POLITICAL: Did Trump blunder on the Jerusalem decision?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

https://overcast.fm/+Hjbr8LISM

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/12-6-17-mark-perry-moving-u-s-embassy-jerusalem-mistake/

December 9, 2017

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Mark Perry returns to the show to discuss his latest article for the American Conservative, “Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move.” Perry doubts that Trump understands the true effect of his decision and explains why Jerusalem is integral to the Arab world and to Palestine in particular. Scott asks if, now that the two-state solution is clearly over, peace can be found in a single state—assuming apartheid conditions are lifted. Perry believes that the silver lining is that the Jerusalem decision creates division in what has become an ever-cozier relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Scott then turns to Perry’s new book, “The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared Wars Against America’s Presidents.” Mark Perry is the author of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies and The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur. His most recent book, The Pentagon’s Wars was released in October. 

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(1) It may have been or not. We’ll probably never know. Did Trump see the Israel and Saudi Arabia “alignment” as a threat to the American dominated world?

(2) The best point of the show imho is the recognition that the warfare state is killing our military with constant deployments. At some point, the troops are going to say “no”. We’ll have to watch reenlistment rate to see it. Remember the fall of Rome after the Legions were no longer composed of Roman citizens. 

(3) Interesting that the guest and host seem to feel that the foreign policy of the USA is controlled by zionists. And the influence of their lobbyists and donors is waning because of an awakening by voters, politicians, and bureaucrats that this is not in the USA’s best interest.

I personally think there will be no peace in the Middle East until Israel’s right to exist is accepted. Until them it’s just a ongoing war. Considering that Israel has / will defend itself and done it very well everytime tested, I don’t this is going to be settled at a conference table. 

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INNOVATION: Evaluating generals! How about CEOs?

Monday, December 11, 2017

https://towardsdatascience.com/napoleon-was-the-best-general-ever-and-the-math-proves-it-86efed303eeb

Ethan Arsht @ethanarsht. ethanarsht [at] gmail.com.
Dec 4

Napoleon was the Best General Ever, and the Math Proves it.

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Inspired by baseball sabermetrics, I opted to use a system of Wins Above Replacement (WAR). WAR is often used as an estimate of a baseball player’s contributions to his team. It calculates the total wins added (or subtracted) by the player compared to a replacement-level player. For example, a baseball player with 5 WAR contributed 5 additional wins to his team, compared to the average contributions of a high-level minor league player. WAR is far from perfect, but provides a way to compare players based on one statistic.

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Wonder if you could use this in CEOs, Managers, or even Individual Contributors in an enterprise?

Might make the process fairer and better.

Closest I’ve ever seen and been part of was “ratings and rankings” tried at AT&T and CSFB.

That broke down when you as a supervisor had a really good team. You’d be forced to pick winners and losers. Argh!

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LIBERTARIAN: Decentralization and secession as a perfectly little L libertarian strategy

Sunday, December 10, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/11/bionic-mosquito/decentralization-an-essentially-libertarian-vision/

Decentralization: An Essentially Libertarian VisionBy Bionic MosquitoNovember 30, 2017

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I almost skipped this edition when I saw the title, “Mailer for Mayor.”  I am not terribly interested in reading about a failed mayoral candidacy from almost 50 years ago.  I changed my mind within the first three lines (I should have known better than to shortchange Rothbard).

The candidate is Norman Mailer, announcing his candidacy in the Democratic primary.  Rothbard described this as “the most refreshing libertarian political campaign in decades.”  What about Mailer’s campaign brought on this glowing comment from Rothbard?

The Mailer platform stems from one brilliantly penetrating overriding plank: the absolute decentralization of the swollen New York City bureaucracy into dozens of constituent neighborhood villages.

Rothbard is not waiting for the big bang – seven billion people simultaneously seeing the light:
Each neighborhood will then be running its own affairs, on all matters, taxation, education, police, welfare, etc.

As opposed to the idea that there is something un-libertarian about people living next to each other and sharing some desires in common for the neighborhood.  In any case, the smaller and more local the political unit, the more control each constituent has and the more that those in government will be known individually – in person, face-to-face.

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I too almost breezed over this summary. It has the essence of a great strategy. Should have expected this gem from Rothfarb.

If us little L libertarians can just agitate for smaller and smaller political units (i.e., break up big Gooferment into lots of little ones), then maybe we can eliminate the politicians and bureaucrats from our daily lives.

Now it may cost a little more in efficiency (i.e., more bureaucrats initially), but it’ll be more than made up in effectiveness (i.e., fewer politicians and bureaucrats deciding stuff they shouldn’t be involved in) in the long run.

We should keep Gooferment small, barefoot, and penniless.

IMHO

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POLITICAL: Nullification is Constitutional and effective; as is Secession if we’re will to fight

Saturday, December 9, 2017

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/12/03/surprise-the-mainstream-media-is-wrong-again-yes-nullification-does-work/

Surprise, the Mainstream Media is Wrong Again: Yes, Nullification Does Work

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You don’t have to dig into a history book to prove nullification works. I can prove it does with one word.

Weed.

In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, authorizing the possession, cultivation, and use of cannabis (marijuana) for limited medical use.

The federal government claims the power to strictly enforce a total prohibition of marijuana. It makes no exception for medical purposes. Despite federal law, states have advanced the issue each year. This has happened in spite of a 2005 Supreme Court opinion supporting federal prohibition, and a relentless year-to-year increase in spending and enforcement efforts by the federal government.

Today, despite ongoing attempts to enforce federal prohibition, 21 states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for medical use, and 14 states and D.C. have decriminalized marijuana possession. Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State have all legalized marijuana for recreational use. Each year, new state laws and regulations help expand the market, and each expansion further nullifies the unconstitutional federal ban in effect.

No matter what the mainstream tells you, nullification works. History proves this. The present proves this. And we will continue to prove it in the future.

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Marijuana was outlawed to protect Hearst’s paper factories from competition. Fueled by that racist and untrue “Reeffer Madness”, “We, The Sheeple” were stampeded into another attempt at “Prohibition”.

Any prohibition doesn’t work. It merely raises the cost to the consumer and allows politicians and bureaucrats to exert more un-Constitutional control over “We, The Sheeple”.

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POLITICAL: Let’s meaningfully measure progress towards political goals

Friday, December 8, 2017

Here’s a great TED talk. I think he gets what Jason is always harping on “messaging”. And, he has a good grasp of how to solve Gooferment!

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“When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarely, in your thoughts advanced to the stage of science.”

― William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

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MONEY: Bitcoin “Not Backed”; so what “backs” FRNs?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

https://fee.org/articles/fed-official-decries-bitcoin-as-not-backed/

Friday, December 01, 2017

Fed Official Decries Bitcoin as “Not Backed”
Bitcoin is backed by the use value of the distributed ledger in the underlying technology of the Blockchain.
by  Jeffrey A. Tucker

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Randal K. Quarles, a Trump administration appointee to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Vice Chair for bank supervision, has given a lengthy speech (“Thoughts on Prudent Innovation in the Payment System”) that directly targets Bitcoin as a danger to the monetary and financial system.

To reiterate, an official speaking for the nation’s central bank that manages the global reserve currency – the institution that has long bragged about its power to bail out the entire world with the magic powers of the alchemist – has put down Bitcoin for being untrustworthy, unbacked, and unsound.

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Will someone please tell me what is backing up the current Federal Reserve Notes that pass for “money” today?

I can’t believe the hubris of some people.

The Federal Reserve Note, since 1970, has lost 99.99% of its value. There maybe even some 9’s at the end of that percentage.

I’m just shaking me head at this “attack” on bitcoin.

I’m speechless.

You should be too.

Save your nickels! It’s only thing worth anything — it still has some silver content. For now!

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RANT: Perhaps “football” is game who’s time has passed

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

https://sports.yahoo.com/jon-gruden-leads-wave-criticism-violence-steelers-bengals-mnf-game-060535067.html

Jon Gruden leads wave of criticism over violence in Steelers-Bengals ‘MNF’ game
Jason Owens Shutdown Corner Dec 5, 2017, 1:05 AM

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on “Monday Night Football” was a particularly brutal and violent game between heated division rivals, leading to multiple injuries and scary moments on the field.

The most critical injury involved Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who couldn’t move his legs and reportedly suffered a spinal contusion after a frightening hit early in the game. He left the stadium in an ambulance and is in a local hospital.

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I tweeted my concern for him after that injury which looked very dangerous. 

I thought it was clean hard hitting football with a serious outcome.

Then, as the game went on, there were “cheap shots” and “dangerous plays” galore.

It was more like a MMA cage fight.

This is unacceptable. No wonder Moms, and non-macho Fathers, will not let the children play football. It’s still, like boxing, the lottery ticket way out of poverty.

Have we become the modern day Athenians looking down on the physical Spartans?

Surely, there can be “competition” without “brutality” and with “sportsmanship”!

“on the playing fields of Eaton” comes to mind.

Seems like some NFL players, have roid rage, with the discipline we’d expect out of a teenage boy feeling his oats.

It has to be steamrollered out by the NFL immediately if they want to have an “entertainment product”.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5147821/Pittsburgh-Steelers-linebacker-Ryan-Shazier-improving.html

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Injured player “improving”.

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