Social Articles from 2019
Control 101: Creating Consensus Reality
By Patrick Henningsen
Posted September 21, 2019
By carefully controlling mainstream media and educational institutions, elite social engineers are able to control the flow of public discourse in order to serve their own goals and interests. By doing this, they create something akin to ‘consensus reality’. In other words, by controlling the perception of public consensus on any particular issue or event, you effectively control the prevailing reality.
A leading example of this social engineering phenomenon today is in the relentless promotion of war and global conflict throughout the media and education systems. Their carefully coordinated efforts can be boiled down to a simple concept: establishing legitimation and delegitimation in relation to the state or state institutions. More…
Nestlé and the Privatization of Water
By Franklin Frederick
Posted September 20, 2019
Last February, the Government of Switzerland announced the creation of a Foundation in Geneva, under the name ‘Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator’ (GSDA). The purpose of this new foundation is to regulate new technologies, from drones and automatic cars to genetic engineering, which are examples mentioned by the Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis at the public launch of this initiative.
The choice of Peter Brabeck and Patrick Aebischer – both with strong connections to Nestlé – to run this new foundation has a very clear rationale. It primarily represents the recognition of Nestlé’s power within the Swiss Government – a former Nestlé CEO is, by definition, competent to drive this initiative. More upsettingly, Peter Brabeck’s choice is yet another example of the ever-closer “partnership” between governments and large transnational corporations, leading to the establishment of an international corporate oligarchy that is gradually taking over power within Western democracies. More…
It is becoming clear to more and more people that power does not reside with governments, but with transnational corporations. Government’s role is to simply “manage” the people and to create an environment that increases corporate profits.
Consider how the Citizens United ruling by the US Supreme Court essentially legalized bribery of “our” public officials and opened the flood gates to unlimited money flowing into political campaigns. How can a representative represent you when they are paid millions to represent others?
The World’s Wealthiest Family Gets $4 Million Richer Every Hour
by Bloomberg Staff
Posted September 18, 2019
The numbers are mind-boggling: $70,000 per minute, $4 million per hour, $100 million per day.
That’s how quickly the fortune of the Waltons, the clan behind Walmart Inc., has been growing since last year’s Bloomberg ranking of the world’s richest families. At that rate, their wealth would’ve expanded about $23,000 since you began reading this. A new Walmart associate in the U.S. would’ve made about 6 cents in that time, on the way to an $11 hourly minimum.
Even in this era of extreme wealth and brutal inequality, the contrast is jarring. The heirs of Sam Walton, Walmart’s notoriously frugal founder, are amassing wealth on a near-unprecedented scale — and they’re hardly alone.
Other American dynasties are close behind in terms of the assets they’ve accrued. The Mars family, of candy fame, added $37 billion, bringing its fortune to $127 billion. The Kochs, the industrialists-cum-political-power-players, tacked on $26 billion, to $125 billion. More…
Fairlife Board Member Embroiled in First Major Abuse Investigation on Organic Dairy Farm
By Free From Harm Staff Writers
Posted September 3, 2019
The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) recently released the first ever investigation into an organic dairy in the United States and the third installment of the largest dairy investigation of all time into Fairlife and Select Milk Producers Inc. Owned by Fairlife Board of Director Donal De Jong, who supplies dairy to the Fairlife label, Natural Prairie Organic Dairies house over 25,000 cows and consist of four locations near Dalhart, Texas.
Natural Prairie Dairy is expanding to Newton County, Indiana and will supply dairy to Meijer Grocer, the Midwest and East Coast. Natural Prairie Dairy currently supplies raw dairy to Kroger through Aurora Dairy’s bottling plant in Denver, Colorado. Newton County is also home to Fair Oaks Farms where ARM discovered egregious and systematic abuse of calves and cows as well. More…
Industrial farming is growing and it is a business that severely abuses and tortures animals.
What can you do to reduce suffering of these animals? Have you considered having having a diet without animal products? Even limiting animal products can help reduce the suffering. Perhaps starting a regime of meatless Mondays?
Facial perception: The human superpower
By Tim Newman
Posted August 28, 2019
Recognizing faces happens so naturally and swiftly that we rarely give it a second thought. However, a simple scratch of the surface reveals that facial recognition and perception are wildly complex tricks.
Recognizing a face is instant and effortless. It is so effortless that it is forgivable to have never considered how we manage it.
If you take a moment to think how complex a face is, yet how similar each face is to each other – two eyes, a mouth, a nose, in the same order each time – you start to appreciate how incredible it is that we manage this feat with such ease. Within a single moment, we recognize that we are indeed looking at a face; but we also recognize who they are and what kind of a mood they are in. Visible for the duration of most social interactions, the face is a pivotal part of the human experience. More…
Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden
by Jake Johnson
Posted August 20, 2019
Civil liberties groups and privacy advocates raised alarm Thursday after the Trump administration called on Congress to reauthorize an NSA mass surveillance program that was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The New York Times, which obtained the Trump administration’s request to Congress, reported that “the administration urged lawmakers to make permanent the legal authority for the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans’ domestic communications, the USA Freedom Act.”
“The law, enacted after the intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed the existence of the program in 2013, is set to expire in December, but the Trump administration wants it made permanent,” according to the Times. More…
Our Ruling Elites Have No Idea How Much We Want to See Them All in Prison Jumpsuits
by Charles Hugh Smith
Posted August 17, 2019
Divide-and-Conquer has been the absurdly easy strategy of the Ruling Elites to fragment and disempower the citizenry. It’s child’s play for the Ruling Elites to ceaselessly promote a baker’s dozen of divisive issues via the corporate media, and then watch the resulting conflicts split the citizenry into fragmented camps which subdivide further with every new toxic injection.
The one issue that could unite the fragmented citizenry is moral revulsion: As the Epstein case promises to reveal, there is literally no limit on the excesses and exploitations of the privileged few in America, no limit on what our Ruling Elites can do with absolute impunity.
Like all Ruling Elites, America’s Elites are absolutely confident in their power: this is hubris taken to new heights. More…
Divide and conquer has long been used against people to divide them and keep them focused on each other, rather than on those who control the system.
The next time you feel angry after watching the news, recognize this tactic. The next time you feel tempted to resort to name calling such as libtard, Trumptard, etc, recognize that you are falling for the divide and conquer tactic.
Corporations Can Legally Put Carcinogens in Our Food Without Warning Labels
By Matthew Rozsa,
Posted August 12, 2019
A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.
I’ve written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.
So if there are unsafe levels of glyphosate in a cereal popular with children, why isn’t this disclosed on the cereal boxes? The complicated answer has to do with a legal case that defined free speech as something that non-human persons, like corporations, have a “right” to, in a sense. More…
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