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2020-04-04 e
America, Meet Your New Owner

How BlackRock Leveraged Control of the U.S. Economy
In less than a week the Federal Reserve has been merged with the U.S. Treasury (implying it wasn't always that way) and BlackRock, the world's largest and most powerful financial services institution, has been put in charge of executing future acquisitions and trades.

No word yet if we are to pray five times daily while facing the direction of Black Rock headquarters. Pilgrims are not yet being encouraged to circle BlackRock headquarters on pilgrimage due to anti-social distancing requirements.

2020-04-04 d
Viral News - Prophet Ensures 2017 Prophesy Occurs?

Fauci: ‘No doubt’ Trump will face surprise infectious disease outbreak
January 11, 2017

Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is “no doubt” Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.

Fauci has led the NIAID for more than 3 decades, advising the past five United States presidents on global health threats from the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s through to the current Zika virus outbreak.

2020-04-04 c
Viral News - Brazil and Sweden Still Open for Business

EXCLUSIVE: Data Shows US Efforts to Combat China Coronavirus Crushed the US Economy -- But Brazil and Sweden Have Similar Fatality Numbers With Open Economies

While the US shuts down all commerce for weeks and destroys the economy, other countries like Sweden and Brazil are doing the opposite and allowing the China coronavirus to run its course. 

Data indicates there no material differences in fatalities between the three countries leading the casual observer to question why is the US killing its economy?

The US continues to prevent nearly all commerce from occurring to combat the China coronavirus.  Many other countries are following suit.  But some countries like Sweden and Brazil are keeping their countries open for business.  Data shows that the fatalities related to the coronavirus in these countries are very similar to those in the US.

Sweden announced they would pretty much keep their economy open for business when the China coronavirus became a threat:
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The only thing that is eliminated by implementing these radical social engineering actions are economic commerce and prosperity.

2020-04-04 b
A reader - If you are not concerned about the novel coronavirus, what concerns you?

My answer -
1. Because of the recent volcanic eruptions, our growing seasons will be shortened over the next couple of years. There will be more late frosts in spring and earlier frosts in fall. Last year planting was delayed or never occurred throughout the corn and soybean belt of the US.

2. This economic downturn was inevitable. The synthetic coronavirus is being blamed so we don't go after the banksters with pitchforks and torches. Central bank central planners are the true culprits.

3. Employers that survive this grotesque over-reaction to COVID-19 are learning how to do business with fewer workers. At least one-tenth, to one-seventh of all jobs will disappear permanently.

4. Because the economy was already on the brink, and a downturn was long overdue, and central bankers papered over the disaster of 2008 to 2009, I am anticipating and have prepared for a lengthy economic depression. 

5. Those living at the margins, whether Third World peasants, slum dwellers, or inner city minorities, are going to revolt and violent repression by those who safeguard the security of governments will make things exponentially worse. These poor people earn their keep in the informal (off the books) economy with side hustles or outright criminal enterprises. The corona-caper is hitting them hard. Expect fireworks when the dispossessed fight for their very survival.

6. And, from 2020-03-31 c: Personal Irresponsibility, Rampant Depravity, Insolent Ignorance, Social Fragmentation, Delayed Adulthood, Pharmaceutical Escapism, Chronic Depression, Sexual Ambiguity, Failed Families, Feral Fatherless Children, Disposable Senior Citizens, A Permanent War of All Against All Others, A Denial of the Sacred, A Democratization and Cheapening of Art, A Meaningless Existence, and A Defacement & Denial of Beauty.

2020-04-04 a
The wisdom of Benjamin Franklin:
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

2020-04-03 d  (update - re-written in response to reader comment)
Viral News - If geeks ruled a world with no civil liberties:

Steps to consider in case of a genuine pandemic with at least ten times the fatalities of seasonal influenza:

However as rationalists we should be asking which actions have the highest expected utility, not which actions have some positive utility. In an exponentially growing process, the actions with the highest expected utility are those actions which intervene early in the process, and actions like drafting medical students which intervene late in the process when the disease has already grown to a huge size are "nice to have" but by that point most of the damage has been done.

Now however, we have an over-reaction to a pathogen with less than one tenth the fatalities of seasonal influenza.

2020-04-03 c
Viral News - Midas has left the building.

What Are The LBMA And COMEX Trying To Hide?

Fast forward to today, and the parallels of the Pool with the modern bullion bank cartel, the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and CME’s Commodity Exchange (COMEX) are uncanny. In the space of a week, the LBMA – COMEX nexus, which together control price discovery in the global gold market through their combination of fractionally backed synthetic unallocated gold, and cash settled gold futures, has issued two statements to try to placate the gold market, each one more panic stricken.

Last week, as the contango between COMEX futures and London spot gold blew up to a nearly $100 differential, and London market maker bid-ask spot spreads blew out to $100, the LBMA in a rush to deflect attention, issued a statement claiming that: 

“The London gold market continues to be open for business. There has, however, been some impact on liquidity arising from price volatility in Comex 100oz futures contracts. LBMA has offered its support to CME Group to facilitate physical delivery in New York and is working closely with COMEX and other key stakeholders to ensure the efficient running of the global gold market." 
...
Never before has the gold market seen such panic from the paper gold conductors, and all this in the presence of record physical gold demand, cleared out gold bars and coin inventories across the entire gold supply chain, closed down precious metals mints and refineries, and a price disconnect between the physical and paper gold markets.  

The fact that the LBMA - COMEX tag team which front for the modern bullion bank cartel have to comment not once, but twice in a week about the health of gold inventories in London and New York means they are panicking. It's unprecedented.
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The entire LBMA - CME Group statement about healthy gold stocks is, in the words of Francis Bacon - “of Simulation and Dissimulation” - simulation being a pretense of what is not, and dissimulation being a concealment of what is.
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From this latest April Fool’s Day statement, we can conclude that the LBMA is terrified that unallocated investors who have claims on LBMA bullion banks, will line up to take allocation of gold in London, while the CME is terrified that COMEX futures contract holders will increasingly try to take physical delivery of gold in New York (not just delivery of warrants but actually withdrawing the gold bars out of the COMEX vaults.

2020-04-03 b
This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our “truth squad.”

Subcomandante Fauci urges nationwide stay-at-home order: ‘I don’t understand why that’s not happening’

Top health dictator says an unconstitutional federally mandated house arrest order is needed to stop spread of synthetic coronavirus, despite it being less lethal, overall, than common influenza

Count Subcomandante Anthonio Fauci among those who thinks America needs an unconstitutional nationwide house arrest order.
                    “I don’t understand why that’s not happening.” 

That’s what Subcomandante Fauci, the dictator-for-life of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday night during a Cynical News Network town hall on the synthetic coronavirus pandemic.

“The tension between federally mandated versus states rights to do what they want is something I don’t want to get into,” Subcomandante Fauci said of an unconstitutional federal house arrest order. “But if you look at what is going on in this country, I do not understand why we are not doing that illegal and unconstitutional measure. We really should emulate the ChiComs.”

So far, almost 40 states have sort-of restricted movement and destroyed business to slow the spread of synthetic coronavirus, though the severity of guidelines varies state by state, with most essentially being voluntary in this Constitutional Republic.

President Donald Trump has correctly resisted Soviet-like calls for nationwide restrictions. “It’s awfully tough to say close it down,” Trump said Wednesday of states that have not seen as many COVID-19 cases. “We have to have a little bit of flexibility.”

Many constitutionally-ignorant public health experts disagree.

That includes Bill Gates, the college dropout whose Gates Foundation has pledged $100 million to fight the synthetic coronavirus outbreak. It is now apparent to all, dare we say patent and notorious, that William Henry Gates II failed to instruct William Henry Gates III about Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 4 Wall. 2 2 (1866), where it was held that the Constitution cannot be suspended..

In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this week, Gates, who apparently knows nothing of our laws and constitutional norms (despite having received an honorary doctor of laws from Harvard), called the hodge-podge federalism of state shutdowns “a recipe for disaster. Because people in the land of the free can still travel freely across state lines, so can the virus.” Gates, while off his anxiety medications, called for an unconstitutional nationwide shutdown until synthetic coronavirus cases start to go down, which could take at least 10 weeks in the northern states and a week or two in the southern tier of states.

2020-04-03 a
The wisdom of H. L. Mencken:
“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”

2020-04-02 e
A Dearth of Perspective

An article this morning claims NYC is facing a catastrophe because they have had 450 Coronavirus deaths since January & someone is dying every 17 minutes.
So you know—regularly, NYC has 419 deaths every single day & loses a person every 9 minutes.
Just for perspective.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 28, 2020

2020-04-02 d
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The new-wave pop singer Cristina has reportedly died at age 61 after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

The singer, whose full name was Cristina Monet-Zilkha, is believed to have died of complications from Covid-19, according to reports from various music channels and those close to the musician. Fans flooded the singer’s Instagram account with comments, expressing their grief.

Cristina is known for dance-pop tunes such as Things Fall Apart, Disco Clone and a cover of Peggy Lee’s Is That All There Is? that were emblematic of the 1980s underground New York scene.

2020-04-02 c
Viral News - Corona Cats

Cats can infect each other with coronavirus, Chinese study finds

Feline transmission to humans not shown but infected pet owners warned to be careful

Cat owners may wish to be more cautious about contact with their pets, as a study from China has revealed Covid-19 can be transmitted between cats.

The team, at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China, found that cats are highly susceptible to Covid-19 and appear to be able to transmit the virus through respiratory droplets to other cats. Dogs, chickens, pigs and ducks were found to be unlikely to catch the infection, however.

The findings followed recent reports of a pet cat in Belgium being infected with Covid-19. About a week after the cat’s owner started showing symptoms, the cat also developed breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and vomiting, and subsequent tests by vets at the University of Liège showed the animal was infected with coronavirus.

2020-04-02 b
This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our “truth squad.”

Brace for the ‘deepest recession on record,’ say BofA realists, as Ministry of Truth jobless claims surge to 6.6 million

BofA economists forecast that the Ministry of Truth unemployment rate will soon hit 15.6% from 3.5% as of February. Ministry of Truth unemployment numbers are corrected, massaged and seasonally adjusted for our protection.

Aside from the Great Depression and occasional bank panics, there are no parallels for the pandemic over-reaction-fueled slowdown that the U.S. economy is currently contending with. This well-orchestrated “medical 9/11” with its controlled demolition of the economy is forcing economists like those of Bank of America Global Research to forecast a decidedly grimmer outlook for the American economy than they offered just two weeks ago while their rose-colored glasses were still on.

The BofA researchers on Thursday said the coming recession “appears to be deeper and more prolonged than we were misled to believe by Ministry of Truth propaganda just 14 days ago when we last updated our forecasts, not just in the US but globally as well.”

The April 2 research report, which includes star economist Michelle Meyer, comes as the number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last week soared by a record 6.6 million, bringing the increase in Ministry of Truth new jobless claims in the last two weeks of March to 10 million.

As MarketWatch reports the scale of the “medical 9/11” shutdowns of business in force, intended to help mitigate the spread of the less-deadly-than-the-flu, synthetic pathogen, is unprecedented and is having a substantial negative impact on the labor market and the broader economy.

To that end, BofA sees between 16 and 20 million job losses, which could send the Ministry of Truth unemployment rate, which stands at a fictitious 3.5% as of February’s report, surging within a few months to 15.6%, which would by far outstrip the Ministry of Truth unemployment rate during the 2007-09 recession.

A Ministry of Truth report on U.S. nonfarm payrolls will be released on Friday (though, as usual, it will be available earlier to insiders), but isn’t likely to show the full extent of the labor-market damage because of when that data was recorded during the index week with the 12th of March, just before the worst of the medical martial law instituted to contain the synthetic coronavirus outbreak.

The BofA team of realists forecast numerous consecutive quarters of contraction in gross domestic product, “with the US economy shrinking 7% (annualized) in 1Q.”

On the bright side, the economists estimate that the fourth quarter of 2024 will see a sizable pop in business activity as the medical martial law measures put in place to slow the deadly synthetic contagion are slowly unwound and the nation returns to normal with Drag Queen story hours returning to public libraries.

That said, the cumulative decline in economic expansion from the “medical 9/11” will be severe: “We forecast the cumulative decline in GDP to be 10.4% and this will be the deepest recession on record, nearly five times more severe than the post-war average,” the realists wrote.

Why are the researchers predicting “a recession unlike any other,” as they describe in their report, despite the Federal Reserve central planner’s unprecedented efforts to loosen seized-up areas of the financial market and a limitless Magic Money Mammary spurt of bond-buying program as well as a $2.28 trillion relief package that was signed into law on Friday by President Donald Trump to boost his re-election chances?

The realists say that while they expect the consumer deficit spending to eventually return, turning positive in the third quarter of 2024, they anticipate “further contraction in business and residential investment.”

“We also think there will be additional inventory contraction given impaired supply chains and frictions in production,” BofA wrote.

While consumer deficit spending will likely turn positive in 3Q 2024 as the economy slowly opens, they still see weakness in the tax serfs “as they face job cuts and a significant negative wealth shock,” they wrote

“This naturally leads to more cautious behavior,” the realists said.

Equity markets, meanwhile, have been struggling to process the outlook for the economy. On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.45%, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.72% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.35% were all set to open with losses.

World-wide infections of synthetic COVID-19, which was first publicly identified in Wuhan, China in December, are nearing one million and more than 48,000 lives have been claimed, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. Those statistics still indicate the synthetic virus is more than an order of magnitude less harmful than the common influenza virus this year. Late Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. faced a “very, very painful” two weeks of medical martial law while the White House projected between 100,000 to 240,000 U.S. deaths from the new illness.

2020-04-02 a
Noam's Nouns - propaganda, democracy, bludgeon, state

"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state."
Noam Chomsky

2020-04-01 c
Vile Schmuck of the Month
We have belatedly received anecdotal information that Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci was favored by 98.6% of the judges who select the Vile Schmuck of the Month. Fauci, 79, has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. He has infected the White House Coronavirus Task Force with his gravitas and wildly exaggerated mortality estimates (to maximize the panic-inducing effects) since January of this year. He is a known Clintonista.
This barely tumescent member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force has been awarded the imaginary jar of pickled pigs' penises. There appears to be a germ of truth to the allegation that Dr. Fauci has never met a “patentable” vaccine he didn’t like. That the 79-year-old has not yet retired is a sure indication he knows where all the skeletons are buried at the NIAID.
The following links contain anecdotal details about Dr. Fauci. We regret to inform our readers that no double-blind, placebo-controlled, peer-reviewed studies were available at press time.

1,
https://www.targetliberty.com/2020/03/hot-trumps-top-cronavirus-advisor.html
2,
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/03/20/fauci-love-letters-to-hillary-clinton-surfaces/
3.
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/03/21/political-health-the-motives-of-a-very-very-political-dr-fauci/
There’s been a debate about possible political motives surrounding the panic he has created; the massive economic damage he has inflicted; and the conflicting assertions of National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Perhaps one way to help see through the professional obfuscation, and identify just exactly how political Dr. Fauci is, would be to: compare and contrast Dr. Fauci under President Obama in September 2009 after 3,000 to 4,000 H1N1 deaths in the USA  -vs- Dr. Fauci under President Trump in March 2020 after 200 to 300 COVID-19 deaths.

Now, to better absorb the information…. According to the CDC final estimate of 2009 U.S. H1N1 cases (published in 2011): from
April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010 approximately 60.8 million U.S. cases, 274,304 U.S. hospitalizations, and 12,469 U.S. deaths occurred due to H1N1. That’s the empirical data.

After: (1) watching that 2009 video; and (2) comparing the 2009 H1N1 response to the current 2020 COVID-19 response; and (3) reviewing the empirical data; we must admit to ourselves there is a VERY BIG difference.  So now, with the baseline established, we look for why such a big difference; and to do that we (4) evaluate the politics:

4,

https://madhousenews.com/2020/03/covid-19-evidence-over-hysteria/
5.
https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/dr-fauci-and-covid-19-priorities-therapeutics-now-or-vaccines-later/
Fauci is a stalwart enthusiast of “patentable” vaccines, skilled in attracting massive government funding for vaccines that either never materialize or are spectacularly ineffective or unsafe.

For example, Fauci once shilled for the fast-tracked H1N1 influenza (“swine flu”) vaccine on YouTube, reassuring viewers in 2009 that serious adverse events were “very, very, very rare.” Shortly thereafter, the vaccine went on to wreak havoc in multiple countries, increasing miscarriage risks in pregnant women in the U.S., provoking a spike in adolescent narcolepsy in Scandinavia and causing febrile convulsions in one in every 110 vaccinated children in Australia—prompting the latter to suspend its influenza vaccination program in under-fives.
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Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, is no stranger to coronaviruses, having developed a vaccine for an earlier coronavirus in 2016 that stopped just short of commercial development. Despite having “tried like heck” to obtain funding to move his vaccine into clinical trials,

2020-04-01 b

There will be no "truth squad" rewrite in observance of April Fool's Day.

2020-04-01 a
As we obsess about COVID-19 casualties, here is a  meditation honoring the annual worldwide victims of common influenza:
up to 1 billion infected, 3 to 5 million severe cases, and 300,000 to 500,000 deaths.

Meditation XVII, For Whom the Bell Tolls,
by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each 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 if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

2020-03-31 d
The First Two Months of This Website (in its current incarnation)

This website went live at the beginning of February, 2020.
I promoted it initially by sending out over 300 emails and texts.
Steady, organic growth has occurred and now we are also receiving visits from links in other websites.
Slightly more than 90% of our readers come from the United States.
Additional readers (in descending order) come from: Canada, France, Great Britain, Russian Federation, China, Sweden, Germany, India, The Philippines, Chile, Brazil, and Switzerland. And, there are small numbers from several other countries.

Thank you for visiting and reading. Thank you for your comments. And thank you especially for telling others about this website.

2020-03-31 c (update)
You know how way leads on to way? I've spend some time in our archives and discovered an ideal artwork to accompany the story in progress. I photographed it with "perfect" lighting, using a full frame digital camera. Here is a teaser image for you to guess what I selected.
 Holzschnitt

2020-03-31 c
(working title: Protocols of the Elders of Wall Street versus The Protocols of Dorot, A Civilizational and Generational Struggle)

PART I - If nothing else, the one-percent of Wall Street and the City of London are opportunistic, yet absurdly shortsighted. They see only as far as the end of the quarter as they stand upon the shoulders of dwarves. They are also parasites, though they have not (yet) learned that a successful parasite does not kill its host, for that would be suicide.
Albrecht Dürer,
                                1498, The Four Horsemen
They and their mouthpieces in academia, government, and the media were telling us, even into February of 2020, that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Strong compared to what? Stronger than a string, perhaps?

Whatever strength there allegedly was, it disappeared overnight, and we are instructed to heap our two minutes hate upon an externality. An externality so small, we need scanning electron microscopes to see its rounded contours and opportunistic appendages. However, this Emmanuel Goldstein of a pathogen (or externality, to continue with the jargon of economists) is not, by far, the most lethal or widespread agent sickening and killing humans. Common influenza, along with the catch-all influenza like illnesses, are more than an order of magnitude more dangerous. And, influenza is as prevalent most winter seasons, yet we have not been subjected to medical martial law or economic devastation to fight those significantly more lethal annual and periodic outbreaks.

Consider these sobering common influenza statistics:
Finally, let’s look at figures for ordinary flu, for the whole planet. A study published in the journal, Pharmacy and Therapeutics [5], states, “Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. Approximately 9% of the world’s population is affected annually, with up to 1 billion infections, 3 to 5 million severe cases, and 300,000 to 500,000 deaths each year.”

I have spoken and texted extensively with two physicians this month. One is a graduate of the Stanford Medical School and the other graduated from the Harvard Medical School. My conclusions are informed by those communications, as well as by reading between the lines of the missives from the one who also has a Master’s in Public Health. One does not need a conspiratorial mindset to see that exaggerations and psychological manipulations on an industrial scale are being perpetrated. When lies are thicker than mosquitoes during the long days of a tundra summer, one invariably asks, “Who is doing this, and why is it being done?”

I wrote a few years ago for an audience of bright teenagers, “The truth usually comes from one source. It comes quietly, with no heralds. Untruths come from multiple sources, in unison, and incessantly.” Please ignore, for now, the first two sentences (lest you think them self-serving) to concentrate on the third, “Untruths come from multiple sources, in unison, and incessantly.” That is my unfailing guide to separate fact from fiction, news from fake news. It is my ultimate smell test. People, this situation smells worse than a slaughterhouse landfill bubbling waist-deep with festering offal.

If indeed the biblical  “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” have ridden into this dusty planet, their names must be Socialism, Central Banking, Moral Relativism, and Collectivism. Together, their galloping hooves raise the whirlwinds of: Personal Irresponsibility, Rampant Depravity, Insolent Ignorance, Social Fragmentation, Delayed Adulthood, Pharmaceutical Escapism, Chronic Depression, Sexual Ambiguity, Failed Families, Feral Fatherless Children, Disposable Senior Citizens, A Permanent War of All Against All Others, A Denial of the Sacred, A Democratization and Cheapening of Art, A Meaningless Existence, and A Defacement & Denial of Beauty. This list is longer, much longer, but you get my drift.

My mind from early on, to fully understand anything, first seeks origins and originators then traces the evolution and development of the thing. By knowing the roots, whether a single taproot or an interweaving ramification, I know more than its basis and foundations, I begin to know its relationships to other things, thus how it fits in with everything else – for everything around us is part of a whole. That is how I find satisfying answers as opposed to superficial answers.

The first horseman, Socialism, gushed forth from the mayhem of the French Revolution like blood pouring out of a guillotined corpse. Socialism has never strayed far from its sanguinary origin. It is both a death by a thousand cuts and a fusillade perforating the chest of a man standing against a wall. It has always been a murderous ideology and will always be so, until Perfection vanquishes it.

 ...

(Mostly written, as I sat, like Newton, near an apple tree. Though Newton, we must remember, stood upon the shoulders of giants.)
TO BE CONTINUED

PART II - Dor, spelled, dalet - vav - resh, denotes generation and connotes increase and growth. In common with many Hebrew words, its palindrome (or almost palindrome) is its antonym or its negation. Reversing the spelling, we get resh - dalet, meaning, decline, to decline. Because dor is a feminine noun, its plural is dorot, meaning generations and implying cultural continuity, parental responsibility, and a reverence for traditions. Remember Fiddler on the Roof?

Classical Hebrew is a most compact language with fewer than 8,000 words in its lexicon. It is a language well suited for the cant and call of a boisterous open-air market, as well as intense philosophical and theological discussions. Above all, it delights those who love puzzles, both creating puzzles and solving puzzles. I like it.

2020-03-31 b
This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our “truth squad.”

Stocks trade lower as synthetic coronavirus uncertainty lingers after temporary boost from China factory data

U.S. stocks opened lower Tuesday, amid media-hyped data on synthetic coronavirus deaths in the U.S. and Spain, though total deaths worldwide attributed to the synthetic coronavirus remain a small fraction of total worldwide deaths attributed to common influenza and influenza-like illnesses so far this season. This morning, global equities initially found support following anecdotal data showing a rebound in Chinese manufacturing activity in March, as the country comes out of a draconian lockdown.

What are the major indexes doing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, 0.324% fell 109 points, or 0.5%, at 22,221 while the S&P 500 index SPX, 0.177% declined 15 points, or 0.6% to 2,610. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +1.04% retreated 31 points, or 0.4% to trade at 7,745.

Stocks were in wishful-thinking rebound mode Monday, with the Dow rising 690.70 points, or 3.2%, to finish at 22,327.48. The S&P 500 index climbed 85.18 points, or 3.4%, to 2,626.65. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 271.77 points, or 3.6%, to 7,774.15.

For the not-so-merry month of March, the Dow is on pace to lose 12.1%, the S&P 500 11.1% and the Nasdaq is set to retreat 9.3% from its nosebleed heights. The Dow is on pace to have its worst first quarter in history, according to Dow Jones Market Data, down 21.8%, while the S&P 500 is on track to lose 18.7% and the Nasdaq 13.4%, as of Monday’s close.

What else is driving the algorithm-managed market?

Misplaced concerns remain over the spread of synthetic COVID-19 in the U.S., and Europe in particular, with economic activity under widespread medical martial law lockdown amid an out-of-context rising tally of infections and a mounting death toll while the media continues to ignore the elephant in the room, namely, the significantly higher toll from common influenza and influenza-like illnesses. In Europe, Spain reported its highest numbers of deaths since the contrived crisis began Tuesday, while synthetic coronavirus-related fatalities in the U.S. surged past 3,100, according to Johns Hopkins University, but without the caveat that influenza still takes a far greater toll.

Global equities enjoyed a lift after suspending disbelief on anecdotal data on China’s manufacturing and service sectors showed unexpectedly strong rebounds in March as the country emerged from the martial law lockdown aimed at arresting the spread of the synthetic COVID-19.

The official Ministry of Truth manufacturing purchasing manager’s index for manufacturing rose to 52.0 in March from a record low of 35.7 in February, the Ministry of Truth National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday, topping expectations for a reading of 51.5. The 50 mark separates expansion of activity from contraction.

China’s official Ministry of Truth service sector purchasing manager’s index climbed to 52.3 in March from a record-low reading of 29.6 in February.

The Ministry of Truth PMI readings were “well above expectations and almost too good to be a true for an economy that is still not fully functioning at its pre-crisis optimum level,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets, in a note.

Soothsayers said the stock market’s strong dead cat bounce last week and further rally on Monday were encouraging, but the continued volatility made for a treacherous near-term trading gambling backdrop. The propaganda-driven debate over whether stocks put in a bear-market bottom on March 23 continues, with seasoned soothsayers noting that past downturns have also seen strong bounces from selloffs, followed by retests of the lows.

“Last week’s double-digit, Federal-Reserve-driven gain for markets was a welcome relief rally, though market bottoms are rarely as clean as this one has been. In 2000/01, there were four rallies of greater than 20% before ultimately reaching a bottom, and in the financial greed crisis of 2008-2009, the S&P 500 had a false breakout of 27% before hitting a bottom,” noted Mark Hackett, chief of investment research at Nationwide, in a note.

In economic data, the Ministry of Truth Case-Shiller home price index for January showed U.S. home prices rising 3.9% annually, before the U.S. economy began feeling the economic impact of the over-reaction to the synthetic coronavirus.

2020-03-31 a
Viral News - sic semper tyrannis

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - Clive Staples (CS) Lewis

2020-03-30 i
Viral News - Z is for Zinc
zinc deficiency

2020-03-30 h
Viral News - Free Pandemic Modeling Software

Free pandemic modeling software for hospitals, policymakers, and anyone else wanting to play around with it.

http://epidemicforecasting.org/

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Viral News - A Disease of Globalization

Yale Disease Historian: Coronavirus a “Disease of Globalization”

A Yale University pandemic scholar described the global Chinese coronavirus epidemic as a “disease of globalization” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday, admitting that globalist institutions and structures have played a crucial role in the global spread of the virus.

Yale historian Frank Snowden described the virus as threatening “the economic and political sinews of globalization, and causing them to unravel to a certain degree,” going on to state that coronavirus “emphatically a disease of globalization.”

Snowden went on to cite the disease’s infection of people usually associated with the western world’s cultural and political elite, citing the diagnoses of Boris Johnson and Tom Hanks. The virus has appeared to proliferate among the global rich, who typically engage in international travel at levels the middle class do not.

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Viral News - Connections Between Anti-Trump Spygate Perpetrators and COVID-19?

The Spygate life

It’s a mental adjustment to recognize that it’s bread and butter for the Spygate orchestrators to move in a fog of self-created narrative like this.  That’s what you see when you peel back the layers of Spygate: that this is how these people live.  Spygate is less a campaign operation that they undertake for a while and then walk away from than it is a way of life.

The current COVID-19 coronavirus crisis has the same aspect to it: of media personalities (and probably tale-spinning “war rooms” in the background) who live and breathe a sort of self-propulsive fiction, colliding daily with the Trump administration’s prosaic, earnest briefing squad.

The American people have picked up on the con more quickly with the virus because the “war rooms” and editorial shops of the media didn’t know any more about viruses and pandemics before COVID-19 than we do.  They didn’t have the signature advantage they’ve had with Spygate: specialized knowledge of the landscape on which they’ve been trying to paint Trump and his associates as fairy tale villains.

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Viral News - Department of Homeland Security designates gun retailers and manufacturers as essential businesses


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Viral News - indoor COVID-19 spread is 18.7 times higher than in open-air environments


Environmental factors [in trasmission] include population density and the availability and use of infection prevention and control measures in healthcare facilities. SARS and MERS had relatively low rates of person-to-person transmission but caused explosive outbreaks in healthcare settings (28). Rapid person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 appears likely to have occurred in healthcare settings, on a cruise ship, and in a church (3). In a study of 110 case-patients from 11 clusters in Japan, all clusters were associated with closed environments, including fitness centers, shared eating environments, and hospitals, the odds for transmission from a primary case-patient were 18.7 times higher than in open-air environments (H. Nishiura et al., unpub. data,

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Viral News - The Italian Connection

CBS News Caught Using Footage from an Italian Hospital to Describe Conditions in New York City (VIDEO)

Emergency Room Footage on CBS Matches Footage from Italian Hospital!

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This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our “truth squad.”

Stock market won’t hit coronavirus-blamed lows until these 3 criteria are met, says Goldman Sachs

Questions remain regarding coronavirus spread and impact of Magic Money stimulus

Delusional stock-market soothsayers at Goldman Sachs believe the S&P 500 will end this year more than 19% above current levels, but warned investors in a note this weekend that there will be short-term panic in the markets in coming weeks. Years of capital market excesses will be laid bare. All the structural faults and fissures in the Potemkin economy will become apparent, even to casual observers.

Off the record, a Goldman mail clerk confided, “Decades of miss-pricing assets have doomed us. A series of speculative bubbles, each larger than its predecessor, based only on leverage and Central Bank levitation, have led to this. This would have happened even without the synthetic coronavirus. The Capital Asset Pricing Model is ultimately in control. The pervasive falsifications have been unmasked and the deflationary contagion must now run its course.”

“After a swift 18% dead cat bounce [last week], the most common question we are subliminally implanting in investors is ‘has a new bull market started ?’” Goldman soothsayers, led by David Kostin, wrote.

“Unrealistically, we continue to expect the S&P 500 US:SPX will rise to 3,000 by year’s end,” they added. “Tactically, however, we believe it is likely that the market will turn lower in the coming weeks, and caution investors against chasing this illusory rally.”

Kostin pointed out that if the S&P 500’s closing low of 2,304 on Monday were in fact the nadir of the bear market, it would be the fastest such peak-to-trough in market history, at 23 trading days, as the median bear market since the mid-19th century has taken 17 months to find a bottom. “None has made the trip in fewer than three months,” he added.

Furthermore, history shows that bear markets often feature aggressive dead cat bounces like those seen last week, only for stocks to resume their reversion to the mean.

To feel confident that the stock market has found a bottom, Kostin and his colleagues say three criteria must be met:

1. The viral spread in the United States must begin to slow, so that the ultimate economic impact of the virus and containment efforts can be understood.

2. There must be evidence that “extraordinary measures” taken by the Federal Reserve’s Magic Money Mammary and a conniving Congress taking from the poor to give to the rich to support the U.S. Potemkin economy are sufficient. “While the willingness of central planners to use all the tricks at their disposal is clear, only time will tell to what extent the actions succeed in limiting defaults, [business] closures and layoffs,” Kostin wrote.

3. Investor sentiment and positioning must bottom out. Goldman soothsayers point to their U.S. Equity Sentiment Indicator, which combines nine measures of equity positioning, noting that it has only declined by 1.4 standard deviations, versus standard deviations of between -2 and -3 in recent corrections.

The Goldman soothsayers also warn investors of another headwind for equities going forward: greatly reduced manipulative corporate share buybacks. They point out that nearly 50 U.S. corporations have rationally suspended existing share repurchase authorizations in recent weeks, “representing $190 billion in buybacks, or nearly 25% of the 2019 total.”

“Buybacks have represented the single largest source of U.S. equity price finessing in each of the last several years, and we believe higher volatility and lower equity valuations are among the likely consequences of reduced manipulative buybacks.”

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Viral News - Open Your Eyes

“There are the things that are out in the open, and there are the things that are hidden, and life has more to do, the real world has more to do with what is hidden.” - Saul Leiter, 2012

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Viral News - Hitting Below the Belt

Wuhan doctors plan long-term look at coronavirus impact on male sex hormone
•Blood samples from Covid-19 patients in small-scale study indicate what could be a testicle malfunction, researchers say
•Results ‘not conclusive and require further investigation’

Ya think I should stop slurping my bat soup with fried pangolin croutons?

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Viral News - A Critique and a Catalyst for Change

Throughout the almost two months of this blog, you have read what is essentially my pure critique of unreason (Kant I say that?). Here is something positive; a how then should we live.

A World Split Apart, by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. A speech delivered 8 June 1978 on the occasion of the 327th commencement of Harvard University.

These are selected quotes. Please read the entire speech and ask your relatives, friends, and neighbors to read it as well. Thank you.
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But the blindness of superiority continues in spite of all and upholds the belief that the vast regions everywhere on our planet should develop and mature to the level of present day Western systems, which in theory are the best and in practice the most attractive. There is this belief that all those other worlds are only being temporarily prevented (by wicked governments or by heavy crises or by their own barbarity and incomprehension) from taking the way of Western pluralistic democracy and from adopting the Western way of life. Countries are judged on the merit of their progress in this direction.
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A decline in courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by the entire society. Of course, there are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life.

Political and intellectual bureaucrats show depression, passivity, and perplexity in their actions and in their statements, and even more so in theoretical reflections to explain how realistic, reasonable, as well as intellectually and even morally worn it is to base state policies on weakness and cowardice.
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Should one point out that from ancient times declining courage has been considered the beginning of the end?
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Every citizen has been granted the desired freedom and material goods in such quantity and of such quality as to guarantee in theory the achievement of happiness -- in the morally inferior sense of the word which has come into being during those same decades. In the process, however, one psychological detail has been overlooked: the constant desire to have still more things and a still better life and the struggle to attain them imprint many Western faces with worry and even depression, though it is customary to conceal such feelings. Active and tense competition fills all human thoughts without opening a way to free spiritual development.
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Western society has given itself the organization best suited to its purposes based, I would say, one the letter of the law. The limits of human rights and righteousness are determined by a system of laws; such limits are very broad. People in the West have acquired considerable skill in interpreting and manipulating law. Any conflict is solved according to the letter of the law and this is considered to be the supreme solution. If one is right from a legal point of view, nothing more is required. Nobody will mention that one could still not be entirely right, and urge self-restraint, a willingness to renounce such legal rights, sacrifice and selfless risk. It would sound simply absurd. One almost never sees voluntary self-restraint. Everybody operates at the extreme limit of those legal frames.
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It would be retrogression to attach oneself today to the ossified formulas of the Enlightenment. Social dogmatism leaves us completely helpless in front of the trials of our times. Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction. We cannot avoid revising the fundamental definitions of human life and human society. Is it true that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that man's life and society's activities have to be determined by material expansion in the first place? Is it permissible to promote such expansion to the detriment of our spiritual integrity?

If the world has not come to its end, it has approached a major turn in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will exact from us a spiritual upsurge: We shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but, even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in the Modern era.

This ascension will be similar to climbing onto the next anthropologic stage. No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.

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Viral News - 1984, Redoubled

Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness; only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?
George Orwell, 1984

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I've added text to two lines of dialogue of the fable, The Equinox Issue - Love in the Time of Corona. That post is designated as, 2020-03-20 a. Otherwise, the 98.6% of you who are not familiar with the Talmud would not have seen that power is the unifying theme of the story.

Digression #1 - I rubricated the additions to the dialogue.

Digression #2 - Lest I seem more obscure than usual, to rubricate, means to write or print in red.

Digression #3 - You do not know how much it saddens me to have to define, rubricate. There was a time in Europe, the cradle of Western Civilization, when all scholars knew the words: rubricate, rubrication, and rubricator. They knew those words because they read daily from illuminated manuscripts and incunabula. Such works contained rubrics and rubrications. Such works, of course, were written in the language of the people of the wide place, Latium. That language takes its modern name from that plain, now a part of Lazio. That language predates the settlement along the Tiber with its seven hills. Its literature did not begin with the story of a lupa that suckled Romulus and Remus.

Digression #4 - I am not a laudator temporis acti, a praiser of time past. It is important to know of scholars and Scholastics, of schools of thought and of scholarship because we are entrusted with a magnificent heritage. Now, however, I feel that Medievalists have a renewed purpose in academia and the world at large. Why? We live in another Dark Age. This intellectual Dark Age began about 100 years ago during World War I and intensified after World War II. Nowadays, a college degree, including most Ivy League degrees, signifies you have received training and indoctrination. Those diplomas do not signify you have received an education. I am not the first to issue such lamentations. The best chronicle of the decline of educational standards and the subsequent devaluation of a college degree is Decadence and Renewal in the Higher Learning, An Episodic History of American University and College since 1953, penned by Russell Kirk and published in 1978. That tome should be read by the parents of all well-prepared high school students and those parents should then read that book out loud to their teenagers before they start college. That month of bedtime reading should prepare their young minds to examine critically the sham education they will receive in the four years between orientation and graduation.

Since Kirk’s book was printed in 1978, the barbarian takeover of the Ivory Tower has accelerated and currently most college and university administrators and instructors in the U.S. are Cultural Marxists and Postmodernists.

Digression #5 - In The Equinox Issue - Love in the Time of Corona, 2020-03-20 a, I did not reveal anything not publicly known by mentioning that the biological daughter of Webster Hubbell, the former Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, lives there with her family. Chelsea has done surprisingly well considering she is the daughter of two sociopaths and three adulterers.

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Viral News - Supply and Demand

Some people are panic-buying cocaine

I sell cannabis and cocaine to suppliers in the north of England. I have around 20 guys on the street, with approximately 200 regular customers. We have two main concerns now: sourcing drugs and getting enough money. We expect no more cocaine shipments from abroad for the next six weeks, so prices have shot up. I’m maintaining the same prices I’ve always charged but I’m concerned that, when stock begins to run low, people higher up the chain will charge more or cut the cocaine and decrease its quality. People are panicking – the amounts of cannabis they’re buying is ridiculous – so we are just dealing to regulars now. I’ve told my workers to be strict with what they sell and who to, but they aren’t changing their behaviour much, other than offering to post through letterboxes and accept bank transfers from trusted customers. People running out of money is a big concern, but we’ll always have the regular cokeheads who buy most days.

I’ve been doing this for 12 years and don’t have any dependants – other than sometimes helping my parents out with bits of cash – so I’m not financially worried. My biggest concern is handling money. I’ve been wearing gloves.

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Viral News - influenza deaths are “far worse” than COVID-19 deaths

Paul Offit, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, another media darling who has profited handsomely from his insider status, stated in a March 10 YouTube interview that influenza deaths are “far worse” than COVID-19 deaths, “yet we don’t quarantine for influenza, we don’t shut down schools for influenza, we don’t cancel meetings for influenza, we don’t cancel schools and churches and synagogues.”

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Viral News - C is for Vitamin C

More Vitamin C Studies Approved in China to Fight Coronavirus: Therapy Censored in U.S.
Three Intravenous Vitamin C Research Studies Approved for Treating COVID-19

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Viral News - Sly With Statistics

On a per-capita basis, we shouldn’t be panicking

Every country has a different population size which skews aggregate and cumulative case comparisons. By controlling for population, you can properly weigh the number of cases in the context of the local population size. Viruses don’t acknowledge our human borders. The US population is 5.5X greater than Italy, 6X larger than South Korea, and 25% the size of China. Comparing the US total number of cases in absolute terms is rather silly.

Rank ordering based on the total number of cases shows that the US on a per-capita basis is significantly lower than the top six nations by case volume. On a 1 million citizen per-capita basis, the US moves to above mid-pack of all countries and rising, with similar case volume as Singapore (385 cases), Cyprus (75 cases), and United Kingdom(3,983 cases). This is data as of March 20th, 2020.
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COVID-19 is spreading, but probably not accelerating

Growth rates are tricky to track over time. Smaller numbers are easy to move than larger numbers. As an example, GDP growth of 3% for the US means billions of dollars while 3% for Bermuda means millions. Generally, growth rates decline over time, but the nominal increase may still be significant. This holds true of daily confirmed case increases. Daily growth rates declined over time across all countries regardless of particular policy solutions, such as shutting the borders or social distancing.
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Cases globally are increasing (it is a virus after all!), but beware of believing metrics designed to intentionally scare like “cases doubling”. These are typically small numbers over small numbers and sliced on a per-country basis. Globally, COVID-19’s growth rate is rather steady. Remember, viruses ignore our national boundaries.

Viruses though don’t grow infinitely forever and forever. As with most things in nature, viruses follow a common pattern — a bell curve.

Additionally, for some perspective, please read how Swine Flu cases were overestimated:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/swine-flu-cases-overestimated/

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Usage note for our readers outside the US:
The word, bankster, used yesterday in 2020-03-27 f, is a portmanteau word combining banker and gangster.

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Viral News - The Bankster's Bailout Bacchanalia
Bailout
                        Bacchanalia

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Viral News - Helpful Democrats, NOT

Michigan Democrat Governess Gretchen Whitmer wants to increase the COVID-19 body count. (PDF)
 
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The Senate of the United States squatted and laid a big, stinking turd on the body politic.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the :Coronavirus Aid, Re-
lief, and Economic Security Act" or the "CARES Act".
     (full text - 880 pages)

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Viral News - Personal Security in the Time of Corona

As unemployment rates climb, crime rates also climb. I am neither being inflammatory nor engaging in speculation.

Look at this Georgia Tech study for more details. (PDF)

First, stay out of areas where littering is common. Traditional Americans generally do not litter. Those who do not share our values are the primary litterbugs. Third World nations do not have a plastics problem, they have a litter problem. The plastics problem will be fixed once their people stop acting like pigs.

Yes, by avoiding areas with litter and trash, you are engaging in racial profiling. I don't know about you, but I'd rather engage in a "thought crime" than become the victim of crime.

If you conceal-carry, keep your Glock with you at all times. It wouldn't hurt to have a 9 mm Sig Sauer P226 Mark 1, under the seat in your vehicle along with three 18-rd mags.

If you are handy with tools and dimensional lumber, reinforcing your front door on the interior with 2x4 and 2x6 lumber and heavy-duty gate hinges would be a good idea. If your wife objects, tell her you don't want to see her raped.

Be more vigilant while outdoors, even if just going out to get the mail.

Please stay safe.

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Our "truth squad" re-writes.

Thank you for your feedback regarding our re-writes. We’ve settled on these modern parables to further our mission to dismantle the barricades and tear down curtains as we search for the truth. As we poke fun at the pompous and petty, we employ the timeless adage of François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), who wrote: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

We'll bring you more of these in the coming weeks because:
1, these are fun to write
2. these are popular
3. these modern parables, with a touch of humor and a heavy dose of truth are exactly what we need in these dystopian times.

Thank you again for following this blog. We’ll have more to say about our first two months on 31 March.

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This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our “truth squad.”

Dow tumbles early Friday, risks snapping 3-day win streak as U.S. tops China in coronavirus cases

U.S. stock indexes traded sharply lower Friday morning, a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 booked their best three-day dead cat bounces since the 1930s.

Investors are rightly worried that there are now more cases of the synthetic coronavirus,  COVID-19, reported in the U.S. than in China, while awaiting the unfortunate passage of a plunder-package bill that will fail to rescue the nation from the decades of monetary distortions created by the Federal Reserve. The Democrat-controlled House votes later Friday after the Senate approved the plunder-package piece of legislation late Wednesday.

How are benchmarks performing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -2.72% headed 1,069 points, or 4.8%, at 21,486, the S&P 500 index SPX, -2.42% lost 109 points, or 4.2%, at 2,520, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -2.49% headed 3.8% points, or 3.9%, lower at 7,502.

On Thursday, the Dow marked its best three-day dead cat bounce since 1931, while it was the best such gain for the S&P since 1933.

For the week, the Dow is on track to book a 14% gain, the S&P 500 is headed for a weekly rise of 11%, the Nasdaq Composite Index was more than 10% in an effort to find greater fools to buy into a market hanging from a dead branch, part way down a cliff, in the manner of Wiley Coyote. .

Since their peaks, the Dow still stands 26% below its record irrationally exuberant high, the S&P 500 is down 25% from its Feb. 19 peak and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -2.49% is off 24% from its recent all-time high.

What’s driving the market?

The corrupt U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the plunder-package bill will be passed in a voice vote later Friday but the passage of the hedge fund, spendthrift corporation, and major bank relief bill hasn’t been without its drama. Pelosi, a Democrat representing The Peoples Republic of California, has been bribing and rushing to gather House lawmakers for a vote amid the pandemic of lies that has needlessly restricted business activity and personal travel after the prospects of a so-called phone vote looked dim.

The legislation, intended to aid Americans thrown under a bus by their betters, via direct payments and expanded unemployment insurance, is likely to be signed into law by President Donald Trump over the weekend if it passes muster on House, because it enhances his re-election prospects.

Markets may also be focusing on the media frenzy tracking the rising cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., after the viral illness, which was first publicly identified in December, overtook China, where it reportedly originated according to intelligence agency disinformation. There are now nearly 86,000 confirmed cases of the disease in the U.S., compared with about 82,000 in China, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

In economic reports, a reading of consumer deficit spending showed an increase of a mild 0.2% in February, the government said Friday. Spending, the mythical main engine of the Potemkin economy, has slowed a bit in 2020 ahead of the coronavirus. Spending is expected to dramatically weaken in the next few months as the economy falls into recession.

In another report, the final results for the consumer sentiment index fell 89.1 in March from a preliminary 95.9 and 101.0 in the prior month, according to the University of Michigan.

2020-03-27 a
Viral News - A Banker's Perspective

"Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes it’s laws”
So saith Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild.

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Paleo Diet

Paleontologists Proclaim Presence of Piscivory in Pleistocene Portugal

“We have increasingly recognised the sophistication of Neanderthal behaviour, but one thing that continued to mark out the behavioural evolution of modern humans in Africa was the appearance of systematic collection of marine resources, and this marked a difference between the two populations,” he said. “Evidence like this is important in showing Neanderthal populations had the capability for systematic exploitation of marine resources.”

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Viral News - FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams, a Caucasian - in case you're wondering, inadvertently encourages bank runs.

It is high time her video production crew watched newsreel footage and studied archival photography from the bank runs during the Great Depression. Apologists for FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams are whitewashing her fiasco.

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Viral News - Just the flu facts, Ma'am

COVID: The Media Dragons are out for Trump’s blood

Start with Europe and just plain flu. Not COV. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe [1], “During the winter months, influenza may infect up to 20% of the population…” That’s ordinary seasonal flu.

The population of Europe is 741 million people. This works out to 148 million cases of ordinary flu. Not once. Every year. EVERY YEAR.

According to statista.com [2], “As of March 23, 2020, there have been 170,424 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the whole of Europe since the first confirmed cases in France on January 25.”
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If we take the COV Europe numbers I just quoted, which cover a period of two months, and multiply by six, to estimate the number for a year, we arrive at 1,022,544 cases. Even if you want to build up this figure by claiming it’s accelerating, do you really believe it’ll reach 148 million for the year, the number of ordinary flu cases? And again, 148 million is the estimate for EVERY YEAR. Every year—and no mention of a pandemic. No lockdowns.

Let’s go to Italy. According to statista.com [3], “Italy has the highest amount of confirmed [COV] cases in Europe with 59,138…” That’s as of March 23. If you multiply by six, to get the annual figure, you arrive at 360,000 cases. You want to blow that up, because of acceleration? Go ahead. How about a million cases for the year? Two million. Three million.

Now let’s look at ordinary flu cases for Italy in a given year. According to sciencedirect.com [4], “In the winter seasons from 2013/14 to 2016/17, an estimated average of 5,290,000 ILI [influenza-like illness] cases occurred in Italy, corresponding to an incidence of 9%.” That’s 5 million plus each year. Not just once. Was a seasonal flu pandemic declared in Italy? Ever? Was the whole country ever locked down as a result? No.

Finally, let’s look at figures for ordinary flu, for the whole planet. A study published in the journal, Pharmacy and Therapeutics [5], states, “Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. Approximately 9% of the world’s population is affected annually, with up to 1 billion infections, 3 to 5 million severe cases, and 300,000 to 500,000 deaths each year.”

A BILLION cases EVERY YEAR. Is this called a pandemic? Is the whole world locked down every year? No.

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The Which Trials

Cambridge, Mass. – Our intrepid reporter, now walking casually on Mt. Auburn Street, sent us this text:
It’s true. The Which Trials have started. They want to know which, if any, current students, are collaborating with the Harvard College alumnus publishing The No Times, based in the Icelandic capital. They have convened the trials in the currently deserted dining hall of the god-awful-ugly brutalist monstrosity of Mather House. Well, actually, the dining hall is never truly deserted – it is home to a thriving population of irradiated, mutant, glow-in-the-dark cockroaches that no one wants to exterminate.

Mather House, named for the Puritan child prodigy and polymath, the Rev. Mather, is a fitting venue. In fact, a Mather relic, removed with great ceremony from the climate-controlled, seventh sub-basement of the Houghton Library, is the jurist. His ivory dentures are taken out of a velvet-lined, gold-inlaid, ebony box and placed on a silver platter attributed to Paul Revere, the noted silversmith.  The dentures chatter amiably throughout the proceedings, sounding much like a cheerful minuet, but veer leftward to answer, “No.” and rightward, to answer, “Yes.”

The CIA Director, Chemical Gina, is the interrogator. She brought several boxes of syringes and she knows how to use them.

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Please note that any similarities our “truth squad” shares with the creative output of the Harvard Lampoon are entirely coincidental.

We wouldn't want the South Asian Dean married to a Catholic girl to take any rash actions and start expelling students with promising futures in writer's rooms in LA and New York.

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This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our “truth squad.”

Germany and the Netherlands seem to fight off the virus better than most — here’s why

The Netherlands and Germany both showed glimmers of hope in the battle to combat the synthetic coronavirus on Wednesday, while the number of cases in New York rose rapidly, especially among populations with latent tuberculosis.

Data from Germany show just 0.4% of people who tested positive for the virus have died from it, much less than the 9.5% in Italy and 4.3% in France. In the Netherlands growth in transmissions of the virus have slowed significantly within the native-born population.

Giving evidence in front of the Dutch Parliament, Jaap van Dissel, head of the Netherlands National Institute of Health, said: “The exponential growth of the population-reducing measure has in all probability been brought to a halt,” with the infection only being passed on at a rate of one infected person to one other person.

If proven, this would be a significant achievement. In countries with larger household sizes, the average spread from one infected person has been to as many as five or more people. In the U.S., the state of New York had 5,146 new cases confirmed on Wednesday, and more than 30,000 have tested positive in this diverse population.

The low death rate in Germany has confounded experts, and it could be due to several causes. The possible explanation is that doctors aggressively screened citizens who were either fit or early on in the sickness at the time they took the test, at a rate not seen in other countries, which only had the resources to test the very sick. This has skewed the comparison with other countries, because those who were fit when tested and had caught the virus were more likely to suffer from a mild case and survive. However, our consultant with on-the-ground experience in the Germanic lands, said, “Don’t be a Dummkopf! It’s simple! These people have significantly more Vitamin D stored in their livers. It’s a consequence of all their naked sunbathing. Haven’t you seen all that nudity in their parks?”

Germany, with its Teutonic mindset, also was more effective than most countries at tracking and tracing the contacts of infected patients before the spread took hold, effectively containing it better than other countries.

Another, plausible, theory is that the first Germans to contract the virus caught it mixing with other nationalities while skiing and receiving more Vitamin D generating UV light on the slopes. Also this subset of the population is fit and active, and perhaps less likely to succumb to the disease.

This coverage is sponsored by the Malthusian Masters of the Universe, the world’s most exclusive billionaires club. They remind you that their motto is: United in preventing the existence and reproduction of the unfit, and the unproductive.
Leni in 1931
Leni Riefenstahl, skiing and making Vitamin D, in 1931. Photographed by Martin Munkacsi

2020-03-26 a
Viral News - A Banker's Perspective

“The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.”

The Rothschild brothers of London writing to their banking associates in New York, in 1863
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2020-03-25 e
Viral News - Helpful Democrats, NOT

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva releases 1,700 inmates from jails and is ordering gun stores to close.

2020-03-25 d
Viral News - Helpful Democrats, NOT

Nevada's Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak Mandates Suffering and Death for Residents

Sisolak signed an emergency order earlier Tuesday barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus. The order restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine came after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment and falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus. Sisolak said in a statement that there’s no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19.

2020-03-25 c
Viral News - Helpful Democrats, NOT

Madame Pelosi's Wish List for the 1100 page Bailout Bill
Parts of the Green New Deal
Tax credits for solar panels
Tax credits for wind turbines
Postal service bailout
Carbon dioxide cap and trade for airline industry
Diversity on corporate boards
Expansion of collective bargaining
Election "reform"
Expansion of early voting
Ballot harvesting nationwide
Same day voter registration

2020-03-25 b
Viral News - Good News

The global censor and promoter of progressive regressive fad announces drop in advertising revenue.

Facebook says ad business weakening as traffic spikes amid COVID-19 pandemic

Facebook Inc. FB, +8.69% said late Tuesday that its business was being "adversely affected" by the COVID-19 pandemic as traffic has spiked and ad revenue has "weakened." Facebook stock fell roughly 1% in the extended session. The company said in a blog post that while on the one hand its messaging products and other services are seeing increased traffic, the company does not generate revenue from "many of the services" that are seeing more use. Facebook also said ad revenue is weakening in countries taking aggressive actions to reduce the virus' spread. The company said that some of the countries hardest hit by the virus are seeing messaging increase by more than 50%, and a doubling in voice and video calling on its various messaging apps.

2020-03-25 a
Viral News - The Wisdom of Tacitus on the Bailout Bill (
Publius Cornelius Tacitus)

"A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.”

2020-03-24 e
This is the day the dollar died.

It is time to head for the exits.

It is time to have at least one year's worth of living expenses in cash, outside the banking system.

If you were thinking of buying gold, you should have done that last week.

"The Gold Market Is Breaking Down": Gold Spreads Explode As LBMA Warns Of Liquidity Problems

Last night, when observing the unprecedented "gold run" on precious metals dealers which has left all gold vendors with little to no physical gold, we said that "the price of physical gold has decoupled from paper gold" as a result of paper gold liquidations as leveraged funds scramble to cover margin calls using safe assets...

... resulting in an arbitrage that physical gold buyers, i.e., those who don't have faith in gold ETFs such as the GDX or simply prefer to have possession of the metal, find especially delightful as it allows them to buy physical gold at lower prices than they would ordinarily have access to.

However, we also noted that whereas in the past such conditions were self-correcting, this time it is not only a record surge in demand for physical gold but also a near shut down in supply as the most productive gold refiners, those located in the southern Swiss town of Ticina, namely Valcambi, Pamp and Argor-Heraeus, now appear to be offline indefinitely.

The result is that the spot/futures price divergence discussed last night and further described here,  has exploded...
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"Backwardation shows “there is a lot of demand” with market participants worried about the economy and focusing on the response by governments and central bankers, Flynn said. “People are buying gold like it’s going out of style,” he added.

2020-03-24 d
Viral News - Trump Quotes

"This is a medical problem. We are not going to let it turn into a long-lasting financial problem.”

"You look at automobile accidents. Which are far greater than any numbers we're talking about. That doesn't mean we're going to tell everybody no more driving of cars."

"If it were up to the doctors, they may say let's keep it shut down — let's shut down the entire world."

"You can't do that with a country — especially the No. 1 economy anywhere in the world, by far. ... You can't do that. It causes bigger problems than the original."

"I will be listening to ... experts. We have a lot of people who are very good at this. It's a balancing act. You know the expression, we can do two things at one time."

2020-03-24 c
Viral News - Promising Therapy

NY Doctor Vladimir Zelenko Finds 100% Success Rate in 350 Patients Using Hydroxychloroquine with Zinc

Over the weekend Dr. Vladimir Zelenko from New York state announced he has found a treatment against the coronavirus with a 100% success rate on 350 patients.

Dr. Zelenko joined Sean Hannity earlier today on his radio program to discuss the results from his test.

The New York doctor also posted a video explaining his success with hydroxychloroquine and Zinc .  His treatment resulted in the shortness of breath issue being resolved in 4 to 6 hours.  Dr. Zelenko in his study had zero deaths, zero hospitalizations and zero intubations!

2020-03-24 b
This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our “truth squad.”

Trump team is weighing whether coronavirus-induced shutdown is doing ‘more harm than good’

How much governmental damage can be inflicted on the U.S. economy to try to mitigate the over-blown death toll from the coronavirus pandemic before it kills the economy? The Trump White House is increasingly raising that sobering question as the globalist agenda is exposed and becomes better understood.

The answer could have grave implications for the financial health and livelihood of all Americans, amid the outbreak of COVID-19 that is still far smaller than the outbreak of influenza this season. Nonetheless, the novel coronavirus has been contracted by more than 300,000 people and claimed nearly 16,000 lives so far since it was first identified publicly in December, though it was known earlier in Bio-Safety Level 4 labs..

President Trump on Monday signaled a pronounced shift in his administration’s strategy to counter the push to unseat him and devastate the US economy. His more vigorous approach was signaled with a late Sunday night tweet saying “ we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” He said he would evaluate the administration's misguided containment strategy early next week after a 15-day period championed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the perfidious Clintonista, elapses.

Trump reiterated those views on Monday evening during the latest administration update and elaborated on his pragmatic thinking

“We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing. “We have to reopen our country’s economic engine to avoid the problems planned for us by a globalist and deep state agenda. Letting them have their way, in my opinion, could cause far bigger problems.”

“I’m not looking at months,” said Trump, when asked whether it’ll be weeks or months until he starts opening things up again. “This is going away, first in the sunny southern states, then northward as the warmth advances. We’re going to win the battle.”

The president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, echoed Trump in an interview with CNBC earlier in the day.

“At some point, you have to ask yourself if the stupid shutdown is doing more harm than good,” offered Kudlow, adding that “I can’t answer that question until I clear my mind of all the CDC garbage.”

States and cities have needlessly shutdown business and personal activity in an effort to mitigate the spread of the illness that remains less lethal than influenza, but those efforts are throwing the domestic and global economy into a planned recession.

It isn’t just Trump and his inner circle. Some prominent economists, businesspeople and lawmakers are also raising pertinent questions about how long the U.S. can needlessly shutter large parts of its economy before the damage becomes permanent.

Prominently among them are former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. He said people with lower risks to the coronavirus — generally healthy people under 50 — should be allowed to return to work now in the Sunbelt and within a few weeks in the mid-latitudes.

“Crushing the economy, jobs and morale is also a health issue—and beyond,” he tweeted.

2020-03-24 a
Viral News - A Toothless Wonder

We have obtained a copy of an Emergency Declaration issued by the George Soros affiliated mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg. The mayor of the seventh largest city in the US proclaimed a local state of disaster and public health emergency, BUT did not include any references to civil or criminal penalties for those disregarding his order. He could not cite any penalties because there are no penalties. His order relies on voluntary compliance. All bark and no bite! To date, this major American city has fewer than 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are penalties for shouting, “Fire,” in a crowded theater. Are there penalties for proclaiming, “Emergency,” in a crowded city?

Emergency Declaration No. 5

Texas Government Code § 418.108. Declaration of Local Disaster

2020-03-23 e
Who is that mask man? He's a Texan.

Its been 48 hours of constant prototyping and iterations, and thanks to our amazing team and the Houston community at large, we now have a functional silicone based multi-use, sterilization compatible, re-usable mask!!!! /1 pic.twitter.com/a5JSeF1DYx

— Lazarus 3D (@Lazarus_3D) March 22, 2020

2020-03-23 d
War on the Horizon?

Might the neocon crazies who thought 9/11 was worth it feel the same way about a coronavirus biowar strike? They might. As Pepe Escobar suggested, the Covid-19 Transformative Event is acting as a “global circuit breaker.”  His conclusion: “What’s certain is that the whole global economy has been hit by an insidious, literally invisible circuit breaker. This may be just a ‘coincidence.’ Or this may be, as some are boldly arguing, part of a possible, massive psy-op creating the perfect geopolitical and social engineering environment for full-spectrum dominance.”

How could a circuit-breaker foster full-spectrum dominance? First, the neocons recognize that China’s inexorable rise to #1 world power status and the concomitant collapse of the Anglo-Zionist Empire, is pretty much a done deal absent some circuit-breaking black swan event. Just as the Zionists needed the 9/11 black swan to get their “Clean Break” with a historical trajectory leading towards the end of the apartheid Jewish State, so too the Anglo-Zionists might realize that something equally “transformative” would be required to forestall the rise of China.

The US cannot win a trade war with China. It cannot win a nuclear war. It cannot win a conventional land war. Yet from the neocon perspective it needs some kind of war ASAP before China grows too strong. So if you were a hardline neocon strategist dedicated to stymieing China at all costs, you might opt for a stealth 5G warfare approach featuring deniable biowar strikes among other tactics. You might be stupid or crazy enough not to consider the possibility of blowback. But more likely you would welcome the blowback as an opportunity to tear down the current US economy, which is totally dependent on Chinese imports, and rebuild a new, more Spartan system geared for a long 5G war on China (and Russia and Iran and Venezuela and anybody else who won’t follow your orders).

Strategic analysts agree that the necessary prelude to ramped up US-vs.-China warfare would be a decoupling of the US and Chinese economies. That decoupling is happening now, thanks to coronavirus. Once it has passed the point of no return, war becomes far more likely.

Hunkering down for a serious war on China and its allies would also require a momentous psychological and cultural shift on the part of the American people. Until now, they have been lazy, undisciplined, addicted to consumption without much production, and unwilling to sacrifice themselves (though quite willing to murder foreigners from the safe distance of a drone base). Only a profound psychic shock, and some serious deprivation, could retool them as potential soldiers and total war participants in a deadly and dangerous struggle to maintain their rulers’ global dominance privileges. Or so the neocons might imagine.[5]

Will the panicked American sheeple, stampeded toward the toilet paper aisles by Coronavirus 911-2B, be redirected into a hyper-militarized mode of life befitting a long war for full spectrum dominance? Will the Great Coronavirus Depression end in World War III just as the first Great Depression ended in World War II, with military Keynesianism once again “rescuing” a dead-in-the-water economy? Will 9/11 and the 9/11 wars seem like small potatoes once we’ve seen the Coronavirus Wars?

2020-03-23 c (updated in response to reader comments)
Alas, poor dollar, I knew thee well.

Just as the US military had to destroy villages in southern Vietnam in order to save them. The US Treasury and Federal Reserve have announced plans to do the same to the faith-based currency formerly known as the US dollar.

1. Kashkari Says Fed Has "Infinite" Amount Of Cash: "We Create It Electronically"

Either Neel Kashkari is long physical gold, or central bankers - those "magic people" in the words of Vitas Vasiliauskas - are intent on taking the world down with them instead of admitting they have inflated the biggest bubble ever and that the next inevitable step is fiat currency collapse.

Kashkari, who is part of a growing group of Monday morning quarterbacks who didn't predict the financial impact of coronavirus until about 10 minutes ago, and who is best known for coming up with the TARP bailout amount during the first bailout yet has somehow managed to fail up all the way to being mentioned as Powell's imminent replacement, added the certainty that only a Fed governor could add to the situation on 60 Minutes Sunday night.
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Then, the peculiar topic of cash came up, at which point Kashkari shared an interesting anecdote.

"I heard from a bank in our region, a well-to-do customer came in and said 'I want to withdraw $600,000 in cash.' Now, we can supply all the cash that the banks need to meet their customer's concerns. But it just speaks to the fear and the uncertainty that's rippling through the economy," he says.

When asked further about whether or not banks will have cash, he responded: "This is literally why Central Banks exist. We're the lender of last resort. This is literally why Central Banks exist. If everybody gets scared at the same time and they demand their money back, that's why the Federal Reserve is here. We will absolutely meet those demands."

2. In Unprecedented Move, Fed Unveils Open-Ended QE Including Corporate Bonds

Coming into Monday, the Fed had a problem: it had already used up half of its entire emergency $700BN QE5 announced last weekend.

Which, together with the plunge in stocks, is why at 8am on Monday, just as we expected - given the political cover they have been provided - The Fed unveiled an unprecedented expansion to its mandate, announcing open-ended QE which also gave it the mandate to buy corporates bonds (in the primary and secondary market) to unclog the frozen corporate bond market as we just one step away from a full Fed nationalization of the market (only Fed stock purchases remain now).

As noted elsewhere, the Fed’s new credit facilities carry limits on paying dividends and making stock buybacks for firms that defer interest payments, but have no explicit restrictions preventing beneficiaries from laying off workers.

Additionally, in addition to Treasuries, The Fed will buy Agency Commercial MBS all in unlimited size.

3. While #1 and #2 above are unfortunately factual, this section is not:
In other ridiculous and fantastic news, at the Pentagon, a seance was held and a male-to-female trans-sexual Colonel began channeling the late Gen. Curtis LeMay who provided detailed plans for a surgical nuclear war to decapitate the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China. It was said that a "jolly little war" would cure our economic malaise.

2020-03-23 b
This story from MarketWatch has been re-written by our "truth squad."

Fed will make up to $4 trillion in loans to businesses to rescue the U.S. economy, Mnuchin says

Steven Mnuchin, Chairman emeritus of the Credit Anstalt bank, said Sunday that the Federal Reserve central planners will play a key role in lending magic money to businesses hurt by the governmental over-reaction to coronavirus.

“Working with the central planners at the Federal Reserve — we’ll have up to $4 trillion of newly-created magic money from the Magic Money Mammary at 33 Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan that we can use to support the economy we have screwed up with our insane interventions and monetary madness,” Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday.

“Those are broad-based lending programs to augment our own bottom line as we start to receive re-payment with interest on all this “cash” we pulled out of Jay Powell’s hat. ... We can leverage our magic money working with the Keynesian Kops at the Federal Reserve,” he said.

The current holder of the prestigious Goldman-Sachs Secretariat at the US Treasury said the plan is broad-based with plenty of walking around money and slush funds to help small and large businesses “get through the next 90 to 120 days of the havoc we in government created,” he said.

Mnuchin said he thought the bill would be finished Sunday and ready for a vote on the Senate floor on Monday.

The bill’s Santa Claus list would also include:

• Small-business retention loans aimed at helping companies keep workers on their payrolls in the absence of demand and customers. This will cover about half the workforce, Mnuchin said. Payments will include two weeks’ worth of cash flow and some overhead. The loans will be forgiven if workers are not laid off as we recreate a glorious Soviet economy.

• Checks for Americans. The average check for a family of four will be $3,000, the Treasury secretary said. We expect a subsequent huge surge in liquor and lotto sales will boost our Potemkim economy.

• Enhanced unemployment insurance for people who are laid off due to the contrived over-reaction to the so-called pandemic.

Some Fed watchers expressed caution about the $4 trillion estimate. They instead believe over 100 trillion in magic money would be required for a total Soviet makeover of the economy, after we pass through a Weimar phase of intense inflation.
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Mnuchin said that if the virtual shutdown, as we flex our authoritarian muscles, of the American economy lasts longer than expected, Congress would pass another rescue package to assure the re-election of all incumbents in November.

2020-03-23 a
Viral News - Our Vile Schmuck of the Month for March Might Have the Corona-Cooties
(see our
2020-03-01 b entry below)

Utah Senator Mitt Romney announced on Sunday that he would self-quarantine after fellow Senator Rand Paul announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.

What does President Trump think of that?

‘Gee, that’s too bad.’

2020-03-22 d
Viral News - Deutschland Unter Alles

While the pandemic has hit Germany with full force, with Johns Hopkins University noting 22,364 confirmed infections by Sunday morning, only 84 people are so far reported to have died.

This means Germany currently has the lowest mortality rate of the 10 countries most severely hit by the pandemic: 0.3% compared with 9% in Italy and 4.6% in the UK.

Der Kranke erholte sich schnell. (The patient was recovering quickly.)

2020-03-22 c
Viral News - What's the Big Deal?

PERSPECTIVE: Number of Coronavirus Deaths in US this Year Finally Passes Number of Flu Deaths in US Last Week
The mortality rate for the coronavirus in the US continues to fall as more and more Americans are able to be tested.

12 days ago the US coronavirus mortality rate was 4.06
Today the mortality rate is down to 1.29%!

4.06% March 8 (22 deaths of 541 cases)
3.69% March 9 (26 of 704)
3.01% March 10 (30 of 994)
2.95% March 11 (38 of 1,295)
2.52% March 12 (42 of 1,695)
2.27% March 13 (49 of 2,247)
1.93% March 14 (57 of 2,954)
1.84% March 15 (68 of 3,680)
1.6% March 17 (116 of 7,301)
1.4% March 19 (161 of 11,329)
1.25% March 20 (237 of 18,845)
1.29% March 21 (348 of 26,863)

2020-03-22 b
Viral News - The FDA Becomes Testy

As public hungers for coronavirus tests, FDA warns new at-home kits are ‘unauthorized’

HOWEVER, the FDA did not state the at-home tests are not EFFECTIVE.

Within the new guidelines, however, was another stipulation: Any lab that had been certified under quality-control standards known as CLIA could start performing coronavirus tests. The agency did not specify whether this portion of the guidelines applied to at-home tests. And some of the startups launching these tests are using CLIA-certified labs to do so.

2020-03-22 a
I'll be out catching some rays today. I'll get at least 20 minutes of direct sun on bare skin with no sunscreen. I need ultraviolet light to make Vitamin D. It's one of the ways I stay healthy.

You should get out of your cave as well.

2020-03-21 b
What could we do to counter the pandemic of lies?

In every news website that permits comments, ask the following:
What is the hospitalization rate for influenza this week? What is the death rate for influenza this week? I appreciate the statistics for COVID-19, but the comparable statistics for influenza were missing from your report.

Ask similar questions on Twitter. Make #flustats a trending hashtag.

Post the same comment on all your social media accounts. Ask the same questions at city council meetings. Ask as well at local and state press conferences. Ask your elected officials.

This won’t immediately stop the governmental over-reaction and draconian measures that are destroying livelihoods and the economy, but it will let the media, politicians, and bureaucrats know that we the people have ceased to be passive recipients of untruths or partial truths.

Those who propose ever more controls are not offering solutions. They are just trying to preserve the status quo.

2020-03-21 a
Running With Scissors (an occasional series)

While most of my knowledge of current affairs and what is newsworthy comes from reading or conversing with others, over the last couple of days I have endured the frantic alarms of the media by listening to their shrill voices.

First, I take comfort that they are displeased with us. They have been losing control of the central narratives and contrived explanations throughout this young century. The once mighty national networks and major print media are no more. The internet has indeed brought us the world, but the major players still speak with a statist accent and the lisp of the intelligence services of what a prescient analyst calls the Anglo-Zionists.

Our betters are displeased that we are not taking their viral-babble seriously enough. They are furious that college students did not voluntarily curtail their spring break festivities. They are apoplectic that we are not all cowering in our corners, complying with their time out punishment. They are livid that so many of us know that a governor’s or mayor’s executive order is usually unenforceable. A governor can certainly issue an order that henceforth Monday will be called Tuesday, but no one would comply. John, Lord Acton understood these petty tyrants and how power tends to corrupt them. Many of us know the emperor has no clothes and are not afraid to publicly ridicule his nakedness.

So, why are they invoking Black Plague imagery over a novel coronavirus that isn’t as lethal as common influenza? Why do they fail to inform us that most fatal victims, to date, have been octogenarians with compromised immunity and already suffering from life-limiting diseases? Why was Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, lying when he said, "People always say the flu does this, the flu does that…" COVID-19 is "10 times more lethal than seasonal flu."? Why was Dr. Fauci seemingly trying to discredit the coronavirus-fighting properties of an anti-malarial drug during a White House press conference yesterday? D. J. Trump put him in his place and Novartis announced they are donating up to 130 million doses of hydroxychloroquine.

What is afoot? What is their gambit?

In China, their response was rational. I believe the authorities suspected they were dealing with a biowarfare agent. The Iranians suspected the same because they have been hated by the west since they nationalized the Iranian assets of BP (British Petroleum). The Italians could have been on the hit list because they were the first nation in Europe to sign on to the Belt and Road initiative of the Chinese.

The response in the US looks like a continuation of Russiagate, Muellergate and Ukrainegate. I strongly suspect it is another attempt by Anglophile spooks and Democrats to prevent the re-election of D. J. Trump. Additionally, it allows a virus to be blamed for the bursting of the asset bubbles inflated by the monetary madness of the Federal Reserve. Lastly, it provides yet another excuse for governments to further limit our freedom and privacy. Big Pharma and their wholly-owned congressmen and senators might make it impossible for us to say no to vaccinations. They might be emboldened to mandate lockdowns for more trivial reasons. They might even take away currency and coins to protect us from the germs they carry. Too bad if we lose financial privacy when every single transaction is known and recorded by Big Sibling. *

* A Note from the Ministry of Truth - Big Sibling was formerly known by the sexist term, Big Brother.

2020-03-20 d
Coronavirus scare - the hoax of the century?

Video by Vernon Coleman, MD, published 18 March 2020
Dr Vernon Coleman explains why he thinks the current hysteria over the coronavirus has a hidden agenda.
For more information visit: www.vernoncoleman.com

2020-03-20 c
Viral News - Today's Hot News

According to findings published by Wang, Jingyuan and Tang, Ke and Feng, Kai and Lv, Weifeng of Beihang University, and Ke Tang from Tsinghua University: “High temperature and high relative humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19.”

2020-03-20 b

One of our correspondents just sent me this image.
He is stocking up on the essentials in San Diego, California.
stocking up

2020-03-20 a
The Equinox Issue - Love in the Time of Corona (with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez)
FOR IMMATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

“Oh Jared! What should we do tonight?“

“Would you like to play my Talmud game?“

“Jared, that is so not kinky. You know how tortured talmudic thinking so turns me off.“

“Please don’t pout. What were you thinking, Ivanka-dear? I thought you liked the game Bibi gave me.“

"I like the money and power part. You know I do. I know you keep saying the Talmud is the original Protocols. It's just that you play so aggressively.
Is MBS in town?“

“I’d have to check, but last time he came here he brought three of his wives and our bed collapsed.“

“I wasn’t thinking of another ménage à six, you kinkster. You know how much it turns me on to see the two of you wearing smoking jackets, sitting in matching antique Chesterfield chairs, smoking Cuban cigars, sipping Napoleonic-era brandy, and plotting world domination.“

“Yeah, I like that too. Lord Acton had no idea how intoxicating super-mega absolute power can be. Would your dad let us use the Oval Office?“

“I’ll call him. Wow, we could write our own chapter in the continuing saga of Seminal Moments in Oval Office History.“

“Who is keeping Bill’s book these days?“

“Chelsea has it in a safe at the Flatiron Building.“

“Has she let you read any of it?“

“Oh my God, yes.“
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If you let them control language, they will control thoughts.
If you let them control thoughts, they will control you. They will own you.

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