10.06.2020 Author: Phil Butler

Manufactured Perception and the COVID-19 Pandora’s Box

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is transforming our world from top to bottom, and inside out. People are terrified. We’re coping in very individualistic ways, and collectively, with a moment unique in modern history. A viral infection is causing a political, economic, and human breakdown worldwide. Where the virus originated, how it spread, and who is ultimately responsible seem to matter less now that a new Great Depression grips us. Still, there are those of you who would like to know how this happened. Here’s some additional information to help sort out COVID-19 and its ultimate effect.

The Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgiev just stood before 400 international reporters to announce; “We have witnessed the world economy coming to a standstill. We are now in recession. It is way worse than the global financial crisis” of 2008-2009.” She went on to explain how the pandemic is unique in modern human history. She called the situation “humanity’s darkest hour”, in her lifetime of experience.

At the White House, American President Donald Trump finally acquiesced and admitted the seriousness of COVID-19 when his experts revealed at as many as 250,000 Americans could die in the coming months. Easter is canceled. Mourners can no longer pay their respects at funerals, at least not the way they used to. And even the president’s most steadfast supporters in the south, they’ve turned to prayer instead of trumpeting the great Make America Great Again (MAGA) cheers. Ditto for most of the world’s nations, as leaders are forced into a transparent glass cage of malfeasance. Meanwhile, visionaries and propaganda mechanics have another reality.

Very few who read this story will know who John Rendon is. Back during the time of Nixon and Watergate, Rendon was one of the people working for George McGovern in his quest for the White House. Later, after cutting his teeth doing PR and propaganda for Washington’s top dogs dethroning enemy despots like Manuel Noreiga, and other CIA targets. In the early 2000s, Rendon would be referred to as “The man who sold the war,” because of a story by investigative journalist James Bamford. His report revealed how the Rendon Group PR firm fed journalists, like disgraced New York Times writer Judith Miller, stories to sell Bush’s “War on Terror” to the public. It was Rendon who was involved with the contrivance where a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl named Nayirah told the world about the babies in incubators Saadam Hussein’s soldiers left to die. America went to war and killed hundreds of thousands, because of such lies.

Today, John Rendon proves how “involved” he is in current affairs. Invisible in the news cycle, Rendon’s activities can only be observed (ironically) by his Twitter feed, and through his Empower Peace platform and organizations like the Women2Women international leadership program. Not unlike billionaire George Soros, who uses the Open Society Foundation to “teach” doctrine and action to the world’s next leaders, Rendon operates at the grassroots level as well as the operations level. Brainwashing is the easy term for what Rendon Group is up to.

Rendon’s talent, if you will, comes from an understanding of how digital/social media works. In the old days of public relations, clients expected PR firms to change the worldview via a series of press releases or televised interviews with American officials. Rendon and operators like him, understand that effective propaganda requires the gradual cultivation and propagation of an alternative worldview, which is the way the CIA practiced during the Cold War.

As intelligent (or lucky), and intuitive as John Rendon is, like most people he slips up in the slipstream of social media. His Twitter feed may not be revealing to the causal “Tweep” but set against a comparative timeline, Rendon just knows too much too soon. The tweet below is part 1 of 5 he shared January 31st, weeks before most people even understood what COVID-19 was.

“What should be known about contagions, is first, the psychological size of the contagion will be at least 5x greater than the contagion itself, thus timely, truthful and transparent reporting is essential-which is a challenge for Boys in #Beijing

The second tweet in the series foretold of collapsing medical infrastructure and the need for the military to step in. Third, Rendon uses his crystal ball to predict travel stoppage, infrastructure, and supply chain breakdown. Next, he predicts economic recovery will be 2x to 3x longer than when the contagion danger has passed. Finally, the PR spook nails exactly what has happened in the international response to the pandemic.

In my view, John Rendon is either a direct descendant of the soothsayer “Carnac the Magnificent” made famous by the late Johnny Carson, or he’s some knowledge of pre-planning and contingencies for this pandemic. The news cycle the average American sees contained no such in-depth analysis in the timeframe January 1st through 31st. Put another way, the New York Times was in reaction mode in January, and there was no mention of wide-reaching economic impacts like Rendon prophesied.

Given the level of John Rendon’s connections, it’s obvious he’s got a line on COVID-19 few others have. Connections with his past employees like CIA clandestine operative Linda Flohr, twist the truth pointer toward theories the Pentagon/CIA is more involved than most people are led to believe. Flohr was the CIA’s and the White House’s liaison with Rendon in the post-9/11 months, but there are surely other information sources the Rendon has access to at the CIA, the Pentagon, at USAID, and beyond.

At the end of a new Great Depression such as Rendon insinuated, and the IMF leadership now predicts, the supply chain will be dramatically affected. Everything will be negatively affected. This is where former clients of Rendon Group, such as Monsanto, will want to play a key role in feeding the masses with their GMOs. The notion the CIA’s former war propagandist knows more than you and me lends credence to those who say SARS-CoV-2 was made in some lab. Factor in that influentials want Bill Gates to take over the White House Coronavirus Task Force from royal son-in-law Jared Kushner, and eugenics conspiracy theorists may be the truth-tellers. Gates’ investments in malaria virus vaccines, his plays with Monsanto, and combine to create a fearsome Big Brother fantasy. But, after all, we’ve seen, is this really fantasy?

Plug John Rendon and his clairvoyance over COVID-19 with the fact the Trump administration canceled a 200 million dollar pandemic early warning program to train scientists in China two months before the Wuhan the epicenter. Stick the Chinese allegation that the US military athletes participating in the Military World delivered the virus to Wuhan. The Chinese allegations stem from a statement by CDC Director Robert Redfield acknowledging that some Americans who were said to have died from influenza may have died from COVID-19. Those cases, according to some researchers, originated at the Army laboratory at Fort Detrick, a bioweapons facility the CDC had closed down over serious “deficiencies” including containment procedures. Of course, the pushback from the US State Department counterbalanced this theory for a time.

Is John Rendon or someone like him leading a hidden COVID-19 campaign? Did the Pentagon unleash a deadly health and economic pandemic on the world? Or, is some other game playing out before our eyes? Well, it’s all “above our pay grade,” as they say in the military. We do know that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, officials from the CIA, World Bank, IMF, pharmaceutical and public relations firms, conducted a coronavirus simulation a few weeks before the outbreak in Wuhan. We also know the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security convened a coronavirus pandemic tabletop exercise called “Event 201” in New York back in October of 2019.

The fact that the CIA, the Pentagon, the White House, and all the agencies of our governments hire people like John Rendon is the cautionary tale here. Rendon getting caught being too smart on Twitter is the least of our worries at the moment. The larger catastrophe confronts us like Pandora’s Box. Now your house pet can carry a bio-contagion through your neighborhood. And people like Rendon will spin in some key “facts” to alter public perception. This makes me question; “Are we already experiencing a perception twist?

I know I gave you a lot to think about this time. Be vigilant, my friends.

Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern Europe, he’s an author of the recent bestseller “Putin’s Praetorians” and other books. He writes exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”


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