Media Servings

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An interesting lesson for me in 2020 was recognising the role that mainstream media play in impacting our responses significantly.  Months ago when I turned off all mainstream news it led me to Twitter, where I somehow discovered various scientists, sociologists, analysts etc, discussing things on a more even level that didn’t promote fear and led me to sources which informed me far better than anything the mainstream channels had been doing.  One morning recently I turned on the television news briefly. I am not prone to anxiety, but within moments of listening to highly dramatic pandemic announcements with no context provided, I became conscious of an increasing feeling of unease!  I quickly switched the off button and my brain reverted to a state of calm.

A medical doctor and a psychologist tweeted this conversation about the negative impact of mainstream media.

I’ve cancelled my cable subscription & am now…

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Has Tokyo achieved herd immunity for COVID?

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Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan
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According to medical researchers from Japan and the US, stats suggest Tokyo, Japan, may have achieved herd immunity over the summer months. Herd immunity occurs when enough people have caught a particular virus, that it slows the virus’ spread. When that happens, the number of new infections begins to drop.

It should be noted that Japan and Tokyo did not institute a lockdown, with businesses and public transportation remaining open during the pandemic. This allowed the virus to spread more quickly between people than in regimes that instituted a lockdown.

The researchers had been testing a group of working people from 11 different Tokyo businesses for COVID since May. They noted that in May, 5.8% of their group tested positive for COVID and by the end of summer it had reached 46.8%

At around the same time 50% of their group…

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Technofascism: Digital Book Burning in a Totalitarian Age, by John W. Whitehead

STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Totalitarian governments have to virtually stop the flow of information, other than state-approved propaganda of course. From John W. Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas. That we could be trusted to remain free, even when there were very, very seductive voices—taking advantage of our freedom of speech—who were trying to turn this country into the kind of place where the government could tell you what you can and cannot do.”—Nat Hentoff

We are fast becoming a nation—nay, a world—of book burners.

While on paper, we are technically free to speak—at least according to the U.S. Constitution—in reality, however, we are only as free to speak as the government…

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How America came apart

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A people with no shared narrative or history will find it very hard to keep a lid on disorder and violence

BYDOUGLAS MURRAY

Douglas Murray is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist based in London.


September 18, 2020

Is America splitting apart?

Just a few years ago it would have seemed an absurd idea. Today the signs from the outside do not look good.

Take the events of recent months.In almost all of the world’s democracies, the immediate reaction to the Covid pandemic was an uptick in public trust in, and support for, their governments.Countries like Britain — said to be hugely divided over recent years — suddenly turned out to have significant secret wells of public trust in the authorities. A consensus grew around what was the best way to deal with the outbreak, based on the advice of the country’s leading scientists.

The Government (and a Conservative…

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The debate on taxes and ballots

The Gold Standard

Well, the good news is that I did not listen to it. I do not like to listen to shouting matches. I grabbed snatches of it. If there was no substance to allegations surrounding Trump’s taxes, he should release his tax records.

Even if he took advantage of tax laws and paid very little, from his firm, that should be fine because Biden is backed by companies that have perfected tax dodging into an art form:

Back in the good old days, there was a common tax avoidance technique called thedouble Irish. The key was to create two Irish companies—one that was a tax resident of Ireland (and paid Ireland’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate) and one that was legally an Irish company but from the point of view of the Irish tax authorities not an Irish company. Google’s second leg was a tax resident of Bermuda. Facebook’s…

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What is Woke?

Common Sense and Ramblings In America

Woke, as a political term originating in the United States, refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It derives from the African-American Vernacular English expression “staywoke“, whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues. By the late 2010s,wokehad been adopted as a more generic slang term broadly associated withleft-wing politics, socially liberal and cultural issues (with the termswoke cultureandwoke politicsalso being used). It has been the subject ofmemes, ironic usage and criticism.Its widespread use since 2014 is a result of theBlack Lives Mattermovement. But popularity has diluted its meaning and the idea has been cynically applied to everything from soft drink to razors, attracting criticism if too liberally applied.

The terms ‘woke’ and ‘wide awake’ first appear in political culture and political ads during the 1860…

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The Neoliberal Political Economy of the Organised Crime Syndicate by Russ Winter | Winter Watch

Political polarisation. Left accuses Right of fascism. Right accuses Left of being communist. Hysterical fear and anger. Few are listening. Most are hunkered down in their respective bunkers accusing the opposition of planning Armageddon.

Stop.

You are all being played for your mutual harm.

There is a reason the Left correctly perceives modern trends as fascism re-branded.

There is a reason the Right perceive modern trends as communism.

One word – Neoliberalism.

The following article clarifies the chicanery. Wherever you stand on the political spectrum it is worth a read.

APOLOGY

Due to being a computer dummy, after several fruitless hours to find a working link, the next is the best I could do. They will take you to the sites, then typing Neoliberal Political Economy will take you to the article.

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https://www.winterwatch.net/2019/10/the-neoliberal-political-economy-of-the-organised-crime-syndicate/

https://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/the-neoliberal-political-economy-of-the-organised-crime/syndicate/

 

 

A tale of two lockdowns

All the Goss

At the end of June 2020 the city of Leicester went into lockdown. There had been, according to government, a surge in the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 which was above the national average. What government did not tell us was that in the preceding week seven new testing stations had been opened in Leicester, an eightfold increase. The maths is simple. The logic is basic. You increase the number of testing stations, you increase the number of results – both positive and negative. The government and media are not interested in negative results in this climate.

Discounting the fact that testing positive for COVID-19 means absolutely nothing as to whether the virus is spreading or whether it is adversely affecting those who test positive. Indeed there are so many false positives in the tests, that the inventor of what is known as the PCR test, Kary Mullis…

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UN Economist Proposes Climate Lockdowns

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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The novel coronavirus shutdowns and restrictions are slowly being lifted in most areas, but already warnings of a “climate shutdown” have begun reverberating on the environmental left.

A leading U.N. economist who advises European governments last week sent up a trial balloon via an article titled “Avoiding a Climate Lockdown,” arguing that in “the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again — this time to tackle a climate emergency.”

“Under a ‘climate lockdown,’ governments would limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling,” wrote Mariana Mazzucato, a University College London economics professor who is a member of the U.N. Committee on Development Policy. “To avoid such a scenario, we must overhaul our economic structures and do capitalism differently.”

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How the f**k did we sleepwalk to this point?

The South Essex Heckler - Archive

These are things that are already in play or pretty close to it: COVID-19 monitoring apps, track and trace apps, ordering food from your table apps because you can’t order at the bar, the threat of having to have a COVID-19 pass on your smartphone otherwise it’s no admittance to anywhere…the list goes on and on.

You can see what’s going on can’t you? The technocratic f**kers – corporations and governments alike – in charge are making it impossible for us to have any kind of functioning life unless we own/rent a sodding smartphone. From just a few years ago of being a (possibly) nice to have luxury, they’re now a necessity if we want to just survive in this increasingly f**ked up, dystopian hellhole of a world.

We’re no Luddites but when we reach the point of having to own a piece of technology to be able to function…

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