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

Monday, January 17, 2022

Posts that I especially recommend for Monday, January 17, 2022

Although hereditary factors are involved, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London believe the growing popularity of Western-style diets is a major reason why autoimmune diseases are rising across the world by around 3% to 9% a year.

Professor James Lee from the institute recently told The Observer newspaper that human genetics has not altered over the past few decades, so something is changing in our environment that is increasing predisposition to autoimmune disease. His research team found that Western-style diets based on processed ingredients and with a lack of fresh vegetables can trigger autoimmune diseases.

Lee says that numbers of autoimmune cases began to increase about 40 years ago in the Western countries but are now also emerging in countries that never had such diseases before. These diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.

It is estimated that approximately four million people in the UK have an autoimmune disease.

  • 💥Professor Ehud Qimron: “Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure” from Swiss Policy Research. This is a best post.
Thousands of renowned doctors and scientists from around the world have been opposing measures taken by government health authorities regarding the COVID pandemic, and one of the latest to do so is professor Ehud Qimron. He’s the head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University and one of Israel’s leading immunologists.

He has written a powerful letter to the Israeli Ministry of Health that summarizes many of the failings and disasters of the lockdown-based pandemic policies of the last two years, including the unacknowledged power of natural immunity, censorship of vaccine injuries and more. The letter was posted at Swiss Policy Research in Hebrew, you can find the english translation below the next paragraph.

The importance of this film is twofold:  It establishes an updated historical record since the Assassination Records Review Board (AARB) was established as a result of Stone’s 1991 breakthrough film, JFK, which forced the release of previously hidden documents, and, more importantly, it emphatically shows why JFK’s assassination is crucial for understanding the United States today.  For without a clear and unambiguous accounting of why he was killed and by whom (I do not mean the actual shooters), and who in the government and media has covered it up, we are doomed to repeat the past as this country has been doing ever since. 
My reaction: JFK was assassinated precisely because he moved away from the cabal's agenda which sought to rule the world which offered many rewards (e.g. military-industrial complex) to cooperative players in the form of careers, grants, wealth, and power. And, we see this same agenda being played-out today which is threatening all humanity.
A curious event occurred on Monday in Geneva. It seems that the only substantive outcome from the U.S.–Russia talks is that the U.S. has promised to provide a formal response to the earlier Russian demand for security guarantees within a week. The Russian counterparts outlined their own position unambiguously, and in full detail. This, however, was wholly disdained by the Biden Team, who, according to the Russians, were “diehard/stubborn”. The Russian delegation was told that its key request of ‘no more NATO eastward expansion’ was simply “a non-starter”.
It plainly was not then ‘a negotiation’.
Crooke concludes his article with the following worrying statement:

But will the U.S. practitioners of meme-politics, absorb and comprehend that this latest stance by the Russia ... may not be some same-ilk, meme-mobilisation, but rather, that their ‘red lines’ are ‘red lines’ … literally?

Unfortunately, probably not.

  • The rise of global totalitarianism, Syria and US hybrid war policy featuring an interview  with Vanessa Beeley, a British independent and truth-reporting journalist, conducted by Jesse Zurawell and Misty Winston using their Facts on the Ground's channel on YouTube (1:20:25), which was posted on Beeley's weblog The Wall Will Fall.
  • Scott Ritter: Point of No Return in NATO Expansions features an interview with Scott Ritter, he's a former U.N. weapons inspector, conducted by phone by "Thomas and Pele" using Fault Line Radio's channel on YouTube (26:30). My reaction: Ritter sees no alternative to war with Russia unless major European nations refuse to go along with NATO's aggressive actions.
  • Are You Cyber Resilient? by "iSecurityGuru" from PeakProsperity. (Note: The author's answer is "yes", and he/she recommends that you keep cash stored away somewhere.)
I contribute regularly to the international debate on Central Asian Affairs. I am a regular writer for Open Democracy Russia, and I am frequently interviewed in the Central Asia-focused podcasts organised by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. I have been quoted in The Economist, the Financial Times, The Guardian, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.  
  • Science Snippets: Denial Comes in Many Forms featuring the views and analysis of Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--18:00), who has fearlessly focused his attention throughout much of his career on the climate crisis.