RANT: There are only “negative” rights; “positive” ones imply a duty by others

FROM FACEBOOK

Sanders

Only “rights” are negative rights. Positive rights — like what you are calling “access to affordable health care — implies that someone else must provide them. Does the doctor have to work at 3AM to be accessible and for free to be affordable? If not the doctor, then why forced — by being robbed — to pay for that service for someone else?

Moral principles are the same in the first world as the third world.

Charity care has ALWAYS been available. And IS available.

An example, a fellow at the AL on a merchant marine disability pension had some serious health issues. He was treated at Princeton Hospital as a “charity case” and it cost him nothing.

The original hospitals were set up by religious organization to provide care for the poor. Columbia Presbyterian, Baylor Baptist, Jewish Memorial, and the vast number of Catholic ones.

Then the Gooferment got into “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else with “Medicare and Medicaid” and it has been a mess ever since.

People “demanding” their “rights” to “free stuff” has been the death of the American Experiment.

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RANT: Martin O’Malley wants to expand “social security” with more and higher taxes

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150825/OPINION02/150829657

Another View – Martin O’Malley: To ensure retirement security, let’s start by expanding Social Security
By MARTIN O’MALLEY

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This is not our American Dream. As a nation, we must act to ensure the retirement security of American families. And we should start by expanding Social Security benefits — not cutting them or merely “enhancing them” — to provide a foundation for a more secure retirement to all those who have worked hard to achieve it.

Social Security has worked so well for so long because it is fundamentally fair: Everyone pays in, and everyone receives a payout. The result? Social Security now provides a guaranteed retirement or insurance benefit to almost every worker in America — while keeping 300,000 Granite Staters out of poverty.

However, despite Social Security’s remarkable success, if you listened to Republicans and even some Democrats talk about the program today, you’d think the sky is falling. But let’s be clear: Social Security is not in crisis.

It’s not the sky that’s falling. It’s the floor that’s falling out from under our seniors.

As Democrats, it is time to stand up for our values and call for the expansion of Social Security for all beneficiaries. Increasing Social Security benefits remains the best and most straightforward way to provide greater retirement security for American families — not raising the retirement age, or cutting benefits for our seniors, or privatizing Social Security and putting the program in the hands of Wall Street.

*** end quote ***

Sorry, but “Social Security Insurance” is a Ponzi scheme where the victims don’t get a choice.

If it’s such a great idea, why is it compulsory?

It’s hard to get into all it’s negatives in a short space and limited time, but let’s remember Bastiat’s “seen and unseen”. What could people have done with the “FICA taxes” stolen from them and their employer?

Even an index fund that mimiced the S&P, Dow Jones, or Total Stock Market would have returned 10% per year average over 30 years. What kind of retirement would people have versus the negative return that social security represents.

In 1977, Chile eliminated their “social security” plan in favor of a free choice one and they are better off for it.

Argh!

Stop socialism and trust the free market for a better life for all. 

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POLITICAL: Read the Bills Act has been referred to committee; argh!

Mr. Ferdinand Reinke
1641 International Dr Unit 414
McLean, VA 22102-4831

Dear Mr. Reinke:

Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 1831, the Read the Bills Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

On June 15th, 2015, Senator Rand Paul introduced S. 1571, legislation to require Congress to post potential bills online for a minimum of seven days before voting on passage of them. In addition, all legislation would have to be voted on by a roll call vote.

The Read the Bills Act has been referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Please be assured that I closely review legislation that comes before the Senate, and I will be sure to keep your views on this important issue in mind.

Again, thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely,

Signature

Tim Kaine

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Translation: Now please go away!

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POLITICAL: 8,648 Employees on Thanksgiving

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/f7mst/n-j-supermarkets-laying-off-8-648-employees-on-thanksgiving

N.J. Supermarkets Laying Off 8,648 Employees on Thanksgiving
Bergen County-based company files reduction in force notices with Department of Labor.
Originally posted on the Toms River, NJ Patch
By TOM DAVIS (Patch Staff) August 24, 2015 

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Anyone care to tell me how low the unemployment rate is?

Everyone always is saying the “economy is recovering from a short recession”.

What a joke.

Go to any mall and count the vacant stores. That’s malinvestment.

Check out the number that have left the workforce. After a while, they don’t count as unemployed.

Look at the numbers on “disability”.

And yet the political class of politicians and bureaucrats are doing just fine.

Argh!

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RANT: The TSA now isn’t the ONLY suspect

http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/22/tsa-reveals-master-baggage-keys/

TSA inadvertently shows the dangers of master baggage keys
blogger-avatarby Jon Fingas | @jonfingas | 22 hrs ago

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Security researchers have long warned of the dangers of using master-keyed locks — if thieves get their hands on just one key, they compromise all of the compatible locks at the same time. And unfortunately, the US’ Transportation Security Administration is learning this lesson the hard way. It briefly let the Washington Post show a photo (we’ve blurred the details) of the master baggage keys it uses for approved locks, giving crooks a crude guide to making duplicates. And you can’t just switch to a non-standard lock to get around this, since TSA agents will rip it off if they catch it during an inspection.

*** end quote ***

Can the Gooferment be any more immoral, ineffective, and inefficient?

The stupid bureaucrats allowed a picture of their “masters” to be published.

Maybe it’s deliberate?

Now that the picture’s out, you can’t automatically blame the TSA!

Argh!

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RANT: Bernie Sanders is a socialist

Occupy Healthcare

Disagree on principle — If one has a “positive right”, then who is required to pay for it. As distinguished from “negative rights”, that outline what human can’t be prohibited from doing — likfe liberty, and property. Hence self-defense, speech, and not to be hurt or have their stuff stolen. “Health care” is not a right and “charity care” has always been a hallmark of America. Hospitals were originally set up by religious group (i.e., Baylor Baptist, Jewish Memorial. Mother Cabrini Hospital).

Disagree on strategy — Healthcare is wonderful in Canada and England if you don’t die waiting for an MRI. And, look what is not covered or just not available. If single payer is so great then explain the VA healthcare fiasco or the Indian Health System’s half year disaster. And, Medicare / Medicaid ain’t great either. They make the mean old insurance companies look like saints.

Disagree on tactical — one size fits all healthcare is a national disaster. Obamacare / SCOTUS care make nuns have pregnancy insurance. Makes a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income pay for stuff they will never need.

Finally, the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. Why would anyone in their right mind give them more to screw up?

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INTERESTING: Hilton stops porn

https://video.foxnews.com/v/4430136078001/hilton-hotels-pulls-the-plug-on-on-demand-pornography/?intcmp=hpff#sp=show-clips

Hilton Hotels pulls the plug on on-demand pornography
Aug. 18, 2015 – 1:10 – Adult videos will no longer be available in rooms

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Hmm, wonder why?

Could it be that it’s costing more than it earns?

If that’s the case, it’s a turn in the culture.

Maybe “sex” isn’t selling so well!

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INTERESTING: Space, the final frontier.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3200738/Was-Sardinia-home-Atlantis-Comet-triggered-enormous-tidal-wave-wiped-ancient-civilisation-experts-claim.html

Was Sardinia home to Atlantis? Comet triggered an enormous tidal wave that wiped out ancient civilisation, experts claim
Writer and Atlantis expert Sergio Frau says the southern end of Sardinia in the Mediterranean resembles an underwater Pompeii
This may have been the inspiration for Plato’s fictional Island of Atlantis
Frau believes a tidal wave caused by a comet may washed the ancient civilisation away in 1,175 BC, taking the island back to a dark age
By SARAH GRIFFITHS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:45 EST, 17 August 2015 | UPDATED: 06:36 EST, 17 August 2015

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Ancient documents suggest a huge tidal wave swept over the island, forcing people to flee and now modern scholars have suggested it was caused by a comet.

Experts say a wave may explain the flat Campidano plain, which stretched from Cagliari to the Phoenician port of Tharros in the south of the island. In a conference held in Sardara, Stefano Tinti, a geophysicist and expert on tidal waves, explained that until the 1980s, experts did not know that tidal waves had devastated towns in the Mediterranean.

But now 350 events have been pinpointed in the last 2,500 years.He said that a comet landing in the sea near to a coast could have caused walls of water 1,640 feet (500 metres) high to ruin the nuraghi and sweep across the plain of Campidano.

So far there is no evidence to support his comet theory, but the professor believes his idea may explain why complex dwellings were abandoned so quickly.

He said: ‘A falling comet strikes the sea at a speed of 20km a second. It takes less than a second for the wave to propagate, with a four or five fold increase in size.

*** end quote ***

Interesting how we know so little about our “origins”.

To me, this stuff indicates our frailty as a species. And, gives us — as a species — to go forth, be fruitful, and multiply.

As the old Star Trek intro … … “Space, the final frontier.”

Argh!

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INTERESTING: The Architect of Destruction

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/scott/130301

March 1, 2013
The Architect of Destruction
By Maureen Scott

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“Obama comes from a community organizer background where it’s us against them. But that’s not who we are. And that’s not the position the leader of our Nation should take.” – Dr. Benjamin Carson

Obama appears to be a tormented man who is filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps because, as a child, he grew up around family members and mentors who instilled him with an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. That bitterness seems not to have left him.

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[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Peter Lutz]

Wow, this is worth the read.

It really puts BHO44 in perspective.

“… … and the epitome of a Demagogue.”

It’s a stunning rebuke and it should get more wide-spread distribution.

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INTERESTING: How unique — and trackable — is your browser?

https://panopticlick.eff.org/index.php?action=log&js=yes

Panopticlick

How unique — and trackable — is your browser?

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Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.

Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.

Only anonymous data will be collected by this site.

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Within our dataset of several million visitors, only one in 2,869,769 browsers have the same fingerprint as yours.

Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys 21.45 bits of identifying information.

The measurements we used to obtain this result are listed below. You can read more about our methodology, statistical results, and some defenses against fingerprinting in this article.

Help us increase our sample size

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So you still think you’re “anonymous” on the inet?

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INTERESTING: Gooferment Skrules Daze antidote = devour libraries

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle834-20150816-03.html

School Daze, or An Unoriginal Title for New Ideas by A.X. Perez perez180ehs@hotmail.com  
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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With the school year beginning many of us will be returning to public schools or other “learning institutions” that must meet state standards or sending our kids to the same.

Remember the following: School is only a starting place for education. Devour libraries and ransack the net. They only got you for seven hours, that gives you eight for damage control.

*** end quote ***

I like that advice.

I learned more from my own reading than I ever did in school.

Hope others can pass this advice along.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Rewire your brain to avoid decline

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11803682/Sian-Williams-how-to-rewire-your-brain-to-avoid-decline.html

HOME»NEWS»HEALTH»HEALTH NEWS
Sian Williams: how to rewire your brain to avoid decline
The former BBC News presenter Sian Williams explores new research showing that simple lifestyle changes can help reverse mental decline

By Sian Williams
3:00PM BST 15 Aug 2015

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I learn a lot from being with Scilla and meeting all these other brilliant minds, coming up with ways to protect ours. Dementia will affect one in three of us over 65. That’s frightening, but being acutely stressed about it will only make our cognitive function worse.

Scilla takes time to relax, sleep well, walk and see friends – as good a way as any of, not just protecting our brains, but getting on with life.

*** end quote ***

⅓!

Wow, that’s not “good news”.

The good news is that there are some evidenced-based tactics to avoid it.

Hope so. 

I’ve seen the “nursing homes” and that’s not living.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: One Gooferment Skrule’s ridiculous plan

http://www.blacklistednews.com/School_Officials_Used_Young_Girl_as_%E2%80%9CBait%E2%80%9D_in_Rape_Sting%2C_She_Was_Raped_and_they_Covered_it_Up/45680/0/38/38/Y/M.html

SCHOOL OFFICIALS USED YOUNG GIRL AS “BAIT” IN RAPE STING, SHE WAS RAPED AND THEY COVERED IT UP
Published: August 13, 2015

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BHJ’s lawsuit was even thrown out by a lower court who sided with the school board.

However, on Wednesday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals brought back the lawsuit and granted BHJ’s attorney the ability to sue the Madison County school board.

“This is a unique case because the administrators effectively participated in (the boy’s) sexual harassment by setting (Jane) Doe up in a rape-bait scheme involving (the boy) in order to ‘catch him in the act,’” found the appeals court.

The lawsuit will now continue and with any luck, BHJ will receive just compensation for her role as a pawn in the school’s ridiculous plan.

*** end quote ***

I’d say the word “ridiculous” is a VAST understatement.

The Taxpayers and the Parent if the “inmates” at this “school” should be up in arms.

Argh!

I’d say fire everyone involved or in a supervisory or managerial or leadership role.

Immediately!

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: $72 Trillion And Counting

http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/the-long-range-social-securitymedicare-deficit-72-trillion-and-counting/

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The Long-Range Social Security/Medicare Deficit: $72 Trillion And Counting
by Forbes • August 11, 2015
By John C. Goodman for Forbes

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The Social Security/Medicare Trustees have issued their latest reports and they are not easy reading for the uninitiated. I suspect most of the Trustees hope you don’t read them at all. They prefer their own spin. Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, these reports are invariably accompanied by a press release that completely ignores what is important and focuses instead on what is unimportant.

What’s unimportant? The trust funds and when they will run dry. Like most social security systems in the world today, ours is a pay-as-you-go system. Nothing has been saved or invested. What we call trust funds consist of nothing more than IOUs the government has written to itself. (More on that below.) Yet, that is what the official press releases emphasize and this focus is reflected in the first graph below.

What’s important? Cash flow. In fact, in a pay-as-you-go system, cash flow is the only thing that matters. As the second graph shows, Social Security and Medicare are paying out more than they are taking in. As the baby boomers retire, the total deficit will grow dramatically. Currently, we are using about one in every seven general revenue dollars to cover these deficits. By 2020, we will need more than one in five. By 2030, we will need about one in three.

*** end quote ***

Like most Ponzi schemes, eventually the suckers’ money runs out.

And, all the politicians and bureaucrats from FDR are going to be long gone.

So what should be done about this and ALL the unfunded liabilities?

At the very least, everyone should REALIZE that the current system is unsustainable.

Even a fat old white guy injineer or a reasonably competent accountant can demonstrate that there ain’t no free lunch.

  • Old advice: “when in a hole, stop digging” seems to apply here.
  • Hard stop on all new “pensions”. Require all such to be fully funded!
  • All plans must “mark to market” with honest accounting.
  • “Chile” style social security reform
  • Congress must live within what the taxpayers can afford
  • Any deficit is paid for my Congress folks personally
That’s should get everyone’s attention?
 
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The Long-Range Social Security/Medicare Deficit: $72 Trillion And Counting

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By John C. Goodman for Forbes

The Social Security/Medicare Trustees have issued their latest reports and they are not easy reading for the uninitiated. I suspect most of the Trustees hope you don’t read them at all. They prefer their own spin. Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, these reports are invariably accompanied by a press release that completely ignores what is important and focuses instead on what is unimportant.

What’s unimportant? The trust funds and when they will run dry. Like most social security systems in the world today, ours is a pay-as-you-go system. Nothing has been saved or invested. What we call trust funds consist of nothing more than IOUs the government has written to itself. (More on that below.) Yet, that is what the official press releases emphasize and this focus is reflected in the first graph below.

What’s important? Cash flow. In fact, in a pay-as-you-go system, cash flow is the only thing that matters. As the second graph shows, Social Security and Medicare are paying out more than they are taking in. As the baby boomers retire, the total deficit will grow dramatically. Currently, we are using about one in every seven general revenue dollars to cover these deficits. By 2020, we will need more than one in five. By 2030, we will need about one in three.

MONEY: A good used car is as good as gold?

http://ericpetersautos.com/2015/08/13/buy-gold-buy-a-used-car-instead/#comment-634721

Buy Gold? Buy A Used Car Instead!
by eric • August 13, 2015

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Gold may not have the high rate of return that the casino called Wall Street offers … to insiders. But it is a really good way to store value – and that accounts for its popularity among people who may not get rich quick but tend to avoid becoming poor.

Used cars are another great way to transmute depreciating paper money into a durable asset that – like gold – is portable and fungible (i.e., easily converted into other things of value).

The government has inadvertently created a bull market for them, too. 

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Unfortunately, I didn’t pay attention when my grandfather would fix what ever particular “$50″ wreck I was driving that week.

In the past, my strategy was to buy new on a three year loan and keep “paying” myself until it died. Eventually, I could pay cash for cars. Seemed to work for me.

Last car, with “zero down and zero interest”, my financial advisor convinced me to take the free money and leave the cash in my portfolio. I’ll drive it until the wheels fall off which means it should last about 9 years.

What I’ll do then I have no idea. What the economic climate will be I have no idea. But I’ll adapt since it’s obvious that the “only constant is change”.

For anyone who’s got some mechanical ability, old cars / trucks that you can still work on seems to be a profitabe niche.

When I drive to and from the Jersey shore, I see veritable series of “one car used car lot” (i.e., each house  along the way with one, or maybe two, used cars for sale). As the season progresses, more “projects” roll out for sale. The peak is around “back to school season” when the sports cars seem to dominate the “lots”.

The USA has become the throw away consumer economy at its own peril. Perhaps this is the renaissance?

I think this is more a reflection on the value of Federal Reserve Notes and the bad behavior that it has “trained” the shepple to engage in.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: 34 years in prison!

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_1976_KILLING_DNA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-08-13-22-03-44

Aug 14, 1:53 AM EDT

JUDGE TOSSES MURDER CONVICTION OF MAN IN PRISON FOR 34 YEARS
BY JOE MANDAK
ASSOCIATED PRESS

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who spent 34 years in prison for the rape and shooting death of a teenage girl was released from prison Thursday after a judge vacated his murder conviction, citing new DNA evidence.

Lewis Fogle, 63, was freed on bond because he remains charged and could be retried by District Attorney Patrick Dougherty, who filed the joint motion to vacate the conviction with the New York-based Innocence Project.

“We are incredibly grateful to District Attorney Patrick Dougherty for working with us to conduct the DNA testing and for acknowledging that Mr. Fogle’s conviction should be set aside,” said David Loftis, managing attorney for the Innocence Project.

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Sorry, but this is why I oppose the death penalty.

And, “our” “system of justice” is flawed.

There must simply be a better way.

It’s a real knock on Gooferment and whatever happened to “better 100 guilty men go free than 1 innocent man go to jail”?

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TINFOILHAT: Appearances may implicate Saudi government in 9/11

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3192114/Federal-lawsuit-reveal-evidence-Saudi-complicity-9-11.html

Federal lawsuit could reveal contents of 28 pages omitted from 9/11 report that allegedly implicate Saudi government

  • A congressional intelligence report had the explosive pages redacted
  • The two men who authored them are likely to be called to appear in court
  • The lawsuit has been brought by victims’ families against Saudi kingdom
  • Suit claims links between two hijackers and former Saudi figures in US

By TIM MACFARLAN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:15 EST, 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 08:13 EST, 10 August 2015

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A federal lawsuit could reveal details implicating the Saudi government in 9/11.

A congressional intelligence report contains 28 censored pages reportedly linking Saudi officials to two of the Saudi hijackers.

The Obama administration refuses to publish the pages, despite requests from Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

*** end quote ***

What’s in those 28 pages?

Why won’t BHO44 release them?

And, why do I have to read about this in a UK news source?

The Saudis don’t want their crazies upsetting the royal applecart. So let them hit the Great Satan instead.

BHO44 is a best a Muslim sympathizer; at worst, a Muslim “plant”.

Because the American leftist media is “in the bag” for the D’s.

Argh!

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GOLDBUG: What do you have that can’t be “inflated” away?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/08/pater-tenebrarum/the-asset-the-state-loves-to-hate/

Gold and the Grave Dancers
By Pater Tenebrarum
Acting Man
August 3, 2015

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Greenspan:

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold. If everyone decided, for example, to convert all his bank deposits to silver or copper or any other good, and thereafter declined to accept checks as payment for goods, bank deposits would lose their purchasing power and government-created bank credit would be worthless as a claim on goods. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves.

This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.”

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Gold is the poor man’s friend. The “Sovereign” (i.e., the Federal Reserve System counterfeiters, Congress debt and deficits,the politicians, bureaucrats) can’t fool you out of it. 

FDR “recalled” it. And the American Sheeple of the day obeyed. Argh!

Gold may fluctuate up and down when priced in fiat (i.e., it’s valuable because the Gooferment says it is) currency. 

But “we” all know that because it’s scarce, it’s valuable. 

And, like a work of art, beachfront property, land, and such tangibles, the Gooferment can’t print any more of it.

That’s why I’m a Gold bug. 

What do you have that can’t be “inflated” away?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: EPA and the Gold King Mine

http://abcnews.go.com/US/million-gallons-contaminated-water-turns-river-orange-colorado/story?id=32989366

Three Million Gallons of Contaminated Water Turns River Orange in Colorado
Aug 10, 2015, 10:22 AM ET
By KAYLEE HECK via GOOD MORNING AMERICA

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A team of workers with the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released 3 million gallons of waste water from the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado, on Aug. 5, the agency said. It was initially estimated to be a third of that size at one million gallons, the EPA said.

*** end quote ***

Laugh! Sadly shaking my head.

I get a lot of flak from folks about my continued assertions that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

Here’s a classic example.

I wonder who’s responsible for the damages?

Guess it’s the taxpayer.

Wonder how whoever owned this mine, and those who profited from it, were allowed to escape liability?

Argh!

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RANT: Saving Drowning Daughter would violate “honor”?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/10/dubai-police-say-man-stopped-lifeguards-from-saving-drowning-daughter-because-he-didnt-want-her-honor-violated/

Dubai Police Say Man Stopped Lifeguards From Saving Drowning Daughter Because He Didn’t Want Her Honor Violated
Aug. 10, 2015 2:03am Sharona Schwartz

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A father reportedly allowed his 20-year-old daughter to drown to death because he was concerned about her being touched by men outside her family, according to a Dubai news site.

Quoting a top police official, Emirates 24/77 reported Sunday that the man got in the way of lifeguard rescue attempts on a Dubai beach in order to prevent her modesty from being violated.

“The father was a tall and strong man. He started pulling and preventing the rescue men and got violent with them. He told them that he prefers his daughter being dead than being touched by a strange man,” Lt. Col Ahmed Burqibah, deputy director of the Dubai police’s Search and Rescue Department, told Emirates 24/7.

“She died unfortunately, at a time when she had a chance to live, especially that the rescue men were so close to her to pull her out of the water,” he said.

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Guess they should have “rescue women”?

Personally, I am amazed at the attitude towards women.

These are not “delicate flowers” that will be ruined by a mere touch.

These are living breathing powerful people capable of “creating” life.

If I had a child, I wouldn’t let any religious notion prevent me from keeping my child alive. Even at risk or certainty of my dying.

From an economic pov, it’s really good that ⅔ of the world keep women and minorities “in their place”. Imagine how much wealth could be created if they were free to create in a truly free capitalist system.

Argh!

Requiescat In Pacem, poor girl. You were the victim of stupidity and ignorence. Not much can be done about that.

Argh squared!

Life’s tough enough as it is without adding to the difficulties.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Geoffrey Toliver failed to show

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3190363/NYC-fired-dead-worker-Geoffrey-Toliver-missed-18-months-work.html

New York City bureaucrats fire government worker who died of cancer a year ago – for missing work
Medicaid eligibility specialist Geoffrey Toliver, 65, died in December 2014, 11 months after he had to stop work due to his illness
But the city’s Human Resources Administration moved to fire him this year
A judge approved the sacking when he did not turn up to the hearing
The father-of-three was earning $38,000 per year at the time of his death 
By EVAN BLEIER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:34 EST, 8 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 EST, 8 August 2015

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The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

Here’s a classic example.

I assume that he had direct deposit!

Argh!

Requiescat In Pacem, Geoffrey Toliver.

You’ve pointed out what is wrong with the system.

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INTERESTING: Real-Life Lord of the Flies — Pitcairn Island

http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/real-life-lord-flies-strange-and-violent-history-pitcairn-island-003557

AUGUST, 2015 – 01:59
APRILHOLLOWAY

Real-Life Lord of the Flies: The Strange and Violent History of Pitcairn Island

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Pitcairn Island is a place so remote, and with a history so bizarre, that until recently it was viewed almost as myth rather than reality. But the events that took place on this tiny island in the Pacific Ocean were very real. Settled by a pack of mutineers of the HMS Bounty in 1790, along with a small group of Polynesians, the island soon became like the famous 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, in which a group of boys stuck on an uninhabited island descended into savagery and immorality. Faced with physical, social, and psychological isolation, along with struggles for power, the Pitcairn population rapidly diminished due to murder, suicide, and madness, and the remaining inhabitants descended into incest, sex abuse, and delinquency. Today, 47 inhabitants from just four families remain on this ill-fated island that carries with it a dark and evil history that has been retold in countless films and books.

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The various versions on “Mutiny on the Bounty” leave out this conclusion.

Fascinating stuff!

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JOBSEARCH: Captain Obvious — “Gone is the era of the lifetime career”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ab492ffc-3522-11e5-b05b-b01debd57852.html#axzz3hwqBdg4t

August 4, 2015 11:06 am
New ‘gig’ economy spells end to lifetime careers
John Gapper in London

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The gig economy is only part of a shift in employment over the past three decades, unleashed by technology and global trade. It has created many winners and losers, both by outsourcing jobs from the west to Asia and Africa, and by changing the terms on which most people work. Financial and contractual risk that used to be borne by companies has been transferred to employees.

“Gone is the era of the lifetime career, let alone the life-long job and the economic security that came with it, having been replaced by a new economy intent on recasting full-time employees into contractors, vendors and temporary workers,” Nick Hanauer and David Rolf wrote recently in Democracy Journal, although the US jobs statistics do not yet reflect such a transformation.

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Knew that several decades ago. I guess some folks never learn.

I continue to assert the following formula / paradigm / meme or call it what you will.

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Success for your generation is:

(1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt;

(2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you;

(3) a NON-OFFSHORABLE white collar job in order to save big bux;

(4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;

(5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open;

(6) a free time hobby that generates income;

and

(7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you.

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How many do you have!

I’m working on #4, #5, and #6 now.

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TINFOILHAT: What did NSA know and when did it know it?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/08/no_author/was-the-nsa-tracking-the-911-hijackers/

New 9/11 Conspiracy? NSA Whistleblowers say Agency Kept Tabs on Attackers
Sputnik News
August 4, 2015

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New revelations about the National Security Agency’s ability to track phone calls in pre-9/11 America are raising the specter of a massive government cover-up. One that could have been used to hide intelligence failures, and fuel arguments for mass domestic spying.

In 2000, Khalid al-Mihdhar was living in San Diego. One year later, he would go on to be one of the five hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 77, steered into the Pentagon on September 11. But in the months leading up to that horrifying day, al-Mihdhar made a number of phone calls to Yemen from his California apartment.

Those calls went directly to one of Osama bin Laden’s operation centers in Sanaa, already a major target for US intelligence monitoring.

“One of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar, made a phone call from San Diego to a known al Qaeda safehouse in Yemen,” President Obama said during a speech in 2014. “NSA saw that call, but it could not see that the call was coming from an individual already in the United States.”

But according to the testimony of agency whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Kirk Wiebe, it would have been impossible for the agency not to have known the origin of those phone calls.

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Argh!

It’s an article of faith that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), if this is true, then why do we have the NSA at all.

The ONLY moral function for Government is to protect its citizens from force or fraud.

If it can perform this basic, essential, and sole function, then why fund it at all?

Time to rethink the whole meme.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: DoD ignores VA system

http://news.slashdot.org/story/15/08/02/1831240/dod-ditches-open-source-medical-records-system-in-43b-contract

DoD Ditches Open Source Medical Records System In $4.3B Contract

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The US Department of Defense opted not to use the Department of Veterans Affairs’ open source VistA electronic health record system in its project to overhaul its legacy systems, instead opting for a consortium of Cerner, Leidos and Accenture. The initial $4.3 billion implementation is expected to be the first part of a $9 billion dollar project. The Under Secretary for Acquisition stated they wanted a system with minimum modifications and interoperability with private sector systems, though much of what passes for inter-vendor operability in the marketplace is more aspirational than operable. The DoD aims to start implementation at 8 sites in the Pacific Northwest by the end of 2016, noting that “legacy systems are eating us alive in terms of support and maintenance,” consuming 95% of the Military Health Systems IT budget.

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The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

And, ignoring that VA has an open source solution is even more so!

Argh!

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GOVERNACIDE: Hiroshima and Nagasaki are a national disgrace

2015-Aug-06

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/08/gary-g-kohls/lies-my-history-teacher-told-me/

Why Americans Believe That Bombing Hiroshima Was Necessary
By Gary G. Kohls, MD
August 1, 2015

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August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when he announced the event to the American people.

The whole truth of what the Nuremburg tribunal would later help define as an international war crime and a crime against humanity has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans in 1945 accepted the propaganda that the bombings were necessary to shorten the war and prevent the loss of a million US soldiers during the allegedly planned November 1945 invasion.

Of course, the reason that the United States wasn’t sanctioned like Germany was for the Jewish holocaust was that America was the victor and the occupier and thus it was in charge of making and enforcing the rules in the New World Order.

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Doing what is right for the whole of humanity for a change, rather than just doing what is profitable or advantageous for our over-privileged, over-consumptive, toxic and unsustainable American way of life, would be real honor, real patriotism and an essential start toward real peace.

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Where was the mercy and humanity?

Lost in the war propaganda!

It really represents the end of a process that started in WW1.

Sadly, it’s not going to end well for a lot more people.

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