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    Making Sense Of An Increasingly Insensible World

    Creating purpose and fulfillment within a failing system
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, June 13, 2020, 3:12 AM

What the heck is going on?

I hear this a lot these days. Developments are happening too quickly to process for many folks, creating a persisting cloud of confusion.

Even focusing down on any particular single event often gets nowhere because so much of what’s going on simply makes no sense

Take for example, the W.H.O. which as recently as two weeks ago recommended that only sick people should wear masks.  What? We’ve known for months that people can spread Covid-19 when they are asymptomatic.  How can a ‘sick person’ wear a mask if they are sick but even they don’t know that? It just makes no sense.  What is even going on?

Or take Jerome Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve, who defiantly declared that the Federal Reserve “absolutely does not” contribute to the wealth inequality gap:

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Say what?

The Fed is busy buying distressed financial assets for far more than they are worth from the largest and wealthiest of stock and bondholders.  That absolutely contributes to inequality.

So does juicing the stock market, or ““market”” as I like to term it (because it’s so distorted it needs two sets of quote marks).

So does appointing Blackrock – the world’s largest private asset manager – to select which private assets should be bought with the freshly-invented currency emanating from the Fed’s electronic printing presses.  Should we really be shocked to learn that Blackrock chose their own distressed assets, like the junk bond fund JNK, for the Fed to buy first?

It’s a bald-faced lie for Jay Powell to claim anything other than the Fed is the #1 contributor to inequality.  And that’s by a country mile.

So does Powell even think he can state such an obvious untruth and be taken seriously? And why does no one in the media seriously challenge him on this?

What the heck is going on?

The US government is supposed to be an open-book affair.  The public has both an interest and a right to know what’s going on with its money.

Yet somehow, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin believes that $500 billion in recent bailout funds shoveled out the door to US corporations both can be and needs to be kept secret:

How is this even possible?  How can anybody, let alone a sitting US Treasury Secretary think that it’s okay to keep $500 billion in fund disbursements a secret to the public? What the heck is going on?

At least this hasn’t entirely escaped everyone’s notice:

But ask the average person on the street? 99 out of 100 won’t have a clue this is going on.

Look, in the US alone, 44 million people have applied for jobless claims over the past 12 weeks.  Over that same time period, thanks to the efforts of Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve, the Nasdaq 100 powered to brand new all-time highs:

The economy as measured by GDP is thought to have plunged anywhere from 15% to 50% during the quarter…and stocks were not just stable, but positively euphoric over those same 12 weeks, as if gleefully celebrating the largest loss of jobs in US history.

What the heck is going on?

What Comes Next

These and dozens of other weird, backwards, and truly unnatural acts are piling up; each difficult to understand on its own. But taken together, they reveal a current era of great uncertainty and upheaval.

There’s really no other explanation other than something has broken and it scares The Powers That Be to the point that they are wildly flailing about with increasing desperate policies, lies, and extreme actions that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.

So, here we are.

The important question to ask yourself at this time is: What am I going to do about it?

For my part, I think that this current shock to the world economic system is too great to simply paper over.  The loss of economic activity as measured by the demand destruction for oil, which remains down some -20% to -25%, suggests very large future disruptions the economy and, more generally, our way of life.  Supply chains will run short of critical supplies and suddenly-blocked money conduits in the financial system imply a cascade of defaults are yet to come.

Nobody is smart enough to figure out in detail what any of that means. It’s just too huge and too complex.

So, what to do about it?  You become more resilient.  If you’re unsure if your paycheck is secure, you save money, begin thinking about ways to trim expenses, and fire up alternative income streams.  Just in case.

If you can’t be certain that the stores will always be stocked with food, you build up a deep pantry and start a garden.  Just in case.

If you doubt the ability of the Federal Reserve and Congress to ‘get it right’ you buy gold, invest in your home, and develop a buy list to execute if or when ‘they’ dial up the deficits, debt levels and money printing to even more ludicrous levels.  Just in case.

If you’ve been relatively isolated but want a community to enrich your life in good times and support you in bad ones, you dedicate more of your waking hours to doing things with and for your neighbors to strengthen those social bridges.  Just in case.

Here’s the thing: nobody knows what’s going to happen next.  Our economy, our machinery of state, and our global supply chains are all interconnected complex systems.   Such systems have two features:

  1. they are inherently completely unpredictable, and
  2. they have emergent behaviors

An emergent behavior is something that arises out of the conditions of the system.  Because humans are complex systems, we can use them as an example.

Put one set of humans in a desert with scant resources on and you’ll get one set of languages, culture, art, technology, and beliefs.

Pick up those same humans, drop them onto a lush and moist prairie and eventually you’ll get an entirely different set of languages, culture, art, technology, and belief systems.  The complexity of the ecology and the human species will yield different results under different circumstances.

Even though you know everything there is to know about humans, you cannot possibly predict what will emerge.  You can only observe these things as they emerge.

Similarly, our economy and its key derivatives — such as technology and systems of production and distribution — have emerged from the combined actions of billions of people using immense amounts of fossil fuel energy.

What can we expect from our new reality now that tens of millions of formerly-productive people aren’t working? Nobody knows because it’s unpredictable.  At the same time oil consumption, our primary energy input, is down by a shocking -20%.  What does that mean in terms of changes in behaviors and goods produced? Nobody knows.  We can only observe what emergent activity happens (or ceases to happen) next.

Here’s another thing to know about complex systems – perhaps the most important feature: they owe their complexity to the flows of energy through them.  More energy and they can become more complex.  Less energy and they become less complex, they simplify.

In economic terms, a reduction in energy throughput might manifest as a far simpler arrangement of fewer people working at fewer types of jobs.  Or it might mean fewer sorts of goods being produced and reduced services to choose among.  Again, we can’t know the future details; but the broad strokes can be defined — and ‘simpler’ is one of those broad strokes that comes along with a -20% drop in oil consumption.

Which is why because I cannot predict the outcome, I prepare.

As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, driven by a growing internal anxiety of the increasingly insensible developments around us, I purchased a 182-acre property earlier this year. One I’ve been hard at work restoring into a productive and highly-sustainable family homestead.

It’s time to reveal what I’ve been up to.

In Part 2: Building The Foundations Of  A Resilient Life, I give you a tour of the specific projects and installations my fiancee Evie and I have been busy with this hectic spring. An important goal of mine as we work to fully activate this property’s potential is to produce a body of “how to” content to help guide you and anyone else interested in making their home more resilient.

It’s the only way I know how to make sense out of today’s increasingly insensible world.

Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access).

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 4:56am

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    Sabemenos

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    How weird must this feel for you, Chris?

    To have spent so many years warning this was coming. So few took the warnings seriously. And you’re living in it now.  Does it feel surreal?  Just wondering what it’s like from your vantage point

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 7:35am

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    How old do you have to be...

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 8:04am

    Mike from Jersey

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    @sabemenos

    Sabemenos,

    I also felt that this was coming for a long time.

    Nonetheless, right now, I personally feel a lot of frustration.

    It is just very, very difficult to determine what is actually happening.

    Dishonestly and deception have become a way of life in the West. You can't trust the media, the health care institutions, the government, the educational institutions - you can't even scientific institutions any more. And that is just to name a few of the players.

    We live in an age of almost universal deception. That makes it extraordinarily difficult to figure out what is actually happening - much less to determine what is likely to happen from here on out.

    To make matters worse (as Chris points out), it appears that the system is about to go chaotic. Events from here on out are probably completely unpredictable.

    I have positioned myself just about as well as I possibly could have.

    But in the end, it might make absolutely no difference at all.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 8:41am

    Jaynco

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    Jaynco said:

    That’s a complete “Ditto” here! Well said

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 9:30am

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    A breakdown of the institutions of civilization

    Would like to add an observation that is becoming more and more obvious; Nearly every institution upon which our civilization rests is crumbling before our eyes in real time.
    My wife showed me an article about how the hospitals are basically gaming the system by over diagnosing covid cases. They get money for every new covid case and the state gets more federal aid for every death. So they are literally putting people who might recover on their own onto respirators. Once on the respirator the lungs weaken and the chances of coming off and living are small. Also they are putting healthy people in the same hospital room with covid cases, the implication was that maybe they want you to catch it...7k for each new case, would you put it past them?

    So, now, if you get sick you might not even want to go to the doctor or hospital. Next we have police literally and figuratively on their knees to rioters. One picture showed a police officer on his belly in supplication before a crowd of looters/rioters/protesters. Even if that image doesnt convince you that law enforcement is no longer protecting us, we have half the world going crazy because a police officer murdered a man on video. Reality check...the police are there to protect and serve the citizens, when your protector murders you...they arent functioning as protectors anymore.

    Next up the media, literally caught in lie after lie after lie. Disseminating obvious, poorly constructed, and very transparent propaganda that even a child can see through. They have effectively lost their credibility completely at this point. No, we cannot believe anything they say...literally nothing.

    I could go on and mention the fed, the government, but Chris touched on those already. When I think about it, I cant see one institution that has maintained it's credibility. Science....medicine....law enforcement...the media...big business....government....the banking system...markets...its all crumbling. None of it is functioning, none of it is trustworthy.

    So what I see happening is people are turning to the natural world. The sun still rises, the rain still waters the ground. My cow never heard of inflation, she gives the same amount of milk no matter what. A 50lb sack of seed potatoes still nets  the same yield as it did last year assuming you have properly cultivated your soil. This is the kind of thing that people feel they can depend on when so much of the 'human world' [ what I call the artificial world ] is no longer dependable.

    For those of us who saw this coming and made the move years ago, it is very self confirming, but also very curious. I am somewhat amazed at how people who snickered at my choices 10 years ago have absolutely no compunctions about calling me up and  telling me how they plan on coming up near me and buying land. They want to get out of the city and practice some self reliance. Im supportive and glad to hear it but I cant help notice that there is no recognition that they made fun of my lifestyle not too long ago. Oh well, I guess human nature is nothing if not flexible. The ability of people to completely turn on a dime and pretend as though they have been going that way their whole lives is a kind of strength I suppose. Lets hope its one that will be used to good effect in times to come.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 10:54am

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    Telling like it is

    Your comments are spot on.   On the whole, there is little we can trust in except God.  When people are told for generations they are victims and this is reinforced by political agenda's and the media, bad things are sure to happen.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/police-hunt-200-looters-broke-083702901.html

    No doubt police knew this was occurring but their hands have been tied by the recent happenings.  Anarchy.  This is what happens when people bash law enforcement, the largest part of whom are honest, good people just trying to keep the peace, serve their communities,  and make things better.  Likely more of this to follow.   It is good that PP and all those here emphasize preparations.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 10:58am

    Mike from Jersey

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    Mike from Jersey said:

    I talked to a healthcare worker who corroborated some of what you are saying. There seemed to be little concern with testing and spotting cases early. Even worse, it looked as if they skimped on protective clothing for health care workers and showed little regard for those workers that fell ill.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 12:31pm

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    Follow The Driver Plus A Shameless Plug For Trauma Training

    In my work in the field of emotional trauma, we have shifted from focusing on changing behavior to instead getting curious on what’s driving the troublesome behavior.  I focus on the drivers rather than the content of what people say.  I think that applies here with Chris’ questions regarding the huge upheaval that’s going on. In my opinion, gaslighting (oh, you’re not really feeling that way), reality distortion (this is what’s really happening) and denial (nothing to see here) are unconscious ways that people in all kinds of contexts use to manage their own as well as other peoples reactions to the enormous pressures we, collectively, have been facing for a long time now.  Unfortunately, I also think there are people who use those mechanisms intentionally to try to manage collective behavior.  What’s real? Who can we trust?  These questions become increasingly more important as the stakes get higher and higher.

     

    Which is why I want to add a shameless plug to this post.  Both Chris and I have talked here about Dr. Lawrence Heller’s groundbreaking healing modality called the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM).  Training in this work has been largely limited to licensed mental health professionals across the world.  Until now.  Beginning later in June the NARM Training Institute is offering an online NARM Basics Training for the first time so that anyone can become a NARM informed professional.  In my opinion anyone who works with people in any context whether it be clients, employees or customers, can benefit from learning the signs and behaviors of complex trauma.  My understanding of these elements help me consider what may be driving peoples’ behavior in this crazy time and that allows me to be far, far more relationally resilient and also compassionate.  In addition to helping me build social capital more easily, I am also more professionally resilient at a time when professional precariousness is spiking.  Check it out if you’re curious.  End of shameless plug.  Thanks for listening.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 1:13pm

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    I want to help

    You know we love you for what you are doing. I have been a member for what, 5 years? Follow your developments all this time. I live nearby, in Ashfield. I have been doing the homestead process for 45 years now. Made most of the mistakes,  but still trying. I want to support your efforts while also doing my own. Perhaps my specialty might be useful to you. I am an experienced Title 5 consultant. 25 years as a professional Registered Sanitarian, with always an eye to doing the best systems available under this difficult code. You need an expansion of the septic system? Maybe an evaluation of an existing one? Let me help, please. You have been a delight for me for a long while, I want to offer you service at nearly no cost. Best practices available. My septic designs are based on Eljen (Eljen.com) the only septic system that can be as close as 2 feet to the water table. That means less mounded systems, lower cost systems, and still full compliance.  Please call on me if you unfortunately need some question answered on this code. Loved this latest video, nostalgic for my own development here in Ashfield.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 2:53pm

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    We all bear some form of responsibility

    I am fully aware that I am speaking from the comfort of my home in New Zealand. Our place has reached stardom and the envy of the rest of the world by the way it handled the Covid-19. This was done under the inspiring leadership of  Jacinda Ardern which was chosen by the New Zealand people in 2017. We all deserve the leaders we get. So basically you all should ask yourself in the USA, UK, Brazil and so on: Where did we go wrong? How did we got into the situation we are currently experiencing like a break down of government systems and being lead by uncapable leaders. We all played a role in that and I believe it did not start when Trump was elected but long time before that. Think about it.

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 2:57pm

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    Mohammed Mast said:

    There is an old Sufi story about blind men encountering an elephant. One grabs ahold of the leg and says an elephant is like a tree trunk. Another grabs the tail and says an elephant is like a rope.The one who touched the ear said an elephant was like a fan. The one who grabbed the trunk said an elephant was like a thick snake. On and on. The moral is we all have our own subjective views of reality. Reality is objective but we bring our emotions, imprinting, political biases etc to make judgements about objective facts. I am sure THC has lots of stories about eye witness accounts,

    You can agree with my subjective response to "what the heck is going on" any which way you choose. It does not change objective reality nor the apparent consensus that there is something seriously amiss.

    All of my experience has led me to believe the government is NOT my friend. The banks are not my friends. Corporate Amerika is not my friend. The media is not my friend. Virtually no public institution is my friend. As is said very often here "You are on your own"

    I come by that honestly from coming of age in the 60's. I watched JFK get killed. I watched RFK get killed. I watched MLK get killed. I saw up close and personal the Civil Rights movement. Dogs being sicced on innocent people who just want to be treated equally. I watched the Vietnam war every evening on the news. I lost many friends to that debacle. And for what? Vietnam is now on top of my list of places to go to. I watched as the National Guard murdered 4 innocent students at Kent St. The list is endless.

    Then along comes the Powell Memo. I am going to guess not very many people have ever heard of it let alone read it. For me it goes a long way to explaining how the heck we got here. One definition of Fascism is the melding of the state with corporations. The Powell Memo lays out a blueprint for how to accomplish that. BTW Powell was an atty. who eventually was appointed to the Supreme Court by Nixon. What we see now in the economy, colleges, media etc is a direct result of the program laid out in that memo. The fusion of corporations and the state was completed with Citizens United. That was the final nail in the coffin. I knew in the mid 60's what this country was all about and in 1971 the Powell memo confirmed it. In 1971 I put into motion plans which started in 1968.

    So when people are perplexed or frustrated at the media lying to them, the government lying to them, science lying to them it is just more of the same from over 50 years ago and totally predictable. It was predictable because it was a PLAN and none of this is an accident. The first link is Bill Moyers on the memo. It is relatively short considering how profound the impact it has had. The second is the actual memo. Good luck and good night and remember "you are on your own"

    https://billmoyers.com/content/the-powell-memo-a-call-to-arms-for-corporations/

    https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/powellmemo/1/

     

     

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 3:15pm

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    CanadianPrepper, "Market Crash, Civil Conflict, Second Wave and Defunding Police" (video)

    Nate from CanadianPrepper:

    Market Crash, Civil Conflict, Second Wave and Defunding Police (6/13/20)

    "A long [36:57 minutes] free form talk about a variety of issues we currently face
    00:35 What this channel is about
    02:45 Financial Crisis/ Predictions
    06:30 Non-Preppers
    08:30- Politicizing issues
    10:20- Defunding police?
    14:15 Civil unrest
    16:30 Race relations
    20:05 Media influence on social issues
    26:06 Music industry
    33:50 Civil conflict?"

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 4:00pm

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    Snowball Financial said:

    For more nuanced information:

    https://www.factcheck.org/2020/04/hospital-payments-and-the-covid-19-death-count/

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 5:50pm

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    Re: I want to help

    Thank you for the kind offer!

    And, yes, we've got another septic system in front of us on that project across the street. The systems are shockingly expensive.  I watched a guy on an excavator spend about 5 days installing what appeared to be $9500 of stuff that the sellers got dinged $48,000 for.

    That's one system.  We're going to have to put in another.  The good news?  The soil is remarkably well drained.  Exceptionally well drained.  Heck you could dig it up and sell it to someone else as septic sand practically.   If you sifted it, you could.

    But even with that, there are many hands reaching into the Title V pocket for their fair share, so any help we could get in reducing that somewhat would be most appreciated.

    Best,
    Chris

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  • Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - 6:55pm

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    Chris, I’ve been here a while

    and where I live? Septics can be an addendum, ie. Shovel, shit, and shut up.(do you entertain alotta folk?)

     

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 7:12am

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    Riots as a part of the geopolitical chess game

    Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper posts a national guardsman's personal account of his several days on call up to help with the Seattle Riots.

    He tells a story of being sent into crowd control, unarmed, and facing a great deal of verbal abuse.  He also explains that the rioters were well prepared with bricks in back packs, a plasma torch for cutting through steal barricades and a number of leaf blowers for returning tear gas to the police.

    Basically, he was asked to stand there, be abused by the crowd, and to retreat when pressed.  They were under orders to NOT interfere with vandalism, looting and burning.

    Even more significant is an essay by Alistair Crooke at Strategic Culture.  He tells of his experience at 3 different riots and explains how that were orchestrated similarly.  The protestors and counter protestors were "fodder" for the geopolitical machinations of the organizers (who were not at the front lines), and the financiers, who were thousands of mile distant.

    1.  The Jewish settler outpost of Beit El in the West Bank near the Palestinian town of Ramallah some 20 years ago.

    I head to the back of the sprawling mob, for it is only from this perspective that one can understand the nature of events. You observe the silent organisation in action. Young men smoothly and unobtrusively, position the piles of stones that later would be hurled (mostly ineffectually) at the soldiers who are stood just beyond the range of stone-throwers. Then the protest managers are gone – vanished.

    I know what is about to unfold. I have just seen two snipers (in this instance, Palestinians), slip into position, well-back, concealed on a hillside over-looking the crossroads. It is a sad sight – the young people massing before me are not dangerous; they generally are decent, sincere young people, angry at the expanding settler-occupation, and hyped by the ‘animators’ sent amongst the crowd to stoke emotions. They are not bad young people.

    I am sad, because some, I know, will soon be dead, their families mourning a child’s loss tonight. But they are the fodder – innocent fodder – and this is war. At the height of confrontation, the snipers begin.  Just a couple of rounds, but enough; they fire with silenced weapons. The Israelis soldiers cannot tell (unlike me), the source of the firing. A number of Palestinian youth fall dead; the mood incandescent. Purpose achieved.

    2.  Hong Kong

    Luongo quotes a September Bloomberg interview with HK tycoon, Jimmy Lai, billionaire publisher of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) scourge, the Apple Daily, and the highly visible interlocutor of official Washington notables, such as Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton. In it, Lai pronounced himself convinced that if protests in HK turned violent, China would have no choice but to send the People’s Armed Police units from Shenzen into Hong Kong to put down unrest: “That,” Lai said on Bloomberg TV, “will be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square massacre; and that will bring in the whole world against ChinaHong Kong will be done, and … China will be done, too”.

    In brief, Lai proposes to ‘burn’ Hong Kong – to ‘save’ Hong Kong. That is, ‘burn it to save it’ from the CCP – to keep its residue in the ‘Anglo-sphere’.

    3.  American Cities

    Why do I write about these twenty-year old events? Because I know well the patterns. I have seen them often. It is a playbook widely used. And I see familiar tell-tales emerging in the videos posted on the current protests in America.

    Most notable, are the ubiquitous palettes of bricks that mysteriously appear in the background to many videos of the protests (see here for a typical selection). Who is positioning them? Who is paying? U.S. commentator, Michael Snyder, too has noted the “complex network of bicycle scouts to move ahead of demonstrators in different directions of where police were, and where police were not, for purposes of being able to direct groups from the larger group to … where they thought officers would not be.”

    He observes too, the anticipatory raising of bail money; the preparing of medical teams, ready to treat injuries; and of caches of flammable materials (suitable for torching official vehicles), pre-positioned in places where protests would later occur. All this – with simultaneous protests in more than 380 U.S. cities – in my experience, signals much bigger, silent backstage organization. And behind ‘the organisation’, the instigators lie, far back: maybe even thousands of miles back; and somewhere out there will be the financier.

    However, in the U.S., commentators say they see no leadership; the protests are amorphous. That is not unusual to see no leadership – a ‘leadership’ appears only if negotiations are sought and planned; otherwise key actors are to be protected from arrest. The most telling sign of a backstage organisation is that on one day, it is ‘full on’, and the next all is quiet – as if a switch has been pulled. It often has.

    Of course, the overwhelming majority of protestors in the U.S. this last week, were – and are – decent sincere Americans, outraged at George Floyd’s killing and continuing social and institutional racism. Was this then, an Antifa and anarchist operation, as the White House contends? I doubt it – any more than those Palestinian youth in Beit El constituted anything other than fodder for the front of stage. We simply don’t know the backstage. Keep an open mind.

    Tom Luongo presciently suggests that should we wish to understand better the context to these recent events – and not be stuck at stage appearances – we need to look to Hong Kong for indicators.

    Charles Hugh Smith points out that 40% of small business owners are not planning to reopen after the pandemic lockdown is lifted.  This will decimate the economy of downtown sections with small shops and restaurants.

    Add to this an increase in crime as police become more scarce, more reluctant to engage, or are overtly "defunded."  The relationship between inner city crime and economic activity is not linear--a 10% increase in crime might cause a 50% decrease in visitors.  This, of course, will be most pronounced in black sections.

    First by pandemic / lockdown, then by crime and un-policed downtown, the inner cities are being burnt.

    I must suspect that there are fodder, organizers, financiers. All aimed at "a win."

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 10:43am

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    Minneapolis riot after-action report from a rioter

    This might educate some people who haven’t been in a violent riot. After reading the whole thing, I’m still 100% convinced political decisions by the Mayor and others are why the taking of the Third Precinct was successful. Please note these facts:

    1. Note the crucial role of “peaceful protesters” contributing to the success of the violent rioters.
    2. The writer doesn’t know what real “rubber bullets” are because he uses that phrase to describe what are clearly paintball marking rounds that leave a glow-in-the-dark paint splotch to identify a rioter who has committed a serious crime and should be arrested. S/he describes the police firing volley after volley of “rubber bullets” which I take to be highly unlikely, due to the paucity of injuries consistent with that weapon. Or maybe when used properly they don’t cause very many horrific injuries (like a demolished eye ball). So what do you think: if a rioter is throwing bricks, throwing Molotov bombs, or shining a laser in people’s eyes, what would be the best police response? What kinds of police response would a judge or jury deem reasonable? Do you think the law should consider such acts as equivalent whether they are directed at police or ordinary citizens? (Would it be a felony to throw a brick at a citizen but not a felony to throw it at a police officer or fire fighter?) What should the punishment be for police who witness these kinds of felonies but take no action to stop or arrest the perpetrators? To help you figure it out, recall this incident from the Rodney King riots. Remember that Reginald Denny wasn’t a police officer or a racist, just a guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.

     

    3. As you read make a mental note how many violent felonies were committed by the rioters. A felony “aggravated assault” is any act that could reasonably be expected to cause serious bodily injury or even death (or the threat of such an action). That would include throwing bricks, committing arson, throwing Molotov bombs, and shining lasers into the eyes of police on the ground and helicopter pilots. Can you imagine a police or news helicopter pilot being blinded by a laser and losing control of the helicopter?
    4. In light of editorial guidance given recently to reporters not to use the word “looting” because it is stigmatizing, I found it amusing how the rioter/author uses the word frequently and approvingly. So much for political correctness among the rioting class and their fragile feelings. 😂

    https://crimethinc.com/2020/06/10/the-siege-of-the-third-precinct-in-minneapolis-an-account-and-analysis

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 11:47am

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    So far, it's been a lot of good sense (to me at least) in the kitchen..

    Hello PP Team,

    Being a person of limited resources, making the distinction between actionable and non-actionable information is just as, if not more than, important to putting resources into action.  So far along the journey on Honey Badger trail, the information from Peak Prosperity has been spot on, with only a few revisions along the way.  The current information being presented is a great motivator in keeping our guards (and Masks) up , and our resources topped off.  I see so many people every day being lulled into a sense of normalcy...and trying to get back to what we were as a society only a few short months ago.  Supermarkets are pretty much full, social NPI's have fallen by the wayside, people (for the most part) are either working or getting 1k a week.  What I am really concerned with is when the 1k/week payments stop, will it be around the same time as the bankruptcies hit, and we start exponential growth of the virus again?  Talk about a perfect storm or recipe for disaster.....Oh, yeah, let's throw in a tablespoon of ongoing civil unrest...and maybe a teaspoon of  hurricane or earthquake for good measure.

    So...........What do the tea leaves hold for the average worker bee in July?

    Thank you Chris, Adam and the team for keeping us as informed as possible.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    P.S. Thank you also for sharing any changes to the daily supplement regiment or EVMS protocols.  It seems that transparency in the work place concerning CV cases is not required......or recommended.

     

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

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    Confused in Seattle

    I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend.  The weather has been gorgeous here in Washington DC, where there is absolutely no mention of Seattle in the Washington Post Sunday edition.  Nothing to see here. No worries.   Would never happen in my city? Must not be worth noting.

    Just a few months ago would you ever have accepted as a possibility that oil futures could fall more than 300%, in a blink, into negative territory?

    Just a few months ago would you ever have accepted as a possibility that a major metropolitan police force would abandon a downtown station and withdraw leaving those who live work and own businesses to themselves?

    Looking at a map I see just a block away more than one book company.  There are eateries, churches, and a lock smith.  Mostly though this is a heavily populated residential district, home approximately 30,000 people.

    What does all this mean?

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 1:11pm

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    Gray Man philosophy applied to urban geography

    Interesting how certain neighborhoods and/or metros at large have seen widespread violence, but others have been relatively quiet. From a pure personal safety perspective, here are some lessons learned:

    - Avoid high crime areas (obviously)
    - Avoid symbolic protest sites (big city downtowns)
    - Avoid high profile wealthy areas (looter targets)
    - Avoid politically charged neighborhoods (Capitol Hill, Seattle)

    In short, there are areas that "stick out", for one reason or another. On the metro level, "boring" cities have fared better. San Diego vs LA is one striking example.

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 1:45pm

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    learningtoprepare said:

    Thank you for illuminating the objective reality.  It is so unfortunate society has not kept up with it, for having done so along the way, life could be so different.  So much has been perpetrated on the body politic in secret that it made ordinary citizens use their emotions above critical thinking.

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 3:03pm

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    @Confused in Seattle

    David,

    Yesterday I had a conversation with a family member who lives in Seattle. She lives not far from the "Autonomous Zone."

    This is what she told me.

    The "Autonomous Zone" is less like a "Paris Commune" than it's like an unusually large flea market. Still, the area is not as large as being reported on the news - about half that size. It is peaceful as far as she can tell. She lives a few blocks away and does not feel threatened. She fears it will not be peaceful when the "authorities" try to retake it.

    The rest of Seattle is doing fine. Lots of protests, but they are mainly peaceful.

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 8:55pm

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    Reply to sand puppy (#15) and thc (#16)

    I was surprised how the article thc linked to portrayed the event as a battle to bring down a an oppressive system.  The 3-minute video included in the article suggests that many in the crowd saw it this way too.

    Based on this, I have to hypothesize that the rioters (seemingly mostly young and white from the video), do not buy into the current order even a little bit.  I further hypothesize that this is how economic and social inequality manifest their threat to democratic governments - or - to take it even farther - that many of the young even those not from marginalized groups or backgrounds of poverty - have come to see the current order as a destructive plague that does not provide real human needs of fairness, connection, relationship, and healthy ecosystems that provide our physical necessities.

    Of course, once I consider sand puppy's post and I can't help but wonder to what extent behind the scenes instigators are manipulating the genuine angst and directing it for their own benefit.

    This puts us in quite a predicament.  We have a society fraying at the seams due to many contributing factors.   It's worth looking at how the young see it as unfair, oppressive and misdirected (wealth and playthings over healthy ecosystems).  This motivates them to want to bring it down.  (And it's probably going down anyway as resource limits bite harder every year.)  I can understand their anger - but this brings us to the other side that makes this a predicament and not a problem.  Where does that lead us?  Obviously to the same chaos and destruction that threatens us already - but sooner.  This is true whether the motivation comes totally from the people involved in the riots or from behind the scenes instigators.

    And the poor police - put in the position of fighting a battle that is not theirs, but that of the established elite.

    Now more than ever, we need to find ways to help young people direct their energy into building something new, something that puts real human needs and the needs of the larger community of life first, something that is more fair, that prioritizes connection and relationship and healthy ecosystems over wealth and gadgets, something  that will cause the old system to fall apart as it loses more and more people to a new order that has an organizing story that resounds with beauty and connection and respect and a healthy dose of humility.

    Because if we don't, the world quite literally burns.

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 9:58pm

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    City Prepping, "After the Economy Collapses: How to Barter" (video)

    "After the Economy Collapses:  How to Barter" (6/14/20 video)

    When a nation's economy collapses, knowing how to barter will become a critical skillset. In this 15:55 minute video, Chris of City Prepping vlog discusses the practical aspects and skills necessary to barter in a post-collapse environment.

    He reviews the five critical components of bartering:

    1.  Understand the value of what you have and what you need (at 1:13 minute mark)

    2.  Barter with those you know (at 4:10)

    3.  The day of the exchange (6:09)

    4.  The negotiation (8:18)

    5.  Set up Tradelines (11:44)

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  • Sun, Jun 14, 2020 - 10:42pm

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    TheUrban Prepper, "Pre-Cutting Plywood for your Doors and Windows/Home Preps", FerFAL interview (videos)

    Cliff of TheUrbanPrepper vlog demonstrates the steps he followed for pre-cutting plywood to fortify his doors and window for his home (phase one, first floor street facing) in case of extreme weather or civil unrest. (Cliff is based in the Seattle, WA area, site of recent protests, looting and property damage.)

    In this brief (6:27 minutes) video, he takes the viewer along as he selects and lists specific materials purchased, and demonstrates the processes for measuring, cutting, drilling, labeling and storing the plywood. He explains his rationale for his approach, noting a few other viable alternative approaches and methods to home fortification and security.

    "Pre-Cutting Plywood for your Doors and Windows/Home Preps" (6/14/20)

    Addendum: If interested, see the link below to TheUrbanPrepper Cliff's 6/13/20  one hour, 21 minute livestream interview with author and vlogger, FerFAL.

    "Urban Survival with Fernando "FerFAL" Aquirre (The Modern Survivalist)" (Source)

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 6:28am

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    PRE-symptomatics vs asymptomatics; nature as solution; trauma healing suppression; objective reality

    @Chris Martenson
    Take for example, the W.H.O. which as recently as two weeks ago recommended that only sick people should wear masks. What? We’ve known for months that people can spread Covid-19 when they are asymptomatic.

    Yeah, but the question is WHICH PEOPLE? All people? Evidently not, as now even the WHO are admitting after studies tracking asymptomatic carriers causing zero infections. Why would you stick to this initial assumption, that even healthy people with competent immune systems can spread it asymptomatically? What reasons do you have to believe the virus would be able to replicate sufficiently (reach sufficient viral load) in people who never develop symptoms to be able to spread asymptomatically?

    In other words, PRE-symptomatic spread YES, clearly, but A-symptomatic spread? I don't think the evidence is clear, and it's very convenient for the weaponized false narrative to avoid making this distinction because it keeps the most important questions at bay (difference between developing symptoms vs not / immune incompetence vs competence / nutrient deficiency vs sufficiency states).

    How can a ‘sick person’ wear a mask if they are sick but even they don’t know that? It just makes no sense. What is even going on?

    You're also confusing the definition of "sick" with the idea of asymptomatic carriers, falling right into the trap where the kakistrocracy wants us. There is no such thing as being asymptomatically sick -- that's a very dangerous idea, one that could enable insanities like concentration camps for asymptomatics and forced testing (no joke as this was threatened by the crime gang than runs the government in my country, as did some WHO official).

    Great economic analysis BTW!

    @brushhog
    Next up the media, literally caught in lie after lie after lie. Disseminating obvious, poorly constructed, and very transparent propaganda that even a child can see through. They have effectively lost their credibility completely at this point. No, we cannot believe anything they say...literally nothing.

    Which is something that has been going on for a very long time, but it's now reached the point where only the NPCs who are choosing / chose as souls to delve even deeper into the darkness (into catastrophist-transhumanist versions of Earth) are still and will remain under their crude trauma-based mind-control spell... How many, what percentage of the population, is the interesting question.

    So what I see happening is people are turning to the natural world. The sun still rises, the rain still waters the ground. My cow never heard of inflation, she gives the same amount of milk no matter what. A 50lb sack of seed potatoes still nets the same yield as it did last year assuming you have properly cultivated your soil. This is the kind of thing that people feel they can depend on when so much of the 'human world' [ what I call the artificial world ] is no longer dependable.

    You got it!

    "If you believe this virus is spread human to human, the antidote is building the immune system with eating plants & natural medicines and sitting in nature alone or with your immediate family, soaking up vitamin d & sunshine.
    If you believe that this virus is symptoms of 5G exposure, then the antidote is sitting in nature, connecting to Mother Earth, building your immunity with eating plants and natural medicines - submerge yourself in water & dirt.
    If you believe that this is all a hoax and you just need to sit back while Q saves us all, then the answer is sitting in nature, build a garden for the new earth, commune with God, eat plants & natural medicines that strengthen your connection and open your channel to the new earth frequency ~ ascend with her.
    If you believe the economy is collapsing, and authoritarian dictatorship is imminent, the most radical thing you can do in protest is build a garden, releasing dependency on the system
    If you believe that Mother Earth is mad at us and purging the human race, the answer is go outside and listen, build a garden, align with her.
    The answer is always nature. Always.
    We do not have to argue about the why. The antidote is obvious. Alignment with the mother, with our source of nurturance. Remembering everything we use and need comes from her. Give thanks. Humble. Slow down. Observe. Listen."
    -- Katie LaMonte

    It does suck a bit for those living far away from natural areas though.

     

    @suziegruber
    Which is why I want to add a shameless plug to this post. Both Chris and I have talked here about Dr. Lawrence Heller’s groundbreaking healing modality called the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM). Training in this work has been largely limited to licensed mental health professionals across the world. Until now. Beginning later in June the NARM Training Institute is offering an online NARM Basics Training for the first time so that anyone can become a NARM informed professional. In my opinion anyone who works with people in any context whether it be clients, employees or customers, can benefit from learning the signs and behaviors of complex trauma. My understanding of these elements help me consider what may be driving peoples’ behavior in this crazy time and that allows me to be far, far more relationally resilient and also compassionate. In addition to helping me build social capital more easily, I am also more professionally resilient at a time when professional precariousness is spiking. Check it out if you’re curious. End of shameless plug. Thanks for listening.

    Very interesting! For softer traumas and mini-traumas, something called the "Emotional Freedom Technique" can be useful. For harsher traumas (like those inducing severe anxiety by just thinking about what happened), NARM seems interesting. Another one that works extremely well is MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, where we see like 70% healing rate after a single session. But of course finding an appropriate therapist may be difficult because they outlawed MDMA in the 1970s. All the various psychotherapy techniques, old and new, such as parallel reconstruction (creating and then embracing alternate more-desirable versions of events), work ridiculously more effectively with increased monoaminergic (serotonergic, dopaminergic, noradrenergic) neurotransmission. This is another example of a wonder drug being suppressed for political reasons, just like is happening with HCQ now.

    @Mohammed Mast
    There is an old Sufi story about blind men encountering an elephant. One grabs ahold of the leg and says an elephant is like a tree trunk. Another grabs the tail and says an elephant is like a rope.The one who touched the ear said an elephant was like a fan. The one who grabbed the trunk said an elephant was like a thick snake. On and on. The moral is we all have our own subjective views of reality. Reality is objective but we bring our emotions, imprinting, political biases etc to make judgements about objective facts.

    It makes sense to believe that; it's a belief we've been handed down for a great many generations... But is it really? Have you looked into the research and TOE of pioneering physicist Tom Campbell? (Start e.g. here: Thomas Campbell - My Big TOE (Theory of Everything): Awakening.) That'll make you question that idea for sure. He demonstrates how a subjective reality model should've been adopted back in the 1920s as QM and GR both invalidate the fundamental assumption of the other of an objective reality... and so much more, check him out! From a cosmic or exopolitical perspective, this illusion of separation, of self and not-self, of the measurer and measured, the objective reality delusion, is the biggest lie of all, even bigger than all those lies you pointed out.

    Peace out!

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 6:46am

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    bow_to_no_man said:

    George Friedman had a recent podcast putting into perspective of how we, the USA, rebuilds itself periodically and helps give us a long term perspective of what we are going through.  Hope you can hear this podcast:

    https://geopoliticalfutures.com/george-friedman-on-deep-dish-the-2020s-and-the-rebuilding-of-america/

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 7:17am

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    Mohammed Mast

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    Buffalo Springfield

    FWIW

    1967. Boy we haven't gotten very far in 53 years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5JCrSXkJY

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 7:24am

    Mohammed Mast

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    Okay

    Thanks for clearing that up

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 7:43am

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    @sand puppy

    sand puppy,

    I have read posts like this at other places on the ‘net. 

    Now, I would not put it past shadowy intelligence agencies or shadowy NGO’s or quasi state actors or the like to do this. But here is the problem.

    How does a person like myself figure this out?

    I don’t trust the media. 

    Period.

    I have not been to any of these demonstrations so I have not seen it with my own eyes.

    So that doesn't help.

    The few people that I know who are close to these events are not involved directly in them.

    So that does not help.

    I still have a few contacts in government and law enforcement. But I doubt that I could get solid answers or even that the people that I do know, would themselves know the answers.  

    I am simply left to apply logic to what I do know and come up with my best evaluation.

    But that evaluation may be completely wrong. 

    I feel like the character, "Mr. Jones," in Bob Dylan’s song “Ballad of a Thin Man.”

    “Well, you know that something is happening, but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?”

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 10:41am

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    "You need to take off your mask"...Say What?

    Hello Good People,

    Twice now....in the past week...I have been told to take off my mask.  Each time I get told to take it off, I immediately think to myself..:"Say what?  Do you know how masks work?"

    I wear a N95 mask, because I have a couple of co-morbidity issues.  When I wear it, it is in line with manufacturers recommended practices using known good protocols for donning and doffing of PPE...which means it's not as easy as just taking it off and back on.  However, I am finding that most people don't have a clue about it......

    The first time I was asked to take off my mask was at a casino re-opening here in town.  The wife really wanted to go, and I figured going on the first part of the first day would be the cleanest the casino would ever be......EVER.  So we que up in the line outside waiting to go in, and when we get to the entrance, the casino has a thermal scanning station set up to take the temp of customers going in (all of the casinos are running them now as part of standard practice).  As we get closer to the scanner, I hear the security people tell each of the customers before us to "take off your mask, so you can be scanned for temperature"...and 100% of them do...in the exact same place inside the building.

    When we get up to the station, the guard told me to remove my mask for scanning, and I said that I could not do that.  He asked what did I mean, and I replied that they did not need for me to remove my mask to scan my temperature.  The guards reply was that he did need for me to, and it would only be for a few seconds.....

    A few seconds...that's all.

    At this point one of the supervisors came over to the station and started listening what was going on.  I told the guard that I also worked at a casino, and they use that scanner on each employee reporting for work, and that they could do with with a person wearing a mask.  I asked the guard if he knew what happens when you break the seal on a mask, and when what happens when you take it on and off.  The supervisor took over and scanned us, and waved us in.  I watched behind us as we went into the casino and the customers were happily taking off masks again, some coughing in the same spot.

    All I can do is shake my head.

    Today, I went back into my old second job ( I'm a Range Safety Officer/Range Master for the County shooting complex) to fill out paperwork to start working again.  All of the employees have to do all of the paperwork again after the shutdown, and the last step is completing the I9 form.  As part of the process, the employee is told to sit in a chair across the desk from a supervisor and take off their mask so that the HR lady (who is teleconferenced in ) can see your face.  Once again, I declined to remove my mask.  Once again, the reply was "it's only for a few seconds".  I declined to do so and had to fill out additional paperwork to try and work around the issue of me not removing my mask. However, all of the other employees( before and after me) sat in the same spot..in the same office....and took off whatever mask they had on.  I did see only one of them cough while doing it......

    All I can do is shake my head....

    Maybe I am overreacting, but I really don't want to get CV19....Not until we have good treatment protocols or a vaccine.  Sometimes I find myself doubting if all the extra safety measures are really worth it?  At the shooting range, we have layers upon layers of safety rules to prevent accidents.  A person has to violate  about 4 or more firearm related rules for something bad to happen.  I kind of try and set this system up for CV personal protocols.  I find myself shaking my head a lot now.....

    Cheers,

    Jim

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 10:59am

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    Hey Jim

    You may wish to switch to face shields

    https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=230978

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 12:59pm

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    FDA revokes emergency authorization of HCQ

    This is a total outrage! There can be no doubt that the fix is in to eliminate HCQ as a competitor for big pharma’s soon-to-be-announced expensive wonder drug.
    Except for a very small number of people with specific heart problems, HCQ is one of the safest drugs in the pharmacopeia. There is no risk in allowing doctors to prescribe HCQ for Covid-19.
    On the contrary, lives which otherwise would almost certainly be saved, will now be lost. This is not incompetence on the part of the FDA. Somebody,  somewhere has an ulterior motive.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/world/coronavirus-live-updates.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20200615&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=cta&regi_id=62265555&segment_id=30949&user_id=a60e9db4655872997898a465aa3a4355

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 1:15pm

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    FDA revolked.. HCQ ,.

    I was just about to post same - its an outrage - there is no evidence it causes cardiac issues.  and certainly , there is no evidence it doesnt  work.   FDA for profit , nothing unusual here.   4th turning.. This will kill and maim people. for the ol mighty dollar.. They are criminals.  IF the US is not destroyed by the time this is over - the FDA criminals will go to jail.. if I can help it.

    I really didnt have much hope to get HCQ if I got covid, but if at least someone was getting it, maybe they would have figured it out before things really get ugly.  The ugliness now really begins.    WHO will pay the 30k for worthless meds ( for 20% ) going to hospitalized patients?  Oh yeah, you and me..       20% x 330M= 70M treatments x 30k = $ 1,980,000,000,000   Is that a real number even?  Is that really 2 trillion dollars in pharma billing?    for a 15% less stay (3days ) in the hospital?   not worth it to me..       of course 3 days of care is about 10k  each.. but the point is we are going to put many more people in the hospital , that didnt need to go.  It wasnt good enough for them to just pull for hospitalized.. That I get.. it wont help there. Use the FDA crap.   But now they are doing this to make sure the full 20% gets to the hospital..  But dont worry,   this will blow up in their face when nocan treatment because the hospitals are full,   dont worry - it will be freely dispensed by every dr with phone call at first scratchy throat.   Like the HCQ should have.  That is what happens when you have for profit health care.  But all those people tried to tell you , the US has the best healthcare - We will be at the bottom of the world on this one folks.

    Announcement , why today?  why now?   they have wanted to do this for a long time.. Oh yeah market sell off.. lts bolster up the Big pharma And other tech giants that can make a boat load off new crap for covid.

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 2:30pm

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    Mohammed Mast

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    ROTFLMAO

    Just had my yearly today and cornered my pcp. I point blank asked him what are the treatment options . He said if you test positive we tell you to go home. If you get worse come in and you go to ER then get hospitalized. So I say how long is the turn around for the test? 24 hours he says. So I say I want Plaquenil immediately. He knows I am serious so he says he will prescribe it, but it is hard to get.

    Well I get home and the screwheads jerk it out from under us.

    This is one bad fucking dark movie we find ourselves in.

    I do have cinchona to fall back on and plenty of zinc and quercitin and an order for Chloroquine so we shall see.

    Bill Gates is thanking his lucky fucking stars he will never meet me. A pie in his face would be the least of his worries.

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 5:01pm

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    Crimes...Against....Humanity

    Regarding the FDA's revoking HCQ: When a lot of people die because of the nefarious acts of a government agency, the heads of that agency should be held accountable in capital cases. I hope these will be.

    I have had to find treatments that actually work for several conditions I have had because the medical establishment didn't recognize and even spoke against cures and treatments that absolutely work but are not patentable.

    When people lose loved ones because of such practices, they should feel the ire of the public that they fleece at every opportunity. They do not care for the people they are paid to serve. They are content for them to suffer and even die.

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 6:31pm

    Mohammed Mast

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    Crimes

    Daddy O people have been dying for ages because of the nefarious acts of governments. Nobody ever pays for it except the victims.

    I am reminded of a line from Eddie and the Cruisers. "Wordman they discover oil under our garden all we get is dead tomatoes"

    The people who they are paid to serve are the people that get them elected. The Koch brothers of the world.

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 7:24pm

    nordicjack

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    re crimes

    yes in dictatorships and other governing systems.  But in our government by the people, those in power are elected and dutifully required to perform on our behalf - Other governments as you speak about, had no such requirement..  Our laws are clear - these people are jailable.   and I will do my best to make it happen.   When its all done. AND they and their families will be broke as can be as well.

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 7:42pm

    Mohammed Mast

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    Good Luck Wit Dat

    That's a good one. Pass it over you been hangin on to it and I sure would like a hit

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  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - 7:53pm

    nordicjack

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    Yeah, I am smoking the wacky weed

    And i see a bright future.   With a new government NO more FDA , NO more CDC no more Federal reserve.  No more SEC.  No big pharma,  No profit medical care.    No big Federal Government.  A military with less 1/10th its current size..  ( with mostly reserves )  And all the criminals in the current government beheaded in public square , with all assets ceased from them and their families.    That is what I see.   AND I saw this, and a lot more.  But we have a whole lot of hell to pay first..   Hope to see you on the other end.

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  • Tue, Jun 16, 2020 - 3:27am

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    Double Like

    If I could, I would like this post twice.

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  • Tue, Jun 16, 2020 - 4:07am

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    Hladini

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    Stages of Revolution and Cycles

    Found this super excellent article by  Martin Armstrong, who offers a little history lesson on prior revolutions and does an excellent analysis of present-day current events against that historical back drop.  His analysis of events signaling the stages of revolution are insightful.   One of his comments really made an impression on me:

    "It will always depend upon the loyalty of the police and army as to how a revolution will unfold."

    Here's a link to the article:  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/martin-armstrong-defunding-police-right-choice-or-next-step-revolution

    Some time ago before the protesting/rioting started,  I listened to an interview with Martin Armstrong on USAwatchdog.com, and he predicted this social unrest based on his models.  In fact, he had penned an open letter to the Prez and other world leaders in the hopes of avoiding this very problem.

    In the end, it's all about cycles.  All the cycle guys are shouting from the roof tops!  Whether it's social, political, economical, demographical - it's all about cycles.  Like the waxing and waning of the Moon.

    I'm reading a lot of grim thoughts about the future this morning on PP.  I'll chime in and post an astrological reading sent to me by  a dear and trusted friend.  When I did my own research, I learned the planets are lined up in similar fashion now compared to when 911 happened, WWI, the Armenian genocide in Turkey, and when England chartered the slave industry in the early 1500's.  I also learned the Earth is moving from an Earth sign to an Air sign, which leads me to believe we are headed for more digital/Icloud stuff.   Because it's the Age of Aquarius, the new digital era will be welcomed as "progress."

    The following astrology reading leads me to believe there will probably be a strong reaction to the election in November, and we will probably get a second wave and second lock down in the winter.  FYI, eclipses in Vedic Astrology are ALWAYS inauspicious.  The solar eclipse last December 2019 preceded these 2020 events, and we're going to have another one this December 2020 in the more harsh sign of Scorpio.  My experiences during Ketu sub-periods have NOT been pleasant.  Ketu action is very cutting.

    Here's the astrological reading for the immediate future for the public:

    "Jupiter will stay in Capricorn until 30th June 2020. He will travel just 2 degrees in the sign of Capricorn which means that he is practically stationary. This means that there is no expansion and the lock down will continue till that date.
    After June 30th Jupiter will go back in Sagittarius and will travel retrograde till September 13th. He will push Ketu out of the sign of Sagittarius. Ketu was the cause of the great eclipse on December 26th and Jupiter here in his own sign is pushing the eclipser, “Go out of my sign and let me enjoy my house.” The time till September 13th is a push back to recover what once was in the world: economy and social life. Ketu will enter his sign of exaltation Scorpio on 23th September. This is the time when Jupiter will finally relax and we can see the great spiritual work that he has accomplished.
    The time between July and November is the time when one can expand his spirituality. This can be great opportunity for devotees to do what they have not done: go to the farm, establish farms and so on.
    On November 20th Jupiter will reenter Capricorn and will cross the sign in a hassle. This is unpleasant situation. There is a lunar eclipse on November 30th, and another solar eclipse under shoola yoga again (this time with focus on the sign of Scorpio). This shows that in the winter there would be another situation which will make people stand on their toes. Scorpio is a deep sign and a sign that creates even greater control than Sagittarius. Scorpio is the ruler of the deep and this could involve problems with travel due to lock on the oil industry. So, by November devotees should know where they stand and not be confused what they are doing. They should be safe and protected and not dependent on the artificial civilization that is collapsing right in front of our eyes."

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  • Tue, Jun 16, 2020 - 5:28am

    Mohammed Mast

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    Nordicjack

    As fate would have it . I just saw this article by Chris Hedges today. He has written quire extensively about the end of empire and revolution. You might find it uh enjoyable.

    https://scheerpost.com/2020/06/15/chris-hedges-gaslighted-by-the-ruling-class/?

    fbclid=IwAR2SbC7nERMPjeo060bD5iqEThW2kZDJmI9lzLVfUjF-yoifZyTd2k73WZE

     

    btw for a revolution to succeed it has to be supported by the military and the police.

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  • Tue, Jun 16, 2020 - 8:16am

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    A few thoughts...
    That's a good take on asymptomatic vs. pre-symptomatic. Not entirely sure of motive with WHO, but there are a lot of unknowns still in all this, and one can be certain there are a great many seeking advantage in the confusion.
    Sorry, but no sale on subjective reality nonsense.  One cannot invalidate objective reality.   Existence exists.  Nature, in order to be commanded, must first be obeyed.  A=A, always does.
    Nature will always seek balance.  Prescriptions to immerse oneself in nature help to restore the balance in our own lives.

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  • Wed, Jun 17, 2020 - 1:53pm

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    Mohammad thanks

    Yes, in order for a revolution to succeed , we would need the police and military on board.   I think local governments and police would jump on board fast.  the military later.  I do not think the military would oppose a legit coup.   As formal military,  I can tell the bases of our military oare the pride of america from the heart land.    Your average enlistee is a corn po boy from Iowa.    and those enlistees that are not, are mainly BLACK america.    either way..  The military will be with the people when it comes time.   They will be enough info spread among their families , they will not fight for a cause that is not in their interest.

    Actually, I am 100% -or actually 200% positive, none of our military boys are going to open fire on our own citizens.. unless we specifically threaten their lives. Which would not need to happen to revolt.   My point is they will not use any force to oppose a resistance that is not specifically targeting the US military members.

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  • Wed, Jun 17, 2020 - 2:38pm

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    Pawns

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  • Thu, Jun 18, 2020 - 8:21pm

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    Good medical resources

    Anyone who wants more in depth treatments of what Chris is talking about should avail themselves of: medcram.com and drbeen.com

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  • Thu, Jun 18, 2020 - 9:04pm

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    Food for thought...

    I found this to be a great read:

    The Art of War in the 21st Century

    A few excerpts:

    ...The war that needs to be fought against the present tyranny is thus increasingly a mental war. In the case of the populace, all together they hold more power than they realise. The real crisis of today’s western thinking is that the people have forgotten how to think. Attention spans have gone down drastically along with a functional vocabulary. People are becoming more and more dominated by image based messages rather than content that requires more than a 10 minute attention span. Articles in the news keep getting shorter and shorter because people seemingly cannot be bothered with too much reading. Along with the serious decline in reading in replacement for quick entertainment (more successful than any book burning in history), people no longer bother to work for a comprehensive viewpoint. Information becomes an annoying barrage of ad campaigns, each yelling louder and more frequently than the other.

    ...That debt for such long-term projects is not qualitatively the same as the present debt we see accruing today, and that debt towards investing for the future will always yield a higher return than the cost over time. This is why debt towards long-term investment on infrastructure and science driver projects, such as space exploration, will always be sustainable with a massive return quantitatively and qualitatively. Whereas, the gambling of fast money will very predictably lead to a collapse as was clearly indicated by the 2008 financial crisis, and which insanely has yet to be addressed with a serious bank reform.

    The higher battle ground is being fought on the plane of ideas and which proposed ‘new system’ will replace the current collapsing one we are presently in. On the one side the hegemonic rule of a one world government who thinks that they can use force and oppression to rule and on the other side a multi-polar system of cooperating nation states committed to progress that will offer a real qualitative return for the future.

    So who is the ‘enemy’?

    The enemy is our lesser selves.

    Our most base fears, desires and obsessions. The voice that whispers in our ears telling us not to believe in anything genuine or honest, that the world we live in will ultimately destroy itself and thus it is all about looking out for number one. That it is our fate to be the play things of higher powers.

    This is the voice of a prisoner of Plato’s cave, neck shackled and looking at only shadows on a wall. This is not reality. This is the voice of someone who has been enslaved for most of their life. The voice of someone who has become so disempowered that they wholly accept whatever ugly condition is imposed upon them and will even work to defend it as necessary.

     

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