What Caused the Recession of 2019-2021?
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted March 10, 2019
The banquet of consequences is now being served, but the good seats have all been taken.
As I discussed in We’re Overdue for a Sell-Everything/No-Fed-Rescue Recession, recessions have a proximate cause and a structural cause. The proximate cause is often a spike in energy costs (1973, 1990) or a financial crisis triggered by excesses of speculation and debt (2000 and 2008) or inflation (1980).
Structural causes are imbalances that build up over time: imbalances in trade or currency flows, capital investment, debt, speculation, labor compensation, wealth-income inequality, energy supply and consumption, etc. These structural distortions and imbalances tend to interact in self-reinforcing dynamics that overlap with normal business/credit cycles. More…
Making Globalism Great Again
by C.J. Hopkins
Posted March 9, 2019
For the last two-hundred years or so, we have been conditioned to think of ourselves as the citizens of a collection of sovereign nation states, as “Americans,” “Germans,” “Greeks,” and so on. There are no more sovereign nation states. Global capitalism has done away with them. Which is why we are experiencing a “neo-nationalist” backlash. Trump, Brexit, the so-called “new populism” … these are the death throes of national sovereignty, like the thrashing of a suffocating fish before you whack it and drop it in the cooler. The battle is over, but the fish doesn’t know that. It didn’t even realize there was a battle until it suddenly got jerked up out of the water.
In any event, here we are, at the advent of the global capitalist empire. We are not going back to the 19th Century, nor even to the early 20th Century. Neither Donald Trump nor anyone else is going to “Make America Great Again.”
Global capitalism will continue to remake the world into one gigantic marketplace and by militarizing the police, who they will need to maintain “public order” … you know, like they are doing in France at the moment, by beating, blinding, and hideously maiming those Gilets Jaunes (i.e., Yellow Vest) protesters that the corporate media are doing their best to demonize and/or render invisible. More…
How the Media Manufactures Consent for Regime Change in Venezuela
by Alan MacLeod
Posted March 8, 2019
The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of — to declare himself President.
I’ve previously cataloged how the media has been quick to echo the idea that Maduro is completely illegitimate and has been eager to position America’s stance towards Venezuelan politics as one of a neutral arbiter.
Why do mainstream media outlets, who resist Trump at home, neatly align themselves with his administration’s Venezuela policy? And why has there so little criticism of what is essentially an ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt? More…
The United States has overthrown 68 governments. The media was complicit in these coups either by supporting them or by their silence.
Consider the facts the next time you read an article critical of an elected leader and ask yourself what the underlying agenda of the published article may be. Consider who owns the media outlet and what their roles may be in preserving this type of violence against other nations.
How To Tell If Someone Is Controlled Opposition
by Caitlin Johnstone
Posted March 7, 2019
Paranoia pervades dissident circles of all sorts, and it’s not entirely without merit, since establishment infiltration of political movements is the norm, not the exception. This article by Truthout documents multiple instances in which movements like the 1968 Chicago DNC protest and Peter Camejo’s 1976 anti-establishment presidential campaign were so heavily infiltrated by opaque government agencies that one out of every six people involved in them were secretly working for the feds.
This trend of infiltration is known to have continued into the current day with movements like Occupy and Black Lives Matter, and we’d be ignorant not to assume that this has been at least as rampant in online circles where people organize and disseminate ideas and information. More…
Swiss Computer Model: “The One Bank” Superentity Controls 40% of the Global Economy
by Jeff Nielson
Posted March 6, 2019
A few years ago, readers were introduced to a paradigm of crime, corruption, and control which they now know as “the One Bank”. First they were presented with a definition and description of this crime syndicate.
That definition came via a massive computer model constructed by a trio of Swiss academics, and cited with favor by Forbes magazine. The computer model was based upon data involving more than 10 million “economic actors”, both individuals and corporations, and the conclusions which that model produced were nothing less than shocking.
The One Bank is “a super-entity” comprised of 147 corporate fronts, with approximately ¾ of these corporate fronts being financial intermediaries (i.e. “banks”). More…
Ever increasing mergers and acquisitions are making the transnational corporations larger and larger. This is consolidating their grip on the lives of all nations and people across the planet.
What will be the consequences of this ever increasingly transnational corporate tight grip on our lives? Do we really wish to go from the “company town” of the past to the “company nation” of the future?
How to Legalize Cannabis Throughout US
by Senator Mike Gravel
Posted March 5, 2019
One of the great domestic political tragedies since the last century is the war on drugs initiated by President Richard Nixon, part of which placed cannabis (marijuana) on the list of Schedule 1 drugs under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
The war on drugs has not ended drug use or trafficking. Instead it has ravaged the lives of untold Americans and bloated our prison system. It has fostered massive illegality over the decades.
But in 1996 the citizens of California passed Proposition 215 authorizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes, finally breaching the barriers of ignorance and prejudice about cannabis. More…
The United States’ prohibition on drugs has fueled a mass increase in militarization of police, the rise of criminal gangs, and resulted in having more people incarcerated than any other nation on the planet.
What are the consequences of the failed “war on drugs” in regards to citizen respect for government, police forces, and for the law? How can the illusion of living in “the land of the free” be reconciled with the fact that we are a prison nation?
Navy Sonar Is Literally Scaring Whales to Death
by Alicia Graef
Posted March 4, 2019
While scientists have already linked naval sonar with mass strandings of some whales, like beaked whales, they haven’t understood exactly what the cause was – until now. Turns out, it’s literally scaring them to death.
Beaked whales are among the deepest diving marine mammals on earth, with Cuvier’s beaked whales hitting some of the deepest depths – going nearly 10,000 feet below the surface. Their bodies have adapted to allow them to go so deep to forage; their heartrate slows, blood flow is restricted and oxygen is conserved.
Oddly enough, scientists have found that stranded whales have nitrogen bubbles in their tissues, which is a telltale sign of compression sickness, otherwise known as “the bends.” It’s a painful condition often associated with scuba divers who rise to the surface too quickly, so it’s strange that whales would be suffering from it. More…
It is a known fact that naval use of sonic blasts, sonar and other acoustic systems is injuring sea life. Remember that sound travels in water much further and more efficiently than in air.
What is the morality of conducting naval “exercises” that forces whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine beings to deliberately beach themselves to escape the deafening sounds that have actually left them bleeding from their ears?
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