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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Democrats Reach a New Low in the Kavanaugh Case


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I Don’t Believe How Underhanded the Democrats Are

I don't believe Christine Blasey Ford was assaulted, sexually or otherwise, by Brett Kavanaugh. I don't believe that he and somewhere between one and three others — she's surprisingly hazy on the details, considering their import — stood by while he locked Ford in a room and slobbered and pawed over her like a Kennedy on mescaline. I don't believe that Kavanaugh, about whom no other allegation of anything more serious than liking basketball has ever surfaced, has ever assaulted anyone. I don't believe that uncorroborated accusations of high school tomfoolery by witnesses who are hazy on the details ought to be enough to stop Kavanaugh from renewing a library card, much less joining the Supreme Court. 

I don't believe that Ford withheld such an explosive incident throughout Kavanaugh's rise through the ranks of the federal judiciary. I don't believe that she now remembers telling her husband six years ago that she was worried Kavanaugh might someday serve on the Supreme Court. I don't believe that Senator Dianne Feinstein — who knew about these allegations months ago — held on to them out of respect for Ford's privacy, which I don't believe Ford ever actually wanted. 

I don't believe that the Democrats, who are now insisting that Ford be allowed to make these allegations without having to repeat them in front of the Senate panel charged with determining Kavanaugh's fitness, are doing so for any reason other than her story will fall apart under real scrutiny. I don't believe that the party of the Clintons, Al Franken, Keith Ellison, Bob Menendez and Harvey Weinstein gives a damn about Professor Ford. I don't believe that she means more to them than any of the other women whom they've used up and then thrown out like yesterday's tuna casserole. And I don't believe she'll understand that until she's standing next to Cindy Sheehan and Sandra Fluke in the "remember me?" line at the next Democrat hate rally. 

I don't believe that the FBI, whose jurisdiction in this matter is pretty much non-existent, should be given an unspecified amount of time to investigate Ford's allegations, especially considering Feinstein sat on them for eight weeks, ample time for the wrong agency to conduct a thorough look at a guy whom they've already thoroughly vetted. And I don't believe that the Democrats don't know that eight weeks would be just enough to put the confirmation vote on the far side of Election Day. 

I don't believe that I shouldn't care about Rep. Robert (Beto) O'Rourke (D-New York Fundraisers) and his documented episode of drunk freeway bumper cars, but I should deplore Kavanaugh and a story which is not only undocumented, but it may even be revenge on Kavanaugh's mother for an old foreclosure case. I don't believe the presumption of innocence doesn't extend to a man whose resume includes absolutely no other indications of even mildly disturbing behavior. I don't believe the most convenient accusations of all time, levied by the most convenient accuser of all time, at the most convenient moment of all time, should even slow down Kavanaugh's nomination, much less halt it. 

I don't believe that allegations, which the accuser herself admits she can't recall with any degree of specificity, are anything more than a hail Mary, thrown by the people who have turned the rest of Kavanaugh's hearings into a farce. I don't believe they deserve anything more than a curt dismissal. 

— Ben Crystal 

Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

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Average workers in the bottom 40 percentiles of the earnings distribution saw their disposable earnings decrease over a 16-year period: In constant dollars, annual premiums for full-time, full-year single workers rose from $415 in 1999 to $1,068 in 2015, an increase of $623 per year.
Average U.S. health expenditures rose to $10,348 per person in 2016.


We’re getting dangerously close. By the first quarter of this year, household debt was at an all-time high of $13.2 trillion.
Almost 80 percent of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck. In a recent Federal Reserve survey, 40 percent of Americans said they wouldn’t be able to pay their bills if faced with a $400 emergency.

 

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Triad might reap further rewards for its persistence. It’s one of a handful of firms that are poised to benefit from a nascent comeback for manufactured homes, shipments of which have been on the rise since 2009. Consolidation among producers and the exodus of lenders have left a just few businesses -- including three owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. -- to dominate a market that looks primed for growth in the face of rising prices for site-built houses and the potential for regulatory change.


The level of U.S. consumer debt was $618 billion higher than the previous peak of $12.68 trillion in the third quarter of 2008. It was 19.2 percent above a post global credit crisis low set in the second quarter of 2013, the New York Fed said.


Outstanding education debt in the U.S. has tripled over the last decade and now exceeds $1.5 trillion, posing a greater burden to Americans than auto or credit card debt.
For many, the payments are proving unmanageable. By 2023, nearly 40 percent of borrowers are expected to default on their student loans.

 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

The Noose is Tightening-But Few Seem to Get It


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AThe Noose is Tightening-But Few Seem to Get It

You should begin investing in regenerative and life-supporting activities.  That’s what I and many other like-minded blogs have been telling readers to do for more than a decade [we started in 1999].

However, for many, the collapse has already arrived. It just hasn’t been called that yet in the newspapers and on TV, so people just lack the proper frame of reference. It’s really a matter of perspective.

For the people who are already struggling under mountains of student debt, or homeless, or unable to afford medical care, the collapse has already begun. For many, opportunities to advance have already evaporated; and they're stuck in a slow, steady, out-of-control decent into a future of "less".

Worldwide banks are in trouble, governments are in trouble and there are no more rabbits left to pull out of the hat.  Currently, the United States is doing “well” but as usual, it is all on borrowed money…a trend started by Bush Jr., accelerated by Obama and kept in place by Trump.  Consumers have done the same reaching the same level as they did when the economy collapsed in 2008-2009 and especially among those with accumulated student debt which is at record levels.

 
Here is recap of perspectives to help keep you enlightened:



The global financial system is a ticking time bomb. The question is not if it will explode but when it will explode. And once it does, the inability of the global speculators to use fabricated money with zero interest to paper over the debacle will trigger massive unemployment, high prices for imports and basic services, and a devaluation in which the dollar will become nearly worthless as it is abandoned as the world’s reserve currency. This manufactured financial tsunami will transform the United States, already a failed democracy, into an authoritarian police state.


Most people today are only dimly aware that until the early 1930s, gold coins were used in everyday commerce by the general public. In addition, gold backed most national currencies at a fixed rate of convertibility. Banks were just another business—nothing special. They were distinguished from other enterprises only by the fact they stored, lent, and borrowed gold coins, not as a sideline but as a primary business. Bankers had become goldsmiths without the hammers.



“To make doughnuts a month ago, I used to spend 150 pesos (almost $4) for oil and seven bags of flour. Now it’s more than 400 pesos,” complained Gladys Jimenez.



"That debt might not be where it was, going into the global financial crisis surrounding real estate in the US, but there's an enormous amount of debt at government levels — whether it's in Europe, Japan or the US, where it's $US21 trillion at a government level.



If disaster comes, you will find that all the myths you once cherished are of no use to you. You will see what it is like to live in a society where morality has collapsed, causing all your assumptions and prejudices to crumble before your eyes. And after it’s all over, you will watch as, slowly but surely, these harshest of lessons are forgotten as the witnesses pass on and new myths take their place.

 

 
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Washington Post Suggests Trump Responsible for Hurricanes & Other Dumb Media Stories


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A Recap of This Week’s BS in the ‘Lame stream’ Propaganda Outlets

Trump's hurricanes 
Anyone looking for another reason to hate Donald Trump more than they already do will be pleased to learn that the president — who we're told is a dumb, insane Nazi white supremacist — has overnight wielded his immense dictatorial powers to direct Hurricane Florence over the black people in the Carolinas in order to disrupt their lives as much as possible and maybe even kill them with winds and floods… much as he did when he sent Hurricane Maria to kill brown Puerto Ricans. 

At least that's what the fake news Washington Post 
seemed to be saying in an editorial it published this week that claimed that "Mr. Trump is complicit" in "extreme weather." That's an awesome ability for someone who is both dumb and insane. It's also diabolical but incredibly shortsighted.

 sUnlike the left, which revels in pointing out skin color at every opportunity, Hurricane Florence seems unable to discern white people from black people and is wreaking havoc on both — along with any Indians (both the native American and South Asian varieties), Asians, LGBQTEALMNOPs, and any other minority or victim class either known or unknown and as yet determined that happens to stand in its path. 

The 
ridiculous WaPo editorial came as the climate change alarmists were declaring that Florence — which at the time was a category 4 storm — would be the most powerful to hit the Carolinas in history because conditions were ripe for further strengthening. 

But Trump must have been distracted by illegals aliens crossing the border or a scantily clad porn actress because Florence did the impossible; it weakened down to a category 2 by Thursday morning and was expected to make landfall as either a category 2 or even 1 late Thursday and early Friday. 

As meteorologist 
Joe Bastardi noted in a series of tweets, Florence wasn't the most powerful storm to ever barrel down on the Carolinas, even when it was at its strongest. It was 25 mb weaker than 1985's Hurricane Gloria when it was at about the same place. 

He also noted in another tweet that we have no way of knowing how strong hurricanes used to get while they were over open waters — something we can do with great accuracy today — given that it's only in the last few decades that it became technologically possible to accurately measure storms before they made landfall. 

easingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrousNorth Carolina has been hit by 56 hurricanes since 1851, including six over the period 1953-1955. In 1954, floodwaters from Hazel reached 17 feet. 

Has anybody checked to see where Trump was in the mid-50s? 

Facebook fact checking 

Poor Facebook just can't win. This week the radical left media organization
ThinkProgress posted fake news in an article with a blatantly false headline claiming that Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed." And so Facebook came under fire from the left for censoring news after those same leftists spent a couple of week gleefully celebrating that Facebook and other social media giants had banned Alex Jones. 

Never mind that "no one noticed" because Kavanaugh never said it, but truth matters little to the pro-baby murder crowd. So one of Facebook's fact checkers caught it and gave it a "False Rating," which Facebook has stated reduces an article's reach by as much as 80 percent. 

The Facebook fact-checker that caught and flagged the article was the right-leaning Weekly Standard, which the leftist online publication 
The Verge describes as the only "partisan outlet to be approved as a Facebook fact-checker the United States." 

But that statement in itself is fake news. Other Facebook fact checkers are the Associated Press, Politifact, Snopes and Factcheck.org, left-leaning organizations all. 

The Verge attempts to justify ThinkProgress' use of the phrase "Kavanaugh said" in headline by claiming that it makes a much better clickbait headline than saying Kavanaugh implied or indicated. We're then told: 



"The real problem is not 'Is Facebook censoring progressives,'" tweets Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, which approved The Weekly Standard's entry into its ranks, "but 'Should Facebook ask fact-checking partners to flag stories based on headlines?' and 'How Literally?' We know a lot of fakes travel off of a headline alone. Not acting on those opens a pretty big loophole.'"


No. "The real problem" is having "fact-checkers" censor news in the first place. The ideology of the fact checkers doesn't matter. 

Biases in news coverage and from publications have been around since the beginning of the printed word. Civilization has survived despite it, and will no doubt continue to do so without a corporatist nanny state functioning as gate keepers and determining for us what is fake or not. 

The AP factchecks Obama 

Now here's one for the record books. Barack Obama emerged from the shadows this week and jumped into the political fray with some whoppers that were so outrageous even the Associated Press Fact Check turned its figurative eyes away from Trump long enough to look askance at what Obama had to say, determining that "Obama doesn't always tell the straight story." 

Here's what 
the AP had to say



With his return to the political donnybrook on behalf of Democrats in the November elections, Obama has brought a once-familiar style back into the discourse. It's measured, nuanced and distinct from the torrent of misstatements from Trump. That doesn't mean Obama always tells the story straight.


Among Obama's not straight stories were his critique of Trump's treatment of the press, that the economy had "healthy growth" during his term, that fewer Americans are insured under Trump, and that household income "was near its all-time high" by the time he left office (technically true, but not for the reasons Obama implies). 

The AP didn't even bother to get into the classic Obama gems, like "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" and "if you like your healthcare you can keep your healthcare." 
Nor did it mention any of these:

  • "There's no spying on Americans."
  • "More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States."
  • "We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book."
  • "…it's easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable."

Woodward's 'Fear' 

Bob Woodward is a globalist mouthpiece and fake news artist credited for bringing down Richard Milhouse Nixon using fake sources and a likely fabricated narrative about a single "Deep Throat" informant he met in a parking garage to get snippets of information on Nixon's criminality. Now he's written a book titled, "Fear: Trump in the White House," that has created a stir in Washington because it claims to have information and quotes from people inside Trump's White House. 

But senior Trump officials are denying the quotations attributed to them — even though Woodward claims to have tapes — and The Daily Caller notes that Woodward has a history of writing books that "embellished the truth, made dubious bombshell claims or was otherwise misleading." 

Even Woodward's editor at WaPo, Ben Bradlee, and former Woodward assistant at the Post Jeff Himmelman, both doubted Woodward's story about a single Deep Throat source; and Himmelman in a book revealed that Woodward's and Carl Bernstein's "source Z" was a grand juror involved in illegal leaks, not a source within the Nixon orbit as Woodward has claimed. 

And then there's Woodward's biography of comedian John Belushi, "Wired." Actor and Belushi friend Dan Acroyd said of "Wired" that, "There were certainly things that he just got patently wrong. He painted a portrait of John that was really inaccurate — certain stories in there that just weren't true and never happened." 

As 
The Daily Caller notes: 



Author Tanner Colby, in the course of researching and writing his own Belushi biography, said he found instance after instance in which Woodward's account was misleading.

"The simple truth of 'Wired' is that Bob Woodward, deploying all of the talent and resources for which he is famous, produced something that is a failure as journalism," Colby wrote in a 2013 Salon article.


The Daily Caller claims there's a long history of exaggerations, dissembling and outright falsehoods in Woodward's work. 

In short, it's quite likely that most of Woodward's work in "Fear" is just more fake news. 

The true cost of the 'War on Terror' 

This week we recognized the 17
th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that brought down the two World Trade Center Towers (and Building 7), knocked a hole in the Pentagon and created a crater in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. CNBC took the anniversary as an opportunity to spout some Deep State propaganda about the cost of the so-called "War on Terror" that began in response to the attack. 

CNBC claimed that a Department of Defense report states the collective wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost more than $1.5 trillion since 2001. Not only is that curious, it's also fake news. 

First, the "War on Terror" involves much more than just Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. It includes Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and the Philippines, and likely a handful of other countries we don't yet know about. And that $1.5 trillion figure has been being bandied about for several years. According to a February 3, 2015 
article in Forbes that quoted data compiled by the Mercatus Center citing the Congressional Research Service, the global "War on Terror" had cost $1.6 trillion by fiscal year 2014, and was projected to be $1.7 trillion by FY 2015. 

So in 2015 the cost far exceeded what the Pentagon claims it has cost three years later. 

In 2017 Brown University's Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs
published a study that put the total cost of the wars since 9/11 at $5.6 trillion by FY 2018. The report also claims that more than 7,000 U.S. military personnel have died and more than 52,000 have been wounded. And those numbers don't count the suicides among returning military people, or the thousands who have been damaged emotionally so bad that they can't function without massive doses of psychotropic drugs. 

That just goes to prove our adage that you can't believe anything government tells you. 

— Jay Baker 
for education—and mental health.

 

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