West Sacramento, CA
The following is a critical analysis of the monotheist paradigm that has dominated the Western World for the entire 2,160-year Age of Pisces, recently ended. This is what the polytheistic modern Pagan movement was created to supplant in the Age of Aquarius.
An excellent historical account of how monotheism came to dominate and rule the world is God Against The Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism, by Jonathan Kirsch (2005). Anodea turned me onto it, and I think it's a must-read for all Pagans!
Meanwhile, Dr. Trump recommends that ordinary people inject themselves with bleach or disinfectants; take unproven and bogus snake oil remedies; recommends using UV light, an anti-biological light, both internally and externally to "kill" a non- living virus; and reopen businesses and travel prematurely, all in the name of the sacred "Business as Usual" normality bias - until he has to back off when even he realizes that he sounds like a stupe. Oh, his remarks were misquoted, he was extemporaneously using sarcasm, or the MSM just made it all up? It's just more %$#@*$%& coming from a greedy, self-centered, ignorant, nepotistic, class ridden 'Resident, who is living in a gigantic delusional bubble of his narcissistic personality disorder fantasies, and his inner circle of blind sycophants leading him on into the proverbial ditch - time and again! BTW, Dr. Oz says that a 2% or 3% mortality rate is acceptable among our children in order to reopen "our" public schools. Let's not talk about Dr. Phil! Meanwhile, Bill Gates is aiming for godhood as world dictator. I won't take a "vaccine" made by, influenced by, or funded by this man's shady, eugenic, population sterilizing Foundation, or his injectable monitoring devices - Bill and Melinda simply can't be trusted not to do a little eugenic social engineering on the side for 'everyone's' "safety" 'We are NOT in this together!'....
These are indeed those "interesting times" of the notorious Chinese curse/blessing. We are all finding ourselves in the same handbasket with everyone else on the planet. Quarantined, sequestered, hunkered down and isolated as in a siege, many of us are finding this a good time for reflection, reading, TV binge-watching, and creativity.
Alone in Kadira's country house in rural Tennessee while she's away tending to her sick mother. I am enjoying the welcome solitude of a "writer's retreat," and I have much time for contemplation. I've spent my last two years on "Walkabout," either driving or visiting people, with virtually no time to myself to work on my books. So, for me this is a blessing. May it be so for you as well.
And for the first time of a global pandemic, we have the Internet, with email, Facebook, Zoom, Skype, and video cellphones. Unable to travel or gather, we are reaching out to each other across the miles and continents of our isolation. With real-time electronic communication, we can be as close to friends on the opposite side of the planet as to our next-door neighbors. Cancelled festivals and gatherings are reconfiguring to offer online meet-ups, workshops, seminars, rituals -- even happy hours and dance parties! A new kind of global community is emerging, that knows no national boundaries.
In a 1926 interview with Collier's magazine, visionary inventor Nicola Tesla predicted: "When wireless is perfectly applied the whole Earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance."
Nearly a century later, we are now living in that Vision.
And there is a larger perspective to consider, as I wrote 50 years ago:
When in the human body some cells start multiplying all out of control and excreting toxins into the bloodstream, we have a cancer. At this moment, humanity as a species is multiplying wildly out of control and excreting vast quantities of deadly pollutants into the air, water and soil, If our own cancerous population growth is not halted -- or at least drastically reduced -- our numbers and poisons will severely cripple or kill our planetary organism, our Mother Gaea. It is still to be hoped that it is not too late for us to wake up to our responsibility of stewardship and balance. But we should all be aware that She has Her own devices for regulating human population: plague, famine, drought, flood, hurricanes, etc. (-- "TheaGenesis: The Birth of the Goddess" by Oberon Zell, 1970)
It is difficult -- personally and culturally -- to fully assimilate the experience of global pandemics and other catastrophes in which millions of people die.
At this time, only a month into this current Coronavirus pandemic, with little testing available, we have no idea how many people already are or will be infected, or how high will be the final mortality. All we know is that the infection rate is growing exponentially, with each victim infecting 2-3 more. How and when this will end nobody knows.
But look around: air pollution has been dramatically reduced over the worst cities, and residents are seeing the night stars for the first time! Dolphins and fish are swimming in the now-clear canals of Venice. And Spring is returning to the northern hemisphere. Rather than despair, let us celebrate! This is, after all, the decade of The Awakening.
Every 60 years, with remarkable regularity over the past six centuries, there has occurred a cultural Renaissance in Western civilization. Each of these periods has seen a flowering of the arts, poetry, music, literature, drama, culture, sciences, spirituality, social movements, and "utopian" communities. In particular, each cycle has also seen a return of the Goddess as archetypal Muse.
Those who come of age in their teens and twenties during one cycle will be wise Elders/Wizards/Sages in their 70s and 80s next time around, responsible for mentoring of the next generation of young heroes -- as in the stories.
Now, the Wheel is turning again, and consciousness of the Goddess is re-emerging throughout the world. What can we expect this time around? And how can we shape the coming decade according to our hopes, rather than our fears?
I am reminded of the 1951 classic sci-fi movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, based on the 1940 short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates. In the film, the entire civilized world is brought to a halt when an alien emissary (Michael Rennie) from an interplanetary policing organization neutralizes electricity globally for 30 minutes -- except for such essential services as hospitals and airplanes in flight.
This demonstration is a warning to humanity to cease our interminable wars and aggressions, or the grownups will step in and eliminate the problem. Says Klaatu, the emissary, to an assembly of scientists and world leaders: "Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer."
The film reportedly inspired US President Ronald Reagan to discuss uniting against an alien invasion when meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. Two years later, right after the Harmonic Convergence, Reagan told the United Nations, "I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."
The idea that only an alien invasion could unite a divided humanity in constant conflict has long been a staple theme of science fiction, as in Independence Day and The Watchmen. In this time of solitary retreat, withdrawal and reflection, perhaps we may consider that this global pandemic is just that: an alien invasion from which no one is exempt. We are united in our separation.
This is not just a day, but months in which the world stands still. The global economy is shut down. Schools, churches, restaurants, malls and factories are closed; theaters and stadiums stand empty. The stock market has tanked. And all gatherings, festivals, parades and demonstrations are cancelled.
In the final Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, a phrase recurs several times: "They win when we think we're alone. But we're not alone; we are many!"
In these perilous times, may we realize to the depths of our beings that we are all in this together, all children of the same Mother. May that which unites us be stronger than that which divides us. As John Donne said 400 years ago, in a previous 60-year Renaissance Cycle:
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. (-- "Meditation VII," Devotions upon Emergent Occasions by John Donne, 1624)
Cat Gina Cole recently wrote to me saying:
"People only realize how valuable something is when they have lost it, had it taken from them, or are told they cannot have it. The largest of these is our freedom! Freedom to come and go. To see who we want, to assemble and shop where we want and when we want. Before quarantine we took those freedoms for granted. Now in quarantine, they are as valuable as gold and very missed. All the freedoms and contact with others we had now suddenly have more value. The line from the movie The Day the Earth Stood still that stands out to me most is when the professor says 'Man only changes on the brink of disaster." I wonder what changes we will make with this opportunity. Will we awaken our compassion towards each other and the earth as we emerge from this virus into a new dawn? What will we choose as we awaken from this new cycle of life, death and rebirth?"
For me, the COVID-19 pandemic is the moment to wake up and see what we are doing to the Earth and to each other. As we recover from this sweeping virus let us do better, let us live greener, let us live healthier, let us awaken our compassion towards each other and put down the ways of war, hate, separation, and destruction, caring selfishly only for ourselves.
As we emerge from this virus into a new dawn, let us find renewed hope in our hearts. A sense of something new, feeling great to be alive and free. Let this provide a momentum to make real change as we go forward.
Many Blessings to all!
Even though it’s important for CAW to set & maintain boundaries based on our core values and to have compassionate mechanisms for re-directing damaging or disruptive individuals to alternate spiritual venues, within those boundaries and between functioning members, we believe compassion should rule our interactions.
So, today we want to talk about humility and serenity. It has come to our attention that some Pagans see themselves as superior beings, behaving in ways that dismiss others, or seek to use aggressive tactics to hide their insecurity. If someone is being obnoxious or rude, you can bet they feel weak, helpless, or hopeless. Secure, confident, and mature persons rarely if ever resort to bombast or arrogance.
The truth is humility doesn’t indicate poor self-esteem or lack of pride in our accomplishments; it just admits that none of us knows everything and we all struggle to make our way in this life the best we can with what we have. In addition, CAW also places humans in a somewhat deferential position under Gaea, the intelligent planetary meta-being of which we humans are one (albeit special) part.
Humbleness means we approach all persons as equals & don’t try to best others. We attempt to make our communications and conversations respectful, leaving aside vocal tones or vocabulary that attempt to dominate, discredit, or disempower others.
Serenity is another mark of maturity, regardless of age (who hasn’t met an old soul in a young body?) Life constantly throws obstacles & challenges our way, and though we may not have control over this, we can take control over our reactions. This lesson is at the core of meditation and mindfulness. Being at peace with others usually indicates peace within us. Inner calm begets outer serenity...
We don’t need to freak out. We’ve noticed a few in our church become irate or upset about relatively trivial things. So someone didn’t return our emails, or didn’t return them in a timely manner? Okay, it’s not the end of the world. So someone used testy language? Okay, it’s not a 911; let it go. So a promise was not kept? Fine, it’s not a global tragedy. We’re all human so we make mistakes, drop the ball, and lose our cool. This is not a reason to stress others or ourselves -- as the Buddha sort of said: just let that shit go.
Meditation & mindfulness can help us gain mastery over impulsive and repulsive responses, and grant our tongue and typing peacefulness that lubricates social interactions and gets us off the wheel of combativeness, confrontation, and retaliation. So we differ in opinion -- so what? Does anyone have the expectation that those we circle with or love will be just like us? Diversity isn’t only a pretty word; it’s a down and dirty commitment to politeness and courtesy even with those seemingly opposed to our core values. It doesn’t mean we necessarily have to hang with them, unless there’s a good reason, but it does mean we flavor interactions with the sweetness of our highest values.
Alder MoonOak, PhD, Professor, College of Central Florida
Dulce Maria Corrales
CAW Solantis Nest, Florida
Just to add a little to what Alder Moonoak has to say:
I have found there are two large contributing factors to many people becoming upset.
Communication requires a sender and a receiver (I teach radio communications). If both the sender and the receiver are on different channels a miscommunication occurs. This can also happen if there is interference, if the sending signal is weak or unclear, and in humans if the receiving channel is not predisposed to the message being sent, or if there is some other form of barrier such as language, vocabulary, past life traumas.
Another thing that can often happen is that we project our own requirements into a situation. We expect others to have the same knowledge, morality, level of expertise, drive, passion or other attribute as ourselves. Did you expect that person to be able to obtain the cash to pay you back if they are struggling to find food?
Both of these form unrealistic expectations in our minds of what others are capable of. They do not interpret your words exactly as you meant to portray them, or they do not put the same importance on task completion. We end up with unrealised and incomplete processes leaving us feeling neglected or disrespected. In actuality it is usually our unrealistic expectations that are the cause of the angst, not the action or inaction of the other person.
With time and self-analysis this can improve, and one of the very important messages within CAW is the need to self-analyse, learn and grow.
Priest of CAW Australia
Being a light in times of transition and change is powerful.
A smile and a wave can light up someone's day.
A call, email or skype can socially connect us while keeping those around us safe.
Ritual links us together in our hearts allowing our spirits to fly.
We can be kind spirits leaving gifts on doorsteps of our neighbors ....
a Happy note in the window for others to see ....
Keeping a physical distance does not limit kind acts, it just let's us be more creative.
Lets have a wonder filled sharing time via our crystal windows, filled with our magic, filled with life, filled with Spring.
Be Blessed & Blessed Be:)- Debi LeFaye
Let's start by addressing some misconceptions about the virus. The biggest misconception we are seeing in the medical community right now, is that the virus has a high risk of mortality. This isn't true although it is true that certain populations are more at risk for death. The latest numbers we were given this morning is that 19% of the population (or 19% of those who catch the virus) are at risk of severe complications while 7% of those infected are at risk of death. The 7% are mainly the older population, what we call the geriatric population in the medical community.
People who are very young (i.e. babies) or who are immuno-suppressed or immuno-comprimised are also at risk of falling into the 19% or possibly the 7% range. The average young adult (teen and up) are not likely to experience any severe consequences and for those of us in this age range, we would feel like we had the flu and then most likely recover with little issue. The same can't be said for the geriatric or already sick population or even our very young population.
Another misconception we are seeing is that we can "cure" the virus. We currently have no vaccine and no cure. The flu is a good example of how this works. The flu is a virus that mutates every year. The vaccine for the flu involves a dead piece (we do not inject live viruses into people no matter what foolish conspiracy theorists say) of the previous flu seasons virus. The immune system recognizes that strain of the virus and through a process known as "immunological memory" the immune system remembers that virus and learns how to defeat that virus through several different immunological processes.
This is why people with the flu bounce back quicker if they have the vaccine versus patients who catch the flu and experience more severe complications. The vaccine doesn't prevent the flu, it just trains the body to recognize it and defeat it. If and when we develop a vaccine (one is currently undergoing human trials but it hasn't been approved by the government yet) the vaccine is not going to cure the virus or stop the virus. The vaccine is simply going to train your immune system to recognize the virus and hopefully kill it before it causes too much of an issue.
Moving onto what we do know. The coronavirus seems to have originated from bats in the Wuhan provenance of China. The Chinese government was not prepared for a viral outbreak like this and as a result, they were scrambling to try and stop the spread of the virus as well as treat the symptoms. The problem with places like China (and Italy as well as Japan) is that people are often living in very close proximity to each other. If you ever visit these countries, you will quickly see that space is limited. As a result, the virus was able to quickly spread from person to person before anyone could react. This is what caused the recent flair up in Italy. Not to mention the large tourist population that acted as carriers, taking the virus to all different parts of the world. The number of deaths may seem incredibly high until you realize that the majority of those who have died were in the special risk categories and the numbers are actually small compared to the total number of people infected.
Currently, every state in the USA has reported cases of the coronavirus. The virus is here so let's continue educating ourselves on what the virus is. The virus is part of a family of viruses that we are often exposed to all of the time. The difference with this virus is that it spreads very fast and attacks the respiratory system directly. This leads to the respiratory system being impaired which can ultimately lead to respiratory failure. This is the biggest way this virus is killing is through respiratory failure. The virus is a particle based airborne virus. This means that sneezing, spitting, or coughing will send particles infected with this virus several feet through the air. It cannot live very long on a hard surface, it needs a host to survive.
The impact on the respiratory drive is the biggest concern for geriatric and very young patients. Geriatric patients often have other underlying medical conditions, do not often have the best immune systems, and many already have respiratory issues. Very young children have an ! underdeveloped immune system and rely heavily on the respiratory drive. In fact, in very young patients, it's not cardiac arrest that kills them, it's respiratory arrest that leads to cardiac arrest unlike with adults.
Let's get to the worrying part. The biggest concerns right now is that we are trying to flatten the curve. The "curve" refers to the spread of the virus. When a virus "peaks" that means it has hit as much of the population as it can. We want to avoid that "peak" by "flattening" the curve which again, represents the spread of the virus. If we can get ahead of the virus and keep it from spreading as much as possible, we can severely limit the potential damage this outbreak could do. The numbers we went over this morning (from our EMS agency) is that we are potentially looking a pandemic on the level of the Spanish Influenza of the 1920's. Potentially, we are looking at approximately 1 million (at least) deaths from this virus, again most of them being in that 19% (and 7%) categories. This is what our government here in the USA and on the state government levels, are trying to prevent by closing schools and other public places. The less interaction you have with others, the less chance this virus has to spread.
So you are probably wondering how you can help as a wizard and as a human? The biggest first step, is to keep calm. If you panic, then you are doing two things:
Wipe everything down! Using lysol or other similar surface cleaning disinfectants, keep areas clean. If you work in a public setting, keep things wiped down. Keep your home wiped down. This virus has a short life on hard surfaces and it can be killed by something as simple as a Clorox wipe. Hygiene (that important Greek Goddess Hygea) is vital to your health and the health of others. Also, stop shaking hands. You should avoid touching your face as well. Simply wave or give a different type of greeting until this virus has passed.
Keep an eye on your health and the health of others. The symptoms we are trained to look for in the EMS setting are coughing, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, and a runny nose. If you have any of these symptoms you will be quarantined for up to 14 days. If you experience these symptoms, don't be selfish! Call the hotline for your local community or call 911 and explain your symptoms. They will walk you through what you should do to keep yourself and others safe. Limit your travels and stay home! You might think it's nothing but what if you hit the club on a Friday night, someone coughs near you, you get the virus and then give said virus to your grandmother? It is a possible event so stay home as much as possible and take safety precautions.
As wizards, what you can do is support your elderly neighbors. Wear a mask and gloves but check on them and make sure they are ok. Offer to share supplies and even educate through legitimate medical resources (a couple are linked below). Light a candle and work some protection and healing magick for your community and for those you know are infected or exposed. Magick with medicine is a good combination. Essential oils are not going to save you here but they are good to use with good hygiene practices and limiting your social activities.
Stay away from the media! I cannot stress this enough, the mainstream media is about as clueless as you can get. Rely on legitimate medical sources of information. The CDC and WHO are good examples. Listen to REAL physicians and infectious disease experts, not Karen on the 9am local news channel. The media is stirring up fear which is leading to doomsday prepping. The best thing you can do is boost your immune system (elderberry and Vitamin C are great for this!) and practice good hygiene like I pointed out above. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at DoS@GreySchool.com. I will do my best to answer or point you in the right direction.
Please take the time to educate your Apprentices and your family. Only trust information from REAL medical professionals, honorary degrees are not the same. EMTs, Medics, Nurses, and above. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy!
Blessings of the gods,
The Greyschool of Wizardry
Dean Emrhys Starhawk
Dean of Healing
Dean of Students
It looks like this pandemic is going to be shutting down schools and precluding large public gatherings for a while, and that will likely force the cancellation of Earth Day 50 celebrations in major cities, with April 22 now little more than a month away. This is a major unexpected setback, as is the evaporation of a great deal of philanthropic wealth that we would have had a good shot at this year had the stock markets stayed high and we outreached effectively then.
However, the global public health emergency also gives us a very good excuse for choosing to hold a CAW virtual 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Conference, "instead of what we had originally planned", that would only require access to a camcorder, a mic and a podium, instead of the preparations and staffing requirements and investment needed to pull off an event in a location that could host a multitude of attendees. Lectures could be recorded with multiple takes, with our audience only seeing our presenters at their best. CAW members could even respond to a pre-release version of the main part of these talks with recorded questions, which the speaker (dressed the same) could then respond to and append to their lecture, creating the appearance that an event had been held somewhere, perhaps on the weekend before the 22nd.
This crisis will keep better-organized and better-funded groups from doing much in the way of mass public events either, and, in that sense, will put us on a much more equal footing when it comes to playing off of the Earth Day anniversary theme.
I think CAW should record and post to YouTube that day a series of lectures on Gaian inspiration, Neo-Pagan religion and the environmental crisis, and publicly stake a claim on leading the charge to create a prototype Eco-Futuristic Village headquarters under our auspices.
Audiences have been growing more accustomed to looking to YouTube for catching up on events they missed, with many conferences streaming or posting their presentations. We could then use this material as an introduction and sample of our material to help get us bookings for a multi-campus tour in the autumn of 2020, when student activism will be at a fever pitch as America heads for Election Day on November 3. Take note that we only have a narrow window between the resumption of classes after Labor Day on September 7 and that cultural pivot point. It will take a few weeks for students to settle in and campus clubs to become active, so October is when we should be planning around.
I hope Bernie Sanders rebounds this weekend, as I believe he offers America the best prospects for sweeping change and bringing out the youth vote, but even Joe Biden would be a much-welcome relief from the daily farce of the Trump regime, and a Joe Biden & Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden & Michelle Obama ticket would have interesting prospects.
Another profound cultural transition point very likely a few years ahead: America's first woman President in 2024.
Trump blasts protesters with tear gas to create a clear area for a photo op showing him holding up a Bible in front of a burned out church. He is a narcissistic bore that lives in a big perceptual, delusional bubble of his own making. He already knows what the "truth" is because he already knows everything and he can do everything better than anyone else. He doesn't pay attention in intelligence briefings because he knows what they'll say already, and deeply distrusts the "deep state" because they're out to get him. He's now permanently cut off from reality by his mental illness, and he doesn't lie. To lie you have to know the truth, and he doesn't. He believes everything that he says is true even it is objectively false. Biden is a poor, senile old man who's gotten into something that's way out of his depth. It is possible that one of these individuals will be the next president. Both of them need to be replaced by the VP as soon as the election is over.
FYI: The Corona Virus is not a germ!!. It isn't alive, so It. Can. Not. Be. Killed., only destroyed. It's only a piece of DNA wrapped in a protein shell. Disinfectant doesn't work against it, and the most common masks only protect you 95% of the time - that's what "N95" stands for! You wouldn't think it, but it's really amazing what an essentially paper mask can do to filter out virus sized contaminates. Disinfectants don't work at all against viruses - but bleach and Lysol do!, If you still get It, then Lysol breaks up that shell. Color safe bleach is NOT bleach. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have some disinfectant around - it still mostly takes care of germs. Alcohol wipes can be made by soaking at least 60 proof rubbing alcohol in a bag with rags or baby diapers. Wash your hands, of course; it does help...
BTW, INSTRUCTIONS for using bleach as a spray: You'll need a regular, standard size, spray bottle (It's approximately 1 quart). Fill the bottle with water leaving room for 1 cap of bleach. Put 1 Cap of Bleach in.DO NOT, under any circumstances whatsoever, mix anything with bleach except water!!!! DO NOT mix ammonia with it! Bleach reacts with just about everything. Mixing ammonia with it produces a deadly gas. DO NOT use fragrances to make it smell better! DO NOT bring acetone or something made of acetone in contact with it or you'll get a fire. GROK!?
In China, they're turning on the factory lights, but no one is working, and production is still idle, to fake Prosperity. Several countries have stopped air travel, many stores are closing, shopping malls are deserted in some areas, restuarents and other busibesses are limiting the amount of customers, and companies are trying to get those that can to work from home. Meanwhile, the virus is still on the move and has been mutating into another, allegedly more aggressive strains. Trump has appointed 'Praying' Mike Pence as the head of the effort to combat the virus, but his experience consists of screwing up the last HIV outbreak by withholding the recommended needle exchange program that would have reduced infections and saved lives until he was forced to relent.. The infections spiked as predicted. He didn't like it because in his sees drug addicts, the homeless, and Gays as lowlife scum that aren't worth saving. His main assignment is to stifle both the MSM and the independent news by cutting off CDC information by bottle-necking it, and by withholding any real news. In crises politician know you're distracted ,and you aren't paying attention to what else they're doing: Watch for Their sneaky and underhanded schemes and furtive maneuvers while your attention is elsewhere.
There goes the Dow falling like a rock for over five days . It was at its highest point ever - it really had only one way to go eventually, and that is DOWN! Pity the poor fools that bought on the dip. (While Someone did a lot of short-selling and profit taking) "It's under control" means "It's NOT under control!" It's a smoke screen for the worsening economy and the bankruptcy of some large trucking companies. What's been happening is that this is going to be the favorite excuse for the store shelves being empty, spot shortages, quarantines, deserted shopping centers, and Draconian laws favoring Globalism and 'moar' Tyranny - which were in the cards even before the proto-pandemic started.
This crisis is going to have a major impact on festivals, gatherings, and face to face contacts. Things are starting to get crazy as Governors have started declaring "Emergencies" when it has barely just started to spread. We haven't seen anything yet! Register to "Vote by Mail - They keep on extending to time the virus will be around. This caught the Gov't flat footed, so they've passed on the panic to everybody. The "shortages" will continue until everyone "has done something. They may not be replaced.
Is 'Merca Doomed? The long term answer is "Yes", of course, but long term is nebulous term at best. Eventually all things come to an end and are replaced with something else. The next question is; will it come to an end fairly quickly because of massive manipulations of our rapidly deteriorating society by the politicos and the bankers? Or, can economic momentum slowly slide for a few decades? Can the economy be saved by the US Treasury and the Central Bank, and other, more shadowy figures, to forestall the end to another time in the future were everything will miraculously come to a "soft landing"? I'll answer those right now! The problems with the economy are far from over, merely hidden through massive injections of liquidity, and the progress we see in the "improving economy" only helps a select few, especially under President Trump! There's probably going to be a very hard landing, and it's going to hurt a lot. Some people will face issues like they've never faced before like homelessness for those in the middle class, real starvation, riots, an end to entitlements, an end to basic freedoms, and possibly a second "civil" war or 'revolution' if things get bad enough. The start of the economic collapse as begun and it will be very noticeable as early as early as 6 to 9 months from now depending on the elite's plans for the rest of the world for that's when the current credit inflation and its consequences will start hitting the 'Mercan consumer's wallet in a big way.
We're now in another election year, and the rudeness; the attacks on people's character; the "whistle blowers" and bimbos suddenly coming out of the woodwork again has just begun. Trump's impeachment, and the all the bias, dishonesty, and tattletale telling is both over and just getting started. It's clear that the Liberals and the Leftists aren't going to be "tolerant" In a country where "inclusion" has come to mean exclusion. "Fairness" has come to mean bias; and cartoon frogs, "OK" signs (which is the wrong hand gesture for OK - it's actually a 666 hand gesture), and Cancelling, has shown that the Politically Correct are eating their own already, and "We" have a long, long way to go until November.
All Empires rise and fall and 'Merca is no exception, regardless of what the 'Mercan Exceptionalists and the New World Order promoters loudly proclaim: 'Merca is the exception to the rule and that "We" can carve out "Our" own destiny and Empire, New World Order style, and never see a serious decline, even when we have already done a lot of things, and are doing alot of things, that have bankrupted and broken countries and empires before "Us" without fail long before the stage that "We're"in right now.
Why do great nations fall? The Ancient Greeks, the Roman Empire, the British Empire and soon to be the United States of America -- They all made the same mistakes, turning their backs on the principles that made them great. America tried to spend and tax itself out of a great recession. Enormous so-called "stimulus" spending, massive changes to health care, government takeovers of private industries, and crushing debt. The American Federal Empire will fall for the same reasons that many empires fall - it will go spectacularly and publically bankrupt.
"We" have been able to be a Consumer Society for the World because "Our" dollar is the World Reserve Currency for the world, and that will soon come to an end. Then 'Merca will be in a royal clusterf@ck, and the "American Federal Empire" will start collapsing piece by piece, and the Chinese Yuan, the IMF's SDRs, or a basket of currencies may take over and that currency may become the new World Reserve Currency and then they will gain control of the NWO from the uber-wealthy white men who control it now. The massive foreclosures, lawsuits, the repossessions, and bankruptcies are still over the horizon - but they'll soon be hear in spades...
We are entering a time of financial stress in America. The federal government is broke. Most of our state and local governments are broke. Record numbers of Americans are going bankrupt. Record numbers of Americans are being kicked out of their homes. Record numbers of Americans are now living in poverty.
The debt-fueled prosperity of the last several decades came at a cost. We literally mortgaged the future. Now nothing will ever be the same again.
Many of the problems that 'Merca has and will have in the future were hatched over the last 40 to 80 years, and unless there is a radical about face, a turn-around - a repentance,. the end of our economy and our rapidly deteriorating society will arrive much sooner than it has to. It's easy to put the blame on the government, on the big banks, or on large international mega-corporations, but the main culprit is the face "We" see when "We" look into a collective mirror. "We the People" once had humility, grace, civility, honor and with a tremendous amount of respect for others, but now "We" have become lazy, uncivil, rude, violent, apathetic, gullible, ignorant, dumb, and complacent. "We" need a very loud wake-up call! NOW! - "We" need several loud wake-up calls to salvage what we can of what's left of the 'Merca of our forefathers! We need not become serfs in the land our forefathers fought for, created, and died for!! That wake-up call can be done easily now, or by the hard way through the College of Hard Knocks with a PhD Disaster...
Have you noticed that most Americans seem to know far more about American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Justin Bieber and their favorite sports teams than they do about world affairs? Most Americans cannot even find Iran or Syria on a map, and if you told them that, say, food riots are happening in those nations right now most of them would not even care anyway. We've become a very self-centered, self-involved and self-absorbed nation.
The first problem this nation, like may others, has is its money system has been largely debased over time by the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) to pay for what "prosperity" we have had during the "good years" at a hefty profit when there was a (sort of) common morality, "full employment" (jobs were considered to be plentiful), and homeowners had enough home equity appreciation on their homes to be able to borrow against it for frivolities like vinyl siding, boats, home 'makeovers', and new cars every year in some cases. There was a time (the Sixties) that $6,25/hr was an executive salary - now, it's well below the minimum wage! Things like unemployment have also changed radically, and its possible that they're long term, permanent changes - the problems will no longer just go away if we refuse to heed the warnings of the trends forecasters. I can hear it now ... 'Nah, nah, nah - I can't hear you - Nah Nah Nah! - I can't hear you!' However, the debasing of the value of the dollar has become noticeable even to the 'common citizen' by now - and it's been brought to you by your friendly Fed all along...
It is politically and mathematically impossible to repay what the government owes others. Even though the Fed just changed some accounting rules that will technically keep it going for much longer than it should, but it will be the lack of faith in the dollar by "Our" creditors that will bring it down. It's getting to the point where "we" can't even pay the interest on the debt! That's how bad it's become -- and no mere tinkering with the budget deficits will save "us". Negative interest rates will only work for some for a short term, and it ends in disaster..
The problems 'Merca faces are more than just economic ones, it's about the pervasive fraud, lying, cheating, immorality, and dishonesty in government, business, and in our personal lives. It has become pandemic, and it's showing 'Mercans that they too should lie, cheat and steal if they believe they won't get caught. Painting a false picture by massaging balance sheets of the financial health of big business and gov'mint is rapidly growing, especially in the financial sector in general and banking in particular. Both insolvent gov'mints and private institutions that are near bankruptcy are using creative accounting to hide their dire straits, hoping to push the Day of Reckoning to the far future, which to them is just a couple of years away or an election cycle away. Selected government and private entities have been propped up with bailout money from the US Treasury and the Fed because they've ben deemed too-big-to-fail or have political clout in Washington. They are walking zombies, dependent on handout loans to stay afloat.
These loans are about to come to an swift end as the US Government and other lesser 'gov'mintal entities, like states counties, cities and towns, hunts, scavenges, and canvasses the world for more 'Greater Fools' to buy their questionable junk bonds at whatever low interest rates they can still garner now, as interest rates will start becoming scarce in the near future, drying up what loans are still available to Main Street. The point may come where the gov'mint won't be able to pay the interest on the National Debt without issuing a great deal of naked funny money (Quantitative Easing = Inflation), and that will finally end when its creditors lose faith in their investments dollar's value because the situation will be so dire that even the 'Pollyanna' MSM won't be able to whistle up a cheery tune...
Most of the ideas that I've heard from these politicians about spending $billions for this or $trillions for that is because "We" can all have all this free stuff without actually paying for it because we're rich and powerful. "We" can just Charge It! on the National Credit Card! Sorry, that will be so OVER soon! "There is no such thing as a Free Lunch" - some nobody has already paid for it or will pay for it eventually - and it isn't the 1%!
These "Freebie" proposals miss and boldly ignore the stark fact that "We" literally can't afford it - it's too expensive. Being 'too expensive' means that the Illusion of the Fiat dollar being worth something between the time you earn it, and the time when you get paid and spend it will fade even faster. That's price inflation and it's caused by losing faith in the dollar's value because of monetary inflation. "We" can NEVER pay off the National Debt because "Our" currency is itself monetized National Debt! It's like a check made out to 'cash'. Even all the public and private hard assets like real estate, gold, and silver would only cover a minuscule fraction of it. When push comes to shove "We" will default on Everything, and there will be NO credit for anyone anymore.
Common purpose is AWOL in our politics lately because whatever terrain of the issues is not occupied by sheer lying is filled by cowardice and ignorance. We lie to ourselves incessantly about the nation's condition. We've suspended both the rules of accounting and the rule of law in banking matters (lying). We're too frightened to go into the vaults and find out exactly how much we've swindled ourselves (cowardice). And we aggressively misunderstand issues that will shape our future, such as how much oil is really in the ground - all of this prompting us to march off the edge of a political cliff where we hang today, the cartoon coyote of nations, undone by our ACME techno-fantasies.
One can watch the old "Jerry Springer Show", "Cheaters", or the "Maury Show" to get a sense of where this country is headed among the lowesr classes. The lack of manners, basic morality, dishonesty, and obstinate obsessions over sex and relationships, or the lack thereof, aren't that disturbing anymore - "we" have become used to it. Almost everyone knows this stuff was going on, but it took exploitative TV hosts to bring them into the national social notice. Their audiences need someone to look down upon, and there's no end to the string of guests that fulfill the yen of the audience to judge others less fortunate than themselves, yet in a few short years this lack of ethics has spread throughout the country from the bottom up - but also from the top down. The weird part is most of the guests on the "Jerry Springer Show" are from the Bible Belt. Their lack of basic morality and civility can be put at the doors of both the public school systems and the country's major religion's inability to instill it on its
subjects congregants sheep parishioners, (probably because the average preacher has little no clue about what morality is really about because it stems from Philosophy, not religion), or the Christian Church isn't that powerful anymore in 'Mercan society.
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." Joseph Goebbels
"Our" government lies to us. ! Surprise! Anyone who hasn't been comatose during most of their existence on this Earth realizes this eventually. In fact most of what comes out of government is a lie of one sort or another, or at least something less than the truth. It covers the gamut's from diplomatic cables to the 'classification' of secrets itself.. Let's say there's a weapon system being produced by our friendly neighborhood Military Industrial Complex and an evaluation is due to be released. The ranking of lies, er Classification Systems goes something like this:
One way to stave off the inevitable price increases for a while is to stock up on things like oil, food, and other commodities in advance, but that only works if you know the proper way to store them and have a place to store them. You can use them even if you haven't got an emergency on your hands over time. You may find out that when you're money isn't any good anymore that you can barter for stuff using your stash of goods. Then, again, there's always the threat of the government deciding that you're hoarding and they'll confiscate what you have. Buying seeds to plant assumes that you'll have a place to plant them. This also depends on the public's knowledge of and willingness to barter, and most people in the US haven't done this except for small amounts, or don't know how to do it, so you're again dependent on others to determine the value of your MREs. Sorry, the lone gunman and his hoard of supplies or a small nuclear family making it on their own is only a pipe dream - you'll need cooperation with others to survive.
When TSHTF you may be in a situation where you have to relocate, whether it's the situation itself, like an earthquake or flood, or the government (again) wants to evacuate the area you're in. You may even be somewhere other than home. Plans to have a stash of stuff outside your home sounds good, but it assumes that you will have a way to get to your stash in times of emergency and having a "safe" second place to stash it... or it could be confiscated by rogue cops. The "authorities" already know your secret paths you want to use - they'll be waiting for you.
You may have noticed that I don't have much hope in the System righting itself or being able to fix the Systemic problems we have in our country, much less our world. There just isn't the political will to do so - there will never be the political will to do so, no matter which DemoGrafts and Publicans we elect - even Trump can't slow the tide down. The US is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the international mega-corporations that feed the Beast at election time. Trump has deliberately put people from these companies, like Goldman Sachs, and the other banks in charge of the playground in Washington DC - the rot is too deep to reform it in any meaningful way- we're still headed for that 20 foot thick steel barrier at
100 120 140 160 180 200 mph with cliffs on both sides of the narrowing roadway.
"I think what should happen in the US is for the president to tell the US, you have to tighten your belts. 'We have to go through hard times for 5 years to repair the damage that was committed over 20-25 years by the Federal Reserve, by the Treasury, by the politicians, and somebody has to tell the truth. But the politicians keep on fueling the illusion that you can spend yourself out of the misery, and that by printing money you will improve the economy, which is not the case." Marc Faber
To Recap: Eventually, whether sooner or later, the wheels of "Our" economy will either slowly grind to a halt or hit a proverbial '24 feet thick brick wall' and conformity will become the new trend to watch. "We" already have a National Debt that is unpayable, and as it soon becomes clear that it will never be paid off, even if the Gov'mint takes everything we have. Even the interest YoY on this debt is becoming a huge burden, which is why interest rates for the wealthy is just above .05%. 'Merca will inevitably slide towards the Greater Depression and possibly into the "black ages. Those who don't conform will be labeled terrorists or worse, and will be rendered either to a foreign country for torture or kept right here at home in one of the many FEMA torture Camps ostensibly set up to contain illegal aliens. They're really for protesters and people who believe in the Constitution and those that still have Constitutional Rights. Some people are already labeling free speech as terrorism, so watch what you say, Loose Lips Sink Ships, because you can be sure of who's listening in. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. It's only a matter of time to when the slightest deviation from political and spiritual correctness that will soon be foisted upon the citizenry will be excuse for draconian responses from the Government. The antidote to such thinking is Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous line, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"....
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06/04/20 Trump blasts protesters with tear gas to create a clear area for a photo op showing him holding up a Bible in front of a burned out church. The church didn't give him permission, while the police teargassed two Bishops while clearing the "battlespace" He is a narcissistic bore that lives in a big perceptual, delusional bubble of his own making. He already knows what the "truth" is because he already knows everything, and he can do everything better than anyone else. He doesn't pay attention in intelligence briefings because he knows what they'll say already, and deeply distrusts the "Deep State" because "everybody knows" that they're out to get him. He's now permanently cut off from any reality by his mental illness. Let's be perfectly clear: Trump doesn't lie. Again: Trump doesn't lie. To lie you have to first have to know what the truth is, and he doesn't have any inkling or conception of what truth means! He believes everything that he says is True even it is objectively False, and stubbornly holds on to his bubble until he is proven to be substanially Wrong.
Biden is a poor, senile old man who's gotten into something that's way out of his depth. They may have to replace him, but if they don't, It IS possible that one of these individuals will be the next president. Both of them need to be replaced by the VP as soon as the election is over.
04/01/20 is my birthday, but I don't feel at all prankish because of the covid-19 pandemic. I'm still an Old Fool though! All the Yahoo groups are now private members only, so, when I can, I'll post important messages from 'Phoenix' that need a wider audience. I'm dreaming here, but that's OK. The Spring Green Egg is out. I will say that the new Mer'can Reality is going to be something totally unrecognizable in just a few weeks from now. Batten down the hatches - this is the Calm before the Perfect Storm! It's coming and covid-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future..
06/04/20 My apologies for not fixing the errors in the script. The errors are now gone.
03/16/20: California Seniors, 65 YO and up, have been has strongly urged/told-to quarantine for two weeks. Since I am in that category I'm in quarantine. The quarantine has not yet been lifted in Califia.
01/26/20: Stranger In a Strange Land" Is an interesting take on Robert Heinlein's libertarianism and others.
01/10/20: What gives the Government the right to rule, and how much choice do you really get when voting?. The short answer is the Constitution. If it is ever suspended or replaced then you owe no loyalty to Them at all anymore. Their Federal judges will have no authority, and their new extra-constitutional decrees and laws will be voided, and the President will lose most of his legal authority, but that won't stop them! They will try to rule by force, and they will have no right to do so. Most likely we'll have a Republic in name only like we do now, except the titanium gloves will come off.
12/21/19: The House Kangaroo Court is now over, and the House is trying to make a deal with the Senate over how the trial will be conducted. If it's so urgent to get rid of the Pres. as quickly as possible then why are they stalling on naming the House Managers. After a partisan inquiry they want a "fair" (biased) trial and are willing to hold up things until the Senate caves. Oh Yeah -- Merrie Yule!
12/18/19: Tenative Events Calendar 2020-21
12/10/19: Government VS Liberty
09/27/19: It looks like a fake Presidential Impeachment Inquiry is underway, and the Dems have bet the farm on this next election cycle. By doing so, they're shown that they're willing to throw Joe Biden, the only 'moderate' in a crowd of Presidential Candidates, under the bus.
09/10/19: The FUTER hasn't been trimmed because I get so few readers that I think past posts should be left alone for awhile.
04/22/19: I'm against the rising violence in the world and I have no idea what will calm it down. This article hopefully makes a start in the process of trying to figure it out Oh yeah - Happy Earth Day...
04/17/19: The French police won't say what actually happened in the Notre Dame Cathedral fire because they're too afraid to go against their imposed political correctness of the gov'mint socialist traitors who use their power to stifle opinions they don't like (The US is trying to go that way as well, but there's a pesky roadblock called the 1st and 2nd Amendments standing in their way.). The French police decided to declare that it was an accident before the "investigation" even started! So, if a Ramadan worshiper did start it then there will be NO gov'mint or press information about it anywhere, and the evidence will be buried. It must have been done by the work-persons when they weren't on the site at the time. They wouldn't want to offend the Ramadan worshipers with a charge of ARSON even if they are allegedly vandalizing other churches all across that country almost on a daily basis. Christians have become the canary in the coal mine for hate speech and terrorism. If they go down, so do we. However there was, and still is, a lot of celebrating among the Ramadan worshipers and the Left after it happened. So, it looks like they have both motive and opportunity for ARSON. As an aside note: as much as Ramadan worshipers hate the Jews and Christians, they hate Pagans just as much if not even more...
Alleged Leftist Nazi, NYC Fuhrer-Mayor Bill "Adolf" de Blasio, wants to force Jewish Orthodox children to get vaccinations, mebbe he'll want to force them to take some showers next. He is allegedly owned lock, stock, and barrel (which he also wants to outlaw) by Big Pharma, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he wanted to do the same for all of NYC's children. No "Sieg Heil!" for Him!... :-O
04/10/19: Conservative Candace Owens made a speech in a House Democratic Show Trial that takes them to task for their racism throughout the past years going back from the Civil War to the Present.
04/04/19: My birthday was on the first -- Happy birthday to me! - Until I was in a car accident on the 2nd. It was about a 30 mph from behind while we were stopped at a yield sign - a. rear end collision and I got the worst of it, and I'll be sore for the next week, but I was only a passenger..
03/18/19: CNN gets the commie sign because of the hard ultra-left bias in their news reports and repression of indie news sites, and trying to scare away Fox's advertisers because they're jealous of their ratings. The only thing keeping CNN going is that they don't ever have to answer to their ever dwindling audience - they get paid because they're part of a bundle, not paid by ratings. Google on the other hand will get the nazi glasses because of they censor the news, bully independent news sites to conform or die, censor search results, and generally act like a fascist pig monopoly - using their monopoly on searches to mess around with search results. However they don't seem to have a prejudice against Israel yet. Other sites deserve to get their own images, but I don't have the patience to have to reload the BFR editor in every other sentence. There's very little difference between commies and Nazis when it comes to their methods. They're both Totalitarian, murder their perceived enemies, censor news, force the people they despise into concentration camps, and generally leave their "citizens" poor and starving. These two haven't yet reached that level of Evil, but they're trying! Youtube deserves their own meme...
03/02/19: It's Party Time in Brazil Just before Lent. Ignore the commentary and go straight to the movie!...
02/13/19: I've updated the Ishtar image because the first image didn't have the left arm changed (Ishtar and Inanna are similar)...
01/28/19: A communist know-nothing, Rep Ocasio-Cortez has made quite a splash in the House and in the Leftist MSM. It looks like Tyranny is becoming popular in the US among the elite in both parties, as Venezuala sinks into the ground of poverty and starvation due to their take on communist kleptocracy. Meanwhile, the US and other nations back another socialist to take Maduro's place. Can you say 'foreign meddling' and attempting to create a Civil War? Which We'll be in up to our eyebrows...
"Baby it's REALLY cold outside ( in the Midwest and New England..)."! Must be that 12 year GloBaal Warning crisis that Rep Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of... ;-D
Fox News goes uber-Fascist - says anti-vaxxers should be arrested. Probably has to due with their new owners - Verizon. I thought that freedom to have your own opinions and be able to express them to others is a Constitutional right -- has it been changed recently? Oh. its because these censorship tech companies are private? Well it's time to make them utilities... Has the Tech companies ascended to that kind of power just because they have a lot of money?... Sorry, no Seig Heil for you!!...
01/01/19: F*ck not offending Ramadan worshippers -- Jesus is the Son of God> Ha! So, there!...
12/21/18: "Baby it's cold outside..."!♫
12/03/18:. Oh yeah, It's OK to be White... This statement is not racist as it's also OK to be Black, Jewish, Asian, a Ramadan worshiper, etc. Any attempt to disparage white people and singling any other race out for discrimination is simple Racism - no matter who says it. See, a bigoted progressive or communist like CNN's racist Mr. Lemon doesn't get a free pass for being a bitter hard core racist just because he's black and a communist. Yes, believe it, minorities can be bigots too. Again, the SJW's can go f*ck themselves!
1/01/18: Muhammad, the Ramadan worshipers "Profit", was a pedophile. I guess It looks like won't be traveling to the EUistan any time soon... ;-Q
09/24/18:I just finished my second Lasik surgery today and I can already see very well out of both eyes. That doesn't seem like much, but I was functionally blind until it was done. Since I was so blind I couldn't do the 'Rap for several months. I wasn't getting any hits during these months and what ever small readership I had has disappeared. but I'll find some way to get readers.
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