PEACE: Mike Pompeo arrives in Qatar to witness signing of historic deal with Taliban | Daily Mail Online

The United States and the Taliban have signed a peace agreement aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan, potentially helping President Donald Trump fulfill a key campaign promise to extract America from its ‘endless wars.’

Source: Mike Pompeo arrives in Qatar to witness signing of historic deal with Taliban | Daily Mail Online

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Well, DJT45 has certainly met my expectations of him as the “peace candidate”.

I’m sure the “chickenhawks” and those who benefit from the Military Industrial Complex are upset.

I’d like to see him “settle” all the other “wars” that the USA is involved in.

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

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https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2020/02/29/veterans-group-praises-trump-peace-agreement-chides-chicken-hawk-cheney/

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Contestant shockingly solves ‘Wheel of Fortune’ puzzle with just two letters

A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant shocked both host Pat Sajak and the viewing audience when she correctly solved a puzzle with almost no information.

Source: Contestant shockingly solves ‘Wheel of Fortune’ puzzle with just two letters

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Wow, very impressive.

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TINFOILHAT: Another Whistleblower Suicide: the Immediate and Unquestioned State Narrative of Philip Haney’s Death – LewRockwell

FIRST OF TWO BLOG POSTS ON THIS TOPIC — GENERAL RANT ABOUT “Conspiracy Theories”

It seems due to the brainwashing of the American commoner, and the almost total indoctrination machine of the state that is used to dumb down the populace at large, that apathy has become so rampant as to allow the general acceptance of fallacious state narratives. These narratives that concern the very suspicious deaths of any that challenge the ruling class or their political puppets, and almost without question, seem to be never-ending these days. There are an unbelievable number of victims of so-called “apparent suicides,” assassinations, outright murder, disappearance, strange car crashes, poisonings, and any other number of unlikely death scenarios of those that have damning information about the state, its wars, and its secrets, and have the guts to tell the truth. Coincidence is no longer a reasonable argument concerning these deaths, and actually never has been legitimate.

Source: Another Whistleblower Suicide: the Immediate and Unquestioned State Narrative of Philip Haney’s Death – LewRockwell

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I’m fed up with the Establishment, the Deep State, Politicians, and Bureaucrats feeding us “barbara streisand” and expecting us to take it without question, confirmation, evidence, or even “reasonability”.  “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining” … book title by the pre-eminent jurist of our day Ms. Judy Sheindlin.  That’s how I feel. She’s also famous for: “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true.

I think the reason, that “Conspiracy Theories” take root and hand on, is that they try to apply “common sense” to what appears implausible, impossible, or just a ridiculous explanation that we are supposed to believe and shut up.

Over the years, I’ve been building a taxonomy of the various “Conspiracy Theories” (e.g., JFK; Pearl Harbor; Lusitania) and their subsections — like 9/11 has the 1&2 WTC collapse, Pentagon, 7WTC, and the Saudi-gate (both the connection to the Saudi Royals and that they were hustled out before they could be questioned)!!!

This article has nice set of “attributes” — “apparent suicides,” assassinations, outright murder, disappearance, strange car crashes, poisonings, and any other number of unlikely death scenarios!

I’m going to get more rigorous on that taxonomy.

The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967. Just to discredit objections.

Well that doesn’t work with me.  I’ll just adjust my tin foil hat and keep asking questions.

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SOFTWARE: Boeing skipped a software test on Starliner before its aborted launch in December | Daily Mail Online

According to NASA, the aerospace company didn’t perform a full ‘end-to-end’ integration test of the software designed to automate maneuvers after the craft is launched into space.

Source: Boeing skipped a software test on Starliner before its aborted launch in December | Daily Mail Online

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Boeing is not having a good 12 months.

Someone cut one corner too many … again.

Wonder how many heads will roll?

Will this be like an auditor having Enron on their resume?

Could be career equivalent of the “kiss of death”.

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Serial NYC subway scammer jailed after 142nd arrest

A serial subway scammer who allegedly tricks tourists into buying worthless MetroCards was sent to jail Thursday — after his 142nd career arrest.

Source: Serial NYC subway scammer jailed after 142nd arrest

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Ahh, yes, the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerks!

When will the politicians and bureaucrats pull their collective heads out of their asses?

I’d bet “never”.

Secession anyone?

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Cincinnati church wipes out $46.5 million in medical debt for 45,000 families | Fox News

Crossroads Church partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a medical debt relief nonprofit, to wipe out debts for people in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. They will receive bright yellow envelopes this week letting them know the good news.

Source: Cincinnati church wipes out $46.5 million in medical debt for 45,000 families | Fox News

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QUOTE: Life is full of beauty

https://www.positivityblog.com/monday-motivation-quotes/

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
– Ashley Smith

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GOLDBUG: The Greatest Gold Quotes Of All Time | Zero Hedge

“Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants – but debt is the money of slaves.” – Norm Franz

Source: The Greatest Gold Quotes Of All Time | Zero Hedge

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I liked this one best!

“We are often told that the Gold Standard will shackle us to the United States. I will deal with that in a moment. I will tell you what it will shackle us to. It will shackle us to reality. For good or for ill, it will shackle us to reality. – Winston Churchill

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INOVATION: Juul’s next e-cigarette may come with age-proof lock

Juul Labs is reportedly developing a new e-cigarette with an age-proof lock to help convince the feds to let the company keep selling its products in the US.The San Francisco-based vaping giant plans to present regulators with a new device that will initially be locked and cannot be unlocked until the user proves he or she is at least 21 years old, the legal age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes, according to the Wall Street Journal.Juul will submit its next-generation device to the US Food and Drug Administration as part of an application to keep its products in the American market amid a regulatory crackdown on vaping, the paper reported Monday.

Source: Juul’s next e-cigarette may come with age-proof lock

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No indication how that’s done.  Maybe an iphone app?

Clearly, they don’t believe in the Libertarian principle that “the individual owns their own body and can / will put whatever they want into it”.

That’s why all drugs should be “legal”.

People have to bear the results of the choices they make.

After all “they” can’t keep drugs and other stuff out of their prisons.  So how do they control a “free” society.

End the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

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GUNS: New Jersey State Constitution seems to permit “constitutional carry”

“All persons are by nature free and independent, and have certain natural and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.”

Source: New Jersey State Constitution

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Following the advice of Brion McClanahan (i.e.,  “Think Locally Act Locally”, I actually looked for an equivalent to the Second Amendment, but found some support for the RKBA.

Wonder why we don’t have Constitutional Carry?

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Family of 5 killed during head-on, wrong-way crash in Georgia

Family of 5 killed by head-on, wrong-way crash in GeorgiaBy Joshua Rhett MillerFebruary 24, 2020 | 1:45pm | Updated

Source: Family of 5 killed during head-on, wrong-way crash in Georgia

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I don’t understand how there are “wrong-way crashes” on Interstates?

Why can’t there be those parking lot barriers that are deployed to keep people from driving out without paying?

Argh!

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US aircraft shot down during WWII discovered in the Pacific

“Project Recover is honored to play our part in keeping our nation’s promise of returning our fallen service members home and we remain committed to locating more Americans missing in action in Chuuk and around the world,” says retired US marine aviator and Project Recover CEO Derek Abbey.

Source: US aircraft shot down during WWII discovered in the Pacific

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So sad that these men lost their lives.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers’ Fortresses

When Apple’s App Store launched in 2008, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in computing, a “curated experience” that would transform the chaos of locating and assessing software and replace it with a reliable one-stop-shop where every app would come pre-tested and with a trusted seal of approval.

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Legislation to stem the tide of Big Tech companies’ abuses, and laws—such as a national consumer privacy bill, an interoperability bill, or a bill making firms liable for data-breaches—would go a long way toward improving the lives of the Internet users held hostage inside the companies’ walled gardens.

But far more important than fixing Big Tech is fixing the Internet: restoring the kind of dynamism that made tech firms responsive to their users for fear of losing them, restoring the dynamic that let tinkerers, co-ops, and nonprofits give every person the power of technological self-determination.

Source: Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers’ Fortresses

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Since the Gooferment has stuck its “camel like” nose into the tent, it screwed up the emerging internet with invisible legal lines.

Until the politicians and bureaucrats fix their “mistake”, innovation will be controlled by Big Tech.

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HEALTH: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain – LewRockwell

Exley’s conclusion deserves repeating: “No aluminum, no AD.” Without aluminum, Alzheimer’s doesn’t develop. That’s not fake news. This research provides conclusive evidence for concern, which means it would be foolish in the extreme to pretend that injecting infants and young children with aluminum-containing vaccines is harmless.

Source: How Aluminum Damages Your Brain – LewRockwell

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I always seem to be drawn into the vax / anti-vax controversy.

I understand that there is a non-scientific debate about vaccines.  Some “celebrities” take a position and I scoff at them.  (How does being the modern equivalent of the “Court Jester” entitle you to make pseudo scientific pronouncements?)

That being said the very existence of the Federal National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program puts the “vaccines are harmless” pronouncements in doubt.  (Remember Christie Todd Witman’s pronouncement that 9/11 air was safe?)

I have seen the ravages of polio that turned a happy healthy child into a virtual helpless babbling idiot who struggled to make himself understood. (I remember his post-illness goal of someday being a milkman. Yes, they still had such things. And it makes me sad to remember him so many years after his death.) That being said, my family liked up all the children for shots as soon as the vaccine was available. I understand that.

So today, when parents have good-faith concerns, I am sympathetic to their plight. I’d still vaccinate, but I would not have to pick up the “collateral damage” that could result. It may well be playing the odds, but as I always say, “someone wins the Lotto!”. In this case, it’s no prize to win.

I’m blogging about this again in hopes that “we” “We, The Sheeple” can have a reasonable discussion about the “safety issue”. I’d like to see the Gooferment reveal its dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) about vaccines in a very public manner. Then we’d know once and for all what the true odds of harm are. Is it 1/100, 1/10,000, or 1/1,000,000? Remember with 350M people in the USA, that means somewhere between 3½ million and 350 cases of harm. That’s too wide a variance for my comfort. Then, one has to drill down into some of the differentiating factors (i.e., sex, race, age, region, diet, left-handed versus right-handed). OK, maybe not the “handed-ness that I inserted to lighten up the rant.

I hope that this generates some light; not heat.

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POLITICAL: Eric Holder tells Paul Sperry to ‘shut the hell up’ about prosecutor in Andrew McCabe probe

Former Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at journalist and author Paul Sperry on Twitter Wednesday, telling Sperry that he should “shut the hell up” about federal prosecutor Molly Gaston’s donations to former President Barack Obama.

Source: Eric Holder tells Paul Sperry to ‘shut the hell up’ about prosecutor in Andrew McCabe probe

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Yeah, we wouldn’t want “We, The Sheeple” to know how corrupt and deeply embedded the Deep State agents are!

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TINFOILHAT: Murdered JFK lover Mary Pinchot Meyer is revived in two new books

Pinchot Meyer was killed on October 12, 1964, a few weeks after the release of the Warren Commission report on the JFK assassination. The man accused of her murder was acquitted in 1965; the murder remains unsolved. Her diary was found and allegedly burned.

Source: Murdered JFK lover Mary Pinchot Meyer is revived in two new books

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When it happened, I wondered if there was a connection.

We KNOW now that the Warren Commission was <pick your favorite adjective> wrong, biases, cover up, the final act in the coup by LBJ, an adjunct of the deep state?

I am still hopeful that the truth will still come out.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Inside Japan’s Highly Effective Lost and Found System | Mental Floss

What prompts the Japanese to be so diligent in handing over items? Respect. Children are taught in school that returning belongings to police is part of their civic duty. It’s also law. The Amended Lost Property Act of 2007 mandates that lost items be turned over to authorities if the owner can’t be located. The same law also enforces a reward that’s a percentage of the value of the item if it’s reunited with its owner.

Source: Inside Japan’s Highly Effective Lost and Found System | Mental Floss

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WOW!  This is something that “we” should import to the USA.

“Finders keepers; losers weepers” is the paradigm for the USA.

(Wonder why this was never addressed in Catholic grammar school that I attended?  I remember other moral lessons.)

“Catholic school taught them that it was their obligation, and could even be a mortal sin, if you didn’t use all your talents to the greater glory of God.” — “Chapter Fifty — Samaritans going to Jericho / Monday November 5, 1962 – Church Day + 17 (continues)” CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 296

Perhaps it’s not to late to change that to Finders returners; losers grateful”?

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‘Bureaucrats were in charge’: Japanese doctor blasts ship …

A Japanese infectious disease specialist has castigated his government’s handling of quarantine on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, saying it was run by “bureaucrats” who stoked the crisis by failing to follow basic protocols.

Source: ‘Bureaucrats were in charge’: Japanese doctor blasts ship …

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When I read the original pointer on Against Crony Capitalism, I had to laugh at their comment: “When the system takes over, things tend to go badly.”

As readers of this blog know, I am firmly convinced that their is no bad situation that can not be made EXPONENTIALLY worse by the involvement of of Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats!

The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” is the best example of this.  Followed by Gooferment Skrules.

Just example after example, yet we still allow them to do it over and over.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? | Daily Mail Online

The report says: ‘Genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the Bat CoV ZC45 coronavirus originally found in Rhinolophus affinis (intermediate horseshoe bat).’

Source: Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? | Daily Mail Online

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Certainly seems plausible.  One wonders what their Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats were thinking.  And, where are our politicians and bureaucrats in all of this?

Seems like the CDC is demonstrating its uselessness!

Argh!

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Shot from the Sky, by Jim Davidson

“To stand on the firing parapet and expose yourself to danger; to stand and fight a thousand miles from home when you’re all alone and outnumbered and probably beaten; to spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary.”― Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Source: Shot from the Sky, by Jim Davidson

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It’s sad to think of the losses due to wars though out the ages.

One would think that humans would have learned from their mistakes.

Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

“…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

Requiescat In Pacem

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POLITICAL: On Making Plowshares, by Sarah A. Hoyt

And while on this, if it hits hard here, will we got stupid enough to vote a communist in? (I don’t like to even think about it. I wake up screaming.)

Source: On Making Plowshares, by Sarah A. Hoyt

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This election is shaping up to let snowflake young “know it alls” socialists pouring out of Gooferment Skrules to vote us into socialism — the path to the tyranny of despotism and communism.

Wonder if “We, The Sheeple” will wakw up and turn the Titanic to sail between the twin disasters of Crony Capitalism and Socialism.

I’m not optimistic.

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Oregon border petitioners try joining Idaho, leaving liberals

The proposal to join Idaho isn’t the first effort Oregonians have made to leave the state. In 1941, residents of southwestern Oregon tried to secede by creating a state of Jefferson with northern Californians.

Source: Oregon border petitioners try joining Idaho, leaving liberals

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Sounds good to me.

Rather than joining “yet another state”, I’d prefer that they spin off into a new state.

Same for Pepuls Republik of Kaliforkneeah, Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee , and Floriduh!

Like it seems just so easy.

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SAD: Jose Altuve tattoo conspiracy should heighten MLB’s hunt

Really, in light of the high emotions surrounding this matter, shouldn’t Altuve proactively display his alleged tattoo, which Correa first mentioned to The Athletic? The shortstop said that his double-play partner wanted to hide the ugly, unfinished artwork on his collarbone, which on the surface sounds just as ludicrous as the other given explanation, that Altuve’s wife didn’t like it when he disrobed up top. Adding to the intrigue, social-media detective Jomboy pointed out that Altuve put on an undershirt late in the notorious American League Championship Series Game 6, then removed it prior to stepping to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.

Source: Jose Altuve tattoo conspiracy should heighten MLB’s hunt

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Sorry, but “We, The Sheeple” shouldn’t let this go!

It’s a sign of “immorality” in public life. “We wuz robbed!”

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#rememberthetatoo #epsteindidnthanghimself #lbjkilledjfk #moraldecline

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Well that didn’t take long.

https://nypost.com/2020/02/17/jose-altuve-exposes-terrible-tattoo-to-fight-alcs-buzzer-controversy/

Still don’t believe it, but he responded to the question.

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Short Hills Man Passes Away In Lift Accident At Vail Ski Resort | Patch

The accident occurred on the ski lifts, according to a follow up report in Vail Daily.The cause of death was positional asphyxiation, which apparently occurred after Varnish started to fall through the chair.

Source: Short Hills Man Passes Away In Lift Accident At Vail Ski Resort | Patch

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Wow.  Sad end.

“Accident” might not be the correct word?

One never knows the day, nor the hour.

Requiescat In Pacem

Nice lawsuit coming!

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FINANCIAL: Dealerships Give Car Buyers Some Advice: Just Stop Paying Your Loan – WSJ

The trade-in, where a buyer hands a car back to a dealership and uses it as credit toward another one, is often a crucial step in car buying. But some dealerships are instead telling buyers to give their old cars back to their lenders—and selling them new ones—in a practice known as “kicking the trade.”

Source: Dealerships Give Car Buyers Some Advice: Just Stop Paying Your Loan – WSJ

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This seems dishonest by both the dealer and the borrower.

Like the sub-prime mortgage fiasco, the banks are letting the “originator” off the hook.

The fix is easy.  Make the originator responsible — both jointly and severally — for the loan when and if it defaults.

Problem solved.

Be it any kind of loan, everyone needs to have skin in the game!

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