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Published in 1919, the end of WW-1.

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"We later civilizations . . . we too know that we are mortal."

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Jun 6, 2022ยทedited Jun 6, 2022Liked by John Day MD

Thank you for the strategic maps article - from that perspective R strategy makes a lot more sense...Some interesting things come to mind, history from Vikings ruling Kiev ("According to most official histories, the great medieval state of Kyiv Rus was founded by a group of Viking trader-adventurers who were invited to bring law and order to the potentially prosperous but disordered and chaotic lands of far eastern Europe.") (http://bunews.com.ua/society/item/ancient-ukraine-did-swedish-vikings-really-found-kyiv-rus) . Potentially prosperous but disordered and chaotic seems to be the lay of the land. And instead of helpers helping, they get to entangle in the kerfuffle, just like trying to interfere in a domestic quarrel. Georgia not that different - riches like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQkaqaHXGVw held by common folk, and the state always in trouble. Just the thought of outside help even being possible may be a corrupting influence to humans.

And then Naked Capitalism cross-posts TomDispatch on Chalmers Johnson (who I found amazing back when reading his observations first time on TomDispatch way back when). But Engelhardt says "economic inequality that helped Trump to victory only grew ever more rampant in his years in office, while billionaires began to multiply like fleas on a rabid dog." A ringing-bells moment for me: some of the supposedly high points of our "civilization" are actually symptoms of immunity gone to heck, and all sorts of parasites owning larger and larger parts of the host. Just like humans are getting sicker, the body politic is getting sicker. Makes sense to have all kinds of systems in place to ensure the rich&and ruling will have some code of noblesse oblige. I guess, ultimately it is just a choice of where you want to go - Harkonnen or Atreides. Or maybe just sing these kind of songs while working your butt off at the potato patch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe0tP8PThUo

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Jun 5, 2022Liked by John Day MD

Nice commentary to start this post. I like. More please.

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You'd probably like listening to the various historical narratives of Matthew Ehret... check him out, he's brilliant. And yeah, I think it's gonna get pretty dark, pretty soon. But I have a rule of thumb... if I hear something from the MSM, or from the govt., I consider it automatically to be a LIE, often exactly the opposite of the truth of it, and MOST of the troubles we hear about are LIES and/or DISTRACTIONS to keep us foaming up and freaking out while they carry on with their agenda... As for your pension and so forth... If you think there's going to be any kind of compassion, or legality or reasonableness... think again.

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I have read Ehret's work for a long time, since I began seeing it. Since I discovered The Limits To Growth in 10th grade, 1974, I never figured that I would have a pension or Social Security. I said "I don't believe in the retirement fairy".

Retirement was part of the postwar social contract, which has been hollowed out to fail by the "owners". They need a crisis, or a series of crises for cover. My analysis is that they need to relinquish ownership and we need to manage this as a society going through a drastic reduction in economy, together, for the common good.

This has been done before. The Japanese did it best about 300 years ago, in my humble opinion.

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I think you're quite right! Are you familiar with Edward Dowd and/or Catherine Austin-Fitts? They are very astute financial types, among others, who are telling us our economy is on the edge of the cliff... I think we all know this, even if it's only subconsciously. I have no idea how this will play out, but I fear for the Peeps, especially the elders, like my parents.

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Yes, I read both of them when I see their articles.

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History rhymes.

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Heaven, must be missing an angel, ,missing one angel child 'cause your here with me right now:) Dennis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UCbUXo9ZVE

Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel

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What a yummy tune <3

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Jun 6, 2022Liked by John Day MD

Reading a lot of C.S. Lewis lately. One of the things I get from here is John's example of "living in the beam" while "looking at the beam" and sharing both so articulately.

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Jun 6, 2022Liked by John Day MD

Not a big disco fan but I did enjoy a few more than I admitted back then that bring back memories of a younger simpler time and that one has many of those. None of us escape change or time but whenever I look at my wife I still easily see the girl I first met back then. When I look in the mirror I can see the part that is the same one looking back at me as then also. I have a good friend that when ever she speaks and no matter what she is saying, I always hear the goodness in her because she has so much of it. I see the same in John and Jenny's words and actions. Just acknowledging the Timeless that is us:)

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Thank you for the kind words and associations, but Disco?

Oh my... :-o

(Very serious album-rock guy John)

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Jun 6, 2022Liked by John Day MD

Of course...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwyXQn9g40I

Blue Sky - Allman Brothers Band

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Carole King, Tapestry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR5TO2YdjeY

Jackson Bowne, Before The Deluge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SX-HFcSIoU

So many more...

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