News and posts from the Web Sunday, 09.19.21


This is a compilation of articles on the Internet, that may be useful in the upcoming festivities.

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Twisted teacher gleefully brags about ignoring law to teach CRT with a ‘clever workaround’

September 19, 2021 | Kay Apfel|   

One leftist Iowa school teacher is under fire after she was caught on video on an online forum bragging about the workaround she has found to teach students woke and divisive critical race theory (CRT) despite its ban in the state of Iowa.

Petra Lange, a high school teacher at West Des Moines’ Valley,  participated in an “Online Youth Pushback Forum” to discuss “urban anti-racism education” which she believes must be taught in the classroom despite an Iowa law that prevents educators from teaching material that suggests the U.S. or state of Iowa is fundamentally or systemically racist or sexist.

Lange however, believes she’s found a “clever workaround” and shared it with the group to employ in their own classrooms.

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We’re not unvaccinated, we’re purebloods

BY ADAM

ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

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Over at Dark Brightness, Weka posted a quote from Vox Day which he found on Social Galactic. My days of arguing on the internets ended many cigars ago, but I am thankful that this was posted as it is quite good.

The obvious counter to the pro-vaxx counter-rhetoric is also nuclear:

“I’m not unvaccinated, I’m PUREBLOOD.”

This is very good rhetoric which I plan to put to good use for as long as this madness lasts. How long could that be? Well, I’ve heard that it’s a total of seven shots.

William Tychonievich has posted a translation of a statement from a Greek Orthodox hieromonk on the fake vaccines. It is quite an illuminating read. Up to now we have been almost entirely focusing on the effect of these shots from a physical perspective. But there is also the spiritual side, which is vastly more important than any physical issues. This hieromonk got the first shot and in his testimony he relates how this affected his spiritual salvation. In short, it has been devastating for him.

Immediately after receiving the shot he felt unable to perform basic functions as a man of God, let alone in an official capacity. He was ashamed to wear his clerical headdress, among other personal crises.

The joy I used to feel at the divine service was lost. It was as if I were not entering the sanctuary of a holy church, but as if I had entered a room in a house. All these things surprised me, but at the time I did not believe they stemmed from the peck. I saw familiar parishioners turn their faces away from me. The next day, I found that my conscience was causing me terrible pain. It was as if I had been pierced in my heart with such pain as I had never felt before in my life.

Another hieromonk, an exorcist, had a conversation with a demon which confessed that it and its kind are behind the false vaccine.

The demon told him, “Those who have taken the peck cannot repent, because I am inside of them.”

The hieromonk asked, “How are you inside of them?”

The demon answered, “With the blood of the aborted fetuses.”

The demon is of course lying; repentance is always available to those who follow God. But with each successive shot, repentance becomes more challenging. The article continues until it comes to this gem:

To a faithful person of God, death does not exist. This is the reality. We have forgotten this, and we now fear death. Not only do we fear death, we also fear being fined, possible imprisonment, and prosecution. In NO case can a person call himself a Christian if he fears death. When a person is afraid to die, he becomes an idolater or an atheist. Instead, a Christian should long to die. The saints wanted to die. The reason that Christians truly want to pass away is so they can be fully united with the Lord they worship and love above all else. They want to go and are joyful when they are passing away. However, they never cause death to themselves — they do not commit suicide — but when the opportunity arises to become a martyr and confessor for Christ, they do this without fear of death.

We are so afraid of physical death today that we will do anything to put off the reckoning. But such actions only damn us further. We are here on this earth to learn, to grow and to contribute in a spiritual and physical sense. When our time is done then we can move on to the next stage. But only if we gladly participate in what is to come. If we claw at every extra breath in a pathetic and futile bid to stave off the inevitable, what are we really saying to God?

To me, it seems that we are declaring that we have no faith in Him. That we have no hope for salvation. But more than that, we are demonstrating that we are not fit to join Him in the great creating. We show a lack of courage and perseverance. And all the while we bathe ourselves in sin.

If you are struggling to resist the material pressures to conform, stand fast with the knowledge that you are pureblood. But not only pureblood in a physical but also in a spiritual form. If a devout priest’s spiritual strength can be so severely weakened by just one jab, how well would you or I be able to withstand? Those who are devout are in more danger than those wedded to the secular world as they have no conception of the spiritual battles at play when the venom enters their veins.

But we do. We know. So stay pureblood. Hold fast in your faith. And remember that the actions of our enemies limit them, not us.

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The Inflation Train Isn’t Anywhere Near Full Speed

From Birch Gold Group

The Inflation Train Is Nowhere Near Full Speed

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell and other members of the Fed have been using the term “transitory” to downplay the threat that the last 16 months of skyrocketing inflation would last.

But inflation has been sharply on the rise since March 2020, with only a minor pause toward the end of last year before rising even more sharply since January 2021. Two Fed officials dissented in June of this year, but Powell’s money-printing habit hasn’t slowed.

The “light at the end of the tunnel” for the Fed? A miniscule .1% (one tenth of one percent) down tick in the official monthly inflation report this August.

You can almost hear the relief in the Fed’s chatter… “See, we were right! It was only transitory inflation, and it’s already going down! There’s nothing to see here, move along, buy more stocks.”

Don’t crack open the champagne just yet.

Unfortunately for us, the Fed’s optimism seems misplaced. That 0.1% reduction in monthly official inflation leaves us with a 5.3% annual inflation rate, more than 2 1/2 times higher than the Fed’s official inflation target.

And if you think everyday folks have it rough, small businesses have taken a major hit:

Inflation for businesses reached a year-over-year rate of 8.3% — the metric’s highest level since at least 2010.

On top of that, consumers are waking up to the reality that inflation won’t be “transitory,” but instead will likely stick around for a few years.

That’s because once inflation begins to gain velocity, it’s hard to stop. Inflation has serious momentum, just like a train. A fully-loaded modern freight train weighs tens of thousands of tons and needs over a mile to make an emergency stop. A controlled, safe stop takes much longer.

That very momentum is what Jim Rickards was concerned about back in February:

If inflation does hit 3%, it is more likely to go to 6% or higher, rather than back down to 2%. The process will feed on itself and be difficult to stop.

That’s darn near prophetic, isn’t it? Just to be clear, we haven’t seen 6% inflation (yet). Still, based on Jim’s thinking, if the Fed keeps printing money after inflation has already passed 5%, there’s a good chance the U.S. could see at least 10% “official” inflation before finally backing off.

Because that’s how long it takes for the train to slow down.

Wolf Richter used official Fed data to illustrate that most Americans think inflation will still be rising at a red hot clip of at least 4% three years from now, all the way out to 2024. And that same article also revealed that older Americans who were alive during the intense inflation of the 1970s think the future is much darker:

The people who went through the last bout of massive inflation as adults in the 1970s and early 1980s, the people who have actual experience with large-scale inflation and remember what it was like – the over 60 crowd – they expect inflation to hit 6.0% a year from now

Based on his Wikipedia page, Jim Rickards earned his college degree in 1973. Presumably, he remembers the economic malaise of the 1970s clearly…

If that plays out, it means the current trend isn’t letting up. It also means inflation won’t be cooling off any time soon. Which underscores the point that inflation isn’t any more transitory than our metaphorical train. It takes a long time to get up to speed, and even longer to slow down.

There’s a bigger problem, though.

Manufacturers see “raging inflation” of 20%

Producer prices, the inflationary pressures on manufacturers, is out of control. This needs a little explaining so you’ll see how it will affect the prices we pay in the near future.

Investopedia, offers a fairly simple explanation of inflation at the producer level (producer price inflation, or PPI) and how it’s different from consumer price inflation (CPI):

The PPI is somewhat similar to the CPI with the exception that it looks at rising prices from the perspective of the producer rather than the consumer. While the CPI looks at final prices realized by consumers, the PPI takes one step back and determines the change in output prices faced by producers. [emphasis added]

Here’s a brief example: The final price of a shirt you might consider buying has a lot of production price inflation (PPI) packed into it…

When a farmer pays more for their cotton seeds and fertilizer, he has to charge more for the cotton after it’s harvested. That means cotton mills pay more, so the finished fabric ends up costing more.

And that inflationary effect is additive.

The farmer doesn’t just buy cotton seeds and fertilizer, he also buys gas to run his tractor. He pays for tractor repairs, new tires, and utilities to run the farm (and has to make enough profit to feed his family).

The harvested cotton gets trucked to a cotton mill. Textile mills also have similar expenses: transportation, utilities, repairs, maintenance and worker pay.

From textile mill to garment factory, from garment factory to wholesaler, and wholesaler to retailer… Each step in the chain, from the cotton field to the clothes rack, has its own set of expenses.

This means every single element‘s price increase adds to the final retail price of the finished product.

That’s a non-technical overview of how you might end up paying $100 for a polo shirt at Target.

Now that you understand what PPI is all about, here’s where it stands today. Wolf Richter reported on this metric recently. Today’s PPI sits over three times its 10-year average, at a shocking 8.3%.

Producer price index percent change year over year

Source

Here’s why understanding these inflationary pressures further up the price line is important:

Economists can also forecast the future movement of the finished goods index by monitoring the intermediate index, and the direction of the intermediate index can be determined by analyzing the crude index. Essentially, the data obtained from monitoring the downhill indicators, those focused on raw materials, can be used to forecast the uphill core indicators. The PPI of finished goods provides a sense of the expected CPI movement.

What this means for you and me: This is one of the best forecasts we have indicating future inflation headed our way.

Keep in mind, overall PPI is 8.3% now, which means we’re likely to pay higher prices as soon as businesses start passing on these increased costs.

What’s worse, those higher prices aren’t likely to come down anytime soon.

That’s because there’s raging hot 20% inflation further up the production pipeline headed our way in waves for the foreseeable future…

Producer price index percent change year over year

Source

  • Stage 1 industries provide raw inputs like commodities (think crude oil, mineral ores and unprocessed foodstuffs): 21% inflation
  • Stage 2-4 involve processing, refining, and getting the raw materials into a usable form. Each step in the chain brings raw materials closer to use for construction or manufacturing: 21%, 20% and 12% inflation, respectively

Here’s the major takeaway: manufacturers are already paying much higher prices, and we can expect to see that reflected in the prices we pay for everything, every day.

If you thought 5.3% CPI inflation and the year-long rising trend that led up to it was bad, buckle up. This train isn’t anywhere near full speed yet, and Powell has been stoking the engine with trillions of dollars of paper money. Even if the Fed stopped today, it’ll still take this train an awfully long time to stop…

Is now the time to jump off the train, before it picks up any more speed?

Jump now, or ride to the end of the line?

If you’re concerned about the inflation we’re already seeing (let alone the inflation already on its way), it might be smart to get off the train. The faster it’s going, the more dangerous the leap will be…

Today, even though gasoline was $3.54/gallon last time I filled up the car, there’s still time to make a Plan B.

Examine your retirement savings with an eye toward your risk exposure. Consider safer investments, especially those with solid historical performance in high-inflation environments. If you haven’t already investigated self-directed retirement plans, you should know they enable you to diversify your savings into a wide variety of assets the Fed hates.

Especially physical precious metals like gold and silver. These are two safe-haven assets whose intrinsic value is not at the mercy of Powell’s inflationary agenda.

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that the inflation train isn’t even close to its full speed. As any seasoned trainhopper can warn you, the faster the train is going, the more dangerous the exit. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to leap off the train without getting injured. So please, make your plans accordingly.

With global tensions spiking, thousands of Americans are moving their IRA or 401(k) into an IRA backed by physical gold. Now, thanks to a little-known IRS Tax Law, you can too. Learn how with a free info kit on gold from Birch Gold Group. It reveals how physical precious metals can protect your savings, and how to open a Gold IRA. Click here to get your free Info Kit on Gold.—————————————————–
The corrupt establishment will do anything to suppress sites like the Burning Platform from revealing the truth. The corporate media does this by demonetizing sites like mine by blackballing the site from advertising revenue. If you get value from this site, please keep it running with a donation. [Burning Platform LLC – PO Box 1520 Kulpsville, PA 19443] or Paypal

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The Inflation Train Isn’t Anywhere Near Full Speed

From Birch Gold Group

The Inflation Train Is Nowhere Near Full Speed

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell and other members of the Fed have been using the term “transitory” to downplay the threat that the last 16 months of skyrocketing inflation would last.

But inflation has been sharply on the rise since March 2020, with only a minor pause toward the end of last year before rising even more sharply since January 2021. Two Fed officials dissented in June of this year, but Powell’s money-printing habit hasn’t slowed.

The “light at the end of the tunnel” for the Fed? A miniscule .1% (one tenth of one percent) down tick in the official monthly inflation report this August.

You can almost hear the relief in the Fed’s chatter… “See, we were right! It was only transitory inflation, and it’s already going down! There’s nothing to see here, move along, buy more stocks.”

Don’t crack open the champagne just yet.

Unfortunately for us, the Fed’s optimism seems misplaced. That 0.1% reduction in monthly official inflation leaves us with a 5.3% annual inflation rate, more than 2 1/2 times higher than the Fed’s official inflation target.

And if you think everyday folks have it rough, small businesses have taken a major hit:

Inflation for businesses reached a year-over-year rate of 8.3% — the metric’s highest level since at least 2010.

On top of that, consumers are waking up to the reality that inflation won’t be “transitory,” but instead will likely stick around for a few years.

That’s because once inflation begins to gain velocity, it’s hard to stop. Inflation has serious momentum, just like a train. A fully-loaded modern freight train weighs tens of thousands of tons and needs over a mile to make an emergency stop. A controlled, safe stop takes much longer.

That very momentum is what Jim Rickards was concerned about back in February:

If inflation does hit 3%, it is more likely to go to 6% or higher, rather than back down to 2%. The process will feed on itself and be difficult to stop.

That’s darn near prophetic, isn’t it? Just to be clear, we haven’t seen 6% inflation (yet). Still, based on Jim’s thinking, if the Fed keeps printing money after inflation has already passed 5%, there’s a good chance the U.S. could see at least 10% “official” inflation before finally backing off.

Because that’s how long it takes for the train to slow down.

Wolf Richter used official Fed data to illustrate that most Americans think inflation will still be rising at a red hot clip of at least 4% three years from now, all the way out to 2024. And that same article also revealed that older Americans who were alive during the intense inflation of the 1970s think the future is much darker:

The people who went through the last bout of massive inflation as adults in the 1970s and early 1980s, the people who have actual experience with large-scale inflation and remember what it was like – the over 60 crowd – they expect inflation to hit 6.0% a year from now

Based on his Wikipedia page, Jim Rickards earned his college degree in 1973. Presumably, he remembers the economic malaise of the 1970s clearly…

If that plays out, it means the current trend isn’t letting up. It also means inflation won’t be cooling off any time soon. Which underscores the point that inflation isn’t any more transitory than our metaphorical train. It takes a long time to get up to speed, and even longer to slow down.

There’s a bigger problem, though.

Manufacturers see “raging inflation” of 20%

Producer prices, the inflationary pressures on manufacturers, is out of control. This needs a little explaining so you’ll see how it will affect the prices we pay in the near future.

Investopedia, offers a fairly simple explanation of inflation at the producer level (producer price inflation, or PPI) and how it’s different from consumer price inflation (CPI):

The PPI is somewhat similar to the CPI with the exception that it looks at rising prices from the perspective of the producer rather than the consumer. While the CPI looks at final prices realized by consumers, the PPI takes one step back and determines the change in output prices faced by producers. [emphasis added]

Here’s a brief example: The final price of a shirt you might consider buying has a lot of production price inflation (PPI) packed into it…

When a farmer pays more for their cotton seeds and fertilizer, he has to charge more for the cotton after it’s harvested. That means cotton mills pay more, so the finished fabric ends up costing more.

And that inflationary effect is additive.

The farmer doesn’t just buy cotton seeds and fertilizer, he also buys gas to run his tractor. He pays for tractor repairs, new tires, and utilities to run the farm (and has to make enough profit to feed his family).

The harvested cotton gets trucked to a cotton mill. Textile mills also have similar expenses: transportation, utilities, repairs, maintenance and worker pay.

From textile mill to garment factory, from garment factory to wholesaler, and wholesaler to retailer… Each step in the chain, from the cotton field to the clothes rack, has its own set of expenses.

This means every single element‘s price increase adds to the final retail price of the finished product.

That’s a non-technical overview of how you might end up paying $100 for a polo shirt at Target.

Now that you understand what PPI is all about, here’s where it stands today. Wolf Richter reported on this metric recently. Today’s PPI sits over three times its 10-year average, at a shocking 8.3%.

Producer price index percent change year over year

Source

Here’s why understanding these inflationary pressures further up the price line is important:

Economists can also forecast the future movement of the finished goods index by monitoring the intermediate index, and the direction of the intermediate index can be determined by analyzing the crude index. Essentially, the data obtained from monitoring the downhill indicators, those focused on raw materials, can be used to forecast the uphill core indicators. The PPI of finished goods provides a sense of the expected CPI movement.

What this means for you and me: This is one of the best forecasts we have indicating future inflation headed our way.

Keep in mind, overall PPI is 8.3% now, which means we’re likely to pay higher prices as soon as businesses start passing on these increased costs.

What’s worse, those higher prices aren’t likely to come down anytime soon.

That’s because there’s raging hot 20% inflation further up the production pipeline headed our way in waves for the foreseeable future…

Producer price index percent change year over year

Source

  • Stage 1 industries provide raw inputs like commodities (think crude oil, mineral ores and unprocessed foodstuffs): 21% inflation
  • Stage 2-4 involve processing, refining, and getting the raw materials into a usable form. Each step in the chain brings raw materials closer to use for construction or manufacturing: 21%, 20% and 12% inflation, respectively

Here’s the major takeaway: manufacturers are already paying much higher prices, and we can expect to see that reflected in the prices we pay for everything, every day.

If you thought 5.3% CPI inflation and the year-long rising trend that led up to it was bad, buckle up. This train isn’t anywhere near full speed yet, and Powell has been stoking the engine with trillions of dollars of paper money. Even if the Fed stopped today, it’ll still take this train an awfully long time to stop…

Is now the time to jump off the train, before it picks up any more speed?

Jump now, or ride to the end of the line?

If you’re concerned about the inflation we’re already seeing (let alone the inflation already on its way), it might be smart to get off the train. The faster it’s going, the more dangerous the leap will be…

Today, even though gasoline was $3.54/gallon last time I filled up the car, there’s still time to make a Plan B.

Examine your retirement savings with an eye toward your risk exposure. Consider safer investments, especially those with solid historical performance in high-inflation environments. If you haven’t already investigated self-directed retirement plans, you should know they enable you to diversify your savings into a wide variety of assets the Fed hates.

Especially physical precious metals like gold and silver. These are two safe-haven assets whose intrinsic value is not at the mercy of Powell’s inflationary agenda.

Whatever you decide, keep in mind that the inflation train isn’t even close to its full speed. As any seasoned trainhopper can warn you, the faster the train is going, the more dangerous the exit. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for you to leap off the train without getting injured. So please, make your plans accordingly.

With global tensions spiking, thousands of Americans are moving their IRA or 401(k) into an IRA backed by physical gold. Now, thanks to a little-known IRS Tax Law, you can too. Learn how with a free info kit on gold from Birch Gold Group. It reveals how physical precious metals can protect your savings, and how to open a Gold IRA. Click here to get your free Info Kit on Gold.—————————————————–
The corrupt establishment will do anything to suppress sites like the Burning Platform from revealing the truth. The corporate media does this by demonetizing sites like mine by blackballing the site from advertising revenue. If you get value from this site, please keep it running with a donation. [Burning Platform LLC – PO Box 1520 Kulpsville, PA 19443] or Paypal

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https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/09/dirty_deeds_done_not_cheap.html

September 19, 2021

Dirty Deeds Done Not Cheap

By Clarice Feldman

In 2015 the law firm Perkins Coie, which also represented the Democratic National Committee, was hired by the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Early the following year it hired Fusion GPS to perform opposition research for the campaign. Fusion GPS provided the now-debunked Steele dossier that alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. For the services performed during the campaign, the DNC paid the firm $5.6 million and the Clinton campaign paid them $3.6 million. Having the firm hire GPS Fusion meant that the connection would not be revealed through campaign financial disclosures but, in time, the connection was revealed, largely because of a defamation suit filed in Great Britain by Alfa Bank against Steele. In recent weeks, a key member of the firm, Mark Elias, who had been the Clinton campaign’s lawyer, left the firm and, this week, another member, Michael Sussman, was indicted by a federal grand jury called by Special Counsel John Durham of making a false statement to the FBI. Sussman pleaded not guilty.

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/09/dirty_deeds_done_not_cheap.html#ixzz76wZoEQmr
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Thoughts on Safety

Do not fear the uncertainty of America’s future. Rather, be excited for how we can create a better society. But first, we need for men to be men again. Worrying about safety is for woman and cowards. Get right with God (spiritual), then your mental, physical, and emotional needs will fall in line. Quit looking for the answers from strangers on the internet, they are not there. Go work out and contemplate our situation while you sweat and work. The pain will unlock areas of the brain and bring the answers you seek. Pain, deprivation, and suffering are the only tools you need to start your journey.

The time for hard minds and hard bodies, grounded in Christian principle has been here for some time. Now it is slapping us in the face and preying on our women and children. Work on becoming more stoic and faithful. Have hope. General Stonewall Jackson was able to stand like a stonewall despite the withering fire because of his faith in God. Get rid of all your material excess, it just weighs you down and you can’t bring it with you. Most importantly, do not be afraid because that is how a man is controlled. Get off the internet and get to work. There is much to be done. Raptor 2, out.

Do Not Be Anxious

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Epitaph for the ‘War on Terror’

Avenging 9/11 and preventing its recurrence was justification for putting enormous effort and money into unrelated or even counterproductive activities the ruling class sold to us as antiterrorism. By Angelo Codevilla

September 16, 2021

Twenty years after the U.S. government declared war on terrorism, it consummated its own defeat in Kabul and Washington, in a manner foreseeable, foreseen, and foreshadowed in 9/11’s immediate aftermath. Fixation on itself and unseriousness about war are the twin habits of heart and mind that disposed the ruling class to defeat. The practical explanation for why and how it accepted defeat is found in the overriding interest each part of the ruling class has in doing what it wants to do. 

On the night of September 11, 2001, Muslim governments strictly forbade public celebrations of the carnage. The Palestinian Authority, anticipating that outraged Americans would destroy them to avenge the day’s events, even called the attacks al nachba—“the disaster.” But as the U.S. ruling class made clear that it was accepting defeat, the Muslim world’s media and streets celebrated.

Two decades later, after that defeat’s logic had worked its way through and transformed American life, and as the government’s self-humiliating exit from Afghanistan consummated it, much of mankind followed Muslim crowds in celebrating—including prominent Americans. 

At the “War On Terror’s” end as at its beginning, the same authoritative Americans—including Republican President George W. Bush as well as leading Democrats—blamed fellow Americans at least as much as foreign powers for it. 

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Even the bravest of us rarely has the courage for what he knows

NIETZSCHE

In his small, strange little book, Twilight of the Idols, Nietzsche discussed the “problem of Socrates,” starting from the premise that “the great sages are declining types.” He suggested that Socrates and Plato were “symptoms of decay” and “agents of the dissolution of Greece.” In fact, he claimed they were “pseudo-Greek [and] anti-Greek.”[1] Of course, Nietzsche saw a parallel with modernity. He saw that modern thinkers have also proven to be declining types. In fact, our thinkers, our intellectuals, have busied themselves with destroying civilization through the “organization of political hatreds.”

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oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith

Friday, September 17, 2021

Ministry of Manipulation: No Wonder Trust and Credibility Have Been Lost

Now that every financial game in America has been rigged to benefit the few at the expense of the many, trust and credibility has evaporated like an ice cube on a summer day in Death Valley.

Here is America in a nutshell: we no longer solve problems, we manipulate the narrative and then declare the problem has been solved. Actually solving problems is difficult and generally requires sacrifices that are proportionate to one’s wealth and power. But since America’s elite are no longer willing to sacrifice any of their vast power for the common good, sacrifice is out in America unless it can be dumped on wage earners. But unfortunately for America’s elite, four decades of hidden-by-manipulation sacrifices have stripmined average wage earners, and so they no longer have anything left to sacrifice.

Enter the Ministry of Manipulation, which adjusts the visible bits to align with the narrative that the problem has been fixed and the status quo is godlike in its technocratic powers. All this manipulation doesn’t actually solve the problems, it simply hides the decay behind gamed statistics, financial trickery and glossy PR. The problems fester until they break through the manipulated gloss and the public witnesses the breakdown of all the systems that were presented as rock-solid and forever

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