Monsanto Slammed With $289 Million Verdict In Historic ‘RoundUp’ Cancer Lawsuit

In a case that could halt the development of GM crops around the world, and thus the push by a few global corporations to gain control of the food supply, a court San Francisco this week awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, whose lawyers claimed Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller gave him terminal cancer. The award consists of $40 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.

Johnson’s trial was fast-tracked due to the severe state of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system he says was triggered by Roundup and Ranger Pro, a similar glyphosate based herbicide that he was a=obliged by his job to use up to 30 times per year. His doctors didn’t think he’d live to live to see the verdict.

Johnson told the court that he had been involved in two accidents during his work in which he was soaked with the herbicide. The first of these occurred in 2012. Two years later, the 46-year-old father of two was diagnosed with lymphoma – which has since covered as much as 80% of his body in lesions.

Monsanto says it will appeal the verdict. 

“Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews — and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world — support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement.

Monsanto is now a subsidiary of Germany’s Bayer AG, which closed on its $66 billion purchase of the agrochemical company in June.

On Tuesday, Johnson’s attorney Brent Wisner urged jurors to hold Monsanto liable and slap them with a verdict that would “actually change the world” – after arguing that Monsanto knew about glyphosate’s risks of cancer, but decided to ignore and bury the information.
According to a report in The Guardian, Johnson’s lawsuit against is the first such case against Monsanto to complete the full trial process over allegations that the chemical sold under the Roundup brand is linked to cancer. Thousands have made similar legal claims across the United States. Many of these are still tied up in the labyrinthine procedures of the American justice system and many other complainants have either run out of money or simply given up.

The Johnson case focused on the chemical glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, which Monsanto began marketing as Roundup in 1974.  The company began by presenting it as a “technological breakthrough” that could kill almost every weed without harming humans or the environment. –SHTFplan.com

In September, 2017 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that glyphosates were not likely carcinogenic to humans, based on a decades-long study. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer arm issued an opposite statement – warning that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Johnson’s case is not part of the consolidated proceedings in Missouri, Delaware or California state court, where some 2,000 similar cases are pending. It’s also separate from a federal multidistrict litigation waiting to be heard by US District Judge Vance Chabria of San Francisco – who allowed hundreds of Roundup lawsuits to proceed to trial after ruling that there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases despite calling a plaintiff’s expert opinions “shaky.”

Documents released in August of 2017 led to questions over Monsanto’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup.

As the New York Times commented last year, leaked internal emails, among other things, reveal ethical objections from former employees to “ghost writing” research studies that were pawned off as ‘independent’ analyses.
These documents detail the meaures to which the Monsanto was willing to resport in order to protect its image. Documents show that Henry I. Miller, an academic and a vocal proponent of genetically modified crops, asked Monsanto to draft an article for him that largely mirrored one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. Mr. Miller could not be reached for comment.

A similar issue appeared in academic research. A biologist involved in writing research funded by Monsanto, John Acquavella, a former Monsanto employee, appeared to express discomfort with the process, writing in a 2015 email to a Monsanto executive, “I can’t be part of deceptive authorship on a presentation or publication.” He also said of the way the company was trying to present the authorship: “We call that ghost writing and it is unethical.”

The newly disclosed emails also reveal internal discussions which cast some doubt over whether internal scientists actually believed in the company’s external messaging that Roundup was, in fact, safe. In the bigger picture these documents will throw into doubt legal judgements in many other cases, as they strongly suggest Monsanto have misled the courts in their evidence.

Amazon & Silicon Valley Masters of Universe Push Governments To Nationalize Music Industry

Amazon is leading a well-funded and well organised Silicon Valley campaign to force governments to nationalize the music industry, thereby creating a system where the government props up favoured corporations — such as Amazon — to be beneficiaries of and have control over, while also profiting from, music production.

The Music Modernization Act, which already been prsented in both Houses of the US Congress would create by law, if passed, a “collective” that pays the various beneficiaries of of public funds. The major problem with said “collective,” according to critics, is that it would be run by the government, specifically the U.S. Copyright Office, making it prone to cronyism, corruption, and misappropriation of intellectual property.

And if it becomes law in the USA you can bet the global media corporations will not be long before they are pushing for a similar law in the European Union, Britain, Canada, Australia and Japan just for starters. The good thing here is that such a proposal is not likely to become law as long as Donald J Trump is US President. Remember, the pernicious Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), another example of leftist control freakery rhat would have handed control of law making in sovereign states to corporate lawyers, was pushed by Obama and the EU, defeated by public opinion in Europe and killed by Trump in the USA.

“The so-called Music Modernization Act will destroy the private sectors’ progress by creating a federal mechanical license ‘collective’ which would collect payments and distribute them to the correct parties,” Bryan Crabtree, a pro-Trump author, wrote in NewsMax:

This collective would be funded by a new fee on music services and housed at the U.S. Copyright Office. The bill is perhaps a solution in search of a problem or maybe a power grab by global media corporations. The creation of the collective threatens to drive small record labes and distributors out of the marketplace, killing competition and establishing yet another monopoly in the music industry. Likely, the government would select just one or perhaps two services as their policeman on the beat. The most politically astute (and we know Bezon fancies his chance of succeeding Trump as President,) are the ones that often walk away with the deal, and the The Music Modernization Act looks to be no exception.

The bill passed the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support and made it through the Senate Judiciary Committee already, although it is misleading to talk of bipartisan politcs in the US system, there is one party, the corporate party, Senators and Representatives are its hirelings. We derailed TTIP, we must derail this latest act of corporate piracy heading our way from across the pond.

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Pretend Gangsta Pharrel Williams Advises Europe’s Politicians On Migrant Crisis.
Latest in a long line of performers eager to prove that people who pretend to be things they are not for a living should be content to recite the lines written for them and not offer us their own idiotic thoughts is Pharrell Williams who is famous for wearing silly hats. Mr. Williams has elected himself as spokesperson for oppressed minorities on the topic of Europe’s immigrant crisis.

In Praise Of Sluts – Tits Out For The Boys Miley
In the last 24 hours both Marianne Faithfull and Jacqueline Bisset have criticised today’s young women for dressing provocatively, the teasers for a story in today’s news said.
Marrianne Faithfull, no slouch in the sluttiness stakes herself back in the 1960s but to a teenage male all the more appealing for that (I still get a little tingle when I look at a Mars Bar), told ITV News that Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and other good looking young pop tarts are, quite simply, sluts. She gave her reasoning thus:

Henry Kissinger On The New World Order
OK, let the Politically Correct screechers screech ‘conspiracy Theory’. Kissinger has of course been a long time advocate of corporatist global totalitarian government by elitis oligarchs and has himself used the phrase New World Order to describe what he sees as the best hope for the future and what those of us outside his small elitist clique see as fascism

What Would The Future Look Like Without The Propaganda Happy Pills The arrogance, hubris and contempt for morality displayed by our ruling classes is gobsmacking. Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians seem to think they are untouchable, above the norms and ethics that apply to ordinary mortals and that they are able to rewrite the laws of nature on a whim. We are not just talking about politicians here, but bankers and business leaders, the legal, medical and education professions, public servants, academics and senior police officers.

Ukraine Government Fires Missiles At Rebel Held Targets
Leaders in Washington, London, Paris and Brussels continue to pump out the propaganda against Russia as they try to provoke a war over the alleged shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine by separatist rebels supported by Russia. But in spite of claims by Obama and Kerry that the US have evidence that proves it was the rebels wot done it, the more evidence we see, the more likely it looks that the Ukraine government in Kiev was responsible.

Germany Axes Canada-EU Trade Agreement, This Will End TTIP Stitch Up Too
We are winning. Well today we are at least. News broke over the weekend that Germany intends to junk the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA), a template for the much bigger and therefore more threatening to freedom and democratic rule Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP). So it looks as though the shockwave of the European Parliament elections has awoken politicians to the anger of voters throughout Europe with the dicatorial attitude of the EU.

Mind Control: How It Works and how The Elite Use It
Mind control, the ability of science to deliver a completely compliant and uncomplaining population. It had been the goal of tyrants for over a hundred years, just as the abilty to comtrol human minds and turn us into humandroids has been the goal of mad scientists. But is such scientific advance getting uncomfortably close to reality?

Major Disaster Neeeded To Save The New World Order? What!
A member of the new elite publicly calling for a major distaster to get the push for the so – called “New World Order” and global government back on track? Could there be any more blatant warning that a false flag event or man made catastrophe that will shock the world is coming our way? Read the article and learn that those crazy conspiracy theorists have been telling the truth all along.

Paedophile Former BBC Chauffeur Implicated In Jiummy Savile Scandal Found Dead
The longer this Jimmy Savile paedophile case goes on the worse the stink gets. The establishment is as corrupt as a three month old plague pit.

New World Order
Is there really a shady group of super rich individuals who are collaborating to overthrow the free nations and establish a global oligarchy, Novus Ordo Seclorum, the New World Order,. You have heard all the conspiracy theories, now see the evidence.

Scientific Dictatorship: Totalitarian World Government Is Not A New Idea
Philosopher mathematician and elitist left wing intellectual Bertrand Russell wrote at length of the need for a totalitarian world government to which nations would surrender sovereignty and individuals free will, in his 1952 book The Impact Of Science On Society. The Scientific Dictatorship was not a new idea even then …

So You Think “THE NEW WORLD ORDER” Is Just A Nutty Conspiracy Theory?
Many of us libertarians, lovers of individual treaty, of national community and ethnic cultures have written of the movement towards globalism with its focuse on suppression of cultural and religious differences have been called conspiracy theorists, right wing nut jobs etc. for many years. But is the political right is about power and control, surely libertarianism is the antithesis of that? Read what the global elite say about The New World Order in their own words, then decide for yourself if the conspiracy is just a theory.

 

 

The Best Brexit Option

As the Conservative and Labour Parties tear themselves apart over Brexit, I frequently see and hear people in mainstream media touting as their preferred EU exit outcome one of three options. These are:

Teresa May’s Chequers proposal

A No deal Brexit

Scrap the referendum result and stay in the EU

Of these, the only realistic option is no deal, which, in spire of the forecsts of economic doom and the scaremongering of the Remain camp and the EU itself has been the only viable option since the day after the referendum, when EU officials including Jean – Claude Drunkard and Guy Verhofshit started talking about ‘punishing the UK’ for voting to leave.

As two prominent Leave supporting economists, Roger Bootle and Liam Halligan have recently explained in their newspaper columns, a “no deal” scenario is absolutely fine, it will not mean British companies cannot trade with the EU, but that in future we will trade under the conditions applying to members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Those conditions are similar to EU conditions but do not restrict our ability to trade with non EU nations on mutually agreed terms rather than terms imposed by Brussels, and has the added advantage of leaving no residue from our current relationship with the EU, granting the UK freedom to determine its own domestic and international economic policy. Just like every developed country in the world, outside Europe.

There will be a cost to it to leaving in this way. Trading with the EU would not be as frictionless as it is today. There would be tariffs when selling goods to the EU averaging 3.5%. Exporters would have to register their goods before exporting and 2% of consignments would be subject to customs inspections at the border.

But the cost would be small and more than outweighed by the boost to trade with non EU nations freedom from EU bureaucracy will give. As Bootle pointed out, as WTO members the EU and the UK have treaty obligations to ensure frictionless trade. The practical increase in friction would be minimal. Economist Graham Gudgin and businessman John Mills estimated the cost of the additional obstructions to be around 1% of total UK-EU export costs.

Trading on WTO terms is a well-trodden path. We already trade with most of the non-EU world in this way and indeed, very successfully. More successfully than we trade with the EU, with which we have an enormous trade deficit due to our exporting industries being geared to trading outside the EU.

Other complications like flights could be agreed in a memorandum of understanding, allowing current arrangements to continue until alternative arrangements were made. The remain camp have tried to suggest British people will not be able to travel freely in Europe after Brexit. This is one of their most outrageous lies. I was just old enough to travel widely when we entered the EU in January 1973 and never found any difficulty in having to present my passport at borders.

In exchange for the small loss to our trade with the EU — the part that’s less important, is proportionately shrinking and on which we earn a huge deficit — there would be a large gain in regard to the non-EU part — the part that’s more important, is growing and on which we earn a substantial surplus.

After no deal, Theresa May’s Chequers fudge is the next best option, though worse that trying to reverse the referendum result at this stage, or remaining in the EU on unfavourable terms.

May’s half – in, half – out proposal is worse than EU membership, the only redeeming feature being it gets us out of the EU, which opens the possibility of acting unilaterally to sever remaining ties at a later date.

“No-deal” isn’t the best possible outcome though. That would be an FTA with the EU, similar to the one they have with Canada. Amusingly, the EU has already offered this and, in her bid to become a contender in the most incompetent Prime minister ever contest, May rejected it.

Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.

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First Among Shithole Countries

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Nigeria – burning its oil wealth (Picture: Zero Hedge )

Nigeria was recently rated the poorest country in the world based on the numers living in extreme poverty, moving ahead of India, in spite of the african nation’s oil revenues which amount to several hundred billion dollars over the last decade, a watchdog group has revealed.

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, as quoted by local media, said Nigeria had earned some US$484 billion from oil in the last 10 years, but the state of its population and infrastructure has only deteriorated. According to the organization, the oil earnings were sufficient to meet the need for an annual US$15-billion investment in infrastructure for the next 33 years, but the funds were not used to do that.

Meanwhile, in its latest report on poverty, the Brookings Institution estimated that the number of people living in extreme poverty in Nigeria had grown to 87 million people, versus 73 million in India.

According to Brookings, poverty in India is falling while in Nigeria, it’s growing at a rate of six people per minute. What’s more, India’s total population is above 1 billion while Nigeria’s is 198 million, meaning those living in extreme poverty are a much higher portion of the population in the oil-rich state.

Lower GDP is one of the factors accounting for the growing poverty despite substantial oil revenues. Nigeria was hard hit by the 2014 oil price collapse and its economic growth slowed from 6.3 percent in that year to 1.9 percent for the first quarter of 2018, Vanguard reports. What’s more, the daily notes, what money has been borrowed to spend on infrastructure in a bid to restart the economy after the price collapse has been very far from sufficient to achieve this goal.

Nigeria is also plagued by very high crime rates that are certainly not helping matters, and neither is the displacement of people from the countryside to the cities. And of course, like anywhere in Africa, corruption in government and public services is a cancer which prevents progress.

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Mr Kenyatta’s win was declared “invalid, null and void” by four Supreme Court judges, who cited “irregularities in the transmission of results”.

A fresh election has been ordered for October.

Half A Million People Flee Sectarian Violence In Central African Republic

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White South Africans Are Preparing For “Removal of All Whites Within Five Years”

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Another Humanitarian Crisis Looms In Africa

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2018

Real News Ignored As Both Sides Of Political Spectrum Push Their agendas
A case in point is the real but largely unreported war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, resurgent Russia, and a rising China, ready to take advantage of the US failure to dominate Afghanistan. The outcome of the war, which is economic with only occasional military skirmishes involving proxies, is likely to define the future of the continent and the global power balance.

2017

EU President: Without Millions of African Migrants, Europe Will Be Lost
Brussels is planning to open legal pathways for all migrants “who want to come” says European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, declaring that Europe has a “clear need” for mass migration from Africa. This jumped up little pen pushing pouf from Luxembourg is either unaware of the mayhem his beloved migrants have cause or he seriously wants to destroy Europe completely by importing even more violent, sexually incontinent, illiterate, unemployable arseholes …

Half A Million People Flee Sectarian Violence In Central African Republic
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Macron Makes Honest Criticism Of Africa – Get’s Called A Nazi
Emmanuel Macron has been criticised for claiming Africa’s perpetual crisis is due to ‘civilisational problems’ and women having “seven or eight children” hampering social and economic development. Addressing a session of the the G20 summit, the French President was questioned on the possibility of implementing a policy like America’s Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after the Second World War to kick start economic development in African nations.

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South Africa President Proposes Land “Expropriation Without Compensation”
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Mad Dog Gaddafi Warned Of Islamist Attacks On Europe If His Regime Was Ousted
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Another Humanitarian Crisis Looms In Africa
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Italy To Become The Hub Of The EU’s Change Or Die Dilemma

The Eurosceptic,  populist coalition that won the right to form a new government in Italy, Five Star Movement and Lega have agreed their government. The legislative program is very independent and nationalistics  And the bureaucrats in Brussels hate it.

At the moment Brussels is trying to scare the outsiders now in charge in Italy, just as they scared greece, Portugal and Ireland, to soften their stances on reform and maintain a status quo which is destroying a great country and culture. The problem is, excluding Britain which is on the way out, Italy is the third largest EU member nation by both population and economy. And the leaders of the coalition have made clear the position that what is good for Italy is their main priority and what’s god for Brussels and Germany (which are the same thing realy,) are minor considerations.

The League and Five Star Movement leaked demands for $250 billion in debt relief from the ECB.  There was also a demand for developing a mechanism for countries to leave the euro, according to a, now discredited, report from Reuters.

The final proposal doesn’t have any of this inflammatory language, but don’t think the leak wasn’t part of their negotiating strategy or part of where the are ultimately planning to take their country.

The rest of the proposal is hostile enough to Brussels (see below) to cause a major schism with other south European nations and possible the Visegrad group led by Poland’s Eurodissidents supporting the Italians.  And with ECB President Mario Draghi now signaling the need to consolidate European sovereign debt under its umbrella, the stage is set for a huge bust up.

Here’s conservative economist Martin Armstrong’s take:

So everyone else understands what this is about, the ECB President Mario Draghi has come out and proposed interlocking the euro countries to create a “stronger” and “new vehicle” as a “crisis instrument” to save Europe. He is arguing that this should prevent countries from drifting apart in the event of severe economic shocks. Draghi has said it provides “an extra layer of stabilization” which is a code phrase for the coming bond crash. [emphasis mine]

In effect Armstrong is telling us that Draghi understands how bad things truly are and that Italian leadership knows they have the upper hand in debt negotiations. They are prepared to push Brussels hard to get what they want.  And well they should.  League leader Matteo Salvini understands how ruinous the euro as administered by Germany has been for Italy and most of Europe, particularly Greece, Cypris, Portugal and Spain.

So, to him, if the price for Italy to stay in the EU is to force the northern countries to accept debt consolidation and write-down then so be it.

If they won’t agree to that, then Italy’s new leadership is prepared to back to the people and say, “We tried.  Screw them. Let’s walk.”

The rest of the coalition proposals are a mishmash of right and left policy prescriptions that will drive the IMF and Brussels mad.  But it is a credit to these very different parties that they have managed to agree the compromises they must make work if they are to take back their country from the insanity of the status quo in Europe, which serves no one’s ends except the globalist cartel which stands behind the public faces of the EU – Juncker, Merkel, Tusk, Macron, etc.

One is calling for lower taxes and regulation, the other wants generous pensions and universal income.  These are not easy differences to overcome. But they have, to no one’s complete satisfaction. Both leaders and their parties understand the main issues facing their government are immigration and Italy’s relationship with the EU.

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Dutch Referendum This Week Shows why We Should Leave The EU.
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French, Belgians, Dutch, Italians Follow Britain in Euroskepticism
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Head Of European Institute: Brexit ‘Better’ For Everyone
Brexit would be the best result of Britain’s in / out referendum for both Britain and the EU i a Belgian professor who heads up the European Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE) has said.
Johnson’s article lines up his reasons why Britain must exit on June 23rd. It’s time to be brave
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Cameron’s EU Package: Not A Deal But A Few Turns In The Spin Machine
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Cameron Plays Deal Or No Deal In Europe
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Angry Britons have launched a petition calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to be prevented from speaking in the UK parliament on Britain’s forthcoming referendum on European Union (EU) membership.

Has The Tech Backlash Begun

The world of high tech, Internet based businesses have had things all their own way as governments and regulators meekly stood aside while tech companies played fast and loose with users data, (not talking about the data gathered from our explorations of their sites or personal details we volunteer, but the practice of ‘data mining,’ scraping up personal details from our hard drives,) destroyed whole industries, turned the high streets of our towns and shopping centres of our cities into deserts, made “not-fit-for-purpose” an acceptable quality for goods on sale, and dehumanised the whole process of buying and of socialising.

It was inevitable there would be a backlash, not from business rivals, politicians sweetened by campaign contributions and fearful of being dubbed anti – progress or anti – science have let the tech industries get away with murder – literally in some cases. The resistance was always going to come from ‘we the punters’.

For almost two decades we have complied with exhortations to ’embrace change’ even when it was clear the change was not for the better, we have been pushed into shifting most of our financial business online, trusting financial details and our money to a notoriously insecure medium, we have been squeezed into buying from online retailers, knowing through mainstream media that ‘customer service’ was a completely alien concept to the bosses of these organisations, and we have accepted an increasingly impersonal world where increasingly our interfaces are with robots.

AND ALL THE TIME WE WERE ABLE TO SEE THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD WAS JUST NOT WORKING.

So it is encouraging that we are seeing headlines like:

What’s happening? Bernie Sanders Agrees With Trump: Amazon Has Too Much Power

Independent Vermont senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders echoed President Donald Trump in expressing concern about retail giant Amazon. Sanders said that he felt Amazon had gotten too big on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, and added that Amazon’s place in society should be examined.

“And I think this is, look, this is an issue that has got to be looked at. What we are seeing all over this country is the decline in retail. We’re seeing this incredibly large company getting involved in almost every area of commerce. And I think it is important to take a look at the power and influence that Amazon has,” said

Sanders.

After the backlash against Facebook over the past few weks for privacy abuses, and the backlash led by President Trump against Amazon, is there something bigger going on. Are these things connected? Yes, they probably are, but not in a way that either Trump or Sanders has clued in to. Someone who has, a for now lone voice, is Dave Stockman, a financial pundit who describes himself as a Washington insider turned iconoclast. Here’s what he wrote last week.

It is said that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn, and so it goes with The Donald. Banging on his Twitter keyboard in the morning darkness, he drilled Jeff Bezos a new one – or at least that’s what most people would call having their net worth lightened by about $2 billion:

“I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” You can’t get more accurate than that. Amazon is a monstrous predator enabled by the state, but Amazon’s outrageous postal subsidy – a $1.46 gift card from the USPS stabled on each box – isn’t the half of it.

The real crime here is that Amazon has been exempted from financial regulations, and the culprit is the central banks’ malignant regime of Bubble Finance. The latter has destroyed financial discipline entirely and turned the stock market into the greatest den of speculation in human history. That’s why Bezos can kill established businesses with impunity.

The casino allows him to run a pernicious business model based on “price to destroy”, rather than price for profit and a return on capital.Needless to say, under a regime of sound money and honest capital markets Amazon would be a far more benign economic creature. That’s because no real investors would value AMAZON’s money-loosing e-Commerce business at $540 billion – nor even a small fraction of that after 25-years of profitless growth.

The bubble economy that was forced into being by Barack Obama’s stupid and economically illiterate Quantitative Easing policy and ultra-low rates, which saw central banks buying up trillions in what used to be sound assets, corporate bonds, and allowing massive buybacks that allow companies to While stocks nominally trade at astronomical rates, but actual traded volumes are low. Buybacks allow companies to reward managers and senior staff with stock, and then buy back the shares they have paid in lieu of salary or bonus, thus avoiding tax and holding their own stock while running on borrowed money, escaping financial scrutiny. The system allows them to inflate stock market capitalisation and raise their ‘value’ to astronomical levels by inflating the value of shares and capital assets. The system enabled a company like Amazon to kill off its competition, which consists of many thousands of retailers, all the time running a balance sheet loss on paper.

These financial policies have allowed not just Amazon, which though Trumps favourite target currently, but many of the most ‘valuable’ tech companies to expand at an exponential rate without having to account to investors for absence of dividends and thus elbow their way into our lives in ways designed to seem beneficial to us at first, but in reality resulting in less variety, less competition, and thousands fewer jobs. For too long they were the darlings of the media and the stock markets; the creations of the brightest and best among us, according to ‘the narrative.’

For some of the creations of our tech Olympians it’s easier to see the inevitability of disaster than for others. Tesla, Uber, Airbnb are all struggling right now, but more will follow. What you may notice is that two of the three sell noting but ‘cool.’ Tesla also may pretend to be a real car company, but in reality they sell stocks to investors, basing their pitch on promises they cannot fulfill.

Even Apple may not be immune from the carnage even though they make and sell real things they make real things! Apple CEO Tim Cook may have sought to distance his company from the likes of Facebook on morals and ethics, he can’t deny that Apple sells a zillion phones to a large extent because everybody uses them not so much to look at Facebook and Alphabet, Uber and Air BNB apps because there are many cheaper pieces of kit out there that will do the job just as well. People buy Apple in order to be seen using Apple gadgets, so what Apple really sell is social kudos. If data ethics are the only problem Cook sees ahead, he’s in trouble.

Silicon Valley infighting shows that the industry does have an idea what is going wrong, in ways that should have already led to many more pronounced worries and investigations.

Mr. Cook, who has long sought to differentiate Apple on privacy matters, contrasted its focus on selling devices with Facebook and Google’s ad-based businesses that are built on user data. Asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Cook replied: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Facebook hasn’t responded specifically to criticisms, but the hostility of those who live in the same glass palaces has provoked adverse comments from its own former vice president of growth, Chamath Palihapitiya. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works,” Mr. Palihapitiya said at a talk at Stanford University in November.

We can expect to hear much more in the same vein over the remainder of this year. Big Tech is changing the world in more ways than one. And spying on people Facebook-style is merely one of a long list of them. Facebook doesn’t build the devices people use to see what their friends had for breakfast, Apple does that, but it’s the way Apple sells those gadgets that makes it vulnerable. Moreover, Apple profits hugely from stock buybacks, the practice of rewarding senior staff with company stock which they can then sell back to the company, thus incurring a lowrer tax liability than income from salary, so it fits in Stockman’s bubble finance definition of Amazon, too.

The failure of politics to investigate, and act against Facebook style ‘dopamine – driven’ feedback loops which exploit a vulnerability in human psychology in order to maximally waste your time and sell you product after product that you never (knew you) wanted is bordering on criminal negligence. They all made the mistake of thinking they could get away with it forever. What was that somone once said about not being able to fool all the people all the time.

IBM Lays Billion Dollar Bet On Artificial Intelligence System Called Watson: They’ll Lose
This publication has always been sceptical of the claims made by computer scientists that’the thinking computer is just around the corner’. The fact is pointy heads have been saying arificual intelligence would be with us in two or three years for the past forty years. And the old computer professional who owns the site says we are no nearer than when he wrote his fisrt program.

Nothing Good Has Come Of The InternetWhen a technophobe denounces the internet as anti – social, anti jobs, a force for dumbing down or a waste of time it can easily be dismissed but when the CEO of a major technology company like Sony saays nothing good has ever come of the internet we should perhaps listen..

The Robotification Of Human Society Is being Implemented

Are you ready to surrender your humanity to science, accept having computer chips implanted in your skull that will link your brain to the internet (via a Google server) and let your life be controlled by machines? That’s what The Controllers are planning for you …

Internet Access As A Human Right?A survey carried out by the BBC found a majority of people around the world believe internet access should be a basic human right. We suspect a bit of statistical rigging because the majority of people in the world live below the poverty line and probably have more urgent priorities than surfing the net.

Is The Internet Making Us All Stupid.The more gullible and wide eyed among academics like to burble ecstatically about how the internet has ushered in a new age of creativity. We have to wonder just how much time these self styled experts have spent surfing scial networking sites

Web Induced DementiaIn most civilised societies there are laws governing what outrageous claims advertisers can make for their products. This does not apply on the web it seems, where ‘revolutionary new world changing technology’ means ‘not fit for purpose’

Computer Cops Will Arrest You Before You Commit A Crime
Innocent until proved guilty has always been a basic principle of British and before the Union, English and Scottish justice. Since late in the ninth century when King Alfred signed into law the Liber Judicialis, the presumption of innocence has stood.Thinking of committing a crime was not punishable, only in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” has Thought Crime ever been a punishable offence. Until now …

Is Technology Creating Physical and Psychological Hazards In The Digital Age?
Scientific research used to be the area of work that trailblazers, those with an unquenchable desire for new experience and a hyperactive sense of adventure wanted to be involved in. Now those who label themselves ‘scientists’ seem to have become the high priests of an ultra – conservative religion, determined at all costs to block progess that may lead to understanding that the dogmas of the past are just wrong

The Mummers: The Controlling system And The Illusion Of Freedom
We live in a world of deception, where truth is an ephemeral thing, slippery as an eel and shadowy as a spectre. What we are expercted to perceive as reality is just spin and misinformation designed to ensure the elite maintain their control. There’s eff all you can do just get on with your life, say the shills for big government and authoritarianism. But are we really nothing more than slaves of the system?

Google’s Brave New World Of Artificial Intelligence – And The Destruction Humanity
Almost every day we hear scientists burbling about artificial intelligence and how very soon machines will be smarter than humans. As scientists are nowhere near as smart as humans its hard to see how science can build something smarter. The problem is of course we don’t understand what contsitutes intelligence – those who think academic qualifications are the only indicator are retards. So where will this madness to replace us with machines end?

Transhumanism – What The Elite And Their Science Whores Have Planned For You
Transhumanism, the creation of – or turning us into – part human, part machine cyborgs is generating a lot of discussion and a lot of spontaneous ejaculations in the scientific community as they contemplate having their brains replaced by a computer. There are no limits on the ambitions of scientists fantasies, they even envisage creating robots that can interbreed with us, but how much is realistic?

Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
Google have abandoned their “Don’t Be Evil motto. Good thing really, they are becoming more evil every day. The latest plans to integrate our brains with their servers may seem like a science fiction freaks wet dream, but these creepy nerds are serious …

Google wants to change the way you see the world
News Used To Be Important – Now It’s Just EntertainmentPeople talk about technology, mainly television, cellulat telephones and the internet having given us an unprecedented ability to communicate. But have they? OK, we can trade meaningless messages with strangers on the other side of the world, we can join the cacophony of social netwoks where everybody yells at once and nobody listens, or we can sit in isolation, shouting inmto the void. But none of those are communicating. Technology has actually inhibited communication. …

Google Evil Empire In New Privacy ViolationOnce again the neo-Nazi nerds at Google are in trouble for playing fast and loose with our privacy. Google have bypassed browser privacy setting to track our movements on the web, the bettrer to target us with ads for poxy shite no sane person would buy. What is it these arseholes find difficult to understand about the idea that in the real world or cyberspace same rules apply …

Google Has Comptely Forgotten ‘Don’t Be Evil’ As The World Domination Agend Gathers PaceAt last Google has been caught stealing information from a business rival rather than private induviduals. Will people now wise up to these scumsucking pirates of the internet search engine world.

Science Brings Doomsday Closer – scientists announced we are nearer to a global catastrophe than we were a year ago

A Chronicle Of Decay
Slaves Of The Machine

Facebook Scuicide

You Get What You Deserve.

Anti – Social Networking

Internet technology

China’ s Low Key Launch Of Its Challenge To Petrodollar Supremacy

petrodollar
Goodbye petrodollar, hello petroyuan? 

We have been blogging and commenting for several years on moves by Russia, China and Iran to replace the US dollar as the global reserve currency, or at least to create a serious rival to the dollar hegemony. There can be no greater threat to the established order (or to the global banking cartel’s dreamed of New World Order,) than the emergence of a serious rival to the dollar. As economic game-changers go there is none bigger or more disruptive than a yuan-denominated settlement system for crude oil contracts, especially when set it is set up up by the largest importer of crude on the planet and the second largest exporter of hydrocarbons.

Given the level of U.S. provocations of Russia and China over the past few years and the recent return to cold war conditions with a new arms race on the cards, perhaps we ought to be happy that the Russians and Chinese seem to prefer currency wars to shooting wars as both have demonstrated they have formidable arsenals of advanced weapons and it is far from certain the U.S.A. and NATO could take on either, let alone both simultaneously.

And yet Beijing’s strategy seems to be a softly softly approach. Oil trades are already being conducted in petro-yuan at the Shanghai International Energy Exchange is on hold. This may be related to US sabre rattling and concern that the US deep state, having no economic response to the move may react rashly if presented with a fait accompli. Thus the fact that China and its partners chose to play down the official launch of the new settlement system is understandable. There was room for some euphoria following the launch, Brent Crude soared to $71 a barrel for the first time since 2015. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) reached the highest level in three years at $66.55 a barrel; then retreated to $65.53.

The launch also signalled a series of “firsts” for China’s trade links with the west, including the first opportunity for overseas investors to access a Chinese commodity market. Significantly, US dollars will be accepted as deposit and for settlement. In the near future, a basket of currencies will also be accepted as deposit. This is entirely in line with the Sino – Russian policy of moving their economic partners towards conducting trades in the currency of the vendor nation.

Will the launch of the petro-yuan be a deathblow to the petrodollar and U.S. economic dominance and the birth of a new era in trade relations? It will but the change is likely to take years rather than weeks. Many variables have to be considered, the most important being China’s capacity to manipulate and eventually dominate the global oil market.

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If You Look At How Fast Global Trade Is Unravelling, You’ll Get Dizzy

Governments constantly make positive noises about the health of their economies although most people who are in work have felt no improvement on the position they were in after the crash of 2008. Wagest are stangnant, employment has reduced somewhat (see below) and while the banks are printing money and the super rich are widening the gap between themselves and ordinary people faster than ever, the real situation is frightening.

Norway’s Biggest Bank Joins Push To Abolish Cash

The move by governments to eliminate cash as a means of trading goods and services is moving faster than we imagined. With another global financial crisis looming according to financial journalists and investment experts this is as understandable as it is undesirable for us ordinary punters.

Refugee Crisis Or Existential Battle With USA for Europe

It has been clear for some years now that the USA, backed by its main NATO and EU military allies the UK and France (the FUKUS axis has been trying to provoke Russian into firing the shot that will be heard around the world and recognised as the startiung signal for World War Three.
Nothing is ever as it seems to be however, and views from middle east and far eastern journals suggest the USA is also working at destabilizing EU nations in order to force their support in its wars.