The first draft of the civil rights-eroding USA PATRIOT Act was magically introduced one week after the 9/11 attacks. Legislators later admitted that they hadn’t even had time to read through the hundreds of pages of the history-shaping bill before passing it the next month, yet somehow its authors were able to gather all the necessary information and write the whole entire thing in a week.

This was because most of the work had already been done. CNET reported the following back in 2008:

“Months before the Oklahoma City bombing took place, [then-Senator Joe] Biden introduced another bill called the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995. It previewed the 2001 Patriot Act by allowing secret evidence to be used in prosecutions, expanding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and wiretap laws, creating a new federal crime of ‘terrorism’ that could be invoked based on political beliefs, permitting the U.S. military to be used in civilian law enforcement, and allowing permanent detention of non-U.S. citizens without judicial review. The Center for National Security Studies said the bill would erode ‘constitutional and statutory due process protections’ and would ‘authorize the Justice Department to pick and choose crimes to investigate and prosecute based on political beliefs and associations.’

Biden’s bill was never put to a vote, but after 9/11 then-Attorney General John Ashcroft reportedly credited his bill with the foundations of the USA PATRIOT Act.

“Civil libertarians were opposed to it,” Biden said in 2002 of his bill. “Right after 1994, and you can ask the attorney general this, because I got a call when he introduced the Patriot Act. He said, ‘Joe, I’m introducing the act basically as you wrote it in 1994.’”

I point this out because it is now more important than ever to be aware that power structures (and their goons like Biden) can and will seize on opportunities to roll out pre-existing authoritarian agendas. We know it happened after 9/11, and we may be absolutely certain that it is happening now.

Commentator and satirist CJ Hopkins has a long, long, long, long ongoing thread on Twitter right now compiling dozens and dozens of creepy Orwellian steps that have been taken by governments around the world and by Silicon Valley tech giants in response to the virus over the last three weeks. I emphasize how long the thread is because if you think you’ve finished scrolling through it you probably haven’t; make sure you keep clicking “more replies” until you get to the current entries.

I strongly encourage everyone to scroll through the thread when you get a chance to get a sense of the scale and scope of the drastic measures that are being implemented around the world, and maybe bookmark it and keep checking back now and then for updates. The entire thread is comprised of mainstream media articles with excerpts; some entries are more jarring than others, but taken as a whole it becomes clear that we’re looking at a whole lot of power being handed over to the kinds of institutions which historically don’t do good things when given a lot more power.

And these are just the steps we know about.

To what extent are these drastic, intrusive, authoritarian measures justified? The answer, in my estimation, isn’t clear yet. There are too many unknowns about the virus, too many unknowns about the responses to it, and too many unknowns about exactly what is going on behind the veil of secrecy in opaque government agencies around the world. There’s an argument expert epidemiologists are making that there’s no time to get perfectly certain of these things before dealing with a pandemic, that speed is of the essence and hesitating due to fear of maybe getting something wrong can cost millions of lives. Maybe that’s true; I’m not an epidemiologist and I do not know.

What I do know is that enormous changes are happening, and that powerful people are definitely conspiring to advance their own interests as this unfolds. There are many theories about who specifically is conspiring with whom and the specific manner in which they are doing so, and they’re being dismissed by establishment loyalists as “conspiracy theories” as though that in and of itself constitutes some sort of argument. That conspiracies are happening is actually just a fact that is obvious to any adult with a mature understanding of the world, and it can be useful to come up with theories about how that might be occurring; calling theories about conspiracies the thing that they are in a disparaging tone does not actually invalidate them.

There are a ton of theories about what’s going on behind the scenes with this pandemic and the policies that are being put in place to respond to it. Some are smart and relatively well-founded, some are stupid and rooted in generalized paranoia or partisan idiocy, many contradict each other, and many could potentially fit together in some way. I personally haven’t seen enough evidence for any one theory to throw my weight behind it, but I am watching carefully, and I am glad that the hive mind is chewing on this riddle.

One thing I will put my weight behind right now is the prediction that those of us who are dedicated to truth are going to have to drastically revise our worldviews in the coming months. There are such large-scale shifts happening in such an unclear information environment that the only thing we should expect is the unexpected; this virus is shaking things up (and being used to shake things up) in ways we don’t really understand yet, and even before the virus the world’s dominant power structures were acting very weird. This means our ideas about what’s going on in the world will likely have to undergo some revising in the relatively near future; the bigger the revelations, the more revision will be necessary.

Right now that’s the primary piece of advice I have to offer: stay skeptical, stay intellectually honest, and keep your perspectives malleable. If we are more interested in the truth than we are in being proven right or in feeling smug, then we are likely on a collision course with future revelations that will change our ideas about how the world is functioning in some pretty significant ways. If this doesn’t sound possible to you, it’s only because you currently lack the humility, intellectual honesty and cognitive flexibility to understand that you may not be seeing the full picture yet.

Things are shifting; all we can do is keep our minds agile enough to shift with them. Prepare to have your worldview obliterated.


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79 responses to “Prepare To Have Your Worldview Obliterated”

  1. Some California ER docs have been tracking actual mortality from COVID19 – the first to do so, I believe, in the US. It turns out to be about the same as seasonal flu. The big question is why we’re willing to crash the economy for this illness – when we don’t for seasonal flu.

  2. It’s important to understand what is unfolding is about the further financialization of human life and social relations. See this background about the role of pandemic bond markets and the World Bank.

  3. Thanks, Caitilin! But the situation could be more simple: Official data on show NO unusual mortality in Europe – not even in Italy. The most important conclusion of that fact is:
    Corona is a campaign.
    Another conclusion is, that some questions are of minor importance, such as: Is the virus designed or artificial; is it more dangerous than other years influenzas; what mesures are appropriate? and actually can be left aside.
    The main question to be asked is:
    Who is the campaigner?
    To find out, we need to search for possible motives, list and weight them.
    Candidates for the campaigner are:
    – Big Pharma (Pro: WHO-domination, past campaigns, profit; con: profit damage to others, sector not as important as needed)
    – Deep state/military-industrial complex (pro: …; con: …)
    – US governmental agencies (pro: prevent Trump re-election, power-enhancing, Orwell; con: …)
    – Anglo-zionistic deep powers (pro: destroy democracy, establish international dictatorship; con: …)
    – China (with or without Russia) (pro: change to peoples war on US as stated at Munich security conference 2019, stop ongoing geografical expansion of US-domination; con: …)

    Maybe there are more candidates to consider. And by filling in more arguments we probably get a better understanding of the show we are looking at and loose confusion.

  4. The COVID-19 Catastrophe: A Global Platform to Take Legal Action against the WHO and Corrupt Governments

    By Jose Francisco Fernández-Bullón

    Global Research, April 08, 2020

  5. My worldview, that powerful and organized sociopaths are directing this circus, just keeps being confirmed. I’d much rather be wrong and have my worldview obliterated, but that simply isn’t happening. Humanity is so deceived and manipulated by these evil monsters that it makes me ashamed to be human. I can’t identify with the uncaring deviants running the charade, and I can’t identify with the mindless followers being herded around like stupid sheep. But I can see it all clearly playing out for the benefit of the few and to the detriment of the many.

  6. 1984 iis here. this is what is happening while we are distracted in ‘lockdown’. more frightening than any virus!

    “What is clear is that powerful global interests, including members of the World Economic Forum, are using this time of disruption and desperation to try and push through many elements needed to implement their Fourth Industrial Revolution program. This includes global digital currency, smart biometric surveillance, wearable technologies, online education, and tele-presence labor including tele-medicine and tele-therapy. All of this is happening against a back-drop of increased policing, diminished labor and environmental protections, and 5G infrastructure installation.”

  7. QUOTE: ***Prepare to have your worldview obliterated.***

    But Caitlin, having your worldview obliterated is so painful. It’s so much easier and more comfortable to settle back into it…

    I recall a Peanuts comic strip in which Linus was drafting a letter to the Great Pumpkin. In it he wrote, “…Everyone says you’re a fake, but I believe in you… P.S. If you really are a fake, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.”

  8. Secret Of Synchronicity Avatar
    Secret Of Synchronicity

    Bill Fucking Gates, are you claiming to be the lord of the whole universe?
    Anybody who has a will to power is a criminal!
    That is my definition of a criminal, anyone with the will to power.
    And why do I say the will to power is criminal?
    Because will to power simply means power over others.
    The others have to be enslaved and exploited.
    The others have to be reduced into subhuman species.
    The others had the same potential but they are not allowed to actualize their potential.
    Will to power means that you want to become the master and reduce others into slaves.
    There is a company of power elites who have been running the whole show, and they have all the power.
    These so-called elites, the oligarchs, the banksters and all the politicians of this world are all sociopathic criminals, who have been conspiring against the whole of humanity.
    It is time that we should understand and destroy their contract.
    It is aggressive to try to change the world to ‘save’ it.
    Even the effort to change a single individual is aggressive.
    Who are they to decide what is right for a certain person?
    Who are they to decide that the world, if changed according to them, will be a better place?
    It is taking upon themselves the role of a savior.
    It is a very unconscious way of dominating people.
    It is for our own sake, of course, so we cannot even rebel against them.
    For our own sake they are disciplining us, forcing us to do things that we don’t want to do, imposing life changing restrictions upon us without our consent.
    In every possible way our freedom is being cut.
    Less freedom, less individuality, and the moment we will become one hundred percent obedient to them, we have died.
    They are destroying the freedom of all individuals to be themselves.
    They are not concerned with you.
    They are concerned only with the new world order.
    They are not concerned that you should become a self-knower.
    They are concerned that you should become an efficient part in the mechanism of their new world order.
    You should fit into their pattern.
    So they are trying to give you an ego that fits with their new world order.
    But if you are intelligent, rebellious, you will always be a misfit.
    You simply won’t fit.
    You are a troublemaker.
    So they have certain types of intelligent and rebellious individuals of which the new order doesn’t approve.
    They will never approve!
    But if you obey, surrender, comply to your enslavement then the society approves, everything is good.
    If one man kills somebody, he is a murderer.
    But the same man in wartime who kills thousands, he becomes a great hero.
    So society is not bothered by murder, as long as the murder is committed for the society, then it is okay.
    The society doesn’t bother about morality.
    Morality means only that you should fit with the society.
    If the society is at war, then the morality changes.
    If the society is at peace, then there is a different morality.
    Morality is a social politics.
    It is diplomacy.
    And each child has to be brought up in such a way that they fit into the society, that’s all.
    Because society is interested in efficient members.
    Society is not interested that you should attain to self-knowledge.
    For that one has to be daring, courageous.
    One has to take a step into the Unknown.
    For a while all boundaries will be lost.
    For a while you will feel dizzy.
    For a while, you will feel very afraid and shaken, as if an earthquake has happened.
    But if you are courageous and you don’t go backwards, if you don’t fall back to the ego and you go on and on, there is a hidden center within you that you have been carrying for eternity.
    That is your soul, your consciousness, your very being.
    Once you realize it, everything changes, everything settles again.
    But now this settling is not done by the society.
    Now everything becomes a cosmos, not a chaos.
    An authentic new order arises.
    But this is no longer the order of the society, it is the very order of existence itself.
    Remember, the real can be known only through the illusion.
    You cannot know the Truth directly.
    First you have to know that which is not true.
    First you have to encounter the untrue.
    Through that encounter you become capable of knowing the Truth.
    If you know the false as the false.
    Truth will dawn upon you.
    If each moment is taken as the last, as it should be taken because the next is uncertain.
    You are changing yourself, and your change is going to be infectious.
    It may change the whole world, although you had never intended it.
    That is the way of changing the world without being aggressive.
    Otherwise, up to now all reformers, revolutionaries, messiah’s were violent, aggressive.
    They were bent upon saving you.
    They never asked you whether you want to be saved or not.
    You were just something that they had to decide for.
    Who has given them the authority?
    They have not asked even your permission.
    And if you don’t change according to them, they are willing to throw you into dark, dismal hell forever.
    Are you willing to commit a spiritual suicide to just become a shadow to these sick people?
    This is a totally different approach to changing the world.
    You just change yourself!
    And when you are rejoicing and dancing, you will find somebody by your side has started dancing with you, because we all are the same human consciousness with the same potential.
    Nobody is a foreigner.
    We may speak different languages, but we understand the one language of the heart.
    So when you are happy, smiling, the other who may not be smiling suddenly feels a smile come to his face.
    You may be a stranger, but you smiled at the person, you waved at the person.
    You have changed the person without his knowing it, without you intending it.
    You are not taking any action, yet something is happening.
    And when things happen on their own they have a beauty, because deep down there is freedom.
    If the person waved, if the person smiled.
    There is a synchronicity between heart and heart.
    Revelation is knowing that secret of synchronicity
    Change yourself, and in that very change you have changed the world.
    A single individual can transform the whole world without ever mentioning the word transformation.
    Action without action, a transformation which has not been intended, which has not been imposed.
    A transformation that has spread on its own and people have understood what it is, because, deep down, every heart speaks the same language.

    1. Boa dissertação, apenas um detalhe. O único mundo possível de ser mudado é o próprio interior…

  9. We learned nothing form 2001. Panic reaction are never a good thing.

  10. “I’ve changed my hair-style so many times now, I don’t know what I look like”

  11. You will not find this in the Main Stream Press!
    In the letter, the head of state indicated that “in Venezuela we do not want an armed conflict in our nation, we cannot accept war threats,” and urged the American people not to believe in the reasons that Trump indicates for attacking Venezuela.
    President Maduro urged the people in the United States to not believe Trump’s statements about “fighting drug trafficking”, calling these claims by the U.S. leader false and unfounded. You can read this article here:
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Pens Open Letter to US Public By teleSur

  12. Joe Van Steenbergen Avatar
    Joe Van Steenbergen

    Caitlin: It’s no stretch to say we live in interesting, and changing, times. We, your devoted readers, will await your insight, as we always do, to help us navigate the ever-changing information landscape and discern truth embedded in the morass of (dis)information. And, as always, we will count on your analysis to sort BS from accurate information, and to help us identify which is which. Thank you, as always, for everything you do. You and your analysis are needed now more than ever.

  13. It’s not simply that the very idea of “alternative facts” is unhinged and counter intuitive, the variation of cognitive flexibility required for one to consider and lay claim to the viability of such nonsense is not a characteristic compatible with either seeing or comprehending any full picture, no matter how well presented.
    As Usual,

  14. The CDC has just added that talking can spread the coronovirus. No more talking in public. Wear mask, shut up and do as you are told. Of course masks will have to eventually come off so that they can use facial recognition software but distancing and no talking must continually be enforced for the good of humanity. Question is how long willbpeopke put up with this contrived foolishness.

      1. Double plus amused feel!

  15. Aloha Star ☆ Sister ☆ Caitlin ☆
    Mahalo nui loa for sharing this Powerful,
    GERMANE , Piercing Word ~ Sculpture of truth in this * Now *~○~
    So Very Proud of You and ALL your Courageous investigative reporting and thinking☆☆☆
    See You Along the Way ☆
    Peace and Love,
    Dr. Z.

  16. Michel Bélisle Avatar
    Michel Bélisle

    It is sad to say but in a way, people are getting the hellish society they deserve. They did everything for that to happen.

    For the last 20 years, they have been endorsing lie after lie (airplanes wreckages in the Pentagone and in a field in Pennsylvania on 9/11 etc…) keeping on casting their votes, staying faithful to those who lied to them, endorsing individualism without any national, social or religious Identity or concern.

    Now, with social distancing, individualism is really prevailing no doubt.

    Truly, these are the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His Glorious return because I do have seen enough bullshit.

    1. Yep. You nailed it my friend.

    2. Just have in mind two famous quips:
      “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it” [Mark Twain]
      “It isn’t the votes that count; it’s who counts the votes” [Napoleon/Stalin?]
      Myself, I am not convinced that people have really cast their votes in favour of the evil which controls us today. Electoral fraud is not as difficult to carry out as the authorities would have us believe, and ever since the Diebold voting machines were implicated in the chaotic 2000 presidential election in the USA, voting machines have, instead of being done away with altogether, enjoyed increasing popularity with our controllers.
      The people are not to blame for that, nor is the general public to be blamed for not reading the alternative news which it either doesn’t know exists, or is brainwashed into believing to be communist fodder for conspiracy theorists. They do not deserve this hellish society as much as those who DO know what is going on, and yet take no action at all. The people certainly need to be educated, but the ignorant sheep in Jesus’s flock need their good shepherd, and not a punishment from hell.
      One more quote: “All that is needed for evil to prevail is that good men do nothing”… WE must be the good men who do what they can.

  17. Hi Caitlin

    When you wrote,

    “If we are more interested in the truth than we are in being proven right or in feeling smug, then we are likely on a collision course with future revelations that will change our ideas about how the world is functioning in some pretty significant ways”,

    did you intend to write,

    “If we are more interested in being proven right or in feeling smug than we are in the truth, then we are likely on a collision course with future revelations that will change our ideas about how the world is functioning in some pretty significant ways”

    1. Peter in Seattle Avatar
      Peter in Seattle

      @Leif Atman: Stop confusing us with logic!

    2. Natalie C Mannering Avatar
      Natalie C Mannering

      Also, when you wrote: ” If this doesn’t sound possible to you, it’s only because you currently lack the humility, intellectual honesty and cognitive flexibility to understand that you may be seeing the full picture yet.” Did you intend to write: “If this doesn’t sound possible to you, it’s only because you currently lack the humility, intellectual honesty and cognitive flexibility to understand that you may NOT be seeing the full picture yet.

      1. It’s not simply that the very idea of “alternative facts” is unhinged and counter intuitive, the variation of cognitive flexibility required for one to consider and lay claim to the viability of such nonsense is not a characteristic compatible with either seeing or comprehending any full picture, no matter how well presented.
        As Usual,

  18. None of us who have the vaguest understanding of the neoliberal world order should be even remotely surprised, or even outraged, for that matter, by the mundane and predictable fact that plutocrats will do everything in their power both to protect themselves in a crisis and to profit by it, to tighten their vise-grip. What is now happening is exactly what one would expect to happen in the various plutocracies in which we live. So ultimately it’s boring and futile to focus upon this plutocratic machination or that, expose its particular sordid details, and pretend to be upset and indignant about it. One might as well be upset and indignant at the sun rising in the east. For far too long, the left has been self-indulgently locked into endlessly exposing and condemning neoliberal evils TO EACH OTHER. Obviously, there is only one way to break the global plutocratic stranglehold, and that is to induce the vast majority of human beings to see what we progressive leftists see and begin to think like we think. In America, for example, where I am now too old and feeble and rooted by children and grandchildren to leave, Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, was on enough state ballots to have been elected as our nation’s president in the 2016 election but received only token support. Bernie Sanders could have been given the nomination this time around, but the majority of voters apparently chose not to do so. What these unarguable facts demonstrate is that the pieces are already in place to begin to radically alter the status quo, deconstruct the neoliberal world order, and move us toward the only viable future for humanity: various forms of eco-socialism, reflective of our cultural diversity. What they also show is the real task of today’s progressive left, almost totally neglected, which is not to continue preaching to the choir but to engage with those who currently disagree with us, sometimes virulently, and do our utmost relentlessly, persistently, tenaciously, interminably, to bring them around to seeing what we see, knowing what we know, feeling what we feel…and likely learning something from them in the process and adjusting some of our own perspectives. If you want to advance the cause of the progressive left in order to change the world, and you’re not undertaking to do that outreach to the clueless or to the “enemy” as your principal task, your work of a lifetime, then you’ve settled on being merely a virtue-signaler, a choir-preacher, a gadfly, a brief and insignificant footnote in history. What’s amazing is how good one can feel about him- or herself by continuing to hold forth passionately about issues of the moment, one plutocratic machination after another, TO ONE’S FELLOW-TRAVELERS, while knowing deep inside, in your bones, that your incessant chattering and moral outrage will have little to no impact on existing reality. I know this feeling well from intimate personal experience.

  19. The three core components of a human economy (production) are capital (savings or debt), land (natural resources), and labor (people or robots).

    So here’s a question…
    If I control access to capital (we’ll just call it money) and if I also control access to land (oil, water, soil, etc.), then the only thing left I need to have absolute control of the human existence is labor. What do I need in order to have labor voluntarily offer me control?
    Understand the answer to this question and the pieces to the puzzle may start to fall into place. One other thing to keep in mind and perhaps provide some solace is “the best laid schemes of mice and men go oft awry”

    1. That are some thoughts I wrote down some time ago when I became aware of the properties purchases by the very wealthy in places like New Zealand …maybe they don’t need labour any more after all –

      What if..another conspiracy theory based on the current state of the world
      The current situation of depletion of resources, the threat of global warming and the inability of the planetary resources to bear the demands of an ever increasing population, the unabating increase in wealth of a small group of already immensely wealthy people – all well known and factual – lead to the conclusions by a small group of oligarchs worldwide:
      The planet with the current load of population and their demands is under threat, the current model and mode of production, creating wealth and wealth distribution does neither work nor is it sustainable.
      We have at our demand available all resources and have accumulated wealth sufficient that we control almost all the world’s production
      We with the means that are available to us can radically change the current situation of overpopulation.
      Therefore we decide:
      The vast majority of the people not of our class is superfluous.
      We do no longer need to increase our wealth with gains based on the debt slavery and production by hired labour
      We substitute any needed labour with AI sufficient to produce what we need for a sustainable life in comparable luxury with non human labour, demanding no food or space.
      We save on energy, free up space for the regrowth of forests und undisturbed wilderness and reduction of CO2 sufficiently to curb global warming to prevent the ecosystem we rely on from collapsing.
      We keep those of the population needed for research into further development of AI so it becomes ever more autonomous, research into diseases threatening the remainder of humanity and research into agricultural projects to with increasing efficiency needing ever less human interference keep food production viable and continuous for the remainders.

      What if that is the goal of talks about overpopulation being a real threat – but with different goals than those not of the oligarch class?

      1. Voltaire would applaud you Peter.

        The idea that overpopulation is a problem dates back more than 100 years. There is a strong dynastic element (though not exclusively so) within the class you refer to that concerns itself with such matters.

        Other questions to contemplate…
        Is ‘climate change’ the true issue or is pollution?
        Is this novel strain of the coronavirus family having a more significant impact on immune compromised individuals than other mutations of this viral family at other times in history?
        How effective have vaccines been to this highly mutate-able virus family in the past? Has the R naught of the ‘common’ flu been reduced to less than one?
        What has the geopolitical response to this novel virus strain achieved?
        What impact has the combination of supply chain disruptions and recent natural disasters had on the world’s food supply?
        What impact will the global economic freeze have on the majority of people?
        What happens to the purchasing value of fiat currency when it is printed to infinitum?
        What happens in densely populated areas when the supply of food and/or the funds to acquire it is inadequate for the sustenance of that population?
        What response options do authorities have to address the likely reactions of people to the question above?
        What opportunities does fear create? What opportunities does a digital-only currency create? What opportunities does the need to track social distancing create? What does 5G offer that 4G does not?
        What opportunities present when an audience finds itself compelled to focus on many fast moving objects/events at the same time?
        What was occurring within many nations and was spreading to more and more nations prior to the emergence of this virus and has now halted?

        “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” – Maximilien Robespierre

    2. K Storme and Peter, you’re very much on the right track, IMHO. I’ve been following certain trends for decades now, and what you’re writing here is very much in alignment with what I’ve been seeing.

      Also agree that the “Climate Change” narrative is being used as the means to control the world — most of the players are large industries (energy, real estate and development, technology, finance, etc.), and they never really address the core environmental issues like global trade (exploiting labor and the environment, and using tremendous resources to ship goods around the world that could otherwise be made locally), planned obsolescence (like appliances that are specifically designed to break down in less than 7 years, as opposed to lasting 20-40 years as they did before), deforestation (Indonesia has lost ~50% of its rainforests in the last 30 years, but no outcry from the Climate Change gang), etc.
      It’s also true that there are some extreme environmentalists among the elite — people who really love nature and want it all for themselves. They feel that they are the chosen ones who are the sole keepers of the Earth’s resources — easy to think like that when their wealth controls a grossly disproportionate share of the natural resources.
      The only question, then: What can we do about it?

      1. What can we do about it?

        Tat is the problem in a world where capital does know no boundaries, but labour does and that those organisations have been successfully dismantled with few exceptions.

        There is also the fact that we are now, each living within his/her sphere, much more aware of the gradations in personal comfort that lead us to more separation within nations as also between nations – and less cohesiveness between the 99% than ever before.
        We add to that the presented in mho hyped scenario of an epidemie that further separates us…and I really don’t know how to answer your question.

        Neoliberalism, despite tottering at the moment, is still quite strong and plays with our fears to prevent to find common ground against this NWO.
        Even a real catastrophe will only separate us morei think, as everyone will only be concerned with the survival of him/herself and maybe those close and forget about solidarity with wider humanity.

        Unfortunately – after having lived 70 years growing up in a rebuilding Germany after WW2 and experiencing the slow death of an attempted change in political direction in the mid to late 60’s I see no positive way out…

      2. Hello JM,
        You have outlined the environmental situation well.

        To respond to your question, “What can we do about it?”

        I’m going to be more brief than I’d prefer to be in my response.

        To frame a solution, we need to comprehend the problem. The problem is we are in the midst of a transformation in our (not just the US) socio-economic system.
        There is a desire by those that consider themselves ‘chosen to rule’ to implement a digital system. You have stated that you have been focused on the virus situation. While that does deserve some attention, those that let it capture one’s whole attention are not seeing what else is developing. I’ll just mention that this virus provided the pin to pop the Everything Bubble (the most important bubble of them all is the Debt Bubble which has yet to fully implode). This Everything Bubble would have popped regardless; the virus just happened to be the catalyst.

        So, we’ll talk potential outcomes…
        The digital one (two areas to pay attention to – the weight being thrown toward a mandatory vaccine and the insistence that people must have some sort of digital ‘tag’ that communicates their vaccine status. – the rapidly deteriorating economic conditions which are in the process of creating extreme hardship for the majority of individuals and small to mid-sized businesses).
        In my view, the digital outcome is the one we absolutely do not want. Why? Because it will entail the loss of the remaining individual freedoms (such that they are).
        Here are some highlights of what the digital system has to offer:
        Digital Currency – transaction taxes, control of what services and goods may be purchased, complete data collection of all purchases made and all revenue inputs.
        Digital Identity (tag) – medical history information, employment information, financial information, location information, etc.
        Social Credit system – research China’s as that system has been the ‘beta’ test.

        There is the possibility that this digital system will be derailed prior to it coming to its desired conclusion. It is a very nuanced and complicated introduction and implementation process – lots of areas for slip ups (let’s hope they screw up royally).

        If there’s a royal screw up in the roll out of this digital system, a greater upheaval will ensue because there is no Plan B. That means the transition phase will be longer and will necessitate a more ‘organic’ sorting of what the outcome will be – no direction equals many different directions. In my view, I would rather have chaos than order dictated by extreme control.

        Potential outcome three – most people become part of a digital system but a contingent (growing by the day) will refuse to comply and will opt to ‘live’ outside of the imposed system. This will not be an easy lifestyle to adopt and perpetuate.

        My suggestion as to “what people can do about it” is to extract yourself as much as possible from the system – become as self-reliant as possible. Those that do this will be in the best position to make their own choices about what future they wish to embrace and they will be in a better position to weather the transition period which will be very challenging.

        I could say more but I think I’ll end here.

  20. The first casualty of war is the truth. The capitalist war against the virus is no exception.
    The following link takes the reader to what is IMO an extremely important article published on one of the Federal Reserve websites. It think that it is so important that I provide the first paragraph or so of it below as a “teaser”.
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York Serving the Second District and the Nation
    Liberty Street Economics
    April 02, 2020
    The Value of Opacity in a Banking Crisis
    Haelim Anderson and Adam Copeland
    During moments of heightened economic uncertainty, authorities often need to decide on how much information to disclose. For example, during crisis periods, we often observe regulators limiting access to bank‑level information with the goal of restoring the public’s confidence in banks. Thus, information management often plays a central role in ending financial crises. Despite the perceived importance of managing information about individual banks during a financial crisis, we are not aware of any empirical work that quantifies the effect of such policies. In this blog post, we highlight results from our recent working paper, demonstrating that in a crisis, a policy of suppressing information about banks’ balance sheets has a significant and positive effect on deposits.

    Why Might Withholding Information about Banks Be Helpful?

    1. BTW, in case you don’t know it, the Federal Reserve has very recently decided that the US Bank reserve requirement is now 0%!!
      So, what happens when a number of depositors (recently declared to be “investors” who will have to take a haircut when “their” bank starts to wobble, just prior to topple) want to close their accounts and take their “deposit” as cash?

    2. Depositors – Not Taxpayers – Will Take the Hit for the Next ‘2008’ Crash Because Major Banks May Use the ‘Bail-In’ System

      1. The FDIC has been making public presentations in essence stating that your money is safest in the banks. Given the bail-in system that is in place, I would suggest the opposite is true. If the FDIC is trying to convince you that you should keep your money in the bank, withdrawing as much as you can (while still leaving enough in for digital transactions) might be the more prudent response.

        Along the same lines… there is a credit freeze coming – if you don’t have physical cash in hand, you could have a real hard time purchasing what you need during that time frame which is estimated to be two weeks which may be followed by limits on daily, weekly, monthly withdrawal amounts. Something to think about.

    3. Thank you very much for posting this information, Ishkabibble! I’ve always kept an eye on the financial markets, but have admittedly been distracted by the coronavirus issue (anything that’s on the news 24/7 for days on end is almost guaranteed to be propaganda). We all need to be paying attention to the things that they are NOT showing us.


  21. Andrew Wilson Avatar
    Andrew Wilson

    Andrew in Central FL USA,
    Hello Big Mamma and all y’all……
    Caitlin, I haven’t checked in for awhile because reading your posts is so much like talking to myself. Your excellent remarks around keeping our viewpoints malleable codifies concisely the best approach to staying sane in the storm.
    It’s too much to go into here, but I have my own analysis on those who want to thwart any discussion of conspiratorial action. Suffice to say that “any deliberate, planned action for any purpose between two or more people,” constitutes conspiracy. Those who want to deny that humans will combine, plan and act in their own interests make me laugh.

  22. https: // jonjost .wordpress .com/ 2020 / 04/01/ the-corona-conspiracy-a-fable/

    I guess you block web addresses and such. Youll have to fix the above if so.

    or just type in jon jost wordpress blog and it should come up

  23. Hi Caitlyn, you say you do not know what is going on.
    Maybe this information will enlighten you.
    Dr Kaufman explains it perfectly
    Also watch dr Cowan about the correlation 5G and Covid19
    David icke yesterday had a lifestream interview on londonreal at which at one point 64000 were watching.
    Since then the video has been pulled by Youtube and Vimeo and highly censored all over the web.
    Truth is a powerful thing.

    1. Michel Bélisle Avatar
      Michel Bélisle

      Some people are trying to make sense of all that:

      My take on this is that we live in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten His return because life in the days of Noah was nothing but bs as it is today.

  24. One thing we do know, at least those of us with two or more brain cells that get along, is that the leading cause of death in the world is POVERTY! In addition to malnutrition, it exponentially exacerbates all other causes of death. Yet that is exactly what is being proposed as a solution to this plague, the effects of which change daily, sometimes hourly, according to the Sociopaths In Charge and their Mockingbird Media. Not to mention that a cure has already been found. Chloroquine along with an antibiotic I forget the name of. Though the sample size is small, around 6000 I think, largely because its use has been forbidden, it has been shown to be nearly 100% effective. A rate practically unheard of among disease treatments. Of course there is little profit to be gotten from a 65 year old drug, patent long expired. Of course there are enormous profits to be made from a vaccine mandated by the Sociopaths In Charge, at the behest of Bill Gates, who also mandates population reduction, eugenics, and chipping the entire world population the better to control it. His prominence was not caused by his computer genius, but by stealing the work of others and avoiding the consequences of the theft.

    1. Lili-Ann Berg Avatar
      Lili-Ann Berg

      The antibiotic is Azithromycin – bet that’s gone into hiding as well. It’s a drug often proved effective in treating people with cystic fibrosis and other serious lung diseases and belonging to the group most vulnerable for infection with Covid19.

    2. Lili-Ann Berg Avatar
      Lili-Ann Berg

      Apropos eugenics – Sweden practiced forced sterilization of disabled people up till 1975 when it finally became illegal. It was commonly known as implementing “racial hygiene” back then – today, with the event of Covid-19, we’re practicing “herd immunity” for the common good, i.e. saving the economy. And we’re doing it by sacrificing the old and the sick- in other words – eugenics.

  25. Caitlin, as always a profound and open-minded article, yet perhaps more deeply unsettling than some of us can bear to deal with right now. Being currently stuck in my native Sweden, a nation of happy-go-lucky daredevils, all out there thawing in the spring sunshine as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening, you start to doubt your own sanity. I’m not out there for many different reasons, one is desperately trying to get my stuff in order in case I’d kick the bucket. Don’t want to leave a mess behind for the relatives to have to deal with. Why do we do this? Why not say to heck with it like the rest of the lunatics out there enjoying themselves? Perhaps they are right, after all. and I’m wrong? The truth has gone into hiding and is nowhere to be found. I’ve never felt so lost, confused and yes, afraid. One thing I do know, to return to my place of origins was a huge mistake. I left for a reason, all those years rs ago and became a citizen of a new country. and that reason haven’t changed in half a lifetime or more. So, as long as I’m able to breathe – I’d still call Australia home. Take care, all of you,

  26. I may be wrong, but my recollection is that while the bill was drafted before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing (the investigation of which, at least IMHO, was deeply flawed), it was drafted after the first World Trade Center bombing in February, 1993- and it was that event that was the predicate for the draft legislation which was later pulled off the shelf following the 9/11 attacks.

  27. Hey, here is a little bitty bit, of light, in amongst all this darkness!

    Though I cannot say how accurate this information is, but it is positive in my veiw. Maybe Australia could test the legal waters here?

  28. The ” reality ” is the realization that there is absolutely nothing that the ” owners and the masters ” are loathe to do to always control all of humanity. There is nothing too underhanded; nothing too fiendish; nothing too evil; they are more than capable-they are more than likely to put the devil to shame with their evil doings. When you accept that fact then you become aware of just what humanity is really up against. The evil that comes from the owners and the masters puts all of hell to shame.

  29. Thank you again Caitlin. I am getting an awful lot of value for the paltry amount I am paying. Huge thank you.

  30. Strictly tall aluminum hat stuff: puff
    whatever there was of the Houston Plan that was rewritten into whatever Oliver North was doing for FEMA back in the day…COINTELPRO on steroids? err, legalized?

  31. Folks seem to forget that the only way the Patriot Act got through Congress was by mailing militarized anthrax letters from the Fort Detrick biolab to those Members in Opposition to the Act, signed as if they were from Jew-hating Muslims.

    Hmm, just a continuation of the twisted mythology surrounding 9/11 itself.

  32. There’s an argument expert epidemiologists are making that there’s no time to get perfectly certain of these things before dealing with a pandemic, that speed is of the essence and hesitating due to fear of maybe getting something wrong can cost millions of lives. Maybe that’s true; I’m not an epidemiologist and I do not know.



    Now you know.

  33. I already drastically revised my worldview 15 years ago when I realized how dishonest, greedy and callous the world’s top politicians and bankers are. Before this COVID-19 pandemic and associated downturn in stock markets, the last 11 years were great for the 0.1% super-wealthy parasites with inside information. If history is anything to go by, we could see the US stock market recover and slowly grow for another few years with small downturns along the way. Why would central bankers want to change the system now which allowed the 0.1% to continue siphoning off savings of the middle class by stealth and fraud? Investigative journalists expect to see governments using face and fingerprint recognition technology within the next 12 months to identify all citizens, check the national register for their blood tests, monitor their movements and only allow access to schools, universities, public amenities, businesses and travel for people who have been fully vaccinated or have proven immunization. Then I expect the US Fed to start pushing the stock market up to new record figures to make everyone think that technological control of humanity is the perfect solution and we will say goodbye to personal convictions and responsibility, freedom of religion, association, commerce and movement. Or the US Fed might cause hyperinflation, global economic depression, and stock market collapse to prepare the way for a new global currency and better population surveillance and control. Can anyone direct me to any leaders outside the political arena who promote effective strategies and tactics to counteract the coming New World Order?

    1. Do you know Robert David Steele?

      1. Yes, I listen to many of his talks but his proposal for using technology for sharing knowledge and managing human problems sounds like making artificial intelligence the head of a new technocratic-industrial-complex. I believe certain rare people have enough knowledge, wisdom and goodness to organize people and society for the good of all. The problem for us is who to eliminate psychopaths from the world.

  34. jerry fischer Avatar
    jerry fischer

    “Things are not what they seem; Nor are they otherwise….” from the Lankavatara Sutra

  35. Charles Andrew Robinson Avatar
    Charles Andrew Robinson

    This guy’s got it right.

    1. Excellent video. Everyone should take the time to watch this.

      1. thanks charles, for this stunning video. such important information.

  36. There are certainly unknowns about the virus. But there are also some things that are pretty clear by now. We have been told how rapidly and easily the virus spreads. The virus can survive for a time on surfaces we have been told. It can be passed on by both people showing symptoms and by asymptomatic people. It spreads very rapidly through populations. This is why we are all on lockdown now.

    Lets take a look at the naval ship USS Theodore Roosevelt, now in the news because its captain was fired for asking for help. There were almost 5000 people on that ship all together in a closed, confined space. As of April 1st 1,300 had been tested for the virus. 600 tested negative. How is this explained if what we have been told about the virus is true?

    Then let’s look at the Diamond Princess cruise ship, also in the news lately because the virus was found on board. There were 3,711 people on board that ship both passengers and crew, again in a confined, largely closed space.
    “On January 25, a symptomatic passenger departed the ship in Hong Kong, where he was evaluated; testing confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. On February 3, the ship returned to Japan, after making six stops in three countries. Japanese authorities were notified of the COVID-19 diagnosis in the passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong, and the ship was quarantined. Information about social distancing and monitoring of symptoms was communicated to passengers. On February 5, passengers were quarantined in their cabins; crew continued to work and, therefore, could not be isolated in their cabins.”
    So they were all on the ship for at least 11 days (the virus was obviously on the ship before the first infected passenger was found) before just the passengers, and not the crew, were quarantined.
    All were apparently tested for the virus. Only 712 tested positive. Again this does not logically follow from what we have been told about how rapidly and easily the virus is spread.

    By all logic everybody on board both of these ships should have been very quickly infected.

    I live in the bay area. The virus was first found here on January 31st in Santa Clara. It was oviously here earlier as nobody would pretend that the very first infected person here was found. Shelter-in-place was begun on March 17. Considering that the incubation period is 4 days to 2 weeks shelter in oplace would have obviously not begun to have much effect immediately. so we are looking at about eight weeks during which the virus was loose and spreading in the bay area, a very densely populated region.

    By any and all logic there should have been sick people starting to show up around the middle of February and we should be swamped by coronavirus victims by now. And yet there is still only a relatively small number of coronavirus patients here, 3,753 cases with 95 deaths. As always with coronavirus case statistics it is impossible to know for sure what is meant by “cases”. Does it mean people who have tested positive for the virus or people who are actually showing symptoms? Have there been 3,753 people actually hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms? Whatever the case, 3,753 cases in a region of 7.8 million people is not very many. Lets see… doing a quick calculation in my head (ok fine I used a percentage calculator) that comes to 0.04811538 percent of the bay area population.

    So we know that what we have been told about the spread of the virus is grossly exaggerated.

    1. Mike McDonnell Avatar
      Mike McDonnell

      While Cait is a very sensible and loving person, who sees things as clearly as she can, and while I look forward to (and support) her writings, I am put off by the “conspiracy theorists” in the comment section who are so damn sure of their fantasies. It makes no difference to us going forward if the Trade Towers were destroyed by forces of evil within the US government (which is highly unlikely) or by Muslim crazies, nor does it matter whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus is man-made or not. What matters is what we do now. What I am going to do is keep in touch with my friends by email and (better) by phone and cultivate my garden.

      I am also trying to tell people that our Democrat/Republican oligarch show is a sham and they should vote for the third party of their choice. Even if your choice doesn’t win, voting away from the major parties sends them what message we can. If I was younger (I’m 78) I would run for local political office of some kind, even the school board, to try and get a left viewpoint encouraged among people.

    2. By all logic, also, the virus should be hitting vast numbers of grocery-store clerks, for example.

  37. Maybe if these people didn’t go around chopping up little kids for dinner or whatever else they do to them they wouldn’t have to censor me.

  38. LOL. No one cares anyway.

  39. Pretty much the game was over a long time ago, nothing much left to do but quietly wait for your turn to die. Thanks Caitlin, without you most of them would probably try to jolt just before the billet would put their mind to rest.

  40. PNAC, Project for the New American Century, released Sept 2000, US must conduct war on terror, but will require a New Pearl Harbor > PRESTO, 9/11
    Operation Dark Winter, June 2001, CenterforHealthSecurity > future anthrax attacks and Iraq WMD
    Clade X Pandemic Exercise, May 2018, CenterforHealthSecurity > viral pandemic planning
    Event 201, Oct 2019, CenterforHealthSecurity > corona pandemic wargaming
    “How Coronavirus Fooled Everybody in the World” by George Webb on TheirTube > 885 HIV proteins changed only in a bioweapon lab

  41. The rich elite or whatever you call them have taken on We The People of the USA. We all have come here to be free at different times from countries everywhere around the world. They are trying to pull a fast one on everybody right now. The wild card they don’t get is that Americans are at their best when things are worst. We will win and they will lose. Just ask the Romans of 2000 years ago how it worked out for them.

  42. A ride without a seat belt!

    1. foster goodwill Avatar
      foster goodwill

      Good discription!

  43. LondonReal has a podcast up with David Icke that was done today… Icke isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but the man has done his homework over the past 30 years. Try to catch it if you can, YouTube and the usual suspects are taking it down as fast as they can.

    1. Mary Lou I Rich Avatar
      Mary Lou I Rich

      U can get it on Vimeo under londonreal.

  44. “To what extent are these drastic, intrusive, authoritarian measures justified?”
    To no extent. Ever. It’s not hard.

  45. My take is that right now they are scared out of their britches. Well, ok, most of them drop their britches at the first opportunity. They got into politics to get sex. So, maybe that’s the wrong phrase to use in a whorehouse. But, the point is, they are scared right now.
    They want nice and peaceful and steady and profitable.
    They do not want chaos.
    They want peaceful slaves lulled to sleep.
    They do not want frightened slaves who might rebel at the sound of distant thunder.
    They know they are outnumbered 99 to 1.
    They mostly stay in power by running confidence games. But now, suddenly everyone is focused on how they do their jobs. The audience has stopped watching the bread and circus routines. Instead, now they are watching very intently as to how these people do their jobs. Just what do the people who run things do, and how well do they do them? The audience is watching intently because its a matter of life and death.
    The deaths haven’t started to really mount up yet. Maybe Italy is just starting to show the signs of an approaching peak, but most those curves are still rising like rocket launches. Their won’t be an immediate reaction. The need for isolation to stay alive means that. But that is only temporary. That will end. And when it ends, then a lot of deaths means a lot of anger. Revolutions happen when the people just say ENOUGH. They seem to come out of the blue. Suddenly, enough people have had enough, and say so. Then everyone else joins them. Then the second fight begins as to who is going to grab power afterwards.
    The elites are scared stiff right now because they know that everyone who lives through this is going to emerge with very strong opinions and anger about how the system did or did not work. The elites like peace and quiet. They don’t like having to worry about revolutions. They are scared right now. Its behind all the bluster, underneath the faked control. They are scared stiff.

  46. Hi Caitlin, I think this edit [[you may NOT be seeing]] is appropriate and what you meant in the second to last line of your article.

    If this doesn’t sound possible to you, it’s only because you currently lack the humility, intellectual honesty and cognitive flexibility to understand that you may NOT be seeing the full picture yet.

    cheers, m\\

  47. “Do you question the nature of your reality?”
    On the TV show Westworld, this is a diagnostic question that the programers ask of the human-form robots. Westworld is a theme park for the ultra rich where they can come and express their inner-most desires to rape, beat, torture, kill, mutilate or anything else their pointy little heads come up with …. and they do it guilt-free because they do it to these robots.
    If the robot answers the question with a “No”, that it does not question the nature of its reality where it is routinely raped over and over, then the robot is deemed to be stable and functioning properly and is then returned to the park to be raped, beaten, tortured, killed or anything else by the ultra-rich guests.
    Do you question the nature of your reality?
    No? Ok, return this one to the park.
    Do you question the nature of your reality?

    1. Well Delores, I do question the nature of my reality. What’s more I don’t think that any of us will be returning to that park, simply because it no longer exists.

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