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Alternatives to BBC news

Daily Pickings' observations on the mendacity of the BBC are frequent; the lies they spout on Syria, global warming and Jeremy Corbyn, flying in the face of evidence, are just three examples of the BBC's distortion of reality. Recently, Daily Pickings highlighted the BBC's cover up of HSBC's crimes.

If you consume daily news, remember, what is put in front of you is what someone wants you to see while obscuring issues/events which may be more important or lead to a totally different interpretation of what is going on.

This is where the Corbett Report, UK Column and other independent sources of information and news are invaluable, highlighting and explaining what those in authority would prefer you ignore.


How we are led by flickering images and sound bites! Their influence is so pervasive that we barely notice how our interest is diverted from what matters to someone else's agenda.

Daily Pickings has reflected on the power of the internet to transform human society for the better but as always with progress, technology and the internet are a double edged sword. Big data, surveillance and behavioural science are brought together to shape our attitudes and actions - even when we know what's happening, we cannot but help be affected, if only by reacting against it.

Be careful who you follow, what you let into your mind and what you pass on.

When so much of what we are exposed to is crafted to elicit specific responses, how do we resist? As in food, the closer we are to eating food in its natural state, the better it is for us. Similarly, the closer we are to the source of news, unintermediated by corrupt media with an agenda, the more likely it is to reflect reality, allowing us to build a narrative which accords with the facts.

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has slipped off the main stream radar but there are many unanswered questions and the responses from the establishment have been woefully inadequate. Self-organised relief from locals and volunteers is what's making a difference to the victims and the community.

When the sh*t hits the fan, it is ourselves and each other we rely on - the "authorities" are working to a different agenda in which humans are an inconvenience or disposable pawns to be manipulated.

The world is run by a "big club" and you're not in it.

We need to create our own "clubs" locally, regionally, nationally and globally - then their big club will become irrelevant and impotent.

What in the World Are They Spraying?

Chemtrails: What are they? Why are they?

The what is becoming ever clearer - chemtrails contain large quantities of poisonous elements (eg. aluminium, barium, strontium) dumped into our atmosphere and we have little choice in what we breathe or ingest. These poisons are in the air, water, soil and the food chain - chemtrails poison and kill.

The why comprises multiple agendas and we can argue in perpetuity as to who is driving this assault on humanity and the planet but argument will not stop it. It will stop when sufficient people take notice, think and then ask "What in the World Are They Spraying?"

Increased aluminium in the atmosphere may account for increased intensity of forest wildfires, the growing prevalence of Alzheimer's, respiratory diseases and reducing crop yields. Official discussions and papers on geo-engineering (deploying chemtrails) talk about the benefits in respect of reducing mythical man made global warming but there has been no visible consideration of the risks to human and planetary health.

Extreme weather events are far more likely to be caused by weather manipulation than extra CO2 in the atmosphere and may be used to hype the global warming hysteria.

As Daily Pickings has pointed out before - all roads of power and wealth lead to Rothschilds; in the case of climate change and global warming, their intentions were betrayed as far back as 1992 at the UNCED conference. Interesting snippets of information can reveal more of their hand, for example, this from Daily Pickings last autumn: Why would the Rothschilds be so interested in owning the largest and most recognized weather modeling organization out there? Why would E.L. Rothschild LLC wish to have the controlling interest in the world’s leading provider of interactive weather graphics and data services for television, web, and mobil? Because when you are involved in climate decimating geoengineering programs, you must also control the “forecast” models to cover your tracks.

But let's not worry about the why for now - let's encourage people to look up and ask "What in the World Are They Spraying?"

Withdrawing consent

In a recent Critical Thinking session, while discussing how to withdraw consent, the underlying premise of why we need to withdraw consent to the current abusive, oppressive and destructive political economy was summarised.

Porcfest is one example of people getting together to withdraw consent. Here, Partrick Byrne provides some historical and philosophical context to the agorist/anarchist movement.

Patrick (and Porcfest) are heading in the right direction in seeking to isolate their planned community from the oppressive hand of government but seem oblivious to the other centres of power within the political economy which are arguably more pernicious and dangerous, not least because centralised, stateless power controls governments.

The Porcfest community and Patrick address the first flaw in the political economy, hierarchy, but ignore the two corrosive, abusive and destructive economic elements which facilitate and underpin hierarchy: theft of the commons and usury. Any political economy which accepts these flaws is destined to create power imbalances leading to inequality and abuse of a growing majority by a narrow minority - all for the "greater good".

Daily Pickings has often mentioned resonance or serendipity in the way our investigations or research are driven by "unseen forces". Following recent discussion at a GlobalNet21/Ethical Society planning meeting on education and politics, Evan Parker mentioned "sortition" as being a means of developing participatory democracy. Patrick, in the video above also mentions sortition. It would seem sortition is worthy of further investigation.

Meanwhile, our discussions on withdrawing consent continue...