Emergency powers have a tendency to kindle emergencies.
Granted most of these powers adopted by countries to stop the spread of the coronavirus are needed.
At the moment we are not concerned and willing to give up liberties that were won by the sacrifice of millions of lives before us for the common good.
We also know that in order that contact tracing could be more effective if it wasn’t voluntary. But it is vital, that our governments, that these powers (granted to governments during times of crisis) do not continue once COVID-19 is over.
The COVID-19 pandemic is barely four months old and there is no doubt that when it is over that “big data” will present new challenges as well as opportunities.
The threat of a disease as a “pretense” to justify authoritarian impulses to amass power and that technology can be used as a tool in that process could create a Big Data surveillance machine.
One present-day example comes from South Korea, which introduced an electronic system that sends out an automatic alert to people living nearby a known COVID-19 case.
Or Chinese authorities that are using software to sort citizens into color-coded categories — red, yellow, green — corresponding to their level of risk for having the virus.
Or for instance what if Google introduces a smartphone App that monitors social distancing. It will know your whereabouts down to 2 meters -7/7.
Or Governments introduce GPS to track the movements of citizens without their consent to prohibit gatherings of other 250 people. But what if the governor used that measure to stop a rival’s political rally?
But more importantly, if consumers don’t trust a smartphone-based tracking system, they can simply leave their phones at home. That would render the technology useless.
Even if voluntary it might provide people with a false sense of security if they don’t get an alert. Those who have opted out of tracking might be walking around with COVID-19 and infecting others without ever being picked up with the system.
Just think about it.
The potential in using new technology for public health surveillance to get ahead of an infectious disease outbreak must be tempting, so-called contact tracing,
There is a real danger that we could end up creating a society of untouchables. (The former name for any member of a wide range of low-caste Hindu groups and any person outside the caste system.)
Moreover, unless public health officials are involved, there’s potential to “game” the system by falsely claiming a person has the virus when they haven’t tested positive for it. That could lead to other harms, like a business intentionally undermining a rival or a political party suppressing participation.
A terror attack and a pandemic are vastly different, but both present opportunities for governments and the private sector to take on new powers in the name of keeping citizens safe.
The September 11th terror attacks led to the Patriot Act, in the USA, which gave the federal government vast new investigative powers that it claimed were necessary for the fight against terrorism.
During the HIV crises in many cases, public health officials would notify an HIV patient’s past sexual partners that they may have been in contact with somebody who had the disease, but never identified or named them.
One of the big issues at the time was the idea of doctors reporting the names of HIV patients to the states. Some states refused to accept name-based reporting so for years because they feared that it would discourage people from getting tested.
Public health and privacy rights do not need to be in opposition.
Good public health must respect civil liberties, and anything that advances human rights and civil liberties would advance public health.
So we are going to be faced with the rights of Individual freedoms against collectivism.
The behaviors that define individualism may also enhance the likelihood of pathogen transmission, and thus may be functionally maladaptive under conditions in which pathogens are highly prevalent.
By contrast, the behaviors that define collectivism may function in the service of anti-pathogen defense, and thus be especially adaptive under conditions of high pathogen prevalence.
The question is which one will we choose or will we have a choice when all this is over.
An open-air prison-like the Gaza Strip or Equality among all.
“It may seem like a ridiculous idea but the only way to fight the plague is with decency.”
– Dr Rieux in Albert Camus’s 1947 novel, The Plague.
We live in strange times. The drastic but necessary measures taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 have impacted every facet of life on this planet in one way or another. Therefore it is no surprise that these measures have had a note-worthy effect on the planet too. As the regulations surrounding work and travel strengthen to reduce the risk of transmission and as countries extend lockdowns, reports of lowered air pollution over Italy and lowered nitrogen-dioxide and carbon emissions over China as well as pictures of Venice’s canals with much clearer water and with small fish visible swimming around have made their rounds on social media. Even global carbon emissions have fallen.
This has sparked a discourse, largely online about how these changes are indicative of how humans are the real “virus” and that this pandemic is nature’s way of healing itself. People have gone as far as to call this pandemic a blessing and a lesson for humanity. While a lot of these conversations are seemingly harmless, it gives us a glimpse into the darker side of climate conservation, that of ecofascism.
What is Eco-fascism?
Eco-fascism is a longstanding political ideology that is currently undergoing a revival in the contemporary extremist right culture. It models an authoritarian government that requires its citizens to sacrifice their own interests for the “organic whole of nature”. While no such government is in existence, elements of this ideology are present in our society. Eco-fascists have lamented the destruction of nature, which they associate with modernity and an industrial society. But the most disturbing of their objectives are their concerns over human overpopulation and the migration culture and the solutions that they offer to rectify these concerns. Eco-fascism relies heavily on a concept called “deep ecology,” the idea that the only way to preserve life on Earth is to dramatically—forcefully, if necessary—reduce the human population. Eco-fascists today believe that the size of the human population is not only putting a strain on natural resources, but also that masses of displaced people will be a threat to state and cultural stability in a seemingly inevitable post-climate change world.
Eco-fascism over the ages
Eco-fasciscm has been argued to have begun with Nazism. The Nazi slogan “Blood and Soil” was invented by Richard Walther Darré, the Third Reich’s minister of food and agriculture who developed the concept of the nation having a mystic connection with their homeland, and as such, the nation was dutybound to take care of the land.
“The concept of Blood and Soil gives us the moral right to take back as much land in the East as is necessary,” he wrote. He spoke of Jewish people as “weeds.”
American ecological movements have had instances of eco-fascism too. Madison Grant, a wildlife zoologist, was instrumental in creating the Bronx Zoo, and founded the first organizations dedicated to preserving American bison and the California redwoods. He also was the author of ‘The Passing of the Great Race’ or ‘The Racial Basis of European History’, a book that Hitler described as his personal bible. Thus neo-Eco Fascists cite the Nazi Party as an origin point of ecofascism.
Two figures influential on the Eco-fascist thought are Garrett Hardin and Pentti Linkola, both of whom were proponents of what they refer to as “Lifeboat Ethics“. Both men used versions of the following analogy to illustrate their viewpoint:
“What to do, when a ship carrying hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship’s axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides.”
This is one of the lasting viewpoints of Eco-fascism and has been used to advance the eco-fascist ideological debates over overpopulation and immigration.
More recently, eco-fascism also has been associated with the perpetrator of the 2019 Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand, who in his manifesto described himself as ethno-nationalist and eco-fascist as well as the suspect in the 2019 El Paso shooting, who in a manifesto published on 8chan shortly before the shooting, he blames immigrants to the United States for environmental destruction, saying that American lifestyles were “destroying the environment”, invoking an ecological burden to be borne by future generations, and concluding that the solution was to “decrease the number of people in America using resources”.
Overpopulation & Climate Change
Eco-fascism is not the only strand of environmentalism that has pointed to overpopulation as being the driver of climate change. This line of thought can ultimately be traced back to figures such as Thomas Malthus, who at the end of the 18th century claimed that population growth was outstripping the capacity for food production, and advocated population control as a solution. But the most impact was brought about in 1968 by Paul Ehrlich in his book, The Population Bomb, in which he argued that ecological destruction—and, indeed, almost all social problems—could be attributed to overpopulation. Ehrlich wrote: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.” This was clearly not the case but his work still remains popular even today.
But this argument assumes that all human beings consume the same amount of natural resources and creates the same emissions and pollution. But this is far from true. In fact, the poorest half of the global population, some 3.5 billion people, are responsible for only around 10% of global emissions (while living overwhelmingly in the countries most vulnerable to climate change). The richest 10% of people in the world are responsible for around 50% of global emissions. Therefore a decrease in the population will not solve climate concerns.
In India’s case, we have been taught to blame overpopulation as the default cause of every problem we face, from climate change to poverty. However, rarely do we blame our current troubles on the fact that we were once a colonised country, looted of centurys’ worth of knowledge and other goods to aid the development of the now developed countries. Even now, crises such as Covid-19 and the climate crisis make it only too easy to blame the vast mass of the “useless class of people”. We are programmed to think of poverty as the cause and not the consequence of India’s “developing” status and to blame global crises such as climate change and the spread of viruses on the same section of people. However, even if we eliminate the amount of carbon footprint by the world’s bottom half, it will just reduce the carbon footprint by 10%. Hence, overpopulation is not the enemy, greed and inequality are.
Eco-fascism in times of Corona
With humans being referred to as the real virus and people applauding the beneficial effects of the pandemic, what we need to keep in mind is that this is not a trade-off that should be celebrated as a possible solution to the climate crisis.
Industries that are a major contributor to pollution and the economy that necessitate actions that worsen climate change have taken a hit over these two month, but the real victims of this will be the economically and socially marginalised sections of society. The virus is deepening these already existing inequalities. These sections are at a higher risk of loss of income and health care as a result of quarantine. Research done on pandemics have shown that socio-economic inequalities have also contributed to the spread of the virus, the obvious logic being people willing to risk their lives for a paycheck. This was true in the early weeks of the pandemic, with a lot of informal sector workers opting to work rather than practice social distance, with work from home out of question. A recent ILO report released in Geneva said. “In India, with a share of almost 90 percent of people working in the informal economy, about 400 million workers in the informal economy are at risk of falling deeper into poverty during the crisis.”
This along with the fact that human beings are at a risk of dying from this disease adds to the social cost of this pandemic. The pandemic’s death toll has already reached 125,748 as of April 14th. Research suggests that those in lower economic strata are likelier to catch the disease.
They are also more likely to die from it. Health organisations have stated that people over 70 are at a greater risk of dying from the coronavirus, but research has lowered the threshold to 55 for people from low income backgrounds. This is because people at the lower ends of society are about 10 percent likely to have a chronic health condition, which makes them more vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus.
Developing countries with already high levels of socio-economic inequalities too will be experiencing the adverse economic effects of the pandemic on a larger scale.
The Brazilian Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, has predicted that the country’s fragile health system, already depleted by severe budget cuts in recent years, will collapse by the end of April.
According to the UNDP: “Without support from the international community, developing countries risk a massive reversal of gains made over the last two decades, and an entire generation lost, if not in lives then in rights, opportunities and dignity”.
This is a clear indication of the fact that even during a pandemic of a virus that can affect anyone, the ones that bear the brunt of it are the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society, which are the most vulnerable to climate change. Therefore any trade-off involving the lives of people for the sake of the environment is without question, eco-fascist. Especially even more so when we take into account the fact that the cost and benefits of this trade-off is disproportionately distributed. Precautions to be taken during this pandemic and after include not being an ecofascist.
The COVID-19 umbrella term has been used in an absolutely unscientific, manipulative and deceptive way to justify this manufactured coronavirus crisis, which the evidence shows is a fake pandemic. The international lockdown which covers around 100 nations and at least 20% of the world right now is based upon the idea that there is a new distinct virus SARS-CoV2 which is spreading, infecting and causing the disease COVID-19. However, there are many key foundational questions which cannot be adequately answered. The most important of these is that the virus itself has never been isolated nor thoroughly proven to be causing the disease (or more accurately diseases) that people have! This is in addition to the obvious manipulation of the figures with false positives and other sleights of hand such as inflating the numbers by counting anyone who merely had the virus as “dead from” the virus. The coronavirus fails Koch’s postulates. The Emperor has no clothes – and all the power grabs and emergency decrees are based on lies. We are not looking at 1 virus, 1 cause and 1 disease; we are looking a cluster of diseases and a variety of causes, hidden by the COVID-19 umbrella term to fuel the fake pandemic narrative.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Fails Koch’s Postulates
German scientist Robert Koch (Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch, 1843-1910) made great contributions to the field of microbiology. He is considered to be one of the founders of the field of modern bacteriology. He identified the specific causative agents of TB (tuberculosis), cholera and anthrax. For his work on TB, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1905 in Physiology or Medicine. Koch established 4 criteria to identify the causative agent of a particular disease. These criteria have become a gold standard for determining the existence of an infectious agent and for isolating and verifiying what is causing a disease. The criteria are a set of conditions known as Koch’s postulates. They are:
The microorganism must be identified in all individuals affected by the disease, but not in healthy individuals.
The microorganism can be isolated from the diseased individual and grown in culture.
When introduced into a healthy individual, the cultured microorganism must cause disease.
The microorganism must then be re-isolated from the experimental host, and found to be identical to the original microorganism.
Firstly, the coronavirus SARS-CoV2 (allegedly causing the disease COVID-19) has not been shown to be present only in sick people and not in healthy ones. There are countless cases of people having this virus with mild, minor or zero symptoms. Recently Iceland tested a relatively large percentage of its population (around 5,000 people out of 364,000) and found that 0.86% (close to 1%) of Icelanders had the coronavirus. The symptoms? Little or none:
“Importantly, approximately half of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 are non-symptomatic, according to Gudnason as reported by BuzzFeed. The other half is mostly showing “very moderate cold-like symptoms.””
Secondly, the virus has never been isolated – which must be done with proper equipment such as electron microscopes and which cannot be achieved through CT scans (as the Chinese were using) and the flawed PCR test (more on this below). The January 24th 2020 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019 describes how the scientists arrived at the idea of COVID-19: they took lung fluid samples and extracted RNA from them using the PCR test. It admits that the coronavirus failed Koch’s postulates:
“Further development of accurate and rapid methods to identify unknown respiratory pathogens is still needed … our study does not fulfill Koch’s postulates.”
Are RNA Samples and a Genetic Sequence Proof of a New Coronavirus?
David Crowe doesn’t believe there is even sufficient evidence to justify calling this a new virus, let alone a pandemic. In his paper Flaws in Coronavirus Pandemic Theory, he writes:
“The world is suffering from a massive delusion based on the belief that a test for RNA is a test for a deadly new virus … If the virus exists, then it should be possible to purify viral particles. From these particles RNA can be extracted and should match the RNA used in this test. Until this is done it is possible that the RNA comes from another source, which could be the cells of the patient, bacteria, fungi, etc. There might be an association with elevated levels of this RNA and illness, but that is not proof that the RNA is from a virus. Without purification and characterization of virus particles, it cannot be accepted that an RNA test is proof that a virus is present.
Definitions of important diseases are surprisingly loose, perhaps embarrassingly so. A couple of symptoms, maybe contact with a previous patient, and a test of unknown accuracy, is all you often need. While the definition of SARS, an earlier coronavirus panic, was self-limiting, the definition of the new coronavirus disease is open-ended, allowing the imaginary epidemic to grow. Putting aside the existence of the virus, if the coronavirus test has a problem with false positives (as all biological tests do) then testing an uninfected population will produce only false-positive tests, and the definition of the disease will allow the epidemic to go on forever.
This strange new disease, officially named COVID-19, has none of its own symptoms. Fever and cough, previously blamed on uncountable viruses and bacteria, as well as environmental contaminants, are most common, as well as abnormal lung images, despite those being found in healthy people.”
“The coronavirus panic is just that, an irrational panic, based on an unproven RNA test, that has never been connected to a virus. And which won’t be connected to a virus unless the virus is purified. Furthermore, even if the test can detect a novel virus the presence of a virus is not proof that it is the cause of the severe symptoms that some people who test positive experience (but not all who test positive). Finally, even if the test can detect a virus, and it is dangerous, we do not know what the rate of false positives is. And even a 1% false positive rate could produce 100,000 false positive results just in a city the size of Wuhan and could mean that a significant fraction of the positive test results being found are false positives.
The use of powerful drugs because doctors are convinced that they have a particularly potent virus on their hands, especially in older people, with pre-existing health conditions, is likely to lead to many deaths. As with SARS.
There is very little science happening. There is a rush to explain everything that is happening in a way that does not question the viral paradigm, does not question the meaningfulness of test results, and that promotes the use of untested antiviral drugs.”
Yes, anti-viral drugs (which do a lot of damage to your body), and, more to the point, mandatory vaccinations.
We All Have Viruses, All The Time, as Part of our Virome and Immune System
The humble virus is deeply misunderstood. The human body is composed of an estimated 6 trillion cells, 60 trillion bacteria and 380 trillion viruses. Just as we have a microbiome of friendly bacteria which forms the basis of our immune system and 2nd brain in our gut, so too do we have a virome (a collection and community of viruses) which play a role in our healing. Through the ascendency of germ theory over host theory/terrain theory, the mainstream paradigm now teaches that viruses are “bad guys”, infectious agents “out there”, who can invade the body – thus reinforcing the need for Big Pharma drugs and vaccines. Viruses come from exosomes or tiny particles our bodies produce. They are not infectious agents. The exosome theory states that if cells are poisoned, they produce viruses (secretions) to clean up the toxins. This is what the plant kingdom does; when a tree has a beetle infestation, it makes a hormonal secretion to tell other trees to defend themselves.
Thus, Operation Coronavirus is not only a fake pandemic, but also a colossal and unprecedented worldwide psy op, based on exploiting our ignorance over the true nature of viruses. What a scam!!
Fake Tests for a Fake Pandemic
Insiders and whistleblowers such as the one in the article Insider Exposes COVID-19 Coronavirus Scam have revealed how there are coronavirus test kits being distributed which don’t even test for the specific SARS-CoV2 strain! They just test for generic coronavirus (coronavirus is defined as the “common cold” in medical encyclopedias) which of course will produce more false positive (as the NWO agenda dictates). Meanwhile, the Medical Industry relies on the PCR test which I have exposed in other articles as wholly inadequate. The PCR Test is a surrogate test since it doesn’t actually isolate the virus. The founder of the PCR test Kary Mullins has admitted that you can’t use PCR to prove infectious etiology or to diagnose an infectious disease. Besides, you can manipulate the results PCR will yield by choosing how many cycles (amplifications) to run. For some diseases, if you lower the number of cycles to 35, it can make everyone appear negative, while if you increase them to above 35, it can make everyone appear positive.
COVID-19 Umbrella Term: Remember There is Not 1 Cause and Not 1 Disease
Many people are grasping the importance of all the above information, and are now rightly asking: what is actually happening, if viruses cannot spread? What are people getting sick from? What is causing all the disease?
Before addressing that, it’s crucial to understand this one point: there is not 1 virus, there is not 1 cause and there is not 1 disease.
The NWO (New World Order) propagandists have created the appearance of an international pandemic by exploiting many common assumptions people have, including the idea of 1 disease caused by 1 infectious agent. Remember, the COVID-19 umbrella term can cover numerous symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath, increased mucus, fatigue, etc.) which may be caused by any number of things. Jon Rappaport wrote this piece on April 1st, very appropriately since it was April Fools Day:
“I keep pounding on this, because it’s the main illusion, and it’s the hardest illusion to dispel. People hang on to it like a life raft. The stage magicians present the “pandemic” as one disease with one cause, and people buy in immediately. Some people who reject the coronavirus as the cause present ANOTHER single cause—they’re falling for the basic con job. There are people in Wuhan who have pneumonia because of the horrendous air quality in the city. There are people in New York who have ordinary flu-like illness. There are people in Italy who have histories of multiple, long-term, serious health conditions—pneumonia, flu, cardiac problems, kidney problems—made far worse through treatment with toxic drugs. There are people in hospitals around the world who, after being diagnosed with COVID, are dosed with powerful toxic antiviral drugs. There are people on breathing ventilators who are being given too much oxygen and too much pressure—and their lungs collapse. There are perfectly healthy people who are testing positive for the virus because the test is irreparably flawed… All these people are called “COVID cases.”
The stage magic trick is easy to see, once you grasp the tactics: Claim to have discovered a new virus. Say it is spreading and needs to be contained. Invent an umbrella label for the epidemic: COVID-19. Start pulling all sorts of people with all sorts of different conditions under the umbrella and say they’re all “cases.” Use a diagnostic test that will automatically turn out many verdicts of “infected.” And you have the illusion of a pandemic.
Or you might get this: “No, it’s not the coronavirus, it’s really 5G technology that’s making people sick and killing them.” STILL falling for the magic trick. In certain places, 5G might be harming people. Indeed. And some of those people might be labeled as COVID. Yes. But “the whole thing” isn’t 5G, because THERE ISN’T ONE WHOLE THING.
There is no “it.””
This is the illusion we need to dispel: there is not 1 cause and there is not 1 disease.
COVID-19 Umbrella Term Fakery: If All Different Kinds of Disease are Being Falsely Ascribed to COVID-19, What is Happening?
This frontline NYC doctor Cameron Kyle-Sidell states here and here from firsthand experience that he is seeing a lot of patients been brought in and suffering from what seems like altitude sickness, a severe shortness of breath and lack of oxygen. He thinks they should be treated for hypoxemia (a condition where the oxygen content in the arterial blood is below normal, like altitude sickness) and not for ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, by definition a respiratory disease). This means less use of ventilators and breathing tubes, because as he says, it is highly likely the pressure from the ventilators may be damaging patients’ lungs. They need oxygen not pressure. He states that apparent COVID-19 patients do not appear to be suffering from anything resembling viral pneumonia.
When many people break out with a disease in the same region, it is easy to assume they are “catching” it from one another. Bill Gates-Netflix propaganda (the Netflix Explained series episode titled The Next Pandemic) reinforce this programming. However this is an assumption. It is just as possible the people in a certain geographical area are all being subjected to the same poison and thus reacting in the same way. In other words, it could be because of a local contaminant rather than an infectious agent. What appears like contagion may actually be the consequence of mass long-term poisoning, but governments and corporations are never going to confess to that when they have a scapegoat killer virus they can blame instead.
So what are the causes? There are too many to list. For starters, many COVID-19 are false positive cases or died with the virus but not from the virus. Many other COVID-19 patients are elderly, have compromised immune systems or have co-morbidities. On top of that, consider the following:
1. Air pollution: the air in Wuhan China and Milan Italy is notoriously bad. Many of the symptoms people experienced there are perfectly explainable due to the atrocious air quality;
2. GMOs: GM crops, and thus glyphosate, have long contaminated the global food supply;
3. Biofuel made with GM corn: as Dr. Thomas Cowan speculates in this video, GM corn biofuel is now used in place of regular fuel. What happens when it is burned, used up and dispersed into the air for everyone to breathe in all the GMOs and glyphosate?;
4. Vaccines: the residents of Wuhan were reportedly mass vaccinated before the outbreak; and
5. EMF (e.g. Wi-Fi and 5G): the word has got out that the 5G 60GHz frequency interferes with oxygen absorption. Is it just a coincidence that the NHY doc above is revealing that people now have symptoms of hypoxemia or hypoxia?
6. Chemtrails / Geoengineering: the ongoing spraying of our skies is one of the most serious crimes against humanity. Aerosol concoctions of aluminum, strontium and barium, plus mycotoxins and synthetic life, have been sprayed in the air in virtually every part of the world for at least 10-15 years. There has been ample time for these particulates to invade our bodies. What horrible long-term effects are going to happen because of this?
There are many more. This is not an exhaustive list. The point is that there are many causes and many diseases occurring right now which are being lumped under the term COVID-19 to bolster the illusion of a raging pandemic.
Final Thoughts: Is this a Pandemic or a Scamdemic?
If you didn’t know the history of fake pandemics, you might think that the WHO (World Health Organization), the USG (United States Government) and other world governments would have solid evidence for declaring a health emergency. They don’t. Asking key fundamental questions about how the nature of the COVID-19 disease, and how the virus is being isolated and tested, reveal a house of cards. There are serious fundamental flaws in the pandemic propaganda. This is unadulterated COVID-19 umbrella term fakery. What is happening here is not some wild killer virus, but a carefully crafted script to engineer a worldwide crisis and to blame mass long-term poisoning on a tiny invisible particle whose existence has yet to be conclusively proven as an infectious agent.
The use of war metaphors to describe the response of threatened societies to the coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19) is certainly understandable and not entirely inaccurate. But it is also misleading in crucial respects.
Like a wartime enemy, the virus is portrayed as a maleficent external threat, an alien force that endangers one’s homeland and personal security. Associating the biological threat with a political adversary, the American president labeled it a “Chinese virus,” while Chinese leaders have insisted that, despite its apparent origin in Wuhan Province, the virus was originally manufactured at the Pentagon’s recently closed biological warfare facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland.
This game of blame-the-adversary is absurd, of course, but the wartime analogy nevertheless has some validity. As in total war – the sort of no-holds barred struggle represented by the 20th century’s two world wars – the entire population is mobilized and required to make sacrifices, while government powers are expanded, and industry is retooled to supply the needs of front line forces. Again, as in a major war, people feeling themselves besieged look to political leaders for protection, organization, and inspiration, and the struggle is considered a supreme test of their leadership.
This is why U.S. President Donald Trump has declared himself a “wartime President.” But the label immediately draws attention to the analogy’s deficiencies.
A war against a human enemy ends either with the defeat of one side or a stalemate. In either case, the outcome redefines between the parties, and peacebuilding, while by no means inevitable, becomes at least a possibility.
But a virus – the latest manifestation of what used to be called a plague – is an environmental threat. Its cause is not to be found in the aggressive or defensive policies of any state, or even in the social problems that produce such policies. Environmental threats are the result of collective activities that, consciously or unconsciously, redefine the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
As a consequence, the “defeat” of one threat does not produce even a cold peace. So long as human activities continue to unleash natural disasters, whether they take the form of viral plagues, atmospheric pollution, coastal flooding, extreme weather, nuclear accidents, oil spills, or disasters as yet unseen, this “war” is endless – and unwinnable.
What caused the coronavirus crisis? One can try to lay blame on the practices of sellers in the Wuhan food markets or the bioweapons experiments of researchers at Fort Detrick, but the underlying reality producing a global plague is uncontrolled globalization. With breathtaking increases in numbers of transactions and participants, diverse populations around the globe are now trading with each other; investing in each other’s industries and businesses; traveling to each other’s lands as workers, students, and tourists; dating and marrying each other’s children; absorbing elements of each other’s cultures . . .and contracting each other’s diseases.
The great “Spanish Flu” plague of 1918-19 correlated with the vast increase in foreign travel connected with World War I. A series of more recent outbreaks, including the recent H1Ni, SARS, and MERS infestations, correlates with the vast increase in foreign trade and travel since the end of the Cold War.
If this is so – if environmental threats, whether biological, meteorological, or industrial, are multiplying out of control – what is the cure? What end to this sort of “total war” can be foreseen? And what can be learned from the relative success of the Chinese, Koreans, and others in dealing with the coronavirus? Although it is too early to offer definitive answers, a few principles are becoming clear:
First, social and political systems around the world are facing a series of critical threats emanating from natural disasters caused or exacerbated by the normal operations of these systems. Rather than blame particular individuals or groups for these disasters, we need to focus on their systemic causes – the collective activities that have redefined people’s relationships with each other and the natural world – and the best ways of preventing or mitigating their disastrous effects.
This means multiplying current research into biological illnesses, climate change, industrial practices, migration, and other relevant topics by a geometric factor. The sort of research that has been devoted to developing high-tech weapons systems must now be redirected towards understanding the causes and nature of environmental threats and the best ways of preventing and mitigating them. However, since the causes of disaster are socio-political as well as natural, this research must be much more than techno-scientific. It must also explore new ways of combining collective social control over our economic and technological development with mass political participation and individual freedom.
Second, a collective threat necessitates a collective response. Responding to an environmental crisis requires strong government action supported by popular approval. Leaders of the United States, which has now become the epicenter of the virus, were at first highly critical of the Chinese response, which locked down the entire province of Wuhan and imposed strict controls on travel and other activities in China. These policies were portrayed as authoritarian and elitist, at least until new cases of the virus in China virtually disappeared. Meanwhile, democratic South Korea managed to test virtually its entire population for infection, and by combining efficient control measures with efforts to raise popular morale, brought a frighteningly large infestation under control. By contrast, the U.S. proved grossly unprepared to deal with either the medical crisis or its economic effects and is just now adopting strong measures to counter both threats.
Third, social systems unable to cope with the rising tide of environmental threats must now be recognized as obsolete. Since the threats will continue after the current crisis recedes, the measures taken by governments to deal with its effects, as well as changes in the popular consciousness generated by the experience, are unlikely to be revoked or disappear. Post-coronavirus, we will be living a different sort of collective life: experiencing new feelings of deprivation, making new demands for satisfaction, and rethinking assumptions that may have seemed sacred, pre-corona.
Will people in the United States, for example, ever again think that they can thrive without government “interference” in their communal lives and in the labor market? Will they ever again believe that “national security” can be guaranteed by high-tech weaponry and troops stationed in foreign countries? Will they ever again consider public health, gainful employment, and access to accurate information less than fundamental human rights? The global environmental crisis is changing the world in dramatic ways, many of them unpredictable, but – potentially at least – not all of them for the worse.
Fourth, the continuing environmental crisis is likely to transform international relations by creating new forms of global governance, popular participation, and individual rights. If uncontrolled globalization is the source of many of our most serious environmental problems, controlled globalization seems the most obvious solution. Nations and would-be empires will continue to jockey for power; old habits are hard to break. But there is massive social learning taking place in the shadow of the coronavirus.
Closing borders and building walls will not protect us from death-dealing viruses, rising levels of seawater, uncontrollable fires, industrial disasters, or any of the other consequences of feckless development. (Edgar Allen Poe dramatized this brilliantly in “The Masque of the Red Death.”) Only collective action at the global level can do this. Perhaps the great irony of the coronavirus plague will be that, by dramatizing the existence of a common threat, it has at last provided the earth’s inhabitants with a motive to recognize and institutionalize their common humanity.
There are numerous strange encounters reports out there with things that seem to lie outside of the normal categories of spirits and cryptids. Such tales seem to defy all efforts to classify them or make sense of, and can serve as baffling conundrums. Among these are some reports that feature various hoofed entities that are very much in keeping with the common image of devils or demons, and which are just about as bizarre as can be. The most well known of these is the Jersey Devil, which we will not get into here, but there are numerous other accounts of things just as strange. Here we will look at some reports of bizarre hoofed entities like the demons of lore, which lie somewhere out in realms we do not understand, and were perhaps not meant to.
One curious report comes from the site Paranormal Studies & Inquiry Canada, and concerns a witness who had an encounter with some sort of hoofed, demonic beast while camping in the woods near the town of Uxbridge in the 1980s. At the time he was much younger, and had been at a Boy Scout camp, where he shared a tent with some others. One evening, they heard something snorting and huffing outside their tent which sounded “like a bull,” and whatever it was began to circle the tent and bang on the sides of it, the whole time making footsteps that sounded like hooves clopping along. By this time the scouts were terrified, and the witness says of what happened next:
I first thought my uncle was playing a joke on me.I soon realized the lung capacity of this breathing far exceeded that of a man. The sound was in another room at first. Next, I heard what sounded like hooves on the old wooden floor moving towards me. The noisy steps stopped in the doorway to the room I was in. The deep breathing continued and my heart was now racing. I thought that would be the end of it but then the steps continued rapidly to where I was laying on the floor. The two massive hooves came to rest straddling me in my sleeping bag. The “being” was pulling at my sleeping bag trying to uncover my face.I felt as though I was being partially lifted from the floor from the force. I was terrified and fought with everything I had to avoid seeing the face of the intruder. I screamed with everything I had and after a few seconds the “being” retreated. I heard three rapid steps as it departed beyond my head then it vanished.
What was this? Was this a ghost, demon, or something else? Another report comes from Your Ghost Stories, where a witness explains an encounter with a similar entity in California in the early 2000s. The witness says that at the time she was just 18 years old, and that her and her friend Jessica had been deep into the occult, including witchcraft and using Ouija boards. They dabbled in all kinds of rituals and seances, and then one day her friend told her that she felt a negative presence in the house, which the witness also started to notice. She says:
I too felt a presence, or like there was more than one supernatural “thing” in the house. Jessica ended up going to her family’s for a little while, so I had my bedroom all to myself. My bed was a daybed that was up against the wall, with the bedroom door right at the foot of the bed. The edge of the bed where my head was, is a closet. Across the room adjacent to the bed were two long windows that went from wall to wall. One night I was sleeping facing the windows, I woke to a slight tapping sound. I slowly opened my eyes, and saw a goat looking in the window. It had red eyes and horns with hooves placed on the windowsill. I was PETRIFIED. I slowly closed my eyes and turned my back pretending I didn’t see anything. I kept hearing a little tap, but forced myself to sleep. This happened twice then never again.
I told my mom about something at my window, and she told me “I know there is something in this house. You and Jessica invited it in.” I don’t know if that is true, but whatever it was… I didn’t want it to come back. It never did, and I hope I will never see it again. I was NOT dreaming and I know it as a fact. Does anyone know what this could have been? To this day it still gives me the chills thinking about it. Out of all my experiences with the “supernatural”, this was the eeriest.
Again with a hoofed entity like something out of a horror film. What are we to make of this? From the site Native Ghost Stories and Other Paranormal Entities we have a tale that was relayed to the witness by her family, but which is no less creepy. She reports:
This a story my mom and the rest of my family have told me. They said that my aunt was in the bathroom one morning around 5 o’clock. It was still dark out and she was getting ready for work. While she was in there doing her business, a hand started coming in from the window. She started screaming so loud that she woke up everybody in the house. What’s even stranger is that when they went to look outside, they saw hoof prints, like a goat would leave, on the porch. It or whoever it was came down the drive way onto the porch to door and turned to go around the house. They never knew what it was.
A few very weird reports have been conveyed to me personally. In one, the witness says he had been driving along a rural road in the state of Colorado when he noticed someone one the side of the road ahead. At the time, it had been rather foul weather, and a mixture of rain and snow had been raining down upon them. The witness pulled up beside what he at first thought was a man perhaps in trouble, but it turned out to be anything but. He explained to me:
I noticed that his body proportions were all wrong, and that his legs were long and thin. I realized something was wrong but I didn’t know what it was yet. I still though there might have been an accident or something, so I pulled up next to this strange man, and that was when I noticed that he had skinny, goat-like legs ending in hooves, and he looked up at me with a muzzled face I will never forget. Those eyes were like embers, and I got the distinct sense that it did not want to be bothered. I pressed the accelerator and I was out of there.
In another account, the witness says she was out at her grandparents’ rural farm in Texas, and that she had had the habit of sitting out of the porch at dusk to watch the changing colors of the sky. One evening she was sitting out there as usual when she saw a very strange sight indeed. Something came wandering out into view that seemed to be neither human nor animal, and it began to meander across the landscape towards her. The figure looked hunched over at first, but as it approached it suddenly stood up on two legs and she could see that it was far stranger than she could have imagined. She says:
It looked like some kind of demon, standing upon goat-like legs ending in hooves, and it made a snorting sound the likes of which I had never heard. It took a few steps towards me, its hooves clopping heavily upon the hard-packed earth, and it just sort of stared at me. It’s face was somewhat human, but contorted and with dimensions that were sort of off, and it had two horns perched upon its head. the thing, whatever it was, examined me, cocked its head as if in curiosity, and then bolted away. And I mean BOLTED, it was so fast. Before I knew it, it was gone.
Cases like this seem to be relatively rare, but it is an interesting feature that all of these entities have hooves, very much like the devils and imps of lore. What were these things? They certainly don’t seem to be anything we can reconcile with an unclassified, undiscovered creature, and they seem to have an ambiance about them that is decidedly more supernatural in nature. So what are they? Demons? Ghosts? Are they perhaps some sort of interdimensional interlopers temporarily crossing over into our reality? There is no way to know at all, and they remain curious enigmas to add to the many, many other reports of anomalous humanoid beasts that populate the realms of cryptozoology and the paranormal.
As far back as 2014 the country of Venezuela was experiencing political and social violence and scarcity of food and resources. Its hard to believe its been 6 years since Hugo Chavez died of cancer.
At the end of that year Venezuela’s central bank announced that the nation had entered into a recession due to plummeting oil prices, their greatest commodity.
Between 2015 and 2016 food shortages were so bad that Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds! This was just from a lack of food across the board.
Thanks to the corruption of their socialist government Maduro was reelected despite being seated at the helm throughout this entire mess. Now, Venezuelans are combating the scarcity, rolling power outages and the possibility of a civil war. Things don’t look to be improving.
The desperate people of this nation have lost their doctors and supply lines for medicines and medical supplies are also compromised. For those who understand the natural world their only hope in dealing with injury and illness is coming in the form of plants.
Let’s look at 6 common plants Venezuelans are using to treat themselves through this growing crisis.
As an effective tea and tincture the wood plant known as wormwood is a powerful natural medicine. This plant can be used to deal with things like inflammation. You might wonder about the name and yes it can be used to deal with parasites and worms that are in our intestinal tract.
You can also use wormwood to ease stomach discomfort, which is always something we need to consider when dealing with a collapsed environment where food and water are likely contaminated.
Another interesting thing about wormwood is that it can be used as a mild antidepressant. The people of Venezuela could certainly use some help with depression.
The deciduous moringa tree is an incredible survival tree that doesn’t get the airtime it deserves. This tree is full of edible parts and you can even use parts of it to purify water! The powdered seeds can be used to sanitize drinking water.
On the medicinal side of things the Moringa tree is a mulit use means of dealing with injury and illness.
The Venezuelans who know about moringa will use the leaves as a tonic to deal with things like bronchitis, UTIs and things like diarrhea and dysentery. The seeds of moringa have antifungal and antibacterial properties.
It’s a powerful multiuse tree that any survivor should get to know.
An economic collapse is a harbinger of many things. One such thing is disease and infection. We get very used to having access to things like band aids and triple antibiotic ointment. So much so that infection is hardly a concern because we know we can just get a prescription of antibiotics filled.
For the Venezuelan people things are more dire. When the doctors and nurses file out of town and the medical resources stop flowing into town, you are basically on your own. People can die from simple cuts on their hand just as easy as they can die from the flu.
Aloe Vera, being a plant that grows well in Venezuela, is a great option for dealing with cuts and burns. Its also a big help with sunburn that might be useful for people who have no shelter. This is another symptom of economic collapse.
Aside from its topical uses, aloe also can be ingested and used to bolster the intestinal flora. That is to power up the gastrointestinal tract. These are many reasons why this would be helpful. The most important being to deal with the strange, inconsistent and likely dangerous diets of Venezuelan’s struggling to survive this situation.
This powerful and natural astringent is well known for its powerful antiseptic properties. It is found in Venezuela and is likely helping people deal with one issue.
While lemongrass is one of those powerful plant medicines that works on all sorts of ailments, the Venezuelans are likely using lemongrass to deal with gastrointestinal issues. That is how its most effective in its tea and other medicinal forms.
You see, without food or safe water, people put things into their bodies that will wreak havoc on the digestive system. Whether its bad water or rotting foods both are filled with pathogens that can cause harm to the digestive system or even illness that can end in death, if left untreated.
To deal with bad water quality and food quality lemongrass is a great option to help with digestive upset and gastro intestinal illness.
A plant introduced by colonizers; rosemary is hardly a native plant to Venezuela. However, it’s just as effective a healer in Venezuela.
This woody stemmed perennial a strong place in the herbal medicine cabinet. Rosemary can help your circulation, digestion and even your nervous system. In Cuba its burned to chase away bad spirits and burnt rosemary has a tremendous scent.
In Venezuela it is undoubtedly being used to prevent things like lice because of the lack of personal hygiene and resources. You see, along with helping with minor aches and pains and headaches a decoction or essential oil can be used to help things like lice and fleas. It can be taken as a tea or used as a rinse to deal with all issues both inside and outside the body.
The astringent and antiseptic properties of common plantain are undoubtably being taken advantage of by the Venezuelan people. You see, they have been suffering resource shortages for years now and have been forced to learn what can be of use from the land.
Common plantain is a tremendous means of healing wounds in its poultice form and really helps when dealing with things like wounds.
In a fallen state like Venezuela one of the most dangerous things is infection. They do not have a consistent flow of antibiotics so simple cuts and wounds must be cared for with extreme caution.
Common plantain is one of the few plants that can double as a bandage and a poultice for expediated healing.
We don’t need to suffer an economic collapse or a collapse of any kind to call on plant medicines in our life. In fact, there are many people who depend on things like salves and decoctions daily!
These 6 plants are just a little piece of the full scope self-reliance that many of us are so intent on achieving. Why does it take sheer horror for us to return to the natural world for answers? We must eliminate all other forms of convenience before taking simple action.
At most, the processing of these plants requires some chopping and simmering or some chopping and steeping in alcohol.
Don’t wait till America is in calamity to get to know your own wild medicinal collection. You can also plant a bed’s worth of them in your garden this year!
Something very bad will soon come to pass in this country. When the system collapses and support systems necessary for normal living no longer function adequately, we will devolve into a society with few codes of conduct and an every man for himself attitude. A breakdown of the social system will almost assuredly cause the government to react in a violent fashion toward the civil population in an effort to maintain control and simply survive itself.
When the government engages in open warfare against the population it will likely trigger the activation of patriots across the nation waging unrestricted war on the government and its control apparatus nationwide. This will be a conflagration that consumes men and resources at a vicious pace. Those that are preparing for that fateful day will be limited by their financial resources to prepare for combat with an entity that has vastly superior resources at its disposal. The average person cannot hope to stock all of the supplies necessary for a prolonged fight, so some sort of resupply system needs to be in place before resources are constrained or cut off completely.
In any warfare, the fighters depend on a supply network to keep them in the fight. This network requires many individuals for every trigger puller in the field. When the individual fighters resources are exhausted they will depend on these supplies coming from some other source sympathetic to the cause. The lack of this support will mean that individual fighters will be occupied with finding resources rather than conducting combat operations.
There will likely be many in the area of conflict that wish for patriot victory but lack the ability to fight along side them. These people ,can participate in the cause by becoming a supply source for those on the front lines. This would entail storing extra supplies relevant to the fighters needs in addition to storing supplies for their own use. For a few hundred dollars in extra supplies, the supporters could insure continued fighting ability for many weeks or months. Several supporters for every fighter would mean several years of resupply for the cause.
There are many types of support that individuals can provide for future operations but here are a few logistics you might want to consider.
Wheat 1bu. Beans 1bu. Corn 1bu. Oats 1 bu. Rice 36 lbs. Coconut oil 32 oz. Milk powder 30 qt. Brown sugar 4 lbs. Instant coffee 8 oz. Hard candy 200pcs. Teabags 100 Seasalt 2 lbs. Pepper 4 oz. Ground cinnamon 4oz. Multi-vitamins 360 ea.
Ammo 500 rds. Cleaning eq. ( oil, solvent, pipe cleaners, Q tips, rags, bore snake) Repair parts
Soap 12 bars Toothpaste 6 oz. tube Toilet paper 4 rolls Disposable razors 12 ea. Foot powder 4 oz.
Wool long underwear Thermal socks 2pr. Wool gloves Wool cap Wool Blanket Boots Camo pants/shirt
AA batteries 8ea. D batteries 8 ea. Chem lites 24 ea. 550 cord 100’ Duct tape 1 roll Disposable lighter Laundry powder 2 lbs.
Anyone storing supplies will need to analyze the needs specific to your area of the country. Variables such as location, food production capability, weapons type and environmental conditions will determine to a large degree what will be stored by locals.
While it may not be possible to store everything that an individual will need, having the basics available to build on will make local foraging for supplies, to flesh out needs, much easier. The storing of bulk grains will solve much of the problems with food supplies and storage. A bushel of grain will go a long way when processed for consumption.
Even if you are not sure at this time if these supplies will be needed it will provide you with extra for your own use or for trade in the event others you wish to help are in desperate need. Everything on the list above is basic and will find use in most locations in any event.
The thought of something requiring this type of preparation is inconceivable to many but the fact remains we now find ourselves in a situation that may require just such forethought to insure a chance of events unfolding in favor of those that support the republic we now inhabit. Chance favors the prepared mind. When the time comes that you may need these things, it may already be too late to get them. Plan ahead now.
For the last several years, the U.S. federal budget has generally been between about $3.6 and $3.8 trillion, comprising close to 21 percent of the total economy in terms of GDP. All federal spending falls into one of three groups, which include mandatory and discretionary spending (more than 90% of all federal spending falls into these two categories) as well as interest on debt the country owes, according to the National Priorities Project website.
Naturally, a large portion of government spending is put toward defense budgets every year, with the DOD budget totaling around 15% of the total federal budget in recent years (and it’s expected to be higher this year, with a proposed $681.1 billion proposed by Donald Trump for the fiscal year 2019).
What this money is used for is, of course, an entirely different story. However, in recent years there have been questions raised as to not just how the money is used, but also whether large amounts are effectively being “hidden” by the U.S. government.
The question goes all the way back to 2001, when then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shared details about a curious predicament during a Congressional hearing. “According to some estimates,” Rumsfeld said, “we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it’s stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible.”
In essence, Rumsfeld seemed to be saying that the Department of Defense had effectively “lost” $2.3 trillion in transactions. The timing of the statement–one day prior to the September 11 terror attacks–made it particularly notable among conspiracy theorists, an unfortunate stigma that has not helped in bringing credible attention to an otherwise appalling accounting “discrepancy,” if that’s even an appropriate way to refer to a government agency being unable to account for $2.3 trillion.
Due in part to this and other problems, “As a result, DoD has developed a credibility problem with Congress, OMB, the General Accounting Office (GAO) and itself, when it comes to financial information,” one 2001 report stated.
Rumsfeld’s admission before Congress wasn’t a one-time affair, either. Over the ensuing years, several similar instances involving apparent transactional discrepancies have occurred, totaling as much as $21 trillion by some estimates. In a recent article appearing in Forbes, Boston University professor of economics Laurence Kotlikoff and Mark Skidmore, a Professor of Economics at Michigan State University, argue that the ongoing problem, while having been acknowledged by the various government branches, remains to be satisfactorily accounted for.
Kotlikoff and Skidmore write:
The DOD’s (Department of Defense) as well as HUD’s (Department of Housing and Urban Development) Offices of Inspector General (OIG) reference these transactions as “unsupported journal voucher adjustments.” This is polite accounting language for lost, hidden or stolen money. If such “adjustments” were small, it would be one thing. But they totaled some $21 trillion between 1998 and 2015!
The article, the second in a two-part series that looks at this problem, is based on a report co-authored by Skidmore and Catherine Austin Fitts, president of Solari, Inc., publisher of the Solari Report, and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC. It is worth noting that Fitts has a very interesting background beyond her financial consulting, which includes having written about past experiences that involved a military think tank inviting her to work on a project aimed at effectively “disclosing” to the general public that an extraterrestrial presence exists on Earth. Fitts has also appeared in recent years as a guest on the popular late night radio program Coast to Coast AM, as well as Alex Jones’ InfoWars. Prior to any of this, she had been an Assistant Secretary of that the Department of Housing and Urban Development under George H. W. Bush, and later the lead financial advisor to the Federal Housing Administration, at which time she first became aware of such accounting discrepancies.
Kotlikoff, Skidmore, and Fitts aren’t the only ones aware of this problem; in fact, it was addressed by David Norquist, Comptroller for the Department of Defense, last January during a Congressional hearing on the process of the Pentagon’s congressionally-mandated first internal, consolidated financial audit, overseen by Bernie Sanders and several other members of Senate. At that time, Norquist referred again to the “unsupported adjustments,” citing them as the underlying source of the confusion. Skidmore and Kotlikoff noted in their Forbes piece, “Though it is not entirely clear from his testimony, it seems Mr. Norquist is suggesting that changes in the valuation of property and equipment due to depreciation, base closures, equipment becoming obsolete, etc. are leading to enormous undocumentable adjustments.”
However, Norquist’s explanation fell a few marks short of being satisfactory for Kotlikoff and Skidmore. “To our knowledge,” they wrote, “there are no public reports with detailed explanations or additional data. Furthermore, the DOD’s OIG’s failure to respond to reasonable inquiries and Mr. Norquist’s clearly inadequate explanation suggests our government accountants can’t figure out what’s going on when it comes to trillions in ‘unsupported’ outlays/transactions.”
It might be fair to say that the official explanations that have been offered allow for more than a little “wiggle room.” However, there have been questions raised about the Kotlikoff and Skidmore’s interpretation too, namely by Mick West over at Metabunk.org, who correctly notes that it would be tricky for trillions to go missing from an annual budget that receives only several billions of dollars in the first place.
As West points out:
[T]he Pentagon’s budget is around $600 billion. A measurable percentage of the Pentagon’s budget is not $6.5 Trillion. That’s ten times the amount of money that went into the Pentagon that year, and they still had to run the military. Clearly it’s impossible to both spend most of the money you’ve been given, and also lose ten times that amount.
West doesn’t dispute that some problems do probably exist with the Pentagon’s budget. “Nobody is saying that the defense department does not waste money,” West wrote. “It very obviously does. Hundreds of millions, possibly even billions of dollars are wasted through inefficiencies, incompetence, and corruption. It is probably a measurable percentage of the Pentagon’s budget.”
West further argues that one of the biggest issues with the idea that tens of trillions of dollars are being “hidden” is the way the information appears to be used to justify other unsubstantiated claims, or as West says, “to legitimize implausible conspiracy theories like 9/11 controlled demolitions or even chemtrails.”
There doesn’t appear to be any indication that Kotlikoff or Skidmore are among those who endorse 9/11 conspiracies. However, Fitts has been a proponent of such ideas, having once served on the board of 911truth.org, and writing articles (like this one) which questioned the official 9/11 narrative.
That said, even if Kotlikoff and Skidmore were completely wrong in their assessment, this doesn’t remove the fact that there are remaining credibility issues pertaining to the DoD and its treatment of publicly disclosed data that should raise questions. For instance, a recent document referenced by the authors in their Forbes article, which provided a summary of unsupported adjustments for the fiscal year of 2017 appeared in redacted form, obscuring the actual amounts. “That is, all the relevant information was blacked out,” Kotlikoff notes. “We believe the redactions are the direct results of our exposing this issue. That exposure was significant.” In previous years, there had never been similar redactions of this information.
If the budgetary questions being addressed here are purely the result of a misunderstanding, it is unclear why the DoD would have been so hesitant to address queries the likes of those made by Kotlikoff and Skidmore. This is further complicated by the fact that the recent fiscal summaries they reference featured redactions, unlike past reports. Even if the idea of several trillions of dollars being hidden by our government stands on shaky ground, there is still plenty to justify calls for greater transparency… something we only seem to be getting less of over time.
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is peering over your shoulder? It could be at the ATM or when you are on your cellphone. You might feel like someone is watching and most of the time you are right. Those its not the eyes around you that should worry you. If you own a mobile phone google, Facebook and government know almost everything about you!
You either know about all of this already or you are going to walk away feeling very uncomfortable and maybe a little trapped.
This article will not only be a look at what Facebook, Google and the Government know about you, but we will also provide some links that allow you to affect what they know about you. Yes. There are many things these entities are doing, with your permission, that you don’t know about.
These “services” have off switches and you can take advantage of those if you read on.
They Know Where You Are
Both Google and Facebook are very up front about giving you the ability to tell the world where you are. Their services are tied in with your GPS technology and you have agreed to that long before you started posting or doing anything else, they offer.
You can even get solid proof by following this link to see your own personal timeline. Google is very transparent about this data but its none the less chilling!
Make no mistake about it, if your phones tracking is on, they know where you are. Most people know about this and some even work to counteract it but there are millions that do not, and Google keeps tabs on all of them.
They Know What You REALLY Like
Google uses two mediums to really understand what you like. You know, the person you are in front of your phone is the person they want to know. The nasty things you search at night when the family is asleep, they want to know that, too.
The first method they use to really get to know you, is to save all your activity. All of it! Again, they are terribly transparent if you know where to look. This means things you have searched and things you have searched and deleted are all logged. Unless you have been very diligent and deleted things across devices.
The other method is your advertising profile. While Google does not sell your personal information, they basically remake you based on a variety of characteristics and interests. They are not allowed to sell your exact age, but they can certainly say that you fall into a demographic/age bracket.
This ad profile is what they use to make money on ads. They can target you with ads based on the things you search, like, places you visit and a variety of other things. In essence they know what gets you to act when you are on your device and they sell that to ad agencies. This is arguably much more powerful than your personal information.
They Can Watch You
Yeah. I know, its creepy but its true. Along with information about everything you use on your phone, everything you watch, what you like and where you go, even your calendar, you have also given Facebook and Google permission to use your microphone and camera!
Facebook and Google Stockpile Everything About You
Both services offer you options to download all the storage they have on you. Not sure how you feel about that but its definitely a service they offer. Its likely something, they will charge a lot of money for one day. Now, the most alarming part about this is the size of what you download. For all the information on you, you might need close to a gigabyte of space or more!
I have read of people requesting this information from Goggle and needing 5GB of data space for that file! That is huge.
Big Brother Is Just As Bad
The cloud has changed everything. The US Government can understand your entire daily routine based off information that doesn’t even live on your device!
To be honest, the government doesn’t have enough agents or time to track all of us with precision. However, if they were to raise an eyebrow over something that you were doing or saying. They could hone in on an individual and suspend a lot of the rights you think are part of your birthright.
We have watched scenarios like this transpire before our very eyes. We have seen the government burst from its shell and attack with full force. From pressuring tech companies to crack cellphones to people being washed from our society altogether.
Its not that they are watching you right now, but you must be honest with yourself and understand that they can, when they want to. Beyond the governments scope of surveillance, they can also tap the aforementioned Google and Facebook for all the information in their storage.
Privacy is a dissolving feature of our society. There is no getting around that. Unless you take steps from birth you are going to be part of a heavily surveilled state that can set its sights on you whenever it pleases.
What are you going to do sue the Federal Government?
The State will skirt the constitution whenever it sees fit and in this divisive day and age, there aren’t even swaths of the population to stand up for you. So, what is a person to do? Well, its more of an excuse to live free and be yourself.
If you like buying ammunition and stockpiling weapons, everyone knows about it anyway. You might as well enjoy it! In any ways the prepper idea of OPSEC has been shattered by all this and maybe that’s a good thing.
We can get to the task of preparing the rest of the world for the high tides ahead.
The internet monopolies were a huge threat to freedom before they became entangled with the media. Now they may be the biggest threat to our political freedoms in the entire history of the United States.
The media is dying. Read about it in the media.
Facebook is pumping $300 million into the media. And that’s after the Google News Initiative shoved $300 million into fighting “fake news” and helping struggling media outlets like the New York Times.
These aren’t investments. They’re charitable donations by Big Data to Big Brother.
Take Jeff Bezos taking $250 million, a little more than the $215 million he makes a day, and using it to buy the Washington Post, not because it’s a good business opportunity, but a good political one.
The media isn’t worth investing in.
TV and cable news are the weakest holdings of the entertainment giants. That’s why AT&T is none too fond of the CNN white elephant it’s stuck with.
John Stankey, Time Warner’s new boss (and therefore also CNN’s new overlord) told CNN that the news network has a “special social responsibility”. That’s the same rhetoric about public service that has the emerging giant monopolies subsidizing media companies as a charitable cause, not a profitable venture.
Journalism is deader than disco. The shambling monster still squealing about the First Amendment while pressuring social media companies to censor its conservative opposition under the guise of a Russian conspiracy theory has as much to do with journalism as Nabisco’s ad agency or Biden’s spokesman do.
The media doesn’t report the news. It reposts tweets, recycles news stories from a handful of wire services and largely relies on outside interests to do its actual reporting for it. Sometimes that means outside hit pieces covertly embedded, like Fusion GPS’ Russian Trump conspiracy theory, other times it’s more openly financed, like NPR getting $100K from a pro-Iran deal group to report on the Iran deal.
Media once stood for the multiple mediums, print, radio and television, which required expensive infrastructure and allowed major corporations to reach a national audience with its mass media.
The internet 1.0 crushed the infrastructure advantage of the media and then internet 2.0 made the media dependent on a handful of social, search and commerce platforms for its traffic.
Staring death in the red digital eye, the media tossed journalism out the window as it went after two targets, President Trump and the social media giants that were starving it of ad revenue. The Russia conspiracy theory evolved to incorporate the entanglement between Facebook, Russia and Trump.
Soon, media outlets, desperately loathing and desiring Facebook, were filled with conspiracy theories explaining how Russian Facebook trolls had managed to swing the 2016 election. The conspiracy theories were nonsense. Actual analysis showed that the Russians had mostly targeted African-Americans on Facebook. But the media had dumped truth and the facts a thousand miles back.
The Trump-Russia conspiracy theories hatched by the Clinton campaign and distributed by the media were popular with the more hysterical breed of Democrat prone to marching around with pink hats and memorizing long Slavic names and their appearances at Trump hotels. They helped make the eyeball traffic of the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN great again, albeit very temporarily.
But, for the media, the real target of the conspiracy theories was Silicon Valley.
Internet 1.0 had humbled the media. Internet 2.0 had crushed its business model. But where internet 1.0 had been a cheerful thriving anarchy, the web of the college campus, the wild realm in which anything was possible, internet 2.0 was a gated community owned by a handful of giant monopolies.
A fortune in capital had been flowing into Amazon, Google, Facebook and its ilk. Media outlets could only greedily lick their lips and report on the latest viral surfing gorilla video accident trending on some app whose value had gone from nothing to billions overnight.
The media’s growing thrust leftward wasn’t just ideological. It was also practical.
The old business model of serving consumers, while injecting bias into the stories and broadcasts, wasn’t working anymore. Why bother watching the news when you can scroll through your Facebook feed? The new media model would be loud advocacy. And it would be treated as a public service and financed by the very people making a fortune off viral surfing gorilla videos.
They just had to be talked into it.
Amazon had shown the way when its megalomaniacal boss, Jeff Bezos, bought the Washington Post. Soon, the formerly respected establishment paper, took on the tone and professionalism of a social justice blog, combined with blatant opposition research, hit pieces and election interference.
Silicon Valley had eaten the media’s business model. Now the goal was turning Big Data corps into the patrons of a media acting in the public interest. And public interest, meant the interests of the Left.
Like many welfare recipients, the media has made its case with a combination of truculence and victimhood. Its papers and magazines never go out of business because the public isn’t interested. They’re always “murdered” or “sacrificed” to corporate greed. If the media suffers a downturn, it’s a conspiracy. And social media giants must do the “right thing” and keep the media in business.
The media is staying alive through the patronage of lefties convinced it will bring down Trump. But what happens when Trump is gone and there’s no Mueller or Russia conspiracy to pump for traffic?
The media is leveraging Trump conspiracy theories to win Silicon Valley patronage. But that’s just hooking one bad business model on another. When Facebook begins its deep dive, suddenly the hundreds of millions that it once casually threw about the way that Gilded Age tycoons lit cigars with hundred dollar bills will no longer be there for its media remoras. The media bet its future on Trump and FAANG stocks. It doesn’t have a Plan C. And that means that its future looks a lot like Myspace.
The media is becoming another Silicon Valley acquisition that will soon outlive its utility.
It’s out of touch with 99% of the country. But it’s in touch with the special interests, politicians and leaders who run the country. And so it can turn a silly conspiracy theory into the national agenda.
Content providers are snapping up content creators all around. But unlike cable providers buying their own studios, Facebook and Google don’t actually need the media. They make their money from user submitted content. The media’s business model has failed. It needs Silicon Valley sugar daddies. And in exchange the Silicon Valley sugar daddies buy into the national messaging arm of the Left.
Facebook and Google don’t need the media to reach ordinary people. Their own reach is as far beyond the paltry airport users glued to CNN or the EPA resistance members paging through the Washington Post on their iPhone X as the sun is to the moon. But what the media has and Silicon Valley needs is political access. The media’s eyeball range is laughable. But it’s a gateway to the political insiders.
Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post because it sets the agenda in Washington D.C.
Facebook is pumping money into the media because when it doesn’t, the media runs Facebook hit pieces. It’s cheaper for Facebook to toss $300 million at the media than to fight each negative media hit piece. $300 million sounds like a lot, but Facebook’s summer stock market beating amounted to a $100 billion loss for the company and a nearly $16 billion loss for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Silicon Valley isn’t trying to buy the media. Even the people who pour hundreds of millions into any social app used by at least a single millennial know that’s a terrible idea. They’re buying influence.
The media, as we used to know it, no longer exists. Journalism is a joke. Local news coverage occasionally functions, but the national news means millennials fresh out of J-school writing up trending topics that exist only to be shared on social media and forgotten 5 seconds later, or older reporters writing up hit pieces on behalf of shadowy special interests operating behind the scenes.
Real journalists don’t work for the media. They’re employed in the shadowy netherworld where information warfare is cooked up by organizations like Fusion GPS, which hatched the Russia conspiracy theory that has hijacked our entire political discourse. The media is where the informational bombs are detonated by reporters who are too dumb and lazy to be any more than cutouts for the real players.
The media circa 2018 is just the messaging arm for the Left. And occasionally anyone influential enough.
This isn’t a business model. It’s the death throes of a dying industry making a compelling case why it can’t and won’t function as a business, and has no alternative except existing as a corrupt charity case trading political influence for cash from the monopolies destroying the last vestiges of freedom.
The continuing power of the media reveals how little say Americans have in running their own country.
The media is monetizing its political access to Silicon Valley. The media will spew lefty talking points and Big Data will subsidize its efforts to take out President Trump and anyone else it doesn’t like. Social and search will give the media a financial lifeline and an illegal competitive advantage by censoring conservative media on its platforms under the guise of fighting ‘fake news’.
That will mean that the big internet monopolies will have even more of a monopoly over the public marketplace than ever.
And that makes the very idea of free speech into the punch line of a tragic joke with its own IP address.
The internet monopolies were a huge threat to freedom before they became entangled with the media. Now they may be the biggest threat to our political freedoms in the entire history of the United States.
Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other internet monopolies are financing the media and censoring opposition media. That provides them with an unprecedented stranglehold on the marketplace of ideas.
If the elected officials don’t meet this unprecedented threat, elections will cease to mean anything.