Friday, March 27, 2020

The Pandemic of Folly

I was planning to pound out a post about the present circumstances with some specific thoughts in mind, but I'm going to put that off because I can't neglect to make a quick brief post on the recent "relief package" passed by Congress and signed by the president.

Please know right out of the gate that this is what autocratic potentates do. There is always a crisis to exploit, always. And that this present authoritarian government is smothered in democracy language does not change the legitimate power Caesar has over a populace that indeed does afford him that privilege.

But also know that there is a cost. This $2 trillion "relief package" is merely another form of indulgence extraction. It is foisted upon the American people as something these white knights from Washington riding into town on their golden chariots are doing to rescue the downtrodden, hammered by the overwhelming fear largely manufactured by a brilliantly managed mass media network.

There was one individual in the federal government who protested, one Thomas Massie, a congressman from Kentucky, and for that he was excoriated by everyone. Hardly anyone considered him principled for his respectably reasonable objections, but then, there you go.

I'll just direct you to this piece from Zero Hedge which lays it out pretty succinctly, and to a quote from Massie which says a ton. Essentially he pointed out that if we plan to go into even more massive debt for the $2 trillion simply to hand money to people, why not spend $350 trillion and give $1 million to every American? What are we fiddling around with small change?

Great point.

The average American is so consumed by the folly, or is just so Catholicist that the indulgence conflagration is all they know.

They could know Christ, however.

Have their treasures kept secure in heaven. Have a peace that transcends understanding. Have actual deliverance from that body of death.

More to post...
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Where Are All the Economists - Er, Followers of Christ? After All Jesus Was the Best Economist Ever

I continue to be saddened by how many have such a dearth of economic wisdom. More thoughtful people discover how insignificant the covid-19 health risk actually is, the more economically illiterate people listen to the interminable hysterics of the mainstream mass media and react accordingly putting into policy extraordinarily dangerous things like mandatory isolation for all and $1,000 payments to everything that breathes.

Straight away I'd like to direct you to an article written by Joy Pullmann, so far the very best I've seen on this whole thing. There you will see that people who just aren't thinking carefully enough refuse to understand the economic costs are just as lethal as the medical costs. Note how often you hear talking heads who get lots of airplay say things like, "Oh but the human costs!" as if "Better safe than sorry" solves the problem. Sorry, but in this instance their cure is far worse than the disease.

Some people are fearful too that a socialist autocracy will result. True that. What is less understood is the U.S. has been socialist for many years now. This whole hysteria thing just makes the necessary autocratic means that much more entrenched.

Okay, so, Jesus the best economist ever? What's He got to say?

Well, first of all He did have something to say about the dangers of capitalism, but they aren't at all what the leftist progressive-minded people think. He did say those who are rich may kick back and "eat, drink, and be merry" when their very lives are required of them. You may gain the whole world, but if you lose your soul, that's the real tragedy. The point is that wealth without the proper perspective on eternity and one's own destiny is worthless. I'm afraid too many in the United States take so much for granted because we are so materially well-off. God doesn't owe anyone anything.

While capitalism's main fault is hiding the spiritual destitution of its practitioners, socialism's main fault is it enables authoritarian governments to grow and flourish. Yes, Jesus spoke about this too, but not in terms of Caesar and his legitimate authority given him by God in the fourth chapter of Genesis. (Please, I encourage you to go there and read it. Find out how Caesar got his mojo...)

Jesus spoke about the individual and whether or not he was using the gifts he was given to make the lives of those around him better. If you are given five talents, are you out making five more? If three, how about three more? If you take your one talent and bury it, you are most loathsome because of your selfishness.

The point here is that socialist-minded policy makers are working everything down to the lowest common denominator. If someone is not using his talents and is suffering his just penalty for that failure, the idea is then no one may use their talents. This is why socialist dictators have always turned their countries into impoverished hellholes.

It may happen here if saner heads do not prevail and this policymaking based on hysteria doesn't end soon.

Look at it another way -- by virtue of the famous Trolley Dilemma.

I don't know who invented it, but it goes something like this. You are the switchman at the trolley station and you see that the trolley is about to run over and kill five people trapped on the tracks ahead. But if you switch the trolley over to another track, you'll note that another single individual is mindlessly sitting on those tracks. What decision do you make?

Now there are various versions of this -- in fact I once perused a book that had a number of different renditions just for philosophical rumination's sake.

Here's my rendition for these purposes. What's going on today is that the numbers of the people are switched -- there is one person ahead in immediate danger while five are mindlessly hanging out on the other track. The highly visible and very frightened politician is screeching about that one person trapped on the track ahead -- this is that poor elderly individual who's contracted the virus and needs that scarce ventilator -- and he is putting that person on the television screen front-and-center. "AAGH!" he screams, "Look at this person I'm going to save!" He's got to make sure The New York Times doesn't notice his failure to act and make him appear mean and uncaring, that is death to the politician.

The politician then switches the trolley over to the other track, and none of the horror that will happen there is ever shown. And indeed those other five people will die.

Many will sneer, "How will they die? Puh-leeze, don't be so melodramatic."

Ahh, the economically illiterate. How much we have to put up with them. By the way, Jesus felt the exasperation too, a number of times. Check it out. Just look at Mark's gospel, chapters three, six, eight... go ahead, you'll see it. Just this from that third chapter: "He looked around at them in anger, and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts..." Yep.

How does socialism kill? One pretty renowned pundit mentioned this one: When people don't have meaningfully productive activity and are forced to do nothing, they'll start ingesting more things to try to reduce the boredom and purposelessness. Already the No. 1 cause of "preventable" deaths is poisoning, and the main way that happens is drug overdoses. Already. So let's go insane scrambling to keep one elderly person from getting this virus thing by putting in motion the conditions for more deaths. That's smart.

There's also the crime wave that is certain to hit. Right now law enforcement has announced it will do less work because they just don't have the capacity to do their jobs nor will the court system be able to keep up. Many "non-violent" felons are being released as we speak. Great. When word about this hits, what will young, bored, criminally-minded people start doing? A terrific indicator of this situation is the recent massive increase in gun sales. Don't think there won't be a situation when some crime is taking place and someone with a gun blows away said intruder? And The New York Times blames the shooter? And this happens more than a few times? Wash, rinse, repeat...

Ahh, the blissful ignorance of the economically illiterate.

Here's the real take on how socialism kills. It is that people aren't out producing the things we need to have a decent life. It is not only for the people who buy the products but the people who sell them to be active contributing to livelihoods. In its simplest sense, right now people seem to be freaking out most because they fear there won't be enough ventilators for the sick. Excuse me, but where did the ventilators come from? This isn't Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. 

Somebody had to get up in the morning and go to work to produce them.

Sure politicians will prioritize those kinds of things, ventilators and such, but remember, there is always an opportunity cost. Something that is very valuable will still cost the next most valuable thing. What we're talking about here is the whole socialism milieu that ends up essentially being a killing machine.

When it reaches critical mass, you also get closed schools where the students will struggle with their studies if they don't have a real live teacher in front of the classroom holding them accountable. Right now the ranking politician set is planning to give $1,000 to each American, paid for with future taxpayer dollars. Where's that money coming from if the future populace isn't in classrooms right now learning to be productive individuals in that future?

Our hegemony potentates are quite potently working to look really good while continuing to destroy the country. And sure, it does just go to show how Catholicist the people in this country really are -- just heeding them and bleating along when they tell everyone to stop going to work. In a very real sense the Caesarian hordes are incessantly laboring to convince as many as they can to be needy. Not to be resilient and courageous and industrious but to expect Caesar to save them.

Are there any good economists out there with a voice?

I cannot emphasize this enough however. This is what the legacy of Cain does. Expect it, prepare for it, see it with all the spiritual discernment you can.

Even though we are in it and must address it, there is a liberation from it, however and it isn't to rebel, revolt, or have some kind of insurrection. Jesus even insisted we respect those God put out of His presence to do sin management for those who ask them to do so no matter how evil it is.

On the other hand, you may switch your allegiance to The Kingdom, and He is a Person: Jesus Christ. Caesar can't touch you if you do, in fact his job is to crack heads of those who'd interfere with God's purposes. You may join all the other World waddlers trying to find their way without Him, that's your prerogative.

But you simply won't find real, actual, authentic freedom unless you turn to The One Who Is Life Eternal. No matter whether the virus gets you or the hysteria does, if you tell Him you want to be His, He'll hold onto you forever.

Life happens. So does death.

Might be good to be in the hands of The One Who Defeated That Death.
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Credit to The Babylon Bee for the satirical lead headlines shared above. 
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Stupidity IS Painful, That's Just the Reality. It's Also the Reality that So Many Through the Ages Have Refused to See It.

This isn't new, this stupidity. It's been happening through the ages. And it always kills people.

One of my favorite movies is Men in Black, and in one scene Agent K explains to Agent J the way things are. He said "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals."

Astounding wisdom in one, simple quote.

Interesting how God wrote a whole book to tell us this. Agent K said it in a sentence. God loves us so much he told us over and over again so maybe we'd get it. Go ahead, read the Bible, I urge you to. You'll find that most of it is how dumb, panicky, and dangerous each of us is when we allow ourselves to get caught up in the herd.

Right now with this coronavirus hysteria that herd is stampeding. Heaven forbid the stampede gets catastrophic. I'm not betting against it.

I'm not because the coronavirus is relatively nothing. Oh yes we see all kinds of posts from people who think they're scientists but they're just parroting the party line. "Lions and tigers and coronavirus oh my!" They only get hysterical when they see a maskless individual within three feet of an elderly person because The New York Times told them to. They seem to be livid because of what they've been told about Italy and that half the people in that country are going to die because triage personnel must make life-or-death decisions.

Please.

First of all the worldwide numbers are minuscule. In fact "minuscule" is the wrong word, because that implies even anything substantial. "Nanoscopic" may be better. And straight away, does me saying this mean I hate old people? Whut? Stop letting The New York Times tell you how to moralize with the right measure of rage, please.

Those who have died in Italy are mostly those who have certain demographic characteristics that have made them much more likely to die from this. One such is heavy smokers. Are you a heavy smoker? Seems to me you've already made your bed with your own mortality. So what's the issue?

The issue for the rest of us is not as much that authorities failed to take precautions a long time ago related to those high risk groups, but that the mass news media obsesses about this stuff because it sells copy, and it does the work of tons of virtue-signaling. "Look at how great we are telling everyone about this disastrous pandemic, look-look-lookit us!" (Also note how often they use the word "pandemic" in their news reports. It isn't, by far. They say it because it just adds to the drama. Again, numbers people, reality people...)

What helps people to not be stupid anymore is, first, Christ, so yeah, might be good to start talking with Him a bit if you haven't already, and second, yes...

Economics.

The coronavirus hysteria is just the latest vehicle for World Operatives to continue to ram socialist public policy into the mainstream. Yeah I still see quite a few people railing against socialism, but please, the second we started Social Security in 1935 we were socialist. Come on. Now it is just getting more dicey.

Look at this, even Donald Trump has hopped on the Andrew Yang bandwagon seeking to hand $1,000 to every American. There're just not enough voices out there wisely drowning out this tremendous stupidity. Excuse me, but where did the $1,000 come from? $1,000 is only green rectangular pieces of paper unless there is some productive value behind it. An individual may wave about his/her $1,000 shouting gleefully with deepest gratitude to the reigning socialists all the way to empty grocery store shelves.

It's like the laws of physics, these laws of economics. Jump off a building and the law of gravity takes effect. Hand people money for doing nothing and the law of disincentives takes place. In both instances people die falling very very hard. That classic quote from the Soviet laborer comes to mind. "They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work."

Here's another great socialist idea: Schools are not only closing for far too excessively long periods of time, but they are telling teachers that they may not award any credit to any work they assign online. Whut? This complete removal of the incentive to work on academics will not make these young people's future productive capacity any better. Oh I do understand why they do this. Hifalutin educrats feel that if some student somewhere does not have access to the learning material, it is imperative all the students are not forced to try to achieve great things academically.

This is socialism at its best.

But hey, don't get me wrong.

This is what Cain's legacy does. This is the reigning prince of the power of this world's modus operandi. It's all good.

Socialism is actually great way for an autocrat to sound really good telling everyone how things will be in an economy. In fact Trump just this morning kicked into gear the "Defense Production Act," something that has actually been employed 50 times since first enacted in 1950. Yeah, more government management of the means of production -- Marx is popping the champagne in his grave as we speak. Truman was shredded by the Supreme Court for making a similar executive decision, and that was during a war! Guess now with Congress' authorization it must be perfectly fine.

Doesn't mean it isn't human sacrifice on a larger scale going far beyond whatever happens now with coronavirus. Doesn't mean people won't die -- the coronavirus death toll pales in comparison to the ruthless tools of authoritarian socialist policy, even with all the "democracy" window-dressing.

Once it again it is the reality of the ordained human sacrificers who've built a city to make it happen much more smoothly. No matter how much you may screech against socialism, it is supposed to be this way. It always has. People who are dumb, panicky, and dangerous simply refuse to see it.

If you want to see it, please! I urge you to look through the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis -- there you will find a great explanation of how all of this started. But please, don't stop there. Pay very close attention to the very last part of the very last verse in that chapter, then slip over to the fifth chapter of the letter to the Romans.

There you will find The Deliverance From All Of This.
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I should add that after posting this, I was listening on a mainstream radio show to Dr. Kelly Victory -- I'd never heard of her but she seems to be some kind of a voice in media -- and she said that the experts are using "predictive models" rather than looking at the real clinical evidence. Precisely. Is it possible, huh -- is it at all possible we could just get enough not dumb panicky dangerous people making decisions out there?... Seems to me God was a little ticked at false prophets a few times in biblical history.

Here's another great article I just found, hat tip to Kimberley Strassel. Brings up another item related to the hysteria-driven socialism augmentation: When this whole thing dissipates, how much will the autocrats take credit for it with the much further entrenched socialism that resulted? Again, it is how it should be for the World devotee.

Might want to consider being a Kingdom dweller. Just a thought...
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Monday, March 09, 2020

Stupidity Should Be Painful, Addendum

I have to confess I really feel the way Jeremiah feels.

Yesterday I wrote a post about how stupid people can be, and I thought, wow, it is really something to say somebody is saying or doing something stupid. I even thought about deleting the post, but I'm not.

Jeremiah mentioned stupid people quite often. He did it quite notably in the fourth and fifth chapters of his prophetic book. He even hurt so much because of these people that he longed to retreat to a lodge far away in the wilderness. I mentioned it in my latest home page piece.

I thought, huh, he was saying the people who were being stupid when they shouldn't be were the people in Israel who were supposed to be the chosen ones of God ushering in the Kingdom. Should I be doing the same with people today who perhaps as ones following Cain are never supposed to be in the Kingdom in the first place? Is it my place?

Maybe not. I struggle with that. I can't deny that I feel it, as I did yesterday, simply because I see how much the stupidity destroys peoples lives and souls -- it does it so much. And yes, much like Jeremiah, I feel it so viscerally.

I'm not against a reasonable response to an epidemic. What I am against is the rank exploitation of it for financial or political gain at the expense of others. It is especially galling when powerful showmen criticize others for doing when they are doing the very same thing.

I'm not against people seeing that their retirement years are reasonably comfortable. What I am against is widely respected influencers saying Cain's arrangement of those payments is not socialist when it is, and as such it makes it that much harder to actually care for those people.

So yeah, calling a whole bunch of people stupid is just doing more of what Savonarola did 500 years ago, and I then come under quite justified condemnation. For more I invite you to peek at my webzine, where in this month's home page I merely point out that a stop the bullying campaign is, well, kind of stupid simply because you'll need a bully to enforce it.

I just have emphasize something I did write in my post, but it is very good to write it again. It is really the only reason I draw attention to anything in a writing.

Pointing out stupidity is nothing unless The Wisdom is shared as the beautiful contrast. Maybe I'm just as stupid for saying "Something is stupid," okay. We just have dueling name-calling -- yeah, the way of the World. I just don't want people hurt by the stupidity, and like Jeremiah I just feel it, that's all. And I'm just all about introducing people to The One who died for the stupidest people on the planet because He loved them so much.

That's all.
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Sunday, March 08, 2020

Stupidity Should Be Painful

Have you ever seen that on a bumper sticker or T-shirt?

Stupidity should be painful.

The truth about that is that it is painful, but the thing that is so devastating about that saying is that most times the pain is experienced by those victimized by the stupidity.

Through my life I've informally cataloged about two or three dozen tremendously stupid things people say or do that too many people accept as gospel truth. Much of my ministry has been to urge my readers to do the one thing that cures stupidity.

Understand and know God.

The best way to do that is to immerse oneself in Scripture with the firm intention to, yes, understand and know God and His Kingdom and His ways and His righteousness. It really is the one antidote to stupidity.

For instance the mass media hysteria over the latest "pandemic," what they now call COVID-19, is phenomenally stupid. The New York Times et al is selling disease drama and it is hammering people in real life. It is indeed a form of human sacrifice -- not the virus but the unwarranted hysteria that is doing the job of ruining people's financial standing.

But then that is exactly what Cain's legacy is assigned to do. Shout from the rooftops of the city something they know stupid people will get sucked into getting hysterical about, then come to their rescue with all kinds of political and economic bullying -- hey, it is what they do.

It is the way the World works.

On another note I recently read a terrific piece from a very not-stupid pundit, Star Parker, about how much Social Security and Medicare is very much a form of socialism. Finally, kudos to Mrs. Parker for calling out something extraordinarily truthful.

I say this because I've read so many seemingly smart people write or say extraordinarily stupid things when they articulately rail against socialism but then add that Social Security and Medicare are not socialist. Errgh. Sorry, but very very stupid. The reason these people say this is because they are so kowtowed by the powers-that-be who've hypnotized them with socialist dogma.

Once again, please know, I'm not necessarily censuring them for their commitment to socialism. I'm not even saying anything against those who feel they must have that sliver of Cain's arranged provision of retirement care. They are products of the World System, of Cain's legacy for judicious prosecution of people's evildoing. Social Security and Medicare are simply very proficient methods for Caesar's legion of technocrats to secure allegiance and advance its legitimacy to do human sacrifice as a matter of authorized law enforcement.

Yes, it is true Social Security and Medicare will bankrupt the United States, and that will happen when this Generation X or Generation Z or whatever young-adult demographic so enamored with socialism can't keep up the rigorous production necessary to sustain it. It will reach critical mass at some point if the overarching economic philosophy that undergirds socialism continues unabated in the hearts and minds of this nation's young adult population.

Yes, there is much more about all of this. Indeed volumes through history have been written about it all. One of those is, in fact, the Bible. Please do get into the volumes! Go to school and learn what is really going on, definitely! But to cut through the stupidity consider a regular steady diet of Scripture. It really is the only thing that works.

All this, actually, to just share with you my latest home page piece. Thanks for taking a look, it means a lot. Share with me what you think, the email link is at the bottom of the home page.
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