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Must Reads For The Week 2/16/19

February 19, 2019

FAKE NEWS

Obvious Hoax Unravels – Jessie Smollett Facing Heat For Fake Assault Claim, at theburningplatform.com. This guy thought he was going to be protected by the mainstream media and leftist politicians. Why? Because this story fit their narrative. Unfortunately for Smollett facts are stubborn things. His story started to unravel as evidence started to surface. Will the truth about this fake attack get as much media coverage as the original fake story received from the main stream media? No! The original story served its purpose. Smollett, the main stream media, and various politicians will not be held accountable for the hoax or spreading the hoax.

Spreading The Fake Smollett “MAGA Country” Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montague, at zerohedge.com. Watch a montage of the media’s coverage of the original event. The rush to push a fake narrative without finding the facts is standard operating procedure for the “unbiased” main stream media. Remember these rush to judgements, Covington Catholic students, Kavanaugh hearings, Russian collusion, Trayvon Martin “hands up don’t shoot”, “The Cambridge police acted stupidly”, the Duke Lacrosse case, the George Bush national guard fake documents, just to name a few. When Trump said the media was “the enemy of the people” he should have said ‘the main stream media is the enemy of the truth’. The press was given Constitutional protection in order to be a check on government power. The MSM is now on the side of big government.  As long as the individuals with government power are part of the progressive socialist left. Alternative media are now doing the job the press was originally supposed to do. Politicians, the MSM and social media platforms are trying to silence and censor alternative media sites. Fortunately for freedom, the alternative media Genie can’t be put back in the bottle.

Hate Crime Hoaxes: 10 Campus Stories Debunked in 2017, at foxnews.com. How many do you remember? How about these?, A Brief History Of Hate Crime Hoaxes, at news.com.au.

The Alt-Media Has Way More Fun Than The Mainstream Media, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwoinds.com. Excerpt from the article: “The corporate-state media ……job isn’t to report any truth that lays waste to the self-serving interests of the ruling elites; their job is to protect the ruling elites by “reporting” politically correct narratives and playing up culturally divisive incidents to distract the masses from any awareness of their political invisibility and lack of financial independence or agency.”

“The MSM’s other job is to scrub any mass dissent from their “news.” So for example, U.S. corporate-state media coverage of the yellow vest movement in France is zero. This is not random; it is all part of skewing the “news” to Meaningless controversies and fawning politically correct / approved narratives stories.”

“It’s more fun being on the side of free inquiry and meaningful analysis than being on the side of censorship, fear-mongering, propagandistic sowing of discord and the promotion of the corporate-state party line.”

OTHER STUFF

The Disappearing Democrat’ Scandal, at zerohedge.com. Remember this story? Excerpt from the article: “Imran Awan was an IT guy for congress for many years. He was working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other members of congress. In the heat of the 2016 election, actually the same week that the DNC was hacked, Congress’ own internal police caught him hacking Congress. so although he was the IT guy, he was taking much more data than he should have had access to, impersonating members of Congress, and logging into their accounts and so on, and shuttling data off the House network and taking steps to hide what he was doing.”

Do You Believe In The Deep State Now?, at zerohedge.com. Call it what you will, the deep state, bureaucratic insiders, the Washington establishment, the administrative state. The deep state’s former FBI director Andrew McCabe admits they were working to get rid of Trump. Why? Because he was an outsider who wasn’t going to play their game. Trump stated he wanted to ‘drain the swamp’. He was and is perceived as a threat to their power. What they don’t understand is that it isn’t Trump who is a threat to their power, it is the individuals who voted him into office who are the threat to their power. These actions by establishment insiders and the main stream media are producing an unintended consequence. Increasing numbers of people are beginning to clearly see the threat to individual freedom is the D.C. establishment.

Sheriff Calls Concealed Carrying Bystander A “Hero” For Shooting Man Who Killed Wife At Dental Office, by Dan Urbanski, at theblaze.com. Did you hear about this in the MSM? This concealed carrier shot and held the suspect until cops came. And he did it without shooting an innocent bystander.

The Real Resistance: Washington State Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Unconstitutional Gun Laws, at zerohedge.com. The real resistance against tyranny.

Who-D A-Thunk It? Panera’s Utopia Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant Model Didn’t Work?, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. No shock to anyone with common sense, people started to eat without paying.

2 Million Syringes Still Missing As San Francisco’s Drug Addicts Outnumber High-School Students, at zerohedge.com. I guess Government officials didn’t understand that when you subsidize an activity you get more of that activity.

Cash-Desperate Illinois Is Now Taxing Lap Dances, at economicpolicyjournal.com. This is not a satirical headline. In an unrelated story: Moodies Warns Illinois Governor: New Taxes Will Make More Residents Flee, at zerohedge.com.

Who Owns The $21.5 Trillion Of U.S. National Debt?, at economicpolicyjournal.com. U.S Individuals and Institutions – Here is who owns our debt. U.S. Individuals and institutions – 39.5%, U.S. Social Security Trust Fund – 13%, Federal Reserve – 10.8%, U.S Civil Service Retirement Fund – 4.3%, U.S. Military Retirement Fund – 3.5% for a total of 71.1%. The remaining 29% is owned by foreign countries, with China holding the most at 6.2%. Is it possible to pay this back when you consider that we are adding about $1 trillion to the national debt every year?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Nation’s Liberals Devastated After Learning Hate Crime Didn’t Actually Happen, at babylonbee.com. Excerpt from the article: “Candlelight vigils are being arranged in liberal cities across the country as millions mourn the loss of one of the most potentially divisive crimes in the last decade. “There was so much promise there. Now there’s just emptiness,” said one mourner in Berkley, CA.

Conservatives Accused Of Making Liberals Look Bad By Simply Reading List Of Things Liberals Believe, at babylonbee.com.

10 Ways You Can Drastically Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Very Instant, at babylonbee.com. Here are a few. “1) Kill Yourself. 2) Kill A Friend Or Family Member. 3) Have An Abortion, See #2. 4) Cut Your Breathing Back To Once Every 7 Minutes.

“We Must Treat The Constitution As If It’s Alive,” Says Man Who doesn’t Treat The Unborn That Way, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 1/26/19

January 28, 2019

The Government Shutdown And The Fallacy Of The “Public Sector“, at econmicpolicyjournal.com. It is time to privatize a majority of what the government does. Starting with the TSA, air traffic control, the postal service.

Demographic Catastrophe: China’s Birth Rate Falls To Historic Low, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “...without a dramatic rebound in China’s birth rate, massive over capacity (thanks to over a decade of government mandated malinvestment) versus a eve swifter declining base of consumption does not add up to a burgeoning middle class or a happy ending.”

Markets In Everything: Light Bulb Repair In Venezuela, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. You’re economy is in the toilet when there is a market to repair light bulbs.

Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI’s Diabolical Plan To Create A Nation Of Suspects, at zerohedge.com. It is not good that Trump signed “The Rapid DNA Act”.

At Shot Show, Mike Rowe, Shares Lessons Learned From Gun Owners, by Sean Davis At thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Rowe….extolled the virtues of working and building with your hands, instead off pushing paper or spending all day in front of a screen. “This country has a skills gap. We have seven million jobs available that can’t be filled because people in this country no longer have the skills to do them. We have lent over $1.5 trillion to kids who can’t pay it back so they can spend four years trying to get jobs that don’t exists.

The Vatican Surrenders To China, at zerohedge.com. Pope Francis has granted the Chinese Communist Party considerable authority to appoint Catholic bishops after decades of denying them this power. This can’t end well for Catholics in China.

School Board Keeps Policy Pushing Male Coach To Watch Undressing Girl, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. Teachers are to be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. This is complete insanity. Why would any teacher put themselves in this situation.

Law Makes It Easier For New Yorkers To Get Third-Trimester Abortions, by Liz Wolfe, at thefederalist.com. Governor Cuomo said, “One World Trade Center’s 408 foot spire, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany will be lit in pink tonight to celebrate passage of Reproductive Health Act.” Is this something to celebrate?

FAKE NEWS

More Fake News Exposed As Media Lies About Catholic Kids, Native American Debacle, at zerohedge.com. If you watch the full video, instead of watching the edited part the media showed ad nauseam, you will have a different opinion of this contrived incident that was the top story in the news last week. If you are not interested in what really happened, because the edited video supports your vision of the world, you are part of the problem.

We should never believe the main stream media’s account of any story. When a story is reported, start with the understanding that something important may or may not have happened. And this something is being covered by people who see everything through the biased lens of their political world view. These people will leave out any information that doesn’t support their world view. If you want to know what really happened you will have to spend time looking at information that is outside of the main stream media. Analyse the information and then form your opinion. It takes time, but it is better than being propagandized by the main stream media.

The MAGA hat is what this is really all about. The Democrats and the MSM have pushed the idea that Trump and anyone who voted for him is a racist. They are attempting to have the MAGA hat take the place of the white hood as the symbol of racism. There isn’t evidence to support this claim that Trump is a racist. He only became a racist after he started running for President as a Republican. The Dems and the MSM understand that if you state a lie over and over it will become truth in many people’s minds. I have been paying attention to politics the late 70’s. This is nothing new. Reagan was portrayed as a racist. Anyone who is for smaller government is smeared as a racist. Calling your opponent racists stops all debate about any subject. Because when you are evil, anything you support no matter how logical, is evil. Read this article, Famous Liberals Who Urged Doxing, Assault, & Murder of Covington Catholic Kids Are Called Out, at zerohedge.com. The Catholic diocese tossed these kids under the bus in 24 hours. It took decades for Catholic leadership to out their pedophile priests.

The American Indian who waded into the crowd of Covington Catholic students while banging his drum was a professional protester. Don’t trust me. If you choose to know the truth read, The Truth About That Naive American by Tom Woods, or this article, Native American “Harassed” by MAGA Kids Exposed As Outrage-Cultural Grifter, at zerohedge.com.

We are all being played for fools by big government central planners in the Democrat and Republican party, and the main stream media. We are being separated into disparate groups and made to hate each other. Until more individuals understand this, we will continue down this chaotic political road we are now traveling.

Our enemy is not individuals outside of government. Our enemies are individuals in government. These individuals in government have power to force you to do things you don’t want to do. Obamacare was an example of individuals in government forcing individuals outside of government to purchase a good or service. Every dollar individuals in government take from you and distribute to others is theft of your decision to do what you want to do with your property (what you produced).

Our country was founded to protect each individual from individual politicians and bureaucrats who are in positions to wield the concentrated force of government. We have to quit buying into the propaganda of identity politics, or they win.

The Ruling Elites Love How Easily We’re Distracted and Turned Against Each Other. by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Make time to read this article. Excerpt from the article: “Huxley spoke of Loving our servitude: if we let the ruling elites distract and divide us, then we will in effect to choosing to love our servitude.”

“No wonder the ruling elites love how easily we’re distracted and divided against ourselves: It’s so easy to dominate a distracted, divided, blinded-by-propaganda and negative emotions populace.”

Mueller’s Office Confirms Buzzfeed’s Trump-Cohen Story Is Fake News, at zerohedge.com. More biased reporting by MSM. The MSM trick is to report about a report by another media outlet. When they report that Buzzfeed says “……..”, it serves as their version of a “weasel clause” in a contract. This is how they get out of their obligation of being “journalist”. Fewer and fewer people believe what the MSM reports.

“Everyone Knew” WSJ Exposes Bruce Ohr’s Shocking Admission To The FBI, at zerohedge.com. The MSM didn’t report what “Everyone Knew” about the Steele Dossier. I’m shocked!

BuzzFeed CEO Spoofed Prominent Gun Rights Activist To Spread Disinformation, at zerohedge.com. No comment needed.

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It, at wired.com. When ‘Wired’ publishes an article about this, you should pay attention to the surveillance State. Excerpt from the article: “Big Brother is an emerging reality in China. Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people – even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to cop the Chinese model…..Still, It can’t happen here, right?”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Report: More Unborn Babies In New York Identifying As Convicted Criminals So They Can’t Legally Be Executed, at babylonbee.com.

Statement By Pinocchio Rated Four Ocasio-Cortezes, at babylonbee.com.

Progressives Announce Plan To Resume Lecturing You On Morality After They’re Finished Applauding Murder Of The Unborn, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 12/8/18

December 9, 2018

 

Mazie Hirono: “We Democrats Know So Much” That We Tend to Alienate Voters, by Jessica Chasmar, at washingtontimes.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “One of the things that we Democrats have a really hard time is connecting to people’s hearts instead of here”, Mrs Hirono pointed to her head, “We’re really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [points to her brain] But not here [points to the heart].”

I hate to inform Mrs Hirono, but it is just the opposite. The only way Democrats win an issue is by playing to people’s emotions. Why? Because they could never win the issues with logic and reasoning.

Thomas Sowell Explains The Economics Of Discrimination, by David Weinberger, at the federalist.com. I am reading Dr. Sowell’s recent book Discrimination and Disparities. This is another great read that is full of information, and of course, Dr Sowell’s brilliant insight and reasoning.

Truth Is What We Hide, Self-Serving Cover Stories Are What We Sell, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. This is a great article about what insiders in politics, the bureaucracy and the media cover up and what they spin as true.

Lena Dunham’s Return To ‘Believe All Women’ Does Women No Favors, by Daniella Davis, at thefederalist.com. Don’t ‘all women’ have to have some speck of evidence in order to be believed? There is an evidentiary standard in order to be believed when accusing someone of a crime. Why? Because it is a legal matter, even though the legal process of finding guilt in sexual assault cases is now being tried in the political arena. Here is a random thought. If men and women are equal, as we as a society have been told for all these decades, why don’t we here of more instances where women fight their attackers? If men and women are equal, shouldn’t 50% of these assault cases end with the perpetrator having been beaten up. Also, wouldn’t there be fewer assaults for the simple reason men would not be eager to attack someone who could beat them up.

In an unrelated article: Men Begin Avoiding Female Co-Workers In Age Of #MeToo, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. I shouldn’t say this but I am. After being told by a woman that all men are pigs, I informed her that it is a good thing that God made men’s sex drive so powerful, because if it wasn’t for that, there is no way men would want to hang around women.

In another unrelated article: Chart Of The Day: The Declining Female Share Of Computer Science Degrees From, 28% to 18%, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Men and women are biologically different. and no amount of social engineering will change that reality.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Stopping Climate Change Will End Racism , at zerohedge.com. I am not smart enough to understand how, “stopping climate change will end racism”. So my comment to Alexandria is this; the Democrat party doesn’t want to end racism. The Democrat party needs the issue of racism to maintain its power. The Democrat party also uses the global warming issue to maintain its power. So the Democrats also don’t want the issue of Global warming to go away. Since both issues are needed to maintain power, neither issue will go away. Since both issues can’t be proven as true, only asserted as true, it will be easy to hype both issues for decades to come.

The Elite Are Creating An Authoritarian ‘Beast System’, And Dissenters Could Lose Everything, at zerohedge.com. The internet is turning into a tool of surveillance by Big Brother.

DC Council Bills Taxpayers Half A Million To Avoid Enrolling In Obamacare, by Christopher Jacobs, at thefederalist.com. Do as I say not as I do. Here is an excerpt from the article: “In encouraging others to “get covered,” and promoting the D.C. Health Link Site, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser omitted one key detail: she does not buy the policies the DC Health Link sells. Bowser, like most of her DC council colleagues, received taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies to purchase their coverage through the District government, rather than through DC Health Link. Thus DC spent nearly half a million in taxpayer funds because the mayor ad council won’t be bothered o enroll in Obamacare.”

Why Have Seattle’s Police Become Enforcers For Antifa? at zerohedge.com. The police are not there to pick a side. They are there to enforce the law no matter who breaks it.

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Non-Citizen Households In America Are On Welfare, at zerohedge.com. Taxpayers are paying the cost of not enforcing the immigration laws that are on the books today.

Alberta Orders “Unprecedented” Oil Output Cut To Combat Crashing Prices, at zerohedge.com. American oil producers stop pumping oil if the price of oil can’t cover the cost of production (including a profit). The incremental increase and decrease of the price of oil regulates supply of oil at any particular price. My question is; does the Government of Canada make the decision on how much oil is extracted from the ground or do prices decide what is pumped out of the ground? This seems like a Government created ‘problem’. Oil gluts and oil shortages wouldn’t be as wide ranging if market prices were allowed to incrementally adjust supply and demand instead of letting it be decided by central planners.

French Protestors Fume Over Climate Taxes And A Rising Cost Of living, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Global warming policies are just another way for governments to grow power and fleece their citizens.

The Edict Of Diocletian: A Case Study Of Price Controls And Inflation, by Murray N. Rothbard, at mises.org. The average person in Roman times understood more about what caused inflation than we do today. Today we think that inflation is prices rising. In Roman times they understood (through their actions) that Inflation is the increase in the money supply. Governments clip coins and decreases the amount of gold in each coin they mint in order to finance government spending. Regular people understood this and reacted by paying their taxes with the coins that had less gold in them, and keeping the higher quality coins to use in market exchange. But inflation still reared its ugly head. To combat inflation caused by the Government devaluation of the coins, Emperor Diocletian decided setting price ceilings was the answer. Even this all-powerful Emperor couldn’t stop the shortages that were brought about by his price controls. Nothing was offered for sale and everything was in short supply. Diocletian repealed his price ceiling edict and prices finally stabilized after the Government stopped devaluing the money supply.

I don’t think our Federal Reserve is smart enough to realize they have caused our bubble economy through their money printing. Even if they did realize it, they have no incentive to stop printing money because we the people are ignorant about what money really is. Why? Because we have grown up under a paper money system, not under a commodity (gold or silver) money system. If you want to understand the concept of money read: “What Has Government Done To Our Money” By Murray Rothbard. It is a hand size paperback of 110 pages.

DiMartino Booth: The Fraying Of The Fed’s Fragile Narrative, at zerohedge.com. Danielle DiMartino Booth is a former official of the Dallas Fed. She has keen insight about the workings of this disruptive organization. The Interview is worth watching.

Even The NY Times Thinks Its ‘Curtains For The Clintons’, at zerohedge.com. The small crowds at Clinton speaking tour stops shows the Clintons have out lived their usefulness to the Democrat Party.

“I Know Where All The Bodies Are Buried”: Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans To Investigators, at zerohedge.com. I an unrelated story. The Clinton Foundation was nothing more than a money laundering scheme. Mafia money launderers could learn a few things from the Clintons.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Macron Criticizes Climate Change Tax Protesters For Not Using Carbon-Neutral Rioting Methods, at babylonbee.com

Trump Releases Findings Of Own Independent Investigation: ‘Most Innocent President Ever’, at babylonbee.com.

Report: Mueller To Release Results Of Investigation Day Before 2020 Election, at babylonbee.com.

Frightening Rise In Anti-Semitism Blamed On The Jews, at babylonbee.com.

Should The NFL Prohibit Players From Appearing In Hotel Security Footage? at theonion.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/2/18

June 3, 2018

Remember Filegate? Where The Clinton’s Promised Everyone That They Had Only Accidentally Been Looking Through FBI Files On Republicans? by John  Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. Where these raw FBI files uses to blackmail people?

Atlanta Suburb Brags About Fines For Chipped Paint And Incorrectly Stacked Wood, at reason.com. It is not just the Federal Government that is tyrannical. Doraville Ga. is trying to balance its budget through fines and intimidation. Some residents are suing the city for violating their due process rights under the 14th amendment.

Trump Signs Orders Targeting Federal Workers, Union Activities, by Jonathan Allen, at nbcnews.com. Finally a politician with the balls to push back against out of control  federal employee unions. Public employee unions are helping bankrupt government at all levels.

How The Feds Use Transportation Funds To Spy On You, by Mike Maharrey, at mises.org. Is the Dept. of Homeland Security and the TSA building a nationwide surveillance network?

NAACP President In SC Says He Was Racially Profiled; Body Cam Video Shows Otherwise, by Tonya Brown, at wpde.com. I’ve posted many times about what I think are abuses of power by police. Here is an example of false accusations against the police.  And this follow-up. NAACP Now Investigating If Two Officers Took Part In Traffic Stop Of NAACP Leader, by Tonya Brown, at wpde.com.

BLM-Cheerleader Accuses Police Officer Of Sexual Assault, Body Cam Footage Proves Otherwise, at zerohedge.com. Another example of false accusations against police. Body cameras are a good idea. Just like citizens using their phones to film stops, is a good idea.

Caged Migrant Children Photo Goes Viral As Left Rages At Trump; Except It Happened Under Obama, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the biased main stream media running with a story because it fits their narrative. The good thing about the internet is these fake news stories can be easily debunked. the MSM doesn’t have a monopoly on information anymore.

You Won’t Believe What McDonald’s Is Being Sued For Now.... at zerohdege.com. There are too many slip and fall lawyers looking for a payday.

The Marketplace – America’s Other Democracy, by Brian Balfour, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Note the contrast between this “other” democracy versus the political democracy, which is rife with patronage peddling, pork barrel spending, taxes, corruption and waste. In the democracy of the marketplace, individuals strive to serve the needs of others in order to foster their own success. Compare that to political democracy, which tends “to give way to the tyranny of the status quo that gets to exploit the exploitable — you and your fellow citizens,

Free To Be A Socialist, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “….young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neither they nor many of their teachers and professors know what free market capitalism is.”

“Free market capitalism is disfavored by many Americans – and threatened – not because of its failure but, ironically, because of its success. Free market capitalism in America has been so successful in eliminating the traditional problems of mankind – such as disease, pestilence, hunger and gross poverty – that all other human problems appear both unbearable and inexcusable. The desire by many Americans to eliminate these so-called unbearable and inexcusable problems has led to the call for socialism”
“….socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great……It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.”

John Oliver Is Wrong About Venezuela – It’s A Socialist Country, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. Venezuela is an example of the failure of socialism.

Drain The Swamp; Remove The Cancer, at economicnoise.com. Excerpt from the article: Much of he country still does not believe how corrupt their government is. To many, Trump is merely a baboon, not intelligent enough to properly manage government and not proper or politically correct enough to represent them.”

To the hoard of thieves inside the beltway, he is the million-to-one shot that could never happen. As such he is now a threat that cannot be tolerated. His tenure has already highlighted and uncovered inefficiencies and illegalities. And he is just getting started and beginning to focus on the really criminals stuff. Drain the swamp was a catchy campaign phrase but it was inaccurate in the sense that swamps do not metastasize. They can become more dangerous over time, but generally not become bigger. Washington is more like a cancer which does grow in size”

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Must Reads For The Week 12/2/17

December 3, 2017

FAKE NEWS?

ABC news reported early Friday an unnamed source said Flynn is prepared to testify that then candidate Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign. But this wasn’t true. Either the story was reported this way as an “honest mistake” or it was reported this way because it confirm the Russian collusion bias the main stream media has been hoping to prove since the election. ABC retracted the story 8 hours later. Read about the retraction in this story ABC Makes “Epic Mistake”, Retracts Bombshell Flynn Story, at zerohedge.com, and this story ABC News Corrects Bombshell Flynn Report, at cnn.com.

The Truth is: shortly after the election, not during the campaign, President-elect Trump, not candidate Trump, instructed Flynn to contact Russia to see if they could work together to fight ISIS in Syria. I went to zerohedge and read the full statement in this article, “Statement Of The Offense”: Here is Mueller’s Full Case Against Flynn, to find the truth behind the initial story because I knew from experience the media’s initial story or headline has resemblance to the truth. They are trying to push their narrative.

So what is this all about? The insiders in the media and D.C. don’t want an outsider in a position that is reserved for insiders. Since the election insiders have been trying to get rid of our undermine Trump. Trump colluding with Russia during the election is the narrative they think will serve their purpose. Special Council Mueller is investigating “Russian collusion”. He was the FBI Director appointed by Bush and retained by Obama. Serving under Republican and Democrat presidents shows that he is a true insider. New he has an unlimited budget. His search is not limited to Russian collusion. He is going to set perjury traps for everyone he questions in an attempt to get them on a process crime which has nothing to do with collusion.When he charges them with the process crime of perjury, he can then pressure them to give up Trump or go to jail, even if there is nothing to give up. He wants them to make up something in exchange for a lesser penalty, or use their admission of quilt about perjury to push the narrative of collusion. (Here is some friendly advice. If you are ever questioned by the FBI, plead the fifth. Don’t answer any questions because they are trying to set a perjury trap. They to find somebody to hang, and they don’t care if the charge has anything to do with their investigation. Remember Scooter Libby read here.)

The insiders are trying to get us to believe that collusion is illegal. Collusion is not illegal. Colluding to break the law is illegal. Ohio State football coaches and players colluded last week to beat Michigan. But beating Michigan is not illegal. Is colluding with a foreign country to win an election illegal? only if the specific actions taken are illegal.

Conclusion: If you are not an outsider you are the enemy of the insiders and must be taken down. Insiders will use the full force of the Federal Government and their allies in the media to get rid of outsiders. Trump is a big threat to the insiders and their power. This is why insiders in both parties, the media, entertainment, and education seem so unhinged by everything Trump does. I think it is hilarious. Of course I see the R and D insider game for what it is, pitting us against each other so insiders can maintain their positions of power and wealth. (And remember this, never talk to the FBI.)

INSIDERS VS OUTSIDERS

Over-Reaching Prosecutors Run The Country, at bigleaguepolitics.com. Individuals in positions of power can never be trusted. Remember Mike Nifhong and the Duke Lacrosse case.

Obama-Appointed Federal Inspector Threatened By Clinton Campaign Over Email Investigation, at zerohedge.com. Another example of insiders using threats to protect their status quo position.

DNC Lawyer Scrambles To Block Evidence From Hidden Laptop Tied To Wasserman Schultz, at zerohedge.com. Democrat insiders trying to cover up their pile of crap so outsiders don’t figure out what is going on.

Fight Over CFPB Director Shows – Again! – How Powerful Government Entities Backfire On Their Creators, by Eric Boehm, at reason.com. Insiders created a position of power to implement their agenda. When it looks like an outsider may take over the position they created they don’t like it.

 

Net Neutrality And The Resistance To Restoring Internet Freedom, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Net Neutrality is an example of government insiders trying to reign in the freedom of outsiders by disguised their regulations as helping outsiders. Excerpt from the article: “Net Neutrality was sold as a solution to problems that did not exist (problems being hypothetical cases of Internet service providers blocking content they don’t like). Predictably, it hasn’t worked out well for consumers. As FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has noted, investment in broadband networks has declined for two years in a row for the first time in the history of the Internet, not counting recessions.” Why does government think it has to get involved in industries that are doing just fine without them?

Net Neutrality: Government Can’t Know The “Correct” Price For Internet Service, by Nicholas Freiling, at mises.org. The economic realities of insider intervention into the free market (aka outsider milieu). Excerpt from the article: “A pure net neutrality view is difficult to sustain if you also want to have continued investment in broadband networks. ….If you have these pure net neutrality rules where you can never charge a company like Netflix anything, you’re not ever going to get a return on continued network investment – which means you’ll stop investing in the network. And I would not want to be sitting here 10 or 20 years from not with the same broadband speeds we’re getting today.

Tax Bill Attacked For Loss Of Electric Car Subsidy – But Most Americans Don’t Want Electric Cars, at masterresource.com. Government subsidizing electric cars with outsiders tax dollars is another example of insiders thinking they know what is bets for outsiders.

Conyers Lawyer Hints Racism As Pelosi Asks Conyers To Go – But Not Franken, at politico.com. Excerpt from the article: “Nancy Pelosi is going to have to explain what is the discernible difference between Al Franken and John Conyers,” Arnold Reed Conyers’ attorney, told reporters after the House Minority leader Said Conyers should resign.” I get a feeling of shadenfreude when people like Pelosi are hoist on their own petard.

Must Reads For The Week 9/2/17

September 2, 2017

HURRICANE HARVEY OBSERVATIONS

“Price Gouging” = Political Rhetoric and/or Economic Ignorance!

Every time a disaster happens the term ‘price gouging’ is used to describe what happens to the pricing system when normal supply and demand is disrupted. The first rule of economics is scarcity. Man’s desires are unlimited while resources needed to satisfy these desires are scarce. This constraint of scarcity exists for any economic system, be it free market or any of the other centrally planned economic systems (socialist, communist, fascist, democratic socialist). The question we must ask is; which system best deals with this inherent constraint? In a free market, prices ration scarce resources to their most valued uses according to the subjective valuations of consumers. In a centrally planned economy, bureaucrats make the decisions on what is valuable and how scarce resources are to be rationed .

A natural disaster quickly shows how a free flow of prices conveys knowledge about where resources are needed most. Prices rising in the affected area constrains consumer demand for these scarce resources on the one hand and incentivize suppliers to bring scarce resources to the affected area on thee other. Prices coordinate supply and demand, and at the same time the coordination of supply and demand is revealed through changing prices. Price rise or fall incrementally during normal market conditions. But during disasters there are wide swings in prices.

The wild swing in prices allows political demagogues to prey on the economically ignorant. This free flow of market prices is called “Price Gouging”. Politicians win when they demagogue rising prices, and the people affected most by the disaster are hurt. Even though the people hurt most don’t realize it.

Here are some videos that explain the role of prices in a market economy.

Walter E. Williams.

John Stossel

Stossel vs. O’Reilly

This video proves Bill O’Reilly’s ignorance about economics. When he is losing the argument he cuts Stossel off and tries to play on emotion instead of logic. He then resorts to calling Stossel a ‘fascist’. These are the tactics of leftists.

People who are being charitable with their own time and money don’t need to be incentivized to “do the right thing” (supplying goods and services to the affected area). Rising prices incentivize, non charitable people (if that’s what you want to call them ), to supply much-needed goods and services to the affected area.

Gas Prices To Rise Even Faster As Tropical Storm Harvey Floods Texas, at usa.com. I heard a gentleman call into a talk show complaining about the rise in gas prices in his part of the country. He didn’t think the prices should go up since his area wasn’t affected by Harvey. This shows the economic ignorance of a vast majority of people in the country. At least 12% of the countries refining capacity is being disrupted by Harvey. Gasoline distribution infrastructure is also being disrupted. Economic law states when supply decreases against a fixed demand the price will increase. This increased price works to coordinate demand to the new reality of the decreased supply. This works to ration the scarce resource to its most valued use until supply can be brought back on-line. Allowing prices to rise allows the coordination of supply and demand to happen much faster than if prices were fixed by government.

Private Sector vs. Public Sector

Private Sector To The Rescue In Texas: Never Underestimate The Power Of The Private Sector To Rise Up To An Challenge, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediamblog. First responders are individuals on the scene at the moment something happens. Second responders are police, firemen or FEMA. In New Orleans people relied on Government to help them. In Texas people are relying on themselves to help each other. Big difference! Many people think order can only come from central planning from Government. They can’t conceive of order happening spontaneously by individuals voluntarily cooperating.

EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waiver For Texas, at epa.gov. The best way government can help is to get out of the way. Since refineries are down, Texas will now be allowed to purchase gasoline that is banned for use in Texas by EPA regulations. But don’t worry the lifting of the ban will expire on September 15th. Why do we need such regulations in the first place?

Thanks To Markets, Houston’s Disaster Isn’t As Bad As It Might Have Been, by Christopher Westley, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “At the time of this writing, 26 Harvey-related deaths have been confirmed in the United States….. imagine what the death toll would have been if a similar storm slammed into comparable population centers in the Pacific Rim, Venezuela, or other outposts of the Third World. No doubt: They would be in the thousands…… What makes Houston different has to do with property rights institutions taking root and developing there over decades, making it a center for capital investment, because capital always flows to those areas where it is most secure. The continued increase in the quantity and quality of capital over time increases wealth, allowing its owners to afford better infrastructure and safety, relative to more benighted areas that attract less capital over time. To get an idea about the effects of decades of capital formation on Houston in 2017, consider the devastation that befell Galveston in 1900, when another Category 4 hurricane swept the Texas coast and claimed about 8,000 lives.

Why Houston Doesn’t Need Federal Flood Relief, – In Four Charts, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Let’s not promise federal tax dollars to be assigned for rebuilding Texas. The funds will be subject to crony political distribution. And where ever there is a pile of Federal dollars there will be no shortage of people, who don’t need the money, trying to appropriate it. Excerpt from the article: “This isn’t to say real sharing and kindness are a bad thing. It’s excellent that private charities have already been hard at work helping with the cleanup in Houston. If one wants to insist that governments be involved, there’s nothing stopping other states from handing over funds to Texas directly. The federal government need not be involved at all

The Broken Window Fallacy Hasn’t Been Brought Up…. Yet!

Maybe we have won the war against ‘The Broken Window Fallacy‘. Usually after disasters like this we start to hear ‘experts’ talk about how the disaster will help the economy because of all the jobs created to replace and rebuild the things that were destroyed. I guess that sounds logical on its face, but if we remember our lessons from Frederic Bastiat we should look at what is seen, we should look at what is not seen. You will see the people employed in the rebuilding process. What you don’t see is what could have been done with all the resources, capital, time and labor used for the rebuild. The economy as a whole has less wealth because of a disaster. Everything that was destroyed has to be replaced just to get back to even par. If your car is destroyed. Not only do you not have a car, you won’t have what you could have purchased with the money used to replace your car. The economy as a whole, and you, are poorer by 1 car. The car was a useful good and was destroyed long before its normal replacement time. The broken window fallacy is simply the idea that consumption creates wealth. Production creates wealth. Consumption is the destruction of wealth.

Media / Politics

Fake News About Hurricane Harvey Is Why Americans Hate The Media, at thefederalist.com. This is just one example why the mainstream media has lost credibility.

Trump To Donate $1 Million To Texas Recovery, at cnn.com. I’m not a fan of people being public about their giving. Here is an excerpt from article: “President Donald Trump will donate $1 million of his fortune to recovery efforts in Texas……”

Hillary Clinton To Tell Audiences Her ‘Personal, Raw, Detailed and Surprisingly Funny Story’ In Nationwide Tour With Tickets Selling For Up To $1,200, at dailymail.co.uk. I wonder if Hillary is going to donate these proceeds to the recovery efforts in Texas? Or is she going to give some of he money donated to the Clinton Global Initiative for relief efforts in Texas? Oh! I forgot. Donations to the Clinton Global Initiative have dried up since Hillary lost the Election! Maybe Hillary and Bill will just have to give some of their fortune to the relief effort?

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Must Reads For The Week 8/19/17

August 19, 2017

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Speculates That Barcelona Attack May Be “Copycat” Of Charlottesville, at zerohedge.com. He really didn’t say that did he? Running into crowds of pedestrians with vehicles (preferably trucks) has been the new modus operandi of the terrorists for quite some time now (read here).

Before “Fake News”, America Invented “Pseudo Events”, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Rather than attempt to supply a detailed look at who was at the event, what was done, and what the participants – from both sides – have to say about it, we are instead exposed primarily to what people in Washington DC, and the political class in general, think about the events in which they were not directly involved. This focus illustrates …. a bias toward focus on the national intellectual class rather than on events that take place outside the halls of official power. Note, however, that those quoted rarely have any special knowledge about the events themselves. Their opinions are covered not because they are knowledgeable, but because their quotations fit easily into a narrative that the media wishes to perpetuate.

Why Isn’t Communism As Hated As Nazism? by Dennis Prager, at Prager University.

Privatize The Public Monuments, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. “Public” ownership via tax payer dollars means there will always be bickering because agreement on what should be erected is impossible. Private ownership means one person has the right to decide.

America’s Right To Self-Government Is Under Attack, at theburningplatform.com. The intellectual elite has always thought they can run our lives better than we can. The election of the outsider Trump has put them in a position they won’t accept. They have no real positions of power in the federal government but what they are really afraid of is they are about to lose political power. Political power is all about verbal sleight of hand. It is an illusion, a narrative if you will, created by propaganda and lies. Most people are figuring out that the media narrative is fake. Without the illusion, it is easy to see though the political game. I would say Trump is Toto pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz, but Trump isn’t that subtle. He is more like a pit bull creating such a ruckus ripping the curtain down, we have no choice but to look.

Why Do The Super Rich Promote Socialism, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Socialism (government intervention into the economy) does not redistribute wealth more evenly. Socialism allows wealth to be controlled by individuals at the top. There is no middle class. Only the haves and the have-nots.

“The Maduro Diet” – Venezuelans Suffer Drastic Weight Loss As Hunger Crisis Strikes, at zerohedge.com. This is where socialism (government planning of an economy) leads to. Why isn’t this a bigger story…….? Because it doesn’t fit the narrative of the media when it comes to socialist central planning.

We Have A  Single-Payer System, And It’s Killing Veterans Like Me, by Jonathan LaForce, at thefederalist.com. When Obamacare collapses and politicians talk about implementing a single payer healthcare system. Tell them the VA is a single payer system, that has failed. Why would we want to try the same failure on a much bigger scale?

Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer Indicted By Grand Jury On 4 counts, at zerohedge.com. Hmmmm!

FBI Reopens’ FOIA Case On Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting After Getting Caught In Lie, at zerohedge.com. Hmmmm!

‘Inconvenient’ Fact: Morgan Stanley Says Electric Cars Create more CO2 than They Save, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The carbon emissions generated by the electricity required for electric vehicles are greater than those saved by cutting out direct vehicle emissions.”

Trans Juggernaut Wants Your Kids. Public Schools are Just The Beginning, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “….”Nature…tends to strike back, with the likely victims in this case being vulnerable and impressionable youngsters who, as confused adults, will pay the price for their elders’ fashionable fantasies.” This is likely why the transgender movement is targeting the young: They are vulnerable and impressionable, prepuberty pose better as either sex and therefore look less terrifying than adult transgenders, and once locked into the trans body morph will never truly be able to escape. devastated people are prime candidates for exploitation by their pretend advocates. Also, locking in trans-policies now is a way to preclude debate before more extensive data and personal experience can fuel the inevitable backlash. Of course this is bad for kids, but it’s not about kids. they’re just pawns, as usual. It’s about politics.

Why Did The Democratic South Become Republican? By Prof. Carol Swain, at Prager University.http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-17/wasserman-schultz-it-staffer-indicted-4-counts

 

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