UNCIVIL WAR GAMES

There are war games being played out in our country, very uncivil war games, and there are three sides involved in these games, the Blue Team, the Red Team and the Purple Team, also known as “Permanent Washington.”

Since the close of World War Two the Blue Team has been playing a long game, slowly coopting this nation’s education systems, its courts and the media, all for the purpose of building a power base by propagandizing the young, changing word definitions and rewriting history.

The Red Team, largely clueless, has behaved as if it were still playing according to the original rules laid out at the inception of the game, back in the 1700’s, and thereby has placed itself on perpetual defense.

The Purple Team, unlike either the Red or the Blue, has as its central goal the amassing of power and wealth as it serves as both manager and coach for the other teams.

Throughout the history of our government the Purple Team has been the actual dominant power while allowing both the Blue and the Red to score victories so long as those victories contributed to the goals of the Purple.

But then the Red Team did the unconscionable, they brought in a wringer as their leader, a man of a new color, call it “orange.” This man, acting as a one man team, owing no allegiance to any of the other three teams, set out to actually follow the original game rules, a move which threatened to end the complacency of the Red Team, undo the gains of the Blue Team and destroy the Purple Team’s ability to continue wielding power and amassing wealth.

The Orange Man had to be destroyed. The attempt to eliminate him has resulted in the uncivil war games currently being played.

The ultimate battle is only weeks away. The initial skirmish will take place on November 3rd. The Purple Team has added its considerable power to the Blue and, should the Orange Man prevail, stands ready to pull out all stops in the attempt to alter the outcome of the election through the courts, the media and by dispatching millions of our fellow citizens to the barricades.

If the Blue Team prevails at the polls this country will be, as our last president put it, “fundamentally changed” forever.

Either way, this writer fears it will be a pyrrhic victory along the lines of those words uttered during the war in Viet Nam, “we had to destroy the village in order to save it.”

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A VIRUS MOST POLITICAL

History will judge us harshly for our response to this pandemic. We are America, the nation on earth possessed of the greatest treasure of resources with which to address the pandemic and yet we are faring worse than most other industrialized nations.

Only in America would such a tragic occurrence as the rapid spread of this disease be viewed as an opportunity. The proof of this statement can be seen in that, rather than a countrywide, single coordinated attack on the virus we can see differences in response drawn sharply along red state, blue state lines.

Perhaps the best example from the medical side of the equation is the reaction to hydroxychloroquine. This drug, in use for 65 years, has had 51 global studies, all positive, yet our FDA and the government’s medical advisors dismiss its use out of hand and deny doctors the same ability to prescribe it off label as is done with hundreds of other medicines. To add insult to injury, social media platforms have taken on the role of medical advisors and with zero medical training are censoring expert medical posts that conflict with their ideological views. By doing so they are also complicit in any deaths that ensue from missed opportunity to receive medical treatment that involves drugs they seek to keep from the public.

Medical decisions should always be between a patient and his or her doctor. There is no room for the opinions of politicians, bureaucrats or social media mavens.

Could it be that those drugs that are being touted for use all provide huge profits for the pharmaceutical industry while hydroxychloroquine is out of patent and available for about $1.00 per pill? Who would have ever thought that people in the USA would be allowed to die in order to further political agendas, skew election results or insure corporate profits? Yet we seem to have arrived at that juncture in our history.

Joseph Stalin. Mao Zedong, Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, to name just a few, were mass murderers all. But you can be sure that when any of these men looked into a mirror they did not perceive a monster looking back at them. Those who have politicized this pandemic for personal gain, either in power, wealth or simply to advance their ideological views are as culpable in mass murder as were the men named earlier and like those named, they too will not perceive monsters looking back from the mirror. One and all, they believe their actions to be for the common good.

But due to their callous disregard for human life, there is no kinder term than “murderer” for each of them.

Politics has no place in medicine and those medical advisors, charged with steering the course of the nation’s response to a pandemic, should not be financially involved in companies producing possible treatments. Yet that is the case with several of those responsible for telling the rest of us how to react.

The attitude of so many of our so-called leaders can be summed up in Governor Cuomo’s response to a question about the high number of deaths in New York’s nursing homes, “Those people are old,” he said, “they’re going to die anyway.”

Our children are our most precious commodity and, as many experts have testified, keeping them out of school does nothing to increase their safety but creates irreparable harm to their education and social development. Despite ample evidence that they are at no risk of contracting or spreading the virus, many of our “leaders” have elected to keep the kids out of school. It can be noted that school closures are among those aspects of the virus response that follow the red state, blue state split.

Twenty-two European nations have opened their schools and they are being safely operated on a day to day basis. The difference is that in those nations the virus has not been politicized. Again, only in America.

We have a presidential election coming soon and, without regard to who wins, with the passing of that event a large part of the reasons for politicizing this virus will disappear. Perhaps then the country will reopen and the medical community will be allowed to use every means at its disposal to eradicate the disease.

As for those who have perpetrated this mass injustice, they will probably never face consequences for their actions but the stain will be on their souls. Maybe God will forgive them, the nation can not and should not.

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WHO OWNS THE VIRUS ANYWAY?

There is no reasonable doubt that the novel coronavirus, covid 19, was a gift to the world from the Chinese Communist Party. What remains in dispute is whether this new version of coronavirus is a natural mutation of the covid 2 or man made, created in a virology lab. Adding to the suspicion that the latter is true is the fact that several virology labs in universities around the world, including in the USA, have conducted coronavirus experiments funded by grants from the Chinese government and their results all shared with the lab in Wuhan, China.

While the disease is apolitical, responses to it by state and local governments have clearly split along red state, blue state lines. Blue states adopted more draconian measures and slowed or stopped commerce to a much greater degree than did red states. The suspicion here is that these measures had more to do with providing talking points for the upcoming elections to counter the current president’s assertions that he had created a “great economy” than they did with confronting the virus

However, the ownership referred to here is not concerned with the origins of the virus but rather those individuals and institutions that have claimed the virus as a means to gain ends not connected to protecting the health of the populace. This is an important consideration because the virus has become so politicized that it is impossible for a lay person, threatened by the dire consequences of the disease, to know what to believe and which “advisor” is speaking truth instead of advancing a personal agenda.

With a presidential election just months away it is obvious that one party is using the virus to keep the spotlight off of its candidate and to castigate the other candidate for having botched the nation’s response to covid 19. In that sense they have coopted the ownership of the virus for narrow partisan gains. Can anyone be certain that pronouncements from such politicized sources can be taken as serious medical advice?

Concerning medical advice, the president formed a committee to address the problem and provide information and advice to the nation. The panel, is chaired by the Vice President and steered by two noted virologists, Drs Fauci and Birx. These two doctors were chosen to serve in a republican administration despite the fact that both were staunch supporters of democratic candidates and causes, which could be construed as a bipartisan effort to provide the best information possible to the public.

One of the greatest controversies to come from the medical advisors on the covid 19 panel is that of hydroxychloroquine versus remdesivir. Hydroxychloroquine was touted by the president as “a game changer.” Dr. Fauci reacted strongly to this stance, rejected the use of the drug and was quickly backed up by studies showing that hydroxychloroquine was not only ineffective but was actually dangerous to use. The FDA chimed in, rescinded permission for it to be used off label for covid 19 and the World Health Organization cancelled sponsored tests of the drug.

Apparently the president was on the wrong side of the science and remdesivir, with far fewer tests having been completed and with no “anecdotal” history of cures, was fast tracked.

Remdesivir carries a cost of $3000 to $4000 per course of treatment, hydroxychloroquine costs a dollar a dose. Remdesivir has patent protection, hydroxychloroquine has been in worldwide use for 65 years with no history of adverse reactions and is in public domain. Remdesivir is made in China under license from Gilead Sciences and, surprise, surprise, our Dr. Fauci has financial ties to Gilead Sciences.

Would it be cynical to suggest that financial considerations might influence medical advice? Could it be that big Pharma exerts control over government agencies and their spokespersons by dangling the twin carrots of current monetary rewards and future employment? If so, then big Pharma has also assumed partial ownership of the virus.

Tragically people are dying and the politicalization of the virus is contributing in a great degree to these deaths.

Congress seems to have a penchant for investigating every subject under the sun. Given the wide variety of information and disinformation circulating around covid 19, where are the congressional committees charged with separating the wheat from the chaff and providing unbiased facts to we, the people?

Or could it be that our Houses of Congress, in the spirit of not letting a good crisis go to waste, feel better served by the status quo and have also staked out an ownership position in the covid 19.

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DEEP STATE 101

President Donald J. Trump has promised to eliminate the so-called “Deep State.” As a political talking point he is in good territory, as a practical matter, it won’t happen. The reason, quite simply, is because the Deep State that he alludes to as some monolithic structure with hierarchies of authority and chains of command, does not exist.

The Deep State, such as it is, is a widely diverse collection of many thousands of individuals linked only by having similar agendas but no collective, overriding ideology. Some are driven by a lust for power, some for money while others follow a dream of one world government or some similar version of political dominance.

The “members” of the Deep State hail from all walks of life, they are government officials both elected and appointed, business leaders, judges, attorneys, clergy, in fact they may be found in any occupation you care to name. Whether their individual goals are to increase power, exert more control over the people or fundamentally change the United States of America, they pursue their agendas by employing means that are outside those avenues of change available to you and me, the ordinary citizens of this great nation.

This Deep State follows no rules, obeys no laws and is accountable to no authority. It is for this reason that they have been able to exist and to grow in power since very soon after this republic was founded. To be sure there are structured organizations that exist within the loose mantle of the Deep State. Antifa and Black Lives Matter are two that currently capture a large share of the headlines. Groups such as these are highly organized and very well funded but are not acting in concert with other such organizations. That which unites them to others are their mutually supportive agendas. The alliances formed when working toward their ends are ephemeral at best, shifting with the change of the wind.

A congressman may find himself allied today with a hedge fund manager in order to craft a piece of legislation favorable to both only to have that union dissolve tomorrow, once its ends have been met. The congressman may go on to other “work” while the hedge fund manager turns his attention to financing a BLM “protest” in Poughkeepsie or organizing a caravan of economic refugees from the third world.

The Deep State, in toto, cannot be defeated because of the reasons cited above but that does not mean that individuals who participate in the activities described as Deep State cannot be brought to justice. Their apparent immunity is de facto, not de jure.

The problem is that our system of “equal justice for all” more closely follows the maxim from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” which states “all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” When caught up in crimes or misdemeanors there are those who are too important or too well connected to ever face prosecution.

No better example exists than that concerning those who were caught in Jeffery Epstein’s web. During the time that the convicted pedophile and serial extortionist was arrested and subsequently suicided, the law enforcement community confiscated incriminating evidence on hundreds of individuals. Thus far none of that which fell into law enforcement’s hands has been made public nor have any of the people appearing in those “home movies” ever been called to account. One would have to conclude that they are too important to prosecute, without regard to the heinous nature of their crimes.

And what of those who organize and finance the wide spread violent attacks on our nation, styled as peaceful protests, that are now taking place? In the midst of a global pandemic we are witnessing a multi-pronged assault on the very fabric of our nation. That which started as a backlash against police brutality then escalated to fighting systemic racism has now become a violent attempt to destroy the American way of life. And it isn’t confined to our borders, it is occurring all across the globe.

At the grass roots level you might be correct in assuming the movement to be due to the hatred of Donald Trump but at the level that matters, the folks who organize, orchestrate and finance the movement, it’s hatred for the idea that their power base and income streams are threatened by the current administration’s effort to end our participation in globalization.

According to some sources the average wealth of the 535 members of the Houses of Congress is 14.7 million dollars. Many of these folks earned their money before seeking public office, some inherited it and others married into money but a significant number entered office from the ranks of those with modest means, had no other income producing positions during their tenure in office, yet managed to amass large fortunes for themselves, their families and friends. They epitomize the Deep State.

In summation, the Deep State has a existed since the earliest days of this Republic. Over the decades it has grown in size and power because it has not been recognized for what it is nor has it been opposed in realistic ways. Too many people and too many organizations wield unauthorized but very real authority over the institutions of government and of law enforcement to ever be completely uprooted.

The best that can be hoped for is an awakening of the American people, a thirst for knowledge of civics and how systems of government work, the importance of good governance and a fervor, matching that of the current crop of protestors, to hold accountable all those in office, elected and appointed, both parties, who have sworn to uphold and defend our constitution and our way of life, but find profit in doing otherwise.

We must arm ourselves with a new purpose, that of holding our leaders accountable for their failure enforce the laws as written and force them to attack all those who are working to destroy this country. We don’t need new laws to fight the Deep State, we need men and women in office and other positions of authority, willing to act on the already established principle that no one is above the law. No one.

Donald Trump cannot defeat the Deep State, only we, the people can.

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DRESS REHEARSAL

Father’s Day, 2020, will be more memorable than most. On the Saturday before I suffered a heart attack and spent Sunday being prepped for and receiving a stent.
The entire experience proved to be enlightening on many levels. During the course of three days, from onset to discharge from the hospital, I encountered a great many of my fellow Texans who have dedicated themselves to caring for folks in physical distress. I would like to express my gratitude and heartfelt (no pun intended) thanks to the teams of skilled professionals, the doctors, nurses, technicians and staff at Medella Urgent care, Magnolia, HCA/Houston, Tomball and HCA/Houston, Conroe. This large group of individuals, people from all corners of the earth, many races, creeds and colors, have somehow gravitated to this area of the USA and both collectively and individually are a tremendous asset to our nation. The strength of their diversity lies in their unity to a common purpose and goal, that of providing excellent care to those in need.

At times like these an absence of introspection must be nearly impossible. I have spent many decades on this big blue marble and in balance, most have been happy. I do realize that through the passage of time there have been negative interactions as well as positive. While taking full responsibility for any hurt that I have left in my wake, I understand that, as the Persian poet Omar Khayyam so aptly put it, “The moving finger writes and having writ, moves on. Nor all your piety and wit can lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it.” This said, I am truly sorry for any hurt or harm that I may have done to any of my fellow travelers on this earthly journey. Cold comfort but given the reality of time passing without any sort of reset button, it is the best I can offer.

If, on the other hand, we have shared some measure of fellowship, peace, joy and love, thank you for being there. We are the result and the sum total of the choices we make, good, bad or indifferent, and we cannot go back to make a change, to insert a different choice in order to bring the outcome nearer heart’s desire. We are stuck with what is done.

I do not know what the future will bring, tomorrow is not promised to any of us, but I do have a renewed understanding of how important it is to cherish those who care about us, to walk in kindness, and to be the best steward possible for those things that are our responsibility.

In summation, I have been blessed in this lifetime, blessed far beyond that which I have deserved and I pray that each of you reading this will have a similar assessment of life.
I also understand that my cardiac event, which might have ended tragically, was merely a dress rehearsal for the inevitable.

God bless you all.

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ON HATE, ANGER AND MOB RULE

You don’t have to go far to see the results of unbridled hate and anger. Turn on the TV, any news channel, or glance at a newspaper headline and you will see what mob rule, fueled by hate and anger, looks like. For those who live in the affected areas you merely need to look out through your windows, assuming they are not boarded up.
What we are seeing is not a pretty sight, nor is it necessary. Mobs are made up of people and each individual in such a group has made a personal decision to give vent to hatred and anger in the least productive manner possible. To be sure, most of the people in the so-called “protests,” often involving looting and the destruction of property, think that he or she is striking a blow for justice and for the righting of ancient wrongs. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The events that serve as catalyst for the protesters taking to the street are tragic but even more tragic is the underlying truth that these uprisings are orchestrated and financed by shadowy figures whose agenda has nothing to do with justice or truth.
Those carrying the signs and marching for the cause are for the most part sincere individuals who feel they are addressing grievances and have no other recourse. They feel that the “system” has locked them out, ignored their plight and is rigged against them.
The shadowy figures mentioned above, those furthering their own quite different agendas, have schooled the protesters that strength lies in diversity. Not so. Diversity is division, strength comes from unity. The number one rule in the despot’s playbook is divide and conquer.
What we are witnessing in the streets of our cities is nothing less than the destruction of our civil society and these gatherings that are leading to such destruction are not organic in nature, they are well planned, well coordinated and highly financed.
Just as the mob is made up of individuals, misled in my opinion, making the choice to participate in anarchy, the solution also depends on individuals making a choice. Each of us can choose whether we wish to be a part of the problem or of the solution.
Hate and anger are running rampant in our streets. Ask yourself, what positive result do you know of that ever resulted from the expression of either hate or anger?
Negative emotion brings negative results. And the converse is equally true, positive emotion has positive results.
In order to find a solution to the many real and often systemic problems this nation faces we must also address the fact that many of our political leaders, at all levels, elected and appointed, are profiting by increasing their power and fortunes pandering to those “shadowy” puppet masters.
These so-called leaders must be rooted out and the power to do so rests in the voting booth. One of the greatest dangers facing our country, or any other democratic republic, is the low information voter. The only positive solution lies with you, the individual voter. However it requires work. If we are to regain control of the offices that are supposed to be working on behalf of the people then we have to educate ourselves, not only on the individuals seeking to gain or retain those offices but also on the fundamental powers and purposes for which those offices exist.
The power of the ballot is the true power of any democracy and we cannot allow it to be replaced by a system of mob rule controlled by unelected and unaccountable individuals who seek to destroy our way of life.
The choice is yours, unite and regain control of the political system or succumb to mob rule.

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WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD VIRUS?

Coronavirus is not something anyone would want to be exposed to but, a little perspective please.  This “dread killer” was brought to us by the lovely folks in Wuhan, China.  How it actually got into the human population is still a matter for speculation with a lot of weight being given to to thought that it originated in the Chinese government’s “skunk works” (read that Area 51) in Wuhan and was brought out of the lab by some low level employee who sold infected animals to a local meat market.  That it could’ve been a government experimental project is plausible.  To think that in a society as controlled, and possessed of such drastic punishments, that a low level, or any other level, employee would risk being caught smuggling and selling government secrets is not very likely.  If indeed such a path was the truth behind how the virus entered the human population, it had to be at the behest of the government, perhaps beta testing a new population control scheme.

Without regard to the how, the virus is among us and is spreading worldwide.  The question is, how likely is it that you or I will catch it?

The other feared virus in the USA is the flu and comparing the victim stats between the two is instructive.  So far this year, according to the CDC, between 184,000 to 221,000 have been hospitalized with the flu.  In that same period 11,600 to 19,100 people have died from the flu virus.  In a typical year flu kills between 12,000 and 56,000 individuals.  The coronavirus stats are a bit smaller with The New York Times reporting 29 confirmed cases and one death.

The statistics for coronavirus will probably rise but, given the current rate of increase, it is not likely to ever reach anywhere near the number that the flu visits on us each and every year.

The take away?  Wash your hands and go on with your life.  When the coronavirus vaccine is produced, get inoculated.  But in the meantime the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor for not getting this present from China.

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CORRUPTOCRACY

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”
Mark Twain.  Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, 1897

The degree to which these words were true when Twain first penned them is debatable but it is indisputable that they have become very close to describing what is now the norm in our government.

Quoting the Atlantic (September 9, 2014). “Congressional wealth comes from many different places, but one thing links it together:  These lawmakers, unlike most of their constituents, do not draw their income from a paycheck.”

Before starting this blog entry I spent a considerable amount of online time researching the subject of wealth accumulation and corruption at the Federal level.  The sources were far too numerous to cite in this space but one stands out as a must read; CFR 2635.702, “Use of public office for private gain.”

I came to the point of writing on this subject when asking myself one simple question, “why is our President so roundly hated?”  I did not understand why he is routinely charged with being racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and treasonous while not exhibiting signs of successfully acting on any of those traits?

The Washington establishment, both sides of the aisle, are united in their effort to end his presidency and ride him out of town on a rail, which to me is an overreaction to that which should properly be resolved by the next election.

I can understand a measure of antipathy towards Trump coming from the Democrats but when it comes from those whose party loyalty should make them his allies it is obvious that the reason for such hatred has a different source.

The answer is actually simple, Donald J. Trump has dedicated himself to “draining the swamp,” to cleaning up corruption in government, and this is an unpardonable sin in the eyes of those who have for so long created and profited from the system he is attempting to to tear down.

In other times it might be expected that all patriotic Americans would embrace a president who is working to restore the country to being the Democratic Republic it was designed to be.  But fully half the nation is sold on the vitriol pouring from the main stream media and does not understand (or care) how far the progenitors of the corruptocracy have moved this nation from the rule of law.

Unless you are profiting from the corruptocracy you should be outraged by the fact that so many of our elected and appointed officials are perverting their positions of trust to enrich themselves, their families and associates, and you should be supporting the efforts of the president to end this practice.

As to Donald Trump, I truly believe that if he found a cure for cancer the headlines would read, “Actions by this President have caused thousands of oncologists to lose their jobs.”

 

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A TRUE EXISTENTIAL THREAT

Lately we hear politicians and would-be presidential candidates describing climate change as an existential threat, a global crisis that has the potential to end life on earth if we do not alter nearly every aspect of how we live on this planet.  While the discussions and the heated arguments proceed ad infinitum I hear no mention of a very real existential threat that is lurking and growing in the wings.
At breakfast a few days ago the BW casually asked, “where are the birds?”
     I replied, “out looking for insects.”
     “What’s wrong with our insects?” she asked.
“We don’t have any,” I answered.
A simple but unexplained fact is that insect populations are disappearing all over the globe.  In this area of the Gulf Coast we used to have swarms of love bugs (Plecia Neartica), so many that you would often have to drive with the windshield washer and wipers running as you passed through a cloud of the little critters.  Mosquitoes, unlamented in their passing, are gone as are the fireflies, cicadas and almost every other local species that comes to mind.  The fire ants and termites are so far unaffected but bees are numbered among the missing and cleaning dead bugs off the windshield and grill is a thing of the past.
Do a quick search of the web and you will quickly get a sense of the enormity of this phenomena.  Insects are among our chief pollinators and many crops are dependent upon them.  The insects are the first visible link in a chain that leads all the way to this planet’s current dominant species, you and me.  Instead of worrying about carbon dioxide, a problem that could be mitigated by simply planting more trees, it might behoove our politicians and leading scientists to switch focus to the disappearance of the bugs and how they might very well be the canaries in our collective mines.
Many politicos on the right scream that those on the left want to turn the US of A into Venezuela.  I don’t want to come across as chicken little but what if ignoring the problem of vanishing insects allows a domino effect that leads to the Earth becoming Mars?
At some point along the way we will be wishing that the mosquitoes were back.

 

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WE NEED MORE ADULTS

The adults are disappearing from our culture.  While people are still going through the aging process, as we always have, an increasing number of us seem not to make the transition from virtual childhood to being functioning adults
I have come to the belief that there are powerful forces, primarily in government and in the entertainment media, purposefully guiding this phenomena.
Prior to the 1960’s the nuclear family, a dad, a mom and some number of children, was the ideal.  Government did what it could to foster and protect this arrangement.  The entertainment industry of the time avoided content that was overly opposed to family values and any depiction of violence was rare and was usually punished.
Today we not only have far more freedom of expression, we seem to have gained far more freedom from responsibility.
We welcome gratuitous violence and sexual license into our homes and then vehemently deny that such content can have any effect on our conduct or on that of our children.  We also allow our government to further destroy the nuclear family through regulations that make it more profitable for persons in need to not be in an intact marriage.
Our government and the entertainment media at large have realized an advantage in keeping the greater part of our population nurtured (through handouts) and constantly entertained.
Their power, wealth and ability to control are directly proportional to the creation of low functioning adults and facilitated by the dissolution of the nuclear family.
What we are creating is a generation of “adults” who are not only easier to control but to a great degree not capable of recognizing that they are being manipulated.
This is not a new approach to controlling the Masses.  Remember, the Emperor Nero famously observed that the way to control a population was to give them “bread and circuses.”
The circle closes once again and the empire crumbles.

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