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23 May 2022 | 6:52 pm

Eurasia note #51 - Thinking Through The Fog Of War


Stories swirl: Russia will control the Black Sea, or lose it; Ukraine is lost or may rearm.
Sri Lankans burn down politicians houses, tip their cars into rivers.
Turkey obstructs Finland and Sweden joining NATO.
Biolabs in Ukraine spit out secrets of Democratic Party and deep state malfeasance.
EU mulls how to extract grain from Ukraine, but caves on roubles for gas.
(2,300 words or 10 minutes' read).

Tbilisi, May 23, 2022

Mariupol has fallen. You may not have heard. There are two wars, one on the ground; another in the media: yet like electrons they attract and collide.

"As the defense of Mariupol ends, fighting in eastern Ukraine…." disembles The Washington Post. Don't read further; it is euphemism in a battle for your perception.

Azov Battalion has collapsed, reports Jacob Dreizen, a former soldier and a seemingly impartial U.S. observer.

Azov had 10,000 men, a government within a government, partly financed by Ukrainian-Israeli citizen Ihor Kolomoyskyi. Azov is not the end of it. Like Nazi Germany there is rivalry between the interior ministry and the army, with private factions funding their stormtroopers. There are many similar organizations, some more successful than others at PR.

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Dreizin argues that Zelenskiy has won his only battle — internally, against the J. Edgar Hoover types who controlled the interior ministry. The FBI founder was an avowed admirer of the Gestapo. And not just for their haircuts, muscles and couture.

But what of the Azov, of which the West is so protective?

"Our father is Bandera, Ukraine is our mother!" (Ukrainian: «Батько наш — Бандера, Україна — мати!») is a Ukrainian patriotic song about the heavily wounded UPA soldier and his mourning mother. So says Wiki.

Decide for yourself. [1]

The Silence of the Left

Why would big money support Nazis? Is that a question or do we struggle with history and purposely fumble to butter-finger it out of our grasp? Rockefeller, Bush and many wealthy families openly aided and financed the Nazis and their projects. [2]

Are we, as people, frightened to see where we are going? Would we rather march blindfolded than confront our destination: "Don't tell me where I'm going. Just lead me there and tell me it'll be all right. We'll accept the worst, so long as we are allowed to define it, so we can stay in our comfort zone."

"I'll take the hay."

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Professor William Robinson, of U Cal, Santa Barbara, author of The Global Police State (2017) and his upcoming book Global Civil War, told the Geopolitics and Empire podcast that capitalism may not recover from this profound crisis, even if it goes on for decades and drags humanity down with it. [3]

"There is a problem with the left which attacks us when we challenge the narrative. We are right wing libertarians, anti-vaxxers....

The official narrative has been defined by capital, especially pharma, yet when we point it out, we are gaslighted as conspiracy theorists.

Even if the pandemic was not caused by global capital it pulled back the veil on this global capitalist system. The pandemic opened up windfall profit opportunities and corporations used it to enter politics and intensify social control.

Pfizer's profit has jumped from $7-11 billion in the years before the pandemic, to $32 billion last year. It had revenues of $81 billion in 2021 which compares with total public spending on education in the U.S. of $120 billlion.

Prior to Covid the global vaccine market was valued at $40 billion, close to what Pfizer alone earned from Covid. The challenge for pharma was how to expand that, and it achieved its goal.

For decades corporations have been calling for mandatory vaccination for the global population and vaccine passports. The plans were already in place for a capitalist response to any outbreak, including corporate domination, windfall profits and and intensification of mass social control as the new normal,.

It is the transnational capitalist class that tells us what is the truth, and what is not the truth, and then censors us. The left has played into this because it thinks if you criticize the official narrative coming from the capital estate that means you are a Trump supporter, an anti-vaxxer or anti-science. We on the left should objectively evaluate information based on how capitalism works and who the ruling class is.

The global health emergency facilitated this massive transfer of wealth to the rich, heightened their power to surveil and control in the global police state."

Eight trillion dollars was spent by just the U.S. and EU in bailing out corporations."

Follow the symbols

Robinson argues the Pandemic served to quell a global revolt and rise of consciousness. All these revolts being a response to global capitalism in crisis that is looking to expand on the backs of the masses.

"In 2017-19 the massive global revolt continued a couple of months into the pandemic. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace tracks global protest. It found from 2018-20 there was significant anti-government protest in 110 countries, involving 230 major actions which overthrew 30 governments.

"George Floyd's murder brought 25 million people into the streets. In the U.S. during the first six months of pandemic there were 1,000 wildcat strikes. In India 2019-20 there was a strike of 150 million workers and farmers. Pandemic comes along they are violently suppressed. Then in late 2020-21 another general strike involving 250 million people. This global revolt is truly unprecedented."

If one feels tired of explaining what normal should be, read this article by Rav Arora on Global Research. [5]

Self-destruction or a cult of extinction?

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Money Circus
20 May 2022 | 5:32 pm

Crisis Update - U.S. Initiates State Control Of Food Supply


Biden White House intervenes in food market; baby food is a slippery slope.
Other shortages are inevitable amid sanctions and restrictions on food production.
Iran implements digital IDs to access rationed bread and other staples.
Sri Lankan citizens turn on politicians after their peaceful protests were ignored.
June sees 60th anniversary of Soviet massacre that exposed failure of central planning.
(1,700 words or eight minutes' read).

Andrey Konchalovsky's recreation of the 1962 Novocherkassk massacre

May 20, 2022

The Biden admin-regime is using war powers to seize control of the food supply.

On Thursday it invoked powers last used during the Korean war to allocate food resources, initially for the production of baby formula.

Under the Defense Production Act, bureaucrats will tell the makers of ingredients for baby formula whom they must supply. Effectively this means the government in the form of FEMA decides which companies get raw materials, while denying others. This simply shifts the disruption from one product or sector, to another.

Federal planes will scour the globe for supplies, potentially exporting the shortage to other countries.

The politically-damaging shortage of baby formula results from contamination at Abbott Laboratories, which led to the death of two babies and the recall of product.

The Financial Times says the temporary shut down at Abbott highlights the concentration (cartels or monopoly) that affects the U.S. economy, as no other producer was big enough to step up and fill the gap. [1]

Ironically, this is exactly the problem with centralized economies — the direction that Biden is going with the government regulation of food supply.

In an attempt to help mothers on welfare, under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, each state in the U.S. has a contract with a single manufacturer, Abbott.

The White House issued a statement: "Directing firms to prioritise and allocate the production of key infant formula inputs will help increase production and speed up supply chains."

You don't have to be a libertarian or a strict opponent of government intervention to see where this will lead. You only have to look at the experience of previous inflation crises in the past, such as Argentina (see below) or what's happening right now around the world.

Earlier this week the governor of the Bank of England said food prices are rising at their fastest in 30 years and called the coming shock "apocalyptic."

Iran is the first country to roll out digital IDs for food rationing. Look closer and you will note that the government of Ebrahim Raisi just increased food prices, so the supposed "cure" of goverment regulation is already in place. It failed, so digital rationing is next.

We wouldn't usually quote the Atlantic Council (the business end of NATO) but on this occasion the impact, or futility, of government intervention leaps off the page — even of its opponents. [2]

The Ayatollahs have always been close to the Swiss, French and Germans so it's not surprising they're cooperating with the World Economic Forum's plan to merge our physical, digital and biological identities.

Sri Lankans took to violence after a peaceful protest failed. The protests are about food shortages but also against police brutality and the neglect of politicians to respond.

Elites around the world will have noticed Ceylonese crowds tipping expensive vehicles into the river and beating police chiefs.

They will already have instructed politicians to put measures in place. The problem is that the food shortages cannot be averted now. Crops are not being planted. The shortage is inevitable.

Venezuela illustrates what could happen even in richer countries. After negotiations with Russia the country has only two-thirds of its usual fertilizer requirement.

Shortage of fertilizer isn't the only threat to the food supply. Economic disruption means that farmers will plant only one-third the usual volume of crops, Ramon Bolotin, president of the PAI independent agricultural producers told AFP. [3]

Fuel shortages will also push food prices higher, both on the farm and on the way to the grocery.

Circling centralization

If governments respond with price controls, that will push demand higher than producers can meet. They will either reduce production or divert it into the black market where they can command higher prices (look at the behaviour of cigarette manufacturers in the West).

If governments take control of distribution — of raw materials or finished goods — they will enter a vicious circle of centralization: state shops and perhaps federally-employed drivers, with the state setting wages in order to control costs.

Controlling prices and distribution cannot increase supply. It can only ensure that goods go to favoured cohorts. After the disaster of centralized agriculture, millions dead in famines and a forced return to a partial market economy, the Soviet Union by the mid-1930s resorted to special shops for politicians and the security apparatus.

The Biden regime has already gone partway down this path, using government planes as part of Operation Fly Formula, presumably to take formula from the mouths of babes elsewhere in the world.

If governments acknowledge that controlling distribution cannot increase supply, they may take control of production. This could be explicit, through expropriation and nationalization, or implicit by subsidies that make government the first customer.

If you think the Soviet famines of the 1920s and 30s were teething troubles, the Novocherkassk massacre of 1962 tells otherwise. Meat packers went on strike after they were ordered to increase production. Workers could not afford to buy the meat they packed with their own hands — and prices were going higher.

This is the reality many U.S. workers will face if shortages deepen and inflation accelerates. Those Russian workers faced down troops — fully believing a government that said that it cared for socialist principles and for all. The troops were ordered to open fire (the Politburo knew the protest had exposed a crucial vulnerability). They killed at least 26, wounding up to 100. Survivors were sentenced to up to 15 years. That was just sixty years ago. [4]

The actual Novocherkassk victims of central planning

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Money Circus
17 May 2022 | 5:30 pm

Ukraine's Suffering Highlights Pulitzer Lies


War in Ukraine and threat of famine prompt U.S. press corps to confront past lies.
Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize for praising Stalin while hiding million of deaths.
Moneyed interests and their intelligence assets used the press to manipulate policy.
New York Times flattered Castro a decade before the CIA helped Fidel come to power.
U.S. State Department propagandized citizens long before Obama made it legal.
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Holomodor, Kharkiv, 1933

May 17, 2022

For 90 years the U.S. media establishment has defended a man that Ukrainians regard as a criminal propagandist.

The New York Times journalist Walter Duranty covered up the starving to death of millions, flattered the dictator Josef Stalin, and was elevated to the heights of his profession, winning a Pulitzer prize.

"He is the personification of evil in journalism," Ukrainian-American activist Oksana Piaseckyj has told an NPR reporter. "We think he was like the originator of fake news." [1]

Duranty's prize is the most controversial in Pulitzer's history. Nevertheless when it was reviewed in 2003 the beadles left the award in place. Now one of the review panel, the NYT's former executive editor Bill Keller, favours pulling the Pulitzer.

What's changed? — Ukraine is in the headlines. Famine, too.

Back in 2003 the NYT was still smarting from the lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the plagiarism scandal of Jayson Blair.

Morality bends with the zeitgeist.

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A brief history of starvation

It wasn't the first famine the Bolsheviks had caused. Within three years of seizing power the harvest of 1920 collapsed by half. By 1921 much of European Russia was in famine, lasting until 1923. Ten years later, the USSR was once again starving, the Ukraine worst hit.

The earlier famine was caused by civil war that lasted til 1923, the latter by the repression of skilled farmers, who were blamed for the disastrous failings of collective agriculture. In truth, they shared the same root.

When the Bosheviks took power, 97 per cent of the population lived in the countryside. The putschists controlled only the cities and held on to power by their fingernails. They needed control of the countryside. They declared war on the peasantry. [2]

Conventional histories say famine was an accident or unintended consequence. Event Covid should teach us better.

The Marxists' postmodern heirs reverse the idea that ideology motivates the drive for power. Perhaps they are more honest than generations of Sovietophile academics. The American sociologist John Levi Martin argues that ideology is the "actors' theorization of their own position, and available strategies, in a political field."

The Bolshevik ideology of industrial progress insisted that centralized control of the economy could run things better, or at least give them power to designate the beneficiaries. Bureaucrats would follow the "imperatives" of technology.

This had less to do with Marxism-Leninism than people think. The Bolshevik leadership included hundreds of Russians, and especially Ukrainians, who had fled to the United States after the political violence of the 1880s. These progressives knew more about Frederick Taylor than Karl Marx.

Taylorism, or the theory of scientific management, including his time-and-motion studies, was cited often in the young Soviet Union. Aldous Huxley mimics this in Brave New World (1931) in which the god of religion is replaced by the deity of technological progress, with daily exclamations in praise of "Our Ford."

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This led to the ultimate "scientific" absurdity of Trofim Lysenko who believed he could tutor wheat to grow in the winter. He had political support in the bureaucracy and used his power to silence critics and send rival scientists to the GULAG. [3]

Lysenko's victims were the early geneticists — in an eerie and ironic inversion.

Even worse than Lysenko are his apologists today. The Atlantic, a journal widely suspected to be close to the CIA, blames the resurgence in ideological views of science, and the beatification of Lysenko, on Russians — his victims. If you cannot see the dupicitous hand of "intelligence" or influence activities, I cannot help you. [4]

Ethnicity and accuracy

We are all humans and seek to apportion blame. We are also herd creatures and place blame outside the flock.

In the interests of strict accuracy, many of the architects of Bolshevism and the famine were Ukrainian, from the lands once known as Khazaria, and thus cross-networked to the Persian and Turkic peoples.

Meaning border land, Ukraine overlapped the borders of modern day Poland, giving us the "anarchists" who killed Tsar Alexander II which provoked the pogroms. They also gave birth to Trotsky, Radek, Khruschev and Kaganovich — these latter two were the supervisors, if not the architects, of the Holomodor, the name Ukraine gives to the politically-induced famine.

Ethnic name-calling doesn't work. Nor does the game of playing one religion against another.

The Russian peasantry was deeply ritualistic, with life determined by observances and festivals, much of it pre-Christian Slavic folk culture overlaid with Orthodoxy.

They already practised cooperative farming. The short growing season in much of Russia makes common sense of collaboration, sharing tools and labour, as economist and former Russian finance minister Yevgeny Yasin has noted.

Yet in came the New York progressives yelling, "Wrong kind of collectivism!" The Bolsheviks appropriated what they could use from peasant culture — at one point they had children recite a daily prayer to Stalin — and liquidated the rest, or transported them to Siberia or the GULAG labour camps.

Duranty's deception

This was the world in which Walter Duranty was appointed Moscow bureau chief of The New York Times for fourteen years (1922–1936).

Duranty wrote during the harvest of 1933: "any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda."

That famine resulted in the death of five million people across the USSR, of whom four million were Ukrainian. A fellow Briton, Malcolm Muggeridge (Duranty was half British, half American) said in a 1982 documentary:

"He was not only the greatest liar among the journalists in Moscow, but he was the greatest liar of any journalist that I ever met in 50 years of journalism."

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Money Circus
13 May 2022 | 1:17 pm

Eurasia note #50 - War With Russia Would Make Slaves Of Us All


Ukraine halts one third of Russian gas in transit to Europe.
U.S. House of Representatives approves $40 bn aid to Ukraine.
Finland, Sweden pitch for NATO membership; get a warm U.S. welcome.
Polish president makes cryptic comment of "no border between Poland and Ukraine."

War with Russia would be 2-pronged strategy to neuter a rival and the people at home.
It is a pretext to solve crises, from welfare and pension systems, to bankrupt banks.
Politicians may use chaos to force solutions the people would not otherwise accept.
Alternative explanation: it's all just incompetence.
Day 79 of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (3,200 words or 15 minutes' read.)

Finnish soldier with a reindeer in Lapland during the Continuation War, 1944

Tbilisi, May 13, 2022

Politicians continue to reshape the map of Europe in service of military or financial interests, while ignoring the hardship confronting their own populations.

To the north of Europe, Sweden and Finland may be about to tear up their historic neutrality without consulting the public. Only in southern Europe does there seem to be resistance to the raison d'être of NATO's self-propelled howitzer.

Whether this reflects the neo-imperial aspirations of Europe's former aristocratic and financial elite, or the military industrial machine, there are clear and separate agendas served by war — that have nothing to do with Ukraine's integrity.

Sanctions have worsened food and fuel shortages, wreaking havoc on their own populations. In this inversion, land, resources and people serve military and geopolitical interests, not the other way around.

Finland's president and prime minister made a pitch to join NATO as soon as possible, and the U.S. said it would agree if they were to apply. A little over eighty miles (130 km) from Russia's second capital, St Petersburg, it has been neutral since the Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948.

Russia questioned why the historically neutral country should become "a frontier of military confrontation with the Russian Federation, while losing independence in making its own decisions? History will be the judge." The Russian foreign ministry said it would respond with "military-technical steps."

Since Switzerland has effectively cancelled its neutrality it seems that buffer zones and neutral states are out of fashion. The only option is to sign up for one of the teams. That did not work out well in the 20th century.

Speaking on May 3, Poland's Constitution Day, president Andrzej Duda declared there would be "no border between Poland and Ukraine," and talked of a common force to repel threats. He dressed it in the clothes of "rebuilding their common happiness together" — which may be New Age globalism or a pitch to regain lands that were historically Polish. [1]

Polish media has previously discussed a peacekeeping role that could lead to a more or less permanent presence in western Ukraine and Lviv/Lvov.

Inflaming the war of words, Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday designated Russia as a terrorist country and called its actions in Ukraine a genocide.

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Sanctions latest

Hidden hands are manipulating the shape of the economic and military war. While Russia is succeeding in its demand to be paid for gas in roubles, Ukraine closed a pipeline that accounts for a third of transit of Russian gas onward to Europe.

The motive is unclear but you can be sure that whoever is behind it is not losing money. Whether they are taking a cut of the gas or weaponry revenues or U.S. aid, the big investors are moving into physical assets and are positioned to make a killing once the populations of these continents are impoverished. [2]

Twenty European companies have now opened accounts with Gazprombank in order to buy gas in roubles, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The EU softened its sanctions, dropping plans to ban European shippers from transporting Russian oil, after protests from Greece. [3]

Ukraine's pipeline operator GTSOU on May 11 closed part of the Soyuz pipeline, which flows from Russia across Lugansk oblast on its way to Europe. Ukraine cited "force majeure" and said it could not run the Novopskov station near the Russian border.

Northern elite

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity" — unknown.

"Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action" — Ian Fleming, Goldfinger.

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It seems reckless to risk war with Russia over its demand for Ukraine to stay neutral, and for the West to keep its word about expanding NATO eastward. Whoever is behind the ranks of politicians, socially-distanced and smiling, they undoubtedly have other goals.

It may be a two-pronged strategy by Europe's wealthy northern countries to provoke Russia, which even if they fail to humble the bear, will leave them with supremacy over a starving and poor southern Europe.

Russia remains the lodestone for the City of London and Western oil moguls, as it has been since bankers financed the Bolshevik putsch in 1917. [4]

Even if they cannot gain control — which they tried again in the 1990s with the Harvard advisors to president Boris Yeltsin — it serves the age old purpose of provoking the Russian bear as bogeyman. [5]

There is more than one goal served by placing the Western populations on a war footing, increasing digitization, surveillance, medical tyranny and political control. This is not speculation — this agenda has been brazenly obvious under cover of Covid.

There are crises to solve, such as the insolvency of banks and pension funds, and promises to wriggle out of, like welfare and benefits. [6]

Crisis, whether from food or mineral shortages, may produce the external excuse to reshape the European Union, forcing it to confront an internal crisis that the Brussels technocrats rarely acknowledge — though Belgium's former finance minister Johan Van Overtvelt once quipped, "when the entire euro economy is on the balance sheet of the ECB, then the asset-purchase program will have hit its limits." [7]

Italian independence

The Atlantic bloc is struggling to keep Italy on board with sanctions. Prime minister Mario Draghi travelled to Washington on Tuesday to assure president Joe Biden of united front against Russia. [8]

A former central banker who was installed by the Brussels and Davos technocrats, Draghi talks their language but is walking a fine line. He has backed sending heavy weaponry to Ukraine even though many in his governing coalition object.

Draghi conceded that European companies would be able to pay for gas in rubles without breaching sanctions, contrary to the European Union position. More than 40 per cent of Italy's gas comes from Russia, and he has sent the country's "ecological transition minister" Roberto Cingolan to Angola, Congo, Algeria and Egypt to try to diversify supply.

Italy has always had a strong cultural influence on Russia. Italian architects designed St Petersburg in the 18th century and today Russia's wealthy are big spenders on second homes in Italy. Italian communists played a role in the young Soviet Union — evidenced by the names on the gravestones in Moscow's Novodeviche Cemetery and the car-making city of Togliatti, situated on the Volga in Samara, named after the Italian politician Palmiro Togliatti. [9]

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Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Northern League party has drawn a distinction between sanctions on those who started the war and ordinary Russian people — rejecting today's ugly Russophobia. Giuseppe Conte, whose Movimento 5 Stelle is the largest in Italy's parliment, has criticized Europe's rush to rearm.

The most outspoken is 5 Star's foreign policy spokesman Manlio Di Stefano who in 2015 said the United States, NATO and the agricultural giant Monsanto had conspired to stir conflict in Ukraine, to genetically modify Europe's bread basket and transform it "into a NATO base to launch the final attack on Russia."

There is a propaganda drive to keep Italy onside. U.S. and NATO-aligned politicians and media claim that television commentators are in the pay of the Kremlin, and have launched an inquiry by Copasir, a parliamentary committee for the security of Italy. [10]

Politico, a journal with a Brussels perspective, also put its spin on why Italians are failing to march in lockstep with the NATO boot. Since those taking an independent line on Russia-Ukraine come from across the political spectrum, they can't be branded far-right. So the journal linked anti-vaccine sentiment with what the local press has termed Italy's "partito russo." [11]

Much of continental Europe has a longstanding anti-NATO strand. To quote the article:

"Nicola Fratoianni, leader of the far-left Sinistra Italiana which condemned the invasion but voted against sending arms to Ukraine and against increasing defense spending, said: "We view NATO … unfavorably. It was created in a different historical time when the world was divided. That world doesn't exist anymore, so perhaps we need to rethink." 

Focusing on a single country, one can see a historical and economic reasons why Italy, or India for that matter, might reject the Washington-Brussels axis.

The bigger picture is whether that axis and its dogged pursuit of sanctions — however damaging to all sides — will lead to a new economic iron curtain or a fresh carving up of trading zones.

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Money Circus
10 May 2022 | 2:39 pm

Audio: Shanghaied And Locked Down


Food shortages escalate. Fertilizer is in short supply. Farmers are paid not to sow.
Agencies give PCR tests to livestock then cull them. The UN warns of famine.
Millions in China locked down, freezing supply chains; Canadians forbidden to flee.
World Health Organization plans a "Pandemic Treaty" shoving governments aside.
Populations are to be held hostage…

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Money Circus
10 May 2022 | 2:16 pm

Audio: The Arc Of Yuval Noah Harari


Politicians and oligarchs climb aboard Noah's narrative.
Yet the late anthropologist David Graeber holed the agenda below the waterline,
showing that "useless" jobs were created on purpose.
He demolished the central pillar of "surplus people" and the need for depopulation.
Weather and shortages are being manipulated to make a myth come true.
It may be a cult…

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Money Circus
7 May 2022 | 5:57 pm

Shanghaied And Locked Down


NEW FEATURE: audio version for paying subscribers in Moneycircus Cast.

Food shortages escalate. Fertilizer is in short supply. Farmers are paid not to sow.
Agencies give PCR tests to livestock then cull them. The UN warns of famine.
Millions in China locked down, freezing supply chains; Canadians forbidden to flee.
It's like a "Shanghai" when sailors were kidnapped and forced aboard merchant ships.
Except this time they don't want our labour — we're about to be cast adrift.

World Health Organization plans a "Pandemic Treaty" shoving governments aside.
Populations are to be held hostage, ransomed by medical tyranny.
Bill Gates' Gavi is the cuckoo in the nest beside the WHO headquarters in Geneva.
Philanthropy is a Greek word, like euthanasia and eugenics.
(2,000 words for everyone, 2,000 words of analysis for paying subscribers - 20 minutes)

See also: Moneycircus, Jan 2022 — The Great Reset As Subversion: A KGB defector warned us about crisis tactics decades ago

Moneycircus, Jan 2022 — Crisis Update - Reset In Trouble: War talk and Omicron downgrade distract the public from economic mayhem

Moneycircus, Nov 2021 — The Great Reset Is Complete: A future retrospective

May 7, 2022

For several hundred years men would be seized in the street, drugged, tricked or kidnapped, and pressed into the service of the British navy or merchant fleets.

From the 1600s there was often a labour shortage of people to feed the economic boom of the day — the trading ships or slavers — and it was a brutal solution.

To be Shanghaied or press-ganged got its name from a frequent destinations of these unwilling sailors.

In China's largest city today there is no end in sight to the imprisonment of millions in their apartments. Lockdown is, of course, a prison term. Canadians can't fly out of their country without submitting to jabs and Australian ports have been opened to citizens but for how long? [1]

Now a sort of reverse Shanghai is taking place. The same financial and business class that profited from international trade — the slavers and the merchant ships — tell us we are the "useless classes." Shanghai has gone into backward gear. [2]

In Shanghai you may be beaten or seized in the street but this time confined to your home or thrown into quarantine camp (the regulations of the biosurveillance state have been eased but not removed).

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The shipping that made the Western rulers rich — from the City of London to America's Forbes, Delano, Astor, Weld, Cabot, Cushing, Lowell, Kirkland, Perkins, Coolidge, Jefferson, Russell, Green and Kerry and many more besides — lies stranded off Shanghai.

The premier of Victoria, Dan Andrews is a caricature of a crimp if ever there was one. Crimps, originally British slang for "agent," used trickery, intimidation, or violence to put an unwilling sailor on a ship, for which they were paid up to three months of the man's salary. Some enterprising crimps also became suppliers of naval clothing and equipment — and were paid a second time to kit out their unwilling recruit. [3]

Andrews pushed through new pandemic laws that make permanent the emergency power, criticised by lawyers as limitless, undemocratic and unchecked. [4]

These are not the only parallels. China is where they manufacture the equipment for the smart cities programme. It is the primary testing ground for the financial, digital, pharma business class, who by some accounts helped Mao Zedong's communists take power.

See Moneycircus, Apr 14, 2022 — Eurasia note #43 - China and Israel, The New Silk Road about Anna-Louise Strong, a communist who guided Mao and who was the cousin of the Rockefeller-linked oil man and environmentalist Maurice Strong, architect of the UN biodiversity programmes and climate schemes.

Great leap forward

The reason why we are being Shanghaied may be that the owners no longer have use for us; or that we have no place in their new social and economic campaign, which is more ambitious than China's Great Leap Forward of the 1950s and 60s. Perhaps the consumer economy no longer benefits them and they desire a new model.

The past two years show us how powerful people use crises to drive change they want to see. It may be that, left unchecked, carbon dioxide will extinguish life (some say CO2 does the opposite and it is oxygen that oxidises us). [5]

Even if true, apocalypse — carbon, climate or plague — is a pretext for bigger agendas and the motives lie elsewhere. There is good reason not to listen to a word from Bill Gates, the billionaire foundations or their puppet politicians: watch their actions. [6]

A shortage of food and fuel is about to turn the world upside down and it did not happen by accident. Populations were made dependent on supply chains reaching from the other side of the world. It has left them vulnerable and now, it seems, they are being held to ransom. [7]

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Whodunit

The threat to world trade was traditionally thought to come from economic nationalism. Protectionism versus globalization, in the polarized view of the press — their audience of middle-class consumers making an easy win for team global.

The weaponization of the dollar by the United States certainly meets the definition of economic nationalism. With war in Ukraine, the European Commission has raised the question of "strategic autonomy." China has imposed tariffs and restrictions on foreign companies operating on its territory, while favouring home-grown innovators.

Food and fuel shortages may further distort markets, inflaming the centralizing instincts of bureaucrats to set price controls and rationing, while plying opportunists and the politically-connected with subsidies.

Protectionism is not the main disruptor of trade however. It was the lock down of the economy in March 2020 by roughly 160 out of about 190 countries, a step that made no sense as a health measure — a study by Johns Hopkins University suggests lockdowns only reduced deaths attributed to Covid by 0.2 per cent. [8]

According to the International Monetary Fund this produced the biggest contraction since the Great Depression — "the magnitude and speed of collapse in activity that has followed is unlike anything experienced in our lifetimes."

Yet the World Health Organization's "Covid envoy" Dr David Nabarro had said in Oct 2020 that the WHO did not advise lockdowns as a primary measure — so who did? And why, a year later were 109 countries still partially locked down? [9]

Politicians and state governors from the UK to the U.S. to Australia claimed they continued lockdowns to delay a "second wave" as long as possible — a theory as dubious as lockdown itself, which they all seemed to adopt simultaneously and clung to despite advice to the contrary. [10]

As Vern Hughes wrote in the Spectator in Sep 2020, Covid was mild; the political and media response like nothing in four or five generations:

"In modern times, we've only seen two or three political eras like this – the 1840s was one, when liberals, secularists and socialists combined to end the ancien régime in Europe; the 1890s was another, when socialists broke with liberals to go their own way and set forth a socialism versus capitalism paradigm." [11]

Pincer movement

To follow these plans and the syndicates behind them is difficult. There are many related causes and campaigns, tangential and deceptive political and military operations, misinformation and censorship, and above all a hierarchy of interest groups often with hidden intent.

One reaches for the novelist's pen; the technique of the fiction writer. The magnate wealthy beyond measure, and at leisure, needs more than a complex plot to entertain him. He needs an intricate web of intrigue, an inter-dimensional, multi-layered timeline that lets him play not just with the lives of millions but to contest the very forces of Earth.

The mogul is better placed than the common person to survey the landscape: to witness the interconnected, convoluted, entanglement of life in all its squalor and beauty (he is not necessarily able to appreciate its purpose; for he seeks to use his influence to change it).

Miserly with his wealth he seeks to hoard this knowledge; wielding his power he stamps his authority by denying others. We the people are presented with a kaleidoscope, a phantasmagoria, a constantly-changing light show.

What is happening in Shanghai is further evidence of seemingly unrelated issues coinciding in unrelated countries. Food and fuel shortages meet medical and state surveillance weaponized against the people to the point where they cannot comply even if they try.

It is a pincer movement that is operating globally. If you survive the experimental jab (and every booster), you may not survive the loss of your job or livelihood. If you don't fall victim to substance abuse or depression, or to the increasingly violent streets, then you may fall victim to cold next winter as fuel becomes scarce. The World Food Programme is now warning of widespread famine. [12]

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In Shanghai children are being taken from their parents on the basis of PCR tests. Britain is just one of many Western countries that have passed laws allowing the same. [13]

The population is being stripped of its defences — of:

  • rights that it recently took for granted

  • access to food and fuel

  • safe streets (Defund The Police)

  • access to public health services

  • bodily autonomy

That last point is telling. The leaking of a discussion document from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Roe vs. Wade abortion decision seems to be a set up. Lawyers in the know say it's impossible for such a transcript to be released. Court clerks effectively have to shred everything vertically, horizontally and then vaporize it.

Either an activist within the court is seeking to pre-empt a decision, or this is another ploy to keep the people distracted and divided.

Now there are two camps shouting "my body, my choice" largely divided on political lines — one using the slogan to defend abortion; the other using the same slogan to fight vaccine mandates. As a technique of social division, it doesn't get much better than that.

The pandemic treaty

The World Health Organization Pandemic Treaty would give it, and Gavi "the vaccine alliance", which sits like Bill Gates' bulbous cuckoo in the nest, in a building right next door in Geneva, unprecedented powers to coordinate mass vaccination.

The justification is a "predictive mechanism for assessing preparedness" that would identify pathogens and create a team of 3,000 people to take control of the response of every country, worldwide.

You may believe the human population, having survived hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years, is suddenly vulnerable to wipe out by plague.

That still makes the pandemic treaty a business mechanism, a way to create a customer base, to satisfy the pharmaceutical industry's dream of bringing novel vaccines to market in 100 days. It monetizes mRNA gene therapies.

The scientific objection is that the treaty removes the competitive environment that produces safe medicines, according to Dr Michael Yeadon, former Pfizer chief scientific officer. He warns that centralized decision making tends to produce the worst outcomes. [14]

The political objection is that what is being sold as a medical necessity comes with a surprising array of military intervention and state security appendages:

  • Surveillance systems (track and trace)

  • Digital certificates (aka internal passports)

  • Militarized police

  • Quarantine camps

  • Censorship bills (Online Hate Bill)

  • Police-military censors (Department of Homeland Security Disinformation Governance Board)

  • Weaponizing of social media to silence dissent [15]

  • Weaponizing of banks to cut off dissenters

Revolutions, political or economic, don't always come from the ground, up. Throughout history they have been triggered more by financial crises than "events" such as pandemics — with one exception: the Black Death. We discuss below the crises and revolutions with the closest parallel to today: those of the 1840s and 1890s.

The folkloric resonance of the Great Plague is used by the powerful, like religion, to manipulate the masses with fear. And to recreate or simulate events, from the "Spanish flu" to the Book of Revelations.

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5 May 2022 | 7:11 pm

Banker Disruption Causes Delay in Publishing


An apology to subscribers for the absence of content so far this month. We've had to deal with a ban from Twitter, the uninvited arrival of a queen cat who delivered her litter, and that plague of expats, the expiring phone subscription. No matter whether you have tens of dollars stacked in the account, you didn't use it for six months and now it's gone.

To top it off, you log in to your online bank and it seems to have heard from your cell phone provider. So, for the first time in two years, the bank demands to send an SMS to your just-expired SIM card, despite having two "trusted" devices, a PC and a "preferred" phone available by Wi-Fi.

Tranferwise/Wise knows who I am, has previously verified my passport/identity, home address, knows the mac (media access control) address of two devices, has a two-year record of my location and spending habits…

And yet it decides that "for my safety" it must re-do the KYC (know your customer) rigmarole.

This is one of the mindsets (mind cramps?) behind The Great Reset. This box-ticking approach to humanity provides what passes for the moral sense of the bureaucratic self-selecting elite.

The other mindset is the Malthusian depopulation agenda which so many of the same financiers and industrialists support. This mystery alignment is the topic of an article in the works. We hope to have it with you in a day or two. In the meantime, take a step back, and consider the outlandish idea that our familiar Main Street faces are a source of the present turmoil.

May 5, 2022

Nick Youngson

Originally published: Jul 13, 2021

After suffering the latest round of mind-twisting insanity known as online banking, it dawned on me: the global response to Covid is banking on steroids.

The assumption of the customer's malintent, every citizen an asymptomatic carrier requiring ever-more elaborate security kabuki, which in turn generates endless false positives locking you out of your account, while the banks work hand in glove with the real crooks who deal in nothing smaller than tens, even hundreds of millions…

Lock down the masses, drain their lifeblood, block their movement, paralyze their ability to exchange. Send them to an app to verify themselves. Again and again and again.

If you want to know who is behind Event Covid, the ever-changing regulations, masks bad-masks good, stand up wear a mask-sit down take it off… this is the doing of bankers. This is exactly the rigmarole they put us through to transfer $200 from A to B.

Covid has got the bankers' fingerprints all over it — along with a dose of telltale Microsoft misanthropy. However hard you try, you will never succeed in complying. Eventually you concede, as you do in the face of Microsoft Windows: it's broken but enough of it works. If you try to dot all the I's and cross the T's, it'll never end.

Spending hours on the phone trying to add a bank account to PayPal or verify your identity only to get locked out the very next time you try to log in, or those tortuous weekends spent Activating Windows, has the same familiar tone as days locked down at home, complying with irrational and ever-changing demands.

Suddenly it makes sense that Bill Gates hails from a family of Federal Reserve bankers. He has the exact same mindset: the people are livestock who exist for Gates & Co to corral and vaccinate and tag and license and and slap with penalties for moving out of your box. At the end of the day Gates and the bankers will give the same smug riposte: you failed. Try again later.

You never exit verification because there is always a bank card that's just expired, or a login from another city on a business trip or an innocent slip that triggered the algorithm — or you just tried to verify too many times. Details of existing bank accounts are never enough. After you have provided snapshots of passport and driving license one's doubts begin to give way to suspicions. Maybe it's this way by design.

This is what the PCR tests are about: they can find anything by increasing the cycle threshold; you are never fully compliant. Your vaccine passport is good until the day it's not. Then you are asked to undergo another verification.

Banks love lockdown

If retail bankers could lock down everything and not see any money or customer data go out the door, they'd be happy. Sadly for them, they're a a sour, unhappy bunch because they must transact and compete, even at low margins.

That is why they try so hard to stifle competition and slow the process of transactions, even as they shoo us onto smartphone apps. That is why they dream of a world in which banks have final and complete control of every aspect of our lives.

Forgot your pin code, go reset it on your phone. Changed your number? Oh, your bad. Now stuck in a loop: "your phone number or your pin is incorrect." Try to reset. "Your phone number or your pin is invalid. That mobile number doesn't look right" — the warning comes with a large red X: locked down, go no further.

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The customer rationalizes: why does the bank care about the old phone number? I can hardly verify it nor can they ping it. Just verify the customer a different way and then update the number.

"Your papers are not in order. It says a different phone number here. Why haven't you still got that phone. Why did you change your number?"

After this runaround I imagine that even the AI chatbot is passive aggressive. Its questions smack of the tortuous lunacy of an insane television bad cop with a chip on his shoulder.

Trust "the safe"

We're just keeping you safe, the banks will claim. It's all for a good cause: your ultimate and absolute security. Like the Covid slogan, "No one is safe till all are safe", it is patent hokum.

Actually, banks are quite tolerant of fraud, and they do quite a lot of funky business themselves. For decades British and U.S. banks resisted smart chips in plastic cards because, they claimed, it would require new infrastructure. Meanwhile European banks were using chip and pin to reduce fraud successfully.

Anglo banks tolerated the cost of fraud — because it was customers, not banks, who bore the cost. By ignoring fraud and passing the cost on to insurance companies, the Anglo banks largely waved the problem away. So when banks say your safety is our priority, pull the other one: it's got chips on.

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For decades the punishment for banks taking risks with other people's money has been ever-lower interest rates and more — of other people's money. When a banker and a drug pusher promise to keep you safe, you're probably better off with the pusher.

When banks make a song and dance about ordinary citizens complying with anti-laundering rules it has nothing to do with fear of drugs. The retail banks make billions from the proceeds of heroin and fentanyl sales, as the prosecution of HSBC showed. In 2012 the U.S. Department of Justice slapped HSBC with the biggest ever bank fine in history – almost $2 billion – for laundering drug money. Yet the DoJ only went after foreign banks.

Why, then, are banks suddenly so obsessed with security and verification. It's about making banking slow as molasses so that customers wade knee deep, while banks scoop up and sell their data, and snoop on behalf of the U.S. Treasury through its Fatca reporting regime. This is the weaponisation of the U.S. dollar yet it's also ingrained in banking mentality.

Competition, not drugs or security or your safety, worries the banks. Why can't you transact between PayPal and Stripe? Because they're in the same business, so both companies avoid cooperation. Why do supposedly digital online banks demand that you hold a physical debit card or demand that you register a checking account: because that pushes you back into the clutches of the traditional banks. Without the need for a physical card you'd be able to bank with whoever you like. The banks admit this privately but in public they're evasive.

"Some of your info isn't correct. Please try again."

That's a lie. My user name and password are correct.

Why do banks lie, instead of admitting that it's just another security check? Does it help anyone when banks, whose selling point is honest broker, lie to their customers?

Banks love social credit

Don't ever get on the wrong side of the banks because they tittle-tattle to each other. Social credit scores were invented by the banking and insurance industries.

It is a fact that the banking industry and our friend Mr Gates of Microsoft have been discussing for decades how universal digital IDs would help them control even more of your wealth.

The opportunities are obvious: eliminate cash transactions, shut down the black market, take effective control of all flows of commodities including food, track all wealth, switch people's access to money on and off, integrate tax at source, impose universal basic income and social credit, and whatever other social engineering or political desires the bankers are harbouring.

The Federal Reserve for its part is keen to eliminate cash, because its business is credit and the coinage falls under the U.S.Treasury. Event Covid just happened to come along when the monetary system had hit a brick wall after decades of money printing and refusal to address the banks' manipulation of the markets through successive booms and busts. Since the repeal of the 1930s Glass Steagall Act, the banks have been gambling with our assets, privatising the profits and socializing the losses.

Why would the Fed stop such malfeasance when the richest banks gain from it? With each boom and bust the banks inflate asset prices and then tank them. Yes, it is deliberate manipulation. Read J.K. Galbraith's The Great Crash. After each crash the banks call in debts, taking assets as collateral. Each time they own a bit more of the pie.

In 2008, instead of letting prices settle after the bust, sitting everyone down and accounting for who owed whom, the Fed just printed ever more money. This ensured that asset prices kept rising in nominal terms so that banks never had to confront their losses (or their own insolvency).

There was a fatal flaw: there was never enough money. It proved impossible to stop printing money. Every time the Fed reached to tighten the spigot, the market panicked and hoarded cash until there was nothing available to borrow even as interest rates jumped. That is what happened in autumn 2019 when the interbank market seized up.

Banks foresaw Co-Vid

Big investors were already advising the Federal Reserve to print money and give it directly to companies, public and private, instead of the traditional quantitative easing via banks and the treasury bond market. In August 2019 BlackRock, an investment vehicle of some of the world's richest people, told the Fed to put trillions of dollars of stimulus money "directly into public and private hands when the next downturn arrive," as the financial commentator John Titus explains.

So the stimulus response was put in place before Covid was even a thing and it was planned by big investors in collusion with the Federal Reserve – not a government agency, by the way, but a cartel of 12 private banks.

In September 2019 the interbank market froze up. Institutions couldn't borrow money even at rates of 8% a day. The Federal Reserve had a choice: let interest rates skyrocket or shut own the economy. It decided to freeze all borrowing and lock down the economy. The lockdown was not triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. It was part of the monetary plan presented to the Fed six months before.

And so we got Event Covid. Why does the state-corporatist media not tell us this? Its silence is the answer. The media is owned by those same banks and investors. That is why it ignores the very obvious connection of the financial apocalypse in late 2019 and the response to Covid. "The 'novel' coronavirus pandemic marks the greatest turning point in U.S. monetary history since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913," writes Titus.

The central bankers had just met at Jackson Hole to discuss "going direct" which is a euphemism for the Fed printing money and giving it to private entities. Later the central bankers let us know that they were considering a major shape up of the monetary system — not just a new kind of money but a new system of exchange, one that is digital, universal and that a built-in calculation of energy use. Yet another plan for which Covid is a useful coincidence.

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In November 2020 the City of London, the financial hub that's home to Britain's banks, hosted the Green Horizon summit on the "role of green finance in the recovery from COVID-19." It turns out that this climate-driven agenda serves the same ends as the BlackRock monetary plan. Green Horizon, presented by central banker Mark Carney, former governor of the Canadian and English central banks, says "unsustainable" companies will die as part of The Great Reset.

That means small and mid-size companies will perish because they cannot afford the bureaucracy to comply with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Nor can ordinary businesses afford to buy carbon offsets to avail themselves of unforseen energy consumption or resulting pollution.

We are being sucked into another's mind. So many people show signs they are trying, but failing, to accommodate themselves to this alien world view. The media circus are likewise showing ever greater evidence of dissonance as they bleat and fact-check until they are blue in the face.

This mindset belongs to someone. If they don't claim responsibility in public we must find the owner and make clear we want no part of it. For it is a sickness, a diseased mind that, unlike the rest of us, needs to be quarantined.

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30 Apr 2022 | 6:18 pm

Eurasia note #49 - A Second Front In Ukraine


I was banned last week from Twitter — after Musk bought it! So please help share.

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Russian intelligence says Warsaw has designs on historical lands in west Ukraine.
Poland sends at least 240 Soviet-era T-72 tanks as U.S. pledges $33 billion.
Weapons pour into Ukraine; Canada sends Karl Gustav anti tank "grenade rifles."
Romanian troops allegedly moving towards the Moldovan and Ukrainian borders.

President Putin says civilians can exit Mariupol bunker; troops must surrender.
Russia continues to cement control in the eastern Donbas region.
Russian gas stops flowing to Bulgaria and Poland after they refuse to pay in roubles.
Growing Western censorship fans fear of war planning, as military seizes narrative.
The "why" is Russia's historic role as boogeyman to drive unified Western government.
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Photo by 15 Giżycka Brygada Zmechanizowana im. Zawiszy Czarnego

Tbilisi, Apr 30, 2022

Somebody wants more war. Pitting Europe's biggest country against the world's largest landmass is no longer enough.

The controlled media is preparing public opinion. When academic-aimed The Conversation publishes listicle-type articles: "4 things to know about Moldova and Transnistria – and why Russia's war may spread beyond Ukraine to reach them soon," you know the hive mind is being readied. Especially when the author neglects the broader context — such as Ukraine's quandary and the rival interests of Poland and Romania. [1]

Russian Central Military District deputy commander Rustam Minnekaev mentioned the need for a future ability to reach Transistria. But talk of a second front in Ukraine is coming from Western media — CNN reporting "How Transnistria, a Russian-backed region in Moldova, is getting pulled into the war in Ukraine." [2]

The report mentions an attack on two radio towers on Apr 25 and 26 and neglects to say they broadcast in Russian. It implies that Russia staged the attack. In Aug 1939 the simulated attack on the Gleiwitz Radio Station was a provocation for the invasion of Poland — as we see so often, the minds of censors and propagandists, like military and politicians, reflect habit not creativity.

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War of the airwaves

The phrase "false flag," until recently the fare of alt media chatter, is now bandied about on the state corporatist media. The U.S. government admits to using information that "isn't rock solid" so long as it hurts Russia. The "left deviationists," as Stalin called his opponents, are now all over the place.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which rivals the FBI for the title of America's Gestapo — look up the similarities — has just created a Ministry of Truth, or "Disinformation Governance Board." [3]

Typically, in our post-modern world sensitive to the meta-narrative, the fist is clothed in the garb of Joker. The "disinformation tsarina" is no exception, brushed with a touch of the farcical. Nina Jankowicz is a former fitness trainer with aspirations to showbiz.... who somehow became a "disinformation fellow" at the Wilson Center.

She recalls the ragged-trousered bughalter of an underwear company, "Henry" Elliot Higgins who set up Bellingcat, the "digital Sherlocks" who scry the back pages of the Internet to come up with propaganda for paymaster the Atlantic Council, the financial end of NATO.

This is no arbitrary barb. There is a method in this madness. Psychological profiling — AI may let controllers know you better than you know yourself, as Yuval Harari, observes — is older than the Rhodes Scholarship, and the bar has fallen since 1902.

See Moneycircus, Apr 28, 2022 — The Arc Of Yuval Noah Harari: And his covenant with Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum

"Clownworld," as the alt media calls it, partly exists because this is the profile of the modern Common Purpose or Senior Executive Service manager, and moreso their non-profit fronts in the think tank world: narcissistic, preferably a prince/princess complex or, better still, the ego of a showman or salesman. They hanker for a leading role, can internalize the script and stay in character. Totally controllable, they are very unlikely to develop ideas of their own.

Retired senator Ron Paul used a less-often quoted excerpt from Gen Smedley Butler's famous philippic, "war is a racket."

"A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many." [4]

War on the ground

The inconsistencies in reporting grow by the day. If Russian troops are demoralized and running out of men and ammunition, as some in the press report, how and why would they open a new front? [5]

Until recently, the Western press has insisted that Ukraine was winning. Only now is it beginning to report the actual reality on the ground.

Politico (a pro-Ukraine, EU journal) carried a report from a Lt. Ivan Skuratovsky of Ukraine's 25th Airborne Brigade that Russian forces "simply destroy everything with artillery, shelling day and night" and that if heavy weaponry and air support didn't arrive within days, the would not survive. [6]

There are two wars in Ukraine: one in the media, one on the ground. The pressure to open a western front is precisely because Armed Forces of Ukraine is being resupplied from the west, and is struggling from lack of fuel and men to carry the battle to the east. The pressure for a new front is likely coming from outside forces.

It may begin "online" as a distraction. The danger with wars fought in the aether is that politicians and military commanders believe their own spectral creations, especially when governments assume the role of arbiters of truth and suppress contrary voices.

See Moneycircus, Jun 2021 — Journalists! What is to be Done?: The author takes a scalpel to the trade he joined three decades ago

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Military supply

Poland has sent at least 240 Soviet-era T-72 tanks to Ukraine, Polish officials say; the equivalent of two tank brigades.

Czechia has sent Ukraine several dozen similar tanks and Germany is upgrading about 50 Flakpanzer Gepard antiaircraft cannon to fit them.

In the U.S. Joe Biden's administration is asking Congress to approve $33 billion for Ukraine — more than 50 per cent more than Ukraine asked for in 2013 when it sought to join the European Union.

General Douglas Macgregor (Ret'd) has said that by supplying Ukraine through Poland, NATO is baiting the Russians to create "a desert" rather than let any munitions through.

While the state corporatist media insists Russia is running out of munitions, it may in fact be the West that faces a supply problem.

The head of Raytheon told financial analysts that it won't be able to increase production of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles until 2023. The thousands of missiles sent to Ukraine have been drawn from reserves in the U.S. and Europe. CEO Greg Hayes said they are building a limited number of missiles in a factory in Arizona. That's it.

The situation is even worse, assuming you like bringing down jets and helictopters. The company hasn't actually made any Stingers for the U.S. Department of Defense in 18 years, Hayes told investors. Some components aren't available and the U.S. Army had wanted to run down stocks, anticipating a replacement missile. [7]

The war in Ukraine is consuming old equipment across Europe. Poland and Czechia have sent their Soviet-era tanks to Ukraine, presumably with the intent of replacing them. But how long will that take, especially with broken supply chains?

Incidentally, if China is targeting the Western consumer economy, it's not the only one. European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni said the continent aims to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by 2027.

That's five years away. What are Europeans going to do in the meantime? Demolish the economy and 6uild 6ack 6etter? It would fit perfectly with Agenda 2030.

Russian gas stopped flowing to Poland and Bulgaria this week after they refused to pay in roubles. Germany dropped its earlier opposition to a joint EU embargo on Russian oil. This is all self-inflicted.

War planning

There are several reasons to fear that somebody wants a broader war.

Poland has denied claims by Russian intelligence on Apr 28 that it is considering retaking historic lands in western Ukraine, centered on Galicia. SVR, the Russian foreign intelligence service did not publish the claimed evidence.

Warsaw could be dragged into conflict against its will as NATO ramps up supply or through efforts to maintain the peace in a splintered Ukraine which would likely retain enough self-proclaimed fascists and nationalists to destabilize Poland itself. At the very least a Polish peacekeeping function would not be short term.

As noted here, Poland's deputy PM and defacto leader Jarosław Kaczyński might seek an agreement to take back Lviv in western Ukraine — which is historically Polish — in a peacekeeping role, with Russia's agreement. [8]

This scenario was even captured in a screenshot from Poland's national public broadcaster, TVR1.

Kaczyński led a delegation by train, including the prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia, to meet president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv. Whether the Mar 15 meeting was just a show of solidarity or had greater substance we don't know.

See Moneycircus, Mar 24, 2022 — Eurasia note #36 - Beyond War: Containing The Fallout: We are all chattels in the globalists' war to gain control of the world's resources

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28 Apr 2022 | 9:04 pm

The Arc Of Yuval Noah Harari


NEW FEATURE: audio version for paying subscribers in Moneycircus Cast.

Politicians and oligarchs climb aboard Noah's narrative.
Yet the late anthropologist David Graeber holed the agenda below the waterline,
showing that "useless" jobs were created on purpose.
He demolished the central pillar of "surplus people" and the need for depopulation.
Weather and shortages are being manipulated to make a myth come true.
It may be a cult, it may be Plato's shadows on the wall, designed to confuse us.

"And then the big political and economic question of the 21st century will be: what do we need humans for? Or at least. What do we need so many humans for?"
— Yuval Harari at the World Economic Forum.

(3,700 words or about 17 minutes' read).

Harari's masters aim to splinter your concepts of identity, will and consciousness

Apr 28, 2022

It's not clear when he began using his middle name Noah. If he used it at all in the early years, it was just the initial, N.

Certainly it added a weighty, apocalyptic tone as the Israeli history professor progressed from niche topics like medieval warfare and the ritual power of "Kabbalah" to become the public intellectual face of The Great Reset.

Why should one care? — because Harari sails as close as the public is allowed to the thinking of those who are charting the future of the world.

Perhaps you don't blame the powerful for Covid, the lockdown, for vaccine side-effects, for the impending insolvency of Medicare and Social Security, dislocation of supply chains, planned obsolescence and pollution, for the fraud that is recycling dumped in the third world, for overestimating Green energy's capacity and calling it too soon, for agricultural policy and food shortages, or for the money printing that has made the rich richer and unleashed inflation upon the rest of us — all of which long predate the war in Ukraine.

Even if you insist these disruptions are coincidence, you must note that from the start politicians declared Covid an "historic opportunity" to Build Back Better — along with the other "cascading crises of our era" as president Joe Biden put it in his inaugural address. We can already see there are winners and losers — and perhaps a plan. Harari has inherited the task of justifying why some win and others lose.

If a Great Narrative is needed to justify the tumultuous change afoot — the WEF held a conference of that name in Nov 2021 — it is better sold to the public by a cheeky chappie such as Harari.

Matronly health ministers have already told us there will be no return to normal. Prime ministers and presidents rap out the phrase, "a new normal," a nebulous formula made not-much clearer in The Great Reset of the World Economic Forum (WEF), to which Harari is a top adviser.

The great conversation-stopper is, "they wouldn't do that." Harari tells us why "they" just might.

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Noah's animals

Waves of crisis overwhelm us. Is it the climate, carbon, competition for resources, the sudden threat of plague, the need to vaccinate everyone against everything despite natural immunity having girded humans for millions of years; do we have to stop using oil and gas right now, how much of the food crisis is man-made, and is the population really at bursting point?

Do these risks necessitate the surrender of liberty, freedom of association, movement and speech, independence of thought and action, and the primacy of conscience?

Harari's retort is that we never had any of the above: they were chemicals or illusions.

He makes some acute observations: the power of imagination is what sets us apart from other animals. He punctures "da science" reminding us that it is not lore or dogma and is open to manipulation. He goes beyond the post-modern or woke crowd who dismiss everything as a "social construct," observing that we imagine in order to modify society for the better, not to be bound by preconceptions.

Yet Harari soon drives his flock into a dead end by a narrow view of imagination. What he imagines is determinist and sometimes seems close to nihilism.

The conservative or religious-minded commentariat has gone kayak bananas on the rapids at his comment that free will is an illusion, that everything is just electrons and chemical juice, and that AI is effectively going to replace consciousness.

They poke valid holes in his argument that because, he claims, God is an illusion, humans can be gods. Is Harari merely forgetful or inconsistent, or is he pagan? (he says he personally follows Buddhism.)

Harari plays word games, appropriating the phrase Intelligent Design, which was first used by Christian Creationists to expose the holes in Big Bang, chaos theory and Darwin's theory of evolution. His version of intelligent design is merely a formula, an algorithm, the calculation of inputs and outputs.

Above all, he engages in provocation, talking of "useless, worthless" people. Perhaps the shock is intentional. Beyond selling lots of books, lies a fault in his thinking. [1]

He presents the problem of people who cannot adapt to the future he imagines. Yet he offers no philosophical justification for why we should go there.

If humans are capable of imagining a society, why should they imagine one in which the vast majority is surplus to requirements? What is the point? He simply answers: there is none — conscience is chemical, God is an illusion and free will is finished.

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Cryptic speakers

If governments, corporations and their owners wanted to speak plainly they would do so. There would be a lively debate in the press about the direction society is surfing upon these waves of crisis. The press might even be curious about the origin of said crises, and how they seem to serve vested interests.

There would be honest attribution of cause and effect, rather than rolling up two years of calculated disruption and laying it at the feet of "Russia, Russia."

The American scholar of technocracy Patrick Wood has shown by textual analysis that the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, of 1992, is really a cover for commercial exploitation; enabling pharma and biotech to profit from genetic manipulation and the patenting of life.

That phrase we hear all the time, "sustainable development," is less about protecting the environment — and more about modifying the genes of plants and animals including humans so that they can be patented, monetized and owned.

You can get into numerology, like the former Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde, and note that "new normal" equates by four different systems of gematria to "depopulation." [2]

We the people have been left to scry hidden intentions, which are exposed haphazardly by whistleblowers: behavioural modification, psychological manipulation and "nudge units" — the agents of an unprecedented surveillance state. The press and social media (owned by the same institutional investors) treat the public like a wayward horse that must wear blinkers lest "disinformation" lead it to bolt off the prescribed path.

Canadian psychologist Steven Pinker, of Harvard, says politicians trade in banal realities — taxes, the use of force and war — yet they use more qualifiers than philosophers who deal in "concepts about concepts." Their language serves as a get-out clause to avoid accountability.

Mischief is afoot. Word salad rules the day — see the Wikipedia entry on the Reset. The media ridicules any effort to probe the code by which politicians act in lockstep.

Harari is a worthy thinker, a valid voice, he should be one among many. Yet the fact that he is praised so effusively by politicians, and elevated by those behind them, should serve to warn us that he is being positioned for a purpose.

Fame in publishing, like everything around us, is illusory and corrupt. Lavish contracts have long been used as illicit campaign financing, bribes, payoffs and money laundering. The bestseller lists are manipulated. What you read from the bookshop, whether in fact or fiction, is as controlled as anything you hear on the television news. You are being sold a bill of fare. [3]

Ghost of Graeber

Yuval Harari portrays himself as a "gentleman amateur" — in the way the rich once dominated sports by flaunting their lack of professional prowess and demeaning those who could not afford to play week-long tournaments for free.

He admits that he did little research for his bestseller Sapiens (2011) and just used his "10,000 feet view" — his lofty intellect — to see what lesser humans could not.

There is every reason to believe that compared to 90 per cent of politicians, Harari justly deserves his reputation for intellect and talent. There is no suggestion that he writes to order — unlike the practice of much university research nowadays. Yet his ideas serve the express policy of the digital-financial-petro-pharma complex which has adopted him.

Harari's ideas also contain within them the seed of their own demise.

The late anthropologist David Graeber, author of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (2018), was a powerful, contrary voice. Unlike Harari he was an original, a celebrity of his own making and truly a freethinker. He was an anarchist, a founding member of Occupy Wall Street and, above all, ungovernable, like Kary Mullis, the inventor of the PCR test.

Graeber's work destroys the pretext that the infotech and bioscience revolution is suddenly confronted by a surplus of humans — and thus he demolishes the central pillar of the depopulation agenda: that there is a problem of billions of useless eaters which must urgently be addressed.

Since Graeber died suddenly in September 2020 (after Mullis in August 2019) it is Harari who is left to dominate the discussion on the future of work as a top adviser to the World Economic Forum's executive chairman Klaus Schwab, rather than the better-qualified Graeber whose research was more relevant, targeted and profound. [4]

That is not to say that Harari profited from the demise of a rival — only that his prominence owes to the same people who can demolish the careers of others.

Graeber argued that much of the population has long been engaged in "make work" — unproductive activities that justify the dominant position of the financial and political elite.

When I had my first introduction to economics in high school in the 1970s, the problem the teacher posed was what workers would do with their spare time when industrial productivity advanced: with 15-hour work weeks the task of government would be to build enough leisure centres and dance halls.

Ernst Schumacher had just published Small Is Beautiful (1973). Such was the influence of the book it was taken for granted that the economy should serve the needs of human development, education and the local, from the village up.

Instead, Schumacher's idea of sustainable growth was hijacked by the most powerful owners of oil, minerals, the banking system and the media — and the inversion of the environmental movement began.

Why? Because the owners favour concentration of ownership, centralization of control, elimination of competition and ultimately oligarchical collectivism.

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Concern for the environment, for pollution, despoliation, over consumption and planned obsolescence had to be diverted and derailed. So we got climate change — first cooling, then warming — purposely irrational for deceptive reasons. [5]

As for those 15-hour work weeks, they didn't dare give the people that much leisure. So even as the industrial base of Western countries was dismantled and shipped abroad the time the worker had to clock in and out stayed the same.

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If the principal forces destroying the environment were examined rationally, the owners would be holed below the waterline. Moreover, their cultish, naïve, linear, Malthusian, zero-sum projects would be exposed — from geoengineering to depopulation.

As a result, inversion is necessary. All must be turned on its head.

The inversion of what's natural is "part of the plan" — whose plan; who knows? — but it aligns perfectly with parallel projects around the UN, Agenda 2030, the Club of Rome, the Biodiversity Convention, bioelectronics and neuroscience.

Instead of appropriating Intelligent Design, Harari could have coined his own slogan. He is a competent author and this borrowed phrase does not fully capture his vision anyway. It seems his intention is to subvert this particular concept: what many religious people consider to be the natural order of things.

Assault by inversion

His attack is not on religion per se. This is no intellectual dog fight of the atheist vs monotheist variety. It is intended to undermine people, to confuse and confound, so they can be herded into the future.

There are many visions of this future but only two things at its centre: ownership and control.

It is evident that the monetary and banking system is changing. The person in the street may think cash merely turns digtal, and welfare into basic income: that is how it's sold to the public — as a matter of convenience — it goes much deeper.

If one had to pick one key change, it is how value is measured: worth is no longer weighed by outputs but inputs; not in the creation of value through labour but by the resources you use, the veritable space that you occupy.

You will own nothing because ownership has passed to others. Under the Convention on Biological Diversity, all genomes are tracked and valued. If those genes are modified using CRISPR technology, those genes are patented and owned.

For this transfer of ownership to take place, the people have to be disabused of the concept of Nature and the natural as something owned in common or given by God.

That is exactly why Yuval Harari has repurposed the concept of Intelligent Design and it suggest he is on board with an agenda.

Yuval Hurrah

Harari's official photos do the Rodin thinker pose with fist clenched under chin. He is a great talker and his clarity is perhaps informed by his Buddhism and meditative skills.

Historian Theodore Roszak recognized decades ago the tendency of each age to see creation through the eyes of its own technology. This was the conceit of the clock — the Enlightenment thinkers saw the universe as a timepiece and, if they believed in God, he was the great watchmaker in the sky.

Today we compare the body with a computer. Warnings of those such as Roszak are ignored. He deserves to be quoted at length, particularly his observation that the central ideas that underpin our society are based on experience and moral vision, not research or a body of facts.

"At the time the computer was gaining visibility on the social scene in the late 1940s there was a breakthrough in biology: the discovery of DNA... Researchers took the cybernetics information-transfer technology as a model for DNA. We now know that may not be adequate... Out of that came the image of DNA as a bio-computer and all of this lent credibility to DNA as an information processing mechanism. As we know DNA is the secret of life, it was like saying information is the secret of life.

"As of the 1950s the Great Watchmaker became the Great Cosmic Programmer and it became conventional for people to talk of their thinking as being programmed... This is nothing but an image or a paradigm or a model and it might not be adequate." [6]

The declaration, "All men are created equal," contains precisely no information. Yet it is one of the crowning declarations of humanity.

Even great discoveries start as observations, insights and theories, not by putting bits of information together. Later they may find information that corroborates the idea.

As of Apr 2021, The Guardian was still pushing the broken analogy: The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion? [7]

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