Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Divine Gender Bending

Today President Trump jumped into the transgender minefield without first looking where he was headed.

I am no expert on the subject, but I would like to point out the following to Mr. Trump and others who may be interested:

1. The Bible suggests that G-d is androgynous. You can read about it here:

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-q-and-a/sexuality/god-and-man-as-male-and-female-implications-for-gender-identity

2. At least one rabbi has concluded that G-d is a hermaphrodite. You can read about it here:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-08-15/news/0808141093_1_god-yahweh-backward

3. There are Bible verses which suggest that Jesus Christ is a woman. You can find a discussion of them here:

http://www.christisawoman.com/who-is-christ-lisbet/

There are many more websites and points of view on this subject. I have no idea what Mr. Trump was thinking when he make his announcement, but I'm fairly certain he had no idea how many people he was about to anger.

22 Troublesome Facts

Below are 22 realities to explain why 720Global does not recommend following the herd.

Equity/Bond Valuations

  1. The S&P 500 Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings (CAPE) valuation has only been greater on one occasion, the late 1990s. It is currently on par with levels preceding the Great Depression.
  2. CAPE valuation, when adjusted for the prevailing economic growth trend, is more overvalued than during the late 1920’s and the late 1990’s. (LINK)
  3. S&P 500 Price to Sales Ratio is at an all-time high
  4. Total domestic corporate profits (w/o IVA/CCAdj) have grown at an annualized rate of .097% over the last five years. Prior to this period and since 2000, five year annualized profit growth was 7.95%. (note- period included two recessions) (LINK)
  5. Over the last ten years, S&P 500 corporations have returned more money to shareholders via share buybacks and dividends than they have earned.
  6. The top 200 S&P 500 companies have pension shortfalls totaling $382 billion and corporations like GE spent more on share buybacks ($45b) than the size of their entire pension shortfall ($31b) which ranks as the largest in the S&P 500. (LINK)

You can read the rest and find the links @
https://www.720global.com/article/22-troublesome-facts-59788c344cd23

In other words, things are not as rosy as they seem.

A Gaza-Sinai "State" For Palestinians ???

Is this the "final solution to the Palestinian problem"?

http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/07/gaza-sinai-state-a-possibility-for-palestinians/

This is the equivalent of putting native Americans in "reservations" like Skull Valley, Utah. It's a sneaky way of killing them and making it seem like the Indians are responsible for their own plight.

And you want laws to ban BDS? Sheesh.

US Is Arming The Taliban

16 years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban insurgency is better armed than ever, fielding an ever-growing array of US-made weapons and vehicles that they’ve procured, either looting them from Afghan forces or stealing them outright through the legendary levels of corruption in Afghanistan.

This is, after all, the same country whose military has massive levels of desertion, and where recruits regularly stick around for their first paycheck, take that and the assault rifle they’re issued, and vanish.

You can read the rest @
http://www.mintpressnews.com/taliban-said-to-be-awash-in-american-weapons-vehicles/230194/

All we have done is to make a bad situation even worse. US should leave Afghanistan ... NOW, and take back all their weapons when we go.

Geo-Engineering No Longer A "Conspiracy Theory"

Well, whad'ya know? The "chemtrails" crowd was right after all:

Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.

Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of meeting the goals of the Paris climate deal to curb global warming that researchers blame for causing more heatwaves, downpours and rising sea levels.

The United Nations says the targets are way off track and will not be met simply by reducing emissions for example from factories or cars - particularly after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 pact.

They are pushing for other ways to keep temperatures down.

You can read the rest @
http://news.trust.org/item/20170726060325-colqn

Large scale experiments of this kind are not merely "risky", they are extremely dangerous. We should NOT allow scientists and engineers to make such decisions for us carte blanche.

UK Will Ban Autos, Too

Britain has joined a growing list of countries which want to ban gasoline and diesel powered automobiles:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/25/britain-to-ban-sale-of-all-diesel-and-petrol-cars-and-vans-from-2040

Good luck with that. Better start building lots of off-shore wind turbines.

By the way, I thought the West had "free" economies in which governments didn't force people to buy or not buy certain products. What ever happened to that concept? Did someone decide that We The People are too stupid to know what is good for us?

America's BDS Laws Suck

A pair of laws currently making their way through the United States Congress would impose criminal sanctions on Americans who support an economic boycott of Israel or its illegal West Bank settlements. The bill follows in the footsteps of, and in some was surpasses the dozens of American states that have passed their own anti-boycott laws in recent years.

The Senate bill, S. 720, known as the “Anti-Israel Boycott Act,” also goes far beyond what even the Israeli government is willing to do to counter the grassroots movement to end the occupation and achieve certain basic rights for Palestinians. Indeed, Israel has its own anti-boycott law on the books but it not criminal, and it does not directly limit the right to call for such boycotts. Even in Israel calling to boycott the country, its institutions, its citizens, and its settlements are still considered protected speech. The punishment for violating the proposed American law, on the other hand, would be hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and/or up to a year in prison.

“This bill would impose civil and criminal punishment on individuals solely because of their political beliefs about Israel and its policies,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote to U.S. Senators this week, adding that such punishments would be “a direct violation of the first amendment.” Even requesting information about companies that are boycotts would become illegal, the ACLU noted.

You can read the rest @
http://lobelog.com/americas-bds-law-attack-on-far-more-than-free-speech/

OK, so we'll have to stop the BDS movement.

That would be fine with me, as long as Israel is required to follow ALL international laws and ALL United Nations resolutions.

Or is EVERYONE now defined as anti-Semitic?

And frankly I don't expect the US Senate to actually respect our constitution when it comes to this issue. This idiotic statement typifies what is happening:

"A lot of the co-sponsors are pretty strongly committed to the freedom of speech," [Senator] Cardin said.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/25/cardin-amend-israel-boycott-bill-bds/

Dear Dumbass - Every US Representative, Senator, judge, and member of the executive branch is SWORN to uphold the US Constitution, including its free speech provisions. If they fail to do so because they don't want to offend Israel, they should be replaced.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Are Sea Levels Falling ???

According to this report, sea levels have been falling since January 2016:

https://www.iceagenow.info/sea-levels-are-falling/

Maybe not a big deal, but something is going on there.

Here's a thought - maybe Earth is expanding. Larger surface area could account for lower sea levels.

Putting Lipstick On A Pig

Eric Zuesse tells us what is wrong with today's Democratic Party:

I write this as a Democrat who rejects the Party as it has become - controlled by and representing the Party’s billionaire donors, against the American public.

That Party - the Clintonite Democratic Party, which deregulated Wall Street and allowed no regulation at all of financial derivatives, and ended FDR’s Glass-Steagall Act, and invaded Serbia, and increased the size of NATO (which should have ended when the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact military alliance did, in 1991) - served superbly well the interests of America’s billionaires, but not of the American people, whose wages flatlined as Wall Street’s bonuses soared, and as that Democratic-Republican orgy of deregulation paved the way for the reckless lending that produced the 2008 crash, from which we’re still recovering. (America’s billionaires, however, did just fine from it all - and is that any wonder?)

You can read the rest @
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/07/democratic-party-better-deal-puts-lipstick-pig.html

I think the lesson here is not just that the party has been corrupted, but that MONEY (BIG MONEY) has completely taken over the US political process. The rich call the shots, and the public be damned.

And realistically the rich have all the tools they need to protect their power and privilege from any challenge We The People may attempt. The pending downfall of Trump is but one example of what they can and will do.

Fleeing Chicago

According to this report, people are fleeing the disaster of Chicago and Cook County, IL:

https://mishtalk.com/2017/07/25/tracking-the-great-escape-from-cook-county-and-illinois/

Chicago is the territory of "Godfather" Rahm Emanuel, who thinks he knows how Democrats can regain control of Congress in 2018:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/riding-the-2018-wave/530952/

Dear Rahm - Why don't you figure out how to fix Chicago before you move on to wreck the entire country, too?

Why Are Israelis Training Our Police ???

According to the Independent, government sources say a British team is set to travel to Israel in the near future to learn Israeli counterterrorism enforcement strategies. The proposed move comes amid a spate of terrorist activity in the United Kingdom, as well as concerns about the British authorities’ response time and ability to counter terrorist attacks.

However, as the Independent notes:

“There are, of course, significant differences between political violence in the UK and Israel. The murders and maiming in the streets of Britain are in pursuit of a murderous Islamist jihad with a variety of justifications offered including retaliation for the war against Isis in Iraq and Syria. In Israel and the occupied territories it is justified as part of the struggle for Palestinian nationhood against Israel.”

The Jerusalem Post cites police involvement as being integral when it comes to “turning the tide” in Jerusalem’s battle against terrorist activity. More than 3,500 police officers are reportedly involved in multiple units, constantly patrolling and on guard with undercover officers on site at all times.

Considering this, it is curious that the United Kingdom would want to learn police tactics from an occupying force that suppresses its local population. Why would the United Kingdom want to create a similar environment and heavily arm its police force? And to what end?

You can read the rest @
http://theantimedia.org/israel-training-uk-police/

The same concerns apply to the US - why are Israelis training our police, and why are US police acting like an occupying force?

By the way, I doubt any Israeli "training" will curb the murderous ways of our police, who appear to be easily startled and extremely trigger happy.

Water On The Moon

Scientists who retested mineral samples collected during the Apollo moon missions now believe there’s a massive amount of water under the lunar surface – a discovery which may make manned missions to the moon easier than previously thought.

Researchers at Brown University in the US examined glass beads, a type of volcanic crystal gathered during the Apollo 15 and 17 missions in the 1970s, and found they contained similar volumes of water to Earth’s basalt rock.

The leaders of the study, which has been published in Nature Geoscience, cite the parallels as evidence that parts of the moon contain a similarly large amount of water. This, they believe, could be useful for future lunar missions as it means water could potentially be extracted rather than carried from home.

You can read the rest @
https://www.rt.com/viral/397417-water-beneath-moon-surface/

That's great !!!

But "extracted" how? Current methods require lots of energy, don't they? Where will that come from?

Also, what about an atmosphere? Moon's gravity is too weak to retain a breathable one, right?

And the same side always faces Earth. Are we going to start the moon rotating at a different speed?

I think we've got a long way to go before Jeff Bezos' fantasy moon colony gets built.

Warning - Easily Startled Police



I don't think these signs are "fake". They seem to perform a badly needed public service.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Making Protein Out Of Thin Air ???

In a bid to solve the international famine problem, scientists in Finland have managed to produce protein using unorthodox methods. The first batch of protein produced using electricity and carbon dioxide is expected to become a forerunner for future hunger relief solutions.

The new revolutionary method, which is a collaboration between the Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) makes it possible to generate the nutrient virtually anywhere energy is available, which is projected to become a sustainable solution to famine and the earth's environmental problems. Additionally, the electricity-generated protein could also be used as animal feed, which would help release cropland for forestry, Finnish national broadcaster Yle reported.

You can read the rest @
https://sputniknews.com/science/201707241055814053-finland-protein-electricity/

Should this be true, it is an astonishing discovery.

And doesn't it seem strange that such breakthroughs no longer come from the US?

Israel At War With All Muslims ???

Tzipi Livni, former Israeli Foreign Minister, has said she fears the country is on the verge of a religious battle with the Muslim world. Her comments follow days of violent clashes after security forces imposed controversial security measures at a disputed shrine in Jerusalem.

Speaking to local media, Livni said Israel was "a step away" from turning its conflict against the Palestinians into a "pan-Muslim event" against the state of Israel. As a result, she believes Benjamin Netanyahu's government must be assertive and prevent such a scenario from arising.

You can read the rest @
https://sputniknews.com/military/201707241055819071-israel-livni-muslim-war/

I am tired of the US fighting Israel's wars for them.

If war with the Muslim world is what they want, then let's get it over with already.

Sheesh !!!

The Global Sharing Economy - A MUST READ REPORT

Here is a primer on the "global sharing economy" which is being shoved down our unwilling throats:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-24/primer-global-sharing-economy-20-charts

It's fairly complex, so take your time reading it. This is important.

Yes, we will share; but one thing We The People will NOT share in is the profits. You can count on it. This is the way the powers that be can keep their power and privilege in a world of shrinking resources and an exploding human population.

The Future Of Security ???

Saw this ad today while surfing the news:

https://www.seedinvest.com/knightscope/series.m/about?gclid=CM29tKOnotUCFY64wAoddHoM-g

These security robots are not armed ... yet.

If you look around, you can find evidence the powers that be want to put a "robocop" on every corner:

http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/still-no-biometric-strategy-launch-competition-find-robocop-instead/

So don't give me that crap that we'll never see "autonomous killer robots". In a very short time, they will be a done deal and we'll never be able to get rid of them.

But they will be capable of getting rid of us, and perhaps that is their true purpose.

What Is The FBI's Real Purpose ???

Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media. However, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI. While official charges have not yet been filed, allegations of wrong doing vary from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from emails.

You can read the rest @
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-24/fbi-seized-crushed-hard-drives-home-wasserman-schultz-it-aide

It should be obvious that when the FBI "seizes evidence", it apparently does so to make certain that evidence will never see the light of day. Several examples come to mind:

  • JFK assassination
  • OKC bombing
  • 9/11 attacks
  • Hillary's espionage activities
  • DNC meddling with 2016 election

Can someone please tell me what useful purpose is served by the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA? And by "useful", I mean of value to We The People. Merely covering up for the powers that be doesn't cut it any more.

Strip Mining The World

Here are some words of wisdom from Robert Gore:

A gigantic mine engages in every conceivable destructive practice—strip mining, heap leaching, tailings dams and ponds and so on. It pays such low wages its workers only make ends meet by borrowing from the company at usurious rates. The mine has befouled the air and poisoned the water. Many workers are chronically sick and their children are afflicted with birth defects. The mine’s absentee owners know that the mine is played out and the tailings dam is structurally unsound. They close the mine, count their profits, and move on. A month later the dam gives way. A deluge of noxious sludge inundates the town below the dam, sparing no one and rendering the area uninhabitable.

The government is a strip mining operation, plundering the dwindling residual value of a once wealthy America. Forget ostensible justifications, policy is crafted to allow those who control the government to maximize their take and put the costs on their victims, leaving devastation in their wake.

Wars are no longer about defending the country or even making the world safe for democracy. They are about appropriations, not to be won, but profitably prolonged. The Middle East and Northern Africa have been a mother lode. You would think their sixteen-year war in backward and impoverished Afghanistan would be a shameful disgrace for the military and the intelligence agencies. It’s not. They’ve milked that conflict for all its worth, and now brazenly talk about a “generational war”: many more years of more of the same.

You can read the rest @
https://straightlinelogic.com/2017/07/23/strip-mining-the-world-by-robert-gore/

With this kind of an economy, the USA (i.e., the part represented by We The People) never will be "great again".

Bolivia's Declaration Of Independence

Bolivia’s President Declares ‘Total Independence’ From World Bank And IMF

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has been highlighting his government’s independence from international money lending organizations and their detrimental impact the nation, the Telesur TV reported.

“A day like today in 1944 ended Bretton Woods Economic Conference (USA), in which the IMF and WB were established,” Morales tweeted. “These organizations dictated the economic fate of Bolivia and the world. Today we can say that we have total independence of them.”

Morales has said Bolivia’s past dependence on the agencies was so great that the International Monetary Fund had an office in government headquarters and even participated in their meetings.

You can read the rest @
http://www.mintpressnews.com/bolivias-president-declares-total-independence-world-bank-imf/230062/

We the People of the United States ought to do the same thing.

Those institutions only benefited us during the era when the oligarchs, bankgangsters, corporate CEOs, and their collaborators in the one percent shared some of their ill-gotten gains with us. They no longer do, and just look at the result - vast riches for them, poverty for us.

Morales has some big cojones. It's too bad no one in the US does.

Guns Vs. Beans

It used to be guns vs. butter, but then our government cut the social safety net down to the bone.

Trump wants to cut even further and give more money to the military. Does this make sense in a nation where so many already are hungry?


You can read the rest @
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41364-four-charts-that-show-who-loses-out-if-the-white-house-cuts-food-stamps

As a former Navy man, I'm willing to give up at least one aircraft carrier so that poor children in the US can have something to eat.

How about you?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Power To Pardon

Some are whining about President Trump's statements about his power to pardon.

Here is what the US Constitution specifies:

Article II, Section 2
1: The President shall ... have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

So he CAN pardon anyone, but not himself if he is impeached.

CIA Vs. Wikileaks

CIA Director Mike Pompeo remains inconsolably hostile toward whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, insisting they are a “non-state hostile intelligence service” and are plotting to “take down America any way they can and find any willing partner to achieve that end.”

Hostility to WikiLeaks has been a mainstay in the US government, as every administration faces the prospect of their covert misdeeds becoming a matter of public record, to their general embarrassment albeit rarely to the end of any meaningful reform.

You can read the rest @
http://theantimedia.org/cia-chief-wikileaks-plotting-to-take-down-america/

I think the phrase "hostile intelligence service plotting to take down America any way they can and find any willing partner to achieve that end" applies more to the CIA than to Wikileaks.

The CIA is NOT acting in the best interests of We The People. Wikileaks, on the other hand, appears to be doing just that.

What do you think?

Does Amazon Really Need Human Workers ???

Do you remember those Amazon jobs I mentioned a month ago?

“Associates will be stationed at ergonomic work stations and when customer orders come in, the robots will bring the inventory to them at the work station, where an associate will pick the item off a shelf and put in a tote and get sent off to packing,” explains Ashley Robinson, spokesperson for Amazon Operations.

Source - http://kxan.com/2016/05/31/amazon-looking-to-fill-1000-new-jobs-in-san-marcos/

Well, it looks like they may be VERY short lived:

Robot developers say they are close to a breakthrough - getting a machine to pick up a toy and put it in a box.

It is a simple task for a child, but for retailers it has been a big hurdle to automating one of the most labor-intensive aspects of e-commerce: grabbing items off shelves and packing them for shipping.

Several companies, including Saks Fifth Avenue owner Hudson’s Bay Co. and Chinese online-retail giant JD.com Inc., have recently begun testing robotic “pickers” in their distribution centers. Some robotics companies say their machines can move gadgets, toys and consumer products 50% faster than human workers.

& & & & & & & &

Until recently, robots had to be trained to identify and grab each item, which is impractical in a distribution center that might stock an ever-changing array of millions of products.

Automation companies such as Kuka AG, Dematic Corp., and Honeywell International Inc. unit Intelligrated, as well as startups like RightHand Robotics Inc. and IAM Robotics LLC are working on automating picking.

You can read the rest @
https://www.wsj.com/articles/next-leap-for-robots-picking-out-and-boxing-your-online-order-1500807601

Organisms become "extinct" when they no longer can adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Technology has enabled rapid, unstoppable changes with which humans do not and cannot cope.

We are, in effect, rapidly headed toward extinction.

And NO Jeff Bezos is not going to help us colonize the solar system. What would be the point, other than raising us like cattle to sell to some E.T. buyers with a taste for human flesh?

The US Highway To Hell

This time last week, the Russia sanctions bill was floundering in the House, with efforts by the Republican leadership to tack on sanctions against North Korea complicating matters. Today, House Democrats say a deal has been reached on the matter.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D – MD) reported that the deal will allow for “sweeping” sanctions against Russia, and will also include sanctions against both North Korea and Iran. Officials express hope the deal will be finalized before the August recess.

You can read the rest @
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/07/22/congress-reaches-deal-on-sweeping-russia-sanctions/

The US has only one method for coping with conflict - war.

It should be clear from the past century that the US decides to go to war LONG before "official" hostilities occur. Once the decision is made, the deep state maneuvers the organs of the actual state to make war inevitable.

This FACT puts the lie to the "free markets" swill we keep hearing in the MSM. There ARE no free markets; for should we ever find one, we would go out of our way to destroy it.

Thought For The Day - July 23, 2017

Of the many myths that befog the modern political mind, none is so corrupting of the understanding or so incongruent with historical fact as the notion that the wealthy and the powerful do not conspire.

They do.

They conspire continually, habitually, effectively, diabolically and on a scale that beggars the imagination. To deny this conspiracy fact is to deny both overwhelming empirical evidence and elementary reason.

Source - http://www.globalresearch.ca/hidden-history-the-secret-origins-of-the-first-world-war/5600090

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Not Protecting, Not Serving

A federal Homeland Security law enforcement officer was assigned to Metro transit patrol as part of a beefed-up security plan for the busy Fourth of July weekend.

He didn’t like what he saw.

Late in the afternoon on July 4, the officer walked into the North Hanley MetroLink substation to find 12 St. Louis County police officers milling about. A resulting Metro check of video footage determined that not only were county police officers loitering in the North Hanley security office instead of patrolling trains or platforms, at one point they covered the security camera with an envelope and tape.

You can read the rest @
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-caught-on-camera-st-louis-county-cops-cover-their/article_9789e796-f617-5e6d-ad19-765104543318.html

All of them should be fired.

On the other hand, maybe it's better they stay in the office. It's the officers on patrol who are needlessly killing innocent people in several states.

Scuffling On The Temple Mount

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Revelation 11:2 KJV

Doesn't it seem to you that EVERYONE now scuffling on the Temple Mount falls into the category of "the Gentiles"?

https://news.vice.com/story/palestinians-and-israelis-are-killing-each-other-over-jerusalems-holiest-site

What is a "Gentile"? Someone who is not Jewish.

What is a Jew? Someone who keeps G-d's Covenant and follows the Law.

Are the Israelis keeping the Covenant and following the Law?

Not according to the "True Torah Jews":

http://www.truetorahjews.org/jerusalem-day-profaning-holy

So, what are we to make of this?

I think we should stay out of it and not give support to either side. G-d will sort things out. His will be done.

Thought For The Day - July 22, 2017

The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his creation.

We should value those who solicit our votes by other standards than have recently been in fashion. While we believe that good is something to be invented, we demand of our rulers such qualities as “vision,” “dynamism,” “creativity,” and the like. If we returned to the objective view we should demand qualities much rarer, and much more beneficial – virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill. Vision is for sale, or claims to be for sale, everywhere. But give me a man who will do a day’s work for a day’s pay, who will refuse bribes, who will not make up his facts, and who has learned his job.

CS Lewis, The Poison of Subjectivism

Robot Cargo Ships ???

Two Norwegian companies are taking the lead in the race to build the world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship, an advance that could mark a turning point in seaborne trade.

Dubbed by shipping executives the “Tesla of the Seas,” the Yara Birkeland now under development is scheduled in late 2018 to start sailing fertilizer 37 miles down a fiord from a production facility to the port of Larvik. Using the Global Positioning System, radar, cameras and sensors, the electric ship is designed to navigate itself around other boat traffic and to dock on its own.

You can read the rest @
https://www.wsj.com/articles/norway-takes-lead-in-race-to-build-autonomous-cargo-ships-1500721202

Wait just a minute ...

Soon all goods will be manufactured in robot factories; all food will be grown and picked by robots. Both will be delivered by robot ships, robot trucks, and robot drones.

Q: So, without any jobs how will the intended customers be able to pay for this?

A: Obviously they can't, and this FACT puts the lie to the "robot world" fantasy of Jeff Bezos and others.

Social Darwinism In The Market-State

According to this silly piece, Trump is guided by "social Darwinism". If you believe the author, this is a truly horrible state of affairs:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/social-darwinism-is-what-truly-guides-trump.html

The reality is that ALL the powers that be are guided by social Darwinism. It is a philosophy which has contributed to the destruction of our once compassionate culture.

Did it, as some believe, stem from the writings of Ayn Rand? Perhaps, but it can be found in its purest form in the core beliefs of the "market-state" concept:

The “market-state” is the latest constitutional order, one that is just emerging in a struggle for primacy with the dominant constitutional order of the 20th century, the nation-state. Whereas the nation-state based its legitimacy on a promise to better the material well-being of the nation, the market-state promises to maximize the opportunity of each individual citizen.
Philip Bobbitt

The market-state guarantees everyone "equal opportunity", but then social Darwinism takes over. The rich get richer, and the poor are squeezed into lifeless husks.

And we're supposed to blame this on Trump? What a crock of shit!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Visualizing US Wealth Inequality

You can see it here through a myriad of graphics:

http://stockboardasset.com/insights-and-research/visualizing-americas-wealth-inequality-aerial-experience-baltimore/

You definitely should watch the video.

This already is having tragic consequences we completely fail to address.

Bezos Is Bonkers

According to this report, Jeff Bezos thinks there can be one trillion humans living in our solar system:

https://www.space.com/37572-jeff-bezos-trillion-people-solar-system.html

Dear Jeff - I hate to pee on your cornflakes, but here are some inconvenient facts:

  • Earth can barely support the nearly 8 billion we already have;
  • Mars and the Moon have no atmosphere, and they are much smaller than Earth; and
  • All the other planets are extremely inhospitable.

Have you been watching "The Wrath of Khan" again? Terraforming will be a LOT harder than what was depicted in the movie.

It's great to have dreams, but I'm too old to chase after your BS schemes.

Texas Polluters In The News Again

A Washington, D.C.-based environmental advocacy group sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, arguing the federal government isn’t properly policing air pollution permits the state of Texas issued to some of the largest industrial facilities in the U.S.

The Environmental Integrity Project - founded by former EPA officials - alleges that permits the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued to mega-plants across the Houston, Dallas and East Texas regions are illegal because the limits set on their emissions are too high, allowing them to spew too much pollution into the air.

The suit, filed in federal court, also claims the permits are so vague and complicated that TCEQ employees aren’t always sure if a plant is in violation, and therefore fail to adequately punish bad actors.

The Texas Tribune explored that low penalty rate in a recent investigation, finding that the TCEQ has so far fined fewer than 1 percent of the 3,723 emissions events that occurred in 2016.

“EPA knows that Texas issues unenforceable permits with illegal loopholes that render useless some of the most basic pollution control requirements of federal and state law,” said Gabriel Clark-Leach, a lawyer for the Environmental Integrity Project, which says it filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Texas environmental groups Air Alliance Houston, Sierra Club and TEJAS (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services).

You can read the rest @
http://www.mintpressnews.com/former-epa-officials-sue-epa-failure-enforce-air-pollution-rules/230008/

I worked for TCEQ in a former life. I have seen some of these permits. They are in fact EXTREMELY complicated.

But these are extremely complicated plants, and as I understand it the law allows them to operate under their existing permits until changes are made which would trigger implementation of newer federal and state laws.

In my opinion, the amount of toxins spewed into the air, buried in the ground, and dumped into the water in Texas is an affront to nature and a dire threat to all life on this planet. But laws alone will not fix the problem.

As long as we continue to extract "wealth" from the earth, there will be waste dumped into the environment. Only a complete change in our way of life is going to make a difference. The earth cannot heal if we continue to act like a cancer.

Teens Laugh While Man Drowns

Police and prosecutors say little can be done legally after the revelation that a group of teens filmed the dying moments of a 32-year-old disabled man last week, with the teens mocking, cursing and laughing while the man drowned in a fenced-off pond.

The Brevard County State Attorney's Office released the video to FLORIDA TODAY and called the incident a "tragedy" and said the teens' lack of action had "no moral justification" but added that the teens do not appear to have violated any laws.

The minute-long video, which police called "extremely disturbing," found its way to social media over the weekend before ending up in the hands of detectives.

The clip depicts the unidentified teens - ages 14 to 16 - off-camera, laughing as the man screamed off in the distance for help before going under in the murky water just after noon July 9 off Plaza Parkway. There were no calls to 911 from the teens.

You can read the rest @
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/20/teens-filmed-mocked-drowning-man-cocoa-police-say/495518001/

Welcome to the moral cesspool known as the United States.

Dear World - Don't let this happen to your kids. Turn off your phones, TVs, and Internet before it's too late.

It's already too late for those of us in the US. Satan has won the battle for the souls of our children.

Can We Be Our Own Doctors ???

Is this the solution to the US healthcare crisis?

The health care sector is facing a far-reaching and unpredictable revolution. Smartphones are capable of replacing many devices that have become standard in medical practices and some apps will soon be able to provide diagnoses as well. Patients are becoming less reliant on doctors.

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For millennia, sick people have been dependent on help from others, a healer or a doctor. But now, mobile devices are beginning to change that age-old state of affairs. Coupled with the power of artificial intelligence, the mobile phone promises to fundamentally change medical care. Many medical examinations that were thus far only possible in a doctor's office can now be undertaken at any time by anyone -- even while sitting at home in your easy chair.

You can read the rest @
http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/dr-smartphone-the-amedical-profession-s-digital-revolution-a-1158548.html

The downside to this is that the CORRECTIVE side of the equation (e.g., surgery, medication, physical therapies) is still controlled by Big Med and Big Pharma. Without them, self-diagnosis is of little value.

And you can count on the healthcare industry to fight tooth and nail to prevent We The People from becoming our own doctors. They can't afford their mansions, fancy cars, and expensive vacations without us.

Do Palestinians Have The Right To Fight Back ???

Here is a seldom heard point of view:

Long ago, it was settled that resistance and even armed struggle against a colonial occupation force is not just recognised under international law but specifically endorsed.

In accordance with international humanitarian law, wars of national liberation have been expressly embraced, through the adoption of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (pdf), as a protected and essential right of occupied people everywhere.

Finding evolving vitality in humanitarian law, for decades the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) - once described as the collective conscience of the world - has noted the right of peoples to self-determination, independence and human rights.

You can read the rest @
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/palestinians-legal-armed-struggle-170719114812058.html

If this is true, then the US should erect a no-fly zone over Gaza and the West Bank as part of our "responsibility to protect" the Palestinians, right?

We all know such a thing will never happen, since Israel and its puppet (a.k.a. the USA) control the definition of who is a terrorist and who is a freedom fighter, who is a human being and who is not.

Should Seniors Be Allowed To Vote ???

Here is an alarming proposal:

In 1970, Douglas Stewart, a university professor in California, was upset by the rise of Ronald Reagan and suggested that perhaps there were too many old people moving to California and voting. He made a modest proposal of his own, writing a controversial article in the New Republic titled "Disenfranchise the old":

'The vote should not be a privilege in perpetuity, guaranteed by minimal physical survival, but a share in the continuing fate of the political community, both in its benefits and its risks. The old, having no future, are dangerously free from the consequences of their own political acts, and it makes no sense to allow the vote to someone who is actuarially unlikely to survive, and pay the bills for, the politician or party he may help elect ... I would advocate that all persons lose the vote at retirement or age 70, whichever is earlier.'

You can read the rest @
https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/politics/blogs/should-people-over-70-years-old-lose-right-vote

I will soon fall into the age group the professor wants to disenfranchise, so I'm very interested in how this turns out.

The "logic" of this proposal is similar to that which would not tax the property of people who do not have kids in school. Or perhaps we should pay for our prisons by taxing only the families of prisoners.

We have (or at least should have) a social contract, and everyone has an obligation to be part of it - as a giver and as a recipient. There would have been PLENTY of money to pay for the care of the aged and the needy if Congress hadn't spent the money on wars, if the Pentagon hadn't wasted the $6.5 trillion they can't account for, and if US corporations hadn't offshored our economy.

I recommend that we not allow college professors or students to vote. They clearly don't know what the hell they're talking about, and much of what they do is more disruptive than constructive.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Is Rick Perry A Dummy Or A Liar ???

US energy minister Rick Perry believes that the US could dominate the global energy market by exporting large amounts of domestic oil, gas and coal. The Financial Times reports that President Donald Trump wants to expand its domestic capacity to export liquid gas (LNG) .

The petroleum field in the Permian Basin in the state of Texas plays an important role in obtaining supremacy in the global oil market . With an estimated 75 billion barrels (159 liters barrel) of oil, the world's second largest petroleum deposits are expected to be there. The world's largest known oil deposits are located in the Ghawar field in Saudi Arabia.

However, an analysis by Oilprice.com shows that the oil deposits in the Permian basin and thus also the potential to rise to oil power are overestimated. During the current year, the US would have had to import 9 million barrels of crude oil per day. "How can the world's largest importer of oil become a supplier to which other countries should depend?" Asks oilprice.com.

You can read the rest @
https://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2017/07/20/zu-wenig-reserven-usa-koennen-globalen-oelmarkt-nicht-dominieren/ [translation required]

You can find the Oil Price report itself @
http://oilprice.com/Energy/Oil-Prices/Permian-Oil-Reserves-Are-Grossly-Exaggerated.html

Dear Rick - You should have stayed in retirement and spared all of us the embarrassment.

Russia's Doomsday System

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, gave a rare interview to a smaller media outlet in the United States that aired Tuesday, and what he said is taking many aback.

While speaking to HBO’s Real Sports, Kadyrov ... made a troubling comment about his country’s nuclear arsenal and a Russian doomsday device.

Kadyrov said, “America is not really a strong enough state for us to regard it as an enemy of Russia. We have a strong government and are a nuclear state. Even if our government was completely destroyed, our nuclear missiles would be automatically deployed. We will put the whole world on its knees and screw it from behind.” That comment certainly puts the left’s insistence on a war with Russia in perspective.  And Kadyrov is probably being more accurate than not in that statement.

According to The New York Times, Russia built a system in the 1980s that could do what Kadyrov described, known as the Perimeter System. Bruce Blair, the former US nuclear officer who broke the story of the Perimeter System for The New York Times in 1993, told Business Insider that the system works when it detects nuclear explosions. Only a small crew, deep in a bunker, has a hand in the otherwise automated system, according to Blair.

Essentially, if another country conducted a nuclear attack that would destroy the government of Russia or anything a 1980s-era system would perceive as a nuclear attack, an automated system would empty Russia’s missile silos in an immediate counterattack.

You can read the rest @
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/chechnyas-leader-claims-russian-doomsday-device-is-activated_07202017


Remember Dr. Strangelove? A similar claim was made in the movie about a "cobalt thorium g" doomsday device.

I doubt Mr. Kadyrov knows anything at all about such a system, but its existence is theoretically possible.

In any event, we shouldn't be playing nuclear weapons chicken with the Russkies.

Cocaine At All Time High

The U.S.-Colombia drug war alliance has failed to stop the country’s drug trade, with last year’s coca yield breaking records. The record harvests can be traced to the country’s government, right-wing paramilitaries and wealthy individuals who are sympathetic to U.S. business interests.

You can read the rest @
http://www.mintpressnews.com/after-onset-of-plan-colombia-cocaine-profits-record-highs/229949/

Anyone who thinks the drug trade is not secretly sanctioned by the US military-industrial-banking-information-prison complex is a fool. They can track and stop every dime which goes to a Muslim charity, but they cannot see the flood of drugs entering the country?

WAKE UP !!!

End Of The USA ???

Lana Del Ray sings about the possible end of the USA on her new album (but you'll have to search hard to find mention of it in this NYT review):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/arts/music/lana-del-rey-lust-for-life-review.html

I think a much better version was written long ago by Ani DiFranco:

https://youtu.be/8D5yI1m69O4

Massacre In Mosul

It appears that 40,000 civilians were slaughtered during the "liberation" of Mosul:

https://www.unz.com/pcockburn/massacre-of-mosul-revealed/

So, we "saved" these people from ISIS by killing them?

Doesn't that remind you of this news bulletin from the February 8, 1968 edition of The New York Times?

BENTRE, Feb. 7 (AP) - “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it,” a United States major said today. He was talking about the decision by allied commanders to bomb and shell the town regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the Vietcong.

Apparently we have learned nothing since then except how to kill more effectively and how to get away with it.

Why Single Payer Is The Only Real Choice

The Senate health care bill appears to be dead - done in by the Republican Party's inability to agree on a basic philosophical question: Should healthy Americans have to subsidize the sick?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/07/18/the_controversy_that_finally_killed_the_senate_health_care_bill.html

That's the whole point of health insurance - to flatten the cost by lumping the healthy with the sick. If the sick (especially the catastrophically ill) have to bear the full cost of their medical bills, they might as well not have insurance at all.

Whatever the case, the US healthcare system needs FUNDAMENTAL change. We pay the most, but have the worst outcomes in the developed world. That's messed up.