Ordo Ab Chaos

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Posted on 7th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

Guest Post by Hardscrabble Farmer

I finished up a small post and beam project that I had been working on for the past couple of weeks. The following day the temperatures, which had been hovering around zero all week, suddenly rose with a front bringing a hard day of mid winter rain with it. The ground was frozen and the water, unable to percolate, gathered in pools and ran in streams down every hill and gully. I decided to take a day and pull my shop back into shape, to maintain the tools and equipment that I had been using and return them to their rightful place.

My oldest son had been working on a boat and took the rain day to give me a hand. And so, after we finished chores we went into the garage barn and set to work. No matter how often I try to maintain some sense of order and discipline with the various aspects of the farm, things get out of hand and I have to devote a full day just to get back to a starting point. There are always extra five gallon buckets- we use them for everything from picking up slops from local restaurants to storage for lengths of chain, extra nails from a split box, used baling twine, rock salt for the ice, potting soil mix, etc.

Their utility is exceeded only by their ubiquity and in virtually every corner of the barn we pull the buckets to the center of the room and dump them, one by one of their contents and file through the mix of hardware and brushes, tools and electrical parts, winnowing out the garbage and cast offs from the useful and the utile. My son takes charge of organizing the chain saw room under the stairs, lining up the bar chain oil totes and fuel cans, the accessories and kevlar armor we wear hung on their hooks, sharpening the chains to a razor edge and sheathing each bar before returning them to the shelves. The helmets hang next to the choker chains and peaveys, the old military ammo cans with their water tight seals filled with coiled rope and cable, files and keels in coffee cans on the in their cubbies and the extra bars and chains hung by size on hooks.

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Dangerous Speech: Would the Founders Be Considered Domestic Extremists Today?

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

Guest Post by John W. Whitehead

“If you can’t say ‘Fuck’ you can’t say, ‘Fuck the government.’”Lenny Bruce

Not only has free speech become a four-letter word—profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places—but in more and more cases, the government deems free speech to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal.

The U.S. government has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges the government’s power, reveals the government’s corruption, exposes the government’s lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.

Indeed, there is a long and growing list of the kinds of speech that the government considers dangerous enough to red flag and subject to censorship, surveillance, investigation and prosecution: hate speech, bullying speech, intolerant speech, conspiratorial speech, treasonous speech, threatening speech, incendiary speech, inflammatory speech, radical speech, anti-government speech, right-wing speech, extremist speech, etc.

Yet by allowing the government to whittle away at cherished First Amendment freedoms—which form the backbone of the Bill of Rights—we have evolved into a society that would not only be abhorrent to the founders of this country but would be hostile to the words they used to birth this nation.

Don’t believe me?

Conduct your own experiment into the government’s tolerance of speech that challenges its authority, and see for yourself.

Stand on a street corner—or in a courtroom, at a city council meeting or on a university campus—and recite some of the rhetoric used by the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Adams and Thomas Paine without referencing them as the authors.

For that matter, just try reciting the Declaration of Independence, which rejects tyranny, establishes Americans as sovereign beings, recognizes God as a Supreme power, portrays the government as evil, and provides a detailed laundry list of abuses that are as relevant today as they were 240 years ago.

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Privatization Is the Atlanticist Strategy to Attack Russia

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

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Guest Post by Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson

Two years ago, Russian officials discussed plans to privatize a group of national enterprises headed by the oil producer Rosneft, the VTB Bank, Aeroflot, and Russian Railways. The stated objective was to streamline management of these companies, and also to induce oligarchs to begin bringing their two decades of capital flight back to invest in the Russia economy. Foreign participation was sought in cases where Western technology transfer and management techniques would be likely to help the economy.

However, the Russian economic outlook deteriorated as the United States pushed Western governments to impose economic sanctions against Russia and oil prices declined. This has made the Russian economy less attractive to foreign investors. So sale of these companies will bring much lower prices today than would have been likely in 2014

Meanwhile, the combination of a rising domestic budget deficit and balance-of-payments deficit has given Russian advocates of privatization an argument to press ahead with the sell-offs. The flaw in their logic is their neoliberal assumption that Russia cannot simply monetize its deficit, but needs to survive by selling off more major assets. We warn against Russia being so gullible as to accept this dangerous neoliberal argument. Privatization will not help re-industrialize Russia’s economy, but will aggravate its turn into a rentier economy from which profits are extracted for the benefit of foreign owners.

To be sure, President Putin set a number of conditions on February 1 to prevent new privatizations from being like the Yeltsin era’s disastrous selloffs. This time the assets would not be sold at knockdown prices, but would have to reflect prospective real value. The firms being sold off would remain under Russian jurisdiction, not operated by offshore owners. Foreigners were invited to participate, but the companies would remain subject to Russian laws and regulations, including restrictions to keep their capital within Russia.

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FEMINISTS DESTROYING SCALES

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

Hat tip Boston Bob


So What Excuse Remains?

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

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Guest Post by Karl Denninger

Seriously folks, read this paragraph however many times it takes until it sinks in:

The association between short-term memory declines — potentially permanent ones — and heavy pot use is very real, according to this study, and shouldn’t be discounted. On the other hand, it’s also quite surprising that you can smoke weed every single day for five years, and not have it impact your problem-solving abilities or your ability to focus at all.

Got that?

The study in question found that there was a correlation between heavy pot smoking (as in daily smoking from age 20 to 45) and being able to remember 2.5 fewer words (out of 15) on a short-term basis.

But…. correlation is not causation, and associative studies cannot determine causation.  The correlation is potentially concerning at some level but the fact that even under extremely heavy use they did not find problems with the ability to focus or cognition pretty-much blows a hole the size of a truck in the thesis that smoking pot “makes you stupid” and therefore as a matter of public policy there is an argument for banning it.

So here’s the question for you — why would you support or for that matter have anything to do with any politician or police officer who is willing to arrest and throw in jail someone who is engaged in consensual adult use or distribution of a substance that even when used daily and heavily for five years doesn’t cause cognitive or attention (focus) problems?

Any defensible position on jailing people in this regard has gone right out the window, never mind that I have a suspicion alcohol wouldn’t fare so well under this analytical criteria.

The people who ought to be in prison are the cops and politicians who have destroyed the lives of countless individuals and families via permanent criminal branding for their decision to consume something that has been on this planet for as long as we have (if not longer) and, as it turns out, is a perfectly-viable recreational means of enjoyment with few if any inherent long term negative effects when consumed in moderation.


HOW TO DEFEAT YOUR GOVERNMENT

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Yojimbo in Economy

Straight Line Logic (www.straightlinelogic.com) is an excellent site that I found through Western Rifle Shooters Association.

Robert Gore, the admin and writer of the articles, has asked TBP to mirror his articles, with proper attribution.

Hopefully this is sufficient. Enjoy.

http://straightlinelogic.com/2016/02/07/7105/

How to Defeat Your Government, by Robert Gore

 

In a recent article, “How to Defeat Your Enemies,” SLL maintained that governments and their people were natural enemies, and that the most powerful adversarial tactic is “getting one’s enemies to fool themselves.” The article detailed the effective use of this tactic by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. The question arises: how can the American people use it against their natural adversary, the US government?

Lies are always misrepresentations of reality, and reality always wins. The US government rests on an inherently unstable foundation of whoppers—big lies so huge they would make big lie proponent Adolf Hitler blush—some of which were detailed in the earlier article. The first trick to defeating an enemy is to ascertain its biggest weaknesses and the lies, which it feeds itself, flowing from those weaknesses.

Every government craves as much of its country’s resources as it can borrow, swindle, and steal. Our government’s finances are a series of lies. The first is that most people who pay taxes do so voluntarily. That’s a testable proposition. Make tax payments truly optional and voluntary, with no penalty and no civil or criminal liability for nonpayment. How much taxes do you think the government would collect? The taxes collected as a percentage of the taxes formerly collected would be an exact measure of the “voluntariness” of the tax system.

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Notes from the Locked Ward

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

Guest Post by Jim Kunstler

The remaining Americans sound-of-mind must view the primary election spectacle with mounting sensations of wonder, nausea, and panic. It’s one thing for the financial system to crack up, and another thing for social norms to disintegrate, and still another for the political system to become a locked ward of obvious psychopathology. Even the neurosurgeon on duty went narcoleptic the other night when his name was called to take the stage.

Last week’s candidate “debates” (or boasting contests) only underscored the human frailty on display. Marco Rubio was unmasked as an android with a broken flash drive. For a few moments I thought I was seeing a clip from the old movie Alien. In fact, the Republican melodrama more and more echoes the tone and plot of that story: a hapless, bumbling crew lost in space. One of these nights, something unspeakable is going to shoot out of Donald Trump’s mouth and there will be blood all over the podiums.

The Democratic boasting contest was not more reassuring. Bernie blew his biggest chance yet to harpoon the white whale known as Hillary when he cast some glancing aspersions on Mz It’s-My-Turn’s special side-job as errand girl of the Too-Big-To-Fail banks. Together, Bill and Hillary racked up $7.7 million on 39 speaking gigs to that gang, with Hillary clocking $1.8 million of the total for eight blabs. When Bernie alluded to this raft of grift, MzIMT retorted, “If you’ve got something to say, say it directly.”

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ISLAM IS A CANCER ON THE WORLD

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Yojimbo in Economy

This is what the Europeans are welcoming – the utter destruction of the foundations of Western Civilization.

At least this “religious teacher” is honest about it.

We need some version of Pegida or the English Defence League here in the US.


Stucky Q.O.T.D. ——– “Car 54 where are you?”

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Stucky in Economy

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Ms. Freud is going to meet someone today for lunch whom she hasn’t seen in several years.  She’s quite excited about that.

Which made me think — “What happened to so many of our one-time regular posters??

I’m sure several, if not most, STILL read this blog. It’s vewy vewy hard to kick the TBP addiction.  Just the other day “efarmer” submitted a comment!

So, this Q.O.T.D. is mostly for former contributors —  of course, “regulars” might want to call out or opine about these former folks.

—1)  Why did you leave?

—2)  Would you consider coming back?

—3) What replaced TBP  (or, what are you doing now?)

This is pretty much true for most former regulars ….


ISLAMIC RAPE GANGS IN THE UK

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Yojimbo in Economy

The more videos I watch about Islam, the more astounded I become – Islam is clearly a hideous religion.

The “truth” of Mohammed is utter nonsense, irrational, violent, militaristic, considers non-Muslims sub-human, promotes rape, embraces a perverted sexuality, and is a cancer to civilization.

Why any western government would want to import believers of this garbage is inconceivable, unless you understand that the oligarchy wants to destroy all western nation-states.

That the mainstream media whitewashes Islam is shameful and immoral.


NORMAN ROCKWELL 2016

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

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Via Knuckledraggin


Question of the Day, Feb 8

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Back in PA Mike in Economy

Doing my first (and maybe last) client tax return. 47 forms and schedules. 47. How ridiculous has the tax code gotten?


42% of Democrats are in favor of socialism

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Posted on 8th February 2016 by Administrator in Economy

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Just 17% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the ideology

Reuters
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist.”

Many Democrats are feeling the love for socialism.

More than four in 10 Democrats say they have a favorable opinion of socialism, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults released in January by data and research firm YouGov; this percentage is nearly identical to what the researchers found in May of last year. Meanwhile, only about one in three say they have an unfavorable opinion of the ideology.

The polling comes as Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” is considered the front-runner to capture the New Hampshire primary on the Democratic side. Sanders has described the term as meaning that we “create a government that works for all and not just the few.”

Among Republicans, those numbers look significantly different: Just 17% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of socialism, while 71% have an unfavorable opinion of it. And for the most part — no matter what the party — it is young people who are most in favor of socialism. Fully 49% of people ages 18 to 29 have a favorable opinion of socialism, compared with just 23% of those 65 and up.

On the whole, nearly half of all Americans say they have an unfavorable opinion of socialism, the YouGov survey revealed.

That may explain why, in a separate survey, less than half of Americans said they would vote for a socialist president (sorry, Bernie). Indeed, only 47% of Americans said they would vote for a president who was a socialist, according to a survey of 1,500 adults released by Gallup last year, which looked at 11 types of candidates people would be willing to vote for, including a woman, gay or lesbian, Muslim and evangelical.

Among Democrats, 59% would do it, while among Republicans just 26% would. “Republicans and Democrats differ most in their willingness to vote for a socialist candidate, by 33 percentage points,” according to the Gallup data.

Table: Who are Americans willing to vote for?

Democrats Republicans
Evangelical Christian 66% 84%
Mormon 79% 84%
Jewish 92% 95%
Catholic 95% 93%
Hispanic 94% 91%
Black 96% 90%
Woman 97% 91%
Atheist 64% 45%
Gay or lesbian 85% 61%
Muslim 73% 45%
Socialist 59% 26%
Source: Gallup