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Antichrist News September 13, 2020 – Covid and Politics

Week of 9/13/2020


In memorium of those who died on 9-11 and the millions of Iraqi, Syrian, Afgani, Libyan, and other children who died as a result of our incoherent and selfish response to a terrorist attack carried out by Saudi Arabian extremists.

Global Covid Cases: 29,055, 013

Global Covid Deaths: 885,129 926,009

New Deaths: 40,880 avg of 5840 per day up from 5238

US Covid Cases: 6,690,810

US Covid Deaths: 198,239

New Deaths: 5283 754 avg per day down from 859 but as noted before, these numbers are political so they are suspect.

Hawaii Covid Cases: 10588 (avg 127 per day)

Hawaii Covid Deaths: 97

Oahu Covid Cases: 9559 (avg 113 new per day)

New Deaths Last Week: 13 – down from 22 the week before Lt. Gov. Josh Green tested positive. Lockdown renewed for two weeks more.

Other Covid News: A new study says more than 250,000 COVID-19 cases between Aug 2 and Sept 2 came from the Sturgis Rally. That’s approx 19 percent of all U.S. cases added last month. The paper’s authors also concluded that the rally resulted in $12.2B in public health costs Taped interviews by Bob Woodward show that Trump knew Covid-19 was deadly and a huge threat back in February and everything he said publicly from that time about the disease was a lie. Surprising no one after what might be called Idiotfest – the Sturgis motorcycle rally several weeks ago – the Dakotas now lead the nation with the highest rates of new Covid-19 cases. Brazil and India still trail the US in total cases and numbers dead – but unfortunately both countries appear to be catching up. One would hope that no country would ever catch up to the number of dead in the USA – now close to 200,000 people. In the US, the states of Texas, Florida, and California continue to vye for the top death and case positions but all still lag far behind New York and New Jersey where people were decimated early on in this global disaster. An interesting note however, when one looks at deaths per one million population a different story emeges with the worst mortality being in the Northeast early on and then moving firmly into the South.

Political and Election News: In the interviews with Woodward – this was the craziest reveal among many (in my opinion) :

Trump said, “I have built a nuclear — a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before. We have stuff that you haven’t even seen or heard about. We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before. There’s nobody — what we have is incredible.”

Anonymous sources confirmed that the U.S. military had a secret new weapons system and they were unpleasantly surprised Trump disclosed it.

News sources keep saying Trump is behind in the polls and is going to lose. Apparently he already blew is 800 Million + wad…. think of that How many millionaires do you know? – effectively he just took 800 millionaires and spent everything they had on a losing campaign. CNN says that he is worth less than he was when he was elected. I don’t believe it for a second. I also don’t believe he will lose. All of those projections hinge on a fair election and we already know – Trump and his minions cheat -that’s why so many of them are already convicted or locked up. I really want to be wrong about this but I’d bet dollars to donuts – Trump has more than he did when he became president but it’s put away somewhere safe in case he has to bolt.

International News: The US is pulling up to 2200 troops out of Iraq by September. The more the better. Can we pull the troops from pretty much everywhere please? Can we then convert them into National Service Troops who make America better with their work in healthcare, education, sanitation, and recreation?

Economic News: Over 100k jobs lost in the oilfield services sector since April. Unemployment numbers went the wrong direction with 1.7 million new claims last week. 18.4% of the labor force is on unemployment insurance. That’s 29.6 million people – and that’s just those who qualify or applied for the benefit. Economically speaking – we aren’t in the toilet, the toilet is broken and shit is spilling all over the floor and spreading rapidly.

Natural Disasters/Climate Change News: Fires destroyed Europe’s largest migrant camp on the island of Lesbos in Greece. It had been under Covid-19 lockdown. Fires are out of control and spreading in Oregon, Washington, and California.

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News Update for Week of 8/16/2020

Week ending 8/16/20

Global Covid Cases: 21,715,859

Global Covid Deaths: 770836

New Deaths: 39,131 an average of 5,590 per day, down slightly from last week’s 5,845 per day average

US Covid Cases: 5,541,022

US Covid Deaths: 172,836

New Deaths: 7576 – average of 1082 – just slightly up from 1024 per day dying average last week – but as noted before, since these numbers are now gate-kept by the Trump administration and not released by the CDC directly – they are suspect.

Hawaii Covid Cases: 4825

Hawaii Covid Deaths: 40

Oahu Covid Cases: 4390

New Deaths Last Week: 9

Average 211 new cases per day up from 164 per day last week. This fire appears to be growing out of control little by little.

Other Covid News: 100,000 U.S. kids have tested positive for Covid-19 in a 2 week period. Some studies suggesting that the virus affects younger children different from older ones. Actor Antonio Banderas tested positive but like most rich and famous, will probably be fine. In Russia, Putin claims they have a successful vaccine and his daughter took it. Meanwhile, in New Zealand where people are not selfish and stupid like we are in the USA, life has largely returned to normal with no new cases in 100 days (update: they now have a couple of clusters that they think came from frozen foods shipped from the USA). India, Mexico, and Brazil are still suffering from the most rapidly growing numbers but now Indonesia and Peru also seem to be joining the unfortunate club. The death totals for India, Mexico, and Brazil just barely pass the USA when they are combined – so the USA is still the undisputed loser in the pandemic.

BLM and Civil Liberties Protests: Hundreds of looters smashed windows and looted stores along Chicago’s miracle mile on Sunday night, thirteen officers injured, at least one person shot. The White House is looking at a plan to bar American citizens and resident aliens from crossing back into the USA from Mexico – probably as a means of suppressing votes. If one were to watch the mainstream media, it would be easy to think the protests are over – but tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) are still gathering nationwide – largely in peaceful protests that aren’t covered by the media.

Economic News: There have been more than 56 million 1st time unemployment claims since the pandemic began. That’s roughly 1 in 3 workers in the USA. Think about that as you look at the record stock market levels. This week, people cheered as the number of first time unemployment filers fell below 1-million for the first time since March at 987,000 – a normal number is more like 5000 or less. There is nothing to cheer about. More than 30,000 US restaurants have closed since the pandemic began. That means dishwashers, bussers, cooks, waiters, bartenders, managers, and distributors that rely on each of those restaurants took a hit. Most of those will not reopen – ever. Reliable estimates say that 20-25% of all small businesses in the United States will never recover. Double-digit numbers of tenanats are not paying rent or mortgages.

Note: American and European Capitalism thrive on crisis which is why for many traders and capitalists, 2020 is being seen as the best year ever. Think about that for a minute as we drive towards 300,000 dead in the U.S. by November.

Political News: It was revealed that Trump has been making inquiries about adding his face to Mt. Rushmore. You can’t make this stuff up, Trump also claimed that the 1918 Spanish Flu probably ended World War II which didn’t begin until two decades later. Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate. It looks like Republicans (Trump Republicans) are ready to send QAnon candidates to Washington, D.C. – it’s the new TeaParty in a less educated and more terrifying mantle. Trump began a new game of ‘birther’ lies against Harris as well as openly saying he won’t fund the post office because he wants to discourage mail-in voting (while registering to vote by mail in Florida). Several of Trump’s appointments have been ruled invalid by a congressional watchdog group – among them DHS secretary (acting) Chad Wolf and his undersecretary (acting) Ken Cucinelli. Trump’s younger brother died yesterday – meanwhile the president was golfing and smiling in posed pictures with fans on social media ‘It is what it is’.

International News: Lebanon’s government stepped down. China has sanctioned about a dozen citizens including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. China has begun arresting pro-democracy leadership in Hong Kong. Trump announced a peace agreement between Israel and the UAE ( I never knew they were not alrady at peace – because frankly, they were never at war – but the deal normalizes relations and pauses the Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank that Palestinians want for an eventual Palestinian state). Many hard-core Christians are saying this is the start of the 7-years of tribulation, frankly, I feel like we’ve already gone through four of them. There was an astoundingly bad oil disaster in Mauritius, which is getting very little attention despite being far worse than the Exxon Valdez disaster. Greenland’s melting ice sheets have apparently gone beyond what nature can repair anytime soon, get ready for a little more ocean.

Severe Weather and Other News: Several homes in Baltimore exploded from a gas leak. Several fires are raging in California. Severe storms rampaged through the midwest and it looks like another East Coast hurricane is forming. Inland tornados and even a rare ‘fire hurricane’ took place this week for those playing 2020 end of the world bingo.

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News Summary for Week of July 02, 2020

8/02/2020 0700 HST

Global Covid Cases: 18,134,406

Global Covid Deaths: 690,787

New Deaths: 40,065 average of 5724 per day – this is down slightly from last week’s 6235

US Covid Cases: 4,783,757

US Covid Deaths: 158,094

New Deaths: 8537 average of 1,220 per day, up significantly from last week’s 947

Hawaii Covid Cases: 2197

Hawaii Covid Deaths: 26

Oahu Covid Cases: 1842

577 new cases last week. Average of 82 per day. Currently 902 active cases up from 427 last week.

Other Covid News: Several members of congress were diagnosed with Covid-19. Herman Cain, a prominent former presidential candidate who attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa died of Covid-19. The virus continues to spread in the US at a faster pace. Hundreds of children at a camp in Georgia were diagnosed with Covid but schools continue to rush headlong into opening. Hawaii pushed back the start date. In Indiana on the first day of school, at least one student tested positive – which is a nice catch but how many are missed? Major League Baseball began again and quickly had to shut down games due to many players testing positive. A cruise ship returned to sea and immediately had 36 crew members test positive. Trump administration says to expect about 30,000 deaths in the next month in the USA. Internationally, Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa appear to be turning into virus hotspots. Just about everything is Covid news right now, but let’s move on.

BLM and Civil Liberties Protests: The Federal Government agreed to remove Trumps CBP/ICE stormtroopers from Portland and big surprise, the demonstrations once again turned peaceful. The protests are reaching a point where people are losing interest from what I can see. The Federal crackdown re-enlivened them but with that stopping, I suspect that they will dwindle.

Economic News: The $600 supplement was not replaced and nothing has been agreed on to replace the now expired CARES act which boosted unemployment, put moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures, and gave other assitance. The titans of tech were called before congress for a video conference (which lacks all the impact of an actual sitting at those tables) and were grilled for monopoly and exploitation. Then they announced earnings and all earned billions of more dollars. Markets continue to be blown up larger than seems possible. Gold reached an all time new high. Silver is climbing but still sits far below its all time high. Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency were on a massive tear with Bitcoin passing $12k but then bringing down the entire crypto market in a minutes long flash crash that dropped the price to $10.5k before recovering to about $11.3k. The craziest market on the planet but in the long term, the one that I think will be the most important. Kodak made a deal with Trump to make chemicals for Covid testing and jumped from $3 per share to $36 per share. U.S. GDP lost 31% in the first quarter- far more than during the Great Depression. Unemployment numbers remain in the tens of millions and no relief is in sight. Bankruptcies and permanent closures appear to have accelerated.

Political News: China called out the USA for owing more than a billion dollars to the UN. Trump (after his humiliating Tampa rally where he was trolled by Tik-Tok users and K-pop fans) has said he is going to ban Tik-Tok because it is a national security risk. The RNC has barred the media from the Republican Convention. Trump floated the idea of delaying the election – which it seems certain he would do if he had the power, but we can expcet disruptions even if it does happen.

Severe Weather:

Hurricane Douglas missed the entire Hawaiian Island Chain last week, but it’s early in Hurricane Season. Hurricane I-whatever hit Puerto Rico and the Caribbean but didn’t do enough damage to merit Trump going on a paper-towel throwing mission. It’s lost power and become a tropical storm and will mostly miss Florida. Mother Nature is showing some mercy.

I’m going to take a one week break from Facebook starting now. Why not join me for a Facebook detox?

As always, please comment with any stories I may have missed.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: A Few Observations Amidst COVID-19/CoronaVirus Response and Reactions

I dive into the four horsemen metaphor at the end of this post but I think it is worthwhile to read everything in order to get there.

This is all unfolding at a pace that would have seemed impossible or ridiculous just a few days ago. Tens of thousands of people (maybe hundreds of thousands or millions) have already lost their jobs, though most of them probably don’t know it yet.

Airlines and cruise lines are shutting down. Casinos are shutting down. Movie theaters, restaurants, and bars are shutting down. Hotels are shutting down. At the moment, these are all temporary – but let’s face it – most businesses can’t survive a month or more without income. From where I sit, I can’t imagine this all being solved in a month.

The governments are printing money and will be handing out money to keep people from freaking out – they have to.  That process is going to make all of the money worth less than it was before. Prices will rise – not just from gouging, but because the cost of production will go up.

It seems to me that pretty much everyone is going to be exposed to this virus in one way or another. Those who become symptomatic (which I have no idea about a number, no one does) will seek treatment and most likely, there will not be enough beds/doctors etc.

We can’t all hide in our homes forever – so we are going to have to come out and interact with each other on some level – work, school, foraging, or just mental health.

I have no idea where this all goes, but it leaves things radically different than they were before. At the moment, it seems like we are trying to race the virus- come up with a way to defeat it before it defeats us – that might work if we can overcome the bureaucratic red tape around vaccine development and deployment – but it won’t really change anything about how people are forced to weather this thing.

But, let’s say that we don’t come up with a cure or the virus adapts after we do. What does the new society that comes out of this look like?

It seems to me that nature is forcing us to group together in smaller numbers and limiting the way that we are able to interact with one another. Maybe on some level, nature decided that letting humans easily move about from place to place covering large distances is a bad idea. Maybe the bottom line of all of this is that essentially, we are learning that ‘travel isn’t a good thing’.

Maybe this plays out by a large number of people dying and then small communities with immunity or with the disease wiped out within local borders, closing their doors to newcomers that might bring this (0r any) virus.

Is it worth it to conquer or control territory that might bring you the disease?

Maybe we are entering the age where the superpower and mega state loses control of our destiny. Maybe we are entering an era of local autonomy.

I don’t know…I’m simply watching like everyone else – and trying to put the potential pieces together in a way that makes sense.

I don’t think we are all going to die.

I think our countries and economies might already be dead.

I think capitalism might have just been dealt a death blow.

I think we are going to see a lot of elderly, homeless, and ill people heading into the great beyond.

I think that travel, tourism, and mass entertainment (sport, cinema, etc) might have just been given a choice to evolve or die.

I think monetary policy is on the verge of complete failure.

I think human beings are being given a choice about which direction they want to go now – and the choices are 1) End as a species or 2) Change everything

If we are to look at the classical progression of the end of the world, we can look at the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Death, Famine, War, and Conquest.

Horseman #1: Death:

We have started with death. This virus will run it’s course.

Horseman #2 Famine:

The result will be famine – a general lack of everything – and it wouldn’t surprise me if mother nature throws severe climate, storms, earthquakes and disasters on top of that.

Horseman #3 War:

Unfortunately – war will almost certainly follow. Politicians use war to preserve their power, to save economies, and to control resources for ‘their’ people. War is coming. On what level – we can’t know.

Horseman #4 Conquest:

Superpowers and nation states will do what they do. Strongmen will rise up and do what they do. They will try to use us to fulfill their ambitions. Ultimately they will fail.

Is there a way out? I don’ think so. If there is, it is to take away power from the large and to empower the small. Maybe that is what the lamb is all about. Decentralizing, focusing on municipality, commune, neighborhood, town – not on state, country or nation.

Metaphorically, I think the four horsemen of the apocalypse work – but I also think there is a metaphor built into the prophecy that gives us a way out. The lamb.

I’m not a religious person, I’m not saying everyone needs to find Jesus – I don’t believe that. I’m saying that there is a way to short circuit the four horsemen.

We need to embody the qualities of the lamb and the flock. Care for one another, be gentle, not over-graze, and stick together. The society of the lamb is a small group of people, they range in their pasture, they are not aggressive, and generally, they cannot be used for aggression.

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The Fall of the USA Continues

Words just can’t express how far we’ve already fallen – and yet, the crash is going to be so much more incredibly painful when we hit the bottom. We still have a long way to go. With the exception of Mitt Romney, the entire Republican Senate essentially proved that they have already sold their souls with the vote on Donald Trump’s impeachment. They gave him a pass – for everything. This is only going to get worse.

The Democrats meanwhile are so hell bent on keeping their campaign funding and power that they choose to completely ignore the will of the people and willfully pervert voting institutions like the Iowa Caucuses. I’ve got no beef with Pete Buttigieg – he’s a warrior fighting for LGBTQ equality, he did his time in the service honorably, and by most accounts he’s tried his best to be a good mayor. The DNC though is pulling their usual tricks – here’s what happened – I have no proof, but it’s obvious if you look.

They expected a Biden victory. Middle America is so terrified of socialism that when they saw that Bernie Sanders was going to walk away with it – they began messing with the caucuses. Finally, some lily white genius who probably can’t program a remote control decided to release the results in such a way that it looked like Buttigieg won it. They let Pete know about this and he spilled the beans.

The only reason the Iowa caucuses have ever mattered was for bragging rights and they took those from Bernie Sanders and gave them to Buttigieg. Make no mistake, it was some illegal shenanigans going on there and it was either willfully done by Democrats or masterfully manipulated by Donald Trump.

At this point, we can’t get rid of Trump. There’s no candidates who will beat him and if they do, he will be able to call foul play on the elections and refuse to step down. This is going to get really painful for some. My advice is that we just step back and let it play out. When things that actually threaten lives, freedom, or existence take place – then we step up. We need to embrace jiu jitsu here and just let him run with his head.

There’s plenty of other stuff happening at the same time Wuhan Corona Virus continues to balloon, the stock markets continue to go up and up and up – just like a roller coaster that is pulling the car up to where the tracks stop before pushing everyone to their deaths. None of this really matters – the stock markets I mean. That wealth is ephemeral. We’re all going to die at some point and this whole system is reaching the point where all it can do is collapse.

It’s my hope that when these cataclysms happen – we, as people, can find a way to take care of each other – and more importantly to take care of each other’s children. Right now there are 50 million people locked into a quarantine zone with what seems to be a very contagious and deadly disease – think about that. At least a third of those fifty million are kids – probably more.

We are at a time when we need leadership in the world – but we don’t have it. Maybe this crisis will bring it to the fore. Maybe this crisis is what will bring about real change. God help us all.

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Stephen King Just Quit Facebook – Should You?

Author Stephen King is the latest celeb to leave Facebook. I can’t blame him. It’s like being connected to trash TV 24/7

Only you can answer that question for yourself – but frankly, if we’re just talking about what is good for you – you probably should. I’ve done it and it made me happier and healthier – though I lost a bunch of relationships that in hindsight – I really wish I hadn’t lost. I’m back on Facebook now in a very limited way (pages) and with the tightest security lockdowns I can have on my private data.

Here are a few articles that may help you with this:

A 99 Day Break from Facebook
The World Without Facebook
The Only Reason I Miss Facebook

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Sociopathism – American Capitalism is a Serious Problem

Lobsters generally don’t know the water around them is getting hotter until it is too late.

Look, I admire entrepreneurship. I think that the marketplace of ideas and products is a wonderful thing. I am a firm believer in the idea that if you work hard, make sacrifices, and tread carefully – you should be able to enjoy life more than those who don’t do those things.

But, but, but ….

This American capitalism thing is way out of hand. There used to be this American golden story about how we take care of each other, lend a helping hand to others, and are all willing to work hard so that the world can be a better place for ALL the future generations. Somewhere along the line, this got buried under the idea that YOU deserve to have the opportunity to be the next Oprah, Bezos, Gates, or Trump.

There are literally miles of homeless encampments under freeways in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. There are even more people like me who can’t afford a dental insurance plan (or other insurance or medical treatment) and go through each day dealing with excruciating pain because they are putting every penny into keeping a roof over their head, paying back student loans, or some other expense deemed more important. And make no mistake – not becoming homeless is worth the pain – that’s a spiral that is incredibly hard to escape.

Somewhere along the line it became more acceptable to be greedy than to be altruistic. And at the same time it became less acceptable to be needy than to be dead.

Hey, I’d love to be a billionaire and if the opportunity came, I would take it – and then I would use the wealth and power that came with that to fight against the existence of a billionaire class at all. There should be a limit. I’m willing to give up the opportunity to become a billionaire but only if we can collectively agree that no one ‘deserves’ this opportunity in the first place.

You know what people do deserve? All people deserve to know that they will not starve or die from the elements. All people deserve to know that they can get medical treatment, dental treatment, a meal, a bed, school for their children, the ability to get to and from a job, a job interview, the grocery store, or a sick relatives.

When did what I just listed become something bad? When did treating every human being with decency become ‘socialism’ or ‘communism’ – I can pretty well pinpoint it to the election of Ronald Reagan and the rise of the ‘compassionate conservatives’, the ‘free market republicans’ and the greedy sons of bitches who deregulated Wall Street, gutted the unions, created a culture of shame around being in need, and in general led the way to what seems to be the ugly conclusion of the United States of America.

What is that ugly conclusion? Look around. A lying and greedy sociopath manipulating markets, discounting injured servicemen and women, insulting honored veterans, and running a sham trial in a bought and controlled senate where the outcome is already known before the evidence is presented.

We should call the current system Sociopathism.

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Ok Boomer Merchandise – Plus Not a Racist t-shirt

This lovely chart shows just how easy the boomers really had it. They love to tell you how much they struggled, but actually, they don’t know shit about struggle.

We’ve created a selection of ‘OK Boomer’ Merchandise for your enjoyment. Our favorite is probably the ‘Suck It Boomer’ hoodie.

There are a few other surprises there too like the ‘I’m not Homeless Yet’ shirt and the “I don’t like to watch people die’ shirt.

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It’s Mind-Boggling How Badly Humanity Has Failed

For a species that has created hundreds (if not thousands) of religions and philosophies which essentially all say “Be kind to each other” or “Take care of each other” it’s mind boggling how badly we humans have failed.

My personal belief is that those of us who would be inclined to work together have fucked up the worst because for some reason we’ve all turned on each other and adopted the psychopathic ‘Winner take all’ mentality as a constant.

Don’t agree with me? That’s fine.

The homeless seniors on the streets don’t agree with me either. Most of them will turn their back on someone worse off than they are – just like the rest of us do. They buy into the philosophy of deserving a better existence than those worse off than them the same as you do and I do. Go ahead, get all self-righteous about it. Bottom line is that as long as someone else is suffering beneath you, you don’t have a leg to stand on. Neither do I.

Imagine a bottom up revolution where taking care of those less fortunate than you was what empowered people.

Start at the very bottom. The mom with one apple and two starving kids looking out of her tent on the side of the freeway and seeing the mom without an apple and two starving kids. She decides ‘Fuck this’ – and gives half her apple to the other parent. Suddenly four have something and two have hope. The bum with half a pizza splits it into sevens instead of filling his belly. And so forth on up the line. The poor, the starving, and the destitute coming together until suddenly – it’s 8 billion to 80. Those last 80 men and women have as much as the other 8 billion people. They live high and mighty, but in my imaginary scenario the 8 billion aren’t playing their game any longer. They aren’t taking scraps to exploit each other any longer. The jig is up.

We’ve all fallen into the trap they set for us. It’s not socialism or communism or redistribution of wealth or any of the other bullshit they’ve fed us. It’s survival of OUR species versus survival of a couple of greedy fucks with clever ideas.

We humans (especially American kind) like to dream though – we like to think that we deserve more than the others. We like to imagine being one of those 80 and that we have the potential to be one of those 80 and we like to create and support systems to protect the wealth we will never actually have. The same systems that cause that homeless mom to cut her apple into three pieces and close the tent door.