Remember the hilarious 1960s movie, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad World?” Well, we live in a fake fake fake America. Politicians, economists, all MSM talking heads, Big Business, virtually every commercial that has ever aired, preachers, and on and on and on, all have one thing in common. They’re all liars and fake as a three dollar bill.
“Fake”, a simple definition: something that is not what it purports to be, a worthless imitation passed off as genuine; an impostor or charlatan. Example: “American society is extraordinarily fake; filled with lies, fraud, facades, mirages, deception, disinformation, misinformation, propaganda and brainwashing.”
1)– FAKE BODIES
When was the last time a woman had to wonder if that twelve inch python was real, or a Silicone Imposter? Never! Concerning bodies, women are so darned deceptive! Look at the cosmetics aisle at your supermarket. There are ten thousand items all designed to make a woman look like she’s not … and adding insult to injury, it takes her an hour to look not real. I get out of bed and I’m ready in ten minutes …. on a slow morning. I believe in pre-marital steam baths. You men want a GOOD look at your woman before getting married in order to combat her false advertising. Fake boobies, fake eyelashes, fake eyebrows, fake nails … ya gotta know what you’re signing up for. But, oh yeah baby — she wants a real man!! One last thing, men don’t fake orgasms.
On Saturday morning after chores we set up on the dock of the sugar house and prepared to slaughter turkeys. We started out with 20 poults this year. In April we slipped them into their pen under the deck of the milk house and watered and fed them twice a day until they were old enough and fast enough to let loose in the orchard. We lost one about three days in when it managed to get itself stuck between the heat lamp and the brooder wall, another one a couple of days later when it jumped up onto the rim of the water bucket and then fell in and drowned. The last one disappeared from the count around the middle of June and we wound up with a final count fully grown birds ready for Thanksgiving, 7 hens and 10 toms between 12 and 35 pounds.
Doing the turkeys is one of my least favorite annual rites; the birds are heavy, the feathers difficult to pull even when they’ve been scalded and it’s a cold time of year to be working all day with water. This year I had plenty of people ask if they could help, but none of their schedules lined up the right way so I found myself having to do the work by myself. The air was crisp, the sky so blue that it was hard on the eyes, but you could see the first of the distant contrail lines being etched across its surface, and invisible jet cursor like the one on an etch-a-sketch, leaving a scar on the face of the day.
If you work out of doors you get to be very familiar with the weather, especially in a climate where the seasons dictate the cycles of life. Certain kinds of clouds precede specific types of weather, the way the wind comes in ahead of a front carries smells with it that tell you what kind of rain it will be, or how heavy the snow will fall. If you pay close attention to the variety of clouds, their density and the speed with which they cross the sky you can almost set your watch by the arrival of a cold front, or a break in the patterns. On some days, not all mind you, the jets that leave the trails will cross the sky repeatedly, zig-zagging back and forth across the sky, usually they begin in the south, from east to west and slowly as the day progresses they will rise up across the horizon from somewhere in Massachusetts until they are directly above us.
More than 1,300 sign a petition that champions free speech
While students from Yale University in Connecticut to Claremont McKenna in California are protesting, demanding more cultural sensitivity, safe spaces and trigger warnings, some students at Princeton University in New Jersey are fighting back.
In response to a sit-in of the university president’s office by 200 members of the Black Justice League, over 1,300 members of the university community signed a petition to ensure that Princeton “maintains its commitment to free speech and open dialogue and condemns political correctness to the extent that it infringes upon those fundamental academic values.”
As signatures on the petition climbed, students formed the Princeton Open Campus Coalition. They wrote to Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber and asked to meet with him to discuss preserving the freedom of speech and civil debate that are the hallmarks of a classical education. Evan Draim, a Princeton senior and one of the group’s founders, told me in an email: “We hope that our peers at other colleges gain inspiration from what we are doing at Princeton.”
The Black Justice League’s demands include a dorm for those who want to celebrate black affinity; mandatory diversity training; and a requirement that students take a course on so-called marginalized peoples. They also want the renaming of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the removal of a mural of President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson, who graduated from Princeton in 1879 and who served as the university’s president from 1902 until 1910, formally segregated the federal workforce.
The failure of (almost all) Economists to understand Economics and why they are all full of BS.
Think this is a tough subject to tackle? Think about it.
Almost first of all, we must define a few terms such as economics, trade, interaction between nations and all interactions of the absolute lowest level of human existence.
Before we even do that, do I have to convince you that is absolutely no way on for anyone (or group of anyones or anyones with massive brain multiplying computers) on earth to manage every interaction between every human being at all times? I certainly hope so because it is obvious to even the most disinterested and ignorant observer that making an attempt to give permission, or prevent the trading of goods and services between every Government, company, individual, organization and the individuals within these organizations, or individuals as such, much less manage successfully to pull the strings so supplies of everything used and consumed in the world exactly matches the amount produced is in the realm of total and complete fantasy and is an absolute, ABSOLUTE, impossibility.
Who tells you to go down the local hardware store and obtain a new valve for under the sink? Do you need permission for this? What if you didn’t have anything to give the hardware store owner in exchange for the valve? Maybe you could talk him into taking a chicken you had grown in your back yard for it. Barter.
In my article from November 17, I touched on the growing number of retailers that report shrinking traffic and disappointing sales:
Our consumer-driven economy is not getting any help from suddenly sober shopaholics. In the most recent report, the Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose by a measly 0.1% in September. And it didn’t matter where you wear Gucci loafers or Red Wing work boots.
Since then, the retail landscape has gotten even muddier.
The Commerce Department reported that retail sales increased by a miserly +0.1% in October, below the +0.3% Wall Street was expecting. Additionally, sales for the month of September were revised downward from +0.1% to 0.0%.
So this is what the last three months look like:
You should pay careful attention to retail sales because there is a strong correlation between plunging retail sales and plunging stock prices!
Posted on 25th November 2015 by Back in PA Mike in Economy
Admin’s favorite holiday is here – Black Friday. How many of you out there still know some nitwits who battle the other nitwits to save $20 on an I-gadget? Or are you one of those nitwits?? My apologies to LL & Stucky for asking 2 questions.
If in case it was all too confusing for you, here’s a summary:
President Assad (who is bad) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the Rebels (who are good) started winning (hurrah!).
But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad!) while some continued to support democracy (who are still good.)
So the Americans (who are good ) started bombing Islamic State (who are bad ) and giving arms to the Syrian Rebels (who are good ) so they could fight Assad (who is still bad) which was good.
There is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who want to fight IS (which is good) but the Turkish authorities think they are bad, so the U.S. says they are bad while secretly thinking they’re good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is another matter.
Trump Card, which would not have to disclose donors, wants $250,000 from the other GOP presidential campaigns to run anti-Trump TV, radio and web ads and to pitch opposition research to local stations in early-voting states.
Mair, who also used to work for the Scott Walker presidential campaign, wrote, “In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race,” according to a memo obtained by The Journal.
“The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is done, Trump will be the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton will become president,” Mair continued.
So now we have an “anonymous” Super PAC taking money in for the explicit purpose of attacking Trump — and it’s not Democrats funding it, it’s the other Republicans.
The only thing that would “out” donors would be if the campaigns themselves were to donate money, because that’s reportable.
But while “coordinated” action is illegal proving it is another matter entirely, and that’s hard to do unless there are formal ties between campaigns and the PAC that can be uncovered.
Primary candidates going after each other is nothing new, but I suspect the old game isn’t going to work real well in this case, mostly because Trump isn’t dependent on donors who can be “persuaded” (read: threatened) to pull their funding and support.
Further this sort of dirty-trick crap is likely to increase Trump’s support.
It certainly has thus far.
To the PAC folks: Show a pair of balls and stand proud if you’re funding these attacks. While you have the right to speak anonymously that right comes with the label “coward” when used, and eventually the people will find out who’s doing the funding — and when they do they’re well within their rights to take out their ire on you with any sort of lawful economic protest they may choose — and I bet they will choose.
The killings, part of the Obama administration’s targeted assassination program, are aiding terrorist recruitment and thus undermining the program’s goal of eliminating such fighters, the veterans added. Drone operators refer to children as “fun-size terrorists” and liken killing them to “cutting the grass before it grows too long,” said one of the operators, Michael Haas, a former senior airman in the Air Force. Haas also described widespread drug and alcohol abuse, further stating that some operators had flown missions while impaired.
Haas also described widespread alcohol and drug abuse among drone pilots. Drone operators, he said, would frequently get intoxicated using bath salts and synthetic marijuana to avoid possible drug testing and in an effort to “bend that reality and try to picture yourself not being there.” Haas said that he knew at least a half-dozen people in his unit who were using bath salts and that drug use had “impaired” them during missions.
There is something not quite right about this entire incident of Turkey shooting down the Russian fighter jet and then attacking the rescue helicopter. Sorry, but Turkey is way out of line when they KNEW that Russia had no intention of attacking Turkey. A argument that Turkey will defend its borders implies there is a threat to Turkey, not simply a drive-by. There was plainly no reason for Turkey to take such action. They assume they are a NATO member and thus Russia cannot fire back without starting World War III. This is a totally reckless incident and unimaginable conduct of Turkey under these conditions when they clearly knew they were NOT under attack from Russia no less a single fighter jet.
The usual holiday cheer that underpins the throngs of shoppers may be missing this season. Political pundits are eager to blame potential terrorist risks as a compelling reason to avoid the crowds at malls, but knowing the sentiments of the consumer culture, it is difficult to accept that retail businesses will be empty. Nevertheless, will the economy incentivize the bargain hunters to brave the added security obstacles to storm the doors for the reward of super discount pricing?
“Department stores half-empty when they should be packed and a Christmas market on the prestigious Champs-Elysees avenue where vendors outnumber the visitors — the attacks on Paris are having a profound effect on retail business.”
“Consider the fragility of both European economies and the institutions underpinning the European Union. The euro zone grew by a meager 0.3% in the third quarter, well below expectations. And last week’s attacks may do some real damage to current spending, keeping shoppers away from crowded retail parks in the lead-up to the busiest month of the year.”
This week, we’d like to post a fun article by our friend, Sandy Sandfort. Sandy is a wealth of interesting stories, and he has a new website in the works. If you’d like to be notified when it goes live, send a note to: [email protected]
Inertia is a human frailty. Too often, we go along to get along. We conform. Because of this, those who claim authority can get most of us to do their bidding if it comes with a plausible justification and is only incremental. We get nickel-and-dimed to death, the death of a thousand cuts.
Back on April 5, 1933, His Majesty, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), had a pen and a telephone. So he issued Executive Order 6102, which made it a federal crime for Americans to own or trade gold anywhere in the world. There were some minor exceptions for some jewelry, industrial uses, collectors’ coins, and dental gold, but the vast majority of the gold had to be turned in.
My father instantly understood what was going on and he didn’t like it. “They’re going to devalue the dollar!” he predicted.
October 2015 sets sixth consecutive gun-sale record.
Inside a gun shop
Anti-freedom politicos such as current White House residents and (ick) Hillary Clinton are well-known for hating our gun rights here in the USA. They continue to try and try again to further restrict that which “shall not be infringed,” but which has been steadily infringed for generations.
There was a time when buying a gun was simple and easy. And in free states, that can still be the case if one individual is buying from another. But if a gun transfer goes through a dealer, one must submit to a NICS background check.
This check is useless as far as preventing criminals from buying guns, but it is great for the government. They can track how many new guns are bought in the USA, where, and by whom. And this system is showing that the American people are not at all interested in bowing down to accept martial law from its government, nor are they willing to sit meekly by and wait like sheep for another brutal jihadist blood-letting.
Yep–according to the FBI, October of 2015 saw the sixth consecutive month in which background checks exceeded all previous records.