Debt Rattle April 1 2021

 

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  • #72245
    madamski
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    They’re back!

    “Iran launches operation to fight swarms of desert locusts”

    #72246
    Mr. House
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    ” The Cabal is an abhorrence, regardless of the above. The people may be stupid but the cabal is venal and has base motives. They are cynics, knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. This matters. However much the Rockefeller and Carnegie tax-evading foundations pump relativism into the children’s brains, it does matter what you do and why you do it.

    Guilty of playing God, members of the cabal overestimate their intelligence more than anyone. That makes them more dangerous, a greater liability to society.

    They are not simply stupid, however. They are not causing loss to society by accident or incompetence. They are acting with intent. That makes them in Cipolla’s study of stupid, bandits: he who causes a loss to others with malice and intent to enrich himself.

    Given that they have motive, means and opportunity, that makes the Cabal guilty of pre-crime by the same standards that Peter Thiel and friends apply to the rest of us.

    Society, at root, is a system by which we protect ourselves from gangs, bandits, organized crime and those who incorporate to pursue selfish interests. We cannot let those very people run society or it has lost its very purpose.

    It is not that society is morally superior or inherently good. Nor is government, either. It is a system of mutual protection, first, with the optional extras of mutual support and assistance.

    The people may be stupid but there is a danger in our midst. It is time to grab the pitchforks, shake the straw from our sleepy heads and identify the cabal.”

    #72247
    madamski
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    Drip… drip… one raindrop in a pool of water makes a thousand ripples:

    ‘Business is booming’: Restaurant owner defies COVID orders, and flourishes

    #72248
    Mr. House
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    “The Powers That Be work with scripts. Sometimes it is as simple as anticipating outcomes and priming the press to portray those events in a certain light: some people/interests as the bad guys, others as our guys. Other times it is rewriting history after the event to cover up an inconvenient truth, as President Lyndon Johnson did with the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. Other times entire ‘happenings’ are scripted, such as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964.

    More important to know, intelligence agencies use scripts today. Covid is a script, changing in real time, but with politicians closely following choreographed parts. Many religious texts are scripts. The attacks of 9/11 formed a very intricate script, even if you blame cave-dwelling terrorists for putting all the elements together. The Skripal poisoning is a script – it’s been written up by the BBC as a television script which differs from the script that was handed out at the time to the press. Sergei Skripal’s handlers were working on a script that we call the pee-pee, or dirty, dossier. Their scripts are integral to their actions.

    Governments have always employed script writers. It is no coincidence that lots of bestselling authors have come out of the intelligence services and their books have helped form the public’s world view: Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, John le Carré, or those tightly associated with the agencies like Tom Clancy. Hollywood is even more important in forming the public mind, known as cultural programming or predictive programming. Usually these rewrite the authorized history of an event after it has happened (Argo, American Made or pretty much any WWII movie) but sometimes they introduce an idea to the public mind like Arnon Milchan’s Lone Gunman, Medusa Touch and Fight Club movies all anticipated 9/11.

    Politicians and oligarchs have changed little through the ages. Read the plays of Aristophanes and Aeschylus. Joseph Campbell showed there are only a few basic plots. Political biographers and military historians reveal that leaders are far more likely to employ the same techniques than to strike out on their own.

    That’s our advantage. We, the People, have seen their kind before.

    Work with narratives, ideas, and perceive their scripts and plans. Do not be misled too early into a hunt for information, counting bullet cases on the Grassy Knoll, except in so far as it supports ideas.”

    #72249
    V. Arnold
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    Mr. House

    The people may be stupid but there is a danger in our midst. It is time to grab the pitchforks, shake the straw from our sleepy heads and identify the cabal.”

    It finally sunk in on March 19, 2003 that there will be no pitch forks, guns, rocks, or action by, or for, the people.
    The people, whomever they are, are not stupid; just blinded by the ephemera…
    As Benjamin Franklin said; we have a republic; if we can keep it…we didn’t, we lost it…
    The bigger problem is that the illusion of the U.S. as a democracy is still alive and well…
    Some few know better…

    #72250
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Mr. House

    “Society, at root, is a system by which we protect ourselves from gangs, bandits, organized crime and those who incorporate to pursue selfish interests. We cannot let those very people run society or it has lost its very purpose.”

    That is not its root, which is common work together for essential common goals like food, water, shelter, company, procreation. Mutual aid does not begin with our tendency to gang up on each other when things get crowded. Mutual aid begins with us working together to gang up on the biosphere to give us our daily bread and continue our species.

    Gangs, wars, banditry follow not lead these things. Put another way: a person/people is not worth attacking they first don’t have something worth stealing. We have become such militarized slaves we define almost everything in terms of conflict when it is cooperation that allows even war to happen in the first place.

    #72251
    John Day
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    Lots of good commentary.
    Thanks folks.
    Big day at the clinic tomorrow.
    (I wonder about those excess deaths in Israel.
    Such a blessing having all of the tribe vaccinated, but not the Palestinians.
    Wonder how this plays out.)

    #72252
    VietnamVet
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    The basic human problem is putting yourself in another person’s shoes; especially, when your livelihood depends on fitting in.

    Coming back to CDC’s weekly number of deaths and the reality they reflect, what policies should be implemented?
    https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

    At the last peak in early January there where 20,000 US weekly deaths above the statistical average. The striking fact ignored by corporate media but pointed out by Doc Robinson is the weekly average on March 20th is 20,000 deaths below average, the lowest level on the chart. To me this is due to 54 million Americans fully vaccinated, natural immunity, and empty cubicles in office buildings – lockdowns still in effect.

    But European and Midwest and Northeast US States (i.e. Michigan) are seeing an increase in hospitalizations. France is going into lockdown again. This must be due to coronavirus being endemic and the mutation of new variants that are more contagious plus society reopening. The lockdowns outside of Asia and the South Pacific work (they’ve controlled seasonal flu) but are inadequate to control coronavirus. They are imposed anyway to alleviate the overcrowded in the for-profit healthcare system. Western rulers have no interest in building more hospitals or doing what is necessary to eradicate the virus. A very strict quarantine that would stop coronavirus transmission would halt everything for two months. The basic problem is the status quo does not work. Vaccines alone will not eliminate the virus without repeated semiannual jabs and addressing vaccine avoidance. If the virus runs wild, like Brazil, there will be repeated shutdowns, illness and death in variant hot spots until it mutates to coexist with its host. Or nations can go on a war footing with a comprehensive public health programs (strong borders, democracy, and healthcare for all) to end coronavirus transmission, eradicate it completely, and rejoin the virus free world.

    Implementing a comprehensive campaign to defeat coronavirus would also assure that the next pandemic isn’t a disaster even worse than the current one.

    #72275
    madamski
    Participant

    @ Viet Nam vet

    “To me this is due to 54 million Americans fully vaccinated, natural immunity, and empty cubicles in office buildings – lockdowns still in effect.”

    Thank you. The “To me” upfront is all I ask. Opinion separate from fixed data.

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