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Rihanna Allegedly Paid 2.5 Million For Indian Farmer Protest Tweet As “Conspiracies” Emerge

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    Farmers are protesting in India because they have concerns about corporate exploitation. The Indian government is suggesting these protests have been 'hijacked' and used by those who wish to smear the current government and destabilize it.

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    Why is it so hard to find out what's really happening when it comes to geopolitics? Why are we so divided on so many issues? What's really going on here?

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In the title I put the term “conspiracies” in quotes because many times, as many of you reading this already know, many “conspiracies” are not actually conspiracies. That being said some are, but the term is used today, especially by mainstream media, to ridicule information and evidence that doesn’t fit within the framework of accepted knowledge or what seems to be getting the most attention. I recently published an article titled “India Shuts Down Internet Around New Delhi As The Corporate Takeover of Food Continues.” After doing so I came across another perspective that I did not include in that article.

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In this article I am attempting to put a decent amount of information within it to give readers an idea as to why so much controversy is currently surrounding this issue. This, to me, is unfortunate and a common theme on planet Earth. It seems it’s so hard to tell what’s really going on, especially when multiple governments in many ways have become puppets for major corporations and the major financial institutions that sit above them. Our perception with regards to these events in my opinion, in many ways, always seem to be heavily manipulated and thus more division is created among people.

The farmer protests are a good thing, in my opinion, and concerns about corporate exploitation need to be addressed. That being said, there is another perspective. What’s right and wrong doesn’t really matter. Handling it with peace and dialogue is what matters. Why can’t this be done? What is going on? It has come to my attention that others may be benefiting, that do not represent these farmers at all, by turning this into a religious fight for ulterior motives when it has nothing at all to do with that. Have rogue groups infiltrated these protests?

Why Are Farmers Protesting? Farmers are protesting three bills created by the Indian government known as the “Farm Bills.” Ever since they were approved, mass outrage has ensued coming from people within the agricultural sector. For decades, the Indian government has given farmers guaranteed prices for certain crops, but the new laws allow farmers to sell their goods to anybody for any price, giving them more freedom to sell directly to buyers as well as other states. Right now, most farmers sell the majority of their produce at government-controlled markets (referred to as mandis) for an assured price called the Minimum Support Price (MSP). They’re worried that the changes will lead to the government removing MSP, leaving farmers in a difficult position. This concern, however, has been addressed by the government, they’ve told the farmers that they will still have this option and that’s one of many reasons why many don’t understand why these farmers are upset. It’s also come to my attention that not all farmers are upset and feel that these types, and many other reforms, are needed with regards to farming in India.

These markets (mandis) are run by farmers and large landowners, they are the “middle” men that deal with storage, transport, etc. You can read more about these “middle men” here as they are also worried that they will lose their livelihoods due to these new reforms.

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So, on paper, these bills give the farmers an option of selling outside this “mandi” system if they would like. But the farmers are upset because they believe this will mark the end of the mandi system and assured prices, although the government, again, seems to have made it quite clear that this current system will stay in place. But can the government be trusted?

Farmers who are protesting believe the new reforms leave them open to exploitation as the bills allow private business to come into the equation and potentially exploit farmers. They are worried that if they are not satisfied with the price offered by a private buyer, they cannot return to the mandi system. They feel that at first these private players will come in and offer better prices, thus driving the mandis away and then after a few years the farmers will be subjected to exploitation, with no other option. They are worried that the “middle men” will be put out of business, even with the government’s promise that the mandi system will remain. While farmers could sell crops at elevated prices if the demand is there, conversely, they could struggle to meet the minimum price in years when there is too much supply in the market.

“This is a death warrant for small and marginalised farmers. This is aimed at destroying them by handing over agriculture and market to the big corporates. They want to snatch away our land. But we will not let them do this,” Sukhdev Singh Kokri, a farmer, told BBC Punjabi.

The protests have been the strongest in Punjab and the neighbouring Haryana state. There are reports that claim it’s the largest protest in history.

On the other side of the coin, I have received many messages from people in India claiming that there are protests supporting these new laws, that farmers will prosper more under these reforms and that they do nothing but good for farmers. People are quite polarized on this issue it seems. I don’t know much about it. Sadhguru, a prominent spiritual “leader” recently shared that he does not know “exactly what is it that’s upsetting the farmers.” He stated that many farmers he’s talked to in Haryana are not bothered by the reforms at all. This is interesting, as I’ve come across many people in India who feel this way. What seems suspicious is that, as usual, we are only getting one side and perspective from the mainstream media, which should, in my opinion, always raise a red flag.

Bob Blackman, a conservative party MP from the United Kingdom, has offered support to India’s farm laws, as have many others around the world. In a tweet, Blackman also posted a “blithering idiot’s guide to India’s agri reforms.” His wording could have been different, but it’s quite informative to offer the perspective we are not hearing about.

Both sides seem to be completely ridiculing one another, which is quite unfortunate.

That being said, big corporate influence in India with regards to farming and food is nothing new and this is very important to emphasize. To read and learn more about that, I suggest you read a recent article written by Dr. Vandana Shiva titled, “Indian farmers’ 30 year struggle against corporate globalisation and 40 year struggle against the green revolution.” Her books are also a great resources documenting the takeover of seed and the immoral and unethical actions of big corporations, like Monsanto, in India and all over the world.  Tens and thousands of farmers in India have committed suicide as a recent of this corporate takeover of agriculture. It’s not surprising at all why so many farmers would be against any type of multinational corporate involvement. There is a bad history in India, and many other countries with regards to this. President Modi has welcomed big agribusiness into India, and the GMOs and pesticides that come with them.

I reached out to multiple friends on Instagram who are in India, I am receiving many conflicting stories and viewpoints, but for the most part the viewpoint represented below seems to be one that’s receiving no attention in the west, so I thought I would share it. There are farmers who are very concerned, there’s no doubt about that and they have been peacefully protesting, but, according to one of my contacts in India who wishes to remain anonymous:

If you ask me, there are no absolutes in this protest and there is an element of misinformation surrounding the farm laws, not to mention labour reforms (That no one is talking about). Punjab happens to have a greater number of the most wealthiest of farmers India with a vibrant community that contributes most to agriculture and the Armed forces. Average land holdings of a farmer in Punjab happens to be 17 acres as opposed to 1-2 acres for the rest of India. The disparity within agriculture is staggering and full respects have to be paid to the Punjabis for holding up the mantle and sticking it to the man! The virtue of being the only lobby of farmers having the might and stamina to carry on a protest of this nature.

Having said that, I personally  think the laws will benefit the country and farmers as a whole. They may believe the fight is against a corporate takeover, but the truth is they will remain enslaved in debt within the “Arithiyas” or middlemen system, depriving themselves of a free market economy. This will let them sell to anyone in the world without having ever to go to a ‘Mandi’. India a far cry from developed nations where cold chains, cold storages and easy logistics are taken for granted. The very same happened with dairy farmers after AMUL took wings as a decentralised corporate entity but today it has empowered and uplifted many. The very politicians who are supporting the protests are seen fanning fires.They are also the ones that started formulating the very same reforms during their tenures.

Ironic is it not? Well this is the nature of dissent in India, Nothing is as it seems and it always looks like both parties in a brawl are right in some way. I can’t comment beyond  beyond a point being unable to put myself in the shoes of a Punjabi farmer. But all I know is, down south where I am from farmers can’t even afford to protest for even a day or they lose pay. There are no easy answers here. Hopefully, everyone  is better off after this whole movement. The farmers and the mouths they feed!

Outside Influence? Deception? Below is a statement recently released by the Indian government. They claim that “vested interests groups” are trying to “enforce” these agendas on these protests, and derail them. They are not denying that these protests are happening, and that some farmers are very concerned and worried, but they are claiming that outside influence and perhaps “actors” have infiltrated the peaceful protests to turn them violent in a possible attempt to destabilize the government and make them look like terrible people. If this is true, this does not bode well for either side, the protestors or the government and you would think that both sides would be united in not welcoming this “infiltration.” They (the government) claim that “a very small” group of farmers in certain regions do have concerns and that they are willing to work with them in a peaceful manner.

On the other hand, I’ve had videos and information sent to me from people on the scene claiming that the Indian government has hired people to provoke violence, making it look like peaceful protests are violent so the police and government can use violence as an excuse to shut down the protests and stop the movement. There are reports of human rights abuses and more. The United Nations recently gave heat to this allegation.  Again, I don’t know what to believe at this point.

Dr. Prabhjot Singh uses the “Black Cats” as an example. According to one of his recent Instagram posts, “The Indian government faced strong opposition from Sikhs in the time period between the mid 1970’s to mid-1990’s. To counter this, they set up a covert operation nicknamed “Black Cats.” The Indian government would hire individuals, and wait until they could grow beards. Then they would tie turbans and the government would send them to kill groups of Hindus in buses or villages in Punjab. During these events, the Black Cats would use names of people that the Indian government wanted to eliminate. The indian media would then publicize killings of Hindus to divide religious unity, and plaint prominent Sikh figures as a terrorists..”

This, keep in mind, was a long time ago under a completely different government, but deception tactics are common place these days amongst multiple governments, so I just wanted to use it as an example as it’s one of many. The Indian government’s claim that other powerful interests have infiltrated the protests for ulterior motives is something people are curious about. In the West, people have lost trust in mainstream media so much that when they are pushing one perspective or drawing a lot of attention to something, they believe there is a lot of deception going on, or something is at least suspicious. Celebrities here are constantly used to push political agendas and narratives. In this case, we are getting only one perspective regarding the farmers protest, and that perspective is painting the current Indian government as “bad” and allowing the corporate takeover of farming continue. Again, I believe this is indeed very much the case, perhaps not quite so with this particular example (but maybe it is?), but the corporate takeover of food across the globe has been a common for a long time. The Green Revolution, for example, left farmers discontented and indebted as the result of degraded soil, and pest-ridden crops, which caused slavery and disillusionment as well as tension in the State of Punjab between the farming community and a newly centralized state taking charge of agricultural policy as well as agricultural commodities’ prices, finance and credit. Before the Green Revolution, ​ ​Punjab was the​​ land of five rivers, prosperous, ​with ​hard-working farmers​.​  By 1984 Punjab farmers were protesting against this slavery​.

“Corporations have been trying to impose free trade deregulation of Agriculture since 1990s, Freedom for corporations translates into unfreedom for farmers & consumers . Farmers income collapse , consumer prices increase polarization of prices = superprofits for corporations.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva

Is what’s happening now simply just a continuation of infiltration by corporate giants that do not have Indian farmers best interests at heart?

What about Rihanna? This idea of infiltration was amplified when Rihanna, a world famous music star, tweeted an article by CNN covering the protests saying, “Why aren’t we talking about this,” but according to a report by The Printthe music star was paid 2.5 million to put it out. Greta Thunberg has also come under fire.

The “toolkit” for protestors that was tweeted and then deleted by environmental activist Greta Thunberg, 18, to garner support for the ongoing farmers’ protest was allegedly “fed to her” as part of a “larger conspiracy to create disharmony”, sources in the security establishment told The Print. According to “sources”, Canada-based organisation Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) played a “vital role” in “starting a global campaign”, with backing from “political leaders and activists based out of Canada.

The people that are on the radar of Indian agencies include Mo Dhaliwal, founder of the PJF and director of a PR firm named Skyrocket, Marina Patterson, who worked as a relationship manager with PR firms, Anita Lal, director of the Canada-based World Sikh Organisation, and co-founder of PJF, and Canadian parliamentarian Jagmeet Singh. According to sources, it was Skyrocket that allegedly paid $2.5 million to popstar Rihanna to tweet in support of the farmers’ protest in India. Dhaliwal, the sources said, is a Canada-based Sikh who is a “self-proclaimed Sikh separatist” and is also close to Jagmeet Singh.

There is obviously no way to verify this at all. It could very well be untrue? Who knows. When a claim is made that “according to sources” this is true, without an actual proof that’s the case it’s hard to believe. That being said, there’s also a possibility that it’s true. I simply don’t know.

Below is a recent tweet by  Saket Gokhale regarding the article sourced above, a “Transparency Activist & Investigator| Anti Fascist | Former foreign correspondent.”

The more I look into this, the more I see, as similar in the United States, so many people are completely divided in what they believe. What’s even more perplexing is that you have really good warm hearted people on both ends of the spectrum, as with so many other issues. At the end of the day, all of us want the same thing, for everyone to prosper.

Numerous stars in India have taken to twitter voicing their opinion that these protests have been infiltrated and used by powerful people to divide the country even more and destabilize the government so that the ‘powers that be’ can come in and take over for ulterior motives. For example, Indian actress Kangana Ranaut replied to Rihanna stating that:

No one is talking about it because they are not farmers they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA… Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies.

There have been many responses,  Sadhguru tweeted the following:

It is important to understand celebrity status in the world does not not give you an understanding of internal situations of a nation. India has a democratically elected govt with all the necessary systems to address its internal issues. We don’t need your help. Thank you. -Sg

“My country is proud of our farmers and knows important they are,” former Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha tweeted at Rihanna.“We don’t need an outsider poking her nose in our internal matters!”

Apparently the Indian government has launched an investigation into these rogue interests.

This, according to some messages I’ve received, has turned into some sort of religious issue which is unfortunate and unnecessary. There is a possibility here that “rogue” interests are benefiting here from turning this into a religious fight when it’s not really about that at all. It’s about farmers, their concerns and their desire for a safeguard against big corporations who they fear will exploit them. And again, I’ve received messages emphasizing that the Indian government is simply trying to do good by the famers, which may very well be true as well as discussed above. It seems obvious to many that it’s not true, and that this government is really taking advantage of farmers. It also seems to be obvious to many that that’s not the case.

So confusing looking from the outside in.

This rogue interest group may be the “Khalistan” movement according to messages I’ve received. This is a “Sikh separatist movement” that is not really welcomed within the country, by anybody, or any religion. It has no place in India according to some messages I’ve received, but I don’t know much about it but many Sikhs do not welcome it either. They desire their own land/government that is seperate from India, when most people in the country desire a united and free India.

Throughout all this conflict I find that everybody just wants to get along. This is the sentiment in the heart of most humans, and it’s what unites us all. Apparently this movement has ties with to the organizations mentioned above that supposedly paid Rihanna, and supplied Gretta with the “toolkit.” But again, these allegations remain unconfirmed.

Is this a classic attempt to create destabilization India, by powerful people, for ulterior motives? We’ve seen it many times before in various countries for many reasons. The “War on Terror” in the middle east is perhaps the best example, where Western interests funded, trained, armed and created the various terrorist organizations they claim to be fighting against.

Lt Gen H S panag, who who served in the Indian Army for 40 years, offers another perspective,

The aftermath of the 26 January violence even more disturbing. The  perpetrators were predominantly Sikhs, or certainly the more visible ones because of their unique Sikh identity. This led to perceived ‘substantiation’ of the politically inspired campaign that was started by neo-nationalists with active cooperation of pliant media since end November — to dub the farmers’ mass protest as revival of the Khalistan movement. The visuals of violence were aggressively exploited to discredit the farmers’ movement. The short-term aim of politicians and their supporters is to derail the movement, but its resonance is being felt in Punjab. It spells ominous portents for communal harmony in the state and if not checked may become the first stride towards replanting the seed of radicalism in the psyche of the Sikh community.

He goes on,

Then there is the traditional approach of the State to discredit a mass movement contesting its will by shaping public opinion through a perverse narrative assisted by its supporters and a large section of media. The agitation may be infiltrated with provocateurs or one of the dissipated groups may be sponsored/encouraged with tacit support to engineer violence and sabotage the movement itself. Finally (what we are seeing now) is crackdown by the State with full support of the shaped public opinion. The will of the State is reimposed and it is business as usual. All of the above was at play since 26 November.

This is what I mentioned earlier in the article, the idea that governments want to discredit and shutdown peaceful protests so they engineer violence. Perhaps the engineered violence was a result of the government and not foreign interests groups? I don’t know, it doesn’t seem that way according to many, and according to many others it does, but it was interesting to hear a high ranking military veteran say this.

He also states,

With respect to Punjab farmers, there were two factors that impinged on the spirit of the movement. First, Sikhs living abroad are close to their roots and actively participate in Punjab politics through donations. Every family has at least one member settled abroad. Some of these Sikhs are radicalised proponents of Khalistan, they attempt to hijack every movement of Sikhs through their proxies.

So, he sees the idea of painting these protests as a “Khalistan” movement ridiculous, it seems. But he  acknowledges their attempt to infiltrate such movements, like these farmers protests, is a very real thing.

The Takeaway:  One thing is for certain, today it’s so hard for people to really understand what is happening in our world, myself included. Big media seems to exist only to sway the perception of the masses with regards to numerous events. Truth never really seems to be the priority, and as a result people become very polarized in their beliefs which is a very easy catalyst for conflict. Furthermore, outside influence and infiltrating movements for political purposes and ulterior motives is and has been a common theme throughout history, there are numerous examples.

I’ve tried to understand what’s happening with the farmers protests the more I realize how useless our global geopolitical system has become. I’m truly sick of it, and it’s frustrating to know that the human race has the potential to move beyond these “systems” and start to at least question how this can be done. The way we do things here on planet Earth is clearly not serving us, and constantly turning to government to solve our issues doesn’t seem to be viable solution. That being said, I don’t have the answer.

At the end of the day, I would hope that everybody, be it police or protestors, regardless of what “side” one is one, that they do not succumb  to violence or hate, if this is indeed the case.  More important than truth and what we believe is happening, and this can’t be emphasized enough, is our ability to get along and love each other, to help one another, and to empathize with each other and try to understand where someone who has an opposing perspective is coming from. We cannot continue to coexist if we continue to move forward and operate from this level of consciousness. This issue should really force us to ask deeper questions about why we live the way we do on planet Earth when we have the potential to do so much better. How much longer do we want to play with and rely on a system where it’s not clear to everybody that it has humanity’s best interests at heart? Politics has become a cesspool of corruption to the point where it seems participating in and making this type of system the ‘decision maker’ can never really lead to decisions that benefit everybody. Most governments, including the Indian government, have very close ties to interests that seem to have a bigger agenda for the entire human race. Perhaps that’s what The Great Reset is all about?

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World’s Ten Richest People See Wealth Increase By Half A Trillion Dollars Since Beginning of COVID

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    A recent report by Oxfam is one of many to explain how the world's wealthiest people have seen their wealth grow substantially since the beginning of the pandemic, while most others have suffered greatly as a result of the pandemic.

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    Why is money always presented as a problem or a solution? Does humanity have the potential to move beyond such a system and thrive? Do we have solutions to our issues? Is the problem that many solutions threaten government/corporate greed/control?

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A recent report by Oxfam shows that “the world’s ten richest men have seen their combined wealth increase by half a trillion dollars since the pandemic began.” On the other hand, the majority of people have been ushered into “the worst jobs crisis in over 90 years with hundreds of millions of people now underemployed or out of work.” The report was titled “The Inequality Virus” and was published on the opening day of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Davos Agenda.’

The WEF has been both praised and criticized by many academics, politicians and journalists for their “Great Reset” initiative. An initiative that intends to rollout,and currently is rolling out, a number of large changes here on planet Earth as a response to various, according to them, crisis’ we face such as climate change, terrorism, and of course the covid pandemic. The criticism comes from the idea that ‘the powers that be’ are using, and have used global crises’ to put more money, power and control over the human race into hands of the very few, all under the guise of good will and necessity. Measures being proposed include many things like the implementation of 5G, digital ID’s, digital currency, universal income, the abolishment of privately owned property, mandatory vaccination, increased surveillance  measures like tracking,  facial recognition and much more. This comes along with a ‘ministry of truth’ that seems to be “fact-checking” information that pertains to these topics. The censorship of alternative media and scientists who share information that counters what we hear in the mainstream during this pandemic has been unprecedented.

The idea that these are some sort of ‘nefarious’ measures being taken is usually presented as a “conspiracy theory” within the mainstream media. Unfortunately, big media continues to fail at having appropriate conversations around controversial topics. Furthermore, these implementations continue to rollout against the will of many people. That in itself has many people quite disturbed and asking the question, do we really live in a democracy, or is an authoritarian oligarchy type of government operating under the guise of a democracy?

According to Oxfam,

The report shows that COVID-19 has the potential to increase economic inequality in almost every country at once, the first time this has happened since records began over a century ago. Rising inequality means it could take at least 14 times longer for the number of people living in poverty to return to pre-pandemic levels than it took for the fortunes of the top 1,000, mostly White male, billionaires to bounce back. 

A new global survey of 295 economists from 79 countries, commissioned by Oxfam, reveals that 87 percent of respondents, including Jeffrey Sachs, Jayati Ghosh and Gabriel Zucman, expect an ‘increase’ or a ‘major increase’ in income inequality in their country as a result of the pandemic.

Oxfam’s report shows how the rigged economic system is enabling a super-rich elite to amass wealth in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression while billions of people are struggling to make ends meet. It reveals how the pandemic is deepening long-standing economic, racial and gender divides.

A lot of these issues come as a result of the measures taken to combat covid, which have come under fire by many scientists, academics, doctors and journalists. Again,  information, evidence, data and opinions of these people has been completely silenced. Professor Anna-Mia Ekström and Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson, for example, have gone through the data from UNICEF and UNAIDS, and came to the conclusion that at least as many people have died as a result of the restrictions to fight covid as have died of covid. A group of doctors and scientists published an essay for the American Institute for Economic Research explaining and presenting the data as to why they believe lockdowns are not only harmful, but useless to combat COVID. These are two of many examples.

Lack of access to health care,  economic implications and more have experts suggesting that lockdown measures will kill well over one hundred million people and push even more to the brink of starvation. According to Oxfam, the pandemic has ushered in the worst job crisis in over 90 years with hundreds of millions of people now underemployed or unemployed.

Billionaires fortunes rebounded as stock markets recovered despite continued recession in the real economy. Their total wealth hit $11.95 trillion in December 2020, equivalent to G20 governments’ total COVID-19 recovery spending. The road to recovery will be much longer for people who were already struggling pre-COVID-19. When the virus struck over half of workers in poor countries were living in poverty, and three-quarters of workers globally had no access to social protections like sick pay or unemployment benefits.

The report does mention the benefits of vaccines, and that the covid vaccines are not being fairly distributed. It speaks of the vaccine as a life saving intervention, but does not mention that fact that this is a virus with a 99.95 percent survival rate in people under the age of 70, and that other interventions like vitamin C, Zinc, Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin have shown great success and efficacy. Vaccine hesitancy, especially with regards to the covid vaccines, is on a sharp rise among people, doctors and scientists. Again, the mainstream doesn’t seem to do an adequate job of covering information like this. Big Tech fact checkers censor any type of information that doesn’t paint vaccines in a positive light, and all those who raise concerns, no matter how legitimate, seem to be labelled as “anti-vax conspiracy theorists” and are constantly ridiculed. It would be great if the mainstream actually brought these concerns to light and addressed them in a civil manner.

Early on in the pandemic a report from the Institute for Policy Studies found that, while tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, America’s ultra-wealthy elite have seen their net worth surge by $282 billion in just 23 days. This is despite the fact that the economy is expected to contract by 40 percent this quarter. In turns they were correct.

The Institute for Policy Studies’ report shows something nothing short of a modern day oligarchy, where the super-rich have captured so much power and control, including controlling what laws are passed. These are the “decision-makers” of our world while we all are glued to to the T.V. see what they “command” next, not realizing that we the people have the most “power.” “Their” power comes from our compliance, and our compliance comes from their ability to shape our perception of this issue. The report discusses what it labels a new “wealth defense industry” – where “billionaires are paying millions to dodge billions in taxes,” with teams of accountants, lawyers, lobbyists and asset managers helping them conceal their vast fortunes in tax havens and so-called charitable trusts. The result has been crippled social programs and a decrease in living standards and even sustained drop in life expectancy – something rarely seen in history outside of major wars or famines.

The Takeaway: It can be frustrating observing the human experience knowing that we are nothing but infinite potentiality. The human race has huge potential and we have more than enough solutions and technological developments to start co-existing with mother Earth in a more harmonious way, one that provides abundance to all people. Many of these technologies and solutions “never see the light of day” (Dr. Brian O’Leary, NASA astronaut ex-Princeton physics professor). Why was electric car technology invented decades ago but not put into mass production? My point is, again, that solutions exist, that’s not the problem, the issue seems to be the prevention of solutions from making their way into the public due to corporate and government interests being threatened. Is this really the kind of world we want to live in? Despite all this, we continue to operate under the assumption that “this is the way it is” and the idea of a “utopian” society is unachievable.

This goes to shows that it’s not really the “solutions” that will change our world, it’s the consciousness that humanity operates from. It’s the consciousness behind these “solutions” that determine what direction humanity takes.

When it comes to mandating certain health measures, and other things, do we really want to live in a world where we give so much power to governments to the point where they can dictate our actions, and control our thoughts and perceptions regarding certain global events? Do we want to allow them to restrict access to certain rights and freedoms simply for non-compliance of certain measures, like getting vaccinated, for example? Should freedom of choice not always remain? Should governments and private institutions simply be making recommendations?

What about the “new normal”?

This is an important question at the moment, and we are seeing it in everything from alternative media to mainstream media. As we saw with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, even politicians are warning their citizens that what you see happening now will be the ‘new normal’ to some extent. What do they mean by this? Should we want things to go back to how they were prior to this pandemic? Do we have a future of even more restrictions in sight?

From my perspective, I don’t want things to go back to ‘normal’. Why do I say this? Because I ask myself the question: was life prior to, and even during this pandemic, truly allowing humanity to thrive? Was it anywhere even close to what humanity is capable of? Or is it a society and world designed out of programming that has convinced us to accept basic survival as being how we should live… as normal?

This can be a question for everyone no matter where you live on this planet. Whether the weekly rat race is reality or whether having to worry about whether you will get your next meal is your reality, is this truly how we want to live and what humanity is capable of?

If not, then how can we shift the conversation to begin exploring how we might change the way we live in our society?

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New Lancet Article Suggests 50-75% of “Positive” PCR Tests Are Not Infectious People

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    A recent article published in The Lancet medical journal explains that PCR tests can be "positive" for up to five times longer than the time an infected person is actually infectious.

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    Why are certain viewpoints, opinions, studies, scientists and doctors being censored and/or ignored for presenting data that completely contradicts what we are receiving from government health authorities.

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PCR testing (polymerase chain reaction testing) has come under fire from numerous doctors, scientists, politicians and journalists since the beginning of this pandemic. Not everyone would know this if their only source of information was mainstream media however, as they’ve chosen not to cover the controversy surrounding it. This is not to say that PCR testing hasn’t been praised as a useful tool to determine a covid infection, but again, there are great causes for concern that aren’t really being addressed.

As far back as 2007, Gina Kolata published an article in the New York Times about how declaring pandemics based on PCR testing can end in a disaster. The article was titled Faith in Quick Test Leads to Epidemic That Wasn’t.  In July, professor Carl Heneghan, director for the centre of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, an outspoken critic of the current UK response to the pandemic, wrote a piece titled “How many Covid diagnoses are false positives?” He has argued that the proportion of positive tests that are false in the UK could also be as high as 50%.

The Deputy Medical Officer of Ontario, Canada, Dr. Barbara Yaffe recently stated that COVID-19 testing may yield at least 50 percent false positives. This means that people who test positive for COVID may not actually have it. Former scientific advisor at Pfizer, Dr. Mike Yeadon,  argued that the proportion of positive tests that are false may actually be as high as 90%.

Furthermore, 22 researchers have put out a paper explaining why, according to them, it’s clear that the PCR test is not effective in identifying COVID-19 cases, and that as a result we may be seeing a significant amount of false positives. You can read more about that here.

These are simply a few of many examples from the recent past, and it’s concerning because lockdown measures and more are based on supposed positive “cases.”

Another concern recently raised comes from an article  published in The Lancet medical journal titled “Clarifying the evidence of SARS-CoC-2 antigen rapid tests in public health responses to COVID-19.”

In it, the authors explain that most people infected with COVID are contagious for approximately one week, and that “specimens are generally not found to contain culture-positive (potentially contagious) virus beyond day 9 after the onset of symptoms, with most transmission occurring before day 5.” They go on to explain:

This timing fits with the observed patterns of virus transmission (usually 2 days before to 5 days after symptom onset), which led public health agencies to recommend a 10-day isolation period. The sort window of transmissibility contrasts with a median 22-33 days of PCR positivity (longer with severe infections and someone shorter among asymptomatic individuals). This suggests that 50-75% of the time an individual is PCR positive, they are likely to be post-infectious.

Once SARS-CoV-2 replication has been controlled by the immune system, RNA levels detectable by PCR on respiratory secretions fall to very low levels when individuals are much less likely to infect others. The remaining RNA copies can take weeks, or occasionally months, to clear, during which time PCR remains positive.

They explain:

However, for public health measures, another approach is needed. Testing to help slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 asks not whether someone has RNA in their nose from earlier infection, but whether they are infectious today. It is a net loss to the health, social, and economic wellbeing of communities if post-infectious individuals test positive and isolate for 10 days. In our view, current PCR testing is therefore not the appropriate gold standard for evaluating a SARS-CoV-2 public health test.

An article published in the British Medical Journal explains:

It’s also unclear to what extent people with no symptoms transmit SARS-CoV-2. The only test for live virus is viral culture. PCR and lateral flow tests do not distinguish live virus. No test of infection or infectiousness is currently available for routine use. As things stand, a person who tests positive with any kind of test may or may not have an active infection with live virus, and may or may not be infectious.

The relations between viral load, viral shedding, infection, infectiousness, and duration of infectiousness are not well understood. In a recent systematic review, no study was able to culture live virus from symptomatic participants after the ninth day of illness, despite persistently high viral loads in quantitative PCR diagnostic tests. However, cycle threshold (Ct) values from PCR tests are not direct measures of viral load and are subject to error.

Searching for people who are asymptomatic yet infectious is like searching for needles that appear and reappear transiently in haystacks, particularly when rates are falling. Mass testing risks the harmful diversion of scarce resources. A further concern is the use of inadequately evaluated tests as screening tools in healthy populations.

The UK’s testing strategy needs to be reset in line with the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies’ recommendation that “Prioritizing rapid testing of symptomatic people is likely to have a greater impact on identifying positive cases and reducing transmission than frequent testing of asymptomatic people in an outbreak area.”

The academics who published this paper are one of many explaining how another approach is needed, given the fact that PCR tests are the basis of lockdowns that might have already, and will kill more people than COVID itself, all for a virus with a 99.95% recovery rate for people under the age of 70. Many are in fact calling for the end of testing for asymptomatic people.

Michael Levitt, a medical professor at Stanford University and a Nobel Laureate for chemistry is one of many who has been emphasizing this:

“Getting tested right to avoid making more mistakes going forward [is crucial].” He writes, “very disturbing that PCR test can be positive for up to FIVE times longer than the time an infected person is actually infectious. Many implications.”

Rosamond A K Jones, a retired consultant paediatrician, and part of the Health Advisory & Recovery Team (HART) in Slough, UK, writes with regards to testing in UK schools:

If testing 5 million secondary school pupils twice a week, those 10 million tests would be expected to generate 30,000 false positives. These children would presumably all be sent home from school, with their 30 classmates, leading to almost a million children incorrectly out of school each week.

According to an article written by Robert Hagen MD, who recently retired from Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic in Indiana:

By base rate fallacy/false positive paradox, if the specificity of a test is 95%, when used in a population with a 2% incidence of disease — such as healthy college students and staff — there will be 5 false positives for every 2 true positives. (The actual incidence of active COVID-19 in college age students is not known but estimated to be less than 0.6% by Indiana University/Fairbanks data. Even using a test with 99% specificity with a 1% population incidence generates 10 false positives for every 9 true positives.

Using the same test on patients with COVID-19 symptoms, because their incidence of disease is 50% or greater, the test does not have to be perfect. Even using a test with only 90% specificity, the number of false positives will be much less significant.

Another issue is with PCR testing is the cycle threshold. PCR seeks the genetic code of the virus from nose or throat swabs and amplifies it over 30–40 cycles, doubling each cycle, enabling even minuscule, potentially single, copies to be detected. I first learned about this when Elon Musk revealed he had completed four rounds of COVID-19 testing, tweeting that something “bogus” is going on because two of the tests came back false, and the other two came back positive.

He also mentioned he was “doing tests from several different labs, same time of day, administered by RN & am requesting N1 gene PCR cycle threshold. There is no official standard for PCR testing. Not sure people realize this.”

And therein lies the problem, something that the World Health Organization finally addressed recently. On January 13th the WHO published a memo regarding the problem of asymptomatic cases being discovered by PCR tests, and suggesting any asymptomatic positive tests be repeated. This followed up their previous memo, instructing labs around the world to use lower cycle thresholds (CT values) for PCR tests. The higher the cycle threshold the greater the chance for false positive rates.

Is this why case rates around the world have started to decline? It seems plausible since the same time cases dropped the WHO told labs to monitor the cycle thresholds which means false positives would reduce.

A Portuguese court has determined that the PCR tests used to detect COVID-19 are not able to prove an infection beyond a reasonable doubt, and thus determined that the detainment of four individuals was unlawful and illegal. In the Portuguese appeal hearing, Jaafar et al. (2020) was cited, explaining how a high CT is correlated with low viral loads.

“If someone is testing by PCR as positive when a threshold of 35 cycles or higher is used (as is the rule in most laboratories in Europe and the US), the probability that said person is infected is  <3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97%.” (source)

The court further noted that the cycle threshold used for the PCR tests currently being made in Portugal is unknown. You can read more about that story here.

“Cases” Are The Basis of Lockdowns 

The information above is indeed telling, because PCR tests are being used to justify lockdown measures and yet there is a huge amount of controversy and inaccuracy with them.

Professor Anna-Mia Ekström and Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson have gone through the data from UNICEF and UNAIDS, and came to the conclusion that at least as many people have died as a result of the restrictions to fight covid as have died of covid.

study published by four medical professors from Stanford University has failed to find evidence supporting the use of what they call “Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions” (NPIs) like lockdowns, social-distancing, business closures and stay at home orders. According to the study, these measures have not been sufficient and are not sufficient to stop the spread of COVID and therefore are not necessary to combat the spread of the virus.

A group of doctors and scientists published an essay for the American Institute for Economic Research explaining and presenting the data as to why they believe lockdowns are not only harmful, but useless to combat COVID. In the essay they present a multitude of studies supporting the same conclusions found in the Stanford study cited above. You can read that here.

Lockdown harms were pondered early on in the pandemic, a report published in the British Medical Journal titled Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19″  has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom as a result of the new coronavirus may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the months of April and May .

Bhattacharya, MD, PhD wrote an article  for The Hill titled “Facts, not fear, will stop the pandemic.” In it he points out a number of facts regarding the implications of lockdown measures, which also include that fact that:

Internationally, the lockdowns have placed 130 million people on the brink of starvation, 80 million children at risk for diphtheria, measles and polio, and 1.8 million patients at risk of death from tuberculosis. The lockdowns in developed countries have devastated the poor in poor countries. The World Economic Forum estimates that the lockdowns will cause an additional 150 million people to fall into extreme poverty, 125 times as many people as have died from COVID.

Is a Great Reset Really required? Or should we just go back to normal?  Even if we weren’t in a lockdown, should we still be questioning how we feel about our “normal.” You can dive into a deeper discussion about that here.

The Takeaway 

The one thing that has many more people questioning their government with regards to COVID seems to be the fact that countless amounts of scientists, doctors, journalists and more are being heavily censored for sharing their information, data, research and opinions about COVID when they don’t fit within the accepted framework of mainstream culture.

For example, the Swedish government has said that it will strengthen laws on academic freedom after a leading Swedish academic announced that he was quitting his work on COVID-19 because of an onslaught of intimidating comments from people who disagreed or disliked his research findings. (source)  This is one of many examples, you can see more here.

 Dr. Kamran Abbasi, former (recent) executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal, editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and a consultant editor for PLOS Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open recently published a piece in the BMJ, titled “Covid-19: politicisation, “corruption,” and suppression of science.” I reference this quite a bit in many of my articles so I apologize if you’ve come across it already.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. Covid-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency—a time when it is even more important to safeguard science. –

I say it in almost every article I write about COVID, should we not have the right to examine information openly and transparently and determine for ourselves what is and what isn’t? Why is it that someone like Dr. Anthony Fauci gets to make an appearance on television with instant virality anytime he desires, while other experts presenting opposing viewpoints are completely ignored? Can the mainstream media make the “consensus” or the majority seem like the minority and the minority seem like the majority?

How are we going to make sense of what is going on and make effective decisions about it all if we are not allowed to talk about certain ideas?

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Texas & Mississippi Both Lift Mask Mandates & Some Business Restrictions

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    Texas and Mississippi have both lifted many COVID-19 restrictions, including the removal of mandated face masks. Some restrictions will come off by March 10th, others starting tomorrow.

  • Reflect On:

    Regardless of what we think the causes are for why case numbers rise or drop, why are we seeing only a small handful of people given a chance to speak while other credible individuals are sidelined and ridiculed for having a different perspective?

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This will feel like good news to many, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has just lifted many of the Covid-19 restrictions in his state. Businesses will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity starting March 10th, and citizens will no longer be required to wear face masks.

The news was given during a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce on March 2nd, letting small businesses and community leaders know that a path towards rebuilding their livelihood is being paved.

The governor also added these words with regards to still abiding by certain safety practices instilled since COVID began:

Following Texas’ announcement, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said he plans to end the state’s mask mandate and end all COVID related business restrictions as well. The Governor feels that improved case and hospitalization numbers are a sign that things are ready to return to normal.

Mississippi Governor Reeves feels his latest order “will be one of my last executive orders regarding Covid-19.” The new order replaced the current restrictions with much milder ones that are considered to now be recommendations starting on march 3. There will still be a rule limiting indoor arenas to 50-percent capacity, as well as restrictions on K-12 schools.

Governor Reeves does still remind people that maintaining proper social distancing and other basic safety guidelines is a good idea.

Are we about to see a wave of more states opening up? Might this spread to other countries around the world? We shall see. But the sort of openness and enthusiasm seen by the Governors of Texas and Mississippi is not shared by all, and other health officials feel now is not the time to consider easing restrictions.

Both governor’s stand in stark contrast to that of President Joe Biden, who believes the idea of masks is crucial in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Biden also expects all Americans will remain obedient and in support of masks until at least 2022 and plans to have enough Covid-19 vaccines to vaccinate every citizen the around May of 2021.

Why Have Case Counts Dropped?

Answering this questions is very difficult, and this has been the issue with COVID since the start. If you take an honest look at multiple sources, you will see that no one can agree on why anything is happening the way it is. Further to that, open inquiry and proper scientific dialogue is not allowed nor happening. We’ve seen the greatest crisis in collective sense-making I can recall.

Are cases dropping because the WHO updated their instructions for medical professionals in determine what a ‘positive’ result from a PCR test is? A move that would inevitably remove thousands upon thousands of false positives?

Is it because of masks? Some believe so, while other papers show they have no effect. (Additional resource)

Is it because of the lockdowns? Again, some believe they are effective, while other studies show a completely opposite perspective.

You will hear arguments stated assertively from many different camps, but the truth is, no one really knows all that firmly why cases dropped, and to some extent this is normal in a new and developing scientific story.

But all that aside, one thing we do know is that anyone who disagrees with the way COVID is being handled is not allowed to have a platform to speak. What does that tell us? You decide.

Click here to check out a recent podcast interview with Charles Eisenstein where we spoke about the current sensemaking crisis with COVID as well as how it’s affecting our everyday culture.

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