What happened to that? What happened to the “wall” from Jefferson’s letter and Everson V. BOE, etc? I suppose that only applied to running God and the Godly out of the government’s schools. Now, that the schools are all closed, the state has no problem whatsoever prohibiting the free exercise of religion. Worse, the churches and the people have gone along happily. It could be that, along with covering for the usurers, the hysteria was designed to empty the pews. This may be new but it isn’t normal.
When the largest bailout in human history isn’t enough.
Even if the bill passes, the story won’t be over:
- We are likely to be in this same situation again, economists say — and soon.
- Another stimulus bill will likely be necessary to get the economy running after the COVID-19 outbreak has been contained.
- More immediately, it’s possible that a second massive spending bill will be needed just to stop further bleeding.
What it means: “This should not be thought of as a stimulus bill — this should be thought of as social insurance in a disaster state of the world for the most hard hit,” Jonathan Parker, professor of finance at MIT, told Axios during a virtual briefing with reporters Wednesday.
- “The idea is to freeze time for a month or six weeks and let people emerge with not a huge amount of debt — not starving, not being evicted.”
- This would ideally produce “a V-shaped recovery where people find themselves roughly where they were when we went in.”
This “V-shaped” idea is the craziest thing I’ve heard since they said a cold bug caused the depression. People entered into the V with a huge amount of debt – and no assets – and that is the problem. More free money, despite being what everyone says they want, is the opposite of the right answer.
What people do not want is any cumbersome freedom. There is no fear of losing civil liberties.
The orders seem prudent in the bid to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus: Don’t go out, don’t gather with others and keep your stores closed. But growing segments of the U.S. population say state and federal governments are trampling on freedoms central to American life in the name of protecting public health.
The case is already being made. A church-goer in New Hampshire says prohibitions against large gatherings violate her religious rights. A Pennsylvania golf course owner argues that gubernatorial edicts shuttering his business amount to illegal seizure of his private property.
So, a few “nuts” care about freedom. What did Sallust say again? The majority couldn’t be happier to lock themselves down, so long as a little free cheddar is promised.
And, the lies. The past week and a half, I have watched or listened to more television bullshit than I have in the past ten years. Virtually everything I’ve heard has been a damned lie and an easily disproved damned lie. That so many people put faith in this foolishness says something unpleasant about the wreck of America.
This social distancing is starting to sound appealing. In fact, I’m investigating a way to make it permanent. I’d like to put as much distance between me and the social idiocy as possible.
HOAX, noun: Something done for deception or mockery.
I keep hearing and reading the laments of the Boomers, the other Boomers, some more Boomers, and a few Silents (though not so many GIs) that so many of them stupid young people just ain’t taking the Corona Hoax seriously. Yeah, about that…
I’m a member of Generation X. Some of us have tried to help, others have become entangled in the problem. For the most part, we’re overlooked by those older and younger. But, we did have a chance to experience both worlds: we saw the old America, even as it decayed; and, we were the first guinea pigs in the great experiment that made society what it is today. We can (or should) feel for the young even as we remember what the elder generations did. I’m calling on those of us born between 1965 and 1980 to finally stand up and do something.
This post is written in defense of the Millennials and the Zoomers and any post-Zoomers, the ones trying to eat out, go to the beach, and live life as normally as possible in the toilet paper-free, mask-wearing, fiat-spending, news-addicted, schoolbus nutrition-delivering, hand sanitized, post-American zombie wasteland. For the Boomers and older generations reading this: if you are personally offended, then you are part of the damned problem (consider this a mirror).
They keep wailing and moaning that the kids don’t care: via their careless, hoax-averse living, they’re allegedly endangering and dishonoring their parents and the older folks. The kids are told they must honor and respect their elders, who, by and large, resemble a bunch of bloated, tottering, braindead fools. Some of these fools have foolishly invoked the Biblical admonition to honor the mother and father. They now appeal to “old-fashioned” values about youth and seniority. Two divorced and absent parents do not a generation make, and the same Bible openly condemns entire generations for their collective wickedness. So, I ask, what older generations?
The older generations that killed off the Bible and the old-fashioned ways?
The older generations that, just a week or so back, were making fun of the kids for being a bunch of slackers who can’t pay back the student loans the elders said they had to take out?
The older generations that divorced in mass and left the kids to flail, cry, and be tormented over the destruction of their homes?
The older generations that stole the last bits and pieces of the money, leaving nothing but debt and debris in their wake?
The older generations that suppressed wages while inflating consumer prices to the moon?
The older generations that opened the floodgates and welcomed 100 million incompatible non-Westerners?
The older generations that did nothing while the sorcerors, the wizards, the freaks, the corporations, the government, the NGOs, the televisions, and the dope dealers laid waste to the culture?
The older generations that lived for the moment, ignored their children and grandchildren and then demanded that the young pay for their retirements, their medical treatments, and the continuation of their lifestyles, all the while demanding they be respected for their self-righteous hedonism?
The older generations that ran the Churches into the ground while running the Flock out the door?
The older generations that enjoyed the last vestiges of semi-decent education, only to abandon their children to the Ivied Tower of Babel?
The older generations that ushered in a world destined to genetically alter the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of those who came after them?
The older generations that killed any link to the civil liberties once ascribed to the dead constitution?
The older generations that turned America into a police state?
The older generations that demanded the young go forth to fight Satanic foreign wars for the profits of the banks and corporations of the police state?
The older generations that sheepishly jumped at every hoax and lie ginned up by the politicians and the media, expecting everyone else to jump as well?
The older generations that, with moderate prompting and assistance, completely and utterly destroyed the coherent nation of America?
The older generations that aborted half of the younger generations in cold, selfish blood?
Perhaps the best way to honor and respect those people would be to get them in the ground and then forget they ever existed. And no, we do not have to live with and suffer from their legacy of evil failure. We can move on and erase it, starting right now.
Party on, kids. Gen X has your backs.
Hey! You’re about to get paid a little – just a tiny bit – of that bankster graft!
What’s happening: A growing chorus of liberal and conservative economists are lining up behind a proposal published in the Wall Street Journal by Harvard professor Jason Furman, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) under President Obama, that calls for direct government payments to households.
What it means: Furman proposes Congress pass a “one-time payment of $1,000 to every adult who is a U.S. citizen or a taxpaying U.S. resident, and $500 to every child who meets the same criteria.”
He adds that the law “should also specify that the payments would continue in 2021 and beyond if the unemployment rate rises to 5.5% and remains there or higher. Hopefully this will not happen, but if it does, the money will be needed.”
What it REALLY means: America is DONE.
Derek Thompson, a millennial, takes aim at the trio of elderly gents in the presidential
pony show contest. Trump, Biden, and Sanders are old, that’s certain. However, the ending of his article doesn’t help the cause of sprightly discontent:
Finally, the most important challenge before the U.S. and the world—climate change—is profoundly intergenerational. Solving it requires a farsighted approach to diplomacy, invention, and technological deployment that a creaky old country will simply never master. This crisis urgently requires the input and ideas of the generations that will be most affected by it. If government of the elderly, by the elderly, and for the elderly will not perish from the Earth, the rest of us might suffer instead.
The ancient plutocrats can’t remember their names; this will not alleviate the unicorn epidemic. I’ve thought of a Gen-Xer who could potentially bail the nation out if elected. He’d loath running and you probably wouldn’t vote for him anyway.
Or some such nonsense. Communism is the only solution ever floated by our insane caste of elites and experts. It’s the go-to for “climate change”, and now for obesity.
Dietz faulted the government for not pushing for more measures to promote physical activity and better eating. Building more sidewalks and passing a national tax on sugary beverages could make a big difference, he said.
Taxes and sidewalks… Well, I guess the gubmit best act as there is absolutely nothing the individual can do to improve his own health. Case closed…
42% of US adults are obese, up from whenever the last survey was conducted (which was also up, etc, etc). Something like 70% of the public is overweight – meaning just too heavy. Obese means severely overweight. 10% of adults are grossly obese. That’s about 27 million people. What does that mean? Really, really severely overweight?
Once again, I propose two simple solutions that do not involve taxes: 1) eat less, 2) move around some. It occurs to me that, despite writing the same things for years, the problem keeps getting worse. I may, in the future, employ reverse psychology.
Mr. Reed wrote a dandy piece about the lost America and what helped make it special – dangerous scientific toys!
Microscopes. Chemistry, Reading. English grammar. Encouragement of intelligence. Spaceships. Robots, however misspelled. Shellac guns.
Cowboy boots and .22 rifles. Memories.
Donald Jefferies on the nationwide systemic corruption.
Corruption is defined in the dictionary as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power.” It can no longer be denied that in every area of government and business, present-day America fits this description like a glove. Throw in a decadent culture, and a beaten-down, largely amoral populace, and you have America 2.0.
Our legal system is a laughingstock. I am just starting to write a book about our injustice system, and the statistics and personal stories are stunning. Cops routinely harass innocent motorists or pedestrians (but never threaten gang members, for instance). Prosecutors cling to cases with no real evidence, and push forward to convict those they know aren’t guilty. It’s all about winning under our adversarial system. Juries rubber-stamp dubious cases with guilty verdicts most of the time. And politicized judges rule over the mess like feudal lords, with bias and inconsistency.
He goes on to hit most of the major players in the downfall. But, like he say, at least there’s plenty to write about.
A massive (27,300 words!) Unz-esque article which sheds light on the murder of General Soleimani, 9/11, and more. Tuck your “TL;DR” away, this is worth it. Pay attention. And, watch Dr. Alan Sabrosky’s interview with the Iranian journalist; listen to his radio interview. 100% certain.
The January 2nd American assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani of Iran was an event of enormous moment.
Gen. Soleimani had been the highest-ranking military figure in his nation of 80 million, and with a storied career of 30 years, one of the most universally popular and highly regarded. Most analysts ranked him second in influence only to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s elderly Supreme Leader, and there were widespread reports that he was being urged to run for the presidency in the 2021 elections.
The circumstances of his peacetime death were also quite remarkable. His vehicle was incinerated by the missile of an American Reaper drone near Iraq’s Baghdad international airport just after he had arrived there on a regular commercial flight for peace negotiations originally suggested by the American government.
Whatever the truth of a matter is, it is almost always the opposite of what is officially pronounced by the government and the media or what is taught as history. Y’all been lied to. Repeatedly.
In the days in and around 9/11, I was very close to many of the neocons and was perilously close to joining them. There was a smell about it all. Of sulfur.
If Americans ever know…
It’s not even close anymore. Read this.
Who Rules America?
By Greg Felton
A government, whatever its nature, rules as an imperial power over its people. The surest way to exercise this control is to prop up the illusion that it acts in the public interest. Paul Craig Roberts and Alvin Rabushka spelled out this salient fact in the March 1973 issue of Public Choice, in their article “A Diagrammatic Exposition of an Economic Theory of Imperialism,” and what they wrote is no less relevant today.
The act of voting is one of the props that sustains the delusion of self-rule. People do vote, but the candidates are decided by the oligarchy of organized interest groups. This is also the conclusion of a 2014 study by Princeton University professors Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page about the extent to which U.S. government policy reflects public preferences. Gilens and Page found that voters are, to all intents and purposes, irrelevant to their own “democratic” government:
“[The] preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy . . . Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it” (Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 575, 76).
Instead of representing the common interest of the people, government answers to organized interest groups. Gilens and Page cite the dominance over policy of special interests who use public policy to serve their interests rather than the public’s. We see the effects of this plutocracy in the sharp rise in the inequality of income and wealth, a gap which has grown into a chasm.
Your vote, as I have explained before, does not count in the overall scheme and in fact, sometimes isn’t counted even numerically. Catch the part about the PATRIOT Act being drafted BEFORE 9/11 and by the guy who chaired the 9/11 sham commission? All an act and a ruse; when you vote along, you go along.