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If the rate of infection remains at what it is today, what capacity do you think that the TTC will be operating at in December or 6 months from now?

I suspect that the reason our views may vary widely is because you own stocks and I do not.
If my scenario is correct, then there should be nobody investing in stocks at this time.
Why should nobody invest in stocks?
Do you really think the present value, of every single stock is actually $0?
 

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Why should nobody invest in stocks?
Do you really think the present value, of every single stock is actually $0?
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As I review history, when the USSR collapsed as an empire, it was not total slash-up time.
There was huge economic damage. Social programs disappeared. Bankruptcies. Suicides. Alcoholism.
A total reset of the economy and culture.

Same kind of thing is going to happen in North America.

During the Great Depression, there was some success too. But, the damage to the culture and people was huge.

America declared bankruptcy twice in 10 years because America is unable to compete with Chinese banking.
Twice in the past 10 years America had to print trillions just to compete with the Chinese.
To compete with China, America needs banks that are "Too Big To Fail".

The U.S. Capitalist System is now a failed and bankrupt economic system.

If I had cash to store I would be buying physical gold and/or land.

I hope I answered your question.
 

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As I review history, when the USSR collapsed as an empire, it was not total slash-up time.
There was huge economic damage. Social programs disappeared. Bankruptcies. Suicides. Alcoholism.
A total reset of the economy and culture.

Same kind of thing is going to happen in North America.

During the Great Depression, there was some success too. But, the damage to the culture and people was huge.

America declared bankruptcy twice in 10 years because America is unable to compete with Chinese banking.
Twice in the past 10 years America had to print trillions just to compete with the Chinese.
To compete with China, America needs banks that are "Too Big To Fail".

The U.S. Capitalist System is now a failed and bankrupt economic system.

If I had cash to store I would be buying physical gold and/or land.

I hope I answered your question.
No you didn't answer my question.
I asked if you really thought every single stock was worth $0.
Given that during all those examples there were stocks with a positive return, I guess your answer is, no some are clearly worth buying at the right price, even today.

Secondly when did the USA declare bankruptcy? I don't recall this ever happening.
Secondly "Chinese banking", you realize that the Chinese economy and banking/political system is in shambles right?
 

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No you didn't answer my question.
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I told you that the American Dollar has no value. Dollars are being given away for free. When something is given away free, how is there value in that?
If you sell your stock today for U.S. Dollars, then you got nothing of any value. Sell your stock for gold and you may retain some value.

2007-2008 bailout ---- and now this most recent bailout.
That was a system bankruptcy.
 

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I told you that the American Dollar has no value. Dollars are being given away for free. When something is given away free, how is there value in that?
If you sell your stock today for U.S. Dollars, then you got nothing of any value. Sell your stock for gold and you may retain some value.

2007-2008 bailout ---- and now this most recent bailout.
That was a system bankruptcy.
The American dollar has value, dollars aren't being given away for free.
If you have unwanted US dollars that you believe are worthless, I suggest you donate them to charity.

I don't understand your definition of bankruptcy.
Being bankrupt is being unable to pay ones debts.
The US government continues to pay their debts, therefore they are not bankrupt.
 

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We both honour the same God .... But we just go to a different church.
Keep Smilin', and don't let your mouse byte yuh!
There is no data to suggest we "honour the same God".

This is like those crazy people who claim "all religions/cultures are equal".
Sorry no they're not all the same.
 

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US dollars absolutely have value. I know this because if I have a pile of USD, I can easily convert it to very tangible and useful things like housing, food, and other goods.

Same is true of CAD, EUR, CHF, JPY (even though Japan has been stimulating for many years).

I understand the concern that aggressive money-printing destroys currency, and it may in the long term. But as of today, all of these major currencies (including the US Dollar) still have value.
 

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In an earlier post, I mentioned that just prior to the collapse of American Empire, Israel would take center stage.........

Bolton forewarns Israel on US policy shifts:

"Bolton comes up at this point with some practical advice to Israel to prepare for the uncertain times ahead. He told Israel’s Army Radio, “I think the next few months are an optimal time for Israel to act in its own national security interests.” Put differently, in the interim period from now, Israel should do what it takes to safeguard its interests.
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Here is my view on what may happen within the next 6 months.

Israel must become a full member of NATO prior walking away from the United Nations. Israel will find it continuously difficult to ignore U.N. resolutions against the Jewish State and when push comes to shove, Israel will walk away from the U.N.. The race is on for Israel to complete the creation of “Facts On The Ground” with settlements. Because what the facts are at the moment Israel walks away from the UN, are the facts of international law and where Possession is 9/10ths of the Law.

NATO and Israel have been holding joint military exercises since 2004.

Israel and NATO became “Partners” in the fight against terror on March 07, 2013. The Israel-NATO Brussels protocol obligates NATO to come to the rescue of Israel under the doctrine of collective security, were the security of Israel to be threatened. Prior to this agreement, Israel was operating under the [NATO] Mediterranean Dialogue (Observer status), which was created in 1994.

And one final point .... Israel must also “Change The Facts On The Ground” as per Gaza. At the moment, Israel has no “Land Coast” .... Without the Lands of Gaza, Israel has no rights to gas deposits off the coast and thus complicates further interests within the Mediterranean Sea. (Greece/Cyprus as an example.)

Gaza Marine Natural Gas Deposits
Press TV – Energy World – London
Host Amanda Burt interviews Peter Eyre
January 30, 2009
(YouTube Video)

And as it is, everything Israel has done since 1948 is totally legal.... Israel will claim that it must be legal or it would not of been accepted (or remained) as an abiding member in good standing within the United Nations for such a lengthy period of time.

And who is gonna argue? Who has the “International Power” to force implementation of any decisions made by a discarded United Nations?

I believe that “Negotiations” is a stalling tactic and that when push comes to shove, Israel will walk away from the United Nations and walk away and ignore any United Nations resolutions which would be critical of Israel and the Facts On The Ground.

In fact, Israel has made or stated this point many times.
 

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Discussion Starter #110 (Edited)
This huge explosion in Lebanon is a very significant event.
If this attack is shown to be purposely carried out and not faulty storage, huge hassels.
In the background, Israel is attacking sites inside Syria trying to prevent a land route From Iran through Syria/Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea,

This land route is also tied into the Chinese Silk Road projects.

Maybe that is why Gold is up a hundred bucks.

Hezbolah has multi thousands of bombs. Multi-Thousands.
Hezboah is able to hit anywhere inside Israel in the blink of an eye.
They could strike Israeli nuclear power plants and contaminate any resemblance of Israel.

Israel is in huge political turmoil right now.
And the prime minister has made claim to the Golan Heights inside Syria.

World War II kind of started the same way.

The American Jewish Congress declared a "Holy War" against Germany and encouraged a boycott of German products on March 12, 1933. A mere 3 years into Great Depression or after the crash of 1929. "Holy War" is the exact term used by Samuel Untermyer at the time.

The March 24, 1933 issue of The Daily Express of London described how Jewish leaders, in combination with powerful international Jewish financial interests, had launched a boycott of Germany for the express purpose of crippling her already precarious economy in the hope of bringing down the new Hitler regime.

Despite all this, the leaders of the Jewish community refused to relent. On March 27 there were simultaneous protest rallies at Madison Square Garden, in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland and 70 other locations. The New York rally was broadcast worldwide. The bottom line is that "the New Germany" was declared to be an enemy of Jewish interests and thus needed to be economically strangled. This was before Hitler decided to boycott Jewish goods.

Today ..... Israel is lining up at the doors of Palestinian owned houses and properties and telling the the Middle East that the bible shows that Jews lived there 2000 years ago and thus Jewish Folks own it. (Get Out! Move!)
 

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This report by author Richard Silverstein is yet to be confirmed. It is not corroborated by other press reports.

BREAKING: Israel Bombed Beirut
By Richard Silverstein
August 04, 2020

Why Israel Is Probably Not Responsible For The Beirut Explosion
By Michael Peck
August 04, 2020

This story from a week ago ....

How Iran and Hezbollah trapped Israel into staring down 150,000 rockets on its border that it can only counter at a terrible cost
-- Israel this week sent more units to reinforce its northern border with Lebanon, which bristles with rockets and missiles from the Iranian proxy group Hezbollah.
-- Tensions there threw light on a long-standing dynamic which Israeli sources told Insider is a trap their leaders effectively walked into.
-- Over decades Hezbollah has augmented and reinforced positions on the border — now with some 150,000 rockets — that Israel's military would struggle to remove.
-- Israel can neither accept the threat the weapons pose, nor commit to the expenditure and bloodshed required to clear them out — leading to an uncomfortable stand-off.
By Mitch Prothero
July 31, 2020
 

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When I used explosives in an underground mine, we used to use this type of product.
Nitrate (fertilizer) and diesel fuel. It had to be packed hard in the holes in order to explode, so it was blown into the holes with compressed air.

You could butt your cigarette out in the stuff.
You could drop it down a 50 foot slide.
We handled it and stored it as if it was sacks of sugar.
I have even derailed an underground train and bags of this type of explosive were squished between the rock walls and the train.
 

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This very lengthy article (9,000 words) debates the identical thesis that I mentioned ......

Earlier Post #110

The Anger Campaign Against China
It shouldn’t be a secret, though it still seems to be, that neither of the two World Wars were started (or desired) by Germany, but were the creation of a group of European Zionist Jews with the stated intent of the total destruction of Germany.
However, that thesis is not the purpose of this essay and I will not expand on it here, but the content should prove to the average reader that World War I certainly fits this description.
The main purpose of this essay is to demonstrate not only that ‘history repeats itself’ but that the history being repeated today is a mass grooming of the Western world’s people (but most especially Americans) in preparation for World War III – which I believe is now imminent.
By Larry Romanoff
August 06, 2020
 

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Playing Hardball .....

US Senator Ted Cruz together with Senators Tom Cotton and Ron Johnson have threatened the management of Mukran Port in Germany, involved in the Nord Stream 2 project with “financial destruction”, if they continue their work on the venture.
August 06, 2020

Document exposes new US plot to overthrow Nicaragua’s elected socialist gov’t
A disturbing new document outlines plans for a US regime-change scheme against Nicaragua’s elected leftist government, overseen by USAID, to bring about a “market economy” and a purge of Sandinistas.
The document details the creation of a new “task order” called Responsive Assistance in Nicaragua (RAIN) and its plan for “Nicaragua’s transition to democracy” – a euphemism for removing the leftist Sandinista Front for National Liberation (known commonly by the Spanish acronym FSLN) from power.
By Ben Norton
August 04, 2020
(PDF Document)

Has anybody read this book?

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it's a true story.
Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens.
By John Perkins
December 27, 2005
 

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2,750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate stored at warehouse 12 at Beirut harbour a few hours before the explosion while a blacksmith was working at a few centimetres from the AN bags lying on the floor since 2014.

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The Beirut Explosion: Who is responsible?
By Elijah J. Magnier
Aigist 07, 2020
 

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“…I find it very strange that the Russian born businessman abandoned this shipment. Was that the plan all along? To park fertilizer in the Beirut port to be exploited later on by Israel? Is this Russian born businessman working for Israel? Is he Jewish by any chance..?”

As for this “Russian businessman” perhaps being Jewish, his name GRECHUSHKIN occurs on the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index

Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted , in the present tense: “We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. We will do what is necessary in order to defend ourselves. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this.”

Captain astonished that his ship delivered Beirut explosive
When Boris Prokoshev, a former sea captain spending his retirement years in a Russian village, woke up and found an email saying a ship he once commanded had carried the ammonium nitrate that blew up swathes of Beirut, he was astonished.
By Daria Litvinova
August 06, 2020

Who Profits from the Beirut Blast?
Making the case that the explosion resulted from an attack
....The port and even a great deal of the devastated city, in the medium term, can be quickly and professionally rebuilt by Chinese investment. The Chinese are specialists in port construction and management.
....The Lebanese lira may have collapsed; most Lebanese may be completely broke; and now Beirut is semi-devastated. That may be the straw breaking the camel’s back – releasing the camel to the freedom of finally retracing its steps back to Asia along the New Silk Roads.
By Pepe Escobar
August 07, 2020
 

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I thought that this was a pretty good read.

America’s Death March
Regardless of the outcome, the election will not stop the rise of hypernationalism, crisis cults and other signs of an empire's terminal decline.

The terminal decline of the United States will not be solved by elections. The political rot and depravity will continue to eat away at the soul of the nation, spawning what anthropologists call crisis cults — movements led by demagogues that prey on an unbearable psychological and financial distress.
These crisis cults, already well established among followers of the Christian Right and Donald Trump, peddle magical thinking and an infantilism that promises — in exchange for all autonomy — prosperity, a return to a mythical past, order and security.
By Chris Hedges
August 10, 2020
 

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I thought that this commentary provided much information as to the Rise Of China on the world stage.

Whose Century Is It?
Don’t Ask Donald Trump
Facts speak for themselves. Nearly unscathed by the 2008-2009 global recession, China displaced Japan as the world’s second largest economy in August 2010. In 2012, with $3.87 trillion worth of imports and exports, it overtook the U.S. total of $3.82 trillion, elbowing it out of a position it had held for 60 years as the number one cross-border trading nation worldwide.
By the end of 2014, China’s gross domestic product, as measured by purchasing power parity, was $17.6 trillion, slightly exceeding the $17.4 trillion of the United States, which had been the globe’s largest economy since 1872.
In 2019, for the first time since figures for patents were compiled in 1978, the U.S. failed to file for the largest number of them. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, China filed applications for 58,990 patents and the United States 57,840.
In addition, for the third year in a row, the Chinese high-tech corporation Huawei Technologies Company, with 4,144 patents, was well ahead of U.S.-based Qualcomm (2,127). Among educational institutions, the University of California maintained its top rank with 470 published applications, but Tsinghua University ranked second with 265. Of the top five universities in the world, three were Chinese.
By Dilip Hiro
August 18, 2020
 

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Definitive Eurasian Alliance Is Closer Than You Think

Comparing China’s economic velocity now with the US is like comparing a Maserati Gran Turismo Sport (with a V8 Ferrari engine) with a Toyota Camry. China, proportionately, holds a larger reservoir of very well educated young generations; an accelerated rural-urban migration; increased poverty eradication; more savings; a cultural sense of deferred gratification; more – Confucianist – social discipline; and infinitely more respect for the rationally educated mind. The process of China increasingly trading with itself will be more than enough to keep the necessary sustainable development momentum going.

....the Russian government is invested in consolidating the definitive Eurasian alliance, uniting Germany, Russia and China.

“the only thing holding back Germany is that they can expect to lose their car exports to the US and more, but I tell them that can happen right away because of the dollar-euro exchange rate, with the euro becoming more expensive.”

....if Germany would ever lose its Russian source of oil and natural gas, coupled with the Strait of Hormuz shut down by Iran in the event of an American attack, the German economy might simply collapse.
By Pepe Escobar
August 26, 2020
 

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“If WeChat is banned, then there will be no reason why Chinese shall keep iPhone and Apple products,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan tweeted on Thursday, sharing a video from his most recent press conference, where he accused the US administration of “piracy” over a ban on the chat app ordered earlier this month.

Zhao said he was aware of a survey, conducted by Chinese social media platform Weibo, which showed that about 95 percent of respondents would ditch their iPhone if WeChat ends up on a US blacklist. WeChat has more than 1.2 billion active users, most of them located in China.
 
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