Crisis Update - Weathering The Storm In 2023
Vacsimile, NATO global, Brits push war, euro struggles for survival, wealth divergence
Year ahead will see crises in proportion to the financial challenges facing the elites.
The biggest collapse will be the UN, WEF narrative.
Inflation and economic contraction risks a sovereign debt crisis.
Climate crisis, dysphoria, pandemic hysteria, gaudy coronations - all distraction.
Coups - real and perceived - have already replaced the norm of political discourse.
Cliché and symbology increasing use choreography to manage the population.
Europe’s chiefs will pursue war and expansionism in a battle to save Union and euro.
Germany mires in self-analysis as domestic intel pushes putsch drama.
Mockumentary of 2014 sees Hitler return to a confused, divided country.
(5,000 words or about 23 minutes of your time)
Feb 3, 2023
Waiting until the year gets underway — okay, so a cheat but what value predictions? Another day, a new crisis, another trend: what are those parallel lines?
The pandemic fear porn may have been dialed down in 2022 but the drive to authoritarian control has accelerated.
Sri Lankan and Dutch farmers were confronted with being forced off their land; German and British farmers faced only slightly less pressure to “set aside” their land forever. European carbon taxes announced as a means of social control.
King Charles knighted the boss of the Astra Zeneca coof shot; and in the same week announced he wanted a “full grandeur” coronation with no skimping on expense.
Anti-vaxxer was replaced by “anti-chippers” who oppose having implants in their bodies. Disregarding that the media has spent the past three years calling microchip RFID a conspiracy theory, those who oppose this “net positive for humanity” are now “paranoid, don’t believe in science, many have white supremacist tendencies.” One hopes it is satire. 
It was also the year of the oddly sexless gender ideology. The billionaire Pritzker family continues to pour tens of millions of dollars into the transgender campaign. Britain’s NHS launched “gender inclusive” training for midwives — although the country’s notorious Tavistock Clinic was forced to abandon puberty-blockers for teenagers; a “bearded trans woman” burned down a 117 year-old Oregon church.
Decline the offer of permanent outrage and the issue fades away, for a while.
The eugenic undertow sucks at your feet, threatening to destabilize you: sterilization, resulting in fewer births, the division of the humanity into different norms and pronouns, divide and rule, and a cohort of people who have been psychologically warped, either by “affirmation” or buyer’s remorse.
Canada continued to lead the roll out of assisted suicide as an alternative to physical and mental health care.
It was the year of the migrant crisis: Open borders are an article of faith for the United Nations and globalists. An estimated five million souls crossed the U.S. southern border during the Joe Biden administration and the numbers are on course to double. The media does not report the real numbers, let alone the purpose.
The next pandemic was never far out of sight. The headlines perpetually, “Phew What A Scorcher”... but the scorcher is you know what.
Note the images in Buenos Aires (fair winds) of the Argentinian people celebrating around an obelisk after the World Cup win.
“Obelisks are used for sundials and for telling of the winter and summer solstice. The spirit of the sun god was supposed to enter the stones at certain periods, and on these occasions, human sacrifices were offered to it,” even Wikipedia admits. The obelisk is said to represent Baal’s shaft, or the missing member of Osiris.
China, having “unwisely” slackened its zero tolerance policy, briefly led the headlines with a “tsunami of cases” filling the media’s need for fear.
Elon Musk massively overpaid for Twitter. But he had to dislodge the Saudis, which cost. The Twitter Files are the unreported scoop of the new year precisely because they are the tip of an iceberg — a fraction of the propaganda-censorship regime in which the world is gripped. See our upcoming story on the massive public-private partnership that gags society.
We are in strange times where truth, like everything else, has been financialised. It has a price. Worse still, there is no evidence that truth once purchased can sustain. Musk may have melted $44 billion but the iceberg always shows just its tip.
Only if he somehow changes societal values — which given the majority, even in the alt media, is unlikely — can his cash have some lasting value. The security state will continues its trajectory of silencing any and all criticism of government.
The militarization of civil life continues apace.
War and politics used to stop at the water’s edge. That changed when the military designated political, free speech as warfare. The long-planned Ukraine war beginning 2014, followed by the Brexit vote in 2016, was the trigger for Internet and social media censorship. It was Trump's surprise victory over the uniparty deep state in Nov 2016 that poured gasoline on the fire.
NATO’s domain shifted from “tanks to Tweets.” It dates from WW2 when the Office of War Information shaped CBS, NBC and Hollywood. From the beginning the State had a relationship with the news organisations but from 2016 that became internal. The FBI, CIA, DNI are now inside Facebook, Twitter and the news operations. 
Meta is the Pentagon. The joke is in the name. Facebook launched on the same day that the Pentagon's LifeLog was retired. The article still outstanding is the one that brings together the DoD projects like Twitter, CRISPR, 23 and Me, the Trilateral Commission’s update of The Bünting Clover Leaf Map... in the light of National Security Study Memorandum 200, Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests, otherwise known as the Kissinger Report.
All of which would help to answer the question: to whom does the Department of Defense answer?
Great Reset regroups; political leadership in transition
Climate narratives steal headlines until 2024-25 lockdown vacsimile
Generative AI and deep fakes take censorship, propaganda to new level
Deep state milit-intel switches battle for minds from Millennials to Gen Z
Policy-induced recession across U.S., European Union and UK
Shrinking U.S. workforce will polarize wealth, geographically, socially
After two decades of reducing poverty, global crisis throws gears in reverse
Africa, emerging markets, defy doom-laden predictions of the UN and WEF
Inflation will steady in first half, before food, fuel accelerate in late 2023
Central bank digital currencies pursued at wholesale level; retail lags
Gold and silver continue to play tag with U.S. dollar
Rising commodity prices support commodity-linked currencies, like Russia’s
Other countries join Iran and Russia in abandoning SWIFT
China pays close attention to how Russia was cornered; sells Treasuries
China reopens economy, but it’s a wartime economy
Great awakening continues, as declining fortunes expose the ‘bezzle’ 
What predictions do we find for the year ahead? In the new spirit of Trusted Sources and authorized information, the following comes from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, London University, and those of Nottingham and Bath: It is the proposal of the “Absolute Zeros” to end air travel for ordinary people by 2050.
This is no random bunch of nutters [well, they may be nutters but they’re not random — Ed]. They comprise the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) reporting to the government.
“In addition to reducing our energy demand, delivering zero emissions with today's technologies requires the phasing out of flying, shipping, lamb and beef, blast furnace steel and cement.”
By 2050 all that should stop — including all new construction.
The Rockefeller foundation’s proposal for passports merging your physical and digital identity is called Common Pass.
These are all stepping stones to United Nations Agenda 21 which has been introduced at the city and regional level, since under UN21 nation states and their borders are supposed to disappear. This is also called Local Agenda 21.
The Sustainable Cities plan is being run by 100 country teams who, according to UN documents, harmonized their “individual programming cycles” back in 2004.
Throughout the WEF, CP and UN documents one reads of the need to “build trust and engagement.” This is often accompanied calls for censorship of misinformation that disagrees with trusted voices. As Klaus Schwab wrote in The Fourth Industrial Revolution:
“A high level of trust favours engagement and teamwork, and this is made all the more acute in the fourth industrial revolution, where collaborative innovation is at the core. This process can only take place if it is nurtured in an environment of trust because there are so many different constituents and issues involved. Ultimately, all stakeholders have a role in ensuring that innovation is directed to the common good.”
Technology has created a self-centred society, he continues.
“It is an absolute necessity that we rebalance this trend towards a focus on the self with a pervasive sense of common purpose. We are all in this together and risk being unable to tackle the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and reap the full benefits of the fourth industrial revolution unless we collectively develop a sense of shared purpose.”
What he is saying (but not saying) is what Noam Chomsky called manufacturing consent.
The people won’t like what Agenda 21 and Sustainable Cities have in store for them. Opposition must be neutralized. That is why Agenda 21 is not introduced by governments, who could be opposed, but by local bureaucrats who cannot be identified except by their peers in Common Purpose.
Eco, health fear
Environmentalism is used, along with pandemic fear, to justify this bureaucratic power grab and expanded regulation: the curtailment of rights, living standards and economic freedom.
Green policies are popular with the public in theory, but only until they threaten our quality of life, as The Telegraph in Britain notes.
“We are nearing a turning point for democratic support for environmentalism,”writes Allister Heath.
In Britain Gordon Brown’s 2008 Climate Change Act legislated a 80 per cent cut in CO2 by 2050, which Theresa May raised to 100 per cent by 2050.
“Politicians everywhere are over-reaching, having drawn an incorrect lesson from Covid, namely that we will be willing to give up on our jobs, prosperity and freedoms in the name of a climate emergency. Germany faces crippling deindustrialisation, to great angst. The Dutch are nationalising and shutting “polluting” farms, triggering widespread fury. Switzerland’s winter contingency plans are modeled on lockdowns. Electric cars would be banned from non-essential journeys, shop hours cut and streaming services downgraded; sports matches, concerts and theatres could be cancelled...
So why this new snobbery? One answer can be gleaned from another visionary dystopian classic, Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy. A side effect of individualistic meritocracy, which I otherwise support, is that those who rise to the top become entitled and look down upon everybody else. As Young put it, “by imperceptible degrees an aristocracy of birth has turned into an aristocracy of talent”. The result is the return of anti-capitalist, neo-feudal attitudes: the elites nudge and compel the masses to do what is good for them, safe in the knowledge that the powerful will retain their privileges, their exclusive “Zil” traffic lanes, their private jets.” 
Battle for the euro
Existential crisis is nothing new to the single European currency. It’s been a tool for continental control from the beginning.
The unelected European Commission has many other bullying techniques: the threat of globalism or environmental annihilation. Each one is a like a gun that jams or misfires. Yet it is the only tool in the European Union’s arsenal, which increasingly is yoked to NATO.
Economically the EU is failing; but its military purpose will hold it together, and even expand it.
Did you know Colombia became NATO's newest partner in 2017, and the first in Latin America?
All the continuing fuss over Finland and Sweden… and NATO launched its LatAm membership drive with barely a whisper in the press?
Throughout 2021, Colombia and NATO have agreed a new framework of cooperation, the Individually Tailored Partnership Programme, marking the beginning of even closer cooperation.
Colombia proposed a debt swap to protect the Amazon — and there is talk of Brazil partnering with NATO on the same pretext.
Lula da Silva fits into this because although he’s been neutral on Russia, he has criticised its invasion of Ukraine.
Brazil's people want stability, which the BRICS bloc is more likely to offer. However the rich and powerful — and politicians seeking to make their millions — are more likely to side with Western banks, the IMF and the public-private partnerships like that which built the Belo Monte dam.
In Asia we have seen Japan brought to its knees financially and, after the assassination of former president Shinzo Abe boosted the vote for his Liberal Democratic party, a renewed drive to rearmament and Japanese flexing in the Indo Pacific region.
NATO and the U.S. launched AUKUS as a trilateral security partnership with Australia. The shape of things to come is perceptible to all but the willfully obtuse.
In Davos we doubt
In the Swiss mountains the acolytes arrived to take instruction from the World Economic Forum. The past three years have shown us that The Great Reset is not a coherent plan but a public relations operation — a work in progress that acts as a career ladder for malleable village idiots around the globe: it takes a forum to raise one.
The Reset is a flexible, fungible arbitrage of ideas because, like the non-player characters of social media you can never know what’s the next big thing. But if your promotion depends on it, you know in advance you’ll sign up.
It might be Russia one moment; the next it could be Brazilian environmentalism — don’t look too deeply or you might spot the inconsistencies. The objective is a domination of the mind: just as in the British Empire the subjects were as colonized as the natives, all serving one object, for the elite of the day to plunder resources.
Europe continues its colonial reappraisal, losing some influence in North Africa and the Mediterranean to Turkey and Israel, which become its new gas hubs; while the former empires seek to reassert themselves in Africa’s Sahel, South America and Japan.
The European Union’s gambit for survival is continued expansion. One leg is for the remainers to bring Britain back into the EU.
U.S. German inflation hit 10 per cent in the closing months of 2022, after 7.9 over the year as a whole. The U.S. began the years with another 25 bp interest rate hike, to 4.75 per cent, followed by 50 bp from the European Central Bank, to 2.5 per cent, the Bank of England by the same amount to 4 per cent — a show of strength that will could work out badly for the European and UK economies.
It seems the ECB’s focus is on saving the euro, not the European economy. The ECB is also going to favour climate-linked corporate debt — refusing to buy bonds issued by private sector entities by March, except where corporate issuers have a strong environmental record.
At the end of 2022, the ECB admitted that it was a mistake to call inflation transitory and revised expectations — indicating the hikes would continue for higher and longer. The Transmission Protection Instrument (TPI) announced in July was a method to share the pain of higher bond yields, to limit interest rate spreads between European bonds. That’s now replaced by quantitative tightening or QT as the ECB plans to shuck its bond holdings.
The privately-owned central banks increasingly own the majority of the corporate sector and, through public-private partnerships, much of the public sector assets. The ECB has undermined sovereign debt without the benefit of creating an offshore reserve market.
The U.S. is not out of the woods. Depending how much you believe European intelligence services are interfering with American politics — or to put it another way, that the American and British intelligence agencies serve the same interests — the dysfunction of the Biden administration creates the perception that European’s are more stable politically.
Inflation is now overwhelming that political perception. U.S treasury yields are falling despite rising interest rates. The financial battle has only just begun and is likely to lead to a showdown between sovereign debt markets in coming months. 
The perception is growing that certain European governments cannot meet their obligations in the face of falling economic growth, and may have to default or find another cover story for writing down the value of their bonds.
What kind of cover story?
Territorial expansion is not just a distraction. It is one of the means by which the European Union could seek to save itself, along with further federalisation, including centralization of treasury operations and taxation.
The euro is not a currency. It is a tool of subversion of the nation state intended to accelerate a world of borderless city states in place of nations. The euro offends every economic principle. The main technical objection is that you cannot share a currency without sharing control of spending, if not taxation. That didn’t happen in Europe and the euro allowed spending and debt to run out of control. Was this flaw intentional, the answer being a federated Europe. Perhaps.
As a reporter at Reuters the author raised this question — it was 1999. Colleagues wanted to write a series on the potential pitfalls of the euro. The team was forbidden by the bosses to describe any Plan B. The euro would be a success and that was that.
There is a German movie in which Hitler returns to 2014 — Er ist wieder da (Look who’s back) — part dark screenplay, part documentary as AH’s worldview engages with current politics.
AH awakens, devil like, in the present and, while he seeks to make sense of the world around him, and to establish what year it is, he is discovered by a television producer and is turned into a media celebrity.
The twist is that the producers, who initially think he’s a deluded actor, become less sure-footed with time.
We have a political crisis that is unfolding as if it had been scripted precisely to drive the people to support authoritarian solutions. The film shows exactly how the appeal works.
In Ukraine we have a president who really is an actor following the authoritarian script — supported in part by the Nazi heirs of the Third Reich and a U.S. Congress cheering him on, just like the American politicians of the 1930s. Time magazine makes Zelenskiy man of the year, just as it did Hitler.
At the same time, the revived Hitlerian critique identifies a similar economic and social disintegration to that of a century ago.
The fact that the documentary-screenplay was even made underlines this truth — for who would have done so except to acknowledge this historical parallel? Though it warns against a repeat it fails, like the media and politicians, to enquire how we got to this place; how lessons that were learned at great cost were forgotten in just three or four generations.
If they were forgotten at all! For history’s rhyme is so timely and familiar that it appears the pattern of the 1920s and 30s is very well understood and is being repeated.
Despite the de riguer demonetisation of the German people as embodying the views of AH, the screenwriting by mid-point feels shallow, as if it is repeating the familiar historical narrative of the school textbook without new insight.
Here is the weakness and strength of the film. The idea of AH coming back to life is preposterous and yet it acknowledges that many of the issues that confronted Europe 100 years ago are not only unresolved but may return to similar levels of crisis.
It was filmed in 2014. Almost a decade later Germany faces food and energy shortages, deindustrialization and the flight of manufacturing, along with a crisis of migration and integration that could unravel much of the social and economic progress since WW2.
If it aimed to close with the message of “never again” it failed. We see in today’s press that it is forbidden to contrast current events with a genocide, let alone the Holocaust. The British MP Andrew Bridgen was suspended for less.
It is forbidden to speak of informed consent, medical experiment and the Nuremberg Code. And yet a growing number of people can see the contrast between what politicians say and the evidence of their own eyes.
As the film progresses, it back pedals. It acknowledges current events without interrogating the cause; only to rise to a crescendo, inevitably, of “not that man.” To which the reasonable person counters, “All right; then whom.”
We know that the answer from the quarters of the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the European Union and others is communitarianism, or some form of oligarchical collectivism. But is that not what got us into the Bolshevik and National Socialist mess in the first place?
One might suspect this is why the filmmakers raise the question and seek to answer it.
Given the context of current events, the film is unavoidably an attempt at cultural programming. Yet in the light of past and present experience, many in the audience draw conclusions for themselves and thus valuable historical perspective does arise out of a flawed film.
I won’t spoil the ending but let’s just say that the popular objection in the doco-screenplay to the return of AH is not his policies.
Coups and pantomime
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce,” wrote Karl Marx. December saw a rather staged German plot in which an aristocrat and a judge were supposedly trying to seize power — both hilarious and frightening.
At the time it seemed too patently fake to deserve attention, and there was much else going on. The autumn had seen a very British coup in which prime ministers were replaced in rapid succession as pro- and anti-Brexit factions battled for control of Downing Street. It turned out to be wrong to dismiss the “Patriotic Union” affair.
Since then we’ve had a protest in Brazil, which the opposition alleges was provoked if not staged — similar allegations swirl around the events of Jan 6, 2020 at the Capitol in Washington DC.
It’s become clear that governments around the world are targeting dissent. In Germany any failed putsch, however real or false, would serve as pretext to suppress all and any opposition — from war in Ukraine, the militarization of the security state, to the further dilution of constitutional protections of the citizen.
An aristocrat, Heinrich XIII Reuss, was arrested with 25 people, television crews on hand to film the arrests, and detailed long-format articles ready to roll in the press.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, framed in this putsch, is the main opponent of war against Russia — and this is clearly a war by NATO, the U.S. and Germany against Russia.
As Kit Klarenberg reminds us in The Grayzone, the attempt to declare another party, the nationalist National Democratic Party, unconstitutional in 2003 when most of its leaders turned out to be agents or informants of Germany’s domestic security service, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz. 
Germany might be more authoritarian than other European countries — as an American occupied zone it has to repel any nationalist movement that would seek a peace treaty to end WW2 would likely press for a new constitution and an end to Anglo-American hegemony on the continent.
The Russia-based correspondent John Helmer has translated an assessment by Thomas Röper of Germany, which examines the possible motives. 
It is worth reading in full but to summarize, Helmer uses a historic cartoon to compare with the propaganda value of Hitler’s Night of the Long Knives — of course not comparable in lethality — to show that Scholz’s attack on AfD is more worrying: for this time Germany has the support of most of the European continent, plus the Anglo-Americans.
The AH reference is Helmer’s argument that the war with Russia is a continuation of WW2, and its occupation of Ukraine, in Operation Barbarossa. It’s not the only parallel. Merkel’s admission that the Minsk talks were a delaying tactic, buying time to build up Ukraine, is similar to AH's strategy of buying time with Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain in 1938.
“The significance of Merkel’s admissions, and of Scholz’s attempt this month to destroy the only German opposition to the war, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, is that the Russian terms must now address the fact that the US is preparing to fight to the last German, and also to the last Pole. Many Polish sources believe the election for the Polish parliament scheduled for the autumn of next year will result in the replacement of the Law and Justice (PiS) government with the more pro-American Civic Platform (PO).”
The EU is centralizing power while sabotaging culturally strong nation states like Poland and the Czech Republic, just as these were the first targets of AH and British appeasement.
The Trilateral Commission continues to pursue a three-bloc world. Prof Carroll Quigley of Georgetown University wrote in 1968.
“The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups.”
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War in Eurasia
Conflict grinds on, but the world leaders increasingly call for a negotiated end to war in Ukraine — that’s Croatia and Hungary. In the United States even the Rand Corporation published a piece urging the U.S. not to be distracted from China.
See Moneycircus, Jan 29, 2023 — Eurasia note #69 – Escalation From Ukraine, To Iran
Britain, or rather the bankers of the City of London, push for escalation and even British and NATO boots on the ground. These bankers funded the Bolsheviks and destroyed the pinnacle of Europe’s culture. Such psychopaths will not give up until they are stopped.
As argued by the late David Graeber, the modern monetary system was developed in order to fund wars, and without bankers, the world would see less war. Alex Krainer makes a similar argument:
“The fact that Britain is host to the financial parasite that is the City of London, and that she is culturally and incurably hostile to Russia is not a coincidence. British establishment’s obsession with fighting Russia is today the most dangerous force facing humanity, capable ultimately of ending it. As Lord Acton said, ‘The issue that has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks’.”
The journal Foreign Affairs writes, “although Putin may misunderstand the origins of the Ukrainian nation.” No Russian misunderstands their shared origin with Ukraine.
FA says a peace deal must “ensure Russia’s place in Europe’s security architecture.” That is precisely what NATO Atlanticists have denied Russia for 30 years.
Continuing the war “encourages Russian nationalists’ belief that Russia must either win or perish.” The West has penalized individual Russians since the fall of communism. There is no respect, nor love lost.
Subjecting “Ukrainians to the continual horrors of conflict” is no problem for the West for they care no more for the people of Ukraine than Russia.
The analogy in Foreign Affairs falls apart when it repeats U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s lie that his Fourteen Points offered Germany an honourable retreat. The containment of Germany, repeated after WW2, is like that of Russia, an Anglo-American tenet.
FA concludes with the threat to Russian elites of a choice of “Hague tribunal and the chance to take part in the creation of a new peaceful Russia.” No one respects tribunals less than the U.S. ignores which refuses to subject its citizens. 
In the view of geopolitical analyst Alex Krainer, Britain was happy to see Germany dominate the continent as a bulwark against Russia so long as Germany did it without risking war.
The British made no distinction between Russians and Bolsheviks — as today.
It was the USA that financed Germany’s war effort — in alliance with Britain's bankers they subverted policy and got the war they wanted — as they had done in WWI. 
Catherine Austin Fitts argues that the central banks have so corrupted governments that their only policy is to get rid of us. They can't be fixed but we can shun them, turn to our own networks.
CAF offers several ideas for survival:
use cash, warn banks that CBDC will wipe out retail and local banks: it's not a currency it's a control system.
know your neighbours: the farmer, the sheriff, the community banker.
be in a good jurisdiction, otherwise politicians and bureaucrats will take you to the cleaners. In San Francisco, 49 per cent of small companies have been bankrupted.
pay off your debts because if they introduce CBDC you won't be able to pay it off.
What happened to our world is that we didn't defend it. Some of us are guilty of willing on our own destruction as an easy way out. We have to resist that sentiment, and fight even when it feels we’ve already lost.
 Carnegie Endowment — J.K. Galbraith and The Bezzle
 The Telegraph, Dec 7, 2022 — Blackouts will trigger a people’s revolt against the new eco-tyranny
 WSJ, Dec 22, 2022 — Ten-Year US Treasury-Bund Yield Spread Has Room to Tighten
 Kit Klarenberg, Grayzone, Feb 2, 2023 — Suspicions of state security set-up in Germany’s far-right ‘coup’
 John Helmer, Dec 8, 2022 — The Night Of The Pen Knives - The Olaf Scholz Plot Exposed as Putz, Not Putsch
 Foreign Affairs, Dec 21, 2022 — No One Would Win a Long War in Ukraine
 Alex Krainer, Feb 3, 2023 — Escalation to World War III and the British establishment
2021 — Appeasement: What really happened in Munich, 1939