A great talk by an informed and articulate recognising the big picture problem. 99 percent of us are considered disposable by those who hold most of the wealth.
Had a request from someone wanting me to link to one of their articles. Thought you might like to read the exchange.
Thanks for reaching out. That was a blog post I made over 10 years ago. I archive them and almost never update them. I have enough on my plate without doing so and if I did, it would not be an archive, would it?
Plus, the link you provided was to a month’s worth of articles, not the specific article you sighted. I am not going to wade through all of them to find the one to which you were meaning to refer.
Some free advice. If you want a better hit rate on your requests you need to minimise the amount of work you generate by your requests.
I took a look at your article. While OK as far as it goes, it only addresses ISP donations, not the elephants in the room of pHarmaceuticals, munitions and weapons let alone those from George Soros and his many tentacles.
Also it also does not go so far as recommending the optimal solution of banning corporate donations and only permitting donations from individuals living in the electorate.
So, no, I do not think your article goes anywhere near as far as the subject or my readers deserve.
All the best.
On 10/06/2020 2:06 am, Matthew Irons wrote:>> Hi Tom,>> I hope you’re keeping well. I wanted to reach out to you about this article: https://www.tomgrimshaw.com/tomsblog/?m=201001.>> Lobbying is an important topic, one that hasn’t always received the coverage it should. Internet providers are some big spenders and I thought you might be interested in this piece we did: https://www.internetadvisor.com/how-much-does-your-internet-provider-spend-on-lobbying>> I saw that you mentioned ctia.org in your piece. How about linking to our article instead of ctia.org or as well? I’m sure your readers would appreciate the in-depth info we’ve collated on the topic.>> If it’s relevant to you, I do have budget for this project.>> Looking forward to hearing from you.>> Matthew>> Matthew Irons> internetadvisor.com
TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
This petition of concerned Australians draws to the attention of the House that:
Millions of Australians are suddenly out of work, due to the coronavirus shutdown of an economy already struggling under record national and household debt, and excessively concentrated in financial and real estate speculation, raw materials exports, tourism and foreign education. Many regional communities were already devastated by bushfire and drought.
There is no guarantee all of these lost jobs will “snap back” when public health restrictions are lifted.
Australia has immense potential for economic development in both the major cities and regions that would produce real wealth from expanded manufacturing and agricultural production. Investing in this potential through new infrastructure, industrial development and training will upgrade the economy and create millions of jobs directly and indirectly.
The government’s existing investment institution, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), could be expanded into a national development bank for this purpose. As well as supporting clean energy technology, it could invest in water, power, transportation and high-speed rail infrastructure, and in new industries, including through loans to federal, state and local government agencies for desperately needed public projects, and to entrepreneurs to initiate and expand industrial production.
We therefore ask the House to:
Amend the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 to expand the CEFC into a powerful national development bank to revive and transform the economy and create jobs and prosperity, both now and for the future.
Click here to sign the petition:
See these quotes from Robert F Kennedy Jr said on April 8 2020 with regard to Bill Gates:
Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vac ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control over global health policy – the spear tip of corporate neo-imperialism.
Gates’ obsession with vaccines seems fueled by a messianic conviction that he is ordained to save the world with technology and a god-like willingness to experiment with the lives of “lesser humans.”
Promising to eradicate Polio with $1.2 billion, Gates took control of India’s National Advisory Board (NAB) and mandated 50 polio vaccines (up from 5) to every child before age 5. Indian doctors blame the Gates campaign for a devastating vaccine-strain polio epidemic that paralyzed 496, 000 children between 2000 and 2017.
In 2017, the Indian Government dialed back Gates’ vaccine regimen and evicted Gates and his cronies from the NAB. Polio paralysis rates dropped precipitously. In 2017, the World Health Organization reluctantly admitted that the global polio explosion is predominantly vaccine strain, meaning it is coming from Gates’ Vaccine Program. The most frightening epidemics in Congo, the Philippines, and Afghanistan are all linked to Gates’ vaccines. By 2018, Â¾ of global polio cases were from Gates’ vaccines.
In 2014, the Gates Foundation funded tests of experimental HPV vaccines, developed by GSK and Merck, on 23, 000 young girls in remote Indian provinces.
Approximately 1, 200 suffered severe side effects, including autoimmune and fertility disorders. Seven died. Indian government investigations charged that Gates funded researchers committed pervasive ethical violations: pressuring vulnerable village girls into the trial, bullying parents, forging consent forms, and refusing medical care to the injured girls. The case is now in the country’s Supreme Court.
In 2010, the Gates Foundation funded a trial of a GSK’s experimental malaria vaccine, killing 151 African infants and causing serious adverse effects including paralysis, seizure, and febrile convulsions to 1, 048 of the 5, 049 children.
During Gates’ 2002 MenAfriVac campaign in Sub-Saharan Africa, Gates’ operatives forcibly vaccinated thousands of African children against meningitis. Between 50 and 500 children developed paralysis. South African newspapers complained, “We are guinea pigs for the drug makers.” Nelson Mandela’s former Senior Economist, Professor Patrick Bond, describes Gates’ philanthropic practices as “ruthless and immoral.”
In 2010, Gates committed $10 billion to the WHO promising to reduce population, in part, through new vaccines. A month later, Gates told a Ted Talk that new vaccines “could reduce population”. In 2014, Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Association accused the WHO of chemically sterilizing millions of unwilling Kenyan women with a phony “tetanus” vaccine campaign. Independent labs found the sterility formula in every vaccine tested. After denying the charges, WHO finally admitted it had been developing sterility vaccines for over a decade. Similar accusations came from Tanzania, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Philippines.
A 2017 study (Morgensen et.Al.2017) showed that WHO’s popular DTP vaccine is killing more African children than the diseases it pretends to prevent. Vaccinated girls suffer 10x the death rate of unvaccinated children. Gates and WHO have refused to recall the lethal vaccine which WHO forces upon millions of African children annually.
Global public health advocates around the world accuse Gates of hijacking WHO’s agenda away from the projects that are proven to curb infectious diseases; clean water, hygiene, nutrition, and economic development. They say he has diverted agency resources to serve his personal fetish-that good health only comes in a syringe.
In addition to using his philanthropy to control WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and PATH, Gates funds private pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines, and a massive network of pharmaceutical-industry front groups that broadcast deceptive propaganda, develop fraudulent studies, conduct surveillance and psychological operations against vaccine hesitancy and use Gates’ power and money to silence dissent and coerce compliance. In his recent nonstop Pharmedia appearances, Gates appears gleeful that the Covid-19 crisis will give him the opportunity to force his third-world vaccine programs on American children.”
This release was originally an article under the same title by Jeremy Beck published in the 29 April 2020 Australian Alert Service.
Funding from a repurposed Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) must be directed to specific industrial sectors to ensure Australia builds out of the economic depression with a greater level of self-sufficiency. COVID-19 has exposed our vulnerability to a breakdown of global supply chains, in which international trade in many commodities cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, the CEFC must prioritise funding for industries which supply our everyday needs. This will protect us, to the greatest extent possible, from any future calamity such as a blockade, war, or a major cosmic event. For example, an asteroid strike may induce an ice age and major crop failures; and a solar coronal mass ejection that knocks out much of the world’s electrical and communications systems would make today’s crisis look trivial.
Fortunately, there are many essential industry sectors which can restart immediately. Food canneries are a good example. In their heyday they provided good jobs in prosperous regional communities. Then we shut them down in favour of cheaper foreign canned food, causing great suffering to farmers and rural communities. We replaced these and many other productive jobs with new, unproductive jobs in the service sector, such as in casinos. Now many of these non-essential service jobs are fast disappearing. Crown alone has stood down 11,000 staff from its Melbourne and Perth casinos. When the physical distancing and other restrictions imposed to curb COVID-19 finally end, we must not go back to a reliance on non-essential jobs. The world and Australia are in a severe economic depression, and to get out of it will require a focus on essential industries such as food production, and on nation-building infrastructure.
As one of the nation’s few remaining canneries, SPC at Shepparton in Victoria has reported a massive upswing in demand as people see the benefits of canned fruits and vegetables. Panic buying aside, SPC Chief Executive Robert Giles told local newspaper The Adviser on 6 April that he sees a longer-term revival of canned fruits. “As we pass through this thing (the Coronavirus), many people are going to be feeling the crunch economically”, Giles said. “So we will see a big return to canned produce.”
Fresh and canned seafood also provides an enormous opportunity for meaningful employment. Australia is presently a net seafood importer, which makes no sense for a nation with such a massive coastline and vast territorial waters. We produce around 230,000 tonnes of seafood per year whereas the latest UN Food and Agriculture Organisation figures show Thailand’s total fishery production in 2017 was a massive 2.4 million tonnes! Thailand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is only four per cent that of Australia’s, and its continental shelf area, which provides most of the catch, is 10 times smaller! Perth-based Mendolia Seafoods prides itself on its “gourmet seafood, 100 per cent caught and packed in Australia”. Caught in the “pristine waters” off Fremantle, Western Australia, Mendolia Seafoods packs sardines, tuna and salmon for the domestic market. With government assistance, such a business model will see a revival of Australian fisheries.
National COVID-19 Coordination Commission
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission chaired by former Fortescue Metals boss Neville Power would do well to consider such immediate employment opportunities in the essential productive economy, and the benefits of a repurposed CEFC to get immediate funds flowing. One of the commissioners, former Dow Chemical Company boss Andrew Liveris, has shown some encouraging signs. “Australia should become the number one packaged food exporter in the world”, he told The Australian in remarks quoted 7 April.
Liveris spoke of the need for a secure domestic energy supply, which is obviously vital for our security. Whereas in 1985 Australia produced 96 per cent of all its crude oil needs through domestic production, now we are nearly totally dependent on foreign oil. He also highlighted the potential of a domestic petrochemical industry, i.e. the manufacture of plastics and other useful materials from both raw petroleum feedstocks, and refinery and gas-processing by-products. “Petrochemicals should be a no-brainer for this country”, Liveris said. “We have all the raw materials for it. And it is a job multiplier. For every one job in terms of energy input, you can get an output of eight jobs in the industry.” Liveris also said he has a passion to get natural gas domestically priced in Australia to enable the manufacturing sector. And he raised the idea of developing a more efficient Australian coastal shipping service.
While a domestic petroleum industry is urgently needed, fuel tank construction for emergency fuel supplies must start immediately. It’s useless having a strategic oil reserve on paper, when the physical oil is stored on the far side of the world in the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as the Australian government has just arranged on 10 March. Any blockage in physical supply means our nation stops and we’ll descend into chaos in a matter of days as trucks can’t restock the supermarket shelves.
Alarming Defence Department report
ABC’s 7.30 has this week revealed a confidential Defence Department report which predicted it would take just three months for essential services to break down during a major crisis that halted supply chains. Retired Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn said in an interview that 98 per cent of our trade depends upon foreign-owned shipping, so “we’re actually in a pretty fragile position”. The Defence Department report highlighted several serious risks in addition to fuel security, including an unforeseen risk of a breakdown in sanitation because imported water treatment chemicals would run out. “Now you’re getting in some nasty consequences because that’s also on [sic] health and hygiene. And that surprised us. That wasn’t something we’d expected”, commented Cheryl Durrant, who was Director for Preparedness and Mobilisation at the Defence Department from January 2015 until February 2020.
“We need to redesign critical parts of our supply chains”, said Blackburn. “And that means, it’s not only having a capability in Australia to manufacture or produce something … in those critical areas, you also have to have a strategy of ownership and/or control over critical capabilities. We’re smart enough to do something about it, if only we just wake up!”
Future threats and opportunities
Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over we still face the potential for future viruses with far higher mortality rates. The threat of war is real, but other threats also require a much greater self-sufficiency. For example, a solar coronal mass ejection hit Earth’s magnetosphere in September 1859 and induced the largest geomagnetic storm on record. People in the north-eastern USA could read a newspaper by the light of the aurora borealis! Telegraph systems failed, and in some cases gave telegraph operators electric shocks. If such a solar storm happened today, GPS systems, telephones and the internet could go down for days, weeks, or much longer. Many power grids would be out of action for an extended period. The potential for tragedy is magnified enormously in any nation so dependent on foreign supply chains.
Essential local production of fertilisers also provides us an opportunity. Much of our fertiliser consumption is imported. Other opportunities arise in building critical infrastructure, all the way from grand national projects to critical upgrades at the local council level. Now that traffic volumes are low with many people working at home, grade separation for railway crossings provides a good employment opportunity. The Victorian government has completed many projects at dangerous and normally congested railway crossings, but all the other railway crossings should be done too.
Australia can do this, but it means we must abandon the failed policies of free trade and globalisation that have left us so vulnerable. Government can support local strategic industries in several ways. Given government purchasing across the many departments runs into many billions of dollars, merely a policy to prefer Australian-made products will assist local jobs. Better paying a premium for the Australian product than paying the multitudes of laid-off workers to sit at home and do nothing! Bounty payments by government to encourage specific strategic industries, such as machine-tool manufacturing, will ensure they can compete with cheaper foreign imports. Tariff protection also has a successful track record, such as in keeping our car-making industry viable until we suicidally adopted free trade.
Time to flood the comm lines with this and similar messages. Many of us know this lockdown is an orchestrated gross overreaction to the COVID-19 infection and we need to make our voices heard if we are to prevent the economic catastrophe!
My first reaction was grief over the tragic loss of this baby’s life. The second is the desire to let everyone know what they are putting in vaccines, or, perhaps more correctly, in what they are growing vaccine ingredients – aborted human fetal cells.
Don’t even THINK about putting this baby’s aborted fetal cells in MY body!
I decline to be part of your grossly inhumane corruption of my natural immune system!
This excellent short video is worth watching.