There is little question that COVID-19 originated in China, where it made its first appearance in Wuhan, China in mid-November 2019. By mid-February 2020, it had spread worldwide with tens of thousands of confirmed cases in China, Italy, Spain, and Iran. By mid-March, thousands had already died. Now, in mid-April there are about 2.5 million confirmed cases and 165 thousand dead. Across the world, governments enacted shelter in place ordinance for everyone except essential workers, like police, doctors, nurses, and grocery store baggers. Who knew that a grocery store bagger, a job that barely requires a GED, would be an essential worker?
There have been plenty of questions about the transparency of the Chinese government about the spread and death toll of COVID-19. There was mounting pressure and belief that Chinese statistics about COVID-19 cases was significantly undercounted, so much so that China has revised and doubled the official number of confirmed cases and deaths. Experts still believe that these number are low, given China’s population density in the region.
And now, in the midst of a the worst economic shutdown in modern history some people, including politicians, are beginning to question and believe that COVID-19 was engineered and subsequently escaped a research lab in Wuhan, China. If China covered up the infection rate and death toll of COVID-19, it would certainly cover up if in fact it originated in a research lab there. All we can do is continue to shelter in place while keeping social distancing, and wait for our stimulus check.
The American economy is based on economic growth, and for a long time growth was achieved by making territorial gains, pushing west. Then economic growth was was made by opening new markets. An exponential growth occurred each time a new industry was formed. For the last quarter of a century, most of the exponential growth has come from the financial sector, where companies merge assets, layoff staff, and outsource production. The modern American family is a reflection of the new American economy. American families used to have more children than they do now, as children were an economic benefit by an early age but now they are an economic drain well past their 30s. Homelessness is on the rise as the cost of living has skyrocketed but wages remain flat. The cost of health care jumps up each year, not due to new medications but because patents for those medications are bought up by conglomerates. American’s don’t save because it doesn’t pay to save.
In the 1980’s, Hollywood did not give a fuck when painting the Soviet Union as the the Evil Empire in every movie. Think of the 1984 release of Red Dawn, where the Soviet Union with the help of Cuban comrades invade a small town Colorado. Remember Rambo III, when John Rambo travels to pre-Taliban Afghanistan to rescue his war buddy captured by the Soviet army fighting the Mujahideen.
Of course, the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 but the threat of communist nations still linger with an iron grip on power, think North Korea and China. Except for a cartoony stop animation of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il in Team America: World Police released in 2004 there has been no film put out by the big Hollywood studios in the last 20 years that is critical of China’s policies.
It is well known that the Chinese government are actively committing what many consider human rights violations against the ethnic Uyghurs and Tibetans. Additionally, in the last 20 years, China has taken a more belligerent stance in the world stage, including building a military base in the middle of the highly contested territory in the South China Sea, over 1,000 miles from mainland China. It is widely suspected that China has hacked the federal government’s Office of Personal Management, the HR of the US government, and may have comprised personal information of government employees, federal contractors, and possibly even “state department contractors”, aka CIA agents. It has been reported, but not investigated by the media that the CIA covert network in China went completely dark in 2012, most likely because the Chinese military hacked the communication methods and procedures followed by the CIA handlers and their local informants.
It feels like the large Hollywood studios, like most companies and even nations, are turning a blind eye at the injustices being committed by the Chinese government, the Communist Party of China, all for the short term illusion of gaining access into the Chinese market.
Movies like Independence Day would have us believe that the United States government has been keeping knowledge about alien life from the general population. I believe that this myth about alien technology being studied at secret bases like Area 51 has been promoted in part by the military-industrial complex itself as cover for their military training exercises. Aside from some blurry videos of moving pixels there has been no conclusive or clear evidence that there is extraterrestrial life. Not only is there no evidence that there is alien life, but there is no evidence that the world’s governments are keeping knowledge of their existence from us.
On multiple occasions, President Trump has tweeted classified information about military operations in the Middle-East. If he had any direct knowledge about alien life he would clearly tweet about it inadvertently in a early morning tweetstorm.
From a technological perspective, we have not made any significant paradigm shift or quantum leap in generations. We still depend largely on fossil fuel. We’ve essentially tapped out Moore’s Law. Even with modern advancements, medicine and the health care industry as a whole is still so primitive. Since the pyramids, there is no recent technological advancement that can be credited to an alien civilization.
By all accounts, we might as well be all alone in our corner of the universe.
Unlike President Obama, I don’t have a kill list. In fact, unlike most Americans I don’t believe in capital punishment but there is a long list of agent provocateurs, cultural instigators, paid propagandists, bourgeoisie douchbags, and social media marketers that I would not shed a tear if they happen to die of natural causes or freak accidents or sharknado attack.
During the American pioneer days, an American citizen could be born and go about most of his or her life without ever meeting a federal government employee, unless it was a US Calvary soldier killing Native Americans. Today, from birth to death, a person has to live and interact and be subject of federal regulations and restrictions.
The Summer of Love was in 1967. Hundreds of thousands of hippies migrated to large metropolitan area like San Francisco and New York. In 1969, an estimated 400,000 free loving hippies gathered at Woodstock for 3 days of peace and music and sex and drugs and rock and roll. From 1967 to 1987, the year that the movie Wall Street is release, is 20 years, and most of the hippies from 1967 cut their hair and got jobs in that time. In those 20 years, the counter revolution of free love had grown up and gotten corporate jobs, those 18 year old hippies where now 38 year old middle managers in corporate raiding america of the 1987. Add another 20 years and this takes us to 2007, when about the hippie generation about to retire. In 2007, the hippies had grown to fill up most of boardrooms in corporate america. It was under the leadership of the hippie generation that dot com bubble burst in 2002, it was under their direction that jobs got outsource and offshore, they found new economic models like pooling poor performing home loans into highly rated collateral debt obligations, they found new tax strategies like double Irish and dutch sandwiches. The hippie ethos of free love turned out to be about free love of money, and this lead to the economic recession of 2008.
Banks give individuals home loans they can’t afford, the housing bubble spreads across the country, banks pools poor performing home loans into collateralize debt obligations to rate them as sound investments, local governments invest hundreds of millions into these collateralize debt obligations, the economy begins to slows down, hundreds of thousands are left unemployed, families can’t afford their mortgage, the housing bubble pops, banks repose homes, families are ruined, local governments lose millions from their pensions, some local governments go into bankruptcy, banks buy up homes for less than they worth, homeowners own mortgages for more than their homes are worth, banks begging renting homes back to families that lost their homes in foreclosures, banks push local governments to lower properties taxes since they now own a large number of homes, local communities lose out on income, funding to schools is cut, …
The Fourth of July reminds us as Americans of the perceived freedoms and regulated rights all citizens of our country are guaranteed by our Constitution. Among those is freedom of speech, often exercised in protests of various kinds. NSA does not object to any lawful, peaceful protest but be advised that we will be monitoring your freedom of speech and anything you say or ever had said may be used against you in a secret court of law. NSA and its employees work diligently and lawfully every day, around the clock and around the world, to protect the public and private interest of our clients.
The internet was initially developed by the Department of Defense as a DARPA project, and the recent PRISM surveillance program shows that the internet is still actively being developed with the co-operation from the Department of Defense, the only difference is that originally the internet was designed with Soviet Russia as the primary threat and to survive a Russian nuclear attack, now the internet is designed with the American public as the primary threat and to monitor Americans’ activities.