GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Wisdom of the Crowd “laughs” at the Emperor’s “new clothes”?

Monday, October 23, 2017

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6522758/

Wisdom of the Crowd

A tech innovator creates a cutting-edge crowd-sourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionizing crime solving in San Francisco.

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I like the premise of the show.

(a) wonder why no one is trying it — maybe they are?

(b) I like how it makes the Gooferment politician so venial.

(c) It shows the police “protecting their turf” from an outsider with a better idea.

(d) It shows how people can be empowered to act on their own.

The corollary is that we are all reponsible for our own and the collective security. 

Get armed, trained, and pro-active.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: KILL the Department of Agriculture

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

https://spectator.org/on-the-department-of-welfare-crony-subsidies-and-math-about-vegetables/

Crony Capitalism Watch
On the Department of Welfare, Crony Subsidies, and Math About Vegetables
* If the Department of Agriculture were honest, that’s what it would call itself.
JON CASSIDY October 11, 2017, 12:05 am

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The bulk of its budget, some $126 billion, is required by law to be wasted on welfare, farm subsidies, and such, but for the $25 billion remainder, the department has some discretion as to how it would like to waste the money on welfare and farm subsidies. There are massive programs for wasting the money indiscriminately, but also grant programs to spend the money in a targeted pointless way. An Austin gardener wants $100,000 to sell his hippie neighbors on the merits of organic produce? This is the place to fund that.*

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*It should be noted that organic food is a good idea. But it’s an idea that sells itself and we don’t need the Feds making the case.

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Let’s end the DoA as a bad idea whose time has past!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: First Gooferment creates the problem … …

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FROM BEHIND THE WSJ PAYWALL

https://www.wsj.com/articles/end-of-the-social-security-number-a-white-house-official-thinks-so-1507069469

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‘I feel very strongly that the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness.’—Rob Joyce, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator

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Identity theft would be VIRTUALLY impossible without the “Social Security Number”.

Ignore for a moment that the societal problems that the whole concept of “Social Security” has created, just look at the havoc that the “identifier” has created.

The Nazis tattooed numbers not hose they wanted to kill. Cows are ear tagged “identification purposes”. What’s the difference?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Calling it a “fine” doesn’t legitimaize the taking-by-force of someone’s money who has not damaged anyone

Monday, October 9, 2017

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2017/09/30/not-merry-men/

Not So Merry Men
By eric – September 30, 2017

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Calling it a “fine” doesn’t legitimate the taking-by-force of someone’s money who has not damaged anyone, for the benefit of the government – which is precisely what a tax is

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These 4.2 million have become outlaws as a result of not having ponied up. Which triggers escalation by the “sheriff” – who revokes their “privilege” to drive. Very much in the way Robin and his men were forbidden to hunt the King’s deer in Sherwood Forest.

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Sorry but the “motor vehicle laws” needs a lot of revisions!

Most need imho is that a license can not be suspended without notice by certified mail return receipt requested and a court hearing that allows the “defendant” to be heard BEFORE they are penalized.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment Skrules and the First Amendment

Sunday, October 8, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4959446/Houston-student-punished-sitting-Pledge-suit.html

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India Landry, 17, says she was send home from Windfern High School on Monday after refusing to stand for the pledge, event though she has sat through it hundreds of times previously.

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Sorry, for as wrong as I think the MP4B = “Millionaires Playing For Billionaires” are, this girl ABSOLUTELY has a Constitutional right to freedom of speech.

I may have a different opinion, but that is her right.

The Gooferment Skrules are just that — part of the Gooferment. As such they have no power to discipline her for that.

And, by the way, isn’t this what we criticized the Communists for doing in the 1950’s?

Maybe “We, The Sheeple” will recognize that Gooferment Skrules are merely Gooferment Reeducation Camps in disguise.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: If they were so worried about elections, … … …

Sunday, October 8, 2017

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/new-york-voters-have-no-1st-amendment-right-to-snap-ballot-booth-selfies/#p3

New York voters have no 1st Amendment right to snap ballot-booth selfies
“The State’s interest in the integrity of its elections is paramount,” court says.
DAVID KRAVETS – 9/30/2017, 5:55 PM

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A New York federal judge is upholding New York’s ban on voters photographing their marked ballots in polling places. The judge says the First Amendment is trumped by the law’s stated goal to cut down on election fraud via vote buying and extortion.

US District Judge P. Kevin Castel said the statute deprives a perpetrator of election fraud the modern-day means to verify that a target voted a certain way. That verification method is a selfie of a voter holding a marked ballot at a polling place, which would then be posted to social media, he said.

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Then we’d have photo ids to vote and big prison terms for those who cheat.

Given that it’s the politicians and bureaucrats that “cheat” or authorize cheating, then that’s why the penalties are minimal if any.

Argh!

How about election fraud by a candidate disqualifies them from any office — now and in the future.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: 73 Percent of World’s Dictatorships? Seriously!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017-Oct-01

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42020-us-provides-military-assistance-to-73-percent-of-world-s-dictatorships

US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of World’s Dictatorships
Saturday, September 23, 2017 — By Rich Whitney, Truthout | News Analysis

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For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president have been largely motivated by the need to counter acts of aggression or oppression by “evil dictators.” We were told we had to invade Iraq because Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator. We had to bomb Libya because Muammar Gaddafi was an evil dictator, bent on unleashing a “bloodbath” on his own people. Today, of course, we are told that we should support insurgents in Syria because Bashar al-Assad is an evil dictator, and we must repeatedly rattle our sabers at North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin because they, too, are evil dictators.

This is part of the larger, usually unquestioned mainstream corporate media narrative that the US leads the “Western democracies” in a global struggle to combat terrorism and totalitarianism and promote democracy.

I set out to answer a simple question: Is it true? Does the US government actually oppose dictatorships and champion democracy around the world, as we are repeatedly told?

The truth is not easy to find, but federal sources do provide an answer: No. According to Freedom House’s rating system of political rights around the world, there were 49 nations in the world, as of 2015, that can be fairly categorized as “dictatorships.” As of fiscal year 2015, the last year for which we have publicly available data, the federal government of the United States had been providing military assistance to 36 of them, courtesy of your tax dollars. The United States currently supports over 73 percent of the world’s dictatorships!

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Does this upset anyone else?

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