Alone in the Dark , Cortisol & Circadian Rythms

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Recent research suggest that the average UK citizen is afflicted by disruption to the circadian rhythm , particularly during the early hours of the morning . The research was conducted by neuroscientists at the University of Bristol and is based on the analysis of 800 million twitter feeds over a four year period . The Twitter feeds were examined for key words which may suggest an underlying emotional state .

The research was conducted in 2017 and the research paper was recently published in the science journal PLOS One .

The research paper was also reported in the MSM today .

The Evening Standard article states :

“Words and language used at 6am correlated with a more logical and positive way of thinking.”

“The paper, published in the journal PLOS ONE, also found that thoughts of death and existential angst peaked in the early hours…..”

“The second factor, with a peak expression time starting at 3am to 4am, linked with the language of existential concerns.”

“These shifts also occur at times associated with major changes in neural activity and hormonal levels, suggesting possible relations with our circadian clock,”

“Circadian rhythms are a major feature of most systems in the human body, and when these are disrupted they can result in psychiatric, cardiovascular and metabolic disease.”

The Express article states :

“You are one person in the morning, and a different person in the night.”

“The ‘morning type of thinking’ was ‘analytical, active, focused'”

“Thoughts of death and existential angst also peaked in the night-time period, particularly the early hours, the study found.”


The study

The Bristol University study published at PLOS One is titled “Circadian mood variations in Twitter content” .

The graph below clearly shows that words associated with death , health , sex , religion & anger start to rise in the late evening and peak at around 4 am in the morning .

sleep-twitter-graph

To quote from the research paper :

Background:

Circadian regulation of sleep, cognition, and metabolic state is driven by a central clock, which is in turn entrained by environmental signals.

Results:

We reveal strong, but different, circadian patterns for positive and negative moods. The cycles of fatigue and anger appear remarkably stable across seasons and weekend/weekday boundaries. Positive mood and sadness interact more in response to these changing conditions. Anger and, to a lower extent, fatigue show a pattern that inversely mirrors the known circadian variation of plasma cortisol concentrations. Most quantities show a strong inflexion in the morning.

This suggests an endogenous non-photic signal is involved in anger and
fatigue-perhaps related to sleep and HPA activity (Pilorz, 2016).

Existential thinking is dominant late in the night, during this time the positive emotions are low, death and religion are the main concerns in the population.

The second leading factor (F2) peaks in the late night with maximal expression between 3am and 5am…….

The second leading factor (F2) is maximally expressed in the late night, the most prevalent category on the social platform before the time of peak is death…..

There is certainly evidence that emotionality may  be closely associated with cortisol levels (Pariante and Lightman, 2008) and even to circadian cortisol release (Miller et al., 2016). In the light of this, the relationship we find for anger and to a lower extent fatigue that inversely mirror the known circadian variation of plasma cortisol concentrations is quite striking.

The full research paper is available at the links below :

  1. Diurnal variations of psychometric indicators in Twitter content
  2. Circadian mood variations in Twitter content (PDF)

Cortisol

Cortisol is a glucocorticoid class of hormone secreted by the adrenal gland , cortisol is often termed the ‘stress hormone’ . Partial sleep deprivation can raise cortisol levels in the bloodstream , this in turn leads to further elevated cortisol levels and a continually disrupted sleep cycle .

Continually raised levels of cortisol can cause a wide variety of adverse health effects , cortisol can also act as an immunosuppressant .

Increased levels of cortisol in the bloodstream can lead to :

 

  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Suppressed thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Decrease in muscle tissue
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
  • Increased abdominal fat

 

Conclusion

It would be interesting to see if these results are reproduced at a global level , maybe it is just UK citizens that are affected ? A sleep deprived population could become more docile and receptive to control and conditioning factors . It should go without saying that the associated health issues would lead to a windfall for big pharma and medical conglomerates . Sleep deprivation has also been linked to a rise in crime , particularly youth crime , a boon for the military intelligence complex .

The study results could be interpreted as a sign that in the UK , people are simply over worked , over stressed and sleep deprived , leading to a disruption of the emotional state & critical thinking .

Or perhaps there is another reason , less visible , yet still efficiently lethal .


Related :

  1. Sleep & Subliminal Hypnotic Triggers
  2. A brief history of sleep deprivation and torture
  3. Five Cults that Used Sleep Deprivation to Control Followers
  4. Cults , Brainwashing and Mind Control In The US
  5. 100 Police Officers Received Psychological Help after Salisbury Attack

Further reading :

  1. Teenage suicides in London rise by 107%
  2. US suicide rate has risen nearly 30% since 1999, federal study finds
  3. UK student suicide rate ‘rises by 56 per cent in 10 years’
  4. Anthony Bourdain’s death highlights rising suicide rate among middle-aged adults
  5. Suicide rate among young women doubles in a decade
  6. ELECTRO MAGNETIC MURDERS & SUICIDES
  7. Electronic Slavery , Sodomy & Satanism
  8. Schwannomas , Cancer & Radio Frequency Radiation
  9. Possible Insomnia Predicts Some Risky Behaviors Among Adolescents When Controlling for Depressive Symptoms
  10. Poor sleep as a potential causal factor in aggression and violence
  11. Sleep and delinquency: does the amount of sleep matter?

 

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We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State – Or are We ?

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How the controllers want you to view them

In this post I have linked to an interesting article by John W. Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute . The author argues that the all pervasive surveillance state that we live in actually acts as a Panopticon , which in turn creates fear , which in turn makes us self modify our own behavior . This places a whole new perspective on the Snowden leaks , there was nothing particularly ground breaking in the leaks , so what was the real reason for broadcasting the fact that we possibly live under the cloud of mass surveillance ?

In the Panopticon the inmates constantly assume that they are being watched and eventually adjust their behavior to conformity and servility . This only happens because they know they may be surveilled at all times , after all , if you did not think you were being watched , your behaviour patterns would probably stay as they are .

So who is actually watching who ?

If you live under the Panopticon this may make you adjust your behavior , or it may not . Another possibility for the more perceptive amongst us is that you gain further knowledge of the inner mechanisms of the power structures that surround us . Knowledge is power , this works two ways , both for us and for the controllers of society .

When you pull back the curtain , all is revealed .

A system of distraction , delusion , deception , distortion , deceit , dishonesty and disinformation , coordinated by a series of weak , characterless non entities . Going further beyond the curtain we see a series of corrupt , degenerate , perverted , gormandizing individuals and organizational structures , organizational structures that themselves are built on fear and loathing . All wallowing and bingeing at the traitors trough .

This is the real reason for the modern surveillance Panopticon , it is not constructed so that they can watch us , it is so that we cannot see them .

Or so they think .

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How the controllers are in reality


Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State

 By John W. Whitehead

“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people’s Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler.

While luxurious and resort-like, the Village is a virtual prison disguised as a seaside paradise: its inhabitants have no true freedom, they cannot leave the Village, they are under constant surveillance, their movements are tracked by surveillance drones, and they are stripped of their individuality and identified only by numbers.

The series’ protagonist, played by Patrick McGoohan, is Number Six.

Number Two, the Village administrator, acts as an agent for the unseen and all-powerful Number One, whose identity is not revealed until the final episode.

“I am not a number. I am a free man,” was the mantra chanted on each episode of The Prisoner, which was largely written and directed by McGoohan.

In the opening episode (“The Arrival”), Number Six meets Number Two, who explains to him that he is in The Village because information stored “inside” his head has made him too valuable to be allowed to roam free “outside.”

Throughout the series, Number Six is subjected to interrogation tactics, torture, hallucinogenic drugs, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination and physical coercion in order to “persuade” him to comply, give up, give in and subjugate himself to the will of the powers-that-be.

Number Six refuses to comply.

In every episode, Number Six resists the Village’s indoctrination methods, struggles to maintain his own identity, and attempts to escape his captors. “I will not make any deals with you,” he pointedly remarks to Number Two. “I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.”

Yet no matter how far Number Six manages to get in his efforts to escape, it’s never far enough.

Watched by surveillance cameras and other devices, Number Six’s getaways are continuously thwarted by ominous white balloon-like spheres known as “rovers.” Still, he refuses to give up. “Unlike me,” he says to his fellow prisoners, “many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment, and will die here like rotten cabbages.”

Number Six’s escapes become a surreal exercise in futility, each episode an unsettling, reoccurring nightmare that builds to the same frustrating denouement: there is no escape.

As journalist Scott Thill concludes for Wired, “Rebellion always comes at a price. During the acclaimed run of The Prisoner, Number Six is tortured, battered and even body-snatched: In the episode ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling,’ his mind is transplanted to another man’s body. Number Six repeatedly escapes The Village only to be returned to it in the end, trapped like an animal, overcome by a restless energy he cannot expend, and betrayed by nearly everyone around him.”

The series is a chilling lesson about how difficult it is to gain one’s freedom in a society in which prison walls are disguised within the trappings of technological and scientific progress, national security and so-called democracy.

As Thill noted when McGoohan died in 2009, “The Prisoner was an allegory of the individual, aiming to find peace and freedom in a dystopia masquerading as a utopia.”

The Prisoner’s Village is also an apt allegory for the American Police State: it gives the illusion of freedom while functioning all the while like a prison: controlled, watchful, inflexible, punitive, deadly and inescapable.

The American Police State, much like The Prisoner’s Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower. Because the inmates cannot see the watchman, they are unable to tell whether or not they are being watched at any given time and must proceed under the assumption that they are always being watched.

Eighteenth century social theorist Jeremy Bentham envisioned the panopticon prison to be a cheaper and more effective means of “obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”

Bentham’s panopticon, in which the prisoners are used as a source of cheap, menial labor, has become a model for the modern surveillance state in which the populace is constantly being watched, controlled and managed by the powers-that-be and funding its existence.

Nowhere to run and nowhere to hide: this is the new mantra of the architects of the police state and their corporate collaborators (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, YouTube, Instagram, etc.).

Government eyes are watching you.

They see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up in the morning, what you’re watching on television and reading on the internet.

Every move you make is being monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to form a picture of who you are, what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line.

When the government sees all and knows all and has an abundance of laws to render even the most seemingly upstanding citizen a criminal and lawbreaker, then the old adage that you’ve got nothing to worry about if you’ve got nothing to hide no longer applies.

Apart from the obvious dangers posed by a government that feels justified and empowered to spy on its people and use its ever-expanding arsenal of weapons and technology to monitor and control them, we’re approaching a time in which we will be forced to choose between obeying the dictates of the government—i.e., the law, or whatever a government official deems the law to be—and maintaining our individuality, integrity and independence.

When people talk about privacy, they mistakenly assume it protects only that which is hidden behind a wall or under one’s clothing. The courts have fostered this misunderstanding with their constantly shifting delineation of what constitutes an “expectation of privacy.” And technology has furthered muddied the waters.

However, privacy is so much more than what you do or say behind locked doors. It is a way of living one’s life firm in the belief that you are the master of your life, and barring any immediate danger to another person (which is far different from the carefully crafted threats to national security the government uses to justify its actions), it’s no one’s business what you read, what you say, where you go, whom you spend your time with, and how you spend your money.

Unfortunately, George Orwell’s 1984—where “you had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized”—has now become our reality.

We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology, which answers not to us but to our government and corporate rulers.

Consider that on any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

A byproduct of this new age in which we live, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior.

This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere.

Stingray devices mounted on police cars to warrantlessly track cell phones, Doppler radar devices that can detect human breathing and movement within in a home, license plate readers that can record up to 1800 license plates per minutesidewalk and “public space” cameras coupled with facial recognition and behavior-sensing technology that lay the groundwork for police “pre-crime” programspolice body cameras that turn police officers into roving surveillance cameras, the internet of things: all of these technologies add up to a society in which there’s little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence—especially not when the government can listen in on your phone calls, monitor your driving habits, track your movements, scrutinize your purchases and peer through the walls of your home.

As French philosopher Michel Foucault concluded in his 1975 book Discipline and Punish, “Visibility is a trap.”

This is the electronic concentration camp—the panopticon prison—the Village—in which we are now caged.

It is a prison from which there will be no escape if the government gets it way.

As Glenn Greenwald notes:

“The way things are supposed to work is that we’re supposed to know virtually everything about what [government officials] do: that’s why they’re called public servants. They’re supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that’s why we’re called private individuals. This dynamic – the hallmark of a healthy and free society – has been radically reversed. Now, they know everything about what we do, and are constantly building systems to know more. Meanwhile, we know less and less about what they do, as they build walls of secrecy behind which they function. That’s the imbalance that needs to come to an end. No democracy can be healthy and functional if the most consequential acts of those who wield political power are completely unknown to those to whom they are supposed to be accountable.”

Unfortunately, we seem to be trapped in the Village with no hope of escape.

That we are prisoners—and, in fact, never stopped being prisoners—should come as no surprise to those who haven’t been taking the escapist blue pill, who haven’t fallen for the Deep State’s phony rhetoric, and who haven’t been lured in by the promise of a political savior.

So how do we break out?

For starters, wake up. Resist the urge to comply.

Read the full article here at the Rutherford Institute


Related :

  1. Discipline & Punish — Panopticism
  2. Facilitating Tyranny? Glenn Greenwald and the creation of the NSA’s ‘Panopticon’ (PDF)
  3. New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

 

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Giraffes , Birds , Bees & Agile Beams

Last week the UK’s MoD (Ministry of Defence) was delivered it’s tenth Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (AMB) radar system . The Giraffe is manufactured by Swedish conglomerate SAAB , probably better known for it’s motor cars , yet another company that has now switched it’s manufacturing base towards the ‘defence’ industry in the chase for greater profits .

The UK’s Minister for Defence Procurement , Guto Bebb MP , announced gleefully :

“The Giraffe radar system provides our military with unmatched surveillance capabilities, keeping the UK safe and protecting our troops on operations. Giraffe provides our cutting-edge Sky Sabre air defence system with crucial battlefield intelligence, so it is brilliant to see our defensive strength bolstered by the arrival of the tenth radar system,”

The Giraffe system is intended to ‘fill the gaps’ in existing and already extensive RADAR capabilities .

SAAB

SAAB is a big player in the field of RADAR and associated sensor systems .

SAAB has also recently partnered with former mobile phone developer Ericsson to develop 5G technologies .

Ericsson was a major player in the early mobile communications industry , it was also a developer of microwave systems for the defence industry . The Ericsson company was carved up around a decade ago , the company was divided between STMicroelectronics , Sony and SAAB , with SAAB receiving the defence end of the business .

Electrosmog & Wildlife

The UK is a small country in geographical terms , historically it was always at the fore of the post World War II ‘Cold War’ , between the West & the Soviet Union , as such it has been the preferred base for a myriad of RADAR and related sensing systems . It appears that this is still the case . It is simply a business , a business largely built on fearmongering , paranoia and of course power & profit .

In real terms this means that the skies are becoming more and more saturated with microwaves , radio waves and other frequencies , an interacting smorgasbord of radiation which forms an invisible blanket over the country and indeed the Earth .

There is increasing evidence that the electromagnetic smog has a debilitating effect on wildlife and indeed ourselves , migratory birds appear to be most at risk , canaries in the coal mine perhaps ? Pesticides are currently taking the brunt of the blame , other groups blame ‘climate change’ , a slight of hand perhaps ? Maybe we cannot see the wood for the trees .

Conclusion

There is increasing evidence that non-ionizing radiation affects all living organisms .

The research will probably be sneeringly dismissed as ‘collateral damage’ by the controllers .

For now at least .


Further reading :

  1. Electromagnetic Radiation Poses Threat to Wildlife
  2. EMFs + Wildlife (Vol 2)
  3. BEES, BIRDS AND MANKIND Destroying Nature by ‘Electrosmog’ (PDF)
  4. EMR and birds: published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  5. Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 202–216, 2012 eISSN: 09748369 Impacts of radio-frequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) from cell phone towers and wireless devices on biosystem and ecosystem – a review (PDF)
  6. US Department of the Interior warns: communication towers threaten birds
  7. Disturbing H oneybees’ B ehavior with E lectromagnetic W aves: a M ethodology (PDF)
  8. The urban decline of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus): a possible link with electromagnetic radiation
  9. Bees, Butterflies and Wildlife: Research on Electromagnetic Fields and the Environment
  10. A review of the ecological effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF)

 

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NASA Fixed Data for NEOWISE & NEOCAM Asteroid PROJECTS

Yet another day , yet another dollar to be made . As time goes by the role of organizations such as NASA are being scrutinized with increasing skepticism . NASA was central to the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) which enabled the research and development of satellite and other technology which would eventually form the backbone of the oppressive global security state we see today .

As always , the precursor to any large scale racketeering programme requires the softening up of the public .

The deluge of asteroid-Earth collision warnings continues , complete with cataclysmic images and warnings of course :

Expect this type of headline to hit the MSM on a more frequent basis , at least until the funding is forthcoming .

NEOWISE Project

The collection and collation of dubious data regarding asteroids is part of the whole process .

To this end the NEOWISE project (Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) has been cranked up a gear or ten . The project aims to scan space for asteroids , according to NASA the focus is on asteroids ‘that could pose an impact hazard to the Earth’ .

Not surprisingly the NEOWISE project has uncovered a plethora of previously non-existent space based objects that pose a threat to the Earth . Also , again not surprisingly ,  the threat of an Earth impact from one of these objects has now increased . In fact they could now hit our planet and wipe out humanity , although lets hope they don’t all hit the Earth at the same time , at least we would then have a chance .

Flawed & Unreliable

One researcher has called the statistics from the NEOWISE project ‘flawed and unreliable’ . Nathan P. Myhrvold has challenged the asteroid data from NASA , Nathan is a former chief technologist at Microsoft and holds a doctorate in physics .

His research led to a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from NASA , information that he probably hoped would prove him wrong . One man could not call into question the methods of a vast team of NASA scientists and technicians , surely such a veritable organization must be beyond reproach ?


Cultocracy translation :

‘Flawed and unreliable’ = Bullshit

‘Bad statistics’ = Bullshit


The Freedom of Information requests made to NASA by Nathan P. Myhrvold led to years of mud slinging , obfuscation and stonewalling .

In fact , Nathan P. Myhrvold called into question the whole NEOWISE programme .

Nathan P. Myhrvold papers have now been peer reviewed , the new findings show that he was right all along .

NEOCAM

A subproject of the NEOWISE project is called NEOCAM (Near earth Object Camera) . NEOCAM is described as a next generation ‘infrared sensor’ .

MSM headlines declared that the NEOCAM could actually save Earth .

NEOCAM will find asteroids before they find us .


Cultocracy note :

NEOCAM = SDI 2.0


Tiny but Expensive

Apparently the NEOCAM would form an essential part of a comprehensive planetary defence programme . It would cost the US taxpayer a mere $500 million per annum , a trifle when you consider the consequences .

Also the public agrees that NASA should not be sending astronauts on useless moon missions , instead NASA should be saving the Earth and possibly even saving the Universe .

Nathan P. Myhrvold’s research called into question the funding of NASA and particularly the NEOCAM project . Not to worry though , NASA got a record deal in the US budget from the Don . Although only a miserly $35 million will go to the NEOCAM sensor project .

Conclusion

Let us all hope and pray that the weak funding for the NEOCAM project is taken up by other NASA projects .

After all the fate of the Earth depends on it !!!



Related :

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  1. HAARP , Charged Particles & Lights in the Sky – Part 2
  2. NASA’s Lunar Orbiter pics from 1967/8 were deliberately fuzzed and downsampled to hide US spying capabilities
  3. “Massively Altered” …German Professor Examines NASA GISS Temperature Datasets
  4. Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
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Global Civilisation to descend into ‘Hell on Earth’ , Maybe….

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The Earth is in our hands , or is it in theirs ?

Cultocracy note :

The article below comes from Nafeez Ahmed at medium.com , it is based on a lecture given by Jeremy Legget at a Resurgence & Ecologist event . Jeremy is described as an energy pioneer , particularly in field of solar energy .

Utopia

In the lecture Jeremy states that humanity is at the cusp and must wean itself from fossil fuels to ignite a revolution that would encompass the entire Earth and the general environment . Jeremy thinks that by ditching fossil fuels we will end wars of accumulation and profit , this in turn will lead to decentralised form of governance and spark a shift in the global mindset , away from consumption and towards conservation .

Dystopia

Jeremy does sound a warning , he argues that technological advances have already surpassed the intellect of the people that control them , one that I totally agree with . In the second hypothesis Jeremy states that we are already on the path to a technology driven future governed by AI and incorporating transhumanism . In fact I would say that he is partially describing the world we live in at the present time .

Conclusion

The real question is how do we wrestle control of the technology away from warmongers and profiteers ? People who have an alarming lack of foresight and clarity of thought , people who display behavioral traits more akin to a tribe of monkeys ? No offence to monkeys intended .

Given a choice which future would you choose ?

A more natural environment with less death , destruction and pollution ?

Or a more sanitized technological environment , also with less death destruction and pollution ?

Unfortunately the second option will require mass depopulation , destruction and pollution before it comes to pass .


Global civilisation to descend into ‘hell on Earth’ unless we choose a new paradigm

By Nafeez Ahmed

Published by INSURGE intelligence, a crowdfunded investigative journalism platform for people and planet. Support us to report where others fear to tread.

Late last year, Dr. Jeremy Leggett — solar energy entrepreneur, former oil man and government advisor — gave an eye-opening talk where he for the first time laid out his vision for two possible futures facing human civilisation.

Speaking at an event hosted by Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, he told a gripped audience that the world had approached a major convergence point in which our choices would rapidly close off either one of these possible futures. One scenario heralds the promise of a successful transition to a new, more evolved kind of civilisation. Another scenario warns of a future plunged increasingly into scarcity, despotic chaos and conflict.

The ascent of civilisation

Leggett’s positive scenario began with evaluating forecasts of the renewable energy transition. So far, he noted, the rate of increase in solar energy has had eight doublings over 16 years, starting from nothing. Despite this exponential increase, solar still only supplies about 2% of global energy.

But according to some forecasters, if this rate of expansion continues — if we keep doubling just six more times, in just 12 years “you’re providing all the energy the world currently needs. Not electricity, energy.”

Could such a speedy transition really happen? Leggett argued that this particular scenario is a fantasy: “A crazy idea — it won’t happen.” Solar energy, he pointed out, is only one form of clean energy in a family of clean energy technologies. Many of them are growing fast, some slower than others, with different efficiencies and supply capabilities in vastly different local geographies and environments. This means that solar alone will not ever be capable of supplying all the world’s energy. Rather, the transition will consist of this family of different technologies all hooking up together and working “in integrated ways”, a process that will likely therefore take longer.

One of the technologies pointing to the revolutionary implications of this great transition is artificial intelligence (AI) — in Leggett’s words, the ability of machines to mimic cognitive processes and learning in humans.

Augmented by AI, computers beginning to talk to each other and learn from each other, the matrix of interlocking renewable energy technologies will be able to achieve increasingly remarkable efficiencies.

In this scenario, as this tableau of clean, smart energy technologies impacts the world, the fossil fuel incumbencies, are undermined — “more than a trillion dollars progressively begins to switch into these new technologies, and that snowballs.”

Using a systems framework, Leggett then outlined how such a successful energy transition could rapidly transform many other areas of our societies, our economies, and even our politics and culture.

The interacting dynamics of cost reductions in the renewable energy sector and cost explosions for fossil fuels could drive oil, gas and coal to be “phased out faster than possible.” And thus, as greenhouse gas emissions go down, humanity finds itself in the unexpected position of being able to devote itself to dealing with climate change much faster and more effectively than anyone ever imagined.

Air pollution, the singled biggest global environmental health risk killer, begins to drop very fast, thus having positive knock on effects for human health. This also would eliminate the “economic toll from air pollution” which is around a “trillion dollars a year” in health costs, welfare costs, lost job days, and so on.

The combined elimination of massive fossil fuel subsidies and environmental health costs doubles up as a big economic gain for the public purse. For the first time, governments find themselves in a position to begin to spend that benefit. And as new renewable technologies, by this point, are now dramatically cheaper than status quo fossil fuels, further funds are freed up. The upshot is that governments have greater leeway for social spending.

And with a targeted increase in social spending, argued Leggett, you wind up with “an increase in social cohesion and social well-being”, as the great post-carbon energy transition frees up public funds for health, education and other services that matter to communities.

That, in turn, “feeds into a growing sense of community around the place. People realise these new technologies are much more conducive to community living.” The new renewable energy technologies are, in their design, far more decentralised, not centralised: They “don’t lend themselves to centralised power, the way fossil fuels do,” and they increasingly lend more power to households, communities and small businesses to become suppliers and producers, not just consumers of clean energy.

“As people see this, they realise an increase in confidence that you can increase these things that people see as essential.” The appetite for “demand side management” grows as does the sense of innovation and its opportunities for other areas. This drives new innovations encompassing “ways of getting water cleanly; food comes into ascendancy, with local economic activity, local water cleaning and production.”

Communities, towns and cities produce locally, fundamentally transforming national energy patterns. And thus Leggett argued, we can bring to an end the age of energy wars. “Many if not most wars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries were wars over resources,” he said. But with nations no longer dependent on far-flung oil and gas supplies in contested territories, there is a new opportunity for a different kind of international politics.

This new age thus ushers in “new security regimes, new generation of treaties.” Governments are able to negotiate treaties more easily, leading to further improvements in international relations.

Toward the end of the century, we see a planet, a global civilization “that you can apply the word renaissance to. It’s totally different to the world we are living in now. Few resource stresses. It’s more safe. More secure. Let’s call this story ascent — an ascent of civilisation.”

A descent to hell on earth

Elements of this positive story have begun, but hearing Leggett’s second scenario reveals that we appear to be far further ahead on the path of dystopia.

In the second story, Leggett envisaged a grim future in which “technology changes far faster than people imagined” with uncontrolled consequences and “massive downsides.” It all begins, he suggested, “with facial recognition technology and AI.” It will soon become possible to do “amazing things in recognising people going about their business on the street” — a phenomenon that is already partly here and rapidly being ushered in by companies like Facebook among other biometric ventures. “There is really no hiding place. You can put a hat on, a scarf on, dark glasses on. The AI is so good on what remains, that it can still spot who you are at the level of 70–80 per cent.”

In this future, even the privacy and comfort of your own home will offer no escape from Big Brother. The “devices the tech companies providing you with are all equipped in different ways to spy on you so they can make more money.” With robotics on the rise, in a matter of years it is likely we will see the proliferation of “amazing types of technology which a few years ago people wouldn’t have imagined what it has become able to do.” Robots hooked up with AI will be able to provide movement to that machine learning capability with unprecedented scope.

Leggett acknowledged that there is “plenty of potential for good in society” from these developments: “easing the burdens of human labour, medical diagnostics, the list is really long. But of course it can also transparently be used for evil. For the first time in the history of technologies, we have a workforce, begging policymakers to regulate what they’re doing.”

Today, Leggett pointed out, the technology industries are developing these new tools without any regulation virtually whatsoever. “They worry about jobs — we will gut the middle class, leading to vast job losses, we have to deal with that.” While ignoring questions from unions as to whether these developments are sensible, even financial regulators are likely to begin using robots for both routine and advanced tasks, to act as tellers and perhaps even conduct trades.

Pushing forward these trends, Leggett outlines a scenario in which the rapid rise of AI and robotics “happens at the same time as the far right is beginning to rise in quite a few countries. They have already come close to power; definitely coming up through all the disaffections in multiple societies, in the ballot box. These folk, many of them, are really good at using these technologies, AI included, in advancing their causes. Perhaps better than anyone else on others sides of the political divide.”

What happens when such technologies are increasingly used by “nations not favourably disposed to liberal democracy”, who begin to “meddle in the process of democracy at scale in multiple countries”?

The convergence of these trends points to the risk of major wild cards. Leggett homed in on the following hypothetical wild card as an example of what this scenario could hold for humanity:

“Then one day, there’s a terrible incident. A dozen attacks around the world by swarms of little robots, about the size of your hand, that are drones — these little monsters are in a different league — they attack the defenders of democracy — politicians, students, activists, in 12 incidents around the world. Lethal attacks. They are using deadly venom, toxins, and explosive devices. The death toll is measured in the hundreds.”

These are multiple terrorist attacks in key democratic countries, horrifying everybody: “Time goes by, days turn into weeks, weeks to months. And police and security services are not finding who actually did this. Fingers are pointing everywhere — religious terrorists, political terrorists, rogue states, rogue elements within democracies.”

And the problem, Leggett said, is that in this future “millions of these devices are routinely being sold. And you don’t have to be a rocket science engineer to make them lethal.”

The proliferation elicits a major crackdown from governments — “after this, surveillance goes through the roof. Many democracies still hold an election, but they are in name only. Populations are living under the same conditions as autocratic countries. And then — protest about all this is really muted. Known activists are particularly muted,” because they are worried about being targeted in a similar way.

“Surviving democracies slide one by one into police states. Some keep a sham of democracy but barely bother to suppress the fact that elections are dysfunctional or rigged. Others become straight fascist states — people who are elected — fascists get elected. And they make sure there are no more elections.

This ends in a dystopian world where the psychopaths have floated to the top. The world is a dysfunctional stage in which psychopaths and their monstrous egos, bump off each other, flirting with military disasters on a weekly basis; meanwhile, all the other problems continue — the world slides into a toxified, very insecure and fragile state, hovering on the edge of apocalyptic war between police states.

Let’s call this descent — into a form of hell on earth.”

Making sense of our possible futures

Leggett’s exploration of these two stories — one beautiful, hopeful and inspiring, the other ugly, frightening and repulsive — demonstrates clearly what is at stake for humanity. In practice, he explained to his audience, it is unlikely that we will exclusively follow one or the other of these paths in a simplistic either/or fashion. We are already seeing elements of both take shape before our eyes right now.

But at this present point, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that as a species, in many ways, the bulk of our activities have diverged toward the negative path: the descent to what Leggett describes as ‘hell on Earth’.

With the meteoric rise of the far-right across Europe, the mainstreaming of fascist ideology in the Trump administration, coupled with the manipulation of Big Data to interfere in democratic processes seen in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandals, we can see clearly that some of this future is already here.

On the other hand, though, the disruption of the fossil fuel system continues to accelerate in ways largely unanticipated by much of the industry. Last month, Leggett noted that by 2020, renewable electricity worldwide will be less expensive than fossil fuels. This massive price drop is driving an increasing number of major companies, corporations and utilities to switch to renewable and carbon neutral production, with over 100 major cities around the world getting over 70% of their electricity from renewables, out of which 43 cities are powered by 100% clean energy.

“The writing is becoming clearer on the wall, for those with the eyes to see, with each passing week,” wrote Leggett. “The global energy transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is, in my view, going much faster than most people think.”

Leggett’s insider observations vindicate the conclusion that humankind finds itself in the midst of an unprecedented civilisational ‘phase-shift’, in which we are witnessing the slow (and sometimes not so slow) implosion of the old industrial paradigm.

This is a now defunct paradigm premised on an outmoded worldview and value-system that reduces human life to the goal of individualistic competition to maximise material production and consumption without limits. As this paradigm crumbles beneath its own weight, the urgent task ahead for each of us is to do our best, each in our own contexts, to co-create an emerging new paradigm of mutual prosperity on a shared planet.

The original article can be found here at Insurge Intelligence

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Britain’s Brave New World Just Got Braver

Cultocracy note :

The article below is written by former Mi5 operative Annie Machon , it describes yet another ‘counter-terrorism initiative’ being touted by the UK $TA$I . As the article states the policy involves broadening already extensive surveillance powers and recruiting more spies , the spies are not your regular spies who spend most of the time watching each other , in-between splashing the cash on lavish luncheons and romantic encounters with young boys . The new spies will be everywhere , schools , local councils , hospitals , and the social services , basically the entire public sector . It will cost a lot of money , extra expense will come from the rolling trappings of spydom such as fast cars , expense accounts , gadgets galore and comfy deluxe leather office chairs .

Much of the strengthening of the spying apparatus in the UK has emerged since the fabricated ‘War on Terror’ . The reality is that with the fall of the Berlin Wall and relative peace in Northern Ireland the ‘security services’ needed fresh pastures , the establishment and their corporate masters , primarily the old aristocracy , felt the need to justify their own existence . You have to remember that the spying apparatus in the UK is closely aligned to the Crown , which is a corporation sole . The Crown is an international octopus of an organisation with many tentacles , the organization owns a vast array of assets including land (mostly stolen) and business interests . In the eyes of the Crown these must be expanded on and protected , the protection primarily comes from ‘intelligence’ garnered by the surveillance structure in the UK and also Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand and Australia .

So where are the threats to individual and corporate wealth in a modern era ? Jihadis from Afghanistan ? No . The real threats come from grass roots politics which seeks to change the structure of entitlement and wealth creation , initially created by the Crown and it’s coterie of cronies . To this end any social policies which may distribute wealth in a more fair manner are strangled at birth , the full spectrum of UK politics is tightly controlled , I think most of us are aware of the methods . Business interests include the massive UK defence industry , land and property deals and financial trading . The Crown is in an enviable position of potentially being able to use the UK spy industry for insider trading or leaping ahead of a rival in business deals , as an added bonus the spy industry could be used to steal intellectual property , all in the interests of ‘national security’ of course . Islamic terrorists are simply the excuse , an excuse which was largely crested by the disatrous foreign policy in the Middle East , a policy created by the spooks and their paymasters .

The wider implications of an all-pervasive totalitarian state include the loss of personal freedoms and wide scale human rights abuses . The UK security services and the Crown are intertwined , both organizations practise sadistic methods of torture , slavery , human experimentation and domestic terrorism in their quest to maintain their position of dominance . You will never read about the methods in the mainstream media . A futile argument being ‘if we didn’t control the country , then another rival organization would’ .

Annie Machon describes the new policies as creating a ‘techno-Stasi state’ in the UK .

We reached that point many , many moons ago Annie .

As always , the keyword is control .

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Britain’s Brave New World Just Got Braver

Britain’s new counter-terrorism initiative builds on Stasi-like methods to create a potentially Orwellian present for British citizens, as former MI-5 officer Annie Machon explains.

By Annie Machon Special to Consortium News
in Brussels

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid unveiled a new counter-terrorism initiative last week that he says targets an ever-metastasizing threat, yet it raises a raft of new questions about people’s rights.

The government is acting on the imperative that something needs to be done. But MI5 – officially known as Britain’s domestic Security Service and the lead organization combating terrorism within the UK – has already, since the start of the “war on terror,” doubled in size and has been promised yet more staff over the next two years.

Yet despite these boosted resources for MI5, as well as increased funding and surveillance powers for the entire UK intelligence community, virtually every terror attack carried out in the UK over the last few years has been committed by someone already known to the authorities. Indeed, the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, had been aggressively investigated but MI5 ignored vital intelligence and closed down the active investigation shortly before he carried out the attack.

This failure to target known threats is not just a UK problem. Attacks across Europe over the last few years have repeatedly been carried out by people already on the local security radar.

New approaches are needed. But this latest offering appears to be a medley of already failed initiatives and more worryingly, a potentially dangerous blueprint for a techno-Stasi state.

The main points of the new Home Office plan include: making MI5 share intelligence on 20,000 “subjects of concern” with a wide range of organizations, including local councils, corporations, local police, social workers, and teachers; calling on internet companies to detect and eradicate extremist or suspicious content; making online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay report suspicious purchases; increasing surveillance of infrastructure and big events; and passing even tougher anti-terrorism laws.

It sounds reasonable until you realize how similar initiatives have failed and how the new plan can make wholesale abuse of surveillance powers more likely.

Intelligence is Not Evidence

The most chilling part of the MI5 plan is sharing intelligence on 20,000 “subjects of concern.” First of all, this is intelligence– by nature gathered from a range of secret sources that MI5 would normally wish to protect. When communicating with counter-terrorism police, intelligence agencies will normally hide the source, but that requires an immense amount of work for 20,000 cases before the information can be shared. Secondly, intelligence is not evidence. Effectively MI5 will be very widely circulating partially assessed suspicions, perhaps even rumors, about individuals who cannot be charged with a crime just based on the intelligence, but who will nonetheless fall under a deep shadow of suspicion within their communities.

Also if this intelligence is spread as widely as is currently being suggested, it will land in the laps of thousands of public bodies – for instance, schools, councils, social care organizations and local police. Multiple problems could arise from this. There will no doubt be leaks and gossip within communities  that so-and-so is being watched by MI5 and so on.

Read the full article here at ConsortiumNews.com

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4000 holes in Blackburn Lancashire to be fixed by DRONES

An ambitious bunch of scientists have suggested that in the future the potholes in Britain’s roads could be fixed by an army of drones . One set of drones could identify the faults whilst another set of drones could fix the holes with an ‘attatched 3D printer’ . This idea was first put forward several years ago . It is the job of the local council to fix any potholes in their area , the local council also has to pay in the event of ‘damage by pothole’ to a car , a double whammy , for the taxpayer that is .

It would take an army of drones , a very big army , to fix all of the potholes . The reality is that there are simply too many roads in the UK and too much traffic . An extremely short sighted policy of rail network closures in the 1960’s led to a glut of cars on the roads , with the added bonus of extra road and fuel taxes for the government , taxes which were no doubt sqaundered . Then there was privatisation of the rail network , as usual public assets were sold off to a wealthy group of investors and individuals , always at the expense of then public who actually paid for the rail network in the first place .

It now appears that there are calls for the rail network to be brought back into the public sector , at least partially .

Either way , the taxpayer always loses , a select few get rich .


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UK Sells Arms to I$I$

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Cultocracy note :

More evidence , if it is really needed , that I$I$ style terror proxies are sponsored by corrupt Western governments , including the UK . I$I$ can now be considered as an umbrella term for Western backed Jihadi’s .  Only a fool could not fail to realize that the AK47 bullets in a Saudi arms shipment were to be diverted to the vast array of terrorist proxy outfits currently operating in the Middle East . Saudi Arabian armed forces do not use AK47’s . No doubt a portion of the weaponry smuggled to the terror groups will also make it back to the streets of Europe to be used in domestic ‘terror attacks’ , how convenient .

Meanwhile the slaughter in the Middle East continues .


UK Missed Chance to Stop Suspect Bosnian Bullet Deal

The UK failed to tell Bosnia of its suspicions about a consignment of bullets bound for Saudi Arabia, which has a habit of diverting arms to proxies in Syria and Yemen.

Semir Mujkic, Lawrence Marzouk and Ivan Angelovski BIRN

The UK suspected that almost 30 million Bosnian-made bullets sold to Saudi Arabia would end up in the wrong hands, but failed to warn Sarajevo before the shipment had flown, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network can reveal.

The deal was brought to the UK’s attention because two British-based brokers had requested – and were eventually refused – licences to mediate the Bosnia-Saudi deal.

Though Bosnian officials said it had no record of a broker being involved in the export, a BIRN investigation has established the shipment that left Bosnia in two parts in November 2015 and January 2016 with the approval of Sarajevo matched the deal for which the UK refused brokering licences in terms of timing, quantity, origin, destination and type of ammunition.

The UK refusal came in March 2016 after around 14 months of deliberation, when it was already too late to halt the shipment. Such applications are usually decided within 20 working days.

The refusal cited the “unacceptable risk” the bullets would be diverted, adding that the Saudi government, the specified ‘end user’, was not in fact “the intended recipient”, according to information obtained by BIRN under a Freedom of Information request submitted to the Department for International Trade.

Experts in the international arms trade say the UK likely suspected the bullets would end up in the hands of Saudi proxies in Syria or Yemen; even more worrying are the concerns raised by some watchdogs, including Amnesty International, about the leaky nature of US and Saudi arms pipelines into Syria, meaning some military hardware has found its way to extremists including ISIS.

BIRN has reported extensively on the billion-euro arms trade that has developed between Balkan countries and Saudi Arabia, which systematically diverts the weapons to allied militias in Syria and Yemen.

Despite these concerns, and calls by the European Parliament to place an arms embargo on the Gulf kingdom, licences to Saudi Arabia are rarely rejected, making the UK’s decision all the more significant.

“Massive red flag”

The UK’s Department for International Trade said this was the first case involving Saudi Arabia that London had refused, having previously approved brokering licences for the export of similar ammunition from Bosnia to Saudi Arabia worth 10 million euros in 2013 and 2014.

Read the full article BalkanInsight.com

Read the evidence & full documentation here at BirnSource.com


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Further reading :

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  7. How Britain funded I$I$ in Syria
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