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Freedom — One Liberated Apple at a Time

Colin Todhunter

A minor but significant spark of direct action occurred in New York on 15 December. A group of people entered a Whole Foods store (owned by Amazon), took groceries without paying and exited wearing Jeff Bezos masks.

Independent reporter Talia Jane posted the following on Twitter/X:

“The action was in protest against corporate wealth alongside increased food insecurity & to call attention to Amazon’s contracts with Israel.”

She also posted a video of the event with people throwing around flyers and shouting, “Feed the people, eat the rich!” Jane stated the food was later redistributed and given to food ‘distros’ and community care spaces feeding migrants and the unhoused.

It’s Going Down — which describes itself as “a digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements across so-called North America” — has published on its website the texts of the flyers.

Here is an abridged version of one of the texts:

“We assert that corporations like Amazon and Whole Foods do a tremendous amount of harm: hoarding wealth and resources, stealing labor, and destroying the land we live on. When we purchase food from Whole Foods, only a small fraction of what we spend is going back to those doing the labor to produce the food — the vast majority of it is funneled into Jeff Bezos’s coffers, where it is in turn reinvested in weapon manufacturing, war, and big oil.

“Furthermore, Amazon’s contract for Project Nimbus with the IOF [Israel Occupation Forces] means that Bezos profits directly from the ongoing genocide in Palestine. Boycott. Divest. Shoplift. Not another dime for genocide!

“We believe direct action is a vital form of resistance against the capitalist institutions built to crush, starve, and bleed us to death. Solidarity with shoplifters everywhere! We hope you will be inspired to take similar action wherever you are.

“Move like water. Take back what has always been yours. Become ungovernable.”

Some of the unscrupulous practices and the adverse impacts of Bezos and his Amazon corporation are described in the online article ‘Amazon, ‘Economic Terrorism’ and the Destruction of Livelihoods’. Indeed, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in 2019 that Amazon had “destroyed the retail industry across the United States.”

Project Nimbus, referred to in the flyer, is a $1.2bn contract to provide cloud services for the Israeli military and government and it will allow for further surveillance of and unlawful data collection on Palestinians while facilitating expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian land.

Direct action 

Of course, there will be those who condemn the direct action described above. And they will do so while remaining blissfully unaware of or silent on the direct action of the super-wealthy that has plunged hundreds of millions into hardship and poverty.

The wholly unavoidable conflict in Ukraine (which profits corporate vultures), speculative food commodity trading, the impact of closing down the global economy via the COVID event and the inflationary impacts of pumping trillions of dollars into the financial system have driven people into poverty and denied them access to sufficient food.

All such events did not result from an ‘act of God’. They were orchestrated and brought about by deliberate policy decisions. And the effects have been devastating.

In 2022, it was estimated that a quarter of a billion people across the world would be pushed into absolute  poverty in that year alone.

In the UK, poverty is increasing in two-thirds of communities, food banks are now a necessary part of life for millions of people and living standards are plummeting. The poorest families are enduring a ‘frightening’ collapse in living standards, resulting in life-changing and life-limiting poverty. Absolute poverty is set to be at 18.3 per cent by 2023-2024.

In the US, around 30 million low-income people 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.

Small businesses are filing for bankruptcy in the US at a record rate. Private bankruptcy filings in 2023 have exceeded the highest point recorded during the early stages of COVID by a considerable amount. The four-week moving average for private filings in late February 2023 was 73% higher than in June 2020.

As hundreds of millions suffer, a relative handful of multi-billionaires have gained at their expense.

February 2023 report by Greenpeace International showed that 20 food corporations delivered $53.5 billion to shareholders in the financial years 2020 and 2021. At the same time, the UN estimated that $51.5 billion would be enough to provide food, shelter and lifesaving support for the world’s 230 million most vulnerable people.

These ‘hunger profiteers’ exploited crises to gain grotesque profits. They plunged millions into hunger while tightening their grip on the global food system.

Meanwhile, nearly 100 of the biggest US publicly traded companies recorded 2021 profit margins that were at least 50 per cent higher than their 2019 levels.

In a July 2021 report, Yahoo Finance noted that the richest 0.01% — around 18,000 US families — hold 10% of the country’s wealth today. In 1913, the top 0.01% held 9% of US wealth and just 2% in the late 1970s.

The wealth of the world’s billionaires increased by $3.9tn between 18 March and 31 December 2020. Their total wealth then stood at $11.95tn, a 50% increase in just 9.5 months. Between April and July 2020, during the initial lockdowns, the wealth held by these billionaires grew from $8 trillion to more than $10 trillion.

The world’s 10 richest billionaires collectively saw their wealth increase by $540bn over this period. In September 2020, Jeff Bezos could have paid all 876,000 Amazon employees a $105,000 bonus and still be as wealthy as he was before COVID.

And do not forget the offshoring of plundered wealth by the super-rich of $50 trillion into hidden accounts.

These are the ‘direct actions’ we should really be concerned about.

A point rammed home via another flyer that was issued during the protest in New York:

“The shelves in this store have been stocked with items that were harvested, prepared, and cooked via a long supply chain of exploitation and extraction from people and land.

“This food was made by the People and it should fill the bellies of the People.

“Don’t fall prey to the myth of scarcity! Look around you: there is enough for all of us. This food is being hoarded, and we are giving it back to our communities. The world belongs to us – everything is already ours.

“We deserve to eat whether we can pay or not. Tear down the system that starves and kills people, one liberated apple at a time!”

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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Charly1
Charly1
Dec 30, 2023 10:56 PM

Henry Kissinger sagte einmal: “Diejenigen, die das Essen kontrollieren, kontrollieren die Menschen. Diejenigen, die das Öl kontrollieren, kontrollieren ganze Kontinente. Diejenigen, die das Geld kontrollieren, kontrollieren die Welt”.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Jan 1, 2024 8:13 PM
Reply to  Charly1

Und das Bier kontrolliert das Volk.

One Eyed Man
One Eyed Man
Dec 30, 2023 9:03 AM

This is the gateway to “you scan your payment card before you enter” plus enhanced facial recognition installed everywhere, or simply being identified by the presence of your phone on the premises. This will be “terms and conditions” of using their store which you are of course free not to accept. But it’ll be everywhere.. Vax passports failed, so break out rentamob. Scanning cards to enter will lead to cash becoming useless in everyday life, and hasten global ID, carbon credits, everything you appear to dislike. Why are you not seeing that it’s always, problem, reaction, solution? Do you really envisage Bezos foaming at the mouth in rage at his lost apples? He’s the man who succeeded where despots failed, in getting people to voluntarily, even enthusiastically, register their interests in books, media, shopping, even medicine, on his site.

Butch
Butch
Dec 29, 2023 11:54 AM

Theft committed by reckless thugs…SHAME!!!

Top Cat
Top Cat
Dec 29, 2023 6:37 AM

Freedom.

Human values
Human values
Dec 28, 2023 3:31 PM

No-one should ever pay anything to anyone for the right to be here, to live.

Every human has an equal right to live here, to live in peace, to receive the fruits of the earth abundantly.  

NickM
NickM
Dec 28, 2023 8:00 AM

““The shelves in this store have been stocked with items that were harvested, prepared, and cooked via a long supply chain of exploitation and extraction from people and land.”

That “long supply chain” ought to start with a Fair Price for the farmer. If the consumer “Liberates” (without paying for) her apple from the end of that long chain, then next season the farmer will not be paid at all — let alone be paid a fair price as primary producer.

Moreover, the “Liberator” receives no “Virtue Karma” for disinterestedy feeding the poor with apples she “Liberated” without sending a corresponding monetary exchange medium down the supply chain. If she goes on like that, she will receive Bad Karma when the supply chain halts for lack of cash flow.

The socialist woman’s solution is to “Liberate” excess cash from Bezos and redistribute it: to poor farmers at the start of the chainn, and to poor consumers at the end of the chain.

“Socialism means equal incomes” — George Bernard Shaw, “Every Woman’s Guide to Socialism”.

Adam Smith
Adam Smith
Dec 28, 2023 2:50 PM
Reply to  NickM

If the consumer “Liberates” (without paying for) her apple from the end of that long chain, then next season the farmer will not be paid at all

False. People will still want apples. If Bezos’ company won’t buy them, some other chain will. As long as people want to buy apples, farmers will get paid for growing apples. A free-market economy isn’t all bad.

NickM
NickM
Dec 29, 2023 6:02 AM
Reply to  Adam Smith

“A free-market economy isn’t all bad.”

I never said it was. The bounty of Nature is the product of a free market economy.

But firstly, I doubt that a “long supply chain” is a free market economy with individual farmers at one end and a huge capital investment chain at the other. Even less free if the apples come from industrial-scale farming. Secondly, when that huge retail outlet crashes because customers are “Liberating” apples, it will take time to form an equally huge outlet for the apples; during that time primary farmers, middleman links along the distribution chain, and final customers will endure bad karma.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 27, 2023 5:42 PM

Isnt it just another psy-op?
Bezo pays a new “Hungry lives Matter” to steal his lousy food, and he have to raise the prices to avoid bankruptcy in his supermarket chain. Papa here smell fish.

el Gallinazo
el Gallinazo
Dec 27, 2023 4:24 PM

I wonder why in the home district of WEF, young global psychopath wunderkind Gavin Gruesome, the police have been instructed not to arrest shoplifters and DA’s have been instructed not to indict any theft for a value less than USD 1000?” At the start of 2004 an apple is appraised at less than USD 1000. At the end, we will have to wait and see. And I wonder why major retailers around the USA such as Target have told their employees not to mess with shoplifters or call the police? Retailers have been fleeing SF in droves. It’s almost like they (the powers who shouldn’t be) want to promote this activity.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 27, 2023 4:21 PM

I believe in my Government because they are educated from an Yale University and you are not!
You only want me to pay for your laziness, and we shall not have any revolution here in America!

Big Al
Big Al
Dec 27, 2023 2:54 PM

“Everybody deserves to eat whether we pay or not!” Reminds me of stories I read about the early colonists, of which I’m sure there are many similar stories from any time period, regarding those who wanted to contribute to their colonies, i.e., plow the land, plant the seeds, harvest and store the food, etc., and those that didn’t. Those that didn’t do the work or half assed it would invariably run out of food in the winters and then go around to those who put in the work and had the stores, begging for food. Many didn’t like that much as they had warned them if they didn’t get off their asses, they’d be without food the next winter, and told them, don’t come running to us you lazy bastards. That’s in no way comparing Bezos to the early colonists who did the work, it’s simply an observation about that initial statement.
So anyway, fuck Bezos and this system that filters all the money and assets to the top, but perspective is needed when viewing this issue. I mean, why do you deserve to eat if you do nothing to contribute to society or to feed your own damn self? Butchers, bakers, candlestick makers. And then there’s the lazy fucks that want a free ride.
P.S. as others have said, what’s their (the food stealers) view on the jabs? That’s the new inflection point, not Gaza.

NickM
NickM
Dec 28, 2023 8:11 AM
Reply to  Big Al

[Those who do not plow their land] “they’d be without food the next winter, and [those who do] told them, don’t come running to us you lazy bastards.”

That’s a fair precis of a poem by Hesiod, Greece circa 700BC, though without modern bad language.

“Reading in Hesiod you can almost feel the blisters” — Arnold Toynbee.

Ekologista
Ekologista
Dec 27, 2023 2:19 PM

The past three years have opened a bigger fucking can of worms than anything ever before. The crazy shit depicted in the article being a case in point.

Let me explain to you, kids, what the fuck is generally going on.

A few hundred years ago, people stumbled on stuff called coal which led to the invention of the steam engine and ultimately to the level of technological advancement AND exploitation of natural resources that we know today. The process had probably been instigated by the imbecile who wrote the Bible, supposedly God, who instructed idiots (that’s people, including most of yous) to have dominion over the world, instead of living in harmony wherewith and refraining from fucking with other species and things people find lying around.

Anyways, maybe it wasn’t the idiot who wrote the Bible, maybe it was inevitable because OVERSHOOT is a biological phenomenon liable to affect any species. The two legged idiotic critters we are including, despite the fact that we hubristically think that we rule nature, while it’s the other way around.

Be that as it may, we’re nearing the end of the Age of Burning, or the Age of Abundance, if you will, as shit is starting to be in short fucking supply, causing all sorts of disruptions and collapses of our excessively complicated abstract concepts wherewith we have fucked into a corner. Like economics, politics, culture. Perhaps there is still quite a bit of stuff left to pillage and waste on the next useless gadget, but some might be catching a whiff of what’s coming and responding. That would be the powers that be, the elites, the fucks in charge.

How are they responding?

Their primary goal is to retain and solidify their privileged status. To that end, they keep you in the dark, feed you all sorts of bullshit stories, pull all sorts of wool over your eyes. Sprinkled with the occasional red herring in the form of a deadly virus. Meanwhile, they’re putting you on a short fucking leash to make sure that when, or rather if, people realize what’s up, they’ll be chained to their doghouse, unable to do shit. The myriad of ways in which they’re doing this is what people whine about. All of it is basically inconsequential for when the shit really hits the fucking fan, it will matter not whether you paid for your groceries for there will be no fucking groceries.

Anyways, the tragedy is that just about nobody talks about the underlying issues – the overshoot, ecological disaster, erosion of the human natural habitat, etc. The fucks in charge for the aforementioned reasons, the plebs because cognitive dissonance not only doesn’t allow them to acknowledge that the party is over, but they violently attack anybody who dares to.

Shitshow par excellence, I say!

Cynicon Implant
Cynicon Implant
Dec 27, 2023 2:12 PM

Well, one way to reduce the poverty rate is to reduce the number of poor people. As in eliminate them.

There are any number of ways to do this without appearing to be doing it on purpose. Give them poison food (overly processed, seed oils, etc) to eat, scare them into taking a poison jab, send them off to manufactured wars.

Easy peasy.

Ekologista
Ekologista
Dec 28, 2023 7:21 AM

Poverty …

While it’s true that some of the mice in the story referenced hereinbelow have had it better than others, mostly because they’re bigger fucking assholes than the rest, the wealth and/or poverty of members of either group is relative.

Once the silo is empty, it won’t matter no more.

A Story of Mice (and Men)
Here is a definition of “anachronistic” for ya:
https://www.thefreedictionary.com/anachronistic

NickM
NickM
Dec 28, 2023 8:13 AM

“one way to reduce the poverty rate is to reduce the number of poor people.”

Another and much better way is to reduce the number of rich people.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 28, 2023 2:57 PM
Reply to  NickM

Which takes us back to square one, only with a new set of rich elite people.

Binra
Binra
Dec 27, 2023 11:06 AM

“But something is happening here and you don’t know what it is – do you? – Mr Jones.
The mindfuck is part of the use to which we put our mind.
Is the tipping point of control into insanity the breakdown of a personal/social masking ‘reality’?
Core assumptions become a prison in which inmates struggle for dominance.

Roger
Roger
Dec 27, 2023 9:47 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk3AVceraTI

The Great Taking – Documentary

There is some new information in this documentary, Is it a Limited Hangout? That’s always difficult to tell. Edward Dowd was/Is he a limited hangout, is the rehabilitation of Alexjones and his Tucker Bromance also a limited hangout, I do not know if fact I haven’t formed an opinion on it yet.

Roger
 Dec 26, 2023 1:30 PM

To the victor then the spoils and as well as writing the history so shall the victor perpetuate the debt-based accounting system and accounting unit.
To the victors shall also be awarded the newly minted unit of account rendering for them inflation a convenience, not a curse, folding as inflation will the weaker hands

John Titus has been fairly quiet as has Catherine Austin Fitts I wonder about that, Richard Werner has also dropped out of my news feed, granted I have been more and more remote from bothering with internet interactions increasingly over the past 4 years.

Still no traction on the #Aadhaar Story.

In the art of selling the pitch mantra is Tellem what you’re gonna tell em, Tell em and then tell em what you told them

The Author of this piece had a very good piece regarding a paper by Dennis Ranacourt
in the retreaded limited hangout suspicion stakes successful transition into the new age of reheated,” Arbeit Macht Frie.” I commend the Rannacourt article/Paper

This is the argument presented by Denis Rancourt, 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, andanti-racism as state doctrines’ (April 2019).

j d
j d
Dec 28, 2023 12:34 PM
Reply to  Roger

The Great Taking with David Rogers Webb: https://home.solari.com/the-great-taking-with-david-rogers-webb/ on the Solari website. Catherine Austin Fitts with David Rogers Webb.

SLOBODNI podcast SPECIJAL Hrvatski sabor- Dr. David Wiseman i Prof. Richard Werner from the “In the center of the storm – Where Croatia and the world are going in 2024” symposium that took place on 1st December 2023 in the Croatian Parliament: https://rumble.com/v41sgaw-slobodni-podcast-specijal-hrvatski-sabor-dr.-david-wiseman-i-prof.-richard-.html Richard Werner’s presentation starts at 2:56.

j d
j d
Dec 28, 2023 1:10 PM
Reply to  Roger

Financial Rebellion is a weekly show featuring Catherine Austin Fitts and attorney Carolyn Betts, general counsel of Solari, Inc.
Financial Rebellion with Catherine Austin Fitts: https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/chd-tv/shows/financial-rebellion-with-catherine-austin-fitts/

Roger
Roger
Dec 28, 2023 2:42 PM
Reply to  j d

Thanks, JD, greatly appreciated.

Roger
Roger
Dec 28, 2023 2:53 PM
Reply to  Roger

At 4.26 Mins, “And the little secret is that tyranny is so wasteful and expensive that in fact if you can stop them and start to rebuild bottom up there is plenty of wealth There is no economic problem here other than the parasite”
I think I have heard Catherine refer to it as a tapeworm economy in the past.
I will listen to Richards talk today too. Thanks.

Roger
Roger
Dec 28, 2023 2:46 PM
Reply to  j d

“We do not agree with David’s analysis of money velocity. Centralization and criminality remove trust from the system, bringing on a drop in money velocity. Growth without inflation is more than possible, but it will require a change in the governance and central banking systems. Where we do agree is that the central bankers intend to strip us of our assets and property rights. If the central bankers achieve financial transaction control, they will indeed be able to engineer a “great taking.” The pandemic destruction of small businesses and family income was simply a small taste of what will then be possible.”
Interesting.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 27, 2023 9:11 AM

This is sobering and probably true:

https://twitter.com/MutantDarwin/status/1739793133506797658

“I’ve recently encountered a flurry of “likes” from bimbo bots; profiles purportedly from sexually available women, all of whom just joined Twitter/x last month. All of their followers joined the month before that. I don’t understand what the goal is, but I doubt it’s good.”

To which I respond:

“Snap! Meanwhile I usually fail to receive the response I expect from the ones I challenge and doubt if they even see me. I suspect Twitter is a massive algorithm powered selective shadow banning operation.”

For example, I just tweeted something and got a “like” from one Gianna who advertises as

“💃🏻 Life of the party, searching for my perfect match 🎉 🚨💘 Your next date is waiting! Click bio! 💘🚨”

And which supplied a link which didn’t work – probably just as well since my Norton facility reported that it blocked something malevolent.

jtkong
jtkong
Dec 27, 2023 9:55 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Though this response is also off the topic of opposing full spectrum dominance by appropriating WholeFood apples, the same thing recently happened to me. My best guess is that when people pay for phantom followers, those followers need to be substantiated by following and/or liking real accounts. If the pattern I encountered is repeated with you, then those followers/likes will be removed by X’s algorithm after a month or two. BTW, I’ve appreciated reading your comments in 2023. Keep them coming, whether on or off topic. Happy New Year!

Binra
Binra
Dec 27, 2023 11:24 AM
Reply to  George Mc

If bots were meant to pass off as people, they would!
At the moment I block them, but I notice the dopamine ‘like’ framework as preverbal ‘expectation’ or sense of connection – regardless the recognition of mechanism in artifice.
So the provocation or bait on offer is a back-end of system presented as a plastic glam-babe.
Unlike any tool or machine of the previous era, the system incorporates its ‘users’.
So I can share a moment with you in themes of a common interest as my virtual experience, within proprietary and arbitrary opaque frameworks of conditioning running as pre-emptive controls.
“Seek not outside yourself, for it will fail” (ACIM) – the explication of an inner or implicit quality of being serves experience of projected tangible matter.
Our propensity for being phished by image & form is where Icon of transparency becomes an idol opacity – the wish something be true can seem to run contra to truth.
Genie control?
The wish something NOT be true is just as capable of upsetting our apple cart!
The question ‘what is truth’ needs be the stilling of the mind.
or it asks of the only thing in all the Universe that doesn’t know.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 27, 2023 8:14 AM

Off topic bourgeois seasonal reflections:

On considering the TV fodder over Christmas, I recall the name of that Neil Postman book, “Amusing Ourselves to Death”. I can be as nostalgic as anyone else but The Italian Job seems like pure superficial glitz. And how many times can you see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

Both featured Benny Hill who now emerges as the most honest TV entertainer ever in that he never pretended it was anything more than disposable crap.

And the Barry Humphries docu, like the rest of such endeavours, only goes to demonstrate that these performers, no matter how talented, were only ever seaside attractions.
Though I can’t help noting that whilst e.g. Les Dawson came across as a genuine working man’s “philosopher ”, Humphries’s alter egos always hobnobbed with royalty and the upper class.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 27, 2023 9:42 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Humphries was a vain, conservative snob who mocked the working class to enrich himself and his massive ego.
Better dead.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 27, 2023 10:13 AM
Reply to  Johnny

And like Mrs Merton he came up with that “put down” that’s actually a slap on the back. If it hadn’t been, none of these celebs would have went anywhere near these two “subversives” who were really sycophants.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 27, 2023 10:18 AM
Reply to  George Mc

And why is it that these court jesters never retire? When he died, Humphries was apparently planning new material. At the age of 89! And folk hear this and start going into rhapsodies about “The indefatigable old trooper” etc. Do none of these showbiz drones ever think about just fucking off? I think that at least Jack Nicolson had the decency to just fuck off!

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 27, 2023 10:38 AM
Reply to  George Mc

People who choose to withdraw from the limelight have some remnants of humility. Not Humphries, he was an ARSE.

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 27, 2023 10:53 AM
Reply to  Johnny

“how many times can you see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?”

How many times have people watched it and not really seen “The Child-Catcher”? It’s in plain sight and still they don’t see it – almost like they’re under a spell.

BTW ‘The Italian Job’ was directed by Collinson and Collins is one of the so-called Illuminati bloodlines. A Collins wrote ‘The Hunger Games’.

ariel
ariel
Dec 27, 2023 4:50 PM
Reply to  George Mc

The best way is ‘have no TV, Ever.’
TEL-LIE-VISION

jtkong
jtkong
Dec 27, 2023 8:04 AM

Appropriating apples from WholeFoods. What could we possibly do to top this? Perhaps at their next direct action these anarchists, anti- fascists, anti -capitalists and anti- colonialists, could pick me up a Speed Queen washer from Raytheon. Loading one of these babies up on the back of a bicycle would really drive home the message. Not just against the 2nd largest U.S. defense contractor, but against big oil and global warming. Viva la revolucion!

judith
judith
Dec 27, 2023 12:14 PM
Reply to  jtkong

Love it.
Or throw it in a shopping cart and steal that, too.

gbossa
gbossa
Dec 27, 2023 7:32 AM

Being basically decent souls most of us have a hard time accepting the following simple but very disturbing reality. While both WWI and WWII were fought “between elites” (mainly Western elites) – using the common person as cannon fodder – WWIII – (which, don’t look now, has already begun) – is being fought “by” a more “globalized version” of those “same elites” – but we the “common person” are now both simultaneously – “the enemy” – and the – “cannon fodder” – in this elite war on all of humanity.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 27, 2023 6:50 AM

After a short (brief) battle with cancer . . .

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12902075/Bil-Granger-dead-54.html
Dec 27, 2023
World-renowned Australian chef Bill Granger has died at the age of 54, his family have revealed in a heartbreaking Instagram post. The 54-year-old passed away ‘peacefully’ in a London hospital on Christmas Day surrounded by his family. It’s understood Granger died following a battle with cancer – a disease he was diagnosed with months ago.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/12/26/one-life-to-live-star-kamar-de-los-reyes-dead-at-56
Dec 26, 2023
Actor Kamar de los Reyes, best known for playing a gang member-turned-police officer in the soap One Life to Live, died on Sunday at the age of 56, his family announced. De los Reyes died after a brief battle with cancer . . .

https://drpanda.substack.com/p/ex-nba-player-and-vaccine-ambassador
Ex NBA Player and ‘Vaccine Ambassador’ Dead After Short Battle With Cancer
Turbo Cancers Are Erupting.
Dr Panda
Dec 19, 2023
Eric Montross (aged 51) was also the Vice Chair and Co-Founder of Vaccine Ambassadors, a nonprofit organization that pushes vaccines on anyone and everyone – including children. They were very active in pushing the COVID-19 vaccine and now are currently focusing their efforts on the vaccinating school aged children with the HPV vaccine.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/23956847/dean-jones-dead-britains-got-talent-cancer
Sep 14, 2023
TV Boss Dean Jones has died aged 56 after a short battle with cancer. He was the director of production for Fremantle UK where his credits included The X Factor, Game of Talents, Take Me Out and Britain’s Got Talent

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/health/bbc-wimbledon-star-devastated-husband-27249106
July 3, 2023
Mel Coleman was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer earlier this year. . . . The successful investment banker who took part in America’s Cup has died aged 60. A friend said: “This has come as an extreme shock to everyone – the diagnosis was out of the blue and Mel did not seem unwell at the time. Sadly the cancer progressed brutally… and he passed earlier this week.

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11788/12637403/andy-goram-rangers-legend-dies-at-age-of-58-following-a-short-battle-with-cancer
July 3, 2022
Former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram has died at the age of 58 after a short battle with cancer; Goram made 260 appearances for Rangers; he was part of the nine-in-a-row squad; he also played for a number of other clubs including Oldham, Hibernian and Motherwell

This is only the beginning . . .

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Pfizer
Mar 13, 2023
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NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 3:28 PM

Dr.Campbell on Youtube interviewed a cancer specialist who has had a sudden rush of patients with dormant cancers which suddenly erupted again after they got Vaxxed. Pfizer makes Vaxx. Looks like Pfizer Vaxx will stimulate sales of Pfizer’s other product: a “powerful cancer-fighting technology”.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 27, 2023 8:07 PM
Reply to  NickM

Yes, but they need to figure out how to widen and optimise the revenue generation window. Pre-emptive treatments, earlier diagnosis, get people to live a bit longer. Every little helps!

Here’s one of the most successful projects to-date:

Caption: The New Zealand cricket legend had a heart attack, stroke and cancer last year

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-12486147/Cricket-great-Chris-Cairns-health-update-heart-attack-stroke-cancer.html

NickM
NickM
Dec 30, 2023 6:23 AM

Was he Vaxxed?

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 30, 2023 11:33 AM
Reply to  NickM

I presume so, but as far as I know there’s been no official statement.

He’s listed here:
https://goodsciencing.com/covid/athletes-suffer-cardiac-arrest-die-after-covid-shot

10/08/2021 Australia
Chris Cairns (51), New Zealand cricketer suffered a massive heart attack and a ruptured aorta. He underwent heart surgery and was taken to a Sydney hospital for further vascular surgery. Six months later, 05/02/2022 it is reported he now has bowel cancer as well. News Story News Story2

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Jan 1, 2024 8:22 PM
Reply to  NickM

He think its funny.

Bryan
Bryan
Dec 27, 2023 5:59 AM

The great big poverty reduction weaponisation is part and parcel of the Herrenvolk historiography – “capitalism has raised X billion out of extreme poverty”; “poverty reduction of 85%”; “the end of poverty by 2030” – say the propagandic ideologues like Pinker and the Roslings. Is the reality of globalised suffering now going to be weaponised in reverse as a moralising tactic against ‘them’ to make ‘us’ feel better about our imperialist extractive lifestyles?

In propagandising the reality of suffering, it is never mentioned that capitalism – as market-fundamentalism – pushed the non-white Unpeople into extremised poverty in the first place. Pinker in particular is a disingenuous statistical manipulator, to put it mildly. Global poverty is on the rise, and it has nothing to do with Covid; which is therefore disingenuously cited as a fictional turning point. It has a lot more to do with our ‘liberal’ consumer lifestyles across much longer timescales.

The poor countries are poor because the rich countries are rich as an inverse-proportional or zero sum dynamic. The non-white poor developed the predominantly white rich, not out of good will – because they were violently imposed upon to do so as an ongoing coloniality of power. Poverty is not the natural human condition. It is not accidental: it was created. We consumed their lives to reach the absolute zenith of material wealth the earth and its Unpeople can afford us. The timeline is centuries old imperialism, colonialism and anthropogenic apartheid. The greatest lie is that poverty was decreased when colonialism ended and ‘development’ began. Colonialism never ended: only maldevelopment ever began. Maldevelopment and maldistribution will never end “one liberated apple at a time” until we address the problem holistically and globally.

There are various metrics suggested for a meaningful “International Poverty Line” or “Basic Needs Poverty Line” (well above the $1.90 Pinker used). At the upper end of this scale – if the IPL were set at $10 per day, which is hardly exorbitant given how much filthy lucre we lend into existence each day (some ecological economists suggested $15 per day for pensions, insurance and so on – things the high income ‘free world’ takes for granted)…. At $10 per day 5.1 billion real people are really in deep poverty – that’s 80% of humanity – mostly as abjected by us. Malnutrition and other preventable forms of slow death are rising, not falling.

Our prosperity has always been at the expense of their violently imposed poverty: it is as it was structurally instituted by us. The various literatures are enormous and comprehensive, if anybody cares to check. To raise the global poor out of the poverty we impose by living the ‘good life’ is going to take 200-900 years at current rates of maldevelopment — of them developing us – that’s a lot of liberated apples. Poverty is structurally determined by consumer materialism – overproducing for overconsumption. If we consume less, the Rest become less poor; and the economy and ecology can begin to recover, simples.

It’s all relative. As a globalised comparative – the poor in the UK are not impoverished in the same way as more than half the global population. Even at $5.20, 4.1 billion people are in the real extremes of poverty. If we insist on “growing the market-totalitarian economy” to “decrease poverty” as a default, we would have to double the extractive and exhaustive market-fundamentalism by at least 175 times to reach a meaningful IPL. By which time us ordinary folk would be the billionaires, but the planetary ecology would be a waste-management facility for whatever little of worth was left alive.

Thereafter: economic degrowth, decolonisation of the ‘western consumptogenic mindset’, proportionate production and equitable distribution – earth justice is fairness – food sovereignty and all that. Eradicating poverty would mean a great simplification in the way we live as a structural relocalisation empowerment. That means we make our own stuff to last and not force the supermajority of humanity into really alienated dehumanisation as a cheap labour force.

Propagandising poverty smacks of morally reprehensible hypocrisy: the reality ethical question is why have we let globalised poverty support our lifestyles for so long? It was always our policy to change by degrowth and redistribution to raise Third World life-limiting standards that fell off a cliff into absolute poverty centuries ago. If the tide really is turning (and there are indications it might be) – all well and good. If this is another “Occupy” style exercise in “1% bashing” then maybe we ought to address the reality of the next 9% or so who also live off more than half the world who make our ‘wonderful stuff’ for free. Are we going to send them any liberated apples?

(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X22002169: for a counterhistory of liberal democracy start at DuBois; for the rest there is Hickel, Hornborg, Kallis, et al) 

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 3:04 PM
Reply to  Bryan

“Maldevelopment and maldistribution will never end “one liberated apple at a time” until we address the problem holistically and globally.”

Reminds me that Goethe’s poetical town which is totally clean because each household sweeps its own porch would not work unless the town also had a municipal waste disposal service to collect the sweepings. Nevertheless, the sum of individual actions by a large population can come to a mighty total. Witness the Tel (or hill) that rises on many a town’s municipal landfill..Or slagheaps and minedumps. Or the white cliffs of Dover, and other skeletal remnants of tiny marine organisms.

Jim Beam
Jim Beam
Dec 27, 2023 3:47 AM

(comment not to be published, thanks for your overall kindness and tolerance)

At the moment I’m researching Steve Howe. Although I’ve been familiar with the name for decades as a music connoisseur, I’d never really looked into him before. Of course, I knew his scrawny physical appearance in connection with Yes or Asia.

The guy has an extraordinarily “eclectic” (that is, multi-compatible, i.e. characterized by diverse influences) guitar style that suits my nature very well, you could say it expresses exactly what I feel like. Listening to his virtuosity is an experience.

https://mp3music.ru/steve%2Dhowe

Marfanoid
Marfanoid
Dec 26, 2023 11:56 PM

Move like water , make like a tree and duck off.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 26, 2023 11:35 PM

Greed begets greed.

The Suiturds who work for the billionaires expect their cut, so they manipulate the system to enrich themselves.

Dumbfuckers.
They’re all gonna die, empty and loveless.

underground poet
underground poet
Dec 27, 2023 12:38 AM
Reply to  Johnny

Its called financialization of the economy, and until they actually die, there is plenty a plate of dish able misery to go around.

Bonnoray@gmail.com
Dec 26, 2023 10:59 PM

The insanity of 0,01 % owning so much land, money and property asks simply for another french revolution type of retuning everything to the people. As well as the ending of all governments to give the power back to the people, anarchism. Establishing a true free media channel would be able to solve most issues…

Edwige
Edwige
Dec 27, 2023 10:58 AM

The “French Revolution” was orchestrated by secret societies and ended up with masses of “the people” dead – like every such event.

Funny how Talleyrand always seemed to be running things whoever was nominally in charge.

ariel
ariel
Dec 27, 2023 5:07 PM

Yeah, it’s a periodic problem, just goes round and round, same with ‘geno/demo/cides.’ Is the next ‘Dick Tater’ (Richard Potato) of Great Britain already standing up?’ Some think so.
I mean, we haven’t had a real one since ‘The Lord Protector.’ And that didn’t last, either. Mind you, we didn’t have the WEF ‘Young Global Leaders,’ back then. And they don’t last that long,
True-dough still hanging in there.
?

Kreditanstalt
Kreditanstalt
Dec 26, 2023 9:28 PM

“Corporations” are not the enemy here. GOVERNMENT is. Government is armed., is violent, threatens people, causes inflation and supports a plethora of evils. Whole Foods does none of this. Their “direct action” is aimed at the wrong target

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Dec 26, 2023 9:51 PM
Reply to  Kreditanstalt

Never heard of regulatory capture? Today, the interests of Big Business and Big Government are one and the same. As Benito Mussolini said: Fascism is when you can’t slip a cigarette paper between the interest of business and government.”

Bored now
Bored now
Dec 26, 2023 10:50 PM
Reply to  Kreditanstalt

And who do you think controls the governments of the world through their lobbying, policy think tanks and public private partnerships? Faceless multinational corporations are the modern system of economic slavery that bleed us all dry.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 26, 2023 11:10 PM
Reply to  Bored now

Spot on.
Politicians are Mammon’s puppets

Fritz
Fritz
Dec 26, 2023 11:24 PM
Reply to  Kreditanstalt

“Whole Foods does none of this.”
— Kreditanstalt

Jeff Bezos’ Amazon, the owner of Whole Foods
Why Amazon bought Whole Foods. (slate.com)
lobbies the US government:
Amazon.com Lobbying Profile • OpenSecrets

The polite term is the rule of reciprocity.
A court may refer to it as quid pro quo.
It is more widely known as you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
Some may even refer to it as bribery.

Foreigners also take part in lobbying the US government:
The Secret Donors Who Fund AIPAC’s Israel Junkets for Congress (theintercept.com)

A scholarly study has shown the effects of this upon government:
Study: Politicians listen to rich people, not you – Vox

In other words, money talks and B.S. walks. 🤔

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 27, 2023 5:27 AM
Reply to  Fritz

Reciprocity?
It has more in common with incest.

ariel
ariel
Dec 27, 2023 5:10 PM
Reply to  Johnny

One step forwards, two steps back.

Paul
Paul
Dec 27, 2023 7:58 PM
Reply to  Kreditanstalt

The irony here is that the ‘government’ is a corporation!
But no institution or corporation is the enemy, they are simply tools in the hands of the enemy.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 26, 2023 9:05 PM

The problem is not Capitalism, Corporatism, Banksterism, Fascism, Communism, Elitism. No, the problem is Retardism. The 99% are fucking retarded! And here’s two examples:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2023/12/25/2213619/-Covid-is-not-done-with-us-It-s-just-getting-started-We-really-should-be-paying-attention

OwnedByTwoCats:

Vaxed x6. But still two bouts with COVID, and each bout left me with lasting effects. The first worsened a problem with my heart rhythm, so I had to add another medication to my daily regimen, and the second left my lungs more congested. I think I’m nearly back to normal now, three months later. Zero stars. You don’t want to get this.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/ukraine-celebrates-destruction-major-russian-navy-vessel-rare-crimea-air-raid

The amphibious landing ship Novocherkassk is said to have sustained significant damage, but The Associated Press is reporting that a pair of Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down by Russian anti-air defenses shortly after. The landing ship “Novocherkassk” was docked in the Crimean city of Feodosia, with crew aboard during the assault, resulting in one person killed and two injured. Russia’s TASS said the attack resulted in an ammunition store being blown up.

Significant damage, crew aboard, one person killed and two injured

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 27, 2023 4:42 PM

I suggest Kremlin make a revenge and retaliation attack on a little Nato Command Centre filled with 3 Ukrainian retired colonels in the village Ugledar/Donbass. Take that one Zelensky and Nato
This is what Kremlin normally do after these “incidents”.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Dec 27, 2023 11:27 PM

This research may predict a “heart failure pandemic” in the post COVID-19 era

Predicted risk of heart failure pandemic due to persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection using a three-dimensional cardiac model
Kozue Murata et al
Published: December 22, 2023
https://www.cell.com/iscience/fulltext/S2589-0042(23)02718-9

Highlights
• Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection model of human cardiac tissue was established
• Hypoxic stress to the persistent infection model led to cardiac dysfunction
• ACE2 and SARS-CoV-2 S protein expression were elevated after the hypoxic stress
• This research may predict a “heart failure pandemic” in the post COVID-19 era

Summary
Patients with chronic cardiomyopathy may have persistent viral infections in their hearts, particularly with SARS-CoV-2, which targets the ACE2 receptor highly expressed in human hearts. This raises concerns about a potential global heart failure pandemic stemming from COVID-19, an SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in near future. Although faced with this healthcare caveat, there is limited research on persistent viral heart infections, and no models have been established. In this study, we created an SARS-CoV-2 persistent infection model using human iPS cell-derived cardiac microtissues (CMTs). Mild infections sustained viral presence without significant dysfunction for a month, indicating persistent infection. However, when exposed to hypoxic conditions mimicking ischemic heart diseases, cardiac function deteriorated alongside intracellular SARS-CoV-2 reactivation in cardiomyocytes and disrupted vascular network formation. This study demonstrates that SARS-CoV-2 persistently infects the heart opportunistically causing cardiac dysfunction triggered by detrimental stimuli such as ischemia, potentially predicting a post COVID-19 era heart failure pandemic.

Graphical abstract

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And here’s some shit we prepared earlier:

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Dec 26, 2023 8:56 PM

I don’t eat apples much, nor parsnips…Its not about their colour, its about their taste. I lik carrots, cos you can see its a carrot and like a carrot..cos it doesn’t taste anythinhg much like my roast potataoes cooked in fresh turkey fat, laced with pig bacon fat…

Our grandaughter who is one(she couldn’t stop smiling at me)…she crawled out of the noisy room, and I crawled after her…When I came out of hospital recovering from Sepsis – we had a competition…who can get up and walk first???

So we come to the family meal, and she is still smiling at me…

So I come to the Salute with a really nice Glass of Red Wine…

I said – well especilally this year

Nana Gets Number 1

She came to see me every day in hospital for over 3 weeks (she hid under the table in embarrassment as if she was 10)

Joint Number 1 – is all the doctors, nurses and support staff who worked miracles to save my life

But its my wife, my grandaughter, and my own determination that got me walking again.

Never expect anyone else to do it for you…but a bit of encouragement, a smile and a sense of humour helps

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 27, 2023 1:39 AM
Reply to  tonyopmoc

Animal fat clogs the circulatory system, and alcohol poisons the liver and destroys brain cells.
Good luck Tony.

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 2:33 PM
Reply to  Johnny

“Animal fat clogs the circulatory system,”

That is so Yesterday. I hear Youtube banned a medic for posting videos of himself living on eggs fried in lard. The Fat Police are little King Canutes trying to roll back the tide of change.

The Coming Revolution
The Coming Revolution
Dec 26, 2023 8:24 PM

“Consider a flat table, onto which sand is added slowly, one grain at a time. The grains might be added at random positions, or they may be added only at one point, for instance at the center of the table. The flat state represents the general equilibrium state; this state has the lowest energy, since obviously we would have to add energy to rearrange the sand to form heaps of any shape [I connect this shape formation to Hegel’s one-sidedness]. If we had used water, the system would always return to the flat ground state as the water would simply run off the edge of the table. Because the grains tend to get stuck due to static friction, the landscape formed by the sand will not automatically revert to the ground state when we stop adding sand.
 
“Initially, the grains of sand will stay more or less where they land. As we continue to add more sand, the pile becomes steeper, and small sand slides or avalanches occur. The grain may land on top of other grains and topple to a lower level. This may in turn cause other grains to topple. The addition of a single grain of sand can cause a local disturbance, but nothing dramatic happens to the pile. In particular, events in one part of the pile do not affect sand grains in more distant parts of the pile. There is no global communication within the pile at this stage, just many individual grains of sand.
 
“As the slope increases, a single grain is more likely to cause other grains to topple. Eventually the slope reaches a certain value and cannot increase any further, because the amount of sand added is balanced on average by the amount of sand leaving the pile by falling off the edges. This is called a stationary state, since the average amount of sand and the average slope are constant in time. It is clear that to have this average balance between the sand added to the pile, say, in the center, and the sand leaving along the edges, there must be communication throughout the entire system. There will occasionally be avalanches that span the whole pile. This is the self-organized critical (SOC) state.
 
“The addition of grains of sand has transformed the system from a state in which the individual grains follow their own local dynamics to a critical state where the emergent dynamics are global. In the stationary SOC state, there is one complex system, the sandpile, with its own emergent dynamics. The emergence of the sandpile could not have been anticipated from the properties of the individual grains.”
(…)
“The canonical example of SOC [Self-Organised Criticality] is a pile of sand. A sandpile exhibits punctuated equilibrium behavior, where periods of stasis are interrupted by intermittent sand slides. (…) The sandpile goes from one configuration to another, not gradually, but by means of catastrophic avalanches. (…) Evolution of the sandpile takes place in terms of revolutions, as in Karl Marx’s view of history. Things happen by revolutions, not gradually, precisely because dynamical systems are poised at the critical state. Self-organized criticality is nature’s way of making enormous transformations over short time scales. (…) I will argue that complex behavior in nature reflects the tendency of large systems with many components to evolve into a poised, ‘critical’ state, way out of balance, where minor disturbances may lead to events, called avalanches, of all sizes. Most of the changes take place through catastrophic events rather than by following a smooth gradual path.” – Per Bak, How Nature Works – The Science of Self-Organised Criticality, 1996

underground poet
underground poet
Dec 26, 2023 8:29 PM

What do you do w/a lawyer buried up to his neck in sand?
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.
.
.
.
Get more sand.

Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Dec 27, 2023 2:20 PM

That reminds….

Q: What do you call a dozen lawyers on the bottom of the ocean?
A: A good start!

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 2:25 PM

Why are Lawyers buried twice as deep as ordinary people?
Because they are good people deep down.

The Coming Revolution
The Coming Revolution
Dec 27, 2023 11:10 PM

This is what I find fascinating: Marx proved that the system of capitalist social relations is a system of relations between objects rather than between humans as such. Indeed, we enter into contact with each other in so far as we are interested, not in the other as a human being, but in the other as an owner of something, such as a commodity, that we want; this social relation, he called “commodity fetishism” in the sense that the commodities are conceived as alibis “magically” making possible human interaction, which is really just displaced interaction onto objects.

Hence, the system of capitalist social relations is a network of interactions among objects that escape the human will, for, the labour power we posses and the commodities and possessions we may have and which we use as the alibi or fetish for our interactions can remain or get lost, increase or decrease as a result of economic contraints rather than of the individual will; Marx would say that social relations stand against us as an alien power.

This makes the comparison of the system of capitalist social relations with a sandpile plausible, and Per Bak in fact argued in the book mentioned above, and other researchers, that a complex network of economic activities such as ours which justify our interactions and give modern societies their peculiar character, follows the same behaviour as the interactions between grains of sand in a sandpile (described as self-organising criticality, that is, a system of ever-increasing complexity which thereby tends towards an unstable equilibrium, which, in Hegelian terms means that the one-sidedness of the evolution pushed long enough, starts producing the means of its own decline).

Hence, first, it reaches a certain matured growth characterised by high complexity and efficiency beyond which any further attempt at growing works against it, in a dialectical fashion (in accord with what Marx asserted that Capital shall start giving way not predictably after a steady decline – imagine hungry populations everywhere, increasing business shutdowns, record global unemployment, etc – but, on the contrary, as with an unexpected avalanche, when at the pinnacle of its efficiency; that is, when everything indicates it would continue for decades to come; recall the saying “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of Capitalism”;) second, minor such attempts (adding a grain of sand) can lead to incomparably larger disruptions, meaning that, due to the complexity and interdependence of capitalistic social relations, minor actors performing their actions as they always did, can occasionally, unpredictably and without willingly aiming to produce them, produce huge effects. For instance, the practical bankruptcy of Big Pharma coinciding with the financial crash of September 2019 caused IMO the State and Capital in Western nations to act uncontrollably, pushed precisely by a zeal on efficiency; it also produced the window of opportunity for intensified efforts at digitisation.

It also challenges conspiracy theories about powerful individuals being the authors of global change when a possibility now exists that conspiracies might possibly have had very modest and local aims but due to the complexity of the system of economic relations ended up unleashing cascades of unpredictable huge effects; third, dynamics were at first rather local than global (for instance WWI and WWII didn’t expand beyond certain countries; high development in Western Europe didn’t prevent Eastern Europe from lagging behind; North American development didn’t spread to Latin America, the spirit of the Russian Revolution failed to spread westward, etc). I’d contend that what is called globalisation will precisely, alongside the intended effects, globalise and totalise unwanted dynamics; for instance protests somewhere, as per magic, would either happen in unison in many places, or spread to them like ripples.

This is really fascinating stuff. Marx and Hegel were right all along.

NickM
NickM
Dec 30, 2023 6:31 AM

There could be both factors at worlk: a complicatedly efficient “just-in-time supply chain economy” run by the incompetent and malevolent heirs of the “merchant adventurers” who conquered the world to set up that efficient system.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 27, 2023 2:14 AM
Reply to  Cloverleaf
Cloverleaf
Cloverleaf
Dec 27, 2023 7:44 AM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

Is Meadow’s some kind of comedian?

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 27, 2023 6:38 PM
Reply to  Cloverleaf

He’s a deeply committed “idealist,” which is another way of saying that his sense of humor is probably lacking.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 27, 2023 5:16 PM
Reply to  Cloverleaf

We have to get rid of the sheeple one way or another. Otherwise we will never get anywhere.
Do you want to live in a mask society with endless rows of sheeple waiting for their booster jab no.89? Just asking.

Jim Beam
Jim Beam
Dec 26, 2023 7:15 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_the_Trenches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6eEQ5x3ET8

I doubt very much, that a German
military court would not have shot
these Swedes for their “hairdos”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPdHkHslFIU

In contrast, the steady-crocked Celts
can be described as downright civilized.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxyw4GG2Iq4

Since savages only respect the law of the jungle, white civilization is still supposed to protect them from themselves, which in turn is condemned as racist.

The only way out of this endless spiral of madness for all involved is the inalienable and unalterable complete divorce of the white race from these “participants” incapable of culture-creating civilization.

Until this clear and logical realization is finally accepted, however, a high blood toll seems to be necessary to make this simplicity comprehensible to the last idiot of our species.

https://upmovies.to/watch/nGENlEdb-once-were-warriors.html

Jim Beam
Jim Beam
Dec 26, 2023 7:14 PM

How “knowledge about Germany” is taught at US universities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eJooOk1UFg

Will autistic drama queen Brandy (famous inventor of such unfamous terms like “spergnat”) listen to his ex-boyfriend’s Christmas serenade and finally return from Bulgaria to his cozy love nest in Calgary? It remains exciting. We are following this heartbreaking Hispano-Negroid love tragedy with great interest.

https://t.me/MartinezPerspectivestealscontent/111
https://t.me/nazbertperspective/2852

In Canada, Brandy can finally prove himself as a full-fledged national hero of his gay president “Trudy” Trudeau, since gigantic Nazi dachshunds, so-called Wienerzillas, have been completely devastating the inner cities there without the nuclear power Israel, which rules over Canada, thinking of intervening.

Jim Beam
Jim Beam
Dec 26, 2023 7:13 PM

Brutal Nazi police shoot harmless
knife-wielding Turk. (Proceedings
were initiated against the racists.)
https://www.facebook.com/reel/3597964380462389
https://www.anews.com.tr/world/2023/12/24/german-police-kill-man-with-knife-in-southern-city-of-mannheim

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/12/17/world/new-zealand-nationals-luxon-maori-intl-hnk/index.html

Maori Culture without Whites.
https://youtu.be/5ojN64IS64M

The Red Shield’s & Red China.
https://youtu.be/j0xKalBpd5M

How knowledge about Germany is taught at US universities.

Jim Beam
Jim Beam
Dec 26, 2023 7:12 PM

“Due to the personal union between the king-
doms of Great Britain and Hanover, which las-
ted from 1714 to 1837, mockturtle soup beca-
me part of the regional cuisine of Lower Saxony.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mock_turtle_soup

Now I know why I don’t like this grub (just
like corned beef), in contrast, e.g., to the
Jewish “celebrity chef” Heston Blumenthal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrGN5LmCQag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86MszNEb54A
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heston_Blumenthal

I would prefer a real turtle soup instead, even though
I would – admittedly – have more sympathy for a turtle
than a calf, which is admittedly somewhat “unethical”.

If only because Eva Braun, unlike her pathological
vegetarian Adolf, loved the turtle soup, even still in
the bunker under the Reich Chancellery. Apparent-
ly it was ensured until the last day that, although
Germany had long been starving to death, the deli-
very of the coveted delicacy from the eastern Me-
diterranean went smoothly. Typical for despots!

The Greeks, e.g., like to eat lamb, which is also ethi-
cally very questionable. Nevertheless, the tender tas-
te of the meat is not to be detested. Greeks are bru-
tal killers of animal children. An incomprehensible
scandal that finally required a worldwide outcry!

This quiz would delight Blumentahl less than a
kosher fake turtle soup made from calf’s head.

https://www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/People/Eva-Braun-Madmans-Muse-192864.html

If anyone is allowed to ask such “impertinent”
questions, then only a Jewish “food historian”!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Shapiro

https://www.npr.org/2017/08/22/545185483/what-she-ate-the-culinary-biographies-of-some-remarkable-women

Marfanoid
Marfanoid
Dec 26, 2023 11:52 PM
Reply to  Jim Beam

Have you been on the Jack Daniels Jim Beam ?

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 27, 2023 10:43 AM
Reply to  Marfanoid

“Jim?!!”
“Beam him up. For fuck’s sake”

Jim Beam
Jim Beam
Dec 26, 2023 7:11 PM

Once you get used to the peculiar “beauty” of Slavic women, you can find more loyalty, love and affection there than in the West, which is teeming with arrogant, spoiled, ego-obsessed bitches. That must have been what Bavarian Kranz thought when he gave up his dull office job to lead a simple life with a Slovakian woman in the neighboring Czech Republic. Since then, she has been knitting him a new pair of angora wool socks every day. Finally a natural woman with whom you can really have fun to your heart’s content and with whom you don’t have to take every word with a pinch of salt! How refreshing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRw9f7T3Ib8
https://germaninczech.webnode.page/l/mein-bart-my-beard/

Jim Beam
Jim Beam
Dec 26, 2023 7:10 PM

Old English had a surprising amount in common with what is now
called High German, although this is known to be a relatively mo-
dern artificial language. Low German much closer to Old English.
Compare for example Low German Töver to High German Zauber.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVAxvGyuqiA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtvzBGcqnRY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOhNH7EuCI

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 2:18 PM
Reply to  Jim Beam

Nice to see the Germanic tribal roots of Anglish. I have always regarded English as a Germanic language, similar to South Africa’s native Afrikaaner Dutch (as in Deutsch). I played some Afrikaans folk songs to my English-speaking Israeli grand daughter and she said, It sounds like English with an accent.

Anarchos
Anarchos
Dec 26, 2023 7:08 PM

Unfortunately any activist message or action that fails to target CONVID falls into the limited hangout camp.

If you don’t stand explicitly against biosecurity and the “new normal” you are just more noise, if not part of the problem. Biosecurity and the WHO are the epicenter of the war against humanity because it is no longer just about the money, it is about human bodies, minds and lives.
The majority of the population in the west and elsewhere are now traumatised mentally and/or physically, and biosecurity presents the potential for a perennial mass slavery that will only be ever be broken by apocalyptic events.
All research in genetics, genomes and “viruses”, and big pharma themselves must be stopped urgently!

sandy
sandy
Dec 26, 2023 6:34 PM

“Move like water. Take back what has always been yours. Become ungovernable.”

Absolutely. Not-doing what they want. Abandon their convenience nets. Let them lose.

Jeffrey Strahl
Jeffrey Strahl
Dec 26, 2023 6:31 PM

How “nice” to see so many of those here place a higher premium upon capitalist social relations more than human lives.

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Dec 26, 2023 10:01 PM
Reply to  Jeffrey Strahl

Well, when “capitalist social relations” include Astroturf grass-root protests like Just Stop Oil TM, Trans rights TM, DEI TM, Black Lives Matter TM, Antifa TM and pro-war Ukraine protesters (just to name the ones at the top of my head), you might forgive people for being skeptical about an activist group the provenance of which we know nothing.
However, it is “nice” that class is back on the agenda…at least in this limited case.

Jeffrey Strahl
Jeffrey Strahl
Dec 27, 2023 5:01 AM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

People posting here attacked the action itself for its violation of property rights, not the group itself. You are throwing in a red herring.

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Dec 27, 2023 7:08 AM
Reply to  Jeffrey Strahl

“People” is pretty general, general enough to include me. It is fair to say that a psy-op, (or fake grassroots activism) as it serves ruling class interests falls into category of “capitalist social relations”.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 26, 2023 6:17 PM

Liberated apples today, re-education camps and mass executions tomorrow!

niko
niko
Dec 26, 2023 10:28 PM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

Nothing left to do but rot?

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 8:09 AM
Reply to  niko

One could try to clean out the Augean Stables peacefully ie, reform the Starmer/BLiar New Labour party back to its Socialist roots. A Herculean task — but Attlee showed it was feasible:

“Attlee, a modest little man with plenty of achievement to be modest about” — Winston Churchill (with apologies).

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 8:14 AM
Reply to  niko

One could try another Roosevelt New Deal: divert government money for the Unproductive Rich into government money for the Productive People — Workers by hand and by brain.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 27, 2023 6:36 PM
Reply to  niko

“Let’s go do some crimes.”

Matt
Matt
Dec 26, 2023 6:06 PM

“Of course, there will be those who condemn the direct action [theft] described above.”
Yeah, I’m one of “those” who likes to call a thing what it is, especially when it’s criminal.
Advocating theft on any scale is unwise, bad advice.
“And they will do so while remaining blissfully unaware of or silent on the direct action of the super-wealthy that has plunged hundreds of millions into hardship and poverty.”
Blame the rich, productive and prosperous.
Justifying theft because others steal?
Universal theft “they steal, and, they steal big time, so it’s okay for me to steal,” sounds like a rotten prescription to me.

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 7:58 AM
Reply to  Matt

“Universal theft “they steal, and, they steal big time, so it’s okay for me to steal,” sounds like a rotten prescription to me.”

Why revolutions are followed by Anarchy followed by Draco Law?

But your argument has one flaw; I correct it here:

“Blame the rich, unproductive and over-prosperous.”

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 27, 2023 5:37 PM
Reply to  Matt

You think you are Clint Eastwood a loner riding into a city with your riffle?
If everybody in the city are robbing banks, you must follow their culture and rob a ban too. Other wise you will not survive. Sad, but that is just the way life is.

Anna Filaktic
Anna Filaktic
Dec 26, 2023 5:31 PM

The people are revolting.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Dec 26, 2023 6:06 PM
Reply to  Anna Filaktic

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Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Dec 27, 2023 5:38 PM
Reply to  Anna Filaktic

Finally the sheeple woke up.

Tom Larsen
Tom Larsen
Dec 26, 2023 5:08 PM

But make sure to get your booster!

I bet these “anarchists” would have been enraged to physically attack unmasked people seeking buy food in that store 2 1/2 years ago…

Wombat
Wombat
Dec 26, 2023 6:02 PM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

As much as I liked what I heard here (dreams from a different era I guess), and Colin often does quite good articles, this one even more forward than usual, these are among the first thoughts that came to my mind as well, even though he himself is explicit about his personal stance on this. It was too easy to picture these folks on the front line of the true believers. The image came unbiden. I have few doubts many/most were. The second thought was the likely honey pot that was the process of organizing this (protest?). Oof. We have been, are being, well and truly mindf***ked. Please don’t pass the kool aid ™

Pender
Pender
Dec 26, 2023 7:49 PM
Reply to  Wombat

There is no mention of covid or biosecurity, WEF or WHO on the activist website in question….

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 7:47 AM
Reply to  Pender

Why Colin’s article is headed, One Apple at a Time?

“Every householder sweeps his porch, and soon the whole town is clean” — Goethe, Lyrics.

ariel
ariel
Dec 26, 2023 9:53 PM
Reply to  Wombat

Yes, I think that Un-Bidening is quite a good idea.

Wombat
Wombat
Dec 26, 2023 6:29 PM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

Interesting. Never seen that before. Posted a reply. It posted. Then it disappeared.
Why would that be?

TRT
TRT
Dec 26, 2023 11:03 PM
Reply to  Tom Larsen

Yep. No doubt about it. I don’t look at these ‘anarchist’ groups/actions the same way I did before covid.

Roger
Roger
Dec 26, 2023 4:37 PM

To the victor then the spoils and as well as writing the history so shall the victor perpetuate the debt-based accounting system and accounting unit.
To the victors shall also be awarded the newly minted unit of account rendering for them inflation a convenience not a curse, folding as inflation will the weaker hands
Title: The Growing Disparity in Wealth Distribution and the Urgency for Meaningful Action
In recent years, there has been a significant surge in the wealth of the world’s richest individuals and publicly traded companies, raising concerns about the widening wealth gap and its potential implications for society. The stark contrast between the financial prosperity of a select few and the economic challenges faced by the majority has sparked discussions about the urgent need for meaningful discourse and action to address these fundamental issues.
The Wealth Disparity Trend
The statistics are striking. The top 0.01% of US families currently hold 10% of the country’s wealth, a notable increase from historical levels. In 1913, this elite group held 9% of US wealth, which further decreased to just 2% in the late 1970s. Meanwhile, nearly 100 of the largest publicly traded US companies have recorded profit margins in 2021 that were at least 50% higher than their 2019 levels, indicating a substantial accumulation of wealth within corporate entities.
Furthermore, the wealth of the world’s billionaires has seen unprecedented growth, with their total wealth increasing by $3.9 trillion between March and December 2020. This surge resulted in a 50% increase in just 9.5 months, reaching a staggering $11.95 trillion. The top 10 richest billionaires collectively saw their wealth increase by $540 billion during this period, highlighting the concentration of wealth among a select few individuals.
Challenges and Implications
The disproportionate distribution of wealth raises critical concerns about its socio-economic impact. It not only perpetuates inequality but also poses challenges related to social mobility, access to opportunities, and overall economic stability. The accumulation of vast wealth by a small fraction of the population can lead to a concentration of power and influence, potentially shaping policies and economic dynamics in ways that may not benefit the broader society.
Moreover, the offshoring of plundered wealth by the super-rich into hidden accounts further exacerbates the opacity surrounding global financial flows, raising questions about accountability and ethical financial practices. The implications of such trends are far-reaching, affecting various aspects of society, including income inequality, access to resources, and the overall well-being of communities.

Sal P
Sal P
Dec 26, 2023 3:54 PM

Good article.

“The wholly unavoidable conflict in Ukraine …”

Shouldn’t that be “avoidable”?

Willem
Willem
Dec 27, 2023 6:38 AM
Reply to  Sal P

‘Dreamed up’

NickM
NickM
Dec 27, 2023 7:41 AM
Reply to  Sal P

“Shouldn’t that be “avoidable”?

No, the conflict was intended to happen. Putin negotiated and negotiated for over 8 years during which NATZO’s Ukro-Zio-nazi puppet regime signed 3 Peace Agreements: Minsk1 Minsk2 and Istanbul. Meanwhile the Anglo-Zio-nazi regimes of U$ UK laughingly continued to poke the bear by slow genocide of Russian-speaking Ukrainians. NATZO intended its Zio-Ukro-Nazi attack dogs to be Russia’s Vietnam or Afghanistan: a slow drain on Russia’s resources via relentless low level conflict.

But the SMO turned out otherwise:

“The man recovered from the bite, the dog it was that died”.

mastershock
mastershock
Dec 26, 2023 3:45 PM

supply chain issues did not effect the heroin and crack or alcohol
or junk food during covid.

any one would think they wanted everyone off there nuts.

NickM
NickM
Dec 26, 2023 3:28 PM

“In a July 2021 report, Yahoo Finance noted that the richest 0.01% — around 18,000 US families — hold 10% of the country’s wealth today. 

[A century ago] In 1913, the top 0.01% held 9% of US wealth [so no different from the present unequality].

[But in between 1913 and 2021 something catastrophic happened to the “top 0.01% and they held] just 2% in the late 1970s.”

As usual Colin Todhunter gets to the nub of the matter. What was the dreadful catastrophe that happened to the Uber-rich Uber-powerful “top U$ families”? I suggest they suffered a twofold calamity:

a. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
b. The Spectre of Communism hanging over the world.

Then the Empire Struck Back: Maggie Snatcher and Ronnie Raygun with their Gospel of Greed rescued the wealth of the socalled 0.01% “Elite” Families. So once again we are ruled by a nepotistic network of rich but incompetent nephews and neices.

Freecus
Freecus
Dec 26, 2023 3:10 PM

Practically every aspect of the current social, economic & governance world-system has been carefully maneuvered into the jurisdiction of Commerce.
Unidroit, based in Rome, compile the international legal-code that UN corporate member(ship)-states consent to stand-under.
Citizen(ship) of the corporate-state fraudulently converts the population into legal-fictions through the registration process of their birth or naturalization.
All corporate Central Banks and their respective governor(ships) are controlled through the BIS, based in Switzerland.
It’s a clever pirate-system that relies on violence, deception & a form of mass Stockholm Syndrome. We do not consent.

gordan
gordan
Dec 26, 2023 5:26 PM
Reply to  Freecus

the vatican and the crown who be the banka for them.

the role of attorney general office within uk private foreign corporation is conduit for unidroit uniform commercial code legal sleaze contract trick.
penetration parasite into goyim host.

front men come and go suella bravermann and dominic rabb khazar pirate
just foreign idiot cut out actors

 Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a member of the Rothschild financial dynasty and a personal friend of the Clinton family. De Rothschild became an advocate for inclusive capitalism after the 2008 financial crisis. Pope Francis, the head of the Vatican City State through his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, has a founding advisory role with CICV and meets with its leaders annually.

waterloo couldnt escape if i wanted 2 water water water

Uncle Walrus
Uncle Walrus
Dec 26, 2023 3:00 PM

Although I do commend this kind of direct action, there is something not quite right about IGD(“It’s going down)..
https://anarchistnews.org/content/how-intelligence-agents-hijacked-us-anarchist-movement-and-steered-it-dead-end I thought you should be aware, otherwise a nice article and many well made points Colin.

Roger
Roger
Dec 26, 2023 1:30 PM

To the victor then the spoils and as well as writing the history so shall the victor perpetuate the debt-based accounting system and accounting unit.
To the victors shall also be awarded the newly minted unit of account rendering for them inflation a convenience not a curse, folding as inflation will the weaker hands

Title: The Growing Disparity in Wealth Distribution and the Urgency for Meaningful Action

In recent years, there has been a significant surge in the wealth of the world’s richest individuals and publicly traded companies, raising concerns about the widening wealth gap and its potential implications for society. The stark contrast between the financial prosperity of a select few and the economic challenges faced by the majority has sparked discussions about the urgent need for meaningful discourse and action to address these fundamental issues.

The Wealth Disparity Trend

The statistics are striking. The top 0.01% of US families currently hold 10% of the country’s wealth, a notable increase from historical levels. In 1913, this elite group held 9% of US wealth, which further decreased to just 2% in the late 1970s. Meanwhile, nearly 100 of the largest publicly traded US companies have recorded profit margins in 2021 that were at least 50% higher than their 2019 levels, indicating a substantial accumulation of wealth within corporate entities.

Furthermore, the wealth of the world’s billionaires has seen unprecedented growth, with their total wealth increasing by $3.9 trillion between March and December 2020. This surge resulted in a 50% increase in just 9.5 months, reaching a staggering $11.95 trillion. The top 10 richest billionaires collectively saw their wealth increase by $540 billion during this period, highlighting the concentration of wealth among a select few individuals.

Challenges and Implications

The disproportionate distribution of wealth raises critical concerns about its socio-economic impact. It not only perpetuates inequality but also poses challenges related to social mobility, access to opportunities, and overall economic stability. The accumulation of vast wealth by a small fraction of the population can lead to a concentration of power and influence, potentially shaping policies and economic dynamics in ways that may not benefit the broader society.

Moreover, the offshoring of plundered wealth by the super-rich into hidden accounts further exacerbates the opacity surrounding global financial flows, raising questions about accountability and ethical financial practices. The implications of such trends are far-reaching, affecting various aspects of society, including income inequality, access to resources, and the overall well-being of communities.

The Call for Meaningful Discourse and Action

In light of these concerning trends, there is a growing consensus on the imperative need for policymakers, economists, and society as a whole to engage in meaningful discourse and action. Addressing these fundamental challenges requires a multi-faceted approach that encompasses policy reforms, ethical business practices, and societal awareness.

Policymakers play a pivotal role in shaping economic policies that promote equitable wealth distribution, foster transparency in financial practices, and ensure that regulatory frameworks are robust enough to prevent exploitation and unfair accumulation of wealth. Additionally, there is a need for concerted efforts to address tax policies, corporate governance, and international financial regulations to mitigate the adverse effects of wealth concentration.

Economists and financial experts have a responsibility to contribute to this discourse by conducting in-depth analyses of wealth distribution patterns, economic disparities, and the potential consequences of unchecked wealth accumulation. Their insights can inform evidence-based policy recommendations and guide strategic interventions aimed at fostering a more balanced and inclusive economic landscape.

Society as a whole must also actively participate in this discourse by raising awareness, advocating for ethical business practices, and supporting initiatives that promote social responsibility among corporations and individuals. This collective effort can drive positive change by influencing consumer behavior, investment decisions, and public discourse on wealth distribution and economic fairness.

Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

While the call for meaningful discourse and action is clear, it is essential to acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead. The entrenched interests of powerful entities, complex global financial systems, and varying societal attitudes towards wealth accumulation present formidable obstacles in addressing these issues effectively.

However, amidst these challenges, there are also opportunities for innovative solutions and transformative change. Initiatives such as responsible investing, impact-driven entrepreneurship, and ethical wealth management practices are gaining momentum, signaling a shift towards more conscientious approaches to wealth creation and distribution.

Furthermore, historical examples of alternative economic models, such as the concept of “Mutuellisme” proposed by Proudhon, provide thought-provoking insights into non-conventional approaches to wealth distribution. Exploring such ideas can inspire new paradigms that prioritize equitable exchange of services, ethical banking practices, and inclusive access to resources.

Looking Ahead: A Collective Responsibility

As we stand at the threshold of a new year, the urgency for meaningful discourse and action towards addressing wealth disparity and economic fairness cannot be overstated. The implications of unchecked wealth accumulation reverberate across generations, shaping the fabric of societies and defining the opportunities available to future generations.

Each individual has a role to play in this collective endeavor. Whether as policymakers shaping legislative frameworks, economists guiding evidence-based interventions, or members of society advocating for ethical practices, every contribution is vital in steering towards a more equitable and sustainable economic landscape.

In conclusion, the imperative for meaningful discourse and action is not merely a rhetorical call but a fundamental necessity for the well-being of societies worldwide. By engaging in constructive dialogue, advocating for ethical practices, and driving systemic change, we can collectively strive towards a future where wealth is distributed more equitably, opportunities are accessible to all, and economic prosperity is inclusive.