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My comment: I don't know that I agree with much of this but.... it's an interesting perspective..

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2015-08-03 07:17 by Karl Denninger
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Read this folks, it's spot-on.

His rise is not due to his supporters’ anger at government. It is a gesture of contempt for government, for the men and women in Congress, the White House, the agencies. It is precisely because people have lost their awe for the presidency that they imagine Mr. Trump as a viable president. American political establishment, take note: In the past 20 years you have turned America into a nation a third of whose people would make Donald Trump their president. Look on your wonders and despair.

Exactly.

The Beltway is full of people who deny math while at the same time preaching that it's "settled science" that the earth is warming -- and we're the cause.

People who claim to be "fiscal conservatives" and then hand a profligate President one trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see.

People who claim that we ran "only" $300 billion in deficits last year but borrowed a trillion, or $1,000 billion, in new debt last year.

People who swear to uphold The Constitution but then approve spying on every American and refuse to honor as few as four words in a sentence: shall not be infringed.

People who claim to honor life but refuse to act against an organization that is on video talking about prices for aborted baby parts -- and how to manipulate the procedure to make sure you get the desired ones.

Washington has come to view the population as asleep and willing to put up literally any ignobility, theft of their money and property and oppression they can come up with -- silently.  They have good reason to believe: After all just two weeks after passing TARP 98% of them were returned to office.

So what does Trump really mean?  We'll find out..... 

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A fool and his money are soon parted.

There is nothing easier to do than convince the American consumer that the invisible is dangerous.  Couple that with a claim that the absence of something is healthier or better and thus worth more money, and you can make a fortune -- all off the gullibility of said consumer.

This does not mean that some things you cannot see aren't dangerous, of course.  You can't see carbon monoxide nor smell it, but it sure will kill you in sufficient concentration.

Nowhere, have I argued, is the above more-prevalent though than in the claims of "organic" food products.

Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good.

Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides.  If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act, while most “natural” ones are permitted.

Exactly.  The same is true of fertilizers, by the way, and yet "organic" fertilizers (e.g. manure) are arguably more likely to be dangerous than synthetic ones (e.g. ammonium nitrate, made from natural gas; the point of both is to put nitrogen into the soil.)

When it comes to pesticides, however, neonicotinoids are (as the name implies) derived from nicotine; the "organic" version is simply nicotine sulfate.  It is no less dangerous, however, than the synthetic chemicals as the method of action is the same!

There are many others, Pyrethrum being one of the more common insecticides.  That substance is a component in most hornet sprays, for example, because it is extremely effective on insects but is non-toxic to most mammals.  (No, don't use hornet spray as an insecticide; they add another chemical to it because while it is very effective in knocking down insects some recover, and with a hornet spray you definitely don't want them to do that!)

It gets better.  Most of the so-called "pesticides" you find as "residues" on edible vegetables and fruits are produced by the plants themselves as natural deterrents to being eaten by bugs.  By weight, virtually all of these substances you ingest as so-produced -- meaning that the so-called "organic" label is utterly worthless if your intent is to "reduce" your pesticide loading.

But this only scratches the surface because this entire "industry" is one that if you look at their own statements is predicated on a process, not an outcome!  In other words it doesn't matter (from the industry's point of view) if the output (the vegetable or fruit) is in fact free of inorganic "things" what matters is that the farmer intended to produce an "organic" product.

Huh?

Oh, and this isn't theoretical either.  Read the link; 43% of the "organic" produce tested in one study contained prohibited pesticide residues.

Speaking of trading on hype, it looks like Whole Paycheck may be running out of suckers who are willing to pay double for their groceries on the basis of little more than smoke and mirrors.

Good.

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Oh this is rich..... it appears that a gun "walked" in Fast-n-Furious was used in the Garland Texas assault on the cartoon contest..... and the Fibbies are trying to bury the lede.

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi's history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

While a misdemeanor conviction won't (generally; there are exceptions) disqualify you from buying a gun lying on the form, if detected, will.  It appears that said lying was detected and a hold issued originally (to allow investigation) but was released a day later.

While this (now dead) attempted (and poor excuse for a) terrorist is now dead and he failed to manage to kill anyone else with his weapon, the fact remains that there have still been no federal prosecutions of the people responsible for Fast-N-Furious, including Eric (Place)Holder.

There is no longer a "rule of law" when anyone with a sufficient degree of political influence can simply ignore said law. Instead what you have is, quite effectively, this:

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