Hiya Bill -

"“Oh…bon…take off your clothes,” she directed.

Slightly embarrassed, we did as bade. She inspected with a magnifying glass."

There's a great joke in there somewhere, but I'm not gonna look for it...

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And then, seeing nothing of interest…


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Comedy gold...

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It's a Tragic Comedy, unfortunately...

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I try not to let it bother me too much. I just go on about my business.

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It’s just a plain tragedy what has happened in the past 22 years, since the beginning of this Dark Comedy of full intent 🤔……………………Never Forget 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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"Dark comedy of Full Intent."

Excellent! That REALLY says the Truth brother...

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A similar Truth is playing out here in the South West of England.

And it is made, accidentally, worse by the incoming second home owners and retirees who have pushed house demand and thus prices to absolutely unbelievable levels. ( they are mostly nice people who have or are still working hard to be successful and want their little piece of this truly gorgeous part of the World. )

The inadvertent result is house prices that are as expensive as Toney part of London)

On a positive note, there are actually quite a few young local young men who have chosen to learn a Trade and who are inherently hard/smart workers.

The Young Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters, Painters, Stone Masons, Roofers, Landscapers and similar are incredibly valuable to the community and they are treasured by everyone here.

But i cringe when i think of how hard it must be to get on the property ladder and raise 1 or 2 young ones on a Tradesman’s salary when compared to the Hedgie/Private Equity/ Property/Techology/ Venture Capital ( Substack Titans 😉)participants and beneficiaries who want to play and pay here.

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So glad you said the tradesmen were valued Brian ! I, too, live in England and I have five sons They went into trades when they left school and were looked down on by many as not having “ambition” …their teachers said they would regret not going to University and on it went …I told them this : men who “work with their hands “ are the salt of the earth and are always needed, so they must NEVER , EVER be ashamed that their hands would literally, and inevitably turn hard, rough and calloused due to the very nature of the jobs they would be doing! 30/40 years later I am the proudest mother on earth as to how they turned out as men .

They have never been out of work , live reasonably comfortably with their wives and families and always seem to be smiling every time I see them ! One of them said once , when asked if he regretted being a terrazzo tiler, “when I go to an airport on holiday and look at the floor that everyone is walking on, knowing I and my men tiled that floor perfectly over many months, I have a deep sense of satisfaction and pride that would never be matched if I was sat in front of a computer all day” I think anyone who has ever “created” something with their own hands will know what he meant They are indeed a dying breed though, and a lot of it is caused by the sheer inequality in pay rates, coupled with a “nobody wants to work hard and get their hands dirty” philosophy that permeates today’s society in the West However, Jesus himself was a carpenter until he started his full-time ministry, and that’s a good enough example of a valued, respected man for me!

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Mother is the first teacher . The beliefs she practices and inculcates in her children goes a long way in making their lives.

Glad u inculcated that wonderful principle of hard work in your children. Very happy for you.

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Sincere apologies for the delayed reply.

What a beautiful response and story of your and your sons lives!!!

And YES.... it is the local tradespeople that graft all day, look after the family in the evening and then get stuck in doing their admin and billing into late at night ... only to have to get up again at 0530 to do it all again.

It is these Warriors that also take time off their own billing hours to attend and be part of school sporting events, plays and awards ceremonies.

They,consciously, dock time off their own wages to be part of the truly important things in life.

It is the Tradesmen that have the Biggest Smiles, the Biggest Hearts AND, perhaps unknowingly, they carry the Best Chances we have to save us Humans from the path we are on.

“Viva la Trades”

Thanks for sharing your life and your insights.

Biggest Hugs.


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Hey Brian. Before this collapse is over all the money, changers will be starving while the tradesmen who have something to offer.

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A year and a half ago, my 95 year old father moved back to Hungary from Canada after 60 years. About 3 weeks ago he had a dizzy spell, fell down and injured his leg. He lives with his wife in a rural area and about 10 minute drive from the second largest medical campus in the country. We had the local doctor drop by to have a look at my father's leg. Some rest, prescriptions, monitor his blood pressure and pulse. A couple of days later, his pressure and pulse dropped. A call was made to the local doctor and he sent for paramedics to pick my father up for the short trip to the hospital. He spent 2 days in the ICU and 2 days in the cardiology ward where he was implanted with a pacemaker..the following day he was released and is right now in his comfy chair watching the UEFA game between Croatia & Armenia. It has been a slow recovery for him trying to regain the strength in his leg. We have a physiotherapist come in 2 or 3 times a week. My father's wife is very well connected in the community and a few phone calls to family and friends and my father was well looked after...though the ICU ward could use a brushing-up in the bedside manner department. Personally, I'm pleased with the care he received here in Hungary.... back in British Columbia the medical care is in shambles...very long wait times for at emergency wards and medical procedures in general...they continue to refuse to re-hire unjabbed workers...something all the other provinces have since rescinded the mandate...though things may have changed... I don't pay too much attention to what's going on in Trudeau's Kommunist Kanada....that is at least until my return.

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Sep 11, 2023·edited Sep 11, 2023

For all its faults America got one thing right, waiting until 66 to take SSI allows a person to work full time, and retain 100% of their SSI payment. Exactly what I chose to do, my plan was to retire at 66 but keep working for my life long customers while taking on new customers who were not price shoppers. In 2009 we stopped all advertising choosing to be 100% referral based. Best move we ever made, my brother and I are like the old world plasterer or window maker but in HVAC.

What America got wrong is allowing the third world (China) an equal footing in the USA to sell crap knock offs while stealing the intellectual property of every manufacturer in the world. The cheap knock offs caused American manufacturers to lessen quality to the point where a well built HVAC system might if you're lucky, get past the 10 year warranty period without a major malfunction. Pre China or pre 1990 manufacturers were all about their products lasting longer than the other guys. My personal home sports a 1986 cooling system that works better than a new system and will out live me.

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We act like this is all just something that has occurred in the last few years: the loss of skilled tradesmen and expertise. This has been a slow progression for the last 100 years (or more) and we let it happen. Think about it, what do the young, smart, skilled tradesmen want? He wants to start his own business and become his own boss. And professionals? They want to conduct business without being sued for everything under the sun. But WE (all of us), in our infinite wisdom, we have decided that we have to be protected. So, what do we do? Pass all sorts of licensing laws with ridiculous requirements (easily met if you’re dishonest, harder, if not impossible if you’re honest) and then require said applicant to post exorbitant bonds for 100s of 1000s of dollars. Can’t post bond or get someone to sign off your length of service, well keep working for the guy who really wanted the requirement in the first place. Not surprisingly the independent tradesman, doctor, etc., is disappearing. It is not just that. God forbid YOU would let a poor schmuck do what he wanted (i.e., let’s pass laws because we think it is morally imperative to protect others). So, if we go back and look at ourselves, how many laws have we supported with the idea of protecting someone (not us mind, just the idiot down the street). Well guess what? We get what we deserve. All of these rules and regulations protecting us for our own good, are choking us to death: Licensing, Ordinances, Bonding Requirements; what the heck let’s get big: The War on Poverty; The War on Education; The War on Drugs; The War on Terror, and the list goes on. WE, starting back right at the beginning and have voted in, and for, a government that is there to tell someone else what do, how to do it, when to do it, and where, all in the name of public safety. Personally, I think we all need to mind our own damn business, and oh yea, do away with most government organizations: like the department of Education, the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, etc., etc., etc. I doubt the average person on this comment string is really prepared for that.

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A Wes. Are you kidding me?? I want no protection. I want to be left alone.

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God, Christ and any Angel that showed up all implored us to NOT live in fear.

"Do Not Be Afraid" (or some variant) appears 365 times in the Bible. Hmmm - where have I heard that number before?

Funny/Not Funny how your VERY accurate post coincides with the decline in Christian Faith in our Country...

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Hey Star. As my pastor would say, amen and amen!

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And the cost of all that certification and licensing by the state has to be passed on to the customer.

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Masterful summary of our issues - we need more doers and are realising that there’s more to life and our economy than academia particularly if it ends up in worthless degrees from shithole universities.

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Totally agree ... worthless degrees from from shithole universities is a massive issue. Imagine when they realise that the only way they can pay back their student loan is to have a real job in the real world doing something that someone is prepared to pay for with their own money.

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So true here too. Had an addition put on my house a couple years ago. One of the contractors pointed out that everyone you see working in the trades were older. If and when they tried to hire younger workers they either wouldn't show up or they couldn't get them off their phone.

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And this is the heart of the Fermi paradox. I believe that we will destroy ourselves before we become an interstellar race, like so many others before us. At this point, it seems a better outcome than global serfdom.

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We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.

-Ben Rich, Second Director of Lockheed Skunkworks

The only thing holding us back from a better, more fulfilling life is our selfish nature. There are created beings thousands of years old; if we could see and speak with them, we would weep. The oldest man is Enoch, and he will forever be the oldest.

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The potions many people have been tricked into having put into their bodies is a deliberate process of population reduction. And the list of ailments that ensure is long.

The future is not looking good for most people, I hope enough survive to rebuild a better and more ethical world. Otherwise its all over for hominins.

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The unpopular truth, life as we know it will be over in 5-7 years, while the world will. be over for most all on the planet in 10 years. Nothing, at all to do with Climate Change or any other elitist fiction. God's timeline is 6000 years for mankind outside of the garden.

This leads into a subject few want to entertain like bring up politics at a party.

Bad money, when the middle-class figures out they were destroyed in 1990, and most are replaced by AI in 3 years. Something to keep an eye on, the Saud fiefdom and its crown prince has a 2/3rds population of under 30 year olds, Islam as a religion is stuck in the 8th century. The young now tuned into the internet with phones and computers are not going to stand for this. The crown prince will be changing Islam to make it more relevant. This is why UAE is buying up PGA golf, sponsors the US Open, while buying into the West and its cultural ikons. The recent move to formalize relations with Israel will lead to cession of the West Bank and that my friends will usher in the end of life as we have known it.

Isaiah (17:4) wrote about just this scenario 2700 years ago. Moreover, Damascus the oldest continuously occupied city in the world, will need to be in Isaiah's witness a twisted heap of ruins no longer viable.

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Your timing is off, but the world will end, sooner than anyone thinks. Not for the reason you stated, though. If your beliefs are wrong, the conclusions proceeding from them will also be wrong (fruit of the poisoned tree concept), although, as they say, a broken clock is right twice a day.

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Sep 12, 2023·edited Sep 12, 2023

My timing is based on prophecy and something you as a Christian don't bother to study or acknowledge. Genesis witnesses a day is a thousand years, 6 days of creation and one of Shabat. Shabat is not a day to laze and do nothing the word is an actionable verb. Shabat is a day for mankind to approach the Creator. Shabat is the promise of 7, man is 6 apart from the 1 God. The promise of 7 is simply man reunited with God or 6+1=7. 7 is the number of perfection. 6+1 =7 is a standard theme within the Towrah, for a reason man learns by repetition.

6 festivals (all ignored by religious people most all by Christians), each festival is a time to approach or an invitation by God. On the first month of the Hebrew year we are to count 7+7 Passover is on the 14 day. Contrary to the Jewish religion there is 7 days of Matsah (unyeasted bread) with Passover as the first day, the second day is Matsah (not an ingredient but a festival, the 3 day is First Born Children, we are to count 7 times 7 shabats inclusive of First Born Children or 50 day to Shabuwa (Weeks) this concludes the Spring festivals. On the 7 month Taruwah is celebrated, with 7 days later Kippurym (the day of Reconciliations) where the covenant children are reconciled with their Father, 5 days after Sukah or a time to camp out with Yahowah under the stars is celebrated. Seven days, followed by an eight day a metaphor for eternity. Upon the final Sukah will consist of 1000 years or 6000 year of the sons of Adam no longer estranged from the garden, a 1000 year period of time where the earth will be restored to the garden. At the end of the 7000 year period of time the universe will be destroyed and another created to replace it.

Why all this counting, if the Christian NT states we cannot know the time or the hour? Why bother with prophecy directed to the end times, why have Isaiah speak of a partitioning of Israel when in his life time Israel was soon to be destroyed?

To be noted there is not a single prophecy within Tanakh relating to a messiah being sent to usher in a gentile church, nor is there a single verse offering a new covenant. Not even in the oft quoted Jer 31:31.

We are instructed to count and observe to know the times. You on the other hand have no basis to know anything, just have faith you might be right. In the case of Christianity it will not be right even twice a day, not even right once in 7000 years.

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Sep 19, 2023·edited Sep 19, 2023

Sorry for boring you, but the subject is complex. I was pretty sure as a Christian I'd need to keep thing simple or break the post into 4 or 5 small chunks of info. I didn't include we are told to count ever 7 times 7 years with the next year marked as Yowbel (Lamb of God) year or 50 years.

On the Yowbel all debts are counted at zero (forgiven) all slaves offered freedom, all land restored to its original owner.

Then we have a Yowbel of years, we are instructed to count 40 Yowbel of years or 2000 years. Risking boring you again every 2000 years something major happens. Adam To Abraham 2000, Abraham to the fulfillment of the miqra in 33 CE by our pagan calendar another 2000 years, 2033 CE marks 2000 years a Yowbel of years, and also 6000 years. Something major is going to happen, you'll not be there to witness the events along with most of the rest of the population of the world. It won't be God's doing but mans.

All this counting and for what purpose, God was bored that day, or He'd figure those who take the time to understand might want to know the times. Know the time, know the plan, be at the meetup when the rest of the world is entertaining itself.

One who listens to God, contemplates the truth and makes the connections would notice on the 4 day of creation the lesser light of the moon was overcome by the greater light of the sun, the atmosphere had cleared enough to allow animal life to be created along with mankind on the 5th day. Where in on the 4th thousand year period or 33 CE the greater light overcame the lesser light.

Sorry for boring you, it's been about 3000 years since anyone has taken the time to create an accurate translation of the Tanakh. The book Christians ignore while some believe it too boring to read or study.

Simple question: If you believe the Tanakh contains the inspired words of God why are they so unimportant to your religion?

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I was joking, I actually did read it. You are correct that the earth will be inhabited for 6,000 years, then rest for 1,000 years, as it states in Revelation. That's about all you are correct about. Well, you are correct about churchianity, but God has always had a church on earth, and He will finish His work through the purified 7th church. Stay tuned.

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You're way ahead of me, dude.

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Here in America, we were forced fed Obama Care, where we were allowed to keep our doctors, and save thousands of dollars, regardless of pre existing conditions...100% BS! But what elese would you expect from a democrat? Or a RINO like John McCain, who had the votes to end the insanity before it began, but went against America, as we all know.

Yes, we were all force fed a total lie, as we the middle class have come to accept, as we get fleeced...

But on this somber day, we have other truly horrific memories of past atrocities commited by evil men...lest we forget...

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Hey Steve. John McCain should’ve been hung.

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Weak Sauce! Lol 😂 J/K I would read any Bill Bonner missive any day before reading any MOUs from the President, or as he likes to call himself, hahaha!

Meeeeeeiiiiiinnnng! You got a pretty mouth boy! 🤣🤣🤣

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Chanson d’ Automne (1866)

French source: Paul Verlaine

Les sanglots longs

Des violons

De l'automne

Blessent mon coeur

D'une langueur


Tout suffocant

Et blême, quand

Sonne l'heure,

Je me souviens

Des jours anciens

Et je pleure;

Et je m'en vais

Au vent mauvais

Qui m'emporte

Deçà, delà,

Pareil à la

Feuille morte.

Autumn Song

English translation © Richard Stokes

With long sobs

The violins

Of autumn

Wound my heart

With languorous


All choking

And pale, when

The hour sounds,

I remember

Departed days

And I weep;

And I go

Where ill winds blow,


To and fro,

Like a

Dead leaf.

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Same thing here in Quebec, maybe worse & for longer. In 2003, a good movie was even released about that theme: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seducing_Doctor_Lewis

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No worries, Bill. They'll just create more of the "learned class" for the people to have to find a creative way to employ. Meanwhile, you refer to the government apparatchiks that want every student to go into finance. I guess they need to learn how to pay for what they want, while the getting's still good.

You may call them fools, but the French call them intellectuals. Or whatever the French word for "intellectual" is.

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Great reporting! It sounds just like the USA, except for the medical part. Maybe socialized medicine is not so bad after all. Of course, it wouldn't work here. No House-call doctors in the cities. May still be some in the boondocks: way back in the boondocks. We here all the horror stories of Socialized Medicine in Great Briton, Italy, EU, and Canada. You and the other expats that live in and visit all these places should check that out and see if it is true. Then give us a report on it. Maybe it just works for rich oligarchs or rich Gringos with good wine. If ya'll started now you might get in a couple of reports before the 'stuff hits the fan'.

May still be that way in poor Roman Catholic Dioceses, but I doubt if there are any more poor Roman Catholic Dioceses in the USA after all the flack Catholic Bishops and Priests have received over the recent years. The VA Medical System works well; now that VA is getting more money. But all that will stop when the 'stuff hits the fan' which is not far off. Forty years ago, one could cross the border into Canada or Mexico to see a doctor or get prescriptions or booze or gas without exorbitant taxes. Can't do that anymore even with a passport to be able to get back into us: USA. Just Saying! Florida Jimmy.

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Many Catholic dioces have closed down or gone bankrupt. Something about the priests inappropriately touching little boys...

BTW, you don't need a passport to get back to the US, or even US ID. They cannot deny you entry into the country of your citizenship. A passport just makes it more convenient - for the border guards.

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You are wrong Alex. I took my grandson, of 14 years, to a family reunion in Washington State in 2005. My sister lived in Port Townsend, WA. It's just a short ride on a Ferry to Vancouver, BC. I was going to take my grandson to Vancouver for a couple of hours to sightsee. When I went to purchase the Ferry tickets, they asked me if I had a Driver's License or Passport. I said yes. They asked if my grandson had a Passport. I said no. They said I could take him to Vancouver, but I could not bring him back unless he had a Passport or Birth Certificate. I would have to leave him there. Just Saying! Florida Jimmy.

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So...you think government agents never lie? You should have been tipped off when he said you would have to leave your grandson in Kanaduh. Too funny! I would have said, 'well, I really don't like the kid anyway,' and just walked into Kanaduh. Which reminds me of a funny story. Some kid did a bad thing, and was picked up by the cops. They call his father, and tell him what happened, and he will have to pay a hundred dollar fine when he picks him up at the police station. The father said something like f... you, and hung up. The cops call him back a few minutes later, and told him to pick his kid up, and they would reduce the fine to 50 dollars. The father said, 'screw that,' and hung up. So a while later the cops call back, offering to reduce the fine to twenty-five dollars. The kids father just hung up. Not too long after, his kid shows up at his door. The cops gave him a ride home.

You all think you live in a free country; then act like it. These people are your public servants, treat them as such.

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Alex, I thought you were more intelligent than you appear to be: unless you are trying to be funny. My comment was not a joke. That event actually happened. I t was not government officials, it was the good people at the Ferry Terminal in Port Townsend. The other thing is you cannot walk across the Border from Vancouver, BC to Port Townsend, WA. The Border is water. I have not been able to walk on water yet. I may be able to after I die. Just Saying! Florida Jimmy.

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Hey Alex. Spoken like a person does not need government certificates, inspections, and approval in the rental business. That was life in New Jersey. My former life. Can I ask which state you reside in?

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The average age of an electrician in North Carolina is 59. The electrician I talked to ran the business I contracted a job with. He has a truck waiting for an electrician and can't find one to work it. He has three other very busy electricians working for him. Also, he quit working in the office and went back to working in the field at age 67 to get needed jobs finished. He is active in the local electrician's organization and is concerned about the trade. The organization is offering tuition and pay plus apprenticeships to any young person interested in becoming an electrician. I was personally horrified at the data, but wondered as all the repair guys seem to have silver hair now.

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Agree with that one!!!

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