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Chemtrails, Southeast Asia, 2017, the NY Times and a reality check

It appears that 2017 will bring not only a continuation, but a ramping-up of the chemtrail assault on our atmosphere. According to many skywatchers in the United States, the skies there are being sprayed in every state, nearly 24/7. Citizens of the great nation of the U.S.A. can no longer gaze upon a blue sky. The daily reality is now a horizon-to-horizon mass of whitish chemtrail goop. The chemtrail haze blocks out a significant percentage of sunlight reaching Earth and the effects of this will continue to be felt for humans as well as plant and animal life. These effects include, but are not limited to:  a decrease in vitamin d absorption for humans, decreased photosynthesis, stunted plant growth, tree death, increased rates of depression and fatigue, and a decrease in pineal gland activation in humans. 

The current situation in Southeast is only marginally better. We still occasionally get a chemtrail-free day with a blue sky. However, on a recent trip I had occasion to witness one horrific spraying episode above my head. I was able to snap some pretty good photographs of the aerial drone assault, complete with checkerboard patterns. The reptilian elites really love to laugh at us, don’t they?

I have in front of me the April 22nd edition of the New York Times, International Edition. The Times has been deconstructed and eviscerated by numerous intellectuals  for many decades, so it’s hardly worth commenting on. However, this copy literally fell onto my lap while I was eating lunch yesterday, so I gave it a glance. On the front page, there is an article with the headline ‘Is it O.K. to tweak nature to fight climate change?‘ The article is written by some corporate hack  named ‘Jon Gertner’, a Cornell boy who gets his articles and books published by Jew-owned N.Y. Times, Jew-owned Penguin, and Jew-owned Random House.

When the controllers wish to tell us, the people, what they are going to do in the near future, they typically will insert an obvious hint in television or movies. In conspiracy circles, we call this ‘predictive programming.’ But we haven’t yet invented a word or phrase to describe the action of telling us what they have been doing. Such is the case with articles like this.

I encourage my readers to juxtapose the photos below with the article to get a clear idea of the lengths that these people will go to in order to mock us. Gertner, along with the Harvard ‘scientist’ he interviews, David Keith, wants us to believe that geoengineering is just a ‘theory’, something that they ‘are studying’, and might put into application many years into the future. In fact, as anyone who bothers to look at the sky knows, geoengineering, aka chemtrailing, has been an ongoing project for at least the last 20 years, and possibly much longer. Either Gertner and Keith have never looked up from their desks at the sky, or they a just writing this piece out of boredom. The NY TImes is run out of Langley, and we know the CIA loves to have a laugh at our expense.

The article is also bizarre on another level. Gertner quotes Keith as saying that geoengineering is a crazy idea that could easily spin out of control and do more harm than good. Nevertheless, Keith is going to  research it anyway. Even if we take the entire article at face value, that  line of reasoning would qualify Keith as a sociopath, at the very least. As most scientists today fit into that category, that’s hardly news, but it’s worth noting.

 


A Bill Mollison tribute

I learned a few days ago of the passing of Bill Mollison. While few people outside of the organic and sustainable farming community have ever heard of him, his legacy has already spread to every continent and will continue to grow in the years and the decades ahead. There’s a good chance that the farmer whose organic produce you are eating has studied and implemented many of the permaculture principles that Mollison developed back in the 1970s along with David Holmgren.* The theories on gardening and farming which tried to mimic nature instead of subduing it  would later be put into print in such books as ‘Permaculture One’ and ‘The Permaculture Designer’s Manual.’

I had already developed an interest in organic gardening and farming back in 1996 when I first came across the term ‘permaculture.’ I learned that there were a group of visionaries who were ‘going beyond’ organics and attempting to develop whole systems of sustainable living which including not only food production but also sustainable housing, energy production, village design and social dynamics. This small but growing nucleus of visionaries were putting Mollison’s principles into practice in various rural communities and small homesteads, refining and adapting them to fit into different regions, climates, and micro-climates. Mollison’s core group of students from the late 1970s and 1980s soon became teachers themselves and ,through hundreds of permaculture designer training courses,  spread the knowledge of the techniques and theories far and wide. Today, you can find farmers and gardeners practicing permaculture in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and North America.

 

I never got the chance to meet Mollison in person though I did have the opportunity to study with some of his students including Peter Bane, Chuck Marsh, and the Bullock brothers in Washington state.  Mollison was rumored to be irascible, rude-tempered, impatient, and provocative. Some found his personality and temperament to be offensive and there was, for a time, a split within the permaculture community over the ‘cult’ of Mollison. However, this drama eventually subsided as Mollison retired from teaching and the movement developed organically, without leaders and gurus.

Permaculture has evolved in leaps and bounds since its introduction almost 40 years ago. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, more books have been written on the subject since ‘Permaculture One’ was published in 1978. Dozens of websites connect practitioners from all over the world who now exchange information, techniques, and knowledge. No matter where you live, there’s a good chance you can find someone offering a course in the core principles. Three-day introductory courses to two-week or even one-month designer courses are regularly offered in most regions of the U.S., Australia, and Canada.

For those who have no knowledge of experience in permaculture and want to get a quick introduction without  leaving home or reading a book, two excellent documentaries are available to watch for free on youtube: ‘In Grave Danger of Falling Food’ and ‘The Global Gardener.’

 

 

Surviving the mid-life crisis

While some might debate whether the transition from young adulthood  to middle-age is traumatic enough to be labeled a ‘crisis,’  there’s no doubt  that for most of us, saying ‘goodbye’ to our youth is not an easy task.

I was the youngest child with three siblings, two of whom are considerably older than me. Hence, I was always and constantly referred to as ‘my younger brother.’  My parents, of course, called me ‘our youngest son.’ I must have heard the words ‘youngest’ and ‘younger’ tens of thousands of times. By and by, I began to think that being the young one was part of my identity, that I would always be younger than everyone else in the room.

Furthermore, many of my friends during my teenage and young adult years were older than me by quite a number of years. I enjoyed going to parties and events where I was the ‘kid’ in the crowd.

Physically, I had a youthful face throughout my 20s. I kept myself in good shape through running, biking, and martial arts during my 20s and 30s. When I was 35, people were guessing that I was 25.  I had no problem keeping up with my 20-something friends. I began to feel that this situation could go on indefinitely. Nature, however, had other plans.

I remember clearly when ‘it’ happened. In my 37th year, my  hormones began to perform their pre-programmed function, and the switch was flipped. Nature is so ruthless and dispassionate in the way it goes about changing our bodies. It  doesn’t give us any warning signs, nor does it  go about things gradually, step by step. NO. The changes come all at once. 

I remember in my 36th year, I noticed a couple of white hairs in my beard, but I wasn’t unduly alarmed. “Oh look, a couple of white hairs, how interesting,” was my attitude. A year later, those few white hairs covered 60-70 percent of my beard. What the hell was going on? Then the thinning of my hair began and I developed the classic bald spot on the crown of my head. A kind doctor suggested to me that I should start wearing a cap during the daytime so that I wouldn’t get ‘sunburned’ on the top of my head. I wanted to smack him.

Strangely colored  and unsightly moles sprouted like mushrooms on my back, arms, torso, ears, and every other spot on my body. This concerned me so much that I felt I had better visit a dermatologist. (Everything was benign.)  The hairs that I was rapidly losing on the crown of my head and my hairline were mysteriously reappearing inside my ears, where I could neither see them nor trim them. I had a new request each time I visited the barbershop: “Please don’t forget the ears.”

I had always been slightly underweight, hovering around 160-170 pounds, but now suddenly belly fat accumulated around my waist. My pant-size increased noticeably. Gravity had taken hold of the skin under my chin. The white hair virus reached into my nose hairs and even my eyebrows, for chrissake.

All of these changes occurred over the period of one year. I recall waking up one morning, going to the mirror, gazing at myself, blinking, and thinking, “Who the hell is that person?  That pudgy, white-haired, middle-aged man can’t be me.” The first of the five stages of death and dying had arrived- denial. ‘This can’t be happening. There’s no way.  There must be some mistake. This is all happening too soon. Isn’t this supposed to happen in my 50s?’ And so on.

After a  couple of months of denial, anger soon erupted, mostly at God. Who else to blame? Luckily, at the time, I had a big punching bag hanging from the tree in the backyard and I went outside nightly to pound on it with punches and kicks.

Adding to my misery during this dreadful time, I had a number of teeth problems that needed to be dealt with. In the following years, I  made numerous  visits to the Emergency room for a variety of freak accidents, food poisonings, eye infections, and a bout with walking pneumonia. I started to use phrases like, “My doctor.”

I became jittery and nervous every time I felt a weird sensation or feeling anywhere in my body; I was a bit neurotic.  At this time, I started work on the night shift at the hospital. I read articles that showed statistics of how much more often night shift workers died of heart attacks. Two years later, my friend and colleague died of a heart attack. I knew it was time to get out of that job.

I’m 50 now, and the phrase ‘middle-aged man’ no longer bothers me. I’ve learned, finally, how to savor and appreciate this time of my life.  I appreciate the perspective that  the advancing years gives me and have no wish to relive those difficult years of my 20s and 30s. It’s been said that life never gets easier as you get older- your strength and ability to deal with problems just gets stronger. I think that is true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dissecting the techno cheerleaders in the media

Humanity is on an inexorable march towards transhumanism. Led by the likes of ‘futurist’ Ray Kurzweil, the transhumanist propaganda machine utilizes the media to its full potential  and employs a small army of writers, bloggers, and media personalities. A big part of this propaganda push is to continually hammer home a number of themes, such as technological progress is always positive (or at least that the benefits always outweigh the negative consequences). In close tandem with this notion is the idea that anyone who opposes the new is better paradigm is an old-fashioned, out-of-touch fuddy-duddy.

The relentlessly upbeat cheerleading that accompanies articles about technology, especially stories discussing the release of updated smartphones and related gadgets, can be seen in all mass market magazines and newspapers. There is no subtlety or nuance in most of these articles, no shades of grey.

Let’s examine a recent article in the mass media to see how this brainwashing works. The article is titled, oddly enough, “The Idiot Box,” and I found it in a glossy magazine marketed to wealthy expatriates in Southeast Asia. The author, some guy named Michael Arnold, opines that modern technological gadgets such as the Ipad are great for kids because they give them unlimited knowledge at their fingertips. Arnold tries, quite awkwardly and unconvincingly, to knit the history of  television into his argument and even manages to throw out the epithet ‘luddite’ to discredit people who question the transhumanist juggernaut.

The author begins by stating that he finds arguments against humanity’s overreliance on technology to be not ‘particularly compelling.’ He then goes on to say that arguments against the Ipad are the same arguments used against the personal computer, the world wide web and the television. The inference here is that since all those inventions have turned out so wonderfully for humanity, why worry about putting Ipads into the hands of five-year-olds?

According to Arnold, we humans have not become too reliant on machines and technology and in fact we need more!  Perhaps he missed the story last week of the guy who drove his car off a cliff because he was using his GPS instead of his eyes, a map, and common sense. Or maybe he missed the story of the three men who have died recently in Taiwan after gaming for  days in internet cafes without food, drink, or water. He hasn’t  noticed stories  of kids around the world who literally go into severe withdrawal when their digital toys are taken from them? Perhaps he hasn’t  seen, as I have, people who cannot sleep at night unless the television screen is playing in front of their bed. Did he not catch the recent story from China  which stated that the Chinese government has recognized internet addiction as one of the most serious crises facing the youth of China and has taken measures to combat it, including setting up treatment centers for hooked teenagers?

Arnold says that those of us who question the technological juggernaut have a ‘fear of change’ and since change is the defining characteristic of our age, we need to get over it. Indeed, change does define the 20th century, but this change didn’t just happen by accident. It was planned, and the results of that change have been the destruction of the family and the disintegration of society.

The next paragraph is where Mr. Arnold really outs himself. He writes that parents who ban television in the home are ‘extreme’ and that television was ‘the greatest medium of communication’ of our parents’ age. Television, according to Arnold, gave us ‘unprecedented exposure to human drama, stories with actual morals, and information about the outside world.’ What’s more, those silly cartoons taught him ‘how to have the strength to forgive.’ Now, I don’t know if  he really believes all this or if he is just reading from a template, but this is naive and absurd beyond belief. Does Mr. Arnold know who really invented television, and for what purposes? Does he know anything about Walt Disney and his shady background, including his links to Intelligence and occult societies?  Has he not read Aldous Huxley, Neil Postman, or Jerry Mander? Does he know who Edward Bernays was?

Arnold then blithely states that ‘rather less credence is given to the demonization of television nowadays.’ Oh, really? And from where did he pull that fact? Actually, the evidence demonstrating the destructive influence of television is far greater and more compelling than it was 50 years ago when intellectuals and concerned parents were complaining about it.

Now that his mask is off, Arnold cannot help himself and starts to really lay it on thick, gleefully stating that we (the television generation) are ‘eager for our kids to enjoy the kind of quality entertainment we remember having back then.’ Wow. Quality entertainment?? What is this guy talking about?

He doesn’t wish for his kids to spend their time reading the classics, or going to museums, or playing outside, or doing sports, or hiking in nature. Instead, he wants them inside watching reruns of ‘quality’ entertainment, such as Happy Days and Starsky and Hutch. 

 

No, they’re not doing math or reading biology. They’re playing games. Sorry, parents.

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I would love to send the author a copy of Mark Bauerlein’s 2009 book titled The Dumbest Generation, in which he thoroughly demolishes the argument put forward by techno enthusiasts that Ipads, computers, and smart phones make kids smarter and improve their academic performance.

Finally, Arnold relates the story of Steve Jobs not allowing his kids to play with the Ipad. To mention this story is a risky move , as it might blow a hole in his ‘tech gadgets are cool’ argument. He spins it my calling Jobs a ‘notorious hippie,’ and then, in a bizarre turn of logic, casts himself as risk taker by allowing his kids to use these devices. Come again? Let’s see if we can wrap our brains around that one. Arnold says that he is not following the example set by Jobs, and is therefore going his own way. He’s a conformist, but kind of a rebel at the same time. Get it?

In fact, this guy is doing what 99.99 percent of all parents are doing nowadays: letting their kids run loose with tech gadgets from  infancy onwards and hoping for the best. Arnold and people like him are the worst kind of spineless conformists, cloaking their naivete, ignorance  and cowardice in a thin veneer of pseudo-intellectualism.

 

The vaccination war has begun

The recent story concerning kids at Disneyland who contracted measles is confirmation that we are now in the midst of a global war between two opposing camps. One one side we have the WHO, the CDC, the AMA, the entire allopathic medical industry, the Gates Foundation, most governmental health ministries, the brainwashed masses  and of course the corporate media. On the other side, we have freedom loving individuals who have educated themselves about vaccines and who dare to claim ownership over their own bodies.

The Disneyland story can only be viewed within this larger context of the war to determine whether we, as sovereign individuals,have the right to  determine what we put into our bodies and whether governments can violate that right in the name of ‘public safety and welfare.’ If you care to see just how confused the average person is over this simple issue, simply ask him, “Do you own your body?” Just a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’  answer will suffice. Watch how many people struggle over this and stumble through an answer. If they don’t  respond with a resounding “Hell yes!” then you know you are talking to a someone who has been conditioned to a hitherto unimaginable extent.

The anti-vaccintion campaign- I would not yet call it a movement- is making strides. Through the internet,  more and more people are becoming educated on the issue. They are reading the reports on links to autism and a host of other diseases, including AIDS. They are reading what’s actually in the vaccines. They are reading reports of deaths and crippling permanent injuries.  And slowly but steadily, people are fighting back. They are refusing vaccinations for themselves and for their children.

But TPTB (the powers that be) are fighting back, just as we knew they would. This ridiculous non-story about kids and measles in Disneyland is only the beginning. Expect to see many, many more such stories in the months and years ahead. We will see a non-stop campaign of fear mongering, disinformation, lies, obfuscation, and deceit. H1N1. Avian flu, swine flu, measles, polio, ebola……the list is endless. And they will add a new disease every year. The new ‘disease’ will be hyped in the corporate press, the fear mongering will go into overdrive, actors will be hired (check out the crisis actors who supposedly had ‘ebola’ in Africa)  and finally the solution will be rolled out in the form of- you got it- a vaccine.

Anybody with a lick of common sense could see right through the silly Disneyland story. Even before any facts had been uncovered, such as how many of those kids had been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, journalists and the gullible public were screaming hysterically. Predictably, and on-cue, many were quoted as saying, “It’s the fault of parents who didn’t vaccinate their children!”  Never mind that measles is a benign disease which hardly ever kills anyone. Never mind that all of our grandparents had it and got through it just fine. Never mind that just a couple generations ago, parents would purposely have their kids contract measles by placing them near a child who had it, thereby gaining immunity.  Fear, emotion, and knee-jerk reactions have replaced reason, analysis, and facts.

 

 

 

 

Shooting down the ‘Fear the Sun’ psy-op

Of all the sinister psy-ops inflicted on the hapless and ignorant masses over the last century, one of the most evil is ‘the sun causes cancer’ campaign. The ability of the NWO minions to get the population to believe almost anything is truly breathtaking.  Our sun, the giver and sustainer of all life on this planet, the source of most ancient religions, the bringer of warmth and light , has been deftly turned into something to be feared and avoided. How remarkable is that?

People have now been trained to robotically repeat catch phrases like ‘UV radiation’,  ‘SPF 15’, ‘increased risk of skin cancer’ and so on. Go to any  popular beach on a sunny summer day and witness thousands of sheeple dutifully slathering themselves head to toe in gooey layers of toxic chemicals, popularly known as ‘sunscreen.’ These lotions, produced by mega transnationals and endorsed by organizations such as the CDC and the AMA, are sold by the tens of millions. The sunbathers  pat themselves on the back for doing the right thing and taking proper precautions.

Mmmm, jar o’ chemicals:

 

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Interestingly, I currently live in a country where this fear and loathing of the sun has been taken to extremes.  Many Asian cultures, including Viet Nam, have a complicated relationship to the sun and tanned or dark skin. Historically, because the poor classes and farmers had to work outdoors, dark skin became associated with poverty and ignorance. Conversely, light skin was associated with the upper classes, wealth, and a life of leisure. To this day, many Vietnamese, especially women, will go to great lengths to keep their skin as white and pale as possible. They avoid the sun at all costs and sometimes even try to augment their whiteness with creams, lotions or even surgery. Watching Vietnamese women covering themselves from head to toe when venturing outside on a motorbike is an experience. Most of the women I know here laugh good naturedly when I tease them about this and reply, “I know. We look like ninjas, right?”

 

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Actually, they look more like a technician wearing a hazardous material (Hazmat) suit venturing into nuclear waste site. Even when it is 40 degrees celsius outside, the women wear gloves, thick socks, thick sweaters, hoods, and face masks to make sure that not even one square centimeter of their body is exposed to the sun. When queried, they reply with a series of responses both cultural and pseudo-scientific:  “Sun is not good for you!  UV radiation is dangerous! I don’t want my skin to be black!”

When I tell my students that sunlight is actually good for you, they look at me with extreme skepticism, and sometimes downright hostility, as if I am trying to pull a fast one on them. Even when I show studies detailing the importance of vitamin D, and its crucial role in preventing a wide variety of diseases, they are not convinced.

 

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The fact is, mainstream science has not produced any convincing evidence linking sunlight exposure to skin cancer. What they have managed to do produce is a massive fear campaign, coupled with disinformation and bad science. Hundreds of millions of people are now crippling themselves with a double whammy: reducing their intake of crucial vitamin D and absorbing carcinogenic toxic chemicals contained in the sunscreens. Chemicals produced in some factory are never good for humans, in any form, whether inhaled, injected, swallowed, drunk or rubbed onto the skin.

 

Sunlight does not cause skin cancer

 

 

 

It’s the chemtrails, stupid

Back in 2008,  I moved from rural Northern California to Portland, Oregon. A month after arriving, I suddenly became quite ill with a ferocious hacking cough which wouldn’t relent even for a minute. I had never coughed like that in my entire life. I couldn’t manage to clear my throat or take anything to soothe it, even temporarily.  In desperation, I walked a few blocks to the nearest hospital and checked myself into the emergency room. The kindly physician informed me that I had ‘walking pneumonia,’ likely caused by the recent spell of cold and damp weather. He gave me medicine and inhalers to provide symptomatic relief. It took nearly a month to completely clear myself of symptoms.

A year later, I moved up north to Seattle. During the two years that I lived there, I continually experienced a variety of unusual symptoms which I had never had  before, including burning, watery  eyes, constant thick yellow mucus- often tinged with blood- and irritability. The obvious culprits-allergies caused by pollens, dust etc. and smog related pollution- didn’t seem to fit the bill.

Now I live in a large city in Southeast Asia. I recently got over a persistent and relentless cough which lasted for a month. When I described my symptoms to colleagues, many of them informed me that they were experiencing the exact same thing. I heard comments such as, “It’s the damnedest thing. I can’t figure it out.” And “I’ve never had anything like this before.”

I believe there is a common link to these stories. I don’t think I had walking pneumonia in Portland, allergic reactions in Seattle or acute sensitivity to smog and motorbike exhaust here in Viet Nam. I think in all three cases that I was suffering from acute poisoning from chemtrail residue. All three of the cities where I have recently lived have been heavily sprayed with chemtrails , often on a daily basis. In Portland and Seattle, the spraying would typically  start in the late morning and reach a crescendo in the late afternoon when I experienced my symptoms.

A story recently posted on ZenGardner’s website goes into some detail the theory of Dr. Leonard  Horowitz who states that the American population is being deliberately poisoned and made sick by elements within the U.S. government. The article is well worth reading.

Dr. Horowitz says that the large numbers of people being admitted to hospital emergency rooms with upper respiratory infections do not have a ‘mystery flu’ or walking pneumonia. Doctors are misdiagnosing these people. What’s really happening is a massive campaign of poisoning from the upper atmosphere. Planes are spraying the populations, like insects, with ethylene dibromide, which is mixed into the jet fuel. This causes a general immune suppression in the population. The weakened populace are then susceptible to opportunistic infections, such as micoplasmas which have been patented by the U.S. military and its biological warfare division.

The theory made sound like a wild conspiracy to the uninitiated, but after you’ve studied the modus operandi of the moneyed elites and the occultists who run this world, it sounds perfectly plausible. Chemtrailed skies are now a daily occurrence, both here and in most countries of the world. It is the ‘new normal’ and few even bother to comment on it anymore. Humanity has seen the last of pristine blue skies and we have not even bothered to mourn.

The sheeple may not bother to look up or to care what is happening over their heads, but these respiratory infections will only increase in number.  The medical establishment will find it increasingly difficult to continue diagnosing everybody with the ‘flu.’

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.’