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Hunger Profiteers, Granny Killers and Skin-Deep Morality 

Colin Todhunter

Today, a fifth (278 million) of the African population are undernourished, and 55 million of that continent’s children under the age of five are stunted due to severe malnutrition.

In 2021, an Oxfam review of IMF COVID-19 loans showed that 33 African countries were encouraged to pursue austerity policies. Oxfam and Development Finance International also revealed that 43 out of 55 African Union member states face public expenditure cuts totalling $183 billion over the next few years.

As a result, almost three-quarters of Africa’s governments have reduced their agricultural budgets since 2019, and more than 20 million people have been pushed into severe hunger. In addition, the world’s poorest countries were due to pay $43 billion in debt repayments in 2022, which could otherwise cover the costs of their food imports.

Last year, Oxfam International Executive Director Gabriela Bucher stated that there was a terrifying prospect that in excess of a quarter of a billion more people would fall into extreme levels of poverty in 2022 alone. That year, food inflation rose by double digits in most African countries.

By September 2022, some 345 million people across the world were experiencing acute hunger, a number that has more than doubled since 2019. Moreover, one person is dying of hunger every four seconds. From 2019 to 2022, the number of undernourished people grew by 150 million.

Billions of dollars’ worth of arms continue to pour into Ukraine from the NATO countries as US neocons pursue their goal of regime change in Russia and balkanisation of that country.

Yet people in those NATO countries are experiencing increasing levels of hardship. The US has sent almost 80 billion dollars to Ukraine, while 30 million low-income people across the US are on the edge of a ‘hunger cliff’ as a portion of their federal food assistance is taken away. In 2021, it was estimated that one in eight children were going hungry in the US. In England, 100,000 children have been frozen out of free school meals.

Due to the disruptive supply chain effects of the conflict in Ukraine, speculative trading that drives up food prices, the impact of closing down the global economy under the guise of COVID and the inflationary impacts of pumping trillions of dollars into the financial system between September 2019 and March 2020, people are being driven into poverty and denied access to sufficient food.

Matters are not helped by issues that have long plagued the global food system: cutbacks in public subsidies to agriculture, WTO rules that facilitate cheap, subsidised imports which undermine or wipe out indigenous agriculture in poorer countries and loan conditionalities, resulting in countries ‘structurally adjusting’ their agri sectors thereby eradicating food security and self-sufficiency – consider that Africa has been transformed from a net food exporter in the 1960s to a net food importer today.

Great game food geopolitics continue and result in elite interests playing with the lives of hundreds of millions who are regarded as collateral damage. Policies, underpinned by neoliberal dogma masquerading as economic science and necessity, which are designed to create dependency and benefit a handful of multi-billionaires and global agribusiness corporations who, ably assisted by the World Bank, IMF and WTO, now preside over an increasingly centralised food regime.

Many of these corporations have engaged in rampant profiteering at a time when people across the world are experiencing rising food inflation. For instance, 20 corporations in the grain, fertiliser, meat and dairy sectors delivered $53.5 billion to shareholders in the fiscal years 2020 and 2021. At the same time, the UN estimates that $51.5 billion would be enough to provide food, shelter and lifesaving support for the world’s 230 million most vulnerable people.

As a paper in the journal Frontiers noted in 2021, these corporations form part of a powerful alliance of multinational corporations, philanthropies and export-oriented countries who are subverting multilateral institutions of food governance. Many who are involved in this alliance are co-opting the narrative of ‘food systems transformation’ as they anticipate new investment opportunities and seek total control of the global food system.

This type of ‘transformation’ is more of the same wrapped in a climate emergency narrative in an attempt to move food and farming further towards an ecomodernist techno-dystopia controlled by big agribusiness and big tech, as described in the article The Netherlands: Template for Ecomodernism’s Brave New World.

A ‘brave new world’ where a concoction of genetically engineered items, synthetic food and ultra-processed products will do more harm than good – but will certainly boost the bottom line of the pharmaceutical corporations.

While securing further dominance over the global food system and undermining food security in the process, global agribusiness frames this as ‘feeding the world’.

The model these corporations promote not only creates food insecurity but also produces death and illness.

Former Professor of Medicine Dr Paul Marik recently stated:

If you believe the narrative, Type 2 diabetes is a progressive metabolic disease that’ll result in cardiac complications. You’re going to lose your legs. You’re going to have kidney disease, and the only treatment is expensive pharma drugs. That is completely false. It’s a lie.”

It is projected that by the end of this decade half of the world’s population are going to be obese and over 20% to 25% will have Type 2 diabetes.

According to Marik, the bottom line is Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease due to bad lifestyle and really bad eating habits:

We eat all the time. We snack all the time. This is part of the food industry’s goal. Processed food, starch, becomes an addiction. Most of us are glucose addicted and it’s, in fact, more addictive than cocaine. It creates this vicious cycle of insulin resistance.”

He adds that if you’re insulin resistant, this prevents leptin and the other hormones acting on your brain, so you’re continually hungry:

If you are continually hungry, you eat more, which causes more insulin resistance. It causes this vicious cycle of overeating carbohydrates…”

This is the nature of the modern food system. Cheap processed ingredients, low-nutrient value, highly addictive and maximum profits. A system that is being imposed or has already been imposed on countries whose populations once had healthy, unadulterated diets (see Obesity, malnutrition and the globalisation of bad food – theecologist.org).

Over the past 60 years in Western nations, there have been fundamental changes in the quality of food. In 2007, nutritional therapist David Thomas in ‘A Review of the 6th Edition of McCance and Widdowson’s the Mineral Depletion of Foods Available to Us as a Nation’ noted a precipitous change towards convenience and pre-prepared foods containing saturated fats, highly processed meats and refined carbohydrates, often devoid of vital micronutrients yet packed with a cocktail of chemical additives including colourings, flavourings and preservatives.

Aside from the negative impacts of Green Revolution cropping systems and practices, Thomas proposed that these changes are significant contributors to rising levels of diet-induced ill health. He added that ongoing research clearly demonstrates a significant relationship between deficiencies in micronutrients and physical and mental ill health.

Increasing prevalence of diabetes, childhood leukaemia, childhood obesity, cardiovascular disorders, infertility, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, mental illnesses and so on have all been shown to have some direct relationship to diet, specifically micronutrient deficiency, and pesticide use.

It is clear that we have a deeply unjust and unsustainable food system that causes environmental devastation, illness and malnutrition, among other things. People often ask: So, what’s the solution? The solutions have been made clear time and again and involve a genuine food transition towards agroecology.

Unlike the co-opted version of ‘food transition’ being promoted, agroecology offers concrete, practical solutions to many of the world’s problems that move beyond (but which are linked to) agriculture. Agroecology challenges the prevailing moribund doctrinaire economics of a neoliberalism that drives a failing system. Well-known academics like Raj Patel and Eric Holtz-Gimenez have written extensively on the potential of agroecology. And its benefits are clear.

In finishing, let us consider the skin-deep morality pedalled throughout the COVID period. During COVID, the official narrative was underpinned by emotive slogans like ‘protect lives’ and ‘keep safe’. Those who refused the COVID jab were labelled ‘granny killers’ and ‘irresponsible’. All presided over by government politicians who too often failed to obey their own COVID rules.

Meanwhile, while having terrorised the public with a health crisis narrative, they continue to collude with powerful agrifood corporations that destroy health courtesy of their practices. They continue to facilitate a system that serves the needs of global agricapital and ruthless investors like BlackRock’s Larry Fink who secure massive profits from a monopolistic food system (Fink also invests in the pharma sector – one of the biggest beneficiaries of a sickening global food regime) that by its very nature creates illness, malnutrition and hunger.

The COVID narrative was imbued with the notion of moral responsibility. The people who sold it to the masses have no morality. Like the UK’s former health minister and COVID rule breaker Matt Hancock (see Matt Hancock’s Car Crash Interview), they are willing to sell their soul (or influence) to the highest bidder – in Hancock’s case, a £10,000 wage demand for a day’s ‘consultancy’ as a sitting politician or a few hundred thousand to bolster his ego, bank balance and image on a celebrity TV programme.

In a corrupted and corrupting society, the rewards could be even higher for the likes of Hancock when he leaves office (a health minister who helped traumatise the population while doing nothing to hold the health-damaging agribusiness corporations to account). But with a long line of well-rewarded fraudsters to choose from, we already know that.

Colin Todhunter specialises in development, food and agriculture and is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal. You can read his “mini e-book”, Food, Dependency and Dispossession: Cultivating Resistance, here.

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Jeff the Beast
Jeff the Beast
Apr 24, 2023 3:54 PM

We have a lot of useless fuckhead eaters like those MAGA assholes, rashists, vatniks and all that other useless scum… that’s the problem…

Gerard
Gerard
Apr 22, 2023 3:17 PM

After all technological advancements we’re still not capable to feed the people on earth?!
While more than half of all Ag-produce is being thrown away…

BTW; Why is the richest continent on earth home of the poorest people??

Peter Wright
Peter Wright
Apr 22, 2023 1:45 AM

In the 1960s and 70s, the only two countries in sub-equatorial Africa that were self-sufficient in food production and major exporters to many other African countries were South Africa and Rhodesia, despite sanctions, embargoes, and terrorist wars. But that situation could not be allowed to continue, it neither enriched the Western capitalists nor did it plunge those two countries into debt in the same way aid did to “independent” Black African countries to the North.

Having forced handovers in those two countries to governments with no experience in, or inclination for, democratic rule, Zimbabwe as Rhodesia became is in chaos and South Africa in rapid decline.

That said, much of the blame for Africa’s current situation must be laid on leaders who are more interested in using aid and revenues for personal enrichment than feeding the poor.

The biggest sins of the Western powers may not have been in colonizing Africa, but in abandoning its people to rule by dictators and then propping up those dictators for political appeasement and exploitation of its resources.

Howard
Howard
Apr 21, 2023 4:49 PM

Here’s an article which, in reducing the climate to a romp through an absurd patch of nutcases, offers a perfect example of why so many conclude anything relating to climate is a great big hoax. To propose that what we eat affects the climate and therefore must be monitored is out and out sabotage of genuine climate issues.

New York City to Track Personal Food Choices to Reduce CO2 Emissions – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

moneycircus
moneycircus
Apr 21, 2023 4:18 PM

Wrong information = wrong decisions. Goons take aim at rice, the staple food of China and India.

“Rice is to blame for around 10 percent of global emissions of methane, a gas that over two decades, traps about 80 times as much heat as carbon dioxide,” writes AFP. There is already a rice shortage in South Asia, the largest shortfall for 20 years. China only produces 60 per cent of the food it consumers.

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Apr 21, 2023 1:44 PM

Australia alone piss $500 billion away paying people to do nothing, now we have 1 in 6 children in Australia hungry while we waste money on fucking wars and tax cuts for the rich

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Apr 21, 2023 11:08 PM

I know this is from a few years ago … but $500 billion? – Hard to believe given the stats below.

The Unemployed – Scapegoats?

Australia’s Real Budgetary Spending Blowout

Military spending $ 35 billion 

Infrastructure spending $ 25 bn

Total health expenditure in 2016–17 $180.7 billion (Report Oct 2018), likely much more by now

https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/health-welfare-expenditure/health-expenditure-australia-2016-17/contents/summary 

Combined social security and welfare expenditure in 2018–19 is estimated to total $176.0 billionof which unemployment benefits and New Start allowances come to $ 11.1 billion

Which is the government’s biggest spending problem – the unemployed or the chronically sick?

Marilyn Shepherd
Marilyn Shepherd
Apr 22, 2023 12:46 PM
Reply to  Veri Tas

The $500 billion was so people didn’t work

Placental_Mammal
Placental_Mammal
Apr 21, 2023 1:07 PM

200

I thought the Great Satan had already sent $200 billion to neocon Ukraine.

Howard
Howard
Apr 21, 2023 4:57 PM

From the tenor of the article, I got the impression it was written some time ago – when the 80 billion figure was still valid. But Uncle Sam has been doling out the dough so fast and furious that it could easily jump from 80 to 200 in a week’s time.

Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Apr 21, 2023 11:27 AM

Neoliberalism, aka fascism in disguise, has been steering the planet in a downward spiral for 50 years now. So many lives have been ruined or terminated UNNECESSARILY, so much natural healthy progress and innovation has been constrained, all because a small group of people are gripped in fear and jealousy – fear that their rentier system would end and jealous that their “experts” aren’t fooling anyone and humanity on the whole is far more intelligent than they predicted. The sooner we escape the clutches of the IMF and World Bank and rid the world of the neoliberal world order, the better.

World poverty is viewed as a solution, not a problem. The World Bank and IMF think of poverty as low-priced labor, creating a competitive advantage for countries that produce labor-intensive goods. So poverty/austerity is an economic solution that’s built into their models.
~ Michael Hudson

In a last ditch effort to maintain relevancy and global control, the IMF just announced their latest brainchild, the Unicoin, which should be avoided like the plague.

The coming globalized digital money system just got the endorsement it needed to proceed as the replacement for fiat paper currencies

“I have been warning for more than two years that the global beast system will be fully in place when we see the globalists succeed at implementing two key components: A global digital ID for all people and a new form of global digital money that will be designed to replace cash.

They have been racing toward reaching each of these two goals and 2023 may be the year they succeed, although that still remains to be seen.

One thing’s for sure. If they don’t succeed, it won’t be for lack of trying.

On April 10, the globalists dropped a bombshell that very few news outlets have even noticed and I will take the rest of this article to lay it out for you.

The Digital Currency Monetary Authority (DCMA) announced on April 10 it will be launching a new global central bank digital currency, or CBDC, calling it an “universal monetary unit,” also known as the Unicoin, which all of the world’s central banks and commercial banks will be able to use for settlements of trade among each other. The April 10 announcement took place at the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund.”

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Apr 21, 2023 1:13 PM
Reply to  Straight Talk

This is a long collection of copy/pastes over three long comments, lacking context.

Please can you summarise your point in your own words at the head of comments, and please will you label and link to sources clearly if you’re going to copy/paste, and keep this to a minimum or it gets very long and confusing. Thanks. A2

Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Apr 21, 2023 2:22 PM
Reply to  Straight Talk

This is why Technocracy (scientific dictatorship) is impossible:

Why Science Is Broken: Hillsdale Speech Video & Transcript

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Apr 22, 2023 2:19 AM
Reply to  Straight Talk

Every kind of idiocy is possible, but dysfunctional.
You can be absolutely sure the sheeple will go along and swallow everything; unicoin, brainchip, cyborg, passports for everything, digital camps, lab food, metaverse.

Edwige
Edwige
Apr 21, 2023 10:39 AM

“In 2021, an Oxfam review…. Oxfam and Development Finance International also revealed…. Last year, Oxfam International Executive Director Gabriela Bucher stated…. “.

In ‘Brave New World’, the words “mother” and “father” are variously described as “smut” and “obscenities”. Thanks to Oxfam for marching us another step in that direction:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/03/16/oxfam-avoid-words-mother-father-gender-woke/

The leadership of Oxfam are manifestly insane and if they declared the sky to be blue I’d want a second opinion.

Two other points about Huxley that are worth remembering:
1) World Controller of Western Europe Mustapha Mond is named after Sir Alfred Mond, head of ICI. Not a politician… not a general… not an intelligence chief….
2) In his infamous Berkeley lecture, Huxley refers to the “controlling oligarchs”. Not politicians… not generals… not intelligence chiefs….

Grafter
Grafter
Apr 21, 2023 11:55 AM
Reply to  Edwige

The leaders of Oxfam are manifestly corrupt.

Let's be Frank Joshua
Let's be Frank Joshua
Apr 21, 2023 11:01 PM
Reply to  Grafter

The article is not supporting Oxfam. It is using data compiled by that organisation to make a point. And that data seems valid (they say how they compiled it). Or as valid as it can be seeing we are calculating the impacts on billions of people. The article also links to a YouTube video that exposes some of Hancock’s shenanigans. It also links to The Ecologist and other platforms. That does not indicate support for those platforms. Howard (in this thread) provides a very good response.

Howard
Howard
Apr 21, 2023 5:03 PM
Reply to  Edwige

Thank God you set the record straight. Since Oxfam is less than kosher, world hunger must be less than reported. We no longer have to shed tears for those kids going to bed hungry.

The world is made whole again simply by discrediting Oxfam.

NixonScraypes
NixonScraypes
Apr 21, 2023 9:06 AM

Granted, but one mustn’t forget that the plutocrats are also philanthropists, the sweeties.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Apr 21, 2023 7:42 AM

Another doom and gloom article…

Johnny
Johnny
Apr 21, 2023 8:58 AM
Reply to  Paul Watson

Live in Africa do you Paul?
Sure as shit God doesn’t.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Apr 21, 2023 11:57 AM
Reply to  Johnny

Lived there twelve years actually and you?
God is spirit so he is everywhere.

Howard
Howard
Apr 21, 2023 9:59 PM
Reply to  Paul Watson

Gloom and doom is caused by those who view the bulk of humanity as expendable throw-aways. How can they be exposed without inadvertently spreading gloom and doom?

Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Apr 21, 2023 6:11 AM

So how many of you know the percentage of our air that is CO2? 0.04%
Or that even a slight reduction in that percentage could mean the substantial end of life on this world?

Climate Change is a euphemism used by TPTB to discus We the People waking up to their nefarious plans.
We are the Virus.
We are the Terrorists.
We are the Drugs.
We are the Pollution.

All wars are really wars on humanity. A culling of the herd to protect TPTB.

les online
les online
Apr 21, 2023 4:58 AM

“You are not worth a penny if you are not Human Capital”…(anon)

How to Deal With Potholes Covid Style:
https://dailysceptic.org/2023/04/20/how-to-deal-with-potholes-covid-style/

judith
judith
Apr 21, 2023 1:14 PM
Reply to  les online

This is brilliant! I wish I had Mark Crispin Miller’s and Celia Farber’s emails to send them this for their substacks.

It’s hilarious. Thank you.

Jim McDonagh
Jim McDonagh
Apr 21, 2023 1:55 AM

And yet we are assured by our materialistic elites of all political flavors that Human overpopulation is not a real problem , but political machinations , while unlimited growth is possible , and unlimited resources are available .

Penelope
Penelope
Apr 21, 2023 1:44 AM

All those countries that no longer grow their own food due to
–Having accepted IMF loans; the condition for repayment is cutting the public sector.
–WTO rules that compel them to accept US ag products that bankrupt their farmers.
–And the corrupt oligarchs in each country buy up the land and convert it to producing products for export– cotton, tobacco, food for export.

NixonScraypes
NixonScraypes
Apr 21, 2023 9:09 AM
Reply to  Penelope

Not forgetting tree growing tor carbon offsetting and bio fuel.

Johnny
Johnny
Apr 21, 2023 12:35 AM

Even with the best of intentions we can’t save the world from the plague of Mammon. It is unstoppable.
Just take a walk through your local temple of Mammon, a stroll past the proliferation of self storage businesses or a tour of your local ‘recycling’ centre.

All we can do as small groups and individuals is make incremental changes to our local areas and our own back yards.

Permaculture, agroecology, self imposed austerity, seeking a state of equanimity and some kind of spiritual (not religious) quest are practical steps to take.

The only way the world can be woken from its 10,000 year soporific, self destructive sleepwalking is through a worldwide cataclysm.
Nuclear war, deliberate, ‘accidental’, or an act of desperation, is inevitable.

CK_
CK_
Apr 21, 2023 2:23 AM
Reply to  Johnny

Nukes are likely fake. The US, China and Russia are all in on it because we already have a pseudo-One World government:
https://www.winterwatch.net/2023/04/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Apr 21, 2023 6:06 AM
Reply to  CK_

No one ever asks how it is that Nagasaki and Hiroshima are thriving again, after less than 100 years, when we were told it would take hundreds of years to be safe again.

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 21, 2023 12:13 PM
Reply to  Thomas Frey

Good point, although I think a lot of people do vaguely ‘wonder’ about it when the topic comes up.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Apr 22, 2023 2:28 AM
Reply to  Thomas Frey

It confirms my theory that nukes are not that bad as they say.
A WWIII could be won :-D.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 22, 2023 7:43 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Agree. Smart, Mini and Tactical missiles and bombs all imply that we are getting cleverer all the time. And you can’t get more free than in the Free World.

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 21, 2023 7:29 AM
Reply to  Johnny

i believe it is the perceived threat of annihilation that drives the psyche of humanity to accept what was formerly “unnacceptable”

when you mention spirituality (not religious) you are refering to the human spirits “god like qualities”

qualities that have to be curbed by tptb in order to prevent evolution on a planetary level, an evolution that is booked into the timetable of this “reality” as sure as eastenders happens on thursday at 7pm

what we are currently experiencing is an open attempt to divert this incredible amount of psychic energy by unknown players using known minnions, the sheer scale and complexity hints toward a heist un-seen before in “cosmic” terms

contemplating entities that devour and require psychic energy for their survival does not come naturally for us, its frankly “alien”

ultimately balance will win, “they” lose, what is curious perhaps is that they know they will lose, we are what will prevent them, many here have now come so far that capitulation is utterly laughable, so fucking comic that our sides ache with laughter, not in this fucking lifetime, not in any

so discovering that commercial pilots are moving untold quantities of antivirals around the globe right now might merit a little examination?

https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/freelance-airline-pilot-passes-along-quiet-info

Mucho
Mucho
Apr 21, 2023 12:28 AM

Time to BOYCOTT ASDA. ASDA work for TEAM EVIL.

Straight on the genetically modified food bandwagon:

Asda is the first UK retailer to introduce Apeel’s plant-based protection to increase shelf life and help reduce food waste

https://corporate.asda.com/newsroom/2021/11/19/asda-is-the-first-uk-retailer-to-introduce-apeels-plant-based-protection-to-increase-shelf-life-and-help-reduce-food-waste

Asda is the first UK retailer to introduce Apeel’s plant-based protection to increase shelf life and help reduce food waste

https://www.cityam.com/asda-introduces-self-driving-vans-in-ai-first-for-the-supermarket-1/

Asda is rolling out its largest autonomous delivery trial with customers in London set to receive their groceries via self driving cars.

The UK’s third largest grocery store is launching the scheme in partnership with Wayve, a developer of artificial intelligence for self driving cars, and the pair will use Jaguar I-Pace electric cars for the trial.

Asda said 72,000 households in London would be randomly selected to have their order delivered in a self-driving vehicle – with shoppers at its Park Royal site in West-London the first to experience the technology.

Although the vehicles will be driven autonomously during the 12-month trial, an Asda colleague and supervising Wayve safety driver will be present in the vehicle when making deliveries.

Asda colleagues will then load and unload the groceries at the customer’s home, but they will be transported from the store to the door in a self-driving vehicle.

“Through our partnership with Wayve, we are trialling this technology to understand how it can assist our busy store operations, whilst also adding a unique, reliable and efficient option for Asda customers to have a whole range of products delivered to their doors,” Simon Gregg, vice president of eCommerce at Asda, said.

“Online grocery shopping was growing in popularity prior to Covid-19, but the pandemic has brought about a huge acceleration in growth. This trend appears here to stay, and bringing driverless vehicles into the fold could be the next step forward,” Myron Jobson, senior personal finance analyst at interactive investor, told City A.M.

The project has been in the works since 2021 when Asda alongside digital grocery store Ocado was revealed to be in talks with the AI intelligence group to bring the technology to its delivery offering.

Penelope
Penelope
Apr 21, 2023 12:20 AM

Yesterday, New York City announced its plan to track the “food choices” of New Yorkers using credit card data from individual store purchases. According to the mayor, tracking individual food choices is a step towards “reducing the CO2 output” of New Yorkers.

Paul Prichard
Paul Prichard
Apr 20, 2023 11:05 PM

Your alternative update on #COVID19 for 2023-04-19. Booster now does more harm than good, says Prof Angus Dalgleish. Solid white blood clots, lumps of protein (blog, gab, tweet).

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 20, 2023 10:53 PM

I think there is a great difference between being shocked, and realizing objectively what it is that shocks us.

We were shocked three years ago when we saw insanity suddenly rear up and take over the world, but I have to state right now that nothing shocks me any longer.

I can no longer handle the squillions of sickening details in most of the articles presented to us here.
I am now suffering from article-overload, and I am sure I am not alone.

Being shocked is now strictly for those who feel no pain until somebody hits them hard over the head with an iron frying pan – for people who never noticed anything essentially different happening three years ago, except that there were now some rather irritating new regulations in place for how they should live their lives once they stepped outside their homes, although of course those who lost loved ones add a much broader, subjective dimension to this tragedy.

But the thing about being really shocked – as I was three years ago – is that you tend to stay rooted to the spot, possibly with your mouth hanging open.
And you find it difficult to focus on solutions, because your brain isn’t accustomed to looking the devil right in the face.

This greatest crime in mankind’s history has been an on-going exercise in deliberately creating chaos, and after three years of being surrounded by chaos, the human mind tends to give up, to want relief of any kind, to despair, to switch off.

And that is clearly the pernicious, iniquitous aim here.

But to get back to my suggested alternative of “objectively realizing what it is that shocks us”, we can see that there, instead of allowing the surrounding chaos to dull our minds – as it is certainly intended to do – we have the possibility of pondering what action we can take to prevent that from happening.

I have mentioned Rudolf Steiner several times here, but here is a stunning lecture he gave in Switzerland in 1917 concerning “The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness”.

It is, to my mind, impossible not to be astonished and stunned by the vast scope of this relatively short lecture’s content, as well as its unbelievable relevance to today’s existential horrors.
This content is now 105 years old – from the latter half of WW1 – and, in referring to the three years of the war up to that point, it even corresponds to the three years of misery which critical minds are currently having to endure.

Considering its vintage, there is even a spark of humour here and there, but I don’t see how any serious reader could fail to perceive the prophetic nature of what is covered.

Regular Steiner readers won’t be surprised at this, and there is a small amount of terminology which isn’t in everybody’s vocabulary, but his language is always clear, and he even tends to repeat himself from slightly different angles in the interest of getting the meaning across as well as possible.
Answers are also suggested, as well as attitudes of mind that could be cultivated.
I can’t recommend this enough:

https://rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA177/English/RSP1993/19171027p01.html

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 20, 2023 11:30 PM
Reply to  wardropper

By the way, if anyone finds the end of the lecture to be like a rather sentimental plug for freemasonry, (as I did…) just have in mind that Steiner, in the same lecture, refers to a time “…when Goethe found entry into communities then called Masonic or the like, though in the eighteenth century this meant something different from what it means today.”

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Apr 20, 2023 10:51 PM

And the EU is arguing it needs to send more C-shots to Africa, financed by the European taxpayers, so that those poor people have enough of this poison. Instead of sending off grain shipments and other food staples.

Hsuan
Hsuan
Apr 20, 2023 9:27 PM

Genocide. It’s what governments – and the corporate interests that control them – do best.

Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Apr 21, 2023 6:15 AM
Reply to  Hsuan

Genocide is specific to a gene pool, and I agree that government is good at it.
In this instance, we are experiencing DEMOCIDE.
The governments of the world are not discriminating against whom they kill.

Hsuan
Hsuan
Apr 21, 2023 6:21 PM
Reply to  Thomas Frey

You make a good point and thanks for bringing this up. Democide is a term I found out about only recently so anytime I think about mass murder I automatically think “genocide.” Force of habit. I guess. I did some research and found this website from R.J. Rummel, who apparently coined the term democide sometime around 1994. Interesting.

https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/GENOCIDE.HTM

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 22, 2023 7:47 AM
Reply to  Hsuan

Democide is meant to be objective and “let’s move on”, unlike hateful in-your-face genocide.

Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Apr 22, 2023 5:31 PM
Reply to  mgeo

Are you an israelite looking to play victim for all eternity?
The words have different meaning and purpose.

Lu1
Lu1
Apr 20, 2023 8:42 PM

Why would “US neocons” pursue a goal of regime change in Russia when “the Russians” were/are not only up to their neck in step 1 of the not so Great Reset (the Convid plandemic) but currently implementing step 2 of the same game (the, alleged, war in Ukraine).

Out of interest, does anyone know where the 40 mile convoy in the Kyiv oblast (from Prybirsk to Hostomel via Ivankiv) disappeared to?

The Kyiv/Kiev pantomime.

SeamusPadraig
SeamusPadraig
Apr 21, 2023 12:11 AM
Reply to  Lu1

The neocons are just giving cover to Putin to do whatever he has to do to continue rolling out the Great Reset in Russia. You know what they say: ‘War is the health of the state.’

Placental_Mammal
Placental_Mammal
Apr 21, 2023 1:04 PM
Reply to  Lu1

You sound like a neocon yourself.

futurist
futurist
Apr 20, 2023 7:59 PM

When you read the ingredients on a food packaging and accidentally summon a demon:
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Duckman
Duckman
Apr 20, 2023 7:53 PM

some changes in the format i see, verify i am hu-man……

a timely article by tod hunter that reminds us “alt” folk that our woes whilst grim are not quite yet terminal.

for myself i am painfully aware of how quickly many things are gathering pace as we face an onslaught designed with one purpose, “their” end game.

we are now well down the road and new arrivals must run very fast to catch the awareness express, second gear is a distant memory, third is winding up the revs way past the “green” band.

succinctly this week i have :

re-met a young lady who works at a screwfix type place who was adamantly anti vax and about to go on maternity leave some months ago, now back at work, they convinced her to take the whooping cough jab and instead stuck the “covid” jab in her whilst she was mid epiduraly spaced out

spoken to a youngish chap again who works in the yard at my local builders merchant, keen to know whats what, un-jabbed but drawn into the “social media” everythings fake so why take anything seriously, who today revealed that his father was had by “covid” back a year ago due to his industrial induced breathing difficulties requiring he be placed on a ventilator, he died of course.

and last but deff not least my partners son 19 (confused about most things, but thankfully straight and very thankfully un-jabbed) has revealed that within his “chat group” one of his buddies has covertly introduced a chatgpt type ai entity into the discussions and lo and behold “it can tell you anything”

so again succinctly as i can :

the nhs are still jabbing anyone they can despite all being 100% aware this shyte kills, maims, destroys and they aint taking it but you will (you will be judged you fuckers) ps and when i say judged we aint talking cosy cells with tv, more racks n other “stuff” ;0)

steering those who would like to know the facts is pointless if they are embroiled in social media because nothing means anything anymore, present tense becomes past tense ~as-soon-as-it-is-written~

and lastly expending 3 years of energy resisting the onslaught of un-holy shit means little when those you share a roof with willingly allow something that self identifies as a “non-corporeal demonic enitity ” right into your living space, but its ok because it has some “really great ideas on how best to play the latest D&D type card games”

As ive pondered and mentioned much of late, as time goes on the responsibility that rests upon our shoulders becomes greater as the evil permeates every facet it can, do we capitulate?

not in this lifetime ;0)

Shola
Shola
Apr 20, 2023 7:40 PM

As someone has said before, the apocalypse is already here for much of Africa.

The staggering, age-old strangulation of those glorious lands and the resulting unimaginable death toll, is why materialism and rampant consumerism must also be killed.

Of course, much of the distraction we see is to keep the masses from looking too closely, or for too long, at what has been done, what is being done and what will continue to be done to Africa and it’s people in the name of capitalist progress and it’s dumb-as-fuck / mind-numbingly greedy attempt at eternal economic growth.

As it has always been and as it will always be, righteousness resides in the masses of ordinary people. It’s not fathomable or obtainable by the few who exist to exploit, and murder at will, whether puppets like Hancock or the skulking, wicked puppet-masters.

CK_
CK_
Apr 21, 2023 2:25 AM
Reply to  Shola

COVID shots to depopulate the modern world and famine to depopulate the 3rd world.

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 21, 2023 7:11 AM
Reply to  CK_

the koolaid takes many forms

Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Apr 21, 2023 6:18 AM
Reply to  Shola

When has the world not been actively experiencing pestilence, famine, war and death?
Some may be fortunate enough to not personally experience those things.
Someone somewhere always is.

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Apr 20, 2023 6:22 PM

This was all foreseen in the Spring of 2020…

There is a moral principal: One is responsible for the predictable consequences of one’s actions.

This is just one more case by the ruling class of mass murder.

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 20, 2023 11:39 PM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

Indeed, a very important moral definition.

DavidF
DavidF
Apr 21, 2023 9:51 AM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

And it is the “predictability” that the perpetrators will say wasn’t obvious at the time. The filthy lying c*nts.