Saturday, December 13, 2014

Can the US ever pay off its debt?

Decades of expanding government programs, waste, endless and costly wars, etc. have racked up such an enormous pile of debt that it has become almost impossible to pay it down.-Paying Down The Debt Is Now Almost Mathematically Impossible

Sunday, December 7, 2014

36th Dead Banker of the Year

Geert Tack worked as a private banker for ING and managed portfolios of wealthy clients. The Belgian had a lot of respect in the financial world and was known as an up and top professional. His sudden disappearance was also smashed like a bomb. "If Tack himself was having trouble he has managed to keep it well hidden", say colleagues.- "Riddles" Surround 36th Dead Banker Of The Year


An intractable economic condition that inevitably arises as excessively issued fiat currency compulsively pursues non-productive wealth assets in a grossly over-leveraged economy, which has been artificially reflated by monetary authorities in a misguided attempt to synthetically engineer growth via extreme monetization.

This effectively prevents the real economy on the ground from realizing the healthy normalization and natural balance of free market forces necessary for genuine capital formation, which is essential to generating legitimate and sustainable economic growth. Read more: StealthFlation – Defined

Holiday Chip of the Weekend: Pringles Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas

I really liked those Pringles Pecan Pie ones. Those were so good I never should have opened the package because I ate them all in one sitting. But that was last year...

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Not Saying Much

To say that most cops don't murder people or steal private property or beat up people who've done nothing wrong is not saying much, because ALL cops work in organizations in which some cops do commit these wrongs; and they go right on working with the malefactors, doing nothing to expose them or to bring them to justice. Cop solidarity is legendary, as is the power of police unions. Anyone who works for such organizations is part of an evil enterprise -- not evil by happenstance (after all, some evil may be committed in any type of organization by someone associated with it), but evil systematically by virtue of the monopoly of violence such police organizations possess and their members' capacity to commit evils without being punished for them in nearly all cases.
All of the foregoing, moreover, is in addition to the fact that every cop commits himself to enforcing all the laws, and some of those laws are manifestly wicked, being clear violations of people's natural rights, among other things.-Robert Higgs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Republicans Doomed in 2016?

... there is now a “Blue Wall” block of states that virtually guarantees a Democrat will win the presidential contest in 2016 and for the foreseeable future. -The Democrats have a lock on the White House

Free Speech?

The Ferguson "protesters". They want their "free speech", and yes, they have a right to it and to protest, but consider this:
How tolerant would they be of someone in their midst who said the following: "Michael Brown was a criminal thug who got what he deserved". How would they react? Most likely they would beat such a person, or possibly throw rocks at them, endangering their life. In other words, they would prove themselves lying hypocrites, as all "liberals" are. And if the anti-Brown person then defended themselves by pulling a gun and shooting the evil asses of the scumbag, intellectually dishonest "liberals" threatening their life , do you think they would be prosecuted? Of course, because self-defense and "free speech" are only really allowed for the politically correct.

Quote of the Day: How to Know Your Society is Doomed

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice; you may know that your society is doomed." – Ayn Rand; Atlas Shrugged, 1957

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bret Alan: Liberals Blame Greed

Liberals love to blame the problems of America on greed. Greed causes this, greed causes that... except, greed doesn't cause anything. Is it greed that compels people of all classes, even those just trying to eke out a living, to be complicit in the overall system of over-consumption, waste, abuse, pollution, and dehumanization?

When the people at the top are guilty, it can easily look like greed. Don't ignore the thousands below them who worked as hard, or harder, wishing the whole time they had that job... even the ones old and wise enough to know it wasn't in the cards for them, old and wise enough to know better, maybe even old and wise enough to have made a positive difference if they were ever given a chance (but were instead just a cog in a bullshit machine).

Liberals vote Democrat and scream greed, ironically voting for candidates who outspend their Republican opponents. That money didn't come from caring individuals, folks. The money came from wealthy donors, donors who either were rewarding past efforts to defend them (in the case of incumbents), or that were opening the door for them, should they take office (in the case of new challengers).

It's one thing for your politicians to be bought. You can't control that. After all who are you? You're just one person. You can't change anything, right? Except... if you vote for them, you're supporting them. If you're voting for that Democratic Senate candidate who spent tens of millions of dollars filling your commercial breaks with repetitive drivel, you're voting for the repetitive drivel, not to mention all the unsavory bastards who funded it (who now have the ear of your congressperson).

Ah, but liberals convince themselves that Democrats hate doing it. Since they hate doing it, it's not for the love of it... so it's not greed. Sure, Democrats support a system of endless wars, economic exploitation, growing inequality, global warming, cuts to social programs, and a general dickish attitude towards anyone who even so much as hints at there ever being a choice beyond Democrats and Republicans...

... but at least they hold their nose while doing it, right? At least they don't revel in how horrible they're helping to make the world. Republicans own it and take pride in it, but at least Democrats act holier than thou when supporting the exact same things. You know, because some judges ruled gay marriage is legal in a bunch of states, they convince themselves Democrats have done fuck-all in the last 30 years.

They haven't.

That was the gay rights movement which achieved those things, which is itself very effective where Democrats have failed. There's no reason for the Democratic party to even exist. The people who vote for them don't support what Democratic politicians actually do, they just find what Democrats say to be soothing and what Republicans say to be terrifying, plus they're too busy/lazy to find out what either actually does, probably too exhausted from their job where they more than likely make the world a slightly worse, or at the very least more materialistic, place.

Hey, you gotta pay the bills.

America's liberals are very much part of the problem, and that is why nothing gets done. It's not Republican/conservative obstructionism, it's liberals not giving a damn and just doing whatever is easiest. It's easy to vote Democrat and think you helped. It's so easy that it should set off a bullshit detector in your brain. You should realize, "This isn't going to be enough."

And it's not.-
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