Friday, March 5, 2021

Change Something Yourself

 Free Agents,

Chris Hedges clarifies:
​  ​As the climate crisis worsens, the political constrictions will tighten, making public resistance difficult. We do not live, yet, in the brutal Orwellian state that appears on the horizon, one where all dissidents will suffer the fate of Julian Assange. But this Orwellian state is not far away. This makes it imperative that we act now.
​  ​The ruling elites, despite the accelerating and tangible ecological collapse, mollify us, either by meaningless gestures or denial. They are the architects of social murder...
​  ​What is taking place is not neglect. It is not ineptitude. It is not policyfailure. It is murder. It is murder because it is premeditated. It is murder because a conscious choice was made by the global ruling classes to extinguish life rather than protect it. It is murder because profit, despite the hard statistics, the growing climate disruptions and the scientific modeling, is deemed more important than human life and human survival.
​  ​The elites thrive in this system, as long as they serve the dictates of what Lewis Mumford called the “megamachine,” the convergence of science, economy, technics and political power unified into an integrated, bureaucratic structure whose sole goal is to perpetuate itself. This structure, Mumford noted, is antithetical to “life-enhancing values.” But to challenge the megamachine, to name and condemn its death wish, is to be expelled from its inner sanctum. There are, no doubt, some within the megamachine who fear the future, who are perhaps even appalled by the social murder, but they do not want to lose their jobs and their social status to become pariahs...
​  ​Social divisions benefit the ruling class, which has built media silos that feed packaged hate to competing demographics. The greater the social antagonisms, the less the elites have to fear. If those gripped by poisoned solidarity become numerically superior — nearly half of the American electorate rejects the traditional ruling class and embraces conspiracy theories and a demagogue — the elites will accommodate the new power configuration, which will accelerate the social murder...
​  ​The evil that makes this social murder possible is collective. It is perpetrated by the colorless bureaucrats and technocrats churned out of business schools, law schools, management programs and elite universities. These systems managers carry out the incremental tasks that make vast, complicated systems of exploitation and death work. They collect, store and manipulate our personal data for digital monopolies and the security and surveillance state. They grease the wheels for ExxonMobil, BP and Goldman Sachs. They write the laws passed by the bought-and-paid-for political class. They pilot the aerial drones that terrorize the poor in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Pakistan. They profit from the endless wars. They are the corporate advertisers, public relations specialists and television pundits that flood the airwaves with lies. They run the banks. They oversee the prisons. They issue the forms. They process the papers. They deny food stamps and medical coverage to some and unemployment benefits to others. They carry out the evictions. They enforce the laws and the regulations. They do not ask questions. They live in an intellectual vacuum, a world of stultifying minutia. They are T.S. Eliot’s “the hollow men,” “the stuffed men.” “Shape without form, shade without color,” the poet writes. “Paralyzed force, gesture without motion.”
​  ​These systems managers made possible the genocides of the past, from the extermination of Native Americans to the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians to the Nazi Holocaust to Stalin’s liquidations. They kept the trains running. They filled out the paperwork. They seized the property and confiscated the bank accounts. They did the processing. They rationed the food. They administered the concentration camps and the gas chambers. They enforced the law. They did their jobs.

​Wiggs sends this video. The US Military is EVERYWHERE, which maps every US military base on the planet.

Charles Hugh Smith: When Does This Travesty of a Mockery of a Sham Finally Implode?

1. The credit expansion/renunciation cycle. a.k.a. the Kondratieff cycle. Credit expands when credit is costly and invested in productive assets. Credit reaches excess when it is cheap and it's malinvested in speculation and stock buybacks, and as collateral vanishes then credit is renunciated/written off.
​  ​This is inexact, but obviously the organic postwar cycle of expansion has been extended by the central bank money-printing / credit orgy.
2. The generational cycle of four generations/80 years described in the seminal book The Fourth Turning. American history uncannily tracks an 80-year cycle of crises and profound transformation: 1860 (Civil War), 1940 (world war and global Empire) and next up to bat, 2020, the implosion of the debt-based Savior State and the financialized economy.
3. The 100-year cycle of inflation-deflation described in the masterful book The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History. The price of bread remained almost constant in Britain throughout the 19th century. In contrast, the 20th century has been characterized by inflation--the U.S. dollar has lost approximately 96% of its value since the early 20th century.

The War on ‘Misinformation’ Claims Two Victims. 
Truth. And the Right to Treatment.​   
by M​a​ry Beth Pfeiffer
Two public health battles are being waged right now.
The first, of course, is against the coronavirus.
​  ​The second has its sights on a broad and amorphous target called “medical misinformation.” This campaign aims, at least in part, to control what people read, see and know about potential treatments for COVID-19. Firmly in its crosshairs is a cheap, generic drug that just might turn this pandemic around, ivermectin.

​More, from last November, about that open source Finnish Nasal Spray Vaccine for COVID, that can't seem to get to people, even though​ it was ready for human trials last May.  It won't make powerful  persons in the machine richer and more powerful... so, IMPOSSIBLE.

Russia has a new vaccine, a completely conventional "killed-virus" vaccine, with "no side effects". Since it is a whole virus vaccine, it should be more effective against strains like the South African variant, which has differences in the spike protein, which most vaccines "target". Thx Jeremy.
​  ​The third Covid-19 vaccine registered in Russia is based on a “perfectly conventional” platform, and those who have been injected experienced no side effects, the head of the Chumakov Scientific Center, which created it, told RT.
​  ​“Globally, almost 100% of vaccines contain either deactivated or live pathogens,” he said, adding that the one developed by his center contains an ‘inactivated’ (dead) coronavirus. This type of vaccine simulates a natural infection process, introducing the immune system to the virus and “teaching” the body to fight the pathogen without the risk of it spreading through the body and causing disease, he explained.
​  ​“Since we are talking about a whole-virion vaccine, the deviations in the genetic sequence – something one is calling different strains or different variants – are insignificant and amount to less than one percent. So… it would be weird to think that a whole-virion vaccine might fail to work against new strains, considering how small the differences are,” he said.
​  ​“The most important thing is that at this point we have a vaccine that definitely has no side effects,” he said, adding that, out of 300 volunteers, none reported any symptoms except for occasional soreness around the injection site.

​It's all political now:
eBay Halts Sales Of "Offensive" Dr Seuss Books, Allows Mein Kampf

​Thought Criminal​


  1. It's so egregious that even the BMJ is calling it out!!

    1. They are pretty gentle in their chiding, aren't they?
      This BS has never really reached critical mass to the point of convincing everybody of "reality".
      It is accepted dogma in some circles, but very much rejected in others. Trying harder to force it on people is an act of desperation.
      Our elite owners are desperately trying to hold power by maintaining an unstable and demonstrably false narrative of "reality". Their narrative is false in revery detail, and now lacks the raw energy needed to sustain it by brute force of production.
      People are having to carve out little niches of empiricism to find ways to survive.
      That's trending...

  2. Take the discussion to a higher level John:

    1. Nate Hagens does a good job with this conceptual model, and I like to feature his work:
      "Superorganism" lecture:

    2. This looks like the level where I have generally lived since I heard about The Limits To Growth around February 1974, in 10th grade, when a Sociology teacher spent a class period on it.
      "Today, these opposing worldviews, King observes, play out most prominently in the debate between fossil-fuel advocates and proponents of renewables energy. Fossil-fuel advocates tend to be techno-optimists, while renewable proponents tend to be techo-realists. Looking at the subtleties in these worldviews, however, King notes that they can be technology specific. Renewables proponents are often techo-realists about fossil fuels, but can be techno-optimists about the potential of renewable energy."

      Good stuff. Same stuff.
      I last used The Limits To Growth graph here, in a Gail Tverberg article.

      David Holmgren uses those kinds of graphics, also.

    3. I looked to see who originated the "superorganism" concept. It's old and murky and fairly undefined, even though you and I use it like Hagens and King do.

    4. This is insightful, and potentially hopeful:
      "Life began, presumably, as self-replicating molecules. Somehow these molecules transitioned into organizing in groups of proteins and DNA. From these proteins came prokaryotic cells, which later merged to form eukaryotic cells. These eukaryotes then grouped together to form multi-cellular organisms. And finally, some multi-cellular organisms began to organize in large groups, paving the way for the first ‘superorganisms’.

      What’s important about these major transitions is that they all involve suppressing competition. Autonomous agents that once competed with one another (cell vs. cell, animal vs. animal) evolved to cooperate. The degree to which there is cooperation (rather than competition) is the degree to which a new ‘individual’ emerges. In other words, we conceive of multicellular organisms as ‘individuals’ precisely because there is so little competition between the constituent cells. The human transition to ‘superorganism’, in contrast, is far less complete. There remains rampant conflict within human groups. Placing human ‘superorganisms’ within the context of major evolutionary transitions acknowledges this internal conflict."

    5. Carey King is on Faculty at UT, Austin, my Alma Mater, and located in the city where I currently work. I'm sure he is as busy as I am, but it's nice to learn of kindred spirits in the neighborhood.

  3. In the small town of Cushing, Oklahoma, Dr. Randy Grellner was treating up to 25 cases of COVID-19 daily. But once he began giving his patients ivermectin, case counts dropped to 2 or 3 a day...and even his elderly patients began to recover quickly. "The sun started to shine again...".

    1. Wow, Cushing is small, 7700 people.
      I always thought of it as big, because I hear about it so often.
      That's where they store the oil, and oil prices are directly derived from flows in and out of "Cushing".

    2. And He's right-on, too. Treat the patients. Ivermectin works well. Soonest is best, as usual, but later still works.

  4. 99.7% survived having old school COVID and 99.6% survived having new variant COVID.

    1. "The absolute risk of death in this group of community identified participants, however, remains relatively low, increasing from 2.5 to 4.1 deaths per 1000 cases..."

      "We cannot exclude a selection bias. Community testing is largely self-selected, or driven by contact tracing. A potential bias remains if a higher proportion of patients with S gene negative infections without symptoms were undetected than patients with S gene positive infections. In this event, patients infected with VOC-202012/1 might be at a more advanced stage of disease when identified and have a higher apparent mortality..."