The National Intelligence Council releases a global trends report every four years following the U.S. presidential election. This post-election report, Global Trends: Paradox of Progress, reflects a positive outlook on cryptocurrency.
Of many concerns the report discusses, ranging from terrorism to ‘gray-zone’ warfare, cryptocurrencies are not one of them. Instead, it acknowledges that “New financial technologies— including digital currencies, applications of “blockchain” technology for transactions, and AI and big data for predictive analytics—will reshape financial services“. ( Global Trends: Paradox of Progress, pg. 15 )
The geopolitical conditions implied by global trends indicate that it’s a good time to invest in cryptocurrency, gold, silver, or whatever hedge you have against inflation and economic instability.
Global trends indicate rising tensions within and between countries, weak economic growth, shrinking workforces, increased competition for good jobs globally, potential reductions of open trade, the increase of terrorism and disruptive groups, an increase of gray-zone warfare, clean drinking water shortages, etc.
Individuals will be more empowered with new technologies, the world will be even more interconnected and have greater access to information, governments will be forced to be more transparent, biological enhancements will improve and prolong human life and challenge what it means to be human, reduction of monopolized and centralized institutions will free individuals, groups and individuals will be able to bypass traditional systems to create changes faster, many governments, including the U.S., will become decentralized, and economies will become more diversified.
Guccifer 2.0 has reemerged to discredit claims of Russian ties.
“I really hope you’ve missed me a lot. Though I see they didn’t let you forget my name. The U.S. intelligence agencies have published several reports of late claiming I have ties with Russia.
I’d like to make it clear enough that these accusations are unfounded. I have totally no relation to the Russian government. I’d like to tell you once again I was acting in accordance with my personal political views and beliefs.
The technical evidence contained in the reports doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. This is a crude fake.
Any IT professional can see that a malware sample mentioned in the Joint Analysis Report was taken from the web and was commonly available. A lot of hackers use it. I think it was inserted in the report to make it look a bit more plausible.
I already explained at The Future of Cyber Security Europe conference that took place in London in last September, I had used a different way to breach into the DNC network. I found a vulnerability in the NGP VAN software installed in the DNC system.
It’s obvious that the intelligence agencies are deliberately falsifying evidence. In my opinion, they’re playing into the hands of the Democrats who are trying to blame foreign actors for their failure.
The Obama administration has a week left in office and I believe we’ll see some more fakes during this period.
I guess you have a lot of questions for me. So, feel free to send them via DM.”
In an odd event, a high-ranking Freemason, Giulio Occhionero, hacked into thousands of email accounts, including accounts of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, Italian Prime Ministers Matteo Renzi and Mario Monti, and several Vatican cardinals.
“There were tens of thousands of email accounts hacked, and among them were accounts belonging to bankers, businessmen and even several cardinals in the Vatican,” Roberto Di Legami, director of the specialised cyber police unit that conducted the investigation, told Reuters.
According to Bloomberg, the name of the hacking operation or customized malware was “Eye Pyramid“.
There’s a history of conflict between the Vatican and Freemasonry, which is why it’s particularly interesting that he hacked accounts of Vatican cardinals.
The projections of Bitcoin hitting 1,000 by late 2016 to early 2017 were spot on. Bitcoin hit 1,000 today, January 1st, 2017. This time, it’s different, though. The overall stability of Bitcoin has increased by a very substantial margin and will continue to increase with time.
The price of Bitcoin is still subject to volatility until it completes the S-curve of adoption but the future of Bitcoin is looking very promising. This is another great milestone for Bitcoin.
On Friday 7 October 2016, the ODNI released a Joint Statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security.
Seemingly contradictory assertions are being made in this statement. For example, it states that the U.S. Intelligence Community is “confident” that these compromises were directed by the Russian government while admitting that “we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government”. Likewise, stating that the “alleged hacked” e-mails or thefts and “ disclosures” released through DCLeaks, WikiLeaks, and the Guccifer 2.0 persona, are “consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts”, undermines the narrative of Russian interference. There is simply too much indirect language and too many degrees of separation.
The language and terminology of the statement make it very difficult to understand what is and isn’t being asserted, exactly. It’s almost as if the statement is intentionally indirect and non-commital.
On Wednesday 14 December 2016, the ODNI released a Statement on Requests for Additional Information of Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.
An important part of this statement is the acknowledgment of briefings on Capitol Hill and that the USIC will make its findings available to the public “consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods”.
The briefings are probably the source of media misinterpretation from various “officials”. In regard to the inability to produce full evidence of Russian interference, it’s both reasonable and unreasonable. For the safety of sources, potential operatives, and techniques, it makes sense not to reveal particular information and to keep it classified. However, for something of this extremity and for the sheer sake of dissolving the potentiality of any further propaganda on either side, it demands evidence. Without evidence, WikiLeaks is vindicated within the minds of Americans and belief in Russian involvement dissolves. In fact, 71% of Americans do NOT believe the Russian government was involved.
On Wednesday 16 December 2016, the ODNI released a statement in regard to their previous statements.
The strange part of this statement is that it reasserts the claims of the first statement and continues to utilize the terminology of disclosures of “alleged hacked” e-mails. However, it only refers to e-mail compromises in relation to the Guccifer 2.0 persona and claims that those disclosures were intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. This implies the “alleged hacked” emails were leaked through the directed efforts of the Russian government to interfere with the election process. What does this imply of the other leaks and their sources, though? Is the USIC only accusing the Guccifer 2.0 leaks of being a Russian-directed effort?
There’s an underlying impression that these statements and that the general narrative of Russian interference is to veil political corruption and mishap and perhaps even interagency dispute. It could also be that maintaining the narrative of Russian interference is a form of leverage against Russia.
“For me, the most desultory recent development was the Clinton Administration’s decision to Kremlin bait Trump for saying that he thought it would be a good idea to cooperate with Putin and Russia. I add to that, I am not now nor have I ever been a Trump supporter but I have always been a supporter of day taunt and what the Clinton Administration has done… ( You’re talking about the Clinton campaign, the moderator corrects ) What has come out of the Clinton campaign and it comes every day to my computer. It’s McCarthyism. It’s something I’m old enough to remember the way it affected my professors. It is going to make, no matter who is president, any rational discourse about Russia in this country so much more difficult and it aggrieves me that the publications I have relied on all my life and the columnists I relied on all my life, are on board with this. They say it’s okay. It is not okay. It is bad for all of us and it needs to stop now or we’ll never get out of this new and worse Cold War with Russia.” — Stephen Cohen, American scholar and professor of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University
In retrospect, Stephen Cohen’s concerns have become validated, especially after the election. The Clinton campaign has spiraled into an endless blame game, from blaming the FBI to the Russian government, for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.
There was a great deal of ideological preconditioning before any official accusations of Russian interference with the 2016 election were made and today Barack Obama is set to announce retaliatory measures in response to the alleged cyber attacks.
In varied aspects of culture, there’s always the ‘alternative’ to the ‘mainstream’. The mainstream is the superficial, less intellectual and less informed side of a given aspect of culture. The alternative is the less regulated and often more intellectual and informed side. In regards to occultism, the mainstream would be individuals such as the charlatan Aleister Crowley or performance artist Marina Abramović. The alternative would be individuals like Albert Pike, Rudolf Steiner, or Manly P. Hall.
The alternative side of occultism is interested in scientific, historical and applicable forms of esotericism and philosophy, whereas the mainstream is concerned with pseudo-science and superstition. For example, Aleister Crowley claimed to have been contacted by the supernatural being Aiwass, which provided the basis for The Book of the Law. Meanwhile, Marina Abramović throws a mixture of sperm, breast milk, and blood on the wall in her “Spirit Cooking” so that ghosts can feed off of intangible things. On the other hand, real occultists like Albert Pike and Manly P. Hall concerned themselves with subjects like astrotheology which lead to fields like archaeoastronomy or the study of the death and resurrection mythology, which is significant in anthropology as discussed in The Denial of Death by famed anthropologist Ernest Becker.
It’s also quite evident that pseudo-occultism is a mere imitation of other things. Abramović’s Rhyme 0 isn’t much different from the Milgram experiment that was done nearly eleven years prior by the psychologist Stanley Milgram. In fact, a lot of her “performance art” appears to be lifted from other sources, whether it was intentional or not. Likewise, Aleister Crowley stole the vast majority of his works from other occultists and orders that he was kicked out of for his juvenility. Even Crowley’s most famous saying “Do What Thou Wilt” was a stolen line that traces back to the Hellfire Club and François Rabelais.
The worst thing about this branch of pseudo-occultism and pseudo-intellectualism is that it attracts equally stupid celebrities and politicians, which only further validates it in the minds of average people who believe in things like the modern Illuminati ruling the world and controlling the music industry. It’s so embarrassing and silly in contrast to legitimate esotericism.
The mainstream occultism of the past and present is simply juvenile and meaningless. There is no science to it nor is there any intellectualism to it. It is all based on the subjectivity of things, such as that of art, but lacks objectivity in all regards. It’s a bunch of pseudo-intellectual nonsense from people who have no clue what they’re doing or saying but want to feel as if they do. In other words, true occultists have applicable knowledge and power, whereas pseudo-occultists only maintain an illusion of knowledge and power.
In a recent Alex Jones video on potential inaugural disruption, Roger Stone appears to have a Freudian slip in regard to the investigation of Hillary Clinton. Of course, anyone who studies psychology understands that a Freudian slip may or may not even mean anything. Sometimes people simply make a mistake based on other conditioned patterns of thought, it doesn’t necessarily mean that what they accidentally say is their true intention. However, sometimes it really is. . .
At 3:46 of the video, Mr. Stone says “and you want to stand up for Donald Trump during these investi… during these protests to show that we have the proof.”
This apparent Freudian slip would imply that Donald Trump is going after Hillary Clinton after all but we shall see.
The Hill released an article reflecting the perspective I had taken seven days prior, in our article on “fake news” and internet censorship. I concluded the article stating that “Both sides are guilty of bias, both push false and misleading narratives, but only one side is calling for internet censorship, only one side has unveiled an incredibly deceitful and destructive agenda.” Of course, I’m referring to the agenda of controlled media to discredit the alternative media as “fake news”.
The war between alternative media and controlled media has become apparent but alternative media has already won this war before it began. The controlled media is acting in a reactionary way to that which it perceives as a threat to its legitimacy, whereas the alternative media has acted in a preemptive and prevailing which is more persuasive. For that reason, the alternative media will continue to prevail over the controlled media and the statistics back my perspective on this matter.
Trust in the media ( mainstream media ) has dropped to an all-time low.
“WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.
Gallup began asking this question in 1972, and on a yearly basis since 1997. Over the history of the entire trend, Americans’ trust and confidence hit its highest point in 1976, at 72%, in the wake of widely lauded examples of investigative journalism regarding Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. After staying in the low to mid-50s through the late 1990s and into the early years of the new century, Americans’ trust in the media has fallen slowly and steadily. It has consistently been below a majority level since 2007.
Republicans Fuel Drop in Media Trust
While it is clear Americans’ trust in the media has been eroding over time, the election campaign may be the reason that it has fallen so sharply this year. With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more. It is also possible that Republicans think less of the media as a result of Trump’s sharp criticisms of the press. Republicans who say they have trust in the media has plummeted to 14% from 32% a year ago. This is easily the lowest confidence among Republicans in 20 years.
Democrats’ and independents’ trust in the media has declined only marginally, with 51% of Democrats (compared with 55% last year) and 30% of independents (versus 33% last year) expressing trust. Over the past 20 years, Democrats have generally expressed more trust than Republicans in the media, although in 2000, the two parties were most closely aligned, with 53% of Democrats and 47% of Republicans professing trust.
Trust in Mass Media Falls Across Age Groups
Older Americans are more likely than younger Americans to say they trust the media, but trust has declined among both age groups this year. Currently, 26% of those aged 18 to 49 (down from 36% last year) and 38% of those aged 50 and older (down from 45%) say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
In 2001, younger Americans (55%) were more likely than older Americans (50%) to express trust and confidence in mass media. This gap emerged again in 2005 when 53% of 18- to 49-year-olds had trust and 45% of those 50 and older expressed the same sentiment. Yet in the past decade, older Americans have mostly had more confidence than younger Americans, and this year, the gap between these age groups is 12 points. And 2016 marks the first time that confidence among older Americans has dropped below 40% in polling since 2001.” – Gallup
The democratization of information has lead to the democratization of truth, therein lying the distrust of controlled media among the youth of America. There is no reason to believe that this trend won’t continue, especially with the popularity of alternative media skyrocketing in contrast to controlled media, which is only experiencing temporary surges.
Controlled media has already lost the youth, which created the necessity for alternative media and that necessity will drive the future of media focus and that’s why alternative media is more likely, in the long-run, to overtake the controlled media. However, efforts are being made to curve this phenomenon. For example, CNN recently purchased the social media app Beme, to cultivate the millennial audience. I am predicting that these type of efforts will ultimately fail and will not curve this trend because it does not provide a solution to the problem that created this trend, to begin with.
At some point, controlled media and all media, for that matter, will have to submit to a more informed age of individuals, who will be more capable of deciphering fact from fiction for themselves.