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- Published on Saturday, 04 March 2017 08:23
Perpetual war since 9/11 has brought us progressively towards WW3. Historians may well look back at 9/11, rather like the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand which kicked off WW1, as the spark to ignite global conflagration and the destruction of Afghanistan as the beginning of WW3.
Wars aren't a linear progression. Had Hitler allowed his generals to finish the job at Dunkirk, Britain would have been beaten and WW2 ended in 1940 but he had a misguided respect for Britain and sought peace. Churchill and his bankster puppet-masters had other ideas. Kaiser Wilhelm similarly sought peace in 1916 from a position of strength but Woodrow Wilson, also under the control of the Rothschild led banksters, ensured America was brought into the war (in exchange for the Balfour Declaration to satisfy the Zionist lobby) and the rest is history.
Russia was wrong-footed over Libya by agreeing to a "no fly zone" under the UN Responsibility to Protect (R2P) mandate - code for "let's bomb the country to destruction". Putin wasn't keen to repeat the process in Syria and Russia has reversed the tide there. Similarly in Ukraine, Putin wasn't about to let the US have Crimea to lose a vital strategic asset and consign its largely Russian population to the misery and oppression of the illegal, US-backed regime in Ukraine.
More recently, in spite of hopes of US-Russian détente under Trump, the drums for war beat ever louder across the globe.
5 Signs We’re Headed Toward a Major War By Darius Shahtahmasebi
In January of this year, former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that the whole world is preparing for war. There are many indicators that back up Gorbachev’s assertion, but to discuss them in their entirety would take a dissertation or two. Instead, we have put together a list of the five most obvious signs of impending war currently being overlooked by the media. As a result of these oversights, the public is also missing them.
We can stop this because we, all of us, are the source of their power; as long as we participate in their oppressive and destructive political economy, wars will continue. The only solution is to build an alternative to leave them to their games - they are unlikely to fight themselves. We, people around the world, don't have to be the schmucks who fund and fight their wars for them.
- Published on Friday, 03 March 2017 10:59
It is time to reclaim words and our freedom. The word anarchy has been corrupted but its true meaning is No Ruler. One of the biggest objections to the elimination of institutional hierarchy is: who would make sure bad people don't do bad things to us?
GetCell411.com addresses this and other issues. It is social networking without central control, censorship or surveillance...yet.
Anarchy can take many forms and there are some who are looking to anarchy to fulfill their dreams of freedom in terms of their own benefit and for those closest to them. This view is "supported" by some interpretations of Gurdjieff's teachings.
Critical Thinking's research and analysis suggests we have to go deeper and wider to recognise that we are interdependent, conscious entities and our interests are best served by collaboration and co-creation.
This is work-in-progress and discussion continues...
- Published on Thursday, 02 March 2017 06:27
Amid the climate change hysteria which is based on a limited understanding of the earth's climate and ignores the role of the sun and solar cycles in governing our climate, little mind is paid to long climate cycles. We are currently in an interglacial period which, at some point, is likely to come to an end.
The earth experienced a Little Ice Age (LIA) from about 1450 to 1850AD which followed the Medieval WarmPeriod. The LIA was characterised by hardship and famine as crop yields plummeted.
Solar scientists have been predicting the next solar cycle will follow a pattern similar to the Maunder minimum which coincided with the Little Ice Age.
Irregular heartbeat of the Sun driven by double dynamo by Dr Robert Massey
Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the 'mini ice age' that began in 1645. Results will be presented today by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno
The above study refers to the Little Ice Age starting in 1645 but the population of Greenland plummeted about 200 years earlier because they could no longer farm due to permafrost which persists today.
The question, raised in a comment in the last few days, is how do we feed the world should temperatures plummet and the sun's activity diminish?
- Published on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:29
Slave revolts in the past were a rarity because there was little opportunity or means to create a common understanding of the latent power among the slaves who invariably outnumbered the ruling classes. In Rome, it was once thought a good idea make all slaves wear black armbands; only when the slaves saw the visual symbol did they realise that everybody but the senators were slaves and they out numbered the politicians and should not let the tirany of power enslave them and their system where only the 1% could be free...
Today, slavery is far more subtle because we are enslaved by ignorance. The idea that those in power are entitled to murder and steal is normalised by laws, culture and ideology. Debt is the most obvious manifestation of our slavery and yet we are willing putative "slavemasters" demanding our own share of usury, thereby perpetuating our own enslavement. Whether through mortgages, student debt, consumer loans or credit cards we are willing participants in our corruption and servitude. But even those that resist personal involvement in these crimes against humanity cannot escape the bonds of usury - most of our taxes go the same way... to the banksters and usurors.
Privatization and Corporate Plunder: The Bait and Switch of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) by Pete Dolack
This being the age of public relations, the genteel term “public-private partnership” is used instead of corporate plunder. A “partnership” such deals may be, but it isn’t the public who gets the benefits.
We've long been denied the means to life unless we comply with the system of bonded employment and consumption but increasingly our labour is surplus to requirements as artificial intelligence, automation and robotics displace humans from the labour force, driving down wages and increasing the pool of the Precariat - those who have no security of income but scratch a meagre living at the fringes of society.
Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendy's Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs by Zero Hedge
In yet another awkwardly rational response to government intervention in deciding what's "fair", the blowback from minimum wage demanding fast food workers has struck again. Wendy's plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores - 16% of its locations nationwide.
The Precariat isn't limited to low-paid, unsophisticated workers; college lecturers, lawyers, journalists, accountants are all being replaced by technology. Those enslaving themselves in student debt are being sold a lie - those great jobs they are promised? Only for the few, the well connected - as John Taylor Gatto explains in the ultimate history lesson, those top jobs aren't for the best qualified, they are for the kakistocracy, those willing to play the system for the good of the masters.
And as if that wasn't bad enough, induced mass migration from perpetual war and theft of migrants' birthright in their own countries is adding to the slave force, increasing pressure on us all.
RAND Corporation’s Plan for Dicing up Syria
Originally published by - Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, translated by Tom Winter, published in English by Fort Russ
The plans for the division of Syria are highly problematic: already in the Syrian war, massive ethnic cleansings have already taken place. These were carried out based on the planned petroleum pipelines. A territorial breakdown by ethnicity would greatly accelerate the trend towards expulsion. New escape movements would be the result. These would then come to Europe – which is desperately trying to shut itself off.