It’s no secret that the United Nations, with assistance from members of the Executive and Legislative branches in the United States, has been actively working to reduce Americans’ accessibility to firearms. In 2012 President Obama, along with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, spearheaded a backdoor move that would have imposed gun control on the United States through foreign means by signing a global disarmament initiative known as the Small Arms Treaty. Though that attempt failed, mass shooting incidents at Sandy Hook and elsewhere have kept the pressure on gun owners with the President having made repeated suggestions that he would mandate gun restrictions through Executive Order should state and federal legislatures fail to act.
Given the rocky history between America’s gun owners and the United Nations, chances are that the push for disarmament will continue with more ferver than ever before. In fact, a recent job posting at the United Nations website suggests that the organization is not only working to get guns out of the hands of American citizens, they are actively preparing personnel to assist in what they call “disarmament, demobilization and reintegration” activities. And if that’s not bad enough, the duty station for this key U.N. Peacekeeping Operations department is New York city, suggesting that the organization believes such operations may be commencing in the United States at some point in the future. …
Remember when in January 2014, Q1 GDP was expected to rise 2.6%? Well, here comes the final Q1 GDP revision and it’s a doozy: at -2.9%, far below the -1.8% expected and well below the -1.0% second revision, it is an absolute disaster, and is the worst print since Q1 2009.
And while a bad GDP print was largely expected, the driver wasn’t: personal consumption expenditures somehow crashed from 3.1% to just 1.0%, far below the 2.4% expected, meaning that all hope of a consumer recovery is dead. Finally, as a reminder, US GDP has never fallen more than 1.5% except during or just before an NBER-defined recession since quarterly GDP records began in 1947. Good luck department of truth propaganda machine, because even assuming 3% growth every other quarter in 2014 means 2014 GDP will be 1.5% at best!
Is it possible their assessment of popular sentiment was so off base? It seems doubtful. My guess is these projections were only for public consumption. Still, to the extent they were taken seriously, it reflects a loss not just of control but even the ability to measure public opinion. It would be amusing if all the market manipulations left the banksters holding the bag, trying to prop up the market long after the “suckers” had left. Except they’ll find a way to socialize the cost.
The phrase “social control” raises the question of who is doing the controlling, but I’m usually using the term in a broader sense of the self-perpetuating patterns of child abuse and neglect in this culture and how they sustain the social and economic systems which in turn tend to perpetuate them. The system is an entity composed of mutually reinforcing (collectively autocatalytic) and entangled feedback loops on many nested levels (neurological, psychological, social, political and economic). This nested looping structure is the causal structure of a biological system. Your body is a totalitarian dictatorship consisting of individual cells. What would happen if those cells were conscious enough to see their individual lives in the overall context of the body? The internet may allow that to happen on a planetary level.
Predictably, the power imbalance between children and adults, combined with unconscious repetition of parenting behavior tends to harm children as a group, and their neurological adaptation to this harm resonates throughout the culture, creating a “standing wave” of violence and abuse in each new generation and re-expressed in our economic and political systems, giving rise to the reptilian “body” we inhabit today. If we are to create a peaceful world we need to populate it with peaceful people. We are always only a generation away from doing so.
We all gain or lose from the emergent evolution or devolution of the cultural body we inhabit. Everyone loves their children. In that sense, our aspirations are one with those of the “ruling elite”, whose “rule” turns out to be delusional in that even they cannot escape their own childhoods.
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Because he hates our “freedom”.
Just close your eyes and keep pretending that daddy warbucks really wants to protect you. Or he’ll kill you.
… The GIPSA rules—let’s call them “fair farm rules” for short—were proposed back in 2010 and designed to address the growing power of just a few corporations in the increasingly consolidated meat industry. Nationally, the top four companies in each industry slaughter four out of every five beef cattle, two out of three hogs and three out of five chickens. At the local or regional level, one company often controls an even larger percentage of the market.
Tim Gibbons, of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, says that consolidation has meant “the meatpackers report huge profits, while farmers’ share of the retail dollar has gone down dramatically—and consumers still see food prices rising at the grocery store.” In Missouri, Gibbons adds, thousands of independent small and mid-size family hog farmers have gone out of business because they don’t have access to a fair market. “Because of massive corporate control of the market, we’ve lost 91 percent of hog producers in Missouri since 1985. That’s over 20,000 farmers and many, many jobs in our rural communities.”
It’s not much better on the consumer side. Continue reading “Food” Monopolies Lobbying to Crush Protections for Small Farmers