Beijing would join arms control talks if ‘US were willing to reduce nuclear arsenal to China’s level’ – official

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08-07-20 11:34:00,

China would “be happy to” participate in arms control negotiations with the United States and Russia, but only if the US were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to Beijing’s level, a senior Chinese diplomat has said.

Washington has called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend New START, a nuclear arms treaty between the US and Russia that is due to expire in February next year.

Fu Cong, head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s arms control department, reiterated in Beijing on Wednesday that China has no interest in joining the talks, given that the US nuclear arsenal is about 20 times the size of China’s, Reuters reported.

“I can assure you, if the US says that they are ready to come down to the Chinese level, China would be happy to participate the next day,” he said. “But actually, we know that’s not going to happen.”

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Narrative Control Operations Escalate As America Burns

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13-06-20 06:19:00,

Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, and mainstream media are falling all over themselves with censorship and spin jobs to get the narrative back under control as mass protests continue to sweep across America.

In 2017, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed in a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that it is their responsibility to “quell information rebellions” and adopt a “mission statement” expressing their commitment to “prevent the fomenting of discord.”

“Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words,” the representatives were told by cold warrior think tank denizen Clint Watts. “America’s war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.”

“Stopping the false information artillery barrage landing on social media users comes only when those outlets distributing bogus stories are silenced—silence the guns and the barrage will end,” Watts added.

Those words rattle around in the memory now as America burns with nationwide protests demanding an end to the police state, and as narrative control operations ramp up with frantic urgency.

Wikipedia formally censors The Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing@BenjaminNorton on how a cabal of editors got us listed as a “deprecated source” entirely on the basis of our political views and in violation of Wikipedia guidelines https://t.co/GlO7bvATgk

— The Grayzone (@TheGrayzoneNews) June 11, 2020

A group of right-wing Venezuelans have managed to blacklist @MintPressNews, @TheGrayzoneNews, @venanalysis and @telesurenglish, among others, from Wikipedia citations. https://t.co/Eayi4THyCg

— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) June 12, 2020

The Grayzone reports that it has been blacklisted as a source on Wikipedia following a concerted campaign by a suspicious-looking group of editor accounts, many of whom appear to have ties to the right-wing opposition in Venezuela. Wikipedia, whose co-founder once told the US Senate that the online encyclopedia project “may be helpful to government operations and homeland security”, has added The Grayzone to a very short list of outlets that are never to be used under any circumstances,

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THE Plan: Militarized Control of Population – Dutch Anarchy

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01-06-20 01:02:00,

The Rockefeller Foundation, which has historical ties to the US federal government, has presented a national plan to control the coronavirus epidemic. It aims to test 30 million people a day at state expense and to subject US citizens to strict military control.

The president of the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Rajiv Shah, is a senior U.S. official who specializes in manipulating “humanitarian relief” as a means of political pressure. He was director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s environmental program in Africa and was later appointed by Hillary Clinton as director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He would be a member of The Fellowship, the prayer group that brings together the US Chiefs of Staff and Hillary Clinton next to the Pentagon.

The Rockefeller Foundation has presented the “National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan”, indicating the “pragmatic steps to reopen our workplaces and our communities”. However, it is not simply a matter of health measures as it appears from the title.

The Plan – that some of the most prestigious universities have contributed to (Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and others) – prefigures a real hierarchical and militarized social model.

At the top, the “Pandemic Testing Board (PTB), akin to the War Production Board that the United States created in World War II”. The Pandemic Testing Board would “consist of leaders from business, government and academia” (government representatives would not in the first row, but finance and economic representatives being listed in order of importance).

This Supreme Council would have the power to decide productions and services with an authority similar to that conferred to the President of the United States in wartime by the Defense Production Act.

The plan calls for 3 million US citizens to be Covid-19 tested weekly, and the number should be raised to 30 million per week within six months. The goal is to achieve the ability to Covid-19 test 30 million people a day, which is to be realized within a year.

For each test, “a fair market reimbursement (e.g. $100) for all Covid-19 assays” is expected. Thus, billions of dollars a month of public money will be needed.

The Rockefeller Foundation and its financial partners will help create a network for the provision of credit guarantees and the signing of contracts with suppliers,

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USA plan: militarized control of population, by Manlio Dinucci

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26-05-20 12:43:00,

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The Rockefeller Foundation has presented the “National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan”, indicating the “pragmatic steps to reopen our workplaces and our communities”. However, it is not simply a matter of health measures as it appears from the title.

The Plan – that some of the most prestigious universities have contributed to (Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and others) – prefigures a real hierarchical and militarized social model.

At the top, the “Pandemic Testing Board (PTB), akin to the War Production Board that the United States created in World War II”. The Pandemic Testing Board would “consist of leaders from business, government and academia” (government representatives would not in the first row, but finance and economic representatives being listed in order of importance).

This Supreme Council would have the power to decide productions and services with an authority similar to that conferred to the President of the United States in wartime by the Defense Production Act.

The plan calls for 3 million US citizens to be Covid-19 tested weekly, and the number should be raised to 30 million per week within six months. The goal is to achieve the ability to Covid-19 test 30 million people a day, which is to be realized within a year.

For each test, “a fair market reimbursement (e.g. $100) for all Covid-19 assays” is expected. Thus, billions of dollars a month of public money will be needed.

The Rockefeller Foundation and its financial partners will help create a network for the provision of credit guarantees and the signing of contracts with suppliers, that is large companies that manufacture drugs and medical equipment.

According to the Plan, the “Pandemic Control Council” is also authorized to create a “Pandemic Response Corps”: a special force (not surprisingly called “Corps” like the Marine Corps) with a staff of 100 to 300 thousand components.

They would be recruited among Peace Corps and Americorps volunteers (officially created by the US government to “help developing countries”) and among National Guard military personnel. The members of the “Pandemic Response Corps” would receive an average gross wage of $40,000 per year, a State expenditure of $4-12 billion a year is expected for it.

The “pandemic response body” would above all have the task of controlling the population with military-like techniques,

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USA Plan: Militarized Control of Population. The “National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan” – Global Research

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24-05-20 03:08:00,

The Rockefeller Foundation has presented the “National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan”, indicating the “pragmatic steps to reopen our workplaces and our communities”. However, it is not simply a matter of health measures as it appears from the title.

The Plan – that some of the most prestigious universities have contributed to (Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins and others) – prefigures a real hierarchical and militarized social model.

At the top, the “Pandemic Testing Board (PTB), akin to the War Production Board that the United States created in World War II“. The Pandemic Testing Board would “consist of leaders from business, government and academia” (government representatives would not in the first row, but finance and economic representatives being listed in order of importance).

This Supreme Council would have the power to decide productions and services with an authority similar to that conferred to the President of the United States in wartime by the Defense Production Act.

The plan calls for 3 million US citizens to be Covid-19 tested weekly, and the number should be raised to 30 million per week within six months. The goal is to achieve the ability to Covid-19 test 30 million people a day, which is to be realized within a year.

For each test, “a fair market reimbursement (e.g. $100) for all Covid-19 assays” is expected. Thus, billions of dollars a month of public money will be needed.

The Rockefeller Foundation and its financial partners will help create a network for the provision of credit guarantees and the signing of contracts with suppliers, that is large companies that manufacture drugs and medical equipment.

According to the Plan, the “Pandemic Control Council” is also authorized to create a “Pandemic Response Corps”: a special force (not surprisingly called “Corps” like the Marine Corps) with a staff of 100 to 300 thousand components.

They would be recruited among Peace Corps and Americorps volunteers (officially created by the US government to “help developing countries”) and among National Guard military personnel. The members of the “Pandemic Response Corps” would receive an average gross wage of $40,000 per year, a State expenditure of  $4-12 billion a year is expected for it.

The “pandemic response body” would above all have the task of controlling the population with military-like techniques,

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Here Are Some Things You Can Control In An Out-Of-Control World

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17-04-20 09:13:00,

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

It seems like lately, all the news is bad news and every day we’re losing more autonomy over our lives. 2020 has been “interesting” so far, to put it mildly. When the world seems so completely out of control, it’s important to get a handle on the things you can.

Focus on small circles.

This is advice straight from Selco.

Operate in “small circles” (your family, prepper group, network of friends). Learn useful skills, meet good and interesting people (in prepper terms).

That small circle is what it is all about and what is important when SHTF. Sorry, but your political opinion and worries about state policies are worthless, and can not change anything big- it is the big circle, and it is important only in terms of looking and recognizing signs of future events, so you may recognize the correct moment for bugging out for example.

Do not be pulled into general fear and hate because it clouds your judgment and it simply wastes your time.

Do not be pulled into it. (source)

And of course, he’s right. This isn’t Selco’s first SHTF rodeo. While it’s important to stay informed, your influence on a grand scale is pretty limited. You can’t personally change the way the government is handling the virus. You can only adapt your response to theirs. If you disagree with the handling, you may have choices to make – like bugging out, getting out of their scope of influence, or staying under the radar. But you probably can’t change the policies themselves.

So while everybody else is getting worked up about yet another misstep during a White House press conference, the campaign of Creepy Uncle Joe, and quarantines, take the information you need to make decisions and then disregard the rest of it. It’s not worth your time. It’s better to spend your energy on making things better within your small circle.

Work on your budget.

Take a look at your current income and then adapt your budget to fit it. I’m not talking about the income you made Before.

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Ground Control to Planet Lockdown: This Is Only a Test – Global Research

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03-04-20 03:00:00,

As much as Covid-19 is a circuit breaker, a time bomb and an actual weapon of mass destruction (WMD), a fierce debate is raging worldwide on the wisdom of mass quarantine applied to entire cities, states and nations.

Those against it argue Planet Lockdown not only is not stopping the spread of Covid-19 but also has landed the global economy into a cryogenic state – with unforeseen, dire consequences. Thus quarantine should apply essentially to the population with the greatest risk of death: the elderly.

With Planet Lockdown transfixed by heart-breaking reports from the Covid-19 frontline, there’s no question this is an incendiary assertion.

In parallel, a total corporate media takeover is implying that if the numbers do not substantially go down, Planet Lockdown – an euphemism for house arrest – remains, indefinitely.

Michael Levitt, 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry and Stanford biophysicist, was spot on when he calculated that China would get through the worst of Covid-19 way before throngs of health experts believed, and that “What we need is to control the panic”.

Let’s cross this over with some facts and dissident opinion, in the interest of fostering an informed debate.

The report Covid-19 – Navigating the Uncharted was co-authored by Dr. Anthony Fauci (image on the right) – the White House face of the fight –, H. Clifford Lane, and CDC director Robert R. Redfield. So it comes from the heart of the U.S. healthcare establishment.

The report explicitly states,

“the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.”

On March 19, four days before Downing Street ordered the British lockdown, Covid-19 was downgraded from the status of “High Consequence Infectious Disease.”

John Lee, recently retired professor of pathology and former NHS consultant pathologist, has recently argued that,

“the world’s 18,944 coronavirus deaths represent 0.14 per cent of the total.

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‘Virus control beyond standards’: China warns countries against spreading havoc as more borders shut & flights canceled worldwide

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01-02-20 10:51:00,

Beijing has lashed out at countries fanning fears of the novel coronavirus — which so far claimed 259 lives — insisting that its response against the deadly disease goes far beyond standards accepted worldwide.

“We have adopted the most comprehensive and strictest prevention and control measures, and many of them go far beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi assured while speaking with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Saturday.

China’s efforts are [aimed at] not only protecting the health of its own people, but also safeguarding the health of people worldwide. Governments and the World Health Organization have given full recognition to this.

The death toll from the previously unknown virus has risen to 259 overnight — all registered in China — with almost 12,000 confirmed cases elsewhere in the world.

Beijing “does not agree with the approach adopted by individual countries to create tension or even panic,” the minister pointed out, reminding that the World Health Organization (WHO) “did not approve of travel or trade restrictions on China.”

Nevertheless, countries around the world rush to contain the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak, including closing borders, introducing stricter screening of those returning from China, or suspending direct flights to and from Chinese cities. Others have dramatically escalated travel advisories for the world’s most populous country.

READ MORE: China’s coronavirus: We survive much worse every year, but the panic is the real danger

A day ago, the US issued a travel warning, likening the danger of travelling to China to that of Iraq and Afghanistan. Although the emergency measure came shortly before health authorities identified a seventh case in the US, it raised ire in Beijing.

“Just as the WHO recommended against travel restrictions, the US rushed in the opposite direction,” responded Hua Chunying, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. “This has set a bad example. It is certainly not a gesture of goodwill.”

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The New Mind Control. “Subliminal Stimulation”, Controlling People without Their Knowledge – Global Research

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22-01-20 09:08:00,

This incisive article was first published by Global Research on March 3, 2016

Over the past century, more than a few great writers have expressed concern about humanity’s future. In The Iron Heel(1908), the American writer Jack London pictured a world in which a handful of wealthy corporate titans – the ‘oligarchs’ – kept the masses at bay with a brutal combination of rewards and punishments. Much of humanity lived in virtual slavery, while the fortunate ones were bought off with decent wages that allowed them to live comfortably – but without any real control over their lives.

In We (1924), the brilliant Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin, anticipating the excesses of the emerging Soviet Union, envisioned a world in which people were kept in check through pervasive monitoring. The walls of their homes were made of clear glass, so everything they did could be observed. They were allowed to lower their shades an hour a day to have sex, but both the rendezvous time and the lover had to be registered first with the state.

In Brave New World (1932), the British author Aldous Huxley pictured a near-perfect society in which unhappiness and aggression had been engineered out of humanity through a combination of genetic engineering and psychological conditioning. And in the much darker novel 1984 (1949), Huxley’s compatriot George Orwell described a society in which thought itself was controlled; in Orwell’s world, children were taught to use a simplified form of English called Newspeak in order to assure that they could never express ideas that were dangerous to society.

These are all fictional tales, to be sure, and in each the leaders who held the power used conspicuous forms of control that at least a few people actively resisted and occasionally overcame. But in the non-fiction bestseller The Hidden Persuaders (1957) – recently released in a 50th-anniversary edition – the American journalist Vance Packard described a ‘strange and rather exotic’ type of influence that was rapidly emerging in the United States and that was, in a way, more threatening than the fictional types of control pictured in the novels. According to Packard, US corporate executives and politicians were beginning to use subtle and,

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Ga het gevecht met de control freaks aan

31-12-19 10:16:00,

In elke control freak schuilt een tiran, stelt Hans Schnitzler; in het gunstigste geval tiranniseert hij vooral zichzelf, in de meeste gevallen ook zijn omgeving. Die controle leggen we onszelf en elkaar op, soms uit vrije wil. We zijn zo de mede-ontwerpers van ons eigen huis van bewaring geworden, een huis waarin zelftoezicht en toezicht door anderen naadloos in elkaar over lopen. Toch gloort er hoop: Naarmate meer mensen in hun dagelijkse bestaan hinder ondervinden van de tirannieke tengels van de control freak, begint het tech-activisme vleugels te krijgen.

Er zijn mensen – wie kent ze niet – die niets liever willen dan heer en meester zijn over elke situatie die zich voordoet. Dergelijke types noemen we control freaks; ze zijn behekst door het verlangen om volledig grip te krijgen op hun eigen en andermans doen en laten. In elke control freak schuilt een tiran; in het gunstigste geval tiranniseert hij vooral zichzelf, in de meeste gevallen ook zijn omgeving. Dat heeft alles te maken met zijn behoefte om op elk moment in te grijpen, voordat fouten of vergrijpen zich kunnen voordoen.

In digitale tijden wordt de control freak op zijn wenken bediend. Of het nu gaat om het in kaart brengen van zijn hartritme, calorieverbruik, stressniveau, eetgewoonten of slaap- en bewegingspatronen: er is een app of gadget voor. Door zichzelf te monitoren en zichtbaar te maken wat voorheen onzichtbaar was, hoopt hij meer grip op zijn bestaan te krijgen en het noodlot te bezweren.

Controledrift is per definitie tomeloos; wie niets aan het toeval wil overlaten, zal ook andermans gangen moeten nagaan

Maar zelfsurveillance is niet genoeg. Controledrift is per definitie tomeloos; wie niets aan het toeval wil overlaten, zal ook andermans gangen moeten nagaan. Op die behoefte heeft de markt van gluurapparatuur gretig ingespeeld. Er bestaan allerlei apps waarmee je de handel en wandel van vrienden, geliefden of kinderen kunt volgen. Dat track & trace-producten met omineuze merknamen als mSpy, FlexiSpy of Glympse hun weg naar de consument weten te vinden, maakt vooral duidelijk dat het surveillance-kapitalisme spionage salonfähig heeft gemaakt.

Tegelijkertijd zijn de ach- en weeklachten niet van de lucht wanneer we voor de zoveelste keer bevestigd zien dat ook overheden en bedrijven ons voortdurend bespieden.

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Lies, Newsweek and Control of the Media Narrative: First-Hand Account

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15-12-19 09:06:00,

A mafia runs editors. Freedom of the press is dead. Journalists and ordinary people must stand up.

Introduction

Until several days ago, I was a journalist at Newsweek. I decided to hand my resignation in because, in essence, I was given a simple choice. On one hand, I could continue to be employed by the company, stay in their chic London offices and earn a steady salary—only if I adhered to what could or could not be reported and suppressed vital facts. Alternatively, I could leave the company and tell the truth.

In the end, that decision was rather simple, all be it I understand the cost to me will be undesirable. I will be unemployed, struggle to finance myself and will likely not find another position in the industry I care about so passionately. If I am a little lucky, I will be smeared as a conspiracy theorist, maybe an Assad apologist or even a Russian asset—the latest farcical slur of the day.

Although I am a British citizen, the irony is that I’m half Arab and half Russian. (Bellingcat: I’m happy to answer any requests.)

It is a terribly sad state of affairs when perfectly loyal people who want nothing but the best for their countries are labelled with such preposterous accusations. Take Iraq war veteran and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for example, who was the target of such mud slinging for opposing U.S. involvement in Syria and for simply standing up to the Democratic Party’s most corrupt politician, Hillary Clinton. These smears are immature for a democracy—but I, in fact, welcome such attacks.

When the facts presented are utterly ignored and the messengers themselves are crucified in this way, it signals to right-minded people who the true perpetrators of lies are and where the truth in fact lies.

That truth is what matters most to me. It is what first drove me to journalism while I was working in Jersey’s offshore finance industry after completing my degree from Binghamton University’s School of Management in upstate New York.

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Mind Control or Controlling Your Mind – Which Do You Choose? – Global Research

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22-11-19 01:04:00,

Controlling your mind is key

as we head deeper into the 21st century. The mind is the new frontier – and from a military standpoint the new battleground – as governmental-military-corporate organizations become enmeshed with each other to push the same AI (Artificial Intelligence) driven agenda of a NWO (New World Order). Research is feverishly underway with the aim of completely understanding and decoding the brain, with the idea that such an understanding will lead to many ‘useful’ benefits (but not for the average person), such as governments being better able to control their citizens without threats or force, and military forces being better able to defeat their enemies without firing a single shot. Do you realize you and your mind are being targeted? And, on the other hand, do you realize you can harness the power of your mind to achieve your potential, including lifting yourself out or poverty, creating deep and strong relationships, and fulfilling your dreams?

Broad Mind Control

Mind control is a term with broad and specific meanings. In the broad sense, it refers to the widespread propaganda and programming (mostly doled out by the MSM [Mainstream Media]) that aims to brainwash people by limiting their perception of Who They Are and what reality is. The idea of this broad mind control is always to manipulate and disempower the individual, so that his/her attitudes and behavior come into alignment with what the Controllers want. It is said that Americans are the most propagandized people on Earth.

Specific Mind Control

In the narrow or specific sense, mind control refers to the projects started by the Nazis and continued by the CIA that sought to influence and control people’s minds to the point where they would become programmable robots, rendering themselves with docility into the hands of their manipulators. This would include doing whatever they were told and in some cases not even remembering it, because the programming involved splitting up the person’s mind into different ‘altars’ or personalities which were tightly compartmentalized in their brains. Each altar had no idea of the existence or actions of the other altars. A handler would then use certain triggers to activate a particular altar and bring it to the front,

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WaPo Warns USA Needs More Narrative Control As Pentagon Ramps Up Narrative Control

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05-09-19 10:10:00,

Do you lay awake at night terrified that the Russians are able to control your mind with information warfare while the US government’s slavish devotion to democratic values leaves it powerless to stop them? Me neither. But according to The Washington Post, whose sole owner is a CIA contractor and Pentagon board member bent on hijacking the underlying infrastructure of the economy, we should be.

WaPo columnist David Ignatius, who has been one of the more hyperbolic promulgators of western Russia hysteria in written media, has published an article titled “Why America is losing the information war to Russia” about a new book by former State Department undersecretary for public diplomacy Richard Stengel. Stengel and Ignatius engage in a joyful Red Scare frolic with the exuberance of two little boys with a box of spray paints, each trying to one-up the other in hysterical apocalyptic ominousness about the way evil, authoritarian governments like Russia have been able to weaponize information while freedom-loving democracies can only look on in passive despair.

“The cruel paradox of the Internet, once hailed as a liberating force, is that it empowers governments that control information and enfeebles those that let it run free,” warns Ignatius.

“[Authoritarian governments] have gone from fearing the flow of information to exploiting it,” cautions Stengel. “They understand that the same tools that spread democracy can engineer its undoing.”

Unsurprisingly, at no point during this brotherly romp does Ignatius bother to make mention of the fact that Stengel is actually on record saying he supports the use of propaganda and believes the US government should be using it on its own citizens.

“Basically, every country creates their own narrative story and, you know, my old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the ‘chief propagandist’ job,” Stengel said last year at an event organized by the shockingly ubiquitous narrative management firm Council on Foreign Relations.

“I’m not against propaganda,” Stengel said. “Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population, and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”

When an audience member objected to what he’d just heard,

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No to mind control! Norway minister who trusts adults to decide if they drink fighting bigger battle

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08-05-19 04:21:00,

Westerners are now so used to being nannied by the state that when an official tells us it’s our choice how much to drink and smoke, we are shocked – and many are outraged. But maybe it’s time to push back against all the nudging.

This is what the new Norwegian Health Minister Sylvi Listhaug said that led to calls for her immediate resignation for “setting public welfare back decades.”

“People should be allowed to smoke, drink and eat as much red meat as much as they want,” Listhaug said on national radio.

“I do not plan to be the moral police, and will not tell people how to live their lives, but I intend to help people get information that forms the basis for making choices.”

Note, Listhaug, who has enough enemies as it is for her anti-immigrant views, did not say “Drink more akvavit, it’s great!” nor that smoking or obesity do not cause cancer, nor did she promise that she was going to do nothing to help public health – on the contrary, she announced a new anti-smoking strategy. She merely reaffirmed adults’ rights to consume substances that are perfectly legal, adding that “people know pretty much what is healthy and what is not healthy” and expressed a trust in most citizens to act responsibly towards their own health.

Yet her words are anathema to how public policy is conducted.

“Nudging” has existed as a term since 2008, but some of the underlying theories date back to the mid-20th century, and are aimed at manipulating you into being a better citizen. There are thousands of different ways to nudge – from placing that HPV poster in a prominent spot, to reframing a lung cancer statistic to sound scarier (three times the risk!) to asking an NHS doctor to bring up an unrelated subject during your next routine appointment, to lowering the “acceptable” amount of units of alcohol to be consumed on the basis of little scientific evidence, to making cigarette packaging unattractive and ostracizing smokers in little enclosures that make them feel like social lepers, something Listhaug mentioned specifically.

Nudge explained by Richard H. Thaler, the man who made it mainstream:

The democratic social contract with the state has never been as simple as “you pay your taxes and follow the laws,

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Operatie mind control, door Manlio Dinucci

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07-05-19 08:11:00,

Het gevoel van opoffering beweegt ons. Oorlog kan bewonderenswaardig worden. Recept: (1) vind een jonge en sympathieke held (2) prijs zijn toewijding en zijn altruïstische dood (3) beween dat hij de goede verdedigde tegen de slechteriken (4) Zeg niets over de verschrikkingen die we hebben begaan. Deze operatie werkt altijd – steeds weer opnieuw.

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Gisteren in Pisa, namen ongeveer 5.000 kinderen en adolescenten uit 212 klassen deel aan de «Dag van Solidariteit» ter nagedachtenis van Major Nicola Ciardelli van het Parachutistenregiment (Lightning), die op 27 april 2006 werd gedood in een «vreselijke terroristische aanslag» in Nassirya , Irak, tijdens de «vredesmissie» van Antica Babilonia. De demonstratie wordt elk jaar georganiseerd door de Nicola Ciardelli Association, opgericht door zijn familie met de essentiële steun van het stadsbestuur (eerst geregisseerd door de PD, vandaag door de Lega). Het is het laboratorium geworden voor een enorme operatie – met de medewerking van een breed scala aan organisaties en verenigingen – om jonge studenten “te sensibiliseren voor het belang van ieders betrokkenheid bij de constructie van een toekomst van vrede en solidariteit”.

Het voorbeeld om te volgen is «Nicola’s afspraak ten gunste van de bevolkingsgroepen die verscheurd zijn door de conflicten – mensen die hij had ontmoet op de vele missies waaraan hij deelnam», tijdens welke hij aanraakte met zijn vingers de verwoesting van de oorlog en de doodsangst van degenen die werden gedwongen om ze te dragen, het meest belangrijkste de kinderen ».

Maar niemand zei iets tegen de 5000 kinderen en adolescenten over het waargebeurde verhaal van de verwoestende oorlog die in 2003 werd aangespoord door de Verenigde Staten tegen Irak, een land dat al onderworpen was aan een embargo dat in tien jaar tijd had gezorgd voor anderhalf miljoen doden, waaronder ongeveer een half miljoen kinderen.

Niemand legde hen uit dat om de oorlog te rechtvaardigen, «bewijs» werd uitgevonden om Irak te beschuldigen van het bezit van massavernietigingswapens, waarvan later bleek dat het een valse beschuldiging was.

Niemand vertelde hen dat Irak, om het verzet uit te roeien, op alle mogelijke manieren werd blootgesteld aan vuur en zwavel – van fosforbommen tegen de bevolking van Fallujah tot marteling in de gevangenis van Abu Ghraib.

Het Italiaanse contingent Antica Babilonia nam deel aan deze oorlog –

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Bio Plus X: Arms Control and the Convergence of Biology and Emerging Technologies | SIPRI

13-03-19 11:33:00,

Technological advances in the biological sciences have long presented a challenge to efforts to maintain biosecurity and prevent the proliferation of biological weapons. The convergence of developments in biotechnology with other, emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and robotics has increased the possibilities for the development and use of biological weapons.

This report, written by SIPRI experts on technology and arms control, provides a nuanced picture of the risks and challenges posed by this convergence. It analyses the extent to which concerns arising from new technological developments can be dealt with through existing governance mechanisms. Based on the limitations identified, the authors recommend the action that needs to be taken by national governments, international organizations, academia, the private sector and the DIY community.

Contents

1. Introduction

2. The convergence of advances in biology and emerging technologies

3. Governing the risks of the convergence of biology and emerging technologies

4. Conclusions and recommendations

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The CIA Is Out of Control, Has Been Since the 50’s

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24-02-19 04:39:00,

In this posting, I want to take a very brief look at the history of the founding of America’s Central Intelligence Agency and provide quotes from an American president regarding his views on the CIA and what should be done to control its seemingly unfettered powers.

The Central Intelligence Agency had evolved significantly over the decades up to its official designation as America’s foremost intelligence agency in 1947 as follows: 

1.) Office of the Coordinator of Information (COI) – Established July 11, 1941 – duration of 337 days.

 2.) Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – Established June 13, 1942 – duration of 3 years and 3 months.

 3.) Strategic Services Unit (SSU) – Established October 1, 1945 – duration of 1 year and 5 months.

 4.) Central Intelligence Group (CIG) – Established January 1946 – duration of 1 year and 6 months.

 5.) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Established September 18, 1947 – duration 71 years.

 The CIA was created under the National Security Act of 1947which was signed into law on July 26, 1947 by President Harry Truman as shown here:

Under the Act, the CIA was responsible for the same functions as the CIG as follows:

1.) coordinating, planning, evaluating and disseminating intelligence.

2.) capability to clandestinely collect information.

3.) authority to conduct independent research and analysis.

In addition, the Act added the following broad tasks to the CIA’s “to do” list:

1.) advise the National Security Council (NSC) on matters related to national security.

2.) make recommendations to the NSC regarding the coordination of intelligence activities of the Department.

3.) correlate and evaluate intelligence and provide for its appropriate dissemination.

4.) perform such other functions as the NSC will from time to time direct.

By 1953, the Agency was an established element of Washington, making contributions in the areas of paramilitary warfare and political action.

With that background, I would like to change gears and look at some comments and concerns about the Central Intelligence Agency from a United States president.  These comments are particularly pertinent given the CIA’s involvement in geopolitical meddling around the globe over the past 71 years,

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Remote Control of the Brain and Human Nervous System – Global Research

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23-01-19 12:50:00,

The USA and the European Union invest since the beginning of the millenium billions of dollars and euros into brain research. As a result of this research perfect maps of the brain were developed, including the areas of the brain that control the activity of different body organs or parts where higher brain activities, such as speech and thoughts, are taking place. The brain activities corresponding to different actions in those areas were also deciphered.

Thanks to the knowledge of specific locations of different centers in the brain and frequencies of the neuronal activity in them, teams of physicians are now capable of helping many people who were in the past, for different reasons, unable to participate in a normal life. There exist prostheses, which are controlled directly from the brain centers that normally control the movement of the limbs (see this) and enable people, who lost them, to use the prosthesis in a way similar to the way normal people use their limbs. Higher brain activities were produced as well. In 2006 scientists placed into the brain of a completely paralyzed man an implant, which transferred the activity of his brain into different devices and enabled him to open his e-mail, control his TV set and control his robotic arm. Other paralyzed people were able to search the Internet, play computer games and drive their electrical wheelchairs (see this).

Thanks to extensive brain research, computers were taught to understand the neuronal activity so much so that they are now capable of using the activity of our brain to reproduce our perceptions. Canadian scientists demonstrated an experiment, where the computer could interpret the electroencephalographical recordings from the brain to produce the painting of a face that the subject of experiment was perceiving (see this).

In the opposite way the data, processed by the computer in the way that will make them intelligible for the nervous system, can be transmitted into the brain and produce there a new reality. When an implant is placed in the brain and connected to a camera, placed on spectacles, for people whose photoreceptors in their retina stopped working, the sight is at least partially restored. In this case the camera on the spectacles is transmitting into the implant light frequencies and the implant re-transmits them in frequencies which “understand” the neurons processing the visual perceptions (see this).

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