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A version of the game for children called "telephone" is played in most countries in our world at some point in school, or in communities. It serves the purpose of demonstrating how easy it is to "mis hear", "mis interpret" and "mis understand" each other. It is also a game that usually ends in laughter when the original phrase is told to all the players. Listening through a wall, on the other side of a closed door or straining to discern words in a conversation across a crowded room achieves similar results to the game of "telephone"- the message perceived is usually not complete or accurate, and certainly cannot be trusted as "evidence" in any courtroom in nations with a comprehensive rule of law. Yet, corporate/main stream news and social media have leapt up and grabbed onto snatches of conversation "He said he overheard him say the President of the United States of America was supposed to have said or asked..." Sadly, this is not a joke. This is no laughing matter.
When the technology exists to record audio and video of a conversation, transcribe the conversation to written text and document any significant discussion, decision or conversation-why is "hearsay" and third hand information even permitted anymore in a public legislative forum? All these snippets of "hearsay" simply waste time, money and add to the mountain of untrustworthy RUMINT...yes, there is an acronym for "rumor intel"...the most unreliable source to use unless one is deliberately creating a false narrative and inserting "dis-information". This is the realm of Psyops missions. Innuendo based on hearsay has been used in politics and war globally - since the genesis of politics, politicians and the competition for power. "Show trials" have been used since the Greeks...remember Socrates ordeal? This man generated/created what we know as the Socratic method. He laid the foundation for Western systems of logic and philosophy. When the political climate of Greece turned against him, he was brought to a public "trial". Socrates was then sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 B.C.
What do you think the intention of "the squirt squad", the "never trumpers" and the main players in the Democratic party are? What are they social engineering? Do you think they earnestly want the American and international public to know the truth about US policies in Ukraine-US citizens involved in Ukrainian gas/energy deals and pay to play...the whole story?
Personal opinions, parking lot and neighborhood gossip will probably always exist but should they be given a serious international platform, given time and "news analysis" in the same way actual evidence is presented? By doing so a society descends into a morass of inference and suppositions making targeting easy against anyone on the basis of prejudice, bias and suspicion. In that type of world there is no necessity for facts, proven beyond a doubt, documented, verified and triangulated. One's neighbor, colleague, competitor, family member or ex-spouse/outlaw, can whisper or call in a "charge" and this is taken as bona fide, as grounds for further action. The proposal under consideration of "Red Flag Laws" could implement similar procedures based on information from a phone call-be advised.
Examples of societies which were run like this in the not too distant past include the Soviet Union, Pol Pot in Cambodia, Pinochet's Chile, the Nazi Reich in Germany- lessons should be learned from history, and should be cautionary to us.
Yet, a number of American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and UK government departments already incorporate "hearsay" in determining actions against children and families. For instance, CPS/CYS can be called anonymously and action take on the basis on a single call. It is often up to the family to engage and pay for legal counsel and go through the court systems to actually retrieve their own children.
Read the numerous situations where a phone call about someone "possessing weapons" (whether verified or not) even in states which have 2nd amendment rights, resulted in a SWAT response and in a number of cases, the wrongful death of the person whose home was due to be searched. A home owner just asking to see a warrant and know the reason for law enforcement to pay a visit, has ended in tragedy for many families and businesses-often based on an "anonymous phone call" and "suspicion" of having weapons or drugs or even "non-approved home food products" in a home or place of business.
The boundaries of what is evidence have been extended with AI and other tech surveillance tools in the 21st century. Combined with "hearsay" programmed as "documented" by either a human analyst or through a "program", are link up diagrams to display "guilt by association". This data is used as the basis for arrests and incarceration as well as for positive recognition and promotion.
The American company designed "social credit" system (another psyops just in the name which was originally part of the "Skynet" Google project) which is currently implemented in China and soon to be running in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, rates and berates individuals based on financial/credit history, purchasing records, political postings, medical records, occupation, family status, professed religion, travel patterns, "contributions to the State", and a host of other categories selected and approved by the President for Life (i.e. supreme leader/dictator) and his agenda for control.
Huawei is a Chinese government owned company and produces the spy phones which become part of the collection gathering instruments utilized by the regime to harvest metadata for each citizen's personal "file". It has already been proven that "smart" i.e. spy phones can record you and listen to your conversations www.komando.com/security-privacy/youre-not-paranoid-your-phone-really-is-listening-to-everything-you-say/464613/ as well as track your movements as long as the battery is in your phone-even if your phone is turned off.
The newer phones make it very difficult to take your battery out. This is for all "smart/spy" phones not just Huawei FYI. www.techdirt.com/articles/20130723/12395923907/even-powering-down-cell-phone-cant-keep-nsa-tracking-its-location.shtml
Yes, "playing telephone" is no longer just a game. It's become a science for tech companies, military/political intelligence and corporate espionage. In addition, they can use "deep fakes", U2 voice reproduction, deep skull voice interference and morph porn to add dimension to narratives they desire to fabricate. Haven't heard of these tools?
See my post from February of 2019: www.jopatti.com/blog/deepfakes-morphporn-boars
For all of you who do not know about the band "Credence Clearwater Revival" I am including one of their most famous songs: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" appropo of my subject matter this week-going from the political to the personal but both apply. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCCfc2vAuDU
Be discerning...always...wherever you are and whatever you read/see and hear.
Cheers to you,
There has been minimal coverage of the international "business" connections during the interference by the US and Russia in Ukraine, from 2014-2019. What has euphemistically been referred to as "partisanship" on the part of the Obama appointed ambassador to Ukraine, Ms. Marie Yovanovitch who served in Ukraine from 2016 until recently, would-under any other administration-be fired immediately. Disagreeing in public and denigrating your boss, especially in an international arena-such as in foreign embassies-when your boss is essentially the President of the United States-should not be tolerated in the diplomatic sector.
Evidently Ms. Marie Yovanovitch after decades with the State Department, burnt out in diplomatic skills 101. She was "called out" by both Ukrainian nationals who worked with her and by Americans who were involved in investigating for the "impeachment inquiry".
Let's have a look at what is listed as "official" (not wikis) for Marie Yovanovitch's background and bio.
Marie Yovanovitch has Serbian, Russian and German roots. Her paternal grandfather was a Serb who, at the end of WWI lived in the Russian city of Chita. Right after the birth of his son, Marie's father, he returned to Serbia and from there emigrated to Canada. Marie’s maternal grandfather was anti-Bolshevik. He fled from Russia to Germany, which is where his daughter Nadya (Marie's mother) grew up. Marie was born in Canada in 1958. Marie speaks and understands Russian fluently. She grew up in a household where Russian was the main language. it is not stated on any official bio that she speaks any other Eastern european language such as Serbian, but French is listed. Their family was not Jewish as some sites would suggest. Her parents moved their family to Connecticut, USA when Marie was very young. She attended Kent, a private high school.
Marie attended both Princeton University and the Pushkin Institute (Russia). She furthered her studies in the Russian language. She graduated from Princeton in 1980. Ms. Yovanovitch started her career in the foreign service in 1986. Marie was posted to a number of countries in various capacities then her star rose in 1998 when she served as the Deputy Director of the Russian Desk.
From 2001 to 2004, Marie or "Masha", worked as the U.S. deputy chief of mission in Ukraine, as second-in-charge to Herbst, before being named ambassador to Kyrgyzstan in 2005, then Ambassador to Armenia from 2008-2011. I had a few direct short meetings with Ms. Yovanovitch during the time I served in a DOS sponsored program with CIED as an invited faculty member for the Yerevan State Medical University (Heratsi) and the Yerevan Institute for Medical Genetics, as well performing other cultural support activities such as talks at the American Council and acting as a panelist for US exchange programs, the Salzburg Medical conference series and for IREX, from 2008-2010.
I was given "strong advice" from Armenian nationals who were working and had worked for years for the US embassy, and who served as my support while I was there...to slant all my American council programs leading up to the election and after the 2008 election...toward Barack Obama. My role was a minor one in the scope of DOS programs. Mine was not a political purview but throughout my two years there I did receive directives which I felt were political in nature, not the least of which was "do not mention the 'genocide' of the Armenian people".
Moreover I received a list of sites in 2008, which were "restricted" from online viewing. I found that curious and imagined these would be salacious/porn/criminal sites but when I researched them on my own computer, I found them to be sites which were political/libertarian and generally ones which offered different points of view than corporate news. I felt this was controlling for no other reason than to sway us all toward the democratic candidates and "ways of thinking". My next posting was to Siberia, Russia in 2011-2012 the last years of Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State. What happened there with her push for shoving "millennium goals" down our sponsors throats, will take up a few chapters in my next book.
Marie Yovanovitch was an avid Hilary supporter as was my immediate foreign service supervisor in both Armenia and Russia. There was no hiding their political views, partisanship and their prejudices. To express my true values and political beliefs anywhere around them and their staff would have been career "suicide". There was no diversity of opinion tolerated for decades in the US DOS.
Moreover, in Armenia and Ukraine (I was there with Peace Corps Response in 2015) the US embassy pushed George Soros Open Society Programs. George Soros funded the Salzburg Medical seminars (for example) and "civil society" capacity building programs.
When, in both Armenia and Ukraine, a number of organizations and officials wanted/needed to investigate Open Society and George Soros's actions in their countries-the US officials (ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at the time) pressured the legal entities involved to "stand down" and "drop the cases". thehill.com/opinion/campaign/435906-us-embassy-pressed-ukraine-to-drop-probe-of-george-soros-group-during-2016 Speaking of "interference" and "Quid pro or No $Dough"...that tool was leveraged mightily under Barack Obama's Secretaries of State (Clinton and Kerry) and their servers in country-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador Michael McFaul (Russia) Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and the foul mouthed Victoria Nuland-all three were ambitious career foreign service officers who patted each others...backs and pushed hard for coups. Did you know of the fiasco of the "white revolution" tried in line with the other "color revolutions"? What a backfire on the "re-set" button Hillary Clinton conjured.
Ambassador Nuland served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from September 2013 until January 2017 under President Obama and Secretary Kerry. She was State Department Spokesperson during Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tenure, and U.S. Ambassador to NATO during President George W. Bush’s second term. Ms Nuland served as Special Envoy and chief negotiator on the Treaty on Conventional Arms Control in Europe from 2010-2011, and as Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney from 2003-2005. She was also a rising star-seemingly for both Republican and Democratic presidents-or as some astute observers would say...for the DeepState. www.vipr-bg.com/en/articles/coup-detat-in-the-ukraine/
"We know from the leaked, early 2014 telephone conversation between Victoria Nuland, (then assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs), and Geoffrey Pyatt, then U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, that then Vice President Biden played a role in “midwifing” the U.S.-backed overthrow of an elected Ukrainian government soon after that conversation. That’s the biggest crime in this story that isn’t being told. The illegal overthrow of a sovereign government."
Former CIA agent Ray McGovern on the conflict in Ukraine, stated: “It was a coup, sponsored by the West”. McGovern was in the inner circle.
Moreover the "prize" for this coup went to the offspring of then Vice President Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a good friend of Secretary of State John Kerry-given lucrative contract positions with Burisma Holdings and Viscoil/ NRG Gas companies and agricultural rights. thepatriotwatchdog.com/video-nancy-pelosis-son-caught-in-massive-ukraine-energy-scandal-trump-was-the-target/
American companies also benefited:
The investment banker Michael Cox said: “Ukraine and Eastern Europe are very promising markets for agricultural companies, DEERE, Monsanto and DuPont." In a secret "white paper" on goals for policy in Ukraine-the US was keen to have "access and management to fertile Ukrainian lands" but they had little concern for Ukrainian people and adamantly worked to "de-Russify" Ukraine in any way possible including starting a civil war...brother against brother. An active propaganda campaign against Russia, Putin and anything "Russian', including the Russian language; was launched in both Ukraine and the USA.
In 2016, Marie Yovanovitch returned to Ukraine after President Barack Obama nominated her to be the U.S. ambassador. It was common knowledge that Ambasador Yovanovitch supported both Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Marie as ambassador was appointed to be there during the final allocation of more than five billion dollars to "promote democracy" in Ukraine." It would be due diligence to follow on with forensic accounting on exactly where those funds went in terms of "promoting democracy...against Donald Trump".
“All the leading Ukrainian politicians in 2016 supported the Democrats. Absolutely all of them, with the exception of Tymoshenko. I think that neither Trump, nor the Republicans in general have forgotten this Ukrainian interference in the internal affairs of the U.S. Nor have they forgotten the scandal in regards to Manafort; nor all the insults hurled at Trump in the Kiev press. I have no idea how much interference there was on the part of Russia, but I do know that Ukrainian citizens participated in (American) internal politics, on the side of the Democrats. There is absolutely no doubt about that.” Statement by Ukrainian sociologist Evgeny Kopatko in 2018
“The embassy in Ukraine was a ‘Hillary Clinton for president’ office. And they were looking to dig up dirt on President Trump,” Giuliani said. “There was a lot more collusion with Ukraine than in Russia, where there doesn’t appear to be any. They were trying to bring Trump down.” So much for "non-partisan" Marie.
Hillary Clinton and Marie Yovanovitch were, and remain very close. Hillary came out to personally advocate for her against President Trump and his decision to "recall" ambassador Yovanovitch- on as many media platforms as would have her speak.
Although he passed away last year, before his earthly departure John McCain was a major player in Ukraine as well. For more details see my previous post: https://www.jopatti.com/blog/playing-with-fire-trying-to-split-christians-in-ukraine You will notice all the same names/players keep coming up within these circles gouging at eastern European countries...why is that? What are/were the real agendas other than the "buffer against nasty Russia" narrative....your thoughts?
This has been an eventful weekend in the United States of America. The US Marine Corps Birthday and Veteran's Day and the first time a United States President has opened a Veteran's Day parade-which was in New York city. This week I close with the US Army chorus singing and playing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkkIUsV36f4
I also include the Mormon choir singing the same majestic song and mourn the terrible and violent death of some of their community. I believe many will also be heartened and awe inspired by the bravery and resourcefulness of the children who hid, who walked miles for help and who survived. What battles they have endured.
May the murderers be found and brought to swift justice and may the truth be revealed in all these cases: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSiVjlknuSw
Until next week,
There are physiological consequences and even moral consequences when you go against the natural uprightness of being a human being. If you capitulate, whether due to technology, ideology, forced submission, torture, injury or advancing age -you may feel you are lost and can no longer walk tall again, but as long as you are breathing and conscious...you are able to change. There are numerous examples of human beings throughout history and some still alive today-who have endured and re-directed the course of their lives. As much of the world writhes against the corruption in their governments, institutions and themselves-it is instructive to examine how the descent happens and ways to re-navigate toward upward spirals.
This week I discuss 'bending over' because of forced submission-(conscious and unconscious)-and of rationalizing bending the boundaries of "right conduct" by social engineering, thereby becoming one of those who descend, bend downward and lure others to follow them. Certain segments of society will encourage you: "Why not? Everyone else is doing it? "Take your children to transgender events and leave them there...go on." "Follow the crowd-don't swim against the stream!"....and so forth.
Be compassionate yet firm to those whose "spiritual spines" are deformed, corrupted, and wander around in oblivion because they can no longer "see or stand straight". Both abject poverty and blinding fame can cripple a human being, twist them into a barely recognizable shadow of who they used to be in the world.
Learn to discern who is who, and protect against what could enslave you. The bonds of addictions are stronger than ever without a strong code of conduct as a shield and Divine guidance as constant sword in the battle for "freedom" of movement, of thought and of action. Be brave enough to wear the mantle of virtue.
Pictured above are illustrations by artists of the anguish/ecstasy of addiction; and a photo of a genius artist who tragically tasted then was consumed by drugs, fame and decadence. I start with "artists" because they often have a rarefied view of life which they transcribe for others. They warn as well as inspire us, if we can look/listen and discern.
I used to see Jean Michel-Basquiat aka as "SAMO" a graffiti artist, on a street corner in the East/West village intersection in New York city, before he was famous. He was a friendly, generous, supremely gifted artist who had to sell his hand painted post cards for $1.00 when he started out, but Jean Michel always stopped to speak and smile to whomever was interested in his wares and his work. I bought quite a few of his postcards and sent or gave them to friends. There were no cell phones or digital cameras then. People visited in person. Jean Michel-Basquiat was extremely hospitable. It was part of his ancestry and culture to share.
Unfortunately, there are people who are predators and seek out those who are vulnerable because of poverty, illness or weak will. Jean Michel had too big a heart in some ways and let everyone in-he also let in drug dealers and dementors. Perhaps the injuries he suffered as a child from a hit and run car accident not only informed his work but also re-wired his brain. He said he could never "be still in his mind". Jean Michel Basqiat was seduced by the "calm" the poppy plant product delivered. He died of a heroin overdose at age 27, though his prolific/prophetic artworks carry his energy and legacy forward. Like so many artists, his work is worth more after his death and others (not he) benefit. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX02QQXfb_o The vulture-like activity of art dealers and agents feed on the talent and productivity of many artists. Don't believe their promises and be wary of the percentage they demand of your sales, contracts and residuals. They are the benders.
The "rehab" industry, especially in North America, is a very lucrative industry. It feeds off the sickness of addiction and the vulnerability of addicts and their families. The USA has the highest per capita opioid, amphetamine and cocaine consumption in the world. recoverybrands.com/drugs-in-america-vs-europe/
The USA also has the fourth highest rate of suicide by military veterans in the world, even with the best follow on support (medical, physical, psychological, financial) than any other country studied in the most recent report completed in 2011- Ukraine, Canada and Turkey had slightly higher rates of suicide by military veterans however that rate may have changed since 2010. It is estimated the American rate is significantly higher now, with no drop in suicides per day; as of September 2019: http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1328&context=spp
The most common way to treat active and veteran military with post trauma reactions, residual/ chronic pain and psychic stress is with pharmaceutical drugs. The prescription drugs can hook a human being into a cycle of dependence and when "legal" drugs are no longer available the "illicit" channels for drugs are easily found. Those selling and prescribing drugs profit by dependence and not by independence from these "medications".
Although the supply has increased, the actual reasons for the increase in consumption and addiction may be attributed to the loss of accountability for individuals due to the breakdown of the family, religious communities and peer pressure (in a positive sense). Moreover "rehab" has become a noun in common use due to "celebrities" going into and out of rehab while media salivates over the latest performer/celebrity/politician who needs to be "rehabilitated" due to alcohol, drugs or a combination of abusive self medicating.
Echoing the tales of decadence during the Fall of the Roman Empire-high society members over indulge in an orgy of drugs, food, sex and violence and then "vomit" and purge so they can start the cycle over again. The media outlets feed audiences on this diet of depravity as if this is part of the price of "fame" and the new "normal" response.
Instead of encouraging abstinence and/or moderation; advertising, films, celebrities profess "highs beyond belief" if someone will join them in various binges-often documenting these excesses on instagram and other social media platforms. These experiences are validated only if they are public-a grotesque display of narcissism while they imbibe or ingest during their "purging" in and after rehab. This display conditions the public to their shaming and submission, as well as justifies the "pain" as "the price" for pleasure. Mainstream media sources whip up feeding "frenzy" for more photos, videos and salacious narratives. Don't be tempted to waste your time on these toxic stories.
I know it is not easy to find conscionable secular platforms, examples or praise for prevention, resistance and/or discipline in western society. However, a few are beginning to appear and gain popularity. Here are a two podcasts which emphasize rising up and not "giving in" to excess, greed, fame and addiction:
Both podcasts: Jocko podcast and Mike Drop podcast- have guests on their show who have who faced difficult challenges and rose to meet them. Every guest recounts how they sometimes slipped backward but persisted until they overcame their problems, situations, imprisonment, war, injury and disappointments. They often outline their strategies for coping and for success on the "right path".
Mike Ritland and Jocko Willink both sound confident and when appropriate...compassionate...with whomever they are interviewing. Without the flash of special effects it feels as if you are involved in their conversation and questioning...although of course, in reality - you are not. Their words/images may linger, but actual human to human contact with them does not happen. Yet ultimately this specific three dimensional contact is what is vital for human beings to grow, thrive, heal and fight.
The virtual connection is just a beginning to what could be a productive conversation and exploration with those you like, love or want to engage. They provide more impetus and possibilities than simply watching TV or scripted film characters. However we need to go further to re-connect to remain a strong, upright society. America, especially needs a more "social" society to peacefully co-exist.
Whereas in times past and in other societies, elders, religious leaders and even neighbors might have filled the role of adviser, listener and/or coach for someone bent over by the tribulations, deprivations and injustices of life-today, more and more people rely on their hand held tech devices to "guide" and direct them. Unfortunately, without realizing it, many are bending over to view or listen to this "guidance" and in doing so burden their spines, isolate their hearts and muffle their spirit. We must fight to keep upright, those of us who know the difference between real living and just surviving, between true connection versus cyber contacts.
Find a human to talk to and listen, no matter what their political "persuasion". Defy the narratives that keep us apart and bowing down. Deliberately initiate conversation and make a conscious choice to sheath your phone and...look up!
Here is music that should make you feel motivated, joyous and upright from the band "MIQEDEM" an Israeli group which sings in a number of languages. This song is called (in English) Hallelujah-from Psalm 150. Now, some people will not even listen to anything in Hebrew or from Israel out of pre-conceived and brain washed indoctrination-but I urge you to put aside your prejudices and just listen for a few minutes (less than five!) and see if you don't feel like moving, maybe leaping and smiling. www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_lt6RqHRFU
Shalom, Salaam-Peace out,
Who are you precisely? What creates you, forms you, changes you once you are given birth? What constitutes the breath of life for you? Are you what you ingest?
The recent social constructs in the west of you being able to categorize yourself as who you "identify as"...changes the philosophical as well as biological foundations of who you actually are and transcends to a twist on metaphysical questions of "who am I". It can be quite confusing and it's intended to be. If you are lost, insecure, vulnerable and confused-you are easier to mislead, tempt and control.
From a chemical/biological viewpoint-you are made up of elements, the most prevalent being H2O (water-Hydrogen and Oxygen). Each day you add nutrients which can add to your composition, degrade you, or actually "toxify" your systems. What you breathe in also affects your functioning-whether you are fortunate enough to breathe clean air (less and less possible) or varying levels of polluted air depends on where you live and work.
Your environment can physically constrict and even damage you, strain your health (extremes of altitude, cold, heat, humidity or aridity) electrical magnetic pulses bombarding you, and/or excessive noise can diminish your capacities and conversely, a pristine, natural landscape may enhance your well being on a physical, and possibly a spiritual plane.
However, the thoughts, energetic emissions and emotional atmosphere you are subjected to daily are also inputs which have the ability to change you, stimulate and certainly influence you more powerfully than you may realize. One end of the spectrum would be the privations of a prison cell or being born or kidnapped into a Daesh/ISIS stronghold, criminal network or pedophile family-living hells, yet millions must survive these conditions. On the other side of the spectrum-you may be born into or grow into a materially and culturally rich family, a spiritually strong family and/or peaceful country where all your basic needs are satisfied and you have the freedom to express yourself uniquely. You may fight against either situation as you grow and this struggle will transform you.
The types of media/propaganda you are subjected to can mold you permanently into an unrecognizable version of your "self". Peer pressures, social media, advertising all permeate most societies now. You may find being inauthentic is the only way you can conform. You may unconsciously be emulating media personalities and "famous" people-to be accepted. Perhaps your voice imitates other people, your intonation, vocabulary becomes rote instead of spontaneous. Are you "them" or "you" now?! Have you become a caricature of yourself after posting so many posed images on social media platforms?
Do you ever reflect on these questions? Only you, in the privacy and stillness of being with only your own thoughts, are able to answer the question honestly-to check in and seek out who you really are...today, this week, this year, this decade-this lifetime. Such a quest takes great care and deep courage. No one else can do it for you. Someone who loves you may be a support, a motivator, a mirror....but only you know the truth in the answer(s) that may be revealed.
October will soon be over. The year and the decade are crawling to a corner. 2020 will soon be celebrated as arriving. Many predictions have been made for the upcoming decade. How will you face them if you don't know who you are, what influences you, what you are ingesting, what you truly believe? Isn't it time to exercise your will to discover the truth on a daily basis? Lies are so prevalent and persuasive if you let them linger. It takes effort to peel back the veils and become conscious.
Posing can only be satisfying for only so long. Are you simply what you present to the world...what you post and display? Are you constantly thinking about what to "post" instead of being in the moment of the actual activities you engage in, by yourself or with others? Do you remember the pic/video clip...more than the real experience?
Be careful-the virtual "world" is an illusion. Step out for awhile.
These are my thoughts, my viewpoints tonight as snow falls and winds swirl around the mountains-here in Colorado. I am Including a mind expanding selection of music by Hans Zimmer. It became the soundtrack for one of the more provocative movies of this decade..."Inception" a film I saw with my son Denali, which sparked hours of satisfying discussion and questions in face to face, human to human interaction. A vivid memory of our time together one week years ago. We never thought of taking photos...we were too involved in reality.
Enjoy "Time" by Hans Zimmer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5IailIzqdc&t=3s
Peace to you,
Recently, the current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau reaffirmed one of his proposals to fund "digital charters" for the media he approves of with a money pot of $660 Million of Canadian taxpayer's hard earned cash. The demonetization, de-platforming and trolling of news that reveals embarrassing truths, conservative viewpoints and investigations are not enough of a check in his view; Trudeau goes for outright censorship by the largest companies who have an overt, proven bias-Facehook, Twitter, Youtube-which, he states, will have a "private agreement" with the Canadian government regarding censoring "disinformation" and "hate speech" as well as "toxic communication" posted online. www.therebel.media/justin-trudeau-news-media-bailout-censorship-unifor-journalism-ezra-levant-show-may-23-2019
This means these large multinational companies will receive a monetary incentive to "police" other competitors and potential competitors for an audience/clicks. We don't know the exact terms of these "digital charters" because they have not been made public or published.
Of course one group's idea of "toxic communication" is another group's conviction of the same communication as "the truth". Cultural "content" can be deemed as "hate speech" by a different culture, and freedom of expression is suppressed by the "social media monitors" hired to police the cyber platforms for us, the citizens. A very dangerous precedent and one that is already in play in strictly controlled countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects individuals from government censorship. However, social media platforms are private companies, and currently they can censor what people post on their websites as they see fit. Yet given their growing role in public discourse, it’s important to ask–what exactly are their censorship policies? How do they compare to each other, and to the First Amendment’s protections? Who oversees their decisions? How do they benefit financially or with leverage by their censorship? Are they monopolies on the cyber-public forum which should be broken up or held accountable as a publisher and not just a company?! Important questions which still have not been addressed consistently to government officials, policy makers or to the social media addicted public. How do we ensure that we have the diverse viewpoints on any event/issue and that the narrative is informed by verifiable facts and deliberate falsehoods and misinformation is revealed and those responsible are given punitive consequences either in fines, firing or jail time.
This week I shall discuss a few of these pressing questions and cite a personal example of being "restricted" from a social media platform with no reason given and no warning. I am in "good company" considering some of the more visible and vocal personalities already censored from most social media platforms. A few of them are shown below as examples of prominent voices censored on social media.
"With legal and legislative solutions ineffectual for preserving free speech online, enter the major antitrust enforcement agencies of the executive branch. The Department of Justice is preparing to investigate Google’s parent company, Alphabet, while the Federal Trade Commission is doing the same for Facebook. The goal may be to break the tech giants into multiple smaller companies, as was done at the dawn of mass electronic communication in America." www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/break-social-media-companies-protect-free-speech
We earnestly hope that antitrust cases will soon be brought against Alphabet-which is the Google 'parent' company with over 200 companies in it's 'family' of " Other Bets" including: Google, Goog, Youtube, Uber, Nestlabs, Google maps/surveillance products, Clouds, Titan Aerospace, DeepMind, Project Dragonfly and Skynet (Social credit system used in China and other countries) Sidewalk labs (used as part of urban planning) Google Fiber (lines of communication and equipment) Android, subsidiaries creating and selling pharmaceuticals, experimental cars, drones, ISR, mail, investment companies, "smart fabric", appliances, etc. This is a classic example of one gargantuan company controlling vertical and horizontal means of R&D, production, marketing, distribution and competition. They need to be divested, monitored and regulated. www.businessinsider.com/alphabet-google-company-list-2017-4#googles-hardware-division-was-formed-in-2016-when-google-hired-former-motorola-president-rick-osterloh-osterloh-was-put-in-charge-of-pixel-phones-google-home-chromebooks-and-revamping-google-glass-osterloh-reports-directly-to-sundar-pichai-21
Alphabet/Google maintains a close relationship with social media giants Facebook/Instagram. It often follows if Facebook decides to shut down an account-youtube will follow with demonetization and other de-platform measures including pressuring Twitter and Paypal to detach any support from such individuals and organizations. Cases in point: Alex Jones, Lara Loomer, Michelle Malkin and Milo Yiannopoulus as well as Joe Rogan. Watch this video for an explanation of the constantly changing AI (artificial intelligence) parameters for "demonetizing" - extremely arbitrary: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFyHpBsvcK0
Facebook is known for it's extreme left slant and a very narrow corridor for ideas. It is a bully in the social media arena wielding it's whip to corral other tech media companies into their "line of thought policing".
A former senior Facebook engineer who wrote a memo earlier this year decrying the social media giant's "political monoculture", said that the company (Facebook) has a "vocal minority" intent on implementing social justice policies across it's mission. "You can't even have conversations about that policy inside the company without having your character attacked -- and I've experienced this personally -- without being called a sexist or a racist or a transphobe or an Islamophobe," said Amerige. Amerige drew national attention when he wrote an internal memo, "We Have a Problem With Political Diversity." The memo, which was later leaked to The New York Times, stated that: Facebook employees "claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology." www.technocracynews/category/resistance/page/4/?print=pdf-search
Entrenched in the corporate culture of these media monoliths are a few individuals who steer the narratives presented to the global population. They are based on their personal political/value system and not on the "truth" or on an amalgamation of analysis based on facts. This is outright propaganda with sophisticated technology and brutal competition shutdown on other companies, organizations and individuals with no alternative, no other companies to use as platforms at present. These companies are forcing "group think" in a monopolistic strategy on a global level.
A smaller, albeit different platform on social media is Linkedin. This company professes to host a free platform for "professionals" to network, solicit employees, jobs and useful information. Officially this is what is posted on their website: "The mission of LinkedIn is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful." However, they too can arbitrarily decide who they will permit and restrict on their platform. Look at their "Who Are We?" section: Jeff Weiner is the CEO of the company, and management includes experienced executives from companies such as Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, TiVo, PayPal and Electronic Arts.
Jeff Weiner worked at Yahoo and decided to sell LinkedIn to Microsoft in 2016, only eight years after starting at LinkedIn as interim president. www.vox.com/2016/6/13/11920416/linkedin-acquisition-microsoft-reasons He boasts about China and the Chinese as his greatest potential clients. But Chinese businesses are all People's Republic of China (Communist) affiliated and carry tight strings attached to whomever they do business with - including demanding political "correctness" and posting according to their communist party dictates. What happens when certain "complaints" are lodged to LinkedIn by Chinese communist members who by sheer numbers could out pace any other nationality of professionals on this platform?
A move toward a dictatorship of cyber and social media platforms is creeping into nations which fought long and hard to establish and maintain a constitutional Republic and/or Democracy with freedom of expression as a founding tenet. This "mission creep" needs to be stopped forthwith. It is imperative that a diverse selection of perspective and opinion is able to be expressed for full spectrum thinking and innovation to thrive again. Money is buying or denying platforms since companies, especially country affiliated (Communist countries) and multinational corporations have no social conscience and no incentive to share their leverage or power.
Caveat emptor on social media my friends. Remember...nothing is for free in the marketplace. You always "pay" in some way or another.
Please pass this article on with your own social media including LinkedIn. For now I have been "restricted" with no reason given, and have to "wait" until "investigations are finished" on what...they will not tell me- LinkedIn just keeps stalling. Another way to silence us.
Until next Tuesday, here is a song from a group which thought and created music/lyrics ahead of their time. "Money" by Pink Floyd...a classic-enjoy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0kcet4aPpQ
Whatever charade of "democracy" played out in the last fifteen years after the much touted "shock and awe" and "liberation" of Iraq by coalition forces, this past week has blasted that illusion by the quick oppressive and violent reaction of the newly elected government's response to peaceful protest by mostly young students in the streets of Baghdad, and other major cities. The Prime Minister of Iraq, Adel Abdul-Mahdi decided to use "excessive force" on those demonstrating about the deteriorating situation in the country, lack of essential services, rampant corruption and high unemployment rates.
Over 6,000 people were wounded by gunfire, beatings and fire. The number of dead continues to rise over 100. At last count it was 105. time.com/5693902/100-dead-iraq-protest/
In May of 2018, Harith Hasan wrote about the elections of that same year: "...this election has clearly shown the limitations of Iraq’s democracy and the persistent risk of disruption or regression towards less democratic means in the future." www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/the-truth-about-iraq-s-democracy/
Less than six months later autocratic edicts, martial type law, violence and echoes of dictatorial response to protesters against the newly elected government-show the world Iraq is not yet a democracy or a nation with a form of government which can withstand questions, protests, investigations, reporting and/or scrutiny.
One of the responses of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, was to curtail use of the internet and thus shut off the possibility of communications and reporting in most of Iraq. Only the Independent Region of Kurdistan (KRG) in northern Iraq was not affected by the lack of access and by the curfew imposed by the Iraq government in Baghdad. (see tweet and graph below)
Confirmed: #Iraq has partly restored internet access at 7:00 a.m. Baghdad time for the 3rd consecutive morning, making it the first documented country to introduce a nightly internet curfew at nation-scale.
Curfew times: 5:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m.
After the chaos subsided in Baghdad and a number of other cities in Iraq, the Prime Minister announced at the end of the week a three day period of mourning and promised those killed-both demonstrators and security personnel-would be considered as "martyrs" and their families given benefits.
Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric blamed the Baghdad government on Friday for the killing of scores of protesters, and gave it a two-week deadline to find out which “undisciplined elements” had used snipers to shoot them.
"The intervention by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who rarely weighs in on politics except in times of crisis, will place new pressure on Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to curb the power of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias, widely blamed by the public for killing more than 100 protesters in a crackdown." www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-sistani/iraqs-top-shiite-cleric-criticizes-government-over-protester-deaths-idUSKBN1WQ181
As one Iraqi, Dr. Oula Kadhum, living in the UK queries, and observed from afar this week:
"Can we still call Iraq a state?
Power is dispersed along so many political actors, with varying domestic and foreign allegiances, that Iraqi sovereignty is but a mere illusion. There is no political system in Iraq but rather multiple systems (tribes, militias, political parties) with spheres of influence and power. The state has not been captured by an oligarchy but rather dismembered from within by corrupt elites and criminal gangs masquerading as politicians."
The response to the demonstrations by the current Iraq government is eerily similar to the response by Saddam Hussein's government against protesters years ago-see photos below. After war, forced regime change and "democratic elections" what has actually transformed? What progress can be quantified?!
A follow on to my post from last week regarding the Kurds and the situation they are in with Turkey overtly attacking them and their positions in Syria...let us not forget what happened to the Kurdish population in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Iraq has not been an ally or friend of the Kurds. Iraq let the Peshmerga "lead from the front" suffering brutal attacks from Daesh/ISIS. Moreover, thousands of Daesh fighters escaped while under the "guard and round ups" by the Iraq army. The Kurds were never that slack. Kurdish militia members were guarding camps holding Daesh/ISIS detainees in at least 10 camps holding over 140,000 people. Kurdish Pershmerga units have had to shift their priorities once Turkey started their bombardments.
The Kurdish units in Syria who decided to align with Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, make sense in the long view. Kurdish officials in northern Syria will now be working with the Assad government in Damascus to defend against Turkey's military in their region. The Syrians have betrayed the Kurds less than the Iraqi governments over time. The USA and the UK have been dishonest in their dealings with the Kurds since the 1970s. At least President Trump is enacting his policy promises of removing US troops from the Middle East step by step.
Syria is part of ancestral Kurdish heritage and territory. The US and UK populations have shifting allegiances and geographical distance from the Kurds. Though a number of the Kurdish units have openly displayed communist symbols, their particular "comradeship in arms" and "equity in genders" in their military is a counter and balance to the extremism of sharia law and it's dictates against women.
The Russian nexus with the Syrian government began long before their alliance during the civil war in 2011, and their leasing access to a warm water port on the Mediterranean via Syria in Tartus, to Russia in 2014. Leasing a port where transport is possible year round is vital to a virtually landlocked nation, especially if they intend to grow their economy, as Russia does.
People forget that Russia had a pivot toward the Middle East decades ago. Russia cultivated progressive relations with Iraq (under Saddam Hussein) Jordan, Israel, Iran and Syria, and gave varying degrees of support at various times to Egypt and Lebanon. While Russia has provided weapons to all these countries, the US and the UK have provided weapons, training, finance and "humanitarian aid" to all these countries as well, during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Syria is still a "chessboard" for pipeline negotiation games and energy fields. Turkey hovers like a vulture waiting for the carrion of destructive "civil wars" spawned and spurred on by outside forces interested in leveraging political and economic power and the "spoils of war".
As always, it is the civilian populations of both Syria and Iraq who must endure, bleed, re-locate and agonize the most. Once again, the Kurds must capitulate and still do not have their own country where they can form their own nation, re-group and be left in peace to create their own form of government implementing their own cultural traditions without interference or the real risk of genocide from their "neighbors", or the resurgence of Daesh/ISIS which would ultimately impact the entire world.
There was a time after World War II when some of the worst criminals of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich were brought to the US under Operation Paperclip, and tens of thousands were supported to escape to South America. They created their own communities there, and a few former Nazis emerged in those countries as ruthless political and military leaders in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.
Ending tonight with something human beings have in common since so much of the news has been about differences. Dance and music can and do unite people. Certainly Daesh/ISIS and places which impose strict sharia law would never allow this entertainment, and the young people you see in this video would be censured and punished severely.
Fortunately there is not a world wide "caliphate" and sharia law is not permitted here. This is a group of young Turkish dancers doing their movements to a popular Iraqi song: "Dylan Lingham" "ابراهيم البغدادي - ول ولك"
Dance while you can wherever you are...it's healthy!