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3 hours ago, Macnamara said:

 

yes and there is that word 'global' in there which means they intend to scale it globally

 

what does it all mean for individual freedom also?

 

is it some sort of part of the 'great reset'?

I think we are now going to see an avalanche of new ways of living suggestions. So far most, if not all, seem to involve similar attitudes to resolving problems. As you said, global etc.

I don’t think humans do well in large groups at all. Just a few in a room will eventually cause an argument. I like the idea of my cart being rode to market once a month or so. Bit of socialisation then back to my family. 

I also believe that my idea of freedom is probably very different from the average person. I don’t need rights to ensure access to the internet or telephones. I don’t need the right of massive consumer choice. I need a safe environment, clean potable water, healthy food and a shelter I can keep warm in the winter. The luxuries I can gain by bartering goods for things I can’t create myself.
 

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1 minute ago, Bombadil said:

I think we are now going to see an avalanche of new ways of living suggestions. So far most, if not all, seem to involve similar attitudes to resolving problems. As you said, global etc.

I don’t think humans do well in large groups at all. Just a few in a room will eventually cause an argument. I like the idea of my cart being rode to market once a month or so. Bit of socialisation then back to my family. 

I also believe that my idea of freedom is probably very different from the average person. I don’t need rights to ensure access to the internet or telephones. I don’t need the right of massive consumer choice. I need a safe environment, clean potable water, healthy food and a shelter I can keep warm in the winter. The luxuries I can gain by bartering goods for things I can’t create myself. The rest I can barter for if needed.
 

 

i'm with you 100% on all points

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Also the Commons idea of housing owned communally rather than privately by families sounds rather like a scaled-down version of council estates, which fits in with the reset principle of "you will own nothing ..." without a money back guarantee if you're not happy of course! 

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12 Ways to Cut the Chains of Financial Serfdom

June 11, 2023

Ours is a neofeudal economy of financial serfs in servitude to a Financial Aristocracy. The Financial Nobility / Aristocracy own all the debt and the serfs owe the debt to the Aristocracy. The serfs own assets that don’t generate much income, the Aristocracy owns assets that generate trillions of dollars in income. The serfs pay high tax rates if they make above-poverty wages, the Financial Nobility pay low taxes thanks to tax-avoidance scams arranged by the Aristocracy’s toadies and lackeys in the Central State. The serfs create value, the Financial Nobility is parasitic.

That we are powerless is one of the key social control myths constantly promoted by the Status Quo. What better way to keep the serfs passive than to reinforce a belief in their powerlessness against Financial Feudalism?

 

But we are not powerless. Our complicity gives the Financial Aristocracy its power. Remove our complicity and the Aristocracy implodes.

The pathway of liberation is to opt out of financial feudalism. Here are twelve paths any adult can legally pursue in the course of their daily lives:

1. Support the decentralized, non-market economy. The core ideology of consumerism and financialization is that non-market assets and experiences have no status or financial value. This includes social capital, meals with friends, projects done cooperatively with friends, home gardens and dozens of other decentralized activities that cannot be financialized into centralized market transactions. Identity and social status are established in the non-market economy by collaboration, sharing, reciprocity, conviviality and generosity.

Decentralized means localized; farmers markets are examples of local market economies where the transactions are in cash (so banks can’t skim transactions fees) and the money stays in the local economy rather than flowing to some distant concentration of capital.

If you start valuing non-market assets and experiences as the most important markers of status, you are resisting both financialization and consumerism.

Top-down centralized “solutions” imposed by the Central State are the problem, not the solution, as they further the concentration of wealth and power into unstable monocultures. Stop looking to overly complex fake-reforms and centralized solutions to unsustainable systems and start exploring decentralized, localized solutions that bypass both the Central State and the Financial Aristocracy.

2. Stop participating in financialization. Financialization is the insidious imperative of the Financial Aristocracy that seeks to turn every human interaction into a financial transaction that can be charged a fee, and transform all assets into financialized instruments that can be commoditized and sold for immensely profitable fees.

As the finances of local governments implode under the weight of their protected fiefdoms, many are heeding the siren song of financialization as a temporary (and inevitably disastrous) “fix” to their structural insolvency. For example, the revenue stream from parking meters is financialized into an asset that is sold to a private corporation. When parking fees double, the residents of the city have no recourse via democracy or petition, as the meters in their city are now “owned” by a distant concentration of capital that can double late fees, charge outrageous transaction costs, etc., at will.

This is how financialization inevitably transitions into financial tyranny.

The erosion of America’s middle class security has several structural causes, but chief among them was the financialization of the housing market. This has led to serial bubbles of housing valuations and the widespread extraction of equity for consumption–the classic “windfall” that financialization always produces in its first toxic blush.

3. Redefine self-interest to exclude debt-servitude and dependence on consumerism and the Central State. Unless you are long retired and have no other option, minimize reliance on the State. Reliance on the State weakens the correlation between sustained effort and gain, so the work ethic and entrepreneurism both atrophy as they no longer offer competitive advantages in a system where bread and circuses are guaranteed by the State.

4. Act on your awareness that the nature of prosperity and financial security is changing. Dependence on centralized concentrations of power (Wall Street and the Central State) is now an extremely risky wager that what is demonstrably unsustainable will magically become sustainable via pixie dust or more Federal Reserve trickery. Security flows from resilience, self-reliance, decentralized, diversified sources of income and abundant social capital, not speculation fueled by Fed policies and Wall Street.

5. Stop supporting distant concentrations of capital that subvert democracy by using their gargantuan profits to buy the machinery of State governance and regulation. For example, stop watching broadcast programming owned by the six global media corporations that control the vast majority of the media/marketing complex.

Stop eroding your health and sending your money to corporate headquarters by no longer frequenting fast-food restaurants and by no longer buying unhealthy packaged foods from corporate agribusiness.

Close your accounts with Wall Street investment firms and the “too big to fail” banks that dominate the mortgage, credit and debt markets in the U.S. If you need such an account to transact your business, maintain low balances so the banks cannot sweep your capital for their own use every day.

6. Stop supporting the debt-and-leverage based Financial Aristocracy. Liquidate all debt as soon as possible, take on no new debt except for short periods of time, explore localized or crowd-sourced private-capital loans that exclude the banks and limit the number of financial transactions that enrich the banks and Wall Street.

7. Transfer your assets out of Wall Street and into local enterprises or assets that do not enrich and empower Wall Street. Buy assets you control 100%, without the mediation of Wall Street.

8. Refuse to participate in consumerist status identifiers and the social defeat they create. Stop admiring and respecting those displaying status signifiers (supercars, $300 million yachts, etc.); start thinking of them as pathetic prisoners of a pathological mindset. Stop judging people based on their lack of status signifiers. Free your own mind from the toxic sociopathology of consumerism and social defeat. Stop watching commercial television and streaming corporate distractions and minimize your exposure to marketing and consumerist propaganda.

9. Vote in every election with an eye on rewarding honesty and truth and punishing empty promises. Unless the incumbent has renounced corporate contributions, unsustainable debt, financial tyranny and Central State encroachment of civil liberties, then vote against the incumbent, for they are just another lackey of the State-Plutocracy partnership. Avoid voting for either the Demopublican or Republicrat branches of the plutocracy; vote for an independent or third party candidate.

Remember that resistance isn’t just about refusing to participate in pathological neofeudalism; it’s about establishing a sustainable alternative to the unsustainable State-Aristocracy partnership. When people say that voting for a third-party candidate is “wasting your vote,” reply that voting for either of the plutocrat parties is the real waste of a vote because their “leadership” is dooming the nation to destabilization and insolvency. As independents pick up more and more “wasted” votes, they shift from being “marginalized” to becoming powerful voices of integrity and transparency.

10. Stop supporting inflationary policies such as money creation – QE by the Federal Reserve and Federal deficit spending. Act on your knowledge that inflation is theft and that the Federal Reserve is a private consortium of banks that is the enabler and protector of the parasitic Financial Aristocracy.

11. Become healthy, active and fit. Refuse to consume unhealthy junk food and packaged food, refuse to squander much of your time in sedentary “consumption” of corporate “entertainment” and digital distraction, and devote your energy and time to mastery, new skills, developing social capital and friendships, projects you own and enterprises that benefit your true self-interest. Refuse to follow the marketing/media siren song into chronic ill-health, social-media addiction and social defeat.

12. Embrace self-directed plans and construct a resilient, community-based, localized life of identity and meaning. Build a social ecology of positive, productive, collaborative, non-pathological people of like minds and spirits. Be powerful via Self-Reliance, not powerless via apathy, passivity and complicity.

https://www.activistpost.com/2023/06/12-ways-to-cut-the-chains-of-financial-serfdom.html

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TOM PARKER BOWLES: Why you simply must pour yourself a glass of creamy, rich, voluptuous... raw milk

By Tom Parker Bowles Event for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 22:00 BST, 17 June 2023 | Updated: 22:22 BST, 17 June 2023

The idea that raw milk is unsafe and poisonous is ingrained in the British psyche,' says Jon Cook, who runs Dora's Dairy in Wiltshire with his wife Sarah. 'But there was a good reason for pasteurisation.

'During the Industrial Revolution, when dairies moved into towns, the cows were fed brewery and bakery waste, not grass. And they became ill. And ill cows produce ill milk.'

Add in hygiene standards that ranged from the poor to the non-existent, and pasteurisation became an essential and life-saving innovation. These days, though, English and Welsh raw-milk producers (the milk is still illegal in Scotland, for some unfathomable reason) operate to some of the highest hygiene standards in the world.

In 2014, once the FSA had visited Hook and Son (as well as Ellie's Dairy in Kent), its officials were, in the words of Mr Hook, 'incredibly impressed. And began to understand that farmers could produce raw milk safely, train staff, have food management systems in place, that they understood pathogen risks and mitigated those risks, and carried out independent testing to validate their raw-milk sales.'

Mr Cook points out that pasteurisation destroys goodness, adding: 'Raw milk is a complete food, perfectly designed to grow a baby mammal for up to a year.'

His dairy herd is made up of a mix of Jerseys and alpine breeds, such as Fleckvieh and Brown Swiss.He says: 'Your farming practices have to be very high and to make good food, you need low-stress systems. Whereas a commercial cow can produce up to 3,000 gallons of milk per year, we get only 440 to 660 gallons. But, once people have tasted it, there's no going back.'.

By 2018, the demand for raw milk had grown five-fold and the number of licensed farmers went from 70 to 200. Now, with FSA support, there's a Raw Milk Producers Association, which offers guidance to anyone new to the sector. As well as Hook and Son there is the Morwick Dairy, Northumberland, where Ben Howie started with an ice-cream parlour and then began selling raw milk in 2016.

He says: 'It's an intensely local product. All I can say is 'give it a go'. Once tasted, you'll be hooked.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-12206547/TOM-PARKER-BOWLES-simply-pour-glass-raw-milk.html

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I first heard about this one on The corbett report podcast episode 394 and i see that Richard vobes has just done a podcast on it.

Episode 394 - Solutions: Survival Currency

Corbett01/29/2021

The miracle of Wörgl

In 1932, in the middle of the Great Depression, the Austrian town of Wörgl was in deep trouble and prepared to try anything. Of its population of 4,500, a total of 1,500 people were without a job, and 200 families were penniless. Mayor Michael Unterguggenberger had a long list of projects he wanted to accomplish, but there was hardly any money to carry them out. These projects included paving roads, streetlights, extending water distribution across the whole town, and planting trees along the streets.1 2

Rather than spending the 32,000 Austrian Schilling in the town’s coffers to start these projects off, he deposited them in a local savings bank as a guarantee to back the issue of a currency known as stamp scrip. The Wörgl money required sticking a monthly stamp on the circulating notes to keep them valid, amounting to 1% of the note’s value.1 2 A businessman named Silvio Gesell came up with this idea in his book The Natural Economic Order.

Nobody wanted to pay for the monthly stamps, so everyone receiving the notes would spend them. The 32,000 schilling deposit allowed anyone to exchange scrip for 98 per cent of its value in schillings. Hardly anyone did this because the scrip was worth one schilling after buying a new stamp. But people did not keep more scrip than they needed. Only 5,000 schillings circulated. The stamp fees paid for a soup kitchen that fed 220 families.1 2

The council carried out all the intended works, built new houses, a reservoir, a ski jump and a bridge. The key to this success was the fast circulation of the scrip money within the local economy, fourteen times higher than the Schilling. This increased trade and employment. Unemployment in Wörgl dropped 25% while it rose in the rest of Austria. Six neighbouring villages copied the idea successfully. The French Prime Minister, Édouard Daladier, visited the town to witness the ‘miracle of Wörgl’ himself.1 2

In January 1933, the project was copied in the neighbouring city of Kitzbühel. In June 1933 major Unterguggenberger addressed a meeting with representatives from 170 different Austrian towns and villages. Two hundred Austrian townships were interested in the idea. At this point the central bank decided to assert its monopoly rights by banning scrip money.1 2

The local currency of Wörgl demonstrates that the economy can do well without more debt if money keeps circulating. Negative interest rates can make that happen. Stamps on money like in Wörgl make negative interest rates possible as you can avoid paying for stamps by lending out money. For instance, lending out money at a negative interest rate of 2% per year would be more attractive than paying for the stamps. Negative interest rates might have prevented the depression or ended it once it had started. So if scrip had been money in the 1920s and 1930s, World War II might never have happened.

https://theplanforthefuture.org/2018/06/19/the-miracle-of-worgl/

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THE GREAT RISING

Humanity now faces its greatest ever challenge. We are under all-out attack on every quarter by the globalist medical-military-industrial-intelligence complex bent on depriving us of health, wholesome food, rights and freedoms, our way of life and even our very lives. The Globalists are weaponising everything from air, water and food to money, media, entertainment, education and academia, and much else besides. All this in pursuit of their goal of a depopulated, dumbed-down, compliant, neo-feudal humanity, ruled over by a one world government controlled by them, for their perpetual benefit.

However, humanity is fighting back! The oppressive experiences of the last three years have triggered a Great Awakening—ever more people are waking up and questioning the mainstream narrative. As people learn about the global elite and their unfolding plan to enslave us in a neo-feudal global dictatorship, they are coming together in a Great Rising. Untold numbers are forming local campaign groups, doing research, taking direct action, engaging with elected representatives, creating alternative systems and finding ways of restoring human values and meaning to their lives.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

To put in place an effective strategy that will swiftly mobilise millions of truth and freedom activists to overwhelm and collapse in a peaceful manner the planned ‘Great Reset’ of the World Economic Forum along with the criminal anti-human agenda currently being rolled out by the corporate globalists. This will be done by carrying out lawful actions of mass non-compliance at a local level and through the creation of new, parallel systems that make existing and corrupted systems of state control completely redundant.

ACCELERATORS

To mobilise the millions needed, these are the 'accelerators'—areas of potential or actual accelerating public concern:

  • Sudden Death Syndrome: vaccine damage with increasing cardiac arrests in young people… evidence of weekly excess deaths. WHO Pandemic Treaty.
  • Travel restrictions: The ‘Net Zero’ fake green attack. Uniting people with the full implications… 5G, ULEZ, SMART 15 Minute Cities, Climate Truth (CO2 is actually the Gas of Life; we need more, not less!). Mobilising car users and bikers to stand up for their essential freedom to travel as they wish.
  • Child Abuse: inappropriate sex education… deliberate attempts by UN to bring in the premature sexualisation of children that could be the prelude to the attempted legalisation of paedophilia.
  • Financial Freedom: to undertake private financial transactions without the State being involved. The huge Orwellian problems surrounding CBDCs. Programmable digital money that will lead to oppressive measures involving ‘carbon credits’ and a ‘social credit system’ as found in Communist China.
  • Eating insects: Coerced veganism. Urban vertical and chemically-induced ‘forced growing’ factory units. The insanity of destroying fertile and productive farm land in favour of ‘wilding’. Increasing GM crops and precision-bred farm animals. Small and medium-sized family farms being bought out.
  • Transhumanism: psychopaths trying to improve on and perfect the work of the ‘Creator’. The artificial creation of sexless ‘humanoid’ slaves. Waking religious people up to the Luciferian/Satanic agenda that is now on full display.

And finally:

  • The Trajectory: showing people what’s actually happening in Communist China—complete tyranny is being rolled out using invasive and cutting-edge technologies. This is what’s coming rapidly to a community near all of us unless we rise up quickly and take back full control from these dangerous and psychotic globalists.

https://the-great-rising.org/

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On 6/18/2023 at 8:43 PM, Macnamara said:

TOM PARKER BOWLES: Why you simply must pour yourself a glass of creamy, rich, voluptuous... raw milk

By Tom Parker Bowles Event for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 22:00 BST, 17 June 2023 | Updated: 22:22 BST, 17 June 2023

The idea that raw milk is unsafe and poisonous is ingrained in the British psyche,' says Jon Cook, who runs Dora's Dairy in Wiltshire with his wife Sarah. 'But there was a good reason for pasteurisation.

'During the Industrial Revolution, when dairies moved into towns, the cows were fed brewery and bakery waste, not grass. And they became ill. And ill cows produce ill milk.'

Add in hygiene standards that ranged from the poor to the non-existent, and pasteurisation became an essential and life-saving innovation. These days, though, English and Welsh raw-milk producers (the milk is still illegal in Scotland, for some unfathomable reason) operate to some of the highest hygiene standards in the world.

In 2014, once the FSA had visited Hook and Son (as well as Ellie's Dairy in Kent), its officials were, in the words of Mr Hook, 'incredibly impressed. And began to understand that farmers could produce raw milk safely, train staff, have food management systems in place, that they understood pathogen risks and mitigated those risks, and carried out independent testing to validate their raw-milk sales.'

Mr Cook points out that pasteurisation destroys goodness, adding: 'Raw milk is a complete food, perfectly designed to grow a baby mammal for up to a year.'

His dairy herd is made up of a mix of Jerseys and alpine breeds, such as Fleckvieh and Brown Swiss.He says: 'Your farming practices have to be very high and to make good food, you need low-stress systems. Whereas a commercial cow can produce up to 3,000 gallons of milk per year, we get only 440 to 660 gallons. But, once people have tasted it, there's no going back.'.

By 2018, the demand for raw milk had grown five-fold and the number of licensed farmers went from 70 to 200. Now, with FSA support, there's a Raw Milk Producers Association, which offers guidance to anyone new to the sector. As well as Hook and Son there is the Morwick Dairy, Northumberland, where Ben Howie started with an ice-cream parlour and then began selling raw milk in 2016.

He says: 'It's an intensely local product. All I can say is 'give it a go'. Once tasted, you'll be hooked.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-12206547/TOM-PARKER-BOWLES-simply-pour-glass-raw-milk.html

They forgot to mention Wheelbirks Farm - also in Northumberland that does raw Jersey milk and ice cream - and you can visit the cows. Oh, and  Baysleap, where you can buy raw milk from a vending machine (but no cow visits). It used to be really easy to buy green top milk back in the 70s and 80s. When did they start saying it was dangerous, I can't remember? 

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46 minutes ago, k_j_evans said:

 When did they start saying it was dangerous, I can't remember? 

 

i dunno....maybe it was around about the same time they started telling people that butter was bad for them and that they should eat margerine instead? Which also coincided with a rise in heart trouble....

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i dunno....maybe it was around about the same time they started telling people that butter was bad for them and that they should eat margerine instead? Which also coincided with a rise in heart trouble....

 

I remember, and then the common market had a butter mountain and milk lake they couldn't sell. It's like a planned slow demolition of farming and our health. 

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On 6/20/2023 at 11:32 AM, Campion said:

 

I remember, and then the common market had a butter mountain and milk lake they couldn't sell. It's like a planned slow demolition of farming and our health. 

 

they are long, well planned agendas that are part of a multi-generational conspiracy. They have been boiling the frog slowly

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The Self-Reliant Way - #SolutionsWatch

Corbett08/02/2023
Do you feel there is a conspiracy against manhood? Are you struggling to find meaning and purpose in the face of the rigged game that is modern society? Have you given up on life? Today we talk to Benny Wills about The Self-Reliant Way, a new course for helping men to identify their purpose, cultivate their skills and realize their true potential.
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Be your own hero...

 

At the moment a lot of folk don't want to hear the full truth because the truth is we are all culpable for what's happening in various ways. Every pound we spend is a vote for the kind of world we want to have take shape around us so every time we buy the goods and services of the cabal we feed the beast. How many people are ready to let go of their smart tech or their wifi or their processed food? IMO in order for people to be prepared to make those sacrifices necessary to starve the beast they must first understand that all of these things they complain about like ULEZ or 15 minute cities or migrants in hotels or NHS waiting lists are all really just aspects of the same agenda which is being pushed by the same cabal because its only when you realise that all these things and much much more are coming from the same cabal do you realise that you are having a war waged against you. Until you realise it is all by design you just reason that politicians are just 'incompetent' instead of malicious; but no: they ARE malicious.

Neil Oliver: ‘...fixing the mess we’re in, is going to hurt!’

 

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Ways of processing information

 

I completely relate to what this dutch professor is saying. I like his analogy of the current education system treating peoples brains as a storehouse into which they dump their information into is a great one along with his answer to that poor approach to education which is instead to treat our heads like a house where we are careful about what we take in there and also about how we arrange it in our heads so that it works efficiently. This of course requires us to ask 'why' things are happening and also understanding how things interconnect so that we can see things within the context of a larger scheme.

The Dutch School of Understanding - #SolutionsWatch

https://www.bitchute.com/video/9IGwNmNcGST6/

 

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Is a political solution possible through direct democracy? anarchists might argue that doesn't go far enough

Our Democracy is Broken. It’s Time to Give Power Back to the People

There’s a palpable sense of frustration and anger in the electorates of many Western democracies that has been brewing for some time, and nowhere more so than the U.K. Decades of broken manifesto pledges, votes ignored, targets unmet, policies introduced without consultation and public opinion flagrantly disregarded leave the impression that we are living in a uni-party world that is now a democracy in name only. Once elected, our entitled elites on both sides of the aisle forge on with activist policies and agenda that are often at complete odds with those of the people they supposedly represent and to whom they forget that they owe their very positions. Institutions that should stand as a balance against activist ideologies have been steadily captured by the same intellectual conformity that ensures the tyranny of the faceless ‘blob’. With no recourse to a safety-valve of interim voting (between general elections) it is unsurprising that we are seeing and hearing a disempowered electorate prepared to take matters into their own hands via civil disobedience and potential acts of violence. This never ends well and before discontent turns to action, we should start to be forward thinking and propose solutions to the limitations of our representative democratic model.

Perhaps it has been ever thus? There is good reason to think so. However, a perfect storm of societal shifts, global alignment of intellectual elites, groupthink and technological changes mean that we find ourselves in unchartered territory where the systems that we have relied on to date are no longer entirely fit for purpose. The historical dividing line between Right and Left has been rendered almost meaningless, rather being replaced by new axes of authoritarian versus non-authoritarian and woke versus anti-woke. Presiding over the landscape are institutions that find themselves in a legitimacy crisis, which has spread stealthily from academia to society at large. Institutions, including the police force, judicial system, regulatory bodies and legacy media think and act as one. More alarmingly, as recent events have shown, these institutions are now being used to vilify, silence and destroy anyone whose message contradicts the official narrative.

Unable to generate societal consensus, governments have encouraged an almost permanent state of ‘poly crisis’ to justify increased controls and surveillance and bypass the democratic process – a dynamic explained in Natan Sharansky’s The Case for Democracy, where governments create ‘external enemies’ to divert the public away from real concerns closer to home. We can look back at the events of the past 20 years and see that the world has been mired in a state of almost permanent crisis of one form or another. The constant evoking and manufacturing of crises has become, as Thomas Fazi puts it, a “method of government” in which “every natural disaster, every economic crisis, every military conflict and every terrorist attack is systematically exploited by governments to radicalise and accelerate the transformation of economies, social systems and state apparatuses”. These perma-crises allow governments to deviate from the norms of public debate and parliamentary politics. Extraordinary restrictions of our freedoms to speak, to associate and to dissent become justified on the basis that the immediate threat overrides medium to long term planning. The idea of permanent crisis precludes any idea of progress – situations need to be managed but never solved. If Covid was the awakening for many people of how these systems work, the climate crisis is the most recent and pressing example of how any means are justified in order to ‘save the planet’. The solution must always be at a global level, obviating any need for local input and surrendering even more powers to supra-national organisations such as the WEF, EU, WHO and UN.

It is becoming abundantly clear that truth is no longer the lodestar around which many of our once independent institutions are ordered. The weight of evidence that something is not right and has been rotten for a long time has reached the point that many people can no longer pretend not to see it. A dogmatic secular religion with its own shibboleths of ESG, DEI etc. has grown up, with a new priesthood of politicians and technocrats who enact their X under the conviction that they, and they only, are best placed to decide how we should live ‘for the greater good’. As C.S. Lewis so astutely observed:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

We know that this moment in time is critical. There are technologies that are primed to impose unprecedented changes upon our societies, from surveillance cameras that can look through walls, facial recognition, permits for 415,000 low level satellites that will ensure 24/7 surveillance, Central Bank Digital Currencies, digital ID’s, Net Zero, the list goes on. All brought in without discussion and without consultation and, once implemented, almost impossible to reverse. These ideas seemed to be the thing of dystopian novels, but the evocation of ’emergency’, as seen during the reaction to Covid, shows how democratic constitutions can be easily bypassed and frightening precedents set. Our democratic societies are at serious risk of being replaced by global totalitarianism run by technocratic elites, based on propaganda that they control. Matthias Desmet call this seemingly irresistible force “turnkey totalitarianism”. It will be almost impossible to dissent to once in place.

It is clear that the U.K.’s system of representative democracy on its own is no longer fit for purpose in a world where technology and modern communications give us a front row seat for everything that is going on in the world, but with only a once in five-year window in which to express our views. Feeling politically homeless, sandwiched between two political parties that are no better than ‘two cheeks of the same arse’, is the place where increasing numbers find themselves. So what to do to preserve the freedoms that we desperately want to keep?

Now is the time for bold and visionary leaders and a bold party to propose a much-needed change to a not-fit-for-purpose system. With a General Election a year away and cynicism, fatigue and scepticism at an all-time high, the idea of direct democracy is being mooted by journalists such as Allister Heath in the Telegraph and successful business people like Hugh Osmond. They look across at the success of Switzerland, which is one of the wealthiest, happiest and healthiest countries in the world and wonder whether a Government that is more regularly made accountable to its people and is thereby more transparent might not be a template for a modern Britain. There is good precedent as the U.K. and its constituent countries have held 13 referenda since 1973. A democracy that is more direct, decentralised and devolved, where the more responsibility voters are given, the more responsibly they behave. The exact model that the U.K. should adopt will obviously have nuances best adapted to the size and structure of our parliamentary system. But let us take a look at the basics of the model as it exists in Switzerland at the moment to see where this ‘safety valve’ of public opinion could provide part of a solution to our political predicament.

“No country on earth is more democratic than Switzerland”, says David Altman, Uruguayan political scientist and direct democracy expert. “Here, each citizen can change each aspect of life. Of course not acting alone, but only if they belong to a group.” Switzerland successfully combines and integrates representative and direct democracy, which is no small feat. While it may be tempting to see the Swiss example as a tried and tested solution, there are naturally caveats, not least the requisite for a highly informed and participatory electorate, limiting the abuse of well-funded groups to advance their own agendas, and balancing individual sovereignty against the ‘tyranny of the majority’.

There are three main types of referendum and each has its place in a healthy direct democracy. They are: popular initiative, optional referendum and mandatory referendum.

Popular referendum initiatives are citizens’ proposals that currently in Switzerland require 100,000 signatures collected within a period of 18 months. These can be held up to four times a year. Any Swiss citizen who is eligible to vote can sign a popular initiative and a group of at least seven citizens (the initiative committee) can launch their own popular initiative.

The Federal Council and Parliament will each give a non-binding recommendation on whether the proposal should be accepted or rejected. For the proposal to be accepted a ‘double’ majority (that is, both a popular majority and a majority of states (cantons) in favour) is needed. If it is accepted, new legislation or an amendment to existing legislation is normally required to implement the referendum result.

Optional or ‘facultative’ referendums are for the purpose of rejecting (or confirming) a newly passed law. They require 50,000 valid signatures, collected within 100 days of the official publication of the new law or international agreement. A popular majority voting yes or no determines the fate of the new law. The right to request an optional referendum is an important element in Swiss direct democracy, not only for when it is used, but because for all new laws the prospect of a popular vote focuses the minds of the politicians and civil servants drafting the law as they know that there will be a guaranteed referendum if they don’t take the views prevalent within the population proactively into consideration.

Mandatory referendums are stipulated in law for certain major decisions, such as to revise the constitution, join an international organisation or introduce emergency federal legislation for over a year.

In addition, several Swiss cantons give citizens the right to recall their elected officials before the end of their term of office, a further safety valve and check on their use of power.

While no system is perfect, it is imperative if we are to maintain the benefits and privileges of our liberal democracies that we explore ways to reform the system to counterbalance major decisions where our elected representatives have deviated from the views and priorities of the citizenry. More regular referenda should be used to enhance national decision making, keep public policy more closely in line with the views and interests of the public and ensure the accountability of our elected representatives. No other form of democracy ensures a greater degree of openness and transparency between the people and their Government. Yet here comes the rub, as David Altman explained: “A direct democracy decision-making process ultimately results in an additional and finer distribution of power. Those who already have great decision-making powers in a political system are usually opposed to the introduction of a direct democracy process.”

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https://dailysceptic.org/2023/10/19/our-democracy-is-broken-its-time-to-give-power-back-to-the-people/

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4 hours ago, Macnamara said:

Is a political solution possible through direct democracy? anarchists might argue that doesn't go far enough

Our Democracy is Broken. It’s Time to Give Power Back to the People

 

Alternatively here is an anarchistic perspective:

The Problem Boils Down To This

by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Oct 19, 2023 - 11:25 PM

Authored by Eric Peters,

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Everyone has their take as regards the problems besetting us. Few seem to grasp there is fundamentally just one problem. It is the problem that animates the others, giving them the power to be problems.

 

What is this one problem that leads to all the others?

It is force – especially when its use (and threatened use, which has the same effect) is legalized.

If force institutionalized were taken away, there would of course still be disagreements – as well as annoyances. But that is all there would be. Or at least, mostly. Violence – its use and its threatened use – will of course always be with us as there will always be people willing to resort to the use of force to get what they want. But they would be outliers – and occasional rather than ubiquitous threats.

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How often have you been mugged?

Have you been able to go even one day without being forced to pay what are styled “taxes” – i.e., legalized mugging? You are forced to pay the “mugger” every single time you pay for anything. And when you get paid for the work you do, too.

Because such mugging it is legal – and so ubiquitous. The mugger in the alley is a kind of freelancer; he enjoys no such advantage and suffers the disadvantage of it being legal to attempt to avoid his depredations and to defend oneself against them.

If you don’t like someone, but he is legally powerless to force you to interact with him, then you are free to avoid him. And because you are able to avoid him, conflict is avoided.

How do you feel about people you’re forced to deal with – because they have the power to force you to deal with them? For example, the proliferation of government employees whose employment centers on your having to not only deal with them politely but also pay for the privilege?

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Think of the government employee who comes onto your property uninvited to assess the value of your home – so that the government can force you to hand over money to pay for government “services” you don’t want or use, such as government schools. How do you feel about him? How about the government worker who puts his hands on your wife, your child – or your elderly parent – at the airport?

The cop who simply takes – legally! – the envelope full of cash you were going to use to pay for the used car you were on your way to buy when you got “pulled over” for not wearing a seatbelt. He says it’s “suspicious” – and it’s up to you to prove (at your expense) that the money is “legitimate.”

The mask-faced bureaucrat who forced you to close the doors to your business that no one was forced to walk through – leading to the bankrupting of your business?

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Do you not feel hatred for them?

And how do these people feel about you? How does a person who has power over someone else, who can be made to obey, feel about having such power? What sort of person is attracted to that kind of power? How does a schoolyard bully feel about being able to make a smaller kid hand over his lunch money?

Force empowers the sadist – who becomes an official when force is legalized.

Take legalized force out of the equation and the sadist has no official power to torment anyone. He may succeed in finding some victims. But everyone is not his victim. And those who fall victim to him have the consolation of knowing they might be able to loosen their bonds when the sadist isn’t paying attention and lay hands on the bastard – which is considered a “crime” when done to an official sadist, such as the government worker with a uniform, a badge and a gun who orders you to get on the ground now! because you defied his order to “buckle up.”

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Most people are not violent and seek therefore to avoid violence. Down that road lies peaceful resolution and co-existence. Your neighbor does not like the color you decided to paint your house. He can ask you to paint it a different color. He can plant tree along his property line, so that he no longer sees what displeases him. And he is free to move. You may not like this neighbor but you are not likely to hate him because all he can do is ask you to paint your house another color, plant some trees along his side of the property line – or move. And because he has no power to force you to do anything, you are probably more likely to give some weight to his preferences and maybe come to an agreeable compromise.

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The absence of force encourages this just as charity is encouraged when people are not forced to “help.” They feel compassion for the truly needy. They do not resent them, at any rate – because why would they? They are objects of pity – as opposed to loci of legalized predation.

Libertarians and anarchists are regularly derided for advocating that institutionalized force – which is a tautology for government – be removed from human interaction. The accusations leveled include that the result would be mayhem. It is a hyperbolic and absurd accusation and easily demonstrated by noting the fact that friends and families base their interactions on libertarian-anarchic concepts; no one is forced to be friends with anyone and our families are bound by affection (with the occasional sad exception) and in any case no one is forced to remain part of any family.

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Mayhem?

How about the institutionalized mayhem of legalized violence as the basis for human interaction? Which engenders the greater fear in most people – the burglar who might break into their house one night? Or the IRS agent who might seize their house in broad daylight?

Would you rather live with certain risks – as that you might one day fall victim to someone who acts to harm you? Or the certainty that you will be harmed, not just once but over and over again – and every day of your life, to very end of your life? And be legally powerless to raise a hand in you own defense?

To ask these questions is to answer them.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/problem-boils-down

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Don't know if this is a good thing or a trojan horse but it sounds like an interesting development anyway:

 
October 19, 2023

Globalists Fear Spartacus and His Slave Rebellion

 

Something intriguing is happening with bitcoin.  What started as a series of perplexing data “inscriptions” containing classified files from the U.S. government has now been confirmed by Bitcoin Magazine as an ongoing effort to cement information in the public record beyond the reach of government censorship.

An anonymous guardian of free speech has begun using bitcoin to republish all of the information originally published by Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks back in 2010.  Codenamed “Project Spartacus,” the operation seeks to take advantage of several inherent bitcoin attributes:

(1) It utilizes bitcoin’s Ordinals protocol that allows users to add personalized data to units of the cryptocurrency’s blockchain.

(2) Because data within integrated parts of the blockchain cannot be subsequently removed, it forms a part of the cryptocurrency’s permanent record.

(3) Because the blockchain of transactions operates on a decentralized, global network of sovereign nodes, there is no tech CEO or other middleman who can intervene to do governments’ censorship bidding.  

 

Decentralized blockchain technology, in other words, is about much more than cryptocurrencies.  It is a powerful tool that will continue to allow ordinary people to evade government authority.

Project Spartacus is just the beginning.  Imagine new social media networks built from decentralized blockchains of information.  Imagine an entirely new internet operating beyond the reach of corporate search engines, regulated addresses, and government permissions.  With no corporation in control of the networks or in singular possession of communicated data on privately held servers, the problem of State-directed censorship disappears.  No longer could corporate oligarchs operate in concert with government dictators to silence public dissent and magnify government propaganda.  No longer would it matter what the Marxist Globalists at Facebook or Google think is true — or what they think should be falsely presented as truth — once ordinary people have a dependable workaround technology that allows them to share information free from Big Brother’s menacing intervention.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2023/10/globalists_fear_spartacus_and_his_slave_rebellion.html
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3 Lessons From 3 Years of Fatherhood

Oct 21, 2023
 

Three years ago today, everything in my world changed.

Three years ago today, the most challenging and rewarding chapter of my life began.

Three years ago today, I became a father. 

My son, Teague Ellis Wills, was conceived in January 2020, three months after Sonya and I got married. 

One month later, we were in Mexico. I was in the middle of emceeing Anarchapulco when Sonya broke the news. We were going to have a baby!

Excitement.
Fear. 
Hug. 
Kiss. 
Cry. 
"Oh my God." 

We flew home, and two weeks later… the world shut down. 

And things got weird. 

In the preceding months, as Sonya's belly grew, so did the weirdness. 

2020 was the year of COVID-19. The coronavirus "pandemic." Lockdowns. Masks. Social distancing. "Slowing the curve." 

For me, 2020 was the year I became a dad.

18 months later, my second son, Oscar Wheeler, was born. 

And what a wild ride it's been...

Character Defining

"Character" comes from the Greek word, “kharakter,” which means chisel, or the mark left by a chisel. A chisel strips away waste material from an object. The stuff that might get in the way, to get down to the essential thing, the thing that really matters.

Character is who you are after you’ve chiseled away all the unnecessary material.

"Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming." - Jim Rohn

Fathering my boys chisels my character every day in ways I could not have predicted.

Here are 3 ways being a dad is chiseling my character and making me a better man. 

1. The Power of Calmness 

 The first thing I do every morning, with a pencil and paper, is write out my 10 primary goals. Number one is always the same:

"I remain calm in every situation."

Am I calm in every situation? Not yet. 

More than before? You better believe it.

Having two very small children forces me to face myself and who I am every day. No flaw is safe. Every undeveloped aspect gets exposed. 

Can't run, can't hide. 

In a sense, babies show you where you're still a baby. The "terrible twos" show you where you're a "terrible mid-to-late-30's." 

Before having kids, you can get away with blowing your top from time to time. You can explode for a moment to let off steam. You can drop a series of f-bombs and other expletives with no consequence. 

Not anymore. 

They're always watching, always listening. They're everywhere. 

Babies and toddlers have a unique ability. One minute they're melting your heart, the next they’re melting down and driving you out of your mind. But showing them how crazy they're making you is wrong. They have no context for literally anything yet. So every reaction you have is teaching them how to react and behave.  

One afternoon, when Teague was 1 1/2, I dropped a screw down the drain. Why? Doesn't matter. All you need to know is that when the screw dropped, so did this: 

"F---!" 

Teague didn't repeat it exactly, just the plosive. 

"FA!" 

He then ran around the house shouting, "Fa! Fa! Fa!" 

Well f---. 

Lesson learned. 

The consequences of reacting inappropriately outweigh the annoyingness of whatever they're doing. 

And giving into outbursts weighs heavy on my mind, far beyond the moment in which they occurred. 

 “Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centered, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power, ready to be focused in an instant to meet any crisis.” - William George Jordan

The ability to stay calm in any given moment is no small feat. It's actually incredibly difficult. Hence, it's the first thing I remind myself of every single morning when I wake up. 

I'm calmer at home now, and therefore calmer in life. I'm slower to react and more patient in my approach. Everywhere with everyone.  

 2. Strength Through Self-Control 

I've realized that: 

The best gift I can give my children is a devotion to personal development.

In the last year, it has become clear that to be the best father I can be, I must commit to becoming the best version of myself. 

This also applies to my marriage and extrapolates out beyond the walls of my home. To be the best coach, I must become the best me. To produce great work, I must be great. To be a leader of men, I must lead myself first. 

 “Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My little guys give my life a structure I didn't know I needed.

In my early 20s, I got into the habit of escaping. I will not qualify that habit as "good" or "bad." I accomplished a lot in my 20s, and I regret nothing. BUT one big thing I lacked was discipline. 

((Discipline is the first step to freedom.))

When Teague was born, I didn't want to give up anything. I wanted to go to bed late and wake up whenever I felt like it. I wanted to do what I wanted when I wanted to do it. Just like I'd always done. 

Nope.

I wish I could say I adapted quickly and easily to my new circumstances, but I didn't. I was stubborn. I resisted. I was whiny and pouty like a, well, like a baby. 

There's that mirror again. That mirror named Teague. That unrelenting mirror that shows me where I need to improve, where I need to mature, and where I need to grow up. 

Kicking and screaming, I started changing my habits and altering my routines. 

And wouldn't you know it, I fell in love with the process.

Becoming a better version of myself was, and is, exciting! I'm finally unlocking WHO I really AM. 

Not giving into vices is empowering.

Going to bed by 9 and waking up at 4:30 is energizing! 

Every day of fatherhood, I have the choice of being selfish or selfless. It’s not always easy, and sometimes it sucks, but choosing selflessness is always more helpful to my family. And the rewards of that are greater than those of personal, immediate satisfaction. 

Selfish choices provide instant gratification. Selfless choices are in service to others. Consistently choosing selflessness over selfishness is a surefire way to chisel your character.

3. The Futility of Worry 

Concern and worry are not the same. 

Concern is acknowledging a problem and calmly doing what's required to solve it. 

Worry is negative use of imagination, a mental carousel of madness.

With worry also comes indecision. 

I became an anxious ball of worried thoughts during Teague's first year. It got so bad that I stopped being able to fall asleep. I've told this story before, and you can read about it here

Now, much like calmness, I practice the subtle art of not worrying every day. 

To worry about anything is unhelpful and unproductive.

 "I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” - Mark Twain

I've determined that the root cause of most worry is confusion. And the remedy for confusion is clarity. After Oscar arrived, I made the decision to get clear on exactly what I wanted out of life. Because I don’t want my boys to experience a worried dad. After all, I am the man responsible for leading them into manhood. 

They have helped me identify what I want to achieve and when. No more vagueness, no more waffling, no more confusion, no more worry. Being a father has clarified my purpose. 

Having a family has increased my boldness tenfold. There's no room for worry now, and there's no time for doubt. 

The fear of criticism can kill a person decades before they die.

It’s been an obstacle for me in the past. My newfound responsibility as a dad has made me almost impervious to it. I trust myself more, and I no longer let the fear of people’s opinions get in my way. When I hesitate out of fear, I think about my boys, and self-confidence returns. 

Have I completely eradicated worry? No. But almost. It still creeps in sometimes, but I can vanquish it more quickly than before. 

Supporting a family of five (yes, 5, our next son will arrive next month) makes it so that personal success is no longer an option but a requirement. 

I have no choice but to succeed, so any moment spent worrying is a moment I’ll never get back.

Am I concerned about things going on in the world? Of course. 

But I'm not worried.

Not anymore. 

Children always represent hope for the future. 

Don’t lose faith. All is not lost. 

Not if my sons or I have anything to say about it. 

“This time, like all times, is a very good one if we know what to do with it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Men, if you’re struggling, let’s talk. 

Limited spots are available in my program, The Self Reliant Way

Click Here to book a call with me today. 

Much love,

Benny 

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https://www.bennywills.com/blog/3-Lessons

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On 10/20/2023 at 5:45 PM, Macnamara said:

Don't know if this is a good thing or a trojan horse but it sounds like an interesting development anyway:

 
October 19, 2023

Globalists Fear Spartacus and His Slave Rebellion

 

Something intriguing is happening with bitcoin.  What started as a series of perplexing data “inscriptions” containing classified files from the U.S. government has now been confirmed by Bitcoin Magazine as an ongoing effort to cement information in the public record beyond the reach of government censorship.

An anonymous guardian of free speech has begun using bitcoin to republish all of the information originally published by Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks back in 2010.  Codenamed “Project Spartacus,” the operation seeks to take advantage of several inherent bitcoin attributes:

(1) It utilizes bitcoin’s Ordinals protocol that allows users to add personalized data to units of the cryptocurrency’s blockchain.

(2) Because data within integrated parts of the blockchain cannot be subsequently removed, it forms a part of the cryptocurrency’s permanent record.

(3) Because the blockchain of transactions operates on a decentralized, global network of sovereign nodes, there is no tech CEO or other middleman who can intervene to do governments’ censorship bidding.  

 

Decentralized blockchain technology, in other words, is about much more than cryptocurrencies.  It is a powerful tool that will continue to allow ordinary people to evade government authority.

Project Spartacus is just the beginning.  Imagine new social media networks built from decentralized blockchains of information.  Imagine an entirely new internet operating beyond the reach of corporate search engines, regulated addresses, and government permissions.  With no corporation in control of the networks or in singular possession of communicated data on privately held servers, the problem of State-directed censorship disappears.  No longer could corporate oligarchs operate in concert with government dictators to silence public dissent and magnify government propaganda.  No longer would it matter what the Marxist Globalists at Facebook or Google think is true — or what they think should be falsely presented as truth — once ordinary people have a dependable workaround technology that allows them to share information free from Big Brother’s menacing intervention.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2023/10/globalists_fear_spartacus_and_his_slave_rebellion.html

 

GOOD === Welcome to Smile City with The Inner Smile for the Outsider Man who MAY NOT as it were dare smile or express anything in today's technological hell, YES that is the feeling captured well for seeing such good news, especially for Julian Assange!!! where meanwhile threatened by being tempered, repackaged & resold (and all things evil) & generally vaccuumed up by Matrix Protocols..... Matrix Soul Imprisonment without having to physically detain you..... Great World We Live In..... NOOOOOOT...... just for having data of any counter argument mentally or physically transmissioned in anyway, that is the world we are fast headed for folks without such to bring Leakage to pour in to bust open the Cracks of the Over Arching Archon (haha) Matrix!!! (been wanting to use that phrase for a while)..... So cometh stuff like this, it is a much needed impenetrable cyber tactic I guess against oppression and it looks like as Mac says, looks to be just the beginning.....


Project Spartacus says so simply for instruction:-

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HOW TO PUBLISH

Inscribe up to 300 War Logs at a time with the easy-to-use ordinals inscription tool. We made inscribing these War Logs to Bitcoin as easy as sending a Bitcoin transaction.

Simply:

Select total amount of War Logs you wish to inscribe (maximum 300 per transaction)

Enter your BTC address to receive the WAR LOGS

Pay the invoice that is presented


 

That's it! You will be shown a 'transaction pending' screen until your transaction is confirmed, at which time you will receive the Transaction ID.

 

 

That is the stuff of legend isn't it....Tech Warriors finding workarounds.... And seems it is being made a doddle and made accessible to anybody TO CONTRIBUTE (by which money goes in good hands I see on their site) and all happens at least on principle from what we are told in an open drive way for all, not necessarily needing a great deal of knowledge or skill to execute having precious/ vital data wrapped up in the collective and/or individual DATA "copy/paste" SENDER (however the entire arrangement prepossesses by principle), but to yield where possible for ALL PUBLIC to gaze at FREELY the possibilities for this.... wherein I mean it may help to have General OPEN Enquiry to learn from website hosts of project updates or specific insights into how it all works more closely if anything could be expressed more deeply into HOW it is doing what it says or claims)..... buuut knowingly now for one thing the idea seems sound enough for all intent purposes and would be immutable 'cannonization' of any data flown off into cyberspace *sts* or AKA in slightly more easy going english --> simply of the effect of data finding unchangeable permanence using Crypto BitCoin BlockChain, and disenchanting the Sinister Obfuscating Matrix World of Appearances of Technocratic & Oligarchy Deceit by this sidestep workaround, super doofing the Matrix by which that which that technology was expected to be part of (HAHAHAH).... and gladly leaving us freedom lovers assured that Truth Will Ouuuuuut any way it can..., and knowledge WILL BE SET FREE.  https://projectspartacus.org/Manifesto  Difficult if not impossible to know though if such would be in anyway a Trojan Horse, but why worry if no perceivable (yet?) catch to data being wrapped up in the engagement by payments using bitcoin is purely truth by evidentiality by right thinking people, soooo where could be the problem - let's say IF it were a worry by some way not yet realized?? Worry over nothing in which case? ~yes/ no? 

 

Just one question, how do the logs get accessed ultimately?...... Yes I celebrated before the fight is won, but I don't care. It is very positive step for sure.

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Revival of traditional skills and know-how

 

It sounds like you might be on the verge of a transformational idea Richard. In scotland we have things like the crofting federation which helps people with advice and training courses and other resources for crofters and i think there could be scope and interest for a similar network of people looking to revive or keep alive old skills and know-how. I guess it needs a platform where people can coordinate and also see what's on offer and/or what can be offered in terms of skill shares, knowledge sharing, courses and so on. If you raise that standard i'm sure many would rally to it and willingly share what skills and knowledge they have.

 

For example in the far north the islanders of north ronaldsay hold a festival each year where they host volunteers who help repair their centuries old, storm battered dry stone wall which keeps their rare breed of sheep on the shoreline as it can only digest seaweed and not grass. Volunteers also get an insight into the local wool trade and all that entails including craft skills like knitting. I'm sure someone like yourself who is good at bringing people together could organise some sort of fair like the old country fairs that used to bring people together.

The ancestors are calling me ...

 

 

Hands - Irish Craftsmanship
 

 

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