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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
3:12 pm
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
12:09 pm
Economics in one.. Graphic

Who has the only gun, has the only bag.

This graphic was inspired by randomdiversion. It also explains why socialism is an ephemeral state. When those without capital do get the gun, which is rare, the result is always the gun holder is the new bag holder. Socialism in history is merely an intermediate stage between another progressive/fascist state under new ownership.

Friday, April 26th, 2013
2:41 pm
NPR Lies
Perhaps not a lie qua lie, but to hear NPR lavish praise on Dubya is sickening and indicative of their agenda.

Subtext: Now that a Democrat is in office we look back at Bush and realize what a favor he did for us in setting the stage for our new fully fascist state.

I didn't listen to Democracy Now today but I hope they had enough integrity as socialists not to go on a Bush love-fest.

Friday, April 19th, 2013
10:11 am
Don't institutionalize your kids
The US spends more on public education than any other country. Per student and overall.

Public education retards human potential. It's very difficult to recover, most never do, the damage is baked in while the cement is wet. This is why people think American Idol and football are what life is about.

Meet the family who sent six kids to college by age 12
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
4:59 pm
NPR Lies
NPR is trying to scare people into selling off gold. Beware! Remember when they pumped facebook? Hope you didn't fall for that.

You can make a lot of money just doing the opposite of what NPR says.

This is a manipulated gold selloff so the bad guys can buy up gold on the cheap, it's going to go back up and a lot. Don't fall for it.

I could spend all day debunking NPR lies, like Robert Reich : 'The Social Security trust fund is solvent' (the trust fund was raided years ago, it's gone), or 'Where did this Austerity strategy come from?' (it's not a strategy, Greece, Italy, and Cyprus aren't choosing to be broke, they are broke)

11:23 am
Coming soon to a sporting event near you, TSA gropepoints
You can be sure that there is legislation ready to expand the TSA.

Whether this event was deliberate or not is still an open question. You will be able to tell from the narrative. If they don't have a tidy story with all perpetrators dead or in no-press-access custody in a few days it was probably a 'real' 'terrorist' act.

Regardless they will try to rush through some expansion of the police state, and a complicit media will whip up the populace into a cringing fearful froth to 'demand' something must be done.

If it is a real event no one will connect the 'moral' outrage with the events like when 'we' blew 120 Afghans attending a wedding to bloody pieces. Oops. Our bad. But why the hate? You guys should be used to it by now.

So while it might be thought by some that there would be some actual motivation for a bombing in Boston, we must always remember it has nothing to do with their dead at our hands, the real reason is of course they hate us for our freedom.

(EDIT: I should add another likely scapegoat is teabaggers or other 'people who take the Constitution literally' types as per the SPLC)

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
12:26 pm
Obama to Agencies: Make sequester as painful as possible
As usual, the only think it's POSSIBLE to cut is police, fire, white house tours, and aid to babies and kittens

This despite the fact that there are in fact no cuts at all. Spending still goes up. Debt still goes up.

If we went back to Clinton era spending on the welfare/warfare state we could balance the budget. If we just did 1% real cuts per year, we could balance the budget in a few years.

Were things really so awful under Clinton?
Monday, March 4th, 2013
11:22 am
Washington Tax & Spend Republican wants to tax bicycles
They cause global warming

"A cyclists [sic] has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride" - Ed Orcutt (R)

Lest anyone be confused that the answer to democratic idiocy is republicans.
Friday, March 1st, 2013
1:50 pm
Everyone knows it's all a lie I assume
There are no spending cuts with sequestration.

Spending goes up. Debt goes up. Government's planned raise they give to themselves every year wasn't as big as they wanted. That is all. Nothing is solved. Actual cuts would be needed to prevent economic calamity. Large ones. There are no cuts. To make sure programs like medicare and SS do get their increases some other individual programs will get budget cuts. Overall, spending goes up.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
12:44 pm
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
11:11 am
IP & Monsanto
IP law is socializing the cost of safeguarding your market exclusivity onto taxpayers, many or most of whom not only do not use your product but may very well actively not want to use or be contaminated with your product.

If I keep my diamond tennis bracelet in a safe in my house, I have a reasonable expectation I might retain possession of it.

If I leave it unattended on the sidewalk, I don't. If I call the cops and ask them to find the 'criminal' who picked it up, they will laugh at me. Rightly so.

Yet companies like Monsanto essentially do just this, and the police do not laugh. They hop to.

This is wrong. SCOTUS will decide the legality of the such case soon.

Regardless what they decide IP law is wrong and immoral.

From an economic and utilitarian perspective if Monsanto, et al, must devise superior seed every year the consumer will be better off, and I might add so will Monsanto be better off for spending their time pleasing the customer rather than policing 5th generation 'stolen' seed.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
12:41 pm
If you haven't heard this on whatever 'news' you consume, then your news lies
"Get the Gas, Burn it down."

Of course they were gonna kill him. The only question was how, and would the cover up work. Well the state propaganda outlets are dutifully removing initial reports of cops saying "Get the gas, burn it down" from their stories.

I'm not condoning Dorner's actions. In fact from reading his manifesto I disagree with about every one of his political positions, and in fact think they are dangerous. From all of his knowledge about people I assume are celebrities, he seemed to be pretty caught up in the mediasphere.

Even his taste in women is questionable.. Margaret Cho on the list of "THE MOST beautiful women on this planet, period"? Maybe three or four on that list qualify from my perspective, but I digress.

Anyway, the point is they murdered him. This is a bigger problem than Dorner's shooting spree in the first place.

The cops violate the law with impunity, murder a man, the media dutifully covers it up.

That is the story here.

In fact it's the only thing about this story that is worthy of news. Thus it is the one thing you will never hear on the 'news'.

This is why ever fewer people believe the news anymore. This is why people get their information in places that haven't been compromised. This in turn is why they will keep trying to pass laws to censor the internet so that once again all of your information will come from government approved sources. They cannot allow you to think for yourself. The one thing you must certainly never think is "Why does the media hide so much, if they are supposed to be a check on government power?" Thus you must not see that they do hide.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
4:00 pm
American Citizens Split On DOJ Memo Authorizing Government To Kill Them
WASHINGTON—Following the release of a secret Department of Justice memo this week that outlines the administration’s legal justification for killing U.S. citizens, a new Pew Research Center poll has revealed that a majority of Americans are torn over whether they support the government’s right to kill them anywhere at any time without due process. “On the one hand, I get it—it’s important for the government to be able to murder me and any of my friends or family members whenever they please for reputed national security reasons. But on the other hand, it would kind of be nice to stay alive and have, maybe, a trial, actual evidence—stuff like that,” said visibly conflicted 39-year-old Nashua (click for more)
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
12:22 pm
The Ring of Democracy
(This was a speech I gave at an OWS vs Tea Party debate/discussion last year. I decided to attack the root conceptual basis for the problems we face. Oddly it was well received, although some few were absolutely livid, realizing what I was saying was a direct attack on their lust for power. It was written on short notice so I don't think it's my best work. Still I thought some might enjoy)

poverty rate: in steady decline until the war on poverty
terrorism: rare until the war on terror
drug related violence: nonexistent until the war on drugs
income diversity: steadily increasing since the war on poverty
illiteracy rate: increasing since the war on illiteracy
single parent rate: declining until the great society, now increasing

WAR: literal and figurative, on people, or on ideas: endless

This is not accidental. The reason for this is the government class needs these problems to be perpetual.

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
12:35 pm
Taxes for all
Here's a quick point you have not heard from either left or right state controlled media.

The 1% do not earn enough to dig us out of the hole, even if you took it all, it's a tiny sliver. The real money is in the middle class.

The point of getting reality TV consuming democrats to go along with taxes on the rich is so that the rich, who actually have money to do so, would not lobby when they came for the middle class.

This is called divide and conquer.

In fact the middle class is already being hit, as they are finding out right now.

When they came for the rich we said nothing. Be assured when they come for the real money, our money, the rich will not be saying anything.

We are cattle who are told our fellow kine are the enemy, fighting over a little meal. It's not our kine we should regard as the enemy, it's the rancher, and yes, the kine who abet them.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
12:34 pm
UN to Colorado and Washington
You're in violation of UN drug control treaty

I hope Colorado and Washington have an appropriately humble and diplomatic response, like GFY.

12:14 pm
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
4:39 pm
NPR Lies
(The latest in what could be a dozen posts a day)

Today on "Tell Me More" Michel Martin we had two lying economists, 'balanced' we assume because one was right progressive (Heritage) and left progressive (NELP).

The host trotted out a Rutgers study purported by Michel to prove that extending unemployment benefits .. lowers unemployment.

Aside from the facial absurdity of such a proposition, that only someone like Krugman or Reich could say with a straight face, here are the study factoids which supposedly back this up.

  • Unemployed workers who received unemployment insurance were more likely to have been proactive in seeking work than those who did not receive UI, devoting more hours to job search and examining job postings.

People receiving UB are required to seek work. This says nothing useful at all. UB in fact pays people to seek but doesn't pay them to find. If in fact you do find, you lose the benefit. Unless you're out of savings, UB can fund be a nice work vacation.

  • Approximately four out of five unemployment insurance recipients said they were willing to accept a pay cut in order to get a new job, compared with two out of three who were not receiving UI.

People who do not accept UB between jobs are typically not involuntarily unemployed. IE I left my previous job because I knew I had either a job lined up or very good prospects. If I do not seek UB, I probably don't need them. If I was disemployed tomorrow, I guarantee you I would not expect to get a job at lower pay. Now if I turned out to be wrong in that estimation and took UB, then I'd be in the "willing to accept lower pay" statistic.

  • Of those unemployment insurance recipients who found a new job, 59 percent took a pay cut in order to secure new employment.

Same answer as previous.

These 'smoking guns' are essentially just tautological statistical observations, that do nothing to prove any point whatsoever. Anyone with high school statistics should have immediately realized this data did nothing for her case.

However it's well trodden ground that extending UB increases unemployment. In fact Germany solved a years long unemployment problem by simply sharply cutting UB duration. Which is not to say UB are bad per se, especially if they are paid for by the recipient beforehand, but what they do not do is help the economy. They slow the economy by taking labor out of the economy, thus driving labor costs up, thus making marginal business go under, slowing business starts, and increasing the incentive for automation.

Another general critique of both economists and the host, talking about GDP.

You can boost GDP by increasing benefits. The Heritage chap could have pointed this out, but he won't. Wait doesn't this contradict the rest of my post?

No. GDP includes government spending. The absurdity of UB helping the economy can be demonstrated simply by the case where GDP is increased by UB. If you put everyone on UB for a year, and what the heck, doubled their previous pay, GDP that year would skyrocket. Of course the next year you'd probably have a currency collapse, if it even took that long, but if UB, or any government spending really helped the economy, then we could put everyone on the government payroll, and be rich rich rich!

GDP is a bullshit metric.
12:01 pm
This is what democracy looks like

More people believe in straight up creationism than evolution.

If you're a democracy fetishist this poses you with an ethical problem, if a democracy fetishist can be said to have ethics. If you believe the majority makes something right, then creationism must be right. If you believe creationism is wrong and evolution must be forced on people, then you should immediately give up any pretense of being a democratist, you're a totalitarian.

Personally I do think evolution theory is sustained by evidence and I do not believe in creationism. The way to get people to understand however is not force. The way is to allow them to control the resources spent on education. If they have to decide on whether their child is indoctrinated into creationism when they are paying most parents will opt to use the majority of resources to ensuring their child has skills to thrive. Neither creationism nor socialism will be taught, because none of these things help the child. It's with the leverage of political power that the temptation to teach this crap comes in. Policy is the problem because policy means public resources get to be used to indoctrinate many other peoples' children. Now it becomes tempting.

You don't need to indoctrinate your own kids, you may do that at home for free. You won't pay to indoctrinate others, either. But if you can use what you perceive to be other peoples' money to do so, now we're talking.

With the influx of a hispanic population that is largely Christian, they will rightfully claim a voice, and vote in the schools curriculum. Public schools will become more Christian.

Public schools are indefensible economically, but now we see they are indefensible morally as well.
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
5:55 pm
47 States petition to withdraw from the States United
Read it and cheer!

Of course it's hopeless. Merely asking your abusive husband, or master, to 'allow' you to have a divorce or freedom has probably never worked in the history of humanity.

However it's a lovely sign that the true patriotic spirit of Americans, and the idea of government by consent, is not dead quite yet.

Still hopeless or not, 3 states now have reached the threshold that calls for a response from the White House. Almost certainly more will come. I also loved the idea of revoking citizenship of anyone who signed the petition. Punishment for wanting a divorce is.. a divorce hmm? Awesome!

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