Wild pigs and the same Japanese name repeated, any connection? Had you inquired of me eight months ago you might have gotten a shoulder shrug, but now I can explain. It’s about small seemingly disconnected things that can sometimes lead to a new understanding … if we pay attention. It’s also about how important those links might become. Our world is changing rapidly, and not for the better many would argue. This then, seems a very good time to have the antennae out for small clues that might warn of pending problems.
Allow me to introduce first, the wild pigs, then the two Satoshis and then connect the dots to what
could be a significant understanding. Alone, those dots like the pixels in printed photos are
meaningless, however clustered together they might provide some insight.
This fable of unknown source and date has numerous iterations and has gained circulation recently as our faith in the actions of governments has been shaken:
A college professor had some exchange students in his class. One day as class was winding up, the professor noticed one of those exchange students, slightly older than the others, stretching and rubbing his back as if it hurt. The professor asked the student what was the matter. The student told him he had a piece of bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting Communist guerillas in his native country a few years prior. “How did that come to be” inquired the professor “The same way you catch wild pigs” replied the student, who upon seeing the look of confusion on his professor’s face, went on to explain.
“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable clearing in the forest and spreading some corn on the ground. While they’re nervous at first, the desire for corn begins to override their sense of caution and they begin to come regularly to feed on the corn. After a suitable amount of time, as the pigs become used to this reward, you put a fence along one side of the clearing where the corn has always been placed. The pigs, now slightly habituated to the corn though still watchful, take less time to return and feed.
Again, after another period of time you put a second fence at right angles to the first and repeat the procedure. Then after yet another interval, a third fence is put up now forming a U shaped enclosure. The pigs are now less wary, having been fed for a long time so it doesn’t take them too long to get used to the single opening. After all, the prior ones didn’t harm them did they? Later on, a gate is installed at the open end of the pen but left wide open for a long time until the pigs don’t even notice it. From there it’s a simple matter of waiting for the right moment to close the gate trapping all of the corn fed pigs.”
The student went on to explain, that it is in the same way that independence is lost in some countries. Through small sacrifices of freedom until it’s too late to do anything. The student noted that it is wise to see the fences going up around ourselves early and resist immediately, for once the gate is closed, the captors will resort to violence should anyone attempt to escape, and thus the bullet wound.
SATOSHI NUMBER ONE
Omura Satoshi is a microbiologist known for a number of discoveries, particularly from soil bacteria. In Japan in the mid 1970’s, Omura had found a way to successfully culture soil bacteria in his lab. Of particular note was a bacterium called Streptomyces Avermitilis which seemed to resist soil parasites. A sample of these bacteria was forwarded to the Merck Pharmaceutical Research lab in the U.S. for investigation by their researchers including parasitologist William Campbell. Within this novel bacteria, Campbell discovered a class of previously unknown compounds known as Avermectins. The Avermectin structure was closely examined and then modified at Merck to produce the new compound “Ivermectin”.
Ivermectin was found to be very effective against the growth of many of the parasites that cause disease in both humans and animals. In humans, Ivermectin was found to effectively treat river blindness and elephantiasis, both debilitating diseases in Africa, as well as treating many other parasitic infections worldwide. Not only was Ivermectin found to be effective at treating parasitic disease, more recently it has been found to have antiviral activities against HIV, Dengue, Zika Virus, Pseudo rabies Covid 19 [more on that one later] and others.
In 2015, researchers Omura Satoshi, William Campbell and research colleague Tu Youyou shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work on Ivermectin and its gift to humanity.
Under the name Mectizan, Merck has donated over 4 Billion doses to 49 countries, a huge accomplishment. Merck’s patent on Ivermectin expired in 1996, and being an easy to produce drug it is now made inexpensively in many countries and sold under assorted brand names, often without prescription.
Ivermectin has an impeccable safety record with few or no recorded deaths[depending on the source] for billions of doses issued, and it occupies a high position on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. Many physicians have likened Ivermectin’s discovery to that of penicillin.
SATOSHI NUMBER TWO
Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonymous name of the person or persons who in October of 2008,
released a white paper for a cryptographic block-chain currency titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”.
What Bitcoin achieved is revolutionary, a peer to peer digital currency that has no administrator or government to bend it to their will. Bitcoin by its nature is immutably secured on tens of thousands of ledgers, [or nodes] called the block chain, so every transaction is verified and recorded many thousands of times. Bitcoin has the characteristics of hard money, notably: durability, portability, fungibility [each unit is identical], scarcity, divisibility, and recognizability. It is based on pure mathematics rather than relying on physical properties like those of gold, silver or the many other things that have historically been used as money. Being in fixed supply, more Bitcoin cannot be minted in order to fund the wars or election promises that inevitably lead to indebtedness and inflation. The need for central bank currency control and creation is dampened by the individual’s ability to exit currencies that are being mismanaged in order to preserve personal wealth, thus buffering those individuals from currency inflation. Bitcoin can be transferred anywhere in the world over an internet connection in minutes for very low cost and in virtually any amount. It can be held securely by anyone and can be made essentially inaccessible to others including thieves and malevolent governments.
A single Bitcoin is divisible to eight decimal places called Satoshis [Hmmm], and only twenty one million Bitcoin will ever be produced thus preventing the aforementioned inflation. Better even than gold, this limitation increases Bitcoin’s value through scarcity, placing it in direct contrast to the exponential growth of currencies issued by central banks. Since inception, Bitcoin has grown rapidly in value from an initial price of virtually zero to where it sits today in the low to mid five digits.
Bitcoin came into being at the time, and some would say as a result, of the “Great Financial Crisis” of 2007-2008 when the world’s financial system teetered on the brink of collapse. In the years leading up to the crisis, de-regulation of some aspects of banking had led to more and more complicated financial instruments with consequent increases in risk. This led to massive profits by those at the top and stagnation in middle and lower income groups. The wealth gap widened and the rich got richer, while the poor were, and still are, struggling to scrape by. There was a growing recognition that those with wealth were able to game the system in their favor, and protests erupted worldwide. Banks were bailed out with public debt, guaranteeing future hardship. While some changes were made to financial regulations, the process basically “papered over” a failing system allowing it to further deteriorate. Now fast forward 14 years to 2022 with darker financial clouds gathering where the Billions of dollars of debt that got us through the 2008 crisis have turned into many Trillions partly as a result of pandemic spending.
Bitcoin may well become the bridge from a failing and inequitable system that favors those with wealth and power, to one of resilience fairness and equity. It opens up the prospect of leveling the playing field between the wealthy and the poor worldwide by forcing everyone to play by the same rules. This means that Bitcoin owned by a billionaire in California is no more powerful than Bitcoin owned by a Nigerian
Bitcoiners have adopted the saying “Don’t Trust, Verify” which can be easily done for transactions on the Bitcoin block chain. In that sense, Bitcoin is a digital honesty machine. It would seem that in these times of news agencies, politicians, and scientists accusing each other of dealing in “Fake News” there is no better axiom than “Don’t Trust Verify”. Some might even say that a close corollary to the above would be “Follow the Money”. This is particularly so when stories of back room dealings and graft are now rife in the halls of politics, media, and even the formerly trusted world of science.
We’ve seen that wild pigs can be captured through their desire for food, so what might it take to
Is it possible that people are vulnerable to authoritarian reassurance when they’re in a state of fear? If that fear were sustained and they were made to feel helpless, what would they be willing to sacrifice for the promise of peace? How much liberty might they be willing to give up for a promise of security, even if that promise were hollow?
It has been said that the Chinese pictogram for crisis is made of two expressions, the first being that for danger and the second representing opportunity. While not factually correct, it has been repeated enough to have entered the common lexicon. Niccolo Machiavelli was said to have first coined the expression “Never waste an opportunity offered by a good crisis”. This principle in different forms has been used by politicians pundits and despots through the ages in the knowledge that humans are more malleable when in crisis.
To our benefit, humans unlike pigs, have an advanced ability to communicate over time and distance, particularly now in the electronic age. We can record events and thus learn from history by reading what has gone before. We can also communicate warnings, such as this ditty hopes to do. However, when faced with similar challenges as those of the past, there’s a tendency to believe “this time is different” and so do nothing. Have those lessons from history faded, or have we just been comfortable for too long, who knows? Those who have studied and remember lessons learned by our forebears may
recognize some of the following quotes:
“In times of war or crisis, power is easily stolen from the many by the few on the promise of security.
The more elusive or imaginary the foe, the better for manufacturing consent.” Ronald Wright
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” Soren Kierkegaard
“In times of crisis people are generally blind to everything outside their immediate necessities.” Albert
“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few
perceives what has been carefully hidden.” Plato
“A time of crisis is not just a time of anxiety and worry. It gives a chance, an opportunity to choose well
or choose badly.” Desmond Tutu
“History reminds us that dictators and despots arise during times of severe economic crisis.” Robert Kiyosaki
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” Dante Alighieri
THE CRISIS NAMED COVID-19
The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare many of the inner workings of politics, science and finance in a generally unflattering way. A pandemic of worldwide proportions took over everyone’s consciousness and placed billions of people in a state of fear of an invisible threat. For some, Covid has provided an incredible opportunity for financial gain with the 10 richest people in the world having doubled their wealth since 2020. For others, it has been a heroic uphill battle littered with obstacles and unfounded criticism. For the overwhelming majority of humanity, it has been a frightening and confusing journey permeated with a sense of helplessness. Local health authorities invoked lockdowns, travel restrictions, masking and distancing orders, and shut down many “non-essential” businesses and cultural activities. They often did this with sketchy scientific support for their actions, little concern for collateral damage, and no apparent continuity.
At the forefront of the battle, a few pharmaceutical companies made many billions of dollars on hastily developed “vaccines”. These were experimental and the definition of vaccine was, in fact, modified to include them due to their novel construction and action. They were [and still are] approved under emergency use provisions on the basis that there were no pre-existing alternatives. They were committed to by governments on the public credit card, contingent to the makers having assurances of pre-payment, contract confidentiality, and immunity from legal action for vaccine injury. Due to the exaggerated sense of emergency, there was little or no discussion with the public in arriving at these decisions, nor was there broader scientific discourse. These actions were strongly supported by the mainstream media, local health authorities, and medical bureaucracies, many of those with subtle or not so subtle ties to “Big Pharma”. The message that nothing outside of a novel drug could protect the public was pervasive and strong. Few early treatment protocols were offered, and in their absence, infected patients were simply instructed to isolate at home and seek hospital care if symptoms became intolerable. When people were hospitalized, they and their families were left simply hoping not to become one of the frightening statistics announced every evening on the news. A few voices wondered aloud if fences were being erected but they were promptly denounced.
On the other much more obscured side of the same crisis, were the doctors and scientists world-wide who took it upon themselves to investigate early treatments in the knowledge that early treatment viral infections is key to recovery. Globally, they shared information and experience for no great gain other than committment to their profession and patients. They immediately began to study and test already existing compounds that might show promise, knowing that corona viruses were not new, but this one had unusual challenges. Favorable results were reported using nutrients such as Vitamin D, Quercetin, Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, Melatonin, Nigella Sativa and more. Re-purposed pharmaceuticals found to have benefit for treating Covid 19 included Ivermectin for which Satoshi Omura had shared the Nobel Prize, Hydroxychloroquine, Favipiravir, Azythromycin, Colchicine, and many more. A number of those doctors and scientists also collaborated in the development of effective treatment protocols using these interventions.
What those professionals could not have predicted however, was the immediate and seemingly orchestrated resistance to anything outside of the mainstream narrative. Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin, despite impeccable safety records were labelled ineffective and even dangerous. Merck Pharmceuticals in who’s lab Ivermectin was developed, even issued a warning despite having given out over four billion doses, a Nobel Prize, its impeccable safety record, and its presence on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. Inexplicably, now off patent Ivermectin was suddenly taboo and dangerous. Suspiciously, at around the same time Merck was entering a partnership with Ridgeback Pharmaceuticals in the development of a new drug Molnupiravir to be marketed as a breakthrough [though expensive] treatment for the disease. Merck began production of the drug even before receiving regulatory approval, leaving some to wonder if it was a calculated risk or inside knowledge?
Ivermectin, formerly inexpensive and easily available suddenly became scarce, and was often prohibited from off label prescription, a process that physicians routinely use when deemed appropriate. Desperate patients who sought veterinary grade Ivermectin as an alternative were warned about dangers by the CDC “Y’all don’t take that horse paste”. The media reported of emergency rooms overflowing with poisonings from Ivermectin, and when the stories were proven untrue, the same media neglected to retract their headlines in any meaningful way. Lawyers had to seek injunctions to force hospitals to allow administration of Ivermectin to critically ill patients despite there being well over 100 international studies showing effectiveness if administered early and in the correct doses.
Doctors and researchers, many of whom held high posts in hospitals and universities and were formerly very well regarded in the medical and research communities, suddenly lost standing. They were now labelled “Conspiracy Theorists” and banned from social media platforms. Some lost their appointments simply for advocating early treatment with safe nutritional products and medications where few other treatments had been offered. Researchers seeking to investigate Ivermectin found difficulty finding funding and suffered from approval delays in those countries who had pre-paid for vaccines. Among some scientific journals, there was evidence of “tinkering” with approval of studies that didn’t align with the established narrative.
In contrast to the above, a number of poorer countries without the resources to purchase millions of doses of the experimental “vaccines” and working under the direction of their own more independent health authorities, opted to use this alternative approach. Early treatment and home care using many of the above-named nutritional and re-purposed pharmaceutical products yielded superior results with lower hospitalization and mortality rates as well as much lower expense. Sub-Saharan Africa where Ivermectin was already commonly used against parasitic infection and Hydroxychloroquine for malaria, fared surprisingly well despite the issues of poverty and poor nutrition. Other Latin American and Indian sub-continent countries also benefitted by using this conservative approach. Reports of their successes however, were virtually absent in the mainstream media for some reason.
WALLS AND FENCES
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
This phrase uttered by President Ronald Regan on June 12, 1987 still stirs the hearts of many people, particularly those who lived behind that wall and had suffered badly under a totalitarian regime. Thirty five years later it seems that much more subtle walls are being erected, ironically in the very counties who battled distant incursions on freedom. Many of the mandates inspired by the pandemic have been maintained, were slow to be eased, or are still on the books “in case we need them again”, all despite the infection becoming milder and endemic. To quote Milton Friedman former head of the U.S. Federal Reserve “Nothing is as permanent as a temporary government program”.
Here are a few walls historical, present and planned:
- Otto Von Bismarck instituted a champagne tax to build battleships for WW1 that is still levied in
- Income tax was a temporary measure in Canada and Great Britain also to fund WW1.
- In 1933 President Roosevelt forced U.S. citizens to sell their privately held gold to the government for $20.67 per ounce only to re-value it to $35.00 in order to help fund the Federal Reserve.
- In 1971 President Nixon closed the Gold Window effectively ending any tie between gold and the U.S. Dollar.
On November 16, 2014 in Perth Australia, G-20 nations ratified Bail-In Legislation effectively making
private savings in the large banks of those nations confiscatable should they be required.
Currently, most central banks world-wide are investigating and implementing their own central bank
digital currencies to further manage their citizen’s money. While sold as a convenience, these C.B.D.C’s as they’re known, come with the darker risk of putting the government in control of all of citizens
finances, thereby turning your own money into “carrots and sticks” to suit their needs. Not surprisingly, the Communist Party of China is the leader in their deployment.
Paying for fences
“It all comes down to the money whether it’s raining or snowing or sunny.” Whodini / Terminator X
The Buck STARTS Here
The word “Fiat” in terms of currency essentially means “by government decree”. The last gasp of the
gold standard as mentioned, occurred when President Richard Nixon in 1971 “temporarily” suspended the U.S. gold window, in part due to the debts incurred by the Vietnam War. This meant that the U.S, who’s dollar is the global reserve currency could print dollars at will, effectively pushing that debt into the future. It no longer had to be backed by something tangible. Virtually all economies around the world are now based on debt, where currency can be borrowed into existance as “required”. This has led to inflation of the money supply as the currency to finance wars, election promises, and other large capital commitments, such as the tens of millions of vaccine doses, are funded by debt destined to become the burden of current and future generations. As the value of currency decreases due to its excess creation, it takes more units of that currency to pay for things, so prices go up, and the value of savings goes down. We see this at the gas pumps and grocery stores and in retirement plans. We also see it in price escalation of real estate and other items of value where buyers hope to hedge this accelerating inflation. Predictably, a game of “Whack a Mole” is now being played out with businesses and workers demanding more money to keep up with the loss of purchasing power. More pressure is being put on governments to fix these problems with solutions like higher interest rates, more money printing and new programs being the only answers, only deepening the vicious cycle. It is likely then, that more fences will be erected in order to herd us into central bank digital currencies, new taxes, and other creations designed to “manage the debt”.
LESSONS FROM WILD PIGS AND TWO SATOSHIS
The wild pigs story was an introduction to being more aware of traps being set; subtle and innocent at first but gradually becoming inescapable. Omura Satoshi’s story showed us how a concerted effort by those hoping to shape our opinion for their own gain, can influence us and even override even a Nobel winning discovery. Satoshi Nakamoto has shown us that the gate hasn’t fully closed for those who are willing to work at gaining more independence. By increasing adoption of Bitcoin, we can help end financial tyranny, while at the same time building a bridge to a more sustainable and equitable future.
DON’T TRUST VERIFY
Here are a few of many well annotated references:
- The Courage to Face Covid-19 John Leake and Peter A. McCullough M.D. MPH
- Covid-19 And the Global Predators Peter Breggin M.D. and Ginger Ross Breggin
- The War on Ivermectin Pierre Kory M.D. (to be released early 2023)
- The Fiat Standard Saifedean Ammous
- The Price of Tomorrow Jeff Booth
- Daylight Robbery Domenic Frisby
- Canadian Covid Care Alliance https://www.canadiancovidcarealliance.org
- Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance https://covid19criticalcare.com/
- British Ivermectin Development Group https://bird-group.org/
Study: Regular Use of Ivermectin as Prophylaxis for Covid-19 Led up to a 92% Reduction in Covid-19
Mortality Rate in a Dose-Response Manner: Results of a Prospective Observational Study of a Strictly Controlled Population of 88,012 Subjects https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35070575/
After 2 years of warnings and obfuscation, the National Institutes of Health has silently included
Ivermectin in their treatment guidelines in late summer 2022.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller