Saturday, February 12, 2022

"Something Big is About to Happen - Economy on Life Support"

Full screen recommended.
Dan, iAllegedly, PM 2/12/22:
"Something Big is About to Happen - Economy on Life Support"
"Something Big is about to happen. It’s all about perception. Whether it is clean it up a city or telling you how great the economy is. They want us to believe that everything is perfect and we know that the economy is so precarious right now."

"Fleeing The California Nightmare; Market Cheerleaders Are Wrong; Greed Will Cost You; FED Panic"

Jeremiah Babe, PM 2/12/22:
"Fleeing The California Nightmare; Market Cheerleaders 
Are Wrong; Greed Will Cost You; FED Panic"

"The Madman"

"The Madman"
by Kahlil Gibran

"It was in the garden of a madhouse that I met a youth with a face pale and lovely and full of wonder. And I sat beside him upon the bench, and I said, “Why are you here?” And he looked at me in astonishment, and he said, “It is an unseemly question, yet I will answer you. My father would make of me a reproduction of himself; so also would my uncle. My mother would have me the image of her seafaring husband as the perfect example for me to follow. My brother thinks I should be like him, a fine athlete. And my teachers also, the doctor of philosophy, and the music-master, and the logician, they too were determined, and each would have me but a reflection of his own face in a mirror. Therefore I came to this place. I find it more sane here. At least, I can be myself.” Then of a sudden he turned to me and he said, “But tell me, were you also driven to this place by education and good counsel?”

And I answered, “No, I am a visitor.”

And he answered, “Oh, you are one of those who live in the madhouse on the other side of the wall...”

"The Only Cure..."

"We're all susceptible to it, the dread and anxiety of not knowing what's coming. It's pointless in the end, because all the worrying and the making of plans for things that could or could not happen, it only makes things worse. So walk your dog or take a nap. Just whatever you do, stop worrying. Because the only cure for paranoia is to be here, just as you are."
- Dr. Meredith Grey, "Grey's Anatomy"

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/12/22"

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/12/22"
By Greg Hunter’s

"The numbers for the Biden Administration keep coming in, and every month the numbers more rotten than before. CNN just reported in a new poll that 57% think Biden’s first year is a failure. I say this is the best they can make it look, and no way 43% think Biden is making America anything but a third world hell hole.

The rotten numbers are why you are seeing increasing desperate acts by Deep State Democrats. Nearly 30 Dems are throwing in the towel and not running for re-election in the House. You are also seeing increasing desperate acts by the Biden Administration such as its DHS calling criticism and facts a “heightened terrorism threat.” Yes, Biden and crew are so desperate they are outright attacking the First Amendment. I smell a huge backfire coming.

The Fed keeps threatening a rate hike. Gold is not buying it at $1,824 per ounce, and you should not either, according to economist John Williams, founder of If the Fed is stupid enough to raise rates in this very weak economy, you can expect a hyperinflationary Great Depression. Who knows what the Fed will do because it, too, is desperate, and gold smells fear."

"Join Greg Hunter on Rumble as he talks about 
these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up."

"What You Know..."

"Reputation is what other people know about you.
Honor is what you know about yourself."
- Lois McMaster

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Deep Still Blue"

Full screen recommended.
2002, "Deep Still Blue"

"A Look to the Heavens"

“These three bright nebulae are often featured in telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of the central Milky Way. In fact, 18th century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged two of them; M8, the large nebula left of center, and colorful M20 on the right. The third, NGC 6559, is above M8, separated from the larger nebula by a dark dust lane. All three are stellar nurseries about five thousand light-years or so distant.
The expansive M8, over a hundred light-years across, is also known as the Lagoon Nebula. M20's popular moniker is the Trifid. Glowing hydrogen gas creates the dominant red color of the emission nebulae, with contrasting blue hues, most striking in the Trifid, due to dust reflected starlight. The colorful skyscape recorded with telescope and digital camera also includes one of Messier's open star clusters, M21, just above the Trifid.”
"When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged
in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams,
to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where
he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars."
- Walt Whitman

"For Nothing Is Fixed..."

"For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out."
- James Baldwin

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Book of Hours II, 16"

"Book of Hours II, 16"

"How surely gravity's law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the strongest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.
Each thing-
each stone, blossom, child-
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God's heart;
they have never left him.
This is what the things can teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

The Daily "Near You?"

Weatherford, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"There Are Some Oddities.."

"There are some oddities in the perspective with which we see the world. The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be."
- Douglas Adams

Tucker Carlson, “Reports: Russia Will Invade Ukraine Next Week”

Tucker Carlson, “Reports: Russia Will Invade Ukraine Next Week”
“Fighting Russia is not the same as droning Muammar Gaddafi. It could quickly become a war we couldn’t control. Our side of that war would be overseen by the same generals who failed to beat the Taliban, guerrilla fighters in sandals who don’t use toilet paper.”
View video here:

"How It Really Will Be"


Friday, February 11, 2022

"Stress Test For A Fading Superpower"

"Stress Test For A Fading Superpower"
by Pat Buchanan

"Because America entered both world wars of the 20th century last, while all the other great powers bled one another, and because we outlasted the Soviet Empire in the Cold War, America emerged, in the term of President George H.W. Bush, as “the last superpower.”

We had it all. We were the “indispensable nation.” We saw further into the future. We could impose our “benevolent global hegemony” on all mankind. And so it was that we set out to create a “new world order,” plunging into successive wars in Iraq, the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq again, Syria, Libya, Yemen. In so doing, we bled ourselves, distracted ourselves, exhausted ourselves and sundered ourselves, until half the country was echoing George McGovern’s 1972 campaign slogan: “Come home, America.”

And as we went crusading for a new world order, Vladimir Putin’s Russia gradually recovered from its crushing Cold War defeat, and China began to move out of America’s shadow to become the most powerful rival modern America had ever faced.

Now, U.S. hegemony is being everywhere challenged - in Eastern Europe, the Near East, Southeast Asia, East Asia. And the challenges arise from autocrats united in their resolve to reduce the power and the presence of the United States in their part of the world. All of America’s adversaries have something in common: They want us out of their neighborhood.

After President Joe Biden’s humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ukraine is the site of the latest challenge, triggered by Russia’s deployment of some 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders. Given that he caused this crisis, Putin is unlikely to withdraw all his forces without visible assurances that Ukraine never becomes a member of NATO. And, given that no NATO ally or neighbor of Ukraine has shown a disposition to fight Russia for Ukraine, Putin is likely ultimately to prevail.

Neither Georgia nor Ukraine will soon be invited to join NATO, no matter the “open door” policy of the alliance. And as Putin is committed to creating a sphere of influence where no next-door neighbor is a NATO ally, we are probably only at the beginning of a series of crises over the exclusion of nations from the alliance.

A second member of the global anti-American front is Iran. The U.S. and Iran are said to be close to renewing the nuclear deal from which former President Donald Trump walked away. Yet, the persistent threat from Iran and its radical allies like the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Shia militia in Syria and Iraq, and Hezbollah in Lebanon is likely to complicate any U.S. effort to extricate ourselves from a Middle East that has consumed so much of our attention and resources since 9/11.

In East Asia, China has begun anew sending military aircraft into the Air Defense Identification Zone of Taiwan, and it has never relinquished its claim to that island of 24 million and former U.S. ally. After the Ukraine crisis is resolved, Taiwan is likely to soon be back on the front burner. If we would not fight Russia on behalf of Ukraine, why would we go to war with China to defend the independence of Taiwan, when, 50 years ago this month, President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger declared Taiwan to be “a part of China”?

North Korea has resumed testing its cruise and ballistic missiles. And Pyongyang is not going to hold off forever the testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The question here is how far off is the next confrontation. And, as there is no U.S. national disposition to fight for Ukraine, it is hard to believe that, 70 years after sending 350,000 troops to South Korea, we would send an army of that size to again fight the North.

Bottom line: The balance of power is constantly shifting. And in this new century, it has been shifting in favor of America’s adversaries, all of whom wish to see us diminished. Where former President George W. Bush warned of an “axis of evil” that included Iraq, Iran and North Korea, its successor today includes Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, a far more formidable axis. Moreover, America’s relative power and willingness to use it is far diminished from what it was in George Bush’s day.

The new correlation of forces:

● North Korea has become a full-fledged nuclear power with intercontinental ballistic missiles that can hit the USA.
● Russia’s armed forces are more imposing than they were two decades ago.
● China has swept past every rival power to the United States, while America’s allies are less powerful and less united behind it.

Meanwhile, America has run up a national debt larger than the entire U.S. economy. Its trade deficits are at record levels. Its borders are being overrun by migrants from all over the world. And its disposition to intervene, engage and fight for democracy has rarely been lower. The global stress test of the last superpower is on, and it is not likely we will pass it with a grade as high as the one we had earned by the Cold War’s end."

"Brace For Impact - Markets Out Of Control; FED Emergency; Housing On Borrowed Time"

Full screen recommended.
Jeremiah Babe, PM 2/11/22:
"Brace For Impact - Markets Out Of Control; 
FED Emergency; Housing On Borrowed Time"

"Stock Market Crash Accelerated: Brace For A Catastrophic Bubble Burst In 2022!"

Full screen recommended.
"Stock Market Crash Accelerated: 
Brace For A Catastrophic Bubble Burst In 2022!"
by Epic Economist

"The carnage continues! Wall Street is facing extreme volatility as big-name stocks face dramatic losses and declining economic trends suggest that a whole lot of turbulence is still on the horizon. Today, we brought several indicators and insights on the imminent stock market crash, so don’t forget to leave a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss future videos. Wall Street has experienced a stunning rise in passive trading, a generalized fear of missing out, and a dot-com-like investor mania that has ultimately contributed to the uncontrolled growth of the stock market bubble over the past few years. Now, that superbubble has started to implode, with some big tech names going down first.

That’s what Harvard lecturer and renowned writer Vikram Mansharamani highlighted in a recent interview. The author, who became famous for spotting previous market bubbles in his book "Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst," is warning that the current one is about to explode. “I believe a passive investing bubble has been brewing and, in fact, have started showing signs of cracking and bursting,” Mansharamani said. “We've had flows driving prices, more than fundamentals in many sectors. And part of that's being driven by just the massive amounts of money flowing into some of these indexes,” he explains.

The analyst notes that valuations have been manipulated by a fear of missing out and the “power of storytelling" by celebrity CEOs, singling out Tesla as the main example. CEO Elon Musk has a huge influence on the public and the ability to sell the idea of a "fantastic new world" and monumental future gains. Those sorts of narratives have fueled stock prices higher and higher, resulting in an unsustainable disconnect between tangible economic returns and the price with which investors value the company, he said.

Social media has only accelerated that trend. However, different from what most investors want to believe nowadays, fundamentals do matter. And as companies started to report weaker-than-expected profits in the most recent quarter, sentiment in the market has clearly started to shift, and some brutal losses have been happening each day. Tesla stocks, for instance, have crashed by 25% in a matter of days. Earlier this week, the shares of Facebook owner Meta plunged almost 30% in a single day, marking the biggest single-day drop in market value for a U.S. company ever recorded. The collapse came after the social media giant reported a dismal growth forecast.

The sizable downturn wiped out more than $200 billion from Meta’s market capitalization, and roughly $30 billion from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth, and sent shockwaves across the broader market, with the technology sector plummeting even further and the Nasdaq Composite Index deep in correction territory. Big U.S. tech companies have been under fire in 2022 as an imminent monetary policy shift spooks bullish investors since higher interest rates would erode the industry's rich valuations and inevitably set off a widespread stock price correction, threatening to crater shares with lofty valuations. The Nasdaq, which is dominated by tech and growth stocks, has been hit the hardest, losing over 10% and expecting more losses to come. That's why, many other names faced sell-offs and massive declines this week, including Netflix, Twitter, Pinterest, and Spotify.

After a week-long sell-off, all major indexes are now on the brink of bear-market territory, and if corporate earnings continue to disappoint as the Federal Reserve starts raising interest rates, they will be rapidly pushed over the edge. “It’s too early to be bullish,” Morgan Stanley’s Michael Wilson cautioned, warning the S&P could face another round of double-digit losses while pointing out the “most speculative parts” of the market have been hit the hardest, with names like Peloton crashing 75%.“Winter is here, and the damage under the surface has been enormous and even catastrophic for many individual stocks,” Wilson continued

The rapid gains and rapid losses of certain shares indicate that the bubble is struggling to hold up, and with leading stocks crashing down, a ripple effect is rapidly spreading all across the market. This financial asset bubble is global, and it includes stocks, bonds, housing, and many other assets. Given its unsustainability, and when you count everything that’s involved, a crash of catastrophic proportions is the only possible outcome to this frenetic rally. In other words, brace for a lot of pain and start strategizing before it’s too late."

"Robert Kiyosaki Predicts The 2022 Housing Crash: “Don’t Listen To Your Stupid Real Estate Agent”

Full screen recommended.
"Robert Kiyosaki Predicts The 2022 Housing Crash: 
“Don’t Listen To Your Stupid Real Estate Agent”
by The Atlantis Report

"Robert Kiyosaki Warns Investors Of 
An Upcoming Housing Market Crash"

"Don't listen to your stupid real estate agent who tells you that, oh, the price of real estate always goes up because it doesn't. So rather than listening to Jim Kramer on CNBC, I listen to Richard Duncan and understand what's going on in the global money supply because this next crash is gonna be even bigger."

Robert T. Kiyosaki is an American businessman and author. Kiyosaki is the founder of Rich Global LLC and the Rich Dad Company, author of the "Rich Dad Poor Dad" famous book that offers personal finance education to help you learn about cash flow, real estate, investing, and business building."

Gregory Mannarino, "Emergency FED Meeting; Potential War; Global Energy Crisis; It's A Twisted Game"

Gregory Mannarino, PM 2/11/22:
"Emergency FED Meeting; Potential War; 
Global Energy Crisis; It's A Twisted Game"

"The Calm Before the Storm - You Need To Be Ready"

Full screen recommended.
Dan, iAllegedly PM 2/11/22:
"The Calm Before the Storm - You Need To Be Ready"
"This is the calm before the storm. Inflation is out of control. The Fed has said that they are going to raise interest rates and have toyed with different numbers like 1/2 of a percent and 3/4 of a percent. That will do nothing but aggravate the market."

Musical Interlude: Gnomusy (David Caballero), “Footprints On The Sea”

Gnomusy (David Caballero), “Footprints On The Sea”

"A Look to the Heavens"

 “This pretty, open cluster of stars, M34, is about the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Easy to appreciate in small telescopes, it lies some 1,800 light-years away in the constellation Perseus. At that distance, M34 physically spans about 15 light-years. Formed at the same time from the same cloud of dust and gas, all the stars of M34 are about 200 million years young. 

But like any open star cluster orbiting in the plane of our galaxy, M34 will eventually disperse as it experiences gravitational tides and encounters with the Milky Way's interstellar clouds and other stars. Over four billion years ago, our own Sun was likely formed in a similar open star cluster.”


"Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes to simply be a human. Maybe, we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe, we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate."
- "Grey's Anatomy"

The Poet: Rolf Jacobsen, "When They Sleep"

"When They Sleep"

"All people are children when they sleep.
There's no war in them then.
They open their hands and breathe
in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them.
They pucker their lips like small children
and open their hands halfway,
soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters.
The stars stand guard
and a haze veils the sky,
a few hours when no one will do anybody harm.
If only we could speak to one another then
when our hearts are half-open flowers.
Words like golden bees
would drift in.
God, teach me the language of sleep."

- Rolf Jacobsen,
"The Roads Have Come to an End Now" 

"I Would Rather Have..."

"When a bull is being lead to the slaughter, it still hopes to break loose and trample its butchers. Other bulls have not been able to pass on the knowledge that this never happens and that from the slaughterhouse there is no way back to the herd. But in human society there is a continuous exchange of experience. I have never heard of a man who broke away and fled while being led to his execution. It is even thought to be a special form of courage if a man about to be executed refuses to be blindfolded and dies with his eyes open. But I would rather have the bull with his blind rage, the stubborn beast who doesn't weigh his chances of survival with the prudent dull-wittedness of man, and doesn't know the despicable feeling of despair."
- Nadezhda Mandelstam

The Daily "Near You?"

Mustang, Oklahoma, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Only Difference..."

“The only difference between the Republican and Democratic
parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when
corporations knock on their door. That’s the only difference.”
- Ralph Nader

"Dishonesty is a Bad Business Plan"

"Dishonesty is a Bad Business Plan"
by Jim Kunstler

“Perhaps for the ruling class the only thing that would be more terrifying than seeing children go to school without masks is the idea of losing elections.” - Grace Curley, "The Spectator"

"The whopping untruths launched onto the people of Western Civ by their governments reformatted the brains of millions so badly that they shuffled obediently into a mass formation and ran over a buffalo jump. What a stampede it has been!

But suddenly, the remaining buffaloes are balking at the cliff’s edge, seeing the bodies pile up below. Some of the bulls have even turned the other way and started charging back across the darkling prairie at the creatures driving the herd with their klaxons of deceit. All authority, from Vienna to Vancouver stands revealed as psychopathic - it apparently seeks to kill and injure as many as possible. Talk about the needle and the damage done! Why else persist with vaccines that don’t work and which provoke the most lethal disease mechanisms as side-effects?

The most mysterious element of the story, of course, is what motivated the various actors in this accursed melodrama. You could start by asking Dr. Anthony Fauci why he suggested this week the need for yet another round of the same mRNA booster shots that already proved completely ineffective against the omicron generation of Coronavirus. People are dropping dead from the boosters. Each successive shot sends a fresh cargo of toxic artificial spike proteins into the bloodstream, which remain at work for more than a year, insidiously gumming up the capillaries of vital organs and throwing toggle switches in the coded proteins of immune systems that turn off the body’s natural defenses against a panoply of diseases, including cancers. The life insurance companies are starting to notice and squawk about the astounding rise in all-causes mortality. Nobody else in the loop dares to speak up, most conspicuously the doctors, except a brave few… McCullough, Malone, Kory, Bhattacharya, Kheriaty, Cole, Risch, Marik, Urso….

Dr. Fauci, of course, has an entire career of public health malpractice to cover up. In his quest for medical immortality, he bungled the institutional response to the AIDS epidemic, introducing toxic drug protocols still inexplicably in use today - namely, AZT, which got FDA approval despite its botched 1986 Phase II trials. Next, Dr. Fauci attempted a miracle cure for the terrifying Ebola virus: remdesivir. More botched trials. Anyway, the drug didn’t work against Ebola. But he hauled it out again for his crowning creation, Covid-19, and got the NIH to anoint remdesivir as the standard-of-care for hospital in-patients - at the same time that he got the bureaucracy to ban and demonize effective early treatment protocols, including ivermectin and HCQ - while pushing his next-gen miracle cure, the mRNA vaccines, which also flunked their rushed and inept trials.

Remdesivir provokes renal failure in five days, leading to fluid build-up in the lungs, and the doctors were unable to discern the deadly side-effects from the supposed symptoms of Covid-19 itself. What’s more, the public health authorities gave a $17,000 bonus to hospitals for each course of remdesivir given, and additional cash for reporting deaths as Covid-related. Quite a racket. The net result is hundreds of thousands of deaths from mass medical malpractice, and ultimately the ruin of the entire racketeering-based US medical system.

Henceforth, doctors will have to battle strenuously against being regarded as dangerous quacks, while the entire scaffold of conglomerate hospitals and group practices founders and falls. You have no idea what a sh*tstorm of lawsuits is barreling toward the medical establishment when the fog of propaganda finally lifts and the public can see what has been perpetrated against it. Criminal indictments against Dr. Fauci and some of his colleagues should follow in a sane world, and there’s a chance that the world is beginning to swerve back a little closer to sanity - where a respect for truth and the rule-of-law can re-energize the collective public conscience.

The Democratic Party rode this public health fiasco into power in the USA and has abused its prerogatives exorbitantly in its quest for power without purpose… other than for more power to push people around. The Democratic Party used Covid to enable the ballot fraud that drove its nemesis, Mr. Trump, from office - and dearly wanted the same excuse to use it again this year. For weeks now, the party has been dithering between a quadrupling down of its insane Covid mandates and the fretful recognition that too much news of its Covid crimes and turpitudes has gotten out.

Tens of millions heard the three-hour Joe Rogan interviews with Doctors McCullough and Malone, in which they laid out the shocking facts about the rise of medical tyranny, the propaganda campaign supporting it out of the old news media networks, and the obscene machinations of a rogue pharmaceutical industry drunk on profits. Those two long and thoughtful conversations with McCullough and Malone have shifted the public’s perception of what has gone on, and their participation with other doctors in Senator Ron Johnson’s recent hearings, have thrown the Party of Covid and Chaos completely off-balance.

The uprising of Canadian truckers inspires a general resistance to being pushed around by over-reaching elected officials and their bureaucratic subalterns, and the truckers’ example is being followed all over Western Civ. Wait until the American truckers get in the act, representing a vast class of citizens who have taken a beating for more than two years and, increasingly, have nothing left to lose.

Following the lame, coordinate campaign to discredit Joe Rogan, the Democrats and their accomplices in the news media went into a desperate pivot this week, attempting brazenly to pretend that they can walk away from what amounts to their abetting of mass murder. The midterm elections loom darkly. Not only can they be kicked out of legislative power, but there’s an excellent chance that their hapless, grifter president, “Joe Biden” can be impeached and convicted by a new Congress for bribery and treason, and the vice-president along with him for high crimes, leading to the installing of a new speaker of the house (not a Democrat) as president. Between the congressional investigations that would follow, and the appointment of a new attorney general, the prosecutions can commence and the country can begin the rehabilitation of its conscience."

"Never Be A Spectator..."

"Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."
- Christopher Hitchens

Gregory Mannarino, "Critical Updates: More Fear, More Propaganda, More Lies - Ignore It All"

Gregory Mannarino, AM 2/11/22:
"Critical Updates: More Fear, 
More Propaganda, More Lies - Ignore It All"

"American Idle"

"American Idle"
No work, no love and no way out...
by Bill Bonner

Youghal, Ireland - “A man with no means of filling up time is as miserable out of work as a dog on the chain.” ~ George Orwell

"Yesterday, the rock and the hard place came closer together. CNBC reports: "Inflation surges 7.5% on an annual basis, even more than expected and highest since 1982, was even higher than the Wall Street estimate. Consumer prices surged more than expected over the past 12 months, indicating a worsening outlook for inflation and cementing the likelihood of substantial interest rate hikes this year."

The Fed’s room for maneuver is narrowing. Inflate or Die. Either it allows inflation to continue (and get worse)… or it kills the bubble economy. Most people believe the Fed will do ‘the right thing’ – after exhausting the other possibilities; it will raise its key rates, allow a bear market on Wall Street... and a recession on Main Street. We doubt it. America’s ruling elites depend on the Fed to do the wrong thing; it is not likely to let them down.

But this week we’ve focused on the other side of the inflation equation. Money is what the Fed produces. Goods and services are produced by the economy. More money and/or less ‘stuff’ = higher inflation. We’ve been looking at the men and women who produce stuff… and wondering why they don’t produce more of it.

Backing up… The elite has been corrupted by power and money. Fed governors put in their buy/sell orders… and then make important announcements. Retired generals get cushy sinecures with Raytheon and General Dynamics. Journalists skew the ‘news’ to promote their favorite programs and try to cancel contrary opinions. And as the Fed pumps more money into the stock market, they – the rich – get richer.

Naturally, ambitious young people want to join them. But most only become debt-enslaved janissaries – loyally protecting ‘the system’ as long as it keeps interest rates low and lets them borrow more.

A Common Plight: Meanwhile, thanks to more and more ‘transfer’ payments… and a growing disgust with being ripped off and despised… the working stiffs are staying home. Here’s Andrew Yang on the plight of the common man: "Men now make up only 40.5 percent of college students. Male community college enrollment declined by 14.7 percent in 2020 alone, compared with 6.8 percent for women. Median wages for men have declined since 1990 in real terms. Roughly one-third of men are either unemployed or out of the workforce. More U.S. men ages 18 to 34 are now living with their parents than with romantic partners."

Economic transformation has been a big contributor. More than two-thirds of manufacturing workers are men; the sector has lost more than 5 million jobs since 2000. People without much income don’t spend much money. You can see that playing out in the final sales numbers (less inventories). Despite press reports of a “healthy recovery,” final sales rose only 0.08% in the third quarter of last year… and only 1.88% in the 4th quarter.

David Stockman further reports that used car prices have continued to shoot up – by 85% over the last year. Unfortunately, used wheels are how much of the proletariat rolls. And now – with average monthly payments of $500 plus – the average American cannot even afford a USED car.

The Unhappy Idle: But wait… didn’t Joe Biden just pat himself on the back for creating – CREATING! – 6.6 million new jobs in his first year? Of course, he created not a single job. The economy creates jobs. And lately, it is creating far fewer than advertised.

James Dale Davidson comments: "ADT, the private employment services company that calculates from real numbers, reports that U.S. companies SHED 301,000 employees last month. That is credible evidence of a weakening economy, not one in the midst of a growth surge."

Take a closer look at the government’s own statistics. The Labor Department’s official numbers don’t entirely black out the real picture. If you discount their “seasonal revisions,” which can be pure poppycock, the BLS data show that before adjustment, the economy LOST 272,000 jobs last month. The ‘hours worked’ figures are clearer. No jiggling. No joggling. Just count them up. The index of ‘aggregate hours worked’ is still lower than it was in 2019.

By our count, that leaves about 150 million adults – men and women – with a lot of time on their hands, including 90 million more unemployed adults than there were in 1970. What happens to them?

Andrew Yang again: "Not just coincidentally, “deaths of despair” - those caused by suicide, overdose and alcoholism - have surged to unprecedented levels among middle-aged men over the past 20 years."

If Freud is right, and work and love are the primary sources of human happiness, there must be a lot of idle, unhappy people. With no work to fill their time, maybe love becomes more important? Alas, that too seems to be out of reach. Yang: Research shows that one significant factor women look for in a partner is a steady job. As men’s unemployment rises, their romantic prospects decline. Unsurprisingly, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from 1960 to 2010, the proportion of adults without a college degree who marry plummeted from just over 70 percent to roughly 45 percent.

No work. No love. “No cream in my coffee. No sugar in my tea.” What is left? Here’s a headline from USA Today. "Fentanyl Kills More Young Americans Than COVID…" Do too many young people put that water bucket on the ground… leaving them with nothing to do and no reason to do it? We don’t know. But there is always more to the story… and this must be part of it. Enjoy your weekend..."

"There Is Always The Hope..."

“What happens to people living in a society where everyone in power is lying, stealing, cheating and killing, and in our hearts we all know this, but the consequences of facing all these lies are so monstrous, we keep on hoping that maybe the corporate government administration and media are on the level with us this time. Americans remind me of survivors of domestic abuse. This is always the hope that this is the very, very, very last time one’s ribs get re-broken again.”
- Inga Muscio

"Wake-Up Call"

"Wake-Up Call"
by Jim Kunstler

"How many times have I reminded you that history is a prankster? Who would have guessed that Canada, demure, inoffensive, shrinking violet among nations, would rise to lead a world-wide revolt against the Satanic dominion of digital neo-Bolshevism? I mean, what else can you call it - this political Saint Vitus Dance sweeping Western Civ that seeks to destroy every constitutional liberty, deprive citizens of life, property, and even language, and reduce every individual to an internet-surveilled and controlled automaton… this global megalomaniacal mental illness posturing as “government?”

Well, now it has happened, and the head of Canada’s government, Justin Trudeau - arguably the most fatuous would-be tyrant in the former “Free World” - has failed to emerge from his hidey-hole for the better part of a week, perhaps afraid of seeing his shadow like the groundhog of legend, and it begins to look as if his days as Prime Minister grow short. It’s rumored that the Canadian military told Mr. Trudeau in plain un-Woke Canadian English to fuck-off, they will not take orders to put down the truckers’ protest, and even the Mounties are wobbling, so it’s left to the Ottawa police, who threaten to arrest anyone aiding the truckers with food, water, and fuel. Wait and see how quickly that will turn to fighting in the streets. Constitutional crisis, ay?

Meanwhile, a dozen or so other members of the Western Civ Club of Nations are ditching their Covid-19 mandates and restrictions. The reason: despite the mighty forces of deliberate organized mind-f**kery and resulting mass delusion, the Covid-19 “vaccines” are finally revealed as a criminal fraud, a danger to all who submitted to them, and an insult to the age-old accrued intelligence of the human race as used-to-be represented by science, ethics, and law.

And still, America’s own putative leader, the empty suit known as “Joe Biden,” had the temerity to go on TV last week and once again tell his sore-beset people to “get vaccinated… get your kids vaccinated!” Who does he think he’s speaking to? The counter-information to Tony Fauci’s criminal bullshit is flooding the zone, despite America’s sinister Intel Community attempting to control the captured and discredited legacy news media.

Just last night CBS’s 60-Minutes told its audience that our hospitals are overwhelmed by the unvaccinated with Covid, which is an outright lie. Maybe we should start asking: who are the individual producers and network executives responsible for this arrant mendacity? Would it be interesting to see them in a court of law, having to answer whether they believe their own bullshit? Or is someone telling them to sell it?

Some powerful counter-information to The Official Narrative emerged last week from the US military’s own Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) when several whistleblower doctors revealed to attorney Tom Renz heretofore suppressed statistics on the shocking increase in vaccine injuries among young, otherwise able-bodied soldiers. Have a look at the list reported out of Dr. Robert Malone’s Substack newsletter:

●  Number of Diseases & Injuries Reported By Year (Hospitalization) up 37%
● Diseases of the Nervous System By Year up 968%
● Malignant Tumor Reports By Year up 276%
● Acute Myocardial Infarct Reports By Year up 343%
●  Myocarditis Reports By Year up 184%
●  Pericarditis Reports By Year up 70%
Pulmonary Embolism Reports By Year up 260%
● Congenital Malformations Reports By Year up 87%
● Nontraumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Reports By Year up 227% Reports By Year up 2,361%
● Suicide Reports By Year up 227%
● Neoplasms for All Cancers By Year up 218%
● Malignant Neoplasms for Digestive Organs By Year up 477%
● Neoplasms for Breast Cancer By Year up 469%
● Neoplasms for Testicular Cancer By Year up 298%
● Female Infertility Reports By Year up 419%
● Dysmenorrhea Reports By Year up 221.5%
● Ovarian Dysfunction Reports By Year up 299%
● Spontaneous Abortion Reports By Year DOWN by 10%
● Male Infertility Reports By Year up 320%
● Guillian-Barre Syndrome Reports By Year up 520%
● Acute Transverse Myelitis Reports By Year up 494%
● Seizure Reports By Year up 298%
● Narcolepsy & Cataplexy Reports By Year up 352%
● Rhabdomyolysis By Year up 672%
● Multiple Sclerosis Reports By Year up 614%
● Migraine Reports By Year up 352%
● Blood Disorder Reports By Year up 204%
● Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Reports By Year up 2,130%
● Cerebral Infarct Reports By Year up 294%

This is not the first time the nation has learned about vaccine injuries - the CDC’s VAERS registry has reported out massive problems with the Moderna, Pfizer,and J & J “vaccines” since early summer of 2021. (In fact, adverse events are notoriously under-reported by perhaps 100-times.) Now the FDA has gone and issued a full approval of the Moderna vaccine, without convening the customary expert advisory panel. The documents explaining the FDA’s decision were scrubbed from the FDA’s website. The FDA spox responded to questions about it saying, “We are aware of the issue and hope to have the document reposted as soon as possible.” So far, the docs are still missing-in-action. The primary objective of this approval seems to be adding the Moderna mRNA vax to the protocol for children, which would permit the disabling and murder of millions of innocents. This is exactly what “Joe Biden” is calling for. And by the way, adding it to the children’s vaccine schedule supposedly continues Moderna’s shield of immunity from lawsuits. Just remember: in law, fraud vitiates that protection.

We now enter a period of danger as the sleepwalkers of America awaken from their induced consensus trance and begin to understand how they were harmed, swindled, and robbed by a corrupt, criminal officialdom. It will hurt badly because the public wanted so desperately to believe that vaccines would make them safe from the mysteriously conjured Covid-19 virus - and, more than that, would cure their gnawing anxiety over the wreckage of American life caused by what appears to be leadership hostage to sinister forces.

I must say, I believe the truth of our predicament will grow a whole lot weirder as we stumble into springtime. The weirdest part of all will be when America learns exactly who and what have been the prime generators of our disorder. The disillusionment will be cosmic."

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