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16 Aug 2022 | 3:45 pm

From Argentina To A Street Near You


New economy minister takes control of agriculture, industry and trade.
Centralizing government, straight out of Rockefeller-WEF playbook.
Super-minister will try to 'interconnect' his way out of trouble.

Argentina's rolling crises have local roots and managed outcomes.
Personalities like Christine Lagarde and the late Peter Sutherland heave into view.
Agendas combine across nations; as objectives converge they expose their authors.

So-called "free trade" is a tool for control in Latin America's 2nd biggest country.
Global compacts GATT, WTO & TTIP constrain and centralize economic activity.
Argentina, like Canada, is facing the further appropriation of resources.

World poverty more than halved in the past 40 years, despite Klaus Schwab's claims.
Yet Europeans are less equal than 40 years ago — a flawed euro and centralization.
Globalists use crises to fit their pre-planned solution: poverty is a tool of control.

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Protestors denounce the IMF deal, demand action on jobs and inflation — Plaza de Mayo, in Buenos Aires' financial district on Aug 11, 2022

Aug 16, 2022

Drums pound the beat of protest in Argentina but they don't convey the raw anger of the traditional cacerolazo, a raucous clatter of pots and pans.

Bongos appear nowadays wherever two or more hipsters are gathered, and they sound strangely cheery, more suited to the billionaire-funded color revolutions than a grassroots uprising. [1]

That's not by accident. You can be sure the globalists have their feet on the ground and will bend this crisis to their will — if they didn't create it on purpose.

The circumstances of the $56 billion loan in 2018 leave a deliberate crisis open to consideration. This was not simply the doing of inept local politicians. The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) own report admits it failed to fully assess the causes of inflation; moreover it handed over the money in a sloppy fashion which may have assisted theft and accelerated the collapse of the peso. You would have thought this was the IMF's bread and butter.

The deal was overseen by Christine Lagarde, then head of the IMF, and now president of the European Central Bank (more on whom after the paywall).

This broadens the picture, and invites us to look at a global policies. It touches on the division of the world into trade blocs. Although he died in 2018, one of our guides on this tour is the late Peter Sutherland, formerly head of everything — Bilderberg, the Trilateral Commission, Goldman Sachs, the UN migrant project, and one of the top appointees at the European Commission.

Man of the moment

Argentina's new economy minister, Sergio Massa, an intermittent WEF attendee, has merged three ministries into one, turning himself into a super minister in charge of agriculture and productive development.

As leader of the Peronist Frente Renovador he is in the ruling coalition and also leads the lower chamber, the Cámara de Diputados. Massa has taken control of finance, agriculture, industry and trade. There's not much of the economy beyond his grasp.

That's basically what the World Economic Forum (WEF) sees as its remit, rolled into one. During the Covid response, governments centralized power like crazy. The fusion doctrine has been particularly evident in Western governments: the combining of departments into one executive force — for example, health, policing, surveillance and the biosecurity state.

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Long considered a presidential candidate, Massa is a seen as pushy by colleagues but his persistence "allowed him to construct the image of a 'savior' that is the only one capable of getting the country out of the critical mess it's in," writes the Buenos Aires Times, referring to the Fernández administration as a "slow-motion train-wreck." [2]

Domestic politicians are wedded to globalist "free market" policies that are anything but. In a society dominated by huge wealth entrenched in relatively few hands, markets will not be free but tend towards corporativism on the one hand, and the over-riding of national interest on the other.

Argentina has faced an energy crisis for two decades, caused by serial devaluations, a failure to increase prices, and instability that puts off investors. Once energy self-sufficient, it has spent precious foreign reserves to import energy. Only when sanctions on Russia hit imports did it revive a plan to link the Vaca Muerta shale fields to the capital Buenos Aires with a 1,000 km pipeline.

Restoring order

Although Massa has appointed new faces to his super ministry, a significant policy coordination has not yet emerged.

He wants to accelerate exports by incentivizing food producers to empty their freezers and silos, with a special exchange rate that gives them more pesos to the dollar.

But he also wants citizens to hold pesos not dollars. To do that he has to keep interest rates higher than annualized inflation. Both stand at about 70 per cent. Last week alone, interest rates were hiked almost 10 per cent. In comparison Mexico's annual inflation rate jumped to 8.15 per cent in July, closer to that seen across the West.

Cuts to social spending and ending energy subsidies, do not help rebuild foreign reserves. The IMF is insisting on a fiscal deficit (the excess of government spending over income as a measure of gross domestic product) of 2.5 per cent this year, falling to 1.9 next and 0.9 in 2024. To achieve this Massa has frozen government jobs and limited the printing of money. That implies further harsh falls in living standards.

Matías Vernengo, economics professor at Bucknell University, said it seemed Massa is betting on an inflow of foreign money from sovereign wealth funds or banks [presumably in return for a claim on public assets – Ed.] That would significantly depress the peso. "That would be a mistake in my view," he told Courthouse News. [3]

Meanwhile, people resort to barter, seeking to exchange clothes for food. Half the people surveyed by Buenos Aires University's psychology department said a drastic decline in their fortunes meant their outlook is bleak. Before the crisis Argentina had 222 psychologists per 100,000 people, against 49 in France and 30 in the U.S. (WHO).

The banker network

This crisis has it all: international bankers influencing elections; the IMF billions finding their way into private bank accounts; foreign exchange trading screens lighting up as the cash flees the country; and the ordinary people stuck with the bill.

The IMF has followed the same shtick for decades: lend more money in return for austerity and the sale of public assets (to globalists close to the IMF) and pinning the debt on the public. It is a form of wealth distribution to the richest.

While it appears to sit at the top of the United Nations pile, the IMF is below the Bank for International Settlements in the pecking order. In 2018 BIS general manager Agustín Carstens told the IMF it if didn't have enough money to handle multiple emerging market crises, "others will have to do it."[4]

The IMF presumes to control the world's monetary system but it acts as an "enforcer" for the BIS, founded in 1930 by the Bank of England when it was still in private hands, along with the Reichsbank and private U.S. interests. The World Bank, a development bank, is the UN tool to shape domestic policy within countries.

Roots of the crisis

Argentina suffered a devastating crisis in 2000-2002 that almost wiped out its middle class. Yet its ruling elite eagerly repeated the same mistakes, taking a record loan from the IMF in 2018 of more than $56 billion.

Fernanda Vallejos, writing in The Intercept, in March 2022, said the loan was made in the run-up to a presidential election, negotiated in secret and, according to former economy minister Martín Guzmán, political influence was the IMF's intent. Guzmán said the U.S. representatives on the IMF board admitted they aimed to secure the election of "business friendly" candidate Mauricio Macri. When he lost, the incoming Peronist president Alberto Fernández was stuck with the loan. [5]

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The IMF conceded that the "assistance" was poorly executed and failed in its objectives. It had neglected to understand the multiple causes of inflation, which had shot to 40 per cent in 2016, partly due to shortages and supply chain frictions. Yet it stuck to the familiar prescription: zero deficit in 2019 meaning more austerity as the country headed into a downturn.

The central bankers already knew they were going to reset the monetary system: a lockdown freezing small and mid-sized businesses, while creating trillions of dollars and channeling them directly to favoured corporations.

Although it would not happen until the pandemic, they would green-light the plan at the bankers' retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in August 2019. The project had already been prepared by big-three asset manager BlackRock. So they knew what was in the works at the time the loan was signed with Argentina. [6]

The enforcers

Is Argentina to blame? It borrowed the money. It must pay it back. David Graeber recalls a cocktail party discussion with a Western lawyer in his book Debt: The First 5000 Years (2021). Despite working for an activist NGO, the lawyer knew little of the history of the IMF, how it acts as a middleman for wealthy countries seeking to lend out their money, often to dictators or corrupt regimes; how as a "debt enforcer" in Graeber's words, the IMF demands the money back from the mouths of babes, often in the form of cuts to public services, heath and education.

If you think this is exaggeration, the foremost economist on central banks, Richard Werner, is more damning than Graeber. He chronicles in The Princes Of The Yen (2003) how the IMF and World Bank manipulated compliant Japanese officials to "open up" the country, encouraging it to borrow money from abroad. That led to the boom of the 1980s. When the U.S. hiked interest rates boom turned to bust — pump and dump — and the IMF enforcers moved in for the kill, demanding Japan and other Asian countries sell their financial institutions to Western bankers as the price of assistance.

The Greek example

Naomi Wolf in her latest book, The Bodies Of Others (2022) describes a dinner party at which bankers and finance capitalists bemoaned how the Greek population in 2015 voted against the six years of austerity that the European Commission had imposed as part of the EU's debt crisis (which continues to this day).

"Greeks shouldn't have borrowed money they cannot repay," was the chorus. This ignored the fact that the European Commission's single currency, the euro, was flawed from the outset, with a single interest rate for all members, regardless of vastly different economic conditions, and the lack of a central treasury to coordinate if not control government borrowing.

Before the launch of the euro, governments were asked to report their spending commitments relative to income. Greece massaged its figure with the help of globalist bank Goldman Sachs, which helped it hide several billions of foreign debt. Goldman's chairman at the time was the late Peter Sutherland, a former European Commissioner. The team that massaged the Greek numbers was led by Goldman's current CEO, Lloyd Blankfein.

Can anyone at the the top of Goldman Sachs or the EC say with a straight face that they did not know? That signing up to an unworkable project was the fault of the Greek people?

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The euro was launched with a single interest rate, representing a massive reduction for poorer countries from Ireland and Portugal to Spain and Greece. It kicked off a boom that benefited Europe's manufacturing powerhouse, Germany, and the northern European banks. The rate of Mercedes-Benz ownership, per capita, reached its highest in Greece and Ireland.

That was only the first act in the play. The second act was to collect the money. The third act is in progress and is related to parallel globalist agendas.

Giant sucking sound

The European Central Bank acted as debt enforcer for Austrian, German and French banks who called in collateral across southern Europe. The European Union, sold to the population on the basis that it would equalize living standards, turned into a "giant sucking sound," to quote U.S. critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Ross Perot.

He was describing the hollowing out of American industry, as proponents of shareholder value chased the cheapest labour around the globe. In Europe as Portugal's shoemakers, for example, lost their jobs to China, investors and skilled workers sought a haven in the north.

Eurozone countries have moved further apart, not closer together. A study by World Inequality Database found that Europeans are less equal, between countries and within countries. "As a result of a limited convergence process and rising inequality within countries, Europeans are more unequal today than four decades ago."

Northern European countries are 50 per cent richer than the European average and southern countries have been declining relatively to the continental average since the 1990s and are now 10 per cent below the average. Incomes in eastern Europe are no closer to those in the West than they were after the fall of the Soviet Union. [7]

The economist Joseph Stiglitz observed in 2016, "The euro has failed to achieve either of its two principal goals of prosperity and political integration: these goals are now more distant than they were before the creation of the Eurozone." [8]

At the risk of saying, "told you so," I was a reporter at Reuters news agency during the launch of the euro in 1999. We knew the lack of a single treasury to regulate spending across the Eurozone risked disaster. We were specifically instructed not to report on a plan B. The euro project would go ahead regardless.

Could the European single currency have been flawed on purpose? It sounds ridiculous until you look at parallel globalist projects which seem to have a common source and objective.

Culture and politics

As a student at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, I once tried to contact a winemaker in Mendoza. After several attempts I called a friend in the business in Chile and asked if he could raise a response. "Ah, he said. We might take a siesta in the hammock but in Argentina they put on their pajamas."

Like Greece, Argentina's plight is partly rooted in attitudes as politics is downstream of culture.

The late historian Carl E. Solberg compared the agrarian economies of Argentina and Canada which began from a similar position in the 19th century. He noted that a large number of small farmers enriched and energized Canada, while the small number of huge landholdings in Argentina stagnated and declined. What's more, they influenced the political climate.

The Argentine state, run by an elite of massive ranch owners, insisted "the free and unregulated operation of market economics would bring the fastest possible development to Argentina." [9]

In Argentina, the Spanish empire it escaped in 1810 bequeathed aristocratic landowners on huge estates. Immigrant farmers from southern Europe were granted only short-term tenancies and, not owning anything [but happy ™WEF] lacked the commitment to develop the land.

Canada's selective immigration policy favoured northern Europeans. With the knack of teasing wealth from a patchwork of small farms, these Belgian, Dutch, French and British migrants brought centuries of farming know-how. Perhaps they were more used to civic engagement — Canada's family farms were in a better position to influence policy, build cooperatives, insist on infrastructure and protectionism. Canada's prarie farmers became world-beating exporters.

Solberg demolishes the myth that the only path to prosperity is free trade agreements and deregulation at the risk of consolidation and monopoly, run by "business friendly" presidents in the name of the rules-based international order.

The agenda

Free trade and removing the obstacles to (Western) capital finance is always the stated objective, whether it is couched in the words of eliminating barriers, global governance, the Rockefeller buzzword of interconnectedness or Soros equity.

The matter is not "free trade" — for that is a slogan — but what the policy means in practice. Take the development of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) which was a set of principles. When it was replaced, contracting parties became members of a governing institution, the World Trade Organization (WTO). Then the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) set global rules for trade — German minister for economic affairs Sigmar Gabriel called TTIP "a lever that allows us to steer globalisation."

Some researchers say the TTIP is about allocating market share to trade blocs such as the EU or the Americas. It represents another retreat from multilateralism. Anything but free trade, you see.

And who is "us." If it is the EC and U.S who insist on higher environmental standards (and consequently, production costs) how do they avoid losing market share — why, by controlling it. "The creation of blocs implies that countries will be treated less equally in the future." [10]

Thus in globalist parlance, the setting of rules is called "liberalisation" and "liberalisation will not be extended to all WTO members automatically; rather, it will be limited to certain trade partners" and developing countries that can't keep up with liberalisation will be excluded.

Cast of characters

There is no need to speculate whether these objectives are connected. They are connected in one man and you could not miss him.

Corpulent and corporativist, the late Peter Sutherland personified the globalist network and its projects. If anyone knew, from above the fray, how all the pieces fit together it was he who sat on Bilderberg Group's steering committee, was honorary chairman of the Trilateral Commission, was the UN's global champion of migration, and founding head of the World Trade Organization. It was in the latter role that I interviewed Sutherland in 1995 at his offices at Goldman Sachs on London's Fleet Street.

"Peter Sutherland is a unique case; a pasha of world fuzzy democracy, a knight of the British realm described in the Financial Times in 2009 as "at the centre of the establishment in all its forms", a querulous and basilisk Buddha, looking down from a great height at the mortals of the world and their fig-leaves of democracy and national sovereignty, barriers to the elevation of trade that his career has so eminently promoted." [11]

Sutherland famously called on EU states not to be biased towards "highly skilled" migrants, but to accept anyone regardless of their abilities: "We still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others, and that is precisely what the European Union should be doing its best to undermine." [12]

This is a curious twist on migration. Sutherland presents it as a matter of human rights that the country should neither select the migrant — nor have any position to offer him — but that the latter should choose any country regardless (I write "he" purposely as most economic migrants are for some reason single males.)

Britain is the root of this policy. For decades it has enticed migrants to seek jobs it didn't have. The faster the north of Britain deindustrialised, the more it invited families from rural Southeast Asia — a dishonest proposition. The alienation of inner city youth is, arguably, the not-unintentional result of bureaucrats since it comports with Sutherland's instruction.

Perhaps you disagree, or maybe you see the same policy now rolled out in the U.S..

Whatever position you take — on the single currency, or the mismatch between the outsourcing of industry and import of unskilled labour — the character of Peter Sutherland connects the dots for us. For these policies are linked in him.

These objectives — the sophistry of so-called "free trade," the trap in which Argentina is caught, the attempt to throttle the farmers of Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Canada, Britain and the U.S., the deindustrialisation, the fraudulent offer to migrants of a welfare state soon to vanish, the manipulation of the domestic population, and Sutherland's open admission that the objective is to undermine homogeneity and national sovereignty — all this is damning enough but it is not all.

Look more closely and you spot that these are only station stops, waypoints. They are not the terminus nor the objective.

Those who look down "from a great height" know exactly how these different policies interleave, as cogs mesh when gears turn.

When corrupt politicians and bankers conspire in financial shenanigans — from which they profit before passing the tab to the people — can you really believe that the international governmental institutions are independent?

What does this tell us about The Great Reset?

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Money Circus
12 Aug 2022 | 6:35 pm

Crisis Update - Pursuing The Perpetrators


We are three years into a coup conducted upon democracy in the name of emergency.
A nexus of pernicious managers drives strategy, not simply the owners.
Yet it remains controversial to suggest that a group has seized control of public policy.

The alliance of big tech and bad pharma is driven by objectives not imperatives.
Do the perpetrators hove into view? Not yet…
despite the evidence of coodination, lockstep, lockdown and profit seeking.

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Aug 11, 2022

Elon Musk's Neuralink traces its origins to late 19th century research that sought to locate the mental functions within the cortex. This was caught up in the pseudo-science of eugenics and racial superiority, and usually it was the researchers' own doing.

The practice of following the ideological fashions of the era is that one gains funding and notoriety, in return for cancelling other, rival paths of research.

We have a recent example in the revelation of fraud in the hypothesis that plaque in the neural pathways causes dementia. Group think and a stampede for research funds affects any commercialized sector of inquiry. More on this below.

Paul Flechsig thought he had found how culture and civilization is inscribed in the brain, researching in the 1880s. At the turn of the century Oskar and Cécile Vogt saw the brain as a library. Today the metaphor is a computer. Oskar's objective was to find "the long-hoped for scientific basis for planned breeding [willkürliche Zuchtwahl], the racial hygiene of the future."

The researcher and author Antonia Majaca argues that seeing all behaviour and thought as resulting from the individual brain is reductionist. The dominant view of today's "neoliberal neurosociety" is the enhancement and modification of the brain in pursuit of the self — that all human actions can be distilled from neuroanatomical observation, and that psychiatry is merely the treatment of diseases of the brain.

Not only did holistic notions of uplifting the soul go out of the window, along with early 19th century Romantische Naturphilosophie; psychiatry itself was perverted until it was merely the treatment of "diseased" individuals who failed to adapt to society that was assumed to be healthy.

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The story of Daniel Paul Schreber, a "mad judge" and the subject of influential comment by Sigmund Freud among others, has strange parallels with today.

He was a patient of Flechsig's at a time when the latter was promoting the idea of the personality as the wiring of the brain — an information-processing machine that can be reconfigured to adapt to different needs of social engineering. This replaced the metaphor of the clock used in earlier centuries, yet both analogies are inadequate, as Theodore Roszak has shown.

The reduction of everything to the observable and rational is an error of ideology, in its original meaning as the philosophy of the mind which derives knowledge from the senses, as opposed to metaphysics. Similarly knowledge of the "unknown unknowns" has always been a question, religious, spiritual or of the mystery of consciousness. Yet the idea that one can capture the totality of human life within mathematics or computer has come to dominate for more than a century.

A highly respected judge until his middle years, Schreber suffered three periods of madness (what today might be called psychosis or schizophrenia) imagining that divinely-created, "fleeting-improvised men" were playing with his nerves because God had entrusted him with saving humanity after it had been destroyed.

"His final delusion was that his nerves were attractive to God and that therefore his mission to renew humanity also required his becoming a woman in order to be penetrated and impregnated by the nerves of God. This mad-divine encounter would in turn give birth to a new humanity that would restore the "order of things" (Weltordnung)."[1]

In these ravings the reader will surely have noticed a strange parallel with the post-Covid prescription for a new order in which nanoliquid particles "play with our nerves" through the targeted and timed release of God-knows-what; the patents held by Charles Lieber and Microsoft for tiny devices that feed off our bodily energy; and while seemingly every government and corporate institution pushes for man to become woman, to bring forth a new humanity after a depopulation event.

Power and madness

Was Schreber another half-mad genius who foresaw a dystopian future... or is there a script that writes itself when those who are ill-suited for power by temperament, psychology or nerves, attain position or fail to gain what they consider they deserve?

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Schreber thought so: two instances of his madness followed an unsuccessful run for the Reichstag and his appointment as Saxony's top judge.

This deluded version of the white man's burden is for Schreber, born two years before Nietzsche and dying in 1911, a warped inversion of Enlightenment Reason in the view of Denise Ferreira da Silva — "that which falls prey to Reason by becoming its object has no place in the realm of Freedom."

Isn't freedom being destroyed as humanity becomes the object of its own distorted reason: of the elevation of a short-sighted science that makes no allowance for what it doesn't know?

Do we begin to perceive the outlines of the messianic drive to remake the world? Is it perhaps a psychological illness which presents itself as a belief that it is a simple matter for a nano-electrician to rewire the mind through the blood-brain barrier and also to reset our DNA?

The objective

If it is not a psychological illness among the power seekers, then it must be either delusion or intentional.

"It" is no longer in question. UK government data show that at least one in 246 people have died within 60 days of the clot shot. The U.S. VAERS and UK Yellow Card do not prove causation, merely correlation, but 600 per cent more deaths are recorded in VAERS during the past 19 months than in the previous 32 years. [2]

No previous vaccine has done even one per cent of such damage without being withdrawn. The fact that it is not withdrawn and is still promoted as safe and effective suggests the "side-effects" are a feature not a bug.

In Indianapolis, OneAmerica, a national life insurance company, reports that working age people (18 to 64) are dying at a rate that is 40 per cent higher than pre-pandemic rates.

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch, co-inventor of the optical mouse, funds his own teams of researchers who scour medical records. He will no longer contribute to the Democratic Party because not a single Congressman would discuss his finding that hundreds of thousands of Americans had died after the Covid blessing. [3]

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Money Circus
4 Aug 2022 | 4:26 pm

Crisis Update - New Format, Bite-Sized Updates


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

Is Klaus acting Ernst Blofeld or is he a clean-shaved mystic for needy Western cultists?
In the NWO (Orwell version) opposing ideologies are functionally identical.
Agenda 21 and 20th century faux collectivism serve the same entrenched elite.
(1,700 words or eight minutes of your time.)

The Line: Saudi Arabia's future for imprisoned living. Credit: Neom

Aug 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catastrophe around every bend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inverted prophesy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oligarchical Collectivism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agenda 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[9] Neom — The Line

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2 Aug 2022 | 6:02 pm

Crisis Update - From Welfare State To Communitarianism


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

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

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

Aug 2, 2022

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

Global warming or depopulation, perhaps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zeal or sabotage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gates of perception

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

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

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

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

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

Controlling the narrative

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

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

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

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

She accused the environmental movement of playing into the hands of billionaires, like the Rockefeller family fund 350.org, by backing subsidies for wood-fired power stations that consume forests.

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

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

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

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

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

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Moving target

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

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

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

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

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

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

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20 Jul 2022 | 4:12 pm

Eurasia note #58 – Microsoft Touts For Profit In Ukraine


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

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

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Microsoft's $22 billion military deal for enhanced goggles

Tbilisi, Jul 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Disinformation business

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

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

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

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

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Microsoft criticized

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Kildall

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

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

Surveillance capitalism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanctions latest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[5] https://www.ketchum.com/china/

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

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8 Jul 2022 | 1:08 pm

Crisis Update - Dutch Face Down Politicians


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

After the paywall:

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

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

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

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

Farmers bring cows to the Dutch parliament.

Jul 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unintended consequences

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

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

Tell me that poverty is not engineered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fishermen and farmers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Jul 2022 | 5:52 pm

Crisis Update - UK Gov Collapsing


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

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

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

Tbilisi, Jul 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boris staggers

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

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

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

Who is running Britain?

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4 Jul 2022 | 4:28 pm

Eurasia note #57 - Setting The Silk Road Ablaze


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

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

Lysychansk residents beside an impromptu shelter.

Tbilisi, Jul 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They wouldn't do that

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

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The West is falling apart:

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

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

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

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

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

Military latest

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

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

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

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

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2 Jul 2022 | 6:01 pm

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


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

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

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

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

Tbilisi, Jul 2, 2022

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

In other words, the actors acted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So long Holly."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Political latest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Money Circus
28 Jun 2022 | 12:09 pm

Finding What To Read Next: Tales Of Books & Caffeine


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

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

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

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

Jun 28, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information cascade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to find it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your suggestions

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

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

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

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

  • Crisis Update - issues of the day that the media corps ignore or misrepresent.

  • Eurasia note - geopolitics from the world's biggest landmass.

  • Chronicle of Dissent - monologue in kriziz genre, Russian for decline as lifestyle.

  • Uncategorised - longer pieces or disparate topics like food and travel.

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

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[1] Londonist, 2017 — Step Back In Time To London's 1950s Coffee House Craze

[2] The Sample dot ai

[3] Substack — How do I get my email out of the Promotions tab?

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