Let’s Pause for a Moment and Reflect

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Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 9:22pm

Hysteria: behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess." https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysteria

Here we are, Spring, 2020, and from all quarters, all at once, hysteria abounds. Let's take stock of some basic facts we can all agree with, then pause, reflect, and calmly restore some perspective. No one on this site is compelled to be here. Anyone on this site has a basic education, can navigate the internet, and has an interest in investments in general, and precious metals in particular. Most if not all on this site have reasonably held political beliefs, meaning, one has reached a political viewpoint from experience, education, and rational thought. Not all on this site agree to a single point of view, about anything, meaning, in short, that everyone's perspective is totally unique. This site is international, in all time zones, and is at once, through the comments section, a perfect capture of the spirit of the moment.

Now having said all that, it seems easy to see that this site, and through the comments' section, we can and do have an amazing resource here of capable individuals that can collectively, and carefully, analyze most anything, given the time and effort. Under the circumstances, it sure seems to be the right time, so it seems beyond question that the effort is worth it.

There are five things currently occupying occupying much of my time now that lawyering is on hold, and they are discussed in order:

(1) Coronavirus: some things are universally beyond dispute, while some things are hotly contested. Yes, there is a novel coronavirus that is affecting people in a negative way health wise, including hospital admissions and death. No, it is not a hoax. But, is it a pandemic? Does it deserve HYSTERIA? Does it warrant suspension of basic freedoms, of Constitutional rights, shutting down of government services and massive taxpayer subsidized bailouts? All each of these questions, there is no universal agreement. Some say it is a pandemic, and that we are in the fight of a lifetime. Others say it is overblown and people are behaving irrationally.

If I had more time I would collect the various points of view, and let the reader sort through the various points of view on them all. But here, the focus needs to remain on the provable facts. I rely on Chris Martenson, PH.D in epidemiology, and tend to agree with him. We are living in strange times indeed, and the coronavirus is not to be ignored. Some will get it, have no symptoms and life will go on. Some will get it and succumb, perhaps due to the virus as a causative mechanism of death, perhaps underlying causes and coronavirus just happens to also be present. What is certain, is that infections are overwhelming the ability to treat it, which is a real problem.

With this said, though, is it appropriate for "shelter in place" orders, or "lock downs," or suspensions of freedoms like associating with others, socializing in bars, restaurants, or even pursuing education, whether for our children or for young adults in college? This is a very difficult question to answer, and I am certain there is no right or wrong answer, as everyone's perspective is different. Because of the consequences, there simply had to be a massive, and immediate effort to attempt to "flatten the curve" and bring the number of new infections down. If that effort was not undertaken, by private entities, government, and individuals on a "self-quarantine" basis, then there would have been no end to the criticism if indeed the death rate spiked. On the other hand, there will be those that forever criticize the authorities for their oversized and overzealous response to what they say is over blown, a hoax, or minimal, and provably so in comparison to past health statistics showing coronavirus casualties are only a fraction of deaths as compared to medical negligence deaths, car accidents, or the yearly influenza virus. One meme circulating even says that one is more likely to die from speaking bad about Hillary Clinton than from getting coronavirus. Anyhow, my personal take is that while unprecedented, and difficult to say the least, I am in favor of the current extraordinary steps being taken now to quell the spike in coronavirus cases. If this drags on into April, well, my opinion is certainly going to change.

So, analyzing this at a high level, we all owe it ourselves, our families, and loved ones at a minimum, to take this seriously, be careful, and do our best to get through this period of difficulty. We can all revisit it later in April, and hopefully laugh at how quickly the hysteria dissipated if it turns out that coronavirus cases peter out, or some existing medical treatment or new drug proves helpful.

I'll address the conspiracy aspects of this below.

(2) US financial markets and Federal Reserve actions in light of recent developments: this one is at once critical, depending upon one's retirement timeline. I'm not too close, but others are and naturally those closer to retirement, or those already living on fixed incomes may be way more interested in this.

I want everyone to look back at the housing bubble, the bursting of it, and the Fed response. For that matter, look back to the Y2K build up and aftermath. In both instances, the Fed stepped in and printed, essentially hyperinflating the currency to stave off systemic collapse. The dollar is the reserve currency, backed by the massive US military-industrial complex, and the tax slaves that enable it. Until that changes, the hyperinflating dollar is NOT the tax slaves' immediate problem.

I have zero doubt, that the Fed will do everything it can, and then some, to save the system. Moral hazard abounds, so what? We have two systems, one for the super rich and connected elites, and one for everyone else. The elites run the system, and they will protect themselves. This will not change anytime soon, period. At all costs, the system will be maintained.

Like we saw in the past 20 years, the Fed will backstop everything, and this means the game keeps going. Diversify, manage risk, have a sizable stack, try to live a healthy life, and learn to live in the moment are all workable strategies. Elites are going to do what they are going to do, and no amount of talking about it will ever change anything. What we can take away from this is that there are plenty of commentators who were correct in predicting the overbloated US markets were ripe for a crash. Now that it is here, the Fed will do what it always does, and those with first access to the new money will reap huge advantages. Moral hazard will continue. Silver and gold will not moonshot. Comex will not freeze up and disappear. No banksters will see jail. Fiat currency will devalue over time, same as it was, same as it will be. Elites and insiders will benefit, same as it was, same as it will be.

Naturally, I will weigh in below on the conspiracy elements to this part.

(3) US Presidential Election Campaign: does it not seem strange that for months and months, all the news all the time was totally about the democratic candidates and their race? Now, the pretenders are all gone, predictably so, all towing the party line and backing the chosen one now. What happened to all of the Bernie supporters? How did they disappear so suddenly? How did the landscape change almost overnight? It was preordained. Same as it always was, same as it always will be. Biden is the front runner, until he is not. Someone [Hillary?] may replace him suddenly as Biden graciously admits he is suffering dementia and is checking into a hospital, and begs the democrats to rally behind Hillary to defeat the evil Trump. Whatever. This is all just preordained anyway.

Is Biden electable? Is Trump going to win reelection? Does it matter, really? Are not the two just different wings of the same bird of prey? Which one will cut the size of government? Which one will eliminate federal government overreach into everyone's lives? Or will both of them simply continue on with the same ol, same ol? Don't we all know the answer to that already? Enough said.

(4) Conspiracy Theories, "Q," Etc. this is my favorite part. Let's start with the sensational theories regarding the onset of coronavirus. Is the coronavirus man made or did it suddenly just appear in the wet market at Wuhan? Did the level 4 bio lab in Wuhan create the virus as a biological weapon and somehow it escaped from the lab? Were there Chinese secret agents stealing technology and bio secrets from USA and Canada, bringing everything to China for creation of the bioweapon? Did the Americans bring it to China and unleash it on the Chinese? Oh my . . . How will we ever know the truth?

For whose benefit was it to have the coronavirus unleash its destruction? It sure seems like the Chinese are getting the short end of the stick on this one! Now, some US congressman is calling for Chinese reparations because it is China's fault the virus is causing economic damage in USA! Hilarious. No, it does not really seem to be a benefit for the Chinese to have unleashed the virus at home, on their own people. What about the Americans? Now, this gets a little bit more interesting. If the Americans unleashed the virus on the Chinese as a weapon of war, then it seems the consequences blew back on the Americans, no? But, what if we are really only in the very beginning of the response to the virus? What if, like the Patriot Act emerging in response to the twin towers' destruction, there is a new, comprehensive set of laws that restrict freedoms and grant to the government new powers? Well then, it would seem fairly obvious that the global elites benefitted in a major way, right? Or, was it just an accident, truly, whether the virus just happened to emerge, whether from nature, or from a lab accident? It seems too soon to know. But, it sure is intriguing to think about this.

Financial markets needed to reset, so the coronavirus pricked the bubble and now the elites get to blame the virus and not themselves for the destruction. I like this theory the most. It seems obvious. The system was grossly overbloated, Trump, foolishly taking credit for the Dow nearly reaching 30,000, when anyone with any sense of skepticism could easily see that the market was due for a correction. Did the elites, then, release the virus in China, to prick the bubble to deflect criticism of their own mismanagement of the system? The stock buybacks? Bailouts? How else can the elites get another bailout unless they blame some external force for the collapse? This, more and more, compels me to conclude that the virus is no accident.

The virus has totally changed the narrative and now there is almost zero reporting of the democratic candidate race. Who benefits by that dropping from the headlines? The elites, of course, because now Biden's gaffes and Bernie's frightening socialistic policies are quietly pushed down the memory hole. Now, the elites can shift the focus to caring for victims, bailouts, taking more freedoms away, and finally getting gun control enacted in light of martial law and the dangerous conditions that mandate immediate gun confiscations for everyone's safety . . .

All this Q stuff. it is super fun to read and think about, I admit, but really, it makes me think of Wynter Benton and the sensational discussions of silver dropping below $36 and ounce. Yes, for lots of you new to the site, way back when, silver was actually priced in dollars at more than $36 an ounce. I may be convinced down the road that there really is a Q, but really, the sensational facts are just entertainment, not unlike Benjamin Fulford and his wonderful tales . . .

With this said, I do remember vividly, Dr. Steve Pieczenik, speaking of the "deep state," way back right when Trump was elected. As it turns out, Dr. Steve was right. So, is Q Dr. Steve or one of his associates? Seems probable, so I'm waiting this one out. One can hope, but some of the things are just too far fetched to really merit discussion, like the 50,000 sealed indictments, or the closing of the government for massive arrests of traitors and military trials at Gitmo. Please, let's be real.

(5) Global Financial Future, Whether Status Quo or Reset, Silver, Gold: finally, we get to the precious metals.

I have no doubt that my stack is intact, still every bit the store of value I intended it to be when I acquired it and keep adding to it. Are we going to have a financial system reset? Surely, no doubt, as all fiat schemes always fail eventually. Knowing when it will fail is the tricky part.

The status quo will always be the status quo because the system is maintained by the elites, for the elites, and that is that. Only a bloody revolution, invasion, war, asteroid impact or something cataclysmic will ever change that. So, no, there will not be a reset. There will be tweaking at the margins, perhaps another elite scheme to replace the existing scheme, but no reset, no jubilee, no silver moonshot will ever occur. So, stop being delusional, and thinking that the shiny stack of silver will set you free in the end.

Better off having a balanced portfolio of tangible assets, including precious metals, in these perilous times. And, for safety sake, keep it in your own possession.

So, that is a lot to think about, but I wanted everyone to have a chance to weigh in now that we are facing national stay in place and shelter lock down orders. Nothing like time on your hands to pause, reflect, and say what is on one's mind . . .

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Tabberto
Mar 23, 2020 - 3:36pm

Hello

Hello all. Sheepishly sliding back in after quite a while.....

Thanks, all of it has been

Thanks, all of it has been resolved. The problem was due to a comment being removed at the exact instant someone replied to it. Should be good now.

SteveWTexas Sandman
Mar 23, 2020 - 12:41pm

Financial Crisis

Yellen: "Not in our lifetime"

Jean-Claude Juncker: "When it becomes serious you have to lie"

SteveWPining 4 the fjords
Mar 23, 2020 - 12:31pm

Oh my goodness

It's good to hear from you Pining but I was beginning to think we needed a nuclear war for you to post since a global pandemic just did not seem to cut it. Trust you are well and will keep so. With all the lock downs maybe you'll find a little more time, similar to us old, retired farts.

And you're right, CL was at the top of his game.

Island Teal
Mar 23, 2020 - 10:16am

Houston...we have a problem

Let's get back to last Friday...worked fine.

Starting to feel like Riverview 🏦 and server issues.

Island TealBenitho
Mar 23, 2020 - 10:12am
ReachWest
Mar 23, 2020 - 10:01am

Comments Issue

I just spent 10 minutes trying to view the latest comments and gave up. Lots of AJAX errors and blank pages.

Benitho
Mar 23, 2020 - 9:54am

"Oldest"and "Popular" work

just fine, though.

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Benitho
Mar 23, 2020 - 9:53am

sorting problem here

now, as well. When switching to "newest", this pops up:

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WatchingGoldRush
Mar 23, 2020 - 9:42am

Admin - Page Errors

I'm a web developer - so thought I would let you know that I'm getting Ajax errors on the page load when the "please wait" image appears (don't know what you call it) - general 500 error with no response text.

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