Mark Palermo

He Was Our S.O.B.
Long Ago Saturday Nights at the Circle 9
The Dark Side of Vaccinations
Wine: Where Ignorance and Pretension Find their Loudest Voice
A 1976 Journey in Search of Self
The Machinery of Mass Dreams
The Outlaw Georgie Bush
Sex Offender Registries Out of Control
Extreme Makeover for Airheads
The Fault Lies not in the Stars, but in Ourselves
Reconsidering George Carlin
If You Think Liberals Are Jerks...
She Couldn't Do Her Chores
Remembering Viktor Frankl
One Day on the Farm-1977
A Fresh Look at Meat
How the Real World Works: A Lesson
30 Bucks for the Human Touch
1929 All Over Again
An Old Man's War, A Young Man's Fight
More Things in Heaven and Earth...
Our Dumbed-down Public Discourse
Bread, But No Roses
Earth's the Right Place for Love
Read This Before Enlisting
Poison Is Good for You: The Fluoridation Scam
Ron Paul:He Makes Too Much Sense
War Is a Racket
Brazil's National Orgasm Day
Calling all Liberals!
Why I Don't Get Flu Shots
What is Community?
Haverhillicus Homocrisicum
If You Wanna Be a Junkie, Why?
Do We Know His Family?
Scam: Youth Sports
A Subsidy for the Human Touch?
How Not to Be Boring
If the Bread and Roses Strike Were NOW
America's Problem with the Body
Columbus Day? or Renaissance Day?
Depleted Uranium Weapons
Mitt Romney: A Clintonian Republican
A Checklist for Conservatives
On Torture and Torturers
Pimp of the Nation
Romney is a Jerk
Hypocrisy and its Champions
The Dumb Society
The Men's Taverns of Yesteryear
On Dittoheads!
Let China Sleep
2004 McDebates
Animal Rights Page
US Wealth Distribution Chart
Public Grief, Private Lives


Comforting the disturbed-
and disturbing the comfortable...


I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1950  and grew up in a tenement in nearby Lawrence, a  factory town of smokestacks, old brick taverns and poolrooms on the Merrimack River 25 miles north of Boston. Today, I am  a college professor, professional translator, musician, blogger, citizen journalist, textbook editor, poet, composer, artist, carpenter, energy healer, world traveler, herbalist, poet, satirist, iconoclast, and beer-drinking, non-proselytizing, imperfect Christian.

In the past, I have worked as a professional nightclub musician, hospital orderly, construction worker, textile worker, insole tacker in a shoe factory, meter reader, taxi driver, janitor, security guard, amusement park ride operator, day laborer, salesman, newspaper columnist, house painter, agricultural worker, boiler room fireman, dish washer and street musician in Madrid, Spain.

My interests are wide and varied; besides being a voracious reader and lifelong learner, my life’s path has led me to the study and practce of  holistic wellness, including but not limited to yoga, herbalism, conscious aging, nutrition, organic gardening and cookery, psychotherapy, hypnosis, martial arts, energy healing, and Reichian massage.

A natural born iconoclast and questioner of  authority, I have published over 200 articles on a wide range of subjects. My wife and I established the Lawrence (Massachusetts) Film Festival in 1998. I have a Master’s Degree in Education from Salem State College and have done graduate work in  journalism at Harvard University. I enjoy being with my family and whenever possible I relax by taking taking media “fasts,” i.e spending time in Vermont listening to mountain streams, breathing clean air, and being around a campfire with friends in the deep woods. 

What is an educated man? 

“A man should be able to change a diaper, use a gun, build a house, speak a foreign language, write a poem, play a musical instrument, balance accounts, fix a car, grow food, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, deliver a speech, gather and prepare wild herbs, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

How and why to become a lifelong learner

In the News


### Iraq War Cost

Today's Birthday

The Gross National Debt

Declassified CIA mind control documents

Facebook is a CIA front

Secret US government human biological experiments

American chickenhawk patriots- a collection of our greatest hypocrites and liars

Government biowarfare labs-timeline

chemtrails- share this

Food industry insider tells all

Coverups of 20 Leading US journalists

10 stunning facts about the cancer industry

What's in your vaccine?

America's most criminal enterprise: state confiscation of children

20 arguments against globalism

Shut down the School of the Assassins

50! reasons to oppose fluoridation

US government covert actions against US citizens

List of friendly dictators to US

Speaking truth to power: America's greatest activists

Former agents speak out about the CIA (video)

Women's Motivating Quote
Inspirational Quote

Men's Famous Quote
Life Quote

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Top 25 top censored news stories

Access your FBI file here

FOIA tips and tricks

Iraq veterans speak out against war

Chronological history of the New World Order

These doctors say avoid ALL vaccinations

Remember three words to stop a mortage foreclosure

Download your organ keeper card here

The dark side of Facebook

Study: MOST companies pay no U.S. income tax

Smedley Butler: American Patriot

How to live in your car

The Killing Factory (from Rolling Stone)

US government Operation Northwoods documents

Trilateral Commission membership list

Cheney jokes about his CFR mambership with David Rockefeller

Matthew 5:3-12 Madres de la Plaza de Mayo
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice for they shall be satisfied."

How to spot a sociopath

HEALTH links

"The medical system kills 225,000 people a year." Journal of American Medical Association- July 26, 2000

Dangers, coverups of SSRI antidepressants

80% of processed food in US food marts banned in other countries

6 kinds of pills Big Pharma tries to get you hooked on for life

Botched circumcisions, risks and dangers

8 facts about food that will creep you out

The Millions against Monsanto Campaign

GMO foods alter human organs

Healthcare system 3d leading cause of death in US

7 ways you are being poisoned

6 examples of food terrorism

FDA's own files: 92 side effects of aspartame- (sweetener used in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi)

Legally prescribed drugs killing more people than street drugs

"Pink slime" used in burgers

8 drugs doctors won't take

What every mother should know about fluoride

The truth about MSG

50 reasons to protect children from vaccinations

Flu shot and other vaccine ingredients

10 most radioactive places on earth

Alternative cancer treatments you don't know about

History of US gvt's secret experiments on the American people

US military biological experiments on American citizens LEGAL until 1998

"What are we when we are alone? Some, when they are alone, cease to exist." (Eric Hoffer)


What men don't "get" about women

Is your girlfriend good "wife" material?

A woman declares war on feminism

Angry Harry: why governments like feminism

10 reasons to stop watching Internet porn

Sex and romance: detour on the road to a life

"I am a prisoner of porn and I can't escape..."

Man debates women Debate on feminism

documentaries: philosophy as a guide to human happiness

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G. Bush Sr. with Carlyle Group Business Associates
"The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living." (John Adams)

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B.Yeats


Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
Friedrich Nietzche


"No triumph of peace can equal the armed triumph of war." Theorore Roosevelt

“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” – Mark Twain

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"For the last fifty years we've been supporting right-wing governments, and that is a puzzlement to me... I don't understand what there is in the American character... that almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President, we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards them." William Shirer


The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution of way of life, or say and so things that make people think. William O. Douglas


"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. " President Jimmy Carter


"The character structure of modern man, who reproduces a six-thousand-year-old patriarchal authoritarian culture is typified by characterological armoring against his inner nature and against the social misery which surrounds him. This characterolgical armoring of the character is the basis of isolation, indigence, craving for authority, fear of responsibility, mystic longing, sexual misery, and neurotically impotent rebelliousness." Wilhelm Reich


"As a result of thousands of years of social and educational warping, the masses of the people have become biologically rigid and incapable of freedom. They are no longer capable of organizing a peaceful living-together." The Mass Psychology of Fascism, Wilhelm Reich


"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." Abraham Lincoln


"The revulsion from an unwanted self, and the impulse to forget it, mask it, slough it off and lose it, produce both a readiness to sacrifice the self and a willingness to dissolve it by losing one's individual distinctness in a compact collective whole. " Eric Hoffer


"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. . ." President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Speech, 1961


"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." Frank Herbert Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, "Dune" US science fiction novelist (1920 - 1986)

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Today's Self Help Tip

Self Help Books/Quizzes


Hospice nun helps dying man lose his virginity

Spray-on condoms are here

Zogby poll: 85% of troops believe their mission is retaliate for Saddam's role in 9/11

The end of suburbia (video documentary)

Something going on-by Ron Paul

The dark side of America's religious right

Letters from prostitutes

Michael Savage: 99% of autism caused by lack of fatherly discipline

High gas prices closing down rural towns

Courthouse confessions

Bill Moyers' interview with Andrew J. Bacevitch

1961 jukebox

Everything you didn't know about motor oil

Way cool pictures of Chernobyl

Scientists closing in on invisibility technology

Top 20 taboo topics for political candidates

Republican Phil Gramm: America "a nation of whiners" (video)

Stories from Inside Prison

BBC: 9/11 third tower mystery solved (not)

VA confirms 18 veterans commit suicide every day

Philosopher Alan Watts: A conversation with myself (video)

American Prayer- poetry by Jim Morrison (video)

Jack Kerouac reads from "On the Road" (video)

Howl- by Allan Ginsberg

Why kids hate school

Phone sex operators (photo essay)


"The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions." Thich Nhat Hanh, Bhuddist monk and pacifist


Dangers of cell phone radiation

History of US government secret mind experiments

Depleted uranium killing US veterans

Reconsidering Nelson Mandela

Draft right wing college Republicans

fresh content- add ons for your website

Let us speak plain; There is more force in names than most men dream of; and a lie may keep it's throne a whole age longer if it skulk behind the shield of some fair seeming name. Let us call tyrants tyrants, and maintain that only freedom comes by grace of God, and all that comes not by His grace must fall - James Russell Lowell.



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Click links below for my poetry, some samples of my artwork, musical compositions, photography and of course a collection of pictures from my travels around the world. In addition I have included a link to the film festival I established in Lawrence, Massachusetts several years ago.

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This Day in History

Daily Einstein Quote
Quotes about Life

“Our whole life is an Education — we are ‘ever-learning,’ every moment of time, everywhere, under all circumstances something is being added to the stock of our previous attainments. Mind is always at work when once its operations commence. All men are learners, whatever their occupation, in the palace, in the cottage, in the park, and in the field. These are the laws stamped upon Humanity.” – Edward Paxton Hood, Self-Education: Twelve Chapters for Young Thinkers, 1852



"It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny."
Eric Hoffer

Price of Addiction
to Foreign Oil

The War Prayer- by Mark Twain

Benito Mussolini

"The frustrated follow a leader less because of their faith that he is leading them to a promised land than because of their immediate feeling that he is leading them away from their unwanted selves. Surrender to a leader is not a means to an end but a fulfillment. Whither they are led is of secondary importance." Eric Hoffer

Quote of the Day

Everything is all right
My government would never lie to me

Pray for the dead,
and fight like hell for the living... Mother Jones


"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil." Allan Greenspan, former chief, Federal Reserve


"I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell." General William Tecumseh Sherman

The Psyhchopath: the Mask of Sanity

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Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10


NATURES WAY( Spirit, 1970)

My duty to speak: blog for sexual abuse victims in US military


"Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it’s gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Oh, I mean, it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" Barbara Bush on Good Morning America, March 18, 2003


"Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press."
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


"Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods, which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up." Rush Limbaugh (later busted for drug use)


"When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing."  General Dwight Eisenhower

Documentary about the incredible woman called Peace Pilgrim

Raise The Bar


"We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us." Charles Bukowski

Gasoline Prices


"Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." David Rockefeller


“The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”   —H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

Green Energy

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An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. ...James Minchner

"Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know. "Eric Hoffer


"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends. to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others. to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child; a garden know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" - R W Emerson



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my poetry website

my international photo album

my artwork website

my film festival website


What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful, and childhood more happy and bright.—Samuel Gompers

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Angry Harry- Why governments love feminism

Lesbian pulp fiction covers


Thoughts on urban survival from Argentina

Incredibly cool pictures from Burning Man

MIT "major discovery" primed to unleash solar revolution

Incredible new facial animation technology (clip)

Wierd sound trips with the Whitney Sound Box

8 drugs doctors won't take

Harvard study shows majority of Israeli Jews and Arabs want to coexist peacefully

Advice for young men about sex

Second great depression in Detroit

Incredible 1979 interview with Peace Pilgrim

Diet drinks cause weight gain and nasty side effects

Father of 5 naturally turning into a woman

50 reasons to oppose public fluoridation

World's top 20 public intellectuals

FDA seeks to remove irradiated food labeling requirements

Crackdown on sick "body exhibits"

Education for a better world

The Auschwitz album

75-year-old stripper wows audiences


Abandoned Russian brain research facility (pics)

1970's inner city photo galleries by Jacob Holdt

Weird German Television programs from the 1930's

Kanzias: A cure for cancer

Top 10 Charles Bukowski quotes

Economic collapse lessons from Soviets

"Framing" and its uses in politics

Brain Cancer 500% more in kids with cellphones

Conservative Tom Woods'awesome speech on Neocon phonies (video)

Sex Madness- 1938 film



Lawrence, Massachusetts strike 1912
We want bread- and roses too...


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