Destination… IDAHO – PAZAZ™ Style!

Let me just walk you through the process for choosing Idaho as a part time retirement refuge… far from the maddening crowd. The first set of criteria for choosing a part time retirement refuge was that the land was secluded but close to a hospital, fire station, and near a medium size town that had a quality supermarket and gas station.

The second criteria was the land itself had to have a plethora of water (in this case a well), with the lots large enough that I would not have neighbors too close, a view of water (creek, river, ocean, lake, etc.), mountains/hills, and a natural source of water like a creek or a river on the property.

The third criteria was the property must have electricity to it and a good road easy to access year round, preferably in a gated community.

The final criteria and perhaps the most important was the neighbors. The neighbors had to be quality people that care for each other and most importantly don’t care what you have but only care who you are. Giving, honorable people that believe in honor, integrity, and the value of keeping your word.

Nancy and I began our search at the top of the “panhandle” in Northern Idaho. Oregon and Washington were too expensive and suffered extensive droughts. Oregon had a drought in 2011 that lasted 270 weeks and Washington had a drought in 2014 that lasted 116 weeks. Idaho has suffered some drought but that was in the southern part of the state and not in the area we were interested in possibly looking at.

I had never been to Idaho before our search. I didn’t (at that time) remember anyone that was from Idaho and had never spoken with anyone about Idaho. This was a completely blind search. I did know that my beliefs were more in line with those of Northern Idaho with my perception of those people being kind and generous. I also remembered that Sand Point Idaho had received in 2015 by SmartAsset.com the moniker of “the best place to retire”. With that limited knowledge I proceeded with “the search”.

Before I arrived in Idaho I contacted a realtor that I’d been in email communication with and asked her to recommend realtors in Sand Point and Lewiston Idaho. Geographically she was located in the North/Central part of Idaho near a small town called “Potlatch”.

The Potlatch Lumber Company, as it turns out, was at one time the largest white pine mill in the world. I stayed in the small town named after the lumber company in a B&B which was located between Sand Point and Lewiston. And so it began…

I realized quite quickly that the area around Potlatch revolved around even smaller towns and didn’t meet the criteria I had assigned to this task. So, I drove up to Sand Point located 52 miles north of Coeur d’Alene. The entry to Sand Point is spectacular as it involves a two mile bridge across Lake Pend Oreille which is Idaho’s largest lake with 111 miles of shoreline. Cascading down into Sand Point’s main street you’ll notice the wonderful planned, quaint, expansion proposed for this beautiful town.

I was shown a myriad of properties that met some of the criteria I mentioned above but missed the mark on some very important requests. This town was impressive so I asked the realtor in Sand Point to target other properties in surrounding areas that might fit the bill. And so it was back to Potlatch to spend the night and get started on looking a little farther south in the Lewiston area.

The next day I drove to Lewiston to meet a new realtor named Russ whom was introduced as a local. He was supposed to know the in’s and out’s of the area and could possibly help me in my search based upon the criteria I’ve already mentioned. Russ had great stories about local history and drove me all the way to Kamiah, past Orofino and beyond, looking at many different types of properties.

Well, I found nothing that really hit all the marks and so I went back to Henderson with the belief that there was something out there in the state of Idaho that would be just perfect. I came back twice more, actually making an offer on a property that was already in escrow, but missed out on that one above the Priest River near Sand Point. The final time before actually purchasing a property was with Nancy looking for that perfect home or land that would check all the boxes.

So in late September of 2019 (after I saw an advertisement for a development above the Dworshak Dam) Russ drove us up to Tie Creek. Tie Creek is a development built by the Potlatch Lumber Company that includes electricity, phone, a very good road right to the property and a gate to dissuade potential thieves. This property is 30 minutes from the medium size town of Orofino, 20 minutes from the hospital, and 10 minutes from the fire station. The final two selling points are that the parcels are 20 acre lots. We now own lots 13&14 looking out to the Dworshak Dam. We found our landing spot, our future part time retirement community, and by next spring the home will be completely finished.

Of course under the ever expanding category of, “its never easy”… there was a scamdemic, two of the three lenders backed out at the last minute, a well that was supposed to be 250 feet was actually 605 feet, and finally the difficulty in accessing all materials (in a timely fashion) to finish this build. Oh yes, and a heart attack thrown in for good measure. However now we can see a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a train coming our way.

The greatest part of finding these lots are the people we’ve met (before committing to this transaction) that live near us. These people are the kind of quality people that provide the most wonderful insight into what the most important part of life is, family and friends.

DESTINATION… IDAHO, PAZAZ™ Style!

Let me just walk you through the process for choosing Idaho as a part time retirement refuge… far from the maddening crowd. The first set of criteria for choosing a part time retirement refuge was that the land was secluded but close to a hospital, fire station, and near a medium size town that had a quality supermarket and gas station.

The second criteria was the land itself had to have a plethora of water (in this case a well), with the lots large enough that I would not have neighbors too close, a view of water (creek, river, ocean, lake, etc.), mountains/hills, and a natural source of water like a creek or a river on the property.

The third criteria was the property must have electricity to it and a good road easy to access year round, preferably in a gated community.

The final criteria and perhaps the most important was the neighbors. The neighbors had to be quality people that care for each other and most importantly don’t care what you have but only care who you are. Giving, honorable people that believe in honor, integrity, and the value of keeping your word.

Nancy and I began our search at the top of the “panhandle” in Northern Idaho. Oregon and Washington were too expensive and suffered extensive droughts. Oregon had a drought in 2011 that lasted 270 weeks and Washington had a drought in 2014 that lasted 116 weeks. Idaho has suffered some drought but that was in the southern part of the state and not in the area we were interested in possibly looking at.

I had never been to Idaho before our search. I didn’t (at that time) remember anyone that was from Idaho and had never spoken with anyone about Idaho. This was a completely blind search. I did know that my beliefs were more in line with those of Northern Idaho with my perception of those people being kind and generous. I also remembered that Sand Point Idaho had received in 2015 by SmartAsset.com the moniker of “the best place to retire”. With that limited knowledge I proceeded with “the search”.

Before I arrived in Idaho I contacted a realtor that I’d been in email communication with and asked her to recommend realtors in Sand Point and Lewiston Idaho. Geographically she was located in the North/Central part of Idaho near a small town called “Potlatch”.

The Potlatch Lumber Company, as it turns out, was at one time the largest white pine mill in the world. I stayed in the small town named after the lumber company in a B&B which was located between Sand Point and Lewiston. And so it began…

I realized quite quickly that the area around Potlatch revolved around even smaller towns and didn’t meet the criteria I had assigned to this task. So, I drove up to Sand Point located 52 miles north of Coeur d’Alene. The entry to Sand Point is spectacular as it involves a two mile bridge across Lake Pend Oreille which is Idaho’s largest lake with 111 miles of shoreline. Cascading down into Sand Point’s main street you’ll notice the wonderful planned, quaint, expansion proposed for this beautiful town.

I was shown a myriad of properties that met some of the criteria I mentioned above but missed the mark on some very important requests. This town was impressive so I asked the realtor in Sand Point to target other properties in surrounding areas that might fit the bill. And so it was back to Potlatch to spend the night and get started on looking a little farther south in the Lewiston area.

The next day I drove to Lewiston to meet a new realtor named Russ whom was introduced as a local. He was supposed to know the in’s and out’s of the area and could possibly help me in my search based upon the criteria I’ve already mentioned. Russ had great stories about local history and drove me all the way to Kamiah passed Orofino and beyond looking at many different types of properties.

Well, I found nothing that really hit all the marks and so I went back to Henderson with the belief that there was something out there in the state of Idaho that would be just perfect. I came back twice more, actually making an offer on a property that was already in escrow, but missed out on that one above the Priest River near Sand Point. The final time before actually purchasing a property was with Nancy looking for that perfect home or land that would check all the boxes.

So in late September of 2019 (after I saw an advertisement for a development above the Dworshak Dam) Russ drove us up to Tie Creek. Tie Creek is a development built by the Potlatch Lumber Company that includes electricity, phone, a very good road right to the property and a gate to dissuade potential thieves. This property is 30 minutes from the medium size town of Orofino, 20 minutes from the hospital, and 10 minutes from the fire station. The final two selling points are that the parcels are 20 acre lots. We now own lots 13&14 looking out to the Dworshak Dam. We found our landing spot, our future part time retirement community, and by next spring the home will be completely finished.

Of course under the ever expanding category of, “its never easy”… there was a scamdemic, two of the three lenders backed out at the last minute, a well that was supposed to be 250 feet was actually 605 feet, and finally the difficulty in accessing all materials (in a timely fashion) to finish this build. Oh yes, and a heart attack thrown in for good measure. However now we can see a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a train coming our way.

The greatest part of finding these lots are the people we’ve met (before committing to this transaction) that live near us. These people are the kind of quality people that provide the most wonderful insight into what the most important part of life is, family and friends.

This blog is sponsored by PAZAZ™ The Magic of Cooking, Kitchen tools for the discerning chef. Please go to www.pazazshop.com to purchase these AMAZING kitchen tools.

The Beginning of a New Culinary Journey, PAZAZ™ Style!

As most of you know I have been involved in the culinary arts for decades. I have witnessed some of the most artistic and delicious dishes created by chefs revered around the world. I have had the distinct pleasure of serving these dishes to Hollywood stars, famous political figures, sports stars, and millionaires. But my greatest joy comes from those that wish to be taken on a culinary journey based on trust, experience, and their own wishes to be taken to a place they’ve never been.

Of course, these culinary dinning experiences have (for the most part) centered around fish, meat, pork, lamb, and a myriad of expressions based upon those ingredients. Up until recently, honestly, I hadn’t given much, if any thought, to the health properties of the food I was serving. I was just happy to see the expressions on the faces of those I took care of leave happy, satisfied, and wanting to come back for more.

I believe that the few people left in the service industry that truly care about the service they provide, and the experience the guest is looking for, search for the answer to the question which is, “How can I provide an experience by which all others would be judged ?” This question is simply answered with the retort, “You can teach people the nuts and bolts of the restaurant business but you can’t teach them to care.” That is an inherent quality which separates the typical server from the great ones.

As my journey in the industry of food and beverage (that I have loved so dearly), slowly comes to an end, I am enthused about the next part of the expedition, which is on the not so distant horizon. As you know the most important part of life (especially as you grow older) is your health.

Nothing in life is possible to experience completely without good health. Diet and exercise become an integral part of the “golden years” moving forward. That is why, as Nancy and I move (for part of the year) to Idaho, I am compelled to write a cook book. This cookbook will focus on recipes that will honor your health, make you feel vibrant and alive while being prepared in a simple and time affective manner.

The last heart doctor to address diet with me simple stated, “Don’t eat anything with four legs.” Well as it turns out if I listened to this doctor (whom is basically saying you can eat chicken and fish), within a couple years I would be right back in the CCU (Critical Care Unit). Only this time I don’t think I’d make it out alive. That is how important what I’m telling you about exercise and especially diet is to me.

Simplicity in understanding the commitment to going vegan is really just the start to this process. Get the book if you’re interested called, “The Starch Solution” authored by Dr. John A. McDougall and Mary McDougall. Just to be completely transparent, becoming vegan requires a great deal more effort than the average person is willing to commit to. Vegans must be industrious:

They must shop and read menus carefully, as well as passing up tempting food in situations where they are hungry and the options are limited.

“The Starch Solution” provides intuitive information backed by scientific proof that shows you how to reclaim your life while enjoying your favorite foods. You will come to understand that the very same solution that helps you also benefits the environment.

With a simple U-turn in your diet this will bring back in line the very building blocks that will provide the strength and health components to lose weight, feel better, save money, and help the environment all in one fell swoop.

The beautiful part to this process are the creative ways that plant based foods can be crafted to create meals that both satisfy and delight your culinary cravings. Pastas, potatoes, new veggie burger creations, burritos, enchiladas, and a myriad of other products can be woven into an amazing display of tasty, gratifying, healthy meals.

Lets begin the vegan journey together so that we can enjoy our future health together, on the beaches of the world.

 

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Dear Friends, Brothers, and Family… What a Week!

I am humbled by the outpouring of love for me over the course of last week and beyond.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kindness and especially your prayers.

It goes without saying that life is a gift. When you are possibly facing the end you feel the ripple of feelings explode to the surface against the tide of uncertainty. This roller coaster of emotion adds to the anxious moments that begin and end with reflection, prayer, and silence. The ride includes roll players (the doctors and nurses) entering and exiting (stage left enter, stage right exit) upon required shift duties not completely realizing the impact they have on the psych of the patient.

Each personality brings some semblance of hope, despair, truth, and fiction. Mix and serve to the patient (taken as prescribed) upon review of vitals. Let me say this, across the board the RN nurses were fantastic offering their gentle care on a schedule that never changed and never deviated from the goal of sending me home much healthier than when I entered. However, they could only do so much as the ultimate game changer is the doctor… and thus here comes the re-cap.

Last Monday night I was not feeling well after dinner. I took a nitro glycerin tablet which usually helps my chest pain. I went to bed and awoke at around 4:30 am to the ‘elephant on the chest’ feeling. I took another pill and realized that I was not going to be able to just go back to bed. I was sweating profusely and that is when I came to the conclusion it was time to get Nancy to call 911. I was really holding out to make that call because I knew what the ramifications would be the minute that number was dialed.

The paramedics arrived on a white horse (at least that’s what I envisioned). They actually arrived with a huge fire engine and an ambulance. They lumbered up the stairs with a gurney and equipment to check my vitals. Then they asked me a series of questions which I’m sure revolved around some aspect of my health and the event leading up to my untimely disposal from my residence.

As fate would have it the new Henderson Hospital is right around the corner and so with sirens blazing I knew I was in this now for the duration. Whatever that meant?

We arrived at the hospital and I was ushered into a room with 10 masked emergency room nursers and doctors waiting to attend to their latest ER patient. The light was bright that day my friends and the surgeons were gloved and prepared to see what could be diagnosed from the camera they had just inserted to reveal the scope of damage to my heart.

This was the first indication that there could possibly be a problem. With concerned looks they marched out of the ER with me in tow. I was placed into a temporary bed as the doctors evaluated their options for successful treatment. After a couple hours a single doctor came to my bedside. He looked at me and said that the potential surgery would be too complicated and that I would have to be sent to another hospital with more advanced equipment and complimentary advanced surgical staff.

That is when I received my second ambulance ride to Desert Springs Hospital. In retrospect I was so blessed to be taken to this hospital. Desert Springs is the number one hospital in Las Vegas. It actually has a higher rating than Stanford.

I arrived and they wheeled me up to the CCU (Critical Care Unit). In this case this acronym also refers to a specialized unit for patients with heart-related problems. That was about noon on Tuesday when I was all settled into my new home for the next 4 days.

I really didn’t have any contact with doctors until they had a chance to evaluate my circumstance. This took them until mid afternoon on Wednesday. That is when bed side manner disappeared and the harsh reality of human circumstance reared its ugly head.

The first doctor (I will not name the doctors) told me I had two options:

      1. Go home and have a heart attack in about a month, which would probably lead to my untimely demise.
      2. Or, choose to have the PCI High Risk Stents which could/would lead to me ending up dead on the table.

The second doctor was supposed to be the one that gave me hope that if the stents didn’t work out I would be rushed into his unit for open heart surgery. He looked at me and said, ” Jack, I’ve looked at the pictures of your heart and I can only tell you this… if I was to do open heart surgery, it would be like watering a dead plant.”

The third doctor told me (after consulting with his colleagues), “The only solution is to send you home. However, I do have one other surgeon I need to consult with before we make that call.”

Thank God the last option was the brightest beacon. That doctor told me he was going to do the PCI High Risk stint surgery. He also cautioned me to not have a lot of hope as they couldn’t really see what they needed to see without going into the vessels around the heart. And so with that, the next day around 2 pm I was wheeled into the operating room for what could have been my final curtain.

The surgery was performed without an anesthesia. This gave me the opportunity to offer my expert advice on how to proceed. They didn’t need it! The surgical team was so positive about my results as the surgery escalated from exploratory to invasive dissection and revitalization. The artistry in which they navigated around existing stents and found a hidden artery on the back side of the heart was a gift from God. Dr. Sanjay Malhotra saved my life. His exquisite team of dedicated young professionals became a life line between my heart and the life I continue to live.

I have to say I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much Nancy did for me, for all of you with her communications. Every day she sacrifices to make my life easier, better, simpler. I am truly blessed to have her in my life. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank a dear friend, Dr. Marty McIntosh. Marty was there when I needed him most, sacrificing his time for my well being. I will never forget his kindness, encouragement, love, and support.

Finally I would like to say this. If I continue to eat the way I’ve been eating I will be back in that same unit. My next blog will be about what I’ve learned about diet that hopefully will help many of you. Now… I’m on a mission from GOD.

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Hiking, Food, and Relaxation… PAZAZ™ Style!!

Many of us have been blessed to go on hikes that take your breath away, and not just because your exhausted. The type of hike that incorporates many different sensory and visual experiences into one. Just such a hike can be found in Marin County California near the small town of Bolinas just on the other side of Stinson Beach.

Before you start your journey, stop at the Mill Valley Market and fuel up with their custom created hand crafted sandwiches and beverages. Trust me, this is worth the detour.

The trail is called the Palomarin trail. To get there, when you’re in Marin County, take exit 445 for CA-1 toward Stinson Beach. Keep right at the fork and follow the signs for CA-1 N/Stinson Beach/Muir Woods/Mt. Tamalpais.

Drive past Stinson Beach and turn left at Bolinas/Fairfax Rd/ Bolinas Rd. Turn left onto Olema Bolinas Rd. Then turn right onto Mesa Rd. 4.6 miles and then past the bird observatory and the Coast Guard Station turn left and there you will see the Palomarin Trailhead.

Park in the parking lot and begin the journey (the hike is 4.5 miles in so this is not for the weak of heart.) As you disembark from the parking lot you’ll be walking through a grove of 150 foot Eucalyptus trees. The aroma from the leaves is therapeutic as is the sound from the waves crashing against the cliffs below. The spectacle includes the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes, and the flora and fauna all around you.

Proceed up a slight incline and at the crest of the hill you’ll stop to catch your breath and then, just over the hill on the left side of the trail are two perfectly formed ponds. The ponds are covered with lily pads exhibiting white flowers giving off a scent somewhere between lemon and Cherry 7-up. Bull Frogs blurt out a symphony of bass notes in a perfect staccato beat bringing the backbone to the treble calls from the Long-billed Curlew, Savannah Sparrow, and Swainson’s Thrush. Each dynamic interlude brings butterflies and bees diving for sustenance from the bevy of flowers around and in the pond.

2.5 miles in and you arrive at your picnic destination, Bass Lake. There are picnic tables and a fantastic view of the water. The very unique part of this hike (especially in the Bay Area) is that you can swim in Bass Lake. So, break out the sandwiches, drink the beverages, then wait a little bit before swimming in the cool/refreshing water created by an underground tributary, rain, and the runoff of water from Mount Tamalpais.

Oh no… you’re not done yet. The best is yet to come! Continue the hike just a little farther and you will see on the left Pelican Lake. The view is captivating as you look from a bluff down upon the lake. The topography of the land around the lake looking westward reveals the parting of land in the form of a V. Through the V you see the Pacific Ocean and looking back to the lake you see 10-20 Pelicans forming a bird barge in the center of the lake, hence the name, “Pelican Lake”.

Then, you hike a little farther through a canopy of black berries and honeysuckle coming to the edge of a mini cliff. Looking down there are pools and waterfalls, the visual is stunning. Hike down a treacherous loose dirt incline and you have arrived at Alamere Falls. This is a rare “tidefall”, a waterfall that flows directly into the Pacific Ocean. The waterfall looks suspending in air as it cascades over the cliff, onto the beach, and into the Pacific Ocean.

I am sharing this magical place because life is a gift and nature brings out the best in all of us. We need all the beauty in our lives to remind us how important it is to take in the simple things in life that make us stop and enjoy living in the moment.

Summer Recipes, Part 3 – PAZAZ™ Style!

Dinner parties in the summer can be a wonderful exercise in creativity. Don’t just dip your toe in the pool, jump right in. The beauty of this season is captured with fruit and vegetables that will make your palate sing, your stomach salute, and your heart whisper to your soul.

Peaches and Herb, reunited and it feels so good. White peaches are lower in acid than the yellow peaches and taste sweet whether firm or soft. Now is the time to try these delectable treats that are both fragrant and delicious. Let’s get your peach on!

Recipe Number One is a show stopper that incorporates a combination of different textures and tastes to form an overture to the summer bounty.

This is the White Peach/Blueberry salad with goat cheese, apple and avocado finished with a peach vinaigrette and garnished with chive.

The ingredients:

    • White Peaches
    • Blueberries
    • Butter Lettuce
    • Avocado
    • Cashews
    • Goat Cheese
    • Apple
    • cilantro
    • chive

(Pick a colorful plate that accentuates the ingredients with colors such as turquoise, yellow, bright green, or red.)

In the center of the plate use a metal mold to form a lettuce tower. The base should be sliced avocado, then the butter lettuce mixed with cilantro and chive incorporated with cashews and topped with sliced apple. The dressing in this portion of the dish should be a cranberry/pear vinaigrette mixed with virgin olive oil.

Slice the peaches forming a half moon around the tower careful to leave space in between each peach slice. That in-between space will be filled with blueberries outlining the shape of the peach. On top of the peaches and blueberries you will drizzle a peach vinaigrette mixed with basil oil (two parts oil to one part vinaigrette). Then, crumble goat cheese over the top of the peaches, garnish with two full chives crossed and “Bingo”, you have a beautifully orchestrated dish.

The beauty of any dish is the collaboration of textures and flavors that provide a montage of different experiences with every bite. Here, the tower provides the textures of the silky smooth avocado, the neutral butter lettuce, the salt and firmness from the cashews, and the crunch of the apple.

Around the tower is the different types of flavors represented by the white peaches and the succulent blueberries. Then there is the grassy flavor from the goat cheese that provides the contrast needed to accent the beauty of the fruit. The acid from the vinegar adds another layer of contrast with the chive garnish the perfect “icing on the cake.”

Recipe Number Two is a savory dish that will most certainly make a grown man/woman cry. They will cry because of the palate exciting experience that elevates even the most mundane personality into a heel clicking, hoedown jumping, rumbling/tumbling ball of inner smiles.

This is the Wagyu beef carpaccio sliced very thin and wrapped around a panko Rogue River blue cheese truffle topped with Perigord black truffles and surrounded with a four leaf balsamic vinegar.

The Ingredients:

    • Wagyu beef
    • Perigord black truffle
    • Rogue River blue cheese
    • Panko bread crumbs
    • Four Leaves balsamic vinegar
    • Italian parsley
    • Himalayan sea salt

Take a Wagyu beef filet and cut it into small square pieces. Put each piece of the filet under a film of saran wrap. Take a metal mallet and pound the Wagyu into submission. Each piece should be an inch in diameter and flat as a pancake (dust with Himalayan sea salt).

Make into a ball the Rogue River blue cheese then wrap with panko bread crumbs. Drop them in a vat of frying oil for 30 seconds. Place the carpaccio balls on a rock plate (to add dimension to substance) then place four in the middle of the plate. Shave the Perigord black truffles over the top of the carpaccio balls, surround with the Four Leaves balsamic vinegar and garnish with chopped Italian parsley.

Enjoy this Summer of Love recipe fest to kick off the outdoors… indoors.

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN! Part 2

I am about to write a piece that some will find offensive, some will find informative, and some will not believe. The truth is, according to Dale Carnegie, is that “A person convinced against their will is of the same opinion still.”

Because humanity, truth, and information are key to understanding, and finding the bigger truth, this brief look behind the curtain reflects a few excerpts from the forward to the book “The Truth About Covid-19”, by Dr. Mercola.

For the most part I try to keep my blogs entertaining, informative, and centered around food, wine, and my PAZAZ™ products. However, due to the information I now have I must (in good conscience) give you a taste of this information and hopefully you will read the book (“The Truth About Covid-19, author Dr. Joseph Mercola) in its entirety, to become better informed about Covid 19 and what the true endgame was/is.

“Government technocrats, billionaire oligarchs, Big Pharma, Big Data, Big Media, the high-finance robber barons, and the military industrial intelligence apparatus love pandemics for the same reasons they love wars and terrorist attacks. Catastrophic crises create opportunities of convenience to increase both power and wealth. In her seminal book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein chronicles how authoritarian demagogues, large corporations, and wealthy plutocrats use mass disruptions to shift wealth upwards, obliterate the middle classes, abolish civil rights, privatize the commons, and expand authoritarian controls.”

“The tread-worn strategy to use crisis to inflame the public terror that paves the road to dictatorial power has served as the central strategy of totalitarian systems for the millennia.”

Dr. Mercola points out that this methodology is in fact a formula the Germans used during WWII to exact a designed outcome.

Hermann Goring explained the strategy during the Nuremberg war crimes trials: “It is always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it is a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists (in this case scientists with differing opinions) for lack of patriotism (in this case self-indulgent people that don’t care about others health) and exposing the country to a greater danger. It works the same in any country.”

“The Nazis pointed to the threats from Jews and Gypsies to justify the homicidal authoritarianism in the Third Reich. The dictatorial demagogue, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and the HUAC committee warned against communist infiltration of the State Department and the film industry to rationalize loyalty oaths and the blacklist. Dick Cheney used the 911 attack to launch his “long war” against amorphous terrorism and the Patriot Act abridgments that laid the groundwork for the modern surveillance state. Now the medical cartel and its billionaire Big Tech accomplices have invoked the most potent, frightening, and enduring enemy of all… the microbe. “

“And who can blame them? Increasing the wealth and power of the oligarchy is seldom a potent vessel for populism. Citizens accustomed to voting for their governments are unlikely to support policies that make the rich richer, increase political and social control by corporations, diminish democracy, and reduce their civil rights. So demagogues must weaponize fear to justify their demands for blind obedience and to win public acquiescence for the demolition of civil and economic rights.”

“Of course, the first casualty must always be freedom of speech. After stoking sufficient panic against the hobgoblin du jour, robber barons need to silence protest against their wealth and power grabs.”

“While obliterating the American middle class and dropping an additional 8 percent of Americans below the poverty line, the 2020 “Covid Coup” transferred a trillion dollars of wealth to Big Technology, Big Data, Big Telecom, Big Finance, Big Media behemoths (Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch), and Silicon Valley Internet titans such as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Jack Dorsey. It seems beyond coincidence that these men, who are cashing in on the poverty and misery caused by global lockdowns, are the same men whose companies actively censor critics of those policies.”

 

“The very internet companies that snookered us all with the promise of democratizing communications have created a world where it has become impermissible to speak ill of official pronouncements, and practically a crime to criticize pharmaceutical products. The same Tech/Data and Telecom robber barons, now gorging themselves on the corpses of our obliterated middle class, are rapidly transforming America’s once proud democracy into a censorship and surveillance police state over which they profit at every turn.”

The forward by Dr. Mercola goes on to state this last tidbit I will share with you:

“Instead of citing scientific studies to justify mandates for masks, lock downs, and vaccines, our medical rulers cite WHO, CDC, FDA, and NIH captive agencies that are groveling sock puppets to the industries they regulate. Multiple federal and international investigations have documented the financial entanglements with pharmaceutical companies that have made these regulators cesspools of corruption.”

For those of you that have chosen to take the vaccine, listen to Dr. Fauci, and believe that Covid 19 was like no other virus literally killing hundreds of thousands… please just read this book by Dr. Mercola. “The Truth About Covid-19” to expand your horizons into the view of possibility that there is more to this than meets the eye.