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We're Living In 'The Groundhog Show'

In which our leaders make the same mistakes over & over
Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:15 PM

It's said that truth mirrors fiction. I'm finding this to be the case more and more these days.

Take the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Bill Murray wakes up each day to relieve the exact same daily circumstances and interpersonal interactions. He relives the same day, February 2, over and over again.

No matter what he does, the repetitive cycle won't break.  He goes to sleep, wakes up to his alarm, and it's the morning of Feb 2 again.

Likewise, in The Truman Show, Jim Carrey lives in a simulated environment where everybody's an actor in a popular TV show except him.  For him, it’s his real life.  But although he doesn't realise it, everything around him is completely scripted and fake.

If merge these two movies together, they perfectly describe the world in which we live today.  Welcome to Groundhog Day meets The Truman Show.   Let’s call this mash-up The Groundhog Show.

In this composite story you, the plucky central character, wake up every day in a world where the same mistakes are made over and over again by our so-called "leaders".

Take the central banks, for instance. In this show, they continually blow massive credit bubbles over and over again, which then result in widespread, painful losses when they inevitably burst. And the central planners keep doing this without any indication that they're aware they're repeating the same mistakes. 

Their learning curve is dead flat.  Every day follows the same script as the previous day:

The Fed’s attempts to defeat the business cycle by replacing it with a credit cycle ended badly in 2000 with the horrible Dot-com crash.

Doubling down on that strategy then created the housing bubble and the Great Financial Recession, which resulted in an even worse crisis in 2008.

Neither of those sordid outcomes has factored into the Fed’s thinking, at all, as they -- along with the other major world central banks -- have set about tripling down on their serial bubble-blowing ways, which have resulted in the biggest-ever "Everything Bubble" the world now finds itself in.

There are no good explanations for that behavior, save this one:

Which really isn’t very satisfactory to those of us who are also stuck in this movie, but cursed with the ability to see and remember cause and effect. 

Truthfully, there are no good reasons for why our society is in the mess we’re in. With better decision-making and a modicum of accountability, we could have avoided many of the issues we've created for ourselves:

  • The widest wealth gap in human history
  • Massive income inequality
  • Entire generations saddled with high debts and low opportunities
  • Broken “markets” that have become policy signaling devices for the central planners, offering no price discovery or reliability to investors
  • Ripping the last oil and gas out of the ground as fast as possible while not using any of it to build out a sustainable energy infrastructure
  • Losing species at a rapid pace that nobody can comprehend let alone predict what the effects might be

Living in The Groundhog Show

Our daily experience of the world is now being shaped by people busy writing scripts and narratives that are so preposterous that they might as well be penned by screenwriters grasping for new ideas in the 8th season of a show that has already burned through every conceivable plot angle:

“Hey, how about we write an entire show around the idea of a high school kid standing silently while smiling somehow being existentially menacing to the Native American ‘elder’ that actually started the whole thing by walking up to that legal minor while beating a drum directly in his face?  We could really play around with people’s emotional buttons big time I think…”

The larger plot of this movie, of course, revolves around the increasing difficulty of those stuck in it to continue to buy its premise.  Once you lose the plot line, once you can see the programming for what it is, it becomes nearly impossible to continue to happily participate in a story that lacks any integrity and provides no meaning or purpose.

For example, the Yellow Vest movement in France consists not of a relatively few disturbed extremists on the fringe, but of the majority of the French population. Most citizens of France support and sympathize with the movement. 

But if you read the media headlines -- output by the creators of The Groundhog Show -- you’d be led to believe that the entire movement is populated by a small group of deplorables (the image below is an unaltered screen grab from 2-17-19) :

To scan those headlines you'd be tempted to come away thinking that the Yellow Vests were now all about anti-Semitism and nothing more.  Somehow, magically, the mainstream press from across the globe are all writing the same sorts of articles at precisely the same time and releasing them as if they were announcing the product launch of a new cellphone or something.

Last week, coverage focused on an unsourced poll claiming that over 50% of Yellow Vest supporters believed that Princess Diana had been murdered as part of a conspiracy.  This week we read that a stunning proportion of them believe in a vast Zionist conspiracy.  Perhaps we should start a betting for what next week's "ignore these crackpots" fabrication will be?

Meanwhile, if you actually bother to review the images from the protests, what you see is … people. Lots and lots of people from all over France's socio-economic spectrum, coming out in support of the Yellow Vest movement:

There is a huge grab-bag of reasons why so many people -- tens and tens of thousands per protest -- are out demonstrating. But boiled down, the common theme is that they're finding it harder and harder to get by.

The social promise made to them is failing. Pensioners simply can't support themselves. The youth, and those who've immigrated to France, can't find jobs. Business owners are failing.

The French feel under attack by a system that cares more for assuring that the wealthy get wealthier than it does for its own people. 

To (literally) add injury to insult, thousands of demonstrators have been grievously wounded by militarized French police -- who are using far-too-excessive force when controlling the crowds:

That device atop the firearm is an EoTech holographic laser sight. It places a bright red dot on the point of impact. While it provides no magnification, it does allow both eyes to be open as it’s being used and, most importantly, relieves the operator of having to use precise sight alignment as the projected red dot magically moves with the operators head to always show the true point of impact.  The rifled barrel simply means these devices are quite accurate. 

I just wanted to dispel any notion that it’s somehow accidental that so many people are being shot in the face/eyes during the protests.  The police are intentionally selected protestors as targets, individually, and then shooting to wound, intentionally.

The people of France are taking notice of this. Both that the police are purposely inflicting life-altering injuries and that their President (Macron) implicitly and explicitly endorses these tactics and expresses zero concern for those injured. After several months of protests, he’s not yet visited a single injured person in the hospital or put any limits on the police's suppressive tactics. 

Losing Control

Authorities fear losing control of the narrative.  If they do, there's nothing separating them from sufering the consequences of their disastrous and self-serving decisions. 

This is why instead of talking with the Yellow Vests and carefully weighing the concerns of the majority of France' populace versus the limitless greed and quest for power of its ruling class, the government has instead responded with a full media blackout of the Yellow Vests movement and its demands, while steadily demonizing the protestors. 

They're conspiracy nuts!  No, wait, they're anti-Semites!  Their popularity is dwindling! (but won’t let you access the actual underlying polling data). There's nothing to see here...return to your regular programming

And so on.

What such propaganda actually represents is the paranoia of the elites over losing control of the narrative. They fear any actual opening of a realistic dialog with the people whose lives are impacted by their transparently self-serving decisions.

Because they know their position and current advantage is indefensible, morally and ethically. If the majority were to wake up to that and mobilize, the elites would be overthrown by lunchtime.

Because of that, we need to expect movements like the Yellow Vests to grow both in number and popularity as more people 'wake up to realize they've been living in The Groundhog Show. Though, sadly but predictably, we need to expect more violence, too, as those in power do all they can to protect the status quo:

In a very encouraging sign, young people across the globe, sparked by the actions of a 16-year-old force of nature from Sweden, Greta Thunberg, are engaging in school strikes:

Meet the teens leading a global movement to ditch school and fight climate change

Feb 22, 2019

What could be the largest global strike ever organized will attempt to push world leaders to act aggressively on climate change when it unfolds in three weeks. And it is being orchestrated by unlikely advocates: teenagers.

When you meet Alexandria Villasenor, she seems like your typical 13-year-old. Until a few weeks ago, she was. Now the California native who is living in New York City finds herself as a primary catalyst in the youth climate strike movement and what some believe could be a global watershed moment on climate change.

As the lead organizer of the US Youth Climate Strike, set for Friday, March 15, Villasenor is in a 24/7 race to mobilize the nation's youth. She herself has been skipping school every Friday for the past 11 weeks and protesting in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

"I am on strike every Friday because adults have failed my generation," she told CBS News. "I didn't make this mess with the planet, they did."

Her message to the world's adults is clear: Your time is up, and if you won't act, we will.

(Source)

These observations by the young students participating in these school walkouts is the same as the Yellow Vests: The people in charge have failed us.

That is inarguably true. But there’s nothing in history to suggest that those in power will cede any of it willingly.

For now, the students are being treated with some measure of respect by the press because they're organized around the message of climate change, to which the press has already hitched its own wagon. 

But don’t be surprised if that changes later on should the student’s demands or growing power start to create headaches for the business-as-usual narrative.  If it does, the students will be ignored, and then ridiculed, and then opposed directly -- much the same as the Occupy Wall Street movement was a decade ago.

Conclusion

Make no mistake: The Powers That Be are desperately lashing about as their grip on the narrative, and the power they derive from it, weakens.

The fact that their story is one of unbridled greed and offers a hopeless future works against them.  It's only a matter of time before it all falls apart.

Why?

Because the old regime of infinite growth on a finite planet has run its course.  It’s (well past) time for a new direction. Whether we welcome it or not, we're at the stage where the limits of reality are forcing change upon us.

The Old always hates the New.  The Old will cling to the status quo long past its expiration date, even if that means that everybody loses.

For some reason, this is just the nature of the collective consciousness.  Individuals are brilliant and inspiring, but groups are stubborn and slow.  History repeats.

One of the most important thing you can do in these last days of the Old system is to identify and understand the narrative programming you're being subjected to, so that you can be resist its malign influence.  Nothing good comes from allowing others to decide your priorities and dictate your emotional responses.

It’s time to free yourself and notice what’s actually happening.  To do that, you have to stop watching the screen and look instead at the theatre that's been constructed around you to mimic reality.

Humans are an organism.  We’ve grown to the very edges of our terrarium.  Endless growth is no longer possible, which means that everything from here on out is zero sum.  More for Group A means less for Group B.

It’s that very process that Macron is defending in France.  Ditto for the central banks and the global wealth pie.

The scrum for what remains has only just begun. And we’ll be ridiculously lucky if we evade the same degree of abuses and human suffering that have marred every previous century of the human experiment.

Historical odds suggest we won’t.

In Part 2: Tuning Into Reality, we provide a look into the hard data that those controlling the current narrative don't want you to see. Those of us looking not to become casualities of the system first must arm ourselves with accurate information and insight. Only after achieving that can informed action be taken to improve your future prospects.

Being painfully honest with you: whatever we call the new models for society that emerge from here, they will all be some version of how to best conserve and share a shrinking pool of resources.  The more the old guard tightens its death-grip on the current failing system, the greater the chance it all ends in violent revolution or social collapse.

This is not a terribly new or original story, as history is replete with revolutions and resource wars.  You just happen to live at the first time when the scale is global.

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Anti-Semitism and Social Control

There is no doubt the the social control mechanisms, having been used in earnest on the popluation at large since Edward Bernays combined Freudian physchology with John Watson's insight's into the conditioned reflex (landmark experiment on infant "little albert") to target the control of behavior, are being ramped to keep control of the narrative. 

The cries of anti-semitism by the yellow vests are just another stroke on par for the course, but  what in blazes does protesting against the woes of the political and economics system have to do with anti-semtitism.  Me thinks they protest to much (whoever they are).    Norman Finkelstein's The Holocaust Industry details the cynical use of the holocaust tragedy to manipulate public sentiment.  

Socail control mechanisms through disinformation and inciting the passions are nothing new, but they are getting better at.  The purpose of the "science" of behaviorism is to develop methods of social control to be used on the masses.  It's funded not with the goal of helpIng individuals  but to identify means of controlling them.

If people can be educated to realize and recognize the forms of control being used on them, it might just piss them off enough to do something about.  

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It starts with backfires and ends in revolution

The story ends in violent revolution because it takes hunger and desperation to push the necessary majority of people off their couches, particularly in cultures where participation in the political machine is non-existent or limited to a month of TV election campaigning every three or four years.  The upshot is that the real revolution is probably still years away, perhaps even a decade depending on how successfully the establishment can bribe their electorate with base wages and similar backfiring benefits.

Factions like the yellow shirts aren't a majority yet.  They won't be until a significant proportion of police and civil servants participate in the movement.

Unfortunately democracy ensures more of the same until the electorate finally realizes that all the benefits they've received to keep them quiet in the prelude haven't worked and something selfless needs to be done.  In the meantime expect more uninformed kneejerk reactions ending in a backfire of disasters like Brexit and Trumpism.

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Our Society is Being Destroyed by The Russians

Continuing with the line of observation that "I can't believe they still believe this sh*t".... and,

Last week, coverage [of the yellow vest protests] focused on an unsourced poll claiming that over 50% of Yellow Vest supporters believed that Princess Diana had been murdered as part of a conspiracy.  This week we read that a stunning proportion of them believe in a vast Zionist conspiracy.  Perhaps we should start a betting for what next week's "ignore these crackpots" fabrication will be?

The emergency-physicians-only facebook group (EM Docs) has been filled with intense virtue signaling posts, pictures and memes around a certainty that "vaccinations are always 100% safe" and only a stupid, morally degenerate would ever think differently.   Even a concerned pause to gather information prior to vaccination (called "vaccine hesitancy")  is derided as evidence of moral and intellectual failure.

It was the Russians

Attempting to be helpful, one physician posted a link explaining how Russia-linked sources were the cause of this impression that vaccine sometimes cause harm and that not all vaccines have a favorable risk/benefit ratio for all people.

In defense of the intelligence of this group, I noticed that the "likes" on this post were very sparce--unusual in this very active group.  Maybe a few more physicians are uncomfortable attributing all deviation from the status quo to "the Russians."

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for your vaccine reading

Guy on my facebook has a young child, and asked his friends for recommendations as to vaccinate.  One lady said to make sure and spread them out.  Others were politically correct and said of course vaccinate - "not my kid = not my problem."  I suggested he pick and choose because there is a risk / reward tradeoff for vaccination.

During my research, I came across this US government website.  It shows the "covered" side effects from each type of vaccine injury.

https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/vaccine-compensation/vaccine-injury-table.pdf

And here's a table of doses vs # of claims for compensation.   You could use this as a rough guide to the level of risk you are taking.  Mumps (with 0 claims) seems no problem.  TDAP and MMR look a bit more problematic.  And lots of deaths on or around DTP.

https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/vaccine-compensation/data/monthly-stats-february-2019.pdf

And these are only the cases where people get lawyers and sue.  I'd assume that some large multiple of people whose children have issues that never make it to file a claim.

Those darned Russians.

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Don't know about vaccines, but...

I've heard from several sources that deaths related to health care mistakes, including prescription drug related problems, is the third leading cause of death in the US.

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-many-die-from-medical-mistakes-in...

But, you won't find medical mistakes anywhere on the main-stream-media list of causes of death in the US.  It doesn't even get honerable mention.

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The Addiction Elephant In The Room

It's not just our leaders.  There are things that humanity won't look at.  You bring them up at your own risk.

Here's one of my pet peeves.  I've been around almost 7 decades.  When I was young, handicaped parking spots were rare.  People shopping in electric shopping carts or wheel chairs were non-existant.

The chronic conditions and deaths I see today are almost entirely lifestyle related and the vast majority of those are diet related.

The younger people I encounter fit the US statistics to a T, 40% of them are obese, many excessively so, and another 30% of them are over weight.

The older people I hang with are experiencing cardiovasular diesase, cancer, diabetes, osteoperosis, gallstones and a host of other issues that are either causally related to or strongly corrlated with diet.

Not a single one of either the young or old people I hang with ever consider that their issues are diet related and therefore self inflicted.

The thing is that some people as far back as Hippocrates and Socrates have understood good diet, not to mention what has been learned in the last 40 years through science and clinical studies.

The punch line is that good dietary recommendations are unheard of in the main-stream-media, through USDA guidlines or from sources like the CDC, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or the American Dietetic Association.

And, as I said, criticizing the Western Diet is not acceptable in polite society and is an excellent way to get ostracised.

My take on the Western Diet is this.  When a group of people who are told they are dying of cardiovascular diesease are offered a proven dietary solution and 25% of them choose death over changing their diet, that's an addiction in my book.

 

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Exercise

It is my suspicion that diet has less to do with the obesity and heart disease epidemics we see today than lack of exercise.  I have come to know a fair number of young people largely through my millenial children.  As a group they appear to be unusually healthy despite what many would consider terrible diets.  Lots of fats, sugar and carbs.  The thing they have in common is that they get lots of exercise.  My son plays sports and works out regularly.  My daughter is a forester and spends much of her time tromping around rugged terrain, kayaking and taking part in many other outdoor activities.  Not surprisingly, their social groups do the same.  They are all professionals in careers that hold promise for their futures barring armaggedon. 

I also have a significant social group of old farts like myself (I'm a little older that Les and some of my friends are well into their 80s).  Those who maintain physically active lifestyles tend to be healthy well into old age.  Those who aren't tend to fade earlier than they should.  None of them smoke and most drink alcoohol moderately.  Their diets are about what one would expect of middle class folks in our age group.

I recommend a book entitled Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit. and Sexy--Until You're 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D.  It is aimed at men, but there is a women's version also.  The book has a reasonable suggested exercise program.

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Excellent article by Chris.I

Excellent article by Chris.

I have a question for other posters. 

How many Americans still believe the mainstream media?

I don't mean that as invective against the MSM. I mean it as a legitimate question. I know that I, myself, consider outlets like the Post, the Times, Time Magazine, CNN, the network news shows and so on to be "out and out" disinformation platforms. But - as a percentage of Americans - how many are like me and how many still believe these are actually news programs? I honestly don't know. But I suspect that the number of people like myself is far greater than most imagine. My guess is that 20-30 percent of the population now look on the MSM as the enemy.

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The Vaccine Meme

I'm not going to weigh in on the Vax/Anti-Vax at this time except to say that there is a huge, concentrated push to demonize Anti-Vax people underway.

I track this on popular sites like Reddit where there has been a non-stop flood of anti-anti Vax posts and comments running for about 3-4 months.  I have no idea how or why it was started, just observing it as a phenomenon.

Among the possible reasons for it are:

  • It's just a normal, cultural viral moment.  Hey, they happen.
  • Some group with funding and expertise is running this exercise for some reason

If I had to weight those possibilities, I'd assign them about a 25/75 probability.  The reason I give the "it's being done on purpose" more weighting is because of the speed with which anybody attempting to bring a counter argument is downvoted.  It's rapid and intense.  That means there are eyes and fingers ready to pounce (or bots) which usually means it goes beyond a few armchair warriors with random moments of spare time on their hands.  There's some professional activity on display.   That's how it appears to me (same as when an anti-Round-Up [glyphosate] comment shows up and is brigaded with counter-arguments revealing Monsanto's money at work)

I'm fascinated by the phenomenon because I like to try and guess what people are up to and why.

Sandpuppy's "it's the Russians!" angle has me intrigued.  I know that there's already a very large and well funded effort to try and pin everything and anything on the Russians.  They have apparently been responsible for throwing a US presidential election, Brexit, the Yellow Vests, and now spreading false Vax rumors.

It's not very hard for me to lump the sudden anti-anti-Vax program into the same bucket of activities that have been trying to blame the Russians for everything.

Vaccinations are a great angle, if I think of it strategically.  It involves children, sickness, and runs "counter to science" which Americans are apparently willing to suddenly believe in totally and uncritically in science when it aligns with Pharma profits.  (Less so when it involves melted steel, or the profits of the fossil fuel industries - odd how that works).

As a personal note, I happen to believe very strongly in getting vaccinated for a wide variety of things, but not all of them.  Polio yes, absolutely.  Flu shots no, I manage to avoid the flu very successfully all on my own.  When I get older, I may change my mind on that.  Spreading them out in infants just makes sense to me knowing how the immune system works and how it responds to challenges.

Someday, when we know more (presuming we make it that far) we'll be able to understand which genetic combinations make some people have bad reactions to some things including vaccines, which is a very real thing.  

Despite the fact that some small percentage of people react badly, and they do, the overall risk-reward balance is very strongly in favor of vaccines.  But that doesn't mean we should shame and denigrate those people who worry that their own beloved child might be the one who suffers (and some do).

Do we shame people for playing the lottery?  No, we don't, because that funnels money to the state.  Are people being shamed for worrying about the vaccine lottery we ask them to play with their children?  Yes we do.  Cui bono? - that's the question to always keep front and center...

 

 

 

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stopping the destruction

"The more the old guard tightens its death-grip on the current failing system, the greater the chance it all ends in violent revolution or social collapse."

Once again, an excellent post.  I hope everyone who reads this saw Rutger Brenman, the Dutch historian who spoke truth to power at Davos, "interviewed" by Tucker Carlson. 

I'm sure people here understand the concept of supersatured solutions, systems which appear to be in a stable state but will actually change state in response to a random, potentially tiny, trigger.  We are living inside something similar. 

Large majorities of people know that our political and economic system is corrupt and unfair: seeing that but not understanding why except in the shallowest way, many of these people last voted for Trump and for Brexit, in a primal scream. 

At some point, there will be a random, potentially tiny trigger. This center cannot hold, and the longer it remains in place, the more "dramatic" (*) the state change will be. 

(*)  word chosen to avoid the v word, the honest one that is robbed of its usefulness by the intensity of the system's propaganda

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Can you imagine...

...if medical professionals and their mistakes, injuries and kills were scrutinized in courts of law, amongst Hollywood celebrities, and in the media just like those of police officers?!  Police in the US kill about 990-1,000 people per year.  Medical professionals kill 100,000 - 200,000 per year.  It's about time we take those unnecessary deaths seriously.

What if the media picked out some of the worst, most egregious cases and blew them up on local and national media for days and weeks on end.  For example, a surgeon who's intoxicated slices into a major blood vessel and causes the death of the patient.  No one else in the operating room reports his drinking or the blatant error, so it's said there is a white wall of silence protecting bad doctors.  The surgeon is white and the dead patient was black, so there's the racism angle to be played up and amplified. The civil trial of the surgeon seeking $10 million in damages is covered in the press every day.  Protesters block all the entrances to the hospital shouting "Black Lives Matter," "No Justice, No Peace," and "The only good surgeon is a dead surgeon" causing an ambulance with a patient suffering a heart attack to be diverted to another hospital 5 miles away (where the patient dies).  Protesters demand that the make up of the hospital's staff closely reflect the demographics of the city.  Since minorities make up  30% of the city, 30% of the doctors must be minorities, 30% of the nurses and technicians, and 30% of the administrators and support staff.

In response to all the injuries and deaths caused by doctors, nurses and technicians a Civilian Review Board is set up in that city that has the power to investigate all deaths and injuries incurred while patients are at the hospital, and to investigate all patient complaints against medical professionals.  Politicians and activists name the members of this Board, most of whom are lawyers, other politicians and "activists."  An Internal Affairs Bureau is set up inside the hospital and staffed by 3 doctors, 3 nurses and 3 administrators to enable the hospital to field its own complaints and investigate them.  This becomes highly controversial because "how can the hospital investigate itself?" Activists become further enraged when they discover doctors and nurses who are accused of mistakes, abuse or negligence are allowed to continue seeing patients and getting paid for the six to 24 months it takes to investigate complaints and deaths.  The Civilian Review Board demands the power to hire and fire staff, and to have medical licenses pulled of those they deem a danger to the public.

A federal judge and the hospital agree to a consent decree to track the racism inherent in the fact that even though minorities only account for 30% of the hospital's patients they are victims of 41% of the unnecessary deaths and 49% of the unnecessary tests and procedures. The consent decree requires considerable new paperwork to be conducted on all patients and be reviewed by the court every quarter.  The consent decree will not be lifted until the percentage of minority deaths and unnecessary tests gets to within 5% of their proportion in the hospital's patient census.

The hospital starts a new program to rebuild trust with the community by requiring all medical personnel (except administrators and support staff) to be equipped with body worn cameras while performing their duties.  The video has to be stored for 6 months and is available for review by Internal Affairs and the Civilian Review Board.

Since "If it bleeds, it leads" the media begins covering every death that occurs at the hospital instead of ignoring them.  Daily or at least weekly the media mention the number of deaths at the hospital year-to-date, and provide in depth coverage of those that are particularly disturbing or occur under questionable circumstances.  The majority of the deaths are not considered newsworthy, such as the cases in which people critically injured in car accidents die in spite of the staff's best efforts to save them. Furthermore, no coverage is provided of the mundane, day-to-day business of helping people heal and saving their lives from medical conditions.

That's crazy talk, isn't it?  Never mind.   It's probably best that medical professionals continue policing themselves, since they're the experts. You know?

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The 2020 political framework

and talking points are as followed:Republicans are capitalists and the Dems are socialists.Looks like it's working....Quite nicely

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Doug wrote:It is my
Doug wrote:

It is my suspicion that diet has less to do with the obesity and heart disease epidemics we see today than lack of exercise.

 

... and vegan is not the same as Whole Foods Plant Based.  WFPB avoids highly processed foods and oil, and limits sugar, salt and caffine.

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The system is designed to resist change

Here's the problem with ideas of large, collective solutions like this; Anyone who has the power to make these types of changes is dependent on things staying as they are for their power. If they change the status quo, the system on which their power rests is undermined. So the system is structured in such a way that it resists change. Big changes only happen through crisis and necessity and they will be implemented in such a way so as to detract from the status quo as little as possible.



The only thing that we should really be focused on are things that we actually have the power to effect. My house, my buying decisions, my kids, my food sources, where I put my personal wealth, the way I live MY life. Thats what we should be focused on. Five minutes of planting a potato is going to do more to effect YOUR life than five YEARS of political activism.

Thats why I enjoy this site. Chris and Adam have an individual focus. What can "I" do about the problems I'm seeing in the world. I have ZERO faith in leadership. They are NEVER going to make the right changes, the entire system's worth of incentives are weighted directly against those very solutions.

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That's a pretty good idea there Tom.  I wonder what gave you the inspiration?

My takeaway: Avoid Hospitals, if at all possible.  :)

Seriously though, the fatigue the staff is under is sometimes quite dangerous.  Some people work 36 hours straight, with only a few hours of sleep between shifts.  It seems impossible that human beings in such circumstances make as many good decisions as they might have made if they actually had sleep like the rest of us.

My sister told me stories about when she was a resident.  My memory tells me - vaguely - that a 36 hour shift was normal.  After I heard that, every time I got care, I would eye the doctor and try to sort out for myself if they looked sleepy or not.

 

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They're sociopaths

Chris,

The beginning of your article expresses suprise that the learning curve is flat.  It isn't really.  You are thinking like a normal person.  The upper echelons of the political class in this country are sociopaths.  They see nothing wrong with a vampire-like system that sucks the blood out of the middle and lower classes to nourish themselves and the upper classes who fund their campaigns and keep them in office.  They know that the system will implode, they just want to insure that when it does they have control in the aftermath.  Sociopaths are well practiced at pretending to care while in truth they couldn't care less.

When the bubble pops they will rig things to flood their end of the system with cash so they can keep their assets while scooping up the ones that the average person loses.  They did it in 2008 and they'll do it this time too.

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In the same vein

"I've gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality. And, I know what I'm doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit. -Dianne Feinstein

One kid shot back "I hear what you're saying but we're the people who voted you. You're supposed to listen to us, that's your job." 

"How old are you?" challenged Feinstein.

"I'm 16. I can't vote," said the girl. 

"Well you didn't vote for me," replied the Senator.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-22/dianne-feinstein-snaps-group-earth-conscious-children

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Feinstein

Feinstein's attitude is typical.

"We are not your 'representatives', we're your rulers."

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richcabot wrote:

"I've gotten elected. I just ran. I was elected by almost a million vote plurality. And, I know what I'm doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit. -Dianne Feinstein

That word plurality...I wonder if she meant it?  I am not familiar with her vote totals, but here's what that word means in a voting context:

plurality vote (in North America) or relative majority (in the United Kingdom) describes the circumstance when a candidate or proposition polls more votes than any other, but does not receive a majority.

Maybe it's just me, but I'd think that any elected official that failed to receive the majority of the votes might, maybe, possibly have some room left for patience and listening.

 

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Diet is important

All I'm saying, based on a lifetime of regular exercise and variable diet, if I were confronted with a choice between regular exercise and whatever diet is considered healthy at any given moment, I'd choose exercise. My admittedly anecdotal evidence supports that choice.

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Bitch, bitch, bitch - blame, blame. blame!

One of the more annoying aspects of the PP forums is when several of the contributors begin to slide from a knowledge of valid research into a myopic opinion of their perceived  knowledge and expertise. C'mon; let's get serious! Information abounds and morsels of truth thread through the results and evidence of much of the analysis done through the scientific method. Intuition accompanies much of the thinking behind individuals seriously in search of the truth. When our inquistive nature turns from deductive reasoning into an "axe-to-grind" inductive framework, in my experience, it is usually colored by monetary concerns, if not blatant avarice, couched in pride..

As an example, Les's observations in post #13 that diet has the largest influence on a healthy outcomes can not be overly emphasized. Is it any wonder that gluttony was one of the seven deadly sins of traditional thought? These came from generations of experience and observation. What about sloth(exercise). Pride, envy, lust, greed, wrath?

We should not let ourselves ignore these warranted observations, as Chris's article summarize. The cycle will continue to repeat itself until we realize, "Everything old is (really) new again" if we take the time to view it from rational and reasonable perspective. Be very careful of the narrative you embrace and the actions you take!

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Doug wrote: All I'm saying,
Doug wrote:

All I'm saying, based on a lifetime of regular exercise and variable diet, if I were confronted with a choice between regular exercise and whatever diet is considered healthy at any given moment, I'd choose exercise. My admittedly anecdotal evidence supports that choice.

I get a LOT of exercise and am not disagreeing with it’s importance.

What has changed for me, is my understanding of nutrition.  I always placed alcoholism and heavy smoking in a different health category than nutrition.  I have recently promoted bad nutrition to the same health issue level as heavy smoking and drinking, based on published scientific studies.

There are several diets I can use to control weight.  I’ve done that before.  There is only one, that I know of, that minimizes cholesterol and stops, or reverses cardiovascular disease.

People occasionally ask how I manage weight.  No one ever asks what my cholesterol level is, or how I keep it so low.

Focusing only on the outside has it’s risks, kinda like keeping you car waxed, but never changing the oil.

 

 

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Vaccines

My daughter is following the "The Vaccine Friendly Plan" by Dr Paul Thomas for her young son. This plan prevents them from getting too many doses early in infancy. Dr Thomas is a pediatrician who has been advising parents on this plan for many years with excellent success. When she informed her son's doctors that she would be following the adjusted timeframe she was shocked by the push back she received.  She is a young mother, there was a lot of bullying to follow the recommended schedule, making her sign releases and saying they would need to call her husband first, She now takes his book with her for each well check.

A link to the book:  https://www.amazon.com/Vaccine-Friendly-Plan-Effective-Health-Pregnancy-ebook/dp/B018PD2HWM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1550961260&sr=8-1&keywords=vaccine+the+safe+plan

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Don't forget the mental diet

Alimentary diet and exercise et al. are one set of factors affecting health, but another set is what we let into our minds. These can and do have a powerful influence on our physical well-being.

An acquaintance here some time ago had a job of what amounted to providing a clipping service for a politician, every morning going through the main national newspapers and making summaries.

He told me that the Murdoch press made him physically and emotionally ill, sending him into deepening depression and affecting his health. He was hugely relieved when he could quit the job.

I too cannot bear to look at the Murdoch press for any length of time. The local tabloid is a screaming propaganda sheet, vitriolic and disturbing; the broadsheet is a fanatical defender of business-as-usual and anyone who disagrees with it is a worthless barnacle on the ship of progress. Ingest any of this for any length of time and it's highly likely to cloud your mind, warp your judgment and derange your bowels.

Then there's the idiot box television. My better half and I stopped watching TV some years ago and only slightly to our surprise we don't miss it at all. Now when I survey its offerings, it strikes me that so many of them are vacuous, time-wasting, mind-softening inconsequentialities. Oh to be sure, there is some good stuff available, most of it on the government channels (which the neoliberal government is committed to privatising), but we usually have something more interesting to do with our time. Like attending to our gardening or helping with community-building activities.

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Swabs under the bed

davefairtex wrote:

My takeaway: Avoid Hospitals, if at all possible.  :)

My attitude also.

My GP (whom I consult once in a blue moon) once said that if he took a swab from under any bed in Canberra's main hospital and cultured it, he would be horrified at what he would find. He was not at all happy with the hospital's cleaning procedures and their effectiveness.

I don't know if things have improved since then. My practice is to avoid admission to hospital like the plague.

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And Now For Some Amazing Police Work

This is absolutely amazing reactions and decisions on display by this officer:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1099374408064425987

Both neutralizing #1 and then not shooting #2.

All in ~ 2 seconds and under huge stress.  This is some John Wick level action right here.

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Medical Profession

I have developed a saying:

"If you survive your first encounter with the medical profession, you learn to be more careful the second time around." 

 

Good signs in dealing with medical professionals:

They listen carefully.

They don't care how much time they spend with you. 

They have a humble, inquiring nature.

They understand the limits and problems of their own profession.

 

Bad signs in dealing with medical professionals:

They make snap judgments.

They see you as a "thing" to be processed through the system for profit - and don't recognize anything wrong with that. 

They don't tolerate questions about what they recommend, they just give orders and expect you to obey. 

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Holy $%&!

That's freaking incredible!

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Groovy Movies

Try as I may, I can't help but compare things to some movie or some scene in a movie. This may not surprise some of you given my posts. There are many that taunt me and haunt me these days. These are a few:

Dr. Strangelove.1964 (one of the best films ever made by one of the best directors ever born) 

The Manchurian Candidate 1962 ( "they're are exactly 57 card-carrying members..." ),

1984 released in the same year (not enough room to cover what it covers)

The Russians are Coming 1966 (Carl Reiner - comic genius)

Citizen Kane 1941  (the cinematography alone)

The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 (are we forever doomed to war?)

 

**************  and some lesser knowns *********************

 

Local Hero 1983 - (a funny look at big oil, simple living, and one of Burt Lancasters last film)

The Castle of Cagliostro 1979 (animation genius Miyazaki and global monetary conspiracies)

Collapse (2009 Documentary) (cross an ex-cop and a peak oil journalist & he'll scare the ___ out of you)

Children of Men (2006)  (2 decades of infertility and oppressive immigration laws...)

   

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those are good guidelines

In return, I think those same principles can be applied to patients, as in are they fully invested in their appointment with their healer?  It is a 2 sided relationship. I am sympathetic to the time pressures imposed on health care professionals many of whom very much want to spend more time and, in big box clinics, are monitored closely and reprimanded if they do so. The system needs a major overhaul to bring out the best in the healers as well as patients.

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patients have a role

vegandb12-

In return, I think those same principles can be applied to patients, as in are they fully invested in their appointment with their healer?  It is a 2 sided relationship.

Yeah that's a good point.  I'm now remembering a conversation with my brother-in-law who decided not to practice medicine (after graduating from medical school) because he found patients really annoying.  Apparently some large number of them wanted a pill.  His specific comment: people came in with the flu, and demanded medicine.  Which (at that time) there wasn't any - the remedy was rest & fluids, etc, which they found unsatisfying.  Other residents gave them antibiotics, but him?  No.  He was a crank.

And my sister (who does spine surgery) talks about patients who are absurdly overweight.  She informs them she simply won't operate until they lose 50 pounds, or 100 pounds, or whatever, because the outcomes from the surgery are really poor if they are grossly obese.  She's a crank too now.  She just won't operate until they lose weight.

While the medical errors are there, so is (apparently fairly widespread) patient unwillingness to change lifestyle to help themselves.  I'm mostly on board with assuming my own agency about healing myself, but I suspect many people aren't like that.

Why do we think that is?

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Orth surgeon

I knew a spinal surgeon who wouldn't do surgery on a patient until he/she stopped smoking. Apparently smoking impedes bone healing.

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Sometimes, I feel that I am the movie "1984."

A while back I was at a college football game. They announced some Iraq war veterans. I have nothing about veterans, but every week they were "honoring" people that they called our "nation's heroes" when actually I think that  our military ventures abroad are a little more nuanced than that. I often stand silent while these celebrations are going on. But sometimes, I look around when these veterans are being introduced to see how other football fans are responding to this. Often, I see looks on their faces of almost rapture. As if being in a war is somehow a holy event and the participants are saintly creatures. I remember once saying to myself, "this is like '1984.' "

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Sometimes, I feel that I am the movie "1984."

A while back I was at a college football game. They announced some Iraq war veterans. I have nothing against veterans, but every week they were "honoring" people that they called our "nation's heroes" who were "defending our freedom" when actually I think that  our military ventures abroad are a little bit more nuanced than that. I often stand silent while these celebrations are going on. But sometimes I look around when these veterans are being introduced to see how other football fans are responding to this. Often, I see looks on their faces of almost rapture. As if being in a war is somehow a holy event and the participants are saintly creatures. I remember once saying to myself, "this is like '1984.' "

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Diet and Inflammation

My own personal experience leads me to suspect systemic inflammation is a big factor in the obesity problem in the US, and something in the food is causing it. Unfortunately there seems no sign that this aspect of the status quo is changing anytime soon either.

My family travels back to the US for the holidays every year, and every time we pack on significant weight by the end of our visit. Some of it is due to the holiday meals and road trip restaurant food, but for the most part our diet itself and the kinds of food we ate remained the same. For example, this last visit we were in the US for almost 8 weeks and I gained 14 pounds by the end of it. Yet I shed half of that gained weight in just a week and a half since being back (and if past experience is an indicator the rest will be shed in the next month or two). Plus I just feel better and more energetic in general now, whereas just before leaving the US I was feeling just kind of "blah" with low energy. My wife experienced much the same thing.

We eat a pretty decent diet of veggies and meats and moderate amounts of dairy, while trying to keep intake of packaged food, carb-heavy food, and sugar to a low level. But for some reason while in the US that same general diet has me balloon up, only to shed it all once I get back here in Mongolia. So it makes me think there's SOMETHING added in some of the foods in the US that's creating a big inflammation response. Glyphosate, purely grain-fed meats and/or dairy, higher gluten content, added sugar... these seem to be the likeliest culprits to me, but that's just a guess on my part. We may be spending more of our time in the US in the near future, so figuring this out is pretty high on my priority list...

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davefairtex wrote: One lady
davefairtex wrote:

One lady said to make sure and spread them out. 

That's been our plan.  And no MMR until the last moment (ie when he's about to enter school)....

Viva -- Sager

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Having a good GP

I am far from a paragon of health, but I have a really good general-practicion doctor. He takes his time, listens, challenges me when he thinks I'm doing things that are not beneficial to my health, and doesn't just throw anti-biotics at a problem before ascertaining whether they are absolutely needed or not. He advocates a kind of medicine where you let your body do the fighting, and only bring in the "big guns" as a last resort. Medicine should help your body's natural processes, not usurp them.

 

I remember my last physical, when I told him I was trying my best to exercise, drink fresh water, eat healthy, and get good sleep (none of which I'm perfect in doing). His response was "what do you need me for then? You're doing the best preventative medicine right there." He also disagreed with my decision years ago to become vegetarian because he was concerned about my ability to plug the gaps in my nutrition that most vegetarians have, but has seen now that I know what plant-based foods I need to have in order to maintain optimal health. He's also perpetually late in his appointments, but I'm fine with that because I know he's late because he's taking his time with each patient. He does seem tattered and demoralized at times with a system that tries to force him to chug out patients like some kind of doctor-factory in order to maintain profitability. My sense is that GPs are struggling to make ends meet like most of us, and working long hours, while the healthcare systems they are part of make money hand-over-fist.

 

/shrugs 

 

Not my wheelhouse, though, as I know little about the system. It's fascinating reading everyone's input on vaccinations though!

 

-S

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Diet and exercise

At one point in my life I was pretty ill. I was functional in that I could walk, talk, and even work. However, I was plagued by some sort of weird inflammatory condition. It went on for YEARS. I spent a small fortune going from doctor to doctor. Test after test, they could not find what was wrong with me. I would get spells of incredible weakness. I was dizzy for one full year straight. It felt like there was a water balloon in my head. Some mornings I would wake up and one of my eyes would be swollen almost shut, like I had taken a right cross from Mike Tyson. Once I was up and about the swelling would slowly dissipate. Everything I ate gave me terrible indigestion. I walked through life like the walking dead. I was sure my days on the planet were numbered.

I did something radical, since I was pretty sure I didnt have alot of time, I figured I was going to use whatever time I had to do what I really wanted. I quit my job, sold my house, and bought cabin on 100 acres in a very rural area. It had some nice pasture, lots of woods, trails, and I figured I would slowly turn it into a sort of self sufficent little farm/homestead. The first year I was still sick but I forced myself to go out and chop wood, go for walks, build a wood-shed, and till some areas for a garden. I planted about 400 potato plants that first year. Next year I got beehives and chickens. The year after that I had a barn built and got some sheep. Little by little, year after year [ not all at once ] I felt better and better. It took about 4 years until I was certain I would probably live a normal life-span [ though I still occasionally had spells ]. My diet is now mostly stuff from the farm. The exercise speaks for itself, its pretty much all the time. I dont know if it was the change in diet, the exercise, fresh air, clean water....OR the psychological effect of taking my life into my own hands, living it on my own terms, and putting happiness and well-being at the forefront of all my endeavors. But now, ten years later, I'm not only fully healed but in better shape and more vitally healthy than ever in my life.

I'll never know exactly what ailed me or what precisely healed me, but I am certain I saved my own life. Its been about ten years since I moved here. In that time I met my wife, had a son, and built a scrap of land into a real, functioning farm. I dont even think I would recognize myself if I were to meet the old, sickly brushhog. My body is different, my face is different, my spirit is different, I even think different types of thoughts. I know with 100% certainty that the mind, the spirit, and the body are one unit. When one part is flagging it often manifests in the other parts, treating the symptom can only bring superfiscial, often temporary relief.

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Great Resource: Full Spectrum Survival (FSS)

As an antidote to the mind-numbing effects of The Groundhog Show, here's today's sobering but reality-based daily dose of news from Full Spectrum Survival (FSS): 

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[Full disclosure:  I have no economic or personal interests in FSS/Off Grid w/B&K, just passing this info on to others that may find this a useful resource.]

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The Fed -- halfwits or drunken masters?

Peak Prosperity is easily the best forum for discussion of resource limitations, financial malfeasance, and how we should respond. For this article, though, I take great exception to one thing Chris wrote:
<< Take the central banks, for instance. In this show, they continually blow massive credit bubbles over and over again, which then result in widespread, painful losses when they inevitably burst. And the central planners keep doing this without any indication that they're aware they're repeating the same mistakes. Their learning curve is dead flat. >>

I would argue that any actual mistakes are merely them trying out new approaches to harvesting wealth for their elite owners. Inevitably, while most of their approaches are effective to that end, some won't be.

The Fed was established more than a century ago, and over the decades, they have strengthened their grip on the US and the world (with the help of ancillary organizations like the CIA). Today, the owners of the Fed/planet have power that is greater, further reaching, and more entrenched than ever. Even though I don't like the result, I have to give them credit for successful Machiavellianism.

Brandon Smith's Feb 22 article nicely sums up my feelings about all this (which I arrived at totally independently):

<< I see most Fed activities as quite deliberate, including the creation and deflation of large credit and equities bubbles. Sometimes these crashing bubbles are used as an excuse by the Fed to launch an even more invasive program of stimulus, and sometimes the bubbles are allowed to collapse, allowing international banks to vacuum up hard assets for pennies on the dollar. During the most widespread collapse events, the banking elites use the chaos and distraction to not only centralize assets, but shift entire geopolitical and fiscal dynamics in order to centralize power. >>

For the coming bubble pop, I think a major shift of fiscal dymanics is indeed what's in store. "Never waste a good crisis" -- problem, reaction, solution.

IMO, there is no doubt that the Fed and its owners are wizards at deception, manipulation, and mojo accumulation. They're not half-brained idiots, and to treat them as such paints them as merely incompetent, when we should finger them as intentionally criminal. We need to see the Fed as a top general in the class war (which the elites are easily winning at this point) -- a key actor that must be dealt with if we are to have any hope of resolving the conflict in our favor.

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Well done!

Brushog: your post reminded me of the transformational work of Dr. Kelly Brogan. 

https://kellybroganmd.com/amindofyourown/

You made changes that are similar to what she recommends, and your successes speak for themselves. I have been re-reading the book with new eyes and thinking to address long term issues of my own. I do very much believe that she has presented strong proof that we can take charge of aspects of our lives, and reap wonderful benefits, improved lives and outlooks. In my mind that is what healthcare really is, not the profit driven sickcare system we are brainwashed and/or forced into following.

There is not a lot in this life we can control, but you have given a peek into that which we can. Thank you!

Jan

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crisis creation etc.

I pretty much agree. Create a crisis that will move policy to the outcome

already picked.

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Central Banks

There was a time in US history when the general populace and most politians even, understood the danger posed by center banks and were very much against them.  Fast forward to today, for most people their role in national affairs is not even up for debate, they are considered and essential and inseparable part of economic infrastructure.  The propoganda is so complete, it is now the background wallpaper of our lives.

Once a month or so I tune into NPR see to what the latest PR is that is being foisted onto the public, and I was treated to an interview of Janet Yellen no less.  They want on about how they just hated doing all the bailouts of AIG and like, as criminal as they were, but they held there noses and did it for the man in street, because they had to save the economy.  Good thing I had an empty stomach so I didn't vomit all over the inside of the car.  Tonights installment on Market Place, why no one went to jail.  I don't think I can stomach listening to that one.  If someone with a stronger wants to listen and report back, that would be interesting.

The fact that their rolling this crap out, maybe their getting nervous that the peps in the street are starting to get restless, perhaps there afraid of the yellow vest mind set making its way over the USA. Well, will just have to wait and see.

 

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Dr. Kelly Brogan's ideas are similar to those outlined...

by Johann Hari in Lost Connections. He lists the loss of meaningful work as the leading cause of depression. This is indirectly behind the discussion that is occurring here and elsewhere regarding the Green New Deal, Socialism, Capitalism, health, the homeless, etc. We simply don't have the infrastructure -- physical or otherwise -- to provide meaningful work for many people. I'm not certain that the GND will provide this as it is shallow green at best. Bigger government is not the answer. Brushhog was fortunate to have the flexibility and resources to make a move to his 100 acres. Obviously we can't all do the same. (There was a woman who posted at PP the other day who represents this group. Single mother, two kids, who wants to do something different but is stuck in a situation/system that prevents change.)

I'd like to work with others in developing the aforementioned infrastructure. I've given this a great deal of thought but have been unable to get any traction for this new infrastructure. Perhaps now is the time. 

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jeantheau wrote: IMO, there
jeantheau wrote:

IMO, there is no doubt that the Fed and its owners are wizards at deception, manipulation, and mojo accumulation. They're not half-brained idiots, and to treat them as such paints them as merely incompetent, when we should finger them as intentionally criminal. We need to see the Fed as a top general in the class war (which the elites are easily winning at this point) -- a key actor that must be dealt with if we are to have any hope of resolving the conflict in our favor.

Thanks for verbalizing exactly what I was thinking.

I wanted to give a shout out for 108morris who lives in Cambodia and puts out daily videos of his thoughts on these kinds of matters, he is very refreshing. I'm not sure if the community here is aware of him. I'm actually surprised he hasn't been banned form Youtube for saying it as it is; many have been for less.

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