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 Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, July 23, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Friday, July 23, 2021

We continue to make efforts to remind people who are most concerned about the life and death issues regarding the SARS-2 pandemic that the ruling establishment keenly knows the average person’s weaknesses and the means to capitalize on those weaknesses to strengthen its control over the agenda. And control over the nation’s media is paramount for tightening its grip on our thoughts, emotions and beliefs.
We tend to believe journalists not because we expect them to accurately fact check their statements. More often than not the average person simply assumes the media source would not publish something that is untrue. However underneath these widespread assumptions there lurks this nefarious beast “calling the shots”.

  • Taking Education Back From Wall Street featuring Anders Lee from the channel of Redacted Tonight on YouTube (05:36m) commenting in a style of "tongue in cheek" (def.) on the change to elect the school board in Chicago.
Anders Lee reports on Chicago's school system. Chicago's school system is in the pockets of the school privatization movement and the results haven't been positive for most students. There's now push back from the public who want to return their education system into the hands of a public school board.
  • Two Things Matter featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(04:00m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Thursday, July 22, 2021

  • Fauci Accused Of Lying To Congress About Virus Research featuring Jimmy Dore of the Jimmy Dore Show (via its YouTube channel) exposing the lies of CDC head Tony Fauci and additional commentary by Graham Elwood. Fauci deliberately lies because he knows that he has the backing of the Deep State, the informal board of directors of the capitalist ruling class which controls Congress. So, he's invulnerable, and he behaves accordingly.
  • Doctor caught on video saying opioids are not addictive featuring Rick Sanchez of RT's channel on YouTube exposing the opioids' scam (0.00m to 11:25m, only) by pharmaceutical corporations in pursuit of profits and power under the capitalist system which has devastated working classes and brought untold riches to the already wealthy. (Note: I personally know of a former social worker whose daughter has that addiction. A year ago the mother was hopeful about her daughter's progress, but a month ago I learned that she was in prison. The prognosis generally is poor for the already addicted. Also, on the same subject I recommend that you view this video (about 6 minutes) from RT entitled "Four companies near $26 billion settlement over opioid crisis". My reaction: I suspect that opioids had been marketed so heavily by pharmaceutical corporations because of CIA trafficking of heroin from Afghanistan.
  • Billionaire Funded Reporter Attacks Grassroots Healthcare Organizers features Jimmy Dore (via his YouTube channel) illustrating how Ryan Grim of the Intercept uses gaslighting (to 13:52m) to confuse most Americans about universal Medicare. My reaction: I think that Jimmy Dore is not censored by YouTube because he is so popular, and there are alternative video sites available for him to use.
In real life, billionaires don’t bring any exceptional brilliance into the political process. They bring their billions. They bring outsized stashes of cash that can distort election outcomes and safeguard their fortunes. Witness the $200 million our tech giants spent this fall on a ballot initiative to kill protections for gig workers.

And these dollars, even worse, drop a suffocating ideological wet blanket over the campaigns that Democratic Party candidates run.
  • Banks and Wall Street oppose creation of digital dollar from BRICS. My reaction: The two set of capitalists are split on the issue of the digitization of money by the Federal Reserve. I tend to think as the US ruling class becomes more and more concentrated among the owners of the Federal Reserve that the latter will win out. However in either result, this will result in the impoverishment of workers who create real wealth. The ruling capitalist class will always win, but the numbers of "owners" will be less and will be increasingly confined to the owners of the Federal Reserve, the IMF, and the World Bank (the latter two will use the digital money of the Fed). It's like the game of Monopoly where only one participant wins in the end. But long before that happens, abrupt climate destabilization will end all (or most) life on Earth unless we, the people, intervene and try to forestall this from happening. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

If these trends continue, citizens could find themselves effectively exiled by order of corporate governors — unable to travel or go to school while also barred from espousing dissenting views on social media. They would, effectively, be “disappeared” within a shadow state that lacks any electoral or appellate process — a dystopian brave new world that could become all too real if we allow elected officials to use corporate surrogates to control the essential aspects of our lives.
There are two men named Klaus Schwab, no doubt.

One man named Klaus Schwab is seen by the true-believers, fachidiots, the liberal intelligentsia, the institutionally refined population, as a man who deeply cares about humanity. It seems they believe his warnings to be earnest even if uncannily and strikingly prescient. The World Economic Forum after all, must have been established out of great concern for humanity since it is propped up chiefly by the most humane institution in human history, the International Monetary Fund. This Klaus Schwab is a humanist.

So perhaps this is precisely the case for the true-believers; those who accept at face value the new Schwabian ‘distinction’ we are asked to appreciate between a shareholder capitalism and a capitalism 2.0, a stakeholder capitalism.

Then there is a second man named Klaus Schwab, who is seen by the rest of the world and the thinking people within it, for the monster that he is.
  • Research Tools You Should Know About featuring James Corbett from his weblog The Corbett Report, a video presentation (19:34m) of different applications you can use to download YouTube videos and many other tasks to make your online research more efficient. (Note: I don't use these "tricks" because my old brain can't digest them efficiently).
The new government—led by teacher, unionist and peasant farmer Castillo—is expected to make many social and economic reforms in keeping with their promises of putting the people before profiteering, and domination by the United States. This development, coupled with that of the Movement Toward Socialism landslide victory in Bolivia, last October, is expected to encourage like-minded peoples’ parties in many countries, especially in Latin America. 
  • Science Update: 2 C or not 2 C featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(16:46m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis. (Note: McPherson surveys the latest articles he found regarding the destabilization of the climate.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

  • WATCH: Perspectives on the Pandemic #16 from Off-Guardian, a British website, founded by people who have been censored by The Guardian, features a 50:47m interview with Dr Michael Yeadon conducted by John Kirby. Their bios are provided in the article. Note: From the bottom of this website, is the following statement:
OffGuardian was launched in February 2015 and takes its name from the fact its founders had all been censored on and/or banned from the Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ sections. Our editors & admins are based in the US, UK & Europe. 
  • White House Orders Censorship Of Social Media featuring Jimmy Dore via his channel of YouTube (17:14m) commenting on the government using social media corporations to censor views that they don't like. My reaction: Dore expresses important insights regarding censorship: he first gives a definition of fascism at 2:40m: "corporate and state power combined." At 13:30m he says that "Let's remember censorship is [a hallmark of] fascism and what is fascism is really about. Fascism is about propping up late stage capitalism." And at 16:46m he says "Okay, this is fascism ... late stage capitalism, this is how it goes."

Monday, July 19, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, July 19, 2021 (I added a "best post" at approximately 3:00 PM CT)

  • Exposing the Technocratic-Transhumanist-CyberPandemic Agenda with Whitney Webb being interviewed by Derrick Broze (1:24:51hr) from The Conscious Resistance. (Note: This post offers both video and audio versions of the interview. Webb with encyclopedic knowledge from her extensive research covers a wide-range of topics besides those in the title. The website provides lists of research articles by Webb.)
  • The Propaganda War (And How to Fight It) by CJ Hopkins, a former satirist living in Berlin from his weblog Consent Factory, Inc., who knows that satire is no longer possible, is desperately trying to educate us to be conscious of propaganda, and in addition, he suggests a method of fighting back against the New Normal, a reality that the ruling class of the de-facto US/Anglo/Zionist Empire has created.
  • 💥Wikipedia co-founder: I no longer trust the website I created featuring an interview conducted by Freddie Sayers of Unherd, a British website, from their channel on YouTube, with Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales, co-founders of Wikipedia. This is a best post submitted by Brad Fredricks. (My note: Any topic that is remotely political on Wikipedia's website is to be distrusted.) Fredricks' commentary follows:

    Capitalism will always undermine a system, as its basic function is to obtain and retain control. The extent of this has not just polluted our rivers, destroyed our forests, and oiled our oceans, it has also corrupted our information sources, and our open voices.

    Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger, a vocal advocate of discussion, debate, and the variability of news and information. "What many of our media sources today, and Wikipedia included, seem to assume, is that there is only one legitimate, defensible version of the truth on any consequential question. Of course, that's now how Wikipedia use to be."

    Marketing, the bastard child of capitalism and consumption, make use of controlling narratives so as to direct consumers to preferred outcomes. So long as corporations and private individuals control the media mediums, be it hosting servers, advertising dollars, and even communications censorship, we will have one preferred narrative to push to the masses.

    Under a singular system that entrusts power to the few, the many will always suffer. Without a place for debate and dissent, there is no conversation, no progress, and only the inevitability of a dystopic world state controlled by the rich, who long ago decided it is the many who are to serve the few.

    This system of control has gone a step further to ensure narrative control for the elites only. The White House recently released National Strategy for Countering Domestic Violent Extremism, which specifically mentions anti-corporatists, anti-capitalists, and anti-globalists. While the statement is in relation to those willing to use violence, it only highlights the hypocrisy.

    The government controlled by the ruling class is the only one allowed to make the rules, questions the system, and back up their beliefs with the threat of force.

    You have the right to remain silent, no questions.
An anti-Yemeni coalition led by Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 to crush the revolution, and to prevent Ansarullah from coming to power. Great Britain, France, the United States, Germany, and some Arab countries all support the coalition militarily, and by delivering weapons to keep fanning the flames of an unequal war, which officials say has become the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, and the future of the beautiful country of Yemen remains, for now, painted in dark overtones.
  • A Plea for the MEER featuring Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--(01:56m), who has fearlessly focused his attention and career on the climate crisis. (Note: McPherson pleads with us to support the Meer project that may yet save most species on planet Earth.) My reaction: What do you think the chances are for this project to be supported by capitalists, our masters, who are thoroughly addicted to profits and power, and the rest of us are too deceived by their propaganda? I think none.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Posts that I especially recommend for Sunday, July 18, 2021

  • A New Variant of COVID-19 Propaganda from NewBraveWorld. My reaction: In this brave  new world it is not known who you can trust regarding accurate medical information. Too often we have been subject to fear propaganda my compromised media corporations, by those who would profit from vaccines, and even our personal physicians because they receive pressure from investors of their medical facilities. Because of these reasons, it is sad that we now have to do due diligence by informing ourselves of the best sources of medical information. I highly recommend Children's Health Defense, and tentatively recommend Physicians for Informed Consent. I do my best to post other reliable sources of information.
... to suggest that there was no evidence linking stress and economic uncertainty to suicides is shameful at best. The literature is nothing less than expansive [def. #1] At AIER, we have been tracking the costs of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) [mainly opioids] since last fall.

(We also knew then and now know of the ICL
[Imperial College London] model’s ruinous deficiencies. That it became the primary evidence in favor of shutting down major economies and inducing a sudden, sharp recession should, given this information, see a handful of health technocrats hauled before the International Court of Justice or a similar body. But I’m not holding my breath.) [my insertions]
Earle later concludes:
... political decisions made during the early onset of the pandemic are the immediate, directly attributable causes of this nightmarish (and wholly predictable) burst in overdose fatalities. One would be well advised to expect that nary a single public official will be called to account for the mounting NPI death toll.
💥I was profoundly disturbed by this post because I held so much promise that Johnstone was becoming aware of a system that is responsible for most of our social-economic problems and threats to peace. I originally thought that she was going to finally recognize that the government and all institutions are controlled by a socioeconomic class of capitalists based, of course, on a system of capitalism. Thus, the system of capitalism was responsible for most of the ills that societies have been tormented with.
But, sadly, that was not the direction she was headed with this post. She insists that it is a given that all governments are not to be trusted without pointing to a system that promotes owners of economic property above all the rest of the population. I guess I assumed with all her diatribes against capitalism, the "empire", imperialism, "Silicon Valley plutocrats" and other plutocrats, mainstream media, etc., that she was headed in the direction of the system itself. But I was wrong.
It seems all along that her main thesis was the control of narratives. 
The ultimate factor in determining what will happen in our world is not control of capital, nor control of government, nor control of resources, nor control of weapons, but control of narrative. See this and you see why governments, plutocrats and media behave the way they do. 
It is becoming clear that Johnstone can't see the system that is responsible for all our ills. She can't see the system that enables a class of people to own everything and their control over narratives. I wonder why this is the case. Could it be that she, too, has been brainwashed to not see the system as the root cause of our main troubles: imperialism, empire, militarism, plutocrats, inequality, and narratives that are designed to support all the preceding? Could it be that she, too, along with her husband, are so handicapped by so many years of capitalist indoctrination that they are totally blind to see what is right in front them: a system of capitalism that promotes a tiny socioeconomic class of owners of economic property that gives them so much wealth and power? And, the power to control narratives. Apparently so.
The latter fact is so discouraging. I can only infer that the majority of humans on our unique planet Earth will be unable to see the system as the root cause of most of our problems before the capitalist system drives us to extinction. I fervently hope I am wrong. Maybe I have become too impatient.
  • CIA Considered Bombing Miami To Blame Cuba! featuring Max Blumenthal of The Grayzone and Jimmy Dore reporting on the reality of Cuba from his YouTube channel (34:14m) in contrast to the sensational coverage provided by media corporations.