Friday, November 21, 2014

Politics

20,000 libertarians supposedly moving to New Hampshire.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Immigration

Obama lawlessly grants temporary amnesty to more illegal alien workers than jobs have been created since he was inaugurated.

Obama is more of a rogue president than the establishment has yet to admit.

Geraldo Rivera cheers and blames the tea party.

Boehner and McConnell, since they've been pushing for amnesty for years too, are worried about rank and file Republicans, not Obama's amnesty.

Immigrants from Ebola countries can stay too.

Mexico to charge fee to Americans to enter.

Economy

US most charitable country.

War

NSA says China can shut down US power grid. That's what we get for allowing government to control it.

Under its last lawful president, the Ukraine government had been increasing its gold reserves. As soon as the US coup happened, the coupmeisters sent that gold to the US.
"Needless to say there was no official confirmation of any of this taking place, and in fact our report, in which we mused if the “price of Ukraine’s liberation” was the handover of its gold to the Fed at a time when Germany was actively seeking to repatriate its own physical gold located at the bedrock of the NY Fed, led to the usual mainstream media mockery.
Until now.
In an interview on Ukraine TV, none other than the head of the Ukraine Central Bank made the stunning admission that “in the vaults of the central bank there is almost no gold left. There is a small amount of gold bullion left, but it’s just 1% of reserves.” "
Sounds like confirmation to me.

List of Muslim countries US has bombed or occupied since 1980. And Americans fall for the claim they hate us for our freedom.

Pentagon secretly paid ransom to free Bergdahl.

Health Care

Fraud in Obamacare enrollment numbers.
"Here’s another bit of news for the “news” networks to black out, while they’re busy keeping the Gruber Revelations away from their viewers: a ridiculous scam was used to inflate the ObamaCare enrollment numbers by nearly half a million people.  First we lost a million “enrollees” who were never actually legitimate applicants, and now we lose another 400,000 who only signed up for dental plans, not health insurance."
SOP.

Establishment farmers poison their wheat before harvesting.
"Standard wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest"
Thanks, government.
"According to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been doused with Roundup as part of the harvesting process. This is an increase from 88% for durum wheat, 91% for spring wheat and 47% for winter wheat since 1998."
Who needs paleo to stop eating wheat?

Global Warming and Energy

Australian Foreign Minister slams Obama for lying about the Great Barrier Reef. Nice.

Worst snow in western New York in memory.

Three more feet of snow forecast for Buffalo.

Jacksonville breaks 141 year old low temperature record.

Federal Reserve

Cronyism discovered between New York Fed and Goldman Sachs.
"From his desk in Lower Manhattan, a banker at Goldman Sachs thumbed through confidential documents — courtesy of a source inside the United States government.
The banker came to Goldman through the so-called revolving door, the symbolic portal that connects financial regulators to Wall Street. He joined in July after spending seven years as a regulator at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the government’s front line in overseeing the financial industry. He received the confidential information, lawyers briefed on the matter suspect, from a former colleague who was still working at the New York Fed."
What a surprise. This is how all of government works.
"William C. Dudley, president of the New York Fed, says, “I don’t think anyone should question our motives.”"
That sounds like a veiled threat.

Police State

Ferguson police covering up deleted emails requested by media.

Amnesty International releases tool to hunt down government spyware.

Misc

Scientists surprised by gamma ray burst.

US one of the least happy countries.

Economy

Super-rich hoard cash, eschewing bonds. This is probably because the Fed stopped buying them through QE.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Freedom of Speech

China to limit free speech on the internet to maintain stability. I think they mean maintain power. They could embrace freedom instead, but that'll never happen.

Police State

If I'm supposed to be comforted by the claim that a few NSA insiders complained the NSA was overstepping its authority, I'm not.
"Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency's mandate to focus on foreign spying and would do little to stop terror plots, the executives argued.
The 2009 dissent, led by a senior NSA official and embraced by others at the agency, prompted the Obama administration to consider, but ultimately abandon, a plan to stop gathering the records."
This story is suspiciously released the day after the Senate refused to make token changes to NSA, so I'm skeptical of its veracity.

Federal Reserve

Diplomacy ended German's quest to repatriate its gold stored in the New York Fed, and this may have consequences for the Swiss.
"Now the question is, just how will the US pressure the Swiss “diplomatically” to make sure its own gold repatriation referendum does not succeed. Because if Germany failed miserably to obtain 674 tons of gold in 2013, it is assured that Switzerland will find absolutely nothing in its quest to obtain more than double, or 1,500 tons, of gold as a successful November 30 referendum outcome would require.
Then again, considering it was Obama’s action that destroyed the Swiss banking sector after the US crushed the centuries-long tradition of “Swiss banking anonymity”, this could be just the right action with which “neutral” Switzerland could finally take its revenge on the regime that cost it what was for centuries the primary source of capital inflow into the small and so very prosperous (until then) central-European nation."
I hope the Swiss referendum passes.

Media

Nielson will track Netflix and Amazon video.

Billboard will count streaming. These services are evolving to stay relevant.

Global Warming and Energy

Seven die from snowstorm.

Buffalo buried in snow.
"Even for Buffalo, a place that typically shrugs at snow, this was an epic snowfall, the kind of onslaught folks will be telling their grandchildren about.
The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday."
Watch out for global warming.

One-fifth of Ohio's corn crop got buried in snow. This is a good reminder that global cooling shortens the growing season and reduces the food supply.
"“The farmer is at the whim of mother nature and, with the spring we had and then with the fall being wet, the farmers just could not get into the fields to get what they needed to get done,” said Mandy Havener, organization director for the Miami County Farm Bureau."
The season was shortened in spring and fall. Eight feet in three days.

Power grid sets new record.

El Nino may be coming back.

The US spends over $8.8 billion annually directly in taxes promoting the global warming fraud, but the media wants to focus on one PR firm that uses a fraction of the resources to combat the fraud. This article is seriously biased. Converting average citizens from the fraud is a good thing, and it's not astroturfing.

The total cost of the global warming fraud is significantly higher than $8.8 billion annually.

Immigration

After pretty much gutting border security, we're supposed to be happy and believe that Obama plans to increase border security with his delaying of deportations. I like the term temporary amnesty.

Obama lies about flip-flopping on executive power over illegal immigrants.

Obama plans a prime time announcement on forced integration tomorrow. Announces announcement on Facebook.

Networks decline to show Obama speech.
"“In 2006, Bush gave a 17 minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6000 national guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10 minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook,” a senior administration official told POLITICO."
That's another lie. The networks declined before Obama announced the announcement on Facebook.
"But on Wednesday morning, with plans underway for a Thursday night address on Obama’s plans to issue executive actions on some of the most sweeping immigration reform in decades, those feelers came back with a negative report. None of the major networks wanted to take time away from their primetime programming for Obama’s 8p.m. speech. So the administration did not send out a formal request to the networks and took to Facebook to publicize the speech with a special video message from Obama along with a link to the livestream."
Obama's henchmen like like he does.

DHS warns Obama's action will bring a new surge of illegal immigrants. That's what Obama wants.

It is a slap in the face to the American people and the Constitution, but Obama hates both. Republicans can't do anything about it even if they wanted to. I bet they secretly want Obama to do this so later they can claim they have to accept the status quo. Like Obamacare, Republicans will probably accept it as a fait accompli.

Obama wants to throw the nation into crisis.

This could be a modern day Fort Sumpter. Obama said he wanted a presidency like Lincoln's. It was obvious to me that meant he wanted a civil war. He was coy about this stuff, but he didn't lie.

Obama wants violence. These people keep talking as they think he doesnt' know what he's doing, but he does. He's doing it on purpose. I wonder if he timed this announcement to coincide with the Ferguson grand jury announcement, expected Friday, to maximize rioting and violence.

Regulation

I'm shocked that government-mandated airbags injure and kill people, so the government wants them recalled.

FTC uses absurd economic argument to block merger.

War

A computing problem called the halting problem proves computers cannot correctly decide whether or not to kill a human. The Pentagon won't care.

Ukrainian president planning genocide in eastern Ukraine.
""Their children will hole up in basements!" screeched Ukrainian "President" Poroshenko, the oligarch and "Chocolate King." "This is how we will win this war!" He was talking about the children of the people of East Ukraine, whose cities are being bombed from the air by the US-supported Ukrainian military. Thousands have been killed, mostly civilians: Ukraine’s war on its own people has displaced nearly a million people. Many have fled to neighboring Russia, while a little under half a million are classified as internally displaced refugees. The Ukrainian military, which claims to be fighting "terrorists," is using cluster bombs – weapons that are banned in the civilized world, but freely used by Ukraine’s military, which includes the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion."
No wonder Putin is angry. On the other hand, this is what happens when you asymmetrically invade another country.

Fighter jets shot down MH17 over Ukraine.

US turning Russia into an enemy again.

Jesse Ventura has it right.
"Ventura did say, however, that he isn't anti-veteran. After all, he is one himself, having served in the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team member during the Vietnam War.
"You can hate the war and not hate the vet. The veteran is a pawn. They have to do it. They are not given a choice," he said. "Our vets are honorable people... I bear no grudge.""
I think most are honorable people  I don't agree with all the veteran hate at LewRockwell.com. I disagree with that, the knee-jerk support for open borders and the knee-jerk push for not voting.
"In particular, Ventura took issue with the large dollar amount pinned to foreign wars, arguing that "international corporations" are the ones who "truly run our country today."
"That's why wars are fought -- so the profiteers of war can make money," Ventura said, pointing to the large portion of the annual budget that goes toward national security and defense.
"If we weren't involved in these wars, we would have more freedom," he said."
Venture is right about that too.

Israeli drone pilot can live with killing civilians. The people he killed can't.

Local

This claim that one in five families can't buy enough food is ridiculous.
"In the Miami Valley, one-in-five families can't afford three meals a day and nearly one-in-four children deals with hunger. The Foodbank is the answer for many of those for whom hunger is a fact of life."
This is propaganda. As bad as things are, they aren't this bad. Yet.
"But the need is great as, according to Davenport, 125,700 people are considered to be "food insecure" in The Foodbank's service area that includes Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties."
This contradicts the prior claim. Here's the population numbers:
Montgomery County: 535,846
Greene County: 163,204
Preble County: 41,732
That's  740,782 total which works out to 0.169 or 1 in six people. I'm sure that's exaggerated too.
""We have the smallest service area of any of the food banks in the state but we have the sixth highest need," she said."
That says that our economy is terrible compared to the rest of the state.

Central plans haven't revitalized downtown Dayton for 50 years, and a new one won't now. Stealing more money from taxpayers won't either. This shuttle idea is stupid because it bypasses potential businesses.
"The plan proposes creating a free circulator, or shuttle service, to better connect the city’s assets, such as the University of Dayton, the Oregon Historic District, the Central Business District, Sinclair Community College and the Wright-Dunbar district."
This is pure cronyism. Rulers always try to boost their cronies at the expense of everybody else. The government is the problem, not the solution. More.

Health Care

Misdiagnoses create misleading increase in thyroid cancer statistics.

Great new medical technology is considered disruptive, not beneficial. Entrepreneurship is considered disruptive, not beneficial. The point of view is from the producer's status quo, not the consumer.

If exercise in a bottle becomes real, it will backfire.

Politics

Bipartisan senate group blocks meaningless NSA non-reform.
"Although the domestic phone data dragnet has not thwarted any terrorist attacks, in the lead up to the vote critics savaged the bill as a gift to terrorists. "
They get paid to say that. More.
"What could be more American these days than the U.S. Senate voting AGAINST something called the “USA Freedom Act”?"
Too funny.

Good for pastors who want to separate religious and civil marriage, but if this is a response to being forced to perform gay marriages, it will be slammed. It will also hurt churches as many will chose civil marriage instead of both.

The difference between petty thieves and great thieves.
"In his City of God, St. Augustine tells the story of a pirate captured by Alexander the Great. Alexander demands of him, “How dare you molest the seas?” The pirate replied, “How dare you molest the whole world? Because I do it with a small boat, I am called a thief. You, with a great fleet, molest the whole world and are called an emperor.” St. Augustine called this answer “elegant and excellent.” "
Don't forget the scale of killing.

Blacks suffer from a legacy of liberal policies.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Police State

US police arrest 3-10 times more blacks than other races. That's because it's easier to all-white juries, which most are, to convict them. It has nothing to do with how frequently blacks commit crimes compared to other races. It's purely economic.
""Something needs to be done about that," said Ezekiel Edwards, the head of the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, which has raised concerns about such disparate arrest rates. "In 2014, we shouldn't continue to see this kind of staggering disparity wherever we look.""
End the war on drugs.

Internet companies can use data against critics much like NSA.

The Doomsday Project and Continuity of Government plan which were implemented on 9/11.

Health Care

I can tell you who's going to pay the $1 million cost for treating two Ebola patients. Taxpayers.

Misc

What the heck are hybrid light-matter particles?

Science has degenerated to the point where scientists freely admit their confirmation bias up front.
"The idea is, where the clocks go out of synchronization, we would know that dark matter, the topological defect, has passed by."
Or not.

Regulation

Local governments repealing bit bull bans.

Politics

Approval rating for Obamacare hits all-time low.

Walter Williams finally admits Obama isn't incompetent. He's hurting the country on purpose.
"After suffering an elective trouncing at the polls, President Barack Obama issued Congress an ultimatum, saying that if it doesn’t enact the kind of immigration law that he would like, he will unilaterally issue an executive order to change the nation’s immigration laws. This threat, along with other abuses of his office, is not a sign of presidential stupidity or incompetence. Obama is doing precisely what he promised during his 2008 presidential campaign, to cheering and mesmerized crowds: “We are going to fundamentally change America” and “We will change America. We will change the world.”"
Some of us have been saying that since 2008, before he was elected.
"Seeing as all branches of federal government ignore most of the provisions of the Constitution, I think we can safely say that we’ve reached the post-Constitution stage of our history. Washington politicians are not to blame. It’s the American people who’ve lost their love and respect for our Constitution. Washington’s politicians are simply the agents for that contempt."
We have the government voters voted for.

Senate filibusters Keystone Pipeline by one vote, probably dooming incumbant Louisiana Democrat senator.

US ranks below 20 nations in personal freedom.

War

Illustrating the failure and counterproductiveness of the war on terror, terror deaths are up 61 percent in 2013 to 18,000. That's way fewer than US casualties of war.

Claim Americans voted for new wars in the Middle East.

Redefining words to promote war.

Economy

Falling gas prices can't offset the general price inflation.
"Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.
The producer price index increased 0.2% in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.
Prices for many products climbed even as wholesale gas costs plummeted 5.8% last month. Automakers contributed to inflation by introducing 2015 car models, while beef prices jumped 6% and pork prices surged 8.1%."
Blame the Fed.

Global Warming and Energy

Historic snowfall buries Buffalo.
"Forecasters are now predicting the hardest hit areas could see another 20 to 30 inches of snow today, leading to snowfall totals in the 70 to 75 inch range.
“It think it’s going to take many days to dig out the Southtowns,” said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
Erie County Supervisor Mark Poloncarz announced at an afternoon conference that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is dispatched the National Guard to help dig us out.
It’s looking like this storm could turn out to be one of the history books, meteorologists agreed.
“This will be a historic event. Absolutely. It is a historic event,” said Dave Zaff, also with the weather service."
But the frauds keep agitating about global warming.

All 50 states have below freezing temperatures unusually early in the year.

1,360 records broken.

The real climate consensus is that global warming has paused.

Polar bear populations continue to grow.

Get ready for a new round of destructive EPA regulations.

Saudi Arabia sows uncertainty over oil prices. The lower the better.

Freedom of Speech

Google's search results considered free speech by US courts. That's good, but I prefer to think of Google's process (not algorithm or code) of generating them as its property, so it can return whatever it wants.

Local

Police chase man for knocking on his ex-girlfriend's door until he dies in crash. I doubt this gets counted as somebody police killed.

Water main break collapses road causes wreck.

Record cold today.

Snow and wind, not poor design, blamed for massive power outage in Darke county.

Miami County bought more salt. Why can't local governments?
"A shortage of salt this winter has been forecast. With the additional salt purchase approved Tuesday, those receiving salt should receive 70 to 75 percent of the salt they’d use in an average winter, Paul Huelskamp, county engineer, said. “If you have an average winter and you are prudent with your use, you should be OK,” he said."
But it's not going to be an average winter.

Yellow Springs find police officer acted improperly. No mention of discipline, let along firing.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Immigration

Eisenhower virtually stopped illegal immigration with mass deportations.
"President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today's force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol."
It's not that hard. It makes sense Eisenhower would have recognized illegal immigration as an invasion.

Obama has known for years his plan, or maybe ploy, to stop deportations was illegal.
" President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.”
Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself.
For years, he has waved aside the demands of Latino activists and Democratic allies who begged him to act on his own, and he insisted publicly that a decision to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president."
He doesn't care about that. He only said it in the past because it was politically expedient.

Sports

Walking Dead ratings beat Sunday Night Football three weeks in a row and four out of six episodes this season. Napoleon Goodell's decline of the NFL continues.

Tax and Spend

The propagandists at NASA busted for editing images of Mars.

Here comes the Obamacare tax - I mean fee - I mean tax.
"The uninsured rate has fallen since Obamacare, as the ACA is known, went into effect at the start of  2014. But there are still roughly 40 million adult Americans who lack health insurance, according to Census Department data."
That's a spectacular failure.

Global Warming and Energy

While Merkel plays politics, promoting the global warming fraud, Germany prepares to abandon its CO2 reduction targets.

5th anniversary of climategate.

The most lawless president of my lifetime and probably since Lincoln plans to push destructive global warming policies and brags Republicans can't stop him. And they can't. He's Great Pharaoh.
"But legal analysts say the Republicans have little ammunition to fight back, short of shutting down the federal government to stop Environmental Protection Agency funding."
Americans got the government they voted for.

50 percent of the country covered in snow, the most this early since 2003.

World's largest solar power plant producing half the power projected.

Misc

Seven books to help rebuild civilization.

Charles Manson to marry 26 year old devoted visitor.

Rosetta images of Philae lander bouncing across comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Hope Philae will wake up in the spring.
"Scientists at the German Aerospace Center said Monday that an initial review of data the lander sent back 311 million miles to Earth showed the comet's surface is much tougher than previously assumed. There's also evidence of large amounts of ice beneath the lander. Scientists had speculated the comet's surface could be quite soft, but that has turned out not to be the case. "The strength of the ice found under a layer of dust on the first landing site is surprisingly high," said Klaus Seidensticker of the German Aerospace Center"

Because no instruments deployed, they have no way of knowing the make-up of the first landing site. What a crock.

"Material beneath the surface of the comet has remained almost unchanged for 4.5 billion years, so the samples would be a cosmic time capsule that scientists are eager to study."

Like the ice comment above, that's just an assumption.

"One of the things they are most excited about is the possibility that the mission might help confirm that comets brought the building blocks of life — including water — to Earth."

Or the comet could have been born from Earth with water and life.

"Tantalizingly, one of Philae's instruments was able to "sniff" the presence of organic molecules on the comet, the space center said. A full analysis of the molecules is still underway."

But we already know comets have oil.

Foreign Policy

Lies about Iran's nuclear program.

War

Israeli government demolishes homes of Palestinians suspected in attacks. This is like the grade-school practice where a teacher punishes the whole class because one person threw a spitball.

What is this farce about US troops training Iraqi troops? They trained Iraqi troops from 2003 to 2011.

Like I keep saying, the US doesn't want to destroy ISIS. They created ISIS, so why would they want to destroy them? They want to pressure them to topple Assad.
"Despite not only failing to degrade ISIL, the US airstrikes have also accomplished another long-standing US goal in the region: the further destabilization of the Syrian state.  It has accomplished this by bombing Syria’s energy facilities and infrastructure under the pretext of choking off the revenues ISIL receives from its illicit oil sales.  However this justification completely falls apart upon closer examination.
  
The US has been bombing oil and gas production sites, including oil fields and refineries inside Syria, and following one such strike in late September Reuters would report, “These so-called refineries are not a real target and they do not weaken Islamic State as they do not have any financial value for them," Rami Abdelrahman of the [Syrian] Observatory [for Human Rights] told Reuters.  “They are composed of trucks with equipment to separate diesel and petrol used by civilians.”  These attacks, instead of striking at ISIL’s financial base, are accomplishing only the further destruction of Syrian infrastructure."
As I said.

Somebody, maybe Cameron, maybe everybody, childishly angered Putin at the G20. Now he says he won't allow Ukrainian forces to wipe out rebels.

Now we're supposed to be scared of a Russian satellite as if the US doesn't have a bunch of secret satellites of its own in orbit.

Economy

Japan's recession blamed on lack of consumer spending instead of high taxes, debt and money-printing.

This claim that one in 30 children in the US is homeless is ridiculous. This is propaganda intended to boost Democrats.

Mergers rival dot.com bubble.

The poor Miami Marlins sign biggest sports contract ever, highlighting the bubble in sports.

Health Care

Doctor infected with Ebola dies in Nebraska hospital.

Washing hands is supposedly good enough to protect troops from Ebola. If that's the case, why is there such an outbreak?

Apparently the Ebola test from the health care know-it-alls doesn't work.

CDC claims 30 percent of two year olds are under-vaccinated.

Medical devices can and will be hacked.

Politics

Republicans continue to slam Obamacare for specific policies they supported before Obamacare.
"Troy’s column does not mention that the Cadillac tax — or, usually, even more stringent versions of it — have been a mainstay of Republican health-care plans as well. As a presidential candidate in 2008, John McCain proposed not merely to cap the employer health-care deduction but to eliminate it entirely. (Obama attacked his plan as a tax hike.)
Troy’s op-ed also fails to mention that he himself used to oppose the tax break for employer-sponsored health insurance. In a 2007 speech, he explained that Bush proposed to cap the health-insurance tax deduction to exclude the more expensive plans:"
Pure politics.

Obama is lying about how important Gruber was to Obamacare and how well he knew him.
"President Obama on Sunday called Jonathan Gruber “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Obama told Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry that he had “just heard about” the multiple times Gruber was caught on camera bragging about helping the White House exploit “the stupidity of the American voter” to pass the health law. But that sure doesn’t gibe with new details about the time when Obama summoned Gruber to the Oval Office for an emergency meeting with a handful of top advisers to salvage passage of ObamaCare amid a 2009 breakdown in the Democrat-controlled Congress. Given the president’s hugely crummy reputation for being forthcoming about his signature law, it seems that blowing off questions about what appears to be evidence of an intentional lie in the crafting of the law would be a bad idea."
He's a pathological liar. I was going to call him a sociopathic liar, and now Rush Limbaugh did that. I think that more accurate. Clinton was a pathological liar. He'd lie about everything whether it was in his interest or not. Obama lies to benefit himself, and he doesn't care if the lies are obvious on their face.

Obama and insurance companies are partners in crime.
"But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been a boon to the nation’s largest private health plans and led to a profitable surge in their Medicaid enrollment."
What a surprise.

Female bishops approved for Church of England.

Praise for Lao-tzu, the father of Taoism, as the first libertarian intellectual.
"Just as there will always be those who will stop at nothing in seeking to control others, the great majority of people will always respond like Pavlov’s dogs to the empty promise of greater security, in trade for diminished freedom. Even a country that begins with a people determined to control their own lives and create their own destiny will, over generations, succumb to the empty promises. The deterioration may take one hundred years, two hundred years, or even longer, but historically, every culture eventually gives way, bit by bit, to the empty promises and becomes completely dominated. In the end, each country collapses in economic ruin—the people having lost the desire to produce, as the leaders have bled them dry."
So far.
"This being the case, anyone who is inspired to believe in the libertarian principle has two choices if he lives in a country that is in the final, most oppressive stages: he can either remain there, swimming against an overwhelming tide, or he can vote with his feet. He can seek out other locations—those that are in the early stages of development, where the residents think as he does, where he is not a threat to “the system” but, by being a libertarian, is actually swimming with the tide."
Good strategy.

Police State

Government can't protect State Department, NOAA or USPS computers, so it can't protect us either.

Organizers in Ferguson are training new protesters. I'm fine with nonviolent civil disobedience, but this session sounds like a cult, and recent history shows it is not non-violent.
"The topic of race came up briefly as Sekou points out, “Look at all these white folks putting their bodies on the line for black people, because this is not a separate struggle. It is one struggle.” "
I agree with that.
"And I also think we’re not going to get change in this society unless white people are just a little bit afraid. Again, it’s okay to be a little bit afraid but just don’t be paralyzed in that fear."
That's wrong, and that's why these protests will become violent. You can't claim you support non-violence at the same time you're talking about scaring people. This is why Obama encouraged them. This is the kind of protest he used to organize. This is how he hopes to start a violent revolution.

Local

A couple inches of snow knocks out power to thousands.

Car crash lowers power lines into path of train, which knocks them down.

Head-on crash kills one in Fairborn. Crashes and slide-offs because of slippery roads. More crashes and school closings. Fairborn crash. I-75 crash.

Tow truck drivers busy.
"As of 4 p.m. Monday, AAA Roadside Assistance had already helped 400 stranded motorists in the Miami Valley. Meteorologists said 2 to 4 inches of snow fell in the region."
This is ridiculous.

Record snow in Dayton is still not much snow.

Oakwood closes street because of ice.

Fairborn is short of salt.

NCAA keeps First Four in Dayton through 2018.

Health Care

Now that the VA scandal has disappeared, nothing has changed.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Police State

Obama secretly met with Ferguson protest leaders and urged them to continue protesting. This is exactly what anybody who understands Obama would expect.

The US Freedom Act, supposedly to rein in NSA, is a fraud.
"Rather than fundamentally changing the way the NSA scoops up data, the bill merely outsources collection to immunized telecoms, compelling them to do the NSA’s dirty work. "
They were already doing the dirty work.

Sports

Brit recognizes the socialist, cronyist nature of the NFL. All the major sports, including the NCAA, is that way.

Media

Comments on Obamacare's Facebook page are astroturfed.

70 percent of Obama's Twitter followers are fake. I think all of Obama's supporters are fake.

War on Drugs

The DEA and TSA team up against the NFL, investigating abuse of Big Pharma products. I'm getting some popcorn.
"The DEA had reason to look at those teams in particular, but the investigation is not restricted to them, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing. The official said the investigation focuses on practices across the 32-team league, including possible distribution of drugs without prescriptions or labels, and the dispensing of drugs by trainers rather than physicians. "
Hang'em all.

Tax and Spend

Instead of wondering about how much tax money was wasted, the press wonders if the Philae comet 67P lander team is getting enough sleep.

China to cut taxes and fees to spur economic growth. China's communists know more about economics and our more benevolent than our rulers.

Global Warming and Energy

Global warming fraud admits the fraud.
"On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest."
I like it when they're accidentally honest.

More on California mismanagement of water during drought. Californians adapt.

Ice comes to Lake Superior several weeks earlier than normal.

Politics

That Gruber guy who blew the whistle on the lies behind Obamacare turns out to be an MIT professor, and his name has been turned into a verb describing how government lies to us.

The internet gambling ban is a gift to Israeli plutocrat, billionaire, and super-lobbyist Sheldon Adelson. This illustrates the nexus of all policy of politics. This ban would boost Adelson's wealth, giving him more money to give back to politicians in support for more war in the Middle East.

On US candidates:
"I have long quoted Susan Huck: national politics is a contest between Council on Foreign Relations Team A and Council on Foreign Relations Team B."
Sounds about right.
"What is the primary function of voting? To keep voters pacified. It’s cheap insurance for Washington.
The country is now saved. But it will be threatened again in two years. Mark my words!"
That's the function our rulers use it for, but we can vote to defend ourselves.

War

Red heffer being raised for sacrifice for new Jewish temple on Temple Mount that would start a holy war between Jews and Muslims.

This is how government runs things.
"Regarding the poor state of the U.S. nuclear weapons infrastructure, the “crews that maintain the nation’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles had only a single wrench that could attach the nuclear warheads.” The tool was sent from one base to another via Fed Ex. “No one had checked in years ‘to see if new tools were being made.’” The government didn’t even trust its own postal system to send the tool."
Sometimes the seeming incompetence of government is breathtaking.

Of course more tax dollars will be stolen thanks to the seeming incompetence.

State Department shuts down email system because of hack.

Video of MH17 crashing in Ukraine.

Convicted 9/11 20th hijacker accuses Saudi prince of paying for flying lessons.

ISIS supposedly beheads another American. Different video casts doubt, like all the others.

Wars are used to take our freedom, not defend it.

Foreign Policy

With no hint of irony, Obama warns big nations, meaning China, should not bully small nations.

Okinawa elects governor opposed to US base. No surprise.

Economy

This guy identifies lack of competition as the problem in the US broadband market. He even recognizes government is the problem. He fails when he proposes government is the solution.

Government interference in the economy is producing a shortage of chocolate.

Deceleration in TMS2 warns of a bust coming soon.
"As readers of THE CONTRARIAN TAKE are aware, given the size of the monetary largesse injected into the economy during this inflation cycle, this kind of deceleration in the rate of monetary inflation is a huge yellow light for both the economy and markets. If it continues, a bust awaits."
We've heard nothing from Yellen to make us believe it won't continue.
"Yes, at 7.7%, the year-over-year rate of growth in TMS2 is not sporting the same sub 5% year-over year rates that ushered in the last two busts.  But consider this: The latest installment of the Federal Reserve’s QE asset purchase program is history with the last $15 billion in asset purchases now complete. Over the last 12 months, that program accounted for roughly three quarters of the growth in TMS2. And while the U.S. banking system, the other money creation engine in the economy, has of late been helping to offset the money creation void being vacated by the Federal Reserve, it is going to have to really step it up to ward of a continuing deceleration in the overall the rate of money creation. If not, we could be very well staring a bust directly in the face."
This is the most solid warning of a bust I've seen.

Japan in triple-dip recession.

Local

Riverside to steal money from landlords in the form of fees.

Huber Heights released from contract with GoodSports since GoodSports didn't deliver.

If there was a profit to be made with this rail extension, a company would do it, not government.

More on police killing man in Miller Ln. parking lot.
"“Mr. Davidson exited his vehicle and advanced toward an officer with a knife in his hand,” Butler Twp. police Chief John Cresie said during a press conference Friday afternoon. “That officer was forced to shoot Mr. Davidson in order to defend his own life.”
The incident is the sixth police-related shooting in the region since January."
Since it doesn't seem like there's anything to cover up, this will go quickly.

SWAT team called because man bit another man's ear.
"SWAT officers were called to the scene. Ruef exited shortly thereafter and police were able to check the welfare of the children, according to the report."
It's always about the children.

Immigration

Biden's proposal opens floodgates for more illegal immigrants.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Politics

Ron Paul notes Republicans and Democrats team up to promote national slavery.
"Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently called on the government to force young people to spend two years either “serving” in the military or performing some other type of government-directed “community service.” Neoconservative Senator John McCain has introduced legislation creating a mandatory national service program very similar to Reich’s proposal. It is not surprising that both a prominent progressive and a leading neocon would support mandatory national service, as this is an issue that has long united authoritarians on the left and right."
Look for this idea to gain traction after the next crash.

Peter Schiff blames the economy for the defeat of the Democrats.
"According to voter exit polls conducted by CNN, 78% said they are worried about the economy, with 69% saying that, in their view, economic conditions are not good. 65% responded that the country is on the wrong track vs. only 31% who believed that it is headed in the right direction."
Obama said he should have talked more about the economy, as if that would have made it better.

Bush the Younger calls Bill Clinton his brother from another mother. Since both are two of the supreme crooks in the US, I'm not surprised.

Police State

Buffalo police are stealing the guns of deceased people from their beneficiaries.

Federal undercover police state.
"The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show."
Ferret out wrongdoing my behind.

Armed officers terrorize middle school students in unannounced drill.

Economy

The art bubble continues to grow.

Analysis shows ties stock market value directly to QE.

Government intervention in the market has reduced the turkey supply.

The super-rich are leaving the regular rich behind. Like I keep saying, the regular rich are going to get wiped out too. Only the plutocrats will remain wealthy as they become modern feudal overlords.

Health Care

The enterovirus D68 virus, which was originally publicized as a respiratory virus, the one linked to illegal immigrant children, is not being compared to polio.
"The paralysis resembles polio in that the children have severe muscle weakness. All had a fever and respiratory symptoms about a week before developing the paralysis. Most of the children had problems with the spinal cord that could be seen on a magnetic resonance image, or MRI, according to the CDC."
Clueless in Atlanta.

Healthcare.gov still doesn't work.

War

This story convinces me more the SEAL who supposedly shot bin Laden going public was orchestrated.
"Robert O’Neill, the SEAL Team Six member unmasked this week as the man who fired the fatal shots that killed Osama bin Laden, hadn’t planned to reveal himself until he took a private tour of the 9/11 Museum earlier this year with several victim’s families."
It sounds like a Disney script.
"“That was an awakening for me,” the highly decorated military veteran told the Daily News on Friday. “Just seeing the response, for them to see someone tangible that can confirm, ‘I saw this happen, and the reason for the worst day of your life is dead.’"
If you never thought the raid was fake before, it sure sounds fake now. Apparently too many skeptics didn't believe the story, so they wrote another act to the narrative.
"O’Neill and his fellow team members were convinced they wouldn’t survive the “one-way mission,” which included a 90-minute helicopter ride through Pakistani air space before they even began the assault on bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound.
Miraculously, no one was hurt, even though one helicopter was crash-landed on the compound’s grounds."
So heroic. So Disney. He's had three movies made about his exploits.

Pentagon requests billions to upgrade crumbling, demoralized nuclear forces. Typical government.

Russian groups releases photo claiming to show Ukrainian fighter jet downing MH-17 with a missile, but it appears fake.

Misc

Philae transmitted all its science data from comet 67P before the battery ran dead. Hopefully the engineers will be able to get more science from the lander in the future using the small amount of power generated by the solar panel. Superb engineering was crippled by bad science. The amazing engineering done on this mission was based Newtonian physics discovered in the 17th century. Modern physics has devolved into a pseudo-scientific wasteland of imagination, superstition and magic bolstered by mathematics.

Scientists surprised to discover Uranus's south pole rotates faster than the rest of its atmosphere.

Regulation

Comcast sucks up to Obama by pretending to support net neutrality even though it already has a contract with Netflix that says otherwise.

Ford's aluminum truck is a product of regulation, not consumer demand.

Local

Beavercreek city manager retiring and being rehired into the same job so he can get a paycheck and a pension, both stolen from taxpayers, at the same time. This scam is happening all over the region, and the excuses given are ridiculous.

Speedway buys convenience store chain for $2.8 billion.

Instead of simply auctioning off properties to return them to the people, Fairborn stole $31,000 from taxpayers and gave it to cronies to demolish them.
"Demolition of the properties was completed last week. The city will be reimbursed the demolition costs through assessments to the property owners starting after the first of the year.
Fairborn City Council approved a contract last month with Badger Construction to conduct the demolition."
They're not getting that money back.