It takes a lot of education to keep us this stupid

by Caitlin Johnstone

The oligarchic empire is working harder and harder to bolt down our minds in service of its agendas.

Silicon Valley is working more and more openly in conjunction with the US government, and its algorithms elevate empire-authorized narratives while hiding unapproved ones with increasing brazenness.

The mass media have become so blatantly propagandistic that US intelligence operatives are now openly employed by news outlets they used to have to infiltrate covertly.

NATO and military institutions are studying and testing new forms of mass-scale psychological manipulation to advance the still developing science of propaganda.

transparently fake “whistleblower” is being promoted by the US political/media class to manufacture support for more internet censorship and shore up monopolistic control for institutions like Facebook who are willing to enforce it.

Wikipedia is an imperial narrative control operation.

They’ve imprisoned a journalist for exposing US war crimes after the CIA plotted to kidnap and assassinate him.

The powerful work so hard at such endeavors because they understand something that most ordinary people do not: whoever controls the dominant narratives about the world controls the world itself.

Power is controlling what happens; absolute power is controlling what people think about what happens.

If you can control how people think about what’s going on in their world, if you can control their shared how-it-is stories about what’s happening and what’s true, then you can advance any agenda you want to. You’ll be able to prevent them from rising up against you as you steal their wealth, exploit their labor, destroy their ecosystem and send their children off to war. You can keep them voting for political institutions you own and control. You can keep them from interfering in your ability to wage wars around the world and sanction entire populations into starvation to advance your geostrategic goals.

This status quo of exploitation, ecocide, oppression and war benefits our rulers immensely, bringing them more wealth and power than the kings of old could ever dream of. And like the kings of old they are not going to relinquish power of their own accord, which means the only thing that will bring an end to this world-destroying status quo is the people rising up and using the power of their numbers to end it. 

Yet they don’t rise up. They don’t because they are successfully propagandized into accepting this status quo, or at least into believing it’s the only way things can be right now. Imperial narrative control is therefore the source of all our biggest problems.

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Great Tennis in the Desert

The exits of Zverev and Tsitsipas means Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie, who is seeded 21st, is the top seed left in the final four. –Firstpost 16 October 16, 2021

Tennis paradise at Indian Wells 

By Roger Childs

Indian Wells is located 200 km east of Los Angeles in the desert lands of Southern California. The massive, attractively laid out Tennis Garden and the BNP Parabas tournament is owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and it is here that the 2021 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) 1000 tournament is reaching the finals. 

In the women’s section twelfth seed Ons Jabeur from Tunisia will play Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, seeded 27, while in the men’s tournament the finalists will be decided tonight.

The Indian Wells tournament is very efficiently organized, however there is a very relaxed atmosphere. The spectators are always enthusiastic and enjoy dancing and chanting to music during the breaks. The camera work is excellent and no-one in the crowd is safe!  If they appear on the big screen they wave and smile. 

The ball kids are attractively dressed and on one day the teenagers were replaced by 60+ men! The participants play hard, but get into the relaxed mood. A nice recent touch was when men’s semi-finalist, Grigor Dimitrov, extracted a ball caught under a bar for one of the ball girls. 

Lower seeds make the men’s semi-finals

There have been plenty of upsets in the men’s draw and an early casualty was top seed and US Open winner Danill Medvedev who was beaten by 23rd seed Grogor Dimitrov 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the fourth round. Then number two and three seeds Alexander Zverev and Stephanos Tsitsipas, were beaten in three sets in the quarter finals. 

High quality tennis and entertainment have featured throughout, and the rise of youngsters like Briton Cameron Norrie and local Californian Taylor Fritz has to be good for the game. So in tonight’s men’s semi-finals there is not one of the top 20 seeds!

  • Cameron Norrie (21) plays Gregor Dimitrov (23)
  • Taylor Fritz (31) plays Nikoloz Basilashvili (29)

It’s very hard to predict winners in the finals because there have so many upsets along the way. 

One certainty is that there will be first time winners in this year’s men’s and women’s tournaments and they will each receive 1000 ranking points.

‘Cooking Together’: Purslane, an Amazing Edible Weed

Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon

Cooked with Green Salsa, Butternut Squash and Potatoes

By Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff

I was thrilled to rediscover purslane at a small market in the Sunset that carries ethnic food items. I had also witnessed these leafy greens sold in outdoor markets in Mexico. Apparently, purslane grows wild almost everywhere in the world as it does not need much care or a good soil.

Photos by Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff.

Historical evidence show that purslane has been consumed by the ancient Greeks and Romans for at least 2000 years. Due to its high nutritional contents, purslane was used medicinally in the ancient China and India.However, this humble, healthy weed is hard to find in American supermarkets. Purslane is easy to find in the wild. But foragers should be careful; it may be sprayed with harmful herbicides as it is considered an invasive “weed” by gardeners. In San Francisco, you can buy purslane…

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Controversy as Israeli stats report appears to suggest 40 times higher deaths in elderly after 1st but before 2nd Pfizer dose than from covid

Controversies have trailed reports in Israeli papers including Ynet that analysed a 40 times higher death rate in over 65 year olds after their first Pfizer dose but before the second dose.

‘Fact checkers’ hurried to dismiss these numbers stating that two doses were needed for efficacy of the vaccine, however the potential side effects of the vaccine in the elderly by itself if indeed leading to more deaths from side-effects than from the vaccine in that population has been raised as a concern. And such numbers will be significant before full immunity from the second dose.

Prominent Vaccine promoter Bill Gates had discussed 700,000 potential victims and pushed for indemnity for governments ahead of the global vaccine campaign effort against covid.

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