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In a world of misinformation, censorship and propaganda, here are our go-to media and thinkers

Because we do not trust government-funded or corporate media – our trust of mainstream media (MSM) was broken long before, though significantly amplified by, Covid – we thought it might be useful to share links of the broad range of media and commentary we subscribe to, which we cross-reference on a regular (if not daily) basis to help build an understanding of where we are now.

While, as neopeasants, our focus is mostly in the realm of the local – relationships with neighbours, nearby community and friends, trees, bees, goats, sheep, chickens, soils, rocks, birdsong, hills, oldtimer and weedy biota, mycelium, creeks, weather and seasonal patterns, in essence Djaara Mother Country – we are also critically aware of what is occurring in ‘the world’ of globalised humans. Those either behaving poorly or uncommonly courageously.

As we’ve witnessed over the past 3 years, pop-fascism – a term I coined nearly two decades ago – is radically expanding its sphere of influence. To fight the mis- and disinformation of the state-corporate nexus that together has created pop-fascism (also known as corporatism) we need to be ever more vigilant and critical. Not in total, because obsessing over politics and world affairs can make us sick or boring or unhinged, especially if these things are all we reduce ourselves to, like Twitter-junkies. Rather, we give about an hour a day – that is a one-in-24 attention span – to such abstraction, which helps us to plan, act and engage in our more rooted realms.

We don’t believe the state-corporate nexus comes from an evil cabal or there is some overarching global conspiracy. Mainly because elites and political power-mongers are by nature way too back-stabbing and competitive to hold one unified narrative together for very long. Rather, the corruption is grown systemically out of wrong relationship, which has steadily expanded and merged the two great colonial-evangelical forces – state and corporate power – into the dangerous nexus it has become.

Undemocratic pop-fascist organisations who increasingly rule over our lives, like the WHO (World Health Organisation) and WEF (World Economic Forum), are the embodiment of such colonial fundamentalism rebranded as ‘global development’. Rather than distributed, grass roots, local organisation combining the most meritorious of regional, western, eastern and Indigenous thought and cosmologies – these paternalistic institutions and the governments and ‘experts’ that serve them, believe the only way to save ‘the world’ is via a top-down approach where big industry radically profits through triumphant saviourism – because how else can the world be ‘saved’?

Over the past several decades western governments and corporates have used pop PR strategies (now merged into Behavioural Insights) to increase their power and control over populations. But this power over creep of pop-fascism – a fascism that creeps quietly into place – is now shifting up some gears. Protesting is becoming increasingly dangerous as governments become ever more militaristic and hard-lined, state and corporate surveillance of people is aggregating, dissenting or alternative views are being increasingly attacked and censored, income earning in many workplaces is now dependent on taking novel industrial injections, young people are being colonised and permanently harmed by posthumanist medicine under the ideological guise of gender liberty, and democracy, which has long been an impoverished social form, is now riddled with cancer.

If we continue to give our attention to state-, corporate- or billionaire-influenced medias (MSM) then we are simply giving these captured outlets power over us. By instead giving our attention to a wide range of independent outlets and thinkers, we not only get broader, more diverse discourse in our inbox, we are also not reliant on media that has been filtered through nudge units or virtue warriors who believe they can speak for others.

That’s why we love Michael Leunig, who last year was stepped down from his Monday spot in The Age for posting on his own website the below cartoon, after The Age rejected it for publication. At a time when the state government of Victoria (the bogus colonial state where both Leunig and we live) were literally pointing weapons at those of us who were critical of the medical fascism taking place, he acted critically, courageously and creatively.

We don’t blindly go along with the thoughts and opinions in the articles and posts we read in the below news sites, websites and Substack pages, but we offer the links below as a way for you to see what a diverse and at times (necessarily) paradoxical information ecology looks like.

All the bigotry we’ve had to endure over the past few years has stemmed from people who only refer to MSM. MSM use major events, stories and campaigns to place people into either the correct or incorrect team, while ignoring the most important issues affecting local peoples around the world. Such has been the reduction of discourse and nuanced debate in MSM, and as a result the blossoming of new medias and journalistic approaches.

Please be aware: nearly every one of the following people or websites have had hit pieces crafted against them by MSM and their ‘Fact Checking’ propaganda units. If you read these hit pieces and let them influence you before deeply diving into the work, ideas, commentary and arguments held in the links below, then the state-corporate nexus has already assumed power over you.

Independent Websites
The Grayzone 
The Brownstone Institute 
Consortium News
Zero Sum
The Automatic Earth
Jacobin 
World Council for Health
Unherd
Off-Guardian
The Exposé
Common Sense News 
Reclaim the Net
Common Dreams
Children’s Health Defence
Great Barrington Declaration

Individuals we follow
Bari Weiss – former NYT reporter
Tyson Yunkaporta
Bret Weinstein
Vandana Shiva
Dr John Campbell 
Iain McGilchrist
Robert Malone
Russell Brand
Geert Vanden Bossche
David Holmgren
John Vervaeke
John Michael Greer
Dr Martin Kulldorff

Cartoonists
Michael Leunig
Bob Moran
Anne Gibbons

Substack writers
– health
A Better Way to Health with Dr Tess Lawrie – former WHO consultant
Eugyppius: a plague chronicle
Unreported Truths (Alex Berenson) – former NYT reporter
Maryanne Demasi, reports – former ABC science reporter
Unacceptable Jessica (Jessica Rose)
Dystopian Down Under (Rebekah Barnett) 
Dead Man Talking (Joel Smalley) 
Mattias Desmet
– critical-cultural
Edward Snowden – CIA whistleblower
Trish Wood is Critical
Radical Media – by Maajid Nawaz
CJ Hopkins’ Consent Factory
From The Forests of Arduinna (Rhyd Wildermuth)
Natural Selections (Heather Heying)
Glenn Greenwald – former Guardian journalist
Kathleen Stock
John Waters Unchained
Outspoken with Dr Naomi Wolf 
The Chris Hedges Report
Post-Woke (Mickey Z)
Charles Eisenstein
The Abbey of Misrule (Paul Kingsnorth)

Laptop class journalism and discourse have limits, and these writers are only some of our human reference points. There are crossovers here with our community of thoughtsmiths, which we reference on our Resources page. But most of our significant teachers and thinkers are not human – they are places in country, in grief, in night sky, in mushrooms, in plants and in animals.

Writers who, like us, shovel shit as part of their daily lifeway and economy, such as Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, David Holmgren and John Berger, tend to have a more significant impact on us than food-already-in-the-fridge writers who generally find it more difficult to see outside of an anthropocentric lens. And yes, we occasionally visit MSM sites, which gives us perspective on the deepening state-corporate propaganda crisis.

We hope this list is useful to you. It is by no means static for us, and we invite you, Dear Reader, to recommend your go-to writers and websites in the comments.

Artist as Family’s Covid protocols (prevention and early treatment)

Covid finally arrived in our home this week and we use this event to explain our protocols for both prevention and early treatment, and examine the lies, the lab leak, and the misinformation spread by the corporate media in collusion with the state-Pharma nexus that resulted in the deaths of millions of people.

Here’s the audio-only version

 

As mentioned in the video, we’d love you to share your protocols and what has helped you to either prevent or early treat Covid. In an era of medical fascism those of us not wanting to participate in the state-Pharma nexus will need to grow our post-industrial medicine knowledges and share them freely.

References (in order of appearance)

Dr Tess Lawrie on Ivermectin and medical corruption
Dr Peter Couttie on homemade megadose Vit C
Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (Ivermectin and prevention & treatment protocols)
World Council for Health protocols
COVID patient with sepsis makes ‘remarkable’ recovery following megadose of vitamin C
Therapeutic potential of megadose vitamin C to reverse organ dysfunction in sepsis and COVID-19
The lab-leak theory isn’t dead: The mother of all Covid conspiracy theories is true
In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan
A meta-analysis on the efficacy and safety of St John’s wort extract in depression therapy
Garlic ferments (including honey garlic)
Indigenous v Industrial Covid
Cold water immersion (powerful free medicine)
Great Barrington Declaration

We recorded this video yesterday, and we are happy to let you know that today, on day 5, Meg has no more symptoms and is feeling back to her songbird Magpie self.

Signing off with much love, solidarity and care,
Artist as Family

Hosting a community grief ritual

Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an act of protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small. There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside the ordained and sanctioned behaviors of our culture. Because of that, grief is necessary to the vitality of the soul.” – Francis Weller

Have you wondered what a grief ritual is? What sharing grief publicly is for, and what the intention of such a gathering of souls is? Have you been part of one yourself? In this video we tell the story of a community grief ritual we hosted last night. We describe the form of it, the protocols, the feelings and the purpose of it. Our intention for this video is to share with you the possibilities of such a process, and to encourage you to find, or create, those places in your community where such rituals can take place.

The length of this video is 50mins. In the spirit of unscripted sharing (and less time on screen) we haven’t edited this video. It is a single take, and a slow unfolding that requires some space, contiguous with the subject matter.

Here is the audio-only version:

 

We’d love to hear of your experiences of community ritual, your comments about your own grief, or anything that arises from community story sharing you wish to share here.

Here are the books we mention, and recommend, in this video:

Healing Pandora: The Restoration of Hope and Abundance by Gail Thomas

– re:)Fermenting Culture: a return to insight through gut logic by Patrick Jones (PDF & audio; paperback copies are out of print)

The smell of rain on dust: Grief and praise by Martín Prechtel

The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller