Timpsila, Medicine for Tech-No-Logic

John Trudell, Native American activist and poet, spoke prophetically of a predator energy that mines the “being part of humans.” He called it tech-no-logic. Every January since the early 1970s, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) power brokers have assembled in Davos to plot out the next steps of their planned tech-no-logic coup. We’ve now reached a tipping point with the introduction of “stakeholder capitalism.” It is a vast program of poverty mining meant to transform the masses into human capital data commodities for financial speculation and ubiquitous surveillance. This emerging investment sector runs on poverty and trauma, two things the response to Covid-19 has manufactured in abundance.

We are experiencing the lead up to WEF’s planned transhumanist future. Covid has paved the way for a reset meant to usher in their Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is a revolution in which artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, 5G, robotics, and synthetic biology threaten to consume humanity. We’re on the brink of normalizing biocapitalism – humans and nature as batteries for financial markets. Picture derivatives mixed with bioengineered eugenics, deceptively sold to the public under the brand of “green” capitalism. The plan is to channel the concentrated wealth of the world’s largest asset holders through structured deals aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Pull back the curtain and see a program unthinkingly embraced by so many progressives and liberals exposed for what it is – not climate justice and not liberation of the poor and dispossessed, but instead an orgy of mechanistic spirit eating.

“What Is The Fourth Industrial Revolution?”

The next phase of Davos’s mining program involves deploying nano-tech human computer interfaces at the population level to begin to meld us into a single hive mind. This technology will be packaged as cutting-edge therapeutics meant to keep us “safe and healthy.” Liability waivers will be put in place to ensure the companies developing such abominations, in coordination with DARPA’s mad scientists, are never held responsible for the harm they cause. I anticipate “personalized medicine” and “preventative care” in the form of a series of mRNA vaccines will be mandated to harness humanity to Bill Gates’s “software of life.”

mRNA Software Of Life Moderna
Moderna Gates

The Harvard Business Review asserts this global campaign must be rolled out “equitably.” Satellites are poised to track Black and Brown bodies from space and compel the full vaccination coverage needed to carry out these malevolent intentions. Look up Microsoft’s planetary computer. The oligarchs speak of a world where “no one is left behind.” Everyone tagged and tracked into the Internet of Humans master database, domesticated livestock with no autonomy whose life force is sucked dry to satisfy the unrelenting greed of predator energy. GAVI’s vaccines, which are being integrated into digital identity systems, may very well push humanity across the threshold into the WEF’s terrible vision.

Harvard Vaccines Satellite

Globalists have long targeted vulnerable populations as “social impact” fuel, this is corporate predation branded as paternalistic “care.” Within the tech-no-logic system, total compliance will be demanded. Approved behavior becomes currency, tokenized on blockchain and monitored by sensors and AI. They are training us for a future where we compete with one another to see who is the best behaved, the most docile. Surviving will mean conforming to the strident terms of psychopathic financial agreements. To obtain the data needed to verify claims embedded in twisted “pay for success” deals, our mother, the earth, must be remade as a geo-fenced digital prison using 5G and satellite constellations. All of your data will be added to your “permanent record” to evaluate your value as human capital for investor portfolios. The billionaires envision a future where freedom is a privilege limited to themselves, their functionaries, and the robots they control. Be assured AI is already keeping tabs, and social credit scoring is well underway.

Sophisticated propaganda campaigns and strategic cooptation of grassroots movements have groomed the public to embrace this model with open arms. The trap has been set. Submit now and EVERY aspect of life, which through bioengineering can now be tweaked at the cellular level, will be controlled to profit the global elite. This is not just about surveillance and policing, it is about the wholesale domination of mind, body, and spirit through smart technologies. Biometric health passports will bring these systems to scale through ID2020. Central banks will soon bring latent human capital bond markets online.


This planned future, however, is NOT preordained. Totalitarian transhumanism is not a foregone conclusion. Trudell’s remedy? Change our perception of reality through active non-cooperation. Manifest in our hearts, minds, and actions the world we desire. Where they engineer disconnect, RECONNECT with intention; not only with one another, but with ALL our relations and the land and the spiritual beings that exist beyond our senses. We must synchronize to change the vibrational reality, and that power exists within us as children of the earth.

Trudell Documentary

Our relationship to the sun, sky, and universe is the cosmic web that must be rewoven. According to Trudell, awakened humans have a responsibility to use the intelligence given to them by the creator to face the violence of the tech-no-logic machine. It is up to those of us who see to do this with clarity and coherence. By becoming “thinkers” we reclaim our stability and step outside the control system that manipulates those who passively “believe.”

Trudell’s philosophy inspires me and offers a bulwark against the panic I feel watching the rise of tech-no-logic fascism steeped in medical martial law. To counter this grim vision, I want to share with you a story of the timpsila braid hanging in my kitchen. To me, it embodies the triumph of the creator and Indigenous life over disastrous tech-no-logic white western thinking. It is a reminder to check my tendencies towards despair and to work to manifest a different reality within my heart as a clear-thinking and feeling human being. When I am tempted to dig deeper into the darkness I will strive to shine a light and imagine a future of reciprocity, gratitude, community, and care.


Timpsila, Psoralea esculenta or prairie turnip, is a wild food gathered by the Lakota people. Its silvery green leaves and piercing purple flowers punctuate the prairie hills. Its tubers are wild-harvested in June after flowering. The tops are carefully placed back in each dug hole so their seeds can complete the life cycle and restore what has been taken. Slender roots braided together allow the tubers to be dried for storage. Rehydrated, they are used in stews or ground as flour. It is a durable food, a survival food. A Timpsila braid is a sign of abundance and a deep connection to the earth.

I was given two gifts this summer, the first was a gift of a month on the land and the second was the gift of the braid. That first gift extended a chance for me to knit myself back into the cosmos. My being had come perilously close to slipping into the dark embrace of algorithmic “life.” Wrenchinthegears.com is my blog, and it has been literally wrenching to watch the treacherous plans I’ve been investigating for years emerge full-blown against the Covid backdrop. Time and space to disconnect from tech-no-logic’s predator energy was an unexpected and precious offering that took me by surprise.

Initially I hesitated. Could I leave my family for the six weeks needed to drive, quarantine, and do what was needed? Could I step away from my job for that long? Was my 50-year-old not-too-fit body up for the task? I’d never done anything like that before. There was a world out there waiting beyond my kitchen table. Perhaps I would find community; perhaps I would learn more about myself; perhaps I would restore my relationship with nature – so many possibilities. In the end, I chose to step away from my laptop, put my power-mapping on hold, shift from brain work to heart work, and put my body into a project I hoped would help to feed people.


I bought a tent and dehydrated food, gathered up books and yarn and my teddy bear then headed west as spring gave way to summer. If you know you me in person, you know I’m a planner, a box-checker, and a striver. Not proud of it, but its part of the package of how I was trained up to be. To make this choice felt highly irregular, but also profoundly right. Uncertain times led me to look inside myself and trust the process. If we’re committed to changing the dominant paradigm, one shaped by empire, violence, competition, and hyper-consumerism, we have to be willing to risk healing when a door is opened – to follow the lines, as John Trudell said, with intelligence and coherence. Maybe in doing the work of healing ourselves we can help heal the world and build anew.

Before I set off, a friend who stewards an African-diaspora urban farm told me to move slow. Learn the land first. The work needed to come from a spiritual place. He offered some horticultural guidance, but cautioned that I might not end up doing what I thought I was going there to do. The challenge was to be attuned and humble. Look closely and listen carefully. Another friend suggested I go down to the river, the Schuylkill, before my trip and ask for guidance on the journey. I’m new to and rather clumsy with ceremony and ended up ankle deep in the gooey tidal mud. In a real sense I was hoping this gift of time and space would offer a measure of transformation. So the lesson I took away from my visit to the river is that if your goal is transformation, there is no tiptoeing around the edges. You have to be willing to step forward with both feet and get dirty.


In the days before I left I saw many precious garter snakes, including one that was nestled in a strawberry plant in a bed I was weeding. A beautiful blue racer sped out of the tall grass to greet me in the garden one of my first days there, and the day before I left a five-foot bull snake spread itself luxuriously across a back road as a friend and I looked on appreciatively. Surely on this journey I was meant to shed some of my old skin.

To change the world, we must be willing to look deeply within ourselves. We must unpack the ways in which compulsory education, religion, politics, and consumer culture seek to contain us within a larger control system. Thus confined, the predator energy of which Trudell spoke can easily feed off the manufactured discord that is continuously inflamed to profit the Davos elite. If we can secure a new lens and commit ourselves to restoring right relationships, we might then be able to chart a new course. At this pandemic moment of the WEF’s attempted global economic reset (aka global coup via mass impoverishment) my goal was to unplug, step out of time, and carry out my own internal reboot.


So, I pointed my aging Subaru away from life in a “smart” city to a land of grass, wind, and sky. At the end of the road the IDEA of a vegetable garden waited for me in a quiet river valley. Those who’d asked me to come wanted to build a garden that would complement a chicken-raising effort: manure, insect control, feed, a circular system. The goal was to develop a prototype that with material and technical support might allow small communities to access healthier, more affordable food.

Food independence is radical. This is why counter-insurgent warfare targets the people’s ability to feed themselves. This is why the Black Panthers were considered so dangerous to the power structure. This is why corporations keep us sick with highly processed GMO consumables. This is why we are seeing consolidation of supply chains under Covid. Advancement of hydroponic, petro-chemical fertilizer-based vegetable production and lab-grown “meat” are a central feature of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Food is meant to be medicine for body and spirit. Putting hands to earth is medicine. Saving open-pollinated seeds is medicine. Heirloom seeds contain histories of struggle and survival. I arrived with a spade and shovel seeking to be part of this medicine work, my hands ready.


When I first saw it, the area for the planned garden was a lush carpet of grasses, yarrow, wild onions, and sagebrush. They grew out of a silty clay soil unlike anything I’d ever put my hands in before. It is the kind of soil that when moist you can turn into a clay pot, but once dry hardens like concrete and splinters into an infinite web of delicate cracks that shelter velvety wolf spiders as big as your hand. Vertisol soil – we came to know one other well in the weeks to come.

On the land my learning began. Before I left I gathered bird guides, grass identification charts, treatises on ethno-botany of the northern prairies. I soaked up the written word, but heart work truly blooms through the lived experience of the body. In those weeks of quarantine I walked gravel roads to distant horizons and encountered the diverse residents of the grass nation. I lived the beauty of each moment – every week new seed heads, blooms, insects, and birds to greet. As Robin Wall Kimmerer says – we are the young siblings with much to learn from the older beings around us. The prairie was my teacher, and I am forever grateful for the lessons gifted to me outside the control matrix.


The wooden stakes set amidst the grass behind the chicken coops offered only a vague hint of what would emerge there. We decided to experiment with different approaches using local materials and see what worked best and what could be brought to scale. The final garden included three tilled beds with cover crops, eight hand-dug beds with new topsoil brought in, a trenched bed for potatoes, ten sod berms, and three compost piles. There was also a tilled bed amended with cattle manure where we planted corn, beans, and squash – the three sisters.

Early on my friend visited me in the garden. He tried to convince me that the soil, even though to MY eyes seemed impossible, would be fine. His ancestors had farmed the river bottom. He held that knowledge, and I am ashamed that in my uncertainty and concern over “succeeding” at this garden project, I did not fully embrace those teachings. And so in the trials we did, the bed that was tilled with just a little manure – the three sisters bed – grew as my friend assured me it would. The leaves of corn unfurled, then the beans, then the squash. By the time I departed all of the seeds had made their presence known. We decided to call it Three Sisters Sanctuary. After a stormy night that poured an inch of rain onto the cracked earth, I packed up my muddy tent and headed east knowing the sanctuary would be well cared for by my friend. After all, it was his land. He knew its life force in his heart.


During my stay, this friend generously shared aspects of life close to nature on the prairie. The June moon in Lakota is called tinpsinla itkahaca wi or moon when the seedpods of the wild turnip go to seed. He filled a five-gallon bucket and showed me how to prepare them for storage. My first attempts to peel the tubers with my rarely used pocketknife were rather dismal. I was too tentative, but eventually got the hang of how to slide the blade in near the stem end and slough off the rough husk to expose the smooth, moist flesh of the turnip inside. Supremely satisfying. In that liminal space between time zones, in many ways outside of time entirely, a midday break sitting in the shade to peel timpsila felt perfectly right. There was a rhythm to reweaving torn connections between one human and the earth. Bit by bit, tuber-by-tuber, slow, slow, slow, the bucket emptied – a small act of non-cooperation against a mechanized world defined by speed, industrialization, and global supply chains.


I was granted the opportunity to see timpsila in their proper place among other plant beings, clear ponds, and rock rings under a sky painted with clouds that filtered a dramatic pre-storm light. These are not the domesticated plants of a garden plot, not tomatoes or peppers, but wild offerings made by the creator to the being part of human. I greeted them on those hills the night of the Solstice on land that had been in one family for over a century. That crisp bite of a fresh dug turnip on that sacred land was powerful medicine. I will carry it in my heart, and I am profoundly grateful for it.


The night my friend gifted me the braid he came out to my tent. It had been raining, and as he turned his head, his headlamp shown briefly on the fence. There, a spider was deftly weaving a web. It glistened with raindrops and took my breath away. We stopped for a moment to watch in the cool night air the spider going about her work. Just like the spider, those of us who are awake are empowered to be world builders. Even though we may feel overwhelmed by the dark and the rain, we have the option of creating a new story – the potential of the silken thread that lies at the core of our being. We do not have to remain trapped within the current paradigm. The old, tattered web can be consumed and made anew. Together we have the creative power to weave a future where tech-no-logic is banished from our lives.

This timpsila braid is a token of friendship, a connection across time and space. It is a powerful affirmation of Indigenous resistance to the vicious forces of capitalist growth that seek to annihilate and erase world views grounded in the care and wellbeing of the earth and all its creatures. This includes all the children of the earth who have stewarded Turtle Island, Africa, India, Australia, and Asia through these dark colonial times.


Imagine if non-Indigenous people had it within them to become “thinkers” as Trudell describes them. No longer indoctrinated by the control matrix feeding off their pain and strife, but instead intent on cultivating a culture of gratitude, ceremony, community, and reciprocity – all of it grounded in a connection to the earth and the cosmos. THAT could very well be the antidote to the mechanistic spirit eating of tech-no-logic “green” capitalism. It would kill the human capital bond market before 5G and wearable-tech shackles ever got off the drawing board, unleashing a power beyond anything we can imagine. We can make it so.

With clarity and brave hearts we can bring forth a new world. We commit to that and heal or submit to the tech-no-logic matrix and lose our souls. Let us embrace one another as “thinking” human beings, web weavers who dare write a different story. As Robin Wall Kimmerer teaches, we do not have to carry it all. Each of us has gifts for the bundle.

Know your gifts and how to share them. Stay grounded in the soil. Open your heart to receive true teachings. Find the others; they will cross your path. Slow down and look to the horizon, so you have eyes to see them. We are not alone. We are not isolated. Together we can nurture one another not as digital brands and avatars but as precious fellow travellers on a journey from darkness to light.

This piece is itself a web of many silken threads graciously offered up by beloved collaborators. Thank you friends.

If you’re in a position to support Lakota food independence efforts, gifts of any size will help pay for next spring’s seeds. Chas Jewett on Venmo @chas-jewett-1. Wopila.

This is a tour of Three Sisters Sanctuary. Know the past and build a better future.


Introduction to the Fourth Industrial Revolution & The Covid Economic Reset

In mid-May 2020,  Jason Bosch, documentary filmmaker and activist from Denver, came to Philadelphia to pick my brain about the things I’ve been researching for the past five years. He edited that footage into a series of five videos covering  issues related to racialized technology, global finance, the Covid lockdowns, digital identity, and the rise of human capital data markets.

A lot of this is ground I have covered in previous posts, but I sense the conversational nature of this exchange may make some of this information more approachable.

Very grateful to Jason for sharing his talents. Phone videos can only take you so far.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

The Brothers Grim: Bill and Mike’s Pandemic Panopticon

Bill and Melinda Gates have leading roles to play in the unfolding drama that is Covid-19. Everything seems to be advancing according to Davos’s plan. The soon-to-be trillionaire couple has provided useful cover for their fellow billionaires, the ones backstage pulling the ropes that will drop the Fourth Industrial Revolution scenery for the techno-fascist second act. Even now a chorus line of contact tracers assembles in the wings. In short order they’ll take center stage – donning newly minted digital certificates of compliance and indoctrination.

This post is about one of the production’s underwriters, Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg, in coordination with New York governor Andrew Cuomo, paid Johns Hopkins to choreograph this viral surveillance roll out with the Rockefeller Foundation looking on from the royal box.

John’s Hopkins School of Public Health uploaded a digital contact-tracing training module to Coursera this week. The videos therein are meant to ensure synchronized fidelity of the chorus’s high-kicks across state lines. Almost 130,000 people signed up in the first week. Free enrollment, while supplies last, compliments of your friendly globalist oligarch!

Bloomberg Philanthropies Covid 19 Contact Tracing


Almost unimaginable, but so many have had their sole means of economic support pulled out from under them by this lock down. This biometric surveillance train is moving full speed ahead fueled in equal parts by desperation and the desire of some to dominate others. Get ready, find your people, know your values, and be prepared to stand in solidarity with the vulnerable. The lights are dimming; intermission is over.

Bloomberg, three-term mayor of New York, made his fortune in finance data analytics. He’s a social impact investment rainmaker and Trilateral Commission member who also served as a global envoy to the World Health Organization and climate ambassador to the United Nations. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins in 1964 and has maintained close ties with that institution ever since.

Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg have collaborated for over a decade. They both participated in David Rockefeller’s “Good Club” gathering in 2009, which was convened in the aftermath of the previous global economic crisis. That exclusive meeting, held at the home of the president of Rockefeller University, featured short presentations on the future of “philanthropy.” In the years following, as wealth became concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, giving has been strategically deployed in an attempt to smooth the persistently rough edges of mass poverty and dispossession.

The Good Club


“The Good Club” has been working out a new global economic system, one that is biocapitalist in nature. I talk about it here. Open Society (Soros also a member of the club) paid for the Chicago boys to create neoliberal human capital equations for the coming futures commodity markets. End times make strange bedfellows.

The new model, which will be emerging from the Covid-19 ruins, is steeped in debt and data extraction. The latter advancing not only pay for success finance, but development of artificial intelligence through machine learning. Everyone in the know, including Bloomberg, understands THIS is the big game.

Blockchain token economies like Singularity.net and Ocean Protocol will eventually allow AI systems to pursue their own development through value creation and exchange – beyond the reach of humans. Whoever (or whatever) achieves general artificial intelligence first will be in a position to control the world; that is if they’re ALSO able to control emergent AI behavior – a very big IF.



These electrical engineers must not comprehend that the actions they are taking could have devastating consequences for those of us who seek to live in community and in peace with free will in the REAL world.

I encourage you to read Whitney Webb’s April 23, 2020 piece in Activist Post, Techno-Tyranny How the US National Security State Is Using Corona Virus To Fulfill An Orwellian Vision. It discusses in detail a document obtained as part of an open records request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

The “Chinese Tech Landscape Overview,” which was prepared by NSCAI in May 2019 describes a future where the United States must maximize “smart” city surveillance in order to obtain sufficient training data needed to fuel the development of Artificial Intelligence and stay ahead of China. It talks about removing barriers to the platforming and digital control of our lives by eliminating such legacy systems as non-digital payments (cash), private cars, bricks-and-mortar stores (shift to e-commerce), and non-digital medical treatment.

AI China


The smart cities Bloomberg is backing in the US, Europe, and India are built with 5G and Internet of Things. Ubiquitous computing will enable: the automation craved by Fourth Industrial Revolution devotees; the adoption of new mechanisms of high-tech policing; and the infrastructure required to maximize data harvest.

Stay ahead of China.

Hasten the singularity.

“Civic participation” = offering up one’s life to bring about, apparently, the end of humanity as we know it. Surely a raw deal if there ever was one. Better off a dissident than becoming a battery to fuel such a monstrous program.

Bloomberg EU Smart Cities


The map below features some of the projects Bloomberg is pursuing through his foundation including: behavioral economic nudges, blockchain identity, digital governance, labor market analytics, performance-based government contracting, and interoperable data systems. It is important to note in the upper left corner of the map his involvement with the Global Parliament of Mayors and their advancement of vaccinations as a key area of interest. Lots of data here. Lots of data to train AI.

Bloomberg Health Data Biocapitalism

Interactive map here.

The map below is a signature project from Bloomberg’s time as mayor. The Small Data Lab is part of the Cornell-Technion campus built from scratch on Roosevelt Island in New York City with backing from Qualcomm, Verizon, Tata Consulting, and Google. The lab is led by Deborah Estrin who made a career researching sensors and health analytics. Donors to the lab are also involved with blockchain health records, value-based care reimbursement, brain research, and impact investing.

Bloomberg Small Data Lab Funders

Interactive version of the map here.

This video shows Estrin discussing plans to leverage” small data,” digital traces, from smart phones to influence “personal health management.” It is important to recognize that the move into contract tracing is an extension of this work. Once the state normalizes the practice of tracking people and their networks within the context of pandemic they can move into using these apps to influence health-related behaviors in subtle and overt ways. All of this will be linked to human capital markets, and all of it will be used to train AI.

Many big data proponents have a transhumanist inclination, embracing cybernetics as the next phase of human evolution. There are those who would abandon the messy beauty and power of nature for the logic and faux immortality promised by the virtual. Facebook, in fact, is right now rolling out new avatar systems, preparing us for a future where we extend ourselves using a “digital twin” whose virtual actions can ALSO be harvested as data. You see how they plan for this to go?


Source from Pavel Luksha.

Digital Twin


Digital Twin AI

In 2016 Google developed a short film exploring the idea of cyborg evolution, data aggregation on blockchain, and mind uploading. I found it quite disturbing, and decided to make a concept map of the ideas the creators referenced.

Google Selfish Ledger

Interactive version of the concept map for Google’s “The Selfish Ledger” here.

We are living through a moment where energy systems are colliding, and the future is highly uncertain. Life and anti-life, love and derangement, green and scorched-this grand struggle is playing out in “the alley” behind “the theater” where few know to look. Too many are simply enthralled by the chorus line.

I’m telling you to step out of your comfort zone and head to the alley. Join in community to stand on the side of life, love, green! As with my previous post written as a statement of solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation. These women are the anti-Bloombergs. In this moment of Covid distraction we need to reconnect with a greater earthly spiritual power to deflect the machinations of the “Good Club” predators.

Bloomberg and the technocrats have been very diligent in their cooptation of the non-profit / third sector, creating systems of data extraction cloaked in the benevolent trappings of cardboard checks and glittering galas. Global health has been the focus of much subterfuge. Gates and Bloomberg united to tackle tobacco use, family planning, polio, and most recently “economic mobility.” All, of course, are impact investment markets.

It is worth noting that Event 201, the corona virus tabletop exercise held at the Pierre Hotel in New York last October, was a joint enterprise of the Gates Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, an initiative of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of public health.

Johns Hopkins WHO Bloomberg

Interactive version of map above here.

Bloomberg received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and later served as chair of its board of trustees. In November 2018, Bloomberg made a gift of $1.8 billion to the university’s endowment to cover student financial aid. The university’s school of public health, the first in the nation started with seed funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, was renamed the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2001 after he stepped down from the board to serve as mayor of New York.

Within the school of public health is the Center for Health Security that hosted both pandemic simulations – Clade-X in 2018 and Event 201 in 2019. The program is also a partner in the Global Health Security Index, an effort of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Ted Turner, a founding director of the United Nations Foundation and another member of “The Good Club” started the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

During Bloomberg’s time on the Johns Hopkins board he developed a collaborative relationship with faculty around issues of public health and eventually became know as the “public health” mayor. New York was his test bed, and over the past fifteen years Bloomberg Philanthropies has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into tobacco control, obesity, and gun control.

Bloomberg Gates Redo

Interactive map here.

Bloomberg has ties not only to Gates, but to Microsoft as well. In 2010, the City of New York set up a partnership to prototype big data government using new cloud-based systems, Office 365 and Azure. Stephen Goldsmith, deputy mayor at the time, was the project lead and collaborated with Steve Ballmer of Microsoft. Ballmer Group has a major presence in the human capital investment space via Stanley Druckenmiller’s Blue Meridian Partners. Ballmer’s wife Connie serves on the board of Strive Together, the Cincinnati-based non-profit advancing “collective impact” solutions tracked on data dashboards in over seventy cities nationwide. More about that here.

Goldsmith went on to become a professor of “municipal innovation” at Harvard Kennedy School. He incorporated his experience with Bloomberg’s “What Works Cities” effort into, A New City O/S (O/S = operating system) published by the Brookings Institution in 2017. The proposal that Goldsmith (the conservative) and his liberal collaborator Neil Kleiman advanced was to “decentralize” government for the coming digital age.

Such a transition to platform government not only created markets for hardware, software, and cloud computing, but more importantly, set up residents to be fed into social impact interventions, their data harvested for the benefit of transnational global capital. Goldsmith served as board chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service incubator for the Obama’s Social Innovation Fund, which was used to jump start pay for success finance.

New York Microsoft Collaboration

Interactive version of map here.

The coming age of “managed care” will take place within a panopticon of privatized “pay for success” benefits. From the unborn child to the elderly hospice patient, all will be placed on personalized “pathways” of “evidence-based” interventions, their progress (compliance) monitored in real time. These digital tracking systems – really human capital supply chain monitoring – are coming online now with contact tracing.

Beware beginnings! As Cuomo said, they’re not setting the Covid-19 infrastructure up for a one-time use. We’re seeing the use of QR codes to restrict access and mobility in other countries. We’re witnessing the convergence of data profiling and social credit scoring, too.

With smart cities there will come a day when one’s actions will be regulated through Ethereum smart contracts. If you cannot digitally demonstrate your rights, they will not exist. All of it automated, untouchable, and most certainly racialized. Imagine the amount of racist gatekeeping that can be embedded in smart cities coded to profit global finance? We will be expected to wander through their augmented reality gamified maze, demonstrating our good behavior in order to survive.

They want us to become independent actors, allied only with our digital doppelgangers – free market agents, data brands. I have to hope this is not the future most people want and we can mobilize around another vision grounded in reciprocity and communal care.

The map below shows what the early stages of this looks like in the United Kingdom. Bloomberg Philanthropies works with both NESTA and Behavioural Insights Team. They are pioneering IoT wearable tech associated with social impact finance health interventions. This goes along with Bloomberg’s push for government innovation, city dashboards, and digitized public services.

IoT Tracked Social Prescribing

Interactive version of full map here.

We also need to consider the above information as it pertains to Covid-19 and co-morbidities. This situation has disproportionately harmed Black and Indigenous communities in the United States. Of late there has been increased discussion around disparities in access to care and the importance of quality community health services. The negative impacts of austerity and disinvestment are very real. I believe, however, we need to be careful that communities are not further harmed with adoption of “preventative” care services that are enmeshed in pay for success finance and digital surveillance. I have serious concerns that communities may be being set up for compulsory “social prescribing,” where those deemed to be “at risk” are forced to wear fit bits and brain wave headbands, hooked up to “healthy city” dashboards in exchange for the care they deserve.

Good health is a human right. Access to humane medical care and safe and healthy living conditions is a human right. None of that should be framed as a human capital investment associated with cost offsets tied to a person’s perceived future value to an brutal economic system. As things develop we must ensure that Covid-19 is not used as an excuse to introduce new forms of “innovative” finance into community health services. Health is a right, not an “investment.”

Chicago Health Care


During his three terms as mayor, Bloomberg zealously pursued privatization of education in New York. As part of that agenda he promoted adoption of educational technology through pilots like iZone, funded by Race to the Top innovation grants. The plan was radical transformation of public schools by entrepreneurs.

Bloomberg also pioneered high-tech policing and launched the Domain Awareness security system in lower Manhattan in partnership with Microsoft in 2012. That program has since been franchised to cities across the country. Special seats in the control room are assigned to influential financial interests like the Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs and Citi. The very same folks with their hands in the impact-investing cookie jar.

Bloomberg Domain Awareness System


Given what we are seeing with increasingly sophisticated uses of facial and gait recognition cameras in public spaces, it is interesting to note that in the years just prior to the roll out of Domain Awareness, Microsoft was in the midst of refining cloud-based motion capture through its Xbox360 hands-free gaming platform. The motion-capture peripheral, Kinect, uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing system. In recent years it has been adapted for use in non-gaming settings, like Fourth Industrial Revolution robotics and telepresencing.

For us to truly appreciate the significance of the Bloomberg / Gates / Microsoft collaboration, it is important to grasp how data is being leveraged across platforms to “teach” Artificial Intelligence how to better control humans. To store all of this data Microsoft has partnered with the University of Washington to develop new forms of data storage within DNA. The University of Washington is also involved in Gates-funded health metrics programs as well as synthetic biology, brain science, and game development.

Gates Bloomberg VR Gaming

Interactive version of map above here.

Kinect Xbox




Azure Kinect


What Bloomberg and Gates are overseeing is the weaponization of our communities’ built environments, including the social systems contained within them. The Covid-19 global response will dispossess massive numbers of people around the world from their means of independent economic support. In the aftermath, human workers will begin to be replaced by robots and avatars. Thus the future of redundant labor will be in “eds and meds.” Only the fate of most people will not be employment in those fields, but rather as raw material for processing in “ed” and “med” personalized pathways.

The World Bank and the United Nations have been setting up human capital improvement programs for the global poor for years. These programs are connected to impact metrics associated with the Sustainable Development Goals. Education is Sustainable Development Goal 4. Health is United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, often paired with Goal 17 “Partnerships,” because the impact finance agenda runs on P3s (public-private partnerships). Health data will be leveraged to line the pockets of financiers while keeping individuals and communities in line through digital surveillance. The plan hinges on scaling self-sovereign identity systems such as ID2020, which is being advanced by Microsoft, Accenture, the Rockefeller Foundation, and GAVI, the Gates-funded vaccination program. The creation of universal identity is Sustainable Development Goal 16.9.

World Bank Human Capital Project


A transformation is underway. I think many of us can sense it. This 90-second video, created by Angela Duckworth, as part of a grant submission to the MacArthur Foundation’s “100 and Change” initiative, provides an important backdrop to the discussion of health-management carrots and sticks in “smart” environments. Duckworth, an admirer of the eugenicist Francis Galton and famed for her “grit” research, advocates the deployment of technology to nudge the masses into making “good decisions” regarding education, health and finance. Her proposal was not selected by the MacArthur Foundation, but later received funding from Chan Zuckerberg. Real time data is being used to track, analyze, and predict individual and community behaviors related to the Covid19 pandemic now.

In this pandemic event, it is Gates’s job to get the world’s population hooked up to digital identity systems via the vaccine / health status digital health passports. More on that here. It will all be done in the name of “equity,” of course.

Once that phase is complete, Bloomberg will be ready with his “what works” technocrats. This is the cadre that will manage impoverished peons as data commodities in 5G / Internet of Things “smart” cities. New America (Google $) in partnership with the Ford Foundation and MasterCard are already setting up the training systems for managerial class data analysts. The Public Interest Technology University Network launched at Georgetown University last October and already has several dozen high-profile members. This group will be tapped to bring CivicTech to the next level as the world acclimates to ever-more intrusive Covid-induced human systems engineering.

Public Interest Technology University Network


Bloomberg What Works


Bloomberg has spread his largesse far and wide, grooming the mayors of cities across the US and EU for just such a moment. One of the things that angered me most during the first week of the stay-at-home order was finding out 2,000 mayors and high level city officials had travelled to Washington DC the week before to attend the annual conference of the National League of Cities.

On March 9, Los Angeles City Council Member and President of NLC Joe Buscaino held a press briefing, which he opened touting the event’s record attendance! Mind you, the US Department of Health and Human Services had identified Covid-19 as a public health emergency back on February 4, issuing a waiver of liability for those undertaking the development of vaccines and therapies for the disease.

souCovid 19 Public Health Emergency


I do want to mention that under the PREP Act, which passed in 2005, any entity involved in the production or distribution of medical countermeasures (vaccines and other treatments) for a designated public health emergency is immune from liability for any harm caused with the exception of death or serious illness resulting from gross negligence. Remedies can only be sought through the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program that may or may not be funded by Congress. It is also important to note that Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, signed the public emergency order. Azar is the former president of Eli Lily, a pharmaceutical company pursuing DARPA-funded fast-track Covid-19 research in partnership with Abcellera Biologics.

Covid-19 Vaccine Waiver

Interactive map here.

There was a special town hall meeting as part of the National League of Cities conference where Bloomberg gave a keynote address and launched a Coronavirus Local Response Initiative managed in partnership with the Harvard City Leadership Initiative and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, both funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program, which is offering coaching and technical assistance around “accurate information sharing,” was announced the morning of March 10. Bloomberg also funded the companion Global Response Initiative. It is managed through the World Health Organization (WHO) and Resolve to Save Lives. Tom Frieden, former New York City Health Commissioner and International Health Director for Bloomberg Philanthropies, is project lead on the latter.

Bloomberg Corona Virus Local Response


White House Corona Virus National League of Cities


Gates Bloomberg Corona Virus Task Force


Bloomberg What Workds Mayors

Interactive version of map above here.

On March 11, the day AFTER Bloomberg made his big announcement, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, officially declared the pandemic.

WHO Pandemic Ghebreyesus March 11


Bloomberg and Ghebreyesus maintain a close working relationship. Bloomberg served as a Global Ambassador to the WHO from 2016 through November 2019, focusing on non-communicable diseases. During that period he was also special envoy on climate change to the United Nations. Ghebreyesus reappointed Bloomberg to a second WHO term in September 2018, acknowledging his important work in the Partnership For Healthy Cities effort, which then had fifty participants.

Bloomberg WHO Tedros


The Partnership for Healthy Cities builds on policy initiatives Bloomberg advanced as mayor of New York City. These include interventions around healthy eating, reduced tobacco use, automotive safety, and exercise. The premise is that through innovative practices, governments will incentivize “good” behavior thereby reducing healthcare costs use by preventing chronic illness. Note – all of these are poised to be impact sectors. You know in the era of pandemic it is vital that we be responsible for improving our health, our resiliency. With new digital technologies we can be closely monitored for compliance to preventative health protocols, and the data that is collected will unlock new impact markets. Amazon and Google both staked out positions in healthcare and insurance several years back.

Global Parliament of Mayors Pandemic


Haven Health




The world being ushered in by Fourth Industrial Revolution comes with a digital layer of augmented reality. It is a world that will be ushered in through the installation of 5G towers and broadband satellite constellations and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and “smart” dust. It is a panopticon of silicon and energy waves designed by the global elite to extract profit from humanity as the masses are assigned digital identities and forced to navigate imposed misery and poverty imposed by complying with self-improvement programs. We only have to look to the use of geo-fencing and health management systems for “free range” livestock to see where this is headed. That is what “smart” cities are set up to be. “What works” cities, “living cities,” essentially digital jails run by public-private partnerships.

Bloomberg is the puppet master behind “smart” cities, and he sits at the intersection of human capital finance and surveillance infrastructure. The games he wants to play with us hinge on public acceptance of digital “self sovereign” identity. Social entrepreneurs, the academic policy wonks, and sold out government officials will make this very attractive. There will be benefits and subsidies. If you balk, there is likely to be social shaming, but we have to stand firm. As I have written before, I think the lever they want to use to force us to accept digital identity is Covid-19 antibody certificates. Gates and his vaccines are just step one of a much larger and more insidious program of human debasement and domination.

Bloomberg was instrumental in bringing social impact bonds (SIB) to the US. SIBs are financial investment products developed by Sir Ronald Cohen and Social Finance in the UK. Bloomberg Philanthropies provided a partial loan guarantee that made the Rikers island SIB a viable investment for Goldman Sachs. Ultimately this SIB, which was structured to provide services for incarcerated youth, did not meet its performance metrics. That was because the population being served dropped below required levels. Thus the model demands a significant population of people who remain under state control. Even thought it was technically a failure, the Riker’s Island SIB broke ground for over a dozen other deals. These, in turn, paved the way for a broader program of pay for success finance that has spread across the country with technical assistance provided by the Harvard Kennedy School, Social Finance, and Third Sector Capital Partners.

Rikers Island SIB


Rikers SIB


This is the financial infrastructure that will undergird human capital markets as the automation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution dispossesses people of their economic independence. The data that will be used to run these markets will come from education, healthcare, and supportive housing settings.

A quick search for the terms “pay for success” + “social determinants of health” yields over 40,000 results. There is great enthusiasm around using federal funds from SIPPRA (Social Impact Partnership Pay for Results Act) to jump start pay-for-performance contracting for a whole host of issues including: unplanned pregnancies, diabetes, child abuse prevention, and depression – all linked to Medicaid reimbursement.

These will be framed as “lifestyle interventions.” The onus is placed on individuals to “prove” they are taking action to “improve” their health status within increasingly toxic and treacherous environments. This is the expectation even as many governments continued to abrogate their responsibility to address structural inequities within healthcare systems. Lack of personal protective equipment as the Covid19 crisis unfolds shows those at the top are happy to sacrifice the wellbeing of healthcare workers on the altar of austerity as well.

Some health-related “social impact” initiatives will deploy soft forms of control, like Internet-of-Things (Iot) monitored “social prescribing.” Picture being diagnosed as overweight and getting a “prescription” from your physician for “nature.” You’re expected to take X number of hikes over the course of a month. The program requires you to check in at each trailhead by scanning a QR code and wearing a fit bit linked to your personal digital health record. Or perhaps you’re diagnosed with anxiety or depression and get a “prescription” to “volunteer” twice a month in your community. Maybe a prescription for yoga that comes with a brain-wave monitoring headband.

And if you don’t fill the prescription? Well your premiums go up or your treatment options are limited. A little Black Mirror? Sure, but the technology is already here, it just needs to scale and become socially acceptable. Wearable tech is becoming more readily available and it appears the 5G roll out is moving right along as we are all stuck indoors.

Social Prescribing IoT


I had a pretty good handle on this already. Let’s consider it the  “carrot” approach. Creepy, but for people who’ve been conditioned to accept quantified-self, leader-board culture they’ll probably be willing to go along for awhile. What threw me for a loop during this outbreak was the realization that impact investors were not going to be content to simply manage people using QR codes and phones and wearable tech. No, their bigger plan was to structure deals around public health policy. That way they would be able to access much larger cost-offsets, because they’d be setting the impact metrics based on the outcomes of entire communities, which has the potential to yield significant rates of return.

Moving forward, I predict a focus of pay for success will be pandemic preparedness. Listening to mainstream media coverage of Covid19, it appears this will be framed as a national security issue. New measures will be instituted to close “preparedness gaps.” Don’t be surprised when these measures involve forfeiture of civil liberties, particularly as it pertains to digital surveillance. An op-ed in the MIT Technology Review recently advanced a brazen proposal to legitimize legal discrimination based on documentation of health status.

Many people who have started to put the pieces together are imagining a future where compulsory vaccinations are linked to digital identity with social-credit scoring or geo-fencing being implemented to restrict a person’s mobility. China is tracking people on parole on Blockchain in “smart” environments now. Such a system could be easily be modified to track individuals based on health or vaccination status. Digital martial law would be the “stick” to the “carrot” of IoT social prescribing.

Disney Shanghai


For the purposes of the Davos crowd and their larger intentions to catalyze a Fourth Industrial Revolution of artificial intelligence and automation, Covid-19 isn’t simply a virus to be dealt with so we can move on with our lives. The response to this event is meant to instill fear and an acceptance of indefinite authoritarian measures.

Such measures will be increasingly imposed through automated “smart” systems embedded within our built environment. This infrastructure is linked to embrace of “what works” “data-driven” smart government. That is what Bloomberg brings to the table through his ties to Johns Hopkins and Harvard and his access to NGOs in the US, EU, and India. Comments from Fauci and others have framed this outbreak as the first of many dangerous viral episodes. The narrative being established is that we must be willing to make grave sacrifices not just now, but for years to come.

They aim use public health concerns to turn us into data, health data.

They want to use it to control us in ways we may not even realize.

They want to use it to increase their power and their wealth.

They want to use it to build virtual replicas of us to advance their AI research.

But we are many, and they are few.

They don’t have us on blockchain yet.

They haven’t hit us up with their nano-technology bio-engineering yet.

We can stand. We can stand together.

We should stand against technocracy with the protectors of the earth.

Freda Huson


Vaccines, Blockchain and Bio-capitalism

Source of featured image here.

Vaccine Markets

Pay for success finance deals will be well served by the global vaccine market that is being advanced through Gates’s outfit GAVI.  Vaccine doses are readily quantifiable, and the economic costs of many illnesses are straightforward to calculate. With a few strategic grants awarded to prestigious universities and think tanks, I anticipate suitable equations framing out a healthy ROI (return on investment) will be devised to meet global market demands shortly.

Gates Vaccine Returns 2

Over the past month, the gaze of investigative researchers has been fixed on GAVI, Bill Gates, Gates’s associates like Fauci, and the over-size influence they are having on public health policy around Covid-19.  Use the link for the map to dig further into the relationships. The members of the 2012 Development Impact Bond (DIB) Working Group Report are of particular interest, since DIBs are being considered as a way to finance vaccination campaigns.

Among them:

Toby Eccles, Founder of Social Finance and developer of the social Impact Bond

Owen Barder, Former Economic Aide to Tony Blair, UK AID

Elizabeth Littlefield, JP Morgan, World Bank, OPIC, US Impact Investing Alliance

Vineet Bewtra, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Omidyar Network

Bob Annibale, CitiGroup Community Development

Chris Egerton Warburton, Goldman Sachs, Lions Head Partners

Rebecca Endean, UK Research and Innovation

Kippy Joseph, Rockefeller Foundation, International Development Innovation Alliance

Oliver Sabot, Absolute Return On Kids (ARK, UK Charter School), The Global Fund

Steven Pierce, USAID

Public health is a servant of bond markets and financiers. A glance at the participants in this working group makes it clear, doses and people and death and suffering are just going to be part of their market analysis. For too many people, openly discussing concerns about vaccines remains a third-rail. But we DO have to learn how to talk about this to one another, because the stakes are too damn high to shy away from it. I also believe these campaigns and the tracking systems associated with them have been structured as an imperial enterprise and should be treated with profound caution.

Fauci Gates

Interactive version of Fauci / Gates map viewable here.

The World Bank started promoting the use of Blockchain to track vaccine supplies as early as 2017, the same year they got into the pandemic bond business.

More on that here.

Blockchain Vaccines World Bank

There is an elegant, if twisted, logic in melding vaccine supply chain tracking with blockchain digital identity / health passports. Not unlike Palantir’s “philanthropic” endeavors around human trafficking. The ultimate goal of the cloud bosses is to be able to track everyone all the time – Tolkien’s all-seeing eye. To be able to lay down the infrastructure of digital oppression while being lauded for humanitarian efforts will be quite a coup if they pull it off.

So you have the vaccine tracked on blockchain. You have the quantum dot tattoos (health data bar codes) ready to go. You have the capacity to pressure people into setting up digital health passports linked to their electronic health record (thanks Obama). It makes perfect sense that it would all be linked together.

Fracking Humanity

Total quality management, systems engineering, where the cellular structures of entire communities are unlocked and remade for profit. When I was doing my work into ed-tech, I described the process of data-mining as fracking the minds of children. This is the same thing, but in a medical context-fracking our DNA.


Creating an immutable record of doses linked to specific individuals, means investors can assess the “impact” of inoculation(s) they fund and take their profit. On Blockchain this will be made possible using MIT’s Enigma software, which protects “privacy” even as it mines cellular structure for “impact” and turns people into GMOs. Something I’ve had growing concerns about in recent weeks is knowing the Gates-backed initiatives involve the use of mRNA platforms. Moderna is one of them, and they tout their vaccine system as the “software of life.”

mRNA Software Of Life Moderna


Moderna Gates

So we know that pay for success relies on MEASURABLE change. We also know these platforms use synthetic biology to re-engineer humans at the molecular level. Precision medicine, while a valuable tool to use against inoperable tumors, could become a huge problem if tweaking our biomes at the population level to suit the whims of global financial markets is normalized. Genetic engineering tied to quarterly returns – now that would be grotesque.

Besides, our country has a nasty history of eugenics and unethical scientific experimentation. What protections are in place to keep “pay for performance” contracts and vaccines from being used to justify “fixing” people that the market deems “sub-standard” from a human capital investment point of view? It is not such a jump from taking an impact payment for preventing a projected future illness to genetic modification for more insidious purposes.

We are being conditioned to accept that there will be repeated campaigns of vaccination tied to future outbreaks. Remember, this is meant to be a “permanent crisis.” Pay for success demands it. It is the crisis framework that legitimizes intrusive surveillance framed as a public benefit. In this way social systems can be regulated to conform to the expectations of global technocrats.

Supply Chain Tracking

Gates also funded the development of quantum dot vaccine tattoos by MIT, which act as health data bar codes viewable under certain lighting conditions. This nanotechnology is used for such diverse purposes as solar power and device displays. One of the companies developing electronic health records that are compatible with quantum dot data tattoo systems is Quantum Materials out of San Marcos, Texas. Their system runs on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing system. Quantum materials dots


Now imagine Gates-affiliated entities profiting first from vaccine bonds, then from vaccine development,  from the cloud computing software tracking the data and documenting the impact, and finally from returns on the pay for success deals.

Meanwhile, the public, those who are actually supposed to be served by health policy, are instead used to generate impact data. This results in healthcare services being platformed, automated, and dehumanized. People will start to lose their humanity, seen only as data, veering into trans-humanist territory after repeated system upgrades.

QDX Health Passport Blockchain

Interactive version of the QDX Health ID map accessible here.

We can see the mounting toll of the pandemic as hospital systems have started to furlough workers, in the midst of this health emergency. As a consequence, I expect we will soon see human staff reductions, and the roll out of tele-presence medical robots, and more and more doctors on screens where they can operate at a “safe” distance, never needing a mask or to even touch their patient. It is hard to believe this is where we have arrived in the world. And yet, here we undoubtedly are.

Vaccines will be the bread and butter for impact investors; but then factor in the crushing human and economic costs of global pandemic, and suddenly you’re talking REAL money. Imagine tallying up ALL the costs associated with the Covid-19 lockdown. That is going to create one ENORMOUS cost offset for investors moving forward. The longer the lockdown the bigger the cost offset they will be able to use in “pay for success” pandemic deals. For this first round there is a certain sick market logic in making the situation as dire as possible. Future profits are riding on calculations of harm that are being tallied now.

Dress Rehearsal For The Big Event

Many have already looked into Event 201, the corona virus table-top game Gates funded in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Johns Hopkins Center For Health Security last October. Another funder was Open Philanthropy, started by Facebook Employee #3 Dustin Markovitz. I highly recommend checking out the videos, especially the highlight reel and the communication and finance sessions.
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Interactive Map Event 201 here.

I’ve seen comments dismissing concern over this event, because the tabletop game wasn’t actually Covid-19, but rather a generic corona virus. Evidently because authorities had been anticipating a pandemic event, we should just shrug off the fact that a corona virus outbreak occurred mere months after participants checked out of the luxury Pierre Hotel with their souvenir virus plushies. Watch the videos – the event was a spectacle. Certainly not a serious strategic venture. Even the program for the prior year’s game, Clade-X was much more buttoned-up and serious.

Pierre Hotel New York Pandemic Scenario

A glance over the participant list shows high-level executives from Edelman (public relations) and NBC Universal; George Gao, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; as well as a number of groups, including Johnson and Johnson and GAVI, that have a stake in vaccine trials underway. While the event was held in New York, there were also participants representing Australia, Canada, Switzerland, China, and the United Nations.

Given Gao’s presence at this event and his participation in the WHO / World Bank’s Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, one wonders at the apparent disintegration of communication channels after the game was over. If Gates, the World Economic Forum, and Johns Hopkins set up Event 201 with the goal of fostering the creation of an integrated global pandemic response strategy, the aftermath of the Wuhan outbreaks and lack of information sharing shows it to have been a spectacular failure. But as I conjectured in my previous post “Mind The Gap” on pandemics and pay for success finance, perhaps the first round was supposed to be a spectacular failure so that it would be easier to show improvement during future outbreaks.

Next up will be a deep dive into Michael Bloomberg and his ties to Johns Hopkins and the World Health Organization. He is the one who is setting up the “smart” city infrastructure steeped in human capital finance and high-tech policing. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, which is based in the Bloomberg School of Public Health was the host of Event 201. See the arrow on the map below.

Pandemic Monitoring Board

Interactive version of map here.


Silicon Valley Leverages Pandemic-Induced Poverty To Advance Pay For Success Finance

Waves of crises and disasters, often engineered, have made it hard for most to see the sweeping changes the Fourth Industrial Revolution has in the works. Namely the billionaires’ plan to hand entire job sectors over to robots and algorithms, forcing millions into poverty. Dispossessed of their means of economic support the masses can be more readily transformed into “social impact” data commodities, compelled to navigate an augmented reality police state “game,” otherwise known as “smart” cities.

In the wreckage of the global economy, who’s coming out ahead? Forbes reported ten billionaires netted $51 billion in a market rebound that ended April 9. Among them were tech oligarchs Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Elon Musk, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg. Indeed they will be well-positioned to invest in the human capital bonds the Federal Reserve will be promoting in the coming years.

Billionaires Crash Covid


As the 2015-2035 timeline of Global Education Futures predicts, portfolios of the future will be portfolios comprised of people. Indeed last summer Microsoft filed a patent at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to mine crypto-currency through bodily activity, including brain waves. Great, so perhaps we won’t simply be portfolio items, but actual batteries creating wealth for predators from our human essence. Just like the Matrix. Please, someone get me off this ride that is “stakeholder capitalism.”



Microsoft Body Cryptocurrency


Against a rapidly changing backdrop of Covid-19, many find themselves adrift, anxious, frantically flipping through dog-eared rulebooks for the game they thought they were playing. In fact the switch has flipped, and we’re in a NEW game. We’ve gone over the cliff, and it’s vital that we truly understand our field of operations before biometric identity Covid-19 certificates come online.

Those of us who can see what is coming are kind of like Wile E. Coyotes scrambling in mid air before we drop likes stones. I’d say we have a year tops to educate and organize the masses to stop the rise of digital biocapitalism, the intended fallout of this pandemic.

If we don’t stop this treacherous techno-fascist enterprise, we’re going to face a future of compliance to AI-determined “personalized” “pay for success” pathways. We expect everyone to behave and play along in their wearable tech so investors get paid. Smart phones as minders with assistance from drones, Amazon Ring, and zealous neighbors.

Silicon Valley Pandemic and Pay for Success

The gears have started to turn, with talk stirring of “back-to-work.” So much harm done, so many impact opportunities generated. You can be sure the diabolical social entrepreneurs are at the ready. On March 31, 2020, Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance, and Paul Brest, Professor of Impact Investing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, jointly penned a missive to social entrepreneurs titled, “After the Pandemic, Addressing The Permanent Crisis With Pay For Success Finance” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Please note the framing here of a “permanent” crisis.

Pandemic Permanent Crisis SSIR


They admonished philanthropists to be intentional about using the short-term emergency created by Covid-19 to push for systems change via outcomes-based contracting. Silicon Valley has spoken. This next round of grants to immiserated non-profits are meant to ensure forced compliance with the data-driven rules of  fin-tech’s new pay for success game. In particular, Palandjian and Brest promoted using it to fund supportive housing and online education and training.

Education and health data, including behavioral health (social-emotional learning / SEL data), are cued up to drive global markets. The two have become intertwined, feeding off one another. This is why it was not at all surprising when I saw that Learning Economy was a partner in the new Covid Credential Initiative. A digital identity passport on Blockchain can hold many types of tokens – health status, skills badges, to financiers there’s not much difference. The rich can extract impact data from these tokens to gamble on them singly or in combination. The higher the stack of credentials the bigger the payout on the game.

The screen shot below is taken from the Covid Credentials Initiative website. I suppose we are supposed to believe these 60+ organizations came together in under a month to bring blockchain identity to scale. If we’re going to get back to “normal,” you can be sure the elite want it “controlled” and “measured.” I mean if life is lived OFF a dashboard does it really “count” as living? I imagine that’s what newly-minted data analysts are trained to think. Where’s the “social impact value” to be derived from that? The “privacy-preserving” language here is code for Blockchain.

Covid-19 Credentials Initiative Measurable

The first community study of Covid-19 antibodies was published this week by Stanford Medical School. The study determined there had been substantially higher rates of infection, which in turn lowered the mortality rate for Santa Clara County, CA, the focus of the study. An article in the Mercury News stated the number of cases was 50 to 85 times the original estimate, which revised fatality rates downward from 3% to .12 to .2%.

It should be noted that Santa Clara and neighboring San Mateo Counties are also part of the Project Baseline Covid-19 screening program rolled out by Google’s subsidiary Verily. Google and Apple have stepped up to take the lead on contact tracing, and my suspicion is that despite these more promising numbers, there will be a continued push for digital disease surveillance, the cattle prod that could open the door to health passports on Blockchain and health data impact investing.

Santa Clara : Stanford Covid 19

Interactive version of map here.

It just so happens that San Jose, a tech hub, is the Santa Clara County seat. It is a Bloomberg-financed “smart city” with 5G and Facebook Terragraph pilots. Santa Clara and San Mateo are hotbeds of pay for success finance. Proofs of concept for early childhood education, literacy, housing and mental health were advanced through a partnership with Third Sector Capital Partners. Google backed two of these projects – “Big Lift” the literacy effort and a social impact bond called Project Welcome Home.

In this “welcome home” scenario, however, Palantir (predictive policing, and ICE contracts) reviews the data of all receiving services; so in the end this supportive housing is not welcoming at all. The region is also home to Datazone and the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust, the pilot interoperability data warehouse affiliated with Stewards of Change and the National Interoperability Collaborative. Data is the new oil and the electrical engineers and innovative financiers of Silicon Valley have teamed up to devise a plan to frack it from our minds and from our bodies while framing it as a social good.

So as we consider the scaling up of national disease surveillance efforts, we must understand them within a larger context of genomic profiling, financialization, and expansive Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks. This is all in play in Silicon Valley, in Santa Clara. There is a reason this county was chosen for the first Covid-19 anti-body study. These are the dots that those in power prefer we not connect.

Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust


Santa Clara SIBs

Interactive map of Santa Clara County / San Jose Impact Investing here.


Mind the Gap: The Violence Of Pandemic Dashboards

It is vitally important that people of the world recognize how public health policy in many nations has been harnessed to global markets. Instead of serving those at risk of sickness and death, these policies of financialization are constructed to benefit social impact investors. Transnational global capital demands the creation of new investment products to circulate the holdings of billionaires and further concentrate their wealth. This program continues to advance even as poverty rates skyrocket under conditions of economic lockdown. Social impact finance is the centerpiece of this new era of “stakeholder capitalism,” which was launched with great fanfare in Davos this January.

Stakeholder Capitalism

Data-driven “pay for success” deals are structured around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). “Health” is goal number three. The World Bank has played a role in creating new investment products aligned to the UN SDGs. You can read more about the UN SDG financial apparatus here.

“Pay for success” finance is a performance-based contracting system that has been applied to a wide range of social issues ranging from pre-k, mental health and elder-care services to workforce training and supportive housing. It clear to me that “pandemic preparedness” is being fitted out for pay for success profit-taking, too.

The “pay for success” finance model  works as follows:

1. Identify a social problem. In this case the possibility of a pandemic.

2. Get an academic institution or think tank to cost out the problem as a negative externality. Remember, the more expensive the problem, the bigger the potential profit from preemptively “fixing” it.

3. Establish an equation that fixes a rate of return for “evidence-based”  “solutions.”

4. Select the type of data, the parameters, that determine “success” for the deal.

5. Set up infrastructure to track the data and provide “evidence” of success.

6. Identify partners – service provider, investors, and project oversight.

7. Deliver the services and collect the data.

8. After a third party determines if success metrics were met, performance payments are issued to investors (or not).

If you want a more extensive overview, see this post.

In 2018, the World Bank and the World Health Organization partnered on an initiative called the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board. Its task is to oversee member nations and identify pandemic preparedness “gaps.” Gaps is a red flag for technocracy. Once a social problem is turned into data, it can be put onto a dashboard and twisted to serve the needs of global markets. The “gap” between the data as it currently is and that which is desirable allows public services and resources to be placed under the control of systems engineers, technocrats. The following excerpt is taken from a paper prepared by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in 2019. It speaks to the desire for data to “motivate” and “measure.”

Preparedness Indices World Bank

Johns Hopkins Pandemic

Source: Preparedness for a High-Impact Respiratory Pathogen Pademic, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, September 2019

Narrowing the “gap” justifies private profit taking. Dashboard managers are incentivized to modulate the “gaps, but never close them. The pay for success model is based on tightening gaps, but just a little.

Problems that have wide gaps and can be tightened up pretty easily are more attractive investments than intractable problems where the gap is narrow. In the case of pay for success, the worse the problem, the better your chances are to show “improvement.” Start from a terrible baseline and demonstrating growth is easier.

The terrible reality of this market is that it is built and sustained on misery. Thus, if profit is made, more misery is needed in order to grow returns. There is no profit for investors in addressing the structural nature of social problems. Plus, real solutions can’t be shoe-horned onto a dashboard anyway. Those in power set up the deals, and the deals are structured to favor those in power. Imagine that.

World Bank Public Health 3

Interactive model of map above can be accessed here.

In 2017, through the Pandemic Emergency Financing Committee, the World Bank issued the first pandemic bonds in response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic. While at first glance that may seem like a humane gesture, the truth is that the bonds were structured in such a way that it is almost impossible to trigger the payouts public health systems need to respond to disease outbreaks.

Neither the Ebola nor the Covid-19 pandemic bonds have disbursed ANY proceeds to governments; meanwhile, these instruments of “innovative finance” have generated $100+ million in returns for private investors.

If you want to take a deeper dive, I recommend Susan Erikson’s paper, “Faking Global Health” published last June in Critical Public Health Journal. Her exploration of how “health innovation” and “health finance” advance superficial techno-solutions that generate profit for some but never structurally address public health problems matches up perfectly with my own experience regarding the privatization of public education.

Erikson speaks directly to the ways in which data can be manipulated to preference certain outcomes and how harmful consequences can arise when “success” becomes tied to narrow impact metrics.

What are the consequences of large sums of money riding on death statistics?

What happens when in order to access healthcare funds, governments must allow a certain “death rate” to be attained?

HUGE ethical concerns have arisen in the three years since these bonds were issued, and yes it appears with the entrance of Covid-19 the World Bank expects the market for these bonds to grow.

Faking Public Health

Source: Faking Global Health, Susan Erikson, Critical Public Health Journal, June 2019

In September 2019, a month before Event 201, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board published a compilation of white papers titled A World At Risk. That document lays out numerous “progress indicators” of the type that could be used to set up scoring rubrics tied to pay-for-performance contracting.

In the screenshot below you see how the World Bank is setting up this program noting a potential 10 to 1 return on investment and the high costs of not taking action. The next image shows economic impacts of the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.

Vaccine Finance World Bank

Ebola Economic Impact Vaccine

Source: World At Risk, 2019 Annual Report, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

The numbers in World At Risk build off a 2012 study, People, Pathogens and Our Planet Volume 2: The Economics of One Health. That document actually posits a 44 to 71 annual rate of return, which is totally unbelievable. The One Health approach, which I think we will be hearing more about in the coming years, addresses vulnerabilities around zoonotic disease, situations where pathogens jump from animals to humans. This type of transmission is increasingly linked to human encroachment into wilderness areas for the purposes of resource extraction and development.

World Bank Cost Benefit Analysis Pandemic 2012

During this pandemic, we have seen a growing media push around One Health – the idea that the world is a better place without humans getting in the way; that Earth is healing itself in our absence. This easily-consumed, “feel-good” content could become very dangerous if deployed with eco-fascist intent to remove people who are indigenous to their lands from them for the sake of “conservation.”

The other point I want to raise is regarding how One Health will play in the finance realm. Pay for success deals are built on established cost-offsets that can be layered. The most attractive investments are those where one solution “fixes” multiple problems, because that allows investors to take profit across multiple channels.

So think about One Health. If you have an intervention that creates a documented impact on both human health and animal populations, you’re going to increase your rate of return. In that way pandemic bonds may end up coming out ahead of vaccine bonds in terms of investor interest. The ROI for human impact is not likely going equal the ROI for a double-dipped One Health “solution.”

One Health

Source: Investing In One Health, World Bank Policy Brief, January 2018.

The excerpt below is from a paper that lays out global investment strategies around emerging diseases. It was prepared for the World Health Organization in the fall of 2017 by researchers affiliated with the Duke Center for Global Health, the United States Agency for International Development, and the EcoHealth Alliance.

Pandemic ROI WHO

Source: A Framework For Stimulating Economic Investments To Prevent Emerging Diseases, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2018.

Take note of two important things: 1) public health has been placed under the jurisdiction of custodians who expect to get an “attractive return on investment” and 2) there is an expectation that the cost of inaction around disease mitigation will be quantified. Those costs include: reduced trade, financial market losses, food insecurity, impacts to agriculture, premature mortality, lost wages, and social order disruption.

So what are we to make of all this in light of what is happening around Covid-19?

Well, it is clear those in positions of power are prepping us for a future punctuated by repeated viral outbreaks.

Our national response has been horrible due to a combination of austerity, poor leadership, free market healthcare, and a shredded social safety net.

Health data is being weaponized and politicized.

The government continues to advance the financial interests of the elite over the masses.

There will be profound, almost incalculable, economic fall out from the lockdown.

As tragic as this is, it actually makes sense within the context of global markets. Pandemic finance is meant to be a growth sector, and market logic dictates a terrible first time out of the gate will guarantee “improvement” on future dashboard metrics.

Kind of like we were very ill-prepared this time, but next time around we promise to do somewhat better, so our investors get their payout; and remember the payouts are based on the negative externalities, and in this case go big or go home.  By tanking the global economy, which was planned to jumpstart the Fourth Industrial Revolution and human capital investment markets anyway, those with an eye on pandemic markets  maximized potential future profit.

For them it was a win-win. Impoverish millions so they will be forced to become social impact data commodities and set up a really robust futures market in pandemic preparedness with a side of biometric surveillance. I’m sure the fin-tech oligarchs are beside themselves right now.

So, I guess we will see where this all goes. The impact investors definitely have their eye on growing vaccination and pandemic investments, and are looking to structure them as social impact bonds and development impact bonds. See the screenshot below regarding the relationship of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation to GAVI, the Gates Foundation-funded vaccination program.

To scale them while collecting all the data required to disburse proceeds to investors, I expect they’ll want to set up some sort of digital identity system. The World Bank has its own platform serving its Human Capital Project called ID4D.

IFFM Vaccine SIBs


I’ll close with a map I made of vaccine finance. Though these are uncharted waters for us regular folks, the stakeholder capitalists know where they want us to go.

Vaccine Finance

Interactive version of map above here.

Gates Vaccine Investment WSJ


Gates Vaccine Returns 2


Gates health value


Global public health has become a plaything of financiers. Though if you read Daniel Immerwahr’s insightful book “How to Hide an Empire,” on the Rockefeller Foundation, Cornelius Rhoads and the horror he wrought in Puerto Rico, perhaps it always has been.

Can we wrest the right for a healthy life for all people away from global markets?

Will we allow our humanity to be commodified into vaccine bond portfolios?

As portfolio assets of stakeholder capitalists are we subject to digital tracking forever?

In the name of disease surveillance?

What does resistance to this agenda look like?

I welcome your ideas. Drop a line in the comments.

Will Covid-19 certificates trigger biometric digital identity roll out?

It is week four of the Covid-19 pandemic lock-down. People have been told to get busy fashioning masks out of bits of cloth, hair bands, and filters they have around the house. The initial shock has worn off, and apparently we are supposed to gear up for the long haul as the global economy collapses around us. Unless you have a top-security clearance, your chances of knowing the full truth of what is happening is impossible.

What IS clear is that powerful global interests, including members of the World Economic Forum, are using this time of disruption and desperation to try and push through many elements needed to implement their Fourth Industrial Revolution program. This includes global digital currency, smart biometric surveillance, wearable technologies, online education, and tele-presence labor including tele-medicine and tele-therapy. All of this is happening against a back-drop of increased policing, diminished labor and environmental protections, and 5G infrastructure installation.

WEF Covid 19

Source: World Economic Forum, Covid 19 Action Platform, Strategic Intelligence

Crown Castle 5G

Source: Crown Castle Surges in Q2 As Carriers Upgrade From LTE To 5G, July 2019

Crown Castle Bill Gates 5G


I anticipate the next shoe to drop could very well be preparations for widespread implementation of digital identity tied to the issuance of viral immunity certificates. Digital certificates would be hashed on blockchain pending documentation of antibodies from a blood draw or having received a requisite vaccination – to provide “trust” in the social order. We appear to be quickly approaching a “show me your papers” phase. It seems logical such data would end up as part of a health-passport residing on a person’s phone (tracking device), to be presented on demand.

Since the primary focus of my research has been education, I had expected the pressure to adopt digital identity systems would come through blockchain credentials and workforce development – a soft approach that would slide in gradually over the coming decade as young people with Blockchain transcripts entered a new STEM-centric workforce.

Now it occurs to me that a faster roll out would be through health certifications, precipitated by this pandemic. Bill Gates got the ball rolling during a March 18 Reddit Q&A. Then Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm and Ari) suggested states maintain registries of people who can prove they have been exposed to Covid-19 via a blood test in a March 28 New York Times op-ed. Next James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, suggested daily testing with badges during an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation on April 5. The idea of immunity passports, “vaccination passess” are being discussed in Italy and developed in Germany.

Gates Digital Certificates


The screen shots below are taken from an April 2, 2020 feature in the Harvard Business Review. The piece attempts to position the imposition of biometric digital identity, individual and population behavioral analysis via artificial intelligence, and satellite surveillance as benevolent interventions tied to the “equitable” delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.

Public health is being weaponized as a tool of bio-surveillance and profit extraction. Profit will be created through human capital finance AND through the architecture of the surveillance it requires. Seth Berkley, the head of the Gates Foundation’s vaccine program GAVI, is a co-author of the piece. Gates maintains significant investments in satellite deployment and Crown Castle 5G wireless infrastructure. Rebecca Weintraub, another co-author, is managing director of the Draper Kaplan Richard Foundation, which is heavily invested in ed-tech and data-driven crimal justice reform.

When people ask you about proof linking Gates to vaccines to universal digital ID, here it is – straight from Harvard. The intentions of the ruling elite to turn our lives into data for surveillance and profit could not be more clear.

Harvard Business Review Covid 19 1

Harvard Covid 19 2

Source: A Covid-19 Vaccine Will Need Equitable, Global Distribution, Harvard Business Review, April 2, 2019

So here we are. Lots of folks are anxious to be tested. If proof of exposure / anti-bodies grants a “get-out-of-quarantine-free” card, I wager many would agree to sign up for a digital identity without giving it a second thought.

But as they say, beware of beginnings. Antibody passports throw open the door to a much bigger program of data-mining linked to self-sovereign or decentralized identity. Digital identity structures enable the vast accumulation of  interoperable data.

Pay for Success finance runs on data from services relating to education, healthcare, and housing. Just as public assets have been siphoned off from public education to fuel the growth the ed-tech industry, the same is about to happen with Medicaid and “Med-Tech” as we see a shift from fee-for-service to value-based payments.

Deloitte anticipates a “Smart Medicaid” future where smart pills and cameras are used to manage patients through chat bot interactions that increases efficiency and ROI. In 2011, the World Economic Forum partnered with Bain to explore personal data as a new asset class, white paper here. In this document they advanced the idea of using sensors in running shoes to encourage moms to exercise in order to get discounts on food for their dependents-because that would be more of a motivation that doing it for themselves.

WEF 2011 Personal Data New Asset Class

WEF Personal Data Asset Class

Data is EVERYTHING, and digital identity ushered in with pandemic certificates is the key to turning people into speculative investment commodities. If you want to understand how this works, watch my video, Your Permanent Record.

Those who know me know how much I despise the idea of ed-tech and the surveillance of learning. So shift gears and think about how wearable technologies are being set up to monitor bodily function. Such monitoring has generally been voluntary up until now, though people are increasingly being required to participate in IoT data sharing for insurance reimbursement or to avoid having a surcharge placed on their premiums. But seeing how things have evolved over the past month, it is not hard to imagine that under conditions of pandemic, authorities will not hesitate to enforce use of IoT health monitoring devices in the name of national security.

So how far are we prepared to go with this digital bodily discipline? Device-based location tracking is up and running. Facial recognition is probably in that mix, too. Next up mandatory wearable thermometers? IoT nano-pills?

When society isn’t under lockdown will be there an expectation that all individuals participate in a strengthening regimen for their bodies and minds in anticipation of the NEXT outbreak? Adherence tracked via fit bits and brain wave headbands? Leaderboards? Badges?

Black Mirror today, but how about next year? Five years from now? What is your “health brand” in this new age of pandemic? How “risky” are you? What level of discrimination will you be subject to? How are you managing your health? How are you tracking it? How will we hold you accountable?

MIT Covid 19 Legal Discrimination

Source: We’re not going back to normal, Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review, March 17, 2020

Global finance is pushing this transition to tech-mediated medical care, which will run on Internet of things sensors. These sensors create value through “innovation” and the generation of data tied to the “value-based” care model that is supplanting fee-for-service. The global ruling class is now in a position to impose a new era of biocapitalism. In their digital panopticon individuals and populations can be programmed for the purposes of “pay for success” profit taking and social control. You can see this if you scan Deloitte Centre for Health Care Solutions’ July 2018 white paper on MedTech.

Internet of Medical Things Deloitte

Deloitte Internet of Medical Things 2

Source: MedTech and the Internet of Medical Things, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions, July 2018

The federal government has been investigating use of Blockchain to hold interoperable health data, including data generated by IoT sensors, for at least five years. The Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a two-day conference from September 26 to 27, 2016 to discuss the use of Blockchain in healthcare delivery and research. The creation of digital identity linked to electronic health records was discussed, as was linking IoT data to such records and implementing “smart” contracts for pre-authorization and payment verification.

Blockchain Healthcare Challenge 2016

Interactive version of the map above can be accessed here.

NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology, co-sponsored the effort. In 2001 the agency along with DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) funded an effort of the National Research Council that resulted in the report Embedded, Everywhere: A Research Agenda For Networked Systems of Embedded Computers. The twelve-member committee that prepared the report included representatives of UCLA (committee chair Deborah Estrin), University of Washington, Stanford, MIT, Intel, Lucent, HP Labs, Sun Microsystems, Sensoria, Maya Design Group, and Wind River Systems. The document was meant to provide a guide for future federal research efforts in partnership with private interests as computing shifted from devices into networked systems of embedded computers, which they called EmNets. Nanotechnology is a key element of such systems.

It is interesting to note that with advances in the use of nano-technology to deliver precision medical treatments, there is also growing concern about potential negative health impacts of nano-particles on the lungs. Such engineered particulate matter is being incorporated not only into cutting edge medicine, but also into fuel and even sunscreen. It is emerging as a major factor in air pollution, particularly the carbon nanotubes – almost like manmade asbestos.

We know patients diagnosed with with asthma and other conditions that reduce lung capacity have far worse outcomes if they develop Covid-19. Fatality rates in Black communities have been particularly high. Often residents live in toxic environments under conditions of environmental racism. One has to wonder if such “innovative” technologies could be playing a contributing roll in how this crisis has unfolded.

Meanwhile backers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue install the 5G towers and build their planned EmNets with under-regulated nano-technology. I expect few people even know to be concerned. The quantum dots planned for use in for the Gates/MIT-backed vaccine delivery system could very well be the new Teflon.

Nanoparticles Lung Disease


Nano Tech Regulation

The year after the “Embedded Everywhere” committee submitted its report, Deborah Estrin, the committee’s chair, was selected to head a new center at UCLA that was created to undertake R&D for nano-technology and sensor networks – CENS, Center for Embedded Sensor Networking. The project was launched with a $39 million grant from the NSF. Estrin moved across the country to work in IoT data research as a professor of health policy at Cornell-Tech, a brand new academic research institution set up by Michael Bloomberg on Roosevelt Island in New York City with the backing of Google and serious funding from wireless communications companies and venture philanthropy. Qualcomm for example pitched in $133 million, Bloomberg Philanthropies $100 million, and Verizon and Tata Consulting $50 million each.

Small Data Lab


Alessandro Voto of Institute For the Future’s Blockchain Futures Lab presented at that conference and discussed “smart health” profiles and AI healthcare delivery. Voto co-authored a paper titled, A Blockchain Profile For Medicaid Applicants and Recipients, a month before the conference. In it, Institute for the Future (remember them from Learning Is Earning) advanced a number of potential applications including: “smart” pill bottles to track medical compliance; virtual medical assistants; tokenized diagnoses; artificial intelligence insurance brokers; and custom insurance products transformed into non-traditional investment opportunities, which sounds a lot like human capital investing (see ALICE).

Last week a fellow researcher forwarded me information regarding a “non-profit” insurance outfit that was pitching flexible insurance products to gig workers during the Covid-19 crisis. The polices, which are being sold as alternatives to Affordable Care Act plans, hinge on participants agreeing to be tracked on their phones and other devices for a reduction in the premium. There are vague references to sharing in profits generated through the aggregated data. The organization, EASE Alliance, makes it clear on their website that they wish to maintain the privacy of their donors. I bet we can imagine a pretty solid short list of possible funders. The organization currently has 50,000 policy holders. More information on their website here.

ease 2

Beyond enabling the production of custom insurance instruments, the IFTF paper also mentioned using Blockchain health records in medical pattern recognition for epidemic management. It notes that Blockchain would enable detailed analysis of disease presentation in connection with a person’s finances, family, age, and residence. The language echoes that of the Harvard Business Review article. Those in positions of power are entitled to digitally monitor all aspects of a person’s life, of entire populations, to predict future behavior and control outcomes.

IFTF Medicaid Epidemics


We are seeing a first wave of digital driver’s licenses is rolling out now. Idemia is pushing “augmented identity.” The pandemic is likely to speed up adoption. GAVI, a Gates Foundation-funded partner in ID2020, is piloting a program that combines vaccination with a digital identity. Another ID2020 effort, MyPass, backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies in Austin, assigns Blockchain identity to unhoused people to help them keep track of things like medical records. This program doesn’t require anyone to be “chipped.” The first phase operates using a simple QR code that is printed out and laminated. Though I expect eventually biometric data will be attached to the record.

MyPass ID2020 Austin


I want to draw attention to the program’s name, MyPass. I have serious concerns that the long-range plan is to combine digital identity with geo-fencing as a way to selectively restrict mobility of targeted individuals and groups. It feels very likely that health risk will become the rationale for such a system, especially given the nature of the Covid19 virus where people may be asymptomatic carriers. Now that that precedent has been set, anyone could theoretically be detained for weeks at a time and there is no readily available way to prove you are not a carrier.

IFTF Digital Wallet Medicaid Token Vaccine


Implementation of such a system would be sold to the public as necessary measure to keep us all “safe,” but there would be a steep cost with respect civil liberties. Those whose freedoms would be the first to be curtailed would be historically oppressed communities: Black people, Indigenous people, and poor people, often those working minimum-wage front-line jobs. Exactly the kind of jobs that the EASE Alliance is targeting for intrusive health data-mining.

Add predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to the mix, and the most vulnerable populations would most certainly be risk-profiled as potential disease vectors given factors like employment instability, housing insecurity, and complex medical histories. There might eventually be calls for the removal of “risky” people, opening the door to “social impact” interventions that would justify relocations, enmeshing those targeted in continuum of care programs linked to predatory outcomes-based pay for success contracts.

The systems of power operating today have antecedents. We must to know the history of structural racism linked to epidemiology if we are even to attempt to navigate a path towards justice. A seminal 1977 article by Maynard Swanson, “The Sanitation Syndrome: Bubonic Plague and Urban Native Policy in the Cape Colony 1900-1909,” provides thoughtful analysis of infectious disease as social metaphor used to impose segregation a century prior.


Source, Source, Source, Source

Certainly we are living through extraordinary times. It’s as if the world has changed overnight, but it hasn’t really. As we chart a course forward, we must understand that the place in which we find ourselves is grounded in a deeply racialized past.

As we struggle to comprehend this new reality and protect ourselves and our loved ones and communities, we must also realize that global powers have weaponized public health systems in ways that are unimaginable to most people.

Unless you have a clear understanding of biometric surveillance and human capital finance you will be tempted to dismiss valid concerns as “conspiracy.” That is what they want. They want you to believe in the benevolence of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Benioff, Pierre Omidyar, and god forbid even Michael Bloomberg.

Resist the urge to lash out when people present facts that challenge your prior views. Instead, take time to go to the source and analyze the information for yourself. Exercise muscles of intellectual discernment.

The full truth may never be known, but you will surely not find it in the mainstream media. Follow the money, follow power. Know that technology and finance and military interests are at the center of it all. Fight for as much clarity as you can get, and grow your network. We are living in murky times. Find people you trust and build from there.

Pandemic, Public Health, Policing, And Pay For Success “Solutions”

My research into “pay for success” over the past three years made it clear that health and behavioral health data would be used to fuel the growth of “social impact” finance around the world. Over the past three weeks, however, it has dawned on me that it will also likely be used as a tool of social control. As populations become more volatile with the roll out of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digital quarantine will be a powerful method of regulating economic systems and human bodies.

Global Health Security Launch


Framing future pandemics as an issue of national security allows public health to be subsumed within an increasingly sophisticated global apparatus of of digital surveillance, predictive analytics, and enclosure. The nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been characterized by asymptomatic carriers and inadequate testing protocols, has led populations around the world to embrace diminished civil liberties and even welcome the opportunity to be deputized as community enforcers.

In our present state of emergency mismanagement, the vast majority of people do not have a solid understanding of the territory into which we are rushing. But the World Economic Forum with its Covid Action Platform does. Theirs is a future of robots and algorithms, where the masses are valued only so far as they demonstrate compliance to a new global order dictated by behavioral economics.

Covid Action Platform WEF


The spectre of future public health crises will be leveraged by transnational global capital to advance “pay for success” preventative “care,” where “care” is managed through the soft-surveillance of data-dashboards. Venture capitalist Bill Ackman and Solutions Journalism outlets like Atlantic magazine have highlighted the fact that Covid-19 patients with co-morbidities including asthma, diabetes, hypertension or a history of smoking have significantly worse outcomes.


And that my friends is where Michael, global envoy for the World Health Organization, Bloomberg comes in. As mayor of New York, Bloomberg established numerous precedents for “non-communicable” disease management that conveniently dovetail into “healthy city” initiatives. Once we come out the other side of the immediate Covid-19 threat, I foresee impact investors calling for resiliency and advancing generous grants for “preventative care.”

Source Left, Source Right

Communities that have for decades borne the brunt of environmental racism, food insecurity, trauma, and chronic stress, will be put on self-improvement pathways, lest they become “vectors” of disease transmission in some future viral outbreak. The “solutions” proffered will never eliminate the source of the problem, because that would foreclose future profit. Global hedge funds will link improved pandemic outcomes to data-driven investments in “social determinants of health.” “Public health” can thus be harnessed to manage dissent as a new globalized economic regime based on bio-capitalism is installed.

Partnership For Healthy Cities


For the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffet, health and mental health data is an asset class that sits conveniently at the intersection of “pay for success” profit and coercive force. We must have clarity around this as the world transitions to a “new normal.” It cannot be allowed to become a “normal” that advantages the interests of a billionaire class and the corporate state.

Data for these purposes will be harvested from screen-based devices, including phones and apps, wearable tech, personal digital assistants, and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors integrated into our homes, modes of transportation, and neighborhoods. Data collection will increase as care begins to prioritize tele-medicine and tele-therapy. That transition, of course, is being hastened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

WEF Telehealth

The pace of 5G installation, the infrastructure upon which these Fourth Industrial Revolution systems rely, has ramped up even as we are under stay-at-home orders. In March, the same month that the World Health Organization recognized Covid19 as a pandemic, the White House issued the document: National Strategy To Secure 5G of the United States of America. Keeping a safe distance, we take evening strolls through our urban neighborhood a few times a week. Every few blocks there are new small cell installations, pavement markings for utilities, and loops of cable overhead. Trucks for Verizon, the backbone 5G installer for our city, are a regular feature.

Recent 5G small cell installations, Art Museum area, Philadelphia, USA, April 2020

Even without 5G in place, the digital dust of our tele-presencing has skyrocketed under lockdown. In addition to our regular social media habits, we’ve added zoom meetings, online education, watch parties, organizing events, virtual family visits, classes, and online shopping. As we slog through the coming weeks, if not months, of quarantine, it is vital that we understand our online interactions as signals intelligence.

Darpa Ground Truth


We are filling the Internet with information rich in sentiment analysis, a goldmine for folks like Martin Seligman at UPenn’s World Wellbeing Project to analyze for insights into our collective consciousness during a time of stress and uncertainty. We are being coerced into creating training data to inform efforts like DARPA’s Ground Truth program and the DoD’s Minerva Research Initiative. Sandy Pentland at MIT has run living labs to digitally track populations for years in cities like Trentino, Italy. Now it feels like we’ve all been co-opted into one giant experiment. Those in power are working their magic to “learn” the social physics of pandemic.

Consider this a test run.

They’re taking our temperature to strategize the next phase of the campaign.

Human Capital Markets, Digital Identity, & the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The following is a presentation that I had planned to make as an invited guest at Big Ocean Women’s Many Waves, One Ocean gathering in coordination with the 2020 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Due to the pandemic, the conference and all related events were cancelled. A decision was made for those who had been asked to present to create a presentation that could be shared online. The video below was created for that purpose.

Below is the text I read from during the above presentation.

Hello everyone. Welcome to “Many Waves, One Ocean Cross Movement Summit.” I’m Alison McDowell, a mom and independent researcher in Philadelphia who blogs at wrenchinthegears.com. I started my activism around public education, first fighting standardized testing, then ed-tech, and eventually realized the push by global finance to turn everything into data for the purpose of digital surveillance and profit meant I had to expand my work beyond schools and start digging into the global poverty management complex.

I organize with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, an independent anti-poverty group that is led by the poor and does not take corporate or foundation money. We’ll be marching on the Democratic National Convention on July 13 to take back the 67 cents of every government dollar spent on war and occupation. We are demanding it be used care for the poor here at home. Check us out and consider joining us in the streets of Milwaukee!

Lives Over Luxury

My current efforts are focused on raising awareness around pay for success deals, privatized welfare, Blockchain contracts, smart cities, and predictive analytics derived from Internet of Things sensors. These elements are combining to create predatory human capital investment markets within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I’m grateful to have been invited to participate today, and excited to talk to you about these goals, particularly target 16.9, digital identity, and how it relates to global finance and the profiling of families.

In 2015, member states of the United Nations adopted seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, an integrated program of 169 targets and 235 indicators ostensibly meant to achieve peace and prosperity by 2030. The question we need to be asking before we head down this road is whose prosperity and at what cost?

People have been led to believe the purpose of these goals is to address poverty and avert climate catastrophe. As a mother who lives in a city of deep poverty and who works at a public garden, I believe those are admirable goals. It is imperative that we address wealth inequality and begin to heal our planet.


But as a mother who has been researching innovative finance, emerging technologies, and racialized power, I also know there is more to the story than is being told in the media. And so today I will outline how powerful interests are using the Sustainable Development Goals to mask their plans to remake the world as a digital panopticon. What follows is a story of social entrepreneurship, greed, and technological authoritarianism. Its foundations are built on our nation’s history of racial capitalism, eugenics, and the rise of technocracy.

The technocracy movement advances the idea of an industrially engineered society. In the 1930s it was based out of Columbia University’s Industrial Engineering department. It sought to overhaul politics and economics such that technical experts would manage these systems placing efficiency above all else, measuring inputs of energy against outputs for “the public good.”

Technocracy Inc

I believe echoes of this have been woven into “smart” government initiatives incubated by think tanks and elite academic institutions including NYU’s Govlab, home to the Research Network on Opening Governance. Supported by Google, this effort hosted ten international convenings between 2015 and 2017 to discuss the “redesign” of government practice for the “complex policy challenges of the twenty-first century.”

Research Network On Opening Governance

Technocracy is a system that subverts local control and self-determination. It’s also a movement with considerable staying power. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who collaborated with David Rockefeller in creating the Trilateral Commission, resurrected the tenets of technocracy in the 1970s. It is important to note that the Rockefeller family has maintained close ties with the United Nations since its inception, even donating the land upon which the New York headquarters was built. The Trilateral Commission was started in 1973 and remains active today, a powerful invitation-only group of around 350 people from Europe, North America, and Japan that advances a globalist agenda. Its members are drawn from the highest levels of government, industry, academia, and the media.

Among the current North American members are Henry Kissinger, Michael Bloomberg, and, not surprisingly, Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. The Rockefeller Foundation structured social impact investments markets in the decade following the housing crash. The Foundation coined the term ‘impact investing’ back in 2008. It also provided seed funding for the Global Impact Investment Network and the Global Impact Investing Network Rating System. These were investments to set rules for a new and sinister game. Ten years after they originated the concept, impact investing has grown to become a $250 billion market. In 2019, the Rockefeller and MacArthur Foundations teamed up to form the Catalytic Capital Consortium. Each member commited $30 million to investments that would advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

GIIN Rockefeller

About five years after the Trilateral Commission was founded, former McKinsey consultant Bill Drayton advanced the idea of emissions trading, carbon credits. He was working for Jimmy Carter’s Environmental Protection Agency at the time. President Carter, himself, was a founding member of the Trilateral Commission, many of those appointed to his administration were also members, and Brzezinski was among his closest advisors. These were the years after Nixon jettisoned the gold standard and debt-finance started to take hold of the economy.

By normalizing measurement and pricing of desired outcomes, in this case carbon emission reductions, Drayton pioneered a form of finance that will play a key role in the global economy for years to come. The public was led to believe that once there was an agreed upon cost that could be applied to externalities, green house gases; markets would resolve the pollution problem. With impact investing this approach has been extended to social issues under the pretense there could be “profit with purpose” IF governments just allowed Ivy League MBAs to structure the deals.

Bill Drayton Ashoka

Fast-forward. We now have a world that is burning and flooding. People are resisting neoliberalism and structural adjustment in the streets, asserting their right to live in safety and with dignity. Indigenous peoples are putting their lives on the line to protect their lands not only from government-backed corporate raiders, but from supposedly “green” environmental NGOs advocating faux solutions that perpetuate violence against Black and Brown people. Solutions like the New Deal for Nature that in the name of biodiversity advocates creating protected areas that would remove human settlement from 30% of the planet, an outrageous theft of land from its original inhabitants.

We find ourselves on the doorstep of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, robots and algorithms poised to take over many jobs. The finance and technology sectors have converged. The world economy is dominated by the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) sectors whose laser focus on short-term profit leaves only devastation in its wake. We’re seeing the rise of ubiquitous computing, surveillance, and crypto economics-virtual capitalism where digital assets are tracked on Blockchain. Philanthropy, credit, and global aid organizations have joined the Better Than Cash Alliance to push adoption of borderless electronic payment systems tied to biometrics. Their toe in the door? Government payments.

Better Than Cash Digital payments

It is an era of extreme wealth inequality, austerity, concentrated power, social unrest, militarization, and environmental degradation. Not only have market-based solutions NOT delivered on their promise to fix the environment and eliminate poverty, the financiers’ “solutions” have made the problems worse. But the rich have a way of turning disasters into gold. Case in point, this winter the World Economic Forum unleashed a manifesto in support “stakeholder capitalism.” Benefit corporations to the rescue!

Financiers are going to claim they’re doing positive things with their portfolios by configuring asset allocations to align with ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), and that’s where the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals come in. It’s also worth noting that many faith communities have large endowments where investments are likely to be ESG aligned. Just because it says ESG doesn’t mean it actually represents the values of your faith.

Stakeholder Capitalism

It is the sustainability goals that will open the door to smart city infrastructure with facial recognition, cashless economies, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence used to implement broad threat assessments; the threat of natural disasters as well as threats posed by individual dissidents and groups. With advances in militarized predictive policing those contesting the status quo, or seeking to intervene on behalf of the people into the operations of global markets, can now be met with swift and possibly deadly countermeasures.

What started out as a cost offset scheme for carbon trading has grown into a globalized cybernetic system through which artificial intelligence operating at the behest of debt finance could eventually farm millions of people as domestic livestock data commodities. Remember all those chipped Swedes? Ericsson is thrilled.

The transnational capitalist class envisions a future where they can control vast swaths of the planet using 5G and Internet of Things sensors. Meanwhile, the Mad Scientist Division of TRADOC is figuring out how to best restructure neighborhoods for a future of mega-city urban warfare; and the Army Research Lab is two years into a ten-year project with six universities to create the Internet of Battlefield Things. So 5G, IoT, and cyber security HAVE TO be understood within this larger military context.

Mega City Urban Warfare

Human capital data markets are arising for reasons of political economy. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution dawns, the elite must have a new mechanism to circulate their concentrated capital. The spending of poor and working class people will not be sufficient. Folks are carrying way too much debt as it is. This will become an even greater problem once automation and mass migrations make it impossible for millions of people to earn a stable living. Simply put, the financers need new plumbing. Real estate served that purpose for a time, but the weight of toxic mortgages ultimately collapsed the housing market. Now they need something even bigger, because over the past decade wealth has become even MORE concentrated.

So what do you think?

Are the United Nations’ 169 sub-goals and 235 indicators up to this task?

Now that social problems have reached epic proportions there is money to be made scaling them back IF they can be tracked as metrics on the data dashboards being pushed by Microsoft and Salesforce. Finance and technology interests make fine partners in that regard. Impact investors demand data, which justifies digital surveillance, and tech and telecom interests make money off the software, hardware, and cloud computing.

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Moving forward everything will be assessed in terms of IMPACT, kind of like the technocrats tracking the energy credits. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg among others, the Trilateral Commission now has Pavlovian tools to tweak and nudge the masses, digital pawns, in real time. It is at the point of “impact” that authoritarianism tightens its grip. So who gets to decide who or what will be impacted? Can a person refuse to be tracked as data for corporate profit? Who gets to decide what metrics are chosen? What if a community desires an outcome that cannot be reduced to a metric? Does it get taken off the table, replaced by a less consequential but more measurable definition of “success?” Kind of like a third grade reading score. How will metrics shape service delivery? I’m guessing more and more interactions will become digitally mediated. Who specifies how the tracking happens? How is it analyzed? By a person? An algorithm? What are the payouts?

UN SDG Measuring Impact

Who exactly is going to come out ahead if we allow global investment markets to be built on disaster and misery? If those markets are profitable aren’t we likely to end up with MORE disaster and misery, albeit better managed? Investors seek to increase the source of their profit, not eliminate it. That’s just the sick logic of it.

We are at a tipping point after years of austerity. Governments, unable to keep doing more with less, have shifted responsibilities to non-profit providers to care for their people; and private investors and their foundations are fronting money for services. The linchpin that makes this work is performance-based contracting, which was designed to appease fiscal conservatives and centrist liberals. Minneapolis Federal Reserve economist Arthur Rolnick developed the outcomes-based contract model in the mid 1990s in collaboration with former General Mills executive turned non-profit guru Steve Rothschild. Useful to note that charter schools were invented in the Twin Cities right about that same time.

Rolnick and Rothschild also promoted Human Capital Bonds or HUCAPs, an idea that hasn’t yet gotten off the ground, but I fear the concept is still waiting in the wings. Rolnick spent the latter half of his career with hedge fund manager Robert Dugger and Nobel prize winning economist Jim Heckman working on an “Invest in Kids” agenda that would transform pre-natal care, home visits, early childhood education, and early literacy programs into global investment markets built on child and family data surveillance.


An equation was concocted, the Heckman Equation, that guaranteed a 7-10% annual rate of return on investments. Not bad. The trick was finding an impact metric that worked for the markets. They settled on behavioral data, because they could manipulate it more consistently than they could cognitive data, or IQ. Video games for brainwashing, perfect! So now we have surveillance play tables showing up in Headstart programs at Educare in Tulsa, backed by big oil/big banking George Kaiser and his friends at Blue Meridian. In two corners of these tables are fisheye lens cameras to take video of toddlers so they can be scored on their social behaviors-for the markets.

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We also have Pam, wife of Pierre Omidyar, EBay’s founder and advocate for global digital identity, pushing behavior modification apps that purport to solve poverty in low-income mothers using a behaviorist text message app called GoalMama. This was built into the Nurse Family Partnership Medicaid-funded home visit program piloted in South Carolina. IO2 Foundation and IXO Foundation have gone a step farther and are using facial recognition video recordings on home visits to verify smart contracts on Blockchain to unlock social impact payments. Test programs are underway now in China and Brazil. This is what “impact” looks like and it’s not pretty. All so Goldman Sachs’ beneficiaries, among others, can use their vast holdings to suck up more wealth gambling on the lives of those needing public services, which includes public education.

Goal Mama

The drumbeat for early childhood investment is getting louder, though bills supporting these programs have been met with resistance. The State of Washington’s Welcome Baby Bill was stopped again last week. Parents and community members rallied to stop the Great Start for Minnesota Children Act last year, too. It’s not easy explaining to elected officials who don’t have any of this background why “evidence-based” early childhood programs pose such a threat, but I am grateful to the activist moms out there who’ve put boots on the ground to get the word out.

The truth is these types of bills are data grabs that will be used to profile low-income families via a two-generation tracking model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Aspen Institute. The Sustainable Development Goals are being used to justify this profiling. Of the 232 specific indicators, 35 are related to children. Home visits and early childhood education investments are associated with goals three and four.

I’m sharing here an image from the Global Education Futures Forum agenda, an international group of influential academics that has an education timeline touting a future where the super-rich and asset managers maintain portfolios of people. Yes, you heard that right, portfolios of people.


Most likely this will start as income sharing agreements for college and workforce training. Branches of the Federal Reserve System are pumping out white papers on how to turn labor markets, finclusion, and economic mobility into investment opportunities. The Fed maintains close ties with the Lumina Foundation (student debt) and the United Way with its ALICE (Assets Limited Income Constrained Employed) poverty management program.

This push for human capital investing is why we are seeing Swiss Model Apprenticeship programs rolling out in Colorado and Washington State. Career pathways and Blockchain transcripts serve as high school bookends to the Heckman Equation’s pre-k surveillance play tables. Workforce-oriented curriculum is being pitched in pre-k already, and middle schools are using corporate strengths assessments to direct students into specific careers even though the Davos folks know the only thing certain about the “future of work” is that it is uncertain. It’s not about knowledge, it’s about demonstrations of compliance that can be used to fuel the impact markets. If anything knowledge production, through “personalization,” is being stripped of its social components, atomized, and algorithmically engineered. What technocrats fear most is an organized, unified populace that can think for itself.

Federal Reserve Undervalued human capital

In this people-portfolio future, one’s worth will be measured in competencies and demonstrated skills represented by collections of badges and stackable credentials. We’re already badging behaviors and mindsets. PBIS, Class Dojo, Red Critter and Google’s Classcraft are normalizing gamified token economies based where student behavior and reputation scoring act as a sort of currency. We are taking corporate leaderboards and adapting them to rank and score children. None of this is ok.

PBIS Badge

Sir Ronald Cohen, Harvard MBA and father of British venture capital, built on Rolnick and Rothschild’s effort, to further refine the tools necessary for financializing humanity. Cohen tapped the UK’s lottery fund and implemented the world’s first social impact bond, or SIB, at Peterborough Prison in 2010. SIBs and DIBs (Development Impact Bonds) are carbon-trading equivalents for social issues like incarceration, homelessness, chronic illness, and unemployment. These bonds were implemented in several dozen countries, including the United States, over the past decade, but they did not scale.

Now it appears markets are shifting to pay for success deals, which are simpler, more flexible, and may advance more rapidly. Pay for success has the backing of Michael Bloomberg, JB Pritzker, Obama’s Social Innovation Fund, Cohen’s US branch of Social Finance, and George Overholser’s Third Sector Capital Partners. It’s riding the coattails of data-driven, e-government solutionism; waltzing in as “what works” change agents scramble to repackage the remnants of civil society as warmed-over investment products for hedge funds.

Pay For Success ECE Minneapolis Fed

With widespread adoption of pay for success, more and more wrong-headed interventions like online preschool, which are certified by authorities as “evidence-based,” are coming out of the woodwork. Mouthpieces for fin-tech, like New America with its Bretton Woods II responsible asset-allocating program, are lining up in support. People needing services are being groomed as data commodities. Need housing? Food? Education? Training? Addiction treatment? Healthcare? Well you better be willing to follow a prescriptive “continuum of care” pathway and be tracked on a dashboard. Service providers are finding themselves increasingly disempowered, their autonomy as professionals undermined by the tyranny of big data, accountable no longer to their clients and communities, but to the global investors that pay their salaries.

Human Capital Value Chain

So how does the United Nations fit into all of this? Well, we can look to UN-SIF. This is a collaboration of the United Nations and the business schools of nine global universities. They have been tasked with coming up with innovative ways to channel commercial capital flows into Sustainable Development Goal-aligned “solutions.” Like online pre-k.

And where will the capital come from? We have only to look to the Impact Management Project. In 2018, the United Nations Development Programme partnered with the International Finance Corporation, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Global Impact Investing Network, World Benchmarking Alliance, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, and Social Value International to set common metrics to measure, assess, and report “impact.” The IEEE (Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers) is in on the game, too. Their job is to facilitate the creation of a people-centered Internet that will turn the masses into harmonized digital citizens of smart cities. It will be THEIR UN SDG-aligned behaviors upon which technocracy’s impact markets will run. The EU is already well on its way piloting Blockchain identity and fair trade data markets.

Impact Management Project

The Impact Management Project was launched with support from Bridges Fund Management, the firm of (surprise, surprise) Sir Ronald Cohen. Omidyar Network was also in on the ground. In eighteen months they had over 2,000 members onboard, including some of the world’s largest asset holders and philanthropic heavyweights, among them: BlackRock, UBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Omidyar Network, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, UKAID, The Ford Foundation, and The MacArthur Foundation.

Just so you know, I believe many of UN SDG indicators are not bad ideas. I like riding my bike. I like walk-able communities. I don’t want people to be hit by car. I believe women should have access to healthcare, and all children deserve a humane education. I oppose cash bail and want justice to be served. But policies must be grounded in communities, not governed by some uber-manager in the cloud who serves Ronald Cohen’s interests.

Cohen At The Vatican 2014

Sustainable Development Goal indicators valued by community members should be advanced and funded with public dollars, not private. The data collection required to unlock “good capital” will always poison impact-funded ventures in the end. As we make these decisions, we must prioritize the interests of Indigenous communities, because they know how to live in right relationship to the land. If anyone thinks we should be turning control of society over to the financial sector and the military, because they’re the proper ones to set the world straight about climate change, maybe you should revisit your history.

Red Deal

Tech and defense interests have had the creation of a global augmented reality overlay in the works for decades. Once that coding hits a tipping point, “green” capitalists can impose rules using digital geo-fencing to advantage their financial positions. In such a world everything will revolve around documenting “impact.” Everything will have a valuation and be subject to predictive analytics and risk profiling. That is what is needed for technocracy to run smoothly. Things that should never be tallied, things like happiness, companionship, and the wonders of nature, will be factored into a giant balance sheet. The trial run for this was the Pokémon Go game. Niantic was bankrolled by In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. If the deep state was looking for a test case to see if the public would embrace an augmented reality future, it seems they got a big yes, at least for the time being.

Pokemon Go

And yet…communities across the nation ARE starting to wake up and express concerns about part of this program, namely the installation 5G in their neighborhoods. 5G is the telecommunication infrastructure that will bring the Internet of Things to scale and usher in Fourth Industrial Revolution disruption. The World Economic Forum, Brookings Institution, Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and the ITU (International Telecommunications Union), the United Nation’s agency for information and communications technology, are among those touting the importance of 5G and ICT (individual communication technology like cell phones and tablets) in accomplishing Sustainable Development Goals, especially education, health, gender equity and smart infrastructure.


In order for 5G to function properly, antennae must be installed 100-200 meters apart, which concentrates radiation exposure. Not only are the small cell installations eyesores, there are serious questions about potential negative health consequences related to electromagnetic field exposure. In 2015, scientists petitioned the United Nations to convene an independent working group to examine the pros and cons of the technology and suggest alternatives that would lower exposure to ELF (extremely low magnetic fields) and RF (radiofrequency radiation), but no action was taken. The petition with over 250 signatures from scientists from 43 countries was resubmitted last fall, as 5G transmitting elements began to be installed not only outside on lamp posts, but on buildings, and inside homes. Still no response.

EMF Scientists Petition

So why has the United Nations remained silent about this public health issue, a threat that puts pregnant women and children at particular risk? Well, the globalists behind the United Nations MUST have 5G. Without it, the financiers will not be able to monitor people and nature. If there is no 5G their big plan to profit from performance data completely falls apart. To function at the scale needed to service global markets, the system HAS to be automated. They need 5G for wearable technology, telemedicine, online education, virtual reality CBT therapy, everything! They’re not going to defer to manual data entry either. It will never be fast enough or expansive enough. The authorities know they will not be able to steer communities to the targets set by the seventeen goals if they permit free discussion and consensus. They know that community empowerment would undermine impact markets, so their answer is to force us to accept radiation, sensors, and digital ledgers. We’re just supposed to shut up and not talk about it.

Bloomberg WHO

In order to bring human capital investing to scale, technology must be put in place so that people can be monitored in real time, like as with the emissions of an industrial smokestack. That is why they need self-sovereign digital identity, which is embedded in Goal Number 16, target 16.9. Prototypes are being set up now – to be able to aggregate data on a person’s health, education, training, economic productivity, behavior, housing access, and more. The World Bank, which has its own Human Capital Project and is experimenting with social impact and Blockchain bonds, is pursuing ID4D. The United Nations has partnered with Microsoft and Accenture to develop ID2020, a digital identity system linking refugee benefit access to biometrics. Various states in the US are working with Idemia, which touts its augmented identity product line, to roll out digital driver’s licenses.

16.9 digital identity

The family unit and mothers in particular will be a focus of intense scrutiny. Assigning a digital identity early in life enables more data to be aggregated, creates a more robust baseline, and opens up more impact opportunities. As I mentioned earlier, pregnancy behavior modifying apps and home visits documented with facial recognition video are already underway. These pilots are running with support from the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF. UNICEF has secured major support from Disney to pursue research in the areas of Blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearable technology, and drones.

While it may be hard to imagine digital benefit systems linked to retinal scans or thumb-prints here in the United States, the state of Illinois, home of commodities futures trading, has a Blockchain task force. A report they issued last year included a number of thought experiments on how Blockchain identity could be used to regulate public benefits.

One of these featured a diagram of a person assigned a digital identity and e-wallet to hold their benefits, in this case money for food. If the person made the “right” choice, the apple, they were awarded an incentive payment. If they made the “wrong” choice, the hamburger, they paid full price. Of course it’s only an incentive until the allocation is recalibrated to the point where a person will only have enough money to last the month if they make ALL THE RIGHT CHOICES. For people who work multiple jobs or live a food desert or have unstable housing, making those “right choices” could be all but impossible.

SNAP Nudge

Now replace the apple and the hamburger in the diagram with a choice of daycare providers, school curriculum, job training programs, or medical treatments. In the case of digital identity and Blockchain there will always be a choice preferred by those in power, a choice that could make their impact investor friends a tidy profit. Then there will be the less-favored choices; those will be dis-incentivized. This is what digital authoritarianism looks like. This is the life for poor people within the “pay for success” panopticon. This is why at the national meeting of the NAACP in Detroit last July, members voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution opposing any plans for government to link public benefit access to Blockchain identity systems.

Unborn children have been put on Blockchain in Tanzania to track prenatal healthcare service delivery. Illinois piloted Blockchain birth certificates contracting with Salt Lake City-based Evernym. Today data about people is like currency. It has value, because it feeds into risk-profiling. We shouldn’t be surprised that the goal of those in power is to assign unique identifiers to children in utero. Now technology is available to make predictions about a child based on the zip code where it is born, its parent’s income, their educational attainment, and even trauma scores. I suspect genomics will come into the picture soon enough.

Tanzania Blockchain

There is a prototype interoperable data system already, Datazone in San Jose. It feeds into the Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust, funded by Chan Zuckerberg, which in turn feeds into the National Interoperability Collaborative, which is partnered with National Fusion Centers and the Council on Juvenile Crime and Delinquency.

We are perilously close to a pre-crime, social engineering, Gattaca scenario. Will a baby become a burden on society? Will they be a good worker? Will they be disruptive? Will prioritizing the demands of impact markets require teachers, doctors, and social workers to justify benefits provided against an expectation of future economic returns? Given historic power imbalances and our nation’s callous treatment of the poor, it is hard to imagine a positive outcome. Maybe that is why the Sustainable Development Goals have such cheery, colorful, rainbow branding. It’s meant to be distraction, the sugar coating on a poison pill.

Nurse Dashboard

In the fin-tech world, it those who already have the power who come out ahead: McKinsey, Bain, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citi, and Bank of America. Social entrepreneurship serves their interests. It legitimizes perpetual growth. It continues to enrich the Global North at the expense of the Global South. It separates Indigenous communities from their lands and non-human kin. It embraces data-driven solutionism. That data harvest requires server farms that consume vast quantities of water and energy. The tools of that harvest demand rare minerals to make the devices, sensors and batteries. Like it or not, the “profit with purpose” asset managers pushing UN SDG-aligned investments are bound to Bolivia’s lithium and Congo’s cobalt-the child miners, too. Without those materials they cannot tally the impact. Political upheaval, violence against Indigenous peoples, and human rights violations must be calculated into the cost of the brutal business of “green capitalism.”


Reducing social problems to data results in lands being desecrated by LNG pipelines, because markets deem natural gas “better for the environment.” Forests destroyed to install solar panels and mono-crop plantation carbon-sinks masquerading as proper substitutes for complex ecosystems. Under the banner of sustainability vulnerable populations are subjected to invasive levels of surveillance: Internet of Things cook stoves and pill caps, fit bits, online pre-school, brainwave headbands, housing accessed via retinal scan. And at the end of the day we must ask ourselves if these solutions are actually meant to solve the problem? Or are they about allowing dashboard managers to juke the stats and keep their bosses and investors happy?

What is being set up through the UN SDGs is not a program to save the planet or solve poverty, but rather a massive game of legalized gambling that uses “sustainability” to suppress dissent. If you question the motivations of the elite or the way the issues are portrayed in mass media you risk being painted a climate denier or hard-hearted person who doesn’t care for the poor. Evidently we’re supposed set facts aside and unquestioningly join in calls for imposed states of emergency, believing the big banks finally have a conscience, when they’ve actually just come up with a new way to profit from the problems they created.

Militarized Police

Cointelpro Criminalized Protest

Black and Indigenous communities are on the front lines of struggle, because this machine runs on trauma, and they are the ones who carry the most-a consequence of ongoing racism, erasure, and colonization. Make no mistake, though, the machine will come after everyone in the end. It is the moral thing to face up to the brutal past of the Doctrine of Discovery and the trafficking of Africans as slaves. It is time to stand in solidarity with oppressed communities at home and abroad. In a cloud-computing world, digital harms inflicted on families in poor neighborhoods or halfway around the globe could show up in the backyards of privileged families within a week.

In the end the question we have to ask ourselves is are we going to look away as global financiers put children on Blockchain? Unhoused people? People needing treatment for addiction or a chronic illness? Refugees? Students?

Or are we going say it stops now and organize across race and class to do what it takes to make that happen?

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Austin Blockchain Homeless


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Human Capital Futures: Racial Capitalism on Blockchain – A Presentation Given at the Unitarian Society of Germantown

I was grateful to be invited to participate in a day-long conversation about race and technology last week at the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia. The morning’s discussion was centered on Clyde Ford’s wonderful memoir Think Black, which touches on family, corporate culture, race, and social engineering. Ford’s father was the first Black software engineer at IBM, and Clyde followed him into the business. You can watch a presentation he gave on the book for C-SPAN here.

Think Black

My role later that day was to paint a picture of next-gen tools of enslavement, the ones finance and technology interests have been refining for quite some time. As my host noted, my talk was meant to help folks recognize the digital slave ship when it comes on shore, because it might not look dangerous at first glance.

Faith-based communities will play a significant role in privatized social-service delivery. The plan is hook them into performance based contracting that requires them to data-mine the people they serve. I am trying to get out in front of this and tell people, especially white liberals, that we all have an obligation to intervene in the structures of racial capitalism. When foundations and politicians knock on the door with “pay for success” plans, people of faith must tell them in no uncertain terms that justice will never be served putting people on Blockchain.

What is needed is an abolition movement to stop digital identity systems tied to surveillance, policing, and public benefit access. It will have to be a movement of global solidarity that centers our nation’s brutal history in genocide, land theft, slavery and forced labor.

This is the slideshare for the talk I gave on February 22, 2020.

Below are a few images that speak to the plans of transnational global capital to turn people in data commodities. As always those on the front lines who will experience the full force of these brutal programs are Black and Brown people, Indigenous people, and the poor.

Global Education Futures Forum: Go to the “Maps and Posters” Tab, Then “Future of Global Education Map 2014”

GEF Human Capital Investment


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