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Ten years ago I would have considered your explanations preposterous. Now I think they are restrained. As my eyes opened I found many other people around me who saw the truth, but most of the "progressive" true-believers still cling to their self-destructive ideology. Usually they hang on to their discredited ideas because they are fixed on some "right" they think they will lose. Abortion, affirmative action and sexual identity politics are the adhesive that holds too many people on the path to serfdom. They grow angry if you disagree with their political ideology and that anger stops them from re-evaluating their dire circumstances. The censorship and propaganda networks also complicate rational discussion and promote delusional beliefs. The most misinformed people I know are the ones who read the New York Times or watch CNN/MSNBC.

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It makes me very sad when I see people "serf" themselves, so I pinned this comment.

I have often wondered if part of why the identity stuff was pushed was because the ruling class wanted to promote social darwinism.

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I I have no explanation, why would ruling class poison own children and next generation of ruling class with covid vax mandates in our most elite universities. They are still doing this. Some kind of social autoimmune disease?

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"Elite" universities have become madhouses driven insane by DEI, CRT, Marxism, racism and violence. Killing their students off with lethal injections doesn't seem so bizarre when you consider everything else going on there.

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From my personal observation, it's not yet true for STEM departments, undergraduate and graduate. There are the good reasons for that. In any case, the question is why? Coincidence or Conspiracy? Inteligent design or natural evolution? We often argue in our family. I still think that Inteligent design/ Global conspiracy is too easy explanation.

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Nov 19, 2023·edited Nov 20, 2023

Great questions! People are still debating the reasons the Roman Empire fell so it's unlikely we will have a definitive answer to the death of our own civilization anytime soon. Gibbon thought Rome fell because of the demise of paganism and the rise of Christianity. I think the "death of God" in our own time took away a pillar of our civilization and caused it to collapse. That religious void has been filled with the cult of Wokeism that is leading us into a new feudalistic Dark Age. Civilizations cannot be destabilized without destructive consequences. Obviously there are those who benefitted financially from the destabilization, and they are the likely culprits.

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Anything that's going to harm society and make the culture more rotten ... they support and promote.

I definitely think they want the population as "dumbed down" as possible. To squelch the influence of the brave critical thinkers (possible "influencers") they censor on steroids - and "send messages" to the maverick dissenters (think Julian Assange).

One of my next columns is going to point out that if Socrates was alive today, he'd be banned and cancelled from social media and no doubt be in prison like Assange.

Of course, 2,400 years ago political leaders of his time killed Socrates for asking the wrong questions. So nothing has changed when it comes to the "threats" posed by the dissenters and truth-seekers.

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Or: Would Socrates have supported the lockdowns and mandatory vaccines?

Somehow I doubt it.

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I doubt Socrates would have fallen for it, but overall human nature has been consistent for centuries. Medieval serfs gave up their freedoms for the protection of an overlord after the fall of Rome in the West. As our civilization "deconstructs" itself a similar bargain is being struck by the frightened among us.

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Those who give up liberty for safety shall not have, nor deserve, either.

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That’s the truth. My progressive friends are hard to be around now. My progressive relatives are insufferable and I found they would throw me out in a heartbeat. I’m looking for a NOT progressive church that doesn’t just bleat pablum from the pulpit. I’m enraged inside many times but wonder when I will finally speak truth to them. Soon. I feel it.

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Astute point of view. I guess self-indulgence comes first for many that have been pampered growing up.

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There are two goals I hope to reach with this, my 3rd comment here. While one is to highlight what is going on in Japan, I offer my experiences as a teacher at a medical and nursing school in Japan, as father of children attending elementary school as do all normal Japanese children as examples of the world wide nature of this problem and has these are almost universal experiences worldwide.

The 2023-24 (April to March) school year is the first we have been allowed back on campus since the start of the panic, but only for required classes. Some or all elective classes are still via Zoom as the med school says it is too dangerous to have our students on campus all day. I have two classes of 7 students, smaller than prepanic, cuz covid. In one class of 7, two are experiencing mental issues that keep them from class. One out of the other class of 7 is in the same boat.

The nursing school class was a year long course but reduced to the first semester only, cuz covid. Two students out of a class of 16 third year nursing students had mental issues. One is to repeat her 3rd year, the other dropped out. Medical students and nursing students undergo psychological evaluations before acceptance into their schools. 3/14 first year medical students and 2/16 third year nursing students experiencing mental issues in their first year on campus. Around the world, massive numbers of elementary students have “disappeared” during school closures. While elementary schools did not close in Japan, many students have stopped attending class here too.

A few months shy of 3 years in to this madness, my eldest then just turned 9 began exhibiting difficulties understanding his native language when spoken. How could this not be the case given that a full third of his life to that point he was denied the right to hear it spoken clearly? Over the summer this year, he began displaying inability pronouncing certain words and can not catch his mother’s correct pronunciation. Worldwide, children are not learning how to communicate in person. Masks distort the sounds of language and hide nonverbal cues from those who are just learning to speak in the case of the very young and those who would otherwise be expanding upon what they learned earlier. The effects on spending lunch periods in silence makes learning how to communicate with one’s peers a lesson unlearned by all children forced to follow this practice regardless of where they go to school. IMHO, these facts alone is worthy of banner headlines in every written language on the planet. One could easily write several lengthy posts on what this means to the future of mankind.

There was once a time in the US navy, and the royal navy too, when talking amongst the crew was strictly prohibited with limited exceptions. Crew members would converse around the scuttled butt, a “butt” being the size of barrel used for drinking water and scuttling the act of putting a whole in something. The “scuttled butt”, later “scuttle butt” was where the crew drew their drinking water from, thus “Scuttlebutt” came to mean rumors heard around the scuttle butt, much like the office water cooler of today. The other was when “spinning yarns” a long and mindless task that allowed for story telling. Both activities were always under the close observation of an officer or midshipman who reported the topics brought up in these conversations. Otherwise, all private conversations aboard a man o war raised suspicions of mutinous talk and would get the offending tars in trouble. I believe this line of thought plays a big role in masking, social distancing, closing bars and restaurants, parks and anywhere else ideas can be exchanged verbally and extends to the forced lack of education in verbal communication for the world’s children. They want all communications done electronically so that every human interaction is recorded and known. And again, this is observed worldwide.

While the timing may be accidental, overall, this is no accident.

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This is a really good comment. Pinning it. Also I may quote some of this in a future article.

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Thanks. Please do quote as desired.

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I remember very clearly, at some point in early 2021, thinking “l WISH this was just about a stolen election!”. That particular stolen election led me down a rabbit hole and each successive learning down another and another. So I’m never surprised when someone realizes the truth about their area of expertise and that opens them up to all the lies we’ve been living with for decades. All this to say, no surprise to me to hear a doctor discussing the Deep State or the NWO, because many of us have been down the same rabbit holes. This is OUR New World Order, not theirs, where we see the lies and the deception and chose to not comply!

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I firmly believe multi-disciplinary knowledge is often extremely useful for solving problems in medicine.

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IMO one of the great, on-going psych and manipulation operations was the effort to denigrate those who believe in "real money" (gold and silver). All our grandparents once believed in gold and silver. Today, such people are crazy kooks who are labelled "gold BUGS" - insects who are dangerous and should be crushed.

I also think "markets" for gold and silver have been manipulated for decades. This is all to protect the vital Fiat Printing Press. As long as they can print as much money as they need and want, they can continue to fund this system. Of course, this printing press creates the mega inflation.

But they HAVE to protect this printing press to protect the Status Quo system ... so they have to smear and attack people who believe in "real money." (Does the m.o. sound familiar?)

Of course, investigating market rigging of gold and silver markets is one of the many investigations that will NEVER happen.

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I now think the "magic printing press" is NOT going to be able to create enough money to fund all the entitlements and the MIC. Because they know this, the Powers that Be are now pushing for "central bank digital currency." This "reform" will make it much easier for them to confiscate even more of "our" money in the future.

I wouldn't be surprised if Covid was pushed by some of our "shadow rulers" to get us closer to digital currency and the day where most cash transactions are banned.

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Nov 17, 2023·edited Nov 17, 2023

Not a doubt in my mind...ONE Health. Digital ID and Digital wallet, if you want to travel to Europe after Jan 1. Because with the trilions of printed not backed by anything notes they have been helicopter droopping on the already wealthy...the wealthy have been buying land/farms /forests and houses....in "safe " locations.

Tells me everything I need to know.

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That is, rolling out "digital currency" (banning cash) might be the real "end game" of this Machiavellian game of chess.

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It's not the end game. But it's a key step...

AMD is correct, it is all about economic feudalism and protecting the wealth and lifestyles of the rich and famous (and powerful).

Digital currency (CBDCs), digital IDs, and a social credit system are all part of the plan.

I used to hesitate to say all that aloud, because it used to sound like the ultimate nutter conspiracy theory. But these days, there is just too much evidence for it.

Mind, they will continue to try to gaslight us just as they did with the jabs & the lockdowns, and try to dismiss us as nutters or "right wing conspiracists" or "dangerous misinformation spreaders".

But it's too late - most of us don't care anymore, since we've already lost our reputations in the normie world.

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Yup. I don’t give a hoot the name they want to give me. I’m old. I may not see the final inning of this game. But there are increasingly more of US than Them.

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I think it's slowly heading for the Caligula solution. The Pretorian Guards can only be bribed so long.

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All you have to do to realize the market is rigged is to look at the price and the fact that all the central banks are buying huge quantities of gold.

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If it's possible to rig the gold market, then it can't really be said that gold is a stable store of value, which by definition would include resistance to manipulation. It may retain some value, but it won't be stable, which is a basic requirement of any successful form of money.

Historically, gold emerged as money because it was scarce and durable. The inconvenience of its weight was outweighed (pun intended) by the other two attributes. I'm sure you're familiar with the argument. Well, post the Spanish conquest of the Americas, gold literally flooded into Spain and caused a serious inflation. The basic rule, that more of something lowers that thing's value turned out to also apply to gold.

A similar effect occurred during the California gold rush. The closer you got to the gold fields the higher the price of things, especially the tools you needed to mine gold. This effect manifested in all sorts of ways beyond the actual fields, such as the cost of passage on a ship bound for California, or a hotel room once you'd arrived. Basically the law of supply and demand kicked in and reduced much of the attractiveness of searching for gold, plus the value of what you did manage to find, which for most wasn't much. There's an old truism that the people who made the most money during the gold rush were the one's selling picks and shovels. True or not, they at least had a guaranteed market as long as the gold held out.

I say all this as someone who traded mining shares for many years. All through that time I never owned any gold, in fact one of the people I learned the trade from, a mining engineer, refused to accept payment in anything but US dollars! That's a fairly common attitude among people who do the actual exploration work and understand the financial risks. So what does that tell you if the people actually exploring for gold want payment in dollars, and having actually found some will sell the mine for, again, dollars?

When gold was money the value was easily determined by the cost of labour and materials used to dig it up, while the rate of production more or less tracked growth in the economy, until some extant factor, like the Spanish Conquest, upset that relationship, then gold suffered just as any fiat currency does. Today the irony of digging it up only to bury it in some vault somewhere escapes most observers. Truth is, the only people or nations that are able to acquire gold in significant amounts are those that have resources to trade for it, such as Russia. In other words, the ones who least need gold! The world is full of such ironies., gold being just one of them.

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Perhaps so, but the days when the supply of gold or silver could noticeably expand due to mining are LOOOONG gone.

The average gold mine moves a ton of dirt to get 1/10 of an ounce of gold. That's about the amount in a man's wedding ring. One ton.

The average silver mine isn't even a silver mine, it's a zinc or copper mine that also produces some silver. Silver isn't expensive enough to be profitable to mine for the most part.

These days, with both silver and gold being used for industrial purposes, the amount available for investment, coinage or jewelry per person is steadily going down.

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Nov 18, 2023·edited Nov 18, 2023

A problem with the gold standard was government set the price. Like bonds where government sets the interest rate, it had no relation to the real economy. As long as the Marxist/Kenes ideas of control conti ue government will continue to create most economic problems

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A cowboy could once plop a silver coin (that wasn't official currency) on the bar and buy himself and his buddies a round of drinks. Silver was accepted by the bar owner as an item of exchange (of value) - based only on the size or weight of the silver medallion.

Those days are long gone. You have to first sell your silver coin/medallion and convert it to fiat dollars. They outlawed real money as an item of financial exchange. The dollars were now all that mattered.

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The problem with silver and gold as currency goes a long way back. It's easy to pay for a round of drinks with a silver coin, but how do you pay for a thousand tons of imported grain? Any large amount of precious metal being shipped over distance carried the risk of robbery or piracy. Simpler to leave it in a trusted vault somewhere and exchange paper claims. Of course the problem is who do you trust? When you had competing private banks, trust was their main selling feature, but when government gets involved (which they inevitably do) it gets a bit dicey. In either case, there have always been more claims on gold than there was actual gold. This predates the Fed by centuries, so pointing to 1913 or 33 or 71 as the start of the problem misses several hundred, if not thousand, years of history. I'd venture a guess that even in ancient Mesopotamia, when grain was used as currency, there were more clay tablets representing grain claims than there was grain in the royal silos.

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Its mass determines the value (not price in fiat) of gold. Did you not read the California Mining Journal?

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Define 'value.' I already know what 'mass' is. Then show me where I can trade my gold for anything but fiat. Gold itself is fiat BTW. Anything that serves as a token or substitute for goods in trade is fiat. It's simply a matter of whether both sides will accept it in trade. You'd be out of luck in ancient China BTW. Historically they only accepted silver in payment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tael

Also, I haven't read the California Mining Journal. Is that your authority on the 'value' of gold? Is so please direct me to where they define that, because 'value' is a very loose concept which has different meanings to different people.

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Gold and silver are NOT fiat. Fiat currency is stuff that can be printed up at will, and so is essentially valuable only if the government printing it is economically sound.

Gold and silver can only be mined at great expense, and with uncertain results. The amount does not expand noticeably anymore. And in the barter market you should be able to find people who know what "junk" silver and some of the more common modern bullion looks like, and who will give you it's value.

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"Gold and silver can only be mined at great expense, and with uncertain results."

Familiar with that situation. I traded gold explorers for over ten years. Paid for our house in fact. Never owned any gold though, outside of a hedge I put on for a couple of years with a gold fund. As for the fiat question, strictly speaking you are correct. However, the amount of derivatives based on gold far exceeds the above ground supply, but they trade as if they were actually backed by gold - a set up for a disaster somewhere down the road I guess, but I'm not holding my breath. Can't count the number of times a run on the Comex was predicted then failed to materialize. Still, owning gold does give some people a sense of security I suppose, so it can't be entirely discounted as money, but I suggest one of two things are in the future for gold. Either it becomes illegal to hold it again, or it's value is relative only to your ability to hold onto it by force. Under that scenario, a better trade currency would probably be ammunition of a common calibre.

Looking at this chart, I see gold has failed twice to take out its 1980 high.

https://www.macrotrends.net/1333/historical-gold-prices-100-year-chart

And that's not discounting 43 years worth of inflation. Not exactly a great long term investment. Here's 43 years of Apple for comparison:

https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/AAPL/apple/stock-price-history

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Some clarification is in order I think. My understanding of the word 'fiat' corresponds to the definition in this dictionary:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fiat

1: an authoritative or arbitrary order : decree

government by fiat

2: an authoritative determination : dictate

a fiat of conscience

3: a command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort

According to the Bible, the world was created by fiat.

Since all government currency is created by an arbitrary order or decree, anything used as state sanctioned 'money' would fall under this definition. However, I realize this is not the intended meaning in financial or monetary circles, so the confusion was of my own creation. I should have used a different word, perhaps token or symbol.

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The "market price" of gold is set by a room full of people in Zurich I think it was. Has always been. They know in advance what the price will be and can buy and sell any amount they like to profit knowing in advance how they will adjust the price.

This is a known but seldom spoken of fact.

The Wikipedia page says it is the London branch of the elite, perhaps the diamonds are handled in Zurich. The brazenness of it is hard to believe.

"Since 1919 the most common benchmark for the price of gold has been the London gold fixing, a twice-daily telephone meeting of representatives from five bullion-trading firms of the London bullion market."

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Gold, like other commodities, has a derivatives market that tends to distort price discovery. The main issue facing all markets today is excessive leverage via derivatives which have no backing collateral. It's reached the height of absurdity now, which is why after 20 years I stopped trading and took all my marbles off the table.

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The manipulation of the gold and silver markets has been proven - especially with silver because it's smaller and easier to move. In recent years a few traders at JP Morgan have actually gone to jail and there has been a class action lawsuit on behalf of people who have been hurt by the manipulation.

Too late to help me though - I didn't trade on COMEX or NYMEX so I couldn't get in on the lawsuits. Those class action lawsuits often only give trivial amounts to the plaintiffs if the suit IS won, or maybe just coupons.

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My exact story Judy. That election opened my eyes to many things. I had all along been skeptical about the lockdowns, but I thought it was just stupidity until the election shenanigans. Then I read Kennedy’s book on Fauci and I felt like St. Paul with the scales falling from my eyes. It’s all planned, it’s all choreographed and it’s all bullshit. All of it.

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I think it says something about the type of people we are, those of us who are willing to question the narratives, ALL the narratives, while so many others chose to remain ignorant, and believe everything they are told and question nothing! Not everyone is exposed to the truths or are busy just trying to stay alive, etc, etc, etc. The ones I have little tolerance for are those who refuse to even look at the truth because they don’t want to disturb their comfortable lives. The ones that would rather go along with the crowd because it’s easier or the ones that didn’t want the jab, but did it anyway so they could travel.

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That would be my sisters for example.

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Boiling frogs.

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I wish to give you a thousand "agrees" and more hearts.

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Judy, you are singing my song. Unlike you, though, I am always suprised when someone else realizes the truth about all the lies (not just the election lies, not just the covid lies, but EVERYTHING) that we have been living with all our lives.

We/I so need people like you...optimists. I am not. But the intelligence of people like you and Midwestern Doctor here on Substack gives me hope.

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We ARE a community on this substack and many others. It’s tough to stay positive in the face of all the crap being thrown at us and often I rebound between disgust, anger and incredulity! I’ve gotten over the sad, mournful stage, after 4 years of this, and am well into the “over my dead body” stage! I refuse to play their game for as long as humanly possible. One of the things I’ve learned is that no matter what they throw at us, we find a work around or alternative (look at the birth of Rumble and other alternative media forms.). I also believe where one lives has a huge impact on our attitudes as well. I live in a very conservative county in Texas, so there are a lot of like minded folks. It’s easier to be positive when we know we’re not alone!

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I have been so angry for so long, but now I am depressed...I see the Great Taking coming....I think it is time I moved. Thanks for this.

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Where?

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Move physically or step out?

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Move physically.

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Montgomery?

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Indeed. So many rabbit holes.

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Nov 17, 2023·edited Nov 17, 2023

At 2 weeks of lockdown I became very angry, because it was immediately apparent that so many people all around the world would be economically ruined. I expected that we would all suffer, and many millions would starve due to crashing supply lines. I was one of the very few people on the road at the beginning, due to being in health care. The COVID years have been an angry time, since I perceived most of the COVID measures as being ineffective and harmful, but felt guilty about abandoning my post, (since other health problems exist). Finally did that 2 and a half years later.

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Thank you for this comment.

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Thank you for your analysis of the lockdowns and resultant damage.

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Glad you were angry. I still am. I wonder if I will ever get rid of my anger.

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I'm trying to rid myself of it by promoting healthy lifestyle practices outside of the system. Positive thinking and building new systems will help us all.

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I didn’t wake up until later the first summer. But I had turned off MSM completely that April to save my stress level. I believe strongly that was how the information I needed to see got to me. First through my alternative health blogs and such, then the truth started to cascade into my inbox. I got the info and courage to resist the shots. Substack has been a literal life saver.

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Wasn't it "two weeks to flatten the curve" (of hospitalization)? Early on (19 or 20 March 2020) I called the Hatu Department of Health. They said they'd review the lockdown at the end of the month. Clearly, they didn't. Thank you, Misgovernor Gary Herbert Hoover (Spencer Cox no better) and his toady Angela Dun-n-(ce)! Imminent economic strangulation and inflation (embezzlement of the currency) was then obvious.

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Yes! Given what was claimed about how the virus could spread, the attempted physical measures were obviously not going to work.

At first I hoped that they'd get over the lockdowns after 2 weeks, like all the schools do when they do a short shut down for Flu. When they called for another 2 weeks, I knew we were screwed, and the lockdowns were about something else. Going to work at the hospital was not the problem. The mask charade, banning of effective remedies, and the jab mandate were over-the-top intolerable, as was the behavior of the hypnotized.

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Yup. I thought originally that 2 weeks to slow the spread was reasonable. How ignorant I was even though I had listened extensively to Glenn Beck who at that time was as clear a voice as there was about what was coming down the tracks. The treatment of Americas Frontline Doctors for their HCQ advocacy made me really smell a rat, and it has been one disturbing revelation after another since then.

I think the idea, from the implementation standpoint, of this neofeudalism, is well chacterized by AMD. I would add that it is implemented by minions, who might just be bought off or indoctrinated, over whom are mid level managers (like government officials, hospital administrators, etc.), and the ultimate overlords who are mysterious and above the WEF and trilaterals

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Government takeover of U.S. health care has been gradual over many decades, but everyone should know how much money was handed to health care corporations by the government as a reward for implementing the program. HUGE. They had been trying to get us to practice austerity, and were cutting work hours, then suddenly they were building huge new facilities. It is easier to buy off debt slaves and people who are very dependent upon health care systems. As the Dr. says, it's easier to control sick people. A healthy population is not easy for government.

More rats : Pfizer asked to hide their data for 75 years. COVID pertinent patent royalties to government officials.

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Are the ultimate overlords something like David Icke's reptilians, or something even more supernatural, or just old super rich who keep a low profile like the Black Nobility?

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Funny, I opened a twitter account just to troll (in a mostly calm way) Dunn-ce and Cox's stupidity. What a couple of dimwits.

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Preposterous! How could you get all this CORRECTLY on the very first Substack I’ve read on this topic!

For a democracy (or the republic version we have) can only exist to function with a moral and educated populace! - John Adams.

You hit this one with the bases loaded. As a History major I took courses in European history. The feudal system is exactly where we are headed today and the new Lords are the Bill Gates, Soros, Fink and other billionaires and their bought elected government cronies.

Problem is - American education system is much weaker since the mid 80’s, people are too ignorant on how to research and investigate, people are too busy grinding it out day to day and then vegetating on their free time. And sick people are easier to control!!

Our problem doc is - the cure eludes us due to the mass hysteria psychosis and big tech involvement that conceals the truth from individuals. I think it’s too late. I have hope but as Bob Hope said - it springs eternally and only in Christ do I see a righteous outcome!!!

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Thank you.

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I elucidated on this issue in the short The End of the Fourth Estate

Originally, the Media Was to Keep Government in Check. Now it IS the Goverment

https://blaisevanne.substack.com/p/the-end-of-the-fourth-estate

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Every important, large allegedly "truth-seeking" institution is now completely captured.

So that leaves us only the smaller, non-captured organizations to fight our underground resistance battles. At least some of us know who we CAN'T count on to "save the world."

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That’s why the government has to own the educational system, they only took that over in the 1970s, perhaps during the carter administration?

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

Great essay! I was literally just thinking about “America the Feudal” or as Theo Von calls it, “America LLC”. I am 34 and have had jobs up and down the socioeconomic ladder and the contempt that the average large employer has for their employees is heartbreaking. Rampant wage theft, overtime violations, unpaid work requirements, nickel and diming right and left. For jobs that pay under $15 an hour. I have also been involved in several small businesses and personal ventures and the quality of the average person has declined year over year. A functioning society (especially a capitalistic one) is based on trust. You have to trust that when you enter into a contract with an employer they will uphold it, or when you enter into a contract with a contractor to fix your plumbing they will act in good faith. I think that is really what is missing in “America the Feudal”; good faith.

I think America is especially vulnerable to the machinations of corporate/media/entertainment/governmental manipulation because we have less and less local community. Less and less are we embedded deeply in the community, knowing our neighbors, when people pass, when our relatives are going through something. It is far too common for someone to grow up in one state and move all across the country for a job. And then do it again and again and again. We become increasingly atomized consumers, waiting for the call of the corporate fearmongers, making us hate ourselves and everyone around us because it makes us more receptive to advertisements, both overt and subconscious.

I used to drive Uber in Hawaii and I talked to all sorts of different people from all over the world. This movement away from your place of birth is not normal. It happens, but everywhere it does there are rips and tears at the social fabric, and I think it happens most aggressively here in the USA. (I am guilty of this and am trying to rectify it in my own life)

This social fabric is our best defense against the feudalism of today. The beauty of today’s feudalism vs those of the medieval past is that we have agency in our feudalism now. If you are sick, seek healthy foods, sunlight, exercise, cold water and sauna. If you are in debt, spend less. If you are not in debt spend less. Seek connection with family, friends and neighbors.

Every time we have an unmet need, whether loneliness, self-consciousness, sex, hunger, connection, purpose, we tend to seek the easiest gratification of those needs. In our corporate world the traditional, evolved sociological processes which are copacetic with human brain chemistry (ie traditional family/community/civic values) are interrupted for a profit motive. What does Tinder really do? It monopolizes the market of mate choice and manipulates it for profit. The app makes money by people serially dating and its app perpetuates that pre-condition for their profit model. What does Facebook/Instagram really do? They make us feel self conscious because our perception of what is normal/real is distorted to an extent where we can’t help but feel chronically underwhelming compared to everyone else. What do political parties do? They weaponize personal (often familial) relationships in service of in-fighting over non-important topics (really our main distinguishing characteristics are who to bomb and who to hate, but no productive solutions). We can choose to ignore our corporate overlords and keep our gaze closer to home.

I think the home price increase, which is especially atrocious where I grew up (my parents house was bought in 1984 for $180,000, it is worth 4 million today, no renovations), is mostly due to money printing and government policy anti-subsidizing (intentionally increasing the price of). The government pushes people into homes, through a variety of programs for first time home buyers, veterans, people with disabilities, government employees, and many others. This causes more people to be able to get into houses, which artificially increases the prices. This is great if you are the recipient of this or an existing owner. If you aspire to own it pushes it further and further with each subsidized home price. If you let the government be involved with the price of something, it will f**k it up. Basically we have an artificially priced housing market. The other side of that is the money printing. I don’t understand all the math, but an enormous volume of dollars have been created in the last decade, something like double all the previously made dollars (crypto, as well as the Federal Reserve are both fundamentally money printers, and this is why crypto won’t last long, there can only be one money printer in town). All these dollars have to flow somewhere and boy did they flow. They flowed into equities, everything, but especially into home prices. Again, great for homeowners and terrible for non-homeowners. Until we have a massive crash and a reduction in the printing, housing will continue to be toxic. But again, we have agency. We can chose to live smaller, live in a trailer (like I do) not in debt. I know it is a sad time when that is may be our best choice, but sometimes opting out of the corporate bull***t and opting in to real human values is the right choice. If you don’t need to impress someone with your car, clothes or house, life can be liberating.

Wherever life finds you, be well and be good to the ones you love.

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Thank you.

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What a smart comment from such a young man! I have family and friends nearly twice your age who can't figure this out. There is a sadness realizing so many young people won't grow up in the America I remember (although the sellout had started and we didn't realize it)!

Still you give me hope as your comments ARE the remedy- family, faith, community, and turning OFF the noise from Media and "social media "!

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Community is getting harder and harder to find....I live in a blue town in a blue state, and have nothing in common with the community. It is my home of a lifetime...but I am very alone.

I hate it.

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I think the community really exists if you know how to look for it; you just have to recognize the other likeminded people who are scared to show who they actually are.

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Yes. Some are awake on some lines of knowledge but not on others. They haven’t connected the strings of betrayal . My husband is sort of politically awake but not awake with medicine and his need to believe his doctors in everything. However, he stopped the jab after one JNJ and will get no more flu shots.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

The Trilateral Commission was founded by Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Rockefeller in 1973. The "peanut farmer" Jimmy Carter was also a member. In fact, that's how he met Brzezinski who became Carter's National Security Advisor. A ghoul, who played a major role in organizing Jimmy Carter's policy on the Soviet Union, better known as the "grand strategy," for shaping global hegemony. Hence, Brzezinski, played a key role in organizing the Mujahideen under Osama bin Laden’s leadership as a means for triggering mayhem in Afghanistan bogging down the Soviet Union's military in an endless mess. Sort of like, the 20 year "US mess" which ironically followed the Soviet debacle.

That being said, the Carter administration was basically selected by Rockefeller as every person in the cabinet was also a member of the Trilateral Commission. It's similar to Obama's cabinet only that was selected by Citigroup, another bunch of bankers. Are you beginning to see a running theme; namely the power of bankster gangsters.

And you thought the President was actually in control and set significant policies--well think again. These supposed elected officials are merely political "managers" who are supplicants to the national security state who are further directed by international oligarchs who own banks, trillion dollar asset management firms, energy corporations, tech entrepreneurs, and pharmaceutical/chemical companies. In addition, there's a cabal of families who have sustained fortunes over many centuries, ie, the British monarch, Rothschilds, etc...

The above mentioned voracious pyschopaths are eager to transform the entire planet into a technocratic neofeudal totalitarian hellhole where a few live in splendor while the rest of humanity are in servitude.

It should be stressed, that every crisis whether the scamdemic or a series of barbaric military conflicts are systematically deployed to transfer wealth to billionaires why simultaneously heightening worldwide repression.

These clever criminals know how to rebrand past repressive policies with benevolent sounding terms like "sustainability" or "public health" via the captured corrupt UN in order to gain public acceptance for a tyrannical agenda.

Be prepared for more shenanigans, as the ghouls never give up.

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For a good history of this era/top see: “None Dare Call It Conspiracy,” 1971, by Gary Allen & Larry Abraham. It’s sickening.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

Maybe 18 months ago, I was getting gas and while I was waiting, I looked around and saw a fire extinguisher on a post next to the pump. It occurred to me that it was the perfect metaphor for the CV response when it came to alternative treatments. IMHO, if CV was a real pandemic, you would throw everything you have at it. The response of "only vaccines will save us" is like telling someone that the spilled gasoline at the gas station rolling towards the open flame over there can only be put out by the fire department. The fire extinguisher won't work - don't use it! And then they let the gasoline roll towards the flame...

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Great comment!

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Yeah... in the UK they said -- okay, we're going to start lockdowns a week from Thursday at 3PM , which is obviously the worst strategy for a lockdown. Everybody gets in a tizzy and floods the supermarkets, thus spreading the virus. I mean, if you still believe in viruses.

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Thank you for this exceptional historical analysis that explains the world’s terrifying economic, health and sociological trends. The imploding economy WILL turn out to be the world’s biggest killer. (As your article notes, this is already happening).

Ross Perot was prescient about the out-sourcing of jobs. Another politician who’s been prescient for 50 years is Ron Paul, who says the key to everything is real inflation, which he correctly labels the “cruelest tax” on the working class and poor.

Real inflation has been under-counted for decades to conceal its harsh effects. Our governing rulers manipulate inflation data just like they’ve manipulated Covid data/metrics.

I wrote an article where I used the metric of “work-arounds” to better calculate real inflation. “Work-arounds” are the things families (and businesses) MUST implement to deal with real inflation.

Examples include cancelling your maid service, dropping out of a civic club (to save dues), going to movies or sporting events less often, cutting back on dry cleaning, using (less expensive) cremation instead of burial, adult kids living with parents longer, “cutting the cord” on cable TV - anything that allows people to cut expenses and keep paying for those things they HAVE to pay for.

Mothers having to get a job (a second income) was perhaps one of the earliest and most significant family work-arounds.

Corporations use work-arounds to save money (and make sure they don’t have to increase prices even more) by moving jobs to cheaper-labor nations and by using cheaper illegal immigrant labor. They also have automated everything they can so they can hire fewer employers.

If you think about it, everything now-a-days is a work-around ... all necessitated by real inflation.

Executives with media corporations should know about “real inflation” because they know that businesses have dramatically cut back on advertising (another easy business work-around) and former customers have eliminated paid subscriptions.

Everyone is already using 20 work-arounds, but we’ll have to come up with 20 more in the future.

The work-around we “serfs” should be using is to purge all the crony capitalists and would-be totalitarians who created this system. If we don’t do this, our current rampant inflation might become hyper-inflation. It's a given the economy will only deteriorate.

As you noted, “censorship” is a vital work-around to keep the Powers that Be in control … so I imagine we are going to get more of that in the future as well.

For those interested in this novel inflation metric, I identified about 40 common work-arounds in this article:

https://billricejr.substack.com/p/workarounds-galore?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

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Good post. Thanks

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The doc's great article gave me a chance to re-boot my "work-around" essay. This is one of my favorites, one of my more original essays. I wrote it as a sidebar to a story I wrote for The American Conservative on "Shrinkflation." Shrinkflation is yet another corporate work-around.

TAC ran my shrinkflation piece, but didn't run my sidebar (which I thought was much more interesting).

When I started my own Substack, I could run the article myself ... Substack is actually a "work-around" for freelance writers who can't get their articles published at other media sources ... so some work-arounds are welcome.

Substack is also a "work-around" for writers who kept having their posts censored by Facebook.

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Substack is pretty much where all the intelligent people write today.

Where is famed leftist icon Mario Savio and his free speech movement on the steps of the student union at UC Berkelely in the 1960s when we need him! Oops, turns out they are now the speech and thought police on campus.

Savio, 27 sec vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsO_SlA7E8k Quick Google! Better scrub this from Youtube.

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Facebook posts? Haven't seen many; mostly just pictures of babies, children, and horses. Well granted, local talk radio hosts...

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Facebook - uncensored - could have saved millions of lives.

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Yes. Instead, they killed millions. Ditto Twitter.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

I really appreciate articles like this, which zooms out and attempts to analyze the larger situation. I always bring up epistemology (not that I'm that versed in it) when I'm trying to talk to my highly educated blue pill friends (pretty much all of them), as the sources they have trusted for years are often captured. I think one of the reasons the Leviathan smears people who are truth seekers with repetitive epithets is to prevent people turning to those sources. Just yesterday, for instance, a professor at Michigan Tech ranted about some young conservatives who made a model of a section of the Berlin Wall as being "racist, homophobic, childish, stupid idiots," which reminded me exactly of what Trudeau said about the totally peaceful bouncey house trucker protest "racist, misogynist, transphobic blah blah. Before October 7, a number of people speaking truth and analyzing the truth according to their lights were called anti-semitic (Neil Oliver, C.J. Hopkins, Vera Sherav) or pilloried with the ubiquitous "right wing". These epithets have become a sort of heuristic to drive people who have not thought out their epistemology away from even reading them. My bluepill friends, for instance, call DeSantis "deathsantis" or a nazi or a book burner as their sources for knowledge tar him in that way. And, I notice, they are unable to hear context or complexity at all. (I have all sorts of contradictory impressions of him, but love him for what he did during the pandemic) Maybe because all of our cognitive resources are being purposefully overwhelmed with crises and fears from all directions. Not an accident. The people I know, for the most part, are also on the down slope of cognition anyway, naturally losing some ability.

But just teaching people to comprehend what their sources of knowledge are, getting them to consider that, and to perhaps consider if changes have occurred to those sources, wakes them up a bit if they will think about it.

Thank you for taking on the meta topics and meta analysis!

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Thank you too : )

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Great article. A couple of complementary points:

1. Ed Dowd has said that a key part of the pandemic was to cover a financial crisis in the fall of 2019. The massive expenditures, under the guise of a pandemic, distracted the public from what was really going on. A massive government bailout. Similar to the Housing collapse of 2008. No time to think, spend. The lockdowns and financial destruction were great covers.

2. It has been well known since the 1980's that unemployment causes deaths of despair. Although there were numerous estimates of what the ratio of changes in deaths to changes in unemployment, a number often used decades ago was 60,000 additional deaths per 1% additional unemployment. I have not researched recently to see if that number was still relevant, and the country has changed a lot since I had heard that number, but with unemployment dramatically increasing because of lockdowns, that would have created an estimated million extra deaths.

3. When Fauxi was asked during the lockdowns what their health impacts would be he replied something like "that is above my pay grade, I am not an economist". That he didn't know something like the simple rule of thumb quoted above strains credulity. In the last year, when he is home free, he mentioned when he talked with his wife, his chief compliance officer, he stated they discussed exactly what the impacts would be. Lies all the way down.

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1) Ed's a friend.

2) I forgot to go into 2, but I have mentioned in previous ones.

3) Do you have the quote, I tried to find it but I couldn't remember if it was from Fauci or Neil Fergesson.

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My apologies. Even though I will swear the quotes are true, I couldn't find them using multiple conventional search engines (including Brave which hopefully is less censored). There was just too much stuff on Fauxi and pay and economist and lockdowns. Similarly there were a lot of Fauxi and his wife "Love Story" puff pieces. Since the quotes were in interviews, I was required me to read (or at least scan in depth) to find

them. After having read hundreds of disgusting articles fawning over them both, I just don't have the heart to read any more.

The hypocrisy of Fauxi potentially being one of the greatest mass murders of all time while simultaneously being married to the our country's chief medical ethics officer is just too much. It's disgusting to read about him once. Hundreds of times are as much as I can strand. I suggest if somebody is using an AI program, that may well work. (As a past founder of an AI company, I am not willing to trust them yet.) Maybe the AI program can scan enough documents to find the quotes without throwing up. I can't. Sorry.

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I am still digging but will post relevant stuff I find. While this Fauxi statement supports the "I am not an economist" concept, it is much, much worse. He says "and nobody else is either" among those involved in deciding on lockdowns.

April 27, 2023 
 (https://www.climatedepot.com/2023/04/27/)
10:37 am

https://covidreason.substack.com/p/top-ten-quotes-from-the-nyt-fauci (https://covidreason.substack.com/p/top-ten-quotes-from-the-nyt-fauci)

Top Ten Quotes from the NYT Fauci Interview

By JUSTIN HART (https://substack.com/profile/12624202-justin-hart)

Via Jeffrey Tucker @ 

Brownstone (https://brownstone.org/articles/top-ten-quotes-nyt-fauci-interview/)

“Fauci on the economics of the lockdowns: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not an economic organization. The surgeon general is not an economist. So we looked at it from a purely public-health standpoint. It was for other people to make broader assessments — people whose positions include but aren’t exclusively about public health. Those people have to make the decisions about the balance between the potential negative consequences of something versus the benefits of something.”

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It was Fauxi. Let me look for both the quote he gave about pay grade and the quote about talking about it with his wife. Again. Great article, like all your work.

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I am sure of the Fauxi quotes and will keep looking for them but here's quotes from him that will go into classic Fauxi Fables (I have followed him for almost 40 years since he killed a gay friend of mine with AIDS. He's truly repulsive)

FAUCI YESTERDAY: "I did not recommend closing anything."

FAUCI IN OCTOBER 2020: "I recommended to the president that we shut down the country" pic.twitter.com/lvw59IBndA

- Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 26, 2022

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

Excellent post! I grew up in a middle class environment when it was large with all kinds of options. A lower middle class person could build a small airplane in the garage, and learn to fly it if he or she had the mental wiring for that, and rent a tie-down at a local airport. In today’s world, these billionaire/WEF/CFR scum want to cage us in ‘15 minute’ cities and specify how many pairs of shoes we’re allowed to buy per year….

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Nov 17, 2023·edited Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

Across the board, 'fixing things' during Covid Hysteria was a disaster. Economy, health, constitution, ethics, financial, liberty, media, trust, ... all badly damaged.

Similarly, Climate Hysteria and the rest.

The burgeoning Administrative and Expert Classes - canonised and brandished by elites - are an unmitigated disease on society.

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

Their plan has been playing out in front of our eyes for decades. Covid was a layer of icing on a decades-in-the-making cake bomb. Yet, so many still cannot see what's happening. Seems controlling sick people was a successful tactic.

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I'm happy to learn The Midwestern Doctor now has 61,000 subscribers. I wish I could be one of the "paid subscribers" but one of my "work-arounds" to be able to pay the light bill necessitates limiting my Substack paid subscriptions.

On a depressing note, I learned that Your Local Epidemiologist (allegedly) has 211,000 subscribers (!) ... of which 10 percent are paid. She is the No. 1 "science and medicine" Substacker (and a millionaire).

This is disconcerting to say the least. Also, lately her big posting push is to get even more censorship to fight the plague of "vaccine hesitancy." You can read all about it here:

https://billricejr.substack.com/p/dear-lord-protect-us-from-our-local?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2

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I still very much appreciate all your support : )

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Nov 17, 2023·edited Nov 17, 2023

UGH. Damn that is depressing indeed. OMG not to you dear Doctor, but to what Bill Rice Jr. says about our local Epidemologist....

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Nov 17, 2023Liked by A Midwestern Doctor

Wonderful synopsis - thank doc!

The entire history of civilized human culture can be crudely summarized as a series of arrangements by which those with the most wealth and power, manipulate the masses for their own benefit and pleasure, using the most efficient means and methods available at the time - which are currently on steroids that tech makes available. The international cabal of central banks have long occupied the top of the pyramid.

The worldwide upheavals of the 1960s scared the shit out of the psychopathic power elites who then scrambled for a plan to regain their control. The "Powell Memo" and "The Crisis of Democracy" white paper in the early 1970s established a blueprint for most all of what you chronicle in this comprehensive post here - indiscernibly incremental steps to funnel money and power to the upper echelons, dumbing down education, systematic social engineering of lower classes, and most of all - constant stoking the flames of divisive issues, actual or contrived - that render us frightfully easy to control.

Awareness of all of this actually happening is paramount - which is why censorship is the critical issue of our times. They own and control all mainstream media and social media - thus define and maintain the worldview of the masses to match their oppressive narrative.

DO NOT COMPLY

https://youtu.be/N_u4fA5HExQ

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