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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Posts that I especially recommend for Tuesday, January 25, 2022

  • Think Big Pharma’s Corrupt Now? THIS Is What’s Next!!! featuring Russel Brand, a British independent comedian who thinks for himself, exposing how the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) are supervised by people who depend on Big Pharma to pay their salaries using his channel of YouTube (12:12). This is known as "regulatory capture".  My reaction: Robert Kennedy, Jr. who, as an environmental lawyer, has long studied governmental environmental regulatory agencies and has become aware of the regulatory capture of these agencies by polluting corporations, mostly the oil & gas corporations. I heard his talk at Oregon State University in around 2000 where he revealed the details of his findings. Now he is taking on Big Pharma which he appropriately criticizes their capture of the National Institute for Allergic and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Fauci's agency, and exposed how Fauci and the Gates Foundation are benefiting from Big Pharma's profits (see this and this) in his recently published and best selling book, The Real Doctor Fauci. But he has been smeared as an "anti-vaxer" and mostly ignored by the corporate media. Meanwhile the Gates Foundation has essentially captured the World Health Organization being the largest contributor to them.
Unfortunately, the New York Fed is, literally, owned by these mega banks [as is the Fed] as its shareholders. The banks elect two-thirds of the Board of Directors of the New York Fed. [my insertion]

All four of these banks played a major role in the 2008 financial crash and all four of these banks (together with Bank of America) control the vast majority of derivatives.

It should be abundantly clear by now that the Federal Reserve is the worst possible regulator of these megabanks and Congress must act with urgency to strip the Fed completely of supervision and oversight of these serial bad actors, as well as its ability to prop them back up with bailouts every time their derivatives blow up.

  • Monday morning headlines by Andrei Raevsky (The Saker) from "The Saker" weblog. (Note: If this doesn't scare you, nothing will except maybe the ongoing fear propaganda about the "pandemic" broadcast by media corporations to nearly all of the residents of the Empire.)
Contrary to the narrative of U.S. politicians and journalists, the August 2021 withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan did not mark the end of the United States’ so-called “forever war” but rather a shift in U.S. policy—from direct military intervention and occupation to one based on economic sanctions and indirect political subversion. Although the tactics changed, the goal is the same: the accumulation of wealth and power through class warfare against the Afghan people.
  • Science Snippets: Habitat featuring the views and analysis of Prof. (retired) Guy McPherson, an independent scientist (via his YouTube channel--11:23), who has fearlessly focused his attention throughout much of his career on the climate crisis. (Note: Let us listen to a scientist who knows what he talks.)