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Venezuela and the economic hitmen

Following riots over the last 12 months, Venezuela has been fighting off another coup attempt in recent weeks. Interpretations of these events will vary according where you are getting your news. Many mainstream news channels depict Maduro as a paranoid dictator who is using the narrative to clamp down on opposition voices. Where on earth would he get the notion that outside influences are attempting to topple an elected government of a Latin American country?

"We economic hitmen," John Perkins explains in the interview above, "have really been responsible for creating this first truly global empire…..we will identify a country that has resources that our corporations covet, like oil and then organise a huge loan to that country from the world bank or one of its sister organisations.

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Don't be evil

According to wikipedia, the original Google motto was coined, either by Google employee Paul Buchheit at a meeting about corporate values that took place in early 2000 or in 2001 or, according to another account, by Google Engineer Amit Patel in 1999. Buchheit, the creator of Gmail, said he "wanted something that, once you put it in there, would be hard to take out".

Is Google evil? You be the judge. Google, along with many other major internet/communications firms, shares user data with the NSA and other intelligence services. Google presents information according to users' profiles (to heighten the user experience, allegedly). Google is also enmeshed in Bilderberg but worse is to come.

Google Gives New Meaning to “Orwellian” – Becomes Ministry of Truth By Jon Rappoport
“…if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth.” (1984, George Orwell)
The New Scientist has the stunning story (2/28/15, “Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links,” by Hal Hodson):
“THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free ‘news’ stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.”

It is only by exploring all available information and alternative explanations that we can approach the truth of any situation or issue. How else would we know that the official explanation of 9/11 cannot be true? Or that other claimed "terrorist attacks" are actually false flags. The internet is a mine of information obscured by misinformation. But once an "authority" determines what is "true" and what is not, we have truly entered a twilight zone in which we are controlled.

Look for an alternative search engine such as DuckDuckGo and set it as your default search engine if you want to escape the new digital Ministry of Truth.

Why the CIA Won’t Give Up on Venezuela

Eva Golinger is an attorney and writer from New York, author of the best-selling book, “The Chavez Code”, amongst others. Eva practices law and hosts two television shows on RT Spanish. She is also a high-level Consultant on strategic matters relating to law, media and foreign affairs.

Further information on Venezuela is available in this post: Deja vu in Venezuela

Greece and political economy

This latest edition of Runnymede Gazette opens on Greece followed by a salutary caution about the credentials of whistleblowers. Authorities and intelligence services are well aware of the potential value of whistleblowers and "insiders" as organs of misinformation (often interlaced with elements of truth). A range of thought-provoking articles on political economy, relevant to the work of Critical Thinking, make up a stimulating package.

RUNNYMEDE GAZETTE - FEBRUARY 2015
A Journal of the Democratic Resistance
POUR ENCOURAGER LES AUTRES
SNAKEOIL AND THE CONFERENCE CIRCUIT


Critical Thinking's analysis of the political economy and war in this post prompted James to recommend the following:

Long Cycles: Prosperity and War in the Modern Age Joshua S. Goldstein
Generally, operations of war require . . . 100,000 mailed
troops . . . . [E]xpenditures . . . will amount to one thousand
pieces of gold a day. After this money is in hand, 100,000 troops
may be raised. . . .
Where the army is, prices are high ; when prices rise the wealth
of the people is exhausted . When wealth is exhausted the peasan-
try will be afflicted with urgent exactions . With strength thus de-
pleted and wealth consumed the households in the central plains
will be utterly impoverished and seven-tenths of their wealth dis-
sipated.
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War (ca . 400 B .c .)