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The Anatomy Of Autocracy

So more on American's slipping into #Autocracy and if we're really lucky a #WhiteSupremicist #Dictatorship. Image/photo

Many people whom I listen to, and read from, have eschewed the idea that the #USA can slip into autocracy, but also many I get news content from were warning early on that it definitely can—and is—happening here.

The "jury" is out and the facts are in. We had a near miss, and it is not over. The woefully, dangerously, well-armed, misguided people who were effectively footsoldiers in this attempt did not see the errors of their ways and recant their thinking. They saw it as a tactic to growing their movement and are planning the next stages.

When comparing #Now to #Then, many experts rely on #Historians for guidance.
#Trump has no cohesive #Ideology like the #Dictators of the past
That is a convincing argument, but it's one that has hindsight as its aid. Suppose the historian had to decide what the cohesive ideology was as they were evaluating the aggregated news of the time as they first saw it instead of evaluating it many years after it happened.

Well, #MashaGessen has done something similar to that. I felt his words deeply when he said it and talked about what was seen in diaries and journals of the day as #Germany was becoming its worst. Those diaries match our perception of current events.

Compare the following two episodes of the #Throughline #Podcast. The first is an interview with a Historian specializing in inter-war Germany named Timothy Snyder. The second is with a Russian-American journalist, author, translator, and activist named Masha Gessen.
note Timothy's words at the 26:00 time mark


note Masha's words at the 15:00 time mark


Perhaps it's not obvious that I'm not denigrating Timothy's work based on his interview, so I'll specify that I liked what he said. I'm only picking at a little bit of it because Masha's thinking is superior about that point.

It's comparable to a lead section in Jordan Ellenberg’s wonderful book, “How Not To Be Wrong,” when he wrote about where to armor warplanes based on the bullet holes.
Military officers had gathered and studied bullet holes in the aircraft that returned from missions. One early thought was that the planes should have more armor where they had been hit the most— fuselage, fuel system, the rest of the plane— but not on the engines, which had the smallest number of bullet holes per square foot.

Abraham Wald, a leading mathematician, disagreed. Working with the SRG (Statistics Research Group) in Manhattan, he asked an odd question: Where were the missing bullet holes— the ones that would be all over the engine if bullets were equally distributed?

They were on the missing planes, the ones that had been shot down. So the vulnerable place wasn’t where all the bullet holes were on the returning planes. It was where the bullet holes were on the planes that didn’t return.

Restricting your measurements to a final sample, excluding part of the sample that didn’t survive, creates what statisticians call “survivor bias.” It can cause you to come to conclusions that are entirely wrong.
The commonality is using incomplete evidence and hindsight to determine truth/reality. Masha added more evidence.

The last failed attempt to remove all Democracy from America was in ...

... It was in the 30s!

Because of that recent #PlowedBoiz & #QerNon attack on #Democracy in the #USA, a prolific amount of retrospect was undertaken by content creators of all kinds. Many seem to reflect on the claim, "This isn't us," and have discovered, "Actually it is us, and it's us often."

Here's an example from a #Podcast that goes by "Behind the Bastards".
Behind the Insurrections - The Business Plot (USA 1930s)

Catching Amazon in a Lie

#Amazon #Lies.
If you haven't heard the #Reveal #Podcast yet, you are missing a LOT. It's some of the best detailed, coherent, in-depth reporting on a wide array of subjects. Their only #Bias is that they generally report on the situations where the few empowered inflict harm on the many for profits.

This episode Al Letson gets to take another swing at Amazon and I'm pretty sure he 'sent it over the fence'. #Bezos had publically stated that he welcomed scrutiny, so Al delivered it.

If you think this story is just about Amazon, don't worry, they are just the main course. The dessert is the whole for-profit siloed networking system on the Internet.

Gimlet | Reply All | #166 Country of Liars

The best reporting of #QAnon both origin story and identity.
(see also: #122 The QAnon Code ⚡️⚡️)
https://player.gimletmedia.com:443/n8homa
(and see also: #165 The Mold and The Beautiful)
https://player.gimletmedia.com:443/6nhw5w
So this is a fun and concise reporting on the whole QAnon #AltRight #GamerGate #Hate generator machine on the Internet.

I just wonder if knowing the true identity of any "#Superhero" slash "#Supervillan" takes away their powers.
https://player.gimletmedia.com:443/llhe5nm
#QDrops = #QDefacations

Mark Blyth is scratching my itch!

Everytime I hear Mark Blyth talk, I want to adopt him into my family. This appearance on #OpenSource with Christopher Lydon is no exception.
COVID-19 did the Republican's dirty work for them.


#Trump #WhiteCollarCrime #Finance #Austerity #StockMarket #Empire #Deception
poet1b diaspora
Essentially we need to cap how much an individual can earn. Say, anything above 100 million a year should be taxed at 100%.
John Lenin mastodon (AP)
Anyone who listens to Christopher Lydon is OK with me!


I'll say it, Adam Smith is wrong!

I'm extremely fond of the hosts Kai Ryssdal & Molly Wood as well as the content of the show even though I'm about to criticize a moment of Wednesday's show below. Their work is great, their humanity is exemplary.

Something triggered a visceral & bad feeling when I heard the quote of the venerated Adam Smith

Adam Smith wrote:

"Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production."
Here's the gist of the content of the show before the quote:
  • audience question about the work-from-home market ...
  • high pay workers moving to low-cost locations ...
  • Apple can not/should not pay American level wages in China ...
  • can't have the same labor wage across the globe ...
  • why not?
  • WORMHOLE ...
  • some distracting banter ...
  • audience question Can has Economy not based on Consumerism? ...
  • Kai says no, then quotes Adam Smith...
  • Molly and I simultaneously have our brains go into skeptic mode and Molly's went too fast ...

There is a lot to unpack, and I'm going to come back to why I reacted to the spurious idea inside the quote later.

If Silicon Valley people move to rural places with big money flowing to them because teleworking, some of the excess money will drop on the scene, it's going to splash off onto the people that live there. Like Yacht's are disgusting opulence, but the people who built them got paid. You won't have a lot of friends in town if you tip small but they find out you are earning 1,000x the local wages. If you ask the local builders to make an ice-ring addition on your 2,000 square-foot home, you will be charged more than if the town commissioned the job for public use.

Molly, if you are reading this, write labor is not an invasive species on the chalkboard 100 times. the population of high paid people is small and if they do diaspora it's not going to change much. The place they leave will feel it more than the place they go to.

Geography dependant wages have a plethora of reasons behind them. For one, Silicon Valley with all their secrets and espionage wouldn't be able to secure their ideas if people could work from everywhere; e.g. the CIA will not move their headquarters to China. Also, the biggest players need the best people to stay ahead of the competitors, so the talent moves to where the geography pulls it to (depending a lot on the economic and moral value system of the talented). In the type of labor that requires the production of goods, or the performance of in-person services (think factories, mechanics, carpenters, lawyers, doctors, and so on), the topography of wages across the Earths surface will be dependant on supply and demand of the thing adjusted for the population density and some other factors. Land is a scarce resource and that's why in cities you have to manufacture land by creating taller buildings. Too many people want the same land, so you take the footprint of the land and multiply it by the number of floors you set on top of it to try making the footprint cheaper per square unit. This base cost of doing business raises the ask for all goods and services and has to be higher as a consequence where the population density is higher. Density decides the price of the wages, not the wages deciding the price of the land. The more economic engines a location has to attract people the higher the density gets. If your product can be delivered from afar, the owners of the company get a bigger share of the selling price, this is because they can absolutely underpay but relatively overpay a worker in Flint to build an item they sell in NYC for full price; build in low density, sell in high density. The ability to move to where things are produced to a location where people are more disadvantaged and/or the cost of living is lower can only lower the wages, never raise them. Where it moved away from becomes more desperate so asks for less to do something. When the production moves again is when the new place becomes skilled and has enough money and power to ask for more. The wages will not go up till industrialists without morals run out of downtrodden people on the Earth; better pack a lunch.

So now, what if a person is a factory unto themselves who can build in one place and deliver in another place? They are the owner and the labor of their system. If their product/service is unique enough and has value to more people than it can be produced for, they can ask whatever they want to make it wherever they want and deliver it to wherever they want. That type of person/product/service is rare indeed. Most of us and our abilities are commoditized, so if we say we won't do it another person will replace us fairly quickly. Most of also can't leave an area because we are emotionally attached to people places and things in an area and languages, and foods, and so on. We can't move like a factory and that is a disadvantage for labor.

I'm finally circling back to Adam Smith and Kai. When he said it, it sounded like it was right; like truthiness. But it bothered me like to me it felt like a broken clock that is right twice a day and close to right a lot of time in the day depending on how accurate you need the time to be. I also feel like I'm hearing a man tell me that he saw a cart pushing a horse up a street. I think Molly started to do the mathematical thing where you generalize the statement testing for counterexamples by asking questions, like what is "production", like does a mom produce babies.

I think it would be more accurate to say, extending one's life and culture is the sole purpose of all human activity and most human activity is the production of goods and the performance of services. I could be easily taking Adam Smith out of context, but I don't think I'm taking the way Kai used it out of context. Kai just finished reading parts of a nuanced question and called TLDR then quoted Adam Smith. The word "consumerism" which the audience questioner used is nuanced, the ideas of production & consumption stated in the Smith quote are nuanced, but it got whipped out there in a declarative way that was intended to stop discussion on the topic. I know nearly nothing about producing a radio show, time constraints, and so on, so I'm not assembling a posse to right this wrong, yet it compelled this post and the things linking to it.

Is a metal tool with a lifetime guarantee that you have multiple generations using ever consumed? Do I consume art when I look at a painting? Do I produce smiles for the consumption of others? Has nobody ever failed at trying to produce something? Like built something they thought was great but nobody bought/consumed it? You can't consume what has yet to be produced so consuming can't start the production.

How about this instead? Solving problems and making life easier is the sole driving force behind all innovation/invention, and popular inventions have a strong calling, so production must be done to satisfy that demand, and if the invention is difficult to make or scaling it up can lower the cost it will be produced in mass, and if the product doesn't last long it will be consumed repeatedly.

Let's think about food & shelter. We consume food, but we don't really produce it, the Earth produces it and was doing that before us, we just sort out the bad planning of nature in order to have the Earth get more made per square foot (I'm not saying that's healthy for us though.). And we do produce shelter, though we don't really consume it. Sure we use it, but the intention is not to make it deteriorate from us using it so not a consumed good. This one is for Molly, we produce babies, but not to consume them, we do it because we are compelled to.

Regarding the specific thing about consumerism from a listener, think about the parallels between illegal drugs and all other products. Illegal drugs have almost no lasting value, and if they were never introduced into the world, we would all have been better off. They are marketed in a way that people who shouldn't consume them do, and the value they cost the world is greater than the value they give their consumers. Many legal products fit that form. Advertisers, like Steve Jobs hacked brains and forced people to think they needed something they didn't, overcharged for it, and left a lot of environmental degradation in the process of doing that. So very many products would not be consumed if they weren't marketed with psychological hacks, they cost much and they deliver little. They warp culture into something it doesn't need to be and it makes the majority of people worse off for the benefit of the few.

Kai, you should have said, "yes, we could have an economy without consumerism, it just would be a different one than what we have now. I don't know if it would be better or worse, but it would probably be better the way you asked the question."
This is the embedded audio player for the show attached at the bottom of the post.


Fuck Eric Prince

The call is comming from inside the house!
#Subversives NOT #Antifa #WhiteSupremacists #Surveillance #DomesticSpying #CivilWar #Agitators


Corruption is the Cancer that destroys Society through Governments

I do a lot of content consumption on the #Twitter, and only rarely reshare it in the #Fediverse, but this one I am. Seth Abramson, the well-known author, dropped a hell of a thread on Twitter yesterday. I read it this morning. He puts together the longer story of International #Corruption but centered on one of the #USA's biggest mistakes in history, Donald #Trump. November he knew about the pandemic and for "thirty pieces of silver" he sold out the world's people to get dirt on the #Biden kid to help his reelection.

Here's the thread via the ThreadReaderApp's unroll feature (but if you are intolerant of mid-roll advertisements, the first tweet of 50 is at https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1253805301792477184)... Trump's America threatens the whole world.
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Weird that it only renders the title and hashtag list at first without any content.

To reframe Social "Credit" Scoring imagine being put in quarantine because you are #ProChoice or being under house arrest for being #ProLife. That's the direction #BigData is heading us to.


Releasing the Cluster API

Damn! This is a big freakin' deal! Because I'm running my own Nextcloud instance, and they added a Mapping app to the set of one-click installs, and #GraphHopper is one of the free #DrivingDirections services you can add to it, I'm in the #News loop about this.

Somebody could spin-up a simple Nextcloud Hub, and pull in mapping data for political uses and build a grassroots organizing plan for getting a people-force out to doorways. I did something a bit like this in 2007-2008 but it wasn't anywhere near this simple. I had to precode a shitload of #VisualBasic stuff into an Access database file with preloaded data for the locality that was doing the work and get it to them somehow as an excessively large file. In this case, with all the built-in security and sharing #Nextcloud has, a single person could set this up and run it out of their home Internet connection off of an old PC converted into a server.

#CommunityOrganizer #Grassroots #Politics #Change #Activism #Hacktivism

Releasing the Cluster API

GraphHopper Directions API']We’re happy to announce our new product: the Cluster API! It solves the “capacity clustering problem” by assigning a set of customers to a given number of distinct groups (called clusters).

Vote For Pete Buttigieg! #NOT

(Former) #MayorPete gets some of his #DirtyLaundry aired out here, and man-o-man it stinks!

#PeteButtigieg #SomeMoreNews #Election2020 #DemocraticParty
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Elections | Opinion about Lib's/Socalists/etc. versus Capitalist Ambition

Typically I'm posting a #Podcast for people to listen to and a reason to listen to it, but here, a podcast merely #Triggered my thoughts while doing man-on-the-street type interviews of #Arizona #Voters.

An older-sounding white man said something about how all the #Progressives (pejoratively) and their #Socialism and free #Medicare is going to kill off all the #Ambition of #Capitalism. I definitely paraphrased him, but his point is intact.

His comment caught me in that way where you clearly see how and why he is so mistaken. I felt the immediate recoil from him misunderstanding what a #Progressive is, but I'll give him that because #Politics is messy and people on the same side disagree if given the chance to talk to each other instead of yelling at the "others". However, he is fundamentally wrong about ambition. He was confusing the idea of working out of desperation and the survival instinct with ambition. Perhaps he was a #BlueCollar type who had hopes for his next of kin doing better and instead sees 23-year-old grandchildren playing X-Box all day and drinking at night. I don't know why he thinks his opinions are valid, but I do know he is wrong.

It's been #Scientifically proven that when we are stressed over meeting our basic needs in life that we can't make good decisions. Ambition comes from having a good idea that can improve people's lives in a way that it would be valued at more than what it costs to produce. It's hard to have good ideas when you can't figure out what to do without; #Healthcare, #Food, #Heat, #Electricity, Clean #Water, or the #Mortgage / #Rent payment. I believe it's a goal of socialism to meet these basic needs without question, thus the desperation is lifted and people can be free to think of greater things.

The #Ancient #Greeks had an unquestionably great thing going with flourishes of #Math, #Science, #Medicine and so forth. Their institutions of learning did not charge admission for entrance. They did, however, have a bar to entry, and it was based on the economic standing of the citizens. If you were wealthy enough to stop working for a period of time, you could get the "go-ahead goal" of learning about important things. Poor people were still stuck in the cycle of desperation. This may explain why it's so much more likely that non-poor people have #Innovative ideas and subsequently the ambition to get rich as a result.

If nobody was stuck in desperation mode due to bad-luck-of birth #Economics, #Innovation and ambition might skyrocket.
Chapter 4: The Southeast | Crooked Media (site link)
Stitcher embedded audio feed
https://app.stitcher.com/splayer/f/206225/66700404
"I don't know why he thinks his opinions are valid, but I do know he is wrong"
I have an evidence based reason why he thinks his opinions are valid, and I know he is wrong too..

How China Tracks Everyone | VICE on HBO

Maybe it's just me, but does anybody think it's odd how a "#Communist" country (#China) found a refinement of a #Capitalist country's product, #SurveillanceCapitalism, as ideal for their "way of life"?



To be clear, #Capitalism did invent #SurveillanceCapitalism because it was always a problem for #Capitalists to figure out how to persuade their market into overpaying for their products/services. Broadcast advertisement was a blunt instrument, like washing clothes by banging them with rocks along the riverbed, but it was the best option they had for mind control. They would try to get a "better bang for the buck" by all kinds of user surveys, but it just narrowed down fishing with dynamite to fishing with nets. They wanted to fish with smart hooks that found the fish they wanted without them making any effort. #Google showed them all the way. #Facebook just didn't have a pretense of #Morals or #Ethics to slow them down.

Companies in a #Capitalistic society, if they are big enough, hate government because they want to be as powerful as a government, but with dictatorial powers. China and Russia are showing us that is what they want too. Capitalism infected the world like a virus and now we are going to reap the whirlwind.

George Bush, Barack Obama, and the CIA Torture Cover-Up

The latest #Podcast by Intercepted is a big reveal on how we #American's have lied to ourselves for over a decade about our #CIA #Torture programs. At least 2 of our #POTUS have been implicated as complicit in this episode, and other perpetrators who got off scot-free are called out with the evidence against them.

CD203: Scattering Interior

Well, my latest #Hero #Journalist Jen Briney, creator and voice of the #CongressionalDish dropped another great episode. I'm not sure if #MAGA types would like this episode despite her having a following from them too because she tends personally as a #Libertarian and plays no favorites with her content about the #USA #Congress #HouseOfRepresentatives, but if said #Conservative #Republicans are truly principled and not just "fan-boys" voting for a color/logo/wishful-thought, then thy will like it too.

The main thrust of her episode is the way our #Executive branch of government has nefariously altered the way our country collectively regulates public land. Their goal and result was to streamline all the land to be used for energy production. Depending greatly on how any given person defines #TheSwamp in Washington #DC and what a #Monster is in that swamp will change their opinion on the success of #DrainTheSwamp. If your idea of a swamp monster is a person who protected public land for a small subset of American Citizens so that oil drilling wouldn't happen on it, then you'll be happy about what has happened because the filth is about to flow on many of us while a tiny minority of corporations will profit mightily.
https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/11800577/height/100/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/87A93A/

Your outfit is trash (as a compliment)

This #Podcast is noteworthy, especially if you genuinely want to live in a more #Sustainable way with respect to the #Environment. It might mean you have to change the way you chose #Clothing and other #Apparel, but you'll be doing the right thing for the right reasons.

Next time you buy clothes, buy ones that will last longer, and keep them longer. Own fewer items. Consider getting and giving items at consignment shops. Look into repairing clothes instead of discarding them; all my childhood jeans had iron-on patches in the knees.
#Economy #ClimateChange #Fashion #FastFashion #China #Garments #Cotton #DistressedJeans

EP 47: PROJECT RAVEN | 17 September 2019 | 61:49

#WOW! This #Podcast has a LOT going on!!!

The DARKNET DIARIES website linked in the webpage preview attachment at the bottom of this post has all their sources for the story ready for you to scrutinize. You have retired #US #Navy people going to private #InfoSec / #SurveillanceCapitalism companies overseas. You have #FalseFront's of these private #Spy companies being #Exposed. You have the links to #MiddleEast nations using the "services" in order to do #Khashoggi style #Hack, catch & kill operations on #Journalists for telling #TruthToPower. You have #Whistleblower's who didn't blow a whistle till these "companies" went #Psycho on the employees for showing they had some #Moral #Character.

This story is the seed for a #Blockbuster #Bollywood / #Hollywood #Thriller #Suspense #Action #Movie. Although after hearing the latest from Jeremy Scahill on The INTERCEPTED Podcast I'm being made aware—from a primary source—that the #CIA spends time and money the way the #Mossad does on effecting legitimate films in order to adjust them into #Propaganda to serve their agency's needs.

#Corruption and sunlight on it abounds in this little one hour story.

Why would Iran attack Saudi Aramco's oil facilities?

The FT News podcast called News In Focus just recently reviewed that recent question of, "did #Iran do the damage to the #Saudi #oil production facility?" The FT talks about claims of where the weapons were launched from and who built them as well as other nations having a consensus building and decaying over who to blame.

I'm personally not convinced yet by any claims of who did it, but if the #USA (my home country) wants to claim that #Iranian looking #weapons means Iran did it, I'm gonna have to call bullshit and fuck-you. We never find the time to blame ourselves for all the #death and #carnage that our weapons do in the hands of others! I'm leaving Iran off the hook on this one so far.

Congressional Dish Podcast Rocks!

I just love this Jennifer Briney #Podcaster! From the April-2013 CD024: Let’s Gut the STOCK Act episode where she first—in a non-partisan way—"gives the game away" of how unethical our "elected" officials can be, to the latest show where she reveals where she's coming from personally and ethically. She turns Congressional Gruel into palatable delicacies for the hungry masses. A true #Journalist.


"I Love America" Facebook page (pushing pro-Trump propaganda) is run by Ukrainians

I just caught this on my Twitter feed via Judd Legum, where the Popular.info site tells the story of how we still have an evil #Zuckerburg doing the #Facebook to the world.

The Trumped-up Economy and the coming world of hurt...

Back in August, #TheSignal #Podcast did an episode called How to start a currency war,

and it gave us a very foreboding message about one of the very real possibilities we are facing worldwide if my countries #Asshole in the #WhiteHouse continues making decisions to profit his ego and his massively wealthy donors bottom-lines.
Just this week, that same podcast aired another show along the same lines as the one linked above called, What happens in a recession.

The show paints a grim picture for the future, but it's not a dystopian fantasy, it's a likely outcome.
Because I tend to be a contrarian, I looked for a silver lining. This type of an economic downturn, while it's helping the rich, hurting the middle-class, and not affecting the poor, it will be helping the fight against #ClimateChange. We will be doing less of everything that releases carbons into the atmosphere, and less of everything that degrades the earth and sea.

Olga Lautman on the Russian Mafia

This one is so new that the #Podcast isn't even available on the Gaslit Nation website yet. I used the Lybsyn podcast manager to get the content here.

Olga "knows where the bodies are buried" when it comes to #NYC #Mobsters. She's in the know with the #Jewish and #Russian #Mob's and she's naming names, and putting string from one person to another.
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The #RudyGiuliani thing was amazing. #Giuliani as the NY State Prosecutor got famous for going after Organized Crime, but now I see that was just him using public funds to clear out the #Italians so that the #Russians he was connected to could have it easier.
https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/10249925/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/forward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/000000/

It’s an Economist’s World

This is soooo #Great!
The #Economist’s #Evolutionary path into the forefront of #Government is explored and scrutinized in a delightful way in this episode. As a staunch hater of #Friedman and his almost #Nefarious contributions to #Economic thought, I'm quite pleased to hear a new wave of thinkers are coming to the fore. Binyamin Appelbaum and his book,
"The Economists' Hour | False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society",
might get me to spend money on a paper book again! It's like Binyamin finally said, "the King has no clothes." Applebaum isn't pulling punches with his content and he's not sparing any former lead politicians from blame.
The interview starts at about 5:34

The page that audio comes from is https://slate.com/podcasts/the-gist/2019/09/new-york-times-binyamin-appelbaum-new-book-the-economists-hour
The attached article below is Applebaum's column in the NYT.

In the event that I have readers unfamiliar with the school of Economics, don't shy away. All people have the ability to contribute to this school of thought. In general, all economists study the motivation people have for selecting goods and services with their limited resources. All you need to participate is some personal insight and some curiosity in others rationale for their decisions.

Microeconomics focuses on those atomic level decisions like if you pick whole milk over 2% or a red-colored package over a green-colored package.

Macroeconomics focuses on what happens when all of us make decisions simultaneously, and how policy and/or regulatory actions can be enacted to avoid large scale societal problems.

Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos (Oh MY!!!)

#Elections are getting closer in #America. You can tell because the news starts to change from the smell of manure to sewage.

A while ago the "Justice" Department released this story:
AP | Justice Department declines to prosecute Comey over memos

Today the same justice department that had nothing to go on released this #NothingBurger:
AP | Watchdog: Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos
Which if you read it in full you'll see Comey rolling his eyes at the imitation #ChickenShit they are serving the public.

My first thoughts were...



Middle East drone attacks: Is Israel banking on Iranian response?

Fucking #Benjamin #Netanyahu has pulled his dick out again; #Drone #Strikes. #Israel will punch you in the face and say it was a medical procedure. Then send you a bill for their services.

The FEC is about to suffer a crippling loss

#American #Elections have more troubles for 2020. The #Marketplace podcasts are very brief. At the start of this one, we hear why trees will fall in the forest but nobody will hear them so they didn't happen. Well, the #Campaign #Finance version of that. #Koch will own it.

Trump's big gamble on Atlantic City

#LOLZ, the @FailureShow aka: #SpectacularFailures #Podcast took some time this episode to have a look at the #Trump #Scams before he had the power to end the world. I knew he was a #ShitBag back in the 1980s.

Gun Ownership vs. Gun Fetish

The #2A #Zealots and Status Symbol #GunOwner's make me think of the line, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. In another way, their talk of "self-defense" reminds me of anti-gay #Conservative #Politicians who get caught in the act having #Gay relationships. #Hypocrisy!

I personally defend the second amendment (not zealously) and am convinced that it meant personal ownership or militias by the wording it was written. However, I don't own firearms. They are stupid wastes of money. I think the militia part of the 2nd amendment is highly questionable at best because they were initially created to control slave populations. Some of these dodgy gun owners claim they need it because of the wildlife near them. I would like to remind them that Native Americans were doing just fine here for a long time without firearms and the same wildlife problems.

I speculate that people who zealously defend it and make a reality TV type display of their status symbols have a premeditated desire to kill people as the driving force behind those foolish purchases. They say they want to defend themselves, but really they want to exterminate pests they don't like and people are pests for them. Kind of like George Carlin said in a bit.


When one of their cultural insiders goes ahead and does a #MassShooting they panic and go into "Bunker Mode" where they begin twisting their morality and rational thinking into defending things that are objectively a big part of the problem. They twist reality in their minds to justify their positions. It's a lot like the way a drug-addicted person at the end of their rope says obviously crazy things in a desperate attempt to keep the high going.
Wow, @Michael Rupp, you are all over the place. You make a multiplicity of conceptual, historical and theoretical connections which, frankly, are hard to keep track of. Could be a sign of your genius or of something else.

Let me see if I can sort of distill this discourse to it's essence. Risky it may be, but I am going to give it a try.
And what’s this Man at the pinnacle talk? That sounds like something you have been told and accepted without much thought. Sure we have opposable thumbs and are able to communicate better across long distances so we are in practice better killers of all other living things, but that’s no reason to think we’re special.
This, I believe, points to the heart of the matter. Michael. Which leads me to a simple question: do you believe in God?
I believe these social forums are at a loss for organizing a branching dialogue.
I thought that by my last comment, I was not running up a branch or twig, but getting closer to the trunk; Maybe even the taproot. But that is just what I perceive. Others may have it occur for them differently.
This is why discourse often spirals out of control on social media.
I agree that this does happen, quite often in fact. Again, by my last comment, I felt that I was lassoing the wild beast of almost free-associative thought and distilling the issues to their most radical, substantive element. I still feel the same while recognizing that others might not agree.
We need some tree branching format instead of a linear long form.
I am tending to agree with you on this. Though I can understand the problem and conceive of the solution in sketch form, I lack the skills to solve it on my own. Perhaps that will change in the future, or perhaps someone like-minded guru might come along and provide an alternative before either one of us (you or me) do.
To be direct, I used to be a person of faith (Roman Catholic), but then I thought about it a lot and rejected faith. It’s not something I hide, but I don’t want to shove it in peoples faces either ... I think when I posted it, the server settings for “Public Server” were on which enacts automatic expiration of posts.
Well then, perhaps we have something in common in Roman Catholicism, and 'exiting' the church. It is probably safe to say that I zigged where you zagged upon departure. However, there is a framework that I think we have in common that might make future discussions more fluid and fruitful.

To be continued, @Michael Rupp?

Murder Rate vs. Mass Shootings

After each #MassShooting a bunch of #2A defenders, with very questionable motives, begin to talk about the #Murder rate.

They are different problems! Murder, in general, has an understandable motive, and often a personal connection from the assailant to the victim. Mass-shootings are driven by psychosis and enacted on innocent victims who are chosen almost at random, and gun makers are complicit in the act. Imagine any mass shooting be a mass stabbing.

And this is more of an attempt to embed a PeerTube video via iFrame than to comment cause obviously, Google is the worst.
https://tube.4aem.com/videos/embed/1f39da41-7fee-4f6a-8781-b8f21e4c43b2
Oh, that's weird cause your on a Friendica server too. It renders right on my screen. The iframe is built into the BBCode. It's basically [iframe] url for the content that came from their embedded content <iframe> code [/iframe].

Just listening to this #Podcast from 2016, you know, from before #Trump was unleashed on the world with 5 infinity stones. This story reveals why plenty of #American's could reject #Hillary #Clinton.


How the GOP Got Here

If you are a lover of #Logic and #Whitty #Satire, this is so worth hearing at least the first 5 minutes of Mike Pesca's #Podcast embedded below. There's 1:15 in ad content at the start. He's exposing the absurdity of the responses by Trump types of, "No you are the racist!".

The Trump administration wants access to encrypted messages

Yes #WTF! The #Trump has decided to eliminate the #Right to #Privacy in the #USA. I can see the short-sightedness of his base of support being in favor of this because they think if it happens they will be in power forever.

A funeral industry giant keels over

(This post looks best when viewed directly on #Friendica)
This is another great #Podcast for the @Stock Picking Discussion forum. The detail I caught in the story making it worth mentioning is one that might go past people who don't think about #Finance. It won't take you long to listen to this show, but here's the...
spoiler/rant alert:
Click to open/closeThe Financial Industry wanders from one type of thing to another with their big-money the way a grain farmer goes out to reap the crops, except the financial industry doesn't plant the crops, it just kills the farmer and takes the crops. The pattern is the money-hawks will look for where the middle-class stores or spends their cash, then they plot the attack, and you'll see them swoop in to monopolize things, pervert #Free #Market #Capitalism so that you're "over a barrel", then they will take it all till the middle-class is on the edge of becoming lower-class again. Based on the podcast, notice the way there was no death-business, then there was a business contrived for it, then the Wall Street types noticed it, swooped in and started making people pay for their hole in the ground decades ahead of time so they could get rich by investing your promise to be buried in the dirt. Right now they are doing schemes with #Residential #Housing and other #RealEstate a little different than they did earlier this decade. In the last decades, they were raiding retirement funds; even the Mafia made good on pensions. In the '80s & '90s, it was churn & burn the accounts because the youth of the day didn't believe their grandparents' stories of how Stock Brokers screwed them in the '20s & '30s. Almost every generation has had untold wealth extracted from its masses and funneled into the accounts of these industry giants and some to their minions.


The main point of all this is to beware of what the owners of & workers on #WallStreet decide to make a run at. You don't have to get #Screwed by them. Innoculate yourself. If you know they are trying to do it (hint: they always are), and what they are trying to do it with, you're well on your way to preventing them from getting over on you. Your common sense will do most of the rest.

It's 26:50 in length. I'm posting from Friendica, so you don't see it rendered correctly. Try this link?
https://social.outsourcedmath.com/display/1b3b355084f80137d19802000a000045
I usually embed a player for people to play a podcast in anonymity through my post along with a link to the source.

The show is produced by the National Public Radio here and it's a Financial podcast most of the time, but this episode is off their normal material. They are really good about being human with their perspective, aka: not greed-driven.

So true that quality is a better way to live! However, as it's measured, I don't think cheaper inputs to a product or service change the GDP. To avoid double counting they won't measure components made to become part of a final product that a consumer buys; they just measure the price the final product sells at. But, if cheaper inputs lower the final products price they will sell more units and thus raise the total GDP. Is that what you meant?
The theorybiz article has many of the items that I was thinking of, especially the increasing #scarcity. For example, the topsoil in the #USA is being depleted and is a positive in the GDP figures. Increasing the farming quality so that we have no net loss of topsoil should lead to the best possible results in whatever measure is used.
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