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- Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:46
Is Vladmir Putin really on the side of humanity?
Perhaps he is but the only way Rothschild and the Structural Elite will be stopped is by us removing their power - we are both the source of their power and hold the key to removing it.
- Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 07:37
Friday's Daily Pickings alighted on Miraculous Abundance, a book by Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer which documents the development of permaculture on their small farm and explains how we can create food abundance through decentralised and de-industrialised agriculture.
Next month in London, there is a weekend of workshops and discussions to explore issues around land, the source of food and life.
Land for What?
A weekend of conversations about land hosted by Community Food Growers Network, Just Space, Landworkers’ Alliance, London Quaker Housing, New Economics Foundation, Radical Housing Network, Shared Assets, London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative, Three Acres And A Cow and Ubele
There is an unfortunate emphasis on Climate Change in the introduction but that shouldn't detract from the exploration of the importance of land; irrespective of whether the threat of man-made climate change is real of imagined, the imperative to radically change our approach to land and farming is paramount.
All wealth is derived from the land but it has been appropriated by the few denying the rest of us access to our birthright, the means to life. This is a fundamental principle which should underpin our thinking on how to transform the political economy.
The Traumatised Society
In The Traumatised Society Fred Harrison explains how this is a crisis of our civilisation and describes the rise and fall of previous civilisations which allowed the means to life, in terms of land and resources, to be owned and exploited by an elite. He explains how 1,000 years ago, in England, 100% of the bounty from the land was used for the common good but from the time of Henry VIII the public share of surplus revenues from the land reduced from 100% to c.4% by the beginning of the 19th century. To make up for the dwindling public revenues income and other taxes, which penalise enterprise and work, were introduced. Once we became dislocated from the land, the foundations of our civilisation began to erode and we became so traumatised and distracted that we lack the capability to think properly about these issues.
Beneath the radar, there is a growing awareness that climate change hysteria is driven by politics rather than science - we know from where this originates and who is pulling the strings of the political puppets.
- Published on Sunday, 23 October 2016 12:06
Yesterday's Daily Pickings referred to Adam Curtis's "hit piece" on Syria and Russia - Hypernormality. In creating his fantasy narrative built on omissions and half-truths, he characterised Hafeez Al Assad as the bogeyman and his son Bashar as the reluctant ingenue turned bloody tyrant, totally ignoring the machinations of Israel et al to destabilise Syria and the Middle East.
An Urgently Necessary Briefing on Syria by Gary Leup
In the same way that Muammar Gaddafi was falsely portrayed, so is Bashar al Assad. That is not to suggest that any government is without fault - all government is tyrannical and abusive but Gaddafi, Hafeez al Assad and his son have a much lower body count than the UK, US and NATO which are psychopathic killing machines. Listen to Bashar al Assad and judge for yourself what sort of man he is.
We are facing multiple threats today and anyone of them could provide the excuse for the imposition of martial law.
5 Triggering Events That Would Place The U.S. Under Martial Law by Jeremiah Johnson
As you are probably well aware, the Obama administration would like nothing more than to place the United States under Martial Law.
Once that is accomplished, the country and people would be locked down and kept under control on the pretext of continuing with the government and/or maintaining the national security of the U.S.
Let’s take a look at 5 events the administration would be most likely to utilize to reach this end state.
The situation is not irretrievable but it does need us to take responsibility and disengage from their narrative and co-create our own.
- Published on Saturday, 22 October 2016 13:16
"Everything is so awful" - "There are so many bad things happening in the world" - "It all seems so random and disconnected, things are only going to get worse" - "we need someone to explain it to us" - Enter stage left, Adam Curtis who did an excellent series, Century of the Self...
Adam Curtis' Hypernormality
If you're anything like me, you've probably spent much of 2016 asking yourself, 'How on earth did we get to this point? How has it come to this?'. And since you're reading this, you probably are.
Well, the new documentary from cult film maker Adam Curtis has arrived – just for us. Using complex, interconnected narratives, fascinating archival footage and a brilliant ambient soundtrack, Curtis attempts to navigate Brexit, Trump and your news feed. This is an essential – if not disheartening – unpicking of the post-truth landscape.
All well and good, you would think, or would you?
There are far too many omissions and half-truths in Curtis's hit piece on Syria - BBC programming is currently slanted towards framing Assad in Syria and Putin in Russia as the bogeymen - to challenge point by point here.
The most generous interpretation of Curtis is that he genuinely believes the fairytale narrative he served up; the more realistic interpretation is that it was as far as he could or wanted to go to achieve a purpose other than to enlighten people.
So while, Curtis was quite happy to explain the Gaddafi back story to a point: that Gaddafi was fabricated (with his complicity) as the arch bogeyman behind terrorist attacks until it suited "them" to rehabilitate him (the Blair love-in), he never entertains the notion that Hafeez Al Assad and his son Bashar have been subjected to the same treatment. And of course no mention of NATO's operation Gladio which perpetrated numerous false flag "terrorist" attacks in Europe to achieve political ends.
Anyone who accepts the official story of 9/11 at face value and incorporates it into their analysis is lying either unwittingly or willfully; either way Curtis's setup for war with Syria is propaganda - preparing us for what comes next. A sad reflection on how even the best fall prey to Rothschilds' power.
Daily Pickings has suggested there is no more stimulating, rewarding or essential game than the Game of Life. If you want to play, here's a good starting point. Working through 2 hours and 40 minutes of Curtis's Hypernormalisation fantasy, see how many errors, omissions or distortions you can spot. 9/11 is your free starter for ten. Here are some clues to get you started:
Hamas was created by Israel to counter the rising threat of Yassir Arafat's PLO. In the 1967 war Israel attacked USS Liberty. Timothy Leary was a CIA asset and LSD was shipped into Laurel Canyon. Gladio was the "stay behind" NATO army.
Creating a coherent, honest narrative is impossible until one understands the power structure which drives the political economy. That is the first objective of the game: Who rules? How? and Why?
Do you want to play or retreat into Curtis's comfy narrative on the path to war with Syria and then Russia?