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Politics / Hey Guv, Quit Californicating Kansas
« on: September 26, 2020, 08:37:23 AM »

Politics / Justice Sleeps At The Supreme Court
« on: September 23, 2020, 07:59:29 AM »
" . . . the Court has ruled that police officers can use lethal force in car chases without fear of lawsuits; police officers can stop cars based only on “anonymous” tips; Secret Service agents are not accountable for their actions, as long as they’re done in the name of “security”; citizens only have a right to remain silent if they assert it; police have free reign to use drug-sniffing dogs as “search warrants on leashes,” justifying any and all police searches of vehicles stopped on the roadside; police can forcibly take your DNA, whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime; police can stop, search, question and profile citizens and non-citizens alike; police can subject Americans to virtual strip searches, no matter the “offense”; police can break into homes without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home; and it’s a crime to not identify yourself when a policeman asks your name."

"We no longer have a representative government, a rule of law, or justice. Liberty has fallen to legalism. Freedom has fallen to fascism. Justice has become jaded, jaundiced and just plain unjust."

Read more at The Rutherford Institute;

Politics / Laura Kelly's Abysmal Record As Governor Continues
« on: September 22, 2020, 08:03:30 AM »
A short article on Kansas' very slow recovery from the 'lockdown', and how adjacent States are fairing. You be the judge.

Politics / A New Question About COVID Testing
« on: September 22, 2020, 07:14:29 AM »
"Yet a burgeoning line of scientific inquiry suggests that many confirmed infections of COVID-19 may actually be just residual traces of the virus itself, a contention that — if true — may suggest both that current high levels of positive viruses are clinically insignificant and that the mitigation measures used to suppress them may be excessive."

Read the rest here;

Politics / Yo Governor(s), You've Been Struck Down
« on: September 17, 2020, 09:26:36 AM »
"A federal court in Pennsylvania this week has become the first in the nation to rule that the lockdown, social distancing and essential workplace regulations imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf are unconstitutional. The judge found that the governor’s orders were so inconsistent, so bereft of any rational basis or scientific model, and so ignorant of the Constitution the governor swore to uphold that he invalidated all of them.

Wolf argued that, in the name of public safety, he can arbitrarily decide in what venues one can assemble and in what venues one cannot. For example, Wolf permitted huge assemblies in Walmart, but no assemblies in small family-owned stores that sell the same products as Walmart. The court invalidated that distinction as unrelated to any legitimate governmental purpose.

The second and third issues addressed were the right to travel and the right to work. The court recognized that Wolf’s arbitrary designation of occupations as essential or nonessential had no basis in the Constitution. As well, the practical effect of compliance with those designations was to keep some folks at home and to allow others to travel to work. Yet, the right to travel — across the street or across state lines — is a fundamental liberty and thus protected by substantive due process. Wolf and his team could not meet the high standard needed to interfere with it.

Most importantly, the court found that the right to work in a calling of one’s choosing is protected by substantive due process. Stated differently, this federal court is the first in the modern era to characterize the right to work as fundamental. Therefore, government may only interfere with it for compelling reasons and using the narrowest means possible.

No governor in America who has persisted in interfering with this right during the pandemic has met this high standard."

The full article is here, including Judge Napolitano's usual 'back story';

[For the few freedom-lovers that read this dwindling Forum, the question is whether the next level of the Federal tyrannical court system will uphold or reject this Judge's decision. Any bets?]

Politics / Re: CDC Downgrades COVID Deaths In US From 153,000 to 9,210
« on: August 31, 2020, 06:28:23 PM »
Yea, Table 3 is the one to look at.

Tables 1 and 2 show the updated 'all deaths involving COVID' now at ~164,000 this evening. That is different than 'deaths from', as reflected in Table 3. The paragraph above Table 3 says; "For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death." So only 6% of 164,000 Americans have died directly from COVID. And that percentage may change as more deaths are reported. 

As of this evening only 9,840 Americans have died directly from COVID. All the other reported deaths are associated with people that have an average of two and a half other comorbidities, or pre-exisitng illnesses. Draw your own conclusions. Mine is this flu is not very deadly. And yes, many older Americans are not very healthy.

Politics / CDC Downgrades COVID Deaths In US From 153,000 to 9,210
« on: August 31, 2020, 08:34:33 AM »
If anyone can find this information at the CDC website, please post a link!

If this is true, can we please end the prevailing insanity of masks and isolation?!!

Politics / EL Trumpo Campaign Poll
« on: August 24, 2020, 10:36:03 AM »
Below is El Trumpo’s latest ‘poll’, sent by email to fools like me who like to answer the ones that provide space for my thoughts. This one does not do that, it is just check YES or NO. Like life is full of absolutes for the herd mentality to follow, huh?

Regardless, the questions posed suggest what his 2020-2024 agenda is, and what we might hear him talk about in the supposed debates (if we choose to listen). Take the poll, it's fun.

[My cynical and skeptical comments are in italicized brackets. Beg to differ.]

  1  Do you approve of President Trump’s second-term agenda?
        [Not entirely to hardly at all, if that is a difference.]   
 2   Do you trust President Trump to bring back 10 MILLION jobs in 10 months?
        [Not unless El Trumpo eliminates a lot of over regulation of business.]
 3   Do you approve of President Trump’s “made in America" tax credits?
       [How about simple tax elimination across the board, speaking of over regulation?]
4    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to eradicate the Coronavirus?
        Yes - [Yes, I’m glad he honored the 10th amendment to a large degree.]
        No - [He never should have allowed Fauci to speak as if he represented a unified position. The Nation needs to hear from private practice physicians more than from 'expert' policy makers.]
5    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to refill stockpiles to prepare for future pandemics?
        No - [This is not a Constitutional function of the federal government. It is the responsibility of State governments, businesses, individuals, and families to prepare. An unregulated free market will provide the fastest and most diverse response to crises.]
 6   Do you agree with President Trump that we need to END America’s reliance on China?
        [We need to quit making China the bad boy in the playground. We need to trade with them. The Chinese people need to trade with us. Stand back, end trade agreements and tariffs and let us all trade freely. Quit politicizing our economies.]
7    Do you believe President Trump can bring back 1 MILLION manufacturing jobs from China?
        Yes - [It isn’t a matter of bringing back, it is a matter of creating more job opportunity in this country. And that is a matter of ending restrictive regulations.]
8    Do you agree with President Trump that we must hold China accountable for allowing the Coronavirus to spread around the world?
        No - [Quit making China the bogeyman. The flu is NOT China’s fault. The flu has CIA, MI6, Mossad, GRU, and MSS fingerprints all over it. At one time four strains of weaponized Coronavirus were researched and stored at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. Quit lying to the public like the usual politicians.]
9    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to cut prescription drug prices?
        Yes - [Just deregulate the dang industry, and let competition, innovation, and demand set prices.]
10    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to lower healthcare insurance premiums?
        [I don’t know. Is it being done with another layer of regulation, or by removing regulations?]
11    Do you agree with President Trump that pre-existing conditions should be covered?
        Yes - [Even a skeptic has to agree once in a while.]
12    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to protect Social Security and Medicare?
        Yes - [Only in the short term. The long term solution is to privatize both, and make enrollment voluntary.]
13    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to provide world-class healthcare and services to our Nation’s veterans?
        No [By God, I use those services and they are terrible!! I could write pages. In short, the VA Health Care is no more than over-regulated illness management. It is the perfect candidate to be privatized by enrolling all Vets in the so-called Community Care Plan for everything, including prescriptions, and just have the VA do what they promised us, pay our medical costs. If a local State-approved physician orders it, pay for it. It's a no-brainer, so to speak. All the VA needs to be is a disbursing office and millions of dollars can be saved in health care costs by eliminating the VA infrastructure and a lot of bureaucratic desks.]
14    Do you agree with President Trump that School Choice should be available to every child in America?
        Yes - [The choice belongs to parents, not government.]
        No - [The Constitution does not give the federal government any say in this. It is up to the States. That means NO federal regulation, NO federal money.]
15    Do you agree with President Trump that we must Drain the Swamp?
        Yes - [BY ALL MEANS,  including the swamp he has gathered around him.]
16    Do you agree with President Trump that there should be Congressional term limits?
        Yes - [Yes]
17    Do you agree with President Trump that we must expose Washington’s money trail and delegate powers back to the People and states?
        Yes - [What BS is this? EL Trumpo believes this?? Wouldn’t it be nice? He won’t do it. It’s hot air during the campaign.]
18    Do you agree that we must DEFEND our great police?
        No - [Not the ones the put their knees on a guy’s neck until he dies. Not the ones who honor some code of blue and look the other way while that is happening. Not the ones that break down doors at 2AM at the wrong house and kill an innocent man or woman trying to defend themselves. Not the ones that enforce victimless crimes like pot smoking and seat belts. Not the ones who look the otherway at spousal abuse.]
19    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to fully fund and hire more police and law enforcement officers?
        No - [The Constitution does not provide for this. It is a State function.]
20    Do you agree with President Trump that we must increase penalties for assaults on law enforcement officers?
        [Please define assault. Please make it the same definition for LEOs assaulting citizens. Then make it the same penalty.]
21    Do you approve of President Trump’s agenda to prosecute drive-by shootings as acts of domestic terrorism?
        No - [IMO, domestic terrorism laws venture too far into military law controlling civilian life.]
22    Do you approve of President Trump’s agenda to bring violent extremist groups, like ANTIFA to justice?
        Yes - [As long as Constitutional law is followed. That does not mean by EO or by military tribunal.]
23    Do you approve of President Trump’s agenda to END illegal immigration and protect American workers?
        Yes - [Want in to work? Get a Visa, then get a job. Or get a sponsor.]
24    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to block illegal immigrants from becoming eligible for taxpayer-funded welfare, healthcare, and free college tuition?
        Yes [YES, with federal money, and this is a strong separator from the Democrats. But he cannot tell the States what to do.]
25    Do you approve of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle human trafficking networks?
        Yes [I hear that he is, but what has really been done? And how much more needs to be done?]
26    Do you agree with President Trump that we must end sanctuary cities to restore our neighborhoods and protect our families?
        No - [The concept of sanctuary cities and counties is based around the 10th amendment, as I understand it. The concept is being used for immigration, pot smoking, gun rights, and has application for other uses. Hands off, El Trumpo, you too have to obey the laws of the land.]
27    Do you approve of establishing a permanent manned presence on the Moon?
        No -[Mindless BS, no utility, too much money. Let private industry invest in doing so, if they see an economic return.]
28    Do you approve of sending the first manned mission to Mars?
        No -[Mindless BS, no utility, too much money. Let private industry invest in doing so, if they see an economic return.]
29    Do you approve of the United States partnering with other Nations to clean up our planet’s oceans?
        Yes - [If partnering means negotiating some form of multi-country co-operation only. No spending of tax dollars for clean-up. Let a private consortium do it, recycle all the plastic and make a little money in the process.]
30    Do you agree with President Trump that we must STOP endless wars and bring our troops home?
        Yes [Whaaa . . . . ? EL Trumpo believes this? His actions certainly suggest he does not. Until I see otherwise, this is simply campaign rhetoric, and BS. But, hell yes, I agree!]
31    Do you agree with President Trump that we need to maintain and expand American’s unrivaled military strength?
        No [Not by having troops in some ninety other countries. Bring them home, protect the uSA with the best trained people using the latest technology. Let other countries sort out matters between them.]
32    Do you agree that the agenda you voted for in 2016 has been implemented?
        No [NO!]
33    Who do you trust more to put America First?
        President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence
        Sleepy Joe Biden and Phony Kamala Harris
        [None of the above.]
34    Who do you believe is a better fit to be President of the United States?
        President Trump
        Sleepy Joe Biden
        [Honest to God, what difference will either one make? Both will deficit spend with 'monopoly' money. Both will posture against China and Russia. Neither will reduce regulations to allow rural areas to have grass roots jobs and businesses return. And the rift between Left and Right will get larger.]
35    Who will you vote for in November?
        President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence
        Sleepy Joe Biden and Phony Kamala Harris
        [The other Jo, Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian Party.]

Politics / Excerpts of Thoughts on The Near Future
« on: August 21, 2020, 08:39:31 AM »
From Libertarian, Investor, and Ex-Pat Doug Casey

Two Reasons for Optimism

The first reason is that every individual wants to improve his or her economic status. Many of us will intuit that the surest way to do so is to produce more than we consume and save the difference. That creates capital, which can be invested in or loaned to productive enterprises. But what if outside forces make that impossible, or at least much harder than it should be?

The second reason for optimism is the development of technology – which is the ability to manipulate the material world to suit our desires. Scientists and engineers develop technology, and that also adds to the supply of capital. The more complex technology becomes, the more outside capital is required. But what if sufficient capital isn’t generated by individuals and businesses to fund further technological advances? There are no guarantees in life.

Throughout the first several hundred thousand years of human existence, very little capital was accumulated – perhaps a few skins or arrowheads passed on to the next generation. And there was very little improvement in technology – it was many millennia between the taming of fire and, say, the invention of the bow.

Things very gradually accelerated and improved, in a start-stop-start kind of way – in the classical world, followed by the Dark Ages, followed by the medieval world. Finally, as we entered the industrial world 200 years ago, it looked like we were on an accelerating path to the stars. All of a sudden, life was no longer necessarily so solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, or short. I’m reasonably confident things will continue improving, possibly at an accelerating rate. But only if individuals create more capital than they consume and if enough of that capital is directed towards productive technology.

Those are the two mainsprings of human progress; capital accumulation, and technology. Unfortunately, however, that reality has become obscured by a morass of false and destructive theories, abetted by a world that’s become so complex that it’s too difficult for most people to sort out cause and effect. Furthermore, most people in the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] world have become so accustomed to good times, since the end of WW2, that they think prosperity is automatic and a permanent feature of the cosmic firmament. So although I’m very optimistic, progress – certainly over the near term – isn’t guaranteed.

Reasons for Pessimism

There are three primary reasons for pessimism, all having to do with government regulations that put controls and limits on the reasons for optimism.

The first reason is debt. There’s nothing wrong with debt in itself; lending is one way for the owner of capital to deploy it. But if a society is going to advance, debt should be largely for productive purposes, so that it’s self-liquidating; and most of it would necessarily be short term.

But most of the scores of trillions of debt in the world today are for consumption, not production. And the debt is not only not self-liquidating, it’s compounding. And most of it is long term, with no relation to any specific asset. A lender can reasonably predict the value of a short-term loan, but debt payable in 30 years is impossible to value realistically.

All government debt, mortgage debt, consumer debt, and almost all student loan debt does nothing but allow borrowers to live off the capital others have accumulated. It turns the debtors into indentured servants for the indefinite future. The entire world has basically overlooked this, along with most other tenets of sound economics.

The second reason is inflation. Like debt, inflation induces people to live above their means, but its consequences are even worse, because they’re indirect and delayed. If the central bank deposited $10,000 in everyone’s bank account next Monday, everyone would think they were wealthier and start consuming more. This would start a business cycle. The business cycle is always the result of currency inflation, no matter how subtle or mild. And it always results in a depression. The longer an inflation goes on, the more ingrained the distortions and misallocations of capital become, and the worse the resulting depression.

We’ve had a number of inflationary cycles since the end of the last depression in 1948. I believe we’re now at the end of what might be called a super-cycle, resulting in a super-depression.

The third reason is the export of dollars. This is unique to the U.S. and is the reason the depression in the U.S. will in some ways be worse than most other places. Since the early ’70s, the dollar has been used the way gold once was – it’s the world’s currency. The problem is that the U.S. has exported perhaps $10 trillion – but nobody knows – in exchange for good things from around the world. It was a great trade for a while. The foreigners get paper created at essentially zero cost, while Americans live high on the hog with the goodies those dollars buy.

But at some point quite soon, dollars won’t be readily accepted, and smart foreigners will start dumping their dollars, passing the Old Maid card. Ultimately, most of the dollars will come back to the U.S., to be traded for titles to land and businesses. Americans will find that they traded their birthright for a storage unit full of TVs and assorted tchotchkes. But many foreigners will also be stuck with dollars and suffer a huge loss. It’s actually a game with no winner.

What’s Next

These last three reasons have enabled essentially the whole world to live above its means for decades. The process has been actively facilitated by governments everywhere. People like living above their means, and governments prefer to see the masses sated.

The debt and inflation have also financed the growth of the welfare state, making a large percentage of the masses dependent, even while they’ve also resulted in an immense expansion in the size and power of the state over the last 60-odd years. The masses have come to think government is a magical entity that can do almost anything, including kiss the economy and make it better when the going gets tough. The type of people who are drawn to the government are eager to make the state a panacea. So they’ll redouble their efforts in the fiscal and monetary areas I’ve described above, albeit with increasingly disastrous results.

They’ll also become quite aggressive with regulations (on what you can do and say, and where your money can go) and taxes (much higher existing taxes and lots of new ones, like a national VAT and a wealth tax). And since nobody wants to take the blame for problems, they’ll blame things on foreigners. Fortunately (the U.S. will think) they have a huge military and will employ it promiscuously. So the already bankrupt nations of NATO will dig the hole deeper with some serious – but distracting – new wars.

It’s most unfortunate, but the U.S. and its allies will turn into authoritarian police states. Even more than they are today. Much more, actually. They’ll all be perfectly fascist – private ownership of both consumer goods and the means of production topped by state control of both. Fascism operates free of underlying principles or philosophy; it’s totally the whim of the people in control, and they’ll prove ever more ruthless.

So where does that leave us, as far as accumulating more wealth to help our families? I’d say it puts us in a rather troubling position. The general standard of living is going to collapse, as will your personal freedom. And if you’re an upper-middle-class person, you will be considered among the rich who are somehow responsible for the bad times and therefore liable to be eaten. The bottom line is that if you value your money and your freedom, you’ll need to take action.

Politics / Wear A Mask And Vape
« on: August 14, 2020, 08:48:52 AM »

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