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    Quote Posted by WildOrchid (here)
    Seems appropriate with all the global turmoil we are going through...
    I disagree with that short clip.

    Evil does not disappear because it is not opposed. The evil bastards can only wish we will not oppose them.

    Rather greater awareness, leading to the right action, at the right time, is what successfully opposes evil.
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    My chronicling of the Decline and Fall of the Evil Empire continues over on another thread: Economic Outlook for 2017: debt deflation, supply shortages, currency inflation, bank failures, repossession.

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    Seems appropriate with all the global turmoil we are going through...
    I disagree with that short clip.

    Evil does not disappear because it is not opposed. The evil bastards can only wish we will not oppose them.

    Rather greater awareness, leading to the right action, at the right time, is what successfully opposes evil.
    I completly agree with you. But this quote does not say "do not oppose evil", it says "give evil nothing to oppose". That is quite different, and in my view implies to taking the wind out of it's (evil) sails, a mental or spiritual attitude along the lines of what the quote describes below...

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    Quote Posted by WildOrchid (here)
    I completly agree with you. But this quote does not say "do not oppose evil", it says "give evil nothing to oppose". That is quite different, and in my view implies to taking the wind out of it's (evil) sails, a mental or spiritual attitude along the lines of what the quote describes below..
    Excellent point, well made.

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    A touch of "Federal reserve" panic?

    Quote How Trump Could Spell Trouble for the Fed
    Research has documented that central banks around the world have been better able to control inflation if they enjoy independence from elected officials. The election of Donald Trump seems like a good time to remind ourselves that, historically, the executive branch has presented the greatest threat to the independence of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

    Since its founding in 1913, the Fed has experienced two big failures of independence. The first occurred during World War II and its aftermath, when the central bank held long-term interest rates down to allow the government to borrow cheaply. Inflation soared to nearly 10 percent during the early days of the Korean War, until the arrangement ended with the so-called Fed-Treasury accord in 1951.

    The second failure occurred in the latter half of the 1960s and the 1970s. Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon put (largely covert) pressure on Fed chairs William McChesney Martin and Arthur Burns to provide monetary stimulus to keep unemployment low and generate more popular support for their administrations. This led, in part, to the so-called Great Inflation of the 1960s and 1970s.

    Could something similar happen today? Well, suppose Trump appoints a new Fed chair and vice-chair in 2018, replacing incumbents Janet Yellen and Stan Fischer. If he also fills two currently empty positions, he will have appointed four out of the seven members on the central bank's Board of Governors.

    Now imagine Trump decides that his new appointees should be loyal to him and his pro-growth agenda. He could put private (and possibly public) pressure on the Fed chair to ensure that monetary policy supported his administration’s plans, even if doing so led to high inflation. Presumably, he could also appoint a Fed chair sympathetic to his vision. (This would not be without precedent: Franklin Roosevelt and his Fed chair Marriner Eccles believed strongly in the need for congruence between the Fed’s monetary policy and the White House’s economic policy.)

    There is absolutely nothing in U.S. law preventing Trump from violating the Fed's independence, a post-1979 development that rests largely on the restraint of the president. Will Trump show this restraint? We'll see.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/artic...le-for-the-fed

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    Interesting article... RMN

    The heavens opened up wide on November 8 and are now raining a shower of grace and blessings on the United States of America. God Almighty has shown great compassion and kindness to the American people. Some might even say divine mercy.


    Truly, the election of Donald J. Trump is the first vital step toward restoring the American Republic as designed by the prescient Founding Fathers. Trump’s complete reversal of the Obamanation was absolutely necessary if this nation was to avoid a continuing collapse.


    However, that is not the “HUGE” we are talking about here.


    For perhaps the first time in modern history the alternative and independent media (Alt-Media) had a major influence on the outcome of a U.S. presidential election. Some have even said that it was a decisive one. That without the Alt-Media operating at full tilt, Trump would not have won. How HUGE is that?!


    Now here’s the real HUGEness of this evolving success story.


    With the formal appointment of Stephen Bannon (Executive Chairman of BREITBART News) by Trump “as his chief White House strategist and senior counselor”, everything changes—BIG TIME.


    How so?





    Because, for the first time in U.S. history a powerful alternative news platform will have the ear of a POTUS and serious access to the West Wing.


    Not only is Bannon a very conscientious truth-seeker following in the footsteps of founder Andrew Breitbart, he is also a no-nonsense political warrior who will not suffer fools gladly. His professional background clearly reflects an individual who has been around the block…many blocks … that he will now be required to consult on. Here are some of his credentials:


    Who is Stephen Bannon?


    • Executive Chairman of Breitbart news, the most widely-read conservative news and opinion site in America.

    • A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School, former US Navy officer and investment banker at Goldman Sachs

    • Conservative documentary film-maker who produced films celebrating Reagan, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party

    (Source: Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles)


    What does this extraordinary development really mean?


    It means that the US of A is about to be treated to a dose of reality never experienced by the media-consuming public.


    It also signals Trump’s intention to permit the brutal truths to be disseminated by his administration. Many of those truths, by the way, are not only quite inconvenient to the current power structure behind the U.S. Federal Government, some are downright radioactive that will eventually go nuclear.





    In other words the Fifth Estate will see a rapid ascendancy during the Trump Administration. Not only does Trump have an unprecedented opportunity to download volumes of unredacted government documents — from all the previous administrations — into the public domain, he can grant special access to his preferred media outlets. In so doing, Trump will deprive the mainstream media (MSM) of their previous monopoly to spin the facts anyway they were directed to by the intelligence services. After all, every major MSM outlet is completely controlled by the CIA, DIA and NSA.


    The Fifth Estate Casts Its Shadow Like a Massive Mothership


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    The bottom line here is that under a President Trump, the Fifth Estate will trump the Fourth Estate. When Alex Jones of Infowars.com receives a call of gratitude from the president-elect, there can be no question about the future of media within the Beltway.


    Alex Jones says Trump called to thank him for his support


    _______________________________________________

    Special Note:

    The CCRG published a very prescient piece on the coming “Multi-Media Mothership Internet Platform” that will soon cast its shadow over the traditional MSM. When the Mothership finally arrives, it will completely overshadow the Mainstream Media to the extent where most of the MSM outlets will go out of business. This must occur sooner than later if the planetary civilization is to experience the overhaul it is in desperate need of. Such a worldwide rejuvenation can only take place in the wake of an MSM collapse or takeover because, in effect: Whoever Controls The Media Controls The World. Hence, it is now high time for the global village to receive its news and commentary from the town criers who have been only a voice in the wilderness over millennia. This is why the appointment of BREITBART’s Steve Bannon will end up being the most important of the Trump transition team.

    ____________________________________________


    Conclusion


    Whoever controls the national media, effectively controls the country. Given the massive sea change in American politics that has precipitated from what is really a 12.0 Trumpquake, the U.S. citizenry can first expect to see a tsunami of truth wash over the land as the various institutions of the Fourth Estate succumb to the incomparable earthquake.


    Even the once-venerated New York Times sees its demise on the horizon, or else it would have never deigned to publish such an utterly humiliating mea culpa. (The NYT Publicly Promises To Start “Reporting Honestly”) Likewise, there are a plethora of other traditional dailies in conservative regions of the USA which made the regrettable mistake of both endorsing Mrs. Clinton and trashing Mr. Trump. Each of them is now issuing their compulsory apologies to their right-of-center readerships… before their advertising revenues and subscriptions collapse.


    What makes the coming Trumpocalypse even more unsettling for the MSM, is that they have already been deeply averse to printing the truth for decades…even though their bottom lines are being increasingly gutted by the year. Make no mistake about it: the very cozy and incestuous relationships that exist within Government-Corporate-Media Complex is about to experience a full-blown Trumpageddon.


    State of the Nation

    November 15, 2016


    Author’s Note


    Another huge event took place during the 2016 campaign season that saw the role of women take center stage in politics. In the case of Hillary Clinton, it was a real downer. However, the pivotal role of a real woman — Kellyanne Conway — as Trump’s last campaign chair was a first in American politics. (The Woman Behind the Trump Victory) Some pundits and analysts wonder if Trump would have won without her. They also wonder if he would have won the Republican nomination without the sage advice of his principal advisor and daughter— Ivanka. (Ivanka Trump Is a Key Adviser to Her Father)


    Editor’s Note:


    The single biggest move that President-elect Trump can make is to ban the MSM reporters from the White House press conferences for the first 180 days. He should open the doors to the Alt-Media and Indy media with special privileges in covering his focused government reform and political agendas. This single initiative would force the entire nation into the alternative media paradigm, thereby permitting the dissemination of vital information into American living rooms on an unprecedented scale. This very controlled process of revelation could be conducted incrementally so that one day the whole USA would know that 9/11 was an inside job.

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    Quote There is absolutely nothing in U.S. law preventing Trump from violating the Fed's independence, a post-1979 development that rests largely on the restraint of the president. Will Trump show this restraint? We'll see.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/artic...le-for-the-fed
    The Fed's "vaunted independence" was, in my view, cover for the Fed's other major role for the last few decades, as the primary issuer of US Dollar denominated "senior assets" for the world's central banks. The Fed was not just the central bank of the US. It was also a key part of the global IMF/BIS/World Bank complex, creating what has been the world's reserve currency and senior asset.

    I anticipate that this global role of the Fed will be ending soon, as a new multi-polar political system, along with a corresponding multi-currency world monetary system, replaces the US Dollar denominated world monetary system.

    This ending of the global part of the Fed's mission will be hidden behind a controversy over whether to end the Fed's "independence."

    The Fed was not independent. It did not march to the beat of its own drum. Rather it marched to the beat of a different drum, as a key player in what has been the world monetary system.

    The Fed's globalist role will be retired soon; as it becomes just another central bank of some nation, the US in this case.

    ... but they won't say this publicly, as that globalist role was covert.

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    We are not witnessing a battle against the evil globalist forces.

    We are witnessing a transformation of globalist structure from the unipolar century of American exceptionalism and King Dollar, to a more broadly accepted century of multi-national support for a more openly global policitical structure, and of multi-currency support for a more openly global monetary structure.

    ===

    I suspect that the globalists are seeking a more broadly accepted global control structure, before they replace the technology and petroleum based energy of the 20th century, with the new technology and energy sources that can
    1. reasonably "take us to the stars", or at least to the asteroids and other planets, to mine minerals, and
    2. better support human civilization in the advent of a global cooling and mini ice age (or not so mini - who knows?) that seems to some analysts to be imminent.
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    I'm sure they'll going to play this card with the Project blue beam, and any other fearmonger tactic to scare the s,,t out of the people , keep them distracted and place themselves on a position of control again.
    Spill the beans, spread all the videos related to imform the people , even if they do not believe at first sight , they will know is a hoax when it happens.

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    Quote Posted by Paul (here)
    We are witnessing a transformation of globalist structure from the unipolar century of American exceptionalism and King Dollar, to a more broadly accepted century of multi-national support for a more openly global policitical structure, and of multi-currency support for a more openly global monetary structure.
    This transformation is being presented to us as the opposite, however.

    For example, in this article by Zheng Jianghua, quoting Prof. David Fouquet, vice-president of European Centre for International and Strategic Research (CERIS), published on various European news websites including at Will Trump adopt a more unilateral foreign policy? (xinhuanet.com) we read:
    Quote "The result could be a generally strong tendency to more unilateral and less multilateral in U.S. foreign policy and action," said Fouquet, also director of Asia-Europe Project of CERIS.
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    Moreover, the new U.S. administration's probable unilateralism would also tend to undermine much international cooperation dedicated to addressing other global challenges, ranging from arms control, non-proliferation to poverty alleviation, he said.
    What is being described here as unilateralism, and elsewhere as nationalism, is actually the breakdown of Anglo-American dominated arrangements. This will be followed by political, economic, and monetary crises, which provide the opportunity to garner broad global support for the new, "kinder, gentler", multi-polar, multi-national, multi-currency world order.
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    I completly agree with you. But this quote does not say "do not oppose evil", it says "give evil nothing to oppose". That is quite different, and in my view implies to taking the wind out of it's (evil) sails, a mental or spiritual attitude along the lines of what the quote describes below..
    Excellent point, well made.
    Then, evil goes unopposed. I think what could be stated is: oppose nothing but evil.

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    Then, evil goes unopposed. I think what could be stated is: oppose nothing but evil.
    That's how I initially reacted to WildOrchid's next to last post on this thread as well, Satori.

    I think WildOrchid was saying something else, as clarified in her follow-up post. Oppose, but not in opposition, at the same level, but rather oppose from a different level, so that the would be opponent finds themselves flailing at the empty wind.

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    What is being described here as unilateralism, and elsewhere as nationalism, is actually the breakdown of Anglo-American dominated arrangements. This will be followed by political, economic, and monetary crises, which provide the opportunity to garner broad global support for the new, "kinder, gentler", multi-polar, multi-national, multi-currency world order.
    In other words, we're seeing another variant of the Hegelian Dialectic, in two stages.

    In the first stage, the decaying American globalist imperialists, including their NATO and Eurozone projects, and including their "War on Terror" (should be called "War of Terror") in the Middle East are being opposed by what are branded as populist, nationalist uprisings, such as seen with Brexit, Trump, and Le Pen in France. These renewed nation-states will take the stage alongside Russia and China, as major nations, each with strong popular support.

    Then in the second stage, global disasters, including at least an ecnomic/financial/monetary disaster, and perhaps other military or alien or whatever disasters as well, will compel these major nations to "come together", reinvigorating multi-polar, multi-currency, global cooperation and structure.

    I do not expect that Trump will be blamed (to the point of destroying his Presidency) for these disasters, any more than I expect Putin or Xi Jinping to be blamed (to the point of causing their downfall) for the disasters. Rather I expect that they will work together to forge the deals, and sell them to their respective nations, that will establish the foundations of a more powerful and effective global finance (based on debt-money, of course) and governance structure. I expect that nationalist movements will win in some other European nations, such as France, Italy and Germany, leading to the collapse of NATO and the downfall or major restructuring of the European Union.

    The Bush/Clinton/Neocon crime syndicate, the Islamic Terrorists and Muslim Brotherhood, and the House of Saud and terrorist sponsoring governments in some other Arabian peninsula countries will all be swept into the dustbin of history, as losers, to be blamed for the problems.

    The "vaunted independence" of the US Federal Reserve (really a hidden agenda as a central part of the current US Dollar based global reserve currency), the Exchange Stabilization Fund, the US Treasury debt, the US Dollar as the Global Reserve currency, and some too big to fail US banks, will also be blamed, and will be restructured as more limited, national monetary agents.

    The economic restructuring that must take place must include replacing petroleum with energy technology from the black ops projects.

    The net energy extracted from petroleum projects (marketable energy extracted, minus the energy cost of extracting it) has been declining for a century, to the point that now world economic growth is rapidly now turning negative, as documented and explained well by Gail Tverberg the Actuary at https://ourfiniteworld.com. Either our civilization turns to a new, substantially more energy efficient, source of energy, and soon, or else our human civlization turns into a very major decline.

    The clear goals, from what I can tell, of the "real globalists", the most powerful elite on the planet, seem to be to:
    1. strengthen global governance on a multi-polar basis, as formed by cooperating major nations,
    2. reset and globalize the debt-money system on a multi-national currency basis,
    3. complete the move of their primary power base from eastern US to eastern China,
    4. replace petroleum with black ops technology for energy,
    5. and mine the solar system's planets and asteroids using robots.
    If the petroleum based energy supply of our civilization is already entering the rapid decline of energy efficiency documented by Gail Tverberg, and if global temperatures are about to enter a major cooling lasting decades if not centuries, then time is of the essence in accomplishing these transitions.

    The US will not return to its former glory as the world's leading manufacturer ... robotics and a fundamental change in our civilization's primary energy source will change the economics of mining, manufacturing and transportation far too much to ever return to the past.
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    What is being described here as unilateralism, and elsewhere as nationalism, is actually the breakdown of Anglo-American dominated arrangements. This will be followed by political, economic, and monetary crises, which provide the opportunity to garner broad global support for the new, "kinder, gentler", multi-polar, multi-national, multi-currency world order.
    In other words, we're seeing another variant of the Hegelian Dialectic, in two stages.
    This is the favored tactic of TPTB & it's a frustrating one.. issues are presented as the opposite of reality, some times in very convincing ways and ALWAYS heavy on emotional manipulation. Then inserted into the "machinery" of the Hegelian Dialectic and put through its paces until the injected topic loses favor with the masses or looses "impact" then a new one is introduced (or multiple issues that have gone through the same treatment).

    I look for this pattern (easiest to see the last bit, the emotional manipulation, then back track from there) and find it far too often.. we are so heavily and constantly manipulated it's astounding.

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    The US will not return to its former glory as the world's leading manufacturer ... robotics and a fundamental change in our civlization's primary energy source will change the economics of mining, manufacturing and transportation far too much to ever return to the past.

    Manufacturing is about to become very different, very decentralized and very "minimized" as an economic impact.

    3d printing and robotic assembly lines will come to t he US, but provide few actual jobs, that combined with automated transportation will devastate the world job market.

    Which will cause civil unrest unless dealt with, and I'm sure there' s a plan for that.. but I can't see what it is now.
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    What is being described here as unilateralism, and elsewhere as nationalism, is actually the breakdown of Anglo-American dominated arrangements. This will be followed by political, economic, and monetary crises, which provide the opportunity to garner broad global support for the new, "kinder, gentler", multi-polar, multi-national, multi-currency world order.
    In other words, we're seeing another variant of the Hegelian Dialectic, in two stages.
    This is the favored tactic of TPTB & it's a frustrating one.. issues are presented as the opposite of reality, some times in very convincing ways and ALWAYS heavy on emotional manipulation. Then inserted into the "machinery" of the Hegelian Dialectic and put through its paces until the injected topic loses favor with the masses or looses "impact" then a new one is introduced (or multiple issues that have gone through the same treatment).

    I look for this pattern (easiest to see the last bit, the emotional manipulation, then back track from there) and find it far too often.. we are so heavily and constantly manipulated it's astounding.
    As the pendulum swings...
    There is a secret law:
    when the pendulum is going to the left, it appears to be going to the left, but it is gathering momentum to go right. When it is going to the left, it is gathering energy, momentum, to go right; when it is going right, it is gathering momentum to go left. So what appears is not the whole thing.

    When you are becoming happy, you are gathering momentum to be unhappy. So you are laughing, know that the moment is not far away when sadness comes. This is the natural law of mind. It moves from one pole to the other.

    How to stop the pendulum from swinging?

    Be a Witness... just be aware of the movement, and don't react.
    It will eventually come to rest.
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    From Dollar hits 14-year high as Trump-fueled bond sell-off resumes (Reuters):
    Quote The dollar hit a 14-year high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as a post-U.S. election sell-off resumed across global bond markets, lifting Treasury yields and attracting investors to the U.S. currency.

    That halted stocks in their tracks, with Europe's main indices down as much as 0.8 percent and Wall Street expected to open 0.5 percent lower.

    The Bank for International Settlements this week repeated its view that a stronger dollar poses risks for global markets and financial stability.
    Notice that last line, which I marked in bold.

    The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) will be one of the winners in the next new world order, and as usual, future winners get to look prescient, telling us where we're going, thereby helping to guide us to our intended future.

    The whole dang world is up to their eyeballs in US Dollar denominated debt, and now US Dollars are harder to get than they have been at any other time in the last 14 years.

    The world's numero uno "crack" dealer - the World's Banksters issuing Dollar denominated debt - have lent into existence more debt, securities and derivatives than ever before in history. They are now tightening the supply of "crack". Exactly as the BIS says, a stronger dollar poses risks for global markets and financial stability.

    Market collapses typically occur from the outside in. The weaker periphery collapses first, then the collapse works its way into the core.

    This is the same way, for centuries (at least) that the money system has been used to pump and dump economies, large and small, gaining leverage and control coming and going. It's using debt-money like drug dealers use crack.

    History is filled with these pump and dump cycles, with these booms and busts.

    This coming bust of the US Dollar as the global reserve currency, the drug of choice for denominating major debt, contracts and world trade settlement, is looking to be truly epic.

    (And notice that Trump isn't being blamed for this. It's not that Trump is causing this. Rather Trump is being used to help trigger these reactions. The world's reported reaction to Trump's victory, as with the reported reaction to Brexit's victory, is being used to help trigger the intended responses.)

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    Remember when Obama was America's big hope? Everyone was so frigging excited about him. He made 160 campaign promises that he failed to fulfill; except the one about change. He NEVER once said what kind of change that would be. Sadly, Americans only heard what they wanted to hear....

    Now everyone is doing the same thing with Donald Chump. I really hope he does bring about the positive change for us. In doing so, he'll be changing everything for everyone on the planet. (Btw he's not even sworn in yet, but he's gotten together with that Khazarian psycho, Netanyahoo. That doesn't bode well for us in my opinion.) I really hope the man doesn't follow in Obummer's footsteps and promise one thing and do the opposite.....Only time will tell....

    Just to let everyone know, I didn't vote for either the Hildebeast or Chump (or Obummer for that matter).
    It was tossed in my face that voting for a third party member was throwing my vote away. How did this kind of thinking come about anyway? There was a time when there was no such thing as Republican or Democratic parties. A man ran on an important platform to get elected. What happened to this? How did we get duped into thinking that we HAD to vote for the lesser of 2 evils? There were 3 other candidates in the political arena. The medias never gave them a chance, that's for sure.

    Imo, those who voted for the lesser of 2 evils, threw THEIR votes away, especially when there were other choices.

    My question to everyone is this: What happens when Trump turns out to be the same or worse....?

    Will you tolerate it?

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    Quote Posted by Paul (here)
    History is filled with these pump and dump cycles, with these booms and busts.
    Pump what?


    Quote US housing starts surge to 9-year high in October
    U.S. housing starts surged to a more than nine-year high in October as builders ramped up construction of both single and multifamily homes, offering hope that housing will contribute to economic growth in the fourth quarter.

    Groundbreaking jumped 25.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.32 million units, the highest level since August 2007, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. The percent increase was the biggest since July 1982. Starts increased in all four regions last month.

    September's starts were unrevised at a 1.05 million-unit rate. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast housing starts rising to a 1.16 million-unit pace in October. Residential construction has been a drag on gross domestic product for two straight quarters.

    Single-family home building, which accounts for the largest share of the residential housing market, jumped 10.7 percent to an 869,000-unit pace in October, the highest since October 2007.

    The housing market is being driven by a tightening labor market, which is starting to drive up wages.

    Housing starts for the volatile multi-family segment soared 68.8 percent to a 454,000-unit pace. Starts for buildings with five units or more hit their highest level since June 2015.

    Permits for future construction edged up 0.3 percent in October. Single-family permits rose 2.7 percent last month, while building permits for multi-family units fell 3.3 percent.
    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/17/us-ho...-oct-2016.html
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    Quote Posted by Satori (here)
    Then, evil goes unopposed. I think what could be stated is: oppose nothing but evil.
    That's how I initially reacted to WildOrchid's next to last post on this thread as well, Satori.

    I think WildOrchid was saying something else, as clarified in her follow-up post. Oppose, but not in opposition, at the same level, but rather oppose from a different level, so that the would be opponent finds themselves flailing at the empty wind.
    "The art of fighting, without fighting."

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    Quote Posted by Paul (here)
    I do not expect that Trump will be blamed [...] for these [economic/financial/monetary] disasters
    Yesterday Brandon Smith made a strong case that Trump and nationalists will be blamed for the upcoming economic/financial/monetary disasters.

    Brandon said of people (such as myself, in the above quoted post <grin>): World Suffers From Trump Shell Shock - Here’s What Will Happen Next:
    Quote Don’t tell me that Trump cannot be blamed for an economic crisis. Only a complete idiot would suggest that he is anything other than the perfect scapegoat.
    I may be able to scrape by, however, without totally tarnishing my forecasting record. Elsewhere a few days ago (as quoted below in this post), I posted that if the economic collapse became obvious to the general public within the next few months, then Trump would successfully blame the previous administration, but that if it took several months or more for the collapse to be obvious to everyone, then the blame would fall solidly on Trump (and his nationalist policies and supporters.)

    Below this article of Brandon Smith, in the comments, Brandon summarizes his position saying:
    Quote ... the main point I have been making this entire time is that Trump will be a SCAPEGOAT for a financial crisis the bankers created.
    Brandon observes (correctly, I believe) that the leftist, liberal, Democrat leaning Americans are already chomping at the bit to blame Trump and his "red neck, stupid" supporters for whatever ills befall America.

    Brandon does not expect the collapse to be obvious, in its full "glory" to the average person, right away. He anticipates that it will take perhaps six months for a collapse of the magnitude that's coming to be obvious to the general public.

    Brandon writes of the pending economic collapse:
    Quote The Final Stage Of Economic Collapse

    Economic collapse is a process, not a singular event; stock markets play only a minor part in this process. ...

    I predict first that central banks around the globe will further cut stimulus measures and that the Fed is now guaranteed to raise interest rates, probably in December before Trump even enters the White House. I also believe that the process of initiating a market crisis will take approximately six months to become widely visible to the public. As a consequence of the Fed pulling the plug on markets, I predict Trump and the Fed will enter into open hostilities against each other, which will erode international faith in the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency.
    Six days ago now, in the post Done, conceded and acknowledged: 45th US president Donald Trump -- Post #78, I wrote, consistent with Brandon Smith's above forecasts that he posted a day ago now:
    Quote A key distinction between what I am expecting, and the various sites I read are expecting, might become visible to us all, fairly soon.

    If the economic and monetary collapse begins, as viewed by the ordinary person, within the next few months, then it will be easy for Trump to blame the past administration for the failures, and to gain support as the leader who can fix these long standing problems. That's what I an expecting.

    If however the collapse begins, as viewed by the ordinary person, some months after Trump takes office, in apparent response to his initial changes to the government and its policies, then it will be easy for the elite bastards to blame the collapse on Trump, and he is likely slotted to go down in history as a failure, in the way that US President Hoover was, before FDR became US President in 1933.
    My conclusion, consistent with Brandon Smith's conclusion: the coming economic collapse will be Yuuuge (Trump's New York pronounciation of "huge"), it's coming, and some signs will be visible within a few weeks to the observant, but it will be several months into 2017 before the collapse is obvious to the average person.

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    The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story
    Charles Eisenstein
    Posted on Nov 10, 2016 http://charleseisenstein.net/hategriefandanewstory/

    THIS ARTICLE NAILS IT, IMHO.
    Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation from the evolutionary imperative of progress.

    A Clinton Presidency would have offered four more years of that pretense. A woman President following a black President would have meant to many that things are getting better. It would have obscured the reality of continued neoliberal economics, imperial wars, and resource extraction behind a veil of faux-progressive feminism. Now that we have, in the words of my friend Kelly Brogan, rejected a wolf in sheep’s clothing in favor of a wolf in wolf’s clothing, that illusion will be impossible to maintain.

    The wolf, Donald Trump (and I’m not sure he’d be offended by that moniker) will not provide the usual sugarcoating on the poison pills the policy elites have foisted on us for the last forty years. The prison-industrial complex, the endless wars, the surveillance state, the pipelines, the nuclear weapons expansion were easier for liberals to swallow when they came with a dose, albeit grudging, of LGBTQ rights under an African-American President.

    I am willing to suspend my judgement of Trump and (very skeptically) hold the possibility that he will disrupt the elite policy consensus of free trade and military confrontation – major themes of his campaign. One might always hope for miracles. However, because he apparently lacks any robust political ideology of his own, it is more likely that he will fill his cabinet with neocon war hawks, Wall Street insiders, and corporate reavers, trampling the wellbeing of the working class whites who elected him while providing them their own sugar-coating of social conservatism.

    The social and environmental horrors likely to be committed under President Trump are likely to incite massive civil disobedience and possibly disorder. For Clinton supporters, many of whom were halfhearted to begin with, the Trump administration could mark the end of their loyalty to our present institutions of government. For Trump supporters, the initial celebration will collide with gritty reality when Trump proves as unable or unwilling as his predecessors to challenge the entrenched systems that continually degrade their lives: global finance capital, the deep state, and their programming ideologies. Add to this the likelihood of a major economic crisis, and the public’s frayed loyalty to the existing system could snap.

    We are entering a time of great uncertainty. Institutions so enduring as to seem identical to reality itself may lose their legitimacy and dissolve. It may seem that the world is falling apart. For many, that process started on election night, when Trump’s victory provoked incredulity, shock, even vertigo. “I can’t believe this is happening!”

    At such moments, it is a normal response to find someone to blame, as if identifying fault could restore the lost normality, and to lash out in anger. Hate and blame are convenient ways of making meaning out of a bewildering situation. Anyone who disputes the blame narrative may receive more hostility than the opponents themselves, as in wartime when pacifists are more reviled than the enemy.

    Racism and misogyny are devastatingly real in this country, but to blame bigotry and sexism for voters’ repudiation of the Establishment is to deny the validity of their deep sense of betrayal and alienation. The vast majority of Trump voters were expressing extreme dissatisfaction with the system in the way most readily available to them.
    (See here:http://paulkingsnorth.net/2016/11/07...ionary-moment/
    here:http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/10/the-big-split/
    here:http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/...witch-is-dead/
    here:http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/...ables_20161109
    Millions of Obama voters voted for Trump (six states who went for Obama twice switched to Trump). Did they suddenly become racists in the last four years? The blame-the-racists (the fools, the yokels…) narrative generates a clear demarcation between good (us) and evil (them), but it does violence to the truth. It also obscures an important root of racism – anger displaced away from an oppressive system and its elites and onto other victims of that system. Finally, it employs the same dehumanization of the other that is the essence of racism and the precondition for war. Such is the cost of preserving a dying story. That is one reason why paroxysms of violence so often accompany a culture-defining story’s demise.

    The dissolution of the old order that is now officially in progress is going to intensify. That presents a tremendous opportunity and danger, because when normal falls apart the ensuing vacuum draws in formerly unthinkable ideas from the margins. Unthinkable ideas range from rounding up the Muslims in concentration camps, to dismantling the military-industrial complex and closing down overseas military bases. They range from nationwide stop-and-frisk to replacing criminal punishment with restorative justice. Anything becomes possible with the collapse of dominant institutions. When the animating force behind these new ideas is hate or fear, all manner of fascistic and totalitarian nightmares can ensue, whether enacted by existing powers or those that arise in revolution against them.

    That is why, as we enter a period of intensifying disorder, it is important to introduce a different kind of force to animate the structures that might appear after the old ones crumble. I would call it love if it weren’t for the risk of triggering your New Age bull**** detector, and besides, how does one practically bring love into the world in the realm of politics? So let’s start with empathy. Politically, empathy is akin to solidarity, born of the understanding that we are all in this together. In what together? For starters, we are in the uncertainty together.

    We are exiting an old story that explained to us the way of the world and our place in it. Some may cling to it all the more desperately as it dissolves, looking perhaps to Donald Trump to restore it, but their savior has not the power to bring back the dead. Neither would Clinton have been able to preserve America as we’d known it for too much longer. We as a society are entering a space between stories, in which everything that had seemed so real, true, right, and permanent comes into doubt. For a while, segments of society have remained insulated from this breakdown (whether by fortune, talent, or privilege), living in a bubble as the containing economic and ecological systems deteriorate. But not for much longer. Not even the elites are immune to this doubt. They grasp at straws of past glories and obsolete strategies; they create perfunctory and unconvincing shibboleths (Putin!), wandering aimlessly from “doctrine” to “doctrine” – and they have no idea what to do. Their haplessness and half-heartedness was plain to see in this election, their disbelief in their own propaganda, their cynicism. When even the custodians of the story no longer believe the story, you know its days are numbered. It is a shell with no engine, running on habit and momentum.

    We are entering a space between stories. After various retrograde versions of a new story rise and fall and we enter a period of true unknowing, an authentic next story will emerge. What would it take for it to embody love, compassion, and interbeing? I see its lineaments in those marginal structures and practices that we call holistic, alternative, regenerative, and restorative. All of them source from empathy, the result of the compassionate inquiry: What is it like to be you?

    It is time now to bring this question and the empathy it arouses into our political discourse as a new animating force. If you are appalled at the election outcome and feel the call of hate, perhaps try asking yourself, “What is it like to be a Trump supporter?” Ask it not with a patronizing condescension, but for real, looking underneath the caricature of misogynist and bigot to find the real person.

    Even if the person you face IS a misogynist or bigot, ask, “Is this who they are, really?” Ask what confluence of circumstances, social, economic, and biographical, may have brought them there. You may still not know how to engage them, but at least you will not be on the warpath automatically. We hate what we fear, and we fear what we do not know. So let’s stop making our opponents invisible behind a caricature of evil.

    We’ve got to stop acting out hate. I see no less of it in the liberal media than I do in the right-wing. It is just better disguised, hiding beneath pseudo-psychological epithets and dehumanizing ideological labels. Exercising it, we create more of it. What is beneath the hate? My acupuncturist Sarah Fields wrote to me, “Hate is just a bodyguard for grief. When people lose the hate, they are forced to deal with the pain beneath.”

    I think the pain beneath is fundamentally the same pain that animates misogyny and racism – hate in a different form. Please stop thinking you are better than these people! We are all victims of the same world-dominating machine, suffering different mutations of the same wound of separation. Something hurts in there. We live in a civilization that has robbed nearly all of us of deep community, intimate connection with nature, unconditional love, freedom to explore the kingdom of childhood, and so much more. The acute trauma endured by the incarcerated, the abused, the raped, the trafficked, the starved, the murdered, and the dispossessed does not exempt the perpetrators. They feel it in mirror image, adding damage to their souls atop the damage that compels them to violence. Thus it is that suicide is the leading cause of death in the U.S. military. Thus it is that addiction is rampant among the police. Thus it is that depression is epidemic in the upper middle class. We are all in this together.

    Something hurts in there. Can you feel it? We are all in this together. One earth, one tribe, one people.

    We have entertained teachings like these long enough in our spiritual retreats, meditations, and prayers. Can we take them now into the political world and create an eye of compassion inside the political hate vortex? It is time to do it, time to up our game. It is time to stop feeding hate. Next time you post on line, check your words to see if they smuggle in some form of hate: dehumanization, snark, belittling, derision.., some invitation to us versus them. Notice how it feels kind of good to do that, like getting a fix. And notice what hurts underneath, and how it doesn’t feel good, not really. Maybe it is time to stop.

    This does not mean to withdraw from political conversation, but to rewrite its vocabulary. It is to speak hard truths with love. It is to offer acute political analysis that doesn’t carry the implicit message of “Aren’t those people horrible?” Such analysis is rare. Usually, those evangelizing compassion do not write about politics, and sometimes they veer into passivity. We need to confront an unjust, ecocidal system. Each time we do we will receive an invitation to give in to the dark side and hate “the deplorables.” We must not shy away from those confrontations. Instead, we can engage them empowered by the inner mantra that my friend Pancho Ramos-Stierle uses in confrontations with his jailers: “Brother, your soul is too beautiful to be doing this work.” If we can stare hate in the face and never waver from that knowledge, we will access inexhaustible tools of creative engagement, and hold a compelling invitation to the haters to fulfill their beauty.
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