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Biden, schmeiden. On Wall Street, it would seem, no one cares. Stocks are up substantially since the election even though the unsettled presidential race remains one of two unusually large elephants in the room. The other is the pandemic, which appears close to going out of control in some areas of the U.S. This, too, has yet to have any discernible impact on stocks.  We see only evidence that no matter what the news, and however great the uncertainties that govern our lives, the inexorable flow of money into shares is simply too powerful and steady to abate. There was a time when the stock market supposedly hated uncertainty. By now, however, it is clear that investors have become inured to the unknown. Something else will undoubtedly unsettle them at some point, but we can rule out fear of the future. An invasion from Mars would probably fall off the front page in three days.

It is in our personal lives that uncertainty is taking a heavy toll. If Biden assumes office and tightens the lockdown, it is foreseeable that many millions of Americans will take to the streets and disobey him. Look for an insurrection over mask-wearing to come first.  One might think the question of whether masks have helped suppress the pandemic would be settled by now. But you would be wrong, for the question has been settled only politically: hard-core liberals wear masks in their own homes, in their cars and during sex, while conservatives disdain them and wear them only indoors and out of politeness.

Don’t They Know?

In the photo above, taken over the weekend in my hometown, Delray Beach, Florida, virtually no one is wearing a mask. The restaurants and sidewalks were packed, presumably with diners and pedestrians of all political persuasions.  Don’t they know that Covid-19 is resurgent across America? They might reply, Not around here, bub. And yet, the camera doesn’t lie. If such a thing as a superspreader event exists, Atlantic Avenue in Delray on a Saturday night is it.  The scene in the picture is the same as you would have witnessed on any Friday or Saturday night over the last several months. And yet, there has been no Covid outbreak here, nor in the rest of Florida. This is notwithstanding that the state’s Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, has been one of the most permissive in the nation as far as letting business go on as usual.

Do you think you know your facts about masks? Here are two sources to check your knowledge that draw opposite conclusions. The first is from Mercola, a meticulous purveyor of information on all things concerning personal health. Mercola musters considerable evidence that masks have had very little impact on the pandemic’s spread. Read it for yourself and decide. Then watch this remarkable 3-D video from the New York Times. It explains so clearly how masks do their job that you will be vexed to understand how Mercola could possibly be right. Such are the challenges we face in sorting fact from falsehood in the supposed Age of Information. _______ UPDATE (Nov 16, 10:30 a.m.): I stand corrected, for in fact, as a reader has pointed out, Florida’s infection rate has been edging toward a red-zone 10%. This implies that Delray’s weekend block parties could soon end. My impression that the spread of the virus was only moderate came from an easing of restrictions at that gated community where I live.  The administrators have been super-cautious but eased the lockdown over the last several weeks. However, it would seem their rule changes lag county health statistics somewhat. Although they are trying to protect a population whose average age is near 70, they are struggling to balance this concern against the economic and social costs of shutting down amenities that include golf courses, dining rooms, swimming pools, a fitness center and all the rest.

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  • Robert November 17, 2020, 6:23 pm

    Nicolas Telsa the great inventor of free energy and cellular communication (he sold is patent to marconi) said it well: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe think in term of energy, frequency and vibrations”
    The crazies 0.01% are so desperate and are trying to lower the vibrations of your heart by keeping you in fear mode.
    When in fear mode (fear, anger, jealousy, hatred…) you heart vibration become lower and slower and you become more reactive to the reptilian part of your brain that only know fight/flight/freeze modes.
    If you let them get to you, then they have power over you. It’s time for humanity to grow up and learn the ways of the Force! Learn how to become a Master as Sovereign Being that you are. Your are not your thoughts. If we want peace and freedom then we must be peaceful and free inside; free from fear. And also act together. The will the act. Be the change you want the world to be.

    Deprogramming the programmed mind
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rARh9e-l_7c
    Break the illusion of limitation:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SipVykiE6mY
    You can also read my book for the basics 101.
    eBook (ePub, Kindle, PDF):
    https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/robertsun
    Paperback:
    https://www.amazon.com/Regain-your-Power-Spiritual-Freedom/dp/2924749158/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=regain+your+power&qid=1579701529&sr=8-1

    Message from White Eagle of the Hopi Nation on the situation:
    https://nanakasha.com/blog/2020/06/20/a-relevant-message-from-white-eagle-hopi-indigenous-for-this-time/

  • John November 17, 2020, 5:49 pm

    Bogus test bogus result for the boogy man
    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/elon-musk-says-he-may-have-covid-calls-antigen-tests-extremely-bogus
    The people must stand and especially the business and stores. The 99% has the power. They only forgot.
    See picture in this article. The mental illness one is funny.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/elon-questions-cult

  • Ben November 16, 2020, 9:15 pm

    “Although they are trying to protect a population whose average age is near 70, they are struggling to balance this concern against the economic and social costs of shutting down amenities that include golf courses, dining rooms, swimming pools, a fitness center and all the rest.”

    Perhaps it’s time to go low-tech. Finland, for example…

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-10-finland-covid-sniffer-dog-trial.html

    “Preliminary experiments in the first major wave of infections earlier in the year suggested the dogs can detect the virus with close to 100 percent accuracy, up to five days earlier than a PCR test.”

    I’ve also read that rats, of all creatures, can do the same thing. I don’t think a lot of people would be too thrilled over being sniffed by a rat, though. Especially at the doors of a restaurant. Dogs it is, then (or should be)!

  • Buster November 16, 2020, 1:44 am

    The biggest sting operation in history closing in on the enemies of the American people, with 200k+ sealed indictments yet to be unleashed:

    https://youtu.be/UTTQpvtz1tg

    Things are about to get real interesting, my friends!

    &&&&&

    Thanks, Buster. I watched this interview in real time on Fox. It contrasts in the extreme with the HUGE ho-hum the news media have affected toward Trump’s legal quest. They are all saying — even the WSJ — let’s move on. This is really stunning — as though the evidence so far doesn’t even merit concern, let alone investigation. Virtually all media reports except those emanating from solid-red sources keep saying the courts have rejected just about every complaint Trump has filed. But can this possibly be correct?? If he has unloaded trainloads of evidence on the courts as damning as what Sidney Powell is suggesting, how is it possible for the leftist news media to pretend the complaints don’t even exist, or that they are not to be taken seriously? Sure, the news media pond-scum were successful in completely deep-sixing Bobulinski, but this is different because the substance of the legal complaints is public-record.
    RA

    • Buster November 16, 2020, 12:22 pm

      I would say that the media & all those blaggers who they work for are ultimately powerless against what’s coming…….I’ve been pretty deep down this rabbit hole for the last four years, and am convinced they’re all toast. Everything has been optics & setting the trap to bring down the whole cartel, hence the 209,000+ sealed indictments. The election fraud has simply added around 70k to the list over the past two months, with little of worth to change the outcome, which will be something akin to “shock & awe” after the legal pieces of the puzzle run their inevitable course. I expect it will eventually fall to the military to take down the traitors from there on.
      I know this would sound far-fetched to most people, but my analysis strongly suggests this outcome.
      However, the rats will try anything to evade this & so I also suggest everyone take extreme care to prepare for any chaos the traitors may cause.
      Stock up, watch your backs & stay away from trouble as much as possible.

  • Ben November 15, 2020, 11:16 pm

    ” The scene in the picture is the same as you would have witnessed on any Friday or Saturday night over the last several months. And yet, there has been no Covid outbreak here, nor in the rest of Florida.”

    Don’t know where you’re getting your info from, Rick, but I would seriously consider looking elsewhere for it…

    https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

    This information is from the official Florida Department of Health site.

    Select the ‘Health Metrics’ tab, then select Palm Beach from the top drop-down menu. New Covid cases in said county have more tripled from approximately one month ago, from 887 to 2,904. The state of Florida itself has also more than doubled in new cases over the last month, from 17,677 to just over 40,000.

    You’re not going to get an accurate picture out on the beaches and at the bars because… sick people stay home!

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    You are quite correct, Ben. My sense that things were okay in FL came from the loosening of restrictions in the gated community where I live. They are super-cautious but had eased the lockdown protocols over the last several weeks. However, it would seem their rules lag the stats by a few weeks. Although they are trying to protect a population whose average age is above 70, they are wary about shutting down all of the amenities, including three golf courses. RA

    • Ben November 16, 2020, 3:07 pm

      10-4, Rick. And I also think they should keep the golf courses open. No sense keeping people from getting needed sunshine (vitamin D production), especially with winter closing. Besides, I’ve heard no tale of hordes of people just itching to congregate on the greens! But speaking of sunshine…

      I’ve been keeping an eye on the far northern hemisphere, since winter unofficially began up there (a month ago or so). Northwest Territories up 33%, Barrow up nearly 200%, even Greenland a saw a couple new cases over the last 30 days…

      Point is, because they’re so much less densely populated, these jumps have not resulted in much, if any, fatalities. But in the lower 48, I expect that to worsen and have an unfortunately more deadly impact, due to the greater density. How much so remains to be seen, but since we’re already seeing infections and hospitalizations rise down here, in mid season fall…

      Too, my brother, who’s a pharmacist, says he recently received a letter from either the IN Dept. of Health or State Medical Board — don’t remember which — stating that all medical professionals licensed in the state are now on standby, and may be called in to assist because of the rising hospitalization rate. We’ve already surpassed that of the “first wave”.

      My best advice to everyone: A wise man once told me that you can’t receive blessings through a hammer, any more than you can pray a nail into a board.

      You want politics and opinions, go to the news (MSM, alternative, or whatever you prefer). You want information and facts about a pandemic, go to THE source: your state and local health agencies!


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