Award-winning writer & blogger. I analyze the impact of technology on 21st century history.
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Coronavirus, the Totalitarian Excuse
An Omen As the coronavirus spreads worldwide, draconian patterns emerge. An omen flashed by in the cascade of information. At a 26 February 2020 press conference with President Trump, Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the US CDC (full press conference here), wore a jeweled coronavirus brooch, with an embedded pentacle in its center.
The Coronavirus Consciousness
It is hard to believe that it has been one month since the coronavirus outbreak entered the news cycle. How the world can change in four weeks! As we reach the one month mark of public awareness of this pandemic, it is time for deeper reflection.
Novel Coronavirus: A Shift in the Narrative
The mainstream narrative about the origin of the 2019 coronavirus is shifting. There are reports circulating that a non-peer-reviewed pre-print paper has been published by a mainland China scientist, indicating that the virus was lab-created in Wuhan. To give an idea of how sensitive, challenging, and disputed this information is, the pre-print disappeared off its Research Gate link over twenty-four hours in North America between 15 February and 16 February 2020. The abstract ran as follows:
Dead Men Do Tell Tales
In 1995, John F. Kennedy Jr. started a magazine to launch a new era in American politics. Today, there is a conspiracy theory that he succeeded, two decades after his death on 16 July 1999. The theory hypothesizes that Kennedy's aim in naming his magazine George was twofold. In part, the masthead referred to America's first president, George Washington. But—the story goes—Kennedy also used the title to accuse the person who allegedly helped to engineer the assassinations of his father, John F. Kennedy, and possibly his uncle, Robert F. Kennedy. That person was the later head of the CIA, George H. W. Bush.
Egomania, Anonymity, and Bitcoin's Satoshi Reveal
The Jeffrey Epstein case is a sign of larger change. Some want to get to the bottom of his death or disappearance and to expose the intelligence web of drugs, experiments, human trafficking, charities, blackmail, celebrities, guns, cults, and raped children. But these spy networks cannot be fully exposed and destroyed so much as defeated, because they are obsolete. Their Reich seems powerful and impregnable, as though it has been there for millennia and will be for millennia more.
Why People Fear Success
Did you make a New Year's resolution? Psychology Today reported on research that found that about half of the population will make a resolution. According to Business Insider, 80 percent of people drop their resolutions by Valentine's Day.
Saudi Arabia: Cradle of the Singularity
By now, you will probably have seen reports about the anti-corruption actions of the 32-year-old Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, which started on 4 November 2017. Mohammad bin Salman (aka MbS) has locked up his cousins and hundreds of other Saudi business leaders in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton. He has frozen their bank accounts.
Eyes Wide Open or Eyes Wide Shut? Political Choices for the Technologically Disillusioned
The artist René Magritte said, there are two ways of seeing things: with eyes and with no eyes. Or to put it another way, you can look at the world with your eyes wide open or your eyes wide shut.
Poland and the EU: Fake News and a Vanished Empire
HBO's Game of Thrones has never been more popular. In George R. R. Martin's version of the English middle ages, the 15th century War of the Roses became a war of Ice and Fire. Yorks became Starks. Lancasters became Lannisters. This is alt-history, safely confined to the imagination: dragons, dragon queens, and armies of dead men.