The 21st Century; The Era of False Flags, Shills and Public Misinformation

Today, I would like to speak about a serious issue which I have thought about over and over to the point that it’s stuck at the back of my mind like a splinter in a sore thumb. I am referring to the fact that as a society we have become anti-cultural, conformist and ignorant. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying it’s completely our fault (nor am I saying that we should be ashamed and repent, we just need to open our minds and think logically) – as citizens in a democracy we use our vote to empower authorities charged with safeguarding our interests. Our true failure lies in not realising that the game is rigged.

What I mean by this is this – think of society like a pyramid structure. If you were to put our nation’s most important at the top and the less important at the bottom, logic dictates that the authorities and the decision-makers would be at the apex level, right? Now, if the person in power is also a person who gets to live a privileged lifestyle, attend lavish parties and have VIP treatment in every single place they go, it’s safe to assume that they would want it to stay that way. After all, society tends to give the cold shoulder to those who are financially troubled (try asking someone for food or money when you don’t have any and see just how empty your stomach will remain). So, tell me dear loyal party supporters; why do you think that your leaders are above lying to you and screwing you over when in reality their stay in power is when they can cash out?

This is where the things I mentioned in the title of this article come in. Politicians weave a web of lies to deceive and subvert the public’s attention away from the real issues and problems; the job description entails diverting the blame away from them and onto a minority. There are several tactics which have been used to do so – false flag attacks, for example, is a commonly used fear-mongering tool in order to terrorise a nation into going to war. A false flag attack is one which is planned by a country on its own soil (under the pre-tense that the assailants belong to the “enemy” nation) in order to make it seem justified to go to war with another country – an example of this lies in 9/11. For the sake of the brevity of this article, I suggest looking at the damning evidence yourself, as it would take a whole other article to delve into that subject.

Another business which is booming is the shilling industry; how many times have you heard a government official say “a panel of experts has been lined up to back our statement?” In the case of a corrupt government whose interest solely lies in convincing us we should blindly trust it and not ask questions, shills are very useful people (the word ‘shill’ is slang for a person who publics or praises something / someone for reasons of self-interest or personal profit). For example, if your government wants to build a tasteless boutique hotel in a beautiful rural area of the country, they will probably hire a couple of experts to provide a ‘social impact assessment’ (or something on those lines, the important thing is that they come off looking professional and serious) in order to convince the public this is a good idea.

And how does this all slide without us noticing? That’s where deliberate public misinformation comes in. Every day, we are bombarded with non-stop advertisements, countless reality shows and droll television as well as propaganda from national radio and television shows. The point of all this is to never give you time to thoroughly think about what’s really going on and keep you occupied with mindless entertainment. If it’s not entertainment, it’s the general glorification of the lifestyle of the wealthy and the influential that keeps us tethered onto the bait just enough to believe that we can all live like that (leading to the never-ending pursuit for money). The delusion lies in making you think that it’s okay to have inequality and hate and disparity; if you believe that is okay, then you need to reconnect to what it really means to be a human being and start thinking more with your own brain instead of waiting to be told what to think.

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A Letter to the Prime Minister

Today, a 45-year old man from Bormla by the name of Louis Lia was sentenced to rot in prison for 3 years along with a €3,000 fine for the cultivation of 8 plants of marijuana. Today is another day where the justice system of this country has put a man in jail for the cultivation and consumption of a plant. It is especially ridiculous when one considers that, in the US for example, states which have legalised marijuana (link to the original article here) have, amongst several other things, reported the following:

  • Reported reduced incarceration rates (and the benefit of saving millions of dollars in law enforcement expenses),
  • Conducted research which points out several beneficial effects of marijuana (shrinking aggressive brain tumours, epilepsy and other seizure disorders along with reduction of stress, anxiety and depression to name a few),
  • Created tens of thousands of new jobs thanks to the marijuana industry (Colorado created 10,000 new jobs on its own).

Upon reading the story of Mr Lia, I remembered that I had sent a message to the Prime Minister’s Facebook page about a year ago. At the time, I was a supporter of the Labour party, and I genuinely believed that at least a secretary or an office assistant might at least read the messages and take note of whatever people might have said on something as easily accessible as a Facebook page. I would like to ask those who are reading this article and share the same opinion to read it below, and pass it on to your friends on social media. Let this letter be our collective outcry for a serious discussion on the topic, and let us all voice our opinion on an issue which needs to be talked about.

“29/11/2014

 His Excellency Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta,

before speaking about anything at all I would like to congratulate you on the fortitude you displayed when addressing the Opposition during your Budget speech, as you showed all the traits of a born economist and a good leader. I, for one, am glad you are the one who is steering our economy through times during which other countries are failing to keep themselves fiscally afloat.

Now, I would like to get to the point of this message as I am certain a man such as yourself has a lot of things to do and very little time to do them. I have been a follower of the argument about the controlled legalisation of drugs for quite a few years, and I believe that it is the way forward for a problem of this scale to be controlled. The figures below have been derived from official US government records available for everyone to see (if you know where to look), and I believe if anyone should see them, it would be you as Prime Minister of this country:

  1. i) $51 billion – the amount of money the United States government spends on the war on drugs annually.
  2. ii) 1.53 million – the number of people arrested annually on non-violent drug charges.

iii) 757,696 – the number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation annually, 87% of which were arrested for possession only.

  1. iv) 70,000 – the number of lives lost in the Mexican drug wars since 2006.
  2. v) 200,000 – the number of students studying in America who lost federal financial aid ability because of a drug conviction.
  3. vi) 31,758 – the number of people in the U.S. that die each year from an accidental/intentional drug overdose. The number of people who have lost their lives to a marijuana overdose in recorded history? 0.

vii) $46.7 billion – the dollar value of the tax revenue that drug legalisation would yield annually. Coupled with the cost of the war on drugs, legalisation would save the government nearly $100 billion.

I believe these numbers are too large to ignore, and I am certain that a leader with your capabilities understands this. Legalisation of cannabis would lead to a more prosperous economy (Colorado and Washington spring to mind as examples of this), less people serving jail time for doing something which is literally harming nobody and less people being exposed to organised crime in order to obtain cannabis (thus, this would be hitting two birds with one stone – eliminating a major source of revenue for organised crime and giving people safe access to something which they are going to buy anyway, regardless of whether it is legal or not).

Before I conclude my argument, I would like to state that I was elated to see that your Government is already leading the way forward with the White Paper regarding personal use, but I do think that this is only a small step in a very long journey. In my humble opinion, I believe this would be a bold political master stroke which would not only benefit the country as a whole, but would also make your present term in office a revolutionary one which would be remembered for a very long time.

Yours sincerely and with respect, Julian Delia”

The Bigger They Are, The More They Bleed – China’s Economic Meltdown

According to various reports by alternative, non-corporate owned media and leading senior economists across the globe, it is very possible that soon China’s economy “could be heading towards the biggest financial disaster since the 1929 Wall Street crash”. Shares on China’s stock markets plummeted by 30% in less than a month, and more than $3.2 trillion has been lost in around 3 weeks. If one were to illustrate just how bad this is, the amount of money lost in China’s stock markets is 10 times the size of the entire Greek economy.

According to Andrew Kenningham, a Senior Global Economist at Capital Economics (one of the leading, independent economy research companies in the world – based in London), this sudden financial meltdown was mostly caused by a huge bubble in the market in the middle of last year – in layman’s terms, the Chinese government was encouraging people to buy up (in this case, one too many) stocks in order to flex its economical and political muscle against competitor economies. To elaborate on this analogy, China ‘flexed its muscle’ too much and basically tore it and caused it to bleed internally.

Mr Kenningham also went further, stating that “every individual investor has to take responsibility for their own actions and a lot of people perhaps got their fingers burnt who would have otherwise been wiser to not get involved”. In the interest of credibility in this article, let us also mention that Al-Jazeera English (the station on which Mr Kenningham was speaking about China’s economy  – link here) is not the only news station to mention China’s weakening economy. According to Times of Malta, “China grew at its slowest pace in six years at the start of 2015 and weakness in key sectors suggested the world’s second-largest economy was still losing momentum, intensifying Beijing’s struggle to find the right policy mix to shore up activity.”

To the Maltese people reading this article and wondering why they should care about this, please – allow me to explain. Right now, our country is cutting all sorts of deals with the Chinese; MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) on intellectual property, a possible partnership between Air Malta and the Chinese government and not to mention the situation concerning Shanghai Electric and our terribly mismanaged energy sector. Most of us believe that the hundreds of millions of Euros that China is pumping into our country are all unquestionably brilliant investments brought to us by our infallible government, but in reality it’s closer to a naïve bunch of amateurs selling off bits and pieces of the country to the professionals in the hopes of joining “the big leagues” of the global economy.

By no means do I consider myself an expert on economics (at most I went to a couple of lectures at University when I felt like it but that’s about it), but it is quite clear that our government’s taking a very big risk by doing business with an unstable, emerging superpower with a household debt of $28 trillion (282% of China’s GDP). After all, China’s history of being against political freedom, censorship of information, harsh taxes on the poor as well as their atrocious human rights record (violations include detentions without trials, forced abortions and confessions and torture) do not bode well. If all that has been said in this article has not somehow set off a few alarm bells in your brain, I don’t know what will.

Why MORE than 3,000 people need to attend the next protest

To those that are not familiar with the current situation in the Maltese Islands, allow me to briefly explain what’s going on; a national protest was held yesterday in front of the Parliament Building in Valletta, where over 3,000 people attended what was considered the biggest environmental rally in the country’s history. People from all walks of life gathered together to protest the rampant over-development of what are known as ODZ (Outside Development Zone) lands and the general countryside. The demonstration was triggered specifically by the government’s proposal to use Żonqor point in Marsascala (over 90,000 sq. M. of ODZ and agricultural land) as the site for the development of a University and the establishment of Front Ħarsien ODZ, the organisation which masterminded the protest.

What’s absolutely unacceptable and unabashedly shady about the development is that, at the time of the writing of this article, the Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat has not yet published the agreement made with Sadeen Investments Ltd, the company behind the proposal. Several Labour MPs have declined to answer questions in relation to the development; in fact, the government in general has maintained a stoic approach of giving the issue as little coverage as possible as well as doing its utmost to smear the image of the countryside in question and labelling it as a wasteland rather than the beautiful stretch of fields and greenery it actually is.

The protest was, therefore, a success – a small step in the right direction. However, we must not stop now and think we have thwarted the government’s efforts to turn our country into the next Dubai or Singapore (these were the Prime Minister’s words, not mine). Our country is not characterised by slabs of concrete and man-made structures, nor is it a haven for the affluent; Malta’s best parts are the ones we are ruthlessly bulldozing to build accommodations for the wealthy. The serene countryside, the richness of our history, the beauty of the unpolluted beaches and the clean, fresh air of the natural environment are the country’s biggest attractions. Most of the tourists that come to Malta come here to relax and unwind from the fast-paced lifestyles of bigger, built-up cities, thus making the systemic destruction of the environment at the hands of relentless developers and money-hungry politicians both irresponsible and short-sighted.

It is for these reasons that we must do anything we need to do in order to stop our countryside from being pillaged any further. 3,000 people is not a number that should be ignored, yet Dr Joseph Muscat, in his typical irritating and passive style, still had the stones to say that “we are not an arrogant government but we have to ensure that the economy continues to grow so we will take the necessary decisions… I believe there are common sense compromise solutions which this government is working upon.” It does not take a genius to construe that what he meant by that is that the protest has been acknowledged, but we will still make sure that money keeps flowing into the country’s coffers, even if it means screwing the environment anyway. More people need to snap out of the red vs. blue mentality that has made the country a free gravy train for those in bed with the ruling party and one, giant slab of concrete for the rest. More people need to add their voice to the resistance, or what makes our country beautiful and unique will keep on being chipped away until there’s nothing else left.