Bulletin N° 1058
“A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court”
by Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
(an audio book)
Subject: Learning, learning to learn & learning not to learn.
September 20, 2022
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
A lesson from Kitchen Democracy: For more than a week now, I have grown irritated with my up-stairs neighbor, a nice elderly woman who is usually quite courteous. But for some reason, recently, she seemed to be determined to move her furniture each morning around 6:00 am, when I got up and began making breakfast. I rose to make coffee and dutifully took the milk out of the refrigerator for my family, who for the most part were still sleeping. Morning after morning, I would hear a loud scrapping sound from above. While it never lasted very long, it was repetitive; but never enough for me to go up and knock on my neighbor’s door.
Well, it took many days for me to “connect the dots” and rearrange the associations I had made in my head with the event of this unpleasant noise and the actual context of my kitchen activities. Finally one morning, with my attention more focused, I discovered the scrapping sound came not from the floor of the apartment above, but rather from my own refrigerator door. We had bought a new fridge recently, and when I closed the door gently it briefly made a deep moaning sound. My attention was again rearranged when recently one morning my wife got up early with me and prepare to go to the peasant market. She took a jar of home-made preserves from the fridge and she simply let the refrigerator door close by itself; it made no sound. Another discovery in the free learning process!
Usually false constructs and displaced aggressions are soon corrected with new information. This, I have discovered, requires a willingness to receive new information, with a renewed emphasis on context, when more deliberate attention can be given to reconstructing a pattern of cause and effect. Kitchen Democracy was essential here as a necessary corrective to the habitual, unobtrusive influence of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, where precision often trumps accuracy, breeding complacency, rather than genuine human interest and good fellowship.
In this context, I recently picked up a book I had bought several years ago but had postponed reading for some forgotten reason. Mark Ames’ book, Going Postal, Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond (Soft Skull Press, 2005) seems the right discussion at the right time. His emphasis in this book is the predominant aspect context plays in explaining any event. A particularly pithy statement on the back cover of this book expressed the import of this approach: “It isn’t the office or schoolyard shooters who need to be profiled – they can’t be. It is the workplaces and schools that need to be profiled.” The 2009 documentary film, Going Postal-Part 1 - School and the Workplace and Going Postal-Part 2 (censored), depicts the “inexplicable” aggressions at such public venues.
Ames attempts to give a radical analysis of why this particular form of violence is on the increase across the United States. In no less than 66 short essays, organized in six parts of this book, he explores the rage-murder phenomena in three different social contexts: office massacres, schoolyard shootings, and 19th-centruy slave revolts and seeks to explain their origins.
The book begins with Part One, which is titled “If He’d Just Got the Right People” and is composed of six essays. Ames begins this book with the essay, “I Told Them I’d Be Back”, in which he provides a detailed description of the extraordinarily systematic workplace massacre conducted by an outraged employee in Louisville, Kentucky:
On September 14, 1989, Joseph Wesbecker, known as ‘Rocky’ to his co-workers, inadvertently helped spark a bloody rebellion.
At just around 8:30 AM, he pulled up to the Standard Gravure building in downtown Louisville, a 1920s-era printing press attached to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The severe rectangular building took up an entire block of Sixth Street between Broadway and Chestnut in the rundown city center. Wesbecker parked his red Chevy Monza hatchback at a meter just in front of Standard Gravure’s main entrance. He wore jeans and a tan jacket and his trademark tinted steel-framed glasses.
One witness who saw Wesbecker emerge from his car said that he was ‘acting weird,’ in part because parking on that block of Sixth Street is prohibited until 9 AM. She also said she saw him handle what looked like a package under a blanket in the back of his hatchback.
‘I was going to hold the elevator for him,’ she told the Courier-Journal, but Wesbecker stayed at his car so she rode up alone.
The street-level entrance that Wesbecker parked in front of led to the third floor executive offices of Standard Gravure. The main door to the elevator was left unlocked during work hours – only the stairwell door remained locked. The entrance at one time had a mounted security camera above the door, but it was removed over the summer after having been repeatedly vandalized. In many of America’s midsized cities, downtowns have become like South Vietnamese hamlets: ‘ours’ during the day, ‘theirs’ at night.
The elevator went straight up to the executive reception area on the third floor. The other entrance, around the block on Broadway, led straight to the printing presses. That was the blue-collar entrance, the one ‘Rocky’ would normally take. But on this day he didn’t plan to work the printing press folder.
Wesbecker rode the elevator up, brandishing Chinese-made AK-47 semiautomatic at his hip and packing a German–made SIG-Sauer 9mm pistol in his pants. Strapped around his shoulder was a gym bag (within a few years, the gym/duffel bag would be recognized as a standard-issue rage murder accessory), packed with two MAC-11 semiautomatic pistols, a .38-caqlliber Smith & Wesson revolver, and several rounds of ammunition, including five loaded clips for the AK.
The elevator door opened and Wesbecker immediately opened fire. His first two victims were receptionists Sharon Needy, who later died, and Angela Bowman, who was shot in the back and paralyzed from the waist down. Needy usually reported to work at 9AM, but on this day she showed up a half hour early so that she could take an extended lunch break. Bowman had given birth a few months earlier and had just returned to Standard Gravure from maternity leave.
Wesbecker rounded the corner to the hallway of office where the executive and managerial staff worked. Payroll administrator JoAnne Self, whose office was near the reception, heard the first two shots and stuck her head out the door. There she saw Wesbecker standing outside the office of Mike Shea, Standard Gravure’s new owner and president. Shea just happened to be away that day.
Wesbecker fired; Self didn’t see where. She fled.
‘[Wesbecker] wasn’t running,’ Self told the Courier-Journal. ‘He was walking very slowly. But I ran. I ran and fell and crawled the rest of the way.’
Self and three other employees hid at the end of the hallway in the office of data processing manager Mike Delph, who had managed to call 911.
Wesbecker walked slowly, firing deliberately. Police major Ed Mercer told reporters that day that Wesbecker showed ‘extreme discipline,’ firing directly at his human targets and taking few random shots.
Systems operator Kathy Johnson was at work in the computer room, around the corner from the reception area, when she heard a ‘loud bang.’ She poked her heard out to see what was happening when a co-worker sprinted by in a panic. Johnson closed her door and stayed in the computer’ room.
‘I was going to get in the closet, but it was locked,’ Johnson said. ‘So I stooped behind the computer.’ She heard four shots – then silence. Johnson quietly called the other offices in the hallway. One person answered, Paula Warman, the assistant to the vice president of human resources (the VP was gone that day along with Shea and the company’s number-two man).
Warman, who had been shot in the legs, answered, ‘Some of us have been shot. Some of us have been shot.’ As it turns out, Warman figured as one of the key players in a management-worker dispute that helped push Wesbecker over the edge.
Wesbecker moved from the white-collar office area down a log narrow hallway and into the third floor bindery. He opened the door and shot John Stein, a maintenance supervisor, in the head and abdomen. Two other maintenance workers in the bindery were also shot, Forrest Conrad, shot in the legs, and James G. ‘Buck’ Husband, who was killed. When two female employees happened into the bindery a few minutes later, not realizing what was happening, they saw Stein bleeding from the head, leaning against the door.
One woman lifted Stein’s head and tried to put a shirt under it to comfort him. ‘He grabbed the shirt out of my hand,’ the woman later told reporters before breaking down in tears.
From the third floor Wesbecker headed down a metal stairwell into the pounding dissonance of the pressroom. It was more crowded with workers than usual because of the shift change at 9 AM. Wesbecker shot and wounded two men in the bindery basement and killed another, Paul Sallee, who was found on the floor with a bullet wound in his chest.
Wesbecker crossed a tunnel to the basement of the pressroom. It was a large room cluttered with giant paper rolls, which look like huge rolling pins without the handles. Large aluminum ducts, ladders, and other printing equipment were clutterd together fo form a kind of mid-twentieth-century industrial labyrinth. The bottom halves of the three printing press machines, which operated on the ground floor above, extended down into the basement.
Wesbecker entered the basement room just as John Tingle, a pressman who’d heard a ‘loud noise that sounded like a steel plate hitting the floor,’ rounded the corner to see what was happening.
Tingle knew Wesbecker and greeted him as if it was just another day, despite the smoking AK and the ominous duffel bag packed with guns and ordinance.
‘Hey, Rock, what’s happening?’ Tingle asked, using the friendly shortened version of Wesbecker’s menacing-sounding nickname.
Wesbecker, who had always been on friendly terms with Tingle, replied, ‘Hi John … I told them I’d be back. Get away from me.’
‘I said, ‘What are you doing, Rocky?’’ Tingle later told reporters. ‘I started to walk toward him, and he said, ‘Get away.’ Wesbecker repeated himself, this time telling Tingle to get the fuck away. Tingle obeyed and motioned to the others nearby to move away.
Rocky headed toward a stairwell between two presses, firing as he approached. The body of Richard O. Barger, who was shot in the back, lay at the bottom of the stairwell – head cocked back onto a conveyor belt, arms splayed on the rubber belt as if crucified, and with blood splattered on the floor around him. That image – a now famous page one Courier-Journal photo – led to a lawsuit filed by Barger’s family and a Supreme Court ruling on press freedoms versus the privacy of the bereaved. It seems that Wesbgecker didn’t intend to kill Barger. Her was coming down the metal stairwell, and Wesbecker probably didn’t see who it was before he fired. According to witnesses, after killing him, Wesbecker walked over to Barger’s body, apologized, then turned around and continued his rampage.
Wesbecker fired three times as he walked up the stairwell and about another dozen times when he reached the top. He walked down the long row between press one and press two, shooting at anyone who hadn’t scrambled out of his way – Lloyd White and James Wible Sr. were both murdered on the press floor. The shots and screamers were drowned out by the din of the printing presses.
At the far end of the pressroom was the break room, with vending machines, an eating area, and an adjacent locker room. Wesbecker pushed on the door with his shoulder and sprayed the seven workers inside, emptying his clip. All seven shot; one, William Ganote, was killed immediately with a bullet to the head. Wesbecker popped out the empty clip, loaded a fresh one, lifted the AK, and fired into the group a second time. A second man also died, while the other five all received multiple bullet wounds.
The presses churned, moans and cries were muffled. Bodies lay strewn from the white-collar elevator entrance on one end of the building all the way to the opposite end, the break room. The company was destroyed. His mission accomplished, Wesbecker stepped out of the press room, pulled out his German SIG-Sauer 9mm semiautomatic, put it to his face, and pulled the trigger.
After nearly thirty minutes, the first modern private workplace massacre in American history, the rage murder that should spawn so many, had ended. Seven were killed, twenty wounded.
And everyone was left asking why. The same question they still ask today after each workplace rage massacre.(pp.7-10)
The fourth essay of Part One of this book is titled, “Just Tough It Out.”
In the deposition taken a few years after the massacre, Daniel Mattingly, a compliance officer with the Louisville and Jefferson County Human Relations Commission who handled Wesbecker’s job discrimination complaint, gave testimony that reveals what I believe to by the underlying cause of the massacre: an unprecedented corporate cold-bloodedness that has overtaken America over the past several decades. Here is Mattingly’s account of Wesbecker’s last eighteen months, as he desperately fought against Standard Gravure’s callous and cruel management, exhausting every legal, nonviolent tool he could.
[Mattingly]:Well, he came in complaining that he was being discriminated against on the job by the company that he worked for. His complaint revolved around his assertion that his supervisors were forcing him to work on a machine at work called the folder, and that when they did not force him to work on that machine they were threatening to make him work on that machine…. [ H]e had a statement from the company psychologist saying that he should not be made to work on this folder, which was a stressful machine, unless absolutely necessary. But that even though he had this statement from the psychologist, the company officials were making him work on the folder and, more than that, threatening to make him work the folder. . . . He was maintaining that the company would make exceptions for people with physical ailments and not make them work the folder, but they would not make an exception for him, who had an emotional problem, and therefore discrimination. And that was his basic argument.
. . .
He told me that for the last fifteen, seventeen years, whatever it is he had worked there, that he had been exposed to a chemical called toluene, and he brought with him copies of pages from a magazine that discussed the effects of being exposed to toluene, and they indicated that extended exposure can destroy the central nervous system, and his theory was this is why I am the way I am and he handed me this article for me to read. Toluene, as I understand, is a solvent. I’m not sure what they used it for and I don’t think that it had anything to do with the folder, it was just if you worked at Standard Gravure you were exposed to this.(pp.19-20)
In the sixth essay of Part One, entitled “Rocky’s Best Friends,” the author writes,
As an example of Wesbecker’s ordinariness, Mattingly observed, ‘Joe Wesbeckers had a wonderful sense of humor, and he would come into my office oftentimes agitated or even angry, but invariably before he left he would be laughing and he would have me laughing.’
This is one of the most painful revelations in the testimony, a ‘cheerful attitude’ and laughing are tactics employed by all Americans, at an unconscious, even genetic level. Though many Americans privately know that one’s own smile is an attempt to put the other party at ease rather than a reflection of one’s own inner happiness, publicly, this is rarely admitted. Thus few of us know how many other Americans also force this desperate smile – we all think we’re the only ones faking it: These smiles are more like mammal calls used to identify the individual with the herd, to keep from being expelled. These calls that have to be repeated and repeated: you can’t just recite the backslapping platitudes once and you’re off the hook – as mammals, the office herd requires you to send out the correct marking signals every single day, every hour. It can be exhausting and humiliating. Yet the consequences of not constantly reminding everyone how normal you are range from getting placed on the slow-track to being first on the plank when the next downsizing diktat arrives from headquarters. In my own experience, this cheerfulness, this desperate smile, is one of the most corrosive features to daily life in America, one of the great alienators – a key toxic ingredient in the cultural poison.
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The cheerful attitude must be employed if one does not want to be pushed farther from the herd, or expelled altogether. The optimism and laughter may or may not indicate that the person is enjoying himself, but they do always mean the person is trying to curry the favor of the collective, and trying to keep people from asking questions. As Mildred Higgins, Wesbecher’s aunt, said in an interview the day after the murders, ‘He seemed like he was happy.
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The questioning attorney was trying to show . . . that if Wesbecker murdered a ‘friend,’ it proved that he murdered at random, and therefore he was a freak, rather than a victim of the company’s brutality. But what neither the attorney nor even Mattingly could grasp – indeed what Wesberker himself may not have been consciously aware of – is that a friend in that environment needn’t be a friend even in the casual sense of the word. A friend can be just another humiliation, a desperate, ongoing, failed attempt to connect with the herd. A friend could be a worker who doesn’t make your life hell, or a friend could be one of the workers who does make your life hell but slaps your back after every jibe and tells you that ‘it’s all in fun’ and ‘don’t take things too seriously’ because ‘we’re all just having a good time here.’ Or it could be the person with whom you have to maintain good relations in order to keep everything from getting worse.
Wesbecker very clearly spared one man during his shooting spree. I would bet that that man, Joe Tingle, was spared precisely because he never gave Wesbecker any grief, which is the most Wesbecker could have hoped for. Tingle told the Courier-Journal, ‘He didn’t fire at me, I guess because he liked me.’ Then he added, ‘The guys he had shot in the pressroom were friends too.’ Were they?
In the post-Reagan era, where no one’s job is safe, where no one’s salaries or benefits are safe, and where the workforce is constantly subjected to downsizing, intra-worker pressures, and a top-down culture of fear, there is no such thing as a friend.
To add to all of these pressures, Wesbecker had to put up with the kind of toxic bullying which is common in the workplace, yet until recently rarely considered. Sometimes Wesbecker would come to Mattingly’s office ‘very agitated at wht had happened at work.’(pp.25-27)
Part Two, entitled “The Banality of Slavery” contains eleven essays, the first of which is “The Heart of Submissiveness.” Here Ames once again stresses the importance of social context and appropriate conceptual framing in order to properly understand domestic rebellion and revolution. He prefaces this first discussion of American slave rebellions, with the observation that an honest effort must be made to avoid romantic distortions which propaganda has inevitably created.
Our idea of what a revolution is like, how it is carried out, and who it is carried out by has been warped by our own cultural propaganda, and by the romantic Marxist propaganda of the twentieth century. We have this idea that revolutions are let by rationale-minded, tea-sipping men in three-pointed hats who discuss the rights of man while burning the candle at both ends. Or we’re warped by the Marxist ideal of revolution: a rational, inevitable historical process in which the most enlightened, most sympatric, least overdressed human beings team up with the Historical Tend itself to affect a glorious, clean revolution. In fact, revolutions are messy, ugly, gory affairs. Nowhere in our popular notion of revolutions are such factors as stupidity, bad luck; unintended comedy, and revolting madness allowed in. Yet most of the time revolutions are ‘led’ by people we would call nutcases and who indeed were considered nutcases during their time (and in all likelihood were nutcases). While time and distance provide a romantic view of revolutions, when they actually occur, they usually seem bizarre, uncalled-for, frightening, and evil to their contemporaries, which is why they almost always are snuffed out at their inception.
To illustrate this point, look no further than America’s rare examples of domestic rebellion. We tend to think that all rebellions or domestic uprisings were as well understood in their time as we understand them now, but the fact is that most revolutions took place in a kind of contextual vacuum, rendering them little more than outbreaks of seemingly senseless, crazed violence. This is how they were viewed until later, when an intellectual or ideological frame was provided to explain or ground them and to give them a sense of dramatic order. Today’s rage murders fit the pattern of rebellions before they have been contextualized.
Domestic uprisings in this country are extremely rare. Nowhere is this more painfully obvious than in slave uprisings. The number of documented slave rebellions in the United States (sic), from the mid-1500s up through the end of the Civil War, number under a dozen. Yet slavery was perhaps the most savage, gruesome policy ever carried out by white Americans, a remarkable honor given our encyclopedia of genocides. Over a period of four centuries, it is conservatively estimated that more than fifteen million Africans were forced into slavery by the colonial owners and in the process some thirty or forty million more died as result of slave raids, coffles, and barracoons or slave warehouses. While not all of that is directly attributable to colonial white Americans, the numbers are staggering nonetheless. Yet it only produced a few rebellions in American territory, mostly minor rebellions at that, a few of which are being contested today by historians as possible outbreaks of white paranoia rather than genuine black rebellion.
The low number of slave revolts might strike many Americans as shocking and disheartening. It would seem that slaves should have rebelled far more often. For one thing, they had the numbers. In 1800, the United States population was five million, and of that one million were blacks, ninety percent of whom were slaves. According to the census taken in 1820, 40 percent of the South’s population was black, and in some areas they made up 70 to 90 percent of the inhabitants.
Given those demographics, why didn’t they rise up more? Why didn’t they kill their masters and restore their dignity, the way we’d like to imagine we would ourselves? The most obvious answer is that the salves knew they would be slaughtered trying.
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Given our current propaganda and what we believe about ourselves, and considering how much the slaves stood to gain if they took up the British offer –in other words, how favorable the risk/reward ration seemed – it is still surprising and disheartening to know that in roughly eight years of war [of American independence from Britain] few blacks took up arms against their master’s and so many sided with them, even firing against escaped slaves on the British side.
Their behavior may not conform to our demand for historical heroism, but it sure made sense given the context. Stuck between two violent predators, the British and the Americans, the slaves must have felt that they were doomed no matter what they did. And that’s pretty much what happened.
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The average slave was docile before his master. It’s the nature of the business and of the beast. The experience of white European slaves in the hands of North African and West African masters was little different from black slaves in white hands. It is estimated that up to one million Europeans were enslaved by North African Arabs and West Africans between 1530 and 1780 and they behaved no more or less valiantly than slaves elsewhere. As John Blassingame observed in his book, The Salve Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South, “Within a few years after their capture, the world the white bondsmen had known began to recede from their minds, and the degradation of slavery forced them to adopt new behavior.
These new behavioral patterns were similar to the ‘lowly’ behavior that whites associated with black slaves. North Africans in particular saw white European slaves as subhuman, congenitally prone to petty thievery and drunkenness.
‘Occasionally,’ Blassingame notes of the white slaves, ‘old slaves made fun of new captives, the strong exploited the weak, and many informed on their fellows to curry favor with their masters.’
Mass escapes and rebellions among European slaves were rare. Instead, most were tamed and conditioned by their Arab and African masters, successfully retrained to behave as essentially docile and obedient creatures. It all depended on the master’s managerial technique.
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To put it in a modern context, why is it that in the roughly twenty years of Soviet gulags we know of only one serious uprising, which took place just before the system was dismantled. in spite of the millions who perished? Why did so many Russians ‘willingly’ go to the camps and “let themselves’ be brutalize and murdered without a fight? Varlam Shalamov’s Kolyma Tales is perhaps the greatest, most wrenching account of how men adapt to the most degrading conditions. It describes how they adjust to the new ‘normal’ life as brutalized slaves, how the word ‘normal’ has no fixed meaning; and how every one of us is hard wired to be a slave, given the right conditions. It’s not something we want to think about too much, which is why Solzhenitsyn’s
version, which avoids facile divisions between the good guys and bad guys, heroes and oppressors, and instead digs into our inner slave.
We don’t hear much about this inner slave from authors and artists, though it is far more common, and manifests itself far more regularly, than the allegedly dangerous primal ‘heart of darkness’ of which we are warned. The slave psychology is too familiar. It appears in the most banal of settings: in the workplace, in relationships, at home or at school. While Joseph Conrad is to be applauded for his literary entrepreneurship, his Heart of Darkness pitch, compared to Shalamov, is an exotic getaway vacation designed to make the reader feel a more profound sense of self. No one wants to travel up the other African river, the one that reveals man’s heart of submissiveness.
For contemporary Americans, slavery is acceptable material only if framed as a vice imposed by evildoers, an obstacle to be overcome by heroes, rather than as an ordinary and highly adaptive condition that releases an entirely unheroic side of our psychology. Slavery can only be deployed in the arts as a source of pathos, or as azn evil that tests its character’s courage and determination. In other words, slavery is used as a source of contrast to who we are today, a device to define character and reinforce our false sense of individuality, to make us feel better about ourselves by emphasizing our moral progress – rather than dipicted properly as an enduring and recognizable psychological tendency.
Through time slavery has mutated and adapted itself to our modern condition. It is by examining this process that we will ultimately have answers to what creates the rampage murders of today.(pp.29-34)
In a third essay on “Slave Management” in this second part, Ames recounts that:
Mainstream slave management theory of the nineteenth century taught masters that the best way to get the most out of their slaves was to provide them with incentives in order to make the slaves believe that their interests coincided with their master’s. In this sense, slave management theory had more in common with mid-twentieth-century corporate management theory than with the kind of sadistic evil we normally associated with slaveholding.
Blassingame writes; ‘in order to obtain (the maximum labor at the cheapest cost, the planter had to construct healthy cabins, provide adequate, wholesome food and proper clothing, permit recreation, and provide medical attention for his slaves […] He also had to maintain a great degree of social distance between himself and his slaves. A Virginia planter asserted: ‘[The slave] ought to be made to feel that you are his superior, but that you respect his feelings and wants.’
Substitute ‘employer’ for ‘planter’ and ‘employee’ for ‘slave’ and see how the above passage reads: ‘In order to obtain the maximum labor at the cheapest cost, the employer had to construct healthy cabins, provide adequate, wholesome good and proper clothing, permit recreation, and provide medical attention for his employees […] He also had to maintain a great degree of social distance between himself and his employees. An AT&T executive asserted: ‘The employee ought to be made to feel that you are his superior, but that you respect his feelings and wants.’ It is difficult to say which is more disturbing – how eerily recognizable yesterday’s slaveholders are to us today, how oddly pseudo-humane they appear to be in theory, or indeed, how much crueler today’s benefits-slashing employers are to their employees compared, at least rhetorically, to slaveholders.
This familiar-sounding slave management theory, isn’t confined to our forefathers. As far back as Roman times, in the first century AD, the agricultural writer Columella’s de Re Rustica offered guidelines to slaveholders on how best to manage their slaves. Essentially he argued that a slave will work better if he is treated with more respect, or at least the appearance of respect: ‘Such justice and consideration on the part of the owner contributes greatly to the increase of his estate,’ he wrote. Among Columella’s recommendations were that the master should see to it that there was proper lighting in slaves’ quarters and enough space in their workspaces, and that they should be provided with sufficient clothing. Columella also suggested that the master should sometimes consult his slave, since this would give the slave the impression that his master cared about him and would thus inspire the slave to please is master by working harder.
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As Financial Times writer Richard Donkin writes, ‘Is this what many hundreds of years later would be described as enlightened self-interest? Such thinking would not be out of place in the ‘family friendly’ employment policies of today’s companies. Should we, therefore, identify Columella as the father of human resources as we know it?
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‘Maybe not.’ . . . Donkin cites Bradley’s book, Slaves and Masters: ‘It is quite clear that Columella’s recommendations on the treatment of slaves were designed to promote servile efficiency as the key to economic productivity in a situation where the owner’s profit from the agricultural production was a dominating principle . . . . [T]heir social contentment had to be secured as prelude to work efficiency and general loyalty.’ Bradley also showed how the Roman ruling class viewed slaves as ‘idle and feckless,’ much like the North African masters or American masters viewed their slaves. Donkin comments, ‘[T]his has parallels in some of the entrenched attitudes among those twentieth-century employers who allowed their labor relations to be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual distrust.’
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Thus, the modern American work culture derives from the same sources that defined slavery’s official work culture. When the master managed his slaves correctly, they often responded by fulfilling his expectations, with cheerful, boss-pleasin’ initiative. In the same way, most AT&T employees responed positively to their company’s treatment of them, just as the company expected. The overwhelming majority identified their own best interests with the Company’s, a relationship that only soured as the Reagan Revolution redefined the corporate culture’s priorities by giving executives the opportunity to squeeze as much profits out of the their employees as quickly as possible for a s little expenditure as possible, a tendency that has only accelerate, particularly under Gorge W. Bush’s presidency. Similarly, a large number of slaves saw their interests and their master’s as one, provided that the master upheld his end of this bargain.
This irrational yet perhaps instinctual mammalian tendency for a subordinate human to identify his interests with the master’s/boss’s/company’s, in spite of the huge difference in profit that each side gains in this relationship, is identified by historian Kenneth Stampp as one of the six key slaveholder tactics for creating a good slave. Those six were:
· Strict discipline to develop ‘unconditional submission’
· Develop a sense of persona inferiority
· Development of raw fear
· Establish notion that the master’s interests are the same as the slave’s
· Make slaves accept master’s standards of conduct as his own
· Develop ‘habit of perfect dependence’(pp.37-40)
In his following essay, “A Normal and Inevitable Aspect of Their Afairs,” Ames concludes:
The point is that real-time injustices, even of the most epic sort, is often simply not recognized as such at the time, no matter how obvious the injustice later appears. Man is hard wired to submit (adapt) to any condition and then consider it normal. Our acceptance of an injustice is reinforced by the going ideology. With African slaves in America, it was Christianity that helped convince them and the white population that slavery was God’s work. Well-funded, sophisticated, and multidimensional PR campaigns have always been employed to sway the general public to accept even the most counterintuitive policies, convincing people that such polices work in their own interests , and are inevitable and morally good. One example noted in the book Black Cargoes reveals how ‘West Indian planters and Liverpool merchants raised a campaign fund of £10,000 to fight the anti-slave trade bill in Parliament. Witnesses were rushed to London from the West Indies and Africa prepared to swear that the trade was a benevolent institution dedicated solely to civilizing the primitive Africans.’
We are always slow to recognize injustices to which we have not previously admitted – indeed the normal and natural instincts to resist reconsidering what one had once taken for ganged as grossly unjust. In the United States Congress’s 167 Riot Commission report, issued following a series of violent African-American urban riots, the authors noted that officials in Cincinnati couldn’t understand why riots spread to their city – despite the fact that there was only one black councilman in the city whose population was 27 percent black and only one black school board member in a district where blacks comprised 40 percent of the student population. “Mayor Walton H. Bachrach declared that he was ‘quite surprised’ by the disturbance because the council had ‘worked like hell’ to help Negroes,” the report stated.
It may be – in fact, it is certainly the case – that in one hundred years, historians will look at how we live today and what we accept as normal, and condemn us as a nation of savages, a half-civilization incapable or unwilling to face its own injustices. They will likely shudder in horror at how we could inflict such pain and how we could possibly endure it. Our problem is that we don’t even know yet what pain and injustices they are talking about. We may never even find out.(pp.43-44)
Mark Ames’ book contributes to our understanding of the complexity of the circumstances that govern our lives at any moment. His analysis of workplace and school shootings and rage-murders should not be ignored. It is a generous contribution to a heuristic topic, pregnant with new insights and further liberating possibilities for humanity.
Beyond our lessons from kitchen democracy - with shared observations, actions, and analyses - there lies a vast and complex world of diversity, which essentialists are only too happy to boil down to “manageable abstractions” which they can then act upon to control, usually with devastating effect. Out there, beyond our kitchen and far from the images which populate the holograms in our head, we hear all sorts of strange things which we hardly know what to make of. It’s a challenge not to reduce them to familiar cartoons, readily digestible at any metaphysical fast-food distributer.
First among these challenges are the lessons from history, when true friends actually made mistakes and false friends showed their true colors….
“Ukraine War, Divided Left: ‘Social Patriots’ and the ‘Anti-Imperialism of Fools’!”
by Charles Pierce
Then, there are the well-informed experiences of others, closer to events, which are conveyed with the hope of influencing the dominant narrative and contributing to a deeper understanding of these important events…..
Part 1: Eye Witness Account
“War in Eastern Ukraine Looks a Lot Different in Person Than it Does on CNN”
by John Parker
Part 2: Eye Witness Account
“What do the New York Times, Kiev Independent, Euromaidan Press, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and TikTok All Have in Common?”
by John Parker
Part 3: Eye Witness Account
“Human Toll of Eight-Year Ukrainian Army Onslaught in Eastern Ukraine is Shocking”
by John Parker
The 22 + items below represent a selection of critical articles and essays from Anglophone social media which CEIMSA readers might find interesting and even helpful for gaining a deeper understanding of contemporary events which are unfolding at an accelerated pace towards what does not look like a desirable destiny for any of us. The need for systemic change has never been more apparent - but change in what direction, and by whom, and for what purposes? This discussion promises to be of little interest to the “coincidence theorists” among us!
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professeur honoraire de l'Université
Ancien Directeur des Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 21
by Craig Murray
Inside Australian Labor’s Assange Game Plan
by Kellie Tranter
New revelations on the Labor Government's secret planning to act on the Assange case without offending the Americans.
“Quiet diplomacy”, a “soft approach”, a “loud approach” and “avoiding megaphone diplomacy” have all been floated as strategies to “bring to an end” the case against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. In situations like his, the best form of diplomacy is that which produces results most favourable to the citizen involved and at the same time keeps them safe and in good health.
But government documents obtained this week by Declassified Australia under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act from the Attorney-General’s Department, indicate the new Labor Government does certainly not rule out the physical extradition of Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States, nor does it give any hint about how it might deal with possible fallout from that.
On 15 May 2022, Senator Penny Wong told the National Press Club, “Certainly we would encourage, were we elected, the US Government to bring this matter to a close, but ultimately that is a matter for the Administration.” Daniel Hurst, journalist at the Guardian Australia, attempted to seek clarity on what ‘bring this matter to a close’ meant but the question went unanswered.
The FOI documents obtained include ‘Talking Points’ prepared for the Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on 2 June 2022 titled, ‘Julian Assange – International Transfer of Prisoners process – talking points and background’. They point out that:
Prisoner transfers cannot be agreed between governments in advance of a person being a prisoner (after a criminal trial, conviction and sentencing) in a particular country, and require the consent of the prisoner;
International prisoner transfers to Australia are initiated by an application from a prisoner after the prisoner has been convicted and sentenced;
If surrendered, convicted and sentenced in the US, Assange could apply under the ITP scheme to serve his sentence in Australia;
After some redactions the document continues: However, the UK High Court’s judgment does note that the US has provided an assurance that they will consent to Mr Assange being transferred to Australia to serve any custodial sentence on him if he is convicted.
Help Us Cover the Julian Assange Story
by Consortium News
Dangerous? Not So Much
by Todd Hayen
Decolonizing the Mind
The Psychology of White Supremacists
with Chris Hedges
The Sickness of the American Left and the Path to Recovery
Leftist action and analysis are most needed now that capitalism is beset by many crises, but clarity of thought and revolutionary discipline are often lacking.
Global News - New Leaders
"You can ignore reality but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality."
by Robert W Malone MD, MS
Hearts Versus Minds
by Patrick Lawrence
There is a time-honored and destructive tradition in the U.S. of citizens approaching their political causes with blind faith.
Dr. Thomas Binder Interview - How Psychology Was Weaponized To Suppress Truth In The Age Of COVID
with Taylor Hudak
In this interview, I speak with Swiss Cardiologist, Dr. Thomas Binder, MD. Dr. Binder studied medicine at the University of Zurich, and he received his doctorate in immunology and virology with a specialization in internal medicine and cardiology. He has 34 years of experience in diagnostics and therapy of respiratory infections in hospitals and in intensive care units. Dr. Binder has held a private practice in Switzerland for 24 years.
In February 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Binder advocated for the return of ethics and science in the field of medicine. He spoke out against unscientific restrictions, mandates, the flawed PCR testing, etc., on his personal website and social media. Dr. Binder says it was his duty as a doctor to inform the public of the truth about COVID-19.
On Thursday April 9, 2020, Dr. Binder posted a blog to his website, which provided a thorough analysis of COVID-19 and the various unscientific measures implemented at that time. The blog post went viral receiving 20,000 views, and Dr. Binder was hopeful his post may calm the public and initiate the end to the restrictions and mandates.
However, the post caught the attention of two colleagues, who alerted the Chief of State Police claiming that Dr. Binder was a supposed threat to himself and the government. Two days later, on April 11, 2020, the day before Easter Sunday, Dr. Binder was brutally confronted by a total of 60 armed police officers including 20 officers with the Kantonspolizei Aargau’s anti-terrorism unit, ARGUS.
After examining Dr. Binder’s blog posts, social media posts, and emails, police realized Dr. Binder was not a threat and had no history of mental illness. As a result, police did not issue an arrest warrant. Instead, officers sent an emergency doctor to evaluate Dr. Binder’s mental health status, and he was diagnosed with “Corona Insanity,” and then placed in a psychiatric unit.
Dr. Binder was eventually released and continues to practice medicine in Switzerland. He currently serves as a board member of the Swiss “Aletheia, humane medicine and science.” He is a member of Doctors for Covid Ethics and a member of the German Physicians and Scientists for Health, Freedom and Democracy. He is one of the 22 life scientists who wrote the Corman-Drosten Review Report. His blogs, articles, presentations and interviews may be found on his personal website.
“Does the Virus Exist? Has SARS-CoV-2 Been Isolated? - Interview with Christine Massey, M.Sc”
with Michel Chossudovsky
Children’s Health Defense – September 18, 2022
“‘Stunning’: The Real Reason Health Officials Won’t Let Independent Scientists Examine mRNA Vaccine Vials”
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
More Fever Swamp
“When will they ever learn (to do their research before popping off with conspiracies)?”
by Robert W Malone MD, MS
FLASHBACK: The Bankster Bailouts (2009)
False Flags & 9/11:
The Annual Summer WEF Meeting
Or How Blackrock Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the CCP
by Robert W Malone MD, MS, with Jeremy Harrigan
Globalists Release Timeline for Health Tyranny
by James Corbett
One thing you learn after spending years in the conspiracy realist space: when the globalists tell you that something is about to happen, you'd better believe they're hard at work behind the scenes to make that "prediction" a reality.
FLASHBACK: The Bankster Bailouts (2009)
with Michel Chossudovsky
Ex-BlackRock Manager: Global Financial Collapse a ‘Mathematical Certainty’
by Dr. Joseph Mercola
In an interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola, Edward Dowd, a former equity portfolio manager for BlackRock, explained why he believes the global financial system will collapse within the next six to 24 months.
Story at a glance:
· Edward Dowd is a hedge fund “guru” and former equity portfolio manager for the largest asset manager in the world, BlackRock. Over the past two years, Dowd has courageously come forward to awaken people to the collateral damage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
· A global financial collapse is a mathematical certainty. Dowd predicts the collapse will begin in earnest within the next six to 24 months.
· COVID-19 provided cover for central banks and governments, allowing them to temporarily hide the reality that the financial system is crashing.
· COVID-19 also allowed for the erection of a control system to shield governments and central banks from the fallout of collapsing food, energy and finance systems. It allowed them to restrict travel and introduce digital IDs and central bank digital currencies by linking them together with vaccine passports.
· Insurance companies report a 40% increase in excess mortality among working-age adults during the fourth quarter of 2021. Millennials aged 25 to 44 had an 84% increase in excess mortality in that same timeframe. Since the rollout of the COVID-19 jabs, the number of Americans who claim to be disabled has risen by at least 10%, possibly more.
In the video below, I interview Edward Dowd, a hedge fund “guru” and former equity portfolio manager for BlackRock, one of the two largest asset managers in the world, Vanguard being the other. Over the past two years, Dowd has courageously come forward to awaken people to the collateral damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, in early March 2022, Dowd shared mortality statistics on Steve Bannon’s War Room, showing Millennials aged 25 to 44 had an 84% increase in excess mortality during the fall of 2021.
A ‘Quiet Fleecing’
by Kenny Stancil
The Economic Policy Institute responds to talk of “quiet quitting” by U.S. workers.
Physician, heal thyself
by Andrea Halewood
Embalmers Have Been Finding Numerous Long, Fibrous Clots that Lack Post-Mortem Characteristics
by Enrico Trigoso
Several embalmers across the country have been observing many large, and sometimes very long, “fibrous” and rubbery clots inside the corpses they treat, and are speaking out about their findings.
Numerous embalmers from different states confirmed to The Epoch Times that they have been seeing these strange clots, starting from either 2020 or 2021.
It’s not yet known if the cause of the new clot phenomenon is COVID-19, vaccines, both, or something different.
The Epoch Times received additional videos and photos of the anomalous clots, but could not upload them due to the level of gore.
Mike Adams, who runs an ISO-17025 accredited lab in Texas, analyzed clots in August and found them to be lacking iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.
Adams’s lab uses inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, usually testing food for metals, pesticides, and glyphosate.
“We have tested one of the clots from embalmer Richard Hirschman, via ICP-MS. Also tested side by side, live human blood from an unvaccinated person,” Adams told The Epoch Times.
He found that the clots are lacking key elements present in healthy human blood, such as iron, potassium, and magnesium, suggesting that they are formed from something other than blood.
Adams is joining analytic forces with more doctors and plan to invest out of their own pocket in equipment in order to further determine their composition and probable causation.
The string-like structures differ in size, but the longest can be as long as a human leg and the thickest can be as thick as a pinky finger.
Drastic Increase in Clots
Richard Hirschman, a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Alabama, recalled that he has been in the trade since the tragedy of 9/11.
“Prior to 2020, 2021, we probably would see somewhere between 5 to 10 percent of the bodies that we would embalm [having] blood clots,” Hirschman told The Epoch Times.
“We are familiar with what blood clots are, and we’ve had to deal with them over time,” he said.
He says that now, 50 percent to 70 percent of the bodies he sees have clots.
“For me to embalm a body without any clots, kind of like how it was in the day, prior to all of this stuff … It’s rare,” Hirschman said.
“The exception is to embalm a body without clots,” he noted.
The chart below shows the differences between the blood of the unvaccinated and the clot tested with ICP-MS, according to Adams’s analysis.
“Notice that the key elemental markers of human blood such as iron are missing in the clot (which is just at 4.4 percent of blood). Similar story with magnesium, potassium, and zinc. These are clear markers for human blood. Live human blood will always have high iron, or the person would be dead. These clots have almost no iron, nor magnesium, etc.,” Adams told The Epoch Times.
Wade Hamilton, a cardiologist who is familiar with clots, told The Epoch Times:
“The fact that the magnesium, potassium, and iron are very low in the samples could suggest that they are not the usual post-mortem clots, that in fact there was no blood flow in these vessels. These structures raise but do not totally answer some interesting questions.”
“The combination of the low electrolytes and the novel very strong string-like structures suggests that these areas where the string-like structures are seen in the blood vessels did not receive circulation. They are not ‘normal’ post-mortem findings according to experienced embalmers bent on obtaining total body vascular access from one site, which because of the unusual ‘clots,’ they were unable to do,” he added.
“They are not normal post-mortem clots but rather the long tiny strings may have been etiologic in the deaths, preventing circulation to those regions. Others have shown that the spike protein can and does unfold and form a different configuration, contributing to tight string-like bonded structures with longitudinal twisting as well as cross binding, visible by microscopy, each one measuring angstroms in diameter—it takes 25,400,000 angstroms to make an inch—a typical capillary is around 5 microns, so many strings are needed to occlude a vessel.”
The embalming process has become much more difficult too, causing some embalmers to have to drain the blood via multiple points instead of a single spot.
‘Never Seen’ Before
“In 20 years of embalming, I had never seen these white fibrous structures in the blood, nor have others in my field. In the past year, I have seen these strange clots in many different individuals, and it doesn’t seem to matter what they die of, they often have similar substances in their blood. This makes me very concerned because if something is wrong in the blood, it begs the question: is something causing people to die prematurely?” Hirschman said.
“As the summer [of 2021] went on, COVID deaths were on the decline, but these clots were increasing in number. My suspicion is that the vaccine may be the cause of these strange clots. I realize that I am not a doctor nor am I a scientist, but I do know what blood looks like and I am very familiar with the embalming process that I have been doing for two decades. I do not know 100 percent what causes these clots, but I do know from my experience and through speaking with several other embalmers and funeral directors none of us had seen this strange clotting before.”
Hirschman sent the clots to a few pathologists and claims that some of them have “overlooked” them, probably due to fear of retaliation.
He has embalmed thousands of bodies and is very familiar with blood, and he feels that the blood of most of the bodies he has seen in the last two years “has changed.”
The Continued Damages to our Children
New CDC statistics, the UK and public policy, OH MY!
with Robert W Malone MD
Booster Nations: The Never-ending Onslaught of Covid Booster Shots
by Jeremy Harrigan
When I think back to my childhood and all the injections I received as a kid, and then fast forward to my time served in the Army for 20 years, I can remember some of the shots I had prior to deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan involving some boosters that they told me were necessary, so of course I just stuck out my arm like a good boy or a good soldier and didn’t think much of it.
First, a quick flashback to the Pill Scene from original film “The Matrix”, from 1999: Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) offers Neo (Keanu Reeves) the choice of taking the Blue Pill or the Red Pill. If Neo took the blue pill, he could wake up in his bed and believe whatever he wanted to believe about the world he lived in, basically just living out his life going through the motions, being a good citizen, a hard worker, and always giving blind obedience to authority. But if he took the red pill, the scales would be lifted from his eyes and would come to know the truth that he was born into bondage, a slave to a system of tyranny and absolute control over human beings embedded inside a fake reality computer program called The Matrix. Out of sense of curiosity but also a leap of faith, of course Neo takes the Red Pill and he becomes a total bad-ass, and you know the rest of the story if you watched the movie and its sequels.
Sadly, so many people around the world want to continue taking the blue-pill, or are taking the blue-pill whether they even realize it or not. Sure, no government institutions or media outlets are perfect, but they must still be looking out for my well-being (they reckon to themselves), so I will keep doing what I’m told; I’m sure everything will work out just fine. Whether it is from a sense of pride, arrogance or stubborn ignorance, they continue to fall for a counterfeit, and thus bury their heads in the sand as time marches on.
Now, having been red-pilled for over ten years when it comes to the greed and corruption of Big Pharma, especially when it comes to the push to vaccinate the world in general, it seems this unbridled Covid booster campaign just keeps gaining speed. The other day, I went to the coronavirus.house.gov press releases webpage and was blown away by a statement Rep. James E. Clyburn, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis issued following a statement after the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorized Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech single dose bivalent coronavirus vaccines for use as a booster at least two months following primary or booster vaccination for virtually all Americans 12 and older by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can read the statement HERE. The narrative still gets pushed forward, and the drug manufactures still receive impetuous, lavish praise.
Summary of key points:
· COVID-19 vaccine boosters have been generating a lot of controversy
· COVID-19 vaccine boosters have not undergone any human trials, not even on mice
· The expected harms caused by the boosters likely outweigh any benefits to public health
· Mandated Booster Shots Cause More Harm Than Good
Despite the narrative surrounding Rep Clyburn’s statement which continues to brainwash blue-pilled America, I had to a double-take and read again the part where the FDA is authorizing this new single dose bivalent coronavirus vaccines for use as a booster at least two months following primary or booster vaccination. Are you kidding me? The booster I had two months ago is no good, and now they are telling me I need another one? What the heck is going on here? Most fully-vaccinated should have an easy time remembering whether they had the first shot, or had their first two shots with 4-6 weeks between each one. But I suppose there are those out there who may be asking themselves “Wait a minute, gosh how many boosters have I had now, gee I’ve lost count”. In Canada, public health authorities are suggesting Canadians will need COVID-19 vaccines every 90 days. It just goes on and on.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, it’s full speed ahead with the booster protocol, who stated on CBC this week “We don’t have time to do a clinical trial because we need to get the vaccine out now,” pointing to how about 400 Americans are dying per day with COVID-19 and thousands of others are in hospitals with the disease. Dr. Harvey Risch, a professor emeritus of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said that Fauci’s comments were hypocritical because randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) were required for the original vaccines, when the mortality of the virus was much higher. You can find the rest of what Dr. Risch had to say in response to Dr. Fauci, who is echoing other top U.S. officials, including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, on this page.
When is the world going to wake up and begin to realize some very basic, rational common-sense arguments: if social distancing works, why do we need masks?’ If masks work, why do we need social distancing? If both social distancing and masks work, why do we need to take a vaccine? If the vaccines work, why do we need social distancing and masks combined or if the original first two jabs worked and were really that good, why would anyone need boosters, even if they considered themselves to be high-risk?
And this far into the pandemic, if my last booster did some necessary clean up or repair from the injection I had before that, why then do I need another booster? And another? And yet another?
44% of hospitalizations boosted
with Dr. John Campbell
CDC Says 44% of People Hospitalized With COVID Had Third Dose or Booster
(Not so) "Safe and Effective"
by Robert W Malone MD
Politics and COVID-19/Vaccine Policy.
I am starting off this compilation of articles with a new peer reviewed study, published in Vaccine - which is a well respected journal.
US Life Expectancy Falls Again in ‘Historic’ Decline
by Dr. Joseph Mercola
According to the latest statistics reported by The New York Times1 August 31, 2022, life expectancy in the United States dropped precipitously in 2020 and 2021.
In 2019, the average life span of Americans of all ethnicities was nearly 79 years. By the end of 2021, two years into the COVID pandemic and one full year into the mass inoculation campaign, life expectancy had dropped to 76 — a loss of nearly three years.
Even small declines in life expectancy of a tenth or two-tenths of a year mean that on a population level, a lot more people are dying prematurely than they really should be. And this was nearly THREE years or 35 times more.
What Has Caused Drop in Life Expectancy?
According to The New York Times, Native Americans and Alaska Natives have the highest rate of diabetes out of any ethnic groups — 1 in 7 — and obesity is also common. Both of these conditions have been identified as comorbidities that make you more susceptible to serious COVID-19 infection, which could help explain why life expectancy among Native Americans and Alaska Natives dropped by four years in 2020.
They do not necessarily explain the continued drop in life expectancy in 2021, however. According to Minnesota Chippewa tribe member Dr. Ann Bullock, former director of diabetes treatment and prevention at the federal Indian Health Service agency, the COVID jab campaign was very successful among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, which made the continued drop during 2021 "all the more upsetting."
Bullock told The New York Times,2 "The Native American population did quite well in the vaccination efforts, and that made us feel that 2021 would not be as devastating as 2020."
Aside from COVID, causes of death listed as contributors to this loss of life expectancy include accidental deaths, drug overdoses, heart disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. As you might expect, the idea that the COVID shots might have something to do with it is completely dismissed, even though it's the proverbial elephant in the room.
Lethal Traffic Accidents Are at 20-Year High
The increase in "accidental deaths" seem particularly odd, considering the many lockdowns, but it's possible the COVID jabs might have something to do with this as well. According to the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), lethal traffic accidents have steadily risen during 2021 and 2022,3 reaching a 20-year high in the first quarter of 2022.
Some have started referring to these accidents as "vaccindents," caused when jabbed individuals suddenly experience a stroke, heart attack or temporary black-out while driving.
It cannot be proven that side effects from the jab are causing these accidents, but it's still something worth considering. The jabs are also known to cause mental fog, disorientation and confusion, which could contribute to any number of accidents, on and off the road.
'Sudden Death Syndrome' May Be Driving Down Life Expectancy
Excess mortality, a statistic that is related to but separate from life expectancy, certainly plays a role. Excess mortality refers to the difference between the observed numbers of deaths (from all causes) during a given time period, compared to the expected number of deaths based on historical norms, such as the previous five-year average. (Formula: reported deaths – expected deaths = excess deaths.)
Across the world, excess mortality has dramatically risen since the start of the pandemic, and barely a day now goes by without a healthy adult suddenly dropping dead with no apparent cause. People have died during live broadcasts, in the middle of speeches and during dinner.
Clearly, they were feeling well enough to go to work, to an event or a restaurant, and something caused them to instantaneously die without warning. These are the people making up these excess death statistics. They shouldn't be dead, yet something took them out.
While COVID-positive deaths were part of the equation in 2020, excess deaths really took off after the rollout of the COVID jabs, and in 2021 far exceeded deaths labeled as COVID deaths.4
In the video above, John Campbell, retired nurse teacher, reviews excess death data in Scotland, where excess mortality is now so high across all age groups that the government has launched a formal inquiry to determine the cause.5 Data show excess deaths are 11% above the five-year average, and has remained above average for the past 26 weeks.
Healthy Athletes Dropping Dead at Record Numbers
Campbell also reviews the individual case of Rob Wardell, a 37-year-old champion mountain biker who died in his sleep mere days after winning the Scottish MTB XC championship.6 His partner, Katie Archibald tweeted:7
"I still don't understand what's happened; if this is real; why he'd be taken now — so healthy and happy. He went into cardiac arrest while we were lying in bed. I tried and tried, and the paramedics arrived within minutes, but his heart stopped and they couldn't bring him back."
Wardell is just one of several hundred athletes who have suddenly dropped dead, worldwide, and the one common denominator is that they all had one or more COVID jabs.
Between January 2021 and August 2022 (a period of 19 months), at least 1,249 athletes suffered cardiac arrest or collapse after COVID injection, and at least 847 died,8 with more being recorded as reports come in. Historically, the annual average of sudden death in athletes has been between 299 and 69,10 so this is clearly nowhere near normal, regardless of what the "fact checkers" say.
Campbell goes on to review a paper in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology,11,12 which notes that 80% of athletes who die suddenly have no symptoms of family history of heart disease.
The authors suggest using genetic testing to identify athletes at risk of sudden cardiac death. Still, with the dramatic uptick in athletes suddenly dying, it seems beyond unreasonable to attribute such deaths to undiagnosed preexisting heart disease.
Excess Death Trend in the US
A National Institutes of Health preprint13 published mid-May 2022, reviewed excess all-cause mortality across 3,127 counties in the U.S. between March 2020 and December 2021. According to this paper:
"An estimated 936,911 excess deaths occurred during 2020 and 2021, of which 171,168 (18.3%) were not assigned to COVID-19 on death certificates as an underlying cause of death ...
The proportion of excess deaths assigned to COVID-19 was lower in 2020 (76.3%) than in 2021 (87.0%), suggesting that a larger fraction of excess deaths was assigned to COVID-19 later in the pandemic. However, in rural areas and in the Southeast and Southwest a large share of excess deaths was still not assigned to COVID-19 during 2021 ...
Excess death rates were highest in Mississippi (301 deaths per 100,000 residents) followed by Arizona (246 deaths per 100,000 residents) in 2020 and in West Virginia (298 deaths per 100,000 residents) followed by Mississippi (271 deaths per 100,000 residents) in 2021."
Again, while a majority of the excess deaths were attributed to COVID (which we know simply means they had a positive PCR test at the time of death, or within a certain time period of death), 171,168 excess deaths were not attributable to COVID. So, why did so many people die that "shouldn't" have?
Working Age Adults Dying in Record Numbers
Life insurance data tell an even more horrifying story. In January 2022, OneAmerica, a mutual life insurance company based in Indianapolis, reported that the death rate of working-age Americans (18 to 64), in the third quarter of 2021, was 40% higher than prepandemic levels — and these deaths were not attributed to COVID. They also had an uptick in long-term disability claims. According to CEO Scott Davidson:14
"We are seeing, right now, the highest death rates we have seen in the history of this business — not just at OneAmerica. The data is consistent across every player in that business.
And what we saw just in third quarter, we're seeing it continue into fourth quarter, is that death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic. Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a three-sigma or a one-in-200-year catastrophe would be 10% increase over pre-pandemic. So, 40% is just unheard of."
Dr. Robert Malone addressed OneAmerica's finding in a Substack article, stating:15
"AT A MINIMUM, based on my reading, one has to conclude that if this report holds and is confirmed by others in the dry world of life insurance actuaries, we have both a huge human tragedy and a profound public policy failure of the U.S. Government and U.S. HHS system to serve and protect the citizens that pay for this 'service.'
IF this holds true, then the genetic vaccines so aggressively promoted have failed, and the clear federal campaign to prevent early treatment with lifesaving drugs has contributed to a massive, avoidable loss of life.
AT WORST, this report implies that the federal workplace vaccine mandates have driven what appears to be a true crime against humanity. Massive loss of life in (presumably) workers that have been forced to accept a toxic vaccine at higher frequency relative to the general population ..."
Excess Death Trends in England and Wales
Excess deaths are also soaring in England and Wales.16 As reported by The Telegraph17 August 18, 2022, for 14 out of the past 15 weeks, England and Wales have averaged an extra 1,000 non-COVID deaths per week above the seven-year average, and the percentage of people dying at home is disproportionally higher than expected (28.1% higher than statistical norm).
If this trajectory continues, the number of non-COVID excess deaths in the U.K. will outpace COVID deaths in 2022.
According to The Telegraph, the spike in excess deaths became very noticeable around the end of April 2022, and if this trajectory continues, the number of non-COVID excess deaths will outpace COVID deaths in 2022. The top three causes of non-COVID deaths in England and Wales are currently cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancers.18
Excess Deaths Should Be BELOW Average in 2022
Campbell also reviews data19 from the British Office for National Statistics that highlight an important point. People who under normal circumstances would have died in 2022 from old age and natural causes, already died from COVID, either in 2020 or 2021.
COVID (and state-enforced mistreatment of patients) caused the premature death of many, even if only by some months or a couple of years. And, since so many elderly had already died who statistically should have died this year, the excess death rate in 2022 should actually be BELOW average. But it's not. It's way higher so, clearly, something is very wrong.
People who should have decades of life expectancy left are the ones dying. As just one example, "an unprecedented series of sudden deaths among healthy children and adolescents" is being reported in Greece,20 and "forensic experts are unable to provide any clear explanation for this." Between January 2020 and June 2022, unexplained deaths among children under the age of 19 rose from 70 to 138.
What's Killing Younger Healthy People?
Since COVID-19 isn't killing younger, healthy people, what is? What changed in 2021 that might have such a devastating effect on people's health? Well, the most obvious change is that 67.7% of the global population has received at least one dose of the experimental COVID shots,21 and doctors and scientists have elucidated several mechanisms by which these gene transfer technologies might injure or kill. As reported by vaccine safety blogger Steve Kirsch:22
"Normally death rates don't change at all. They are very stable. It would take something REALLY BIG to have an effect this big. The effect size is 12-sigma.23 That is an event that would happen by pure chance every 2.832 years. That's very rare. It's basically never.
The universe is only 14 billion years old which is 1.413. In other words, the event that happened is not a statistical 'fluke.' Something caused a very big change ... Whatever it is that is causing this, it is bigger and deadlier than COVID and it's affecting nearly everyone."
Kirsch lists 14 clues as to what this deadly "something" might be, including the following:
· The rise in deaths began after the rollout of the COVID shots
· It's primarily working age people (18 to 64) who are dying
· There are more excess deaths than any time in history, which suggests they're caused by a novel threat
· COVID deaths have significantly diminished, so COVID-19 can be ruled out
· People are dying from a wide variety of causes, so most pathogens can be ruled out
· To get an effect size this high, the lethal agent must affect massive numbers of people. "It is something new affecting at least half the population," Kirsch writes, "like a new mandated vaccine for example"
· The dramatic rise in disabilities suggests that many who aren't killed by this novel threat are seriously injured, often long-term. As mentioned, doctors and scientists have detailed several mechanisms of action by which the COVID shots can maim or kill
· In conclusion, that life expectancy has dropped by three years since the start of the pandemic can be explained by the simple fact that the primary "remedy" for COVID — the experimental mRNA COVID jabs — are the most lethal drugs in medical history.
In memory of those who ‘died suddenly’ in the United States and worldwide, August 29-September 5
“Doctors in the US, UK, Germany (2) and Italy (and a med student in Argentina); journalists in the US, Brazil, El Salvador and Italy; clerics in the US, Netherlands, Poland and Benin; and so many more”
by Mark Crispin Miller
In memory of those who "died suddenly" in the United States and worldwide, September 5-September 12, 2022
“Journalists in the US, Canada, Brazil, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Mauritius and New Zealand; policemen in the US (4), Canada, Austria, Italy and Croatia; and all too many more”
by Mark Crispin Miller
News from Underground by Mark Crispin Miller
“Sarah Sanders (40) has surgery for thyroid cancer; John Michael Montgomery badly hurt in tour bus crash; Brazilian journalist keels over on the air; Belgian footballer collapses 15 minutes into game”
This week's NON-fatal "adverse events" include a German rapper's wife confined to wheelchair due to mystery illness, and further "vaxxidents" in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina (2), Germany & Italy
COVID Jab Coverup Exposed & WHO Chief Scientist Admits It’s Unknown If Bivalent Jabs Safe/Effective
with Ryan Cristian
The COVID-19 Power Grab as “Organized Crime”. A Multi-faceted Deception
Prof. Anthony J. Hall
Many holes are busting through the thick mental wall of media-generated obstructions meant to block wide public understanding of the COVID-19 power grab. The fake fight to vanquish the celebrity coronavirus is being widely exposed as a multi-faceted deception.
As delusions are shattering, more and more people are starting to open their minds to the profound nature of the actual dangers engulfing us. In the process the dons directing the COVID Mafioso are losing control of the dominant COVID narrative. The narrative’s embattled defenders are becoming increasingly desperate to divert public attention away from the scene of the COVID crimes.
In spite of the diversionary tactics, a growing constituency is coming to see that human predators, not the surprise invasion of some new type of germ, are the primary culprits driving the malaise that has been overtaking us. Our economy, our rights, our freedoms, our institutions, and increasingly our very lives and wellbeing are under attack as the COVID-19 power grab moves into new frontiers of subversive infiltration.
Some of those engaged in the grab for power have exposed their true agenda by celebrating the crash of existing forms of political economy. They have lauded the destruction of our life support systems as a necessary expedient to clear decks for massive structural transformation sometimes described as the Great Reset. See this.
This slogan is best understood as a cynical PR phrase whose propagandistic purpose is to disguise the lawless ruthlessness of the COVID-19 power grab. In their internally contradictory fantasies the Davos devotees pushing the idea of a Great Reset, picture a woke and green utopia under the digitally-enabled iron fist of corporatist dictatorship.
To anticipate where this power grab is taking us, we need only evaluate the trajectory of developments delivered to us since 2020. The weight of evidence has become overwhelming that the COVID measures imposed in the name of safeguarding human health are doing precisely the opposite. The COVID lockdowns accelerated a well-advanced economic calamity and the injections have set in motion a massive global public health catastrophe still in its infancy.
Beware of the QR Code, Remember Agenda ID2020?
by Peter Koenig
“Covid19/11 – Narratives Intertwined”
by The Off Guardian
In 2021, on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, Off-Guardian asked 15 experts, including scientists, medical practitioners, journalists and activists, to share their views on 9/11 and the Covid-19 narrative.
Perhaps these two narratives have more in common than we realise? A global War on Terror filtering into a global war against a virus, both instrumental in cracking down on personal liberties, both instilling unprecedented fear into world populations.
Both, many argue, completely orchestrated.
To mark the 21st Anniversary of 9/11 we present all our 15 experts’ views in a new single cut.
As you watch, allow yourself to consider, what can we learn from twenty tangled years of overlapping, overarching agendas?
What can we learn when narratives intertwine?
In order of appearance: Robin Monotti, Katherine Gun, Graeme MacQueen, Niels Harrit, Kevin Ryan, Elizabeth Woodworth, Catherine Austin Fitts, Mike Yeadon, Piers Robinson, Carol Brouillet, Frances Shure, CJ Hopkins, Cindy Sheehan, Eva Bartlett, Ed Curtin
Lancet viral origins report
with Dr. John Campbell
Cancer Rates Skyrocketing!
with Jimmy Dore
Watch "Pandemic failures"
with Dr. John Campbell
Watch "US, Mass disabling event"
with Dr. John Campbell
The Corbett Report
“The Dark History of the Royals”
by James Corbett
“That’s Enough Monarchy for Now, Thank You”
by Craig Murray
Coverage of the demise of Elizabeth II provides a glaring example of the unrelenting media propaganda by which the establishment maintains its grip.
Queen Elizabeth II's Death Coverage Exposes Media Hypocrisy
by Robert Inlakesh
The so-called Democratic “Free World” came to a stand still for a monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who’s death has again proven just how subservient, hypocritical, and ridiculously biased Western media and governments are.
Monarchs Belong in the Dustbin of History
by Chris Hedges
Cruelties of the Queen’s Reign
by Brett Wilkins
As millions of Britons and admirers the world over mourned Queen Elizabeth II’s death Thursday, others — especially in nations formerly colonized by the British Empire — voiced reminders of the “horrendous cruelties” perpetrated against them during the monarch’s reign.
“We do not mourn the death of Elizabeth, because to us her death is a reminder of a very tragic period in this country and Africa’s history,” declared Julius Malema, head of the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters party in South Africa.
“Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952, reigning for 70 years as a head of an institution built up, sustained, and living off a brutal legacy of dehumanization of millions of people across the world,” he continued.
“During her 70-year reign as queen, she never once acknowledged the atrocities that her family inflicted on native people that Britain invaded across the world,” Malema noted. “She willingly benefited from the wealth that was attained from the exploitation and murder of millions of people across the world.”
Economic Freedom Fighters Statement on the Death of Queen Elizabeth
by Sinawo Thambo, Leigh-Ann Mathys, and Sixolise Gcilishe
The brutal history of British imperialism should not be forgotten in the wake of the Queen's death. The South African organization, Economic Freedom Fighters, recounts the many crimes perpetrated by the British empire in their country and around the world.
China, Wall Street and the New Global Economy with James Corbett
with Whitney Webb and James Corbett
Whitney is joined by James Corbett of the Corbett Report to discuss the overlap between the oligarchs of China and the United States and how the rise of China is intimately tied to Wall Street and Globalism.
Children’s Health Defense – September 8, 2022
“Israel Covered Up Pfizer Vaccine Injuries + COVID Shots Linked to Excess Deaths in Germany + More”
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
News from Underground by Mark Crispin Miller
“To figure out what's really happening in Ukraine (and not just there), DON'T watch TV, or read the New York Times, or any other Western media outlet (whether corporate OR ‘alternative’)”
Five dissident responses to the latest chapter in that war may help us better understand it—and, maybe, also see exactly how it figures in the larger war against the rest of us
Pro-War Press Celebrates NATO, Coalition Forces Taking 1.6% of Russian-Occupied Ukraine
by Frankie Stockes
Corporate media outlets are claiming that Ukraine is in the midst of a major offensive to defeat Russia, but their reports deny reality.
The pro-war corporate press is justifying the billions of American taxpayer dollars sent to Ukraine by publishing outright propaganda and claiming that the Ukrainians are in the midst of a major military offensive to push the Russians out of the country. In reality, Ukraine’s NATO-backed forces have taken a mere 1.6% slice of Russian-occupied territory, and live maps show corporate media claims couldn’t be further from the truth, as the Russian military and pro-Russian forces are firmly entrenched in the long-contested eastern regions of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s offensive appeared to kick off over the weekend, as fighting heated up, much to the glee of Western media.
According to low estimates, Russia controls over 120,000 square kilometers of internationally recognized Ukrainian territory. This week, the Ukrainians took back a mere 2,000 square kilometers of that area, regaining the equivalent of just about 1.6% of the total area they’ve lost to Russia since the February ground invasion.
According to Western media outlets though, Ukraine has made massive and historic gains and has the Russians on the run. CNN claimed in a Monday report that the Russian military is in the midst of a “collapse” in northeastern Ukraine, where the bulk of recent hostilities has taken place.
That report was echoed by a chorus of other mockingbird media outlets, who have all championed American intervention in Ukraine, be it financial or physical.
In a quote widely lauded by the corporate press, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was an actor before he entered politics, taunted Russia and President Vladimir Putin amidst the supposed Ukrainian offensive.
The Russian military is “demonstrating the best it can do – showing its back,” Zelenskyy said on Monday. “They made a good choice to run.”
Revealed: How the US and UK Stopped Peace Deal in Ukraine
with Lee Camp
Blinken Tells European Allies He Believes Ukraine War Will Last Through 2022
by Dave DeCamp
The US and its allies are expecting a 'protracted' conflict and are pouring weapons into Ukraine
U.S. Pours More Weapons Into Spiraling Ukraine Conflict
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Kiev on a surprise visit with a clear mission: Make the spiraling crisis even worse. Arriving this morning, Blinken met with the Ukrainian president Zelenskyy and vowed that U.S. backing for his country’s war effort will continue “for as long as it takes.”
Coinciding with the visit, the Biden administration announced two new packages of weapons shipments together totaling $2.9 billion. One component amounting to nearly $700 million was announced by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who is today on a seperate trip to a U.S. airbase in nearby Germany. This includes heavy weapons and ammunition for Ukraine’s military. Another $2.2 billion is for long-term military upkeep, roughly half of which will go to Ukraine. The other half will be divided up among 18 different Eastern European countries — a clear signal that this war is about the comprehensive militarization of the region to surround Russia, not simply a matter of self-defense for Ukraine.
Upgrading the Special Military Operation
with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
Russia's reasons for hitting basic infrastructure. Mitsotakis calms crisis with Turkey.
with Alex Christoforou
Russia Advances in Bakhmut, Defends in North Donetsk; EU Leaders Split on Gas Crisis
with Alexander Mercouris
Leaked: US & EU Plans To Plunder Ukraine
with Lee Camp
Now that the U.S. has publicly accepted that what is happening in Ukraine is a proxy war and Ukraine won’t win, the focus has moved to who will get to plunder what from Ukraine after the war.
A Ukraine Recovery Conference sounds good, right? I bet they recommend volunteering in elder care facilities, free housing for everyone in Ukraine having a rough time and maybe funding a free public transit system. No?
Norton continues, “[They met] to plan a series of harsh neoliberal policies to impose on post-war Ukraine, calling to cut labor laws, ‘open markets,’ drop tariffs, deregulate industries, and ‘sell state-owned enterprises to private investors.’“
In other words, they’re just repeating the normal gameplan of the U.S. Empire. Destroy an area of the world, then put in drastic and cruel capitalist policies that enrich a tiny number of people and don’t help suffering people.
This plan to pillage Ukraine didn’t start when the proxy war did this past February. New evidence shows that the U.S. and other Western countries had been planning to privatize the Ukrainian economy since at least 2018.
Between 2018 and 2021 the Ukraine Recovery Conference had a different name – the Ukraine Reform Conference. According to a document for the 2018 conference the, “ultimate goal of the reform is to sell state-owned enterprises to private investors…” That original goal hasn’t changed.
When you think about it, selling state-owned enterprises to private investors is taking something that belonged to all the people of Ukraine and giving it to a handful of billionaires. That’s just theft on a massive scale.
As much as this sounds like pillaging a country, if the Ukrainian people wanted it to happen, then it wouldn’t be my place to argue.
But, as Norton reports, Ukrainians aren’t in favor of the pillaging of their nation, “[The URC] acknowledged that they were very unpopular among actual Ukrainians. A poll found that just 12.4% supported privatization of state-owned enterprises (SOE), whereas 49.9% opposed it.”
But when have the objections of a nation’s people mattered to the powerful interests trying to steal their resources?
Despite being unpopular with Ukrainians the powers behind these conferences have urged Ukraine to cut taxes on corporations and wealthy capitalists, funded consultants to sell neoliberal market reforms to the Ukrainian people, and successfully championed assaults on the rights of Ukrainian people.
Norton connected these reforms to the Washington-led shock therapy forced on Russia after the dissolution of the USSR and the horrific results that followed. He wrote, “A 2001 UNICEF study found that these harsh neoliberal reforms in Russia caused 3.2 million excess deaths, and pushed 18 million children into poverty, bringing about rampant malnutrition and public health crises.”
Up-Date: Bakhmut surrounded. “Poking at Russia and hoping for escalation”
with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
Q &A: Bakhmut and goals of the SMO
with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
“Thucydides Trap” sprung. Conflict and regime change operations incoming
with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
U.S. Policy & "West's False Narrative" Stoking Tensions with Russia, China
with Jeffrey Sachs
We discuss Western hegemony and U.S. policy in Russia, Ukraine and China with Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, whose new article is headlined "The West's False Narrative About Russia and China." Sachs says the bipartisan U.S. approach to foreign policy is "unaccountably dangerous and wrongheaded," and warns the U.S. is creating "a recipe for yet another war" in East Asia.
US, UK Sabotaged Ukraine-Russia PEACE DEAL In April
with Aaron Maté
Silencing the Lambs — How Propaganda Works
by John Pilger
In the 1970s, I
met one of Hitler’s leading propagandists, Leni
Riefenstahl, whose epic films glorified the Nazis. We happened to be staying at
the same lodge in Kenya, where she was on a photography assignment, having
escaped the fate of other friends of the Fuhrer.
She told me that the “patriotic messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the German public.
Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? I asked. “Yes, especially them,” she said.
I think of this as I look around at the propaganda now consuming Western societies.
Of course, we are very different from Germany in the 1930s. We live in information societies. We are globalists. We have never been more aware, more in touch, better connected.
Or do we in the West live in a Media Society where brainwashing is insidious and relentless, and perception is filtered according to the needs and lies of state and corporate power?
The United States dominates the Western world’s media. All but one of the top 10 media companies are based in North America. The internet and social media – Google, Twitter, Facebook – are mostly American owned and controlled.
In my lifetime, the United States has overthrown or attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, mostly democracies. It has interfered in democratic elections in 30 countries. It has dropped bombs on the people of 30 countries, most of them poor and defenceless. It has attempted to murder the leaders of 50 countries. It has fought to suppress liberation movements in 20 countries.
The extent and scale of this carnage is largely unreported, unrecognised, and those responsible continue to dominate Anglo-American political life.
Harold Pinter Broke the Silence
In the years before he died in 2008, the playwright Harold Pinter made two extraordinary speeches, which broke a silence.
“Prologue To Third World War”: Kremlin Reacts To Security Guarantees For Ukraine
by Tyler Durden
Ukraine wants a 'NATO-esque' bloc which can be called upon to immediately defend borders with Russia, which was proposed by a working group established by President Volodymyr Zelensky. Crucially it would include the United States and other NATO allies providing Ukraine with "security guarantees". Kiev officials stressed in unveiling the plan Tuesday that it's not meant as a replacement for NATO, but as a legally binding alliance to be in place while Ukraine eventually pursues full NATO membership, as Newsweek describes of the proposal:
The Kyiv Security Compact (KSC)—proposed by Andriy Yermak, the head of Zelensky's office, and former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen—would also establish a "multi-decade" plan of investment, military training, and intelligence sharing to bolster Ukraine's defensive capabilities as the country pursues full NATO membership.
The Kremlin's reaction has been swift and fierce, with Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev warning that it is "really a prologue to the Third World War" if it gets enacted. He described that nuclear holocaust would be the end result.
Top 10 Reasons Sweden and Finland Will Regret Joining NATO
by David Swanson
America’s Forever Wars Go Viral
by Andy Kroll
“The Narrative Is Coming Apart”
by Patrick Lawrence
Scott Ritter: Why Russia Will Still Win, Despite Ukraine’s Gains
by Scott Ritter
Russia is no longer fighting a Ukrainian army equipped by NATO, but a NATO army manned by Ukrainians. Yet, Russia still holds the upper hand despite its Kharkiv setback.
Calm in the Kremlin, SMO plan for now. ATO remains on the table"
withAlex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
Bakhmut and goals of the SMO w/Brian Berletic from The New Atlas
with Alex Christoforou, Alexander Mercouris, Gonzalo Lira, and Brian Berletic
Will the U.S. Learn Anything from Putin’s Disastrous Invasion?
by Andrew Bacevich
In Washington, wide agreement exists that the Russian army’s performance in the Kremlin’s ongoing Ukraine “special military operation” ranks somewhere between lousy and truly abysmal. The question is: Why? The answer in American policy circles, both civilian and military, appears all but self-evident. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has stubbornly insisted on ignoring the principles, practices, and methods identified as necessary for success in war and perfected in this century by the armed forces of the United States. Put simply, by refusing to do things the American way, the Russians are failing badly against a far weaker foe.
Granted, American analysts — especially the retired military officers who opine on national news shows — concede that other factors have contributed to Russia’s sorry predicament. Yes, heroic Ukrainian resistance, reminiscent of the Winter War of 1939-1940 when Finland tenaciously defended itself against the Soviet Union’s more powerful military, caught the Russians by surprise. Expectations that Ukrainians would stand by while the invaders swept across their country proved wildly misplaced. In addition, comprehensive economic sanctions imposed by the West in response to the invasion have complicated the Russian war effort. By no means least of all, the flood of modern weaponry provided by the United States and its allies — God bless the military-industrial-congressional complex — have appreciably enhanced Ukrainian fighting power.
Still, in the view of American military figures, all of those factors take a backseat to Russia’s manifest inability (or refusal) to grasp the basic prerequisites of modern warfare. The fact that Western observers possess a limited understanding of how that country’s military leadership functions makes it all the easier to render such definitive judgments. It’s like speculating about Donald Trump’s innermost convictions. Since nobody really knows, any forcefully expressed opinion acquires at least passing credibility.
The prevailing self-referential American explanation for Russian military ineptitude emphasizes at least four key points . . .
Israel caught hiding BOMBSHELL Pfizer vaccine data
with Natali and Clayton Morris
A Lebanon-Israel War Was Just Made Much More Likely
by Robert Inlakesh
A vessel that Tel Aviv has contracted to extract gas from the Karish field, which is located in a disputed maritime zone, is set to begin extracting within weeks. In the event that no maritime border agreement is signed, Lebanese Hezbollah has vowed to attack Israeli oil and gas facilities and the latest announcement is a clear provocation.
Angry Europeans Take to the Streets Amidst An Energy Crisis
by First Post
Inflation in double digits, energy prices going through the roof and above all - depleted savings has led to a massive uproar in Europe. Citizens have taken to the streets in different countries to express their dissent against their political heads and demanded an active plan to come out of the crisis. In this video, we look at the scale of the protests in the European countries and what can one expect going forward.
Habeck captains Germany towards economic disaster, no chance of turning back
with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
The Specter of Germany Is Rising
by Diana Johnstone
The European Union is girding for a long war against Russia that appears clearly contrary to European economic interests and social stability. A war that is apparently irrational – as many are – has deep emotional roots and claims ideological justification. Such wars are hard to end because they extend outside the range of rationality.
For decades after the Soviet Union entered Berlin and decisively defeated the Third Reich, Soviet leaders worried about the threat of “German revanchism.” Since World War II could be seen as German revenge for being deprived of victory in World War I, couldn’t aggressive German Drang nach Osten be revived, especially if it enjoyed Anglo-American support? There had always been a minority in U.S. and U.K. power circles that would have liked to complete Hitler’s war against the Soviet Union.
It was not the desire to spread communism, but the need for a buffer zone to stand in the way of such dangers that was the primary motivation for the ongoing Soviet political and military clampdown on the tier of countries from Poland to Bulgaria that the Red Army had wrested from Nazi occupation.
This concern waned considerably in the early 1980s as a young German generation took to the streets in peace demonstrations against the stationing of nuclear “Euromissiles” which could increase the risk of nuclear war on German soil. The movement created the image of a new peaceful Germany. I believe that Mikhail Gorbachev took this transformation seriously.
Germany’s Energy Suicide: An Autopsy
by Pepe Escobar
Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi Organizations. History of America’s Imperialist Expansion in Eastern Europe, NATO Enlargement
by Prof. Gerald Sussman
Economist Richard Wolff: Sanctions Against Russia, Inflation & Class War
with Lowkey and Richard Wolff
Kharkov, Palmyra and constraints of a 'special military operation'
with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
Ukraine and the crisis of media censorship
with Christopher Hedges
Throughout the Ukraine war, Western news outlets have mindlessly parroted the opinions of a ruling elite and overseen a public discourse that is often unhinged from the real world. Patrick Lawrence was a correspondent and columnist for nearly 30 years for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune and The New Yorker. He is the author of Somebody Else's Century: East and West in a Post-Western World and Time No Longer: America After the American Century.
Zelensky rings New York Stock Exchange bell as Euro dips below dollar
by Alexander Rubinstein
Watch “All In!”
with Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris
Ukraine Counterattacks! – September 12, 2022
September 12, 2022: Information Clearing House -- In the last 72 hours or so, the pro-Russian side of the internet has been sent into an tailspin of panic over a new Ukrainian counteroffensive which is currently being launched in the Kharkov region, with the intention of compromising the Russian army grouping at Izyum. The panic was triggered by claims that Ukraine was advancing unopposed, encircling - or perhaps even capturing - the city of Balakliya - and on the verge of cutting off supply lines to Izyum.
If you will indulge me, I would like to revive a bit of optimism.
My view is fairly simple: Ukraine cannot and will not reach meaningful objectives - what we call “operational depth” - and has in fact thrown much of its carefully crafted premium reserves into a dangerous position. I believe it’s highly likely that these top rate Ukrainian formations are about to be savaged - but this is still an important learning moment for Russia.
Let’s just get straight into it, starting with an overview of the geography of this area, why Izyum is important, and why Ukraine has very poor prospects of reaching meaningful operational objectives.
Izyum: Gateway to the Donbas
A modest city with a prewar population of perhaps 50,000 people, Izyum was always slated to be a focal point in this war, due to its location at a critical intersection. The topography of northeastern Ukraine is dominated by a few critically important features which determine patterns of movement. These include the crucial E40/M03 highway, which connects the metropolis of Kharkov and the urban agglomeration of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, which are the largest and most important cities in the western Donbas. The region is furthermore shaped by the Severodonetsk River - alternatively called simply the Donets (from which the Donbas, or Donets Basin, draws its name) - which snakes lazily around the plain.
The Donets forms a geographic barrier between the Donbas to the south and the Kharkov region to the north, while the E40/M03 highway forms the main arterial for transit between Kharkov and the urban centers of the western Donbas. Izyum is a strategically crucial city because it is where the highway crosses the river; as an added cherry on top, the Oskil River - a major tributary of the Donets - confluences with the Donets less than five miles to the east of Izyum, meaning the city essentially sits directly on the intersection of all the most important geographic features of the region. . . .
Capturing Izyum was a major objective for Russia in the early weeks of the war (as I argued in a previous piece, this was a major reason for the pinning move on Kiev), because it not only interdicts and complicates supply to Ukrainian forces in the Donbas, but it also gave Russia an early position on the Donets river.
It is obvious why Ukraine would want to dislodge Russia from Izyum. This would simplify and secure lines of communication to Slovyansk and greatly complicate the Russian push in the Donbas by freeing Ukraine’s northern flank. To achieve this, they are attempting a thrust toward Kupyansk, with the aim of cutting the line connecting Izyum to Belgorod in the north. This operation, I believe, is doomed to spectacular failure.
The panic that set in on the Russian side (on the internet, at least, for there is no evidence that the Russian armed forces panicked) was due to the perception that Ukraine was advancing unopposed towards the east, rapidly approaching Kupyansk and doing… something, to Balakliya. Whether that something is encircling, capturing, or merely screening remains to be determined, as conflicting reports abound at the moment. It is prudent, however, to think about what it means to “advance.” This is a highly contextual question, which depends entirely on the level of resistance being offered and the proximity to operational goals.
Here, we can introduce a notion in military theory that we call “Operational Depth.” Please note, this is not a specific distance - it’s not 20, 50, or 100 km, but it could be any one of those depending on the situation. We’ll define it like this:
Operational Depth refers to the level of advance wherein the attacking force is no longer attacking the enemy’s frontline elements, but is instead directly assailing the enemy’s ability to sustain itself in combat.
The Kremlin’s “limited military operation” in Ukraine was a Strategic Blunder
by Paul Craig Roberts
As readers know, I have been concerned for many years that Russia’s toleration of endless insults and provocations would continue to encourage more and worst provocations until red lines are crossed that result in direct conflict between the two major nuclear powers. All these years the Kremlin, unable to understand, or to accept, that its role as Washington’s enemy #1 was set in stone, relied on a strategy of zero to minimal responses in order to undercut the image of a dangerous and aggressive Russia set on restoring the Soviet Empire.
This diplomatic strategy, like Russia’s Ukraine strategy, has completely failed.
The Kremlin’s disastrous Ukraine strategy began when the Kremlin paid more attention to the Sochi Olympics than it did to Washington’s overthrow of the Ukraine government. The Kremlin’s mistakes were put on an accelerating path when the Kremlin refused the Donbass’ request to be reunited with Russia like the former Russian province of Crimea. This left the Donbass Russians, formerly a part of Russia, to suffer persecution by Ukraine’s Nazi militias, shelling of civilian areas, and partial occupation by Ukrainian forces from 2014 until February, 2022 when the Russian Army began clearing Donbass of Ukrainian forces in order to prevent a prepared Ukrainian invasion of the Donbass republics. Having waited 8 years to act, the Kremlin now faced a large, western trained and equipped army plus fanatical Nazi regiments.
How the Arms Industry Scams the Taxpayer
by Julia Gledhill and William Hartung
Contractors Cash in as Congress Adds Billions to the Pentagon Budget.
Ukraine war veterans on how Kiev plundered US aid, wasted soldiers, endangered civilians, and lost the war
by Lindsey Snell and Cory Popp
“The weapons are stolen, the humanitarian aid is stolen, and we have no idea where the billions sent to this country have gone,” a Ukrainian complained to The Grayzone.
“The DEVASTATING truth is coming out in Ukraine”
with Natali and Clayton Morris
Former US intelligence officer: Ukraine war a 'NATO-Russian conflict
Commenting on the war's first phase, Scott Ritter said, “While Russia was busy destroying the Ukrainian military on the battlefield, Ukraine was busy reconstituting that army.”
He further described the second phase, saying, “Russia faced mobilized territorial and national units, supported by reconstituted NATO-trained forces. But the bulk of the NATO trained forces were held in reserve.”
On the third phase, he said Russia is now “facing a NATO-style military force that is being logistically sustained by NATO, trained by NATO, provided with NATO intelligence, and working in harmony with NATO military planners.”
“The current Ukrainian counteroffensive should not be viewed as an extension of the phase two battle, but rather the initiation of a new third phase which is not a Ukrainian-Russian conflict, but a NATO-Russian conflict.”
Ukraine and the Triumph of Militarism
by Caitlin Johnstone
Neocon publication The Atlantic has an article out titled “The Rise of the Liberal Hawks” which is infuriating as much for its sycophantic empire apologia as for how much of it is entirely correct.
Whose Mind Is It, Anyway?
by Helen of desTroy
Part II of an open-ended series on the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial, the Covid-19 experiment, and what it means for the future of the human species.
The Nuremberg Codes officially mandated informed consent for human participants in medical experiments following a trial that began 75 years ago in the aftermath of World War II. Normally eager for the reliable morale boost that comes from comparing one’s own work with Nazi atrocities, the narrative managers have instead decided to sit this 75th anniversary out, and even seem inclined to memory-hole the whole affair. It’s easy to see why they don’t want ordinary people reading up too much on the Doctors’ Trial - the parallels between the experiments conducted under cover of Covid-19 and the Nazis’ eugenic misadventures are too numerous to count, though I outlined some of the more glaring evidence in Part I of this series. But while their willing participation in what was for the test subjects a wholly non-consensual series of damaging if not deadly pandemic “experiments” has been established beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is these technicians’ plans for the future that should really give us pause.
CHD TV – September 10, 2022
Children’s Health Defense – Live, Video, Audio
“Spike Shedding — How To Protect Your Family With Judy Mikovits, Ph.D. + More”
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
South Africa VAERS Conference: Vaccine Victims, Experts + Data — An Independent, Alternative Reporting System
with Dr EV Rapiti, Dr Herman Edeling, Dr Stefaan Oosthuizen, Dr Erika Drews, Dr Mare Olivier, Dr Shankara Chetty, Fahrie Hassan, Adv Sabelo Sibanda, Dr Zandre Botha, Dr Jessica Rose and James Roguski.
SA VAERS CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER VICTIMS, EXPERTS AND DATA
SA VAERS, the South African Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System is holding its first public conference Saturday 10 September, 4pm GMT. An independent and alternative voluntary reporting system, SA VAERS is supported by a host of African and global advisors and advocates. The objective of SA VAERS is to give victims a voice, enhance data transparency and strengthen accountability and chances at compensation.
Convened by Shabnam Palesa Mohamed, CHD Africa acting executive director, the SA VAERS conference includes outspoken subject experts Dr EV Rapiti, Dr Herman Edeling, Dr Stefaan Oosthuizen, Dr Erika Drews, Dr Mare Olivier, Dr Shankara Chetty, Fahrie Hassan, Adv Sabelo Sibanda, Dr Zandre Botha, Dr Jessica Rose and James Roguski. The event will also include the reading of an international declaration, which is being launched Saturday 10 September, on the medical crisis due to the C19 shots.
This conference includes C19 shot victims, live and via video interviews, who will share their experiences of physical, cognitive and socio-economic harm. Data via reports submitted to SA VAERS will be shared with the public, along with the censorship of victims by SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority), mainstream media, and social media. Treatment protocols for C19 shot injuries will also be shared.
A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing in the hands of the uninformed.
by Robert W Malone MD
“One Nation Under Blackmail”
with Whitney Webb
The Defender – September 13, 2022
“Rockefeller Foundation, Nonprofits Spending Millions on Behavioral Psychology Research to ‘Nudge’ More People to Get COVID Vaccines”
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
News from Underground by Mark Crispin Miller
“Heart issues fell star athletes in Uruguay, France, Finland; stroke leaves Maltese athlete, 18, with "severe brain damage"; Sky Sports' Jo Wilson diagnosed with Stage 3 cervical cancer; & more”
by Mark Crispin Miller
“Child sacrifice has never been so cute!”
by Mark Crispin Miller
This cartoon in furtherance of Operation Herod is just one more piece of evidence that WILL be used against the perpetrators at their trial for crimes against humanity
CHD.TV – September 12, 2022
“Is Our Food Supply in Danger?” + “Children Aren't Guinea Pigs for Big Tech” + More
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Food Processing Plants...Still a Coincidence?
with Really Graceful
This is a follow-up to the video I made in April about the strange events happening at food processing plants in the United States. This video catalogues more events that have occurred since April 2022 and questions politifact’s most recent fact-check report on this topic. Something Strange is Happening to Our Food Processing Plants https://youtu.be/UPi4EVWPR8s
WHO chief, TPLF leader Tedros silent about his party's theft of World Food Program fuel
by ANN GARRISON
“Uninformed Consent: A Matador Films Picture”
Directed by Todd Michael Harris
James Corbett at the 9/11 Truth Film Festival
with Richard and Gail Gage and James Corbett
On Sunday, September 11, 2022, James Corbett appeared at the 2022 9/11 Truth Film Festival (in support of the Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry and their upcoming film, 9/11: Crime Scene to Courtroom) to talk about Part 3 of False Flags: The Secret History of Al Qaeda. He discusses the film with Richard and Gail Gage of RichardGage911.org and answers questions about the research that went into it.
Jason Bermas Interview - From Trans-Gender to Trans-Humanism
with Ryan Cristián
Human Cyborgs are Just the Beginning
by Robert Malone MD.
The USG Administrative State believes that Human Augmentation is ‘Imperative’
Ever since I wrote the substackon human augmentation and the UK Ministry of Defence and the German Military Complex , discussing that these two organizations advocate for human augmentation in a report entitled "Human Augmentation – The Dawn of a New Paradigm", I have been wondering if the US government, that is to say the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Administrative State which controls it, has developed similar plans.
This week I did a little research starting with the key words - “human augmentation” and “DoD” and there “it” is. The “it” being the strategy playbook and battlefield field plan for creating human cyborgs…
For those who lust for more stimulation and shaping after reading the following, this substack also relates to our June 16 substack entitled “ARPA-H, Intelligence Community within NIH”.
“The Google AI Sentience Psyop”
with Whitney Webb
Controlled Demolition Of The COVID Illusion Ushers In "Biomanufacturing" & The American "Bioeconomy"
with Ryan Cristián
Video Source Links (In Chronological Order)
Biden EO – American Farm
« My Free Speech »
by Robert W Malone MD, MS
Chain of corruption: how the White Helmets compromised OPCW investigations in Syria
by AARON MATÉ
America’s Billionaires Collectively Control the Hegemonic U.S. Imperial Government
How & Why Billionaires’ Charities’ Efforts to Help the World Are Now Turning It Rapidly Worse
Remembering Barbara Ehrenreich & Work Left Undone
by Richard Eskow
Every walkout, every outstretched hand, every word written or spoken in defense of workers’ rights, is a victory — whether it results in immediate and obvious success or not, writes Richard Eskow.
Only a week or two before Barbara Ehrenreich’s death on Sept. 1 I was in a used bookstore, where I found and bought an out-of-print pamphlet she co-wrote in 1988 with journalist and author Annette Fuentes. It’s called “Women in the Global Factory.”
That year, as Reaganism was reprogramming both political parties, Ehrenreich and Fuentes were engaged in the honorable and never-ending work of documenting corporate exploitation. Their work shows us how, even before Bill Clinton brought us the WTO agreement with China, multinational corporations were exploiting impoverished workers and specifically oppressing women—and that the U.S. government was enabling it. The trade deals later promoted by both parties would make the situation far worse in the decades to come.
The pamphlet also reminds us that Ehrenreich was doing the work that needed to be done well before her best-known book, Nickel and Dimed, made her famous in 2001.
Latin Americans Reject Resource Plundering by Same NATO Countries Fueling Military Conflict in Ukraine
by Camila Escalante
Chile’s Boric Is Becoming More Right Wing by the Day
by Carlos Aznárez
Chilean president Gabriel Boric was hailed as a leftist leader. In fact, his administration has joined the U.S. in condemning Latin America's revolutionary leaders, and voters rejected his proposed constitutional changes, with 62% opposed. Boric is a reformer who acts in league with right wing forces.
Brazil on Fire Episode 4: Nazis on your Street
by Michael Fox
Brazil has a long and complicated history with fascism, going back to the early 20th century. Far-right and white supremacist groups have been emboldened by President Jair Bolsonaro—with some members of his own cabinet openly sporting Nazi tattoos. They’ve unleashed online attacks, pushed fake news and misinformation in favor of Bolsonaro, and they’ve threatened Brazil’s Supreme Court and its justices. But the country’s top court is pushing back.
In this episode, we look at Brazil’s troubled past of reactionary fascist forces, and how Bolsonaro’s rise unleashed them anew.
New Research Finds CIA Used Black Americans as Drugs Experiment Guinea Pigs
by Kit Klarenberg
CIA targeted Black Americans for MKULTRA drug experimentation, new study says
by Kit Klarenberg
By now, many will be familiar with Project MKULTRA. For decades, the CIA conducted highly unethical experiments on humans in order to perfect brainwashing, mind control and torture techniques.
Perhaps the program’s most notorious aspect was the administration of high doses of psychoactive drugs to targets, particularly LSD. These substances were brought to Langley’s attention in 1948 by Richard Kuhn, one of 1,600 Nazi scientists covertly spirited to the U.S. via Operation Paperclip following World War II. When MKULTRA was formally established five years later, some individuals consulted directly on the project.
Laundering Black Rage, Part 2
by Too Black
Rage is a natural human emotion that is denied to Black people. Black rage is dangerous and is washed away, laundered, as if it were an ill-gotten gain. Too Black explains in the second part of a two-part essay. (See Part 1)
"The settler keeps alive in the native an anger which he deprives of outlet..." - Franz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth
"Black is a classification of domination, and Black is a response to being dominated." - Rasul Mowatt, The Geographies of Threat and the Production of Violence: The State and the City Between Us
The specter of Black Rage pervades inside the colony like the calamitous ambitions of the runaway slave who eagerly plots their return to the plantation by raiding it of its human property and jarring it into a can of ashes. Black Rage is a grand marronage spreading the remains of oppression about as the wheezing flames wave goodbye to its blood shaving whips. Haunted by this specter, white capital hides behind the laundering body of the State as it attempts to transform the rebellious nature of Black Rage into submissive capital.
Incubation . . . .(con’d)
Kali Akuno: Racism, Jackson's water crisis, and the need for mass movements
with Marc Steiner
Jackson-based organizer Kali Akuno explains how institutional racism and capitalism destroyed the majority-Black city’s infrastructure.
Utopian enclaves and the history of the Jewish Labor Bund with Molly Crabapple
by Lyta Gold
From 1897 to 1921, the General Jewish Labour Bund operated as a Jewish socialist party in Russia, Lithuania, and Poland. Composed primarily of Yiddish-speaking, secular Jews, the Bund struggled on two fronts: for the construction of socialism to liberate the working class, and for national cultural autonomy to protect the rights of Eastern European Jews to their own institutions. The history of the Bund is filled with twists and turns, and complicated entanglements with the Russian Social Democratic Party, the Bolsheviks, and the Soviet Union. Although it was dissolved in 1921, the legacy of the Bund stretched far into the 20th century. In Poland, former Bundists organized resistance against antisemitism and played a key role in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising after the invasion of the Nazis. In the United States, Bundists created new socialist organizations and played pivotal roles in labor struggles, utopian movements, and more.
Artist and writer Molly Crabapple joins Art for the End Times to discuss her upcoming book on the Bund, her personal history with Yiddish, and what struggles today can learn from the historical example of the Bundists.
News from Underground by Mark Crispin Miller
“Of WHAT did Queen Elizabeth just die?”
by Mark Crispin Miller
Lest we forget, Her Majesty was "fully vaccinated and had a booster shot"—or so we were told. Whether she was or not (could it be possible she really was?), her death SHOULD raise some questions
Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda May Cut Ties to British Monarch; Renew Call for Reparations for Slavery
with Amy Goodman and Dorbrene O'Marde, chair of the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Commission
The Best of The Corbett Report
with James Corbett
Look Into With Eddie Bravo Ep. 18 feat. Isaac Weishaupt, PLUS new releases from Whitney Webb, Conspiracy Social Club and more...
The Defender – September 11, 2022
Children’s Health Defense – News & Views
“Most Read News of the Week”
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
The Defender – September 12, 2022
Children’s Health Defense – News & Views
“Bill Gates, Indian Government Face Lawsuits in COVID Vaccine Deaths + Vaccine Mandates for College Students ‘Unethical’ + More”
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
What They’re Not Telling You About the New mRNA Boosters
by Dr. Joseph Mercola
August 31, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the reformulated mRNA COVID bivalent boosters, and they didn’t even allow members of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to meet, discuss or vote on the matter
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met for eight hours September 1, 2022, and authorized the untested boosters 13-to-1. CDC director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the recommendation later that evening
Pfizer’s new booster is a bivalent injection targeting Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which are the two currently in circulation, while Moderna’s shot targets the already extinct Wuhan strain and Omicron subvariant BA.1
The bivalent boosters will only be available to those who have already received the primary two-dose series and/or a monovalent booster at least two months ago
Pfizer’s bivalent booster was tested on a total of eight mice, and they only checked antibody levels, even though antibodies cannot tell you whether the shot actually protects against infection and symptomatic and/or serious illness. Moderna also used mice to ascertain antibody responses, but has not disclosed the number of mice used.
With their authorization of reformulated COVID mRNA boosters without the standard steps of testing,1 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have completely abandoned science. They’re both simply rubber stamping whatever the drug industry wants to do, without any concern for public health whatsoever.
August 31, 2022, the FDA authorized the reformulated shots,2 and they didn’t even allow members of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to meet, discuss or vote on the matter.
Instead, they pushed the matter before the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP met for eight hours September 1, 2022, and authorized the untested boosters 13-to-1.3,4 CDC director Rochelle Walensky endorsed the recommendation later that evening. As reported by Yahoo! News:5
“Because the Biden administration has pushed for a fall booster campaign to begin in September, the mRNA vaccine-makers Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have only had time to test the reformulated shots in mice, not people.
That means the Food and Drug Administration is relying on the mice trial data — plus human trial results from a similar vaccine that targets the original omicron strain, called BA.1 — to evaluate the new shots …
That could be a potentially risky bet, experts say, if the shots don’t work as well as hoped … the lack of data in humans means officials likely won’t know how much better the new shots are — if at all — until the fall booster campaign is well underway.
The FDA’s decision to move forward without data from human trials is a gamble, experts say, threatening to further lower public trust in the vaccines should the new boosters not work as intended.”
What You Need to Know About the New Boosters . . . . (con’d)
Pakistan’s Climate Catastrophe
by Robert Sandford
Monsoon flooding has occurred often in Pakistan but never to the catastrophic extent presently happening.
A distinguishing feature of this disaster is that no one blames the flooding’s unprecedented intensity and destructiveness on anything but climate heating. The clear link between the warming atmosphere and the frequency and duration of extreme weather events of this scale should not be lost on the rest of the world.
Pakistan’s monsoon-related flooding in 2010 and 2011 was blamed by several observers on land-use changes that had altered natural drainage patterns, with some commenting that Pakistan and other countries most at risk from climate disruption were also the most dysfunctional.
Five years later, however, researchers discerned the fingerprints of climate change all over those floods, which killed 2,500 people, displaced 27 million and caused economic losses estimated at $7.4 billion, setting back Pakistan’s development severely.
Climate science confirmed that global warming was accelerating the global hydrological cycle and causing the loss of its relative stability and natural variability — “hydrological stationarity” — on which we had come to depend.
Simple atmospheric science tells us that warmer air holds more water, about 7 percent more per degree Celsius or about 4 percent per degree Fahrenheit.
In addition, satellite sensing has enabled us to recognize the existence and dynamics of atmospheric rivers — corridors of intense winds and moist air measured at 400-500 kilometres across and thousands of kilometres long.
These atmospheric rivers can carry the equivalent of 10 times the average daily discharge of North America’s massive St. Lawrence River.
Who’s Responsible for Pakistan’s Floodwaters?
by Vijay Prashad
Calamities are familiar to the people of Pakistan who have struggled through several catastrophic earthquakes, including those in 2005, 2013 and 2015 (to name the most damaging), as well as the horrendous floods of 2010. However, nothing could prepare the fifth most populated country in the world for this summer’s devastating events, which began with high temperatures and political chaos followed by unimaginable flooding.
Cascading frustration with the Pakistani state defines the public mood. Taimur Rahman, the general secretary of the Mazdoor Kisan Party (Workers and Peasants Party), told Peoples Dispatch that after the 2010 floods, there was “enormous outrage about the fact that the government had not done anything to ensure that … when there is an overflow of water, it can be controlled.”
Evidence of relief funds being siphoned off by corrupt politicians and the wealthy elite began to define the post-2010 period; those memories remain intact. People understand that when the disaster industrial complex is in motion, cycles of corruption accelerate.
The Whitney Webb Archives
with Whitney Webb
The Daily Wrap Up: Clean Up Edition – “All The Unseen Tabs”
with Ryan Cristián
The future is now
by Robert Malone, MD
Aldous Huxley - The visions of a visionary and his family.