STONE WALLS

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Guest Post by Hardscrabble Farmer

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.”

Excerpt from ‘Mending Wall by Robert Frost’

Every year around this time we move the pigs to a section of stone wall along the property line that we haven’t yet rebuilt and fence them in with two strands of electric. The hogs are grateful to be out of their winter shelter and to have the ground soft enough to root through, satisfying their primal urges. Nothing is as content as sow with her nose buried in soft, black loam turning up a nugget or two of something delicate to eat. The first year we had pigs we noticed how much damage they could do to a piece of ground if left long enough. It wasn’t until we started breeding our own animals that we discovered how to put their natural inclinations to work for us and set them up for weeks at a time along a stretch of unworked ground to till and clear.

We used the old stone walls to hem them in out of convenience, the step in posts and wire ten feet out on the field side and let them get to work. After a day or two they’d root up all the old fieldstones that had toppled off the walls over the years and we’d get in there with them, their snouts pressing against our legs, snuffling for a pat or scratch and restack them as best we could. After a week they’d have cleared their enclosure completely and we’d move the wire to a new section and let them start over. By the end of summer we’d have fat pigs ready for slaughter, a new set of shoats to replace them and a couple hundred feet of stone wall set right and rebuilt against the next fifty years.

The county we live in has the highest number of stone walls per square mile in the entire country. Most of them define property lines, built over the past several centuries by people long gone. The stones range in size from baseballs to automobiles and run in more or less arrow straight lines up and down hills, across flats, up to and along ponds and rivers, roads and logging trails almost always on a north-south, east-west axis. Most of them make up the boundaries of property lines and in our state every title refers to the acreage as “plus or minus” after the total because the rock walls themselves serve as the border and their inexactitude determines the final measure of land. Most people leave them as they are, returning to the soil in tumble-down condition, the massive erratics firmly fixed in location while the smaller ones spill off on either side and then submerge and vanish beneath the annual carpet of leaves and snow.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT TPP

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Call or email your Congressman. This must be stopped.

Monday on Newmax TV’s “America’s Forum,” political commentator Dick Morris said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fast track being supported by many Republicans has a provision that allows for the “free flow of workers” between countries, essentially creating a backdoor to “unrestricted immigration.”

Morris said, “This is huge. I hope everybody listening takes action call your senator about it. If he is a Republican he is voting wrong. “I dont think that people understand that in this deal which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, there’s a provision for free flow of workers, just like in the European Union. What It means is unrestricted immigration. It means literally that congress would not have the authority to restrict immigration because a treaty supersedes a statute under our constitution.”
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Hillary Promises to Get Everyday Americans Foreign Money

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Guest Post by Andy Borowitz

NASHUA, N.H. (The Borowitz Report)—Delivering a stirring populist message at a campaign appearance in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton vowed that as President she would help everyday Americans obtain large cash payments from foreign governments.

“Like a lot of everyday Americans, many of you are struggling to pay your bills,” she told an audience here. “As President, I will work tirelessly to help you make ends meet—by getting foreign governments to pay you.”

“In cold, hard cash,” she added, to a standing ovation.

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Notes from a Funeral

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Via Club Orlov

Today I received the following report from Club Orlov’s special Kiev correspondent, Yu Shan:

Yesterday I was at a funeral. The crowd was well over 500, much more than I originally thought would be possible. It was a deeply emotional event. The man to whom everyone bid farewell was Olesya Buzina, a writer, historian, free thinker, wacky conversationalist, warm friend, a man who identified deeply with both the complex yet incomplete Ukrainian culture and the multifaceted entity of eastern Slavic Orthodox Russian civilization, a man who would not take side easily, and would adhere to his lone stand even when death threats started to arrive at his door step on a weekly basis.

The event was all over the Russian language news. But there was precisely zero coverage of it in the English language news. He was murdered at 1:25, Thursday, April 16. There were two masked men waiting for him in front of his house. Five shots were fired, and so that was that. It was the third such hit in a span of four days.

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CHAMPION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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QUOTES OF THE DAY

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

“Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.”

Aristotle

“This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people into our way of life, through the economic hit men.”

John Perkins

‘Whatever happens, the [1997 Asian currency] crisis probably signaled the beginning of the end of the American empire and a shift to a tripolar world in which the United States, Europe, and East Asia simultaneously share power and compete for it.’

Chalmers Johnson, Blowback, 2004

“The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.”

Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope

“The fact is that white-collar criminals are, in general, incredibly good at deluding themselves that they’re good people, even when they clearly aren’t.”

Felix Salmon

“There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936


Outside the Box: Hoisington Quarterly Review and Outlook: FIrst Quarter 2015

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Outside the Box: Hoisington Quarterly Review and Outlook: First Quarter 2015

By John Mauldin

I think it was almost two years ago that I was in Cyprus. Cyprus had just come through its crisis and was still in shell shock. I was there to get a feel for what it was like, and a number of my readers had courteously arranged for me to meet with all sorts of people and do a few presentations. A local group arranged for me to speak at the lecture hall of the Central Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia.

There were about 50 people in the room. I was busily working on Code Red at the time and had money flows, quantitative easing, and currency wars at the front of my brain. As part of my presentation, I talked about how countries would seek to use currency devaluation in order to gain an advantage over other countries – that we were getting ready to enter an era of currency wars, which would be disguised as monetary policy trying to create economic growth. Which is exactly what we have today. Every now and then I get a few things right.

After my short presentation, during the question and answer period, I pointed to a distinguished-looking gentleman to ask the fourth question. Before he could get his question out, my host stood up and said, “John, I just want to give you fair warning. This is Christopher Pissarides. He recently won the Nobel Prize in economics and is a professor at the London School of Economics, as well as being a Cypriot citizen.”

Professor Pissarides preceded his question by citing a great deal of literature, some of it his own, which showed that a country could not gain a true advantage by engaging in currency manipulation. “So why do you think there would be currency wars? What would it gain anybody?” he asked.

We proceeded to have a conversation that basically boiled down to the old Yogi Berra maxim: In theory, theory and practice are the same thing. In practice they differ.

Dr. Pissarides was of course absolutely right. Beggar-thy-neighbor policies end up making everybody worse off at the end of the day. However, there is a short-term first-mover advantage. In a short-term world, people do things to show they are being “proactive.” And in a world of “every central banker for himself,” where central banks are essentially trying to position their countries to prosper, you wind up having multiple iterations of tit for tat.

And that is just one of the points that our old friend Lacy Hunt of Hoisington Management makes in this week’s Outside the Box:

In our review of historical and present cases of over-indebtedness, we noticed some overlapping tendencies with less regularity that are important to mention.

First, when all major economies face severe debt overhangs, no one country is able to serve as the world’s engine of growth. This condition is just as much present today as it was in the 1920-30s.

Second, currency depreciations result as countries try to boost economic growth at the expense of others. Countries are forced to do this because monetary policy is ineffectual.

Third, devaluations do provide a lift to economic activity, but the benefit is only transitory because other countries that are on the losing end of the initial action retaliate. In the end every party is in worse condition, and the process destabilizes global markets.

Fourth, historically advanced economies have only cured over-indebtedness by a significant multi-year rise in the saving rate or austerity. Historically, austerity arose from one of the following: self-imposition, external demands or fortuitous circumstances.

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WHY IS YOUR MILLENNIAL CRYING?

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Posted on 21st April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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WHEN ONLY THE COPS HAVE GUNS, IT’S CALLED A POLICE STATE

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Posted on 20th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Some Americans seem to be coming to their senses. Despite massive levels of liberal media propaganda and Obama efforts to ban guns, the percentage of people in favor of guns rights is at record highs, while gun control nutjobs have seen their advocacy plummet to 20 year lows.

Of course a gun in your house makes you safer. Do you think the criminals are going to wait for the 2nd responders to show up before robbing, raping or killing you or your loved ones?

What PEW and Gallup fail to acknowledge is that Americans are arming themselves against the government. Any critical thinking person can see the surveillance state considers us all potential enemies. They are prepping to treat us as combatants. We are buying guns in record numbers because we don’t trust Obama, Clinton or any of the captured politicians in Washington DC. The mood of the people is darkening. We know what is coming and we’re preparing.

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”George Washington

ONCE A MEAN GIRL ALWAYS A MEAN GIRL

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Posted on 20th April 2015 by T4C in Economy |Politics

Too bad Inna had no idea what Vicky would turn out to be….she could have done the world a favor and finished the job. Good on you Inna for recognizing a psychopath and trying to do something about it.

 

How Victoria Nuland got beaten up at a Soviet summer camp in Odessa in the 80’s

April 20, 2015

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Victoria Nuland was beaten up in a Soviet summer camp “Young Guard”

Russian writer Inna Metelskaya-Sheremetyeva shared memories on her Facebook page about the fight with Victoria Nuland. The story happened in Odessa in 1982 at a summer camp where an American girl came to work as a counselor. Future official representative of the U.S. State Department had to pay for the mockery of Ukrainian kids.

“In 1982 I worked in Odessa at a youth summer camp “Young Guard”. And, I confess, there I had a bloody fight with another American girl, also a counselor on exchange program, who amused herself by throwing sunflower seeds in the dust and laughing, watching Ukrainian kids picking up and eating the dirty seeds. I was kicked out of the camp for the fight and was officially reprimanded by Comsomol (youth communist organisation). I remembered her name “Vicky” for the rest of my life,” – said Inna Metelskaya-Sheremetyeva on Facebook.

However, despite the harsh decision of the administration of the camp, Inna has no regrets about her actions.

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Our Enemies, the Saudis

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Posted on 20th April 2015 by Zarathustra in Politics |Social Issues

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They’re invading Yemen to empower Al Qaeda

April 20, 2015
Let’s get this straight: Saudi Arabia is Al Qaeda. If there was any doubt about that, the Kingdom’s invasion of Yemen makes it plain as day.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“A brazen territorial grab by Al Qaeda militants in Yemen – together with a $1-million bank heist, a prison break and capture of a military base – has given the terrorist group fundraising and recruitment tools that suggest it is following the brutal path blazed by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

“Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which was long forced into the shadows by US drone strikes and commando raids, has taken advantage of the growing chaos in Yemen’s multi-sided war to carve out a potential haven that counter-terrorism experts say could help it launch terrorist attacks.”

The Times piece confirms that the Saudis, who have never lifted a finger to strike at Al Qaeda, are now enabling their mutant offspring to seize and hold territory:

“With the Saudis focused on the Houthis, AQAP fighters launched a jailbreak near Mukalla that freed about 300 prisoners, including several dozen of their comrades, officials and residents said. … After seizing a regional airport and a coastal oil terminal this week, Al Qaeda militants consolidated their gains Friday in Mukalla, an Arabian Sea port. Fighters stormed a weapons depot and seized armored vehicles and rockets after apparently forging a truce with local tribes and forcing government troops to flee.”

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DOOMED I TELL YOU – DOOMED!!!

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Posted on 20th April 2015 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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All is lost. The end is near. The pathetic excuse for citizenry in this country believes she is the answer. The end of this experiment is in sight. Eight years of this corrupt, soulless, socialist, war mongering, statist will put the final nail in the coffin of a Republic formed 226 years ago. We’re doomed I tell you – DOOMED!!!!

Hillary Clinton crushes Republican rivals in new poll

Published: Apr 20, 2015 4:46 p.m. ET

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It’s not even close: Hillary Clinton crushes her potential Republican rivals in a poll released Monday.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — If the presidential election were held today, it wouldn’t even be close.

Hillary Clinton is crushing her potential Republican rivals by double digits in a new CNN/ORC International poll. The Republicans’ best showing is by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who trails the former senator and secretary of state by 14 points. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who hasn’t declared his candidacy yet, lags Clinton by 17 points. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are each 19 points behind Clinton.

Rubio and Paul have declared their candidacies, but Christie hasn’t said he’ll run.

Clinton is also the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, with nearly seven in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents supporting her.

Even including the poll’s margin of error, Clinton would still have a double-digit lead on Rubio and the others. The poll was taken April 16-19 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. It was released Monday.