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Accept nothing at face value

The world is at war and in war, propaganda is a primary weapon. One front of this war is regime change in Syria but the propaganda war is global.

Proof That Your Government Is Lying To You And The Media Is Helping Them by Caitlin Johnstone
I want to make this as unequivocal as I possibly can: the Bana Alabed psy-op is the single clearest example ever of the mass media collaborating with the oligarchy against the interests of the American people. Attributed to a seven year-old girl who was purportedly living in East Aleppo and then moved to Turkey when the region was recaptured by Syrian and coalition forces, the Bana Alabed account features regular tweets by a very photogenic child decrying the evils of Assad and Putin and imploring the leaders of the US and other NATO countries to intervene in Syria.

The world was at war twice in the 20th century and everything we think we know about those wars is rooted in propaganda. We've been conditioned into blaming Germany for starting both and committing atrocities, yet these "stories" were propaganda created during the wars to stiffen the resolve of the US and UK people (to gain their support for yet another banksters' war) and demoralise the enemy, Germany. Not content with having decimated and impoverished Germany, twice, the propaganda continues and is used as a smokescreen to obscure the escalating crimes of the banksters and the Structural Elite. The only antidote to propaganda is truth, however difficult it may be to swallow.

Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil by Gerard Menuhin
Gerard Menuhin is the son of the great American-born (Jewish)violinist Yehudi Menuhin. He could no longer bear the lies being perpetrated against Germany and risked all to unmask what he called the “biggest lie in history” and the mightiest fraudulent criminal enterprise in mankind’s history — the Holocaust industry.

Origins and evolution

Just when we think we have an understanding of where we came from and have become comfortable in the language of evolution, cumulative information undermines our settled world view. Many of us have grown up with an understanding of Newtonian physics and have yet to catch up with quantum physics and its implications.

Natural Inclusion suggests much of what is emerging, that matter is not solid but energy within receptive space. That is but one perspective on how our established world view needs to shift. Cumulative evidence indicates that humans have been around for a lot longer than is acknowledged by academia and that our forebears had access to much greater knowledge than is generally accessed today.

The above video raises many questions. This next series of videos expands our understanding which is essential if we are to attain a higher level of consciousness. If there is one fundamental lesson to grasp, it is that mind precedes matter, not that mind evolves from matter - understanding this one idea begins to clarify so much of what seems paradoxical within our universe.

There is no shortcut - you have to watch the whole series (8 parts) to appreciate the concepts and evidence that support this idea.

Is money the root of all evil?

Critical Thinking discussed its research and analysis with a Positive Money group in London this week and a podcast of the discussion is now available:

Slides for the Critical Thinking presentation, which starts five minutes into the podcast, are here: BeyondMoneyCreation.pdf

The fuller explanation of Hierarchy and the Political Economy referred to in the podcast is here:

 

New World Next Week and Critical Thinking

James Corbett and James Evan Pilato discuss topical issues of concern:

This week's Critical Thinking session discussed effective rebellion, replacement or reform of the political economy, madness of crowds, tyranny of consensus, mutual support in the family and community and finishes with a dilemma: controlling children while encouraging them to challenge authority.