Twenty sixteen has continued as a pivotal point in human history. Many social commentators have been documenting the exponential rise in awareness and action that has been occurring across our planet, as well as the long-held concerns about the rising issues and risks that we now face as a natural collective called humanity. All of this has been accelerating as we move through the early part of the year.
To summarize the issues, 2016 has begun with:
- the highest stock volatility we’ve seen for quite some time which is of course a reflection of the underlying fragility and deflationary momentum of the global economy;
- further floods of people, both genuine refugees and radical extremists, washing over Europe and causing a divide between EU citizens, particularly because of the rising crime and violence in the region associated with this influx;
- the illegal wars of the Middle East (ME) escalate, and then at least deescalate on the surface, due to the cease-fire between the US, Russia and other geopolitical players;
- the secret trade agreements such as the TPP and TTIP gaining further momentum (which are more accurately described as ‘corporate/elite power and resource consolidation agreements’);
- the US presidential race resembling a surreal act of theater; and
- a period of relative calm regarding terrorist plots and false flag terrorism, causing many of us to be vigilantly watchful for the next inevitable event.
The Global Economy
Many of us would have watched the wild swings in the stock market over the last several months and understood that this is what a crash looks like, exactly like that of 2000 and 2008. Yet it appears that the market manipulators, such as the Plunge Protection Teams (PPTs), are in overdrive trying to keep it from spiraling out of control. They’ve been quite successful so far too, which indicates that the banksters are not yet ready to once again transfer themselves more wealth and power like they did in 2008, by letting the system implode.
Why? Well, they need a scapegoat. They can’t let it all crumble on their watch because then the world would definitively know that the private central banking system, as well as the Keynesian economic model and its Quantitative Easing (QE) stimulus, are all epic failures in regards to the general betterment and wealth equality for humanity. Of course anyone who looks at the real data understands that QE did wonders for the Wall Street economy and the financial speculators, including their bonus packages, but it done very little for the real economy, or the Main Street economy. In fact, there’s been no real recovery in many places, including the US.
At one stage it appeared that some of the banks in Europe, particularly Germany, were going to be the next Lehman Brothers. That still might be the case. The deflationary trend in the global economy – driven by falling trade and commodity prices, a saturation of debt and near worthless global currencies – has already smashed particular economies, such as Brazil, Russia, Canada and elsewhere. Many other countries are either already in recession or at serious risk of it too.
There’s much more to come unfortunately, particularly because the massive global money bubble – which has its sub-bubbles of debt in general, stocks, bonds, real estate, auto/student loans etc – is slowly coming to its inevitable demise. We’ve also seen precious metals been highly sort after by some of the bigger money, driving up their prices, although the manipulators have ensured that they haven’t yet increased by too much which inhibits a flood of smaller money doing the same.
We must remember of course that many markets are manipulated, with very little exception, although at some point they will be beyond any external influence and will undertake their natural corrections. For a full analysis (and many further references) of the current crisis facing the global economy, read this article as a starting point.
The Middle East
The puppet masters and their proxy armies, including Islamic State (IS), have been outsmarted by Russia and the Syrian/Iranian alliance. The radical extremists got absolutely pumped, leading the alliance between the US, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations, to reconsider their strategy. Much of this conflict is alleged to be a part of the Greater Israel Project.
Criminally, there’s many so-called leaders all around the world who support Israel’s genocidal actions against the Palestinians. Of course it has gone both ways (albeit a much lesser degree), however one day these war crimes will be globally recognized, like many Israeli and other citizens of the world already publicly condemn. In the art of progress, the matrix-media and their false narratives have been exposed in this and many other matters too, led primarily by the alternative media and the many courageous independent social researchers.
There’s a lot to have hope and solidarity about, even among all this corruption, deception and human suffering.
In saying that though, lets not forget the two separate car bombings that have killed tens of innocent civilians over the past few weeks or so in Turkey. Now we know that these could potentially be false flags, and any link with IS that emerges would more or less confirm this because it has been well documented that the Turkish administration have been harboring and training IS personnel, as well as selling their oil on the black market.
What happens next in the ME is anyone’s guess, but we appear to be in the calm before the storm. Unfortunately, this applies to the emerging global economic depression too.
The US Presidential Race
The social democrat, Bernie Sanders, has been absolutely dominating the presidential race, at least in terms of the debates and the information he has been discussing. His attacks on Wall Street, the banksters and the derivative speculators, has been nothing short of promising for a real change to this toxic and cancerous system. He has been labelled a socialist by the presstitute media, however this is simply untrue. Like many governments and politicians around the world, he has socialist type policies, but he is still in favor of certain democratic, libertarian and free market philosophies.
Many hardcore free market advocates have made him out to be a serious threat to the future of America, however that doesn’t appear entirely valid or justified. He more appears to be aligned with some of the Scandinavian approaches to social services, which we all know have been very successful in some ways, but of course not in all.
In any case, the US is in need of dire change, so anything at this point is better than nothing.
Trump on the other hand has created a great divide. He has exposed some necessary truths, such as some relating to 911, and so far the evidence illustrates that he is NOT managed by the establishment. That’s a good thing. But his politically incorrect approach (which to be direct and fair is a breath of fresh air in an oligarchical order and a failing democratic system), has also included bigoted and harmful energy that has caused an upsurge in ethnocentric and racist rhetoric.
In addition, Hillary has been an embarrassment for the establishment because more and more people now have awoken to her domestic and foreign crimes and now understand her as a hypocritical mouthpiece of the status quo. And that’s exactly NOT what most US citizens want, as well as many people around the globe. The world needs real change, not more of the same with a different cloak, and this election is a significant opportunity for America to once again have a positive influence on domestic and world affairs.
Unfortunately, it looks like Clinton and Trump are the front-runners in this race, however we shouldn’t delude ourselves that it isn’t rigged through the electronic voting system and the way the entire process is designed. Regardless, both do not seem to compare to the progressive impacts that Sanders would have for America, and hence the world.
Of course he doesn’t have it perfect by any stretch, and it’s important to sympathize with the views of those who advocate for reduced government and the removal of the ‘socialism for the rich’ policies which have impeded the fundamental tenets of free market ideology. Ironically, many on the Anarchist, Libertarian and free market spectrum just want to see the banksters get what’s coming for them, and it appears that Sanders is the only runner that will get the ball rolling for them.
They’ve put the cart before the horse; it’s a step by step process which will not see their dreams immediately take place, unless of course the next revolutionary stage in our global society comes by direct and swift action by the majority. It seems Sanders is the best bet to hedge against the US masses continuing to be lazy, ignorant and apathetic to the destructive and deceptive realities that we all now face.
Who knows, it might not even get to the election stage if world events spiral out of control and Obama declares a national emergency to sit another term. If it looks like an anti-establishment proponent has too much momentum and support, such as that of Trump or Sanders, this might just be their approach instead of blatantly rigging the votes.
We’ll just have to wait and see how it all unfolds.
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All this noise really is building awareness and energy for the American people to lead the world in a peaceful uprising against the crimes of the elite power structures and the corporate monopolies that use the monetary system and matrix-media as their primary methods of control. Hopefully we’re close to the tipping point for the creation of the conscious society where the best interests of the people, as well as the natural systems of earth, are finally put into the spotlight for instantaneous implementation.
A better, more just world, really does await us; it’s simply up to us when and how we create it.
Ultimately, we should count our blessings for the relative calm that has unexpectedly continued for the last couple of months, both geopolitically and economically. It might have given us more time to focus on expanding the collective consciousness of humanity and translating that knowledge into local and global action, but that doesn’t mean that we should be complacent.
Anything could happen from here, which is why it’s wise practice to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
If you’d like to get active in bringing about real change, then join the Full Circle Project to connect and take action with like-minded people. If you’re Australian, or even if you’re not, read the highly relevant policies of the Australian Sovereignty Party and join if they speak to you (we need more political parties who actually understand the real issues). There is also this petition on Change.org, which is raising awareness of the cancerous banking system that has stolen the wealth of the peoples across our planet.
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3 Reasons Why Introverts Are Undervalued in Today’s Society
It’s undeniable that our society favors assertive extroverted personalities with strong communication skills and underestimates the quiet ones. If you are an introvert, you have probably learned it the hard way.
It could be that you felt unseen in the classroom as a child or teen. Or you may have watched your less competent co-workers get a promotion thanks to their social skills.
It feels unfair, but if you think about our society, it makes perfect sense. The consumerist mindset that has become our second nature inevitably affects the way we treat other people. It seems that everything, including our personal qualities and worth as human beings, is translated into some kind of market value.
In other words, to make other people see your worth in personal or professional life, you need to be able to ‘sell yourself’. Yes, this expression alone tells it all.
You need to know how to make a good first impression, say the right things, and be assertive. If you can’t do it, you are perceived as incapable and uninteresting – whether we are talking about a job interview or an informal social gathering.
But it’s not the only reason why introverts are undervalued in our society. Here are a few more:
1. They are less efficient in teamwork
Communication and teamwork skills are required for all kinds of jobs. It seems that without being able to work in a team, it’s impossible to do your job even if your duties don’t involve interaction with clients.
Introverts are much more efficient when they work on their own and are given a certain extent of independence. They thrive in quiet environments with few distractions and interactions. This is when a quiet person gets the chance to unleash their creative self and make good use of their analytical skills.
Most office jobs don’t give employees this opportunity. Office meetings, group projects, phone calls and all the other attributes of a 9-to-5 job make it almost impossible for an introvert to be productive.
2. They don’t like to be in the spotlight
Sometimes it feels like we are living in a society of attention seekers. Today, you are expected to go public about the most personal matters, such as your relationship and family life.
People share their most intimate thoughts and feelings on social media, post updates about the most trivial events, such as what they had for dinner, and upload countless selfies.
Introverts are among those who still value privacy. They are less likely to showcase their lives online or share the details of their personal affairs with the whole world.
At the same time, the quiet ones don’t like to be in the spotlight at social events. An introvert will never interrupt you. They will listen to you and talk only when they have something important to say. This tendency to avoid attention can be mistaken for insecurity and even a lack of intelligence.
3. They prefer to be real than to be ‘nice’
If you want to make a good impression on others, you are expected to be nice. But what does it mean to be ‘nice’ anyway?
In an introvert’s mind, it equals saying things you don’t mean. Quiet personalities will never bombard you with compliments or say meaningless social pleasantries just to win your fondness. But if an introvert said something nice to you, then be sure that they truly meant it.
Small talk is another component of social relationships most introverts struggle with. To them, it embodies utterly dull, uncomfortable, and pointless conversations they can perfectly do without. For this reason, introverts are often mistakenly believed to hate people.
The truth is that they don’t – they just crave stimulating, meaningful conversations and choose their social circle more carefully than extroverts.
In my book, The Power of Misfits: How to Find Your Place in a World You Don’t Fit In, I write about the reasons why so many introverts feel inadequate and alienated from other people in today’s society. It all goes down to social expectations this personality type has to deal with from a very early age.
But the good news is that every introvert can overcome the negative effects of these expectations and find the right path in this loud, extroverted world.
The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix
More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.
One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.
Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.
What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?
Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.
What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?
Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.
The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening
With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.
You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.
Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies
Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.
The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.
The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.
This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.
Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.
Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”
To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.
This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.
In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.
There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.
Wake Up Neo — You Are the One
Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.
Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”
This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.
By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.
If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?
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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society
True artists are what I view as the antithesis of entertainers…
You see, an entertainer is concerned with popular opinion and giving the public what it wants to see. They intoxicate us with mindless amusements to help us escape reality and the everyday stresses of life. But artists, on the other hand, they give us what we need to see; by challenging us to to think deeper about the nature of reality, and the society in which we live, and they do this through the transcendent language of art.
With that said, I decided to collect some of the most thought provoking artwork from around the internet and offered my own little commentary on them…
Some people are hungry for food — Some people are just hungry for attention/Artist credit: Sergio Ingravalle
We are all so blinded by our ignorance and rage, that while we blame each other for our mutual struggles like fools, we’re ultimately getting screwed by the same elitists/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov
Despite what they might say, most people don’t actually want to see a reflection of reality — and therefore the Truth — Most people just want to see a narrow minded illusion that comforts their sensitive ego and impulsive feelings/Artist credit: Angel Boligán Corbo
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Attributed to Pericles/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
Is Facebook really fighting fake news or are they engaging in authoritarianism and censorship?/Artist credit: Luis Quiles
In a society as toxic as ours — where a climate of hatred, ignorance and fear insidiously infects the bulk of the population — In order to safeguard our health and wellbeing, we must stay connected to whatever it is that gives us an authentic sense of peace/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)
In spite of overwhelming historical evidence proving powerful people have engaged in child sex abuse, and it occurs in the shadows of every element and class of society, many of us pretend not to see, which is a shameful betrayal of our children/Artist credit: Lubomir Arsov
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
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