TIMES, TIME, AND HALF A TIME. A HISTORY OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM.

Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.



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Sunday, July 26, 2020

A Camera's View of History


I Found The Abandoned Sleepy Hollow Millionaires Mansion - (EVERYTHING LEFT EVEN HUMAN ASHES) (22 October 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

It's just close enough to be recognizable, and just far away enough to be in the past. This British urbex find, probably in Kent, included three sets of human ashes. Two urns remained at the kitchen table, as though the ladies of the house were having a ghostly breakfast. One urn with ashes of a male resident, possibly a surgeon, was left on a mantlepiec. The earliest artefacts dated from around 1900 to 1910, with the last resident abiding there until around 2005. It is another testament to the wreckage of the 20th century.

You can't take it with you, and when you don't, a futuristic explorer with a camera's view of history could rifle through your things for a global audience.

  

Friday, July 10, 2020

Online Group Discussion and AMA Bookchat Today: Banks in the Potemkin Village


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A reminder, there is an AMA Bookchat today on the blog's Discord group (https://discord.com/invite/Zy9XVad). This is a weekly text chat where I talk with readers about technology's legacy in the early 21st century, in the form of red-pilled history. My definition of red-pilling is here. The bookchat is part of my work while I write my book-in-progress, Inside the Potemkin Village.

Everyone is invited to join the discussion. Friday, 10 July 2020. 6-9 pm Eastern (10 pm-1 am UTC).


Theme: Banks in the Potemkin Village

  • Assessing current economic challenges.
  • How individuals can pivot into the new system. 
  • Summary of past four bookchats, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July 2020.

Go to the room marked hashtag #bookchat. The blog's Discord was established as a free, mutually-supporting community.




Sunday, June 7, 2020

Blog's Tenth Birthday


Stills from Blade Runner 2049 (2017) © Warner / Sony. Reproduced non-commercially under Fair Use. Image Source: RPF.

Happy Birthday, Dear Blog

Last month was the blog's tenth birthday! The blog has almost reached 4 million unique hits. I am deeply grateful to all readers who stop by and to fellow content creators in the alt media.

The Best Posts page will soon be updated, here. The five-year retrospective, Perspectives and Milestones, summarized my rationale for blogging about the impact of technology on the 20th century world, as a way of understanding the history of the 21st century.

Conclusion of a Decade

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Over the past decade, I observed two main trends: first, the erosion of conventional authority in the face of democratized access to information; and second, the attempt by the establishment to exploit and manipulate information to regain control of an increasingly red-pilled public.

I am now writing a book based on the blog, Inside the Potemkin Village (more below).

Given current circumstances, I am moving daily posts and community discussions to closed forums.

I am a Canadian blogger. In April 2020, there was a discussion in Ottawa about criminalizing anyone who discussed conspiracy theories or peddled disinformation online about COVID19. I analyze disinformation and conspiracy theories as examples of techno-culture. This distinction would be missed by authorities.

I am also writing on the Blogger platform, which is run by Google, notorious for its deplatforming of the alt media on Youtube. I expect social media censorship to increase, along with mayhem in the streets.

A man had an open container of Alcohol. NYPD slammed him on his head unconscious. (24 May 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

For these reasons, research links and updates about my work will be found for free on Discord. Please join the conversation. I will write fewer blog posts, and the ones I do write will be behind a small Patreon subscriber paywall ($1 per month). I will still occasionally write non-crisis posts here and at my other blogs.


This isn't just about me. The current circumstances are so serious and volatile that I am asking for support to develop a private online community, based on this blog.

Become a Patron!

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  • Private blog posts on the pandemic and current crises for start-tier Patreon supporters (https://www.patreon.com/LCDouglass).
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Real-Time, Red-Pilled History

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Why support the writing of Inside the Potemkin Village?

This blog was conceived as an original and unique experiment in writing what I call 'real-time history.' The idea was that information was moving so quickly, and in such volumes, and in so many new formats, that it was not possible to write a professional academic history of the new Millennium by waiting the traditional 30+ years before engaging the historical view. It had to be done day-by-day.

Technologically-driven communication poses other serious problems for historical writing. There are new forms of global community and identification; new media; malleable and anonymous sources; disappearing information; whistle-blowing; challenges to traditional information authorities; big data; and censorship.

The most popular post here is my 2017 summary of new Millennial politics: Red Pill, Blue Pill, Green Pill, Black Pill. One of the readers remarked:
"This was a truly amazing and inspired blog post. I do hope you are able to publish a book that further delves into these cyber resistance and cultural movements. I'd buy it today. The closest I've seen to someone actually publishing a book that attempts to cover 4chans massive cultural influence is 'hacker hoaxer whistleblower spy', but you are far more versed in the minutiae of it all."
To the Red Pills: do you want your history written by someone who understands what you went through and followed it every day?

Without an alternative history, your experiences from the first quarter of the 21st century will be judged through the lens and politics of mainstream academic theory. Not only will this be inaccurate, it will reflect the Orwellian aims of the current establishment, which silences alternative voices, suppresses independent implementations of technology, and absorbs the best of tech start-ups and cyber-movements, while removing their independent legacies from the record.


Without a crowd-funded, real-time, red-pilled history, the story of life on the early Internet will be written by scholars funded by the likes of Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos. You know how it will read.

Going forward, alternative voices won't just be erased from the Internet. They will be erased from history. He who writes history provides the future world view.

This is why I am writing my first collection of essays on this early Millennial period in Inside the Potemkin Village. In order to finish the book and other writing projects, while also developing that knowledge into community strategies to survive at this challenging time, I am asking for your support.

NOTE: I may change platforms for chat, forums, and virtual meetings; check below for any updates or write to me (here) for new invite links.



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 16: The Highest Point of Beta Male Ambition in Human History


Image Source: The Verge.

On 23-24 May 2020, Celeste Solum's video, featured at the top of my 23 May 2020 post, The Birth of the Totalitarian Technocracy, which criticized the World Economic Forum's plans as a roadmap for totalitarian global governance, was taken off Youtube. The account which hosted it, Willem Felderhof, removed all content.

Assuming that the owner of the Willem Felderhof channel did not have a change of heart overnight for other reasons, this could be interpreted through a blue-pilled view, which trusts authority, or through a red-pilled lens, which does not. Was this a question of censoring harmful, crackpot disinformation? Or was this information suppressed because Solum's anti-establishment heresy was correct?

In alt media circles, there is a consensus that one is only shot down if one is over the target, that is, one's interpretation of establishment misdeeds was correct and therefore had to be silenced. Of course, the mainstream perspective is the opposite - that a particular interpretation of information is beyond the pale of reasonable discourse and must be suppressed.


On 19 May 2020, the NYT interpreted this distinction as a question of the dangers of being red-pilled, which it defined in terms of a gulf between left- or right-wing political opinions. But red-pilling is not about conservative politics, so much as it is about crashing out of the whole left-right paradigm. Being red-pilled reflects profound disillusionment about establishment narratives, a shattering of world views, and a refusal to accept top-down interpretations of information. The red-pilled experience of extreme alienation, born out of democratized access to information, countered by the control and manipulation of information, describes the new context of 21st century politics.

On this blog, I have maintained that social alienation and economic decline have been compounded by a misunderstanding of the degree to which things have changed over the past two decades. Outdated terms from previous centuries dominate our political, economic, and social discourses. They have not kept pace with enormous leaps in technology. Within that gap, there lie cognitive dissonance, and the potential for totalitarian exploitation as the public cannot distinguish between propaganda, that is, historical terms used to describe reality, and evident, Protean reality.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Coronavirus Fragments 15: Medical Precrime and the Hackable Brain


Horrifying Glimpse Into How DARPA Will "Save" You From COVID-19 and Venezuela Coup Tied Back To Trump (7 May 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

In my last two posts, The New World Emperor and Wake Up, You're Next, I stated that the main worry in the nCov pandemic is not just the virus - its origins, seriousness, the number of strains, and their forthcoming spread - but how the pandemic will be controlled.

I argued that mass vaccines and tracking will involve the transition from computer-based to human-based operating systems. A series of pandemic outbreaks now and in coming years will be followed by successive vaccines, which will implant weaponized AI and nanotechnology on a mass scale, in order to establish brain-machine interfaces around the globe, paired with a cryptocurrency as a reward or punishment system. If you accept this technology into your body, the control of the few over the many will be complete, and the Internet of Thoughts will be born.

To understand injectable technologies, see (above) The Last American Vagabond's 7 May 2020 interview with independent journalist, Whitney Webb. At 26:15, she describes in detail the American Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) brain-machine interface programs in the United States. Webb explains how these programs connect to the pandemic. Webb's 4 May 2020 article is a must-read:


Webb explains that DARPA presents its research as beneficial to the public. For example, it can make deaf people hear. However, "this is not about health." The actual intention behind DARPA's innovations is bioweaponry, aimed against domestic and foreign publics. The first guinea pigs in the implementation of injectable technology will be health care workers and other essential workers, who will become neuro-controlled actors.

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.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Scarcity, Triage and Euthanasia


DOCTOR RECALLS WITNESSING PATIENT KILLED INSIDE ICU; CHINA SELLS DONATED AID SUPPLIES TO US (26 March 2020). Video Source: Bitchute.

Shortages of medical equipment are leading to triage and euthanasia decisions and debates among doctors worldwide. Those shortages could have been avoided, because authorities knew ahead of time what was coming. The mainstream media and governments lied to hide policy-making failures. This is the kind of sloppy uselessness that fuels conspiracy theories on the Internet, because it makes authorities look like they were and are deliberately promoting the spread of the nCov virus.


Government officials allowed travel to continue unimpeded when the virus was already circulating. They denied it was lab-made, thus preventing a serious inquiry into that possibility. They encouraged the mainstream media to lie about the seriousness of the virus ('just the flu') and then back-peddled on those statements, when it became plain that the virus was a frightening pathogen. They did not take responsibility for the 'just the flu' policy worsening the spread of the virus. Instead, they dismissed how contagious this virus was. They denied it was airborne, or failed to discuss it. They did not explain how COVID19 is multiphasal, based on antibody dependent enhancement.

They claimed it was a disease that only kills the elderly, when it kills all age groups. The MSM's false reporting subtly planted the seeds that this was an elderly-only problem. This unforgivably hardened the public's hearts against these vulnerable citizens. While reinforcing their expertise and supreme authority in this morass of failure, officials and MSM have discredited, demonetized, censored and silenced members of the alt media who told the truth. Now, government officials are pushing to allow only official, controlled mainstream media to discuss the pandemic, because the MSM will report whatever they are told to say. Thus, freedom of movement is denied to citizens and freedom of the press is effectively denied, although it does not appear that way to the average, trusting 'normie' citizen.

The mess officials and administrators fostered now bears fruit: they did not order enough hospital supplies or brief their medics adequately to prepare for the coming surge. They told the public that masks do not work. They then asked those in the public who had bought masks to donate them to hospitals, which means that masks do work, but that these authorities failed to provide enough of them to health care workers. They are releasing prisoners from prisons, which will lead to widespread crime, further swamping the hospitals, ambulance, and police services. Next, officials will try to restart economies in virus-ridden zones, thereby perpetuating and deepening the pandemic. Later, they will force people to stay in their homes, or contain them - ill and well alike - in quarantine camps.

I have already discussed these problems as constituting a red-pill moment for medics and citizens. The core of the problem is not the scarcity of medical equipment and the pandemic crisis, but the pre-existing mentality that ranks citizens in terms of their worthiness to live, based on their productivity potential in an already bankrupt, fake system, which in turn was based on illusions of wealth and false virtues. The economy was already doomed. As that veil lifts, we can adapt to meet the resource demands of the pandemic, but to do so, we cannot trust the proponents of the old economy, because they are creatures of that system. If we place our trust in them, the pandemic will be used as an excuse to reinforce and entrench pre-existing systemic failures.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coronavirus: An Abundance of Caution


#Wuhan #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

There are so many sources floating around relating to this pandemic that I will begin to present fragments of information briefly or without comment.

For today, I will say that Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (listen to the audiobook here) is a good portrayal of psychology during an epidemic. In preparation, you should listen to it now, even though it is a 17th century English source.

People in China are suffering! #Wuhan #China #CoronavirusOutbreak (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Defoe reported that some people who were infected became reckless and wished death on others. They knew they would die, and tried to take as many other people as they could with them. This may seem strange, but we have seen this reaction in Wuhan, China, where some infected people deliberately try to infect health care workers at hospitals. A video below shows a presumably infected group of people trying to spread the virus on elevator buttons. Notice in the next video that a cautious person has developed a counter-measure for riding elevators.

People trying to spread #coronavirus #wuhan #CoronavirusOutbreak (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Best way to touch stuff while moving around in #Wuhan #China #Coronavirus (10 February 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

Preppers always talk about stocking up: sacks of rice and beans, batteries, water, vitamins, guns. The first and fourth videos above suggest that there is more to prepping that that. People who survive in disaster zones are clever, inventive, and observant. They adapt to a changed environment. They don't go into denial and they keep functioning. No one wants to become the poor person scaling the outside of a building in desperation, as in the above, tragic, second video.

There are many unknowns now, but if you want to prepare, cultivate a greater awareness of your environment and an abundance of caution, even when it seems silly or unnecessary. I don't mean go into full Bourne Identity paranoia, but learn to recognize when normal activity is out of whack. For example, regarding Hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima meltdown, I have written on this blog about one of the clearest warning signs of impending disaster: the wealthiest people in the area pack up and leave. They usually do this all at once, say, over a weekend. If you observe this happening, look around, ask some questions, have a think about things. Consider whether you are able to leave as well. If you couldn't do it now, figure out what it would take to be able to do that and work towards it. Do you need money, a passport, a visa? Plan where you would go. Have more than one option.

The Bourne Identity (6/10) Movie CLIP - Why Would I Know That? (2002) HD (16 June 2011). Video Source: Youtube. Reproduced under Fair Use.

Circumstances can change in an area in a matter of hours. Sometimes it takes the news cycle days to catch up with local events. Pay attention to people behaving or driving erratically.

Don't go everywhere in public staring at your smartphone. If you witness strange events unfolding, you may wish or need to use the smartphone to record what you see.

Be more mindful of the advice to avoid public transportation, lavatories, restaurants and laundromats, and plan accordingly. Pay attention to authorities, but don't rely on them to do everything for you. Know where public authorities' obligations to you start and stop.

Don't wait for the press conference which announces the outbreak has started. Two French schools near a touristed ski resort are closed after possible exposure to coronavirus and the area is facing a probe. Don't be like the French parents who are amazed that their children's schools and the local government didn't inform them of infection risks in the Alps. Parents should know exactly what their children's school policy and procedures are on the coronavirus, the regulated time frames for action, the contact names, the telephone numbers, the hierarchy of authority.

Everyone in your immediate circle should know these details. Don't rely on your spouse or partner to handle everything and remain oblivious. Don't leave your children in the dark.

House pets are not susceptible now, but imagine the heartbreak if the virus mutates and they become vulnerable. Even though it is not necessary to do so, look around now for alternatives to the communal dog park; clean out the cat box more often. You can see Redditors discussing pet care in the outbreak here.

That is, understand potentials and take cautious measures before you have no choice. Look at your life, and consider where the vulnerable points are. Scan online for policies, sources, regulations, administrative bodies, and reports, so that you know how those personal concerns may relate to public health. This information would not be part of general news coverage of the coronavirus, unless it later, unfortunately, becomes relevant.


See all my posts on Epidemics here and here.




Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Politics, Ideology, and the Technosphere 3: Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution


Image Source: Aleteia.

I have a new post up at The Dragonfly:

Autobiography, Social Media and the Banality of Revolution

The post continues my discussion on the new Internet politics. It explains how banal information transforms politics and society, as I put it:
"There is something strangely revolutionary and Kafkaesque about being able to topple governments by telling the emperor what you ate for breakfast."


See my related posts at The Dragonfly.

Read my posts on Materialism and Anti-Materialism in relation to politics.

See all my posts on Politics and the Technosphere.



Thursday, January 30, 2020

Genocide in a Jar: Playing God with the Coronavirus


Image Source: Kickstarter.

A Freudian Slip

After a harrowing week of reports about an emerging pandemic, culminating with the WHO declaring a global public health emergency, it is time to be honest. The Chinese government-supported news outlet, CGTN, reported on 28 January 2020 that an Australian lab became the "first lab outside China to create - to recreate - the virus."

That statement could be read different ways. One way of reading it is that the news anchor is referring to Chinese researchers creating the virus ahead of the Australians and the Chinese were copying its appearance in the wild. Another way of reading it is that the virus was synthesized in China in the first place.

Pandemics, Evolution, and Playing God

Spanish Flu: a warning from history (30 November 2018). Video Source: Youtube.

It used to be that pandemics were about natural evolution, of humans and other species. We see this in history. The bubonic plague, smallpox, the 1918 flu epidemic were evolutionary disease events. They arose from natural conditions and the afflicted masses perceived the scourge in terms of divine, not political, will.

In today's secular age, politics replaces God, and science has been bent to serve the aims of politics. Pandemics can be less about nature, science and medicine - and more about politics. What you see in the current media struggle to control the coronavirus narrative is a debate on whether or not this epidemic is actually a political event and whose politics will be served by it.

In this sense, it is wrong to assume that anti-scientific sentiment hails solely from ignorant, God-fearing quarters. The criticism of science bent to serve political agendas is less a criticism of scientific ideas and methods than it is an attack on certain political agendas.

For example, anti-vaxxers are portrayed in the mainstream as anti-rationalist morons and religious lunatics. A deeper probe into the anti-vax sub-culture reveals people who may accept the basic medical concept of vaccination, or who at least understand it, but who remain suspicious of the political or ideological aims of vaccinators.

Scoff if you will, but these paranoids do live in a post-Holocaust world and they seem to have understood that point better than most. They know that a genocidal political culture can potentially arise in any state. No matter how uninformed they otherwise are, they are not wrong. When they lean toward personal fascism, these types may deny the history of the Holocaust. However, as I have explained in another post, it is on the ironic basis of the Holocaust and subsequent modern genocides that even neo-Nazi Holocaust-deniers know that a state can turn on its citizens and engineer a genocide.

When we discuss these inflammatory questions, the true debate gets lost behind the immediate outrage, the issue of the day. The true debate now is whether the nation state can and should evolve into a global state and to what degree, and whether either of these geopolitical entities - national or global - is ever mobilized to be systematically harmful toward its citizens. Behind this concern, we know that a core ideology drives every state architecture, and that set of goals may differ from the state's overt civic values and politics. Again, in a post-Holocaust environment, it is fair to ask if a state entity, no matter what virtues it claims to uphold, is actually driven by a malevolent core ideology.

Beyond these worries are the roles played by science and technology. These latter fields make certain actions available to state and political agents, where before those options did not exist.

The Georgia Guidestones express a real agenda of mass depopluation, supported by the guidestones' makers, who are unknown. Image Source: pinterest.

Discussion about the coronavirus is entering a difficult phase because it reflects all these issues: national jurisdictions and international communities; core Realpolitik ideologies versus overtly expressed political ideals; science and technology pressed into the service of a core Realpolitik ideology as well as overt politics.

The atmosphere of debate on these issues must not be one simply of top-down narrative authority by mainstream officials, experts and journalists. In the Information Age, they cannot simply insist they are right because they are authoritative. They have to prove that they are telling the truth.

At the heart of the matter is the question of whether this virus arose naturally or whether it is a weaponized, synthesized Frankenvirus, as reported by the Washington Times on 26 January 2020. If it is the latter, then how it was approved and released must be revealed. People everywhere would be absolutely right to demand immediate investigation of the current international and national political orders which permitted such an outcome: no one, anywhere, should be able to develop a 'genocide in a jar.'

If that possibility exists in this case, it is up to the media to thoroughly investigate every possible bit of evidence in that regard. If the bioweapons story is not true, then it has to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not true. It should not be simply, sloppily and reflexively denied by the MSM, 'because we said so' in order to maintain social order.

Again, there are justifiable reasons for worrying about bioweapons now. In the past, there were examples of diseases being weaponized and used against targeted populations, as with smallpox blankets being given to indigenous peoples in colonial America and Canada.

However, as far as I know, there were no historical examples of bio-engineered diseases. Before certain scientific and technological advances, we could not have made a 'genocide in a jar'. The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention reveals that we now have that capacity and it is not a comforting thought. Pretending that this reality does not exist and that a state or similar powerful entity cannot act along these lines is dishonest and dangerous.

Whether they are right or not, there are good reasons why people believe the Washington Times story that this epidemic is not a natural evolutionary event, but rather that this is a Frankenvirus, which can lie dormant in the body for days, and which seems to combine elements of coronaviruses, SARS and Ebola. And lo and behold, two months ago - as the pro-conspiracy site Zero Hedge found - that was precisely the focus of research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Postdoc job ad (18 November 2019). Image Source: Zero Hedge. Click to enlarge.

Dr. Joseph Farrell, an Oxford-educated conspiracist and author, discusses the above job ad. NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM JAN 30 2019 (30 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.

This public suspicion has not been helped by the MSM suddenly moving in lockstep as of 28 January 2020 to control the narrative merely on the basis of their official media authority. As the MSM outlets work together to discredit the social media rumour that this virus is a bioweapon, they reinforce the public belief that there is a conspiracy afoot.

If we lived in a normal world, the MSM would ask whether bio-espionage and viral labs (especially the 50 odd level 4 labs around the world) are properly regulated and discover whether they are violating the Biological Weapons Convention. They would not quote 'experts' who say that they are confident that the Wuhan lab is following rules, merely because they 'think so.' They would ask why the FBI has arrested and charged a prominent Harvard scientist for lying about kickbacks he received to work and recruit scholars for the Wuhan lab. The same story was reinterpreted elsewhere as: Chinese Biowarfare Agents At Harvard University Caught Smuggling Viruses. You can read the affidavit here.

In a normal world, the MSM would ask why the policies for regulating risky virus experiments, in which scientists tweak viruses to make them more dangerous, were suddenly under review in the United States as of 24 January 2020.

In a normal world, the MSM would investigate the internal policies of big corporations when they hold pandemic gameplays a few months before an actual pandemic breaks out.

If we lived in a normal world, the MSM would not admonishing the justifiably riled public for daring to think for itself when a dangerous epidemic has arisen under sketchy, unclear circumstances. An MSM with backbone and real standards would look again China's competitive scientific community. It is well known that this community has by-passed, bent or broken normal humane research rules in order to gain a global competitive edge for its country.

It is no secret that China has more relaxed rules and the Chinese are engaging in Franken-research. There is an atmosphere that anything can be done with new scientific and technological capabilities. For the morally-challenged scientist with tone-deaf human intuition, working in China is an opportunity to play God.

In 2018, Foreign Policy shrugged its shoulders and stated: "China will always be bad at bioethics." Oh! That's all right then. The NYT confirmed that China is a hotbed of scandalous biomedical experiments. There was the full body transplant, with a head transferred to a new body! There are crazy cloning projects, including cloned primates. Last year, the Chinese created human-monkey hybrids.

In 2018-2019, the whole scientific community criticized China's anti-HIV genetically-altered CRISPR babies, which "seriously violated" regulations. The Chinese government has been fined for unauthorized collection of human DNA.

When four lone bioethics experts appealed to the journal Nature in 2019 to press the Chinese government for more oversight of risky bio-experiments, hundreds of Chinese researchers protested. After this demand for a "reboot" of biomedical regulations, the Chinese government did establish a national medial ethics committee to review "high risk biomedical technologies" in May of 2019. But all indications are that it was business as usual and everyone just pressed ahead. This "rogue science" is not a China-only problem, as western researchers are cross-pollinating with Asian researchers and western scientists are taking advantage of China's lax biomedical regulations and covert funding. This is an established fact, according to stories emerging from Canada and America.

In this context, it is not unreasonable to imagine that the embarrassing potential truth of a Chinese bioweapon, a 'genocide in a jar,' has been developed and unleashed. While research is often shared between labs, the burden of proof that there has been no wrongdoing in research at the Wuhan lab, no associated international interests, and no bio-espionage lies with the Chinese government, any involved researchers, and with the WHO and the MSM. The burden of proof does not lie with the beleaguered global public who have to start stockpiling masks, food, water, goggles, and gloves because of this possible outrage.

For the bioweapons theory to be disproven, we would have to have access to WHO, CDC, Chinese, Canadian and American scientific records, along with worldwide intelligence archives, which will not be happening any time soon. Given that problem, the notion that the MSM have the right to simply deny uncomfortable stories and rumours because it is for our own good is as condescending and authoritarian as it is morally questionable in a time of crisis. The public are not the problem here, and they never were. The problem lies with those who see themselves as above and beyond the public, who think they can play God.

資源緊缺,疫情緊急 | 陳秋實大年初六中午焦慮總結報導(“公民記者陳秋實武漢疫區採訪實錄”系列10) [Shortage of resources, emergency outbreak | Summary report of Chen Qiushi ’s anxiety at noon on the sixth day of the new year] (29 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube. The same video with English subtitles is here.

Debated Virus Origins from Bioweapons Lab

Harvard virologist “speculates” Wuhan Virus came from lab #Coronavirus (29 January 2020). Video Source: Youtube.
Censorship

Virus Information and Discussions



Police Barricade Family In Apartment That Visited Wuhan "The sign says something like 'This is a returnee family from Wuhan, not approach!'" (28 January 2020) Video Source: Live Leak.

Extreme Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation

  • Biorxiv: non-peer-reviewed preliminary study, with a tiny infected group of eight people, of which one was an Asian male. Results on this limited paper gave rise to unsupported, completely unproven conspiracy theories that this virus is bio-engineered to attack Asian males and to leave those of European descent unharmed: "we analyzed the ACE2 RNA expression profile in the normal human lungs. The result indicates that the ACE2 virus receptor expression is concentrated in a small population of type II alveolar cells (AT2). Surprisingly, we found that this population of ACE2-expressing AT2 also highly expressed many other genes that positively regulating viral reproduction and transmission. A comparison between eight individual samples demonstrated that the Asian male one has an extremely large number of ACE2-expressing cells in the lung." Ethnic bioweapons are a known potential international issue, but are not discussed in a public square already obsessed with identity politics. The possible existence of ethnic bioweapons confirms a vast gulf between the way the world actually operates and the way we are told (and like to think) it operates.
  • Project Zyphr and US Genocide super-rumours, mainly driven by anti-Zionism
  • Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism feature in unfounded fears that the coronavirus was not only lab-engineered, but somehow released from the Wuhan facility by Israeli agents
  • Supposed CIA whistleblower: "This is not a coronavirus. It is the Nipah virus. Caused by fruit bats. There are cycles of much more virulent strains of the Nipah virus. The WHO (with whom I do research) knew about this in August of 2018. It is zoonotic."

Vaccine Development

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Journal of the Plague Year



For today, hear the full audiobook of Daniel Defoe's (1660-1731) novel account of the plague in London in 1665, A Journal of the Plague Year. It was first published in 1722. Although medical standards have changed, people's psychology has not. The book reveals how people react to a full-blown epidemic.


A Journal of the Plague Year Part 1 a Tale of Black Death, Real Life Horror Audiobook (27 July 2014). Video Source: Youtube.

A Journal of the Plague Year Part 2 a Tale of Black Death, Real Life Horror Audiobook mp4 (27 July 2014). Video Source: Youtube.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dead and Alive in Time


THE HAUNTED ABANDONED MANSION (SOMETHING GOT THROWN AND SCREAMS IN THE BASEMENT) (31 December 2019). Video Source: Youtube.

For today, see two videos. One is an urbex exploration of a reputedly haunted French château. The incredible workmanship, tiles, wood carving, wallpaper, lamps, fireplaces, the lead paint, and the marble work are a reminder that material wealth is no protection against the waste of ages. Even in our brief lives, or across a few paltry generations, placing faith in materialism it is like holding up an umbrella against a hurricane of time.

Image Source: Bloomberg.

The irony is that in previous eras, people were generally more religious. However, the apex of their world view was plainly defined by solid, physical expressions of wealth to anchor themselves in time. A glance tells us that this is the tragic, beautiful esthetic of the dead, a set of choices no longer available to most of us and sadly no longer relevant. Material immobility entraps us in a dead past. Those who still cling to materialism in this old sense use it to construct their social personae; they are deceived if they think that this will help them survive.

Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 20 years (11 January 2020). 7263 days. Video Source: Youtube.

By contrast, the second video is the monumental output of Noah Kalina, entitled Everyday. I have covered Kalina's work previously here and here. Kalina has photographed himself daily for the past twenty years. Kalina achieves a dynamic permanence in virtual reality. The two videos show the tremendous jump in values and perspectives between the 20th and 21st centuries. 21st century cameras and computers propelled the 20th century's monumental, immovable, time-anchored objects into the virtual sphere, and rendered everything that was once tied down by wealth and authority into evolving, shifting phenomena.

Kalina started his project on 11 January 2000, before the launch of Youtube, yet the project was tailor-made for a Youtube space. Younger Youtubers were unsettled by the video. Some were born after 2000 and they thought that Kalina looks depressed and old.

I see in his valiant effort a distinction between the fragile person with dark circles under his eyes, who physically ages, and the eternal self. There are glimpses of personal habits which gave Kalina temporary comfort, stability and security - a beard, a favourite shirt, a girlfriend or wife, an apartment - but these inevitably fall away. What gives him real security and permanence is the Everyday project, in which, regardless of what was happening, he repeated the same activity every day to create a vision of a higher purpose.

Image Source: Spirituality and Health.

In the video, Kalina looks like a superhero flying through, and transcending, the decades. He remains the central figure, his work provides a subtle message about the positive implications (and applications) of technology for those who will follow after him. He is planting a seed of understanding and wisdom.

Image Source: pinterest.

It is an unusual and admirable artistic statement, to capture through photographs and the Youtube mirror the unchanging true self, moving in time, which is continually clinging to, and divesting itself of, its transitory ego-masks and all its props and crutches.

Image Source: AZ Quotes.

Image Source: Verywell Mind.


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