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How much longer?

Those who've looked impartially at the evidence of man-made global warming, and found it wanting, have been waiting for the world to come to its senses and abandon the alarmist hysteria. However, when Climategate broke, over scientific fraud at the Climatic Research Unit and the University of East Anglia in October 2009, the global warming gravy train continued to rumble on with barely a pause.

The way in which the establishment closed ranks to whitewash the affair would be impressive if wasn't so tragic. Why tragic? Because of the misapplied resources and damage being wrought by the climate change agenda: wealth extraction and control of the world's human population. Chemtrails, environmental and community destruction have never been subject to an impact study and yet there is funding aplenty for academics who can produce spurious studies of the catastrophic impacts of "climate change".

Carbon Colonialism: Failure of Green Resources’ Carbon Offset Project in Uganda
In 2014, the Oakland Institute released The Darker Side of Green: Plantation Forestry and Carbon Violence in Uganda, a report documenting the mistreatment and violence directed at local communities by Norwegian plantation forestry and carbon offset company, Green Resources.

Meanwhile, the evidence which undermines the justification for alarm just keeps accumulating.

New paper: The missing link between cosmic rays, clouds, and climate change on Earth by Anthony Watts
“The most obvious way for warming to be caused naturally is for small, natural fluctuations in the circulation patterns of the atmosphere and ocean to result in a 1% or 2% decrease in global cloud cover. Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling.”

SEA LEVEL: Rise and Fall – Part 3 – Computational Hubris by Kip Hansen
1. Overall, the seas have been rising, slowly and inexorably, since the end of the last Ice Age. In general, they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future — at somewhere between 4-12 inches [10-30cm] per century.  This rate is an imminent threat to populated areas built nominally at today’s existing sea level.
2. It does not seem that sea levels are rising dangerously or rapidly, nor is the rise accelerating, on a global scale — though our ability to measure global changes at these very small (millimetric) magnitudes is highly questionable.
3. If Morner (and his 101 colleagues of the INQUA Commission) are correct, there has not been much actual sea level rise at all over the last 25 years (the satellite altimetry era).
4. All of the above could mean that the constant drumbeat of doom regarding rising sea levels is based on the same sort of Computational Hubris that has brought us “average global temperature anomaly” in place of average global surface temperature. [ see here and here ] Or as Nils-Axel Mörner reports anecdotally “At the Moscow global warming meeting in 2005, in answer to my criticisms about this “correction,” one of the persons in the British IPCC delegation said, “We had to adjust the record, otherwise there would not be any trend.”

Weight of evidence doesn't seem to count for much in the climate change debate but who knows? Maybe the world will come to its senses in 2018, nine years on from Climategate. The trajectory is towards a Rothschild orchestrated new world order in which the Structural Elite and their elevated cattle preside over lobotomised subhumans who are denied access to large swathes of the planet. Sound fanciful? It was clearly explained at the UNCED conference in 1992. And the environmental movement? They are just cannon fodder according to Rothschild, Rockefeller and their henchmen.

That was 2017...

James Corbett and James Evan Pilato look back to their predictions for 2017 and how they turned out and then turn their attention to the year ahead.

Interview 1336 – New World Next Year 2018 with James Evan Pilato
Corbett Report’s 2018 Trend: Weaponized Social Media
Media Monarchy’s 2018 Trend: The Maker Culture Will Become Pop Culture

Looking ahead, the James's predicitions highlight the tension or conflict between the system and the awakening. To survive, the current system needs compliance, hence the weaponisng of social media but our defence and road to freedom lay in the direction of self-reliance, mutual support and co-creativity.

James Corbett refers to this article by Matt Agorist. The next time someone calls you a "conspiracy theorist", point them to this.

Top Ten Conspiracy Theories That Turned FACT in 2017 by Matt Agorist
2017 was a year that vindicated those who the media has constantly referred to conspiracy theorists, exposing the establishment in the process.

It's our choice as to whether to succumb to the wiles of the social media giants or whether to co-create our own circles of trust within which to share and analyse information and ideas.

 

We teach life

The reality of Israel's oppression and destruction of Palestinians is obscured by the framing of language and the power of Jewry to suppress criticism through fear. Being cast as "anti-Semitic" is a ludicrous conflation, given that Palestinians are Semites but that's how inversion works.

This short video provides a clear understanding of the asymmetry between the aggressor/occupier and the victim/occupied. It is raw and conveys the reality of life for the souls in Gaza.

None of us are free until the Palestinians and every other oppressed people are free. Oppressing and abusing others is self-harm because it serves the interests of the farmers (Structural Elite) and tightens the noose around our own necks.

Understanding leads to freedom

Yesterday's UK Column provided a round-up of the main themes from 2017 and a look forward to the new year.

UK Column News - 18th December 2017 (1 hour two minute video)
START – Brexit & EU: The Best of both Worlds document
04:16 – TTIP, TPP: trade agreements being done by the back door…?
14:17 – EU military unification: UK Column got it right
31:09 – Newsweek: Putin is preparing for WWIII...
41:03 – Google: the evil monopoly – the corporate control of news
54:48 – Looking forward to 2018…

During discussion there is allusion to secret cabals and bankers. Among the panel, there are elements of understanding of reality but, as for most of us, the canvas (of the political economy) is so vast that identifying the true nature of our condition is almost impossible unless we co-create a shared understanding of who rules, how and why?

Learning is the key to understanding. Critical Thinking, through its co-creative learning process, has identified Usury, theft of the Commons and institutional Hierarchy as root causes of our problems but unless people learn how and why this is so, these are no “silver bullets” to set humanity free.

Human Servitude
Our servitude (as domesticated cattle) is self-imposed through fear and ignorance; we scoff at the beliefs of “primitive” peoples, ignorant of what made those societies thrive – the glue of co-creative learning. We are divided and conflated through ignorance of the “others”’ perspective. We may scoff at others but we’re in the same or even worse state than Etienne de Boetie’s contemporaries when he wrote Discourse on Voluntary Servitude nearly 500 years ago.

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Understanding leads to freedom