Battleground Michigan – Biden and Obama Planning Campaign Push in Michigan Saturday – Undisclosed Location to Prevent MAGA Swarm…

According to the popular media narrative Joe Biden has a commanding lead in the state of Michigan.  However, that claim is belied by the need for the campaign’s biggest influence agent, former President Barack Obama, to join Biden on Saturday in Michigan.

If internal polling did not show a problem, they would not be campaigning there.  Which hearkens back to the foundational reality mentioned several weeks ago that Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID lockdown has backfired against the Biden campaign in a state they were counting on.  The false narrative is running into reality as the MAGA movement surges.

Interestingly, the Michigan -vs- Michigan State football game is happening on the same day, so interest in Obama is already facing a headwind…. And the fact that Biden-Harris are keeping the venue secret highlights their effort to avoid a repeat of recent swarms of Trump supporters showing up and outnumbering the Biden crowd.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has turned herself into a severe liability through her arbitrary and unpopular COVID lockdown dictates.  Whitmer was positioning herself for a cabinet position in a Biden administration; those hopes are diminishing by the hour.

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Melania Trump: ‘The American Spirit Is Stronger than this Virus’

First lady Melania Trump traveled to Pennsylvania Tuesday, where she touted President Donald Trump’s record in the White House and concluded that the “American spirit is stronger than the virus.”

“Since earlier this year, our country has felt the effects of a global pandemic,” the first lady said. “Like many of you, I have experienced the first-hand effects of COVID-19, not only as a patient but as a worried mother and a worried wife.”

“I know there are many people who have lost loved ones or know people who have been forever impacted by this silent enemy,” Trump continued. “My family’s thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time.”

Trump then stated that the virus is no challenge for the “American spirit.”

“We all know the American spirit is stronger than this virus,” Trump declared. “We have proven that we can and will overcome this unexpected challenge.”

“We are excited to have first lady Melania Trump on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania to connect with voters in the Keystone State and share President Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda,” Mercedes Schlapp, Trump 2020 senior adviser for strategic communications, said in a statement to Fox News.

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‘Worst mayor ever!’: de Blasio gets heckled while waiting in line to vote

October 27, 2020

While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, were waiting in line to vote on Tuesday in their former neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, a few individuals lobbed some heckles at the unpopular mayor, the New York Post reported.

“Get to work!” shouted a cyclist.

And after that, “You’re the worst mayor ever!” one pedestrian intoned—to borrow The Post‘s verbiage.

The mayor has been infamous for not showing up to work as much as he should at City Hall, often opting for midday strolls all the way across the river in Brooklyn or sweating it out at his favorite gym (at least before the pandemic). Critics from seemingly everywhere on the political spectrum have eviscerated him for dawdling while COVID cases jump again in the city, while his rival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), handles the brunt of the work in containing the spread.

When the heckling occurred, the mayor was chatting it up with other folks in line. He had been in line for over 40 minutes.

“Everyone else is waiting,” he said. “They’re doing it because they care and they want to make their voices heard.”

“I admire everyone on this line and I’m going to join them,” he added.

Hours-long wait times have plagued polling stations across the city ever since early in-person voting commenced this past weekend. Despite this, over 300,000 city residents have already cast their ballots in these first three days, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In response, Mayor de Blasio on Monday said that the city’s Board of Elections will require more voting machines and poll workers in order to counteract the absurdly long queues. He also mentioned that he would be willing to work with Gov. Cuomo to try and resolve the issues.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden Campaign Announces Live Event After Trump Suggests Joe ‘Waved a White Flag’ in Final Week of Race

President Donald Trump appeared to have smoked former Vice President Joe Biden out of his basement after he mocked his opponent for having “waved a white flag” while speaking with reporters in Pennsylvania on Monday.

The president spoke briefly to reporters after arriving in Pennsylvania at 10:53 a.m. on Monday morning for three campaign rallies in the state.

“He’s waved a white flag on life,” Trump replied when asked for his reaction to Biden’s accusation that the president had “waved the white flag” on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“He doesn’t leave his basement,” Trump continued. “This guy doesn’t leave his basement. He is a pathetic candidate, I will tell you that.”

At about an hour after the president’s comments, the Biden campaign broke the “lid” on in-person events to announce a local stop in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden only held three campaign events last week. On Sunday, October 18, Biden held a drive-in rally in North Carolina, and on Saturday he participated in two events in Pennsylvania.

He did not hold any events on Sunday, while President Trump traveled from Florida to North Carolina, to New Hampshire, to Maine, and back to Washington, DC, that day.

“I don’t know, there’s something going on,” Trump said at his rally in New Hampshire. “Somebody said it’s strategy, it’s not, because really, strategy would be coming out.”

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Media Weaponize COVID Fear to Cover Biden Disappearance – President Trump Impromptu Presser – Allentown, Pennsylvania…

With reports of Joe Biden cancelling all in-person campaign events, the Club members are trying to carry their Potemkin candidate across the finish line.

Everyone is now aware Joe Biden is a cover for the real person the puppeteers want in the oval office, Kamala Harris.

That said, the DNC needs to weaponize the COVID-19 threat as a cover story to explain the lack of campaigning by the Democrat candidates; hence, the media hype of the coronavirus is back this week in full swing.

COVID fear is a narrative cover-story to hide the lack of support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Part of that cover-story is needed because the MAGA community was showing up in overwhelming numbers at Biden-Harris events, and the false illusion of support -propping up the Potemkin village- was being exposed.  All of these machinations are part of a remarkable attempt at psychological operations in this election. [SEE HERE]

Thus the questioning of President Trump this morning.  WATCH:

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♦ Remember, General Stanley McCrystal is working with a SuperPAC to use psychological warfare against the American electorate.   Even the Washington Post admitted:

[…] The group, Defeat Disinfo, will use artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president’s claims on social media. It will seek to intervene by identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across the country — in some cases paying users with large followings to take sides against the president. (source)

The media effort, and that means all media including social media and big tech, is to push down Trump support and elevate the appearance of Biden support.  I really wish people would deeply consider this…

…If ABC (G. Stephanopoulos), CBS (L. Stahl), NBC (S. Guthrie/L. Holt), CNN (writ large), and FOX (C. Wallace/M. Kelly) are willing to stage audience plants (demonstrably done) during town-hall and broadcast television events,… then what exactly do you think those same media outlets are doing with their election polling?

Think about it.

I do not mean casually think about it; I mean really think about it.

Your intellectually honest answer is the only answer you need.

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Wisconsin’s Great Recession Recovery Shows The Path Forward After COVID-19: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Following a period of profound economic prosperity, Americans are staring another recession in the face thanks to the Wuhan coronavirus lockdowns. With the next election right around the corner, the economy is on the ballot as voters decide who will best lead us onward after the shutdowns subside. A new study shows a clear path forward. The most important focus? Jobs, jobs, jobs.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has a new study out today analyzing the economic recovery of Wisconsin and other Midwestern states following the Great Recession. Hindsight has revealed the longer-term effects of welfare reform under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, and they’re promising.

Emerging from Wisconsin’s Recession

During the Great Recession, Wisconsin and Indiana became eligible for waivers of federal work requirements for food stamp programs. Walker and then-Gov. Mike Pence, however, chose not to seek these waivers, meaning eligibility for these welfare programs was conditional.

In Wisconsin, beginning in April 2015, in order to qualify for the state’s FoodShare program, residents were required to take part in a job-training program or work at least half time, meaning at least 80 hours per month. Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana employed similar policies. Despite these reforms being contentious, hindsight reveals they were successful in decreasing unemployment, growing the labor force, and increasing work.

At their core, these programs prioritized the worker, founded on the principle that Americans’ lives are better when they have a sense of purpose through a job. By adding work requirements to Wisconsin’s food stamps program, Walker’s administration incentivized Wisconsinites to get back into the workforce and returned their sense of personal agency.

“We’re not making it harder to get government assistance,” Walker told The Federalist in an interview. “We’re making it easier to get a job. And that’s really what it was all about was long-term employment, people pursuing their careers knowing that in the end … true freedom and prosperity don’t come from the clumsy hand of the government. They come from empowering people to control their own lives and set their own destinies through the dignity that comes from work.”

Based on the data, he’s right. According to the study, across Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri, unemployment declined 0.53 percent on average as a result of food-stamp reform. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty estimates that since the 2008 Great Recession, these four Midwest states saw an average 0.62 percent increase in the labor force participation rate, with 28,786 people joining the labor force in Wisconsin alone. This figure denotes the number of able-bodied people who are actively working or seeking employment.

Walker’s administration believed that welfare programs, although necessary, should serve as a trampoline, springing people back on their feet, rather than a hammock.

“If you make it easier not to work, not everybody, but some people are going to take that path of least resistance, which is not only not good for the taxpayers,” Walker said, “but it’s ultimately not good for the person because they’re better off controlling their own destiny and not being dependent on the government.”

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

This same focus on workers should guide America’s policy response to the COVID-19 recession, according to Walker. On top of welfare reforms, the former governor said the Paycheck Protection Program is promising because “it’s really about keeping people working. It’s not about helping the business itself.”

“I think one of the most important things government has done at any level has been the Paycheck Protection Program — I think things like that where they don’t just give money to businesses but they tied it directly to keep people staying on the payroll,” Walker said. “I don’t like picking and choosing winners and losers. I don’t like bailing out businesses. But what was unique about the Paycheck Protection Program — and I think elected officials in both parties should be supportive of it — is it’s tied directly into giving an employer assistance but only if they, in turn, have to keep people on the payroll.”

While the former governor was encouraged by worker-centric government responses like the PPP, he also identified problems in our COVID-19 response, namely the government’s tendency to impose serious restrictions and lockdowns without articulating a rationale.

“The biggest problem I’ve had with elected officials … is I think too many government leaders at many different levels — local, state, and even some at the federal — have rushed out to tell people what to do, but they have done little to nothing to explain why,” Walker said in a rebuke to the elitism of the nanny state. “I still felt early on we could have limited the amount and the length of the shutdown of businesses if we’d spent more time talking about why certain things were necessary,” such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Like parenting, Walker said, once your kids get older, if you only tell them what to do and not why, they’re either not going to do what you tell them, or they will stop doing it when you’re not around. Freedom, paired with an explanation, is important.

Our Best Chance for Recovery

In just over a week, Americans must cast their vote for who will lead us into coronavirus recovery. Considering the problem of this elitist authoritarianism and the importance of getting people back to work, the choice seems clear.

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden laid out clear and starkly contrasting visions for life after the election. While Biden warns of a “dark winter” and promises masks and further lockdowns (not to mention his pledge to eradicate the oil industry, which employs more than 600,000 people in the United States), Trump says, “We’re learning to live with it. We have no choice. We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement. … We’re opening up our country.” Like Walker, the president understands the importance of getting people back to work:

We have to open our country. We’re not going to have a country. You can’t do this. We can’t keep this country closed. This is a massive country with a massive economy. People are losing their jobs. They’re committing suicide. There’s depression, alcohol, drugs at a level that nobody’s ever seen before. There’s abuse, tremendous abuse. We have to open our country. I’ve said it often, the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself, and that’s what’s happening. And [Biden] wants to close down. He’ll close down the country if one person in our massive bureaucracy says we should close it down.

The difference is “night and day” between how Trump and Biden would handle the economy, Walker noted. Unlike Trump, Biden wants “significant tax increases, major new regulations, higher cost for energy — those things would be job-killers at a time when, now more than ever, Americans need to just get back to work.”

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COVID-19 as a Weapon. The Crushing of the Disposable Working Class – by Design

This article was originally crossposted in April 2020.

The arrogance and brutality of the ruling class – is nothing less than breathtaking.

Let’s begin.

April 9 2020, Business Insider: “Many Americans will not have jobs to return to after the coronavirus pandemic ends, according to former US presidential candidate Andrew Yang”:

“Many Americans will not have jobs to return to after the coronavirus pandemic ends…”

“We’re going to see something like 10 years of change in 10 weeks…”

“The fact is right now this virus is the perfect environment for companies to get rid of people, bring in robots and machines, and figure out how they can operate more efficiently.”

“Universal basic income is going to become the topic, not just here in the United States, but Spain’s adopting a version of a minimum income. Legislatures around Europe are all very, very much focused on this.”

“We’re going to see the progressive Amazonification of our economy as Amazon’s one of the only businesses out there that’s hiring more and more. You’re seeing more robots are in grocery store aisles cleaning after we all supposedly go home…”

“One thing I’ve been saying is that we’re going to see something like 10 years of change in 10 weeks, because businesses are being put in a position where it makes sense to speed up a lot of the automation that they were considering investing in.”

“The fact is right now this virus is the perfect environment for companies to get rid of people, bring in robots and machines, and figure out how they can operate more efficiently.”

“My kids are at home just like everyone else’s kids and they’re getting taught online…they’re going to be many, many families that actually make a different determination where they actually say, “Hey, this online thing is working well.”

“If you can find a way to, frankly, make yourself useful from afar, that’s going to be something that unfortunately we all have to think about more and more.”

“I think at this point it’s actually going to need to be a bit higher than that, because the $1,000 a month is enough for baseline needs for at least most of us, but the economy is going to become even more inhuman and punishing, both during this crisis and afterwards.”

“… I’d be looking at something higher than $1,000 a month that would be more robust & helping people not just be able to meet their needs, but also have a real path forward.”

“we’re going to be dealing with the consequences of this crisis for years to come, and we need a Marshal Plan style initiative to rebuild the country… helping create that vision for what America in 2022, 2023, is going to look like after we have a vaccine in place.”

March 31 2020, Business Insider: “RESTAURANT APOCALYPSE: More than 110,000 restaurants expect to close up forever in the coming weeks, with millions out of work and the industry’s future uncertain.”

And while the Amazonification of our economy ploughs full steam ahead, independent shops and services are pounded into dust, while public services are shut down, opening the door for further privatization. While prepping the citizenry for coming and required “certifications”, the deliberate and violent contraction of the economy continues. The decimation of small enterprise with monetary wealth directed, again, upward. McDonald’s, Starbucks and Walmart (“essential services”) remain open while small business is forced to remain closed. On April 13 2020, Amazon announced they would hire Amazon will hire an additional 75,000 workers to keep up with its soaring volume of online sales.

Andrew Yang, Twitter, April 9, 2020: "Investors pay for returns not jobs."

"Wow. Pope Francis today: 'This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage.' Game-changing."

A brilliant idea: We all live on $1,000 a month – when Klaus Schwab, Andrew Yang, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Bezos, et al. – live on $1,000 a month. The rich are dangerous, calculating, insane hypocrites.

April 12 2020, Business Insider: “Pope Francis says it might be ‘time to consider a universal basic wage’ in Easter letter”:

“In an Easter letter to leaders of prominent social movements, Pope Francis suggested that it might be time for countries to consider a universal basic wage.

“This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out,” The Pope wrote in his letter.

Over a dozen countries are implementing or experimenting with some form of temporary or permanent universal basic income in response to the current economic devastation and massive unemployment.”

Feb 28 2020, Business Insider:

“The pope has joined forces with Microsoft and IBM to create a doctrine for ethical AI and facial recognition. Here’s how the Vatican wants to shape AI.”

The Pope’s collaboration with corporate giant Microsoft and the Vatican Bank is deep into social impact investing. Citizens are on UBI [Universal Basic Income] will still require privatized public services – a massive impact market. [Source]

Impact investing is predicated on turning people into investments as human capital. [Further reading]

Oct 18 2019, Slate MoneyBox, Andrew Yang Keeps Talking About the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What the Heck Is That?:

“Yang likes branding. He calls his marquee policy idea—a UBI of $1,000 a month—a “freedom dividend.” …And lately, he can’t stop talking about “the fourth industrial revolution.”

“The fourth industrial revolution is the shorthand Yang now uses to describe the wave of massive technological change that he believes has decimated manufacturing employment and will soon automate away millions of American jobs.”

“The fourth industrial revolution is now migrating from manufacturing workers to retail, call centers, transportation, as well as to white-collar workers like attorneys, pharmacists, and radiologists…”

“In a World Economic Forum video from 2016, experts offered up predictions such as ‘Our bodies will be so high-tech we won’t really be able to distinguish between what’s natural and what’s artificial…’”

“It’s self-serious, Star Trek–style sci-fi for people who wear expensive suits and maybe have an endowed lab at Harvard. These are the intellectual waters Yang swims in, and that’s disconcerting. Aside from the fact that these conferences tend to be pretty intellectually bankrupt”—even JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has joked that “Davos is where billionaires tell millionaires about what the middle class feels”—they by definition reflect the interests and values of the global capitalist class.”

June 20 2019, World Economic Forum: “Can UBI survive financialization?”:

“Following this pattern, by providing a stable income stream and thus a reliable form of collateral, paid by the state, UBI would strengthen and even create financial markets, particularly for consumer credit, mortgages, and pensions. Far from serving as a revolutionary route to freedom from the whip of the market, UBI may end up yoking all citizens to rentier capital through indebtedness.”

Jan 31 2019, Wrench in the Gears, “Good Guy in Davos? Not So Fast”:

” This panel and the viral video clips flying around the internet are a brand-building exercise for Bergman’s neoliberal snake oil. If UBI is implemented in the current climate of austerity, economic precarity, and social entrepreneurship, you can be sure payments will be linked to digital identity to track “impact.” That $1,000 a month distribution will be just enough to scrape by. But hey, you’ll be able to sell personal data if you want more than gruel for dinner. Check out the Netherlands’ foray into personal data curation via the DecodeProject.eu here. It’s being run in partnership with NESTA, the global impact innovation unit out of the UK.”

March 26 2020, The London Freepress: “Keep it quiet, but universal basic income is coming”:

“You think that after six months or a year of this we will just go back tamely to the old economic rules? I rather doubt it.”

The rise of fascism & the 2nd World War required the creation of the full welfare state… The current emergency may be fostering the rise of ideas previously seen as too radical to contemplate…”

July 31, 2017, World Economic Forum, “We should let the robots take our jobs – and then pay us all a basic income”:

“As developments in artificial intelligence and robotics advance, there is going to be a severe and swift disruption of many working classes.”

“UBI, an economic proposition in which a sum of money is regularly paid to a population, could be a vital bulwark against the unintended consequences of automation in the workforce.”

“Companies will profit significantly from workforce automation, so the private sector will be able to afford shouldering this burden, while at the same time still making greater profits.”

“After all, a full-time human has needs: 30 minutes for lunch each day, vacation and sick time, toilet breaks, and health benefits, to name a few. Meanwhile, an automated worker would only require an initial installation and the occasional repair or upgrade.”

“The BCG report stated that a human welder today is paid around $25 an hour (including benefits) versus the equivalent operating cost of around $8 for a robot.”

“In 15 years, that gap will widen even more dramatically,” the report states. “The operating cost per hour for a robot doing similar welding tasks could plunge to as little as $2 when performance improvements are factored in.”

“This trend will only continue to accelerate. McDonald’s, an early pioneer of automation, is already replacing human workers with automated kiosks. They expect a 5% to 9% return on investment in just the first year; in 2019 they expect this return to balloon to double digits.”

“And this is only one sector: PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that 38% of US jobs will be in danger of being replaced by automation by 2030.”

“Companies that automate their workforces should be taxed on these new massive profits, and some of the resulting capital given back to workers by the government in the form of UBI.”

“While the idea of a UBI is popular—Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have all championed it—how exactly would a universal basic income be engineered?

“Large swaths of laborers are going to lose their jobs, leading to unprecedented levels of unemployment.”

That moment has arrived.

March 18 2020: Over 500 academics and public figures called on governments to implement universal basic income via an open letter: “It is time for governments to enact emergency universal basic income, ensuring that everyone in their jurisdiction has enough money to buy the food and other essentials they need to survive.”

 Close to 50% of all U.S. jobs may be automated this decade. Globally? Over 50% by 2055. A disposable working class.

McKinsey places the number of jobs to be replaced by automation at close to 50% by 2030. The COVID-19 virus provides an opportune moment to push the envelope of automation forward.

April 9 2020: “Global statistics reported by UNESCO reveal that since the last week of March roughly 1.7 billion students from pre-primary to tertiary education levels are out of school, affecting 91.3 percent of all enrolled learners and including every student in 188 countries that have mandated nationwide closures. With most schools set to remain closed through the rest of the current academic year, the scale of these closures is unprecedented in the history of world capitalism.”

We must recognize we live in a capitalist economic system that serves capital first & foremost. Further, it is imperative to recognize that the UN & UN agencies, inclusive of the WHO (WEF/Gates), exist in name only. The WEF is at the helm of a consolidation of global power.

We must recognize we live in a capitalist economic system that serves capital first & foremost. Further, it is imperative to recognize that the UN & UN agencies, inclusive of the WHO (WEF/Gates), exist in name only. The WEF is at the helm of a consolidation of global power.

January 2020, World Economic Forum: “The notion of an educator as the knowledge-holder who imparts wisdom to their pupils is no longer fit for the purpose of a 21st-century education.”

March 2020, McKinsey & Co: “Beyond coronavirus: The path to the next normal”:

“The crisis will reveal not just vulnerabilities but opportunities to improve the performance of businesses. Leaders will need to reconsider which costs are truly fixed versus variable, as the shutting down of huge swaths of production sheds light on what is ultimately required versus nice to have. Decisions about how far to flex operations without loss of efficiency will likewise be informed by the experience of closing down much of global production. Opportunities to push the envelope of technology adoption will be accelerated by rapid learning about what it takes to drive productivity when labor is unavailable. The result: a stronger sense of what makes business more resilient to shocks, more productive, and better able to deliver to customers.”

April 4, 2020: “This pandemic has optimized the “testing” of robots and drones in broad daylight …Zoom’s video conferencing platform has detonated in popularity as stay-at-home commands have cleared the globe and some of the credit for having the option to keep up with demand goes to automation…’We have automation set up so we can rapidly scale our foundation, the network as well as the compute infrastructure with next to no human intercession’… the organization is getting enthusiasm for purchasing robots to clean office spaces, production floors, retail locations, grocery stores, airports, lodgings and cafés.” [Source]

March 23 2020, CNBC, “Inside the hospital in China where coronavirus patients were treated by robots”

“The idea of humanoid robots taking jobs previously done by humans may feel dystopian, but in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, robots can free up human hospital medical staff and limit the possibility virus spread…

For a time in March, “a previously human-run field hospital located inside Hong Shan Sports Center located in Wuhan was converted … into a robot-led field hospital staffed entirely by robots and other smart [Internet of Things] devices,” CloudMinds CEO and founder Bill Huang tells CNBC Make It, in a statement…

Called HARIX (Human Augmented Robot Intelligence with eXtreme Reality), “this AI platform, synced with smart bracelets and rings worn by patients, was able to monitor patient vital signs (including temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels), allowing doctors and nurses outside the facility to monitor all patient vital information remotely on one interface…”

April 7, 2020: Morningstar: “Spain to become first European country to introduce Universal Basic Income”.

Jan 26 2018, World Economic Forum, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World Global Agenda”:

“… with some economists suggesting that automation could potentially replace over half of all jobs by 2055… the disruption to workers’ lives will be significant.”

Sep 24 2019, António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:

“And we must look at the 2030 Agenda not through the prism of the economy of the last decade, but the economy of the next decade, seizing the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and safeguarding against its dangers.”

Here it is important to note that also on March 11, 2020, the World Economic Forum announced a partnership with the WHO (a UN agency) to form the COVID-19 Action Platform – a task-force comprised of over 200 corporations at launch, which as has “soared to 726“, as of March 28, 2020. This is in addition to the World Economic Forum partnership with the United Nations on June 13, 2019. This is the consolidation of global power, happening in real time.

April 7 2020, CNN: “Grocery stores turn to robots during the coronavirus”:

“Walmart, the country’s largest retailer & private employer, will have Brain Corp’s self-driving robots in 1,860 of its more than 4,700 US stores by the end of the year.”

“Workers manually picking, bagging and delivering is costly for grocers, and employees picking orders can clog up aisles.”

“Takeoff Technologies… has seen a double-digit increase in orders since the crisis began. “Robots handle a majority of the leg-work when fulfilling orders, meaning there is limited contact with grocery items… The process is “well suited” for social distancing.”

“In the retail industry, “margin pressure has made automation a requirement, not a choice,” according to McKinsey. ‘Automation will disproportionately disrupt retail.’”

March 25 2020, CNN: “Robots could help us combat future pandemics. Here’s how experts wish they could help us now”:

“Experts agree that robots could take over the “dull, dirty and dangerous” jobs humans are currently fulfilling.

Countries such as China have already deployed robots to assist with certain tasks during the pandemic, like taking people’s temperatures…

Robots currently used for other applications could be repurposed to handle dangerous tasks that involve a risk of infection. And the coronavirus pandemic serves as a teachable moment…

“Robots have the potential to be deployed for disinfection, delivering medications and food, measuring vital signs, and assisting border controls,” …

They can be used to take temperatures of people in public areas or at ports of entry, collect nasal and throat samples for testing, act as telemedicine assistants, handle contaminated waste and even monitor compliance with voluntary quarantines.

The editorial also addresses remote operations that allow work and socioeconomic functions to continue. The authors call for robotics that could assist with manufacturing or operating power and waste treatment plants, doing the hands-on work and allowing people to remotely operate them.

Remote presence robots could also stand in the place of someone in a meeting, basically providing their presence through a video screen.

“COVID-19 may become the tipping point of how future organizations operate,” the researchers wrote. “Rather than cancelling large international exhibitions and conferences, new forms of gathering — virtual rather than in-person attendance — may increase. Virtual attendees may become accustomed to remote engagement via a variety of local robotic avatars and controls.”

The pandemic is also highlighting a need for assistance and social robots to help those at home, especially the elderly.

Social robots can not only monitor patients and make sure they adhere to treatments, but provide much-needed social interactions as well.”

In addition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution 2020 reset, we have the coming “New Deal For Nature” to be implemented at years  end, or perhaps sooner under the pretext of emergency measures. The feigned concern for climate and biodiversity by those that serve them, is, to be blunt, complete bullshit. There is nothing to be found within the Fourth Industrial Revolution dystopia in regard to nature – other than her financialization and objectification. She too will be placed on the blockchain. Here, man’s arrogance is on full display – with plans to cover the Earth’s surface with artificial forests and drone bees, while cordoning off what they have not yet plundered – for their own personal leisure.

Source: UNLOCKING THE INCLUSIVE GROWTH STORY OF THE 21ST CENTURY: ACCELERATING CLIMATE ACTION IN URGENT TIMES, August, 2018 New Climate Economy c/o World Resources Institute

Source: UNLOCKING THE INCLUSIVE GROWTH STORY OF THE 21ST CENTURY: ACCELERATING CLIMATE ACTION IN URGENT TIMES, August, 2018, New Climate Economy (World Resources Institute)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the monetization of nature, is being rolled out in lockstep with the deployment of central bank digital currency (CBDC). This is a global transformation of the economic system. Consider nature “valued” at 125 trillion vs. GDP at 85.9 trillion (2018). “Natural Capital” accounting will replace GDP.

“Coronavirus hysteria provides cover for introducing UBI, a grand theft from the working class…. Notorious fraudster Johann Hari is now touting the UBI scam as an “anti-depressant.”[@cordeliers on Twitter]

April 10, 2020, Newsday: “Pandemic strengthens the case for universal basic income”:

“Subsidizing low-wage work depresses wages by essentially allowing employers to pay less than a livable wage, so EITC-type benefits are at least in part a transfer to employers, rather than workers.”

April 3, 2020, The Wall Street Journal: “Henry Kissinger – The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order”:

“Democracies need to sustain their Enlightenment values. Without balancing power with legitimacy, social contract will disintegrate. Yet the issue of legitimacy can’t be settled at same time as this “plague”….Priorities must be established.”

Nov 15 2016, Socialist Project: “Ontario’s Austerity Government Sets Basic Income Trap”:

“While a progressive Basic Income is not on the cards, its free market evil twin is a real and very dangerous possibility. Under this neoliberal model, an inadequate and dwindling BI payment is provided that absolves low wage employers from the obligation of paying living wages and becomes the only element of social provision left in place. You become a customer shopping in a market place of privatized services. Who could really deny that this right wing version is much closer to presently unfolding reality than the hopes and dreams of left BI enthusiasts?”

Jan 2 2017, Socialist Project: “Basic Income -Progressive Dreams Meet Neoliberal Realities”

“Basic Income, when all is said and done, is a vision for nothing more than the means to be a customer in an unjust society that decides what is for sale.”

“It’s really about the commodification of social provision. Your payment may actually be less conditional and somewhat larger but, as you shop through the privatized remains of the social infrastructure, with inadequate means and very few rights, you are dramatically worse off…

… it is sometimes asserted that an adequate system of provision must be put in place simply because we are moving toward a “workless future.” In such a society, it is suggested, masses of people who have been displaced will have to be provided for and the capitalists will have to think like Elon Musk, of Tesla Motors and support BI because it is the only sensible and rational solution. To imagine such responsible provision for the future is to place undue faith in a system based on the making of profit. If they won’t stop building pipelines in the face of environmental catastrophe, there’s little reason to expect them to worry too much about sensible solutions to technological displacement. There simply is no post-capitalist capitalism and no social policy innovation that is going to bring it about…

I am suggesting that our movements need to challenge, rather than come to terms with, the neoliberal order and the capitalist system that has produced it. For all its claims to be a sweeping measure, the notion of progressive BI is a futile attempt to make peace with that system. In reality, even that compromise is not available. The model of BI that governments are working on in their social policy laboratories will not ‘end the tyranny of the labour market’ but render it more dreadful. The agenda of austerity and privatization requires a system of income support that renders people as powerless and desperate as possible in the face of exploitation and that won’t change if it is relabelled as “Basic Income”.”

When we all start to literally starve (some already have, and many more have been for decades), perhaps then – we will eat the rich.

The question is this? Do you still believe that these people actually give a flying fuck about your health?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution cannot come into fruition without the 5G infrastructure that will run the Internet of Things. “Smart” cities must be understood within the context of global policing and the military industrial complex. Cybersecurity will be the battle space of the twenty-first century.

This is class war.

In closing:

The future, is now on our doorstep: All “human capital” is to be controlled

“via digital identity systems tied to cashless benefit payments within the context of a militarized 5G / IoT [Internet of Things]/ AR [augmented reality] environment. The billionaire class has built & is rapidly putting the finishing touches on infrastructure to run human capital social impact markets that will securitize the lives of most people as data streams. The tech that underlies this 4IR automation will hasten the death of the planet. World Economic Forum is advancing a technocratic system of control & domination of humanity & the planet… Why should we agree to this? It is a profound sickness of Western culture. Hubris. Sick. And totally ignoring the impact our actions have on the natural world around us.” – Independent researcher Alison Hawver McDowell, Wrench in the Gears

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Mike Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short Contracts Coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.

“Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process,” a statement from the vice president’s office to reporters read.

Short is one of Pence’s closest aides and spends a lot of time with the vice president, who continues as the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Both Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence tested negative for the virus, the White House confirmed.

Pence will continue his campaign schedule in the final days before the election and will follow CDC guidelines.

Pence’s outside adviser Marty Obst also tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

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New York Police Accused of Targeting Jewish Homes Using COVID Compliance Checks…

Comrades, there is a rather disturbing video reportedly showing New York police attempting to enter a Rockland County, New York, private residence while concerned about COVID compliance rules being violated.

In the video the police officer says he was responding to a complaint about cars parked in front of the house and noticed that a gathering of more than ten people was underway inside, which he calls “an issue.”  The owner appears to be an Orthodox Jew and disagrees that “a few friends” coming together is an issue requiring police intervention. Weird.

Question: Is it illegal in New York to have more than ten people in your house?

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Joe Biden Promises Forced National Mask Mandate and Regulatory COVID Nightmare When Elected…

Earlier today those behind the Biden campaign dropped all pretense, openly having their candidate state publicly his intention to control the lives of all Americans using the authority of a weaponized federal government to advance national COVID-19 regulations.

As you watch this video from Biden’s campaign today it is important to remember state government officials have already moved to define “essential businesses” and “essential workers” during the forced shut-downs.  That is going to become a bigger issue downstream; however, for now just watch closely what Joe Biden is saying here:

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The Dept of Transportation would be the agency enforcing a national interstate transit mask requirement. However, don’t focus on the DoT part of what he is saying… that’s only one creek… Instead focus on the downstream use of all federal regulatory agencies and how they align within a Federal COVID compliance network… that’s the river.

Think about the Dept of Agriculture, the Dept. of Labor, the Dept of Education, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and how they would join with the DoT to create the aggregate raging river of regulation.

Here’s what I mean:

Think about the federal government using mandates for enforced national COVID-19 compliance rules. Think about USDA (Dept of Agriculture) and OSHA federal inspections for social distancing (etc) in all businesses, not just restaurants.

Think about the COVID-19 regulatory and compliance system and what political beneficiaries stand to gain.

Think about how the Dept. of Labor (complaint division) can be weaponized against political opposition based on arbitrary inspections under the guise of employee health and safety…. using federal COVID compliance rules.

Think about the larger Green New Deal (goals and objectives), and then contrast those objectives while aligning an overlay map of how federal COVID mitigation rules can be applied as a back door to the EXACT SAME objective.

Far, far, far, beyond masks…. Workspaces being forced to be redesigned. New rules on labor density. New rules on labor proximity. New rules on uniforms. New rules on hand-washing stations. New rules on sick pay, shift hours, time-off when a COVID infection is detected in the workplace.

Think about everything from rules on surfaces, to rules on packaging, to rules on ALL business operations as an outcome of federal regulatory policy under the guise of CVOID-19 mitigation. OSHA, Labor, Agriculture, Transportation, Energy, Education, Housing, Health and Human Services, and even federal building permits… the entire regulatory system and compliance network.

If you think this is fear-mongering, I want to to evaluate that cynicism while contemplating the latest example from California:

Think about those types of business regulations applied on a Federal and National level…. and then, as seen in prior Democrat administrations with IRS etc, think about them also being enforced through the prism of political affiliation.

Think about what happens to Main Street USA?

Think about companies on the NASDAQ or national companies on the stock-market?

Think about how those USA-specific federal COVID compliance regulations apply when considering U.S. business operations -vs- just taking operations overseas without those worries. Think about who in Washington DC determines winning and losing.

Think about how Federal COVID-19 regulations can be used to put the multinational corporate world back (the globalists) on their former financial pathways, even without TPP and TTIP trade deals. Every domestic regulation weaponized against Main Street USA is a win for the Wall Street multinationals.

Think about how much China and Europe would love to see our economy knee-capped in a Biden regulatory stranglehold; essentially achieving the same objectives as the Paris Climate Treaty.

Think long and hard about how far the tentacles of achieving the Green New Deal can extend under the auspices of federal COVID-19 mitigation. Remember, those who are working on this don’t care about the middle-class and they have not for decades. This is about government bureaucrats using their DC power-base to control trillions in economic value and sell their ability to influence the winners and losers to the highest foreign bidder.

Look at what blue states have already done to seize power and control. Now think about that same manipulative intent spread throughout the entire country by weaponizing federal agencies with advanced regulation.

That should scare the hell out of anyone.

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