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D’oh! Correction, Wuhan area, not Hunan.
On Feb 4 and investigative journalist was able to trick a Wuhan funeral home into divulging their crematorium workload. It’s a fascinating exchange, not least because the supervisor was at her wits end from fatigue.
Based on her data, I penciled out a quick graph of the workload between the dates of Jan 23 – Feb 3, assuming that the workload began to increase quadratically starting on Jan 23. With only 11 of 18 ovens functional they had cremated 116 of the 127 bodies delivered on Feb 3, which she complained was 4-5X their normal workload. Using a conservative estimate, I calculated their normal workload for that 12-day period at 348 bodies. This left 488 that must be attributed to the virus, totaling 836 altogether.
The supervisor stated that the nearby Hankou Funeral Home had a much larger workload than her funeral home. Assuming that her funeral home had an average workload, and that there are 49 crematoria in the Hunan area, 488 x 49 = 23,912 virus deaths just for the Hunan area. Just sayin.
I am another one who is following the virus story closely and have noticed that the numbers don’t seem to match the extreme measures taken by the CCP. Neither do they correlate with the non-official reports escaping censorship here and there via social media. Don’t 800 people choke on their eggrolls each month? 400 Million quarantined, the world economy put at risk for a few hundred? I don’t believe it. What pikers those Chinese, we in the US lose 40,000 to opiates each year without batting an eye.
What’s worse are the charts and graphs seen on so many sites using the official data from China. “Oh, notice how the graph is starting to flatten, this shows how the quarantine is taking effect.” “Everyone should be back to work soon.” Blah, blah, blah. It’s painful to watch all the wasted time and energy put into their analysis. All based on numbers having no reality content. Made up out of thin air, like the Iowa Caucus delegate counts.
“Did China’s Tencent Accidentally Leak the True Terrifying Coronavirus Statistics?” – Zero Hedge
The 10X virus statistics temporarily posted on the Tencent site look much more realistic, and would justify the extreme containment measures we currently see being implemented. Notice that the daily increments are also in line with the higher totals. If I had to guess, this was not an accidental posting, but someone with a conscience trying to get the truth to the outside world. And like Julian Assange, they have probably been relieved from their job and disappeared.
Damn proof reader! configuration -> conflagration
John Durham Investigaties Months Before Mueller Appointment (WE)
Yes, Dr D Rich, the fix is in. But the ignorant public must be given the illusion that the wheels of justice are turning, every so slowly in order to grind out the truth. Yes, maybe three or four years will be needed for Durham’s wide investigative net to scoop up every coup plotter in the FISAgate -> Russiagate conspiracy. And so we wait on pins and needles for the indictments, trials, and sentencing, for crimes that were obvious to the half-blind three years ago. And wait… and wait. Any day now the scales of justice will be rebalanced… waiting…
Here’s what will happen instead: nothing. The kindling will continue to be stacked up around DC higher and higher, until that fateful day when the match is lit and the configuration begins.
We recently learned that for centuries the Australian aboriginal tribes were smart enough to initiate periodic burns to maintain the health of their ecosystem, until the state stepped in with a better plan. Helping! We saw the result. Similarly, the governmental ecosystem requires a cleansing of corruption from time to time in order to keep the social contract between state and governed healthy. The longer the state puts off this rebalancing, the more out-of-control will be the reckoning.
“…. lobbyists and companies will often give family members undeserved lucrative jobs and contracts to curry favor with powerful politicians. Overseas, it is standard operating procedure. ….”
I’m reminded of Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 NBC job, and Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speeches.
Do not wish it for yourself! This is corruption plain and simple, and no matter how hard the mind tries to justify the unmerited gain, the heart knows better and will extract payment one way or another, often setting in motion self-destructive forces, like drug addiction for instance.
This is always an unwise path if you value your friends and loved ones. What appears on the surface as a boon, is in fact a curse. There is no free lunch. There are no shortcuts. There is only law, and those looking for an easy way around it.
“If she’s [Greta] on line, there’s a profit or a lie somewhere. If there weren’t, they’d shut her out like everybody else.”
Ding! Ding! Ding! When, oh when are people going to figure this out? Cute little Greta currently has the media spotlight because she is serving a useful purpose for very powerful people. When she is no longer needed, they will cast her aside.
“I just don’t feel that there is a good way to model WHAT is the cause of said weird effects.”
I’ve not seen anything like it since Inspector Clouseau.
However, once again we get old switcheroo! Wrong letter, sorry. This new one here says we are not leaving Iraq.
“Iraqi PM Claims Soleimani Was On Peace Mission When Assassinated (GZ)”
“Iraqi Parliament Calls For Expulsion Of Foreign Troops (AlJ)”
Continued from yesterday… Do I think that President Trump tweeting whatever pops into his addled head at 1am is a good thing? Nope, not in the least, but I understand why he does it. It’s a very risky game when tensions in the world are this high, and the owner of said Twitter account is subject to egoic mood swings.
Even the most die-hard MAGA believer must now see that there is no 4D chess being played in the White House… not even 2D chess. Because Trump is not a principle-driven man, being virtually ungrounded, he’s moved by whomever has his ear at the moment, or the latest Tucker Carlson broadcast on Fox News. This time Bibi just happened to catch him at the right time and he pulled the trigger on General Soleimani. I imagine that bankrupting casinos is not the best preparation for understanding Middle Eastern history and culture.
I think he really stepped in it this time, putting his reelection at risk, not to mention the carnage if events spiral out of control. Most of us feel that the election of President Trump was a Hail Mary attempt at changing the course of this nation, but it’s now plain to see that the ball has been dropped.
If reason were music your commentary today would be a symphony!
“Trump Could Start A War Via Twitter; The Social Network Is OK With That (Keys)”
Numerous times over the last three years have I had to defend Trump’s use of Twitter. This automatically gets me labelled as a Trump lover or MAGA fanatic, instead of a defender of the first amendment. When hatred is in charge of the house, reason and nuance get shot in the head, don’t you see.
It was also apparent that this idea, the audacity and ignominy of a tweeting president, was implanted by their latest ingestion of CNN propaganda. How dare the president circumvent his gatekeepers and talk directly to the world via his twitter account. Doesn’t he know that this ties the hands of corporate media, making their job of misquoting, taking out of context, and twisting his words that much more difficult? Apparently, being a media expert himself, he does.
Many thanks, Ilargi, for your voice of sanity in an insane world.
I wonder who it was that rattled Speaker Pelosi’s cage back in September that prompted her quick about-face? She is obviously not a person driven by fundamental core principles, the common good, law, or the constitution. As with all agents, some handler reached out and jerked her chain. Someone who wants The Donald politically disabled, maimed, or just plain coerced. I can’t help wondering if this impeachment is being used to hold hostage Rudy’s findings from his Ukraine visit? (I believe Dr. D. implied this recently) Or is more pressure needed to get Trump behind the war machine’s next victim, Iran?
Many of us smelled a rat as soon as Hillary started floating the “Russian asset” “Putin’s pocket” story before the election, then desperately attempted to overturn the ballot results by inciting the electoral college to switch their votes. All this done with the full cooperation of the media and their govt partner agencies.
And what happened when we attempted to question this hastily constructed narrative among family, friends, or acquaintance? Indicating that it was unsupported by evidence and looked very much like a state-sponsored domestic coup? Well, we were shouted down with the most red-faced, mouth-foaming, emotional outbursts. Condemned for being out-of-touch, blind, Trump lovers, Russian stooges, traitors, fascists, idiots, fools!
Then came the Mueller report… crickets! The Horowitz report… crickets! And I will make a prediction: The Barr-Durham report… crickets! I’m still waiting for my apologies, how about you?
First, a couple thoughts about Elizabeth Warren: Her Guardian article looks ‘crafted’, of course, with lots of input by the DNC and a final review by HRC. It contains very little of “I’m just a player in the game” Warren’s actual core beliefs, if they exist at all. She looked ‘at home’ when she focused on financial matters years ago, but as a geopolitical performer she seems wholly inadequate and out of her league. Her touching on all the typical DNC talking point nonsense in the Guardian article should be taken as evidence.
Also, in recent campaign incidents, when asked difficult (no-win) questions, she acted flustered, agitated and confused, almost as if there were no underlying principles at the helm… No rudder steering the ship. This lack of steel and moral courage would be disastrous in a real crisis… which we all know rarely happens once you take office.
As for NATO, its expansion is driven by forces which now seem entirely out of our control… that banking cabal which dreams of a global Hunger Games <sup>TM</sup>, where all the world’s wealth flows into the Capital City (Wall St), while the subjugated Outer Districts suffer in poverty and violence. In this context, NATO acts as regional Storm Troopers who “keep the peace” by eliminating any dissension. Just ask the Yellow Vest protesters, who for the last year have been getting an education in how the New World Order works.
I am not willing to give as much of my time and energy in order to be as “tuned in” as you are, Ilargi, on the never-ending Trump coup circus, which is why I so much appreciate your willingness to do so for your readers. It’s always a bonus to find a second essay on your site when checking later in the day, like finding that extra-long French-fry in the bottom of the bag after you thought they were all gone. (credit Jim Gaffigan)
Why were Strzok and Page let go? Because they were stupid enough to leave an electronic trail of their mischief which was later discovered. Once their ‘cover’ was blown they became a liability to the whole Mueller operation. One must keep up appearances of honesty and fair play, which meant these two knuckleheads had to go. I know they say Page “left on her own accord”, just like high-power businessmen leave to “pursue other interests” and “spend more time with family”.
I don’t think anyone believes these two were a rogue couple working to sabotage-then-overturn an election that went haywire. This would’ve been an anomaly indeed, as it seemed everyone in DC was working feverishly toward the same ends. More likely, they were careerists trying to please their superiors in the hopes of advancement.
Thanks for the admin help, Ilargi. Was in a hurry this morning and got sloppy.
“Obama Privately Said He Would Speak Up To Stop Sanders (Hill)”
“It’s time to hold the big banks accountable to the people they serve.”
“We will have the most transparent administration in history.”
“We will bring the troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq.”
“The Affordable Care Act will lower health care costs.”
Does anyone really listen to that turkey anymore?
“Narrative Managers Faceplant In Hilarious OPCW Scandal Spin Job (CJ)”
I would have no trouble adding my signature to the letter Ilargi posted above. And as a faithful reader of TAE I believe the author is more concerned with getting at the truth than picking sides or, god forbid, worried about his popularity.
For example, there are many things I like about Trump, and many more that I dislike. Like Kosmos, I see in Trump, because of his personality defects, the potential dictator that would enjoy the parades, banners, statues, and the “great-leader” worship that we so despise coming out of NK. After the smooth talking “Turns out I’m really good a killing people.” Obama, however, he’s a breath of fresh air.
I would not want to start my day without TAE and its comment section. Whether I agree or not, most contributors make interesting points that shed new light on current events. And isn’t that really why we are here?
I think others on this forum had it nailed from the get-go, and frankly it’s not very hard to see through the charade: that this ‘circus’ has no more substance than Russiagate, and is strictly a political maneuver to keep the pressure on Trump.
Why now, after Pelosi previously stated that impeachment would be bad for the country and was not a good idea? Well, certain underlings discovered that Trump was digging around where all the 2016 bodies were buried and was getting too close for comfort. There were more hands in the Ukrainian $cookie$ jar than just Hunter Biden’s. Why else would Hillary scream to her staff, “If he [Trump] gets elected we’ll all hang!”?
Living in #OppositeLand, where everything is the inverse of what it should be, is giving me a headache. Are they spraying something in the air, putting it into the water supply? Why does the insanity seem to be spiraling out of control? Just when you think it has reached the pinnacle and can go no further, they double-down.
I think I’ll relax and watch some Oprah… Nope! “We now interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for this important impeachment hearing testimony.” Fuuuuuuuudge! Where’s the Tylenol?
“Haven’t we been over this and closed it? Nope! It will never, ever be closed. Schiff’s grandchildren will be investigating Trump Jr’s grandchildren with telepathic space cars. In actuality, they want the Grand Jury info to figure out how to start their upcoming legal defense and contaminate the record/evidence so they can get an instant mistrial. What? Where?” – Dr. D.
Great comment! All DC lawyers are on overtime lately, and the local Mercedes dealerships will be reporting record earnings.
“Sweden has dropped its rape inquiry into Julian Assange. Good f%@$#ing Lord, what year is it? The f%@$#ing job is f%@$#ing done, isn’t, you f%@$#ers? How can you be a Swede and not protest this? What kind of people live in that country? No, I know, the same kind as live in the UK and US. Ignorant f%@$#s.” – Ilargi
No, the same kind that live in Brussels: the idiot pawns of the globalist elite who make the laws and policies which destroy cultures and enslave nations. Sweden, where it’s a crime to speak out about the rape culture of the ME immigrants that were forced upon them. You know, the ones whose religious fanaticism prohibit assimilation and want the whole world under Sharia law. But let’s talk more about how Assange is a rapist, since that fits into our plans nicely; whereas drawing attention to the epidemic of rape by Islamic men… well, we can’t have that, make it a crime! Bury it!
Was thinking this morning that all this truth was causing me too much stress and negativity, turning Max into a dull boy, a Debbie Downer at the party, the proverbial wet blanket. Then I read some Ilargi and pumped my fist a few times. Then I read some Dr. D. and laughed my ass off. Suddenly, I’m feeling much better.
Obama Cautions 2020 Hopefuls Against Going Too Far Left (Hill)
So, “Turns out I’m really good at killing people”, “Change We Can Believe In”, “Hold the banks FULLY accountable”, $400,000 per speech Obama ventured out of one of his estates recently to counsel DNC candidates to not get too crazy with all the lefty, populist talk. Isn’t that special!
The man who sold himself as the Second Coming and then went on to crush the optimism of an entire generation of voters by reneging on every campaign promise wants to pass on his political wisdom. Crickets!
Not even all the media amplifiers shouting together can give his wasted voice any weight or significance. The opportunity he had to really serve the American people was squandered for personal gain and the praise of the world. Go back to Martha’s Vineyard and count your money.
Hell, people knew what they were getting when they elected Trump. Maybe Rachel Maddow might want to attend his next political rally, and poll the attendees to find out how upset they are about The Donald’s boorish behavior in cabinet meetings? I’m sure they are worried sick about it, possibly wearing their red hats sideways in protest.
Half the material in the book is probably true, but what of it? He was elected precisely because he wasn’t a DC insider full of smooth double-speak, like Obama. It’s also not a far stretch to imagine that training wheels (Steady State) would be needed until he was either oriented or reprogrammed. At this point it is clear that he cannot be reprogrammed, thus the concerted effort to remove him from office.
I am not a Trump fan, but the fates have put him in Office for a reason, even if he never addresses the needs of those that voted for him. In the meantime, take comfort in the fact that his election kept Hillary away from the controls, forced the DNC to admit they can jimmy the primaries however they wish, and exposed the corporate media as lying handmaidens of the establishment.
Another thought about the current energy use/waste paradigm…
The greatest power on earth currently rests in the hands of the global banking cartel, which is currently in the process of subduing all non-absorbed nations by any means necessary. A vast river of wealth and power flows upward toward them each and every day, sucked from nations (governments) that have fallen under their control. They designed the monetary system in which we currently live out our lives: neoliberal capitalism. Below them sit the multi-national corporations, beholden to the banks, loyal only to themselves, and just as eager to monopolize their respective domains.
Why would these people have any interest in doing anything which might slow down the operation of the great wealth extraction machine that they’ve created, when every policy has been designed to strengthen, legally harden, and accelerate it? To them, “higher efficiency” is only important if it benefits the operation of the machine.
We might get an opportunity to try some of your ideas once the machine seizes up, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. It would require a global shift in consciousness, and the complete and utter destruction of the debt-based monetary machine.
I wonder what would happen if we all planted gardens and didn’t show up for work in the morning?
“I very much welcome any and all thoughts and contributions and disagreements on this topic.” – Raúl Ilargi Meijer
I don’t understand your disappointment, Ilargi. What exactly were you looking for? If it was the nodding of heads, I think you got it. I, for one, don’t have any problems with your essay, and have little to add about what you’ve already covered.
Some thoughts on the energy problem…
Esoteric writers say that man is only aware of about 1% of the physical plane, which leaves 99% yet to be discovered, all the other planes/dimensions being currently out of reach. The words of American physicist, Richard Feynman, would seem to corroborate this when he said that the energy in a cubic meter of empty space was enough to boil all the oceans of the world.
The eye-witness descriptions of the tic-tac UFO’s encountered in 2004 by the Nimitz carrier group also add support to this claim of untapped energy. The craft maneuvered with speeds and accelerations that seemed to defy all our known laws of physics, having no control surfaces and emitting no exhaust plume. Wavy lines, like those seen rising off a hot surface, seemed to surround the craft, giving the appearance that it could bend space.
Where is all this energy when we most need it? Safely out of reach, since man still lacks the necessary moral development to use it wisely. It still amazes me that we were allowed to discover the energy sources of nuclear fission and fusion, as these were immediately put to the service of destroying life. So, it looks like we are going to be stuck with fossil fuels for the foreseeable future, or at least until our motivations turn from self-interest to the service of life and the common good.
“Burn, Neoliberalism, Burn (Escobar)”
I had to bite my lip this morning while listening to the coffee group gush about the 60 Minutes Christine Lagarde interview (puff piece) which aired last Sunday. “How intelligent… How articulate… How stately and dignified… yada, yada… Why can’t we have leaders like that?”
How quick people are to judge by surface qualities alone, never troubling themselves to look below the surface. How easily fooled. How easily led. Should I try to tell them about the IMF, the ECB, austerity, corporatism, financial repression, wealth inequality, loss of national sovereignty? No, it’s not worth the blowback, besides there is no interest. Leave them in their dream world. What the hell do I know? Otherwise I’d be on TV!
I suspect that there are larger forces at work here other than your everyday political infighting. How is it that such a weak pretext of a hearsay conversation with Ukraine’s president would cause Nancy Pelosi to now jump on the Impeach Trump bandwagon?
Could it be that the globalists were unhappy with Trump’s recent U.N. speech in which he said that the future belongs to “patriots” (Nationalism) and not “globalists”? Have you noticed how much effort over the last twenty years has gone into weakening national cultures via unchecked immigration, at the same time as power is being consolidated into supra-national organizations like the EU and banks? That those who have tried to resist these plans have been bitterly attacked… Greece, Italy, Brexit, Russia, China, Trump?
Whatever you may think of Trump and his personal faults, he is a symbol of the forces that are trying to reclaim national sovereignty, that believe it is better to live in a multi-polar world instead of a one-world government that is unchecked in its dominance and greed. And since it is looking increasingly likely that he will be reelected in 2020, he must be taken out at all costs. As Speaker of the House, I’m more inclined to believe that Ms. Pelosi is just one of the globalist’s many pawns and working on their behalf.
… That’s what Mme Reese’s portrait tells me.
Well said, Ilargi.
I have to admit, judging him by his more well know surrealistic works, I wasn’t aware that Dali was capable of such artistic perfection.
It’s possible that the price of his fame required that he blaze a surrealistic trail of bizarre images to the delight of art patrons looking for the new and provocative, but it is my hope that his art arose spontaneously as he wrestled with the angels and demons of his own nature and world around him… that his art was a result of a therapeutic ‘working out’ of inner and outer forces, or even a social commentary, rather than an egoistic waste of artistic genius.
Salvador Dali Mme. Reese 1931
Two words: Feminine Elegance
The Democrats really took their party down a blind alley when they sold out to the oligarchs decades ago, and now have to compete with Republicans for Wall Street and AIPAC approval, leaving the commoner at the mercy of globalization and corporate cartels.
But by all means, don’t bend toward any populist sympathies, but keep fueling the wealth inequality bubble with more central bank intervention, selectively enforcing laws, destroying privacy and habeas corpus, increasing the cost of living as rampant immigration depresses wages, reporting false BLS data, reducing infrastructure and social spending, fighting wars of choice, militarizing police, lying, spying, and greed.
In short, don’t make any attempt to assuage the growing public dissatisfaction, frustration, anger, and disillusionment in DC institutions. Delay, dissemble, and dawdle, until it’s too late; and all your pomp, status, wealth, and institutions are swept away in an uncontrollable deluge of public retribution.
Pelosi’s problem is that “The Squad” has not yet been bought off by the monied interests. Worse yet, they are tuned into the populist zeitgeist which would have easily put Bernie Sanders in the White House in 2016 if not for all the deep state, media, and DNC chicanery.
Now, that last thing that the monied interests want is for the old guard of the Dems to give in to this new populist energy. Since both parties are owned lock, stock, and barrel by these same interests, it doesn’t matter to them who is in office as long as they stick to the status quo script, and smother populism in its crib, which is exactly what Pelosi and Schumer are trying to do to these four newbie representatives.
This current division within the Democratic Party is only a holographic snippet of the revolutionary tension that is currently sweeping across much of the western world –Trump, Brexit, and the Yellow Vests all being fueled by the same sources of discontent.
What do you say to that? – Ilargi
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a few classes via WebEx, using only audio and PowerPoint slides. “This is what it must feel like to be a radio personality”, I thought, speaking into the void without any visual feedback, and wondering if my message was falling on deaf ears. Screw this, and give me back a classroom where I can see everyone’s face!
Based on that wonderfully written email, I think you can safely say that many of your readers are “getting it”, and I dare say they occupy the higher functioning side of the bell curve where quality supersedes quantity. This is the sort of feedback, like the spontaneous hug from a child, that makes it all worth it.
Here’s a thought… It’s looking more and more likely that Trump will secure another term, which will set back the Deep State’s war plans even further. Someone went through a lot of trouble arranging all the false flag attacks on ME oil tankers, even attempting a sacrifice of US service personnel by having them escort the surveillance drone that was shot down over Iranian airspace. Everything was arranged, yet Trump refused to pull the trigger. I’m sure this pissed off Israel and the war hawks to no end.
What to do? Arrange for Jeffrey Epstein to turn state’s evidence against Trump so they can run him out of office for raping underage girls before the 2020 election.
“Reminds me of me; woke? Mostly…I think…never sure…”
Same here, V. The trick (for me) is never to be “sure”, or let the idea enter your head that “I finally have this figured out.” Don’t let the shell reform and harden.
Many times the first stop of my day, as your sarcasm, and insightful, hard hitting commentary always gets me laughing while it rattles my brain.
The Scottish nobles turned William Wallace over to the English, partly out of jealousy, but mostly to secure their lands and titles, or lives of privilege, exchanging the freedom and the self-determination of the kingdom’s clans for “the scraps from Longshanks’ table”.
After more than 700 years, it’s interesting that the little island is still hard a work in the persecution of freedom-lovers and other dissidents — endless game of whack-a-mole to ensure their domination over all vassals.
I see a modern parallel with Julian Assange, in which every second-tier state functionary (media, politicians, etc.) is willing to see Julian “drawn and quartered” in the belief that it will ensure their status and the continued good graces of their master. In essence, putting self-interest above the welfare of the people, who it is their responsibility and duty to serve. Believing that their positions of wealth and power are a right and privilege, instead of an obligation for which the gods will one day require an accounting.
They truly sell their souls for scraps, which is all that social status and possessions really are.
Thanks, Ilargi. Hearing that my comment resonated with you means a lot.
After writing it, though, referring to my fellow travelers as lunatics felt like a harsh condemnation. It’s true that one feels like a stranger after leaving the Matrix, but if done correctly, strong feelings of love and compassion keep one from falling into isolation and depression.
I’m also reminded of a dream from many years ago in which I was incarcerated in a mental institution. When my guide came to visit, I complained that I had nothing in common with the sick people around me, and asked “What am I doing here?” Her reply, shook me. “You were insane”, she said. With that I walked through the lobby toward the front doors, eager to exercise my new freedom.
• US Consults Allies On How To Protect Shipping In Wake Of Tanker Attacks (R.)
• Julian Assange Is Not On Trial, British Justice Is (Wight)
• The Hitlerization of Jeremy Corbyn – Among Others (Hopkins)
I am reminded each day, while listening to the various coffee shop conversations, how the average person is so overwhelmed with the demands of personal life that it is nearly impossible for them to get their weary minds around the complexities and chicanery of the financial elites and their geopolitical games. This job they gratefully offload to the media, who they trust to keep them informed about the world “out there”, while they slog through life.
Now imagine you are one of the lucky few who has been able to carve out a space in which you have the means and the time to pursue your own interests. Of these lucky few, let’s say that instead of pursuing leisure and entertainment, you are drawn to the unenviable task of trying to make sense of the world.
Of those rare individuals on this trajectory, how many do you think have the discrimination, intellectual flexibility, and emotional maturity to break through the hard shell of indoctrination and completely restructure their world and life views? I think you can see where this is going… That individual who successfully pops out the other side of the Matrix into the real world will find himself a stranger in an alien world of lunatics.
“Brexit Party May Get More EU Election Votes Than Tories, Labour Combined (G.)”
Uh oh, there’s that populism thing cropping up again with the unwashed masses wanting some control over their lives. Better send Obama back over to the UK to preach about the joys of the EU and globalization… that should do the trick.
“Labour Would Trial Universal Basic Income If Elected – McDonnell (G.)”
“QE Party Over, Bank of Japan Stealth-Tapers Further (WS)”
It’s all part of the same problem, globalization has shipped all manufacturing overseas to reduce costs and increase profits, while enormous multi-nationals squeeze small competitors until they cry uncle and agree to the buyout or go bankrupt. And while we’re at it, let’s open the borders to flood the low-wage market with excess labor; and to keep white collar wages depressed as well, import as many engineers and other professionals using the H1-B Visa scam.
Which brings us right back to the resurgence of populism nipping at the heels of the status quo. What to do? That’s easy, just outlaw recessions by having all the central banks take over the markets. Of course, this has many nasty side effects, like casino capitalism with its fraud and many mal-investments, driving home prices and rents out of reach, stoking inflation, and exacerbating wealth inequality.
If you were living on fumes before, now you’re really screwed! Using some of their Apple stock, the Gen-Xers down the block just bought a new Porche and are having the kitchen remodeled for the second time in ten years, while you are working three McJobs, can’t afford health insurance, or replace the bald tires on your Honda Civic. This won’t end well!
“The Psychology of Russiagate (Gabor Maté)”
Thanks for the link, Ilargi. A great analysis, easy to comprehend, and based on fundamental psychological concepts that even a child could follow.
Why don’t they make this into a CBS 60 Minutes Special? Oh, I know, because it would have the effect of a giant short-circuit in the public brain; thereby erasing decades of carefully prepared indoctrination and stupidity. “Nothing to see here folks! Go back to your regularly scheduled programming! Oops, did I say programming? I meant news.”