The WC – Let’s make some Chinese babies

Hola amigos. This week, I’m recovering from our ​investor trip to Tequila, Mexico​.

Recovering

Pro Tip: scheduling 0830 investor sessions the day after eight hours of tequila tastings is a schoolboy error.

Unrelated: WC stories this week and probably next week will be shorter than usual.

Want to come on the next trip? Check out ​Altea​, our private community.

Today, we’ve got:

  1. Films you should watch but probably haven’t
  2. Mind-blowing research
  3. Inside Zuck’s compound
  4. China can fix its population problem with this one weird trick
  5. Why does Google Gemini’s weird performance really matter?

Films you should watch but probably haven’t

A surprising ​number​ of fantastic and very well-known films stunk up the box office.

  • Resevoir Dogs grossed less than $6m (adj for inflation).
  • Dazed and Confused? $16m
  • Fight Club pulled in $100m and was censored in China.

Look at the table below. You’ve probably seen nearly all of these, but probably not in the theatre.

Common themes run through these films. They’re often complex stories, and they’re usually rated R.

Would you watch Cube based on this trailer?

Or have any real idea what it’s about?

Probably not, but once you’ve heard about it from a friend and find that it’s available to stream, you’ll give it a go.

If you own a cinema, this is a can’t-miss list of films you an probably get for cheap and sell a lot of tickets to.

Mind-blowing research

Psychedelics are ​blowing​ scientists’ minds.

Doctors, families, and victims of PTSD–which is awful and now very common after 23 years of constant war–have struggled to deal effectively with the condition for millennia.

But a surprising new treatment is making significant progress. MDMA combined with therapy is breaking ground only dreamt of previously.

Psychedelics, historically the refuge of rave kids and burnouts, are going mainstream.

Up and to the right

As you can see from this chart, which I made using ​DeepSearchLabs​, sentiment toward psychedelics is rising remarkably quickly.

Get ready for this to become mainstream.

Inside Zuck’s compound

Have you heard about Zuck’s ginormous compound in Hawaii? Probably. Any idea what’s inside it? Probably not.

Stone wall with an open wooden gate an address marker reading 7800 a traffic cone and a sign beyond the gate reading...
No poors allowed

​Wired​ pulled loads of public records and filings to find out, and it’s absolutely wild. The all-in cost is close to $300 million (and rising), and includes a sprawling apocalypse-ready bunker.

Read the whole thing if you’ve got some time, but this sort of unrelated fact jumped out at me the most:

Recently reinstalled OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has an arrangement with Peter Thiel, first revealed to

The New Yorker, where the pair will take a jet to one of Thiel’s New Zealand properties in the case of an apocalyptic event.

It’s no secret billionaires are building bunkers around the world, but it seems like it would be far more cost-effective just to buy up all the private air strips in New Zealand.

China can fix its population problem with this one weird trick

A lot of people have had a lot to say about what the population of China will be in 2100:

  • UN Projections:

  • Medium variant: 1.153 billion by 2100
  • High variant: 1.353 billion
  • Low variant: 488 million

  • Other studies:

  • ChinaPower Project: Between 720 million and 1.35 billion by 2100, depending on fertility scenario
  • Brookings Institution: Likely to drop below 1 billion by 2080 and below 800 million by 2100
  • City-level projection: National population ranges from 0.72 to 1.35 billion by 2100, depending on the fertility scenario

But regardless of who you ask, it’s shrinking quickly and is a big problem.

We’re not gonna take it

But there’s one clear and obvious thing the government can do to help solve the problem.

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Wyatt Cavalier

Wyatt Cavalier

With a background in finance & intelligence analysis, Wyatt has an unhealthy obsession with finding the best blue chip investment opportunities. His previous newsletter, Fractional, resonated deeply with subscribers, bringing actionable insights and unconventional trading strategies. His rare book collection specializes in banned editions. He currently lives in Spain with his beautiful wife, three young boys, and dog Monty.

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