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The Ides of September Live on the Ochelli Effect – Mike Swanson (09/06/2017)

I was live on the Ochelli Effect Tuesday night at 8:00 PM.

You can download the MP3 file by clicking here.

Prenotes before the show that I made:

As I have been saying on this show I see a coming crisis coming in October…with US politics and the financial markets…

Going to talk about some things will have my eyes on this month involving the stock market and the upcoming Ken Burns show..

We think in time frames…

72 hours news cycle (and trading)
1 month
1 year
3-5 years
AND the past…history…

Where does North Korea fit in this?

Yesterday Mattis/Dumford today gap down but is the show a distraction?

The long game plan – China cards

Stock market is convering 2400 on the SPX
IWM, % stocks…

With stock market’s don’t think in predictions, but trends and turning points…

Gold is alive…

Politics and propagnda –
Ken Burns show:

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Tackle the Vietnam War – NY Times

“The seeds of disunion we experience today, the polarization, the lack of civil discourse all had their seeds in Vietnam,” Mr. Burns said. “I can’t imagine a better way to help pull out some of the fuel rods that create this radioactive atmosphere than to talk about Vietnam in a calm way.”


Mr. Burns, in addition to including a range of perspectives in the film, said he had deliberately sought financial support from “across the spectrum,” with sponsors including the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and David H. Koch.

“That’s a way of telling people ‘You can re-sheath your knives,’” he said.


While the people interviewed hold a range of views about the war, the filmmakers avoid what-ifs or might-have-beens, and don’t engage continuing debates over whether the war was winnable.


The film’s center of moral gravity is ordinary soldiers, whose sacrifice and loyalty to one another are repeatedly contrasted with the political machinations of the powerful, on both sides.

Not truth but deceny…

The opposite…

The long-play of Bannon’s political proganda…

The Trump Narrative: The Alt-Right’s Alternative Reality – JP Sottile

The big picture:

Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire – The Intercept

The John Birch Society as the Real Precursor to the “Alt-Right” and Alex Jones (07/18/2017)

On Tuesday July 18 I was on the Ochelli Effect and talked about the far-right in the US and political ideologies. After I talked JP Sotille of was on.

You can download the MP3 by clicking here.

This is going to end up being the first part of a series of talks with Chuck Ochelli about this topic. We only scratched the surface and it’s important for us to dig deeper.

These are notes I took before this show and will likely use again next time:

I’ll be talking about the John Birch Society as the real precursor to Alex Jones and the so called “alt-right.”

And I’ll also talk about the real social basis for its organization back when it was formed. Who were the people in it?

Politico article this week linking a rise in the John Birch Society to Donald Trump:

The John Birch Society is Back –

Here is a review of two books I reviewed a year ago that are about this topic and the far-right in Dallas in 1963.

Dallas, Texas: Nut Country, 1963

1962 anti-JBS folk song: