I’m still in the process of editing The Devouring Mother book which, due to the inconvenience of having a day job, means I don’t have much time for anything else right now. Nevertheless, I wanted to write a quick note about something I realised during the week. I was watching this video with Reiner Fuellmich (thanks to Helen for the link) where they were talking about the connections of big tech companies to the vaccines. We all know that Bill Gates is heavily invested in vaccines but so is Google who, along with some of the other big tech companies, are also involved in various plans to offer a brand new system of medical care based apparently on artificial intelligence and run via the internet (I talked about this desire for automating the medical industry in a previous post). Of course, this partly represents modern capitalism at work. You have these huge corporations allowed to grow well beyond what is healthy for society and they run around trying to take over the world. Big tech has a vested interest in having as many office workers work from home because they offer companies the teleconferencing and other tools that enable that to happen, all for a tidy profit no doubt. They would love to get in on the medical industry too cos there are enormous sums of money to be made. So, big tech is out to disintermediate the office rental market and the medical industry just like they already disintermediated newspapers and other business models. They want nothing more than for every human being in the world to spend their entire lives in front of a computer screen. In the meantime, this leads to a situation where the companies who control the flow of information increasingly have a vested interest in manipulating that information to their own ends. It’s obvious that big tech has been actively censoring dissenting opinions on the vaccine. The most notable must be Robert Malone, the very guy who first came up with the idea of an mRna “vaccine”. Malone pointed out recently that if you now google his name, the first article that comes up is one claiming that he did not, in fact, invent the idea. Just a coincidence, I’m sure, that Malone has been speaking out against a product that google is invested in.
What occurred to me while watching the video, however, was how the business model of the big tech companies matches the way in which the testing and the vaccines have been sold to the public. That business model involves giving away the service for free. You don’t pay to use facebook. You don’t pay to use google search or gmail. You don’t pay to use twitter or Instagram. The companies that have taken over the internet have done so by offering stuff for free. But as the saying goes – if you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product. The product in this case is mostly advertising but also subsidiary services that these companies offer. The average person over the last couple of decades has gotten used to the idea that the internet is “free”. It’s free in the same way that free-to-air tv is free, which is to say that the cost is hidden. The real cost is your mind. In a very real sense, you hand over a segment of your psychic real estate to others who will fill it with whatever they please, usually advertisements about potato chips or sugared water drinks. The big tech players also sell advertising to the highest bidder but they have the ability to distort the information that you are exposed to in their interests. That goes beyond just filling your mind with nonsense. The stakes are actually much higher but the average person seems blissfully unaware of it.
Everything about corona has been “free” too. Free testing. Free apps and internet systems to back them. Free hotel quarantine (sometimes). And, of course, free vaccines. That’s how government has presented these things to us. In Australia, we are used the idea of “free” healthcare which has always seemed like a weird concept to me as whenever tax time comes around and I see how much I am paying for it, I’m reminded that it is absolutely not free. It’s bloody expensive. During corona, the medical industry has unilaterally decided to reduce the quality of service it provides in exchange for that money. They can do this, of course, because taxpayers have no way to opt out. This has had the ironic effect of overwhelming hospitals because GPs are refusing to see patients. That’s another problem with things that are “free”, you don’t have a lot of control over their management. Money has its problems but it’s generally a good way to allocate resources. If a company drops the quality of the product without dropping the price, people go elsewhere. But not in our “free” systems where the price is already “zero”. Of course, none of it is free. Neither have any of the corona measures been free. Quite the opposite. The government is paying for all this stuff with our tax dollars and racking up trillions of dollars of debt in the process all while telling us it’s “free”.
All this reminds me of the story of Snow White. The evil Queen, having given a huntsman the mission of disposing of Snow White in the forest, later realises that she is still alive. The Queen sets out to do the job herself. She visits Snow White, who is now living with the seven dwarves, in three different disguises. Firstly, she is a peddler who offers Snow White a laced bodice. Snow White accepts and the Queen ties up the bodice so tight that Snow White faints. The dwarves arrive home in time to save her. Next the Queen dresses up as a comb seller. Again, Snow White falls for it and allows the Queen to comb her hair with a poison comb. Again, the dwarves rescue her. Finally, the Queen dresses as a farmer’s wife and offers Snow White a poisoned apple. Snow White, finally learning, is now more suspicious but the Queen still tricks her into eating and this time the dwarves cannot save her; it will be left to the handsome prince to do that later on. Snow White continually falls for all the “free” stuff offered to her. The fairy tale, like all the Brothers Grimm stories, contains a warning: don’t trust things that are free. This message is so important that our language has a number of inbuilt warnings for it. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Those that dance must pay the piper. Money doesn’t grow on trees. You can’t get something for nothing. Clearly we humans have a problem with taking everything at face value without questioning ulterior motives (to do otherwise is to be a “conspiracy theorist”). Offer us some “free” stuff and we’ll happily take it. That is what people have done with the big tech giants and that is what they are doing with the tests and the vaccines. It’s all “free”.
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