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Coronavirus Gives a Dangerous Boost to DARPA’s Darkest Agenda, by Whitney Webb

The coronavirus outbreak is the latest in a long line of so-called emergencies by which the government expands its powers and curtails our freedom. From Whitney Webb at thelastamericanvagabond.com:

Technology developed by the Pentagon’s controversial research branch is getting a huge boost amid the current coronavirus crisis, with little attention going to the agency’s ulterior motives for developing said technologies, their potential for weaponization or their unintended consequences.

In January, well before the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis would result in lockdowns, quarantines and economic devastation in the United States and beyond, the U.S. intelligence community and the Pentagon were working with the National Security Council to create still-classified plans to respond to an imminent pandemic. It has since been alleged that the intelligence and military intelligence communities knew about a likely pandemic in the United States as early as last November, and potentially even before then.

Given this foreknowledge and the numerous simulations conducted in the United States last year regarding global viral pandemic outbreaks, at least six of varying scope and size, it has often been asked – Why did the government not act or prepare if an imminent global pandemic and the shortcomings of any response to such an event were known? Though the answer to this question has frequently been written off as mere “incompetence” in mainstream media circles, it is worth entertaining the possibility that a crisis was allowed to unfold.

Why would the intelligence community or another faction of the U.S. government knowingly allow a crisis such as this to occur? The answer is clear if one looks at history, as times of crisis have often been used by the U.S. government to implement policies that would normally be rejected by the American public, ranging from censorship of the press to mass surveillance networks. Though the government response to the September 11 attacks, like the Patriot Act, may be the most accessible example to many Americans, U.S. government efforts to limit the flow of “dangerous” journalism and surveil the population go back to as early as the First World War. Many of these policies, whether the Patriot Act after 9/11 or WWI-era civilian “spy” networks, did little if anything to protect the homeland, but instead led to increased surveillance and control that persisted long after the crisis that spurred them had ended.

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Their Summer Of Discontent, by the Zman

A lot of this summer’s rioting has been by whites in mostly white cities like Minneapolis and Portland. From the Zman at theburningplatform.com:

One of the stranger parts of the summer of left-wing violence is that no one has bothered to think too much about why the people are rioting. Sure, the official Left says it is an organic uprising over something or other. The official Right says these people are communists doing communisms. That’s the same old tired sloganeering we hear from the political class all the time. Neither claim gets to the question of why these people are out in the streets every night in certain cities.

Initially, the Black Lives Matter stuff was just the semi-organized Democratic Party street activism we have come to expect before an election. BLM was organized by the Obama administration on the college campuses. Then it bled into the legacy racial grievance rackets. The statue toppling after George Floyd overdosed in police custody was mostly paid for by the party trying to whip up black support. Then it gave way to the anarchy we are seeing in places like Seattle and Portland.

That’s an aspect that gets very little attention. The violence we are seeing is in mostly white cities by mostly white people. Minneapolis is 19% black. Seattle is 7% black and Portland is 6% black. Kenosha is 10% black and close to 80% white! Note that super-black cities like Baltimore, St. Louis and Detroit have had no riots. Los Angeles, which just had a police shooting, could not get a decent riot going. They tried, but they lack the white kids with back packs needed to do it.

The truth behind these riots is that they have nothing to do with local issues or legitimate grievances. They are simply a happening that is drawing in the disaffected white youth that provides bodies for Antifa. Get up close to an Antifa crowd and what is striking is how unimpressive they are individually. The males are skinny and awkward, while the females are loud and ridiculous. These are young whites who have no place in the neo-liberal order, so they end up in Antifa.

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Human Behavior, by Hardscrabble Farmer

This is, as I said on a comment at The Burning Platform, one of the best articles I’ve seen in many months. From Hardscrabble Farmer at theburningplatform.com:

Cornell launches 'What Makes Us Human' podcast series | Cornell Chronicle

Human beings are first and foremost a species of mammal. I don’t mean any disrespect to our more religious posters, but if you are in denial of this biological fact then there is no way you are ever going to understand human behavior and discover why people act the way that they do.

We are hardwired by our Creator, Nature, evolution- whichever belief system you choose to believe in- to fulfill a specific destiny. Just as a cat or a dog expresses itself in specific ways so to does our own genus.

#1 Human beings are a social animal. They require the support, nurture, acceptance and embrace of other human beings from their birth until their passing and while there exist outliers- mountain men in the 18th and 19th century, hermits or castaways- the vast majority of mankind lives out his destiny in the companionship of others. This is primarily built around the nuclear family, Mother, Father, sisters and brothers extending outward through bloodlines and followed closely by local community, clans, tribes, neighbors, friends, schoolmates, co-workers, brothers in arms, etc. The values we embrace during our lives are not, nor have they ever been self-created, but rather passed on by these members of each community, culture or nation.

In the absence of these fundamental connections- in the case of refugees, orphans, prisoners, outcasts, etc. there are always associated pathological behaviors that develop and often plague the person throughout their life. Alienation, depression, self-harm, criminal behavior, drug and alcohol abuse, and an attraction to fringe sub-cultures and cults in order to replace the bonds that have been broken or do not exist. The most severe cases are those that arise from a disruption in our closest bonds; absent fathers, separation from extended family, geographic isolation. The importance of social inclusion and a solid family foundation cannot be underestimated in the prevalence of social and psychological disorders we are currently experiencing.

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The Aim of Social Justice Movement is Subversion of Core Western Values, by Vasko Kohlmayer

Beware a movement that refuses to even define its name. What is social justice? From Vasko Kohlmayer at lewrockwell.com:

We have spoken previously about what the attacks on statues and churches that have been taking place as part of the so-called “anti-racism” protests reveal about the true nature of this movement. They show that these protests are not actuated by a desire to bring about racial justice, but by an aversion toward Western culture. It is not the elimination of non-existent racism that is the objective of this crusade. Its real goal is the destruction of liberal democracy.

Beneath the crass attacks on the physical artifacts of Western tradition, however, a less obvious but far more destructive assault is being launched: It is an assault on the core values and principles of Western civilization. It is an onslaught on the very values that have made its accomplishments possible. The Western miracle came about because certain ideas and principles gained hold in the occidental psyche, and it was these ideas and principles that enabled the Western mind to create a civilization that has advanced, flourished and excelled in ways unmatched by any other.

One of the quintessential, and arguably the most important, among these values is freedom of expression. The Western achievement could not have taken place without it. Conversely, it is the lack of this freedom that is the main reason for why other civilizations lag behind in almost every metric. It is not difficult to see why, since it is through an open exchange of ideas and sympathetic consideration of differing points of view that true learning and progress take place. Similarly, by giving room to creative individuals to express the innermost stirrings of their souls, great works of art are created.

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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose, by Jeff Thomas

Whoever wins the election, our remaining freedoms lose. From Jeff Thomas at internationalman.com:

A little-recognised fact about the Russian revolution is that it was financed by US financial and industry leaders, through operatives in the US State Department.

On the face of it, this seems absurd, as business interests are presumed to support capitalist, not communist regimes.

So let’s have a closer look.

The Federal Reserve was incorporated in New York in May of 1914.

At that time, the Morgan and Rockefeller interests dominated not only Wall Street, but almost the entire economic structure of the US.

The American International Corporation (AIC) was organized in 1915 by Morgan and Rockefeller interests. Their offices were in the new Equitable Life Building in Manhattan.

Amongst the AIC’s directors were the heads of General Electric, New York Life Insurance, the Carnegie Foundation and the National City Bank (which was used at that time to connect Morgan and Rockefeller interests). The bank had no less than ten directors on the AIC board. In addition, four directors were from the then-new Federal Reserve, including W.L. Saunders, one of the US president’s closest advisors.

As luck would have it, the Federal Reserve in New York was also located in the Equitable Life Building.

In 1917, Leon Trotsky arrived in New York. Following his negotiations with the AIC, he headed back to Russia with not only funds to accomplish a second revolution there, but also a US passport, courtesy of President Woodrow Wilson, acting on the advice of the AIC.

Along with Mr. Trotsky was a sizable “American Red Cross mission,” although their Red Cross activities in Russia were non-existent. The delegation of twenty-four Red Cross “officers” actually consisted of finance and industry operatives from New York.

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Welcome to THE GLOBAL GULAG… by Clive P. Maund

We’re well advanced towards a global totalitarian technocratic regime. From Clive P. Maund at clivemaund.com:

In case you haven’t noticed, we now live under tyranny, and over the next several years, thanks to the unquestioning zombielike submission of the masses, it is set to get a whole lot worse.

When this whole bizarre virus plandemic, or scamdemic, started to gather momentum I instinctively knew that something wasn’t right, that the official explanations didn’t add up, and that society at large was “being played” by those in power with an agenda. To anyone with even a modicum of real intelligence, the whole thing stinks of an elaborate plot.

So, driven by natural curiosity, and being a person who would rather know the truth, however awful, than go around with blinders on, I embarked on a quest to find out what was really going on, what was really behind all this, and for what it’s worth I am going to share my findings with you today.

Now I understand that there are those amongst you who are programmed by the system to label anyone who expresses views that deviate from what is portrayed as normal as a “conspiracy theorist”. If you are one of those you may want to click out now, but before you go, I want to point out to you that what I am writing about now, what we are living through, is not conspiracy theory, but conspiracy fact.

Let’s start with the timing. Why was the virus, or bioweapon if that’s what it is, released when it was? The answer to that is simple; after years of exponentially increasing fiscal profligacy, debt across all levels of society had risen to wild unsustainable extremes so that the world economic system was teetering on the verge of collapse – witness the Fed’s emergency interventions in the repo markets last Fall. If the system was about to collapse those in power didn’t want to take the blame for it, so they needed a scapegoat, enter the virus – “Oh it wasn’t our mismanagement that caused the system to implode it was the virus”

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On Reckless Exuberance, by Karen Kwiatkowski

In America’s rubber-room, zero-risk culture, there’s a lot to be said for reckless exuberance. From Karen Kwiatkowski at lewrockwell.com:

A big reason people enjoy Trump is because he seems to “have no filter.” He appears to be saying what he actually thinks, based on what he thinks he knows, regardless of the consequences. He’s kind of like a guy who tells the truth. We certainly can’t be sure, it’s unexpected in a modern President, but it’s definitely delightful.

For this, he is demonized as a liar, a fraud, an incompetent, the ultimate inappropriate man by the left progressive state media. On the right, strange code talkers like Q-Anon emerged early on to interpret this new method of communicating. Four-D chess, the mystics explain. Trump is a master, driving his opponents to derangement, and his supporters to delirium.

For all of this Trump focus, as the election looms closer, an anti-government crowd is expanding. A fundamental tear in the fabric of faith-in-government has been ripped open by Trump himself, and by pressures that go far beyond anything Trump as person or President can imagine or control.  This growing crowd, around the world and in the United States, is made up of those who are leaning into an understanding of class analysis – not the Marxist kind, but a more humanitarian and honest approach, explaining where the state actually fits into our shared modern misery.

The first eight months of 2020 shined a light on Karl Marx’s 19th century prejudices, which were actually against labor, in the sense of hard work and productive enterprise for the betterment of oneself and one’s family.  Marx was a perennially unemployed narcissist, dependent upon and simultaneously resentful of the charity of relatives and friends.  Better to create a system of a living wage delinked from actual labor value, a universal basic income by disconnected from productivity or merit, capital disassociated from market forces, and money and social status all directed by central planning intellectuals. Never worry that contempt for your benefactor might someday extend to the central state itself.

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Here I Come to Save the Day! by tr4head

Will Big Tech rule the world? From tr4head at theburningplatform.com:

The Big Tech CV19 fix is in.   Brick and mortar is dead and gone and replaced with virtual, for your own protection.  And, for your kids (it’s always the kids).   Big Tech has come to save the day!

No disrespect intended to the great Mighty Mouse who fought the bad guys, but what better world could the likes of Bezos, Zuckerberg, Cook, Gates and all the other Big Tech Internet mongering Robber Barons get than what is on the near horizon?  CV-19 tm allows Big Tech to be “Save the Day” heroes by claiming to keep us healthy living in a virtual world.    This will, unfortunately, make all the rest of us poor as dirt by comparison to their wealth which is already insanely and disproportionately high, and grows ever larger with each money printing Fed fiasco.

As of August 12, 2020,  here are the combined stock equity value totals of just the top 5 of the S&P 500  (in descending order of insanity).

Apple.  $1.93 Trillion

Amazon.  $1.58 Trillion

Microsoft. $1.59 Trillion

Google. $1.02 Trillion

Facebook.  $.740 Trillion (what a slacker)

Big Tech Top 5 Combined Equity:  $6.86 Trillion*

*Japan Nominal GDP: $5.15 Trillion

The S&P 500 is 80% of the entire market value of all of the companies in America.  The top 5 Tech companies represent 1% of the top 500 companies in America and have 25% of the stock equity.   If that doesn’t mean that Big Tech rules I don’t know what does.

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Things Going By, by James Howard Kunstler

Think smaller as the present way of life fails. From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:

If this (first?) summer of Covid-19 has revealed anything about the current version of civilization, it’s the profound exhaustion of a culture reduced to going through the motions of its once-vital activities. A lot of things that we hope will come back are probably gone forever in the form we knew them, though they will eventually return in another configuration, reduced in scale, but perhaps finer in quality.

I miss baseball horribly, and its sad, half-assed attempt to present a rump season with no live bodies in the seats only amplifies the loss. But then, I haven’t gone to a stadium in twenty years, and I certainly won’t pay a hundred bucks or more to sit in Fenway Park. I used to go to night games there all the time when I was a starving bohemian writing for the Boston hippie newspapers back in 1972. You could get a decent field-level seat behind first base for five bucks. When I was a kid in Manhattan in 1960, a bleacher seat in the old Yankee Stadium was a quarter (plus 30 cents round-trip on the IRT subway).

They weren’t writing $100-million-plus player contracts until fairly recently, either, and of course that’s been a symptom of pro sports’ slide into fatal decadence. If baseball does try to stage a full season in 2021 or 2022, they will not be selling many hundred-dollar seats to an economically demolished middle-class. The teams will be functionally bankrupt by then and if they survive restructuring, there won’t be many million-dollar players. Maybe none. Carl Furillo, the veteran right-fielder for the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers, used to work construction in the off-season. He was on the crew that built New York’s Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Imagine Mike Trout hanging sheet-rock (if sheet-rock even exists as a product a few years from now).

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Kansas Should Go F— Itself, by Matt Taibbi

There has always been a strong populist strain in American politics that all the right people wish would just go away. From Matt Taibbi at substack.com:

Author Thomas Frank predicted the modern culture war, and he was right about Donald Trump, but don’t expect political leaders to pay attention to his new book about populism

The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism

Thomas Frank is one of America’s more skillful writers, an expert practitioner of a genre one might call historical journalism – ironic, because no recent media figure has been more negatively affected by historical change. Frank became a star during a time of intense curiosity about the reasons behind our worsening culture war, and now publishes a terrific book, The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism, at a time when people are mostly done thinking about what divides us, gearing up to fight instead.

Frank published What’s the Matter with Kansas? in 2004, at the height of the George W. Bush presidency. The Iraq War was already looking like a disaster, but the Democratic Party was helpless to take advantage, a fact the opinion-shaping class on the coasts found puzzling. Blue-staters felt sure they’d conquered the electoral failure problem in the nineties, when a combination of Bill Clinton’s Arkansas twang, policy pandering (a middle-class tax cut!) and a heavy dose of unsubtle race politics (e.g. ending welfare “as we know it”) appeared to cut the heart out of the Republican “Southern strategy.”

Yet Clinton’s chosen successor Al Gore flopped, the party’s latest Kennedy wannabe, John Kerry, did worse, and by the mid-2000s, Bushian conservatism was culturally ascendant, despite obvious failures. Every gathering of self-described liberals back then devolved into the same sad-faced anthropological speculation about Republicans: “Why do they vote against their own interests?”

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