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Mind control and astrotheology

Critical Thinking is exploring astrotheology. This (long) presentation by Mark Passio clarifies some ideas and concepts we've been discussing.

Mark's presentation contextualises the power structure of the political economy and its antecedents. These concepts are vital to understand the means of control which have been used for millennia.


In describing the pyramid of power, Mark points to the "globalists" or Structural Elite but emphasises that there is an even higher power within the "hidden chamber" of the pyramid in which ultimate power resides. To identify this power, we need to look in the mirror. It is us. If we change, the world changes.


Critical Thinking outlined its objective in 2012 as: to understand the political economy to identify levers for change. We have co-created a shared understanding of the reality of the human condition - we are farmed as domesticated animals. The primary lever for change is within each of us.

Critical Thinking’s co-creative research and analysis reveals that usury, theft of the commons and institutional hierarchy have denied us access to our birthright (the means to life) unless we enter into the Faustian pact with the political economy. To live, we don the shackles and chains of own enslavement.

It is time to break free.

How to engineer a crisis

This needs little introduction other than to say, it is essential viewing for everyone. Share it, talk about it and let's get people to wake the f*ck up!

How To Engineer A Crisis (22 minute video)
Are you a dictator in need of public support for your latest draconian clampdown on dissent? Or a deep state plotter hoping to topple a foreign government who doesn’t comply with your every wish?  A low-level Machiavellian schemer looking for the ultimate trick for defeating your enemies without lifting a finger? Then look no further than this handy-dandy guide to “How To Engineer A Crisis.”

We're farmed and held captive by our own beliefs and ignorance; the only escape is to reject main stream narratives...

White middle-aged men

Are white middle-aged men an endangered species? Probably not but it is curious how it is acceptable to decry or even incite hatred of middle-aged white males but not people of any other ethnic, gender or other categorisation.

There is an agenda to break down cultures and nations and, owing to the historic dominance of white Anglo-Saxon males in power, one can understand the resentment. However, as UK Column points out, this is not resentment that has evolved spontaneously; it has been carefully fostered by media and academia over decades and there are political forces at play. Yesterday's broadcast contains the usual rich mix of news and analysis and the section White middle-aged men under pressure…who are British Future...? is 30 minutes in.

UK Column News - 11th January 2018 (46 minute video)
START – A greener future is on its way: British soft power expands
09:18 – Nigel Farage: maybe we should have a second Brexit referendum
15:22 – BBC fake news: duplicity on Syria for all to see…
22:12 – Boris in Brussels: lecturing Iran on ‘free speech’
24:58 – Sabine McNeill court case update
25:53 – Bank of England: Credit Conditions Survey - 2017 Q4 
27:48 – School segregates playground for non-donating parents
30:37 – White middle-aged men under pressure…who are British Future...?
37:24 – Chatham House: Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems
41:51 – Royal Navy museum to replace British Navy…?
42:43 – German military recruits record number of minors
43:55 – RT: Russia views US, Ukraine and EU as main enemies

Critical Thinking's analysis reveals the trajectory towards total subjugation of the human race to the Structural Elite's will and, as a major constituent of intellectual and political power, white middle-aged men are an obstacle to their plans; hence the need to neutralise "white" power. This is not a debate about whether this constituency is privileged, clearly it is or has been hitherto. It's more about how divisions are created to fracture society and social cohesion in order to implement the Structural Elite agenda.

As Krishnamurti points out, identity politics is violent and white middle-aged men are, first and foremost, human. We need to focus on what is in the interests of us all, rather than on differences that divide and make us malleable cattle.


By co-creating a shared understanding of reality, we will know that these divisions by colour, gender and background are not of primary importance. It is our shared interest and humanity which are paramount, if we are to survive as a species with dignity and mutual respect.

The value of Bitcoin

Making predictions about phenomena such as Bitcoin is fraught with difficulty, not least because its origins are uncertain. For example, it has emerged that a US intelligence agency, the NSA, produced a paper in 1996 describing such a currency.

Did the NSA Outline Bitcoin In 1996?
The NSA was one of the first organizations to describe a Bitcoin-like system. About twelve years before Satoshi Nakamoto published his legendary white paper to the cryptography mailing list, a group of NSA information security researchers published a paper entitled How to Make a Mint: the Cryptography of Anonymous Electronic Cash in two prominent places, the first being an MIT mailing list and the second being much more prominent, The American Law Review

If you want to know more about Bitcoin and understand the factors likely to influence its value, this recent article is a useful guide.

The Value Of Bitcoin by Chris Martenson
Isn't what most people think it is
So... in the past week, I’ve been asked for advice on Bitcoin by my brother-in-law, my local realtor, and close friends from as far away as Texas.
None of them cared to learn what it actually is. Or how it works. They just wanted to understand why suddenly so many folks they know are trying to buy Bitcoin hand over fist. And, of course, should they buy in now, too?
If you (or people you care about) have similar questions, this report is for you.

Chris refers to the energy cost of producing Bitcoin - many fail to see the irony in the promotion of crypto-currencies in the context of the man-made global warming hoax. However, one enterprising Bitcoin miner is using the excess heat from his multiple computers to grow food.

Bitcoin mining powers Canadian man’s innovative aquaponic garden by Kristine Lofgren
This indoor garden is heated by something totally unexpected: bitcoin mining. When software company owner Bruce Hardy saw how much heat his computers were generating, he decided to put that extra energy to good use. Now, instead of using air conditioning to cool his computers, he channels the heat they generate to power and heat a thriving aquaponics system and greenhouse.

It is worth noting that banks currently create money from nothing with no cost of production. As we know, intelligence agencies serve the interests of the banking cartel rather than national interests and banks are developing crypto-currencies.

Are The Banksters Creating Their Own Cryptocurrency Called ‘Utility Settlement Coin’? by Michael Snyder
Independently-controlled cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin may or may not survive in the long run, but blockchain technology is definitely here to stay.  This technology has revolutionized how digital financial transactions are conducted, and it was only a matter of time before the big boys began to adopt it.  Previously, I have written about how the Washington Post is hyping something known as ‘Fedcoin’, but Fedcoin does not yet exist.  However, a digital currency that uses blockchain technology that is called ‘Utility Settlement Coin’ is actually very real, and it is currently being jointly developed by four of the largest banking giants on the entire planet.

There has been speculation that governments may ban crypto-currencies but as we know, governments will do as they are told and the banking cartel are unlikely to sanction such a move.

Why Governments Will Not Ban Bitcoin by Charles Hugh Smith
Those who see governments banning ownership of bitcoin are ignoring the political power and influence of those who are snapping up most of the bitcoin.

Critical Thinking's analysis suggests we need to decentralise power and crypto-currencies are one method of doing so but we need an "ecosystem" of currencies to serve different needs.

Reform Proposals in the Monetary System for Attaining Global Economic Stability
To remove that power and to ensure that money can never be used in this abusive, oppressive and destructive way again, we need an ecology of money with no central control

Finally, should you buy bitcoin to participate in the current speculative frenzy? We aren't here to advise or predict and the future remains fraught with uncertainty. We should remember the Dutch tulip bubble in which a single tulip bulb reached some $75,000 in today's money. Currencies are principally to facilitate transactions and are a record of value, rather than being wealth creating. We argue that all money should be treated thus; hence our antipathy to usury. Crypto-currencies are probably here to stay (as long as the energy is available to power them) and Daily Pickings would advocate their use but not for speculative gain.