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Tao of Sustainable Development

This was sent to Critical Thinking on Twitter and merits exploration.

What is The Tao of Sustainable Development? by Alasdair Lord
The purpose of Sustainable Development must be to deliver a framework whereby every human has ready access to all basic necessities – clean air, water, food, housing, sanitation, sustainable housing, health care, and energy...

There are so many issues and events to understand; this is only possible through collaborative working. Critical Thinking is reliant on many other people applying the principles of critical thinking and sharing information and insights. Diversity of thinking is our strength - we may disagree on elements of the analysis but broadly there is convergence towards fundamental principles of political economy.

We're all on a journey to a common destination but taking different routes. The destination is truth.

Meanwhile there are many traps and pitfalls to divert us from our task, in many guises. The shortcomings of mainstream media have been often highlighted in Daily Pickings but centrally controlled social media is equally subject to manipulation and censorship. Decentralised networks such as the video sharing platform are the answer to corrupt, abusive, centralised power.

The Social Media Exodus Has Begun. Here's Where Everybody's Going by James Corbett (8 minute video)
10 years ago, everybody was on MySpace. 10 years from now, the Twitters and Facebooks and YouTubes of today will be dinosaurs, abandoned by users sick of censorship and centralized control. Thankfully, the alternatives to these social media dinosaurs are already here, and they're blockchain-based, torrent friendly, decentralized and censorship resistant.

People power is coming; use it and share it.

Goldman Sachs, vampire squid

Goldman Sachs is one of the most visible manifestations of Structural Elite power with its alumni habitually controlling key functions of US government and in senior positions around the world.

However, as Daily Pickings has repeatedly highlighted, these senior current and ex-Goldman people are elevated cattle. When Lloyd Blankfein says he's doing "God's work", what he really means is he's serving a higher power.

Rothschilds invariably work through agents and nominees; secrecy has been key to their power since the French Revolution and the Battle of Waterloo. It is probable that JP Morgan and others involved in the creation of the Federal Reserve Board in the US were acting on behalf of Rothschilds who control most central banks around the world. Rothschild pulls Goldmans' strings.

If we want to remove the power of Goldman Sachs and the Rothschilds, we only have to withdraw consent. Don't use their money, nor listen to their lies.

Ominous continuities

John Talyor Gatto refers to ominous continuities when discussing evolution of the political economy. Daily Pickings has highlighted many ominous continuities over the last 5 years to show how they are connected in the context of Critical Thinking's analysis of the political economy.

Growing awareness of these ominous continuities is increasing the momentum for, and the possibility of, change. Which is why attempts to share important information are being targeted to close them down. The techniques vary from denial to attacking the sources and if all else fails, removal of the source either through censorship or more direct means.

In the realms of censorship, Daily Pickings often finds links to videos and other sources break after a while, presumably because someone objects to the way these sources are used to expose the system of corruption and those complicit in various crimes against us all.

Two recent examples are in sensitive areas: the holocaust and sex traffic. Often the offending videos or articles pop up elsewhere and the links can be restored from other sources. Thus the video link in the holocaust post has been restored.

The sex trafficking post (including paedophilia) contained video from Ashton Kutcher's impassioned plea to a recent Senate hearing - to close down internet privacy. In the same way that "fake news" backfired on the lying media who originated the même, perhaps those in Hollywood glass houses shouldn't "throw stones" and someone is worried about blowback?

The Senate hearing, from which the original clip was taken, is still available in this next article; Ashton's "bit" starts at 17 minutes and 25 seconds in.

Ashton Kutcher Gives Emotional Testimony At Hearing To End Modern Slavery

Paedophilia is rife within media and media is a primary lever of control. Ashton Kutcher's video is designed to elicit an emotional response... and it works (don't forget, he's a trained actor). As stated yesterday, we must "beware what we let into our minds"

Hollywood has apparently moved on from cocaine and sex parties to an obsession with politics - perhaps this is the new currency of success in the movie industry. How much are you aiding the Structural Elite agenda by listening to these people? Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Ashton Kutcher and many others are propaganda shock troops.

Hollywood Is Addicted to Politics by Kevin D. Williamson
It’s the new cocaine, class warfare the new progressivism

Don't trust any "authority" particularly celebrity because they are acting to a script and that script is written for the benefit of the usual suspects.

Beware what we let into our minds

On Friday, Daily Pickings referred to cognitive dissonance with a link to an article on Jay's Analysis, IQ, Psy Ops and the “Civilization” of the Scam. Bruce's comment to the article yesterday explains how selective information intended to provoke a reaction is an obstacle to understanding.

Bruce March 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm
I had thought when I was yelling at the television, talk radio or blogging, I was my own man, an independent thinker. I couldn’t see that I was only REACTING to whatever was put in front of me. I was having virtually no PROACTIVE or CREATIVE thought processes. In other words, my IMAGINATION had been lulled to sleep. Finally, after months of no regular TV (my wife an I are still movieholics), I began to understand what Mr. Rappoport was so concerned about. Simply being aware that I was being propagandized did not offer protection against at least some of that propaganda’s deleterious effects – and those effects had nothing to do with “what I did or didn’t think”, but plenty to do with “shutting down my creative or imaginative thinking completely”.
My advice at this point is “BEWARE WHAT WE ALLOW INTO OUR MINDS”…when we can, because there’s some serious shit going on.

Until we abandon the habits of watching mainstream news, reading free newspapers (or any newspapers come to that) and reliance on conventional, traditional sources of information, we are controlled. Simply being aware of the process is not enough; we have to disengage, at least until we can critique the propaganda with the more plausible narrative: that everything is connected and the serious shit is the result of three fundamental flaws in the political economy.