Corporate America has gone worse than woke. They’ve gone full Gestapo, and their employees are killing whatever recovery we could be having…
I was in the market for some new men’s button down shirts.
Well, new to me.
You see, ‘Ol Half Dollar’s put on a few extra pounds during the lockdowns, and it’s kind of getting cold out there.
So I did what any self-respecting frugal stacker would do, and I hopped in the rusty old pick up truck and drove down to the local Goodwill.
I was having some mild luck with the selection, although all of the shirts that caught my eye were not of the 50% off variety.
Such is always my luck.
Anyway, while trying to flag down an employee to get a second opinion on a barely noticeable off-white stain on what I could have sworn was a knock-off Tommy Hilfiger, I stumbled upon a moment of awkwardness, so I immediately pulled up my muzzle to completely cover my nose, instead of leaving it like the chin strap it generally is when I’m out and about in public, I turned around, and I went back to the men’s button down shirt section.
The argument got loud, however, because neither of these two Drama Queens could let it go.
The mid-40-ish female Goodwill employee was determined to call the cops on the mid-50-ish female customer for not wearing a mask.
Of course, in less than a minute, it was all over, and the Goodwill Gestapo was successful in running off the evil, non-mask wearer and another person who appeared to be the troublemaker’s 20-something year old daughter, and, who, oddly enough, was wearing a mask.
Here’s the point: That Goodwill lost not just one, but two customers directly, and who knows if others left indirectly because they were in disgust or something, all over a mask that, as they’re recommended now, do not work any more than a condom with 1000 holes poked in it works in preventing HIV, pregnancy or STDs.
Needless to say, I put the shirt back on the rack because, well, I sided with the customer who made it clear, while they were both screaming at each other for that one brief second, that she was exempt from wearing the mask because of medical reasons.
I must say, the Deep State Globalists sure have done one heck of a job in getting us to fight amongst ourselves instead of focusing our energy where it ought to be focused.
But wait, there’s more!
Because the very next day, it happened to me!
My kids are also in the market for some new, season appropriate apparel, and while they haven’t put on the pounds like I have during the lockdowns, they are growing, so the frequent purchase of clothing is indeed a thing in my household, and my kids aren’t having any of that Goodwill stuff, even though the clothes the kidos end up choosing, curiously enough, are of lesser quality, have stains and rips as intended from the Chinese slave labor factory, and cost about 20 times more than the cost of similar items at Goodwill.
And this weekend, they convinced me to take the trip to the regional mall because, well, I’m not quite sure why because other than being gigantic, the regional mall seems to sell the same crap, only, you have to drive an hour and a half just to get there.
But I digress.
The last time we were at this mall, because the food court is, or at least used to be, always packed like sardines with the food always atrocious, I recall that we said we’d try the California Pizza Kitchen so we could sit down and be waited on instead of having to jockey for position against the great Zombie Horde.
We have never eaten at a California Pizza Kitchen, and while I’m certain the food is bland and over-priced for being located inside of a big, fancy mall, we were all looking forward to it, myself included.
That is, until the Nazi hostess made me put on my mask in order to walk us to our table.
So I put the chin strap up to cover my mouth, and as I removed my hand to proceed walking, because she was determined not to walk us to our table until we were all properly muzzled, the Nazi hostess of California Pizza Kitchen made a gesture to her own mask as if pulling it up over her nose, which I hate to do because it instantly fogs up the eyeglasses, and she said, in a somewhat loud voice, “sir, pull your mask all the way up!”.
So begrudgingly, I went full muzzle, and she proceeded to walk us to our table.
And then we could take off our mask, but if we wanted to get up and walk anywhere in the restaurant, we immediately had to put the mask back on.
Needless to say, I didn’t eat, an argument ensued on the eternal drive home, and it was 20-year old MRE’s in the garage for dinner several hours later.
But do you want to know the real kicker?
The nasty employees of California Pizza Kitchen were all doing plenty of gross things which involved all of the employees, from the cooks to the servers to the managers, all adjusting, repositioning and shifting their masks around their faces and then immediately grabbing things such as customers’ plates that were in the window, ready to be taken from kitchen to table, or grabbing a doughball to stretch into a pizza, or filling up drinks, or just doing whatever.
And when I say “all of the employees”, it was indeed everybody because this particular restaurant has one of those open kitchen designs where, as a customer, you pretty much see everything that’s going on inside of the restaurant, and because I sat in angst and did not eat or even drink anything, I was able to sit there and watch it all.
And even if you believe that the mask thing works, as pushed by the Mask Nazis, what I saw going on in that restaurant was way more risky when it comes to the transmission of The China Virus than not wearing a mask for the three steps needed to get to our table, only to take it off while seated.
Like, fat, dirty pizza cooks shuffling their greasy, grimy masks around their sweaty faces before grabbing a loaf of crusty bread and handing it to the server to be gobbled down by some unsuspecting customer only seconds later?
Buen provecho, sucker!
Special note to Mask Nazis: You’re losing customers, you’re losing sales, and you’re losing tips.
In the end, we tipped anyway because my kids and wife ate, and I really couldn’t bring myself to stiffing the waiter or leaving one of those infamous notes in lieu of a tip.
Here’s a tip: The gold-to-silver ratio is still saying “buy silver with gold”:
While silver’s not quite as cheap as it has been, there’s still free gold to be made at the end of the cycle, and if the ratio moves like I think it will move, the window of opportunity is closing on the ratio being north of 75.
The Permabear Chart Huggers probably hate the fact that, all things considered, $24 should now act as support:
I think the next big move in silver is higher, not lower.
Gold is also finding some nice support at $1900:
The Permabear Chart Huggers are also probably livid with that all important first higher-high!
I’m liking the looks of palladium right now:
All said, that’s a beautiful daily chart, and if we can really get a good break out above $2400, we could really see some positive price action.
To this day, in my opinion, platinum is still an awesome sleeper investment for those more deep-pocketed investors:
The next mover higher should also give us that all important first higher-high, but I’m looking for more than just the first baby step, and I’m actually kind of expecting an upside surprise!
Copper has been surprising a lot of analysts:
If you understand what’s happening to the currency, however, it should not be surprising at all.
I think there could still be more downside in crude oil:
Anybody who actually goes out and goes places can clearly see there is economic activity, but that activity is only a tiny fraction of what it once was.
Your experience, and mileage, may vary.
It will be interesting to watch yield on the 10-Year Note this week:
Is a new range being established?
More interesting, however, will be watching the US Dollar Index:
Here comes the moment of truth?
For the moment, the VIX is perched on its 50-day moving average:
Are “market participants” sure the volatility is coming after the election?
On the other hand, it could just as well be Dow 30,000 and the booming
market economy narrative:
Yet when it’s unlimited funny money and zero accountability, the market can be any reality.
The bottom line as we find ourselves here this beautiful Monday in mid-October?
The Mask Nazis are driving away customers, sales and even their tips.
A virus doesn’t know if your seated at a table or standing beside it.
So here is another “opt-out” affecting Main Street, right now.
I mean, if it’s a pain in the butt like this, why bother?
People will find other things to do more freely.
Corporate America has not just gone woke.
It has lost its mind with the mask thing.
Some people will tune this crap out.
Standing in line, at a dang mall?
To enter an overpriced store?
What, is this Disney now?
Thanks, but no thanks.
Is it even worth it?
I don’t think so.
Not like this.
Not at all.
– Half Dollar
About the Author
U.S. Army Iraq War Combat Veteran Paul “Half Dollar” Eberhart has an AS in Information Systems and Security from Western Technical College and a BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paul dived into gold & silver in 2009 as a natural progression from the prepper community. He is self-studied in the field of economics, a former amateur trader, and a Silver Bug at heart.