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If you -- meaning any American citizen -- sit still for this and allow it then you've ratified the death of our Constitution.  You have not only ratified it by your inaction you've cheered it on and as such you are not welcome in my presence, on my property, and, in my opinion, you have no place at the table when it comes to any legitimate political discussion.

In a recent op-ed for Slate, Judge Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, argued that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments “do not speak to today.”

“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” he wrote. “Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century.”

He added, “let’s not let the dead bury the living.”

Let me point something out to you who have not read The Constitution: There is a legitimate means by which it can be amended, without limitation, provided that the people deem it to be inappropriate for the world of today.

It was intended to be hard to do that, incidentally -- on purpose.  To amend the Constitution you need a supermajority of the people defined by their representatives in the States -- and in Congress.  You need that supermajority because while the founders recognized that they were not perfect they also recognized that it is always easy to deem something old, decrepit or no longer relevant by a small group of elites than to actually find a supermajority of the people to agree.

That's the majesty of the Constitution -- it wasn't perfect -- but it was defined in a way that made amendment possible but difficult, and was intentionally designed to take people like Posner and expose them as unamerican traitors who deserved to be impeached, indicted, convicted and imprisoned should they attempt to run this sort of crap without first managing to sustain said supermajorities.

Why?

Because the alternative -- what Posner puts forward -- is to invite war by trampling the rights of the many on the claims of the elite.

The Founders knew this because they had just suffered under this exact illusion put forward by a King, and had to pay in blood to successfully challenge same.  They knew damn well that if they allowed the same mistake to be made again the same payment would be necessary.

Those who incite same are not Americans.  They are kingdom builders, destroyers of truth and jackbooted jackasses who have no place in a political debate, no place on a bench and definitely no place in educational institutions. 

Any university that employs such a person is one that deserves to have every degree they have ever certified, past, present or future, burnt by any employer who may come across it and any applicant sporting same deserves to have their shoes spat on.

The University of Chicago is one such school, but hardly the only one.

Go perform an anatomically impossible act, the dishonorable and traitorous Mr. Posner.

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That's enough.

Being a jackass is one thing.  Arming terrorists is another.

Remember, ISIS and it's various pieces (Al-Qaida or however they're spelling it this week) and similar have declared war on the United States.  They did so on 9/11 and have done so since, explicitly.  This is not supposition, it is fact.

Treason is defined under the law as giving aid or comfort to a declared enemy in a time of war.  We are at war with ISIS / Al-Qaida/whatever-whack-job muzzie group pops up next to take the same mantle.  Remember that before Congress declared war against Japan in 1941 the President said a state of war existed as of the attack on Pearl.  Duh.

The same is true here.

If this proves up, and Judicial Watch is incidentally known to be right and does not shoot from the hip, then Obama, Holder, and everyone else in the DOJ and BATFE involved in "Fast-n-Furious" must face charges.

One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

Eric Holder and President Obama personally, along with other members of the BATFE, did knowingly and intentionally allows guns to be sold to people who they knew were ineligible to buy them by virtue of either (1) not being American citizens or (2) not being the actual purchasers (e.g. "straw purchases.")

One of those guns killed a US Border Agent.  A second - a BMG .50 cal -- was found in El Chapo's (yes, the Mexican drug lord) house.  Those are crimes for which nobody has been indicted, charged or tried.

Now it is being alleged by Judicial Watch that one of the weapons used in the Paris terrorist attacks passed through the hands of someone who the Obama Administration intentionally allowed to traffic in weapons illegally and that person sold one of the guns that was used in the Paris attacks.  Specifically, it is alleged by Judicial Watch that agents were told to not arrest that very person prior to the attacks and, presumably, delivery of that weapon for possession of an unregistered (and thus illegal) fully automatic gun they caught him with -- that is, a machine gun!

This is an allegation that this act of international terrorism was perpetrated in part through conspiracy of action and intentional inaction caused by the President of the United States and his attorney general -- one Eric Holder!

Sweet Jesus, it literally doesn't get any worse unless Holder and Obama literally gave a terrorist an atomic bomb!

Are you going to sit still for this America?

Those people in Paris died at the hands of terrorists as a direct and proximate result of the actions and intentional inactions of our President and Eric Holder, the US Attorney General!

These acts certainly appear to be the giving of direct aid and comfort (in the form of guns!) to declared enemies of our nation.

If this does not fit the definition of Treason... what does?

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So remember how even Trump and the NRA says that "oh no, you shouldn't have anyone carrying in a club."

Well, someone was. And a jackass at a club decided to try to play "mass murder" -- but after getting off four rounds he was shot by the concealed carrier and his rampage was stopped.

So much for it being a bad idea; the guys who want to play "shoot-em-up" don't give a damn about the law so if you disarm those who are good, decent people then you wind up having to wait minutes for the cops to show up instead of seconds and instead of 4 shot people before a good guy can shoot the bad guy you have 50 dead and even more shot instead (depending on however much ammunition the bad guy happens to have!)

Here is your proof that in fact good guys carrying guns do stop bad guys.

DEMAND THE RESTORATION OF THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT'S FOUR WORDS -- SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED -- NOW!

ANY Politician opposing same is violating his oath of office AND MUST BE IMPEACHED.

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It's quite amusing to read the talking-head nonsense coming out of the various quarters on Brexit, along with Merkel and other's pontification this morning.

Let's dispense with Merkel and the rest of the EU crowd first: They have continued to repeat that there can be no "free trade" access without allowing Brussels to ram down everyone's throat millions of uneducated and culturally-incompatible "rapefugees."

Let's be clear with this: The reason that Merkel and the other "leaders" are so devoted to this issue is that they understand the fraud they have perpetrated on the entirety of Europe via their leverage (debt) games, especially in the periphery and the liabilities that has placed on institutions (banks) within their borders, along with what will happen to them when that inverted pyramid topples over.  To be blunt Deutsche Bank is a smoking hole and so are a number of other banking institutions, probably including the ECB itself.

Since attempting to entice the developed societies in Europe that have educated and motivated people to reproduce at a rate that will (for a while) sustain said promises has failed and there is no willingness to admit to the frauds nor to dial back their progression the only alternative is to import a huge number of people on the speculation that they will allow the game to continue, even if just for a little while.

It won't work, of course, because said rapefugees will not assimilate; they are not only culturally unwilling to do so they have no reason to do so since they are guaranteed handouts that make it unnecessary to do so!  Never mind that their present circumstances vastly improve on their previous condition even without work.  As a result statistically zero of them have found work thus far but they sure have assaulted women and children across the entirety of Europe whether it be in public swimming pools or at New Year's celebrations.

In other words the "price" of no-tariff "free trade" is the reduction of women to serfdom and sexual slavery, the murder of gays on a wholesale basis, the destruction of civil society and law along with the wholesale******of children.

Can I ask where the men are in this discussion and why there haven't been a plethora of declarations of war against Frau Feurher Merkel and the rest of the Euro "leadership" over this crap?

Is the rest of Europe literally so addicted to "cheap credit" and the promulgation of mathematically provable ponzi schemes that will and must collapse that they're willing to sacrifice half of their society to keep playing the game of increasing stock and other asset prices for a few more months or years?  And where is the half that is being sacrificed?

Are the women of Europe willing to put up with this crap without reaching for anything at their command, even if it's just a frying pan or meat cleaver, demanding that all of this stop right damn now?

As for the markets you have to be kidding me.  Cramer and the rest are a disgrace; there is literally nobody that can rationally speak to the concept of infinitely-compounding leverage being sustainable, because that is mathematically impossible.  Yet that is exactly what is being propounded and has been over the last 30 years and now that the wall is being hit increasingly-desperate (and obviously-so) measures are being taken on ever-shorter time lines to buy just a few more years (and now months!) on a clearly-unsustainable path!

I remind you that all ponzi schemes are great right up until you run out of suckers, at which point they collapse.  That's arithmetic, not politics.

When you start importing people into your group of nations by the millions that have no skill set relevant to your economy and have a cultural set of expectations that includes the wholesale subjugation and assault on half your population plus all of those who are gay you have demonstrated to anyone who cares to dispassionately observe from the outside that you know damn well that you're at the end of the rope of ever-increase compound leverage and are desperate to the point of being willing to sacrifice the dignity, freedom and sexual choice of half your population in order to maintain your scam for just a few more months or years.

Yet the media pundits think this is a buying opportunity?

You're all on drugs.

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2016-06-29 04:00 by Karl Denninger
in Stupidity , 205 references
 

Oh do come on folks (at least this was published under the heading "opinion")...

We are not ready for either the hand of God or the hand of man when it comes to protecting our sensitive electrical power grid. A bad solar flare or an electro-magnetic pulse attack by America’s enemies would result in the death of most of our citizens within five years.

Don't bet on it, despite the alarmist (and utter nonsense) in the headline.

Let's break this down because while the scenario has two potential causes (solar flares and terrorism) they are very different things.

First, we must understand how that damage takes place.  Surrounding the earth is what is called the magnetosphere, which is generated by the molten core of the planet.  It is essentially a magnetic shield, ala "Star Trek" of sorts, and it's a damn good thing it's present.  In fact, it's one of the requirements for a stable atmosphere and thus life on this rock; the magnetosphere prevents ordinary solar wind (highly-charged particles emitted by all stars) from stripping the atmosphere off our planet over the space of millions of years.

The absence of said magnetosphere is why Mars has no atmosphere of substance and cannot support life.  It is also why "colonizing" Mars and building said atmosphere given our present technology is a pipe dream despite the screamfest from a number of people (including Musk, who knows better.)  Simply put without a molten, iron-bearing core in a planet there's no plausible means of generating such a magnetosphere (the energy required to do so artificially is beyond our wildest dreams) and without that magnetic shield not only are you exposed to lethal levels of solar radiation over time any atmosphere you generate will be stripped back off.

But, all that energy that goes into the magnetosphere from the molten iron core of the planet (and it's rotation) is only good as long as it remains where it is and is relatively stable.  You see, when any conductor (like that nice long high-tension wire that feeds power into your area) passes through a magnetic field there is a current induced in the wire.  It is the movement of the wire relative to the field (or vice-versa) that produces the current, not its static presence.   Severe solar flare activity perturbs that magnetic shield and the result is utterly enormous fluctuations in that field.  Depending on exactly what the orientation of the field and wire look like the resulting induced currents can be enormous; far beyond the insulation capability in the things on the ends, which cause arcs to jump those gaps and destroy the devices in question (such as the transformers.)

That sounds really bad and is what that article "predicts."  But here's the rub -- solar flares are something we know about, and in addition they take time to reach us.  That is, being charged particles they travel at slower than the speed of light, so even if they were to erupt suddenly and without warning, and be directly aimed at the Earth, we'd have a (short) amount of warning.  In reality we usually have a pretty decent amount of warning because the particles ejected are not evenly spread around the Sun; think of them more like a shotgun blast that goes on for a decent amount of time, so you can detect it before the Earth "runs into" the stream.

What this means in the real world is that when we detect such an event we would have some warning and in the event of said warning utilities could physically disconnect their transformers from the lines.  There are already large-gap disconnecting devices present on both ends that are present for maintenance and similar; it is necessary when working on a line like that to both be able to disconnect both ends and ground the line otherwise anyone working on said long-distance lines (where the problem is most-severe) would be BBQd due to random induced currents.  Remember that a "common" high-voltage line can carry anywhere from tens of thousands of volts upward and yet as little as 50 volts is enough to breach the insulation of your skin and only a few milliamps that cross the heart (e.g. from one hand to the other) will stop it, which is why if you have brains and are working where there might be voltage present you put one hand in your back pocket and keep it there!

So in the event of a large solar flare event, which the author is correct in surmising will be an event we will eventually face (and likely in the not-so-distant future either) it can be reasonably presumed that most if not all utilities would choose to severely inconvenience people by preemptively disconnecting and grounding their equipment rather than risk the very-likely destruction of same.

Now on to the terrorist angle.

It is true that a strategically placed nuclear weapon could cause such a perturbance in the magnetosphere and thus an "EMP attack."  Maybe.  The actual pulse from a nuclear weapon is real but (very) localized.  Why?  Physics is why -- magnetic fields are typically not monopoles but dipoles and thus drop not via the inverse-square law but the inverse-cube (1^3) law.  Not that it matters in this instance; either has similar results in that such emissions fall off very rapidly with increasing distance.  Thus the direct EMP from a nuclear blast, while present, is probably the least of your concerns (as being close enough for it to fry your electrical or electronic things probably places you well within the "you were just incinerated" radius as well!)

So to get the sort of "killer" pulse over a wide area you have to do the same thing that a natural phenomena does, which would be to perturb the natural magnetosphere.  Note that this has not been done in the "real world" with a real nuke, and for good reason, so what we have is a bunch of theoretical physics models that say it might happen and it's possible area of effect.  What we don't have is a field test, nor certain knowledge that it would work, and remember, even a small solar flare contains an amount of energy that makes our largest nuclear weapon look like a ladyfinger firecracker -- and our magnetosphere is hit with small solar flares all the time with only minor effects (e.g. GPS and radio disruption along with occasional satellite electronic damage.)  In addition such a warhead would have to be delivered with relative accuracy and into the magnetosphere, which is no small feat, and even then there's no guarantee you'd actually get the results you're looking for -- plus you might end up scoring an "own goal" at the same time (that is, you may or may not get your "enemy's" power grid, and in the process you might get your own too!)

Never mind that the launch of a rocket with this amount of lift and capability would be instantly detected by our satellites, and in less than a minute we'd have a very good handle on the fact that it's not an ICBM or "routine" satellite launch intended for low-earth orbit since the trajectory is easily observed.

Is there an actual cause for concern here?  Yes.  Should we take more measures to "harden" utility services against such an event?  Of course.  But in the end if we have a solar assault similar to the Carrington Event the only real solution is to turn it off until the storm passes anyway; shunting that sort of energy safely away while maintaining routine electrical service is quite the "ask" for those areas that cannot locally generate enough power in the immediate area.

The summary?  The referenced article is scare-mongering -- while it's possible it's also possible that an asteroid of sufficient size to lay waste to the United States or even produce a global catastrophe could hit us with no reasonable means of preventing it from happening.  With this sort of risk there are mitigation steps that can be taken, even today, and would greatly limit the impact although it would be quite disruptive to "everyday life" until the storm had passed.

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