EU spends $450 Million on Metaverse Party…. Five People Show Up

EU spends $450 Million on Metaverse Party…. Five People Show Up

By Investment Watch Blog

Only five people showed up Tuesday evening to a party hosted by the European Commission’s foreign aid department in the metaverse to get young people excited about the EU.

Devex correspondent Vince Chadwick tweeted that he was eventually the only party guest left, after “initial bemused chats with the roughly five other humans who showed up.”

Apparently, only a few of the 44 people who liked the official trailer were intrigued enough by the avatars dancing to house music on a tropical island to actually join the party.

Video of the event below. This party was an investment in foreign aid by taxpayers.

This is what you can do in their metaverse platform.

Remember, they just announced they had no money to help Africans from starvation.

Once logged on, users adopt an avatar resembling a multicolored paperclip and roam around a surreal tropical island. Stories about EU development cooperation are playing on video screens in various locations. There is a 24-hour beach party pumping four-on-the-floor beats while presumably computer-generated figures dance on elevated platforms. A giant red statue prepares to hurl what looks like a coronavirus molecule. Dolphins jump through the air. Drones hover, carrying multiple screens flashing words such as “education” and “public health.” There is an open book art installation on a liquid floor as a “symbol of the human journey towards knowledge”. You can walk on water.

 

EU aid dept’s €387k metaverse meets real-world critique

The European Commission’s foreign aid department has spent €387,000 on a metaverse to spread the word about its notoriously underunderstood “Global Gateway” investment plan.

It unveiled the platform on social media in mid-October, though some of the department’s own staff, who shared their impressions with Devex on condition of anonymity, were less than impressed by the 31-second promotional video.

“Depressing and embarrassing,” said one.

“Digital garbage,” said another.

“We were [like] … WTF? Who validated this?” said a third.

A fourth, told the price tag for the entire metaverse campaign, responded: “Jesuuuuus”.

Then again, they are not the audience. That would be 18-35 year olds “who identify as neutral about the EU and are not particularly engaged in political issues,” a commission spokesperson emailed Devex this week in response to written questions.

According to the spokesperson, the promotional post’s purpose is “to intrigue that audience, primarily on TikTok and Instagram, and to encourage them to engage with the broader substance of the campaign, which will increase awareness of what the EU does on the world stage among an audience that is not typically exposed to such information.”

Launched in December 2021, partly as a response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Global Gateway is the brand the commission has chosen for much of the spending under its foreign aid budget through to 2027. It aims to “mobilize” €300 billion in that time, though that figure relies heavily on the commission’s own projections on its ability to crowd in billions from other investors — something the EU Court of Auditors cast doubt on in a 2020 report.

Concepts such as “digital,” “green,” “connectivity,” and “infrastructure” are de rigueur for the commission these days, though the Gateway policy document from December 2021 also mentions development staples like health, education, and research. For now, it is not clear, including to staff charged with rolling out the scheme, what does and does not fit within the Global Gateway “framework” as the EU commissioner responsible for development policy, Jutta Urpilainen, referred to it this summer. In that sense, communicating what the Gateway means in practice is sorely needed.

As for the digital platform, the commission spokesperson described it as “a dedicated metaverse where one can explore what the Global Gateway means through a series of ‘hero’ stories in a virtual environment.”

Once logged on, users adopt an avatar resembling a multicolored paperclip and roam around a surreal tropical island. Stories about EU development cooperation are playing on video screens in various locations. There is a 24-hour beach party pumping four-on-the-floor beats while presumably computer-generated figures dance on elevated platforms. A giant red statue prepares to hurl what looks like a coronavirus molecule. Dolphins jump through the air. Drones hover, carrying multiple screens flashing words such as “education” and “public health.” There is an open book art installation on a liquid floor as a “symbol of the human journey towards knowledge”. You can walk on water.

There are also a series of events, such as an upcoming “gala” on Nov. 29 where, the spokesperson said, visitors will be able to “interact with each other as well as explore the long-term benefits of global EU investment in the four campaign themes: digital connectivity, education, healthcare and climate change.”

Devex found the experience, on mobile and laptop, rather stilted — perhaps an indictment of internet quality in Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union.

It’s much easier to wave and dance at other people’s avatars than strike up conversations, which arguably crimps the potential to forge connections.

In one exchange Devex was able to strike up, a stranger found wandering about asked us, “is this official development assistance?” — a reference to the OECD-approved spending that donors can count toward their aid targets.

The commission spokesperson confirmed that the €387,000 price tag for the platform — which includes production and operating costs — does not count as ODA.

Still, last month’s launch met with a skeptical response online.

“There is a massive drought in East Africa, UNHCR doesn’t have enough funds for food for refugees in camps, etc etc and THIS is what you choose to spend money on?” one Twitter user wrote to the department.

Responding to that, the commission spokesperson told Devex: “It is the European Commission’s duty to inform EU citizens about its ongoing activities. This campaign fulfils that duty and, through innovative communication means such as the metaverse, aims to reach an audience that does not access the EU’s traditional sources of information.”

Devex also asked what the uptake has been of the initiatives and events that the campaign is meant to promote? “As the campaign is ongoing,” the spokesperson responded. “It is too early to give a verdict.”

 

EU throws party in €387K metaverse — and hardly anyone turns up

Avatars dancing to house music on a tropical island doesn’t draw a crowd.

Only five people showed up Tuesday evening to a party hosted by the European Commission’s foreign aid department in the metaverse to get young people excited about the EU.

Devex correspondent Vince Chadwick tweeted that he was eventually the only party guest left, after “initial bemused chats with the roughly five other humans who showed up.”

Apparently only a few of the 44 people who liked the official trailer were intrigued enough by the avatars dancing to house music on a tropical island to actually join the party.

The Commission’s foreign aid department has spent a total of €387,000 to develop a metaverse platform to promote its Global Gateway initiative, Devex reported. Under this umbrella the Commission aims to fork out €300 billion by 2027 to build new infrastructure in developing countries.

A spokesperson for the Commission told Devex that the promotional post’s purpose was to “increase awareness of what the EU does on the world stage” among 18-to-35 year olds found “primarily on TikTok and Instagram” who are “neutral about the EU” and “not typically exposed to such information.”

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Resources:
https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/eu-spends-450-million-on-metaverse-party-five-people-show-up/
https://www.devex.com/news/eu-aid-dept-s-387k-metaverse-meets-real-world-critique-104335
https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-threw-e387k-meta-gala-nobody-came-big-tech/

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Big Media Implodes: The Intercept And Other Media Engulfed By Scandal: FTX Was Giving Millions To Outlets Including The Intercept, ProPublica, VOX. Semafor, Vanity Fair, And More

Big Media Implodes: The Intercept And Other Media Engulfed By Scandal: FTX Was Giving Millions To Outlets Including The Intercept, ProPublica, VOX. Semafor, Vanity Fair, And More

By Celia Farber

To Control All Messaging Around COVID-19, “biosafety and pandemic prevention,” to ban certain virologists, and worse.

Daily Mail article here.

This guy Ben Armstrong is doing an old fashioned stakeout, waiting for Sam Bankman Fried to emerge from his luxury condo in the Bahamas. He says he is the one and only person there. No other press.

The $5 million FTX grant to ProPublica was announced online glowingly earlier this year, bold font and exclamation points mine:

“Building a Stronger Future — a family foundation run by Sam Bankman-Fried, founder and CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, and his brother, Gabe Bankman-Fried — announced a $5 million grant to ProPublica on Feb. 28, 2022. Over three years, the donation will support investigations into ongoing questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, biosecurity and public health preparedness.

“The grant will allow ProPublica to establish a world-class reporting team for wide-ranging, international coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and any future outbreaks. This reporting will center on a larger accountability question: Is the world taking the steps needed to contain this pandemic and prepare for the next global health threat? The investigative newsroom will look holistically at biothreats, including the security of labs around the world doing cutting-edge research, the factors that may lead to the next pandemic, and the state of monitoring systems meant to catch new infectious diseases as they emerge.

“To produce the greatest impact over the next three years, ProPublica will hire a team of experienced investigative journalists, including a gifted leader (!) who will help their colleagues focus on key areas, an editor who will shape the work, three reporters, a data reporter and a news app developer. Job postings will go up in the coming weeks.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to extend our investigative journalism on one of the most critical issues in world history,” said ProPublica President Robin Sparkman. “With this ambitious effort, our goal is to do what we’ve always done at ProPublica: offer readers reporting that spurs change, is not being done elsewhere and holds power accountable.”


(
 No real journalist uses any of these embarrassing cliches. Ever.)

“Sam and I are thrilled to support ProPublica’s vital work,” said Gabe Bankman-Fried. “Ambitious, high-quality reporting is necessary to inform the public, hold institutions accountable, protect lives, and reduce the risk of future catastrophes. ProPublica has provided essential reporting throughout the pandemic on government decision-making, testing failures, laboratory safety, and many other related subjects. We’re so excited that they will be expanding their coverage of one of the most important issues facing humanity.”

I feel queasy. Not shocked.

I was publicly crucified by these people, back in 2006-2008. I was gang stalked, and driven from the profession I loved, at the peak of my powers. I had, they said, caused the very downfall of the profession, had caused Harper’s reputation to “commit suicide.” And now here they are, these periodicals, taking many millions from Bankman Fried, and trying to get people to feel sorry for them that there is now a “significant hole” in the economy. It’s an abomination.

You’d have to be out of your mind to be an editor of a periodical said to be based on “fearless journalism” and take money from something called Building A Stronger Future Foundation.

But it gets worse:

Reported at Forbidden KnowledgeTV.net:

“Sam Bankman-Fried is the fall guy for Jeffrey Epstein. He took over. Everybody in the Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX – it all comes down to when Epstein exited the scenario…the assets ended up in Sam Bankman’s hands and his parents put him there to move it forward…and prior to Epstein [the assets] came from Robert Maxwell…And the regulators are in on this. They look the other way.”

This is the current masthead of The Intercept.

And here is the editor, Roger Hodge’s mea culpa statement. Read the last three lines!

Acting Editor in Chief Roger Hodge, was my editor on this piece at Harper’s.

Act Up hated it.

In fact it was the end of the world in all of American journalism for a while. I am always not in the right mood to tell this whole disgusting story. I will one day.

So I was noticing The Intercept said boo, nothing about the Covid-19 attack on humanity—lockdowns, masks, death shots. This did not surprise me about (the journalistically pulseless) The Intercept but I guess it faintly baffled me about Roger Hodge.

Because I know what Roger knows, about the apparatus/octopus/beast as we worked on a Fauci/DAIDS/AIDS Inc. expose for two years together. He made it more “intense” than even I wanted it to be, if you can believe that. It was in many respects his piece, as well as mine. I mean his imprint as editor was very strong, and it went though countless expansions, edits revisions and fact checks over two long frankly excruciating years but after it came out I was pitched into hell fire and they did that thing with him where they roughed him up but they didn’t mark him for death. I could tell they wanted to keep him.

Roger did not throw me to the wolves at the time and I was grateful for that. Gary Webb is dead because his editors threw him to the wolves— one of journalism’s most shameful chapters.

There’s more.

“Help Ukraine with Crypto, don’t leave us alone with the enemy.”

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Our Society is at Peak Corruption, Fraud is Widespread, our Politicians and Central Bankers Engage in Insider Trading…

Our Society is at Peak Corruption, Fraud is Widespread, our Politicians and Central Bankers Engage in Insider Trading…

By Investment Watch Blog

Our society is at peak corruption… fraud is widespread… our politicians and central bankers engage in insider trading… the regulators protect the crooks, not retail… how many will go to jail…? or will we again repeat 2008, where we soon just continued as if nothing had happened…? from Wallstreetsilver

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Documentary: Died Suddenly (2022)

Documentary: Died Suddenly (2022)

By Investment Watch Blog

For centuries, the global elite have broadcast their intentions to depopulate the world – even to the point of carving them into stone. And yet… we never seem to believe them.
The Stew Peters Network is proud to present DIED SUDDENLY, from the award winning filmmakers, Matthew Skow and Nicholas Stumphauzer.

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Social Engineering: How Technocrats Can Influence Behavior With Social Credit Schemes

Social Engineering: How Technocrats Can Influence Behavior With Social Credit Schemes

By Red Voice Media

“I love you, man, but if my score drops any lower, I won’t be able to take the family out to the country for vacation.”

“If everyone around us is still opting in (to digital prisons), it is likely they will choose not to associate with those who have low social credit scores,” explained Derrick Broze.

 

“I love you, man, but if my score drops any lower, I won’t be able to take the family out to the country for vacation.”

“I won’t be able to get that loan, that car, or visit public parks if I keep hanging out with you.”

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Is the Directors’ Digital ID Even Legal? Should You Simply Say No

Is the Directors’ Digital ID Even Legal? Should You Simply Say No

I have not received any formal notification regarding Director’s ID from ASIC, ABRS, or from my accountant. I have checked the Corporations Act but after researching the relevant past legislation could find none. An ACT is a way things are to be enacted and from my understanding, it comes after the bill has been presented to Parliament which is supposed to follow all the protocols it is only when it is passed that it becomes law. From my understanding. Another issue I have is that the requirements either via phone, mail, or Gov ID require much too much information, and digitally the software to run such programs is supplied by O/S corporations who also have 3rd/4th parties of which we have no control as to what happens to the data we provide. Do not consent to any terms or conditions. When we set up our companies we all had to provide all the necessary ID which via GST/Payroll, Super, Personal Tax, etc. was and is linked already with ATO. They are requiring everyone to register for fear of hefty fines. If everyone refused to comply, that would stop them in their tracks.

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One Way or Another, The Population of the Globe will Soon be Much Smaller than it is Right Now

One Way or Another, The Population of the Globe will Soon be Much Smaller than it is Right Now

By Michael

This week it is being reported that the human population of our planet has now reached 8 billion.  We should all remember this moment, because soon the population of the globe will start getting much smaller.  In “End Times”, I explain that we are moving into one of the most chaotic times in all of human history.  There will be wars and rumors of wars, economic collapse, worldwide famines, horrifying pestilences and great natural disasters.  Needless to say, in such a future the global population would fall very rapidly.  But for purposes of this article, let’s imagine that none of those things will happen for the foreseeable future.  For a moment, let’s imagine that conditions will be pretty much like they are today for decades to come.  Unfortunately, even in such a wildly unrealistic scenario the human population of our planet would still plummet dramatically in the years ahead.  In fact, if current trends continue there will be hardly anyone left by the end of this century no matter what happens.

I realize that I have just made some very outrageous statements, and a lot of you are probably wondering how I could have come to such wild conclusions.

So let me take this one step at a time.

According to the UN, the population of the world just hit 8 billion for the first time ever.  The following comes from the official website of the United Nations…

The global population is projected to reach 8 billion on 15 November 2022, and India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023, according to World Population Prospects 2022, released today on World Population Day.

“This year’s World Population Day falls during a milestone year, when we anticipate the birth of the Earth’s eight billionth inhabitant. This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “At the same time, it is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a moment to reflect on where we still fall short of our commitments to one another,” he added.

But the population of our planet is not growing as rapidly as it once was.

In fact, even the UN is acknowledging that total population growth has dropped to just a trickle…

The global population is growing at its slowest rate since 1950, having fallen under 1 per cent in 2020.

In many wealthy areas of the planet, birth rates have already dropped well below replacement level.  This is true in the United States and Japan, and in Europe the population is steadily declining even though there has been a massive influx of migrants….

The European Union’s population shrank for a second year running last year, the bloc’s statistics office said on Monday, as the region reels from over two million deaths from the coronavirus.

According to Eurostat, the population of the 27 countries that make up the bloc fell by close to 172,000 from the previous year and over 656,000 from January 2020.

One of the big reasons why birth rates are falling in wealthy countries is because men in those nations are a lot less fertile than they used to be.  In fact, researchers have just released a study that shows that the decline in sperm counts “has only accelerated since the turn of the century”…

Plummeting sperm counts ‘threaten mankind’s survival’, researchers dramatically warned today.

Counts have more than halved since the 1970s.

And the decline has only accelerated since the turn of the century, according to a global analysis.

Once your sperm count gets low enough, it becomes almost impossible to have children.

So this is a really big deal.

According to the study, average sperm counts have been declining by 2.64 percent per year since the year 2000…

Results showed the mean sperm count fell by 51.6 per cent between 1973 and 2018 across men from all continents.

And concentrations have been falling by 2.64 per cent per year since 2000, quicker than the previous drop of 1.16 per cent annually from 1972.

Average sperm counts have already fallen into “the danger zone”, and if this trend continues average sperm counts will fall by another 50 percent in less than 20 years.

At that point, it is likely that the number of men that are infertile will be far greater than the number of men that are still able to have children.

And that is a recipe for catastrophic population decline.

If you are a man that wishes to remain fertile, one thing that you can do to help yourself is to stop carrying around your phone in your pockets.

Constantly exposing your genitals to microwave radiation is a really bad idea if you want to have kids.

Of course the human race is killing itself in countless other ways as well.

For example, even though we know that glyphosate causes cancer, we keep feeding foods that have been sprayed with it to ourselves and our children on a daily basis.

As a result, approximately 80 percent of the entire U.S. population now has glyphosate in their urine…

Part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found glyphosate in 1,885 of 2,310 urine samples representative of the population at large. Nearly a third of the samples came from kids, ranging in age from six to 18.

“Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the country, yet until now we had very little data on exposure,” Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group, said Monday in a statement. “Children in the U.S. are regularly exposed to this cancer-causing weedkiller through the food they eat virtually every day.”

Why would we do this to our kids?

Are we insane?

Another way that we are literally killing ourselves is by our widespread use of plastics that contain cancer-causing chemicals.

When we dispose of a plastic item, it slowly starts breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces.  Over time, the pieces become so small that they can barely be seen.  There are trillions upon trillions of these “microplastics” in the air, water and soil all over the planet.  In fact, researchers have found microplastics wherever they have looked.  They have been discovered in the remotest parts of the Earth, they are in the rain that falls from the sky, and they now make up approximately 40 percent of the dust in our homes.

Unfortunately, these microplastics often contain cancer-causing chemicals, and studies have shown that exposure to microplastics can cause “cell death”…

Microplastic particles can cause cell death, cellular wall damage and allergic reactions in humans – at levels ingested by people via their food, a study has warned.

Researchers led from the University of Hull reviewed 17 previous studies on the toxicological impacts of microplastics on human cells in a laboratory setting.

The team then compared the levels of microplastics required to cause cellular damage with those taken in via drinking water, seafood and table salt.

If you get enough plastic in your system, you will die.

And the amount of plastic that we create each year has been rising at an exponential rate.

So this is a health crisis that is only going to get worse.

But even if we were able to eliminate all plastic use immediately, this crisis would continue to escalate for a long time to come, because all of the plastic that we have already discarded will continue to slowly break down for decades.

Sadly, what I have covered in this article is just the tip of the iceberg.

The air that we breathe, the beverages that we drink and the food that we eat are all toxic.

If all that wasn’t enough, there are numerous other ways that we are literally committing societal suicide on a scale of epic proportions.

So the population of the world will not stay at 8 billion for long.

Even if global conditions remain relatively stable, a future of widespread infertility and mass death is ahead.

The clock is ticking for humanity, and the mess that we have created is way too big for us to fix on our own.

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