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The Library of Babel

James Corbett uses Jorge Luis Borges' “The Library of Babel” to discuss Google's "gatekeeper" role in filtering and personalising information, tailoring search results based on your profile, and the implications for human society.

The Library of Babel - Film, Literature and the New World Order (39 minute video)
The universe is the internet is the library is the internet is the universe. Or is it? And if so, who are the librarians? And if we have all the information we can ever want, does that mean we have knowledge or wisdom? If not, how do we make it? Or who will make it for us? Join James in this classic "Film, Literature and the New World Order" examination of “The Library of Babel” by Jorge Luis Borges.

Yesterday's Daily Pickings referred to the events in Charlottesville which is looking more like incitement of civil war as information emerges.

Police: Charlottesville Was ‘Inside Job’ To Ignite Race War by Baxter Dmitry
A Charlottesville police officer has come forward to express his anger at being told to “stand down” by the city mayor during violent clashes between protestors. He also claims the protests, which pitched “white supremacists” against members of Antifa, were “set up” to further the agenda of the elites.
“We [Charlottesville police] were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away.“

The "tailored" narrative is unfolding around the globe with judiciously placed voices to add weight to the false narrative:

Observations from Dick Eastman:

Subject: Listen to a Jew in Australia commenting on Charlottesville and making other remarks frequently heard in Europe and Israel


Regime change comes home

We've seen it in the "colour" revolutions; we've seen it in the "Arab spring", we saw it in Ukraine and we're seeing this unfolding across Europe. Now it's taken root at the source of the current round of mayhem, the United States of America, Charlottesville, Virginia but it's early days and the media production project, just beginning. Divide to create civil war - impose a new regime.

In Venezuela, this has been going on for years, following the pattern of regime change in Chile in 1973 and countless other CIA inspired coups across Latin America.

What’s Really Happening in #Venezuela – From Someone Who Knows by Mike Prysner and Skwawkbox
Mike Prysner is a former US Army soldier turned documentary-maker, who produces and co-writes The Empire Files for Latin American broadcaster teleSUR English with Abby Martin. He was, until recently, in Venezuela covering the troubles there.
Mike generously gave the SKWAWKBOX his time for a lengthy interview from Los Angeles on the real situation in Venezuela from his first-hand experience. What he related is eye-opening.
And it’s very different from the line we’re being fed by the UK’s press, broadcasters, pundits and right-wing MPs – and it’s startling from the outset.

One cannot overstate what we must do. We need to talk to our "enemies" - both sides are fuelled and goaded by the puppet masters; it's time to cut our strings and refuse to participate in our own destruction.

It's a club and you're not in it!

The late George Carlin had the political economy sussed: "Its a big club and you're not in it!"

First and foremost, it's a money club ruled by the bankster Mafia. All the bailout money, quantitative easing, etc.? Paid out in dividends and share buybacks to ramp up the share prices of banks to further enrich top banksters and rich shareholders.

Federal Bank Regulator Drops a Bombshell as Corporate Media Snoozes by Pam Martens and Russ Martens
What the fearless Hoenig told the Senate Banking Committee was effectively this: the biggest Wall Street banks have been lying to the American people that overly stringent capital rules by their regulators are constraining their ability to lend to consumers and businesses. What’s really behind their inability to make more loans is the documented fact that the 10 largest banks in the country “will distribute, in aggregate, 99 percent of their net income on an annualized basis,” by paying out dividends to shareholders and buying back excessive amounts of their own stock.

It's time to stop fighting with our fellow humans in the desperate struggle to "join the club", leave the Structural Elite to their games and start our own club which adheres to natural law: in which no human rules another, the commons are shared equitably and there is no usury.

Withdrawing Consent (3 minute video)

The dark art of money is the biggest obstacle to change - to protect yourself, use cash wherever possible; find alternative means of transacting with fellow humans (LETS, alternative currencies etc.) - leave those in the club to play with themselves  or join the rest of us as humans.

Reconnecting with nature

Yesterday's Daily Pickings suggests we need to talk; we also need to reconnect with nature and the universe to discover our human selves.

Meditations on Attuning with the Rhythms of Life: Panarchy, Poiesis and Presence by Giles Hutchins

‘The purpose of life is to live in agreement with Nature.’  Zeno, Greek philosopher, c500BC

‘He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking.’ Confucius, Chinese sage, c500BC

Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.’ Lao Tzu, Chinese sage, c500BC

‘There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.’ Pythagoras, Greek philosopher, c500BC