The other night, I talked briefly about time with a friend. I know that it might have seemed a bit crazy when I said "everything has already happened".
It is a very strange and bizarre concept and it is quite difficult to explain.
However, I've listed below a range of different links to videos and articles about this concept.
I also mentioned a couple of banned TED Talks. Links to these are at the bottom of this list.
Now, you may ask, what does language, morphic resonance, ESP and Time have to do together??
They are all connected, and explained better than I can by a range of amazing academics (mostly physicists). These are not a bunch of "crazy" pseudo scientists delving into woo woo land. These are mostly verified academics, scientists and technicians who have questioned existing science dogma to research much of what we already intuitively know may be happening despite it's seeming contradiction with the mainstream narrative about time.
1. Fay Dowker: Past, Present and Future: The Science of Time (Fay Dowker did her PhD with Stephen Hawking)
2. Physics suggests that the future has already happened
3. The block universe theory, where time travel is possible but time passing is an illusion
4. New controversial theory: Past, present, future exist simultaneously
5. Why does time only move forwards?
6. TIME is not real - it is a human construct to help us differentiate between now and our perception of the past, an equally astonishing and baffling theory states
7. There are lots of interesting features in other languages, some of which English would really benefit from having: Time-independence, clusivity, absolute direction, and evidentiality
8. TED "Bans" the Science Delusion
9. Russell Targ’s Banned TEDTalk about Psychic Abilities
10. The ESP trainer developed under a NASA program by Russell Targ at Stanford Research Institute
11. Monroe Institute
Why reassess Neville?
We are living in an age where many beliefs, philosophies and writers should be reassessed.
Over the past 100 years or so, a considerable amount of 'debunking', myth busting and censoring of belief has occurred. Volumes of ideas, beliefs and practices were forced underground, forgotten or cleansed in order to align with modernity.
Increasingly over the past decade, an array of practices have been revisited through different "science" lenses and found to have benefits leading towards greater everyday acceptance. Some examples include:
Quantum science is also contributing significantly to how we may relate to beliefs previously considered "poppycock". In fact, quantum science has challenged many classical scientific beliefs and is yielding new understandings of how the world works. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that some previously maligned and dismissed ideas will (and have) been proved through a quantum rather than classical lens.
One such theory may be the power of the mind and one of its great purveyors Neville Goddard (1905-1972).
Warning: One of the reasons why his work might be challenging for many people to enter will be the significant and frequent references he makes to the Bible, God, Jesus and traditional Jewish and Christian religious heritage. But do not be misled by this superficial aspect. The patient person will ride this wave and see where it leads because it does not lead to where one might expect.
There is a context of a highly religious 1940s/1950s America in which Neville desired to share his belief around the power of the mind. Almost by necessity did Neville appeal to people through their existing belief systems and at the same time seek to convince them that the bible was a metaphor and guidebook of the towards its ultimate purpose - teaching everyday people the power of their minds.
A brief history...
Neville Lancelot Goddard was born on February 19, 1905 in St. Louis. Michael, Barbados , West Indies, son of Wilhelmina Hinkinson and Joseph Goddard. Neville was the fourth child in their family of nine boys and a girl.
He came to the United States to study theatrical art at the age of seventeen (in September 1922 ), and while on tour with his dance troupe across England. During this time he became interested in metaphysics and "the power of the mind". On his return, he gave up the entertainment industry to devote his whole attention to studying spiritual and mystical issues. His interest intensified after meeting a mysterious person referred to as "Abdullah" in New York.
After travelling across the United States, Neville eventually settled in Los Angeles, married and died on October 1, 1972.
For most of his life, Neville lectured on radio, television, extensive public conferences and authored many books.
Notably, Neville rarely received payment for his lectures. Typically he would merely request for his travel expenses to be covered and then delivered lectures for free:
"[He] did not charge for these lectures or “seminars”, as they might be called today. If, to speak at a particular event, travel was required, he’d request that the funds needed to travel be sent over. But, he didn’t charge for the information itself. In fact, he said, in language that is slightly more visceral, that those who would charge hefty sums of money for such knowledge are, in fact, fraudsters, and that if he were to ever do so, that those in the audience should stop trusting him." - Maxwell Akin
Neville is considered by some as a key and major proponent of the "New Thought" movement.
https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Goddard (translate to English)
What is New Thought?
New Thought holds that Infinite Intelligence, or God, is everywhere, spirit is the totality of real things, true human self-hood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect.
Although New Thought is neither monolithic nor doctrinaire, in general, modern-day adherents of New Thought share some core beliefs:
The New Thought movement originated in the early 19th century, and survives to the current day in the form of a loosely allied group of religious denominations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualisation, and personal power.
While sharing some of the beliefs of New Thought, Neville also held his unique special belief in the power of Imagination:
According to Neville Goddard, we are God. You are God. I am God. We are all God. And Imagination is the most beautiful and potent expression of our Godhood. Through Imagination, all things are possible. But, we must dissolve the boundaries between that which we hold to be “imaginary” — a word that often refers to things that are separate from that which we consider to be “real” — and that which we hold to be “real”, for the two are one-in-the-same, and if we dissolve those boundaries, we can create and become ANYTHING that we so desire. - Maxwell Akin
Resources and Introductions
Full repository of FREE lectures and transcriptions:
10 minute read.
First published in Medium April 2018.
Warning: You may be uncomfortable with this article. It could lead to unexpected bouts of awareness, realisation, actualisation and an increased understanding of the digital reality. Apologies in advance.
I respect your reasons and why you believe deleting your Facebook account is the best option.
I’ve had a lot of friends lately announce they are deleting their Facebook (“FB”) account. I’ve considered the same! Their reasons appear to fall into three main categories, but there are lots of variations and other reasons. Are these driven by facts, fake news (is that even real?), or backyard science?
If it is ok, what I would like to do here is three things:
1. Validate your reasons for deleting your account;
2. Raise awareness around why deleting your FB account won’t necessarily solve the problem;
3. Outline some alternatives.
I’ll do this through examining three* main reasons that I have observed about why people may feel they need to get off FB:
a. Surveillance and data, privacy breaches;
c. Being annoyed/triggered by people’s posts and comments.
(* If I have missed covering your personal reason, please let me know)
In summary, deleting an FB account won’t delete your data and FB only represents a very small amount of the data known and collected about you. The reality is, unless we all become covert specialists, or hide in the forest, there is no way to escape massive amounts of data being collected every day. FB is literally and only the tip of the iceberg.
Vaccinations were created to face the reality that we can’t stop exposure to disease, but we can inoculate against some diseases. Similarly with life today, we may not be able to prevent exposure, but we can inoculate ourselves against some of the impacts of the massive data collection and manipulation.
One of the best disease prevention methods has been education and awareness (e.g. wash your hands with soap). The main purpose of this article is to raise awareness and another follow-up article will delve into preventative strategies.
Let’s consider some of the reasons why people want to delete their FB account…
Did you bring your umbrella?
First, I just want to bring up that thing that happens to many people.
You know this story…
You wake up in the morning, it is sunny. You leave the house and sometime later that day it rains, heavy rain, and you left your umbrella at home.
I’ve done this many times and when I check the weather forecast afterwards it was always going to rain. There was a strong predictive and known chance that it would rain.
But I didn’t check the weather forecast before I left. It was sunny outside.
Hold that thought and I will come back to it.
Surveillance and data, privacy breaches
FB has exposed your data. True fact. Since at least 2010, we can safely say that FB has been ‘Openbook’. As famously revealed by Edward Snowden and others, some government agencies have had the ability to fully access any FB account at anytime. I hope you knew that already because it made worldwide headlines in 2013. But that was five years ago and I understand that you may have missed it. Or perhaps you missed the Facebook posts for many years prior to 2013 discussing it. Oh, that’s right! It was just a ‘conspiracy’ theory. Well, here is a tip — not all conspiracy theories are untrue even if they aren’t worldwide headlines until years or decades afterwards.
So in case you missed all that, recently (Mar/Apr 2018) there has been a lot of media reports and fuss about organisations like Cambridge Analytica and FB enabling the exposure of private data of hundreds of millions of people.
The fact is, even though was well known over 12 months ago, but as usual no one seemed to take much notice. It did the rounds on FB being shared by many people and few seemed to take any notice. It is unclear why so many people are worried now and ignored it last year. Did you miss my many posts about it? Even if you were not on FB, it was revealed through many reputable media outlets since early 2017.
Here’s a tip. If something is exposed publicly, and then people only “hear” about it and take notice 12 months later, then something else is at play. Same information, different public response but with a 12 month time delay.
Did you remember your umbrella? It was always going to rain. The weather forecast said it would. Much the same way that almost 10 years ago we knew that FB data was not private. Just because you didn’t check the weather forecast it doesn’t mean it wasn’t going to rain.
So if you have been thinking all this time your FB data was private, then you simply did not check the weather forecast.
Let’s keep this one short.
At what stage did you not realise that FB is one of the most genius business models ever devised?
Yes of course there is advertising. It is their entire business model. Selling you and your data is the FB business model. It is genius!
It is like the nirvana of marketing. Advertising on TV is like a scatter gun approach. Shoot the advertisement out there and hope like hell that a 21 year old university student living in Sydney on an income of $21,000 per year who likes cats and votes Left etc etc will randomly see your advertisement at 8.30pm between episodes of their favourite show.
Clearly anyone that thinks that FB is some benevolent free social networking tool is either naive or living under a rock.
I’m sorry, if you didn’t realise you were operating within a living and breathing survey tool for the sole purpose of selling you to the highest bidder. You are the social experiment.
Annoyed, Triggered, Outraged!
How do you feel when someone “steals” your parking spot when you’ve been patiently indicating and waiting for another vehicle to move out?
How do you feel when your housemate leaves dirty dishes in the sink for days on end?
How do you feel when someone mocks your well-considered and thought out views of diversity, fairness, equity and humanity?
Were you the bully at school or the bullied?
One of the biggest challenges we face today is not only that we believe we are right, we feel that we have a right to be right and any opinion contrary to ours is an abomination.
But I’m probably wrong, and you are right, so I completely understand why you didn’t bring your umbrella.
When it starts raining, and I realise I didn’t bring my umbrella (even though the weather forecast said it would rain), I have to re-frame.
Will the water hurt me? I had a shower this morning and everything turned out ok. The rain might not be warm, but I know it won’t kill me. The umbrella would have given me some protection from the inconvenience of getting wet, but it is not the end of the world.
But torrential rain and flooding can be lethal, and an umbrella won’t help you or anyone else.
Getting triggered, outraged or annoyed about words on FB isn’t going to help. Your article length reply to a right wing fascist is unlikely to change them — in fact, you are supporting them and giving away even more data about yourself.
There are some not very nice humans out there. FB has helped us realise this quicker and more deeply than our pre-FB existence allowed us to potentially realise. You can choose to ignore the problem, but it doesn’t mean it won’t exist.
Peace is often brokered through negotiation, acceptance, understanding and compromise. Your other option is complete genocide of any views that oppose your own.
During the Trump election campaign, I chose to keep the “friends” that held opposing views because I wanted to understand how and why they believed what they did to specifically avoid living in an echo bubble. It is quite probable that the people you dislike most on FB are people who want exactly what you want — to live in an echo chamber of only their own world view. If you don’t want to be like them, then listen to them. Don’t ignore them or shut them out.
So it may come as a surprise that through FB you have come to see more of what your fellow humans are like than you expected. I’m sorry that happened. It was inevitable and if it wasn’t FB it would be something else. It was always going to rain. And it will rain tomorrow.
If you want to live in a FB bubble that only reflects your personal view of the world, then the options and settings are there for you to actively weed out every single person, group, page, advertisement that doesn’t align with your world view. Unfortunately the same features are more difficult to configure for the rest of your existence in the world, but some people do that quite successfully and I respect their right to their bubble. And I respect the fact that you don’t respect mine. It is ok.
Why deleting your FB account is only the tip of the iceberg
Let’s start with your Facebook account and why you can never really delete it fully. These are brief bullet points and hopefully they don’t need too much explanation:
So in summary, you can’t delete the past, but you can prevent FB having your future data.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg and more data is collected about you collectively from other sources.
Your data is everywhere, it is being collected and used
Consider if you have or do any of the following (this is a brief list):
Do you have a phone?
Reward or loyalty card?
Have you ever paid a bill?
Have you seen a doctor?
Do you have a job, study or neither?
Do you have email
Do you vote?
Do you use Siri or a home speaker?
Do you have an internet connected TV?
Do you use a streaming service (e.g. Netflix)?
Do you have a face and/or eyes?
Collectively this represents far more data than what FB knows about you. It is collected, shared and sold. It is cross referenced and then used to monitor you and target you for advertising, special offers and the threat you may pose to society. It is used to manipulate you.
If you can eradicate at least all of the above, you will be able to protect many aspects of your privacy. You can’t delete the past, but you might be able to achieve some of your intent to protect your future privacy (but not much).
Can I ever be private?
Unless you have special training in digital anonymity and acquire a range of false identities, you will not be able to go “off the grid”. Unless you live completely off the grid — literally, and never interact with anyone ever gain.
I’m sorry, it started happening when you were born and particularly since 1948.
In fact, you actually wanted this and have been demanding your privacy to be compromised for years. It is like being offered your favourite meal for free only to discover later on it was made by slave labour, at the cost of the environment, your privacy and freedom.
You didn’t check the weather forecast. I’m sorry.
But it is not too late and if you really are interested in your privacy, and keen to do more than simply delete your FB account, then consider these options:
If not, that is ok, then learn to be comfortable living in a world where your privacy is evaporating by the hour.
Disclosure: The author has no shares in Facebook and doesn’t plan to delete their account this week. But a smart person would have known that unless Mark was dud, the share price would rise after his testimony and made a shit load of money in the share price hike afterwards. Did you bring your umbrella?
This article is about ways to shape your decisions and changes through understanding system intervention.
No one can define or measure justice, democracy, security, freedom, truth, or love. No one can define or measure any value. But if no one speaks up for them, if systems aren’t designed to produce them, if we don’t speak about them and point toward their presence or absence, they will cease to exist.”
Ever wanted to change the world and it didn’t work out?
Tried to give up smoking and it didn’t work?
Didn’t want that new freeway next to your home?
Want to stop the next nuclear war?
Annoyed that a political activist might be in prison longer than an actual criminal?
Ever heard the expression “using a sledge hammer to crack a nut”? That is what this is about. What is the thing you want to change (e.g. the nut in the shell to be made available to eat) versus the tool you use to achieve (e.g. sledge hammer or a specifically designed nut cracker). Now sure a sledge hammer will get the job done, but the nut might be pulverised in the process. It’s just about using the right tool for the right outcome.
Here is a cool list (below 1–12) to work out how effective a “change” you want to enact might work out. It can also be used to shape important decisions you need to make.
The way it works is that #12 is the least effective and #1 is the most effective. It doesn’t mean that #12 isn’t effective. It just means that #12 changes less than #6. Depending on what you want to change, then #12 might be quite fine.
This can be useful to us in life in at least three ways:
A. Expectations: We often work to change something and the outcome is better or worse than we expected. This can occur because we are applying, for example, a #6 change and expecting the outcome of #1. Of course the outcome will be disappointing. However, if we apply a #6 change and model our expectations on a #6 change, then we should be fairly happy. At other times we might have a better outcome than we expected. Well, that is probably just because you may have thought (unconsciously perhaps) that you were apply a #6 change, but in reality your efforts/idea led to it being a #4 change. Want to change the world? Well, just simply fiddling with #12 won’t get you #1. But at least #12 might be a start on the pathway and set your expectations consciously and accordingly.
B. Decisions: Ever need to make an important decision about something? Well, a decision often relates to a change. Decisions inevitably lead to initiating a change in your life about something. You can assess how difficult/effective your decision might be, by considering what the change is based on the list below. Find it on the list and then consider if that is really what you want to do, or could you aim for more? You may want to start thinking more positively. So you may decide to then apply change #8. However, to really make a change in your life, just ceasing negative thoughts might not get you the outcome you really desire, so perhaps consider #3 instead. Or, at the very least, don’t expect to do #8 and get the outcome of #3.
C. Scale and scope: Consider the scope of the change and the resources/support you will need. You can’t change the world (#2) on your own. You will need resources and support. You can change yourself in small and large ways on your own, however, #1 requires more will power, discipline and energy than say #12.
PLACES TO INTERVENE IN A SYSTEM
12. Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards).
11. The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows.
10. The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures).
9. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change.
8. The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against.
7. The gain around driving positive feedback loops.
6. The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to information).
5. The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints).
4. The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure.
3. The goals of the system.
2. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system — its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters — arises.
1. The power to transcend paradigms.
So, what is a system? A system is a set of things — people, cells, molecules, or whatever — interconnected in such a way that they produce their own pattern of behaviour over time.
This tool is designed to be used as a way of better understanding what the layers/levels of change are, what we want to change, viability of the change based on resources we have directly available to us and what we are currently doing. The purpose is to create transparency for us of the discrepancy/alignment between those four things:
Less stress about change will result purely from the transparency. Why? We should not get upset about what we can not change, do not want to change or have change mismatch around. This is deeply important information that can then help us get alignment. Don't want to change it? Well then why the anguish? Perhaps it is the frustration of not having the resources necessary for the change? That then becomes the focus of effort - getting the resources required.
Sometimes the change we want to see will simply not materialise if the necessary resources, effort and belief required are mismatched and misaligned.
This should provide greater personal
This article is based on the following if you would like to read more about systems intervention:
First published in medium.com on 13th April 2018.
Trees are dying at an alarming rate, for different reasons in disparate parts of the planet from NZ, Australia, Americas, Europe, Africa - everywhere.
Here is a summary of recent reports of tree deaths and disease - many being unstoppable. Trees in NZ which are hundreds if not thousands of years old are dying and may well be extinct within years.
Understanding the reasons and treatments is proving much more challenging than many expected - particularly governments and populations which want simple quick remediation. They seem less likely to be interested in the range of potential causes: colonisation, climate change, decades of ecological mismanagement, deadly pollutants, urbanisation and many more human induced reasons.
Worse is the fact that many of these species extinctions can no longer be treated, prevented or mitigated.
We simply have gone past the many layers and stages of ecological imbalance that cannot be repaired.
What do you know? If you know of, or locate excellent articles on the state of our trees and what this means, then let us know.
To be continued...
There has been a brief trend across Facebook with people sharing two images of themselves - a current image, and an image from 10 years ago.
Some people got wise to this one fairly quickly and highlighted the risk that you might just be helping train facial recognition software.
Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you'd want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people's pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.
Well, here is the good news. You've already been training artificial intelligence (AI) for up to ten years. One of the earliest instances was the "captcha" process which was designed (in part), to hamper technical attacks by bots, hackers and other bad actors. Over the years, a variety of these captcha processes and variants developed, albeit for increasingly different purposes.
CAPTCHA = Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart
Some examples over the past ten years:
Around 2009, Google got involved and started using the captcha process. Users encountering the captcha process were unsuspectingly training computers to recognise unclear text scanned in from newspapers and books. A computers ability to read your handwritten text also has you to thank for the training you've provided.
While used mostly for security reasons, CAPTCHAs also serve as a benchmark task for artificial intelligence technologies. According to an article by Ahn, Blum and Langford, any program that passes the tests generated by a CAPTCHA can be used to solve a hard unsolved AI problem.
More recent captcha deployments have been used to train driver-less car. You may have been shown images of cars, traffic lights, shops and street signs to differentiate and select from. Some of these images might be a single image divided into 9 - 16 panels, or 9 separate images. And while the security rationale still exists somewhat, the main purpose is to get you to spend around 10 seconds to train a computer - one that will likely take your job before the next 10 years.
Your selections are then compiled, compared with other responses that enable computer training. AI software programs can be tested for accuracy, consistency and learning ability against the human response set.
The process is continuously advancing and now you are being unwittingly invited through these meme games to invest even more time training the AI computers. The ten year challenge meme invites users to post a photo of themselves 10 years apart. This helps provide a clear point of reference for the technology to analyse and re-calibrate facial detection. Even if you don't participate, or if you post bogus pictures, does not matter. Providing enough people participate randomly (~around 3,000+), the data set gathered will be sufficient to use for computer analysis and testing purposes.
In fact, your bogus pictures are incredibly useful as well. Computers need to learn irrelevant data sets as much as they need correct results.
Here is a summary of what to expect next in the world of AI training (some of which is already happening):
Every month, AI systems are improving rapidly. They now perform millions of tasks that humans are either ineffective at performing or are too slow. Ultimately, AI systems will run your life for you, and eventually (if they have not already) will make your job redundant.
Thanks for your help to train computers!
More reads and references:
There are probably few figures in the world today as contentious as the current President of the United States – Donald Trump.
Apparently, what is more contentious is how/why Donald Trump became President.
In the months following the initial shock, I personally read as much as I could about how this seeming travesty of natural justice could occur. As the months went by, more stories filtered through.
Did the Democrats themselves sabotage fielding of the best candidate?
Was it Russian interference and/or illegal use of fake Facebook profiles?
Did “fake news” prevail?
Is the US electoral system fundamentally flawed?
Were voters always just closet right wing extremists anyway?!
Is Trump is a product of the failures and arrogance of the Left? Or did bad actors sabotaged/self-sabotaged the Left which emboldened the Right rhetoric and blame?
Is Trump is a product of the failures and arrogance of the Left?
First, if you are in the “Trump is bad” camp, why does it matter if Trump is President? Hopefully the concern for who holds the Office of the President of the United States is because we care “to preserve and promote the dignity and fundamental rights of the individual, to achieve social justice, foster the economic and social development of the community, strengthen the cohesion of society and enhance national tranquillity, as well as to create a climate that is favourable for international peace”(1). And perhaps not just a good climate for international peace, but perhaps a good climate for ensuring stability of our environment, ecology and breathable air – least we fast track extinction of life forms on this planet.
Second, the election of Donald Trump has had and will continue to have major impacts on the political dynamics of other democracies. So, I believe we should sincerely care a lot about the impacts to voting patterns in other countries. The lean towards the “right” is not simply a phenomenon in the United States – just look at what has been occurring across Europe, Brazil, Australia and many other democracies.
My real intent is to consider how we can work towards an aligned and peaceful world overcoming such divisive politics. Calling a mid-West US Trump voter "dumb" is not going create peace on earth - it is more likely to exasperate the situation and will eventually lead to armed conflict.
Shouldn’t those on the “left” of politics seek to understand and engage with the right leaning voters to understand what their concerns are? To simply denounce right leaning voters as stupid, ignorant, or at worst evil is not going to make the world a better place – unless you want a war (noting the fact that all three major world conflicts between 1914 and 1975 were entered into by Democrat US Presidents). Whatever happened to engagement, negotiation and pragmatism? Many of my "left friends" seem just as extreme as the very people they target/believe are "the problem".
Before blaming the “other” side, perhaps we should consider if and how bad actors infiltrated the Left resulting in an environment planned and designed to provide the fuel for other bad actors to promote a shift to the Right. There were already millions of voters who felt disenfranchised and bad actors have deliberately manipulated these voters.
Here is a summary of reads that illustrate many other writers have also considered this issue and theory.
From my perspective, we need to weed out bad actors on both sides of politics, and in the meantime, demonising manipulated Right-wing voters will not solve the problem. We need fight against bad actors (whichever side of politics they sit), restore truth in politics and unite against threats to sustainable human existance.
How social activists got hoodwinked by Capitalism
The Great Sun Exposure Scam - 13th January 2019
Over the past six months there have been several articles highlighting gross and dangerous misunderstandings about sun exposure, skin cancer risks and Vitamin D supplements. Many of these (obviosuly) are linked to following the money trail and who has been benefiting from Vitamin D supplements, testing, melanoma testing/surgery, sunscreens and that is just the direct impacts! There are even more scandalous fortunes being made from creating other medical conditions through engineering childhood behaviours that will lead with certainty to disease outcomes later in life.
It seems that when it comes to "health", there is alot of money to be made from diease and even perceived disease. At an estimated USD$8 trillion being spent on healthcare globally, who wouldn't want to get a slice of the pie and even get a bigger helping.
Links, references and readings...
The game is up. That thing you just bought for $10 has a "true cost" of $100. But the $90 you didn't pay is an accumulated debt you don't see...yet.
A new (interim) report by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary General recognises that world economy cannot continue in the face of the unprecedented catastrophic ecological disaster we now face on earth.
It works like this...
The majority of the worlds "advanced" economies have effectively been creating an extraordinary environmental "debt". Almost everything you buy is subsidised by the deferral of the environmental cost of everything. Almost everything you buy is at least one tenth of the real/true cost. The thing that costs you $1, really costs $10. The $9 is the cost to fix the environment as a consequence of the $1 item. However, the $9 is deferred. Otherwise you wouldn't buy it. So the cost for fixing the environment is deferred as a future debt.
However, the problem is now evident that the accumulating debt cannot be paid back under the present economic system.
Have you heard about the Yellow vest protests in France? Well, that is the consequence of trying to start to reflect the true cost of petroleum.
Since World War 2, the earth's population has been creating a debt that is now so large that no one can afford the cost to repair the earth's ecology (or at least they won't pay, or can't agree who should pay).
If we had to start paying the real cost of everything, the global economy would crash almost instantly. The ensuing mayhem would leave civil society in tatters.
So, there are going to be only three main options: (1) allow the environment to continue to exponentially decline towards a state that can no longer support human life; (2) the debt has to be paid back, and very quickly; OR (3) restructure and manage the global economy centrally.
The forthcoming global economic recession will enable a major reset of the world economy which might be able to prevent us spiralling into extinction. The UN is therefore preparing its Global Sustainable Development Report for release this year. This will outline the options the world has and provide a blueprint for realignment of the global economy towards "true cost" economics. This pathway will be painful, however, the reality is this: start paying the true cost or humans face extinction quicker than we could have ever imagined.
Summary links/references/further reading:
The Story of Stuff: https://youtu.be/9GorqroigqM
It's our fault! https://twitter.com/bbcone/status/1141075861791096832
Conspiracy theories are spurned by many and at least laughed at by the rest.
Here are some "true" is tossed easily aside by some people
Wall Street and London Banks funded at least the first two decades of the Russian communist revolution
The US government helped to train and equip Chinese (communist) guerrillas
Top 5 Recent Conspiracies (which turned out to be real)
1. "Privacy" when in fact the NSA started spying on Facebook user accounts from 2009:
2. Voting manipulation through Facebook and Google user profiling:
3. You are being used to train Artificial Intelligence:
4. The USA created the terrorists:
5. That Nuclear power is unsafe (when in fact dirty old US reactors are the problem) and the general
Top 5 Current/In Progress Scams
1. DNA Testing:
12/12019 Update: True
2. Climate Change
4. Artificial Intelligence (taking over all jobs) and eventually rendering humans redundant and unnecessary:
5. Cheap Stuff
Others for consideration:
- US Military supporting pscychedelic research for treatment of PTSD