Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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My wife got in our little Honda Insight yesterday morning at 10:00 am to run some errands. As I’ve documented before, we live in a lily white suburb with virtually no crime. She turned onto one of the two lane country roads near our house and about three miles down the road what does she encounter? A State Police checkpoint pulling over every car traveling on that sleepy country road at 10:00 am on a Wednesday. WTF???

After being my wife for 25 years she may have developed a slight anti-state, anti-police slant. It was heavily reinforced by this experience. She was asked for her papers by the donut eating, government union drone, second responder, surveillance state representative. She annoyingly asked Mr. Hero why they were doing this to moms trying to get errands done on a sunny peaceful morning. He said it was a “safety check”.

What a load of smelly bullshit. Indiscriminately harassing innocent citizens who have violated no laws, for no good reason, is another example of the out of control government surveillance state. We are living in Orwell’s 1984 world. We are all guilty until proven innocent. This blatant example of intimidation is happening more and more. The police state is out of control. And the majority of the sheep just willingly allow themselves to be shepherded towards the slaughterhouse without a whimper in the name of safety and security.

More than half the population have no problem with the police conducting this type of offense. They believe the propaganda about safety. In reality, the purpose of this assault on our freedom is two pronged. The police state wants to invoke a healthy fear among the sheep through intimidation. Secondly, they want to find sheep who don’t have their papers in order so they can issue ridiculous financial penalties to fund their police state. I’m getting sick and tired of this shit. I’m voting for Trump in hopes this will trigger something that will burn this fucker down. Fuck this welfare/warfare surveillance state.

April Showers


Posted on 27th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Guest Post by Hardscrabble Farmer

The other morning one of the dogs was waiting for me at the door with a muzzle full of porcupine quills. The look on his face, a mix of pain and humiliation almost broke my heart. He’d done it before and I was certain he’d learned his lesson, but a male that hasn’t been neutered is a wild card. I dressed quickly and grabbed a pair of work gloves then took him into the shop with me and set to work with a pair of hemostats and patience. There is no easy way to remove quills but if you grasp them firmly about a half inch from where they protrude in order to get a good grip on each one and pull in the opposite direction of where it entered, you stand a fair chance of extracting them intact.

At the same time you must be careful to avoid the dog’s resistance to the process because it is equally likely that you will catch one yourself, as I have done on more than one occasion and they are painful as all get out. He knew what was coming and was as patient and still as he could manage for the first dozen but then began to pull away so we took a break and sat together in the dim light of the dawn, me stroking his head and speaking quietly about his gaffe and he leaned into me with soft groans his eyes clenched shut from the pain.”I feel for you”, I told him, “I really do, but you have to learn to choose your battles.” He looked up at me with wet eyes trying to discern my meaning, but I knew it was out of my hands. Males do what they do when they sense a threat and his devotion to that core principle of his character wasn’t something my words were likely to change. Sitting there in the cool air of the barn with the sound of the rooster just starting up for the day reminded me that we had a great deal in common.




Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues




Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues


Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Glenn Greenwald

A newly published study from Oxford’s Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: “If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious.”

The new study documents how, in the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations (of which 87% of Americans were aware), there was “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al-Qaeda,’ “car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’” People were afraid to read articles about those topics because of fear that doing so would bring them under a cloud of suspicion. The dangers of that dynamic were expressed well by Penney: “If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters like terrorism and national security, this is a real threat to proper democratic debate.”

As the Post explains, several other studies have also demonstrated how mass surveillance crushes free expression and free thought. A 2015 study examined Google search data and demonstrated that, post-Snowden, “users were less likely to search using search terms that they believed might get them in trouble with the US government” and that these “results suggest that there is a chilling effect on search behavior from government surveillance on the Internet.”


“Why Our Children Should Hate Us” – Read the Lance Simmens Article Banned by the Huffington Post


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Michael Krieger 

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Although Lance Simmens has been intimately involved in public life for several decades, you’ve probably never heard of him. As such, a little introduction is needed.

As mentioned, Lance Simmens’ career was spent in public policy. Specifically, he worked for two U.S. Presidents as well as a couple of senators and governors. Since retirement, he’s been a prolific writer, publishing 180 articles at the Huffington Post over the past 8 years. As such, it came as a great shock to him to discover that one of his recent articles was removed by the Huffington Post shortly after publication. It was the first article ever rejected by the online publication, and the unacceptable subject matter was nothing more than a positive review of the banned everywhere documentary VAXXED.

Here’s Lance Simmens describing the ordeal in a recent interview:

He mentions being locked out of his account, but it seems to have been reinstated since I came across a new piece published April 22 titled, Can Berners Become Trumpeters?

His VAXXED article; however, remains missing in action. As such, I bring you the banned Huffington Post article titled, Why Our Children Should Hate Us:


This Is Where America’s Runaway Inflation Is Hiding


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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The Census Bureau released its quarterly update on residential vacancies and homeownership for Q1 which is closely watched for its update of how many Americans own versus rent. It shows that following a modest pickup in the homeownership rate in the prior two quarters, US homeowners once again posted a substantial decline, sliding from 63.8% to 63.5%, and just 0.1% higher than the 50 year low reported in Q2 2015.


And perhaps logically, while homeownership continues to stagnate, the number of renters has continued to soar. In fact, in the first quarter, the number of renter occupied houses rose by precisely double the amount, or 360,000, as the number of owner occupied houses, which was a modest increase of 180,000. This brings the total number of renter houses to 42.85 million while the number of homeowners is virtually unchanged at 74.66 million.




Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Question of the Day, Apr 28


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Back in PA Mike in Economy

Should candidates be able to woo delegates to the political conventions with cash, gifts, paying for their trip, etc? If so, what’s the limit? Disclosure, Marti is a good friend of mine as everyone in Wyoming, indeed, does know each other.

US election: Republican says delegate vote-buying and gifts are part of ‘the free market of politics’

By North America correspondent Michael Vincent

“Cash is on the table,” veteran Republican Marti Halverson says. “I don’t know why you’re so shocked.”

Key points:

Veteran Republican says she would not vote for rule that says candidates couldn’t ‘woo’ delegates
‘It is going around that delegates are going to be offered free Cleveland trips’, she says
Federal Election Commission has never successfully prosecuted anyone for vote-buying
This is not the response I was expecting — my mouth gaping.

I had just finished asking Wyoming National committeewoman Mrs Halverson about the “wooing” of delegates to switch their vote in this very-likely-to-be-contested upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ms Halverson is also opposed to any rule that would stop delegates accepting gifts.

“This is a great country,” she said. “We give presents to our friends. No, I would not vote for a rule that said candidates cannot ‘woo’ delegates. I wouldn’t do that. It’s not the American way.”

But what is the difference between wooing someone and buying their vote without cash?

“Cash is on the table,” she replied.


L.A. County Bans Travel to North Carolina


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Hat tip Francis Marion

Via Truth Revolt

The boycott against the state of North Carolina over its refusal to allow transgenders to use bathrooms of the opposite sex has grown beyond a few celebrities and companies, and now includes whole cities.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that a board of L.A. city supervisors voted to “suspend all travel to the state of North Carolina for the conduct of county business unless the chief executive officer determines that the failure to authorize such travel would seriously harm the county’s interests.” 

The bill came at the request of supervisors Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, the first openly gay person to serve on the board. 

“Governments come along behind and say ‘We’ll do our part. We have power; we must use it,’ and that is what we are attempting to do today,” said Kuehl.

Solis welcomed the ban, saying that her identity as a Latina made her feel a certain affinity towards other minority groups. 

“The value is that we all stand together, because if one falls, we all fall,” said Solis.

The one “no” vote came from Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who lambasted the measure as a “politically correct agenda.”

“The politically correct agenda is full of hypocrisy,” said Antonovich. “The corporations, (PayPal, Google) and entertainers (Bruce Springsteen), and others are calling for the boycott of North Carolina — however, they are more than happy to entertain or conduct business in countries which support and sponsor the persecution, oppression, and violence against individuals based on gender, religion, and sexual orientation.”

Earlier in the month, the city of Los Angeles already voted to stop doing official business with North Carolina.

Four Maps Showing China’s Rising Dominance in Trade


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues


Via Visual Capitalist

We often use big, overarching ideas to help us understand the world and the opportunities contained within. These narratives, which can change over time, are used to create context. They give us a frame of reference for comprehending the news and events that affect our outlook on things.

China’s economic prowess is one of these new paradigms that has emerged, but many people still can’t really wrap their heads around the scale or scope of it.

It’s happened suddenly, and the ramifications are extremely relevant to our investments and understanding. Here’s four maps on China’s trade dominance that will help you think differently about the world:

China is the world’s #1 trade partner

China trading partners outnumbers US by a factor of two

Image courtesy of: Connectography

The United States is the number one trading partner for 56 countries, with important relationships throughout North America, South America, and Western Europe.


Battery-Operated Mercedes AA Class Car

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Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues


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Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Guest Post by Ol Remus

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It’s encouraging to see the collapse of the collaborator class, namely, the Republican Party, where honest opinion was not merely unacceptable but a sure sign of some deeper defect. Integrity, perhaps. They warned us if we didn’t support them the other party would win. We did, but whether they won or didn’t, it was the same track, different pace. Odd, that. In time we came to understand them as just another DC club, just as obedient, just as annoyed by the peasants and just as dismissive. Just in the nicest possible way.

The liberals have a rule, “no enemies to the left”, meaning when they can’t speak well of the hard left they won’t speak of it at all. The Republican “conservative movement” has fallen all over itself to disown its equivalent, largely with acerbic purges by the likes of those at the National Review, sometimes career-ending, always about fringe issues or outright trivia. Over these many years that’s a lot of bath water and a lot of babies.

The Republican Party has conducted itself as a reliable franchise of its alleged opposition, betraying the trust and support of a generation. Events have confirmed those they expelled for being “too right” had the better claim to legitimacy, and in doing so, it has unwittingly run a bulletproof selection process for their own replacement. It’s gotten to where credibility and rejection by the Republican Party are pretty much the same thing. Cuckservatism is what some call it, in a fit of politeness. Next item please.

Let’s look at White Privilege, the activist plague ship now on sea trials, sailing as yet untroubled through the placid remains of analytical rigor. Stripped of its cloying, nasty-sweet marketing jargon, the particulars of White Privilege track the otherwise inchoate whines of their pet client, the overfed, limitlessly entitled and perpetually offended Struggling Single Parent Woman of Colour in the ‘Hood.

You’ve seen ’em. When they stand it’s like watching creation itself. From a formless puddley heap, lumps of varying heft and shapes emerge and align toward verticality. When up and walking they tip rhythmically from side to side, their flipper-arms rowing in cadence as if pantomiming penguins. It’s not an affliction, nor is it forced on them in any way, or a consequence of limited options, or carelessness, no, it’s a high-value, even erotic ‘look’ in their universe, intentionally acquired, maintained and displayed to full effect.


This Is The End: Venezuela Runs Out Of Money To Print New Money


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues


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Back in February, when we commented on the unprecedented hyperinflation about the be unleashed in the Latin American country whose president just announced that he would expand the “weekend” for public workers to 5 days

… we joked that it is unclear just where the country will find all the paper banknotes it needs for all its new physical currency. After all, central-bank data shows Venezuela more than doubled the supply of 100-, 50- and 2-bolivar notes in 2015 as it doubled monetary liquidity including bank deposits. Supply has grown even as Venezuela has fewer U.S. dollars to support new bolivars, a result of falling oil prices.

This question, as morbidly amusing as it may have been to us if not the local population, became particularly poignant recently when for the first time, one US Dollar could purchase more than 1000 Venezuela Bolivars on the black market (to be exact, it buys 1,127 as of today).

And then, as if on cue the WSJ responded: “millions of pounds of provisions, stuffed into three-dozen 747 cargo planes, arrived here from countries around the world in recent months to service Venezuela’s crippled economy. But instead of food and medicine, the planes carried another resource that often runs scarce here: bills of Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar.


Why The Hard-Sell For the “Self-Driving” Car?


Posted on 28th April 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Eric Peters

Why the hard-sell for self-driving cars?google car lead

Yesterday, Ford and Volvo announced they are forming a “coaliton” – along with Google – to push not only for the development of self-driving cars, but for federal “action” (their term) to force-feed them to us.


The reasons are obvious: There’s money – and control – in it.

To understand what’s going on, to grok the tub-thumping for these things, it is first of all necessary to deconstruct the terminology. The cars are not “self-driving.” This implies independence.

And “self-driving” cars are all about dependence.