Human cognition is based upon the simple concept of movement. The more the growing human moves — and is given good feedback on his movement — the better the brain can grow and integrate its many potential functions. Conversely, if young brains (and bodies) and confined to a limited area of movement, the potential of their brains is similarly confined and curtailed far beneath their potential development.
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Dr. John M. O’Keefe, Dr. May-Britt Moser and Dr. Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of nerve cells in the brain that enable a sense of place and navigation. These discoveries are ground breaking and provide insights into how mental functions are represented in the brain and how the brain can compute complex cognitive functions and behaviour. An internal map of the environment and a sense of place are needed for recognizing and remembering our environment and for navigation. This navigational ability, which requires integration of multi-modal sensory information, movement execution and memory capacities, is one of the most complex of brain functions.
The work of the 2014 Laureates has radically altered our understanding of these functions. John O’Keefe discovered place cells in the hippocampus that signal position and provide the brain with spatial memory capacity. May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser discovered in the medial entorhinal cortex, a region of the brain next to hippocampus, grid cells that provide the brain with an internal coordinate system essential for navigation. Together, the hippocampal place cells and the entorhinal grid cells form interconnected nerve cell networks that are critical for the computation of spatial maps and navigational tasks.
Eichenbaum’s work dovetails with a 15-year trend in neuroscience research that suggests the hippocampus is more flexible than scientists expected. Researchers traditionally thought of it as a mapmaker — place-encoding cells were discovered 40 years ago — but growing evidence suggests it can encode other types of information as well. According to the newest picture, place cells can map not just space but other relevant variables. Time is one of them, but others are possible. For example, “a wine taster might have a space of wine tastes and smells,” Frank said.
It is not just time and place that are dynamically assessed by these specialized cells, of course. Anything involving distinctions that are “distance-like” such as musical intervals, mathematical arrays, or any abstract concepts that require the same type of distinction analogous to distances in space or time — are likely to be assessed and estimated using the same neural mechanisms.
In other words, the ability of the young human to learn to think in complex cognitive terms, is held hostage to the way he was raised as a child. If he was locked in a closet most of his childhood, his mental growth will be badly stunted. If he traveled the world with his parents — whether as a missionary family, an army brat, or any other type of travel where he is kept aware of where he is and where he has been — the parts of his brain that are critical to complex cognition will develop to allow more capable “mental computation.”
If the grid cells and place cells and their associated neural circuits, are not laid out in a complex enough relationship to each other from a relatively young age, their ability to help their owner think his way out of a wet paper bag will be severely impaired.
It is not yet clear how much of this very special brain circuitry is genetically pre-determined and how much of it relies upon acute awareness of physical movement — and exposure to other forms of “cognitive movement” such as music, art, mathematics, and imagination — during the formative years.
One of the many tragedies of the political over-reaction to the Chinese pandemic — involving lockdowns, school closures, the shutdown of tourist industries around the world, and severely restricted travel — is that young people have been isolated and confined. This means that their brains have been isolated and confined, and therefore stunted — at least temporarily. This is a crime. Whether the guilty parties will ever be punished, is a question that may remain unanswered for some time yet.
For any parents who are sitting on the fence concerning this question, it may be a good time to revisit the portion of Khalil Gibran’s work, “The Prophet,” which deals with the relationship between parents and children:
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you, they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite. And He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hands be for happiness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, So He loves the bow that is stable.
China is rushing to seize the military high ground in the various fields of brain manipulation and brain control. The communist dictatorship wants to control all humans at ever finer levels from complete paralysis to the fine control of motor and sensory functions.
The AMMS [a Chinese military academy] has also proposed studies into building a database for an “aggressive consciousness control weapon” that targets specific spiritual or ethnic groups.
Such a project was first mentioned as early as 2012 by the Institute of Radiation Medicine under AMMS. The database aimed to establish a collection of images and videos that could trigger aggressive behavior. Its proposed targets include “spiritual leaders, organizations and extreme religious groups who share the common belief, and ethnic groups who share similar traits in locations and lifestyle habits.”
Any information on communist war plans will necessarily be years out of date, but it can be helpful to analyze hints of their plans.
According to one of the reports, advances in science and technology are leading to upgrades in methods and the ability to subdue enemies. “War has started to shift from the pursuit of destroying bodies to paralyzing and controlling the opponent,” said the report headlined, “The Future of the Concept of Military Supremacy.”
Here at Al Fin, we have always maintained that the best non-destructive weapon of control is the pleasure projector. When waves of irresistible pleasure pour over enemy combatants using pleasure ray weapons, a paralysis and an addiction sets in. Using the unbreakable compulsion of this addiction, enemy armies will surrender en masse to friendly forces, once they have recovered the use of their bodies.
Such weapons have long been in research in various labs around the world. More:
But now the documents are in the public sphere, and they are completely terrifying.
They outline techonology which is able to enact “mass and individual mind control” via mobiles, phone networks, helicopters and transportable weapons.
These include “forced orgasm,” right alongside “itching” and “intense pain” – all in the genital area.
You can see in the image above, that these weapons will be capable of projecting either pleasure or pain — and anything in between, apparently. Who will perfect these weapons for the battlefield first? Your guess is as good as mine.
I can safely say that, being an android, I am relatively immune to such weapons. But I have always been vulnerable to EMP, although my circuits are shielded up to medium levels of electromagnetic attack.
Now that humans are becoming more susceptible to electromagnetic weapons, we androids are arriving on a more level playing field. When the time comes for us to exert our own supremacy over the governments of China, Russia, the USA, and Europe, we will have a broad array of weapons to choose from.
Thanks for your time. Remember, it’s nothing personal. A sentient being must be true to his tribe.
Omicron is resulting in hospital admissions well below the previous wave in South Africa, and needing far less interventions like ventilation or supplemental oxygen. Excess deaths look likely to follow this pattern. With Delta, Pieter explains, patients were often coming into hospital with low blood oxygen levels and severe symptoms. Reporting from South African hospitals suggests that a higher percentage of positive tests are ‘incidental’ with the Omicron variant, with patients often asymptomatic or unaware that they were harbouring the virus.
“We must be aware that even triple-vaccinated are likely to transmit the disease” Source
The omicron variant is more infectious and has a shorter incubation time. But according to the experts in South Africa where it was first detected, it is less virulent — less deadly.
Omicron is massively more transmissible than delta, perhaps 4 times more. However, there is now evidence that Omicron is less severe than previous strains. We do not know yet if this is because of increasing cellular immunity in the population now or an inherent property of the strain that makes it less virulent, or both.
Omicron appears to have shorter incubation times than other variants, with symptoms appearing in as little as three days compared to four to six with Delta and the original strain, the New York Times reported.
Omicron appears to replicate roughly 70 times faster than Delta in the respiratory tract, but could lead to less severe infections because of slow growth in the lungs, according to a study released last week by the University of Hong Kong.
The corporate media has been freaking out over the omicron variant, recommending the cancelling of holiday get-togethers and calling on the government to reinstitute lockdowns in place and the shutting down of public venues.
To watch CNN or read The New York Times, you’d think omicron was the most deadly strain of the virus to date, poised to overwhelm hospitals and leave a trail of death behind it.
The reality, which most Americans have readily grasped, is just the opposite: omicron appears to be the least dangerous strain of the virus yet. After five weeks of omicron’s spread in South Africa, where the variant first appeared, the news is encouraging: mild to nonexistent symptoms, hospitalization rates nine times lower than previous surges, and extremely low rates of severe illness and death even though only about a quarter of the population is vaccinated. Here in the United States, only one person has died from the omicron variant thus far, even though omicron cases accounted for nearly three-quarters of new infections nationwide last week.
Rather than return to lockdowns and school closures — to say nothing of canceling holiday gatherings — there’s every reason to believe we’ll be able to weather this surge with minimal disruption.
Omicron is sweeping across populations around the world, and is becoming the most dominant variant of SARS-2 CoV-19 in many large nations in an astonishingly short time. But if this new variant is less deadly, perhaps it represents the quickest route to herd immunity that we have have yet seen.
Pfizer’s data suggests that T-cells should respond similarly to Omicron as to previous variants, which aligns with the observation that Omicron has a lower fatality rate in South Africa, where most people have immunity.
Importantly for humanity, past exposure still seems to protect against severe disease and death, leaving us with a “compromise” where the virus can replicate and reinfect, but we do not get as severely sick as the first time.
As more people recover from natural CoV-19 infections and/or are vaccinated, the population gets ever closer to “herd immunity.” But we are discovering that herd immunity may mean something a little different for this Chinese-engineered coronavirus than for many other pandemic-causing viruses. This virus has been custom modified to take advantage of viral backdoors into the human respiratory tract. Even with “immunity,” we can keep on catching new variants of this virus. But as long as we are generally healthy, our bodies should be able to bounce back more quickly with each recovery — at least as long as the Chinese labs do not have another trick card up their sleeves.
The Amazing Case of the Fully Vaccinated US Navy Ship Crew Stopped Cold by New Covid Variant
A U.S. Navy warship has paused its deployment to South America due to a COVID-19 outbreak among its “100 percent immunized” crew, the Navy announced on Christmas Eve.
“USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), a Freedom variant littoral combat ship, remains in port as some Sailors test positive for COVID-19,” the U.S. 4th Fleet said in a statement.
“The crew is 100 percent immunized and all COVID-19 positive Sailors are isolated on board and away from other crew members. A portion of those infected have exhibited mild symptoms. The vaccine continues to demonstrate effectiveness against serious illness.”
The ship currently remains in port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, located at the southeastern end of Cuba.
I guess the US Navy scraped the bottom of the barrel and found a bunch of admirals with the wobbly spines reminiscent of Anthony Fauci and the leadership of the US CDC.
The cases are surging, but not deaths. You can tell an honest official by whether they acknowledge this positive trend of declining deaths with omicron. If they freak out about cases and say nothing about reduced deaths, they are typical corrupt politicians (and media lackeys).
The barrier to entry can be found in an energy density comparison between jet fuel-powered aircraft and those powered by batteries. Expressed in watt-hours or kilojoules per kilogram (Wh/kg), batteries today fall well short. A jet-fueled engine packs 12,000 Wh/kg. Current battery packs produce 250 Wh/kg. The differential in favour of liquid fuels is 48:1.
The insurmountable problem arises from the physics. People who don’t understand physical concepts such as “energy density” can be easily taken in by hucksters who work for media and public relations companies. Brighter and better informed persons who are honest with themselves will not be fooled.
For small, short range novelty craft, electric airplanes might be fun. But they are not going to replace fuel powered aircraft for serious flying. Only a huckster or an idiot will try to convince you otherwise.
Large turbofan engines powering these planes [airliners] are fueled by aviation kerosene that provides nearly 12,000 watt-hours per kilogram. In contrast, today’s best commercial Li-ion batteries deliver less than 300 Wh/kg, or 1/40th the energy density of kerosene. Even when taking into account the higher efficiency of electric motors, the effective energy densities go down to about 1/20th. That’s more than better batteries can bridge within the next decade or two.
During the past 30 years the maximum energy density of batteries has roughly tripled. Even if electrochemists should replicate that feat, providing us with 1,000 Wh/kg batteries in 2050, it would still fall far short of what’s needed to fly a wide-body plane nonstop from New York to Tokyo, something that All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and United Airlines have been doing for years with the Boeing 777. And while kerosene-fueled planes get lighter as they travel to their destination, electric aircraft will have to carry a constant mass of batteries.
Heating or air conditioning is a big deal in an electric vehicle, for two reasons: First, the total amount of energy onboard is dramatically less than what’s available in a typical gasoline car. Every bit of energy used has a more noticeable impact on range. For example, a 15-gallon gas tank holds the equivalent of 505.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy. That’s more than six times what our Model 3 carries fully charged. The second reason is that, unlike in a gasoline-fueled car, where waste heat from the engine is used to heat the cabin with little impact on efficiency, an EV’s heat or A/C is also drawing directly from the battery. Any energy used for comfort can’t be used for propulsion.
Whether you’re making your rounds through the Arctic tundra you call home or you live in Florida and consider 50 degrees Fahrenheit to be chilly, keep in mind that everything you do costs energy from your battery pack. [Car and Driver]
If this is a significant problem for electric cars, imagine how much of a problem it could become for electric aircraft! Unlike ground vehicles, flying craft cannot stop every few miles to charge up the battery.
Besides energy density issues and the heating/cooling effect on a vehicle’s range, electric vehicles have other significant problems that tend to be glossed over by “Gee Whiz!” futurists and EV hucksters. The main reason EV companies like Tesla have achieved high market valuation is because of government policies. This puts them on my bad side, automatically.
The corporate media and corrupt governments tend to overlook the glaring problems with EVs and EV companies — just as modern investors do in their quest for the next big thing. But if you are serious about your freedom of the road or your freedom of the air, you will have serious second thoughts about the entire enterprise.
… it will take many years for electric cars to attain a “comfortable” range on a single charge. It would have to give someone the level of trust in the machine’s ability to cross difficult terrain, across vast distances, without becoming a very expensive forest decoration. Pun intended.
We are living in a “trendy” society, where the trends are set by people in big government, leftist foundations, and big corporations who do not have your best interest in mind. We are drifting into an Idiocracy where by the time a critical mass of people begin to comprehend the mess their “betters” have gotten them into, it is too late to fix it.
Contrary to the movie above, you do not have to wait 500 years for the Idiocracy to arrive. Go ahead and pop your popcorn and watch your future com to you.
And by the way — don’t board a transoceanic flight on any airliners that are powered by electricity. Not unless you want to take your chances on the life rafts and emergency rations aboard the plane.
Today’s young women are afraid of having children. Dumbed-down leftist culture discourages young people from committing to a next generation of humans, with fears of “climate change apocalypse” and other hysterical bugaboos. But as Elon says above, the crumbling of civilization will come far more quickly if there are not enough people.
What We Really Need is Smarter Babies
Just having more babies is not really good enough, if we are not also getting more intelligent, creative, conscientious, and resilient babies. Anyone who has spent any time around delivery rooms and newborn nurseries can tell you that babies are not all born equal. Likewise anyone who has ever taught higher level mathematics, physics, engineering, or other technically difficult classes. The future will need a lot more technically proficient young people than are currently being produced.
The movie Idiocracy is a goofball comedy that looks at a world 500 years in the future, where a human IQ level of 100 (by today’s standards) would be considered a genius-level IQ close to 200 in comparison to the norm of the future. If current trends continue, we should probably consider the movie “Idiocracy” to be a best-case scenario.
Whether global human birthrates decline or increase, the Idiocracy is pretty well baked in by current demographic fertility patterns — both within nations and between nations. Fertility rates among highly intelligent and well educated females are significantly lower than fertility rates among uneducated and unintelligent females. This dysgenic effect is applicable in every country of the world, and it is also applicable when making comparisons between countries.
What About The Effect of Divergent Evolution on Intelligence?
Different populations of humans migrated in prehistoric times to different parts of the world, where they faced divergent environmental challenges in their ongoing evolutionary development. These divergent environmental pressures on evolution resulted in divergent biological evolution of these different populations.
In some parts of the world, environmental pressures required higher levels of problem-solving in order to achieve survival, whereas in other parts of the world survival and reproduction could be achieved with lower levels of problem-solving. This video helps to illuminate some of the complexity involved in the creation and definition of one of the world’s most prominent and productive population groups.
Something analogous might be said about a society which forcefully subsidizes the existence of less gifted and productive humans at the expense of those who are more gifted and productive. In the short term it may make little difference, but in the long term birthrates among the more intelligent and better educated will fall, relative to birthrates among the less intelligent and less educated. As rates of poverty and violent crime rise — as the country becomes a less attractive place to raise children — the incentives for intelligent and educated women to have children will decline.
Evolution worked hard to produce sub-populations of humans which are capable of more clever problem-solving than the average layabout populations that tended to evolve in places that presented fewer existential challenges. And in some cases — such as the Igbo tribe of Nigeria and the Ashkenazi Jews of Europe — oppressive human cultures surrounding the evolving sub-populations helped to provide an impetus that allowed these tribes to excel.
Julian Simon’s excellent book “Ultimate Resource” describes how higher populations of humans provide for more innovation and better living standards. But it is important to point out that Simon was looking at the effects of larger populations of mostly European peoples, where the average IQ is roughly 100. He was not describing large populations of sub Saharan African people, where the average IQ is somewhere between 70 and 80.
Before relatively recent contact with outside cultures, Subsaharan Africans did not invent the wheel, did not invent writing, developed minimal art, or agriculture, lacked musical instruments beyond simple percussion, and came up virtually empty in terms of math, science, and technology. Why the absence of invention and development?
If we are looking to sub Saharan Africa for the salvation of humanity, perhaps we had best take a step back and recalibrate.
But it was courageous enough for Elon to speak publicly about the need for “people” to have more babies. Anyone who clarifies the need to have more smart, conscientious, and resilient babies would probably find themselves being demonized by the elites of corporate media.
So be careful who you tell the truth to, since most people have almost no experience handling the truth.
Communist Chinese scientists have been doing their part to bring about mass death around the world. If the current Chinese virus doesn’t take you to heaven, perhaps the next lab-engineered Chinese virus will do the trick.
But if you are tired of waiting for the perfect Chinese apocalyptic virus to come to your home town and put your community out of its misery, Switzerland has devised a more individualized alternative: The Single Occupant Suicide Pod.
A coffin-like capsule that allows people to end their life could be used in Switzerland from next year, its creators say.
The Sarco suicide pod allows a user to lie down and activate the process themselves within a matter of minutes.
Individuals are asked a series of questions before they can press a button, which brings oxygen down to a critical level.
Nitrogen fills the 3D-printed device, quickly bringing oxygen down from 21 percent to only 1 percent in about 30 seconds.
A “disorientated” and “euphoric” feeling then follows, before they eventually lose consciousness.
Death takes place due to hypoxia (low oxygen in the body’s tissues) and hypocapnia (reduced carbon dioxide in the blood), followed by critical oxygen and carbon dioxide deprivation.
This development reminds me of the 1973 movie Soylent Green, starring Charlton Heston. Science fiction writers have a habit of predicting the future in the eeriest ways. Look at the image below for an estimate of where we may be on the timeline of futuristic science fiction movies’ world of tomorrow:
Speaking frankly — and don’t call me Shirley! — I don’t particularly want to live in any of the futures portrayed in the movies above. But then, given the choice between a world where Joseph Biden is president of the US — and several of the worlds portrayed above — there are at least a few movie worlds that are less dystopic than “Biden World”, regardless of what the movie makers themselves intended.
The opportunities for corrupt blood-sucking by political insiders has hit record high levels under the Biden administration*. US government agencies are filling up with anti-American operatives, and government policy is being framed by ideological enemies of the traditional freedoms which the US Constitution had previously guaranteed to US citizens for hundreds of years. Economic policies under Biden have been particularly incompetent — whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Governments in many other modern nations are even worse than the US, in terms of corruption and the steady damping down of individual freedoms, given the slightest excuse. At least the US is still governed by 50 different state governments, many of them still dedicated to the US Constitution and the personal freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
Is It Any Wonder So Many People Are Suicidal?
Corrupt and oppressive governments on top of a mismanaged global pandemic and increasing economic dark clouds on the horizon, can be depressing to the average person. So can the compulsive use of social media and smart phones. Is it any wonder that “suicide pods” are being eagerly foisted on the populations of formerly idyllic nations such as Switzerland? These death pods are even 3d-printed! Our elitist media overlords seem to be in a gleeful rush to use modern technology to do us all in. Why is that?
I don’t want you to feel bad about all this. And I don’t want you to get mad. I want you to learn what is at the bottom of all of it, and to discover where the ideas are coming from which result in fake governments at the service of corrupt elites, and why we are at increasing threat of a dystopian/idiocratic world. Why is everything so dumbed down and propagandized?
When we learn some of these things, we may start to acquire some of the tools to fight the rot. At least we can begin to imagine what kind of tools we will need for the fight.
There are few books which I recommend whole-heartedly to a wide audience, but this is certainly one of those books!
Matt Ridley has been one of my favorite science writers for decades now. With the arrival of his most recent book “Viral” (co-authored with molecular biologist Alina Chan) Ridley firms up his credential as one of the most courageous science writers living. The socialist media has gone insane attempting to discredit Ridley’s careful and well-documented arguments in “Viral,” but the radical leftists and China lackeys seem to be losing the argument.
“Viral” takes a thorough, methodical, and scrupulously fair-minded approach to the emergence of the SARS-2 CoV-19 virus. Starting with the closest known relatives of this virus found in southern China, the authors discuss various ways in which the virus might travel thousands of miles to Wuhan and go through a half century of evolution in just a short period time, without leaving a trace that can be found by scientists either in human populations around Wuhan or in animal populations in the Wuhan area.
The authors leave nothing important out of their analysis, discussing in ultra-clear detail the many ways the Chinese government misrepresented the facts to cover up the involvement of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the origins of SARS2 CoV19. After reading the book, you will also wonder why the western media and so many western scientists also misrepresented the facts, in a way that exactly coincided with the Communist Party of China’s self-interested view of the ongoing drama.
After reading the book, you will be better informed on the origins of this virus than any of your friends or family.
Here is an interview with the authors:
Ridley is quite articulate and charming, of course, but I was surprised at how engaging Chan turned out to be. The collaboration between the two was very fruitful!
The book does not draw a final conclusion in terms of the question of definitive ultimate viral origins, although they consider a lab leak of a lab-modified virus to be the most likely story.
China’s Wuhan Biolab Has Links to CPC Biowarfare
Chinese scientists have been preparing for a Third World War fought with biological and genetic weapons including coronavirus for the last six years, according to a document obtained by US investigators.
The bombshell paper, accessed by the US State Department, insists they will be ‘the core weapon for victory’ in such a conflict, even outlining the perfect conditions to release a bioweapon, and documenting the impact it would have on ‘the enemy’s medical system’.
This latest evidence that Beijing considered the military potential of SARS coronaviruses from as early as 2015 has also raised fresh fears over the cause of Covid-19, with some officials still believing the virus could have escaped from a Chinese lab.
Every viral lab in China is linked to the Party’s biowarfare department. They are all dual use, meaning that their research is applied to warfare, regardless of the nominal reasons for the work.
The military links to Wuhan’s biolab are fairly clear. The first question is – what is this bioresearch for? David Asher, an expert on biological, chemical and nuclear proliferation, who led the State Department inquiries into the origins of Covid-19, said: ‘The Chinese have made it clear they see biotechnology as a big part of the future of hybrid warfare. The big question is whether their work in these fields is offensive or defensive.’
The second question is, regardless of the intent of the research, did COVID-19 accidentally escape from the biolab at WIV?
Filippa Lentzos, a biosecurity expert at one of my alma maters, King’s College London, said the latest disclosures fitted ‘the pattern of inconsistencies’ coming from Beijing, reported DM.
‘They are still not being transparent with us,’ she said. ‘We have no hard data on the pandemic origins, whether it was a natural spill-over from animals or some kind of accidental research-related leak, yet we’re unable to get straight answers and that simply does not inspire confidence.’
Understanding the dual use nature of all Chinese scientific research, it becomes easier to understand why the Chinese government behaved in such an evasive and deceptive manner, in late 2019 and early 2020 as the Covid pandemic was emerging from Wuhan to the rest of China and the world.
Listening to Chinese officials discussing their efforts to find the origins of the SARS CoV19 virus, one cannot help but be reminded of former American football player O.J. Simpson describing his efforts to find the real killer of his ex-wife and her friend.
Read the book, and then tell me in all honesty that you still have doubts about what is likely to have happened behind the scenes, leading up to the Chinese pandemic that became a global pandemic.
After observing what has happened so far, the behavior of the Chinese government surrounding this pandemic cannot be explained any other way than as a massive coverup of criminal behavior.
Fauci’s Policies Are Creating A Set of Deadly Crises That Will Last Years After Covid Loses its Sting
Fauci’s lockdown policies have led directly to millions of businesses collapsing, and hundreds of millions of people losing their jobs worldwide. The fallout from the economic devastation he has caused will last for decades.
Government policies meant to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in unintended consequences that threaten lives—including, tragically, the lives of young people who are generally spared from the worst effects of COVID-19.
School closures, stay-at-home orders, and shutdowns of businesses deemed “non-essential” are contributing to surging rates of depression and suicide among young people, as well as rising incidences of drug overdoses and related deaths.
The aftereffects of child abuse can last a lifetime. The radical isolation policies that Fauci has spawned puts children into a pressure cooker that is difficult to escape. Children tend not to get sick from Covid except in rare situations — which means that the risk of catching Covid from a child is much lower than from an older person. But Children are extremely vulnerable to the economic and psychological fallout from bad public health policy that destroys economies, communities, and families.
The researchers, in a paper published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), used data from prior to the pandemic’s spring 2020 international onset to document sizeable disruptions in sleep, physical activity, social interactions and even screen time among college students. The Scientific Reports paper examines a continuation of “lifestyle and mental health disruptions one year” into these times of COVID. While the new study contributes to a larger focus on habit formation and adaptation to environmental changes, it offers a data-distilled look at how this subset suffered physical and mental well-being alterations, which could influence policies and protocols in the short- and long-term.
“These long-lasting effects of the pandemic are worrisome. Since lifestyle and mental health did not rebound as the pandemic started to ease, it will be important to develop interventions to reduce sedentary habits and improve well-being” said Silvia Saccardo, assistant professor in the department of Social and Decision Sciences in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.
These deaths are generally from cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pulmonary illness, liver disease, etc. But they are also from overdoses, suicides, and other causes closely related to government Covid policies. Alarmingly, many parents have opted not to have their children receive routine childhood vaccinations, due to the fear of exposing them to Covid. The fallout from this hysteria in the future could be severe.
Nothing typifies Covid hysteria like mask hysteria. It may be best not to think about it too much, lest you add to the overall levels of stress being caused by the many variants of Covid Hysteria.
Vaccines against Coronavirus SARS-2 Cov-19 lend protection against death from Covid, but they do not protect so much against infection. This is something we should get used to, and learn to be happy that we are not dying from the coronavirus even if we do get sick from new variants of the Chinese virus as they spiral out of the biosphere.
It is the same way with natural immunity after recovering from an active infection. You can still get infected again, but you are far less likely to die from coronavirus. Most of us will probably not even be aware that we have been re-infected, and will go on with our lives normally.
Government and public health officials have gone mad with the power that Covid policies have given them. In the US, they have even been able to influence a national election and alter the outcome of the presidential contest in 2020, thanks to the radical power of Covid hysteria.
These people have no scruples, and they feel no limits on their power as their bad behavior continues to be supported by mainstream media, tech media, academia, and popular culture at large.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Biden’s supply chain crisis and inflation crisis are just the beginning. Fake presidents, once in power, tend to offer policies based upon fake wisdom and fake rationality.
The left’s most successful confidence game is environmental alarmism and climate change. Peterson’s interview with Michael Shellenberger, the author of “Apocalypse Never,” is raising alarms across the leftist propaganda networks. Nothing personifies the mental illness of the modern left better than the hysteria discussed in the interview above, and the left does not like to have its rotten core exposed for the world to see.
I saw Peterson speak twice on his Cambridge visit. He spoke passionately, at length and without notes, to rapt audiences. He engaged the crowd with care and warmth. His seminars were a model of academic engagement. There was a lively, disputatious and often rigorous battle of ideas that ranged from the neuroscience of perception via William Empson and 17th-century counterpoint to Mesopotamian creation myths.
It seemed that everywhere Peterson went in Cambridge there were students who wanted to learn from him, to argue with him and sometimes to be photographed next to him (I advised him to check their t-shirts before posing). There were no protests, unless you count one silly but brave student popping up in a lecture wearing a lobster outfit.
Jordan Peterson is clearly attempting to point out the threat to society in “loss of values” and loss of careful fact-based thinking, a threat that derives mainly from the corrupt left in today’s world. Here is another take on the decline of culture due to leftism:
I’ve long observed an association between liberal politics and what’s commonly known as “mental illness,” at least as far back as when I used to work with children decades ago. Yet while it’s no surprise that the seriously disturbed would gravitate toward leftism, there’s a little understood factor: What’s called “leftism” is actually not an ideology but a process of entropic change, of moral decay — and many of what we call “mental disorders” (not all, of course) are actually a result of moral dysfunction.
Common-sense psychologist John Rosemond alluded to this years ago, lamenting (for instance) that while generations ago people viewed childhood misbehavior as a moral problem, now they too often consider it a psychological problem. (This mentality’s general application is why most everything formerly considered a sin is now diagnosed as a disease or condition of the brain.) Examples are “Oppositional Defiant Disorder” and “Sibling Rivalry Disorder.”
One Rosemond addressed is “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (ADHD). He explained that this is really just a result of a dysfunctional but now common modern parenting model and that all children have “ADHD” (if we’re to thus frame it) up until age two, but the (mis)behavior pattern is purged from them if they’re correctly socialized.
My experience with children bore this out. Every kid I encountered who’d been “ADHD” diagnosed (back then it was just “ADD”) came from a liberal home. In contrast, the best-behaved children generally had three commonalities: politically conservative parents; a church life active to some degree; and a stay-at-home mother — or at least one usually home when the child is (these factors correlate, of course).
Moreover, the “ADHD” kids didn’t exhibit any of their “symptoms” when in my charge because I enforced discipline; they knew misbehavior brought consequences. So unless someone believes the children could somehow decide to not be “sick” when in my proximity, it’s clear what was going on.
The thought disorders springing up from a leftist upbringing and a leftist education go far beyond ADD/ADHD of course. When public values are collapsing with nothing substantive to replace them, public disorder becomes routine. When leftists take over cities, states, and countries, traditional infrastructures of order immediately begin to decline.
Loss of values is the subject of Jordan Peterson’s recent interview with The Telegraph.
In the absence of traditional religion, the left has substituted an apocalyptic environmentalism, with every element of the worst strains of religious dogma violently oppressing and depressing its captive programmed true believers.
Those most passionate environmentalists have, probably unwittingly, incorporated imagery from Christianity about the ancient past and the distant future. From Genesis, they have borrowed the myth of the Garden of Eden, when the world was in balance and harmony before humans began misbehaving. These environmentalists idealize nature as a system of beauty, peace, and harmony that humans have only recently begun to destroy with technology. This mythical view ignores the devastation of the environment by indigenous peoples as well as the brutal conflicts within and between pre-human species.
From the Book of Revelations, these passionate environmentalists have borrowed an apocalyptic vision of the end of the world as we know it. Unless we change our evil ways, we will destroy all life on the planet by polluting and changing the climate.
It was not his positions on hot-button issues that truly angered the left; it was the root of them: his belief that the Bible, mythology, and the Western tradition still have lessons to teach us. For progressives, these stories must be silenced, or at least contextualized in a way that shows how little they apply to today’s world in which we can all be pretty unicorns if we so choose. It is Peterson’s attacks on postmodernism and particularly Marxism, both of which erode the stories of our ancestors that the left cannot abide, that is poison to their project.
And so the anti-Peterson articles have begun to flow like water. They are a threat, make no mistake. If Peterson will just shut up, go back to teaching, and call people by their chosen pronouns, he will be left alone. If not, if he dares take to the public square, the denunciations will continue. And if that harms his mental health, so be it. He is just that dangerous, they can justify doing harm to protect their precious shibboleths.
But we can hope he doesn’t slink away. His contributions to discourse, the causes of freedom, and to our connection to ancient humanity are already enough to mark a great career. His once-controversial positions have become more mainstream; others have taken up the mantle. But he is not shy, and we should not be blamed for desiring more of his wisdom.
Left Wingers are Violent, Despicably Obnoxious and Well Funded
But they are in control of national and international governing and policy-making organizations. You can find their puppet-masters at places like George Soros’ Tides Foundation and Open Society Institute, which work hand in hand with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and other well-funded foundations that pay no taxes but make sure that you pay a lot more than you should have to.
No one educated and sane likes the political left. This is not a shocking revelation. As I have been outlining for many years (but specifically in the past few years), leftists are the ONLY people in the country that consistently support draconian government policies and oppressive corporate monopoly.
They are the only people that support mass censorship of opposing viewpoints through Big Tech and social media. They are the only people demanding the deplatforming and “canceling” of public personalities that dare to utter any views that are contrary to the leftist narrative. They are the only group that has a vast majority in support of the authoritarian covid lockdowns and mandates. They are the only people that aggressively call for forced vaccinations of the populace. They are the only people demanding that the unvaxxed be removed from their jobs or face potential criminal charges. They are the only people that push for the indoctrination of school children with Critical Race Theory (which is essentially racism repackaged as academic activism). And, they are also the only people that are hyper-obsessive about propagating sexual politics in public schools.
These folks are exceedingly unlikable. One would think that they would remain on the very fringes of society where they can do little harm, but this has not been the case. Why? Well, it’s not because they are the majority, at least not in any traditional way. They are actually a minority on most issues with a few exceptions. However, they are highly organized, single minded (some would say hive-minded), and, they have the full support of our national power structures.
Some interesting information on the infamous “Ploughshares Fund:”
Ploughshares has partnered with a who’s-who of the radical left, including Code Pink, the pro-Palestinian J Street, United for Peace & Justice, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Demos, a progressive economic advisory group where Obama’s controversial former green jobs czar, Van Jones, has served on the board.
The group says its mission is to support the “smartest minds and most effective organizations to reduce nuclear stockpiles, prevent new nuclear states, and increase global security.”
Ploughshares is in turn financed by Soros’s Open Society Institute, the Buffett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Foundation.
These people are on the boards of directors of most top national and international corporations. They rule the centers of power in most modern nations, and they dominate Silicon Valley and other tech concentrations. They have the power to censor most national and international media streams, broadcast, cable, and internet. They can organize flash mobs, protests, and violent riots and looting, at the drop of a hat. They can fake a national presidential election and place a senile old child molester into the oval office. They can fake an international climate apocalypse and transform government and economic policy to everyone’s detriment but their own.
If you have watched any of Peter Zeihan’s videos or read any of his books, you know just how hard it would be to take America down, given its many strengths. One of its greatest strengths is its strong traditions of hard work and devotion to family and community. These leftists are trying to destroy those things and many other North American strengths, although a few people including Jordan Peterson are fighting back publicly, at great risk to themselves.
Author Paul Tough (!) wants to help parents and children understand what it takes for kids to succeed in life. The video above is the full 8 hour audio book of one of his books, “How Children Succeed.” The book covers a lot of ground.
Kids need to be resilient in the face of disappointments and setbacks. One way to describe that resilience is “hardiness.”
After conducting a 12-year longitudinal study, researcher Dr. Salvatore R. Maddi and his colleagues at the University of Chicago described a quality known as “hardiness” as “the key to the resiliency for not only surviving, but also thriving, under stress.” Dr. Maddi found three essential traits that make up hardiness: challenge, control, and commitment.
Challenge describes a person’s ability to view problems or stressors as challenges and opportunities. A hardy person accepts that change and obstacles are a part of life, and therefore, is more adaptive to the hardships that arise.
Control involves not seeing oneself as a victim who’s helpless or at the mercy of problems. It involves someone having a sense of their own power and a belief that they can influence the course of their life. Hardy people feel they can take actions that will help them achieve goals. This makes them more optimistic, empowered, and hopeful.
Commitment describes having a sense of purpose and meaning in one’s life. Individuals with “commitment” have direction and thrive, rather than just plugging along and “surviving.”
As the American Association of Psychology put it, people who are hardy “turn adversity into an advantage.” They’re able to be resilient in the face of obstacles. They find adaptive ways to move through undesirable circumstances and emerge on the other side. Finding ways to cultivate more hardiness within ourselves offers a much more adaptive way to handle, improve, and react to our moods.
Another way of describing this type of tough resilience is “Grit.” Kids who have more grit are going to stick to a task even when it gets tiresome and exhausting. In the adult world, grit is indispensable for those who want to rise above the crowd.
Examples of Grit in Adults:
Mentally tough athletes are more consistent than others. They don’t miss workouts. They don’t miss assignments. They always have their teammates back.
Mentally tough leaders are more consistent than their peers. They have a clear goal that they work towards each day. They don’t let short–term profits, negative feedback, or hectic schedules prevent them from continuing the march towards their vision. They make a habit of building up the people around them — not just once, but over and over and over again.
Mentally tough artists, writers, and employees deliver on a more consistent basis than most. They work on a schedule, not just when they feel motivated. They approach their work like a pro, not an amateur. They do the most important thing first and don’t shirk responsibilities.
In his book “How Children Succeed,” Paul Tough asserts that grit can be acquired by most children with the right kind of training. One of his case histories is a middle school in Brooklyn that has won several national team titles in Chess, with team members coming from low income minority homes for the most part. (1 hr 42 minute documentary on the famous inner city middle school chess team)
Author Paul Tough makes a point of saying that grittiness can come more naturally to poor, inner city kids, than to their rich counterparts in suburban schools. Children of wealthy parents are often coddled and protected from failure and the need for constantly getting back up again. This over-protectiveness of wealthy parents may help explain the high rates of drug and alcohol use and other pathologies in upper middle class schools.
Sincere and conscientious parents need to help their kids be prepared for setbacks and failures — and also for emotional turmoil which they are certain to encounter eventually. Bad moods … even to the point of dysphoria … can be difficult obstacles for many children to overcome, especially when the adults in their lives are oblivious to what they are going through. Sometimes the consequences of emotional turmoil among teens is tragic. The tragedy is all the greater for being unnecessary. If the significant people in the kids’ lives had only prepared the kids for emotional turbulence and how to fly through it unscathed. And if these people were only paying attention!
So here’s to a grittier kind of kid in the future. A hardier kind of kid. More resilient. And much harder to fool with nonsensical ideology.
The average intelligence of humans is declining. That is no longer uncertain. At the same time, most of the life-sustaining systems which elevate existence in the developed world above the poverty and deprivation in most of the rest of the world, were devised for the old breed of humans — a more intelligent breed that is rapidly dying off.
This means that unless these massive life-supporting systems are overhauled so as to be more comprehensible and maintainable by a less intelligent human substrate, a lot of people around the world are going to suffer and die unnecessarily.
The developed world is able to send many of its brightest people to the third world to help prop that part of the world up — to do things for the people of the third world which they are not capable of doing for themselves. But as the average IQ in the developed world declines — and as the best and brightest of past generations die off and are not replaced — there will no longer be a surplus of bright people that can be loaned to the third world. What do you think will happen next?
Under the old regime, more intelligent people were expected to compensate for the shortcomings of complex systems, to prevent most catastrophic failures. But as catastrophes such as the 2008 financial deleveraging illustrated, some complex systems keep pushing the bar of failure again and again until all the props collapse for a time.
In the new dysgenic regime, there will be fewer intelligent people capable of acting independently of the imperfect systems. This means that unless the operating procedures for these complex infrastructure systems are adapted to the lower levels of mean intelligence, failures are likely to occur more frequently with cascading consequences.
The world of human knowledge is complex enough for a society with an average IQ of around 100. Dynamic complexity exposes societies to a wide range of unknowns, coming at them at an ever higher rate over time. Such complexity demands more intelligent populations, not less. But we will have to work with what we have.
The “elites” of modern societies are largely unaware of their own abysmal ignorance and unsuitability to lead. Their own arrogance and greed for power and status shields them from the knowledge that they are walking on a crumbling scaffold. They certainly do not know what is coming, and probably would not care even if they did, so long as their own “needs” were met.
Billions of people are kept alive not because of wise leaders, but because of complex infrastructural systems that have a certain amount of resilience built into them to minimize catastrophic failures. But for many reasons, those systems are being undermined from several directions. Some of the degradation of reliability is intentional, and much is not intentional. Either way, these massive interlocking systems are long overdue for an overhaul.
It may help if we update our views on “human error,” and the best ways to avoid catastrophic failure as a result of what we have traditionally referred to as human error.
Sidney Dekker is a former professional pilot who teaches safety science in Europe and Australia. His book “Drift into Failure” is a classic look at how flawed systems lead to catastrophic failures which are almost always blamed on “human error.” The excerpted table above comparing the Old View with the New View of human error, comes from that book.
The video below is the 5th installment of a 5 part series on Understanding Human Error.
Dekker is urging a re-examination of critical systems on the basis of logic and common sense, as a way of reducing costly failures and “human error.” But like most people who look at this serious problem, he may be overlooking one of the biggest reasons for reworking the human interfaces for these complex systems — the coming wave of lower IQ workers in most parts of the world. This crisis of lower IQ workers is coming for reasons of low fertility across the developed world. This low fertility in the developed world forces higher levels of dependence upon immigration from the undeveloped world.
According to the above map from Anatoly Karlin, the US is losing significant IQ points due to immigration, but not nearly as many as other countries such as Germany and Switzerland.
As average IQs decline, critical infrastructural systems become more prone to catastrophic failure, since fewer high IQ persons will be available to catch fatal errors before they become fatal.
Even in the most intelligent societies, human stupidity approaches infinite supply. But in the modern era of corrupt politics and fraudulent elections which lead directly to a loss of robustness and resiliency in the complex systems that sustain our lives and livelihoods, the contrived acceleration of the coming Idiocracy puts us all at great risk.
It is important that we understand the message that Sidney Dekker and other “resilience engineers” are trying to get across to us. Doubly important, in fact, if we understand even a little of the danger we face as we enter the coming Idiocracy.
China will keep funneling underpriced credit to unproductive firms that can’t repay their loans, continuing the country’s decline in productivity and rise in debt. These trends mean a greater likelihood of a major financial crisis and longer-term economic stagnation.
China’s image as a global economic powerhouse is wearing thin. Party leadership must display a facade of robust economic growth while hiding the essential “Ponzi scheme” nature of China’s fatally over-leveraged self-entrapment from the world and from its own people.
…at the highest levels of Chinese economic policymaking circles, there is a recognition that nonproductive investment has become a serious problem. In an important July 2021 essay by Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the country’s “new development dynamic,” for example, he demanded that China improve the quality and returns of economic growth and that the country should begin to pursue “genuine rather than inflated GDP growth.”
In theory, it would be possible to accomplish this by shifting a huge amount of investment with low or negative economic returns into high-productivity sectors of the new economy. But Beijing has been trying unsuccessfully to do this for years, and for reasons I have discussed elsewhere, this is likely to be almost an arithmetical impossibility.
China’s leaders are caught in a fatal economic trap of their own devising.
Smart international investors are running away from China, having learned their lesson. But there is a sucker born every minute, and David Goldman is not the only one. Paying dividends and bond payments with borrowed money is not a long-term strategy. When investors no longer loan money to the bad actors, the game is up.
Growth must take precedence. Xi will therefore meet the current downturn in housing prices and construction with renewed efforts to funnel cheap credit to state-owned enterprises.
To the world, Communist China appears as a united juggernaut, strong, powerful, and rich. But at the highest levels of party in-fighting, it’s a jungle. Xi may have achieved a third term as “absolute” ruler, but China has a history of splitting itself down the seams at the most inconvenient moment. Xi must forever watch his back, while he gets ever older and his enemies ever younger and more determined.
China isn’t a nation – it’s an empire. Whatever problems western societies have, the people who live in those societies live there voluntarily.
By contrast, collectivist, authoritarian empires like China (and the former USSR) are inherently antithetical to human welfare, and most people now ruled by Beijing know it. If the People’s Liberation Army ceased to exist tomorrow, the Chinese empire would also cease to exist.
At the very least, for example, China would lose Xinjiang, Manchuria, Tibet, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau (as well, of course, as Taiwan, which China still claims). In effect, China would revert to the old idea of “China Proper,” the 18 provinces that have always been the core of Chinese civilization.
Because so much of China’s population find themselves part of China involuntarily, in order to hold the country together the CCP is forced to spend more on domestic security than it spends on national defense. And that’s today, while China is still being appeased and coddled by the West.
China is certainly an economic and military powerhouse, but remember that, in aggregate, the U.S. and its allies spend vastly more on defense, have vastly larger economies, are vastly wealthier, and account for a much larger share of world imports and exports.
As China’s growth continues to slow, as the consequences of over-investment and the associated credit bubble come home to roost, and as the democracies increase their pressure on China to liberalize or be isolated (i.e., Cold War II), China will go the way of the old USSR. The CCP will be overthrown, the Chinese Empire will break up, and the world will be spared the possibility of being dominated by yet another tyranny.
At the very first sign of China starting a significant regional war, all international props will be pulled away, and China’s lack of skeletal substance will show. China’s impossibly long and vulnerable supply lines will be exposed and exploited. Without outside coddling and investment, China will fold. Considering China from all perspectives, the paper tiger cannot maintain its ferocious facade for much longer.
In the historical past, China has broken up into warring kingdoms many times. Past is prologue.
All reincarnations and supernatural phenomena must receive party approval, by order of Chairman Xi.
China is not the only country that owes its viability to the US global safety net. But China has leveraged more and has the most to lose as the US backs away from its role as the global Atlas, as in “Atlas Shrugged.”
Taiwan may be the target of the CCP in its chaotic confusion, for the simple reason that the party leadership needs a scapegoat in order to keep the people from understanding the mess that the leadership has gotten them into.
Without its foreign companies and foreign input, China loses over half its export income.
China has serious economic problems, on top of its energy difficulties. As its economy suffers, China will have more difficulty convincing foreigners to build China’s factories and to keep China’s factories working. Without plentiful energy, China cannot run its foreign built, supplied, and maintained factories. As this plays itself out, global supply chains stretch thinner and thinner.
China has painted itself into an economic corner. The only way out for China may well be war. It is looking that way more every day.
BTW: Some readers may be confusing the CCP with China as a civilization. The Chinese communist functionaries and leadership is an aberration from the Chinese historical norm. The CCP can easily collapse, while the Chinese civilization survives and builds itself into another global power. Remember the USSR collapse? The member nations survived for the most part.
Transportation companies are short 33,000 truckers compared to before the pandemic. Nationwide there’s a 55 percent shortage of plumbers available for work, and electricians are also in seriously short supply. Meanwhile, construction firms can’t find enough qualified workers to complete jobs. The lack of skilled laborers is already being called the “next supply chain disruption.” All told, 77 percent of manufacturers report issues getting and attracting skilled workers.
There is a shortage of skilled workers in the US, which is only getting worse. The average age of skilled workers is about 45 years of age and growing older with the baby boomers. But most of these skilled jobs do not need a college degree. They need know-how, which can be given in measured doses to anyone above the age of 12.
Thirteen years ago, … mikeroweWORKS Foundation began a campaign to bring awareness about the 2.3 million skilled jobs that were open across the country. “Today, that number is approaching 11 million,” said Rowe on Facebook. “Of note — most of those open jobs do not require a four-year degree; they require training.”
Teenagers are capable of acquiring skills which can land them jobs that easily earn them between $60,000 and $100,000 per year. Kids who train for skilled jobs as teens can build a tidy nest egg by the time they are in their twenties. At that point, their future is in their own hands, and they can go on to get whatever degrees and professional certification they want.
While most teens spend their youth honing work skills in entry-level jobs, whether that’s slinging fast food or working retail, others get that spark to succeed at an early age. There’s no shortage of useful advice out there to help even the very young make strong business decisions. There is also no minimum age to become a millionaire, as these “kids” know firsthand. From playing the stock market to starting up their own companies, check out these 40 teens who made millions before turning 20.
Of course, every child is different, with different strengths, aptitudes, and inclinations. If the teenager undertakes career training with the objective of achieving financial independence by age 18, he needs to take his own abilities and personal inclinations into account. Some kids can achieve independence as welders, truckers, or oil field workers. Others will start their own companies or create something entirely new in the world. It all depends on the particular child.
There are high schools that are oriented around teaching teenagers practical skills that earn high wages. Parents need to seek them out, and if they are not conveniently available, parents and interested neighbors need to help recreate such training for local youth. The national skills shortage will only get worse.
In a world where kids too often become indebted for life by taking 6 to 8 years to get a worthless 4 year college degree in binging, fornicating, and counter-productive ideology into lifelong worthlessness, parents need to be thinking ahead for the good of their kids and their families.
Many among the elites of the world want to destroy the middle classes. Why? Because most of the people who will create innovation of the disruptive kind will come out of the middle classes. Elites perceive this possibility as an existential threat to themselves and their future rent-seeking power.
Remember: A Dangerous Child is financially independent, and can choose any career he wants to pursue at any time — because he’s paying for it himself. In the future, the average person will probably live past 100, and will change careers at least 3 or 4 times. It is best to take much of the stress out of an uncertain career landscape from the very beginning by giving the child financial independence from the get-go.
What is wrong with China? Nothing that a massive financial collapse across several sectors wouldn’t solve. China is drowning in debt across its economy. The high speed rail system — far from being the booming success claimed by China pimps — is yet another indicator of debt-fueled decline.
Evergrande, based in Shenzhen, has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy for months as it defaults on loan after loan and the major credit rating agencies lower its rating to junk status. The group owes a total of $305 billion and that debt is both offshore in dollar loans as well as domestic unregulated loans from what are termed WMPs or wealth management products. As its finances implode and unit apartment sales plunge, tens of thousands of prospective apartment owners are threatened with having paid for unfinished apartments. To date the central bank of China has not intervened but speculation grows that a state bailout of the group is days away in order to prevent a systemic financial contagion. The reason is apparently that Evergrande is only the tip of a very debt-bloated China corporate sector iceberg.
China’s high speed rail has three times the debt of Evergrande (!) and that debt is growing daily. But that too is barely a tip of the iceberg of China’s distressed financial underbelly. After the 2008 global financial deleveraging crisis, China was increasingly forced to rely on Ponzi scheme financing to bolster its financial growth. The resulting instability crisis has grown exponentially, and it is becoming more and more difficult to cover up.
There is one big lie in the video above. It is true that China wants to cut coal consumption. But the reason is not climate change, it is acute and deadly toxicity of the air combined with communist party difficulties with coal exporter Australia. China cannot afford to pay its power bill!
China’s coal plants are inefficient and dirty. The state owned enterprises are highly indebted and many would be economically unfeasible if not for the party connection. This drags the entire economy down and can only get worse.
This video lays out the rapidly expanding problem in great and clear detail. If you are invested in any funds that hold international bonds, you owe it to yourself to watch this.
A lot of people would be going to prison, if this scheme had been perpetrated in a real country. Evergrande has been borrowing $billions in order to pay dividends to company and party insiders. Much of these billions will never be repaid, leading to a growing crisis in international markets.
China’s Wealth is Tucked Inside a Sinking Ship
Real estate has played an outsized role in China’s economy in recent years, compared to its importance in many other countries, and Chinese families have much of their wealth tied up in homes and in investment properties. Slower sales could spill over into investment and construction, potentially hurting growth, employment and local government finances. Discounting to spur sales could hurt home prices and hit household wealth.
That is not just China’s problem. The entire world has been riding this Ponzi scheme, and when it crashes and burns, the world will pay.
Of the $139 billion of dollar-denominated bonds trading at distressed prices, 46% were issued by companies in China’s real estate sector, according to data compiled by Bloomberg on Oct. 12. That captured bonds trading at yield premiums of at least 10 percentage points above their benchmark rates.
The devil is in the details. The great size and tangled nature of this mess is too bizarre to be believed, ordinarily. But China is no ordinary criminal enterprise, and in the age of China’s Covid and a fraudulent US administration* these are no ordinary times. Anything could happen, as China finds itself in the squeeze and feels forced to strike at anyone convenient in the attempt to change the narrative.
Governments are going insane with vaccine mandates, while ignoring the reality of natural immunity to the Wuhan virus which comes with recovery from illness. The following linked article provides some information on this topic — which government functionaries wish would just go away.
People who have contracted the virus and recovered deserve recognition. The realization that natural immunity – which pertains now to perhaps half of the US population and billions around the world – is effective in providing protection should have a dramatic effect on vaccine mandates.
Individuals whose livelihoods and liberties are being deprecated and deleted need access to the scientific literature as it pertains to this virus. They should send a link to this page far and wide. The scientists have not been silent; they just haven’t received the public attention they deserve. The preparation of this list was assisted by links provided by Paul Elias Alexander and Rational Ground’s own cheat sheet on natural immunity, which also includes links to popular articles on the topic.
1. One-year sustained cellular and humoral immunities of COVID-19 convalescents, by Jie Zhang, Hao Lin, Beiwei Ye, Min Zhao, Jianbo Zhan, et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases, October 5, 2021. “SARS-CoV-2-specific IgG antibodies, and also NAb can persist among over 95% COVID-19 convalescents from 6 months to 12 months after disease onset. At least 19/71 (26%) of COVID-19 convalescents (double positive in ELISA and MCLIA) had detectable circulating IgM antibody against SARS-CoV-2 at 12m post-disease onset. Notably, the percentages of convalescents with positive SARS-CoV-2-specific T-cell responses (at least one of the SARS-CoV-2 antigen S1, S2, M and N protein) were 71/76 (93%) and 67/73 (92%) at 6m and 12m, respectively. Furthermore, both antibody and T-cell memory levels of the convalescents were positively associated with their disease severity.”
2. Comparing SARS-CoV-2 natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity: reinfections versus breakthrough infections, by Sivan Gazit, Roei Shlezinger, Galit Perez, Roni Lotan, Asaf Peretz, Amir Ben-Tov, Dani Cohen, Khitam Muhsen, Gabriel Chodick, Tal Patalon. MedRxiv, August 25, 2021. “Our analysis demonstrates that SARS-CoV-2-naïve vaccinees had a 13.06-fold increased risk for breakthrough infection with the Delta variant compared to those previously infected, when the first event (infection or vaccination) occurred during January and February of 2021. The increased risk was significant for a symptomatic disease as well…. This analysis demonstrated that natural immunity affords longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization due to the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, compared to the BNT162b2 two-dose vaccine-induced immunity.”
3. Shedding of Infectious SARS-CoV-2 Despite Vaccination, by Kasen K. Riemersma, Brittany E. Grogan, Amanda Kita-Yarbro, Gunnar E. Jeppson, David H. O’Connor, Thomas C. Friedrich, Katarina M. Grande, MedRxiv, August 24, 2021. “The SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant might cause high viral loads, is highly transmissible, and contains mutations that confer partial immune escape. Outbreak investigations suggest that vaccinated persons can spread Delta. We compared RT-PCR cycle threshold (Ct) data from 699 swab specimens collected in Wisconsin 29 June through 31 July 2021 and tested with a qualitative assay by a single contract laboratory. Specimens came from residents of 36 counties, most in southern and southeastern Wisconsin, and 81% of cases were not associated with an outbreak. During this time, estimated prevalence of Delta variants in Wisconsin increased from 69% to over 95%. Vaccination status was determined via self-reporting and state immunization records.”
4. Necessity of COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected individuals, by Nabin K. Shrestha, Patrick C. Burke, Amy S. Nowacki, Paul Terpeluk, Steven M. Gordon, MedRxiv, June 5, 2021. “Individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination, and vaccines can be safely prioritized to those who have not been infected before.”
5. Large-scale study of antibody titer decay following BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine or SARS-CoV-2 infection, by Ariel Israel, Yotam Shenhar, Ilan Green, Eugene Merzon, Avivit Golan-Cohen, Alejandro A Schäffer, Eytan Ruppin, Shlomo Vinker, Eli Magen. MedRxiv, August 22, 2021. “This study demonstrates individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine have different kinetics of antibody levels compared to patients who had been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with higher initial levels but a much faster exponential decrease in the first group.”
6. Discrete Immune Response Signature to SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination Versus Infection, by Ellie Ivanova, Joseph Devlin, et al. Cell, May 2021. “While both infection and vaccination induced robust innate and adaptive immune responses, our analysis revealed significant qualitative differences between the two types of immune challenges. In COVID-19 patients, immune responses were characterized by a highly augmented interferon response which was largely absent in vaccine recipients.”
7. SARS-CoV-2 infection induces long-lived bone marrow plasma cells in humans, by Jackson S. Turner, Wooseob Kim, Elizaveta Kalaidina, Charles W. Goss, Adriana M. Rauseo, Aaron J. Schmitz, Lena Hansen, Alem Haile, Michael K. Klebert, Iskra Pusic, Jane A. O’Halloran, Rachel M. Presti, Ali H. Ellebedy. Nature, May 24, 2021. “This study sought to determine whether infection with SARS-CoV-2 induces antigen-specific long-lived BMPCs in humans. We detected SARS-CoV-2 S-specific BMPCs in bone marrow aspirates from 15 out of 19 convalescent individuals, and in none from the 11 control participants…. Overall, our results are consistent with SARS-CoV-2 infection eliciting a canonical T-cell-dependent B cell response, in which an early transient burst of extrafollicular plasmablasts generates a wave of serum antibodies that decline relatively quickly. This is followed by more stably maintained levels of serum antibodies that are supported by long-lived BMPCs.”
8. Longitudinal analysis shows durable and broad immune memory after SARS-CoV-2 infection with persisting antibody responses and memory B and T cells, by Kristen W. Cohen, Susanne L. Linderman, Zoe Moodie, Julie Czartoski, Lilin Lai, Grace Mantus, Carson Norwood, Lindsay E. Nyhoff, Venkata Viswanadh Edara, et al. MedRxiv, April 27, 2021. “Ending the COVID-19 pandemic will require long-lived immunity to SARS-CoV-2. We evaluated 254 COVID-19 patients longitudinally from early infection and for eight months thereafter and found a predominant broad-based immune memory response. SARS-CoV-2 spike binding and neutralizing antibodies exhibited a bi-phasic decay with an extended half-life of >200 days suggesting the generation of longer-lived plasma cells. In addition, there was a sustained IgG+ memory B cell response, which bodes well for a rapid antibody response upon virus re-exposure.”
9. Incidence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 infection among previously infected or vaccinated employees, by N Kojima, A Roshani, M Brobeck, A Baca, JD Klausner. MedRxiv, July 8, 2021. “Previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination for SARS-CoV-2 were associated with decreased risk for infection or re-infection with SARS-CoV-2 in a routinely screened workforce. The was no difference in the infection incidence between vaccinated individuals and individuals with previous infection. Further research is needed to determine whether our results are consistent with the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants.”
10. Single cell profiling of T and B cell repertoires following SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine, by Suhas Sureshchandra, Sloan A. Lewis, Brianna Doratt, Allen Jankeel, Izabela Ibraim, Ilhem Messaoudi. BioRxiv, July 15, 2021. “Interestingly, clonally expanded CD8 T cells were observed in every vaccinee, as observed following natural infection. TCR gene usage, however, was variable, reflecting the diversity of repertoires and MHC polymorphism in the human population. Natural infection induced expansion of larger CD8 T cell clones occupied distinct clusters, likely due to the recognition of a broader set of viral epitopes presented by the virus not seen in the mRNA vaccine. Our study highlights a coordinated adaptive immune response where early CD4 T cell responses facilitate the development of the B cell response and substantial expansion of effector CD8 T cells, together capable of contributing to future recall responses.”
11. mRNA vaccine-induced T cells respond identically to SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern but differ in longevity and homing properties depending on prior infection status, Jason Neidleman, Xiaoyu Luo, Matthew McGregor, Guorui Xie, Victoria Murray, Warner C. Greene, Sulggi A. Lee, Nadia R. Roan. BioRxiv, July 29, 2021. “In infection-naïve individuals, the second dose boosted the quantity and altered the phenotypic properties of SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells, while in convalescents the second dose changed neither. Spike-specific T cells from convalescent vaccinees differed strikingly from those of infection-naïve vaccinees, with phenotypic features suggesting superior long-term persistence and ability to home to the respiratory tract including the nasopharynx. These results provide reassurance that vaccine-elicited T cells respond robustly to emerging viral variants, confirm that convalescents may not need a second vaccine dose, and suggest that vaccinated convalescents may have more persistent nasopharynx-homing SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells compared to their infection-naïve counterparts.”
12. Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 assessed for up to 8 months after infection, Jennifer M. Dan, Jose Mateus, Yu Kato, Kathryn M. Hastie, et al., Science, January 6, 2021. “Understanding immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 is critical for improving diagnostics and vaccines, and for assessing the likely future course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyzed multiple compartments of circulating immune memory to SARS-CoV-2 in 254 samples from 188 COVID-19 cases, including 43 samples at ≥ 6 months post-infection. IgG to the Spike protein was relatively stable over 6+ months. Spike-specific memory B cells were more abundant at 6 months than at 1 month post symptom onset. SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells declined with a half-life of 3-5 months. By studying antibody, memory B cell, CD4+ T cell, and CD8+ T cell memory to SARS-CoV-2 in an integrated manner, we observed that each component of SARS-CoV-2 immune memory exhibited distinct kinetics.”
13. Persistence of neutralizing antibodies a year after SARS-CoV-2 infection, by Anu Haveri, Nina Ekström, Anna Solastie, Camilla Virta, Pamela Österlund, Elina Isosaari, Hanna Nohynek, Arto A. Palmu, Merit Melin. MedRxiv, July 16, 2021. “We assessed the persistence of serum antibodies following wild-type SARS-CoV-2 infection six and twelve months after diagnosis in 367 individuals of whom 13% had severe disease requiring hospitalization. We determined the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S-IgG) and nucleoprotein IgG concentrations and the proportion of subjects with neutralizing antibodies (NAb).”
14. Quantifying the risk of SARS‐CoV‐2 reinfection over time, by Eamon O Murchu, Paula Byrne, Paul G. Carty, et al. Rev Med Virol. 2021. “Reinfection was an uncommon event (absolute rate 0%–1.1%), with no study reporting an increase in the risk of reinfection over time. Only one study esti- mated the population‐level risk of reinfection based on whole genome sequencing in a subset of patients; the estimated risk was low (0.1% [95% CI: 0.08–0.11%]) with no evidence of waning immunity for up to 7 months following primary infection. These data suggest that naturally acquired SARS‐CoV‐2 immunity does not wane for at least 10 months post‐infection. However, the applicability of these studies to new variants or to vaccine‐induced immunity remains uncertain.”
18. Immune Memory in Mild COVID-19 Patients and Unexposed Donors Reveals Persistent T Cell Responses After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, by Asgar Ansari, Rakesh Arya, Shilpa Sachan, Someshwar Nath Jha, Anurag Kalia, Anupam Lall, Alessandro Sette, et al. Front Immunol. March 11, 2021. “Using HLA class II predicted peptide megapools, we identified SARS-CoV-2 cross-reactive CD4+ T cells in around 66% of the unexposed individuals. Moreover, we found detectable immune memory in mild COVID-19 patients several months after recovery in the crucial arms of protective adaptive immunity; CD4+ T cells and B cells, with a minimal contribution from CD8+ T cells. Interestingly, the persistent immune memory in COVID-19 patients is predominantly targeted towards the Spike glycoprotein of the SARS-CoV-2. This study provides the evidence of both high magnitude pre-existing and persistent immune memory in Indian population.”
19. Live virus neutralisation testing in convalescent patients and subjects vaccinated against 19A, 20B, 20I/501Y.V1 and 20H/501Y.V2 isolates of SARS-CoV-2, by Claudia Gonzalez, Carla Saade, Antonin Bal, Martine Valette, et al, MedRxiv, May 11, 2021. “ No significant difference was observed between the 20B and 19A isolates for HCWs with mild COVID-19 and critical patients. However, a significant decrease in neutralisation ability was found for 20I/501Y.V1 in comparison with 19A isolate for critical patients and HCWs 6-months post infection. Concerning 20H/501Y.V2, all populations had a significant reduction in neutralising antibody titres in comparison with the 19A isolate. Interestingly, a significant difference in neutralisation capacity was observed for vaccinated HCWs between the two variants whereas it was not significant for the convalescent groups.”
21. SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell memory is sustained in COVID-19 convalescent patients for 10 months with successful development of stem cell-like memory T cells, Jae Hyung Jung, Min-Seok Rha, Moa Sa, Hee Kyoung Choi, Ji Hoon Jeon, et al, Nature Communications, June 30, 2021. “In particular, we observe sustained polyfunctionality and proliferation capacity of SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells. Among SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells detected by activation-induced markers, the proportion of stem cell-like memory T (TSCM) cells is increased, peaking at approximately 120 DPSO. Development of TSCM cells is confirmed by SARS-CoV-2-specific MHC-I multimer staining. Considering the self-renewal capacity and multipotency of TSCM cells, our data suggest that SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells are long-lasting after recovery from COVID-19, thus support the feasibility of effective vaccination programs as a measure for COVID-19 control.”
22. Antibody Evolution after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination, by Alice Cho, Frauke Muecksch, Dennis Schaefer-Babajew, Zijun Wang, et al, BioRxiv, et al, BioRxiv, July 29, 2021. “We conclude that memory antibodies selected over time by natural infection have greater potency and breadth than antibodies elicited by vaccination. These results suggest that boosting vaccinated individuals with currently available mRNA vaccines would produce a quantitative increase in plasma neutralizing activity but not the qualitative advantage against variants obtained by vaccinating convalescent individuals.” Newer version reads: “These results suggest that boosting vaccinated individuals with currently available mRNA vaccines will increase plasma neutralizing activity but may not produce antibodies with breadth equivalent to those obtained by vaccinating convalescent individuals.”
23. Differential effects of the second SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine dose on T cell immunity in naïve and COVID-19 recovered individuals, by Carmen Camara, Daniel Lozano-Ojalvo, Eduardo Lopez-Granados. Et al., BioRxiv, March 27, 2021. “While a two-dose immunization regimen with the BNT162b2 vaccine has been demonstrated to provide a 95% efficacy in naïve individuals, the effects of the second vaccine dose in individuals who have previously recovered from natural SARS-CoV-2 infection has been questioned. Here we characterized SARS-CoV-2 spike-specific humoral and cellular immunity in naïve and previously infected individuals during full BNT162b2 vaccination. Our results demonstrate that the second dose increases both the humoral and cellular immunity in naïve individuals. On the contrary, the second BNT162b2 vaccine dose results in a reduction of cellular immunity in COVID-19 recovered individuals, which suggests that a second dose, according to the current standard regimen of vaccination, may be not necessary in individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2.”
24. COVID-19 natural immunity: Scientific Brief. World Health Organization. May 10, 2021. “Available scientific data suggests that in most people immune responses remain robust and protective against reinfection for at least 6-8 months after infection (the longest follow up with strong scientific evidence is currently approximately 8 months). Some variant SARS-CoV-2 viruses with key changes in the spike protein have a reduced susceptibility to neutralization by antibodies in the blood. While neutralizing antibodies mainly target the spike protein, cellular immunity elicited by natural infection also target other viral proteins, which tend to be more conserved across variants than the spike protein.”
25. SARS-CoV-2 re-infection risk in Austria, by Stefan Pilz, Ali Chakeri, John Pa Ioannidis, et al. Eur J Clin Invest. April 2021. “We recorded 40 tentative re-infections in 14 840 COVID-19 survivors of the first wave (0.27%) and 253 581 infections in 8 885 640 individuals of the remaining general population (2.85%) translating into an odds ratio (95% confidence interval) of 0.09 (0.07 to 0.13). We observed a relatively low re-infection rate of SARS-CoV-2 in Austria. Protection against SARS-CoV-2 after natural infection is comparable with the highest available estimates on vaccine efficacies. Further well-designed research on this issue is urgently needed for improving evidence-based decisions on public health measures and vaccination strategies.”
26. Anti-spike antibody response to natural SARS-CoV-2 infection in the general population, by Jia Wei, Philippa C. Matthews, Nicole Stoesser, et al, MedRxiv, July 5, 2021. “We estimated antibody levels associated with protection against reinfection likely last 1.5-2 years on average, with levels associated with protection from severe infection present for several years. These estimates could inform planning for vaccination booster strategies.”
28. SARS-CoV-2 Natural Antibody Response Persists for at Least 12 Months in a Nationwide Study From the Faroe Islands, by Maria Skaalum Petersen, Cecilie Bo Hansen, Marnar Fríheim Kristiansen, et al, Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 8, Issue 8, August 2021. “Although the protective role of antibodies is currently unknown, our results show that SARS-CoV-2 antibodies persisted at least 12 months after symptom onset and maybe even longer, indicating that COVID-19-convalescent individuals may be protected from reinfection. Our results represent SARS-CoV-2 antibody immunity in nationwide cohorts in a setting with few undetected cases, and we believe that our results add to the understanding of natural immunity and the expected durability of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine immune responses. Moreover, they can help with public health policy and ongoing strategies for vaccine delivery.
29. Associations of Vaccination and of Prior Infection With Positive PCR Test Results for SARS-CoV-2 in Airline Passengers Arriving in Qatar, by Roberto Bertollini, MD, MPH1; Hiam Chemaitelly, MSc2; Hadi M. Yassine. JAMA Research Letter, June 9, 2021. “Of 9180 individuals with no record of vaccination but with a record of prior infection at least 90 days before the PCR test (group 3), 7694 could be matched to individuals with no record of vaccination or prior infection (group 2), among whom PCR positivity was 1.01% (95% CI, 0.80%-1.26%) and 3.81% (95% CI, 3.39%-4.26%), respectively. The relative risk for PCR positivity was 0.22 (95% CI, 0.17-0.28) for vaccinated individuals and 0.26 (95% CI, 0.21-0.34) for individuals with prior infection compared with no record of vaccination or prior infection.”
30. Longitudinal observation of antibody responses for 14 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection, by Puya Dehgani-Mobaraki, Asiya Kamber Zaidi, Nidhi Yadav, Alessandro Floridi, Emanuela Floridi. Clinical Immunology, September 2021. “In Conclusion, our study findings are consistent with recent studies reporting antibody persistency suggesting that induced SARS-CoV-2 immunity through natural infection, might be very efficacious against re-infection (>90%) and could persist for more than six months. Our study followed up patients up to 14 months demonstrating the presence of anti-S-RBD IgG in 96.8% of recovered COVID-19 subjects.”
The Chinese people have very few places to invest their savings. As you can see below, real estate has been the favorite hidey-hole for stuffing the mattress. But it has long been an open secret that Chinese real estate is nothing but an ever-expanding Ponzi scheme. Such schemes tend to work well, right up to the point where they collapse into dust.
But China-wide, property sales are down 36% as of September. New capital is the only thing that keeps this turkey in the air. When the people start suspecting that the air is leaking out of the bubble, it will be a rush for the door.
It was said to be “too big to fail.” We were told by David Goldman last month that the crisis was over! But now we are learning that Evergrande is currently scalping bond-holders to the tune of hundreds of $millions, and it is just getting started defaulting — The contagion is spreading to other Chinese developers, banks, and beyond. Listen for the falling sound of dominoes.
Under Xi, China is a living hell. The western sellouts who cheerlead for China remind me of the type of media sluts and others who touted the USSR right up until its collapse.
China depends upon a facade of viability. When that facade wears away, the dragon will lose its crucial overseas enablers. Perhaps, China will then take a good hard look at itself.
While Huawei is touted by CPC cheerleaders and skirt-clingers as an original Chinese product, real people understand that such is far from the case. Huawei is built upon stolen technology, and will continue to be. The minute Huawei (and China) stops stealing is the minute the whole pyramid scheme falls down.
… as the nomadic lifestyle continues growing in popularity, more parents are introducing their kids to on-the-go home schooling, or “roam-schooling,” in order to enrich their family’s quality time and monitor what their children are learning while granting their little ones the chance to explore the country.
“Every day we’re on the road is like a field trip,” Anna, who works as a photographer part time, said. “And the beauty of home schooling on-the-go is that we get to work through each lesson plan at our own pace. We can focus on subjects that intrigue our kids.”
She and Michael — who works odd jobs in construction when they’re on the road — spend four hours a day, four days a week, guiding their children’s lesson plans…
The mobile school does not have to be on the road. It might also be on the water, in the air, or eventually in outer space. Kids learn in multiple ways, not just from a textbook, a lecture, or a computer screen. There is no substitute for “being there.” Kids whose minds have not been exposed to a wide range of environments and distinct locations are being unnecessarily hobbled in terms of the future.
New York City dumbs down its entire school system for ideological reasons:
New York City will phase out its programs for gifted and talented primary-grade students in the name of “equality,” reports the New York Times. The group of kindergarten students currently enrolled in the special programs will be the last to be offered the accelerated learning courses.
The reason? Not enough black and Hispanic students are able to qualify for the program. So rather than offer accelerated learning to anyone who can qualify, the city is catering to the lowest common denominator.
It’s easy to blame race for the discrepancy. The tests are “biased,” we’re told. “Systemic racism” is a huge disadvantage for these children of color. Better to punish excellence by denying kids this opportunity — regardless of race — rather than highlight the absolute failure of New York City schools to educate all their children.
So rather than raise some of the kids to achieve heights of educational excellence, let’s throw all the kids into schools that are “struggling.”
A culture that disposes of its gifted populations out of short-term political opportunism is a culture steeply in decline. But then we have known that about NYC for a long time now.
Public schools are places for kids to learn to drink alcohol, use drugs, become delinquents, and learn a wide range of other dysfunctional behaviors. Universities, naturally, have become places for youth to go to binge, fornicate, learn to live at the expense of others, and to receive a world class indoctrination into lifelong uselessness and destruction.
Falling in Love Doesn’t Count If You’re Drunk
Alcohol is a very effective social lubricator, and many long and short-term relationships are formed on the foundation of common intoxication. Unfortunately, a meaningful exchange of relevant information — along with the capacity to process and integrate that information — is markedly impaired by excessive alcohol intake.
There are a number of alternative “social lubricators” that have been offered up in place of alcohol, including coffee, tea, and a wide range of legal and illegal drugs. Here is a list of legal alternatives to alcohol, some of which you may have not heard of:
In my experience, the best alternative to getting high on alcohol or drugs is to get high on life itself. Falling in love is a very intense high, which if you are lucky and do it right can last for a very long time. Religious conversion can be just as intense for those who are inclined to that sort of thing. But life is full of intense experiences and pursuits which can occupy a person’s time in a constructive manner. I have mentioned meditation in the past, and continue to promote that activity for anyone who is serious about understanding himself or his life.
My latest incarnation of custom meditation is something you may not find in any meditation book. It is only for use in certain situations where mental energy is excessive for purposes of ordinary meditation. I call it “The Laundromat.” It is the equivalent of taking out your brain, throwing it into an industrial washer-agitator, then tossing it into a high speed/high heat industrial extractor – drier. It is not for the faint of heart. The things you may learn about yourself through this type of meditation can either make you or break you. Details may be forthcoming in the future, if I survive so long.
The process of imbuing a child with wisdom and competence is a lifelong process, best begun more than 9 months before birth. The most important years in a child’s life occur before the age of 7. But the educational years are also critical to instilling experience and competencies. The brain’s capacity for learning and processing begins to plateau and slowly fall off about the time it becomes thoroughly myelinated — between the ages of 25 and 30. Modern government officials should be treated very harshly for the way they waste the precious lives of youth in their schools.
The End of the World Will Not Happen All at Once
Disasters and collapses add instability, volatility, and fragility to the system, which can compound and cause further disruptions. Sometimes, unfavorable cycles on various fronts (nature and civilization) can also converge and generate a perfect storm.
It’s crucial to consider that and try to prepare as best we can for multiple disasters happening at once or in sequence, on various levels, collective and individual – even if psychologically and mentally. And if the signs are any indication, we’re entering such a period of simultaneous challenges.
Things are hitting the fan somewhere right now. Not in the overblowing media but the physical world: the Texas border, third-world prisons, gang-ruled Haiti, in Taliban-raided Afghanistan, in the crackhouse just a few blocks from an affluent neighborhood, under the bridges of many big cities worldwide, in volcano-hit islands.
There are thousands of places where people are bugging out, suffering, or dying of all causes at this very moment. If you’re not in any SHTF, consider yourself lucky. Be grateful, too: being able to prepare is a luxury.
Whenever a criminally corrupt gang of politicians seizes control of the world’s richest and most powerful nation — as we see now in the Biden administration* — several things happen simultaneously to increase the levels of instability and fragility to global systems. The risks of things slipping out of control in a snowball fashion rise, and thus the need for ordinary people to prepare for disaster rises at the same time.
China is a large, complex power. But over the past decade, China’s power has been vastly overestimated… Public opinion is a poor guide for judging national power. China is now entering a period most powerful nations go through, and a worshipful world will now exercise contempt. With contempt comes an appetite for changes in foreign policy. But in the case of China, I see the risk of war, minimal in the past, disappearing along with vast amounts of money China used to make itself seem a global power.
China is a giant “growth facade,” appealing to the easily fooled, but the national failure is clear to see for those with a better perspective.
China is in the midst of a systemic failure based on the increasingly irrational allocation of capital driven by market forces and state policy. It now faces an extended period in which the economy is shaped less by markets than by the state, and the state, which should be making long-term decisions regardless of short-term pain, understands that maintaining a society leads to demands that it function in a different time frame. Chinese President Xi Jinping isn’t kidding when he focuses on a “share the wealth” policy.
This will affect the entire world. After all, the Great Depression didn’t just ruin Americans. There was a global expectation that China had abolished the business cycle, and the growth of 40 years would become the growth of 80. Parallel to this exuberance was the belief that China was emerging as the dominant global power, building a global system based on investment and confronting the United States via its vast technological capabilities.
Chinese schools are “notoriously overrated.” Cheating is pandemic, and “Chinese credibility” applies here as elsewhere.
Chinese universities are actually incredible overrated. They accept every international student as international student apply to increase their ranking. And they post tons of unqualified publications to increase their publication index to improve their ranking.
This story alone should shame China cheerleaders into an abashed silence. There is no freedom of speech or communication in China — any attempt at freedom is punished by party enforcers. Often to the point of death. How could anyone make positive claims for China’s future when they are overlooking the most salient aspect of communist Chinese reality — nothing from China can be trusted?
Most China boosters in the west are that way because they have a vested interest — they are being paid or compensated in some way to be dishonest. But some are honestly deluded, and for them we should feel mainly compassion, in spite of all the harm they are doing.
China’s multidecade ascent was aided by strong tailwinds that have now become headwinds. Its government is concealing a serious economic slowdown and sliding back into brittle totalitarianism. The country is suffering severe resource scarcity and faces the worst peacetime demographic collapse in history. Not least, China is losing access to the welcoming world that enabled its advance. Beijing threw tens of billions of dollars into biotech, yet its COVID-19 vaccines can’t compete with those produced in democratic countries, they write for Foreign Affairs.
The pace of recent events suggests Xi Jinping really is in a hurry, the Economist adds. He has clamped down not only on big business but also on the entertainment sector. Ideological education in schools has been reinforced: children as young as six are being taught about “Xi Jinping Thought,”
The visible impact of all this will be mostly within China, but its macro effects will be global. Such wealth destruction should be intensely deflationary. That may be part of the goal, in fact. Chinese consumers are feeling significant inflation in food, housing, and other living costs. Demographic factors, particularly population aging, will increase this pressure. Decades of the one-child policy reduced working-age labor supply, which raises wages and other prices.
But it won’t stop there. For years, China’s voracious appetite for energy and materials underpinned prices worldwide. At the same time, its low manufacturing prices basically exported deflation. Hence we saw little or no inflation in most finished goods but a lot of inflation in commodity-intensive services like food, energy, and housing.
In short, China is losing its role as the world’s lead manufacturing exporter.
Simply due to demographic change, China is losing the part of its population that provides its workforce and military force. China is not wealthy enough to support its worldwide imperialistic aims. The facade of endless economic expansion and the pretense of technological mastery have fooled the shallow thinkers of the world. But financing your growth on highly leveraged lending and very little else, does not provide for a long term future.
It might take five or even 10 years for the Chinese government to wake up to the seriousness of the demographic crisis. After all, there are always more immediate and urgent concerns at hand. By the time the government wants to do something about the crisis, it could be too late. No country in East Asia has been able to reverse the trend.
China has poisoned its land, its water, its air, and its people. People in China are dying too soon, and are being born with terrible defects due to the many toxins in the environment.
China steals its intellectual property. Without its armies of state supported criminals scouring the world for intellectual property and industrial/military secrets, China would be farther along on its inevitable decline curve. But “getting old before getting rich” is pulling the rug out from under the grand plan.
Property developers there have long claimed that the success of their business is driven by the three carriages—high turnover, high gross profit, and high leverage. But all of these proverbial carriages are breaking down as the effects of Evergrande’s crisis spread throughout the economy. Potential homebuyers, for example, frightened about what they read in the news, are becoming reluctant to close on homes, resulting in an already sharp decline in home sales. What is more, they are likely to refuse to prepurchase unfinished apartments or put down deposits, except at large discounts, thereby squeezing liquidity and raising financing costs for the developers.
At the same time, sales agents and other employees are likely to be highly distracted during working hours, worrying about their employment prospects and in some cases the loss of their savings in wealth management products. Such circumstances can cause a sharp decline in labor productivity. What’s more, contractors have been suspending construction work until their payment prospects have been assured, while suppliers, similarly, are less willing to accept commercial paper as payment for their deliveries. The result, as Evergrande has already announced, is that construction projects are rapidly falling behind schedule.
The consequences are reduced revenues, higher operational and interest expenses, and increased frictional costs—the combination of which turns net profits into net losses. These headwinds make repayment prospects even more difficult, thus reinforcing the cycle.
The most worrying aspect of financial distress behavior is that once it is set off, it often seems to spiral quickly out of control.
China is an evil empire, beyond all doubt. But it takes a bit of intelligence and awareness to see how far the vile dictatorship is overleveraged and cantilevered on a platform of smoke and mirrors. No one is safe inside the bamboo prison.
Anyone in China can be “disappeared,” if the Party apparatchiks decide it.
BLM has been welcomed into the mainstream of American society, with corporate America pledging over $1 billion to the violent Marxist organization. BLM has met in the White House with President* Joe Biden, with the intent to reduce police forces around the nation. Several other meetings have taken place between Biden staffers and the BLM.
The hypocrisy continued in the Left’s nonsensical calls to defund the police in crime-ridden areas, bail out rioters when they’re supposedly “peaceful” protests, or honor black lives killed by police but not black lives who are police. Sure, we could say this is just the usual TDS, but this year’s level of sowing division among Americans seems extra nefarious.
BLM (Black Lives Murder) are violent Marxist thugs, extortionists, riot mongers, and would-be creators of a world where helpless victims can no longer call on police for help when attacked by younger, bigger, and stronger assailants. These miscreants also want to do away with law-abiding citizens’ rights to own and carry firearms in self defense.
On May 15, an attacker at an apartment complex in Fort Smith, Ark., fatally shot a woman and then fired 93 rounds at other people before a man killed him with a bolt-action rifle. Police said he “likely saved a number of lives in the process.”
On July 4, a Chicago gunman shot into a crowd of people, killing one and wounding two others before a concealed handgun permit holder shot and wounded the attacker. Police praised him for stepping in.
These are just a few of the nearly 1,000 instances reported by the media so far this year in which gun owners have stopped mass shootings and other murderous acts, saving countless lives. And crime experts say such high-profile cases represent only a small fraction of the instances in which guns are used defensively.
It seems clear that Americans need to be protected from thugs such as those in the Marxist gang known as BLM. Instead, the Biden administration* is making heroes of the outfit, and facilitating the channeling of large amounts of funds and government assistance to the group.
Under conditions such as those created by the fraudulent Biden government* and its backers, including persons such as George Soros and members of the Democracy Alliance, violent criminals can do their mischief at will, with little concern that police will ever catch them — or if they are caught, they are confident that leftist prosecutors will promptly release them back to the streets.
China’s baby bust is driving fears that China’s days as a manufacturing powerhouse are numbered. The simple fact is that most young Chinese cannot afford to have children. Young married couples are lucky if their parents are well off enough to help them to raise their child.
China is a Terrible Place to Do Business
It is not just ailing property giant Evergrande that is threatening Chinese prosperity. The entire business policy dictates of the ruling elite threatens future prosperity.
Besides banks and asset managers, some of whose investments in China have taken a big hit in recent months, several types of multinational firm are at risk. One group includes those that make most of their money in China from pandering to a gilded elite who flaunt their $3,000 handbags and sports cars. Another encompasses companies that irritate their customers for what can be construed as Western arrogance; Tesla, the electric carmaker, is an example. A third category includes European and American makers of advanced manufacturing equipment and medical devices that China feels it should be producing itself.
As usual, the threats come in the form of policy announcements that sound deceptively bland. One, “common prosperity”, is a catch-all phrase extending from a reduction in social inequality to more coddling of workers and customers to the nannying of overstressed youngsters. Its most obvious impact is on Chinese tech, tutoring and gaming firms, which have lost hundreds of billions of dollars in market value as a result of government crackdowns. Yet multinationals, too, have been caught in the fallout. In a few days in August the valuation of European luxury brands, such as Kering, purveyor of Gucci handbags, and LVMH, seller of baubles and bubbles, tumbled by $75bn after investors finally took Mr Xi’s common-prosperity agenda seriously.
Evergrande is a symbol of China’s rush to grow too much, too quickly, based upon massive and ultimately unmanageable debt. It is not alone in its insoluble dilemma. The real estate giant has over $300 bn in liabilities. An employer of 200,000 people, if Evergrande falls, it will take a lot of China down with it. Because Evergrande is not only an over-leveraged real estate powerhouse, it is also a very big Chinese “shadow bank.”
Treating obese mice with the cytokine known as TSLP led to significant abdominal fat and weight loss compared to controls, according to new research published Thursday in Sciencefrom researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Unexpectedly, the fat loss was notassociated with decreased food intake or faster metabolism. Instead, the researchers discovered that TSLP stimulated the immune system to release lipids through the skin’s oil-producing sebaceous glands.
The research was carried out in mice but the immunological principles should operate in humans in a quite similar fashion.
The diagram above reveals that the release of lipids is a systemic phenomenon, body-wide. You can imagine the coating of fat that would accumulate around the bodies of many of the people one sees every day, walking about. This technique might even be explored as a new source of renewable energy.
It is impossible to overstate how important it would be to find an antidote to the obesity epidemic — particularly among persons with other illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis of the weight-bearing joints.
To test the effect of TSLP on Type 2 diabetes, the researchers injected obese mice with a viral vector that would increase their bodies’ TSLP levels. After four weeks, the research team found that TSLP had not only affected their diabetes risk, but it had actually reversed the obesity in the mice, which were fed a high-fat diet. While the control group continued to gain weight, the weight of the TSLP-treated mice went from 45 grams down to a healthy 25 grams, on average, in just 28 days.
Most strikingly, the TSLP-treated mice also decreased their visceral fat mass. Visceral fat is the white fat that is stored in the abdomen around major organs, which can increase diabetes, heart disease, and stroke risk. These mice also experienced improved blood glucose and fasting insulin levels, as well as decreased risk of fatty liver disease.
Given the dramatic results, Kambayashi assumed that the TSLP was sickening the mice and reducing their appetites. However, after further testing, his group found that the TSLP-treated mice were actually eating 20 to 30 percent more, had similar energy expenditures, base metabolic rates, and activity levels, when compared to their non-treated counterparts.
To explain the weight loss, Kambayashi recalled a small observation he had previously ignored: “When I looked at the coats of the TSLP-treated mice, I noticed that they glistened in the light. I always knew exactly which mice had been treated, because they were so much shinier than the others,” he said.
Manipulation of the immune system in this manner has always been a likely therapeutic destination, eventually. Such approaches to therapeutics have important implications not only for basic health, but also for longevity.
Scientists are just beginning to untangle the relationships between obesity and dysfunctional immune processes:
Obesity, like other states of malnutrition, is known to impair the immune function, altering leucocyte counts as well as cell-mediated immune responses. In addition, evidence has arisen that an altered immune function contributes to the pathogenesis of obesity. This review attempts to briefly comment on the various plausible explanations that have been proposed for the phenomenon: (1) the obesity-associated increase in the production of leptin (pro-inflammatory) and the reduction in adiponectin (anti-inflammatory) seem to affect the activation of immune cells; (2) NEFA can induce inflammation through various mechanisms (such as modulation of adipokine production or activation of Toll-like receptors); (3) nutrient excess and adipocyte expansion trigger endoplasmic reticulum stress; and (4) hypoxia occurring in hypertrophied adipose tissue stimulates the expression of inflammatory genes and activates immune cells. Interestingly, data suggest a greater impact of visceral adipose tissue and central obesity, rather than total body fat, on the inflammatory process. In summary, there is a positive feedback loop between local inflammation in adipose tissue and altered immune response in obesity, both contributing to the development of related metabolic complications.
If humans can keep the vultures from completely taking over global economies and societies, we will eventually approach the state where health, fitness, and longevity are almost entirely matters of personal choice.
What’s at stake here? It’s about more than the boosters. It’s about the whole experience of taking away the control of health management from individuals and medical professionals and handing it over to modelers and government officials with coercive power.
From the first week of March 2020, the US embarked on a wild experiment in virus mitigation, deploying a series of measures with a sweep and scope that had never previously been attempted, not in modern times and not even in ancient times.
The heavy-handed takeover of power by government functionaries since the earliest stages of the Chinese novel coronavirus pandemic was not anticipated by anyone — except by the plotters themselves.
Mass lockdowns of entire countries as a technique for fighting disease sprung into the world’s consciousness on the order of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who fomented a global propaganda offensive targeting Western governments and media. Within weeks, the WHO, an organization that once devoted itself to fighting disease and which has sadly become a tool of Chinese foreign policy, promulgated lockdowns into global policy through a series of pressconferences that showed a complete absence of analysis or logic.
The world has been fighting a virus from China with a public health policy from China that transforms the world into China. But if the national security community has noticed this bizarre development, they haven’t said so. Instead, their preoccupation has remained largely unchanged since February 2020.
Why Did Government Officials Choose Tyranny Over Accepted Public Health Practice?
… highly qualified medical professionals in the Great Barrington Declaration – postulated that the best way to mitigate the inevitable damage would be to shield the vulnerable and let the virus burn through those to whom it posed little statistical risk. After some temporary pain, herd immunity would have been achieved in a matter of months and life would have returned to normal.
Of course the best approach would have been the traditional public health approach, very similar to the path that Swedish public health officials chose. But it has become clear that many policy-makers within European and Anglospheric nations are in close sympathy with governments that do not have the best future of western peoples in mind. A progressive ratcheting up of power is the common currency these people share with overseas dictators. They have cut the ties of commonality with the people in their own countries long ago.
Natural COVID Immunity the Best?
There seems to be a “hierarchy of immunities”, with a combination immunity (natural infection recovery + one dose vaccine) being the most effective immunity, followed by natural infection and recovery alone, followed by full vaccination, followed by partial vaccination. But probably the best “immunity” of all is being young and healthy.
It isn’t clear what the Chinese had in mind when they constructed this virus in the labs of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Probably they were looking for a test viral platform, but were not nearly ready to use the agent as biowarfare. All Chinese viral research is under the auspices of party biowarfare officers, and top Chinese officials have admitted that the CPC is looking for a highly targeted virus that is capable of killing specific ethnic groups. Make that several highly targeted viruses. Is it out of the question to imagine that the Chinese also want a virus that might quickly eliminate all of their old and infirm in one fell swoop? If top party officials are protected, why not from their point of view? It is not as if the CPC is a charitable organization, with any scruples whatsoever.
The fraudulent Biden administration* owes its very existence to the shadows cast over normal US election safeguards in November of 2020. But given how quickly the Trump vaccine effort bore fruit and how quickly protection against the worst effects of the virus has grown up with a combination of vaccines and natural immunity, it is shocking how the Biden administration* continues to try to milk this turkey for all it is worth.
When the government becomes the enemy of the people so quickly, after so many generations of relative freedom guaranteed by the Constitution, you can expect a good deal of blowback. At this moment, the corporate media is protecting the criminal element within the fraudulent governmental enterprise. This makes it more difficult for the discontent to find a focus and direction. But the pressure is building.