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Cineplex (TSX: $CGX)
Another great medium risk but high potential return stock. The stock has taken a beating because of Covid19 & movie theater closures.
Investors think Cineworld's C$34/share buyout offer will be cancelled, yet Reuter's reported, "Cineworld Says No Change In Co's Position On Cineplex Takeover Since March" on April 7. That's double your money at C$11.69 (at post) if it goes through.
Investors also think Cineplex will cancel their monthly $0.15 per share dividend in their next ER that they delayed until June 29, 2020.
Investors are discounting Cineplex's possible rise of online movie rentals to offset their onsite losses.
The odds don't get better than this but do your Due Diligence before investing.
The Motley Fool described Cineplex as having a "virtual monopoly" over the cinema market in Canada.
#StockPick $CGX -- #ShakingTheTree with #Shorts hitting all the #Bulls #StopLoss down. Easy double or triple opportunity here. Do your #DueDiligence. Good luck to all.
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52 Week Range:
Low: C$6.30 (Coronavirus Crash)
High: C$34.39 (Buyout Offer)
CGX Stock Performance
Cineplex Inc., formerly known as Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund and Galaxy Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian entertainment company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Through its operating subsidiary Cineplex Entertainment LP, Cineplex operates 165 theatres across Canada. The company operates theatres under numerous brands, including Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, Galaxy Cinemas, Cinema City, Famous Players, Scotiabank Theatres and Cineplex VIP Cinemas.
  • Cineplex Odeon
  • Galaxy
  • Famous Players
  • SilverCity
  • Colossus
  • Coliseum
  • Cinema City
  • Scotiabank Theatre
  • Cineplex Cinemas
  • Cineplex VIP Cinemas
  • Cineplex Entertainment LP
  • Player One Amusement Group Inc.
  • Famous Players LP
  • Galaxy Entertainment Inc.
  • Cineplex Media
  • Cineplex Digital Media Inc.
  • Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership (78.2%)
  • Topgolf-Cineplex Canada LP (75%)
  • SCENE LP (50%)
  • Cineplex Entertainment Corporation
  • World Gaming Network Inc. (80%)
  • Alliance Cinemas
2019-present: Proposed acquisition by Cineworld
On December 16, 2019, Cineplex announced a definitive agreement to be acquired by the British cinema operator Cineworld Group, the second-largest film exhibitor worldwide, pending shareholder and regulatory approval. Cineworld would be paying $34 per-share—a 42% premium over Cineplex's share price prior to the announcement, valuing the company at CDN$2.8 billion. Cineworld planned to pay US$1.65 billion, and to fund the remainder by taking on debt.
The sale was approved by Cineplex shareholders in February 2020. Activist shareholder Bluebell Capital Partners called for the Canadian government to block the sale, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. which in turn led to the temporary closure(s) of all Cineplex movie theatres across Canada since March 16, 2020, and up until further notice.
Cineplex Store
Browse from over 8500 HD movies including the latest releases and earn SCENE points every time you rent or buy. Watch online or look for the Cineplex Store.
ESPORTS: WorldGaming Network (WGN), formerly Virgin Gaming (now owned by Cineplex), is an online video gaming platform that hosts head to head matches, tournaments and ladders for consoles and PC gamers. WorldGaming has had over 3 million gamers register for its platform worldwide which makes it one of the most robust and dynamic global eSports communities. There have been over 6.7 million matches played over 20,000 tournaments held on since 2010.
Newzoo: Global esports will top $1 billion in 2020, with China as the top market (Feb 25, 2020):
Global esports revenues will surpass $1 billion in 2020 for the first time — without counting broadcasting platform revenues, according to market researcher Newzoo.
Globally, the total esports audience will grow to 495.0 million people in 2020, Newzoo said. Esports Enthusiasts (people who watch more than once a month) make up 222.9 million of this number.
In 2020, $822.4 million in revenues—or three-quarters of the total market—will come from media rights and sponsorship.
“As the esports market matures, new monetization methods will be implemented and improved upon,” said Remer Rietkerk, head of esports at Newzoo, in the report. “Likewise, the number of local events, leagues, and media rights deals will increase; therefore, we anticipate the average revenue per fan to grow to $5.27 by 2023.”
On September 13, 2018, Cineplex announced that it would acquire a stake in VRStudios—a Seattle-based provider of virtual reality installations, and utilize its equipment for as many as 40 VR centers across the country.
Playdium is a family entertainment centre chain owned by Cineplex Entertainment through its subsidiary Player One Amusement Group. The flagship location in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada launched as Sega City @ Playdium near Square One Shopping Centre on September 7, 1996. The 11 acres (480,000 sq ft) centre cost CA$17 million to build and included an arcade, batting cages, go-karts and mini-golf. A partnership with Sega GameWorks, it featured many arcade games from that company such as Daytona USA, and eight-player racing setups for Indy 500 (as Virtua Indy) and Manx TT Super Bike. Indy 500 remains available today. In 1999, the centre was renamed to Playdium. The company opened up two more locations in Brampton and Whitby in late 2019.
The Rec Room
The Rec Room is a Canadian chain of entertainment restaurants owned by Cineplex Entertainment. First opening in Edmonton in 2016, its locations feature entertainment and recreational attractions such as an arcade, driving simulators, recreational games, and virtual reality, as well as restaurants and bars, and an auditorium with a cinema-style screen, which can be used for concerts and other live events.
The Toronto location features The Void virtual reality attraction. In July 2018, Cineplex announced that it would become the exclusive Canadian franchisee of The Void and add additional locations (such as the Mississauga and West Edmonton Mall locations).
SCENE (loyalty program)
SCENE is a Canadian loyalty program established in 2007 by Cineplex Entertainment and Scotiabank.
The main reward is a free movie ticket, starting at 1,250 points for a regular or 3D ticket. Over the years, the program has expanded to include a greater variety of rewards, including restaurants and sporting goods.
Cineplex has an Outtakes (French: Restoplex) restaurant in 94 theatres, some which replace previous restaurant partners (Burger King, KFC and New York Fries) and others which introduce restaurants at locations which did not previously feature one. VIP Cinemas and some Xscape locations feature a licensed lounge with more premium offerings compared to Outtakes. Poptopia is a flavoured popcorn restaurant offered in a full-service format at 22 locations. Other Cineplex theatres may feature Poptopia at the concession stand, but only in the caramel corn and/or kettle corn flavours.
Ice cream at Cineplex locations debuted with Baskin-Robbins and TCBY. Beginning in December 2007, Yogen Früz became the preferred partner. On January 1, 2014, Cineplex acquired a 50% stake in Yoyo's Yogurt Café. As of January 2017, 77 Cineplex theatres feature Yoyo's restaurants, while Yogen Fruz is still available in 23 Cineplex theatres while TCBY is available in 16 locations. Cineplex also manages Melt Sweet Creations, an in-house dessert bouqtiue brand targeted at women ages 19-35 debuted in December 2017 at Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and VIP. Melt is available at 13 locations.
Beverages are available in both cold and hot formats. Cold beverages include the Coca-Cola lineup, which replaced the Pepsi lineup used at locations formerly owned by Famous Players. 12 locations feature Coca-Cola Freestyle. Hot beverages include Starbucks as the incumbent provider with 105 locations, all which offer Pike Place Roast coffee (regular or decaf) and Tazo tea. Select locations also offer premium drinks such as caffè mocha or caramel macchiato. Tim Hortons is available as a full-service restaurant in five locations,[75] with Brossard being the only location to offer both Tim Hortons and Starbucks.
In most theatres, Cineplex offers sale of alcohol to 19+ guests in Ontario (18+ in Alberta) similar to the VIP theatres albeit from a selection of beer or cider beverages.
If Aurora Cannabis (ACB) & Cineplex (CGX) partnered up to offer CBD & THC infused Cannabis 2.0 edibles in movie theaters, especially the IMAX & 3D ones, it should do very well. Canadian Cannabis Industry stocks should also do well as I posted earlier Cannabis Stocks Opportunity.


Cineworld to buy Canada's largest movie theatre chain in $2.8B deal (Dec 16, 2019):
Cineplex’s stock had been trading close to the Cineworld offer price of C$34 per share through early 2020, but has since plunged 40% following the virus outbreak.
Cineplex could lose a potential lifeline if its outstanding debt exceeds more than $725 million. As of December 31, 2019, the debt level was $625 million. The debt might balloon past the threshold with a further lockdown extension.
Cineplex shares fall after short seller raises concerns about Cineworld deal (March 5, 2020):
Cineworld Dives After Cineplex Activist Urges Rejection of Deal (March 16, 2020):
Cineplex closes locations, provides Cineworld acquisition update (March 17, 2020):
Cineplex Inc. cuts salaries of full-time employees after part-time layoffs (Mar 23, 2020):
P/T employees laid off in Canada & USA. F/T employees take reduced base salaries & senior executive team takes 80% reduction in pay.
Cineworld halts dividend and says will 'monitor progress' of its buyout of Cineplex (April 7, 2020):
Staggered seating, nostalgic films: Cinemark offers a look at movie going post-coronavirus (Apr 15, 2020):
Cinemark, the third-largest movie theater chain in the U.S., hopes to reopen at least some of its doors to the public in July.
With no major movie release until mid-July, theaters could play “library” movies, which are movies that have already previously been released in cinemas, for several weeks.
If social distancing restrictions are still in place the company said it would either sell every other reserved seat in the theater or suspend reservations and just sell 50% of the tickets per theater.
“Even at peak periods of time in a normal environment, our occupancy levels range from 20% to 30% and we can operate profitably during those scenarios...” - CEO Mark Zoradi
He added that Cinemark has seen attendance as low as 10% and still was able to turn a profit.
North Vancouver's Park & Tilford Cineplex permanently closed (May 20, 2020)
The company closed all 165 theatres across Canada in March due to COVID-19, but the 1,382-seat Brookesbank Avenue location won’t be among those reopening, Cineplex has confirmed.
With Cineplex closing its Lower Lonsdale theatre in 2019, it leaves Park Royal as the only place to catch a big screen flick on the North Shore.
“We thank the community for their patronage over the years, and look forward to welcoming them at neighbouring Cineplex Cinemas Park Royal and VIP,” said Sarah Van Lange, executive director of communications. “I’ll note that our intent is to repurpose the Park & Tilford theatre space, which we’ll have more details on at a later date.”


Why Amazon’s Rumored Buyout of AMC Entertainment Makes Sense (May 12, 2020):
If Amazon can buy AMC, they can most certainly by CGX & dominate & control most of North America's movie theaters. Amazon would then control Hollywood! Why stop there, they should buy Cineworld too.
AMC Entertainment Surges 56% on Report of Talks With Amazon (May 11, 2020):
Alert: Cineplex (TSX:CGX) Could Be Acquired by This Incredibly Unlikely Source (May 12, 2020):
Despite Cineworld maintaining its commitment to buy Cineplex, the market has a different opinion. Remember, Cineplex agreed to be acquired at $34 per share. As I type this, the stock trades at $14.44. There’s no way the spread would be that wide, unless investors were writing off the acquisition completely.
Fortunately for beleaguered Cineplex shareholders, a new suitor could very well come along — one virtually nobody sees coming.
Although I think there’s potential for a private equity group or some other deep-pocketed investor taking a run at Cineplex’s cheap assets, there’s a much more interesting suitor on the horizon.
That acquirer is (NASDAQ: AMZN).
AMC says it will no longer play Universal Studios films (Apr 28, 2020):
“AMC believes that with this proposed action to go to the home and theaters simultaneously, Universal is breaking the business model and dealings between our two companies,” AMC Chief Executive Officer Adam Aron said in a letter addressed to Universal Studios Chairman Donna Langley.
Universal added that the company looked forward to having “additional private conversations” with AMC but was “disappointed by this seemingly coordinated attempt ... to confuse our position and our actions.”
Cineworld joins AMC in banning films from Universal Studios (April 29, 2020):
Cineworld, the world’s second largest cinema chain, has followed its rival AMC in banning Universal Studios films from its cinemas when they reopen, after the Hollywood film-maker released Trolls On Tour direct to streaming platforms.
“There is a certain system of windows which are a custom in the market and this sets the time difference between the theatrical market and other ancillary markets, among them streaming. Any movie that will not respect this window will not be shown in Cineworld group,” Mooky Greidinger, Cineworld’s chief executive, said on Wednesday.
Odeon bans all Universal Pictures films as studio skips cinema releases (Apr 29, 2020):
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
AMC Theatres (originally an abbreviation for American Multi-Cinema; often referred to simply as AMC and known in some countries as AMC Cinemas or AMC Multi-Cinemas) is an American movie theater chain headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, and is the largest movie theater chain in the world. Founded in 1920, AMC has the largest share of the U.S. theater market ahead of Cineworld and Cinemark Theatres.
Cineworld Group PLC
Cineworld is the world’s second largest cinema chain, with 9,518 screens across 790 sites in 11 countries: the UK, the US, Canada, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Israel, Hungary, Czechia, Bulgaria and Slovakia. The group’s primary brands are Regal (in the US), Cineworld and Picturehouse (in the UK & Ireland), Cinema City (throughout Europe) and Yes Planet (in Israel).
And Action! All the Movies We Can't Wait to See in Summer 2020 and Beyond (May 22, 2020):
Fingers crossed that it’ll be safe to step into a theater this summer. If they open, there will be plenty to watch. “Summer hits are the popcorn movies,” says film historian, author and podcast host Leonard Maltin. “They can be the biggest box-office hits of the whole year.”
Rest of 2020:
  • To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar - VIP (Jun 1)
  • Unhinged (Jul 1)
  • Tenet (Jul 17)
  • Mulan (Jul 24)
  • Summerland (Jul 31)
  • Random Acts Of Violence (Jul 31)
  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Aug 7)
  • Sound of Metal (Aug 14)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (Aug 14)
  • Fatima (Aug 14)
  • The One And Only Ivan (Aug 14)
  • The New Mutants (Aug 20)
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (Aug 21)
  • Antebellum (Aug 21)
  • Monster Hunter (Sep 4)
  • A Quiet Place Part II (Sep 4)
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Sep 11)
  • The King's Man (Sep 18)
  • Candyman (Sep 25)
  • Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (Oct 2)
  • BIOS (Oct 2)
  • Death On The Nile (Oct 9)
  • The Witches (Oct 9)
  • The French Dispatch (Oct 16)
  • Halloween Kills (Oct 16)
  • Snake Eyes (Oct 23)
  • Lord And Miller Connected (Oct 23)
  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Oct 23)
  • Come Play (Oct 30)
  • Black Widow (Nov 6)
  • Clifford The Big Red Dog (Nov 13)
  • Deep Water (Nov 13)
  • Godzilla Vs. Kong (Nov 20)
  • Soul (Nov 20)
  • Happiest Season (Nov 20)
  • James Bond ‘No Time To Die’ (Nov 25)
  • Free Guy (Dec 11)
  • Dune (Dec 18)
  • Untitled Coming To America Sequel (Dec 18)
  • West Side Story (Dec 18)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (Dec 23)
  • Untitled Tom & Jerry Film (Dec 23)
  • The Croods 2 (Dec 23)
  • News Of The World (Dec 25)
  • Escape Room 2 (Dec 30)
  • Mortal Kombat (Jan 15)
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Jan 15)
  • 355 (Jan 15)
  • Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go (Jan 22)
  • Rumble (Jan 29)
  • Cinderella (Feb 5)
  • Nobody (Feb 26)
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Mar 5)
  • Raya And The Last Dragon (Mar 12)
  • Sony/Marvel Morbius (Mar 19)
  • The Boss Baby 2 (Mar 26)
  • Reminiscence (Apr 16)
  • Ron's Gone Wrong (Apr 23)
  • Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (May 7)
  • Spiral: From The Book Of Saw (May 21)
  • Cruella (May 28)
  • F9 Fast & Furious (Apr 2)
  • Bob's Burgers (Apr 9)
  • Infinite (May 28)
  • Space Jam 2 (Jul 16)
  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Jul 16)
  • In the Heights (Jun 18)
  • Minions: The Rise Of Gru (Jul 2)
  • All This Victory (Aug 7)
  • The Woman in the Window (TBD 2021)
  • Blithe Spirit (TBD 2021)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (TBD 2021)
  • Greyhound (TBD)
& MUCH, MUCH MORE MOVIES than listed coming to the big screens.
THE 65 MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2020 (May 20, 2020):
Nothing beats watching a great movie on the big screen in premium format:
  • Prime Seats
  • IMAX
  • UltraAVX
  • D-Box
  • VIP Cinemas
  • 4DX
I'm sick of the congested internet & buffering of online movies & services during Covid19. They need to upgrade the internet infrastructure to 5G & Fiber Optics before it can really grow in my opinion -- especially buffering 4K & 8K movies & future tech that will only require more bandwidth going forward.
Younger people are not afraid of Covid19 like the older crowd. When theaters open, they will rush in to see their favourite movies.
Betting that people won't want to go to movie theaters when they re-open, is like betting the same against live sporting events or music concerts.
No home movie theater can match a real movie theater, even the smaller discount ones, unless you're Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos etc.
With Cineplex's Canadian Monopoly & diversification into other entertainment arenas like eSports & Virtual Reality, as long as they don't go bankrupt & social distancing restrictions are loosened, the stock should increase 2 to 3 times by end of 2021 in my opinion -- especially if the Cineworld Buyout goes as planned or another company like Amazon buys them out for a strong presence & control in Canada.
If a Coronavirus Vaccine is discovered sooner than later, then this stock will rebound accordingly & rapidly -- especially if they don't cancel or even if they do, resume Dividend payments in the future. At current prices, Dividend yield is about 13% per year.
Social distance cinema: drive-in theatres boom – in pictures (May 5, 2020):
We are all social creatures & want to go to movie theater as a social activity, to see & be seen; otherwise, why would Drive In Movie theaters boom during Covid19?
If no one goes out to be seen anymore, then all the Vanity Goods & Services will go under too & we will all dress in sweat pants & T-Shirt -- no need for designer suits & dresses working & staying at home. LOL ;p
Internet Bandwidth Requirements:
Online streaming remains the biggest source of 4K content, led by Netflix and Amazon’s growing selection of original series. But many consumer broadband connections aren’t fast enough to allow reliable 4K streaming.
Home Theater Movie Resolutions:
  • 4K (UHD): 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
  • 1080p (Full HD): 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  • 720p (HD): 1,280 x 720 pixels
  • 480p (SD): 640 x 480 pixels
  • 8K: 7,680 x 4,320 pixels
For comparison purposes, 70mm film - still considered by many to be the gold standard - is roughly equivalent to a 12K resolution in digital terms, so digital's still got some catching up to do on that score.
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Covid-19 update 19th February

Canada - the major news outlet CBC carries a story that the supply chain woes are now hitting Canadian firms with the Ontario chamber of commerce warning that manufacturing and aviation will be hardest hit. It goes on to explain that the length of the supply chain to Canada means that it is only now starting to realize supply chain shortages (it fails to note that that means that once things return to normal it'll take longer to recover for the very same reason). In the article (Link) it highlights an upmarket textile manufacturer Maholi whose down jacket production line has ground to a halt - all because it's run out of shiny metal labels to attach to the finished product that authenticate it as a legitimate article. (The second half of the article goes on to discuss the tourism impact so if you're not interested you can skip that half of the article).

Battery production expected to drop by 10% - analysts that track battery production in China report that production for 2020 is now expected to drop 10% vs. previous estimates reports the specialist (link to article). The analysts add that a 10% reduction in battery capacity is unlikely to lead to a major disruption unless the virus spreads and causes serious outbreaks in other countries. The article also points out that solar panel manufacturing is affected in a similar way. Already it's expected that solar panel prices will not continue their ongoing price drop; if the situation does not ease soon they may even rise in price.

Fortune Italia reports (link, Italian language) much the same thing for the battery / renewables industry. In their article on the matter, Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that annual wind turbine manufacturing for 2020 will already be at least 10% down down and that wind farm installation in China could halve this year if the virus outbreak is not curtailed soon. It turns out that in 2018, China and North America together made up about 50% of the total installed capacity worldwide, says the Global Wind Energy Council. The article also points out that Hubei and nearby provinces (all in or near the epicentre of the outbreak) produce 60% of the country's battery production; it is likely that this will impact production rates for electrical vehicles delaying the deployment of these in key developed markets such as N America and Europe.

On the topic of automotives, the UK's Jaguar LandRover (JLR) has become the first automotive to furiously ring the last orders bell. Multiple stories sprung up overnight about their woes. Already in big trouble for betting big on diesel (before the VW emissions scandal then triggered consumer moves away from the fuel), iRalf Speth, the CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, told CNBC in a video interview that the company has enough supply in the U.K. for two weeks, “but we don’t know how the supply chain will work” after that (Link to video). It admits in a BBC article to flying in parts from China to the UK in suitcases (link) which to me sounds pretty desperate stuff but also states that sales of its vehicles in China have "stopped". JLR's parent company Tata Motors is good for supplies until mid March says Reuters (Link) but complains of a lack of visibility from China based suppliers.

Italian automotives are also struggling. Fiat's factory in Kragujevac in Serbia has been forced to halt production of the Fiat 500L due to a lack of parts coming in from China. The article from (link) says that the stoppage is temporary and it will not affect the total monthly production of vehicles - how that's possible I cannot figure out given one of the affected suppliers is supposedly a critical provider of parts to them.

India - business leaders are pleading for a cut in import tariffs including antibiotic drugs and mobile phone parts to help them out as the virus situation continues to bite into supply chain efficiency reports Al Jazeera (link). China is India's biggest source of intermediate goods, a sector worth $30bn a year, the Confederation of Indian Industries informed Reuters news agency. Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government would announce measures in the coming days but did not give any further details. Daara Patel, secretary general of the Indian Drug Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 900 drug producers, said the industry was facing rising prices of raw material and supply shortages. "The prices of some antibiotics, vitamins and other medicines have gone up by 15 to 50 percent following fear of disruption in supply of ingredients," he said. has written another article on the Covid-19 impact on the tech supply chain (link), in it it reviews a consulting firm's assessment of the likely impact. The takeaways: smartphone production down 12% this quarter (making it the slowest for 5 years), China's 5G rollout is likely to be delayed due to the clustering of fibre optic companies in Wuhan, flash memory manufacturing is unlikely to be affected due to material stockpiling and a high level of automation at semiconductor fabs operated by companies like Samsung and SK Hynix, video game consoles won't be affected if the situation's resolved by the end of this quarter because the PS5 and Xbox Series X will launch at Christmas and demand for existing consoles is already dropping as a result, smartwatch manufacturing is expected to drop by 16%.

Finally back to pharmaceuticals yet again - The American Food and Drug Administration has pulled inspectors from China amid the rapidly-spreading coronavirus and has warned Americans might face shortages of “critical medical products” if the outbreak persists reports USA Today (link). The FDA’s database of inspections, current as of Feb. 7, shows the agency has not listed any inspections of a Chinese factory since last December. Inspections in China typically slow down in January around the time of Chinese New Year, but the absence of on-site safety and quality checks will now extend into March. The article adds that the FDA is behind on inspections due to difficulties in hiring and retaining sufficient amounts of inspectors.

EDIT: Just seen a loadstar story - China to Europe airfreight rates have boomed with some rates jumping as high as 193%: This is due to charter and spot traffic. For anyone not familiar with air traffic, "spot" means firms making one-off airfreight bookings rather than the the airfreight that is established regular scheduled airfreight shipments (e.g. a firm might fly something every week round the year under normal circumstances).
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Copied and pasted a long thread about the 2020s (part 2)

I have found a very interesting thread in a forum, I decided to copy and paste all the comments that the author of the post had made. The author posted this in 2019, the author also posted another in the past in 2018 about the same subject. But this will be about the 2019 post (part 2)
I won't be sharing the link to the website because I want to protect the identity of the users since it is a mental health forum. But here is the link to part 1:
Here we are! Today it is the year 2019, the near end of the 2010s.The 2010s was an interesting decade to say the least, internet use continued to spread like wildfire worldwide with more and more people becoming dependent on the internet. When I was a kid in the 2000s I felt like the odd one out because I was addicted to the desktop and I didn't know many other people who were addicted to computers, but today in the 2010s this seems like the new normal except now most people are carrying desktops in their own pockets (cellphones).
In the 2000s politics was very moderate and there was much less polarization, now polarization is pretty much a growing trend with many people sharing very strong political believes on the internet. The internet became a political tool and metaphorically a source of political fuel in the 2010s, everyone can now share their believes on the internet and inspire a new group of followers, something that the world didn't have or realized it had until the 2010s and we are still getting used to this.
In 2010 there were 6.9 billion people and 1.9 billion internet users, in 2019 there are about 7.8 billion people and about 4.5 billion internet users. Which means that internet use has increased by 237% while the world population has increased by at least 12%.By 2030 the world population is expected to reach 8.5 billion people and more than 7.5 billion people are expected to be internet users, that could very well be 90% of the worlds population. This means that the internet will truly begin to take over the world during the 2020s, it will continue to make big changes on how we will live and how we will communicate, it may become almost impossible to live in the western world without being online.
Climate change is a big issue, in 2010 the global average temperature was 0.62 Celsius above 20th century average, in 2018 it was 0.79 Celsius above 20th century average. The 2018 temperatures may not seem like much but everyone who is informed about the summer of 2018 will agree that it was a very hot year, so hot that record wildfires within the arctic circle happened.By 2030 we could potentially reach 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming since pre-industrial times, again the number does not seem much but the consequences are huge. Mudslides from melting soil will turn mountains in death zones, lower food harvests and nutritional value will increase risks of starvation, loss of fresh water will result in wars over water, the Maldives will be flooded as well as Bangladesh which will cause huge mass migrations, the ice will melt even faster which are increasing sea levels, you get the idea.In the 2020s global warming will become a much bigger problem, but there is no guarantee that enough will be done to cut emissions. Developing countries such as India want nothing more than to have the same quality of life as the western world does, not much can be done to dissuade India until the country suffers greatly from global warming and the potential for growth seems impossible. As long as developing countries believe that growth is possible they will contribute massively to global emissions just as soon as the developed world begin to cut their emissions, and worse yet developing countries often have very high populations which will contribute to global warming even more than it could have done.
In the 2020s there will be a new global superpower which would be decided by 2030, it is unlikely that America will remain the superpower due to its stagnant economy and the potential loss of trade partners in the near future. The most likely contenders for being the next global superpower is Russia and China, this struggle for power could potentially trigger a 2nd cold war. Global relations will change, there has been a growing loss of trust in the 2010s between nations and that trend will continue to escalate during the 2020s while new crises emerge.This loss of trust could result in balkanization in some parts of the world, particularly in ethnically diverse countries such as Papua New Guinea and Tanzania. Countries will begin to do their own thing and ignore international agreements as trust disintegrates, the Paris Agreement and the United Nations might be abandoned in the 2020s.To put it shortly, the world power will likely shift from Anglo-America to Asio-China/Russia, international co-operation and aid may regress into nationalistic autonomy, and from democracy to populism.
Technologically, most breakthroughs will be related to the huge spread of the internet in some way, in other words most technological advances will be adaptations to the way we live with the internet and learning the full capability and power of it. 5g will be adopted reluctantly due to health concerns, but it will be adopted anyway at some point in the 2020s quickly and this will cause even more dramatic changes within our society. If you think our world has changed drastically so far just wait until 5g comes! By 2030 we could have fridges that are connected to the internet, many other inanimate objects would also be connected to the internet and whatever information is processed will be used to benefit companies as well as sniffing out bad behavior. Because of 5g, the 2020s may be the last decade when privacy is possible in society.
Lastly, I am going to talk about generations and their role in the 2020s. Pretty much all Baby Boomers are going to retire in this decade to have their previous role as leaders replaced by Gen X, Gen Y will all be adults and will be trying to make big changes in the world, Gen Z will begin to grow into adults, there will be a new generation in the 2020s (generation beta).
What do you think will happen in the 2020s? Very keen to read your thoughts about this topic!Have a good day.
reply to user: Honestly I will never be able to answer with confidence about Brexit! I think many people in the parliament don't seem to know what to do, I think most likely Brexit will be on hold until the EU itself fails. Today the EU is already struggling to survive.How will the EU fail? When its financial situation gives European nations the incentive to leave so they can grow their economies by themselves without restrictions, the Syrian refugee crisis (5 million people) destabilized the EU to its core and it was the refugee crisis that started Brexit in the first place.Imagine what would happen to global politics if 20 million migrants went into Europe, it would certainly change a lot of things.
reply to user:Religion could make a comeback in the 2020s, particularly in a scenario where climate change pushes people to turn to religion for comfort. Islam is on a sharp rise due to the fact that they have a lot of children, it will also become the biggest religion in the world in the near future, at that point most people on Earth will be Muslim.I think ISIS largely happened because of food shortages in Syria which resulted in civil war, if a similar thing happened in another vulnerable Muslim country then you can expect another wave of suicidal radicals wrecking havoc and forming another radical group.I have once predicted a similar uprising in North Africa resulting in a mass Christian migration into Europe, the number of Christian migrants could exceed 20 million.
reply to user: Yeah the idea of the European Union has been a flawed and overly ambitious project right from the start, Europe is quite a divided continent with many countries having a strong sense of identity, trying to make Europe into one country will inevitably backfire. Without much doubt the EU will collapse, however it will live on under a different name by one or a few countries that still cling onto the vision.After EU falls there is a chance that a few more so-called unions may form, these unions may be alliances that share the same political views which could result in a polarization.Germany had a good shot at attempting to rule Europe again though, we tried it and probably won't do it again for a while.
reply to user: Funny enough I have just very recently found out that the UK is going to have another general election, so far at the moment it looks like Labour is doing well with public approval, it is a likely possibility that Jeremy Corbyn may become the next prime minister.If Jeremy Corbyn becomes the next prime minister that would mean that Brexit will be cancelled, this could cause major polarization and unrest if there are still people who really want Brexit. Who knows what would happen if the majority of pro-Brexiteers protest in the streets because they didn't get what was promised to them? A British revolution is another real possibility.
reply to user:Predicting elections will always be difficult for me because of how uncertain and at times random they all are, who would of thought that Trump would win in 2016? Would Trump win again in 2020? I mean it sounds crazy but if it happened in 2016 then it can certainly happen again in 2020. Although I do think that Trump has less of a chance of winning in 2020.A good thing to take note of is when Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement much of America didn't follow suite, there are many American companies who still follow the Paris Agreement guidelines because they don't agree with Trump, there are many Americans who have not been implementing Trumps policies.Elections can never be predicted with 100% confidence, but Trump is more likely to lose in 2020 than 2016.
Thank you all for your replies, they have been smart and intuitive contributions. :-D
Last night I just began researching about the 1920s out of interest (I think I might have mentioned the 1920s in the old 2020s thread). I have just started learning about the 1920s so there is a lot that I don't know about it but there are a few themes that resonates with today trends, which I will mention below.And because I am not well informed about the 1920s the below information would be hypothetical and open to speculation.
The 1920s was an economically prosperous time for the Western World, but the economic prosperity abruptly ended with the Stock Market Crash in 1929 and resulted in the Great Depression in the 1930s. A very similar situation is happening today but is happening much slower and at the moment is less severe, the Stock Market Crash in 2007-2008 resulted in an economic crawl that is still persisting to this day. I have a feeling however that the full effect of the 2007-2008 economic crisis is yet to be felt in full force.
Political movements such as Socialism and Fascism were on the rise in the 1920s-1930s partly because of the economic situation, those parties believed that capitalism is out of control and needs intervention to prevent the degeneration of society. The term supercapitalism was created by Fascists, it pretty much means a degenerated form of capitalism that is doing more harm than good to society.
The blame of the 1929 Stock Market Crash was placed on Capitalism by both Socialists and Fascists, anti-capitalism exploded in the 1930s which resulted in far-left/far-right nations fighting one another by the end of that decade.
Lets say that the next Great Depression is to start in the early 2020s, we already have a lot of young people who have a favorable view on Socialism, on some level there are many people who are blaming Capitalism for the economic crisis. Nations have already been polarizing in the 2010s, so what would happen if we enter the next Great Depression and then a massive surge of Socialism/Fascism happens straight after? The world would be in a very similar situation as the world in pre-WWII.
If the 2020s Great Depression happens then Capitalism in the Western World could end, the more young people has power over America the more likely that the nation will transition into a Socialist state. Kinda ironic because in the 20th century Anglo-America fought against Socialist Russia and in the end capitalism unexpectantly won as the leading world policy, but in the 2020s Russia may abandon their socialist past and turn to capitalism as they take advantage of the new resources revealed by global warming, just as Anglo-America turns Socialist Asio-Russia will turn Capitalist (I'm not sure about China, but I'm pretty sure that India is taking the capitalist route too).
The Arctic will melt a lot during the 2020s, Russia may likely claim most of the new oil reserves which will cause worldwide tension as oil will be running out, America will be stuck with the last remaining reserves of oil in Alaska and Canada which may result in poor relations between Canada and America, eventually China may have most of the oil reserves in the Middle East because I believe that the Middle East will turn to China for economic interests as America begins to lose its grip on the region.
Nothing is forever, everything changes.To those who fear for the future of America I just want to say this, even if America loses influence on the world America will still cling onto their core values in their own home and I can't see America giving up on the American dream, I think that the American dream is redefined by each of its passing generations.
This is probably the last comment I will post in this thread so I'll be sure to write out anything else I can predict or think about the 2020s, again I may be repeating things but at this point its hard to avoid because I posted quite alot about the 2020s at this point.
I definitely agree with :user: that if WW3 were to happen in the 2020s it would be similar to how WW1 started, everything was fine then suddenly everything wasn't and the world fell into further chaos resulting in a world war.
Currently I believe that the 2020s will start off with a cautious optimism, the decade where Gen X and Gen Y fully realises that the world is in their hands and they will bring about changes. If I could name a main theme of the end of the 2010s I would say 'youth in protest'. A growing number of young people believe that civilization won't be there when they grow up, they see no point in taking part in a society that they believe will inevitably fail due to climate change.
In the 2020s the 'youth in protest' will grow to such a degree that societal values of the 20th century will be rendered obsolete. But where does the cautious optimism comes in? I believe the optimism is the result of hope of a better future as the youth wields more power to make changes. We will likely see a big wave of new famous Gen Z's and who knows what they could contribute to this world?
Today(Nov,2019) we can all sense that things are changing but what if the changes of the 2010s are volcanic rumbles compared to the eruption of the 2020s? The 2020s will likely be a social and societal fragmentation, the crossroads of a post-consumerist world. Baby Boomers are largely responsible for the world we live in today, very soon Baby Boomers will lose their power over the world and that power will be passed onto the younger generations who have different values. Most Baby Boomers favor capitalism, a growing number of younger generations favor socialism.
Conspiracy theories are a growing trend, due to the upheaval of technology it has become easier to believe in conspiracy theories because what was crazy 10 years ago seems feasible today. I think if everyone starts to believe in conspiracy theories then a lack of trust would become so hard to overcome that the government would have no choice but to allow a degree of autonomy. Allowing autonomy would cause more and more lands to demand independence, most of them will be city states like Hong Kong or Singapore.
I can't think of anything else, going to conclude it here.The 2020s would either be the beginning of a new era or a long-winded dying of the present post-consumerist era. The Baby Boomers will recline on their chairs and leave the whole world to Gen X and Y, Gen Z will become adults. I haven't mentioned robots but they will begin to take some of our jobs, which can possibly trigger a neo-luddite movement. WW3 hopefully won't happen, a 2nd Cold War is more likely to happen though. Hopefully there won't be an epidemic like the Spanish flu, in this case it will most likely evolve from a strain of bird flu. Climate change will trigger protests and changes, some fear that its already too late to stop global warming.
Thank you for reading, lets make the 2020s as good of a decade as possible.
reply to user: Yeah I've been getting a growing sense that a British Civil War might happen, last year I could not see a civil war happening but now it seems like a real possibility, today it is easy to figure out why it would happen. I bet not many people in the 17th century civil war wanted it to happen and didn't think that it would happen but you can learn what ended up happening, Charles I got beheaded and maybe Boris Johnson might meet a similar fate.Not a certainty, I can never be certain but its something worth worrying and preparing for.
In the 2020s, I think the U.A.E is a possible candidate for a world power and I can see them cutting deals from America and making deals with China instead 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.'. Imagine if America-UK runs out of energy and oil resources, in this scenario it is likely that U.A.E+China+Russia will own all the remaining deposits by then and we may have no choice but to give up a degree of independence in exchange for some of their oil and energy.Another scenario is the race for the last of the remaining resources that our society still largely depends on, the nation that has the most resources will have the most power and nations that lack those resources will form alliances with them for resources in return.We may possibly see the first super-corporations being established, a very large and powerful corporation that may be the true power behind everything and maybe even more powerful than political figureheads.Those super-corporations may become independent nations that have their own goals and projects, mostly they involve technologies for either saving our eco-systems or to control us.
I have once thought about the year 2075, I imagined a huge city (at that time many countries collapsed, civilization largely being left with city-states ran by trillionaires) the city uses mind control technology to maintain order, the A.I is used to help the elites figure out the next best course of action, human clones are used for labor and war, everyone is constantly being watched due to surveillance that will be almost everywhere.The 2020s will be the start of the new world that future generations will recognized as the true 21st century, 2000-2030 will be seen as a transitional period.
We are only 2 days away from the 2020s, I am going to post about the decade predictions to avoid the regret of not posting it before the 2010s ends. I will have a bit of closure about my 2020s threads now that I'm doing this for the last time, I might be a bit risky and do my best to make a scenario story for fun even though about half of it will be inaccurate haha, since accurately predicting the future is like trying to fly without wings.
But still, some of the predictions I have thought about have already come true even before the 2020s has started, which makes it clear that the world is changing faster than we thought and will continue to increase the throttle. There is already some tension between America and China over trade, at the moment as I write this they have agreed to a truce after a trade war that not many knew about but there is tension and might escalate in the near future, if America attacks another nation again then half of the world will turn against America and will cut all trade-ties with it which would cause America to descend into chaos. In short, America could get sanctioned but other nations will be at risk of being sanctioned if they commit any future acts of aggression.
There would likely be more riots and terrorism, there will likely be a much worse refugee crisis caused both by climate change and acts of aggression by ISIS or a nation. There could be more online communities that provide a source of humanitarian relief and charity, some online communities will run on bitcoin(or other forms of cryptocurrency) so that they can afford more resources to help people with.I have once predicted that there will be a mass migration of Christians from North Africa due to Islamic radicalism, well as of 2019 there already are Christians in Nigeria (North Africa!) being beheaded by ISIS so a mass migration from North Africa is very possible, in fact the whole Arab Spring and its neighbors could produce masses of migrants due to the continuous descent into chaos.
Out of all the Muslim nations Turkey-Saudi Arabia-Iran-U.A.E appear to be the most stable while others are highly vulnerable, I have a good feeling about U.A.E solely because it has many long-term goals to ensure economic security so I can see them having a good influence on Iran and Saudi Arabia, U.A.E will likely make trade deals with China and China could offer U.A.E military protection thus protecting the U.A.E from Saudi Arabia and Iran since the risk of a war going on in the Persian Gulf is high.Dubai will become a more important city and will become a cultural as well as scientific center, much of its workforce would likely be desperate people from South Asia looking for work.
If a new superpower enters world-stage then the West could face sanctions for acts of war against the Arab Spring, especially if the new power is disapproving towards the West, if the West is sanctioned then it will enter a long-term economic depression and could be forced to house refugees.Populism will spread as more people feel like they are living through a crisis, populist candidates appeal to people by presenting themselves as the solution to their crisis. Populism has been on the rise in the 2010s and many people believe that most populist movements have been right-wing, the most common theme of 2010s-populism are anti-immigration and America/Britain first, those populist movements have resulted in Brexit and Donald Trumps presidency.If populism continues to spread in the 2020s then we will see more and more nations implementing anti-emigration policies and we will see them turn away from globalization as they retreat into the concerns of their own nation. The European Union will decay due to countries leaving, the United Nations too will decay as countries start to defy and leave so they can do their own thing, globalization is at a big risk in the 2020s.
Largely due to technology more and more people will begin to lose their jobs, and more people will lose their homes to man-made disasters. Self-driving cars will begin to render Uber Drivers and Taxi drivers obsolete, mass-production is becoming more automatic so more people who work in mass-production will lose their jobs, self-checkout machines in shops will continue to slowly render retailers obsolete. Newspapers are dead, and soon TV will be.Nations will be able to provide more resources with robots but there will be less consumers since not many people would be able to afford to buy many things, this would cause a worldwide economic crisis and we are overdue for a 1920s-style economic crash.What will the government do with all those homeless and unemployed people? Universal income will be the most likely solution but it is highly unlikely that many people would live comfortably since they will have to work very hard to survive and you'd have to be very lucky to get a job, in turn people will begin to reject the government and the system, some (hopefully many) people could turn to online communities to support one another and due to the failing economy will turn to cryptocurrency which they use to support themselves.
The Sagrada Familia will finally be complete, I think it would be nice to make the wonder of Sagrada Familia the icon of the 2020s. Other projects will be completed as well such as The London Super Sewer, The Giant Magellan Telescope, The Square Kilometer Array radio telescope, a few big bridges (and a tunnel for boats in Norway) and a few new railways here and there. There will be at least a few major space achievements thanks to Elon Musk and some privatized science projects will offer few more major breakthroughs in science, the first manned mission to Mars is scheduled in the 2020s but its chance for success is low due to the many risks and dangers, space junk will become a much bigger problem and will need to be cleaned up before we will never be able to leave the Earth. The mission to Mars would likely be re-scheduled or postponed.
3D printing is expected to enter mainstream which in itself will change many things, 3D printing could even render some shops obsolete because you could print whatever stuff you want at home instead of going to a shop looking for what you want, a creator sub-culture may develop from 3D printing enthusiasts.Vertical farms are expected to be erected for the first time in cities, this trend will grow because agriculture is also expected to fail in the long-run so there is a lot of funding put into vertical farming because vertical farming could replace conventional field farming, in the 2020s however vertical farms will only generate a very small percentage of food and its produce would not be sold in mainstream shops for a while.Lab grown meat will be a new growing trend in the 2020s, but its adoption will be slow due to skepticism and lack of popularity.
Will there be wars? Likely more than the 2010s.Because not much has been resolved at 2019 we can expect things to grow more tense, especially since we are all facing an impending global warming crisis and a decline of globalization. Russia and China will become more dominant and influential throughout the world, developing countries will bear the brunt of climate change while the developed countries are increasingly destabilized by the flocks of refugees flooding in, developing countries could be reduced into war-zones like Syria in the 2010s.The trade-wars between America and China could involve other world powers and it could escalate into the 2nd Cold War, with a Cold War there is always the chance of a 3rd World War looming.The west will decay as the western economy worsens, Russia and China would exploit whatever resource they can get with their new influence in a decaying world but their economic growth will be fragile too.China is threatened by the loss of fresh water once the Himalayan ice melts, much of Chinese agriculture is threatened by floods, when the Chinese eco-system fails then you can expect them to attack their neighbours or best-case scenario demand resources from their allies.Russia is threatened by the same thing that will give them economic prosperity, global warming, when the ice melts the methane would doom us all and will also release long-forgotten epidemics into our world, Russia will face a huge refugee crisis coming from the south due to water shortages so you can expect Russia to heavily enforce their borders.European politics will change drastically due to responses from refugees, if Europe refuses most refugees then it is possible that armies of angry refugees could invade Europe in the future.Africa is gaining so much but that growth will not be expected to last due to climate change, water wars reduce some areas into anarchy like Libya in the 2010s, Nigeria-Ethiopia-South Africa would likely be the most prosperous countries of the continent, the African countries that are developing would likely begin to adopt the same lifestyle as the West is living like eating fast food and being online all day long.
I do not know much about South America but some parts appear to be on a verge of political change and turmoil, I do believe that they are at risk for water shortages due to melting ice in the Andes, I can't see them stopping the destruction of the Amazon so that will be ongoing. South America will grow economically but like the rest of the world it will be a highly vulnerable growth.Australia will continue to be burnt alive by wildfires, we should start seeing more and more Australians moving to colder areas such as Tasmania New Zealand and Britain. Indonesia will continue to destroy their rain-forests to make money out of palm oil, don't know what their political situation would be though but would most likely go down the capitalist path.
All in all the 2020s will be a time of disruption, the pace of life will get faster and faster, fake news and deep fakes will spread, misinformation will be rife, as the internet spreads and becomes more disruptive more restrictions will be put on the internet, because we are growing more dependent on technology cyber-attacks or power-cuts could bring us back to the late 20th century, people will grow more scared and desperate and may turn to drastic courses of action if said course of action is the only solution.We are at risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and bird flu, obesity and depression will become a bigger burden than it already is, transgender people will be the new normal as people are now coming out as transhuman, in some parts of cities driving a car could be banned because of driverless cars replacing transportation in some city centers, cars are switching to hybrid/electricity as electric car plugs appear in many built-up areas, more and more people have had their DNA stored into a database and I can't say for sure how this data will be used.
Online communities give me hope, and I hope that online communities become so rich with cryptocurrency and popular that when the decaying society that thrived in the 20th century fails we got the new online society to fall back onto and rebuild a new society from scratch instead of trying to rebuilt a society that failed us.
I wish us all the best of luck.
reply to user: I think you are definitely right about 2020 Britain being pretty much the same as 2019 Britain except that it could get worse especially since the NHS is in the process of being privatized which sucks for me too because I am a Type 1 Diabetic, I am inclined to think that Boris Johnson will resign in the near future just to be replaced by another equally unqualified/unpopular Tory.
I am going to be a bit controversial and biased but I want to blame Democracy for the situation that Britain is in right now and I want to explain why I am skeptical towards Democracy.So the idea of Democracy is to get the public to choose who becomes the leader and its down to the public to make that important choice, but many people do not want to run the country and many people do not know what is best for their country.In a Democratic society the best way to win a vote is to promise the public everything and appeal to them, you don't have to be good at politics to win and you don't have to tell people of your true intentions all you have to do is lie and be charismatic. Politicians probably hire professional psychologists to trick people into voting for them because they know how to trick the system to get them into the position that they both don't deserve or are qualified for.
Its no wonder why Politicians are losing their efficiency, they do it as a job because many politicians do not need to be good at running a country to become the leader and like I said they just need to know what the people want to hear and to put on a charismatic face.I believe that running the country should be reserved for those who want to run the country and have the countries best interest at heart, it should be reserved for professionals who know what they are doing and have had years of training as well as experience.
In a Democracy if you get two candidates, one is a businessman who is very charismatic but only knows about business, the other one is a ex-Sergeant who has had 20 years of experience in the administrative field but he is not as charismatic. Even though the Businessman is less qualified he will win because he is charismatic and knows how to trick people into voting for him instead of the professional, repeat this process and you'll end up with a very ineffective government or circus full of charismatic millionaires who trick and lie to the public to maintain their lofty position in society.
And that is probably how Britain ended up with the government it has, people have been lied to and people don't know who is best for their country so we end up voting for the wrong people or get tricked into believing that Democracy is the best form of government.Sadly Democracy will put Britain(as well as other nations) at risk of a power hungry Populist who will present him/herself as against the present government and will use his/her charisma to appeal to us to make us believe that the Populist is the solution to all of our problems caused by the government, but once the Populist gets elected s/he will show his/her true colors and the public will soon regret their vote.This process will keep repeating itself while we have Democracy, I believe that its not working and maybe we are better off leaving our politics to the professionals elected by professionals.
I also want to thank you for all the replies you posted on my 2020s posts, they have helped keeping the 2020s posts alive. Again, thank you.
reply to user: Not only that but many people are also misinformed because Democratic candidates lie and be all fake to get votes and on top that they also spread rumors about other candidates or pretty much anything so that they'll get more votes, its bad because not only many people already don't know what is best for their country but they will find it very difficult to know for sure what will be best because of all the lies and misinformation.
reply to user: Its scary that some people out there actually believe that Jeremy Corbyn is anti-semetic, its such a ridiculous and desperate accusation just to make Jeremy Corbyn look bad and lose. And its scary because if people actually believe those bogus anti-Semetic accusations then it just shows how much the media controls us all.Donald Trump is indeed right about journalists and fake news being an issue, but I think the reason why journalism is such a joke in America is because it is privatized and they are becoming desperate so that they can survive kinda like 'IT' from the Steven King novel.Capitalism and privatization can corrupt journalism because capitalism makes journalism more about money and getting attention so it degenerates into what it currently is, but Donald Trump is very capitalist, which could mean that Donald Trump is a cause of journalism gone wrong and he is getting backlash from the world he helped to create whether he knows it or not.
Journalism does need to be regulated, especially now we are becoming fully aware of how powerful mass media can be. I could be blaming capitalism because of mass media and it could turn out that capitalism isn't to blame after all, but I still believe that its probably best for journalism to just focus on entertainment and to leave actual news to a more professional environment where the professionals highly focus on telling the people about unbiased truths.
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Biggest VR scammer of the past year? Ex co-founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey. Ready Rift One audio fix for CV1 fiasco - complete timeline - everything you need to know in one place - wall of quotes and links

scammer - a person who commits fraud or participates in a dishonest scheme.
fraud - wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain

July 30, 2018 - 537 days ago
The thread that got it all started - Anyone else with right-audio cutout? I am interested in buying your headset.
Tweet -

He did pay full price and shipping for few users that offered him their headsets. No problems here.

February 18, 2019 - 334 days ago
Official announcment of the Ready Rift One, a free repair kit for busted audio
1.6k upvotes, people are ecstatic, the father of VR is giving back to the community that made VR what it is today.
If Facebook denied you a repair or replacement, all you have to do is to "forward your ticket and a mailing address to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), and I will send you an RR1 repair kit free of charge".

Covered in various medias:
and more, including YouTubers etc

Very important quotes:
> I will send you an RR1 repair kit free of charge so you can get back in the Metaverse as quickly as possible
He offered it for free, noone asked for it. Apparently 11 months is not enough time to fulfill this. "As quickly as possible"?
He is in the position to easily afford it, after all it's just a silly tiny part that:
> took less than three hours to design

It's well known that Palmer and Facebook have a beef. After all VR was all his life, and he said it many times that he will never leave Oculus on his own. So he says this:
> Oculus Customer Support, feel free to direct customers who are out of warranty to my kit.
Palmer really thought they would do that, he felt so confident about this whole project, but this was super lame. Facebook redirecting their customers to contact some 'random' guy to get their audio fix? That's just bonkers.

Palmer is a nice guy with good hearth:
> I am doing this because I feel bad for people who bought a Rift from me and can’t use it properly anymore
I don't know anyone who have purchased any Rift directly from Palmer. I assume most of us bought it directly from Oculus website. I got mine on the release date. I bought it from Facebook, not from Palmer.

> Unfortunately, the longtime Rift users who are most likely to suffer from this problem are usually well outside the warranty period.
Over the past year I have helped dozen of users, well outside their warranty period, and in every single case, Oculus offered them a refurbished unit. Not just headphones, a full headset with a new cable, fresh foam etc. Facebook customer service is great.
Palmer Luckey claims about thousands of users to which Facebook is no help. For such a widespread issue, surely we would hear about it a lot. You will struggle to find any evidence of Facebook denying repairs/replacement for the affected users.
In general, unhappy users are the loudest ones. Just look at the whole pimax thing. Cracked cases, broken cables, lack of support for weeks/months. So much evidence all around the web, and the amount of pimax users is miniscule in comparision to CV1 ownership.

March 19, 2019 - 305 days ago
> All the schematics and mechanicals will be open. The first few hundred people have gotten confirmation emails, waiting for the requests to slow down a bit before planning the next run. I want to handle this in one big batch if possible.
Once again, I could not find a single person claiming to receive anything. The project was not released either. Yet another hype for nothing.

Fun fact: Palmer luckey got all butthurt about Rift S. Made a full blog post about his bad experience:
March 25, 2019 - 299 days ago
The biggest culprit?
> I wanted to love Rift S. I still want to love Rift S. $0.15 worth of plastic makes that impossible.

Palmer Luckey is very defensive, and loves to correct any "misinformation" regarding his confusing past, getting fired etc
> Happened to see this and could not help but chip in - I did not leave, I was fired. Most people prefer to leave things more ambiguous, I want to make clear that the current state of Oculus is not the result of a choice to bail out on my part.

Time flies.
Palmer still never spoke himself about the status of the RR1. There are few posts here and there from users, including mine.

April 12, 2019 - 281 days ago
> We should all collectively thank palmerluckey . He widespread the S-hate with his blog post of something he has never used.
He still haven't shipped the CV1 fix - it's nearly 2 months now. And no, being free does not change anything, and it's not acting entitled to ask about status of it.

Palmer response:
> You are spreading misinformation. I have used Rift S. Why claim otherwise? As for the audio fix, it seems pretty nuts to think that something being absolutely free vs a paid product does not change anything.
Another fun fact: "Free isn’t Cheap Enough"

April 30, 2019 - 263 days ago
> I have sent out confirmation emails to the first thousand people. Will have an update this weekend. To sum it up, the repair kit I showed in the post is kind of hard to make and ship. I got a lot more requests for a repair kit than I expected, the tally is now large enough to warrant getting a custom flex circuit made. Should be lighter, sleeker, sexier, and cheaper - not a factor for users, since I am giving them out for free, but I can take the money saved and pipe it into another project I think people here will enjoy.
Thousand emails sent, still no sign of any confirmation from any user, blog, YouTuber or whatsoever. Nothing.

The other project is probably a "cure for VR motion sickness" teased already back on August 22, 2018 - 514 days ago:
> Hardware and software. I am aiming to open-source the design later this year. Not aware of anyone else working on this branch of the problem.
Here we are in 2020 and nothing has been done about it. It was widely covered in various medias.
Some back and forth Palmer arguing with me in the same reddit thread:
| I have asked already twice about it, and Palmer didn't bother to clarify the issue.

His response:
> My update on the audio fix is the most upvoted comment in the second thread you are linking to. I have responded directly to you since then in another thread, as well: If you are butthurt about a free repair kit taking a few weeks longer than expected, fine, but don't make shit up.

> This is the first real update on RR1. Audio is essential, and you just clowned yourself with your generous offer. Oculus has been replacing headsets successfully. No one has commented about receiving RR1. With community as big as this one, this is really strange.

> No, it is not. I am glad Oculus is replacing some headsets, but there are literally thousands of people who have had no such luck. I am only sending kits to people who have been explicitly rejected by Oculus Support.

> Source? These thousands of people are surprisingly quiet for such a widespread issue.

No further replies.

May 31, 2019 - 232 days ago
Reddit user posts his Lego construction to attach headphones to Rift S. Palmer tunes in, and it's the very first time he spoke about RR1 without being asked by anyone:
> I think I have a solution to this, but I should really finish shipping my CV1 audio fix first...

Time flies!
January 9, 2020 - 9 days ago:
> Hey Palmer. Still waiting on the Oculus Rift earphone fix you promised....

> Things got complicated. Saying more at the moment would be counterproductive, but I am doing my best.

There were people who found out about it just in August 2019:
> Why is co-founder and former employee of Oculus VR Palmer Luckey giving away free audio repair kits for Oculus Rift owners?
I have no real idea, but my guess would be that his primary motive is revenge. He has the money to do this, and I bet it really rubs some of his former co-workers the wrong way.

I don't care how bad you feel for Palmer after reading "History of the future" book. I don't care how grateful you are for him kickstarting VR. I don't care that he works on another company right now. His estimated net worth according to Forbes back in 2017 was $700 million.
He washed off all the criticism due to him offering it for free. He could easily charge money for this, and he would actually profit from it - there were many users who would love a easy way to plug their own headphones. But he never did.
This is completly unprofessional. If this was some random guy on Reddit, fine, shit happens. But this Palmer Luckey. He collected tens of thousands of user data. Nothing really is free in this world, right? Just like by using Facebook you pay with data, we did the same to Palmer. 11 months today, and the Ready Rift One is nowhere to be seen.

If I missed something, or got some facts wrong, feel free to correct me.
Everyone was happy to cover the great news, but no media seems to be interested in follow up of the subject.

Paging u/palmerluckey***. He almost never responds, but he always downvotes me within minutes of being pinged.***
Here is your chance to shine.
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I'm not scared of the virus. The collapse of half the work sector is what is frightening me.

For the first time in my life (32 M), I'm in a position where I am able to not worry about my living situation in such a stressed manner. I have a great job that pays me well. I live in a house that I don't have to worry about so much, as the monthly bills I pay are reasonable and well within my means. I've been a capable and pragmatic person since a young age, with taking steps to have what I see as sensible things in my home such as a first aid kit, a chest freezer and pantry (converted book case in my kitchen) that I keep stocked up as I buy in bulk each month (it's cheaper), regardless of what's happening in the world. This is 'privilege', but I do not consider myself to be 'privileged', in the sense that I am aware that not everyone is this fortunate and I empathise completely with those who struggle and I sure as fuck do not reprimanded those who are less fortunate for not having the same as others (I'm looking at you, Karen's of the world).
So why am I so fucking scared at the moment?
Each industry is handling this pandemic in different ways. Being in the UK, it's both interesting and horrifying to see the what is happening to the average worker. Like myself, a lot of people have the option to "remote work" from home and this not affect their income, in fact from what I understand, a lot of people are welcoming this option, if only for the comfort of being at home. I happen to work two jobs: a full time Mon-Fri office based role and part time 2+ nights a week at a hotel. The office based company (and all those I know of in the same job sector) have actually really impressed me. They have been operating on what has been going on, I. E. If an employee is sick, ask them to isolate, it's not their fault and they still be paid and it's now reached the point where it's safer for everyone to simply stay at home. The hotel job however (and I know this is the same for all front facing customer service workers I know) has remained open, there's no preventative screening process for a customer (I've seen other countries take temperatures of people coming into businesses) etc who may have the virus, so it could be brought in with whomever walks through the door and Bob's your uncle, it gets staff and other customer's alike. Now I've just had to make the difficult phone call of telling job 2 (Hotel) that I have to now self isolate completely, as job 1 (office) has had a confirmed case, so I'm best to avoid everyone for two weeks and make sure not I also am not ill / pass this along. Did this go down well? Did it bollocks. What I was met with was the following: told that I would not be paid for the two weeks (fair enough I guess, I'm not working), that I wouldn't qualify for SSP (that's sick pay in the UK, it's really shit. You could be a full time employee and still only get £94 a week) because I haven't "presented with symptoms" and that I was going into isolation "of my own choice" (excuse the fuck outta me for not wanting to possibly infect anyone). Now I could have lied and said I have symptoms, simply to get SSP, bet I'm not a lying twat badger. So, have instead asked for holiday pay to cover my absence, not the same amount as I'd get from the shifts worked, but it's still an income. All in all I'm not in a position to complain, as I'm drawing in not just one, but two incomes, but it's certainly alarming to see this behaviour in action from employers. Side step to all the other people I know who are now being forced to stop working and are either being treated as "unpaid leave" or "reduced pay" for the foreseeable future (I have yet to speak to anyone who's been given a date for when their normal pay will resume). A little background on myself, I'm a qualified union representative who has been to employment tribunals before (this is similar to a criminal court, but it's for when issues regarding employment laws I. E. Unfair dismissal, work place discrimination etc etc etc) and in the past fortnight, I have received messages from people I know and friends of friends about their work situation. Some, have asked about what help they can qualify for during this time and I have pointed them in the direction of either their local councils to see if they can get get Universal Credit or some delay in paying their council tax and to also speak to the Citizens Advice Bureau and any Unions / work charities that are applicable to their role. Others, have asked to have a "temporary" contract change reviewed, which basically is their company telling them they will only pay them a small percentage of their weekly wage when they are not working, or only SSP (again, £94 a week is shit), or suspend paying them altogether, which alarmingly is coming from the biggest companies who can more than afford to keep paying their staff, based on their profit margins coughairlines and amazoncough. So in a country where most companies are closing to prevent the spread, what can these people do? Well, apparently they're expected to not have their contracted payed hours honoured, expected to go and get a new part time job (or full if they're really lucky), or expected to just solve this issue themself, with little to no instructions from companies and or government about financial assistance. So what will happen before this is over? Potentially and most likely, a lot of good, hard working people who struggle to make ends meet, will either be out of work, or those who are making less than they do now, have to go to lengths that will cripple them for years to come, such as borrowing impossible loans/payday loans, go into bank overdrafts or any such harse financial options. And this is even before considering the companies they work for going under. This is what is frightening me. In the space of a couple of weeks, we've had the painfully clear truth revealed that the saying "most people are two missed paychecks away from bankruptcy", to be an ultimately sad reality. I'll wrap up this behemoth of a post with the following thoughts:
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[STICKY] Everything you need to know about COVID19, 2/26/20

(Thank you to Flu_Monger for this comprehensive writeup!)
I put together this document to share with my extended family and friends over the past couple days (2/24/2020-2/25/2020). It is a basic beginners guide to the virus and a look at the current world situation. It also addresses basic preparation strategy. This is geared toward all of those folks who may be not paying attention, laughing this situation off, or who have no idea where to start with all of this. Please share with them as you see fit. Hopefully this is able to help some folks. Good luck to you all!


  1. Virus Information
This is the basic information regarding the virus. There is a ton more information out there now, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ve kept it bare-bones. If you want to learn more, I would suggest researching on your own.
A. What is it? – Coronavirus is a family of flu-like viruses that are normally carried by specific animals such as bats. The current virus moving through China is one specific strain of Coronavirus. It is novel, meaning brand-new and has never been seen before. It has been officially named COVID-19. In the early 2000’s, the SARS illness moved through China. SARS was also one variation of Coronavirus.
B. What are the early symptoms? – According to the Center for Disease Control: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath (formerly Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Diarrhea were included)
C. Is it Contagious? - Extremely. It has gone airborne through aerosols, which means that anytime someone coughs or sneezes, the virus will attach to the air particles and can be breathed in, or it can enter the body through the tear ducts. It can also be spread through fecal matter. It can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days. Finally, it has up to a 30 day incubation period, with one case showing a 38 day incubation! This means that you can catch the illness and be very contagious for 30+ days before beginning to show any symptoms. If you recover from the virus, you can still infect other people around you. Finally, even if you catch it and recover, you can catch it a second time.
D. Is it dangerous? - Yes. The seasonal Flu is easy to spread but has a mortality rate of around .1%. COVID-19 has an average mortality rate of around 2% - or about 20x higher than the flu. A virus’ ability to spread is measured by something called the “Basic Reproduction Number” or R(x). This number Is an average expectation of how many people will catch the virus from a single infected person. The average flu has an R-Value of about 1.3. So 1.3 people will be infected by someone who has the flu. COVID-19 has an R-Value of between R2.6 - R6.6, meaning up to 6.6 people could be infected by every person who has it! So while you may hear many arguments from people saying “the flu has killed way more people this year”, the fact is that this virus is brand new, and it hasn’t yet begun to really spread according to its abilities. Its like comparing apples to oranges. The flu has infected 6.4 million people in the US this season and has killed 2,900, or roughly .05% of them. COVID-19 has infected 80,000 and has killed over 2700 of them, almost 4% so far! When you compare sample sizes and ability to spread, this virus is light-years ahead of the flu in terms of danger and risk to the global population.
E. The symptoms don’t seem that bad…why is everyone freaking out? - COVID-19 tends to cause rapid-onset pneumonia requiring hospitalization and a ventilator. Once caught, it generally progresses into pneumonia very quickly to the point of death. There have been reports of it targeting elderly folks and little children just like the regular flu, but also it has shown preference to middle aged men, more specifically to people who smoke. This is due to a higher level of Ace2 inhibitors in their blood that smoking produces, as the virus gains access to the cells through Ace2 inhibitors.
F. If 98% of people survive its not a huge deal then right? – Wrong! The terrible thing about this virus is that it can be caught again! And the second time around generally produces more severe symptoms including heart attacks/failure. Test Kits are struggling to confirm the virus, often producing false negatives, and are in extremely short supply, with only a handful of states in the US even having any. There are currently countless videos on twitter of individuals in China collapsing randomly in public while experiencing heart-failure. There are also rumors coming from China that you can still spread the virus AFTER you’ve recovered from it.
  1. Real-World Consequences
A. World-Wide Spread
a. The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to many other nations around the world. Most notably, South Korea, Iran, and Italy are showing explosions of the virus in many major cities. Governments there have put massive cities into lockdown/quarantine. The virus has spread to 33 nations currently, including the United States.
b. Many Nations such as Israel and UK have closed off their borders to international travelers from hotbed regions. Currently the US is very lax on its travel limitations, only stopping people who are coming directly from the Wuhan region of China.
c. Cruise Ships have become breeding grounds for the virus, resulting in multiple ships being forced into quarantine over the last month, not allowing passengers to disembark. This has resulted in the virus spreading significantly on board most ships, and the US has issued travel warnings for American’s regarding cruise ships heading to any part of Asia.
B. Chinese Response
a. China has been reporting infection and death numbers consistent with an exponential growth rate, but considering how early in the cycle we are, they’ve only confirmed roughly 80,000 infections and just over 2700 deaths.
b. CCP (Communist Party of China AKA Their Government) has a history of spreading false information and using propaganda to shape narratives and world-wide views of their nation. Despite the numbers they’ve reported surrounding COVID-19, their response measures have been swift and extreme from the beginning, leading the world to doubt their claims and worry that the situation is much worse than we know.
c. Hundreds of millions of people have been quarantined throughout China, including multiple MASSIVE cities (larger than NYC) which have been placed into mandatory lockdown. People cannot leave their homes. Many videos have come out of entire apartment buildings having their entry and exit doors welded shut by Chinese authorities in full hazmat suits. People suspected of infection are being taken forcibly against their will by groups of police in hazmat suits with semi-automatic rifles. There are countless people dying in their homes in quarantine from the virus, being collected by teams in full protective gear. Countless trucks spraying giant clouds of disinfectant are moving through the cities.
d. Chinese hospitals have been overrun, to the point where dead and sick people line the hallways. The CCP had an emergency hospital built in 6 days in Wuhan, and has since planned 19 more hospitals to be rapidly built across the most heavily affected areas. All Sports arenas and warehouses have been turned into makeshift field hospitals with thousands of beds. Once people are taken to these places, they are not allowed to leave as it is forced quarantine. To check the truth of these statements, and to see pictures/videos form countless people, just to go twitter, and search #coronavirus – you can then filter to videos or pictures.
C. Media Coverage
a. As I’m sure you’re aware, this issue isn’t being heavily covered by mainstream media. In fact, our US media has been almost silent on the matter despite 53 confirmed cases in the country. There have been many people placed on self-quarantine, including 1,000+ in Los Angeles, and over 300 in Metro Detroit. Finally, as of 2/24/2020, both NPR and Fox News have come out with headlines regarding impending pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the old standard for pandemic is “the worldwide spread of a new disease”. But as of today the WHO has decided that they will no longer use the term “Pandemic”. Instead they use “Global Emergency”, which has already been issued for some time.
b. Every year, a handful of representatives from the world’s leading governments, businesses, and public health organizations gather together to participate in something called “Event 201”, a global pandemic simulation. The event took place in October of 2019, shortly before the COVID-19 outbreak. Representatives from the following groups participated: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mariott, United Nations, Chinese CDC, Columbia University, ANZ Bank, Edelman (Global Communications Firm), Lufthansa Airlines, UPS, U.S. CDC, Vice President of NBC Universal, Johnson & Johnson, and the Singapore Government. Upon completion they held panel discussions about the simulation, including one centered around communication after the outbreak. During this panel they discussed how they would control narratives and hide information, to the point of forcing sites like Facebook and Twitter to delete all info regarding the true severity of the pandemic, in order to foster calm, and avert panic. They discussed also using social media as a broadcast tool, inferring they could control what things get shared or go viral. They discussed getting to the point of controlling cable TV networks and forcing talking points that negated the severity of the pandemic, and a pushed a mentality of “its just the flu” or “Its not that serious”. Finally, they discussed things such as complete internet shut downs once the pandemic progresses. I share this information with you because the people involved are all extremely high up in these companies/organizations, and have much influence over the US and world populations through their respective groups.
c. For more reliable and current media coverage, your best bet is to refer to foreign news agencies, rather than American based agencies. Reddit is a great resource, as long as you visit the correct sub-forums. Sub-forum Wuhan_flu is a good resource, as it is the only subforum which is currently not being heavily censored by Chinese moderators. Unfortunately that subforum has been quarantined, being accused of sometimes providing untrue or hoax information, so it is difficult to get to. You will need to search for the sub forum from an actual computer on the reddit website (not a mobile phone), and also will need to create an account and verify your email address. Also, since reddit is essentially a large bulletin board, where anyone can post anything, just be weary of what you believe, and also be aware that some portions of the website can host inappropriate content. I generally will only believe posts that are backed with a link to a reputable news source or a verified twitter account of a person in a position of leadership. In this way, you can weed out info that is most likely hearsay or questionable. For those that don’t know, Reddit is known as “the front page of the internet” – most worldwide news anymore breaks there first.
d. UPDATE\ - As of 2/25 the US CDC announced that they expect the virus to soon begin spreading at the community level in the U.S. and that “disruption to everyday life may be severe”.
D. Supplies and Material Effects
a. Since the virus erupted in China, production across that country has ground to a halt. Due to lockdown across most of the nation, the world’s largest supplier has shuttered its factories. Along with that, most importing nations have closed off goods coming from China in order to stop the spread of the virus. At this point there is no end in sight.
b. The Global Supply Chain is currently being crippled by the results of COVID-19. As it stands, 940 of the Forbes top 1000 (companies) are being affected by supply chain issues, as well as countless mid-range and small businesses. This means that goods are not being shipped, therefore we will start to see shortages of supplies on the shelves around us. Right now, most retailers are relying on their warehouses of stored inventory, but once those run out, there will be nothing coming in. Recently, emails leaked from Amazon showed that they were mass purchasing inventory from Chinese sellers in preparation for the supply chain disruptions (this happened almost 3 weeks ago, so they were fully aware that a massive incident was going to take place to hurt the economy). Apple also recently announced that Iphone production has been significantly impacted and may not return to full capacity until May/June. The way I see it is this, if the big guys are stocking up, we should probably pay attention and follow suit!
c. For us little people, this will affect us in a number of ways. You may start seeing shortages of specific items at your local stores. Some items that are most likely to see shortages are:
i. Medicine – Much of our medicine is made in China, including almost 97% of our antibiotics. You will most likely see flu/cold meds run out first, but medications in general should be considered most important.
ii. Medical Supplies – Masks (RatedN95 or better -these are almost impossible to find currently), Latex Gloves, thermometers, first aid items
iii. Personal Hygiene- Shampoo, toothpaste, Soap, Makeup Remover, hair spray/pomades, etc.
iv. Consumer Electronics – TV’s, Computers, Hard-Drives, cell phones etc. Lightbulbs may also become increasingly difficult to find.
v. Paper Products – Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, paper plates, etc.
vi. Cleaning Supplies – Clorox Wipes, bleach, hand soaps and dish soaps, rubbing alcohol (70%+), Laundry detergent.
As time goes on, you will continue to see these items decline in availability. As cases continue to rise in the US and news becomes more widespread, you will start to see the beginnings of “panic buying” of more rudimentary supplies like foodstuffs. This has begun in some states where larger groups of people have been quarantined. I will go into this more in the third section.
d. Should things progress toward more widespread illness across the country, there is the possibility of cities or entire regions being placed into lockdown like we’ve witnessed in MANY other nations around the world. Currently there is spread happening in western Canada. If you begin hearing of confirmed cases in your region, or folks being put into quarantine in your region, that means other people will have heard that as well and folks will begin naturally stocking up on food, water, and medicines, just like with every major snowstorm or hurricane. If a lockdown of a city is abruptly announced (like it was in northern Italy late last week), the supermarkets will be flooded immediately, and will most likely sell out of most foods/supplies pretty quickly. If either scenario were to occur, it would be difficult and very stressful to attempt to stock up on supplies while people are panicking or panic-buying. And depending on where you live, it could also be dangerous, as we’ve seen with how people act on Black Friday. Imagine that same atmosphere but over essential life supplies.
E. Financial Effects
a. If you don’t pay attention to the stock market then you may be unaware of how it has been performing throughout this situation. Amazingly enough, its been steadily still rising despite the supply chain failure (which is currently in full swing affecting world-wide businesses). Many financial experts feared that the US government was propping up the market by pumping massive amounts of cash into it, and that inevitably, the bottom would fall out. Unfortunately they were correct and on 2/24/2020 amid fears of the virus, the DOW lost 1000 points! On 2/25 it continued to fall another 900 points by later afternoon. We are seeing drops across the board, as the Market is beginning to retract in response to the world’s biggest manufacturer shutting down and people growing fearful. If you monitor the market each day you will see a small picture of how the worlds is responding to the virus. Huge drops may infer that many investors are fearful, and that will be a reflection of the overall populations around the world. So if you notice the market crashing, you can be sure that people will very quickly be panic-buying soon after.
b. As of 2/25/2020 the White House has put together a request for supplemental funds to fight the virus in the States. Usually these requests are for wartime or natural disaster responses. The White House is requesting $2.5 Billion, $1.2Billion of which will go directly towards funding COVID-19 vaccination research. The rest will be for supporting preparedness and response activities and to stock up on supplies. The U.S. Military also has been preparing for possible pandemic scenarios and 15 “Quarantine Camps” have been established around the nation.
c. Many of the worlds leading banking systems in Asia, such as the Chinese and Singapore banks, are expecting to see major losses due to souring loans and reduced spending as a result of the virus. Some cities in China have seen the banks closing, leaving crowds of people outside unable to withdraw their cash.
d. If the situation worsens, you may see certain markets start to also slow down, such as the real-estate market or the Auto-market. This would be a result of people becoming fearful of over-spending, while trying to hoard cash or not over-extend themselves when the economy is wavering.
  1. Preparation
A. Why should we prepare? - I know that not everyone who reads this will agree with or care about this reasoning, but I feel that The Lord has placed this concept heavily on my heart over the past few months. The book of Genesis talks about how Egypt sees 7 years of abundance. During those 7 years, God tells Joseph to collect all of the excess food and grains and store them in the cities. After 7 years of plenty, 7 years of severe famine sweeps the land. When all other nations begin to starve and die, the nation of Egypt is well taken care of and provided for. Today we live in the richest, most advanced nation in history, with food and drink available to be delivered to our doorstep at any time of the day or night. We have money for leisure and vacations, grocery, hardware, and specialty stores within driving distance, and as much fuel as we could desire down at the pump. We have electricity and water and heat in our homes. Yet despite all of this, 90% of American families have enough supplies to last 3 days in their home at any given time. There is no excuse for this! Even the most poverty stricken homes can take small but purposeful measures to prepare for longer-term emergencies. Not only is it lazy to not prepare for the “famine” (or whatever emergency may arise) but it is also ignorant, and, I believe, downright wrong. We have been given much, and we need to be good stewards of our opportunity and riches while those blessings are on our nation, because there may come a day when that isn’t the case.
B. There are different types of preparation
a. Some folks like to go all-out, with the end goal being off-the-grid sustainability, defense, and health. These are the Doomsday Preppers. They are the people who are on TV shows decked out in camo who live out in the middle of nowhere with a pile of MRE’s. They will have large amounts of cash, or even physical gold or silver on hand.
b. The next group are The Preppers with a Plan. These would be the folks who have a stockpile of supplies to last a month or two, with the necessary tools and materials needed to survive should they have to leave their homes and head out into the woods or to a different area. These folks live with a foot in each world, one in everyday life, with the other ready to react if they need to. They are usually on alert for what is happening in the world. They also will generally keep an emergency fund in cash, of anywhere from $500 to $5000.
i. Most of the time, these folks will have an item called a Bug-Out-Bag, which is a backpack or duffel filled with essential survival items to keep them alive and moving for roughly 72 hours should they need to leave home in a hurry. This is sort of along the lines of an emergency kit for your car, but more advanced and able to help you get by for a few days if needed. A bug-out-bag is a really great system to have in place for every person in your home. I would highly encourage you to consider getting one started. For more information just google search bug-out-bag. You can customize yours to your own lifestyle!
c. The final group is just your average everyday folks who try to have basic all-around preparations in place for lower-grade emergencies (like extended power outages, etc.) These people will normally stockpile enough food, beverages/water, and everyday supplies to last a few days to a few weeks, or just try to keep a full pantry. They will also generally have extra batteries, candles, everyday medicines, and maybe some extra gas for their generator. Normally these folks will keep little to no cash on hand.
C. What kind of preparation is currently necessary? - Well, there are many opinions on that, but since I’m a pretty well-rounded person, I think I’ve got a decent handle. Right now, there’s no need to build a bunker or move into the woods. This isn’t doomsday. But COVID-19 is also nothing to scoff at. A middle of the road approach is what I tend to shoot for on average, especially with how intense the world is today. We should currently be preparing for supply-chain shortages and extended in-home quarantines. Not saying that we are all going to catch this illness, but the neighbor might! And you don’t want to have to be in line behind them at the grocery store in case they do have it. But if the call comes for your city to be locked down for 2 weeks, would you be prepared to shelter in place? In Italy, the call came very unexpectedly, and caught many people by surprise. The result was a mad-dash to the grocery store with people fighting over the last loaves of bread and bags of rice. You don’t want to be in that type of situation with a very contagious sickness going around! Luckily, from what we’ve seen in Wuhan, China, the lights and water have (mostly) stayed on, its just people that are going stir crazy and running out of food because they can’t leave their homes. So I think that preparing for an extended stay in your house would be a great place to start. And maybe beginning to think about a bug-out-bag wouldn’t be such a bad idea should the situation end up going south around your town.
D. How should I prepare? - Well, you can start by snagging a few extra items every time you go to the grocery store. Whatever you do, don’t go stocking up on MRE’s and powdered eggs. You’ll never eat that stuff unless you’re starving and you (hopefully) won’t ever get to that point. Focus on the non-perishables that you currently utilize the most in your life. Canned/frozen veggies, frozen meats, boxed foods that will last forever, rice, beans, soda and water and candy or treats. The idea is to just have a big stockpile of things you normally use, so that you can keep rotating items out of your storage so that nothing will go bad. Water is of course very important. Having enough water and food to last you for 2-3 weeks is a great place to start. Try to consider everyday items that you might overlook but are super important, such as:
a. toilet paper, paper towels, napkins
b. shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, makeup remover
c. batteries, band-aids, well stocked first-aid kit
d. Over the counter medications (Tylenol, flu meds, allergy meds, etc)
E. This all may feel overwhelming, and you may feel like you don’t know where to start. Don’t be discouraged! What I’ve found is the best place to start is to understand your end goal. In our current situation, I believe that if quarantines were to happen, they wouldn’t last more than a few weeks, and then life would resume. There shouldn’t be any disruptions to utilities or internet during that time. So we want to focus on needs to shelter in place for an extended period. Start by just making an exhaustive list of everything you can think of to get you and your family through everyday life. Maybe try jogging your brain by going into every room in your house to see if there’s anything directly related to that room that you could run out of, but don’t want to. Just make a list of anything and everything! Once you’re done, cross off anything that you feel like you could live without if you had to. Next, just begin working on stocking up on the other things, one or two items at a time. Personally I would shoot for 3 weeks worth of stuff just to be safe. Just take it slow and work within your financial means to prepare. Remember, even if you don’t fully get through your whole list before something potentially forces you to stop, then you are still much better off than before you started! Grab the crucial things first, like water, and go from there. It may also be wise to grab a weeks worth of supplies to help out if utilities do go down, such as water, or firewood for the fireplace, etc.
F. Cash on hand is a must-have. Even for people who aren’t preparing for anything, a cash emergency fund is always a great tool when you need it. In the case of a prepping situation, cash is essential. Remember that Cash is King. You never know when there may be an issue with the banks (like in China currently) or when a poweinternet outage could cripple our use of credit/debit cards. Back in 2003 the entire Northeast United States experienced a power outage that lasted over 2 days in some parts. During this time credit/debit cards were useless. Cash was the only way to purchase fuel, food, or water. If you ever find yourself in a situation like this, it is best to have small bills. People generally don’t carry around change for a hundred, so 1’s, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s will be the best denominations. For our current situation, I would suggest keeping at least $1000 in cash in case of emergency. Now depending on your situation (kids, location, etc.) it may be wise to keep up to $5000 or more in cash. When it comes to cash, I would say anything over 5-7k becomes detrimental as you could quickly become a target to other people, and most of us don’t have an extra 5k just waiting around to be stashed away. If you can’t afford the $1000, don’t worry. Just having ANYTHING in cash will be better than nothing. Even if you’ve only got $25 or $50, that will be enough to fill your gas tank to get you to family or friends who can help more. The point is, anything is better than nothing, so don’t get discouraged if you’re limited, instead, take pride in the fact that you’re bothering to prepare at all, because most people aren’t!
G. Now as I mentioned before, we are going to begin to see some supply chain issues. It would be wise to consider those items I listed in the second section that come from China, and focus more heavily on those first. Medicine would be the most important. It’s a terrible feeling needing some Flu-meds and going to the store and finding they are all out. There’s also nothing worse than sick babies and not being able to find things like Children’s Tylenol or Motrin. So buy extra of those things now. Because everyone is going to snatch up the medicine first when news begins to become more widespread. And remember, we are still in the middle of flu-season. So you may not catch COVID-19, but you may still catch the flu, and it’ll be a bummer if all the Tylenol Severe Cold and Flu is gone when you finally drag yourself to the pharmacy.
H. There is a ton more information I could share on preparation for this, but I don’t want to write a book. The wisest, most loving thing you can do for yourself and your family and friends is to open your eyes and ears and stop waiting for the SHTF (Stuff Hit the Fan) moment before deciding to act. Obviously we know that mainstream media such as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, etc. are all already late to the party with stuff, and often are able to be controlled by our government if necessary. If the full truth about this virus and its effects was being broadcast through mainstream media right now, the public response could potentially be severe. There would be many scared people panicking, and there could possibly be unrest, or large-scale financial effects as people withdraw money from the banks or slow down on buying things. With all personal political bias aside, the reality is that President Trump is heading into his re-election bid, and his biggest strength is the economy. If something were to disrupt that, he could potentially loose footing in the election. It makes logical sense that his administration would be downplaying the severity of this issue in order to not scare the American people into hurting the economy. I believe that is why we just saw the World Health Organization announce it will no longer use the word Pandemic, why the Center for Disease Control decided not to count the repatriated Americans who caught COVID-19 internationally as part of the overall American confirmed cases count (this drops the total from 53 down to 14), and why the Feds have been pumping massive amounts of cash into the stock market (
I. In the end, don’t’ believe everything you hear. Your best bet is to research this stuff on your own and try to become as informed as possible, then make your decisions from there. If any of you have any questions at all, just let me know and I’d be happy to answer them! Be ready and stay safe – hopefully this all amounts to nothing and you can all make fun of me the next time you see me. I really do hope that’s the case!
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Box Office Week: Black Panther smashes at #1 with $201M, making it the 2nd best MCU opening ever and the 5th best domestic opening overall. The film is also expected to gross $235M for the four-day weekend. Meanwhile, Early Man (#7, $3.1M) and Samson (#10, $1.9M) flop.

Hey everyone. Just a heads up I will be out of the country for four weeks so sadly no Box Office Week during that time. I might be able to do the post without the commentary but expect no post/limited posts during my trip. I appreciate all the love and support y'all give and I'll miss doing this for the time I'm gone.
Rank Title Domestic Gross (Weekend) Worldwide Gross (Cume) Week #
1 Black Panther $201,797,000 $404,000,000 1
2 Peter Rabbit $17,250,000 $48,235,068 2
3 Fifty Shades Freed $16,940,000 $266,934,455 2
4 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $7,945,000 $904,623,565 9
5 The 15:17 to Paris $7,685,000 $36,132,717 2
Notable Box Office Stories:
Films Reddit Wants to Follow
This is a segment where we keep a weekly tally of currently showing films that aren't in the Top 5 that fellow redditors want updates on. If you'd like me to add a film to this chart, make a comment in this thread.
Title Domestic Gross (Cume) Worldwide Gross (Cume) Budget Week #
Thor: Ragnarok $314,589,124 $853,408,372 $180M 16
Justice League $228,616,472 $657,416,472 $300M 14
Coco $207,191,667 $730,391,667 $175M 13
Star Wars: The Last Jedi $618,031,777 $1,326,852,319 $200M 10
The Greatest Showman $154,478,356 $340,124,873 $84M 9
Paddington 2 $38,875,058 $212,715,005 $50M 6
Notable Film Closings
Title Domestic Gross Worldwide Gross Budget
Daddy's Home 2 $104,029,443 $180,613,180 $69M
Father Figures $17,501,244 $23,001,244 $25M
You can read my latest piece at The Numbers: What Gives a Marvel Movie Legs?
As always /boxoffice is a great place to share links and other conversations about box office news.
Also you can see the archive of all Box Office Week posts at /moviesboxoffice.
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CMC Markets Review  Best UK Trading Platform? (2020) City Index Review (2019)  Best UK Trading Platform?  CFD & Forex Trading Spread Betting FTSE 100 Shares Tips for Trading the FTSE 250 My First Successful & Profitable Trading Strategy

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