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False prophets and contradictions

Daily Pickings has referred to cognitive dissonance - the process by which we adhere to beliefs in spite of contradictory evidence. Nowhere is this more evident across a profession than in economics. Economists are elevated to the status of a priesthood, preaching teachings which are demonstrably false.

In this presentation, Richard Werner demolishes the foundations of conventional economics with empirical evidence. Much economic wisdom is pure fallacy, not least because it assumes equilibrium which is clearly absent (everything changes) and that markets are efficient which they seldom are (market manipulation, high frequency trading etc.). The power of the short side merits special focus. For example, in employment relations, power is always with the employer because there are more people than jobs available.

Although the following video runs over two and a half hours, the presentation begins at around 10 minutes and finishes at 1 hour 25 minutes.

In the presentation, Richard provides a clear explanation of where most money in the economy comes from (bank credit) and demonstrates with empirical evidence that central banks are invariably responsible for economic crises.

Critical Thinking's analysis reveals concentrated power has corrupted the political economy and is equally pernicious whether vested in the state or private hands. The political economy is flawed, beyond the money system, and requires radical transformation to dissolve hierarchy and eliminate the three fundamental economic flaws.

Don't cross the bankers

Is Hungary showing the rest of us how to escape the clutches of bankers and the Structural Elite?

Hungary Kills The Rothschild Banks: Ordered To Vacate Country
Not since the 1930s in Germany has a major European country dared to escape from the clutches of the Rothschild-controlled international banking cartels. This is stupendous news that should encourage nationalist patriots worldwide to increase the fight for freedom from financial tyranny.

Debt-free and interest free money is an essential ingredient for freedom and prosperity; sovereign debt-free money could permanently secure Iceland's control of its economy and liberate Greece from the yoke of banking hegemony. However, as has been pointed out before, such a move is not without risk.

Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy
Two great presidents of the United States Assassinated for the cause of justice by Melvin Sickler
November 22, 2003 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and a majority of Americans still believe that there was a conspiracy behind this assassination. Both Abraham Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated while they held the high office of President of the United States. Both of these former presidents had also created their own money system to run the United States while they were in office. Is this just a coincidence?

By discussing these issues widely and encouraging other countries to break free from the maw of central banking, we can weaken the power of the banking dynasties and the Structural Elite. Sharing the value of land, resources and the commons, in the form of an unconditional citizens dividend, would eliminate Structural Elite power and liberate people to self-organise society.

Kakistocracy Plus

Several months back, Daily Pickings broached the subject of Kakistocracy. Dr Tjeerd Andringa of the University of Groningen discussed how Elite psychopaths require a supply of ruthless power hungry individuals with a deep understanding of how the world works. And how elite child abuse networks are one channel to find individuals with that depth of understanding combined with an utter ruthlessness and the capacity to appear respectable.

In the wake of BBC Savile revelations and further allegations of a paedophile ring at the heart of the British Establishment, it is perhaps not surprising to find the UK media obsessing over the threat posed by vulnerable refugees and an ageing bearded politician with morals. From last weeks Porkins Policy Radio episode, it appears the US media are behaving in exactly the same way over the ongoing allegations against Jeffrey Epstein.


Pearse Redmond is joined by private investigator and host of The Opperman Report, Ed Opperman. Together they discuss the complexities of allegations and stories surrounding Billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein:
What connects him to the rich and powerful; Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Ehud Barak, Alan Dershowitz, Chris Tucker, Jean Luc-Brunel, Ghislaine Maxwell.......?

Why would Prince Andrew, Woody Allen, Katie Courik and George Stephanopoulos turn up to Epstein's release party in New York following his 18 month imprisonment for soliciting an under age prostitute?


Jigsaw pieces fall into place

One doesn't need to invent "conspiracy theories" when pieces of the Middle East jigsaw emerge from independent sources, many of them official or quasi-official. Daily Pickings has referred in the past to the Yinon plan, articulated in 1982, which lays out Israel's imperial plan to dominate the Middle East. This timeline shows how Iraq and Syria fit into the Yinon plan to destabilise the region.

Syrian War-ISIS Creation Timeline: 1992-2015
This document is meant for all those interested in the lead up and current events surrounding the war in Syria and the creation of ISIS. Below is a timeline ranging from 1992-2015 with related articles to the war in Syria, ISIS and geopolitical events that tie them all together.

A significant component in the destabilisation of the Middle East and beyond (the bogemen used to frighten people into supporting illegal wars and ceding their liberties) was Al Qaeda. But as Robin Cook, former UK Foreign Secretary who died in mysterious circumstances, explained before his premature demise, Al Qaeda was a myth that never existed in the way described by politicians, pundits and media. The creation of ISIS follows a similar pattern.

Unraveling the Myth of Al Qaida By Peter Chamberlin
The myth of “al Qaida” is built on an expansive foundation of many half-truths and hidden facts.  It is a CIA creation.  It was shaped by the agency to serve as a substitute “enemy” for America, replacing the Soviets whom the Islamist forces had driven from Afghanistan.  Unknown American officials, at an indeterminate point in time, made the decision to fabricate the tale of a mythical worldwide network of Islamic terrorists from the exploits of the Afghan Mujahedeen. The CIA already had their own network of Islamic militant “freedom fighters,” all that was needed were a few scattered terrorist attacks against US targets and a credible heroic figurehead, to serve as the “great leader.”