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State surveillance

Daily Pickings has made reference, in the past, to state surveillance, drawing the analogy of mass control of populations in the former Soviet Union - the Orwellian state and thought police.

In the UK, the government is determined to close down dissent through mass surveillance and "authorities" generally are looking to create backdoors into every communication medium, including encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp.

The "threat" these measures are claimed to counteract is statistically insignificant and largely fabricated and facilitated by the very authorities supposed to "keep us safe".

Constraints on our freedom and intrusions into our privacy are legion in this age of surveillance and social media. Germany has closed down freedom of speech.

Freedom of Speech comes to an end in Germany by Martin Armstrong
The most anti-democratic law perhaps ever to pass any western government just passed in the German Bundestag last week. Even the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) votes to suppress free speech and it is all geared to end criticism of government. This new law obligates the operators of social networks to block off anything that they themselves view “might be” criminal within 24 hours of receipt of the complaint. Other illegal content must be “deleted” or “blocked” within seven days.

Freedom of thought is the essential foundation of human evolution - lose that and we are lost. Freedom to co-create a new reality is essential for human survival.

Don't waste your energy on politics

UK Column reports on the Putin and Trump meeting at G8 while Vanessa Beeley explains what's been going on in Syria.

As Patrick and Mike explain, deeper forces are at play to disrupt attempts by Trump to effect a reconciliation between US and Russia. The British Foreign Office and intelligence services continue to support terrorism through Independent Diplomat, an NGO run by ex-diplomat Carne Ross, and the White Helmets. Vanessa joins the dots on Ross, the late Jo Cox, her husband Brendon and Gemma Mortensen of Crisis Action.

While, keeping tabs on what the elevated cattle are up to can help our understanding of how the world works, nothing will change through politics; change can only come from us taking responsibility for ourselves, each other and the world we live in.

Trouble is coming down the track and politics won't even acknowledge the problem; our defense is family, community and cooperation to insulate ourselves from the system's impending collapse.

Who agreed to this?

Here is a cogent critique of the state of UK politics and its effect on the majority even though many are unaware of what is really going on - boiling frogs seldom realise their predicament until it's too late - most haven't yet noticed how their present is oppressed and their future is being stolen.

As Frankie says, the only solution is structural change; Critical Thinking's analysis suggests the system is incapable of changing itself and that the only solution is to withdraw consent to the abusive, oppressive and destructive political economy, to create a new one. This was the subject of discussion at last Tuesday's Critical Thinking session. The process of thinking and making seems to take conversations in new directions; the output was the short "Withdrawing Consent" video posted last Friday on Daily Pickings.


Human pawns and geopolitical games

Daily Pickings has frequently asserted that we humans are pawns in the games of the Structural Elite and their elevated cattle. In war, we are as disposable as truth.

“The Hotel Tacloban”: The Depravity of War from The Pacific War Theater to the CIA’s Phoenix Program by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson
Review of Douglas Valentine's Book
“I’ll never forget that day—it was the day of his mother’s funeral. I’d heard the news of Kennedy’s death on the TV and I’d gone into the living room, where the adults were consoling one another, to let everyone know. I was fourteen at the time and the first person I told was my grandfather, who didn’t hear a word I said, and who, when I repeated myself, pulled away from me and said, ‘I don’t care.’ Next I told my father the awful news, ‘Dad’ I said excitedly, ‘The President’s been shot and they got the guy who did it.’ More kindly than bitterly, he replied, ‘the guy they got didn’t do it, Doug. You can count on that.”

As was posted a couple of days ago, the world is run by a big club, and you're not in it.