Links October 14 2020

October 14, 2020

The revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be tweeted.
The revolution will not be posted on Facebook, Telegram, or YouTube.
The revolution will maybe topple a tyrant and replace him with another one.
Beyond that, the revolution will not change anything.

The evolution will quietly, slowly, and steadily change everything.

In the morning, you will anxiously peek through the curtains to see if there is still a world outside. And there will be a world, but it will be strange and unfamiliar to you. It will be a world without cars, trucks, airplanes, and other noisy machines. A world without people busily running back and forth in their pursuit of wealth and fame. A world without flickering pictures on screens of all kinds and sizes. A world without advertising, blinking lights, blaring loudspeakers, without revving engines and honking, without jackhammers and sirens, without the hammering and banging from nearby factories. A world without an abundance of stuff which we have to throw away constantly to make space for new stuff.

The evolution will change everything. It will make us change too, or make us disappear. We will either learn, adjust, and adapt, or go extinct like so many species before us. If we are able to change, it will be a new life, strange and unfamiliar. It will be a life reminiscent of indigenous cultures and ancient matriarchal societies.

Was there ever a time in history, when humans didn’t try to conquer new territory, didn’t try to exploit, enslave, or kill their fellow animals?

Was there ever a time in human history, when people pursued the growth of happiness instead of the growth of the GDP?

Initially I wanted to write a flaming appeal to the readers that they should avoid media brainwashing. It would have been something like this:

Establishment media channels warn of developments which endanger the consumerist lifestyle which we are accustomed to. The outrageous stories about injustice, neglect, abuse, and environmental destruction are seldom told, and occasional background analyses are only distracting, whitewashing, misleading, and never revealing the real culprits (the parasitic rentier / billionaire class, the sociopathic warmongers, and their unscrupulous minions).

Propaganda ops for wars (including the relentless war on nature), advertising for useless products, and shallow, trivial, goofy memes fill the screens, airwaves, and pages.

Don’t waste even one second of your life on this, also don’t fall for conspiracy PsyOps, use your intelligence, common sense, and logical thinking. Search for trustworthy sources and ignore the narrative fluff of mainstream media.

But when I read the first draft I was deeply embarrassed. How pompous, arrogant, overbearing, and pontifical did it come over. How could I dare to write something like this despite my own privileged life and my own significant shortcomings? Who was I to tell anybody anything about supposed media indoctrination and propaganda lies?

And yet, to the truth seekers and the ones who aim for a harmonious, sustainable life and a legacy our descendants will be proud of (I suppose most of the blog readers fall into this category), here are some links, pointers, cues, hints you may find interesting. 

Take or ignore and shun them, read the post or forget about it, subscribe or cancel.

This blog is a tiny voice in a big choir. Maybe you like the tunes we sing, maybe you join us. 

Feline news:

A “thieving” cat. She learned that from us humans.

Against the odds:

Regenerative agriculture can stop carbon emissions.

Environmental news:

A typical mainstream media piece filled with platitudes like:
Radical change is both necessary and possible.
Some economists say we cannot keep growing on a planet of finite resources.
Could working less help us shift the focus from obsessive consumption and build alternatives to our carbon-heavy lifestyles?
But also some interesting points:

In India, grassroots activists are integrating better management of resources into systems of communal decision-making that draw on swaraj, a philosophy of self-rule.
Is Derrick Jensen right to argue that human civilization is inherently destructive?
The annual energy use of Palaeolithic foragers is estimated to have been around 5 GJ per person annually, by 1850 average energy consumption rose to 20 GJ, today it has reached 80 GJ (maybe Derrick Jensen is right).
Perfluorinated chemicals, phthalates, bisphenols, nonylphenols, flame retardants, and other chemicals in everyday consumer goods could result in cancers, chronic diseases, and damage to immune system.
Environmental neglect is the big negative legacy of Putin, which could undo all his positive achievements.
If you thought, the problem of ozone-depleting substances for refrigeration and air conditioning was already solved in the 1980s (Montreal Protocol), that was only a temporary retreat of the chemical industry. They are back again now in full force.
One day there will be a reckoning where the Chinese leadership will wish to have taken better care of nature.

Economic news:

US unemployment is still increasing, but some papers report, that US car sales surge. Tesla reported record deliveries, growing interest in electric vehicles and SUVs allegedly boost sales across the industry. 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to make a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rescue the airline industry.

The WTO (World Trade Organization) gives the European Union permission to tax up to 4 billion US$ of US products annually in retaliation for subsidies given to Boeing by the US government.

The WTO warns that towards the end of the year, there might be a setback as second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic are reported worldwide. Europe and North America have the most profound decline as exports contracted 24.5 percent and 21.8 percent.

The WTO considers that “the forecast for next year is more pessimistic than the previous estimate of 21.3 percent growth, leaving merchandise trade well below its pre-pandemic trend.”

It’s not all gloom and doom, at least one sector of the worlds population has benefited greatly from the coronavirus pandemic. This is an important report which can only lead to two conclusions: Either end this economic system of exploitation and looting, or try to become a billionaire.
A devastating IMF report.
China’s economy expands at a fast rate and profits are growing. Exports grew by 9.9 percent in September compared with a year earlier and imports grew by 13.2 percent. While China seems to win the global race for economic growth, nobody talks about the environmental fallout.
This is the proper way to do business, increase influence, and make friends.
Economic gloom in India.
“Free market competition” doesn’t work because Chinese are simply smarter, more reliable, and more reasonable. So, let’s impose sanctions and bans of Chinese products.

China “golden week” holiday spending is good news for the economy, but bad news for the environment. The Chinese will have to learn it the hard way that conspicuous consumption comes at a steep price.
The unemployment rate in the UK is likely to increase to about 8.5 percent (2.9 million people out of work) in the first half of 2021.

Technology, media, and propaganda news:

AT&T’s WarnerMedia is preparing a restructuring that seeks to reduce costs by as much as 20 percent because the coronavirus pandemic drains income from movie tickets, cable subscriptions, and TV advertising.

The measures are expected to begin in the coming weeks and they will result in thousands of dismissals across Warner Bros. studios and TV channels like HBO, TBS, and TNT. This is sad for the employees but not a terrible loss for everyone else, even if WarnerMedia completely shuts down permanently. They produce an endless barrage of garbage programming that is corrupting the minds of millions of media consumers, and  society would definitely be better off without them.

Or is this just a plea to the government for extra money to save this system stabilizing industry? 

C.J.: The ruling class and its lackeys are secretly terrified that one day the ordinary people they despise will awaken from their propaganda trance and realize the power of their numbers.

Jose Bustani was not only blocked by the USA, the UK, and France to testify at the UNSC, he was also ignored (censored) by all mainstream news media. This would be such an interesting story, but no journalist is allowed to write about it.

Pandemic news:

Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), coauthored with Thierry Malleret a new book The Great Reset, which can be regarded as a sequel to his earlier book The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Schwab’s elitist Davos-man utopia is a trans-human, socially distanced, utterly soulless dystopia. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson eagerly took the cue and, using the phrase “Build Back Better,” insisted that this is the time to launch Britain’s “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” “From internet shopping to working from home, it looks as though Covid has massively accelerated changes in the world of work… as old jobs are lost and as new ones are created… The Covid crisis is a catalyst for change.”

Johnson foresees a future in which every home in Britain relies on wind power, and “instead of being dragged on big commutes to the city” people can “start a business in their home town… and bring up their children in the neighborhoods where they grew up themselves.”

Working from home is here to stay, with gigabit broadband, shopping from home, conferencing from home… in fact, let’s do everything from home. Who needs to meet other human beings? Not that there’d be any places to meet, as pubs, cinemas, and theaters are all closed down due to pandemic-induced restrictions.

The “founding partners” of the WEF’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution include names such as Microsoft, Palantir, Facebook, Netflix, and Gavi (The Vaccine Alliance, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

Hi-tech Internet corporations and hi-tech multi-billionaires supporting a big shift towards a stay-at-home, “do everything on the Internet” society. It couldn’t be more logical and convenient.

More than 20 US states have hit a new high in their seven-day average of reported case counts. Midwestern states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are driving the surge, while states farther west — like Colorado, Idaho and the Dakotas — have seen their cases rise steadily for weeks.

Covid inequality.
While experts agree that Covid-19 can harm the heart, the severity and frequency of the outcomes, as well as how to test for myocarditis, is under fierce debate.
“Long Covid,” still a mystery.
Get used to it (Covid-19), keep the economy and the profits flowing. Back to school, back to work.
10 percent (760 million) is still far away from herd immunity.
Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 may be short-lived, as the virus constantly mutates.
The NYT writes: Brain fog plagues Covid survivors. The condition is affecting thousands of patients, impeding their ability to work and function in daily life.
The pandemic is an opportunity for radical change.
MERV13 air filters + box fans. HEPA filters are even better.
This is from April, but hopefully still useful.
This is establishment propaganda and it proves again, that RY (Russia Today) is not any better that its Western counterparts.
Let us restart the economy, let us pollute, exploit, and destroy nature so that people are not slipping into poverty. And don’t ever mention the idea, that the causes of poverty may be rather the greedy superrich and criminal wars ignited by sociopathic monsters.
Music industry is wiped out. How will musicians survive?
Is it indeed justified to quarantine parcels and all other incoming materials? Will all lockdown measures fail because people will be infected by the food aid which they have to get?

Imperial news:

Ardeth Platte, Dominican nun and antinuclear activist, died at 84, just days after participating in a demonstration against nuclear weapons. Sister Ardeth spent years behind bars for her beliefs.

In 2010, Platte was arrested for trespassing at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. At her sentencing, Platte said, “Nuclear weapons are the taproot of violence, and they must be abolished. So I refuse to be silent.” She served a four-month sentence. It was one of several arrests over many years of anti-war protests.

63 million US Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus lockdowns began in mid-March. But the pain is not evenly distributed. US billionaires got even richer in the pandemic, they own now 3.6 trillion US$.

According to the latest Fed data, the top 1 percent of US Americans have a combined net worth of 34.2 trillion US$ (or 30.4 percent of all household wealth), while the bottom 50 percent of the population holds just 2.1 trillion US$ (or 1.9 percent of all wealth).

A “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey by “Sports $ Leisure Research” found that 61 percent agree with the concern that the USA could be on the verge of another Civil War. 52 percent of consumers have stockpiled food or essential goods in anticipation of social unrest in the coming months.

A YouGov poll of 1,999 registered voters found that nearly half (47 percent) disagree with the idea that the election “is likely to be fair and honest.” And that slightly more than half (51 percent) won’t “generally agree on who is the legitimately elected president of the United States.

C.J.: Part of the problem is that Hollywood has conditioned people to think that where there are bad guys, there must be good guys around to oppose them. So they look for one and find Trump or Biden. But there are no good guys in a system that’s rigged to only let in corrupt assholes.

Grocery stores stockpile goods and increase prices.
How is this possible in the most powerful and richest country on earth?
Good to hear from Frida Berrigan again, but what she tells is not good at all.
This story of medical neglect and dysfunction confirms all my assumption about US society and again I have to ask myself: Are my assumptions prejudices? Is this confirmation bias? Can it really be that bad?
I would love to hear comments from the US subscribers of the block and I would be relieved if being told that this was untypical and not representative of US health care.
Since 2011 this blog here has fought an arduous and often dispiriting struggle against anti-Syria propaganda. It is not a lonely struggle anymore, as the numbers of doubters rise, but Syria is devastated and half a million people have died.
Will there be justice for this crime against humanity? Will the violence, which the Western alliance projected on other nations one day be reflected back, causing the self-destruction of the empire?

Imperial conquest news:

Cindy Sheehan writes:
After 19 years, and at least a half dozen more US foreign military crimes, it doesn’t look like Covid-19 will kill US Imperialism. When millions of us are out of work, losing our homes and other security, the billionaires and politicians are not losing anything — not even the support of most Americans who are lining up behind the one War Criminal or the other War Criminal. This is the 5th US election since 2001 and nothing changes for the better whether we contemplate foreign or domestic policies. 

Regime change by arson.
A PKK subgroup (children of fire) allegedly claimed responsibility for the fires inTurkish Hatay and Syria (Latakia, Tartus). There are reports of people on motorcycles throwing Molotov cocktails into the forest.
On social media there is a heated discussion if this is Turkish propaganda or false flag to discredit PKK.
Riyad Qara Falah, meteorologist and lecturer in Tishrin university, said that the persons who lit the fires studied the weather and choose a perfect time for the arson.
BTW.: Wildfires rage in Lebanon and Israel too, as an intense heatwave grips the Middle East.
About OPCW and Navalny.

WWIII news:


Uncategorized news:

C.J.: Everyone carries trauma and delusion. Irresponsible people focus on conquest and achievement, thereby spreading their trauma and delusion around, and they’re praised for it. Responsible people prioritize inner work, healing their trauma and delusion, and they’re called losers.
Our species is never going to compete its way out of the existential threats it competed its way into. We will move out of the capitalist model of competition and into a collaborative relationship with each other and with our ecosystem, or we will go extinct. It is that simple.


News from cat land:

Apples, peaches, berries, tomatoes, and grapes are all harvested, only the Cyclanthera pedata (caigua) has to wait a few days longer. I know from experience that these vines grow their fruits tenaciously until it gets really cold. The fruits look like little cucumbers and I like them very much — they also have an antioxidant effect. One shouldn’t eat the seeds, which look like small pieces of wood.

This year my two Cornus mas (European cornel) shrubs had the highest yield ever. The fruits taste a bit sour and one should only plug and consume the ones which are completely ripe. I blend them with some honey and they are an important contribution to my muesli (which by many people will not be considered as muesli because I use only herbal tee instead of milk).

It is getting colder and the cat family gathers around the stove and around me. 

My 12 year old cat girl Wendy is ailing and I worry. She has lost weight and I can feel her rips when I fondle her. I hope that it is only a worm infection just like it was the case with Princess Min Ki. I gave Wendy an anti-worm pill, which was quite a hassle, and hope now that she gets better. Somehow, when I sit beside her or when she rests on my lap, it feels like her life is slipping through my fingers. 

I still can make her purr. Yesterday evening I had her in my arms and she purred softly, apparently completely happy. I intended to hold and pet her as long as she was purring, but after half an hour with no sign that she would stop I had to go to bed.

Dream sweet dreams, me dear friend,” I said. “I’m always with you and I love you.”

I slept very well tonight.

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