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Food and wine

First the human food chain. This post is from 2009.

The Rothschilds are not just bankers, but main players in the game of Risk and instigators of the wars, internal strife we have experienced on two oceans and several seas.

Then we have the Rothschilds' wines.

NWO Rothschild’s Blood Tainted Wine At A Grocery Store Near You? (VIDEO)
The Opus One Winery located in Napa Valley California was constructed by Baron Rothschild and upon his death was completed by his wife, the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and famous winemaker Robert Mondavi.

You may recall the recent devastating fires in California which wiped out a number of Rothschild's competitors.

California's Wine Country Goes up in Flames Amid Raging Wildfires by JOHN PATRICK PULLEN
California Wildfires Destroy 2,000 Homes
Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the counties affected.

Cui bono? (who benefits?) Those whose wine stores remain... Could the fires have been instigated and directed? Most certainly. As was pointed out a few days ago, geoengineering of the weather is now ubiquitous but strangely, few notice or talk about it for fear of being thought of as a conspiracy nut. But we know that official narratives are the implausible conspiracy theories (JFK, 9/11, 7/7 etc.). Deliberate arson to benefit the Rothschilds is hardly out of the question - they own "the weather".

Rothschilds, And The Geoengineering Empire
Why would the Rothschilds be so interested in owning the largest and most recognized weather modeling organization out there? Why would E.L. Rothschild LLC wish to have the controlling interest in the world’s leading provider of interactive weather graphics and data services for television, web, and mobil? Because when you are involved in climate decimating geoengineering programs, you must also control the “forecast” models to cover your tracks.

Farming humans is the name of the game and we are on the menu. If we want to change that, we need to talk about these things and not run for cover for fear of being thought of as a tin-foil hatted "conspiracy theorist".

Take courage and talk to the "other" - we can escape the human farm and no longer be on the menu.

Critical Thinkers

Those who participate in, contribute to and share information with Critical Thinking are a diverse range of humans who share an interest in searching for truth.

Steve recently shared his experiences of his journey of discovery during 2017 in a Christmas "newsletter".

 ADVENT/HANNUKAH 2017: “S/he who has an ear, let him listen to what the spirit is saying...” Revelation 2 v.7, 11, 29
I shall be alliterative in my concluding thought/homily: be curious about your contexts and challenge and communicate with chums near and far about the kind of future you want and believe in.

Mario brought his insights into learning around food, family and community to Critical Thinking and has written three pieces:

A chain is as strong as its weakest link
The weakest link is the family/social group. Two, three or four family members living at first under one roof, later leading separate lives in as many separate postcodes. Staring at us is a reality of no family groups, no social groups, no communities, and no society. No change or structural change is ever possible without these groups.

Learning All Life Cycles
There can be no knowledge without shared knowledge, no literacy without shared literacy. Ditto for learning and I understand that a type of joined up learning lies also at the heart of the CoCreative Learning Project. I endorse the project and take up the invitation to ‘feed the seeds and give them light’. However, notwithstanding the project’s co-creative aspect and the seeds metaphor (see neither does the project say what learning is nor what the learner should be focusing on.

Mum n Dad 
Depicted in Mum n Dad are the daily interactions developing within a Most Idyllic Household. Three Easy Steps take you on a guided tour sightseeing this development. Obstacles, however, bar the way.

Adam n Eve

A tree of knowledge is premised on a knowledge of trees. Trees produce crops. This is knowledge. In the Bible, however, many references to the fruits of the land were markedly depicted as challenging or as having strings attached to them. Prohibitions were common and Adam and Eve testify to that. Put yourself in their shoes. After a promising start, Adam lost his plum job in the garden and that seemed to have put an end to that experiment. And that was not the only experiment that went awry. God never had a good  word for learning showing that he was not quite au fait with Creation. Genesis itself was an amalgam of broken promises.

Why would you bother with known liars?

We come across known liars in our day to day lives. The sensible reaction, when encountering them, is to call out the lies and then walk away. The BBC is packed with known liars, interviewing known liars. So why would you bother with it?

Fabrication in BBC Panorama 'Saving Syria’s Children' by Robert Stuart
Analysis of the 30 September 2013 BBC Panorama documentary 'Saving Syria's Children' and related BBC News reports, contending that sequences filmed by BBC personnel and others at Atareb Hospital, Aleppo on 26 August 2013 purporting to show the aftermath of an incendiary bomb attack on a nearby school are largely, if not entirely, staged.


Known liars abound in politics and media. Former minister Andrew Mitchell claimed selling arms to Saudi Arabia is secondary to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen caused by the weapons we sell. Vanessa Beeley demolishes this claim in Thursday's UK Column broadcast.

UK Column News - 14th December 2017
Mike Robinson, Vanessa Beeley and Alex Thomson with today's UK Column News.
START – Theresa May at European Council summit after losing Commons Brexit vote
01:05 – Lebanon: protests ongoing against Donald Trump's Jerusalem decision
08:04 – Andrew Mitchell MP tries to justify weapon sales to Saudi Arabia
18:01 – European Council meeting today: analysing the agenda
27:15 – UK Defence Minister claims UK will be an EU "third country" ... but what does that mean in practice?
30:16 – EU military union: still silence from UK MainStream Media
32:57 – John Lehman: China Russia Iran threaten new Pearl Harbor
34:39 – NATO hysterical: Russia ‘undermines regional stability and peace...’
42:51 – Six month anniversary and memorial service for Grenfell Tower fire victims and survivors
44:26 – New OFCOM chairman: ex-Santander - who is Lord Terry Burns…?
48:55 – Sky News now owned by Disney following on $60 billion Fox deal

Take particular notice of the appointment of Terry Burns to head up Ofcom which polices media such as the BBC and UK Column. Given his pedigree (a colourful range of past appointments), we can expect scrutiny of UK Column for political correctness but the liars (BBC et al) will continue to get a free pass.

Gene drives... because we're worth it

The collective insanity (often unwitting) of human beings beggars belief. Not content with promoting robotic weapons, AI and transhumanism without giving sufficient thought to where these may lead, genetic engineering is taking us towards possible self-extinction. Scientists rarely know what they are doing; they poke sticks at things, having made some (often wrong) assumptions. Long term consequences seldom enter into the debate. Such is the case of "terminal genes". 

US military revealed as top funder of gene drives
Gates Foundation paid $1.6 million to influence UN on gene drives
Over 1,200 emails released under open records requests reveal that the US military is now the top funder and influencer behind a controversial genetic extinction technology known as “gene drives” – pumping $100 million into the field. The trove of emails, obtained via open records requests, also shed light on a $1.6 million dollar UN gene drive lobbying operation paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We know Bill Gates' agenda - eugenics and depopulation.

Jared Diamond's Collapse suggests that civilisations fail because the ruling minority often make decisions based on their perceptions of their short term interests without recognising longer term ramifications. This is where we are today, facing a range of threats, any of which could wipe out humans (and most other life on earth). Yet people continue to obsess about what's put in front of us such as mythical man-made climate change.

Forget what's delivered up by the BBC and all the other mainstream purveyors of fake news. Do some co-creative learning about what's really going on and we may be able to reverse the tide of ignorance leading us to extinction.