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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.
#TheSignal #Podcast #Asshole #WhiteHouse #ClimateChange Contemporary Issues Economics News Podcast Politics

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.

#Podcast #NYC #Mobsters #Jewish #Russian #Mob's #RudyGiuliani #Giuliani #Italians #Russians Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics

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.

The New York Times: Opinion | Blame Economists for the Mess We’re In (By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM)



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.
#Great #Economist’s #Evolutionary #Government #Friedman #Nefarious #Economic Contemporary Issues Economics News Philosophy Podcast Politics

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...


#Elections #America #NothingBurger #ChickenShit Contemporary Issues News Politics

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.
#Benjamin #Netanyahu #Drone #Strikes #Israel Contemporary Issues News Politics

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.


#American #Elections #Marketplace #Campaign #Finance #Koch Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics

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.
# #LOLZ #SpectacularFailures #Podcast #Trump #Scams #ShitBag Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics

Ruha Benjamin on Race After Technology

Along with my recent theme of #Crime and feckless #Punishment methods we use in the #USA, this episode of #FAIR's radio show #CounterSpin brought together #Technology, #AI algorithms and the erroneous application of #Justice for percieved crimes and deviations from rules. Late in the show (c. 20 minutes) Ruha states and exemplar exposing the #Racism inherent in the design of #Information #Systems used to "fight crime".


#Crime #Punishment #USA #FAIR's #CounterSpin #Technology #AI #Justice #Racism #Information #Systems Democracy Economics Egalitarianism Politics Society

The Crime Machine | Presented by Reply All

This is not a new or #BreakingNews story, but it is something worth repeating until we get our heads out of our asses. A sweet point to listen for in Part II is where they #GiveTheGameAway on the early version of #RudyGiuliani when it wasn't known what a #ShitHead stooge he is.


#127 The Crime Machine, Part I

# #BreakingNews #GiveTheGameAway #RudyGiuliani #ShitHead #StopAndFrisk #BrokenWindows #ReducingCrime #CrimeRate #Justice #Inequity #ClassWarfare #Racism Democracy Economics Egalitarianism Podcast Politics Society

#Plutocrats #Plutocracy Democracy Economics Egalitarianism Politics Society

'Kochland': How The Koch Brothers Changed U.S. Corporate And Political Power

If you have wondered why #America seems so much like a #Monarchy now, this podcast has your answer. "Spoiler", it is a monarchy.
It's hiding behind a for-profit facade of #Political #Theater. The #Koch's own all of us and their #Religion is the #AynRand #Distopia for all but the ultra-wealthy.


# #America #Monarchy #Political #Theater #Koch's #Religion #AynRand #Distopia Contemporary Issues Economics News Podcast Politics
Boris B diaspora
@Michael Rupp "Parasites" and "bacteria" only contrast in the parlance of clinical labs where "parasites" tend to denote ...single- or many-celled animals in your digestive tract evidenced through the analysis of feces. Koch's bacillus is definitely not an animal and definitely a bacterium.

What I don't understand is what prompted your question in the context.
I've heard of parasites that have the property of making the host change behavior in a way that benefits the parasite. Like a cat has a parasite present in it's fecal matter that if a rodent gets exposed will become sexually attracted to cat's who eat the rodent and the cycle of the parasites life continues. I might have that wrong. 8(

e.g. the Koch parasite has convinced people with little power to give more power to the Koch's who are taking it away from them.
Boris B diaspora
Ah, I see. In the case of cats that parasite is Toxoplasma gondii which is a single-celled eucaryote (or "animal"). OTOH fungi are known to to similar things to insects.

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.
#2A #Zealots #GunOwner's #Conservative #Politicians #Gay #Hypocrisy #MassShooting Contemporary Issues News Politics
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. This is why discourse often spirals out of control on social media. We need some tree branching format instead of a linear long form.

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. My personal deconversion path is out there in the public. It used to be on g+ but I moved it to a Friendica Forum. As I looked for a link today I realized that content is gone. I think when I posted it, the server settings for "Public Server" were on which enacts automatic expiration of posts.
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.
#MassShooting #2A #Murder Contemporary Issues News Politics

I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets

This is a fun romp about how #Surveillance #Capitalism has become as #Omnipresent as the magnetic field of the Sun.


#Surveillance #Capitalism #Omnipresent Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics
But wait, there's more! #OnPoint
It's #Astonishing to hear what just downloading an app can do to your personal privacy.


#SurveillanceCapitalism
Steve Friendica (AP)
Have any of you had a chance to view the Cambridge Analytica documentary on Netflix?
It's pretty good — and was recorded as the recent scandal was in the news with most of the principles at Cambridge involved in the documentary.

I'm one of those fools, that went along with an extended family members idea, to have our genetics tested by the National Geographic Societies recent study. I regretted it, when we got the results back — They were generically vague!
I haven't seen it yet, but I added it to my list probably on your suggestion.
Steve Friendica (AP)
The podcast was good listening BTW. #surveillanceCapitalism
And this is more of an attempt to embed a PeerTube video via iFrame than to comment cause obviously, Google is the worst.
Steve Friendica (AP)
Good attempt, not working on my end unfortunately. Probably only need to insert the URL. I wouldn't worry about using an iFrame. HTH
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].
Steve Friendica (AP)
Yeah, strange, so it renders on your screen after posting, is that what you're confirming? I usually use the preview option, if it doesn't render there it probably won't elsewhere — Unless, the admin of my instance has disabled iframes for security reasons. I'm stumped ...
Update: I'm embarrassed, the fault is entirely on my end. One of my extensions blocked the source, so the iframe renders perfectly here!

Why the Future of Cars is Electric

A few years ago I heard that when the price per kWh of storage for #EV's goes below a certain level, there will be no more gas engines in passenger cars. Also, I didn't realize that Henry #Ford caused the death of electric cars!
#EV's #Ford News Podcast Politics Technology

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.


#Podcast #Trump #American's #Hillary #Clinton Economics News Podcast Politics

Border Patrol is operating above our laws.

So, yeah, this new #Trump thing wasn't just bluster.
#Immigration #War #ICE #CBP #Racism
#Trump #Immigration #War #ICE #CBP #Racism Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics

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!".


#Logic #Whitty #Satire #Podcast Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics

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.


#WTF #Trump #Right #Privacy #USA Contemporary Issues News Podcast Politics

How President Trump's Friends and Family Rebranded The Swamp - SOME MORE NEWS

So this is what #America's #GOP types have decided they wanted to defend. #Politics are heading to a new low in this world and that's a really low bar. It's like they all read the script for the #Taboo show and thought, 'Remember the good old days of the Dutch East India company?' #Republican's seem to have no soul.



#TheSwamp #Trump #DrainTheSwamp #RebrandingTheSwamp
#America's #GOP #Politics #Taboo #Republican's #TheSwamp #Trump #DrainTheSwamp #RebrandingTheSwamp Democracy Economics Egalitarianism Politics Society
What's this #taboo reference? After watching #MeetThePress this morning it was pretty obvious that they just want to throw the #racist accusation out over and over again instead of talking about the economy, Iran, or #patriotism.
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