15-Minute Cities

Are 15 Minute Cities Smart?
by Thomas Buckley, former mayor of Lake Elsinore
“The Point” Substack

Embedded in this article are two “smart city” videos by “Answers with Joe”. Joe discusses futuristic cities that appear to be pretty cool. However…

Will these areas be transformed from areas with free thinking owners… to controlled renters?

Will most “smart city” occupants be renting and not owning? Will the current inhabitants owning property there get displaced?

Who do you suppose actually owns many of the large apartment buildings that they’re building? Could it be institutional investors like BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street? Is this a real life version of Monopoly?

What can “company towns” from the past teach us? Did “company towns” discourage independent thinking and living? Were they predatory and debt enslaving? In these new “smart cities”, will there be top-down planning, surveillance, and control of private life?

Critics Warn of ‘a Dragnet of Surveillance’
as U.S. Pushes Ahead With Plans for More ‘Smart’ Cities

“Re-stocking security apparatus with AI-driven mass surveillance is a dangerous political project which could lead to broad violations of human rights. Every action in a public space will get sucked into a dragnet of surveillance infrastructure, undermining fundamental civic freedoms.

Officials who control the designations of ‘abnormal or suspicious’ activities in societies also have the power to exacerbate a chilling effect on dissent and protest, and to supercharge discrimination against communities already targeted.”

Agnes Callamard, secretary general
Amnesty International

the Defender

Droughts, Cloud Seeding and The Coming Water Wars

“If China is using cloud seeding to end the drought in the Yangtze, why isn’t everyone else?

The answer is obvious: the water shortage is a crisis by design, like the food crisis and the various geopolitical crises and the economic crisis that are converging to lead us into the gaping maw of Agenda 2030. And it’s designed to justify more government control over you and your life and, in the end, to corral you into tightly controlled urban centers where your access to the necessities of life can be turned off.”

James Corbett

The Corbett Report