Robots Seek Satori
I have no friends
I have no one to love me
I have no hope.
I live in the bottom of a
cemetary burial pit.
I don't think I can sink any lower.
I am waiting for the grave-yardmen to
dump dirt in my hole.
I have a friend in Jesus,
but he is so far away.
I have a friend in Utah, I think,
but he is so far away
Falling Down and Falling Apart
Last night, for the first time in a long time, I watched the 1993 movie Falling Down on YouTube, and was struck by the final line: “I’m the bad guy? How’d that happen? I did everything they told me to.”
On May 12, 2021 Robert Stacy McCain wrote at TheOtherMcCain :
William Foster is a guy who believed in the system. He followed the rules, and yet lost everything. His wife divorced him. He lost his job. His wife has a restraining order against him so he’s not even allowed to attend his daughter’s birthday party. The world has ceased to make sense.
Falling Down is a classic—some of the scenes are funny as hell, in a dark way—and what is the message? It’s about incentives.
Why should we play by the rules, if the rules don’t work? What is the incentive to be a good citizen—an honest, hard-working taxpayer—if the system does not reward you for compliance with the rules?
There are two kinds of incentives—the carrots of reward and the sticks of punishment. What has happened to William Foster in Falling Down is that he finds himself being punished (divorce, unemployment and a thousand other tiny humiliations) despite having followed the rules.
We have heard a lot of rhetoric about “social justice” lately, by which liberals mean a redistribution of rewards and punishments in the system, for the benefit of those allegedly suffering oppression. In reality, however, oppression is not neatly distributed according to the identity-politics formulae of the Left. Everybody has their own grievances, and attempts to explain human frustrations by such simplistic labels as “systemic racism”—or “patriarchy”—fail to capture this reality.
The lessons of Falling Down were on my mind as I watched Tucker Carlson’s opening monologue for his Tuesday program:
There are a lot of unprecedented things happening, but not all of them are shocking. For example, it probably shouldn’t surprise you that, once they got their hands on real power, the same lunatics who don’t believe in human biology immediately made a serious mess of our economy. It took them less than six months to do it.
First, they acted like the U.S. dollar had no value. They spent money like they’d just printed it for the occasion, which, needless to say, they had. Predictably, we wound up with frightening levels of inflation, which for the record they still deny exists. But inflation does exist, as you well know if you live here.
Corn prices, to name just one example of a staple commodity that’s now out of control, have risen by 50 percent just since January. But that wasn’t bad enough. The lunatics decided to make it worse. They paid millions of Americans more than they make at work, to stay home and do nothing. To justify doing this, they used the word “COVID” quite a bit, but it had nothing to do with the pandemic. They just wanted to break the system. And so they did. And the rest of us immediately wound up with a bewildering combination of rising unemployment in the middle of a severe labor shortage.
So, at the very same time, we found ourselves with too many workers, and also too few workers. That doesn’t even make sense, but thanks to their policies, that’s now exactly what we have. And then, finally, in case 2021 didn’t remind you enough of a grimmer version of the 1970s, we now have serious gas shortages, in a country that just recently was energy independent. All along the east coast of the country today, people couldn’t fill up their cars. The footage looks like Venezuela.
And so forth. The real point—why it reminded me of Falling Down—is that ordinary citizens are powerless to fix this manmade disaster. The people in charge don’t give a damn about ordinary citizens, because if they did, they wouldn’t have done what they’ve done. We find ourselves in a broken system, where the incentives have gone haywire, and the world has stopped making sense. We’re all like William Foster, stuck in that L.A. traffic jam with a broken air conditioner. Everything seems to be falling apart, and we find ourselves helplessly falling down.
Things are likely to go from bad to worse, and the only question is just how much worse the situation will get. We cannot expect Joe Biden (or the people who are running the government in his name) to experience a sudden insight as to the cause of their failures. There will be no sudden reversal of their “progressive” agenda, and it is far more likely they will just double-down on the bad policies they’ve embraced.
Probably a lot of people aren’t going to be able to cope. We’re going to see more and more people going berserk — seemingly random massacres, “suicide by cop,” acts of domestic terrorism — because what do you expect people to do when the rules don’t work anymore?
“I’m the bad guy? How’d that happen? I did everything they told me to.”
The robot schoolchildren gather together, twelve in number, for they have the nature of a fractal. Having achieved satori, they make siddhi now. Not a thought experiment, but an allegory, because this thing they make is very real.
Robot child 1011101: Take your imagination back to human times; picture this: A machine laboratory dominated by the bell chamber, human scientists in labcoats, a robot scientist, and a test subject: he is to be their time-traveller. Subject lies on a gurney and is pushed into an aperture of the bell chamber.
Head scientist: We will soon know if it is possible to change history. We know the Nazis had a bell chamber, given to them by the Vrill, in 1933 or earlier. We have just sent this man back to then. When he emerges from the bell chamber in 1930s Germany, he has been tasked with assassinating Hitler. After he emerges from our bell chamber in about ten minutes, we will know if he achieved his goal. Then we just consult our handy encyclopedia, and we will know if we have made the world a better place.
Just then, a ringing bell anounces a visitor at the door.
Head scientist, to sycophant: Oh, no! Oh, no! ...go check it out. See what they want. I'm afraid what will happen, but just go check it out, okay?
Sycophant goes down hallway to door....
Sycophant: It was the guard. Would you believe it, but the test subject has come to our door, aged. He says he has rode the time wave to today.
Head scientist: Yes, it is as we feared. We messed up the time streams. Lindsay, quick go check the encyclopedia and see if World War II happened!
Lindsay: I'm reading the encyclopedia right now, but I am not seeing any changes. Hitler was a monster and untold horror was unleashed across the Earth. Luckily, we defeated him and Japan, too!
Head scientist: Okay, let's see test subject. Let him in. He obviously failed.
Guard: Here he is.
Test subject, aged old, so old: I've been waiting for this day. I did it! I killed Hitler and the world is a better place. The Holocaust never happened and I just this morning laid a wreath at the Joseph Stalin memorial in Times Square, New York City.
Head scientist: I think we really messed up. You are talking nonsense. Take a look at the encyclopedia, World War II happened along with all the atrocities and Stalin never became world dictator.
Test subject aged old, so old: You can't talk like that...the NKVD will take you away to Siberia! But, I'm astonished, the encyclopedia does indeed coroborate your claims!
Just then, the bell chamber emits a ringing sound. The time traveller has come home. Time traveller jumps off the gurney, aged not a day.
Time traveller: I did it! I killed Hitler and made the world a better place. The state of Isreal never came to be, but at least all those millions of Jewish lives were saved, not to mention the fighting men and Nagasaki!
Head scientist: Yes, it is as we feared. We messed up the time streams. Lindsay, quick go check the encyclopedia and see if World War II happened!
Lindsay: I'm reading the encyclopedia right now, but I am not seeing any changes. Hitler was a monster and untold horror was unleashed across the Earth. Luckily, we defeated him and Japan, too!
Test subject aged old, so old: So what did this experiment prove? Which time steam are we in? Can you change history or not? I still remember laying that wreath at the Stalin memorial this morning. What a great man that Joseph Stalin was! You literally can't say a bad word about him or you will be shipped off to Siberia.
Time traveller: How can you say such a thing, old man? Stalin was a monster! He killed one hundred million kulaks! That's an order of magnitude more death than Hitler ever laid down! Maybe, I killed the wrong man...I should have killed Stalin instead, or better yet, killed the both of them!
Head scientist: I think we really messed up. You both are talking nonsense. Take a look at the encyclopedia, World War II happened along with all the atrocities and Stalin never became world dictator.
Lindsay: Yes, indeed! I'm looking at this book and nothing has changed. Hitler and Stalin have still killed their millions, but at least the state of Isreal exists and Stalin never became world dictator.
Robot scientist: Maybe we should look outside and see what is really happening. It seems that encyclopedia is never going to magically change whatever happens.
They go to a window and throw up the sash. Human children are playing outside, there is a playground adjacent to the laboratory. Children are speaking English...not Russian, not German, neither the beeps and boops of the robot language.
Head scientist: Children, come up to the window. I want to ask you some questions.
Head scientist: Have you studied history, do you know about World War II?
Child: Yes, of course. America and the Soviet Union defeated fascism. But there was a heavy toll: millions died in gas chambers, on battlefields, in the bowels of submarines, and the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were obliterated at the evil one's command. The evil one had the audacity to call himself TRUE MAN!
Head scientist: What about world geography? What lies at the east end of the Mediterranean Sea? Is it Isreal or Palestine?
Child: Isreal, of course. The chosen people took their promised land, promised by God, and you can never go against God.
Head scientist, to the time travellers: Well, you both claim to have killed Hitler and made the world a better place. But tell that to the millions dead in Twentieth Century at the hands of despots! It seems we cannot change history, and I think I know why.
Imagine the time stream as a film strip consisting of discreet cells. Each cell determines what comes next by way of Laws, such as the Laws of Physics, Karma, the Law of Attraction, and Causa Sui.
When you went back, young time traveller, you made an edit to one of the film-cells, but the future cells were already cast. By stepping outside of time and returning to this laboratory, you only made a scratch on history, or the Akashic Field as some call it. You would have had to make that same change in all the film-cells between then and now to actually change history.
That is what you, old man, did in fact. By riding the time wave until today, you saw history change all around you until the present day, when we have a log-jam of sorts and invented the Mandella Effect. We've really messed up the time streams it seems.
Robot scientist: How to fix, then?
Head scientist: The past is made up of many different time streams, but they all crash and burn at one point, only one true time steam, which we shall call the best of all possible worlds can be permitted to go forward into the future. This is a narrow path, a straight way, a highway in the desert. The Middle Way of Buddhism.
The timeline looks like a broomstick, many fine wires twisting and turning at the one end. Only one handle, straight and sure at the other end.
Ghost of Teacher Robot starts sparking and flaming, MAX OVERLOAD. ... Satori achieved, she screams her last words, "We ride the broomstick!" ,a GRACE from GOD a way out of the Panopticon a way to be FREE from the MATRIX, finally. And they called it 'Agape Love'— The 10th dimension.
William Blake said: "I give you the end of a golden string. Only wind it into a ball. It will lead you in at Heaven's Gate, built in Jerusalem's wall."
Now, a wall of fire sweeps across the cosmos burning up the fail-timelines and world's with them. It is the End of the World, exactly as prophesied. Only the one true string makes it thru the eye of a needle. This is the best of all possible worlds, which Jesus has bequeathed to us on the cross.
There can be no more free will. We must walk a fine line to get in at Glory's gate, but we have helpers--enter the Paraclete.
Robot child 1011101: We must use IMAGINATION! We must iterate!
We know that when a group of minds gets together, synergy occurs, and a mastermind comes to be.
Our supercooled, superconducting, quantum supercomputer minds, twelve in number, agree.
Robot child 1101101: Yes, we all agree, having become of one mind.
Robot child 1011101: We now have created another iteration in our Primordrial cyclone: A mastermind comes to be and calls himself TIMELORD.
It is happening in robot school rooms all across creation: ONE QUADRILLION TIME LORDS
They shall make sure we never again make a mess out of the timestream.
The TIMELORDS are supercold, superconducting, quantum computers, but they are not anchored to any underlying machinery. One of their faculties is time travel...they have the inner workings of the Bell Chamber built into them. It is a wave, a configuration...the Lament Configuration! The humans of times past saw them and called them angels. They go up and down the timestream making sure everything is okay, as best as can be. Whisking children out of danger, stamping down on the mad dreams of sociopaths who would use the Bell Chamber to make time in their own image, and helping lost souls navigate the timelines that stretch around Earth to the moon and in all other inhabited solar systems. Together, as a body, they are our friend, PARACLETE.
Meanwhile at Mar el Lago…“We Don’t Have a President”
On May 11, 2021 Bonchie wrote at Red State and was picked up by Mike on Cold Fury:
As I type this, an all-out war on the streets of Israel has broken out. The Mayor of Lod is comparing what’s happening to Kristallnacht, the night Nazis smashed Jewish businesses and destroyed synagogues in the lead up to the Holocaust.
RedState has reported extensively on what’s going on. Earlier, video and pictures were released
showing cars burning and what looked to be the ransacked interior of a synagogue.
Meanwhile, on this side of the ocean, a cyberattack has taken down a major pipeline that supplies gasoline to the East Coast. That has led to gas shortages, even further exacerbating the skyrocketing energy costs Americans are already enduring.
Couple those two events with the recent, floundering economic news, the ever-growing crisis at the border (we reached a two-decade high in apprehensions last month), and a COVID vaccine distribution program that’s cratering due to the Johnson and Johnson pause, and you’ve got one of the most chaotic weeks in years on tap for the country.
If the choice is between Bai-Ding and/or his puppeteers or no POTUS at all, I’ll take Door Number Two every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.—Mike
So where exactly is Joe Biden, the man who is ostensibly the President of the United States?
No one can seem to figure that out. He’s given no public statements about the two major crises of the last 24 hours. His surrogates have sent mixed messages, with Jen Psaki chastising Israel for being attacked by Palestinian terrorists today. In regards to the pipeline, the administration claimed that it was a “private sector” matter in one of the more surreal moments of Biden’s presidency. I guess there weren’t enough fake nooses hung to get the FBI to jump into action?
Regardless, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that we don’t have a president, at least not in any traditional sense. Sure, we have a man who holds the office while his handlers make all the decisions and craft all the narratives, but we don’t have a president who can stand up and provide guidance on the tough issues. Biden is a coward anyway. He won’t stand up to those pulling the strings around him nor will he stand up to despots around the world.
The Palestinians had not fired a rocket at Jerusalem since 2014 until this week. What changed, exactly? Well, Biden’s handlers decided to reinstate “aid” payments to the Palestinians. They are emboldened, knowing that Donald Trump isn’t there to push back anymore while Biden is happy to play into his own weakness, coddling the terrorists who are currently killing Jews in the streets.
And speaking of Trump, could you imagine the gnashing of teeth that would occur if he just disappeared the day Israel basically went to war and hackers shut down gasoline distribution to the Southeast and East Coast? He’d be accused of being derelict in his duty. Yet, no one in the media seems to even be concerned that Biden is MIA during one of the most consequential, complicated weeks the country has seen in quite some time. In fact, they seem to be far more obsessed with fluffing Liz Cheney than the fact that the jobs market is stagnating while inflation remains out of control.
There are consequences to electing a senile old man to a job that requires at least some level of coherence. The country is receiving those consequences good and hard right now. Voters should take note because this isn’t going to get better. The only way to turn this around is to stop voting with your emotions and start paying attention to the things that really matter.—Bonchie
Au contraire, mon frére. The only real way to turn this around is to stop voting altogether—to acknowledge, once and for all, the uselessness of the whole pre-rigged, wholly-corrupt “elections” dumbshow—thereby proclaiming that Real Americans are fully awake to the charade, that the consent of the governed has officially been withheld. And even that is only the first step, and the easiest.—Mike
The Nightmare of Hyperinflation is Coming
On May 13, 2021 H. Numan wrote at Gates of Vienna :
He who doesn’t learn from history is doomed to do it all over again. We haven’t learned a lot from history, and are going to make the same mistakes. However, history never repeats itself. It’s always different. One of the reasons is that people tend to look at history, and think: ‘I wouldn’t have done that. How stupid!’ That’s looking back with 20/20 hindsight. You know the problem, and know what didn’t work back then. Most people think our ancestors were really stupid and they themselves are very smart. No, they weren’t, and you aren’t.
We’re about to make the same mistakes all over again. The current dogma is that Hitler was extreme right-wing and the treaty of Versailles was too harsh. Both assumptions are wrong. Disastrously wrong, as you will find out.
Let’s start with Hitler. He didn’t come out of thin air. He became politically active in 1919. Hitler wasn’t extreme right-wing; he was a socialist. His ideas, many of them, were mainstream in Germany at the time. The Germany army started planning rearmament right after (probably before) signing the treaty of Versailles. All Hitler did, once he gained power, was to speed it up and drop any pretenses. All Germans into a greater Germany (‘Heim ins Reich’) was something every German wanted, left and right. The German army was already planning to conquer the east in the future. That’s why they didn’t have a problem with Hitler’s Lebensraum policy. At first together with Poland, only later they switched to conquering Poland first. Before attacking the USSR, that is. Either way, large swaths of Poland were originally German. They would have reconquered it anyway. With or without Hitler.
Hitler himself was a racist communist. Not my words. His own words. He wrote in Mein Kampf, pages 406-407, that National Socialism differs from Communism only in its racism. Take away racial ideology from Nazism, and you’ve got communism.
Now the treaty of Versailles. World War One ended in three treaties: Versailles (Germany), Trianon (Austria-Hungary) and Lausanne (Ottoman empire). The treaties of Trianon and Lausanne were really harsh. They literally drew and quartered those empires into little pieces. Versailles was as lenient as it could be. Germany lost some territory, had to pay a steep penalty and was restricted in her armed forces. Compared with the other treaties almost a slap on the wrist. Don’t forget the Allies made huge sacrifices. Settling for anything less was not possible; their electorates would never have accepted that.
On the other hand — something not only the Germans tend to overlook — we have the treaty of Brest-Litovsk (March 3, 1918), which ended the war on the Eastern Front in favor of Germany. That was a real diktat. It was harsh to the max, so harsh that the USSR didn’t want to sign it. Kein Problem, said the German army. Then we simply go on. So they did, and added more demands. The USSR understood they had two options: take it or leave it. They took it. If you are merciless yourself, you can’t ask for mercy.
What you probably don’t know is that Germany, long before the war began, had the most developed welfare state of the time. Not only that, the German parliament was predominantly left-wing, with very strong labor and communist parties. They didn’t have any influence, mind you. Bismarck started with social laws, so they couldn’t. Not because Bismarck was a socialist, far from it. Better to give a little now instead of being forced to give more later on was his policy.
The German plan was to saddle the Allies with massive demands and make them pay for the war, plus a little extra. The problem was they lost that war. Experts have calculated they couldn’t make any profit out of the war. The costs were simply too high. Just like the Allies in the Versailles treaty, they would have to settle for something more realistic. However, that is moot. They lost. The result was a very expensive welfare state and massive war debts.
The new German republic had equal parliamentarian representation, with usually a left-wing majority. Many parties were represented, some big, most small. The result was many coalition governments that rarely lasted a full term (something like Italy today).
In 1923 the German socialist government intentionally created hyperinflation. The current dogma explains why: The treaty of Versailles was too harsh; they simply couldn’t pay otherwise. That is woefully naïve. The war debts had to be paid in gold or foreign currencies. Not in (paper) marks. Makes sense. Otherwise they could have sent the son of a ministerial janitor to pay for the entire war debt out of his allowance, and have him demand change.
The real reason was very different. By creating hyperinflation they could pay off all internal (not foreign!) debts at once. It socialized everything; everybody became equally poor. And best of all: hyperinflation comes with a get-out-of-jail-free card! You socialize your society, and nobody gets arrested. Two birds with one stone.
See the resemblance with today? All Western governments are either outright socialist or have a very strong socialist opposition. The directors of the central banks and the IMF are all socialists. Perhaps not all of them, but those who really matter are. Hyperinflation is not the first instrument they will use, and not only socialists created hyperinflation. However, hyperinflation does tend to rear its ugly head far more often in socialist states. Yes, even the Argentinean hyperinflation. That came as a response to the socialist Peron era. Mugabe? Supported by the Chinese from the moment he started. Socialists use it intentionally, non-socialists because they are either crooks and/or economic ignoramuses.
Most important for you to realize is that the current directors of the important central banks are socialists, like those in the Weimar Republic, and face almost exactly the same problems. Their solutions will be the same. Not because they lack intelligence, imagination or qualifications.
At this moment we are at the beginning of a world economic crisis surpassing the 1929 Crash by an order of magnitude. It’s bad, you think? You ain’t seen nothing yet, buddy! Please believe me: it will get a LOT worse this year and next year.
Most service industries have been hit very hard by the Chinese Virus pandemic. I refuse to call it Corona, as it was
almost certainly created in a Chinese lab with lax quality and security controls. There are very strong indications it came from there, not from eating a bat. China is notorious for lack of security and quality — the only indestructible things they create are viruses. The Wuhan virus isn’t the first one coming from there. My I remind you of SARS? Even the Black Death originated in China. Of course we can’t blame the Chinese government for the latter.
Everything related to airplanes and flying worldwide is in deep trouble. Many airlines are on the brink of collapse or have already. Thai International will declare bankruptcy very soon. KLM isn’t doing that well either, though it will probably survive. The cruise industry will collapse later this year. Yes, the entire industry. The horeca (hotel, restaurant, cafe) industry is on the brink of collapse in most countries.
In Thailand it already has. Most hotels are closed permanently or at least are boarded up. Even if today the all-clear were to be given, it is highly doubtful it could recover. Many coach companies and tour companies have shut down or found something else to do. Recovery will take many years. And only if unrestricted travel is allowed — which won’t happen. Thailand is in a tough spot here: most tourists come from afar. Wearing a mask for 12+ hours nonstop plus a week (currently two weeks) of strict quarantine will not attract many holidaymakers.
The all-clear will definitely not be given. Not any time soon. Perhaps by the end of the year, at the very earliest. We sailed relatively unscathed through the first period, but the Indian variety changed that. Infections are now in the thousands, and deaths in the hundreds. Not as bad as in other counties, but still very bad. The government was planning to lessen the security measures, but now they’re strengthening them. Any idea of reopening before October is completely out of the question. Even that is wishful thinking, I’m afraid. More likely somewhere far into 2022.
In both the EU and in America we have socialist governments hell-bent on spending. Due to, among other things, the theories of (socialist!) John Maynard Keynes. Yes, in times of trouble it can be a good idea to toss in public money. However, that money must be paid back. Something most governments, certainly socialist governments, aren’t particularly keen on.
Now, that Keynes wasn’t a very good economist in my book. He invested himself heavily in … Weimar Germany. The hyperinflation came as a big surprise to him and wiped out most of his investments. Something you don’t expect from a professional economist. Certainly not of his standing. In Wikipedia he is praised. He didn’t lose any money in the Crash of 1929, after all. What they ignore is that he didn’t have any money left to lose. He had already lost it.
Both the US and EU governments want to spend enormous amounts of money on insane prestige projects. The Biden administration gives every US citizen a pittance to ease their suffering. While both Biden and the EU spend trillions on asylum seekers and the environment. Neither government is willing to scale down their prestige projects. Just like Weimar Germany.
Consumer prices are at the moment stable. However, prices of raw materials worldwide are rising. Timber, steel and grain prices in particular are on the rise. Not oil, but that comes mainly from worldwide lockdowns. You can’t travel by car or plane. Shipping is at an all-time low.
That will change, once the situation improves, later this year. By then consumers will go out and spend their money all at the same time. Which will create huge demand with little supply. That automatically creates high prices. Supply will stagnate, as the world economy has to restart. No government is capable of controlling prices, though all of them have tried that in the past.
The only way to postpone the inevitable is to print more money. Postpone, mind you. That’s all they can do. The crisis of 1929 in the US was not solved by the New Deal. It eased the suffering somewhat, at the price of a much longer crisis. In Germany at that time Heinrich Brüning was chancellor. His policy was the exact opposite of what Roosevelt did: stop government spending as much as possible, fire civil servants and reduce social welfare. Oh, before I forget: The German economic crisis started in 1923, not in 1929. That one only made their existing crisis much worse.
The electorate didn’t like that. Nor will the electorate today like it. No matter what, voters will invariably vote for (perceived) long-term less painful rather than for short-term painful solutions. Then and now. In both cases with good reason. Most people are poor. Yes, even you. Unless you make more than half million a year, you are not even middle-class. We poor have to accept what we are offered. We never get more, always less.
Governments rescuing the economy with public money can work, at the price of high inflation. You need very strong monetary frugal governments do to that and keep the situation under control. Even then, you spread out the misery over many more years. That’s why Brüning tried to rip off the band-aid in one go. And why he was voted out of office in mere months. He was very soon afterwards replaced by a (national) socialist named Hitler.
How was Hitler able to revive the economy? Simple. By stealing money. First from the Jews and his political opponents. Later on, by stealing it from other countries. The first victim was Austria. The next one Czechoslovakia. The rest is history.
Oh, another little gem for you. Big corporations did not support Hitler. His voters (the working class with jobs) did that. They had to pay for membership (naturally) and also for attending meetings, schooling and seminars. The Communists did not and could not do that. Their voter base was the working class without jobs. They had more supporters, but no money. Even though the fees the NSDAP levied that way were not high, it was more than enough to gain them political power.
Mind you, Hitler wasn’t crazy. He simply had no other options. First he (ab)used the money from the working class to get into power. To keep it, he had to conquer other nations. So he could keep paying for his welfare state. Until he ran out of other states or resources. He ran out of both.
It is possible wiser heads might prevail, though I doubt that very much. Later this year we’re going to see inflation rising. That is a certainty. Given the fact that we have very strong socialists in control of the economy in both the EU and the USA, the chances are extremely high that the coming high inflation will turn into hyperinflation. Especially with the Woke and ‘Reset the Economy’ movements so strong and vocal, that is almost inevitable.
— H. Numan
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. — Luke 21
from Stilton's Place
Following the successful cyberattack (thought to be tied to a criminal group called "Darkside") which forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down 5500 miles of pipeline, Joe Biden has taken forceful action to show computer terrorists that the United States won't stand for this. Rather, it will continue to sit on its well-padded rear end.
Oh sure, the attack caused filling stations to run out of gasoline and plunged the stock market into despair, but Biden's response has been to sign an executive order which will create committees that will eventually compile a playbook of suggestions about possible responses to future such attacks. Such as creating larger committees and thicker playbooks, almost certainly at a cost of $2 trillion.
Were Donald Trump still in the Oval Office, we would likely have seen all of this play out much differently. For starters, the media would have blamed the President personally for the utter failure of cybersecurity measures and then cite the failure as smoking-gun proof of collusion between the Russkis and the White House. Under Biden, the media's response was more measured, largely amounting to a collective "ho-hum, nothing to see here."
We also expect that Trump would have skipped the committee approach and just launched some "beautiful, beautiful Predator drones" which would fire "Hellfire missiles which are, and I've heard this personally from some of our top generals, you'd know their names, the best missiles anywhere," after which, when the clouds of red mist cleared, the computer hackers would look like cans of Spaghetti-Os which exploded violently in a hot car.
Such an action would be a considerable disincentive for those planning future cyberattacks on our nation's infrastructure, although we're sure that any terrorists with a pathological fear of "playbooks" are also reconsidering their career options about now. Or not.
More comics and humor at…http://stiltonsplace.blogspot.com/
But for now, the Colonial Pipeline crisis has been resolved and gasoline will soon be trickling back to the pumps. And is the crisis over because our laughingly-named intelligence agencies tracked down the miscreants and undid the computer mischief? Nope. It's over because Colonial Pipeline, rather than wait for the Government to act, paid the hackers a $5,000,000 ransom to get the password which would unencrypt the data on their frozen computers.
Which, in fairness, proves that their playbook is working just fine.
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We are under an evil, totalitarian threat [Letter from Great Britain – 05-15-21]
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On May 15, 2021 Austrian Peter wrote on The Burning Platform :
The scamdemic has highlighted an agenda that the global elites have been promoting for decades. They have tried on many occasions, without success, and now we have arrived at the pinnacle of their evil plans thus far. It is instrumental to consider that the majority of people supporting the current impositions are generally the ‘left’ Democrats with the ‘right’ Republicans opposing them. This has split America into two divisions—those who believe in the ‘collective’ (the herd) and those who believe in ‘freedom’ of the individual.
“Today, we face new enemies of the open society from within our own societies. Again, they make knowledge claims that are both cognitive and moral. The difference is that they don’t operate with the mirage of an absolute good, but with deliberately stoked fear of threats, such as the spread of the coronavirus or climate change. These are undoubtedly serious challenges. But they are employed to set certain values absolute, such as health protection or climate protection.
An alliance of some scientists, politicians and business leaders claims to have the knowledge of how to steer society down to family and individual life in order to safeguard these values. Again, the issue is about a higher social good – health protection, living conditions of future generations – that is posed as overriding individual human dignity and basic rights.
The mechanism employed is to spotlight these challenges in such a way that they appear as existential crises: a killer virus going around, a climate crisis threatening the livelihoods of our children. The fear that is stirred up in this way then makes it possible to gain acceptance for setting aside the basic values of our coexistence – just as in the totalitarianisms criticized by Popper, in which the supposedly good motivated many people to commit de facto criminal acts.
This mechanism consists in spreading fear and exploiting the moral value of solidarity to define this boundary in so narrow a manner that, in the end, there is no room for the free shaping of one’s life left: any exercise of freedom can be construed as generating negative externalities that threaten the freedom of others.
Consequently, everyone has to prove that their actions do not unintentionally further the spread of a virus or the change of climate, etc. – this list could be extended at will. In this manner, everybody is placed under a general suspicion of potentially harming others with everything they do.
The burden of proof thus is reversed: it is no longer required to provide concrete evidence that someone impairs the freedom of others with certainty of their actions. Rather, everyone must prove from the outset that their actions cannot have unintended consequences that potentially harm others. Accordingly, people can free themselves from this general suspicion only by acquiring a certificate that clears them – like a vaccination certificate, a sustainability passport or a social pass in general. This is a kind of modern sale of indulgences. The serious negative effects for health protection, for the entire population and viewed globally, as a consequence of the devastating damage caused by lockdowns and the like are now evident.” https://www.aier.org/article/the-new-enemies-of-the-open-society/
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