The Night of Long Nighs

The debt-based bubble of the United States economy found a pin capable of popping it in COVID19. This much is obvious–but it might behoove us to realize that it was certainly not the only point sharp enough to snag and tear us. Increasingly it appears that the U.S. reaction to this virus was an overreaction by any historical metric. Its lethality has statistically been confined to those who were already in dire straights without viral assistance, and asymptomatic herd immunity was already developing before lumbering governments could enforce quarantine. The reaction was a difficult call based on Worst Case Scenario projections concerning overwhelmed hospitals–a rather liberal and humanist tact by life-long Democrat (until 2015) Donald Trump.

Precluding more lethal mutations, it appears that COVID19 is less an apocalyptic Horseman, and more the Grim Reaper whom has always stalked humanity, especially during winters. Nonetheless, this brush with a moderate foe was enough to push us to the brink–and may yet push us over if our oil and farm industries are further disrupted. Representative Massie, bipartisanly maligned for questioning an otherwise unanimous decision to indenture this country to the Federal Reserve, is currently one of the few public servants attempting to forestall potential mass starvation.

This brief resurgence of an actual, real-life issue into our first-world reality produced a chain reaction that will likely fill entire history books where the virus itself is but a blip. The unholy marriage between Treasury and Fed is a bestowal of “emergency powers” akin to those given to a man named Julius who soon thereafter was called Caesar. Buying up junk bonds–rendering genuine price discovery impossible–is but an appetizer. Taking stake in otherwise defunct airlines is likely next, and once the monomaniacal Fed gains corporate voting rights in a single publicly traded company–well, just picture a shark that has got a whiff of blood. Big Business used to have retired politicians on its board for clout; now they’re going to take a seat whether you want them there or not. And we thought the incestuous relationship between government and Big Tech was already indecent…

I would be very happy to report that this is the only Trojan Horse that has snuck in during corona’s eclipse. Unfortunately, this is but the most boring and mundane development.

The Pope has called for universal basic income to end poverty. In other words, the vicar of Christ disagrees with Christ’s “the poor will always be with you” and thinks “Caesar” is a better candidate for solutions than God.

Bill Gates recently left Microsoft to focus exclusively upon his foundation. This has wrought ID2020, a regurgitation of the U.N. initiative to have every human digitally ID’d by 2030, a co-venture with MIT to produce a ‘tattoo’ that administers and testifies to the administration of vaccine(s), and a recently publicized Microsoft patent, whose LEAST creepy quality is that its number is 060606.¬†I wonder if these are at all related?

Meanwhile, France’s President Macron has pulled a very neat trick by proving his newfound ability to make the rest of the Security Council nations sit and stay. Yes, the United States military was told to jump by another country’s commander and chief, and all it asked was How High? Only the steely President Putin has proved a little more reticent than his fellow councilmen to immediately lay down arms at Macron and the Blue Helmets’ behest. Russians have some experience rebuffing charismatic Frenchmen.

For those keeping score at home: we now have viable candidates for the Red Dragon, the False Prophet, the Mark of the Beast #666, the Man of Sin who brings temporary peace…and the Whore of Babylon? All of the U.S.’s populist vices, from drug use to abortion, are skyrocketing under the as-yet moderate stresses of coronavirus and quarantine. Perhaps an even better tell-tale sign is the mainstream reaction to an earnest utterance made by Texas’ Lt. Governor today.

“…there are more important things than living.”

The country–or world–that does not automatically comprehend this sentiment as valid is ready for toppling–be it by a paltry virus, or something coming just around the bend.

The Crowning Achievements of Coronavirus

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Obligatory documentation of the empty toilet paper aisle (suburb of Atlanta, GA).

  • Staying at home and ordering in is an act of heroism in the developed world.
  • Staying at home and ordering in is too much to ask of some Americans. Wonder whether the people who attended Spring Break during corona-season are more or less likely to be drunk drivers?
  • Referring to a virus by the country of its origin is racist. Time to issue reparations to Spain.
  • Trump didn’t do enough.
  • Trump did too much.
  • Trump caused corona.
  • Thanks, Obama.
  • The fear of not being able to wipe one’s anus comfortably is worse than the fear of starvation (somebody tell these people that bowel movements cease during starvation, please).
  • For those who do fear starvation, Southerners prefer alcohol and chips where Northerners prefer soda and frozen meals. How can my fellow Southerners be more obese but have less appreciation for caloric density?!
  • Bill Gates left Microsoft to team up with MIT on solving this problem. The solution? An infrared visible tattoo that administers vaccine and testifies to the fact that it has been administered. Great. ‘Papers please’ wasn’t enough, we needed to go ahead and incorporate The Mark of the Beast. It wasn’t sufficient that the Dalai Lama has been displaced, Muslims cannot make their pilgrimages, Jews are rumored to have begun reconvening a Sanhedrin upon the birth of the long-awaited perfect red heifer, etc, etc. We needed to start beta-testing the key premise of how the Antichrist will rule the world. Mr. Gates, I know those DMT clockwork elves you encountered at all those Eyes Wide Shut ‘summits’ told you to do this, and that they’re some benevolent talking-to-Jody-Foster-in-Contact¬†aliens, and that you can help them usher in the next stage of human evolution, but unless you consider Dante’s Inferno to be a great vacation pamphlet, it’s time to pump the breaks.
  • 2008 taught us that if a bank is sufficiently ‘big,’ the United States government will not allow it to fail. 2020 now adds the realization that, because these big banks would fail if their corporate debtors defaulted, the businesses they loan to cannot be allowed to fail either. This seems to have given birth to the first purely verbal internet meme in memory: “We have privatized profits and publicized losses.” This wide-spread realization, that the average citizen is required to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, while captains of industry and their financiers are infinitely coddled, is–it seems an understatement to say–the stuff revolutions are made of. Indeed, I am left to ponder whether this meme will eventually be cited alongside “Let them eat cake” in the history books. The fact that this cat has been let out of the bag (more of a tiger) has not entirely escaped the powers-that-be, for instead of a brazen ’08 style bail-out they are now taking public stake in the companies they wish to save. Though no less of a catastrophic precedent to set given enough time to play out, this does at least feel a bit more honest. Instead of having politicians bail out the businesses they are shareholders of, just have their government own them outright–saves on money manager fees. And if that’s not good enough, send a pittance of Fed monopoly money to the masses so they don’t start constructing the guillotines quite yet. I am left feeling numb at the realization that we appear deadset upon discovering a sci-fi dystopia Worst of Both Worlds: small business capitalism alongside Big Business socialism, and no hint of irony in sight.
  • Farmer and trucker unions should reorganize into massive, 99% bank-indebted corporations ASAP.