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From Dollar Hegemony to Global Warming: Globalization, Glyphosate and Doctrines of Consent

Colin Todhunter in conversation with Denis Rancourt

Colin Todhunter

There has been an on-going tectonic shift in the West since the abandonment of the Bretton Woods agreement in 1971. This accelerated when the USSR ended and has resulted in the ‘neoliberal globalization’ we see today.

At the same time, there has been an unprecedented campaign to re-engineer social consensus in the West. Part of this strategy, involves getting populations in Western countries to fixate on ‘global warming’, ‘gender equity’ and ‘anti-racism’: by focusing on identity politics and climate change, the devastating effects and injustices brought about by globalized capitalism and associated militarism largely remain unchallenged by the masses and stay firmly in the background.

This is the argument presented by Denis Rancourt, a researcher at Ontario Civil Liberties Association, in a new report.

Rancourt is a former full professor of physics at the University of Ottawa in Canada and author of ‘Geo-economics andgeo-politics drive successive eras of predatory globalization and socialengineering: Historical emergence of climate change, gender equity, and anti-racism as state doctrines’ (April 2019).

In the report, Rancourt references Michael Hudson’s 1972 book Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire to help explain the key role of maintaining dollar hegemony and the importance of the petrodollar to US global dominance.

Aside from the significance of oil, Rancourt argues that the US has an existential interest to ensure that opioid drugs are traded in US dollars, another major global commodity. This explains the US occupation of Afghanistan. He also pinpoints the importance of US agribusiness and the arms industry in helping to secure US geostrategic goals.

Since the fall of the USSR in 1991, Rancourt says, US war campaigns have, among other things, protected the US dollar from abandonment, destroyed nations seeking sovereignty from US dominance, secured the opium trade, increased control over oil and have frustrated Eurasian integration.

In addition, we have seen certain countries face a bombardment of sanctions and hostility in an attempt to destroy energy-producing centres that the US does not control, not least Russia.

He also outlines the impacts within Western countries too, including: the systematic relative loss of middle-class economic status, the rise of urban homelessness, the decimation of the industrial working class, corporate megamergers, rising inequality, the dismantling of welfare, financial speculation, stagnant wages, debt, deregulation and privatisation.

In addition, the increased leniency in food and drug regulation has led to the dramatic increase in the use of the herbicide glyphosate, which has been concurrent with upsurges of many diseases and chronic ailments.

In the face of this devastation, Western nations have had to secure ongoing consent among their own populations. To help explain how this has been achieved, Rancourt focuses on gender equity, anti-racism and global warming as state doctrines that have been used to divert attention from the machinations of US empire (and also to prevent class consciousness taking hold).

I recently asked Denis Rancourt about this aspect of his report.

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Colin Todhunter: Can you say a bit about yourself and how you came to produce this report? What is it meant to achieve?

Denis Rancourt: I’m a former physics professor, environmental scientist and a civil rights advocate. I currently work as a researcher for the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (ocla.ca). During a conversation about civil rights issues I had with the executive director of OCLA, we identified several important societal and economic phenomena that seemed to be related to the early 1990s. So, I eventually settled in to do some ‘heavy lifting’, research wise.

While there is no lack of hired intellectuals and experts to wrongly guide our perception, my research demonstrates a link between surges in large-scale suppression and exploitation of national populations with the acceleration of an aggressive, exploitative globalization.

CT: In your report, you’ve described the consequences of the abandonment of Bretton Woods and the dissolution of the USSR in terms of dollar hegemony, US militarism and the devastating impacts of ‘neoliberal globalisation’ both for nation states and for ordinary people.

DR: There is little doubt that Russian and Chinese analysts have a solid understanding of what I have outlined in my report. For instance, foreshadowing Trump’s trade war, the People’s Liberation Army Major-General Qiao Liang’s April 2015 speech to the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee and government office, included the following:

Since that day [dissolution of Bretton Woods], a true financial empire has emerged, the US dollar’s hegemony has been established, and we have entered a true paper currency era. There is no precious metal behind the US dollar. The government’s credit is the sole support for the US dollar. The US makes a profit from the whole world.

This means that the Americans can obtain material wealth from the world by printing a piece of green paper. […] If we [now] acknowledge that there is a US dollar index cycle [punctuated by engineered crises, including war] and the Americans use this cycle to harvest from other countries, then we can conclude that it was time for the Americans to harvest China…

CT: You discuss the need for states to ensure consent: the need to pacify, hypnotize and align populations for continued globalization; more precisely, the need to divert attention from the structural violence of economic policies and the actual violence of militarism. Can you say something about how the issue of global warming relates to this?

DR: Irrespective of whether the so-called ‘climate crisis’ is real, exaggerated or fabricated, it is clear, from the data in my report, that the ethos of global warming was engineered on a global scale and benefits the exploiters of the carbon-economy and, more indirectly, the state.

For example, one of the studies that I review shows that a many-fold increase in mainstream media reporting about global warming suddenly occurred in the mid-2000s, in all the leading news media, at the same time that the financiers and their acolytes such as Al Gore decided to make and manage a global carbon economy. This media campaign has been sustained ever since and the global warming ethos has been institutionalized.

Carbon sequestration schemes have devastated local communities on every occupied continent. If anything, carbon schemes − from wind farms to biofuel harvesting to industrial battery production to solar-cell array installations to mining uranium to mega hydro-dam construction and so on – have accelerated habitat destruction.

Meanwhile, economic and military warfare rages, glyphosate is dumped into the ecosphere at unprecedented rates (poured on GM herbicide-resistant cash crops), active genocides are in progress (Yemen), the US is unilaterally withdrawing from nuclear treaties and forcing an arms race with next-generation death machines and US-held extortionary loans are serviced by land-use transformation on the scale of nations; while our educated children have nervous breakdowns trying to get governments to “act” on “climate”.

In the early-1990s, a world conference on climate environmentalism was an express response to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This was part of a global propaganda project intended to mask the new wave of accelerated predatory globalism that was unleashed now that the USSR was definitively out of the way.

CT: What are your thoughts on Greta Thunberg and the movement surrounding her?

DR: It is sad and pathetic. The movement is a testament to the success of the global propaganda project that I describe in my report. The movement is also an indicator of the degree to which totalitarianism has taken hold in Western societies; wherein individuals, associations and institutions lose their ability for independent thought to steer society away from the designs of an occupying elite. Individuals (and their parents) become morality police in the service of this ‘environmentalism’.

CT: You also talk about the emergence of gender-equity (third wave feminism) and anti-racism as state doctrines. Can you say something about this?

DR: In my report, I use historical institutional records and societal data to demonstrate that a triad of ‘state religions’ was globally engendered and emerged on cue following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This triad consists of climate alarmism, exaggerated tunnel-vision focus on gender equity and a campaign of anti-racism focussed on engineering thoughts, language and attitudes.

These state ideologies were conceived and propelled by UN efforts and the resulting signed protocols. Western academia enthusiastically took up and institutionalized the program. Mainstream media religiously promoted the newly minted ethos. Political parties largely applied increased quotas of gender and race elected representatives.

These processes and ideas served to soothe, massage and occupy the Western mind, especially among the upper-middle, professional and managerial classes and the elite classes of economically occupied territories but did nothing to alleviate the most violent and globally widespread forms of actual racism and misogyny as a result of predatory globalization and militarism.

Ironically, the global attacks on human dignity, human health and the environment were in proportion to the systematic and sometimes shrill calls for gender equity, anti-racism and climate ‘action’. The entire edifice of these ‘state religions’ leaves no room for required conflicts of class and expressly undermines any questioning of the mechanisms and consequences of globalization.

CT: Can you say something about the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests), Brexit and the Trump electoral phenomenon.

DR: Combine aggressive globalization, constant financial predation, gutting of the Western working and middle classes and a glib discourse of climate change, anti-racism and gender equity and something has to give. French geographer Christophe Guilluy predicted the reactions in some detail, and it is not difficult to understand.

It is no accident that the revolting working- and middle-classes are critical of the narratives of climate crisis, anti-racism and gender equity; and that their voices are cast by the mainstream media as racist, misogynist and ignorant of science.

It seems that any class which opposes its own destruction is accused of being populated by racist and ignorant folks that can’t see that salvation lies in a carbon-managed and globalized world. It becomes imperative, therefore, to shut down all the venues where such an ‘ignorant lot’ could communicate their views, attempt to organize and thereby threaten the prevailing social order.

Edited at the authors request 28/6/19

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BigB
BigB
Jun 30, 2019 11:00 AM

I read the report yesterday: it is a fantastic piece of work with lots of relevant information. However, I feel it suffers from the structure that the information is presented within. The overall framework suffers from being too state-structuralist and US-centric. The overarching nature of neoliberalism is that it was trans-national and supra-sovereign in character from inception. That inception usually being considered as the Lipmann Coloquium in 1937 – which von Mises and Hayek both attended. A crucial omission from the Report is the Mount Pelerin Society meeting in 1947 – which Friedman attended. This led to the think-tank gestation period of neoliberalism – funded by Swiss and UK money, as well as US. By focusing on the US: the critical US/UK – NY/City of London/Bank of England trans-national axis of neoliberalism is omitted. Which fails to account for neoliberalism being an ‘offshore’ supra-national phenomena – funded by the unregulated… Read more »

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Jun 30, 2019 9:55 PM
Reply to  BigB

BigB, you are on the roll … excellent.

What can i add? Maybe these that built the house of cards always had the next stage. USA (the country and population) is just another rung in their make believe ladder to heaven.

They are ‘System’ changers and they aim to have a ‘Global Reset’ as they rinse and repeat and stay at the top of the pile of what they feel is their god given or natural right to power and slavery of the rest of the human race and this planet.

The immigrants that made America great are about to be given a serious wake up. As they join the rest of us 99.9%.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 1, 2019 4:19 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

i’ll second every word of that, DunGroanin, brilliant BigB, classic eloquence . . . What can I add ? 😉 Logically >>> Well, thurs’ weather modification & derivative speculation on same at the Chicago, (repeat Chic-agogo) Stock Exchange, conceived long before 2001 & then the WTC7 SEC Criminal Investigation into Enron’s speculation with pensions funds, harmonised with Monsanto & GMO crops with especially resistant seeds to the particulates sprayed, on offer, to test the abilities of HAARP & US Farmers financial resilience to drought, finally forced to sell out their livelihoods & land to Monsanto, and then the rain returned and if the second largest US corporation had not been all high on cocaine, they might have performed better & fallen in line with strategic long term calculations. Of course, the 2000 Dotcom bubble had compromised their commitments & obligations in a haze of bacchanalian buggery and hey presto, Caligula… Read more »

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Jun 29, 2019 12:04 PM

‘These processes and ideas served to soothe, massage and occupy the Western mind, especially among the upper-middle, professional and managerial classes and the elite classes of economically occupied territories but did nothing to alleviate the most violent and globally widespread forms of actual racism and misogyny as a result of predatory globalization and militarism.’ – yes, the paradox at the heart of political correctness: the greater the hysteria around controlling cultural discourse the more detached from reality that discourse seems to be. This discord plays out in many forms: today for example the Guardian laments the judicial cruelty inflicted on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (in Iran) while at the same time publishing article after article mocking a political prisoner arbitrarily detained and tortured by the British authorities. Or take their pearl clutching over the Khashoggi case: journalists getting their knickers over a single murder while rooting for every necon invasion that they… Read more »

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jun 29, 2019 7:45 PM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

Hi Harry, good link: nice to see Greenwald getting up to speed again, legally, almost calling it like it is, and having the courage to speak the absolutely bleeding obvious regarding Trump’s administrative reality: i still found it disturbing that he shied away from using the word ‘Treason’, because that was what the “insurance policy” and Russia-Hoax was, in fact: and the evidentiary conspiracy is what Bill Barr is studying, presently, thus the huge distractions in the daily news for sheeple. I haven’t read his article, yet, but will do: therefore, I must venture to comment on one glaring omission in the link provided, namely, Greenwald neglects to mention who owns the various mainstream media sources that have continuously conspired with this attempted Treason by the CIA, FBI & elements of the NSA, with foreign actors, all running parallel platforms with which to maximise damage & distraction from this bureaucratic… Read more »

Mucho
Mucho
Jun 29, 2019 11:07 AM

Here’s a very good Brendon O Connell mini doc. Great content
51. ALEX JONES ADMITS TRUMP A PRODUCT OF ARMY INTELLIGENCE 720p

Monobazeus
Monobazeus
Jun 29, 2019 9:58 AM

https://www.sott.net/article/415807-Success-Britain-has-highest-rate-of-returning-jihadis-in-all-Europe

Daesh created by the UK and friends. Quite a few Tory’s could end up in jail.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 4:47 AM

Wow. Rancourt makes it more than explicit IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER the so-called ‘climate crisis’ is real, exaggerated or fabricated, it is clear, from the data in my report, that the ethos of global warming was engineered on a global scale and benefits the exploiters of the carbon-economy and, more indirectly, the state. [EMPHASIS ADDED] that, at least in the interview itself, he was NOT ADDRESSING the issue of the validity or otherwise of destructive, atmospheric CO2 induced climate change theory or the data presented to support or refute it, either as a theory or as, so far, tests of that theory. IRRESPECTIVE OF THE POSSIBLE CONTENT OF SOME POSSIBLE PRE- OR POST-INTERVIEW OFF-MIC CHAT, what on earth could have led the interviewer and reporter of it to end-note otherwise if not the sort of obsessive irrationality that will see us all off the face of the planet by this time… Read more »

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 2, 2019 11:57 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Good to see you back to your old self: Robbo, you might like to cast your eye over the Crop Losses, engineered most recently http://iceagefarmer.com/map/ https://www.sott.net/article/416015-Devastating-crop-losses-are-being-reported-all-over-the-globe I’ve noticed a distinct unwillingness of people in these columns to address climate engineering & Legal Liability: and I know your analytical mind of old, you ole’ Tout 😉 So, always presuming you are not a trout, lol (mind you assumption is the mother of all fuckin’ fuckups, *note the apostrophe*, that i spelt differently, humour intended) 😉 I have a question for you:- In your opinion, can we & do we actively modify & modulate the weather to order, especially within NATO nations ? P.s. BigB and many others seem afraid to take a position on this ‘Matter’ of Physics, despite my asking, quite directly. Not that your answer will change what I know to be true, from direct personal experience & Knowledge,… Read more »

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jul 3, 2019 1:38 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

Apart from the high probability that unintended, uncontrolled microclimate modification is a concomitant effect of commercial aviation’s grease trails, I don’t know. I followed up all the obviously not insane stuff I could find about HAARP &c back when it was big conspiracy news, which wasn’t a lot, and followed a few footnotes into a superficial, layman’s knowledge of the atmos/ionospherics involved, but wouldn’t chance venturing my resultant, personal-use-only opinion (that it might be used as a remote weather modification tool in some ways and in certain conditions, maybe) at a Royal Society bunfight. I also checked out some of the meticulously documented conspiratorial theorizing about commercial aviation greasetrails and realized, yet again, just how closely the inside of the averagely rational human mind can resemble the Terminal OCD ward at your local looney bin. So that leaves belief (localized/directed spraying, particularly cloud seeding, being an everyday business and occasional… Read more »

UreKismet
UreKismet
Jun 29, 2019 3:10 AM

As long as we all waste energy debating the whys and wherefores of peripheral issues around climate change, racism and gender equity, the bastards have got us. I am old enough like most others here I suspect, to know that pre their sequestration by the neoliberals, all of those issues have a solid basis in science and economy. However as Rancourt states the problems western societies face are rarely about honest brokers attempting to resolve climate, racial and gender issues, but are instead about political charlatans using the issues to divide us, and distract us from real solutions. A quick example, yesterday the government controlled graun who despite endlessly whining about alleged ‘foreign interventions in national elections keep sticking their our into the farcical US prez beauty contest even though the fishwrap is an english and therefore foreign to the US meddler. Now I for one couldn’t give a flying… Read more »

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 2, 2019 12:21 PM
Reply to  UreKismet

Unequivocal apologies UreK: clearly, after patiently studying your comments in more depth, over a longer period, I must fully concede that I was way too rash in my judgement of you, a shot from the hip that missed, which happened to coincide with an influx of trolls @OffG, who were consistently trying to transfer & project serious argumentation in any other direction, in order to to disrupt any active constructive discourse. Maybe I was just sick of discussing grassy knolls, JFK and / or grudgingly suffering from the male menopause, insistent on sticking to the point of the article & discussion or just plain, hey, having a bad day … whatever, i was clearly mistaken, for which i feel obligated to apologise. “… fighting over the meaningless nuances in these issues is exactly what the arseholes want us to do – so why do it?” if someone is clearly not… Read more »

Laurence Howell
Laurence Howell
Jun 29, 2019 12:19 AM

Man Made Global Warming=Climate Change=Climate Emergency. What’s next on the drawing board? Not content with scaring adults, who increasingly are asking the relevant questions and seeing through the propaganda of corrupted climate science, the Marxist educationalists are now after our children who cannot so easily work out for themselves that government scientists lie to the people. From climate change to cancer they lie to order. Cancer Tutor a must visit website. Al Gore and his Hockey Stick have been totally discredited as have the Climate Unit, located at East Anglia University and Professor Jones should repay the millions in grants that his shady ethics has garnered. The hacked emails show these “scientists” for what they really are, a bunch of sycophants hoovering up grant money. More than 30,000 Scientists and PHDs have signed a letter claiming that man made global warming is a hoax. Half an hour on the net… Read more »

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 3:34 AM

“…Marxist educationalist…Al Gore…”

Al Gore, Marxist. Right. What’s next in your box of straight thinking? Albert Einstein, Alchemist?

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Jun 29, 2019 8:30 AM

Not content with scaring adults, who increasingly are asking the relevant questions and seeing through the propaganda of corrupted climate science, the Marxist educationalists are now after our children who cannot so easily work out for themselves that government scientists lie to the people.

Yup. Some enough, they’ll have the little tykes ratting on their parents to the authorities for engaging in illegal ‘climate denialism’. It’ll be very much like China was in the 60s.

George
George
Jun 29, 2019 10:31 AM

And perhaps those adults “who increasingly are asking the relevant questions” will see through “the Marxist educationalists” and arrive at genuine Marxism.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 2, 2019 1:26 PM

“The Meteorological Centre at Bracknell shield the climate scientists from enquiries, why?” Because NATO has long been engineering the climate, testing first on their own people and these people @Bracknell are shielded from people like myself & many others. Once you begin to investigate which programmes they are using and read the contracts and follow the deferred chain of legal accountability, which obviates any transparency, you will begin to get the picture: a false picture, which includes not just the Met.Office & Météo-France, but all NATO nations, effectively, & there is a very deliberate disconnect in play, using parallel platforms & climate models of ‘Matter’ & Particulates that are not up for public discussion or consideration. Intel inside: Ireland’s Harmony Project & HarmoniEPS, HAC-Hirlam & Aladin Consortium, Atmospheric & Environmental Research inc. (Massachusetts) … it’s all a very compartmentalised chain of programmers & programming for the above mentioned weather forecasters,… Read more »

Denis Rancourt
Denis Rancourt
Jun 28, 2019 7:44 PM

I don’t understand the author’s end-note about my Report. The author, Colin Todhunter, states “I do not endorse his data on climate warming itself and therefore his conclusions based on that data”. My Report does not have any “data on climate warming itself” and I draw no conclusion whatsoever in my Report “based on that data”. In my Report, I take no position on the scientific debate about climate itself, or about the nature of climate. Maybe the author can clarify, in response to this comment?

[ADMIN EDIT: The end-note has since been removed at the author’s request]

Antipropo
Antipropo
Jun 28, 2019 9:47 PM
Reply to  Denis Rancourt

That still begs the question: why was it there I the first place? One might well conclude that it shows the position the author has on climate change. Personally, as an unqualified observer, but one cynically dismissive of positions which support the agenda of the polluters I’ll go with the literally thousands of scientists who say it is and we are responsible. Look act Greenland and the polar ice cap melts, the increased frequency of maximum (category 5) cyclones and hurricanes, devastating bush fires etc.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 4:16 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

[ADMIN EDIT: The end-note has since been removed at the author’s request] “That still begs the question: why was it there I the first place? One might well conclude that it shows the position the author has on climate change.” “Author” Who are you talking about? Who is Rancourt talking about? Who is ADMIN talking about? Who are you, Antipropo, talking about? Only Rancourt makes it clear in context: “author”=author of the article=Todhunter (which is congruent with the presentation of the article). But ADMIN says “author” without qualification: so is that the author of the article or author of the Report mentioned therein? God knows which you, Antipropo, are talking about? If that is the level of specificity of information in to discussions about anything of relevance to the subject of a discussion about anything, here or in any other old agressive-drunken bar/rackoom or BTL littering the planet (and it… Read more »

Antipropo
Antipropo
Jun 29, 2019 8:56 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Did you major in pedantry? If so you probably failed. If you read the response from the author of the report quoted, then the response from the article writer ah I give up, read in sequence it’s fuckin obvious what I’m talking about.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 30, 2019 1:32 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

“Did you major in pedantry?” Sort of. Various systems of logic (Aristotelian, symbolic, algebraic, etc) formed part of what I used to tout around as a reason for giving me their money in exchange for my time. “If so you probably failed.” No, but later, during the touting sessions, I sometimes had to talk them up a bit. “If you read the response from the author of the report quoted, then the response from the article writer ah I give up, read in sequence it’s fuckin obvious…” What “response from the article writer”? He apparently appended an end note to the article before submitting it, which an admin has since removed at his request, but nothing further from him resembling a “response” to that or Rancourt’s enquiry has shown up here yet. Giving up is probably your best course. Quit before you fall further behind. Robbobbobi P.S. Unless you intend… Read more »

Antipropo
Antipropo
Jun 30, 2019 7:04 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

You are a milquetoast intellectual masquerading as someone with “superior” intellect. You are still talking pedantics, I’ll bet any one else -those tiny few- who might read the comment sequence can easily understand who I’m talking about. Amusingly and not without some minor significance in terms of our pretty pointless exchange I note no further comment on your other criticism about the steel and green economy thing where I post verbatim(you know word for word) the piece from the article. Still struggling with English comprehension?

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jul 3, 2019 2:59 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

“You are a milquetoast intellectual…”

Quite possibly. I am still awaiting the examiners’ report, which is either outrageously delayed or they haven’t been able to find a definitive spelling for “milquetoast” since the department’s OED CD went missing.

Mucho
Mucho
Jun 29, 2019 3:35 PM
Reply to  Antipropo

As an unqualified observer it is also imperative to take into account that those in control are manipulating the weather intentionally, via geoengineering. If you want to refute that they are spraying, watch the documentary I posted and refute the claims made in that. Parroting the “that sounds like a conspiracy theory” line is getting very tiresome, especially when those who like to parrot it the most are indeed those who are the most ignorant about the subject matter. It is very easy to identify chemtrails as they differ greatly from normal contrails. They are not spraying today in the UK, but they were spraying heavily just before the wet and windy weather front. Some of the tell tale signs: – Planes leaving the trails fly flat and below altitude – They leave enormous, easy to identify trails behind them which do not dissipate for hours but will slowly disperse… Read more »

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jun 30, 2019 9:52 AM
Reply to  Mucho

Unfortunately, Mucho, it is still an uphill grind of mind over matter, for OffG readers to comprehend even the rudiments of Plasma Physics and applied energy, presently & I don’t have the time to improve my journalistic competence, (at this moment), to formulate an article to reflect my personal direct experience and knowledge of this ‘Matter’, (meaning the Gas [people] call air), and how scientists have formulated & modulated micro radio waves to move all kinds of matter, not just gasses, in all kinds of different ways … (Cymatics, link below) Likely, the best way to get OffG & its’ readers’ minds to consider the movement of Matter & matters invisible to our sensory perceptions, is to provide an attractive working model, which the readers can replicate for themselves: simple example, place your quality Hi-fi loudspeaker almost touching a thin & fine quality net curtain (to avoid damage to your… Read more »

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Jun 30, 2019 10:47 AM
Reply to  Mucho

Right.. so what is the purpose of chem trails?

What chems? What planes? What flight paths? There are many observers and live trackers available, their evidence would be handy.

I mean are they supposed to make rain? Stop rain? Change kids identities? Fill up the comment boards?

Do remember ‘they’ and their families also live on the ground below.

I did think that the icelandic volcano that stopped the airtraffic for weeks was a glorious opportunity to study the effects of flights – maybe something was learned.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jun 30, 2019 2:11 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

hmmm, DunGroanin’ yet ? Did you not read my comment below or check either of the links, in an effort to expand your mind just a little, before making a fool of yourself, like a typical Guardian reader or moderator or Mi7 operative ? The science is unequivocally very real, believe it or not and well tested & proven now: indeed, both military & certain corporations have moved way beyond just plain weather modification & searching for Oil & Gas, using Phasers, Lasers & Sasers, the last of which you & most others here are highly likely entirely in the dark. Damn it man, don’t be so disparaging about things you clearly don’t understand and have zero practical working experience of, let alone the scientific comprehension … i’ll get back to you later, when you’ve considered all 4 links and explain why, how & what i know to be true:… Read more »

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Jun 30, 2019 10:11 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

“like a typical Guardian reader or moderator or Mi7 operative ?”

1. We are on Off-G. Doh!
That’s clue no1.

2. My moniker is clue no2.

3. I admit I am not cogniscient of the matters you speak of and the links you have offered. I’ll look them up, sceptically you understand ( what with all the ‘fake news’ sloshing about nowadays).

4. It would have been handy if you had given some quick answer, for general understanding) to my specific questions.

Finally, keep up the good work.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 1, 2019 12:57 AM
Reply to  DunGroanin

Fair do 🙂 DunGroanin,
(’twas just teasing, given their record censoring this subject)

check the links and i’ll figure some simple explanations in the meantime, coz’ the subject ‘Matter’ & climate problems are clearly not gonna’ disappear overnight. Like i said, try the musical link to Cymatics, first, as it incorporates some attractive stimulating elements of the beauty & harmony in natural physics that surrounds & influences us constantly…

and any science would not last a minute without beauty & wonder.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Jun 30, 2019 11:03 AM
Reply to  Denis Rancourt

Denis it is a very interesting analysis confirming many of our instinctive scepticism of the MSM messages.

if you can indulge further?

The neolib/con narrative construction and management is indeed deep rooted does your research trace the trajectory and participants?

Is it coincidental that Putins interview with the FT (available verbatim at the Kremlin site btw for these interested in more than the selective screeching from the msm) appears to say exactly the same about the (neo) liberal con game?

Denis Rancourt
Denis Rancourt
Jun 30, 2019 2:56 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

Yes, DunGroanin, the Putin FT interview is amazing. Putin always only says what he thinks folks are ready to receive. Also, it’s like he’s reading from my Report, at times. He describes the “elephant curve”, the Trump electoral phenomenon, etc., perfectly. The Chinese and Russians have figured out exactly what is going on and their patient course in trying the correct it. Putin also applies domestic policy that counters the pathological aspects of Neo-Liberal “values”. His domestic engineering for the long-term is remarkable, and would merit sociological study. He wants a distinct Russia to counter excessive globalist expansionism, and he knows how to apply diplomacy in this transition era of empire decline. He also has clear red lines militarily and never bluffs.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Jun 30, 2019 10:26 PM
Reply to  Denis Rancourt

Appreciate your reply.

I was particularly impressed by Putins recall of numbers on specific questions by Barber (FT) – who either burnt all his bridges or must be immensly pissed off with how the interview was represented in the wider msm.

I am not in any way a long term Putin fan. But I read his SCO presidency ascendencey speech from earlier this month as well and it seems to create some hope in my mind of a different and kinder vision for humanity than just the neolib con game that we in the west have endured.

I hope.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 1, 2019 5:36 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

And specifically, thinking ahead for future markets & longterm employment, including generating revenues from potential exports, Putin has maintained his vision for GMO Free agricultural production.

Jokerin
Jokerin
Aug 3, 2019 2:22 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

Not really, I’m afraid.
*Russia is embracing gene-editing.*
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01519-6

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 3, 2019 4:07 PM
Reply to  Jokerin

Phew, thanks for the link, not good news on a Rainy & violently Windy day: I can only assume that due to the weather engineering by NATZO, it has become essential to formulate a contingency plan & strategy against starvation, in future. I live directly under the weather that drifts in Russia’s direction in Eastern Europe and have witnessed the NATO Geo-engineering efforts and my garden has directly suffered, badly … since 2004, ‘progressively’ a radical change. This climate change propaganda is a complete distraction from what is truly causing our annually more extreme severe weather events and the loss of morning dew and these ‘events’ were wholly predicted by many scientists who understand the affects of AIMs, Artificial Ionospheric Mirrors with solar reflection methodology and China & Russia have both been acquiring direct experience in this direction, including assistance from Lockheed Martin for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, to… Read more »

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 2, 2019 1:44 PM
Reply to  Denis Rancourt

Denis: a big compliment on your report and i’m really pleased that you’ve provoked so much discussion of the constructive type.

From the Science of Humanities onto your early speciality, Physics: whilst I appreciate it is clearly stated ‘former’ full professor of Physics, (chuckle, were you demobbed or robbed of your interest ? ), I think you can already guess what i’m going to ask you.

Can we & do we engineer the Earth’s weather for strategic & financial gain ? and is this not something that commands a Global Moratorium as soon as humanly possible, in order to at least come to terms with what we’ve done scientifically in this dept. , already ?

Denis Rancourt
Denis Rancourt
Jul 2, 2019 3:08 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

“Can we & do we engineer the Earth’s weather for strategic & financial gain ?” —- Answering “yes or no” to this question would not be a valid or truthful answer.

The question is, in many ways, a loaded question, IMO. The mechanisms whereby human activity affects weather and regional climate are many and diverse, from land-use changes, to land and water management practices, to high-tech methods. It comes up often, so I have added this to my list of next articles to write, or at least an op-ed.

Check this out for background in one area of this question: “Anatomy of the false link between forest fires and anthropogenic CO2” by me, May 2016, Research Gate, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2059.6087

Steve Hayes
Steve Hayes
Jun 28, 2019 2:31 PM

The contradictions of Climate Change alarmism make it look more like a religion than science. For instance, the alarmists demand the end of the use of fossil fuels, whilst asserting that endless economic growth can continue. They push for a “green economy”, which is based on steel, but no one knows how to make steel without burning coal, which is their most despised of all fossil fuels. They fly around the world in jets, which emit CO2 into the atmosphere where there no plants to use it. They participate in global conferences that have carbon footprints the size of cities. And all that is required to be a “good” person is to believe that Climate Change is a catastrophe, say “mea culpa” and carry on “sinning”; and all that is required to be a “bad” person is to be unpersuaded or sceptical: nothing to do with the actual size of… Read more »

Steve Hayes
Steve Hayes
Jun 28, 2019 4:01 PM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

Instead of (or in addition to) thumb’s downing this comment, it would have been nice if the person had provided an explanation of their disagreement.

Simon Hodges
Simon Hodges
Jun 28, 2019 4:17 PM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

The social media conditioning of competing for likes from humans or robots is very much part of the problem that ultimately leads to social credit systems as we find in China.

Antipropo
Antipropo
Jun 28, 2019 9:53 PM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

How about you explain how a so called green economy is “based on steel”. Aside from that though, I think you are seriously confused. You sneer at jet travel and coal burning for steel, which you acknowledge pollutes.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 5:02 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

‘How about you explain how a so called green economy is “based on steel”.’

Why should he? He didn’t say it was.

Antipropo
Antipropo
Jun 29, 2019 9:01 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Fuck me mate now in addition to advanced pedantry you can’t read simple English. Verbatim from the comment (verbatim means word for word): They push for a green economy WHICH IS BASED ON STEEL Got it?

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jun 29, 2019 4:53 PM
Reply to  Antipropo

Would that be the Steele Dossier ? 🙂

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 30, 2019 2:46 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

“…in addition to advanced pedantry you can’t read simple English.” Doubling up on pedantry is one of the most effective counters to slack-minded halfwittery. “Verbatim from the comment (verbatim means word for word): They push for a green economy WHICH IS BASED ON STEEL…” You have omitted Steve’s quotes around “green economy”, which can be (in your case, could have been) important in construing the poster’s intent (as well as omitting at least the first of the two commas enclosing the following clause, which you have rendered in upper case–not essential, but more generally helpful in parsing any such qualified text). No surprises there, then. As an aside, I did not wish to put words into Steve’s argument that he had not placed there himself, but he has now clarified his post (which didn’t need clarification – see his use of the phrases “self evident” and–twice–“so called“). QED. Steve’s original… Read more »

Antipropo
Antipropo
Jun 30, 2019 7:11 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

I’m over you numbnuts, but it’s fuckin-deliberately spelled that way for you- hilarious that you take me to task on spelling VERBATIM verbatim, which you seek to correct me on. I mean really are you fuckin-there you are- visually impaired or just as thick as two short planks?

Gardenfiend
Gardenfiend
Jun 30, 2019 11:46 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

Get a room, you two

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jul 3, 2019 3:33 AM
Reply to  Gardenfiend

“Get a room, you two.”

Come in. There’s plenty of room in this one for an entire quorum of assorted young bombasts, geriatric milquetoast intellectuals and insidiously indirect mass calumnators, etc., etc.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jul 3, 2019 3:21 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

“…you take me to task on spelling VERBATIM verbatim…”

Actually, as far as I’m aware, you have previously spelled it only “V-e-r-b-a-t-i-m” and “v-e-r-b-a-t-i-m”. I took the latter to be your final decision on the matter. I would have had no quibble with “V-E-R-B-A-T-I-M”.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 9:03 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Nice downvote.

Steve Hayes said

[ALARMISTS] push for a “green economy”, which is based on steel, but no one knows how to make steel without burning coal, which is their most despised of all fossil fuels.

in a post in which he consistently distances himself from said “alarmists”. So he’s saying many of them, excluding himself, have that double standard. That is, they’re saying it, not him. You may quibble whether the double standard he maintains–and describes–actually exists but if you allow him to maintain it, as he does, what is there to quibble about? Don’t you know how most new steel is processed, from iron ore on up?

Steve Hayes
Steve Hayes
Jun 29, 2019 10:52 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

Antipropo. The claim that the so called green economy is based on steel is self evident. However, here are some examples. Wind turbines are made from steel. Indeed, steel is the main material in all renewable energy. Electric cars are made from steel. Trains are made from steel. Bicycles are made from steel. In fact steel is essential to the so called green economy.

alan2102
alan2102
Jul 8, 2019 7:55 PM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

“Explanation of their disagreement”. Your post, Steve, was crappy, full of stupid over-generalizations and misconceptions. I paused briefly, considering writing a detailed reply, but quickly abandoned that thought. Waste of time. That’s my explanation of my disagreement.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 4:58 AM
Reply to  Steve Hayes

“The contradictions of Climate Change alarmism make it look more like a religion than science. For instance, the alarmists demand the end of the use of fossil fuels, whilst asserting that endless economic growth can continue.”

And you think that the denialists, or whatever you call them, are any better? Most people of any persuasion can’t get to the end of a sentence without contradicting themselves.

Simon Hodges
Simon Hodges
Jun 28, 2019 2:15 PM

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Jun 30, 2019 11:22 AM
Reply to  Simon Hodges

She certainly talks the talk.

If only she were not cfr.

A independent candidature of Gabbard/Paul could be the last chance for the common folks of the USA to survive the change of world order that is taking place.

Simon Hodges
Simon Hodges
Jun 30, 2019 2:55 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

I’ve been watching Tulsi for a couple of years now. She may have faults, but given the pitiful choice of candidates on offer she’s the best of a bad bunch by a long way. At least she’s aware of how moronic Trump was to surround himself with Neocon staff picks.

Simon Hodges
Simon Hodges
Jun 28, 2019 2:14 PM

In related news we finally see that everything has turned upside down when we find the right wing Tucker Carlson and Fox News being the only MSM outlet pointing out the bias against anti-war and anti-interventionist democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard.

BigB
BigB
Jun 28, 2019 2:01 PM

Now we are cooking with gas: which is moving someway to almost treat neoliberal globalisation as a fully globalised institutionalised global economic global phenomena. I say ‘almost’: because the author still focuses on ‘dollar hegemony’ …but dollar hegemony is contingent on ‘eurodollar (euro$) hegemony’ …which is not well understood as it interlinks every country through the offshore unregulated euro$ markets. (Even sanctioned nation states are self-organisationally linked with other nation states – no one is isolated). I’m sure everyone has read at least one of Shaxson’s works by now. Neoliberal globalisation IS the euro$ and the unregulated space the offshore markets created to circumvent onshore regulation, taxation, and transparent accountability to (potential) democratic oversight. The TNCs and the ‘shadow sovereign’ Inner Party of the Trans-National Suprastate (TNS) were having none of that. So they created their own self-funded ‘euro$ superstate’ power domain ‘elsewhere’ and ‘offshore’. Which came to dominate global… Read more »

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jun 28, 2019 4:09 PM
Reply to  BigB

BigB, I sometimes disagree with some of your salient points, and I initially thought, I cannot be bothered to read all that, but then I did. It is quite excellent. Thank You.

BigB
BigB
Jun 28, 2019 6:09 PM
Reply to  tonyopmoc

Thank you Tony, and I really appreciate the feedback …either way.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Jun 28, 2019 9:22 PM
Reply to  BigB

Shaxson details the start of this rise – from the 1950s creation myth of FSU petro-dollars being parked in ‘Londongrad’ – which caused Wall St to relocate to the City. Wall St. relocated to the City in the 1950s? That would have been around the same time Eisenhower was threatening Eden with crashing the pound sterling if Britain didn’t pull out of the Suez venture. Doesn’t make much sense. The yuan/RMB will be internationalised by proxy – by being part of the SDR basket. The yuan has been part of the SDR basket for years now. They’ve been aggressively lobbying for a move away from the dollar as a world currency and to the SDR instead for at least a decade, too, but Uncle Scam always vetoes it. Eventually, by increments, the SDR will be the new reserve. Which is terrible for humanity. A centralised reserve unaccountable to everyone but… Read more »

BigB
BigB
Jun 28, 2019 11:44 PM
Reply to  Seamus Padraig

According to Shaxson: the communist Nomenklatura started sending their petro-dollars overseas – to evade any sanctions or confiscations in NY. London banks offered the best haven. This gave London a glut of dollars they could lend out – at better rates and returns than the highly regulated US banks could offer. Which attracted the main US banks to open London branches – to get a piece of the action. If you’ve got a copy of ‘Treasure Islands’: it’s on page 88-89. It started in 1957 with a small deposit by Moscow Narodny bank – then grew from there. I should have made clearer that the actual development was over a 40 year period. The offshore unregulated lending made Thatcher’s ‘Big Bang’ and the repeal of Glass-Steagal inevitable – creating ‘too-big-to-fail’ and enabling the 2007 GFC. Re-reading: I should have mentioned Eurobonds – that started in 1963 …offshore bearer bonds –… Read more »

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Jun 29, 2019 8:37 AM
Reply to  BigB

Alright. Thanks for your reply.

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Jun 29, 2019 12:49 PM
Reply to  BigB

Much appreciate both your insightful and indepth comments here BigB. I admit that the financial terminology tends to go over my head, however I do recognise the approaching dark clouds; “with two fucking great Black Swans – one trans Pacific the other trans Atlantic swimming in full view” and as you point out the situation of Deutsche Bank which I knew about, as I knew about the massive levels of debt worldwide, but I struggle to understand the other stuff. We are facing a nightmare scenario, espec for the poor and vulnerable. That much I get. I survive by selling The Big Issue mag, a NZ citizen living in Australia, with no assets, no savings, not entitled to welfare here, so yeah mate, I know what’s coming. As you say, its all a massive ponzi scheme. Globalised Neoliberalism has screwed humanity and screwed the Planet.

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Jun 30, 2019 9:10 AM
Reply to  BigB

“Trust me, it is not something anyone would wish for.” Actually, I do wish for it B, since the whole insane system has to be dissolved in the face of the Synergising Global Crises – of which actually-real climate shift is one, despite all the denialist-propaganda uses to which it’s been put. Add to the SGC list: the Sixth Extinction (already in train); human population overshoot (yes, also *already* real, despite all the murky propagandising); peak energy (utterly crucial issue! Study the EROEI concept, with particular reference to Charlie Hall’s work); peak every-essential-commodity (also partly here already, depending on which essential – to hitech industrial ‘civilisation’, that is – you’re considering); catastrophic de-forestation and grassland desertification; peak water; peak chernozem/terra-preta (worldwide); and on… In the face of these steadily-tightening screws, there’s no chance at all for the current criminally-insane globalist-deep-state financial system to survive (thank god!), especially not the utterly… Read more »

mark
mark
Jun 28, 2019 1:40 PM

Channel popular discontent and activism down harmless blind alleys and rabbit holes.
Toilets for trannies, global warming hoaxes, the Labour party.

E L T
E L T
Jun 28, 2019 12:56 PM

Deregulation and privatisation are causing both mental and physical health deterioration within the communities affected.

Side effect or by design?

One thing for sure, deregulation is creating situations where things do go wrong but nobody is responsible for. You look for a solution, all what you get is phone numbers to call. You call, but no help offered, they only extract voice samples from you and then they direct you to some other departments, with new phone numbers where they extract more voice samples from you. Dare you sound angry when giving voice samples, for that will be recorded agaisnt you for the rest of your life.

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jun 28, 2019 12:29 PM

Excellent article, though there is very little chance of reversal, barring an unexpected cataclysmic event. The reason for this, is that it is almost impossible to change the mass brainwashed mind, particularly when it is re-inforced with daily propaganda. People are not interested in evidence, facts or truth, if it conflicts with their deeply held belief. The trust in authority is overwhelming. This is true of any religion, or any belief. Ask any 9/11 truther. No one wants to know. The same is true of any global warmer, or any priest, monk, rabbi, preacher, politician or MSM “journalist”

Western Civilisation is almost certainly doomed, until the unexpected cataclysmic event, which will most likely end up with the death of billions through starvation and cold, when all the power systems fail. A completely unnecessary event, but seemingly well planned by the psychopaths in control.

Tony

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Jul 1, 2019 1:39 PM
Reply to  tonyopmoc

After the public acceptance of controlled demolitions and clear collusion, cover ups & conspiracy to deceive & Defraud Billions of people & of TRILLIONS of $$$$$$ and most importantly thereafter, listening to Bill Binney & Kurt Weibe’s analysis of the Surveillance State & Parallel Platforms, from within the NSA … after the 11th Sept. 2001, having watched all evidence disappear in WTC7 live in real time, the collapse of which was announced well in advance by the Psychic BBC, what more did anyone need to know ? I upped sticks & stereo and moved to the frontline of this conflict today, back in 2004, after serious analysis & well ahead of NATO’s arrival, specifically to observe their dirty ways, in advance of their insidious methods of societal & cultural imposition of Corporate Computerised Fascist Collusion to usurp cultural, national & political sovereignties: successively, using Parallel Platforms, for the record, including… Read more »

iskratov
iskratov
Jun 28, 2019 12:04 PM

so how do you explain this?://lareleveetlapeste.fr/en-trois-ans-5-geants-petroliers-ont-depense-1-milliard-de-dollars-pour-bloquer-les-lois-oeuvrant-pour-le-climat/?fbclid=IwAR0-0QMUBZw-3R8CMrMJG8XjjB6dbVZDd6QzRPMYM4vY0WTWW-o_5mxRBIc

Skeptic
Skeptic
Jun 28, 2019 12:57 PM
Reply to  iskratov

This is the best explanation I have found: https://www.corbettreport.com/why-big-oil-conquered-the-world-video/ Watch from the 2:50 min. mark if you don´t have time to watch the whole thing. You can see the big oil executives having an epiphany and spelling out their mea culpa. The problem is to see these conglomerates exlusively as big oil and not as part of the all encompassing monopoly of the ultra rich. In short, they would benefit from the subsidies for “green energies” which would be paid with our tax money, our pensions, from financial schemes like carbon trading, from developing green (polluting) technologies like carbon capture…It is all explained in depth and sourced in that amazing documentary. Also, the best way to guide the discourse is to fund both sides and to create the notion that there are the goodies and the baddies. On one side Big oil (the baddies) on the other side organisations like… Read more »

Skeptic
Skeptic
Jun 28, 2019 1:04 PM
Reply to  iskratov

And see this as well:

https://money.cnn.com/2017/04/18/investing/big-oil-paris-deal-trump/index.html

“But these traditional energy companies have a vested financial interest in the Paris deal. That’s because COP21’s crack down on carbon emissions favors natural gas, which emits much less pollution than coal.

While Exxon, BP and Shell are primarily identified as oil companies, they are actually diversified energy firms that rely heavily on natural gas to make money.

For instance, 42% of Exxon’s total daily production last quarter was actually in natural gas, according to FactSet. BP and Shell also lean on natural gas for a large chunk of their output.

“These companies view natural gas as a key growth area going forward for them. It just makes sense for them to be at the table,” said Brian Youngberg, senior energy analyst at Edward Jones.

Natural gas production has soared over the past decade, thanks to the abundance of shale gas in North America.”

Monobazeus
Monobazeus
Jun 28, 2019 10:50 AM

All well and goid but if you know some Koin and take a look at the good book you will find the following:-

“No man shal either buy or sell except he who has the signifier of the non specific lifeform”

Now whether that term ‘non specific lifeform should be termed ‘beast’ is quite the question.

What is the mark or signifier of all lifeforms.? Is it not carbon.? So should the passage be more properly translated into English:- ” no man shall buy or sell except he whose money is carbon the signifier of all life.?

binra
binra
Jun 28, 2019 10:38 AM

The lie not only brings destructive outcomes in order to justify and reinforce its own sustainability – but does so at your expense – because the lie is the ongoing sacrifice of true life now to an usurping mind. The mind-capture or mind-control runs a post truth society – in which what is true is whatever deceit given power determines to be true for its own ‘sustainability’. “… the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.” (~ Alan Bullock) ‘Don’t let truth get in the way of a good story’ has a humourous aspect in terms of exaggerated dramatic effect in the telling – but the defence against the dissonant in those who are identity-invested in their story as true operates… Read more »

John Thatcher
John Thatcher
Jun 28, 2019 10:01 AM

I got as far as”the US has an existential interest to ensure that opoid drugs are traded in US dollars” and bailed out.Any article containing such preposterous nonsense does not deserve my further attention.

Skeptic
Skeptic
Jun 28, 2019 1:13 PM
Reply to  John Thatcher

The trade in drugs is estimated to be worth $400 billion a year (that´s the mainstream figure, it has to be much bigger), it accounts for 8% of all international trade, according to the United Nations.

HSBC and other groups have been caught laundering to the order of 380 billion of drug money. UN advisors have stated that drug money saved the banks during the 2008 crisis.

You should pay attention.

John Thatcher
John Thatcher
Jun 28, 2019 3:25 PM
Reply to  Skeptic

I do pay attention you impertinent prat.I would like to know the source of the figures you offer.Also assuming them to be correct for a moment, and 8% of all international trade is indeed drug trade,even if the US was responsible for all of it it would hardly add up to an existential matter for the US and its economy.

Skeptic
Skeptic
Jun 28, 2019 4:27 PM
Reply to  John Thatcher

https://www.un.org/press/en/1997/19970624.SOCNAR.764.html That is the source.

And perhaps you should read again, you missed the part where I mentioned that drug money saved the banks from collapse. I quote from a Guardian article I don´t want to link:

“Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were “the only liquid investment capital” available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year.”

You should know also that drug money is perfect for financing secret operations (see the Iran contra work of Gary Webb). And that explains why opium production land in Afghanistan rose from 8000 hectares to 200,000 from 2001 to 2016. That´s why my country, Mexico, became also one of the main producers of opiates since the Plan Merida was signed with the US in 2006.

Do pay attention

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Jun 30, 2019 10:03 AM
Reply to  John Thatcher

Just wondering: Might ‘John Appropriately-Named Thatcher’ be the new name of the re-purposed Tel-Aviv troll-farm team who seemed to be behind ‘William H Bonney’ here just recently? Same insulting, evidence-free, tosh-asserting, shit-stirring ad-hom style that came with that persona…

Let’s watch and see whether s/he/they drop off from this site soon – again. Best way to achieve that, remember, is: first, allow them enough rope to be sure (nearly there with John); then apply Dr. Dade’s medicinal compound: Don’t Read. Don’t Answer, Don’t Engage. Dading chokes the malevolent trolls off pronto! Especially zionist hasbarollockser trolls.

Mucho
Mucho
Jun 28, 2019 6:01 PM
Reply to  John Thatcher

Here you go JOhn, from your favourite establishment web resource, wikipedia. Notice the massive drop in opium production in 2001. That was the dastardly Taliban who sought to eliminate it. Then we invaded, and since then opium production has never been higher, there is now a global heroin epidemic etc. Do the math. The folk who you usually get your info from, the mainstream media, the ones who feed your brain with horse manure every day and night, they work on behalf of some very, very evil people. They have the veneer of respectability and they are extremely well financed. They use all sorts of sophisticated systems of mind control to keep you stupid and brainwashed and confused and fearful. They have manipulated your whole belief system for the entire duration of your life, through their bogus yet well funded media outlets and things like the education system, so now… Read more »

Mucho
Mucho
Jun 28, 2019 6:02 PM
Reply to  Mucho

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Mucho
Mucho
Jun 28, 2019 6:03 PM
Reply to  Mucho

Not sure what happened to the link, here is another one, graph on opium production further down the page

mark
mark
Jun 28, 2019 8:47 PM
Reply to  Mucho

The Cocaine Import Agency has been running the coke trade out of Latin America and the heroin trade out of Asia for decades.

John Thatcher
John Thatcher
Jun 29, 2019 11:58 PM
Reply to  Mucho

I come here to escape from the Guardian etc for sensible articles and sensible comment below the line.Instead I find I am assailed by conspiracy theory wankers who join lots of dots but fail to make a coherent picture .We even have at least one idiot,and I have assume more judging by the thumbs up he has received when posting antisemitic crap, who doesn’t know there is a difference between being Jewish and being a Zionist.Sigh!

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 5:19 AM
Reply to  John Thatcher

You in on the scam, then?

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Jun 30, 2019 9:46 AM
Reply to  John Thatcher

WTF do you think the – long-in-preparation, pre-11/9/01 – US invasion of Afghanistan was about then, Mr. (most appropriately-named) Thatcher? “Getting the well-patsied (official) authors of the 11/9 atr0cities”, perhaps? Really? They should have invaded Tel Aviv if they’d been serious about that.

Work carefully, in depth through Chris Bollyn’s sustained, sterling, genuine-investigative-journalist work, if in doubt about that assertion:

http://www.bollyn.com/

One of the US invasion’s (real) war aims has been substantially achieved: obliterating the Taliban’s near-extirpation of the opium-poppy agriculture, and getting it well back up to where it was pre-Taliban. Job done, thanks to expendable US grunts protecting the trade! Western bank profits on drug-sales and earnings-laundry well back in operation – as was always intended.

Skeptic
Skeptic
Jun 28, 2019 9:17 AM

Exactly my thoughts. The global warming scare and the exploitation of gender/ethnic grievances/divisions has become so ubiquitous that there is no doubt in my mind that they are the outpost of a psychological war against the working class (and pretty much everyone else who is not a billionaire). This needs to be addressed. Many of those who are skeptical of every other type of propaganda campaign, of every other government or corporate institution, jump into the bandwagon with enthusiasm if the discussion is about “the future of planet earth©” , “the lives of our children©”; or if is it about celebrating gay pride© (perhaps by waving the rainbow flag with the logo of a financial entity, while throwing coins to kids dressed as drag queens, the SIS building dressed for the occasion on the background), or bombing Afghan women to save them from patriarchal oppression, or to celebrate that the… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jun 28, 2019 8:47 AM

My own position is that certainty is not warranted. There is simply too much disinformation, vested interest, mendacity and ‘sociopathy’ – here I mean nihilistic, cynical exploitation of the ruled by the rulers – to be able to trust anything except that which we experience for ourselves. However, there do appear to me to be a few obvious, uncontroversial truths: Perpetual growth of anything physical within a finite physical system is impossible. Consumerism does not make humans happy and is certainly not a requirement for human existence. Meaningful civic contribution to the health of one’s community is critical both to personal and societal happiness/health/contentment. Wealth must be other than the endless, compulsive accumulation of stuff/money/property. A number of sound conclusions can be drawn from these points, including: Open-ended discussion is vital. All positions must be aired and subjected to robust criticism. But … learning how to take power back from… Read more »

binra
binra
Jun 28, 2019 11:14 AM
Reply to  Toby Russell

I appreciate your comment in many ways. So that I pick only some threads that catch my attention is not a disregard of others in your willingness for sanity on Earth. The positing of a finite system is rooted in self-asserted reality. While experience can teach, it can also reflect and reinforce what we already believe or hold certain. Self-honesty is willingness to observe and own (or not deny) our conceptual and perceptual responses. Scarcity is at the root of our ‘psychic’ adaptation as separation trauma – that can apply to love as it can to sustenance or protections. Artificially enforced scarcity is the modus operandi of capturing or cornering a market. The intent to capture and control ‘mindshare’ is what I see operating through psyops or deceits that induce predictable and harvestable reaction. To vested interests, any ‘rival’ technology or information that cannot be subverted, captured and controlled is… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jun 28, 2019 1:26 PM
Reply to  binra

And bringing curiosity to our relational experience rather than being framed in acquired or conditioned ‘certainties’? Yes indeed. One point I would like to add to your important addition is that finitude does not equal scarcity. In my view, there is plenty to go around were we to have a sensible economics rooted in e.g., husbandry rather than exploitation and domination. At the moment, consumption patterns centre around an endless battle over apparently ‘scarce’ resources, which is driven by an ever growing number of massaged and perpetuated addictions, aka manufactured narcissism. For example, I recall economics’ definition of scarcity being something like “infinite wants meeting finite resources”. The idea of “infinite wants” strikes me as nonsensical, except as it pertains to the insatiable hunger of the narcissist; but even that exhausts itself in the end. Taking that to a far broader perspective and also by extension, finitude for all systems… Read more »

BigB
BigB
Jun 28, 2019 8:43 PM
Reply to  Toby Russell

Unfortunately, at this late epoch for capitalism: finitude really does mean scarcity for certain key primary resources …oil being one. The problem of the current paradigmatic conditional framing is that it is a quarter by quarter analysis. For husbandry, that needs to be inter-generational conception and framing. We have made so many great advances, mostly entailed in our penchant for militaristic and destructive tendencies. We unconsciously intentionally (yes, that is a deliberate paradox) risk leaving nothing for the unborn Rest. For instance: the projected switch to electric cars (EVs) by 2035 would actually consume: 200% of the worlds annual production of cobalt; 100% of the worlds annual production of neodynium; 75% of the worlds annual production of lithium; 50% of the worlds annual production of copper; …for one small country. Extrapolated worldwide for 200bn EVs …that’s a lot. And that is just the vehicles, not the electrification infrastructure. Plus the… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jul 1, 2019 7:39 AM
Reply to  BigB

Indeed, old boy! And in that extremely sobering data lie (hopefully) the seeds of our course change away from the insanity that engendered that data. I, for one, hope so.

binra
binra
Jul 1, 2019 3:30 PM
Reply to  Toby Russell

If I see a basis for a true change of heart it is in a recognition of the liar – and the lyric to the song Lady Eleanor comes to mind. https://genius.com/Lindisfarne-lady-eleanor-lyrics Maybe that’s too obscure but it holds a resonance for me. The withdrawal of allegiance to a false flagging mind will not occur while that mind serves the function given it. Trouble abroad (outside) as a diversionary displacement for trouble at home. Change of Purpose changes everything without waiting first for anything or anyone else to change. My sense is that imprisonment – or being held in check – is a legitimate and loving limit upon self-harm acted out upon others and world. If we are experiencing paralysis or powerlessness – then is it truly flagged to the evil overlords? Is giving power to stories a way of hiding from ourself. “Now look what you made me do!”… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jul 2, 2019 6:41 AM
Reply to  binra

Curious that your play on words with “Internment of Things” inserts (imprisons?) “men” into “internet” … Well, kind of, anyway.

I read the lyrics you link to and do see what you mean. They track that hedonistic, pleasure-narcissism, boom-bust dynamic you reference above. It is certainly self-exhausting but of uncertain ‘collateral damage’ and duration. And can always creep back in after the lie is seen/felt. I see it as an ever-present potential. There’s a poor film starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves that tracks this weakness of the ego quite well, but I forget the name.

And yes, the way this dynamic or psycho-vector permeates out through everything is also both instructive and, to me, fascinating.

Brian Steere
Brian Steere
Jul 2, 2019 11:38 AM
Reply to  Toby Russell

Tolkien offered a picture of the extension of ‘power over’ and masking or shielding to hide FROM or mask one’s own intent as technos. And the path of ‘choosing NOT to use it as the undoing of the (false) foundation of such power. However mythic creations always involve ‘good v evi’l that operates or induces the PERSONAL investment in lure of power set in powerlessness by deceit. The lyric: ‘I’m alright where I am’ is the expression of persisting in invested identity. The uncovering of one’ own active lie is the undoing of the desire or capacity to WANT it – and so the false posture is released to a prior Embrace. There is no ‘return to God’ excepting to the belief you have the power to leave. I could use innumerable other terms to point to our true Source and Nature. I am not selling any belief so much… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jul 3, 2019 6:48 AM
Reply to  Brian Steere

Thank you for this. I have to say that some of it is too tangled in odd grammar for me, but in essence this is a very timely exposition of where I am at, on many levels, and arrived shortly after an intense set of dreams that spoke in their particular quality precisely to the content of your eerily poetic missive.

I am always learning to let go. And in learning and relearning this important process, noticing new places where I am holding on. The energy it takes to cling to things we think we need is the ‘pain’ that accompanies letting them go.

binra
binra
Jul 3, 2019 12:53 PM
Reply to  Toby Russell

You are very welcome Toby, Regardless any differences in our phrasing I appreciate your willingness to speak to what ‘lies beneath’ appearances that personify a mistaken defence of pain. Poesy is meta communication – in its capacity to carry or hold qualities or meanings that cannot be communicated by linear concept. That resonances are ‘within’ may seem eerie to the mind of trying to incorporate the new wine in its old bottle. Word play – such as hurtred for hatred can offer a moment of recognition – or it can irritate with ‘made up words’ that deviate from scanning for a gist of the meaning. otherwise I rest in a manner of phrasing that may seem archaic or almost Shakespearian. Not a sound byte or attempt to run the newspeak so as to have ‘impact’. In the sense of thinking I am habituated to accept as if my own, ‘I… Read more »

binra
binra
Jul 1, 2019 2:50 PM
Reply to  BigB

The idea is of generating and maintaining scarcity as power or leverage over a captive need. I see this not just in our collective world – but as the ‘reified conditioning’ of a seemingly separate and private mind. I don’t join in reinforcing fear-control scripts so much as seek illumination of what is in terms of an integrative recognition, as the undoing of a false framing. As I see it, Time – and therefore consciousness as we think to have it, is running out. I could mythologise that of all the resources being sucked off Planet, consciousness is the primary. There is hatred for this life world – that can and does assume the posture of saving it, in order to destroy it. Hatred is very deeply denied and concealed in the doublethink of a personal vindication or salvation under a god of vengeance or hate set in righteous victory.… Read more »

binra
binra
Jun 28, 2019 11:35 PM
Reply to  Toby Russell

Yes – I see a qualitative error in the seeking of fantasy gratification in stead of relational fulfilment – when what is sought for is used as a symbol, set to assuage a sense of self-lack. No amount of money or power will be ever be enough to assuage an addictive personality. ‘Bottomming out’ is the only point from which an awakened responsibility can grow. In this a true recognition replaces a false sense of private personal agenda. We need to learn to discern one from the other and choose accordingly. Aligning in new choices from a true alignment is an expression of self worth that naturally or automatically shares. Anything else is a fantasy running over a sense of worth-lack (or self hate). We cant exactly ‘share’ hate but we can and do join in hate in the guise of self-righteous grievance. Keeping such a fantasy ‘alive’ costs the… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jul 1, 2019 7:37 AM
Reply to  binra

I hold infinity to be edgeless and dimensionless and not BIG or small – but a fragmenting mind will seek to inflate or expand a sense of littleness set apart and against the Infinite. Self-inflation comes before a Fall – but unless the false sense of disconnection is questioned or exposed – the same pattern repeats and recycles. Boom and bust. That idea ‘conceptualises’ reality within a spatial framework, in that it uses non-dimension as the conceptual antithesis of space and dimension and asserts it as a kind of infinity. It thus couches reality as fundamentally Newtonian but in an inverse framing. For me, it leaves out the real foundation: information, which is that aspect of itself that consciousness experiences. If nothing is being experienced, then there is nothing. Experience necessarily entails complexity of some kind, or patterning, and that is a kind of ‘scale’ or ‘potential’ if you will… Read more »

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jul 3, 2019 1:17 PM
Reply to  binra

“I hold infinity to be edgeless and dimensionless and not BIG or small”

Georg Cantor was not a singer in a synagogue.

binra
binra
Jul 3, 2019 1:49 PM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

You set me an infinite task – that of course took no time at all – but for the experiencing of its already accomplishment. I don’t get the singing synagogue ref. Math and music have correspondences.

“The fear of infinity is a form of myopia that destroys the possibility of seeing the actual infinite, even though it in its highest form has created and sustains us, and in its secondary transfinite forms occurs all around us and even inhabits our minds.”
– Georg Cantor, as quoted in Infinity and the Mind (1995) by Rudy Rucker.

binra
binra
Jul 3, 2019 3:24 PM
Reply to  binra

PS: “Be Not Afraid, It Is I”. The Infinite Way is not a message, it is an experience. – (Joel S. Goldsmith). A split mind of division is ‘two powers’ and if this is accepted as our mind, we rule out Infinity’s Gift of itself as This Very Instant’ to instead suffer a lost wholeness in the past that sets our future in seeking to regain it. It isn’t there and never was. Its just a shadow that he’s seeing that you’re chasing (Dylan). Truth is not engaged in power struggle. Illusions battle but with themselves. But ‘don’t let truth get in the way of a good story’ – and so it doesn’t. In lack of support for our story we may feel attacked, rejected abandoned betrayed as the reinforcement of self-in-story and we live and suffer this experience – but that doesn’t make it true. It may seem like… Read more »

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Jun 30, 2019 10:19 AM
Reply to  Toby Russell

Toby, the whole point of a population overshoot incident – in any species – is that there ISN’T enough to go round. If – big, big if! – we, hom sap, instituted worldwide scarcity-socialism right now, there might indeed be enough to go round for all, for a short while. But even if that’s still physically possible, it won’t be for much longer if we go on rushing blindly towards the inevitable outcome of all population-overshoot incidents – in ANY species: rapid, savage population crash, to well below the original carrying capacity for the species, and then a slow climb back towards that balanced level. That seems to be how the graph oscillates, for all such over-shooting species. (Oh, I forgot the favourite Silly-Valley retort: “We got technology, dude!” Yeah, put your trust in that…) Do you see any convincing signs that we’re about to introduce scarcity-socialism world-wide, Toby? Still… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jul 1, 2019 7:19 AM

Rhisiart, There is already enough to go around without any enforced scarcity socialism. Of course it won’t happen that all humans willingly choose a plants-only diet and choose to lose their love of consumerist junk etc., but in fact the opportunity/potential is there. Scarcity is real, but so is plenitude. Population overshoot and crash happens, yes, but with humans – who can see it coming unlike deer or rats – there is the opportunity to behave differently. But no, I have no expectation that a vast majority will choose the required set of behaviours. However, that does not mean the choice is not there. For the record, my family and I have been on a plants-only diet for about seven years, live minimally, watch no television etc., and are as happy and healthy as can be. We chose this, so I know it’s more than just fantasy, biologically/psychologically speaking. Culturally,… Read more »

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Jul 1, 2019 7:52 AM
Reply to  Toby Russell

I think you may be right, T, that there’s enough to go round for all, even without scarcity-socialism – just for now, that is . But that’s a situation that can’t last. We only have this – highly temporary – surplus of the essentials of life, such as food, because we’ve been using our ingenuity, and its obsessive outgrowth techno-gadgetry, to burn through the Earth’s accumulation of natural capital, such as fossilised hydrocarbons, at an entirely unsustainable rate. And now we’re in the slo-mo endgame of ramming the buffers at the end of this several-centuries old crazy-splurge line. There’s no predicting the outcome in detail, of course. But the overall track doesn’t look reassuring. And as for the answer to the famous question: ‘Are humans cleverer than yeast?’ – I think I’d have to hedge by saying: ‘Jury’s still out on that; maybe so, maybe not. We just have to… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jul 1, 2019 11:51 AM

One sobering statistic I came across is that planet earth has but 50-60 harvests (more like 50 I suspect) left in her.

However, permaculture has figured out how to regenerate soil very quickly, and it’s multitudinous other techniques improve soil fertility while farming and producing highly nutritious food. Of course it’s labour intensive, but that what we need more of: meaningful work!

Happy to learn of your growing happiness!

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Jul 1, 2019 9:13 PM
Reply to  Toby Russell

Forest permaculture (for lands which, if left wild would turn back naturally to forest), together with Mark Shepard-style (qv) savannah permaculture for the in-between lands, and Allan Savory-style (qv), wild-herd-mimicking pastoralism for the true grasslands, would all be not just excellent ways to get plenty of food, whilst still treating the land, and ALL it’s creatures, with strict Gaia-worshipping reverence; they would also help materially to alleviate the worst effects of the anthropogenic climate shift that we’ve now kicked of decisively. Don’t know about labour intensive, though, T. Martin Crawford, at the Agroforestry Research Trust reckons he puts in about fifty days-worth of work a year on his whole acreage in Devon (Britain). He also reckons he can get comparable – or better – yields of useful products than can the land around his woodland, which is still being farmed with the grossly-unnatural, constant-battle-with-nature, chemical-and-fuel-drenched industagri monocultural annual grain growing… Read more »

Toby Russell
Toby Russell
Jul 2, 2019 6:31 AM

All those things are what excite me most about how our future might look; partnership with, not domination over nature. Whatever works and is most respectful to the rest of nature is fine by me.

What I meant by “labour intensive” is the amount of hours put into to food growth per person compared to now. E.g., I put in zero hours. If I had an acre, I’d be happy to invest 50 days per year, but it’s still 50 more days per year than I currently work on food production. And that’s true of the overwhelming majority of the planet’s city folk.

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Jul 2, 2019 9:54 AM
Reply to  Toby Russell

True, T. The only people whom I know who are currently putting in their fifty days a year hereabouts (Britain) are friends who do ‘work-share’ deals with our local Community-Supported Agri scheme. I used to do the same myself, before I got so ancient and worn-out that I just couldn’t handle the cycling over, doing my stint of fieldwork, then cycling back again, week in, week out.

I still do a little bit of such mucky-hands-on work, gathering stuff in the local woods with my dog (and also including the persistent, life-long habit of guerrilla tree-planting everywhere I can). But all that is little more than a slight, romantic stab in the right direction. Have to just rely on my state pension – and the NHS – for most things, these geriatric days; an obvious candidate for swift mercy-euthanasia of the useless-eater ancientry, WTSHTF! 🙂 🙂

0use4msm
0use4msm
Jun 28, 2019 6:54 AM

Sounds like excellent research. Given how fundamental the dollar monopoly is in the trade of the GOD commodities (Guns, Oil, Drugs) for US hegemony, it’s frustrating how unknown this still is among the public at large. Somebody ought to create a hard-hitting documentary explaining this topic in layman’s terms and make it go viral. The biggest flaw in recent de-dollarisation attempts by countries like Iraq, Libya and Iran is that they tried it on a state-by-state basis rather than a single integrated move. Imagine if all states on the planet seeking independence from US financial imperialism ditched the dollar together, there would simply be too many of them for the US to invade or inflict regime change in retaliation. I also agree on the role of identity politics as a globalist tool emerging after the fall of the Soviet bloc, Every time attention need to be diverted away from war,… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Jun 28, 2019 3:57 AM

Due to bushfires, we have evacuated our property three times in the last ten years.
We have been threatened by fires six times in the last twenty years.
Drought has been a serious problem across Australia for the last forty years.
We don’t have to ‘believe’ in climate change. We live it.
As long as the smug middle class and the corporate parasites continue to consume, travel and pontificate, we are doomed.
All of us.

E L T
E L T
Jun 28, 2019 1:18 PM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

Here are some replies to your concerns from the champions of deregulation.

“It’s your fault. You’re making choices and taking decisions to live in hazardous locations”

“Nobody complained about this before”

“Everyone takes steps to minimise risks, and continue to live their normal life without too much fuss”

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Jun 29, 2019 2:41 AM
Reply to  E L T

We often watch bemused, as the city dwellers escape in their thousands for their holidays, from the concrete, bitumen, gridlock, pollution, incessant noise, psychic sludge and advertising that hangs like a dark cloud over their ‘safe’ cities.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 5:30 AM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

“…we have evacuated our property three times in the last ten years.”

Is it really your property, or is that just a way of speaking?

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Jun 29, 2019 11:51 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Ahh. The Anarchists conundrum.
A piece of paper says it’s ‘ours’
Until it isn’t.

binra
binra
Jul 1, 2019 5:00 PM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

Everyone meets an always changing world, who and why the idea of normal levels of anything? Those who seek profit and power thereby? have you checked your BP, cholesterol Balance is so much part of the Planet, the Body and Cosmos – and yet always as an ongoing disequilibrium. Human attempts to intervene and correct have generally brought about the thing they purpose to defend against – and made us captive to having to a protection racket as if saving ourselves. So much so that some generate or milk conflicts and destruction so as to position themselves or their agenda as the saviour. Perhaps they simply see low hanging fruit because people are so easily manipulated into polarised reaction. You are assuming fires are caused by “the smug middle class and the corporate parasites continuing to consume, travel and pontificate”. In the instances I have read of dangerous and deadly… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Jul 2, 2019 12:35 AM
Reply to  binra

I ‘assume’ nothing Binra.
I know what I see.
Fires consuming forests.
Greed consuming the middle class.
Hubris consuming the One Per Cent.
Denial consuming the ignorant.

Brian Steere
Brian Steere
Jul 2, 2019 12:42 PM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

Perhaps you may be mistaken? Do you know what you see or do you see only as your current set of mind dictates or allows? Fires are necessary and natural in the larger cycle of a biodiversity – and nothing new. Our relationship with nature is often a callous disregard or presumption to enslave and exploit. Nor does romanticizing or ‘spiritualising’ nature in symbol change that – because it is still ‘all about me’. Greed consumes the greedy. Those who live FROM unconscious presumption of self-lack can never have enough of whatever they seek. No peace for the wicked seems archaic – but if you have not made peace with yourself and your world you must be driven by debts of lacks to be escaped or fulfilled. The ‘middle’ class has particular meanings for you such that you give them exclusive rights or at least prominence. The socially engineered consumer… Read more »

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Jul 2, 2019 1:19 PM
Reply to  Brian Steere

Binra ?Brian ?
It’s time you got fair dinkum.

binra
binra
Jul 2, 2019 6:51 PM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

The new system here logs me in sometimes as binra and sometimes as Brian.
I represent no organisation or institutional affiliation – but from my heart to yours.
You can present yourself however you choose. I stand with your freedom to choose even if I may not always join in your choice.

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Jul 3, 2019 10:41 AM
Reply to  binra

I take your point Brian.
As a reader (and I like to think practitioner) of teachings from folks like J Krishnamurti, Ramana Maharishi, Meher Baba, Jean Klein, Douglas Harding and Barry Long I understand your position.

Antonym
Antonym
Jun 28, 2019 3:30 AM

I agree with Denis Rancourt’s view here. I would add the US and KSA usage of Islamic fanaticism for their own purposes = oil- dollar bond continuity after gold had to be dropped.
I don’t make the naive mistake of most of the Left that before the US Afghanistan war Islam was the “religion of peace” though: it has totalitarianism, misogyny, discrimination, violence and imperialism build in through the example of its founder and the texts of its Manual.

Antipropo
Antipropo
Jun 28, 2019 5:18 AM
Reply to  Antonym

The only worthwhile response to your attack on Islam is: those Muslims have an awful lot of work to do to catch up on western Christian “civilisation”. In terms of misogyny discrimination violence and imperialism. I mean seriously mate, Christianity has worked tirelessly for centuries to keep women in their place. Why do you think all the mainstream religions have exclusively male hierarchy. The British, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Belgian etc empire building involving rape and pillage, subjugation and extermination of whole populations has no parallel in history with Islam. Just tell me how many Muslims-leaving aside colonial troops-were involved in either world war; thee two conflicts killing over 100 million people.

Loverat
Loverat
Jun 28, 2019 8:06 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

Agree – whatever the merits or otherwise of Islam as a religion it is not responsible for the chaos today. The Christian and atheist West has imposed itself on the Muslim world – and succeeded in dividing the Gulf states through ideology, money and greed against the states which reject all this. It is a mistake to blame Islam as a religion- that’s what they want us to do.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 9:20 AM
Reply to  Loverat

“It is a mistake to blame Islam as a religion…”

Have you actually read the Quran or hadith? They’re right up there with the worst expressions and commendation of the vicious bigotry and violent aggression common to most organised religions.

Antonym
Antonym
Jun 28, 2019 1:59 PM
Reply to  Antipropo

Christianity was in essence quite pacifistic -remember Jesus?, only after it was adopted by a Roman emperor it became aggressive and imperialistic; Islam had those last two traits from the get go. Forget about the West for a minute and think about Asia and Africa: Islamic extremism from Nigeria to Indonesia to Chechnya, legitimized by their Manual and Mo. For India alone the number of locals slaughtered runs into dozens of millions since Islamic arrival in present Pakistan/Afghanistan.
The only leftover Christian aggression today is in their conver$ion and pro creation dogmas. Whatever Pentagon / Langley /WH are bullying around has nothing to do with Jesus or what he preached but with keeping the dollar floating and their own accounts filled.
Mainstream religion male dominated? Abrahamic ones yes, not others like Hinduism.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 5:54 AM
Reply to  Antonym

“Christianity was in essence quite pacifistic -remember Jesus?”

Question is, do you remember Jesus or what Saul of Nicea-to-Be chose to remember about Jesus?

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 5:47 AM
Reply to  Antipropo

“Christianity has worked tirelessly for centuries to keep women in their place.”

Nuns wear habits to stop God sticking His tongue in their ears for a bit of unAuthorized parthenogenesizing.

E L T
E L T
Jun 28, 2019 1:24 PM
Reply to  Antonym

Anti-Islam propaganda is funded by the same budget(s) that give support to spreading religious radicalism and extremism.

Anyone who can connect the dots, can easily see the Evidence.

John Roberts
John Roberts
Jul 2, 2019 12:07 AM
Reply to  E L T

Playing both extremes against the middle, also known as divide and conquer.

mark
mark
Jun 28, 2019 1:43 PM
Reply to  Antonym

It compares very favourably with the genocidal hate of the Talmud.

RobbobbobinNo i
RobbobbobinNo i
Jun 29, 2019 5:34 AM
Reply to  mark

No it doesn’t. Yes it does. No it doesn’t. Yes it does. No it doesn’t. Yes it does. No it doesn’t. Yes it does. No it doesn’t. Yes it does. No it doesn’t. Yes it does. No it doesn’t. Yes it does.

George
George
Jun 29, 2019 3:03 PM
Reply to  Antonym

Mr Rancourt makes the point that there is a triad of new “state religions” that have appeared – which he lists as:

“climate alarmism, exaggerated tunnel-vision focus on gender equity and a campaign of anti-racism focussed on engineering thoughts, language and attitudes”

These three may be “more religious” than the systems normally described as “religions” in that the latter i.e. Judaism, Christianity, Islam etc. are nowadays mostly just labels which are given a token gesture nod but not actually believed in. Actual beliefs now centre on Mr Rancourt’s triad. And the fact that he calls these new religions, “state religions” only goes to emphasise the point. Each of the old religions – in its heyday – was a “state religion”.

My point is that arguments over the details of Judaism etc. are irrelevant. The true beliefs – and therefore the true focus for propaganda – centre on Rancourt’s triad.

mark
mark
Jun 28, 2019 2:26 AM

Identity politics, perversion and 57 varieties of degeneracy are being pushed at primary school children as young as 4 or 5. We live in a very sick degraded society which can only be expected to deteriorate further and plumb new depths of Piss Earth. Rabid gay and trannie activists are put in charge of young impressionable children and parents who object are told to go away and mind their own business, vilified, and threatened with legal persecution. Paedophilia is now being actively promoted, incest and bestiality are in the pipeline as things to be praised and celebrated. Our society is permeated with a death wish and cannot survive long term short of a complete reversal. All this is no accident. Coupled with global warming hoaxes, open borders and unlimited third world immigration, this is a blueprint for the complete destruction of western societies, which must be expected to disappear within… Read more »

Mucho
Mucho
Jun 28, 2019 11:23 AM
Reply to  mark

Yes, here is a good example of this just recently. People are so stupid and brainwashed, they don’t get it and don’t want to tackle it, even when enormous assaults on their health and freedom are foisted upon them (5G). They just don’t care Teen, 17, who sparked row for saying there are only two genders ‘suspended from school for three weeks’ A teenager who said he was thrown out of class for insisting there are only two genders has reportedly been suspended from school. The unidentified schoolboy secretly filmed the moment he was reprimanded by a teacher at a school in Aberdeenshire, who said the view was not in line with school policy. The three minute clip was on Friday uploaded to Reddit and YouTube. The Mail on Sunday said the boy has been suspended from school for three weeks following the clash. A friend of the boy told… Read more »

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Jun 28, 2019 9:40 PM
Reply to  Mucho

You can have as many ‘genders’ as you like, but there are only two sexes.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 6:44 AM
Reply to  mark

“Rabid gay and trannie activists…”

I’ve just been bitten by one. Please advise.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Jun 28, 2019 1:24 AM

Well, I do agree with the Professor about the manufactured climate crisis. Here is a huge list of things which are NOT settled science: 1. How you ‘measure’ ‘global temperature’. Do we include the earth’s core, all the oceans, the entire atmosphere, the ice sheets, or just some arbitrary set of land-based measurement sites? The debate has not even been had…. 2. The role of solar cycles in mediating transient warming and cooling and how effective solar cycle predictions can become. 3. The mechanisms by which oceans modulate global temperature oscillations. 4. The role major volcanic eruptions can have on climate and what threshold of volcanic emissions can trigger significant cooling events. 5. The role large planet configurations have on earths climate (a study of climatic anomalies during the great uranus-saturn-neptune triple conjunction around 1990 shows they have infkuence). 6. The difference between deforestation and ‘global warming’. 7. The difference… Read more »

Mucho
Mucho
Jun 28, 2019 11:26 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

NOT settled science:…….GRAVITY, or hocus pocus, as I like to call it.

BigB
BigB
Jun 28, 2019 2:53 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Indeed, distilling the issues to focus on a militant climate campaign framing is an intentional strategic doubt and practico-inert solution. One that is being manufactured and behaviour change manipulated toward the ‘climate economy’. Instead of a redundant reductive isolationist individuated focus: every aspect of capitalism – even in its ‘green neoliberal Zeitgeist’ iteration – should be be ruthlessly exposed for the institutionally and systemically uber-racist, white privilege Ubermensch, sexist, hyper-violent, ultra-coercive, omni-eploitative, ecocidal, alienation and dehumanisation ethic that is dominating all life on earth. There is more than enough evidence to convince even trogladyte pseudo-progressive liberal-cave-dwellers that capitalist modernity is mass murdering by worthless debt-money. There is no escaping the conclusion. Climate campaigning is a character masking of the omnicidal reality which needs to be ruthlessly exposed. As one that is fronting the very capitalisation and commodification of humanity and nature (as ‘human capital’ and ‘natural capital’.) The climate is… Read more »

Ramdan
Ramdan
Jun 28, 2019 10:21 PM
Reply to  BigB

“Capitalism needs to be mitigated before it destroys the very fabric of continued life on earth. ”

Call me a pessimist, but I believe people came to this realization a little to late. We might well be on our Doomsday path.
The myth of Atlantis had but one teaching: civilization doom by hubris.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 7:14 AM
Reply to  Ramdan

‘”Capitalism needs to be mitigated before it destroys the very fabric of continued life on earth. ”

Call me a pessimist, but I believe people came to this realization a little to late.’

At least 50 years too late (or a 100+ if the generation of first awareness and then “political will” at feasible logistical cost is factored in). “A little too late” rates you as an optimist.

BigB
BigB
Jun 29, 2019 10:11 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

I’d say 40 years: but what is a decade between friends? Or a 100+ if the world took Marx seriously …but things were very different back then. The fact that capitalism would grow to totalise and monopolise everything – as entailed in Capital – did not even occur to Marx. He thought the bankers would fund a transition to socialism …which is naivety extremism. 40 years ago: we had something like 3.3bn less people, 88% less GHGs, virtually no debt (>$10tn), and as we have quadrupled our resource consumption in that time – a lot more resources. Without the personal narcissism and cultural hedonism spawned in the neoliberal ‘me generation’: I dare say we would be living in something like a Jacques Fresco eco-paradise …without the euthanasia! Now: there is not much cause for optimism. The mass consciousness is a capitalist endocolonisation. The set of those who can perceive that… Read more »

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Jun 29, 2019 6:55 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

“The NIPCC reaches very different conclusions.”

AND they’re doing their bit, teaming up with their buddies at the Heartland Institute handing out ciggies at school gates to he[p a new generation of plant lovers to up the emissions of atmospheric CO2 fertilizer.