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Big Media: Selling the Narrative and Crushing Dissent for Fun and Profit

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Big Media: Selling the Narrative and Crushing Dissent for Fun and Profit
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted February 3, 2021

media censorhip damages freedomThe U.S. has entered an extremely dangerous time, and the danger has nothing to do with the Covid virus. Indeed, the danger long preceded the pandemic, which has served to highlight how far down the road to ruin we have come.

The danger we are ill-prepared to deal with is the consolidation of the private-sector media and its unification of content into one Approved Narrative which is for sale to the highest bidders. This is the perfection of for-profit Totalitarianism in which dissent is crushed, dissenters punished and billions of dollars are reaped in managing the data and content flow of the one Approved Narrative.

So don’t post content containing the words (censored), (censored) or (censored), or you’ll be banned, shadow-banned, demonetized, demonized and marginalized. Your voice will be erased from public access via the Big Media platforms and you will effectively be disappeared but without any visible mess or evidence–or recourse in the courts. More…

Yes Virginia, the system is clearly rigged

[Economic] [Social]
Yes Virginia, the system is clearly rigged
by Omid Malekan
Posted February 2, 2021

WallStBets, taking the fight to the oligarchsThe real controversy last week was about who was winning and who was losing. Retail people on apps like Robinhood aren’t supposed to stick it to the big boys. They are supposed to be the so-called dumb money, the schools of tiny fish that exist so whales like Softbank and Citadel have something to feast on. People who go to Davos aren’t supposed to lose money to kids from Denver. But last week, they did. That’s why the financial establishment reacted so strongly.

I am outraged by the hypocrisy of the financial services industry. Any doubt that the l system is rigged has been eliminated. Why do the rich only ever get richer? Because of what happened last week.

In all my years of working in this industry, I have never heard of brokers pulling the plug on their clients because they were making too much money.

If anyone is to be banned from putting on risky trades, it should be the supposedly sophisticated hedge funds who’ve needed to be bailed again and again, not your cousin who recently bought a few shares of GME in her Robinhood app. Your cousin wasn’t the one who fucked up in 1998 or 2008 or 2019 or 2020. She didn’t drive Lehman Brothers into the ground or destroy MF Global. More…

The End Is Coming Very Soon, and Few Americans Are Willing to Do Anything to Stop It!

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The End Is Coming Very Soon, and Few Americans Are Willing to Do Anything to Stop It!
By Gary D. Barnett
Posted February 2, 2021

time is growing short to stop tyrannyIs this country facing the end of times? Are the people in this country oblivious to any reality or truth, or are they simply consumed by ignorance, passivity, cowardice, and mediocrity? Will this onslaught of tyranny by the controlling class and the politicians continue unabated, or will enough wake up in time to stand against the total decimation of their lives, their property, their freedom, and their land? What could possibly motivate the masses to voluntarily accept their own servitude, a servitude that can only lead to their imminent demise?

Even the most simplistic life forms on this planet possess the basic instinct of self defense, so why is it that the supposed most intelligent of all living beings can be controlled and brutalized to the point of extinction, without lifting a finger to protect their own interests? Today in America, the people are drowning in a pool of their own blood, while their chosen masters are feasting on the remains.

There is very little time left to change this course we are on today, as this plot toward the great reset of the world is close at hand. In the past when liberty has been threatened, some fought back and won, but most sat back and waited, hoping others would come to their rescue, and save them from themselves. Every time threats have come and gone, there was less freedom and much more control. More…

A Million Hobby Traders Just Glimpsed What Racism Feels Like

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A Million Hobby Traders Just Glimpsed What Racism Feels Like
by John Kennedy
Posted February 1, 2021

beating the powerful at their own gameOutsmarted by savvy internet users, investment institutions rewrote the rules to maintain the status quo.

For many of these determined investors, inflating these stocks wasn’t just a money grab. On the subreddit Wall Street Bets, where much of the activity was centered, users celebrated toppling massive hedge funds like Melvin Capital. By running up the price of these stocks, these Reddit-roused investors were literally costing fat-cat Wall Street folks billions of dollars. This felt like David clocking Goliath in the domepiece. The redistribution of wealth that was unfolding was damn-near poetic.

After all of these stocks posted huge gains through the first half of the week — and the frenzy around the internet-powered middle finger to the man began to circulate — the powers that be stepped in. Robinhood restricted trading of the very stocks that had generated so much buzz online, citing an effort to protect the market and its investors. The brokerage only allowed people to sell their shares, not buy more, stalling the momentum and sending the prices toppling (the service resumed “limited” trading on Friday). More…

The Populist American Powder Keg Is Primed but Will It Be Lit?

[Social] [Political]
The Populist American Powder Keg Is Primed but Will It Be Lit?
by Tim Kirby
Posted February 1, 2021

populist anger risingAs 2020 comes to an end there are some truly unique events happening in the West, especially America that cannot be ignored. The Covid-19 Pandemic, or should I say governments’ strange measures to fight it, have eroded one of the major pillars of Western stability, that is rarely acknowledged. Life in the West is finally becoming uncomfortable and whether this is “good news” is up for debate, but it is certainly good for creating major political change.

The most unseen form of repression is perhaps the most effective.

If we look at the late 20th and now the 21st century it is critical to acknowledge that the main means of coercion of the population of a given nation is comfort. Throughout all of human history from the point when we first started to slap together farm implements there has had to be some form of repression/coercion to keep the system, that we call society, on its feet. The serfs needed to toil, the knights needed to defend, the traders to trade and the elite to oversee it all. This is one of the paradoxes of Democracy, we created a system that tells us the people are in charge and free to do whatever they want when in reality society exists as it does, exactly because people cannot do what they want and do not have the power to topple the system. More…

The Times Wants You Consumed by Fear, Isolation, and Misery

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The Times Wants You Consumed by Fear, Isolation, and Misery
BY Jeffrey A. Tucker
Posted January 31,2021

too many false positivesNo haircuts, no manicures, no gatherings, no travel, no friends, no bars, no restaurants, and no singing! BE VERY AFRAID…CONSTANTLY! To me, all of this sounds like insanity defined.

There are probably multiple reasons why coronavirus cases in the US are down nearly 50% in the US in the last month. Could be seasonal. Could be the vaccine. Could be herd immunity from natural infection. Could be the post-holiday default to endemicity. Could be a change in the cycle threshold of PCR that generates fewer positive cases. Could be data tweaks in light of political changes.

Anyone who says he knows for sure which is dominant is pretending to know the unknowable.

The New York Times, which obliquely reports the case decline, is still certain that you should still live in isolation, fear, and disease panic. They offer every county in America a tool in which you can discover what you should do to protect yourself from the pathogen, as if the only way to deal with a respiratory virus is to hide. Their tool is extremely manipulative. More…

Rockefeller Foundation Paper Published in 2010 Predicted How a Pandemic Can be Used as an Excuse to Establish Global Authoritarian Power

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Rockefeller Foundation Paper Published in 2010 Predicted How a Pandemic Can be Used as an Excuse to Establish Global Authoritarian Power
by F. William Engdahl
Posted January 31, 2021

Rockefeller predictionsThe Rockefeller Foundation published a report in May 2010 in cooperation with the Global Business Network of futurologist Peter Schwartz. It was called Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development. The first scenario, titled, “Lock Step”, describes a world of total government control and authoritarian leadership. It envisions a future where a pandemic would allow national leaders to flex their authority and impose airtight rules and restrictions that would remain after the pandemic faded.

Amid what is clearly confusion among many well-meaning health officials and likely opportunism by Western vaccine makers like GlaxoSmithKline or Gilead and others, with alarming speed our world is being transformed in ways just months ago we could not have imagined.

The first half of this scenario already has unfolded. Will it continue as predicted? The information on Lock Step begins at about the two-thirds point of the article. The Rockefeller report in its entirety can be downloaded here. [The importance of this document cannot be overstated.] More…

America’s biggest companies are flourishing during the pandemic and putting thousands of people out of work

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America’s biggest companies are flourishing during the pandemic and putting thousands of people out of work
By Douglas MacMillan, Peter Whoriskey and Jonathan O’Connell
Posted January 30, 2021

small businesses failing, large businesses thrivingAs the coronavirus pandemic devastated small businesses and plunged millions of Americans into poverty this summer and fall, executives at some of the country’s largest corporations sounded surprisingly upbeat.

“I don’t think we’ve ever been more excited or energized about our prospects,” PayPal finance chief John Rainey said on a November conference call.

“These are times when the strong can get stronger,” Nike chief John Donahoe told analysts in September.

“With all that’s happening around the world, it’s really unfortunate,” said Jensen Huang, chief executive of graphics chip maker Nvidia, during an August earnings call. “But it’s made gaming the largest entertainment medium in the world.”

With few exceptions, big businesses are having a very different year from most of the country. Between April and September, one of the most tumultuous economic stretches in modern history, 45 of the 50 most valuable publicly traded U.S. companies turned a profit, a Washington Post analysis found. More…

‘Buy It or Else’: How Monsanto and BASF Forced a Toxic Weed Killer on Farmers

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‘Buy It or Else’: How Monsanto and BASF Forced a Toxic Weed Killer on Farmers
by Johnathan Hettinger
Posted January 29, 2021

Monsanto and BASF poison organic farmers' fieldsGet poi­soned or get on board. That’s the choice soy­bean farm­ers such as Will Glazik face. The past few sum­mers, farm­ers near Glazik’s cen­tral Illi­nois farm have sprayed so much of the weed killer dicam­ba at the same time that it has pol­lut­ed the air for hours and some­times days.

As Glazik puts it, there are two types of soy­beans: Monsanto’s, which are genet­i­cal­ly engi­neered to with­stand dicam­ba, and every­one else’s.

Glazik’s soy­beans have been the dam­aged ones. His soy­bean leaves will curl up, then the plants will become small­er and weak­er. He’s lost as much as 40 bushels an acre in some fields, a huge loss when organ­ic soy­beans are $20 a bushel. He has to hold his breath every year to see if the dam­age will cause him to lose his organ­ic certification.

His neigh­bors who spray dicam­ba are frus­trat­ed with him, he said. There’s an easy solu­tion to avoid dam­age, they tell him: Buy Monsanto’s seeds. This real­i­ty is what Mon­san­to was count­ing on when it launched dicam­ba-tol­er­ant crops, an inves­ti­ga­tion by the Mid­west Cen­ter for Inves­tiga­tive Report­ing found. More…

The Great Reject – Of The Great Reset

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The Great Reject – Of The Great Reset
by Julian Rose
Posted January 28, 2021

World Economic Forum wants the rich to get even richerThe World that Klaus Schwab, executive director of the World Economic Forum, wants us to rubber stamp is a 100% dystopian nightmare. In fact, if one was to write a film script about the worst of all outcomes for the human race and planet, Schwab’s ‘Great Reset’ dream would perfectly fill the bill.

Everything that moves and breathes is to be sanitised, anaesthetized and digitalised proclaims the WEF White Paper of October 2020. This is the way to turn the world ‘Green’ according to Schwab and his team of technocratic trolls. Well, most of us will turn green just by reading this WEF master-plan for humanity “Resetting the Future of Work Agenda in a post Covid World” so there’s really no need to bother with its implementation, is there?

As we peer at the newspaper headlines each morning, we become aware of a very well-coordinated story line being monotonously repeated day after day, with almost no variation wherever you happen to be in the world – but especially so in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. No surprise when just six corporations own 90% of the world media.

These headlines are continuously telling us to to believe in a surreal agenda that – of course – stars ‘Covid’ and comprises a whole series of absolute contradictions, invented, no doubt, for the purpose of causing mass distraction and confusion of the readership – while relentlessly pressing the fear button to ensure obeisance from a semi-paralysed public. More…

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