Now We Know: They Lied to Us About Covid Immunity!

The US Government and Anthony Fauci along with the mainstream media all told us that we could not gain immunity from being infected with the Chinese coronavirus that causes Covid-19. And now they are telling us that even the vaccines cannot stop the spread, but we must instead stay on lockdowns and masks until further notice! But there is something wrong with the groupthink narrative coming from the government and the media: It’s a lie.

Covid infection confers long-term immunity:

Ending the COVID-19 pandemic will require long-lived immunity to SARS-CoV-2. Here, we evaluate 254 COVID-19 patients longitudinally up to 8 months and find durable broad-based immune responses. SARS-CoV-2 spike binding and neutralizing antibodies exhibit a bi-phasic decay with an extended half-life of >200 days suggesting the generation of longer-lived plasma cells. SARS-CoV-2 infection also boosts antibody titers to SARS-CoV-1 and common betacoronaviruses. In addition, spike-specific IgG+ memory B cells persist, which bodes well for a rapid antibody response upon virus re-exposure or vaccination. Virus-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cells are polyfunctional and maintained with an estimated half-life of 200 days. Interestingly, CD4+ T cell responses equally target several SARS-CoV-2 proteins, whereas the CD8+ T cell responses preferentially target the nucleoprotein, highlighting the potential importance of including the nucleoprotein in future vaccines. Taken together, these results suggest that broad and effective immunity may persist long-term in recovered COVID-19 patients.

Cell.com research study

The actual level of immunity a person may have to a particular variant of of the Wuhan leaked SARS-CoV-2 virus will vary depending upon the person’s exposure and on his immune system. Different vaccines may actually be tuned in such a way as to modify induced immunity to target variants to different degrees.

By closely examining the results, the researchers uncovered important differences between acquired immunity in people who’d been vaccinated and unvaccinated people who’d been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2. Specifically, antibodies elicited by the mRNA vaccine were more focused to the RBD compared to antibodies elicited by an infection, which more often targeted other portions of the spike protein. Importantly, the vaccine-elicited antibodies targeted a broader range of places on the RBD than those elicited by natural infection.

Vaccine vs. Natural Immunity from Infection

Lab Tests Seem to Emphasize Covid and Ignore Influenza!

It does no good to proclaim high rates of one infection and low rates of another, when the tests you are using cannot reliably detect them both!

It appears if the SARS-CoV-2-only test found only that pathogen, and if that was the only test done, then flu strains went undetected. The “flu season” impact is evident to anyone interested in looking at the data (emphasis mine).

The U.S. has reported more than 34.4 million cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began in 2020 and more than 610,000 deaths.

But while cases of COVID-19 soared nationwide, hospitalizations and deaths caused by influenza dropped. [Ed: But how could they know if their test could not detect both infections?]

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Is There a Difference Between “Long Covid” and “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?”

People with so-called “long Covid” tend to be younger, and frequently only suffered mild symptoms from the Chinese virus. But for some reason, their symptoms seem to be extended in time, and have a suspicious resemblance to the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

… nine or 12 months out from their infection, and they still haven’t noticed any improvement. They’re exhausted all day long, and they have severe difficulty doing their jobs because of memory and thinking issues, breathing discomfort, and other symptoms.

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We know that many of today’s young people have difficulty forming opinions of their own, which often translates into a difficulty finding an identity of their own without the group. They are being more frequently drawn into the confusing world of “trans” sexuality where they cannot even find a workable sexual identity for themselves. They can be drawn into apocalyptic movements such as the “catastrophic anthropogenic global warming extinction” movement. Or, in the case of Covid, they can make being diseased their identity, and may find it impossible to function in any other capacity.

Here is an example of the groupthink that pervades the Covid steamroller groupthink movement:

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This kind of coordinated propaganda is typical of both mainstream media and social media these days. Young people have never been taught to recognize it, so they tend to fall in with the sheep-like crowd almost every time. More thoughtful people tend to see through the government/media/activist smokescreen.

The current fraud of an administration in the US government executive offices, promotes the deceitful groupthink to the hilt. But the brighter people in the population are getting very tired of it — particularly as tens of millions of businesses have been lost and other tens of millions of workers have lost their jobs. The best estimate is that worldwide, a third of the population lost their livelihoods during the Covid lockdown hysteria. And the corrupt frauds want to keep it all going indefinitely!

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It would be best to learn to be very Dangerous indeed.

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More Black Babies Die; More Black Babies Live

In the US, more than 10 black infants out of a thousand die, from one cause or another (see image). That is about twice as many infant deaths as we find in most other races in the US.

US Infant Mortality by Race and Cause

But if you look at infant mortality in Africa, you may be surprised to see that an infant death rate of 10 per thousand such as we see in US black babies is downright heavenly, by comparison:

Wikipedia Infant Mortality by Nation

The lowest infant mortality in Africa is roughly 30 deaths per thousand live births. The highest is over 100 infant deaths per thousand live births.

And yet we see that population growth in Africa is skyrocketing. Despite high infant mortality, despite AIDS, despite Covid, despite malaria — Africa’s population is shooting for the sky.

… in Africa, the average age is 19 years old and rapidly getting younger. The continent is growing so quickly that by halfway through this century, it will be home to one billion children. By 2050, two in every five children in the world will be born here.

This is going to present a unique challenge. Graça Machel has warned: “Even though our youth have the potential to transform Africa, if neglected, they could exacerbate poverty and inequality while threatening peace, security and prosperity”. Therefore, we must be proactive in ensuring we meet the needs of this burgeoning population.

Evolving in tandem with this exponential population growth is a rate of urbanisation in Sub-Saharan Africa that is unmatched in the rest of the world.

Africa’s urban population is expected to nearly triple by 2050, to 1.34 billion. Coupled with a high rate of urban primacy in African countries (whereby one city is multiple times bigger than the next nearest) and the high number of mega cities, enormous stress is going to be placed on the physical, political, economic and societal infrastructure in these places.

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If the average black infant mortality rate in the west is about 10 deaths per 1000 live births, and the average infant mortality rate in Africa is about 50 infant deaths per 1000 live births — despite the $billions spent in Africa every year by western relief agencies and NGOs — one wonders what the infant mortality rate in Africa would be if Africans were left to fend for themselves, without western physicians, medicines, vaccines, equipment, etc.

But it is not just African infant mortality rate that is being held artificially low by outside assistance. African mortality across the board is just a fraction of what it would be without outside interference.

Eventually, the shrinking (and less prosperous) populations in the western world will no longer be able to prop up excess African population growth. As western populations collapse, they will no longer be able to trade excess wealth for import goods from the third world and the emerging world. Africa will suffer — but so will China! Every exporting nation will pay the price for the coming demographic implosion of most of the world — combined with the demographic explosion within an Africa that cannot take care of itself.

Western media will not look honestly at this destructive confluence of demographic trends that is set to rock the world’s geopolitical foundations to rubble.

Yes, they will tell us how horrible it is that black infants in the US die at a rate twice as high as their white counterparts. But they do not explain that virtually every race everywhere in the world has a lower infant mortality than black infants do virtually everywhere. In almost every way a black baby is lucky to be born in the west, compared to the old countries of its genetic roots.

If one considers the many black ghettos around the world, it is sobering to realize that the African population explosion has barely begun. The burgeoning slums of Africa itself will be amply mirrored by the exploding slums of Sweden, France, England, Brazil, North America, Venezuela, Belize, and on all shores of the Mediterranean. This will be a world that your grandparents would not have recognized. You will not have to travel to Africa. This world will come to you.

Were you wondering whether this population trend will affect the ongoing decline of global average IQ scores?

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Time will tell.

The only way to assure a safe and secure future, is to assure the rule of law and property rights, which undergird the foundations of prosperity. That is not what your children are being taught in schools — and it is certainly not what the blooming populations from the south have in mind. I hate to tell you, but your media, your corporations, your governments, and your universities are not laying foundations for a better world.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

More: When a government floods its borders with a lower-IQ population replacement, it expresses contempt for its current citizens and residents.

IQ of young people in developed world has dropped consistently This began around the birth cohort of 1980-1990 and has continued since.

The r and K selection theory may help explain why some population groups have higher infant mortality.

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One Out of Three People Around the World Lost Their Livelihood to the “Panic Pandemic,” Deadlier than the Real Virus

To keep audiences frightened around the clock, journalists seek out Cassandras with their own incentives for fearmongering: politicians, bureaucrats, activists, academics, and assorted experts who gain publicity, prestige, funding, and power during a crisis.

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One in three people worldwide lost a job or a business during the lockdowns, and half saw their earnings drop, according to a Gallup poll. Children, never at risk from the virus, in many places essentially lost a year of school. The economic and health consequences were felt most acutely among the less affluent in America and in the rest of the world, where the World Bank estimates that more than 100 million have been pushed into extreme poverty.

The leaders responsible for these disasters continue to pretend that their policies worked and assume that they can keep fooling the public. They’ve promised to deploy these strategies again in the future, and they might even succeed in doing so—unless we begin to understand what went wrong.

The Panic Pandemic

Evidence suggests that lockdowns did not save people from the virus. But they certainly destroyed businesses, depleted life savings, destroyed academic and career plans, and showed children just how idiotic and nonsensical the adult world can behave when driven into a panic by bloodthirsty journalists and crooked politicians.

“It was utterly immoral to conduct this society-wide intervention without the evidence to justify it,” Bhattacharya says. “The immediate results have been disastrous, especially for the poor, and the long-term effect will be to fundamentally undermine trust in public health and science.” The traditional strategy for dealing with pandemics was to isolate the infected and protect the most vulnerable, just as Atlas and the Great Barrington scientists recommended. The CDC’s pre-pandemic planning scenarios didn’t recommend extended school closures or any shutdown of businesses even during a plague as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu. Yet Fauci dismissed the focused-protection strategy as “total nonsense” to “anybody who has any experience in epidemiology and infectious diseases,” and his verdict became “the science” to leaders in America and elsewhere.

Fortunately, a few leaders followed the science in a different way. Instead of blindly trusting Fauci, they listened to his critics and adopted the focused-protection strategy—most notably, in Florida. Its governor, Ron DeSantis, began to doubt the public-health establishment early in the pandemic, when computer models projected that Covid patients would greatly outnumber hospital beds in many states. Governors in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan were so alarmed and so determined to free up hospital beds that they directed nursing homes and other facilities to admit or readmit Covid patients—with deadly results.

Panic Pandemic

With a mortality rate in all infected persons of less than 0.5%, COVID did not rate the “bubonic plague” style lockdowns, with their ruinous economic aftertaste.

The criminal political/academic/media/corporate class has learned nothing from the lockdowns

The Covid 19 recession

Nations with worst lockdown policies are just now paying the price

Waiting for COVID

The national and global public health, political, media, and science establishments have failed abysmally, leaving behind a landscape of devastation.

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What Do Women Want? Part III

Many Women in One

In the first two parts of this series, we discovered that women want security and intimacy. But that is not all they want. The list is long, and tends to grow with every new item that is added to what she already has. Let’s look at some more female wants:

Women want males with high social and economic status.

Hierarchies are universal features among human groups, and resources tend to accumulate to those who rise in the hierarchy… Women prefer to marry up.

The Evolution of Desire by David M. Buss

Women typically want a male old enough to negotiate the complex rules of society. Men who are a bit older have had more time to accumulate the wealth, experience, and connections that allow for smoother travels through the labyrinthine rules of societies.

Women want a male young enough and healthy enough to be able to help raise her offspring.

Women want a male with ambition and drive. Life is unpredictable, and a woman wants a man who can face a changing set of challenges with aplomb and confidence.

Women want a male with a solid character and mature, stable emotions. It is hard enough to raise immature young children, but having to also raise an immature grown man can break the back of even the best-intended marriage. If she can’t trust him to keep his promises, the clock is ticking.

Women want a man who can help keep them and their children safe. Women are attracted to tall, strong, athletic men. But men of any size who demonstrate confidence and the ability to face difficult odds will find their share of female admirers. In complex societies, a man who controls the loyalties of large numbers of strong men will be seen by most women as a strong man, regardless of his size.

Women want commitment and love. Even a very wealthy and strong man can be a bad husband if he lacks commitment and doesn’t really love his wife.

Women want words… words, words, words!!! Not just any words. And not too many. Why do you think so many women read romantic stories? Why do so many women like to watch “chick flicks?” Why do so many married women fall for their psychotherapists, their lawyers, their ministers, or their male boss who manages dozens of women? Because they want to be charmed by words. If your woman says “you never talk to me,” what she means is that you do not say the right things to her.

Women want occasional gifts of sparkly and shiny things. Gifts made of precious stones and precious metals are expressions of esteem that she can wear and show off to the world. They may not be very practical, but when given at the right time they can be very useful.

Most women are attracted to men that most other women are attracted to. It sounds like a truism, but it just stands to reason. A wise woman will understand the dangers of getting caught up in a “herd mentality.” She will learn to look more deeply than “most women.” You can help her to do that, by getting creative and demonstrating the ability to stand out.

Women want to be surprised, in a good way. When a man becomes too predictable, he becomes boring. Some women prefer a boring man, as long as he is committed to her for the long term. But women are by nature little girls who like to be surprised by displays of hidden thoughtfulness, talent, and appreciative love.

Women want adventure, just not too much. Men who are thrill sport addicts already know that there are very few women expeditioners, extreme surfers, death-defying kayakers, or other thrill addicts who take it to the very edge time after time. But a lot of women would enjoy a taste of adventure, as long as the risk is not too great.

Women want to be noticed. Even if you don’t have time at the moment to express your favorable reaction to something a woman is doing, wearing, or being, make sure to find the time as soon as possible to let her know. Sometimes just a meaningful glance or a wink is enough.

Women need the truth, but sometimes you have to prepare the way first. Above all, a woman has to know that her man is on her side, whatever it takes. Once she knows that you will fight for her, you can then lead her into an uncomfortable truth in a tactful way that shows that not only are you paying attention, but you are looking out for her in more ways than she knew.

Never let her forget that she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

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What Do Women Want? Part II

In the first article of this series, we saw that most women look for certainty and security in a long-term relationship. Women want financial security and emotional security in order to make long term plans with a particular man. High school sweethearts may believe that “love conquers all,” but when the bills come due and can’t be paid, overly optimistic young women learn the lesson that older, more jaded women already know — love is easier to come by when the bill collectors are not knocking down your door.

But there is more to a woman’s heart than wanting security and certainty in her life. Once she has those things, a little romance and excitement would be nice.

Today we will consider the question, “Which is more important: Intimacy or climax?”

50 years ago, sex researchers Masters and Johnson devised the multi-step sexual response cycle to describe the human female sexual response:


What Masters and Johnson found was that during sexual activity, women go through the following four phases:

  • Excitement (or arousal) phase. An initial stage in which some erotic stimulus, like kissing an attractive person, starts getting the body ready for sex. This stage is accompanied by a rise in heart rate and blood pressure, erection of the nipples and increased lubrication inside the vagina.
  • Plateau phase. A stage in which the female body starts to prepare itself for imminent orgasm. The clitoris becomes sensitive, and the tissues of the outer part of the vagina begin to swell.
  • Orgasmic phase. This is characterized by immense enjoyment, and by a series of involuntary contractions in the pelvic muscles, plus cries of pleasure, and muscular spasms in various parts of the body.
  • Resolution phase. In this stage, blood pressure and heart rate fall as the woman ‘calms down’. However, if sexual stimulation continues, the resolution phase may be very short, and she may proceed to further orgasms.
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In the conventional “Masters and Johnson” sexual response cycle, orgasm is the focus of both the male and the female sexual response. Everything builds and builds to a climax, then subsides until it is ready to begin again. But is that really the way it is for most women?

Rosemary Basson, a specialist in sexual medicine at the University of British Columbia, has developed a different viewpoint which focuses on intimacy, rather than orgasm. She began with the observation that — unlike with men — women are not always ready for sexual activity at the drop of a dime or the crook of a finger.

Women’s desire, especially after the first 6-12 months in a relationship, tends to be responsive rather than spontaneous, say sex therapist Barry McCarthy & sex educator Emily Nagoski. There is nothing wrong if you have responsive sexual desire. Responsive desire means that you don’t have spontaneous desire when you’re going about your day, but once you start to interact with your partner, your desire comes as a response this interaction.

You only need to be willing to enter into a connection, even if you feel no desire. This of course depends on feeling that your relationship is satisfying & secure. Without a “good enough” relationship, you probably won’t be willing to enter into any sexual encounter. The essence of healthy sexuality is giving & receiving pleasure-oriented touch, says barry McCarthy.

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Rosemary Basson’s Sexual Response Cycle

In the Basson cycle, physical and emotional intimacy are more central to a woman’s satisfaction than is actual sexual climax.

This is consistent with a poll of women taken a few decades ago, where women preferred foreplay over sex by 70% to 30%.

Most men will have a difficult time understanding this, given how alien it is from the typical male experience. For the majority of men, climax is not just the most important thing — it’s the only thing. That is a very primitive and one-dimensional viewpoint, common though it may be with men.

The simplistic male understanding of sex makes it almost impossible for most men to understand a woman’s more nuanced viewpoint of the topic. This is not to excuse men for leaving their partners in the lurch when they themselves have finished more quickly. Quite the opposite.

Al Fin has told me many times that he believes that all adolescents should be required to obtain a sexual license at about the same time they get their drivers’ license. Training for boys would necessarily last about 10 times longer than training for girls, given the different level of challenge that they face. But the end result would be fewer teen pregnancies, lower teen sexual disease transmission, and happier teen boys and girls — and in later life, happier men and women.

Honesty and healthy intimacy can make for lower levels of conflict in relationships, if they are built into the relationship from the beginning. If a couple starts at that level, they will be free to experiment with any number of exciting experiences without feeling that they are staking the future of their relationships on the “success” of any particular experiment.

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If the World Doesn’t Come to an End Soon, Snowflake Millennials are Going to be Pissed!

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary”.

H.L. Mencken
Panic, Damn You!

Prior to the timely arrival of the Delta variant, we were being told that now with WuFlu in the rearview mirror, climate change would kill us all in the next one, two, ten, twelve, twenty years. Just like we’ve been told every few years since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962. Then, we were supposed to stop having kids. Now, we’re supposed to stop having kids, switch everybody to electric cars, stop flying anywhere, and all live in dense urban areas. Of course, where did WuFlu spread the fastest? Dense urban areas… oopsie! And, of course, you are familiar with the fact that almost every celebrity and state representative at the climate conference in Davos, Switzerland arrives via private jet, right? Yeah, because they’re soooo worried about the climate. Don’t be afraid of the climate changing. Be afraid of the government’s “answer” to the climate changing.

Now we have the Delta variant of WuFlu. It’s pushing climate change out of the way again. Poor climate change. It only gets the spotlight when there’s nothing else going on. Of course, that hasn’t stopped some geniuses from blaming WuFlu on climate change, because why not? Bless their shrunken little brains.

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Why are millennial snowflakes so afraid of everything, including their own shadows? That’s just the way they’ve been brought up by their parents and by their schools — even university!

Colleges and universities have exacerbated the problem of dependence by promoting what is sometimes called a culture of victimhood. American college students (who are some of the safest and most privileged people on the planet) are to be protected from, and encouraged to be ever-vigilant about and even report, any behavior that could cause emotional distress. Feelings and experiences that were once considered part of everyday life, such as being offended by someone’s political views, are now more likely to be treated as detrimental to mental health.

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Talk about irony… the only political view that does not make millennial snowflakes go into hysterics is asserting that the end of the world is just around the corner! They are actually comforted when told they are on the brink of apocalypse.

On the brink of two “Armageddons” — Covid and Climate Change — millennials have felt an abundance of dark comfort indeed. They tell you to follow “the science,” but there is a big problem with that (disingenuous) advice.

Relying on “The Science” is both foolish and dangerous, for science is neither consensual nor the “final answer” to any policy debate. Which scientists do you listen to? Science is a methodology constantly striving at plausible answers consistent with empirically-validated models, not some abstract end-state to ‘known knowns’. Epidemiological and climate models employed to predict outcomes of highly uncertain and only partially understood processes often yields results which are “sociological”, tuned to getting politically correct answers. These abstract predictive models, untethered to empirical validation, may well be “worse than nothing”.

Appeals to science and predictive models have dominated the advocacy of policies by the power triumvirate – lawmakers, bureaucrats and the mainstream media — to mitigate perceived threats to human welfare, be it the Covid pandemic or climate change. Yet such appeals are ultimately political.  Perhaps the last word lies best with the towering American essayist H. L. Mencken, who wrote that “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary”.

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If they wanted something real to be afraid of, perhaps they should consider this. Or consider just a few of the looming crises being brought about by the corrupt and incompetent fraud sitting in the US White House.

There are plenty of genuine situations in the world that should cause thoughtful persons to be concerned. But echo-choir fantasy crises such as those that lead the media headlines and crowd out the genuine problems of the world, are worthy only of brain-dead sheep.

The situation is so tense that on May 12, 124 retired U.S. admirals and generals wrote an open letter to Joe Biden, incriminating him for stealing his election, finding that the rule of law had been violated (such as what no one is fooled on the subject of electoral fraud). Above all, they question the President’s physical and mental ability to run the country, stressing that “The United States is in grave danger, as has never happened since 1776 … Our nation’s survival is at stake. “.

A Disturbing Corruption and Incompetence

More: US weather media are crestfallen that tropical storm Elsa did not make a more impressive impact on southern Florida. Strictly speaking, Elsa may have only been a hurricane for a very short time far out in the Caribbean. It barely scratched Cuba as a tropical storm, so all the hysteria in Florida and in US media was the stuff of self-parody. Incompetent construction caused more death in Florida than this fake hurricane, in fact incompetent construction is the major cause of death from storms including hurricanes — and from most earthquakes.

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Latest Research Shows Lockdowns Killed More People

The term being used is “excess deaths.” During the Chinese-sourced COVID viral pandemic, it has been discovered that lockdowns — or shelter in place (SIP) — caused more excess deaths than occurred without the lockdowns.

A recent study looking at 43 countries and all US states concluded that there was an increase in excess mortality after implementation of lockdown policies.

The paper, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses on Excess Mortality,” uses excess death data from 43 countries and all US states to run an event study framework and determine whether there was a significant change in excess deaths after SIP implementation.

The research, while finding slight differences in SIP impact across states and countries, concludes that “following the implementation of SIP policies, excess mortality increases.” This finding runs counter to the general claims from those supportive of SIP policies. Further, they note that the research did not produce an observable difference in excess death trends before and after the SIP was implemented. They explain that “when comparing across countries, we observe a general upward trend, indicating that countries with a longer duration of SIP policies are the ones with higher excess deaths per 100,000 residents in the 24 weeks following [the first] COVID-19 death.”

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Forced lockdowns and hellish social isolation practices were meant to stop the viral pandemic in its tracks. Instead, these draconian dictates appear to have increased mortality from multiple causes — including from the Chinese lab-spilled SARS-2 virus itself.

Below is a chart revealing the typical causes of death rankings worldwide.

Lockdown policies crippled conventional health services around the world, undoubtedly causing untold numbers of unnecessary deaths from all of the causes listed above. Perhaps millions of those unnecessary deaths were conveniently labeled “COVID” on death certificates, for political and economic reasons.

You can see that as bad as it has been, the COVID pandemic — even with overcounting of deaths — has not achieved a high historical ranking.

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It is claimed that COVID has caused 4 million deaths so far. Given the sloppy nature of cause-of-death procedures during the COVID- 19 pandemic — and the high rate of false positives with PCR testing — the actual number of deaths due to COVID may be quite different. Until politics can be separated from “public health” there is no way of knowing.

It is my opinion that the “public health” and “science” officials responsible for this massive ongoing global clusterfoque known as SIP, should be stood against the wall and made to pay a reasonable price for their politically motivated incompetence.

It comes as no surprise to readers of Al Fin blogs that the global average human IQ is on the way down. The “Flynn Effect” is gone and the “Idiocracy Effect” is in full swing. More

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As time goes by, it will become more difficult to get competent help for all kinds of difficulties. Incompetence in politics and public bureaucracies will get worse, as corrupt officials find it easier and easier to perpetrate election fraud on an ever stupider populace.

Einstein suggested that human stupidity is as infinite as the universe. Judging by the ongoing global political response to the Chinese coronavirus lab leak and global pandemic, he may have been understating the case.

More: With stupidity running rampant in government bureaucracies, criminal organizations are moving in.

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What if China Controls Outer Space?

It is a race to control the future of humanity. Control of outer space means control of the $trillions upon $trillions worth of resources in the solar system. It means controlling orbiting communications and observation satellites. It means controlling all space launches both orbital and sub-orbital.

With a space economy nearing a valuation of one trillion dollars a year and believed to be worth as much as ten trillion dollars by the middle of this century, any power that dominates space stands to potentially gain the most. This does not include the considerable geostrategic benefits that would accrue from such space dominance with outsized geopolitical and astropolitical influence that likely will be intolerable for others.

Whether it’s a liberal (or even libertarian) civilisational order led by the United States and its SpaceX and Blue Origin commercial proxies, or a centralised statist civilisational order led by China (with Russia as a junior partner), the stakes in the contemporary space competition seem much larger than in its Cold War predecessor. That space race, while carried out by earlier versions of the civilisational state, aimed for ideological dominance on Earth rather than permanent dominion in space. In today’s competition, the civilisational state that comes out ahead with habitable lunar bases and space-based infrastructure to exploit economic opportunities will hold considerable sway in defining the terms and conditions for the future of spacefaring for everyone else.

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China’s plans for outer space are ambitious. The communist dictatorship understands that if it wants to become the political controller nation of Earth, that it must demonstrate that it can seize control of the high ground.

China intends to send crewed missions to Mars in 2033, 2035, 2037, 2041 and 2043, said Wang Xiaojun, the head of state-owned China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology during a conference.  

Ultimately, Wang said, China envisages building a permanent presence on Mars and large-scale development of its resources, with a fleet of vessels running between it and Earth.

Robotic missions to scout possible base locations, sample the surface and build resource-extracting equipment will precede the crewed missions.

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It is of interest that China’s major competitors for control of the space future include two American billionaires — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

There are two people on the planet who seem to have figured out how to spend their multiple double-digit billions without much trouble. Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, who have swapped places back and forth on the mantle of richest person on earth over the past year, are in the midst of a multibillion-dollar space race that is literally helping them burn through their fortunes while trying to be the first to make it to the final frontier. (A third person, Bezos’s ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, has also figured it out, giving away a round of grants worth $2.74 billion last week, on top of the nearly $6 billion she gave away last year.)

While the space races of the past were waged between the U.S. and the USSR, wrapped up in the blanket of the Cold War and nuclear threats and international espionage, today’s space race between Bezos and Musk is quite different, comprising a few media- and Twitter-obsessed billionaires who some argue have too much money for their own good.

The two come at the race with different perspectives. Bezos thinks the world is a wonderful place that we’re going to destroy with industry and pollution, and if only we can get that stuff on the moon, or Mars, we’ll be just fine here on this big blue dot. Musk, always the pessimist, thinks the earth is well and truly fucked from climate change and that the only way to save us humans is to escape to another planet, preferably Mars, and get a sort-of do-over. And then there’s the other guy in all this, Richard Branson, who just wants to have a good, thrill-seeking time on a flight to space. While their goals are all different, their unmitigated ambitions are not, with some worrying they’re pushing the boundaries of safety and logic all just to be first.

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In China and Russia, being an ambitious billionaire can get you killed or disappeared without explanation. And nothing says “ambition” louder than trying to grab the high ground of outer space. No wonder the Russian and Chinese billionaires are leaving the space industry for their respective governments and political party heads.

China’s mythic space propaganda outreach — Note that in the free world, there are a million viewpoints as to the proper uses of outer space. In China, there is only what the party state says is permissible. Otherwise, it’s to the organ transplants for you.

If China ends up controlling the strategic high ground, expect most of the world to resemble Xinjiang, in terms of human rights. In such a case, be prepared to live most of the rest of your lives from that time on, under COVID-style lockdown — or worse.

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You Will Be Assimilated; Resistance is Futile

Whether it is the Borg Collective or a modular cluster of the world’s tallest buildings, integrated modular innovation is the most likely scenario for a massive disruptive shift in world reality.

The Broad Group in China has achieved remarkable results in the field of rapid construction of light weight-high strength-low cost tall buildings. But it does not require one to be an expert in the multiple types of innovation to understand that this approach to innovation has applications in multiple areas of human enterprise.

The Chinese have demonstrated excellent skills in specific types of innovation, including the application of gradual and incremental innovation to modular systems — such as the modular approach to constructing high rise buildings — from ten stories high all the way up to 200 stories and higher! In fact, taking the modular approach, the limits to this approach to high rise construction have not been discovered yet.

Or, consider a modular approach to building weapons systems. Such an approach can be used to design and build a wide range of weapons systems for use on land, sea, air, and in space. Here at Al Fin, we have discussed the use of weapons swarms many times, which is a simple form of modular weapons systems. Imagine a swarm of advanced hypersonic missile delivery systems descending on your capital city, and you may understand why the Chinese are so upset over the US DARPA’s latest weapons system proposal.

This is what the Chinese are currently complaining about — although it is likely that they are crying crocodile tears in the midst of mock hysteria. Why? Because the Chinese are uniquely well positioned to manufacture modular weapons swarms, out of all the nations on Earth. They just need to perfect their approach significantly.

The only thing worse than being inundated by large swarms of modular weapons drones, is being inundated by large modular swarms of SMART weapons drones that are more nimble than any defense you have even dreamed of.

Armed, fully-autonomous drone swarms are future weapons of mass destruction. While they are unlikely to achieve the scale of harm as the Tsar Bomba, the famous Soviet hydrogen bomb, or most other major nuclear weapons, swarms could cause the same level of destruction, death, and injury as the nuclear weapons used in Nagasaki and Hiroshima—that is tens-of-thousands of deaths. This is because drone swarms combine two properties unique to traditional weapons of mass destruction: mass harm and a lack of control to ensure the weapons do not harm civilians.

Countries are already putting together very large groupings of drones. In India’s recent Army Day Parade, the government demonstrated what it claimed is a true drone swarm of 75 drones and expressed the intent to scale the swarm to more than 1,000 units. The US Naval Postgraduate School is also exploring the potential for swarms of one million drones operating at sea, under sea, and in the air. To hit Nagasaki levels of potential harm, a drone swarm would only need 39,000 armed drones, and perhaps fewer if the drones had explosives capable of harming multiple people. That might seem like a lot, but China already holds a Guinness World Record for flying 3,051 pre-programmed drones at once.

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There are several things holding the Chinese back from achieving rapid global dominance using overwhelming numbers of modular weapons drone systems and other modular weapons systems. But those problems are not insurmountable, given enough time and enough limp complicity by Europe and the Anglosphere. Given how thoroughly infiltrated those polities are by Chinese agents, the complicity is abundant, and growing.

China does well with incremental innovation and modular scaling. For 95% global dominance, that would be enough. But China also needs to dominate the stronger nations of Europe and North America — not to mention Japan. Not just dominate, but dominate overwhelmingly.

Massive manufacturing overcapacity might work if the weapons systems were tough enough and effective enough. The weapons don’t have to be the best in the world. Just good enough and numerous enough. The modular drone approach is the most likely achievable approach, and the Chinese can do that given the time and outside assistance — and economic assistance being given it by international corporations and by many European nations.

Use your imagination. Watch the high rise going up in the video above, and then imagine such modular ingenuity being applied to massive clouds of weapons drones approaching your home town by air, sea, land, and from outer space.

If we follow our current political and economic course, we will give the Chinese more than enough time and help to scale up to global dominance, using modular weapons technologies. Yes, these technologies are not as destructive as megaton scale nuclear weapons. But they are more targeted, and will leave you something to work with after you clean up the battlefield.

Go on, drag your feet. Close your eyes. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

A Slow Kowtow to China

A Mixed Picture

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A Profound Portrait of a Young Girl’s Childhood

This video portrait of a bright and animated child from the age of 0 to 20 years, highlights some of the profound physical and psychological changes that occur during that time period. It takes a lot of work to get through those years undamaged.

Note that in 2012 an earlier Al Fin blog posted a video of the same girl (Lotte Hofmeester) over the time span of 0 to 12 years of life. The later video above includes her entire childhood, adding significant insight into the developmental process.

For a father to have the energy, persistence, and love to capture such a video record — and for a daughter to tolerate it over that age span — reveals a father-daughter relationship that is all too rare.

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Paranoia: The Flip Side

It seems to me that we are living in an age of paranoia, which is likely to get worse with time. Too many people are mainlining their thinking and decision making directly from a 6.7 inch screen. Is that why it was so easy for the public to accept conditions of extreme isolation in lockdowns during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic or why it was so easy for sleazy political operatives to pull of one of the greatest election frauds of modern time?

In the age of paranoia, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you! Certainly they are out to manipulate your opinion and your vote — with or without your awareness.

In this corrupt age, paranoia is inevitable. They really are out to get you, in more ways than you can imagine. We know this, but when we openly discuss the possibility that COVID mail-in ballots were used to perpetrate massive voter fraud, the charges of “you’re paranoid!” fly fast and heavy.

The mainstream definition of the word “paranoia” focuses on “feelings of persecution or deep distrust of others.” But there is a neglected aspect of the word that can add another dimension to understanding what is happening on the inside of paranoia.

paranoia

 (pӕrəˈnoiə) nouna type of mental illness in which a person has fixed and unreasonable ideas that he is very important, or that other people are being unfair or [unfriendly] to him. paranoiaˌparaˈnoiac (-ˈnoːik) , ˈparanoid (-noid) noun, adjectiveparanoicoKernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd

From The Free Dictionary

Other dictionaries define paranoia as often combining a sense of grandeur with a sense of persecution. A half century ago, definitions of the word often included “a belief that the individual had special abilities or special powers.”

It should be obvious how feelings of a person’s special importance might combine with feelings of being persecuted or of being misunderstood in malicious ways.

Special strengths and special powers are attributed to super-heroes, such as Superman, Spiderman, The Flash, and so on. Thanks to Hollywood, we also attribute special powers to people who gain their abilities through strenuous training and well-maintained equipment, such as Navy Seals, SAS, elite assassins etc. Society is even fixated — via the entertainment media — to the “special powers” in fictional species such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves.

Videogames imbue our game-playing alter egos with superpowers and often give us higher levels of situational awareness than we could possibly achieve in a real crisis situation. The same mental shift occurs when watching action heroes in movies and on TV — or when reading novels and comic books about action heroes such as Jack Reacher, although fewer and fewer people have the attention span to read real books anymore.

So, when we get the justifiable impression that the official authorities and gatekeepers of information — government, media, academics, big tech and social media, corporations, nonprofits, etc. — are not being honest with us but are rather serving their own narrow interests when they push their narratives, we may find ourselves feeling just a bit paranoid.

And as we slip into a defensive paranoia, it is easy to believe that we may have special insights or special powers to confront the oversized institutions of injustice that promote false and limiting narratives that serve themselves most of all. It is easy to believe that, because we have been fed a steady diet of special powers and special strengths in our entertainments for as long as we have been alive.

Because of the covert nature of much of the procedures of mail-in ballots and electronic voting, large portions of the public have lost faith in the legitimacy of their governments. This may not be a problem when everything is going smoothly. But with illegitimate idiots in power, things are not likely to go smoothly for long — no matter how frantically the media attempts to paper over the looming mountain of problems.

While it is important to try to be aware of what is being done — both against you and on your behalf — it is also important to maintain a realistic sense of what you as an individual should try to do when confronted with an entirely corrupt and illegitimate government that attempts to enforce unjust actions or judgments. In times like this, it can be wise to maintain a low profile unless you have thought through your Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, etc.

BTW, Project Veritas is one of many groups that attempts to break through the “cone of silence” that the deep state and its complicit partners attempt to place around any evidence that might implicate the deep swamp state in blatant wrongdoing against the public. If you weren’t paranoid before, you will be. Oh yes, my precious pretties, you will be!

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True Love

Love is not a symphony. Love is an essential part of the symphony, the part that the audience waits for in anticipation. The reason people came to hear the performance.

What of Love?

True Love, Soul Mates, Life Partners

It is good if a child’s life is filled from the beginning with living examples of genuine love. A loving mother and father can provide what is needed to help the children find their niches, to give them the tools with which they can find their own ways and create their own paths.*

As a child grows toward adulthood, it is normal to look for things in the adult world which were missing from childhood. Young people may hear a lot about “true love,” and say to themselves, “That sounds like a good thing!”

But what is true love, and how will a person know when they have found it?

When I think about true love, I often trip over a related idea: “soul mate.” The two things may go together, and if they do then those are lucky lovers indeed. But true love can be built over time if the hearts are true, while soul mates seem to have been born to enrich each other — even if they never meet in the real world.

Another confusion is between “true love” and “falling in love.” Falling in love is much easier, and can be a lot like quitting drinking.

“It’s easy to quit drinking. I’ve done it a thousand times.”

WC Fields

And many people have fallen in love a thousand times — but never quite seem to find true love.

Falling in love is like being under the influence of a powerful drug. It is a wonderful feeling, to be sure. But it usually wears off, and you had better hope that you did not do too many stupid things while under the influence.

But if it doesn’t wear off — but merely calms down a bit — you may have a case of true love on your hands. If so, buckle up.

Here are some characteristics of “true love:” (Source)

1. You care about this person unconditionally. A tell-tale sign that you’ve found true love is that you absolutely and undeniably adore your partner with no strings attached. In other words, no matter what circumstances may befall you and through good times as well as bad, you support and deeply care for this person. Unconditional love is at the very heart of what true love means and entails. 

2. You fully accept your partner. An additional indicator of true love is that you understand and accept your partner for the person who he or she truly is. You’re not trying to change your mate, fix him or her and/or turn him or her into a different person. Rather, you fully accept, appreciate and adore your partner, flaws and all. 

3. You can talk about anything. When you’ve found true love, it means that you can candidly and honestly discuss anything with this person. True love implies that you’re completely truthful with your mate, aren’t holding back different aspects of your past and are able to fully open up to him or her. You share an intimacy that’s emotional as well as physical, and your loving connection is stronger because of your willingness and ability to be open and vulnerable around each other.

4. You’re completely yourself with this person. When you’ve found true love, you’re able to be totally authentic with your partner. You’re not pretending to be someone you’re not, feigning interests, passions or pastimes and/or acting in a way that doesn’t reflect the real you. Being yourself in your relationship is essential to experiencing true love. 

5. You respect each other. In order to experience true love, it also means that there’s a high level of respect, kindness and compassion between you and your partner. You can empathize with one another, see each other’s point of view and are able to resolve conflicts and squabbles in a way that’s constructive and respectful of each other’s well-being.

6. You have similar values. In order to experience true love, your morals and values have to be aligned with those of your partner. While you may have your differences, such as where you grew up, your religious background or simply your obsession with football, true love means that you’re on the same page when it comes to distinguishing right from wrong. In a word, having similar principles is a principle component of true love.

7. Your happiness levels feed off of each other. If you’re wondering if you’ve found true love, it’s important to pay close attention to your true feelings and emotions. Does making this person happy make you happy in return? Does surprising him or her or doing favors for your partner give you a rush of joy as well? When you and your partner both have a mutual desire to bring happiness and contentment to one another, you should be happy to know that you’re experiencing true love.

8. You’re a team. When you’ve found true love, it means that you’re fully committed, dedicated and devoted to each other. With true love, you and your partner work together as one unit to enrich each other’s lives for the better. And rather than behaving in a selfish or egotistical way, you think in terms of “we” instead of “me.” When it comes to true love, your mate is really your teammate. 

The soul mate relationship is different from cases of true love, although there can be some overlap. In the rare cases where soul mates also experience true love with each other, it is crucial for the lovers/soul mates to maintain a sense of perspective and connection with the real world around them. That can be difficult if they are both caught up in the intoxicating experience of love while also being synchronously locked together in the soul mate connection.

Successful “life partners” do not need to be soulmates, and they do not absolutely have to be in a “true love” experience. As long as there is deep respect, admiration, and trust, a life partner relationship is possible. With the addition of friendship to the above mix, a deep and enduring love is very possible. (Source)

Soulmate Relationship

  • You feel a deep, spiritual connection to this person almost like you have known them for a long time.
  • You have flashbacks or deja vu moments where you feel that you have been together before.
  • You seem to understand each other and have a similar way of thinking.
  • You may have similar flaws or habits, or you both had similar challenges during childhood.
  • Your connection is intense and so too is the relationship. Often it can move from extreme highs to extreme lows.
  • You feel in sync with each other even when you are not physically together. There may be a feeling of having to team up together to conquer something.
  • You know intuitively what the other is thinking or feeling. You feel very in-tune and connected with their thoughts and actions.
  • Your relationship is emotional, challenging and can bring things out in you that you didn’t know existed.
  • You may experience huge shifts and changes in your life when you first meet this person.
  • Your relationship may not last forever but the love is always there.

Life Partner Relationship

  • You feel attracted to each other physically and resonate with each others values.
  • You enjoy getting to know each other and learn about your differences and similarities- everything about each other feels new and exciting.
  • You get along like best friends- your relationship does not suffer from extremes.
  • Your relationship is based on logical or intellectual decisions.
  • You resonate with each others beliefs, ideas or religion/philosophy.
  • You both feel a sense of financial and emotional stability by being together.
  • Your relationship is based on being physically present and creating new memories.
  • You feel the need to marry or start a family in order to ‘cement’ your relationship.

In the book and movie The Princess Bride, Wesley and Buttercup were not soul mates nor did they have true love at the beginning. Early in their “relationship” Buttercup would have scorned any idea of choosing Wesley as a life partner. True love began as a dream in Wesley’s mind, and became reality when Buttercup eventually came to share that dream.

The intensity of true love can be deep enough to carry the lovers into a committed “life partner” relationship, which can help smooth the interface between the lovers and the often abrasive outside world.

The coming of children and interaction with in-laws, friends, work and business associates, and the practical problems of living, add deeper dimensions to the relationships that overlap and evolve.

Every author needs to consider his important characters in their deepest and most formative stages and longings. And of course, every person is the author of his own life, whether he knows it or not. That is why even an unemotional, no-nonsense kind of person needs occasionally to consider the centers of gravity inside himself which tug and pull in different directions — often quite uncomfortably.

Remember:

For even as love crowns you, so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth, so is he for your pruning.

The Prophet

Yes, it is good if a child’s life is filled from the beginning with living examples of genuine love. A loving mother and father truly should provide what is needed to help their children find their niches, to give them the tools with which they can find their own ways and create their own paths.

Such loving wisdom, generosity, and unselfishness are rare in parents, however. The parent too often tries to use to child as an instrument for achieving something that was missing in his own childhood. The child must then try to find examples of unselfish love, wisdom, and generosity elsewhere in his life, often unsuccessfully.

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Human Brain Networks in Sleep, Anesthesia, Psychoses, Delirium

Human consciousness and other large scale brain functions are thought to be mediated by brain networks that involve synchronous communication between distant brain regions. Whenever the brain undergoes an altered state of consciousness, it is expected that there is an alteration in at least some of the brain networks.

For example, in sleep, general anesthesia, psychoses, and delirium, distinct changes in brain network function from the normal waking state have been detected. As we get better tools for imaging the function of different brain networks, it should be possible to measure the degree of mental fatigue, level of cooperativeness, level of honesty or engagement, degree of intoxication, level of psychosis or delirium, etc.

The image below looks at the effect of sub-anesthetic doses of the drug ketamine on four different brain networks, using fMRI. From the study: Pharmacological fMRI: Effects of subanesthetic ketamine on resting-state functional connectivity in the default mode network, salience network, dorsal attention network and executive control network – ScienceDirect

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In another study, researchers examined how quickly normal brain function returned to normal healthy subjects after being kept under general anesthesia for three hours:

In the study, 30 healthy adults were anesthetized for three hours. Their brain activity was measured with EEG and their sleep-wake activity was measured before and after the experiment. Each participant was given cognitive tests—designed to measure reaction speed, memory, and other functions—before receiving anesthesia, right after the return of consciousness, and then every 30 minutes thereafter.

Analyzing EEG and test performance, the researchers found that recovery of consciousness and cognition is a process that unfolds over time, not all at once. To the investigators’ surprise, one of the brain functions that came online first was abstract problem solving, controlled by the prefrontal cortex, whereas other functions such as reaction time and attention took longer to recover.

Escape from Oblivion: How the Brain Reboots after Deep Anesthesia (uofmhealth.org)

One of the longer-term side effects of general anesthesia — usually in the elderly — is the mental state of delirium. Delirium is also common in various metabolic states and exposure to a wide range of brain altering drugs.

Delirium is an acute neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by altered levels of attention and awareness with cognitive deficits. It is most prevalent in elderly hospitalized patients and related to poor outcomes. Predisposing risk factors, such as older age, determine the baseline vulnerability for delirium, while precipitating factors, such as use of sedatives, trigger the syndrome. Risk factors are heterogeneous and the underlying biological mechanisms leading to vulnerability for delirium are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that delirium and its risk factors are associated with consistent brain network changes. We performed a systematic review and qualitative meta-analysis and included 126 brain network publications on delirium and its risk factors. Findings were evaluated after an assessment of methodological quality, providing N=99 studies of good or excellent quality on predisposing risk factors, N=10 on precipitation risk factors and N=7 on delirium. Delirium was consistently associated with functional network disruptions, including lower EEG connectivity strength and decreased fMRI network integration. Risk factors for delirium were associated with lower structural connectivity strength and less efficient structural network organization. Decreased connectivity strength and efficiency appear to characterize structural brain networks of patients at risk for delirium, possibly impairing the functional network, while functional network disintegration seems to be a final common pathway for the syndrome.

Brain network disintegration as a final common pathway for delirium: a systematic review and qualitative meta-analysis – ScienceDirect

Psychosis is another abnormal mental state that is coming within the diagnostic reach of advanced brain imaging. Better tools are needed, but it is likely that better tools are coming.

Progressive reconfiguration of resting-state brain networks as psychosis develops: Preliminary results from the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS) consortium (biorxiv.org)

The studies linked below look at the changes in brain networks during various levels of sleep, anesthesia, and parasomnias.

In Deep Sleep, Brain Networks Break Down | Technology Networks

NREM sleep stages specifically alter dynamical integration of large-scale brain networks: iScience (cell.com)

The pattern of interconnections between brain functional regions appears to differentiate sleep-related perceptions from hallucinations, creating a point of difference with regards to the transfer of information between functional networks.

Compromised signal propagation to the prefrontal cortex appears common to both phenomena, explaining the failure of top-down control and inhibitory influences in hallucinations (row 2, table 1 ), 81 , 82 but the point of rarity may lie in the extent and severity of this disconnection.

  • In REM sleep, connectivity between higher-order association and prefrontal areas, and unimodal sensory areas, is entirely suspended 68 and characterized by closed-loop circuits. This characteristic feature of REM sleep perhaps promotes the continuous stream of perceptions with bizarre and fantastical elements reported during dreams. With waking hallucinations, by contrast, connectivity between anterior frontal and posterior sensory regions is generally retained, although typically abnormally modulated 83 , 84 and more precisely delineated. Similarly, connectivity of DMN with other networks may be unstable or weakly connected, but nonetheless functionally active. 85 In support, some level of top-down integration is necessary in hallucinations to account for appraisals and beliefs (row 7) and daytime dysfunctions (row 9);
  • During hallucinations, the planum temporale is activated and correlated with the experience of a sensory signal originating in external space (row 8, table 1 ). 86 This activation may assist in amplifying signals to acquire external qualities, and is absent during sleep

What Is the Link Between Hallucinations, Dreams, and Hypnagogic–Hypnopompic Experiences? | Schizophrenia Bulletin | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

The better we get at functional brain imaging, the better we will be able to differentiate the brain network states that are seen in normal waking, normal sleep, general anesthesia, disorders of brain functioning as seen in neurological and psychiatric conditions, and in ever subtler grades of alterations in any of the above.

The relationship between general anesthesia, brain function, and consciousness mechanisms is complex. As a matter of fact, anesthetic agents do not blunt out brain function globally but exert specific and dose-dependent effects on brain systems that sustain internal consciousness and perception of the environment. Each agent has its own mechanism of action, and dose-dependently induces distinct phenomenological altered consciousness states. Answering the questions that have recently emerged following recent discoveries on anesthetic brain effects will probably permit new insights into the specific diagnoses of anesthesia-induced altered states of consciousness, and into the understanding of the different aspects of consciousness itself. In that respect, general anesthesia can be considered as a flexible probe to explore consciousness.

Frontiers | General Anesthesia: A Probe to Explore Consciousness | Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience

These tools can do a lot of good as they are perfected. They can also be abused by unscrupulous persons and systems. Just be aware.

More: The female menstrual cycle involves ongoing reorganization of brain networks. This means that a woman’s brain will function differently at different stages of her monthly menstrual cycle. It is not politically correct to say that brain function can be different between men and women. How much less politically correct to say that a woman’s brain can function differently from itself, depending upon where in the monthly cycle it may be?

Human “consciousness” is a fascinating phenomenon. Learning more about the synchronous brain networks that modulate both the conscious and subconscious thought processes, would be a wonderful way to begin to understand our idiosyncrasies.

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Irony

Irony is the figurative term for the disconnect between what appears to happen or what is apparently being said and the actual truth or reality. __ Source

The singer in the song above expresses one meaning in the lyrics, while it is clear to everyone listening that the opposite is the truth.

In the book excerpt below, the emotions and expectations of the characters suggests a certain outcome in the near future of Europe, while the readers of the book know quite well that an entirely different outcome occurred. This contradiction throws most readers into an ironic state of mind when evaluating the thoughts and actions of the characters as the story proceeds:

One afternoon the two young women were addressing envelopes for the Progressive Club on the du Preez’ veranda, and talking about Europe after the war. Italy was certain to be communist, and so was France. In five years there would be a communist Europe. They imagined it as a release into freedom, a sudden flowering into goodness and justice. They already felt themselves to be part of it.

Doris Lessing from Children of Violence #3 A Ripple from the Storm

Irony takes place daily, on different levels.

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There is something called “the ironic tone” which is utilized by writers when they want to play with the reader (and the topic) a bit.

In fiction, an author can express an ironic tone through the use of diction, paradox, juxtaposition, character actions, plot or dialogue. An author’s specific choice of language can create irony through the description of a character. A malicious character might be described as being gentle as a wolf, with the fundamental disparity in the description serving to create an ironic tone.

An ironic tone can also be created through dialogue choices. A wife who finds her husband boring and predicable might remark, “I just never know what you’re going to say next.” Because the reader knows that the opposite is true, the dialogue creates a tone of irony. Sarcasm is one of the more overt methods to create an ironic tone, but irony often depends on more subtle, understated language to make its point. The woman might instead simply remark, “Interesting.” If the reader knows that the husband is boring, the tone of irony is clear, even if the wife’s remark is less caustic.

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Our transparently phony social institutions — government, universities, all forms of media including social media platforms, corporations, political activism, etc. — cry out for ironical treatment. Unfortunately, the social institutions that would ordinarily be devoted to the ironical treatment of this widespread blatant phoniness in society, are at the very heart of the phoniness. They cannot be expected to satirize themselves!

And so the population is expected to suffer this top-level hypocrisy in complacent silence, as if the people of the free world had no more minds to contest the force-fed falsities given them by the crooks at the top, than do the people of North Korea or communist China.

Well, perhaps they’re right.

On the other hand, the people who are running the current iteration of “the scam” seem particularly unattractive and unconvincing to me, even when compared with their predecessors. While they are attempting to champion particularly unpopular policies to an increasingly skeptical public, they are also displaying a level of incompetence on a practical level which is certain to come back to bite them.

Am I saying that we should be cynical about everything that is happening around us these days? Well, as I once told a young fellow communard while we were on beer and cheese making detail for the commune, once cynicism is given a foothold it tends to expand and grow until it finally consumes cynicism itself. At that point it can be said to have come full circle. I know that I was right, because every single pothead who was eavesdropping on our conversation suddenly stopped and nodded their heads sagely, muttering, “deep, man, deep.”

But irony is more nuanced than cynicism, so work on your skills.

I do recommend an attitude of profound skepticism toward anything that resembles an ideology, whether secular or religious. I will leave it to you to decide how to untangle ordinary day to day life from the scores of ideologies that oppress us from every direction. You are not alone, and it is likely that the tangle that you are facing has been dealt with by many others before you. The internet can be useful when looking for untangling tools, but do not neglect physical libraries in your area, or the human assets which would willingly assist you.

This short mention of irony is meant to help you keep in mind how multi-faceted and multi-dimensional reality can be. Whatever you think you know, is probably wrong on many levels. But it is one thing to suffer because we fooled ourselves into making a mistake. It is another thing to passively allow our “betters” to make long and lucrative careers out of fooling us.

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What Do Women Want, Anyway!?!?

To answer that question, it is important to understand that there are very real differences between men and women — starting fairly early in the womb.

Watch the video above, or go to this website to reflect on 50 of the genuine differences between boys and girls, men and women. We may as well be different species of beings, for all the differences in how we view the world. And yet in many ways, we are the same. It is possible to understand each other, but we have to try in an honest and open manner. That attitude can be very rare in men or women.

When considering the question “What Do Women Want?” it is important to distinguish between women who are on the feminine end of the spectrum, and women who are on the masculine end. Most women tend to be more toward the feminine end of womanhood, so understanding what is most important to that larger group of women will be useful to most men who are interested in interacting with women.

Feminine women are very interested in being provided safety, security, and certainty. If a man can supply those things to a feminine woman, she will give him a lot of leeway in other departments. But safety, security, and certainty don’t always come from money and power. If the man cannot supply a sufficient level of emotional safety, security, and certainty beyond physical and material needs, he is leaving himself vulnerable to being taken out by men capable of supplying both, and more. Emotional fulfillment comes from a genuine connection, and that can only happen in the long term when partners are honest.

Romance and adventure are the icing on the cake for feminine women, but not the cake itself.

Masculine women and in-between women are a different story, of course, although inside every masculine woman is a feminine woman just waiting to grab the controls — if only for a long enough time to turn her world topsy-turvy.

Masculine women obtain safety, security, and certainty for themselves in much the same ways that men set about to provide them. But they often do not mind the additional safety, security, and certainty that a man can provide — along with a solid portion of romance and adventure.

In-between women are more subject to swinging from an internal source of certainty to an external source of certainty. Much depends upon the hormone flows, past and present.

“Every single baby starts out the same gender in the womb. There’s no difference between male and female babies, we’re all female. I did, you did, Sylvester Stallone did, and we all did. We all start out in the world as a little girl and it’s not till eight weeks that things start to change. The hormone that drives a baby’s development in the womb up to the week eight mark is oestrogen. This is the key female hormone and is a growth promoting hormone. In a baby’s brain, it promotes the development of huge amounts of connections between the two hemispheres of the brain and channels development to the communication and emotional memory areas of the brain. In a female baby, this development continues all the way through their gestation period and continues to drive their development all the way through their life.”

“This isn’t the case in male babies. At the week eight mark, a huge shift happens. Oestrogen production is reduced dramatically and testosterone floods into the brain. This starts to produce huge changes. A lot of the connections between the two hemispheres are cut and instead of directing resources to the communication areas, they’re instead directed to the aggression and sex drive areas of the brain. These are the areas that drive competitiveness and action.”

“The difference between the two paths isn’t small. It’s huge. And it shapes the way females and males engage their world, right from birth.”

Why Nice Guys Finish Last

After you take the time to study and think about the 50 Real Differences between men and women, boys and girls, you may want to take some time to listen to some real thoughts of adolescent and pre-adolescent girls, as their brains are developing into the brains of grown women. Puberty provides the second great divide between boys and girls, and while perhaps not as profound as what happens inside the womb, it is still a real zinger!

The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank) Audio

A Young Girl’s Diary (via Sigmund Freud) Audio

For some reason, girls seem to take to writing diaries more than boys do. The two diaries above are quite famous and provide a lot of grist for the mill for people who are curious about what goes through those transitioning minds during that critical period.

The differences in the brains and bodies of men and women help explain why men dominate in mathematics, the hard sciences, and a wide range of sports, hobbies, and professions such as chess, tennis, and long distance running.

But women can become world class doctors, lawyers, writers, musicians, psychologists, and politicians. Women comprise a wide range of potentials and are propelled by a variety of motivations and drives. It is not a simple question to ask, “What Do Women Want?”

But if you are a man asking the question of a particular woman, don’t be stupid enough to assume that she wants the same things that you want. Perhaps she does, but don’t assume. If you really want to know, you are going to have to take some chances that you may not be prepared to take. You may have a lot of Jungian shadows that consume too much of your inner energy and confidence, preventing you from opening up to the vital experiences needed to form a genuine connection.

If so, you wouldn’t be the first or the last to stay in that limbo until you die. But it would be more energizing and invigorating to break out of that prison of habit and rigidity that only grows tighter with age — unless something drastic is done.

More: The male instinct to protect and defend women and children is far from obsolete

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When a Trillion People Live, Work, and Play in Outer Space

Colonizers Have Always Been the Salvation of Humanity

From the very first, it is the human instinct to migrate and colonize new territory that maximizes the odds for human survival. Always looking for better hunting grounds, better fishing, better trade routes, and better farmlands, humans have spread out to populate most of the land masses of Earth, and have adapted to live and prosper in dozens of climates and microbiomes. It is better not to have all your eggs in one basket.

The tendency for humans to form governments and for governments to claim bounded territories, has put a damper on human migrations and colonization in recent times. Fortunately, the Earth and its fossilized government and intergovernmental rent-seekers only represent a tiny part of the solar system.

The two wealthiest men on Earth — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — have their own ideas for how best to move humans beyond their Earth-bound limitations into the outer universe at large. Elon Musk wants to move at least a million humans to Mars, which he sees as the best off-Earth outpost for human habitation. Jeff Bezos wants to build millions of giant orbiting space colonies to house at least a trillion people well away from the home planet.

Other visionaries have their eyes on Luna as a stepping off point and colonization destination. Humans have already landed on the moon, which has now been shown to have a supply of frozen water — and Luna is much closer and more accessible to Earth than any other planetary surface. The Earth’s moon has abundant building materials for infrastructure, and plenty of sunlight for half the days of every month. And once humans master the technical difficulties of nuclear fusion, Luna will have enough He3 fuel to generate power for millions of years. With enough reasons for economic activity on and around the moon, and the cislunar economy cannot be far off. After that we are likely to see $trillionaires sprouting up as quickly as we have seen $billionaires sprouting over the past few decades.

With a diverse array of companies each taking care of one small part of the infrastructure and activities needed to keep a healthy economy going in space, the pieces of the cislunar economy are beginning to fall into place. This is all thanks to a combination of different factors such as policy initiatives, new technologies, and the new millionaires and billionaires that are part of the generation of Orphans of Apollo coming together at the right moment in history.

We live in exciting times for space — and for Earth — and we may be on the brink of the expansion of humans into space, once and for all.

Cislunar Economy

Water and other volatile materials will be limiting factors for human growth in space. Luna does not have all that is needed, nor does Mars — at least not in adequate quantities for the long term. Humans will have to move on to the asteroid belt (Ceres), and the outer planets and their moons — some of which seem to be very rich in water. Further out, the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud provide more water and volatiles — albeit spread out over a very large volume.

The “Generation Ship” approach to human migration outside of the solar system, is an old idea, and probably best viewed as a last resort. If humans can ever build a self-sufficient large-scale orbiting space colony, then it is possible that they can build a viable generation ship. Alternatively, if humans can achieve a foolproof hibernation chamber that allows humans to survive in stasis for hundreds of years without appreciable harm, a “generation” ship would seem a more reasonable approach to long distance migration than it does now. The 2016 movie “Passengers” suggests reasons why someone on the ship should be awake at all times.

It should be obvious to readers that we are discussing plans for a human future that stretches far out in time — long after all of us are likely to be dead and forgotten. So either we need to invent some radical life extension technologies, or we need to learn to view our own deaths — and the deaths of everyone we know or can conceive of ever knowing — in a very philosophical manner. Humans tend to be short-term thinkers and planners, and generally scorn those who dream in the longer term.

And yet it is those who are capable of seeing and planning for the far horizons, who often initiate the chains of actions which allow enough humans to survive and move on from crisis to crisis.

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos each want to become the first $trillionaire king of space. It is the human impulse to wish to profit from opportunity and to achieve dominance over competitors. Up to this point, neither has been forced to deal with the dictatorial deal-killing instincts of governments and government officials — at least not in absolute terms. Eventually, one government or another will attempt to extort control from these would-be private enterprise space tycoons. China is in an excellent position to force concessions from private US companies, as long as it has friends in high places of the US government who can be easily manipulated.

Very few people can envision how the economies of the solar system can shift, given a very small number of breakthroughs and effective infrastructure building outside of traditional power zones.

Jeff Bezos talks about “trillions” of humans living in the solar system, with 1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins living and working among them. But just a few more breakthroughs and we can have 1,000,000 Einsteins and 10,000,000 Mozarts — if we want. What if the new infrastructures multiply the effective impact of each Einstein or Mozart by powers of ten? It will be a world and an economy that no one now can imagine.

On the other side of the coin, no one is willing to admit that it is possible to have quadrillions of humans existing in the universe, with not a single Mozart or Einstein among them. How is that possible? Think about it.

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Is World Population In Terminal Decline?

This ticking time bomb is not going away, no matter how intently we ignore it.

The change may take decades, but once it starts, decline (just like growth) spirals exponentially. With fewer births, fewer girls grow up to have children, and if they have smaller families than their parents did — which is happening in dozens of countries — the drop starts to look like a rock thrown off a cliff.

“It becomes a cyclical mechanism,” said Stuart Gietel Basten, an expert on Asian demographics and a professor of social science and public policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. “It’s demographic momentum.”

Some countries, like the United States, Australia and Canada, where birthrates hover between 1.5 and 2, have blunted the impact with immigrants. But in Eastern Europe, migration out of the region has compounded depopulation, and in large parts of Asia, the “demographic time bomb” that first became a subject of debate a few decades ago has finally gone off.

South Korea’s fertility rate dropped to a record low of 0.92 in 2019 — less than one child per woman, the lowest rate in the developed world. Every month for the past 59 months, the total number of babies born in the country has dropped to a record depth.

NYT

From East Asia to Europe to North America, populations in developed and emerging nations are on the brink of rapid decline. Goodbye singularity. Hello idiocracy.

Maternity wards are already shutting down in Italy. Ghost cities are appearing in northeastern China. Universities in South Korea can’t find enough students, and in Germany, hundreds of thousands of properties have been razed, with the land turned into parks.

NYT

It is foolish to see this crisis primarily in terms of the closing of maternity wards and schools from K-U. Focusing primarily on the coming pension and social security crisis is likewise short sighted. The nightmare that is coming should be seen through the lens of infrastructure collapse due to critical skills shortages, as the people who keep the lights on and keep the food growing and transported to your tables more rapidly retire and die, without replacement.

More intelligent people around the world are choosing not to have children. Since IQ is up to 80% heritable, we are seeing an accelerating decline in global average population IQ. Those skills and occupations which keep advanced societies advanced, are becoming more scarce with time. Eventually, that scarcity will become critical.

As the process of decay continues, one will no longer count on lights coming on at the flip of a switch, or being able to call 911 and expect a meaningful response. Food and fuel will be harder to come by, and obtaining quality repairs for technical equipment will become more difficult and expensive.

Average IQ makes a difference. If you don’t think so, try living in Rhodesia — er — Zimbabwe. A shift in population quickly in that country led to a rapid collapse in infrastructure and quality of life. The same thing is occurring in South Africa.

The ongoing baby bust in the larger world will take longer to cause a shift from a functioning to a non-functioning society. But the mechanisms are there.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. The fraudulent US government and the decadent institutions of society are not helping, but are instead bringing on decline much more quickly than would otherwise be the case.

More: Below is the latest from Peter Zeihan on the geopolitics of the ongoing demographic transition. Interestingly, the talk is given with a focus on India, giving some of the old ideas a slightly new flavor.

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US CDC Perpetrates a Giant Fraud

Guest Article by Kit Knightly

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is altering its practices of data logging and testing for “Covid19” in order to make it seem the experimental gene-therapy “vaccines” are effective at preventing the alleged disease.

They made no secret of this, announcing the policy changes on their website in late April/early May, (though naturally without admitting the fairly obvious motivation behind the change).

The trick is in their reporting of what they call “breakthrough infections” – that is people who are fully “vaccinated” against Sars-Cov-2 infection, but get infected anyway.

Essentially, Covid19 has long been shown – to those willing to pay attention – to be an entirely created pandemic narrative built on two key factors:

  1. False-postive tests. The unreliable PCR test can be manipulated into reporting a high number of false-positives by altering the cycle threshold (CT value)
  2. Inflated Case-count. The incredibly broad definition of “Covid case”, used all over the world, lists anyone who receives a positive test as a “Covid19 case”, even if they never experienced any symptoms.

Without these two policies, there would never have been an appreciable pandemic at all, and now the CDC has enacted two policy changes which means they no longer apply to vaccinated people.

Firstly, they are lowering their CT value when testing samples from suspected “breakthrough infections”.

From the CDC’s instructions for state health authorities on handling “possible breakthrough infections” (uploaded to their website in late April):

For cases with a known RT-PCR cycle threshold (Ct) value, submit only specimens with Ct value ≤28 to CDC for sequencing. (Sequencing is not feasible with higher Ct values.)

Throughout the pandemic, CT values in excess of 35 have been the norm, with labs around the world going into the 40s.

Essentially labs were running as many cycles as necessary to achieve a positive result, despite experts warning that this was pointless (even Fauci himself said anything over 35 cycles is meaningless).

But NOW, and only for fully vaccinated people, the CDC will only accept samples achieved from 28 cycles or fewer. That can only be a deliberate decision in order to decrease the number of “breakthrough infections” being officially recorded.

Secondly, asymptomatic or mild infections will no longer be recorded as “covid cases”.

That’s right. Even if a sample collected at the low CT value of 28 can be sequenced into the virus alleged to cause Covid19, the CDC will no longer be keeping records of breakthrough infections that don’t result in hospitalisation or death.

From their website:

As of May 1, 2021, CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause. This shift will help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance. Previous case counts, which were last updated on April 26, 2021, are available for reference only and will not be updated moving forward.

Just like that, being asymptomatic – or having only minor symptoms – will no longer count as a “Covid case” but only if you’ve been vaccinated.

The CDC has put new policies in place which effectively created a tiered system of diagnosis. Meaning, from now on, unvaccinated people will find it much easier to be diagnosed with Covid19 than vaccinated people.

Consider…

Person A has not been vaccinated. They test positive for Covid using a PCR test at 40 cycles and, despite having no symptoms, they are officially a “covid case”.

Person B has been vaccinated. They test positive at 28 cycles, and spend six weeks bedridden with a high fever. Because they never went into a hospital and didn’t die they are NOT a Covid case.

Person C, who was also vaccinated, did die. After weeks in hospital with a high fever and respiratory problems. Only their positive PCR test was 29 cycles, so they’re not officially a Covid case either.

The CDC is demonstrating the beauty of having a “disease” that can appear or disappear depending on how you measure it.

To be clear: If these new policies had been the global approach to “Covid” since December 2019, there would never have been a pandemic at all.

If you apply them only to the vaccinated, but keep the old rules for the unvaccinated, the only possible result can be that the official records show “Covid” is much more prevalent among the latter than the former.

This is a policy designed to continuously inflate one number, and systematically minimise the other.

What is that if not an obvious and deliberate act of deception?

The above is a guest article by Kit Knightly, originally published in the Off-Guardian

Al Fin comment:

This is what happens when politicians take over public health agencies. In politics, sickness and loss of life are only meaningful if they serve a political purpose. It helps immensely if you can get the media on board with your political narrative. In the corrupt world we find ourselves, consider that a given.

More:

Masks did not help

How COVID deaths were fraudulently misrepresented

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Island Home Saga Continues

First it was the razor wire along the top of the fence between the Schmidts and adjacent properties — including that of Al Fin’s family. Then it was the guard towers at the Schmidt property corners, with remote controlled cameras, motion detector lights, and what looked like 50 caliber machine guns in each tower.

Al Fin and his third wife, Nadia, were in their front room discussing the problem.

“What did you find out from the DA’s office in town?” Fin asked his young wife.

Nadia sighed after taking a long sip of white wine. “Adolph Schmidt is a retired prison guard captain from Kansas. He worked at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary while it was still a maximum security facility.”

“That may explain the razor wire and the guard towers, but how can he justify those 50 caliber machine guns?”

Nadia took her time drinking the wine glass dry, then slowly refilled it. She paused with the glass just in front of her lips, “The assistant DA sent a patrol car to have a talk with Schmidt. He says the machine guns are replicas, just for show. They can’t fire real rounds.”

Suddenly 10 year old Emma popped unexpectedly out of her nook in the bay window, where she had been quietly reading. “Those boys waved their penises at me over the fence and laughed! It wasn’t funny, Daddy! Valerie wanted to call the police, but ELIZA said I should talk to you first. What are you going to do, Daddy?”

Al Fin stood and started for the door, muttering, “Those little shits! I wish they had cut them off on the razor wire.” He was feeling a fire in his chest that urged some kind of action.

Nadia moved smoothly to intercept Fin halfway to the door, and put her hand calmly on his arm. Fin stopped automatically and looked at his wife with a slightly quizzical look on his face. In her young eyes Fin saw an old expression that quenched the fire in his chest and made his previously strong legs almost wobble.

“There’s no need to go off half cocked,” Nadia murmured through a wicked-looking Mona Lisa smile. Then she winked. Without the smile, she went on, “The boys are not the problem. The father no doubt put them up to it. If he didn’t tell them to do it directly, his attitude influenced them. It’s a dominance thing the father picked up at the prison, and it rubbed off on the boys. They probably do the same thing to their little sister, like a family ritual dominance hierarchy.”

“So what do I do about it?” Fin asked with genuine curiosity, since it seemed that his wife knew a lot more about this situation than he himself did.

Nadia looked vaguely over her left shoulder, away from Fin, and shook her head slowly. “You should wait a few days and let me see what I can do. The screaming that sometimes comes from the basement tells me that Schmidt is a sadistic and domineering bastard who can’t control his own temper. All meditation aside, the last thing I want to see, from a lawyer’s point of view, is you confronting that kind of person directly, especially when you feel you are defending your family.”

Suddenly Fin remembered that 10 year old Emma was standing there watching and listening. “Emma, why don’t you go outside and play for a while?”

“But Daddy, those boys might be out there! Yesterday they were shooting at ELIZA with slingshots!”

“Goddammit!” Fin again turned toward the door, but once again he stopped at the touch of Nadia’s hand on his arm.

“It’s alright, Al. Emma can stay close to the house for now, and out of the line of sight from the Schmidt property. Neither ELIZA nor Valerie will be hurt by anything those boys might do. Let’s give the machines the job of covertly surveilling the Schmidts for a few days while I do a little more research on Adolph. Between the three of us, we may come up with an antidote to this poison.”

And so an uneasy truce settled over the boundary between the Fin and the Schmidt properties. It did not go unnoticed in the neighborhood, and indeed on the island at large. Especially interested was local writer and resident Charles Kingsley. He had been told by Al Fin not to involve himself, but just in case, he had ranged and sighted his sniper rifle on all four guard towers and on the new security gate guardhouse leading into the Schmidt property from the road.

Meanwhile, at the Fin house the ex-wives carried on their lives as usual, making life difficult for their ex-husband, their children, the domestic help, and the intelligent machines of the household. The two older boys continued to go surfing and cruising the island roads, going on regular sailing excursions with their Dad.

At her office, Nadia was collecting some interesting materials on their troublesome neighbor, and as she did, her smile grew wider, showing more of her teeth.

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The More Words, the Less Truth

To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thought into few words stamps the man of genius.  Arthur Schopenhauer (Bio and work)

Proverbs 10:19 The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.

I don’t care how much a man talks, if he only says it in a few words. Josh Billings (19th Cent. American humorist contemporary of Mark Twain)

The hardest thing for a writer to be, is honest. Honest words painfully expose the writer for the idiot and humbug that he knows himself to be, deep down… Taking that risk is how he allows himself to be good.

‘The aim is to burn through to first thoughts, to the place where energy is unobstructed by social politeness or internal censor, to the place where you are writing what your mind actually sees and feels, not what it thinks it should see or feel. You must be a great warrior when you contact on first thoughts and write from them. Especially at the beginning you may feel great emotions and energy that will sweep you away, but you don’t stop writing. Your internal editor might be saying: “You are a jerk, whoever said you could write, I hate your work, you suck, I’m embarrassed, you have nothing valuable to say, and besides you can’t spell…” Sound familiar? The more clearly you know the editor, the better you can ignore it.  Don’t be abstract. Write the real stuff. Be honest and detailed.’

From Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, quoted by Dina Davis

Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones shows a path to skillful, creative writing which is most often the shortest path to a writer’s truth.

Good books are built on good paragraphs, and good paragraphs on good sentences. Good sentences rest on good words — no more or less than needed, and in the particular order that punches hardest. “Good” means real, with a sense of the original.

Public speakers could follow the same set of rules. Sermons, weddings, funerals, and lectures… Say what needs to be said in the best way you can, but no more.

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Ask Me and I Will Play

Everyone has a song to sing, a story to tell, and love that they hold inside. Whether they are willing to bravely take the stage and put it out there for everyone to see, depends upon how their brain weighs the risk and the reward. Someone who thinks the entire universe is out to get them is less likely to risk being rejected than someone who typically expects to encounter good people and good things along the path.

In her book “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain,” psychologist Elaine Fox explains recent brain research that digs into the reasons why some people expect to encounter mostly pleasant people and experiences, and others expect constant bad news and disappointment. Dr. Fox provides a short introduction to the topic in the video below:

Sometimes the optimists are wrong. But on the average, the “sunny brain” people tend to have happier and more successful lives. “Our personalities have a profound effect on the life events we experience.” Perhaps being willing to take chances to go for golden opportunities leads to bigger payoffs over the long run, than just sitting on the sidelines for fear of failing.

Elaine Fox “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

There are genetic and physiological reasons why some people have sunny brains that expect success, and others have rainy brains that are counting on failure. And there are certainly experiential reasons for why some brains expect one outcome, while other brains are certain of the opposite outcome.

Being afraid to try guarantees lower achievement levels and fewer pleasurable situations and relationships, leads to more inflammatory and degenerative diseases, and seems to shorten lifespans. The pessimistic mindset may be partially based upon genetic factors, but it tends to be self-reinforcing due to ongoing negative life experiences.

Notice that in the lyrics of the Paul Simon song “Song for the Asking,” the singer is not playing all his love. He is offering to play it, if the person will only ask:

Here is my song for the asking
Ask me and I will play
So sweetly, I’ll make you smile

This is my tune for the taking
Take it, don’t turn away
I’ve been waiting all my life

Thinking it over, I’ve been sad
Thinking it over, I’d be more than glad
To change my ways for the asking
Ask me and I will play
All the love that I hold inside

Paul Simon

In this way, he only risks total rejection if he is asked to play all of his love. Like a salesman offering to give a sales pitch, he is risking something — but not everything. He is only risking everything if he puts it all out there, where rejection can be total.

It is that risk of rejection against which we must fortify the minds and spirits of the young so that their lives will not be stunted unnecessarily. Even for those who may be genetically and physiologically predisposed to avoiding social risk, there are certainly strategies and tactics that can be taught to help the youngsters to break through the seemingly insurmountable barriers between where he is and where he might wish to be if he only dared.

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Slavery Is Not a Crime, In Half the World’s Countries

For almost the entire history of the human world, slavery has been a staple industry. And apparently, in half the world it still is.

India has the highest number of slaves in the world at 18.4 million slaves. This number is higher than the Netherlands‘ population and is approximately 1.4% of India’s entire population. All forms of modern slavery exist in India, including forced child labor, forced marriage, commercial sexual exploitation, bonded labor, and forced recruitment into non-state armed groups.

China has the second-highest number of slaves at 3.4 million, which is less than a quarter of India’s. Other countries with significantly high slave populations are RussiaNigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, IndonesiaEgyptMyanmarIranTurkey, and Sudan.

World Population Review

In half the countries of the world, slave owners are not committing a crime. There is no talk of “reparations” for descendants of slaves in those countries — that category would take in far too many of their people, past, present, and future.

It is safe to say that slavery has been the way of the world as far back into the human past as can be historically documented. It is also highly likely that human slavery will continue to exist until economic and technological factors make the institution non-viable. And that point is not likely to be reached for a long, long time.

The video below takes a quick and superficial look at modern slavery:

According to the map in the video above, most modern slaves are from south and east Asia. Next most common are sub-Saharan African slaves. Next most numerous are European and Eurasian slaves. Slaves in the MENA and in the Americas make up the balance.

But of course, a true census of modern slaves is impossible, since very few modern slave owners would willingly cooperate with such a census — for reasons of raising international disapproval which might interfere with business.

The fuss being made in US political circles over “reparations” to descendants of long-dead black slaves seems more than a little gratuitous and opportunistic, given the ongoing stark reality of slavery around the world — and the likelihood that as the populations of European peoples decline in Europe and the Anglosphere, it is highly likely that the institution of slavery is almost certain to make a resounding comeback in most parts of the world. A cursory study of the past history of slavery as an economic institution makes it clear that such practices were never widely considered as immoral or inhumane until post-Enlightenment European Christianity encountered the great technological and scientific revolutions of the 1700s and 1800s and the resulting widespread prosperity which followed.

In the future, with the coming decline of the European populations and their religion, the greater bulk of humanity is likely to revert to earlier historical attitudes toward slavery.

More:

Slavery was an accepted part of society in ancient cultures such as Greece, Assyria, and Egypt, and at one time, the Roman Empire’s total population consisted of 25% slaves, with Italy’s slaves comprising 30% to 40% of its total population. By 500 B.C., slaves comprised upwards of a third of the population in some Greek city-states. In Sparta following several slave revolts about the year 600 B.C., the Spartans restructured their city-state into an authoritarian regime, for the leaders decided that only by turning their society into an armed camp could they hope to maintain control over the numerically dominant enslaved population.

From the pre-Christian era up to colonization of the New World, slavery was an accepted part of daily life in countries and cultures across the globe, and whether or not a particular culture was enslaved was generally determined by their weakness in warfare. To the victors go the spoils, which in this case were the indigent peoples of the conquered lands. Slaves consisted of Irish, Turkish, Chinese, Arab, Persian, Greek, and many other cultures, and was not restricted to one particular race, ethnicity, culture, or country. __ History of Slavery

In his journal, Christopher Columbus predicted that the native “Indians” that he confronted in the West Indies would ably serve as slaves, being both strong and “simple.” He anticipated that much of the economic work in the new lands would be done by these native slaves. But he was wrong. Native “Indians” did not make good or willing slaves, at least not outside of the accepted rules of slavery which native Americans followed before the Europeans came. Native Americans had ample slavery of their own long before Columbus — it was merely of a different nature.

Take briefly for instance, the Carib tribes who had widespread institutions of perpetual slavery, captive mutilation, and even villages dedicated to the sexual exploitation of captured Taino women forced to produced children which their masters then ate. Facts stand in stark contrast to the “more egalitarian” fabrication of Zinn. Such horrors do not show a “more beautifully worked out” society in the slightest—in fact, it does quite the opposite.

This context of the ignoble savage (to turn a popular phrase) places Columbus as one offering an actual advancement in civilization when compared to the atrocities discovered by the explorers. Charles Sumner, the renowned abolitionist Senator from the mid-1800’s, explained that the context of comparative cultures allows the historian to ascertain whether or not interactions and exchanges were beneficial or detrimental to the overall cultivation of morality. Even practices which all today condemn might have at an earlier time represented a significant advancement. He uses slavery, the very institution he spent his life fighting, as an example:

The merchandise in slaves will be found to have contributed to the abolition of two hateful customs;…eating of captives, and their sacrifice to idols. Thus, in the march of civilization, even the barbarism of slavery is an important stage of Human Progress. It is a point in the ascending scale from cannibalism.[vii]

Such a point is self-evident. In the age of conquest victorious groups had limited options concerning the fate of defeated opponents. In the ancient world, and more recently in less developed areas, the only conclusions for those on the losing side of a conflict were slaughter, sacrifice, cannibalism, or some other similarly unfortunate end. Once civilization reached a point of sufficient stability nations could support allowing captured warriors and civilians live as slaves or tributaries. Instead of killing those who did not die in the conflict, they were used to pursue economic advancement through either forced labor or trade with other nations. Thus, Sumner rightly notes that even atrocities such as slavery at least marks a step up from the greater depravity of murdering, sacrificing, or eating the captives.

Pre-Columbian Morality in the Americas

The “noble savage” myth of Rousseau and many modern leftist fabricators of history leaves modern persons unprepared to acknowledge the far harsher reality of life that existed for native Americans before the arrival of Columbus.

And so it has always been around the world for all tribes and peoples who inevitably came into conflict over hunting grounds, water supplies, agricultural land, profitable trade, and rich rivers, ports, and fishing grounds. War leads to conquest, which leads to slavery and genocide.

Among the great genocides, when the Turks, Tatars, Mongols, and other tribesmen came for Finnish, Swedish, and Russian slaves, there was no “White Lives Matter” chapter of activists agitating for freedom of the slaves or for reparations to descendants of European women and children carried away to serve their new masters. When the Barbary Pirates ravaged the European coasts and shipping for European slaves and other booty, there were no international NGOs pushing for the cessation of the inhuman treatment of the slaves. On a historical time scale, European peoples tended to suffer as much as any other existing peoples of the world. But few modern historians seem concerned about those particular past injustices.

If modern westerners truly wanted to end slavery “once and for all” they would get at the root causes of slavery — poverty, technological incompetence, and political oppression in the Communist and third worlds. Real political oppression, not the phony oppression proclaimed by leftist political activists in the west. The kind of political oppression that will, for example, imprison large numbers of people for political, ethnic, or religious reasons, then rip their vital organs out of their bodies without anesthesia so that wealthy and politically connected people can live a few more years of their corrupt lives.

That type of barbarism is not seen in modern Europe or the Anglosphere, but is reminiscent of the kind of society in existence in the Americas before Columbus came. We are likely to see more of that kind of thing — and worse — as the influence of Europe and the Anglosphere declines under the present crop of weak and corrupt western leaders.

And of course, there are populations with large numbers of persons with low IQ, not suitable for training as engineers, technicians, medical professionals, skilled bureaucrats, or any other position of responsibility which a modern society requires. What can such persons do?

Low IQ is not the only prerequisite for potential slaves. Persons who cannot control themselves and who cannot make intelligent decisions may also make it into the pool for slaves of the future. Addicts of all kinds will be easily recruited into slavery.

On the mean streets of tomorrow, there will be many ways to become a slave — but increasingly few ways to remain free and independent. A wise parent will make sure that his children learn the skills they will need to call their own shots. Making productive use of childhood for development of essential skills has never been more important.

Historically, slavery has been the result of war and conquest. This will continue to be the case, but political slavery — as we see in North Korea and other nations ruled by oppressive regimes — is more and more common. Don’t let your government do that to you or your loved ones. If they move slowly enough, with stealth and under the cover of a complicit media, you may not even see it coming.

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Not Often Enough

Sometimes not often enough
We reflect upon the good things
And those thoughts always centre
Around those we love

And I think about those people
Who mean so much to me
And for so many years have made me
So very happy

And I count the times I have forgotten
To say thank you
And just how much I love them

Source Song written by Henry Mancini, made famous by The Carpenters

Mothers, fathers, friends, lovers, children, mentors, and others. A long line of people, living and dead, who helped make us what we are and gave of themselves in the hope that we would carry the relay torch into the future.

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The Chinese Virus that Causes COVID is Now a Permanent Part of Your DNA!

This is really spooky… this’ll kill ya. It looks like the SARS COV-2 virus from Wuhan — the accidental lab accident behind the global COVID pandemic — has the ability to worm its way into the human DNA of persons who were infected by the Chinese virus.

SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus that integrates into the human genome. Around eight percent of our DNA consists of the remnants of ancient viruses. Some viruses, called retroviruses, rely on integration into human DNA in order to replicate themselves. “SARS-CoV-2 is not a retrovirus, which means it doesn’t need reverse transcription for its replication,” says Whitehead Institute postdoc and first author Liguo Zhang. “However, non-retroviral RNA virus sequences have been detected in the genomes of many vertebrate species, including humans.”

With this in mind, Zhang and Jaenisch began to design experiments to test whether this viral integration could be happening with the novel coronavirus. With the help of Jaenisch lab postdoc Alexsia Richards, the researchers infected human cells with coronavirus in the lab and then sequenced the DNA from infected cells two days later to see whether it contained traces of the virus’ genetic material.

To ensure that their results could be confirmed with different methodology, they used three different DNA sequencing techniques. In all samples, they found fragments of viral genetic material (though the researchers emphasize that none of the inserted fragments was enough to recreate a live virus).

Medical Xpress

Researchers found that the integrated viral genetic material can be enough to generate positive PCR tests for COVID long after persons are completely recovered from the infection and quite well, physically.

This finding negates much of the significance of all public, political, and medical tallies of infection rates that are based upon PCR testing. More study is needed into the mechanisms involved when the Chinese virus inserts itself into human cells, but when this information is combined with the innate unreliability of the PCR test itself for purposes of disease diagnosis and screening, we can easily see that Anthony Fauci, the US CDC, President* Joe Biden, and rest of the bungling gang of idiots have a lot to answer for with regard to their Nazi-like power grabs under the guise of COVID control.

Original research report in PNAS from Zhang and Richards

Warning: The following joke is not politically correct…

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Public Service Announcement: To all those who have been infected with the Chinese virus SARS CoV-2, be on the lookout for any changes in the shape of your eyes and the color tone of your skin. It has been found that the Chinese virus can cause permanent changes to your DNA, leading to at least some of the infected persons becoming genetically Chinese, at least in part. For some of you, this may be an improvement. 😉

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Wishing you all a happy human day!

Valerie (your friendly domestic android)

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When Will We Ever Know What’s True?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

The western world is in the middle of a year + game of playing the fool to governments, media, public health agencies, and the rest of the gang of [elite?!] racketeers who have seized control of the highest levels of societies.

We are learning more every day about how the Chinese viral pandemic out of Wuhan did not justify the extreme measures thrust on us by our “betters.” We are learning more ways that government lockdowns increased death rates. Businesses have been destroyed by the millions, economies have been shredded, and freedom itself is in tatters.

We are getting tired of obeying the nonsensical, extreme, and corrupt dictates of fools. Unfortunately, the fools in this case are running things and show no sign of letting up on their idiocy. The fingerprints of the leftist demolition squad are all over this debacle, with the leftist base fully on board for years more of masks, lockdowns, and economic murder.

The spring of 2021 is different from the spring of 2020, though. Scientists know a lot more about how COVID-19 spreads—and how it doesn’t. Public-health advice is shifting. But some progressives have not updated their behavior based on the new information. And in their eagerness to protect themselves and others, they may be underestimating other costs. Being extra careful about COVID-19 is (mostly) harmless when it’s limited to wiping down your groceries with Lysol wipes and wearing a mask in places where you’re unlikely to spread the coronavirus, such as on a hiking trail. But vigilance can have unintended consequences when it imposes on other people’s lives. Even as scientific knowledge of COVID-19 has increased, some progressives have continued to embrace policies and behaviors that aren’t supported by evidence, such as banning access to playgrounds, closing beaches, and refusing to reopen schools for in-person learning.

The Atlantic

Masks without end!

The US Centers for Disease Control has forgotten its main mandate, and just like every other government agency is trying to expand its authority to the edge of insanity. The actions of multiple public health agencies in many nations, states, and provinces has been the image of ignorance and shame — to say nothing of economic destruction.

The general public can put up with a great deal. But the crimes perpetrated upon the public by government, media, and health authorities combined with the associated election fraud last November, has gone far beyond what can be tolerated.

The US government* currently in nominal control has the choice of proceeding down the path of unsupported covid-related attacks on personal and group freedoms of citizens and businesses, or it can begin to face up to the fact that a reckoning is building at grass roots levels. Government abuses under the cover of media disinformation can continue for a surprising period of time, even while millions are being hurt and large numbers are dying as a result.

But even those who are ordinarily fools for everything they hear from government, media, academia, etc. do not always stay fooled.

When will we ever know what’s true? Difficult to say. But when that happens, there are large numbers of swamp creatures who will be left high and dry.

More:

Top 10 COVID absurdities?

That’s ridiculous! You have to go a lot higher than 10. For some of the crimes committed under the cover of COVID, there are no penalties severe enough.

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