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Fear factory

Yesterday, Daily Pickings referred to the need, in spite of our reluctance for fear of being excluded from our peer group and vilified, to explore society's deepest taboos. Fear is a formidable motivation and weapon of control; by keeping us "unconscious" and in fear we remain controllable and docile, like domesticated cattle.

Not only is "terrorism" a profit centre but is a lever for fear. That we are six times more likely to die in the bath than from an act of terror is immaterial when we succumb to the fear factory.

It is way too early to understand the causes and purpose of this week's attack in Westminster, London UK but what is certain is that whatever impressions and understanding we have from the media, we are being played, again. One only has to ask cui bono and be aware of precedents, without jumping to conclusions, for the familar pattern to emerge. The alleged perpetrator was "known" to the authorities and may have been manipulated to act a part; patsies are frequently used as unwitting actors in a fabricated drama. Dead men tell no tales and Khalid Masood is no longer available to explain his actions - rather convenient, huh?

Meanwhile, counterclaims and contradictions fuel our confusion; from the story that the perpetrator was a "lone wolf" to reports that ISIS claimed responsibility for the Westminster attack and other arrests made in connection with the police investigation, we are left with the overriding impression that we are being targeted. Those (many of us) familiar with the location, having been there many times ourselves, feel threatened even more - we could have been there. But before our imaginations run riot let's consider proportionality and equivalence. The UK is supporting the destruction of yet another country, the murder of thousands and the displacement and persecution of many more. Where is our guilt and empathy for the Yemeni people? We know the victims of the Westminster attack no better than the many Yemenis suffering from UK backed Saudi genocide but we become obsessed with the former while ignoring the latter.

The fear factory is a product of institutionalised hierarchy and our only escape is to reject the purveyors of lies and hysteria. Yes we should have sympathy for all real victims of terror but first we must acknowledge that we, in our ignorance, are the main source of terror in the world. Our compliance with the political economy perpetuates terror. We can reject it, in our heads and, in time, in our lives. Until all people are free (to live in peace and harmony), none of us are free.

Walking a fine line

The essence of what we are seeking in Critical Thinking is an understanding of history and contemporary affairs in order to make sense of the world; to understand where power lies and how it is exercised. This is an iterative process; the level of understanding we reached, say a year ago, has been augmented by information and analysis studied and discussed subsequently. Learning never ceases.

Our work doesn't happen in a vacuum and Critical Thinking itself is subject to the pressures and influences felt by everyone else. Asking questions can give rise to fear and anger particularly when such questions are "controversial" and go to the heart of core beliefs. Nowhere is this more prevalent than when discussing Jewish power and the holocaust. But to avoid such topics is to fail to adhere to the principles of critical thinking and renders our work invalid. Our preoccupation is political economy and the human condition; in the same way that 9/11 has shaped the world in the 21st century, two world wars defined attitudes, behaviour and geopolitics post 1945.

Why are we so fearful of challenging accepted beliefs around Jewry and WW2? Because the opprobrium and retribution heaped on those questioning the official narrative know no bounds. But question it we must if we are to liberate humanity from its current trajectory to disaster. As Daily Pickings has sought to emphasise, this is not an attack on Jews, most of whom have been brainwashed and manipulated like the rest of us, but we are seeking to expose how power is exercised by those controlling the levers of power.

We all (including Jews) need to liberate ourselves from the invisible chains of our own making by asking "difficult" questions. A world of new possibilities awaits if only we have the courage to find it.

Tao of Sustainable Development

This was sent to Critical Thinking on Twitter and merits exploration.

What is The Tao of Sustainable Development? by Alasdair Lord
The purpose of Sustainable Development must be to deliver a framework whereby every human has ready access to all basic necessities – clean air, water, food, housing, sanitation, sustainable housing, health care, and energy...

There are so many issues and events to understand; this is only possible through collaborative working. Critical Thinking is reliant on many other people applying the principles of critical thinking and sharing information and insights. Diversity of thinking is our strength - we may disagree on elements of the analysis but broadly there is convergence towards fundamental principles of political economy.

We're all on a journey to a common destination but taking different routes. The destination is truth.

Meanwhile there are many traps and pitfalls to divert us from our task, in many guises. The shortcomings of mainstream media have been often highlighted in Daily Pickings but centrally controlled social media is equally subject to manipulation and censorship. Decentralised networks such as the video sharing platform are the answer to corrupt, abusive, centralised power.

The Social Media Exodus Has Begun. Here's Where Everybody's Going by James Corbett (8 minute video)
10 years ago, everybody was on MySpace. 10 years from now, the Twitters and Facebooks and YouTubes of today will be dinosaurs, abandoned by users sick of censorship and centralized control. Thankfully, the alternatives to these social media dinosaurs are already here, and they're blockchain-based, torrent friendly, decentralized and censorship resistant.

People power is coming; use it and share it.

Goldman Sachs, vampire squid

Goldman Sachs is one of the most visible manifestations of Structural Elite power with its alumni habitually controlling key functions of US government and in senior positions around the world.

However, as Daily Pickings has repeatedly highlighted, these senior current and ex-Goldman people are elevated cattle. When Lloyd Blankfein says he's doing "God's work", what he really means is he's serving a higher power.

Rothschilds invariably work through agents and nominees; secrecy has been key to their power since the French Revolution and the Battle of Waterloo. It is probable that JP Morgan and others involved in the creation of the Federal Reserve Board in the US were acting on behalf of Rothschilds who control most central banks around the world. Rothschild pulls Goldmans' strings.

If we want to remove the power of Goldman Sachs and the Rothschilds, we only have to withdraw consent. Don't use their money, nor listen to their lies.