Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Planning your demise?

The Rockefeller Foundation and Global Business Network have come up with some pretty interesting 'ideas (pdf)'. I'm reading these 'scenarios' where the future is spoken of in the past tense and wondering to myself, are these really speculation, or are they action plans? I generally do not speak of events that have not happened in the past tense unless I am mapping out the phases of a plan in which event 2 cannot begin until event 1 has been successfully completed. For instance if I am planning to migrate a server or network things must follow a specific order of operations like an 'OS is installed prior to software' and other such logical progressions. True, I do not insert contingency plans, but why would I write down all that could go wrong and how I'd work around that knowing full-well I would be giving away the only resource which is uniquely mine? Especially given my manager's affinity for telling me I can be replaced by some wet behind the ears punk who's diploma's ink has not yet dried.

Well, a very similar logic can be overlaid on this manifesto as it does not expose the how or why in the progression of the planning, but relies on known triggers that must occur to get there.

Let's take a look at the scenarios:

    – A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen pushback.

    How they see it happening: A massively infectious virus sweeps the planet killing 8 million in it's 1st 7 months.

    How the world change(d): Totalitarian governments implement quarantine rules, restrictions on travel, biometric ID's, MRI's in airports to "detect abnormal behavior that may indicate “antisocial intent.”". Major gains would be in the tele-presence and medical detection fields of technology. But xenophobia would limit both growth and sharing of such technologies among the global community.

    Some scary quotes:
    There were also severe restrictions on where people could bathe and where they could wash clothing. Every 20 meters along the river was marked by a sign outlining the repercussions of “disrespecting India’s most treasured natural resource.”
    Most technological improvements are created by and for developed countries, shaped by governments’ dual desire to control and to monitor their citizens.
    My spin: I guess this is not true plan since globalization would be hindered, and most things point to these elites wanting less strict border controls on the flow of products, services, and wealth. They also claim rebellions would occur more and more frequently in many parts of the world where the strictest and most authoritarian governments have taken root. Their only advantage would be increased internet traffic policing reducing the free-flow of ideas, and our ability to organize and research the hidden agendas behind everything.

    – A world in which highly coordinated and successful strategies emerge for addressing both urgent and entrenched worldwide issues.

    How they see it happening: Global Warming™ begins accelerating in it's effect causing all nations to begin working together to find solutions.

    How the world change(d): Having succeeded in averting catastrophes like "New York City becoming Venice of the West due to Hudson river surges", and, um, they only give that one example, so, and: nothing... Anyhow, due to such success, global governance and global solutions think tanks rise in popularity and power, slowly eroding our sense of nationalism and sovereignty. They claim these organizations would have more 'transparency' and open access to information in real-time with allowance of open-discussion across the planet in fields like energy and natural resource management, food distribution networks, health care and vaccines, Genetically Modified foods, and information technology.

    Some scary quotes:
    Alec and his research team had been working for months to fabricate a new meat product — one that tasted just like beef yet actually contained only 50 percent meat; the remaining half was a combination of synthetic meat, fortified grains, and nano-flavoring.
    In cities and villages around the world where children used to be hungry, access to higher-calorie meals had produced alarming increases in the incidence of obesity and diabetes.
    My spin: This scenario also relies on some sudden and miraculous economic recovery which does not look feasible unless those people who own all the money start shoveling it off the roof-tops. But, since this would appear to be the most favourable scenario to shifting power from locally elected governments to organizations with boards of directors (without waking the sleeping masses), I will not rule out 'raining money' as a possibility.

    The trouble is, while they seem to want to paint this as a utopia where everything is better and good, all it really does is remove the final 'appearance of choice' we call elections. They also intend to record every bit of data circling the internet using an interesting new term "sousveillance" in this scenario. Once these organizations and corporations have enough power to overrule our national systems, they will have no need to share their plans, or even to make them sound favourable. This is very possibly a wolf in sheep's clothing: The cake is a lie.

    – An economically unstable and shock-prone world in which governments weaken, criminals thrive, and dangerous innovations emerge.

    How they see it happening: The 2012 Olympic bombing (killing 13 thousand), followed by an Indonesian earthquake (killing 40 thousand), and a tsunami nearly removing Nicaragua from the map, and famine in west China caused by a Global Warming™ caused drought, overwhelms an already severely depressed global economy causes the nations of the world to fail like dominoes.

    How the world change(d): Most governments collapsed and a new era of 'Criminal Networks' formed in their wake. The internet is now largely the realm of criminals and most average citizens avoid using it for fear of identity theft. There is no safety net for unemployment nor retirement, policing almost completely ceases, racial and ethnic divides grow out of paranoia and xenophobia. Corruption destroys all faith in corporations, authorities, politicians, and organizations previously perceived as altruistic. Most technology focuses on identity verification, biological weapons, synthetic or Genetically Modified food, and cosmetic surgery.

    Some scary quotes:
    Botswana had none of the high-tech biometric scanning checkpoints — technology that could literally see right through you — that most developed nations had in abundance in their airports, along their borders, and in government buildings.
    But in a world full of deceit and scamming, his skills at discerning fact from fiction and developing quick yet deep local knowledge were highly prized.
    My spin: This would appear to be the ultimate doomsday scenario, it also suggests leaving an opening for the New World Order to step in with a solution to all of our troubles, except that thanks to our rampant xenophobia and paranoia the solution would not be likely to be implemented, at least not on a global level. I suspect if there is planning behind this spit-balling of ideas manifesto, that this is the least likely scenario.

    – An economically depressed world in which individuals and communities develop localized, makeshift solutions to a growing set of problems.

    How they see it happening:
    "The global recession that started in 2008 did not trail off in 2010 but dragged onward." -- it really feels like it's been dragging onward to me. "Without the ability to boost economic activity, many countries saw their debts deepen and civil unrest and crime rates climb." -- like Greece, Italy, Spain, and Ireland? At least there are no major ecological disasters. Other factors include xenophobia, further divisions of wealth and class, poor infrastructure maintenance, and lack of investment capital slowing innovation.

    How the world change(d): welcome back to the 80's: Ethiopia is starving again, the internet has broken and we cannot afford to fix it, progress is focused on regional problems and solutions, we die of scurvy when traveling because jet fuel is an unquestionable luxury, and efficiency of what already exists becomes the primary focus instead of finding better replacements.

    Some scary quotes:
    Office space is rented by the day or week, not the month or year, because more people are in the field — testing, evaluating, and reporting on myriad pilot projects.
    My spin: Again with the internet?! I Guess we've found the Achilles heel of the globalist movement, thus, it will be restricted, heavily monitored, untrusted, or broken. I actually do not see a huge problem with local solutions built by locals to fix local problems save for the duplications of efforts and failure to improve or adapt existing ideas. But then again, patents and copyrights inflict the same level of damage and they are all the rage in present day, so the only thing that changes is the opportunity for global corporations to get into everybody's pocket by selling a cookie-cutter idea when a more customized solution is really what is required.

In Conclusion

Interestingly, all of these scenarios paint similar concepts: xenophobia, paranoia, changes to internet and it's monitoring, fear, crime or police states, autocracy, class war, and mass casualties. Are these contingency plans, or action plans? Regardless of that answer, this is what the elite spend their money thinking about.


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