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Chart: China Cut 5-year Loan Prime Rate by 15 points

Source : Bloomberg

Charts: U.S. Existing Homes Sales Slump As Mortgage Rate and Price Soar

Source : ZeroHedge

Chart: Canada Annual Inflation Rate Continue to Climb in April 2022

The highest since January 1991

Source : Trading Economics

Chuckles of the Day




Where Did I Come from?

“Daddy, where did I come from?” seven-year-old Rachel asks.

It is a moment for which her parents have carefully prepared. They take her into the living room, get out several other books, and explain all they think she should know about sexual attraction, affection, love, and reproduction.

Then they both sit back and smile contentedly. “Does that answer your question?” the mom asks.

“Not really,” the little girl says. “Judy said she came from Detroit. I want to know where I came from.”

* * * * * * *

Hairdressers

A successful young ‘Tycoon Designate’ was enjoying the full works at a fancy hairdressing salon in the West End.

“Dressing, sir?” asked the barber.

“No, no!” came the swift reply, “My wife might think I had been to a brothel.”

Unknown to him, his boss was also making an incognito visit to the high class establishment.

When he was asked the same question he came out in fine voice for the benefit of his unsuspecting executive, who was still receiving a nail manicure, “yes please, pile it on if you like. My wife has no idea of the smell you find in a brothel!”




What’s Happening to America? A Theocratic-Fascist Revolution

umair haque wrote . . . . . . . . .

It’s been a decade or so since I began to predict — and warn — America was collapsing. And over the years, I’ve been called everything from hyperbolic to an “alarmist” and beyond, insulted in the New York Times, attacked by the Atlantic, the list goes on. I have a question for you. Do you believe me yet?

Here America is. People are in shock and disbelief, though they shouldn’t be, because, well, like I said, plenty of people have been warning. And now the situation is grim. An illegitimate Supreme Court made of a religious fanatic literally part of a Handmaid’s cult, an alleged sexual predator whose debts mysteriously vanish, and a coup-plotter are seizing Americans’ rights…and quoting the Dark Ages to do it. Women are just to be a “domestic infant supply.” The Governor of Texas has already attacked the idea of desegregated public life.

What’s really happening here? Hold on a second, while I chuckle at the word “alarmist.” If you’re not alarmed by all this, well, you’re probably a Republican or an idiot, but I repeat myself.

What’s happening in America is a revolution. But it’s not a good one. Remember the Irani Revolution? The mullahs suddenly seized power from the Shah, backed by a militant faction of religious lunatics. And the next day, Iranis began to live under theocracy. What’s happening in America is a lot like that. A revolution, but not a forward moving one. Sometimes the wheel moves backwards — and crushes everyone under its path. This is such a time. America is having a totalitarian revolution, which combines all the flavours of social collapse, where theocrats, fascists, supremacist, and authoritarians have all made common cause, to slit democracy’s throat.

Welcome to Americastan.

What does the future look like? Do you really want to know? Do I really want to bother explaining? Not because I think less of you, but because…the last decade has been a real pain for me. I have a nice, fun life. I make music and hang out with my dog, and I write stuff. And yet despite my predictions all coming true, over and over again, what did I get? Rabid, unhinged personal attacks from everyone from New York Times columnists right down to your garden variety fascist. When they’re on the same side, maybe it’s time to reflect. Should I really bother? I don’t know anymore. But today is today, and here I am.

The future of America looks incredibly bleak. It is bleaker than Americans can yet imagine. They haven’t lived through the horrors of totalitarianism and theocracy. I have. They haven’t studied them really. I have. We have, rather, because there are plenty like me. But the average person is still out there — remember when I said this all those years ago? — underestimating American collapse.

What do I mean by that? For the last decade, American collapse has been relatively slow, punctuated by a spectacular event every now and then. Trump plodded his way through an early variant of fascism, incompetently, and all that ended in a bloody coup attempt — and that was only last year. I can understand why unintelligent people called me an alarmist for a decade, just like I can understand how someone denies cancer will kill them. American collapse was slow. The frogs were boiling in the pot, but the heat was at a low simmer.

But now American collapse is happening at light speed. So fast you get whiplash just watching it every day. Who can keep up anymore?

Here’s a random smattering of events from just the last week. Kentucky’s fanatics want to ban contraception — LOL, even Pakistan doesn’t do that. Mississippi’s governor refused to rule out banning contraception. Missouri’s lunatics wants to stop women leaving the state. Louisiana advanced a bill that would criminalise abortion — both the provider and the patient. That same bill would also class IUDs and Plan B as murder. Tennessee’s governor signed a bill restricting access to abortion pills. Mitch McConnell said it was “possible” that a GOP controlled Senate would attempt a federal ban on abortion.

This is something like a phase change in physics. The solid has become liquid. What was once slow and plodding is now fast, happening with incredibly, head-spinning swiftness. It was a fanatical political side then. Now? It’s a revolution.

Revolutions are strange things. Americans are taught to lionise them, because of course their country was born in one. But every revolution has two sides. America’s revolution was the worst thing that ever happened to Native Americans or a whole lot of Africans.

And revolutions are, above all, shocking, surprising things — to the ones being revolted against. The French nobility could scarcely believe they were under the guillotine even as the blade fell.

This is where America is. It is in the midst of a revolution — and it doesn’t yet understand that. History will, because when so many lunatics take this much power this fast, and things change, suddenly, overnight, the only word to describe it is “revolution.” Americans are in shock precisely because, like so many before them, they are now facing the guillotines of revolution, and don’t understand how or why this happened. And yet the blade is falling — on a modern, democratic America.

Let me go a little further, though like I said, these days I wonder if I should bother.

What is a revolution? It is really the sudden, dramatic reconstruction of a society’s institutions. Usually, by violent force. All of that is very much what is happening in America, and it is what happens next.

You know that they won’t stop at repealing Roe — that it’s just a beginning. But how bad does it get? Well, America’s future goes something like this.

The Republicans take Congress in a few months, because the Democrats have alienated everyone from young people to women to minorities, and made the mistake I predicted they would — they fragmented their own “fragile coalition.” When they do, they impeach Biden. Or they don’t — it doesn’t really matter, because Biden is on his way to being a one-term President. Americans think little of him, because he seems to care about Ukrainians more than Americans, not that anyone shouldn’t care about Ukrainians, but on domestic issues, Biden and his team seem to be simply missing in action.

The question isn’t what happens then. The reason I say all this is that it explains what is happening now. All these lunatic bills being proposed and passed? To turn America into Americastan? They are happening precisely because the lunatics — the theocrats, fascists, authoritarians — understand that they can now go in for the kill. There is nobody much to stop them now — and there will be absolutely nobody shortly. And so what they are really doing is what happens in every revolution. Wholesale, sudden, dramatic institutional reconstruction. What happened during the French Revolution? Peasantry and nobility were literally abolished. Institutional reconstruction.

Just like that, America’s fanatics want to remake America institutionally. Let me give you an example, rather than a dry explanation. You’re a woman in some Red State. You want to visit a friend, in another state. Now, to cross the border, you need to prove you’re not exercising some kind of suddenly illegal form of autonomy. But how do they check that? They go through your personal data. They trawl your emails and messages and apps. You’ve had to carefully, carefully go through them just to be on the safe side — because now, if they “catch” you, even if you’re not doing anything, it’s a serious crime.

Welcome to Americastan.

Let’s do another example. Now that Roe is being repealed, the wave of vigilante-informant laws Texas pioneered are already passing. Oklahoma has one now. So anyone can perform a “citizen’s arrest” on…a woman…for just existing…maybe looking at Planned Parenthood…maybe talking about her love life at a cafe…talking about who she’s dating. Anyone can “arrest” someone “aiding and abetting” a woman. Imagine that charges like that get brought. Now the woman and her friend have to do something Kafkaesque — they have to disprove their criminality, which is something that some random fascist dudebro charged them with.

Welcome to Americastan.

Chilled yet? Let’s do one more. Where does this end? All this is really about defining the limits of personhood. It’s easy enough to see that America’s lunatics want public spaces to only belong to the pure of faith and true of blood — hence, Texas’s Governor Abbott proposing that undocumented kids don’t get to go to public schools. What’s next? “Separate but equal.” A return to Jim Crow. What does that make all America’s “interracial” kids? Suddenly, they’re not people at all anymore. They can’t go the schools, the libraries, the parks, the restaurants they once used to be able to.

If you think that’s beyond America’s theocrats, you’re not paying attention. This is exactly why they’re smearing gay people as “groomers” and anyone supporting them as “pedophiles.” So they can keep them out of public spaces — and criminalise them all over again, with “sodomy” laws. So now what happens if, at school, some other kid, some bully, suspects your kid of being gay — which is now a crime? Then your kid gets hauled into court, and has to disprove it. Which is of course something a) nobody can really do and b) something nobody should have to do. If you think I’m kidding, watch this video of the police in Tennessee literally taking doors down to get to an LGBTQ teenager who was begging for help online.

This is all happening now. I’m not predicting it anymore. I’n not warning of it, even. I’m just observing it. And what I see is incredibly troubling.

America is having a revolution. But not a good one. Not like the French Revolution, in which modernity was born, kicking and screaming. It is having a backwards revolution, in which only regress is born. Those happen too.

This is America’s Second Revolution. It has more parallels with the birth of ISIS, how the Taliban came to take over Afghanistan, how Iran fell to fanatics, the story of much of the Muslim world — than with anything remotely modern. It has more parallels with how the Nazis took over Germany — one seizure of power at a time — than Canada or Europe’s modern revolutions of dignity and peace. America’s second revolution is an explosion of hate and violence, directed at forcing the country back to places it has never been, the literal Dark Ages, supremacy and bigotry imposed on 70% of the people who don’t want it, in violent, fanatical ways.

America is at the beginning of this revolution now. And revolutions? They don’t last long. They’re sudden, sharp, shocks. After which life is never the same. This revolution won’t be like the last decade of collapse — slow. It will be a swift period — perhaps two to five years, if that — after which America is unrecognisable as a country. Where women are surveilled, where minorities are again separated, where if you’re different, gay, even if you just read the wrong books, suddenly, you’re a criminal, a pedophile, a groomer, a place where conformity to theo-fascist ideals is enforced by citizen-vigilante-informers who have become a society-wide morality police, intimidating the 70% with terror and violence. This is a revolution, my friends. A religious-totalitarian one.

Americans don’t really grasp this yet. Nobody much does, until it’s too late. Oh, well. I guess you can always get your kicks by calling people like me “alarmists.” Have fun in Americastan. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Source : E&CO

In Pictures: Natural Wonders of China

Fifteen landmarks in China have been selected as part of a first list of natural wonders by the China Meteorological Service Association.


Damao Xianbei starry sky in Songyang county, East China’s Zhejiang province


The Ejina Populus Euphratica Forest in Ejina Banner, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region


China’s ‘Snow Town’ is a village located in the Shuangfeng Wood Farm in Mudanjiang, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province


The Wusong Scenic Area’s pine forest in Heilongjiang province freezes over during winter.


Ice bubbles are formed during the winter in Lianhua Lake the Guanyin Mountain Scenic Area in Heilongjiang province.


The peak of Laojun Mountain in Luoyang, Central China’s Henan province.


The Dabieshan Rainbow Waterfall in Anqing, East China’s Anhui province.


Golden and red foliage in autumn of Tachuan, a Hui-style mountain village in Huangshan, Anhui province.

View more pictures at Caixin . . . . .

Chart: China Unemployment Rate Surged in April 2022

China’s urban unemployment rates surged in April with multiple indicators hitting two-year highs as Covid lockdowns slowed economic activity in many regions.

The surveyed urban unemployment rate, which measures the number of unemployed job seekers over the age of 16 against a sample of the population, came in last month at 6.1%, 0.3 of a percentage point higher than the March reading, data released Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics show. The figure marks the highest since February 2020, when Covid-19 raged across the country.

The April surveyed urban unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds hit the highest in available data going back to January 2018, climbing to 18.2% from 16% the previous month.


Source : Caixin

The Psychology of Manipulation: 6 Lessons from the Master of Propaganda

Ryan Matters wrote . . . . . . . . .

Edward L. Bernays was an American business consultant who is widely recognized as the father of public relations. Bernays was one of the men responsible for “selling” World War 1 to the American public by branding it as a war that was necessary to “make the world safe for democracy”.

During the 1920s, Bernays consulted for a number of major corporations, helping to boost their business through expertly crafted marketing campaigns aimed at influencing public opinion.

In 1928, Edward Bernays published his famous book, Propaganda, in which he outlined the theories behind his successful “public relations” endeavours. The book provides insights into the phenomenon of crowd psychology and outlines effective methods for manipulating people’s habits and opinions.

For a book that’s almost 100 years old, Propaganda could not be more relevant today. In fact, its relevance is a testament to the unchanging nature of human psychology.

One of the key takeaways of the book is that mind control is an important aspect of any democratic society. Indeed, Bernays maintains that without the “conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses”, democracy simply would not “work”.

We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.

According to Bernays, those doing the “governing” constitute an invisible ruling class that “understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses”.

In Propaganda, Bernays draws on the work of Gustave Le Bon, Wilfred Trotter, Walter Lippmann, and Sigmund Freud (his uncle!), outlining the power of mass psychology and how it may be used to manipulate the “group mind”.

If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it?

I recently explored this topic in an essay about how occult rituals and predictive programming are used to manipulate the collective consciousness, influencing the thoughts, beliefs and actions of large groups of people, resulting in the creation of what occultists call “egregores”.

Here I have extracted some key insights from Bernays in an attempt to show how his book Propaganda is, in many ways, the playbook used by the globalist cryptocracy to process the group mind of the masses.

1. IF YOU MANIPULATE THE LEADER OF A GROUP, THE PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW

Bernays tells us that one of the easiest ways to influence the thoughts and actions of large numbers of people is to first influence their leader.

If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway.

In fact, one of the most firmly established principles of mass psychology is that the “group mind” does not “think”, rather, it acts according to impulses, habits and emotions. And when deciding on a certain course of action, its first impulse is to follow the example of a trusted leader.

Humans are, by nature a group species. Even when we are alone, we have a deep sense of group belonging. Whether they consciously know it or not, much of what people do is an effort to conform to the ideals of their chosen group so as to feel a sense of acceptance and belonging.

This exact method of influencing the leader and watching the people follow has been used extensively throughout the last few years. One notable instance that comes to mind is the horrendously inaccurate epidemiological models created by Neil Ferguson, which formed the basis for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lockdown policies.

Once Johnson was convinced of the need to lockdown and mask up, the people gladly followed.

2. WORDS ARE POWERFUL: THE KEY TO INFLUENCING A GROUP IS THE CLEVER USE OF LANGUAGE

Certain words and phrases are associated with certain emotions, symbols and reactions. Bernays tell us that through the clever and careful use of language, one can manipulate the emotions of a group and thereby influence their perceptions and actions.

By playing upon an old cliché, or manipulating a new one, the propagandist can sometimes swing a whole mass of group emotions.

The clever use of language has been employed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to great effect. An obvious example of this was when the definition of “vaccine” was changed to include injections utilising experimental mRNA technology.

You see, the word “vaccine” is associated in the public mind with a certain picture – that of a safe, proven medical intervention that is not only life-saving but absolutely necessary.

If governments had told people to go get their “gene therapies”, the vast majority of the public would likely question the motives behind such a campaign; they would feel extremely sceptical because the phrase “gene therapy” is not associated with the same images, emotions and feelings as “vaccine”.

The same goes for the word “pandemic”, the definition of which was also changed. The word “pandemic” is generally associated in the collective consciousness with fear, death, chaos and emergency (largely thanks to Hollywood and the myriad virus films it has released over the years).

3. ANY MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATION IS ALSO A MEDIUM FOR PROPAGANDA

Any system of communication, whether phone, radio, print, or social media, is nothing more than a means of transmitting information. Bernays reminds us that any such means of communication is also a channel for propaganda.

There is no means of human communication which may not also be a means of deliberate propaganda.

Bernays goes on to stress that a good propagandist must always keep abreast of new forms of communication, so that they may co-opt them as means of deliberate propaganda.

Indeed, systems that most people would associate with freedom of speech and democracy are none other than means of circulating propaganda. Facebook fact-checkers, Big Tech censorship and YouTube’s Covid banners certainly fall into this category.

Other examples of this include the recent algorithm updates made by various search engines (including Google and DuckDuckGo) to penalize Russian websites. Although this should come as no surprise (Google has been engaging in this type of “shadow propaganda” for many years).

4. REITERATING THE SAME IDEA OVER AND OVER CREATES HABITS AND CONVICTIONS

Although Bernays terms this a technique used by the “old propagandists”, he, nonetheless, recognizes its usefulness.

It was one of the doctrines of the reaction psychology that a certain stimulus often repeated would create a habit, or that the mere reiteration of an idea would create a conviction.

Repeating the same idea or the same “mantra” again and again is a form of neuro-linguistic programming aimed at instilling certain concepts or emotions into the subconscious mind. Indeed, people who are feeling sad or depressed are often advised to repeat to themselves an uplifting saying or affirmation.

There are many examples of this simple, yet effective, technique being used to great effect over the last few years. Think Q’s “trust the plan”, the globalist favourite, “build back better” or the incessant repetition of that twisted phrase, “trust the science”. Included in this category are the 24/7-in-your-face death statistics and case numbers, aimed at promoting the illusion of a pandemic.

There are more obvious examples of this as well, such as news anchors in different areas all reading from the exact same script.

5. THINGS ARE NOT DESIRED FOR THEIR INTRINSIC WORTH, BUT RATHER FOR THE SYMBOLS THAT THEY REPRESENT

After studying why people make certain purchasing decisions, Bernays observed that people often don’t desire something for its usefulness or value, but rather because it represents something else which they unconsciously crave.

A thing may be desired not for its intrinsic worth or usefulness, but because he has unconsciously come to see in it a symbol of something else, the desire for which he is ashamed to admit to himself.

Bernays gives the example of a man buying a car. From the outside, it may appear as if the man is buying the car because he needs a means of transport, but in actuality, he is buying it because he craves the elevated social status that comes with owning a motor vehicle.

This idea, too, applies to the events over the last few years.

For example, masks are a symbol of compliance. Everyone knows they don’t work but they wear them because of their desire to “fit in”, and to be seen as an upstanding citizen who follows the rules. Covid-19 injections are also a symbol and many people choose to get them because they have a desire to avoid being called an “anti-vaxxer” or a “conspiracy theorist”.

6. ONE CAN MANIPULATE INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS BY CREATING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MODIFY GROUP CUSTOMS

Lastly, Bernays tells us that if one wishes to manipulate the actions of an individual, the most effective way to do so is to create circumstances that engender the desired behaviour.

What are the true reasons why the purchaser is planning to spend his money on a new car instead of on a new piano? […] He buys a car, because it is at the moment the group custom to buy cars. The modern propagandist therefore sets to work to create circumstances which will modify that custom.

For example, why all of a sudden does everyone “stand with Ukraine”? According to Bernays, it’s not because there is a war going on and innocent people need our love and support, but rather because it is the new “group custom” to do so.

The process of altering group customs begins from the top down. In every nation or social clique, there are leaders, public figures and influencers. Manipulating those with the most sway eventually filters down into the public mind. That is why when a celebrity decides to wear something extravagant on the red carpet, a whole new trend can arise overnight.

Similarly, at the beginning of the Covid saga and then the Russia-Ukraine war, the media were quick to circulate stories of celebs “catching Covid” and urging people to stay home, or public figures condemning Russian actions and calling for stricter sanctions (which just so happened to hurt the West more than they hurt Russia).

THE PROPAGANDA PLAYBOOK

The world is a volatile place right now. Things seem to change quickly and no one knows what might happen next. However, amid all this chaos there is one thing that has not changed and is unlikely to change any time soon, and that is human psychology.

Because of this, the tactics used to manipulate people’s thoughts, beliefs and actions have not changed either. In fact, most of them were outlined in detail 100 years ago by Edward Bernays in his 1928 book, Propaganda.

That’s right, the Puppet Master’s playbook isn’t a secret. It’s right there, freely available to anyone who cares to understand how the powers that be seek to influence them on a daily basis.


Source : Off G