Saturday, May 23, 2020

Where does The FED get all the money to purchase everything?


I don’t know, or said another way, I cannot imagine as trying to understand where all that money comes from. I might as well try to estimate the grains of sand on a beach—or all beaches wherever they may be and for whatever the tide, time of year or any other variations may bring.

Who knows where all this money comes as unceasing, unlimited and, as it is, unfathomable?

But what is money really?  We know it’s a finely printed paper and that it is exchanged for goods and services.  We also know that without money, one cannot seemingly survive.  

Maybe it’s true that love makes the world go round but it sure seems as the it’s money….

The FED is said to the lender of last resort; that when/as (and always), the state wants for money that The FED is there to save the day—buying treasuries and more (bonds, mortgages, etc.)

In his book, Anatomy of the State, Murray Rothbard describes money as the “command post of the economy and society”—the modern monopoly of the state.  

But back to The FED and money, the central question, “Where is does it all come from?”


THEY LIVE – MARRY…CUSTODY


Continuing in the series of masks and the movie, THEY LIVE, I turn to the latest of labels:  MARRY, REPRODUCE, DIVORCE AND CUSTODY.  Unlike the previous postings, this one is personal, painful, though I must say is equally if not more important in the times we live, now and our future.

Where the family goes so goes society. 

When first researching the history of marriage (in the U.S.) and the more recent divorce reform(s) that went into effect across our land around 1969, I began to accept that the legality of divorce became a boom.  Yes, divorce became big business in that divorce reform brought about a growth in divorce whereby for every attorney in California around ’70 there were 20 by the next decade!  Yes, California was the genesis of divorce reforms passed under then Governor Ronald Reagan. 

But besides the business of divorce is also the certainty that divorce reforms represent the single largest threat to marriage, so says the president of the counseling organization Marriage Builders some years ago.  Indeed, the subsidizing of divorce—or easing of the guidelines and justification (cause)—render marriage defenseless in our civil courts.  Never forget that anything the government subsidizes, it grows, as so too divorce that skyrocketed in the in last half of the last decade, and meanwhile, marriage per capita in the U.S. continues at gradual decent with less than 20 percent of Millennials married.     

But marriage is losing ground, not strictly due to divorce reform but primarily because of it.   

The state licenses marriage for a modest fee, and thus is the primary governance of this institution, marriage; yet, it also conducts  divorce which is often initiated by one of the two married without any powers given to the other, the defendant.  And while divorce seems more involved and expensive then a marriage license, it nevertheless continues to not only diminish marriage but to also dismember families, awarding children to one while reducing the other to that of a “non-custodial”.

The non-custodial, or the one who loses custody of his children, is often if not always imputed with the liability, namely “Child Support”, for his children—legally but unjustifiably removed from his care.   
But it gets worse, sometimes much worse.  Who wouldn’t wonder what the state is doing other than reducing one parent, often the father, to bluntly a financier—the father be damned.  

Under Title IV-D of the IRS Tax Code, the state that collects Child Support is subsidized (e.g. Alabama receives $2 for every $1 collected, and thus is using this program to generate state revenue).  In short, Child Support or Title IV-D is an incentive for states to separate the children from one parent, often the father.  Yes, the state has an incentive to separate children from one parent per Title IV-D. 

Divorce involving dependent children is doubly costly; first, in devaluing marriage and second in devaluing parenthood. But more, and as the system is designed, it systematically contributes to single-parent homes and fatherlessness.  What is worse, the subsidizing of divorce and support of Title IV-D is contributing to the destruction of our society, dismantling the family first with the father and then by systematically devaluing marriage as an institution.   Does marriage have a chance against such systems?

Divorce destroys society by undermining the viability and value of marriage and family.     Any loss of strength of society is then, as though a physics’ axiom, transferred to political power. 

So much more has been written and read on the subject but, in summary, let me end by saying that the state’s authority over family is a marriage made in Hell. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

THEY LIVE – NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT


To explain INDEPENDENT THOUGHT is to consider several phrases similar, such a Leo Tolstoy,
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking...

Or Emma Goldman,
People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.

Never mind notions of one’s personal “right”, but more, much more, INDEPENDENT THOUGHT is our responsibility to toward ourselves and then to others regardless of what the authorities say, do or force upon you—which is why it takes courage and a desire for truth and with that, hope. 

In a hopeless environment, INDEPENDENT THOUGHT is criminalized, crushed, and condemned, with any possibility for truth long muted in a mainstream of information and data manufactured for public approval, propaganda.  

In the film THEY LIVE, discovery of truth is possible only with the special sunglasses, (never mind the possibility of hope).  As presented, the plot is to ensure that the remaining human class is not only denied truth but is further, deceived by these bodies, any awareness of the humanoids conspiring and collaborating to control them and perhaps replace them altogether. 

A lengthy but timely interview on truth, independent thought, words and action,

Donald Best Interview

With the loss of INDEPENDENT THOUGHT so too truth without courage, as Orwell warned, 
In a Time of Universal Deceit — Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act. 

THEY LIVE - CONSUME, Buy & Shop


This next in a series that combine “the mask” and the film, THEY LIVE, is about one or two of the “’ism’s” not taboo or forbidden in our society, culture. But on contrary, such is on a scale like no other single sovereign and, in all assessment, is one possibility of the true form of government that we serve—though inclined to believe that it serves us, present and future.  

Consumerism /materialism and secularism are each & all encouraged; emphasized as essentially the ethos of our economy (not a system based on production as much as consumption, debt much more than saving and an endless and unlimited indulgence that finally produces nothing but dissatisfaction, disillusionment and even distrust among and between persons, parties and classes).     

As the Romans are acclaimed to have given them bread & circus, so too does our society; first, as 5% of the world’s population consuming around 25% of output (bread), but also as a people saturated in entertainment (circus)—the consequences of which is the power of prosperity however illusive and ill-gained it is, has become, however distracting and deceiving “the show”, theater, with a bag full of goodies. 

CONSUME is a softer side of tyranny; a side angled as to appear as though it is altogether good and right in keeping with a quest for The American Dream.  More than “two chickens in every pot”, and much more than most dreamed of in the past, our lives are saturated with this theme, and insatiable appetite driven far above and beyond our needs and still the sky is the limit. 

Who can argue that prosperity is not the point, after all?    

As an alternative to naked or brute force, a despot is clever in carrying out such schemes, seemingly giving folks all that they want—never mind what it cost, begged, borrowed, or stolen. 

From Noam Chomsky,
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

To some degree, and to their credit, young folks of the 1960s attempted to push-back on what Francis Schaeffer called “the plastic culture” (consumption, consumerism, etc.), “dominated by materialism” 
...the hippies of the '60s did understand something. They were right in fighting the plastic culture, and the church should have been fighting it too... More than this, they were right in the fact that the plastic culture - modern man, the mechanistic worldview in university textbooks and in practice, the total threat of the machine, the establishment technology, the bourgeois upper middle class - is poor in its sensitivity to nature.. 

Sadly, much of our society wears the mask of/to CONSUME, Christians and non-Christians alike, practicing a religion that is replete with Relativism. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

THEY LIVE - CONFORM


I know that I sometimes CONFORM, call it consciousness, conscience, or just plain-ole insecurity about being different, odd, or weird.   Maybe most of us are this way, dyed-in-the-wool conformists—most comfortable and comforted when conforming to what appears as normal, acceptable, and even respectable.

Here, in the backdrop of the film, THEY LIVE, is CONFORM as to be controlled as though a programmed robot and not a human capable of critical thinking, a moral base and all other aspects of thinking and doing endowed to man.  

Ralph Waldo Emerson lays down the gauntlet, saying
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Adding much more on this, CONFORM, is Doris Lessing, The Golden Book, who writes: 
Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:  You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination.

A favorite film of mine, and the book of which it is based, is Into the Wild; here, the author, Jack Krakauer,
…The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
Into the Wild was, while dangerous, courageous too; a young person who turned his back on convention and all the lure of a upper-middle class lifestyle, to follow what some may think a reckless and rebellious choice while others, an adventure aimed to find a final frontier and see life in the most extreme of needs, the least of resources.   

Another from the highly existentialist, Henry David Thoreau, Walden:
Any fool can make a rule [and] any fool will mind it.

And then another from Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times,
But human beings are not machines, and however powerful the pressure to conform, they sometimes are so moved by what they see as injustice that they dare to declare their independence. In that historical possibility lies hope.

Finally, I leave you with the last of a litany of quotes, this final by Rollo Mays:
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity.

THEY LIVE - OBEY


When I see the word, OBEY, what do I think?  On the one hand is something respectable, respectful, but on the other is an order or command without exception, exclusion, aimed to move us well beyond what is normal and indeed to madness, among and between us. 

“To obey is better than sacrifice”, so says Bible scripture, to infer that obedience to God is foremost, an outpouring of the faith, trusting that God’s order or command is righteous, without flaws or falsehoods. 

As to orders or commands imposed to/on me by others, and especially institutions, is to sometimes raise a flag; not always, and often I am sure that I attempt to honor or respect such dictates whether out of devotion to or dread of authorities, right, wrong, indifferent, with or without deference; but sometimes, and increasingly, I am cautious of unilateral orders and unjustified commands—and especially the kind that are not reasonable or simply said, 
This makes no sense.”
An example of a nonsensical order or command is the present “shelter-in-place”, presumably aimed to flatten the curve or otherwise reduce the spread of this virus, its effect and extension.  But then, the confusion and chaos that seems almost if not created, manufactured to mislead and misdirect the general public; and more, is the motive or intention behind the orders or commands; the difference between what is said or suggested and what is actually occurring--behind the scenes, the show. In no other time of national history have the healthy been "sheltered" or quarantined as a prevention for a viral spread; indeed, it is status quo as to operations, confronting the conditions, that is most effective in response to viral infection and the subsequent statistics.  

Presently reading a biography on Hitler, I seem quickly put-out or put-off by  the politics of this man, his mind, manner, methods. Hitler was obsessed by (and in) politics more than anything or anyone, deeply moved by the power to move others to a place that, unless driven by fear, would not likely go, even imagine.  The author, Alan Bullock. writes in Germany’s days entering economic depression, hyper- inflation (1928):
Millions of Germans saw their apparently solid framework cracking and crumbling.  
He continues in the next paragraph:
It was already clear that an economic crisis would produce a political crisis. In such circumstances, men are no longer amendable to arguments of reason.
To obey is better than sacrifice given the motives and intentions of authority are just and right, true & true, but when motives are unjust and wrongful, then to obey is without reason unless an economic crisis within which reason does not matter and fear is all there is. 

Hitler’s movement was doubly steeped in fear; first that once great nation and Arian race were subordinated and subjected to other states, and thus threatened of what remained, and second of no recovery, reprisal or even respite from the present, dire circumstances.   

It seems a perfect storm to expect folks to obey without reason, to submit whatever the sacrifice.  

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Return to THEY LIVE

Once again, the film, THEY LIVE, as the backdrop for this latest theme and subject of masking for medical or other reasons.  

As you may recall, the film is dystopian; depicting Las Angeles during such times with lots of folks in tent cities, struggling to survive, while beneath the human appearance, a relatively few humanoids rule the day.   

What remains for one relative newcomer, a main character, is to discover sunglasses that do more than shade; quit the contrary, these lens actually enlighten the wearer as to the truth of what is taking place and still more, the real faces and facades of these humanoids that run things, apparently relegating the public to some form of servility, struggle, amid many illusions, perceptions and propaganda.  

THEY LIVE - best quote  

Folks are forced into a system to: 
  • OBEY - without reason or cause 
  • CONFORM - earnest individualism, as to thinking and being, are forbidden 
  • CONSUME - a culture of materialism and consumerism 
  • STAY ASLEEP - living the dream in a dream or tranquil, medicated state 
...and so on and so forth. 

In the postings to follow, THEY LIVE is the backdrop for examining the current practice and policy of mask-wearing.   

What's coming...down and up the pike

The inspiration for the post's title is George Carlin; one of his kinder, gentler stand-up's.  

Coming down the pike begs the question, as George suggests,  "What's coming up the pike?" After all, if things can come down then why can't they come up? 

But whether "up" or "down"..., great changes are coming to the greater earth, both natural and man-made.  As to the later, the unnatural, some description of what to expect.  

The latest experience of this virus is one to behold in terms of the conditions imposed on an international scale; the restrictions, lock-downs and other measures disseminated and delegated to/from international to local governance, and while it may seem warranted to some, it has never been done before--never!  

For the powers behind it, this effort has set in place yet another level of just what the public and persons are willing to do never mind the fact that the state seldom delivers just the facts; indeed, these institutions go to great length to withhold facts simply because such denial is a form of power--the lifeblood of the state.  

Need I elaborate on how a false witness can destroy a good name when given the leeway to say anything with impunity; that is, without accountability for or responsibility in their testimony, the evidence (which is why perjury is a criminal offense). And yet, on a grand scale, the state is a false witness; wielding and abusing power by purposely withholding or denying the facts--all the while knowingly misleading the public, leveraging fear as a deep, dark and destructive force and imposing ever increasing restrictions behind a curtain of abstracts, vagaries and seemingly good intentions.      

The winds of change are fierce, howling and hellbent, and show no signs of dampening or dying-out; no, these prevailing tempests will tear your hearts out, taking all but the final source of our hope; that is, the life hereafter.  God willing that we should stay the course such that it may be said, 
Well done good and faithful servant.  
...and be done with what's coming, down and up the pike per Albert Pike:  
We shall unleash the nihilists and the atheists and we shall provoke a great social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to all nations the effect of absolute atheism; the origins of savagery and of most bloody turmoil.
Then everywhere, the people will be forced to defend themselves against the world minority of the world revolutionaries and will exterminate those destroyers of civilization and the multitudes disillusioned with Christianity whose spirits will be from that moment without direction and leadership and anxious for an ideal, but without knowledge where to send its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer brought finally out into public view. A manifestation which will result from a general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and Atheism; both conquered and exterminated at the same time.

Uncovering "The Mask" once more

Zorro wore a mask to conceal his identity; that while he fought for those oppressed, somewhat like Robin Hood, he did so under the cover of a mask -- as though that would work.  


Lot's of characters wear masks for much the same reason while others, a select number of "super-heroes"; are among this supernatural, some choosing to gird the mask while others, their identity out there.  On the face of it, super-heroes that are faceless make you wonder, 
"What (and why) are they hiding?" 
Batman and Robin wore masks -- though you have to wonder how many masks they went through with all the brawling -- and meanwhile, their arch enemies did not always. You must wonder while The Penguin did not...with a face like that, while The Cat-woman did...with a face like that.  

I speak of this comical side of masks but in fact a masks in not a joke.  Walk into a bank with a mask on and see just how fast things turn on you.  

Meanwhile, much of the world seems to be fixated on masks given the notion that they are doing their diligence to slow the spread, flatten the curve, accelerate the cure or merely forestall illness while a vaccination is concocted -- never mind the actual, factual statistics, the preventive quality of cloth masks.  

To say that "They are wearing a mask," suggest a figurative view; that they're pretending to be something that they are not, hiding from their "true self", the real you behind the veil.   No doubt that we each wear this figurative mask from time to time, imagining or pretending or even playing-out on the premise that others are pleased, we're accepted.  

Conversely, a mask say more about us; who we are and what we think, as Oscar Wilde suggest, 
A mask tells us more than a face.
In this present pandemic, a mask may say, suggest, 

  • I'm afraid of me, of you and of it 
  • I just want to do the right thing, conform and obey the state's order(s) 
  • I want to believe that this is an effective prevention (even though it is not...)


But be careful about the mask, the masquerade, for
If you wear a mask for too long, there will come a time when you can not remove it without removing your face. (Matshona Dhliwayo) 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A Virus, Vile Maxim of the Masters of Mankind

A recent quote from Anthony T. Hincks, 
Who benefits from all the money that being splashed around; who will pay for it and more importantly, who owns the companies that do the printing and produce money out of thin air?  
Will we be put under increased surveillance to justify tracking the virus? 
'What' and 'Who' are very important question words, but more importantly, what the answers?  
Somehow I don't think we will ever be party to the truth of the situation.

The phrase, "The Vile Maxim of the Masters of Mankind", comes from The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith. 
'All for ourselves and nothing for other people' seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind. 
Reportedly, the shifting of wealth has been underway since the 1970's; that with each passing decade, an increase in the gap rises--giving rise to all the adverse consequences, social, economic and otherwise.  

Where are we going, the gap

A similar, extreme of inequality occurred in the 1920's leading-up to The Great Depression, and while not the singular cause, still, had (and has) some adverse effect on the standard of living and prospect for growth, access to capital.  

The vile maxim meanwhile is somewhat a silent partner; not nameless but nefarious, nebulous as to its relations with/of the state and corporations--never mind the commons, "other people".     

Pandemic of 1957 -- when folks faced the matter

In 1957, the Asian Flu came to the U.S., resulting in 116K deaths; and in the totality of the matter, folks faced the matter without the intervention of international governance and national shutdown. 

The same pandemic caused over 1M deaths worldwide and still, no shutdown.  

Why Then...versus Now; why no shutdown with incomparable statistics versus shutdown with a fraction therein?  

And before you consider that it's due to modern times, advanced medicine and any other natural or scientific cause, consider that it is because the agenda of authorities was different Then (1957) than Now (2020); more specific, Now is partly a ploy, a program for the state to seize power as yet another ploy to invoke and instill compliance and conformance, the compromise of all personal liberty and privacy per the oldest trick in the book; fear.  

Understand that I acknowledge the reality of the virus as to its authenticity; still, the response has gone well beyond the top and sadly, folks fail to face the matter as it really is--not what they promote.  

The FED, finally


I don’t know. I might as well try to estimate the grains of sand on a beach—or all beaches wherever they may be and for whatever the tide, time of year or any other variations.

Who knows where all this money comes? Unceasing, unlimited and, as it is, unfathomable?

But what is money really?  We know it’s a finely printed paper and that it is exchanged for goods and services.  We also know that without money, one cannot seemingly survive.  

Maybe it’s true, that love makes the world go round but it sure seems that it’s money. 

The FED is said to the lender of last resort; that when/as (and always), the state wants for money (really, financing) that The FED is there to save the day—buying treasuries and more (bonds, mortgages, etc.) to yet again bail out banks or to otherwise lift the moral hazard of malinvestment, malfeasance or any other mal-adjustments made by the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.  

In his book, Anatomy of the State, Murray Rothbard describes money as the

“Command post of the economy and society”—the modern monopoly of the state. 
Other monopolies are:
  • Violence (force)
  • Judicial power
  • Communications (media)
  • Transportation (land, sea and air)

In truth, the endless money of the FED--as it seems--is  the mortgaging of all assets in America; it is debt peonage on a grand scale.  This financial fandango is simply the selling-out of sovereignty; it is the way in which a relative few use the many as either a milk cow or, worse yet, a meat cow; either way, "the herd".   

From President James Garfield: 
Whoever controls the volume of money is any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce. 
Maybe more to come on the dollar, $, and what is a certain death to usher in the world currency and yet more enslavement of humanity.  

Saturday, May 2, 2020

To divide is to conquer the tribes

Most of us may be aware of the term or phrase, "Divide and Conquer", but what does it really mean or, in the context of community, what does it really do? 

In the 3-minute video below, a summary of this strategy or tactic applied to, yes, politics. 

Divide & Conquer

But at this time and given scale of this international effect per the virus, is it possible or likely that some high-level of the politic are doing this very thing: dividing and then conquering? 

You may think or say, "No way!", followed by a question/statement, "Why would they take down much of the world's economy without a justified or reasonable cause?"  

As to the "Why...", I am not sure yet, but as to the possibility of such motives (by the politic), I rely on several time-proven behaviors: 
  • First, that the state and media lie, or said another way, they deliberately withhold the truth, the facts and figures that do not comport with their agenda, their interests
  • Second, that the state uses power as both a means and end, and thus it's motive is always driven by power or force for power, control, domination or by any similar description, its interests 
You may believe (if you care or are concerned), that the government is generally good; that they care about community and folks and that they motive are thus in no way to divide and conquer.   I believe that some individuals do, but then the system, institution and the dangerous combination of authority without accountability.  

But if that were true in the modern day in our culture, than tribes would still exist, co-exist; that is, independent, self-governing communities.  Recall that to tame The West, and the entire land mass of America, the government had to eradicate tribes of any kind, ostensibly the native american but others too, hence "the melting pot".    

Tribes and the state cannot coincide or coexist as the later's demands are to no end whereas the former is distributive power that, while constructed of a hierarchy, depends much more on unity then division, much more on trust than force and much more on the whole rather than a few.    

Friday, May 1, 2020

When bad things happen to bad people

You may be familiar with the best-seller, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People", Harold Kushner, 1981. 

What about when bad things happen to bad folks? Of course bad happens to "the bad", but then the question

What or who is the bad; how is "bad" determined, designated?  Are there degrees of "bad" or is it an absolute, either bad or good--no partials or particulars to apply? That too depends, for the determination of "bad", if not presumed however, is often a matter of perception, experience.  

One watching a program on TV or other outlets has a point of view, perspective or even an opinion if they care at all, based on past experience. One views a figure that fits a profile and presumes...with or without taking anything or anyone else into account. 

In a court scene, whether a drama or actual session, the viewer presumes those in cuffs and chains as bad while those in suits and robes as good--or at least respectable.  Who is to say in actuality that some of the folks in chains did nothing criminally wrong or, if they did, that it pales in comparison to a judge who takes "kick-backs" and under-the-table payoffs as gratuity for graces afforded to those who can afford to buy some justice.  

I know, I know; I sound cynical but in truth this actually happens; indeed, judges can be corrupt, conducting all manner of conduct never mind the cabal formed with the counsel who incidentally contributes to the judge's campaign and just happens to below to the same country club.  

Seldom does such "bad" in these respectable get called-out or taken-down--as rarely do those of power ever face the full measure of the law. 

As with so much in our land, justice is a commodity; purchased, parceled-out to those who possess that much needed power of impunity or otherwise are above the law.   Many years ago, one of our presidents said it simply as, 
If the president does it, it's not illegal 
How often does power trump prosecution let alone any allegation or other step of the criminal justice system at any level of the hierarchy?  

H. L. Mencken always has a unique way at looking and expressing matters.
 “The gang” (the constituters exploiting the government) is well nigh immune to punishment. Its worst extortions, even when there baldly for private profit, carry no certain penalties under our laws.Since the first days of our Republic, less than a few dozen of its members of its have been impeached—and only a few obscure understrappers have ever been put into prison.
The number of men sitting in Atlanta and Leavenworth (Federal prisons) for revolting against the extortions of the government are always ten times as great as the number of government officials condemned for oppressing the taxpayers to (and for) their own gain.

A person's deeds, mine included, are not hidden from all; no, we each must/will be accountable or give account for our "bad", exposed not in the corrupted world power but in the supreme power of God.  

Help me to be accountable for my bad. 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Taking the mask off the mask

Only folks my age or older may recall the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis when, in response, civil defense measures were taken to include public school, "Drop, Duck and Cover" whereby kids got under their desks as a countermeasure for a possible atomic explosion. 

Really....dropping under your desk...as a countermeasure or precaution for an atomic explosion?  

Not nearly as atomic but never the less as asinine, the mask has taken hold of the U.S. population and in keeping with culture has taken on some degree of class and chic.  Sure, you can possibly find a basic 95 surgical mask but why be plain-Jane when you can jazz it up and really bring-out the real you.  

For those who still health over image, the following video: 

About the mask

As to socialization and stigma, the mask sends mixed messages, the masked to unmasked (or anyone else in the vicinity):  

  • I am sick and do not want to infect you
Which makes sense, since the mask is designed for that 
  • Somebody is sick and I do not want them to infect me
Which does not make sense since the mask is not designed for that 
  • The air is tainted or viral....
Which could make sense given that some cities and concentrated populations have such air quality not withstanding the application of masks in an industrial setting.  

Empires fall in part because of plagues


There is a tendency for empires to rise slower than they fall, and as described in this posting and the video link, “the fall” can coincide with plague, disease and pestilence.  

In the linked 15-minute video below; a quick, snarky overview of…


Whereas information has accelerated at literally light speed, still, we remain confused if not by the mix than more by the mainstream media, a servant of the state.  Meanwhile, folks fit on masks of all varieties, duped into believing that a mask is a prevention—rather than as designed, to stop saliva spraying...protecting others. 

Then there is social distancing; not a new concept or even a “new normal”, but more aimed as yet another measure to foment fears and accelerate an already anti-social society to be pushed over the edge, fearing any “close contact” (“GIVE ME MY SPACE!”) while giving yet more excuse and even “right” to draw the line,   gladly (and graciously) accepting yet another measure of "flattening the curve" or drawing-down the disease—“the spread”. 

Tapping into the very nature of folks, “safety and security” is beyond a “no-brain-er”, to mean that folks are excused from questioning or doubting these measures, let alone the apparent cause(s) behind them.  

Drawing on the premise previously applied to patriotism following 911,
You’re either with us or against us (for or against terrorism) 

What choices or options does one really have or, more pointedly, what power does the individual have to simply say, “No!” or “Why?” 

But periods and pandemics give no quarter for the critical thinkers or any who question authority or allegedly danger the lives of others by wittingly failing to comply or conform. 

Commensurate with globalism however, this particular episode covers a geographic area and its population like no other in recorded history; it a pandemic best characterized by this statement of statecraft, 

Never before have so many reacted to so little given so much cause and consideration to the concern that so few of that population have so much power 


Of course, absolute power corrupts absolutely--but never mind the realities amid fantasy.  

Given the magnitude and mass of this episode, the notion of a "new normal" is a myth--as surely what awaits the individual is a rate of change beyond both conscience and  conscious, and so The Darker Winter

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Comments from a collection of recent, related articles


From a recent article by the Mises Institute, Jeff Deist, “Will It Take Food Shortages to End Support for the Shutdown”. He writes:
Who didn’t (doesn’t) see this? Will it take outright food shortages to make Americans change their minds about whether the shutdown is “worth it”? 

But then he goes on to say that many (Americans) have yet to sense or suffer the ill-effects of this apparent cause and response, and while unemployment continues on pace at the
most intense rate in American history (to include The Great Depression) yet many apparently hold that: the state is genuinely concerned for the health of society and that the virus is the real cause behind present policy.    

In another article from Ron Paul on April 28, his daily video, a guest physician-scientist discusses the similarity between the Global Warming program and that of this virus;  of how the state controls the message or content of reporting to comport with their agenda or interests--never mind the veracity of the message, the validity of data or any other measure of credibility and legitimacy.  

Who would censor and control the message and content of reporting?    
  
Another article of yesterday, Chris Hedges warns per the title that “These are the good times—compared with what’s coming next.”  With the understanding that the U.S. is a empire in decline, Hedges has written and voiced much as to the basis for his beliefs that our best years are behind us and that, as empires rise and fall, so too is (and will) the U.S. 

The real causes for economic distress and perhaps the greatest depression to follow, Darker Winter, have nothing to do with the virus in particular but rather is generally due to the abuses of power that invariably result in the relative few possessing the most while the many bear the brunt of said abuses of authority and the burden of unprecedented debt, simply stated as greed and graft. 

About the welfare of society


I came across a quote this morning, a great mind who nails-it.

The welfare of society is always the alibi of tyrants. 

- Albert Camus

What does the state really want of society? 
It cannot possibly be concern over/about our health and safety? 

Why are healthy folks quarantined, relegated to shelter-in-place?
In no other experience in U.S. history have the healthy been isolated and for many already, unemployed. 

Why are/were projections of the virus incomparably higher than the reported deaths to date?
The degree of error in the initial projections is incomparable with actual results (and yes, I am glad about that), though I wonder how otherwise credible sources could be so incredibly wrong--so much so as to suspect political motives.  

Presently, polls suggest that many citizens favor the policy, standing on the side of safety and health, shelter-in-place and social distancing (rather than strictly job security, economy and finance), but at the same time, many have yet to feel the hard effects of this response thought if/as it continues, the table will turn. 

Perhaps more will realize that the welfare of society is always the alibi of tyrants perhaps best summarized in the quip, 
We're from the government and we're here to help you.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

More (of) good that can come


Once again, the possibilities and opportunities that spring from suffering and sacrifice—even when the circumstances seem unjust, flawed or corrupt. 

I could (can) share some of my own experiences, the many consequences in and through the divorce and child custody, but I will not this time.  Indeed, much of my writing and even more of my inspiration and desire to write springs from the tragedy of divorce, loss of much priceless and then my criminality per perjured testimony with all its consequences to this day. 

Here, I go much further and farther to elaborate on much greater suffering and sacrifice; that of those who, in the example and the obedience of Christ, endure much loss—even their lives—yet are strengthened in their faith and founding Father.  And still any who discover the previous hereafter in view of this fallen world, longing and waiting for Christ return, the great and dreadful day.

Today, I received in the mail and small book from John Piper, and the title, Coronavirus and Christ. In the closing chapter, he speaks of “Setbacks and Strategic Advance”; that whatever the conditions, wherever the cause, or still the costs of it all, initial and residual; yet, God allows it to happen to you, me and us. And still the rain falls on the unjust and the just as so too the sun, it’s warmth and otherwise. 

John Piper:
This is often God’s way. The global scope of the coronavirus is too great for God to waste. It will serve his invincible global purpose of world evangelization.
So while I wrangle and worry over the why, the who (not to uniquely suggest the World Health Organization) and how, yet God is sovereign and, while allowing man’s will to occur, promises to save any and all who trust and received salvation in Christ. 

This should be the hope and help for you, for me, for us. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Douglas speaks of tyranny; and yes, it can happen here


While viewing a video a few day ago, I learned of this quote on tyranny from Frederick Douglas; here it is:
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.
Once power is acquired, whether willingly or by force, it seldom is given back. Thinking of a slogan or tenant that my 12th grade history teacher repeated; 
Two steps forward, one step back.

How much will folks take, "submit to"? 

I'm thinking of that relevant quote attributed to Martin Niemoller, a German Lutheran pastor, his poem in 1946:  

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a socialist.Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

And in keeping with the above, a novel by Sinclair Lewis in 1935,  It Couldn't Happen Here
People will think they're electing him to create more economic security. Then watch the Terror!
God knows there's been enough indication that we can have tyranny in America--the fix of the southern sharecroppers, the working conditions of the miners and garment-makers, and our keeping Mooney [apparently a political dissident] in prison for so many years. But wait till Windrip [the tyrant perhaps] shows us how to say it with machine guns!
Timothy Snyder - On Tyranny

Where is the watchman


Once upon a time there was the watchman; those posted as to sound the alarm or ring the bell or blow the horn on sighting or suspension of something or someone, a potential if not certain threat to the city, village and such.  The watchman was placed or positioned on a wall, in a tower or at some other key spot and, depending on the times and advancements, possibly aided with optics or other devices to enhance/increase their abilities, and again, ensuring the earliest warning of impending danger. 

Where is the watchman now; one who is or could be effectively the town crier—one as a trusted source, sworn to an allegiance to/or the people—not strictly the powers—and certainly not asleep or otherwise derelict in their duty to the folks, the population? 

From the prophet Ezekiel, chapter 22:
I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. 

Much later, another prophet Micah, chapter 7:
The day of your watchman has come, the day God visits you.
Now is the time of their confusion.
Do not trust a neighbor. Put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace—be careful of her words. 
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my savior; my God will hear me.