We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĆ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, June 18, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, June 18, 2021

Despite mainstream media’s dogged refusal to pursue any research into potential harm of the Covid vaccines, some very troubling information has recently surfaced if one is willing to look beyond headlines and CDC reports. Unlike the Washington Post, I will also examine the risk aspect of the vaccine with a look at the role of the infamous “spike” protein.
After arguing that "Martin says that these companies have cut back on developing robust cybersecurity over several years in order to reduce costs and boost profits." he deduces this statement:
 
Blaming Russia or Russia-based hackers is not simply a neat way to offset costs, it is a dangerous escalation of national security tensions at a time when relations are already fraught with animosity.
 
But who is Randy Martin other than some "U.S.-based political analyst"? No link to any article where he writes this and other quotes. I consider Cunningham to be an absolutely credible journalist, so I excuse him for this omission--it might be reasons related to the protection of Martin and his career.

I regard this latest campaign to blame Russia is a disinformation tactic as a part of the anti-Russian propaganda campaign. But it may be more than that. 
 
It could be (I'm not saying that it is, but we can expect more shocks from the ruling class) that the operatives of the ruling class are preparing a devastating cyber-attack on an essential network as part of the billionaire's plan of the Great Reset while conveniently laying the groundwork to blame Russia ahead of time. I don't think we have seen the end of steps to create the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its corollary population reduction because of "Kissinger’s conception that non-essential members of society are useless eaters." This will be justified under their fake concern for the climate crisis, but it also conveniently serves their bottom lines of profit. The capitalist ruling classes are all addicts to profits. I agree with Joaquin Flores who recently concluded
 
... the corporate culture of externalizing costs and downsizing worked for the bottom line, but as a legitimating ISA [essentially propaganda and indoctrination] it could only lead to the final problem with its own final solution: the ‘carbon footprint’ human beings are now the redundant workforce to be done away with. With automation and roboticization, no human being will be essential. All human life is inessential.
  • Explained: Burke et al. 2018 by Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--02:40m), who has fearlessly focused on the climate crisis, in order to explain, and differ regarding one detail, the research study by Burke et al. (Note: I experienced occasional blackouts of the video.)

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, June 17, 2021

An article published in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Peter Doshi titled “Covid-19 Vaccines: In The Rush for Regulatory Approval, Do We Need More Data?” raises concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and one of them is the bio-distribution of the vaccine. This refers to the examination and study of where the vaccine and its ingredients go once injected into the body. Having sped up the approval process of these vaccines, it has been claimed that no compromises in the process of examining their safety were made. But the fact that no study for tracking the distribution of the vaccine within the human body was conducted for any of the authorized vaccines, we cannot say this is true.
Western news media exists to funnel propaganda into the minds of the public. It is controlled by plutocrats who work in alliance with opaque government agencies to weave narratives about why the US government needs to do the things it had already planned on doing anyway. This gets more obvious by the day.
  • Edelman PR and the Manufacturing of “Trust” by Johnny Vedmore from Unlimited Hangout. My reaction: Are the new propagandists hiding under the cover of PR firms like Edelman PR? I think so. Read this article to enlighten yourself on the World Economic Forum's use of the latter firm to establish "trust" in their leadership and the Great Reset.
The Edelman firm has not only been a vehicle for laundering the public images of big corporations, but it is also used by various governments worldwide, which allows it access to all the major halls of power. Edelman is also deeply involved with the World Economic Forum, with Richard Edelman not only an official agenda contributor to the WEF, but his firm managing the very image of the globalist organization, which is advocating for a “great reset” to launch us into what the WEF terms “the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Edelman was also represented during the suspiciously timed Event 201 pandemic simulation of 2019, which was arranged by the WEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
By moving in “the same circles as her father” and vowing to “work only on things involving Israel,” Isabel Maxwell became a pivotal liaison for the entry of Israeli intelligence-linked tech firms into Silicon Valley with the help of Microsoft’s two co-founders, Paul Allen and Bill Gates.
 
My reaction: Webb's prodigious and documented research uncovers many of Maxwell's ties, and that of her father, Jeffrey Epstein, to longtime Israeli intelligence circles as well as large US tech firms.
These alternative articles were ‘being shared more widely online than the views of mainstream newspaper commentators’. Remarkably, ‘Nothing from the BBC, the Guardian or the Daily Mail comes close’ to the most-shared alternative media pieces. The Canary reported that it had doubled the number of visitors to its site to six million in May. A story by Evolve Politics, run by just two people, was shared 55,000 times on Facebook and was read at least 200,000 times. These websites ‘explicitly offer a counter-narrative to what they deride as the “MSM” or mainstream media’.

Indeed, the evidence is now simply overwhelming – the 100-year big business monopoly of the mass media has been broken.
 
My reaction: Hopeful, but I remain skeptical.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Alternative Visions - Inflation, Infrastructure ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, & Keynes’ Economics by Prof. Jack Rasmus from Alternative Visions in a 53:43m audio presentation. (Note: Rasmus attempts to explain what is the reality of the economy in contrast to what corporate media is reporting.) My reaction: Although he often frames events too much in the economy as Republican versus Democrats, I believe his interpretation of what corporate media currently reports is on the right track versus what is really going on. From my own experience, I also can agree with him in his introduction that readings of outstanding authors in the original is different from careerist and indoctrinated academics who provide skewed interpretations of what these authors wrote. To his credit, Rasmus has read much by these authors. I look forward to future posts in this series.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The censorship of information is at an all time high, but do people really recognize the extent to which it has been and is being carried out? A recent article published in the British Medical Journal by journalist Laurie Clarke has highlighted the fact that Facebook has already removed at least 16 million pieces of content from its platform and added warnings to approximately 167 million others. YouTube has removed nearly 1 million videos related to, according to them, “dangerous or misleading covid-19 medical information.” 
This is the latest panel discussion hosted by the International Manifesto Group on Sunday 13th June 2021.
 
Economic sanctions are becoming an increasingly popular foreign policy instrument in Western countries, deployed alone or in conjunction with military and/or diplomatic interventions to achieve strategic political and policy goals, such as ostensibly protecting individuals and states from the behaviour of wrongdoers. Because economic sanctions are considered less violent than direct military assault, they are often supported by many on the left and the peace movement, who reluctantly accept the policy as a necessary evil.

This panel, part of a broader series on sanctions, will focus on their public health effects, through an analysis of five case studies: Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Syria and Iran. All but one of these countries are currently under sanctions by both Canada and the United States.
 
(Note: This post is only Beeley's contribution to this discussion regarding Syria as a victim of economic sanctions that was a part of the general discussions about the effects, particularly on small countries, from the use of economic sanctions. Only large, financially stable nations like Russia and China can prevent sanctions from doing major damage to their nations.)
 
My reaction: The weapon of economic sanctions is the 21st century's weapon of choice that formerly was accomplished by what Gen. Smedley Butler referred to as a "racket" that was the weapon of choice for the US prior to WWII. (After WWII such invasions were replaced by subversive actions. Economic sanctions were added to subversive efforts in the 21st century. This was especially evident in Syria, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran.) Butler was referring to the invasions of Latin American countries, much like organized crime used in major North American cities, to threaten small businesses with harm if they didn't financially dole out bribes to Mafia figures to prevent further harm. 
Naomi Karavani focuses on Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com, Inc. in this Weekly Offensive. Bezos recently announced his plan to head to space on a commercial flight with his company Blue Origin. The announcement of his space flight came amid a flurry of bad press over tax evasion, questions about antitrust violations, Amazon's $8.45 billion purchase of MGM, and a global corporate tax proposal from the G7 that could leave Amazon out.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Pity the Poor Billionaire  by Russ Baker from his weblog WhoWhatWhy. (Note: This post borders on satire, and Baker frequently goes over the border.)
  • Truthful Accounts – A View from Nicaragua by Stephen Sefton from Global Research. Referring to the impossibility for journalists to report on the truth in today's class-warfare-ridden world of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, Sefton writes:
... this reality is very sinister because it means reporting honestly on, in this case, Nicaragua, but it could be Syria or any country under attack from the US and its allies, is subject to abrupt and brutal professional, economic and social repression. Not only does any professional journalist determined to report honestly on countries like Nicaragua risk losing work and income. The knock on effect is that they might end up ostracised by colleagues unwilling to be contaminated by association, thereby risking their own professional status, economic well being and social stability.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • The Difference Between Totalitarian Regimes And Free Democracies by Australian Caitlin Johnstone with her American husband reading the script, which is also provided in the article from her weblog. My reaction: The only criticism I have is that quotation marks should be around "free democracy". As it is (without quotation marks) there is a tendency to cynicism. "Free democracy" implies a propaganda construct, whereas a free democracy can be very real.
  • A Few Thoughts on White Identity by Gary Engler from Dissident Voice. (Note: Engler reviews a book entitled White Fragility: Why White People Have Such a Hard Time Talking About Racism.)
In my opinion, this book starkly epitomizes the dangerous consequences when discussions of white identity are divorced from class analysis. 
Fries and Mooney both represent small farmers in their quest to retain control over the world's food production in contrast to Big Ag's corporate dominance that is emerging under the propaganda construct of "multistakeholderism". The latter term is defined by the Transnational Institute as:
 
Multistakeholderism is a slippery term as most of the definitions are too vague and general and because it is applied to many different forms of governance. It is also an evolving form of governance. ....
 
In multistakeholderism, ‘stakeholders’ become the central actors without any clear procedure to designate ‘stakeholders’.
 
This is in contrast to the previous governing ideology of multilateralism based on interactions and agreements between nation-states. Big Ag is pushing the concept of multistakeholderism to give transnational corporations more relevance in global discussions and in legal bodies such as the UN. In my opinion, "multistakeholderism" is a sneaky construct to give global corporations (and their capitalist backers) as financial "stakeholders" more legitimacy in upcoming legal decisions by the UN. Financial stakeholders have always primarily meant those who have a financial or economic stake in outcomes.
 
Neoliberals (or transnationals) of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire have already proved their power in the recent pandemic by co-opting the World Health Organization (WHO) of the UN. Co-opting of the UN's agency was accomplished after Trump's decision to withdraw US support for the WHO and the billionaire Bill Gates and his foundation stepped in to provide the greatest single monetary support of WHO among nations. This new construct is used to effect a stealthy move around the poorer nations of the world and to enhance the power of the Empire's transnational agricultural corporations.

I think Pat Mooney is a rather naive "do-gooder" who will have little influence on international legal bodies.
I have nearly 1,000 such stories in my files, enough to fill a thick book, and all reprehensibly dishonest in their presentation. When Westerners have only a diet of daily articles like this presented to them by their most trusted media, how is it possible for anyone to accurately understand anything about China?
  • How US govt-funded media fueled a violent coup in Nicaragua by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton from The Grayzone. My reaction: This is an important report because it illustrates how the directors of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire are going about subverting entire nations (think Ukraine as another example) to the dominance of the Empire. In Nicaragua they were not successful because the people under successive Sandinista governments had encouraged the people to become politically aware.
A recent post suggests that the 1.5°C threshold was already crossed in 2012, i.e. well before the Paris Agreement was adopted by the U.N. (in 2015), while there could be a temperature rise of more than 3°C [ by 2026.