The Game of Life

When I was growing up, we didn’t have the Internet. We didn’t have hundreds of TV stations, movies on demand, or video games. What we did have were board games, some that even tried to teach life lessons about the real world.

And two succeeded …

One was called “The Game of Life.”  In it, you go to school, get a job, get married, raise a family, and eventually retire.  The person who ends up with the most money wins.

Will you go to college?  What career will you choose?  How many kids will you have?  With every turn, you get to “spin the wheel” of life to determine the next set of choices available to you.

The other game was called “Monopoly.”  In it, everyone starts off with the same amount of cash, and earns the same salary as they travel around the board.  With each “roll of the dice,” opportunities and challenges come your way, including options to buy land, houses and apartments. Your goal is to accumulate wealth, while avoiding taxes, the police, and greedy landlords along the way.

When playing Monopoly, wealth tends to accumulate in the hands of fewer and fewer players.  One by one, people are driven out of the game via bankruptcy, until just one person remains.

The Game of Life is a friendly game. Everyone starts out together, faces common life questions and challenges, and everyone finishes together.  The game of Monopoly, not so much.  While everyone starts out the same, one by one, people are forced out of the game when they can no longer pay their bills.

Life Lessons

People are divided today, because we are playing different games!

If you believe everything the media is telling you, and all of the “authorities” and “experts” they amplify, then you are probably playing the Game of Life. With every “spin the wheel,” you choose from life options as they are laid out for you.

If you have already lost your job, your home, or your business — or you are about to — you probably recognize the game as Monopoly. With every “roll of the dice,” you get closer and closer to wealth … or elimination.

We are divided today because people in the first group can’t see the world through the eyes of those in the second.  They can’t see the cheating that’s going on. They can’t see the corruption. They can’t see that the game is fixed. They can’t see the hopelessness.

They can’t see the remaining contenders are sociopath monopolists who will stop at nothing to “win” this game.  They will lie, they will cheat, they will kill … they will do whatever it takes to accumulate control over all of the world’s resources.

Whether your game is life or monopoly, our true adversaries are the forces of consolidation and control.

As always, thoughtful comments welcome.

This guy sees what I see …

This guy sees what I see … about the fed.

“I now believe the coronavirus is psy-op, a worldwide
financial collapse/reset masquerading as a pandemic.”
— Jay Fenello, April 18, 2020

The Truth Behind The Current TWISTED NIGHTMARE

Circumventing Censorship

Today, we live in a world that is interconnected at an historic rate.  We can directly interact with billions of people via phone, text, and email, as well as assorted online platforms.  News is also abundantly available through traditional TV, radio and print, as well as newer venues like youtube and other online websites.

But what appears to be robust and permanent, is actually fragile and under attack.  Messages that differ from the accepted narratives are being deleted at an alarming rate, while those responsible for those message are being demonetized and de-platformed.  People are also being shadow-banned, resulting in their messages getting reduced visibility and circulation, all without anyone’s knowledge.

And it’s not just the private networks either.  We know from governments like China and revelations from Edward Snowden, that even more draconian measures are possible.  Websites can be de-indexed from the search engines, taken offline, or even replaced with fake versions.  Phone numbers and text can be blocked, as well as entire cellular and Internet networks.

To circumvent these measures, here are a few options:

  • For shadow-banning, instead of relying on your platform to provide messages on your wall, visit your subscribed pages directly.
  • For de-platforming, make sure you have more than one way to reach your subscribed pages.  If you subscribe to someone on facebook, twitter or youtube, make sure you subscribe to at least one other venue, preferably their main website.
  • For de-indexing, you’ll want to make sure you have bookmarked your subscribed websites directly in your browser.

For the more draconian measures (like entire cell phone or Internet networks being shut down), you’ll want to go old-school.  For less than $30, you can get a hand-held HAM radio that allows you speak directly to others.

HAM Radio

These offer point-to-point communications with no monthly fees, and no-one in the middle to block your messages.  They have a direct range of dozens of miles, and much further with amplifiers and repeaters.  With these devices, people can also form networks to relay messages to each other … just like in the old days.

Please note that, in normal times, you will need a HAM license (cheap and easy) to broadcast on these devices.  In an emergency, however, you’ll be grateful you have one, license or not.

Until next time.

My Poor Wife

After weeks of sheltering in place together, I think I’m getting on my wife’s nerves.

And who could blame her. As my friends can attest, I can be a little … intense.

My problem is, I live in a different reality from most people. It’s not the one you see on TV. I first noticed it when I was younger, when it was more subtle and difficult to detect. Over the years it has gotten worse, as those responsible for fake versions of reality have consolidated their power and control.

Now they are merging it with technology in a most frightening way.

Recently, facebook, youtube, and twitter have announced that only approved messages will be allowed on their networks. As an example, a press conference held by two doctors was just removed for providing opinions that differ from the approved narrative. Now we are being told of forced vaccinations, contact tracing, and immunization passports. All in addition to lock-downs on demand.

It paints a future that we will not like, and it’s getting closer by the day.

And yet, not everyone can see it coming.

So every night, I watch the evening news to better understand the fake narrative. And every night my wife has to hear me yell at the TV set, as our nation inches closer towards its demise.

Jay Fenello

P.S. In an attempt to keep this posting online, all topics likely to be censored have been avoided.

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Coronavirus Death Rate

I recently lost my mother back in January.  She was 83, living in a nursing home.

She had suffered a variety of health issues leading up to her demise, as her immune system broke down due to aging. The death certificate said she died of heart failure.

Had she died today, it probably would have said coronavirus.  Here’s why …

To track deaths in a standardized format, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established a set of codes that the rest of the world follows. Because testing for this virus has been problematic (with chronic shortages of test kits and supplies, and faulty and inaccurate results), the WHO established two codes for the coronavirus: 1) if the death had been caused by the virus as verified through testing, and 2) if the virus was a likely cause of death but not verified.

As you can imagine, the second code is a much easier standard to reach.  And as a result, the vast majority of coronavirus deaths reported to date are suspected, not confirmed.  And it’s even worse in the US …

Here the CDC is instructing doctors to use the second code “if the virus is assumed to have caused or contributed to death.”  No longer must the virus be a likely cause of death, simply contributing to death is enough.  With this standard alone, my mom would have qualified.  But it doesn’t end there …

President Trump recently declared a national emergency for every state in the union.  That means there are billions of dollars of emergency aid available to the states, based in part on the number of coronavirus deaths they report.  That’s like putting gasoline on a fire to put it out.

When you put it all together, we have exaggerated coronavirus deaths, and a coordinated policy of “scaring the shit” out of everyone.  All leading us to an economic catastrophe.  Why?

Until next time.

P.S.  All of the assertions made in this posting have been documented in my twitter feed.

Post Capitalism

We hear many people calling Bernie Sanders a Socialist. A Communist. A Fascist.

Whatever you call him, he is a progressive. He’s trying to address the structural imbalances that have built up in the current system. And that scares the hell out of those who are benefiting the most.

This is why they are trying so hard to frame this as “something to be feared” vs. Capitalism. The truth is, capitalism as we currently know it, is the problem. Its never ending quest for growth and maximum profits, without regard to the resulting pollution, depletion of natural resources, war, and human misery.

While capitalism may have served us for a spell, its days are best behind us.  Don’t let the talking heads convince you otherwise. We need a different path.

P.S. This is not an endorsement for Bernie.

In this Instant

Everything that has ever happened in your life, has brought you to read these words at this moment in time.  What you do in the next is under your control, and can impact the arch of your future.  In every instant, of every minute, of every day, you can make a decision that changes the direction of your life, and impacts everyone and every thing around you.

It is “in this instant” that free will can be expressed, and the future can be changed.

Unfortunately, most decisions are made on autopilot, and propelled by habit and tradition.  To change the direction of our future, therefore, we must better understand this autopilot, so that we can set the controls toward a new, better destination.

Until next time …

The Identity Stack

You are who you are, because of what you believe about the past.

Just like with consciousness, identity is built in layers. Working backwards, it’s the story of you, and how you came to be where you are today.  It’s the story of your siblings, parents and grandparents.  It’s the story of your people, tribe and religion.  It’s the story of your race.  It’s the story of where you came from …

Layer upon layer, story upon story, your identity is built along a unique path from the past to present.  While the order may vary, the lower levels are typically set when you are young, and become more entrenched and difficult to change as you age.

On top of it all lies ideology, or how you project yourself into the future. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or a Nazi, you embrace your beliefs because they are consistent with and build upon the foundational stories of your life.

Historically, when large groups of people change foundational beliefs, big things happen — governments fall and new religions are born.  This is how our republic was formed, and how the former Soviet Union ceased to be.

And it feels like big things are happening now.

Until next time …

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The Consciousness Stack

As a computer engineer by training, I learned how to design and build computers from the ground up, in layers.  Transistors, integrated circuits, firmware, operating system, drivers, applications, networks … computers that can listen to the words you speak and answer simple questions.

Later in life, I noticed similarities with human consciousness, and the way it is also built in layers:

Consciousness Stack

To get people to agree on abortion, or climate change, is impossible at the “ideology” level — especially when current beliefs are built upon conflicting, lower levels.  To resolve these conflicts, we need to find agreement on the more foundational levels.

That explains my focus on creation myths and origin stories. By exploring how these have changed over the centuries, people can better see behind the curtain.  How these changes seem to happen once or twice every thousand years.  How it looks like we’re about to have one now.

Comments welcome …

Fixing Politics

We can’t fix the many problems facing our world today, without fixing politics. And we can’t fix politics, without reconciling our foundational beliefs. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, black or white, Christian or Jew, Moslem or Hindu, you are who you are because of what you believe about your life story.

This is the story of where you came from, why you are here, and where you are going. This is the creation myth you grew up with, embellished with your family history, and the life choices you’ve made along the way. It explains how you fit into the social order around you, and your role in today’s reality.

Beneath it all lies the creation myth, the foundation of all belief systems.  From ancient Egypt to Rome, to modern day Beijing and Washington, D.C., every civilization that has ever existed has been built upon a creation myth.  It’s what gives power to people like Khamenei in Iran, and Salman in Saudi Arabia. (and Trump in the United States)

To bring peace to the people of the world, we must get beneath the superficial issues that divide us, and connect on a deeper, more foundational level. By comparing our creation myths, and how they’ve changed over the years, we can see behind the curtain and take back control of our destiny.

As always, comments welcome.

Until next time …