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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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Antichrist2020 News Week Ending September 06, 2020

Week ending 09/06/20

Global Covid Cases: 27,158,685
Global Covid Deaths: 885,129
New Deaths: 36,664 avg of 5238 per day down from last week’s 5450 per day

US Covid Cases: 6,440,816
US Covid Deaths: 192,956
New Deaths: 6012 859 per day down from 937 last week – but as noted before, these numbers are political so they are suspect.

Hawaii Covid Cases: 9693
Hawaii Covid Deaths: 84
Oahu Covid Cases: 8765
New Deaths Last Week: 22 deaths last week up from 15 the week before and 7 two weeks ago
Average 222 cases per day up from 218 last week and 211 the week before. This fire appears to be growing out of control little by little here on Oahu despite the lockdown orders on Oahu.

Other Covid News: Researchers from the State University of Londrina in Brazil found that people who reported “antisocial traits,” such as low levels of empathy and high levels of callousness and risk-taking, were less-likely to comply with Covid-19 prevention measures, such as wearing a mask and social distancing. In other words, sociopaths are less likely to wear masks and more likely to be anti-maskers. Similar studies found the same thing in Poland and the USA. Covid-19 cases in kids have increased 17% over two weeks…not surprisingly, about shortly after the school year has begun in many places – this will just get worse. At least a few deaths and a large number of cases have been related to the Sturgis motorcycle gathering – but it’s still too early to say for certain what the effects were.

Political News: Rumors are flying that Trump suffered a stroke last year when he paid a visit to Walter Reed. Trump’s taxes (as I foretold) are not going to be released to the State of NY prosecutor. Trump controls the courts, that’s the value of his first three years. President Trump signed a memo Wednesday to restrict federal $ from going to “anarchist jurisdictions” – the memo cites Seattle, Portland, NYC & D.C. This inspired NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to say “He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York,” Cuomo said late Wednesday. “He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City. Trump also encouraged North Carolina voters to vote twice – something that North Carolina had to remind voters is illegal. In a bit of good news on the political front, Ed Markey a supporter of the Green New Deal defeated his primary challenger, young Joe Kennedy who was backed by Nancy Pelosi and other political elites – usually an incumbant winning over a young challenger wouldn’t be something to celebrate but in this case – Markey is a solid proponent of dealing with climate change so it’s a win for those of us who don’t want to see the planet become uninhabitable. A new report says that Russia is using their troll farms to amplify Trump’s message about elections being untrustworthy – yes, big surprise that Russia would be pushing the message that Putin’s puppet is already spewing. According to an article published by The Atlantic on Thursday, President Trump referred to fallen Marines who fought in World War I as “losers” and “suckers” while deciding not to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris during a visit to France in 2018. He made similar comments about veteran and former Arizona senator John McCain after he died in 2018. Trump denies it all, but of course it is true. He also claims to be responsible for the Veterans Choice bill that McCain sponsored and Obama signed into law in 2014. We all know he’s a liar but for some reason, his base keeps following him – oh yeah, I forgot, because he’s a racist and they are mostly closet or overt whitee supremacists or the most exploitive types of capitalists who value profits far above people. Meanwhile Nancy Pelosi is catching heat for getting her hair done indoors in a salon in San Francisco, apparently violating covid-19 restrictions – yeah, fuck her for getting her hair cut – if I lived in San Francisco, I’d be voting for Shahid to replace her – but not because of her hair, nor because of his. In Texas a bunch of Trump boating enthuisiasts decided to have a boat parade and at least four of them sank. Seriously, can’t make this stuff up. Michael Cohen, once the president’s personal lawyer, detailed in his Trump tell all book that Trump hired an actor to be faux-bama so that Trump could pretend fire him. Still not making this up.

BLM – Protest News: The suspect in the Portland shooting is a 48-year-old white dad who described himself as 100% Antifa Michael Forest Reinoehl. Witnesses say the man who was killed was wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet and had been spraying people with mace/pepper spray and was carrying a nightstick and menacing people. He was a member of the same group that a man who atttacked people with a knife in Portland several years ago belonged too. It’s important to remember that these Trumpers loaded into trucks like ISIS thugs and drove into a peaceful protest to harrass, intimidate, and shoot protestors with paintballs and ball bearings. There’s plenty of video of this – but I don’t expect that to play any part in the narrative. Yes, folks, we officially have people killing each other in the streets now in Kenosha and Portland over whether Black Lives Matter or not. Thursday night, after an interview aired in which Michael Forest Reinoehl claimed he had no choice unless he wanted to see his friend beat to death but footage showed him stalking the guy he killed so he wasn’t some good guy, he was a person unhinged by the state of the world and then – Reinoehl was murdered by police. Coincidence that the man who killed a violent blue lives matter protestor was killed by police? I think not. This whole chain of events feels like a tipping point and I’d like to be wrong, but I think the death is just getting started – people should be a lot more freaked out about people murdering each other in the streets than they are… and about police murdering people…On the 100th night of protests in Portland, a riot was declared as mooltov cocktails were thrown. At least fifty were arrested.

Economic News: Apple and Tesla both split their stocks, in a way, locking in the amazing gains both companies have made over the course of the pandemic. Elon Musk is now the 3rd richest person in the world having passed Mark Zuckerberg and now chasing Bill Gates. Amazon’s drone delivery fleet was approved by the FAA. Amazon briefly advertised for agents to monitor union organizing this week before getting flagged for it and quickly removing the job listings. It was the best stock market August since 1984 – a huge generational shift in wealth from the bottom directly to the top. New weekly jobless claims came in at 881,000, well below the psychological million mark but a number that would have sent markets reeling downward in any other year. Of course, the numbers are a lie – if you get rid of the seasonally adjusted claptrap, the numbers are actually closer to 2.2 million and the second wave of layoffs has begun – this time hitting better paying jobs. 29.2 million people remain on unemployment – that’s 18.3% of the population. The bigger companies are now starting their layoffs, airlines, Salesforce, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, MGM resorts, AT&T, NBC Universal, Comcast, LinkedIn, Raytheon – not that restaurant and service jobs don’t matter – but the loss of these jobs are going to hit the economy a lot harder. There was a nice but far too minor market dip on Thursday. The top billionaires lost about $25 billion in wealth on Thursday and Friday, but that’s not enough. They need to lose it all. They need to be reduced to a number that a person can at least comprehend, they need to be reduced from billionaires to some maximum like 1/2 a billion – that’s enough for anyone. They should be required to create charities with the rest of their wealth – real charities run by trusted organizations that actually help people – not bullshit tax shelter charities or charities that push their political agenda. Tesla, much to the surprise of fans of the stock and the founder, was not included in the S&P 500 – the stock is down 25% as of writing this.

Disaster News/ Severe Weather/Climate Change News: A typhoon is bearing down on Japan. In California the creek fire prompted the helicopter evacuation of 224 campers from Mammoth Pools area.

Random Wierd Shit: A man in a jetpack was reported flying around next to landing aircraft at LAX one of the world’s busiest airports. David Blaine rode a bunch of helium balloons up to an unthinkable altitude and then parchuted down.

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Antichrist 2020 News – Week Ending August 30, 2020

Week ending 8/31/20

Global Covid Cases: 25,282,859
Global Covid Deaths: 848,465 810317
New Deaths: 38,148 an average of 5450 per day, down from last week’s 5640 per day average

US Covid Cases: 6,147,967
US Covid Deaths: 180,384 – 186,944
New Deaths: 6560 – average of 937- down from 1078 per day dying average last week – but as noted before, these numbers are now political so they are suspect.

Hawaii Covid Cases: 8139
Hawaii Covid Deaths: 62
Oahu Covid Cases: 5806 (1604 new since last week avg 229 per day up from 202 per day last week)
New Deaths Last Week: 15 – more than double the 7 deaths the week before
Average 218 new cases per day up from 211 per day last week. This fire appears to be growing out of control little by little here on Oahu. Numbers have continued going up on Hawaii and we have re-entered the same kind of stay at home, work at home lockdown orders on Oahu.

Other Covid News: The Trump administration is pushing another unproved Covid-19 cure – this time blood plasma – which might be hopeful, but hasn’t been trialed or proven to be effective yet. A Hong Kong man has been confirmed to have been reinfected with Covid-19 – which would seem to indicate that immunity – herd or otherwise – is not something that will occur naturally. A man in Nevada became the first American confirmed to have caught Covid-19 twice. This is not good news for those who thought they were done with the disease after catching it once. Mario Cuomo, Governor of NY has called out the CDC as being a tool of the Trump administration’s anti-science agenda.

BLM and Civil Liberties Protests: Wisconsin police shot Jacob Blake, a black man, in the back while his three kids watched from the car. Blake is reportedly sturggling but alive. He was shot three times in the back. Shootings have followed with multiple people dead and injured in Kenosha where it took place. Later, armed militia groups were encouraged and given water by police and then a 17-year old with an assault rifle who brought it across state lines – murdered two protestors and shot several more. The 17-year-old has become a folk hero among racists and Trumpers which when it comes down to it – are really the same thing so I’ll just say racists…or Trumpers – sama-sama. This led to what seems to be a first of its kind wildcat strike as NBA players and players from several other sports – refused to play scheduled games. A report in The Guardian detailed how white nationalists and militia members have infiltrated police across the USA. Big surprise there. Chadwick Boseman, the actor who brilliantly played Black Panther (and Jackie Robinson) died Friday – I feel like 2020 is giving us obvious messages – a monument to the CSA was damaged after a city refused to remove it – and I think the loss of Boseman (he had been fighting colon cancer for years) is a clear call to revive the Black Panthers from on high. More protests have erupted in Portland and other places. A huge caravan of Trump supporters decided to drive through Portland’s BLM protests and of course it led to people fighting and getting hurt and at least one being killed by gunfire. The “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally in Portland”was organized on the world’s most toxic social network and included shooting flying ‘All Lives Matter Flags’ Trump flags, and thin blue line flags in support of police as well as firing paintballs at peaceful protestors in downtown Portland. (Facebook) which is also where the ‘militia’ that murdered people in Kenosha was organized. Trump is already reveling in the chaos and will soon have his goons back involved in Portland ‘peacekeeping’ again – even though it was people supporting him who instigated this chaos.

Economic News: TikTok is sueing the US government. Elon Musk unveiled his nuerallink tech – taking us one step closer to becoming the Borg – but he did it in pigs which I’ve dubbed CyPigs. Jeff Bezos is now worth more than $200 million dollars. You can’t even concieve of how much that is so don’t bother trying. Another new million people filed first time unemployment claims this week while the real estate and stock markets continued to soar higher and higher. 1.43 million people were added to the unemployment rolls this week. 27 million US adults are still on unemployment, that’s about 17% of the workforce – in two months we had unemployment numbers that took two years to reach during the great depression. They say the US economy is at about 78% of what it was back in January – which sounds pretty good considering March and April – but keep in mind that’s still a 22% drop in GDP – which translates to essentially, the bottom 1/5th of the population being completely fucked. The top 4/5ths are fine – just look at the markets and prices of things. Are you okay with one out of every five people being pushed into a beggar class? I’m not. Activists looking for better treatment for Amazon employees protested outside Jeff Bezos NYC house this week – and they brought a guillotine with them – no heads, however rolled. Jerome Powelll, said Thursday that the Federal Reserve will take a ‘more relaxed’ approach to curbing inflation – in other words – cash money in US dollars isn’t going to buy as much as it did – get ready for expensive everything. This has re-energized the bullish case for both Bitcoin and gold. Walmart has jumped into the Tik-Tok game, partnering with Microsoft in the bid to take the US operations of the Trump-hated platform. Walmart, which many seem to have forgotten single handedly destroyed locally owned mom-and-pop retailers throughout the U.S. and Microsoft which destroyed diversity among internet browsing – yes, there is a dangerous combination. Meanwhile, Amazon continues to destroy what is left of independently owned retailers – Powells Books in Portland, Oregon, the largest independent bookstore in the country finally put its foot down and has refused to sell over the Amazon platform – the CEO of Powells said “Selling on Amazon is like smoking, you know it’s bad for you and others, but it’s hard to quit.” While my book selling has been a small operation over the years, I took inspiration from this and also deleted all my inventory from Amazon – not surprisingly, Amazon didn’t care or notice. Amazon is worth twenty times what it was worth a decade ago and is getting ready to open a new chain of grocery stores called Amazon Fresh to compete with lower end stores like Ralph’s, Kroger, and Safeway (Whole Foods was acquired in 2017 by Amazon) …and presumably drive all the rest of the mom and pop shops out of business in the US. U.S. Tech Stocks (by themselves) on Friday exceeded the value of the entire European Stock Markets including the UK and Switzerland valued at $8.9 trillion dollars – something that seems far-fetched to me – U.S tech sector is now valued at $9.1 trillion with Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Tesla accounting for the majority of that. Many of us who lived through the dot-com crash are waiting for the other shoe to drop, but as long as the Federal Reserve keeps printing money – the market keeps rising. The markets have officially erased all the losses from early 2020 and the Dow had the best summer since 1986.

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: Kelly Anne Conway has quit the Trump administration. The RNC lineup was made up of mostly Trump and his kids. More than 2 dozen former GOP lawmakers endorsed Biden on the first day of the RNC. The State of NY has filed legal action against the Trump organization. After Donald Trump Jr and his girlfriend spoke at the RNC – Twitter rebranded the event the #cocaineconvention with the tagline “Before we go low, we get high” and “Don Jr. misunderstood what they meant when they said ‘convention bump”. The message seemed to be after the first night “Vote for Trump … or else” which fits the brand. In particular, I enjoyed the warning that Democrats want to turn the country into a socialist utopia – which, if true would make me a proud Democrat – which I’m not. Somehow, the threat of a socialist utopia doesn’t sound like a threat at all, but more of a dream! The author of a forthcoming book on Melania Trump claims to have recordings of the first lady saying disparaging things about Trump and his daughter Ivanka – but this might be just a way to pump up book sales because it seems like writing a negative book about Trump is the latest way his friends and family are making money from citizens who loathe him. Trump actually issued a pardon as part of the RNC. An anti-semite speaker was removed from the RNC schedule after making a blatant anti-semite tweet just before it. The RNC was a dark and dystopic freak fest filled with liars, cheats, and psychopaths – after seeing just a bit of it, it seems pretty clear that Trump will take a second term. Senator Rand Paul claimed to have been attacked by an angry mob of around 100 people after leaving Trump’s nomination acceptance speech at the White House. House Democrats have initiated contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for refusing to cooperate after multiple notices. Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said that Pompeo “has demonstrated alarming disregard for the laws and rules governing his own conduct and for the tools the constitution provides to prevent government corruption.” I remember learning about Boss Tweed and Tamany Hall way back in high school – those guys have nothing on the Trump mob currently pillaging the United States. The RNC was a four-day display of propaganda-style programming, said Peter Pomerantsev, a former Russian-television producer and author of “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” a memoir that describes the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate the news. It featured unwitting immigrants who the president gave citizenship like they were winners on the The Price is Right, a Presidential Pardon handed out like a Publisher’s Clearinghouse check, and a packed ‘no social distance’ event using the White House as a prop which is something that has never been done before – along the same lines, his owned Secretary of State went ahead and used Israel and Jerusalem as another prop and his wife butchered the White House Rose Garden so she could use it as another power set. It’s always entertainment with the Trumps. I have to admit, I didn’t watch any of the RNC spectacle – but then, it wasn’t produced for me, it was produced for scared white Americans who want an authoritarian ruler to take care of them – and by most accounts – it did the job of making a Biden presidency look like a hellish nightmare to them – a hellish nightmare of equality & transparency ; equal access to voting, healthcare, education, and opportunity ; fair representation & global respect. This is the nightmare to these people – think about that. Now think about what it is they actually want…and be very afraid. Thank God the conventions are over – they mark the beginning of the end – take that how you want to. California is set to enact a wealth tax on millionaires and billionaires – including a clause that would financially punish those who fled the state to avoid it – I love California. I’m afraid that I have to be the bearer of bad news for a lot of my liberal friends – Trump is going to win again – he has barely even started spewing the fear and greed that will carry him to the win and if that doesn’t work, he’s just going to cheat. He will be President until he either dies or passes it on to his daughter. He is firmly back on the campaign trail he never would have left if Covid-19 hadn’t of interrupted and in Lake Charles Louisiana, he handed out autographs to officials telling them “Sell it on Ebay for $10,000 tonight but if I put YOUR name on it, it will be worth less.” I made a faux version and put it on Ebay – so far, no offers.

International News: Russia’s main opposition leader Alexei Nevlani was confirmed, by German doctors, to have been poisoned – the leading suspect is Putin. U.S. Service members were injured after a run-in with a Russian convoy in Syria. China fired a ‘carrier killer’ missile into the South China Sea – it was a definite warning. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is stepping down amid health concerns – which is something that seems pretty surprising to me. I thought he was one of the strong men that would be with us forever – bringing Japan back into the militant power structure – who will follow him? I’m guessing a nationalist hawk. Japan is the world’s third largest economy – so the decision matters. Vladmir Putin is preparing to send troops into Belarus…chaos in the USA works for Putin.

Severe Weather and Other News: Earth has lost 28 trillion tons of ice in thirty years. Hurricane Laura hit Texas/Louisiana as a Category 4 and did amazing amounts of damage but so far the death count seems to be very low considering the crazy news coverage – but these days, apparently anything under 200,000 dead counts for winning.

Here’s a radical idea! What if we all decided to stop having fun until the entire world has the basics. We all decide to stop taking trips, going to restaurants, going out drinking, or spending money on fashion or frivolous and violent television and film production until every human has access to clean water, food, healthcare, and shelter. It doesn’t really seem like that big of an ask. Every person deserves these four things, just by virtue of being born. If you disagree with that idea, I’d love to hear your reasoning.

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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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The Shit is Really Hitting the Fan!

Wow. The stars are really lining up for massive change. Chaos at the Greek/Turkish border over the ‘catch and release’ of Syrian refugees into Europe from Turkey. Russia and Saudi Arabia getting into a gas price war that is going to screw American oil and shale extraction, North Korea launching something towards South Korea,  – plus the whole COVID-19 CoronaVirus mess. Bottom line is – get ready for some shit people. It’s hitting and it’s hitting all over all at once.

Crypto prices are tanking, stocks will most likely drop at record levels tomorrow, and who knows how many people were exposed to Covid-19 in DC, Seattle, Europe, and NYC.

But you know what – it’s spring. Maybe we need to start thinking about a good old fashioned May Day Celebration.

And you’ve gotta admit – it seems like maybe the Covid-19 virus is a conscious response from a conscious planet that has had enough of our bullshit. It seems to be targeting the main perpetrators. Yes, a May Day celebration is definitely in order with some good old fashioned Ring Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies, Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall DOWN.

Here’s a little something to keep your soul cheerful.

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A Manifesto of Peopolism

A Manifesto of Peopolism
[pronounced {pee-ah-pol-ism}]

For too long, humanity has boxed themselves into outdated and antiquated -isms that were created to describe different times, different strategies, and different human conditions than those which exist today. The -isms of yesterday are no longer useful – and in some cases have been proven to be deadly but still they are used today despite no longer being accurate containers for the wants, needs, or actual conditions of humanity.

The major -isms used today for the description of socioeconomic conditions are the following: capitalism, communism, socialism, consumerism, despotism, humanism, individualism, isolationism, liberalism, neo-liberalism, nationalism, totalitarianism, anarchism, conservatism, environmentalism, feminism, feudalism, fascism, libertarianism, populism, progressivism, trans-humanism, and finally one that should be an -ism but is not, democracy. All of these -isms are poison because they put you in a box and force you to exist within a framework that in some cases is centuries old. We categorically reject these and all other -isms.

Today is a time like no other. The condition and needs of humanity cannot be described, enhanced, or confined within the definitions of previous centuries. We refuse to be confined by borders, ideologies, religions, or cultural heritage. We are human beings. We are one species, one world, and one people.

Therefore, be it known, that we the people will neither be governed, imposed upon, encumbered, enslaved, nor bound by the faulty understandings and misguided definitions of our ancestors. No person alive today was involved in creating the foundational structures which dictate our very existence. We function as slaves to ideologies and misguided cultural architecture that has proven to be an existential threat to our entire species.The old -isms have forced us to kill one another, to spend our limited time on earth creating profits for greedy monsters, and to have actively taken part in destroying our planet when we should have been reaping the benefits of being alive. The old -isms have made us choose between starving our children or starving other children, between killing or being killed, and between working or dying. Life does not need to be so complex. If you doubt this, simply look at the other living populations we share this world with. They live without ‘jobs’, ‘governments’, or ‘religions’.

We acknowledge that human beings are complex and that in order to maximize all of our individual happiness we need to have a collective set of rules to which we can all agree. For human ‘civilization’ and its many benefits to exist, human needs must be agreed upon and mutually understood and respected. Therefore, and with the understanding of all stated above – we propose a new -ism for our modern age. Change is happening at an ever faster pace and we recognize that it will not be long before these beliefs and ideas sound equally antiquated and perhaps become obsolete.

Yet, we must try to create an -ism for our age, a system that recognizes that we live in a world where automation, artificial intelligence, instantaneous communication from the furthest reaches of the planet, and relationships that transcend the concepts of borders, language, and  culture have created new ways to understand our planet and our respective place on it.

And so – we present this first version of the Manifesto of Peopolism. It is our hope that the greatest minds of this and every generation to follow will embrace and contribute to this new way of existing. It is also our hope that the people of the world will leave the -isms of the past behind and embrace a fluid meaning to existence which respects the rights of all people, all creatures, and all forms of miraculous life to co-exist.

We borrow from the great minds of the past without apology, for this intellectual and philosophical heritage is our true gift from our progenitors – the world that we shape will be the gift we leave to our descendants. It is our hope that it is a welcome gift and not a burden such as that we have inherited. We, the living, have inherited wars, inequality, disease, greed, genocide and more. To some extent, much to our disgust and dismay, we have perpetuated the same. No more. We wash our hands of the horrors of the past and move forward starting with this universal bill of rights.

We, the living, hold these truths to be self evident.

All living things have an inherent right to exist. It is our hope to someday create a living bill of rights, but to start we must focus on our human brothers and sisters. These rights apply from birth until death

All human beings have the right to live without fear.

All human beings have the right to live without hunger.

All human beings have the right to travel freely from place to place so long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others.

All human beings have the right to shelter from the elements.

All human beings have the right to medical, dental, and psychological assistance if it can be provided.

All human beings have the right to self improvement through education and training.

All human beings have the right to improve their (and their family or clan’s) living situation through hard work, ingenuity, and  innovation.

All human beings have the right to love and live with the person of their choice, to build a family, and to freely associate with whomever they may choose.

All human beings have the right to live in self-governing communities or groups so long as all members are allowed the freedom to come and go as they choose.

All human beings are allowed the freedom to interact or not interact with others be they individuals, communities, groups, clans, clubs, or municipalities.

All human beings have the right to live on an environmentally safe and stable planet. No human being, group, or municipality has the right to endanger all life on the planet. Protecting our environment needs to be one of the cornerstones of Peopolism.

We recognize and honor the validity of the United Nations Universal Bill of Human Rights so long as the rights above are not infringed.

We recognize that the right to build wealth and legacy is a human desire but history and experience have shown that there need to be limits to wealth.

We do not believe any human being needs to have more than the equivalent of a  100 million U.S. dollars – in fact, that is far more than should be allowed, but we need to start somewhere. There is nothing that anyone can or should buy for themselves that will cost more than 1/10th of a billion dollars and if there is – it should not be available for individuals anyway.

We do not believe in the concept of ‘corporate personhood’ and believe that the super-human lifespans and abilities of globe spanning corporations need to be severely limited. It is our belief that actual stakeholders should be the only shareholders – that is – the communities affected by companies, the users of company products or resources, the workers of companies, and the people whose lives are connected with the business that a company conducts in any way.

We do not believe in rule of nation states, counties, countries, states, or provinces. We believe in the rule of municipalities, neighborhoods, towns, and cities. We believe that it is possible for such ruling bodies to represent the will of the people but that anything larger skews the representation in favor of a few and helps to create elite classes who inevitably use their power to benefit themselves and give themselves more power.

We do not believe in rule by religious authorities though we respect the rights of all people to worship and believe as they choose. Religion and government are terrible bedfellows and inevitably lead to abuse of power.

We believe that people have the ability to rule themselves better in small groups than in large and we recognize that small groups may want to confederate for mutual benefit in trade, jurisprudence, defense, and other human needs. We will rigorously defend the right of individual confederated groups to peaceably withdraw when the decision suits their citizens.

This document is a living document. Today it is written and signed by one. In the future, it is our hope that it is written and signed by all.

 

By my hand on 02/20/2020

 

 

 

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America Economics Environment Future Politics

An Open Letter to America’s Billionaires – Change Humanity’s Future

Dear Billionaires,

I’ve done my best to join you, but so far – I haven’t even gotten close. The reason I’ve tried wasn’t because I want to be a rich guy with a big swimming pool and a fancy car collection. Nor is it that I want any of the other trappings of wealth and power that I’ve seen you exercise. I’m not interested in buying the presidency or colonizing other planets. I’m not interested in eating exotic lizards or putting my name on hotels. No, the reason I’ve been playing and failing at your capitalist game is because I can see how glorious our species and our world could be – I can see how desperately we are failing at creating a utopia and frankly, I’m surprised you don’t see it. If you do see it, I’m surprised you haven’t done anything about it. The attempts that I see you guys engaging in – largely seem focused on just creating your own personal gilded utopias – and frankly, I just don’t get it. Don’t you guys see that if you improved the condition of everyone – it would improve your own condition that much more? Hey, let go of your wallet’s money bags, you don’t need to worry, I’m not talking about redistributing wealth. You know and I know that a wealth redistribution scheme wouldn’t work out that well for most people – it would just be a refiltering of wealth to the top again.

No, I’m talking about actually building fucking utopias. You are the first humans in history to have the resources, the power, the technology, and the opportunity to actually build utopian civilizations. Why are you fucking around with politics at all? You have the ability to go around all of that. You have the ability to hire the best talent, the greatest minds, the most visionary thinkers. You can take the best ideas the world has ever known and build upon them, expand them, and implement them.

The utopian communities and communes of the 19th century, the cooperatives and communes of the 1960s, even the Raj Neeshi city in the 1980s in Oregon – all of these were built with less than any of you earn in a month. There are people willing to volunteer, there are people willing to work, there are people willing and desirous of living in a different type of society.

You have the power to create the way human civilization will function for the next ten thousand years. You have the ability to buy towns, cities, states, islands, countries and to create new forms of human civilization. Forms that actually work – or forms that fail and pave the way for the forms that will eventually work.

Why have none of you bought a town and found the people who are willing to live in it and build the future? I can’t understand why you focus on golf courses and eating steaks and just building your bank accounts bigger when you could be creating ten thousand years of the future? Nobody will remember most of what you are doing in two hundred years, if anything at all.

I appreciate some of what Elon Musk and Bill Gates and some others are doing – but by working within the framework of governments they can only fail. Why not start at the smallest level and build the next level of governments? Why not start with the municipality, build the coalitions of them, and then move forward?

Why not create ‘Dream Spaces’ where visionaries and artists can expend their energy doing what they do best instead of finding the time to follow their purpose between 50 hour weeks of drudgery? Why not use your wealth, your power, your achievements – to truly change the future. Build a town, select the residents, establish a new system – not capitalism, democracy, communism, or dictatorship – something new, something truly revolutionary. Why not create a viral form of human existence that defeats all the known -isms? Why not build a garden of eden and fill it with people who share your values?

Maybe you guys are doing this and keeping it all secret – seems like that would be a hard secret to keep. Maybe you just don’t care and want to fill your time living with more steaks, more rounds of golf, more pussy or dick, more yachts and jets – but you have the opportunity right now to do so much more. I think you should take it.

Also, I think you know this, but, you should probably not waste any time. It sure feels like your time is running out quickly. You may have 99.9% of the wealth, but there are still nearly 8 billion of us and life isn’t getting any easier for most of us – in fact – most are steps away from desperation. Everything has failed the rest of us – and unless you can find a way to appease us, win us to your side, or kill us all – we are probably going to be coming for you very soon.

I hope you decide to change the world and the future.

I’m going to keep trying to make my way to where you are – because in our system – I can’t see any other way of doing what I’ve mentioned above. If I get there, I’m going to show you what I mean – if not, I hope you show me.

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America Environment Machinations of Power Politics Technology

A Few Questions to Ask Yourself – but you probably won’t bother

Question 1: Why are there five times as many empty(unoccupied) houses/apartments in as there are homeless people in San Francisco?
(Source: https://sf.curbed.com/2019/12/3/20993251/san-francisco-bay-area-vacant-homes-per-homeless-count)

 

Question 2: How does the US Presidential Democratic Primary system work? Why does it matter?

(Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-fivethirtyeight-2020-primary-model-works/)

 

Question 3: Why have we ignored that our relationship with technology is destroying the planet, when we’ve known since shortly after World War II?

(Source: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/environment/2019/09/why-our-relationship-technology-destroying-planet )

 

 

 

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Economics Education Environment Family money Politics Work

The Problem with Everything

The problem with everything is that human beings have a tendency to take the short term self-interest choice over the long terms self interest choice. We are, for some reason, wired for it. I understand this, but I’m having a hard time explaining it in words.

Let’s say there is an apple tree next to a town. The tree provides enough apples for everyone. Perfect, right? Wrong. Every person in the town will feel a little bit of an urge to hoard or to take more than their fair share. Will they all do it? Probably not. I believe there is an intrinsic altruism built into some people – maybe altruism is the wrong word – maybe golden rule practicality is the phrase I need to use here. So, the golden rule crowd will realize that they don’t want anyone to take their allocated share, so they won’t take more than their share – it’s a sort of long term self-interest but it comes out as looking like altruism in the short term. If there are people who are genuinely altruistic – they are exceedingly rare – I would suggest that there are only long term self interested and short term self interested people. There are also those who are playing a different game – they give up their share for some percieved benefit. There are many such – pity, honor, respect, or something else. The bottom line is that everyone looks at the apple tree and sees a benefit for themselves – and if the consequences outweigh the rewards for keeping everything even – everyone will have their share of apples.

But we all know that the world does not work like that. Those who seize the advantage early, generally have less consequences than those who do not. Some people realize that and are watching for that opportunity. In any event – the apples become a problem because some people are taking more than their fair share so others are getting less than their fair share. Cause and effect.

The headman of the town – whether appointed by strength, ability, or election – it doesn’t matter. A person steps to the fore and says the apples are a problem now – so we need to make some rules about them…and not everyone agrees. The person taking too many says something like “I work harder to take the apples so I deserve more” and the person getting too little says “Just because I am shorter, doesn’t mean I don’t deserve the apples growing higher” and the person who is canning the apples say “I am taking apples that would otherwise rot and making them into something that will keep” and everyone has a reason why their self-interest is more important than the other people’s self interest.

So, assuming a Kansas cattle grazing war doesn’t break out over the apples, rules are made and people are given the job of making everyone keep to the rules – which of course fails because the people keeping the rules suddenly have an advantage that will be expolited by themselves or by those smart enough to seek to exploit the advantage. So, ultimately, some people are left hungry, some people get fat, some people get rich, and others become poverty stricken. The poverty stricken and the hungry say “Hey, what about our interest?” And the rich and fat say “Why should we have to take care of those who don’t or can’t work as hard as we do?” And everyone is ultimately fucked because eventually, a cold, poor, hungry person cuts the apple tree down to use as firewoodpor simply to even the playing field so that no one has any apples.

The End.

What if, however, there was a way to change the way people think? What if, instead of focusing on the short term self interest, there was a way to get them to focus on the long term self interest? In that case, the apples would be harvested by all, the excess would be canned, and the needs of all would be met by the work of all. Wouldn’t that be awesome if something like that could happen?

The problem is that it can’t. Humans are short sighted, selfish, and ultimately unable to work together for a long term collective good.

And that’s the problem with everything.

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America Crime and Punishment Education Environment

Schools are not safe in the USA – Nowhere in the USA is, actually

Another child murdered in a school today in the USA. 8 years old – doing nothing but going to school. I keep thinking of someone telling me it is irresponsible to travel overseas with my child – too dangerous – yes, but not as dangerous as staying home and sending my child to school. I blame this on capitalism – pure and simple. Guns are a business, government is a business, education is a business, crime is a business – people are the raw materials. Capitalism has turned us into resources- anyone ever asked you what you are worth? How do you answer? In cash. We sell our time, we sell our energy, we sell our health, we sell our safety – and the buyers are the masters of capital. We could have a society where people are safe, taken care of, fulfilled – but instead we have a society where some people own other people and we are measured (like it or not) by how much credit we have. Shylock’s Good Man wasn’t good in deed, but good for a debt – and that is how we are judged. It’s no wonder that people lose track of their intrinsic self worth and the intrinsic self worth of others. It’s no wonder that madmen are stealing guns from stores called Armageddon and sending manifestos of revolution to billionaire presidents. How long before someone lights themselves on fire in a way that starts the fire that burns this society down? Not sustainable. Capitalism is not sustainable.