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Weekly Update for Week ending August 9, 2020 – Pandemic and Politics

8/9/20

Global Covid Cases: 19,918,914

Global Covid Deaths: 731,705

New Deaths: 40,918 – 5,845 per day average – about the same as last week’s 5724 but a little higher

US Covid Cases: 5,165,337

US Covid Deaths: 165,260

New Deaths: 7,166 – 1024 per day dying average – down just a bit from last week’s 1220 – 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: 3346

Hawaii Covid Deaths: 31

Oahu Covid Cases: 2964

1149 new cases last week. Record numbers daily. Average of 164 per day. This fire appears to be growing out of control.

Hawaii has reimposed 14-day quarantine between islands and all parks and beaches have again been closed on Oahu along with other restrictions. Lockdown part 2. Not as severe as March-May and this time with Sept 5th given as a date restrictions will be lifted. Schools have made the first month of school virtual.

Other Covid News: 250,000 Bikers are going to Sturgis, SD and no one can stop them. We’ll see how this plays out. Imagine one super-spreader and then they all ride off in different directions back to different parts of the country. Brilliant. Almost as brilliant as opening schools and Trump repeatedly claiming kids are immune to COVID-19. They are not immune. They die, yes in smaller numbers but they also spread it to parents, teachers, grandparents, and everyone else. Ultra-brilliant. I’ve seen several of the underground anit-mask videos that are circulating and I’m convinced they are Russian made – the production values fit. Smart move by Russia to play on the idiocy of mask-independence. Brazil, India, and Mexico appear to be in a three way race to catch up to the horrific USA numbers of deaths from this scourge.

BLM and Civil Liberties Protests: Protests in Portland have continued and continue to be reported as violent – the most interesting fact I heard reported was that several police vehicles were incapacitated with metal bars. No further details. The Census is going to be shut down a month early – a process that will certainly affect the count in drastic ways by leaving low income and minority voters off the count in numerous areas. Protestors in Portland set the police union HQ on fire.

Economic News: Second highest unemployment in U.S. history, just under June 2020 – but the markets took that as good news. Gold has broken records for all time high several days and Bitcoin is becoming a more acceptable safe-haven/investment daily. The U.S. imposed tariffs on Canada and Canada responded with tariffs. Markets remain giddily high while tens of millions of Americans face eviction, foreclosure, and not being able to feed their families. Bankruptcy after bankruptcy continues. At some point, only the 1% will be customers to the huge tech firms while the other 99% huddle under bridges being told the economy is doing great. The US Post Office continues to be strangled by Trump donor and appointee as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

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: The Axios interview with Trump was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. The level of incompetence and befuddlement was almost unbelievable. Trump signed an executive order saying that Tik-Tok and WeChat need to either be sold to American corporations or cease business in the U.S. He also suggested that Microsoft should pay key money to the US treasury for making a deal possible – key money is considered fraud in the real estate world where Trump comes from, but that is no surprise. Saturday, Trump issued executive orders which are generally illegal because they take the power of taxation and spending powers from the legislative to the executive branch, a move which is dangerous because it consolidates power in the executive and weakens the system of checks and balances. Kanye West’s campaign has been revealed as a GOP ploy to siphon black votes from Biden. Still no running mate announced for Biden. Intelligence revealed the China and Iran favor Biden while Russia favors Trump – and the interference is happening at unprecedented levels – largely through public manipulation on social media like Facebook.The Libertarian Candidate had to cancel an appearance Friday after getting bit by a possibly rabid bat. True story.

International News: A cargo of Russian explosives blew up in Lebanon – I’m sure you’ve seen the videos. Horrific. Lebanon appears to be going into revolution mode. The US lifted its global travel advisory but the rest of the world are increasingly putting up barriers to entry for virus riddled American travelers.

Severe Weather: So far, the hurricanes have mostly missed causing major disaster but it’s early in the season and a new one is forming in the Pacific. Not really weather but a large Earthquake hit North Carolina (5.1)

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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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News Update for Week of 7/26/2020

7/26/2020

Global Covid Cases: 16,306,788

Global Covid Deaths: 650,122

New Deaths: 43,648 avg of 6235 per day up from 5340 last week

US Covid Cases: 4,336,782

US Covid Deaths: 149,557

New Deaths: 6631 avg of 947 per day up from 764 last week

Hawaii Covid Cases: 1620

Hawaii Covid Deaths: 26

Oahu Covid Cases: 1291

Avg of 38 new cases per day in the islands with each of that last three days breaking new records. 427 active cases up from 311 last week.

Other Covid News: RNC convention cancelled in Florida. Brazi, India, and Mexico have cases and death counts growing rapidly. Large numbers of US states are breaking daily records in new cases, hospitalizations. Florida, Arizona, the Carolinas, and Oklamhoma appear to be growing hot spots. California, Texas, and Florida remain the largest active and new cases. U.S. experts are urging further shutdowns but since this has become a political issue rather than a health issue, it seems unlikely. In Florida a nine year old girl with no pre-existing conditions died – yet politicians continue to push for schools to open in days or weeks. Insanity.

BLM and Civil Liberties Protests: Federal DHS troops continue to be used in Portland, Seattle, and Chicago. Last night 45 were arrested in Seattle as those DHS troops were attacked with rocks and other objects including fireworks. Protests seem to have transitioned from BLM to civil liberties protests while still pushing the BLM agenda. The use of DHS troops as a nationalist military was long foretold but those who denied such a thing could happen are now waking up to it – but again, since this has been made into a right/left issue – there is confusion. The natural allies of the protestors who don’t want federal troops in US cities are gun rights advocates, libertarians, and people like the folks who took of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge – but since the protests have been painted as ‘left wing’ ‘communists’ and ‘anarchists’ as well as ‘not white’ leaning – those who would usually be up in arms against the federal government overstepping it’s boundaries are cheering the DHS storm troopers on. More than one right wing constitutionalist has said ‘Enemy of my enemy is my friend’ which usually in history has ended up with a slow slaughter of opposition groups and eventually, an all powerful dictatorship flagging who goes to the camps next. In Seattle they burned down the Youth Detention Center. Protestors were shot in Austin and Aurora, Colorado were shot.

Eocnomic News:

Unemployment $600 pandemic supplement ended. Federal moratorium on evictions ended. No replacements approved yet as the two parties argue about how to help people without discouraging them from going back to work. Stock markets began to start focusing on reality a bit last week with a few mild declines instead of breaking new records. Keep in mind that in a capitalist system, mass unemployment means that wages can be lowered which is considered a positive for profit making – so this explains a tiny bit of why nearly 40 million unemployed caused the markets to burst to new highs. The U.S. is at a realistic 20% unemployment rate and when all other factors are added in that means that we are probably closer to 40% unemployment – with most of those not getting UI payments. Home sales are down 11% from a year ago with condos down 23% – there are however a large number of people abandoning cities and crowded areas – so rents in markets like SF, NYC, and Honolulu should be dropping, right? Major bankruptcies are happening daily and personal bankruptcies are approaching record numbers. The numbers of evictions and foreclosures are rising rapidly. The fantasy of a V-shaped recovery appears to be wearing off. Gold topped $1900 per ounce and Bitcoin is edging upwards.

International News:

U.S. forced closure of Chinese consulate in Houston (the first Chinese consulate in the US) and China responded with closure of American consulate in Chengdu. Europe’s economy is set to outpace the U.S. economy – which is a complete role reversal. Turkey continues its proxy war against the Kurds within Turkey and now in Syria as well.

Severe Weather:

Hurricane Douglas bypassed the Big Island of Hawaii but is heading towards the much more heavily populated islands of Maui and Oahu. Honolulu on Oahu has never been hit by a full strength hurricane but it looks like Douglas may make history as a Category I later today. Hurricane Hanna lashed the Gulf Coast of Texas and caused flooding.

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News Roundup for Week ending July 12, 2020

This is my weekly news roundup for the week of 7/12/20/
 
World Covid Cases: 12,925,331
World Covid Deaths: 569,097
(34084 newly dead – 4,869/day – from 4639 last week) :
 
US. Covid Cases: 3,380,429
US Covid Deaths: 137576
(5189 newly dead – 741 deaths per day from 597 last week)
This felt like the longest week since the early days of the pandemic. I’m sure that I missed plenty of stories, please share them in the comments.
 
Lots of people died this week. Now remember, this is the season we are supposed to have it easy as the virus gets weaker during the summer – so brace yourselves for autumn and winter. More and more accounts of healthy people who put themselves in precarious social situations (a party, a day at the lake, a family gathering) and then caught the virus, were hospitalized, posted on social media about their mistake and then died. Also 40 Bay Area principles meeting to discuss school opening strategies with other principles ALL BECAME COVID POSITIVE. 3 teachers working in the same classroom ALL CAUGHT COVID and one died. Even Trump is wearing a mask in public now. Many states are quickly reaching ICU capacity and death is marching across the most populous states in the USA. If you aren’t alarmed and you think all of this is some sort of hoax – good luck with your burial. Hawaii is considering pushing back the August 1 ‘reopening of tourism’ which would end the mandatory 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors but seems to be rolling ahead with the August 4th school re-opening. Disney World re-opened despite 15,000 new cases a day in Florida.
 
In politics – it was the Trump show as usual. Trump’s niece was allowed to publish her tell all book which among other things told how he paid someone else to take his SATs and college entrance exams. Trump gets to keep his financial info secret from congress but not from the New York prosecutor. Trump says he aced a cognitive test. Trump commuted his buddy Roger Stone’s sentence – Stone was convicted of, among many other things, lying to congress. Trump’s son’s girlfriend caught Covid-19. Trump’s admirer (president of Brazil) caught Covid. The US left the World Health Organization this week. Trump is trying to bully states into re-opening schools by withholding federal funding for education. Trump cancelled his New Hampshire rally – the Tulsa rally resulted in a large number of Covid cases to attendees – but his campaign says it is because of rainfall, not COVID – insiders say it is because of lower than expected attendance.
 
In economics – Chapter 11 bankruptcies are up by 26% but the stock market continues to climb based on the barest whisper of a possible vaccine or cure ignoring the fact that unemployment is still higher than anytime in generations, people are still not going out, and that the home saving $600 UI stipend will be ending at the end of the month. Renters are already skipping paying rent and the biggest foreclosure and eviction pandemic in US history is on our doorstep.
 
COVID has put more than 100 U.S. companies on court-assisted life support and hundreds more are destined for a similar path. All told, Chapter 11 business filings increased 26% in the first half of the year and the pace does not seem to be slowing. In the past few days, Brooks Brothers, Muji, and Sur La Table joined the somber list, which already includes Chesapeake Energy, Cirque du Soleil, Hertz, and J.C. Penney.
 
In social justice/protests/BLM – the marches and protests have largely stopped. The tearing down of statues has largely stopped. There has not been a huge amount of systemic change but it does feel like this has been a giant leap forward – if not in political action at least in awareness.
 
In international news – President Erdogan of Turkey continued to roll back the progressive moves of the country’s founder – this time by turning the Aya Sophia (Hagia Sofia) from a museum back into a mosque. Kamal Mustapha Ataturk turned Turkey from the ‘sick man of Europe’ into an economic and political powerhouse by making the country secularly governed while still Islamic in nature – Erdogan has largely ruined Turkey, selling national assets to his cronies, destroying the political structure, and in many cases blatantly trying to erase Ataturk from history. Trump has largely been following Ergogan’s game plan in shoring up power in the USA. Erdogan has been the most frequently telephoned world leader from the White House since Trump took office – think about that. Eventually, I believe we will see that the two of them are financially intertwined on multiple levels.
 
Serbia is facing huge anti-government protests over the country’s handling of coronavirus.
 
Most bizarre story of the week: Apparently after Hurricane Maria – Trump considered the possibility of selling Puerto Rico.
 
Most ominous herald: A new comet called NEOWISE is now visible in the night sky.
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The Biggest Transfer of Wealth in World History Part 1

capitalism wage cutsThe stock market crash caused by the pandemic was the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world. That wealth went exactly the oppossite of how most people (99.99%) should want it. It went directly from the bottom to the top.

As I write, Trump and the talking heads on economic television are crowing about the amazing economic recovery.  The stock market has pumped back up to levels where it was prior to the crash, the May jobs report just came out and blew everyone away by adding 2.5 million jobs instead of losing another 8 million.

I don’t know how to break it to you, so I’m just going to tell it like it is. This is all fuckery – or more accurately – trumpery. Websters Dictionary defined trumpery as 1) deceipt, fraud or 2) worthless stuff. That’s exactly what this is.

The 2.5 million jobs that came back were mostly leisure and hospitality – jobs in restaurants and hotels and bars – and they come back while a real unemployment rate of close to 20% still exists (the trumpery rate is 13% which is still an alarming rate). The jobs that ‘came back’ were almost completely temporary layoffs that were brought back from a near total lockdown mode to a gradual opening of the economy.

Those stock market gains? Who can afford to invest during a pandemic and economic collapse? The point-one-percenters, that’s who.  Who gains from the pandemic going away and the stock market rising? Trump. His campaign has been in tatters as people see the economy erode. This is trumpery in more than one way.

Covid-19 cases have been steadily rising since Memorial Day and the increase from the George Floyd protests aren’t even showing themselves yet. The moratoriums on mortgage and rent haven’t yet expired – that will be the end of July. And, do we even need to talk about the largest mass protests in U.S. history?

This ‘economic recovery’ is one of the biggest lies that has ever been told and here is what is going to happen – people are going to flood into the stock market trying to recover their losses (because most people suffered huge losses and couldn’t afford to speculate when society might be collapsing) and then – it’s going to happen again.

The political protests are going to hit critical masss.

Covid-19 cases are going to explode upwards and death tolls will begin rising again..

Evictions, foreclosures, and defaults are going to light up the night sky.

The markets are going to crash again as the smart money takes their insane profits and exits amidst the chaos.

This whole thing is an economic mass shooting. Not to mention, a deadly pandemic is about to hit us harder than ever – again. Get ready for the biggest transfer of wealth in history – part 2.

Best of luck out there.

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People Seem Pretty Sure We’re Past the Worst of the Pandemic

I’m going to tell you now – what you are seeing is confirmation bias. People are seeing what they want to see, just like I saw that the economy would drop twice as hard as it did (so far).

I’m not sure what people are smoking, but it’s definitely some kind of hopium. Unemployment is as bad as during the Great Depression. There is no cure or vaccine for the virus yet. Life as we know it has changed forever.

Still, I have to give people credit for being so adaptable. I hope that I’m wrong and new waves of the virus don’t start murdering new masses of people. But even if we avoid that nightmare – we still have to deal with the fact that tourism and hospitality is on it’s knees and being kicked.

I’m not sure what would happen if the President or VP had the virus, but judging by Britain, as long as they survived it would be no big deal at this point.

As soon as governments allow it, there are going to be mass waves of evictions and foreclosures – not to mention bankruptcies by the basketful.

Maybe the USA will pull out of this tailspin, maybe the insanely resurgent economy will save us all – but I doubt it. I’ve been wrong before – and maybe I’ll be wrong on this. Still – it doesn’t feel like I’m wrong (but it wouldn’t would it? All the ‘plandemic’ nuts feel sure they are right and you probably feel like you are right too, regardless of your position on things).

Here’s what I see coming –

  • economy re-opens in May and June and people can’t help but start behaving as if the pandemic has been beaten – people can’t resist the summer travel season – everything feels like a comeback
  • waves of evictions and foreclosures in July begin – also people start wondering why their jobs haven’t come back and the prices of groceries are 4x what they were in January
  • August schools re-open – pandemic resurges bigger than before
  • stock markets and equities finally catch up with the real economic data and crash hard
  • bitcoin, gold, and silver all spike to levels that seem stupid to consider at the moment
  • Trump will try to postpone the election (if he survives getting virus which he either already has or will get soon)
  • Biden will hum-deedle-dee and haa-doodle-doo through the most muddled election in U.S. history
  • And a lot more bizarre shit too.
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We will not survive this…

The emerging consensus seems to be that we will get through this – it will take some time, but we will emerge from the other side of it.

I reject that notion.

I reject the concept of we, since already more than 30,000 of those who were ‘we’ are no longer among the living. By the end of this – it will be hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions that will no longer be among ‘we’ – and thus we will no longer be inclusive but exclusive – numbering only the survivors.

Yes, a good number of survivors will push on, but they will not be we. You may be among them, I may be among them, but the survivors will not be us. The survivors will have borne witness to death and suffering that ‘we’ cannot imagine. The survivors will have seen and experienced the greed and selfishness of robber baron tech capitalism up close and far too personal.

Personally, I don’t think the United States will survive this. Not the United States as we know it – but maybe a different form. My prediction is that California, Texas, New York, and Washington state will all find themselves in possession of more autonomy than any states have had since the civil war. Maybe they will be independent – I don’t know, I don’t see the future – I simply look for patterns and historical currents.

The USA will survive through the year, but come 2021, it will be gone – at least as we know it. The inept campaign of Joe Biden and the incessant rallying of Donald Trump have virtually guaranteed that. Trump wants his name to be on the meager relief checks. He wants people to feel like he has paid them! In an election year. His mailers are paid for by the government and say Donald Trump’s Social Distancing guide.

If there is an election, it will be called into question and the USA cannot survive that. If there is not an election, the USA also cannot survive that.

The stock market and big business? They may well survive – as we speak they are sucking the last drops of prosperity from the bloodless corpse of America. The $6.6 Trillion money grab is a way to preserve the wealth and power of the dominant entities on this planet.

China will be fine. The European Union will survive. Australia and Canada will carry on. The Latin American, Asian, and African nations will survive and suffer as they always have – but the USA cannot and will not make it out of this in tact.

Only a miracle could save the USA. A candidate with the savvy and strength to inspire loyalty across party lines, with the bravery to make decisions that seem suicidal but are the only way to survive, and a desertion by the media from their blind allegiance to capital. I see no other way that the USA gets through this.

So, be prepared. WE will not survive. Many of us will die. The way we live and interact with each other will change. The new rulers – and the new rules – they are coming but we are blind to their advance.

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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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A Complete and Total Societal Failure

We can’t say that we didn’t see it coming and yet here we are – totally and completely unprepared. From the top leadership to the ground zero forces – we are totally unprepared to deal with the current state of the world. And, unfortunately, it is likely to get worse – and we are unlikely to get better.

There are so many levels here – personal, local, city, state, federal, international. On the health level, school level, home level, or business level – there are failures stacking up in every realm. The one that people are noticing right now is the financial – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Still, it bears looking at.

I also failed. I knew how to prepare – or I thought I did, but then I lost the thread. For the past three years, I’ve been getting ready for the inevitable meltdown of the Trump economy.  One of the cornerstones of that was allocating a certain amount of my investments into volatility – for me it was TVIX – the Velocity Shares 2x VIX Short Term ETN. At one point late last year, I had over 200 shares – which for me was a big investment – but the constant infusions of cash into the economy by the Federal Reserve and the short sighted stimulus kept pumping the economy higher and higher – finally, in December, the TVIX was driven so low that there was a huge reverse split and I was left with  the process beginning again. This seemed like a good way to lose what little money I had – so I sold. And of course, today, at $350 each and I don’t have this particular hedge. So, like everyone – I am losing.

It turns out that there may not have been a good hedge, no place to hide out. Bitcoin and Gold are both tanking along with the markets today. Inflation is starting to reveal itself and that’s just going to get worse – so cash is nowhere to hide. Real estate is going to suffer along with everything else.

So, there is the financial end of things from my very tiny perspective. We should have known a pandemic would have this kind of effect – I mean, actually we did, but we ignored it. We should have known that ineffective leadership with temporary loyalist cabinet members and “Yes Sir” congress would lead to crisis – and I suppose we did, but here we are. All those baby boomers who kept loving their 401k growing under Trump’s grand manipulation of the economy, they probably don’t feel so good about him now, hiding out in their Boomer Bunkers with huge piles of toilet paper and soon to be dead spouses and call centers that keep telling them to call their PCP, the CDC, an Emergency Care Clinic, or someone else because no one knows how to take care of this.

Is this the end? Probably not. Let’s hope that it is the end of the disgusting capitalist ideology that got us here. There is a chance to change – that is the only real hedge – anything else is just like an injection of cash into the stock market by the inept and corrupt banking system or a new decree or ban from the inept and corrupt political leadership.

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Free Hand Sanitizer and Toilet Paper

Enough already with the hand sanitizer and toilet paper freaking out! And if you are tired of all this shit – maybe it’s time to give this a read. 

First of all – buy a bidet (we call it a butt washer) and learn how to properly clean your ass without paper. Here’s a link to a variety of cheap bidets that attack to your toilet. No more need for toilet paper – just wash yourself and use a towel after drip dry.

Second – Hand sanitizer is pretty easy to make – you can also just use alcohol or tea tree oil! My favorite recipe is thus:

  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 ounces rubbing alcohol
  • 1 ounce pure aloe vera gel
  • ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (helps soften hands!)

Instructions

  1. Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix.
  2. Add alcohol to the oils and swirl again.
  3. Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.
  4. Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve.)

Transfer hand sanitizer to small, clean squirt bottles. Also, use colored bottles so the essential oils in the recipe are not exposed to light. Finally, this recipe is perfect for throwing into a purse or a backpack!