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    The Illusion Is Failing

    Trust in the system is vanishing fast
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, October 16, 2020, 8:11 PM

Sometimes the magic fails.

The secret to the trick is accidentally revealed. The woman was always in the box.  The eye is no longer deceived. And there’s no getting the audience’s sense of awe back.

Just like a bungled illusion, once trust is broken, it’s gone.

For many during 2020, the loss of their jobs and businesses — in many cases due to incompetent government management of the pandemic — has been both a blessing and a curse.

Of course nobody likes being laid off or losing a business they’d carefully built up over the years.

But for a significant number of those people, however, they’ve now been given time (against their will, admittedly) to reflect and realize how much they hated their work in the first place.  For them, the illusion has been broken.

They won’t go back to pretending their former lives were acceptable or tolerable, and they’re actively looking for employment that better fits their values.  Time for something new.

Others have realized how much they really disliked what air travel had devolved into. With its demeaning theater of faux displays of ‘safety’– being groped by TSA agents and having to perform a striptease to get personal items through the security scanners.

I’m one of these folks.  I’ll be traveling a lot less in the future, no matter what happens with the SARS-2 virues. I’ll be content to stay local and conduct my business via Zoom calls as much as can possibly be done.  I won’t miss the pat-downs, delays, crowded seats, and cancelled flights.

Similarly, social media has now been revealed to be run by petulant sociopaths whose goal is for you to see exactly what content they want you to see, because that fits their profit incentive.  But they do so under the guise of “protecting” us from uninteresting or inappropriate material.

Their contradictions couldn’t be any more gaping.  They’re pushing a “diversity” that requires uniformity of thought.

Living on the internet this year while researching and publishing over 100 updates about covid, I’ve seen innumerable examples of this on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — such as their promotion of the W.H.O.’s inconsistent and blatantly Big Pharma-conflicted messages while suppressing front-line doctors armed with positive real-world results.

The list goes on and on.

None of it makes any sense.  At least, not once you lift your head up and shake off the consumer lifestyle blinders.

The world is literally and figuratively on fire.

We are now seeing the most profound ice loss ever in the arctic.

We’re seeing more destructive wildfires in the US than ever before.

And so many storms in the Atlantic basin that they’ve run blown through “Z” and are now working their way through the Greek alphabet.

Protests.  Riots.  Political and social divisions so volatile that suddenly you can read credible opinion pieces on how civil war could be ‘a thing’ in our future.

But none of this has to be this way.

There’s another path.  One that begins by taking stock of the fact that the ways in which we’ve been living and running our society no longer work.  The more we continue to pursue the status quo in the hopes that somehow this will all magically turns itself around, the more we waste valuable time and resources.

To change, we must first start by declaring “Not this!”

That’s what millions of people are currently doing on some level.  Somewhere deep inside, they’re realizing that their old lives aren’t coming back. And good riddance too!

The illusion is broken. There’s no more fun in the show.  Time to wander out of the theater and find something actually worth our time.

The illusion is broken.  Our top health authorities have shown that they care more about creating the next massively profitable drug than they do about actually saving lives.  Once you’ve see that, you can’t ‘unsee’ it.

Both major political parties reacted to covid by hastily shoveling trillions of dollars to Wall Street and mega corporations while only giving poorly-delivered scraps to ordinary people. Which is why the current candidates’ campaign promises aren’t believed.

“None of the above” would win in a landslide here in the USA in 2020.  The illusion is broken.

If the first necessary step is to withdraw our consent, what’s the second step?

Become as resilient as you can.  Control what you can and let the rest unfold as it will.

Many of our largest systems are in the process of breaking down.  Not only is there nothing you can do to stop that, but nothing should be done here.  Those unsustainable and deeply unfair systems are failing for a reason. They’re not worth preserving. Any efforts spent trying to prop them up simply delay our opportunity to replace them with better new models.

Sometimes it’s just best to admit that a building has lived out its full useful lifespan, tear it down, and build anew.  Honor it for how it’s served us, nod once, and tear it down.

So what’s next for you?  Where do you go from here?

Well, our upcoming Peak Prosperity digital seminar (Oct 24-25th) will lay out much of our best thinking — and that of our incredible faculty of guest experts — on the best steps to take now to protect and nurture your money, health, home and community.

If you haven’t registered yet do so now by clicking here (fyi: our ‘last chance to save’ discounted price of $199 expires Saturday night, after which the price rises to $249)

And for myself and my fiancée Evie, we’re up to our eyeballs in creating community, planting, raising animals, and building infrastructure.  Besides giving us a much-needed sense of control during an otherwise out-of-control year, these actions align with our inner sense of integrity.

Intelligent regenerative action is what the world needs now. And even if they prove to be insufficient, they are inarguably necessary.  Some of these efforts, such as planting pear trees, are being planted for whomever comes after us.  We do this because it’s the right thing to do.

In a world that has gone mad, and lacks a coherent story, the need to make sense and become the author of our own story grows exponentially.

So what does a better story look like?

In Part 2: Building A Better Plan we parse through the wisdom of generations and cultures that have come before us, to rediscover some of the secrets of living a sustainable, fulfilling and integrity-rich life that modern society lost as it traded meaning for convenience.

If we don’t heed the lessons of the past, and attempt to build on and improve them as best we can, our remaining prosperity will vanish as quickly as the unfortunate illusionist’s act.

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

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23 Comments

  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020 - 8:22pm

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    kitsinu

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    Grand Solar Minimum

    If you weren't expecting particularly bad weather this year, you were out of the loop.  This year marked the Grand Solar Minimum in which the world's magnetic field is weak and more solar radiation reaches the ground.  This results in a hotter world and more rain.  Hotter means more hurricanes, typhoons and more wildfires.  More rain means more flooding.  Together, those mean bad crop losses.  We knew this.

    Chyna's crop losses are catastrophic.  A normal year sees Chyna with a 30% food deficit.  This year saw 70-95% of Chyna's crops lost and a great deal destroyed in storage facilities.  As a result, Chyna needs to import up to three times the amount of food that it normally imports.  The CCP is not providing more than a token social safety net.  Worse, other nations suffered food problems and will not export food that they cannot spare, regardless of the price.  As if that isn't bad enough, crops around the world have been lost due to lack of seasonal workers.  And stored food has inexplicably been destroyed.  See Beirut's grain silo.  Millions of Chinese people may die this year from starvation.  I hope that does not come to pass.

    The systems aren't just being broken down, they are being helped to break down.

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    Since something is preventing me from replying or making a new post, I am editing my comment with a response. It would be the height of irony if I am being censored from posting.
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    Mots,
    are you claiming that charged particles radiated from the sun are not solar radiation?

    More charged particles radiated from the sun, that may somehow not represent solar radiation, entered our atmosphere. Charged particles radiated from the sun represent energy. Additional energy entering our atmosphere heated our atmosphere and altered the weather. The unusual weather effects were expected for this year. Expect further consequences next year as well.

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  • Fri, Oct 16, 2020 - 9:37pm

    Mots

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    grand solar minimum and weird weather

    Kisinu
    the magnetic field has no effect on solar radiation.  It does effect moving charged particles but there is no effect on infra-red radiation, visible light radiation or other radiation.  Even a direct effect on charged ions (normally get pushed away) would not have an indirect effect on radiation in the direction that you are contemplating.............

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  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020 - 6:28am

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    LesPhelps

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    Grand Solar Minimum

    I’ve never heard anyone argue that grand solar minimums raise temperatures. In the past, their timing has coincided with mini ice ages.  I’m not getting the physics of your argument.

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  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020 - 7:14am

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    richcabot

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    Airplane emissions

    Chris has asserted in several videos that the reduction in air travel has reduced emissions from planes and allowed more solar energy to reach the earth.  The resulting warmer weather this year was predicted back in spring.

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  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020 - 7:29am

    LesPhelps

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    You can’t have it both ways

    The resultant...

    People talk about theories regarding global warming as if they are scientifically proven.

    Pandemic related reduction in travel by auto and air has reduced emissions, resulting in both cleaner air and the long demanded reduction in carbon emissions.

    Cleaner air, or lower CO2, which has the stronger effect on climate.  Don’t guess, do studies.

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  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020 - 12:01pm

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    centroid

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    centroid said:

    a bull market in trust is coming

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  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020 - 6:30pm

    kitsinu

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    LesPhelps

    Perhaps I am using the wrong name for the event.  The world's magnetic field has been at a cyclical low.  It recovers relatively quickly, but while it is low, the world gets hit harder by solar radiation, the charged particles portion.

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  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020 - 7:22pm

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    climate

     

    The whole expectation of climate constancy is a fallacy initiated by the Al Gore and IPCC crowd. Actual open data sets (Tim Ball's) show considerable variations. The lower graph used to be in texts until it was sanitized. My own tree ring data samples support Tim Ball's data line, not to mention the historical record.

     

     

     

     

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  • Sat, Oct 17, 2020 - 8:27pm

    LesPhelps

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    Ah

    Perhaps I am using the wrong name for the event.  The world's magnetic field has been at a cyclical low.  It recovers relatively quickly, but while it is low, the world gets hit harder by solar radiation, the charged particles portion.

    Yes, from what I understand, we are experiencing both a Grand Solar Minimum and a magnetic field shift.

    If the cycles of these two events are in any way related, I’ve never heard of it.

    The Grand Solar Minimum normally causes colder weather for a few years or decades.

    Magnetic pole shifts, when they occur, do allow more radiation to reach the surface.  There is some speculation that the magnetic field decline and rapid movement of the pole may signal that a polar reversal event is under way.  If so, I am concerned that it may be a more lethal event than we know.

    It’s been 750k years since the poles reversed.  They reverse on average roughly every 450k years, so we could be considered overdue for such an event.

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 6:46am

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    The Tortoise and the Hare

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 8:15am

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    Hussein was right

    “Elections have consequences.”

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 8:22am

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    Mike from Jersey

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    Censorship

    Chris wrote:

    Similarly, social media has now been revealed to be run by petulant sociopaths whose goal is for you to see exactly what content they want you to see, because that fits their profit incentive.  But they do so under the guise of “protecting” us from uninteresting or inappropriate material.

    I have often thought that the First Amendment (freedom of speech) is useless without guarantees of freedom of information. When the First Amendment was drafted there was simply no way that the drafters could have anticipated a culture where speech could be nominally "free," but at the same time, increasingly meaningless. That is what is happening in the United States.

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 2:50pm

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    Yawn...

    I am so tired of division. Even this thread shows that we can’t even agree on basic facts anymore. We even deceive our own eyes with our stories. Trust has been utterly destroyed for those that are “awake”, and for those still sleeping, it is merely certainty that is grasped in the absence of trust. The breaking bonds of our civilisation are becoming palpable to me. Madness awaits. We’re all Ahabs now.

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 3:02pm

    DennisC

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    ...or Philip Francis Queeg

    ...

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 4:18pm

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    the quote of the year (imho) and an excellent article

    The quote:

    "If there's one project we should have, it's strategies to get rid of the robber barons, whatever it takes." - Vandana Shiva, Ph.D.

    The lead-in and the article:

    The Great COVID19 Swindle, Look Who's Getting Rich with analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

    “Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom,” by Vandana Shiva, Ph.D.

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/10/18/vandana-shiva-oneness-versus-the-1.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1ReadMore&cid=20201018Z1&mid=DM686125&rid=990326373

     

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 7:14pm

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    Pipyman, just want to make a clarification

    Here's another division for you, lol.  In my mind, I find a clear distinction between those who are "woke" and those who are awake.  I don't necessarily see the "woke" as being awake.

    I'm actually OK with some division.  There are at least two sides to almost everything and differences in opinion can lead to healthy discourse and learning on both sides, if each side remains open minded and civil.  What I'm not OK with is the level of anger, vitriol, hostility, and toxic deep hatred (not the more benign simple disagreement which has all too commonly come to be labelled as hatred but is not) that is associated with much of the present division.

    I do agree with you for the most part though and madness not only awaits ... it's here and spreading.

     

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 10:47pm

    Pipyman

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    👍

    Couldn’t agree more...

    The “Woke” have a special place on the Pequod waiting for them.

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  • Sun, Oct 18, 2020 - 10:56pm

    Pipyman

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    Hmmmm

    Well, you know what they say? The “”market””can stay crazy longer than you can stay solvent!!!

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  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020 - 7:41am

    000

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    Heard of there McPherson Paradox?

    Not aware of your astrophysics and climatology bonafidies, Mot & Kitsinu, but do you know about the McPerson Paradox? https://guymcpherson.com/2019/10/the-mcpherson-paradox-very-briefly/

    The amount of industrial activity has dropped effecting aerosol masking and likely the greenhouse effect. But if one does not "believe" or is enraptured with "believe" that probably doesn't matter.

    BTW Kitsinu, the WordPress commenting module or the server, PP is using takes a moment to come up especially if there's a lot of comments so "patience" would serve you better than paranoia. Although paranoia IS useful when someone is sitting on your neck.

     

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  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020 - 8:25am

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    tbp

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    Don't use Zoom; Big Tech tyrants incentives; Michael Mann

    @Chris Martenson
    I’m one of these folks. I’ll be traveling a lot less in the future, no matter what happens with the SARS-2 virues. I’ll be content to stay local and conduct my business via Zoom calls as much as can possibly be done. I won’t miss the pat-downs, delays, crowded seats, and cancelled flights.

    Supporting Zoom is supporting the CCP! It's like buying a Huawei phone or router. It's about the least secure videoconferencing app. Info about this is everywhere. There's likely a reason Zoom was pushed everywhere over all others, beyond usability/simplicity. There are good centralized alternatives and already pretty good decentralized alternatives (e.g. Jitsi).

    Similarly, social media has now been revealed to be run by petulant sociopaths whose goal is for you to see exactly what content they want you to see, because that fits their profit incentive. But they do so under the guise of “protecting” us from uninteresting or inappropriate material.

    The profit incentive is major but far from the only one. These people are "educated" Marxists. Some are just arrogant billionaires who spend only a small amount of time absorbing the MSM narrative (if they don't own the mythmakers themselves like Bezos owns WaPo), never looking at anything else. The two incentives combine to make little big wannabe tyrants able to brazenly engage in election interference using censorship, while continuing to project their BS narrative of Russian interference.

    @2retired
    The whole expectation of climate constancy is a fallacy initiated by the Al Gore and IPCC crowd. Actual open data sets (Tim Ball's) show considerable variations. The lower graph used to be in texts until it was sanitized. My own tree ring data samples support Tim Ball's data line, not to mention the historical record.

    And Michael Mann was thoroughly discredited, exposed as a liar willing to fudge statistics data in order to promote a political agenda, in the leak/hack scandal known as ClimateGate. Nobody should ever believe him again.

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  • Thu, Oct 22, 2020 - 9:15pm

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    ultimatebattingcoach said:

    seek professional help for your delusional psychosis.  the earth's magnetic field most certainly DOES affect the flow of solar radiation to the earth's surface.  why you would write such nonsense, & yet NOT expect to get called down for such delusional psychobabble.. tells me you'll have a hard time spelling science, let alone understand it. cliff clavin.  but try to ingest the information herein:  go to :                                                                https://www.earth.com/news/magnetic-field-solar-radiation/                                              

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  • Fri, Oct 23, 2020 - 12:19am

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    Washington News

    Read more about Washington News

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  • Mon, Oct 26, 2020 - 6:58pm

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    Mark_BC said:

    I thought I'd post this. It sounds pretty scary, I wonder if it is true. It seems to be generally following the predictions.

    Is this leaked info really Trudeau’s crazy COVID plan for 2021? You decide …

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