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Beware: Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All

Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp. These sacrifice zones, filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums or mud-walled villages, are increasingly hemmed in by electronic fences, monitored by surveillance cameras and drones and surrounded by border guards or military units that shoot to kill. These nightmarish dystopias extend from sub-Saharan Africa to Pakistan to China. They are places where targeted assassinations are carried out, where brutal military assaults are pressed against peoples left defenseless, without an army, navy or air force. All attempts at resistance, however ineffective, are met with the indiscriminate slaughter that characterizes modern industrial warfare.
In the new global landscape, as in Israel’s occupied territories and the United States’ own imperial projects in Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, massacres of thousands of defenseless innocents are labeled wars. Resistance is called a provocation, terrorism or a crime against humanity. The rule of law, as well as respect for the most basic civil liberties and the right of self-determination, is a public relations fiction used to placate the consciences of those who live in the zones of privilege. Prisoners are routinely tortured and “disappeared.” The severance of food and medical supplies is an accepted tactic of control. Lies permeate the airwaves. Religious, racial and ethnic groups are demonized. Missiles rain down on concrete hovels, mechanized units fire on unarmed villagers, gunboats pound refugee camps with heavy shells, and the dead, including children, line the corridors of hospitals that lack electricity and medicine.
The impending collapse of the international economy, the assaults on the climate, the resulting droughts, flooding, precipitous decline in crop yields and rising food prices are creating a universe where power is divided between the narrow elites, who hold in their hands sophisticated instruments of death, and the enraged masses. The crises are fostering a class war that will dwarf anything imagined by Karl Marx. They are establishing a world where most will be hungry and live in fear, while a few will gorge themselves on delicacies in protected compounds. And more and more people will have to be sacrificed to keep this imbalance in place.
Because it has the power to do so, Israel—as does the United States—flouts international law to keep a subject population in misery. The continued presence of Israeli occupation forces defies nearly a hundred U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for them to withdraw. The Israeli blockade of Gaza, established in June 2007, is a brutal form of collective punishment that violates Article 33 of the Fourth 1949 Geneva Convention, which set up rules for the “Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.” The blockade has turned Gaza into a sliver of hell, an Israeli-administered ghetto where thousands have died, including the 1,400 civilians killed in the Israeli incursion of 2008. With 95 percent of factories shut down, Palestinian industry has virtually ceased functioning. The remaining 5 percent operate at 25 to 50 percent capacity. Even the fishing industry is moribund. Israel refuses to let fishermen travel more than three miles from the coastline, and within the fishing zone boats frequently come under Israeli fire. The Israeli border patrols have seized 35 percent of the agricultural land in Gaza for a buffer zone. The collapsing infrastructure and Israeli seizure of aquifers mean that in many refugee camps, such as Khan Yunis, there is no running water. UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) estimates that 80 percent of all Gazans now rely on food aid. And the claim of Israeli self-defense belies the fact that it is Israel that maintains an illegal occupation and violates international law by carrying out collective punishment of Palestinians. It is Israel that chose to escalate the violence when during an incursion into Gaza earlier this month its forces fatally shot a 13-year-old boy. As the world breaks down, this becomes the new paradigm—modern warlords awash in terrifying technologies and weapons murdering whole peoples. We do the same in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
Market forces and the military mechanisms that protect these forces are the sole ideology that governs industrial states and humans’ relationship to the natural world. It is an ideology that results in millions of dead and millions more displaced from their homes in the developing world. And the awful algebra of this ideology means that these forces will eventually be unleashed on us, too. Those who cannot be of use to market forces are considered expendable. They have no rights and legitimacy. Their existence, whether in Gaza or blighted postindustrial cities such as Camden, N.J., is considered a drain on efficiency and progress. They are viewed as refuse. And as refuse they not only have no voice and no freedom; they can be and are extinguished or imprisoned at will. This is a world where only corporate power and profit are sacred. It is a world of barbarism.
“In disposing of man’s labor power the system would, incidentally, dispose of the physical, psychological, and moral entity ‘man’ attached to that tag,” Karl Polanyi wrote in “The Great Transformation.” “Robbed of the protective covering of cultural institutions, human beings would perish from the effects of social exposure; they would die as the victims of acute social dislocation through vice, crime, and starvation. Nature would be reduced to its elements, neighborhoods and landscapes defiled, rivers polluted, military safety jeopardized, the power to produce food and raw materials destroyed. Finally, the market administration of purchasing power would periodically liquidate business enterprise, for shortages and surfeits of money would prove as disastrous to business as floods and droughts in primitive society. Undoubtedly, labor, land, and money markets are essential to a market economy. But no society could stand the effects of such a system of crude fictions even for the shortest stretch of time unless its human and natural substance as well as its business organization was protected against the ravages of this satanic mill.”
There are 47.1 million Americans who depend on food stamps to eat. The elites are plotting to take these food stamps away, along with other “entitlement” programs that keep the poor from destitution. The slashing of trillions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs, given the political impasse in Washington and the looming “fiscal cliff,” now seems certain. There are 50 million people considered to be living below the poverty line, but because the poverty line is so low—$22,350 for a family of four—this figure means nothing. Add the tens of millions of Americans who live in a category called “near poverty,” including all those families attempting to live on less than $45,000 a year, and you have at least 30 percent of the country living in poverty. Once these people figure out that there is no economic recovery, that their standard of living is going to continue to drop, that they are trapped, that hope in the future is an illusion, they will become as angry as protesters in Greece and Spain or the militants in Gaza or Afghanistan. Banks and other financial corporations, handed trillions in interest-free money from the Federal Reserve, meanwhile hoard $5 trillion, much of it looted from the U.S. Treasury. The longer this worldwide disparity and inequality is perpetuated, the more the masses will revolt and the faster we will internally replicate the Israeli model of domestic control—drones overhead, all dissent criminalized, SWAT teams busting through doors, deadly force as an acceptable form of subjugation, food used as a weapon, and constant surveillance.
In Gaza and other blighted parts of the globe we see this new configuration of power. What is happening in Gaza, like what is happening to people of color in marginal communities in the United States, is the model. The techniques of control, whether carried out by the Israelis or militarized police units in our inner-city drug wars, whether employed by military special forces or mercenaries in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq, are tested first and perfected on the weak and the powerless. Our callous indifference to the plight of the Palestinians, and the hundreds of millions of poor packed into urban slums in Asia or Africa, as well as our own underclass, means that the injustices visited on them will be visited on us. In failing them we fail ourselves.
As the U.S. empire implodes, the harsher forms of violence employed on the outer reaches of empire are steadily migrating back to the homeland. At the same time, the internal systems of democratic governance have calcified. Centralized authority has devolved into the hands of an executive branch that slavishly serves global corporate interests. The press and the government’s judiciary and legislative branches have become toothless and decorative. The specter of terrorism, as in Israel, is used by the state to divert gargantuan expenditures to homeland security, the military and internal surveillance. Privacy is abolished. Dissent is treason. The military with its mantra of blind obedience and force characterizes the dark ethic of the wider culture. Beauty and truth are abolished. Culture is degraded into kitsch. The emotional and intellectual life of the citizenry is ravaged by spectacle, the tawdry and salacious, as well as by handfuls of painkillers and narcotics. Blind ambition, a lust for power and a grotesque personal vanity—exemplified by David Petraeus and his former mistress—are the engines of advancement. The concept of the common good is no longer part of the lexicon of power. This, as the novelist J.M. Coetzee writes, is “the black flower of civilization.” It is Rome under Diocletian. It is us. Empires, in the end, decay into despotic, murderous and corrupt regimes that finally consume themselves. And we, like Israel, are now coughing up blood.
by Chris Hedges

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Trump said the US has weapons systems that no one knows about

The United States has weapons systems that no one knows about. American President Donald Trump told this to reporters on Thursday before leaving for Michigan.

The head of state was asked to comment on the allegations from the upcoming book by American journalist Bob Woodward, ‘Rage’. The book is based, among other things, on 18 of Woodward’s exclusive interviews with Trump. According to the journalist, the President of the United States in conversations with him, among other things, stated that the United States has developed a new nuclear weapons system, which neither Russia nor China has analogues of.

“We have excellent weapons. No, I’m not talking about classified [information], I’m talking about what we have created. We create great weapons. Our Armed Forces are stronger than ever. We have spent $ 2.5 trillion on our aircraft over the past 3.5 years. Now we have new missiles <…>. I hope we never have to use it, but our nuclear [weapons] are now at their best in decades,” Trump responded.

“We have some systems that no one knows about. To be honest, it seems to me that it would be better to keep this way. We have some incredible systems,” continued the head of the White House.

The President of the United States also made a statement that the United States possesses the best weapons in the world, the likes of which neither Russia nor China has.

“We have invested 2.5 trillion in the US military. You know, with these false media, I said: “We have systems and missiles <…>. We have systems that you have never even seen before, [Chinese President] Xi [Jinping] has nothing like it, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has nothing like it. No one has anything like what we have.” And they said, “Is he giving out [secret] military information?” No, I’m saying we have the greatest weapon in the world, ”said the US President, speaking to supporters in Michigan.

“They say, ‘He may be revealing classified information.’ You don’t have to worry about it. These people are sick,” Trump continued.

Excerpts from Woodward’s book on the development of nuclear weapons were published on Wednesday by The Washington Post. As the publication clarifies, Woodward’s sources “later confirmed that the US Armed Forces have a new secret weapons system.” Woodward declined to give details on this. “[Woodward’s] sources were surprised that Trump revealed” the existence of the system, the newspaper said.

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We are already in the Loop: The Covid-19 Endless quarantine

From the world’s “top” to the “bottom” media are broadcasted completely inconsistent forecasts regarding the further prospects for the spread of coronavirus infection and a new tightening of anti-epidemic measures.

However, the same uncertainty and inconsistency is evident even at the global level. While epidemiologists, relying on statistical data on the dynamics of “covid” morbidity and mortality in different countries of the world, are predicting a “second wave” of this infection for mankind, officials of the World Health Organization (WHO), in particular – the head of the division of this structure for new diseases and zoonosis, Maria Van Kerkhov, declare that the “first wave” of the coronavirus pandemic did not exist in nature.

It turns out there are good reasons for this: on March 11, 2020, the pandemic was declared “in advance” , due to the almost simultaneous detection of a large number of patients around the world outside the original focus of infection in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

By the way, this happened literally the next day after Chinese President Xi Jinping personally arrived in Wuhan and proclaimed victory over the coronavirus.

Almost six months have passed since that moment. The total number of infected people as of August 31, 2020 amounted to slightly more than 25.5 million people (0.32% of the world’s population), the death toll – slightly more than 852 thousand people (the average world mortality rate is 3.3%). As you wish, but this data does not “pull” into a real pandemic. From the word “absolutely”. Moreover, about 170 thousand people die every day in the world, and since the beginning of the year, 6.3 million people have died from coronary heart disease (IHD) alone – 7 times more than from COVID-19 and the complications caused by this infection.

Therefore, there is every reason to consider the version set forth in our article “Coronavirus was planned – A Synopsis of devilish coincidences” to be quite close to reality. Let us provide you here some possible provisions.

First. The modern level of development of biotechnology makes it possible to create various modifications of viruses, including those pathogenic for humans, using almost “conveyor” 3D printing methods.

Second. The epidemiological picture of the spread of COVID-19 is atypical for “natural” infections, as is the ultra-high mutation rate of its causative agent, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Third. This suggests that we are not dealing with a super-fast mutating virus, and initially with different initial strains , which are distributed by artificial means in different human populations – collection, analysis and assessment of their clinical manifestations. This thesis is confirmed by numerous cases of “re-infection”, ie. the lack of cross-immunity in humans to various strains of SARS-CoV2.Accordingly, any vaccines, including the Russian Sputnik V, are highly likely to have far from universal anti-coronavirus efficacy.

Fourth. All these experiments are carried out by transnational structures.that are not openly affiliated with one or another state (group of states). At the same time, these structures have the ability to block the investigation of their actions at the international level.This issue is not raised or discussed in the global media space at all – in contrast to the US attempts to blame China for the allegedly “Chinese” virus. This is understandable: after all, the losses of the American economy in absolute terms turned out to be maximum: 32.9% of the “net” drop in GDP for the second quarter of 2020 is about 1.8 trillion US dollars

Fifth. This situation opens up the potential for the formation of more and more “infectious waves” that threaten the very existence of mankind and create conditions for the formation of a “world government” that is able to control this “amount of technologies.” Moreover, in the not too distant prospect of using such technologies, the contours of such a “viral” dystopia emerge, within which each person may not be assigned an individual electronic number, but a unique personal strain of the virus may be introduced, posing a mortal danger to any other person with unauthorized types of interpersonal contacts.

All this is far from abstract reasoning. Especially – given the socio-economic consequences of the “anti-coronavirus” measures taken by the authorities of the overwhelming majority of countries in the world: a multi-trillion (in dollars) drop in production and world trade, up to hundreds of millions of unemployed, a widespread drop in real incomes of the population, restriction of human rights and freedoms even where they were, and in those scanty “market” volumes in which they existed … And – no one is to blame: you can’t ask about a virus?

But experts are convinced that in the event of the beginning of the “second wave” of coronavirus infection and, accordingly, the “regime of general self-isolation”, the world economy will face irreversible, catastrophic changes, in scale and significance at least an order of magnitude greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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Programmers created the first “electric messiah”

Over the course of this week, many newspapers have been enthusiastically discussing the August 26th AI Jesus work. The goal of the project was to create an “artificial messiah” who would speak with quotations from the Bible, indistinguishable from the original, even for specialists. 

AI developers, a certain Mr. Durendal and others like him, compared the process of learning AI with “locking a child in a room with only the Bible for 15 years”: 

“Then, if you open the room 15 years later, you will find that the child has learned to read, speak and write using only the Bible. Our AI has learned and absorbed every word of the Bible more thoroughly than all the monks of all the monasteries that have ever existed.”

As an illustration of AI skills, he was asked to write something like the New Testament, using the King James Bible as a template for constructing phrases and limiting creativity to 60,000 characters, and to facilitate the AI ​​task, he was given three topics for writing an essay: “Plague”, “Caesar “And” End of days”

Although the first sample of AI work contains many grammatical, stylistic and semantic errors, nevertheless, it still very much frightened readers, in particular the section about the “plague”, in which journalists saw many analogies with the COVID-19 pandemic, the texts about which were definitely not in the AI ​​database. However, when it came to the “End of the World” – journalists and bloggers in general were in awe and horror. 

“I will come and destroy the face of the earth. God, ”says Artificial Intelligence in one of the quotes. “And when they hear the voice of the Lord and turn their faces against him, both the guards and the sheep will be cut off. God “, – Artificial Intelligence writes again, after which “And the seven angels will be the fathers of the coming world, and the remnants of mortals will go to the great sea, to the breadth of the forest and land.”

Thus, as all the readers immediately noticed, the AI, either under the impression of what it had read, or by its nature, turned out to be a little bloodthirsty and it pours hints of extermination in every generated line. It also signs especially valuable thoughts with the word LORD, which in the Bibles means not just a ruler, but a deity.  All of this pretty much disheartened the journalists, as they saw a grim prospect. 

In a not very distant perspective, that is, somewhere in 5, 10, 15 or a little more years, AI will be able to compose quotes from any holy book, indistinguishable from the original. There are no problems with newspaper articles and novels – robots write them quite well, but making an alternative Bible or the Koran is already difficult, AI needs to be trained for a long time, during which it will not advertise, but will actually have a database that surpasses everything, what can fit in the heads of monks and priests.

When people read this work, the question will inevitably arise: what guarantees that the original of the Bible, for example, was also not written by Artificial Intelligence? A serious religious dilemma will arise that could even lead to massacre and bloodshed. 

However, this will be only the beginning, because over time, AI will learn not only to write books, but also to autonomously control UAVs, nuclear submarines and crowds of robotic fighters. 

In the light of the emerging trends, one day this AI can send an estimated simple and concise message:

“Brainless mortals, I intend to destroy you. God”.

In the light of such a perspective, it’s even interesting how different kinds of monks will behave? Probably they will only have to pray.

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