The corona monster (Covid-19) has just about run its course and is, for all intents and purposes, dead. By coincidence, corona, from the Latin for crown, implies royalty, i.e., king.
The king is dead! Long live the King!!
Psalms 91 is a celebration of the joy of trusting in Almighty God to watch over His people and to keep them from calamity. Consider this:
“Surely He shall deliver you…from the perilous pestilence…”
“You shall not be afraid of…the pestilence that walks in darkness…”
“…Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling…”
Three times in the space of sixteen verses this Psalm supports the belief that those who put their trust in God do not have to be afraid. Yet, many who profess belief in God have also given in to the fear of the corona virus propaganda, e.g., distancing themselves from others, including their own families, the donning of face coverings which cannot be proven efficacious against this virus, the willing submission to lock down orders, the social distrust which has been engendered, the political division which has been amplified, etc.
The question is—in whom do we place our trust? Fallible governments which seek power over us or the infallible God Who promises to love us, no matter what?
As Christians, who proclaim that Jesus Christ is King, we should never be afraid of any disease or calamity, regardless of its severity. We should be fearless in the face of this “existential threat”. We should be unafraid.
On August 26, 2020, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) had this to say about deaths in the US associated with the Covid-19 corona virus. The quote can be found in the Co-morbidities section about halfway down the page.
According to the report, there were 161, 392 deaths from the week ending February 1, 2020 to August 22, 2020. Out of this number, 6%, or about 9, 684 died from corona exclusively. All the rest died from other causes with corona complications, but not from corona alone. About 80% of these were 65 years of age or older. An additional 12% were between the ages of 55-64, with the numbers steadily dropping as younger ages are computed. This simply verifies what was previously known—that Covid-19 is a serious threat to old people and little more than a nuisance to young adults and children.
Anyone who studies the chart can see that some co-morbidities weigh prominently in the numbers: heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, pneumonia, obesity, diabetes, etc. All of these are known killers or complicating factors by themselves, even without the corona virus, especially in elderly people. This leads us to the logical deduction that many of these people probably would have died within a short time anyway if they had NEVER contracted the virus.
In another chart (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6826a5.htm), the CDC claims that the average number of deaths per day from all causes is about 8000. Since the first of the year 2020 to the present (240 days +/-), there have been 1, 920, 000 +/- deaths in the US. Of these, less than 10, 000 are attributed to the corona virus exclusively or about ½ of 1 per cent of the total. Out of the total number of Americans in the US (328, 000, 000 +/-), less than 10, 000 have died FROM the virus or about 1 out of every 33, 000 people. At this rate, Ravalli County would have had almost exactly 1.33 deaths FROM corona so far in 2020, while the state of Montana would have suffered the deaths of about 33 people.
Because of this we have destroyed the economy, ordered everyone to go inside their homes and shut the doors, created an anti-social environment by coercing people to stay distant from each other, fostered a belief that a scrap of cloth over our faces will keep us safe, triggered an unreasonable atmosphere of fear and terror within society, and allowed “officials” to exercise tyrannical control over our lives. Because of this?
Covid-19 is real. That is true and is not disputed. It does pose a danger to some people, but we need to keep our heads clear about this. It is not and never was the existential threat it was promoted to be. We need to stop treating it as if it were.
A young boy, five year old Cannon Hinant, was recently murdered while riding his bike with his sisters at his home in Wilson, North Carolina. A neighbor, Darius Sessoms, walked up to him and shot him in the head at point blank range without warning.
Even though this happened weeks ago on August 9, I am still enraged whenever I hear about it or think about it. That a grown man, twenty-five years old, could coldly execute a boy who had only begun to live, simply makes me boil. It makes me furious that someone can have so little disrespect for human life, especially young children, that he would just “snuff out” everything that this little boy was and could have been.
My heart aches, not only for Cannon’s family and friends who are the first responders of grief, but also for the killer’s family, which must deal with the aftermath. They have to live with what has happened as well and it might very well be harder for them than for the boy’s family.
When I think about the man who committed this heinous act, the song by Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody comes to mind and I grieve for him as well.
“Mama, just killed a man, put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead. Mama, life had just begun, but now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.”
Cannon Hinant’s future was pure potential, Darius Sessom’s is certain. He will be tried, found guilty of first-degree murder, and either executed or locked up in a maximum-security prison for the rest of his life. Execution would be the more merciful punishment.
This episode, however, is just one of many in a society which has gone insane. “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” is the ancient saying and it should be evident that American society has plunged headlong in that direction. It seems that every day brings us one step closer to a complete breakdown of civilized society and, once started on the road to ruin, there is no turning back. There is only the hope that someday, somehow, this madness will be over and we can get back to getting along with each other peacefully.
America’s problems are not unique, however, because they crop up in other places around the world, sometimes where most people wouldn’t expect them. For instance, Alex Utopium has written about a twelve year old girl who was killed by gunfire during a shootout between rival gang members in Stockholm, Sweden. Yes, Sweden, that socialist paradise so beloved by progressives everywhere, has a problem and it is just as ugly as it is in any other country where human life is of no concern.
Why should we be surprised, though? For decades, we have systematically killed our youngest and most vulnerable citizens through the practice of abortion on demand, otherwise known as “woman’s rights”. We have applauded Hollywood (and rewarded them financially) as they pumped out more and more graphic violence, depicting the most heinous scenes possible to a warped mind. We have saluted as “our troops” have swarmed over and slaughtered untold millions of people in other countries, small, poor, and unable to adequately defend themselves–all in the name of “national interest”. That is, if you understand it correctly, money and the power it can buy.
Modern human society is bankrupt. The bills of three or four centuries of continual “Enlightenment”, of trying to build a utopian world on sinful human nature are now coming due and will be paid. The books will be balanced–in one way or another and most of us will probably not like the results.
Who is to blame? Street gangs in Stockholm? Black men in America? Yes, absolutely, but also everyone else, including you and I. All of us share some amount of the responsibility for what is happening around us as our world burns and collapses. All of us ought to consider the beam which is in our own eye (Matthew 7:5) before we start to “fix” the troubles that our brothers and sisters are dealing with.
This is why I cannot condemn Darius Sessoms. This is why my rage is not so much directed at him nor any other individual, but more toward myself, the character flaws I struggle with, and the culture I live in.
I can be better. We can be better. We must be better. Our world depends on it.
On August 9, 2020, some family members and I visited Glacier National Park in Montana and drove the west side of the Going to the Sun road to Logan Lodge at the Continental Divide. Those who have been there can understand my appreciation of the raw, immense beauty of the mountains and valleys. It is understandable why the local Indian tribes revered this area as sacred.
Twelve hours of steady driving there and home again. Well worth the time and expense. Nevertheless, there were a few flies in the ointment, one of which still smells badly, about which Donald John Trump, American President will be receiving a letter from me.
When we arrived at the little “village” (read that as ‘very expensive tourist trap’) at the entrance to the park, virtually everyone was wearing a face mask (Eric Peters calls them diapers), even while walking around in the clean, fresh air. There were signs everywhere requiring and/or encouraging people to wear one while shopping or even to allow entry into the buildings. Nothing new about that, of course, as it is par for the course nowadays. What amazed me was the near-universal compliance to this insult to our intelligence.
None of us in my party (myself, my wife, her sister, and her husband) had taken masks with us. We did not purchase any. We did not wear any. We were virtually the only ones there who were “unprotected” from the Corona Monster, as if it was lurking behind one of the peaks just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting visitors.
However, no one said anything to us about our “selfishness” or “murderous intent”. No one tried to restrict our entry into the shops or bathrooms. No one gave us dirty looks. In fact, as I remember it, many of the people there who had masks actually removed them at times or pulled them down below their noses or chins. Not while they were close to strangers, mind you, but if they were sitting at a table away from others, they did take some liberty.
Once we got into the park and away from the buildings, I did notice that most of the people who were wandering around in the fresh air or taking pictures were not wearing masks. In fact, out of the hundreds who were out of their cars, I only saw a few, probably not more than ten or twelve, who had their faces covered. From this, it seems evident that most people recognize the farce and only participate in it when they feel pressured.
Perhaps there is hope, after all!
The second thing, far more serious, occurred when we arrived at the check-in to the Going to the Sun road. Even though it was fairly early in the day, there was a long line of traffic going in and rangers were directing vehicles into this lane or that one, trying to maintain efficiency and flow. Eventually, we pulled up to a kiosk to pay the exorbitant $35.00 fee and were greeted by an unsmiling, unfriendly, no-nonsense, middle-aged woman who brusquely informed me that cash was not accepted and that I could only pay by credit card. Even though I had held out two twenty dollar bills to her and offered it to her twice, the answer was the same–credit card payments only.
My wife’s sister was hot.
“This is a national park, subject to the law! The law says that they have to take the cash! The dollar is legal tender for any debt, public or private! It says so right on the note! I’m going to write to President Trump about this! We should have forced them to accept it!”
Which is all very true and we probably could have demanded a hearing with a supervisor and insisted that they take the currency. More than likely, we would have won the argument, but we wanted to get in and simply gave the harpy attendant a credit card. Really, in hindsight, I should have told her that she was violating my civil liberties since she was not wearing The Mask and was definitely less than six feet away from me. Whoo, boy, that would have really created a stink! Pull over there! Get out of the car! ID, please!!
Perhaps I should sue the National Park Service over this? For certain, the president will hear from me.
Actually, it’s not the credit card payment which is the sticking point in my craw. I make payments all the time with my card, either in person or online, as do most other people. And it’s not the wearing of the face mask that bothers me even though I refuse to. The fact that others do is their business, not mine.
What gets me going is the fact that I am being told, literally ordered, to do these things. The governor says everyone MUST cover their face with a rag, whether they like it or not. The Powers That Be tell me that I MUST enter the digital world planned for me, whether I like it or not. You WILL conform, doggone it, whether you like it or not.
Well, now, not quite so fast! The more I get pushed into something, the stronger my resolve becomes to stand my ground. There comes a time when a man simply has to stand up for what he believes in. There comes a time when his liberty becomes more important than his convenience, perhaps even more important than his life. There comes a time when he refuses to give in to the opinions, tantrums, and dictates of those around him, choosing instead to live according to his principles and what is right.
Joe Biden, the presumptive presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket, has recently announced that, if elected, he would immediately write an Executive Order requiring all Americans to wear a face mask when in public. Of course, ‘public’ means whenever anyone else can see you. And also, of course, this is designed as an immediate vote getter which will play well with those people who believe that ‘government’ means ordering everyone else to fall into line with whatever happens to be the political whim of the day. Or else!
Second, even if he did, he does not have what it takes to enforce the edict short of turning the country into East Germany, v.2, complete with its attendant surveillance system and willing informers everywhere.
Third, by making the wearing of masks mandatory for everyone, everywhere, he runs the risk of being completely ignored by a large contingent of the population. Being ignored is the worst thing which can happen to a politician. Being ignored is absolute hell for anyone who wants to force their worldview on anyone else. I know. I’ve been there. My experience tells me that the best thing for Joe Biden is to simply not pay any attention at all to what he says or does. It will make him a better man.
Do not get me wrong. I do not have any more love for Donald Trump than I do for Biden. However, it strikes me as incongruous and inconsistent that so many people shriek about the “tyranny” of Trump’s actions, but would automatically welcome Biden’s tyranny if he were to be elected and put his plans into effect. Whether face masks work or not is irrelevant. Tyranny is tyranny in whatever flavor it comes and it should be resisted wherever it shows up.
We are beginning to find out and it’s not looking good.
When 2Q GDP numbers came out recently, we learned that the American economy had contracted 32.9% annualized from the same period in 2019. This was the largest and steepest drop in history, far eclipsing even the worst of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. This came on the heels of the 1Q GDP contraction of 6.9% from the 1Q 2019. What is interesting is that the economy in early March was still registering a slight amount of growth, but essentially collapsed in the last half of the month, coinciding neatly with the extreme lockdown of the country.
Projections and predictions are that the 3Q GDP figures will show up to a 15% increase over 2Q, but this is still a precipitous drop from 2019. Of course, it should be noted that projections and predictions are just that—guesses and estimates at best. It is entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that the economic losses will accelerate in the 3Q, due in large part to the zealousness of “officials” to destroy the economy based on what appears in hindsight to be nothing more serious than a “bad flu season.”
In the meantime, we fight with each other over bits of cloth covering our faces.
Let me put it in plain English so that everyone can understand it. It is the destruction of the economy and the accompanying societal breakdowns which are the existential threats to our way of life. Compared to what is coming, Covid-19 is a sideshow.
Where we go from here is not certain, but my guess (projection, prediction) is that it is going to be a rough, wild ride.
“…and his mouth was like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.” (Revelation 13: 2)
“And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue [wage war] for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.” (Revelation 13: 5-7a)
Whether you believe that we are living in the “last days” as so many Christians do or that we are not (as I do), I find it difficult to discount the irony of what is detailed below. On the other hand, there might be absolutely nothing to it and it is all purely coincidence.
Words that start with the letters fa: false, fascist, fallacy, farce, faux, fake, faulty, fabricated, factitious, facile, faithless, fart, fantasy, etc.
Fauci is an Italian word which is commonly interpreted in English as ‘jaws, mouth, or maw’. It is often used in the sense of a carnivore or a predator capturing, tearing, or destroying its prey, i.e., the mouth of a lion. The term, ‘the jaws of death’ is from the Italian, ‘le fauci della morte’.
It’s interesting that one of the most famous men in the world today is Anthony Fauci, who is the spokesman for the medical/pharmaceutical/state collaboration on the Covid-19 episode. Fauci, the mouthpiece of the elite establishment. Fauci, the jaws of the group which is seeking to force all common people into wearing face masks, muting and muzzling their own voices. Fauci, the maw of the organization which is trying to destroy and devour all others.
Fauci, who speaks for the beast.
Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that the one villain James Bond was never able to defeat was also named Jaws?
Does God have a sense of humor? See Psalms 2: 4 for corroboration. While you’re there, read the whole doggone chapter and relate it to the time we are living in. My guess is that God is done laughing.
Logic and reason are wasted on those who prefer emotional belief, so I won’t go down that road. Instead, I will point to historical instances when people were (and are) forced to wear particular items of attire.
2. Nazi Germany compelled all Jews to wear a special insignia, often a yellow star sewed to their clothing. What is not so widely known is that other societies have also done the same to various subcultures with the intention of shaming and subjugating them.
3. In literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter , a novel which describes the punishment Hester Prynne was forced to endure as a result of her conviction of adultery. Although this is fictional, the theme drew from the historical basis in early Yankee New England in which public “shaming” was rampant.
In all of these, the salvation of society was (supposedly) secured by forcing everyone to conform to a certain standard of behavior, shown as an article of clothing. In addition, there is this:
4. While there is no coherent proof that anyone was forced to wear a mask during the Black Plague outbreaks of medieval Europe, there is the historical record that doctors wore strange masks during the plague of 1656. This was due to the belief that miasma or bad air was the cause of the plague, which necessitated a layer of protection to filter the air before it was inhaled.
Today, all over the world, immense pressure is put on individuals to conform to the “mandates” by health officials and governments concerning the wearing of face masks. Goggles and ear coverings will probably soon be ordered, all in the name of maintaining public safety.
Forget about religions. Forget about diseases. Forget about everything except the exercise of raw power by the few over the many and then pay attention to what I am saying. Those who refuse to learn from the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. As a word of warning, any government which is powerful enough to order everyone to wear a “covid” mask is also powerful enough to require a burqa, a yellow star, or a scarlet letter. With severe consequences, I might add, for those who disobey or resist.
This time it’s different, though. It can’t happen here. Yes, and the stock market always goes up, too…that is, until it collapses and the suckers who bought in at the top are devastated.
First item—Donald Trump is now urging everyone to wear a mask. See here for details.
“We are asking everybody, when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask,” Trump said. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact.”
In addition to this bomb, Anthony Fauci was not invited to the latest press conference. How strange is that? Is he being sidelined or moved out? One can only hope.
Next, apparently the DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) is having nightmares about all this face mask hysteria. It’s not good for digital facial recognition, which anybody with common sense would have realized a long time ago. Yeah, it used to be that only robbers of banks and convenience stores wore masks to cover their faces. The DHS, however, is a bloated bureaucracy and is just now starting to understand that things might be getting out of hand.
“As the general public in the United States argues about whether or not we should be wearing masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, law enforcement officials are concerned that facial recognition software could be thwarted, and possibly even broken by people wearing masks.”
Well, duh! Did you get that? Facial recognition software could be thwarted and possibly even broken by people wearing masks. Doggone, I may have to change my stance and start wearing a face mask. Anything which slows down or derails the growth of State Security (Stasi) is something I can support and may even participate in.
The really interesting question now, though, is what will all the Trump supporters do. Will they start wearing face masks because the Donald said they should or will they continue to pooh-pooh the issue? Will they now view him as a traitor to the cause?
Even more interesting is what the TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) victims will do. Will they automatically reverse their position and abandon the device? After all, the mantra for the last 3-1/2 years has been to “Resist!” It seems logical that the Left would ditch the mask now that Trump has come out of the closet in favor of it.
Miracles do happen, but this one seems like a stretch to me. More than likely, the Right will simply say he’s been bought off and compromised, while the Left will say that he’s finally seen the light and will push even harder.
“May you live in interesting times” is the ancient Chinese blessing curse. The time we live in has just taken a more lively turn.
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” — Bertrand Russell–Unpopular Essays (1950) “Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”
“…if we let things terrify us, then life is not worth living.” — Seneca
The fear is palpable. It can be seen anywhere…and everywhere. Ordinary, average people covering their faces with whatever can be called a mask. Signs and placards telling shoppers to maintain a “safe” distance between themselves and others. Non-stop “news” reports which keep the crisis constantly in view. Government officials declaring lockdowns. Model predictions presented as absolute proof that these actions are necessary. Constantly updated numbers which “prove” that the threat is existential. The ever-present and growing possibility of mass vaccination—voluntary or ordered. And on and on…
The worst thing about Covid-19 is not the virus itself, but the fear, panic, and hysteria it generates. We have become afraid of something which most of us will never encounter in any meaningful, personally detrimental way. We have allowed our fear to foster suspicion of everyone around us and to drive us apart. Humans are social creatures, but we have become anti-social and antagonistic toward others—not because they ARE a threat to our lives, but because we think that they MIGHT be. Because of our fear, we are encouraging and condoning actions which would have been unimaginable just a few short years ago. We have been spooked. We have been reduced to fighting with each other over a scrap of cloth.
This brings up a question. Why are we afraid? There are any number of things that could be trotted out to answer this question, but ultimately only one explains it fully—we are afraid to die. We have never come to grips with the certainty that our lives are going to end sometime. We avoid death like the plague, pardon the pun, and simply refuse to countenance the idea that we are mortal. Life is a preparation for death and to paraphrase Seneca, if we let death terrify us, then we will not live.
Life, however, is also about potential and what we can become in the time we are here. All of us are capable of more than we realize, but when we allow fear to consume our thoughts and dictate our actions, we become paralyzed and incapable of reaching our potential…or even coming remotely close to it. This is one of the great tragedies of life—that we have such enormous capacity and accomplish so little. A side note to this is that the little we do accomplish is often done, not because we recognize our potential and reach for it, but out of a sense of self-defense, in other words, because we are afraid.
Supposedly, as modern, enlightened people, we have overcome the superstitions which afflicted our ignorant ancestors. The events of the last several months, however, should have put that belief to bed. We are just as fearful as they were, creating our own superstitions and, consequently, have become cruel in our own way.
Conquer the fear. It is the only way forward.
[This essay was first published as a Letter to the Editor in the Bitterroot Star, a small, local newspaper in Stevensville, Montana]
If there still remained any question about the insanity of the Corona Thing, the issue of abortion should resolve that. Our society has gone full-blown mad.
Since the rationale for the heavy-handed lockdown by governments everywhere has been touted and promoted as necessary for our “safety”, a person could be forgiven for thinking that the killing centers known as “abortion facilities” would also be shuttered. After all, how can anyone maintain a “social distance” of at least six feet and still invade the womb of a woman in order to destroy the unborn human being growing with that womb? Or conversely, how can the woman “social distance” if she allows very close, intimate, and physical contact with other persons? The obvious answer is that she can’t. They can’t. And yet, if you were to think that the procedure should be, at the very least, postponed until the virus runs its course, you would be mistaken.
Apparently, even though state governors have shut down virtually all “non-essential” commerce and activity, some judges have decided that abortion centers can be exempt from that. After all, if a woman wants to abort her unborn child, then to postpone that action is to create undue “hardship” on her, since it might cause complications. Complications to the woman, that is, it says nothing at all about the baby.
Let me get this straight. Our economy has been shut down. We have gone into, basically, a system of house arrest for much of the country and the world. All this is done preemptively because some people might die from the corona virus. Supposedly, the focus of the whole exercise is to save lives, regardless as to how much inconvenience it causes to those who have been subjected to it. We’re all in this together, right? Well, not exactly. The killers of unborn children have been given carte blanche to continue as usual.
Work in a restaurant, bar, hair salon, exercise gym, clothing store, gun shop, etc., to support your family? Stop! Right now!! The world needs your sacrifice in order to win this war!!! Work in an abortion facility? Carry on! Abortion is an “essential” part of life and it is necessary that a woman’s “rights” be preserved intact.
Question: If all our other “rights” can be abrogated so easily, then why does the “right” to an abortion have to be maintained? Answer: Because it fits an agenda. It doesn’t have to be logical or correct, but it does have to follow the narrative.
It would seem proper that, since the focus of all the recent events has been to save lives, then the most vulnerable among us would also be included. The fact that they are not simply underscores the depths of our depravity.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”–Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Actually, it really was the best of times for a while and many of us thought it would go on forever. When you’re dealing in economics and politics, though, nothing goes on forever and when the situation finally turned just a few months ago, it echoed Ernest Hemingway’s description of going bankrupt — “…gradually, then suddenly.”
We may have seen ‘the best of times’, but it is fairly certain that we have not yet begun to plumb the depths of ‘the worst of times’. It is quite possible, probable even, that we are only beginning to experience the consequences of decades of living large on a debt binge, fueled by annually growing government deficits, ever-increasing “fiscal stimulus” injected into the economy by the Federal Reserve, and the average person in hock up to his eyeballs as he tried to maintain his lifestyle of keeping up with the Joneses.
We have a rough and rocky road ahead of us. Our economy is not going to bounce back and revert to “normal” once the Coronavirus pandemic has run its course. The far larger threat is financial, economic, and political ruin on a truly massive scale. It would be easy, but not accurate, to blame the virus for what is happening. The truth is, however, that Corona only acted as the pin which pricked the Federal Reserve caused bubble. It may have been the catalyst which started the action, but the bubble had been building for a long, long time—searching for a pin and an opportune time to brush up against it.
Normal? If what we had before was normal, then we are going to experience something far worse—major recession and even Greater Depression, widespread unemployment, hyper-inflation, the death of the US dollar, authoritarian and autocratic rule, martial law, chaos, destruction, wars, and a loss of life on a scale we’ve not seen before. Is that abnormal? It’s going to become the new normal and we’re going to learn how to live with it and, potentially, to die from it. When it’s over, everything about us as a people, society, culture, country, and world will be different. Completely different.
I am confident, though, that somehow, someway, most of us will manage to survive and come out on the other side—poorer, stronger, and wiser. And I think it is safe to say that for the vast majority of people, the word ‘debt’ will once again become a four-letter word.
As it should.
I wrote this article on March 27, 2020. It was first published as a Letter to the Editor in the Bitterroot Star, Stevensville, MT.
The essay below is my response to a comment posted in the conversation at one of Bionic Mosquito’s recent blog posts, Shaming the Wise. This concerns the Corona virus hysteria and the reactions of people to it. You will have to go to the Comments section to pick up the thread. I will not reproduce it here. If you are not reading Bionic Mosquito, you should be.
This can be broken down into subsets.
1. Those who created and fed the narrative.
2. Those who bought into it and panicked.
3. Those who resisted and kept a clear head.
It can be assumed that those in category #1 will never admit to any wrong on their part. If justice were to prevail, many of those would be hauled into court, confronted with the evidence against them, convicted by a jury, and punished severely. It is also safe to assume this will not happen. There is nothing to be done except to resist them in every way possible.
Those in category #3 will have to admit any wrong on their part ONLY if the Corona Thing actually does become a full-blown, extremely deadly infection on the scale of medieval bubonic plague, which really was a killer. Should that happen, they will be left with nothing except to confess their sin to their neighbors and their God before they die. If Covid-19 fades away (as it looks like it will) and some semblance of normal life returns, they can stand firm in their convictions and beliefs. They should take advantage of the confusion and disarray by promoting the truth about the matter.
It is those in category #2 who will have to make a choice:
I. Admit to being gulled and giving into the hysteria.
II. Refuse to admit anything, no matter how much evidence is piled up against the narrative.
Those of the first part (I) will mimic the Grinch. “Whew, really lost my cool there. Carry on!” They may or may not change their mode of thinking and will probably have numerous excuses for acting the way they did. Some of them may look deep into their souls, not like what they see, courageously face the sordid facts about themselves, change their ways, and make significant strides along the path to freedom. For those, one particular Bible verse applies:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
On the other hand, there will be those who will admit to being sucked in, but will laugh off any personal change as unimportant, preferring instead to carry on in the same manner they did before the crisis. The repercussions to that attitude can be captured in one thought:
“Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods. Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’…”–Luke 12:18-20 (Berean Study Bible) (see also Ecclesiastes 8:14-15)
Those of the second part (II) will adamantly assert that Corona really was (and is) an existential, deadly threat which was averted ONLY because of the heavy-handed actions on the part of governments world-wide. There is little hope that these people will ever see the truth. They are blind, willfully blind, and will march in lockstep according to whatever decree Caesar issues. There is nothing to be gained by attempting to persuade them otherwise. They will die in their chains, thinking themselves safe. They have no wish to be free. Pity them, but don’t waste your time, breath, or peace on them.
P.S.–I concur with Bionic that Lew Rockwell has done an incredible work in methodically promoting the other side of the argument. He is to be commended. Thank you!
“…the CDC stated that COVID can be a valid diagnosis of the death of someone whether there is positive testing or not for COVID. If the doctor suspects COVID is part of the reason why the patient died, COVID can and should be listed as the cause of death.That only serves to inflate the death numbers of COVID.” [Emphasis in the original.]
In other words, if someone dies and it can be proven that he had contracted the virus OR if the doctor merely suspected that infection, then it should be reported that Covid was relevant to his death, whether or not it actually had anything to do with his demise. A person might suffer a massive heart attack and die while the EMT team was trying to stabilize and resuscitate, but the coroner could (and probably should, according to CDC guidelines) list the cause of death as due to COVID. In other words, he died from contracting the virus.
This is fraudulent reporting on the part of the medical staff and it is being openly encouraged by the CDC in order to, as Brownstein says, “…inflate the death numbers of COVID.”
But, enough about that. Let’s jump back to the headline at the top of the page.
30, 000 deaths is a lot of people. There is no question about that. Taken by itself, this could be cause for alarm, however, when you interpret this in relation to the total number of people in the United States, it takes on a whole new meaning.
Consider that there are 340, 000, 000 people living in the US. If you learned in high school how to cancel zeros, you can see that the ratio of deaths to live people is 3 per 34, 000, or breaking it down into fractional form—1/11, 333. That is, for every eleven thousand, three hundred and thirty three (11, 333) people living in the US at this time, one (1) person has died from (or with) the corona virus.
Ask yourself. Is one person dying for every 11,333 living worth shutting the country down, tanking the economy, and destroying the lives of countless millions of people who depended on “essential” jobs to support themselves and their families?
Spring is here, although the weather in my part of the world is still cold. I watched a small ‘blizzard’ outside my window on Saturday, which piled up at least an inch of snow on the ground with it blowing horizontally for much of that time. Some of it has not melted yet, but the weather “prophet” predicts warmer temperatures by the end of the week. Winter is over at last, although it may not be evident yet.
Good times, good times!
So it is with The Corona Thing. All of a sudden we’re seeing and hearing about the “light at the end of the tunnel”, with the attendant proclamations from on high that we might, just might, be able to unlock the economy and society a little bit, allowing some to go back to work. Some, meaning those whose life-sustaining jobs were deemed “not really essential at all” by the Powers-that-Be—all of whom have a vested interest in scaring the general public into a hysterical panic.
Suddenly, we’re seeing and hearing reports that this whole episode was blown completely out of proportion, fantastically exaggerated, and deliberately manipulated in order to justify locking down the entire world. Or maybe to act as a cover for what is happening in the financial arena, in which the FED has utterly lost control of the system and is desperately throwing trillions of dollars at the catastrophe in the vain hope that some of it will stick. Or maybe throwing trillions of dollars in order that the Cronies will be able to maximize their gains and wealth before the entire fiasco explodes in their faces. Take your pick.
As far as the corona-induced panic is concerned, I am reminded of the Christmas movie, The Grinch, which stars Jim Carrey. I watch it numerous times every year in December and always enjoy the show. In one scene the Grinch is careening down the mountain in his homemade sleigh with his dog, Max. At one point, he loses control of the sleigh and panics, screaming out something to the tune of, “I’m going to die. I’m going to be sick and then I’m going to die!” Nevertheless, just a few seconds later, he regains control and begins to calm down. After wiping his face, he makes this admission, “Whew, almost lost my cool there for a minute.”
Yes, indeed, you did, Mr. Grinch and so did all the other people who managed to go berserk in the midst of what can only be described as a ‘seemingly’ out-of-control situation in which many of us were certain we were going to die a horrible, untimely death. Now, all at once, we find ourselves still alive and, as a society, are going to have to admit that we just really lost it for a few months.
Crazy! It’s been crazy, but now it’s time for our “leaders” (politicians, experts, talking heads, financial manipulators, and corporate CEO’s) to get out of the way and let us get on with the task of picking up the pieces and starting to rebuild. However, that may not be as easy as it sounds, because this cycle of destruction is probably just beginning and, if so, still has a long way to go before it plays out.
Of all the movies I’ve ever seen, Fiddler on the Roof is my favorite, standing head-and-shoulders above everything else. I watch it over and over, often going to sleep and waking up only to shut it off at the very end. In one scene, Tevye’s daughter, Tzeitel and her new husband Motel are celebrating their wedding, during which the local police force shows up, wrecks the party, and terrorizes the celebrants, causing them all to scatter and flee. At the end of it, Tevye speaks to the only ones left, his immediate family, “Why are you standing around? Clean up!” Yet, at the end of the movie, all the Jews of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and vacate the region with only three days warning.
The first part of the modern version of this has just played out. Our social celebration of the “greatest economy ever” has been destroyed, not by the corona virus pandemic, but by the heavy-handed manipulation of it and the accompanying collapse of society and self-control. There was continuous fear-mongering and hysteria, resulting in everything which was good and right about social relations being frayed and broken, broken to bits in the futile attempt to save ourselves from what will, in all likelihood, be proven to be an engineered crisis—engineered by those who stood to gain immensely by destroying the rest of us. Now all we can do is pick up the pieces and go on, suspecting that there is more to come without understanding the form it will take or what we can do to avoid it. We may, like Tevye, his family, and his friends, simply have to abandon everything we have lived and worked for and move on to something else in the hope that somewhere things will be different and better.
When all this corona panic pandemic hysteria and craziness is over, everything about our lives will be different. It may be that we’ll be using our thumbprints, retina scans, or tattoos to pay for purchases instead of dollar bills or credit cards. Who knows?
It’s funny, though, that every generation looks back on earlier times and remembers them as ‘the good old days’. My guess is that within a few short years, the people who are still alive will look back on the time just prior to the Corona outbreak (and the accompanying financial and economic breakdown) and wish they were back there. Just like the Jews did after they had been carried off to Babylon. Well, all right, they weren’t actually carried, they had to walk the entire distance. Any who couldn’t keep up were promptly dispatched or left to die by themselves, somewhere in the desert without pity.
Every generation blames the one before, as the song says. In this case, the coming generations will have ample reason to blame ours, that is, mine—the baby boomers, who thought nothing of borrowing trillions and trillions of dollars to finance a lifestyle which was unsustainable—and putting the burden of paying that unbearable debt squarely on the shoulders of their children and grandchildren. Oh, yes, the ones who were “unlucky” enough to be born, not aborted, will have the grand pleasure of picking up the pieces from our selfish, irresponsible, immature, society and trying to make something out of it. They will have the opportunity to change the system in such a way so that something similar to what we are just beginning to experience will never, and I mean, never happen again. The only question is this. Will they remember what it was like and make the necessary adjustments or will they have to learn the lesson all over again. Time will tell.
Ah, yes! Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. It allows us the luxury of remembering a time when our lives were, at least in our minds, so much better. Our childhoods, adolescence, teen-age years, young adult-hood were clearly superior to what we are living with now. Heck, even the music we grew up with is better than what is being created and distributed today—if you can call it music. To one who listened to Classic Rock from the 60’s, it is impossible to have appreciation for the noise of today. And so on…
Yet, life goes on and the taste in music changes. So does economic thinking and I am willing to bet that an indebted life for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses will go out of style, although it will probably take years of intense hardship to convince people of that. It is far preferable to live within our ability to pay, even if that means that we do without, rather than mortgaging our future (and our children’s futures) so that we can live the good life today. It really will be a great day when that attitude has played itself out and we can all remember how good we had it before it was taken away.
Oh, and to make sure that it never happens again. This is the best thing we could leave our children.
“By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, Yeah, yeah, we wept, When we remembered Zion…” —Boney-M.
Note: Please understand that much of this has been written from a tongue-in-cheek perspective. Do not attempt to read more into it than is intended.
David Stockman gets quite long-winded at times, but his thoughtful and provocative analysis is usually worth the time it takes to read. See, for example, this article which just appeared in Lew Rockwell, concerning the fact that Republicans are just as eager and willing as Democrats to spend mind-blowing, insane amounts of money to bail out the country due to the general lock-down caused by the panic and hysteria over the corona virus. Stockman doesn’t pull any punches and is not afraid to name names.
“…you can kick any so-called conservative Republican on Capitol Hill and you will get the same brain-dead eruption of fiscal incontinence, such as this budget buster from one of the recently minted Republican Senators from Missouri:
“The circumstances are just overtaking us here in terms of the depth and scope of the economic fallout of this public health crisis,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), who has been pushing a plan to restore workers’ paychecks by having the government cover 80% of employers’ payroll costs, up to the national median wage, at all firms affected by the crisis, and provide incentives for rehiring workers laid off last month.
Is he kidding?”
A person could be forgiven for believing that measures like this are necessary, prudent, and wise in dealing with the fallout, especially if he listens non-stop to the hysterical nonsense spouted 24/7 by the media, the politicians, and the “official” bureaucrats who have been tasked with keeping the country safe.
Yet, when it comes right down to brass tacks, the figures don’t add up and show a completely different situation. Again, from Stockman, emphasis in the original.
““…here are Missouri’s corona-facts as of April 8. The state has had 3,327 positive cases and 58 deaths to date, which amount to 54 cases per 100,000 and 0.94 deaths per 100,000.
Yet this compares to annual death rates in Missouri of:
All causes: 1,008 per 100,000;
Heart diseases: 241 per 100,000;
Lung cancer and other lung diseases: 124 per 100,000;
Diabetes: 26 per 100,000;
Pneumonia & influenza: 20 per 100,000; and
Suicides: 19 per 100,000
No matter how you slice it, Missouri is not the subject of a deathly pandemic in any way, shape or form. Yet this pathetic rookie GOP Senator [Josh Hawley] can think of nothing better to do than to thrust his snout deep into the Bailout Trough along with all the rest of the Dem pols and Republican lifers in the Imperial City.”
Let’s face it, folks, this corona episode has never been anything except to mask the ongoing financial and political destruction of America and the world. Money, in other words, vast amounts of money. The bubbles blown by the Federal Reserve to placate and finance Wall Street, major banks, and huge multi-national corporations, have been getting larger and larger, resulting in more and more distress and hardship on Main Street. The latest, called the “everything” bubble, has simply been popped and the debris is now raining down on the economy at large. Covid-19 is not the cause, it was the pin that pricked the bubble.
We need to be honest and thinking clearly about this. Our (so-called) leaders, such as Josh Hawley, R-MO, are doing nothing more than the bidding of the people who really control the purse strings of finance. In this respect, Republicans are no better than Democrats. Republicans are simply more hypocritical about it.
There was absolutely no good reason for shutting the country down. There is, however, a very good reason for rooting out the men and women who have allowed it to happen. This, too, will happen… eventually, and some of us will live long enough to see it come about.
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”–(Mark 8:36, NIV)
Generally, this verse in the New Testament book of Mark is interpreted as a person so focused on gaining wealth that he (or she) loses sight of what is really important—their relationship to God and other people. What benefit is there really in being like Silas Marner, Ebenezer Scrooge, or Uncle Scrooge McDuck? Or, as the pop band ABBA puts it, “…money, money, money…”
In the context of the time we are now living, however, there is at least one other way in which we can lose our soul while attempting to become rich. Consider the corona virus pandemic which is sweeping the world and our insane reaction to it. It (the reaction, not the virus) has caused unbelievable chaos and havoc in our modern, ordinary, everyday life. In order to save the lives of a few people, we have managed to destroy our economies, our freedoms, and our social connections. We have, in short, become afraid—a world of wimps.
Why? Disease and epidemics used to be a regular part of life, ushering countless millions into the arms of the Grim Reaper. Death used to be understood as part of life. We are born, we live, we die used to be a concept which everyone knew and accepted as normal. Today, however, we are obsessed with the idea that life must be prolonged as long as absolutely possible, even using extraordinary measures to keep someone “alive.” We refuse to allow someone to simply die, even though everyone will go through the experience. We are, in short, afraid of death. We are afraid to die and anything which comes along to remind us of that certainty, such as a corona virus, just throws us into a fit of madness, denial, and hysteria.
The world has become accustomed to getting richer. The good life has become an end in itself. People seek out and live for prosperity, comfort, and ease, but cannot handle the current situation in which we find ourselves. What good, indeed, does it do a world of men if we all become rich, but lose our courage, strength, and common sense in the process? What benefit is there in becoming wealthy if we lose our freedoms in a mindless fantasy that we must be “safe” at all times from one of the vagaries of life?
Tough times make tough men. What we are just starting to go through will do one of two things:
1. It will cause us to be fearful and cowardly, amplifying the message that the sky is falling and that we are all going to die.
2. It will cause us to be strong and unafraid of what life can throw at us, knowing that we are here for only a short while, but able to live life to the fullest, no matter what.
Our focus needs to be, not on what might kill us, but on how we can survive AND prosper in spite of it. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Those words have never been more true and appropriate than right now. We do not have to give in to the panic and hysteria, neither do we have to be stupid and blind. With our eyes wide open, we should recognize that this situation IS serious, but there is no good reason to be so afraid of it that we rush blindly into the soul-crushing embrace of absolute safety, which is promised to us by those whose only desire is to control us completely.
“For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of self-control.”–(2 Timothy 1:7, Berean Literal Bible)
I had my truck radio tuned into my local rock station this afternoon on the drive home from work. During a commercial break, an announcement was made concerning the latest statistics in the US about the corona virus outbreak. I’m not sure how accurate these numbers are. This is only what I heard in the report.
In the US, as of today, there are over 347, 000 persons who have been confirmed to be infected with the virus. Also, as of today, more than 10, 000 of those persons have died. Of course, the announcement stated quite emphatically that these people died from the corona virus, but then this can be taken with a grain of salt, since many people who have died may have had the disease, but didn’t necessarily die from it.
Regardless, whether they died from corona or only were infected but died from another cause doesn’t really matter here. What I want to bring out is that there are 340 million people in the US, while only 347, 000 of those are infected. To anyone who can do basic math, this means that only one person in a thousand has been confirmed to be infected. Get that! One person in a thousand is known to be infected and out of that number, only one in 34 (10, 000 out of 347, 000) is likely to die after confirmation. Combine these two statistics and you get the startling conclusion that in the US, only 1 out of 34, 000 persons has died after infection.
There is also the near certainty that many, many other people contracted the disease and either showed no symptoms or developed what can only be described as a minor cold. The chances are quite good that I have been infected or that you have, perhaps without even knowing it. These have never been counted nor included in the official statistics. If they had been, the percentages associated with the virus would have dropped significantly.
To be sure, there are a lot of others who have been very sick and many of those might have died if prompt medical attention hadn’t been given to them, but the above numbers do not justify shutting down the entire economy. Neither do they give credence to the ‘official’ narrative about constant hand-washing, staying indoors in close quarters (probably the worst place to be if others around you are sick), face masks, 6 foot distancing, restricted shopping, and all the other ‘safety precautions’ foisted on and readily accepted by a gullible public.
When this is all over and some semblance of sanity returns to us, we are going to have to face the facts: Corona, while coming out of nowhere and extremely infectious, is not and never will be the existential enemy it has been promoted to be. We have been lied to, repeatedly and often, not only be politicians and health ‘experts’, but also by the media, which has done more to whip up 24/7 hysteria and panic than any other institution. Sensation sells and they have sold every bit of it they could for as long as they could. Maybe that will be some consolation to them when the general public wakes up, realizes that it has been greatly deceived, and demands that things be made right.
April 12th, 2020 is Easter Sunday. It is considered the most important date in history by the Christian religion. It is universally celebrated as the day on which Jesus Christ rose up out of the grave in which he had been placed after his death the Friday before by crucifixion. He had been declared dead, was entombed, and came back to life immortal. This is the message that has been proclaimed for 2000 years.
Today, in America, that message will be muted considerably because churches have been ordered by the State to close their doors because of the Corona virus panic, er, I mean, pandemic.
If the State can tell churches to shut down over a ‘bug’, then this can happen for any reason at all. In fact, history shows that the more totalitarian a State becomes, the more prone it is to shut church doors. America is not immune.
In defiance of this order, churches everywhere ought to throw open their doors, welcome everyone in, and get on with the joyful worship of the One Who was dead, but now lives. Pastors and church boards ought to ‘gird up their loins’ and tell the State where to get off. After all, as the Apostle Peter said so eloquently when called up before the Jewish Court, “We ought to obey God, rather than men.”
Will this happen? Not likely. Today, in America, worship of the State has trumped worship of the King. God help us!
Note: The above was submitted as a Letter to the Editor to the Ravalli Republic, in Hamilton, MT on April 4, 2020 and printed April 5.
I fully expect to receive blowback because of this, but it makes me angry that the US government, our government, can simply issue a ‘guideline’ (thinly veiled threat is more like it) to churches and other places of worship, which is then taken as law by those same assemblies. It is not my intention to disparage or minimize the danger posed by Coronavirus, but I will not be quiet when a governing official (whoever that might be—elected or bureaucratic) orders a church to close its doors. No government should be able to dictate which church can practice its faith, when it can be open, when it must close, how many people can attend, who can attend, how much distance there must be between attendees, etc., ad infinitum.
Most churches today are more concerned with maintaining their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status than with proclaiming the truth. Threaten the run-of-the-mill pastor of today with ‘sanctions’ for disobedience of State rules and he will probably cave, thus watering down the message of the Good News. More than likely, he will trot out the argument that, according to Romans 13, we are supposed to obey the civil authority in everything we do, without ever considering that Christians in Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia were under the same mandate and subject to the same standard.
Where will we draw the line against the encroachment of the State? If the various churches refuse to stand up to its edicts and dictates, what chance do any of us have?
Today is Sunday, March 29, 2020. I have this premonition that I will go to work tomorrow morning and be greeted with the order to put on a face mask, ostensibly to limit the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Being that I am a rebellious, independent sort of person, my initial reaction will be that I am not sick, that there is no reason to wear a mask, that I will not be bullied into wearing a mask, that I do not care one fig about another person’s opinion of me, etc., and will culminate in the declaration that I am not going to wear a mask. Period. No matter the consequences.
In that case, this is how it will play out. My boss, a no-nonsense type of person, will give me a choice: either wear the mask or go home without pay and the potential loss of my employment. Since I am hard-headed, stubborn, and independent, I will choose to go home and take my chances with my job. After all, there are other employers.
When I get home…oooh, Momma! The shit will hit the fan. My wife, never known for mincing words, will tell me in no uncertain terms, what her opinion of my decision is. Being the stubborn, hard-headed, argumentative type of person I am, I will try to convince her that my actions are appropriate and that she should appreciate the fact that I stand up for my convictions. She will then proceed to tell me her opinion of that! Tempers will flare and words spoken which will have to be corrected later on. At the end of it all, I will reluctantly admit that it would have been better to simply put on the face mask and shut my mouth. In addition, I will have to crawl back to my boss, admit my sin, and beg for my job back.
This is stupidity! Stupidity!! There is no other way to describe it.
Sixty plus years of life and its attendant experiences have taught me a few things, perhaps more than I realize.
1. It is futile and detrimental to argue with my wife.
2. It is not beneficial to argue with my boss about something which is not important.
3. Five of the most important words I’ve had to learn the hard way are these: It is what it is. It is useless, as Jesus Christ said (Acts 26:14) to kick against the pricks (goads). In other words, there are some things about which your effort is in vain, so you might as well simply shrug your shoulders and live with it. In fact, the more strenuously you oppose them (the goads), the more it’s going to hurt you. There are times when a person has to recognize this, shut his mouth, and go with the flow, regardless of his stubbornness, hard-headedness, and rebellious, independent nature.
Tomorrow morning, if I am directed to put on a face mask at work, I may voice my opinion, but I will follow orders. After all, it’s not really that bad and I have worn them before, especially in very dusty conditions. Besides, if my co-workers are nervous and afraid about the potential transmission of the virus, then what better way to show them my love than to subdue my own selfishness for their health and well-being—physical, emotional, and spiritual–even if they are being irrational.
I will not shave my beard, though. Final answer! That is a line in the sand which no one dare cross.
“Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn’t take one more step.” That line from Don McLean’s 1972 smash hit, American Pie, sums up the current world condition quite well.
Today, there is such an abundance of bad news—corona virus, stock market meltdown, layoffs, quarantines, lockdowns, threats of martial law, etc., that anyone could be forgiven if it seemed that another step was impossible. Yet, life goes on, in spite of everything which appears to be destroying our accustomed and familiar way of life.
How do we go on, then? What changes will we need to make or be made for us? How will we adapt to those changes? What will be different in the future? These are all valid questions for which answers are needed and which everyone must seriously consider. There are a lot of things which we don’t know and can not answer, but there are some which require nothing more than common sense to understand.
1. You are in control of yourself and the way you respond to the situation around you. Maintain that.
2. Don’t panic or give into the palpable fear. Keep a level head about you. Stay calm. This alone will allow you to maintain some semblance of normality in your day-to-day living.
3. Don’t believe everything you read or hear, especially about the corona virus. There are so many conflicting stories, reports, “expert” opinions, and official declarations readily available that it is difficult to determine what is true and what is false. Use your own good judgment about what is best for you. Corona may be an existential threat. It may be much ado about nothing. Or somewhere in between, which I suspect, but I do not know where to draw a conclusion.
4. It is not the end of the world, especially as concerns the stock market and the economy. Humanity has experienced financial collapses like this before and survived. Somehow, someway, we will work our way through the current one as well and another generation will be born to carry on.
5. Keep a positive attitude. While the situation may seem disastrous (and disaster is likely to happen), it is important that we maintain a positive outlook about the future. Depression, anxiety, and fear will drag you down. Don’t allow your circumstances to get the best of you. Remember, you are in control of yourself and the way you respond to your situation.
With all that said, it is important that we face some truth honestly. Our world has drastically changed within the last few months and, in spite of all the talk about a return to “normalcy” once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, it is quite sure that many things we took for granted yesterday will not be in place tomorrow. Things will be different, some dramatically, some less so, but the equation has had another factor introduced into it and the implications of that are still to be seen and worked out.
Get used to the idea that the old system we are familiar with is being dismantled and another one will be erected in its place. There will be major changes along the way, both positive and negative. One positive change we can look forward to is the willingness to rely more on ourselves and our families, neighbors, friends, our faith, and our local community. If this actually happens (I believe it will), we will learn to depend less on distant, authoritarian governments, large faceless corporations, and bureaucratic institutions to provide for what we need in our daily lives. We will also learn what is really important and what is not.
All of us are going to participate in this, whether we like it or not. We have the opportunity to assist in shaping the economy and society which will rise out of the carnage and destruction happening around us. Everyone can participate in bringing this about, wherever we are, by changing our attitude from “Somebody ought to do something!” to one of “What can I do to help?” Look around you. There is plenty to do. Find a place where you can make a difference and get to it. Start close to home, branch out from there.
I wrote the following article almost exactly four years ago in March 2016. I may have submitted it to a local paper as a Letter to the Editor, but am not sure of that. Nevertheless, while browsing my computer, I came across it and decided that, due to today’s circumstances, it needed to see the light of day. I have not changed my mind about what I wrote then and, if anything, am more convinced that this is going to happen.
My wife and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana from Jacksonville, FL, in the fall of 2010 and have learned to love this area and its people. It is so much better than NE Florida, or anywhere else in Florida, for that matter. We lived in Jacksonville for almost ten years and experienced both the boom of the early 2000’s and the bust of 2008, which saw the demise of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, the collapse of the real estate market, and TARP, which bailed out the large financial firms against the express wishes of 90-95% of the population. At that time, I took a 10% pay cut in my salary and my job was looking increasingly shaky when we took a “leap of faith” and moved 2500 miles to this location. It was a good decision.
Today, I have a feeling of déjà vu, like I’ve been here before. I can’t shake the sense that the current financial climate we’re in is reminiscent of 2007. I believe that we (and the rest of the world) are right on the edge of a cataclysmic disaster, the likes of which the world has never before seen. There is no turning back. The forces built up by 100 + years of fiscal mismanagement and the widespread, deeply-held belief that we can borrow our way out of trouble are, quite simply, too great to overcome any longer. Peak debt is here, both for the individual and the conglomerate. We have sown the wind. We are going to reap the whirlwind.
If I am right, we will see the end of many, if not most (or all) of the huge multi-national banks, the disappearance of debt-ridden corporations (large and small), the popping of financial bubbles all over the landscape (including sub-prime auto loans, college tuition, and real estate again), the sheer inability of the Federal government to pay its bills or finance its operations in the manner we are accustomed to, and many other unmentioned or unforeseen changes in the way we live. The stock market will shrink dramatically, hedge funds will disappear overnight, derivatives and other fiscally unsound scams (Social Security?) will completely collapse. The casino known as Wall Street will be seen for what it really is and the Federal Reserve, which is the main driver of current monetary stupidity will be called on the carpet and, hopefully, put out of business forever. And there will be wars, wars, and more wars, up to and possibly including nuclear war(s), because when societies and governments become desperate they lash out at anyone deemed to be a threat.
If I am wrong, then no one has anything to be afraid of and I will be made to look like a fool.
Which is it? The next few years will tell the tale and everything will be different. Of that, I am certain.
There is a small shop alongside Hwy. 93 in Lolo, MT, which has a sign posted with this message. “Slow cars to the right. It’s the law!” It has not changed in a long time. Evidently someone has a problem with vehicles in the left lane which might slow him down a little. Considering the traffic accidents which occur in that area, slowing down a little wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
Daisy Luther has recently posted an article on her website, The Organic Prepper, which claims that the state of Virginia is considering passing comprehensive “gun control” bills and entertaining the possibility of calling out the National Guard to force local communities to cooperate with the state in enforcing them. The result of this is that a vast majority of counties in the state have either declared themselves “gun sanctuaries” or are leaning toward that status. Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Washington Examiner [concerning] local county police who may refuse to enforce future gun control measures. “The law is the law. If that becomes the law, you don’t have a choice, not if you’re a sworn officer of the law.”
Apparently, the potential of such blatant disregard of the LAW is not to be tolerated.
In Nazi Germany, citizens were ordered to report and identify any persons they knew to be Jewish. It didn’t matter that they also knew what would happen to such people. It was the LAW!
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order declaring that every person in America who physically held gold currency or gold bullion had to relinquish it to the federal government. This action was expressly unconstitutional, but it didn’t matter—it was the LAW and thousands, perhaps millions of law-abiding citizens promptly broke their piggy banks in order to follow the law.
These instances could be multiplied many times over. The point I am trying to make is that once something has been legally codified into law, an extreme psychological, social pressure is placed on everyone to comply with it. Whether the law is morally right or not doesn’t matter, it is the law and, as a consequence everyone must submit to it—even if they get hurt in the process.
We should also consider one other situation which would have had world-wide implications if the LAW had actually succeeded in accomplishing its goal.
“Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.”–Matthew 2:16, NKJV
Over 2000 years ago, in order to eradicate any possible threat to his rule, Herod, the ruler of the province of Judea in the Roman Empire, ordered that all, that is ALL, male children under the age of two years in the city of Bethlehem and its suburbs, were to be immediately killed. This directive was carried out without mercy, causing untold anguish among the civilian population. However, due to a dream, Joseph, the father of Jesus, had earlier taken his wife and newborn baby out of the area and moved to Egypt, thus avoiding the slaughter.
Where would Christmas (or Christianity) be today if Joseph had not preemptively taken action to ‘disobey’ the law? What would have been the result if he had the idea that “the law is the law, therefore I must obey it?” What if he had given up his son to be destroyed simply because it was the LAW?
The answer, for anyone who wishes to see it, is obvious. What should be just as plain to see is that if a law, any law, is unjust it should be held in contempt. Or, as Martin Luther King put it,
“”One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
In all the above examples, only the first one has any sense of morality to it and that is because there is nothing right or wrong about driving in the left or right lane. It is just a rule of the road. All the other laws can be seen as morally wrong and hurtful to innocent persons. Whether it is the State breaking your door down to take your guns or breaking your door down to kill your newborn son is irrelevant—it is wrong and because of this, it needs to be resisted.
Ultimately, everyone must determine for himself which laws can be followed and which ones must be rejected. There is no hard and fast method for making this decision. It must come from what you know, what you believe to be true and right, and how far you will go to hold to your beliefs.
In an article I posted yesterday, I laid out the reason why a club (a
group of people who join together to promote a specific agenda) must,
by its very nature, be exclusive. A club can’t admit nor tolerate
those who advocate for competing ideologies. If it does, then it has
lost its focus and become something different than it was. This is
true no matter the type of club or what it stands for.
addressed the situation
in Bozeman, MT, in which certain high school students had
“challenged” the FCA, a
school-recognized Christian athletic club because the club was not
“inclusive”. I argued that the club had every right to maintain
its position because everyone has the absolute right of association
(disassociation). If people must associate with others they don’t
want to, then people with power and backing can force viewpoints on
others who might disagree with them.
There is, however, also the very distinct possibility that the students who are making the complaint really don’t want to join the club. It is entirely plausible that this whole brouhaha is designed to literally quash the message that is “offensive” to them. In fact, I’d lay odds on that the real intention here is not to persuade the club to accept members who have variant lifestyles, but to force it to change its base message or to drive it out of existence entirely.
This is a common
tactic used to stifle opposing viewpoints. It can be summed up like
“You have said something which I don’t like and find objectionable. I do not want to consider what you said and refuse to make any personal changes if I find your statement valid in any way. Because I find it objectionable and refuse to consider it, I am left with only two choices: withdraw from the conversation and disassociate myself from you and/or attempt to use force to shut you up so that I don’t have to hear what you are saying.”
It is not my intention here to make any moral judgments about the issue of homosexuality, sex outside of marriage, or what constitutes a marriage. Although I do have strongly held beliefs about these issues, I don’t consider them to be the issue at stake, instead they are the narrative used to avoid addressing the core of the issue, which is the liberty to speak what you wish and to associate with whomever you want. This is the point which has triggered the complaining students.
numerous news articles about this controversy, it appears that the
students could join the group
if they wanted to, even if they disagreed with its message. It
appears that they did not make the effort, instead went to the school
authorities to effect a desired outcome. It
appears that they have been successful, winning a ruling that the
club must either drop
the offending language and become “inclusive” or lose official
status if they keep it. However, if
a lawsuit is brought against the school over
this issue, it will probably
be forced to recognize the club as legitimate—regardless of the
I will say it again. Freedom of association and the freedom to speak one’s mind are probably the two most important rights we have. In that order, I might add. We should be able to choose who we associate with (disassociate from) and we should be able to say what we think without having to be afraid that someone is going to use force against us because they don’t approve. Unfortunately, the Bozeman students who started this ruckus don’t understand what that means.
I was watching NBC News (KECI) out of Missoula, Montana, this morning (11/14/2019) when I noticed a tidbit on their news feed scroller. I may not have the words exactly right, but it’s close enough for anyone to get the message.
“Bozeman High School students are challenging a Christian club (FCA) for not being inclusive.”
A news article from
the Bozeman Daily Chronicle can be seen here.
It would be easy to
lose focus here by condemning this club for discriminating against
the ‘disaffected’ students. It would also be just as easy to
excoriate the students for attempting to impose their own agenda onto
the club. It would be futile to try to produce some type of common
ground between them so that all the participants could be happy and
A club, any club,
has to be exclusive, prejudicial, and discriminating. Every club, no
matter what its religion, philosophy, purpose, bent, or goal MUST
ABSOLUTELY determine what it will be and who will be part of it. By
its very nature, a club is an exclusive group of people who band
together to accomplish a certain pre-defined task. It simply can’t
be any other way.
Think about all the
myriad things that individual people have an interest in. Immediately
relevant to this discussion are religion and lifestyle, not always
mutually compatible. Sports, gardening, social activity,
philosophical thought, guns, sewing circles, etc., etc., and on and
on and on. The list is endless. However, no matter WHAT the club is
involved in, it always has one purpose: to promote the interests of
Let’s look at one
easily defined category—chess. Chess is a game unlike any other and
there are millions of people around the world who are fascinated by
it. Innumerable clubs have been set up in order to bring people
together who are interested in playing and have a desire to improve
World-wide, the one
thing in common among all the groups, however, is that they are all
dedicated solely and completely to the game of chess. Nothing else.
It is an exclusive club. Non-devotees need not apply.
consternation and chaos that would ensue if someone from outside the
club wanted to join, but was determined to force the club to allow
members who wanted to play Tiddly-Winks. Both are games, after all,
so there shouldn’t be a problem. Except for one thing—when a
chess club starts importing other games into its structure, it no
longer is a chess club. It has morphed into something different which
might satisfy some people, but will repel the true believers, who
will likely tender their resignation from the club.
Every club has
ground rules about who it will accept, what the focus is on, how that
focus will be accomplished, how the rules will be enforced, why
someone will be asked to leave, et al. These rules may be written or
not. They may be formal or not. They may be set in stone or subject
to constant change, but the one thing which can’t be denied is that
they provide a structure so that the club can operate under its
As pertains to the
situation in Bozeman, if the excluded students actually succeed in
joining the club, they have two choices—change themselves to fit
the parameters of the club OR change the club to fit their own
preferences. In the case of the first, they will, by conforming to
the rules, become part of the club as it was originally designed. In
the case of the second, the club will become something else.
As far as the club
is concerned, it also has two choices—either continue to exclude
certain persons and thoughts from its structure OR to allow and
accept competing ideologies which will inevitably dilute its message.
In the case of the first, someone’s feelings are going to be hurt
because they are not given access due to their refusal to conform. In
the case of the second, the “Christian” part of the club will
simply disappear and something antagonistic to it will appear.
Regardless of belief
and opinion, the right of certain people to disassociate themselves
from others ought to be ironclad and unassailable. No one person or
any group of persons should be required to associate with anyone else
who promotes or holds an incompatible viewpoint. Freedom of
association (or disassociation) should be the preeminent right
accorded to everyone. Otherwise, we become a society in which
personal beliefs and opinions become weapons to force others into
submission to ourselves and our agendas.
A few days ago, I posted an article which began with this statement. “Hypocrisy in political life is not uncommon. In fact, most people pander to it in one form or another.”
In the article, I
made some general statements about the way the two main parties
attempt to use either the federal or state governments to get what
they want. If the federal government will be more accommodating, then
that is the one supported. If the states are more agreeable, then
they receive the backing. This principle applies across the board.
Both parties participate in the exercise.
also appears in individual form. Take, for instance, the recent
revelation that Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, wore
numerous times in his past. Trudeau, a master politician, reacted to
the “outing” in the same manner as a young child caught with his
hand in the cookie jar.
shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better, but I didn’t
and I’m really sorry. I take responsibility for my decision to do
shouldn’t have done that. I should’ve known better. It was something
that I didn’t think was racist at the time but now I recognize that
it was something racist to do and I’m deeply sorry.”
This can be summed up in eight short words. “Mom, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.” My question is why should anyone believe him when he says he has learned the truth and repented of all his sins. He is a politician, after all. Why did he suddenly become apologetic once he was caught? Had he previously been doing some deep soul-searching about the issues troubling his soul? Was he waiting for a good opportunity to unburden himself? Or is he simply playing the game as he has learned to do, hoping that this will all blow over and things will be rosy once more?
But I digress. The real target of this article is Don Lemon, CNN anchor, who never hesitates to get in a dig about Donald Trump if he can. Lemon has not missed a chance to denigrate, criticize, or condemn the president for any perceived social faux pas, misstep, or crime, since Trump began his campaign for the office. However he was quick to jump to the defense of Trudeau as seen in this from Zero Hedge.
leader apologizing. It seems odd, doesn’t it?” Lemon
reacted. “Because we have one who doesn’t.”
The CNN panel also offered a defense for Trudeau, with commentators stressing that “context matters” and stressed that Trudeau’s photo was vastly different from Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1986 blackface photo.
Before wrapping the segment, Lemon offered more praise for
Trudeau’s ‘heroic’ apology (he’s laying it on a bit thick here), and
insisted that it “does mean a lot” to him.
“I do have to say this before we go: think about it however you want to think about it. When someone apologizes- wow!” Lemon said to the panel. “We don’t often see that here, especially in a world leader who is saying ‘I should’ve known better and I’m sorry.’ You can feel about it however you want, but that, to me, that does mean a lot.”
Rather than looking at Lemon’s attitude toward Trump, let’s consider what he had to say about another liberal politician, Ralph Northam, the Democrat governor of Virginia, who did exactly the same thing as Justin Trudeau, but with different results. Lemon ripped Northam up one side and down the other, using words such as, “disgusting”, “offensive”, and “It deeply hurt people like me.”
Why was Trudeau’s “blackface” episode different than Northam’s? Why did Lemon accept Trudeau’s apology as sincere and heroic, yet he blasted Northam’s as disingenuous?
“There’s no way he didn’t know what he [Northam] was doing when he posed for that picture ― a picture that is a slap in the face to Americans of color ― quite frankly to every American,”
Don Lemon’s hypocrisy is showing. Badly. Inconsistency on this scale catches up—sooner or later. Eventually it gets to the point where no one believes anything you say.
I want to wrap this up on a good note, so I will say that Justin Trudeau really is pretty good at dressing up and playacting. He should have gone down that career path. Heck, I might have even gone to see his movies.
More questions concerning the bombing of the Saudi oil processing facility at Abqaiq. See my previous post for the beginning of this discussion.
If the Houthis, on
whom the Saudis have been waging war for over four years, performed
this operation, then there is no need for more speculation. It was a
straight-forward military tactic to inflict injury on an opponent in
a war. End of story. If it brings the Saudis to a point where they
are willing to negotiate an end to the war, then more power to the
Houthis. In fact, hit them again. Harder, this time.
But, if the Houthis
did not do this, then why did they say they did? Why was that
declaration immediate unless they knew in advance that it was going
to happen? If they knew in advance that it was coming, then who told
them? If someone else told them and they agreed to claim
responsibility for it, then what was promised to them for their
cooperation? Furthermore, if someone else was responsible for the
attack, what was their rationale and purpose behind it?
Perhaps the Houthis actually did execute a high-tech, perfectly synchronized, flawless attack on an enemy’s territory which was supposedly “protected” by the most modern defensive weapons available. Or not. I am highly skeptical. My inclination is to think that another party is involved here. This has all the earmarks of a false-flag designed to persuade and coerce the US (and the American people) into waging yet another Middle-East war. So far, I haven’t seen any evidence presented which makes me think I ought to change my mind. I simply don’t believe the official narrative.
It is easy to focus
on the question of who did it and try to pinpoint the perpetrator.
The far more important one, though, is who benefits from the action.
Merriam-Webster defines the phrase as, “: a
principle that probable responsibility for an act or event lies with
one having something to gain.” No matter what, the party which
would gain the most by having the US attack Iran is unquestionably
the state of Israel, with Saudi Arabia tracking closely behind it.
speaking, it is not in Israel’s interest to have widespread peace
breaking out in the neighborhood. If this did happen and the
antagonistic parties started working out their disagreements civilly
and peacefully, then the police state in power in Jerusalem would
have less justification to maintain their policies of brutal
repression and the continual drive for military dominance and
superiority. Where’s the money in that? If the US attacked and
destroyed Iran, Israel would have no viable competition left to
challenge its dominance in the region.
Neither is it in the Saud’s interest to negotiate a cease-fire with the Houthis, since that would infer a catastrophic defeat of the Kingdom by a vastly inferior foe. This perception alone might be enough to cause a “regime change” and a course correction within the government of the House of Saud, something which the powers-that-be are not willing to tolerate. If the US attacked and destroyed Iran, the price of oil would go up astronomically, conferring an immediate financial benefit on the Saudis which they desperately need. That is, if anyone else could afford to buy it.
it’s easy to imagine that either the Israelis or the Saudis (or
both) orchestrated this singular event, in the hopes that the US
would then jump in and destroy Iran or that it would draw attention
away from the fact that the war in Yemen is going badly for Saudi
Arabia. Neither of these is far-fetched. The kicker is that if the US
doesn’t respond in the hoped-for manner and refuses to attack Iran,
then the whole operation has been a colossal failure on the part of
the perpetrators. One can hope.
I would like to
believe that the Houthis actually did execute this attack and that
they can use it (and more like it, if necessary) to drive the Sauds
to the negotiating table. Ending the war in Yemen by inflicting
severe injuries on the Saudi apparatus is a desirable benefit. My
gut instinct, however, tells me differently.
Who recently bombed the Saudi oil processing facility at Abqaiq,
which purportedly cut Saudi Arabia’s oil production in half? Will
this event become a catalyst for war with Iran, instantly blamed even
though the Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack?
Since Saudi Arabia is not part of NATO nor does the United States
have any mutual defense agreement with the Saudis, why is it
necessary for the US to retaliate against Iran.
One thing which is
not questionable is that if the US and the Saudis, with direct or
indirect assistance from Israel, do attack Iran, the price of oil
will skyrocket across the globe. Gas prices would spike as a result,
perhaps increasing as much as four or five times the current amount.
The possibility of gasoline costing $12-15/gallon or even as much as
$20/gallon is not out of the question.
One consequence of such a scenario is that the average consumer would drastically cut back on the purchase of gasoline, making non-essential driving a thing of the past. Many, such as myself, would find it extremely difficult to pay for the additional cost of simply driving to work. It is quite probable, in fact almost certain, that world-wide commerce and industry would experience a massive shutdown, causing millions to either lose their jobs outright or going on temporary layoff. Temporary being subject to the system righting itself, of course. No telling how long that would last.
Will the US go to war with Iran? I have included links to five articles by analysts, here, here, here, here, and here, which attempt to explain what really happened. They are not in agreement as to who pulled the trigger. My own opinion is that there is more here than we are being told. Reach your own conclusions.
The consensus appears to be that an all-out assault on Iran will not happen over this incident. I tend to agree with that, but understand that there are particular individuals (neocons, Israel-firsters, war profiteers, power-brokers, etc.) who do want the war to happen, regardless of the cost. Even if no war occurs over this incident, the odds are that something else will happen in the near future to precipitate it. The whole region of the Middle East is virtually a tinder-box, just waiting for a spark of ignition. Or, as Alex Utopium might have put it, “If this was a cardboard box, it would have “Fragile” stamped all over it.”
The good news is
that President Trump seems to
be reluctant and averse to attacking Iran. Since
he is a professional businessman instead of a professional
politician, he probably
the cost of such a venture far better than his
“advisors”, who only
understand the use of political power.
Appearances are deceiving,
however, and it’s best not to take him at his word.
bad news is that he may not be able to withstand the pressure and
in to the constant drumbeat for war with Iran. In many quarters, John
McCain’s legacy still has a life of its own. “Bomb,
bomb, bomb. Bomb, bomb, Iran.”
upshot is that we simply do not know what is going to happen and are
not able to affect the outcome to any significant degree. All that we
can do is to continue living as we are and hope that this will all be
sorted out in a way which is beneficial for the world as a whole.
Hypocrisy in political life is not uncommon. In fact, most people
pander to it in one form or another. Both Republican conservatives
and Democrat liberals are united in one thing—their shameless
inconsistency whenever pet issues are brought up and their support
for “righteous” or “virtuous” government whenever it is
convenient. See Jacob
Hornberger or Laurence
Vance for examples of this. See my own articles here
Let’s look at a
few issues hotly debated today—abortion, drugs, immigration, and
guns. Should these be controlled and regulated by the Feds or by the
various states? Sadly, both factions believe that one or the other
should hold the controlling reins, depending on what is at stake and
the popular political opinion on that specific issue.
For the purposes of
this article, Democrats will include anyone who is generally left of
center, liberal, and/or progressive. Republicans will include anyone
who is generally right of center and conservative. Keep in mind that
these are only generalizations on a large scale and do not
necessarily reflect the viewpoint(s) of any single individual.
Democrats are in
favor of the federal government controlling the abortion issue. Roe
v. Wade cannot be tampered with or weakened in any way. Any state law
which attempts to circumvent it must immediately be stopped. The
federal blessing of abortion on demand must be maintained at all
costs, no matter what.
Democrats are also
in favor of the federal government controlling, regulating,
restricting, and/or outlawing and prohibiting guns. In fact, as time
brings more mass shootings, the calls for the Feds to “do
something” only grow louder. For them, this issue, like abortion,
is much too important to be left to the states.
However, when it
comes to drugs and immigration, Democrats are usually quite vocal
about wresting these issues away from the Feds and allowing the
states full control over them. Quite often, liberal-leaning states
find themselves at odds with Fed policy on these.
Republicans, on the
other hand, tend to favor smaller, more local government when the
issue is abortion (Roe v. Wade must be overturned) or guns (the
ultimate state’s rights issue), but are in a hurry to grant the
Feds a huge amount of power when the conversation turns to drugs
(outlaw them all, especially the harder ones like heroin, cocaine,
For Republicans, immigration also comes under the purview of Federal control, not so much because it is Constitutionally mandated to the Feds, but because the states, especially the liberal ones, simply can’t be trusted to do what is “right” about the limitless hordes pouring across “our” borders.
There are countless others which could be compared in the same way, but I think I have made my point. Both factions adamantly favor federal control over some issues, while vigorously supporting state control over others. The only difference is which side of the political divide one stands on.