Peter Schiff

September 8, 2013

Peter Schiff is not always right, but he makes excellent points, which are usually ignored by the establishment.  One of them is that our government statistics are manipulated.  Those in power love to talk about how inflation is supposedly so low, and the economy is improving.  But the reality is that inflation is most probably above 5%, and if we factor that in, then we have been in continual recession since 2008.  This helps to explain why the recession has been officially over since 2009, but the economy continues to feel like it is in recession…because it has never left recession.  We are still in it.

Peter Schiff points out how GDP and inflation figures are manipulated to look better than they are.  Unfortunately he is one of the few who dare to point out these amazingly fundamental facts.  All these talking heads and experts in the mainstream media, academia and politics base their arguments on phony statistics, and no one points it out.  Government statistics are treated like the unquestionable Gospel truth, despite the fact that there is abundant evidence that the Government is jiggering them.  In addition to that the Government has abundant incentives to lie, and they control the process.  So why not?  What is even more disturbing is how much the rest of the establishment is so co-opted to go along with the charade, and no one in the establishment is calling for the truth.

Peter Schiff also points out how GDP is not an ideal measure of real wealth, because it only measures economic activity and not real achievements.  Paying people to dig trenches and then fill them back again increases GDP, but it does nothing to enhance our quality of life, which should be the real motivation to do work.  We should not work just to increase GDP, but to get pleasure out of it or because of what it can produce for us.  The government pursues policies (usually funded by debt) that increase GDP, but because so much of it is little more than busy work/make work it does not actually do anything for us, and yet it is counted as GDP.  People like Paul Krugman would probably want to bomb a city if it could increase GDP in the rebuilding effort.  But, such an effort would squander assets and get us not get us any farther ahead.


The Left vs. the Right

September 8, 2013

I watch Fox News and MSNBC from time to time.  Both are biased and highly partisan, but while Fox is not objective, I find their arguments at least make sense to me a lot of the time, and no infrequently they really nail it home.  In contrast, MSNBC is usually like entering some kind of loony world.  The bias is the same as Fox, but their whole outlook is find surrealistic.  Rachael Maddows I find to be nice, but she is far too biased for me to approve.  She does not hold our president´s feet to the fire, because he is a Democrat, which is a shame.  Chris Mathews is paranoid and suffers from some kind of obsessive compulsive disorder.  He sees racism everywhere, he is obsessed with the birther issue, and when he has a non-leftist on his show, he tries to badger and bully the guest until he gets a Gotcha line that he can take out of context to hurt the person.  Chris Mathews is not interested in actually listening to his guests.  He just wants to find a weak chink in the armor which he can exploit.  For him this is about political war between his tribe (the Democrats) and the other tribe (the Republicans) and all he cares about is scoring points.  You can hear him very begrudgingly “listening” to Ron Paul as Ron wins the argument.  For Chris this is too much for his self-righteous ego to handle.

In this interview with Ron Paul, Chris tries his usual tactics of attempting to make Ron Paul look like a racist, and that his ideas would return the US to Jim Crow if implemented.  Of course this is absurd, but Chris Mathews keeps trying to get an out of context sound bite from Ron Paul that would hopefully make him out to be an evil racist.   Ron Paul is having none of it, and sees the trap.  He also stands up to Chris Mathews and does not allow Chris to bully him.  He calls Chris out on his BS, and ends up soundly winning the debate.  This is a great clip.

Here Chris is back to bullying and badgering his guest.  This just shows how little Chris understands-or attempts to understand-those who are not exactly like him (an elitist guilt ridden leftist).  He lives in such an echo chamber, and has become so filled with paranoia that he actually believes that the guest took his gun to the rally to start a shoot out or assassinate the president.  He actually believes this, and seems to find it hard to understand why the man bought the gun, instead injecting all kinds of nefarious reasons.   This is what happens when people do not get out.  They marinate in their own tribal juices to the point where everything becomes a war of their tribe against the other.  Actually very primal and primitive thinking this is.  Fox does this too-and I wish that they did less-but somehow I find MSNBC to be more loony.  It also gives us a psychological look into the mindset of much of the establishment…and it is scary.

One final observation.  In the 1960s Liberals were called that because they were actually liberals.  They protested against those in charge and the government.  They questioned things, and wanted to “stick it to the man”.

Today the left has become “the Man”.  They are so bought off by government money, power and privilege, that they cannot imagine a world without more and more government controlling and taxing everything.  They have become co-opted and compromised.  Bought off.  Now when someone like a Tea Party person or Ron Paul speaks about Liberty, they automatically become hostile and defensive, and start immediately trying to interject all kinds of evil motives (and endless racism) to those who want to give people more freedom, and governments less overarching power.  The hatred of the Tea Party by the Left is so palpable and primal that it puzzles me.  It goes beyond just political opposition.  It is as if the Tea Party raped and killed their children.  The hatred is that deep and visceral.

And I would like to add that, while I sympathize with Libertarian causes, I am not a true 100% libertarian.  I believe in balance.  Still, if the Libertarians can help get there, I am all for it.  Government has become too big and powerful, and we need to bring it back to a more sensible center and make it more accountable.  People like Chris Mathews, however, hate such ideas.

Here is a final example of leftist paranoia, hate, invective, group think and double standards directed at Tea Party members.  The Left love to get all indignant about Intolerance and Hate, but then feels free to self-righteously practice as much Intolerance and Hate as they wish, just like the other hypocritical and double standard labels that they love to throw around: Diversity, Inclusion, Racism, Sexism, etc, etc.  I could do an entire paper on this…but I will leave it for another day.


Max Keiser

September 2, 2013

This video by Max Keiser is one of his best.  So many important points are made-points that are conveniently ignored by our elites, whether political, academic, corporate, syndicate, etc.

Realities brought up in the video are:

-The total insecurity of “the Cloud” now that the NSA and company are systematically violating privacy and security.  And to add to it, due to the Patriot Act, companies cannot reveal if the government is snooping on their data or not.  What organization would want to put their sensitive information into such a system?  If things don´t change soon, I expect web services to spring up in places like Iceland.

-The out of control fusion of corporate interests and government spending and power, where corporations increasingly rely on government welfare, and control policy and legislation to prevent competition, and rig the whole system, in giant cartels.  For instance, now they want to take away the tax exemption status of credit unions to reduce competition.

-We have a government which only seems to grow and never shrink.  We have 17 intelligence agencies with little really to do and a lot of opportunities to get into mischief, and even more dangerously so being in bed with large corrupt corporations.  We have little to no accountability as these bureaucratic behemoths spread their tentacles into everything, and Obama is not providing leadership on the issue.  I imagine that he is spending his time schmoozing with his donors and supporters.

-Numerous welfare programs are maintained to keep the unemployment numbers low, keep the population from revolting, and keep them dependent on government largesse.

The whole war on Cannabis was created to give previous government anti-prohibition workers a new job to do.  The last thing that the DEA wants is to reduce the drug problem.  The war on drugs is its lifeline, and they will fight to keep it that way.


I´m back

September 2, 2013

Sorry for the absence of blogging lately.  I have been on vacation for the last 6 weeks.  My intention was to blog, at least occasionally, during the break, but due to limited computer and internet resources, as well as time, I was not able to do any blogging.

Anyway I have returned and will resume my posts.  I am not paid and often do not have a lot of free time, so I do not blog as often as I would like.  Still, I do it when I can.  Thanks you for all the nice feedback.


The circus of the Zimmerman Trial

July 16, 2013

The whole Zimmerman trial is a prime example of why our Mainstream Media is broke.  First of all there has been around the clock coverage of a simple murder/manslaughter trial of one person.  Normally such an incident would garner little more than the local news.  However, the media saw a racial angle to the story and became obsessed with it.  This shows how our politically correct elites are obsessed with race and perceived racism everywhere.  They have internalized an emotional narrative in which blacks are noble victims and whites are hateful racists.   If the Zimmerman case were a typical black on black, or white on white crime, no one would care.  But suddenly because the shooter is partially white, and the shootee is black, then suddenly it transforms into a narrative morality tale of racism.  There is a huge disconnect between what the average person thinks of the trial, and what the elites generally think of it.  Average people generally think the whole thing is overblown.  The elites generally do not.  Below is a link to comments from yahoo news.

http://news.yahoo.com/jury-reaches-verdict-in-zimmerman-trial-131511601.html

Aside from that, the MSM has a tradition of obscessing over trivial things, such as the Ana Nicole Smith death.  We have more important news to worry about like the NSA scandal and what our leaders are doing.  Maybe the MSM likes to push trivial stories to keep people distracted from the real news going on?  Bread and circus.


The Consequences of the Massive Debt that we are in

July 16, 2013

Here is an interesting interview talking about the fact that once debt has been accumulated over decades there is no easy solution solution to get rid of it.  The debt has to be confronted and the pain has to be worked thru.  Currently politicians want the easy magical solutions.  Central banks the last few years have been loading on debt and keeping interest rates historically low in a desperate attempt to revive the economy all without effect.

 

 


The beginning of the end for Cannabis prohibition

July 16, 2013

I agree with The Young Turks, this is the beginning of the end for Cannabis prohibition.  Two states have recently legalized the plant, and many others have permitted it for medical use.  A few years this would have been unthinkable, but times change.  When Bill Clinton proposed ending discrimination against homosexuals in the military in the early 90s, there was a huge backlash, the measure was withdrawn and the whole controversy hurt his presidency.  Just a few months ago Obama did the same thing, and won praise from his own party.  The measure was successful.  A few years ago Spain tried to ban smoking in public buildings, and the law failed.  A few years after that the government tried again and the law was respected.

I think the same thing is happening in America, probably because most of population are baby boomers or younger, and most of them have at least tried pot and generally come out none the worse for wear.  In the end the hysteria against cannabis does not match the reality, and people know it.  And time is only proving to reenforce the point.  As states legalize cannabis and find that the world does not end, acceptance will grow.

The only party which is holding things up is surprisingly the Obama Administration, which continues to raid cannabis dispensaries.  Why they are doing it I find bizarre.  Obama himself has a long history of drugs in his youth, and seems to have done all right.  I would find it difficult and hypocritical that Obama personally is against Cannabis.  Obama´s base and the Democratic Party is hardly baying for the Federal Government to go against the wishes of voters in states, and conduct raids on sellers of cannabis.  Even the Republican Party is generally muted on the issue.

So who is driving this unpopular crusade against cannabis?  I suspect it is people like the DEA, who have a lot to lose if Cannabis is legalized.  All those jobs and fiefdoms are at stake.  With less illegal drugs and less drug lords there is less work for the DEA.  Big Pharma may also want Cannabis to be kept illegal, since pot sometimes competes with prescription drugs.

The next few years should be interesting.  As acceptance grows eventually the president will stop opposing Cannabis.


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