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Why would anything have changed?

From time to time, paedophilia scandals emerge, invariably after the death of specific culprits and the media/taliking heads go into overdrive to declare their outrage and incredulity that such things could have gone on in plain sight.

Reportedly, Savile told the Israeli cabinet that he "was very disappointed: the Israelis had won the Six Day War but they had given back all the land, including the only oil well in the region, and were now paying the Egyptians more for oil than if they had bought it from Saudi Arabia."

The Savile case goes to the heart of the establishment, as do the crimes of Ted Heath, Leon Brittain, Greville Janner and many more. Furthermore, the silencing of witnesses remains unquestioned.

But the most pertinent question remains, why are we prepared to allow this to be regarded as an historic "problem" rather than the ongoing, default means of controlling the elevated cattle (order followers) in the UK, US, Europe and beyond?

Intelligent dissonance?

The 1993 World Trade Centre (WTC) bombing in New York was eclipsed by the more dramatic events at the WTC on 11th September 2001 but it would seem the CIA were complicit in the plot to bomb targets across New York.

Tom Secker and Pearse Redmond discuss the CIA and other agencies recruiting, radicalising, training and supporting Jihadists for operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, domestically and beyond.

the CIA is just an necessity and an inevitability in the world (1 hour and 58 minute video)

The CIA is behind so much mayhem and manipulation in the world.

The Story of the CIA's "Finders" Abduction Operation
The CIA Traffics in Drugs, Child Ritual Sexual Abuse, and Global Murder

Why isn't there widespread outrage and opposition to these bankster backed intelligence organisations? Propaganda and cognitive dissonance from uncontrolled ego...

Metaphors with purpose

If you have time, have a look at @FCriticalThink's followers on Twitter. First of all, this is not about numbers but diversity. What is extraordinary and wonderful is the wide spectrum of followers when viewed through various lenses: political, cultural, national and more.

Irrespective of differences, @FCriticalThink's followers share a common humanity and love of truth. Discovery of the truth is a journey and the signposts or guides to truth come in different forms. Empirical evidence and Abstract Rationality will get us so far but we need to go beyond what is measurable and demonstrable to a deeper level of thinking and awareness. What emerges from the mist on this journey is how theology and philosophy are full of metaphors for the essential conception of the universe and our connection with it.

Myths, stories and legends are metaphors for the human condition and having reached a staging post of understanding - that the universe is love manifest as energy within receptive space - new possibilities for humanity emerge.

The lesson from Critical Thinking and our followers on Twitter is that we, humanity, can collaborate and co-create globally, traversing ideological differences, to reach a common understanding of the universe and our place within it. Once we interpret metaphors correctly to recognise their true meaning, we are on the next rung of the ladder of evolution.

This is nothing to do with how many follow @FCriticalThink but is the strength of truth emerging once ideas resonate within an ecosystem of thinking and reflection among groups and individuals around the world.

Connectivity and food

The video in the post below raises some fundamental issues but in some ways it is too pessimistic in missing essential elements which can transform the global political economy and feed the world.

Connectivity: Part of the food revolution (25 minute video)
Hunger has been a problem that the world has faced throughout time, and the problem is not only getting worse, it has reached epic proportions in places you would ever imagine, like in Europe and the US.

Daily Pickings has suggested permaculture is one of the essential ingredients for human survival and recently highlighted the potential of fungi to provide nutrition and other benefits in hostile environments.

To rebuild family and community, we need to recover connectivity with nature and each other; a good way to do this is by starting with food.