Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Don't Worry About Sergey's Airship

There has been speculation about why Sergey Brin is building a giant airship. You can read about it here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-25/with-secret-airship-sergey-brin-also-wants-to-fly

Sounds to me like he is building a yacht of sorts. But I wouldn't worry about whatever he's doing.

Why not?

The art of airship flying died with the crash of the Hindenburg. All US airships suffered a similar fate - they also crashed, mostly from weather induced problems. No matter how many sensors and computers he uses to "control" his airship, its overall response never will be fast enough to cope with the rapid changes one can expect in Earth's atmosphere.

Therefore it's quite likely that Sergey's airship eventually will crash, too.

And wouldn't that be a shame.

The Angry Russian Babushka

Here is a video of an angry Russian grandmother (babushka). Although in Russian, it's still entertaining and informative. Here's what she says about the US:

"I watch television [...] and then there's an American: we are like this and you are like that,” she says, grimacing as she imitates a confident American speaking to groveling Russians.

"If I were on the television I would tell [the Americans]: My dear, we've been wiped off the face of the Earth several times! But you have not had a day of war. And you're comparing ... We have so many veterans, so many children of war, so many disabled people ... we need to provide for them, we need to lift ourselves from the ruins [...] You learn to cry like a Russian, before you sit there giggling at us."

You can find the video and some English commentary here:

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/the-russian-babushka-who-said-it-all-about-the-country-of-morons-57827

She reminds me of my Slavic grandmothers.

She makes a good point - Russia has defeated some of the strongest military machines of all time, while the US has faced mainly weak, poorly equipped forces.

Q: Why are there few if any senior citizens anywhere in the US media (other than those portrayed as comedic clowns)?

A: The powers that be don't want to hear anything which is old school, mostly because it goes counter to their garbage and makes too much sense. They prefer to insult our seniors and make them starve in the dark, while the rich enjoy spending the money they stole from the SS Trust Fund (sic).

The New Whore Of Wall Street

His name? Barack Obama ad-Dajjal, of course:

Cantor Fitzgerald LP will pay former President Barack Obama $400,000 to speak at a conference in September, likely the first of many lucrative Wall Street paydays.

Obama doesn’t really need the money: He earned over $14 million for his first three books, and bidding for his next deal (a package with Michelle) has run over $60 million. But he has every right to cash in on his star power and his hard-won expertise.

You can read the rest @
http://nypost.com/2017/04/25/when-will-obama-have-made-enough-money/

Just another CIA puppet cashing in on his betrayal of We The People.

I have never considered this person to be anything other than a freak, a fraud, and an asshole.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Climate Change "Science" Vs. 9/11 "Science"

We're being bombarded with messages telling us that "climate change science" must be believed, or else.

And yet nearly the entire US population believes the non-scientific, physically impossible official story of what happened on 9/11. You can read about it here:

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/04/24/911-destroyed-america/

Dear "Science" People - this does not compute. You cannot EVER convince me to believe in climate change if you truly believe the absolute horseshit we've been told about 9/11.

Period.

Paragraph.

End of story.

Threatening North Korea With Nuclear Subs ???

According to this report, the USS Michigan is in Korean waters:

North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed toward Korean waters and as top envoys for North Korea policy from South Korea, Japan and the United States met in Tokyo.

You can read the rest @
https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-submarine-makes-south-korea-port-call-north-015806033.html

Frankly, this is a dumb PR stunt. Submarines belong underwater, not in port where they are quite vulnerable to attack.

USS Michigan apparently no longer carries ICBMs such as the Trident missile, having been converted into a cruise missile carrying sub:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Michigan_(SSGN-727)

That is not to say that her cruise missiles could not be armed with nuclear warheads.

It's difficult to know exactly why President Trump has called all 100 US Senators to the White House, but if I had to guess I would say he intends to attack the Koreans.

Time to stock up on duct tape, water, and cans of tuna fish.

Rewarding Incompetence ???

Marissa Mayer, the soon to be former YHOO Chief Executive, is set to make at least $186 million as a result of the Internet company’s sale to Verizon Communications. The staggering figure is over seven times greater than the $23 million "golden parachute" Yahoo said last month that Mayer would receive as part of her planned departure from what’s left of the company after the sale to Verizon.

You can read the rest @
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-25/marissa-mayer-leave-yahoo-186-million-verizon-deal

In a nutshell, this is what is wrong with the US economy.

Excuse me while I go outside to vomit.

Are Humans Evolving, Or Going Backward ???

According to this essay, creativity is driving human evolution:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/creative-spark-augustin-fuentes-evolution/

What is "evolution"? It has various definitions, but I would like to focus on this one:

The scientific theory explaining the appearance of new species and varieties through the action of various biological mechanisms (such as natural selection, genetic mutation or drift, and hybridization). Since 1950, developments in molecular biology have had a growing influence on the theory of evolution. In Darwinian evolution, the basic mechanism is genetic mutation, followed by selection of the organisms most likely to survive.

Source - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolution

"Genetic mutation, followed by selection". This is NOT what the National Geographic essay is talking about.

No, those who salute human creativity and its impacts are really talking about the forced division of humanity into two sub-species, the "haves" and the "have-nots". You can find an excellent discussion of that phenomenon here:

http://sainthoward.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-haves-and-have-nots.html

What is a species?

A species is often defined as the largest group of organisms in which two individuals can produce fertile offspring, typically by sexual reproduction.


Source - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Species

While the haves and the have-nots theoretically still can produce fertile offspring, they seldom do so. The willful separation of the two groups may soon drive humanity into two species which no longer can interbreed. Then what?

The haves seek to circumvent Darwinian evolution. They live in environments which are isolated from the natural world. So far, the changes which stem from their "creativity" are not passed to future generations by genetic mutation. In fact, it could be argued that it is the machines created by the haves which are evolving, not the haves themselves. And "transhumanism" really won't change that.

The have-nots, on the other hand, are subject to all the cruelties of Darwinian evolution. They eat bad food (if they eat at all), drink bad water, live in crappy housing, receive substandard or no medical care. If any humans are evolving in the Darwinian sense, it is they.

So what will happen on the day the Internet and/or the machines fail the haves? Most of them cannot perform the simple tasks required to survive in the "real" world. Here is proof of that:

http://sainthoward.blogspot.com/2017/04/uk-residents-cannot-perform-simple-tasks.html

Therefore, it's likely the haves will die out and the have-nots will survive. Doesn't that suggest that instead of driving our evolution, creativity is driving us backward?

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Empire Of Crime

If you want to peer inside "The One Bank" which controls the world, please read this article:

https://www.sprottmoney.com/Blog/the-one-bank-revisited-jeff-nielson.html

If these claims are true (and I doubt anyone can prove they are not), then Trump is a fraud.

And so were Obama ad-Dajjal and Hillary. That's why the corporations paid them so much money.

Is Chuck Schumer Really This Stupid ???

Senator Chuck Schumer recently made the following statement:

"We're no longer fact-based. The founding fathers created a country based on fact. We don't have a fact base. If Breitbart News and the New York Times are regarded with equal credibility, you worry about this democracy."

You can read the rest @
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-24/schumer-us-no-longer-fact-based-nation-breitbart-news-threat-democracy

Dear Chuck - Breitbart and the NYT are equal in their slanting of the news - one goes right and the other goes left. Neither is telling "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth". If you cannot see that, you are an idiot.

And by the way, would you please explain this picture?


Isn't that you on the left?

You were a witness to Hillary's infirmities, and yet you said nothing. Doesn't that make you an accomplice to fraud?

The Haves And The Have-Nots

You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.”  But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place.

In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear:  America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates.

Two roads diverged

In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the “FTE sector” (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the industries which largely support its growth). These are the 20 percent of Americans who enjoy college educations, have good jobs, and sleep soundly knowing that they have not only enough money to meet life’s challenges, but also social networks to bolster their success. They grow up with parents who read books to them, tutors to help with homework, and plenty of stimulating things to do and places to go. They travel in planes and drive new cars. The citizens of this country see economic growth all around them and exciting possibilities for the future. They make plans, influence policies, and count themselves as lucky to be Americans.

The FTE citizens rarely visit the country where the other 80 percent of Americans live: the low-wage sector. Here, the world of possibility is shrinking, often dramatically. People are burdened with debt and anxious about their insecure jobs if they have a job at all. Many of them are getting sicker and dying younger than they used to. They get around by crumbling public transport and cars they have trouble paying for. Family life is uncertain here; people often don’t partner for the long-term even when they have children. If they go to college, they finance it by going heavily into debt. They are not thinking about the future; they are focused on surviving the present. The world in which they reside is very different from the one they were taught to believe in. While members of the first country act, these people are acted upon.

The two sectors, notes Temin, have entirely distinct financial systems, residential situations, and educational opportunities. Quite different things happen when they get sick, or when they interact with the law. They move independently of each other. Only one path exists by which the citizens of the low-wage country can enter the affluent one, and that path is fraught with obstacles. Most have no way out.

You can read the rest @
https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/america-is-regressing-into-a-developing-nation-for-most-people

The "haves" sector will continue to shrink, while the "have-nots" sector will continue to grow.

As I suggested in my previous post, our robot overlords and their human masters clearly have no intention of helping the "have-nots", who are becoming nothing more than useless eaters. But what happens when the "have-nots" finally rebel out of desperation?

That's when the "haves" roll out the Terminators.

If you believe otherwise, you are not thinking clearly.

Our Robot Overlords

Jack Ma must have been smokin' some dope:

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma, the man Fortune Magazine just named one of the world's great leaders, predicts that technology will make many CEOs irrelevant in the not-too-distant future.

"In 30 years, a robot will likely be on the cover of Time Magazine as the best CEO," Ma said in a speech over the weekend at an entrepreneurship conference in central China. And he warned of dark times ahead for people who are unprepared for the upheaval technology is set to bring.

"In the next three decades, the world will experience far more pain than happiness," the billionaire said, adding that education systems must raise children to be more creative and curious or they will be ill-prepared for the future.

Robots are quicker and more rational than humans, Ma said, and they don't get bogged down in emotions -- like getting angry at competitors.

But he expressed optimism that robots will make life better for humans in the long run.

You can read the rest @
http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/24/technology/alibaba-jack-ma-30-years-pain-robot-ceo/

Yes, there will be pain - LOTS of pain. And once robots take over all our jobs, what will be the source of our livelihood? Will Jack and his ilk share "their" wealth?

Assuming corporations decide to feed, clothe, and house all of us useless eaters (an assumption I would not bet any serious money on), you can be certain that it will come with several conditions, including absolute obedience to our robot overlords and their human masters.

By the way, Adolf Hitler once was named one of the world's great leaders, too. And you know how THAT turned out. The AI/robot holocaust will be even worse.

Trump's Worst Request Yet

President Trump wants to see astronauts on Mars during his FIRST term:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/24/get-mars-first-term-donald-trump-talks-nasa-astronauts-livestream/

Although I'm certain we'll get there eventually, it ain't gonna happen that soon.

Sorry, Donald.

Those Anti-Trump Hats


And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Revelation 13:11 KJV

Is The Wall Stupid ???

Here's the latest about another Obama-like fake populist rising in California:

Sen. Kamala Harris of California, a Democratic star showing up on lists of potential 2020 presidential candidates, was embraced with a resounding ovation as she condemned the Trump administration at her first town hall meeting on Friday.

Harris pledged to do whatever she could to help block the budget if it includes funding for President Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border.

”It’s just a stupid use of money,” she told the cheering crowd.

You can read the rest @
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article146163579.html

Sure, let's shut down the government in an attempt to open our borders.

If you're in favor of the globalist plans to destroy our borders (and our nation along with them), then vote for Senator Harris in 2020.

Me ... I'd vote for Marine Le Pen if she were running here.

The Hypocrisy Of Russia-Gate

Note well that EU leaders now are trying to interfere in France's election:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/after-french-vote-european-leaders-come-out-against-le-pen-but-what-if-she-wins/2017/04/24/47848a0e-251f-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_story.html

And as in the case of the US election, the issue seems to be animosity toward the populist candidate.

So why isn't The Washington Post whining about INTERFERENCE the same way the US MSM are WHINING about fake claims of Russian "interference" in our election?

This is all about the deep state getting their way to preserve the power and wealth of oligarchs, bankgansters, and corporate CEOs.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Misdirected Naval Resources ???

Apparently ships are still being threatened by Somali pirates. You can read about it here:

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/dramatic-footage-of-firefight-on-the-high-seas-u-s-security-contractors-open-fire-on-somali-pirates_04222017

Q: Why are US naval resources being used for aggressive purposes (e.g., bombing Syria and threatening North Korea) but not for defending US commerce on the high seas?

A: Because the US military is being used to achieve global governance for the benefit of Western banks and corporations. We The People get to pay for it, while the banks and corporations hoard their cash, much of it offshore.

It's "war is a racket" all over again:

"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives."
MG Smedley Butler

Should We Break Up The Fed ???

Donald Trump and the GOP need an easy, highly visible legislative victory.  Breaking up the Fed meets this criteria.

In the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis, policymakers rushed out the Dodd-Frank Act. This Act increased the Fed’s responsibilities. However, policymakers did this without examining the Fed’s performance in the run-up to the financial crisis.

Had they done so, they would have seen the Fed failed as a bank supervisor and regulator. This failure alone mandates breaking up the Fed. After all, why should the Fed be given a second chance given how much its failure hurt the global real economy and taxpayers?

Furthermore, this failure strongly suggests policymakers shouldn’t have rewarded the Fed with additional responsibilities. After all, there is no reason to believe the Fed’s failure as a bank supervisor and regulator won’t be repeated with any new responsibilities. To the extent these new responsibilities exist in the Dodd-Frank Act, they too should be stripped away.

What the Fed should be left with is responsibility for monetary policy and the payment system.

You can read the rest @
http://instituteforfinancialtransparency.com/2017/04/22/it-is-time-to-break-up-the-fed/

Although I agree with this in principle, the timing could not be worse.

This would have worked well under the oversight of someone like Dr. Ron Paul. The current bozos in Congress and the Treasury CANNOT be trusted with this kind of overhaul.

UK Residents Cannot Perform Simple Tasks

Are you handy enough that if a lightbulb went out in your home you’d be able to change it? Believe it or not, one in five people aren’t so skilled. In fact, a new survey of people in the United Kingdom finds not only do about 20 percent of people not know how to change a bulb - the same number aren’t sure how to boil an egg, either.

The British insurance company Aviva recently released their annual Home Report which detailed, among numerous findings about how people do work around the house, relatively common tasks that people encounter. The company surveyed 2004 people across the UK in February and March about their habits and roles at home.

In addition to just one in five not being able to change a lightbulb or boil an egg, the survey found that nearly a third of the participants couldn’t cook any meal on the fly. And if someone were to spill a portion of their meal on their clothes or on the floor, only 59 percent would know how to get rid of the resulting stain.

Only 37 percent could change a flat tire.

The findings were even surprising to the folks behind the study.

Source - https://www.studyfinds.org/change-lightbulb-household-chores-study/

And that brings up the question - "why do they even have an educational system?"

I would wager that a survey of US residents would yield similar results.

When Will Afghanistan Have Its Tet Offensive ???

One of the deadliest attacks of the entire Afghanistan "war" occurred a few days ago. You can read about it here:

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/04/22/taliban-infiltrates-base-kills-140-soldiers/

Q: How many more lives will be lost, how many more bodies crippled, how much more money wasted before we admit this whole thing is a GIANT mistake?

A: There is no answer to that question, except what is implied by this statement frequently attributed to Albert Einstein:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”.

If we were sane, we would have stopped this crap a long time ago.

Is This Why O'Reilly Was Fired ???

Here is a different take on the O'Reilly dismissal by Paul Smalera:

For all of Bill O’Reilly’s problems at Fox News, the one that has garnered the least attention is probably the one most responsible for his dismissal: His audience is dying.

According to CNN, the average age of viewers of The O’Reilly Factor was 72. The average life expectancy for males in the US is 78, meaning the average O’Reilly viewer will die off about halfway through US president Donald Trump’s second term.

Of course, that average viewer doesn’t really exist, and Trump hasn’t been re-elected yet, but the point holds: Fox News, which has graced America and cable television with its presence since 1996, is battling an extinction problem.

You can read the rest @
https://qz.com/966380/the-business-case-for-fox-news-dropping-bill-oreilly-wasnt-his-actions-it-was-his-age/

I have no idea what is really going on here, but I find it strange that all the following are happening at the same time:

  • Trump under siege
  • O'Reilly fired
  • Alex Jones threatened with losing custody of his children
  • Ann Coulter temporarily (?) banned at UC Berkley
  • Climate change skeptics demonized
  • Nationalism/patriotism under constant attack

My conclusion? In the US, there is "right thinking" and "wrong thinking". Wrong thinking is punished, and everything on my list falls into that category.

Exercise "free speech", and you will be attacked and/or fired.

Welcome to fascist Amerika, courtesy of Obama ad-Dajjal, Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky, and George Soros.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Did Russia Shoot Down Our Missiles ???

In an exclusive video interview with RiskHedge, a long-time geopolitical expert says there is an alternate story making the rounds about the United States’ April 7 missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat Airbase in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of sarin gas on its own people.

“Not all missiles made their target,” says Dr. Theodore Karasik, a senior advisor to Gulf State Analytics. “There were supposed to be 60. One malfunctioned on one of the ships. 36 made target, the remainder did not. And, there’s a question of where did they go?”

Dr. Karasik, a former senior political scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation, spent the last decade in the Middle East and retains an extensive network in the region.

“The missing [missiles] were either brought down by S-300 battery or were taken over by Russian electronic jamming and were plunged into the sea,” explains Dr. Karasik. “Now, this alternative theory means that the US and Russia have already clashed if you will — technically — with the use of the TLAMs (Tomahawk missiles) and then being intercepted or taken over by Russian control.”

If true, this means the US and Russia have had a direct military confrontation for the first time in decades.

You can read the rest and watch the video @
http://www.riskhedge.com/post/exclusivedid-russia-shoot-down-us-missiles-syria

And the Russians are claiming they can jam our electronics and completely shut down our navy. You can read about it here:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3361338/electronic-bomb-russia-us-navy/

I would not be surprised if both claims were true.

What would be REALLY scary is if the Russians could turn our missiles around and get them to hit our own ships. THAT would suck!

More BS Claims About Russia

I don't buy all the claims about Russian interference in Western elections. First it was about the US elections, and now it's about France:

https://news.vice.com/story/marine-le-pen-france-far-right-russias

First of all, any alleged Russian influence in either country is mainly possible because of the Internet. And it was the US who invented the Internet and promoted its spread around the world. Did we really think it would not be a two-way street?

Second, every nation promotes its own interests. Russia is no different. What's wrong with that?

Third, voters know what's good for them, and that's what they seek in their candidates. Whether Russia wants the same thing(s) is irrelevant.

Fourth, if candidates in any country are suspected of criminal acts, it benefits voters to hear of their alleged crimes. If our own MSM will not investigate and inform us, then we should be thankful that outside parties can fill the vacuum.

Bottom line - if there is such influence, then we're just as responsible for it as are the Russians. Instead of blaming others for our problems, we should address them ourselves.

The main electoral problem in the US is that the MSM slants the news in favor of the left, which mostly benefits the Democratic Party.

And if we really wanted to stop unwarranted influence in our elections, we would investigate the role of Israel. You can read about our failure to do so here:

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/04/20/why-not-a-probe-of-israel-gate/

No, It Was NOT Sarin

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Igor Konaszkow, expects from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) a statement that the White Helmets remained intact at the time of the poison gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, even though they were in the attacking region. Konaszkov said, according to TASS, "If it is true that Sarin was used in Khan Sheichun, how can the OPCW explain the fact that the charlatans of the White Helmets could move around surrounded by Sarin clouds without protective equipment? Anyone could see that."

You can read the rest @
https://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2017/04/21/opcw-untersucht-giftgas-vorfall-syrien/ [translation required]

When the OPCW makes their final report, will we believe what they say ... or just call them liars?

Is US Power Grid Under Attack ???

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages.

Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials.

You can read the rest @
http://www.activistpost.com/2017/04/cyber-attack-fears-multiple-cities-hit-simultaneous-power-grid-failures.html

What makes more sense to you?

(1) Continue spending trillions of dollars on the failure known as "the war on terror"; or

(2) Investing that money in upgrading the power grid and other antiquated US infrastructure?

And which do you think the US government will ACTUALLY do?

Israelis Set New Standard For Depravity

Palestinians who are being held in deplorable conditions in Israeli prisons recently announced a hunger strike in return for improved conditions. Right-wing Israeli extremists have decided to torture the strikers by barbecuing right in front of the prison where they are being held.

You can read the rest @
http://www.mintpressnews.com/israeli-extremists-taunt-hunger-striking-palestinian-prisoners-bbq/227097/

Why are we still supporting these sick people?

What Was Yesterday's March About ???

Yesterday's "March for Science" allegedly was motivated by climate change denial. Let's look at the data (something the scientists are supposed to be doing):


This shows no apparent linkage between CO2 and temperature in a time scale that goes back millions of years. So as someone who is acquainted with the scientific method, I am instantly skeptical of the idea that after all this time, there is now a linkage. That does not mean there can’t be, and I am open to that argument and understand it. But as I asked in my last blog, how much linkage is there?

What I am trying to figure out is why there is a march when many of the people in that march have no tolerance for the questioning of their position. While I think it’s noble to be inclusive and diverse, are any “skeptics” included as speakers? Is there diversity of thought? Of course not. Because in spite of what you see in the graphs above and below, they ignore the obvious. The planet has always had temperature swings — larger than this and independent of CO2 — that should make any person searching for the truth skeptical as to how much CO2 contributes.

You can read the rest @
https://patriotpost.us/opinion/48675

Science makes progress when people are skeptical of conventional wisdom. It dies when facts are manipulated to fit someone's theory.

As I asserted in a previous post, this is not about "science denial". It's about whether or not we believe a specific theory.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What's It Really Like In The United States ???

If you want to know what life in the USA is REALLY like, please read these two essays by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and John W. Whitehead:

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/04/20/freedom-democracy-tyranny/

Or if you'd rather not, just keep on shopping.


What's It Really Like In North Korea ???

Here is an eyewitness account of life in DPRK:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46915.htm

Dear USA - What's the point of having "freedom of the press" when all they tell you is a pack of lies?

It's All About National Sovereignty, Dummy !!!

The 2017 French Presidential election marks a profound change in European political alignments. There is an ongoing shift from the traditional left-right rivalry to opposition between globalization, in the form of the European Union (EU), and national sovereignty.

Standard media treatment sticks to a simple left-right dualism: “racist” rejection of immigrants is the main issue and that what matters most is to “stop Marine Le Pen!”

Going from there to here is like walking through Alice’s looking glass. Almost everything is turned around.

On this side of the glass, the left has turned into the right and part of the right is turning into the left.

You can read the rest @
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-main-issue-in-the-french-presidential-election-national-sovereignty-and-the-future-of-france/5586321

That's what the last US election was all about.

And that's what the coming US civil war will be about.

Only the rich and the brainwashed want globalism.

Jeez !!!

Will China Rule The Seas ???

Apparently China is building a facility which will churn out new nuclear subs. You can read about it here:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-21/china-building-worlds-largest-nuclear-submarine-facility

It's one thing to build subs, and another to use them effectively.

But their very presence will pose a threat to US aircraft carriers and SSBNs, so perhaps another giant arms race is now underway.

Are you happy now?

By the way, I never encountered a Chinese sub during my time in the US Navy, but if I had I'm confident we could have defeated it in combat.

Of course, that was over 30 years ago, and things may have changed.

Is Another Us Civil War Inevitable ???

It is according to Daniel Lang, and I tend to agree with what he says:

America has always had its divisions, and Americans have never really been a monolith. We’ve always been a nation of many nations. The culture of New England is different from the culture of the Deep South, which is different from the cultures in the West Coast or the Midwest. People living in the cities have different beliefs than people who live in the countryside. Within those areas, there are ethnic, linguistic, and religious enclaves. It’s always kind of been like that (probably to a lesser degree in the past), and somehow we’ve been able to find enough common ground to keep this country together for more than a century.

However, something has changed. You can feel it in the air. Our nation has clearly never been this divided since the Civil War. A lot of people noticed it after the last election, but the truth is that these divisions have been deepening for decades, and they’re just now reaching a very noticeable breaking point. That’s obvious enough when you look at how the left and the right have been going at each other. It used to be a war of words, but it’s turning into something very dark.

Consider what happened last week in Berkeley after Trump supporters and counter protesters clashed for the third time. 21 people were arrested and 11 were injured (that we know of), six of who had to be taken to the hospital. At least one person was stabbed. The police confiscated confiscated knives, stun guns, and poles. One Trump supporter admitted to being surrounded, pepper sprayed, and beaten with sticks by a mob of “protesters.”

But wait, that’s not the dark part. After these groups clashed, the leftist protesters took to Reddit and admitted that they lost this particular battle (I can’t believe I’m using the word “battle” to describe it), and that it was time for them to attain more combat training and better weapons, including firearms.

Do you see what’s going on here? Conservative demonstrations, which used to be placid affairs (remember the Tea Party protests?) are now turning violent as conservatives grow tired of restraining themselves, and are no longer afraid to hit back. Liberal demonstrators are responding by ratcheting up the level of force that they’re going to bring to the next street battle. It’s a tit for tat that keeps escalating, and I shudder to think of where it’s going to end up.

You can read the rest @
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-simple-reason-why-a-second-american-civil-war-may-be-inevitable_04212017

What disgusts me the most is that so-called "leftists", who have been WHINING for gun confiscation for as long as I can remember, now want to arm themselves so they can defeat their political "enemies".

Where is this going to end up? Apparently in another shooting war. And that is pretty sad for all concerned.

What's Wrong With This Headline ???

TWO PROJECTILES FROM SYRIA LAND ON ISRAEL'S GOLAN HEIGHTS

Source - http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Red-Alert-Siren-activated-on-the-Golan-Heights-488600

The western two-thirds of the Golan Heights do not "belong" to Israel. It is Syrian territory occupied by Israeli forces.

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
Walter Scott

And should we delve further into this "report", what is happening in Syria is NOT a "civil war". It's a war of aggression being waged by the US, apparently for the benefit of Israel.

Another Texan Killed By Police For No Reason

Here is a video of a Texas veteran who was shot dead by police:

http://www.mintpressnews.com/disturbing-video-shows-police-shoot-unarmed-elderly-navy-veteran/227083/

Although the man was reaching into his pocket, he was not armed. And it's also not clear why police stopped him in the first place.

Clearly, police are being trained to shoot first and ask questions later ... if at all.

I consider actions like this to be not only criminal, but also cowardly.

By the way, I have been to Harker Heights, which is about 60 miles from where I live. Texas is turning into a real shooting gallery.

Crafting AI In Secret

Google has slowly been pulling back the curtain on homegrown silicon that could define the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Some key creators of that project - the Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU - recently left to team up with Chamath Palihapitiya, one of Silicon Valley's most prominent and outspoken young venture investors, on a stealth start-up.

Groq Inc. is the name of the company, at least for the time being.

There are no promotional materials or website. All that exists online are a couple SEC filings from October and December showing that the company raised $10.3 million, and an incorporation filing in the state of Delaware on Sept. 12.

"We're really excited about Groq," Palihapitiya wrote in an e-mail. "It's too early to talk specifics, but we think what they're building could become a fundamental building block for the next generation of computing."

You can read the rest @
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/20/ex-googlers-left-secretive-ai-unit-to-form-groq-with-palihapitiya.html

By the way, a "groq" is someone who does things that are completely assholeish but still are bad ass.

Source - http://www.urbandictionary.com/

Google, Microsoft, Tesla, etc. allegedly have pledged to protect humanity from the dangers posed by superintelligent AI. So far, the folks at Groq appear to have done no such thing.

Operation Gotham Shield

OH NO, NOT AGAIN !!!

Given all that is going on in the world, it is downright eerie to discover that the federal government is once again staging mock disasters that draw disturbing parallels with current world events.

In just a few days, during April 24-26th, Operation Gotham Shield will commence.

It is a tabletop, joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies. WMD, chemical and biological units will all be on hand as a response is tested for a “simulated” nuclear detonation over the United States’ foremost urban center, in the iconic and densely populated island of Manhattan and nearby shores of New Jersey.

You can read the rest @
http://www.shtfplan.com/conspiracy-fact-and-theory/operation-gotham-shield-u-s-govt-to-simulate-nuke-blast-over-manhattan-as-actual-war-nears_04202017

One of the last times the US ran a major drill like this was on 9/11/2001, and we all know what happened then.

Thou scaly Mildew, spare the sprouting corn, and let the smooth top quiver on the surface of the ground. O let the crops, nursed by the heaven's propitious stars, grow till they are ripe for the sickle. No feeble power is thine ... Grip not the tender crops, but rather grip the hard iron. Forestall the destroyer. Better that thou shouldst gnaw at swords and baneful weapons. There is no need of them: the world is at peace. Now let the rustic gear, the rakes and the hard hoe, and the curved share be burnished bright; but let rust tarnish the arms, and when one essays to draw the sword from the scabbard, let him feel it stick from long disuse ...
Ovid

What Is Worse - The Art Or The Reality ???

Many say they are outraged by this painting:

http://ewn.co.za/2017/04/20/ayanda-mabulu-does-it-again

But if President Zuma IS screwing South Africa, should we not be MORE outraged at that?

By the way, if you look hard enough you can find an uncensored version of the painting on the Internet.

In a way, this reminds me of the contrast between how the US is handling the "crimes" of Julian Assange vs. how they are handling the crimes of Hillary Clinton. Assange arguably performed a public service, while Clinton seems to have been engaged in bribe taking, influence peddling, self-aggrandizement, and numerous crimes against humanity. She will remain unpunished, while he will be arrested and possibly put to death.

In America fantasy ALWAYS triumphs over reality, a fact which makes all the hubbub over Trump seem ridiculous.

US Doesn't Do Body Counts

Aiming to deflect criticism about the Trump Administration’s use of the MOAB, or “Mother of All Bombs,” in the Nangarhar Province, Afghan officials issued a pair of dubious death tolls, first claiming a few dozen ISIS killed, then ratcheting that number up when the first figure didn’t play very well in the media.

Underscoring just how little the US cares about the consequences of the strikes, Defense Secretary James Mattis has insisted the US will never carry out any sort of investigation into what the result of the bombing was at all, saying the US don’t want to “get into that.”

Mattis insisted that he has “full confidence” in the commanders who made the decision to drop the MOAB, and that figuring out what happened was “probably not a good use of our troops’ time.” Instead, the official record will just assume that the incident went well.

You can read the rest @
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/04/20/us-wont-investigate-results-of-moab-bombing-in-afghanistan/

Not only is Mattis a "mad dog", he seems to be an idiot.

If dropping the MOAB was a test, don't we want to know if the test was successful?

And if it was just a publicity stunt, the commanders who made the decision to drop it should be relieved of duty.

Just who is running this war, anyway? Local commanders?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Don't Expect Compassion Or Understanding From Texas Police

Attached to the web page linked below is a video of a Texas teen who got into trouble, and who then died because the police who came to his "aid" lacked compassion and understanding. To them he was a criminal, nothing more ... and THEY did no wrong:

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-police-withheld-records-their-son-death-now-they-know-why/FQQBpnoNmYRp3w3xo1V99J/

Is this how you want your children treated when they get into trouble?

By the way, I'm happy to see that the identities of the officers who were involved were blotted out in the video. After all, they deserve our compassion and understanding for the trauma THEY must have suffered from this incident.

Here's Why We SHOULD Be Suspicious Of Climate Change Research

Do you remember the famous first geneticist Gregor Mendel? There is evidence that he manipulated his data. But here is an apologetic explanation of why that somehow is not a problem:

He [Mendel] was most anxious to have his results replicated and expanded, for even self-possessed people (and he wasn’t) entertain occasional misgivings about the accuracy, originality, and significance of their work.

To achieve these goals, his work had to be understood. In comparison to his theories, of whose validity he was sure, the data were of no significance whatsoever. His task was not the one faced by the normal scientist addressing a sympathetic and competent audience, but that of a revolutionary who must break through the cognitive paradigms and social prejudices of his audience. If this larger goal could be best achieved by simplification/deliberately omitting some observations from his report and adjusting others to make them more palatable to his audience/could not such a step be justified on moral grounds?

Source - http://andrewgelman.com/2012/08/08/gregor-mendels-suspicious-data/

That is an ASTONISHING claim - "In comparison to his theories, of whose validity he was sure, the data were of no significance whatsoever."

Doesn't that sound EXACTLY like the situation which currently exists in the worlds of "climate change research" and "vaccine research"? The theories are so damned important that the data doesn't matter.

And that brings me to the ridiculous claims being made by "celebrity" scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson regarding the relationship between science and democracy:

In the video he titled "Science in America," Tyson comments on 21st-century attitudes toward science, explaining the importance of the scientific method and making the case that science denial could erode democracy.

You can read the rest @
http://www.livescience.com/58758-neil-tyson-science-denial-could-dismantle-democracy.html

There is a GIANT difference between denial of the scientific method and a belief that some scientists are scamming us. There is more than adequate evidence that many scientists have committed fraud. You can find numerous examples of it here:

http://retractionwatch.com/

But I'm willing to give Dr. Neil the benefit of the doubt; perhaps he is referring only to reputable scientists. I know and admire several of them, and clearly the scientific method is a valid one.

But there is something suspicious going on, and I think it has a lot to do with the money and political power which often are at stake. Here are a few examples of what I mean:

(1) Some of the greatest scientific minds of all time worked on and supported nuclear energy and nuclear weapons research. The result? The twin scourges of nuclear waste and nuclear war, both of which threaten planetary extinction.

(2) The US allegedly has the best medical system in the world, a system developed through extensive scientific research. The result? US health care system has the highest cost in the world, and one of the worst outcomes in terms of patient health.

(3) US schools use methods developed by our best education researchers. The result? US students have some of the worst educational outcomes in the developed world (tiny Finland has some of the best).

(4) Starting with Dr. Benjamin Spock, one scientifically based method after another has been used to raise US children. The result? Dutch kids are the happiest, while US kids rank 26th of the 29 countries studied.

Now, one may argue that the "science" had nothing to do with these poor outcomes. And maybe that's true: perhaps it was something in the system(s) which implemented these scientific discoveries which led to the problems.

But if that's the case, take note of this - none of these poor outcomes occurred in an atmosphere of alleged "science denial". To the contrary, most of them might have benefited from some healthy skepticism from we non-scientists - the lay people who inhabit the "democracy" of which Dr. Tyson claims to speak.