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Central Bank Rule

Paul Craig Roberts correctly identifies "democracy" as a front for central bank rule.

Democracy Is a Front for Central Bank Rule by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Why do “democratic Western democracies” have central banks that do nothing except protect big banks at the expense of the people?
How long will the insouciant peoples of the West continue to conspire in their own demise?

There is a simple answer to the first question and a more complex one. The simple answer is Rothschild; the complex answer involves the banking mafia cartel.

Banking and intelligence activities are soul-mates and to understand the former we need insights into the latter. A growing number of investigators are making connections; follow AbelDanger, UK Column, the Watchmen, Caravan to Midnight and others to learn of the corporate, government and intelligence services collusion to commit false flag terrorist attacks etc.

These investigators are international and collaborate to tease out truth - their insights are worthy of our attention.

People are up in arms over the Sun newspaper's coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire in London and calling for a boycott of the Sun. But all newspapers and TV lie and make you ignorant - look to sources like these recommended above, the Corbett Report and others referred to in Daily Pickings, if you want to learn about what's really going on.

How long will the insouciant peoples of the West continue to conspire in their own demise? As long as we live in ignorance but ignorance is easily displaced by knowledge and understanding.



Those searching for meaning in life may find Siddhartha by Herman Hesse useful. Be sure to read this review to the end.

Siddhartha - Kemper's review
So there’s a damn dirty hippie in India named Siddhartha who is supposed to be seeking spiritual enlightenment, but instead of going to a good Christian church like a normal person, he wanders around the woods for a while with some other damn dirty hippies. After he meets Buddha, he finally gets tired of being broke-ass and homeless, and he goes into town where he makes a pile of money. This is good because everyone knows that engaging in capitalism is the only proper way to go through life. As a bonus, he also meets a beautiful woman.
Then, just when he’s having a good ole time; doing business, drinking, gambling and making time with the woman, the dang fool’s hippie ideas pop up again, and he walks away from all of it. Remember that Chris Farley routine on Saturday Night Live where he’d scream that someone would end up living in a van down by the river? Well, this hippie ends up living in a hut down by the river. And that’s even worse, because at least you could play the radio in a van.
Finally, Siddartha thinks that the river is god. Or something stupid like that. It just didn’t make any sense. Give me one of them Lee Child novels any day over this hippie dippie crap. That Jack Reacher is a man’s man!
Just kidding.
Actually, this is an elegant allegory about a guy going through different phases as he pursues a lifelong quest to rid himself of his ego so that he can know true peace and enlightenment. It’s filled with incredible writing, and it’s short and smart enough to hold the attention of even a doofus like me. I’d put this in the category of books that everyone should read at least once.


Qataris led by Israel

Israeli interference in politics of other nations is the expectation rather than the exception. As yesterday's Daily Pickings pointed out, Israel is a lever of power for the Structural Elite and their Machiavellian plotting is beyond the comprehension and understanding of most people. Israel is secretly goading and encouraging belligerence on both sides of the Qatar/Saudi spat.

Abu Dhabi links with Israel exposed in leaked emails
The emails show a "growing link" between the UAE and pro-Israel think-tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). One of FDD’s senior councillors John Hannah "continued to exchange" a series of e-mails with Otaiba in which the two emphasise the positive relations between UAE officials and FDD.
Ironically, the FDD has on many occasions accused Saudi Arabia of promoting extremism within the region.

A week ago Daily Pickings suggested that destabilisation of the Middle East by NATO and Israel is now extending to member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - the Yinon plan in progress.

Structural Elite controlled Western media has been instrumental is creating false narratives across the region but this latest Qatar/Saudi spat has revealed their hand.

Qatar-Saudi Catfight Unveils "Western" Terrorist Propaganda Outlets by Moon of Alabama
The spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar gives us some amusing entertainment. Both countries spent billions to arm and supply tens of thousands of brutal Takfiris to fight the Syrian government and people. They also spent millions to buy this or that "western" think-tank and/or writer. Now that the two Wahhabi dictatorships are fighting each other they spill the beans over each others nefarious deeds. Various "western" think-tanks and media, who avidly supported al-Qaeda, ISIS and other criminals in Syria, are the well deserved collateral casualties in this fight.

We have a choice: accept the false narratives and passively comply with the Structural Elite agenda or reject their lies and withdraw consent to be pawns in their games. We are responsible for the crimes of our governments - we've abdicated control over our lives and the world to others.

But we can change.

Making sense of the world

Yesterday's Daily Pickings referred to the need for open source collaborative working to understand the world. There are many theories or interpretations of the world, largely built on false narratives and inculcated beliefs. Until, we unlearn what we think we know and start from first principles, we understand nothing about the world.

The anti-Russian narrative has its roots in the Wall St funded Bolshevik revolution resulting in the Soviet Union. Polarising the world between the so called "free world" and communism suited the purveyors of fear and war - by keeping populations in fear of nuclear annihilation, regimes obstructing Structural Elite power were removed, opening up their countries' resources to add to the already staggering wealth of the Rothschilds and their lieutenants. The US was conquered by the banksters in 1913 and is the primary conduit for Structural Elite power, following the British empire before. Israel's interests have dominated US politics, so much so that when USS Liberty was attacked by Israel in 1967, the American public were kept ignorant of the fact and have been ever since.

It would appear that the usefulness of the US empire is coming to an end.

The video above's interpretation of Israel's treachery and Russia's ambition ignores the larger context. Israel's domination of technology, particularly in the areas of security and weaponry, is nothing new, nor is the technology transfer to China and Russia.

The way to understand these issues is to think of the pecking order - ie. who takes orders from whom?