Suspicious of Cheese,
A friend recently said that you can tell there is a trap by the presence and nature of "bait".
COVID-19 Deep Dive Part VII: Smart Cities and Neo-Malthusianism ,Spartacus
Welcome to the new tyranny, same as the old tyranny
What the Elites aim to bring into being is a system of full-spectrum control and naked tyranny never before seen on this planet, where people’s every move is tracked and quantified by remote, and then nudged along lines that the tyrants find more acceptable, using a blend of scientific management, behavioral economics, big data, and AI algorithms. They believe this will result in a more resilient society, more capable of absorbing unexpected shocks and surprises. It will not. It won’t, because they’re not taking the wisdom of crowds into account, and because they want to employ the same top-down, planned economy methods that failed in prior socialist dictatorships. While crowing about preserving liberal democracy, the Elites plan on creating a system that is, at its core, illiberal and undemocratic, taking human decision-making out of the equation entirely. An automatic, self-managing cornucopia of wealth and prosperity for the few, and a system of brutal, totalitarian control for the many.
This new totalitarianism does not use boldly-illustrated propaganda posters or rousing anthems to get people to go along with its dictatorship. It uses soothing narrators and cutesy cartoons and ukuleles and footage of happy people doing yoga. It is deliberately infantilizing and insipid, teaching people to embrace a condition of learned helplessness...
..In 2001, shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Admiral John Poindexter proposed the Total Information Awareness program.
..DARPA pursued research into mass surveillance of the public for a couple years before the TIA program drew harsh criticism and was shut down in late 2003...
Shortly afterward, Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook. (The same day, I have read elsewhere)
The last part of the long article deals with neo-Malthusianism, with a brief comparison to "cornucopianism", which is the opposing belief system that technological advancement (like using coal, oil and gas to create industry, fertilizers, electricity and infrastructure) will provide more and more support for humanity without limits.
Thomas Malthus (employed by the British East India Company) wrote in 1799 that human population growth was exponential, whereas growth of support systems was linear at best, so population would always tend to outstrip resources, except as mitigated by war, pestilence, famine and death. He did not account for the industrialization of agriculture, which was about to shift the baseline of support much higher with fertilizers, irrigation and big machines to plant, harvest, process, transport and store.
That appears to be a one-time event. Limits to fossil fuels, mined resources and well water are real, as are pollution and climate change. He briefly disparages The Limits To Growth, published in 1972, and goes on to the advance of global capitalism and offshoring of American industry, to weaken the US, and to weaken the position of American workers.
Personally, I do believe that we are seeing the downturn of growth, already. I personally see the pandemic control-narrative and WAR! control-narrative as being reactions to the inflection point of global-real-economy into a downtrend, which appears to have happened in late 2018 or early 2019.
The "repo-crisis" in August-September 2019 is thought to reflect that by some. The biggest banks could no longer trust each other overnight for loans based on T-bills, so the Fed had to take over the operation.
Therefore, I do see the enemy as global financial capitalist neo-feudalism (Own Nothing: Be Happy), but this article does not present a sustainable or low-carbon path into the future.
Real-adaptation-to-less-energy is a hard-sell, and not really worked out yet. The end of growth, going into "de-growth" is very complicated. 90% of the energy going into our food calories (including fertilizers, planting, harvesting, storage and transport) comes from inputs of fuel and electricity, not from sunshine, as in the past.
We do not see that. It is invisible to most of us. We cannot rapidly change that, but we can eat more local produce, grow vegetables, and learn from this process, so as to work the problem together going forward.
We are at a certain disadvantage to financial and power elites in the near term, in our lifetimes. Their control-narrative is weakening. They have had to go from climate-change (financialized solutions) to pandemic-response, to WAR! All of these are dishonest and manipulative, but the truth is difficult. It is not clear what the timeline of the next 20 years might hold. Elite measures to covertly reduce our population numbers appear to include pestilence, now advancing into famine, which usually proceeds to war.
We are able to improve our positions going forward if we become less reliant on centralized systems for our food, water, electricity, fuel and other necessities. That is a tall order, and we will be more vulnerable where climates are harsher, food comes from farther away, water is hard to get independently, and human populations are very high and dense.
None of these preparations are "the solution", but they buy time and freedom to work on smaller, more local, more efficient economic support systems for us and our descendants.
Charles Hugh Smith, Staring Into The Abyss
The global economy is perched on the edge of an abyss, and averting our gaze doesn't actually lessen the risk, it increases it because problems which aren't faced directly and addressed directly fester and rot the system from within.
This is why we're collectively staring into the abyss: all the big problems have been dismissed, ignored or papered over with PR-happy-talk "solutions" that only make the problem worse.
There are three basic techniques that our "leadership" (public and private) have used to avoid dealing directly with our pressing problems:
1. Appear to address the problems by doing more of what's failed spectacularly.
2. Propose magical-thinking happy-happy technological "solutions" that are appealing but impractical.
3. Keep the status quo glued together to maximize quick-buck gains for the elite while guaranteeing long-term catastrophe for the entire society / economy...
..Every elite is pursuing the same self-serving agenda of maximizing their private plunder and hoping--perhaps vainly--to escape the consequences of their obsession with short-term gains at the expense of the planet and its people.
If you stop feeding people greenhouse gas emissions will decrease, just like if you don't let truckers cross the border.
Canada leads the way.
Trudeau government targets grain growers as worst emissions offenders
There's more where this came from.
Pfizer Documents Released By Court Order Show 3.7% Death Rate From Vaccine, Many More Serious Injuries.. And An EXTENSIVE Cover-Up
The deaths right after COVID-vaccination happen among the "unvaccinated" by definition, since everybody remains "unvaccinated" until 14 days later. Clever.
"Not Counted" as Vaccine Deaths - Over 50,000 Americans Aged 65 and Up Died Within the First Two Weeks
Covid vaccination increases the risk of severe heart inflammation up to 120-fold, a major study from Scandinavia published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found. (Thanks Ilargi)
The JAMA article: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination and Myocarditis in a Nordic Cohort Study of 23 Million Residents (Thanks Jeremy)
Rebel News is no longer "journalism" in Canada, because they just rebel too much to take part in democracy.
Disquieting death toll: Dissecting Canada's all-cause mortality (August, September and October 2021 again.)
After a rapid acceleration in July 2021, the 0-44 age group saw a catastrophic 25% weekly excess death rate for approximately three months that 'cannot be explained by suicides, overdoses, cancers, etc.'
Can't fight infections or cancer much when this happens.
Innate immune suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccinations: The role of G-quadruplexes, exosomes, and MicroRNAs
...In this paper, we call attention to three very important aspects of the safety profile of these vaccinations. First is the extensively documented subversion of innate immunity, primarily via suppression of IFN-α and its associated signaling cascade. This suppression will have a wide range of consequences, not the least of which include the reactivation of latent viral infections and the reduced ability to effectively combat future infections. Second is the dysregulation of the system for both preventing and detecting genetically driven malignant transformation within cells and the consequent potential for vaccination to promote those transformations. Third, mRNA vaccination potentially disrupts intracellular communication carried out by exosomes, and induces cells taking up spike glycoprotein mRNA to produce high levels of spike-glycoprotein-carrying exosomes, with potentially serious inflammatory consequences...
The mRNA vaccines are documented to cause an autoimmune hepatitis. There has been lots of unexplained hepatitis going around in kids and adults lately...
SARS-CoV-2 vaccination can elicit a CD8 T-cell dominant hepatitis
..Liver inflammation is observed during SARS-CoV-2 infection but can also occur in some individuals after vaccination and shares some typical features with autoimmune liver disease. In this report, we show that highly activated T cells accumulate and are evenly distributed in the different areas of the liver in a patient with liver inflammation following SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Moreover, within these liver infiltrating T cells, we observed an enrichment of T cells that are reactive to SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that these vaccine-induced cells can contribute to the liver inflammation in this context.
Moon of Alabama (German) has an update on the Ukraine war. I'll encapsulate some:
Russia has destroyed 5 electrical power stations for Ukraine's electrified rail transport system, which is the backbone of their military re-supply infrastructure.
Because Ukraine uses a wide gauge rail system, diesel locomotives (not made to that spec) cannot be imported to substitute for them. This could have been done at any time previously, but the rail lines also serve civilian economy.
(Secretary of Defense) Austin was in Poland, answering questions from reporters after a brief trip Sunday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Kyiv, where the pair met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials.
The defense secretary was asked how he defined “America’s goals for success” in Ukraine. He first said Washington wants to see “Ukraine remain a sovereign country, a democratic country, able to protect its sovereign territory.” (NATO Special Operations Zone?)
Then, he said, the United States hopes Russia will be “weakened” by the war. “It has already lost a lot of military capability and a lot of its troops, quite frankly, and we want to see them not have the capability to very quickly reproduce that capability,” Austin said.
Western military and humanitarian supplies to Ukraine will now mostly be bottled up near Poland, in western Ukraine (Galicia), and are subject to disappearance for resale.
Ukrainian sabotage teams appear to have hit an oil storage facility about 100 miles inside of Russia.
"Since phase two of the war started last week there have been no larger battles. What we have seen so far from the Russian side does not amount to more than armored reconnaissance.
The nearly 1,000 artillery missions in the last 24 hours and on the days before speak of intense preparations for upcoming attacks by Russian mechanized forces."
Ukraine War update from the Saker blog agrees with "softening up" in the beginning of Russian "Phase 2" of Special Military Operation to de-nazify Ukraine. Large assaults are expected to follow, perhaps this week. High level French and Canadian military personnel are reportedly trapped in Mariupol.
There are civilians in the fortified industrial complex, held by Ukrainian/Azov troops.
RUSSIAN MILITARY ANNOUNCED ANOTHER CEASEFIRE FOR EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS FROM AZOVSTAL IN MARIUPOL
On April 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to avoid a direct storm of the fortified area of Azovstal. He ordered to block it and once again propose fighters remaining there to surrender. The decision was made a day after the Ukrainian militants of the Azov nationalist battalion shared the video showing civilians in the basement of the plant, for the first time since the beginning of hostilities in the city.
Forensic doctors discover fléchettes – rarely used in modern warfare – in bodies found in mass graves in Bucha, “The Guardian” reported...
As soon as the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed the decision to withdraw from the Kiev and Chernihiv regions, the AFU heavily shelled Russian positions in the towns in the Kiev region with artillery. The investigation confirmed that civilians were killed as a result of artillery shelling. The flechettes could be used both by the Russian and Ukrainian artillery. Russian forces deployed in Bucha could not shell on their own positions. Thus, the civilians were killed during the clashes by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Defense presents warning of new Western "provocations" soon, such as chemical false flag attack, blamed on Russia, which destroyedit's chemical weapons, Or other use of weapons of mass destruction, covertly or overtly, in a battle zone.
Pepe Escobar discusses "The Moskva Riddle" (What DID sink Russia's black sea flagship, and what then?)
What will the deep-state do now, buy Musk out?
Twitter, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.
Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter's closing stock price on April 1, 2022...
Avoiding Traps (pictured with recently completed oak stairway)
Wow, it's really kind of stunning when even those of us who have been onto all this from the get go see the stats all listed in one place, clearly, sans complex scientific jargon or unclear graphs, etc. Thanks for this, good stuff. xo
Brilliant. Local and cooperative work is key here. There are answers and we are finding them.