We have gone from a low-interest Monday to a “Things get interesting Tuesday” with events over the past 24. Let’s begin the morning roll with:
People – mainly being sheep – are “conditioned” to thinking charts that go UP are telling us good news. But when comes to the Trade deficit, no, they are not.
From the body of this morning’s release?
Exports, Imports, and Balance
March exports were $200.0 billion, $12.4 billion more than February exports. March imports were $274.5 billion, $16.4 billion more than February imports.
The March increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $3.6 billion to $91.6 billion and a decrease in the services surplus of $0.3 billion to $17.1 billion.
Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $83.2 billion, or 64.2 percent, from the same period in 2020. Exports decreased $21.0 billion or 3.5 percent. Imports increased $62.2 billion or 8.5 percent
Meantime, I have to say my Deflationist pal Jas nailed it in an email overnight:
“Couple of weeks ago there was news that container ships were backed up along CA coast to unload stuff Americans will buy with borrowed money by the federal govt due to the most massive welfare payments in all of history by any country. This has resulted in a boom in the Chinese economy. Chinese are happy to lend money to a suicidal country and then simply wait.
WW III is an economic war, and it is in its final stage.”
Plenty of co-incident indicators, too, but here’s the problem in a nutshell:
- America under Biden has torpedoed energy independence.
- Global food demand will press up prices.
- America doesn’t make most of our own “stuff” – and almost no critical chips anymore.
- The complicit Fed is papering it all over – with eventual tax-indenture paper to the tune of $1.44 trillion per year…
And so we were totally not-surprised when out came word that Warren Buffett warns that coming inflation could blow our socks off.
Given a choice between listening to corrupted political officeholders, or paying close attention to Buffett and his sidekick Charlie Munger? I’m sorry…was that a question?
We’re looking for the auto sales figures to fill in over the day.
Especially since the local paper is reporting “Rental companies are buying up used cars as chip crisis deepens (dallasnews.com).
We are astounded at the number of Americans who want to pile more debt in their driveways in a depreciating asset. Which can’t be used as much any more. As a Nation, AYFKM?
At first whiff of the day, stock futures were down 166 on the Dow and 23 on the Essen Pee.
The Gates Divorce
One of the advantages of being an old-time reporter (72 going on 30, lol) is that you oftentimes will remember stories that put so-called “breaking news” into perspective.
The “breaking” is about the break-up after 27 years. The “stories remembered” include?
- Bill Gates Met With Jeffrey Epstein Many Times, Despite His Past – The New York Times
- Bill Gates’ Relationship With Epstein Deeper Than Originally Reported (businessinsider.com)
- MIT’s new report on Jeffrey Epstein raises questions about his ties to Bill Gates and Reid Hoffman – Vox
- Bill Gates says ‘I made a mistake’ meeting with Jeffrey Epstein (cnbc.com)
- The Relationship Between Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein: The Broadsheet | Fortune
Yes, despite a lopsided showing of headlines linking Gates and Epstein, which – who knows? – may have figured into the breakup? There is another side:
- False claim: Bill Gates traveled to Epstein’s island multiple times | Reuters
- Epstein Flight Logs (scribd.com) and
- Epstein Flight Manifests – DocumentCloud
Still, Epstein’s plane wasn’t the only one in the sky. So, we would seek adjudication of allegations via air traffic control tapes and aircraft flight plans – which might settle things. But who knows?
Through all this, however, we feel sorry about the children who will have to live with the consequences of high profile divorce.
Another “Inconvenient Truth” has just landed:
With no Trump, and weather-still-being-weather, how long can the compromised mainstream media keep selling hype and bullshit to the public?
The answer is look at officeholders and the answer becomes evident, doesn’t it?
It’s no secret that a lot of high-end government hanger-on’s and tech-types with dough have been fleeing to Texas. One of the few remaining “free states” in America.
Thing is, they’ve been bringing their left-wing politics with them. And, since places like Austin are further from the Mexico Border than, oh, say Phoenix or El Paso. Or, San Diego. Or Deming. Or….
Point is, this Elitist-Lite class is wrecking Texas as they arrive.
In the latest turn of events? How Fed-Up Citizens Took On Leftists Over Austin’s Homeless Problem (thefederalist.com).
At present rates, California refugees will become a significant fraction of Texas population. Leaving us to wonder which Texas border needs beefing up more? The one with New Mexico, or the one with the other Mexico?
More Liberal Media Bias?
Sure. Got it by the truckload, around here. But, let’s roll with How three major news organizations all got a story about Rudy Giuliani wrong (on msn.com)
Thing we see in the Rudy stories is it gives the MSM a way to keep linking-back to Trump. And it’s a fine monetization. Especially when follow-ons like Climate haven’t really made sense. Especially when different countries are treated various ways the the Paris Climate deal with is an affront to any egalitarian human.
Did I mention, the weather is still the weather? ‘I saw trees flying’: More than 100M people from New Mexico to Delaware at risk of severe weather; at least 2 dead in Georgia (reports yahoo.com) Try to remember who called for the upcoming round of baseball-sized hail 8-days ago.
The bum’s rush is on for tracking your personal information – which we see as massively encroaching on your Freedom. Yet, here it comes: Airport security app Clear looks to score with U.S. ‘vaccine passport’ | Reuters.
Question is, are there so few values-based people left in ‘Merica (the former Land of the Free) that are willing to give up their freedoms to watch overpaid athletes “play with their balls?” (err….) I used to be astounded by such possibilities. No more.
Meantime, a second Covid wave could wreck Africa as ‘We’re just trying to survive’: what Africa risks from a new Covid wave | Coronavirus | The Guardian report. Which has us wryly noting that this “bioweapon that isn’t” seems to be ravaging resource-rich countries hardest. Just saying: If it walks like a duck…we’re willing to call it a duck.
Open Borders Slow Joe is still ignoring the will of the People and kowtowing to the Lefties: Joe Biden raises Trump refugee cap after backlash – BBC News reports. But is the US liberally-monetized press making a big deal? No. Sell-outs. Understand this clearly: Cash talks and Mexico walks – north.
Quadruples the Trump-era limits. How ’bout we toss in even more for Maricopa County? Cyber Ninjas claim Maricopa County election audit ‘most transparent in American history’.
Historical Revisionism is alive and well, too. As Nikole Hannah-Jones Responds To Republican Efforts To Censor 1619 Project. I’m at a loss to explain why our own take on Revisionism (Everything’s a Business Model =- the Dollar-98 Project) hasn’t captured America’s mood. I would have bet my whack-job “me-too” Critical Money Theory would be far easier to see and universally applauded. Wrong again, huh? No money in equality, though.
Biased Juror? Here we go again: Photo of Chauvin juror wearing BLM T-shirt at march raises questions of impartiality, experts say | says The Seattle Times.
For Ure reading list: “Charles Hugh Smith’s: Insights into Risk: Taleb and Tyson”.
Our .mil affairs contributor (“warhammer“) has been eyeing a lot of this woo-woo I’ve been writing about recently. He’s come up with a lot of useful concept in a fairly dense read:
“I’ve been thinking about dreams, and prophetic dreams in particular, due in part to your Woo discussions. At the heart of Jewish mysticism lies the ancient Kabbalah, allegedly orally practiced and handed down from before the time of Abraham. Nostradamus has even been said to have been schooled in its shadowy arts, tapping into it for his famous quatrains.
One interesting prophecy unveiled in the writings of a Kabbalah mystic is called ‘the prophecy of two Benjamins’ who are to co-rule over Israel in a split government. Since 2018, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benjamin Gantz have co-ruled a split government, which appears to map closely to ancient Kabbalah predictions. This occurrence is significant as the Kabbalist prophet states the deadlock will herald the Jewish Messiah’s imminent arrival, which also coincides (as in the New Testament) with the appearance of a bright star, this one is predicted specifically to occur in the constellation Cygnus.
As spooky as this all might seem, astronomers have been monitoring two stars in a death spiral within Cygnus, with math models predicting a nova occurring in March 2022. Based on this, the Jewish Messiah is on final approach.
How do mystics tap into the Kabbalah? The Kabbalah introduces the ‘ten Sephirot’ embodying creation, best described in today’s terms as ten dimensions of existence, six of which are extra-physical, a concept mapping to modern physics’ String Theory and certain aspects of parallel universes. We experience four dimensions – X, Y, Z and a forward-moving-only time vector. The other six dimensions cannot be experienced or known. Quantum bubble chamber experiments seem to show glimpses of these mysterious realms. Within the quantum soup making up our perceived reality, time depends upon one’s position of observation, or it simply does not exist at all, and all outcomes are possible until the moment one or more conscious minds ‘observes’ a specific outcome (see ‘Schrodinger’s Cat’).
The key to making any sense out of these paradoxical concepts could be a ‘conscious mind’ observing. In a dream state, the mind is not conscious, and so perhaps it is able to view more than one possible outcome, or skip forward in ‘time’ to see how one or more particular events unfold through one specific reality. Perhaps something similar occurs during deep prayer/meditation, as mystics are schooled to do, where the mind is disconnected from conscious reality (and time), swimming amidst the ten Sephirot of Kabbalah?
Things that make ya go “hmmmm!”
A Word of Explanation: Beyond Art
It occurs to me that a new reader of UrbanSurvival might wonder “What the hell is the “glue” that holds together such a wide range of topics on a morning like this?”
The answer is simple: Whatever we’re moved to consider.
People take the “daily inputs of Life” differently based on a huge number of variables: Who you’ve talked to recently, your age, how much cash you’ve stacked in life, you health, and so forth.
By the time you reach, oh 50, or so, there comes a time when you make a conscious (or otherwise) decision about how to conduct the “rest of your life.” Kind of like “Ure point of being here is?”
A lot of people say what amounts to “Awe, f**k it. I’m going to couch-out” Others, though, are just getting started on their path. Even at 72, I can hardly wait to get out of bed in the morning because there is still so much to learn in this Life..
My major projects include: Writing my next book, developing the magic of gardening and raising some of our own food, ham radio, 3D printing and CNC design-builds, home construction projects, and yes – in the studio – there’s the time machine project I’m still working on. Outgrowth of my book “Dimensions Next Door.”
Thing is, this week, events have aligned so that warhammer felt compelled to contribute some thinking on dimensionality.. And that’s a major interest since my next book, “Packing for Death: A Users Manual” is coming along nicely.
And that’s how it works for some people. Every day there’s a “my agenda” (with the personal and usually mundane tasks of Life). But “spiced up” and guided by sensing the flow of the Universal Subconscious Mind we’re all part of.
But, “Beyond Art?”
Sure. Because in a sense, what I’ve come to think of as my Life’s “work product” as could be umbrellaed under “Beyond Art.”
Most “artists” have a specialty. Painting has classes, for example: Oils, acrylics, watercolors, and so forth.
In Beyond Art, you look at the totality of the World. Then you size-up your personal skill sets.
At which point the Whole of Reality becomes the canvas and the entire collection of your education and skills accumulated in life becomes the brushes and tools used to “Fashion a Useful Life.”
People bounded to Art 1.0 tend to see art as a brush or potter’s wheel. But in Art 2.0 (and Beyond) everything from differential equations to short-final aircraft approach speeds, to ABS plastic print parameters, to writing skills become your “work product.”
Then – in the ultimate exercises of freedom, you get to decide how to live the exciting finish of your own personal movie.
For me, the parameters including:
- A marvelous wife.
- Good health
- Unlimited personal energy (we all have blocks)
- A “themed home” where each room becomes a kind of “movie set” with the goal of helping become “non-local” by just walking around the house. “A house that transports us…” as Elaine puts it.
- Technology: All the toys covering DC to Daylight. Computers to ham radio to (incredibly) time machine experiments.
- A dream shop with useful tools and the skill to use ’em all – well.
- Sound matters as an art, too, so there’s the recording studio.
All of which then become tools for additional skills, teachings to be learned, and concepts to be internalized. It’s an unlimited hierarchy of knowledge.
In the end, we’re all dead, though.
Let’s get real about it. As I wrote a while back, since the Life Review at time of death is being scientifically confirmed (a useful challenge to man-bent religions in such papers as “The life review experience: Qualitative and quantitative characteristics – PubMed (nih.gov)) a very good starting point for anyone with a Life is to decide “What kind of movie do you want to watch when “time’s up?”
That – and the adventures in my book Psychocartography: Mapping the Human Mind – make up some basic concepts in my next book “Packing for Death.”
While it’s true with regard to money) that “You can’t take it with you,” everything in mind between the ears is likely “going along for the ride.”
Und zo? Grab as much (and as intense as you can stand) EXPERIENCE and pick up as many TOOLS AND EDUCATION AND DOING as you can.
Consider Death kinda like a Big Job Interview.
Want to be a Janitor, or a Co-Creator of Universe in the AfterLife?
You aural, optical, and emotional capture comes to our “interview at the End” and when you’ve really internalized that realization, almost unlimited power comes with it…subject to your own self-imposed limitations.
Everyone has access. Not everyone will see it. Fewer still will pour out the sweat needed. Tripwires and distractions abound. Yet there it is…beckoning each of us toward greatness.
Now, feel better?
Write when y0u get rich,