This one’s called “Nevermind the Backstop” by Obstakula Vernakula.
Versailles — The Remix
I don’t believe Frau Von Der Leyen has yet been subjected to much critique on these pages.
She was crowned President of the European Commission a little later than planned.
This was due to some of her proposed Commissioners being turned down.
The original French nominee, Sylvie Goulard, was rejected due to ongoing fraud / corruption charges at EU level.
Of course this didn’t stop Christine Lagarde becoming head of the IMF and subsequently becoming the Chair of the European Central Bank.
For those of you who do not self-identify as Bank-Watchers here is a picture of Ms Lagarde on one of her first days in office, check out the ratio:
Twas pointed out that there are more painted women on the walls than real women around the table.
The reason why it is only white men in the ECB offices in this photo is that they are the sitting Chairmen of the various national European Central Banks.
They just happen to all be middle aged white guys.
Which makes perfect sense to me – but doesn’t stop the photo being a PR disaster.
The ECB and the rest of the EU institutions seem indifferent to even the notion of the real time PR disaster.
And why should they care?
They are all civil servants on pukka pensions and it is their organisation that has all the authority.
The media can dance to their tune.
But it is civil society’s ire they should do be doing more to assuage.
Which they never do.
Apparently there was a €1 trillion Green EU stimulus launched this week.
Which I’m guessing will have some impact on some bond market somewhere.
Either creating a new market and more places for pension funds to invest or cannibalising another market that would have been trying to achieve the same goal organically before the influx of EU capital.
Green finance isn’t new.
Former UK Chancellor Philip Hammond championed London as a global centre of Green Finance even as he was voting to expand Heathrow Airport.
He did this with no sense of awkwardness and no platform of note so much as batted an eyelid.
The other Phil, Phil Hogan is the new Irish Commissioner for trade.
He will be replacing Michel Barnier and has a tough reputation.
Hogan used to be Commissioner for agriculture.
How is this going to work?
Border in the Irish Sea and corporation tax competition.
Surely this will herald a race to the bottom.
Thierry Breton is the French Commissioner for the Single Market.
This means that among other things he is in charge of Defence.
Till last month Breton was head of ATOS, the firm that sent long term sick people to work, in the UK, and cut their benefits.
Breton has already therefore had a hand in killing hundreds of innocent disabled Brits.
This list of deaths can be added to the bodycount from his time at France Telecom / Orange, the company with one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
So Breton has killed the public and killed his staff.
Which makes him EU Corporate Criminal Aristocracy.
Apparently the EU Single Army and ECB QE will keep Britain entangled in EU affairs for a long time to come.
The EU stitch up is worth returning to at some stage. . .
There is a puff piece in the FT about MBS, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. It touches on the killing of Jamal Kashoggi but praises MBS for “ripping up the rule book” and liberalising the country.
The re-opening of the old town Diriyah, Anthony Joshua’s recent fight there, the opening of cinemas and allowing women to drive are all seen as sign that MBS is liberalising.
But feminism itself is not welcome in Saudi Arabia. MBS has arrested many women’s rights activists despite recently bringing an end to the country’s ban on gender segregation in restaurants.
But the real news in Saudi from a business perspective has been the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the Saudi State oil firm ARAMCO on the Saudi Stock Exchange.
Interesting to compare the EU Climate Stimulus and the Aramco Float.
They supposedly stand for the exact opposite. One to transition us away from the other.
The EU refer to being Climate Neutral. Does this mean Saudi Oil will not be penetrating fortress Europe? Likewise for Russian Gas?
Or does it instead mean that the same EU / US banks and energy trading firms are right behind both strategies which, rather than reducing emissions and consequently pollution, will instead have a net effect that approximates to somewhere around zero.
Richard Sandor must be licking his lips at the chance to develop new climate futures markets. The contradiction at the heart of these ponzi schemes appears to simply go without saying. There used to be organisations called Carbon Trade Watch and CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Watch that tracked the fraud that is Carbon Finance.
My friend Roger Lewis in Sweden is very good on this stuff.
He blogs prolifically.
Though I often can’t keep up with his writing, his source material is brilliant.
In conversation he always explains what he really means, which for newbies like me is useful.
Roger and I speak on Skype quite frequently and strands of his thinking often appear on this website.
We sometimes upload the chats to Bitchute or YouTube.
Roger has read a lot more than me on many different topics and will helpfully quote relevant poets and philosophers to help get me over the line.
If you like any of what I write about, do check out his work.
A friend has patiently trained me up (online) to do this using IMAGEMAGICK on the command line.
My father was a mainframe programmer (for ARAMCO) so it is nice for me to suddenly be writing out code for something i find meaningful.
That’s the thing about learning. If it isn’t useful, why would you remember?
The Toxic Sludge is Good for You line is taken from a 1994 book by John Stauber (and others). It is a study of the PR industry. I thoroughly recommend it.
John Stauber is still around and tweeted this a few hours ago.
It took me a bit longer than I would have liked to do the speech bubbling yesterday, but I enjoyed it and feel my new image policy has already given my output, and specifically my writing, a new lease of life.
I’m British, so I simply don’t believe a word the BBC says.
It’s all spin — every word, every image, the disempowering tone & natural submission to authority that automatically flows from the presenters’ subjugated speech patterns.
Subjugated by their salaries. The Principle Agent Problem. Conflicts of interest. They’re maximising what is good for themselves, at no small cost to the country.
Lying on the Couch
Run an emotional audit on the facial expressions and tone of voice on the BBC Breakfast couch.
Look out for what’s not said.
They have mood managers instructing them through their ear pieces. Who are they? What is their agenda? It’s all secret. Hotly guarded stuff. Strategic Ignorance.
So who are the knowers and who are the unknowners?
We can’t say exactly but we live inside their work. They call real journalists “The reality-based community” They engineer our perceptions of reality. This used to be called Public Opinion. It is also referred to as Agenda Setting. The Former Soviets have a natural advantage in this field as they researched it and applied the principles during the seventy year duration of the USSR.
But they do it in the trusting tone. They’re salespeople. Selling Corporatism. Human rights violations. Fake empathy. Corruption. Fascism. Everyday fascism.
Patronage. Oligarchy. Finance “Capitalism”.
Pretending to adhere to a set of principles. But permanently happy to go outside every code in order to get the job done ie preventing truth & justice from ever getting to the places that need it most.
“You know, I go to the theatre to be entertained. I dont want to see plays about rape, sodomy and drug addiction…I can get all that at home.” Peter Cook
There is an idea that the BBC may be trustworthy. But its propaganda is so transparently infantilising that trust levels appear to be eroding at an accelerating rate.
Speaking of corruption:
Trump Biden Ukraine Corruption
I wanted to know what the latest was in relation to the Trump / Biden / Ukraine story.
After having seen the following image at 5am UK time:
The Trump Biden ‘Backstory’
Democrat Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, recently decided to impeach Trump over a telephone call he made the new President of Ukraine, former TV star, Zelensky.
A whistleblower claimed that during this telephone call Trump threatened to withhold funds from Ukraine unless it launched full investigations into the sacking of a Ukrainian former prosecutor who was investigating corruption at a pro-Putin Ukrainian gas company — one of whose directors happened to be Hunter Biden, son of former US Vice President Joe Biden.
Joe Biden was filmed, as shown in the following BBC clip, showing off about getting the Ukrainian prosecutor sacked in exchange for aid money.
Questions about Biden
But why did Biden get the official sacked?
Is that even legal?
The US exerts its power in so many ways.
Lolz at Play
Just as the European Union doesn’t want to admit how powerful it is and how much corruption it enables, is this example of Biden using the US to feather his own nest just another one of those normal things that the powerful do that we aren’t supposed to talk about or frame as everyday corruption?
Do US rules require further proof of the link between the sacking of the official and the investigation into Biden’s son’s firm?
And should Biden even be visiting Ukraine when his son is a director in a pro-Putin gas firm?
Although this might have been legal at the time in Ukraine, it looks very bad in America and elsewhere.
Pragmatism Vs Principle
Having a dad who is able to pull strings on a geo strategic level would be regarded, in some industries, as a game changing business asset.
Though this may look like prima facie nepotism to any normal person, to someone who wants to win a gas concession it is just getting things done.
And therefore cheaper.
Get it Done
In Britain, Boris Johnson and his cabinet keep going around saying “Get Brexit done”. Using force and bullying tones to hope that their Brexit deal is not scrutinised.
The EU does much of its work completely under the radar too.
So what are the rules around nepotism?
The noises I have heard coming out of the US say there are rules for nepotism in the US but that they don’t apply to the White House.
Though Trump is credited with helping people discover this, the Bidens may also have been well aware.
Have the Bidens been playing a regulatory arbitrage game?
US influence via Ukrainian Loopholes. Ewwww!
En français on dit “ça pue!”
Y en Castellano digamos “Huele Mal!”
Transformation from Illegal to Legal Corruption
What was legal in Ukraine, and practical for the Bidens in terms of US influence, despite looking like nepotism, allows corrupt practices to shift from being obviously corrupt to business as usual.
How is this politically possible? Is it Alchemy? Or is everything permitted?
David Whyte of University of Liverpool on the transition from Illegal to legal Corruption:
Just because it’s Biden this time, that’s not to say that Trump wouldn’t try something like this.
Maybe some of his kids are signed up to help steer US policy in various countries to suit foreign interests.
The names Ivanka and Chief of Staff Jared spring to mind!
Thinking back to the BBC video, I can’t help but think the report is a bit rushed.
The turning points are merely touched on and Mr Biden is given a fairly easy ride.
No questions are asked about whether any of what Biden has done is legal. And the fact that it is Pelosi who is impeaching Trump for looking into Biden’s corruption rather lets Biden and the Democrats off the hook.
The whole thing stinks and could backfire on the Democrats but I guess they were already in a desperate situation or they wouldn’t have picked this to be the issue with which to beat the President.
There is so much else going on, it looks like the Democrats only care about protecting Biden.
How many people spoke in the BBC news clip?
How long did each clip or person get?
Did anyone offer deep explanations? Or was much of the thrust basically conjecture? Was there a tone of powerlessness from the presenter? Is that not the usual British disgust at that which it doesn’t understand?
What the BBC expects its producers and presenters to tap into is their perceived primeval fear of the other.
Must have been very useful in the early days of the BBC and the final days of the empire.
But now it is merely a series of tricks that revolve around who is in power at any one place and time, and whatever the broadcasters’ Military Intelligence copywriters (script writers) happen to have been told about the latest short term objective.
Which is why only BBC employees and certain academics are allowed full access to iPlayer.
They don’t want people going through old issues of the 6 O’clock News. Or especially breaking news. The propaganda would be too transparent.
Here’s a relevant news item that has been systematically suppressed, but contains some clues about the draconian surveillance powers being exercised over iPlayer access. The Unknowers Spreading Amnesia.
Amol Rajan is back from paternity leave. Congratulations, old chap.
Personally I would love to go through all of the Amol Rajan tv reports since he has been the BBC’s Media Editor.
I’ve taped a couple of them, but most are inaccessible.
Rajan is incredibly incisive but equally distorting.
The BBC Media Editor job didn’t exist before and he appears to have been given it because he is super charismatic and a loyal part of the apparatus.
Having a decent address book and being a spook probably also helps.
From Phone Hacking and press intrusion to Big Tech, he has quite a wide beat.
And he manages to always steer things away from election rigging, patronage, and finance capitalism.
Full disclosure: I may be rather green eyed about this as he is younger and more successful than me. (enough of that, ed)
In 2013 when he was appointed editor of the Lebedev-owned Independent newspaper I sent him a congratulatory email and told him that Genetically Modified was back in the news and that I knew people who were influential and politically active on the topic.
A deal has clearly been struck between Lebedev and Putin, and between Lebedev and the UK state, in whatever form.
Russian, Israeli, UK Military intelligence control our media. ‘Tis clear.
Luke Harding’s recent review of Alexander Lebedev’s biography revealed that he said NOTHING about Putin.
Bit weird, don’t you think?
Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend and alleged procurer Ghislaine Maxwell’s father Robert owned Pergamon Press and did plenty of business with the Soviets and Israel.
He released this book in the early 80s.
Alexander Lebedev’s father was a KGB agent in London before going onto become a banking, energy, and airlines billionaire.
Maybe he read it. Maybe he knew Maxwell. Who knows.
Epstein did business with Maxwell, Trump met him too.
Did Lebedev pick up the pieces in the oligarch’s orgy that followed Maxwell’s demise?
Maxwell was a go between between Soviet and western engineers and Israeli military intelligence in the construction and sales of databases with backdoors and of military technology.
Epstein travelled to Saudi using a fake Austrian passport.
I composed this a few weeks ago – it includes a sample from Facebook at a congressional hearing on social media and mass shootings before going into Whitney Webb who shines many lights on the mass shooting business model of big tech as well as Epstein and Israeli military intelligence.
You won’t hear pro-GM gatekeeper Amol Rajan saying that!
Capital without Borders
The big people have their money stashed away in Cayman, Panama, Luxembourg etc and they like shareholder value and Bilderberg style unscrutinised decision making.
So though we have this all pervading fascistic self-policing façade of equal ops and meritocracy, the only thing that counts is still patronage, influence and who you know.
The Guardian is obviously pro-GM like Lebedev.
But this is all part of the omertà code.
Nothing written down but everyone that matters knows the rules.
Clearly the EU would be doing the same if they could get away with it.
Look at the deregulatory deal they just gave the UK.
This permanently unfolding coup, in which the power to discuss things openly is repeatedly taken away from us and so heavily policed, deplatformed, and infiltrated as to become meaningless, creates a strong feeling of mistrust but also the need to rebel.
And if that need is not met using the means that our imaginations find least adventurous, then people will become more creative in their descriptions of their own powerlessness and in their attempts at structural change.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
I used to feel sorry for the Saudi Princes that have all this wealth and no power. But now that Saudi are buying stakes in Goldman-backed Babylon Health which is gobbling up NHS Business along with UnitedHealth and Google Health formerly known as Deep Mind, I can see that the holes in Saudi’s deep pockets are gutting the UK Welfare state in order to pay for a new suit.
I used to live in Spain and everywhere I went I would hear people say “My Taylor is Rich”. I began to realise that this may have had something to do with the way in which people were taught english back then.
Eddie Izzard used to do a great sketch about how he could never use the language he was taught at school in his everyday life. “The Monkey is in the Tree” didn’t really work that well at the airport.
It turns out the audio-lingual approach to language learning that emphasises rote learning was favoured by the Assimil method of Learning English without difficulty.
If my tailor is rich and my english poor then maybe my tailor is my banker and my media and he is prospering from rinsing my mind as well as my wallet.
Babylon / PIF / Google Health / NHS / Tencent / Russians
The web of financialised influence which allows international finance capital to bob in and out of our public services like a yo-yo is really something to behold.
Rather than going into it now, let me deposit some primary source documentation.
This piece is explosive from Amol Rajan. He is an insider to all this stuff so you have to wonder about conflicts of interest and revolving door.
The last media secretary Jeremy Wright issued a public interest intervention because of the Saudi stake in Lebedev Holdings.
The court ruled this August that the Media and Culture Department had taken far too long to launch proceedings.
The only person to report on this was Jim Waterson of the Guardian.
This followed FT pieces in early 2019 speculating as to the identity of the mystery Saudi investors.
But Amol Rajan had told us about it back in 2017.
We just didn’t notice.
And he intimated the Prince in question was basically the Saudi state.
Lebedev previously employed Amol Rajan and current Today programme editor Sarah Sands.
Both blatant Tories.
So the Government court case against a Tory press baron was timed to fail.
Financial Adviser and Bank Confidential whistleblower protection campaigner Steve Middleton has spoken about the way banks “buy precedent” by choosing which fraud cases to lose in order to control the law and set precedents that suit their long term interests.
I call this “falling with style”.
More Lebedev links:
He must be tight with Jared Kushner. Jared owned the New York Observer and used it to conduct Agenda Setting operations, like his father in law’s mentor Roy Cohn.
The whole Epstein / MBS / Weinsten / Prince Andrew thing is in play.
Back to Babylon / Palantir
Babylon is doing business with chinese surveillance capitalists Tencent
I’m guessing these documents show that Babylon, like WeWork and Uber is a loss making Private Equity unicorn vehicle designed to grab market share while Goldman and Morgan Stanley let their mates at Vostok capital fill their boots.
Look at Vostok’s ownership. It’s Russian with a Swedish CEO.
Look at the interview with Ali Parsa on page 6 of the pdf above. He is talking to his biggest investors. He says Babylon is available in Saudi, Rwanda, Malaysia, China and UK. Think about the repressive nature of some of those regimes. Rwanda is run by Tony Blair Associates using their deliverology model. Bill and Melinda Gates are involved. Philanthrocapitalism replacing the World Bank and private banks.
The NHS is being torn to shreds by a Goldman & Google backed Russian Saudi Chinese surveillance capitalist private equity vampire and the BBC say hardly a word.
Although I’ve been blogging on and off for four years now, I think I’m finally hitting my stride. It’s nice to draw on previous wanderings and to channel an automatic structuring of unstructured information. If you are going to share this, please share it outside the UK as much as possible!
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