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Musings On History: Goths, the Fall of Rome, and the Future of Humanity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2020 by jtoddring

 

I love a good mystery. Who were the Goths? Where did they come from? How did they manage to sack Rome and defeat the most powerful empire the world had ever seen? What is their true cultural, mythological, spiritual, philosophical and ideological history? 

(Genetic history means little, since we are all close family, in reality; and there is more genetic variation in a single family line than between supposed “races”. But cultural history diverges widely, and that is significant, to say the least. It is as significant as it is open-ended, and it is completely open-ended. Racism, xenophobia, eugenics and Social Darwinism can all end here, should end here, if we are sane. They have no valid basis in reality, but are based only in delusion.)

How was a supposed Gothic-Germanic-Scandinavian mythology used and abused by fascists and Nazis, and corrupted and perverted into a dark poison? (There’s a good question for my anthropology and history scholar friends.) How are they really related to the Germanic peoples, and possibly to Scandinavia, or to Germanic and Norse mythology? To the Vikings and other raiders? 

A bigger mystery is this…

Every nation was a raider nation, from pre-Hellenic, Homeric Greece, through the “great” Roman Empire, the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English empires, etc., to the US empire, and the new global corporate empire, which at present, and for the moment, rules the world. 

But five thousand years of conquest mentality, empires, raiders, looting, rape and pillage, narcissistic egomania and infantile grandiosity, slaughter and slavery, is enough. We can do better.

The bigger mystery is this. Why do the people settle for so little?

Dream big. A better world is entirely possible, if we want it.

This could be the last empire, if we want it to be. We can be free, if we choose it.

All empires fall. What we need now, is an end to empire itself.

JTR,

May 18, 2020

Gold, Savings & Security In The Real World

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2020 by jtoddring

Here is what the crowd, the authorities, and the mainstream media, including the business press, will tell you: It’s called BS.

Think for yourself.

For example, when real inflation rates of 8% or more are counted, money in the bank is losing money, and most investment funds are losing money. Why not just burn it in your backyard over a campfire? At least you could roast marshmallows and hot dogs with it.

Think better. Think for yourself.

Another example is currencies and gold. (Always hold the physical gold yourself, by the way.)

A typical list of top 50 countries by gold reserves lists the US as having roughly 8,000 tons of gold reserves, Germany 3,000 tons, Russia and China 2,000 tons, etc.

Interesting figures. Questionable how much basis in reality they have.

Imagine going to a bank for a loan, and the bank clerk asks what you have for collateral. You say, “I’ve got thousands of tons of gold in a vault in my basement.” The bank clerk asks for proof, and you say, “You’ll have to take my word for it.” The bank clerk then smiles and says,”Sounds good to me. How many more trillions of dollars in loans would you like?”

This is the situation with the US. As the world’s biggest debtor nation, the rest of the world is supposed to smile and take their word for it when the US claims to have 8,000 tons of gold reserves, although nobody gets to see them or take an inventory. 

Sure buddy, we’ll just keep loaning you trillions of dollars forever. Sounds like a good plan to me.

I think Max Keiser is probably right. He said that if the US ever opened its doors to a vault inspection or audit, there’d be nothing there but an old Smith Corona typewriter.

Yet people run to the US dollar as a safe haven? Are they mad? 

The US dollar is strong only in relation to other world currencies that are even weaker. The whole system is broken. Paper money, fiat money, is going to implode. The US dollar is no exception. 

If you want a safe haven, plant a garden. Buy heritage seeds and solar panels. At least buy some gold, silver and Bitcoin.

The US currency and economy is going down, and it will pull down most national economies, and currencies, with it.

Self-reliance, cooperation and community, along with gold, silver and select cryptos, are your best bet; and of course, march: mobility, adaptability, resilience, courage and hope. (Nemonics work too.)

Slash expenses, build community and resilience, and march to the beat of your own drummer.

The elite are unreliable guides at best, and frankly, more often corrupt. Don’t blindly follow or obey authority.

Question everything. Most “news” and most “analysis” is sheer rubbish, propaganda, delusions or lies.

Lemmings do not make good leaders. Do not follow the crowd. They are sleep-walking into disaster.

Be adaptable. Throw out the script. Question everything. Think for yourself.

The people are being devoured by the elite. That is the short answer. It will take courage, cooperation, resilience and resourcefulness to get through this. But we can.

And we will.

JTR,

May 18, 2020

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