The Coming Great Collapse And How To Survive It

If you’ve been watching current events unfold and are completely on board with the idea of a speedy recovery and then we’re back to business as usual, you need to stop reading right now.  This article isn’t for you…though I’d suggest that if that is the case you have not only drunk the proverbial Kool-Aid, you’re practically drowning in it.  If, on the other hand, you’ve been very uncomfortable with the direction our country has been going for years (even before the Wuhan Flu gave the Fed yet another excuse to bail out the Banksters and give the rest of us a stiff middle finger), keep reading.

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Oil, Covid 19, and the “Lockdown”-What Really Happened?

So, I’m having a hard time buying the idea that any lockdown needed to happen because of a virus that is unlikely to kill more than one person in every 100,000 on this planet.  I’m having such a hard time, in fact, that I’ve tried to come up with some kind of alternative explanation that suits the facts…an explanation that actually makes logical sense.  Allow me to posit this: Continue reading

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One Nation, Under Mammon

So this is what America has come to circa 2020: a nation huddled in their homes hoping to avoid illness and death from an obscure virus created in a lab in China.  Businesses shuttered.  Roads emptied.  People eyeing each other suspiciously as they pass in the supermarket aisles, snapping up all of the toilet paper that their SUV can carry while wearing their N95 masks and gloves.   Police arresting pastors for conducting church services.  Neighbors snitching on each other.  An entire country in lockdown over a “pandemic” that is unlikely to affect one person in a hundred, even if we accept the most dire predictions at face value.  I would not have believed it if you had told me 20 years ago that this could be possible in the land of the free and the home of the brave, but here we are. Continue reading

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Rating the Baltic capitals-Best to visit

If you could only visit one Baltic capital city, which would it be?  I just returned from stays in all three: Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius…and I’m here to answer that question.  So here they are, from north to south: Continue reading

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Costa Cruising-5 things you should know

Most people choose Costa as their cruise line of choice because the itinerary and timing is appealing or because the price is right.  And Costa does provide lively entertainment, good food, and a convivial atmosphere on newer ships with an Italian flair for style and design.  It’s for those who like a youthful international mix of families, couples, and mostly non-English speaking passengers.

If you’ve already made up your mind to cruise Costa (or if you’re on the fence), here are 5 tips that should help:

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Why go on a cruise? 7 good reasons

 

I just finished a Costa cruise, which is where I took these photos.  I love to travel, and so naturally I get a chance to talk to others like me who enjoy seeing the world.  Among those, there is a certain type that will tell you with snobbish disdain that they would never consider a cruise, as if ships (and, it goes without saying, the low-brows and deplorables like me who are passengers on them) are somehow beneath them.  Well, I usually prefer land travel myself, but I’ve been on plenty of cruises, and I can say that I’ve enjoyed every one.  In fact, I’d say that there are times when cruising is not only the preferred way to travel, it’s virtually the only way unless you’re prepared to mount your own personal expedition.  

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Belvedere Palace

Prince Eugene of Savoy was a scrawny, innocuous little runt who nonetheless became a mighty warrior and helped defeat the Ottomans decisively, once at the Siege of Vienna in 1683, and more famously at the Battle of Zenta in 1697. He was thus instrumental in keeping all of Europe from becoming a Muslim caliphate, at least until today, and the riches that came his way as a result were poured into the Baroque masterpiece of Belvedere, his summer palace in Vienna, Austria. Continue reading

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