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Collaboration works

The ruling clique (RC) have remained dominant through collusion while fostering systemic division, competition and conflict around the world. Competition is promoted at all levels, between individuals, organisations, nations, religions, cultures, ethnic groups etc.

Divisions and false perceptions are accentuated by the way in which the "other" is perceived. Kai sent this short video, based on Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, which touches on how, in an age of "business at the speed of thought" and soundbite politics, we're prone to make judgements which, on deeper reflection, are flawed and often just wrong. Without the time to reflect and consider errors of judgement are compounded, leading to a totally flawed world view.

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Apology and Runnymede Gazette

Our ISP has been hit with technical problems which rendered Critical Thinking's website inaccessible for most of today and we've been unable to send Daily Pickings until now - apologies.

This month's edition of the Runnymede Gazette arrived today and deals with some contentious issues. The opening article, previously highlighted in Daily Pickings, deals with the knotty issue of the left-right divide, followed by a piece on decentralisation. Another contentious issue is climate change and Pater Tenebrarum asks, should climate "deniers" be killed or jailed?

RUNNYMEDE GAZETTE OCTOBER 2014 (H/T)
A Journal of the Democratic Resistance

EDITORIAL: INSURGENCY AND THE PANTOMIME HORSE

Oil and war

Last Friday, Daily Pickings briefly referred to oil in discussing market manipulation and the absence of economic recovery. Geopolitical analyst William Engdahl explains oil price manipulation in the context of war on Bashar Assad in Syria, Iran and Russia, highlighting a pivotal meeting on 11th September this year between US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia with 9/11 insider, Prince Bandar (aka. Bandar-Bush), in attendance.

The Kerry-Abdullah Secret Deal And An Oil-Gas Pipeline War On Iran, Syria And Russia By F. William Engdahl (H/T)

The details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called IS. It involves oil and gas control of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi King. The unintended consequence will be to push Russia even faster to turn east to China and Eurasia.

In August this year, Daily Pickings referred to an article by Engdahl which gives context to the creation of IS (ISIS or ISIL).

Psychology of Control

James Corbett of the Corbett Report discusses the psychology of control in this half-hour interview, in which he talks about our conditioning to obey orders from figures of authority (genuine or bogus).

The Psychology of Control (33 minute audio) (H/T)

The interview starts with reference to Corbett's recent podcast which was in the guise of advice or "guidance" to a recently elected president from a member of the "shadow government" or ruling clique (RC).

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Event reminder: Concentrated Power and Consequences 7-9pm tomorrow at the LSE, London