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Global Health System Failure – It’s Not What You Think

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2020 by jtoddring

Who do we turn to for reliable health information? That is one of the critical questions we need to ask now.

(Another is, when is it justified to suspend all civil rights, due process of law, and constitutional rule? Hint: never.)

What the media is telling us is that:

a) the coronavirus represents an extraordinary danger – though the figures say that claim is false: 11,000 deaths in three months from coronavirus vs 50,000 deaths PER DAY from hunger and obesity;

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b) mass quarantines, effectively mass house arrests, suspension of constitutional rights, especially freedom of assembly and freedom of travel, but also far more, along with draconian, authoritarian, police state measures, are necessary and justified – despite the extreme imprudence this represents, and despite the scientific evidence, which the Italian government has provided, which shows the coronavirus poses effectively ZERO THREAT FROM CONTAGION UNLESS YOU ARE VERY OLD OR ALREADY SICK.

Governments and media world-wide have glossed over the SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS PROVING MASS QUARANTINE AND POLICE STATE MEASURES ARE UNJUSTIFIED.

In such a situation of universal hysteria, when science and facts don’t matter, where can you turn for reliable information?

Can you trust the US government, for example, to tell the truth?

Remember the Iraq war, and the lies told to get us to accept it? The US government is most definitely not a reliable source of information.

Yet, the US government controls the purse strings of both the WHO and the CDC, effectively comtrolling these two “leading” world health “authorities”. Neither one, therefore, can be relied upon.

Furthermore, who controls the US government? Well, if you are five years old, you might say that the US is a democracy, so the people control the government. Adults might have a different answer.

The US government, like most governments and institutions in the world, have experienced what sociologists call “institutional capture”. Big Oil and fossil fuel giants, the big banks, arms manufacturers, agribusiness giants, chemical giants, biotech giants, along with Big Tech and the pharmaceutical industry, now have effective control over Washington – as is perfectly clear to the majority of people in the US and around the world.

Would the pharmaceutical industry lie? Is there a conflict of interest with Big Pharma controlling Washington, and in turn, controlling the WHO and CDC? Perhaps it is plausible?

What are we, two?

Six corporations control 80% of the major media world-wide.

Big business – Davos, Wall Street and the City of London, along with the military industrial complex, which US Republican President and Supreme Allied Forces  Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about, in his farewell address in 1961, and which has become the loyal servant and trained attack dog of the world’s plutocratic elite – has taken over the global economy and the financial system, the major international institutions, many if not most NGOs, a great percentage of academia,  the majority of world governments, and the major corporate and state media. (See Peter Phillips, Giants: The Global Power Elite)

Do we really think the roughly 400 global corporate power elite have no agenda other than the truth? They never lie? Maybe they’re interested in profits, perhaps?

People need to give their heads a shake. In the face of a slow motion global corporate coup, governments, ministrys of health, and health authorities, along with the major media, are no longer credible, neutral, or reliable.

They have all experienced institutional capture. They may tell the facts, or they may not. Doctors and nurses and Ministries of Health may be well-informed, or may themselves be manipulated and dangerously misled.

As to the current global coronavirus crisis, I have so far found only four reliable sources. That is rather staggering, even to me.

Not surprisingly, the WHO and CDC are not reliable sources of health information. Nor are governments or the major media. Institutional capture – the global corporate take-over, that is – has claimed them all, with only rare exceptions world-wide.

For reliable information on the coronavirus crisis, therefore, I would recommend the following sources, and only the following sources, for the time being:

GreenMedInfo

Trends Research

The Corbett Report

and my own research articles and essays, on my blog:

Writings of J. Todd Ring, on WordPress

Be well. Stay calm, and read on.

Dig for yourself. And question everything.

JTR,

March 24, 2020

 

Media Analysis & Research 101: Assessing Sources

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 17, 2020 by jtoddring

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
– the Buddha

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People need to learn how to evaluate sources. For example, the New England Journal of Medicine is a somewhat reliable source of information on health. Facebook chat groups are not. Better still, generally speaking, are Andrew Weil and GreenMedInfo, for science-based health information that is not based on hysteria, fads, corporate manipulations, marketing or whitewash, government disinformation, or out-dated models, information and ideas. Remember, no one is infallible. Question ALL sources.
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In terms of media, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, CBC, and the establishment media in general, are simply not reliable. And that is an extraordinarily mild way to put it.
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They are unreliable at best. More generally, they parade lies, half-truths and illusions (as Thomas Jefferson described the media of his time, and it has not changed since) and market this as “the news”, or informed commentary and analysis.
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It’s not news. It’s propaganda. Read Chomsky: Necessary Illusions. Or just look beneath the surface, question, and look to the actual facts – do some fact-checking.
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Go to multiple sources. See what other people are saying – people outside of your clique or milieu included. And venture beyond the establishment media.
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80% of the major media in the world is now controlled by six corporations. This is not “news”. It is an echo-chamber of disinformation narratives, spun by the ruling elite, for the benefit of the ruling elite.
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Question everything.
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Question what your family, friends, clergy, teachers, professors, and neighbours believe, and question what you believe, and what you assume to be true.
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Question every assumed fact, and every assumed truth, every authority and every source. Then, piece by piece, glimmers of truth will appear, and slowly become clarified. Slowly, the fog will part. But only if you question; and dig for the truth.
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And when you find one good source, that leads to an explosion of new information, new perspectives, and new ideas, which leads to other new sources, and more information, new perspectives and new ideas.
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But remember, the new wonderful source may be wonderful only for a short while – until you strip away more layers of illusion yet.
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The Huffington Post, for example, may seem like a wonderful improvement over CNN, MSNBC or Fox, and maybe it is, at times. But that is a pretty abysmally low standard to beat. That’s like winning a contest in integrity with sewer rats, and strutting around bragging about it.
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When you begin to see deeply held illusions that are pervasively held at that source as well, and deeply held cognitive bias, deeply skewed “reporting” that omits major facts and major elements of the story, and worse, adopts the greater part of the standard official narrative that is being put out by the echo-chamber of the major corporate-state media, then you might come to realize that the Huff and Puff is only marginally better than the big corporate news empires, and only by a very slim margin at that.
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Keep digging.
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Where to begin? Start with Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies. It’s a book, also available in audio, and I think the grand old dissident may have made it available free online. That is essential reading. Then look to John Pilger: one of the few honest, or even, real journalists left in the world, as we move into a Brave New World that would make Orwell shudder, as the new global corporate fascist empire takes hold.
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Between Pilger and Chomsky, you will have an excellent head start. And you don’t have to agree with them on everything. Just listen to what they have to say.
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Above all, think for yourself – and question everything.
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JTR,
March 17, 2020
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(Now, if only WordPress would stop being buggy – which it usually is not – and let me format my writing without use of stars to separate paragraphs! Techno-savvy I am not…)
And Happy St. Patty’s Day! I’m going for brunch with my boy. And remember what Public Enemy said: “Don’t believe the hype.”
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Post-Script:

Want to know what’s happening? Listen to John Pilger and Gerald Celente. What to understand the deeper patterns and big picture? Listen to Chomsky. Between Pilger, Celente and Chomsky you will understand the world very well. No one is infallible, but they’re 99% right, 99% of the time.

#Coronavirus.hype=fascist.machinations

 

Further reading – big picture analysis:

Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies,
Year 501: The Conquest Continues,
Class Warfare, and
Requiem For The American Dream: The Principles Of Concentration Of Wealth & Power
George Orwell, 1984
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, and Brave New World Revisited
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
Jack London, Iron Heel
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine
David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule The World
Susan George, Shadow Sovereigns
John Pilger, The New Rulers Of The World
John Perkins, A Game As Old As Empire, and
The New Confessions Of An Economic Hitman
C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite
Peter Phillips, Giants: The Global Power Elite
Murray Bookchin, The Ecology of Freedom
Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom
Bertrand Russell, Roads To Freedom
Joanna Macy, World As Lover, World As Self
Ronald Wright, A Short History Of Progress

“Alternative Media” Failure

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 17, 2020 by jtoddring

To the “alternative” media, I would say this – as well as to the readers, who need to be more critical, not just of the major media, but to supposed alternatives, as well.

I would not play into the fear-mongering of the neoliberal fascists – who control most major media, as well as most governments, the IMF, ECB, Fed, OECD, WTO, WHO, CDC, Davos, Big Oil, Big Pharma, (to name a few power centres) along with the military industrial security complex, and the banking and “intelligence” cartels.

The neoliberal fascists are far more slick and polished, far better at PR and disguises, propaganda and public manipulations, and more in line with Huxley’s dark vision of a more subtle, scientific fascism; compared to the neoconservative fascists, such as Bush I, II, Cheney, and the Trump administration, who are more overt, more obvious, and less insidious – but no more dangerous.

The neoliberal fascists are every bit as dangerous as the neoconservative fascists surrounding Trump – and they seem intent on turning the coronavirus into a dress rehearsal for fascism.

Playing into the “pandemic” hysteria narrative is therefore unwise and extraordinarily dangerous. The virus could turn out to be more dangerous than present figures indicate, but at present, bathtub drownings and car accidents are much bigger problems, quite literally, not to mention the common flu – or hunger, poverty, obesity, poor diets, and war. But a fascist “response” to an exaggerated and hyped “crisis” – a manufactured crisis – is a very real and present danger.

See Trends Research for another perspective, and a clearer one, I would say. But alternative media getting propagandized themselves, and repeating the official narrative on major issues, is not surprising: most of the “alternative media” blew it on most if not all litmus test big stories of the past decade – the CIA/State Department coup in Ukraine, for example, and the geopolitics surrounding that event, or Russiagate, or the Cold War that followed.

The alternative media needs to step up its game. Playing into the hands of the two wings of the on-going, bipartisan neoliberal/neoconservative fascist coup, is not intelligent reporting or commentary. You are being played.

Thoughtful readers need to question everything – including their favourite media sources.

I am sounding a warning here, by the way, not taking an inventory of current alternative media performance on this or any other issue. It is a warning call, not a report card. I don’t follow the alternative media, as with the major media, enough for a detailed assessment of the present state of the former. The latter is, of course, a tragic, sick joke. The former dances between thoughtful relevance, and being an unwitting tool of self-serving elite powers.

JTR,
March 17, 2020

 

Further reading – big picture analysis:

Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies,
Year 501: The Conquest Continues,
Class Warfare,
and
Requiem For The American Dream: The Principles Of Concentration Of Wealth & Power
George Orwell, 1984
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, and Brave New World Revisited
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
Jack London, Iron Heel
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine
David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule The World
Susan George, Shadow Sovereigns
John Pilger, The New Rulers Of The World
John Perkins, A Game As Old As Empire, and
The New Confessions Of An Economic Hitman
C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite
Peter Phillips, Giants: The Global Power Elite
Murray Bookchin, The Ecology of Freedom
Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom
Bertrand Russell, Roads To Freedom
Joanna Macy, World As Lover, World As Self
Ronald Wright, A Short History Of Progress

 

Turn Off The Propaganda Machine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2020 by jtoddring
This week’s cover story of the world’s leading trend analysis institute: very fitting, dead on the money, as usual. As I keep saying, turn off the state and corporate “news”. It’s not news. It’s 80% propaganda, 19% filler and fluff, and 1% useful information. Turn it off. Look for better, more reliable sources of information, news and analysis, like Trends Journal.
If you followed just a handful of serious analysts, journalists and thinkers – such as Gerald Celente, John Pilger, Caitlin Johnstone, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein and Peter Dale Scott, for example – you would be vastly better informed than if you watched or read the corporate or state “news” all day long, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is simply no comparison. By following a few serious journalists and analysts, you will have a very good understanding of what is going on. By following the major media, you will be systematically deceived, manipulated, indoctrinated, propagandized, misinformed and distracted, and your mind will be so addled, you will be effectively useless to the world, because you have no idea what is really going on – or worse, you will be part of the problem.
Turn it off. Change the channel. Look vastly more reliable – not infallible, but incomparably more reliable – sources of news and analysis, such as the New Internationalist, CounterPunch, Global Research, Trends Journal, and other, serious sources of news and commentary – and turn off the propaganda machine. It cannot be said strongly enough, or often enough.
Just say no to Big Brother. In fact, just tell the new corporate oligarchy – and its propaganda-media-infotainment network which is the mass indoctrination and mass distraction machine – to fuck off.
Pardon my language, but enough is enough. Turn it off.
JTR,
March 17, 2020

Further reading – big picture analysis:

Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control In Democratic Societies,
Year 501: The Conquest Continues,
Class Warfare,
and
Requiem For The American Dream: The Principles Of Concentration Of Wealth & Power
George Orwell, 1984
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, and Brave New World Revisited
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
Jack London, Iron Heel
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine
David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule The World
Susan George, Shadow Sovereigns
John Pilger, The New Rulers Of The World
John Perkins, A Game As Old As Empire, and
The New Confessions Of An Economic Hitman
C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite
Peter Phillips, Giants: The Global Power Elite
Murray Bookchin, The Ecology of Freedom
Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom
Bertrand Russell, Roads To Freedom
Joanna Macy, World As Lover, World As Self
Ronald Wright, A Short History Of Progress

 

 

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