Social networks free of censorship challenging the Big Four? Here’s a list to check out:
Yep. Facebook blacklists content, and so does Twitter, and other elitist Big Social Media companies, often subtly, like the “shadow-banning” on Twitter.
Social networks free of censorship challenging the Big Four? Here’s a list to check out:
Yep. Facebook blacklists content, and so does Twitter, and other elitist Big Social Media companies, often subtly, like the “shadow-banning” on Twitter.
WASHINGTON POST UNSUBTLE LIES
There they go again. In reporting on 4chan’s punking of Shia LaBeouf, they repeat some more spun lies.
One example, the phrase: ” misogyny of Gamergate”. That is a lie, because it was more like a blowback against the man-hating thinking that the thought crime police are trying to push. It all started when a girl took exception to a spontaneous joke shared by two men out loud at a conference, and shamed them in a tweet that went viral. Which got them fired. The low-key tone of the original joking, one shared by many women everywhere, by the way, then provoked the backlash against destroying the career of those two guys by the tweet, and eventually got the busybody fired from her job.
Hey guys and gals! How about let’s make peace not war? And there goes Washington Post trying to break up the sexes and divide them against each other. Why? It’s because history shows that family and culture binds people together much more naturally and more easily than sex identifiers. Women love their sons and their husbands, and cannot identify them as enemies. Men love their mothers and their wives and their daughters, and almost all of us hate wife-beaters.
So, they have to repeat repeat repeat like all big lies. They have to constantly throw “neo-Nazis” into a list with Trump supporters that fight their left-fascist themes.
IT takes them hundreds of words before they get to admitting that the swastikas on ONE web site is a spoof against the wildly promiscuous use of the Nazi accusations. And they admit that a Chinese American says the ones accused of being “white supremacist” are not that at all, though maybe ONE or TWO might spoof the term. Fake news sites like Washington Post treats the spoofs as a real thing, exposing them as getting fake news and real news totally backwards.
By the way, “swatting” has nothing to do with anti-Trumpers, and leftist tools have used it too, and anti-Trump sources denounce it more effectively than the leftists and the Mockingbird Press like W. P. who are very quiet about the Hillary campaign operation to cause violence at Trump campaign rallies, and the Black Bloc rioters burning buildings and beating up on hated speakers in colleges.
The Mirror reported a user’s story about a Southwest Airlines employee who took a mother with her screaming baby to the back of the plane and blew bubbles to help quiet the infant, and gave tissues to the crying mother.
Children are going to by your future rulers, more so when you’re aged. Let’s rally round them.
IBD POLL: TRUMP DOWN
Polls as reported in most media hold little credence for me. In some seasons they are so obviously off-kilter (wrong) in some political bias that makes them untrustworthy.
But IBD reports poll numbers for Trump going negative. Like a few percentage points added to independent voters who do not believe the Obama administration surveilled Trump team. This is apparently a manifestation of the adage that if one tells a lie often enough it starts to penetrate belief.
That’s another reason opinion polls are useless. They reflect the reporting on people and issues. Better to uncover truth.
NYT DISSES UBER
Everwith the deceitful sympathy with “workers” without proper context, it’s interesting how Big Press can miss the big picture.
Now comes a hit piece against Uber because it’s using psychological techniques that all of industry and all of advertising agencies and all of propaganda organs like the New York Times uses, to maximize its profit margins. By the way, government players also do this with the ultimate unfair advantage that government players can force you to do things their way and give them whatever they demand.
Uber is “manipulating” its drivers with psychological tricks, says the NYT. Well, look at that. The NYT write is also “manipulating” its readers with psychological tricks, except NYT is being hypocritical about it.
What they don’t mention explicitly is that Uber drivers DO NOT HAVE TO be Uber drivers and they can look for other work that is more worth their while if they so choose. My son tried Uber for one trip and quit.
What they also do NOT mention is that these drivers are FROZEN OUT of being taxi drivers, the alternative to ride-connecting services like Uber, because city governments force onerous permit regimes on their owners, which then co-opt taxi owners into protecting this scheme against cheaper and more convenient transportation services.
“Noncash rewards of little value” is a nonsensical phrase. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and not every treasury can be measured in dollars.
I do think that there is a niche here for somebody to invest in simply connecting riders and drivers more along the lines of E-Bay. Reputation points build up, and the first buyers with a new seller is buying at his own risk, but after a thousand sales to a thousand different people, feedback counts more, and buying is safer.
A web site that actually lets drivers and riders bid for each other when someone needs the ride would be a very open market, and might overtake Uber pretty quick. If I understand correctly, Uber calculates the price for a ride request, the driver has to take it at that price. A really free market finds its way, that is, if it is left for users to determine the price point neither riders nor drivers could have grounds for complaint.
[EDIT: After writing this I came across a story about
this new thing that calls itself “Casual Carpool”:
I told you there was another niche here…
BLOOMBERG LIES AGAIN
Victor Orban, leader now in Hungary, has denounced George Soros, who has funded subversive regimes all around the world, with political “philanthropy” fronts that seem to always generate great deals for Soros’ investments when they succeed in overthrowing governments.
Hungary has a new proposal presented as “tightening regulations on foreign universities”, according to Bloomberg. I don’t know the bill, except it has the right enemies.
Bloomberg also says Orban has “pledged to eradicate liberal democracy in the European Union member state”. By this he means Orban rejects plans by outsider elites to increase their control over the Hungarian population by increasing their control over the rules by which Hungarians live by, along with the rest of the European Union. Hungarians have rejected their plans by electing Orban to office.
GOOGLE STORING DATA OVERSEAS
This is a battle between two bad guys, DOJ vs. Google. Above the paywall cut-off, the WSJ mentioned “a landmark court ruling last year declaring private online communications stored overseas off limits to prosecutors-even if there’s probably cause some of the data may contain evidence of a crime”. Good.
So it’s out. Burger King once upon a time researched cloud services for storing data, and decided against Google’s offer precisely because they could not guarantee that none of the data would be stored on servers outside the territorial limits of the United States.
ZERO HEDGE: MOSCOW AND BEIJING BYPASS THE DOLLAR
There you go. The dollar dump in slow motion, next step on the road.
Maybe the Vince Foster story got new wind somewhere, or somebody is trying to preempt exposure of truth for a new Clinton run, because there was a fake news story circulating that Trey Gowdy had ordered the exhumation of the body of Vince Foster in a new investigation into his death.
Set up a straw man, knock it down. Vince Foster’s death and the investigation of it as reported publicly that concluded suicide had all kinds of holes that added up mathematically to “cover-up”.
The story is illogical on its face because even the ones who know of the cover-up evidence and the facts that suggest motives, all agree with the official report that he died from bullet wounds. An autopsy is not necessary for this. I think it’s also maybe an attempt to smear Gowdy.
More, including a long detailed list comparing the OJ Simpson murders and the Vince Foster case, which appeared in Paul Harvey’s opinion column in many newspapers (of “The Rest of the Story”), at…:
A different approach today. Comments on events in summary view as seen this morning, Monday, April 3, 2017.
One might say I am of two minds on the election in Ecuador, although not double-minded.
Socialist Rafael Correa’s hand-picked successor Lenin Moreno, was declared the winner by officials after 94 percent of the results were counted, with 51.12% of the votes. Exit polls had given Guillermo Lasso the win and BBC reports he had already begun celebrating. Lasso has demanded a recount and called for demonstrations of support.
I say two minds because socialism is a colossal burden on the body politic and has restrained economic growth in Ecuador, while I cheered Correa’s decision to give Wiki-leak’s Julian Assange refuge in the Embassy in London. Assange has allowed a bit of transparency into the dark and dubious decisions made in deep dungeons of secrecy by the political class that rules over the rest of us. Lasso had promised to ask Julian Assange to leave the embassy within 30 days.
Assange, with an eye on the official results, has invited Lasso to leave the country within 30 days.
Norte de Ciudad Juarez announced the next print edition would be its last, and the digital edition would close soon, after one of its reporters was shot dead in Tijuana. Miroslava Breach “reported extensively” on links between organized crime and politicians in Chihuahua state.
Governments and police are no guarantee of safety. Even without the factor that government is by definition based on unequal-opportunity theft (aka tax extortion), having a government is an invitation to corruption under its own terms, because the enforcers have something extra to sell: selling out the rest of us.
They have faded from the news now, but guess who has been much more effective against the cartels in Mexico than all the local governments and the federales combined? The spontaneous local groups known as “Auto-defensa”.
These local spontaneous militia rose up in towns that got sick and tired of seeing their relatives and friends get killed at the hands of cartels like the self-called “Knights Templar” organization and others, with the mayors and politicians collaborating with the killers. So they started rounding up and arresting the cartel killers that everyone knew were guilty, and they continued with the mayor. In some cases they had to face gun battles with these subjects.
The background and foreground is documented in the film “Cartel Land”. I was surprised to read that the film got an award at the “2015 Sundance Film Festival”, since most of their awarded films go to leftist causes, and this film showcases the battle of common folks against the violent drug traffickers. Their interviews with civilian-militia-type groups on the U.S. side of the border is strikingly neutral and the points of view of Tim Foley, leader of Arizona Border Recon”, and Dr. Jose Mireles, do justice to the way they and their team members see themselves, as defenders of the innocent. This is striking because the gringo-side volunteer border patrols are more often spun as racists and anti-Latin, despite having numbers of enthusiastic Latins in their ranks.
The BBC noticed back in December 2015 the tide turning against the leftists in Latin America. Lenin’s plan is showing cracks.
Leftists won popular elections in the first decade of the century in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina.
I have been a sort of “news junkie” all my adult life, pretty much. I was a missionary in Latin America during many years, have been married to two Latinas, including my wife now from Honduras.
So from my vantage point, it appears to me that Honduras began the blowback against socialist populism in 2009, when their Attorney General, Supreme Court, and Congress blocked the planned auto-coup by president Manuel Zelaya, and his plans to install himself president-for-life, using a phony referendum for propaganda cover.
The Attorney General brought suit against him several times and won successive orders against the president’s plans, and finally succeeded in getting an arrest order from the Supreme Court. He was arrested on the day of his planned and banned “survey”, for which the results were already pre-counted in a later discovery of a secret office.
He was flown to Costa Rica where he paraded himself out to the press in pajamas, in a bit of street theater claiming that the arresting officers had not even allowed him to get dressed. “Street theater” because neighbors later reported seeing him marched to the police vehicles in his full dress suit. This guy flew in to Costa Rica decently dressed and changed into pajamas for drama.
The international press and global political class was immediately fooled into denouncing this as a “coup”, thereby declaring themselves clueless and ignorant of the true situation there, and demonstrating that they did not care what the facts were and cared even less about what the Honduran people actually thought, and even less than that about the effect on the people and country of Honduras.
So Honduras pushed back and defied the entire clueless world. Hillary Clinton made a personal call to interim (and constitutional) president Micheletti to demand his resignation (I sometimes say she ordered him to resign). His answer was several times no. She finally made a veiled bribery offer, because in his interview with Gretchen Carlson he shared that she asked him “What would it take” to get him to resign and presumably let Zelaya back in power –not his call to say anyway. His answer was “Only an invasion”.
Finally a deal was negotiated. After signing off on the deal, even though he had before asked the Americans to invade and restore him to the presidency, Zelaya complained that the gringos made him sign it by threatening his son with arrest in the United States for drug trafficking. (They are “known” in Honduras circles as doing just that).
Meantime, the mayor of Caracas pined for an import of “huevos” from Honduras.
An ex-president of Guatemala after the election in 2009, suggested sharing a common foreign policy with Honduras.
El Salvador’s leftist president, of the party of ex-guerrillas there, announced that the country would back away from joining Chavez’ oil club, which discounted oil prices for fellow socialist countries.
Lobo invited all the various sectors of Honduran life, economic, political, social, to contribute ideas for a poverty exit. One of my suggestions, presumably parlayed by an intermediary who was invited to represent one of the sectors in conferences, was to study the policies of nations around the world that had been successful. Not long after that, there were conferences of businessmen from Columbia and Chile, commissions visiting South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and other places. Maybe that was partially my doing, though surely much bigger names contributed to the same effect.
Leftists have lost in Argentina and in Brazil now.
Then the advance of leftists in Latin America seemed to halt after 2009, even while clueless students in America get further indoctrination in government-financed elite and not-so-elite universities.
Maybe the pivot started earlier with Uribe’s administration demolishing the FARC in Columbia, so wildly popular, unquestionably, for his success, that they changed the constitution to get him re-elected twice. His successor Santos, though, with FARC reduced to almost nothing, apparently wanted the historical credit for peace, in my opinion, so he negotiated an agreement with the remnants of FARC, with terms that guaranteed them seats in the Legislature and other power shares, something no one else gets, with good reason.
Uribe denounced it, led the “No” campaign, and the referendum was defeated.
All FARC has to do for peace is to announce that all its members will claim the benefit of the “amnesty” plan, in place since the last century, which would transition them to civilian life peacefully without facing charges for their crimes. This is a much better deal than the “Auto-defensas” got, civilian groups that defended life and property from guerrilla thefts and murders.
DISINFORMATION BY OUR RULERS CONTINUES APACE
What do people do of groups that are deeply embedded in government offices, aka Deep State, when someone (aka independent Alternate Media) puts on display their dirty tricks against the people they rule and the collusion therewith of their associates in their propaganda arms, aka “mainstream media”, aka “Operation Mockingbird Press”?
What does this subversive group with its choke-hold on power do when even dark characters in the “intelligence agencies”, their fellow partisans in its controlled press and media organs, and power-hungry politicians, are exposed as seeking the same ends subversive to constitutional order?
Well, what else? Put it together with another major operation you have going, and blame the Russians!
They seem to have lost so much control of the conversation in cyber-space that they don’t even mind that it is so obvious they are coordinating. They are trying to drive the rage of their gullible duped victims so fired up as to prevent them from adjusting to the blinding light of reality, while they pour even more memes into the indoctrination of the youth so as to break them from traditional views of everything.
Distract them with divisions. Create a civil war scenario. There is already a battle for minds raging. The rulers and drivers of these global socialists know that the financial regime is going to break at some point soon enough. So they are pondering, as we speak, whether and when to unleash Yellin on the dollar. They’ve been planning for a breakdown of social order for awhile, and a quick rise of interest rates would crush the dollar, which is already failing. Another round of Too Big To Fail, except now they have laws to quietly prop them up.
ABOUT LEFTIST MEDIA REPORTS OF CIA FALSE FLAG TOOLS LIKE UMBRAGE and MARBLE
They do not exist. Or the reporting is mutilated. These people who hated Dick Cheney and Carl Rove so much are now driving the same narrative that they pushed against the ones who actually expose their dirty work.
If you want to see the way the biggest corporations get away with what the anti-capitalist left denounces, you cannot get the scoop from the anti-capitalist left. The very best place to get the analyses of how they get away with their dirty tricks and their lobbying and how that works is from sources like http://www.mises.org, and http://www.lewrockwell.com, and other sites where the anarcho-capitalist branch of libertarians share their insights.
These Deep State mouthpieces eagerly picked up on the content of leaks from their insiders to try to cripple Trump’s administration, but they blacked out the content of the leaks published at wiki-leaks, and instead tried to use them to invent a fake conspiracy between Russia and Trump. Who’s wearing the tin foil hats now?
“The Burning Platform” is reporting that the cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike hired by the DNC that blamed the DNC leaks on Russia, is now backing away from their claims.
From my view, maybe they were getting laughed out of the market by real and honest security consulting firms.
Google Umbrage and Marble from the wikileaks dump from Vault 7 to find out how anti-Trump moles deep in Foggy Bottom have worked to try to make Russia the culprit.
RUSSIA BLAME NOW BECOMES A GOEBBELS TEST.
Goebbels was Hitler’s propaganda man. The Russia theme has already been long demolished as a big fat lie. But why does Operation Mockingbird Media keeps driving at it, in collusion with leaders of the party that lost the last election in the USA, and the film propaganda sector?
They are following an old trick. From “War Propaganda”, volume 1, chapter 6, of Mein Kampf (1925):
The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.
The common variation is “Tell a lie big enough, loud enough, and often enough, people will start to believe it”. Also, if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big one, because people are more likely to believe it.
But there is another quote attributed apparently to Goebbels, which would show that he probably knew that the lies he pushed would eventually be outed, but that presumably he also figured would not matter much by then: “There will come a day, when all the lies will collapse under their own weight, and truth will again triumph.”
The news is still unfolding but as far as I can tell, here it is.
The legislature in Paraguay voted to propose a referendum to amend their constitution to remove the one-term limit on presidential elections. Protestors are calling this a “coup”, which is a way to change the meaning of the word. This was one of the despised points of leftist president Manuel Zelaya’s plans in Honduras, but the removal of the re-election ban was actually known to be a cover for his plans to stay in office for the rest of his life and become a strong-man ruler.
Honduras has now had a reelection of a popular president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, after amending their constitution in the proper manner.
Not so long agone, Paraguay had an election in which a leftist became president, but he was impeached after a few months of doing what a leftist does, without regard to constraints.
Like Hayek showed in his book, “Socialism: The Road to Serfdom”, socialism tends to concentrate power in few hands.
Here’s the Breitbart article reporting:
The UN says Italy is naughty because there are so many doctors who refuse to do abortions.
That’s the Real Resistance.
The ones marching for Deep State are false flag resistors. They’re not resisting Trump, in other words, or fascism, or tyranny or any such thing. They are resisting the American manifestation of the world-wide Resistance against the Global Dictatorship somebody is trying to force us into. Even many atheists will oppose this when the goats separate out from the sheep. It looks like they’ll be coming up soon enough with their top man, their star of the show, the one Christians know of as the Antichrist.
So the UN is putting a naughty mark on Italy’s record for not pushing more doctors into ending a baby’s life in the womb.
Who said globalization was a democratic process anyway. It won’t be all that long before they will have to take off the sheepskin and the sheep mask, show their canines, and declare themselves the rulers. It’s already kind of obvious and overt more than ever.
According to some recent Christian interpretations of prophecies in including the list from Ezekiel of countries that invade Israel with Gog and Magog, some countries in Europe may be in on the invasion. First though it looks like they’re moving into a stage of anger with the USA, the only world power that impedes the ascendancy of the Beast.
House Committee Passes Bill To “Audit The Fed”:
We shall see how far it goes this time. Rand Paul has reintroduced an Audit the Fed bill before in the Senate, or tried to, but there is a lot of pushback from banking interests, aka The Fed, aka Wall Street…
Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare
Lew Rockwell observes though: ” A model for many other issues! But it doesn’t rip us off for the pharma-insurance-hospital cartel, so forget it.”
Just after the elections of 2010, Gary North (“the Tea Party economist”) predicted John Boehner’s plan to sell out the Tea Party in 2013. He was four years off on the prediction, and now it’s Paul Ryan instead of John Boehner, but now in March 2017 we have otherwise seen his prediction come true.
He is not exactly crowing “I told you so”, however, though maybe there’s that. But it’s fine because there is a lesson to be had. He said 2013 because he thought the Tea Party would not only give the Republicans a majority in the House but also the Senate and the Presidency.
Gary North shared this perspective of Maxine, funny old cartoon gal:
Let me get this straight . . . . We’re going to be “gifted” with a health care plan
we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t,
Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,
written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a Congress that didn’t read it
but exempted themselves from it,
and signed by a President who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
for which we’ll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect,
by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that’s broke!!!!! ‘What the heck could possibly go wrong?’
Gary North closed his 2010 article with this:
The Bigs will get bigger. They always do.
Forward this to friends. Post it on Twitter and Facebook. The troops need to be warned what’s coming.
Which brings me to this, something I point out to my left-lopsided friends:
Welfare and subsidies from government are never about helping the poor or working class or even for good causes like keeping the environment clean. It is always about helping the super-rich or the biggest corporations or growing government power together with their rich friends:
#1. Food stamps (SNAP) are about helping Big Agriculture on the demand side.
#2. Subsidies and “price supports” for farmers are about keeping down the costs Big Agriculture has to pay to the farmer for his farm production.
#3. Tax credits to business for providing insurance to their employees was started to give Really Big Business a way to get around the wage and price freeze during WW2. They were kept for the same reason: Big Corporations still have this edge over small businesses that cannot afford it.
#4. Export subsidies and export funding is a back door way to pay for corporate experimentation. Once upon a time the federal government funded a McDonald’s project to test a new food item in French in the French market.
#5. The entire Obamacare debacle was programmed from the beginning as a massive hidden subsidy for the biggest insurance companies. It was billed as making sure everybody could have insurance. It is STILL being sold as a way that some 18 million people can have insurance that otherwise would not.
They still refuse to tell the truth. The big “uninsured” figure they kept quoting in 2009 was a very deceitful figure for selling this. Before Obamacare, most of the “uninsured” had incomes enough such that they could afford it but declined to buy it, or were able to sign up for Medicaid or Medicare or equivalent state programs but decided not to. In my personal experience, hospitals always had in the emergency room someone on site, ready to sign up anybody who qualifies for government programs on the spot.
Find an analysis here.
#6. Federal highway funds continue pouring out to states. Besides being money that was better left in the hands of the individuals in all the states in the first place, instead of being “returned” to the states with strings, it is a way to lay one-size-fits-all everywhere by enticement.
#7. Funds for police departments. More control. Military-level equipment (tanks even) under the guise of obsolescence and “homeland security” help entice local and state police forces into a nationalized scheme. This possibly peripheral to big-company subsidies, as it helps bring police into a hierarchy that ends not in Washington, D. C., but into the mission creep that has global oligarchy as the end goal. Corporations go along with this, they don’t have much choice, plus they are sort-of promised a piece of the loot. Plus they have been trained so well they have entire “compliance” departments responsible for keeping up with the onslaught of government decrees.
#8. Foreign military aid is generally a subsidy to the national military-industrial complex. The funds usually come with strings.
#9. Other foreign aid has similar problems. Programs meant to fund aid for the poor or anything else are provided through the receiving government. Most of the money is a loan that obligates the rulers when the bill comes due, and the vicious cycle is kept going with more loans and strings. Funds for highways comes with sales of Caterpillar equipment. Funds for agricultural projects come with John Deere sales. The leftovers go to the politicians pockets.
Like Ron Paul famously said, “Foreign aid is robbing the poor in rich countries to give to the rich in the poor countries.”
So that’s one side of the coin, but the other is, to emphasize, government money for almost anything has an opposite effect of that intended, especially in concessions marketed as helping the poor.
First, ALL government subsidies to the poor must come from people engaged in productive commerce. Even for programs that farm out tasks to companies that hire workers for the projects, the funding must by necessity be filtered through the hands of officials that make the decisions and their departments.
So it’s wealth robbed from the productive forces, given to a bureaucracy with lots of payroll, and whatever the bureaucracy does not grab is passed on to projects. Even an infrastructure project carries this totally wasteful weight on the backs of the victims of the initial looting. The projects too often turn out to be smaller-scale of things like the famous billion-dollar pork barrel proposal for the “Bridge to Nowhere”. A smaller scandal came from a bunch of “airports to nowhere” in another state.
Money robbed from the productive and healthy who before the government commanded universal national insurance purchase, WAS freed up for actual direct medical care.
Just a couple of points from Rand Paul’s plan exposes them all. Tear down the walls between states that would force national competition in the market for insurance. Obamacare has instead forced near-monopolies in place state by state. Tax credits to INDIVIDUALS for both insurance and medical expenses. Let individuals form groups to share medical expenses. (There are a number of these sharing cooperatives that are allowed under the law already.)
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. –Proverbs 21:13
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. – Prov. 29:2
As a youth I was greatly into reading science fiction books, with a sideline of science. Then this article came across my eyes, with lots of reference to the Foundation series trilogy by Isaac Asimov:
The author brings his own perspective to the ideas Asimov put into the book, and quotes Asimov as saying the idea sprung forth from thoughts about the Roman Empire, after reading Gibbons’ “Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire”.
Historical perspective helps in understanding of history. The Pharisees, Jesus said, could tell when it was going to rain, but could not discern the “signs of the times”. The signs matter a lot. In this warning to the Pharisees, it was a matter of life and death, a great many deaths not so long thereafter.
The author shows some discernment into the signs, apparently based on ideas found in the book “The Fourth Turning”, and overlays ideas from the Foundation series to see where Trump might fit in to all this. Or not fit in.
Asimov proposed in this book a science of “psychohistory” could predict social and political events over great numbers of humans, like the quintillions galaxy-wide in the book.
The author, identified as “admin” on the web page, seems to think that one individual could not change the course of history. Asimov does it in the second of the Foundation series by throwing a mind control mutant in to the mix, the “Mule”.
But one man DID change the course of human history in the real world, and that man was Jesus Christ. In areas dominated by Christ’s influence and net results have followed. Abominations like gladiator sports, baby sacrifice, human sacrifice, have faded, while good things like clinics, orphanages, science, education, and increasing individual freedom (albeit in jumps and starts), have appeared on the scene and grown.
I disagree totally with the “Foundation” notion that a secret cabal of social engineers and manipulators could maintain the altruistic empathy with human civilization (as Asimov was able to live it) and humans therein, over the course of history, as described in the series. In the trilogy they are only presented as benevolent, tweaking one mind here, another there, stopping the rule of the “Mule”.
Give Asimov credit though, for he must have had more cogitations about purely-motivated elites. In a later sequel, he describes political infighting among these guiding elites, and jockeying for position, jealousies, and they are shown as just as human as anybody.
Too bad he couldn’t connect the spiritual dots though. There is in fact a guiding light that has helped humanity in its progression through history to this day, and of course that is divine guidance acting through those who accept the guidance.
Jesus Christ was the one man who changed history in ways no science fiction author has captured. Even the socialist elites like Soros have had to cover their stealth conquest with a cloak of Christian-like charity works. They must point for justification to the crumbs they permit the poor and their subjects (the rest of us) to keep after their direct looting and indirect looting (currency control). Meantime population control operations continue apace, parallel to population reduction operations.
Dear Mr. Margolis,
Herein is my reaction to your article at https://lewrockwell.com/2017/03/eric-margolis/trump-budget-good-cuts/.
Most of your writing is great and spot on so has no need of feedback, IMHO. And most of this article and its central thrust against the warrior culture is commendable. The list of useless wasteful programs funded in the budget is instructional. And the slashing of budgets –State Department down 25 percent is huge only because the historical measuring stick is so horrendous. Almost no federal programs have ever been cut even a little bit in my post-WW2 lifetime.
Here is the troubling part:
That’s the sensible part. Now the bad. High-quality public broadcasting is to be gutted, saving $445 million. Americans will be left with sports, game shows, and soap operas. Funds for protecting the environment, a growing urgency for America, are being slashed, delighting many flat earth Republicans. Rail subsidies are cut even though decent railroads are a hallmark of civilized nations.
#1. So-called “high-quality public broadcasting”:
That phrase for this organization is a euphemism for “government-subsidized broadcasting”, which itself is a euphemism for “government propaganda organ”. Being a propaganda organ, it never bites the hand that feeds it. Its executives seem to know that it is not the elected representatives who ultimately order their priorities, nor they themselves, but they are hand-picked for a purpose. Who an deny that the pontificators always talk from the perspective of “the Left”, meaning advocacy of the growth of government power, and they will cheer any solution that the looters in Washington decide to come up with for a problem they have to “fix”. There is a veneer of wise-sounding phrases and such but when you see it in its true light, it is a lipstick veneer applied to a really ugly destructive pig.
Yes, Americans will be left with sports, game shows, and soap operas, in broadcasting. They will also have the Internet, Lew Rockwell, the Ron Paul Report, and many of us “Ron Paul knock-offs”. This phenomenon of spontaneous (and led) awareness of issues of liberty growing is hidden right now in the pablum and fake poll numbers and ridiculous explanations for the “private sector” part of the government-media complex dishes out, but at least it won’t directly be funded by tax extortion.
And on occasion we get a few brave souls like Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel and Tucker Carlson, that buck against Deep State ideology. The public broadcasting programs would never hire someone like them, or even YOU. Except maybe as a quick token guest for whatever your group identity is that supports their broadcasting, or more government funding for the environment, rail subsidies.
#2. Funds for “protecting the environment”:
These are funds targeted at crippling the free market, not pollution. The biggest poison spill of the 21st century so far was done by the EPA itself. Did the EPA have to pay a fine out of its greedy profits? No, because they are “sovereign”.
I used to live a block from a soap factory that stunk all around for blocks, worse when there was wind. And about two miles down Vandevanter Boulevard was a meat packing plant. That one really stank.
Lawsuits have put the hurt on polluting companies. Michael Crichton made the case (an addendum to novel “State of Fear”) that pollution was already on the down-swing before anti-pollution laws became a thing.
And now we have the outrage of the EPA decree that carbon dioxide is a pollutant! You are a polluter! This should fit nicely with Agenda 21’s plans to reduce the population of the earth to the figure on the Georgia Tyranny monument.
This all based on politicized “science so-called”. When politicians cooperate with Deep State in funding a meme, it is a good bet that the public reason they give for it hides a much more atrocious motive. In the end, they do not accept losing their power.
And the old cynical law about government promoting individuals to the level of their incompetence sounds like it’s right. Small businesses and farms and ranches on the wrong end of their relations with these little dictators.
What does a D. C. bureaucrat know about conditions in Idaho as opposed to conditions in Arizona for farms?
Government has this power over the individuals in it that make decisions. When they decide someone’s life, it’s a “godlike” power. They are convinced their decisions are right because their motivations are so pure. So it a farmer has to pay a fine of half a million dollars, that’s good, because his whole job is to protect the watershed, even if the farmer created that little pond for the cows he had two years ago and decided now to fill it in.
Throwing out flattery like “flat earth Republicans” will get you nothing but equal opprobrium.
Michael Crichton was nobody’s “flat earth Republican”, as even you in your blankety-blank must admit. And anybody who reads the charts and graphs and detail digging into the web sites on the subject by people who obviously know the issues like wattsupwiththat, Crichton gave an excellent talk at UCLA I believe it was where he spoke on the condemnable practices that pass for science these days. The title of the talk was “Aliens Cause Global Warming”.
He uses Drake’s equation as a showcase example, pointing out with some caustic effect that every single factor on the right side of that equation was a completely unknown one. At the time they were unknowable, and yet many otherwise accomplished accomplished figures in science would use the equation as “proof”. I will add to that that at this time that of the public pronouncements about all the “habitable” planets they are finding in the stellar neighborhood, more of them have turned out to be not so much certain. And presence of water is ridiculous in the extreme as an indication. Scientifically speaking.
Search the story of the climatologist, famous in her field, who recently resigned from Georgia Tech (I believe it was) because of all the [political] pressure put on her for being slow to declare a planetary emergency.
#3. ” Rail subsidies are cut even though decent railroads are a hallmark of civilized nations.”:
A better hallmark of civilized nations might be rather a hands-off attitude by government. Rail subsidies are a major grand theft operation using stolen money supporting people who prefer to ride trains, and the corporations that run them, and the unions that provide the workers that run them. I personally would prefer to ride a train but even the Amtrack subsidies are not enough to make it worthwhile to get to anywhere farther than a four-hour drive by car from where I am.
Yes, I use the local commuter lines when it’s appropriate for my need and their nice but then it’s subsidized by me and my neighbors even when we’re not using it. And it’s still subsidized.
The failure of the local department that plans the bus lines, by the way, gave rise to a shuttle company, and a jitney operation, lightning fast after a suit that opened up competition, a decision that took the county deciders by surprise no doubt. So the government got their lawyers in gear and got a court order blocking any expansion. The private lines that were implemented already were allowed to stay. Hurray!
Now, the city of Miami is banning Airbnb by simply implementing zoning laws. A free gift to the big hotel chains and peripheral industry in this heavily tourist-y area. I saw a presentation once by a guy at a gullible “hacker” activist groups that think they do good with their new tool for good social causes by showing that in some areas in New York, rents went up in association with the penetration of Airbnb use. They did a study.
I thought later I should have asked whether they studied hotel room prices and hotel room occupancy rates at the time. And since they were studying this supposedly on behalf of the cause of poor tenants, I could have asked it they got any data on the socio-economic status of the people who use this “home sharing” service.
#4. Other than that, your article was pretty good.
cross-posted to my blog at www.trutherator.wordpress.com.