The violence shamefully on full display several nights ago at the UC Berkeley campus is an alarming reminder of just how far Americans have now gone astray in allowing the ruling elite to divide us. The repeated scenes of rioters viciously acting out their rampage determined to shut down free speech in America and deliver violent civil unrest to foment a national crisis in this divided nation is bent on undermining the Trump presidency. Unfortunately, this political violence is becoming increasingly common. Is America on the brink of a second civil war? This presentation explores this potentiality focusing on the underlying dynamic behind Americans who are seemingly at war with themselves.
Last Wednesday evening an estimated 150 angry rock and brick throwing agitators out of a crowd of 1500 protestors began breaking windows, starting a fire and targeting arrivals by shoving, beating and pepper spraying attendees at a speaking engagement of conservative openly gay Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos at the UC Berkeley campus. The ensuing rioting escalated to force the event to be canceled even prior to its start.
Today’s so-called “social justice warriors” currently wreaking havoc in cities and college campuses across our nation are but one example of how the US population has been unwittingly splintered, conscripted, and co-sponsored by the likes of dozens of George Soros “open society” foundations to brutishly take over and dogmatically rule over America’s colleges and universities. Brainwashed by elitist social engineering think tanks into an army of fanatical militarized Political Correctness robots, they’ve been morphed into today’s brown shirts equivalent to the young Nazis or Mao’s cultural youth revolution, sent out in the name of free speech to commit violent fascist terrorism deployed en masse as programmed foot soldiers bent on actually purging dissent and freedom of speech in America as the so-called left’s mind control police.
A half decade ago billionaire Soros told Newsweek a period of “evil” is coming to America, predicting riots, police state, and class war. And then in the coming years, he made it happen. In cities across the country whenever police cold-bloodedly murdered unarmed black men as well as throughout last year’s Trump campaign rallies to all the post-election protests, Soros funded agitators and rioters by the busloads methodically deployed nationwide to purposely foment racial and political tensions and hostilities to make his “prediction” reality. For decades Soros money has funded regime changes and political and economic upheaval around the world and he’s at it again right here in America, inciting another color revolution revolt designed to bring about a coup d’état of an elected US president.
It’s a sad irony that back in the 1960’s that very same UC Berkeley was the venerable institution of higher learning that launched the free speech movement. But times have radically changed as UCB is now violently rioting against free speech.
Americans are so blindly and foolishly allowing the elite to divide and conquer us, it’s not an exaggeration to say that we’re now living in a certifiably insane, upside down the world where all values are inversed, good is now bad and bad is now good in today’s age of deception where Orwellian doublespeak is America’s current nightmare come true.
From time immemorial the earthly power brokers have always sought ways and means of controlling their population by neutralizing and weakening various subgroups and people that might otherwise pose a threat to the prevailing status quo of inequality and injustice. Thus, to counter these threats the elite has always resorted to manipulating and manufacturing conflicts between different people and groups, exploiting their differences in skin color, religion, language, culture, socioeconomic class, nationality, gender, sexual identity, age, political party, you name it… the list can arbitrarily go on and on.
The planetary rulers are masters in the black art of deception, keeping us blindly ignorant and feeble-minded, cluelessly fighting against each other. And we the people continue falling for their brutal game of deceit and manipulation rather than realize that it’s the elite that is, in fact, our common enemy, malevolently utilizing its tried and true divide and conquer formula that’s permitted them to continue their planetary plundering and inhumane rule for far too many centuries. Divide and conquer control has been achieved through a centralized banking slavery-debtor system responsible for backing both sides to every banker-created war as well as both sides in every corrosively, irreparably corrupt two-party US political system election. For the last century, every American president marches to the puppet masters’ orders.
2016 produced the two most unpopular two party presidential candidates in American history in a thoroughly rigged election from start to finish that resulted in the so-called dark horse candidate winning. It’s time to realize the divisive forces that have been maliciously turning us against each other in a seemingly endless blame game scenario is but a long entrenched part of the elite’s design where no one but the controlling elite can possibly win.
Perhaps with the Civil War the only exception, this last year’s election cycle has left our divided nation more politically charged, fragmented and polarized than ever before. Vast segments of the American population have succumbed into a rigid white and black thinking based solely along Democrat versus Republican lines, artificially separating us by label into the left versus the right, liberal versus conservative extremism that engender violence and hatred toward those who happen to disagree. As an elitist tool, the harbingers of deceit possess a weaponized centralized system of mainstream media designed to control all outflow of news and information while propagating mass propaganda and disinformation with sinister intent to fracture and inflame Americans, instilling anger, fear, hate and conflict for control purposes over the masses.
Hatemongers on each side of the volatile political spectrum are ready to declare civil war on each other, having drawn their ideological battle lines blaming the other side for our fractured nation currently convulsing under such out of control turmoil and instability. Hence, a blindsided dichotomy darkly prevails over America now, with implicit chants “you’re either with us or against us,” incredibly the same simpleton mentality that gave way to war criminal George Bush evocation shortly after his treasonous neocon conspirators had sloppily pulled off its 9/11 coup to launch its war on terror, its war on Islam, its war on the American people and ultimately its war on humanity.
At the same time, mind control through mass media as well as secret nonlethal electronic warfare methods through psychotronic weapons developed by black ops programs have been increasingly altering Americans’ state of consciousness in recent years, resonating at the same electromagnetic frequencies as our human brain so as to effectively cause emotional and mental instability and disturbance amongst our unsuspecting vulnerable population. On a related issue, thousands of targeted individuals internationally have also been used as deep state guinea pigs for harassment and torture utilizing these same type weapons.
From vaccines to fluoride in our water systems to processed poisoned foods devoid of all nutrients to being massively fed Monsanto GMO’s that cause tumors in rats, soft kill methods to depopulate the earth have also been around for many decades. The proliferation of cellular smartphones and cell towers, HAARP pulsar weaponry and aerosol geoengineering raining down daily toxic chemtrail doses of heavy metal conductors saturating our air, water, soil, and food chain are all taking their toll on human health in every conceivable way from bodily disease to severe mental, emotional and spiritual impairments. Chronic soft kill methods are contributing to Americans now dying younger as a direct result of all these killers daily assaulting us as part of the elite’s eugenics plan to cull the world population. Through willfully destroying our living habitat along with ceaseless violence and wars, the planetary controllers have been engaging in a global agenda that amounts to committing human genocide on our species and planet, by diabolical design perpetuating the earth’s sixth mass life extinction and first known to be human caused.
One encouraging sign this week is Operation Reclaim and Rebuild in Southern California where a child sex trafficking task force arrested 474 suspects, rescuing 28 sexually abused girls and 27 adults from illegal bondage. The culmination of such a large successful bust of a major pedo-operation on the West Coast comes as the internet is circulating some monumental claims from alleged FBI insider Kent Dunn. Dunn maintains that the Senator Chuck Schumer led Democrats purposely delayed the vote on Trump’s attorney general nominee – Senator Jeff Sessions, not as reported because of Trump’s Muslim ban, but because of Sessions’ intention to launch an arrest warrant sweep to apprehend 30 high profile politicians in Washington DC and Virginia as well as New York City along with 40 other suspects directly linked to the Pedogate scandal that went public the last couple months of last year as so calledPizzagate. In addition to the possible arrests of the Clintons, the Podesta brothers and James Alefantes, the pizza parlor owner where the alleged epicenter of the sex crimes against children took place, the FBI insider also stated that three weeks ago Sessions was fully briefed and updated on the evidence of the enormous pedophile case.
Jeff Sessions navigated past his initial hurdle last Wednesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 strictly along party lines for a scheduled full senate vote likely by midweek. The laptop that proved to be the smoking gun in this landmark child trafficking case belonging to disgraced indicted former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, husband of longtime Hillary aide Huma Abedin, implicated dozens of other prominent members of Congress. Per FBI insider Dunn those who will be arrested on pedophilia charges are Senator Chuck Schumer, Hillary’s running mate Senator Tim Kaine, economist-political advisor Michael Blumenthal, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican bobsy twin senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Supposedly FBI warrants for their arrests will take place once Sessions is sworn into office which may be later this week. All Sessions needs is a simple majority of 51 and with 52 Republican senators (albeit two of them McCain and Graham), Sessions will likely secure his confirmation. If these high powered players in DC are taken into custody, Trump will already be halfway home to fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp.” And a momentum shift for good could finally make dramatic triumphant history in bringing to long-awaited justice Washington’s career criminals who’ve been getting away with the murder of millions of innocent people on this planet for way too long.
With those 70 arrested it would become the biggest political scandal in US history if prosecution of such major heavyweights actually proceeds. Though seeing is believing, if it does occur, it will mark a major turning point in the crime cabal masquerading as the US federal government for over half a century. Once these criminals are rounded up, detained and held accountable, along with the likes of George Soros, perhaps the wicked madness that’s been controlling our planet for so long will finally be on the losing end for once, prior to the elite’s agenda to render the earth totally uninhabitable. Based on underground investment in subterranean luxury bunkers, the elite already has its contingency plan.
In any event, we must diligently seek the truth to arrive at a deeper understanding both spiritually as well as geopolitically of what’s unfolding in our midst. Rather than continue falling into the blame game which the planetary controllers have insidiously and incessantly used against us, we must recognize that we are one human family, fully enriched by our diversity, and only through connecting and embracing our common human heritage are we able to transcend the slings and arrows of hate and conflict that every day we’re being bombarded with by authoritarian deep state.
Wanting most of us “useless eating” “deplorables” dead, the globalists possess centralized control over all the world’s largest corporations, virtually all national governments including their militaries, law enforcement, and security apparatchik. But what they’re most afraid of is an informed and educated global masses able to think for themselves and mobilized to oppose and resist the New World Order. The populist movement starting with last year’s Brexit vote and the Trump victory currently has them desperately waging to retain their power fulltime war for controlling both our minds as well as our souls.
But as long as the planetary controllers have us fighting and killing each other, their crimes against humanity will only continue unchecked, swept under the rug, cloaked in controlled deep state secrecy, immune from all accountability and justice. Today we stand at the crossroads of both our severely divided nation and the equally divided world, teetering on the edge of self-annihilation. We have a conscious choice to make, right here and right now at this 11th hour, 59th minute and 59th second, we can either choose to continue as disempowered, angrily divided victims of slavery, hate and death, or we can choose illumination of truth and forthright and honest action to embrace our common humanity and destiny in a race toward the light of understanding, compassion, peace and justice.
The dark forces are being exposed like never before, and as they go down, they’re desperately moving in for the genocidal kill. It’s now do or die time for self-defense of the human race on our precious home planet earth. We either stop fighting amongst ourselves now in order to recognize we’ve been played, pathetically duped and manipulated for far too long or we simply perish at the hands of the demonic destructive powers-that-shouldn’t-be. Though this is not a black and white world, in this case when literally the human species is hanging in the balance at this most critical momentous time in human history, it most certainly is a choice of either moving toward the light for life or falling into death’s darkness.
Like the founders of all our major religions preached, as well as our modern historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela taught, we are all God’s children given blessed life by our one Creator, to utilize our God-given talents and potential to serve the greater spiritual good of humanity by embracing the truth, peace and justice with all our hearts, minds, bodies and souls. The collective insanity, ruthless brutality and moral depravation that appear so blatantly pronounced and in control of our earth now, spreading their contagious disharmony and dis-ease, can be both cured and conquered through the wisdom of universal love. If we each do our part, one person and one day at a time, not in some lofty unreachable abstract ideal, but practiced daily in our lives with those we come in regular contact with, only then will the goodness and light within humanity prevail over the descending darkness. The epic choice at the crossroads is now ours to make.
Hopes for the Trump administration are not burning brightly. Trump’s military chief, Gen. Mattis, is turning out to be true to his “mad dog” nickname. He has just declared that Iran “is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”
He has declared Russia to be the number one threat to the US.
He has threatened intervention in China’s territorial affairs.
I was wrong. I thought Gen. Mattis was a reasonable choice as he rejects the efficacy of torture, and, according to Trump, convinced Trump that “torture doesn’t work.” Apparently, Mattis cannot reach beyond this realization to higher geopolitical realizations. Trump needs to fire Mattis who has placed the Pentagon in the way of normal relations with Russia.
There is no evidence in the behavior of Iran, Russia, and China to support Gen.Mattis’ views. His definition of threat is the neoconservative one—a country capable of resisting US hegemony. This is a convenient threat for the military/security complex as it justifies an unlimited budget in order to prevail over such “threats.” It is this hegemonic impulse that is the source of terrorism.
If truth can be spoken, there are only two countries in the world with hegemonic aspirations—Israel and the US—and they are the sources of terrorism. Israel terrorizes Palestinians and has done so for about 70 years. The US terrorizes the rest of the world.
All known Muslim terrorists are creations of the US government. Al Qaeda was created by the Carter administration in order to confront the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan with jihadism. ISIS was created by the Obama/Hillary regime in order to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya and then was sent by the Obama/Hillary regime to overthrow Assad in Syria, as Trump’s national security advisor, Gen. Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency revealed on TV. The Ukrainian neo-nazis assaulting the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk were also unleashed by the Obama/Hillary overthrow of the democratically elected government of Ukraine. All terror is associated with Washington and Israel.
The fact of Washington’s overthrow of Ukraine’s government is incontestable; yet large numbers of brainwashed Americans think Russia invaded Ukraine, just as they believe the fake news that Iran is a terrorist state.
The last time Iran initiated a war of aggression was in the last decade of the 18th century when Iran reconquered the Caucasus and Georgia, which Iran soon lost to Russia.
Iran in our time has done no offense except to refuse to submit to being a Washington vassal state.
Additionally, Iran, and Syria rescued by the Russians are the only states in the Muslim world that are not US puppet states and mere vassals that are nothing in themselves, no independent foreign policy, no independent economic policy. Only Iran and Syria have independent policies.
Iran is a large country endowed with substantial energy resources. Iran has a long history going back to ancient times of independence and military prowess. Today Iran is essential to Russia as a buffer to the US created jihadism that neoconservatives plan to export to the Muslim areas of the Russian Federation. Consequently, Iran is the most inopportune of targets for Trump if he wishes to restore normal, non-threatening relations with Russia. Yet his mad dog Pentagon chief recklessly makes threating statements alleging Iran to be a “terrorist state.”
Do we see Israel’s hand at work in the threats against Iran? Iran and Syria are the only countries in the Middle East that are not American puppet states. Syria’s army has been hardened by combat, which is what Syria’s army needs in order to stand up to US-backed Israel. Both Syria and Iran are in the way of Israel’s Zionist policy of Greater Israel—from the Nile to the Euphrates. For the Zionists, Palestine and Southern Lebanon are merely the beginning.
Israel has successfully used the corrupt British and now the corrupt Americans to reestablish themselves on lands from which God evicted them. This doesn’t speak well of the intelligence and morality of the British and US governments. But what does?
We are also hearing from Mattis and from Tillerson threats to intervene in China’s sphere of influence. Trump’s appointees appear to be unable to understand that there can be no improvement in relations with Russia if the Trump regime has Iran and China in its crosshairs.
Is there any prospect that the Trump administration can develop geopolitical awareness? Is the tough-talking Trump administration tough enough to overthrow the power that Zionist Israel exercises over US foreign policy and the votes of the US Congress?
If not, more war is inevitable.
For twenty-four years—eight years of the criminal Clinton regime, eight years of the criminal Bush regime, eight years of the criminal Obama regime—the world has heard threats from Washington that have resulted in the death and destruction of millions of peoples and entire countries. The Trump administration needs to present a different Washington to the world.
As the use of technology becomes increasingly commonplace, more and more people – of all ages – are suffering from myopia, or nearsightedness. Research has shown that myopia diagnoses have increased 66 percent since the 1970s. Nearsightedness develops when the eyeball becomes larger than the normal size. As a result, the angle at which the light enters the eye changes, leading to abnormal focus on the objects that are far away.
But staring at a computer screen all the time is not the only culprit of the growing myopia rates. Researchers suggest that insufficient sunlight exposure is also a contributing factor.
Myopia can develop as early as adolescence, and it progresses over time. Nowadays, children are particularly prone to developing nearsightedness, because they are spending more time indoors and aren’t getting enough sunlight.
Research findings suggest that those who are regularly exposed to sunlight are better protected against myopia, compared to those who are not. But although sunlight exposure can help your vision, it can have detrimental effects on your skin, so you want to make sure you are taking proper sun safety measures, such as wearing sunscreen, covering up, wearing sunglasses, not looking directly at the sun, and moderating your sun exposure.
On the other hand, if you do find yourself cooped up inside for prolonged periods of time, you will want to make a conscious effort to get more sun. And be conscious of your screen time. Too much time spent on tablets, smartphones, computers and television doesn’t do any good for your vision.
One trick you can utilize to give your eyes a break from technology is known as the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of screen time, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Another important trick is to blink. Blinking helps keep the eyes lubricated, which can reduce the risk of dry eyes.
Protecting your eyes doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s as easy as heading outdoors and unplugging yourself from technology.
Reprinted with permission from Bel Marra Health.
Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016?
Our foreign policy elite’s answer appears to be a thunderous no.
Case in point: U.S. relations with Russia.
During the campaign Trump was clear. He would seek closer ties with Russia and cooperate with Vladimir Putin in smashing al-Qaida and ISIS terrorists in Syria, and leave Putin’s ally Bashar Assad alone.
With this diplomatic deal in mind, President Trump has resisted efforts to get him to call Putin a “thug” or a “murderer.” Asked during his taped Super Bowl interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly whether he respected Putin, Trump said that, as a leader, yes.
O’Reilly pressed, “But he’s a killer, though. Putin’s a killer.”To which Trump replied, “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?”
While his reply was clumsy, Trump’s intent was commendable.
If he is to negotiate a modus vivendi with a nation with an arsenal of nuclear weapons sufficient to end life as we know it in the USA, probably not a good idea to start off by calling its leader a “killer.”
Mitch McConnell rushed to assure America he believes Putin is a “thug” and any suggestion of a moral equivalence between America and Russia is outrageous.
Apparently referring to a polonium poisoning of KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko, Marco Rubio tweeted, “When has a Democratic political activist ever been poisoned by the GOP? Or vice versa?”
Yet, as we beat our chests in celebration of our own moral superiority over other nations and peoples, consider what Trump is trying to do here, and who is really behaving as a statesmen, and who is acting like an infantile and self-righteous prig.
When President Eisenhower invited Nikita Khrushchev to the United States, did Ike denounce him as the “Butcher of Budapest” for his massacre of the Hungarian patriots in 1956?
Did President Nixon, while negotiating his trip to Peking to end decades of hostility, speak the unvarnished truth about Mao Zedong — that he was a greater mass murderer than Stalin?
While Nixon was in Peking, Mao was conducting his infamous Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that resulted in millions of deaths, a years-long pogrom that dwarfed the two-day Kristallnacht. Yet Mao’s crimes went unmentioned in Nixon’s toast to America and China starting a “long march” together.
John McCain calls Putin a KGB thug, “a murderer, and a killer.”
Yet, Yuri Andropov, the Soviet ambassador in Budapest who engineered the slaughter of the Hungarian rebels with Russian tanks, became head of the KGB. And when he rose to general secretary of the Communist Party, Ronald Reagan wanted to talk to him, as he had wanted to talk to every Soviet leader.
Why? Because Reagan believed the truly moral thing he could do was negotiate to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
He finally met Gorbachev in 1985, when the USSR was occupying Afghanistan and slaughtering Afghan patriots.
The problem with some of our noisier exponents of “American exceptionalism” is that they lack Reagan’s moral maturity.
Undeniably, we were on God’s side in World War II and the Cold War. But were we ourselves without sin in those just struggles?
Was it not at least morally problematic what we did to Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki where hundreds of thousands of women and children were blasted and burned to death?
How many innocent Iraqis have perished in the 13 years of war we began, based on falsified or fake evidence of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction?
In Russia, there have been murders of journalists and dissidents. Yes, and President Rodrigo Duterte, our Philippine ally, has apparently condoned the deaths of thousands of drug dealers and users since last summer.
The Philippine Catholic Church calls it “a reign of terror.”
Should we sever our treaty ties to the Duterte regime?
Have there been any extrajudicial killings in the Egypt of our ally Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi since he overthrew the elected government?
Has our Turkish ally, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, killed no innocents in his sweeping repression since last summer’s attempted coup?
Some of us remember a Cold War in which Gen. Augusto Pinochet dealt summarily with our common enemies in Chile, and when the Savak of our ally the Shah of Iran was not a 501(c)(3) organization.
Sen. Rubio notwithstanding, the CIA has not been a complete stranger to “wet” operations or “terminating with extreme prejudice.”
Was it not LBJ who said of the Kennedys, who had arranged multiple assassination attempts of Fidel Castro, that they had been “operating a damned Murder Inc. in the Caribbean”?
If Trump’s talking to Putin can help end the bloodshed in Ukraine or Syria, it would appear to be at least as ethical an act as pulpiteering about our moral superiority on the Sunday talk shows.
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di David Stockman
Sì, i bond vigilantes sono tornati. Accolgo con favore il ritorno dei bond vigilantes e non solo perché sono l'unica forza che può fermare la folle corsa verso un bagno di sangue fiscale, il quale è stato favorito dal team di Trump.
Il loro ritorno segna anche la fine della falsificazione del debito e dei prezzi di altri asset finanziari, implementata dalle banche centrali di tutto il mondo a partire dalla metà degli anni '90.
Ciò che è realmente accaduto sin da allora, è che i "bond vigilantes" di un tempo si sono trasformati in "front-runner" delle banche centrali. Cioè, i trader di obbligazioni, che solevano vendere titoli di stato quando percepivano dissolutezza fiscale, sono passati al lato "comprare" del mercato, mentre si sviluppava l'era dell'espansione del bilancio delle banche centrali e delle spese folli in acquisti di obbligazioni connesse al quantitative easing (QE).
Non c'era davvero alcun mistero — era solo la legge della domanda e dell'offerta. Le banche centrali stavano drenando i mercati da miliardi di debito pubblico, facendo salire i prezzi delle obbligazioni e facendo scendere i rendimenti verso lo zero.
In tale contesto, va da sé che i trader hanno comprato tutto quello che saliva di prezzo e si aspettavano che sarebbe salito di più. Allo stesso tempo, le banche centrali non hanno lasciato alcun dubbio sul fatto che sarebbero intervenute costantemente, annunciando massicci acquisti mensili.
L'aumento da $20,000 miliardi dei bilanci delle banche centrali nel corso degli ultimi due decenni, è stato amplificato dagli ex-bond vigilantes che si sono trasformati in "front-runner". Dopo tutto, gli acquisti di obbligazioni da parte delle banche centrali sono stati fondamentalmente diversi rispetto all'azione degli operatori in un mercato libero.
Infatti le banche centrali hanno l'autorità legale di commettere frodi finanziarie giornaliere, finanziando i loro acquisti di titoli di stato sul mercato aperto con denaro creato dal nulla. Quando questo denaro viene iniettato nel sistema bancario come pagamenti ai vari dealer, il prezzo del debito pubblico viene fatto levitare artificialmente.
I possedimenti totali delle banche centrali di tutto il mondo erano a circa $2,000 miliardi a metà degli anni '90, quando i bond vigilantes hanno dato gli ultimi segni di vita.
Ma dopo il 2000 l'ingolfamento dei bilanci delle banche centrali, e di conseguenza l'offerta d'acquisto artificiale per il debito pubblico, li ha convertiti in "front-runner". In questo modo hanno intascato centinaia di miliardi di profitti inattesi con l'acquisto a leva di titoli di stato, facendone salire sempre di più i prezzi.
Gli speculatori hanno semplicemente acquistato i bond e li hanno finanziati grazie ad un mercato monetario a costo zero, praticamente senza rischio, trasformando in tal modo il mercato obbligazionario nel postbruciatore dell'offerta d'acquisto delle banche centrali. I trader obbligazionari non hanno mai intascato così tanto facendo così poco, il che significa che grandi quantità di capitali speculativi sono finite nei mercati del debito pubblico in modo del tutto innaturale ed insostenibile.
L'ironia della situazione attuale è ben degna di nota. La madre di tutte le bolle obbligazionarie globali è stata essenzialmente gonfiata dai bond vigilantes, i quali sono entrati nel business del front-running dopo che nel 1994 Greenspan urlò "mi arrendo!" quando il tasso d'interesse sul debito pubblico cominciò a salire.
Se l'ormai ex-gold bug ed economista di libero mercato decaduto avesse conservato i suoi principi e la sua integrità una volta designato come presidente della FED, l'età dei massicci debiti statali sarebbe stata fermata già da allora. Una recessione economica dolorosa avrebbe reso chiaro che i 12 anni di baldoria coi deficit da parte dell'accoppiata Reagan/Bush — i quali hanno portato il debito pubblico da $1,000 miliardi a $4,000 miliardi — avrebbero avuto delle conseguenze economiche.
Infatti il prezzo da pagare sarebbe stato sotto forma di tassi d'interesse di gran lunga più alti a compensazione del mercato. Questo, a sua volta, avrebbe "spiazzato" gli investimenti privati in capitale finanziario ed immobiliare, ed avrebbe innescato un aggiustamento economico doloroso.
Invece Greenspan scelse di annullare il verdetto onesto dei bond vigilantes ed inaugurò l'era dell'espansione massiccia dello stato patrimoniale delle banche centrali e degli acquisti di obbligazioni. Questo errore madornale lungo la strada monetaria rinviò il giorno della resa dei conti, perché, in sostanza, permise ai governi di parcheggiare i loro debiti nei bilanci delle banche centrali mondiali a costi quasi gratuiti.
Infatti quando Greenspan uccise i bond vigilantes nel 1994, il bilancio della FED era di circa $275 miliardi e quello di tutte le principali banche centrali del mondo era di $2,000 miliardi.
L'operato di Greenspan innescò un'esplosione di passività in dollari tra i bilanci delle banche centrali mondiali. Se non avessero svalutato le proprie valute in risposta allo tsunami di dollari di Greenspan, le loro valute sarebbero salite alle stelle, compromettendo in tal modo le politiche stataliste e mercantiliste che erano già in vigore nei rispettivi paesi.
In ogni caso, i bond vigilantes erano stati sepolti sotto l'enorme baldoria di acquisti di obbligazioni da parte delle banche centrali — solo per riemergere come front-runner. Hanno finito per catturare profitti inattesi che non erano nemmeno immaginabili durante i loro giorni come disciplinatori onesti dei governi dissoluti.
Probabilmente non esiste un modo per quantificare l'impatto di questa situazione — banche centrali e front-runner — sull'offerta d'acquisto dei bond, ma sarà immensa. Non è un caso se lo scorso agosto circa $13,000 miliardi su $42,000 miliardi di debito sovrano globale, erano trattati a tassi sotto lo zero e la maggior parte del resto si trovava nella zona +/- 1%.
In breve, il mercato obbligazionario globale è stato torturato da un'offerta d'acquisto a senso unico che non s'era mai vista in un qualsiasi mercato finanziario. Il mondo finanziario ha semplicemente barcollato in avanti.
Per coincidenza storica, i banchieri centrali keynesiani stanno per essere spodestati dal loro trono — e molto prima di quanto si pensi — dalla prospettiva della Trumponomics e delle sue massicce aggiunte ai debiti già torreggianti dello Zio Sam. Ecco perché i front-runner nel mercato obbligazionario stanno morendo lentamente, in quella che è praticamente un'inversione del processo messo in moto nel 1994 da Greenspan.
Donald Trump ed il suo team hanno perso la battaglia ancor prima di scendere in campo sventolando una falsa prosperità futura sulla base del pompaggio monetario keynesiano.
Di conseguenza i bond vigilantes stanno ora ruggendo. Questo perché senza la Gigantesca Offerta d'Acquisto delle banche centrali si sta tornando a fare profitti alla vecchia maniera: vendendo i titoli obbligazionari che colano a picco, non comprando la cartaccia che invece sale.
L'intera dinamica del mercato obbligazionario globale e del sistema finanziario negli ultimi due decenni, è stata catturata dai premi artificiali sui prezzi delle obbligazioni creati dalla massiccia espansione dei bilanci delle banche centrali.
Ma una volta che quest'ultima svanisce, i front-runner si faranno beffe di Donald Trump.
Nel bel mezzo del bagno di sangue fiscale che è sicuro ne seguirà, la Trumponics verrà semplicemente stritolata. Che un programma d'infrastrutture da $1,000 miliardi possa contribuire a far tornare grande l'America, è decisamente sbagliata come idea.
Può solo riempire la palude di Washington con più gruppi d'interesse e racket finanziario, ingigantendo il settore pubblico e rendendolo più dispendioso con infrastrutture che non può permettersi e di cui non ha bisogno — come i treni ad alta velocità.
Questa nuova realtà manderà presto in frantumi la falsa euforia post-elettorale che ha colpito i mercati finanziari, e coprirà in un bagno di sangue fiscale la nuova amministrazione Trump quando tenterà di perseguire il suo programma economico.
In una parola, l'aumento dei tassi d'interesse, i deficit in aumento ed i bond vigilantes stanno tornando nella Città Imperiale dopo 25 anni di latitanza. Il risultato sarà una conflagrazione di bilancio come quella già vista nel 1981.
Ma questa volta lo zio Sam è praticamente fallito e il gioco d'azzardo con i titoli obbligazionari orchestrato dalle banche centrali è decisamente finito.
[*] traduzione di Francesco Simoncelli: http://francescosimoncelli.blogspot.it/
Tutto il casino che riusciamo a vedere, cosa ci insegna?
Che oggigiorno il denaro a corso legale è quanto di più precario e fragile si possa possedere. Non rappresenta un bene reale da scambiare, ma solo il potere. Ed il potere è transeunte, sic transit gloria mundi. Il potere è una grande illusione contro il tempo e la morte. Il potere è una malattia dello spirito, un segno della fragilità e della imperfezione umana. E più se ne cerca e più si palesa la propria inconsistenza. Sentirsi ricchi perché si possiede un sacco di questo denaro significa illudersi. Significa credere nella continuità del potere che ci impone questo strumento.
Che fare? Convertire questa carta in qualcosa di reale, di utile soggettivamente, ma ricordando che qualsiasi scambio si fonda sulla reciproca accettazione e non ha bisogno di altro, e che pertanto sarà bene disporre sempre di qualcosa che sia il più largamente possibile riconosciuto come idoneo a portare a termine uno scambio profittevole reciprocamente.
Procuratevi asset concreti e cercate di trarne il massimo profitto possibile nella situazione data.
E poi non dimenticate mai la dimensione immateriale della nostra esistenza. Su quella difficilmente qualsiasi potere potrà mai alcunché.
Le cose andranno come devono andare. Fate che il bust si limiti alla loro cartaccia ed alle loro illusioni e non coinvolga i vostri sogni consapevoli. Restate superflessibili. Surfate come potete gli eventi. Non perdete la speranza di farcela. Sfruttate al massimo la precarietà della vita e cercate chi la vede come voi.
While on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump disappointed many supporters of Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. At the time, the Republican nominee “placed the burden of a peace deal firmly with Israel” alone, Haaretz reported. “A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal – whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things,” Trump said.
Despite the faux pas, Trump continued to profess his commitment to Israel, promising to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and going as far as to claim he would be Israel’s “closest friend” if he won the presidency. But perhaps one of his most talked about comments regarding Israel involved settlements.
Asked during a Daily Mail interview last May whether he thought settlement building should be stopped, Trump answered:
“No, I don’t think it is, because I think Israel should have – they really have to keep going. They have to keep moving forward.”
“The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years,” the statement reads, appearing to refer to the many instances in the past 50 years when U.S. presidents have objected to Israel’s settlement expansion.
“While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace,” the statement continues, “the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.”
Instead of positioning the administration in favor of more settlements, the White House simply closed the statement by asserting that “[t]he Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions.”
Dubious in nature, the statement seems to suggest that the advancement of settlements might not be positive if the goal is peace; it also suggests that the settlements themselves do not represent an impediment to peace. Nevertheless, the statement also suggests that Trump believes the “ultimate deal” is a peace agreement, making it clear the current administration hopes the Israeli government won’t take steps “that could hurt the prospects of such a deal.”
Despite the statement’s contents, some believe the Trump White House seems to make a weaker case against the advancement of settlements when compared to former administrations.
In response to the comments, groups of Israeli settlers downplayed Trump’s comments, the Associated Press reported. Instead of worrying about Trump’s concerns, they look forward to the U.S. president’s upcoming meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister. Meanwhile, Husam Zomlot, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, praised the statement for going “in the right direction.” Nevertheless, Zomlot said, “we need more than words to protect the two-state solution, otherwise we will find nothing to talk about when President Trump” finally discloses his policies on the conflict between the two nations.
How do you set up an accredited university? You buy one. Then you convert it into a 100% online school.
The secret to all this is the fact that small colleges are going out of business all the time. They have one asset worth retraining: regional accreditation. Everything else can be sold off.
Let’s assume that Peter Thiel, who is a libertarian, wanted to set up a libertarian University. He would wait until one of these struggling colleges goes belly up, and he would buy the assets. The real estate is irrelevant. It can be sold off for commercial development. They could be rented out to businesses that wanted to have seminars. It really doesn’t matter. The school would retain ownership of the library, but only for accreditation purposes.
The regional accreditation board will want to see that the college has a comprehensive curriculum that is suitable for accreditation. This is easy to achieve.
There are about a dozen majors that accredited colleges normally offer: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, English, history, political science, sociology, psychology, education, philosophy, business, and economics. Lots of small colleges don’t offer an economics major. They just offer a business major.
Each of these majors offers a one lower division course that is required for entry into upper division. the upper division courses can be limited to 60 semester hours, divided by three, or 20 one-semester courses. There might be one or two elective courses.
Each one-year course requires 90 50-minute lectures. A typical college course has three lectures per week for 15 weeks in a semester. Then there will be at least one textbook or equivalent, or possibly three or four monographs. There will be a workbook. There will be some computer graded examinations.
So, we’re talking about 20 courses times approximately a dozen majors. That is 240 one-semester courses. Then there have to be the lower-division courses, so add another dozen one-year courses. Certainly, it will take no more than 300 one-semester courses to fulfill the requirements of accreditation. Put differently, it would be 150 one-year courses.
The college can hire the services of a libertarian scholar who knows the key intellectual players in a number of fields. The best one I can think of would be the Mises Institute’s David Gordon. The president of the college would then contact approximately four dozen scholars. He would make this offer: produce 90 50-minute lectures, a workbook, and a reading list. This would take care of a one-year course. For this, each scholar will be paid an advance on royalties of $10,000.
This would be an up-front cost of about $1.5 million. Chump change.
The courses would sell for $100 per semester. That would be $200 for a one-year course, times five courses per year per student. That is a grand total of $1,000. Add another thousand dollars for marketing and administration, and the student gets a bachelor’s degree for about $10,000.
Instructors would get the $100 per semester fee. They would have to grade a midterm and a final. But remember: half of these would be true/false and multiple-choice. This is what AP exams use. They are standard operating procedure. College professors use them all the time. A computer can grade these. Any instructor with a Ph.D. can grade the essay part of a midterm in 10 minutes or less. A final might take 15 minutes.
Let’s assume that the instructor enrolls 200 students. That is $20,000 per semester. But let’s assume that Thiel actively markets this. The professor enrolls 500 students. Now he pulls in $50,000 per semester. Do you think there are libertarian professors of English who would like a shot at an extra $100,000 a year, plus summer vacation student income? I think so.
These people work maybe 20 hours a week at their existing campuses. So, they double their hours. So what?
Unlike classroom-based education, online students go at their own pace. So, midterms and finals would not have to be graded in two or three days. They would dribble in all semester. There would be no jam-up.
If there are large classes and lots of money rolling in, the instructors can quit their existing jobs. Some of them may not be in academia. They may be doing low-paid work. They would jump at this opportunity to get into college teaching.
There are thousands of part-time professors with Ph.D. degrees who get paid $20 an hour at community colleges. They are called adjunct professors. Would they jump at this?
They would not get tenure. The competition would be fierce. Thiel could get the cream of the crop.
By Dr. Mercola
Photobiology is the therapeutic use of light to improve health. In this interview, Dr. Alexander Wunsch, one of the leading experts in photobiology, explains the historical significance of photobiology.
I recently interviewed him about the dangers of light emitting diode (LED) lighting. That interview has nearly three-quarter of a million views at this point. If you haven’t seen it already, please take a look, as that interview went into some very practical, real world aspects of photobiology.
Here, we focus on the historical component to help you get a better appreciation of its potential.
When it comes to computer screens, it is important to reduce the correlated color temperature down to 2,700 K — even during the day, not just at night. It’s even better to set it below 2000K or even 1000K. Many use f.lux to do this, but I have a great surprise for you as I have found a FAR better alternative that was created by Daniel Georgiev, a 22-year-old Bulgarian programmer that Ben Greenfield introduced to me.
He was using F.lux but became frustrated with the controls. He attempted to contact the F.lux programmers but they never got back to him, so he created a massively superior alternative called Iris. It is free, but you’ll want to pay the $2 and reward him with the donation. You can purchase the $2 Iris mini software here.
Iris is better because it has three levels of blue blocking below f.lux: dim incandescent, candle, and ember. I have been using ember after sunset and measured the spectrum and it blocked nearly all light below 550 nm, which is spectacular, as you can see in the image below when I measured it on my monitor in the ember setting. When I measured the f.lux at its lowest setting of incandescent it showed loads of blue light coming through, as you can clearly see in the second image below.
So, if you are serious about protecting your vision you will abandon f.lux software and switch to Iris. I have been using it for about three months now, and even though I have very good vision at the age of 62 and don’t require reading glasses, my visual acuity seems to have dramatically increased. I believe this is because I am not exposing my retina to the damaging effects of blue light after sunset.
Wunsch, who has studied photobiology and light therapy for decades, understands the influence of light on health perhaps better than anyone. Having this historical grounding will hopefully help you understand some of these benefits, and inspire you to apply heliotherapy in your own life. All you have to do is step outside and take some clothes off. There’s no question in my mind that sun exposure is as important — or nearly as important — as eating a healthy diet and exercising.
Unfortunately, virtually no one is talking about or teaching this. The point is, they did in the past. We’re now rediscovering what was common knowledge 100 years ago! Sadly, the pharmacological focus has created an enormous, manipulated bias, which essentially directs most of the research.
If it was authentically and sincerely motivated, based on specific healing principles, we would have expanded on the research into heliotherapy and photobiology. The reason we haven’t is because it’s been artificially suppressed. That’s the sad reality.
The good news is that this is the 21st century — a time when we have access to extremely powerful methods of communication, allowing us to share this information with literally millions of people. By doing so, we can create a foundation of a new understanding, thereby catalyzing research and therapeutic interventions that can help us avoid the expensive and toxic interventions typically recommended for diseases that respond perfectly well to interventions such as light.
It’s truly so simple. Take myopia for example. We’re now realizing that nearsightedness is closely linked to lack of sun exposure, especially during childhood. — not a lack of vitamin D, mind you, but a lack of natural sunlight striking the eye. If you missed my article on preventing myopia with sunlight, please take a moment to check it out now.
Understanding this connection, and doing something about it — sending your kids outdoors for at least an hour a day — could help prevent this extraordinarily common vision problem without costing a cent.
In an ironic twist, it appears it may not have been ‘The Russians’ that hacked America’s political system last year. As The Daily Caller reports, three brothers (Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan) who managed office IT for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computer networks without permission.
Imran Awan seen below with Bill Clinton
As Luke Rosiak reports, the brothers were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues, information and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.
The brothers are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.
The three men are “shared employees,” meaning they are hired by multiple offices, which split their salaries and use them as needed for IT services. It is up to each member to fire them from working…
Jamal handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels.
“As of 2/2, his employment with our office has been terminated,” Castro spokeswoman Erin Hatch told TheDCNF Friday.
Jamal also worked for Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is on the Committee on Homeland Security.
Imran worked for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. Carson and Speier are members of the intelligence committee. Spokesmen for Carson and Speier did not respond to TheDCNF’s requests for comments. Imran also worked for the House office of Wasserman-Schultz.
Then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, employed Abid for IT work in 2016. She was a member of House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight, and Benghazi. Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November, 2016. Abid has a prior criminal record and a bankruptcy.
Abid also worked for Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who is member of the foreign affairs committee.
Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.
A criminal investigation into five unnamed people began late last year related to serious and potentially illegal violations of House IT policies, Politico reported Thursday. Chiefs of staff for the members were briefed Thursday by the Sergeant-at-Arms.
Buzzfeed reported Friday that one of the affected members claimed:
“they said it was some sort of procurement scam, but now I’m concerned that they may have stolen data from us, emails, who knows.”
While treading carefully here, and not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings, is it just us or is the irony too perfect that having blamed ‘Russians’ for allegedly hacking their systems and manipulating the election, it was three IT staff they hired (with immigrant-sounding names – yes we said it) that in fact broke into the systems of various politicians and aides.
Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.
You’re all set — your bags were packed long ago, there is a dozen solid gold coins stashed inside your belt and a pistol strapped round your waist.
There’s no need to say goodbye to the wife and children as they’re already waiting for you 6,000 miles away in New Zealand, having slipped off quietly at the first whiff of global catastrophe.
Now, they’re making themselves comfortable in that fortress home you’ve spent years preparing. They’ve got store loads of food and enough guns and ammunition to start World War III – which might, anyway, have begun by the time you arrive.
The high-powered motorbike you’ve never used is waiting outside to whisk you to the private airport where your plane sits waiting.
A helicopter ride at the other end, pull up the drawbridge — yes, you have one — and you’re ready to wait, for years if necessary, for civilization to return.
Never mind the warnings about stocking up on vegetables after the awful weather has ravaged the Mediterranean farming belt. Some of America’s richest people are spending billions quietly preparing for a global Apocalypse.
The world of Doomsday survivalists or ‘Preppers’ — those preparing themselves for total social collapse — is usually associated with wild-eyed eco-beardies hiding in the woods.
But the existence of a very different group of Preppers was laid bare by a political row in New Zealand this week.
Attracted by a remote First World country that has the potential to be self-sufficient and is on no one’s list of nuclear targets, the super-rich kings of Silicon Valley and Wall Street are buying up vast tracts of its land — in anticipation of the day when they may need to live there.
The controversy has revealed the extraordinary precautions being taken by the mega- rich to ensure that WTSHTF — a crude survivalist acronym for ‘when the **** hits the fan’ — they and their loved ones will be safe and comfortable.
What the catastrophe will precisely remain unclear, but possibilities include a devastating asteroid impact, giant earthquake, nuclear war, civil war, pandemic, zombie invasion and the Second Coming.
Tellingly, the geeks of Silicon Valley appear to be most worried that it will be a struggle between rich and poor in a world economy turned upside down by new technology — with them as the main targets.
The row in New Zealand involves scores of mega-rich Americans but has specifically centered on Peter Thiel, the billionaire founder of the internet payment system PayPal and an early investor in Facebook.
Thiel, a libertarian supporter of Donald Trump, paid $10million for a 477-acre lakeside estate in the country’s beautiful but isolated Southern Alps, which provided much of the staggering landscape in the Lord Of the Rings and Hobbit films.
Amid a public outcry over the invasion of U.S. internet and finance billionaires, the New Zealand government has released papers detailing the ‘exceptional circumstances’ under which the American tycoon was quietly given a New Zealand passport.
With so much doom and gloom in the news cycle, we thought it would be prudent to share something that will help restore your faith in humanity.
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the elegant, articulate niece of Front National leader Marine Le Pen, dissected the dizzying mental gymnastics of modern day feminism during a scathing 3-minute speech in front of her fellow French parliamentarians.
Le Pen made her remarks during debate on a ban of pro-life websites and the spread of “false information” regarding abortions, but she went after more than just SJW censorship:
Feminism had been reduced to “sexism in grammar, a pink toy in a happy meal”, Maréchal-Le Pen said, adding that feminists had “lost the plot” on real threats.The real threats, she said, were issues like the migrant sex assault in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 and Islamic law which she said was “being enforced in some of France’s districts”.
She slammed feminists’ views of the “patriarchy” and their placing blame on “heterosexual white men”. She also accused leftists of cosying up to Islamists to further their cause adding the alliance was the reason “self-proclaimed protectors of women’s rights” defend the Islamic veil which she called an “Islamic submission tool”.
Watch the entire, glorious 3 minutes:
Reprinted from Russia Insider.
A schoolgirl in Italy’s Lombardy region fought off an attack by three North African immigrants using her jiu-jitsu skills, Il Giorno reported.
Three men of North African appearance who tried to rob a 16-year-old Italian schoolgirl ended up running away in fright and learning a humiliating lesson: never pick on a black belt in jiu-jitsu, even if she’s just a schoolgirl.
The incident happened on Friday in the town of Trescore Balneario, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.
The girl was walking home from school at around 2 pm when she was accosted by a group of North Africans who appeared to be about 20 years old.
They surrounded the girl and one of them tried to steal her mobile phone by putting his hand in her jacket pocket.
However, he didn’t count on the schoolgirl’s reaction, as she grabbed his arm and used her jiu-jitsu to immobilize him.
In shock, the man’s two accomplices quickly fled the scene. After the girl released her grip, the would-be robber ran after them, “without saying a word,” Il Giorno reported.
The girl reported the incident to a family member when she arrived home, who took her to a police station.
Local police, who are investigating a wave of similar incidents, are currently trying to identify the three suspects, who are thought to be immigrants from North Africa.
Reprinted from Sputnik News.
I live a block from the Italian Market, see, and its ecology is more complex than anything I could ever aspire to describe, but better something than nothing, so let me give you a little tour of the Eyetalian Market.
There are lots of restaurants on 9th Street, so naturally, there are tons of Mexicans, and since they don’t go for the dark Irish bar ambience, they congregate at the Stab and Grab, not its real name. At this Korean-owned, neon-lit oasis, all these cooks, busboys and dishwashers just sit at brutal, lonely tables to stare at each other’s shell-shocked mug nonstop, so no wonder fights sometimes break out. I’ve witnessed a couple, cholo, and I hardly ever go there.
Speaking of grabbing, a white waitress told me she’s been grabbed a couple of times by drunken Mexicans in this neighborhood. We all need love. I witnessed another Mexican tried to chat up a Friendly Lounge bartender. Though his English was good, he wasn’t too charming, as evidenced by these doofus lines, “Are you shy? Do you want me to buy you a shot? A soft drink? Why won’t you shake my hand?” To be fair, I’ve heard much, much worse from the native-born.
In the free ESL classes, flirting lessons should be mandatory. We must catch up with the Germans, for they’ve long offered sex tips to immigrants. “Achtung! This is how you screw the natives!”
Half a century ago, the Stab and Grab wasn’t a semi nuisance bar but butcher shop. Undercutting all competitors, this guy sold three pounds of ground beef for just a buck, but what it was was mostly fat mixed with blood, so when you cooked it up, it shrank to almost nothing. The sly one advertised his bargain with a loud speaker until, one afternoon, another butcher blasted it with a handgun.
Once, there were many hucksters here, but now, you won’t hear anyone shout, “Don’t squeeze the tomatoes, lady! Go home and squeeze your husband’s balls!” It is a crying shame.
Now walk with me, buddy, down Washington Avenue, but don’t make eye contact with that miserable broad, Typhoid Mary, for if you show the least interest, she’ll tail and hound you. I have no idea what Mary’s on, but her eyes are always turbid yet searching. She wants to do somebody, anybody, the same favors.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mary is learning Spanish. “¿Quieres una mamada, señor? Chingar? Why not chingar?! Come back! Come back! Barato chingar!”
The first time I met Typhoid Mary, she was with a bald man who boasted, “We just got married! We spent two days in AC for our honeymoon!” In her late 40’s, with dark hair, dead eyes and mouth ajar, Mary looked as if she had trekked through a lifetime of disasters, with her soul smoldering at the bottom of a trash-strewn gully. Fleeing everything, she’s a permanent refugee. Her “husband,” it turns out, has three kids with another prostitute, this one black and currently in jail.
Now, the cashier at this bakery seems wholesome enough, but she has loosening teeth, worse nightmares, suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides, nothing in her fridge and, don’t ask me how I know this, no menstruation for two years, so do you think she’s on Xanax? Benzos? She can’t afford even a gram of blow a week.
Though she herself dealt coke recently, she’s on nothing but painkillers, actually, thanks to one raging boyfriend, a car accident and a childhood fall from a tree. To make ends meet, the young lady often sells her script. Many among us do this. “I just wanted to die,” she moaned.
When I was failing out of college, you could only sample maybe six drugs, but now there are hundreds to numb or jack up those suffering overwhelming anxiety, fear, stress, despair, pain or just plain emptiness. What are you on?
See that small, dark man contemplating a bag of carrots at Giordano’s? He fought in Cambodia for four years, then escaped Vietnam by boat. While others slept, he baled water, “to save the young ones.” Starving and exhausted, they miraculously reached Bidong. Now, the dude calls himself Jack, drinks Bud and works in a cardboard box factory. Jack married, divorced and has lived with the same white man, rent free, for over twenty years. He says they’re just friends.
A karaoke fiend, Jack can instantly pick up any song in three languages, Vietnamese, Chinese or English, so he claims. “I can sing better than Elvis, ah, what’s his name? Yes, Presley. I can sing better than Elvis Presley.”
Lin, Chinese, weaves in and out of businesses to sell pirated DVDs, including porn titles such as “The Squirt Locker,” “Texas Big Booty Brigade” and “Dr. Ava’s Guide to Prostate Pleasure.”
The middle-aged, pudgy owner of this restaurant used to be married to a handsome Syrian. She found him in Greece. When I met Johnny, not his birth name, he claimed he was just Greek, period. Johnny said he divorced her because she gambled all their money away, but listen, man, even a blind fool could see that that marriage wouldn’t last. After getting his citizenship, Johnny bolted. The frump wasn’t the first one to be dumped. Before her, an Icelander had flown Johnny to her cold, windswept village by the sullen sea. After one endless winter, Johnny belched, “See ya!”
Free, Johnny went to AC, mastered several table games, worked at casinos, bought a condo and, predictably, snatched a stunning, loving girlfriend. The suave, mustachioed playa had to make up for all those repulsive nights in Philly! Just thank God you never had to whore to become an American. After a while, though, Johnny also gave his lover the heave-ho, for it was time to return to Syria to find a traditional, virgin bride half his age.
Now, we come to this metal shack of hope, for all day long, fools will petition, against all odds, to be transposed to a much sweeter arrangement. “Mr. or Mrs. Hindu, please save my ass.” The lottery ticket dispensing couple are recent immigrants, with the husband also working at Dunkin’ Donuts, and the wife, Subway. Robert, not his birth name, has never drank a drop and only ducks into Friendly to deliver lottery tickets, cigarettes or use the bathroom.
Tilt your head and you’ll see, inside the hope shack, 74-year-old Angelo. No employee, he’s just there for its space heater, for it’s 20 degrees outside. Each night for the last five years, Angelo slept inside a rusty lemon, with the engine running in winter, but last week, the groggy Calabrian crashed his mini home on wheels. Luckily, no one died. After selling the wreck for a 100 bucks, Angelo couldn’t help but head straight for the off-track betting parlor. Till death, he’ll insist that some galloping mare will solve all his problems.
Charlie the Plumber was like that, an old man slowly dying in public. His problem was he couldn’t stop drinking. Drunk, Charlie would sometimes sit at Geno’s and rave on about his killing days as a chopper gunner in Vietnam. Moved, many tourists would buy him cheesesteaks, and Charlie could eat three in a row. Charlie died on a park bench.
At 9th and Ernest, there was the Italian-American Laborers Social Club. Reacting to Mexicans moving into the neighborhood, it posted two small signs out front, “ALAMO MEMBERS ONLY PRIVATE CLUB,” then it sold itself to, what else, a Mexican business.
Just off 9th Street lives an indolent young man who spends his days half-watching movies or porn. In summer, he sometimes waxes his Porsche, which is practically brand new, for it’s almost never used. There is no place Nick has or wants to go. Though with the same woman for six years, he’s never hinted at marriage, and she lets it slide for fear of being ditched. Petite, Tina suffers in silence and shops for Nick each week. How many times have I seen the still pretty lady carry all those heavy bags up to the second floor by herself? Nick’s father, an immigrant from Sicily, is a 71-year-old doctor who still works each day and owns several houses. Naturally, he hires Mexicans to fix them up.
Though it wasn’t too long of a walk, it’s very cold out, so let’s stop at George’s for a pork or tripe sandwich. Notice the witticism on the sign, “Don’t divorce your wife because she can’t cook. Eat here and keep her as a pet.” Now, that’s old school.
For over a century, the Italian Market has absorbed waves of immigrants, but there’s a group that’s causing everybody tremendous anxiety. Wealthy Chinese have plans to develop several large plots into condos and upscale shopping centers. Already, most folks who work in the Italian Market can’t afford to live here.
To most people, immigrants imply destitute illegals and desperate refugees, but the super wealthy are also coming. If they target your city, you can quickly be priced out of your home. Just think of London, Sidney, Auckland, Vancouver or the San Francisco Bay Area. Advocating for open borders, the nose-ringed crowd don’t know they’re hankering to be homeless, and not just underpaid.
Strong passions can erupt in unpredictable ways.
The government understands this – and desires that strong passions be diverted in a harmless – to the government – way.
Enter the cultivated, culturally and socially enforced obsession with organized, mass spectacle sports.
Fuuhhhhhtttttball especially but also the others.
These games – a new one to keep people busy almost every day, year-round – are not so much “bread and circuses,” as they are often called. They are the vivification of the fictional Two Minutes’ Hate in Orwell’s 1984. A means by which the passions – the frustrations and anger of men in particular – are diverted and dissipated.
In order that they aren’t directed at anything important.
Such as the ever-increasing control exercised over men by the state.
In red giant stage America, the average man has little meaningful control over his life. He does as he’s told – from driving the speed limit to paying “his” taxes. In the land of individuality, collectivism and conformity is the rule.
He must Submit and Obey. He must never raise his voice to question authority.
This stifling of independent action, the punishment of deviation from any official orthodoxy and relentless suppression of independent judgment and self-reliance… this systematic thwarting of a normal man’s inclination to be a man. . . well, the pressure builds.
The movie, Falling Down, captured this brilliantly. Unfortunately for Michael Douglas’ character, he wasn’t interested in “the game.”
The demand that men submit and obey is also hammered into today’s boys – usually by women.
Orwell got one thing wrong. It is not Big Brother.
It is Big Sister.
Everywhere, there are short-haired, pants-suited termagants vested with power; the sort who in a better time would have been spinster librarians and generally harmless. Today they infect bureaucracies such as EPA and DOJ and many others besides.
We encounter them at the doctor’s office and DMV.
The beetle-like little men that Orwell described abound, too. But they tyranny of our times is not a masculine tyranny such as Stalin’s. Note that in the Soviet Union, people were still largely free to partake of petty vices such as booze and cigarettes. Soviet power didn’t limit the size of sodas or force people to wear seat belts. It enforced political conformity only.
Maybe that’s why fuhhhhhhttttttball was never a big deal in the Soviet Union.
America’s tyranny is the tyranny of the elementary school marm over grown up men.
These days, a man can’t even paint his own house without first begging permission from the local Gertrud Schlotz-Klink. . . and if he doesn’t cut his grass when ordered or erects a shed unapproved…
Then alien or some other encumbrance. Eventually, the thug scrum will come. So he learns to do what he’s told.
The rage boils but silently; it must have an outlet.
Enter the game.
The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organization that is the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.
A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.
The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.
But the whistleblower, Dr. John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.
It was never subjected to NOAA’s rigorous internal evaluation process – which Dr. Bates devised.
His vehement objections to the publication of the faulty data were overridden by his NOAA superiors in what he describes as a ‘blatant attempt to intensify the impact’ of what became known as the Pausebuster paper.
His disclosures are likely to stiffen President Trump’s determination to enact his pledges to reverse his predecessor’s ‘green’ policies and to withdraw from the Paris deal – so triggering an intense political row.
In an exclusive interview, Dr. Bates accused the lead author of the paper, Thomas Karl, who was until last year director of the NOAA section that produces climate data – the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) – of ‘insisting on decisions and scientific choices that maximized warming and minimized documentation… in an effort to discredit the notion of a global warming pause, rushed so that he could time publication to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy’.
Dr. Bates was one of two Principal Scientists at NCEI, based in Asheville, North Carolina.
Official delegations from America, Britain and the EU were strongly influenced by the flawed NOAA study as they hammered out the Paris Agreement – and committed advanced nations to sweeping reductions in their use of fossil fuel and to spending £80 billion every year on new, climate-related aid projects.
The scandal has disturbing echoes of the ‘Climategate’ affair which broke shortly before the UN climate summit in 2009, when the leak of thousands of emails between climate scientists suggested they had manipulated and hidden data. Some were British experts at the influential Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.
The British Medical Association, of which I am an undistinguished member, recently published a booklet entitled A Guide to Effective Communication in the Workplace, which I strongly suspected would be as helpful as a booklet entitled Improving Athletic Performance by Cutting the Achilles Tendon. I was right.
The document begins:
We are committed to promoting equal rights and opportunities, supporting diversity, and creating an open and inclusive environment for our members, employees and stakeholders. The successful implementation of equality and inclusion in all aspects of our work will ensure that members, colleagues and staff are valued, motivated and treated fairly. It will allow us to respond appropriately and sensitively to an increasingly diverse society.
Long experience of apparatchiks has taught me that anyone who prefaces what he is about to say—his communication—with the words “I am committed to…” will soon proceed to something unpleasant hiding in his thicket of polysyllabic euphemism. If a hospital manager, for example, says “I am committed to…” (or, even worse, “I am passionately committed to…”), you know that something is about to be closed down and its staff (except for the managers) sacked.
“We are committed to…equal opportunities,” says the BMA, knowing full well that many of its members, probably a majority, seek advantages for their children that, almost by definition, other children cannot enjoy. They are right to do so—a parent who in the name of a utopian ideal did not do so would be something of a monster—but they cannot then go round proclaiming their devotion to the ideal of equal opportunity.
As to equality in the economic sense, the BMA, as a trade union–cum–professional association, is dedicated to procuring as many pecuniary advantages as it can for its members, and would be horrified if someone suggested that doctors should be paid, in the pursuit of equality, the same as cleaning ladies.
Don’t libertarians stick together? Don’t we cover each other’s back?
I used to assume as a universal truth that lovers of liberty were a family of sorts. I used believed we stood guard over our brothers and sisters of the political remnant. I used to, anyway.
Recently, Tom Woods invited Gret Glyer on his podcast to discuss Glyer’s charitable app, DonorSee. Perfect, I thought, brother helping brother, all in the name of the movement. Then, before I knew it, Woods and Glyer launched into an expose of the US Peace Corps – my Peace Corps.
Sure, the Peace Corps is a government agency and, by necessity, antithetical to liberty. And like all government agencies, it really is ineffective and inept, at least with regard to it stated goals (and it likely causes more ills than the value of the tax dollars it consumes). So, speaking against it seems appropriate. However, and most importantly, I served in the corps some 20 years ago and still have a personal interest in its continued good name.
Our country has taken a sharp turn these last few years. Up is down, so to speak. The pace of change is ever increasing, making it difficult to keep up with social rules. Often, I find myself on the wrong side of current debates. Since it is scary being isolated among the frothy masses of the outraged, having a defense is imperative.
And I had a defense … until Woods stabbed me in the back.
It is true the new left does not have the knowledge of history or politics as the left of my generation. The kids today do not recognize the Peace Corps right away. You see, for the youth of the new left, knowledge is unimportant. So, instead of seeking knowledge, they remain in perpetual search of anything fellow revolutionaries might consider a trigger. And, since triggers justify outrage, it is no shock that triggers are found everywhere, with each spreading outrage like a virulent flu.
Often, these triggers arise in contradictory ways, with subtle attempts at redirection back to reason resulting in outrage upon outrage. So it is not usually easy to exit a debate, with “let’s agree to disagree” no longer an acceptable conclusion. Sometimes the only means to withdrawal – to escape – is a double-time retreat.
Still, I had a strong defense, so I could stand my ground. When under attack, I could always virtue signal by letting the mob know I once served in the Peace Corps. For my generation, any mention of the Peace Corps was sufficient – I was at least a fellow traveler, if not a true party member.
However, for the youth of the day, the Peace Corps may signal only a hint of virtue, oftentimes requiring an in-depth explanation of its history and stated purpose – many times referencing John Kennedy and Sargent Shriver to no avail – before I am deemed safe, or at least not a threat.
Of course, my virtue signal came about due to much sacrifice. You see, I served. That means I enjoyed an extended, free Caribbean vacation – thank you, all you taxpayers. I was able to ride my bike throughout the mountain and coastal roads near Lucea, Jamaica. Sure, I had to “work” four hours day. But I also had to put up with the occasional stingray or eel while swimming and snorkeling between the private beach and coral reef, located right behind my bungalow, which was only feet from the water. In addition, I was subjected to a monthly trip to an all-inclusive hotel in Negril and a sizable check upon returning home to the US.
However, it is also true that I had to feign occasional agreement with leftist views espoused by fellow “volunteers,” as well as nod to the utopian visions of corps employees – we were all going to save the world to the tune of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
Yet, since that experience was a decade before my conversion to libertarianism, it was not so bad at the time.
You may ask why I would out myself, so to speak. Why I would detail my Peace Corps experience as something other than an altruistic service. Well, the beauty of a virtue signal is reality causes it no harm. Most realities, that is.
Then, last week, Woods and Glyer exposed some darker issues with the corps, issues that may reduce its value as a signal of virtue, even for those on the left. Glyer noted sexual abuse cases the agency covered up, refusing to investigate, considering its reputation over the safety of both its so-called volunteers and host country nationals.
How dare Woods and Glyer dredge up these crimes, especially in today’s political environment. How dare they risk my prized signal of virtue. Aren’t we libertarian brothers? Aren’t we supposed to cover each other’s back? Our movement must have solidarity. It must.
What next for Woods? Will he invite a guest on his show to undermine my remaining signal of virtue – having been an elected member of a local, government school board (forgive me)? Will Woods and guest expose boards of education of government schools as nothing other than hacks for the state? Will he really leave a brother in liberty with nothing more than truth to defend himself? Will he? Could he?