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Journo Walks Around the World While Promoting Elite Memes
Paul Salopek: Going for a seven-year walk ... US journalist Paul Salopek is going to spend the next seven years walking from Ethiopia to the tip of South America, retracing the journey of early humans out of Africa and around the world. Along the way he will be writing articles, shooting video and tweeting. Salopek will take some 30 million footsteps during this journey, which he calls "the long walk into our becoming". So there is a lot of potential for blisters. But he insists he is not doing this as some kind of extreme sport - he will be thinking hard, en route, about human evolution. The starting point for the trek is Herto Bouri, a site in north-eastern Ethiopia populated by early humans in the Middle Stone Age. "Paleoanthropologists have found an extremely old Homo sapiens fossil there, which might be as much as 160,000 years old," says Salopek. – BBC
Dominant Social Theme: This is going to be a great reporting opportunity, and one that will reaffirm basic science.
Free-Market Analysis: We wish Paul Salopek well. This is a great opportunity to write and stay physically fit at the same time. National Geographic is going to spend a lot of money sponsoring him as he walks around the world.
Salopek is an award-winning journalist and we can expect, no doubt, many well-written and heartfelt observations from him. As he points out, "This was how we were designed to absorb information, at 5km an hour (3mph)."
But the article left us with questions as well as answers. Like so much of the rest of the mainstream media, National Geographic has been converted into a kind of promotional machine for elite memes. The power elite that wants to run the world and uses central banking as its war chest seems to control major centers of influence around the world: politics, education, military operations and, of course, the media. The only entity of influence they don't entirely control is the Internet.
And it is the Internet Reformation, as we call it, that we can use to critique publications like the National Geographic. The magazine used to be about unearthing interesting facts about the past and fascinating, out-of-the-way places. But these days it's mostly a kind of green, meme machine.
The power elite uses it – and it is a powerful franchise – to spread scarcity propaganda that in turn pushes middle classes into turning over wealth and power to elite globalist solutions. The article itself reaffirms bedrock dominant and subdominant social themes.
For instance, the article makes it clear that "[i]Initial human colonisation of North America occurred between 18,000 and 12,000 years ago." But, of course, this is untrue. There is significant evidence that both North and South America were colonized before the Homo sapiens migration over the land-bridge to what is now Alaska. Colonization of the Americas may have occurred from the sea, from both the Pacific and Atlantic, and perhaps in other ways as well.
Salopek, a courageous journalist who was once imprisoned in the Sudan, has no such doubts. "I shall be retracing the pathways of the first human diaspora out of Africa, which occurred about 50 to 70,000 years ago, as authentically as possible, on foot," he says. And the article adds that he believes "this form of journalism could even be more important than reacting to such epoch-making crises as 9/11."
"Had there been more people paying close and scrupulous attention to what was happening in refugee camps on the Afghan-Pakistan border... if we had actually taken the time to not do drive-by journalism, where we only react to crises, then we might actually have had fewer crises to report on," he says.
This is an amazing statement. There is no real evidence that 9/11 was orchestrated out of caves in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden even denied his involvement, though that has not been generally reported. So even in this little interview there are two provably false statements. Salopek is surely making assumptions in line with what his employer wishes to purvey. The journalist's lot is ever thus.
This is how power elite media works. It creates authentic-seeming opportunities for commenting and reporting – and then it organizes this sincere commentary around a core of untruths – promotional memes that reinforce ... globalization.
One of the conclusions that Salopek will surely reach is the cliché that, as we are all one species despite our differences, geography ought not to divide us. It will be an argument for one world, in other words. As the elites in one way or another are paying for it, they will expect their money's worth.
Conclusion: We don't mean to pick on Salopek who seems like a brilliant writer. But multiply his assumptions and intentions by millions and you begin to see how pervasive arguments for globalism really are, and how it is purveyed.
Posted by speedygonzales on 01/15/13 10:32 AM
"I believe that the future will learn more from the spirit of Gesell than from that of Marx." J.M. Keynes
Silvio Gesell was born at St. Vith on the German-Luxembourg frontier of a German father and a French mother. In 1886 he migrated to Argentina, prospered as importer and manufacturer, and became interested in the currency question during the world depression of 1873-96. In his first work, "Currency Reform as Bridge to the Social State" (1891), Gesell made the celebrated proposal for unhoardable money. Further studies on the disastrous effects of deflation and the necessity for stabilizing the purchasing power of money followed. Retiring to Switzerland, Gesell brought out a periodical for currency and land reform and in 1906 wrote his main book, The Natural Economic Order.
In 1919 Gustav Landauer, one of the chief figures of the German Revolution of 1918-19, invited Gesell to become finance minister in the shortlived Bavarian Republic. Both men were arrested and charged with treason. Landauer was murdered in prison; Gesell was acquitted. He continued to publish actively in Berlin where he died in 1930.
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The Swiss WIR, or: How to Defeat the Money Power
WIR was founded by businessmen Werner Zimmerman and Paul Enz in 1934. It was a direct response to the Great Depression. They built on the legacy of Silvio Gesell, whose thinking also was the basis for the famous Wörgl Scrip and today's German Regional Currencies, like the Chiemgauer.
Silvio Gesell is in fact the Patriarch of what I suggest should be called 'German Economics' or 'Interest-Free Economics', the theoretical basis for the anti-usury movement. His analysis of Usury inspired both Gottfried Feder and Margrit Kennedy, two other leading lights of the European anti-usury movement. He also had interesting and much needed ideas about land reform.
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Gottfried Feder: Manifesto for the Breaking of the Financial Slavery to Interest
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'At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world'- Charles Darwin
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"The single fact that we owe not one single truth, not one idea in philosophy or religion to the Semitic race is, of itself, ample reward for years of study, and it is a fact indisputable, if I read the Veda and Zend Avesta alright." Albert Pike
We seldom realize the importance of what Einstein said
"We should be thankful to Indians who taught us how to count without which no worthwhile scientific discovery would have been possible."
We fail to recognize the magnitude of the famous British Historian Grant Duff's words
"Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago."
We ignore what the American Historian Will Durant said:
"India was the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages. India was the mother of our philosophy, of much of our mathematics, of the ideals embodied in Christianity… of self-government and democracy. In many ways, Mother India is the mother of us all."
Even Nikola Tesla was influenced with Vedanta. In 1903 he met Swami Vivekananda.
Did you know that the famous Hindu astronomer, Bhaskaracharya in his Surya Siddhanta wrote:
"Objects fall on the earth due to a force of attraction by the earth. Therefore, the earth, planets, constellations, moon and sun are held in orbit due to this attraction."
It was not until 1687, 1200 years later did Issac Newton "rediscover" the Law of Gravity. Click to view link
Some somewhere should survive Toba disaster as genetics prove all humans on earth now come from the few thousands individual bellow 70 000 years ago. No doubt it was central Asia.Toba was greatest disaster in the last 2 milion years. And just last 100 000 years ther was great rock and roll on earth: 4 times switched rotation poles, few ice ages, bunch of hits of extraterestrial objects. One which hit Yucatan left on oposite side of earth few thousand feet eart's magma. All comes with eartquakes, moving earth plates, rising and deepening continents. Only thing which not change is asian and african plateau. Make sense that we call 'em Caucasian race.
Check this out how Arabian peninsula looked like
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From there they moved to Americas. During ice age there was 1 mile of ice in Ohio thats why this part of US is flat. I do not expect someone lived there in this times.
What they do not want to tell you straight that this was r1a DNA, not r1b. American indians have huge amount of r1a DNA, arround The Lakes 70%. In south america there was Cloud people-blond hair,blue eyes.
Check r1a on wikipedia and see the map Distribution of r1a. Lithuanian language is almost pure sanskrit. R1b left northern euroasia somewhere 15 000 years ago and their highest concentration is arround Pyrenees and British Islands. So their language should proto Basque. They just adopted Indo-european language from Roman empire known as Vulgar latin. English language is youngest and extremely screwed up. 50% words in English come from Norman's French which was another Vulgar Latin.
In Vedic scripture is mention that Kashmir was lake. It was 40 000 years ago. Someone was there, saw it and was kept from generation to generation. How great was flood when mountain ridge broke? In Dwarka there is 20 000 years old pottery, now they found similar in China. Gobekli Teppe is chapter by itself. Vedic scriptures talking about stars/planets constelation some 13 000 years ago or further. Aratta Ukraine, with oldest writings on the earth on Kamyana Mohyla, is 20 000+ years old. And there is Black sea deluge-Atlantis theory.
Whats about ancient surgeries? We know about them even from Hammu-rabi.
What is this all about? National Geographic must feed readers with stories and ignore those above, to the last moment. Otherwise they should rewrite history books, put aside The Bible. Greek's science is nothing else as vedic knowledge. The same as sufism,gnosticism and kabbalah.
Posted by Joseph E Fasciani on 01/15/13 02:25 AM
I'll be 70 in February, and have a strong background in both natural sciences and world history. I read the article w/interest, but feel your conclusions are at least premature, if not biased, against this fellow and his sponsors. As a self-employed businessman for nearly fiftey years, I don't see anything wrong w/NatGeo taking a stance on this or paying for his trek. It appears to be 'business as usual' to this old boy.
Thor Heyerdahl was also derided before his successful epic voyage [Click to view link] Why can't we suspend our judgement until we see how he manages?
Posted by fabien on 01/14/13 07:33 PM
I wish him plenty of blisters.
Posted by IndyLyn on 01/14/13 07:04 PM
... "We don't mean to pick on Salopek who seems like a brilliant writer. But.."
No, you all at DB are gentlemen and (presumably gentlewomen) and scholars, but I however mean clearly to pick on Mr. Salopek! I see nothing 'brilliant' about any so called journalist who writes what he is paid to write. Makes me want to spit!
Posted by provolone on 01/14/13 06:49 PM
For a publication that deals in international geography, the title National Geographic is telling. They frequently advance the US/NATO agenda by seeding fear based memes and providing a biased background about regions before, after, and during conflict. Of course there is the photography as well, the bait we all see in the dentist's office.
The rest of the magazine deals with the green agenda and selling people irrelevant outdoor products. It seems somewhat ironic, in that if we are to accept the green agenda, how does Nat. Geo. justify printing all of that paper, and selling all of these useless products? Some of the other ads I recall offered the intangibles; ads from Lockheed about jets == freedom, and ads from Exxon concerning their commitment to protecting the natural world.
They jumped the shark years ago.
Posted by MoeCLarry on 01/14/13 04:46 PM
He is a paid liar with a pre-determined conclusion. He most likely has the outlines of each installment already done.
Posted by 1776 on 01/14/13 12:51 PM
The moral face of capitalism Continued freedom and opportunity necessary to preserve America By Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
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