Florida Ports are Open for Business


Armstrong Economics Blog/Inflation Re-Posted Oct 21, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis proudly announced: “Florida ports are open for business!” The Jacksonville Port Authority (“Jaxport”) is on board and has received a record number of containers at 1.4 million this fiscal year alone. Jaxport CEO Eric Green said that Florida is not experiencing the same congestion back up issues as California and New York ports. Additionally, Green said Jaxport has the space for additional freights and is welcoming ships to reroute to the Sunshine State.

While the Biden Administration begged the two largest ports in California to begin 24/7 operations, Jaxport has been running 24/7 for some time. “Not only is Florida open for more business, Florida has the critical infrastructure, essential manpower and additional capacity for more business,” AGX Freight Chief Operation Officer Ike Sherlock commented. Although some may point to logistical concerns and fuel costs, ships that are idling for nearly two weeks are losing money on both in addition to labor costs.

This could be a viable option to repair supply chain constraints. The only reason for the Biden Administration to avoid focusing on Florida’s ports capacity would be political.

Bill Gates’ Body Language Decoded


Armstrong Economics Blog/Corruption Re-Posted Oct 21, 2021 by Martin Armstrong


Communication Professor Alex Lyon reacts to Bill Gates’ interview on PBS with Judy Woodruff regarding Jeffrey Epstein. There is an entire field devoted to decoding body language and indeed communication can be nonverbal. Lyon points out numerous cues that make Gates look “hinky” or suspicious. Gates’ body language and nonverbal cues create awkward verbal responses. Woodruff simply asked Gates why he met with Jeffrey Epstein, but she never received a clear answer.

Lyon pointed out Gates’ suspicious “distracting body language” such as shifting in his chair, increased eye movement, and wringing his hands and fingers. The “philanthropist” was notably distressed. If he were playing a game of poker, these would be Gates’ tells, as Lyon points out.

The analyst notes two major layers of misalignment between the questions and answers and Gates’ nonverbal clues. It took Gates 2.6 seconds to answer questions unrelated to Epstein, but it took him around 6.7 seconds to answer anything Epstein-related. “His mind is the inside of a maraca and he’s struggling to keep it organized,” Lyon noted.

This is not a candid interview and Gates uses multiple strategies to protect himself. He repeatedly claims that he regrets having dinner with Epstein. The word “dinner” was selected as a minimization tactic to make the matter seem less harmful. Saying he attended “meetings,” “secret meetings,” or had “dinner at Jeffrey Epstein’s personal home” would likely not downplay the situation. “Quantity” is another conversational maxim that says a discussion flows when the speaker provides an adequate amount of information. All of his answers related to Epstein are less than half the length of his other questions. In other words, he is trying to avoid answering the questions.

The most cringeworthy part of the interview comes when Woodruff asks Gates if he learned a lesson. That should have been an easy answer. “Well, he’s dead, so… I’m very proud of what we’ve done in philanthropy…” This technique is called “bolstering,” where the speaker refocuses the conversation to all of their positive qualities, good actions, and behaviors. Clearly, Bill Gates did not learn a lesson, nor is he willing to disclose why he had an ongoing relationship with Jeffrey Epstein since at least 2013. Based on body language alone, Gates is certainly “hinky.”

Senile Senators led by a Senile President


Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted Oct 21, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is also a physician, has suggested that the US begin implementing cognition tests for government leaders. “I’m told that there have been senators in the past who, at the end of their Senate terms were senile,” Cassidy said in an interview with Axios on HBO. “I’m told that was true of senators of both parties.” Knowing that these are the people who were or have been in a position to alter your life drastically should absolutely frighten you.

“It’s usually noticeable. So anybody in a position of responsibility who may potentially be on that slope, that is of concern. And I’m saying this as a doctor,” Cassidy stated. He does not mention any names, but it seems as if he is pointing to none other than President Joe Biden. Biden has leaders, citizens, and supporters concerned about his mental health. There is a reason why he is not allowed to answer unapproved questions from reporters. Democrats had no problem pointing out Joe’s obvious cognitive decline while competing against him. “There are definitely moments when you listen to Joe Biden and you just wonder,” Senator Booker (D-NJ) once said.

Former President Trump was quite pleased with his results on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is designed to detect cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. “I got a perfect mark. And the doctors said, ‘Very few people can do that. Very few people get that. You understand,’” Trump told reporters. The test measures cognitive decline, not humbleness. “[Biden] should take the same exact test, a very standard test. I took it at Walter Reed Medical Center in front of doctors,” Trump later said. Biden refused.

Former White House physician Ronny Jackson and 14 other lawmakers urged Biden to take the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Biden’s handlers said that he would take the test at a later date, but nothing was announced (perhaps they forgot). The bar has never been so low for the “leader of the free world.”

FDA Approves Mix n Match Booster Shots For Everyone – Pick a Jab, Any Jab


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on October 20, 2021 | Sundance | 361 Comments

Step right up folks and pick your next jab, the FDA has approved mix-n-match booster shots for everyone.   Step right up and take your jab, any jab, just pick a jab, and you too can keep your mandatory vaccine passport up to date.  Boosters for all, folks… bring your friends… come one, come all.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.

The Food and Drug Administration’s decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign, which began with extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine last month. But before more people roll up their sleeves, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consult an expert panel Thursday before finalizing official recommendations for who should get boosters and when.

[…] Specifically, the FDA authorized a third Moderna shot for seniors and others at high risk from COVID-19 because of their health problems, jobs or living conditions — six months after their last shot. One big change: Moderna’s booster will be half the dose that’s used for the first two shots, based on company data showing that was plenty to rev up immunity again.

For J&J’s single-shot vaccine, the FDA said all U.S. recipients, no matter their age, could get a second dose at least two months following their initial vaccination.

[…] As for mixing and matching, the FDA said it’s OK to use any brand for the booster regardless of which vaccination people got first. The interchangeability of the shots is expected to speed the booster campaign, particularly in nursing homes and other institutional settings where residents have received different shots over time. (read more)

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo Discusses Education Health Policy and Mask Mandates Without Scientific Support


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on October 20, 2021 | Sundance | 80 Comments

Florida’s new Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo appeared alongside Governor Ron DeSantis today in Brevard County during an event to focus on education policy.  During part of the press availability, Dr. Ladapo outlined the DeSantis administration’s position on the forced masking of kids in schools. 

The overarching policies being advanced by the DeSantis administration center around allowing parents and individuals to make their own health and education decisions.  With the federal government continually pushing more intervention into the rights of states to determine their own COVID policies, Florida appears to be one of the strongest states pushing back. WATCH:

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by parents who were targeted in a recent memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland that attempted to silence parents who speak out to protect their children. The memo was issued following a letter from the National School Board Association to President Biden, which likened parents who oppose the masking of kindergartners and teaching critical race theory in public schools to “domestic terrorists.”

The full press availability is below including the remarks from Governor DeSantis and regional officials.

On October 11, the Florida School Board Association issued a response to the National School Boards Association, voicing their concerns with the memo and urging the National Association to acknowledge their request is federal overreach. Also joining the Governor were members of local law enforcement and state attorneys who are capable of assessing threats in their community without meddling by federal bureaucrats.

“The Federal Government would have you believe that parents who care about their children’s upbringing are a menace to society; in Florida we won’t allow it,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Debate is welcome in the state of Florida and should be welcome anywhere in the United States. If that debate turns into anything that’s not peaceful, then we have the best law enforcement in the nation to handle it. We don’t need the federal government investigating and intimidating parents in an attempt to squelch dissent. Today, I was proud to support the parents who won’t be silenced by the Biden Administration’s threats.”

“The White House’s attempt to silence and intimidate parents who are outspoken about critical race theory indoctrinating our children is simply un-American,” said Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “Governor DeSantis and I will continue to stand up for the rights and liberties of Floridians and push back against Biden’s egregious federal overreach.”

“I stand with Governor DeSantis against the Biden Administration’s blatant federal overreach,” said Public Safety Czar Larry Keefe. “We should be encouraging parental engagement in a child’s education, not weaponizing the federal government to implore intimidation tactics to prevent it. When laws are broken, local law enforcement is equipped to ensure the safety of public officials, and they don’t need federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., to tell them how to do their job.”

“The Biden Administration’s attempt to trample all over the First Amendment rights of concerned parents and create a chilling effect on free speech is un-American,” said Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “It is not the place of any government to pick winners and losers amongst those who voice their opinions. In Florida, we will fight for every parent and we will fight for every child and will not allow the federal government to steer public discourse through fear and intimidation.”

“Our children do not belong to the federal government nor to the school boards, they belong to their parents,” said Senator Debbie Mayfield. “Parents have every right to be involved in their child’s education and should not be silenced by the federal government. I want to thank Governor DeSantis for continuing to fight for Florida’s parents and children.”

Parents have the right to be involved in their child’s education and concerned parents from across the country have taken advantage of their first amendment right to free speech and have expressed their opposition to the radical agendas pursued by some school boards. The memo issued by the Attorney General Merrick Garland aims to silence those concerned parents and effectively chill expression of free speech. (LINK)

Illinois Sheriffs Say They Will Not Help Cover Chicago Police Shortage Due to Vaccine Mandate


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on October 20, 2021 | Sundance | 233 Comments

Sheriff’s offices surrounding the metropolitan area of Chicago are stating they will not send their officers to cover the shortfall in city police officers as an outcome of the vaccine mandate.  Keep in mind the elected county sheriff is the highest constitutional officer inside each region.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot has released all the city officers who refused the vaccine mandate.  Factually it makes no sense according to DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, who points out that his office does not have mandatory vaccines and as a result could only be providing assistance with officers who may or may not be vaccinated.

“It doesn’t make sense to say, ‘I only want my residents touching vaccinated people, but I’m going to send all these potentially unvaccinated people from other municipalities to replace them,’” Mendrick said.

CHICAGO –  Two suburban sheriffs said they would not send their deputies to Chicago to help with potential staffing shortages amid a feud between the mayor and a police union surrounding vaccine mandates.

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain (D) told the Chicago Tribune he did not “feel like the onus is on us to go in there in an emergency situation that was created by poor government and a lack of support the officers receive.” 

Similarly, Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird (R) said he was not willing to put his officers at risk to respond to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) “self-induced emergency,” the Tribune reported. (read more)

Mayor Lightfoot claims that vaccinated people in Chicago cannot carry and/or transmit the COVID-19 virus.  As a result, she feels the police have a public obligation to get vaccinated so they do not carry the virus in the community.  The mayor has stated she does not want her community exposed to first-responders who may carry the virus, and the vaccination is the only way to eliminate that concern.  This is the cornerstone claim of her public remarks. {link}

The policy of the mayor is grounded in a claim that is totally and utterly refuted by all science.  Vaccinated people carry, transmit and shed the SARS-CoV-2 virus just like non-vaccinated people.  Actually, there is scientific evidence that vaccinated people who contract the virus (so called “breakthrough cases”) factually end up with a much higher viral load, and shed the virus at a much higher rate than non-vaccinated persons.

As a result, a genuine public health policy would be the exact opposite of what Lightfoot is claiming.  If you wanted to keep exposure to the virus at a minimum for those in the public who encounter first-responders, it would actually be better policy to have first-responders be unvaccinated.  The unvaccinated are less of a risk to the general population by a factual outcome of their carrying/shedding less virus.

In another policy maneuver to force the police to get vaccinated, “Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said that those officers who do choose to retire rather than follow City Hall’s orders “may be denied retirement credentials.”  (link)  Chicago police officials made it clear on Thursday that officers who refused to comply with the city’s mandate risk being disciplined or fired.

White House Announces They are Eager, Prepared and Staged to Start Vaccinating Children 5 to 11 As Soon as Political Health Agencies Give Permission


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on October 20, 2021 | Sundance | 617 Comments

All your children are belong to us.  And so the United States government announces they are now prepared to trigger the “rapid” mass vaccine campaign for children aged 5 to 11.   The cleaving of American citizens will continue unabated with the current administration helping to divide our nation based on vaccination status.  It is a feature, not a flaw…. fundamental change requires it.

The White House says [Fact Sheet Here] they have secured the shots from Pfizer (after giving enough lead-time for politicians to purchase stock in their portfolios), staged the supplies, organized the logistics to ensure no supply chain issues, reinforced the ramparts and delivered prescripted talking to points to media narrative engineers for deployment against unwilling parents.

The Biden administration announced they have prepared the U.S. healthcare system to aggressively, with as much force and speed as possible, drive the childhood vaccination program.  Leveraging existing partnerships and financial dependencies on government spending, the White House expressed confidence.  They do not anticipate any compliance issues with a forceful national rollout:

WHITE HOUSE – “The Administration has procured enough vaccine to support vaccination for the country’s 28 million children ages 5-11 years old. If authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 year olds will be a dose and formula specifically for this age group. The vaccine will have packaging available in smaller configurations that will make it easier for physicians’ offices and other smaller, community-based providers to offer the vaccine to kids and their families.

Pending FDA authorization, the packaging configuration will be 10-dose vials in cartons of 10 vials each (100 doses total), delivered in a newly updated product shipper, and the vaccine can be stored for up to 10 weeks at standard refrigeration temperatures and 6 months at ultracold temperatures. And, the vaccine will come with all the ancillary supplies that providers need to serve kids, including smaller needles. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working hand-in-hand with states to make this vaccine supply available in communities across the country as rapidly as possible.” (read more)

AP notes: “We’re completing the operational planning to ensure vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 are available, easy and convenient,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said, “We’re going to be ready, pending the FDA and CDC decision.” {link} As for youngsters under 5, Pfizer and Moderna are studying their vaccines in children down to 6 months old, with results expected later in the year.

The progression of the child vaccination program is very foreseeable and predictable.  The rollout will be optional for parents; however, once the optional phase has concluded, likely spring 2022, the political healthcare system will unite with the political education system.

Initially Blue states will mandate vaccination of children to attend school or pre-school.  Then the federal government will step in to apply leverage via threats of education funds being withheld for any non-compliant state.  The 2022 mid-term campaign issue over “universal pre-k” funding will support the federal pressure, and eventually anyone receiving federal subsidies under programs structured to support women, infants and children, will be required to participate.

Young children and adolescents will then be given vaccination passports that will permit them to join with the community of safe kids in parks and venues that target families and younger audiences.

Hey, our vaccination app now shows us the nearest location for our next booster along with healthy tips about eating sustainable algae cakes, bugs ‘n stuff.  How cool is that?

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Southwest Airlines Backs Down And Yellen Forced to Back Down


Armstrong Economics Blog/The Hunt for Taxes Re-Posted Oct 20, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

I have direct contact with many pilots at Southwest and they were reporting that weather had nothing to do with the 1,000 flights that were canceled. Now, the airline was forced to back down and unvaccinated employees can remain. Pilots have been concerned that those who were vaccinated developed blood clots and could no longer work. I have personal friends who were vaccinated and developed blood clots without flying.

Meanwhile, Janet Yellen has been lying to the American people about the lowering of bank reporting to $600. She testified saying: “We have a tax gap that over the next decade is estimated at $7 trillion, namely a shortfall in the amount that IRS is collecting due to a failure of individuals to report the income that they have earned.” Even if the Democrats confiscated all the wealth of the top 100 richest people, they would not collect $7 trillion. This is a deliberate lie and the real objective was to (1) declare cryptocurrencies banks, and then (2) report $600 or greater transaction.

While Babylon Bee made a funny satire out the Yellen’s $600 proposal, this is really no joke. It is technically not illegal to send cash through the mail as long as the (1) source was legal, and (2) the purpose is legal. Of course, there is civil asset forfeiture, which means the government can confiscate whatever it wants and it is your burden to prove it was legal. When I tried to send an ancient Roman coin through the mail and marked it as a coin, they refused to allow it and claimed it was money. No explanation that Rome fell in 476 AD mattered. I had to repackage it and call it a simple antiquity.Now, Janet Yellen has somewhat changed course, supporting a rise in the reporting threshold from $600 to $10,000. Their clever trick to go after the cryptocurrency market and the ridiculous claim that there is $7 trillion in uncollected taxes over the next decade has made the Biden Administration look like not just liars, but fools. Yellen is an absolute disgrace showing a total lack of integrity that she is supposed to be there for the people – not Biden’s agenda which is really that of Klaus Schwab.

Are the US Supply Chain Disruptions Deliberate?


Armstrong Economics Blog/Inflation Re-Posted Oct 20, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

(Image by © Reuters / Alan Devall)

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo may have accidentally leaked the cause of America’s supply chain issues. “The reality is the only way we’re going to get to a place where we work through this transition is if everyone in America and everyone around the world gets vaccinated,” Adeyemo admitted in an interview with ABC News. Starve them out, let the dissenters suffer, and those who bought into this agenda will turn against them. Adeyemo said that the Biden Administration has already provided “the resources the American people need to make it to the other side.” Basically, everyone should give into the vaccine mandate or face the consequences. They are masking authoritarianism as utilitarianism. The vaccine has not been mandated at the federal level in the US, yet, but it is apparent that the government plans to make life as difficult as possible for those who do not obey.

Echoing the Fed, Adeyemo said that inflation is “transitory,” and “as part of the transition we are seeing higher pieces for some of the things people have to buy… That’s exactly why the president was focused in the American Rescue Plan in ensuring on getting stimulus into the hands of the American people, so they’d be able to buy the products they need.” Yes, the government expects us, the Great Unwashed, to be thankful for their measly handouts to purchase unavailable products at an all-time high. There is a reason people have recently nicknamed the president “bare shelves Biden,” with the hashtags #BareShelvesBiden and #EmptyShelvesJoe becoming a viral sensation.

Although the Biden Administration met with the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which handles 40% of the nation’s goods, the promise of a 24/7 operation has not yet occurred. There is no ETA for when the ports will begin 24/7 operations either. Some ships are allegedly waiting 12 days at anchor before reaching the dock, and over 60 vessels are idled in the San Pedro Bay at the moment. With one of the nation’s busiest shopping holidays approaching (Black Friday) followed by ongoing seasonal shopping, this matter is likely to turn ugly.

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Taking it a step further, the Democrats are also demanding that the GOP pass the multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill and are now using it as leverage. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated, “One thing that has not been talked about enough is (Moody’s) finding about how the overall ‘Build Back Better’ vision is designed to reduce inflationary pressures. So if you care about inflation, you ought to care about not just the supply chain issues, not just the infrastructure things I work on, but also the provisions in ‘Build Back Better’ like paid family leave, like making it easier to afford childcare, like community college, that are going to give us a stronger labor force and help us deal with that major constraint on economic growth.” Buttigieg also claimed that he knew with certainty that the supply chain crisis is expected to last well into 2022. Perhaps the issue will last into Socrates’ projected political Panic Cycle for 2023.

The Corruption Continues to Surface


Armstrong Economics Blog/Tyranny Re-Posted Oct 20, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

Recently, more sources have been confirming that indeed there was an advance notice that a “virus is coming.” I know even a few hedge funds that took positions on. This has been a very well-orchestrated panic, and it has been intended to alter the world economy. Gates, Soros, and Schwab have all contributed their ideas, so this is not the brainchild of just one character. The recent stories of Gates and his inappropriate emails flirting with employees are just another example that the knight in shining armor is more like the dark black knight of the apocalypse.

The significance of these actions is that the CONFIDENCE in Gates is starting to turn. Eventually, someone will start to investigate and come up with what is starting to come to the surface from multiple sources. I reported at the very beginning that I knew there were phone calls being made and that Schwab had sold for himself and for his World Economic Forum ahead of the COVID Crash of 2020. Others are now confirming that some hedge funds also appear to have been tipped off.

As we enter the third year of this very clever manipulation, we should expect more to surface in 2022. Gates did not resign at Microsoft because of emails hitting on girls. That was a deal that either he resigned or the DOJ would break up Microsoft under the Anti-Trust Act. Bill Gates’ character has not changed. Instead of creating a monopoly in HiTech, he has achieved that in healthcare. He is no more a philanthropist than Jeffrey Epstein. I suggest you read the book “US v Microsoft” to catch a look at Gates’ character. There is often a conflict between men and women because men generally look at a woman and say yes or no. A woman often looks at a man as a fixer-up and that he would be OK with just a little changing. You cannot change a person’s character! We can learn from our mistakes, but the core character will NEVER change, and only a fool assumes that people’s inherent character will change. Yes, I also know men who have tried to force the woman to conform to their ideals. We must accept people as they are and that applies to Bill Gates, and what I believe is his fake philanthropist routine.

Gates has no interest in sharing his vaccines. Instead, he lobbies the Biden Administration and the EU, controlled by Schwab, to buy his vaccines at full price, and they “donate” them to poor countries. That is by no means a philanthropist. There are always side-effects with vaccines, but this one has become so political that the truth is being hidden by governments and the media. I do not think that the majority will suddenly die. Knowing Gates’ obsession with reducing population, I would not rule out that some vaccines are different than others and some batches may be more harmful, intended to cause sterility. But the majority will not be impacted so he can always use that for the excuse that it was not his vaccines. This is just speculation based upon a character that is anything but what it is being projected.