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Syria narratives

Recently, Atmen highlighted the disconnect between BBC/MSM narratives derived from their "sources" and reporting on the ground which debunks the anti-Assad propaganda to reveal the real authors of death, destruction and misery in Syria.

atmen - narratives: Syria

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On the road to Babylon

Google has its tentacles in every facet of our lives and is moving into "healthcare" - an inversion; healthcare is neither about health nor care - it's about money and power. Power over us. Google bought Deepmind in 2010 which is melding Artificial Intelligence (AI) into data collection and processing within the UK's National Health System (NHS).

DeepMind now has an ethics unit – which may have helped when it ate 1.6m NHS patient details by Kat Hall
Better late than never, I guess
Google's controversial DeepMind has created an ethics unit to "explore and understand" the real-world impacts of Artificial Intelligence.
The DeepMind Ethics & Society (DMES) group will be comprised of both full-time DeepMind employees and external fellows.
It will be headed by technology consultant Sean Legassick and former Google UK/EU policy manager and government adviser Verity Harding, while advisers will include Columbia development professor Jeffrey Sachs, climate change campaigner Christiana Figueres and Oxford AI professor Nick Bostrom

Interesting that a "climate change campaigner" is an adviser to this "ethics" group. Google is working hard to keep the climate change gravy train on the rails.

Next up is Babylon, a phone app, set up by two of Deepmind's founders, to substitute for real doctors. The App is effectively a registered NHS GP practice. Again there are data privacy issues.

Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app? by Richard Priday
Hello, hello? No I said a pain in my... Hello?
Londoners are being given the choice of putting their health in the hands of their internet connection, via a 24/7 app-based NHS service which will allow them to have consultations with doctors over video call.
The GP at Hand service has been rolled out for 3.5 million eligible in the UK capital.

Google is at the heart of many agendas for controlling us; it's an intelligence services asset and we know whose interests are served

In the midst of the paeodophile and sexual harassment cases emerging from Hollywood, it's worth recording the role of pornography on the internet. It's one of the biggest sources of online revenue and to varying degrees appears on news and many other sites. Google, as the biggest search engine, is a major factor in online pornography and, like Hollywood, plays its role in undermining the morality of nations, much like the Weimar republic in Germany was corrupted by sex and money before Hitler came to power.

THE SEXUAL DECADENCE OF WEIMAR GERMANY by Lasha Darkmoon
“The decay of moral values in all areas of life—the period of deepest German degradation—coincided exactly with the height of Jewish power in Germany.”  — Dr Friederich Karl Wiehe, Germany and the Jewish Question
No account of the Jewish Question in Germany can be complete without some mention of the tidal wave of sexual immorality that was to engulf the country during the period of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) following World War One. This also happened to be the apogee of Jewish power in Germany. Every single sphere of major influence had now fallen under Jewish control.

See the writing on the wall; the net is closing and it's time to awake to the reality of our condition, before it's too late and George Orwell's vision of the future becomes reality.

"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." - George Orwell

From chaos comes opportunity

With so much happening, seemingly disjointed events are creating layers of conflation and confusion. Using Critical Thinking's analysis won't yet reveal the reality of what's happening in a detailed sense, a co-created narrative will reveal itself in time, but the trajectory is consistent with the 6th iteration of our analysis.

First, Saudi Arabia.

The inside story of the Saudi night of long knives by PEPE ESCOBAR
Princes, ministers and a billionaire are 'imprisoned' in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton while the Saudi Arabian Army is said to be in an uproar
The House of Saud’s King Salman devises an high-powered “anti-corruption” commission and appoints his son, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, as chairman.
Right on cue, the commission detains 11 House of Saud princes, four current ministers and dozens of former princes/cabinet secretaries – all charged with corruption. Hefty bank accounts are frozen, private jets are grounded. The high-profile accused lot is “jailed” at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton.
War breaks out within the House of Saud, as Asia Times had anticipated back in July. Rumors have been swirling for months about a coup against MBS in the making. Instead, what just happened is yet another MBS pre-emptive coup.
A top Middle East business/investment source who has been doing deals for decades with the opaque House of Saud offers much-needed perspective: “This is more serious than it appears. The arrest of the two sons of previous King Abdullah, Princes Miteb and Turki, was a fatal mistake. This now endangers the King himself. It was only the regard for the King that protected MBS. There are many left in the army against MBS and they are enraged at the arrest of their commanders.”

Accepting that Saudi Arabia is a Structural Elite construct controlled via Israel, why would Israel be manipulating the disintegration of Saudi Arabia?

"Explosive" Leaked Secret Israeli Cable Confirms Israeli-Saudi Coordination To Provoke War by Tyler Durden
Early this morning, Israeli Channel 10 news published a leaked diplomatic cable which had been sent to all Israeli ambassadors throughout the world concerning the chaotic events that unfolded over the weekend in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, which began with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's unexpected resignation after he was summoned to Riyadh by his Saudi-backers, and led to the Saudis announcing that Lebanon had "declared war" against the kingdom. 
The classified embassy cable, written in Hebrew, constitutes the first formal evidence proving that the Saudis and Israelis are deliberately coordinating to escalate the situation in the Middle East.

The plans for Greater Israel have been long in gestation and destabilisation and conflict in the region serves their interests well. From chaos comes opportunity.

It is against this background that a UK minister's secret meetings with Israeli officials has hit the headlines. Having breached the ministerial code, Priti Patel (Department for International Development) was reprimanded but then a story breaks (from the Jewish Chronicle) suggesting that British PM, Teresa May, sanctioned both the meetings and the cover-up. Could this be a ploy to bring down the UK government and foment further division? Only time will tell.

Yesterday, Daily Pickings referred to the appointment of a Gentile as Chairman of the Fed, historically, this is not a good omen. The great unwinding of QE has begun and all bets are off as to where this goes. More chaos, more opportunity to accrue wealth and power while leaving the ideologically inclined to fight it out.

Or we could step back from the fray to engage with the "other" to co-create a shared understanding of what is really going on. That these are all manifestations of centralised power versus people.

Without our support, centralised power is powerless.

FED pigeon to carry the can...

Dick Eastman makes the following observations on the appointment of a new Federal Reserve Board (Fed) chair.

"They call Jerome Powell  a centerist or a pigeon, meaning that he likes a little of both hawkish austerity and deflationary restriction of credit which gives bond and cash balance holders an unearned windfall of purchasing power wealth but also "quantative easing" which means the Fed plays in bed money market to the rich when they want to dump under-performing (because of deflation) securities they have purchased or when, buy up bankrupt real assets from the deflation, they exchange their bonds for cash, the mechanism being of course the Open Market Operations (buying and selling of securities by the Fed to a small group of bankers and brokers, which always and only takes place on the second floor of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.  In short Jerome Powell is in the center between damning the people with deflation and austerity but also blessing the rich highest end creditor class with bailouts of securities made toxic by deflation and for ready cash to buy up the bankrupted and distress-sold real assets put on the market in the household sector (which become rental properties), the domestic business sector (which simply vanish or are swallowed up by the corporations owned by the banks and the brokers and often foreign dollar reserve currency holders) and the federal, state and local government with the privatization of public utilities.   But Powell is a gentile, which to all who know the truth about international finance means that his Fed Chairmenship is to be marked by monetary atrocity that they do not want blotting the reputation of Jewish world financial leadership.  Recall how the worst inflation in nearly 200 years occured when Arthur Burns resigned and G. William Miller became president in 1978 and 79  -- while Paul Volker heading the New York Fed reserve bank was flooding the rich with dollars, back in the day when open market purchases by the Fed gave money to players who actually would put it back into the domestic economy -- causing the great inflation that forced the Depository Institution Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 followed, after the S & L diversion of US investment money to junk investments, by the GarnSt. Germain Act of 1982 allowing interstate bank mergers -- which is why Rockefeller's Chase bank bought up Washington Mutual were I banked for many years here in Washington State -- a tangible sign the the Eastern Banking Establishment and their City of London affiliates  owns it all now.  So now you know the truth, truth that is worthless when the people can't really share it, discuss it, organize to fight it and replace it with an honest system that is good for everyone."

The game is a Ponzi scheme in which central banks are the means to hoover up real wealth on the back of fake money.

The signs are on the wall for those prepared to stop and look.

The Federal Reserve Has Just Given Financial Markets The Greatest Sell Signal In Modern American History by Michael Snyder
Why have stock prices risen so dramatically since the last financial crisis?  There are certainly many factors involved, but the primary one is the fact that the Federal Reserve has been creating trillions of dollars out of thin air and has been injecting all of that hot money into the financial markets.  But now the Federal Reserve is starting to reverse course, and this has got to be the greatest sell signal for financial markets in modern American history.  Without the artificial support of the Federal Reserve and other global central banks, there is no possible way that the massively inflated asset prices that we are witnessing right now can continue.

The Fed Actually Begins its QE Unwind by Wolf Richter
But what’s happening with mortgage-backed securities?
Thursday afternoon, the Fed released its weekly balance sheet for the week ending November 1. This completes the first month of the QE unwind, or “balance sheet normalization,” as the Fed calls it. But curious things are happening on the Fed’s balance sheet.

Dick Eastman's immediate thoughts upon first hearing Jerome Powell is being appointed Chairman of the Federal Reserve:
Jerome Powell, a trained corporation lawyer, was appointed to the Federal Reserve Board by Barrak H. Obama and he has been backed by the Chairmanship by Senator Chuck Schumer. As late as October he has been calling for banks to increase their reserves, meaning austerity in lending, meaning deflation which hurts the real economy for the benefit of creditors and bankers. Every time he voted for Quantitative Easing in the default crisis, which means he was in favor the the Fed buying the bad mortgages that had been securitized from the international lenders who bought them, very little of which payment of the securities ever found its way to consumers or investment in the real domestic economy. Jerome Powell has never once been honest in his public statements regarding any of the catastrophic misdeeds at the Fed since the Chairmanship of G. William Miller under whose Fed Chairmanship "quantitative easing" (Fed Open Market Purchases conducted by NYFRP President Paul Volker) brought the nation to its worst inflation ever. Miller was the last Gentile the Money Power permited to become Fed Reserve Chairman, and he was a patsy. Arthur Burns did not want the blood of the double-digit inflation that set up the great S & L default and banking reform scandal that robbed the people of over 500 billion and diverted our investment from infrastructure to speculative junk ventures. I suspect Jerome Powell is being given the job to keep Jewish names clean when the monetary disaster, whatever it will be, obtains.

Here again is my account of the wrongdoings of the Federal Reserve System under its recent past Chairmen:

MY SHORT BUT THOROUGH AND WHOLLY ACCURATE HISTORY OF THE BAD DEEDS OF THE LAST FOUR FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMEN AND FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM DURING EACH OF THEIR TENURES. -- Dick Eastman February 19,2017

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