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THE ZOO HYPOTHESIS! Are We In A ‘Galactic Zoo’ Protected By Aliens? Scientists Meet To Investigate The ‘Great Silence’ :D

“See… I said it a few weeks ago… we live in a fucking zoo boys and girls! 😀

Damn right I believe I met an extra-terrestrial! Why would an extra-terrestrial take a special interest in me?… because I’m fucking awesome! (probably the star attraction!)
Think about it, in a zoo, when one of the animals starts creating problems (usually the highly intelligent one), they have to send in a zookeeper or a vet to make sure he’s not going to be too much of a problem for the rest of the pack… … same applies to me! 😀

“That ones our star attraction human Danny… a favourite amongst some of the female keepers. We have to be a bit careful with him though, unusually high intelligence, managed to figure out the number 137 and hydrino energy… likes to annoy the other 7 billion humans on Earth. We need to try and find him a suitable mate to keep him out of trouble” 😀

Are We In A ‘Galactic Zoo’ Protected By Aliens? Scientists Meet To Investigate The ‘Great Silence’

Are we alone? Probably not. After all, astronomers have already found 4,001 confirmed exoplanets in our Milky Way galaxy, and expect there to be over 50 billion exoplanets out there. For scientists gathering in Paris today, the question is different: why haven’t we made contact with alien civilizations?
What is the Fermi Paradox and the “Great Silence?”
Italian physicist Enrico Fermi asked ‘where is everybody?’ back in 1950 in what’s now called the Fermi Paradox. It addresses a contradiction in astronomy, and can be summarized thus: if extraterrestrial life and even intelligent alien civilizations are not just likely, but highly probable, then why have none of them been in contact with us? Are there biological or sociological explanations for this “Great Silence?”
“We are very interested in the scientific approach used in the analysis of the Fermi Paradox and the search for intelligent life in the universe,” said Cyril Birnbaum and Brigitte David at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Cité), the science museum in Paris that’s hosting today’s meeting. “The question ‘Are we alone?’ affects us all, because it is directly related to humanity and our place in the cosmos.”

What are scientists doing in Paris?
Today, leading researchers from the fields of astrophysics, biology, sociology, psychology, and history are meeting at the Cité. “Every two years, METI International (METI stands for messaging extraterrestrial intelligence) organizes a one-day workshop in Paris as part of a series of workshops entitled What is Life? An Extraterrestrial Perspective,” said Florence Raulin Cerceau, co-chair of the workshop and a member of METI’s Board of Directors. The scientists are discussing some pretty insane-sounding questions:

Are extraterrestrials staying silent out of concern for how contact would impact humanity?
Do we live in a “galactic zoo?”
Should we send intentional radio messages to nearby stars to signal humanity’s interest in joining the “galactic club?”
Will extraterrestrial intelligence be similar to human intelligence?
Did life get to earth from elsewhere in the galaxy (interstellar migration)?
“This puzzle of why we haven’t detected extraterrestrial life has been discussed often, but in this workshop’s unique focus, many of the talks tackled a controversial explanation first suggested in the 1970s called the ‘zoo hypothesis,’” said Raulin Cerceau. Ah yes, the idea that we’re being watched by aliens and … perhaps even being protected by them.

What is the “zoo hypothesis”?
This is a mind-warping idea that there are alien civilizations out there (no, not on Oumuamua) that know all about us, but purposefully hide from us. It certainly explains the “Great Silence.” “Perhaps extraterrestrials are watching humans on Earth, much like we watch animals in a zoo,” explains Douglas Vakoch, president of METI. “How can we get the galactic zookeepers to reveal themselves?” At a workshop, Vakoch proposed that humans should be more active in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. “If we went to a zoo and suddenly a zebra turned toward us, looked us in the eye, and started pounding out a series of prime numbers with its hoof, that would establish a radically different relationship between us and the zebra, and we would feel compelled to respond,” he said.
It’s hard to disagree with that. “We can do the same with extraterrestrials by transmitting powerful, intentional, information-rich radio signals to nearby stars,” he said.

What is the “galactic quarantine” theory?
Think the “zoo hypothesis” theory is insane? That’s nothing compared to another theory about alien benevolence. “It seems likely that extraterrestrials are imposing a ‘galactic quarantine’ because they realize it would be culturally disruptive for us to learn about them,” said Jean-Pierre Rospars, the honorary research director at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique and co-chair of the workshop. “Cognitive evolution on Earth shows random features while also following predictable paths … we can expect the repeated, independent emergence of intelligent species in the universe, and we should expect to see more or less similar forms of intelligence everywhere, under favorable conditions,” he added. “There’s no reason to think that humans have reached the highest cognitive level possible. Higher levels might evolve on Earth in the future and already be reached elsewhere.”

What does the Drake Equation try to do?
A formula to estimate the number of technological civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy, the Drake Equation is an attempt to put the Fermi Paradox into numbers. The Drake Equation was posited in 1961 by Dr. Frank Drake, a radio astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia.
What is the Drake Equation?
OK, don’t expect any answers here. The formula below, which comes from the SETI Institute might seem impressive, but it’s mostly guesswork. Practically speaking, its purpose is not to find a definitive answer, but to keep the discussion going about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
N = R* x fp x ne x fl x fi x fc x L
N = The number of civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy whose electromagnetic emissions are detectable.
R = The rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life.
fp = The fraction of those stars with planetary systems.
ne = The number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life.
fl = The fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears.
fi = The fraction of life bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges.
fc = The fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space.
L = The length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space.
METI puts a special emphasis on those last three terms, which explore not just the frequency of intelligence-bearing worlds, but how long they last (before they get wiped out).
Radio astronomy Vs interstellar colonization
While for now, radio astronomy is the only practical way of humans sending messages out into the cosmos, says one scientist, only full-blown colonization of other stars is the only way to prove the existence of intelligent life. “It appears that although radio communications provide a natural means for searching for extra-terrestrial intelligence for civilizations younger than a few millennia, older civilizations should rather develop extensive programs of interstellar colonization,” said Nicolas Prantzos, director of research of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), in advance of Monday’s meeting. “This is the only way to achieve undisputable evidence, either for or against the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence, within their lifetime.”

Scientists Say We Could All Be Living in a Galactic Zoo Run by Aliens

PETER DOCKRILL
27 MAR 2019
Some people think we’re living in a vast computer simulation contrived by an advanced alien intelligence. But not METI scientists. The truth, they say, is much simpler than that.

Members of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), a San Francisco-based research organisation, convened in Paris last week to discuss aliens. Or, rather, the complete and utter lack of them, seemingly anywhere, despite decades of us searching the skies.
In a nutshell, this conundrum is known as the Fermi Paradox: the riddle as to why, with billions upon billions of stars all around us, we’ve never heard a solitary peep out of ET.
Lots of hypothetical answers to the problem exist. Maybe extraterrestrial life hit some kind of wall we don’t yet understand. Maybe they’re all asleep. Maybe there’s nobody out there anymore, and maybe it’s all our fault.
But there’s another possible answer to the Fermi Paradox, one that was revisited by the METI researchers in Paris last week: what if the reason we’ve never seen or heard from aliens is because we’ve somehow been quarantined by them, contained in a kind of cage, like a specimen in a galactic zoo?
“This puzzle of why we haven’t detected extraterrestrial life has been discussed often,” METI director and astrobiologist Florence Raulin Cerceau said at the event, held at the science museum La cité des sciences et de l’Industrie.

“But in this workshop’s unique focus, many of the talks tackled a controversial explanation first suggested in the 1970s, called the ‘zoo hypothesis’.”
The zoo hypothesis might sound like science fiction, and it actually is, often turning up as a motif in sci-fi novels, TV shows, movies, and video games.
But it’s also a serious (if entirely hypothetical) response to the Fermi Paradox, sometimes described as the ‘Great Silence’.
“Perhaps extraterrestrials are watching humans on Earth, much like we watch animals in a zoo,” said METI president Douglas Vakoch.
“How can we get the galactic zookeepers to reveal themselves?”
For METI, it’s not a rhetorical question: the organisation actually exists to try and find ways to make contact with alien life, as a kind of proactive branch of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).
The background of the zoo hypothesis is a 1973 paper by MIT researcher John Ball.
“Extraterrestrial intelligent life may be almost ubiquitous,” Ball wrote.
“The apparent failure of such life to interact with us may be understood in terms of the hypothesis that they have set us aside as part of a wilderness area or zoo.”

In other words, as Josh Hrala explained for ScienceAlert in 2016, the zoo hypothesis assumes that alien life is out there, but it’s so advanced, it doesn’t want to engage with us, either because it doesn’t want to influence our society, or it’s content to otherwise simply monitor it from afar.
While we can’t be sure of the reasons we’re in the zoo, we can speculate.
“ETI may be discreetly and inconspicuously watching us but not dabbling,” Ball wrote in later research.
“Our biosystem and culture are surely of some interest; Earth is worth studying at least by a few of their scientists.”
While the zoo hypothesis may not offer more answers than that, at least it’s around to give us another hypothetical explanation for why the Universe seems so lonely sometimes.
“It seems likely that extraterrestrials are imposing a ‘galactic quarantine’ because they realise it would be culturally disruptive for us to learn about them,” researcher Jean-Pierre Rospars from the Institut national de la recherche agronomique said at the METI workshop.
“There’s no reason to think that humans have reached the highest cognitive level possible. Higher levels might evolve on Earth in the future and already be reached elsewhere.”

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Let’s fuck up Kazakhstan!

“Oh fuck off MI6… you’re pathetic. You did this to yourself.

Langley (and friends)… let’s fuck up Kazakhstan! 😀

  1. Russia’s closest ally, ex Soviet block… do you think a former Stalinist Communist leader just suddenly becomes pro-Western capitalist overnight?
  2. China and the New Silk Road. You want to put a halt on the new trade route… start in Kazakhstan.
  3. Largest landlocked country in the world… oil, gas and resources, all the usual shit you boys like to drink (Uranium). Largest GDP in Central Asia (half)
  4. Iran! (even Syria)… taken a strategic interest in the region. It’s an ally and trading partner (militarily, intelligence, as well as economically)
  5. JUST LOOK AT WHERE IT IS! Slap bang in the middle of Central Asia, between Russia, China and Iran!

I know I’m not the only one! 😉

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev resigns amid mounting political crisis
By David Levine and Clara Weiss
30 March 2019
In a sign of growing social and political turmoil in Central Asia, Kazakhstan’s 78-year-old president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been head of state of the country since its formation out of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, announced his immediate resignation on Tuesday, March 19. Kazakhstan is of enormous geostrategic and economic significance. It is the largest country in Central Asia and generates well over half of the region’s GDP.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who had been chairman of the Kazakhstan Senate, the upper house of parliament, was sworn in as president of Kazakhstan on March 20. He is to remain in office until new elections are held next year.
Nazarbayev was for decades a high-ranking functionary of the Stalinist bureaucracy and played a central role in the restoration of capitalism in Kazakhstan, which threw millions into poverty and impelled millions more to emigrate. Among the positions he held were president of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (1990–1991), secretary of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan (1979–1984), deputy of the Soviet of the Union of the USSR (1979–1989) and first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan (1989–1991).
Nazarbayev’s authoritarian regime has been characterized by extreme social inequality, nepotism, corruption and the violent suppression of political and social opposition, involving a rigorous regime of political censorship, as well as a language policy discriminating against non-Kazakh people who previously comprised the majority of the country’s population. The Kazakh economy has grown significantly, especially since 2000, largely based on the extraction of the country’s vast precious mineral and oil resources. When oil workers in Zhanaozen went on a militant strike in late 2011, Nazarbayev oversaw a police massacre of the striking workers, with 11 killed and many more wounded.
In his March 19 announcement, Nazarbayev made clear that he plans to remain a key player in Kazakhstan’s politics. Nazarbayev will remain the most powerful person in the country for the rest of his life and oversee the process of a reshuffling of power relationships among Kazakhstan’s elites.
A 2010 law established Nazarbayev’s special status as Yelbasy, “Leader of the Nation” and bestowed upon him the title Halyq Qaharmany, “Hero of the People.” Nazarbayev enjoys lifetime immunity from criminal prosecution. The secrecy and inviolability of his own assets and wealth, as well as those of the family members living with him, are guaranteed.
Nazarbayev retains his special status as Yelbasy, and will remain chairman of the Security Council, chairman of the Nur-Otan Party, and a member of the Constitutional Council. He will also remain chairman of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan and chairman of the Managing Council of the Samruk Kazyna sovereign wealth fund. The latter company, owned by the state, is the sole or majority shareholder of the national railroad company, the KazMunayGas oil company, the airline Air Astana, and a long list of other key industrial enterprises.
Nazarbayev will thus have veto power over any and all decisions of government, including the power unilaterally to issue decrees with the effect of law, and has special powers that will effectively allow him to make key national economic policy decisions directly, without approval from the government.
In his inaugural address on March 20, Tokayev, the new president, proposed that the Kazakhstan capital city of Astana be renamed as Nur-Sultan in honor of Nazarbayev. The proposal was quickly adopted by the parliament as well as the city council. The central street in Almaty (Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan’s largest city, had already been renamed in Nazarbayev’s honor in 2017. When protests against the decision occurred several days later, the police arrested numerous demonstrators.
Also on March 20, the Senate elected Nazarbayev’s eldest daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, to take over Tokayev’s position as chairperson. Nazarbayeva, born in 1963, has had parallel careers in both politics and business and had an estimated wealth of $595 million as of 2013. Political commentators have suggested her as the most likely successor to take the presidency after the 2020 election.
Nazarbayev did not name a specific reason for his sudden and somewhat unexpected resignation. His health condition is mostly a matter of secrecy, but it is known that he underwent prostate surgery in Germany in 2011. His government has been rocked by crisis recently, with Nazarbayev dismissing all members of his administration on February 21.
Definite political and social conditions point to the broader concerns that underlie the political crisis in Astana and the decision of Nazarbayev to initiate the process of “transitioning” to another president.
First, the country’s ruling class, recruited to a high degree from the former Stalinist bureaucracy, is highly sensitive to the international resurgence of working-class struggles throughout the globe, including in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. Kazakhstan, in particular, has seen a series of strikes and protests over the past few years and in recent months.
Social anger also recently erupted after a fire in Astana (now Nur-Sultan) on February 4 killed five children while their parents were at work. The family had been living in a temporary building heated by an electric heater and a stove. While official public mourning events were held in multiple cities, protests occurred in Astana involving public statements by women with multiple children.
Urzada Uaisova, an Astana resident and mother of six children, was quoted by news agency Interfax.by as saying, “I have been standing in line [for housing] since 2007. Twelve years have passed, and they haven’t given us anything yet. They have made some promises, but we just keep getting fooled. Each month, I pay 50,000 tenge (about US$130) for my housing, and there are costs for coal to heat the home. Why doesn’t the state give subsidies for the mothers of multiple children? If they would just let us rent an apartment for 50,000 tenge, we would be happy to pay that if we could later take ownership of the apartment.”
Videos of the statements of Uaisova and other women have been viewed on YouTube hundreds of thousands of times—very significant numbers for a country of just 18 million people and far exceeding the number of views of all the videos containing Nazarbayev’s own statement on the event. Later in February, protests took place in several cities demanding the creation of jobs, support for mothers with multiple children, and the resignation of Nazarbayev.
Second, Kazakhstan is engulfed in the crisis generated by the escalating war preparations of US imperialism against Russia and China. The country maintains significant and growing economic ties with China and has long-standing relations with Moscow. China buys about 25 percent of Kazakhstan’s oil output and Kazakhstan is the important country for the land route of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), which is seen by US imperialism as a major geostrategic challenge.
The Carnegie Endowment for Peace and Democracy, an important think tank of US imperialism, noted with concern in May 2018 that “[a]s part of its Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing is rapidly investing in east-west infrastructure projects across the Central Asian republic that have overshadowed previously launched programs backed by the US and Russia. … From Beijing’s point of view, Kazakhstan, where the BRI was first announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, is a critical element of its fast-growing drive for international influence. It sits in a strategic spot between China and Russia and is far away from potential competing powers including the US and the EU.” The article noted that the only way for Astana to counteract Chinese influence was to seek closer cooperation with Russia, but above all the EU.

Why the New Silk Roads Terrify Washington
Posted on October 13, 2016
by Eurasia News Online

By Pepe Escobar
Global Research, October 12, 2016
RT News 7 October 2016

The original source of this article is RT News
Copyright © Pepe Escobar, RT News, 2016

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Almost six years ago, President Putin proposed to Germany ‘the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.’
This idea represented an immense trade emporium uniting Russia and the EU, or, in Putin’s words, “a unified continental market with a capacity worth trillions of dollars.”
In a nutshell: Eurasia integration.
Washington panicked. The record shows how Putin’s vision – although extremely seductive to German industrialists – was eventually derailed by Washington’s controlled demolition of Ukraine.
Three years ago, in Kazakhstan and then Indonesia, President Xi Jinping expanded on Putin’s vision, proposing One Belt, One Road (OBOR), a.k.a. the New Silk Roads, enhancing the geoeconomic integration of Asia-Pacific via a vast network of highways, high-speed rail, pipelines, ports and fiber-optic cables.
In a nutshell: an even more ambitious version of Eurasia integration, benefiting two-thirds of the world population, economy and trade. The difference is that it now comes with immense financial muscle backing it up, via a Silk Road Fund, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the BRICS’s New Development Bank (NDB), and an all-out commercial offensive all across Eurasia, and the official entry of the yuan in the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights; that is, the christening of the yuan as a key currency worth holding by every single emerging market central bank.
At the recent G20 in Huangzhou, President Xi clearly demonstrated how OBOR is absolutely central to the Chinese vision of how globalization should proceed. Beijing is betting that the overwhelming majority of nations across Eurasia would rather invest in, and profit from, a “win-win” economic development project than be bogged down in a lose-lose strategic game between the US and China.
And that, for the Empire of Chaos, is absolute anathema. How to possibly accept that China is winning the 21st century / New Great Game in Eurasia by building the New Silk Roads?
And don’t forget the Silk Road in Syria
Few in the West have noticed, as reported by RT, that the G20 was preceded by an Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Essentially, that was yet another de facto celebration of Eurasia integration, featuring Russia, China, Japan and South Korea.
And that integration plank will soon merge with the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union – which in itself is a sort of Russian New Silk Road.
All these roads lead to total connectivity. Take for instance cargo trains that are now regularly linking Guangzhou, the key hub in southeast China, to the logistics center in Vorsino industrial park near Kaluga. The trip now takes just two weeks – saving no less than a full month if compared with shipping, and around 80 percent of the cost if compared with air cargo.
That’s yet another New Silk Road-style connection between China and Europe via Russia. Still another, vastly more ambitious, will be the high-speed rail expansion of the Transiberian; the Siberian Silk Road.
Then take the closer integration of China and Kazakhstan – which is also a member of the EEU. The duty-free Trans-Eurasia railway is already in effect, from Chongqing in Sichuan across Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland all the way to Duisburg in Germany. Beijing and Astana are developing a joint free trade zone at Horgos. And in parallel, a $135 million China-Mongolia Cross-Border Economic Cooperation Zone started to be built last month.
Kazakhstan is even flirting with the ambitious idea of a Eurasian Canal from the Caspian to the Black Sea and then further on to the Mediterranean. Sooner or later Chinese construction companies will come up with a feasibility study.
A virtually invisible Washington agenda in Syria – inbuilt in the Pentagon obsession to not allow any ceasefire to work, or to prevent the fall of its “moderate rebels” in Aleppo – is to break up yet another New Silk Road hub. China has been commercially connected to Syria since the original Silk Road, which snaked through Palmyra and Damascus. Before the Syrian “Arab Spring”, Syrian businessmen were a vital presence in Yiwu, south of Shanghai, the largest wholesale center for small-sized consumer goods in the world, where they would go to buy all sorts of products in bulk to resell in the Levant.
The “American lake”
Neocon/neoliberalcon Washington is totally paralyzed in terms of formulating a response – or at least a counter-proposal – to Eurasia integration. A few solid IQs at least may understand that China’s “threat” to the US is all about economic might. Take Washington’s deep hostility towards the China-driven AIIB (Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank). Yet no amount of hardcore US lobbying prevented allies such as Germany, Britain, Australia and South Korea from joining in.
Then we had the mad dash to approve TPP – the China-excluding, NATO-on-trade arm of the pivot to Asia that was meant to be the cherry of the mostly flat Obama global economic policy cake. Yet the TPP as it stands is practically dead.
What the current geopolitical juncture spells out is the US Navy willing to go no holds barred to stop China from strategically dominating the Pacific, while TPP is deployed as a weapon to stop China dominating Asia-Pacific economically.
With the pivot to Asia configured as a tool to “deter Chinese aggression”, exceptionalists have graphically demonstrated how they are incapable of admitting the whole game is about post-ideological supply chain geopolitics. The US does not need to contain China; what it needs, badly, is key industrial, financial, commercial connection to crucial nodes across Asia to (re)build its economy.
Those were the days, in March 1949, when MacArthur could gloat, “the Pacific is now an Anglo-Saxon lake”. Even after the end of the Cold War the Pacific was a de facto American lake; the US violated Chinese naval and aerial space at will.
Now instead we have the US Army War College and the whole Think Tankland losing sleep over sophisticated Chinese missiles capable of denying US Navy access to the South China Sea. An American lake? No more.
The heart of the matter is that China has made an outstanding bet on infrastructure building – which translates into first-class connectivity to everyone – as the real global 21st century commons, way more important than “security”. After all a large part of global infrastructure still needs to be built. While China turbo-charges its role as the top global infrastructure exporter – from high-speed rail to low-cost telecom – the “indispensable” nation is stuck with a “pivoting”, perplexed, bloated military obsessed with containment.
Divide and rule those “hostile” rivals
Well, things haven’t changed much since Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski dreaming in the late 1990s of a Chinese fragmentation from within, all the way to Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy, which is no more than futile rhetorical nostalgia about containing Russia, China and Iran.
Thus the basket of attached myths such as “freedom of navigation” – Washington’s euphemism for perennially controlling the sea lanes that constitute China’s supply chain – as well as an apotheosis of “China aggression” incessantly merging with “Russia aggression”;after all, the Eurasia integration-driven Beijing-Moscow strategic partnership must be severed at all costs.
Why? Because US global hegemony must always be perceived as an irremovable force of nature, like death and taxes (Apple in Ireland excluded).
Twenty-four years after the Pentagon’s Defense Planning Guide, the same mindset prevails; “Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new rival…to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union and southwest Asia”.
Oops. Now even Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski is terrified. How to contain these bloody silky roads with Pentagon “existential threats” China and Russia right at the heart of the action? Divide and Rule – what else?
For a confused Brzezinski, the US should
“fashion a policy in which at least one of the two potentially threatening states becomes a partner in the quest for regional and then wider global stability, and thus in containing the least predictable but potentially the most likely rival to overreach. Currently, the more likely to overreach is Russia, but in the longer run it could be China.”
Have a pleasant nightmare.
The original source of this article is RT News
Copyright © Pepe Escobar, RT News, 2016

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Far-right terrorism threat is growing, say MI5 and police chiefs

Don’t need to worry about us shitheads! We’ll let you know if we need you 😉

Israel said to supplies funds — via Mossad — to protect Jewish communities abroad
An Israeli ministry has recently supplied the Mossad spying with more than NIS 10 million ($2.66 million) to fund security for Jewish communities around the world, the Kan public broadcaster reports.
Citing “officials,” the report says the money handed out by the unnamed ministry is intended to support local security bodies.
The report points out that such funding could be diplomatically sensitive — since it could be perceived as Israeli interference in internal affairs of foreign countries.

Mossad secures Jewish communities abroad
Mossad receives more than NIS 10 million from one government ministry to increase security for Jewish communities around world.

The Mossad recently received more than NIS 10 million from one of the government ministries, with the aim of increasing security of Jewish community institutions around the world.
The money is intended to support local security forces and help coordinate various actions to protect Jews in the Diaspora.
The Israeli decision to increase security around the Jewish communities was made against the background of the rise in anti-Semitism and the increasing fear of terrorist activity.
Only recently it has become clear that four out of ten Jews in Europe are considering emigrating because they do not feel safe, and 70 percent of Jews believe the various countries on the continent are not taking significant steps to eradicate anti-Semitism.
The findings were published in a survey conducted by the European Union’s European Commission and encompassed more than 16,000 Jews. A third of the respondents said they avoided visiting Jewish events or visiting Jewish sites because they did not feel safe. A third of European Jews said they had experienced anti-Semitism in the past year, and nine out of 10 had witnessed anti-Semitic outbursts on the Internet and social networks.

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City of London costs UK £4.5tn in lost economic growth (I can’t watch… it’s like watching an elephant rape a sheep)

“Hey I’m all for it! 🙂 I think it’s fucking hilarious… a group of maybe few thousand men, with no guns (no military experience), all working within a square mile… can absolutely rape the shit out of 70 million people! 😀 … the entire Western civilisation really!
(The only offshore dickheads I target are those involved in the Nazi Fourth Reich… ain’t that right Rothschild! ;D)

Just think… these goyim morons can barely read and write, are being robbed and sexually assaulted, are dying of cancer in a failing healthcare system (if they can even remember that they have cancer)…. and The City just keeps on sucking them dry!
… MONEY TALKS!

AND THEY GOT THESE ILLITERATE FUCKING MORONS TO VOTE FOR BREXIT!

City of London: The shocking study no mainstream media outlet dared to publish

By Robert Woodward – TruePublica: A seriously important and highly credible study was published five months ago last October. It was completely ignored by all of the mainstream media. Not one took the opportunity to publish the stunning revelations for fear of what might happen if they did. The report has unpalatable political consequences for the government – in fact, both Labour and Tory are implicated by the exposure of this colossal crime.

On the 5th October the 2018 SPERI report was published. The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute made some stunning statements. Its first paragraph stated that – “(this report) suggests that the total cost of lost growth potential for the UK caused by ‘too much finance’ between 1995 and 2015 is in the region of £4,500 billion. This total figure amounts to roughly 2.5 years of the average GDP across the period.”
To put that statement in context we need to deconstruct it a little. We are talking £4.5 trillion over two decades. That’s £225 billion a year.

Each year, the banking and financial services industry in the City of London is sucking out of Britain’s economy the equivalent of 160 per cent of total government spending on all health care including the NHS, or 100 per cent on social protection, which includes that of all pension payments per year, or 700 per cent spent on public order and safety or 230 per cent of spending on education.
To go further, this sum of money represents the equivalent of £67,500 of wealth losses to every person in the country.
The SPERI report breaks it down into current losses and losses incurred as a result of the 2008 banking led financial crisis. The report says that it – “provides the first-ever numerical estimate for the scale of damage caused by the UK’s finance sector growing beyond a useful size. Of the £4,500 billion loss in economic output, £2,700 billion is accounted for by the misallocation of resources where resources, skills and investments are diverted away from more productive non-financial activities into finance. The other £1,800 billion arises from the 2008 banking crisis.”
News reports galore tell us that the financial crisis cost Britains economy about £500 billion. Some say more, some less. Not one, anywhere, has stated that in the first decade it cost the economy £1.8 trillion. And it’s not over yet.
Interestingly, Britain’s national debt is almost exactly £1.8 trillion. That’s about 86 per cent of total GDP and just servicing that debt in interest payments now amounts to around £48billion, which is roughly 4% of GDP or 8% of UK government tax income.
The Professorial Fellow in Political Economy in SPERI is Professor Andrew Baker. He said of the findings: “For the UK, the numbers are powerful and hint at a deep underlying problem of misallocation, and ‘crowding out.’ UK economic strategy in a post-Brexit world needs to make addressing this the central challenge, recognising that where finance is concerned, more can sometimes be less, and less could be more.”
The evidence in this report also provides support for the idea that the UK suffers from a form of ‘finance curse’ – a development of financial over-dependence involving a crowding out of other sectors, such as manufacturing, and a skewing of social relations, geography and politics. In reality, the banking sector has been allowed by a lack of government restraint to act as a source of wealth generation, in other words, extraction, for the peole who keep them in power.
The Tory party are by far the most guilty albeit that Tony Blair’s government did nothing to abate what should really be called out for what it is – crimes against that nation-state. This is theft, it is fraud.
Evidence of the weakness of government is no more apparent than in the current PM Theresa May. The government’s decision to pull its financial services bill is at best revealing about who calls the shots in parliament. At worst, it indicates corruption at the highest level. And there is no doubting who is calling the shots. The people who largely fund the Tories in the first place – The City of London.
A Guardian article published just yesterday tells us all we need to know about pulling of this financial services bill in its first paragraph.
“Rather than accept a small step forward for tax fairness, a move backed by a cross-party coalition, ministers dropped one of six key pieces of legislation required to pass by the end of March as part of a no-deal Brexit safety net. It is a sign of Theresa May’s weakness in office that the bill could not pass in the form the government wanted and a clear demonstration that big finance continues to call the tune in the upper reaches of the Conservative party.”
Here, we have evidence that even Brexit is being manipulated for the sake of the City of London.
We have written endlessly at TruePublica on the matter of Britain’s laundromat – the money laundering centre of the world. The editor here, various journalists and contributors along with Global Justice to the Tax Justice Network have been screaming for financial regulation because the banking industry is seriously damaging Britain, its prospects and place in the world. The head of the National Crime Agency warns year after year of the economic and political threats that industrial-scale financial crime presents to Britain.
And yet, over the last 40 years or so, Britain’s economy and its failing tax system have been completely reconfigured to serve the interests of the rich who have off-shored their wealth to ring-fence it away from contributing to the country of its extraction. No-one though, it seems, is prepared to fully challenge the sheer power of the City of London. The non-publication of the SPERI report by the mainstream media, that lays bare the realities of this monumental crime is surely evidence of that.
Transparency International is just one of a long list of organisations that continues to provide cover. Its annual Corruption Perceptions Index calculates Britain has a score of 80 out of 100 and therefore one of the least corrupt countries in the world. In fact, the 11th least corrupt. I have challenged this ranking time and time again as Britain is one of the leading money launderers for terror finance, human and other trafficking, drugs, weapons and all manner of heinous crimes anywhere on the planet. I even met TI in London but all they were interested in was uncovering my sources of information.
The square mile makes up its own rules, its own laws and even has its own police force. It is, as we wrote back in 2016 the epicentre of the global crime scene. Many do not know the power of the City of London. Most people do not know just how Britain’s democratic principles are challenged when it comes to its global financial operations.

A (City of London) ‘watchman’ sits at the high table of parliament and is its official lobbyist sitting in the seat of power right next to the Speaker of the House who is “charged with maintaining and enhancing the City’s status and ensuring that its established rights are safeguarded.” The job is to maintain order and seek out political dissent that might arise against the City.

The Square Mile is a hub that facilitates London bankers, accountants and lawyers to create a tax-free way for the richest people on the planet to hide their assets under UK management but without proper regulatory oversight. Britain has consistently resisted almost all reform proposals from the EU and used its powers of veto to ensure the status quo continues. Britain’s crown dependencies and territories are now the go-to bankers where almost a third of all global offshore financial services are provided to non-residents.
In 2012 it was known that about $32 trillion was stuffed away in off-shore centres around the world. Global GDP in 2018 was just over $80 trillion – it gives some sort of perspective into the scale of it all.
This report and one by the Tax Justice Network also calculates that financial crime and the costs imposed by hosting an oversized financial sector are more than two times greater for the UK than the US. It is of no wonder America wants to do a trade deal with Britain – it would provide additional facilities for its own financial crimes.
A Bank of England report makes it quite clear what the banking industry is doing with its money. Only 3.5 per cent of all business lending by UK banks in 2017 went to Britain’s manufacturing sector, while 60 per cent of all lending went to financial intermediation, ie financial intermediaries who channel funds between lenders and borrowers.
Asked to comment of the STERI report, John Christensen, a director at the Tax Justice Network said:
“This new evidence overturns the entrenched orthodoxy that what is good for the City of London must be good for the rest of Britain. For decades City interests have been inflicting a finance curse on the UK economy, inflating the exchange rate, slowing growth of the productive sectors, and lobbying governments into deregulating financial services, which led directly to the 2008 banking crisis. UK productivity has fallen dramatically behind most EU member states, and excess household and corporate debt is holding back growth.“
And as many have said, ourselves included, if Brexit was a cry for help from those being left behind, then nothing will change. It was supposed to end the political and financial class’s power and malfeasance. There is now a strong suspicion that Brexit, far from answering that call, will indeed be boosted by the forthcoming relaxation of regulations. Brexit will only make it worse for everyone – except the very, very few who actually hold the strings of power in the first place, which clearly isn’t Theresa May or her paralysed and incompetent government.

PRESS RELEASE: City of London costs UK £4.5tn in lost economic growth

A new report reveals the UK’s oversized financial sector has cost the economy £4.5 trillion in lost economic output between 1995 and 2015 – equivalent to £67,500 for every person in the UK, or 2.5 years of economic output.1
The report, published today by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, reveals that the UK economy would likely have performed much better in overall growth terms if its finance sector was smaller, and if finance was more focused on supporting other productive areas of the economy.
Crunching the numbers
The report provides the first ever numerical estimate for the scale of damage caused by the UK’s finance sector growing beyond a useful size. Of the £4.5tn loss in economic output, £2.7tn arises from the misallocation of resources where skills, investments and resources are diverted away from their most productive uses by the gravitational pull of oversized finance.2 The other £1.8tn arises from the 2008 financial crisis.
In addition to the cost of the stunting effect that the City of London inflicts on the overall UK economy, the report also estimates the cost of the City of London’s excessive redistribution of wealth from the majority of the population to a small group of financial elites (less than 10 per cent of the population) arising from wasteful overpaying for financial products and services. The salaries, bonuses and profits paid out by the City of London exceeded the incomes needed to incentivise the supply of financial products and services in an efficient, competitive market by £680bn between 1995 to 2015.3
How does the UK compare with the US?
A study in 2016 using the same methodology found the US’s finance sector to have cost the US economy $22.3tn (£17.9tn) in lost economic output between 1990 and 2023 – equivalent to slightly above total US economic output in 2018.4 In comparison to the 2.5 years of lost British economic output, the costs imposed by hosting an oversized financial sector are more than two times greater for the UK than the US.
Finance curse
The report adds to growing evidence that the City of London extracts significantly more wealth from the rest of the UK economy than it contributes. Only 3.5 per cent of all business lending by UK banks in 2017 went to Britain’s manufacturing sector, while 60 per cent of all lending went to financial intermediation, ie financial intermediaries who channel funds between lenders and borrowers.5
The data also provides support for the idea that the UK suffers from a “finance curse”: the condition where a financial sector becomes predatory and harmful to the economy that hosts it after it grows beyond a useful size and role. The subject of an upcoming book by tax haven and financial-centre expert Nicholas Shaxson, the finance curse involves the crowding out of other economic sectors and shaping of laws and social norms to suit the interests of the finance sector.
Professor Andrew Baker, co-author of the report and Professorial Fellow at the University of Sheffield, said:
“The ‘too much finance’ problem has been identified in previous studies. For the UK, the numbers are powerful and hint at a deep underlying problem of misallocation and crowding out of the economy by the financial sector. UK economic strategy in a post-Brexit world needs to make addressing this the central challenge, recognising that where finance is concerned, more can sometimes be less, and less could be more.”
Nicholas Shaxson, author of the new book The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer, said:
“The fallacy that we need to give the City of London a free pass so Britain can prosper as a nation has made us all poorer.
“The City of London likes to describe itself as the goose that lays Britain’s golden eggs, contributing jobs and tax revenues and export surpluses. But in reality, the costs of an oversized financial sector overwhelm these benefits. The City is in fact a different bird: a cuckoo in the nest, crowding out and killing other sectors which could have made Britain more prosperous.“
John Christensen, a director at the Tax Justice Network who helped co-develop the finance curse framework, said:
“This new evidence overturns the entrenched orthodoxy that what is good for the City of London must be good for the rest of Britain. For decades City interests have been inflicting a finance curse on the UK economy, inflating the exchange rate, slowing growth of the productive sectors, and lobbying governments into deregulating financial services, which led directly to the 2008 banking crisis. UK productivity has fallen dramatically behind most EU member states6, and excess household and corporate debt is holding back growth.
The good news is today’s research confirms we can and should rein in the City’s harmful excesses. Loosening the City’s leaden grip on our economy will free up our local businesses and hardworking citizens to prosper and flourish. Reducing the size of Britain’s financial industry by strengthening regulation, increasing taxes, and introducing a financial transaction tax, would serve Britain’s long-term interests. Enforcing transparency measures on Britain’s offshore secrecy jurisdictions would also reduce London’s role as a money-laundering centre.”
The Tax Justice Network is calling on the UK government to:
Create a UK super regulator responsible for policing financial risks, tackling money-laundering and all variants of financial crime
Ensure senior bankers face custodial sentences when their banks are culpable of financial crime
Implement tax transparency measures
Introduce an across the board Financial Transaction Tax of 3 per cent to deter speculative trading
Raise the Corporate Income Tax rate to 25 per cent (removing the majority of reliefs)
Strengthen HM Revenue & Customs capacity to tackle tax avoidance
Introduce smart capital controls to protect the economy from harmful inflows and outflows of capital
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Link to report: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2018/10/05/uk-finance-curse-report/
Contact: Mark Bou Mansour, Tax Justice Network Communications Coordinator, email: mark@taxjustice.net mobile: 07562 403078
Notes to Editor:
A new report The UK’s Finance Curse? Costs and Processes reveals that the UK has suffered a £4.5 trillion cumulative cost in lost economic output from 1995-2015, equivalent to roughly 2.5 years of the average GDP across the period. The costs of this wasteful overpaying for financial products and services are not added to the total £4.5tn cost to the UK economy because some of these costs are incurred overseas.

Cost (billions)
Per cent of 2015 GDP
Misallocation costs
£2,700
147.3%
Crisis costs
£1,800
98.3%
Excess profits
£400
21.8%
Excess compensation
£280
15.3%
Total (excluding excess costs)
£4,500
245.6%

The research defines misallocation costs as the price of diverting resources away from non-financial activities and into finance through lost productivity and lower investment of skills and capital in R&D intensive areas in particular. Misallocation can take at least three forms:
Harmful financial agency: conscious intentional financial allocation decisions that result in short termism and rent extraction.
Structural gravitational pull: largely unintentional brain drain and rent attraction caused by the presence of an extensive financial infrastructure.
Unintended distortionary price spillovers: eg Dutch disease – exchange rate and property price inflation that impedes alternative tradable sectors and exports.
Excess profits and compensation are excess incomes that operators and investors in the financial sector receive over and above the incomes they would need in order to induce them to supply their financial products or services in an efficient, competitive market. The costs of this wasteful overpaying for financial products and services are not added to the total £4.5tn cost to the UK economy because some of these costs are incurred overseas.
A 2016 report title Overcharged: the High Costs of High Finance by two of the authors of The UK’s Finance Curse? Costs and Processes report, Professor Gerald Epstein of the University of Massachusetts and Juan Montecino of Columbia University, estimated that the United States would have suffered a cumulative $13-23 trillion in lost economic output from 1990-2023, as a result of its financial sector having grown beyond its useful size and roles. The report is available here: http://rooseveltinstitute.org/overcharged-high-cost-high-finance/
Bank of England, 2 – Industrial analysis of monetary financial institutions’ lending to UK residents, 31 December 2017
https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/statistics/tables

Bank of England data set
Sector
Percentage of business lending
Lending in all currencies
(£ equivalent)
Agriculture
Agriculture
1.5%
£18.29bn
Fishing
Fishing
0.0%
£314bn
Mining
Mining
0.6%
£7.791bn
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
3.5%
£43.043bn
Electricity gas water
Utilities
1.4%
£17.727bn
Construction
Constructions
2.7%
£33.320bn
Wholesale and Retail
Retail
4.2%
£51.922bn
Accommodation + food services
Hotels etc
2.1%
£26.356bn
Transport, Storage and Comms
Transport
2.4%
£29.371bn
Real estate + professional services
Real estate
15.0%
£184.718bn
Public admin and defence
Public admin
1.0%
£11.724bn
Education
Education
0.8%
£10.310bn
Human Health + Social Work
Health
1.6%
£19.902bn
Recreational, personal, community service
Recreation
0.8%
£10.035bn
Financial intermediation (excluding insurance, pensions)
Finance
29.5%
£362.260bn
Insurance and pensions
Insurance, pensions
3.2%
£39.378bn
Auxiliary to financial intermediation (eg central clearing)
Auxiliary finance
29.5%
£362.874bn

OECD data on GDP per hour worked shows that the UK lags behind other EU countries: https://data.oecd.org/chart/5jsZ
The Tax Justice Network did not contribute to The UK’s Finance Curse? Costs and Processes The Tax Justice Network began developing the concept of the ‘finance curse’ back in 2013, with John Christensen and Nicholas Shaxson, in a 2013 report: https://www.taxjustice.net/topics/finance-sector/finance-curse/
The UK’s Finance Curse? Costs and Processes report is the latest research development in a longer-running theme.
Methodology
The report constructs a path, or trajectory, the economy would follow if the financial sector was optimal in terms of size and operation, then effectively measure the gap between this hypothetical path in a given year, and the line or path actual GDP takes in that year, to arrive at aggregate figures of misallocation costs across the time period 1995-2015. The optimal size and operation of the financial sector and misallocation costs are derived using established data and cross-country empirical analysis developed in the ‘too much finance’ literature.
Another hypothetical line considered is the trajectory GDP would take if there were no finance. In this case, the line would be expected to be substantially lower than actual GDP, illustrating that finance aids growth up to a certain point, but starts to hamper economic performance when it goes past that point. The gap between actual GDP and the optimal trajectory derived from the ‘too much finance’ literature data is referred to as a net cost at the margin. In this respect, what we are measuring is the cost of having too “big a financial sector” (due to misallocation) compared with having the “optimal” financial sector, over a period of time.

About Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)
SPERI is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Sheffield that aims to bring together leading international researchers, policy-makers, journalists and opinion formers to develop new ways of thinking about the economic and political challenges posed for the whole world by the current combination of financial crisis, shifting economic power and environmental threat.
http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/
About the Tax Justice Network
The Tax Justice Network is an independent international network, launched in 2003. It is dedicated to high-level research, analysis and advocacy in the area of international tax and financial regulation, including the role of tax havens.
The Tax Justice Network maps, analyses and explains the harmful impacts of tax evasion, tax avoidance and tax competition; and supports the engagement of citizens, civil society organisations and policymakers with the aim of a more just tax system.
http://www.taxjustice.net

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‘Alternate realities’, ‘no objective reality’, ‘Reverse time’… why is no-one questioning the absolute bullshit claims being made by Quantum Physics!

I wish I could be as stupid and gullible as the rest of humanity… I honestly fucking do. Life would be so much more enjoyable… but unfortunately (for me anyway) I seem to be one to most conscious and forward thinking human beings alive at this point in history.

Quantum Physics is a mental illness… GUTCP is the cure! You cannot have a theory of physics where EVERYTHING falls into place… dark matter, the Sun, calculations of bondage states to a higher degree of accuracy than anything Quantum ever gave us… 137… … everything post 1926 Schrodinger has been essentially bullshit! 20th century physics is insane, and the claims being made are becoming ever more absurd and irrational!

“Is there actually any fucking point in posting?” :/
“None what so ever!” 😀 “Come for a drink!”
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