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Death by government

Governments are responsible for more death and destruction than any other cause.

The figures quoted by RJ Rummel in Death by Government reflect the view that blame for the world wars of the 20th century resides with national governments and that the Russian revolution was a national phenomenon. These are demonstrably false perceptions. Nonetheless, national governments are the conduits of power for the real culprits - all wars are banksters wars.

A World Without Nation-States by Mark Nestmann
[Catalhoyuk was] the first large human settlement after the ice age and also the most concentrated. [It] had no government and no priesthood. And it thrived for 1,400 years. Two thousand families lived in this compact city between 7,400 BC and 6,000 BC, with no master and no overseer. There was no courthouse, no tax collector, no central administration of any kind … 
The first real human city was an anarchy [a state with no central authority] … it thrived for 1400 years; longer than Rome, Greece, or any of the Sumerian or Egyptian Dynasties.

The question we need to ask and consider deeply, is by what authority do governments commit murder?

The real issue is belief in authority. When humans abdicated responsibility for themselves and each other to "authority" our problems began. We are farmed as cattle.

In plain site

Critical Thinking recently embarked on exploring Astrotheology and it's a very broad subject with many disparate aspects. The working hypothesis is that since civilisation began, astrology and astronomy have played a significant role in beliefs and are means of control, historically through religion. Today, money, media and science are the new religions and CERN seems to be integral to the development of the "new world order".

We pay a lot of attention to what people say but the more telling indication of where the world is heading is what is done, rather than what is said. For example, the rise of androgyny goes beyond tolerance; there is something deeper and more sinister at play.

This stuff may seem an irrelevant destraction from the political economy but there is too much evidence of Satanism and child abuse/sacrifice, within the circles of power, to be ignored. Note the reference to the Rothschild controlled Economist magazine, in 1988, predicting the rise of a global (one world) currency in 2018.

In no particular order

The debate around intelligent design, accidental evolution and the origins of life and the universe is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon but increasingly, the balance of argument seems to be shifting away from the certainty of both atheism and religious belief. Science has moved beyond Einstein's theory of relativity although has yet to explain how we and the universe came to exist.

Proof Of 'God Playing Dice With The Universe' Found In The Sun's Interior by Ethan Siegel
In the 1920s, the world of physics was swept by two major revolutions: General Relativity, which put forth spacetime and the fact that matter and energy curved it as the cause of gravitation, and quantum mechanics, which detailed that all the particles in the Universe also acted like waves. Because of some fundamental properties in quantum physics, it was inherently a non-deterministic theory, meaning that you could only talk about probabilities of certain outcomes occurring, rather than knowing what would result from a particular setup. Two of the most important physicists of the time, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, had a number of famous (and public) debates over whether the Universe was inherently deterministic or not, with Einstein arguing yes and Bohr arguing no.

In looking for answers, it seems we cannot rely on science and empirical evidence alone; great thinkers, such as Pythagoras, sought answers beyond abstract rationality and undoubtedly there is much more to these issues than we currently understand. Natural Inclusion is concerned with looking beyond the empirical to within ourselves to recognise our true nature and our "place" in the universe.

The Vitality of the Intangible by Alan Rayner
Crossing The Threshold Between Abstract Materialism and Natural Reality

With worldwide signs of growing awareness of Inclusionality, at all levels in Science, Systems and Spirit, there are reasons of hope for our Society. In this paper I first will describe the concept of inclusionality and its impact for each of us and for our Systems. What is the essence, does it make sense, and if yes, how does it make sense? According to biologist Alan Rayner, inclusionality is “an awareness that space, far from passively surrounding and isolating discrete massy objects, is a vital dynamic inclusion within, around and permeating natural form across all scales of organisation, allowing diverse possibilities for movement and communication. Correspondingly, boundaries are no fixed limits – smooth, space-excluding, Euclidean lines or planes – but rather are pivotal places comprising complex, dynamic arrays of voids and relief that emerge from and pattern the co-creative togetherness of inner and outer domains, as in the banks of a river”. Cognate concepts as autopoiesis, holarchy and cocreation will also be described. Next I will shortly explore which attemps are being made by our Institute to bring inclusionality into practice. It can be seen as an unfolding process with many counterforces, from inside and outside, with Nature as a mirror and a mentor, combined with lessons and tools from spiritual intelligence, nonviolent communication, as well as from the the cocreators agreements, in the evolutionary process of ‘being, becoming and dissolving’. An open-end story about ‘how we can become (inclusive) intelligent enough to survive and convive as an interdependent society in biocultural diversity’.  

The Nine Spiritual Capacities by Roy Reynolds
“The human person is a threshold where many infinities meet.” - John O’Donohue
“What we call ‘I’ is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.” - Shunryu Suzuki

Despicable UK

Cognitive dissonance abounds throughout the world but the reality gap in the UK yawns to obscenity. Whether we're talking about the planned Grenfell Inquiry (pre-ordained whitewash like every other such inquiry), the militarisation of police or the corrupt judiciary and the abuse of children, media reporting in the UK is at an all time low. Common Purpose and other sinister forces have closed down real journalism in the public sphere. Fortunately for us, there are alternative sources of information.

UK Column News - 15th September 2017 (47 minutes)

Within yesterday's broadcast, UK Column recommended Peter Cherbi's blog for information on the conflicts of interest in the Scottish judicial system and the wider implications.

SUPREME SECRETS: UK Supreme Court refuses to publish recusal data - Court rejects release of info on UKSC justices' conflicts of interest in response to Freedom of Information recusals probe on top UK court
Top UK court obstructed Scots media judicial recusals probe. THE UK Supreme Court (UKSC) has refused to disclose how many of it’s justices have recused themselves from court hearings over conflicts of interest or requests to step aside from cases.

UK Column also highlights the move towards the police state in which all dissent is quashed.

The race is on: awareness versus repression.