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This Is A Privately Circulated Blog, scribbled exclusively for Friends & Familiars, that peers into and pontificates about Expat life in the hinterlands of South America. If your eyesight is less than optimal (like mine), then just click the type size up a notch on your browser..
Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.
Introducing Our Author:
P. Patrick Edward Robinson is a longtime searcher, researcher and scribe of that which lies behind our usual consensual understanding of Truth. He is a psychonaut of soul space and a denizen of cyberspace.
Patrick was born, raised, and educated in the Midwest. Then for many years he lived and worked on the U.S. West Coast. In 1978 he moved to Maui, Hawaii. Living in what was considered to be one of the healthiest places on the planet, he spent the next thirty years as the managing partner and director of one of Hawaii's premier island businesses and had just retired .... more or less. He wasn't looking for any new adventures, he had already experienced more than his fair share of those.
As one reviewer recently wrote of Patrick Robinson's adventures:
"Patrick Has Had A Very Interesting Life ... to say the least!
"When he decided to make Maui his year-round home in the late 1970s, he had already been a Wyoming cowboy, Marine Corps officer, a monastic monk, director of an Esalen-style Human Potential Center, a Gourmet Magazine award-winning restaurateur and ski lodge entrepreneur. And in the midst of all that, for a while a husband.
"What he was looking for was a place as healthy as Maui, but far less expensive and with much less governmental intrusion. And after visiting 13 different countries he finally found his Shangri-La in the Andes Mountains of Southern Ecuador, a hidden-away "Valley of Longevity" called Vilcabamba. There, among the sweet-natured, hard-working local population, he is thriving rather than merely surviving ....... not so much attempting to avoid the onrushing planetary geopolitical storm, as learning to dance joyfully in the gentle Ecuadorian rain.
"Now semi-retired at the still vigorous age of 87, Patrick is still very much involved with researching, writing and publishing along with riding herd on a 102 year-old private family foundation and running its investment arm from where he lives in the Hacienda San Joaquin, a gated ranch community a couple of miles outside Vilcabamba." (End Quote)
Hm-mmm, OK, sounds pretty true and correct to Patrick. And this version saves him from having to admit to a lot of stuff that he'd rather kept swept under the carpet.
Oh, and you might enjoy his latest published book at:
I will probably receive a lot of heat for this post, but I would only ask that you read it in full before passing judgement, The editor/administrator of one of my most often read internet blogs, Jim Quinn of "The Burning Platform", has absolutely nailed it with regard to our current electoral circus. Check it out at:
Here is a partial quote from Martin Armstrong of Princeton Economics, a rebel-rousing debunker of anything governmental. Armstrong is someone I read daily in my meager "media briefings".
".... Hillary’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury will be Larry Fink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock. He will get to sell all his stock in Black Rock tax free. This is why these people take these positions in addition to ego. They have to sell their shares and the law allows them tax-free status because this is a requirement. Why do you think Robert Rubin and Hank Paulson from Goldman Sachs took that position. Besides helping Goldman, they get to cash out tax free."
Hm-mmm, I didn't know THAT. Did you?
I just stumbled upon a news link that blows away all the competition. It is where the new generation of information gatherers go for their perusal of "what's up" in our world.
Try it. You'll love the 21st Century graphic interface .... Guaranteed!
.... Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And don’t speak too soon For the wheel’s still in spin And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’ For the loser now will be later to win. For the times they are a-changin’
Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’ It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls. For the times they are a-changin’....
“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed.”
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
(p. 413 ; Francisco d’Anconia to Bertram Scudder)
About the earthquake. We are fortunately far from the coast, which suffered most of the damage and loss of life …. now reported in the hundreds. Our little village of Vilcabamba felt a brief but stomach-churning trembling and both Loja and Cuenca received little or no structural damage. Strangely enough, although Japan had a similar 7 point quake a couple of days before ours, there was less damage and loss of life there than here.
While listening to a Podcast that often offers interesting interviews (Tim Ferris of “The 4 Hour Workweek fame”) I came across a conversation with Walter O’Brien during which O’Brien mentions that to his mind Bill Gates was one of the most successful people he knew ..... and why.
Now, dear reader, let me state my own personal bias about this matter of the PC versus Apple. My first introduction to any computer was a Kaypro II back in 1984. It was also the machine upon which I learned to code. A year later I purchased my first Mac, the Apple IIe. Since then I have never owned any other computer than a Mac.
In fact for many years, and even now to some degree, I have always bought into the whole marketing rivalry of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the founder of Microsoft Bill Gates. Of the two machines I always found Apple to be more elegant and intuitive to use than Microsoft’s. Bill Gates was simply, to my mind, the ‘nerd computer freak’ versus Steve Jobs as a master salesman/inventor/artist.
But damned if Walter O’Brien wasn’t right about Gates being the most successful of the two men .... and the richest.
In the last 12 years of his life, Jobs did reinvent himself and his business not once but several times, and finished far ahead of his rival. He built the most valuable business in the world--creating more than half again as much wealth for his shareholders as Microsoft.
As Walter Isaacson writes in his highly readable biography, Jobs "revolutionized six industries"--personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing--and he "reimagined a seventh"--in creating the stores that became shrines to his memory in the days and weeks following his death from pancreatic cancer.
But in the end, much like the old fable of the “Tortoise and the Hare”, it was Bill Gates who crept into first place on the totem pole of success, with not only the financial benefits but with his wife Melinda Gates philanthropy as well.
Oh, and just who is Walter O’Brien? He is the Irish born, 197 IQ president and founder of Scorpion Computer Services ..... which you really ought to Google and get acquainted with him.
Shown above is a photo of Nomi Prins, a VERY bright woman who has been a managing director at Goldman Sachs, ran the international analytics group as a senior managing director at Bear Stearns in London, and worked as a strategist at Lehman Brothers and analyst at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Nomi Prins is also a renowned journalist, author and speaker. She is currently at work on a new book, "Artisans of Money", that will explore the recent rise of the role of central banks in the global financial and economic hierarchy. Her last book, "All the Presidents' Bankers", is a groundbreaking narrative about the relationships of presidents to key bankers over the past century and how they impacted domestic and foreign policy.
In short, the lady knows whereof she speaks. The effected 'Powers That Think They Be' don't even attempt to contradict her assertions of their "dirty deeds", she blows them out of the water every time. Remember this woman .... she brings important information to the table.
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
– Terence McKenna (American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, writer and author of several books. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology and the theoretical origins of human consciousness.
My paternal grandfather was a doctor, a physician specializing in psychiatry. However, he always thought of himself as a neurologist, that subsection of medicine dealing with the nervous system. HUGE difference between the two practices.
At its core all psychiatry is a collection of theories expressed by humans who still cannot define the ‘psyche’, ‘mind’ or what it to be ‘human’. Even the cult founder of psychiatry, Schlomo Freud (you probably know him by name of Dr. Sigmund Freud who died as a cocaine addict), acknowledged that since ‘mind’ cannot be examined by collecting and codifying all human behavior - - except by means of classifying the subject in question as being either ‘sane’ or 'mentally ill’.
Granddad never believed in that controverial psychiatric distinction. My father’s older brother, also a M.D. physician, but who called himself a psychiatrist, did. Different generation and different belief system.
This so-called ‘science’ known as psychiatry is based on criteria listed in the widely used “Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals of Mental Disorders”. In other words, criteria made up by the psychiatrists themselves that has generated much criticism, including the National Institute of Medical Health, which argued that the DSM is both unscientific and subjective. A good example of this is to be found in term “Attention Deficit Syndrome”, otherwise known as plain old inattention by those of us who habitually looked out of the school windows day-dreaming during boring classroom lectures. Today you get the prescription medication called Ritalin for that.
Both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak who invented Apple Computers, along with a bright guy named Einstein, were dreamers ... and none of them were forced to take Ritalin back then. Oh wait a minute, “Attention Deficit Syndrome” had not been invented by the psychiatrists yet. Hmm-mmm, ‘Nuff said?
In the midst of the elder-age season of my discontent, I see that there is already a wicked storm beginning to sweep across the land of North America. However, most folks are too distracted by their iGadgets and the imbecilic political campaigns to notice. Just so long as we can Twitter, text, post selfies and amuse ourselves with other electronic opiates, the longer we will remain unconscious to the dangers around us.
What we are now experiencing is but the lull before the actual storm. Despite those lightning flashes over on the horizon, few are heading for the safety of their storm cellars. The potential for catastrophe is exceedingly high and burying our heads in the sand is not a viable strategy.
“The people have been permitting a small cadre of elitists, billionaire financiers, corporate chiefs, propagandist media moguls, and crooked politicians to make the choices dictating the path of our country since the 2008 dawn of this Fourth Turning. The choices they have made and continue to make have imperiled the world and guaranteed a far more calamitous outcome as we attempt to navigate through the trials and tribulations ahead. Their strategy to “save the country” by saving bankers, while selling the plan to the public as beneficial to all and essential to saving our economic system, has proven to be nothing more than the greatest wealth transfer scheme in human history.” - theburningplatform.com