By Patricia Burke
Reprinted from Natural Blaze
This is the second in a series of articles coinciding with Independence Day in the U.S. We are looking at themes related to industry vs. non-industry science, captured regulators, and other issues around the topics of independence and interdependence, regarding involuntary, ubiquitous EMF/RF and 5G exposures. Thank you for reading.
“An Anti Imperialist Ponders the 4th of July and its Meaning for His Newborn Child”
“On his newborn daughter’s first July 4th holiday, an anti-imperialist writer ponders what he hopes for her to come to understand about her nation of birth.
Gabriela, you are part of the four percent of the world’s population that celebrates today, July 4th, as Independence Day. We are in the extreme minority of the earth’s inhabitants that claim citizenship within the belly of the beast of the global empire, the United States.
Questions that usually go unasked on this day include: Why are we celebrating this nation? What, if any, benefits have been brought to the world by the existence of the United States?
My hope is that as you age you consider these questions and investigate some of the assumptions many Americans hold about their nation. This day can be an opportunity to make an honest assessment of this country’s past and present, with the goal of working toward a more humane future. During this reflection, your father hopes that you take into account the following considerations.
You have been born into an empire with asymmetric power!
Gabriela, your incidental birth within the United States means you are part of a citizenry that has a collective proverbial gun pointed at the people of the rest of the world. You are a member of a nation that holds unprecedented military and economic power on the global stage. This understanding should serve as a framework for all exploration into your nation’s relationship with the global community.
The statistics speak for themselves. The United States’s annual near $800 billion military budget is more than the next 10 nations’ military spending combined. The next highest funded armed forces, China’s, spends less than one-third of what the U.S. does.”
Comparing the U.S. military budget to other supposed rivals becomes almost comical, with Russia spending just over $60 billion, Iran spending $15 billion, and North Korea’s budget remaining lower than that of the New York City police department at $4 billion. Further illustrating this asymmetric power in the globe are the 800 foreign military bases possessed by the U.S. compared to a combined 70 possessed by the rest of the world’s nations.” – By Matt McKenna
Read the rest of Matt McKenna’s post here.
So where does all the money go? 5G = Full Spectrum Dominance
The ‘Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space’ (also known as the ‘Global Network’ or the ‘GN’) is an international network of organizations and individuals concerned about the militarization and exploitation of space.
Koohan Paik-Mander, a board member of the Global Network, discusses the US empire’s strategy of fighting wars from both space and the sea in her article, Countering the “China Threat”–At What Price?
“In early June 2021, in a classified directive to Pentagon officials, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin slammed the former Trump administration for talking big but never taking action to counter ‘the China threat.’
Austin made it clear that things would be different under President Biden. His ‘tough guy’ rhetoric strikes just the right tone for a massive, costly, military-infrastructure overhaul that would render the conventional warfare of the twentieth century unrecognizable: more nukes, fewer troops, and an omnipotent 5G network.
The goal of this overhaul is to give the United States and its allies the ability to summon, at once, unmanned military forces to rain terror down on any spot in the world—a swarm of drones, hypersonic missiles, submarine torpedoes, and bombers—all with the ease of calling an Uber.”
“[ ]…even more expansive swaths of the ocean are being set aside for year-round military exercises.
The most egregious example is the MITT (Mariana Islands Training and Testing), a plan to transform over a million square miles of biodiverse ecosystems into the largest-ever range complex for bombing and firing practice. The impacted area would be larger than the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, and New Mexico combined.
The largest multinational open-ocean military exercises in history will take place here, home to 26 species of cetaceans. The navy itself estimates that its activities will maim or kill over 81,000 whales and dolphins per year. And that doesn’t count the ecological casualties anticipated in other existing exercise ranges, such as those around Hawaii, California, Alaska, Australia, in the Sea of Japan, and in the Bay of Bengal.” – Koohan Paik-Mander
Read the rest of Koohan Paik-Mander’s article here.
Bright Green Lies
In a recent interview referencing the new book Bright Green Lies, author Derrick Jensen invites the listener to “Make your loyalty to the natural world.” He notes that
“The environmental movement has been captured. At one point it was about protecting wild places and wild beings. And these days it has become about powering industrial civilization.
One example of this – You can have 100,000 people who march on the streets of whatever city, if you ask why they are marching – they’ll say, ‘we want to save the planet.’ If you ask their demands – what they’ll say is ‘We want subsidies for wind and solar industries.’
It is an extraordinary coup –I cannot think of any other social movement in history that has been so completely captured and turned into a lobbying arm for a sector of industrial capitalism. That’s terrifying.”
His interview was posted in early June of 2021.
The Co-opt of Environmentalism is Insignificant Compared to Post-Covid Wireless/5G Disaster Capitalism, Which Is Not Even Capitalism
I agree with everything that Derrick Jensen says, except that I can think of something even more terrifying than the fact that so many major environmental groups are a lobbying arm for industrial capitalism.
Post-covid, worldwide, beyond the capture of environmental organizations and the Bright Green Lies, society at large – including the health care sector, the education sector, the Black Lives Matters movement, rural America, banking, the utility sector, entertainment, finance, investment, agriculture, military, academia, human rights, and nearly all sides of political divides – has been co-opted to support the roll-out of the unsafe, insecure, unsustainable, surveillance and warfare-enabling, planet-destroying, space-invading, invisible, wireless 5G/broadband telecommunications network.
As Matt McKenna cautioned his newborn daughter, the U.S. does have its guns pointed at the rest of the world. And, increasingly, it also has its weapons pointed at its own people, as well as the ecosystem, including earth, sea, sky, and space.
Just Say No.
Top image courtesy Flo Freshman.
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Patricia Burke works with activists across the country and internationally calling for new biologically-based microwave radio frequency exposure limits.She is based in Massachusetts and can be reached at stopsmartmetersMASS@gmail.com.