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Futures Drift As Gold Soars

Futures Drift As Gold Soars



Futures Drift As Gold Soars Tyler Durden Wed, 07/08/2020 - 08:00

S&P futures traded in a narrow range even as European stocks slid amid new tensions between Washington and Beijing, as well as worries that an alarming rise in coronavirus caseloads across the country pose a risk to the recovery in business activity and will hit consumer spending. The dollar was flat as gold continued its surge, rising  above $1,800 and rapidly approaching its Sept 2011 all time high.

Global markets have been struggling for traction ever since the Fed's balance sheet started shrinking modestly in mid-June...

... after a sharp rally last week amid concern it’ll take a long time for the broader economy to recover from the pandemic. Many Americans are planning to spend less on things like movies, event tickets or at bars, even as states allow businesses to start re-opening, according to Bloomberg.

On Tuesday the Nasdaq notched yet another intraday record high but all the three main stock indexes finished lower as investors booked profits following a strong run after a batch of upbeat data strengthened the case for a bounce back in economy.

European shares gave up gains early in the trading session after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said regional leaders will probably fail to agree on a massive spending plan aimed at reviving their economies. Negotiations at a summit next week will be "very tough" and will likely need to continue throughout the summer, he said.

“It’s not unusual for stocks to take a breather at this point,” Susan Schmidt, a portfolio manager at Aviva Investors, said on Bloomberg TV. “We could see ourselves in a bit of a trading range in the next couple of weeks,” before U.S. earnings season ramps up.

Asian stocks were little changed, with communications rising and industrials falling, after falling in the last session. Most markets in the region were up, with Jakarta Composite gaining 1.8% and the Shanghai Composite rising 1.7%, its seventh daily rise in a row to the highest level since the 2018 start of the U.S.-China trade war, with Nanjing Iron & Steel and Jilin Yatai posting the biggest advances.

Trading volume for MSCI Asia Pacific Index members was 69% above the monthly average for this time of the day. The Topix declined 0.9%, with Teac and Airtech Japan falling the most. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.5%. Emerging-market equities resumed gains, heading for the highest level since February.

China stocks rose even as HSBC Holdings slumped after a report that some of Donald Trump’s advisers proposed a move to destabilize Hong Kong’s currency peg to the dollar as a way of punishing China.

Meanwhile, China on Wednesday said it will restrict visas for U.S. officials for what it called “egregious” behavior over Tibet,  reciprocating a move announced by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo a day earlier.

Eastern European currencies weakened, while gains for the Mexican peso and South African rand limited losses on the MSCI Inc.’s gauge for emerging-market exchange rates. Stock market gains in China have even pushed the country’s financial publications to caution investors about overheating. But as The Trump administration is said to be considering options to punish China for recent moves to chip away at Hong Kong’s political freedoms, markets “appear to be learning to look past the noise,” according to Credit Agricole’s Eddie Cheung. “While valuations would suggest that there is ground for China’s markets to continue to rally, it remains to be seen whether that alone can continue to be a driving force regionally, especially with Western markets trading more tentatively,” the Hong Kong-based strategist said in note.

In rates, Treasuries were slightly weaker across the curve on low volumes, with long-end yields higher by 1bp and front end little changed. Price action creates small concession in 7- to 10-year sector for $29b 10-year note auction at 1pm ET that may draw a record low yield. Treasury 10-year yields hover around 0.65% ahead of auction, steepening 2s10s by 0.8bp; bunds outperform by 3.5bp vs. Treasuries, gilts by 2.5bp. Futures volumes as of 7am ET were 70% to 90% of 20-day average levels across the curve, Bloomberg reported. German Bunds bull-flattened, outperforming Treasuries.

In FX, the dollar erased a decline as investors measured signs of renewed political tension between the U.S. and China. Hong Kong’s Dollar remained at the strong end of its established trading range after a report that advisers to President Trump suggested undermining the currency’s peg to the greenback after Beijing’s moves to curb the island’s political freedoms. Australia’s dollar weakened against all of its Group-of-10 peers after rising infection rates in the nation’s second-most populous state and S&P Global Ratings warned that the return to lockdown in Victoria would put pressure on its economic recovery. “From an economic point of view, this is potentially disastrous,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist with CMC Markets Asia Pacific. "Forex traders are certainly expressing their growth outlook worries by selling the Aussie, and we’re likely to see support for the havens like the dollar, yen and Swiss franc."

In commodities, the biggest mover was once again gold, which continues its tremendous ascent, topping $1,800 an ounce, with silver needing to catch up.

Upside in WTI and Brent front month contracts were hampered by a surprise build in private inventories (crude stocks +2mln vs. Exp. -3.1mln), and the relevant headlines overnight were also on the bearish side with ADNOC set to boost oil exports next month and Total’s Port Arthur refinery said to be running at 60% capacity due to subdued demand.

Looking at the day ahead now, we have central bank speakers including ECB Vice President de Guindos and the Fed’s Bostic, while data releases from the US include consumer credit for May and the weekly MBA mortgage applications.

Market Snapshot

  • S&P 500 futures up 0.2% to 3,143.25
  • STOXX Europe 600 down 0.3% to 367.88
  • MXAP up 0.07% to 164.44
  • MXAPJ up 0.5% to 544.63
  • Nikkei down 0.8% to 22,438.65
  • Topix down 0.9% to 1,557.23
  • Hang Seng Index up 0.6% to 26,129.18
  • Shanghai Composite up 1.7% to 3,403.44
  • Sensex up 0.04% to 36,687.46
  • Australia S&P/ASX 200 down 1.5% to 5,920.30
  • Kospi down 0.2% to 2,158.88
  • German 10Y yield fell 1.6 bps to -0.445%
  • Euro up 0.1% to $1.1286
  • Italian 10Y yield fell 3.6 bps to 1.077%
  • Spanish 10Y yield fell 1.0 bps to 0.415%
  • Brent futures down 0.2% to $43/bbl
  • Gold spot up 0.2% to $1,797.93
  • U.S. Dollar Index up 0.1% to 97

Top Overnight News

  • Some top advisers to President Donald Trump want the U.S. to undermine the Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the U.S. dollar as the administration considers options to punish China for the recent imposition of a security law in the former British colony.
  • The threat of U.S. action to undermine Hong Kong’s longstanding U.S. dollar peg is highly unlikely to become reality given the practical difficulties of pursing such a path and the damage it would do to U.S. interests, economists say.
  • HSBC Holdings Plc, which draws more than two-thirds of its pretax income from Hong Kong, slumped as advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump were also said to be discussing measures against banks there.
  • Boris Johnson warned Germany’s Angela Merkel that the U.K. is ready to do without a trade deal if the European Union wasn’t prepared to compromise.
  • Japan’s investors are flocking to Australia’s sovereign bond market, lured by cheaper currency-hedging costs and some of the highest yields among developed nations.

Asian equity markets were mixed as attempts to shrug off the weak handover from global peers were somewhat hindered by the record infection rates stateside and a slew of punchy US-China related headlines. ASX 200 (-1.5%) was subdued as Australia’s 2nd largest city heads into a 6-week lockdown and with the declines in the index led by notable losses in consumer stocks and financials, while Nikkei 225 (-0.8%) was pressured by the ongoing virus flare up in Tokyo where more than 100 new cases were reported for a 6th consecutive day, but with downside stemmed after data showed the largest increase in bank lending on record. Hang Seng (+0.6%) and Shanghai Comp. (+0.7%) were supported as the latest coronavirus updates from Beijing showed zero new cases for a 2nd consecutive day although caution was also observed on the inauguration day of China’s national security office in Hong Kong and as reports continued to suggest increasing tensions between the world’s largest economies. This includes confirmation by US President Trump that he is looking at banning TikTok in the US and his administration also warned the Railroad Retirement Fund against Chinese investments due to risks of additional sanctions, while the White House is considering executive actions which involve targeting Chinese businesses operating in the US and aides were also said to propose undermining the USD/HKD peg although this was not put forward to President Trump and certain officials have opposed the idea. Finally, 10yr JGBs were initially copy as they conformed to the unsettled overnight tone across asset classes, but eventually edged only marginal gains amid a subdued risk tone in Tokyo and the BoJ’s presence in the market for JPY 870bln of government bonds with up to 5yr maturities.

Top Asian News

  • AirAsia Is Said to Weigh Raising $234 Million Via Rights Issue
  • Itochu Makes $5.4 Billion Bid for Rest of Japan’s FamilyMart
  • Hong Kong’s Resilient Markets Just Knocked Down Another Big Test
  • Singapore in Survival Mode Looks to Reinvent Itself. Again

European stock markets initially attempted to nurse losses seen at the open before losing steam as the mid-week session goes underway [Euro Stoxx 50 -0.9%], following on from a mixed APAC lead overnight. Fresh fundamental newsflow has been light for the session, with the calendar also sparse, albeit key risk events, aside from COVID-19 US-China headlines, could include UK Chancellor Sunak’s fiscal unveiling alongside the European Commission’s potential compromise recovery fund proposal. Sectors are all in negative territory with a clear defensive bias, with the detailed breakdown also painting a similar picture. Financial names underperform, likely on the back of HSBC (-4.0%) amid reports President Trump’s aides were said to propose undermining the USD/HKD peg, although the idea had not been put forward to President Trump and certain officials opposed the idea. In terms of other individual movers, Nokia (-7.5%) shares extend on losses amid a negative broker move coupled with speculation that Verizon may be dropping the Co. as a 5G partner, Nokia stated that it continues working with Verizon amidst these reports. On the flip side, Deutsche Post (+0.8%) remains buoyed after reporting an improvement in Q2 prelim figures whilst noting FY22 EBIT in the least favourable case of EUR 4.7bln and the most favourable case in excess of EUR 5.3bln.

Top European News

  • Serbia’s Vucic Sees Rising Risk of Regional Conflict in Europe
  • Volkswagen Management Tumult Spills Over to Truck Subsidiary
  • Medtronic Is Said to Make Offer for Medical Device Maker Intersect
  • Analysts Applaud Deutsche Post Earnings, Dividend Proposal

In FX, the Dollar and its G10 currency counterparts are stuck in a rut after 2 volatile sessions, but ultimately no clear direction amidst fluctuating and flaky risk sentiment on coronavirus updates interspersed with economic data and surveys supporting the recovery from first wave pandemic lows. Major pairings are muted and the subdued state of affairs exemplified by the DXY showing little sign or inclination to stray too far either side of the 97.000 level that has been magnetic of late. Moreover, Wednesday’s agenda does not bode well in terms of market-moving potential, barring any surprises from UK Chancellor Sunak and/or an unscheduled event given a blank US agenda beyond weekly mortgage applications and then consumer credit.

  • CHF/EUR/CAD - All marginally firmer against the Greenback, but within relatively tight confines as noted above, as the Franc hovers just below 0.9400, Euro shy of 1.1300 where a hefty 1.9 bn option expiry resides and Loonie pivots 1.3600 ahead of Canadian housing starts and an update from Finance minister Morneau on the economy in context of measures taken to combat COVID-19.
  • JPY/XAU/NZD/GBP/AUD - The Yen remains tethered between 107.70-40 parameters with a light underlying bid that is also apparent in Gold as bullion continues its assault on Usd 1800/oz, while the Kiwi is still straddling 0.6550 and fractionally outpacing the Aussie around 1.0600 in cross terms due to the return to lockdown in Melbourne. As such, Aud/Usd is capped circa 0.6950 in similar vein to Cable on the 1.2550 axis in advance of the aforementioned Economic Update. Note, contacts are touting stops at 1.2530 that are currently being tested and could be filled in conjunction with the absorption of offers in Eur/Gbp close to 0.9000.
  • SCANDI/EM - Not much lasting reaction to weaker than forecast Norwegian GDP data hot on the heels of a drop in manufacturing output yesterday, with Eur/Nok flitting either side of 10.7000 and Eur/Sek likewise around 10.4300. However, more pronounced activity in the Hkd overnight following reports that the US may target the peg in response to China’s security legislation with the HKMA forced into concerted intervention.                

In commodities, a choppy session thus far for the crude complex, albeit prices remain somewhat flat and within tight ranges amid a lack of notable catalysts. Overnight, upside in WTI and Brent front month contracts were hampered by a surprise build in private inventories (crude stocks +2mln vs. Exp. -3.1mln), while the relevant headlines overnight were also on the bearish side with ADNOC set to boost oil exports next month and Total’s Port Arthur refinery said to be running at 60% capacity due to subdued demand. On the flip side, EIA lifted 2020 world oil demand growth forecast by 190k BPD (to 8.15mln BPD Y/Y fall) but cut 2021 world oil demand growth view by 190k BPD (to 6.99mln BPD Y/Y increase) – with participants awaiting the IEA report on Friday. Looking ahead, aside from COVID-19 headlines and sentiment-driven moves, the complex will likely eye the weekly DoE release for confirmation of the Private Inventory data, whilst State-side production will also be in focus as some believe output has bottomed. Elsewhere, spot gold has extended on gains but has decoupled from its safe-haven status, whilst Dollar dynamics also provided little influence on prices. The yellow metal has eclipsed the 1800/oz mark for the first time since 2012 before immediately running into selling pressure at the key figure. Copper meanwhile briefly topped USD 2.8/lb to levels last seen in January amid supply woes coupled with hopes of a rebounding Chinese economy.

US Event Calendar

  • 7am: MBA Mortgage Applications, prior -1.8%
  • 3pm: Consumer Credit, est. $15.0b deficit, prior $68.8b deficit

DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap

Yesterday I boasted about nearly 5 year old Maisie winning a race at Sports Day. I’ve since got the video from the school and I must admit if I was another parent I would be questioning whether she false started. Put kindly she anticipated the “B” of the Bang a bit too perfectly. Still a victory is a victory. On that the latest in my 15 month journey to remodel my golf swing left me finishing 3rd last in the first cup competition at my club after lockdown on Sunday. It was my worst round since I was 11. You may say that at least I wasn’t last. However I should add that the two below me were octogenarians who were only too delighted to be out after isolating during lockdown. Meanwhile I’ve been practising hard most evenings where I can. I have a heart to heart planned with my golf coach tomorrow night to see if there is any light at the end of the tunnel. He says I’m on the verge of a major breakthrough. I feel I’m on the edge of a breakdown.

Markets broke down yesterday, albeit nowhere near as much as my golf swing. A drip-feed of negative stories on the economic outlook as well as covid headlines from all around the world dampened investor sentiment. By the end of the session, the S&P 500 had fallen -1.08%, and unable to reach a 6th successive move higher which would have been a first since April 2019. Over 85% of the index was lower on the day, with the worst performing industries being energy (-3.18%) and banks (-3.16%). Tech stocks outperformed slightly, with the NASDAQ down -0.86%. The Dow Jones was the worst performer, down -1.51% (Boeing -4.8% and Goldman Sachs -3.9%). Bourses also fell across Europe with the STOXX 600 (-0.61%) and DAX (-0.92%) lower. Just like with the S&P, European banks were among the worst performers, with the STOXX Banks index down by -1.34%.

Markets in Asia are a bit more mixed this morning. While we’ve seen modest declines for the Nikkei (-0.24%), Kospi (-0.29%) and ASX (-0.61%), the Shanghai Comp (+0.74%) and Hang Seng (+0.34%) are up along with S&P 500 futures (+0.20%). The main talking point overnight has been a Bloomberg story suggesting that some top advisers in the Trump administration are weighing proposals to undermine Hong Kong’s dollar peg to the greenback as a way of penalizing China. However, the report added that the idea has not been pitched to senior levels of the White House which suggests that it hasn’t gained serious traction yet.

Back to yesterday and after Senate Majority Leader McConnell signalled a willingness to pass another stimulus bill with case numbers rising across the country, the White House announced they want the package by the first week of August. Vice President Pence’s top aide said, “we want to make sure that people that are still unemployed or hurting are protected but at the same time, we want to take into consideration the fact the economy is bouncing back and want to try to contain the amount of spending.” This is aligned with Senate Republicans who want to keep the overall price tag south of $1 trillion. President Trump said that there would be another round of stimulus checks for Americans, though it will likely be even more targeted this time around. With some states pausing reopening and even re-entering shutdowns, additional stimulus is likely needed in order for economic data to continue improving.

Meanwhile, the slowdown in reopenings continues to be driven by the US seeing high numbers of new cases. Texas had over 10,000 new cases in one day for the first time yesterday, with cases rising 5% compared to a weekly average of 3.9%. Daily increases in some other recent hot spots were below the weekly average, which while encouraging may still be experiencing after-effects of the holiday weekend. Florida reported a 3.6% rise in new cases, under the 5% 7-day average, however the 7-day rolling total of 61,360 cases was the highest yet. Fatalities rose by 1.7%, with the 7-day average at just under 48 per day. Arizona meanwhile recorded a record 98 new fatalities yesterday, however the data has clearly seen big lags on Sunday and Monday in the past. Overall the 7 day average of covid fatalities in the state is roughly 40 per day, while cases are rising by just under 3700 per day. When New York state was at 3700 and 8700 (similar to Florida now), it was seeing around 85 and 630 deaths per day, and so both Arizona and especially Florida are seeing better case fatality rates at this time. However, this could change and requires a high level of scrutiny as hospital conditions and capacity constraints are going to be different in different regions. Speaking of New York, the state continues to add more regions to its quarantine list, which is now 19 states long, with Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma travellers all being asked to isolate for 14 days upon arriving. Overnight, the US Department of Health and Human Services has said that it is ramping up coronavirus testing in Louisiana, Texas and Florida as health officials attempt to get a firm grasp on how the fast-moving pandemic is evolving.

For more details on the current US virus outbreak and what it could mean for upcoming policy decisions, you can join a conference call today at 11:00 EDT/16:00 UK time hosted by our chief US economist Matt Luzzetti. He will be joined by two guest speakers to discuss the outlook for health policy and small businesses. You can find the full details here.

Back to markets and it’s fair to say that the huge pre-covid momentum into ESG was temporarily sidetracked by the pandemic. However this is undoubtedly a multi-year trend and there are signs the topic is springing back to life. Here at Deutsche Bank Research we have launched dbSustainability, a new offering with research reports focused on sustainability issues and spanning thematic, macro, quantitative and individual company analysis. Recent reports include; ‘ESG through the pandemic’. Luke Templeman, Thematic Research (link to report and video), ‘Decarbonisation: Can Mining & Steel sustain in a low carbon world?’ from Head of European Mining And Metals, Liam Fitzpatrick (link to report) and from Juliana Lee, Chief Economist, Asia, ‘Asia Thematic Analysis:Households' ESG action’ (link to report). We will continue to put out research under this banner so best to let on my team know if you want to be added to any future reports. He is on hols but he’ll pick up and add you on Monday.

In terms of those economic stories we alluded to earlier, we firstly had some underwhelming numbers on German industrial production, which saw just a +7.8% increase in May. This was lower than the +11.1% rebound expected and still leaves IP -19.3% below its levels a year earlier. Furthermore, it comes just a day after some worse-than-expected data on factory orders, adding to fears that the German recovery won’t be as rapid as hoped for. Next, we had the European Commission’s summer economic forecasts, which revised down their economic forecasts for Euro Area growth both this year and next. They now see the economy contracting by -8.7% this year compared with -7.7% before back in May. And 2021 growth was revised down two-tenths to +6.1%. And finally, we had a warning from Atlanta Fed President Bostic in the FT yesterday, who said that the high-frequency data had pointed to a “levelling off” in activity. We also heard from the Fed’s Vice Chairman Clarida later who said that the Fed can turn to additional forward guidance and asset purchases if the economy needs more aid and Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said that “If we don’t get further fiscal support, things won’t come back as well as they could” while adding, with disruption from the virus lasting longer than expected, “this is a period where we need to be supporting both individuals and businesses who but for the pandemic would have been healthy.”

Given this negative newsflow yesterday, safe havens performed relatively strongly, and gold hit another milestone as it closed above its 2012 peak to reach an 8-year high of $1795/oz. Other metals performed reasonably well too, with copper up +0.78% to advance for a 6th successive session. Over in fixed income, there was clear differentiation in core sovereign bonds, with yields on 10yr Treasuries down -3.6bps and those on bunds up +0.2bps. However that mostly reflected a post European close rally for USTs. There was a further narrowing in peripheral spreads however, with yields on Italian 10yr debt over bunds falling by -3.8bps to 163bps, their tightest level since late March, and Greek spreads down -3.7bps to their tightest since late February.

Here in the UK, sterling was the strongest performing of the G10 currencies yesterday, as it strengthened by +0.46% against the US dollar. It comes ahead of Chancellor Sunak’s much-awaited “Summer Economic Update” before the House of Commons today, in which he’s expected to announce a package of measures to aid the economic recovery. We’ve already had some announcements in recent days, with Prime Minister Johnson announcing last week that £5bn of capital investment projects would be brought forward, as well as a subsequent £1.57bn package for the arts. Our UK economists’ base case is that Sunak will broadly stick to the mandate set out by PM Johnson last week, possibly topping up the package by another 0.2% of GDP, focusing particularly on apprenticeship schemes, and modest wage subsidies to get furloughed employees back into work. There’s certainly been a fair amount of speculation in the media as to what to expect, including reports that a Stamp Duty holiday could be announced on homes under £500k.

Elsewhere in Europe, we heard from ECB Executive Board member Schnabel, who said in an interview that positive confidence indicators “suggests that the recession could turn out somewhat milder than expected”. She also waded in to the debate on the EU recovery fund, saying to the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad that “If most of the fund is made up of loans, this could create a public debt overhang after the crisis. That could then cause problems of its own.” It comes ahead of the summit of EU leaders in just over a week, which is scheduled to begin on 17 July.

There wasn’t a great deal of other data yesterday, though the number of job openings in the US unexpectedly increased in May to 5.397m (vs. 4.5m expected), while the number of hirings rose to a record high of 6.487m. Furthermore, in a sign of the labour market recovery, the quits rate of voluntary separations that generally correlates with economic strength ticked up to 1.6% from 1.4% the previous month, even if it still remained some way down from the 2.3% recorded in February. Our US Economist Matt Luzzetti noted that private quits rate is a good leading indicator for wage growth and it remained low at 1.8%, down from a 2.6% peak late last year. This indicated that there could be a collapse in wage growth in the coming months. The ratio of unemployed people per job opening remained elevated in May, with 3.9 unemployed per job opening. This compares to a sub-1.0 figures late last year, however it is well below GFC levels of over 6.0. Lastly, he noted that change in job openings can proxy for employment data and that doing so would suggest that job loss was much more extreme in March, less extreme in April, and not as robust in May, with 2.4m jobs created vs the NFP tally of 3.2m.

To the day ahead now, and one of the highlights will be the previously mentioned UK economic statement from Chancellor Sunak. Central bank speakers today include ECB Vice President de Guindos and the Fed’s Bostic, while data releases from the US include consumer credit for May and the weekly MBA mortgage applications.

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Escobar: Russia-China Partnership Defangs US Empire

Escobar: Russia-China Partnership Defangs US Empire

Authored by Pepe Escobar,

China’s State Council has released a crucial policy paper…



Escobar: Russia-China Partnership Defangs US Empire

Authored by Pepe Escobar,

China’s State Council has released a crucial policy paper titled 'A Global Community of Shared Future: China’s Proposals and Actions' that should be read as a detailed, comprehensive road map for a peaceful, multipolar future.

That is if the hegemon - of course faithful to its configuration as War Inc. - does not drag the world into the abyss of a hybrid-turned-hot war with incandescent consequences.

In sync with the ever-evolving Russia-China strategic partnership, the white paper notes how “President Xi Jinping first raised the vision of a global community of shared future when addressing the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 2013.”

That was ten years ago, when the New Silk Roads – or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - was launched: that became the overarching foreign policy concept of the Xi era. The Belt and Road Forum next month in Beijing will celebrate the 10th anniversary of BRI, and relaunch a series of BRI projects.

“Community of Shared Future” is a concept virtually ignored across the collective West – and in several cases lost in translation across the East. The white paper’s ambition is to introduce “the theoretical base, practice and development of a global community of shared future.”

The five key points include building partnerships “in which countries treat each other as equals”; a fair and just security environment; “inclusive development”; inter-civilization exchanges; and “an ecosystem that puts Mother Nature and green development first," as Xi detailed at the 2015 UN General Assembly.

The white paper forcefully debunks the “Thucydides Trap” fallacy: “There is no iron law that dictates that a rising power will inevitably seek hegemony. This assumption represents typical hegemonic thinking and is grounded in memories of catastrophic wars between hegemonic powers in the past.”

While criticizing the “zero-sum game” to which “certain countries” still cling to, China completely aligns with the Global South/global majority, as in “the common interests of all peoples around the world. When the world thrives, China thrives, and vice versa.”

Well, that’s not exactly the “rules-based international order” in play.

It’s All About Harmony

When it comes to building a new system of international relations, China prioritizes “extensive consultation” among equals and “the principle of sovereign equality” that “runs through the UN Charter.” History and realpolitik, though, dictate that some countries are more equal than others.

This white paper comes from the political leadership of a civilization-state. Thus it naturally promotes the “increase of inter-civilization exchanges to promote harmony” while elegantly remarking how a “fine traditional culture epitomizes the essence of the Chinese civilization.”

Here we see a delicate blend of Taoism and Confucianism, where harmony – praised as “the core concept of Chinese culture” - is extrapolated to the concept of “harmony within diversity”: and that is exactly the basis for embracing cultural diversity.

In terms of promoting a dialogue of civilizations, these paragraphs are particularly relevant:

“The concept of a global community of shared future reflects the common interests of all civilizations – peace, development, unity, coexistence, and win-win cooperation. A Russian proverb holds, 'Together we can weather the storm.'

"The Swiss-German writer Hermann Hesse proposed, 'Serve not war and destruction, but peace and reconciliation.' A German proverb reads, 'An individual’s effort is addition; a team’s effort is multiplication.' An African proverb states, 'One single pillar is not sufficient to build a house.' An Arabian proverb asserts, 'If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk together.'

"Mexican poet Alfonso Reyes wrote, 'The only way to be profitably national is to be generously universal.' An Indonesian proverb says, 'Sugarcane and lemongrass grow in dense clumps.' A Mongolian proverb concludes, 'Neighbors are connected at heart and share a common destiny.' All the above narratives manifest the profound cultural and intellectual essence of the world.”

BRI Caravan Rolls On

Chinese diplomacy has been very vocal on the need to develop a “new type of economic globalization” and engage in “peaceful development” and true multilateralism.

And that brings us inevitably to the BRI, which the white paper defines as “a vivid example of building a global community of shared future, and a global public good and cooperation platform provided by China to the world.”

Of course, for the hegemon and its collective West vassals, BRI is nothing but a massive debt trap mechanism unleashed by “autocrat China”.

The white paper notes, factually, how “more than three-quarters of countries in the world and over 30 international organizations” had joined the BRI, and refers to the sprawling, ever-expanding connectivity framework of six corridors, six routes, an array of ports, pipelines and cyberspace connectivity, among others via the New Eurasian Land Bridge, the China-Europe Railway Express (a “steel camel fleet”) and the New Land-Sea Trade Corridor crisscrossing Eurasia.

A serious problem may involve China’s Global Development Initiative, whose fundamental aim, according to Beijing, is “to accelerate the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Well, this agenda has been designed by the self-described Davos elites and conceptualized way back in 1992 by Rockefeller protégé Maurice Strong. Its inbuilt wet dream is to enforce the Great Reset – complete with a nonsensical zero-carbon green agenda.

Better Listen to Medvedev’s Warning

The hegemon is already preparing the next stages of its hybrid war against China – even as it remains buried deep down into a de facto proxy hot war against Russia in Ukraine.

Russian strategic policy, in essence, completely aligns with the Chinese white paper, proposing a Greater Eurasian Partnership, a concerted drive towards multipolarity, and the primacy of the Global South/global majority in forging a new system of international relations.

But the Straussian neocon psychos in charge of the hegemon’s foreign policy keep raising the stakes. So it’s no wonder that after the recent attack on the HQ of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, a new National Security Council report leads to an ominous warning by Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev:

“NATO has turned into an openly fascist bloc similar to Hitler’s Axis, only bigger (...) It looks like Russia is being left with little choice other than a direct conflict with NATO (...) The result would be much heavier losses for humanity than in 1945."

The Russian Ministry of Defense, meanwhile, has revealed that Ukraine has suffered a staggering 83,000 battlefield deaths since the start of the - failed - counteroffensive four months ago.

And Defense Minister Shoigu all but gave away the game in terms of the long-term strategy, when he said, “the consistent implementation of measures and activity plans until 2025 will allow us to achieve our goals."

So the SMO will not be rounded up before 2025 – incidentally, much later than the next US presidential election. After all, Moscow’s ultimate aim is de-NATOization.

Faced with a cosmic NATO humiliation on the battlefield, the Biden combo has no way out: even if it declared a unilateral ceasefire to re-weaponize Kiev’s forces for a new counteroffensive in the spring/summer of 2024, the war would keep rumbling on all the way to the presidential election.

There’s absolutely no way some sharp intellect in the Beltway would read the Chinese white paper and be “infected” by the concept of harmony. Under the yoke of Straussian neocon psychos, there are zero prospects for a détente with Russia – not to mention Russia-China.

Both the Chinese and Russian leaderships know quite well how the Ray McGovern-defined MICIMATT (military-industrial-congressional-intelligence-media-academia-think tank complex) works.

The kinetic aspect of MICIMATT is all about protection of the global interests of big US banks, investment/hedge funds and multinational corporations. It’s not a coincidence that MICIMATT monster Lockheed-Martin is mostly owned by Vanguard, BlackRock and State Street. NATO is essentially a mafia protection racket controlled by the US and the UK that has nothing to do with “defending” Europe from the “Russian threat."

The actual MICIMATT and its NATO extension’s wet dream is to weaken and dismember Russia to control its immense natural resources.

War Against the New 'Axis of Evil'

NATO’s incoming graphic humiliation in Ukraine is now compounded with the inexorable rise of BRICS 11 – which embodies a lethal threat to the hegemon’s geoeconomics. There’s next to nothing the MICIMATT can do about that short of nuclear war – except turbo-charging multiple instances of Hybrid War, color revolutions and assorted divide-and-rule schemes. What’s at stake is no less than a complete implosion of neoliberalism.

The Russia-China strategic partnership of true sovereigns has been coordinating full-time.

Strategic patience is the norm. The white paper reveals the magnanimous facet of the number one economy in the world by PPP: that’s China’s response to the infantile notion of “de-risking”.

China is “de-risking” geopolitically when it comes to not falling for serial provocations by the Hegemon, while Russia exercises Taoist-style control to not risk a kinetic war.

Still, what Medvedev just said carries the implication that the hegemon on desperation row could even be tempted to launch WWIII against, in fact, a new “axis of evil” of three BRICS nations – Russia, China and Iran.

Secretary of the [Russian] National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev could not have been more crystal clear:

“In its attempts to maintain its dominance, the West itself destroyed the tools that worked better for it than the military machine. These are freedom of movement of goods and services, transport and logistics corridors, a unified system of payments, global division of labor and value chains. As a result, Westerners are shutting themselves off from the rest of the world at a rapid pace.”

If only they could join the community of shared future – hopefully on a later, non-nuclear, date.

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“More Deceit”: Gaetz Rages Over McCarthy-Ukraine Side Deal To Pass Stopgap

"More Deceit": Gaetz Rages Over McCarthy-Ukraine Side Deal To Pass Stopgap

Update (2155ET): Following the Senate’s passage of the Continuing…



"More Deceit": Gaetz Rages Over McCarthy-Ukraine Side Deal To Pass Stopgap

Update (2155ET): Following the Senate's passage of the Continuing Resolution, Rep. Matt Gaetz took to Twitter, where he was enraged over a side deal made between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the Democrats for Ukraine funding, which Gaetz says he "didn't tell House Republicans" about until after the vote. 

Gaetz was responding to Punchbowl News' Jake Sherman, who related a message from House Democratic leadership.

"When the House returns, we expect Speaker McCarthy to advance a bill to the House Floor for an up-or-down vote that supports Ukraine, consistent with his commitment to making sure that Vladimir Putin, Russia and authoritarianism are defeated. We must stand with the Ukrainian people until victory is won."

Nine Senate Republicans voted against the bill; Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.) and J.D Vance (R-Ohio).

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Update (2109ET):  The Senate has voted 88-9 to pass the House's Continuing Resolution stopgap funding bill, which stripped out funds for Ukraine, includes $16 billion for disaster relief, and will keep the US government running for another 45 days.

Among the Senate "Yea" votes was Michael Bennet (D-CO), who was absolutely flipping his lid over the lack of Ukraine funding earlier in the day.

The bill, which passed the House earlier in the day by a bipartisan vote of 335-91, was passed with just three hours to go before a shutdown.

Just before the vote, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed to keep fighting for more US taxpayer dollars for Ukraine, saying that he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have "agreed to continue fighting for more economic and security aid for Ukraine."

"We support Ukraine’s efforts to defend its sovereignty against Putin’s aggression," said Schumer - to which McConnell said he's "confident" that the Senate can pass more "urgent assistance to Ukraine later this year. But let's be clear," that the "alternative," a shutdown, "would not just pause our progress on these important priorities, it would actually set them back."

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Update (1755ET): After an afternoon of theatrics from Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY), it appears that the stopgap legislation to keep the government running through November 17 will now pass at the 11th hour.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the bill to keep the government funded past 12:01 Sunday includes $16 billion in disaster relief, but does not include Ukraine funds.

The House voted 335-91 for the funding measure, which includes $16 billion in disaster relief but omits aid for Ukraine. It also excludes border-security measures sought by Republicans. The margin exceeded the two-thirds majority needed to clear the bill through the House, which considered the legislation under special procedures requiring a supermajority of votes. All but one Democrat voted in favor of the measure, while nearly half of Republicans voted against it. -WSJ

While White House officials say President Biden supports the measure, the Senate has reportedly been lax in quickly taking up the measure late Saturday, raising the possibility of further malarkey.


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(Update 1655ET): So let's get this straight. In the home stretch of negotiations over the House's GOP stopgap bill - while Democrats were actively trying to stall the vote so they could actually read it - a widely reported phenomenon, Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY) pulls the fire extinguisher.

His excuse is that he wasn't actually trying to stall the the vote, and that he's essentially an idiot...

"Congressman Bowman did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote. The Congressman regrets any confusion," said a spokesperson.

Yes. Because this happens all the time.

MSNBC breathlessly repeats the Simple Jack defense.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy capitalized on the incident, comparing Bowman to a January 6th insurrectionist.

As we noted below... Bowman used to be a public school principal before he was elected to Congress, who rallied against standardized testing, at a private school he founded that has a 27% literacy rate, so... maybe?

Then again, he would be no stranger to fire drills, no?

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House before the House finally approved a 'clean' stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown (which has since been sent to the Senate for consideration before the midnight funding deadline), Socialist Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was caught pulling the fire alarm in a House office building Saturday in order to try and delay a vote on ta House GOP stopgap spending bill.

The incident in the Cannon Building was caught on camera and confirmed by several witnesses, Politico reports.

"This is the United States Congress, not a New York City high school. To pull the fire alarm to disrupt proceedings when we are trying to draft legislation to AVERT A SHUTDOWN is pathetic…even for members of the socialist squad," Staten Island GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

"Rep Jamaal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in Cannon this morning," House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil wrote on X. "An investigation into why it was pulled is underway."

According to Bowman spox Emma Simon, "Congressman Bowman did not realize he would trigger a building alarm as he was rushing to make an urgent vote. The Congressman regrets any confusion."

In other words, he's claiming to be too stupid to have known what he did - and don't believe your lying eyes!

Granted, Bowman used to be a public school principal before he was elected to Congress, who rallied against standardized testing, at a private school he founded that has a 27% literacy rate, so...

Needless to say, the memes are already flying.


Meanwhile, the House cleared the 'clean' stopgap bill without funding for Ukraine or the border, by a vote of 335-91. One Democrat and 90 Republicans voted against the measure.

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Update: (1335ET): With a government shutdown just hours away, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has turned to Democrats for help passing a temporary bill, after House Freedom Caucus members dug their heels in over no funds for Ukraine.

"What I am asking, Republicans and Democrats alike, put your partisanship away," said McCarthy. "Focus on the American public."

McCarthy needs a two-thirds majority to pass their Continuing Resolution (CR), which would require a significant number of Democrats - who have strongly supported more Ukraine aid - to cross the aisle.

The House GOP bill would be a 'clean' Continuing Resolution, which won't include Ukraine funding or border assistance.

"We will put a clean funding stopgap on the floor to keep government open for 45 days for the House and Senate to get their work done," said McCarthy following a meeting. "We will also, knowing what had transpired through the summer, the disasters in Florida, the horrendous fire in Hawaii, and also the disasters in California and Vermont. We will put the supplemental portion that the president asked for in disaster there too."

"Keeping the government open while we continue to do our work to end the wasteful spending and the wokeism and most important, secure our border," McCarthy said.

If the bill does not pass, Republicans plan to bring up several measures to mitigate the effects of a government shutdown, multiple members said. 

Those include bills to continue paying service members and extending authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Flood Insurance Program, both of which are also set to expire at midnight unless Congress takes action. Republicans are also examining measures to continue pay for border patrol agents. -The Hill

The Democrats, meanwhile, have been using parliamentary tactics to slow down the vote so they can more carefully read the GOP proposal.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), one of the key holdouts in the House, called McCarthy's bipartisan appeal "disappointing," and said that McCarthy's speakership is "on tenuous ground."

When asked what his next move will be, Gaetz said "I guess we'll have to see how the vote goes."

What's next?

According to Goldman, there's a 90% probability of a shutdown before the Oct. 1 deadline.

That said, there will be three upcoming catalysts in the next few weeks that may result in passage.

1) All members of the US military are due to be paid on Oct. 13, and a missed pay date would have serious political ramifications; there is a good chance the House will vote to reopen before or shortly after that date; 

2) A few House Republicans have said they might bring a “motion to vacate” that would remove McCarthy as Speaker unless a majority of the House supports him. Whatever the outcome of such a vote, getting past it could set the stage for a reopening; 

3) There are procedural moves (a “discharge petition” is the most frequently discussed) that Democrats can make to pass an extension of spending authority in the House over Speaker McCarthy’s objections. However, this would require support from at least 5 House Republicans (assuming that all Democrats sign on). This will not help avoid a shutdown, but could come into play over the next two weeks, as political pressure to reopen grows (particularly when combined with the first point on military pay). 

In light of the above, Goldman doesn't expect this to last more than 2-3 weeks, and that the Oct. 13 military pay date will become a focal point in the timeline.

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Update (2157ET): It looks like the Senate isn't willing to strip Ukraine funds from the continuing resolution. In a Friday night tweet, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that the "misguided Senate bill has no path forward and is dead on arrival."

Meanwhile, according to Punchbowl News' Jake Sherman and Josh Bresnahan, McCarthy is floating a CR that would last until Nov. 17 at FY2023 funding levels, which would not include border funds or Ukraine funding.

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In an 11th hour Hail Mary in the hopes of averting a government shutdown, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the only way the House will pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through October is to drop Ukraine funding.

"I think if we had a clean one without Ukraine on it, we could probably be able to move that through," McCarthy told CNN's Manu Raju.

The comment comes hours after McCarthy lost a game of chicken with the House Freedom Caucus, failing to pass a CR which left McCarthy will few options to try and avert a shutdown in less than 36 hours. McCarthy was hoping that the House bill's border security provisions would win over enough holdouts to pass.

Meanwhile, the White House slammed the failed bill over the 'elimination of 12,000 FBI agents,' and 'almost 1,000 ATF agents.'

Of note, House Republicans on Thursday narrowly passed the annual defense spending bill, but only after they removed $300 million in Ukraine aid from the legislation (which then cleared in a separate vote because a bunch of Democrats then voted).

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who failed twice last week to advance the bill to the floor, finally locked down enough Republican votes to pass the bill after the House stripped $300 million to arm Ukraine from the text.

The separate bill carved out to allocate those funds for Kyiv passed Thursday in a 311-117 blowout bipartisan vote. Republicans had won a close procedural vote earlier in the day to separate the Ukraine money from the Pentagon bill, a move meant to flip a handful of GOP holdouts. -Politico

Democrats framed the optics as Kremlin-friendly, with House Armed Services ranking Democrat Adam Smith saying "The Russians are good at propaganda... It will be played as America backing off of its commitment for Ukraine."

Republicans responded that by carving Ukraine out of the defense bill, it allows opponents of either measure (Ukraine aid or the defense bill) to voice their opinions on each independently.

"Why don’t we make sure this gets through? I mean, I’m just mystified that this is somehow a problem," said House Rules Chair Tom Cole (R-OK), according to Politico. "We guarantee you something you want is going to pass the House and you’re upset about it."

And now, McCarthy says there's no way to avert a government shutdown unless the House, and the Senate, agree to nix Ukraine aid from the 30-day stopgap.

Fire and Brimstone...

On Friday, White House top economic adviser Lael Brainard said that a shutdown would pose an "unnecessary risk" to what he described as a resilient economy with moderating inflation.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen then chimed in, warning that all of Bidenomics could be negatively impacted.

"The failure of House Republicans to act responsibly would hurt American families and cause economic headwinds that could undermine the progress we’re making," Yellen said from Port of Savannah, Georgia, adding "A shutdown would impact many key government functions from loans to farmers and small businesses, to food and workplace safety inspections, to Head Start programs for children.

"And it could delay major infrastructure improvements."

Goldman has predicted that a shutdown will last 2-3 weeks, and that a 'quick reopening looks unlikely as political positions become more deeply entrenched.' Instead, as political pressure to reopen the government builds, pay dates for active-duty military (Oct. 13 and Nov. 1) will become key dates to pay attention to.

In addition, they think a shutdown could subtract 0.2pp from Q4 GDP growth for each week it lasts (adding the same to 1Q2024, assuming it's over by then).

What's more, all data releases from federal agencies would be postponed until after the government reopens.

More via Goldman:

What are the odds the government shuts down?

A shutdown this year has looked likely for several months, and we now think the odds have risen to 90%. The most likely scenario in our view is that funding will lapse after Sep. 30, leading to a shutdown starting Oct. 1. That said, a short-term extension cannot be entirely ruled out. In the event that Congress avoids a shutdown starting Oct. 1, we would still expect a shutdown at some point later in Q4.

While there is likely sufficient support in both chambers of Congress to pass a short-term extension of funding—this is known as a “continuing resolution” (CR)—that is “clean” with no other provisions attached, the majority of that support would come from Democrats. The Senate is considering a CR that includes aid for disaster relief and Ukraine. House Republican leaders are under political pressure to pass a CR that includes Republican policy priorities that can pass with mainly or exclusively Republican support. At the moment, neither chamber looks likely to pass the other chamber's CR.

The outlook seemed bleak ahead of the debt limit deadline earlier this year, but Congress resolved it in time; why shouldn’t we expect a last-minute deal once again?

The smaller economic hit from a shutdown puts less pressure on Republican leaders to override the objections of some in their party to reach a deal. Ahead of the debt limit deadline earlier this year, Republican leaders reached a deal over the objections of some in their party because the potential hit to the economy from an impasse would have been unpredictable and severe, and even lawmakers most strongly opposed to a compromise agreed that the debt limit must be raised. By contrast, the economic hit from a shutdown would be smaller and more predictable, as there have already been two protracted shutdowns over the last decade. While most lawmakers on both sides of the aisle would prefer to avoid a shutdown, both sides appear more willing to take the chance it occurs.

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Stay tuned...

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A Climate Of Fear

A Climate Of Fear

Authored by James Gorrie via The Epoch Times,

The medical, media, and political elites’ focus has shifted from facts…



A Climate Of Fear

Authored by James Gorrie via The Epoch Times,

The medical, media, and political elites’ focus has shifted from facts to fomenting and magnifying fear.

In Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inaugural address in 1933, the new president told a nation in the depths of the Great Depression that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Those words were true and rightfully spoken at that time. Roosevelt knew that fear is a powerful emotion that limits our ability to reason, act wisely, and work together. It’s also an emotion that’s contagious and not easily diminished or dissipated.

The Power of Fear to Fragment Society

Unfortunately, Roosevelt’s words are even more applicable today.

On a personal level, decisions made under the emotional duress of fear are rarely the best ones and often the worst. Fear can bring out the best in us, but can often bring out the worst. That’s more likely to occur the more fragmented a society becomes. Fear among different groups of people creates an us-versus-them context in the minds of individuals, or even an “every-man-for-himself” attitude, which pits one group against another or even each of us against each other.

Now elevate that sense of fear to the level of the national electorate. A people or a nation that's paralyzed with fear makes rash decisions based on their fears of what could happen, not necessarily what the current situation truly is. When that happens, a society can quickly degenerate, where our base instincts determine our behavior in a law-of-the-jungle social environment.

Roosevelt knew this, as do our leaders today. The difference is that today, rather than seeking to dispel fear, our political and media elites create it, expand it, and revel in it. Rather than promote hope and strength of character in us, in a Roosevelt- or even a Reagan-like fashion, they traffic in fear and its fellow traveler social division in order to fragment our society.

It’s the old but effective divide-and-conquer strategy, and sadly, it works far too well. The mechanism for divide and conquer is the constant drumbeat of the Big Lie, which is also a tried and true method for controlling society. It was first practiced and perfected by Joseph Goebbels in Nazi Germany using the mass media, but has been successfully used by the USSR and every other communist and dictatorial regime in the world since the 1930s.

Social Media Is Magnitudes More Powerful Than Legacy Media

The difference today is the massive and pervasive presence of social media. Its reach and social saturation throughout society are magnitudes greater than have ever been possible before. What’s more, our political and media elites create and exaggerate fear without even mentioning the word. “Fear” is driven into our collective psyches under the guise of our government keeping us “safe,” while demonizing anyone who challenges that narrative.

The repetition by the media and the pharmaceutical industry of how to stay safe from COVID-19 always involves more drugs and less freedom. That’s by design. The elites that run society know that once enough of our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others with whom we interact become more fearful than rational, they’re easily manipulated and divided into confrontational groups.

Does that sound like a conspiracy theory?

Yes, it probably does, but it’s also how the Stasi, the East German security agency, turned virtually every neighbor into an informant. The result was that people were fearful of doing anything that could be construed as being against the communist East German government. In light of what we’ve been through the last three years—and what looks to be on the horizon—the conspiracy theory accusation has lost its sting.

From Conspiracy Theory to Fact

Recall, for example, how those who received the COVID-19 vaccine turned against those who remained unvaccinated. The contrast and social division couldn’t have been clearer or more deliberate. Vaccinated people were characterized by the media and government agency spokespeople as selfless, smarter, and better human beings than those who refused the vaccine.

On the flip side, the “anti-vaxxers,” as they came to be called, were publicly derided by the medical, pharmaceutical, media, and government elites. They were accused of being low-intelligence conspiracy theory nuts who wouldn’t or couldn’t “follow the science,” even when they followed the science from experts such as Robert Malone, one of the inventors of the mRNA technology, and other medical doctors in Europe and Asia, including former Pfizer Vice President Dr. Michael Yeadon, all of whom were de-platformed from mainstream media and social media.

In fact, any “alternative” remedy to the experimental and highly dangerous mRNA vaccines, such as ivermectin, was summarily dismissed, even though nations that used ivermectin had the lowest mortality rates. As noted above, many media personalities and even medical experts with contrary opinions were silenced, shamed, and shunted into professional oblivion, being substituted by compliant replacements. That practice continues to this day, with Russell Brand being the latest example of being de-monetized by YouTube.

In light of vaccine injuries and deaths, and the staggering profits that vaccines have delivered to the pharmaceutical industry, the number of people who believe the mainstream media, the government, and in the vaccines, is much smaller today than three years ago.

Conspiracy theory narratives have become conspiracy facts.

The Endgame of Fear

So, what’s the endgame of promoting and enforcing a climate of fear throughout society?

It’s simple. Fearful people are far more compliant and, therefore, are easily controlled, pacified, monitored, and dehumanized. Next thing you know, we’ll all be eating bugs and liking it.

The antidote to fear, of course, is freedom and access to real and contrary information so that each person can make up his or her own mind. The encouragement, enablement, and empowerment of private individuals to exercise informed judgment about their health and their livelihoods are also part of the solution. A vibrant, thinking, and active society of informed individuals isn't nearly as vulnerable to the polarizing climate of fear our elites are foisting upon us.

In short, to live in fear is to live in bondage.

Tyler Durden Sat, 09/30/2023 - 20:50

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