Saturday, March 21, 2015

The "Chickenshit" Leader of the Free World

Oh how I wished I would have written this. The true essence of our President. From Bill Whittle. Copied in it's entirety here. -Brian

If you'd rather watch than read, here's this:

He’s the Leader of the Free World, elected by a civilized nation: militarily powerful because of, and not in spite of, it’s cultural commitment to science and art and medicine.

Although he spent much of his early life overseas, the Leader of the Free World grew up in the Northeast, and graduated from Harvard University. That he has a deep and abiding love for America is self-evident: he admires our energy, our inventiveness; our decency and kindness; our innate friendliness and charity. He loves our culture; he admires our private sector which generates so much innovation. And the Leader of the Free World admires and respects our vast military power, and the restraint which it is used – to him, it is indeed the Arsenal of Democracy.

And even though he has grown up the victim of bigotry and hatred, the Leader of the Free World loves America, even though slurs are applied to him still today. In spite of all that, he loves everything she stands for.

And there he stood, backed by American flags and framed in American glory – on the floor of the House of Representatives; where his predecessors made the case to fight against the great evils in the world: slavery. Nazism. Japanese Imperialism. Communism.

There he stood: The Leader of the Free World; a thoughtful, serious man making a thoughtful, serious case to the World’s Greatest deliberative body. The Leader of the Free World spoke frankly of the need to confront today, as we have confronted in the past, this latest threat to freedom, and science, and medicine, and art, and the basic human rights not only of women, and homosexuals but of everyone to live their own lives as they saw fit. He spoke against the clear and present danger posed by Islamic savages, motivated by religious hatred, implacable in their desire to see the world burn – and especially about the threat posed by the stat of Iran, which is working feverishly, night and day, so see those fires burn not at hundred but rather at thousands of degrees.

The President of the United States declined to attend this speech by the Leader of the Free World, because the President of the United States has called the Leader of the Free World “chickensh**.”

One of them is, anyway. Which one, I wonder?

You know, the internet has a wisdom all its own. Taking a snapshot of both these men in their youth, someone wrote:

Obama smoked Ganja; Netanyahu smoked terrorists.

Just a casual read of Dreams From My Father – and how it was written – show the President of the United States to have been a lazy, boastful, vain, disrespectful, sullen, pot-smoking narcissist who played basketball at the most exclusive private school in Hawaii, got high kicking back on the beach, and repeatedly blew off his book deadline after having spent the huge advance money. His brother, Mark Obama Neh-Des-AND-jo, lived in obscurity and utter poverty in Kenya, utterly ignored and unaided by his brother, The President of the United States of America.

Bibi Netanyahu was described by his teachers as courteous, polite, helpful, responsible, punctual, friendly, disciplined, cheerful, brave, active and obedient. After growing up in Pennsylvania, The Leader of the Free World returned to Israel, joined the IDF as a Special Forces commando, was part of the team that rescued the hostages aboard Sabena flight 571 – during which he was shot in the shoulder – then went back and fought along the Suez Canal in the Yom Kippur war before returning to America to get his degrees from both Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. HIS brother, Yonatan Netanyahu, was the only Israeli commando killed during the rescue of 100 Israeli hostages in the Raid on Entebbe on July 4th, 1976.

THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD – you know, the chickensh** one -- rescues his people when they are held hostage – PERSONALLY rescues them – and stands arm in arm with world leaders against the endless, savage, Islamic murders of Jews and all civilized people.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES goes golfing while hostages are being murdered – PERSONALLY goes golfing – and will not so much say the words “Islamic Terrorists” or “Jews” as our time for chickensh** posturing and preening runs out as fast as the nuclear centrifuges spinning in Iran.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Apple Jumps Shark, Invents Chevy Volt for Your Wrist

It was with absolute delight that I listened to Tim Cook roll out the Apple watch.

Strutting across the stage, all smiles, Cook was talking about all of the fantastic features of the watch. They've been working on this for 3 years. They have 3 basic models. The watch ranges from 349.00 to 17,000.00 for the gold encased one. Apple claims an 18 hour battery life which undoubtedly will be far less if you actually use the thing. You must have an I-phone 5 or newer as a companion piece which is where this new watch gets really stupid and really expensive if not just a bit duplicitous.

So this is where I should tell you- why I once loved Apple and why I now hate Apple- if you don't mind my extremism.

I received my first Apple laptop in 2007 as a parting retirement gift from my girlfriend. Apple laptops cost 750-1500 dollars more than other competing brands. Here is where they succeed.

They are smaller and lighter, they fire up faster, they are easier to use, they do not get viruses, they are fixed fast and usually free at any Apple "Genius Bar", their charger cords are magnetic so that if you trip over the cord it breaks free rather than dumping the hard drive on the floor, and they have better software features for photos and music with superior access to ancillary services.

Where do they fail? Apple doesn't want users who try to hang onto 5 year old laptops. Once they hit 5 years- Apple won't even work on them. They want you to buy a new one- which I did. The funny part is- is that after 5 years and another 1500 bucks- I did not see any significant difference in the new laptop except that it had a silver case and was a little skinnier. Hardly worth the additional 1500 bucks.

I do not fault anyone for buying an Apple laptop. They are simply superior to other laptop brands like this Toshiba I paid 300 bucks for at X-Mas. I especially love that Apple's laptops read all incoming data for viruses- something that Bill Gates could have done with Windows- had he not been such a pirate and screwed people over by allowing viruses in and thus forcing the hoi polloi to pay for a variety of software and repairs.

My hatred for Apple came when I discovered that all of their products are assembled by hundreds of thousands of Pacific Rim employees making a dollar an hour and working 16 hour days- 6 and 7 days a week. I have never been a fan of any corporation which exploits workers by paying sub par wages while subjecting them to horrible working conditions. If Apple wants to dispute this- then I suggest that all of the Cupertino, Ca management staff that are making mountains of money should switch jobs and salaries for one year with Chinese workers at FoxConn. Then we'll see if they find some sort of conscience.

In addition to exploiting slave labor, Apple has 700 billion dollars sitting off shore which is the largest cash horde that any company in the history of the world has ever amassed. Apple will undoubtedly become the first trillion dollar company. They will not pay taxes on that off shored money but they will gladly ask consumers for top dollar for their devices while letting you pay your taxes- which unfortunately- we cannot avoid even if we leave the country like Apple did. Thus there are no Apple manufacturing jobs for Americans beyond Cupertino- nor tax shelters for the middle class who they hope will buy this gadget.

If only people would quit patronizing these pirates. But they won't. People don't think that way anymore.

The problem with the watch is that it doesn't really do anything special. It has a small screen, you still have to have an I-phone with you, you must recharge the watch everyday, and you will look like a dork wearing it. I don't even think it's waterproof or water resistant which means that maybe a nice plunge into a sink will kill it.

With a giant Galaxy screen available to me and a bazillion free apps- what advantage could an I-phone user find with this watch? I think it measures your heart rate- and there is always some nerdy geek at the gym who wears a similar device on their arm- which costs 29 bucks.

How many ways can you re-invent a computer? Will they come up with an Apple necklace next?

I miss Steve Jobs. He always saw the big picture. I can't help but think Jobs would have shit canned this watch. Jobs would have probably shit canned Tim Cook for any number of reasons as well- such as paying investors dividends- which Jobs was adamantly against. Cook surely owes his longevity, and his smiley face, to the corporation Jobs built. Successors can often live on the laurels of their predecessors- at least for a while.

Apple has so much money that it can suffer a few missteps. A few people will run out and buy this watch and we will see what it is really like then. My gut tells me that the Apple watch will go the way of toaster ovens and the Chevy Volt. Rolling it out in April just as consumer spending has all but dried up. It's going to be interesting to see the pre order sales figures.

I wonder if Cook will be talking about this watch and how much it added to Apple's bottom line at their next annual meeting. I have a feeling it won't be taking up too much of his time.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Where Is Richard Nixon When You Need Him?*Updated With Superior Content

After comparing Nixon's one scandal, Watergate, to the flood of Obama administration scandals- another blog begs the question. Who is the bigger criminal, Nixon or Obama? On a reader tip (thank you) I found this prescient comment and stole it. (PJ Media)

I vigorously protest your comparison of the Obama goons with the Nixon administration. As full of sin and error as the Nixonites became, in their hearts they still loved America, still subscribed to its core values, still believed in this nation special destiny.

The crew that's in power today looks at our country the way that halal butchers look at a sheep: it's only a question of the right way to do what they've already made up their minds to do.

Last week, I noted that the man most responsible for giving President Obama his Nobel Peace Prize had been demoted by the Nobel Committee. President Obama managed to trick our entire country into thinking he was a moderate politician so it came as no surprise to me that some guy on the Nobel Prize Committee also fell for his bullshit. The most transparent President ever has been waging wars and picking fights with just about everyone. I can't even keep up with all of his war mongering and mis guided anger from Afghanistan, to Syria, Ukraine, pissing off the Russians, Jews, Netanyahu, Ed Snowden, Christians, Republicans, Fox News, Congress, and citizens who can still read the Constitution. Currently, illegal aliens like Obama. He hasn't dropped any bombs on them because his party needs the extra 5 or 10 million votes.

The only peace Obama will bring to millions including me- is when he gets the hell out of town. If he'd like to go early I know I could spring for some new golf clubs. That will be my peace prize.

Yesterday, I stumbled across a blog that I wished I had written. It captures the essence of our culture. At the bottom of this page I am going to link it. I posted this blog on my Facebook page. Out of the 260 or so people that might actually glance at my FB page- only two people took the time to read the blog or comment on it, one actually shared it.

Two people that I know of. That's it. That lack of interest is astounding.

That is why I killed Frankenstein Government. You see, I'm not afraid of the government- what I'm afraid of is the millions upon millions of apathetic and uneducated assholes who don't care, who don't read, and still act as though they know what the fuck is going on. Andrew Breitbart confronted those types and he proved on several occasions what we all know is true. Government sold us all out years ago- and the only bitter clingers are the saps who still think they have a say in the matter.

With half of our citizenry receiving public assistance and a few million more checked out on booze, drugs, video games, and cellphones- who's left to mind the store? The truth is- I don't know how these other blog authors keep writing about the current American dark ages and hoping the shit storm that has to happen- happens. Of course, it never does. It's depressing.

Last week, your government gave health insurers 3 billion dollars. They were not authorized to do this by Congress- yet they did it anyway. Where I come from we call that embezzlement. You can't just give away money that is not yours. Surely there is some fiduciary responsibility- you'd think. Not with this lawless crew. They just do whatever the fuck they want to do. Who's going to prosecute them, Eric Holder? Here's the best part. The only ones found guilty in this whole health care fisaco are the poor saps like me who can't afford their fucked up idea and have to pay the penalty. Due process my ass. In the meantime, the people responsible for all of the negligence, dereliction, lies, chicanery, and now apparently- the theft of taxes diverted to corporate America- they have their health care and cushy jobs. Not one of those bastards will pay a penalty.

I can't even keep up with the criminal behavior and scandals. I can probably name 10 of them with the latest scandal being Hillary Clinton's email account which I am sure she has been busy trying to purge while obstructing any legal effort to uncover the contents of her email.

Our government right now reminds me of the City of New Orleans under Mayor Ray Nagin when I lived there. They celebrate corruption in New Orleans. When Nagin received a ten year prison sentence (of a recommended 20-25 years) for all of his fraud and corruption-I laughed. I wondered out loud who and what influenced the judge to set aside the sentencing recommendations. Because that is how New Orleans works.

The Feds will come in and prosecute some chicken shit, small town Mayor like Nagin or the little peons now in Ferguson that are fleeing- but you don't see them running down one of their own. Not one fraudulent banker or credit rater ever saw a weekend in jail. Who prosecutes Eric Holder for his role in selling guns to Mexican drug cartels and ultimately- the death of Agent Brian Terry? Should Holder stand trial for Terry's death? Should Hillary stand trial for the deaths of Christopher Stevens and the 3 other Benghazi victims? Maybe not, but the worst part of all of this is the absolute shamelessness of our "leaders." Not only do they refuse to take responsibility for their roles in those events but they act as though none of that was their fault.

Back in the day, when people made sociopathic mistakes and subsequently made them worse by lying about them, they still had enough shame and decency to part company and resign when they were caught. Now days, the sociopaths simply stay quiet, re-group, come up with some plausible and non provable line of shit to explain their actions, and then lurk about- looking for their next opportunity.

My God, it all seems so laughable now. The Watergate Hotel, Woodward and Bernstein, Deep Throat, Gordon Liddy, Howard Hunt, and those idiot burglars. Trying to eavesdrop on the democrats. Televised hearings. That was the crime of the century. A second rate burglary involving our President who resigned. I was just a kid but I thought that was a big deal back then.

These days we have giant scandals where people get killed and the people responsible for protecting them- lie about what caused the event. Our government eavesdrops on everyone, creating back doors into computers and cellphones, eavesdropping on reporters and countries all over the globe. It persecutes whistle blowers. Our government looks the other way when hundreds of thousands of crooked bank deals and bankers bankrupt our country and then gives the crooks a trillion or so to rebuild their balance sheets along with 4 trillion or so in debt monetization and zero interest rates. We have a dope smoking President who still hasn't divulged his grades in college, who or how he paid for his education, where he got his social security number, or what happened to his passport. Shit, what I wouldn't give for a urine sample from Obama after one of his many vacations.

Richard Nixon ordered the burglary of an office. Other than about 15 morons, the rest of our country was fine. Nobody else was injured because of Nixon's actions or in actions. Compared to Obama, Nixon looks like Mother Theresa. Where's Richard Nixon when you need him?

Best read of the week. If you have the time, read the "Pig Trap" also. You'll find it even more interesting than this one.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The New Age Slavers

Ahh, corporate America. When I think of all the cultural de-evolutionary events in America, the one that really makes my blood boil is the one where corporate America demands that you get an education before they will hire you and then big business sets abut the task of exploiting those talents while subjecting you to every corporate cost cutting measure available to them. Every once in awhile, I fantasize about going back to school- not to submit to our current corporate culture but rather, because I like learning new things. Odd, huh?

My sister went to college for that precise reason. She actually enjoyed learning new things.

Last night, while doing a little research, I noted that the all in costs of a four year degree at little Carroll College in Montana were about 200 thousand dollars. I am in awe at those numbers. That's the cost of a 30 year mortgage before you ever prove your worth in the marketplace.

Who would do that? 

You take all of the risk, you pay all of the costs- not to mention the lost 4 years of your life- then you get to submit yourself to your new masters while paying make believe interest to your banker owners.

You want to know what I think? Anybody doing that- is an idiot. That's worse than gambling.

Part of the de-evolution of this country is that somehow- corporate America shifted the burden of the costs of education from themselves and placed it squarely on the backs of young Americans. The boneheaded manufacturing jobs, the ones we could all use in the meantime, were farmed out and into places like the Pacific Rim- where corporations are able to exploit giant work forces for a buck an hr. or less. 

Here's the really crazy part. We have become such a nation of sheep and so heavily indoctrinated into this educational foolishness that we don't even question it. That's the price our society currently expects you to pay. I have actually read several article where corporate America whines that they have all of these great jobs- but unfortunately nobody has the education to fill them. What a pile of shit.

It's all part of the kleptocracy's  indoctrination of our up and coming generations. Get them conditioned with ridiculously priced educations and a sea of debt- and this will create the perfect, compliant, obedient worker. They will do as they are told or risk career ending resume suicide. Convince the worker that you are doing him/her a giant favor. That way, the sheep take on all of the risk.

If you look at it another way, and here's an even better metaphor, it's like ordering a puppy. Not only do you expect the puppy to come to you fully trained- but you expect the puppy and it's owner to do all of the required training for free. It costs you nothing. If the puppy fails to meet your expectations or poops on the rug- you can always get rid of it and get a new one. Puppies, just like workers become disposable. Whatever perceived bonds exist are easily severed.

I'm not speculating here. I've watched this unfold in my lifetime. As a young worker, we were paid a fair wage with benefits. Our companies thrived and so did we. The only thing that has changed over the last 40 years was that our government via taxes and inflation reduced our work product. Corporate America became equally greedy, cutting every benefit, busting unions, and replacing tenured employees with younger, cheaper ones. 

The problem of course- is that the perceived beneficiary of the worker-employer relationship is always the employee rather than the employer. We should be grateful for the crumbs that they offer us.

Horrible business models are supposed to fail. The current situation is failing. The government is extending student debt, reducing interest, and they will find other adjustments to keep exploding debt levels from becoming actual charge offs. How long can they do this? I am in awe that they've done it this long. Every failed program simply gets tossed out and onto the backs of taxpayers. Here's a snip from wiki.

The Economist reported in June 2014 that U.S. student loan debt exceeded $1.2 trillion, with over 7 million debtors in default. Public universities increased their fees by a total of 27% over the five years ending in 2012, or 20% adjusted for inflation. Public university students paid an average of almost $8,400 annually for in-state tuition, with out-of-state students paying more than $19,000. For two decades ending in 2012, college costs rose 1.6% more than inflation each year. Government funding per student fell 27% between 2007 and 2012. Student enrollments rose from 15.2 million in 1999 to 20.4 million in 2011, but fell 2% in 2012.[5][6] Bloomberg reported in July 2014 that: "The biggest growth in the program came in the past decade, as student debt rose an average of 14 percent a year, to $966 billion in 2012 from $364 billion in 2004, according to New York Fed data."[7]

This model is unsustainable. It simply has to fail. We grow closer every day.

So what's the solution? There are several countries which actually offer free college education. This allows people the freedom to change their lives and try something new. When you empower people rather than work to enslave them- the playing field begins to level. People have the freedom to change careers without some giant debt cloud hanging over them. They can pursue new careers despite the fact they may have failed in a prior one. Employers are forced once again into becoming more competitive rather than monopolizing and exploiting the workforce. The government? Well, they'll continue to raise taxes and steal every last dime that they can- there's just not much short of a revolution that any of us can do to change that piece of the new age slavery puzzle.

Here's a list of countries that offer free college tuition. Unbelievably, the taxes the citizens in these countries pay are equal to our current tax structures. I will save that comparison for another day. Let's just say some countries invest in their society while other cultures exploit theirs.

In America, we do have a few colleges that operate tuition free. It's an interesting list but you certainly won't find any Ivy League schools here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Obamacare Reality is Here

Yesterday, while delivering some heavy duty medical equipment to one of our business accounts, I chatted with a young employee of theirs. He was about 30 years old and I could tell he was fairly intelligent.

Here in Boise, we have a huge supply of medical equipment refurbishers. The margins are enormous. It is nothing for these refurbishers to buy a piece of medical equipment for five thousand bucks, put a little work into it, and re-sell it for eighty thousand dollars to some second tier medical provider who cannot afford to pay half a million for the newest device.

I have another friend who works for a company that quite literally drives a U-Haul truck around a population center in surrounding states- asking dentists if they have old equipment for sale. Old fashioned cold calling. They buy just about everything. Once the truck is full- they drive it back to Boise. They have been doing this for years. That little company employs 25 people all making 10-15 bucks an hr. No benefits of course.

In Boise, that's the standard wage everywhere. The owner gets rich while everyone else scrapes by. This is the new American business model. We call it, "Living someone else's dream."

So that is who I was talking to. A 30 year old man living someone else's dream. He had a wife and two kids. He told me he had just finished his taxes and he was screwed. I asked him why.

He said that he and his two children had no insurance. Obamacare costs are currently 700 a month or 8400 a year. He simply couldn't afford it. So he said, he was trying to come up with the penalty payment of 700. I had the impression the kids were not his deduction. He added, "it makes me sick to know that we pay pennies for this medical equipment and re-sell it for enormous amounts." He said that's how you know that the medical community has so much fucking money- that they think nothing of paying small fortunes for 15 year old pieces of equipment. Just the shipping costs alone usually amount to 2-3 thousand dollars.

On a personal level, one of the things that pisses me off the most about Obamacare is that the original bill writers arbitrarily assigned 11 thousand bucks as the "poverty level." Eleven thousand bucks is not even minimum wage. Nobody can live on 11,000 dollars. Period. If you are making 900 a month- you are in deep shit. However, the bill writers chose this level as the starting point for those who qualify for subsidies. That way- anyone making 44k or 400% of the "poverty level" a year- pays full price for Obamacare. Anyone making less than that gets some sort of subsidy.

Had they used 15k as the poverty level, most Americans would have been subsidized. They did not do that because it didn't pencil out- they needed every penny they could get. All Obamacare was ever meant to do- was to steal money from all of the healthy and productive citizens that lost jobs and benefits in 2008- and force them by law- back into the healthcare insurance system which was bleeding losses. That's it.

This is social engineering. Discrimination based on wages. The lowest earners, or the people least capable of having children and supporting them- get free health care and thus they have children. Higher wage earners, the people more likely to support their children- cannot afford to have children. It's a sort of cultural de-evolution where the least intelligent and least productive are encouraged to reproduce. The intelligent and productive people realize they cannot afford to have kids.

That is the Obamacare reality. It doesn't exactly bode well for the future.

That 30 year old kid is saving 8400 bucks a year in premiums along with a 2000 dollar deductible. That's net money after taxes. It's like a second mortgage except you have nothing to show for it. Strangely, millions of people aren't buying in. I do not care what type of bullshit our government is spewing about sign ups- people aren't going to buy this.

In the meantime, the rest of us are forced to try and find healthcare and pay cash for it. I cannot tell you how poor the level of service has been for me. Doctors and clinics simply don't want you. They don't need the business when they can gouge ridiculous prices that they know third party providers will pay.

In the mean time- anyone owing a penalty better pay it. Because if you don't pay the penalty you can damn sure bet that a few years from now you'll be receiving correspondence from the IRS. They'll be asking for a lot more than the original penalty and they'll get it.

And to think we fought a revolutionary war over 3% in taxes. I'll take King George III any day- over this clown.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Being Realistic When It Comes to Gold Ownership

At this point in the 2nd greatest bull market in the history of the United States, if you had no information other than the US stock market and it's ridiculous valuations, you'd think we were embarking on the greatest century of industrialization that the world has ever seen.

Of course this is not true. The devil they say, is always in the details.

If you are going to manipulate markets, then you are going to have to acquire the means to manipulate any or all markets when you need to. You can only do that when you own everything on the monopoly board including the money supply. The world's central banks, and their elite owners, currently own everything on your monopoly board. You are some game token, rolling dice, hoping to avoid these predators- but sooner or later they will get you. That's how the game of monopoly always ends. The people with all of the money figure out a way to take all of yours. It's the greatest poker game of all time.

The price of gold has tumbled from the 1900 dollar per ounce price level in 2011 all the way down to the current price of 1190.

You'd think in that type of environment- that demand for gold had dropped sharply or that there is an over supply of gold. Or both. Or maybe that the world's banks had quit counterfeiting their fiat currencies and were actually paying down the principal on all of the debt they had acquired. Well not only is all of that untrue, the reverse is true. Gold demand has never been greater, the supply of gold (a finite resource) is dwindling and industrialized countries are not paying down the principal on their debt burdens- they are actually adding more debt. For anyone with even a rudimentary idea of the economic laws of supply and demand- this is simply not possible. Yet, here we are.

There is no doubt that most- if not all- markets are under the direct ownership of the mega banks and the central banks.They don't even want depositors money. They don't need it- they have a rich supply of their own zero interest rate supplied money.

So I got tired of reading all of those gold blogs about a year ago. They regurgitate the same information over and over again. Every once in awhile some "expert" will call for 2100 dollar gold like Eric Sprott's Dec 2014 call. He's just selling you his book. So I scan headlines, look for some new angle, and I make my own "what is gold currently worth?" line.

What is gold currently worth absent all of the market manipulations and disguised data? My line is about 2300 bucks. If things continue in a status quo sort of way through the end of this year, then gold should be worth about 2500 bucks. Would I sell gold at that price?

Probably not. I didn't sell at 1900. That was the last time I think it may have been fairly priced- that was 2011. How will you know when it is fairly priced again?

Gold will become fairly priced at that precise moment when the buyers of gold wished they had bought more of it. Gold will be fairly priced when people who have none can't get their hands on any. Gold will be fairly priced when the suppliers quit selling.

When will that happen? Honestly, I hope it never happens. Because if gold ever gets fairly priced in a world awash in a sea of debt and worthless currency- a lot of things will have to change- and that won't mean things have gotten better.

I view gold as the ultimate insurance policy. I am not holding gold hoping to trade it for twice as much fiat ass wipe this year- double what banks were offering for it last year. I am holding it as protection against currency collapse. I am holding it because when they issue the next latest and greatest currency, I will have something to barter with. That's how you preserve wealth. You can't preserve wealth in any game that is created and run by bankers. They're going to find a way to beat you every time and we know one other thing. Bankers have destroyed every fiat currency ever created. The destruction of worldwide currencies is occurring right in front of your eyes. I don't need a navigation device to show me where this is headed.

Can government confiscate our gold? Well they can try. They can try to tax it out of existence. But I doubt they will get a lot of support from the people who own it. They'll be getting their support from the people trying to steal it from us.

You ever wonder why there is no "gold mine" on a monopoly board?

Gresham's law is accepted because people with two types of currency will always trade the weaker currency away- holding the more valued currency for themselves.

Gold is real money. It is wealth preservation. You know gold has great value when every banker in the world is trying to get their hands on it while telling everyone else it is worthless. Gawd what I wouldn't give to know how much gold Ben Bernanke owns.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

A couple of years ago, while attending my best friend's funeral, the local mortician stopped me as I entered the gym where the service would be held. Of all the things he might have said to me- he chose to ask, "are you still pontificating your opinions on those blogs you write?"

I can't really describe how inappropriate that remark was. Not only did it come from the funeral director of our local mortuary during a funeral service, but it was decidedly malicious. Who says things like that to people attending a funeral? 

A person who desperately wants to say something malicious and who is only going to get one opportunity to say it- that's who. It was never really meant as a question.

An online definition of pontificate says:  to speak or express your opinion about something in a way that shows that you think you are always right.

In America, we have a cultural illness wherein the vast majority of people practice contempt prior to investigation. They pretend to genuinely mull something over when in fact- they have immediately rejected the premise you or someone else offered almost immediately. 

That's ok. These are the kinds of people who still own Enron stock and 8 track tapes. They might actually think the Democratic Party still represents the working class. These are the people who never let the facts get in the way of their opinions no matter how much the supporting facts have changed. Nobody gets through to them and in the end I think they just lead quiet lives of desperation.

Malicious people tend to take everything personally. They are already pre-disposed to anger because they have an ego that decided an issue long ago. Often they practice cognitive dissonance. In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.

So I think that's what happens. People get pissed off when you have the audacity to offer your opinions particularly on some matter that they vehemently (insert ego here) disagree on.  

I've started my share of shit storms. In fact, I was the first person that I knew of who publicly started to question President Obama's credentials, his citizenship, and where he got his money to attend Columbia and Harvard. I did that back in 2007 when I was still the Police Chief. The backlash was so intense that I had to stop. The problem with shit storms is that there are no discernable facts which you can cull or extract and then proceed to stick up your opponent's ass. Obama to this day has not disclosed his school transcripts, his Indonesian passport, or his foreign aid scholarships. You cannot possibly win an argument where one side has the means to completely erase the facts. One day, when nobody cares any longer, we will know the truth. Until then, I simply sidestep the issue. 

This is what I have learned about public writing.

Check your facts. Write as authentically as you can. There are a lot of angry people out here. They take everything personally and they launch personal (and almost always anonymous) attacks.    

Write anyway. 

People have value. They have insight, information, and experience which is useful. I love authentic writing. I love it when somebody says something I had been thinking but could not find a way to verbalize. It happened last week in this paragraph:

The answer is rooted in what Megan McArdle calls the "Mandarinization of America." It's an elite cultural attitude implying that those who go to the best schools and know the right people deserve to be the rulers of the nation. Those who go to Harvard and Yale have the best credentials and deserve the best jobs. Such an attitude infects America's Political Class. It's reflected in the fact that all nine Supreme Court Justices attended Harvard or Yale. So did our last four presidents. Here's the source article:

Whatever you do, please remember it's not the critic who counts. They don't learn, they don't ever offer anything useful. They are cowardly and timid souls who every once in awhile, muster up just enough courage to say something malicious and anonymous. Don't give them any space in your head- I made that mistake at a funeral a few years back.

Nobody remembers who they were anyway.