality and gravity of our current situation, to reach those who are brave enough, who have the courage and are prepared to take action and defend against it.

It is much easier to dismiss this harsh reality and turn away in the short-term. I wish I could ignore and walk away from all of this myself. However, in the long-term, unless we face this situation now, as we have only begun to experience, we will all be confronted with a severe decline in our living standards.


The longer we hesitate and remain passive, the worse our fate will be.

A Hard Rain is Going to Fall
To put it bluntly, after much analysis, I am forced to conclude that we are in grave danger.


If you think the past few years have been bad, unless we significantly change our present course, they will be remembered as a walk in the park compared to what we have coming our way.

When you are brave enough to leave the Disneyland of mainstream propaganda and face the reality of our current crisis, the foreseeable future looks absolutely horrifying and, given the course we are on, extreme conditions are inevitable.

To poetically summarize the information I have gathered, and distill the essence of this report for all the people who have a short attention span, let me just echo the prophetic words of Bob Dylan and simply say, “A hard rain is a-gonna fall.”

“I heard the sound of a thunder
It roared out a warnin’ …

Heard ten thousand whisperin’
And nobody listenin’ …

‘What’ll you do now?’ …

I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest …
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters …
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden …”

And I’ll expose it, as I “think it and speak it and breathe it…” Then I’ll:

“reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it …
I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’
But I’ll know my song well,
before I start singin’.”

So let me end this introduction and start to lay out the situation for your consideration.

We are at a critical crossroad. Stay the present course and it leads directly down a road we have been twice before, to world war. Or, take the road less traveled, one we took only once before, which leads to revolution.

To present things in such absolute terms - saying that we must choose between one way or the other - is rarely a sincere interpretation of a situation. In life, most things are not so black and white; there are usually many shades of gray. I would much prefer to avoid such a dualistic Manichean perspective. However, after much deliberation, I don’t see any middle road.


As I will prove to you, we are on a clear path of war, death and destruction and, at this juncture, the only way for us to get off this path is through revolution.


The current system of control cannot be partially adjusted at this point. The time for minor reforms has passed; half-measures will no longer suffice. It is a world at war, or it is all-out revolution.


Perhaps these two roads will converge and collide, and we will experience both for a period of time, but which one will prevail? The Economic Elite have backed us into this corner, they’ve forced upon us these two drastic options.

In the interests of self-preservation, it is time for our survival instinct to kick in. I’m going to explain how we got to this point, and then you can decide for yourself what your next move will be.

Ultimately, the choice is yours…


Eleutheria i Thanatos... Freedom or Death...



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