LLPOH: Update on the Homestead

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by LLPOH in Economy

We have now just about completed building our “homestead” in Australia. It has been a long process, some of it done from far away, and a lot of it undertaken on site. We are transitioning from the building stage to the improvement and development of the property stage.

Our property is about a half hour outside a regional country town. We are not isolated, but we are around a half mile from our nearest neighbors. We feel we are generally accepted by the locals, who are very welcoming, if somewhat perplexed by us. The folks around here are conservative and independent by nature. A number of them are retired, and a number had small businesses, so we have common ground. We gather regularly for drinks, meals, and dinner out.

Our homestead is quite substantial for the area. It is a source of some head scratching for the locals. We built the home to meet our desires, which far exceed our needs, and it is in no way similar to the farmhouses that are prevalent. Many of the locals do not understand why we have a theater room or or pool or why we landscaped substantially around the home – after all, it is, or should be, a farm, and anything not associated with farming is, well, wasteful. They vastly prefer function to form. We wanted both.

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Mucks’ Minute #24

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Posted on 23rd May 2016 by MuckAbout in Economy

The Communications Revolution and its’ Long Term Consequences

 

Remember, way back when, when a family would gather in the living room on a Sunday evening, supper plates in hand and listen and laugh at Jack Benny on the radio? Or what a telegram was? Or when the old fashioned rotary telephone came off the wall and turned into a box with buttons on it?

Remember when your kids would come running up and ask you what this word meant sounding it out phonetically as they went?  How about that day when your child came home from school proudly displaying a sheet of paper – lined, of course – with his or her name first printed on one line and then – wonders of wonders – written in cursive on the next line?

Remember when there were block parties (both urban and rural) where once a month or so, a big pot luck would be held in someone’s back yard or at a local park or lake?

There are so, so many things I remember that have vanished with the advent of communication technology from simple Morse Code over a wire through radio to black and white TV through smartphones, IPads, Desktops, Internet and all the other highly isolating faux connecting technology that flows into the market every second of every day .

There are huge number of both positive and negative psychological and physical effects of these technological advances of which almost all are aware of the positives but very few are even conscious of the negative aspects – until it’s forced in front of them by one experience or another.

Me?  I’m all for technological change.  What I hate is having it thrust down my throat whether I want it or not.  I write with a pencil and paper a lot – to my wife’s sometime confusion because I was never good at handwriting (or spelling) at any level in school…I’m an engineer/scientist and they fall in the same group as doctors in the penmanship area!

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Question of the Day, May 24

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Back in PA Mike in Economy

Is Trump attacking Bill Clinton fair game given that Captain Pant Suit has said that she will put him “in charge” of the economy?


The System Won’t Survive the Robots

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

The System Won’t Survive the Robots

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It’s really just a matter of time; the working man’s deal with his overseers is half dead already. But there’s still inertia in the system, and even the losers are keeping the faith. Hope dies slowly, after all.

Nonetheless, the deal is collapsing and a new wave of robots will kill it altogether. Unless the overseers can pull back on technology – very fast and very hard – the deal that held through all our lifetimes will unwind.

We All Know the Deal

We usually don’t discuss what the “working man’s deal” is, but we know it just the same. It goes like this:

If you obey authority and support the system, you’ll be able to get a decent job. And if you work hard at your job, you’ll be able to buy a house and raise a small family.

This is what we were taught in school and on TV. It’s the deal our parents and grandparents clung to, and it’s even a fairly open deal. You can fight for the political faction of your choice and you can hold any number of religious and secular alliances, just as long as you stay loyal to the system overall.

This deal has been glamorized in many ways, such as, “Our children will be better off than we are,” “home ownership for everyone,” and of course, “the American Dream.” Except that it isn’t working anymore, or at least it isn’t working well enough.

Among current 20- and 30-year-olds, only about half are able to grasp the deal’s promises. That half is working like crazy, putting up with malignant corporatism and trying to keep ahead of the curve. The other half is dejected and discouraged, taking student loans to chase degrees (there’s more status in that than working at McDonald’s), or else they’re pacified with government handouts and distracted by Facebook.

The deal is plainly unavailable to about half of the young generation, but as I noted above, hope dies slowly and young people raised on promises are still waiting for the deal to kick in. It’s all they know.

Regardless, the deal has abandoned them. It has made them superfluous.

Here’s Why

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JUSTICE INVOLVED INDIVIDUALS

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Criminals and trouble makers = black people = justice involved individuals

Orwellian doublespeak in all its glory.

Via Judicial Watch

The Obama administration has ordered the nation’s colleges and universities to stop asking applicants about criminal and school disciplinary history because it discriminates against minorities. Institutions are also being asked to offer those with criminal records special support services such as counseling, mentoring and legal aid once enrolled. The government’s official term for these perspective students is “justice-involved individuals” and the new directive aims to remove barriers to higher education for the overwhelmingly minority population that’s had encounters with the law or disciplinary issues through high school.

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WAR ON POVERTY CHART OF THE DAY

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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WHEN A FARMER GOES TO THE BEACH

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Battle of the Campaign Slogans

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Scott Adams

 

Hillary Clinton rolled out a new campaign slogan this weekend: “We’re stronger together.” And by new slogan, I mean it is the same as a recent Estee Lauder ad campaign slogan. But Trump borrowed from Reagan with his “Make America Great Again” slogan, so let’s score it a tie in terms of originality.

Now let’s see how the slogans compare in terms of persuasion. I’ll start with Trump’s slogan first, then look at Clinton’s new offering.

Make America Great Again

Trump’s slogan uses the following persuasion techniques:

1. Provides no targets for disagreement.

2. Everyone has their own sense of what “great” means and how to do it. That vagueness is hardcore hypnosis technique.

3. It speaks to identity (the strongest form of persuasion) as Americans.

4. It suggests we lost something. Humans have more emotional connection to loss than potential gain.

5. It has “America” in it. That word is persuasion catnip for Americans. We have been brainwashed to have a twitch response to it.

6. It appeals to both genders.

7. It is aspirational. We all want to be better, or to make the country better.

Now let’s look at Clinton’s new slogan.

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Report: Nobody Fucking Cares

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

NEW YORK—According to a brief but conclusive report released Monday, nobody fucking cares. “Doesn’t fucking matter,” read the report in part, which went on to inform readers that no one gives two shits, so fuck it. “Seriously. Stop wasting everyone’s goddamn time.” The report further urged those who still hadn’t shut up about it to quit acting like fucking idiots and just give it a rest, for Christ’s sake.

Via The Onion


What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State: Anti-Big Money, Anti-War, Pro-Constitution, Freedom-Loving Candidates Need Not Apply

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Guest Post by John W. Whitehead

 

Long gone are the days when the path to the White House was open to anyone who met the Constitution’s bare minimum requirements of being a natural born citizen, a resident of the United States for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older.

Today’s presidential hopefuls must jump through a series of hoops aimed at selecting the candidates best suited to serve the interests of the American police state. Candidates who are anti-war, anti-militarization, anti-Big Money, pro-Constitution, pro-individual freedom and unabashed advocates for the citizenry need not apply.

The carefully crafted spectacle of the presidential election with its nail-biting primaries, mud-slinging debates, caucuses, super-delegates, popular votes and electoral colleges has become a fool-proof exercise in how to persuade a gullible citizenry into believing that their votes matter.

Yet no matter how many Americans go to the polls on November 8, “we the people” will not be selecting the nation’s next president.

While voters might care about where a candidate stands on healthcare, Social Security, abortion and immigration—hot-button issues that are guaranteed to stir up the masses, secure campaign contributions and turn any election into a circus free-for-all—those aren’t the issues that will decide the outcome of this presidential election.

What decides elections are money and power.

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Calling 911 and Waiting is No Longer Your Best Option…

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Calling 911 and Waiting is No Longer Your Best Option...


LIBERAL PAWNS FOR DEGENERACY

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Wheelbarrow Economics

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Wheelbarrow Economics

In 2014, we published an article entitled “Watch the Movie Before It Is Filmed.” In that article, I described the situation in Venezuela at that time. The effects of fifteen years of collectivism were threatening to collapse the economy. The government was reacting by printing bolivares (Venezuelan currency) on a large scale—a knee-jerk solution that has been utilized by over twenty other countries in the last century—always with the same outcome: hyperinflation, resulting in economic collapse.

At the time, I recommended to readers that they “watch the movie” as it was being played out in Venezuela, as it would offer them insight into what was on the way in their own country, should they reside in Europe or North America.

The pattern followed by Venezuela is roughly the same as for the other jurisdictions; Venezuela is just a bit more advanced in the progression. Therefore, what we are observing in Venezuela is likely to be played out in other countries that have made the same mistake of taking on more debt than they can ever pay back.

As predicted, Venezuela is now well along with regard to hyperinflation.

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INTJ BUFFALO FOR THE WIN!

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by IndenturedServant in Economy


Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

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Posted on 24th May 2016 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Patrick J. Buchanan

Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight.

Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose “its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies.”

And what is Scarborough Shoal?

A cluster of rocks and reefs, 123 miles west of Subic Bay, that sits astride the passageway out of the South China Sea into the Pacific, and is well within Manila’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

Beijing and Manila both claim Scarborough Shoal. But, in June 2013, Chinese ships swarmed and chased off a fleet of Filipino fishing boats and naval vessels. The Filipinos never came back.

And now that China has converted Fiery Cross Reef and Mischief Reef into artificial islands with docks and air bases, Beijing seems about to do the same with Scarborough Shoal.

“Scarborough is a red line,” says Gregory Poling of the Center for Strategic and International studies. To allow China to occupy and militarize the reef “would clearly change the balance of power.”

Really? But before concluding that we must fight to keep China from turning Scarborough Shoal into an island base, there are other considerations.

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