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Doug Casey on the Cultural Revolution in the US and What It Means for the Election

International Man: In 2016, you accurately predicted that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States.

It came as a complete shock for most people. What do you think of his chances of winning a second term?

Doug Casey: I’m not a fan of Trump, per se. He has no philosophical center, no core beliefs. He’s an opportunist who flies by the seat of his pants.

His economic policies are disjointed and inconsistent. Many are idiotic. It’s true he wants to deregulate the economy, and he deserves kudos for that.

But he’s encouraging reckless monetary policies—zero-percent interest rates, gigantic increases in debt, massive public-works projects, and the creation of trillions of new dollars. He’s just building the house of cards higher while enriching the Deep State and corrupting the 30 million Americans making more not working than they made working.

Almost as bad as that is the way he slaps on import duties, embargoes, and quotas at whim. He devastated American farmers by provoking China into a trade war, then spent billions in subsidies to keep them from bankruptcy.

His foreign policies are dangerous. Provoking the Iranians and the Russians is counterproductive. What’s worse, he’s started a cold war with China that could easily spin out of control and turn into a hot war.

But on the bright side, he’s a cultural conservative. And that’s why people support him. He wants to see the US return to the golden days of yesteryear, the world of Leave it to Beaver, Ozzie and Harriet, and Father Knows Best. We’d all like to see domestic tranquility and rising prosperity. But that’s not the world we’re going to be living in, not just for 2020, but the whole decade.

For years, I’ve joked that I planned on watching riots on my widescreen from a secure location, not out my front window. Things have now become so predictable that when I turn on the news, I kill the audio and just put the Stone’s "Street Fighting Man" on a continuous loop.

Given a choice between Trump and the Democrats, if you like what’s left of the US, you have to be a Trump supporter. But since we’ll be in the midst of a gigantic political, economic, and social crisis in November, people will want a radical change. That’s what the Democrats are promising, so they’re likely to win. But there are other factors.

The last election was close enough, but now, four years later, there are four more cohorts of kids that have gone through high school and college and been indoctrinated by their uniformly left-wing teachers. They’re going to vote Democrat overwhelmingly.

The only bright spot for Trump is the stock market. That said, I’m not optimistic about the stock market. It’s at current levels not because the economy is doing well, but because of the avalanche of money being printed. Where it is in November is a question of how much more money the Fed will print, and how much of it flows into the stock market.

For reasons I’ve detailed in the past, the economy is going to be worse, however. And people vote their pocketbook. Bill Clinton was right when he said, "It’s the economy, stupid." If stocks fall, it will compound this effect. A high stock market can give the illusion of prosperity.

On top of all that, the conservatives are completely demoralized. It’s impossible to defend being a white person anymore; propaganda has made it shameful to be white. If you object to the race-baiters, you’ll be shouted down in the media—even by other white people. It looks like everything you grew up with and thought was part of the cosmic firmament is being washed away as unworthy.

Here are two examples.

Recently, in Stone Mountain in Georgia, there were 1,000 uniformed, armed black men who went out of their way to say that they were looking for a fight. "Where are the rednecks that want to fight with us?"

Well, that would have been out of the question at any time in the past, but no rednecks showed up to the party. That’s partially because they’ve been psychologically cowed, and partially because they recognize that if they did, and if law enforcement was brought in, they’d be the ones that were prosecuted, not the black people.

It’s a complete inversion of what would have been the case only a generation ago. Then the blacks would have been too psychologically cowed to turn up for a fight, and the legal system would have railroaded them.

Just to be clear, I’m opposed to any kind of identity politics, regardless of the group. The point is that there’s been a sea change in mass psychology.

There’s also the case of the Black Lives Matter sign painted in yellow on 5th Avenue. A couple of white people only got as far as painting over a couple of letters before they were arrested. They’re being prosecuted for defacing public property. But the people who recently destroyed statues are not being prosecuted.

It’s a matter of psychology. Whites and conservatives no longer believe in themselves. When that’s true, it’s game over. Yes, I know it’s not true of all of them—but I believe it’s a fair generalization.

If I were to bet money this time on who will win the election, with great regret, I’d have to pick the Democrats.

International Man: For the entirety of Trump’s presidency, there have been nonstop attacks on his legitimacy.

First, it was the allegations of Russian collusion, and then there was the impeachment trial and Ukraine-Gate.

What do you make of this?

Doug Casey: In a way, it’s evidence of the old saying, turnabout is fair play.

For many years, the US government has cultivated regime change in foreign countries by interfering very overtly in their elections.

Why should we be surprised if it happens here?

Although, as far as the Russians are concerned, it’s not even a tempest in a toilet bowl. I’m sure that some Russian kids played around on their computers to see what they could do, but it was totally trivial and meaningless.

The real problem is that when you have a cultural split—such as developed in the US—a country cannot, and more importantly, should not stay together.

At this point, politics has become a contest of who gets to impose their will on the rest of the country. When that’s the case, a country is best off dividing. People should have freedom of association, generally with those whom they share culture, traditions, and general worldviews.

The alternative is chaos, such as we’ve seen in the last few months, or maybe a civil war. And this one wouldn’t be like the unpleasantness of 1861–1865. That was a failed war of secession. The South simply wanted to go its own way. Slavery was an issue, but not the issue. Perhaps we should analyze the war in a future conversation.

The South should have been allowed to break off, much the way that Slovakia and the Czech Republic separated, or the way that Yugoslavia divided into six republics—or, for that matter, the way the Soviet Union broke up into 15 republics.

Abraham Lincoln created the poisonous meme that the states had to be held together by force. Most people now think it’s some type of a crime to even intimate that the US could—or should—break up.

The US is no longer a country that is united by culture and language, ideas, or anything else. It’s become a multicultural domestic empire. It’s too large to be governable. The central government is totally bankrupt. It should break up peaceably before the situation gets completely out of control.

Going back to the idea of foreign interference in US elections, there already are millions of foreign citizens—illegal aliens orchestrated by the Left—interfering directly in the outcome by voting. That’s much more of a change than some random Russians making political comments on Facebook.

International Man: There is no question that tensions are running high in the US. Recently, we saw riots take place in most US cities, a takeover of part of Seattle, and the tearing down of historical statues and cultural symbols.

Is the country on the cusp of a full-blown cultural revolution?

Doug Casey: It appears to be—and these things can come out of almost nowhere.

It’s like the witch hysteria in Salem, among other places in the late 17th century. It just came out of nowhere and took hold—complete irrationality. But if you argued against the prevailing hysteria, you too could be accused and hung.

Look at what happened in Rwanda a generation ago. The Hutus and Tutsis had lived together, more or less amicably, for generations. Then, all of a sudden, a million people got hacked with machetes. The wave blew over, and now things are peaceful again. But if you weren’t out there slaughtering Tutsis during the hysteria, you might be accused of being a sympathizer and killed yourself.

It happened during the Terror of the French Revolution. Over a short period perhaps 40,000 people were murdered, mostly guillotined.

It happened in Cambodia with Pol Pot, when a quarter of the population was murdered. That was a cultural revolution against the educated, and essentially anyone who wasn’t a peasant.

Of course, China is the largest of all, the Great Cultural Revolution of the 60s. The whole country, or at least what looked like the whole country, was bamboozled into overthrowing what they called the Four Olds—old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas.

Right now, the same meme is spreading in the US.

The people promoting a US cultural revolution aren’t getting much resistance. The old regime—the conservatives, the Republicans—are totally bamboozled and intimidated. They’ve been brainwashed into accepting the righteousness of the Left’s cultural, political, and social agendas. They don’t like it, but they sheepishly accept it. The schools, the NGOs, corporations, Hollywood, the media have inculcated their notions into society.

This is a real problem. When these things get out of control, the consequences can be genuinely terrible. Trends in motion tend to stay in motion—and this one is even accelerating.

America is unique among the world’s countries because it was founded on the premises of individualism and capitalism, free minds and free markets. More than any other country, it’s lived up to those ideals.

But these people don’t want just a change of government; they want to overturn the actual things that have made America, America. There’s no other place to go once America goes.

Where can you run? In fact, the whole world is moving in the same direction.

International Man: Let’s talk about the Democratic Candidate for president, Joe Biden.

It’s clear that Biden is in cognitive decline.

What do you think this means for his chances of winning in November? If he does win, who will really be running the country?

Doug Casey: Maybe it doesn’t make any difference who the Democratic candidate is at this point. They could probably run a chimpanzee in his place and expect the same result. This election is all about hating Trump. It has little to do with what Trump does or doesn’t believe—because he has no philosophical center. Unfortunately, he’s an authoritarian and a jingoist at heart. His supporters equate that with strength.

The fact that Biden is borderline senile is irrelevant. What’s much more important is who’s going to be his vice president. Biden has said it’s going to be a black female. Which, in today’s heated environment, means basically a crypto-communist.

That’s really dangerous because the president has a lot of power: including the power to make several thousand direct appointees with immense influence. Trump has been very unsuccessful in all his appointments. Philosophically, he might as well have picked random names out of the telephone directory. The Democrats, however, can be counted on to plug in fully vetted idealogues.

If Biden wins, he’ll probably get the Senate and the House too. The Democrats will get a vast array of programs and departments approved. The changes will be much more radical than either Roosevelt’s New Deal or Johnson’s Great Society.

They’ll finance it with unlimited money in a world of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). The US will get a makeover. America will cease to exist.

It’s really serious. The consequences of the Greater Depression will go far beyond a simple bear market.

We’ve survived borderline incompetent and crazy presidents before, of course, like Woodrow Wilson. During his second term, he was rarely even seen in public. It’s known that his wife was making all the decisions. She was, in effect, speaking for Woodrow. Incidentally, he’s my candidate for our worst president. He gave us the Federal Reserve, the income tax, World War One, and much more.

Franklin Roosevelt was elected in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. He would have been elected for life if he hadn’t died in office. Maybe Americans really want a king or a dictator, if Roosevelt is any indication.

Of course, the Constitution now prohibits more than two terms. But perhaps, that no longer makes much difference.

Sure, the president is important. But the fact of the matter is that the Deep State—which is to say the top senators and congressmen, heads of the Praetorian agencies, generals, top corporate guys, top academic guys, top media people—really runs the country.

Since the Deep State supports Biden and despises Trump, they’ll do everything in their power to defeat him.

The 2016 election hit them out of left field. They were taken completely by surprise; they didn’t think it was possible. This time they’re going to be organized, and the Deep State is going to be working actively against Trump’s reelection. That along with everything else I’ve enumerated here and, in our conversation, last week makes for a gloomy scenario.

The chances are overwhelming that the Democrats will win.

Then the cat’s out of the bag. It’s all over for the Old America. Even if we don’t have an actual civil war.
 

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Here is a pic of the parking lot of a large hotel in downtown Minneapolis I took yesterday. I have never not had to fight to get a spot. Maybe 8 cars in the parking lot. Almost all businesses I have been going in are hurting and hurting bad. You can see it when you talk with the owners. They are finally seeing it for what it is.

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Is the U.S. dollar and dollar denominated bank credit in Jeopardy of collapsing??? Per the St. Louis Fed, the banks are reportedly solvent....

Total physical currency in circulation: $1,759.8 billions

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Total bank credit issued & outstanding:
$14,858.1461 billions.

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Total bank assets: $20,183.7352 billions

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Total bank liabilities: $18,017.1450 billions

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The Government's Financial Position and Condition
This Financial Report presents the government’s financial position at the end of the fiscal year, explains how and why the financial position changed during the year, and discusses the government’s financial condition and how it may change in the future.

https://fiscal.treasury.gov/reports...ernment-financial-position-and-condition.html
 
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something else to add,

really nice run in metals, but now they are both pegged in way overbought status,

pretty sure the robinhood boyz and others have had a play in this run

time to sheer the sheep

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added some lines to the charts so you could see where these are at,

a break to the 50 dma would be a positive to set up the next leg or run

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the oil big boy BP,

announces a dividend cut in 1/2,
announces massive decline in revenues,

and the stock is jumping on the newz

too funny
 

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as expected, metals open up on the tramp stimulus newz

but, the dollar isn't really doing much, flat to up,

so by the am, we could see if the metals resume a correction or if they gather steam to the up

for now they are holding their opening gains quite well
 

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It was NOT the Federal Reserve Act that created the problems, it was President Grover Cleveland that did. The Federal Treasury was nearly out of gold in 1895, at the depths of the Panic of 1893. JP Morgan had put forward a plan for the federal government to buy gold from his and European banks but it was declined in favor of a plan to sell bonds directly to the general public to overcome the crisis. Morgan, sure there was not enough time to implement such a plan, demanded and eventually obtained a meeting with Grover Cleveland where he claimed the government could default that day if they didn't do something. Morgan came up with a plan to use an old civil war statute that allowed Morgan and the Rothschilds to sell gold directly to the U.S. Treasury, 3.5 million ounces, to restore the treasury surplus, in exchange for a 30-year bond issue.

The Federal Reserve Act spread the wealth and control beyond that just of Morgan and the Rothschilds.
 

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yes, the fed reserve act came from the act of the us being broke yet again,

it had a habit of doing that,

kind of like current day argentina, constantly going broke
 

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Despite that church being in an active seismic zone, it has withstood for 1500 years, an engineering marvel. Of course Ancient Rome has the pantheon and so much history,

Constantinople and Istanbul has so much of history. That then leads to the greek history. Amazing sun worshipers, pagans before christianity.
 

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just as we talked of earlier,

metals getting the heave to today,

big downs as you all know, but certainly predictable as we did here,

the run was so silly to the up, that we could easily see a drop all the way to the breakout just over 20
 

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asking a question,

we have all heard the scuttlebutt re chin li buying mountains of us grains,
so that helps the demand side of things for the farmers,

then this week, a storm moves thru the plains, kicking the daylights out of the croplands as it moved thru. Supposedly real high winds covering very large swaths of country. Assuredly this should have damaged a great deal of the fall harvest.

grain prices are showing some movement,

Sure corn moved some today, but it doesn't seem equivalent to the newz?

what do the traders know that the narrative doesn't fit the pricing?

while placing long bets, seems as though they are cautiously doing so,

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you saw some movement in corn with the above chart,
here is the bean chart, showing a bit more of a move to the up over the past couple of days


edit and btw, beans are showing a possible bullish cross very soon with the 50x200 cross coming up


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N W Ohio is dry.... very dry. Talked with my neighbor who is a farmer the other day. Yields are going to be way down in this area.
 

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natty bases a bit, then makes another run Friday,

Haven't kept up on the news that is keeping that one running

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here you go stack


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Shite a brick. Looked at that last Friday and muttered to myself.
The big guys have it hedged I suppose...but that can sure turn on you.
Thought of you today...and talked to Mrs Stack about it...
drove past the standing tall silo looking concrete stairwells of a progressing , some dried in, some buildings just at slab,
stick build 3 story complex, few hundred units...but was going 80 and camera phone not appropro...
Lotta jack locked up in the timber. Man what a chart.
 

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I have no projects exposed to it at this time,
as I planned to sit down til after the election about now,

worked out great from my standpoint
 

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Talking with a coworker today. Smart guy from India. He is a Bernie supporter so we have fun talking about it. He has a much different perspective than we have been taught here in the US. He was telling me about WW1. About how Prez Wilson built up the navy.

The Naval Act of 1916 was also called the "Big Navy Act" was United States federal legislation that called for vastly enlarging the US navy. An overlooked landmark piece of legislation, President Woodrow Wilson determined amidst the repeated incidents with Germany to build "incomparably, the greatest Navy in the world" over a ten-year period with the intent of making the U.S. Navy equal to any two others in the world. Ultimately, more than $500 million was to be spent on ten battleships, six battlecruisers, thirty submarines, fifty destroyers, and other support vessels, to be built over a three-year period.

And it got me to thinking about a timeline. Fed reserve started in 1913 & war breaks out in europe in 1914........

Rockoff estimates the total cost of World War I to the United States at approximately $32 billion, or 52 percent of gross national product at the time. He breaks down the financing of the U.S. war effort as follows: 22 percent in taxes, 58 percent through borrowings from the public, and 20 percent in money creation.

So the banksters win again.



Talking to another person I work with that is very sharp he teases me about Zerohedge Conservative Tree House articles. He sends me links and that forces me to read them so we can continue our conversation.

As I am reading them they are pretty much 180° from what my articles stated.

Is it possible tptb have created both sides of the same argument to appeal to one "side" or the other and post it to keep us at each others throats?
They know no one is watching the tv or readying news papers. Both sides saying it's gotta be true I read it on the innerwebthingy.
 

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we have had these discussions here,

where the internet back in the day was the wild wild west,
when in a matter of no time at all, all these various items became available to us,

and as time went on, the propagandists saw it as a vehicle to continue their nonsense,
much of that is posted here and across the net

BB made a comment many years ago that we would see the day where the internet eventually became a commercial enterprise, rather than a free source of information,

which of course has come true,

and with that, one can easily see the information on the net being co-opted by 'interested parties' shall we say
 

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* We know both parties are corrupt to the core and need eliminated.
* We know the only way to do that is to blow up the system.
**** What if Trump runs as an independent?
* Remember he is popular not the republican side of the uniparty.
* Dementia Joe is a sick man and no one wants the trojan ho. (or what's been inside her)
* Repukes have no one ready, registered, paperwork deadlines etc..... and are caught flat footed.
* The ds would not be expecting such a crazy move.
* It would knock the two party system into orbit.
* Exposing the fake news & corruption.....
* The uniparty's parties heads explode on both sides.
* ds exposed.
* Makes it hard to cheat on preprinted mail in voting.
* Time for acting like a conservative is over.
* Time for acting like a progressive is over.
* Talk about a STORM!
 

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Above idea came from reading this......

https://intelnews.org/2020/08/21/01-2857/

Republican ex-intelligence officials launch high-profile campaign against Trump

August 21, 2020 by Joseph Fitsanakis 10 Comments

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A group of former United States senior intelligence and national security officials, who support the Republican Party, launched today a campaign to deny Donald Trump a second term as president. Calling itself Former Republican National Security Officials for Biden, the group launched its high-profile campaign with a full-time ad in the business broadsheet The Wall Street Journal.


The ad is signed by 73 members and supporters of the Republican Party, who served in senior intelligence and national security posts under presidents Donald Trump, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. The list of signatories includes former Air Force Secretary Mike Donley, former National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter, former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director General Michael Hayden. William Webster, who served as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA, and Elizabeth Neumann, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, also signed the ad.


The text of the ad accuses the US president of corruption and lambasts him for lacking “the character and competence to lead this nation” in a time of crisis. It argues that Trump is “unfit to serve as president” because he “solicited foreign influence”, “disparaged [the US] armed forces, intelligence agencies, and diplomats”, and “imperiled America’s security”. In these and other ways, says the Republican group, Trump has “demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term”.


This development highlights the contentious and at times downright adversarial relationship that has existed between the White House and parts of the United States Intelligence Community during Trump’s presidency. At the same time, such a high-profile effort by established intelligence and national security figures to deny the US president a second term in office, could be used by the Trump campaign as evidence of his crusade against what his supporters refer to as the ‘deep state’. The term refers to a purported network of unelected interests that resist the president’s efforts to implement his political agenda.
 

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That is really weird. NeoCon RINOs don't like Mr. Trump. Who would have thought that possible?
 

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Where did this come from? Try not to get whiplash! Wants to control power.........

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopoliti...nuclear-power-plants-across-pacific-northwest

Bill Gates Next Project: Building Nuclear Power Plants Across The Pacific Northwest



by Tyler Durden

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 19:40


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Here comes the next Bill Gates project which, like his others, aims to solve climate change and save the planet. However, this time, some of the critics of Gates & Co.'s approach have warned that the advanced nuclear power plants he's now trying to build (which would "supplement" the northwest's power grid) might be vulnerable to terror attacks due to high levels of enriched uranium.

In a report published Thursday, Reuters revealed, for the first time, a new campaign by the Gates-controlled TerraPower LLC (Gates is chairman of the company's board) to build commercial advanced nuclear energy plants called "Natrium" in the US later in the decade. The project will focus on the Pacific Northwest, where Gates has won the backing of three major utilities in the region, including Berkshire Hathaway-owned PacifiCorp (of course Gates' best buddy Warren Buffett was more than willing to help out, we imagine).
After President Trump scrapped a plan to build these advanced power plants in and around Beijing, Gate's TerraPower was forced to shift its focus back to the US, according to Reuters.



Gates had initially hoped to build an experimental nuclear plant near Beijing with state-owned China National Nuclear Corp. But last year, TerraPower was forced to seek new partners after the Trump administration restricted nuclear deals with China.​
If the initial plants are a success, the company hopes to build them across the US, and abroad, hoping to provide a means of buttressing energy grids that are increasingly dependent on renewable power like solar and wind. By mid-century, "we would see hundreds of these reactors around the world, solving multiple different energy needs,” said Chris Levesque, the president and CEO of TerraPower, said. The 345-megawatt plants would be cooled by liquid sodium and cost about $1 billion each, and the complex technology would allow for the introduction of nuclear energy in countries that don't have those resources like...say...Iran?
And via this "Molten Salt Power Storage" technique, these new-age nuclear power plants could shut down and store energy for days when the grid isn't as well supplied.
Nuclear power is a top source of virtually emissions-free electricity, but many plants are shutting in the United States because of high costs and competition from solar and wind. Critics of advanced nuclear have also warned that smaller nuclear is even more expensive than conventional. The new plants, however, are designed to complement a renewable power because they will store the reactor power in tanks of molten salt during days when the grid is well supplied.
The nuclear power could be used later when solar and wind power are low due to weather conditions. Molten salt power storage has been used at thermal solar plants in the past, but leaks have plagued some of the projects.​
Even though questions about practicality and affordability continue to plague the project, Gates and Levesque insist that nuclear power can be an important component of a "fossil fuel free" energy grid.
However, nonproliferation experts warn that these plants could become targets for attack because their uranium fuel would be even more highly enriched than conventional nuclear fuel.
 

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Doug Casey on Why Your Nation-State Is On Its Way To The Scrap Heap of History

People believe the State is necessary and—generally—good. They never even question whether the institution is permanent.

My view is that the institution of the State itself is a bad thing. It’s not a question of getting the right people into the government; the institution itself is hopelessly flawed and necessarily corrupts the people that compose it, as well as the people it rules. This statement invariably shocks people, who believe that government is both a necessary and permanent part of the cosmic firmament.

The problem is that government is based on coercion, and it is, at a minimum, suboptimal to base a social structure on institutionalized coercion. In fact, it’s not only possible but increasingly necessary to minimize organized coercion. For society to function in the 21st century and beyond, the State has to be minimized—a reversal of the current trend. Even while technology controlled by the State makes it ever more dangerous, those same technologies make the State increasingly obsolete.

Communication technologies are an example. One of the huge changes brought on by the printing press and advanced exponentially by the Internet is that people can now easily pursue different interests and points of view. As a result, we have less and less in common with each other. Living in the same political jurisdiction is no longer enough to make us "countrymen" with strangers.

That’s a big change from earlier times, when members of the same region had almost everything in common, including genetics, language, traditions, religion, and worldview. That’s no longer the case with today’s nation-states. If you’re honest, you may find you now have very little in common with most of your countrymen besides superficialities and trivialities.

Ponder that point for a minute.

What do you have in common with your fellow countrymen? A mode of living, perhaps a common language, possibly some shared experiences and myths, and a common ruler… but very little of any real meaning or importance. In fact, your fellow citizens are more likely to be an active danger to you than those of a presumed "enemy" country like Iran. If you earn a good living, and certainly if you own a business and have assets, your fellow Americans are the ones who actually present the clear and present danger.

The average American (about 50% of them now) pays no income tax. Even if he’s not actually a direct or indirect employee of the government, he’s a net recipient of its largesse—which is to say your wealth—through Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and numerous other welfare programs. Not to mention the multitrillion-dollar giveaways of recent months.

Over the years, I’ve found that I have much more in common with people of my own socio/economic station in France, Argentina, or Hong Kong than with a US Government employee in Washington or a resident of the LA barrios, a project in Chicago, or a trailer park somewhere. They may or may not be decent people, but we don’t have too much in common. It’s very un-PC to say so, but I suspect that many of you agree with that observation.

What’s actually important in relationships is shared values, principles, interests, and philosophy. Geographical proximity and a common nationality are meaningless—no more than an accident of birth. I have much more loyalty to a friend in the Congo—although we’re different colors and have different cultures, native languages, and life experiences—than I do to the Americans who support Bernie, Kamala, and AOC. I see the world the same way my Congolese friend does; he’s an asset to my life. I’m necessarily at odds with many of "my fellow Americans"; they’re an active and growing liability. Some might read this and find a disturbing lack of loyalty to the State. It sounds seditious. As far as I can tell, there are only three federal crimes specified in the U.S. Constitution: piracy, counterfeiting, and treason. That’s a far cry from today’s world, where almost every real and imagined crime has been federalized, underscoring that the whole document is a meaningless dead letter, little more than a historical artifact.

I’m not overly concerned about piracy. But the counterfeiting and treason—not to mention over 5000 other, more recently minted, federal crimes, are problematic.

Counterfeiting is simple fraud. But the Federal Reserve now legally debases the currency on a gigantic scale. The average American, however, thinks it’s part of the cosmic firmament, assuming he even knows what it is.

Treason is usually defined as an attempt to overthrow a government or withdraw loyalty from a sovereign. This is a rather odd proviso, considering the framers of the Constitution had done just that only a few years before. That said, I suspect the government is at risk of a de facto, if not de jure, overthrow in the not too distant future. Its replacement is likely to be even less friendly to freedom.

The Constitution was imperfect, even in its original form. Its most important part, by far, is the Bill of Rights. But that’s been interpreted out of existence for all practical purposes. America was a unique and excellent idea, but it’s almost vanished. It’s been replaced by the United States—which isn’t much different from any of the other nation-states that cover the face of the globe like a skin disease. Even the United States is on the slippery slope.

The way I see it, Thomas Paine had it right when he said: "My country is wherever liberty lives."

But where does liberty live today? Actually, it no longer has a home. It’s become a true refugee since America withered away.

So now what? Here’s where the ongoing communications revolution comes in. It’s facilitated the possibility of Phyles.

Phyles

The concept of phyles originated with the sci-fi writer Neil Stephenson, in his seminal book Diamond Age. I’ve always been a big fan of quality science fiction. There’s no question sci-fi has been, and still is, a vastly better predictor of social and technological trends than anything else—including full-time "think tanks."

The book, set mostly in China in the near future, posits that while states still exist, they’ve been overwhelmed in importance by the formation of phyles. Phyles are groups of people bound by whatever is important to them. Maybe it will be their race, religion, or culture. Maybe their occupation or hobby. Maybe their worldview or what they want to accomplish in life. Maybe it’s a fairly short-term objective. There are thousands—millions—of possibilities.

The key is that a phyle might provide much more than a fraternal or beneficial organization (like Rotary or Lions) does. I take the concept quite seriously. It’s one reason I believe organized charity is on its way out. "Big charity" is mostly a scam to benefit its managers and allow its enablers to feel righteous, while generally degrading its supposed beneficiaries. Phyles would know their members personally, obviating most fraud and self-aggrandizement.

In the same vein, phyles might provide insurance services very effectively, since a like-minded group—held together by peer pressure and social approbation—eliminates a lot of moral risk. It might very well offer protection services; a criminal might readily harm a citizen "protected" by a State. But they’ll think twice before attacking members of the Mafia—which is, in fact, a criminal variety of phyle.

People are social. They’ll inevitably organize themselves into groups for all the reasons you can imagine.

In the past, technology only allowed people to organize themselves by geography—they had to be in the same area. That’s changed over the last century, with the emergence of the train, the car, and especially the airplane. The same goes for communication. The telephone and television were huge leaps, but the Internet is the catalytic breakthrough. It’s now possible for people to reach out all over the world to find others that are their actual countrymen, not just some moron who shares a piece of government ID.

As things develop, people will discover—or create—places where their loyalties lie.

The nation-state has mostly been a counterproductive and expensive nuisance; it’s rapidly becoming completely insufferable and, as governments bankrupt themselves, dangerous. The people living off the State (those who act as parasites upon their "fellow citizens") are going to resist having their rice bowls and doggy dishes broken. They’ll undoubtedly use the coercive powers of the State to try to maintain the status quo.

The military and the police will be out in force, wearing riot gear, in the next few years. They’re necessary to maintain order in today’s world. But remember, their loyalties are first to their coworkers, then to their employer, and only then to those whom they’re supposed to "serve and protect." You can’t rely on them. You’re much better off finding a protophyle… as the real thing evolves.

The next decade is going to be tumultuous. The Greater Depression has been catalyzed by the mass hysteria surrounding COVID-19. The virus will go away in the next few months, the way they all do. But the damage the hysteria has caused will linger and compound. I suspect the bankruptcy of most States, as well as major sections of the population, are going to result in some major political and social upsets.

We’re just at the start of a new era. The State will use an intimidating variety of technologies to keep its subjects under control. Even while the Reds and the Blues—who’ve come to hate each other—each try to gain control of it.

The State will do any number of things to maintain itself, its cronies, and accompanying parasites—who all, in turn, support it. But while that happens, free thinkers will use evolving technologies to find each other and reorient their loyalties. More and more people will conclude the State no longer serves a useful purpose.
 

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The fantastic August jobs report didn’t get much attention on Friday, thanks to the convenient timing of The Atlantic’s hoax piece. That, of course, is one of the reasons why that piece was dropped on Friday, in fact. This is how the media coordinates with the Democrats.


But I’ll focus on it here, because it’s actual news that is in fact important. To see just how truly great this jobs report, with its 1.4 million new jobs created and 8.4 rate of unemployment (down from 10.2% in July) truly is, look this table of projections created in April by the Congressional Budget Office:


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In April the Congressional Budget Office said the unemployment rate for August would be…wait for it…16 percent! Again, we’re at 8.4%, roughly half that level. That 7.6% difference represents 8 to 10 million jobs.


Also note that, barely four months ago, CBO further predicted that the rate of unemployment would not drop below even 10% throughout NEXT YEAR. This is WINNING on a grand, unprecedented scale, and if our news media was not such a raging dumpster fire of bias and ignorance, it would be the biggest story of the week.


https://dbdailyupdate.com/index.php...ch-the-media-and-democrat-riots-expand-again/
 

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When is the BLM/Antifa fist symbol going to be declared a hate symbol?

That fist has been used countless times in atrocities by Marxists groups around the world that have terrorized populations and singled out victims not only for their political beliefs but also for their nationalities and creeds. A lot of times just solely on race and religion to garner attention.

If the leftist take such umbrage to statues, the stars and bars, and other symbols why do people allow these groups to sport such an emblem of hatred and evil?

I’ve known long ago that with the left it is do as I say but not as I do but I think it is high time law abiding citizens put these syncophant politicians and journalists on the spot and into some very uncomfortable positions.
 

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yeah, you are right,

this is the thread for that tripe,

exactly what I started it for......................