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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Coronavirus: The Prestige of Censorship

Still from The Prestige (2006). Reproduced under Fair Use. Image Source: 3d Dog Script.

To quote the Christopher Nolan film, The Prestige (2006), every magic trick has three acts: the pledge, the turn, and the prestige. In the pledge, the magician shows you something ordinary. In the turn, the magician makes that ordinary thing do something extraordinary, like making it disappear. But in magic, it's not enough to make something disappear. You have to bring it back. This final illusion is the prestige.

The Prestige Every Magic Trick Has Three Parts (11 January 206). Video Source: Youtube.

Using a trick in which the magician makes a canary disappear, The Prestige explained how magic works. The trick takes something away and brings it back. How does it do this? The video below shows the grisly truth. The original canary is killed by the magician and replaced by a duplicate living bird, an imposter. It looks like the original bird is recovered. But the thing that is brought back is not the same thing that disappeared. It only looks that way.

The Prestige: Hiding In Plain Sight (24 February 2012). Video Source: Youtube.

Information about the coronavirus pandemic has something of a magician's prestige about it. Whatever we lose now, we will lose for good. When it comes back, it will not be the same thing, even though it will look identical. This week, nCov's competing narratives divided between:
  • Governmental and mainstream media: the pledge
  • Real alternative media: the turn
  • Fake alternative media (in fact, governmental): the prestige
In our current situation, the 'canary' being made to disappear is the original alternative media, and the magician is governmental control.

How Will We Write the History of This Pandemic?

I'm not an anarchist or libertarian hater of government, and I think serious problems are afoot. I am speaking from a historian's perspective. It is going to be impossible to write an accurate history of this pandemic. Everywhere, information is being promoted or suppressed. Every spotlighted area in this pandemic has a corresponding blackout. Every supposed truth has an equally supported counter-truth.

The background to all this is complicated. This week, a number of established alternative channels were blocked or demonetized on Youtube. Many of these sources were weeks ahead of the mainstream media (MSM) in their accurate reporting on the pandemic. These channels compiled citizen journalists' smartphone footage and social media leaks regarding the pandemic and compared them (usually unfavourably) to the politicized superstructure of MSM reports, WHO press conferences, and government statements.

In terms of historical documentation, alt vloggers were right to look at Chinese social media to understand the pandemic. Authentic smartphone footage is a valid source to understand an event. It is granular. It is real. The original defense of citizen journalism arose with the arrival of widespread hand-held technology. The mainstream press cannot be everywhere, all the time. Anyone, anywhere, with a smartphone recording could be a credible witness to a significant event.

In this pandemic, grassroots records matter, because they tell us how this outbreak truly unfolded. At the end of the day, those records may save our species. Other sources, such as personal testimonies from front-line health care workers are equally valid. In China, there were many rumors of intimidation, silencing, and deliberate infection of these witnesses. Medics who protested about colleagues' suffering and deaths fell suspiciously from public view, especially if they first talked to the foreign press or tried to warn the world on social media. Chinese government censorship of doctors, nurses, and lab techs indicates that the virus poses a real and alarming threat.

Outside China, some Youtube channels which feature this informal material are not censored, particularly if they make the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) look bad. When alt channels are censored outside China, it is often because they already feature a western anti-establishment viewpoint, particularly anti-globalist conspiracy theories. If you are a member of the alt media,  how you are censored depends on where you are based and which government you dislike.

We Warned You About This. Now YouTube Wants To Shut Us Down? (7 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The Outer Light channel demonetised and I cannot upload there (6 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Independent Journalism, Real and Fake: The Chinese Precedent

Since January 2020, I noticed a disturbing pattern in Chinese media records of the pandemic. It involved something like a magic trick, the prestige of censorship.

First, a lot of original pandemic video footage has vanished within hours or days of it appearing on the Internet. If you scroll through my posts from late January, February, and March 2020, you will notice that videos which I embedded as documentary proofs have already disappeared. From a historian's perspective, this is alarming, an erasure of critical evidence, along an accelerated timeline.

Second, from the beginning of the pandemic, it was clear that the Chinese government, possibly Taiwanese and Hong Kong media agents, and perhaps other Internet actors, were seeding misinformation which looked informally-sourced from Chinese citizens, but was not. Anti-CCP actors may have staged fake citizen-journalist videos and released them online, where they got jumbled in with real smartphone footage and actual investigations from citizen journalists and street-based sources. At the beginning of the pandemic, real independent journalism coexisted with its fake twin and both competed with CCP propaganda.

Instances of dubious footage may have been shocking clips of citizens being chained for not wearing a mask, being dragged off the streets, or being forcibly removed from their homes by Chinese government goons. Some of this disaster seemed real, some of it didn't. Aside from researching video and image provenances online (metadata can be technically tracked and examined), there is no way to determine between real and fake videos and images, except through discernment and intuition.

One video (here) is typical. When it first appeared on 11 February 2020, I chose not to republish it. It opens with male guards preying upon a young Chinese female citizen. Why would the event be recorded? I did not post many such videos on my blog, because it stood against reason. A repressive CCP régime preoccupied with guarding its good name would not allow passersby to film police officers dragging a woman from her car, or snapping another woman's neck in the street. It didn't make sense. They would not have permitted the incident to be digitally witnessed; police would have seized onlookers' smartphones.

The appearance of incriminating material which was blatantly and openly filmed suggests that these events were staged. I wondered why and how CCP authorities would do that, unless they wanted to intimidate their own people. I suspected - but could not prove - that some of these videos were anti-CCP and may have been faked in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or elsewhere.

The only other explanation is worse, and reserved for the truly paranoid, namely, that the entire pandemic is a false flag and the CCP and all other world governments are in on it. I would not infer that, but I do conclude that some of the shocking pandemic smartphone material looks staged.

However, other, similar smartphone footage from Chinese citizens and shared on Chinese social media seemed genuine. Most of it involved people obviously wondering what was happening, and peeking around corners or out of their apartment windows. Again, this could have been faked. Without a meticulous tracing of the provenance and metadata of these videos, it is difficult to tell.

BODIES BEING COLLECTED (12 February 2020). Video Source: Bitchute.

Two videos below from 8 February 2020 illustrate my point. To me, the first video appeared to be genuine; the woman screaming does not sound like an actor. The second one, perhaps an anti-CCP quasi-newscast from Hong Kong, was suspect on the above-outlined grounds. I could not confirm whether either video was real or staged, or where and when they were taken. The metadata associated with these videos were usually missing, lost in the translation as they were scrubbed and shared from Chinese social media platforms (where citizens might obscure their identities and locations) to the English-speaking social media sphere.

Chinese cops detain hundreds of people. People just don't want to die. (8 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

2020年2月8日武汉冠状病毒大流行第15季 (8 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

As countries everywhere face quarantines, there are good reasons to reexamine how this problem unfolded in China. The pattern of real-versus-fake information exploded after quarantines were imposed. We should be able to discuss this matter without the threat of censorship of our own social media platforms, because the real-fake trend coincided with increasingly violent control of the population. The two phenomena go hand-in-hand. Censorship is a symptomatic moment of governmental malaise. And the next moment, when real independent journalists are replaced by imposters, occurs just as totalitarianism explodes.

After the Chinese lockdowns, frightening videos circulated of people being welded inside apartment buildings, or being forcibly removed from their homes and taken against their wills to quarantine (death) halls, where there were no medical staff or support, no quality controls, and no options to leave. These recordings looked genuine.

This was the moment when things began to get crazy in Wuhan. One of the people who disappeared at this time was the Chinese lawyer and vlogger, Chen Qiushi. As of 11 April 2020, Chen was still missing and had been incommunicado for 64 days. Chen's fellow citizen journalists, Fang Bin and Li Zehua, have also disappeared. Global human rights organizations like the United Nations and Amnesty International have greeted the censorship, suppression, and disappearances of members of the alternative media in relation to the nCov pandemic with deafening silence.

In the same period in February, there were also cell phone shots of mass cremation pits burning all night in Wuhan, an unidentified explosion in Wuhan, and rumors of crematoria where patients were burned alive. Finally, there were harrowing scenes of Nazi-esque human collection vans, whose drivers were snatching living people off the streets. This was so terrifying that it finally reached the world's MSM, after which China declared victory over the virus, with zero new cases and no new reporting of any truth or substance on the virus or on human rights abuses. We don't know how many people died in Wuhan, or how. The lockdown on information was complete.

Woman screams inside box as she goes into quarantine (12 February 2020). Video Source: Daily Mail.

There were sleights of hand and obfuscation throughout Chinese reporting on this pandemic, with original narratives and sources coinciding with doppelgänger narratives and sources. What this reveals about the virus itself is unclear.

Authoritative Platforms

Card from the 1995 role playing game from Steve Jackson, Illuminati: The Game of Conspiracy. Images Sources: pinterest.

As in China, a bizarre mixture of censorship, real citizen journalism, and fake citizen journalism is blossoming in the western media space. Prior to the nCov outbreak, there were signs that things were going wrong on Youtube. Youtube's administrators have long been censoring videos on the grounds of politics, political correctness, and public decency. For the past year or so, they have also been removing the publication dates of videos.

Removing videos' dates of publication transforms video content on this platform into an ahistorical mass. This is dangerous, and it proves that Youtube's censorship policies are not benevolent protections for citizens against Fake News. The removal of dates is a small detail with huge implications. This stance taken by Youtube (i.e. Google) is taken straight from the pages of Nineteen Eighty-Four. It erases historical frames of reference, damages civil society, and undermines the writing of Millennial history. With policies like this, the public's awareness recorded events along a clear timeline becomes unmoored.

This week, some Youtubers found they were no longer able to post videos at all, and were given no valid reasons for this sanction. Image Source: The Verge.

We already know that Google and Facebook are netizens' abusive partners. They use AI algorithms to tailor what we see. They manipulate how we understand the world through search results and they have built reward structures to addict us to those results. They decide which businesses we patronize. They encourage us to believe certain things and not others. They nudge us to vote one way and not another. They guide us to associate with some friends and not others. They prompt us to follow some voices online and not others. They do all this with most of us barely realizing it. The big tech platforms are not benevolent entities. They already have us sitting inside their invisible prisons. The only reason the pre-pandemic was not a state of full, technocratic, corporatist, mind control censorship was that there were other options available among search engines and on social media, some of which still permit free speech.

As major platforms redouble their efforts to censor and monitor users, they are also cooperating with each other. When I logged into Twitter on 9 April 2020, I was greeted with the message below, and an accompanying explainer (here); it states in quasi-legalese that Twitter is sharing Twitter users' non-public private information, including their IP addresses, with Google, Facebook, and other groups.

Astroturfing the Grassroots

Image Source: 4chan.

On the same days that there were censorship crackdowns on Youtube and an expansion of data-sharing on Twitter, the Underground was filled with shills and suspicious actors who looked like indie critics and anons, but were and are actually controlled opposition.

This practice is called 'astroturfing.' It refers to a fake alternative narrative, launched in grassroots forums by employees of elites and anti-populists, who pretend to be populists. The real grassroots anons call these fake invaders 'shills.' The crazy themes the shills introduce ruin real grassroots discussions.

On the evening of 7 April 2020, the racist trolls on 4chan were sulking and depressed, as their boards were flooded by imposter-trolls who were mind-bending the real trolls' paranoid discussions about Bill Gates's plans to vaccinate them all. The real anons believe that the astroturfing and censorship campaign launched over the past two days on the Internet is the 'flood' media control component of the Event 201 pandemic plan, funded by Bill Gates:
"Event 201 FLOOD strategy activated Anonymous (ID: At73ehWt) 04/07/20(Tue)17:14:23 No.252427830 ...

-Bill Gate's Event 201 Pandemic Exercise
-Strategy to counter 'disinformation' from general public:
-Don't censor (since that will only increase suspicions!)
-Instead, FLOOD social media with controlled information that supports official narrative.

This tactic has been activated. /pol/ is being flooded by shills.

One anon was resigned in the face of the pro-vaccine agenda. He or she saw anti-vaccine critics discredited by astroturfing, while President Trump's proposed alternative to vaccines was attacked by shills and the MSM:
"Anonymous (ID: G/83G5V1) 04/07/20(Tue)17:51:17 No.252432740▶ 252428592


It's not just /pol/, go to the bottom of this article and read the comments.

The shills are going hard as fuck on chloroquine."
The anons felt censored and undermined by crowds of newcomers who had invaded their virtual community:
"[4chan] /pol/ and twitter have both become increasingly astroturfed. Everything will eventually become reddit. Wherever people go to speak their mind about issues, influencers will be paid to post, moderators will be paid to censor."
"I'm miss[ing] the [first] 100 /cvg/ [Coronavirus General] threads before the tourist and shillbots took over. I haven't cared to save [information from /cvg/] in a few weeks now. Checking in[to 4chan politically incorrect] now is basically about the same as watching the normies fight over toilet paper."
On 8 April 2020, one anon also noticed something else. Confusion over competing narratives has led to a context where no one can agree on the reality of the pandemic, even when they are presented with the same information:
"What I find most interesting about this entire pandemic is that there has not been a single thing aside from 9/11 and the 2016 election that has received as much media coverage as what is going on right now. What fascinates me about this is, given the insane amount of information being reported 24/7, there is absolutely no clear consensus on what the fuck is happening, how it happened, and where we are going to be. If your thread takes off, watch how some people will claim we're all doomed and others will say we're going to be back to normal in a month. With this amount of coverage, how can we all have such radically different ideas on what the fuck is happening? Truly a very interesting time to observe.

... [in response to the statement:] since nothing of this kind and magnitude has ever happened

But that's also ironic, because what are we at now? ~800k infected, ~100k deaths worldwide? Relative to the world population, this is nothing. This is exactly what I'm talking about. You say it's high magnitude, and others say it's not. It's like every single detail we conflict on, and no two people agree on every point regarding this whole pandemic. Now I'm not saying it won't get worse than what it is, that's not the point of this reply, rather it is to show that it's really interesting that you and I and everyone else do not agree."
Extreme Views Invite Extreme Crackdowns

There are vloggers who distrust authority so much that they believe the whole global ruling tier is evil. They argue that most major events covered in the MSM are faked. These truthers assume, on the basis of little evidence or research, that the virus is a nothingburger 'plandemic.' They claim that the virus is a false flag cover for a totalitarian crackdown. These vloggers are part of the 9/11 truther sub-culture, which has shifted lately to criticize central banking systems and mass entertainment industries.

The Multi-Pronged Terrorist Attack On The Entire World Designed By The Rockefeller Institute (7 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Even if they aren't shills, these vloggers ironically lend support to the establishment. If we are watching a manipulation now like a magic trick, in which the real alt media are replaced by a fake version of themselves, nCov denial might be one of the warning signs. Denying the existence of the virus invites redoubled top-down censorship of - and discredits - all alt media, not just the deniers.

Image Source: Keep Calms.

To give the conspiracy theorists their due, the prevalence of the Masonic number 33 in MSM and governmental reporting on the pandemic is - odd. The number is associated with the phrase, Ordo Ab Chao (Order out of Chaos) and is the motto of the 33rd degree of Freemasonry. I have previously criticized that motto here. There are a lot of Youtube videos speculating on the connection between the motto, Order out of Chaos, and the coronavirus.

Image Source: teespring.

COVID19 helpline. Image Source: Government of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

333 repeated on each side of the sign post. Not the address you want right now. The Country Haven care home at 333 Country Street, Almonte, Ontario, Canada, is suffering an outbreak of COVID19. Image Source: CTV.

The nCov coronavirus genome ends with 33 a's. Even if you account for coincidences and the fact that reporting on the pandemic will count numbers of cases, there are many examples of 33 associated with the nCov pandemic: herehereherehereherehere, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, hereherehereherehereherehere, here.

World Stage Theatrics (5 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

In the Hall of the Mountain King: The 5G Diversion

Indeed, nCov denial can be weaponized. Case in point: all day long on 7 April 2020, Brian Rose, founder of the Youtube channel London Real, was frothing at the mouth about his two popular pandemic interviews with the UK's premier conspiracy theorist, David Icke.

Youtube censored the videos because Icke claims that nCov isn't real and is not a real threat. In Icke's view, vaccinations could pave the way for digital tattoos and totalitarianism, supported by nanotech biochips. He also believes the pandemic is a false flag to cover up the implementation of 5G, the actual cause of the COVID19. This comes in the wake of people setting fire to new 5G towers in the UK.

London Real's UK-based-American CEO, Brian Rose, has launched a monster defense of Icke's free speech because of the suppressed videos, which you can see here. This seems to be a fake resistance against the establishment. It is noisy, flashy, and is rolling out with the slick perfection of a professional marketing campaign. All the MSM, including the BBC, are covering it with ever greater urgency and tension, as they stress Youtube's desperate need to censor Icke and London Real in these desperate, desperate times. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Rose, in turn, appropriates the language of the alienated Internet in order to derail the Underground's genuine attempts to discuss and understand the pandemic. For the past few days, Rose has been ramping up the 'give me liberty or give me death' rhetoric. In each successive video this week, he wore fewer and fewer clothes. By the end of the week, he had almost nothing on.



This is the prestige of censorship. The real alt media are quietly erased, and replaced by fake alt media circus ringmasters who, in the end, will torturously bolster the position of the establishment. Showmen of the controlled opposition will create the illusion that the people still have an outlet, a place to complain.

David Icke is a counter-cultural figure, but there are conspiracy theorists who accuse him of being controlled opposition. He has an enormous global audience, who read his books and attend his world tours. He spent his decades out in the cold, to be sure, but he is not now a figure like the smaller vloggers, citizen journalists, and physicians whom I listed as censored at the top of this article.

Listening to Icke talk for hours is like a surreal, schizophrenic staycation. He draws his listeners in, and before they know it, the world's cares make perfect sense in terms of an alternate cosmology. To attach the nCov pandemic to this cosmology, at a stressful time, is unhelpful and tremendously misleading and distracting.

To see how distracting it is, consider Icke's cosmological story. It goes like this: we live in a prison hologram, broadcast by aliens, through the rings of Saturn, amplified by the moon, which is a hollow artifact like the Star Wars Death Star. Icke borrows heavily from a book by Dr. Norman R. Bergrun, The Ringmakers of Saturn (1986), which examined electromagnetic impulses from Saturn's moons and hinted that the rings of Saturn were changing radically and quickly, such that they must be by-products of natural forces, rather than natural occurrences in and of themselves. Bergrun then progressed to full-blown speculation that there were giant alien spacecraft, shepherding energy emissions around Saturn's rings. You can read Bergrun's book here.

A lot of this material comes for interpretations of photographs taken by NASA spacecraft over the past decades, as well as recordings of electromagnetic impulses from the planets, which excite our imaginations about the emotional 'character' of individual planets. Compare below, Saturn's electromagnetic vibratory 'sounds' with those of Earth. Earth sounds placid and nurturing, while Saturn sounds like a haunted house.

The Eerie Sounds Of Saturn (10 May 2010). Video Source: Youtube.

Sounds of Saturn and Saturn rings (27 November 2014). Video Source: Youtube.

The 'Voice' Of Our Earth (HD/3D) (13 August 2011). Video Source: Youtube.

Based on Bergrun's work, Icke proposed that Saturn's rings are an alien megastructure, an artificially-constructed broadcast system to direct that planet's malefic energies at Earth, and shape our whole perception of reality.

Meanwhile, Icke states, our elites worship Saturn and are descended from, or channel, alien reptilian shape-shifters, who are feeding off human energy. The reason we have been targeted by these interlopers is because we as a species have incredible psychic abilities, which are suppressed and lost in collective amnesia about our true origins. Our true origins somewhat resemble those presented in the film franchises Alien and Prometheus. We are supposedly a bioengineered species, tailor-made to have great potential. This potential has been crushed by our alien-dominated elites.

Icke's story gets a little foggy here. Sometimes the aliens come from afar. In other versions, the aliens come from this solar system. He often presents them as extra-dimensional entities, who are barred from fully entering our reality. That element hails from Roman Catholic demonic lore, which states that demons and angels cannot walk in our three-dimensional physical plane, but they can influence us to achieve their aims, while remaining confined to heavenly and hellish realms. That lore is alive and well in popular culture today and is familiar to Icke's audiences.

Icke additionally cites (hereFortean researchers, who argue that Earth's alien invaders came from Mars and Phaeton, a hypothetical fifth lost planet between Mars and Jupiter which is now the asteroid belt. There was some serious discussion of the possibility of Phaeton having existed in Nature on 2 July 2018.

A hypothetical image of Phaeton, prior to destruction, with Earth's moon originally a more independent body in the Earth-moon system. Image Source: Youtube.

The tale speaks of an ancient war between alien civilizations on Mars and Phaeton. Phaeton's inhabitants scourged Mars and destroyed the Martian atmosphere and civilization. In return, the remaining Martians obliterated Phaeton in a horrific pyrrhic victory. The last survivors from both planets fled to Earth, where they became our elites, and continued their covert competition between each other for control over this planet, and over us.

These entities colonized Earth and genetically modified Earth's prehistoric inhabitants. The story runs that humans are Earth's rightful dominant species, but they have never known true freedom, despite having been bioengineered to have more spiritual and psychological potential for free will than any other species in the universe. This innate gift is precisely why humans have been oppressed and exploited for the entire history of our species' consciousness. Icke claims to see this as a horrific tragedy. It's hard to say if he believes what he says. He seems to.

Jar Jar Gives Palpatine Emergency Powers [1080p] (6 November 2016). Video Source: Youtube. Reproduced under Fair Use.

For Icke, the tragedy of human free will will decide the fate of the universe. He believes that the universe is more like Star Wars in reality, with thousands upon thousands of advanced alien civilizations vying for control. These civilizations' main collective problem is a logistical one: how to communicate to the other side of the universe. It is impossible to build technology to do this. Humans, through their capacity for a free will connection to God, are the only intelligent species who have the massive psychic ESP powers to telepathically contact every point in space and time.

That, among many other reasons (Icke can talk for hours and hours and hours) is why alien civilizations are eyeing our planet. They have established (Icke states) Earth as a free will experiment zone, so no major external interference is allowed. The aliens wait breathlessly, millennia after millennia, for the outcome to see whether we will awaken from our enslaved amnesiac slumber. They watch Earth, just as we would watch the World Cup to see which soccer team will win, the elite lizards or the human slaves. This is actually an appropriate subtext, since Icke is a former UK footballer.

But it's not over yet. To continue, Earth is under a space quarantine, which has allowed this madness to play out for thousands of years. The quarantine has trapped hierarchies of competing alien-descended Illuminati on this planet with us. They would love to leave, but they just can't. Their power groups crush us and siphon off our energies, while wondering and fearing if we will break free to explode on the psychic stage.

Icke refers to a lot of contemporary news to situate his cosmology. There are real, albeit tabloided historical moments dotted throughout Icke's explainers, which draw in his audience: UK ex-PM Ted Heath, the Queen, the death of Princess Diana, 9/11, Jimmy Savile, Prince Andrew, Robert Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, etc.

Icke quietly relies upon independent media investigations into establishment corruption. He has benefited tremendously from the past two decades of Internet leaks and trutherism. He has situated himself near those circles, where the elites have been subject to ever greater scrutiny. Some of these alt criticisms are deranged. Some of the criticisms are deserved. Perhaps - with the Epstein case - those debates came uncomfortably close to home. It is in the aftermath of the Epstein case that the establishment has implemented pandemic lockdowns, curtailed citizens' rights, and limited the right to free speech. Whether you believe these investigations of the establishment or not, that is the context which supports Icke's work.

Satanism, Savile And Battling Darkness: Wilfred Wong | True Crime Podcast 89 (30 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Icke also refers to current scientific and technological advances to ground his talks. Again, these are real trends and deserving of regulation and oversight: CRISPR, genetic and bioengineering, military innovations, and technological changes like 5G. It is no wonder that Icke would be interested in incorporating nCov into his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink philosophy.

The core of Icke's mythology is a spiritual and moral meditation on responsibility, which is why alienated audiences love it so much. Icke is at his most appealing to his listeners when he states that humans are slaves who need to break their social conditioning. Elements of what he is saying are factually wrong, while being emotionally true. Many people feel that the 'world has gone wrong.' They are upset and frustrated, do not know why, and do not know how to fix it. Icke's big picture solutions are engrossing and entertaining. He helps believers put the world's craziness into the context of a much, much bigger craziness, and this makes them feel empowered.

Icke's conspiracy theory centres, covertly, on the medieval meditation on the value of free will in gaining access to God and Creation, as well as modern accountability in the fields of science and technology. Icke's cosmology is, in reality, a post-Postmodern science-fictional recasting of the classic Free Will Problem. Despite all the mad window-dressing, this philosophical dimension adds a robustness to Icke's diatribes, which other conspiracy theorists lack.

Icke may be correct that 5G is harmful. But he predicates that plausible discussion on the idea that the nCov pandemic is a false flag and the virus does not exist. This is much less believable. He bases that false flag argument on 9/11 trutherism. That trutherism is founded in turn upon the story of the Illuminati. The Illuminati narrative is partly an updated version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1903), an anti-Semitic Russian hoax document.

In short, to say that Icke needs to be protected as he explains the facts of the nCov pandemic is like visiting the Hall of the Mountain King to hear the six o'clock news. If we had a civil right to trade in symbols and myths, and Icke was threatened, then we would defend him, based on that right. It's not a Free Speech question. It's a Free Mythology question.

London Real made Icke part of the prestige of censorship. In this lockdown, we are losing many of our rights and freedoms. When the lockdown stops, we will get them back. But they will be imposter, duplicate versions of those rights and freedoms. They will look the same, but will not be the same. Youtube's censorship of Icke and the uproar from Brian Rose at London Real grants Icke and Rose fake credibility. But neither of these men is comparable to a disappeared citizen journalist like Chen Qiushi.

Benevolent Authorities?

France: Healthcare workers finding that the new shipment of hospital gowns is defective. Also made in China? (7 April 2020). Video Source: LiveLeak.

One of the symptoms of totalitarianism is the constant presence of a politician in your personal space. Readers will have noticed that in recent weeks, politicians' lengthy daily news conferences are now ever-present factors in our lives. Where before we could ignore politicians and politics and get on with our lives, or pay attention as we desired, now we cannot escape them. This is a warning sign that governments are expanding their authority past acceptable boundaries.

Moreover, the oppressive benevolence of official messages and actions is suspect. If we were to assess governments purely on their recent performance ratings, we would have to conclude that they are failures. They have destroyed the world's economies and societies and shut them all down. They have made a hash of things, and in some cases, we can prove that they did so consciously and deliberately. To contain the mess, they are removing our rights and freedoms while claiming to protect them. After this, they appear to be scheming to destroy the global economy past the point of no return and to resolve that disaster through a global war. They are are moving tanks and troops as if in preparation for martial law and/or World War III. They are silencing the uncontrolled, unofficial media. They may well launch blackouts of electricity and the Internet. While they do all this, remember: they work for us. They have catastrophically failed in the trust we gave to them as leaders. If we lived in a linear, consequential reality, almost everyone currently in a position of authority today would be held to account and fired.

Instead, we are accepting governmental 'remedies,' which are making everything worse. The western establishment is now ramping up an anti-Chinese narrative regarding the nCov virus. The Atlantic, a liberal-oriented, respected US magazine, hinted on 5 April 2020 that it was time to pivot against China, even if that meant grudging agreement with President Trump: Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China. Critics are letting their disdain for the president blind them to geopolitical realities.

Evidence mounts COVID-19 came from a lab in Wuhan (6 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The first documentary movie on CCP virus, Tracking Down the Origin of the Wuhan Coronavirus (7 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The truth is that genetic bioweapons research, masquerading as vaccine research, was out of control at a global level before this pandemic, with a lot of cross-pollination between researchers and labs, and little control or oversight. If the nCov virus came out of lab in Wuhan, it almost certainly had partial origins in other top labs in the world. The weaponization of viruses is secret and illegal, even though we know the most powerful countries engage in it. Over the past two decades, scientific researchers in this field were well-funded, free-wheeling globe-trotters. With all Great Powers complicit, don't expect anyone to come forward and confess anything. At the same time, don't be naïve when your national politicians tell you that they heard about this virus for the first time a few months ago. They didn't.

The official strategy to contain the pandemic and return life to normal focuses on vaccination. Enter Bill Gates, global vaccinator, formerly of Microsoft, hailed by the establishment and celebrities as a hero and a godsend.

Just as the MSM adore Gates, the alternative media despise him with a passion. The latter's anti-vaccine argument against Bill Gates is based on the paranoid belief that Gates's vaccines will be loaded with toxins, possibly even with a live nCov virus, and will be implemented alongside with a digital tagging policy. Without this new digital tattoo (featured at Gates's vehicle project ID2020, the Digital Identity Alliance), the critics say, no one will be allowed to re-enter society, work, spend money, or travel.

Look Who's Coming to the Rescue! (7 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The highlight of the anti-Gates video from Truthstream Media (above), was the creepy Microsoft patent (PCT/US2019/038084), published 26 March 2020, with the Satanic-looking publication number, WO/2020/060606: CRYPTOCURRENCY SYSTEM USING BODY ACTIVITY DATA. You can read the patent here. You have to hand it to independent researchers Aaron and Melissa Dykes for spotting this patent and for asking whether it is a positive initiative for the public. From the patent's précis:
"Human body activity associated with a task provided to a user may be used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency system. A server may provide a task to a device of a user which is communicatively coupled to the server. A sensor communicatively coupled to or comprised in the device of the user may sense body activity of the user. Body activity data may be generated based on the sensed body activity of the user. The cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify if the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system, and award cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified."
You may not agree with what Truthstream Media says about Gates. But it is fair to ask: does this Microsoft patent look innocent? You can read more here, specifically:
"Some exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure may use human body activity associated with a task provided to a user as a solution to 'mining' challenges in cryptocurrency systems. For example, a brain wave or body heat emitted from the user when the user performs the task provided by an information or service provider, such as viewing advertisement or using certain internet services, can be used in the mining process. Instead of massive computation work required by some conventional cryptocurrency systems, data generated based on the body activity of the user can be a proof-of-work, and therefore, a user can solve the computationally difficult problem unconsciously. Accordingly, certain exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure may reduce computational energy for the mining process as well as make the mining process faster."
More questions about patents are aimed at the leading anti-nCov US government advisor, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Anthony Fauci. Americans' confidence in him depends on their trust in his reputation. The patents Fauci owns, which are there for anyone to read, make it look like nCov is part of big business, from which Fauci will profit.

Fauci’s Patents - You Guessed It - Straight Out Of HIV (9 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

It also doesn't look good that the son of Robert F. Kennedy, Robert, Jr.has opposed vaccines for years, on the grounds that vaccines can be loaded with harmful ingredients by malevolent actors. Coincidentally, this past week, Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter (Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean) and his great-grandson (Gideon) died in a canoeing accident. Maeve was pro-vaccine, and criticized her uncle over his activism. This Kennedy family tragedy, intimately related to vaccine development and policies, comes at a time when there are plans to vaccinate billions of people worldwide.

Concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy for SARS-CoV 1. Click to enlarge. Image Source: 4chan.

I am not posting these videos to condone alternative views on vaccines. Regarding Gates's eagerness to vaccinate, I would nevertheless highlight issues of serious concern. First, the MSM and governments must address questions raised by medical research (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32092539) from 22 February 2020 (Microbes and Infection, March 2020) that nCov uses antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). ADE implies that the virus uses your antibodies against you. This means that a vaccine would worsen COVID19 in the body, not prevent it.

Right at the moment when vaccine promoters face serious questions from the alternative media, we reach another prestige magic trick. The alternative media are subtly supplanted by parallel media agents who look like activists, but who have unclear origins and motives. Take the recent Anonymous anti-Gates video, which I previously featured in this post.

Anonymous declared war to Bill Gates. (6 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

It is well-known that the Anonymous hacker group is no longer what it was. Once characterized as "a digital version of Robin Hood" which brought hacktivism to the mainstream, the group's lead hackers were arrested and brought to trial in the early 2010s. Now, rather like WikiLeaks, Anonymous is not necessarily a voice of online activism. If you look carefully at this anti-Gates video, you see the prestige. The video is watermarked by www.anewspost.com. They claim on their Website:
"We are a collection of journalists and activists who are constantly researching and studying the most current updates in geopolitics, foreign policy, economics, technology, and the most vital issues of our time. We also cover entertainment news and the trending topics of the day."
But what is this? -- "anewspost.com is a publication of Midialab LTD." Midialab's Director is Hafiz Ahmed, and the company's focus is 'Digital Marketing,' established on 23 May 2019. Born November 1981, Ahmed identifies himself on Facebook as 'Sonny,' and lives in Birmingham. In another social media connection, Medialab (different spelling) and Hafiz Ahmed are cited on Facebook as part of the qualifications of one 'Doctors Wazir Qadri,' who identifies himself as a 'homeopathic doctor.'

This is the sort of arrangement which replaces the original alt media entity, Anonymous. Whether they were white hats or not, Anonymous involved actual hacktivism. Now, anyone can appropriate that group's imagery and V for Vendetta branding and create a faux version of Anonymous in its stead, which is just guerrilla marketing. On the surface, this video attacks Bill Gates. But it was produced by an identifiable marketing firm and is part of a fake opposition to the New World Order.

The video below is circulating on Youtube. It purports to show a healthcare team preparing to jab (when there is no jab available) an African American man in Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas, USA. It doesn't quite look real. Why would the medical staff allow the man to film them? Again, we are confronted with an anti-vaccine and totalitarian scare narrative, but from a dubious source. The video might be real. It might be misconstrued. It might be just what it seems to be.

Dr. Decides What's Best - Patients No longer Have Any Say (3 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

What Happens When the Media Fail

This week's truth: Would benevolent authorities really play a siren featured in The Purge horror movie franchise to start curfew in (coincidentally named) Crowley, Lousiana, USA? Crowley Curfew Siren (3 April). Video Source: Youtube.

2014's fictional predictive programming: The Purge: Anarchy (2/10) Movie CLIP - Commencement (2014) HD (24 February 2014). Video Source: Youtube.

Another question about whether or not governments have covert totalitarian agendas or whether they are acting benevolently toward the public is raised as governments everywhere release prisoners from jails. You can see a mainstream Canadian debate, expressing concern for prisoners' welfare, here. In Canada, the original reassurance ran that only non-violent offenders, who were already near the ends of their sentences, would be released.

This policy was rolled out under questionable circumstances. The courts are currently closed to the public. Yet behind closed doors, they are still operating on governmental orders, outside public and media scrutiny.

Day after day, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presents soft, comforting messages. These messages manipulate the public with crisis propaganda and subliminal messages. Trudeau emphasizes to the Canadian people how uncomfortable, lonely, isolated, uncertain - and frightened - they must be at times. Then he offers, in soothing, gentle tones, his remedies. This week, Trudeau's soothing, gentle concern focused on the welfare of prisoners, leading to the release of violent offenders, with histories of murder, home invasion, stalking, kidnapping, sexual interference with children, and other serious crimes.

In Canada and elsewhere, this is not a benevolent action at the best of times, much less when citizens are locked inside their homes and are fearing supply chain problemsfood shortages, and clamp-downs on farmers' markets.

Latvia: Old lady in supermarket shoved to the ground for ignoring the two metre spacing rule (6 April 2020). Video Source: LiveLeak.

Under stress, citizens are already rumoured to be tending towards increasing violence in grocery stores over social distancing, masks, and shortages of goods. Domestic abuse has increased during lockdowns. There are other strange incidents which increase public nervousness. In Vancouver, British Columbia, a woman has been telephoning citizens and frightening them with blood-curdling screams. The person who circulated this story on Twitter did so with a reference to the Devil's horns hand sign.

Prisoners are also being released en masse in other countries, usually with reassurances that they are low risk criminals (for example, see here, here, here, here, here, here and here). There has been no proper public debate to consider this action carefully. If governments are trying to maintain order, why are they releasing violent criminals - who may already have been infected in prisons' close quarters - onto the streets? MSM reports on this have trumpeted the need to do this 'to fight COVID19.'

Nurse describes 'inhumane' conditions in Quebec care home (11 April 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The positive treatment of criminals contrasts sharply with governments' negative treatment of the elderly, despite official reassurances and protestations in the face of MSM questions. The elderly supported their governments all their lives in good faith. But now, they represent a huge burden on systems everywhere. While prisoners are released and will doubtlessly spread the virus and social mayhem, senior citizens are effectively imprisoned in care homes, where they are vulnerable and COVID19 is spreading.

If states are malevolent and reluctant to bear the expense of caring for seniors, this time could be a dark period when that problem would be solved, in the most terrible way, with no one watching. The spread of COVID19 could even be covertly encouraged through poor hygiene and care, and the elderly will die as the disease spreads in closed facilities. Workers in the care homes complain that seniors are a "low priority."

These elderly people are denied access to their families, which leaves them in distress. There is no one watching to hold staff to account. Families are told not to bother sending senior citizens with COVID19 to hospitals. And if they are brought to hospitals, they are subject to triage protocols which will prioritize others' lives over theirs, and leave them to die.

To be fair, on 27 March 2020, the blog of the European Respiratory Society commented that the current generation of ICU medics are not trained to deal with a pandemic-level flood of serious cases of a novel virus, many of them elderly with underlying conditions:
"Most of our intensivists and intensive care nurses, although trained to care for individuals with a wide range of life-threatening conditions, have never encountered a public health emergency like the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. They are professionals trained to care for the individual sick patient in need of intensive care as a goal and an end in itself, and not as an individual as part of a whole society facing scarce resources. The ethical standards of patient-centered intensive care differs considerably from the ethical standards of public health. It is uncertain if we can safeguard the good ethical standard of moral equality of persons when we possibly face more patients in need of care than there are beds and ventilators available at the intensive care unit. This uncertainty on how to fairly allocate limited resources can create serious moral tension for clinicians."
But what if the health care workers are working inside a hostile bureaucratic system which wants - although it will deny it and never admit it - a whole portion of the elderly population dead? A hideous ageism aligns with malformed administrative priorities, measured in time and money. This is something that the triage ethics debates do not address. The doctors and nurses never say, at least publicly, that they are operating inside a higher architecture which could be anti-life. It is too politically incorrect to even touch on the possibility.

I am not stating it is so, but that possibility exists. This could become mass murder of a whole generation without perpetrators. With the courts closed, the only way to confirm it is to hold governments and bureaucrats accountable through the media. As the elderly are treated, so will we be treated. The precedents aren't great. In the 2008 recession, governments bailed out the banks and corporations and instituted socialism for the rich. Now, they are taking the welfare out of the welfare state.

Mother Claims Her Children Were Taken Out of Her Custody Because of Her Proximity to COVID-19 (24 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The pandemic offers smokescreen for arbitrary actions by closed courts and government departments. In Oklahoma, a health care worker, who is not infected, is in danger of losing custody of her child. The fact that she works in a clinic and thus is in more danger of becoming infected is being used to renegotiate a custody arrangement and to take her child away from her. This is happening in a courthouse that is closed to the public due to the viral outbreak.

On 7 April 2020, the New York Times reported that the threat of COVID19 exposure is being used against firefighters, health care workers, and other essential workers in custody battles for their children. On 9 April 2020, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families declared that the state can take custody of children if parents test positive with COVID19. These are not good precedents. It won't be long before you don't have to test positive; just having some symptoms might be enough to lose your children. Rather like the nursing homes, we get the sense that things can happen behind closed doors, with no media to observe and question these activities. Don't expect there to be surviving records of children forcibly taken into foster care once this is over.

With people locked up in their homes, governments and police have an open theatre of action, with no one milling around in public spaces to watch them. We have to trust that authorities will not take advantage of this time. We have to hope, when witnesses see domestic military movements, and governments explain those away, that they are telling the truth and those movements aren't aimed at us.

The only serious and precise discussions on rights and freedoms which I have seen outside the media have been on law firms' Websites (as here). That means that lawyers are discussing the implications of what is happening in their own professional circles.

Ordo Ab Chao- Esau caught lying about coronavirus death (31 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Beyond that, there is no one left but the citizen journalist. The only accounts we might rely upon are testimonies and smartphone footage from eye witnesses. This week, one patient in California who was certain she had COVID19 reported strange treatment to the alt media, as she was sent home without treatment and told to return to work.

Doctors report other anomalies. Two ICU physicians, one in New York City, and one in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, took to social media and claimed that they were not encountering what they were told they would encounter. The Canadian doctor claimed he had almost no patients. That could be attributed to other factors, like the Ontario lockdown.

The New York physician claimed that COVID19 is something other than what governments and MSM said it was and is. In a 3 April 2020 report from the UK, a critical care doctor, Dr. David Hepburn, similarly told Channel 4 that they had "much younger patients than we were expecting."

FROM NYC ICU: DOES COVID-19 REALLY CAUSE ARDS??!! (31 March 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

The New York doctor, Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell, provoked questions on Real Clear Politics and the French alt media. Kyle-Sidell posted under his own name and Youtube account, where he stated:
"I am a physician who has been working at the bedside of COVID+ patients in NYC. I believe we are treating the wrong disease and that we must change what we are doing if we want to save as many lives as possible. I welcome any feedback, especially from those bedside: doctors, nurses, xray techs, pharmacists, anyone and everyone. Does this sound wrong or right, is something more right? Please let me know. @cameronks"
The LiveLeak summary of the video states:
"Covid19 is being treated as an 'Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome' A.R.D.S. This front line Doctor is saying from what he has seen it should be treated as 'Oxygen Starvation' like high altitude sickness. Using Ventilators on people who are strong enough to breathe but can't will expand their lungs to much damaging their lungs. This is possibly what is causing the lung damage, not the virus. A person starved of Oxygen is just that, they don't have A.R.D.S and they should not be treated like they do. The Virus is new the symptoms are new surely the treatment should be reviewed."

Are these real doctors? They appear to be. We have to ask because testimonies can be faked, thereby discrediting real eye witnesses. Again, the mainstream media are supposed to be the watchdogs to guard against fake reports. But they tend to support governmental authority and are increasingly in lockdown. Many mainstream reporters are confined to their houses; as they report from their living rooms and personal offices, there is not much in their domestic esthetic to separate them from bloggers and vloggers, who also report from their homes. The authority of the MSM is dissolving.

This week, the MSM profiled a medical eye witness, a nurse who claimed she was sent to treat COVID19 without a mask; her predicament was covered by the American broadcaster, CBS. On the grounds of that credibility, I mentioned her in this post.

Then trolls on Twitter began to debunk the nurse's identity and reputation. You can see them attacking the nurse's story, here. An embarrassed CBS half-heartedly backtracked their story on 6 April 2020.

With the alt media censored, it will be more and more difficult to debunk stories and policies, much less tell the difference between the real alt media and fake alt media. With the lockdowns, it will be harder to tell the difference between the real alt media and the MSM. We are potentially entering an order of power which wants no plausible witnesses. When we get our freedoms back, they will be imposter freedoms, which will magically resemble the freedoms we lost. That is the prestige of censorship.

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