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4 Aug 2022 | 4:26 pm

Crisis Update - New Format, Bite-Sized Updates

Tedros' one-man ruling on monkeypox reflects Klaus Schwab's agile governance.
Endless emergencies, fear and hijacking of religion serve the new world order.
Inverted prophesy or reverse marketing as persuasion – fingering what 'won't happen.'

Is Klaus acting Ernst Blofeld or is he a clean-shaved mystic for needy Western cultists?
In the NWO (Orwell version) opposing ideologies are functionally identical.
Agenda 21 and 20th century faux collectivism serve the same entrenched elite.
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The Line: Saudi Arabia's future for imprisoned living. Credit: Neom

Aug 4, 2022

The move by World Health Organization director Tedros Ghebreyesus to declare monkeypox a pandemic, overruling his own executives, is an example of the entrepreneurial "agile" governance that Klaus Schwab summons in Covid-19: The Great Reset.

The interconnected world moves at Internet speed, with less time for legislators to consider all sides of an argument, he says in his June 2020 encyclical.

"For politicians and business leaders, the need to gain a strategic perspective collides ever more frequently with the day-to-day pressures of immediate decisions, particularly obvious in the context of the pandemic, and reinforced by complexity..."

This the same mantra of Bill Gates who wants to develop vaccines in 100 days. [1]

It is behind BioNTech's chief executive Uğur Şahin's call for regulators to approve vaccines targeting the most recent virus strains without first requiring clinical data. [2]

It is agile governance, a proposal from the World Economic Forum to let manufacturers innovate in real time, without the hassle of testing and regulation that delays the roll out of products.

It is the Siren call of money, profit and power taking precedence over everything else, on the justification of a health emergency, releasing a new and upgraded vaccine delivery vehicle even while the wreckage of the previous car crash is still flying, in slow motion, through the air.

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Monkeypox never spread much outside a couple of African countries during the past century. Suddenly in two months it's everywhere. Well, not quite everywhere. The Exposé found that maps of peak Covid-19 vaccination and pox outbreaks coincide closely. [3]

Correlation is not causation but there is evidence that repeated boosters are damaging people's immune systems. [4]

Catastrophe around every bend

What are these emergencies that are declared ever more frequently in recent decades? Whence come they and who brings them hither?

If you take the guttural goading of Klaus we face "deep, existential crises." He does seems to lack some of the 13 facial muscles that bring forth a smile (They say at 20 you have the face God gave you, at 40 you have the one life has molded and at 60 the face you deserve).

The Covid emergency is allegedly so severe that it is "absolutely necessary" to reset the social contract with bigger government and more power for the wealthiest owners and their functionaries, while reducing individual rights.

This will be done by molding society into something more complex than a cliché Egyptian pyramid with all-seeing eye at the top: a polyhedron perhaps and, at the pinnacle, The Guardians, who are the elders of the Council on Inclusive Capitalism. This is led by Lynn Forester de Rothschild who meets annually with Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Thus they co-opt organized religion in the form of the Vatican and the Church of England (and possibly others) to harness their wealth and influence.

To this point, a fascinating interview explored the Masonic-Marxist infiltration of the Vatican. John-Henry Westen spoke to father Charles Murr, author of the book Murder in the 33rd Degree: The Gagnon Investigation into Vatican Freemasonry. Readers may recall the Vatican banker found hanged under Blackfriars Bridge in London and the involvement of the P2 lodge or Propaganda Due part of the Grand Orient of Italy. [5]

The polyhedron is being constructed in the name of inclusion and equity, which is the modern incarnation of the Enlightenment appeal to science and rationality. The model is, as then, the guilds and the lodges, building state corporativism, or public-private partnership (PPP), the melding of government and corporation. This transcends the traditional corporate responsibility and with it comes greater power. Corporations become stakeholders answering to the greater good.


We have discussed before what these words mean. In PPP, corporations run society but government holds the sword — companies manipulate behaviour and outcomes through incentives and conveniences but government retains a monopoly on violence.

Inverted prophesy

Schwab and his ghost writer Thierry Malleret in their book, Covid-19: The Great Reset:

"The fault lines of the world – most notably social divides, lack of fairness, absence of cooperation, failure of global governance and leadership – now lie exposed as never before, and people feel the time for reinvention has come. A new world will emerge, the contours of which are for us to both imagine and to draw."

As noted earlier, they write that a "deep existential crisis also favor[s] introspection, it can harbor the potential for transformation." Yet this threat is at the same time existential and not.

"Unlike certain past epidemics, COVID-19 doesn't pose a new existential threat. It will not result in unforeseen mass famines or major military defeats and regime changes. Whole populations will neither be exterminated nor displaced as a result of the pandemic."

Curious that they write in the negative, that it will specifically not result in unforseen mass famines or wars — or specifically a defeat.

The World Food Programme is now warning of such famines, Ukraine is the locus of what increasingly threatens to be a "major military defeat" and regime change is underway around the globe and China is provoked or playing its part over Taiwan.

The author on marketing Laura Petrolino observes that fear can wear people down but it has drawbacks: it gets old — it has a shelf life — and it conditions people to freeze when you may want them to take a great leap forward. [6]

During Event Covid, behavioural psychologists hosed us with fear. If you want a message to stand out from the crowd, marketers say, you flip the message to gain attention. As we have learned with cultural programming, a concept can be slipped into the public consciousness more easily as a possibility than an inevitability.

This applies to the persona of Klaus Schwab himself. Does he play Ernst Stavro Blofeld for kicks or is he the gravel-voiced avatar — a depilated Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh — that his followers need?

Rajneesh was famous for his collection of Rolls-Royce cars. Shree Schwab is famous for the private jets.

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Oligarchical Collectivism

Fascism is the merger of the power of corporations and state, over the people. [7]

The precise form of oligarchic rule varies little. They may call themselves whatever they like: stakeholders, The Guardians, the Politburo, the central committee, or they may have a titular leader, guide or chief, führer or duce – Rousseau's lawgiver.

In recent months Chinese officials have fueled speculation that President Xi Jinping may be given the formal title of "the people's leader" by using the phrase in a number of public statements. [8]

They are oligarchical collectivists. The most pithy exposition of this is found in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Ostensibly opposing ideologies are functionally identical — this is his overarching message.

Three totalitarian superstates emerge from a world war and remain in perpetual conflict. These are in reality resource wars, waged by the oligarchs who compete for the world's food and minerals. This is not revealed to the public, however, who believe their bloc is in a multipolar struggle of good against evil — and to ensure such they are propagandised, manipulated with fear, surveilled and starved.

Oceania's ideology is Ingsoc (English Socialism), Eurasia's is Neo-Bolshevism and in Eastasia the ideology is "called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-worship, but perhaps better rendered as 'Obliteration of the Self'."

The differences are cosmetic, as Orwell reveals in The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism. Its fictional author Emmanuel Goldstein, modeled on Leon Trotsky, explains:

"Socialism, a theory which appeared in the early nineteenth century and was the last link in a chain of thought stretching back to the slave rebellions of antiquity, was still deeply infected by the Utopianism of past ages. But in each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more deeply abandoned.

"The new movements which appeared in the middle years of the century, Ingsoc in Oceania, New-Bolshevism in Eurasia, Death-worship, as it is commonly called, in Eastasia, had the conscious aim of perpetuating unfreedom and inequality. These new movements, of course, grew out of the old ones and tended to keep their names and pay lip-service to their ideology. But the purpose of all of them was to arrest progress and freeze history at a chosen moment. The familiar pendulum swing was to happen once more, and then stop."

With Obliteration of the Self, Orwell saw the uniparty borrowing the Buddhist concept of overcoming personal desire, and death as something not to be feared but a stage of rebirth. China was still in civil war and later adopted Bolshevism as its cloak. Paradoxically we now see Anglo-American Oceania promoting Obliteration of the Self.

Agenda 21

Contrast the merger of the power of corporations and state over the people with a plan for corporations to act within a global governance system in every aspect of our lives.

Agenda 21 is a "comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment" — it's own words.

The greatly-missed Rosa Koire pointed out in one of her last interviews that many people confuse Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 with the year 2021, as if the former was expired and relegated to the discount shelf of the supermarket. Agenda 21 refers to the 21st century, while 2030 is a milestone.

Under this agenda, government will be deprived of its national role and instead operate on either a local or supra-national strata. Clearly nationalism is to be abolished but what replaces it? Greater influence and power for corporations.

The architects Neom have a proposal for Saudi Arabia's people: a linear city stretching 105 miles (170 km) housing 9 million people who will live in a space station on earth, without personal transport. [9]

For a Bedouin people who are by history and ethnicity nomads, one cannot imagine a greater torture.

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[1] CEPI — Developing pandemic-busting vaccines in 100 days

[2] FT, Jun 18 2022 — BioNTech chief calls for speedy ruling on Covid vaccines that target latest strains

[3] The Exposé, Jul 22, 2022 — Official Documents suggest Monkeypox is a cover up for damage done to Immune System by COVID Vaccination

[4] Brian Mowrey, Unglossed, Jul 22, 2022 — Tolerance Cometh: IgG4 After Multiple-mRNA Doses

[5] John-Henry Westen, Jul 21, 2022 — Masonic infiltration of the Vatican: The Evidence

[6] Laura Petrolino, 2018 — Use Reverse Message Strategy to Drive Consumer Action

[7] Documentary, 2010 — Corporate Fascism: The Destruction of America's Middle Class

[8] SCMP, Jul 27, 2022 — Will Chinese President Xi Jinping be given the formal title of 'the people's leader'?

[9] Neom — The Line

Money Circus
2 Aug 2022 | 6:02 pm

Crisis Update - From Welfare State To Communitarianism

Dutch and Canadian farmers share common plight with Sri Lankans.
Policies disrupt food supply by accident or intent, by hook or by crook.
Convergence of outcomes between corporate and intergovernmental strategies.

Catastrophe of Sri Lanka's organic policy was foreseeable and thus likely intended.
Agenda 2030 calls to "end world hunger" while reducing farmers' footprint.
Contradiction is intentional: the mechanism will be equity and levelling down.

Instead of arguing over contested information look for the actors and objectives.
Central Bank Digital Currency would limit people's allowance. Net zero is the pretext.
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Imbalance or doublethink — who is being jettisoned?

Aug 2, 2022

What topic is likely to shut down conversation, even among many who consider themselves friends and free-minded consumers of alternative media?

Global warming or depopulation, perhaps.

Canadian farmers are now protesting, like those in the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, at capricious and untested government policies that depress food production in the name of… well, the excuse changes with the political climate.

Proposals to reduce the use of fertilizer threaten to slash production of spring wheat and canola says the Western Canadian Wheat Growers commission.

The pretext is to cut emissions of nitrous oxide from fertilizer. The proposal comes not from Canada's agriculture ministry but from Environment and Climate Change Canada. The target of a 30 per cent cut was imposed without modeling or analysis, and farmers and food producers say they weren't consulted.

With food shortages spreading around the world, it's a strange time to accelerate cuts to fertilizer. Even nitrogen is in short supply. As gardeners know, it is a crucial plant food. [1]

Canada's farmers propose a gradual switch to different fertilizers and methods of production. The government insists on an immediate cut.

Intensive farming was encouraged by petrochemical companies who make fertilizers and pesticides, and the giant food processors like Nestlé, Cargill and Weston and Tyson Foods. The supermarket chains lure farmers into contracts, offering to buy larger volumes of produce if farmers can make it at an ever lower cost.

Those supermarket chains include Britain's Sainsbury's, whose founding family is the principal funder of the Institute for Government, which developed the psychological manipulation MINDSPACE document, used to nudge behaviour during Event Covid.

Zeal or sabotage

Sri Lanka is a small country, about the size of Ireland or twice the land mass of the Netherlands, with a bigger population at 20 million. It is one of the few developing countries that was persuaded to board the Green bandwagon.

In the middle of 2021 — middle of the pandemic, notably — its government banned imports of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, in order to encourage organic farming. By the year's end a survey showed farmers were expecting a near 50 per cent fall in yields of some crops like millet, potatoes and maize.

Mayank Parihar, chief operating officer, Sikkim IFFCO Organics in India has pointed out the egregious and avoidable errors by government: the experience of Indian tea growers of going organic in not less than five years; the risks of impacting rice as a staple of the local diet; and the well known drop in yields that follows a move to organic.

Chemically-fertilized and organic farming continued side-by-side in Sikkim, northeastern India, with a conversion to organic over more than 15 years. [2]

The impact of immediate conversion in Sri Lanka was not hard to forecast: shortages and higher prices at home, and a 20 per cent collapse in exports of tea and rubber, which subsequently helped to bankrupt the country.

It had little to do with Covid, no connection to the war in Ukraine, and everything to do with the champions of a ban on chemical fertilizers and imaginings of a world without oil.


Gates of perception

The media, such as the BBC, presents these policies as beyond contention. It blamed Sri Lanka's food and fuel crisis on President Vladimir Putin of Russia and did not even mention the country's catastrophic climate initiative.

The Wall Street Journal is one of the few state and corporate media to point out that subsidy "splurge" is a poor tool for developing new energy sources but it exists "because organized groups and politicians want the money, and the public wants to be a sucker." [3]

There is a twist, however: one should beware taking events at face value.

Professor Priyantha Yapa, Lecturer at the Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka, told The Organic Magazine that "agrochemical giants in Sri Lanka are so strong that they spend billions to disrupt the organic program." They target agricultural schools and political parties, he alleged. [4]

How better to disrupt the move to organic farming than to push it too quickly, in the expectation that it may fail catastrophically. Developing countries may be less likely to follow the urgings of Western Green activists with their agendas and roadmaps.

Controlling the narrative

This recalls the documentary Planet Of The Humans (2019) for its exposé that oil companies, far from opposing environmentalists, finance and subvert the movement from within.

Why? To control the narrative (and redirect taxpayer money).

In the documentary, the Indian ecologist Vedanta Shiva points out that the renewable energy movement benefits the wealthy owners of natural resources by allowing them to keep their oil in the ground without losing the power and control it affords them.

The mechanism for the oil barons to retain their grip is United Nations Agenda 2030, and the associated euphemistically-named projects like the New Normal, The Great Reset and Build Back Better.

She accused the environmental movement of playing into the hands of billionaires, like the Rockefeller family fund, by backing subsidies for wood-fired power stations that consume forests.

Yet her Navdanya movement was an eager supporter of Sri Lanka's too-rapid organic reform, which has turned into one more example of elitist hubris. Like the opening of Russia to corporate influence in the 1880s, the Bolsheviks' use of collectivisation to secure control of the countryside, and China's Great Leap Forward, the elites presume to know what is best for the masses — or consider that the price of the deaths of millions is "worth it."

Regardless of intent, elitism in each case destroyed the nascent middle class and entrenched the elite: thus revolution (in reality, putsch) could only replace one elite with another. Radical social experiments make impossible the warp and weft of society, the organic networks that interweave our economies with nature — however frustrating and slow that may seem to Utopians.

We are, it seems, experiencing a similar winnowing out of society in the name of equity and inclusiveness: from farmers in Sri Lanka, North America and the Netherlands, to middle-class small business owners in Britain and across Europe.

Just as going organic is a gradual, nuanced process that is simpler with some crops than others, so renewable energy is much more complex than replacing "fossil" fuels with windmills and solar panels.

Is this simply a dispute over the pace of reform or is it something deeper?

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Moving target

Canadian MP Leslyn Lewis says the consequences and target of net zero farming, as rolled out in Canada, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka are never defined. Dutch farmers had been asked to "set aside" farmland and adopt new technology. Once they complied, the target was changed again. [5]

Lewis also pointed out the subjective nature (hypocrisy) of net zero calculations when it comes to electric vehicles: the cobalt or lithium mines; child labour; the poisoning of humans, flora and fauna; and the despoliation of landscape.

"And then you look at the battery in an electric car and how it gets disposed of afterwards and the years that it would take to break down that battery, and you do a carbon footprint on that, you would see that that is far more damaging than agriculture but is agriculture that is being attacked and that is why I think there is an agenda."

Lithium fields - Salar de Atacama salt flats, northern Chile Tom Hegen

The Natural Resources Defense Council points out that Chile, the second biggest lithium producer, faces a shortage of water which is used to separate by evaporation lithium on the salt flats on South America's Atacama Plateau. [6]

The claim to be acting in the name of the environment rings hollow.

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Money Circus
20 Jul 2022 | 4:12 pm

Eurasia note #58 – Microsoft Touts For Profit In Ukraine

President Zelenskiy axes top prosecutor and intelligence boss, alleging treason.
U.S., Poland or Microsoft in his ear? MS runs cyber operation on behalf of Ukraine.
Ceding land to Poland may be the fall back if Russian forces advance to Kyiv.

Senior Ukrainian Air Force officers killed in Russian strike on Vinnitsa airbase.
Ukraine hits Russian targets with American mid-to-long range missiles.
Russia's gas giant says scheduled repairs to pipelines delayed by force majeure.

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Microsoft's $22 billion military deal for enhanced goggles

Tbilisi, Jul 20, 2022

Ukraine's president fired the head of domestic intelligence and the prosecutor general, along with dozens of agents, accusing them of treason for plotting with Russia. Earlier this month he fired seven ambassadors.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that between the prosecutor's office and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), more than 60 officials were working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied territories. He had opened 651 treason cases against law enforcement officials.

On Jul 17 he fired head of the security service Ivan Bakanov and prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova, who led efforts to prosecute Russian war crimes. Both were part of his entourage and one a childhood friend.

The New York Times points out that the SBU, successor to the Ukrainian KGB, is Europe's largest security service with more than 30,000 staff, compared to just over 4,000 at Britain's MI5. Of course, the SBU doesn't have Silicon Valley and the social media companies to do much of its monitoring. But that may be changing.

The press focuses on foreign aid in the form of weaponry but perhaps more important is intelligence. European Union foreign ministers will give Ukraine another 500 million euros in weapons (the single currency approximately par with U.S. dollars) — the EU has given 2.5 billion euros since February. That compares with almost $60 billion from the U.S..

In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the sharing of sensitive information would not be affected.

Then there's assistance "in kind" like that provided by Microsoft.

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Last month the president of the software monopoly, Brad Smith, issued a report on Microsoft's intelligence activity in Ukraine. Entitled Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War, he gave speeches and interviews with numerous news outlets. His point was that wars use the latest technologies, and develop new ones. In this case, the cyber war. [1]

Smith posits three ways in which Russia is fighting Ukraine: cyber attacks to disrupt operations within Ukraine, espionage from outside Ukraine, and internet influence activities targeting audiences around the world.

It is a reasonable bet that the West's digital corporations — namely Microsoft — in coordination with governments are doing the same. After all, you cannot make a vaccine without the virus. The former deputy director of Russia's FSB Oleg Syromolotov claims Ukraine has outsourced control of its security infrastructure to the Redmond company.

The company is also involved in the rollout by Kyiv of a digital ID and prototype universal basic income scheme - even in the midst of war, the country is becoming a corporate playground.

Microsoft has helped Ukraine disperse its cyber operations and digital assets outside the country and across many countries, militaries and NGOs. That, Smith says, has led Russian intelligence to target foreign, in particular, NATO countries, infrastructure suppliers, think tanks and humanitarian organizations.

Microsoft says it has seen the Russian military launch multiple waves of destructive cyber attacks against 48 distinct Ukrainian agencies and enterprises. Influence operations take advantage of the openness of Western societies and the public's polarization, and also target nonaligned countries.

Smith even puts a number on the spread of Russian propaganda, saying it has increased 216 per cent in Ukraine and 82 per cent in the United States between the February invasion and mid-June. Of Russia's attempted cyber intrusions aimed at Ukraine, 29 per cent succeeded.

The asymmetric nature of this propaganda saw the Russians use Event Covid to inflame anti-vaxxers in the West while pushing jabs at home, he said.

Note that Microsoft is no benefactor of Ukraine. It regularly prosecutes companies large and small for failing to pay tithes, taxes and duties to, and buy indulgences from, the mighty Washington monopoly. Back in 2011 it filed 70 law suits for criminal or economic crimes, including the three main electronics chains Hello, Diawest and Technopolis.

Disinformation business

Microsoft's contribution is not limited to the technical aspects of IT and software. In June 2022 it bought Miburo, an example of the burgeoning trade in "countering disinformation" — or in Miburo's words, detecting and attributing "malign and extremist influence" to "protect democracies and the free information environment" by ensuring the integrity and resilience of the free Internet.

This is not as neutral as it sounds. A perusal of Miburo's posts on Substack suggest it is itself in the NATO, Atlantic Council camp, dismissing the existence of Ukrainian fascists, and making the subjective allegation that anyone who shares "an idea or claim promoted by the Kremlin" is a victim of penetration — for example, anyone who thinks NATO's expansion contributed to the war in Ukraine.

It concedes that RT (formerly Russia Today) does not broadcast in Turkish or Vietnamese, and that Sputnik radio (from the same stable) has few followers in those countries yet Miburo concludes that some Turkish media still repeats Russian talking points.

That said, Miburo's analysis appears to be fairly thorough and well written.


Microsoft criticized

Smith's comments attracted criticism from security professionals. A combined cyber and physical attack on Ukraine's nuclear plants did not happen. A power company's networks may have been exposed to a cyber threat in passing — which does not constitute an attack. The allegation that Russia is launching joint network and military ground operations credits Russian military and intelligence with a level of coordination that it has not demonstrated, another analyst told the journal CyberScoop. [2]

It spoke to a dozen analysts of cyber threats who said Microsoft had failed to back its claims with "technical underpinnings or evidence." A scientist at RAND Corporation said citations were "thin to nonexistent" and CyberScoop suggested the primary objective of the report was to use the Ukraine war and perceived cyber threats to drum up business.

Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, adjunct professor at SAIS, said that when cyber attacks are being considered as war crimes by the International Criminal Court, assessments must be dispassionate and objective.

Ryan Maness, director of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, said the claims did not accord with Russian objectives: they need nuclear plants intact for their own energy advantage.

He said Microsoft was presenting a "very incomplete assessment of the cyber situation of the war."

Gary Kildall

It is apposite that one expert should hail from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California. That is where Gary Kildall taught mathematics and computer science.

Some readers will recognize Kildall as the father of operating systems and the author of CP/M, on which MS-DOS was based. Bill Gates actually paid $75,000 to another coder, Tim Paterson, to copy Kildall's system. [3]

Surveillance capitalism

Microsoft's president Smith calls for the advanced use of digital technologies, AI and data to counter "cyber destructive," espionage and influence operations. The longer the war continues, he says, the more important it is to the West to counter fatigue in support for Ukraine or NATO's objectives.

Governments must coordinate public and private collaboration, across sectors of society and borders. Microsoft is an example of precisely that: the melding of the state and corporation in the intelligence sector that is nowadays largely outsourced to private contractors.

If there was no defensive need for state security it would still be expanded because it is nowadays a source of profit. To a surveillance capitalist there is no difference between tracking the public's every move for ecommerce and doing it for law enforcement, military, intelligence and cyber security.

Microsoft has been part of this process ever since it was founded on the initiative of IBM and the military industrial complex, which also funded the development of MS-DOS.

To quote Michael Spencer, in The Last Futurist, "Surveillance capitalism manifests when a species' economic greed meets a technological means of data harvesting so pervasive that it becomes normative and the new business rule of the century and this in the 21st century is where we find ourselves. Google, the Chinese Government, Microsoft or Facebook — all essentially working to the same end." [4]

This is the context in which Microsoft's president describes the war in Ukraine as "a call to action for effective measures that will be vital to the protection of democracy's future."

"As a company, we are committed to supporting these efforts, including through ongoing and new investments in technology, data, and partnerships that will support governments, companies, NGOs and universities."

There doubtless is a big Russian influence operation: that's why RT and Sputnik exist. A fun fact is that Russia Today was founded in 2005 on the advice of the U.S. deep state public relations company Ketchum, at a time when President George W Bush said he could "see" the soul of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Ketchum is now performing the same role for China. [5]

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Microsoft and Miburo make no mention of the internet influence activities that emanate from the West. Both companies use the language of war: the same words like integrity and resilience that were set out by Britain's former Chief of the Defence Staff Gen Sir Nick Carter in his speeches on hybrid conflict, in which he suggested there are no longer binary conditions of war and peace: the enemy is everywhere, including at home.

Worried yet? You should be. The Silicon six, as the giants of social media are sometimes called, are simply the front end of an influence and propaganda operation, a symbiosis justified from the point of view of profit and state security — a mutually beneficial relationship for corporations, government and the narrative builders among the think tanks, humanitarian organisations and NGOs.

You may say the other side is doing it and so should we. You may decry a lack of patriotism: that it is disloyal to point out that governments have bought the compliance of Western media with Covid advertising budgets, and that social media companies openly hire NATO and CIA alumni. The problem is, there's no end to this campaign against speech that the governments find objectionable.

Well, there is one end: which is to become the authoritarian state we claim to oppose.

Spencer describes this process as the weaponization of artificial intelligence. It powers a malign triad of wealth inequality, surveillance capitalism and information control. One might add that by causing such division it creates the domestic enemy that governments claim to fear.

It may have started as data mining and the commercialization of your personal information, but "recently, it has begun also to mean a new cybersecurity area of an AI-arms race, propaganda machines and how algorithms are used to alter human behaviour.

"Surveillance capitalism is more efficient with full-out behavior modification. The emergence of a social credit architecture in China with pervasive rewards and punishments is such an example."

Microsoft no longer hides its role as part of the military financial digital pharma complex. Mr Smith uses the same snappy military jargon: detect, defend, disrupt and deter cyber threats — but how far does its role go in abetting war in Ukraine?

It has several public-facing operations, including Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) and Microsoft Digital Security Unit (DSU). A third, Microsoft CEE Multi-Country News Center, publishes information in various languages.

It is not simply monitoring or passing information. In April Microsoft obtained a court order to shut down domains used by APT28, described as a state-sponsored group operated by Russia's military intelligence service, GRU. Facebook has done the same with regards to Iran.

MS has long been a military contractor, from cloud provider to drone software to hologram-enhanced goggles to direct soldiers to enemies — the latter being a $22 billion contract inked last year to produce 120,000 augmented reality headsets for U.S. Army soldiers. Employees have protested its work for the Defense Department. [6]

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Military latest

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said its ambition was no longer limited to the Donbas. "Now the geography is different," he said, citing the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Ukraine is making more strikes within Russian-held territory using long-range missiles supplied by countries including the U.S.. It claims to have hit more than 30 ammunition and supply hubs.

From Ukraine's perspective, the objective is to retake 2,500 settlements from Russian forces, and from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The American HIMARS (high-mobility artillery rocket systems) is central to what Ukraine defence minister Oleksii Reznikov says would be precise "like the scalpel of a doctor [in] surgery."

Washington originally implied it would supply medium but not long-range missiles. Reznikov told an Atlantic Council event on Jul 19 that the longer 100-150 kilometer range was essential to success.

The Microsoft-style business motive was apparent in the minister's comments: war is a testing ground for new weapons. "Give us the tools — we will finish the job [and] you will have new information."

Bridges across the Dnieper remain a vulnerability for Russian forces, according to the latest British military update on Ukraine.

Zelensky's chief of staff Andriy Yermak said on Jul 19 that if Ukraine cannot expel Russian forces before winter they would have time to regroup, worsening Ukraine's prospects.

Ukraine's forces are reportedly using a scorched earth tactic in Kalinovka, Donetsk, and in the region of Zaporizhzhia, where they are setting fields ablaze or bombing grain silos.

Sanctions latest

Russia will ease the export of Ukraine's farm produce only if the West lifts sanctions against Russia, said Putin, in Tehran for talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Germany's chancellor Olaf Scholz seems less willing to arm Ukraine. Die Welt reports that shipments in the past three weeks have declined to food rations and one hundred cars.

Russia's main gas exporter Gazprom has told customers in Europe it cannot guarantee gas supplies because of "extraordinary" circumstances. Pipelines closed for scheduled 10-day maintenance may not reopen due to force majeure. The resumption of supply to German due on Jul 22 is unclear, according to a letter sent on Jul 14. It blamed sanctions for the delayed return of a turbine sent to Canada for repair.

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[1] Brad Smith, Microsoft, Jun 22 — Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War

[2] CyberScoop, Jul 1, 2022 — Cybersecurity experts question Microsoft's Ukraine report

[3] John Groom, 2014 — Bill Gates, Business Titan vs Gary Kildall, Innovator

[4] The Last Futurist, 2019 — What is Surveillance Capitalism?


[6] Democracy Now, 2021 — Microsoft Gets $22 Billion Pentagon Contract to Produce Augmented Reality Headsets for Soldiers

Money Circus
8 Jul 2022 | 1:08 pm

Crisis Update - Dutch Face Down Politicians

Real people are withholding their labour, blocking the roads, warehouses and ports.
As faux legislators abdicate their policy-making to corporations and rich foundations.
Policy is inverted, from food to fuel, insects to electricity: killing to save the planet.

After the paywall:

Instead of politicians talking in code about Build Back Better or the New Normal, how about a bit of plain French, German, English or Dutch? For it is we Western nations that seem to be the primary target of these orchestrated shortages.

If we had open debate there would be no need for the Department of Homeland Security to set up a Disinformation Governance Board. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted the purpose of the board could have been explained more clearly. Perhaps he shouldn't have done it in secret.

Why do billionaires like Bill Gates need to pay the media to launder their image — or pay fact checkers to assure us they are doing good?

(3,000 words or about 14 minutes' read.)

See also Feb 9, 2022 — Crisis Update - Truckers Stand Firm
Feb 10, 2022 — Crisis Update - Truckers: Police Mass In Ottawa
Feb 18, 2022 — Crisis Update - Truckers' Leaders Arrested

Farmers bring cows to the Dutch parliament.

Jul 8, 2022

While the Dutch government tries to curtail meat and dairy farming, on the pretext of reducing emissions of nitrogen and ammonia, there is a publicity campaign to promote the eating of grubs.

Nicole Kidman is the current ambassador for arthropods: those creepy crawlies that scuttle across the floor with their segmented joints and skeleton on the outside. [1]

We go back a long way, us and the insects. Before she could walk my baby sister would hunt cockroaches in the kitchen and more than once was caught with one in hand.

My brother would sift bichus from the beach sand and swallow them. Perhaps they got it from my great grandfather in South Africa who would enjoy chocolate-covered termites.

I doubt it's just my family. If you scrump for fruit you eat a good number without knowing it. But do they constitute a mass replacement for meat protein?

Cows must go, we are told, because of their toll on nature. And because they fart, or rather belch, methane.

Don't insects fart? Of course they do. They have an intestine in which they break down grass and leaf matter — some of the same stuff that livestock eat — and it comes out the other end.

Cows emit methane and pee ammonia. Half of arthropods produce hydrogen and methane, the other half don't. A 1994 scientific study didn't look for any other gas. Scientists suspect insects may emit gas through their pores, for the waste has to go somewhere. [2]

The termites that my forebears enjoyed are very farty. Their relatives, cockroaches, also fart a lot, especially on high fiber diets — note to vegans!

Scale up the growing of insects to provide equivalent calories and they may produce gas of another type. If you eat less meat protein something must replace it. The lack of meat is not good for muscle mass.

Are we just moving the expelled gas from the cow to the insect or the human? Very likely. (UPDATE: other research suggests that humans over all produce much more methane than cows.)

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Unintended consequences

The Dutch rank first in the European Union and second worldwide in value of agricultural exports, behind only the United States.

A nation of 17 million people on a piece of land less than twice the area of the state of New Jersey (33 thousand square km, or 13 thousand square miles.)

Tell me that poverty is not engineered.

Farmers are protesting a "nitrogen law" that lets government expropriate their land. The family of the minister pushing this law owns online supermarket Picnic. Bill Gates invested $600 million in the company. Gates wants us to eat synthetic beef.

Then there's the knock on effect on the countryside. In Australia they are exterminating tens of millions of bees to ward off a varroa mite plague. At least 600 hives containing 30,000 bees each have been destroyed. [3]

Ana Martin of New South Wales was forced to eliminate 40 hives. She told The Guardian: "Between the drought, fires, floods and now varroa there seems to be a bit of bad luck for beekeepers lately."

There could be unintended consequences. As a child I remember seeing rabbits blinded by myxomatosis with which they had been deliberately infected to reduce the population.

What happened is the grass grew wild, with no nibblers to keep it short, and the impact on wild flowers and orchids was negative. My father was an amateur botanist who used to monitor the flora on military land and it suffered from the loss of rabbits.

The World Economic Forum and such like suffer from the fixed pie fallacy: less for us is more for them (or for Nature). This is zero sum thinking that afflicts the climate change movement, too.

Perhaps the insect diet is there to mislead us. It is part of the climate change, zero carbon and smart cities programmes — governments admit as much.

There is also historical precedent. Bolsheviks and Mao's communists were both globalist projects and each starved around 60 million people in order to remove the self-sufficient element of the population, to put down their opponents and gain control of the countryside. See The War Against the Peasantry, 1927-1930, Yale University, 2005.

Fishermen and farmers

Politicians seem intent on breaking the supply chain to starve us out. We need to break it first. The latest "fringe minority with unacceptable views," in Justin Trudeau's words, are Dutch fishermen and farmers.

They refuse to negotiate with the government because it refuses to compromise on its goals to slash farming by sharply reducing nitrogen and ammonia use. This is typical of the European Union and the WEF Davos crowd. They don't negotiate; they manage outcomes. To concede a point would be a victory for the other guy — more zero sum thinking.

Technocrats could consider measures to capture the chemicals — as they plan to do with carbon dioxide. The fact that they don't, suggests the aim is to reduce food production, and put farmers out of business, either to set aside their land as fallow, or to perhaps to seize it and repurpose it.


Farmers have rumbled the politicians, who are in trouble. They're going to push harder and faster.

Protests were inflamed on Wednesday when police apparently fired shots at a 16 year-old boy on a tractor. The officer has gone into hiding. Supermarkets are running out of food as distribution centres are blocked. On Thursday, protestors began obstructing airports. Fishermen have joined in and have closed ports.

Fishermen block IJmuiden, Harlingen and other ports including Lauwerszoog (above)

In the U.S. Reuters revealed that the Biden administration has been giving part of the strategic oil reserve to China, along with Asia and Europe. He sold 5 million barrels last month, as part of a planned draw-down of 180 million barrels, one-third of the total reserve that already stands at a 40-year low.

Pump prices keep going up because Biden is not using the released oil at home, but selling it to pay for crisis spending.

Furthermore, if the White House wanted to bring prices down it could lift sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, even if it kept them on Russia.

Eighty-eight per cent of U.S. citizens polled believe the country is on the wrong track. Only 11 per cent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going, according to Gallup. [4]

In Britain, trucks and tractors have jammed traffic with go slows around the nation in protest at fuel prices.

Sri Lanka may run out of petrol by the weekend, according to its energy minister. The government has banned fuel sales to citizens, as it saves it for government and emergency services. Schools are closed; hospitals struggle. Power cuts range from three to 13 hours a day.

Green policies are partly to blame. Sri Lanka has been bound to set targets under the Paris Agreement from 2016. The government tried to implement 100 per cent organic farming, and as a result yields fell by 50 per cent — something they knew in advance. The research findings are well-established. [5]

The World Food Programme says 6.2 million people in Sri Lanka are "food insecure." That's the new euphemism of the day.

On Jul 9 protestors will occupy a district of the capital Colombo where the prime minister lives and works. A court turned down police requests for a ban.

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6 Jul 2022 | 5:52 pm

Crisis Update - UK Gov Collapsing

British government collapses; German economy crumbles under massive trade deficit.
MI6's Dearlove emails reveal who put Boris Johnson in power; they want him replaced.
NATO's quest in Ukraine maps the EU's struggle for survival and the Covid passport.

Propaganda war rumbles on as Russia "blitzes" itself; fake Canadian volunteer Tweets.
Biden pushes mantra of "debts to be paid" - public should absorb gas prices.
David Graeber demolished Yuval Harari: debt is a tool of social control if not slavery.

(About 2,100 words or 10 minutes' read.)

Tbilisi, Jul 6, 2022

In London, Boris Johnson's term as prime minister seems to be staggering to a close. The two big resignations on Tuesday night being the finance minister Rishi Sunak and health minster Sajid Javid, or the minister of Great Reset and the minister of Covid Jabs.

This is significant because war in Ukraine is an extension of two policies: Covid is a monetary phenomenon, triggered by the prospect of Western governments defaulting after their failure to address the 2008 financial crisis and the rise in pension and welfare commitments.

Mandated vaccines are, in part, a pretext to introduce digital identity, which remains the objective of the World Economic Forum's Great Reset.

An underwhelming show of strength at the G7 and NATO summits merely illustrates that governments in the West continue to slide.

It won't lead to a change of policy on the economic, military and medico-tyranny fronts, but it suggests those pursuing order out of chaos have a tenuous grip on power — or as participants admitted at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos, they have a narrowing window of opportunity.

One reason Canada is not relenting on travel restrictions is that it is a test bed for the Known Traveler Digital Identity project, in partnership with the WEF, Air Canada and KLM. [1]

The expansion of the security state has not been rolled back, instead the role of the military intelligence and police have been merged with government, social services, health policy and social media under the concept of fusion.

A similar policy has been rolled out in lockstep which is why the weakness of governments such as Canada, Britain, France and Germany will concern the managers of the war in Ukraine and the medical tyranny upon domestic populations.

In Germany, Europe's manufacturing behemoth, the trade surplus swung to negative for the first time since 1991. May's deficit of €1bn was due to its energy problems and weakness in manufacturing. To underline it, gas giant Uniper is looking at a €9bn bailout ($9.4 billion). It is a financier of Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 pipeline. German Economy Minister Robert Habeck blamed economic war but this is largely self-inflicted. The government may use bailout tools created during the pandemic to rescue Lufthansa to rescue Uniper.

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Germany's troubles further undermine the eurozone. Bloomberg's options-pricing model forecasts a 60 per cent chance the euro falls to par against the dollar by the end of the year, up from 46 on Monday.

The European Central Bank (ECB) needs Germany's wealth or at least a healthy bond market to bail out the peripheral and southern states.

This is why they don't want a long war in Ukraine. Time is not on their side. The more the damage to Europe's strongest economies, the greater the chance that investors will pull their money out of Europe before the euro slides further.

Moneycircus has pointed out that the survival of the European Union looks increasingly like a laager, with the Netherlands, Germany, France and northern Italy circled like wagons around non-member Switzerland.

For now, ECB president Christine Lagarde has refused to "surrender fiscal dominance," implying it won't be impeded by fiscal considerations like public borrowing, from the aim to bring down bond yields in the southern and peripheral euro states, as rising yields would hurt its ability to fight inflation. [2]

Boris staggers

The problems of Boris Johnson have little to do with Downing Street parties where politicians and bureaucrats ignored their own lockdown rules, or sex scandals — although Britain is a country where sex pests come with names like Chris Pincher MP.


It's not about former health minister Sajid Javid's claim that citizens "rightly expect integrity." Tell that to the vaccine injured.

Javid did admit that the government is not competent. It's more likey that the Davos crowd is desperate to shore up its tame governments before the U.S. mid-terms, before the wave of collapse from Germany to Canada washes over the Hudson.

Who is running Britain?

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Money Circus
4 Jul 2022 | 4:28 pm

Eurasia note #57 - Setting The Silk Road Ablaze

Russian forces take Lysychansk, last city of Lugansk still in Ukrainian hands.
Ukraine kills four in strike on Russian city of Belgorod; perhaps U.S. supplied missiles.
U.S. media regrets how events do not accord with its prediction of imminent victory.

Uzbekistan sees violent protests in autonomous northwest region; shoots protestors.
Is someone disrupting Belt and Road or stirring trouble in Russia's backyard?
Two strategies: split Russia from China; or ride the dragon over Russia's steppes.
(2,000 words or about 10 minutes' read.)

Lysychansk residents beside an impromptu shelter.

Tbilisi, Jul 4, 2022

While the Western press contends with Ukraine's latest defeat in Lysychansk and the loss of Lugansk region, Uzbekistan has seen what looks at first glance like a repeat of the protests in Kazakhstan six months ago.

Armed groups stormed government buildings in response to a proposal to revoke the right of secession of northwestern Karakalpakstan. Authorities said a "criminal group" had attempted to seize power in the region, where 2 million people live out of a total national population of 35 million.

At least 18 people were killed in protests that began on Friday and continued through the weekend. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev imposed a state of emergency and curfew.

It is too early to say whether outside provocateurs played a role. With a military-intelligence apparatus inherited from the Soviet Union, they should be alert to political or financial infilitration.

At the same time it seems that a right of secession, in a region where the Karakal may not even represent the majority, and which they would hardly be allowed to win, is a strange hill to die on.

The stability of Central Asia is overstated. It has experienced its share of pot-stirring. Kyrgyzstan's "Tulip Revolution" in 2005 was partly funded by the U.S. according to the New York Times. [1]

Soon after came the Andijan riots and massacre, in which Uzbek government forces killed hundreds of unarmed people at a public protest in the eastern city.

The Kazakh protests of 2018–2020 and again in 2022, when Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) intervened, suggest that the regional powers are alert to instability. Now the pressure comes from multiple directions, food and fuel shortages, supply chain disruptions and the risk of governments defaulting.

No part of the world is immune, from Sri Lanka to Lebanon, to Western countries whose desire to pour weapons into Ukraine, on top of the Covid spending bonanza, will lead to cuts in public spending and higher taxes, while a large part of the population struggles to find medical care to treat what governments have renamed, Sudden Adult Dealth Syndrome.

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This is no accident. Sri Lanka is a United Nations model state for carbon reduction. It aims to become carbon neutral and generate 100 per cent of its power from "renewables" by 2050 — in just the next seven years, renewables will go from 20 per cent to 70 per cent of supply.

That is a carbon and renewables target that you might meet by depopulation. How else? [2]

The point is: which of the present crises does not result from government policy? There is none. Every crisis is triggered by or aggravated by NGOs, woke corporations and governments. If you were mad you'd suspect it was coordinated.

They wouldn't do that

We live in an age of managed outcomes; in which generations are taught from an early age that the world must be a certain way, and everything will just have to comply. Depopulation is perfectly consistent with this world view. The military promotes autism as an advantage — no empathy, way to go!


The West is falling apart:

  • In June Bulgaria's pro-Western government collapsed over budgetary pressures and North Macedonia's accession to the European Union, and faces its fourth election in just over a year.

  • Estonia's governing coalition disintegrated, nominally over education, but politicians are divided between pro-NATO and those more open to Russia. The country has sent more aid to Ukraine, per capita, than any other.

  • Italian parliamentarians protested against the central banker Mario Draghi who was imposed as president in January, saying 70 per cent of Italians oppose arming Ukraine.

  • In Britain, prime minister Boris Johnson faces a second no-confidence vote.
    Is there any need to mention the re-election of Macron, Trudeau and the prospects for Biden?

Perhaps it's unavoidable that, once we get the promised one world government, the nation states implode.

Military latest

In a serious escalation, Ukrainian forces fired missiles into the Russian city of Belgorod, about 25 miles or 40 kilometers over the national border. Even though Russian air defences shot down three missiles, enough got through to kill four people, damage a dozen apartment buildings and almost 40 private homes.

Some were Ukrainian Tochka-Us. Were they accompanied by the U.S.-supplied HIMARS mobile rocket launchers? If so, that may influence Russia's response.

The Washington Post at the weekend asked if U.S. assessments of Ukraine's efforts are too rosy. Some of those interviewed questioned the veracity of what Kyiv tells the Pentagon, including what it does with weapons supplied by the U.S. [3]

Perhaps the Pentagon is feeling sour after Ukrainian generals came out saying half the Javelins don't work. That's not a good sales pitch.

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Money Circus
2 Jul 2022 | 6:01 pm

Eurasia note #56 - NATO's Military Doctrine Is A Cult

NATO is a mind game; pursuing political objectives without military force.
Strategic Concept review identifies Russia as a "direct threat," China as "challenge."
Yet 300,000 high-readiness force exists only on paper; the spear is ideological.

Turkey agrees to let Finland, Sweden join NATO, which abandons the Kurds.
West drops yesterday's heroes; greets the new kid in town.
The novelist's dictum: fiction must make sense; reality does not.

Day 129 of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (2,500 words or about 12 minutes' read.)

Is that a UFO at the NATO summit? Who is wearing the foil hat?

Tbilisi, Jul 2, 2022

Western leaders shuffled between G7 and NATO meetings this past week sharing visions of military force free from reality. They appealed to the same international law they so often ignore.

In other words, the actors acted.

We spectators are the playgoers who are shortchanged. There are no metaphors to describe the growing gap between rhetoric and reality — such a game of self-deception and flagellation makes no synoptic sense.

We understand that words and actions sometimes do not correspond: it is the nature of politics to say one thing and do another. When a policy is clearly at odds with the verbiage, when there is no attempt at coherence, something is afoot. The actions make no sense, they do not stand by their own logic.

Only if you allow that these bureaucrats, bankers and corporate owners have some reason to gamble on Europe's future, or plan to demolish and remake the continent, does any of this make sense — though it would fail the test of even a fictional plot.

NATO is linked to the U.S. Department of Defense, which is deeply involved in the project to remake society. The DOD invested in Moderna gene therapy long before COVID-19. [1]

Politicians and public servants are choreographed like synchronized swimmers. Interconnection within government, also called fusion, means that departments, NGOs and corporate foundations are integrated and move in lock step. This is the politicization of enforcement, the military and civil service.

Outcomes are managed and policy is co-ordinated with objectives in mind. It is the declared objective of the Rockefeller "Lockstep" document of 2010; of the World Economic Forum's The Great Reset; of the Lynn Forester de Rothschild and the Pope's Council on Inclusive Capitalism; and of the World Health Organization's Pandemic Treaty.

Nor would it be the first time. The minutes of the Carnegie Foundation in 1908 posed the question: "Is there any means known more effective than war, assuming you wish to alter the life of an entire people?" The same foundations financing and controlling policy today, answer, "no."

See Moneycircus, Aug 2021 — Spies, Dupes and Charities: Rivals for Power, Part 4

To seek an answer as to "why" is a fool's errand, for the possible answers are infinite. At one extreme perhaps our beneficent rulers have plans to grant us 200-year lifespans and free energy, in return for giving up meat and living in 270 square foot apartments (about 25 square meters). More immediate problems, however, trouble the philanthropists.

Europe, whether defined narrowly as the European Commission, or broadly as one of the great cultural achievements of millennia that ranks with China for its technological prowess or Russia for its vaulting artistic achievement, is holed below the waterline: deep in debt and arguably bankrupt spiritually. It is in a metaphysical decline as well as a financial one.

That crisis is the topic for another article; but what is our predicament?

The wealthy who buy politicians and, nowadays, bureaucrats lack the intellectual refinement of their forebears who would contend with the preternatural on a grandiose scale, including brutality, massacre and war, but with their eye on something greater. Guilty as Icarus they nevertheless may have understood Orson Welles' monologue in The Third Man:

"After all it's not that awful. You know what the fellow said: in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

So long Holly."

Welles worked for the Rockefellers. His War Of The Worlds Mercury radio broadcast was their project.

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Midges swarm at dusk and harry us to distraction. Be it a crisis of their own making or induced, we cannot say. The overreach of government, especially in education, means bureaucrats bear the bulk of blame. But Rockefeller's demented psychotrope long ago targeted education. Gates' Common Core continues the assault.

Centralization, driven by the desire for power, means every mistake is metastasised. As we see with Critical Theory, a doctrine becomes a cult even before it is proclaimed from the pulpit.

The military is chosen to be the tip of the spear because it is held in high esteem — in the U.S. to the point of militarism. Veterans have earned their respect, for sure, without the need for the DOD to pay for the beat of drums and vocal gymnastics at every baseball game. The latter is money to an end. Feel free to disagree.

This fusion or lockstep does not mean that the owners acquiesce, however: the Rockefellers would not be pushing Lockstep if we were all of one mind. Consensus is a construct.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. NATO gives every sign that it is not focused on freedom nor vigilant for its purchase. It is in the business, like every other branch of the corporativist state, on managing outcomes. Of privileging certain cohorts.

The military of old saw its duty as upholding the status quo. The modern military is reshaping society — but in whose interest?


Political latest

Turkey won concessions from Finland and Sweden that will see them withdraw support for Kurdish autonomous forces, and expel Kurdish asylum seekers if Turkey deems them a terrorist. So NATO is sacrificing one ethnic group in place of another.

For all the talk in the U.S. of supporting the Kurds against Saddam Hussein and again Bashar al-Assad, they were only ever pawns in a bigger game as Ukraine discovers.

NATO trumpets that it has revitalized its institution, yet it is hollowed out. Its prime role is the aggrandizement of a bureaucracy. It provoked the conflict with Russia in order to justify NATO's expansion; in turn to pursue changeable corporate goals.

Having provoked Russia, NATO's bedraggled response shows it is less a military force than a vehicle for the aristocratic, imperial pretensions of trans-Atlantic bureaucratic and corporate interests.

Like Davos it is an excuse to expand state and private power. The fig leaf of transhumanism trotted out by Yuval Harari is derivative and incoherent — while it is ever more clear that Klaus Schwab was elevated for his acting skills. Like the neoconservative's guru Leo Strauss, every cult has its deity personified.

The concessions won by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may go beyond what's been announced publicly. Privately he may have got the nod to do away with what he sees as the Kurdish problem.

U.S. Congress has previously supported an independent Kurdish state comprising elements of Syria in the west to Iran in the east and Iraq in the south, north through Turkey. The cause was once so integral to the globalist NGOs that George Soros' Antifa trained alongside Kurdish militants. [2]

Now there are bigger fish to fry but they have something in common: both regions are eyed by Western energy interests for their underground riches and overground pipelines.

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28 Jun 2022 | 12:09 pm

Finding What To Read Next: Tales Of Books & Caffeine

Encountering good writing is more pleasurable nowadays but challenges remain.
Despite megastores and online retail, it was better when more friends were readers.
Recommendations can feel faceless; the chase a lonely hunt for stone-cold keywords.

Misguided forces are damming the rivers; it gets harder for content to 'surface.'
As 'engines manipulate results, labeling and discovery will become old-school.
(1,300 words or about seven minutes' read.)

See also Moneycircus, Sep 2021 — Defend Our Networks: Free and fast-flowing information key to survival

A favourite haunt of the author in Tbilisi: fine coffee and books.

Jun 28, 2022

Discovering a book that scratched the itch inside your head was once as difficult as finding the coffee that restored composure.

That's the way it was. The era of Barnes and Noble or Waterstones hadn't arrived, nor the dozen Starbucks imitators, let alone the ability to search online.

On London's Charing Cross Road, Foyles was legendary — as were the Soho coffee shops, a brisk 10 minutes' walk away, which survived from the 1950s caffeine scene. [1]

The pain was part of the pleasure; frustration drove you to keep looking in an age when time was quixotic enough to hang — no such quest was ever measured by the clock — just as the cup of bitter-sweet smoking umber would both stimulate and relax.

Companions were often the answer. A recommendation came with familiarity and a certain world view. We'd read a book because it was thrust into our hands by a friend or lay about their home. Browsing the bookshop was only slightly more structured, according to the interests of the bookseller.

Despite the challenge of discovering new authors, we probably read more books: a greater number among our friends were active readers; there was less distraction. Was the writing better? That's a matter of opinion but the big name authors did play interlocutor, poet or bard, a role we'll discuss in the next article.

Information cascade

If the spear is a stand-in for the quill, the Internet is double-pointed. If you know what you are hunting, it works well. Otherwise you're likely to gore yourself, if only in frustration, for the web can be less accessible than a forest at dusk.

It's not that we doubt a recommended author — it's what other works were set aside in making that selection; for we don't know what assumptions played a role in that choice. The problem is bigger than FOMO (fear of missing out.)

A recommendation on the Internet involves many people in the process. First the writer's insights are condensed into something that the chooser deems "relevant." Then people sequentially accept or reject, according to what they infer about the decisions of those who acted before. Behavioural economists call this the information cascade.

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Each person comes to a decision with their own new piece of information but cannot know what information the previous decision-makers rejected. Unlike the friend holding a book in outstretched arms, we cannot ask them.

We end up with a cacophony of opinions that we cannot interrogate. That's before different influences come into play, like social approval.

Governments, corporations and their associated foundations want to replace this flawed discovery with a direct line to a "trusted source" who will do the thinking for us. To the techy heads of social media it makes sense in a binary world where something is right or wrong, or simply more efficient.

Their answer is to bombard us with fact checkers — Fakt Cheka — who make the process worse. You don't have to search for controversial topics before you are waylaid by nudges and suggestions from assorted advisers and advertisers who want to shape your thoughts and decisions.

They are wrong and one can prove it. The Internet is already subject to brutal consolidation. Nowhere in the off-line world could you see a handful of corporations dominating traffic and using underhand, privacy-violating surveillance, combined with blatant psychological manipulation.

Any government, military propaganda operation or corporation that thinks we need fewer options and more direction is clearly up to no good. Military censors aside — "War is a racket," said Maj Gen Smedley Butler — the corporations are playing a zero-sum game in which every click that favours someone else is money lost.

As a metaphor, take theirs: they bang on about the environment. In what ecological system would every blade of grass eaten by another animal be an existential threat?

Only the corporation as psychopath, bent on oligarchical collectivism, would think this way. "Competition is a sin," said J. D. Rockefeller.

Ah, the same families who pin their Great Reset on the climate — but we digress.

"The dream of cyberspace — strangers, strangeness, anonymity, and spontaneity — lost out to order, advertising, surveillance, and cutthroat corporatism," writes Joanne McNeil in Lurking: How a Person Became a User (2020).

How to find it

Readers and fellow writers on Substack and other platforms know about the filter bubble — how search engines are constructed to monitor your activity, profile you, and feed you more of the same.

We can block trackers and clear cookies — try the extension Forget Me Not, to forget cookies and all the data you don't want your browser to remember — but that still does not help us discover.

The problem as we experience it here, at Moneycircus, is that the publishing apps, like Substack, can't be expected to have their own search function beyond the basics.

There are third parties which offer to help readers find new material and there are options to boost and promote. One example just launched is The Sample (to which Moneycircus has no connection). [2]

The nature of offloading the finding of content onto a third party is that they consolidate headings, when we really want something granular that scratches those thoughts which bothered us at the start.

Still, ticking boxes like news, culture, essays, life, business, marketing, history, future, politics, tech, art and fiction would help, even though they overlap and subdivide — what to do?


Your suggestions

Use Google to search " Afghanistan" where Afghanistan is the topic you want — you don't need the quote marks.

We would prefer such a search feature on Substack but there are other steps we can take in the meantime. There are options to make a subsidiary or sister publication on a specific topic but that would segment readers and make it harder, not easier, to discover related material.

Substack has introduced a recommend function, so that one writer highlights another.

Labels could be embedded in headlines to make them easier to peruse. On Moneycircus, content is currently split four ways:

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Money Circus
27 Jun 2022 | 2:53 pm

Crisis Update - The Kidnapping Of Mind, Body & Soul

Event Covid exposed how schools are a vector to inject a centrally-mandated agenda.
Multiple trends point to federal control and creation of a culture of dependency.
Focus on gender, personal safety and segregation drive social distancing and isolation.

Covid agenda in U.S. schools cost $190 billion, dwarfing Common Core.
Education's supporters and detractors miss outcomes that suit corporate owners.
Youth contend with a lack of practical and social skills; sabotaged by design.

Despite claims to teach critical thinking we hear more about Critical Race Theory.
Schools alone can't be blamed for leading youth to a cognitive and practical dead end.
Corporations set the curriculum, shape government policy — they want your baby.

Related article Moneycircus, Aug 2021 — Spies, Dupes and Charities: Rivals for Power, Part 4. Norman Dodd and the tax-exempt foundations

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Swallows and Amazons (1974) after Arthur Ransome's novel of 1930 was a picture of self-reliance and survival.

Jun 27, 2022

A new cottage industry has emerged on YouTube where college-aged Americans pepper their cohort with questions that should not bother an elementary schoolgoer.

For example: on what continent do we stand, which countries are to the north and south, and is Africa a state. They're stumped and the videos are viral. [1]

Maybe we've been pranked but, sadly, they seem too unreal to be fake. Or to quote Elon Musk: "You can tell it's real because it looks so fake."

Only part of this can be laid at the threshold of schools. The vloggers are asking informational questions of a generation raised to Google. A problem more serious than factual knowledge is the lack of practical skills, and a timely one would be growing food and knowing what to eat.

One sometimes hears that parents of an older generation, motivated to give their children a better life, sheltered them from the experience of the Great Depression or the world wars, and yet they failed, inadvertently, to pass on what they had learned at great personal endeavour.

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The failure to gain self-reliance, otherwise called the culture of dependency, has many roots. Corporations have caused it by accident or, as my brother used to say as a child, "by iliberate" — the medical industry is the posterboy — yet even the friendly supermarket that does so much for our dopamine, schools us like fish.

Corporations have owners, the richest of whom fund foundations to shape society — Britain's Sainsbury family, grocery billioinaires, sits on the board of the UK's Institute for Government, which has financed the behavioural management venture MINDSPACE, that was used to inculcate fear in the population during Event Covid.

This is not to say corporations are evil — though they are psychopathic. [2]

It is remarkable that those in power work so hard to manipulate our ideas when all you need to change the lives of people is to disrupt them.

This suggests that rival groups are competing to direct the public mind — which is more likely than one all-knowing world power, though Event Covid has offered much evidence that governments are indeed being coordinated in lock step.


Rationing sense

It is remarkable how quickly knowledge is lost. It is not that a people become stupid, rather that information held in common can fade so soon.

The error is to think that good times last forever. The post-war economic expansion of lifetime employment, pensions and social security turned out to be temporary. Was it, as the author John Lanchester suggests in Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone And No One Can Pay (2010) simply a strategy to oppose two camps in the Cold War? Corporate pensions were already being phased out in the 1980s in favour of inadequate personal schemes. The golden age by that stage had lasted only 40 years.

In much of Europe, WW2 destroyed nutrition, especially in crowded Britain. Apart from rationing it saw the introduction of synthetic products to replace natural ones. The food writer Elizabeth David described it in some of her articles, published as a selection in An Omlette and a Glass of Wine (1984). She had spent the war in Alexandria working in the naval cipher office. When she returned to London and saw what they ate, she was horrified.

Rationing lasted until 1954. A whole generation had lost touch with traditional ingredients and cookery. It is probably only if you find yourself, like David, in another culture and are forced to acquaint yourself with different ingredients that cooking becomes once again a survival skill rather than a reflexive reach for convenience.

Marguerite Patten was a food economist for the Ministry of Food in WW2 who invented recipes from the meagreness of rationing. After the war she, like David, did her best to bring back real food. As a child I leafed through my mother's favourite book, Cookery In Colour, published in 1961.

Nowadays television shows tell you how to boil an egg: partly tongue-in-cheek for sure, yet video guides from The Home Depot instruct youngsters in the use of a tape measure. [3]

In Tbilisi, where these words are being typed, a German who invested in a kiwi fruit farm ended up making educational videos on the side. He had to make a visual guide for each agricultural skill that he needed on the farm. Even though the employees live in the fertile Caucasus countryside — in a country that dates from the Paleolithic age, possibly hundreds of thousands of years old — they lacked knowledge of how to care for trees, how to pick fruit or crate it without damage.

Both grandfathers were keen gardeners — from banks of flowers to rows of vegetables. It wasn't even a matter of hobby, it was part of life. Some of that know-how filtered down through my own father and mother and yet I can testify that it's not the knowing; it's the doing that counts.

At the back of my late father's house there's a man in his nineties who has lived alone all his life, and who on less than an acre feeds himself almost exclusively from his own produce.

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20 Jun 2022 | 12:34 pm

Eurasia note #55 - West's Decisive Moment In Ukraine

Putin: "era of the unipolar world" is over; critiques "obsolete geopolitical illusions."
Says U.S. sees itself as "God's envoy on earth, with no responsibilities, only interests."
Cyber attack delayed Friday's speech at the St Petersburg forum for 90 minutes.

NATO chief says war could last for years; food and fuel shortages a fair price to pay.
UK counterpart: we are the generation that must prepare to fight in Europe again.
Ukraine readies "hundreds of thousands" for the draft.

Ukraine suffering 1,000 casualties per day, up to half killed, say military experts.
Lithuania and Poland represent risk - and historic locales - for provocations.
Flashpoint in Syria, where Russia attacks militants undergoing U.S. training.

Germany to burn more coal, abandoning Green mantra under cover of sanctions.
World Food Program warns of shortages in east and west Africa.
If politicians fail to halt disruption, caused by policy not economy, it is on purpose.

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Vanguard of the commentariat, Draghi, Macron and Scholz deliver The Great Reset in Kyiv
Lenin arrives in his sealed train, to be greeted by brass bands and workers in Petrograd in Apr 1917

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Tbilisi, Jun 20, 2022

President Vladimir Putin gave his strongest defence since the start of the Ukraine offensive in February of why Russia feels compelled to act not just on border security but in reshaping the world.

He said the West was trying to hold on to a unipolar order in which a single strong power, and a limited circle of allies, bend international relations and trade systems to the interest of that one power. [1]

The declaration of the Russian point of view was met in the West by war talk, from present and past NATO chiefs, generals and prime ministers — with the exception of France and Germany, of whom, The Washington Post noted "behind the warm words, there was also plenty of cold calculation as Europe's leaders push to end the war as soon as possible."

Putin's speech at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday was delayed for 90 minutes by a cyber attack. Earlier this month the head of US Cyber Command General Paul Nakasone admitted for the first time that the US was supporting Ukraine by conducting offensive hacking operations.

There is an increasing risk that conflict in Ukraine could escalate and not just on its borders.

Russia has attacked a base in Syria close to Jordan, at al-Tanf garrison where U.S. servicemen have been training local Kurdish militia. Russian forces gave advance notice to Americans who were not on the base at the time of the airstrike. A "miscalculation" could escalate to conflict, writes The Wall Street Journal. [2]

As we noted last month, Russian mercenaries are active in Africa's Sahel region where they are offering security and protection to governments like those of Mali and Burkina Faso, in return for access to oil, gas and mineral resources. The U.S. is using its influence to push back against Russian energy companies, while Britain's military, like many in Europe, has singled out the Sahel as a strategic objective.

See Moneycircus May 31, 2022 — Crisis Update - Plague, War, Famine... Africa Next: As war in Ukraine runs its course, the chaos makers may be shifting their focus

Competition with Russia, or China for that matter, is about more than Ukraine.


The U.S. is deeply embedded in Kyiv, through eight years of military training of AFU forces, and is currently supplying real-time satellite imagery and guidance. Lockheed, Boeing and SpaceX are helping Ukrainians locate Russian targets. Dmitry Rogozin head of Roscosmos said Russia regards these companies as agents of the Pentagon or the CIA under the guise of private independent companies.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told Bild, on Sunday, that war in Ukraine could last "for years" and that food and energy shortages were worth the price of confronting Russia.

"We must not let up in supporting Ukraine. Even if the costs are high, not only for military support, also because of rising energy and food prices."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote in The Sunday Times after visiting Kyiv on Friday of the need to avoid "Ukraine fatigue" and accused president Putin of seeking to regain every inch of territory ever inhabited by Slavs.

Such demagoguery is typical of Johnson whose only job prior to politics was a writer of scandalous articles. [3]

One cannot assume that threats of escalation are mere rowdy talk, however. The incontinent scribbler Johnson was elevated to Downing Street by his paymasters and he serves them, as his father Stanley did John D Rockefeller 3rd, along with the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Union.) [4]

Britain's incoming chief of the defence staff General Sir Patrick Sanders underlined this on Saturday:

"There is now a burning imperative to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle… We are the generation that must prepare the army to fight in Europe once again."

Defensive positions

A more sanguine view comes from Col Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, Ret.) who argues that fighting will continue through summer — the question is whether autumn will see hostilities conclude. Russia is likely to add Odesa and Kharkov to the land it has largely secured: Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaphorizie and Kherson.

Macgregor commented: "Once Ukrainian forces immobilized themselves in static defensive positions inside urban areas and  the central Donbas, the Ukrainian position was hopeless."

Not only were immobilized soldiers sitting ducks for drone spotters and guided missiles, Russia rarely took up their offer of hand-to-hand street combat. Moscow never intended to occupy cities or take territory west of the Dnieper River, he said. Its stated objective was to demilitarize and de-Nazify — in other words to destroy Ukraine's armed forces.

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Turning kindergartens into military bases and sniping from hospital rooftops turned out to be a bad move. This tactic of the AFU, and more so Azov Batallion, of using civilians as human shields meant they were bogged down in residential districts — street fighting made it harder for Russians to enter but impossible for the Ukrainians to leave.

In the latest such example Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the Russian National Defense Control Centre, said Ukrainian forces in Odesa have set up a stronghold in school No. 113 on Black Sea Cossacks Street.

Gen George S. Patton once said: "Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. Anything built by man, can be destroyed by him."

Planned offensive

It's been argued that the reason Western intelligence was warning of a Russian invasion at the start of this year is that Ukraine itself was being prepared to move against the Donbas and Crimea, an argument that probably will never be settled. If so, NATO's posture towards Moscow is not defensive — how could it be given the stated intent of expanding to Russia's borders? It is at least considering war with Russia. That is the danger and there is plenty of supporting evidence.

Grim news for Ukrainians being presented with draft papers. Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that "hundreds of thousands" of people are being readied for draft into the army.

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