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2016-05-30 09:42 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 90 references

Just don't.

Gary Johnson is once again the allegedly Libertarian candidate for President, along with Bill Weld.  This occurred at a "convention" during which a candidate for national party chair literally stripped to his underwear on-stage.  There are people of both genders who could pull something like that off and at least get admiring glances but this guy isn't one of them.

The theatrics and their quality tells you all you need to know about the degeneration of the mental condition of this merry band of political posers.

Let me remind you that Weld endorsed Kascish for President already, who of course was running as a Republican.

Let me further remind you that Johnson was the candidate last time around and that during that cycle he failed to file an accurate FEC report and that the accurate figures, which were concealed until well after the selection processshowed he was carrying seven times the amount of debt he claimed. Even worse is that out of the roughly $4.4 million spent in total less than 20% of it went to actual messaging -- the function that is allegedly that for which the money is raised.  The rest went to political insider buddies of Johnson's and what's worse is that the FEC has ruled that his "matching funds" were invalidly claimed and he in fact owes the FEC over $300,000!

Never mind that during the last time around, before those financial shenanigans were uncovered, he and I met in his hotel suite with several others at the state party convention (during which time I was an EC member), and not only did he declare that "nobody committed any crimes" during the financial crisis on stage in a Libertarian President debate he also is a delusional jackass who during that same campaign claimed he would submit a balanced budget and yet refused, to my face, to take on the medical monopolies and in fact claimed they were not the cause of the problems in that regard.

Anyone remember this clip?

Since 37% of the federal budget today is those medical monopolies, and said costs have for 20 years straight been growing at a ~7% compounded rate, meaning they've doubled twice in that 20 year period of time, Medicare and Medicaid have been growing at approximately the same rate (thus, it is not "people getting older" that is the cause) and these are mathematical facts easily verified through the Monthly Treasury Statements that are public and available to anyone who spends 30 seconds on the web pulling them from the Treasury's own web site Gary Johnson is a douche-bag liar since he knows damn well he cannot do what he claimed to intend to do without taking that issue on.  In other words his "candidacy" is nothing more than either a bad joke or a blatant and outrageous attempt to enrich his buddies in the political "expert" business once again instead of attempting to advance a serious policy position on our national fiscal state.

Of course it's also possible he has an IQ smaller than my shoe size -- but I doubt it.

Never mind that Johnson does not support the four little words and their clear meaning in the 2nd Amendment.

And, of course, never mind that the voters had no problem figuring this all out last time around the block and "rewarded" him with less than 1% of the vote in an election that wasn't even close electorally since the best the Republicans could do was a medical-monopoly apologist in the form of Mitt Romney.

Oh, and I do remember Johnson's grandiose claims that he had double-digit support just shortly before the general election.

He in fact polled under 2% in the actual election, which in perspective equates to the dude with a micropenis claiming to his hot first date that he has a footlong in his pants.

**** you Governor.

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"Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones shot and killed after accessing wrong Dallas apartment"


He kicked down the door!

The resident shot him.


Quit lionizing people who are fundamentally thugs.  It wasn't even his apartment he thought he was trying to "access" either; it might have been his former partner's which the NBA claims was an estranged acquaintance.

So irrespective of whether he kicked down the intended door or not he had no right to be there and the occupant had every right, when the door was forcibly kicked down, to assume the person doing it had evil intent and thus was fully-justified in shooting him.


As for the NBA and the "outpouring of support" for this thug from both teams officially and their players, **** the NBA.  There's a game I'm no longer interested in watching or patronizing any entity that advertises or promotes itself upon the back of.

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Here it comes folks..

Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots.

One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post.

Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit."

This is why offshoring in the search of the 50 cent/day wage is a practice that should never be tolerated by any nation.

It always ends here -- in the mechanization of something that used be done by manual labor.  But once lost those jobs are gone forever, not to be replaced.  The short-term gain for the corporate bosses comes with the inevitable destruction of the middle class.

You can't stop the eventual progression to robots.  That's what technology does; it makes things faster and cheaper, over time, if allowed to.  When it's not allowed to (e.g. health care) it's abused to empower monopolies, but absent that this is the progression.

In the 1960s and early 70s grocery store cashiers in most states were unionized -- and it was a well-paying, middle-class job.  The unions pressed harder and harder, and called strikes.  Back then a cash register was a mechanical device that had no concept of barcodes or similar and the job of quickly and accurately looking at the price tag on the item, keying it and sliding it down the belt was a skilled one.  It took time to develop (much like typing does) and it paid well.

The first grocery store scanners were expensive as hell (a half-million or more per store to install!) and required the manufacturers to barcode their products.  IRI (of Chicago) pioneered the business model of installing the systems by financing them and selling the data they produced back to the food companies.

The result was the destruction of the checker's union.  Was it coming anyway?  Probably, but when you overplay your hand you hasten your own demise; they did and it did.

If we had not allowed the offshoring to occur without punitive tariffs being placed in response the robots would still arrive.  But they'd arrive here, the jobs would have been here in the interim and both the building and maintenance of those robots would take place here.

Instead all that happened somewhere else.

If you do stupid things you win stupid prizes; the premise of "global commerce" that is driven by the demand for slave wages never ends there and not only fails to deliver the promise made for it it destroys the already-industrialized nation's middle class in the interim.

Since the middle class is the bulk of the consumer population the result is always and everywhere a hollowed-out economy that then tempts politicians to try even more-outrageous acts to keep from recognizing the result of their failures -- like blowing monetary bubbles.

Those in both government and industry that advance and exploit such policies ought to be indicted, not celebrated.  Their acts are of equal effect to those who would intentionally destroy the economy of a nation, and thus are quite-reasonably characterized as nothing less than terrorism, as the end goal of a terrorist is in fact to destabilize and destroy the economy of a nation and by doing so bring down its political system.

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2016-05-28 08:15 by Karl Denninger
in Musings , 240 references

Memorial Day is not for those who have served and are still with us.

It is for those who served and paid with their lives.

The question this weekend for you as you head to the beach, boat or other past-time, usually with beer and/or burger in hand, is whether what they died for is still here in America, or whether you have either actively conspired to destroy it or sat back and watched it happen with nothing more than a nod and a whimper.

Do we really have anything approaching freedom any longer?

Consider that we had something like a dozen candidates for President on the Republican side and two serious contenders on the Democrat.  Not one of them -- literally not one -- had a single word for the fact that there are 50,000 flatly unconstitutional gun laws on the books today.

Nor has one of them said one word about the blatantly-unlawful (and outrageously so) theft, fraud and arguably racketeering known as "health care" in this country that is not only one dollar in five of our "economy" it is also twice, as a percentage of our economy, that of the rest of the industrial world and those systems are almost-all socialist!  Oh, and it's also nearly 40% of our federal budget.

Can you really be "free" when four dollars in ten and doubling every 10 years in our government's spending profile goes to one place, virtually every aspect of it is facially illegal under laws that have existed for more than 100 years and you are one incident or accident away from literal bankruptcy irrespective of your age or wealth (fewer than 1 in 100,000 people is wealthy enough to be able to pay it off and shrug) meaning that in the end your choice is only between death and destitution!  Death comes to us all, but do you really have anything approaching 'freedom' if just prior to it you are robbed of everything you've ever accumulated by private parties and firms with the full consent and assistance of the government?


Yes, I recognize and honor the fallen this weekend, and Monday will fly the flag.  Yes, I will have an adult beverage or two over the weekend in between completing the tune-up and cleaning on a newly-acquired pinball machine.  I do not have immediate family that gave their life in the service of our nation, but I knew people who did, and many of my friends do have family who gave all.

But today, before you start drinking that beer and grilling those burgers, you might want to contemplate just those two above examples.  There are hundreds more where they came from, but those two are more than sufficient to make the point -- and frankly, if you head to the beach or bar without at least speaking out on these issues, say much less organizing your life in boycott and action against same then I question whether you remember, or value, those who gave their lives at all -- or whether for you this weekend is just a drunken boob-and-beer excuse.

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No, it's not your burger, ribs, roast pork butt, chicken or steak on the grill this weekend.

It is, IMHO, this:

Beyond Meat, which makes meatless products, claims its latest burger is "the closest thing to meat" that it's ever created.

The Beyond Burger will be available at one Whole Foods in Boulder, Colorado on Monday and at other stores on the East Coast soon.


The burger is juicy. Instead of blood and animal fat oozing from the patty, it's dripping with a mix of canola, coconut and sunflower oil. That moist fattiness mimics the feeling of eating a burger made of beef.

Coconut oil is probably reasonably-ok.  The other two?

Sunflower oil is chock full on linoleic acid as is canola oil.  Linoleic acid is a known inflammatory response promoter.  Of course Dow "AgroSciences" says you ought to eat a lot of these oils..... oh really?  Never mind how canola oil is made (from rapeseed); have a look if you wish.

I wouldn't eat these "burgers" if you gave them to me.

Pass the saturated-fat laden beef please.  I'm not afraid of it, unlike the ridiculously-concentrated levels of refined vegetable oils that you could never manage to consume by simply eating said vegetables.

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