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29 Sep 2022 | 12:26 pm

Eurasia note #61 – Europe Stranded As Gas Pipeline Blown Up


Nord Stream is out, Western Europe can't retreat; someone nailed shut the barn doors.
Accounts of whodunit can be found elsewhere. We focus on the impact.
If Europe wanted to bankrupt Russia and get gas on the cheap, it's out of its hands.

Strategic outcome is to leave Germany more dependent than ever on the U.S..
BASF warns it may shut down chemical cracker now that gas is scarce at any price.
German citizens may escape rationing; corporations are considering relocation.

Bad news for Kremlin: as Europe reels, Moscow is ever more dependent on China.
Voters complete referendum to join Russia, as U.S. missiles rain from Ukraine.
Movement on the line of contact drags, as autumn rainy season approaches.

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Leaking gas bubbles to the surface near the Danish island of Bornholm

Tbilisi, Sep 29, 2022

The sensational news was the destruction of three of the four legs of the Nord Stream pipelines that link Russian gas to Europe across the Baltic sea.

There is a war on the ground and the war online. Often they tell a different story. The headlines play the blame game and the narrative may shift by the day; the tectonic or geopolitical shift is slower, with consequences that may last for decades.

As pressure dropped in the Nord Stream pipeline on Monday, three leaks were noted within hours on two legs — first in Nord Stream 2 close to the Danish island of Bornholm. Two further leaks were found in the original Nord Stream.

Western and Ukrainian media were quick to blame Russia. The European Commission, Sweden and Denmark said it was sabotage as did Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND). Der Tagesspiegel pointed (or had its finger pointed) at Russia. The New York Times head-scratched: "Sabotaged Pipelines and a Mystery: Who Did It?"

Two months ago president Joe Biden said in Jan, "If Russia invades... there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2. We will bring and end to it" and in Feb, deputy secretary of state Victoria Nuland said, "If Russia invades… Nord Stream 2 will not move forward."

On German Twitter people had no doubt: #Kriegserkläerung is trending. The military implications of the sabotage are plain: it is an act of war. For information on whodunit search "USS Kearsarge's Sikorsky MH-60." This article is concerned with the consequences.

Last month U.S. Sen Lindsey Graham called for Russia to be declared a state sponsor of terrorism, it smacked of projection at the time. The Federal Security Service of Russia, the FSB, said it was considering the attack "an act of international terrorism."

Always listen to approved, fact-checked news sources. They'll tell you what to think.

Risks for Russia

Disregarding the noise online, the facts change on the ground: Western Europe will see no Russian gas for years. Somebody has nailed shut the barn doors during a fire. Alternatively, they've locked the passengers in steerage as the ship goes down.

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Even if Europe grinds to a halt — while industrialists and citizens bang on the doors for the pipelines be turned back on — there is nothing politicians can do (it is a different story in Denmark and Poland, see below).

Secondly, this is very bad news for Russia. It's easy to forget, as Western Europe reels, that Moscow wanted access to its lucrative market to offset China, lest it become overly dependent on the giant eastern neighbour.

Already the yuan is beginning to supplant the dollar in the Russian economy. Moscow Exchange, the country's biggest bourse, this week said it expects yuan-rouble trade to exceed the volume of dollar-rouble trade next year.

President Vladimir Putin stated that full "de-dollarization" of the Russian economy is only a matter of time, given the extent of Western sanctions. The trouble is, he has also lost access to the euro markets.

The yuan market is much less liquid than dollars, however, and putting more of its reserves in "friendly countries" means Russia may struggle to get its hands on cash as and when it needs it. [1]

This is not such a problem for business conglomerates who do lots of business with China — aluminium firm Rusal, oil giant Rosneft or Polyus gold — but it's not so convenient for that part of the Russian economy which has always struggled to diversify away from raw materials.

Furthermore the yuan is a managed currency, manipulated by the Chinese state.

Pipeline sniping

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was complete, and filled with gas, but not yet certified and the first Nord Stream was operating at 22 per cent of capacity as turbine engine repairs were hindered by European and North American sanctions.

If the pipeline legs are not repaired quickly, salt water will pour in, corroding them.

In a tweet Polish ex-foreign minister and European Parliament member, Radoslaw Sikorski, thanked the US for damaging the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Russia has requested an emergency session of the UN Security Council today over the act of sabotage.

This may have been long in the planning. In 2015 during a routine safety survey, the Swedish navy found a remote operated vehicle (drone) rigged with explosives near Line 2 of the Nord Stream about 120 km from the island of Gotland. [2]

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Who benefits? On the day of the explosion an opening ceremony was held for the brand new Baltic Pipe. It can supply up to 10 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Norwegian gas to Poland, annually, and three from Poland to Denmark. By comparison, Nord Stream had a capacity of 55 billion bcm and Nord Stream 2 was to have doubled that.

Mateusz Morawiecki, prime minister of Poland, said at the ceremony that along with liquefied natural gas from the U.S. and Qatar, the country's energy needs were secure. In May, Poland ended its contracts with Gazprom for gas through the Yamal pipeline.

So who is stuck without gas, now? The International Monetary Fund estimated in July that those most vulnerable were Central and Eastern Europe — Hungary, Slovak Republic and Czechia. Hungary has addressed that. Russia still has the Turkstream pipeline, a joint venture between Gazprom and Turkey's BOTAŞ. The government of Viktor Orbán is topping that up with extra Russian gas via Serbia and Austria.

France had managed to largely fill gas reserves before Nord Stream was cut off, Germany and Italy less so, according to Rabobank. As gas stores are drained going into next year, the challenge will be to refill them. The LNG market has little spare capacity – and that is only due to Asian production suppressed by the Covid response. [3]

Europe cannot easily shunt gas between countries as it could with coal, yet its economies are co-dependent and the knock-on effect of industrial shortages is huge.

Germany sacrificed

Rabobank last month said Germany would be "in a dire situation if Russia were to cut off its gas supply entirely." That has now happened.

Did Europe plan to bankrupt Russia and obtain its resources on the cheap — in other words, it never counted on to abandoning Russian gas — or has the U.S. cornered Germany, whose business classes always saw their destiny in the East, with Russia, possessing some of the richest natural resources on Earth, a captive market for German exports. It would have rivaled the U.S. for dominance.

Whatever. That's not happening now.

In Germany, consumer price inflation rose 7.9 per cent in August alone. When people start chasing white goods or equipment to lock in the falling value of currency, hyperinflation will strike. It won't have to wait for official statistics. It is a mentality, a cultural rather than monetary phenomenon, as Rafi Farber points out. The government seems to have known this was coming. In 2016 Ursula von der Leyen, as defence minister, decided that German troops should be returned to the streets. That will happens from next month.

Whether or not the U.S. planned to "take down" Germany, it is being sacrificed, like Ukraine, on the altar of defeating Russia.

In Italy energy prices were held down before the election. Now that it's out of the way, the pain is coming. Much of Southern Europe gets much of its gas from Algeria, so it is north Europe's industrial heartland that is facing the music. Forget learning to code; learn to busk.

Wall St and Germany

This is a strategy; the only question is which one. If the U.S. wanted to reverse its de-industrialization, and end its reliance on Chinese goods, one way to do that would be to attract German companies to the U.S. Many German companies are considering relocating some of their units abroad due to the energy crunch.

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28 Sep 2022 | 12:24 pm

Crisis Update – Italy's New PM; Globalist Hysteria At Transactional Politics


As the EU faces a battle for existence, the last thing it wants is viable alternatives.
Corporate-run dirigisme only understands how to further centralize control.
Anything that obstructs it — individualism, family, tradition — is anathema.

Real politics is transactional and evolves: nothing is static in a time of crisis…
But Davos-EC don't do debate – they have their agenda and intend to impose it.
Media's scare tactics are deliberate distraction from the real authoritarian threat.

EU fears Meloni's potential to highlight national interest, like Poland and Hungary…
Resisting the plan to break nation states into de-fanged regional lapdogs.
Italy's family businesses did not comply with globalist financialized, digitised model.

Yet Italy's hands are tied by economic slump, lack of national currency; EU's by crisis.
Germany's chemical giant BASF warns if it shuts gas cracker, plant may not re-open.
Paris' Rungis produce market is the latest food centre to catch fire.

Russians who refuse to fight Ukraine are about to find the EU won't give them shelter.
War mongering TV generals want to duke it out with nukes.
(3,700 words or 17 minutes of your time.)

Not the image of Italian voters that the globalist press will show

Sep 28, 2022

Almost three years of Covidian tyranny and economic dysfunction have shown us that politicians at best seek to avoid accountability; at worst, they're puppets. Like many television presenters they adopt a cartoonish self-caricature.

At first you think they're creating a personal brand, but cartoonishness is a tactic to manipulate the politically-naïve; though it also works as a coping mechanism, a nod to each other that they know its fake, all performance and script.

There's Ursula with her outsize hair (who looks more bouffant, von der Leyen or Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton?) When she intruded upon Italy's election, the media did a kind of Mexican Wave, howling, "Woo… Giorgia."

This language recalls the 2016 election when the media reverberated to a dumbed-down definition of "fascist." We know now that Hillary Clinton fully expected this tactic to help her win, with a scare. The film Monsters University had been released three years before, full of red and orange ogres. Life imitates art — though nowadays the art is a touch unsophisticated.

Behind the green curtain are teams of behavioural psychologists who work for the think tanks that are financed by the owners who pursue managed outcomes.

The fascist meme of 2016 served to distract from an unprecedented alliance of state and corporations that was putting the last pieces in place for a society based on fear.

It was European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen who, as German defence minister, decided back in 2016 that the army should police its citizens. The unelected EC official now intervenes in Italy's politics, warning of consequences should it veer from democratic principles.

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation wrote before the Italian election that the Brothers of Italy represented "Europe's right-wing nightmare" because it was not regional but attracted support nationwide, appealing to "the civil camp as well as to the disaffected who are not tied to any particular party." [1]

The globalists revealed their cards. It is not fascism they fear but rather a movement that unites the "civil camp" (civil society?) with the disaffected; that is non-political, or broken down into the regional but nationwide.

Recall that governance at the regional level is a central plank of the Smart Cities project of Agenda 21 — to undermine the nation state from within. Subsidiarity, derogation and devolution to regional level are the language of the EU and former British PM Tony Blair's policy of fragmenting the UK.

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Threat or exposé

Is Giorgia Meloni as radical as the media claims? We'll come to that in a moment. As a friend points out, people are hurting, some fear for their livelihoods. Not only has the Left failed to identify the tyrannical nature of the Covid reaction; it has neglected to frame a response — and worst of all it has mimicked, uncritically, almost every talking point of the establishment narrative.

Any politician who can demonstrate, by the response she elicits in ordinary people, that she has identified their concerns, is pushing at an open door.

One is forced to draw a few conclusions. Financial Times quotes Luigi Scazzieri, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform: "It's the reflection of the electorate that feels like it has tried everything else now turning to the solution that is more radical and new."

Meloni has strong American ties as a member of the Aspen, and the International Republican institutes. In Europe she is aligned with sanctions against Russia, and supported the previous prime minister Mario Draghi on aid to Ukraine. She is Euroskeptic — as are the financial markets, frankly, as they punish its currency and bond for the EU's mismanagement. Although she supported Brexit, she aligns with the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, becoming its president in 2020.

Italy plays a key role in NATO, especially in north Africa and Libya, the region of its former colonial territories.

If the EC's overlords are suspicious of Meloni, she returns the favour. She says the convincing electoral victory of Hungary's leader Viktor Orbán means the country has demonstrated its democratic credentials and distanced herself from Brussels' criticism. Fratelli d'Italia has ties to Poland's Law and Justice party, the Sweden Democrats, and Spain's Vox.

The press accuses these parties of corruption, which is like pointing out red in a poppy field. Thus media scribblers channel George Soros whose Anti-corruption Action Centre works to keep Ukraine safe for kleptocrats — it helped defeat a bill that would have made non-profits publish their accounts.

Constitutionally she insists nations are sovereign and that state laws take primacy over the EU's decrees.

It is true that her coalition partner Silvio Berlusconi is, or was at one time, close to the Russian president Vladimir Putin, as von der Leyen said.

And then there is the historical origins of Fratelli d'Italia in Italy's fascist past. The BBC throws dirt by the shovel-load: "first far-right prime minister since Benito Mussolini… Brothers of Italy has its political roots in the Italian Social Movement (MSI), which rose from the ashes of Mussolini's fascism."

Deutsche Welle says she has called for less European bureaucracy, low taxes and a halt to immigration.

A smaller state and lower taxes are distinctly unfascist, while Mussolini's fascism was critical of biological racism and Nordicism — and race laws were imposed in 1938 under pressure from the Nazis.

On Google, scrolling through pages of results, it takes some time to locate a calm and collected assessment of Italy: this alerts us to the attempt to shape our perception. Practically everything is scare headlines from the likes of Politico, The Conversation, FT, The Atlantic - the usual suspects.

The outlets loudest in their accusations are The Conversation, a Gates-funded form of academic Astroturf that pretends to be the initiative of grassroots lecturers. Likewise Project Syndicate, which as its name suggests, syndicates material across the media. [2]

Yet even The Guardian concedes, in a moment of honesty, "Giorgia Meloni may be no fascist. But she evokes grim memories of Italy's past." Glad we've wrapped that up. [3]

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Cometh the hour

It is the times that determines the politics. When institutions are robust, and offer an effective channel for representation and dissent, the political system will absorb and temper extremism, if it shows its face at all.

"The example of 20th century European communist parties shows that political context can trump radical essence, for where democratic institutions and structures were relatively effective and legitimate, communist parties were moderated by participation," wrote Sheri Berman in the Journal of Democracy. [4]

This is sometimes called transactional politics, where give and take between governments and cohorts agrees on a balance of interest; it negotiates the order of importance attached to values — in simplistic terms the amount of money spent on the arts verses defence, but in reality a dialogue about the building blocks of society and what we hold dear.

This is not the case when powerful interests operate outside and above the political system, as we are seeing today: big pharma and its investors are manipulating the health system for profit, beyond any previous scandal; corporate and banking interests seek to take unprecedented control of the monetary system and the economy; pollution gets barely any attention while vested interests divert us with CO2, whose real aim is to ration our lives; and the media and social networks have imposed a level of censorship unknown outside wartime.

Because the above agenda is inequitable, unjust, and challenges long-established norms as well as what was once held to be common sense, it seeks to invert those norms by ideological subversion.

The primary tool is corruption. A sick monetary system has been hijacked in the name of saving it, to create vast quantities of money that have been used to buy compliance in every institution of society: education, medical, law enforcement, the intelligence agencies, and even what was once society's last resort in the restoration of stability, the military.

When institutions are corrupt and justice cannot be found even in the courts (ask Julian Assange) how does one expect the political field to change?

President John F. Kennedy's quote is well known: "Those who make reform impossible will make revolution inevitable." Fewer people are aware he was warning Latin America's landed class, its owners, the self-regarding elite. He said they must modify their notorious indifference to poverty; their refusal to give an inch where their interests were concerned.

In Kennedy's day, the vast gulf between the pampered life of the rich and the middle class was a feature of places like Bolivia — a country that has seen more than 190 coups d'état or revolutions — most recently the overthrow of its first indigenous president Evo Morales in 2019.

In our time the veil has been ripped from the democratic process. "They no longer even try to hide it," is a common remark.

The CIA and post-war Italy

The power of Italy's PM is checked by the president who is is not elected by the people but by tightly controlled though an electoral college of the Italian Parliament and regional representatives. The incumbent has the final say in system imposed after WW2.

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24 Sep 2022 | 4:27 pm

Crisis Update – Italy Goes To Polls, German Troops To The Streets


Rising above party political conventions, this article seeks the forces directing them.
European Commission president threatens Italian voters ahead of election.
Polls point to nationalist landslide for coalition of Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy.

Pope Francis appoints a new head of the Knights of Malta; summons riches to Rome.
Vatican's Council on Inclusive Capitalism centralizes/socializes wealth.
Fidel Castro's Cuba, though small, played a symbolic role in search for a new order.

EU and euro crises are being managed as impetus to reshape continent.
Wealthy northern core charts path to future; gauleiters may govern periphery.
Reflecting the disparities of power and wealth — clinical, efficient and just.

Unrest will follow from food and fuel shortages; the price of progress.
EC president put German troops on the street in 2017; first time since WW2.
There is no world government but some cohorts are more disciplined than others.

EC president wears Ukraine colours whose ancestor was Ukraine's Nazi adminstrator.
Britain feigns Brexit when the PM who submitted to Europa was a German asset.
Pope Francis is no liberation theologian — and he knows where the Führer fled.

Think it's speculative fiction? The narrative runs ahead. We are only catching up.

(3,000 rough words und fünfzehn minutes of your ATTENTION!)

Future British PM Edward Heath sitting three rows behind Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games.

Sep 24, 2022

Polls in Italy suggest a nationalist coalition led by Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy will score a landslide victory on Sunday.

The coalition's main appeal is that it is not another technocrat imposed by Brussels, nor on the World Economic Forum's list of transposable Young Global Leaders.

Since the European Commission and its single currency hit the buffers during the 2008 financial crash, Italy, like the southern EU members, has seen social policies trampled by demands to repay richer northern European banks, who profited from the boom and have imposed austerity as a means to recoup their losses.

To do this the banks and their allies in Brussels and the Frankfurt-based European Central Bank have obstructed independent-minded leaders or imposed their own, like the former ECB president Mario Draghi.

With partners Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, and Silvio Berlusconi, of the Forza Italia, Meloni's Brothers are expected to do away with a "citizen's income" scheme that bears hallmarks of the globalist UBI.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has already threatened: "We will see the result of the vote in Italy. If things go in a difficult direction, we have tools, as in the case of Poland and Hungary."

The government of Viktor Orban in Hungary won a landslide in April by placing national interests, such as access to Russian gas, above whatever lies in the Brussels-Davos windscreen, driving the collapse of most of Europe and risking the rise of an authoritarian phoenix from the ashes.

Boots on street

In Germany, producer prices are rising at about 8 per cent a month. The silver markets analyst Rafi Farber says hyperinflation is a cultural phenomenon rather than a monetary one. It will hit Germany first, as people start changing money into goods faster than the government can issue it.

The ECB knows that raising interest rates cannot forestall inflation since it's not caused by demand but supply. The government response is to keep the people in line.

From October, German troops will patrol the streets on a regular basis for the first time since WW2 – they did so in 2017 as an exercise. The person who put them there: Ursula von der Leyen, as defence minister. "It's time we train for large-scale terrorist attacks," she said in 2016. [1]

Ursula's cousin was gauleiter Joachim Baron von der Leyen who was district administrator in the occupied countries of Czechoslovakia and Poland and when District Chief of the Galicia District was involved in organizing the Holocaust. [2]

You don't choose your ancestors — like Ursula, I have slave owners in mine — but there is hypocrisy in dressing yourself in the blue and yellow of Ukraine when your ancestor has form in precisely that territory. Galicia District refers to Ukraine. Humility would be a batter path.

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Germany is rearming. Chancellor Olaf Scholz says its armed forces must be "the best-equipped in Europe."

The Vatican has ordered its investments be repatriated to be held centrally in the Vatican bank. The deadline is the end of September. The Council On Inclusive Capitalism, formed by the Rothschilds with the Vatican, is the instrument by which church resources may be brought into the Great Reset project.

Pope Francis has been busy. He fired the leadership of the Knights of Malta, installing Ottawa-born lawyer Fra John T. Dunlap as the new grand master in June, and head of its "provisional government" as of Sep 3.

Supposedly the Pope has "cleaned house... to better serve the poor around the world." It is clear by now that "making the world a better place" or sustainability, equity, and the new normal are euphemiss, by which the global shapers nod to each other. [3]

The Knights of Malta is the "clearing house" for the noble families of Europe and their retainers or servants around the world. The Malteser International humanitarian relief and development agency is based in Germany.

Father Dunlap's Canadian homeland is already under globalist control.

The Knights have always been closely linked to the "large-scale projects." This is not to say it's a one world government — though the founders of the United Nations expressed such a goal, as did the Rockefellers who provided the land for its headquarters.

The steering of so many different societies and territories clearly requires numerous organizations and a great deal of coordination, until and unless a method can be found to simplify control, like the technocratic ideal of sticking all people and resources, inputs and outputs, in one giant, interactive database.

Governance is the name given to control above and outside the visible structures of government. The key takeaway about such world governance structures is that they have more to do with lineage than ideology.

Post-war Europe

The European Commission is a regional rather than a global governance institution, however it is historically a variant of earlier social experiments, as is the United Nations.

The European Coal and Steel Community was an attempt, in 1950, to obstruct or slow the political unification of Western Europe which had been proposed by Nazi industrialists, and was supported by Oswald Mosley, whose manifesto was called A United States of Europe. [4]

The ECSC would instead allow international control of the Ruhr valley, Germany's industrial heartland. Supposedly to end enmity between France and Germany, there had been a powerful interwar movement to build an alliance. See Julian Jackson: France: The Dark Years (2003)

The OSS/CIA sought to manage these ambitions. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has examined declassified documents which show that it had the EU's founders on its payroll and directed the project. [5]

Regional organizations like the European Union are sold to the population on the basis that they will prevent countries from going to war again. I recall being "put right" on this point when I interviewed Lord David Hannay, who had led the British talks to join the then European Economic Commission in 1973: its destiny is peace, to which economic integration is merely the path.

See Moneycircus, Sep 19, 2022 – Insight: Globalism, Socialism, Fascism, Feudalism (Part 1)

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U.S. finance-capital had grander ambitions, however. The OSS/CIA through operations Rusty and Paperclip, brought former Nazis into the U.S.. Recall that the CIA's founder Allen Dulles was a Knight of Malta. So was Hitler's intelligence chief, General Reinhardt Gehlen. He was recruited by the CIA and went on to found the modern German intelligence service. So were many highly placed members of US military intelligence.

This was how Nazi pedigree was often ignored as individuals moved seamlessly from the Third Reich into the new post-war, supra-national institutions.

One of the SS crew brought into the U.S., Otto von Bolschwing, was in the highest echelons. Von Bolschwing (1909-1982) was of the ancient Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem-Teutonic Order. The researcher Mae Brussell, who died, like her daughter, too soon, exposed his influence in the U.S., and specifically upon the rise of future presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

The Knights are a two-way street. On the one hand they impose discipline on the various strands of this governance project, forcing cooperation on those German aristocratic families who want Germany to reclaim its dominance (its destiny in their eyes) and yoking them to the Anglo-American sphere. At the same time the Knights gave the Reich a voice in the new superpower, the USA, and the postwar institutions.

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23 Sep 2022 | 4:02 pm

Eurasia note #60 – Donbas Voting On Russian Union; Contact Line Steady


Voting is underway as four regions consider accession to Russia.
Shelling continues along the Donbas line of contact; little movement or advantage.
Railway sabotage becomes more common; anarchist groups betray foreign ties.

Armenia raises Azerbaijan conflict on floor of the UN General Assembly.
Baku criticizes Nancy Pelosi for comments during visit to Yerevan.
Azeri troops mutilate women soldiers — but Azeris brutalized by own torture scandal.

(2,000 words or 10 minutes of your time.)

"For Russia, For the children of Donbas," in Moscow, July 2022.

Tbilisi, Sep 23, 2022

Voting has begun in a referendum that will see Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR), as well as the territories of Kherson and Zaporozhia, decide upon accession to Russia. Votes will be cast over the next four days.

Citizens who've had to flee because of Ukraine's counterattack, and who are residing within Russia, will also vote.

In the event that the regions become part of Russia, the matter of defence would be handled not by militia such as those of DPR and LPR but by Russian forces. That is a possible reason for president Vladimir Putin's announcement of mandatory registration of about 300,000 reservists who would be called upon in the event of war.

The intervention in Ukraine is currently classified as a special military operation, a designation short of war.

Putin also reinforced warnings that nuclear weapons might be used "if the territorial integrity of our country is threatened."

Combined with the reference to such weaponry, even if limited to battlefield or tactical, the presidential statement might be seen as trying to draw a line under the conflict: Russia mostly has what it originally wanted and if it becomes Russian territory it would logically send Russian troops to defend it.

As The Guardian reported: "It is no secret that Nato members (but not Nato itself) are providing military support to Ukraine but there is no existential threat to Russia; the goal, Biden said on Wednesday, was for the war to end 'on terms we all signed up for, that you cannot seize a nation's territory by choice'."

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However members of the interventionist tendency in Washington called for Russia to be declared a "state sponsor of terrorism." Sen Lindsay Graham and Hillary Clinton gave the message that the U.S. will stand with Ukraine, even as Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a video link to the United Nations General Assembly, demanded Russia be punished as the proximate step.

That's a big jump. NATO supporting Ukraine's independence is one thing; supporting the attack of Russian territory or trying to topple president Vladimir Putin is quite another.

Speaking at the UN, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned Russia but gave no hint of strategy – that would be handled by his deputy Victoria Nuland, who stood like Lamassu behind him.

China's UN ambassador responded with a call for all parties to achieve a ceasefire.

Last Friday the US announced a further $600m of military aid to Ukraine, including more truck-launched, short-range Himars rockets. The retired generals of the U.S. network television circuit, mostly employed by the likes of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, were in studios advising the use of missiles with a 200-mile range to strike Crimea.

Railway saboteurs

In Belarus' eastern city of Vitsebsk a man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sabotaging (or planning to sabotage) part of the system that regulates trains, including those shipping arms and soldiers to Ukraine. The sentencing of Syarhey Kanavalau took place on Sep 16.

Russian self-described anarcho-communists have in the past month circulated an article detailing how activists are attacking the country's networks, including loosening rail tracks and setting fire to cell towers. Calling themselves Боевая Организация Анархо-Коммунистов (БОАК or BOAK), they draw upon the history of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine during the Russian civil war (1917-22).

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22 Sep 2022 | 3:33 pm

Crisis Update - Big Three Polluter Unilever Goes For Woke


Boss of giant Unilever corporation tells Clintons: "we will never back down" on Woke.
Clintons revive the Global Initiative; Gates' Global Fund wants $18 bn for new jabs.
Events are no longer discreet; their interconnectedness is revealed.

EU centralizes; Germany nationalises as energy crisis deepens.
Quarter of German firms may partly relocate; bankruptcies blamed on energy.
EU policy fits with globalist drive to punish "unsustainable" firms and consumers.

Having tried the wheel of life and the hammer and sickle, hail the circular economy.
An über EU will coalesce in northern Europe, a node in the multipolar world.
Secondary alliances have yet to align, as Germany shirks China and Russia.

(3,000 words or max 15 moments of your existence.)

Baal's buddies chew plastic courtesy of Unilever, Coke and Pepsi

Sep 22, 2022

"This anti-sustainability backlash, this anti-Woke backlash is incredibly dangerous for the world and the first thing that Unilever will do is we will not back down on this agenda, despite these populist accusations." [1]

Unilever boss Alan Jope said there was a growing need to restate "the obvious" — that the climate is changing.

Oxford Economics says Europe will enter recession later this year or early next. It is impossible that business leaders cannot see what's coming. They're paid to be lookouts: their principal task is to cope with the unexpected. They're invested personally in their companies.

Yet the bottom line no longer seems to matter because the policy is "go Woke, go broke." Sanctions may hurt Western corporations more than Russia but executives remain silent as their businesses totter.

Either they are in mass-formation psychosis, bonding in a two minutes hate against The Latest Thing, or they are invested in a mechanistic-materialist project to revive the Enlightenment — but, no, it's something even bigger than that.

The fact that the boss of Britain's biggest company used a high-profile occasion to declare that his major concern is the "anti-Woke backlash" should alarm world citizens.

Sustainable Development Goals are one thing; but Woke? It's hardly the same thing. His conflation of sustainability with Wokeness reveals the deception at the heart of the climate agenda and Agenda 21.

Unilever is one of the world's biggest polluters: ranked third in 2021 for plastic waste. [2]

If he wanted to virtue signal, why not update us on his efforts to reform the filthy despoiler of the Earth that is Unilever: the plastic-tipping purveyor of poisonous mineral oils in its products, the dumper of toxic mercury from thermometer factories.

The public knows there is a huge disparity between the corporate giants' claim to care for the climate, and their fretting over CO2 in particular, while the better established issue of pollution gets less attention.

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Instead he accuses the public of harbouring "populist accusations." The soap dope put a foot wrong and gave us a glimpse of the man operating the controls behind the green curtain in The Wizard Of Oz.

The citizenry no longer need wonder if the Unilever boss was speaking from a more extensive script — he answered in the affirmative. The script matches that of president Joe Biden's Red Speech, in which he, too, framed 75 million people as the opposition while foaming against "an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."

See Moneycircus, Sep 19, 2022 — Globalism, Socialism, Fascism, Feudalism (Part 1)
See Moneycircus, Sep 4, 2022 — Hour Of The Time

In attacking no small part of the populace, these two reveal that their only allies are the inner party, what Michael Rechtenwald dubs the "woke cabal." Jope went further and even quoted George Orwell, attempting to invert the author's revelation of the cabal's own working.

They need a better script writer. I need work — on second thoughts, I work for you not them.

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President Woodrow Wilson wrote, in a line that is unequivocal: "There is a power so organized, so subtle, so complete, and so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."

Wilson was a dupe, but could speak honestly in the moment. He regretted that he had connived in the formation of the Federal Reserve private central bank in 1913. He had no option for he was manipulated — which is what he reveals in the quote — his handler being Edward Mandell House, a founder of the Council on Foreign Relations, who served on the League of Nations Commission on Mandates with Alfred Lord Milner and Lord Robert Cecil of Great Britain.

These are individuals who work not for deep state nor cabinet office, nor even the Privy Council, but answer to private families. The glimpses are few, as little is committed to paper, but for brevity's sake here's a link to the late Carroll Quigley, of Georgetown University, tutor to president Bill Clinton, and his work, The Anglo-American Establishment. [3]

Woke, no joke

Despite Jope's complaint about an anti-Woke resistance, there never has been opposition to caring for the environment. What has happened is that people perceive a disconnect between the narrative and what they experience, this causes doubt, and doubt causes them to question.

World citizens have had almost three years to observe that the Covid response is the same as the climate agenda, and Agenda 21, which in turn is the Club of Rome's The Limits to Growth, 1972 document with its focus on curtailing living standards and access to resources; the evident practice of euthanasia (though there's nothing good about the way so many die); along with the inversions of freedoms and the overt management of expectations.

Most people have never opposed the right to a private life of one's choice. Now that sexuality has become surgery, even adults who transitioned are questioning the financial motives, especially as regards children — and the movement's billionaire sponsors don't bother to hide. See the work of journalist Jennifer Bilek and the testimony of trans individuals. [4]

Even if citizens are not aware that academics already appropriate the language of gender studies to write that "Cis-Human moves beyond a binary definition of human-non-human," they realize where this is going; that the gender surgery movement is being used to normalize transhumanism and the destruction of bodily integrity.

So when the Unilever boss says, to Clinton cult cheers, that "we will not back down on this agenda," people have every reason to respond not in fear but defiance.

The Clinton Global Initiative, at which Jope spoke, is back after it vanished in the wake of Hillary Clinton's 2016 defeat. Recall that the CGI was the vehicle that identified Tedros Ghebreyesus, financed and raised him up, first in Ethiopia; then to the World Health Organization. Working with the Bill and Melinda Gates and the Rockefeller foundations, this was how they put their man in place for the Covid response.

At the same time the Gates-coordinated Global Fund is currently seeking another $18 billion to "end AIDS, TB and malaria by 2030," its highest-ever incremental increase. Can you smell the grift?

Baa!

They were so confident. They rolled out Baal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, only last month, in a fiery ceremony broadcast to 72 nations. [5]

These self-proclaimed elites are rattled by the fact that so many citizens now see them for what they are: puppets, each working for a higher authority, in a Tower of Babel, seeking to appropriate authority from the heavens.

For decades countries have operated on the expectation of growth and rising living standards. The current food and fuel shocks are waking people up to the fact that linear progress is not assured.

The belief that the wealthy share in our progress is a core assumption, baked into our school curricula. But the amassing of great fortunes has little in common with how you make your salary. Do the rich even seek the same conditions that make you content?

Fortunes are made in times of crisis. The volatility that unnerves you in daily life is like oxygen to a trader, and an invigorating transfusion of blood to those who control the sluice gate of resources. If they can engineer a crisis or by a network gain information before others, dropping poison pills in the water to mislead competitors — well, all's fair in love and war.

This isn't to say that society cleaves neatly into the haves and have-nots. It is also possible that society will turn on itself.

The Agendas

A large gap yawns between the ambition to reduce greenhouse gases and the means to achieve it, both in the availability of intermittent or "renewable" energy, and cutting energy use and emissions.

United Nations Agenda 2030 is a temporal target, about one third through Agenda 21 — an important point to grasp if you want to understand the scale of this project. For it makes clear the role of control and compulsion. The architects know they won't reach their targets by asking nicely, and certainly not by prompting people to separate their plastic, metal and organic waste.

When the public discovered that "recycled" waste was being shipped for disposal to emerging countries — or Unilever's plastic burned at home — there should have been outrage from duped Britons, Americans, Germans or Dutch. There wasn't. Making people wash ice cream cartons is a Pavlovian technique of control.

Coming up:

Gfanz guidelines will impose absolute emission targets; requiring yearly plans.
Mark Carney is a walking billboard of the organisations behind the climate agenda.
Germany's Greens are both environmentalists and war hawks — a pincer tactic.

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21 Sep 2022 | 1:09 pm

Insight: Globalism And Mechanistic Materialism (Part 2)


In part one:
Globalists draw on ideologies that advance interests; forestall technological progress.
Larry Fink, BlackRock CEO: "Markets like, actually, totalitarian governments."

Socialism is not defined by ownership of business which may remain in private hands.
A political elite, in bed with owners, however, allocates, distributes, prices and rations.

Main aim of the rich is not to make money but to retain their wealth; to resist change.
Destruction of the middle class makes the Great Reset very different to fascism.

Green energy policies are de-industrializing; social relations may also revert.
People may accept a new hierarchy of rights and obligations: socialist or even feudal.

In part two:
Science as dogma and mechanistic ideology: globalists are misleading the public.
Environmentalists in lockstep with WEF seek digital isolation of humans from nature.

Mattias Desmet: individualist, rational societies can tip into irrational collectivism.
Science may ally with religion to defend doubt against rationalist pseudo-certainty.

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Sep 21, 2022

After writing part one, I discovered that I'm not meant to use the word "globalist" because it may be a slur.

The Atlantic journal notes that Ernst Jäckh, an academic who fled 1930s Germany used the word to describe Hitler's quest "as the God-sent leader of a 'chosen people' bred not for imperialism but for globalism — his world without end."

Ouch! That's perhaps a reason to bury the term but how else to distinguish the manipulation of the organic process of globalization by policies designed to shape it to an end? (The World Economic Forum (WEF) calls its youth league, Global Shapers.)

There is no doubt a messianic strand in globalism but I want to focus on the mechanistic, because this is more clearly on display in the declarations of today's would-be shapers and policymakers.

We are told that dramatic global decisions must be taken urgently, based on Earth sciences (climate change, greenhouse gas, pollution and population) but also human sciences (social engineering, neural technologies, gender and transhumanism).

Globalists cite science specifically as the impulse for decisions — supposedly drawn up in a hurry although population and genomic policy has evolved over decades. This scientific certainty is used to justify managed outcomes, in which policy does not address needs but results.

The WEF's pocket theorist, the historian Yuval Harari, assures us that most people would not notice the shift to totalitarianism.

As the Covid response took hold, psychology professor Mattias Desmet of Ghent University noticed how the bulk of the population bought into a narrative that was "blatantly wrong and utterly absurd," complete with ritualistic behaviour. He called this process mass formation. People nowadays are often isolated and pained by uncertainty. Intelligent people try to find order in things; seeking the formula to security, which leaves them open to propaganda and manipulation.

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Popular Mechanics

If people's lives, not to mention bodies, are to be shaped by decisions that trample centuries of civic norms and universal rights, then those decisions had better be grounded in science.

The media, financed by privately-owned foundations, assures us the science is settled. Publications like Popular Mechanics, a Hearst outlet that is not in any way a scientific journal, are used as "experts" on network news to instill in the public mind a confidence in supposed certainties.

It's not just a question of presentation, however. This mechanistic thinking has overtaken science itself, Desmet writes in his book, The Psychology of Totalitarianism (2022). [2]

Mechanistic thinking says everything can be explained and seeks linear causality, as opposed to systems thinking that provides a philosophical foundation for knowledge and organization, which may ultimately be characterised as wisdom.

The reader can easily find examples of mechanistic thinking in the sphere of public policy, from Dr Anthony Fauci — "Attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science" — to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, now a senior adviser to the Pentagon, who says a search engine should only give a single answer to any question.

Globalism is an ideology that seeks to govern population and production on a supra-national basis. Like other materialist ideologies it lusts after scientific certainty. The clearest example of this is Bill Gates' TED Talk in which he reduces humanity to a formula. [1]

The likes of Fauci, Schmidt and Gates may shriek with indignation — actually, they pay journalists to do that for them — but their words reflect the fallacy of reducing everything to a zero-sum game. That is unless their words are a narrative for public consumption and the genuine reasoning is not disclosed.

We must take their words at face value, for to doubt their honesty would suggest they are actors on behalf of nefarious interests; and that the policies are not driven by science at all, but indeed by some messianic belief or moral relativism.

Mechanistic ideology

I was hoping that Desmet's new book would apply his analysis to the globalist project and though he doesn't use the word he does address the mechanistic ideology in a chapter entitled, The Artificial Society.

He begins with the fact that we cannot measure everything. The rational explanation of natural phenomenon, he says, is only an abstraction regardless of how comprehensive our theory may seem. The portion that remains unknown is not just statistical "noise" but often the "essence of the object. It is its living component." For example, the variation in a pendulum's swing has a pattern that mathematicians can describe with a formula, which is nonetheless unpredictable.

The familiar view of the universe as mechanism that we claim to understand fully — like a clock or today a computer — has distorted thought for centuries. Yet Edward Lorenz showed that matter is constantly reorganizing itself in unpredictable ways.

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Whereas scientific theory adapts to reality, ideology seeks to adapt reality to theory. The 21st century environmental movement is marching in lockstep with the WEF's proposed "digicosm," a society in which human life is conducted online and indoors, to protect nature from man.

This intersects with transhumanism, as empathetic functions like feeding and even gestation in a womb may be replaced with synthetics, and language with a form of telepathy.

This ideology is urgent and global, we are told, and must be implemented in totality — thus it is globalist and totalitarian. In common with totalitarian experiments of the 20th century, the price must be paid today, for gains that will come later. The Utopian future is always just around the corner.

These costs are brought to you by globalist corporations that make products with known carcinogens, or injectables or electro-magnetic frequencies whose effects have not been tested because, as the Federal Communications Commission says, testing would slow down adoption of new technology.

Humans as a whole participated in the replacement of belief or shared consciousness as eternal or deeper meaning, in exchange for material comforts and a numbing of William Blake's "mental strife."

It is globalists who seek to manipulate Übermenschen (necessarily creating Untermenschen) whether of the National Socialist, Soviet, eugenic or tranhuman variety, or Wellsian Morlocks and Eloi.

Globalism is the practice of taking a system or process that may have limited benefits, and then imposing it on a large scale, seeking outsize opportunities to control resources or secure status by the social engineering of others.

Desmet states it thus: eugenics may lead to desirable results on a local basis — such as the elimination of genetic disorders in a country — but at scale the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.

Tyranny of numbers

One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic, Joseph Stalin is reported as saying. Harry Lime made a fortune from trading in diluted penicillin in The Third Man (1949).

"If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?"

To the bureaucrat or the billionaire, the people unavoidably seem like so many dots: it fits their desire to manage outcomes with a global, 40,000-foot view but it also meets their ideological outlook that data is neutral, untainted by habit or superstition, and can allow the alleviation of human suffering in an unemotional, rational, clinical, technocratic and efficient manner.

Desmet cites the Polish mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot to show that numbers are not, in fact, objective: results vary with the unit of measurement or category. The Covid response — a globalist endeavour bar none — shows how bureaucrats and pharmaceutical companies manipulated data to get the outcome they desired: high figures for viral fatalities; low numbers for vaccine side effects.

Finally the "allegiance effect" means that a member of a cohort or professional field tends to draw conclusions from statistics that support his or her sectoral or world view.

Rationalism vs empathy

The German philosopher Werner Heisenberg won the Nobel Prize for his uncertainty principle — "It's not a matter that we're not yet sure now; the point is that we can never be sure."

An editorial in medical journal The Lancet in 2015 said, "much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue."

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19 Sep 2022 | 5:40 pm

Insight: Globalism, Socialism, Fascism, Feudalism (Part 1)


Societal collapse risks catapulting us to pre-industrial society with its feudal norms.
If constitutional government survives this crisis, we may avoid one of the -isms.
Instead of debating the Great Reset, we should ask what kind of future we intend.

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Sep 19, 2022

Two policies have been coordinated on a global scale: the Covid response and climate action. The prime objectives were said to be to "build back better" and "sustainable development." Yet the actions taken in the name of these goals have initiated a global shock so profound that it threatens to tip the world into prolonged instability.

Let's be clear. These actions were formulated and discussed decades in advance, and "war gamed" in dozens of simulations, orchestrated by biosecurity think tanks and attended by influential leaders. [1]

In March 2021 the U.S. Defense Department held a climate and environmental security tabletop exercise, Elliptic Thunder. As with pandemics this called for a whole-of-government approach (the fusion doctrine that fuses, for example, the response to mental health between police, social workers and educators).

It predicted rising competition between regional powers, and the need to build capacity and resilience, and to counter misinformation in the face of "compounding and cascading events" — The same prescription as for Covid.

Shame they were too busy anticipating crises to actually do any preventative planning. At the very least, someone didn't listen to their own warnings. Stay safe is giving way to stay warm, hope you eat.

So here we are: Army chiefs warn of unrest in Europe due to food and energy prices and, in the U.S. "extreme" strain between civilians and military: Germany will put troops on the streets next month; chancellor Olaf Scholz says its soldiers will be the best equipped in Europe; Moscow's envoy to Berlin said Germany had destroyed relations by supplying weapons to a war zone; Switzerland has abandoned its longstanding neutrality; Britain's new prime minister says she'd use nuclear weapons; only China and India have a no-first-use commitment.

Who could be so careless as — or dare we ask, who would seek — to benefit from "our historic moment of crisis and challenge"? That depends on "how we resolve the cascading crises of our era," as President Joe Biden said at his inauguration.

What is globalism?

Globalism is related to, but not the same as, globalization. More accurately, globalism is the prescription, the policy response to the stresses of globalization. And for that reason globalism may be pursued independently of globalization, as a world-system — supranational but not necessarily global. It is both a political tendency and a toolkit.

Who is globalist and who's not? The big U.S. foundations have long been globalist —
Rockefeller, Carnegie and Ford — the latter stating, "we shall use our grant-making power so to alter life in the United States, that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union." [2]

See Moneycircus Aug 2021 — Spies, Dupes And Charities

These foundations work closely with, and to some extent control, the international governmental institutions that are quintessentially globalist, for as bureaucracies they must create their raison d'être. The World Economic Forum (WEF) signed a partnership with the United Nations in 2019 to accelerate the Agenda for Sustainable Development.

They practice what they call governance, since they have no legislative or executive authority. Words waft like clouds in the halls of stratospheric power, assuming new shapes with a following wind.

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Klaus Schwab of the WEF and his globalists are allied with NATO, but the Atlanticist alliance are not globalists: they seek a unipolar "rules based international order," where they set the rules, and they admit that "countries will be treated less equally in the future" and that liberalisation "will be limited to certain trade partners."

See Moneycircus, Aug 16, 2022 – From Argentina To A Street Near You: A crisis born of elite conceit is about to be exported around the world

We may call this regionalism, as it fits the definitions explored at the United Nations University seminar on "Globalism and Regionalism" held in 1996. Dr Carolina Hernandez, political scientist at the University of the Philippines, described globalism as the tools to solve regional problems such as, "flexibility and fluidity of regional politics, the rise of China, arms modernization and nuclear proliferation, territorial disputes, rapid economic development and regional peace and security and new challenges to peace and security." [3]

Regional organizations like the European Union are sold to the population on the basis that they will prevent countries from going to war again. I recall being "put right" on this point when I interviewed Lord David Hannay, who had led the British talks to join the then European Economic Commission in 1973: its destiny is peace, to which economic integration is merely the path.

Yet Europe represents a mix of imperial blood money and a hyper-financialized service economy, their financial intermediaries dependent on central bank transfusions. Europe's giant corporate combines rule the territory like viceroys, apportioning it between them. (This actually is how decisions are made at the EC, as the late Tony Benn discovered when he traveled to Brussels as Labour's industry secretary in mid-1970s: policy is settled by corporations and bureaucrats, while the sole elected body, the European Parliament, is purely advisory.)

The union, ruled by the European Commission, found itself disadvantaged against other parts of the globe even before the current debt and energy crises. The commission is likely to further centralize power in an attempt to solve problems of its own making.

The single currency was born out of greed or hubris, possibly both. Its policy of ultra-low interest rates turned the euro into a giant store credit for German exports, which like all booms continued until the time when you have to borrow money to pay the interest on your borrowings.

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Trust is breaking down. U.S. banks are no longer keen to lend to European companies and the IMF estimates more than 40 countries are in danger of "distress," half of which are in "extreme" risk of default according to Bloomberg estimates. [4]

In contrast, Russia sits on a commodity gold-mine, controlling half the world's supply of some minerals, and is using that wealth to underpin its currency. See Moneycircus, Apr 3, 2022 – Eurasia note #40 - Gold Rouble vs. Central Bank Digital Currency

China and India have huge labour forces, and both internal and external markets, and are growing their industrial sectors in contrast to countries like Britain which have deindustrialized.

This sets the scene for a struggle between regions and you can see backs against the wall.

Symbolism of fascism

How this resolves itself depends on which groups we're talking about. The biologist, author and podcaster Bret Weinstein says that as Western society breaks down, it has reverted to a tribal form, of the in- versus the out-group, and an overt fascist movement has emerged in the U.S. in particular.

Weinstein has some pithy insights into the "diabolical brilliance" of Biden's Red Speech: there is nothing "Left" about the Democrats other than their rhetoric; even their platform is a "loss leader" to advance the interests of their paymasters.

We saw evidence this month that the Biden administration has regular meetings to decide who their partners in big tech should censor, in clear violation of the First Amendment. The FBI is busting into people's homes, surrounding their cars at drive-thrus, and seizing their phones because they are active Republicans. [5]

Weinstein says fascism does not "inherently live on the right." Warming to his theme, he adds that "the sine qua non of fascism is the hybrid between corporate power and governmental power. Fascism is also about theft. Fascists target someone and justify the liquidation of their wealth and well-being to generate phony growth for those who are in the fascist cabal." [6]

He argues that Western liberalism is a powerful mechanism for generating well-being, insight and fairness but it is "a fragile mechanism that when disturbed defaults to a more robust, primitive state. Fascism is tapping into an ancient mode that precedes formalized government... in which tribe or lineage compete against lineage, in which they energize their own lineage by subjugating another."

The state-corporate media uses the same politicized language once chalked up to the right: terrorists (infiltrators, saboteurs) extremists (Reds under the bed), while the those it once decried as the political police (CIA, FBI) are now their saviours.

How this relates to politics today: as I pointed out, Biden's speechwriters addressed two audiences. In general terms it was a call for unity, by suppressing your political rivals, but it was also a war drum to team cabal.

See Moneycircus, Sep 4, 2022 – Opinion: It Is The Hour Of The Time

Social machinery

How did we get here: both sides distrust the election system, but only the in-party is allowed to publicly question their rival's legitimacy.

"The Democrats are now openly playing with the symbolism of fascism. V for Vendetta is a movie adored on the left. The message to the left is: this is your fascism and the people we're going after are your enemies. We will suspend everyone's rights but don't worry, because you are going to come out on top. You've got nothing to fear if you're on our side," says Weinstein.

Calling people 'a clear and present danger' has a specific meaning in overriding the protections of the First Amendment.

The people behind the plandemic, who are also controlling governments around the world in lockstep, have shown that they are indifferent to life. They are willing to kill for profit. But they have also built an escape hatch of plausible deniability into the project.

People have been taught that fascism was just about the Holocaust: "You can't have fascism without genocide and there's definitely not a genocide going on." Tell that to the seen and unseen: the well over 1200 athletes; comedians and actors, Charlbi Dean who was about to go to the Cannes festival; and the many more who struggle to make their voices heard through the censorship of social media. The silent and the dead.

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This crisis behooves us to identify precisely the nature of the social machinery before us and the the challenge we face in retaining our humanity.

There is a familiar argument over fascism which liberals regard as an excess of the far right, while others point out that it was National Socialist German Workers' Party. Was it really socialism? The debate rumbles on.

The first thing to point out is that socialism does not mean Marx — least of all Karl — for he saw it simply as a transitional phase to communism. There are different variants and the word was used by French philosopher Henri de Saint-Simon in the 1800s who thought that revolutions in science and industrialization required the reconstruction of government and society — a kind of great reset.

The second is that accelerating chaos could take us closer to techno-feudalism than fascism. And if the would-be aristocracy reverts to a tribal form, one can foresee feudal elements. The recently-proclaimed King Charles personally launched the Great Reset in June 2020, and has cooperated with the World Economic Forum for decades. The actions taken by its Young Global Leaders in numerous countries are instigating what looks with every passing day like a calculated collapse of the Western economies.

These leaders answer to big money, some of it old, most of it invested through cross-holdings in the largest corporations, in which the interests of banking, pharma, weaponry and big tech are prominent.

Choose your -ism

In short, fascism employs elements of socialism, but National Socialism may not be fascism. In the original Italian it is not a mere combination of the state and corporations but corporativism, in the sense of the regulation, governance and social obligations of the medieval craft guilds.

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13 Sep 2022 | 3:57 pm

Eurasia note #59 - Azerbaijan Hits Armenia With Turkish Drones


Azerbaijan strikes Armenian border in 7 locations killing at least 49 civilians.
Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization meeting; Armenia appeals to UN.
Turkish drone reported shot down in Vardenis, northern Armenia.

Ukraine reclaims 6,000 sq km of territory, along with 20 settlements.
Says will hunt down Ukrainian collaborators after retaking cities in Kharkov region.
Russian ambassador blasts Germany for undermining reconciliation since WW2.

Europe braces for bailouts as energy companies face derivatives loss of $1.5 trillion+.
EU once barred Ukraine as corrupt and dysfunctional. The EU is closing the gap.
Most Twitter activity on Ukraine is bot traffic; 90% of bots are pro-Ukraine.

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Sep 13, 2022

Clashes along the Azerbijan-Armenia border have prompted allegations of provocation from both sides.

Turkish made Bayraktar drones were reported near the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, and one was shot down in Vardenis, northern Armenia.

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry dismisses reports on invasion of Armenian territory as nonsense.

The attack prompted Armenia's prime minister Nikol Pashinyan to call president Vladimir Putin and request Russian help. His office says he also made calls to the French president Emmanuel Macron and U.S. secretary of state Anthony Blinken, who recently returned home from Kyiv. Reports out of Armenia said citizens in Jermuk, Goris and Vardenis came under shelling and were taking shelter in basements.

Russia negotiated a ceasefire in 2020 after a 44-day war and its peacekeepers are stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh, a part of Azerbaijan with a mostly Armenian population. The 1990s saw an extended truggle for independence which ended in 1994 with the establishment of the Republic of Artsakh.

In the flare up of 2020 Russia avoided taking sides and has worked to contain conflict on another front after recent reversals in Ukraine.

Ironically Pashinyan is a favourite of the World Economic Forum and came to power in a "color revolution" in 2018. He began to target politicians close to Russia in the name of an anti-corruption drive; the same policy that was funded by George Soros' Open Society Foundation as the Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Action Centre, AntAc.

On the other hand Armenia is a member of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization and Russia has a military base in Armenia which has historically looked to the fellow Orthodox Christian country for support.

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Just over 120,000 Armenians live in Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh, about one per cent of Azerbaijan's population; compared with 2.9 million in Armenia.

A brief history

The region's complex background continues to influence events.

Once the biggest empire east of Rome, reaching into central Turkey, northern Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Israel, Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301.

In the 5th century the country was split between the Persian empire and the Byzantine, though Armenian nobles played a leading role and several of the emperors of Byzantium were ethnically Armenian.

The nation saw a revival of feudalism in the 9th century and flourished for a short time (World Economic Forum take note).

Over the past two millennia Turkic peoples have migrated from western Mongolia "into most of Central Asia from their original homeland in the Altai mountains," as Akhilesh Pillalamarri has written in The Diplomat. Being nomadic, many of the Turkic tribes clashed with the sedentary population and some served as mercenaries. This led the Seljuk sultans to displace these families to the periphery of the Seljuk empire which bordered Hellenic Byzantium, the eastern portion of what had been the Roman empire. [1]

In 1045 the Byzantines conquered Armenia but, in massing their forces against warlike Turkic tribes, alerted the Seljuks to their potential threat. In 1071 the Seljuks, who had previously regarded Egypt's Fatimid Caliphate as their principal rival, set their armies against Byzantium in Manzikert in eastern Turkey.

The rest is history. The largely Greek and Armenian populations came under Turkic rule. Their original genetic markers remain prominent among the Anatolian population today, while in contrast there is relatively little evidence of Central Asian descent: less than 15 per cent. [2]

This is just one story in an ancient and complex region where it is relatively easy for those with a more reductionist view of the world to make trouble. Unfortunately this includes Turkey whose president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once talked of ending the military's dominance in politics but now speaks of a "sacred march." [3]

U.S. Central Command held joint exercises in Tajikistan last month, involving Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, as well as Mongolia and Pakistan. The first three of those 'stans are members of the CSTO. These mostly landlocked countries have gained new importance since China launched its Belt and Road Initiative, a land link from China to Europe. Russia also led the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU or EEU). These entities make China less dependent on sea routes and thus insulate it from U.S. naval power.

Another incentive for the U.S. to try to split these former Soviet republics is Iran's growing influence in the region. It began the process of joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) last year and Iran's full accession is expected next year. Tehran along with Argentina has also applied to join the BRICS group, which partly overlaps with the SCO as China, Russia and India are members.

Foreign powers continue to arm and train Ukraine so there is little doubt NATO would seize the opportunity to distract Russia's attention by stirring the pot elsewhere on its borders or in the region. Turkey did not give its approval for gratis when Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO. It held out for concessions and possibly a free hand elsewhere. As for the leadership of European Union, anything that draws attention away from their economic crisis is welcome.

The EU could be encouraging Azeri hopes in return for its oil and gas but this is less likely as Azerbaijan ranks around 24th in the world for oil production and 30th for natural gas. But European Union leaders likely don't know that.

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Russian reversal

In Ukraine the forces of Kyiv have retaken land in the Kharkov region. NATO forces are widely suspected of involvement in the reversal of fortunes. The attack was swift and well-planned in contrast to the disarray that has marked Ukraine's encirclement in numerous so-called cauldrons.

Although Ukraine forces attacked Balakleya, Kupyansk and Izyum, they failed to pin down their opponents who retreated eastwards to the Oskol River.

It was not the massive military defeat implied in the Western corporate-state media and Russians dispute that they abandoned a large amount of equipment. Even so it is an embarrassment to lose land it took so long to acquire.

Russian forces may have seen it coming but they had little time to reinforce and likely put too much faith in the local garrison. Unlike the Ukraine forces they have not set large minefields and on this occasion it may have cost them.

Up to 9,000 forces in Ukrainian insignia took part and the foreign involvement may have gone further than providing equipment, signals intelligence and tactical advice.

Russia replied with missile strikes on electricity stations blacking out Kharkov for a second day. Last weekend the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was shut down because Ukrainian forces were shelling it. The head of Russia's Security Council Nikolay Patrushev accused the U.S. of providing Ukraine with targets and weaponry.

Ukraine is about to share the same experience, if not policy, as Western Europe: energy thirst.

The mayor of Izyum says forces will search for Russian soldiers and, after that, collaborators. Similar operations are ongoing in another Kharkov city Balakleya following its recapture by Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Reshaping reality

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12 Sep 2022 | 4:53 pm

Insight - Two Elizabeths And The Eclipse Of Europe


The reign of the two Elizabeths marks the rise and fall of European empire.
Agricultural and industrial revolutions spanned their eras.
The Anglosphere, the Western colonies are now under attack.

Industry and technology found its birth and eclipse under Elizabeths.
Not ethnocentric but integral to the transformation of capitalism.
John Dee is the esoteric connection, resonant in today's astrology.

(Roughly 3,500 words or 15 minutes of your time.)

Sep 12, 2022

The death Queen Elizabeth marks the end of the second Elizabethan era. The two Elizabeths may be the bookends to our civilization and not just for the British. Modern trade began with this aeon, along with the settlement of colonies that today we call the West. All our countries are now in jeopardy.

Agriculture, innovation, trade, the nature of the entity once known as the corporation and even the remit of the state itself trace much of their modern character to the 1600s, and are facing their greatest evolutionary challenge in the 2000s.

One may quibble over the day the music died but it is the trajectory that matters.

The point is not to Anglicize history or to credit Britain with undue influence but to look objectively at the change in our lives. The Renaissance was underway across Europe but Britain was the first nation to undergo an agricultural revolution, without which there could not have been cities nor the workforce for industry leading to the technology of the present day.

Such an agricultural revolution gave us modern farming; now the oracles moan that farming as we know it must end. Meat, if it is eaten at all, must be synthetic.

Both revolutions, agricultural and industrial, began in the monasteries and cannot be chalked up to the British. However it was the dissolution of the monasteries by Elizabeth I's father and the sale of their assets that created capital and division of labour on a scale that kindled the modern markets. The release of those assets created impetus that imposed a new means of exchange.

According to analysis by Heldring, Robinson and Vollmer the location of monastery holdings correlates closely with later industrial development. The link with asset sales is much closer and more causative than the mere presence of resources like coal, fertile land or water. [1]

"The creation of a land market can be linked to local differences in subsequent development and, ultimately, industrialisation."

This has implications for the world envisaged by Klaus Schwab of the Davos Economic Forum, his so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, and also for the billionaires who are so intent on controlling resources while chaining the masses to biological identity and central bank digital currencies that are in reality nothing more than vouchers or a ration book.

It was markets and thus property rights combined with freedom of movement that drove agricultural and industrial initative. The digital database envisaged by the Rockefellers, in which everything is nailed down, tracked and priced, threatens to push us back before the agricultural revolution, to feudalism, while sharply reducing the prospects for innovation.

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Like agriculture, industrial development also finds its bookends in the two Elizabethan eras. The first camshafts were fitted to waterwheels to drive hammers to press oil, tan leather, saw wood and pump the bellows of furnaces. David Bentley Hart writes in The Christian Revolution (2009).

"We may find it somewhat difficult now to appreciate the revolutionary implications of devices like the heavy saddle with stirrups, the wheeled plow, the rigid horse collar, heavy armor, and the nailed horseshoe, but they allowed for the cultivation of soils that had never previously been genuinely arable, helped initiate a long period of Western military security, and did much to foster the kind of economic and demographic growth for want of which the Western Roman Empire had fallen into ruin."

By the mid-16th century the British supply of wood to make charcoal was waning and the use of coal gained pace. The first steam engines were built to remove water from mines. A Spanish mining executive Jerónimo de Ayanz had patented the idea in 1606 but the first working example is attributed to Thomas Savery 80 years later.

The waterwheel gave way to the steam engine, steam to oil as the era of the combustion engine arrived. That era is now ending though not under its own steam (excuse the pun!) but by an arbitrary decision to restrict the use of oil. Although the telegraph came later we see the parallel trajectory of data over wires which evolved from Morse code, to voice, to facsimile machine to internet. With censorship we are witnessing arguably the end of that particular cycle.

There is good reason to question the claim of Schwab and Davos (he does not speak for the World) that the melding of data and biology constitutes another industrial revolution.

Centralization and censorship

A reading of the history of invention suggests that it blossomed out of many fields by accident or of necessity but certainly not from central planning, which so far as one can see is Schwab's goal. It does not matter if the planners are the Politburo or a public-private partnership, excessive control is a dead weight on innovation. I witnessed it first hand in Russia between 1998 and 2008 when the level of bureaucracy inherited from the Soviet Union, and the opportunities it provides for corruption, led many creative business people to sit on their hands or flee the country.

A point of continuity is that "Gloriana" or the reign of Elizabeth I was the world's first modern police state. It took well over a century from Gutenberg's printing press to produce Britain's first newspaper. The nation lagged behind other countries because of the Tudor regime's brutal censorship. The mass media of the day was theatre and only two troupes were allowed — one controlled by the monarch, the other by the senior official, the Lord Chamberlain. Precisely the form of false competition that is so much in favour with bureaucrats today.

Britain was able to advance economically because its traders had a free hand abroad if not at home, for good or bad. Sometimes what we casually call progress has a nefarious impetus. See Moneycircus, Sep 11, 2022 — Insight: The Objectives Of 9/11 And The Covid Response

Elizabeth I was able to finance her security state because her Walter Raleigh and Francis Drake faced no restriction abroad. It was the very diversity of governance, the absence of a "rules-based international order," that allowed the European empires to arbitrage human rights, or the lack of them, between continents.

Arguably it lacked even the freedom of inquiry that obtained within the monasteries — even though it was the dispersion of monastic lands that spurred the development of markets and thus the innovation of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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The final years of Elizabeth I's reign saw the formation of the (British) East India Company that would go on to be the model of publicly traded companies. Lynn Forrester de Rothschild's Council On Inclusive Capitalism now assures us that model must change to something closer to the corporativist one envisaged by Mussolini and copied by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In another historical echo, the Delanos had made their money in the opium trade once cornered by the East India Company (history is a bloody mess).

Opium of the masses

While on the topic of opium, in a contrarian account of the British wars with China of the early 19th century. Harry Gelber writes at Harvard University that the wars were never about drugs in China, where growing and selling opium had been legal for centuries.

He quotes none other than president John Quincy Adams who said in 1841 that opium was no more responsible for the China wars than tea had been the cause of the American revolt.

It was more conventional trade war that led to confrontation, because China opted out of general trade with the British, French or Americans and confined foreign merchants to one port, Canton now Guangzhou. The British sold opium to China in exchange for silver, which they used to buy tea in India, for brewing in Britain.

China harassed foreign traders whom it didn't fully welcome, and that's what became the pretext for British foreign minister Lord Palmerston's war.

As today, it was competition for resources.

Also interesting is the reason for later restrictions on opium in the West. At the time it was legal everywhere, including Britain, where small amounts of laudanum continued to seep into sweets and pastilles up until the 1960s.

He argues that it was the rising influence of the medical and pharmaceutical industry as a tool of social regulation that led to prohibition. Gelber doesn't mention him but that would be Rockefeller, who was behind both prohibitions.

"This was a period, too, when the Western medical profession, with the Americans largely in the lead, was becoming a powerful social regulating force, one that, especially in conjunction with the churches, was to bring "Prohibition" to the U.S. less than half a century later. So the general anti-opium and anti-drug campaigns in the West gathered pace."

That was the very time that Rockefeller took control of the American Medical Association. And the reason to ban opium was that it competed with the petro-pharmaceutical industry which he controlled. [2]

Rockefeller would eventually own most of the pharmaceutical industry as well as the oil industry. In both cases J.D. used distribution as the means of securing control: manipulating railway and transportation in the case of oil; doctors and pharmacies in the case of medicine.

As for alcohol prohibition, Rockefeller's backing is usually put down to him being not a Marrano but a Baptist, and non-drinker himself. However the rival fuels of vehicles that rediced his gasoline sales included then dominant electric vehicles, and ethanol-driven and steam-powered vehicles.

My late grandfather witnesses numerous steam powered cars when he was a child in Toronto. There is a video of a design as late as the 1950s for a charcoal-fired motorcycle that did 50 mph, filling its tank with water.

So why are the Fakt Checka so desperate to deny Rockefeller-backed prohibition that put ethanol-driven cars off the road? How did local councils come to rip out the tram or trolleybus networks for that matter?

Why the need to concern oneself with a detail of history 100 years ago: it's because the Rockefellers and their doppelgängers are using the same techniques today to strong-arm governments to follow policies that profit them. If they restricted alternative energy and manipulated medicine, what does that say for their credibility on "fossil fuels," carbon, Covid and the climate?

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Historical perspective, as I wrote in yesterday's newsletter, examine the present employing the evidence of the past.

See Moneycircus, Sep 11, 2022 – Insight: The Objectives Of 9/11 And The Covid Response

I have argued that the rules-based international order is a misnomer. It is interoperable or exchangeable with Sustainable Development Goals which are by definition restrictive and attainable only by the richest countries, just as only the biggest companies can afford to comply with Environmental and Social Governance. That's cornering the market by another name.

See Moneycircus, Sep 8, 2022 – Opinion: Not Enough Minerals For Green Energy

The concept of one world governance, of lock step and nations acting to one plan — coordinated by the World Health Organisation as Trojan horse for an aristocratic elite of an empire-turned-inwards, feeding off its own population — has not worked and never will.

Another supranational experiment, the European Union, has run into the same problem. The single currency is a political, not an economic, concept. It was a mechanism to equalize prices between countries with different products, specializations and export markets and thus with different costs of living. The disaster of the euro is plain for all willing to see.

See Moneycircus, Sep 6, 2022 — Crisis Update: Russia Turns Off Gas

Censorship of the Internet ultimately will kill innovation. We already know this from the way that patents are used to stifle research. See Nobel prize winner Robert Laughlin, The Crime of Reason: and the Closing of the Scientific Mind (2010).

Censorship and surveillance are not limited to politics. The main target is not opinion but privacy. The profit motive would suggest that ideas shall be mined, that AI bots search for and steal from or, worse, shut down innovation because it challenges established interests.

When creative minds are surveilled they retreat into their shell, just like the Russian business people I mentioned who invest their earnings in a property on an Italian lake instead of starting a new venture. Self-censorship is not compatible with the exchange of ideas, the CO2 upon which innovation depends.

The WEF proposes arbitrarily to give people personal quotas in every field: what happens when your computer use exceeds normal and the smart grid shuts you off — think it can't happen? I personally type quickly and search extensively. I am often blocked by search engines because they think I am trawling sites for too much information. It's a niche example but expand it to the kind of topic you are allowed to research. Google has set up such a system for China.

The upshot of this is that centralized control of anything is a hazard. The fashion for managed outcomes is that offspring of ideology, equity. Outcomes management is zero sum thinking that results from an over-reliance on computers to make decisions. In particular the Computers don't deal well with fuzzy logic

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11 Sep 2022 | 2:32 pm

Insight - The Objectives Of 9/11 And The Covid Response


On 9/11, officially 2,996 people died — the number of words in the body of this article.
As you scroll through, remember their humanity, not just the evil of the perpetrators.
There is no paywall out of respect to the victims of this day. Please share.

The incarceration, the lockdown of citizenry began with the WTC event.
Common objectives explain the foreign resource wars and militarization at home.
Nations are near insolvent — wages, pensions, welfare and health services to be cut.

The population is to be pacified; economy centralized, under techno-feudal overlords.
Without 9/11 the people would never have acquiesced in the Covid response.
Patriot Act, 2001, and Covid PREP Act, 2005, were passed under Bush administration.

(2,996 words or about 15 minutes of your time.)

This year's Tribute in Light, sited six blocks south of World Trade Center


Sep 11, 2022

On the one hand we sense that more people are waking up to the fact that nefarious actors are manipulating our lives.

Increasingly people from very different walks and backgrounds can see that what is happening. They were told to prepare for a new normal, but what's happening is not normal in medicine, in schools, in the military, in governments' cavalier regard for legislatures and civilian rights, and in the peculiar way that the media, once competitive and diverse, now speaks with a single tranquilizing voice.

We feel sure that others cannot, in all seriousness, miss this. We are in a turbulent era yet even as things fall apart, people don't talk to each other. It is as if they live in different worlds — and thanks to electronic screens and gadgets, some do. We need more talk. Less social distance.

Incredibly, we have reached a time when younger people have no recollection of 9/11, feel they have no investment in those events, and don't care for a history lesson. For many, events that happened before their time are outside their comprehension, being distant temporally and geographically.

The drive to understand things may stem from an interest in history as it shapes our present, but that further breaks down into those who see history as a soup, murky but perceiving flavours that conform to their identity, and those who like their historical perspectives raw.

It is reflected in people's personality. Many are uninformed, some are knowledgeable but guarded, a few are informed and comfortable in their nakedness. What I mean is that to be open to ideas and to weigh them without putting a finger on the scales, you have to let your guard down and be disappointed sometimes.

People value consistency, yet increasingly it looks to me like a luxury from those years when things made sense; when people got their due, you trusted the courts and police; honour and duty were their own reward and, although there was corruption in high places and it was more than a few bad apples, the system mostly worked for the good.

Nowadays youth in particular are urged to think in terms of the common good, even as the stench rises from the rot of the polity.

In our time one must ask, "what is good?" I used to think it was some higher virtue but now I know Good can be normality, when things just work as they should.

There are many today who want to think Evil does not exist. My definition should give ample meaning to Evil: in its simplest form it is the opposite of things working as they should. Evil is when we allow order and life to fall apart; when we tolerate or collaborate in destruction.

Evil will have you believe it doesn't exist. That is its way of stopping Good, because for Good to happen you must constantly bear witness.

As we reach the 21st anniversary of the murder of some 3,000 people, including those who responded on the ground, and not just the made-for-television destruction of the World Trade Center buildings, it is our duty to bear witness to those events.

We must refuse to deny or to disavow in public what happened. Each of us matters and what we think matters.

It is understandable that people don't have the same information, or interest in history and politics, and that makes it difficult for people to jump into topics — especially information that the corporate-state media refuses to report, or rules off limits. So if a person happens upon the articles on this site, for example, their head may spin.

Advice for the hurting of head: You should not read one article in isolation but several on different topics for they interweave from different directions.

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I can't think of a perfect metaphor. It is like being asked to repair a watch or a building. Unless you have taken many small steps the task looks like an impossible leap. The ordinary person will cry, "no way!" The watchmaker or builder, however, knows immediately what you are talking about and just nods quietly.

Perspective, past to present

You don't have to connect everything; not all events are connected and there are loose ends (don't miss the documentary Loose Change [1]). Moreover, it is important to learn to live with unknowns and to give them due quarter in your head along with the knowns and partially-knowns.

NPR, in an article last year on explaining 9/11 to a young generation, says we often underestimate what they are capable of handling. Be bold and courageous in meeting the kids where they're at, one teacher says. "Sometimes the edges of our learning happen when we are uncomfortable."

While NPR sticks to the official version of events that day, it's refreshing to hear an educator depart from regular script of safe spaces, comfort zones and trigger warnings. [2]

Perspective is as just as critical to interpreting events as it is to images: the phenomenon that makes nearby objects look bigger and distant ones smaller, or flattens and compresses them. Where we stand is important but so is the focal length of the lens and our angle to the subject.

This is true of events whether they are one-off or part of a longer trajectory such as the slave trade.

The purpose of historical perspective is to sharpen our view of the present; as opposed to history which is the study of the past.

"Historical perspective refers to understanding a subject in light of its earliest phases and subsequent evolution," says Barbara Lawrence in a paper on the topic.

As an example, studying responses to the Great Depression using documents of the time is historical research. Using what we know about the Depression to assess responses to such an event today is historical perspective. Not only does the topic come alive but it gives us insights into the motives of politicians, banks and corporate owner-investors. [3]

As a tool to understand the present, historical perspective is underused because of the idea of progress, inculcated from school, that "every day, in every way, it's getting better and better," as John Lennon sang.

That we progress from lower to higher states of knowledge and well-being has been deeply ingrained in Western culture since the classical age. (Robert Nisbet, History of the Idea of Progress, 1980.)

This is axiomatic yet it is so fundamentally untrue that one should call it a lie… and yet.

Many national cultures combine the idea of progress with a divine right or mission to dominate other lands or peoples — so it's not as if the idea of progress is illusory. It is shaping the world in good and bad ways.

Confronting the concept of progress is challenging; its adherents are defiant. Observe, however, that atoms move back and forth, they vibrate, we are electrical beings, and the human body renews itself and adapts. As a society we evolve, but whether that's progress is a value judgment or a measure of time.

One could take the advice of Noam Chomsky who said of JFK's murder, does it matter who are the perpetrators so long as we know it happened. I don't agree with him but, as a rule for adapting one's life, it works.

Doubt is good

Relying on the word of authority figures is no longer a guide to the truth. We need to see for ourselves and attend to the sheer scale of events. We must be aware when the narrative from the media does not match what we are seeing. That contradiction between the messaging and reality should rightly sow doubt.

See Moneycircus, Aug 2021 – When Doubt Became Sacrilege: Or how Thomas became a Badass

We all know people who will never put two and two together. Stockholm Syndrome describes a situation in which a hostage falls in love with their captor. Sadly that's been evident from the behaviour of many during Covid when they were told the symptoms of seasonal flu represented an existential threat to humanity.

Even when the grocery runs out of food, electricity is too expensive to heat the home and they can't afford fuel to drive the car; even then some people will look to the government for a fix – not recognizing that the same officials caused the problem.

People must come to conclusions themselves. Maybe this 9/11 anniversary will be different if people realize that governments wage war, that sometimes they see an enemy at home, that democide is a thing... that 9/11 was part of the project.

War at home and abroad

Citizens have found themselves treated as expendable by governments before. The most prominent examples are the famines caused by the Bolsheviks in Ukraine and Russia in the 1920s and '30s, German race laws of the '30s and the famines in China resulting from the Great Leap Forward of the 1950s. All had economic, demographic and sometimes eugenic elements.

Douglas Valentine, the author who described the counter-intelligence techniques used by the U.S. in Vietnam, writes that the means by which we wage war abroad shall eventually come home.

Former head of the British Army Gen. Sir Nick Carter described how war is now hybrid, fought on the home front as well as the foreign field, and the enemy is everywhere.

It is more than a military doctrine; it's a strategic necessity for governments who see themselves at war over the size and cost of populations, demands to reduce the burden of food and fuel on the environment, and the need for mineral resources and electricity to drive the Smart Cities program.

These projects explain the foreign resource wars and the regimenting of the domestic citizenry — and they come together in the response to 9/11 and Covid, the lockdowns that disrupted regional banks and small business, the energy and food policies that have aggravated shortages, proposals to collapse the old monetary system and build back better with a new one — and the resulting loss of constitutional rights, impoverishment and excess mortality.

See Moneycircus, Sep 8, 2022 — Not Enough Minerals For Green Energy

Who is driving this? The bureaucrats and corporate executives in many parts of the world have been co-opted into projects fronted by the United Nations but pioneered by private foundations. The World Economic Forum brought many of the biggest corporations on board when it partnered with the UN to push The Great Reset and Agenda 21, representing the timeline for Sustainable Development Goals.

Many of these goals have been decades in the making. The Report of the Committee on Population Growth and the American Future, by Frederick Osborn and Rockefeller Population Council, published in 1973, previews many of the crises that we are seeing now: ending the consumption of livestock, its replacement by vegetables and synthetic meat, putting a price on everything from water to air, and restricting the freedom of movement, to fish, swim or camp where we like. [4]

It foresaw food shortages, the need to ration everything, restrictions on where we can travel or live, so that "The population of 2020 may look back with envy on what, from their vantage point, appears to be our relatively unfettered way of life."

The key to control was pricing. If they could find a pretext to put a value on everything, that would ease the bureaucratic task of controlling the people. They've since settled on carbon as the metric for pricing and rationing, which will work by linking a digital voucher system to your behaviours — or central bank digital currency linked to your social credit score.

As Rockefeller adviser Henry Kissinger said, "He who controls the food supply, controls the people."

For more see the forthcoming article Moneycircus, Sep 12, 2022 – Two Elizabeths And The Eclipse Of Europe: Death of queen represents physical change in world order

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Big change needs big events

No president wants to be the one to tell the people that Americans no longer get a superior lifestyle, or that the France, England or Italy known to generations of one's family is no more. That governments are effectively insolvent and that wages, pensions, welfare and health services must be cut.

The signs are there. We'll come to them in a moment. Big change needs big events. You can't just tell people the cupboard is empty. You have to keep food on the table for as long as possible — until one day you serve up a pretext to explain why it's not.

It has grown increasingly obvious since 9/11 that it is a strategy because the official prescription is always the same. Just as with Covid, the War on Terror was a pretext to regiment the people with ludicrous demands to take off shoes and belts and stand in line to be searched like prisoners.

Then they incarcerated people at home, requiring special permission to leave — due to the newly-invented concept of asymptomatic spreading so that for the first time we quarantined the healthy. And when you were let out you had to stay six feet apart so, effectively, "no talking!"

Looking back to the response after 9/11, this is one and the same policy. The ratchet has simply been tightened.

The Patriot Act of October 2001 had been written in advance, in part by then senator Joe Biden, hijacking constitutional rights, particularly the Fourth Amendment that protects the privacy of citizens, restrains government intrusion and prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

In 2005 the same George W Bush administration passed the PREP Act, which gave vaccine manufacturers immunity against civil litigation. The act sat, barely used, on the lawyers' shelves for 15 years until Covid came along.

Lockdown is prison jargon; the police increasingly look like soldiers; the media speaks with one voice like a public information service in wartime; social media and big tech operate as an branch of the government or even the military.

What to look for

You don't have to be a scientist, an economist or an accountant to work out what's happening. After decades of telling us to tighten our belts, governments are throwing money around like confetti.

Anyone who watches the household bills — and that's most of us nowadays — knows that you cannot splash money unless you've got an unlimited supply or you're completing your Bucket List and are about to check out. Yet that's how Western governments are behaving.

That should tell you that money has lost, or is about to lose, its value and that means your own money will go down with it.

Another way to recognize this reckless money spending is that it's a Band-Aid. It is covering something, because the more cash they spend, the more your living standards are falling. Strange, isn't it?

The U.S. government spent at least $5.2 trillion on "stimulating" the economy and what have we got for it? Don't say "it would have been worse without it." That's the same argument used for the vaccine. The bill always falls due.

A financial crunch occured in summer of 2019 that threatened another market meltdown like 1929, 1987, 2000 and 2008. The plan to create money and hand it by the trillion direct to corporations was drawn up by BlackRock, which manages assets for the richest owner-investors. It was presented to the world's central bankers when they gathered at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in August 2019, just before Event Covid, and was promptly implemented. The banks got sick before Covid. Then they infected us.

But behind these periodic market bubbles and crashes, which are also called pump and dump events, there is always one consistent theme: the battle to control resources. Money, after all, is paper. Lasting value lies in energy, food and minerals that people need to exist.

The World Trade Center attacks were used as a pretext for plans to attack "seven countries in five years" in the words of Gen Wesley Clark: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon and Iran. Three of those were invaded, the others have seen intermittent attacks — even Lebanon has come under financial assault and suspicious attacks on its economic infrastructure. A fire broke out at its port on the anniversary of the deadly blast of August 2020.

Resources were taken, like gold reserves, and giant energy companies are stealing oil from occupied lands. Weapons makers reap billions from yet more wars; while the West even controlled the narcotics business (until opium was supplassed by fentanyl).

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Clearly, none of this is due to 9/11 which was simply a pretext. The Covid response is likewise about money: big pharma got paid twice, for the R&D and for the injectables; the media is financed by pharma profits and government subsidies; schools got billions in return for vaccinating and indoctrinating children; and the medical industry billions for… not saving people.

Covid saw the biggest wealth transfer in history, mostly redistributed to the rich. The food and energy supply is under huge stress, the economy is at risk of the biggest crash since the Great Depression and we're possibly more vulnerable — in Western countries 80 per cent of the population lives in cities (compared to an average 55 per cent worldwide).

There are other projects: the miscegenation of peoples, the toppling of Europe — these are not exaggerations as presented in the press: they are the words of UN representatives and portend the West's future.

People will get angry. Governments got prepared... created a few fake enemies from George Orwell's playbook and readied the wartime surveillance and propaganda machine.

Without 9/11, the Covid response could never have been imposed.

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[1] Dylan Avery (2005, updated 2016) — Loose Change (5th edition)

[2] NPR, Sep 2021 — How To Talk About 9/11 With A New Generation Of Kids

[3] Barbara S. Lawrence , UCLA, 1984 — Historical Perspective: Using the Past to Study the Present

[4] Rockefeller Population Council, 1973 — The Report of the Committee on Population Growth and the American Future

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