Thursday, January 28, 2021

Reasons To Cooperate

 Rejecting Compromise,​

​(Iran reports on Russia. Don't listen!)​
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against the same scenario that triggered international tensions leading to World War II.
​  ​The modern world’s current situation, Putin said on Wednesday, is one where you have “everyone against everyone,” and that resembles the time during the 1930s before the eruption of the world war.
​  ​“The scale and complex systemic nature of the challenges” in international relations pose similar threats, he said in an address to the World Economic Forum event, which is usually held in Davos, Switzerland, but it was virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
​  ​Existing economic models are causing a “sharp polarization” in views, the Russian president said, which leads to both populism and radicalism.
“International institutions are weakening, regional conflicts are multiplying, and the global security system is degrading.”
Putin’s participation in the forum marks his first appearance at the event since 2009, when he was prime minister.

Game-changing Iranian Pipeline Set To Launch In March
​  ​Over and above the technical details involved in the Goreh-Jask pipeline project, the key point is that the pipeline will allow Iran another method by which it can export huge amounts of oil without being prey to U.S. sanctions and it will also allow Iran to do this whilst at the same time causing chaos for a third of the rest of the world’s oil shipments through blockading the Strait of Hormuz, should it wish to do so again. “The logistical model Iran has at present is not sustainable in the current circumstances, with around 90 per cent of all of its oil for export currently loaded at Kharg Island – with most of the remaining loads going through terminals on Lavan and Sirri - making it an obvious and easy target for the U.S. and its proxies to cripple Iran’s oil sector and therefore its economy,” a senior oil and gas industry source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told “Conversely, Iran wants to be able to use the threat – or reality – of closing the Strait of Hormuz for political reasons without also completing destroying its own oil exports revenue stream,” he said.

​Martin Armstrong on Pandemic Totalitarianism, the New Iron Curtain 
(Vitamin-D is cheap. Why not give away billions of doses of vitamin-D?):
​  Slovakia continues with the forced “testing” every 2-3 weeks. As before, those without a negative test certificate are not allowed to leave home (i.e., can’t go to work, buy anything at a shop, or even go for a walk). They’ve openly said these bi-weekly “tests” will be here to stay (along with the total lockdown, it seems)… until everyone is “vaccinated”.  Also, the new “pandemic” law now allows the govt to remove anyone from their home and put them into “isolation” facilities (prisons/camps?).
  The Canadian leak was indeed true, it seems… it’s been playing out 100% as the document said it would, ever since October.

​From the mouths of Slavs...
‘Where is the line between global business & attempts to control society?’ Putin asks Davos as he calls out power of Big Tech
“Where is the line between a successful global business, in-demand services and consolidation of big data – and attempts to harshly and unilaterally govern society, replace legitimate democratic institutions, restrict one’s natural right to decide for themselves how to live, what to choose, what stance to express freely?” Putin wondered.
“We’ve all seen this just now in the US. And everybody understands what I’m talking about,” he added.

​Everywhere that Peru instituted early COVID treatment with ivermectin, cases and excess deaths fell rapidly.
Sharp Reductions in COVID-19 Case Fatalities and Excess Deaths in Peru in Close Time Conjunction, State-By-State, with Ivermectin Treatments

This Ph.D. warned vaccine companies that the vaccines they designed would make antibodies to existing bits of the human body, little proteins, and predispose vaccinated people's immune systems to start attacking these little ubiquitous bits of self. "Warp Speed" never answered.
Dr. James Lyons Weiler discusses pathogenic priming

In a new book, epidemiologist Shanna Swan looks at the impact of environmental chemicals on human sexuality and reproductive systems.

Choosing Poisons

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Distributed Strengths

 ​Participants In Life,

  We are living within a competition between a machine paradigm and living ecosystems which self organize and evolve around light and water.

  The industrial economy which developed machines that use combustion of coal and oil, then machines powered by electricity is really new on the scene, just born, but has become all that we learn about and see in our even-shorter lifetimes. We as organisms and as a cooperative species are truly ancient compared to combustion powered machines. Our bodies and our human ways contain deeply embedded adaptive mechanisms, selected for by hundreds of thousands of cycles of good times and bad surprises. Our individual experience gets surprised a lot, but our ways of engaging problems together are far more deeply proven. We cooperate well in small groups, platoon sized groups, but we can work well together in groups of up to about 150 members. Bigger groups than that require a hierarchy, because we quarrel too much to get tasks accomplished. Centurions commanded 100 soldiers in the Roman army. It was an empirically driven arrangement. It worked.

  Hierarchies above that basic building block get more and more machine-like, and less adaptive at the level where humans engage problems, because of strict orders from above. We all have more experience with this rigidity and the ground-level stupidity it enforces than we did 20 years ago, 40 years ago, and so on. 
  Rigid hierarchy has flourished in our lifetimes despite it's inefficiencies, including "corruption" (siphoning off resources) and maintenance of the hierarchy by burdensome compliance-assurance work, which displaces productive work. 
  Compliance tasks might be worthwhile if they prevent corruption, but corruption is tricky. Corruption can just move up to a higher level of the command structure, leaving all of the lower level inefficiencies intact, then take half of the pie, not just bites, or the pie can go somewhere else, altogether.
  Large hierarchies have been able to grow and dominate because they can crush smaller organizations, or subsume them into the inefficient-but-unassailable "machine". What large organizational machines need to keep growing, or even maintain their inefficient, complex structure is lots of energy and material flows into the machine. Every player must be fed, watered and rewarded for compliance. All of this must continue to be more desirable to the players than doing something outside the organization, something like working a small farm, our ancient fallback option.
  Hierarchical organizational machines have a new tool, of course, which is direct communication and enforcement between the top layers of hierarchy and the performance of specific tasks at the working end, through computer networks, which become essential to systemic function.

  When we were traveling as a family in the late summer of 2005, we traveled by train from Germany to Croatia, then back to Germany. Getting the tickets arranged in Germany took a full half hour of the diligent effort of the german clerk at the train station, getting everything arranged on her computer, assured, confirmed, and reserved for us. We were grateful for her efforts. On the way back to Germany, the Croatian clerk was able to get all of our tickets arranged, confirmed, printed and handed to us in less than 5 minutes. I was very impressed at her efficiency. She spoke English. I told her that it had taken a half hour for a German clerk with a computer to do the same thing. She immediately responded that it was because she had a computer that the German was so slow. The Croatian clerk had made one phone call, then processed our tickets.

  Now I experience this effect every day. All my medical documentation and all orders must be through the electronic medical record. I cannot print x-ray reports these days, because the new system since last fall prints 1/8 page onto a whole sheet of paper. Why the software does this to me is not yet diagnosed. We have a platoon of computer, software and network software and hardware geeks, currently working from home. The structure to emulate a quick flip through a paper chart is slow, and prone to thousands of little failure modes that need constant monitoring and fixes, and the system must be protected from hacking, which is endemic. 
Despite what all of the advertising said, this is bad for patients and doctors, extremely expensive, and is always broken to some degree. 
It is mandated by law. It keeps hierarchy in control. It is prone to catastrophic failure, at which point nobody gets medical attention, prescriptions or necessary procedures. 
That's the threat the system wields.
Can we do anything at all to help each other outside the internet?

 The monopolistic hierarchical machines own all of our life support structures, and if we fail to support and feed the system, we face removal from life-support. As individuals we can store water, beans, rice, salt, oil, onions, spices and maybe some propane, but that does not mean we have other options to engage in smaller and more efficient human economies to meet our basic needs. 
They have been eliminated.
Can we do anything to help each other from day to day without the internet?

  China and India are ancient and successful civilizations. Chinese imperialism has always been rigidly hierarchical, whereas India had the caste system, where roles were distributed throughout all of society, in every village and family, so functionality was embedded at all levels. Any town could reorganize after a war, for instance, and without orders from elsewhere. There is much to criticize in the caste system in our modern world, and China has vaulted ahead of India in the last 40 years, but these have been the good times, of plenty of fuel, food and mineral wealth.
  China has strip mined her farmers to feed factories in Guangdong. India continues to have a majority of citizens directly involved in subsistence farming. India took out a lot of loans from the World Bank in the last 10 years. 
  Bayer/Monsanto and Cargill have a plan for repaying those loans by replacing all of the small family farms with a few big factory farms, using lots of fertilizer, GMO seed, pesticides and diesel powered machinery. The profits can pay on those loans. The farmers can find other work. The economy can export more stuff. What could go wrong? 

Indian Farmers on the Frontline Against Global Capitalism
Indian farming “reforms” will benefit a handful of billionaires at the cost of small farms and ordinary laborers.
..He, along with thousands of other farmers, are mobilising against three important pieces of farm legislation that were recently forced through parliament. To all intents and purposes, these laws sound a neoliberal death knell for most of India’s cultivators and its small farms, the backbone of the nation’s food production.  

The Consequences of Moving from Industrial to Financial Capitalism
  The wealth is no longer made here by industrializing. It’s made financially, mainly by making capital gains. Rising prices for real estate or for stocks and for bonds. In the last nine months, since the coronavirus came here, the top 1 percent of the U.S. economy grew by $1 trillion. It’s been a windfall for the 1 percent. The stock market is way up, the bond market is up, the real estate market is up while the rest of the economy is going down. Despite the tariffs that Trump put on, Chinese imports, trade with China is going up because we’re just not producing materials.
​  ​America doesn’t make its own shoes. It doesn’t make some nuts and bolts or fasteners, it doesn’t make industrial things anymore because if money is to be made off an industrial company it’s to buy and sell the company, not to make loans to increase the company’s production.​..
...​The government in America provided low-cost education, not student debt. It provided transportation at subsidized prices. It provided basic infrastructure at low cost. And so, government infrastructure was considered a fourth factor of production.
​   ​And if you read what the business schools in the late 19th century taught like Simon Patten at the Wharton School, it’s very much like socialism. In fact, it’s very much like what China is doing. And in fact, China is following in the last 30 or 40 years pretty much the same way of getting rich that America followed.

​Tulsi Gabbard, like Ron Paul, Cynthia McKinney and Dennis Kucinich, is no longer a member of Congress.
Tulsi Gabbard: Domestic-Terrorism Bill Is ‘a Targeting of Almost Half of the Country’
​  ​“It’s so dangerous as you guys have been talking about, this is an issue that all Democrats, Republicans, independents, Libertarians should be extremely concerned about, especially because we don’t have to guess about where this goes or how this ends,” Gabbard said.
​  ​She continued: “When you have people like former CIA Director John Brennan openly talking about how he’s spoken with or heard from appointees and nominees in the Biden administration who are already starting to look across our country for these types of movements similar to the insurgencies they’ve seen overseas, that in his words, he says make up this unholy alliance of religious extremists, racists, bigots, he lists a few others and at the end, even libertarians.”
​  ​She said her concern lies in how officials will define the characteristics they are searching for in potential threats.
“What characteristics are we looking for as we are building this profile of a potential extremist, what are we talking about? Religious extremists, are we talking about Christians, evangelical Christians, what is a religious extremist? Is it somebody who is pro-life? Where do you take this?” Gabbard said.

  “You start looking at obviously, have to be a white person, obviously likely male, libertarians, anyone who loves freedom, liberty, maybe has an American flag outside their house, or people who, you know, attended a Trump rally,” Gabbard said.

Look, this shark's even closer. It's right here, already!
Covid-19 Variant In California May Explain Sharp Rise In Cases
​  ​ But just as the U.K. has identified a more transmissible variant, termed B.1.1.7, South Africa has identified another highly transmissible variant, and a third variant has arisen in Japan and Brazil, California has found one of its own.   The California strain, known as Cal.20C, has been identified in 35-50% of recently diagnosed cases in Los Angeles. And as has been the case for the other variants across the world, all of which have crossed oceans and borders, the Cal.20C variant is more infectious than the prior forms of coronavirus, or SARS-CoV2.  

I posted this broadly insightful article from LArry Romanoff in December. 
Here is the reminder that SARS-CoV-2 was circulating in America in fall of 2019 (and very likely near Ft Detrick Maryland, even before that.)
​  ​A number of American cities made the same discoveries of the virus in their wastewater samples from 2019. The US mass media didn’t pick up the stories, but the local papers did. It was at that point that Pompeo issued another gag order that hospitals and labs were forbidden from disclosing any virus information directly to the CDC or the media but that all must be passed through the White House. That killed all further reports of COVID-19 in America’s wastewater in the second and third quarters of 2019.
​  ​With the accumulated volume of evidence, it now seems a certainty that COVID-19 was circulating in the US since June or July of 2019, far earlier than admitted, and that the CDC’s prevention (and forbidding) of testing was to bury this evidence. One example was headlines in the US media on June 21, 2020, stating, “Over 40 mysterious respiratory deaths in California could dramatically rewrite narrative of COVID-19” in the US.[21] The LA Times reported on “a cluster of mysterious respiratory deaths” beginning in December of 2019. The local news website stated this meant that COVID-19 was circulating in California “way earlier than we knew”. Evidence of COVID-19 was also found in many blood donations collected from residents in nine states across the US as early as mid-December, according to a study published on Nov 30 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases

​Thanks Jeremy​.
​  ​The previously discussed, WHO-sponsored meta-analysis of ivermectin against covid-19 has now been published as a preprint. It found a highly significant 75% reduction in covid mortality, based on randomized controlled trials only, and will be continually updated with additional trial results.
​  ​To date, the mode of action of ivermectin against SARS-CoV-2 has remained somewhat of a mystery. Early studies indicated that ivermectin may inhibit viral protein transportation. But a new US-Canadian study, published in Nature Commincations Biology, found that ivermection is highly effective (>90%) in inhibiting the main enzyme (3CLpro) involved in the replication of SARS-CoV-2 (and other RNA viruses). This might explain why ivermectin appears to be highly effective even as a prophylaxis against SARS-CoV-2 infection.
​  ​Nevertheless, many patients, and even doctors, continue to be denied access to low-cost and safe ivermectin, especially in Western countries. Others are paying obscenely overcharged prices, visit dubious online merchants, or resort to animal-grade products. Given the current global covid death rate of 15,000 people per day, the SPR Collaboration has decided to provide access to a certified Indian pharmaceutical exporter of ivermectin, vetted by SPR readers: Kachhela Medex Ltd.

Identification of 3-chymotrypsin like protease (3CLPro) inhibitors as potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 agents

​Pierre Kory MD gives an update on Ivermectin treatment of COVID, based upon the WHO meta-analysis findings paper above, of which he is a co-author. He is an ICU doc, who has been treating COVID patients for almost a year now, in the worst hot spots. 
Thanks Jeremy. Medical lecture starts at 12 minutes.

​A healthy Florida doctor got the Pfizer COVID vaccine, and noticed little spots of bleeding in his skin a week and a half later. 15 days after the first vaccine dose, he bled into his brain and died of a hemorrhagic stroke (not an ischemic stroke that chokes off blood supply). He had gotten autoimmune thrombocytopenia. His immune system had attacked his platelets until he bled freely. He was not reportedly feeling sick, but he knew what those little petechiae meant, and sought medical care.

Hank Aaron got the Moderna vaccine, and died 17 days later of a "massive stroke". Which kind of stroke?
  Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who battled racial prejudice and hatred on his way to breaking the major leagues' career home run record, has died at the age of 86, the Atlanta Braves announced.
  According to a person with knowledge, Aaron died Friday morning after suffering a massive stroke. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

​There is a coroner's report, which fails to answer that very basic question of "which kind of stroke did Hank die from?"​ 
Coroner's report quoted as "natural causes" of death. Here we get non-medical hearsay.
  In an interview with Ambassador Andrew Young, who also received the shot with Aaron, Young also told 11Alive Aaron "never had any reaction."
  "I talked to the fella who was his driver, and I said, 'was hank feeling any discomfort or any problem over the last few days?' and he said, 'no, he wanted to keep his schedule,'" Young recounted.
What do you mean by "stroke", sir? What about that doctor in Florida, sir? ​Was that a​ "stroke", or not?​ Who pays your salary?​
​  ​A spokesperson at the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office, which examined Aaron’s body after his death, told PolitiFact that his cause of death was natural and not linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.  ​ 
​  ​If Aaron did die of a stroke, that would make it even less likely that the vaccine contributed in some way to his death. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said that it would be “biologically implausible” for the COVID-19 vaccine to cause a stroke.
 “The coronavirus can cause strokes, but the (Moderna COVID-19) vaccine only contains one protein of the virus, and there’s no evidence that that one protein is inducing inflammation of the blood vessels (which could cause strokes),” he said.

​Striking Out​

Thursday, January 21, 2021

You Are Probably Here

Universally Centered,

The 1972 Limits to Growth graph, the projection if society did nothing to change, is here in my blog post from March 9, 2020 , "Reset In Progress"

 It is hard to find graphic updates to that original, but here is one that shows it tracking quite well to the year 2000. It's from the 30 year update by the original authors. It's a good book. 
  One thing is different. They updated the computer program with further observed data. 
Look; the population peak moved from 2050 to 2030
Industrial output per capita would already be falling in 2020. Check. Services per capita would be falling in 2021. Check. {Image won't transfer to blog. Second image in scroll at link]

Here is absolutely the most recent update I have been able to find, and I look several times per year. It tracks observed world data and overlays it on the 2002 graphics.  
Yep, food, industrial stuff and services per capita all peak by 2020, and population peaks by 2030.
Testable hypothesis? How are we looking these days?  
[Darn! This one won't transfer, either]

Tom Luongo: Epitaph for a Post Trump America
Everyone’s eyes are now open. A fungus is president.
Absent the false hope of Trump people are now free to conclude what I always have — politics got us into this, politics will not get us out.
We can finally put the childish Red vs. Blue behind us.

Babylon Bee, Thanks Eleni in Athens
Most Popular President In History To Be Inaugurated In Secret Behind Giant Wall Guarded By Thousands Of Soldiers  

Facebook Blocking Ron Paul Shows Tech Censorship is Not About Trump, It’s About Suppressing Dissent

Twitter, Facebook And YouTube Allow Incendiary Anti-MAGA Video To Remain On Platforms
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have yet to remove a video by far-left Russiagate conspiracy theorist Dan Winslow which is the definition of incitement.
"They are hidden among us, disguised behind regular jobs," Winslow warns. "They are your children’s teachers. They work at supermarkets, malls, doctor’s offices, and many are police officers and soldiers."

The Masks Are Coming Off
​  ​Yet the real story of 2021 — if anyone is allowed to tell it — is likely to be mass censorship. What we are already seeing is, ironically, an unmasking. If 2020 was the year in which people put their Masks on, 2021 is already shaping up to be the year when the Globalists and Global Pravda really take theirs off. They are really going for it, blatantly censoring dissent, brazenly de-platforming alternative views, and shamelessly using technology to ensure that reasoned, fact-based challenges to establishment narratives are silenced.
​  ​It is ugly, its sinister and its menacing. And unless you are someone who longs to live in a more totalitarian state, you need to get wise to it now, you need to pray against it now, and you need to fight against it now. The masks are coming off and freedom is being crushed. Choose which side you want to stand on.

MSM calls for “new definition of free speech”
​  ​Twitter is certainly bigger and more populated than a theatre, and spreading anti-vaccination/anti-war/pro-Russia/”Covid denial” news [delete as appropriate] is certainly going to cause more panic than one single building being on fire. Isn’t it?
It’s this potential abuse of incredibly loose terminologies which will be used to “redefine” free speech.
“Offensive”, “misinformation”, “hate speech” and others will be repeated. A lot.
​  ​Expressions which have no solid definition under law, and are already being shown to mean nothing to the media talking heads who repeat them ad nauseum.
​  ​If “go home in peace and love”, can become “inciting violence”, absolutely everything can be made to mean absolutely anything.
The more they “redefine” words, the further we move into an Orwellian world where all meaning is entirely lost.
And what would our newly defined “free speech” really mean in such a world?

​More on the Brazilian Variant: Spreads faster and kills younger. It's hard for viruses to do both.
​  ​According to a report published by Brazilian outlet Universo Online, a surge in cases and deaths, particularly among younger patients, in the hard-hit Amazonian city of Manaus (situated in northwestern Brazil, on the banks of the River Negro) has drawn the attention of health professionals working on the front lines of the pandemic in the hard-hit Latin American powerhouse.  
​  ​But the most alarming shift has been a surge in deaths among younger people, who are dying now in greater numbers than in earlier waves of the outbreak in Manaus, which has long struggled with overburdened health-care resources.
​  ​According to Manaus death records from the past 30 days cited by ULO, four out of ten deaths during that time involved patients under the age of 60 in the state.

FLCCC Alliance Response to the NIH Guideline Committee Recommendation on Ivermectin use in COVID-19 dated January 14th , 2021  

​Don't forget your 5000 units per day of vitamin-D. Double it for the first 2 months, if just starting.
Vitamin D Insufficiency May Account for Almost Nine of Ten COVID-19 Deaths: Time to Act. Comment on: “Vitamin D Deficiency and Outcome of COVID-19 Patients”

Addressing Threats 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Domestic War

 Carefully Self-Censoring,

Glenn Greenwald:  The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming
No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.

​  ​The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying.
​  ​We have witnessed an orgy of censorship from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C. featuring a non-ironically named “Green Zone,” vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence.” It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.
​  ​Underlying all of this are immediate insinuations that anyone questioning any of this must, by virtue of these doubts, harbor sympathy for the Terrorists and their neo-Nazi, white supremacist ideology. Liberals have spent so many years now in a tight alliance with neocons and the CIA that they are making the 2002 version of John Ashcroft look like the President of the (old-school) ACLU.​..
  Continuing to process Washington debates of this sort primarily through the prism of “Democrat v. Republican” or even “left v. right” is a sure ticket to the destruction of core rights. There are times when powers of repression and censorship are aimed more at the left and times when they are aimed more at the right, but it is neither inherently a left-wing nor a right-wing tactic. It is a ruling class tactic, and it will be deployed against anyone perceived to be a dissident to ruling class interests and orthodoxies no matter where on the ideological spectrum they reside.​..
  Neoliberalism and imperialism do not care about the pseudo-fights between the two parties or the cable TV bickering of the day. They do not like the far left or the far right. They do not like extremism of any kind. They do not support Communism and they do not support neo-Nazism or some fascist revolution. They care only about one thing: disempowering and crushing anyone who dissents from and threatens their hegemony. They care about stopping dissidents. All the weapons they build and institutions they assemble — the FBI, the DOJ, the CIA, the NSA, oligarchical power — exist for that sole and exclusive purpose, to fortify their power by rewarding those who accede to their pieties and crushing those who do not.  

​  ​Another domestic terror bill that has previously been considered is the “Confronting the Threat of Domestic Terror Act”. The bill was introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff, who claimed that “the legislation is narrowly crafted and includes protections to ensure it is not misused.” However, the American Civil Liberties Union warned, “people of color and other marginalized communities have long been targeted under domestic terrorism authorities for unfair and discriminatory surveillance, investigations, and prosecutions. Law enforcement agencies’ use of these authorities undermines and has violated equal protection, due process, and First Amendment rights.”
​  ​This is a crucial time for the American experiment. Will the American people allow themselves to be divided to the point of calling for domestic terror legislation to be used on their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family? With the public inundated with fears of civil war, stolen elections, rampant disinformation, and general exhaustion with COVID-19 measures, it appears to be a very critical moment which may decide whether America is destined for a renewed desire for liberty, truth, and free speech, or an accelerated push towards tyranny.

​Chris Hedges interviews Glenn Greenwald (Russians!)
​  ​“I don’t think it’s particularly difficult... to know what to expect from the Biden administration,” the acclaimed American journalist told Chris Hedges, host of RT’s On Contact, on Sunday. Biden, Greenwald continued, has enjoyed a five-decade career in Washington and made his policy priorities well known over these years.
​  ​Biden is “somebody who has repeatedly supported militarism and imperialism” and “one of the crucial leading advocates of the invasion of Iraq,” he said. On the domestic front, Biden is “a loyal servant of the credit card and banking industry” and the “architect of the 1994 crime bill,” the latter of which has been blamed for dramatically upping the incarceration rate of black men in the US.

​Caitlin Johnstone in Oz:  Viral #TrumpsNewArmy Video Is Liberals At Their Craziest And Scariest
A new viral video calling on liberals to form “an army of citizen detectives” to gather information on Trump supporters and report their activities to the authorities has racked up thousands of shares and millions of views in just a few hours.  

​Baghdad on the Potomac​, Pepe Escobar (Ouch! It's really called the "Green Zone")
The whole Global South – Baghdad’s Green Zone included – just can’t get enough of the greatest show on earth. 
Do they sell bananas in the Blue Zone?  

55 Americans Have Died Following COVID Vaccination, Norway Deaths Rise To 29​ , "Deaths of coincidence"​ keep mounting.

Chinese health experts call to suspend Pfizer's mRNA vaccine for elderly after Norwegian deaths  

Vaccine Injury Reporting Systems ‘Utterly Inadequate,’ Independent Researchers Say
New peer-reviewed study of adverse events following MMRV vaccines highlights the urgent need for independent research on vaccine safety and the importance of informed consent and vaccine choice.
(Notably, the healthy 56-year-old Florida doctor who recently died after getting Pfizer’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed an ultimately fatal form of thrombocytopenia three days after vaccination.)  

​NewSARS-CoV-2 Brazilian variant from Manus​ spreads rapidly and infects lots of people in the area who already had COVID last March.
​  ​We have detected a new variant circulating in December in Manaus, Amazonas state, north Brazil, where very high attack rates have been estimated previously. The new lineage, named P.1 (descendent of B.1.1.28), contains a unique constellation of lineage defining mutations, including several mutations of known biological importance such as E484K, K417T, and N501Y. Importantly, the P.1 lineage was identified in 42% (13 out of 31) RT-PCR positive samples collected between 15 to 23 December, but it was absent in 26 publicly available genome surveillance samples collected in Manaus between March to November 2020. These findings indicate local transmission and possibly recent increase in the frequency of a new lineage from the Amazon region. The higher diversity and the earlier sampling dates of P.1. in Manaus corroborates the travel info of recently detected cases in Japan, suggesting the direction of travel was Manaus to Japan. The recent emergence of variants with multiple shared mutations in spike raises concern about convergent evolution to a new phenotype, potentially associated with an increase in transmissibility or propensity for re-infection of individuals  

​The NIH has stopped opposing Ivermectin treatment for COVID. 
"Meh" stance is the same for outpatient infusion of blocking antibodies, which is all the rage.

Jeremy sent this. An 80 year old woman in the ICU, on a ventilator, was in for the long haul, until...   (This family has resources.)
​  ​Ms. Smentkiewicz’s son told journalist Herbeck that “we did a lot of research, we read about Ivermectin…the results sounded very promising, and we decided we had to try something different.” Thereafter the son told the Buffalo News journalist, “we pressured the doctor in the ICU to give it to her. He finally agreed.”
​  ​By Jan 2, the hospital doctor approved the first dose of the anti-parasite drug, according to court papers. The result: “a complete turnaround.” Apparently, within 48 hours, she was taken off the ventilator and transferred out of the ICU, reports the Buffalo News based on a review of court documents. However, once she was transferred to a different wing of the hospital, the doctors there refused to administer the drug, and the woman’s condition quickly worsened. Her son Michael declared, “We were astounded when they refused to give her any more doses.”  
  The family went to court, opposed by the hospital. The Judge ordered ivermectin be administered again, and she improved after her downturn during the week without it.​

Trump Pardons Lil Wayne, Steve Bannon, But Not Himself, Or Julian Assange

​Bill buys "Green Acres". Whew!  I'm sure this will keep him out of trouble. What a nice hobby!​

​Digging In​

Monday, January 18, 2021

MLK Honored By Murderers


  Travis sent this A few years ago, which I copy and paste again. 
  There was a trial in 1999 and it was found that there was governmental ciulpability in the assassination of MLK, including eliminating his security detail, and moving him to the best room for a sniper, and fudging the ballistics tests to be inconclusive. They were conclusive that the weapon James Earl Ray had was not the murder weapon.

Blacklisted trial: King vs. Jowers


MLK’s surviving family actively aided the appeals of James Earl Ray, never believing in his guilt.

The 1999 civil trial, King versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators included three and a half weeks of evidence. The Judge’s final charge: “Do you also find that others, including governmental agencies, were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by the defendant? Your answer to that one is also yes.”

The evidence included testimony that SCLC impersonators had stripped MLK of a standard security detail, and changed his Lorraine hotel room at the last minute to the vulnerable balcony location:

Of particular note is the testimony of Memphis Police Department homicide detective Captain Jerry Williams who had been in charge of organizing a unit of black officers that had previously provided protection for Dr. King on his visits to Memphis. Williams said that he was not asked to form his unit on Dr. King's final, fatal visit, and was later falsely informed that Dr. King's organization, the SCLC, had said Dr. King did not want protection.19 Additionally, as University of Massachusetts Professor Philip Melanson testified, MPD Inspector Sam Evans had ordered the emergency services' TACT 10 unit removed from the vicinity of the Lorraine Motel, claiming this too was done at the request of someone in the SCLC. As Pepper writes, “When pressed as to who actually made the request, he said that it was Reverend [Samuel] Kyles. The fact that Kyles had nothing to do with the SCLC, and no authority to request any such thing, seemed to have eluded Evans.”20

Not only had Dr. King been stripped of protection but a last-minute switching of his motel room had made the assassin's job all the easier. Former New York City police detective Leon Cohen testified that Lorraine Motel manager Walter Bailey told him on the morning after the assassination that Dr. King had originally been allocated a more secure courtyard room. But on the evening before his arrival, Bailey had received a call from someone claiming to be from the SCLC's Atlanta office requesting Dr. King be given a balcony room instead. Bailey said he was “adamantly” opposed to the change “because he had provided security by the inner court” but his caller had insisted the rooms be switched anyway.21 Needless to say, no genuine member of the SCLC is known to have made any such request.

The trial also demolished the ballistics evidence tying the found rifle to Ray:

Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown, who had presided over Ray's final appeal, took the stand to testify about a series of ballstics tests that he had ordered be performed on the Remington Gamemaster rifle found in the doorway of Canipe's. The FBI had never been able to establish that particular rifle as the murder weapon – supposedly because the bullet removed from Dr. King's body was too mutilated. Judge Brown, himself a ballistics expert, explained that 12 of the 18 bullets fired during his tests had contained a similar flaw – a bump on the surface – that was not present on the death slug. He also said that the rifle had never been sighted in and, as a result, had failed the FBI's accuracy test. “ ... based on the entirety of the record”, Brown said, “and the further ballistics tests I had run, it is my opinion this is not the murder weapon.”27 

Frank Holloman

Frank Holloman was the Memphis Fire and Police Director at the time of MLK’s death — a former FBI veteran with 25 years of experience. He was the inspector in charge of Director J. Edgar Hoover’s Washington office for ten years. The last eight of Holloman’s FBI career coincided with the COINTEL program. As the Memphis Fire and Police Director, Holloman was responsible for the performance of the Memphis Police and the security they provided King while he was in the city. 

Hoover’s Gestapo, COINTELPRO, practiced blackmail, financial pay-offs, burglary, document forging, illegal surveillance, and spreading false rumors & propaganda. Lee Harvey Oswald was an FBI informant (documented by Texas AG Waggoner Carr and the Warren Commission) who kept Hoover abreast of the CIA-Mafia conspiracies against JFK

James Earl Ray’s attorney, William Pepper, has penned three books about the assassination, the second generally regarded as the best:

An Act of State: The Execution of MLK
William Pepper

“We recommend this important book to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King’s assassination.” 
—Coretta Scott King

  Martin was not assassinated for being a black civil rights leader, but for being against the Vietnam war and counseling blacks not to fight in it. He was not the only one who died for being against the war. John and Bobby Kennedy died at least partly for that sin, as did Malcolm-X, and...
This turbulent monk: Did the CIA kill vocal war critic Thomas Merton?

  From last January 2020:  Ron Paul stops short of saying that Hoover's FBI assassinated Martin Luther King:
The FBI has a long history of targeting Americans whose political beliefs and activities threaten the FBI’s power or the power of influential politicians. The then-named Bureau of Investigation participated in the crackdown on people suspected of being communists in the post-World War I “Red Scare.” The anti-communist crackdown was headed by a young agent named J. Edgar Hoover who went on to become FBI director, a position he held until his death. Hoover kept and expanded his power by using the FBI to collect blackmail material on people including politicians.
In the 1930s and 1940s, the FBI spied on supporters of the America First movement, including several Congress members. Two of the most famous examples of FBI targeting individuals based on their political activities are the harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. and the COINTELPRO program. COINTELPRO was an organized effort to spy on and actively disrupt “subversive” organizations, including antiwar groups
COINTELPRO officially ended in the 1970s. However, the FBI still targets individuals and organizations it considers “subversive,” including antiwar groups and citizen militias.  

​Respecting the Facts​ 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Freedom United


  We humans are now in a phase of our history as a life form where we have to change paradigms to survive going forward, or at least for most of us to have a chance to survive. This is not a shaming thing at all, as some would apply it. 
Shame is an instrument used to force compliance upon others, and forced compliance is the paradigm we have already overgrown..
We can easily see physical threats and threats of homelessness and starvation coming our way. We are acutely alert to them.
People don't do their best work under those threats. It is grudging, inefficient and poor quality work.

  We do our best work when we are cooperating in small to medium groups to achieve a common goal, like growing and preserving food, building a barn or engaging spiritually. We do best at the kinds of work that let us sing together.

  Coal drove the industrial revolution as iron machines wove cotton cloth and mined coal, powered by coal and steam. Humans did not do good work, but the raw power of machines was able to apply forces at a great scale, even with poor human effort, and sick workers. This industrial revolution made sick, short-lived wage slaves of English workers, who were getting evicted from their ancestral farms. The American Revolution also came at this crux of history. Americans saw and feared the subjugation and clearly saw the promise of local industry, as opposed to colonialism extracting their wealth.

  For people to risk their current livelihoods and lives, and to willingly undergo great hardship and travail, there must be either complete desperation, or some likely hope of a big improvement in their lives. Usually, there must already be a societal stress, a deep and broad unease that something is terribly wrong, and then it must focus upon a culprit. The culprit will be raised as an effigy, denounced in public gatherings, and judged. Public consensus will be created that this culprit must be vanquished for the deserved good to come to the society.

  Once a consensus of blame has been accepted, a casus belli, or immediate justification for war is required. The powerful few, who stand to increase their power and wealth most from the war, will then need to arrange and publicize such an event. When we look back at history, we find that most of these events were either created as false-flags, with hired agents impersonating "the culprit", or were secretly provoked, so that when "the culprit" responded with force, it was declared to be an unprovoked attack, obviously the first strike of an onslaught.

  9/11 comes to mind as a false flag casus belli for the Global-War-On-Anybody-No-Matter-What.

  Within this contextual framework, we have considered peoples, nations, and the power elites within nations to be the actors, making power alliances and social contracts, but that framework is now too constrained to be useful. It has been superseded by transnational global powers.
The Roman Catholic Church outlived the Roman Empire and was a framework of coordination of power throughout Europe for more than a thousand years after the final fall of Rome. The Roman Catholic Church had widely established itself as the ultimate arbiter of God's Will, of Divine Judgment. That was a powerful currency among the peoples of Europe, and kings had to negotiate with the Pope to have a divine Right, which the people would accept and follow to their deaths. The printing press gradually changed that. Moral authority was removed from the Pope.

  Moral Authority became a ball in play again. The Founding Fathers of the American Revolution certainly called upon a higher moral authority than kings, stating that moral authority was bestowed by God upon the people, each person, all of the people. The king was trying to violate that moral authority over here, and God was clearly on the side of the people. The people would make their own choices about how to seek and worship the divine, and they would be free to do so. The people would be free to meet, to talk, to share letters and publications, free to organize politically (against the king) and free to keep and bear firearms (to oppose tyranny from the king, but also future tyranny arising domestically).
The people would be free to do business, and to be taxed only with their broad consent, for the common good.

  There were always holes in the moral authority argument, mainly managed by declaring some people to be "people" and others not to be people, or "citizens". Slavery was in the process of transitioning from indentured servitude, the common slavery of Europe, which largely populated North America, and permanent, hereditary slavery of captured Africans. About 20% of indentured "white" slaves lived through their period of slavery-to-pay- debt, and they had certain rights to some land and money if they did. Those were often ignored. They were whipped for disobedience, as were black slaves. Black Slavery was an open contradiction to moral authority inAmerica, and a lot of moral people always objected.
  Native Americans were largely excluded from personhood by declaring them to be other-nationals, managed by broached treaties and genocidal wars. They were portrayed as "savages", attacking good farming families. That justified their slaughter. 
Savage threats to good people. (I was morally offended when Grandmother Day explained that the cowboys stole the Indian's land.)

  So all of that work of nations was carried out within the paradigm of dominance and submission, justified by Moral Authority, to whatever degree such justification was useful to the dominant elites, in order to gain the willing-enough-to-work consent of the 99% of societies. In the early 1800s some English Elites communicated to their American counterparts that wage slavery, carried out upon those who thought themselves to be "free", was way more effective than chattel-slavery, because the "free" slaves were more productive and enterprising and motivated to solve problems "for themselves", which got a lot of problems worked out at ground level, before they became problems higher up in the wealth chain.

  Owing one's soul to the company story sidesteps the issue of moral authority. All players get to remain moral. 
It's just a system, and it makes sense. It is completely justified by arguments of individual autonomy (you borrowed) and responsibility (you owe). In fact, there is a class which owns all of the debts-at-interest and a vast class which is paying out interest their whole lives, trapped in the payday-loan debt cycle, or at least mortgages and credit cards. This imbalance naturally worsens over time until it creates a systemic crisis. The financial system breaks.

 The rich being so rich and the poor being unable to give any more blood at all to the rich halts the exponential growth of the compound interest money, or even reverses it. The usual solution is a huge war, especially a war of conquest. The spoils of war will pay the interest, and the rich can get richer. World War 2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War explored the limits of that financial solution. Massive war could not include opposing nuclear-armed countries. The threat of annihilation extended to elites as well as commoners.

  Global Financial Capitalism, as opposed to Industrial Capitalism, is a system of wealth extraction, with "money" as the solvent, because "money" is interest-bearing-loans, not fixed-value gold, silver or commodity (salt, wheat, oil). The "wealth", interest bearing debt, concentrates in the control of the few, with great efficiency, until the many have no income beyond what they need to survive and pay debt service. They take out more credit card debt for anything beyond that. Interest rates have been lowered for a dozen years to forestall the crisis, even made negative. Massive government debt is created, pushing fresh money into the system to prevent collapse, but the system keeps getting more and more mismatched against physical reality, now that the mismatch between rich and poor has long been at saturation.

  Global Financial Capitalism, Neoliberalism is due for a reset, overdue. The novel coronavirus pandemic is such a shock, and it has been met by both massive increase in governmental debts (owed by impoverished citizens) and destruction of demand for products and commodities such as gasoline and vacations. The model of industrial capitalism supports the overlay of global neolibreal financial capitalism in the "free" countries, like the USA. 
  The fictions are all extremely strained. The "real economy" is broken in so many ways. You can always listen to another robot and be transferred through a looping robot phone message chain, but you cannot get what you need, what you are contractually "entitled to". 
All service fallouts are accidental and all fallouts occur to the benefit of the financial institution.

  A new social contract is required, because the western postwar social contract is gamed-out. It's a hopeless game over for 90% of people in liberal western democracies. The upper managers, with stock portfolios becoming more valuable far beyond what could be imagined when they reflected dividend income, are both giddy and uneasy about this grand valuation bubble. They will all get out before the crash.

  There is a growing  bubble in real assets, because people want the security of owning a home. 
What are the other options for most people?
What is "ownership" if you must pay taxes on a $15 million home?

  There is always a reluctance among the powerful, the financial elites, to renegotiate a social contract. If they are constrained within one country, then they must renegotiate at some point, as they did in the Great Depression in the US, though there were something like 8 people killed in assassination attempts on FDR before he was even inaugurated. There was the military coup that USMC Ret. General Smedley Butler outed, after that. Transnational financial capitalists can just be where the danger is not. They can let countries collapse, or make them collapse, which is often a better time to extract profit. This includes the USA, now. We have seen this model of extraction from civil war carried out in  Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, the remnants of the USSR, Syria and now Lebanon. It also destroys the productive base, the engine of wealth. 

  Countries/empires like Russia and China have established industrial capitalist economies, despite convenient fictions like the "Chinese Communist Party". They have growth engines, and do not want their wealth extracted by the banking remnants of the British Empire.
Global Financial Capitalism is analogous to the Roman Catholic Church at this historical juncture. Not only do social contracts need revising in "free" countries, but global finance needs to be renegotiated in this multipolar world. To my perception, global financial elites have been happy enough to hitch a ride on the Chinese Industrial Engine, and might well be happy to further formalize that relationship, as the $US approaches the inevitable end of it's reign as global reserve currency. The Saudi oil which could only be bought in $US is no longer the deciding factor in global oil prices. US shale oil is too expensive to be that any more, either. Russian oil now decides the global price of oil. Iran and Venezuela are excluded from the game, to keep the dollar predominant. Iraq sells oil in dollars, having mended it's errant ways after invasion.

  The final consideration in my argument for a new, cooperative human paradigm is not global warming per se, though it is an outcome of burning the coal and oil that feed the billions of us through factory farming and refrigerated groceries. Global warming is a vague threat, but the more easily understood threat is that of the end of cheap oil. Britain had a crisis during WW-1, which led to WW-2, when their good coal production ran low. Italy had to get good coal from Germany after that. Alliances changed. That's gross oversimplification. We know that control of global oil is the lynchpin of power, and that economy can't grow without cheap oil, and that only a few places still pump oil cheaply. Russia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran pump oil cheaply, while it lasts. It only seems like plenty of oil because COVID has suppressed global economy. 

  We are at the point of the dream where we need to awaken, together, or die. In our individual dreams we awaken before fate befalls us, but can we practice spirituality enough to awaken together, now that our vast, shared dream calls for it?

  Our financial masters seek to keep us, in America, divided and conquered. This is the same battle being fought again, as it was in the Revolution, as it was in the Civil War, when the bank of England backed the Confederate States, and Lincoln printed "greenbacks". It revisits the war that FDR quietly waged against the financial predominance of the Bank of England, and their global "bankster' confederates. FDR died at an unfortunate moment. Stalin was absolutely convinced that "Churchill's gang" poisoned him.

  Here are 2 videos, which I recently posted, which portray in words and video the acts of agents provocateur, which were carried out at the US Capital on January 6, and portrayed as savage-threats against good Americans by the billionaire-owned media, with cancellation of contrary voices on social media, the new "press".

Masako Ganaha shows the work of 2 agents provocateur at the capital, breaking the windows, calling people up the stairs to them, urging them to dive in, then immediately spreading the word that police had killed an unarmed young woman Trump supporter, as they changed clothes on the way out. The BLM activist who recorded the majority of this video was interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN later. No questions asked.

Veteran American War Correspondent, Michael Yon stayed outside the Capital, observing and recording the actions of agents provocateur, which is an ancient profession. (Agents provocateur were paid by Ross Perot to direct a crowd of angry Iranians to perform a prison break, which released some Americans, when that was never the intention of the revolutionary fervor at all.)

  I have been meditating on this and will continue to do so. We cannot strike out at others when provoked, when attacked by others, who may have been told that we are violent-savages, threatening them, the good people. 
  This went terribly for Libyans, who recently had a standard of living higher than any other in Africa, on par with liberal western democracies, and now have open slave markets and the horrors of war.

  We need to have compassion for those who have been manipulated by fear and false images. We need to be stable, and demonstrate our healthy and cooperative nature to them. We must turn our cheeks sometimes, knowing that our greatest existential threat comes from being set against each other, to destroy America internally. 
  We should, at this moment, stop our national support for global financial imperialism. Americans have been the war machine enforcers of the financial empire. It is not our nature as a people. We should live and let live at home, not get pushed into fights over race or gender identification, when we are all being exsanguinated by the same global financial machine.
  This is already changing dramatically, but we are told that it will go back to normal if we comply and wait patiently. 
It will never go back to what has collapsed. We must cooperatively build a new economic paradigm, in the common interest.
We must hold fast, do our best, and not be provoked to violence against our neighbors.

Citizen John

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Find Alternatives

 Choosing Thoughtfully,

Michael Krieger is looking for alternative channels of communication and organization. 
Mike is a successful rat, who dropped out of the rat race while doing quite well (Instagram CTO: ) to begin seriously homesteading and blogging about the changes we are all in the middle of, now. He writes about "Canceling" ourselves, as Facebook presences, for instance, of finding alternatives means of socializing, feeding ourselves and doing business, as current systems are weaponized against us, even as we comply with them...
  Determine what you can do to help usher in a different kind of paradigm. Each individual has different skills, temperaments, circumstances and commitments, so what degree of action one takes is a deeply personal decision. All I ask is that you think about how you can contribute to the goal of a more voluntary, decentralized, peaceful, conscious, cooperative, community-centered and networked world and how much time and energy you’re realistically willing to give the effort. Voting isn’t going to do it, we need direct action from millions upon millions of humans around the world.

  Facebook COO Sharyl Sandberg "deflects blame" for allowing hundreds of thousands of peaceful pro-Trump demonstrators to coordinate their legal political  protest of the theft of the 2020 election. 
Sharyl makes sounds like Facebook will endeavor to censor-and-prevent much better next time.

'Agent Provocateur' Tactics Seen at Jan 6 US Capitol Protest—Interview With Michael Yon​  
Colleen sends this excellent interview with war correspondent Michael Yon, comparing ANTIFA agent-provocateur tactics at the Capital with practices he saw in 6 months with Hong Kong protesters. ANTIFA adopted many tactics, but not the ​strict ​morality​ of the Hong Kong citizens​.

​Video analysis of ANTIFA agents provocateur setting up the circumstances which directly led to the shooting death of Ashli Babbit. A lot of specific video was taken, and is analyzed with identification of individual provocateurs and their actions before, during and after her shooting.​

​  ​What did Pelosi and McConnell know of the planned attack on the US Capitol before the House impeached President Trump for inciting violence?
​  ​President Trump was blamed for the siege of the US Capitol last Wednesday, however the FBI confirmed the attack was planned several days in advance.
​  ​Investigative reporter John Solomon dropped a bombshell on Wednesday night and said the DC police rejected his FOIA request for records pertaining to their investigation of the siege of the U.S. Capitol.
​  ​The DC police said release of the records would be ‘personally embarrassing’ and privacy-invading.

​Everybody's asking "Is 2021 an Echo of 1641?"​ , Charles Hugh Smith has the story
​  ​The reason why history rhymes is that humanity is still using Wetware 1.0 and so humans respond to scarcity, abundance and conflicts over them in the same manner.
​  ​I am struck by similarities between the conflict-torn mid-1600s and the present: global climate change (The Little Ice Age in the 1600s), political upheavals and wars which intertwined civil and imperial conflicts. Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century is a fascinating overview of this complex era which disrupted regimes and empires from England to China.
​  ​Climate change (The Little Ice Age) generated scarcities of grain in a time of burgeoning human populations. As in the present day, everyone assumed ample harvests would continue forever--expanding abundance is the New Normal. Alas, Nature is not a steady-state system and cycles are not tamed by our desire for ever-expanding abundance.
​  ​Humans respond to scarcity by assessing who's getting the biggest pieces of the shrinking pie. When hunger begets desperation, various dynamics are set into motion as those without agency and capital, i.e. political and financial power do whatever they can to get enough to survive while those holding the majority of political and financial power, jockey to maintain or expand their power.

​Bringing America together: ​CNN's Don Lemon: If You Voted For Trump, You're With The Klan, The Nazis, & The Rioters

​2021 May be the Year that the World Loses Confidence in the Dollar 
(It's sure hard to know when the trap door will fall out and all of the bypass channels will take over in the global economy)​

Michael Hudson again. He closed his interview about the extractive and destructive nature of global neoliberal financial capitalism with this:
HUDSON: A Centrist is somebody who looks at all problems as being marginal, not structural and so you can only have a little change. So a centrist is a right wing, neoliberal supporter of the financial sector and implicitly anti-labor and anti-industry. A centrist is someone who doesn’t want any change in the system and just goes with the status quo. Because they can’t imagine that every economy tends to polarize naturally between wealthy people at the top impoverishing the 99% at the bottom. And the centrist doesn’t realize that. A centrist thinks that economies tend to move towards​ ​equality and equilibrium. And the reality is economies move towards this dis-equilibrium, polarization and then there’s a crash. Polarization and then there’s a crash. But a centrist says: don’t do anything at all. So essentially you should just stand aside and let Obama and Biden and the rest standby while the financial sector monopolizes the economy and impoverishes it. 

Investing in Humanity

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Inexplicable Urgency


The Ireland Event, Ben Hunt (The South African strain also spreads rapidly like this and is spreading in Brazil, where it's now summer.)
​  ​Last week I became consumed by a new twist on all this – Covid numbers that were being largely ignored. Insane infection numbers coming out of UK and Ireland, apparently driven by a new virus strain, that we acknowledged over here but didn’t seem to be too mussed about.
​  ​It reminded me of the Covid numbers coming out of Italy last February. Was Europe once again our crystal ball? Were we once again going to ignore THAT?
​  ​And when I say “insane infection numbers” I mean a 30x spike in Covid cases in Ireland over the span of two weeks in late December, where the R number – the basic reproductive rate of the disease – went from something around 1.2 to something around 3. Where you suddenly went from a few hundred new Covid cases every day to more than six thousand cases every day. All in a country the size of Alabama (which, btw, currently has about 4 thousand cases every day)​...
.I believe there is a non-trivial chance that the United States will experience a rolling series of “Ireland events” over the next 30-45 days, where the Covid effective reproductive number (Re not R0) reaches a value between 2.4 and 3.0 in states and regions where a) the more infectious UK-variant (or similar) Covid strain has been introduced, and b) Covid fatigue has led to deterioration in social distancing behaviors.

​Do take 5000 units per day of vitamin-D (double for 2 months if just starting), and look for treating physicians near you, who will prescribe early antiviral treatment, like ivermectin.​

One Mexican state, Chiapas, started distributing ivermectin in July.

 Ivermectin reduces the risk of death from COVID-19 – a rapid review and meta-analysis in support of the recommendation of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance

Republican party schism, America-First vs Business as Usual:
​  ​President Trump is - as usual -  insisting that he did nothing wrong in giving his 6 January speech and won’t be resigning or be 25th-d. Perhaps legally: but the great diplomat Talleyrand summed it up best, “It was worse than a crime. It was a mistake.” And politically it was a huge error, given the collapse in his approval rating across the board.
​  ​Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is happy to press ahead with impeachment: and if you don’t think that will trigger a Brexit-style civil war in the party you haven’t been following Brexit. Which kind of Republican Party will eventually emerge, Mitch’s or Trump’s?
​  ​The departing Trump administration has declassified a foreign-policy strategy document 30-years early(!), which underlines its stance towards China. ABC news Australia notes this was previously classified "secret" and "not for foreign nationals". It reveals the US Indo-Pacific strategy was heavily influenced by both Australia and Japan, and was not forced on them. It also commits the US to "devise and implement a defence strategy capable of, but not limited to: (1) denying China sustained air and sea dominance inside the 'first island chain' in a conflict; (2) defending the first island chain nations, including Taiwan; and (3) dominating all domains outside the first island chain". To say that this will not go down well with China, or that China will not be happy that Australia and Japan helped drive this, is an understatement.

​Joining Facebook and Twitter... YouTube Suspends Trump (until Biden)​

​  ​Former Texas congressman Ron Paul, 85, has been blocked from using his Facebook page for unspecified violations of “community standards.” Paul’s last posting was linked to an article on the “shocking” increase of censorship on social media. Facebook then proceeded to block him under the same undefined “community standards” policy

Russian Influenced: 
The Democrat-Big Tech censorship alliance just ran a masterclass in media control for dictators around the world

​American Glenn Greenwald: How Silicon Valley, in a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler
  In the last three months, tech giants have censored political speech and journalism to manipulate U.S. politics, while liberals, with virtual unanimity, have cheered.

Thanks Wiggs:
Gab CEO Andrew Torba released a statement on Friday on the latest suspicious activity on the social media platform. Torba says the company has noticed a slew of activity “popping out of nowhere” and promoting violence. He suspects this is a “CIA Mockingbird Media Complex” operation.
​"​They want to shut down all unapproved and opposing voices.​"​
​"​This is not America​"​.

​Tessa Fights Robots feels sick lately, like I feel sick lately.
​  ​It is with great frustration that I say this—but 2021 in America is a lot less fun than the 1990s in the post-Soviet space. Both are the times of societal restructuring and unprecedented, shameless robbery of everything by everyone who can. However, back then it felt like freedom, and right now it feels like a return to the Soviet Union—but without its security and its general communal warmth.  
​  Now, the important battle. Currently we are facing a true existential danger coming from Big Tech, Big Biotech, their partners in the military, and their servants in the government, regardless of their political affiliation. Alas, I cannot name a president or a popular presidential candidate who hasn’t been collaborating with very wealthy people who are, in turn, hellbent on turning all of us into serfs. Obama was in bed with Google. Trump went “Operation Warp Speed,” packed with the military crooks. Yang wants a vac…n passport. Biden is all, #BuildBackBetter. Like, seriously, WTF, all of them. So it’s just us. We are on our own, and we only have our hearts to lead us. Perhaps, it’s always been this way, and now it’s just more visible. Perhaps, it’s an opportunity to finally find our hearts because it is the only source of light in the midst of darkness.