LIBERTY: Destroying the “deep state” should be job 1 for any freedom lover

https://www.newsweek.com/next-president-must-prioritize-destroying-deep-state-opinion-1731924

The Next President Must Prioritize Destroying the Deep State
Opinion Jonathan Bronitsky, Co-Founder, ATHOS
On 8/10/22 at 6:30 AM EDT

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At CPAC in Dallas this past weekend, former President Donald Trump asserted that a “key priority for the next Congress and the next president will be to drain the swamp, once and for all.” Then, reiterating a point made in a keynote address to the America First Policy Institute last month, he specified that Congress “should pass groundbreaking reform empowering the president to ensure that any federal employee who is corrupt, incompetent, or unnecessary for the job can be told, ‘You’re fired.'”

Such legislation would essentially formalize and strengthen President Trump’s Executive Order 13957, which President Joe Biden rescinded during his first week in office. But there’s a problem: The chance of even a Republican-controlled Congress carrying out this type of reform is close to zero.

You see, Congress itself created—and, indeed, has since protected and bolstered—the Deep State, so there’s little reason to believe it would now reverse course and eliminate it. A few decades ago, members of the legislative branch began delegating their constitutional lawmaking authority to the myriad federal agencies that constitute the executive branch. (Incidentally, no one knows the exact number of entities that make up the branch. The best estimate is somewhere around 400. Four-hundred!)

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It seems clear to me that until the “Deep State” is neutered, none of us can be free.

Hopefully. “We, The Sheeple” will be outraged at the politicization of the the various three letter agencies (TLAs) that run our lives.

One can only hope.

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HEROIC: Several good Samaritans save a woman from a flooded sinkhole

https://nypost.com/2022/08/11/woman-dramatically-saved-from-sinkhole-before-car-swallowed/

Woman dramatically saved from sinkhole moments before car swallowed
By Jack Hobbs
August 11, 2022 9:12am Updated

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A Texas woman is lucky to be alive after a dramatic video shows her being rescued from her car as a sinkhole opens in the middle of the road.

The woman — who was not identified by police — was driving her white sedan along Yandell and Gateway South in El Paso around 6:40 p.m. when a massive sinkhole opened up beneath her car due to heavy rain the area had received, reported Jam Press.

Several good Samaritans and El Paso firefighters jumped into action and managed to extract the woman from the car before it fell into the pit.

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Good work by these brave fellows.  They could have been swallowed up too.

My question — not answered by the story — was she driving on a already flooded road?

I was taught to never ever drive on water where I couldn’t see the road’s surface. 

Here’s a reminder of that lesson.  Water is very powerful stuff and it doesn’t take much to float a car.

Be afraid and stay alive.

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ECONOMICS: Bitcoin exposes the weakness of fiat “money”

https://www.zerohedge.com/crypto/hidden-costs-fiat-bitcoin-standard

“The Bitcoin Standard” Exposes The Hidden Costs Of Fiat
by Tyler Durden Monday, Apr 11, 2022 – 03:03 PM
Authored by Archie Chaudhury via BitcoinMagazine.com,

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Dr.u Saifedean Ammos, author of “The Bitcoin Standard,” explained how fiat has hidden costs and why Bitcoin represents the next generation of money…

Detractors of Bitcoin often point to its costs – namely in the form of electricity used in proof-of-work mining and its perceived impact on the environment – as reasons for why it will never be a sustainable alternative to traditional fiat currency. These detractors often believe that Bitcoin is fundamentally unscalable, or more likely, come from the power structures that fiat currency has enabled, such as government or centralized financial institutions.

In his presentation on the main stage of Bitcoin 2022, Dr. Saifedean Ammous delivered a presentation meant to underscore the invisible costs of fiat money, and how it has been used for centuries to economically oppress the average citizen of a fiat-based economy. Dr. Ammous has long been a supporter of Bitcoin, and has written “The Bitcoin Standard” and “The Fiat Standard,” both of which have helped educate numerous individuals about the advantages of Bitcoin and the corruption that is ingrained in most fiat states.

Dr. Ammous started his speech by focusing on inflation and how using fiat money helps back a system that is inherently unequal. Dr. Ammous specifically cited how fiat inflation is used primarily for the needs of the government, saying that “The cost of fiat is currently 3.5% of all global wealth, and is used to finance government parasites, wars, and monopoly banksters.”

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Inflation is the silent tax that has robbed “We, The Sheeple” of 99% of the purchasing power of their “dollars”.

The politicians and bureaucrats love it because unless you look for penny candy, or a nickel cigar you won’t see it.

That what this thrives count on.

Argh!

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HEALTH: Certain seems like “We, The Sheeple” should follow the money via grand jury

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2022/04/07/exclusive-34-year-old-died-after-pfizer-shot-mother-shares-ridiculous-letters-from-cdc/

Exclusive: 34-Year-Old Died After Pfizer Shot, Mother Shares ‘Ridiculous’ Letters From CDC
Via Children’s Health Defense

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The mother of a 34-year-old man who died suddenly two weeks after his first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine said she believes her son would be alive today if he had had the information he needed to make an informed decision about the vaccine.

Victor Castillo Simoes died May 5, 2021, from an acute aortic dissection — an uncommon medical emergency in which the inner layer of the large blood vessel branching off the heart’s aorta tears. The condition mostly affects men in their 60s and 70s.

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Henrietta said U.S. health agencies are “lying to people” that there are no adverse effects associated with COVID vaccines.

She added:

“When they say there’s no causal link the vaccine caused the injury, there’s no proof the vaccine didn’t. You can’t have the number of collateral damage we’ve had in order to save x amount of people because that’s criminal. You can’t have two people die to save 8 people. You don’t even really know if they’re being saved for sure by the vaccine.”

Henrietta said she and her family are not anti-vaxxers.

“We’ve all been vaccinated, but being from New York, we were all scared out of our wit’s end and didn’t know which end was up,” she said.

“But the government knew and they kept bringing the numbers for COVID up and up and created an emergency situation while suppressing therapeutics because they would not have been able to get EUA [Emergency Use Authorization] for COVID vaccines.”

Simoes was the last in his family to get the vaccine and didn’t have access to the information available now, Henrietta said.

“Without the knowledge that there are therapeutics that actually work or potential risks of the vaccine, how can you make an informed decision?”

Henrietta said she did not want to diminish the deaths due to COVID, but to “suppress alternative treatments and mandate vaccines is criminal.”

“If you get injured what recourse do you have?” she asked. “You have no way of suing so if you become a paraplegic because of it, where do you go?

Henrietta said she will not get any boosters, nor will her husband or children.

“We don’t know if we are genetically prone to something,” she said. “No more vaccines or boosters.”

Henrietta said her life will never be the same, nor will her family.

“If this could have been avoided by more critical thinking about what we’re really doing and what can we do in lieu of vaccines I think many peoples’ adverse effects could be eliminated,” she said.

Henrietta encouraged others to do their own research, be careful about what they put into their bodies and talk to physicians who understand the risks of COVID vaccines.

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Sounds like there is criminal corruption involved.

Why isn’t reporting mandatory?

Let’s start pulling professionals’ licenses for this failure.

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ECONOMICS: Is the American Empire in decline — seems that way

“In a few words: the West is in decline and our leaders are greatly accelerating and exacerbating this decline. They can cover this up with redundant arguments about what is and isn’t a recession for so long. But at some point either the inflation will get worse — perhaps by gas shortages in Europe this winter — and/or the unemployment rate will spike. At that point, the underlying dynamics will become too obvious to ignore; for politicians and the general public anyway. Economists will likely find some other redundant nuance to debate and distract.”

https://macrocosm.substack.com/p/is-this-or-is-this-not-a-recession?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

# – # – # – # – #

It certainly seems that the “can” has finally been kicked as far down the road as it can be.  And, some very ugly economic “chickens” are going to come home to roost.

Instead of learning from the malaise in Japan, or the abject failures of previous “bailouts”, the politicians and bureaucrats have continued to increase their spendthrift ways.

“We, The Sheeple” are going to feel the pain!

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VOCABULARY: A “vaxxident” is an accident caused by a vaccine induced cardiac incident

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2022/08/05/a-bus-crash-in-the-bronx-and-every-other-vaxxident-in-new-york-city-should-have-heads-rolling-in-manhattan-albany-and-washington-d-c/

A bus crash in The Bronx—and every other “vaxxident” in New York City—should have heads rolling in Manhattan, Albany and Washington, D.C.
Guest Post by Mark Crispin Miller

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When will we talk about INDICTING those responsible for all those “vaccine” mandates that have caused—and are NOW causing—so much grief? (And if there’s no legal recourse, what then?)

This happened in The Bronx today. Scroll down to find out why it happened (as if you haven’t guessed), and to see who—among others—should be indicted for it. MTA bus driver crashes into pole after possible heart attack: cops

August 4, 2022

https://nypost.com/2022/08/04/mta-bus-driver-crashes-into-pole-after-medical-episode/

An MTA bus driver crashed into an elevated subway pillar in The Bronx when she suffered a possible heart attack Thursday — leaving 12 passengers with minor injuries, cops and sources said.

The 44-year-old Bx21 driver was heading south on Boston Road when the medical episode occurred and she hit the stanchion at the West Farms Road intersection around 8:25 a.m., authorities said.
The front of the MTA bus rammed into the pole, shattering the window.
The Bx21 driver careened into an elevated subway pillar at Boston Road and West Farms Road, cops said.

She suffered head trauma and was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was listed in critical but stable condition due to the medical episode, which sources said was possibly a heart attack.

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These incidents are happening too frequently to be random chance.

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POLITICAL: The D’s are raising taxes and giving corporate welfare — Remember in November!

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/08/05/one_democrat_senator_can_stop_middle-class_tax_hike_148004.html

One Democrat Senator Can Stop Middle-Class Tax Hike
COMMENTARY
By Akash Chougule — August 05, 2022

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Democrats are calling for a massive middle-class tax increase during an inflation crisis to pay for billions in corporate welfare. It sounds absurd, but it’s true.

The average American family will spend $5,520 more in 2022 to afford the same quality of life as 2021, and poll after poll shows rising costs are the nation’s biggest concern; yet Democrats in Congress are trying to raise taxes across the board to fund hundreds of billions in giveaways to politically-favored industries.

The so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin in July is many things, but inflation reduction it is not. Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, which Manchin previously said is his budgetary model of choice, says that the $739 billion behemoth is unlikely to have any impact at all on inflation. Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation says it will raise taxes on every income bracket above $30,000 per year. President Biden has repeatedly pledged he would not raise taxes on any family making less than $400,000, but the committee found that the middle class and low earners will face the steepest tax hikes under the proposal. Biden isn’t the only supporter willing to violate his commitments amid record inflation: both Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke out against tax increases during recession – notwithstanding the White House’s attempts to change the definition of the word for political gain.

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Democrats claim these taxes are borne by corporations, but it is well established and agreed upon by economists – including left-leaning experts – that much of the burden of corporate taxation is borne by workers. Estimates vary, but the Congressional Budget Office found that workers bear about 73% of the cost. For low-income households, the burden of corporate taxation outweighs that of individual income taxes.

The damage to the economy would be broad even as Manchin insists on the limited scope of tax hikes. The five industries hardest hit employ one in every four American workers, or about 40 million people in total.

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Remember in November!

Even if you have to hold your nose, the R’s — who are not much better are the party out of power — hence vote them in.  

You’ll have a chance to vote them out the next time around.

I’d rather a do nothing Gooferment than one party Gooferment.

Argh!

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NEWJERSEY: Time to end public employee pensions; private industry has moved to 401Ks — so should the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee

https://justthenews.com/nation/states/center-square/public-employee-pensions-benefits-load-new-jersey-debt

New Jersey debt soars from public employee pensions, benefits

  • Most of the increase in nonbonded debt came from a $36.1 billion hike in state retirement benefits liabilities.

By The Center Square Staff
Updated: August 3, 2022 – 12:08am

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New Jersey’s debt obligation grew to more than $200 billion in part because the state Legislature passed a budget reflecting only the current year’s policy priorities, pension and benefit obligations before moving on to the next crisis, the director of a public policy center said.

In the state Treasury Department Fiscal Year 2021 Debt Report released July 1, state debt obligations grew from $204 million to $248 million from June 30 of 2020 to a year later.

“The overwhelming share of this debt is tied to public employee pensions and benefits. Most of it isn’t even bonded debt – it’s long-term obligations due to retirees and employees,” Micah Rasmussen told The Center Square. He’s director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics. “So, it’s not directly tied into the state budget, except of course the state revenue we’re spending every year on servicing the debt.”

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Old Wall Street axiom: “when you are in a hole, stop digging”.

Time for pensions has long past.

Unfortunately, the unions have the politicians and bureaucrats by the throats.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Time to shut down the FBI and CIA?

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/the-fbi-has-a-forgotten-history-of-covert-propaganda-and-vicious-tactics/?utm_source=top_news&utm_campaign=usa

The FBI has a forgotten history of ‘covert propaganda’ and political interference

  • The agency previously engaged in ‘covert efforts to influence social policy and political action’ and at times used methods ‘reminiscent of the tactics of totalitarian regimes,’ according to a US Senate report.

Robert L. Kinney III
Thu Aug 4, 2022 – 1:43 am EDT

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Nationwide secret police force?

This may be one way in which a socialist-like government may have begun America: covertly employ thousands or millions of people in the FBI or other national secret police entity who are told they are protecting America, while in reality they are merely being used to covertly stalk, harass, intimidate, and in some cases significantly harm or neutralize innocent persons.

This type of government employment would be much like being in the mafia: once a person is employed by the FBI or other government secret police entity, they “know too much” about the methods, technologies, and potential crimes of the FBI or other secret police entity.

Such persons would be fully dependent on the FBI or secret police for their monetary survival, and, due to “knowing too much,” would likely be unable to obtain employment elsewhere. The more people the FBI or other secret police entity employs, then the more people who are fully dependent on the specific type of government employment which may be nearly impossible to get out of. It is either do what the potentially corrupt boss says, or be without employment.

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Forget the media propaganda like the movie with Jimmy Stewart or the TV series with Efram Zimbalist Jr.

Think about the power that J. Edgar Hoover weirded with his files on every politician and celebrity. 

Time to shut down the Deep State and its corruption.

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TINFOILHAT: Why didn’t “We, The Sheeple” ask questions before believing the Gooferment “experts”?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/08/brian-j-foley/crazy-questions-everyone-should-have-asked-about-covid-19/

“Crazy” Questions Everyone Should Have Asked About Covid-19
By Brian J. Foley — August 3, 2022

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One of the most astonishing things about the past two-plus years and counting has been how asking certain questions gets one branded as “crazy,” “stupid,” “conspiracy theorist,” etc. Questions that, had you asked “Before COVID,” would have been … normal.

So let’s dig into our closets and put on our now-sort-of-out-of-fashion clothes, get into a time machine and travel back to, say, 2014. (I pick 2014 to “control” for the Trump Derangement Syndrome that gripped about half the country and most media the next year.)

Government officials and media breathlessly tell us that a deadly virus is rampant, and that we must take particular measures, including vaccinating everyone. Before rolling up your sleeve for an injection, you would (ask) questions.

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First, the COVID-19 debacle — meaning not only the deaths from the illness but the collateral damage from the response — would not have occurred had these questions been asked prominently and often by a critical mass of citizens and in “mainstream” media. We would have stopped after the first set of questions regarding the severity of the illness! There was no need to do anything beyond staying home when sick and washing one’s hands regularly and taking extra care around unhealthy people.

Second, not only did a critical mass of people fail to ask basic questions, but many people, perhaps most prominently the “educated,” denounced, bullied, and harassed anyone who did. These “educated” bullies even proposed and supported grotesque coercions, including shunning, barring the “unvaccinated” from going into stores and restaurants — and earning a living.

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For the life of me, I don’t know the answer to that question.

I held out for the longest time before getting “the jab”.  While I had comorbidities, my cardiologist and my GP both said “wait” for few months before giving me the green light.

Of course, right after — 24 hours — after getting the second shot, I go Covid.  

Coincidence or causal?  I’ll never know.

But I keep reading about vaccine injuries and early deaths and wonder could this be “yet another conspiracy theory” on its way to becoming true?

Only time will tell.

One thing is for sure Big Pharma and the vaccine cheerleaders made a lot of money off this pandemic!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The 600,000 tires the Gooferment sunk have come back to be a problem

https://www.wral.com/wrightsville-beach-renourishment-project-uncovers-hundreds-of-thousands-of-tires-in-the-ocean/20400638/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

Local News
Wrightsville Beach renourishment project uncovers hundreds of thousands of tires in the ocean
Posted August 2, 2022 7:47 p.m. EDT Updated August 2, 2022 11:21 p.m. EDT
By Liz McLaughlin, WRAL Climate Change Reporter

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Wrightsville Beach, N.C. — The shrinking shoreline at Wrightsville Beach is in desperate need of sand.

“We can’t get our ocean rescue vehicles from point A to point B in some places, because there’s just not enough beach,” Mayor Darryl Mills said.

Rebuilding that usually happens every three years is behind schedule. Officials said they have faced numerous challenges since the beach was last filled with fresh sand in 2018.

Wrightsville Beach has sourced its sand from nearby Masonboro Inlet since the 1960s, but a new interpretation of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA), dictates that no federal dollars can be used to move sand from a CBRA-protected zone (Masonboro Inlet) to a non-CBRA zone (Wrightsville Beach). Wrightsville Beach’s renourishment is 100% federally-funded, according to local records.

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The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) said it placed more than 600,000 tires off the North Carolina coast in the 1970s and early 1980s, but said it discontinued the practice in 1983.

“We don’t know the exact number of tires that were deployed back then,” said Patricia Smith, the Communications Director for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. “Basically, the Division just doesn’t have reliable deployment records from that period.”

The artificial reef closest to the potential sand harvest location for Wrightsville Beach is called the Meares Harris Reef, located about 2.5 miles offshore and spanning 649 acres. That site includes other artificial reefs made of concrete pipes and tugboats that serve as fish habitats, but the aging tires are proving to be problematic.

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I guess the artificial reef project wasn’t well thought out.  And the Gooferment only has itself to blame.  Of course, the Taxpayers pay for the mistake.

Argh!

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GUNS: A shotgun may well have saved this man’s life

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11072609/Dramatic-moment-California-liquor-store-owner-blasts-rifle-toting-robber-shotgun.html

‘He shot my arm off!’ Robber armed with AR-15 flees California liquor store after 80-year-old owner blasts him with SHOTGUN

  • An 80-year-old business owner Craig Cope defended his store with a shotgun
  • Cope had a heart attack because of the shock, but saw off his attackers 
  • The would-be robbers approached Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, California, planning to rob the store while wearing a facial covering

By Tom Brown For Mailonline

Published: 07:15 EDT, 2 August 2022 | Updated: 12:43 EDT, 2 August 2022

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This is the incredible moment a robber armed with an AR-15 fled screaming from a California liquor store after the 80-year-old owner blasted him with his shotgun.

Craig Cope opened fire after the 23-year-old armed intruder entered his shop in Norco in the early hours of Sunday.

Four suspects armed with guns were waiting outside, planning to rob the store while wearing facial coverings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

But security camera footage shows Cope reaching for his shotgun and firing at the first robber as he burst in.

The man screamed out after being hit in the shoulder and ran from the store.

‘He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off!’ the man can be heard shouting as he runs back to a black BMW SUV.

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Well, I can’t say I have any sympathy for the robbers.  The guy was lucky he wasn’t killed.

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POLITICAL: Nuking the Federal Department of Education sounds like a good start

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/08/01/watch-devos-doubles-down-on-eliminating-education-department-slams-administrative-state/

Watch: Betsy DeVos Doubles Down on ‘Eliminating’ Education Department, Slams Administrative State
Breitbart News
Breccan F. Thies
1 Aug 2022

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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reiterated her call to eliminate the Department of Education while calling out entrenched federal bureaucrats, the “vast majority” of whom, she said, are “actually working against you.”

“I think anyone who is serious about getting after the size and scale of the federal government has got to make this a very top tier issue going into the next cycle,” she said of plans circulating in conservative circles of firing potentially thousands of federal employees in a new Republican administration.

“I just think about the experience in the Department of Education and how formidable the bureaucracy is and how how difficult it is to advance policy in an environment where the vast majority of the individuals are actually working against you,” DeVos continued. “But that goes to the heart of the argument against the Department of Education, which again, I will reiterate, I think the department was created on a political payoff and we’ve seen the implications of that play out in the decades since then.”

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No doubt about the “political payoff” assertion.  Jimmie Carter made that deal.

An the “American Education System” has never recovered.

Nowhere in the Constitution is a “Department of Education” mentioned as a power granted to the Federal Gooferment.

What better way for a new President to start dismantling the Deep State than by eliminating a whole department with one fell swoop.

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RANT: Bored Panda highlights some consumer frauds

https://www.boredpanda.com/deceptive-packaging-examples/

Advertising, Funny
“You Sit On A Throne Of Lies”: 50 Of The Most Evil Packaging Designs That Were Created To Deceive People (New Pics)
Simona Kinderytė, Adelaide Ross, Viktorija Ošikaitė

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The Wilshire Law Firm explains what qualifies as false advertising as well: manipulating key terms, deceptive visual representation of the product, bait and switch (when companies pretend to be selling one good or service but end up giving the customers an inferior version), incomplete or false comparisons, and misleading product warranties or guarantees.

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Bored Panda makes a joke, but I think these should be prosecuted!

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POLITICAL: “Private” companies have become the propaganda arm of the party in power over the US Gooferment

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2022/07/27/bokhari-big-techs-blueprint-to-stop-a-red-wave-in-2022/

Bokhari: Big Tech’s Blueprint to Stop a Red Wave in 2022

Allum Bokhari 27 Jul 2022

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Republicans think a “red wave” is inevitable in November. But the Democrats still have one big advantage: the ever-tightening grip of Big Tech censorship, which will be used to prevent undecided voters from encountering even the most mainstream conservative news in the runup to the next election. Republicans will have a strong message — but what if voters are prevented from hearing it?

In the runup to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Google completely suppressed Breitbart News from its search results. Compared to 2016, Breibart News went into the 2020 election with a 99.7 percent reduction in visibility for its links on Google search. The censorship was so severe, no-name blogs with plagiarized headlines and content would appear in search results before the original Breitbart News articles. On searches for the term “Joe Biden,” Google cut visibility on Breitbart News links to zero.

Then, a few weeks before the election, Big Tech teamed up to suppress one of the biggest stories of the cycle: the Hunter Biden laptop story. A post-election poll found that 17 percent of Biden voters would have reconsidered their decision had they been aware of the laptop story alone, not counting the hundreds of Breitbart News stories voters didn’t have access to due to Google censorship.

Biden’s margin of victory in three swing states was less than a percentage point, making tech censorship a pivotal factor in the outcome. There is no law preventing Silicon Valley from not only repeating this plan in 2022, but scaling it up to a massive level – and that’s exactly what they are doing. The groundwork is already being prepared, in a number of ways:

#1 “Independent” Watchdogs Downgrading Conservative Media — NewsGuard Discredits The Right

#2 Facebook Suppressing The News — If The Wrong Side Is Winning, Call Off The Game

#3 Taxpayer-Funded Censorship — NPR Creates Misinformation Bureau

#4 Regulatory Gridlock — No Recourse For Citizens

#5 The Institutionalization of Censorship — Facebook’s $150 Million ‘Oversight Board’

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Like the “misinformation” panic, the point of the Oversight Board is to give a veneer of process and legitimacy to Facebook’s suppression of non-progressive viewpoints.

Going into the 2022 midterm elections, if Silicon Valley gets its way, voters online will see only what the elites want them to see. That January 6 was the worst attack on democracy ever. That Republicans killed people by pointing out masks don’t work. That women in red states are being driven to coathanger abortions.

In short, Silicon Valley will ensure that the misinformation of the establishment gets a megaphone, while any conservative counterpoints are silenced. We already know from 2020 that this works. The question is, what are Republicans going to do about it?

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As a little L libertarian, “private companies” should just make a profit and stay out of politics.

In these examples (i.e., Disney, Google, Facebook, Big Media), they have become propaganda arms of the Big Left wing of the Democratic Party and using their control of Gooferment to silence their opposition. 

“We, The Sheeple” must recognize that the game is rigged and punish all involved.

As painful as it is, consumers must boycott Disney, Google, and Facebook.  Until they change their ways, they are PNG.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Wife uses all her abilities to find a treatment for her dying husband

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/she-found-phage-enemy-of-bacteria-to-save-husbands-life/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=27-07-2022

When Antibiotics Failed, She Found a Natural Enemy of Superbug Bacteria to Save Husband’s Life
By Judy Cole – Jul 23, 2022

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Tom Patterson was dying in a U.S. hospital from a massive bacterial infection he’d contracted while traveling in Egypt. Doctors gave him a prognosis of days.

Fortunately, his wife, Steffanie Strathdee, happened to be an infectious disease epidemiologist, who was not going to give up searching for the needle in a haystack required to cure him.

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However, with more than 10 million-trillion-trillion unique phages on the planet, identifying a handful that specifically fed on the Acinetobacter baumannii afflicting Tom was a task akin to finding one tiny star in a huge galaxy.

The deadly superbug is nicknamed Iraqibacter because wounded combat troops sometimes contracted it in Iraq—and it ranks No. 1 on the World Health Organization’s list of dangerous pathogens. Undaunted, Strathdee quickly began networking to get Tom the treatment he so desperately needed to survive.

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Help from Texas A&M, the FDA, and the U.S. Navy

Her first task was appealing to scientists to track down and purify samples of phages that fed on the specific strain of bacteria that was killing Tom. Texas A&M University biochemist Ryland Young, who’s been tracking phages for more than four and a half decades, was eager to help. Researchers from the U.S. Navy soon signed up for the mission as well.

Strathdee’s plea to the FDA to fast-track a “compassionate use” order allowing doctors to implement an experimental treatment was granted in record time. A scant three weeks later, Tom was injected with his first intravenous dose of a purified “phage cocktail” from the team at Texas A&M. Seeing no negative effects, he received his second IV dose, courtesy of the U.S. Navy, two days later.

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Very impressive effortt by this woman.

And I often don’t have good things to say about the Gooferment, its politicians and bureaucrats, or bureaucracies in general.  Here the stars aligned and everyone perform far above expectations to save the man’s life.

From the movie “Master & Commader”, “an extra ration of rum for these men” and women.

The effort be all was nothing less that “heroic” and I don’t apply that adjective often if at all.

God Bless All of them.

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INNOVATION: Putting “nature” to use instead of chemicals

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/snail-eating-ducks-protect-140-acres-of-south-african-vineyards-in-vergenoegd/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=26-07-2022

Duck alla Pest Control—This Horde of Ducks Have Been Protecting 140 Acres of Vineyards for a Half Century (WATCH)
By Andy Corbley – Jul 21, 2022

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An antique vineyard in South Africa has ditched toxic pesticides for a horde of hungry ducks, as they attempt to make their wines more sustainable.

In reality, Vergenoegd Löw, the wine estate outside Cape Town, South Africa, has been running ducks through their grape vines since the 1970s, but recently they’re trying to introduce this method of pest control to their industry allies.

The idea first came from east Asia where ducks are used to clear harmful invertebrates out of rice paddies, and it’s become so successful on the estate, that a quacking 1,600 ducks are used.

“I call our ducks the soldiers of our vineyards,” managing director Corius Visser told CNN. “They will eat aphids, they will eat snails, they will eat small worms; they keep (it) completely pest-free.”

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Now this is an idea that needs more publicity.  Like using goats in Riverside Park to trim brush and poison ivy.  Ot train crows to recycle aluminum cans.  I love when someone comes up with a way to harness “nature”.

I’d buy a bottle of their wine just to support the ducks.  

(Whom, by the way, are pretty funny in the video.  Who knew about flightless ducks?)

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Make poor children pay for their own misery?

https://calmatters.org/california-divide/2022/07/foster-care-youth-california/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

California Divide
California counties siphon Social Security benefits from some foster kids
by Jeanne Kuang July 22, 2022

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California counties regularly take the Social Security benefits of foster youth who are disabled or whose parents have died. Advocates say it amounts to children paying for their own foster care.

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Tanner said Butte County, as her guardian, took her survivor benefits of about $1,200 a month until she graduated high school and was no longer eligible for them. The money likely totaled tens of thousands of dollars over her time in state custody.

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Ribbing the dead and little defenseless children is what the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats do best.

This is the Pepuls Republik of Kaliforkneeah, but I bet it happens everywhere.

Vile thieves.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Protectionism — Gooferment picks winners and losers — guess which group you’re in?

FROM “Cafe Hayek”: Gary Galles helps us to better understand protectionism. 

https://www.aier.org/article/helping-yall-understand-protectionism/

Helping Y’all Understand Protectionism
Gary M. Galles – July 22, 2022 

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Protectionism provides special treatment for political favorites at the expense of others’ rights and well-being. In fact, it harms all American consumers not given special protection, by removing options they chose for themselves (as illustrated by the fact that undoing protectionist policies could lower prices paid by Americans at a time when rapid inflation is supposedly political topic number one), yet it persists.

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Not only does it harm “others”; it trains “We, The Sheeple” that they can use Gooferment to live off other’s productivity.

Argh!

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HEALTH: Clearly the covid “vaxes” are not “safe”, nor effective. 

https://www.theburningplatform.com/2022/07/25/so-many-people-are-now-dying-suddenly-that-our-free-press-can-barely-hide-it-any-more/

So many people are now “dying suddenly” that “our free press” can barely hide it any more

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Clearly the covid “vaxes” are not “safe”, nor effective.  Argh!

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POLITICAL: Regulation and speed cameras recommended; saaaftee or more money for Gooferment?

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/why-us-roads-became-so-dangerous-and-what-to-do-about-it/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Brian CooleyYour guide to a better future
Cars
Why US Roads Became So Dangerous and What to Do About It
The answers may lie mostly in France, of all places.
Brian Cooley
July 23, 2022 5:00 a.m. PT

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Thanks in large part to in-car safety tech like airbags, antilock brakes, stability control and, more recently, automatic emergency braking, US traffic fatalities have generally been on a long decline since 1970. The 52,000 such deaths recorded 52 years ago shrank to 36,000 in 2019 even as the US population and vehicle miles driven both increased dramatically. But 2020 and 2021 saw the biggest spike in over 50 years to a total of almost 43,000 per year, turning the roadway fatality clock back to 2002. In short, something’s not working as well as it did.

“We need regulations related to vehicle design and street design,” says Yonah Freemark, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on urban mobility and equity. “Those two play a really important role in how likely people are to get killed in streets, especially pedestrians (and cyclists) that are struck by cars.”

Speed is a major factor in nearly a third of all roadway deaths. A solution that would likely raise the hackles of most US drivers is the increased use of still-rare automatic speed cameras that issue tickets autonomously and create an enforcement presence that no number of human officers can hope to replicate. But US drivers have been sufficiently vocal in their opposition to such enforcement tech that there are studies looking at the numerous cities that have removed their similar red-light cameras.
UK speed cameras above four lanes of traffic

Speed cameras are common in several countries outside the US, often using technology that calculates average speed of a given vehicle based on the time stamps when it passes two or more placeson the roadway.

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Here’s an idea — speed bumps (i.e., sleeping policemen).  Of course, that is unacceptable because the Gooferment doesn’t make any money out of them.

Why not?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Secret Service ignore the records retention requirements; I wonder why?

https://www.allsides.com/story/scrutiny-secret-service-builds-over-lost-jan-6-texts?utm_source=AllSides+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=39b675b1fa-Balanced+News+Today&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b086ce741-39b675b1fa-128466237

Scrutiny of Secret Service Builds Over Lost Jan. 6 Texts

The Secret Service is being pressed about missing text messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021. The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general gave the Secret Service a deadline of Tuesday to review the text messages of 24 specific employees for material relating to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — a request that turned up only one new text conversation. The Secret Service says that the majority of the texts in question were deleted as part of a pre-planned “device-replacement program” at the agency. The deletion reportedly came after the IG had requested electronic communications records…

See coverage from The Hill, National Review, and Salo.

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Convent how the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats don’t have to follow their own laws and regulations. 

Now tell me that their carrier (AT&T, Verizon, somebody) doesn’t have copies of those texts?

I thing their Head IT honcho should be immediately fired.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Biden to allow abortions by executive diktat?

https://reason.com/volokh/2022/07/19/who-knew-that-the-public-readiness-and-emergency-preparedness-protects-a-right-to-abortion/

Who Knew That The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Protects A Right To Abortion?
The Biden Administration is about to walk into another eviction moratorium debacle.
Josh Blackman | 7.19.2022 11:15 PM

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Politico reports that the Biden Administration has potentially settled on an executive-action response to Dobbs:

White House officials plotting the administration’s post-Roe response are weighing a narrow public health directive aimed at safeguarding nationwide access to abortion pills, three people familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.

The Biden team has zeroed in on that authority in recent days. They consider it the most feasible of the White House’s limited options for protecting abortion rights, and have concluded that it could have the most immediate on-the-ground impact while also quelling Democrats’ demands for stronger action. . . .

The proposal would rely on powers under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act reserved for public health emergencies to shield doctors, pharmacies and others from liability for providing abortion pills to people across the country — even those who live in states that have outlawed or severely restricted the procedure. .

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Seems like this is a transparent attempt to circumvent overturn of Roe by executive diktat.

I would assume that SCOTUS would quickly take cases to set things straight.

And Red-State governors would “nullify” the Federal diktats.

Sigh!

Not like we have an real problems to work on like inflation and the backfiring of Russian sanctions.

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Car windows in a flood; a new Gooferment diktat

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/australia-car-flood-escape-safety/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Australia Wants to Make Your Car Easier to Escape in a Flood
Steven Ewing

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What’s happening

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) will implement new safety regulations making cars easier to escape in a flood.
Why it matters

The rules would require a car’s power windows to remain operational for 10 minutes after going under water, making it easier for occupants to escape or rescue workers to get in.

What’s next

ANCAP’s new rules go into effect in 2023.

There’s a pretty simple rule of thumb to follow when it comes to driving in floods: If the water looks too deep, it is too deep.

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The Australian Gooferment want to make cars escapable. Doesn’t everyone have one of those windshield breakers on their car key reing? I give them to all new drivers and have them on my ring!

Depending upon the Gooferment for anything is foolish.

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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Auto-Drive-2-IN-1-Rescue-Tool-Seatbelt-Cutter-Window-Breaker-Model-7838/472904538?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&wl13=1844&adid=22222222277472904538_117755028669_12420145346&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=501107745824&wl4=pla-293946777986&wl5=9003992&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=local&wl12=472904538&wl13=1844&veh=sem_LIA&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz96WBhC8ARIsAATR25303LTDJOhZa4AxZ3nH6s3X1Hm9zTgUTa0qQX_YVFw6EfT9sK6eWqMaAjBDEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Five bucks!

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NEWJERSEY: Geese, dogs, and sports create a Gooferment problem

https://lavallette-seaside.shorebeat.com/2022/07/goose-patrol-lavallette-considering-options-to-accommodate-mans-best-friend/

Goose Patrol: Lavallette Considering Options to Accommodate Man’s Best Friend

by Daniel Nee
July 19, 2022

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For years, Lavallette was able to solve two community demands with one unique program. At long last, after years of dealing with bird droppings covering the borough’s ball fields, officials implemented a new system that would naturally shoo away the invaders while also providing an opportunity for local dogs (with responsible owners) to stretch their legs with a place to run.

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First world problem. 

Now let’s hire more bureaucrats to “regulate” the use?

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ECONOMICS: FT Opinion ignores that there is no way to pay the debt that has been created

https://www.ft.com/content/db0a2535-7292-4c84-9015-0d9c4af67713?segmentId=b385c2ad-87ed-d8ff-aaec-0f8435cd42d9

Opinion The FT View
US recession is a smaller danger than long-term inflation
The Fed needs to hold its nerve on tightening further
The editorial board

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Investors have spent much of this week puzzling over what this all means — edging up predictions for the future path of interest rates and for the chances of recession. But there is good news in some of it — it is hard to read the markets’ responses as indicating that investors think this ultra-high inflation is now a permanent feature of American life. The Fed has credibility. But it still needs to tighten further to justify that faith.

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I respectfully disagree.

The current 30T$+ national debt and the guesstimated 226T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with is inescapable.

The Russian “sanctions” over Ukraine have put the USA on a collision course to crush the U$D.  (The fact that it’s the cleanest dirty shirt in the laundry is little comfort.)

For decades, responsible people have been pointing out that empires fall when their currency is debased.  Why should the USA be any different?

We have kicked the can down the road and we can see the end of the road.

End the FED and return to sound money.

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