NGOs und Think Tanks sind laut Spiegel “eine heimtückische Form der Kriegsführung” | Anti-Spiegel


25-08-20 06:57:00,

Der Spiegel hat vor kurzem einen Artikel veröffentlicht, in dem er seinen Lesern haarklein erklärt hat, wie gefährlich sogenannte Think Tanks und NGOs sind. Genau genommen gilt das – laut Spiegel – natürlich nur für einen russischen Think Tank, der in Berlin seinen Sitz hat. Über die ungezählten westlichen Think Tanks, die in Russland und weltweit tätig sind, hat der Spiegel kein Wort verloren, also wollen wir das mal vergleichen.

Der Artikel erschien im Spiegel unter der Überschrift „Denkfabrik macht Kreml-PR in Berlin: „Dies ist eine heimtückische Form der Kriegsführung““ und begann so:

„Recherchen des SPIEGEL und interne Dokumente des Dossier Center zeigen, wie Moskau versucht, die deutsche Politik und Wirtschaft zu beeinflussen. Im Mittelpunkt stehen ein Berliner Thinktank und ein ehemaliger KGB-Mann.“

Man muss nicht allzu sehr recherchieren, um herauszufinden, dass das Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) versucht, die Politik zu beeinflussen. Das ist auf deren Seite deutlich auf Englisch zu lesen (von mir übersetzt):

„Seine Bedeutung beruht sowohl auf den von ihm vorgelegten Vorschlägen zur Entwicklung der Politik, als auch auf der kontinuierlichen Zusammenarbeit mit einer Vielzahl internationaler Experten.“

Wer politische Entwicklungen beeinflussen will, muss mit einflussreichen Persönlichkeiten sprechen und Konferenzen, Diskussionsrunden von Experten organisieren und so versuchen, auf politische (und gesellschaftliche) Entscheidungsprozesse Einfluss zu nehmen. Das sind Aufgabe und Vorgehensweise einer jeden NGO, die versucht ein Thema, das ihr wichtig ist, zu fördern. So gehen Umweltschützer, Wirtschaftslobbyisten und auch politische NGOs jeden Tag vor.

Und auch dass das DOC eng mit der russischen Regierung verbunden sein dürfte, ist kein Geheimnis, denn einer der Gründer war Wladimir Jakunin, der sehr lange Chef der russischen Eisenbahn, also eines bedeutenden Staatsbetriebes in Russland, war und bis heute im Aufsichtsrat des DOC sitzt. Wie genial der Spiegel recherchiert hat, zeigt auch dieser Satz über Jakunin:

„Zu Sowjetzeiten soll er für den Geheimdienst KGB gearbeitet haben, später stieg er zum Chef der russischen Eisenbahn auf.“

KGB klingt immer böse und wenn man es dann noch geheimnisvoll formuliert („soll für den den KGB gearbeitet haben„) klingt es gleich nochmal verdächtiger. Dabei sind seine Verbindungen zum KGB kein Geheimnis, allerdings sind sie auch reichlich unspektakulär. Jakunin wurde in einer Universität, die zum KGB gehörte,

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How To Think About The Fed Now


17-04-20 08:53:00,

Authored by Jeff Deist via The Mises Institute,

[This text is excerpted from the introduction to Anatomy of the Crash, a Mises Institute ebook to be released in April 2020.]

The Great Crash of 2020 was not caused by a virus…

It was precipitated by the virus, and made worse by the crazed decisions of governments around the world to shut down business and travel. But it was caused by economic fragility.

The supposed greatest economy in US history actually was a walking sick man, made comfortable with painkillers, and looking far better than he felt—yet ultimately fragile and infirm. The coronavirus pandemic simply exposed the underlying sickness of the US economy. If anything, the crash was overdue. 

Too much debt, too much malinvestment, and too little honest pricing of assets and interest rates made America uniquely vulnerable to economic contagion. Most of this vulnerability can be laid at the feet of central bankers at the Federal Reserve, and we will pay a terrible price for it in the coming years. This is an uncomfortable truth, one that central bankers desperately hope to obscure while the media and public remain fixated on the virus. 

But we should not let them get away with it, because (at least when it comes to legacy media) the Fed’s gross malfeasance is perhaps the biggest untold story of our lifetimes.   

Symptoms of problems were readily apparent just last September during the commercial bank repo crisis. After more than a decade of quantitative easing, relentless interest rate cutting, and huge growth in “excess” reserves (more than $1.5 trillion) parked at the Fed, banks still did not have enough overnight liquidity? What exactly was the point of taking the Fed’s balance sheet from less than $1 trillion to over $4 trillion, anyway? Banks still needed money, after a decade of QE?

As with most crises, the problems took root decades ago. What we might call the era of modern monetary policy took root with the 1971 Nixon Shock, which eliminated any convertibility of dollars for gold. Less than twenty years later, in October 1987, Black Monday wiped out 20 percent of US stock market valuations.

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30% Of Americans Think The Dollar Is Backed By Gold (& Other Absurdities This Week) – Activist Post


30-11-19 09:02:00,

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, your finances, and your prosperity.

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Crackdown on homeschooling coming across Great Britain

A few weeks ago we talked about how the Labour Party in Great Britain wants to eliminate private schools.

Now, in addition to that, regional governments across Great Britain are launching an assault against homeschooling.

Despite the fact that public education is lacking, the government thinks it is the parents who should have to prove themselves if they want to homeschool their own children.

In Wales and the Isle of Man, authorities are attempting to pass measures that will allow them to interview each homeschooled child. The children will have to pass subjective tests, with government officials deciding the criteria.

Parents will be fined or jailed for failing to comply with government orders if their child fails the subjective evaluations.

Scotland recently tried to introduce rules assigning a state “guardian” to each homeschool child, who would be allowed to intervene in home life including what kids watch on TV, eat, and how they decorate their bedrooms.

Luckily that measure was defeated, but it shows how desperate governments are to get into your home and dictate family life.

Click here to read the full story.

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Boston police using robot dogs

Back in the ’70s, the government said that SWAT teams would only be used in extreme cases, like hostage situations. That slowly morphed into using them today for tiny drug busts which often turn up nothing.

So forgive me for being skeptical when Boston Police claim the new robot police-dog they are testing will not be weaponized.

The Boston Police acquired its creepy robot dog from Boston Dynamics– you can see a video here.

Click here to read the full story.

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California wants to punish a company that orders Ubers for the blind and elderly

“GoGo Grandparent” is a service that allows people who don’t have or can’t use smartphones to order ride services by calling a toll free number.

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How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation – Dutch Anarchy


17-03-19 10:38:00,

The disinformation campaign—and massive radiation increase—behind the 5G rollout.

Illustration by Don Carroll.

Things didn’t end well between George Carlo and Tom Wheeler; the last time the two met face-to-face, Wheeler had security guards escort Carlo off the premises. As president of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), Wheeler was the wireless industry’s point man in Washington. Carlo was the scientist handpicked by Wheeler to defuse a public-relations crisis that threatened to strangle his infant industry in its crib. This was back in 1993, when there were only six cell-phone subscriptions for every 100 adults in the United States. But industry executives were looking forward to a booming future.

Remarkably, cell phones had been allowed onto the US consumer market a decade earlier without any government safety testing. Now, some customers and industry workers were being diagnosed with cancer. In January 1993, David Reynard sued the NEC America Company, claiming that his wife’s NEC phone caused her lethal brain tumor. After Reynard appeared on national TV, the story went viral. A congressional subcommittee announced an investigation; investors began dumping their cell-phone stocks; and Wheeler and the CTIA swung into action.

A week later, Wheeler announced that his industry would pay for a comprehensive research program. Cell phones were already safe, Wheeler told reporters; the new research would simply “re-validate the findings of the existing studies.”

George Carlo seemed like a good bet to fulfill Wheeler’s mission. He was an epidemiologist who also had a law degree, and he’d conducted studies for other controversial industries. After a study funded by Dow Corning, Carlo had declared that breast implants posed only minimal health risks. With chemical-industry funding, he had concluded that low levels of dioxin, the chemical behind the Agent Orange scandal, were not dangerous. In 1995, Carlo began directing the industry-financed Wireless Technology Research project (WTR), whose eventual budget of $28.5 million made it the best-funded investigation of cell-phone safety to date.

Outside critics soon came to suspect that Carlo would be the front man for an industry whitewash. They cited his dispute with Henry Lai, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Washington, over a study that Lai had conducted examining whether cell-phone radiation could damage DNA.

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They Think They are the Magnificent Seven – They are Actually the Tawdry Seven


20-02-19 08:36:00,

The 1960 film ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was apparently based on the true story which formed the basis of the 1954 Japanese movie the ‘Seven Samurai’. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was in fact a Hollywood re-make of that film and was full of heroism, self-sacrifice and human integrity. I loved it.

Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner were immense. Yesterday I watched the polar opposite of all those virtues when ‘The Tawdry Seven’ walked into a pre-arranged press conference in London full of giggles and self-importance to denounce the very political party they had been elected to represent less than 24 months ago.

Seven individuals who would struggle to be recognised in their own households took it in turn to savage the man under whose leadership every single one of them had been re-elected to Parliament with increased majorities. Jeremy Corbyn stood as the Labour leader in 2015 after Ed Miliband stood down. He won a convincing victory with 59% of the votes cast. He stuck to his election pledges and began to re-position the Labour Party as a genuine socialist party instead of the pale imitation of the Tories it had become under Blair and Brown.

READ MORE: Jeremy Corbyn Sets Out Labour’s Requirements for Backing May’s Brexit Deal

Many of the Labour MP’s didn’t like Corbyn. He was too left wing for them. He actually stood for redistributing wealth and power away from the billionaires and multi-national corporations. He was serious. It wasn’t just rhetoric. Many in Parliament had become accustomed to being the Tories in red, the Tory 2nd team, and were shocked and alarmed at the audacity of this guy actually challenging the consensus and hegemony which meant nothing ever changed election after election. The rich got richer no matter who was in power.

Aided and abetted by the billionaire owned press and media many Labour MP’s sought to undermine Corbyn at every turn. He didn’t just face Tory enemies in front of him he had to cope with backstabbers behind him as well. Eventually the Parliamentary Labour Group of MP’s ganged up on him and forced him to face another leadership contest within a year of winning the first one. Again the billionaire press and their obedient columnists and opinion writers railed against Corbyn to try and convince everyone in the Labour party how unsavoury,

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