Memorial Day 2017

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Last week Bill Bonner wrote a good article for International Man that seems to fit with the theme de jure (HERE via LRC).

Meanwhile, scuffles broke out in New Orleans. On one side were demonstrators eager to pull down the statues of war heroes Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard. On the other side, demonstrators were there to protect them.

ABC News:

Multiple people were arrested on Sunday as hundreds of protesters clashed over the fate of Confederate monuments in New Orleans, police said.

Three protesters were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace on Sunday afternoon near Lee Circle in New Orleans after a fight broke out at a Confederate monuments demonstration, according to the New Orleans Police Department…

More than 700 people attended demonstrations on Sunday on both sides of the city’s plans to remove three remaining Confederate monuments.

Then, vandals defaced the monument to P.G.T. Beauregard, draping a sign on it that said: “This is historical violence, we say no.”

We’re not sure what that was supposed to mean. But we know where our sympathies lie: with the stones.

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Confederate General Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest soldiers in American history. Compared to him, the gilded generals now frequenting the White House—Mattis, McMaster, Kelly—are little more than paper pushers.

But let’s look at P.G.T. Beauregard, the hero of the First Battle of Bull Run.

Born on a sugar plantation in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, little Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard didn’t speak English until his parents sent him to New York to learn it.

Thence, he got an appointment to West Point and began his military career thereafter. He served his country in the Mexican-American War… and then served as superintendent at West Point.

But when Louisiana declared independence, what was he to do? Defend the homeland? Or fight against it?

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P.G.T. meets B.L.M. Someone’s Twitter.

Here’s a thought for Memorial Day 2017: It is Memorial Day, let’s stop acting like the Taliban, stop tearing down and defacing our Memorials.

Run One Step Ahead: Vox Day on Success

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I have this thing bout being one or two steps ahead of the news and the culture. Part of it is educated trend-spotting. Other parts are telepathy, intuition,and blind luck.

Today, as I nurse a slight sunburn, I offer you the chance to go one step ahead yourselves. Here’s a must watch feature:

Vox Day on Finding Success (30 min.)

A short description from Vox’s blog: “Sometimes it helps to reflect upon why you didn’t get somewhere before you try to start going somewhere else. Tonight’s Darkstream addresses how to go about making success rather than avoiding failure.”

Here’s the kicker: I haven’t watched it. Not yet. Sunburn… But I trust the source. I’m sure Vox has experienced one setback after another (the eggs and omelet phenomenon). However, one would never know that based on his public succession of successes.

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VD / Periscope.

Watch this and take heed if you’re struggling with something.

PS: I also like that his video skills are on par with mine. Success can be simple.

Liberals Surprised to Find Immigration has Consequences

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They of course do not admit as much.

My marvelous smartphone occasionally sends me “news” updates as picked by Verizon. From the character of these I take it Verizon is a “converged” outfit, in the SJW sense. I usually delete this material on sight. However, I did read the following article:

Why Americans Are So Damn Unhealthy, In 4 Shocking Charts

I write about Americans all the time. I write about health too. This one was interesting to me.

Since the early 1970s, most developed countries have followed a similar trajectory: They have increased spending on health care and seen some impressive gains in life expectancy.

But one nation stands out for profligate spending and poor outcomes: The US has spent more than any other nation on health care, while its citizens still die fairly young. Among 23 nations who have been members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since the early 1970s, only Turkey — which spends a tiny fraction of what Americans lavish on health care — lags behind the US on life expectancy. Japan leads the OECD with a life expectancy of 83.7 in 2014, almost four years longer than the US.

While some OECD countries, including the UK, have single-payer, government-run health care, this isn’t what separates the US from the rest of the pack. Switzerland, for instance, delivers almost universal coverage in a system that relies on competing private insurance companies.

Judged on life expectancy and other health outcomes, parts of the US look like the developing world.

There’s a reason for that last bit – which is true. Actually there is a lot of truth in this article. For as much as we spend on healthcare and related items, most Americans are horribly unhealthy. The author’s solution is, of course, to spend more. As everything good flows directly from the beneficial bounty of big government, it only follows that only government can make people feel better and live longer…

Or it could be that most of that spending is wasted. Profits for the industry, the insurance racket, and autocrats sore as health fails. Or it could be that Americans perpetually sit on the couch, eating garbage and watching the brain-killing, diabetes-inducing idiot box. Could be.

The trend could also be explained by the massive demographic shifts which have plagued America since Emanuel Celler’s 1965 law began the fundamental transformation of America – for the worse.

Parts of the U.S. look like the third world judging by more than just life expectancy. Much of the country, now, IS the third world.

Look at the graphs from the article, especially the following. It tracks life expectancy verses healthcare spending from 1973 to 2014.

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Some improvements, yes, but pitiful compared to other nations. Why? How? 1973 was about the time that the 1965 Immigration Act started taking effect, started taking America away from the circle of civilized, developed nations. Compare the foregoing chart with this graph:

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New York Immigration Coalition.

The effects are clear as a bell. Hart, Celler, and Kennedy lied through their fangs when they claimed there would be no net change in the national demographic composition – there’s been nothing but change. Change has consequences. And it keeps changing. The following shows the rough racial makeup of America from 1790 to a projected 2070 (not that far away):

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And the changes brought changes. All of those other comparison developed nations have something in common: homogenous populations, or more homogenous populations than America’s. Turkey is virtually 100% Turkish. Switzerland, despite ruthless efforts to diversify it, is virtually 100% Swiss. Japan is stubbornly, xenophobically near 100% Japanese.

It turns out that importing the various residents of the lower world has more consequences than tasty ethnic foods, collapsing academic testing results, 9/11, and Islamic bomb factories in Minneapolis. It also means imported foreign health issues and genetic disposition. This stuff is real, like it or not.

Arriving in the remains of the U.S., the newcomers from Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East must certainly experience some benefits. Their overall health scores increase relative to their counterparts back home. The native whites (and blacks) also see slow increases for the better. Yet, all succumb to one degree or another to the effects of the new sedentary lifestyle, the slow death of fast food, etc. And the imports have a cumulative effect on the whole.

The graphs don’t explain everything though they do raise some questions … or answers. Why are Americans so damned unhealthy? Maybe it’s because they’re ceasing to be Americans.

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

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Why not go ahead and make everyone billionaires? Worked so well in Rhodesia Zimbabwe Inflation-Land, Africa.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech.

Zuckerberg’s comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator.

“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech. “We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

Zuckerberg said that, because he knew he had a safety net if projects like Facebook had failed, he was confident enough to continue on without fear of failing. Others, he said, such as children who need to support households instead of poking away on computers learning how to code, don’t have the foundation Zuckerberg had. Universal basic income would provide that sort of cushion, Zuckerberg argued.

“I’m from Farcebook and I’m here to help.”

Here’s a new idea: read Mises or something, Mark. Your Fed buddies and those idiots in D.C. could enrich everyone beyond belief in a few minutes. Safety nets entangle.

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One helluva cushion! Good for TP or fire starter! AFP / Getty / CNN.

Yeah, About Those Laws

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There are really two sets of laws: one for you and one for the government. Both are made by the government. (Strictly talking positive law, here).

“Your” laws work like this: They mandate that you must have a driver’s license from their DMV. You break your law, you go to jail.

“Their” laws work like this: They are legally prohibited from using biometrics at their DMV. They break the law, the law is broken.

An example of their lawlessness regarding their own laws from Vermont:

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been caught using facial recognition software — despite a state law preventing it.

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont describe such a program, which uses software to compare the DMV’s database of names and driver’s license photos with information with state and federal law enforcement. Vermont state law, however, specifically states that “The Department of Motor Vehicles shall not implement any procedures or processes… that involve the use of biometric identifiers.”

The program, the ACLU says, invites state and federal agencies to submit photographs of persons of interest to the Vermont DMV, which it compares against its database of some 2.6 million photos and shares potential matches. Since 2012, the agency has run at least 126 such searches on behalf of local police, the State Department, FBI, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

The law they break: 23 V.S.A. § 634(c).

It’s called a double standard. You pay for it. Then you pay for it again. Dandy system.

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Books for you. Books for them. State of Vermont.

It’s Not Your Father’s Tractor. It’s Not Even Yours.

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Like your new John Deere? Like your lease? You’re leasing by the way. You signed a paper that allowed them to keep exclusive rights. Eric Peters, today, explained how that works:

Not if it’s a John Deere tractor.

When you buy one, you’re actually purchasing an “implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.“ Basically, a rental contract. With the difference being that even when the rental is paid off, you are still bound by the contract.

Yes, really.

It has to do with two things – the code that runs the tractor (yes, them too) and the ownership claims to that code asserted under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

You may recall the ruckus that erupted about a year ago when the car companies floated the idea that even though you bought their car, it was still their code that ran the thing – and this code remained proprietary. That is, their property. To “tamper” with anything that could conceivably affect the code, their lawyers proposed, would violate both the warranty and copyright laws. Effectively making the car not your property, no matter the name on the title.

A DMCA exception was granted for cars – but probably only because of the rictus of outrage that erupted; rightly so.

Tractors, on the other hand. . .

Probably because there are fewer farmers – and most of them are wholly owned subsidiaries of massive Big Ag cartels, working the fields on behalf of Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland, et al.

But not just them, either.

When you buy a Deere, you must sign a licensing agreement (see here) that contains what amounts to the rental agreement. It basically says that you – the “owner” – will not perform unauthorized repairs or modifications; that you will only permit an authorized Deere technician to touch “your” tractor. This comes in mighty handy when you are out in the field cutting hay and something breaks and you need to get the thing running again right now . . . not next Thursday, when the Deere dude can schedule you an authorized appointment.

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“Beep! Beep! Boop! agriculture.com.

All about control and ownership for the Big Club with the DMCA. I noted as much over two years ago:

All companies, from Ford to Honda to Caterpillar, have announced the need for a change in the law. Specifically, they want to amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, Pub. L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 (Oct. 28, 1998) to protect their proprietary software from your incessant meddling. Yes, you, the shade-tree mechanics of America, are the real problem here.

In a way, this is only fair. New cars, all of them, are totally controlled by sophisticated computer programs. Those programs were developed by the car makers at considerable cost. When you endeavor to work on “your” own car you will inevitably run into programming issues. Most shy away from this spectacle of technology. However, some intrepidly dive in and use their own skill to navigate the oil stained field of ones and zeroes which make the new cars work. In doing so they may, intentionally or unwittingly, alter the original programming. This equates to software piracy, you see.

Never mind that you paid for the car, computers and all. It’s not really your property – not all of it. Back in the 90’s the lobbyist for the industries of America wrote and paid for the DMCA. It’s their law, designed to protect their money, and they can change it as needed. You get back to that baseball game – nothing to see here.

“Your” representatives will be bribe … er … convinced to alter the law. In the future only dealership mechanics and licensed big chain techs will be authorized to work on cars. This will save you the trouble of reading code and allow the manufacturers to reap additional profits. Go under the hood yourself and you will likely lose the car and land yourself in prison. As it should be.

The terrorist with a laptop, of whom Markey and I warned you, will no more obey the new DMCA than he will the old laws against kidnapping, murder, and extortion. No mind; eventually this too will be cured. A new dawn of self-driving, un-hackable, super “safe” but un-Godly expensive cars is just over the horizon.

This dawning will surely usher in new problems. Rest assured our wise and benevolent betters will have solutions for these too.

As I said then; “Fix a car, go to jail”. I should have included tractors in that.

Hook that to your PTO.

A Case of Blowback? Or was it Bomb-back?

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Where to start? Where to start? How about Williamsburg, VA? I was in a shop in that fine town on December 21, 1988, when news broke of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. (Scotland is in the UK). Those of you who were alive 29 years ago – Lord, time flies – may recall the event. A 747 destroyed and 259 people killed; terrible.

A Libyan gentleman, name of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was indicted by U.S. and Scottish authorities. After many years of hiding in Libya (his home), he was extradited to the Netherlands to stand trial on the Scottish charges. He was convicted and imprisoned in Scotland.

In 2009, following a bout with cancer, he was “compassionately” released back to Libya, where he received a hero’s welcome. Murder 259 people and you get compassion and you’re a hero – what a world…

My point with all of that is that the UK has a long, twisted relationship with Libya.

In 2011, you may also recall, England lent a heavy hand during the Libyan Civil War. In 2011 or 2012 the UK and its bankster criminal class looted the sovereign wealth of the Libyan people, some $200 Billion or so. There was more interference and looting than one could shake a blog at but that was the big-ticket item. The money is still safely held “for the Libyans” … in London.

This, by the way, was the incident that set off the legal wrangling with the Goldman Sachs.  That’s the same bank Hilary worked for and from which Trump hires for damned near every position in his administration. It’s spelled: c-o-r-r-u-p-t.

Anyway, the British bankers stole a mint. The American bankers won a paltry judgement. Col. Gaddafi was deposed and shot dead in the street. Thousands more were killed, maimed, or left homeless and destitute. Libya is ruined. And terrorists now run amok in the formerly half-way decent Arab country. Many of them travel back and forth between Tripoli and England. They have done that for decades, actually.

And now I get to it…

One lovely little family of Libya terrorists settled in Manchester (England, not New Hampshire). Momma and Pappa Jihad had some boys. One of the sons detonated a nail bomb at the Ariana Grande concert the other night. Salman Abedi was a son of a bitch. And his father and brothers and probably the rest of his family and most of his friends were evil bastards too.

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Worse than evil: Satanic evil, all the worse for being blindly tolerated. The Sun.

Pappa Jihad Abedi, just today, was arrested back in Libya on terrorism charges. He has links to ISIS and Al Qaeda. Imagine that.

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi apparently wasn’t the only member of his family to harbor extremist views, as Libyan officials arrested the suicide bomber’s father and two brothers and uncovered what investigators called a plot for a new attack.

In this Wednesday, May 24, 2017 photo, Hashim Ramadan Abedi appears inside the Tripoli-based Special Deterrent anti-terrorism force unit after his arrest on Tuesday for alleged links to the Islamic State extremist group. Abedi is the brother of Salman Abedi, who has been identified as the man behind the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. The Special Deterrent Force says that Hashim confessed both he and his brother were a part of the Islamic State group and that Hashim had been aware of the details of the attack. (Ahmed Bin Salman, Special Deterrent Force via AP)Expand / Collapse

Hashim Abedi, who was born in 1997, was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday evening by the Libyan counter-terrorism force Rada on suspicion of links to the Islamic State, and was planning a new attack on the Libyan capital, a government spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday.

The father of the bomber was arrested in Tripoli on Wednesday, a Libyan security spokesman told The Associated Press. The father, Ramadan Abedi, had said another brother of the bomber, Ismail, was arrested Tuesday.

What’s more, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News that Salman Abedi spent three weeks in Libya prior to the Manchester bombing, returning to England just days before the Ariana Grande concert Monday, when he launched his attack at the concert venue.

Salman’s mother, Samia Tabbal, is believed to have returned to Libya, while the Facebook profile for his sister, Jomana, suggests that she still lives in Manchester. The mother was described in an article by The Guardian as a “very nice woman” who taught a friend’s daughter to read the Quran.

Lovely. Momma Jihad tutored from verse 3:151 (“Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers…”) while the menfolk read up on proper TATP concoctions. ISIS promotes literacy; I love it.

My theory is a little loose but it seems like cause and effect here. Pick up a serpent and hold it next to your breast. Don’t be surprised when it bites you.

Today the people of Manchester mourn. Some have jumped to the defense … of the terrorists. If you don’t like terrorism, then you’re a “hater” and a Nazi. Sieg Heil. Others plan a candlelight vigil for the deceased, a show of solidarity (to include solidarity with the other [many] terrorists in their midst). ISIS, for their part, vowed to try to get a truck rental scheduled for the same day and time. This stuff almost writes itself.

The terror alert is at code red or code black or whatever correlates with “critical” and “imminent”. Soldiers, thousands of them, are armed and on the streets. Their first mission is to safeguard the Queen, Theresa May, and Parliament. Any platoons left available are helping the police in a frantic effort to not offend the “just-like-us” terrorist Muslims while at the same time attempting to retain some semblance of first world order.

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Just another day in the multi-culti paradise. The Telegraph.

If the Brits want my advice – and, aside from Jon, Clive, and three others, it seems they do not – they would do two things.

First, stop picking up asps and vipers! Leave these damned crazy people alone. Leave them alone in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, or wherever they are. They obviously enjoy a little turmoil. So let them have it. Leave them alone.

Second, get their remnants out of the UK! Use those soldiers to round them up. Interrupt the Quranic chemistry lessons if you have to. Those who vacation at ISIS bomb factories should simply be barred from ever returning. Throw them all out!

Otherwise, prepare for more bombings, more car and truck attacks, more stabbings, and more blood in Mr. Powell’s river.

In a Western country not the UK? Then just apply this same general scenario and solutions to your nation. Do so quickly.

And it was so odd. It was a gift shop and I was looking at those little metal model jet liners, including a 747, when I heard the news about the real one in Scotland. I think it snowed a little that day.

New Video: Terrorism and Situational Awareness

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Just a short and simple one about some things I wrote today. And last week. And last year. Getting very old…

The Perrin Lovett Show / YouTube.

Please check/search on this site for related terror/political articles and check with www.freedomprepper.com too for the same and situational awareness prepping. The FP site is being upgraded and older links may or may not work … yet. New stuff, this week and last, are fine.

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Not even my best words. I out of those tonight it seems. Very important concepts though.