Rare Blunt Trauma from a Flying Dictionary of Acronyms
By Not Sure
8 January 2023
“Like the sun the head shall sear the shining sea: The Black Sea’s living fish shall all but boil.”
<![if !supportLists]>- <![endif]>Nostradamus’ prediction for 2023
Nostradamus’ predictions for 2022 included the rise of AI, the conquering power of cryptocurrency and a surge in cannibalism as a response to inflation. According to the New York Post, even though Nostradamus missed on crypto in 2022, his prediction for 2023 is on track because “recent research suggests many of the most commonly eaten fish species could face extinction as a direct result of climate-change warming, i.e. boiling, the Earth’s oceans. With one of humanity’s major food sources in peril, maybe we’ll take to eating each other after all.”
Do major news outlets have their own in-house Nostradamus’ interpreter or is there some definitive translation somewhere? Methinks the former, as who could have translated these poetic predictions for 2022-23 back in 1870 or 1950 and come up with “AI” or “cryptocurrency?”
“Seven months great war, people dead through evil.”
This one is a no-brainer for the New York Post. The situation in Ukraine is World War III. Nostradamus blames “hate-mongering, death-dealing Libra” for bringing about world war and Putin (born October 7 under the sun sign of Libra) “comes pretty close to personifying it [evil.]”
The antichrist cometh…
“The antichrist very soon annihilates the three. Twenty-seven years his war will last. The unbelievers are dead, captive, exiled. With blood, human bodies, water and red hail covering the earth.”
You can read the silly New York Post article if you want, but according to their take on Nostradamus’ predictions for 2023, the antichrist could be Putin, or it could be Elon Musk.
Los Angeles psychic and spiritual advisor, Judy Hevenly, predicts that the world still must be vigilant for new viruses that will be discovered in hospitals and health clinics, the U.S. economy will slow down, and the U.S. Congress may soon overhaul the law for counting presidential electoral votes.
Padre, the Messenger of the Angels, predicts that in the U.S., hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes are going to hit with unprecedented force. Padre also claims that “heatwaves are going to be a massive feature across Europe in 2023. The climate crisis is going to reach worrying extremes as the continent begins to feel the burn. However, this will play a role in the new climate measures that the UN will introduce.”
Craig Hamilton-Parker has been “hailed by the press as the New Nostradamus” and he foretells that in 2023 we will see:
• Crop failures caused by unprecedented weather events worldwide.
• Worldwide Food shortages and famine in the Third world, plus great hardship everywhere.
• Conflicts will escalate as the world economy slides further into recession.
• Ukraine conflict will continue and escalate as Putin loses his power.
• We will see a new war in the Middle East and elsewhere as Israel strikes the Iranian nuclear site.
Richard N. Haass has been the president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) since 2003 and he had some predictions to make for 2023. I’m inclined to think he might be more accurate than Nostradamus’ in foretelling the future. He said that:
<![if !supportLists]>1) <![endif]>“The war in Ukraine will continue…albeit at a less intense level. Neither Russia nor Ukraine will be able to achieve a complete military victory” – no matter how much money we throw at Ukraine. (My words, not Haass’.)
<![if !supportLists]>2) <![endif]>China will have to delay major aggression towards Taiwan because they’ll have their hands full with Covid-19 cases. (I’m not making this up.)
<![if !supportLists]>3) <![endif]>Japan will emerge as a major geopolitical actor.
<![if !supportLists]>4) <![endif]>“North Korea will almost certainly carry out what will be its seventh nuclear test, in addition to frequent missile tests.”
<![if !supportLists]>5) <![endif]>Transatlantic relations will suffer from increased tensions.
<![if !supportLists]>6) <![endif]>“The global economy is likely to expand more slowly than most observers currently forecast.”
Haass is downright optimistic sounding on #6, considering the World Bank is talking global recession and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that one-third of the world’s economies could go into deep recession in 2023.
<![if !supportLists]>7) <![endif]>“The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference* (COP28, set to meet in Dubai) will continue to disappoint…the effects of global warming are likely to get worse before they get … even worse.” (*From the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), Rio de Janeiro, 1992, Earth Summit, extended by the Kyoto Protocol, et cetera.)
<![if !supportLists]>8) <![endif]>“Israel-Palestinian relations will become more violent as Israeli settlement activity expands and diplomacy shows no prospect of bringing about a Palestinian state on terms both Israelis and Palestinians could accept. Instead, a future that could be described as a “one-state non-solution” will come closer to becoming reality.”
<![if !supportLists]>9) <![endif]>“India will continue to frustrate those who predict great things for it.” Buying arms and oil from Russia, etc.
<![if !supportLists]>10) <![endif]>“Iran will likely be the dominant issue of 2023…”
"Allay the Fear for This New Year"
This Redux to start a new year is from Alan Watt’s talk on January 4, 2015. Near the beginning of the talk, Alan said “The New Year, as always, is full of predictions from all the gurus out there who follow memes and themes and so on, which is quite easy for them to do nowadays, especially the psychic…it gets awfully easy to be a sort of foreteller of the future today. What I do of course is different. I go into the big boys’ agendas themselves from their own websites, etc. and it's so easy to find the information of where the world is to go because it's planned that way. All the big changes which will affect you are planned that way by big committees, big think tanks, the global meetings and they have, hundreds of meetings every year, all different sections of the United Nations and so on…They help plan the future for society, for the big global society as they call it…”
I wanted to get an idea of what some of the big committees and think tanks were up to in 2023, just take a quick peek at a handful of the “hundreds of meetings” these organizations such as the UN hold each year.
First stop, UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). Don’t miss the Third International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS) on 24-26 January in Santiago, Chile, aimed at finding ways to improve the collection, analysis, and use of migration data worldwide.
Partnerships play a critical role in our efforts to face intensified global crises around the world, and to deliver on the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To boost innovative collaboration, the 2023 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Partnership Forum will gather international actors on 31 January 2023 in conjunction with the Council’s Coordination Segment.
40 per cent of people living in poverty reside in one of the 46 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
The global community will convene this March for the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5).
Climate change is disrupting the water cycle, causing droughts and floods. Water is everyone’s business, and on 22-24 March, water action will be front and center at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York. International actors are then coming together for the most important water event in a generation.
UN Member States, civil society, businesses, and other international actors will convene yet again for the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to assess global action on the global goals.
On 19-20 September, the second UN Summit on the SDGs will be held, bringing together Heads of State and Government to assess our joint efforts to achieve the 17 SDGs.
There are too many UN peacekeeping missions to track but a few include United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). It looks like at the 9236th Meeting of the Security Council on 5 January, the following statement emerged. “Leaders on all sides of the Palestinian question must help lower the flames of tension and maintain the status quo of Jerusalem’s holy sites, the Organization’s senior peace official appealed during his address to the Security Council today.” Earlier in the day, at the 9235th meeting, it was determined that “Syria must fully cooperate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).”
The UN supplies a calendar of meetings. It might overwhelm if you tried to take in a whole year’s worth, so let’s go month by month. In January of 2023, there are twenty-seven scheduled meetings, thirty-six in February and in March, thirty-eight. You get the idea. These include the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, Election of Bureau (New York); ICAO, Committee Phase, 228th session (Montreal); UNCTAD, Working Party on the Programme Plan and Programme Performance, Eighty-fifth session (Geneva); UNCITRAL, Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform), Forty-fourth session (Vienna); Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, First regular session (New York); WHO, Executive Board, 152nd session (Geneva); UNEP, Committee of Permanent Representatives, Resumed 160th meeting (Nairobi).
Alright! Enough! That’s just a handful of the January 2023 meetings.
Meanwhile at the World Economic Forum (WEF), we’ve got the Annual Meeting 2023 at Davos, Switzerland from 16-20 January. The theme is “Cooperation in a Fragmented World.” A lot will be discussed, including SMEs (small to medium-sized businesses) and water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Bring your dictionary of acronyms to the water meeting because you’ll need to know about UNICEF, ENOWA and NEOM, Bahrain’s EDB and ACWA.
Climate change will be a biggie at Davos and for that you’ll need to know about the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP), the goals laid out at last year’s COP27 and what lies ahead for COP28 in November. They’ll be talking about a recent U.S.’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) study on hazard-resistant building codes, how Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) can speed up renewable project delivery, targets laid out in the Paris Agreement to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. For that goal to be reached high-emission technologies must be replaced with zero- or low-carbon alternatives. Also to be discussed is Red IV and Solar PV as well as Equator Principles or International Finance Corporation (IFC.)
Don’t breathe yet because first, that’s a big exhalation of carbon dioxide and second, we haven’t even gotten to ESGs which is perhaps the biggest topic on the Sustainable Smorgasbord. According to the WEF, without Artificial Intelligence (AI), we won’t meet ESG goals and address climate change. What are ESG you ask? Why, those are environmental, social, and governance programmes! Corporations and their investors are now less interested in their bottom line and focused on improving the transparency and performance on ESG issues. After all, no self-respecting corporate CEO wants to be accused of “greenwashing!”
In this talk, Alan said that “Most of life, in fact…from government today, via its big arm the media, the regular media, is to con you. It's a con job to get you to go along with things. They give you kind of idea that the world is being run by great people, awfully honest people, who are better than you in their honesty and decency and so on, and they have your best interests at heart. And nothing is further from the truth.”
Part of the fun of the con (for those running it) must be the creation of a new language. We just give up when we’re asked to learn new words and acronyms. Tell the truth now! How many of you read all that “gobbledygook” I just wrote about the UN and the WEF? I didn’t read it, and I wrote it! This is boring, mind-numbing drivel.
Alan read something called “Carbopedia” from the site carbonplanet.com. They’re in the midst of a website redesign. “Coming soon!” Oh, I can’t wait! The article was supplying the reader with the definitions of all the different types of carbon credits. As Alan said, “You know, for dummies.” Just a few of the terms that Alan read:
Certified Emission Reduction (CER)
Emission Reduction Unit (ERU)
Voluntary Carbon Unit (VCU) or Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS)
Alan laughed, “I can't even keep a straight face with this rubbish, eh.” It’s ridiculous, it’s laughable. But it’s no joke, because these organizations, these global bodies of governance, think tanks and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) don’t stop. They keep going with hundreds of meetings, not per year, but per month. You’ll find that whatever Alan was reading about in 2015 isn’t really that different from what he was reading in 2008 or what we’re reading in 2023, because this is THE AGENDA, it’s carved in stone, a must-be. As Alan Watt so often said, “We’re living through a script.”
In this new year, we will be hit with one crisis after another, and some of these crises will directly affect us. You may lose your job. Your marriage might hit the rocks. Food prices will increase. People we love may die. You may risk opening your mouths to warn those you care about of the danger that lies ahead. Some of you will have already learned that doing that comes with its own risks. You may experience anxiety or depression. We’ll suffer. This is war, and battle fatigue is real. That’s why it’s good to stay above the fray. The better you understand that this is a very old agenda, going according to plan, the less likely you are to get caught up in left/right politics or the latest scandal or outrage.
One caution I give myself is to limit the time that I spend on the stories that everyone else is talking about. Because if everyone else is talking about it, chances are the story was put there to divert our attention from one of the global meetings in a far-flung place that is going to impact our lives in very real ways.
Sometimes the stories we’re told to focus on are sad, gripping sagas. Ask yourself a few questions when one of these stories takes center stage. Each story will bring its own set of questions. A question that might be appropriate for one recent story: Why is it so hard to determine cause? When a muscle has been damaged as in a heart attack, for instance, your body releases substances into the blood. Blood tests can measure the substances and show how much damage the muscle has sustained. Electrocardiograms (ECGs) can diagnose abnormal heart rhythms. Echocardiograms (ultrasound) can show a doctor if there are problems with your heart’s valves and chambers. A coronary angiogram can show clogged or blocked arteries. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) gives detailed images of your heart to show your doctor how well it’s working. A coronary computed tomography angiogram (CCTA) is a specialized computed tomography (CT) scan that can help diagnose coronary heart disease.
We’re strongly discouraged from questioning. The official explanation is that it’s a mystery. It could be “this” and it could be “that.” It’s just “too soon to know.” But the Los Angeles Times wasn’t alone amongst publications when it ran the story that “COVID-19 vaccines almost certainly didn’t cause Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.”
I guess it’s not to soon to know that.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Damar Hamlin injury provokes a wave of ignorant anti-vaccine propaganda” and per Rolling Stone Magazine, “Anti-Vaxxers Turn Damar Hamlin’s On-Field Collapse Into a ‘Vile’ Conspiracy Theory.”
I’m not saying anything at all. Just asking the question: Why is it so difficult to determine cause?
Sir Charles Galton Darwin was an English physicist who served as director of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) during World War II. He was the grandson of Charles Darwin. Wikipedia states that “On his retirement, his attention turned to issues of population, genetics and eugenics. His conclusions were pessimistic and entailed a resigned belief in an inevitable Malthusian catastrophe, as described in his 1952 book The Next Million Years. He first argued in this book that voluntary birth control (family planning) establishes a selective system that ensures its own failure. The cause is that people with the strongest instinct for wanting children will have the largest families and they will hand on the instinct to their children, while those with weaker instincts will have smaller families and will hand on that instinct to their children. In the long run society will consist mainly of people with the strongest instinct to reproduce. This would ultimately have dysgenic effects.”
Years ago, Galton Darwin was just a physicist and the grandson of Charles Darwin, and his book would have been categorized as Science or perhaps History. But Alan Watt has quoted from Galton Darwin’s book The Next Million Years many times, so now the site Goodreads has it listed under the following genres: History, Science, Politics, Conspiracy Theory. The dusty, old books are no longer safe, evidently. Time to “memory hole” that one.
Don’t miss the article that Alan read about “Schoolteachers forced to wear scarlet letter flu masks, gloves when they refuse flu shots that don't even work.” Remember, folks, this story was from December of 2014 and Alan was reading it on 4 January 2015. He said, “Do you understand, this is all behavior modification, folks, where you train the animals step-by-step, what you eat and all the rest of it, how you're going to live, by your public servants. And they'll say, well lots of the public want this. No, they're talking about the NGOs that work for the big corporations that run the foundations that pay these NGOs.” In the article it said that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that flu masks don't even work to prevent the spread of flu and Alan said, “It's nothing to do with that. See, it's not even to do with the topic. It's conditioning you to do what you're told, prodding the animals, prodding the animals, you see, coerce, coerce, coerce.”
Another article that Alan read was “Mobile death squads to kill sick and elderly in their own homes leads to surge in suicide rates in the Netherlands.” State sponsored euthanasia has taken off in a big way since 2015. In June of 2016, Canada passed a law that allowed eligible Canadians to request medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and in 2021, important changes to who may be eligible were made to the legislation. Down in the dumps? Can’t pay your rent? So far, MAiD is just for Canadians. Depressed and poor people from other countries will have to do their “suicide tourism” in Switzerland. The Swiss have recently introduced a 3D printed coffin using technology from the Netherlands. It’s the “Sarco” suicide capsule. State of the art. The idea behind the technology is the founder’s vision to help terminally ill patients put an end to their suffering and allow them to have a comparably ‘peaceful’ death.
At the end of this talk Alan said, “Well, that's the start of the New Year. It doesn't bother me because nothing surprises me since you expect at all, if you follow them, and you know how they have to put it across to you, step by step by step and through gradual brainwashing and so on. So you always know it's coming because you understand what they're really getting at from the very get-go.”
Sometimes a host of an interview might say to Alan, “Can you leave us with something optimistic?” Or a caller would ask, “What’s the solution?” For Alan, knowledge was its own reward. It is empowering to know the truth, to be unafraid to fully see it and not turn away. Sometimes he’d share that quote from Ecclesiastes (1:18), “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” And yet. And still. There are moments of laughter and joy and peace.
Stay strong in 2023!
© Not Sure
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