COVID measures

The governments can’t seem to make up their minds on whether the vaccines are the ultimate solution, and everybody should get them, or they are completely worthless and everybody should keep wearing masks regardless of the vaccination status.

Also, it is quite annoying that they keep attacking people who decided not to get vaccinated, as if they are putting others (the vaccinated ones) in danger. That’s abject nonsense. If someone is more afraid of COVID than he is of the vaccine side effects (which are a serious problem since the manufacturers basically say they can’t take any responsibility for anything once you take them), go get vaccinated, but don’t bother me with your fears and force me to wear a mask or tolerate stupid measures. Get vaccinated and stop riding my nuts. I had COVID with the worst symptoms, and I think I had the mild version a year later (I never got tested because all the tests are fake). I got my immunity the hard way and I’m still missing parts of my lung capacity as evidence. I don’t care for the vaccine, because if my immunity didn’t produce antibodies the natural way, I certainly don’t trust the vaccine to do jack shit. Also, the virus is not the problem, the excessive immune response is. People who have COVID should be treated with something that reduces the excessive immune response, and the vaccine that just jacks up the immune system isn’t the right approach, from what I can tell.

Also, I am annoyed by the people who throw the word “science” around, in a sense where “science” is some kind of a dogma proclaimed by the scientists, which should be accepted unquestioningly or you’re basically at war with reason, truth and virtue. As far as I can recall, science is a method of discarding obviously false claims based on evidence, and of treating the claims that can’t be easily disproved with skepticism and conditional acceptance until something better comes along, as it invariably does. Also, there is no such thing as “scientific consensus”. That’s another term for “religious dogma”. Scientific consensus is that all claims are only conditionally accepted if they can’t be immediately rejected, and they are continuously tested with hope of falsifying them. If you don’t understand this, you don’t know jack shit about science and your education, whatever it was, was a regrettable waste of time and money.

Also to be noted, science works best when you personally practice the scientific method. The further you are removed from that, the less it has to do with science.

 

General and specific advice

In one of the articles I said that young people should not concern themselves with saving money, but should instead invest in themselves – in their skills, equipment, connections and creating opportunities. However, at the same time I’ve been teaching my kids to buy gold bullion with their savings, and to save as much money as possible.

That is because there’s a big difference between a general rule and one’s specific circumstances. You see, the general advice to young people would be to educate themselves in order to acquire marketable skills in the area they have the most talent and affinity for. Also, they should equip themselves for functioning in the world, which means having a computer and a smartphone, an Internet connection, means of transportation and so on. However, what happens when someone already has all the above taken care of? If you already have all the hardware, should you keep throwing money at something that isn’t a problem? So, that’s how we get to the advice given to a specific person that contradicts the general rule.

Also, my general advice is to put the savings into precious metals, but if someone doesn’t make that much money, it might be preferable to put it all into efforts designed to make you more productive. If you’re not making enough money, saving isn’t and shouldn’t be your priority, because making more money is actually a solution to your specific problem. Saving money is great if you’re actually making money, but if you’re not, what are we even talking about?

Also, putting money into productive assets is of course preferable to putting money into precious metals; keeping money is good, but making more is essential. Also, you want to invest in stock that pays dividend and similar things that create passive income for you, unless you want to keep working until you die. However, that is a general rule. If the stock market is in a bubble, and all the stock prices are divorced from the fundamentals, investing money there is just asking for trouble. The same goes for crypto. Sure, it is profitable, if you get in early, sell below the peak and laugh all the way to the bank. However, the Ponzi schemes are also profitable if you get in early, and gambling is also profitable if you keep winning. That does not mean that gambling and investing in Ponzi schemes is a good idea in general. Some people get rich investing in weird shit, or by sheer dumb luck, or due to a freak event. Those same people usually lose it all later, when you’re not looking, and when they are no longer bragging loudly for all to hear. So, making money is better than saving, but saving is much better than losing or wasting money. Any recommendation needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the individual in question, and general advice is here only to aid one in correct thinking and planning.

As a general advice, I wouldn’t recommend people in the European Union, where VAT of over 20% is paid on purchase of silver bullion, to buy physical silver; buying fully allocated vaulted silver makes much more economic sense, and you only pay the VAT and other forms of overhead if you want it delivered into your custody. And yet, I recently bought a substantial amount of 1oz silver coins. Why? Because it is not wise to be completely exposed to remote entities where you can assert only a limited degree of control even in the best of circumstances, and in the worst case you can be cut off from your metal. The recent situation with the Perth mint, where clients were basically unable to have “their” metal delivered, and the word “default” was mentioned more than once, is a good warning – when the pressure on all sorts of financial entities increases, many weaknesses will be exposed, and what is now deemed reliable might not remain so indefinitely.

God is great, so why is anything a problem?

There is a very significant question that might legitimately be asked when someone sees how much I talk about Satan, because people tend to trivialize it by saying that God is so great and awesome that Satan is basically just a big nasty bug in comparison. That is a consequence of Greek thinking – find the root causes, the fundamentals, and everything else is meaningless. This is in fact as deceptive as it is useless.

OK, God is the deepest reality, He is the “mind” in which all other realities, beings and things are merely thoughtforms. Nothing exists outside of God.

However, if God is the great supercomputer that runs all of reality, Satan is a big crocodile that lives in the lake beside your village, which is the only water source. A dismissive attitude of “oh, it’s all in the mind of God” basically means that whether the crocodile eats you and your children when you go there to get water, or not, both possible outcomes will still be only thoughts in the mind of God. However, from your position, the outcome where you and your children don’t get eaten is preferable.

Another analogy is that God is the creator and maintainer of the real world, together with all the souls that live there, and Satan is the owner of a virtual reality engine, offering souls a unique experience they will get when plugged in, after they sign a release form, of course. When this virtual reality engine suppresses your memory and overrides your senses, the fact that God creates and maintains the real world will be of limited benefit to you, in your particular situation.

Yes, God is absolutely great and awesome, and yet this doesn’t make the issues I’m dealing with illegitimate, or minor. They are great and real enough that Jesus had himself crucified in order to attempt to solve them, and for Buddha to postpone nirvana in order to attempt to carve a path out of them for others to follow. One would say they are the cornerstone issues for anyone in our position, in the same way slavery is a cornerstone issue for slaves, and food is a cornerstone issue for the starving.

Israel

What do I think about the “current” conflict in Israel?

I think it’s a logical consequence of ideological stubbornness and bad ideas that are consistently applied, resulting in a seemingly unresolvable nightmare. But let me elaborate.

At one point in time, the European Jews concluded that their religious and national identity will be gradually assimilated into the wider, secular Europe and that they need to do something about it, and they decided it’s time to return to Palestine and create a Jewish nation-state.

Of course, the idea of moving from a sophisticated and advanced Europe into some middle-eastern shithole wasn’t very appealing, and so the Jews in charge of the project probably thought they had to prod them somewhat, which explains why big Jewish banks financed Hitler’s ascent to power, which is a piece of information that would otherwise be unexplainable. Basically, someone had an idea that inciting antisemitism in Europe might motivate the Jews to find moving to Palestine a bit more appealing, and of course, as with all such plans, it went to hell quickly and likely resulted in more Jews being killed than emigrating.

Of course, the Arabs who lived in Palestine didn’t like the idea of Jews moving there, because their false scripture teaches them that Jews are inferior to them and need to be subjugated. As the state of Israel was politically established, the Jews correctly understood that peaceful coexistence with the Arabs will not be possible because the Arabs would prefer to just kill or enslave them, so they responded with outright genocide, purging the Arabs from Israel. The surrounding Arab states didn’t like that very much and all tried to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews, which failed, because Arabs proved not to be very good in a modern warfare against a determined enemy, even when the Jews were not well equipped.

Every now and then there were attempts to broker peace, but the Arabs think they can do better if the conflict is prolonged until the Jewish state eventually runs out of American support and the situation changes in their favour, and they ideologically oppose accepting the very idea of anyone but Muslims having sovereignty anywhere, let alone in the middle east. The Jews on the other hand have profound spiritual identity bound to that piece of land, which they inhabited for thousands of years, until their ideological stubbornness pissed off the Roman empire to the point of crushing their rebellions and completely uprooting them as a nation and exiling them from Palestine forever. They appear to have forgotten this unpleasant episode which came to be because they arrogantly claimed God to be on their side and have given them this piece of land. They also forgot that they were once arrogant enough to not pay tribute to Babylon because they thought God was on their side, and they were collectively taken into slavery. Instead of embracing the humble conclusion that God doesn’t like arrogant people and will side with their enemies to teach them a lesson, today we again hear this stubborn, arrogant claim that God gave Palestine to the Israelis and it’s theirs to defend.

So, now we have the Arabs (who deceptively call themselves Palestinians, although they are by no means native to the land; they immigrated there from the Arabic peninsula during the spread of the Islamic scourge throughout the region) who claim the land as theirs, and think God gave them the entire Earth to rule, and for generations already they teach their children to hate and kill the Jews, and then we have the Jews, who have created a modern European country in that desert, and are trying to defend their existence there, and keep the Arabs confined.

The greatest irony is that the Arabs, who always refused any kind of a definite peace with Israel, keep whining to the international community about how bad they are having it, when it’s obvious that they don’t actually know what to do with peace if it somehow happened; their entire political structure is predicated upon war with Israel, and if Israel somehow vanished into thin air, their entire “nation” would collapse. Without hating Israel, they have no other purpose or national identity, and in order to survive, their political leadership would have to find some other overpowering enemy to hate and kill and be eternally oppressed by and whine about their victimhood. It is clear why the Israelis see no chance of peace, because the other side has absolutely no interest in it, and in fact would see peace as a national disaster.

So, now we have a situation that can apparently only be resolved by destruction of one or both sides, which brings us back to my original statement. I think that the Jews made a strategic mistake to return to Palestine at the present time, because they are surrounded by enemies whose power is magnified by the petroleum-based economy, and the soft-hearted and soft-headed liberal ideology of human rights is making it politically impossible for them to implement any kind of a solution. An additional problem is that the Palestinian Arabs will never be motivated to broker a peace while the non-Palestinian Arabs keep supporting them, because they intuitively don’t see themselves as a separate entity, they see themselves as merely few drops in the ocean of Islam, that will eventually overwhelm Israel as a unified force. So, strategically, Israel has a rather desperate problem and it’s no wonder that they resort to extreme means, but on the other hand I can’t get around the fact that this entire quagmire is a result of their poor initial strategic choice, because now that they are there, they really have no option other than to defend their identity by force. However, in all this their identity will eventually degrade into something more similar to that of their Arab enemies, than the sophistication and culture of the European civilization they embraced throughout the centuries, so they will lose even in victory.