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The perfect Blade Runner shot

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All that video needs is music by Vangelis.

A long time ago the Soviets had a tightly controlled network of internationalists used to promote their communist model to the world. They were called the Comintern.

But Communist China has far exceeded that idea. They’ve got a group called the WEF (World Economic Forum) that’s composed of capitalists and Big Thinkers who have startling proposals for the future of humanity, such as owning nothing and eating bugs.

And you will be happy.

And they’ve got a multi-millionaire named Klaus Schwab to extoll their virtues:

World Economic Forum founder and Chair Klaus Schwab recently sat down for an interview with a Chinese state media outlet and proclaimed that China was a “role model” for other nations. 

Schwab, 84, made these comments during an interview with CGTN’s Tian Wei on the sidelines of last week’s APEC CEO Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Schwab said he respected China’s “tremendous” achievements at modernizing its economy over the last 40 years. 

“I think it’s a role model for many countries,” Schwab said, before qualifying that he thinks each country should make its own decisions about what system it wants to adapt. 

How nice of him, but that last claim rings hollow given that the system he’s advocating for the West explicitly requires a party elite to do all the choosing for the people they rule over with an iron fist. 

Of course if you’re going for images of SF dystopias you need a human who fits – and Klaus fits perfectly:

“To understand events around the world today, one must think in terms of the class struggle.”

But the New Class isn’t limited to communist countries, really. Around the world in the postwar era, power was taken up by unelected professional and managerial elites. To understand what’s going on with President Donald Trump and his opposition, and in other countries as diverse as France, Hungary, Italy and Brazil, it’s important to realize that the post-World War II institutional arrangements of the Western democracies are being renegotiated, and that those democracies’ professional and managerial elites don’t like that very much, because they have done very well under those arrangements. And, like all elites who are doing very well, they don’t want that to change.

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You Vill Eat Zee Bugs

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In a complete change from yesterday’s delicious item on Pastrami & Rye and other yummy things, here’s something decidely not tasty, and it’s happening a lot closer to home than I expected, since I thought they’d try this shit in part of Europe and the US first.

But I guess those peoples, with their history of fine cusine, have better taste than Australian schoolkids:

A teacher from one of the 1,000 Australian schools feeding kids chips made out of powdered crickets asks, ‘Do crickets taste good?’ The student nods and the teacher adds, ‘Yeah. Let’s eat some more crickets…!’

Bugs are on the menu again… Why does the World Economic Forum have such a weird obsession with making our kids eat them?

Well the WEF has many weird obsessions and should be nuked from orbit the next time it meets in Davos. It’s the only way to be sure.

But all their obsessions have one thing in common, which is not massive, transformative economic change – that is merely the strategy – but the goal of saving the planet from the humans – so we can save the insects, at least the ones we’re not eating:

The official World Economic Forum line is that eating meat is accelerating the effects of Climate Change. Therefore, to fix ‘the climate’ humans need to reduce their consumption of meat and replace it with a climate-friendly substitute. There are a few on offer, but the favourite is insect protein.

It’s not just dairy farming that’s in the gunsights of these creatures. Here in NZ they may not have to use the insects-as-protein angle since the various new environmental regulations that are coming could wipe out at least 20% of sheep and beef farmers, and of course we’re already losing tens of thousands of hectares of such land to pine forests for carbon farming.

But in Australia they’ve gone for the propaganda angle instead, hence the schools, though exactly how this propaganda was enabled I’m not sure. It certainly involves private enterprise, with a company called Circle Harvest involved – there’s one in England called Yum Bug, who’ve obviously decided on in-your-face propaganda with that name. But the teachers, as one would expect, are fully on board:

“Chips are great, aren’t they? And these chips are even better because they think they’re better for you!’…‘Can you taste it? No, you can’t. It tastes like normal CCs doesn’t it?”

Yeah, because insects taste like shit. But if you just add the 11 secret herbs and spices then they taste great, better than tofu.

The secret, as with all the best propagandists in history – from the Jesuits to the Communists and Nazis – is to get to the young kids. A decade from now these little ones will be demanding their insect meals at university and by 2060 they’ll be in government and leading corporations like Yum Bug.

I’ve never seen the following movie because although I liked Science Fiction as a kid I was not into dystopian predictions of a shitty future for the Earth, but I guess I should watch this now as a guide to what the WEF will come up with next.

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October 22, 2022 at 6:47 am

Escaping from the rest of us.

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Cool Pic. Very 2001ish. HAL’s unblinking red eye is in that small, black rectangle at the end.

It’s only one line – but a memorable one – from this report in The Guardian about various billionaires spending lots of money to prepare for something bad that may happen.

Prepping is no longer for Low Rent nutters…

Eventually, they edged into their real topic of concern: New Zealand or Alaska? Which region would be less affected by the coming climate crisis? It only got worse from there. Which was the greater threat: global warming or biological warfare? How long should one plan to be able to survive with no outside help? Should a shelter have its own air supply? What was the likelihood of groundwater contamination? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system, and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus, or malicious computer hack that takes everything down.

It’s as if they want to build a car that goes fast enough to escape from its own exhaust

What’s really funny is that this group of the mega-rich actually invited this guy, Douglas Rushkoff, a self-described “Marxist media theorist for advice on where and how to configure their doomsday bunkers“, to advise them about their plans – apparently not caring that he would include all this in a book and then an article in every Lefty Luvvie’s fave news site, The Guardian (well, not every one of them – the True Believers only read Jacobin).

Of course they don’t care because their wealth insulates them from anything this guy might say “back home”. Still, it means he can write about his obsessions by leveraging off their obsessions:

Never before have our society’s most powerful players assumed that the primary impact of their own conquests would be to render the world itself unliveable for everyone else.

Eh? I’ll grant you that the IT world sucks up an incredible amount of energy – for a time the global BitCoin insanity was gobbling more power than nations the size of Argentina – but it’s traditional industries and agriculture that’s getting the blame for despoiling our world. The former for at least two hundred years if William Blake’s “dark Satanic Mills” is anything to go by. It’s a good bet that these assholes are totally behind the WEF, insects as food, ESG Investing, electric vehicles and “de-carbonising” the economy.

But like all good Marxists Rushkoff doesn’t see that because he’s onboard for most of those things and doesn’t see how badly his beloved Toiling Masses are going to be screwed by the flipside of his Scientific Inevitability. The disasters heading our way, starting with energy deprivation in Europe, stem from things that Rushkoff supports and which these guys have the wealth to be insulated from – but he blames them.

Having said that I did appreciate his social, human advice – which they scoffed at, and in doing so revealed perhaps their major weakness, which is that they don’t seem to really have a fucking clue about humanity.

One had already secured a dozen Navy Seals to make their way to his compound if he gave them the right cue. But how would he pay the guards once even his crypto was worthless? What would stop the guards from eventually choosing their own leader?

The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers – if that technology could be developed “in time”.

I tried to reason with them. I made pro-social arguments for partnership and solidarity as the best approaches to our collective, long-term challenges. The way to get your guards to exhibit loyalty in the future was to treat them like friends right now, I explained. Don’t just invest in ammo and electric fences, invest in people and relationships. They rolled their eyes at what must have sounded to them like hippy philosophy.

I did have to laugh. Any professional skilled in the use of violence is probably going to want more than just access to food and water; he’s probably going to want access to the wives and any other females linked to these clowns – and that’s while things are good. When the supplies run low the “billionaires” will need to stop talking about “their” bunker and perhaps even make themselves scarce – and hope they haven’t put on too much weight.

The thing is that Rushkoff is right on that last part, although I was surprised to see him keep it micro, making only a slight reference to what I would think is his larger point as a Marxist; about expanding partnership and solidarity to a large collective in order to meet future challenges.

But these clowns can’t see that, for all the smarts that have made them fantastically rich. They also can’t see human history either, which offers the answer. Clans and kinship based groups will do well. Relationship based groups will do well. Some random former billionaire surrounded by 12 militaristic types…

It’s also a good example of how capitalists, especially the richest ones, really don’t get that Capitalism is a cooperative effort, but then Business has always been a frenemy of Capitalism.

He calls it Silicon Valley escapism – The Mindset – but read the whole thing.

The delicious bite of reality

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Let’s start with the good news before getting into the bad news.

Investment Giant BlackRock Loses $1.7 Trillion In Six Months

BlackRock lost $1.7 trillion of its clients’ money since the beginning of the year — the largest sum ever lost by a single firm over a six-month period, according to a Wednesday report from Bloomberg analyst Marc Rubenstein.

Blackrock are one of the largest fund managers in the world, controlling trillions of dollars of their clients’ funds – which is often the retirement and pension savings of typical American investors.

So why is this good news? Because BlackRock have been one of the leading proponents of the bullshit known as ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), insisting that companies it invests in use this method of measuring themselves rather than boring old crap like revenue, profits, dividends and ROI (Return on Investment):

By adopting ESG goals — or, in the case of BlackRock, pushing portfolio companies into adopting ESG goals — executives commit themselves to pursuing green energy, appointing a certain number of minorities to serve as managers, or otherwise blending profitability with progressive politics.

BlackRock have been bullying bastards on this matter since they have so much financial power. They even managed to place three environmental activists on the 12-person board of Exxon Mobil. That’s how much power they have.

Or perhaps had. You’ve all heard of luxury goods, things you can buy when you have a lot of money. Well there are also things called luxury ideas; electric cars in a world of $NZ 20/litre petrol; a world of organic farming and 100% renewable energy, But also very gauzy academic ideas like ESG or White Privilege and Critical Race Theory.

Which is to say that when times get tough, when the food, the petrol and the money start running out and that Bachelor in Environmental Gender Studies just ain’t pulling in the big bucks, luxury ideas tend to get jettisoned, and right quick. BlackRock is not at that stage yet; more pain must be inflicted on them.

However, an exclusive Daily Wire poll conducted by Echelon Insights showed earlier this year that 64% of respondents believe “individual investors whose savings are being invested” should ultimately decide whether retirement funds and pension plans are allocated according to ESG criteria. A mere 20% believe that “Wall Street asset managers” should make such decisions.

As an old varsity buddy cum investment manager in Wellington told me in the wake of the 1987 share market crash, regarding some clients who’d ignored his warnings, “People don’t react until the blowtorch is applied to the goolies”.

Goolie burning is a nasty business, as Sri Lanka has found out and which deserves its own post. But for the moment let’s note this:

“But the underlying reason for the fall of Sri Lanka is that its leaders fell under the spell of Western green elites peddling organic agriculture and ‘ESG,’ which refers to investments made following supposedly higher Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria. Sri Lanka has a near-perfect ESG score (98) which is higher than Sweden (96) or the United States (51).”

Michael Shellenberger, from his article ‘Green Dogma Behind Fall Of Sri Lanka

It’s a tempting idea to kidnap the BlackRock execs and dump them in Sri Lanka where they’ll have, shall we say, direct contact with the joys of near-perfect ESG score. Assholes.

Meanwhile in China….

Because nothing says “Your bank is safe but you can’t get your money out” than encountering a Main Battle Tank blocking the front doors.

Could be worse; in the future they’ll probably be using these instead – and this is not from the well-known firm, Boston Dynamics that pioneered these things: this is a Chinese model.

You will own nothing

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Back in 2020 I was working for an agricultural contractor, driving huge chunks of metal, plastic and rubber around roads and farms (Big Toys for Old Boys). It was a lot of fun – and a lot of hard work.

I discovered how computerised and complex these modern tractors were, incIuding this interesting aspect:

I saw that the big John Deere “choppers” had two thick, heavy plastic “wands” mounted to the central prow of the header and that these could be used to drive the machines through maize fields on automatic pilot. However, when I asked one of the drivers about this feature he scoffed and said they didn’t use it because it meant paying some $US 1500 per year to JD for the related software in the computer system and “It’s not worth it”.

Then today I saw this news.

I’ve heard BMW owners joke that they don’t actually own their cars but merely rent them for an annual service fee, but the above is ridiculous.

It’s also a look into the future, and as I pointed out in that article it may not just apply to cars and tractors:

All of which has had me wondering, as I watch the Big Pharma companies like Pfizer and Moderna gleefully make serious coin from their Covid-19 vaccine shots and now talk of booster shots every few months to maintain immunity, whether the drug industry has moved to the subscription model as well?

The Future’s so Bright we have to wear WEF

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By definition conspiracies are efforts to subvert the status quo behind the scenes and which are put together by small bands of people operating in secret. Lenin’s Communist coup in 1917 is a classic example: it was quickly labeled by them as a “Peoples Revolution” because of course the Communists had to convince others that Marx’s theory worked, even though Lenin’s Vanguard Theory was about as far removed from the Toiling Masses rising up as could be imagined.

No, when revolutionaries are talking about it in the open air and putting it right in your face it can’t be called a conspiracy any longer, nor can talk about it be called a conspiracy theory.

Take five minutes out of your day to watch the following from the World Economic Forum (WEF) as they make predictions for a future that less than a decade away. It’s important to note that they won’t be living like this.

These are awful human beings and I hope that the next round of politicians will avoid visiting them in future during their annual Bacchanalian debauchery in their Dachas at Davos.

The following article, Davos Death Cults and a Bad Moon Rising, keys off this and while you may sat that it’s stretching things too far, it is merely collecting news stories of actual events from around the world, so it’s not a stretch to extrapolate from the solid base of what these WEF people are saying themselves.

A future (for you) of Energy poverty, Food poverty, Crap education and dependence on the government for almost everything in your life, a place where all we little drones are “nudged” into the approved slots where we live out our lives.

Dutch farmers are fighting for the right to grow food in a Build Back Better world dedicated to mass starvation.  The great and honorable Shinzo Abe of Japan lies slain, while the communists in China and throughout the West celebrate his assassin.  George Soros and Joe Biden have declared war against conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court for daring to weaken the Leviathan’s unilateral authority to dictate how individual Americans must live.  Justin Trudeau is banning firearms in Canada before his subjects gain the courage to depose his regime.  The U.S. government has ceded control of the Southern border to narco-terrorists and sex-slavers.  And, in a disheartening example of how debauched crime and youth culture have become, seven Philadelphia teens recently recorded themselves beating a seventy-two-year-old man to death with traffic cones.

While Biden kills domestic energy production and exacerbates Americans’ pain at the pump, he’s shipping America’s strategic reserve of petroleum to our geopolitical enemies in China.  At the same time that Germany is gearing up to restrict home heating and ration hot water, one left-wing minister is pushing to confiscate guns owned by members of opposing political parties.  Manufacturing plants and food distribution centers are suspiciously burning down all over the world.  And the island nation of Sri Lanka — whose massive public spending and Green New Deal energy policies have predictably produced untenable debt, fuel, and food shortages, and runaway inflation — is now on the verge of collapse.  Oh, there’s definitely a bad moon rising these days.

Misty Mountain Hop

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Starting with something beautiful, let’s keep going on that before we plunge into the ugly realities of our world.

As I explained in a post back in January, I hate these people, and with every passing day the hate deepens as their desire to control the rest of us deepens, literally.

They even have their own police.

Among their other plans they’re big on “sustainable farming” – which means that you need to eat much less meat for a start and you may even end up loving various bug-based meals!

This is why the following is not just a flailing, failing US President trying to gaslight people about inflation, but about the same themes as the WEF; you won’t need to worry about inflation on beef, pork and chicken.

The gaslighting isn’t working, at least not for Biden. That poll result – lower than Trump – has to burn, and I don’t think Biden’s reached bottom yet.

I’m not sure that the WEF does opinion polls about themselves because I don’t think they care what anybody thinks of them or their ideas so long as global leaders like Trudeau, Biden, Ardern, Albanese and company love them.

However, unlike the WEF, politicians do have to face the voters sooner or later and there’s only so much gaslighting that can be done before reality breaks through.

More to come; the additional subsidies for Obamacare that were slotted into the Covid-19 spending bills will expire just in time for the mid-term elections, and premiums are already looking ugly. If you ever wondered why US Health Insurance companies supported Obamacare, now you know.

It’s actually hard to see any policies or anything that the Biden Administration has done that has been positive.

I wonder how many American voters (and other idiots around the globe) remember this:

The Internet does – and it has the receipts.

It’s so bad that he’s even started blaming his staff, which is why they’re leaking to their friends in the MSM, leading to that NBC report, which can barely spin it any more.

You do wonder where the bottom is for this senile old fool and his Democrat Party, but increasingly the message from Democrat insiders is “SAVE US”.

Of course some of his MSM pals are still doing their best, with the pitiful Newsweek taking Biden’s Big Soundbite and helpfully incorporating it into a story that’s not about the Republicans at all.

So in addition to the classic “Republicans Pounce” (yes, they’re so unaware of Interwebby Memes that they used that phrase) they also acted as ventriloquists for the phrase, “MAGA Republicans” that Biden first claimed he’d thought up himself – before it was revealed that Democrat focus groups had developed – and after months of “work” to boot. Like their other solutions this one fell flat, with GOP activists eagerly and proudly making it their own. Once again it’s Democrat fluff vs. the brutal reality of their man’s profound inadequacies that can be turned against him on any issue.

It’s also obvious that there’s not much talent they can draw on to replace Biden in 2024, judging by the following.

No aircraft carriers were under attack at Pearl Harbour because they were all at sea that day, especially not the USS Intrepid because it wasn’t commissioned for another two years. Adams is ignorant and more to the point, likely doesn’t care about being ignorant. Rumour has it that Adams has Presidential ambitions and he may be a good match for Democrat voters.

Masters of the Universe

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Oh but I hate these fucking people.

Watch and observe the superior cluelessness and surprise of this creature, and the smirking silence in which it is received at yet another confab of the World Economic Forum.

Perhaps if these assholes really were as smart and wise as they think they are they wouldn’t be implementing crap that screws up the lives of ordinary people, as this post explains on just one angle, an Unraveling, Not a Reset:

Now go read the Wikipedia quote from the IPCC again. The transnational globalists want to shut down petrochemical extraction because of alleged climate impacts. Doing so has already caused fertilizer shortages, but the globalists are fine with that because they want to significantly restrict and change industrialized agriculture as well.

Presumably they think they can escape food shortages and the impact on supply chains around the world. I doubt any of them know how to plant a vegetable garden or cut up a beast.

In the short run, the transnational globalists will attempt to use such events to assert increasingly totalitarian control of people, movement, goods, and more. It won’t take long for those attempts to exacerbate the chaos, the shortages, the conflict, and the disease. The tighter their attempted control, the greater and deeper the damage they will cause.

The funny thing is that the woman above reminded me very much of famous actress Katherine Hepburn, complete with a “mid-Atlantic accent”, trained for movies where her Connecticut Patrician voice would not play well.

That in turn reminded me that there once was an American elite who had very similar sorts of attitudes: the WASPS. That article has girth but I think it’s worth a read to get an insight into an elite who had begun to die off in the 1960’s. A couple of excerpts, starting with Katharine Graham, famous owner of the Washington Post and one of her friends, Joe Alsop:

He was in many ways a disagreeable man. A Cold War hawk, a foppish toff in a demotic age, he was the epitome, indeed the travesty, of WASP hauteur. In the morning, he would emerge from his bedroom at 2720 Dumbarton Street in Georgetown in a purple dressing gown piped with lilac, and he would spend much of the rest of the day putting people in their place. He growled at waiters, made scenes at parties, pushed to the front of every line, and bullied his wife, Susan Mary Jay. “Oh, that’s petty nonsense,” he would say when he cut her short in front of guests. In his relations with those lower in the scale, he had all the tact of Dickens’s Marquis St. Evrémonde, and he once tried to break the ice with a Minnesota farmer by nudging him with his stick and asking him, “What do you make of it all, old boy, eh?”

Sounds like a right charmer. And yes, he had a punchable face. Unsurprisingly a closeted gay, but one who told the KGB where to stick their blackmail when they got him on camera in 1957.

There seem to have been a lot of such snobbish aristocrats in the WASP class and the article delivers American writer Henry James as a classic example, delving back into their glory days in the 19th and early 20th century to examine what they built:

At the height of the Gilded Age [these Jamesian WASPs] sought to remedy the deficiency by incorporating, in their schools, museums, parks, and concert halls, bits and pieces of premodern poetry to create spaces that would touch neglected places in the American mind. Gardner established a Venetian museum in Boston; James’s friend Charles Eliot Norton, the Harvard humanist, indirectly inspired an experiment in civic humanism at Columbia in which young people were initiated in older poetries through the study of Great Books.

The civic humanism of the WASPs was secondhand and perhaps second-rate, yet it involved them in all that anomalousness of motive that characterizes even our most generous acts. You can’t foster more potent kinds of culture without wielding less-ideal forms of power.

Sure, you can be snarky about the spaces they built, but they’re a damn sight better than the Modernist monstrosities of spaces that followed them.

...revived Gothic, reworked Romanesque, and parodic Athenianism… “[an] effort to evade the logic of modern civilization by insincere gestures of respect to the culture, the feelings, the ornamental systems of previous ages.”

But precisely because it was plagiarized from premodern poetries that closely integrated the needs of the soul and the realities of everyday life, it made their spaces civically generous and aesthetically accessible in a way the lonely stages of alienated modern genius so often are not.

This also sounds familiar:

… they liked power, and once they had grabbed a certain amount of it out of the hands of Gilded Age plutocrats, they were in no hurry to share the deeper secrets of their own patent medicines. Their museums and concert halls were open to the public, but their most potent humanizing poetry was concentrated in their fenced-off schools, clubs, and houses. No mere pleb shared in the mock-Palladian glories of Joe Alsop’s 2720 Dumbarton Street.

What the hell have the new elites of the WEF done for the good of humanity with all their power? I think the following piece from journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon best sums them up:

The elites don’t even bother hiding their contempt for “the majority of people” anymore. It’s exposed the emptiness of the stories they tell to push their own interests. The sides aren’t Right and Left anymore. They’re the side that has that contempt and the side nauseated by it.

This clip is saying the quiet part out loud: Elites like to masquerade like there are major policy debates dividing them. But political polarization is a pantomime that disguises the crucial things they share–enormous wealth, capture of over 50% of GDP, the desire for control.

Working people know this. They know that it’s all kabuki theater at the top. It’s why they just don’t care who you voted for. Because the struggles that unite the bottom just outweigh whether you think abortion should be legal in the second trimester, or how you feel about Trump.

It’s disgusting to see these people nattering on about threats to democracy when they believe they should have control over every aspect of the lives of working people and it’s “bad news” that regular people are onto them and see them for the self-serving oligarchy that they are.

I think Jacinda Ardern is one of these people. So are Chris Luxon and David Seymour.