by Not Sure
29 January 2023
In January, Amazon announced they were cutting 18,000 jobs, and Microsoft announced it would cut about 10,000 jobs, or 4.5% of its workforce. The software company Salesforce plans to lay off about 8,000 employees. IBM estimates 3,900 job losses. Goldman Sachs announced 3,200 job cuts and their CEO, David Solomon, said “we feel deeply for the individuals that were impacted by these reductions…[they were] extremely dedicated and talented individuals.” Too bad, so sad.
Europe’s largest software company SAP will eliminate 3,000 jobs, while the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. will cut 1,500 employees. 950 workers were fired from Coinbase which represents 20% of its workforce. Blackrock cut 500 jobs because last year’s earnings fell to a paltry $17.9 billion. Spotify will reduce its global workforce by 6%, firing 600 workers. Bed, Bath & Beyond will slash $80-100 million from its annual budget and this includes an unspecified number of firings. Goodyear laid off 500 employees for whom it won’t be a good year, and WeWork announced 300 employees who Won’tWork anymore.
Google’s parent company Alphabet is cutting 12,000 individuals from its payroll. A decision was made to defer a portion of January bonuses until later in the year. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai cited ill-hiring decisions over the past two years as one of the reasons for this massive layoff.
We can be certain that Pichai will not lose his job because of the “ill-hiring decisions,” and whatever reduction in salary and bonuses he accepts won’t make a dent in his compensation package which was $240 million per annum in 2019.
Job losses will primarily hit tech, manufacturing and retail but analysts expect the service economy will be less adversely affected. Dog paddling?
On January 23, 2023, the second edition of Living Well in a Down Economy for Dummies was published. It took a few minutes to find the first edition, but as it turns out that was released in 2008, the year of the Great Crash, or what I learned from Wiki is also referred to as the Great Recession, a period of global economic decline. The IMF referred to the Great Recession as “the most severe economic and financial meltdown since the Great Depression.”
The latest in the for Dummies series advertises the second edition, “With more than 100 tips, it shows you how to tighten your belt without feeling a big pinch in your day-to-day life. Discover innovative and effective ways to cut expenses and boost your income in today’s economy. It isn’t about making sacrifices. It’s about setting priorities.”
This is the 94th Redux of the talks of Alan Watt and it is the first hour of his extended Cutting Through the Matrix blurb from 12 April 2020, entitled "Making Hay from the Dead, A Shameless Sacrifice, Old Agenda, Presented New, Freshly Painted Lies."
I will stress something I’ve commented upon before. In any one hour of an Alan Watt talk, the concepts and topics are so thick, it can be difficult to decide what to pull to the foreground. I’m choosing austerity and science fiction.
Alan talked about how Britain was good for the cheap Sci-Fi’s and the long-running soaps like Coronation Street, which employed psychologists, psychiatrists, behaviourists, sociologists, and other experts to help bring real life situations into the scripts to bend your reality. “Britain had a lot of practice in doing that with wartime scenarios. You've got to remember that George Orwell, for instance, during World War II was employed at the BBC. He gave different programs out. One of his specialties was working with the group that broadcast news for the propaganda during the war to India, and to different British colonies by that time outside of India too in the Far East. Very successful at that as well. But he also did talks on how to, this is interesting because it's back in the news again, on how to make food out of very little. Because we're going into austerity, this is the big austere plan we're into now, austerity times and training the public in a very drastic, fast way. And in a war scenario, this WAR terminology, against a virus, you see. It's all out there, and for martial law techniques too being used on the public under different terminology.”
The first mention that Alan made of “the coronavirus” was in his talk from 26 January 2020, when he posted the following article from 23 January 2020:
Chinese citizens fear the government is keeping information about the coronavirus secret as critics are silenced and official updates about the outbreak are 'quickly deleted' from social media
Notice that the article is about censorship, not fears of a deadly outbreak.
The following week on 2 February 2020, Alan entitled his talk A Perfect Storm: "Chinese Travelling at New Year, Party and Song, Happy Reunions then Fear, as it All Went Wrong." He posted this:
Coronavirus link to China biowarfare program possible, analyst says
The original publication of that article on links to a biowarfare program was 26 January 2020, but the editor’s note from 25 March, 2020 states, “Since this story ran, scientists outside of China have had a chance to study the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They concluded it does not show signs of having been manufactured or purposefully manipulated in a lab, though the exact origin remains murky and experts debate whether it may have leaked from a Chinese lab that was studying it.”
Another article that Alan covered was:
Coronavirus: Doctors fight back against misinformation online
According to the BBC, social media is already “awash” with dubious health advice and conspiracies that cast doubt on the origins of the disease and the scale of the outbreak.
China coronavirus: Hong Kong researchers have already developed vaccine but need time to test it, expert reveals
With Wuhan virus genetic code in hand, scientists begin work on a vaccine
“Three months from gene sequence to initial human testing would be the fastest the agency has ever gotten such a vaccine off the ground,” Fauci said.
Alan is two weeks into covering this event and what have we learned? No cures or protocols will be discussed. The answer will be a vaccine. Newspapers may suggest theories on the origin of the pathogen, but we may not for fear of being accused of spreading misinformation or being labeled a conspiracy theorist.
I don’t recall when I first heard Alan mention Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign promise to fast-track drugs from trials to market, but he mentioned it early and often.
According to a 2018 article in Newsweek, Trump’s appointment as FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb “has dramatically reformed the drug approval process. He's made it faster and more transparent and the changes are already bearing fruit. In 2017, the FDA set an all-time record for generic drug approvals and for more novel drugs than any year since 1996.” The BBC ran an article that same year which stated that “President Donald Trump has signed a bill giving terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments not approved by the government.”
The first news report of Operation Warp Speed was 29 April 2020, more than two weeks after this Redux talk from 12 April 2020, but Alan is already explaining to us in this talk that what we’re seeing are wartime scenarios. From the very beginning, the coronavirus connection to the U.S. Department of Defense and the labyrinth of military-private industry agencies was clear. The name Operation Warp Speed was inspired by the “faster-than-light” travel we saw in the Star Trek series. Science fiction.
Alan mentioned a British politician who had once said in regards to enacting the regulations necessary to combat climate change, that If they could just get a wartime scenario and people would obey authority, and they would live under hardship conditions and accept it, and they'd all sing together cheerily, in the underground as they were getting bombed and so on in London. And you'd accept the deprivations and austerity and rationing at all that.
He went on to point out that under such a scenario, anything at all could be normalized, made the new normal. People could be taught to stay home, to stand six feet apart, to wear a mask, and to clap for nurses and hospital employees (“first responders.”)
Alan talked about Bill Gates, of course, and how sick people were (already) of seeing him everywhere, that no matter from what angle we view things, we’re looking at one big bunch at the top who are all on board with the same agenda of depopulation. He said, “It’s fascinating to see the Club of Rome involved in it too…They all know each other. They all work together, you see, with the same goals, for climate, using the climate as an excuse to take all your rights and freedoms away. And eventually get you to stop even breeding, at least all the wrong people breeding, so's the right people like themselves can breed.”
2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years* is a 2012 book describing trends in global development, written by Jørgen Randers as a follow-up to The Limits to Growth, which in 1972 was the first worldwide report by the Club of Rome. Here is a quote found on page 16 (in a section by Carlos Joy, not Randers):
“Upward social mobility was a general phenomenon from after 1945 until about 1990. In one and two generations, families moved from being poor or working class to middle class and upper middle class. In the United States, reindustrialization, economic growth, broad university access, labor union-negotiated benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance did the trick. In western Europe, their equivalents in social democratic economies and European Union (EU) policies resulted in well-functioning welfare states providing a better life with expanding opportunities for urban workers, farmers, artisans, and small businessowners. Working hours shortened and vacations lengthened while purchasing power increased and healthy, youthful pensioners came to see retirement as a "golden age." But in the past twenty years this has begun to change. People in mature economies no longer report increasing well-being. They have grounds for pessimism. They will be worse off.”
* Thanks to Weston for having read this book and for supplying the quote.
We are managed, given a handful of bullies that rotate so we don’t get overwhelmed or bored. Trump exits. Ardern resigns and angry protestors call for Trudeau to do the same. Gates recedes, Schwab comes to the fore. Fauci retires. People die suddenly and the memes change just as suddenly. For instance, Damar Hamlin has been “replaced by a body double or perhaps even a clone.”
Forgive me if I don’t jump all over footage of a Pfizer executive bragging to his “date” about Pfizer using “directed evolution” and mutating viruses. Conservative politicians called for an investigation. “If the claims detailed in the video are true, Pfizer has put its desire for profit over the concern of national and global health and must hold itself accountable,” Marco Rubio wrote. (Shocking! Big Pharma put greed over the welfare of people?) Tucker called upon the omnipresent Malone to give his two cents’ worth. We shall see.
Alan mentioned the 1966 movie Fahrenheit 451 from the 1953 book of the same name by Ray Bradbury. A fireman becomes disillusioned with his job of censoring literature and destroying knowledge. In this dystopic future, people are illiterate and hedonistic. Large televisions fill the walls and all the drugged and numb populace do is “interact” with the screen.
He talked of a more recent film entitled Equilibrium where feelings and artistic expression were outlawed and everyone including the police had to take daily injections of a psychoactive drug to flatten their emotions. Alan said, “With emotion you might get angry about things or disagree vehemently about something, and it makes you much harder to control. So, it's much better when you're all agreed on the same things and nothing really bothered you really too much.”
Bradbury visited some of the themes of Fahrenheit 451 in a 1951 short story he wrote entitled “The Pedestrian” which he said was based on an encounter he had with some police in 1949. In this future world, people do not walk outside at night, they are expected to stay indoors and watch television. When Bradbury’s protagonist ventures out, he is harassed by police robots. They ask his occupation and when he says “writer,” they are sure he is lying since nobody reads, nor have they in many years. New normals and a new book for dummies filled with clever and cheerful ways to navigate wartime scenarios.
© Not Sure
(Jan. 23, 2020) Chinese citizens fear the government is keeping information about the coronavirus secret as critics are silenced and official updates about the outbreak are 'quickly deleted' from social media
(Jan. 26, 2020) Coronavirus link to China biowarfare program possible, analyst says
(Jan. 31, 2020) Coronavirus: Doctors fight back against misinformation online
(Jan. 24, 2020) China coronavirus: Hong Kong researchers have already developed vaccine but need time to test it, expert reveals
(Jan. 28, 2020) With Wuhan virus genetic code in hand, scientists begin work on a vaccine
(2018) Trump's FDA Pick Is Speeding Up New Drug Approvals
(2018) Trump signs Right to Try Act for terminally ill patients
Utah doctor allegedly destroyed vaccines, gave fake shots to children
COVID Vaccines ‘Opened the Floodgates’ for New Wave of mRNA Vaccines for Livestock
COVID-19 means social distancing for black-footed ferrets
Conservatives demand Pfizer explain exec’s ‘directed evolution’ claims in bombshell Project Veritas video