Marching toward transhumanism- talking ATMs and computers

Recently the ATM which I use most frequently has started talking to me. As each new direction appears on the screen, a disembodied, robotic voice vocalizes the words simultaneously. In this  particular ATM, the voice is feminine. “Please enter your PIN,” she firmly instructs me. “Please enter the desired amount,” she continues in her creepy monotone.

The voice startled me the first time I heard it. ‘What the hell?’ I thought. ‘The freakin’ machine is talking to me!’ I’m no longer startled,  though I’m not in any way comfortable with it yet. I don’t need or want the ATM talking to me. I can read just fine. And this new innovation begs the question: should I reply? When the cool, detached voice tells me ‘thank you,’ should I answer back, “Your welcome”?

This is not as silly or far-fetched as it may seem. Clearly, the global zionist oligarchy which is steering humanity in the direction of transhumanism wishes for us to get  used to the idea of interacting  and communicating with computers and robots. Soon enough, we will be expected to take orders from robots and eventually merge with the machines.

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Right around the time the local ATM started talking to me, the computers at my office started to say, ‘Welcome to your computer’ after booting up. I wonder who in the IT department thought it would be a good idea to add this little feature to all the computers? I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if in the near future, other phrases are added to that simple beginning. Perhaps I will start hearing ‘good morning,’ ‘have a nice day,’ and maybe even ‘you look well today!’

Ostensibly, the first talking ATMs were developed by banks to make it easier for blind  people to use the machines. Isn’t that so thoughtful of the ‘too big to fail’ banks? They’re always looking out for us.

 

 

Taiwanese man dies after 3 days of gaming

A  story appeared on mainstream news outlets last week regarding a young man in Taiwan who died of cardiac arrest at an internet cafe:

Hong Kong (CNN)A 32-year-old man was found dead in an Internet cafe in Taiwan after a marathon three-day gaming binge, the island’s second death of an online gamer this year.The man, surnamed Hsieh, entered the cafe in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, on January 6, Jennifer Wu, a police spokesperson from the Hunei district precint told CNN.

An employee found him motionless and sprawled on a table at 10 a.m. on January 8 and he was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead from cardiac failure, she added.”He has been unemployed for a long time, and internet cafes were the only place he could go to,” she said.”His family said he would disappear for two to three days on end.”

It is not known exactly how long the man lay dead in the Internet cafe but police said his corpse had begun to stiffen so he must have been dead for several hours before they arrived on the scene.Police said gamers in the café continued as if nothing happened even when the police and paramedics arrived.

According to the Taipei Times, the man was a “regular customer” who often played for consecutive days. “When tired, he would sleep face down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair,” the staff member was quoted as saying. “That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning. 

Taiwan is no stranger to deaths from marathon sessions of online gaming.Hsieh’s death came after 38-year-old man was found dead at an Internet cafe in Taipei on January 1 after playing video games for five days straight. And in 2012, the corpse of man who died playing online games went unnoticed for 10 hours by other gamers and staff.  CNN

Who was this man?  Unemployed, directionless, lonely, and single, he seemed to find his only happiness in life at the internet cafe, playing ultra-violent, and highly addictive online games. Did his family and friends not see any danger in his video gaming habits? Or did they nonchalantly brush any concerns aside and view it as a harmless activity? In  the bigger picture, what are these games doing to our boys and young men, not just in Taiwan, but all over the world? What are the effects of gaming on their bodies, minds, and spirits? These internet cafes filled with young men playing games can be found in cities all over Asia. Harried and stressed parents are usually relieved  to have the boys out of the house and busy doing something, and at least not getting in trouble. The cafe owners are happy to take their money. Nobody pays them any mind, and they spend countless hours of their life sitting in one position, tense, motionless, and oblivious to their surroundings. Neglecting to eat, drink, or go to the bathroom, they easily lose sense of time and of reality itself.

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It doesn’t surprise me to read that the owners of the cafe neglected to notice the dead man for many hours. Why would they? It’s not their job to check up on the patrons. ‘The guy’s slumped in his chair; I guess he’s taking a snooze.’  They couldn’t care less. Nor am I surprised that the other patrons of the cafe didn’t even bother looking up when the corpse was carried out and the paramedics and police arrived. Why let reality intrude upon their fantasy world? Nothing- and I mean NOTHING- can disturb a gamer’s concentration when he is in the midst of his game.

We are losing ourselves to the tyranny of the screen and seem not to  care. It’s easy to read a story like this and morbidly laugh, and think, ‘what a loser.’ What happened to this poor man is an extreme case and his tragic ending made news headlines. But the slower death afflicting the tens of millions of other boys in the cafes won’t make the headlines. The cafe where Mr. Hsieh died continued operating even during the police investigation, with the patrons going on as before. It will change nothing and carry on, as will all the other internet cafes in Taipei. What did they say in ‘The Godfather’?  “It’s just business.”

 

2014 warmest year on record- the IPCC and Al Gore are back!

Last week, news headlines from the corporate press informed us that 2014 was ‘the warmest year on record.’ Along with this headline came the predictable  article : global warming is proceeding apace, the earth is inexorably heating up and the skeptics have been proven wrong. To say that articles such as the one written by Justin Gillis for the New York Times on January 16th are predictable is an understatement. They are written from a script. A template. All the writer has to do is fill in the year and a few updated quotes and he has his article ready to go to print. It’s laughable.

We’re informed in the first paragraph of the NYT article that records have only been kept since 1880, not even a blink of an eye in geologic history. Yet, we are supposed to ignore that fact when scientists make grand claims about ‘hottest ever.’  Mr. Gillis also tells us that this data undermines claims by ‘contrarians’ who dispute the anthropogenic global warming theory. I don’t think he means ‘contrarian’ in a nice way. When the IPCC, UN, and other NWO organizations take off the gloves, they often refer to doubters as ‘deniers,’ thereby attempting to link them with ‘holocaust deniers’ in the public’s mind.

Gillis continues by giving some random facts about heat records last year in the continental United States, caused by ‘the relentless planetary warming that scientists say is a consequence of human activity and poses profound long-term risks to civilization and nature.’ Scared yet?

 

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After  1998 when Earth experienced its hottest year of the century, many climatologists, especially those in the IPCC,  told us that Earth was going to get continuously hotter, and this was due to mankind dumping ever increasing amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.  Well, the amount of CO2 continues to rise, but temperatures have not risen at all over the last 15 years. Scientists are ‘struggling’ to explain this strange trend, which goes against all of their models. And don’t forget ‘climategate’ from 2009 when leaked emails from scientists blew a big hole in the whole IPCC global warming theory. You’d think that the IPCC and Al Gore would admit defeat  and go back to the drawing board. But no. They were right all along, and we – the skeptics- were wrong. Got it?

According to John R. Christy, a scientist at the University of Alabama, the increase in 2014 was only a few hundredths of a degree, well within the margin of error. But Mr. Gillis is quick to remind his readers that Mr. Christy represents only a ‘handful’ of skeptics, and that the ‘vast majority of those who study the climate’  say the earth is in a long term warming trend.’  Links and sources are of course nowhere to be found.

And how about those recent crazy dips in the jet stream which have brought ‘Arctic vortexes’ and other anomalies to the United States? Those are  caused by global warming too! Mr. Gillis makes no mention whatsoever of HAARP, geo-engineering, or chemtrails.  How odd. Does he never step outside his NYT office and look up at the sky? Actually, if he dared to mention those terms in a NYT article, he’d be out of job overnight. Also not mentioned anywhere in the article is the sun. Seeing as how the sun determines just about everything regarding earth’s climate, you’d think it would be worth a mention.

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As a send-off, Mr. Gillis ends his article by giving kudos to his buddy, former mayor of New York and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is ‘spending tens of millions of dollars of his personal fortune to battle climate change.’ Really? How is Mr. Bloomberg ‘battling’ climate change? More PR garbage. The guy is worth, officially, 36 BILLION dollars. Ten or twenty million is pocket change to him.

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Crippling a population with vaccines- Viet Nam

I read recently that the Taliban kill  anyone caught administering the polio vaccine in Afghanistan. The vaccines are administered by various UN aid agencies under the guise of ‘protecting the children.’  Afghanis  understand that the people administering the polio vaccines are either dupes or outright paid agents of the NWO.

It’s no longer a secret that numerous NGOs, so-called ‘aid agencies,’ the WHO, and other benign sounding organizations are busy  throughout the world  engaging in nefarious activities on innocent and naive populations. The CIA -controlled USAID and National Endowment for Democracy have been busy since the early 1980s in toppling democratic governments on every continent. The Orwellian spin on ‘democracy’  is surely a source of endless amusement for the cigar smoking globalists in their high-rises in London and New York.

The NGOs work as a ‘fifth column’ inside countries, slowly and steadily eating away at the host. Paul Craig Roberts and other astute researchers have noted the important influence NGOs had in the years leading up to the coup in Ukraine.

But let’s get back to vaccines. One week ago, a brief news story, only five paragraphs long, appeared in a Vietnamese newspaper. The headline read, “Students stable after anaphylactic shock.” Just in case you don’t know what that is, here is a definition: “Anaphylactic shock: A widespread and very serious allergic reaction. Symptoms include dizziness, loss of consciousness, labored breathing, swelling of the tongue and breathing tubes, blueness of the skin, low blood pressure, heart failure, and DEATH.”

The WHO has been busy for quite a while in Viet Nam, dealing out their propaganda on vaccines, along with, of course,  the Gates foundation. Thousands of nurses and health workers fan out across the country, injecting the young and innocent children with vaccines that contain all manner of toxic adjuvants. In the short time I have lived in Viet Nam,  I have seen at least a half dozen instances of deaths and permanent injury to children and newborns  as a result of vaccines. This is getting to be ‘old news.’ When the communities cry for justice  and mourn their dead children, government  spokespeople rush in to assure them that it was ‘tragic accident’, but that the children should continue to receive the vaccinations. Everything is fine now, we destroyed the bad batch, sorry about your kid. 

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In the recent case, 35 students from a secondary school went into shock after being vaccinated with the measles-rubella vaccination. Ten were in serious condition.

Viet Nam has a population of 90 million and the vast majority are uneducated. They are an easy target for those pushing the depopulation agenda. Toxic, mercury-laden vaccines, chemtrails, GMOs, fast food, and sugary soft drinks are all being foisted upon the people here in massive doses. The onslaught is occurring far faster than the people’s education regarding what these things are, let alone their effect on human health.

When government workers, nurses, and aid agencies show up at schools and in communities, they have official titles, degrees, and warm smiles.  They easily convince the people to do what they are told. Lacking education and possessing a trusting nature, they go along, and they suffer  the consequences. With so many recent deaths and injuries resulting from the rampant administration of vaccines, perhaps this trusting nature will end.

 

 

What happens when you drink blood with the royal family

I often engage in a sort of self-inflicted torture- reading the mainstream news. The articles are either pure propaganda-corporate or government- or mindless trivia meant to distract the masses. Skimming over the daily dose of pablum, I often notice the overt worship of power, wealth, the state and royalty displayed by the hired hacks of news conglomerates.

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Hey, did you know that British punk bands of the 1970s had a designer? I didn’t either! But they did, according to an article recently posted by Agence France-Presse. titled ‘Punk fashion queen Westwood bows to Prince Charles.’ Vivienne Westwood ‘helped shape the look’ of punk bands by working closely with Malcolm McLaren and others. I always thought that punk music was anti-establishment and anarchistic , but now I find out that they had a fashion designer working to perfect their ‘look.’ Perhaps the whole movement was not as spontaneous and rebellious as I once thought?  In any case, this former admirer  of punk’s attitude toward royalty is now an unabashed boot-licker of the British royal family, gushing forth praise for Prince Charles in this insipid piece of ‘journalism.’  Perhaps we should not be surprised, as we are now supposed to refer to her as ‘Dame’ Vivienne Westwood. Sure.

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“He’s such a visionary,” the fashion designer said. “Right back in the 1970s as a young man, he realized we have to live in harmony with the earth. And all his charities have made such a difference, they’ve really helped people, they’re very practical and solid things, they build communities, support people. We would have a wonderful world if he had ruled it all that time.”

Wow. Let that final statement sink in a bit.Not only does she act as PR mouthpiece for this ‘royal’ piece of garbage, idiotically extolling his goofy charities, she goes further, actually stating that she wishes Prince Charles were the emperor of the world. I wonder if she flashed  a baphomet symbol while saying this. You can’t get much creepier than this: openly advocating for a lizard bloodline half-wit eugenicist to be world dictator. ‘Dame’ Westwood is saying it openly and proudly. How far we have fallen.

 

 

 

 

All cars now look alike- the move toward a generic style

What has happened to car design? Just a few years ago, one could easily and instantly recognize all the different car models on the road. Is there any mistaking a Porsche 911 zooming by? Everyone know the Honda Civic, for many years one of the best-selling cars around the world. The iconic shapes of the Cadillac coupe deville and the Lincoln Town car are a part of modern American culture.  Even BMW had a memorable silhouette, its somewhat boxy but still stylish outline a favorite of yuppies for many years. Mercedes, Audi  and Subaru had their unmistakable design features. The auto makers worked to give their models a distinctive shape and personality. 

One of the original pimpmobiles: 

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No more. Something quite strange has happened. The origins of this strange phenomenon can be traced back to the mid 1990s with the explosion of SUVs. For reasons still not completely understood, an enormous block of American consumers had the overpowering urge to go out and buy gargantuan, gas-guzzling behemoths which appeared closer in style to military armored personnel carriers than traditional automobiles.

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For the first decade or so of SUV sales, the market was dominated by  a handful of Japanese and American car makers. Lincoln, Cadillac, Porsche, BMW and other auto makers kept their distance and maintained their individualistic design mottos. Finally, perhaps inevitably, ALL of the major car manufacturers jumped on the SUV bandwagon and produced their own models to grab a piece of the lucrative market. Imagine the reaction of the engineers and designers at BMW and Porsche when the owners came to them and said, “You guys need to design an SUV to sell to the fat Americans. And also, let’s jettison the design that’s worked so well for us for 50 years and start making our cars look generic.”

I don’t need to look closely at the company icon on the hood to know what this is:

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So, not only did all the companies start building SUVs, they also made their original models conform to the design aesthetics of SUVs. Now here we are in 2015, and most brands on the road are unrecognizable. Everything looks like a miniature tank. Every day I find myself looking at a car and wondering, “What is that?” I then peer closely at the front grill to see that its a Cadillac. Or perhaps a BMW. They bear no resemblance whatsoever to their forebears. Big, flat front grills with rectangular angled headlights swooping in from the side dominate the ‘fascia.’ The headlights all bear a striking and downright eerie resemblance to serpent eyes, so not only are the cars bulky and ugly, they also are sinister.

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Back ends are now higher off the ground, tires are fatter and windows have shrunk, again emphasizing the militaristic, excuse me ‘sporty’ look of modern cars. They all look quite ridiculous, but no matter. The consumeristic, wannabe middle class types will go out and buy them, as the concept of aesthetics is one that escapes them.

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Exploited construction workers and the headlong rush to globalization

The term ‘third world’ has been disappearing gradually from the academic and political lexicon. The term used to denote those countries around the world which were in the bottom tier of GDP, per capita income, infrastructure, and development. Nowadays, the term has been replaced with ‘developing country.’  It’s an interesting choice of words. It implies, of course, that every country in the world now is developing, or wants to develop, in the model of the modern, industrialized countries. It’s either ‘industrialize quickly and catch up’ or perish into obscurity and irrelevance. Or so the thinking goes amongst the elected leaders of such countries.

This desire to develop and rapidly industrialize among former third-world countries has numerous effects and repercussions, almost of them negative. Sure, numbers such as the GDP, which economists and politicians always love to point to, show a spike, though this is usually short term. Overly expensive mega projects often spring up, putting struggling governments into debt. Skyscrapers and office buildings sprout  in the big cities and new highways and dams are constructed as well.

For the population of developing countries, outside of a tiny percentage at the top of the political and social hierarchy who work the system to their benefit, this process of rapid development is a disaster. Rivers, canals, lakes, waterways, coastline, water tables, topsoil, forests, and the air are sacrificed in the rush to build factories and power stations. This damage is often irreparable. Humans who are enticed to work in the new industries of factory work and construction are treated like slaves, as disposable as tissue paper.

Viet Nam is a perfect example. Its cities are booming, particularly Ho  Chi Minh City in the south. Office and apartment buildings are going up everywhere. Construction cranes are a ubiquitous sight. Almost every street within the city limits has at least one building being constructed, renovated or demolished to make way for a new one.

If there’s one word that I associate with development, it’s ‘concrete.’ Construction sites everywhere have either the  portable concrete mixing machines or the large trucks at the bigger sites. And to make concrete you must have cement. And to make cement you must havoc cement factories. For those unfortunate villagers who live on the fringes of cities where most cement factories are located, life is hell. For 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they must put up with choking dust and pollution being emitted from these factories, which must continually make cement to feed the voracious appetite of the booming economy.

Hundreds of thousands of young men work in the construction industry here, the vast majority of them first generation city dwellers who grew up poor farmers. They are ruthlessly exploited by the construction contractors and sub-contractors. Outside of a few large foreign firms which actually enforce some basic safety regulations, most workers work and live day to day with no safety net whatsoever. Hardhats are nowhere to be seen.  Workers spend their days toiling in the hot sun with cheap plastic flip-flops or bare feet. They are often shirtless and wear shorts. When they work indoors where dust, chemicals and paint are omnipresent, they wear a cheap throwaway mask, if anything.

I pass by dozens of construction sites daily, and I see workers doing backbreaking work with no thought given to their welfare. They are often splattered from head to toe with paint and dust. Most have nowhere to live and throw a hammock up on the site to sleep overnight. Their wage of $5 USD a day affords them nothing more than a couple bowels of noodles and pork. If an accident happens onsite, they are on their own. Their employer is not responsible for injury.

Most have received no training  for their jobs, and just learn by watching others and practicing each day. Hence, shoddy work is the norm, not the exception. I have seen a number of paint jobs where workers left the house or building with numerous globs and specks of paint on the furniture and appliances. Substandard work is accepted.

Dirt poor farmers fleeing their miserable existence in the countryside to move to the city in hopes of finding a better life is not a new story. Nevertheless, I still marvel at the pull that cities, and ideas like ‘progress’ and ‘modernity’ exert on the human mind. To merely trade in one form of backbreaking toil for another hardly seems like a step up to me. Furthermore, these itinerant workers are cut off from their families and communities, the very social networks that are so crucial for human happiness and fulfillment.

These young men will work in construction for perhaps ten or twenty years at most. Working past 40 simply will not be physically possible for most. They will likely have a lifetime of back problems to look forward to after they quit. Many will die of cancer before they hit 60, due to the enormous amounts of dust and chemicals which they inhale daily, poor diets and the two packs of cigarettes per day which they all smoke.

A local glossy magazine which is marketed to tourists and expatriates is sitting on my desk. It features  a profile of a 40-year-old construction worker. ‘Quang’ shares some information and thoughts about his life working construction jobs around Hanoi. After stating that he earns 100,000 VND (US $5) a day, he says matter-of-factly, “That kind of money just isn’t enough.” No kidding. What’s interesting to me is how that quotation just sort of hangs there, with no follow up question and no elaboration. If it’s not enough, why does he continue? Does he have any thoughts about who, or what, is exploiting him? Has he ever thought of complaining , or asking for a raise? Going on strike is unknown in Viet Nam and workers here have no ‘worker consciousness’ whatsoever. People accept their lot without question.

It’s a tragedy and it doesn’t have to happen. Yet it does, and not just here in Ho Chi Minh City, but also in Lima, Sao Paulo, Phnom Penh, Dubai, Quito, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and dozens of other developing cities all around the world.

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Humanity has drunk the kool-aid of ‘progress’ and the headlong rush into the future ensues. The few remaining hunter and gatherer tribes are being uprooted along with nomadic and traditionally pastoral peoples. We’re all going to be yuppies now, living in high-rises with beautiful children and driving brand new shiny cars. Except that we’re not, of course. The split between marketing and reality is as stark as ever.  Every time a new apartment high rise is completed, giant billboards show a plastic looking couple sitting in their spotless (and soulless) living room with their oh-so-happy  children.

Earth used to be comprised of thousands and thousands of ethnic groups, each living in its own unique style, with their own dress, customs, religions, social structures and habits. Now, ‘globalization’ is the meme that is shoved down our throats, and everyone wears the same clothes bought from the same multinational corporations, talks the same, looks the same, and acts the same.  People willingly give up their traditional lives to move to cities and join the madness, thinking that they can purchase some toys, and with them, some happiness. It doesn’t happen and they end up sick and disillusioned.

 

Europe slipping further into the abyss

A large number of articles discussing the current economic situation in Europe have been published in the last few weeks, all of which leave one with the impression that the continent is in a crisis which shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.

Joseph E. Stiglitz, nobel laureate and professor at Columbia University, recently penned an article in which he details the deep structural problems facing Europe and the lack of vision among its so-called ‘leaders’ who continually  make forecasts about the member country’s economies which turn out to be wrong. Stiglitz points his finger directly at the euro itself as one of the prime causes of Europe’s malaise. He writes, “Though intended to unite Europe, in the end the euro has divided it; and, in the absence of the political will to create the institutions that would enable a single currency to work, the damage is not being undone.”

Stiglitz also blames the austerity measures which have been imposed from the IMF and the ECB for Europe’s woes. Even though austerity has only exacerbated already bad situations in countries such as Spain, Ireland, Greece, and Portugal, leaders and zionist stooges such as Angela Merkel  continue to spout the hackneyed line of ‘we must continue the course.’

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News about the crisis in Greece has slipped into the background over the last year, but the problems have not gone away. Its economy is a disaster with a 50 percent youth unemployment rate. An early election is scheduled for the end of January and European leaders and bankers, especially in Germany, are watching nervously. German banks have big exposure to bad loans made to Greece in the  early 2000s and however this drama plays out, the people in Greece, and probably Germany too,  will suffer. The banksters will of course be able to walk away from their bad decisions with golden parachutes.

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Beginning on January 1st of this year, workers from Romania and Bulgaria will now be able to move freely throughout the EU and many are expected to go to Germany to look for work. While the minimum monthly wage in the former countries averages 200 USD, in Germany it is over 1100 USD. Additionally, Germany provides generous social welfare benefits, including unemployment insurance. Nobody knows how many Bulgarians and Romanians will rush to Germany, but politicians have consistently underestimated the amount of workers moving from poor regions of Eastern Europe to the prosperous north and west.

Germans are becoming increasingly uneasy about immigration. A new grassroots movement calling itself PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West, has been holding rallies in major German cities and attracting thousands of supporters. The mainstream media is quick to point out that ‘counter rallies’ have been drawing equal and sometimes greater number of supporters. Who knows what the truth is on the ground. Police and media typically make up numbers to satisfy whatever agenda is begin promoted. The German people are correct in questioning the policies of their government and should be concerned about immigration. But they need to ask themselves what is more important: preserving their culture or preserving their economy. The harsh truth is that with German’s historically low birthrates since the 1970s, the country needs to import young and educated workers to keep the economy humming. German couples simply aren’t making enough German babies to sustain the population, and that gap will have to be filled with foreigners if the country wishes to maintain a modern, world-leading economy. Germany has had more deaths than births every year since 1972 and its total fertility rate has been well below the replacement level of 2.1 since 1970, hovering around 1.3 for the last 15 years.

Merkel’s government presents, at best, a muddled view on immigration, population, and multiculturalism. Merkel herself said a few years that multiculturalism was a failure. Yet, Germany continues to allow in hundreds of thousands of refugees every year from the Middle East and Africa. This wave of Muslim, dark-skinned, and non-German speaking refugees, combined with possibly hundreds of thousands of ‘guest workers’  coming from Bulgaria, Romania, and other parts of Eastern Europe ensures that Germany’s demographic and cultural crisis will continue to fester for many years to come.

Great Britain

Across the pond, the anti-EU UKIP continues to gain support amongst the population, as the British have witnessed their country being overwhelmed with immigrants over the previous decade. Commenting on Iceland’s recent move to formally withdraw its EU application, UKIP’s Nigel Farage stated, “This move by Icelandic authorities and the increasing Mediterranean opposition to the EU shows that the idea of the inevitability of EU integration has been smashed. More and more people throughout Europe either no longer wish to join the EU or, as in Greece, to leave the euro currency altogether.”

 

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The corporate press typically paints leaders such as Farage and Le Pen in France as ‘right wing’, ‘utra-right’, ‘nationalist,’ ‘xenophobic,’ ‘racist,’ and so on. In fact, these terms are neither descriptive nor accurate and do nothing to shed light on the reality on the ground. The creation of the European Union and  the euro, and the moves toward making Europe a multi-cultural society were planned by a small clique of banksters, royal families, and zionists. These are polices and agendas which were forced on the people from above, with assurances that they were for ‘the benefit of all.’

While all this chaos and disintegration is occurring, we witness  the bizarre spectacle of Latvia celebrating its adoption of the euro on January 1st. Latvia’s leaders, seemingly oblivious to the destruction wreaked on many of Europe’s weaker economies after they adopted the euro, are telling Latvians that the adoption of the euro will ‘stabilize’ their economy.  Meanwhile, Turkey has indicated it wants to hop onboard the sinking ship of the EU, but is engaged in a nasty dispute with Brussels and talks have broken down.  And then there’s the little drama being played out over in Ukraine…

 

 

 

The empty promises of technology

Driving home recently, I observed that  big, sleek new techno-gadget stores have been opening throughout the city almost weekly. The market for smart phones, tablets, phablets, and  laptops along with  all of their accessories is red- hot and shows no signs of slowing down. People just can’t get enough! Businessmen, housewives, teachers, students, teenagers, and parents with young  children in tow browse the stores, looking for the latest, hottest, hippest, and trendiest new device. No child is too young now to start playing on smart phones. “If they are old enough to walk and talk, they are old enough to have a smart phone,” is the new thinking among parents. Microwave radiation? Decreased attention spans? Addiction to games?  Diminished interest in books? Squashed imaginations?  Who cares!

What will be the outcome of this multi-media saturation, particularly on the young? A couple of weeks ago, I started reading “The Dumbest Generation,” by Mark Bauerlein (2008) . With meticulous research and citing  hundreds of studies, Mr. Bauerlein demolishes the arguments put forth by technocrats that  Millennials, who have abandoned reading as a leisure activity, are doing well academically and can learn everything they need to know through computers and video games. The academic and governmental studies  do not support the pollyannish claims by the technocracy that book reading is overrated as a foundation of education and that we (the adults) need not be concerned with the lack of interest shown in books  by teens and twentysomethings.

“The Dumbest Generation” is full of eye-popping statistics and charts. It resoundingly reaffirms what I have been observing for many years: that kids no longer want to read and are cut off from nature.

Bauerlein says, “The 10-year-old’s bedroom has become, as Kaiser puts it, a ‘multi-media center.’ Children leave the dinner table, which is often accompanied by network news, reruns of Seinfeld ,and other 6 P.M. fare, and head off to their rooms to turn on their own shows or crank up iTunes while poring over some homework. Bored with that, they can check a MySpace forum, or play Mortal Kombat, or look at school pictures. The long division exercises await while the computer dings a new email coming through, the cell phone buzzes with a new message, and Toomani comes on in half an hour. They never need exit their bedrooms doors, and in most households, parents won’t interrupt them. For 55 percent of the eight-to 10-year olds , parents don’t lay down any rules for TV. For older teens, only 5 percent have parents who set limits on the video games they can play. The private access continues outside the home too, with 55 percent of eight- to 18-year olds taking a handheld video game player with them, and 65 percent carrying a portable music player.”

The author goes on to analyze how school districts around the country (and around the world) have jumped on the ‘technology is more important than books’ bandwagon. Schools have borrowed money from wherever they can and siphoned money from other areas of their budgets to hard-wire the schools for the latest in technology, including computer labs, wi-fi and even laptops for the students. Administrators, principals and bureaucrats do all this in the name of education, in the naive hope that this technology will make students more ‘excited’ about learning and improve their literacy skills and test scores. The results show otherwise, but nevertheless the technocracy presses on.

In my school, we have a small library and a computer lab next to it. Which do you think students gravitate to? When class finishes and the student needs to wait 30 minutes for the parent to pick him up, does he grab a book from the library and sit down to read, or does he go to the computer lab to play video games? The answer is obvious. The books look pretty on the shelf, but they are unread and unappreciated. The school administrators allow the students to play games as long as they want, with no supervision. Nobody takes responsibility for the student who has time to kill, and the young ones especially get hypnotized for hours.

Ever since I was a young boy, I have been suspicious of machines and technology. Perhaps it’s some ancient Druidic blood running through my Norwegian/Viking veins, but my greatest pleasures growing up were always found in nature and in books. My fondest memories of childhood are the simple, direct, and intimate connections I had with the natural world- swimming in my neighbors pond, exploring the local creeks, catching frogs, climbing trees, lying on my back and counting stars, rolling on the grass, collecting wild berries in the woods, scrambling over giant boulders on the Potomac River, jumping into piles of leaves, sledding down hillsides, bodysurfing in the Atlantic on a hot summer day, making snowballs, and exploring caves. None of these activities requires a machine or gadget.

When computers started appearing in the 80s and became widespread in the 90s, I felt a palpable and growing unease. “I don’t like where all this is headed,” I said to my girlfriend at the time. When I read some of the breathless and hyperbolic rantings of the techno geeks in zines like Mondo 2000 and Wired in the mid to late 90s, I became VERY worried. These pasty-faced, pale-skinned and flabby-muscled computer geeks were telling me that the transhuman world was arriving quickly and that I had better get used to the idea. Their ideas and arguments sounded, and continue to sound, absurd to me, and yet a forceful response to the transhuman agenda was lacking. Only a few lonely voices raised objections, mostly found in obscure journals and periodicals.

I began to wonder if I was the only one feeling this unease, but fortunately I eventually found writers and intellectuals such as Kirkpatrick Sale (Rebels against the future) , Daniel Quinn (Ishmael) , Jerry Mander (In the Absence of the Sacred),  John Zerzan (Running on Emptiness) , Derrick Jensen ( A Language older than words) , Neil Postman (Technopoly) , and of course Thoreau. These writers are often described with many different terms, including but not limited to ‘anti-technology’ , ‘neo-luddite’, and ‘neo-primitve.’ But despite their differences, they all share a common distrust in the current pro-technology paradigm and the covert  trans-human agenda.

 

 

The make-believe world of advertising and marketing

Advertising and marketing are  very popular majors for university students these days, especially in Asia. The only fields which are which rank as high in popularity are banking and finance and business. It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around this fact. Why would so many bright, young people want to devote their working lives to being paid shills? Advertising companies and departments, along with their sidekicks P.R. firms, are hired disinformation agents. They can invent and use all the euphemisms they want to describe themselves and their work, but the bottom line remains the same: they are paid to manipulate people, using whatever overt and covert means are at their disposal, to act against their best interest  and buy products which they do not need.

Perhaps the notions of idealism and ‘doing what you love’ and ‘following your bliss’ have been swept aside in modern global capitalism with its ‘dog eat dog’ mentality.  Furthermore, today’s youth have grown up in a corporate world, with corporatism infusing every aspect of their lives from birth. Like a fish swimming in water, today’s youth have no conception of a world without corporations and are used to the daily barrage of propaganda, advertising, and lies spewing forth from the plasma televisions bolted into their bedroom walls. Graduating university and going to work for ‘The Man’ is the most natural thing in the world.

It doesn’t really matter anymore how absurd the advertising is. People don’t complain or subject it to its proper ridicule. The sum total of all the daily images, words, video, etc. just becomes a big blur.

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I work as an educator in the highly competitive English teaching industry in Asia. Not surprisingly, the private schools here devote a significant portion of their working budgets to advertising and marketing. Everything the schools  sell to students has the company logo on it, with the backpack being the most important item. The bigger schools will often place a five or six-story high photo of smiling, happy students on the sides of their buildings. I always chuckle when I walk by these buildings and see the photo. The schools are different, the students are different, but the basic theme is always the same: a group of fifteen or twenty kids sitting with ramrod straight backs, eyes fixed on the teacher with happy smiles, and each of them raising their hands high to volunteer to answer a question. Any teacher who has spent a day or two in a classroom will tell you that such a class has never existed and will never exist. The typical shy and passive Asian student rarely raises his hand to volunteer, and when he or she does, it is a subtle and wary gesture, with the elbow often remaining on the desktop. No matter. The advertising departments forge ahead with their idealized class of happy, enthusiastic students. “Okay, everybody raise your hand for the photo. One, two, three. Got it!”

I recently wandered into a local outlet of the ‘The Body Shop.’ This pseudo eco-groovy corporation  likes to grab hold of whatever trend is hot in the field of natural health, incorporate it into their line of products and then of course advertise the hell out of it. Hence, they have distinct sections of their stores devoted to pomegranate, aloe vera, hemp, maca root, seaweed, tea tree, vitamin c, vitamin e, shea butter, cacao, almond, and jojoba. Each section is accompanied by large back-lit photos of pomegranates, aloe vera plants, and tea tree plants. There’s just one problem- very little of these natural ingredients actually goes into the products. Most of the items contain ingredient lists like this: tocopherol acetate, p-Anisic Acid, Disodium ETA, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, and PPG-2. The disconnect between the colorful advertising and the actual ingredients in the containers couldn’t be more obvious. And yet, we the consumers are not supposed to notice that, let alone care about it, let alone complain about it. Everyone- the plastic smile automatons who work there and the oblivious customers- simply goes along. 

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If you read through the ingredient list on ‘The Body Shop’ products, you will also encounter the words “Against animal testing.”  Pay close attention to the words , as they were undoubtedly crafted by the marketing department in close association with the legal department. It doesn’t say ‘Our company and all of our affiliates do not engage in any form of animal testing for any of our products- 100% guaranteed.’  NO. The corporation simply states that they are ‘against’ the practice, which of course means absolutely nothing. This legalese claptrap ensures that the Body Shop cannot be sued in court if any of their suppliers is found out to be engaging in animal torture, I mean ‘testing.’