- Spoiler Alert: The Aliens Are Not Coming
- Russia Shuts Ukraine’s Military Access to Black Sea
- The CIA Used To Infiltrate The Media. Now The CIA Is The Media.
- “No De-Escalation”: Moscow Expels 10 US Diplomats in Retaliation to US Booting 10 Russian Diplomats
|Spoiler Alert: The Aliens Are Not ComingPosted: 17 Apr 2021 11:48 AM PDTUFOs have been in the news again. Routinely seeing headlines about this phenomenon in mainstream news outlets would have been unthinkable a few short years ago, but now it just shows up as one more feature on our continually expanding haunted hayride into infinite weirdness.So what’s the deal here? Are they military aircraft? Are they a cold war psyop? Are they natural phenomena?Or are they extraterrestrials?The preceding questions are intriguing, but we all know that last one is what’s generating the most thought and discussion.For me, though, it’s actually kind of the least interesting possibility, and I’ll tell you why.If there are indeed extraterrestrials, and if they have indeed solved the puzzle of interstellar space travel and noticed us and decided to pay us regular visits for their own secret alien reasons, I don’t think it would have any actual effect on life on this planet. We’re simply not mature enough as a species to ever interact with them.I mean, look at us. We’re gazing up at the stars, wondering if there’s intelligent life up there, while rapidly killing off mysterious giant-brained leviathans who live in our own oceans, whose experience of consciousness we know essentially nothing about.We’re gazing up at the stars, wondering if we’ll get colonize our desert rock planetary neighbor one day, while destroying our own planet upon which we are perfectly adapted to live. We don’t even know if humans are truly separable from their ecosystem any more than a ripple is separable from the pond, and we’re already thinking of space colonization as a sensible Plan B for when we destroy our home.I mean, would you interact with us?Seriously, would you? Why would you see that as being in your interest? Why would you even see it as being in our interest?Lisa And The Strangerhttps://t.co/AJ7N5NoQbQ— Caitlin Johnstone ? (@caitoz) June 19, 2019Because here’s the thing: a lot of UFO enthusiasts harbor a hope that at some point the aliens are going to intervene and help us. And they just won’t. That will not happen. This movie has no ET ex machina ending.Extraterrestrials would not intervene to help us solve the existential crises which we have created for ourselves for the same reason we created those crises in the first place: we are not mature enough. Do you really believe an alien civilization would gift us with free energy so we stop filling our atmosphere with carbon or whatever? It would be like ten days before we figured out how to turn it into a weapon.I mean look what happened when we discovered nuclear energy. We came within a hair’s breadth from ending the world, not just once, but multiple times. And we’ve still got those horrible armageddon weapons pointed at each other. What could extraterrestrials possibly give us that we wouldn’t use to make things far worse than they already are?The only way an alien civilization could possibly save us from ourselves would be to forcibly stop us from doing what we’ve been doing, and does that make sense either? Could an advanced civilization become advanced without developing a deep respect for sovereignty? After all it’s a lack of respect for sovereignty that is causing most of our problems on this planet. If we respected national sovereignty military interventionism wouldn’t be a thing. If we respected personal sovereignty everything from corporate exploitation to government oppression to rape and murder would stop happening. Respect for sovereignty would be paramount in an advanced civilization.I think if there are indeed ETs and deep space travel is indeed scientifically possible, they’d see fit to leave us alone and not interfere for the same reason you don’t open a bird’s egg to try and help it grow. We need to be left on our own to mature.Welcome To Planet Earth”Where giant-brained monsters swim the seas|
and we fill their bellies with plastic
while searching the stars for aliens.Where poison blackens the air and the water
because we all need jobs to stay alive.”https://t.co/EhhtTrn1Xv— Caitlin Johnstone ? (@caitoz) November 22, 2018A very possible answer to the Fermi paradox is that we haven’t met the aliens because a civilization far more advanced than our own would have matured emotionally and spiritually beyond the need to sail around the galaxy molesting the natives like a bunch of fifteenth century Europeans. They, unlike us, would not be craning their necks scanning around the universe for more stuff to take.No, we are on our own for this test. We have the total sovereign freedom to pass the test or fail it. Whether they exist or not, the aliens are not coming to help us.Our species is like a guy whose personal life is complete chaos, but he keeps trying to find peace by chasing after a bunch of external attainments and accomplishments. Thinking we can flee to space if we trash this world is far, far dumber than planning on buying a new house because you can’t be bothered tidying up the one you have, and that’s really dumb. We need to stop looking to the stars as a path out of this mess, either by leaving our home or by being rescued by ET, and we must begin taking care of each other and our ecosystem. We need to stop trying to run away from ourselves, turn around, and face our dilemma head-on.Forget close encounters of the third kind. We need a close encounter with us.Republished from CaitlinJohnstone.com with permissionThe post Spoiler Alert: The Aliens Are Not Coming appeared first on We Are Change.
|Russia Shuts Ukraine’s Military Access to Black SeaPosted: 17 Apr 2021 10:05 AM PDTIt was announced Thursday that Russia will close off the Kerch Strait to all foreign warships for six months amid rising Ukraine tensions, and after the US threatened to send additional warships to the area. The Kerch Strait is the vital, narrow waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and which importantly connects southern Russia to “annexed” Crimea.“Putin will close the Kerch Strait beginning next week until October, blocking foreign warships that are conducting military exercises, including the US, the Ukraine foreign ministry said Thursday,” The New York Post reported.The move has enraged Ukraine, which is now accusing Russia of seeking to ‘illegally’ block its ships – especially naval vessels – from accessing the Black Sea, and has protested what it says is a severe violation of norms of ‘freedom of navigation.Ukraine’s foreign ministry said “such actions by the Russian Federation are another attempt to violate the norms and principles of international law to usurp the sovereign rights of Ukraine as a coastal state, as Ukraine has the right to regulate navigation in these areas of the Black Sea.”Moscow has since underscored that it will not impact regional trade, particularly the regional grain trade for which the strait serves as a vital passageway, and that the closure is necessary for “military exercises”. Reuters on Friday cited state sources to detail the following:The right of passage of foreign warships and “other state ships” will be suspended in three spots near Crimea’s Black Sea coast from April 24 until October 31, RIA said, citing Russia’s defence ministry.Russia says the strait is not closed to commercial and trade vessels. The closure comes after the Kremlin warned American naval ships to stay away from approaching the Crimea “for their own good.”Meanwhile, akin to the major 25 November 2018 naval “ramming” incident which saw Ukrainian navy personnel arrested and detained by Russian patrol boats in the Kerch Strait, there’s been new hostile encounters between the two sides this week in the same area, with Ukraine’s military charging that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) tried to aggressively block its vessels.“Russian FSB boats once again attempted to obstruct the legitimate actions of the Ukrainian Navy’s boat group on combat duty tonight,” the Ukrainian Navy said Thursday. “Despite the Russians’ provocations and the targeted actions, the Ukrainian Navy submarine tactical group continued to perform its tasks.”All of this points to the increasing likelihood of a new major ‘Kerch Strait incident’ brewing… which could see yet more direct Russia-Ukraine naval clashes, akin to Fall of 2018 and other similar hostile encounters of the past years.Republished from ZeroHedge.com with permissionThe post Russia Shuts Ukraine’s Military Access to Black Sea appeared first on We Are Change.|
|The CIA Used To Infiltrate The Media. Now The CIA Is The Media.Posted: 16 Apr 2021 04:35 PM PDTBack in the good old days, when things were more innocent and simple, the psychopathic Central Intelligence Agency had to covertly infiltrate the news media to manipulate the information Americans were consuming about their nation and the world. Nowadays, there is no meaningful separation between the news media and the CIA at all.Journalist Glenn Greenwald just highlighted an interesting point about the reporting by The New York Times on the so-called “Bountygate” story the outlet broke in June of last year about the Russian government trying to pay Taliban-linked fighters to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan.“One of the NYT reporters who originally broke the Russia bounty story (originally attributed to unnamed ‘intelligence officials’) say today that it was a CIA claim,” Greenwald tweeted. “So media outlets — again — repeated CIA stories with no questioning: congrats to all.”Indeed, NYT’s original story made no mention of CIA involvement in the narrative, citing only “officials,” yet this latest article speaks as though it had been informing its readers of the story’s roots in the lying, torturing, drug-running, warmongering Central Intelligence Agency from the very beginning. The author even writes “The New York Times first reported last summer the existence of the C.I.A.’s assessment,” with the hyperlink leading to the initial article which made no mention of the CIA. It wasn’t until later that The New York Times began reporting that the CIA was looking into the Russian bounties allegations at all.One of the NYT reporters who originally broke the Russia bounty story (originally attributed to unnamed “intelligence officials”) say today that it was a CIA claim. So media outlets – again – repeated CIA stories with no questioning: congrats to all.https://t.co/4GbUXBCOpI— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 15, 2021This would be the same “Russian bounties” narrative which was discredited all the way back in September when the top US military official in Afghanistan said no satisfactory evidence had surfaced for the allegations, which was further discredited today with a new article by The Daily Beast titled “U.S. Intel Walks Back Claim Russians Put Bounties on American Troops”.The Daily Beast, which has itself uncritically published many articles promoting the CIA “Bountygate” narrative, reports the following:It was a blockbuster story about Russia’s return to the imperial “Great Game” in Afghanistan. The Kremlin had spread money around the longtime central Asian battlefield for militants to kill remaining U.S. forces. It sparked a massive outcry from Democrats and their #resistance amplifiers about the treasonous Russian puppet in the White House whose admiration for Vladimir Putin had endangered American troops.But on Thursday, the Biden administration announced that U.S. intelligence only had “low to moderate” confidence in the story after all. Translated from the jargon of spyworld, that means the intelligence agencies have found the story is, at best, unproven — and possibly untrue.D’oh! US spy agencies basically admitted they lied about Russia supposedly paying militants in Afghanistan to kill American occupation forces.Of course the entire Western media spread this lie for weeks, but don’t expect them to issue any corrections https://t.co/itOniutu0D— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) April 15, 2021So the mass media aggressively promoted a CIA narrative that none of them ever saw proof of, because there was no proof, because it was an entirely unfounded claim from the very beginning. They quite literally ran a CIA press release and disguised it as a news story.This allowed the CIA to throw shade and inertia on Trump’s proposed troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Germany, and to continue ramping up anti-Russia sentiments on the world stage, and may well have contributed to the fact that the agency will officially be among those who are exempt from Biden’s performative Afghanistan “withdrawal”.In totalitarian dictatorships, the government spy agency tells the news media what stories to run, and the news media unquestioningly publish it. In free democracies, the government spy agency says “Hoo buddy, have I got a scoop for you!” and the news media unquestioningly publish it.In 1977 Carl Bernstein published an article titled “The CIA and the Media” reporting that the CIA had covertly infiltrated America’s most influential news outlets and had over 400 reporters who it considered assets in a program known as Operation Mockingbird. It was a major scandal, and rightly so. The news media is meant to report truthfully about what happens in the world, not manipulate public perception to suit the agendas of spooks and warmongers.Nowadays the CIA collaboration happens right out in the open, and people are too propagandized to even recognize this as scandalous. Immensely influential outlets like The New York Times uncritically pass on CIA disinfo which is then spun as fact by cable news pundits. The sole owner of The Washington Post is a CIA contractor, and WaPo has never once disclosed this conflict of interest when reporting on US intelligence agencies per standard journalistic protocol. Mass media outlets now openly employ intelligence agency veterans like John Brennan, James Clapper, Chuck Rosenberg, Michael Hayden, Frank Figliuzzi, Fran Townsend, Stephen Hall, Samantha Vinograd, Andrew McCabe, Josh Campbell, Asha Rangappa, Phil Mudd, James Gagliano, Jeremy Bash, Susan Hennessey, Ned Price and Rick Francona, as are known CIA assets like NBC’s Ken Dilanian, as are CIA interns like Anderson Cooper and CIA applicants like Tucker Carlson.SUPERCUT:A look back on how cable news went all in on the discredited Russian bounties story. pic.twitter.com/QaG9xAqiuR— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 15, 2021This isn’t Operation Mockingbird. It’s so much worse. Operation Mockingbird was the CIA doing something to the media. What we are seeing now is the CIA openly acting as the media. Any separation between the CIA and the news media, indeed even any pretence of separation, has been dropped.This is bad. This is very, very bad. Democracy has no meaningful existence if people’s votes aren’t being cast with a clear understanding of what’s happening in their nation and their world, and if their understanding is being shaped to suit the agendas of the very government they’re meant to be influencing with their votes, what you have is the most powerful military and economic force in the history of civilization with no accountability to the electorate whatsoever. It’s just an immense globe-spanning power structure, doing whatever it wants to whoever it wants. A totalitarian dictatorship in disguise.And the CIA is the very worst institution that could possibly be spearheading the movements of that dictatorship. A little research into the many, many horrific things the CIA has done over the years will quickly show you that this is true; hell, just a glance at what the CIA was up to with the Phoenix Program in Vietnam will.In case anyone needs reminding, here’s a partial list of the ex-spooks who served as media figures in the Trump years: https://t.co/CJT8YGcvkN— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) April 16, 2021There’s a common delusion in our society that depraved government agencies who are known to have done evil things in the past have simply stopped doing evil things for some reason. This belief is backed by zero evidence, and is contradicted by mountains of evidence to the contrary. It’s believed because it is comfortable, and for literally no other reason.The CIA should not exist at all, let alone control the news media, much less the movements of the US empire. May we one day know a humanity that is entirely free from the rule of psychopaths, from our total planetary behavior as a collective, all the way down to the thoughts we think in our own heads.May we extract their horrible fingers from every aspect of our being.Republished from CaitlinJohnstone.com with permissionThe post The CIA Used To Infiltrate The Media. Now The CIA Is The Media. appeared first on We Are Change.|
|“No De-Escalation”: Moscow Expels 10 US Diplomats in Retaliation to US Booting 10 Russian DiplomatsPosted: 16 Apr 2021 12:54 PM PDTThe expected Russia reaction to Biden’s Thursday sanctions rollout for the alleged SolarWinds hack and general election ‘interference’ charges has come: ten US diplomats have been expelled from Russia on order of the foreign ministry. This is the precise number that the US ordered booted from the Russian embassy in Washington.Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a Friday press briefing announced, “Ten diplomats were on a list the US side handed over to us asking to ensure their leaving the United States. We will give a tit-for-tat response to that. We will also ask ten US diplomats to leave our country.” He added further that “the Americans will be asked to bring the number of employees in Russia in line with the number of Russians in the United States.”He also charged that American NGOs as well as US funds will be banned from “interfering” in Russian affairs, but it’s unclear the exact actions the Kremlin will take. He further teased that Russia still holds out the possibility of inflicting “painful measures” on US businesses, but stopped short by saying it won’t go that far at this time.Earlier in the day Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed Washington’s “addiction to sanctions” which remains “unacceptable” – explaining further “President Putin has spoken about the appropriateness of building relations, normalizing relations and de-escalating relations.”Following this, a prominent pro-Putin TV pundit declared the current outraged sentiment in Moscow…“There can be no de-escalation in relations between Russia and the U.S., all of Biden’s complimentary words to Moscow are absolutely empty rhetoric,” he said.This follows Biden’s late Thursday address wherein he expressed hope for a ‘de-escalation’ of the situation, particularly in regards to Ukraine. The expelling of the ten American diplomats is being described as appropriate “reciprocity” by the Kremlin, but thatRussia’s stability is “fully ensured.”Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova|
“The United States is not ready to make peace with a multipolar world without an exclusive American hegemony.”https://t.co/MCNQQVOPnN— The Geezer?????? (@FrGeezer) April 16, 2021As for the White House taking aim at Russia’s sovereign debt, which saw the US announce it will ban American banks from buying new Russian sovereign debt starting June 14, Russia’s central bank had this to say: “The Bank of Russia notes that the share of foreign investors in the total volume of government debt and even more so in primary placements has significantly decreased over the past year.”“The Bank of Russia, if necessary, is ready to use the instruments at its disposal in order to preserve financial stability.”Apparently, after all of this the Biden-proposed face-to-face summit offer for this summer is still on the table, with Finland offering to host according to a Friday announcement.Republished from ZeroHedge.com with permissionThe post “No De-Escalation”: Moscow Expels 10 US Diplomats in Retaliation to US Booting 10 Russian Diplomats appeared first on We Are Change.