Only from the weight of evidence provided by comparative study of many information sources,
can one hope to reach a convincing conclusion.
Born of the Bank of Ideas and the Occupy movement, Critical Thinking is a collaborative research project to understand contemporary affairs in the context of financial markets, commerce, media, government and public institutions. It is a process by which we are continuously learning and refining our world view in the light of new information - learning never ceases. The narrative is never settled.
Our work to date reveals that power resides with a narrow elite whose wealth and power is derived from:
The ruling clique (RC) have remained dominant through collusion while fostering systemic division, competition and conflict around the world. Competition is promoted at all levels, between individuals, organisations, nations, religions, cultures, ethnic groups etc.
Divisions and false perceptions are accentuated by the way in which the "other" is perceived. Kai sent this short video, based on Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, which touches on how, in an age of "business at the speed of thought" and soundbite politics, we're prone to make judgements which, on deeper reflection, are flawed and often just wrong. Without the time to reflect and consider errors of judgement are compounded, leading to a totally flawed world view.
Last Friday, Daily Pickings briefly referred to oil in discussing market manipulation and the absence of economic recovery. Geopolitical analyst William Engdahl explains oil price manipulation in the context of war on Bashar Assad in Syria, Iran and Russia, highlighting a pivotal meeting on 11th September this year between US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia with 9/11 insider, Prince Bandar (aka. Bandar-Bush), in attendance.
The Kerry-Abdullah Secret Deal And An Oil-Gas Pipeline War On Iran, Syria And Russia By F. William Engdahl (H/T)
The details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called IS. It involves oil and gas control of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi King. The unintended consequence will be to push Russia even faster to turn east to China and Eurasia.
In August this year, Daily Pickings referred to an article by Engdahl which gives context to the creation of IS (ISIS or ISIL).
James Corbett of the Corbett Report discusses the psychology of control in this half-hour interview, in which he talks about our conditioning to obey orders from figures of authority (genuine or bogus).
The interview starts with reference to Corbett's recent podcast which was in the guise of advice or "guidance" to a recently elected president from a member of the "shadow government" or ruling clique (RC).
Event reminder: Concentrated Power and Consequences 7-9pm tomorrow at the LSE, London
But citizens across the US, UK and Europe are awakening from their long induced, brainwashed slumber through glimpses of reality from independent media and commentators who have no underlying agenda other than to expose the truth, much of which is obvious to those beyond the reach of the BBC and corporate media.
The escalating belligerence towards Russia (and China) and the fabricated demonisation of Putin risks turning regional conflict into all out global warfare. If we the people, don't reign in our representatives by removing them from power, we are culpable.
In all world polls, the US ranks as the greatest threat to world peace. Washington has made our country a despised nation, and we the people have done nothing about it.
You would never know this from the US print or TV media or even from most of the UK and Western European media.