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. 

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