Capitalists will achieve communism before communists do.

Row of green rental bikes

Just to be clear, “capitalism” is not synonymous with “free markets”, much less “honest money”. It’s always been a nebulously-defined concept. It seems to have started out as an ideal of banks as aggregators and guardians of capital. The banks were supposed to aggregate little bits of capital from many clients, and lend it only to those with the best ideas for putting it to productive use. What happened instead is that the banks became creators of credit on-demand. The ability to literally print money on demand and bail out cronies created moral hazard. The banks ended up loaning it out to cronies to create networks of oligopolies and interlocking directorates, and also loaning it to the government to squander on wars, welfare, and boondoggles, the unproductive use of the money being a short-term advantage because it guarantees repeat business.

I’m opposed to the latter regardless of what you call it. Interestingly enough, it does have an actual historical tie to communism as we’ll get to shortly. You can read more about it in the book The Creature from Jekyll Island, regarding the origins of the Federal Reserve bank.

I’ve found a pilot project for radical changes the capitalists have in mind for our economy. There are numerous bicycles parked around this city, mostly lime-green but they also come in yellow and orange. If you have a specific app on your phone, you can rent them out for $1/hour by scanning the code on the bike.

I don’t think anybody’s making any money on these. My guess is that this venture is subsidized by someone with deep pockets—probably the city government, but only after being put up to it by someone much higher up the power hierarchy. The purpose of the project is to train us to get used to the idea of renting equipment as we need it, for only as long as we need it, rather than buying it and letting it sit unused most of the time.

Smart phones can be used to pay for goods, and they can be used to summon self-driving cabs to pick us up, drop us off, and drive off to the next customer. So you won’t need a bike, or a car.

This article was posted on the World Economic Forum. I strongly suggest reading it, to understand an economic trend that is being encouraged by the world’s central economic planners:

Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better

The system described should remind you of communism. The real points of communism, that the communists didn’t openly disclose to their dupes, were that

  • Prole’s don’t own property.
  • The prole’s ARE property.
  • They don’t get to decide what their own standard of living is; someone else makes that decision for them.
  • You can’t opt out. There are no alternatives anywhere on the planet. It’s a global system, ostensibly to prevent war, but more likely to prevent challenges to the power structure.

These are still the goals, communists just don’t call the plan “communism” anymore. This is the real reason communism was always bankrolled by big investment bankers and money-center bankers.

It’s a historical fact that the Bolsheviks were financed by big banks, and even Marx himself had a few friends in high places. In politics, everything is always a pretext for something else.
In our city we don’t pay any rent, because someone else is using our free space whenever we do not need it. My living room is used for business meetings when I am not there.
This one was parked in front of a swamp where there is little pedestrian traffic. Might be a while before anyone rents it.

I’m skeptical of the free rent or for that matter, free anything else. If money is still flowing, then my guess is she still pays rent. All her expenses will be automatically deducted directly from her account. Regardless, the implication is that she doesn’t own her own home. It’s been “digitized” in a blockchain. That’s why she can’t decide whether or not to allow her living room to be used for business meetings. Ownership means that you get to make choices about your own property. If you own nothing, you don’t get to make choices.

This is very much the outcome that communists had in mind as regards abolition of property.

Once in awhile, I will choose to cook for myself. It is easy – the necessary kitchen equipment is delivered at my door within minutes. Since transport became free, we stopped having all those things stuffed into our home. Why keep a pasta-maker and a crepe cooker crammed into our cupboards? We can just order them when we need them.

This also made the breakthrough of the circular economy easier. When products are turned into services, no one has an interest in things with a short life span. Everything is designed for durability, repairability and recyclability. The materials are flowing more quickly in our economy and can be transformed to new products pretty easily.

This part really is a benefit: there are no longer incentives in place for planned obsolescence, and resources don’t sit unused most of the time; they’re moving from user to user.

Choices: most of them are green but they come in orange and yellow too.

Unfortunately, tho, there’s a cost: since you don’t own them, you have no control over them. Your major appliances at least are spying on you. Of course, that has already started, even though you still nominally own your television, computer, and refrigerator. But already, the vendors of those devices are starting to insist that you really just own permission to use them. That’s because they’re insisting on controlling the appliances, or more precisely, the data about you and your habits that the appliances are collecting.

The title of the WEForum article even admits that you won’t have any privacy. It’s not a secret because they want you to get habituated to the idea like a frog to water slowly coming to a boil. You’re already getting used to the idea insofar as you’re probably aware that you’re constantly being spied on already. As long as it’s unobtrusive, you won’t think about it much and eventually will give up resisting if you haven’t already.

Someday, instead of paying a flat fee for permission to use appliances, you’ll be paying rent in perpetuity. The point is to move from an ownership model to a rental model.

An alternative model that’s already in place is when you rent out things you own so that other people can use them too, the “shared economy“. My guess though is that the current implementation of the shared economy is just a stepping-stone and will be replaced wholesale; prole’s will be discouraged from owning anything.

Shopping? I can’t really remember what that is. For most of us, it has been turned into choosing things to use. Sometimes I find this fun, and sometimes I just want the algorithm to do it for me. It knows my taste better than I do by now.
So far this is the first one I’ve seen parked in a spot that suggests it’s actually been rented.

Prole’s will be encouraged to turn their choices over to an AI. They might not even have any other option or in other words, any choice. You just tell the AI what you need, and it will deliver what it decides you are allowed to have. If you’re lucky, maybe you get to rate its choice so it can do better next time.

She has claimed that she gets a lot of benefits like rent and transport for free. I already stated that my guess is that she pays for them, directly or indirectly (delivery might be included with the cost of the item), through automated deductions from her account. Another guess would be that the AI budgets for her, since she’s not consciously making choices for herself; since the money is deducted automatically from her account she probably loses track of how much money she’s spending. So the AI takes over. It decides what she can afford, and that probably has more to do with the item that shows up at her door than her own tastes, contrary to her unrealistic expectations.

The AI can manipulate her “choices” by controlling what information is shoved in front of her face when she turns on a computing device. This isn’t theoretical; manipulation of choices is already happening. This might be the plan to prevent her from over-consuming relative to her productive capacity. “From each according to her ability, to each according to her needs!” The AI will decide what your needs are.

If they can get the system to work as I suspect it’s intended, they might make her spending account invisible to her, so that from her point of view, it seems as if everything really is “free”, and that “money” has been abolished; the book-keeping will be hidden from view just like the real decision-making processes in our so-called “democracy”. At that point, the system will achieve the appearance of Star-Trek level Communism. My guess is that it will be just as big a nightmare as the original version of communism.

One more side-effect, probably the most sinister of all:

Making conscious choices is one of the most advanced functions of the human brain. It entails running simulations of the future in order to weigh as-yet unseen costs and benefits. To give that function up to a machine is to give up your humanity, and devolve into domesticated livestock.

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.
―Frank Herbert, Orange Catholic Bible, Dune

When AI and robots took over so much of our work, we suddenly had time to eat well, sleep well and spend time with other people. The concept of rush hour makes no sense anymore, since the work that we do can be done at any time. I don’t really know if I would call it work anymore. It is more like thinking-time, creation-time and development-time.

What do you suppose happens to people who aren’t smart enough or creative enough to think, create, and develop? Collecting UBI and banished to virtual reality? I wouldn’t count on a happy ending.

Poverty & homelessness exploding in USA. Here’s the surprising thing you can do to help!

This is along the Santa Ana river trail in southern California. This is a recently uploaded video; you can find a similar one that was posted last year along the same trail. The situation is getting worse:

The largest number of homeless in the country is in Los Angeles, where the next video was recorded:

Notice the huge numbers of apparently un-used buildings. Those were built for businesses that no longer exist. It’s impossible for their owners to attract new tenants to rent them, because it would be impossible for the tenants to attract paying customers.

The worst homelessness problem relative to the population of a US city is reputedly in Portland, Oregon. I couldn’t find any video clips that didn’t have distracting commentary on them, but I can imagine the situation, having stumbled onto shattered streets with grass even shrubs sprouting in the gaps from long-term neglect, looking very much like in a 3rd world country.

Here’s a relatively modest camp in Tacoma, WA (“City of Destiny”, “All-America City”):

Seattle does not have any particularly gigantic camps, but they start at the urban core and spread for many miles. The chilly, damp winters discourage people from trying to live out in the open like they do in southern California, so they are scattered wherever overpasses and bridges provide shelter. The feature image in this article was taken just south of the downtown area. The next photo is adjacent to Chinatown.

In the USA, the problem is concentrated in the cities on the west coast, but it occurs in the southeastern states too, and is creeping up the east coast.

It’s also hitting Europe hard and fast. Here’s footage from Paris:

Here are a few results of this phenomenon:

  • Increasing crime. Some of the homeless are perpetrators, and some are victims. People living nearby or passing through are also getting victimized.
  • Brush fires in southern California being started by camp fires.
  • Increasing health hazard from lack of enough sanitation.
  • Businesses having to relocate or go out of business as the camps spread and scare away customers.
  • Higher taxes under the pretext of “doing something” about the problem.

Now for some friendly advice about what YOU can do about exploding homelessness and poverty:

If you’re a regular reader of this e-zine, you’ve probably been trained to be self-sacrificial, both economically, and in terms of military services, by people who do not have your best interests at heart.

“A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue. A viler evil than to throw a man into a sacrificial furnace, is to demand that he leap in, of his own will, and that he build the furnace, besides.”Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Here are some more tips:

  • Most people who tell you to sacrifice yourself are not sacrificing themselves; it’s empty virtue-signalling.
  • Some of the encouragement for you to sacrifice yourself starts with billionaires who live decadent, hedonistic lifestyles.
  • Some of them are upper-middle-class people, or people with “gravy train” employment, who have resources to take exotic vacations, drive nice cars, or live in “exclusive” suburban neighborhoods.
  • Some of them are losers who don’t contribute value to the rest of us, so they virtue-signal as a means of obtaining approval.
  • If someone tries to shame you into sacrificing yourself to save “the poor”, or “refugees” (most of whom aren’t really refugees), ask that person what’s stopping him or her from doing so.
The problem is completely out-of-control; there’s no point talking about “solving” it. Real unemployment continues its long-term rise. If you do not stay focused on staying employable, you could end up homeless too. That helps no-one; it would actually make the problem worse by spreading resources for the impoverished and homeless ever thinner.

Business slow? Here’s why.

Almost empty interior of convention center in downtown Seattle.

If you’re self-employed and have to look for your own business, you might be having a tough time right now. If you depend on wages, you might be having a hard time finding or keeping a job.

The feature photo for this article is the interior of the Washington State Convention Center early afternoon on a business day, while it was hosting the Seattle Home Expo. The convention center is located in what usually is a thriving downtown. Its corridors are lined with small meeting rooms and retail commercial space. My guess is that with the traffic flow as low as it is, the few shops and cafés it hosts aren’t going to be able to survive much longer.

My wife and I got free tickets in the mail to see the home expo, even though admission isn’t usually free. The expo is full of vendors who sell to home-owners. We frequently need repair services to maintain our rental properties, and our own home has some deferred maintenance that needs attention.

We were a little startled to arrive at the convention center and find it empty during peak business hours. Even without hosting any particularly big event, normally it would still have plenty of traffic through it. The home expo alone would be expected to draw a decent crowd. Most of the huge complex is in fact empty.

We passed through the empty corridors to find the expo. Even there traffic was sparse. I shot a photo over my shoulder to show how little traffic the booths are getting:

All of them are this sparsely-visited. Maybe a third of the booths were temporarily abandoned by bored or frustrated vendors out looking for a bite to eat.

It’s a symptom of a bigger problem for business. Roughly 75% of the US economy revolves around consumer sales. However, sales are down so much that the phenomenon has a name, and even its own wikipedia entry:

The retail apocalypse refers to the closing of a large number of American retail stores in 2015[5] and expected to peak in 2018.[6] Over 4,000 physical stores are affected…Major department stores such as J.C. Penney and Macy’s have announced hundreds of store closures, and well-known apparel brands such as J. Crew and Ralph Lauren are unprofitable.[8] Of the 1,200 shopping malls across the US, 50% are expected to close by 2023.[9] More than 12,000 stores are expected to close in 2018.[10] The retail apocalypse phenomenon is related to the middle-class squeeze, in which consumers experience a decrease in income while costs increase for education, healthcare, and housing. Bloomberg stated that the cause of the retail apocalypse “isn’t as simple as Amazon.com Inc. taking market share or twenty-somethings spending more on experiences than things. The root cause is that many of these long-standing chains are overloaded with debt—often from leveraged buyouts led by private equity firms.Wikipedia entry 'Retail Apocalypse'

The wikipedia article contained a claim that I omitted as distracting that internet sales have displaced brick-and-mortar sales. The degree to which that’s true would not account for the volume of lost business. It’s not just shopping malls; it’s the whole economy. If you run a business on the internet, it’s probably hurting too.

Real estate prices & rents are falling in a number of big markets. Apparently they started falling in New York and San Francisco over a year ago. Now they’re falling in London and Seattle.

As of December 2017, average rent for an apartment in Seattle, WA is $2071 which is a 1.45% decrease from last year when the average rent was $2101 , and a 0.43% decrease from last month when the average rent was $2080.Rent Jungle, Seattle

Falling rent implies rising unemployment.

The rate at which money changes hands is called “monetary velocity”. It’s been falling in Japan for a long time now, and in the USA since our last big investment cycle related to the rise of the computer and software business.

Data and chart from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Notice that it peaked in the late 1990s. There are reasons to expect it to get stuck in a long, downward trend. For one thing, we’ve probably hit “peak economy” as we’ve hit resource limits to expanding the global economy.

When business is bad, the first companies and individuals to go out of business are the ones with cash flow problems or lots of debt. To last longer, cut your own expenses as much as you can, and make a plan to improve cash flow.

I’m going to keep most of my rents where they are, and cut the asking rent on my best unit. We have no debt, just operating costs and need for income. We’ll have to keep our expenses as low as we can.

Look for business in lines of business that are still growing or at least thriving. Good luck; it’s easier to figure out which ones are in trouble. Even a lot of “hot” new businesses will find venture capital drying up. Do the best you can; doing something is usually better than doing nothing. If you’re clever and nimble, you can usually find economic niches created by the economic decline itself.

If you saw this coming (I did), you’re sitting on a lot of cash, and you might be able to buy up discounted productive assets at bargain prices when businesses go bankrupt.

There are ways to make money even when asset prices are falling instead of rising. Unfortunately they’re a little risky because of the possibility of counter-party default, but it’s probably still early enough in the game, and I’m only going to risk money that I can afford to lose. Good luck to all of us!

Bad news about this common over-the-counter drug you’ve probably used!

A bottle of Ibuprofen

Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen all have anti-androgenic effects. Ibuprofen is the worst.

There seem to be a lot of chemicals that disrupt male hormones. Ibuprofen is very commonly prescribed by doctors, and it’s also commonly taken without a prescription. It’s so commonly used, it makes me wonder if THIS is one of the main culprits in the war on testosterone. I will do more research and add it to the list of chemicals to beware of in my free report.

Ibuprofen linked to male infertility, study says

Original research paper here.

Highlights:

  • Ibuprofen has a negative impact on the testicles of young men. When taking ibuprofen in doses commonly used by athletes, a small sample of young men developed a hormonal condition that typically begins, if at all, during middle age. This condition is linked to reduced fertility.
  • Advil and Motrin are two brand names for ibuprofen, an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Jégou and a team of French and Danish researchers had been exploring the health effects when a mother-to-be took any one of three mild pain relievers found in medicine chests around the globe: aspirin, acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol and sold under the brand name Tylenol) and ibuprofen.
  • Their early experiments, published in several papers, showed that when taken during pregnancy, all three of these mild medicines affected the testicles of male babies. (Ibuprofen the worst)
  • For the men taking ibuprofen, within 14 days, their luteinizing hormones — which are secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulate the testicles to produce testosterone — became coordinated with the level of ibuprofen circulating in their blood. At the same time, the ratio of testosterone to luteinizing hormones decreased, a sign of dysfunctional testicles.
  • This hormonal imbalance produced compensated hypogonadism, a condition associated with impaired fertility, depression and increased risk for cardiovascular events, including heart failure and stroke.
  • …”in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro” — in the living body, outside the living body and in the test tube — …ibuprofen has a direct effect on the testicles and so testosterone
  • …of the three mild analgesics examined, ibuprofen had “the broadest endocrine-disturbing properties identified so far in men.”

Russians re-learning family values

A happy family posing on the beach.

When the USSR collapsed, conservatives, or more likely “cuckservatives”, declared victory, and dropped what little guard they ever had, never having noticed the subversion of their movement by the Trotskyites Bill Buckley welcomed into the movement. Then millions of communist party members fled Russia and flooded into the western countries that welcomed them with opened arms, thereby causing a bizarre and dramatic switch in roles. The western countries devolved into the God-hating commies and Russia reverted back to traditional values!

Headline news:

Russia to introduce “family values” classes into schools

…Kuznetsova expressed the idea of ​​creating a course called “Family Studies” or “Lessons of Family Happiness” this summer. So, according to her proposal, classes should be aimed at promoting traditional family values ​​and promote the protection of motherhood and childhood.

I recall Creepy Joe Biden gloating about how the Russians were going to die out because of low birth rates and high death rates—similar to how he has been known to gloat about European-Americans dying out. My guess is that now liberated from their soviet masters, their demographic decline has probably hit bottom for now and will eventually start recovering due to new policies like this one.

One mystery to me is why the Chinese culturally recovered from Communism so much faster than the Russians, despite having their own cultural purges like the Great Cultural Revolution. My guess is that it has something to do with having had to survive cultural purges, repressive governments, and civilization-collapse in their own pre-communist history.

This is what happened to global warming…

Some people are convinced that global warming is a hoax. They’re right. But the vast majority of them don’t realize why the hoax was constructed. It was a scheme to regulate hydrocarbon use without drawing attention to the fact that we’re running out of petroleum.

Global warming is marketed to the political Left. As a result, people on the political Right are more likely to be skeptical of it. Instead, the political Right tended to fall for hoaxes marketed to themselves, like “oceans of oil under North Dakota and Montana”, and “the War on Terror”. The former was designed as a scheme to find suckers to finance oil discovery and recovery operations in North Dakota and Montana. There is oil there, but not enough to pay off all the debt that was incurred finding and delivering it. The latter hoax was designed as a pretext for stealing oil resources from Shi’ites after supposedly Sunnis staged 911. Some rational people realized it didn’t make sense to punish Shi’a for the crimes of Sunnis, but most didn’t connect all the dots regarding why there was so much urgency for grabbing the oil.

“Global warming” was rebranded “Climate Change” at the advice of Frank Luntz, who sets up focus groups to test people’s reactions to buzzwords. “Climate Change” is harder to argue with, because the climate IS changing. In fact, as anyone with a reasonably calm, rational, scientific mind can tell you, it’s always changing.

The bad news is that we’re entering a grand solar minimum. That’s why we’re having news reports like these:

ERIE, Pa. — Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States and is expected to stay put for days to come. This, as two Minnesota cities have already set records for low temperatures and a city in Pennsylvania continues to dig out from a record snowfall. Forecasters warned of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.Bitter cold across much of northern U.S. turns deadly CBS/AP

Another blast is on its way:

Brutally cold weather will soon be refreshed as another blast of Arctic air prepares to dive through the central and eastern United States. The new frigid blast will reach the northern Plains on Saturday, then sweep southeastward over the balance of the New Year’s Day weekend. Temperatures in Minneapolis are forecast to fail to exceed zero F on Saturday and Sunday. “Bitterly cold arctic air will settle in across a large swath of the U.S. as we turn the calendar from 2017 to 2018,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.Another Arctic blast poised to usher in 2018 ―By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist December 28, 2017, 2:34:22 PM EST

The biggest impact will be on food: it’s easier to grow food when the climate is overall warmer and wetter, than colder and drier. The next biggest impact will be on disease, for crops, livestock, and—humans. The slight decrease in ultraviolet radiation encourages higher environmental levels of bacteria and fungi. Some are beneficial, of course, but most, especially those that don’t have symbiotic relationships with us, are potentially harmful when their levels get high enough, or when our bodies are weak from malnutrition.

More reading about the problems, but not an endorsement of the author’s proposals:

Dads, don’t make this common mistake when dealing with bullies

Teenage boy bullying another boy.

Nobody knows how to do anything until they learn how. Is this a really big secret?

If you watch someone else perform some amazing feat that you can’t do, do you think that person is just naturally more talented than you are, or do you realize that at least part of the difference is that person learned how to perform the feat?

It turns out that some people believe one way, and some the other. People who assume that you have to just be innately talented to perform tend to be under-performers. That’s called a “fixed mindset”. People who realize that they can learn how to do things they don’t know how to do yet, if they put in the time and effort, have what’s called a “growth mindset”. They tend to be better performers.

There’s one more possibility, and it’s worse than the “fixed mindset”: people who assume they can do anything anyone else can do, without any training, until they prove themselves wrong. That’s over-confidence, or unrealistic expectations. It usually involves a big ego.

There’s a common meme in books, television, and movies aimed at children or young adults that they can do anything as long as they believe in themselves. Without having to learn how, or work for it.

Headline news: Teen hospitalized after dad made him confront school bully, police say

Why this is a horrible idea:

  • What if the bully is bigger, armed, or part of a gang?
  • What if the bully knows how to fight better, likely because he gets more practice?
  • How is the victim supposed to know how to defend himself, before he learns?
  • What if the victim gets the blame because the bully is a designated sympathy figure, or the teacher’s pet?
  • This idea wasn’t the result of a rational thought process, weighing costs and benefits; it was made emotionally.
  • Isn’t the dad’s ego what’s really at stake?!

What if the bully isn’t another boy, but a girl? Bullying is probably about sexual rivalry, so it’s mostly same-sex, but to be frank, not every kid is conventionally-gendered. I’ve witnessed girl-on-boy bullying, and I suspect it’s becoming more common because the girls get positive reinforcement from boy-loathing feminist teachers. If he fights back, he is almost certain to get into big trouble for it. He probably also has chivalrous instincts not to hit a girl, and even if he doesn’t, he’s almost certainly been told as much. What’s he supposed to do, just take it? What do you suppose that does to his self-esteem?

  • First, boys have to endure the torture of girl bullies.
  • Second, the lack of discussion about it gives female bullies the green light to bully boys even more.
  • Third, the lack of discussion sends boys a clear message: girls hurting boys is acceptable, and not important enough to obliterate.

As a result, boys tend to endure the torture of girl bullies in silence, which can lead to tragedy.Boys Don't Tell on Sugar-and-Spice-but-Not-So-Nice Girl Bullies, by Sabrina Brinson

Do this instead:

  • Investigate.
  • Put safety considerations first.
  • Escalate if the situation is beyond your ability to resolve it.
  • Take care of your son’s (or daughter’s) emotional needs. Kids who are bullied sometimes commit suicide. Even if they don’t, they’re likely to end up with low self-esteem and depression.
  • Proactively warn your kids about aggression from others, and teach them what their own rights are.
  • Send your sons (& daughters) for martial arts training. Don’t expect him to know something before he learns how. Do this proactively, before he needs to know.
  • Martial arts training usually only covers fighting techniques, NOT strength-building to be able to credibly deliver them. I suggest combining martial arts training with “combat conditioning” type exercise (not weight-training, which doesn’t train brain-body coordination; the motion is too simple and too repetitive).

This is an example of combat-conditioning, not necessarily an endorsement; I am not qualified to judge its effectiveness (I do yoga), tho the trainer does look pretty fit:

Burpees are also known as “prison push-ups”; the idea is they don’t take special equipment or much space, and guys in prison do them to stay conditioned so they don’t get beat up.

Aside from teaching boys how to defend themselves, martial arts training is useful for teaching them how to control their own aggression. Boys who learn to fight ironically end up in fewer fights, and are less likely to start one.

I’ve been thinking a lot about “fathering” as opposed to androgynous “parenting”. Do fathers have a specific role in the lives of their offspring, or are we just superfluous, junior undersecretary assistant moms?! The latter is the modern assumption, which I suspect is a big mistake, and the reason so many dads don’t know what to do. If you want to be a dad, not a junior undersecretary assistant mom, then you need to take care of security matters, which means not just assuming they’ll magically take care of themselves after stating an uninformed opinion on the matter.

More generally, it means the one who faces the dark side of life squarely. When I raised my first batch of kids, I trained them to respect the rights of others; I told them to “be good”, because that’s what had been drilled into my own head when I was a boy. It didn’t occur to me that it was equally important to teach them what their own rights are, because nobody ever told me that. Teaching both responsibilities, and own rights, is probably one of the most important things dads should be doing.

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Bitcoin bubble, or not?

What idiots don’t understand is that Bitcoin can’t be in a bubble, because it’s a whole new paradigm.Prominent Bitcoin celebrity

I don’t see where the explanation is. Someone just called it a “new paradigm” but never explained what makes the new paradigm bubble proof. At the moment, Bitcoin operates a lot like other markets, except it’s not regulated and as far as I am aware there are no mechanisms in place to keep it from crashing. Once derivatives and other financial instruments that create leverage come into play, it seems to me that players with deep pockets will control the game more than 20-somethings wagering their life-savings.

Crypto Chaos – Bitcoin Price Swings Signal Futures Fiasco Ahead Of Launch
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DISCLAIMER: The following are only observations based on life experiences, and do not constitute advice to buy or sell securities, cryptocurrency, or any other type of asset; do your own due diligence after consulting with a qualified financial professional:

If Bitcoin goes up, when do you decide to take some profits off the table? Several people have said “NEVER! You just don’t understand!” They seem to have a belief that Bitcoin is money, or will be, despite it not being fungible at the moment (they’re certain it will be soon). The IRS, by the way, considers Bitcoin gains to be capital gains and wants you to pay taxes on them.

If you sell bitcoin to take some profit off the table, will you feel like a fool if it keeps going up? Will the thought of that possibility keep you from ever taking a profit off the table?

If Bitcoin goes down, what will you do? Hold it and wait for it (hope for it) to go back up? What if it goes down more? How do you know what it’s going to do next?

Bitcoin is going up at the moment because it’s gotten a lot of publicity, and a lot of people are rushing to buy “before they miss their chance.” I don’t have a survey of who is “investing” (speculating) in Bitcoin versus who isn’t, but anecdotally, none of my friends who are particularly sophisticated about investing are interested in “investing” in Bitcoin at the moment, whereas a lot of my younger, poorer, and financially unsophisticated acquaintances are lecturing me about why I’m an idiot for not “understanding” Bitcoin.

To me, it’s a red flag that someone who has no great financial successes in life, and has all the symptoms of “gambler’s fever”, is being dismissive of and condescending to someone who does have some successes under his belt, and understands something about how irrational emotions impact decision-making. Ironically, I’m trying to look out for the best interests of the very people telling me off. Some lessons in life are best learned from others, rather than having to pee on the electric fence yourself to find out what’s going to happen next.

What the article after the next link is about is volatility, or in other words, a price that is fluctuating a lot. You can make, or lose, money really fast when prices are volatile, and it’s usually more experienced people who make the money, and less experienced ones who lose it:

the Bitcoin blowout

All those rapid ups and downs require decisions to be made, without knowing whether it goes up or down next. Most people will react emotionally, and will lose money.

The rational way to speculate on Bitcoin would be to observe the following rules:

WAGER NO MORE THAN YOU CAN EASILY AFFORD TO LOSE! Only a small fraction of your SAVINGS (it’s usually a good idea not to gamble with borrowed money), which assumes that you have any. Most Americans have negligible savings if not negative net worth.

Take some profits off the table from time to time, and diversify them into something more tangible.

Something MORE REAL:

If you double your original investment in something—anything, not just Bitcoin—and then sell half, you have your original investment back, and so “can’t lose” holding the rest and letting it run. Of course, then you’ll still need a way of deciding when to take profits.

Fortuna imperiatrix mundi (Lady Luck, Empress of the world)

In case it’s not obvious, it’s a song about gambling.

Personally, I prefer to make investment profits by knowing something about cycles of credit expansion and contraction, and the effects that they have on economies and investments. Not as thrilling, I suppose, just slow but accelerating, somewhat predictable, accumulation of wealth.

Mainstream media is warning you about this threat to your job. Are you listening?

As a skeptic regarding the integrity of mainstream media news, I’m probably not the best man to ask why people believe the mainstream media’s lies about Syria, or who’s really behind terrorist attacks, or fabrications about Russia, but they don’t believe it when the media warns them that their jobs are on the line, which is one thing about which I actually DO believe them.

Robots Are Coming for Jobs of as Many as 800 Million Worldwide

The consulting company said Wednesday that both developed and emerging countries will be impacted.

It’s a global phenomenon. The USA was hit with job losses early, because of domestic economic policies that encouraged offshoring of jobs, but now the job losses are hitting countries like China and India that the jobs were offshored to. The USA will still get a lot more job losses, because unlike Germany and Japan, our industries have only just begun automating.

Machine operators, fast-food workers and back-office employees are among those who will be most affected if automation spreads quickly through the workplace.

My guess is that machine operators will be impacted because the machines will operate themselves! Fast food workers will be impacted because fast food is by nature relatively easy to standardize and therefor to automate. You’ll order from a kiosk. There might be one guy running around in the back taking care of the machines that prepare the food, though eventually one robot will feed supplies to another robot, and the robots will make their own service calls when they need service or maintenance. Your order will pop out the chute.

Another reason fast food jobs will be one of the first to disappear is because rising minimum wages are forcing franchises to pay higher labor costs despite market wage pressure going the opposite direction. I noticed a long time ago that wages have been stagnating for most professions, and in many cases not keeping up with rising costs of living, which is effectively the same thing as going down. But rising minimum wages mean that the jobs that contribute the least to profitability being forced up against the tide. That guarantees that minimum-wage jobs will be among the first to disappear.

Minimum-wage jobs won’t be the only ones to be automated, though. Jobs that require skill, but no creativity, can also be automated. That will take out a lot of what had been high-paying jobs.

The good news for those displaced is that there will be jobs for them to transition into, although in many cases they’re going to have to learn new skills to do the work. Those jobs will include health-care providers for aging populations, technology specialists and even gardeners, according to the report.

By “health-care providers”, they mean people doing routine care for elders. I wouldn’t count on that, since most elders will be broke! Gardening is hard to automate (gardens are too variable), but I would guess that as urbanization continues, and people become less interested in nature, and more interested in virtual realities, that gardening jobs will be sparse. I suspect there will be jobs for doing personal services for the rich, but I wouldn’t count on being one of those people; there won’t be enough openings, and seemingly modern rich seem to like to leave plenty of distance between themselves and the hired help. There was a reason that in the book Brave New World, 90% of the population are low-intelligence gammas, deltas, and epsilons.

By the way, I am NOT predicting that a highly-automated future, with mass unemployment, is going to happen. There’s another possibility that I think is rather more likely: system crash due to running out of resources, financial breakdown, and other problems all coming to a head. But it’s almost certainly one fate or the other.

Subscribers can talk about how to plan for either case.

Welcome to left-brained hell!

Modern architecture, designed by le Corbusier, in Chandigarh, one of several planned cities in India.

I remember reading about Brasília when I was a boy. Brasília is Brazil’s capital. It was designed from scratch as a “new, planned city”, just like several others around the world. By many accounts, the city is ugly and boring. The feature montage I borrowed is misleading; take a closer look at those rows of monolithic slabs. Much of the city looks like that, or worse. A few key buildings in the central district have sculptural qualities, but most buildings throughout the city, including and especially apartment blocks and office buildings, are featureless boxes, hardly surprising given that the chief architect was the communist Oscar Niemeyer, who cited as his inspiration the French modernist architect Le Corbusier, notorious for his featureless monoliths.

Modern art, the inspiration for modern architecture. Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930, by Piet Mondrian. Post-modern art goes further; instead of being meaningless, it destroys existing meaning.

The city planners intentionally designed the city into different functional segments, instead of mixing activities as crowd-developed cities do. So, for example, if you’re in the hotel district as a visitor, you get to look at more hotels. The city was designed for driving, not walking, so pedestrians reportedly end up risking their lives dashing across thoroughfares and freeways. Between lack of pedestrian traffic and single-use zoning, there’s reportedly no significant night-life, which seems odd for a Latin-American country.

The overall plan of the city is the shape of an airplane. I don’t know how good the overland transportation facilities are, but due to some unusual geography, Brazil tends not to have extensive railroad networks. My guess is the city was designed to be served mostly by air traffic, and will be severely impacted when air traffic declines with rising fuel prices and aging air fleets.

Normal cities aren’t really “unplanned”; they ARE planned, by the conscious and unconscious choices of MANY people instead of by the conscious, excessively conceptual choices of just a few people. When an entrepreneur decides where to put his business, he thinks about what kinds of people doing what kinds of activities would be interested in his business. So, for example, an entrepreneur would put a hotel near business activities, entertainment and recreational facilities, and restaurants, instead of clustering all the hotels together.

So when a community is said to be “planned”, what that really means is that the planning has been centralized instead of dispersed. Here’s a recent story about a planned community, only they’re calling it a “smart city”:

Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build ‘smart city’

PHOENIX – One of Bill Gates’ investment firms has spent $80 million to kickstart the development of a brand-new community in the far West Valley. … “Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” Belmont Partners said in a news release. Bianca Buono , KPNX 11:04 AM. MST November 13, 2017

My take:

  • The USA is already over-built. We don’t need any more infrastructure; we can’t even keep what’s already built in working order!
  • American demographics are increasingly 3rd world. We’re running out of engineers but we have plenty of unskilled people and chronically unemployed people. Is that who’s going to live in Bill’s model city? What are they going to do with their high-tech toys?
  • We’re undoubtedly on the wrong side of the peak resource curve. Why would anyone build a resource-intensive new city extremely dependent on air-conditioning and piped-in water? Where’s the water going to come from, and will it be a depleting resource? Wouldn’t it make more sense to re-engineer existing cities for resource efficiency?

My prediction: the planned city, if it’s ever built, will end up being a costly sink-hole for money and resources, and an ugly, unpleasant place to live.

  • I wouldn’t invest.
  • I wouldn’t live there.
  • I wouldn’t even be curious to visit, unless to document the fiasco for posterity.
  • For long-term viability, I’d find somewhere with arable land, nearby economic production (hard to find in western countries anymore), and several lines of transportation including rail.

Bill Gates is very intelligent, probably genius. He’s skilled at math and science. My guess though is that he has an extreme “left-brain” cognitive profile: he thinks excessively in terms of pre-existing concepts, and isn’t very creative. His company’s consumer products are a reflection of that bias in his thinking.

It might be genetic, or it might be the result of living in a culture that is itself getting excessively “left-brained”. Keep reading my website for insights that are a little more cognitively-balanced.

Facing a life-threatening condition without despair

The problem is never the problem; the problem is your reaction to the problem.

If we had a big party just before we expired, with friends and family, all smiles and laughter to the end, and went out with a song in our hearts, then even death wouldn’t seem particularly tragic. It would just seem like the end of a mundane process.

It IS just the end of a process.

Death is not a problem; the problem is suffering as a result of pain and fear.

It’s not the end of any thing. As far as we’re aware, nothing comes into existence, nothing goes out of existence, things just change form. There is no self; it’s just a purposeful illusion that helps us to maintain biological integrity. When our life’s work is finished, nothing that’s real disappears!

तत् त्वम सि — Thou art that
You are the Kosmos looking back on itself. Not just part of it; you are the whole thing experiencing itself. Your sense of separateness is an illusion caused by thoughts localized around lots of different perspectives that don’t communicate directly.

There is no separate “self”; it’s an illusion. You needn’t fear losing something that doesn’t exist.

We are Awareness experiencing streams of sensory input. Sensory experiences come in and out of Awareness. But our true nature, Awareness, exists outside time and has no moving parts to wear out!

What happens is that we fall in love with individual streams of sensory input, start identifying with them, and develop an “ego”. The ego is a purposeful illusion, that helps us maintain biological boundaries and give us an incentive to fight for survival as long as possible. That part is good.

The only bad part is identifying with something that never did have any tangible existence, and then worrying about something going away, that never actually existed.

Ultimately, it’s all good. Suffering implies enjoyment. Death implies birth. Sickness implies health. We tend to think of all these conditions as “opposites”, but they are necessarily two sides of the same coin; only in your imagination, within conceptual boundaries that exist only in your mind, can you have one without the other. It’s mind-boggling, but if we never experienced suffering, we wouldn’t recognize bliss. As any artist can tell you, there’s no foreground without a background!

Without suffering there is no compassion. There wouldn’t even be love, because love implies feelings like care & loss that wouldn’t exist if there was no need for care and no possibility of loss.

Mindfulness of suffering reminds me to be compassionate to everyone, including even people I don’t like. I remember that they suffer too, and that their behaviors that cause me to suffer are a result of trying to avoid suffering themselves.

Without suffering, there would also be no compassion; we’d all be completely selfish. Some would argue “no loss”. Are they so sure about that? Would our experiences be that much less rich for not ever having experienced compassion?

What about courage? Is that worth experiencing?

If you can experience life from something closer to a God’s-eye point of view, you embrace it all, even the suffering. You kiss the wheel of Samsara, the cycle of birth, suffering and enjoyment, and death. Samsara is nothing more or less than the other side of Nirvana. Their dual nature is an illusion of your mind, which separates things out with conceptual boundaries that exist only in your mind so that it can process reality in workable chunks.

Ask for help handling pain

Pain is our friend; its purpose is to alert us to harm that needs our attention. If it’s chronic and associated with a condition you already know about, then it’s no longer needed. You can ask your doctor for help to at least take the edge off it.

Handle pain by handling suffering

I am myself in chronic pain. I don’t take any pain medications because I don’t feel any need. Maybe someday I will, but not today.

Suffering is not the same thing as pain; suffering is more like mental anguish. If you can reduce suffering, your tolerance of pain increases. This isn’t my opinion; it’s an experimentally-derived empirical fact. If people are in a good mood, their tolerance of pain is much higher than if they’re already miserable. This is how my own pain is quite tolerable to me. I am content, and happy most of the time.

You can reduce suffering by dissociating from the body. Sri Ramana Maharshi maintained peace of mind through the process of cancer. He would look at his aching arm, where the tumor was, and calmly remark “poor arm”. I do the same thing with my chronic pain. “My body is in pain. I’m OK. I enjoy life. I have work yet to accomplish (finishing raising a young daughter!), and I am grateful for the time I have left to work on it”.

  • Happiness solves all problems. Keep your spirits as high as you can.
  • Start noticing blessings. What you are grateful for, contributes to your happiness. What you take for granted, doesn’t.
  • Spend time with family and friends, doing things you enjoy, up to your ability. It doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. Just a phone call will raise your spirits. If that isn’t possible, recall warm, happy memories. Think loving thoughts of them, and they will ease your own mind.
  • Mindfulness training can help reduce anxiety caused by over-thinking things you have no control over.
  • Exercise if you’re up to it, and just time outdoors, at least 10 minutes twice a day, can help keep your spirits up.

You are a part of the team that’s fighting for your life. Your immune system is working hard to destroy disease and heal your body. Enjoy the comfort of rest and relaxation when you need them. This fight is part of your divine purpose.

This post is dedicated with love to my wife, who has been living with stage 4 cancer for about 5 years now, and with the warm hand of friendship across the aether that connects us to Justin Raimondo who has been diagnosed with late-stage adeenocaricinoma cancer. Justin is the editor of Antiwar.com. He has dedicated his life to the causes of peace and freedom.

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What self-driving cars mean for your future…

Revised destination: officeCar computer announcing over-ride of destination, Minority Report

The movie Minority Report isn’t really about mutants who have nightmares about future events; it’s about predictive AI (artificial intelligence). My guess is that the mutants are a way of making the AI seem sexier than something intangible that’s hard to visualize. Or, maybe the author didn’t want to tip you off any more than necessary to prime you for your future. Unlike in the movie, it won’t go away after being abused.

“Fully Self-Driving Cars Are Here” – Waymo To Begin Testing Driver-Free Autonomous Taxis In Phoenix

For most of civilized history, personal mobility has been a luxury. Most people never strayed far from where they were born, and travel was an ordeal. The whole concept of owning a car and driving wherever you want within a huge territory would have seemed like an impossible luxury.

For most of civilized history, you needed permission to travel from one place to another. In some empires, like Old China or the Inca Empire, most people were not allowed to travel except between home and work; in other words, you couldn’t just ask and get permission; the answer was a standing “NO!”. Nowadays, although there are some registration requirements left, more in some countries than others, you don’t need to ask permission up-front to travel or change residences.

Nowadays, most middle-people in the “western” countries take that level of personal mobility for granted. Now I have some bad news: it’s going away.

  • In the relatively near future, the cost of transportation will be relatively high compared to now.
  • Owning cars will be a luxury.
  • Positive and negative incentives will motivate people to give up owning a personal car.
  • Car transportation will be a rented service. You’ll call up a car you don’t own, it will take you to your destination, then drive itself away to the next customer.
  • As you lose control over your own vehicle—which is already starting—someone else will have the authority to over-ride your travel plans. This is already starting. Eventually you will be able to travel only with permission, just like in the old days.
  • Your transportation habits will be monitored. This has already started; chips in your car and your cell phone are already informing on you.
  • Once enough people go along with the plan more-or-less willingly, it will start being imposed and enforced through regulations and taxes.
  • Anyone whose job is primarily driving will probably lose it.

Personally, I accept loss of ownership of means of travel. What bugs me is loss of freedom of movement. My guess is that most of the time, we’ll get implicit permission to move around where we want to go, but live under the threat of having it taken away if we step out of line. And our smart gizmos will constantly be watching us.

How do I know this? I’m tuned in to the right channels and can read between the lines.

It will take some intelligence to come up with counter-strategies to go about our business, tip off the AI as little as possible, and make the best of our remaining choices. Subscribe and pick my brains.

Current state of financial system explained

This is X22 interviewing Jim Rickards. It’s a year old but still relevant, and in fact covers some important topics. Rickards’ claim to fame is that he was legal counsel for Long Term Capital Management when the hedge fund went bankrupt. As a result, he has a deeper understanding than most of the vulnerabilities of financial markets.

In the interview, he mentions some financial crises that didn’t crash the markets. The markets dropped a little, but recovered quickly. That’s only because of market interventions by central banks and their banking partners. Arguably, each of those market interventions made the whole system more fragile by creating moral hazard for taking on too much risk. Eventually something is going to happen that will overwhelm efforts to intervene.

What we don’t know is when it will happen. We don’t even quite know exactly what will happen, though we can make an intelligent guess of a rough approximation. The right way to approach those unknowns is to make yourself less fragile against known hazards of

  • default: someone owes you money and doesn’t pay you back. That somebody could even be a bank or a broker.
  • falling asset prices: the market price of assets you own falls, but any debt you have will still be worth the same! You might end up owing more than you own.
  • price inflation: the buying power of your money is falling. Sometimes quite rapidly.

The way to deal with the hazards of a doomed financial system is to keep some of your net worth in precious metal, because it has ZERO counterparty risk (assuming it’s physical coins or bars that you have in your own possession, not an intangible promise), some in ready physical cash in as safe a place as you can keep it away from hazards like fires, floods, pests that chew paper, and theft, and whatever you need for routine transactions in the safest place you can put it–probably an “insured” account at a bank. Check your bank’s credit rating. It’s no guarantee that your bank won’t fail, but at least you can do due diligence to make sure that yours isn’t the first domino to fall!

Someone complained in the comments under this video that Jim Rickards carries the party line about Russia invading the Crimea (for those who aren’t aware, Russia did not invade the Crimea. They have treaty rights to it, and the locals even voted to remain under Russian rule, partly because there are many local Russians, but also because they don’t want to be part of the heavily-indebted and hopelessly corrupt Ukraine). Unfortunately, someone as well-connected as Mr. Rickards is under intense pressure to tow the party line. You burn bridges by speaking truth to power. We’re just lucky that someone as well-connected as he is, is willing to talk to the serfs like us. Most people at his station in life would dole out bad advice through one of their hirelings.

The knockout game is back.

The “knockout game” is back. That’s when young hoodlums make a game out of sucker-punching an unsuspecting victim, trying to knock him or her out with one blow. They do it to score admiration from their peers. If you’ve seen crime-surveillance video of one of these attacks, you might notice other hoodlums standing nearby watching the action. Sometimes they rob the incapacitated victim, or pose with the victim for selfies!

At least one case I have heard of resulted in the death of the victim.

Both men and women have been attacked, and even the elderly.

I expect attacks like these to get worse as social breakdown continues.

Take action:

  • If you haven’t had self-defense training and in particular situational-awareness training, get some.
  • You can find low-cost, online classes in basic self-defense, through venues like Udemy.com. Something is better than nothing. They can teach you enough to save your life.
  • If you have the resources, consider serious, in-person self-defense training.
  • Encourage your loved ones to do the same. Warn them about the danger.

 

 

 

Flynn…Mueller…Russiagate Hoax…Gülen terrorist network: Sibel Edmonds connects the dots!

There is a lot of back-story here. Here is my executive summary for those of you who need it:

 

  • There is a gigantic black-ops network operating primarily in Central Asia, but ultimately worldwide.
  • It doesn’t have an official name but is variously known as Gülen Movement, Hizmet Hareketi, or Cemaat.
  • They operate under the cover of a network of “moderate” Islamic schools which they use for recruiting. It’s a model similar to Muslim Brotherhood but Turkish not Arab.
  • The CIA hires it to attack Russia’s “weak underbelly” along its border with central Asia.
  • Sibel Edmonds stumbled onto it during her work at the FBI, but when she tried to blow the whistle on it, she got fired and hit with a gag order! She has hinted that it has operations in the USA involving US politicians, but she can’t tell us the details. This is at the heart of what is popularly known as “the Swamp”.
  • Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn got involved when the Flynn Intel Group was hired to investigate Gülen. This isn’t a secret and he did not hide his activities; Flynn openly published an editorial on the topic.
  • The Deep State struck back with an “investigation” designed to harass him and force him to resign, and a media smear campaign.
  • Harassment under the cover of an “investigation” has caused a financial burden not to mention a great deal of stress to Michael Flynn and his family.
  • Edmonds has discovered conflicts-of-interest that require Robert Mueller to immediately resign as special counsel on the so-called “investigation”.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The connection to Russia is that Gülen is used to harass them in a part of the world that is rich in mineral resources. The whole Russiagate thing is nonsense which is why the “investigation” hasn’t come up with any credible evidence of wrongdoing. That’s not its purpose; it’s real purpose is harassment and a pretext for a soft or possibly even hard coup. None of this is in our national interests; it funds corruption and terrorism.

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Background reading:

Yes, they really want to abolish marriage & family. Here’s why.

I recently spotted a post about Israeli politician Merav Michaeli and her advocacy of forcibly abolishing marriage and family.

Equality, by the way, is a bad meme. Evolution towards higher and higher levels of biology requires distinguishing between failure and success.

I’d like to respond to the numerous astonished and scandalized reactions to her proposals.

  • This isn’t a joke. She’s serious.
  • She and her feminist lobby have made some progress towards their goals. Israel now has mandatory schooling for 3 year olds, and the law is scheduled to be enforced nationwide this year and the next. They’ve got more agenda items in progress. The point of mandatory “schooling” for 3 year olds is to shift child-rearing from parents, and particularly mothers, to the state. Ms. Michaeli is on-record for advocating that child-rearing be a government function.
  • This is nothing new. She’s not the first to advocate abolishing marriage and family, and her predecessors go back hundreds if not thousands of years. Plato at least advocated abolishing marriage and family among the ruling class.
  • It’s been tried on an experimental basis. In the early Soviet Union, some peasant families were forcibly dissolved, the members being sent to different collectives.
  • In Israel, the experiment was performed on a basis that was voluntary at least among adults in the Kibbutzim (Israeli communes). Children, however, didn’t have a choice to grow up in one. The collective child-rearing practices of the Kibbutzim mostly died out in the 1980s.
  • Ms. Michaeli and her feminist organizations are openly lobbying to turn the whole country into one big Kibbutz, with no right to opt out.
  • Ms. Michaeli is not the first or only politician who favors abolition of family and marriage; she’s just one of the few who openly admits it. They exist in other countries too.
  • Outside of Israel, politicians like Ms. Michaeli are still in hiding. However, they’re already lobbying, and they’re getting help from the Hollywood and public schooling indoctrination machines.

Here are some notes on her TEDx speech:

I want all secular states to totally eliminate all registration and regulation of marriage. I want to cancel the very concept of marriage.

It’s all about her. Why should the rest of the 6.5 billion people on the planet care about what SHE wants?!

“Simone de Beauvoire”

Why should a woman who was sexually repulsed by and sexually jealous of men, whose only relationship with a man (ironically, a marxist gigolo at that) was one of a platonic room-mate, decide what’s good for women who want to have relationships with men?

More generally, why have so many women thrown their lots in with the lesbian mafia?

De Beauvoire was, by the way, as radical as Ms. Michaeli. She was adamant that women shouldn’t be permitted to marry or raise children even if they wanted to.

“…HIS children…”

She keeps saying that over and over. HIS children (not “ours” or even “mine”). She seems to be repulsed by the whole concept of motherhood. I’ve witnessed this phenomenon among some other feminists too.

“Unpaid work”

She means “untaxed productivity”. When women work at home, or on a subsistence farm which is the case in many parts of the world, their transactions aren’t easily taxable. Getting women into wage-paying transactions was the real reason that governments began subsidizing and promoting feminists. It was (and remains) an economic scheme, not really a philosophical or ideological idea motivated by some sense of what really is for the better.

The real motivation for abolishing marriage and family is the same that farmers have for separating hens and roosters, cows and bulls, and artificially raising chicks and calves instead of letting their parents raise them. We are human livestock.

It just so happens though that there is some small fraction of the population that are keen on the idea because of their own personal psychology or sexuality (among other things, they’re losing their parenting instincts just like highly domesticated animals do), and willing to promote it.

…We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always — do not forget this, Winston — always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — for ever.’

George Orwell, 1984

The world that Merav Michaeli and her allies are creating will be an ugly and unhappy one. Even for the “farmers”, that is members of the ruling class, since they have nannies to raise their children and so are already imposing the bad idea on themselves.

I don’t have a solution, just a warning. My only suggestion is to resist.

This is a contrary indicator

At the risk of being Captain Obvious:

Morgan Stanley: “Client Cash Is At Its Lowest Level” As Institutions Dump Stocks To Retail

—Zero Hedge

Two bad signs. Lack of ready cash means investors might be forced to sell securities to raise cash. It also means excessive optimism. Institutions selling and retail investors buying means that securities are flowing from stronger hands to weaker hands.

I’m not claiming that the stock market is either about to crash, or to enter a bear market. It might, or might not. I suspect it’s more likely to than not, but there’s always something I don’t know. I wouldn’t know if the Federal Reserve were about to inject a lot of liquidity into the market, for instance. By the way, the graphic of a chart that I used as a feature image for the article is purely symbolic and doesn’t refer to anything specific! As of this writing, nothing has crashed (yet).

But I do know there are other ways to invest, and there are smart ways to manage risk. I’ll go over them in a report I’m working on for subscribers. I hope I finish it before anything does happen!

Warning for November 4th, 2017

These handbills, and a similar version, are all over riot-prone neighborhoods of Seattle. I ran into them coming back from lunch to pick up my wife.

Newsweek calls reports of the events a “right-conspiracy theory” (sic). If they mention them at all after they happen, they’ll be construed as “peaceful protests” even if they turn into riots as is likely given that Antifa has been caught distributing information about makeshift weapons, and some members caught on camera showing off firearms.

Here is a list of cities where events are planned.

The posters and the organizational website explicitly state that regime-change is planned. There might actually be one, but it won’t be events in the street that overthrow the current administration; it would more likely be a high-level coup, and it will take a while to materialize. Roger Stone is on record in several broadcasts saying that a plan is afoot for staging a coup via a phoney indictment from Robert Mueller (in order to set the president up for an impeachment), and Stephen Bannon was recently quoted as saying that he estimates the president has about a 30% chance of finishing his term.

The purpose of having Antifa AND OTHER GROUPS on the streets is to create the illusion that the coup is actually a popular revolution. This is standard operating procedure for staging what are popularly known as COLOR REVOLUTIONS.

Stay away. Mixing it up with Antifa and its allies won’t help the president, the country, or anybody else; it will only get spun by the media to create sympathy for the RIOTERS.

If you live in one of the cities where events are planned, plan any and all travel to avoid likely locations for riots. Warn your family and friends. The news media is covering up and misleading.

STAY SAFE. KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SAFE.

No good jobs, no good help

Most of you are younger than I am, so you might not have as much personal experience watching job opportunities dry up over time. I think most people are vaguely aware of the trend though, because I’ve seen internet “memes” like “Old Economy Steve/Steven”, which typically claim that the late baby boomers had an easy…

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Breaking…mass shooting in Las Vegas

UPDATE

Shooter named as Steven Paddock. Had multiple shooting tripods set up. His companion has been captured or at least located.

UPDATE

Fire department scanner:

25 transported & 1 DOA

16 transported & 1 DOA

50 transported & 20 DOA

UPDATE

Reports of casualties at the Tropicana.

UPDATE

Suspicious events elsewhere in the city and more reports of multiple shooters. Possibly evidence of an organized attack.

Multiple shooters. You can hear it clearly multiple streams of fire (or echoes, but most people seem to think it’s multiple shooters, 2 or 3) in the videos shot from cell phones. Fully automatic weapons, aimed at crowds attending an outdoor concert at the Mandalay hotel on the strip.

Multiple casualties. “People being hauled off in backs of pickup trucks”. “Girl shot in head”.

My sad condolences for the grievously wounded and family-and-friends of victims.

I’ve been dreading this. No reports of who did this or what the motive was as of this writing, but things like this didn’t used to happen. We’re clearly in a social breakdown situation, even while the economy is relatively intact. Too much social tension and animosity. Too many loose cannons. And they inspire each other.

It’s going to get worse. Stay safe!