Sunday, July 27, 2014

Politics

A majority of Americans wish they'd elected Romney. Are they admitting they're dumb? They should wish they'd elected Ron Paul.

Immigration

Illegal immigrants claim Obama will take care of them.

More on the bogus claim businesses need new immigrants and new STEM workers. The reality is forced integration of illegal immigrants is pushing Americans out of jobs.

Local

Huber Heights has looted its downtown to enrich cronies along I-70.

Home foreclosures spike around Dayton and across the state.

Another tax levy in Beavercreek. There's a new one every other week. A DDN search for Beavercreek levy returns 416 hits.

More power outages.

Education

The Khan Academy exposes the false theory behind licensing teachers.
"This is the classic example of how universities work. People who teach in MBA programs have never owned businesses. People who teach psychology have never worked as full-time psychologists. Professors get themselves licensed by their own group, few of whom have had any experience in the free market, where profit and loss determine who survives and who fails. Then, having created a state-mandated barrier to entry, they earn above-market wages paid by taxpayers. This starts at the university level, and then it moves down to the very lowest levels of the educational system."
This is great news.

Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Federal Judge strikes down Washington D.C. handgun carry ban.

War

US releases images it says are proof Russia fired artillery into Ukraine. It hasn't released any images showing who shot down the Malaysian jetliner.

Tax and Spend

Plutocrat who profits from NASA calls for an increase in NASA's budget. No self-interest there.

Global Warming and Energy

Pastured beef is much better for the environment than CAFO beef.

Health Care

Fat has been blamed for sugar's damage. Hopefully this crushes the saturated fat and cholesterol myths.

Charts show where American diet went wrong.

Seven indicators to evaluate risk for heart disease.

The FDA's war on cherries, the antacid fraud and how the body turning acidic causes most disease including cancer.

Great Britain to allow DNA modification, but tries to hide it. Eugenics, here we come.

More on Michelle Obama's bake sale ban.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Police State

Poor federal police agencies keep having their spy programs classified by the NSA and CIA so they can't use them in court.

Media

Six corporations own 90 percent of media consumed by Americans, and if Fox or Comcast buy Time-Warner, it'll be five.

New York Times advocates legalizing marijuana.

Politics

I'm not the only one who thinks Obama is begging to be impeached. Maybe he thinks that will rally his base.
"“He wants us to impeach him now,” Stockman theorized, “before the midterm election because his senior advisors believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat. Evidently Obama believes impeachment could motivate the Democratic Party base to come out and vote.”"
That's the same thing I'm thinking.

Democrats already using non-existent threat of impeachment to raise money.

This from The Telegraph:
"The degree to which Barack Obama is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term, amid golf rounds and dinner parties – is astonishing"
His minions are carrying out his evil plans.

Tax and Spend

Despite the billions spent on Mars exploration, scientists have no big theories. That's because missions to Mars are designed to create press releases, not real science, and it's because their basic theory of the solar system is wrong.

Misc

Is 8.2 percent of DNA functional, or 80 percent?

Researches believe they can extend the human lifespan tenfold. I'd like to live to 1,000.

Scientists discover high redshift spiral galaxy their theory says shouldn't exist.

Global Warming and Energy

NOAA admits the climate is cooling.

Coolest summer on record in US so far.

Foregn Policy

Ron Paul on neocons.

NSA aids Saudi Arabian oppression.
"The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters."
This isn't surprising. It aids US oppression too.

US evacuates Libyan embassy.

Economy

Fast food workers threatening civil disobedience in quest to obtain $15 per hour should be fired. They are unskilled and therefore easy to replace.

Most Americans, those not part of government's crony system, are getting poorer.
"The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially. "
That's huge.
"The Russell Sage study also examined net worth at the 95th percentile. (For households at that level, 94 percent of the population had less wealth and 4 percent had more.) It found that for this well-do-do slice of the population, household net worth increased 14 percent over the same 10 years. Other research, by economists like Edward Wolff at New York University, has shown even greater gains in wealth for the richest 1 percent of households."
That's not that huge, but it shows the loss of wealth by normal people is even worse.

Programmers can't program.

War

After Israel killed over 1,000 Gazans, Hamas wary of truce. Who can blame them?

312 killed in Iraq.

Local

$18 million was just the opener for Huber Heights's music boondoggle.
"City Council is expected to vote at Monday night’s meeting on three pieces of legislation — $400,000 for the VIP area, $99,000 for VIP improvements and $758,879 for concession stand upgrades."
This was planned from the beginning.

Judge sides with his fellow arch-criminals against a business being harmed in lawsuit over Water Street development.
"Dayton Office Properties filed a lawsuit against the city and developers Woodard Real Estate Resources and Crawford Hoying Development Partners claiming the parties are conspiring to unlawfully seize its property to increase the value of the development.
The company contends the city is improperly using eminent domain to reclaim the road, which would breach the terms of its agreement. The city has argued that it maintains the right-of-way, and merely wants to re-establish a public road."
To steal property is why government exists.

Storms knock out power.

Bunch of rulers of corrupt village of Gratis resign en mass.

Politics

Obama orders aid to ignore congressional subpoena.

Obama warns against impeachment.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Health Care

The government through Google plans to define a healthy human so it can further control us.

Rats eating bodies in Washington D.C.'s socialist morgue.

Hepatitis C drug costs $84,000 for twelve weeks.

Misc

Scientists warn of electrical effects of solar storms on earth, but claim electricity has no effect in space.

Police State

The FBI refuses to publish its study on how drones impact the privacy of Americans.

Regulation

Cable companies understand that Netflix is going to demand they pay it or give them higher bandwidth for free. This is how the market works, and government intervention can only make things worse for consumers. The net neutrality debate is

Congress supposedly re-allows people to jailbreak their phones. I'm skeptical.

Tax and Spend

NASA project over budget and behind schedule.
"A GAO report finds that the Space Launch System is over budget and NASA will need an additional $400 million to complete its first orbital launch in 2017. From the article: "NASA isn't meeting its own requirements for matching cost and schedule resources with the congressional requirement to launch the first SLS in December 2017. NASA usually uses a calculation it calls the 'joint cost and schedule confidence level' to decide the odds a program will come in on time and on budget. 'NASA policy usually requires a 70 percent confidence level for a program to proceed with final design and fabrication,' the GAO report says, and the SLS is not at that level."
Typical government bureaucracy.

Tax form proves Obama lied about Obamacare mandate tax. He lied everything else positive to. To his credit, all the bad things he promises, he's doing.

Global Warming and Energy

Study attributes 23 percent of warming in Europe since 1980 to clear air laws that removed sulfur dioxide from air.

Obama's regulations bankrupting coal companies just like he promised.

Foreign Policy

More on the CIA's torture prisons in Poland.
"The language in the judgment is damning. Evidence of the prisoners’ rendition and treatment is “coherent, clear and categorical.” The facts presented by their legal teams “demonstrate” that the Polish authorities knew at that time that the CIA was using Szymany airport and, as a secret detention site, the Stare Kiejkuty military base. The court judged it “inconceivable” that rendition aircraft landed in and departed from Poland, or that the CIA occupied the premises in the Polish base, without Poland being “informed of and involved in the preparation and execution of the [CIA’s High Value Detainee] Programme.” It concluded that “Poland, for all practical purposes, facilitated the whole process, created the conditions for it to happen and made no attempt to prevent it from occurring.” In short, through its “acquiescence and connivance,” Poland “must be regarded as responsible” for secret imprisonment, torture and transfer onward to further secret imprisonment."
This was in exchange for being made part of NATO and receiving a missile defense system.

The evolution of the US empire after Soviet collapse. Only a egotistical fool would ever declare the "End of History".

Media

Wikipedia blocks disruptive edits, that means all edits, from Congress.

Economy

Desperate parents pimp out their young children. This is another example of how government debases society.

This feud between family members over who runs a grocery store chain shows how entrepreneurs must not only satisfy customers, they must satisfy employees and suppliers too.

Education

Ohio State's band director wasn't fired over sexual harassment. He was fired over overseeing a culture of sexual harassment. That's what government schools produce.

Michelle Obama is cracking down on bake sales. I feel healthier.

Immigration

360 illegal immigrant children already placed with sponsors in Ohio.

Obama plans to grant five million illegal immigrants amnesty. If he does this, he will be impeached. He's already preparing for that threatening Republicans if they impeach him. Obama is a monster standing on the shoulders of the monsters before him. I just hope his name goes down in well-deserved infamy for his unprecedented, egomaniacal lawlessness.

Obama already knows Democrats will lose this election. They're almost certain to lose the Senate. Obama doesn't care about calls to Congress. He's an extra-egomaniacal psychopath. He worked his entire adult life to gain the power to overwhelm the US system of limited government, and he's going to do it no matter what the people want. He hates us. Maybe Obama's best ally Boehner will file another lawsuit.

Local

Police chase another car, and a pedestrian is killed.
"The Montgomery County Coroner's Office released the identity of the person who was killed during a high-speed pursuit that ended in Trotwood Thursday night."
There's the carefully worded line again. Notice it doesn't say the subject of the case killed the man, which it certainly would if that had been he case.
"Ector's uncle tells us his nephew was walking to work when he was struck and killed."
Again, it doesn't show who struck him. Two others were injured. The article goes on to document a number of deaths caused by police chases.

War

On the disproportion of force between Israel and Hamas.
"Speaking of the military imbalance, Dr. James E. Jennings, president of Conscience International and executive director of U.S. Academics for Peace, told IPS, “Unless you have been on the street facing Israeli troops in Gaza, or sleeping on the floor under an Israeli aerial assault, as I have several times while delivering aid in 1989, 2000, and 2009, it’s impossible to imagine the total disproportion of power in this conflict. "
This is immaterial. If a man tries to stab you with a knife, you can shoot him with a gun. You're not required to forgo your gun when defending yourself. What matters is who's the aggressor.
"“I saw boys who were merely running away shot in the back by Israeli soldiers with Uzi [submachine guns] and arrayed in body armor, and in 2009 and 2012 at Rafah witnessed Israel’s technological superiority in coordinating sophisticated computers, drones, and F-15s with devastating effect,” he said. "
Shooting unarmed boys in the back then arming their bodies is war crime as it ought to be.

Embattled Turk PM declares Israel has done worse to Palestinians that Hitler did to Jews. That probably boosted his abysmal approval ratings a bit.

Pat Buchanan asks:
"When then did this issue of whose flag flies over Donetsk or Crimea become so crucial that we would arm Ukrainians to fight Russian-backed rebels and consider giving a NATO war guarantee to Kiev, potentially bringing us to war with a nuclear-armed Russia?"
It happened when the war for the dollar started.
"What motivates Putin seems simple and understandable. He wants the respect due a world power. He sees himself as protector of the Russians left behind in his “near abroad.” He relishes playing Big Power politics. History is full of such men.
He allows U.S. overflights to Afghanistan, cooperates in the P5+1 on Iran, helped us rid Syria of chemical weapons, launches our astronauts into orbit, collaborates in the war on terror and disagrees on Crimea and Syria."
Hardly like Stalin, let alone uncooperative.
"But what motivates those on our side who seek every opportunity to restart the Cold War?"
The fear Russia will sell energy in a currency other than the dollar.

Dollar hegemony is why Washington keeps pushing for war.
"Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war.
Twenty-two US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress, Second Session, a bill, S.2277, “To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.” https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/s2277/BILLS-113s2277is.pdf The bill is before the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Note that prior to any evidence of any Russian aggression, there are already 22 senators lined up in behalf of preventing further Russian aggression."
I still doubt the US will go to war with Russia. As mad with power as our rulers are, surely saner minds will prevail. I hope.

More detail on the most bizarre conspiracy theory regarding the downed Malaysian flight.
"Relying on secondhand information, Girkin asserted that many of the passengers from the crash had already been dead before the plane had even taken off. His underlings had reported to him that the bodies were badly decomposed and drained of blood. This, of course, was news to all the families of the victims who’d seen off their loved ones at the airport in Amsterdam."
I remember this report came out on the first day of the crash.

Boy Scouts are a pipeline to the military. I'm sure that's how the organization was conceived, but it's still sad.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Politics

FEC decides to regulate conservative publisher.

Misc

Now scientists say black holes aren't black at all.

Invertebrate populations drop 45 percent in four decades.

Tax and Spend

Social Security computer upgrade has cost $300 million with no end in sight.

Socialism

Socialism turns regular old fires into devastating wildfires.

Government control of ground water in the west is causing it to be used up at an alarming rate.

More socialist water management failure.

Global Warming and Energy

For the last few decades, global warming frauds have rejected the impact of natural climate cycles on the climate, but suddenly one invokes them to explain the 17+ year pause. So whenever the climate warms, it's CAGW, but when it doesn't warm or cools, it's natural cycles. That's convenient. He may be opening up a can of worms he can't close again.

NOAA reports 28,504 cold records set in the last year (365 days).

Federal Reserve

New SEC regulations allows money market funds to refuse redemption.
"Moments ago the gates arrived, when following a close 3-2 vote (with republican commissioner Piwowar and democrat Stein dissenting), the SEC adopted new rules designed to curb the risk of investor runs on money market funds, capping the end of a years-long heated debate between regulators and the industry dating to the financial crisis according to Reuters.
Among the changes, funds will have to switch to a floating share price instead of the current $1/share (hence the term breaking the buck). But the key part: “The SEC’s rule will require prime money market funds to move from a stable $1 per share net asset value, to a floating NAV. It also will let fund boards lower redemption “gates” and fees in times of market stress.”"
It gets worse every day.
"But forget about our opinion, or even that of the SEC, because while on the surface this now enacted proposal to establish withdrawal limits is spun as benign, it was the Fed itself who warned in April of 2014 that the possibility of suspending convertibility, including the imposition of gates or fees for redemptions, can create runs that  would not otherwise occur… Rules that provide intermediaries, such as MMFs, the ability to restrict redemptions when liquidity falls short may threaten financial stability by setting up the possibility of preemptive runs.”"
Oops.
"Clearly, everyone understand that the only purpose behind implementing “gates” is to redirect the herd. And with some $2.6 trillion in assets, money markets can serve as a convenient source of “forced buying” now that QE is tapering if only for the time being. The only question is whether the herd will agree to this latest massive behavioral experiment by the Fed, and allocate their funds to a stock market which is now trading at a higher P/E multiple than during the last market peak.
And should this particular exercise in inflating stock bubbles fail, then gating bond funds, another “reform” which as we reported last month is in the works, should certainly force equities to unseen bubble proportions."
Or gold could skyrocket in an unintended consequence.

Police State

Botched executions is another consequence of the decivilizing effect of government.

Michigan food police destroy coop farmer's product.
"According to the owners of the dairy, the MDA threatened to arrest the co-op owner, Jenny Samuelson,  for “selling food without a license.” However, the farm is a co-op, where people must buy shares. The MDA, however, said that the co-op contracts were invalid, and therefore, instead of being shared, the food was being sold. Because co-op members had paid for their shares, technically the MDA stole food that belonged not just to the Golimbieski family, but to every single member of that co-op."
This is to protect Big Ag corporations.

New York man was killed for selling cigarettes to people trying to avoid the tax. This is a reminder that taxes are armed robbery, and if you resist them, the robbers may kill you.

Cops are three times more likely to commit murder, not counting the legalized murder they get away with on the job, than concealed carry permit holders

Local

Antioch advances solar plans.

Huber Heights was just going to give away six acres of prime real estate to sports complex developer, but since the developer hasn't done anything, they're withholding the gift of land.

Despite Nan Whaley's self-serving efforts, illegal immigrant children aren't coming to Dayton yet. Let's hope it stays that way.

War

Over 50 former Israili soldiers, now reservists, refuse to fight, citing oppression of Palestinians.

US press members that show Palestinians in a positive light or Israelis in a negative light are pulled from their assignments.
"NBC pulled out Ayman Mohyeldin, who has been widely praised for the even-handedness of his reporting from Gaza, just as he landed a harrowing scoop. He had kicked a football with four boys who were killed moments later by an Israeli missile.
Mohyeldin managed a few tweets before being removed, allegedly on "security" grounds. But why then did NBC immediately send in a replacement? After a public outcry, Mohyeldin was reinstated, but no proper explanation of the decision has been provided.
Shortly afterwards, CNN "reassigned" its reporter in Israel, Diana Magnay, after a tweet in which she labelled as "scum" an Israeli mob that threatened her with violence as she filmed them celebrating missile explosions in Gaza. The tweet was deleted within minutes, followed by her rapid departure."
It sounds like these two had an anti-Israel agenda instead of attempting to be non-biased, but you can't fire a guy for playing soccer with children, showing that Palestinian children are much like children everywhere, not monsters in the making like John McCain claimed on Greta the other night.

Over 500 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed.

Israeli forces shoot dead two Palestinian protesters in the West Bank.

Poland's government ordered to pay victims of secret CIA torture prisons in Poland.

US-backed coupmeister ruling coalition in Ukraine collapses and prime minister and his cabinet resign.
"Yatsenyuk also expressed disappointment with Ukrainian parliament’s decision to reject a bill that allows the government to hand over up to 49 percent of the country’s gas transport system to investors from the European Union and the United States."
That's part of what the coup was all about.

US claims Russians are firing artillery into Ukraine. They also claim Russians have crossed the border into Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has to be one of the most blanketed regions of the world by US spies and spy satellites, yet the government has presented no evidence for who shot down the Malaysian airliner. This is the dog that didn't bark.
"What I’ve been told by one source, who has provided accurate information on similar matters in the past, is that U.S. intelligence agencies do have detailed satellite images of the likely missile battery that launched the fateful missile, but the battery appears to have been under the control of Ukrainian government troops dressed in what look like Ukrainian uniforms.
The source said CIA analysts were still not ruling out the possibility that the troops were actually eastern Ukrainian rebels in similar uniforms but the initial assessment was that the troops were Ukrainian soldiers. There also was the suggestion that the soldiers involved were undisciplined and possibly drunk, since the imagery showed what looked like beer bottles scattered around the site, the source said."
The US wouldn't want that in the news.

Obama to put American boots on the ground in Ukraine in the form of advisors. I thought the US was complaining about Russian advisors in Ukraine.

Suggestion the CIA may be attacking Malaysian jets to undermine the growing Chinese-Russian alliance.
"We have to remember that THIS IS THE SECOND PASSENGER JET OF MALAYSIAN AIRLINES TO BE VERY MYSTERIOUSLY DOWNED IN JUST FOUR MONTHS, SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED IN PEACE TIME EVER BEFORE FOR ANY AIRLINE OVER THE ENTIRE LIFE TIMES OF AIRLINES, AS FAR AS I KNOW."
"THESE TWO MYSTERIOUS DOWNINGS OF MALAYSIAN JETS  HAVE BEEN REMARKABLY GOOD NEWS FOR THE  U.S. GLOBAL EMPIRE IN ITS ATTACKS ON CHINA, RUSSIA AND THEIR ALLIES, SUCH AS MALAYSIA WHO HAS LONG REFUSED TO SUPPORT THE U..S. IN ITS “PIVOTING” TO ISOLATE AND SURROUND CHINA WITH U.S. PUPPET ENEMIES."
The US remains uncharacteristically silent on the missing jet.

Ron Paul blames neo-con, interventionist policy and war for terrorist attacks.

Scaremongering cyberwar attack.
"Al Qaeda, nation states, and criminals are preparing for major cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure that could be comparable to the devastating September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday."
Like they're all conspiring, and if they were, like the NSA can't identify them.

Terrible statistics about suicide by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Economy

Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer increase over 100 percent. Microsoft is getting worse, not better.

Jobless claims lowest since 2006, but factory orders and new housing sales drop. That sounds like the peak of the bubble. More.
""This was a dismal report. Last month's number looked like an outlier, and turned out to have been too good to be true," said IHS Global Insight economist Stephanie Karol in a research note."
Oops.

This is a pretty good description of the bubble.
"The 2008 Wall Street meltdown is long forgotten, having been washed away by a tsunami of central bank liquidity. Indeed, the S&P closed yesterday at 1,983—or up by nearly 200% from its March 2009 low. Yet four cardinal measures of Main Street economic health convey nothing like a 2X pick-up from the post-crisis bottom.
To wit, in June the count of  breadwinner jobs was 68.5 million or 5% below were it stood as the crisis got underway. Likewise, business investment in real plant and equipment is still 5% below its late 2007 peak. So too with the real median family income at about $53k—its still down by 6%. And unlike past cycles where safety net programs like food stamps shed recipients as the recovery gained momentum, there are still nearly 47 million Americans in the program compared to 30 million in March 2009."
The big one is coming.

Education

Less than half of people with STEM degrees work in STEM field.

Health Care

Sugar linked to dementia and Alzheimer's.

Hospitals spreading deadly superbug.
  • "Cases of the contagious and deadly "superbug" known as CRE increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S., according to a new study."
Thanks, government.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Immigration

Obama keeps ICE workers at desks instead of on border.
"“They’re sitting still at their desks — reading newspapers, playing video games on their government computers — because they’re not being tasked with work, and they feel like it’s coming all the way down from the top,” Colburn tells NRO. “These are guys that do want to go out more, but basically they’re not.” Colburn says some ICE agents go work out at the gym for four hours each day because they have little work to do. Meanwhile, he says, the Obama administration continues to “strangle” Border Patrol agents who must process and handle the latest flood of Central Americans rather than stand guard at the border."
That's Obama's kind of change.

Media

Michael Moore owns nine homes. He doesn't hate capitalism in general. He only hates for everybody but himself. Typical socialist.

Education

The Feds plan to take brainwashing and spying on children to a new level by tethering them to robots.
"“Just like a good personal trainer, we want the robots to be able to guide the child toward a behavior that we desire,” said Brian Scassellati, a computer science professor at Yale and principal investigator for the study."
They can't get the kids completely away from parents, so they plan to infiltrate the family with robots.
"Scassellati envisions the robots influencing nearly every aspect of children’s lives."
Orwell never thought of this. Imagine how terribly this will undermine original thought.

Foreign Policy

Thanks to NSA, typewriter sales surge in Germany.

Politics

The ridiculous idea of the social contract.

Desperate Biden, planning to run for president in 2016, lies about the economy.
""Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth," said Biden in the newly released report supporting the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 1998, which President Obama signed on Tuesday."
This is almost as big a farce as the IRS cover-up. Here's the real story.
"Obama and Biden's efforts to cast a positive light on America's jobs outlook, however, may face headwinds with voters. As the New York Times noted, "In fact, part-time jobs accounted for two-thirds of all new jobs in June." What's more, economist Ben Casselman of Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight states, "For the 49th time in 50 months, more jobseekers gave up looking than found work." "
Here's why Biden has to lie.
"Obama and Biden's upbeat economic outlook stands in contrast to the views of voters. According to Gallup, 56% of Americans believe the economy is getting worse, versus just 39% who say it is improving. "
Oops.

Local

Dayton's rulers to spend $80,000 on new trees from somebody's crony.

Police State

Obama expands the terrorist watch list and lowers the standard for putting people on it. The supreme predators consider everybody a potential terrorist.

Airlines voluntarily help feds spy by passing on information to them on all travelers.
"…by passing on Passenger Name Records (PNR) on flights, including name, address, email, language, converastions with booking agencies, and IP Address."
Another reason not to fly.

Report documents that nearly all supposed terrorist attacks in the US are staged by the government.
"Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.
Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.
The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system's ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots."
That describes a police state.
""In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges."
That's an understatement.

Tax and Spend

The computers of all the people involved in targeting tea party groups suffered hard drive crashes.
"The IRS also claimed in a transcribed interview that many other IRS employees who worked under Lerner in her Washington, D.C. department and its Cincinnati-based affiliate also experienced computer crashes that deleted their emails, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20.” (RELATED: Meet the First 7 IRS Employees Whose Computers Crashed)"
That's not suspicious. This blatant corruption shows how powerfully the US controls Americans. If this happened in Britain, the government would fall. Not in the US.

Socialism

GM recalls nearly a million more vehicles.

GM scraps Obama's European version of Volt.

Global Warming and Energy

Greenpeace staffers want directors to resign over flagrant air travel. This illustrates that the most corrupt rise to the top in coercive organizations.

130 environmental wacko groups - watermelons - show their true colors and demand and end to capitalism. Maybe they called it the margarita declaration because they were seriously drunk at the time.

Dedicated weather observer since Herbert Hoover has his data modified by NCDC to fix the political agenda of today's politicians. They modify all the data.

Health Care

Opposing court rulings highlight chaos of Obamacare. It's funny that one court ruled that law did not mean what it said.

Obamacare site approves nearly all fake applications.
"The investigators did not have the same luck with in-person assistors: They were unable to get help in five of six cases, and the last was told by the assistor that the income reported was too high for subsidized coverage."
The reason the rest didn't get approved was the system was too messed up to handle them.

Mexican bishops take intense exorcism course.

War

Another US claim about the downing of Malaysian flight over Ukraine goes up in smoke.
"So here we are, with no US smoking gun (thus far). Only social media and highly suspect voice intercepts and satellite photos of BUK launchers.
Russia “shares responsibility” for the shoot-down because, according to the US, it provided training and weapons to the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Only according to a CNN reportbased on a classified intelligence assessment, “there is no intelligence suggesting Russia ever transferred [a BUK missile system] across the border.”"
$100 billion buys nothing but uncertainty.

Ukrainian separatists shoot down two coupmeister fighter jets.

279 killed, 144 injured in Iraq.

Health Care

CDC warns of post-antibiotic era.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Global Warming and Energy

New global warming mascot.
"Embarrassed by the stubborn refusal of polar bears to die out, or even to appear convincingly rare, climate scientists are touting a new poster child species for our collective climate guilt – the white lemuroid ringtail possum."
Those darn polar bears.

Immigration

Americans' demand for drugs is not the problem in South American. Drug prohibition is the problem.

96 percent of illegal immigrant children have been transported to a sponsor inside the US.

Former border agent realizes government is using illegal immigrant children in asymmetrical warfare against the American people.
"By leaving strategic areas along the southern U.S. border unprotected, and by using children as the face of the illegal immigrant surge to elicit public sympathy, the federal government is engaging in a sophisticated military tactic known as “asymmetrical warfare” against the American people, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent is warning."
Good for him for saying it.

Economy

Price inflation continues.
"The Labor Department said the consumer price index increased 0.3% in June after a 0.4% gain in May.
The gasoline index rose 3.3% in June, and accounted for two-thirds of the increase in overall June prices, the department said.
Food and so-called core prices decelerated in June.
Food prices rose 0.1% in June, the smallest monthly increase since January, after a steep 0.5% gain in May."
Yellen is stuck.

Beef and bacon hit record high prices.

Insiders are scared.
"The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which measures current market volatility or fear, spiked last Thursday but has fallen since then and remains at levels well below its long-run average. But beneath the surface, the evidence is building that insiders are hunkering down for a period of turmoil on a scale that, on one measure, has never been seen before."
I'm scared.

China's debt ratios approaches US.

Local

Official unemployment increases because people are trying to re-enter the workforce and get jobs. This shows how stupid the unemployment numbers are.

Regulation

Putin criticized for burden of regulation, though Russia's burden of regulation is dwarfed by the US.
"However, Stratfor’s latest mailing “Can Putin Survive?” mentioned that Russian regulatory burdens on the economy are startling, and led me to this article showing that government inspections cost the economy $35 Billion a year!   1.8% of the Russian GDP!  Curious, I looked at Ten Thousand Commandments verify that government in the United States consumes 31% of the GDP, and that costs for Americans to comply with our own regulatory state is a mere $1.86 Trillion (over 10% of the economy)."
Ouch.

War

US and Europe are using the downing of Malaysian jet to hammer Putin.

US officials admit they have no evidence of Russian involvement in shooting down the plane.

257 killed, 50 wounded in Iraq.

Rockets found in second UN school in Gaza.

Media

The press is calling Putin a pariah.
"Pariah is no neutral term. Pariah means “outcast, persona non grata, leper, undesirable, unperson, nonperson.” Historically it referred to low caste persons in India. It’s a highly prejudicial and inflammatory term. It’s meant to encourage the cutting off of communications with that person and worse. It denigrates the person to whom it is applied and that raises the war temper, the idea being that it’s then right to treat that person with destructive violence and sanctions. Creating demons is a step on the road to war, and that is what this yellow journalism is up to. "
No war with Russia, please.

Socialism

The people are exposed to socialism, the more they cheat. All government is socialism.

War

Government won't destroy smallpox because they want it for biological weapons.

Environment

Grossly corrupt NOAA claims record high global temperatures in May and June. This will quickly be refuted by honest scientists.

Federal Reserve

The Swiss, who have the most stable currency on earth, agree to swap currencies with China. This is a huge blow to the dollar.

Yuan to rapidly become third most traded currency.
"The renminbi is on track to become the third-largest international currency behind the US dollar and the euro within five years as China accelerates its promotion of the yuan, said a Renmin University of China report released on Sunday. "
Like oil, this infrastructure can't change overnight. Unlike oil, it can change rapidly over years, not decades.

Education

Race-based grading would be another blow to minorities.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Immigration

CBP won't respond to FOIA about travelers and immigrant database.

Senate increases budget to fly illegal immigrants around US, not not home. Not sure how this legally originated in Senate since all spending bill must originate in the House. It probably wasn't legal. Who cares about that antiquated Constitution anyway.

Rick Perry's order to send 1,000 National Guard units to the border slowly, over months is a farcical political stunt. Both parties are milking this.

Obama's immigration bill is also a farce.
"“CBO analysis suggests that only $25 million out of the $4.3 billion request will be spent this year. What does that mean?” Sessions asked. “It means we ought to slow down, and there is no basis to demand a $4.3 billion increase in spending, emergency spending.”"
There never was a basis.

War

Propaganda about downing of Malaysian plane over Ukraine.
"What Kirby fails to mention is that Russian expertise is hardly required, since whole Ukrainian army divisions sent in to crush the rebels have chosen to defect rather than fire on their countrymen. There are plenty of rebels with the training to operate an SA-11 or SA-20, but that comment about direct Russian support – "and even fired it" – tells us everything we need to know about this latest chapter in the ongoing US-Russian standoff. They want to pin the blame on Putin, but that is a case that won’t stand up in court."
They also don't mention the US instigated the coup.
"That’s because the "evidence" of Russian complicity is flimsy. The SBU, the Ukrainian intelligence agency formerly preoccupied with brutalizing opponents of whatever regime was in power, has come up with a series of "intercepts" that are being played nonstop on American cable television: these purportedly show not only rebel responsibility for the downing but also direct Russian assistance. The playing of the SBU tapes is usually preceded by ass-covering boilerplate that they "could not be independently verified" – with the unspoken addendum that "but, heck, why not broadcast them anyway?" One tape presented as a conversation between a rebel commander and his henchman on the ground was apparently made the day before the plane was downed – sloppy work, but good enough for cable news."
No surprise the intercepts are unreliable.
"This is especially evident in the Ukraine, where Washington has hooked up with a motley gang of ultra-nationalists, open fascists, and Ukrainian oligarchs. Yet the violent coup that ousted President Viktor Yanukovich was just the beginning as far as the War Party is concerned. The Obama administration has been under attack from fellow Democrats as well as McCainite Republicans to deliver some serious arms to Kiev – as well as the Syrian rebels – and the MH17 incident may well provide the political impetus for him to do so, at least in the case of the former."
Let's hope this is the worst consequence.
"The investigation into who and what caused the crash is focused for the moment on the "crime scene," in areas controlled by rebel forces in the east. Yet the real evidence isn’t scattered over those fields of sunflowers but in MH17′s last communications with Ukrainian air traffic controllers located in Kiev. Reports that these have been seized by the authorities are not encouraging: nor are the tweets coming from someone of Spanish nationality claiming to be an air traffic controller working in Kiev which say the Ukrainian military shot down the airliner – perhaps mistaking it for a Russian fighter jet. That is all too possible, given the jittery circumstances prevalent on the Ukrainian battlefield."
Everybody has an interest, so nobody can be trusted.

Ron Paul must be reading my blog.
"While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.

They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened."
Western powers were the aggressors, and US undersecretary for coups Victoria Nuland complained the EU wasn't aggressive enough.
"They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly equal the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely military, not civilian, targets."
They won't bite the hand that feeds them.

Ukrainian rebels hand over black boxes to Malaysian officials. Malaysian officials are not independent, but you can't fault the rebels for this. I doubt the Ukrainians, Russians or US rulers would do the same. Let's hope the Malaysians don't surrender them to others and are honest with their reports.

The NSA won't produce all the communications that would expose the Malaysian flight killers because they don't want us to know. This is supposedly the communications NSA is supposed to monitor.

The world sees the US has an empire.
"The historian who chronicles US Empire, William Blum, issued his 130th Anti-Empire Report this week. In it he notes that the US, by far, is seen by the people of the world as “the greatest threat to peace in the world today” with 24% taking that view. Only 2% see Russia as such a threat, and 6% see China.
This should not come as a surprise since, as this map shows, much of the world has been bombed, had their democratically chosen governments overthrown and has been occupied by the United States."
That's a big difference.

I'm not interested in any apologies for shooting down the Korean airliner during Reagan's term.

Analysis slams Israel's Iron Dome system.
"During the November 2012 conflict, a detailed review of a large number of photographs of Iron Dome interceptor contrails revealed that the rocket-defense system's success rate was very low—as low as 5 percent or, perhaps, even less. A variety of media outlets have attributed the low casualty number to the supposed effectiveness of the Iron Dome system, quoting Israeli officials as saying it has destroyed 90 percent of the Hamas rockets it targeted. But close study of photographic and video imagery of Iron Dome engagements with Hamas rockets—both in the current conflict and in the 2012 hostilities—shows that the low casualties in Israel from artillery rocket attacks can be ascribed to Israeli civil defense efforts, rather than the performance of the Iron Dome missile defense system."
Gosh, who would have suspected the media would lie?

Sports

Big Twelve commissioner rips NCAA's ubiquitous corruption.

Media

NBC criticizes Russian media for their coverage of the downing of the Malaysian flight over Ukraine.
"For example, one Russian TV piece challenged a video clip that Ukrainian authorities said showed the Buk missile battery being rushed toward the Russian border shortly after the shootdown, saying the serial number on the truck -– 312 -– showed the missile launcher was Ukrainian army equipment."
God forbid they point a lie in the US media.
"Nor has the Russian news media had a problem getting soundbites and pithy quotes from Russian politicians."
As if that isn't SOP for US media.

Tax and Spend

Feds raise transportation security fee, increasing the cost of flying.
"The fee has traditionally been collected to fund the TSA's airport security measures, but not this time. Most of the new revenue will go to pay down the federal deficit."
No it won't. It'll pay for more spending.

IRS asks vendors to destroy another 3,200 hard drives. If this had anything to do with taxpayers, it would be normal. This isn't normal. It's laughable.

Misc

Mineral analysis of Mars shows abundance of mineral that breaks down in water, casting doubt on the theory Mars was once covered in water.

Politics

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine beautifully implements cronyism.
"In doling out lucrative collections contracts, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine passed over more experienced vendors in favor of a friend’s new collections agency.
His campaign and the state Republican Party received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from collectors as they sought work from the state."
That's what government's all about.
"And DeWine involved his former fundraiser and other politically connected people in a process that is supposed to independent from political influence."
That's a joke. What does it even mean? DeWine's denials are a joke too. Everybody does it because this is what government is all about.

I'm not shocked 40 percent of Americans question whether Obama is an American. He submitted a birth certificate. I have no idea where he was born. I don't claim he's a Muslim. I don't claim he was born elsewhere. But neither do I have proof he's an American and a Christian. He hasn't proven anything.

That Bill Clinton has a primary mistress is only surprising in that any woman could stand him.

Clintons supposedly forced out some Shuster guy from MSNBC. I bet they forced out dozens of reporters.

Hillary made $12 million last year.

Record low turnouts this year in the primaries. If you believe Rockwell and company, this is a good thing. I haven't noticed any good coming from it.

Local

Dayton's property values decline by $274 million.
"Half of Dayton’s neighborhoods had no valid residential property sales between 2011 and 2013, highlighting lingering weakness in the local housing market, according to data from the Montgomery County Auditor’s office.
During that three-year period, more than 1,000 valid residential sales took place in the city, the auditor said. However, more than one in every two sales occurred in just a dozen neighborhoods. The auditor’s definition of neighborhoods differs from the norm."
More evidence of a bubble. The Fed's funny-money hasn't reached the people in general.

Antioch College destroys five acres of greenspace for solar energy to power school. With that much space, with oil or natural gas, they could have powered all of Yellow Springs. Oddly, last year Antioch began an $8.8 million project to power its campus with geothermal energy. This is too funny.

Economy

People feel confident enough in the economy to quit their jobs to get better jobs. I wonder how many will regret that decision when the next crash hits when they're between jobs.

Billionaires warn Yellen will create unprecedented crash, but the article doesn't say how. My guess is by reducing money printing. If that's true, they will be sort of right. The damage is done during the credit boom. The crash, which starts the healing process, comes when the credit creation slows or stops.

Police State

Friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect convicted of conspiracy to cover up the crime. Conspiracy with whom? The suspect was shot up, guarded in a hospital and unable to talk.
"Prosecutors said that after Tazhayakov and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, determined that Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing, they threw out a backpack and removed a laptop from Tsarnaev's dorm room. Lawyers for Tazhayakov argued that Kadyrbayev had removed the items; prosecutors said Tazhayakov went along with the plan."
Did they know he committed the crime?

At least 40 people were shot in Chicago last weekend.

Corporate transparency reports are phony, but this pretend expose of phoniness doesn't begin to cover it.

It makes sense that Washington, D.C. would inaugurate sidewalk police based on speed and cell phone use.

While people in Chicago are killing each other right and left, Baltimore implements draconian curfew.