Early market futures were pointing to a down opening. But is that really so bad?
Employment Cost Index
Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month period ending in March 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Wages and salaries increased 1.0 percent and benefit costs increased 0.6 percent from December 2020.
Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 2.6 percent for the 12-month period ending in March 2021 and increased 2.8 percent in March 2020. Wages and salaries increased 2.7 percent over the year and increased 3.1 percent for the 12-month period ending in March 2020. Benefit costs increased 2.5 percent over the year and increased 2.1 percent for the 12-month period ending
in March 2020.
Compensation costs for private industry workers increased 2.8 percent over the year. In March 2020, the increase was 2.8 percent. Wages and salaries increased 3.0 percent for the 12-month period ending in March 2021 and increased 3.3 percent in March 2020.”
Also of note: “Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased 2.0 percent for the 12-month
period ending in March 2021, compared with an increase of 2.8 percent in March 2020.” But we suspect a lot of that was comp. reductions in education due to lockdowns.
Personal Income and Outlays
Want to write the Great American Novel? See how many plot holes you can find in this morning’s income and outgo report:
“Personal income increased $4.21 trillion, or 21.1 percent at a monthly rate, while consumer spending increased $616.0 billion, or 4.2 percent, in March. Economic impact payments established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was enacted on March 11, 2021, were distributed.
After both numbers Dow futures were down more than a hundred.
War Weekend? Bets?
G.A. Stewart’s got a phenomenal (long, 2 cups worth) of explanation of how risky events become from this (Orthodox Easter) weekend forward. The piece is called “THE BEAST – I AM FIRE – I AM DEATH – on his site THE AGE OF DESOLATION. Stellar Nostradamus interpretation.
Couple of related headlines: In the trenches of Ukraine where troops are watching Russia (yahoo.com) and Secretary of State Blinken to visit Ukraine next week ( CBS)
Portable Concepts Dept.
Did you catch the NY Times piece “How Spending Mistakes Can Be Early Signs of Alzheimer’s?”
Covid economic hangover sighted? “Hershey CEO says stay-at-home trends are outlasting the pandemic even as consumers venture out.”
Sending Ag workers to halt an invasion? ISYN – here it is: “USDA sending 500 volunteers to Mexico border, expected to work 12-hour shifts without training: report.” AYFKM?
U.S. National Federal Police seems to be the socialist plan as local cops are demeaned and defunded by commies in office. Way too timidly “Republicans criticize DOJ police probes: ‘dangerous precedent’” No, it’s how a slow-motion overthrow works. Are they blind or just stupid in the razor wire coup headquarters? We know how such pap has worked in Mexico…Venezuela. I mean WTF?
Re-segregation will fail, we pray. As Sen. Tim Scott predicts ‘coming backlash to this liberal oppression’ on ‘Hannity’ | Fox News. And Ted Cruz follows up with: Minorities like Tim Scott who don’t ‘sit down and shut up and obey’ ‘enrage’ the left | Fox.
Ban Trump and lead the lefties drivel-woke…What happened? Twitter Shares Crushed After Disappointing Quarterly Update. But, maybe the tide is preparing to change when we catch CNN running Kelly Osbourne speaks out about ‘cancel culture’.” Or not.
Oh, boy…warhammer’s been eyeing this mess, too:
“Happy Friday, George!
Disclaimer: I was born into a family of blue collar Democrats, raised to see a conspiracy around every corner. So with that out of the way . . .
Joe Biden to date has been little more than the 3rd term avatar for Mr. Change himself, even peppering his administration with key Obama administration retreads. Joe Biden has essentially transformed into President ‘Joebama.’ That Obama connection seems the main reason for Joebama’s initial popularity and perceived success. It probably doesn’t hurt that #44 is still living in D.C., the first ex-prez in 100 years to do so. Once might ask “why?’ Trump was why. Obstructing him. Discrediting him. Impeaching him.
Joebama. Sounds almost tropical and full of fun. Joebama is whatever you want Joebama to be. He stands for whatever his predecessor tells him to stand for. But despite the Obama connection, something seems off, not quite right. Joebama cannot talk coherently in public without a script, which his recycled Obama-ites are more than happy to provide for him. His public appearances are by invitation only and usually quite small. Even his hyped prime time address to Congress was sparsely attended (approx. 200 out of 1,600 seats usually available, counting the gallery), reportedly due to Covid and security measures put into place, because that’s what the Democrats do – socially distance and mask by example, Covid shots or no Covid shots.
As innocuous and underplayed (by the media) all of the above may seem (many former presidents seek the counsel of their predecessors), the potential exists for a dystopian future playing out which neither the Founders nor few scholars since had fully anticipated. The presidency is by design a publicly visible, in your face ‘commander-in-chief’ position, the face of a nation, a natural born leader. Joebama to date hasn’t fit that model. He seems harmless, innocuous. I do not fear him. Putin and Xi do not fear him. I so fear who (or whatever) is behind the curtain pulling Joebama’s strings.
The progressive media reveled at exposing any and all alleged issues and improprieties in the Trump administration. Not so much for Joebama. A collective failure by the mainstream media (MSM) to wield its 1st Amendment protected power can have long-lasting, deleterious effects on the nation’s many hard fought liberties. So to the MSM, all I have to say is “Come on, man!”
Warhammer is a retired brother of the oak leaf cluster sort. Who besides riding BUFFs is also a cyber-threat expert.
Speaking of military: My life-long pal “the Major” has a son back stateside teaching supersonic jet drivers. He bagged an Air Force Commendation medal for his work over in the sandbox. Wow. And thank you for your Service. Well done, Majors.
Dandy new Chris Tyreman video in the Step-by-Step Millionaire series is now posted. “Food Manufacturer’s Think You’re Stupid?”
“Shrinkflation” in the food department.
A Woo-Woo Lesson
Earlier this week, this is exactly what I wrote in the Monday column:
“As mentioned last week, the Dream Realms are getting a lot more active. Last night was no exception.
First major dream involved me being in a shopping center of some sort. Two-story high glass windows in a lobby or entry type area. There was violent weather outside, too. A strong message was telling me to “Go to your parents place…in the hills” which were 10-15 miles distant.
As I watched the weather deteriorate outside, I called the parent’s house. “Snowing up here, actually…” And I made a decision to make a run for the car in the parking lot outside when the weather broke.
As I watched, what had been a few skiffs a snow gradually got bigger and bigger until it was hail. Size of a baseball. I yelled at people near the windows to get back and seek cover…
Next thing I knew, I was awake. Wondering what the hell that was all about?”
Well, guess we know, now, don’t we? It was another one of my glimpses of “what-is-not-yet.”
Story is all over the place. On Yahoo for example, “Damages from hailstorms in Texas, Oklahoma estimated to total $3.5B.”
Story made it into the foreign press with the Daily Mail running “Baseball-sized hailstones destroy cars, injure people and smash windows of businesses as tornadoes wreak havoc across the southern US.”
“Seeing” the Future Softly
Lots of ways to approach this: Some like “remote viewing” while others (like me) just take a nap. A lot of others will use “science” to “see future” but they get it wrong a very high percentage – even compared with “sleepy seers.”
I think there’s a reason for that. It has to do with “sharp edges” versus the “soft view” of reality. And understanding your own archetype imaging meanings.
My view – Monday – was that big hail was imminent. Here we are Friday at $3.5 billion in damage later, and there’s the facts. Snow? Yes, a late spring snow dump on Flagstaff, Arizona, this week, too.
Thing is, in our “waking states,” vision is inflexible and “hard.” In Dream Realms, where potential futures can wander through your awareness, things are ALL soft. There’s a reason for this: Waking state is a hard-edged place. 32-feet-per-second-per-second. Measurable.
Dream Realms (“states”) are inherently soft. Every concept dissolves into every other concept. The “Seeing State” is a result of how humans are caught in a dualistic paradox.
That is, when we are in our biological state (waking) we are hard-edged and locked perceptually into dualism. Up cannot exist without down, left is nothing without right, hate is impossible without love.
Yet, in our spirit states (dreams, rv’ing, astral work) we touch – however briefly – the unified state. Which is to say where the discrete counterpoints of duality fade and the whole of the fabric becomes “touchable.”
The Hard Work? Easy
Let me give you some ideas to try – they help me a lot.
Staring at the ceiling while leaned back in your chair is a good one. Convince yourself that the ceiling is not up, but instead is down. When you get powerful enough, you can “float down” to the ceiling.
Many other reported “miracles” can be understood by just remembering that the bonds of Reality are (in waking state) and in other “states” have no power.
- Clean your mind before sleep. The waking state loads us up with “junk” that “preloads our spirit state with trash. In order to sense future, you need to un-attach from desire for outcomes. In this way, you are unlocking from duality.
- Blank the Mind. There are two aspects of mind to manage going into realms. The first is the “one of mind and memory” while the other is the residual (after-burn) of the day seen when you close your eyes but deliberately keep seeing that fine-sand textured (optical noise) place with your vision track.
- Give Yourself Permission: Tell yourself (and believe) that it’s OK to dream and remember those dreams clearly. Write them down. As I explain in my book Psychocartography, we all have an “inner world” (in a kind of 1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs sort of way. His novel “At the Earth’s Core” was the basis of later spins like “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
- When You Wake: Don’t jump out of bed. Relax. Give yourself permission to remember even one detail. Then more as you progress. Keep a journal and write down notes and draw pictures. Or, hold them so firming in your waking state that they can never be taken from you.
Realize that we are all dual-state emoji’s. We are each a bit of “spirit being” that has, through sexual congress of parents, been trapped in a kind of biological spiderweb. Which, in the waking state we call Life.
Eventually, we’re all freed (the biological breaks down, aging follows, and then the Return).
This is all simple stuff. Whole religions have been founded on such knowledge, tariffs and tithing set up to fund waking organizations, but few deliver the goods.
Our whole task – while living – is to record with our mind’s eye so that our Life Review Experience (LRE) just ahead at the return too spiritual existence is worthwhile.
This is far from an “assumption” – it’s slowly coming into psychology in such landmark papers as “The life review experience: Qualitative and quantitative characteristics.”
So is the Near Death Experience. Some mind-bending ideas pop out of recent literature. Like spiritual skills run in families The near-death experience (NDE) as an inherited predisposition: Possible genetic, epigenetic, neural and symbolic mechanisms – PubMed (nih.gov).
There are also people who have NDEs in their childhood that “forecast their lives” Project MUSE – Childhood NDE—Life Experiences Shown for the Next 50 Years! (jhu.edu).
To be sure, the home dreamer doesn’t need to die to do useful personal work. But in the literature? Near–Death Experience as a Probe to Explore (Disconnected) Consciousness is a dandy read, as is a 2011 paper “Near-death experiences: the experience of the self as real and not as an illusion – PubMed (nih.gov).
Sure, it’s fun to wake up and “get back on the waking-state train” as we do most mornings around here.
But the unavoidable most important work in life is “packing between the ears” for whatever comes next.
When you’re on the “right path” there will be an occasional acknowledgement that your work is appropriately aligned
When it is?
You may get a heads-up in advance about “baseball-size hail” being along shortly.
Best time for this kind of work – when the physical body seems to be OK with touching future – is when you have had a good, long sleep. 8-10 hours worth. Or, in one of my experiences, when you get up and do 3-hours of work, have a meal (with coffee) and then go back to bed for a nap.
Some people like to use chemical assistance (like Claridream PRO: Lucid Dreaming Pills for Clear, Colorful and Vivid Dreams. 60 Capsules. $50 or Dream Leaf Pro – Premium Lucid Dreaming Supplement – 60 Capsules (29)). I’ve got on my list to try “Galantamine – Lucid Dreaming & Nootropic Supplement – 4 Mg – 60 Tablets ($35).
Drugs (as in hemp and such) do NOT seem to help, though. If I take delta-8 CBD for example, clouds my dreaming for 3 to 5 days after. This may be one of those “body is a temple” areas where real work must be done au naturel.
OK…off to see how the market open goes. Have a wonderful weekend and drop by for ShopTalk Sunday and Peoplenomics tomorrow morning.
Write when you’re enriched,