“What, oh pray tell Mr. Ure, are the meds you’re on this morning with such consummate blather?”
Not necessary. Headlines are providing the insights. You see, we are watching a whole slew of “penny dreadful novellas” play out in real-time.
We’ll get to the list, but first – for the Great Unwashed (the undipped sheep) the Wiki explainer is baseline:
“Penny dreadfuls were cheap popular serial literature produced during the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. The pejorative term is roughly interchangeable with penny horrible, penny awful, and penny blood. The term typically referred to a story published in weekly parts of 8 to 16 pages, each costing one penny. The subject matter of these stories was typically sensational, focusing on the exploits of detectives, criminals, or supernatural entities. First published in the 1830s, penny dreadfuls featured characters such as Sweeney Todd, Dick Turpin, Varney the Vampire and Spring-heeled Jack.”
Almost 200-years later, technology and ENG chains have moved penny dreadfuls from cutting down forests to occupying front and center in American Cyclops television. And your phone, of course.
People, lacking an encompassing feel for history, fail to notice that our media delivery systems deliver bias and contribute to mass over-consumption, electronic dependence while killing free-ranging inquiry. But I digress.
Life is a lot easier on the digestion, blood pressure, and fewer headaches if you just organize everything into Books. To wit…
Our Dreadfuls of the Day
Envelope please, (and pass on the slap):
- “Down, Down, and Away”
- Chapter 23: “Stock Market Crash: 4 Triggers to Cause a Bear Market: Deutsche Bank. Spoiler: They call 20% down, our work says 25-30, but not going to quibble…
- “The Adventures of Buy’ed Em”
- Ch. 13: “Joe Biden’s BROTHER James is dragged into Chinese payments scandal | Daily Mail Online“
- Ch. 14: “Did Joe Biden’s Millions Really Come From His Book Sales? (thefederalist.com)“
- Ch. 15: (sub-titled Saving the Poison-Pill Princess) “ABC, NBC, CBS ignore mass exodus of Kamala Harris staffers: ‘They don’t seem to care’ | Fox News.
- “The Clever Republican?”
- Just out is a new penny dreadful alt.-history book that presupposes BLM was all an undercover Republican strategy! Ch. 1: “Kenosha elects GOP executive for first time EVER in wake of 2020 BLM riots that caused $50m damage.” Defund and run?
- Ch 2. We might retitle this one “Capitalism Ain’t So Bad, After All” as BLM’s LA mansion was bought for $3.1m then sold on to them six days later for $5.8m. Anxiously awaiting next chapter…will it involve a laundry?
- “The Black King’s Memoirs”
A Detailed False Peace Note
Speaking of said King: I mentioned to a couple of colleagues (friends with brains, if the word’s new to youse): “What are the odds that we are seeing this week a locking in of the tumblers Nostradamus talks of in his discussion of the Black King in Sixains? Broker of the “false peace” before we blow up the planet and such?
Over on G.A. Stewart’s subscriber side this week, the savory timing of the Orban Election and the Obama return to the castle were tied up neatly in “B-52s over Hungary.”
I don’t think Stu would mind if I shared this snip because it really puts the bullies of Europe into perspective, referring to 48 Hours After Orban’s Landslide Victory, EU Launches Punitive Rule Of Law Mechanism | ZeroHedge. Kind of like a “It must be illegal if one of our stooges didn’t win” kind of deal.
Odd little cluster – Orban and Obama. Call Five-Oh, Dan’o?
Now to the long, hard, thinking point of how the plot of this dreadful MIGHT roll out:
“Nostradamus and The Third Age of Mars, The Complete Prophecies of World War III,
G. A. Stewart, 2019, Page 840
“The great one of Hungary, he will go into the bark [the Church]” the war between NATO and Russia will come to Hungary and Hungary’s leader will go to the Vatican to seek peace.
“The Black [King]”, “For three years he will keep his people arrayed” means that the NATO and Russian armies will faceoff on the border of Hungary and the rest of Europe for three- years.
If we follow Brother Anthony of Aix-la-Chapelle’s timeline, this means that the war in Northern Europe and Ukraine will be waged for almost a year before the war comes to Turkey.
Therefore, Israel must fall before The False Peace is signed.”
Yes, if you are lining ’em up, looks like the war will simmer and bubble, then spread south into Turkey, which will blow up the Greedster plans to run gas pipelines from off Syria (site of the Leviathan gas fields) to Europe which is why Syria is key and in the end times (from memory) isn’t this about where Damascus is glassed over?
Of course (seems the old noggin is firing today, after all) if you read Isaiah 17 (KJV) you get to:
“…“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken…”
…which then means (since modern-day Aroer is part of Jordan) the dust-up over Syria will be of the NBC-type (and we don’t mean a network…).
Of course, what Isaiah doesn’t bother mentioning is that if you look at prevailing winds in the region (as in this World Bank study on Sandstorms, page 16, Figure 4) it’s pretty clear that an NBC-type mess in Aroer (Jordan) could just as likely be downwind from a nuclear attack on Israel. But, since such an attack would likely be contemporaneous to an attack on Syria, we won’t quibble with prophets. (At least today. I have things to get done around the house.)
Of course, this is just one of the mutha-giant of all penny dreadfuls which people have been working on for a long time.
The Moving Finger Wrote
The Book is still being written, in a sense. When you look at a history of Maronite Christians in Syria, and then look at the Russian Orthodox Synodal Bible, you can get the idea that there is a who OTHER level of play going on which NO ONE in media wants to bring up.
Again – which makes this a kind of stand-alone penny dreadful – we notice how when the Russia Bible was being solidified in the 1800s:
Seeing why Russia has an interest in, oh, UKRAINE? But even more interesting (to me, anyway) is this part:
“The complete (Russian Synodal remember) Bible was published in 1876 and included the 1820s translation of the New Testament with very few changes, as well as the Old Testament, whose translation reflected the work done both before and after the period of reaction. The final editorship was performed by Filaret, Metropolitan of Moscow.
The translation of the Old Testament is based on the Jewish Masoretic Text, while that of the New Testament is based on the Greek printed editions of that time. This decision was grounded on Filaret’s 1834 note “On the need of the Russian Church for a translation of the whole Bible from the original texts to the modern Russian language” and reflected the growing acceptance in the Russian theological community of the contemporary Western standards of Biblical scholarship of the time.
Official permission to use the Masoretic Text as preserved by the Jews (rather than relying on the Septuagint and/or the Church Slavonic translations as preserved by the Christians) was granted to Filaret by the Synod in 1862, even though technically the translation was already mostly completed by that time.”
Of course, the Masoretic texts gets to another deep dive into Wikipedia:
“Referring to the Masoretic Text, mesorah specifically means the diacritic markings of the text of the Hebrew scriptures and the concise marginal notes in manuscripts (and later printings) of the Tanakh which note textual details, usually about the precise spelling of words. It was primarily copied, edited and distributed by a group of Jews known as the Masoretes between the 7th and 10th centuries of the Common Era (CE). The oldest-known complete copy, the Leningrad Codex, dates from the early 11th century CE.”
This gets us to a frequently debunked series of books by Anatoly Fomenko, a Russian mathematician, who wrote a whole series about the “writing religions” warfare that occurred in the Middle Ages.
Seems if you had a little money, argues the Fomenko approach, the people “retooling” and doing translations could ‘write in a name, or rhyme of it’ or some such. Sure…everything was a business model, even back then.
It’s just we don’t like to admit that. After all, these texts are the supposed basis for tariffing human souls into the afterlife as advertised.
I’d better stop here. Except to maybe note that Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and others, are very interesting interpretations of what these piles of historical (and hystericals) mean. A bit more, perhaps, on Peoplenomics this weekend.
Back to Breakfast Data
About all that really matters is that Dow futures are down 50 but the S&P is about flat with data just crossing. Which includes the latest new unemployment claims:
Since the MACD looked to us like it was trying to advance a bit after this week’s beat-down, the Dow down early and then Big Rally would make sense. Not advice, of course. Just a wild-ass guess and which way the die are loaded, is all.
ATR: Taxes, Major’s Wife
One word for it all: Done.
Taxes got done this week and filed. A small refund, but not a new car.
The Major’s wife (who exploded her appendix in Puerto Vallarta) is home from her second hospital adventure and resting comfortably.
Gardens are mostly in – another raised bed maybe as time permits. But the Garden Room is coming along and all that remains in the Big Garden is maybe some welding to raise the bar for deer a bit on the gate.
Can’t believe the new HF TIG welder is still in the box after arriving almost a week ago. Too much else to get done around here. Still on sale at Amazon with a $40 off coupon here, though.
Self-discipline? Hell of a curse. But there are worse, I suppose.
Write when you get rich,