The Future & What is Really Going On | Armstrong Economics

19-01-21 04:09:00,

QUESTION: This civil war you talk about. Is it Republican v Democrat? Is this because your precious Trump lost?

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ANSWER: Look, this is the computer forecast and you can go back years and see that this forecast was made before Trump ever ran for office. Make no mistake about it, that this is a confusing time and NOT all Democrats signed up for the events that are unfolding for they also have been kept in the dark. I have been stressing that this was NEVER an election about Trump v Biden. People who think I am some blind supporter of Trump will only realize what I have been warning about when it is too late. There is no solution to this coup other than the military. I do urge people to just stay home for the next two days. Do not join any protest in the capital or elsewhere. Pelosi has called in 25,000 National Guard for a reason.

Pelosi wanted Marines for the 20th but the Military was not going to put troops on American streets. She was trying to usurp Trump as Commander and Chief. She was not happy with the 25,000 National Guardsman for they might not kill people. She selected 2,000 and swore them in as US Marshals to be able to kill when ordered. This is insane! Then look at Germany, for if you break quarantine, you are sent to an internment camp. This is getting really nuts and you think this is Trump v Biden? That is the distraction –  the old keep your eye on the shell game to guess where the ball is now. Not even the majority of Democrats are aware of the real international game afoot.

This is an international coup. This is the DELIBERATE destruction of the world economy and you better get your head out of the sand. There is no return to normal. The hospitality industry has been destroyed and the auto industry is starting to shut down for with lockdowns extended into next June, who needs cars? Tourism is gone as is normal commuting by car. If you never saw Europe, you may never have that opportunity from here on out.

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‘Risk for future generations’? Peru clashes with Pfizer over Big Pharma’s legal immunity for Covid-19 vaccine side effects

06-01-21 10:34:00,

Peru has reached an impasse with Pfizer as it negotiates a deal for a Covid-19 vaccine, the country’s health minister said, citing a conflict over legal immunity for the pharma firm that could undermine Peru’s sovereignty.

While officials have remained in “constant contact” with Pfizer since the summer, the talks ran into trouble last month amid “controversy” over some clauses of the agreement, including those linked to pricing and delivery, as well as legal immunities for the pharmaceutical giant in the case its inoculation leads to death or injury, health minister Pilar Mazzetti told lawmakers on Tuesday.

“With Pfizer there are some details where there is no agreement,” Mazzetti said, adding “This has to do with prices and the delivery schedule” as well as “the waiving of important elements such as … jurisdictional immunity.”

It is true that one needs the vaccine but it is also true that there are aspects related to aspects of our sovereignty that the country has to protect … it has to do with risk for future generations.

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The health chief noted that since most aspects of the negotiations are protected under a confidentiality agreement, she could not offer further detail on the ongoing row, but assured that the talks continue. “We hope that the controversy will be resolved so we will be able to determine when the vaccine will arrive,” she went on.

Though the country announced a final deal with Pfizer for nearly 10 million vaccine doses in late November, Mazzetti said the process stalled after some clauses in the agreement required “more in-depth analysis” to determine whether they are compatible with Peruvian law.

The Latin American nation is not the first to voice concerns about legal liability waivers in their talks with the pharma firm, with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro observing last month that “it is quite clear that they are not responsible for any side effects. If you become an alligator, it’s your problem.” Officials in Argentina have raised similar worries.

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The Future Vision of Free Citizens: Leading Humanity to Freedom. Towards a New Social Order – Global Research

29-12-20 06:43:00,

Free citizens who stand up against tyranny have nothing against those in power. They do nothing to them. They fight for a more just order, for their right to life, to freedom, peace and security. When nothing else helps, that is the message of Thomas More’s novel “Utopia”, then it helps to do things radically differently. (1) For the humanist scholar, the small island state was a counter-model to the decaying society of England at the time.

For the author, a liberal social order with free people is the counter-model to the present totalitarian form of rule of unfreedom, violence and exploitation. This vision of the future, for which every full-minded and unblinded citizen should fight, was already held by some mature people like Peter Kropotkin and other liberal socialists more than 100 years ago. However, since they had only anticipated and not yet recognised the emotional reactions of human beings and were also vehemently opposed by authoritarian-minded contemporaries, they were unable to put their progressive ideas into practice. Thus, man is still not free today.

Gottfried Keller: Step outside the front door yourself and see what is available!

Every individual is called upon to make his or her contribution to solving the pressing problems of our time. And of course we are able to do so if we are aware that it depends on each and every one of us. Why not muster the courage to use our own minds and not repress the monstrosities of today, but to see them and stand up against them – intellectually, emotionally, politically.  Overcome the inertia of the heart and act! Against all odds, muster the determination to seek the truth and thereby preserve our dignity as human beings and create a future worth living for ourselves and our children.

The Swiss poet and novelist Gottfried Keller (1819-1890) put it this way:

“No government and no battalions (…) are able to protect law and freedom where the citizen is unable to step outside the front door himself and see what is available.” (Zurich Novellen)

Albert Camus: Every human being has a more or less large sphere of influence

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The future is now: Moscow’s big brother facial recognition technology to be expanded to ten other Russian cities

26-09-20 08:15:00,

Russia will introduce Moscow’s controversial facial recognition camera system to ten other cities around the country. The installation cost in each municipality is estimated to be between 100-110 million rubles ($1.2-$1.4mn).

According to newspaper Kommersant, Russian company NtechLab, a partner of Moscow’s IT Department, is launching pilot projects in 10 of the country’s regional centers. For example, it will install 3,000 cameras in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s sixth biggest city. The company refused to name the other nine, in order not to disrupt future negotiations. 

In Nizhny Novgorod, cameras will be installed at bus stops, public spaces, and building intercoms. Located in European Russia, the city is about 400km east of Moscow, and less than a four-hour train ride away.

“Some of them will begin working before the end of 2020,” Alexander Kabakov, co-founder of NtechLab, said. “More than 350 bus stops will have four cameras, and two or three of them will have a face recognition function.”

In the future, the tech will be use to predict congestion and flow of public transport.

Moscow has one of the most extensive and sophisticated surveillance systems in the world. Launched in 2017, it has over 193,000 cameras installed around the city. In April, Moscow’s facial recognition system made international headlines after being used to catch residents leaving their apartment during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Despite the all-seeing nature of facial recognition technology, a survey of Moscow residents this summer discovered that 47 percent of the city supports the system, explaining that they help to combat crime (70 percent). The city’s surveillance is set to grow further, with 1.4 billion rubles ($20 million) allocated for equipping the city’s metro trains with cameras. 

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Earlier this month, a Moscow woman announced that she would sue the mayor’s office for 100,000 rubles ($1,300), after claiming she was able to buy accurate data on her own movements throughout the city on the dark web, leaked from the city’s single storage center where all camera footage is recorded. The allegations have been refuted by Moscow’s Department of Information Technology,

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What does the Future Hold for China’s Belt and Road Initiative? | New Eastern Outlook

30-04-20 09:47:00,

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The world has become all jumbled under the eruption of the coronavirus pandemic. Borders are being closed. National currencies are crashing. Airline flights are being cancelled between countries and regions, as well as domestic auto and rail connections. By and large, people have “fled” to quarantine and self-isolation. It’s too early to speak about positive results of many of these (at times) harsh measures (besides for China, which demonstrated to the world community an example of discipline and selflessness).

Unquestionably, the world will be different after overcoming COVID-19, something never before seen in human history. There will be clear differences in the principles and character of international relations, the workings of the world’s economy, traditional bonds of multinational cooperation, interrelationships (“people-to-people”), and universal human values. But looking at the big picture, can we speak at all now about globalization and the current world order, when governments, and people, in essence, have walled themselves off from each other, and hidden behind the doors of their “quarters” to survive this economic and geopolitical shock, and many of the severest types of consequences of the coming years?

But it is worthwhile and necessary, nevertheless, to contemplate the future, the fate of the largest projects, for example, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is founded on elements that are absolutely at odds with the pandemic – the widest integration and cooperation over a vast expanse of land and sea in various directions. At the same time, while the pandemic has exposed all the risks and weaknesses of global interdependence, we cannot discount that it will affect China’s initiative. Due to the tense situation, questions justifiably arise: is there a scenario for development of the BRI project in upcoming months, or on the horizon? What are the most difficult problems Beijing faces?

As a reminder: First: BRI is the favorite child of Xí Jìnpíng, who announced his plans for implementation in September 2013, a time noted for an annual GDP growth rate of nearly 8%, and China’s “stash” of about 4 trillion dollars. Expert opinion in Beijing formed around the view that both the overland project and Sea silk road were for the Chairman of the PRC priorities No. 9 and 10 out of a list of 10, with No.

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