Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Paul Craig Roberts: Results of the Mueller Investigation: NOTHING!

From Paul Craig Roberts:

Robert Mueller discredited himself and his orchestrated Russiagate investigation last week (Friday, February 16, 2018) with his charges that 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies plotted to use social media to influence the 2016 election. Their intent, Mueller says, was to “sow discord in the US political system.”

What pathetic results to come from a 9 month investigation!

Note that the hyped Russian hacking of Hillary’s emails that we have heard about every day is nowhere to be found in Mueller’s charges. In its place there is “use of social media to sow discord.” I mean, really! Even if the charge were correct, considering the massive discord present in the last presidential election, with the Democrats calling Trump voters racist, sexist, homophobic white trash deplorables, how much discord could a measly 13 Russians add via social media?

Note also that the Trump/Putin conspiracy is also not present in Mueller’s charges. Mueller’s charges say that the Russians’ plan to sow discord began in 2014, before there was any notion that Trump would run for president in 2017. The link of the plot to Putin is reduced to the allegation that the plot was financed by a St. Petersburg restaurateur whose connection to Putin is that his business once catered official dinners between Russian officials and foreign dignitaries.

Finally, note that Mueller’s release of his charges in the face of dead news weekend means that Mueller knows that he has nothing to justify the massive propaganda onslaught against Trump for conspiring with Putin with which the presstitutes have regaled us. If the charges amounted to anything, they would have been released on Monday morning, and the presstitutes would have been handed by the FBI and CIA the news stories to file with their papers.

How did the 13 Russians go about sowing discord? Are you ready for this?

They held political rallies posing as Americans and they paid one person (unidentified) to build a cage aboard a flatbed pickup truck and another person to wear a costume portraying Hillary in prison clothes.

How much money was lavished on this plot.

A monthly budget of $1.2 million, a sum far too small to be seen in the $2.65 billion spent by Hillary and Trump and the $6.8 billion spent by all candidates for federal elective offices in the last election.

Mueller claims to have emails from some of the 13 Russians. If the emails are authentic, they sound like a few kids pretending to friends that they are doing big things. One of the emails brags that the FBI got after them so they got busy covering up their tracks.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has fallen for Mueller’s ruse.

Remember what William Binney, the person who designed the NSA spy program, said: If any such Russiagate plot existed, NSA would have the evidence. No investigation would be necessary.

One can conclude that Mueller and Rosenstein are fighting for their lives now that it is known that their spy requests for FISA court approval were based on deception. Mueller has produced this silly indictment of individuals who are not the Russian government in the hope that it will keep the attention off the FBI’s deception of the FISA court.

As a special prosecutor Mueller has demonstrated the same lack of integrity that he demonstrated as FBI director.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ready for a 50% Loss of Your Wealth?

On January 26 2018, the US reported that 4th quarter real GDP grew at a 2.6% rate -- a rate that was disappointing relative to expectations. It was disappointing because there was a real surge of post-disaster spending after the two hurricanes and massive wildfires during the fourth quarter. In fact, some people were asking "is that all we get??"

It was even worse than that. The savings rate fell from 3.3% to 2.6%. If it had stayed the same, real "personal consumption expenditures" would have been just 0.8% (annualized) instead of 3.8% and GDP would have been 0.6% instead of 2.6%.  So, after all the disaster spending we "only" got 2.6% GDP growth.  The underlying economic growth rate is actually closer to 0.6% since that disaster spending was a "one off."

The savings rates of America plunged due to an unprecedented surge in credit card expenditures during the last quarter of 2017. It's really quite stunning (and unsustainable):

An Unsustainable Surge of Credit Card Expenditures--Unlikely to be Repeated in Coming Quarters
But the US consumer has been in distress for a long time. For the bottom 90%, wages are not keeping up with rising healthcare costs, rising rents, food and other rising costs.  To "make ends meet," they have been using debt to sustain their standard of living. It just keeps getting worse and worse:

Graph from Real Investment Advice
Another view of the rising debt and the financial gap that consumers have been facing and using debt to fill it:

Graph from Lance Roberts at Real Investment Advice

US consumers are already in record debt and they went on a spending spree at the end of 2017. They had to -- they aren't making ends meet in their personal finances and haven't been doing so for a long time.  US consumers are tapped-out.  The US real personal savings rate dropped to an extremely low 2.6%.  US consumers are 70% of the total economy.  See below:

That 2.6% personal savings rate is about as low as it goes. Note that rate was also reached in 2008, just before the great financial crisis in 2008 (savings rate was 2.3% then).  An extremely low savings rate that signals a recession.  

So, I'm warning you now that, despite all the narratives in the lying media and from lying economists, we're not in a "boom" or an "overheating" economy. The truth is that we're much closer to recession than boom. And because of all the corporate, personal and government debts that have built-up since the last recession, the next recession will be bad or worse.  In fact, you can expect a 50% loss (or more) of your net worth!

Each time the US savings rate drops to current levels, it signals an economic top and subsequent recession. The past two recessions have been accompanied by large losses of net worth.  The 2009 recession saw about a 30% decline in household net worth (includes stocks, bonds, real estate, etc).  It's likely to happen once again, but worse. As of today , household wealth as a percent disposible income is over 700%. Just extrapolating trends, a trip back to 450% to 500% or a 36% decline in household worth or more can be expected.

The Last Time That the Savings Rate Reached Current Levels, Household Wealth declined by 30%. We're Facing the Same or Worse Prospects in February 2018
Graph from Econimica blog


Friday, February 16, 2018

FBI Was Warned About Florida Shooter and Failed

We probably don't need any more gun laws.  What we need is an FBI that functions -- which is probably too much to ask since they are so obsessed with the Russia witch-hunt hysteria. 

In the same way, we didn't need the massively expensive army of Homeland Security agents and black SUVs that showed-up in Boston to chase the Tsarnaev brothers after the Boston bombing. At the end of the day, it was a local person's tip to the local police that caught those fuckers. 

Once again, in regard to the FBI, CIA, NSA and countless other agencies of the Federal Government:  BURN THEM DOWN!

Back to the Florida Shooter story. The FBI was warned and they failed. Guaranteed you will not hear this story from MSM as they have a Leftist and gun control agenda.  From Buzzfeed:
Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. "I'm going to be a professional school shooter," said a user named Nikolas Cruz.
The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment and calling the bureau's Mississippi field office. He also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video.
Agents with the bureau's Mississippi field office got back to him "immediately," Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25.
"They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person," Bennight told BuzzFeed News. "I didn't. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them." 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Why Trump Is Correct, Most Places Are Shitholes; America Is Special

"What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa"  From American Thinker:

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, "a fecalized environment."

In plain English: s--- is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country. Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral. The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

I have seen. I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole. Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures' terms. But they are not our terms. The excrement is the least of it. Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

As a twenty-one-year-old starting out in the Peace Corps, I loved Senegal. In fact, I was euphoric. I quickly made friends and had an adopted family. I relished the feeling of the brotherhood of man. People were open, willing to share their lives and, after they knew you, their innermost thoughts.

The longer I lived there, the more I understood: it became blindingly obvious that the Senegalese are not the same as us. The truths we hold to be self-evident are not evident to the Senegalese. How could they be? Their reality is totally different. You can't understand anything in Senegal using American terms.

Take something as basic as family. Family was a few hundred people, extending out to second and third cousins. All the men in one generation were called "father." Senegalese are Muslim, with up to four wives. Girls had their clitorises cut off at puberty. (I witnessed this, at what I thought was going to be a nice coming-of-age ceremony, like a bat mitzvah or confirmation.) Sex, I was told, did not include kissing. Love and friendship in marriage were Western ideas. Fidelity was not a thing. Married women would have sex for a few cents to have cash for the market.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death. Wives raised the food and fed their own children, did the heavy labor of walking miles to gather wood for the fire, drew water from the well or public faucet, pounded grain with heavy hand-held pestles, lived in their own huts, and had conjugal visits from their husbands on a rotating basis with their co-wives. Their husbands lazed in the shade of the trees.

Yet family was crucial to people there in a way Americans cannot comprehend.

The Ten Commandments were not disobeyed – they were unknown. The value system was the exact opposite. You were supposed to steal everything you can to give to your own relatives. There are some Westernized Africans who try to rebel against the system. They fail.

We hear a lot about the kleptocratic elites of Africa. The kleptocracy extends through the whole society. My town had a medical clinic donated by international agencies. The medicine was stolen by the medical workers and sold to the local store. If you were sick and didn't have money, drop dead. That was normal.

So here in the States, when we discovered that my 98-year-old father's Muslim health aide from Nigeria had stolen his clothes and wasn't bathing him, I wasn't surprised. It was familiar.

In Senegal, corruption ruled, from top to bottom. Go to the post office, and the clerk would name an outrageous price for a stamp. After paying the bribe, you still didn't know it if it would be mailed or thrown out. That was normal.

One of my most vivid memories was from the clinic. One day, as the wait grew hotter in the 110-degree heat, an old woman two feet from the medical aides – who were chatting in the shade of a mango tree instead of working – collapsed to the ground. They turned their heads so as not to see her and kept talking. She lay there in the dirt. Callousness to the sick was normal.

Americans think it is a universal human instinct to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It's not. It seems natural to us because we live in a Bible-based Judeo-Christian culture.

We think the Protestant work ethic is universal. It's not. My town was full of young men doing nothing. They were waiting for a government job. There was no private enterprise. Private business was not illegal, just impossible, given the nightmare of a third-world bureaucratic kleptocracy. It is also incompatible with Senegalese insistence on taking care of relatives.

All the little stores in Senegal were owned by Mauritanians. If a Senegalese wanted to run a little store, he'd go to another country. The reason? Your friends and relatives would ask you for stuff for free, and you would have to say yes. End of your business. You are not allowed to be a selfish individual and say no to relatives. The result: Everyone has nothing.

The more I worked there and visited government officials doing absolutely nothing, the more I realized that no one in Senegal had the idea that a job means work. A job is something given to you by a relative. It provides the place where you steal everything to give back to your family.

I couldn't wait to get home. So why would I want to bring Africa here? Non-Westerners do not magically become American by arriving on our shores with a visa.

For the rest of my life, I enjoyed the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever. I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation.

African problems are made worse by our aid efforts. Senegal is full of smart, capable people. They will eventually solve their own country's problems. They will do it on their terms, not ours. The solution is not to bring Africans here.

We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration. They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist. I don't need to prove a thing. Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America. They want to destroy America as we know it.

As President Trump asked, why would we do that?

We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in. I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese. I am not willing to donate my country.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Yes, Why Are We Bringing In All These People From Shithole Countries?

Just as I feared Trump was falling into an amnesty deal led by no one but RINOS and Democrats, who all hate the president and his agenda, he suddenly brings into focus the most obvious truth in the world: why WOULD we want to bring a large number of people from African countries or Haiti?  Trump totally redeemed himself.

Of course, a bunch of black "commentators" like Don Lemon and other dumbass Democrats start calling all Trump supporters "racists, xenophobic, misogynous, islamaphobic...blah, blah, blah.."  Democrats and idiot blacks who say this are in fact proving that they are massively racist themselves by lumping everyone of us into the same classification!!  Idiots!!  They are proving themselves to be stupid and racist!

Most of the 3rd world, including most of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia ARE shit-holes. It's very obvious. And they are shit-holes mostly because of low median intelligence.  In fact, the only countries in any region who are better off were colonized by the (White) British. Yep, having been colonized by Britain was a good thing in every case!

There are many highly educated people from Ghana and Nigeria (former colonies of Britain) who come to the US to get PhDs at our universities. Under the merit system, these peoples would be encouraged to come here and stay here. Change can happen, but it's slow.

If our immigration system were based on merit, as President Trump wants, it would solve many problems. But we we don't want mass and uncontrolled immigration from anywhere, especially Africa, Middle East and Latin America, without proof of sufficient financial resources to support themselves once they come here, some English, and some kinds of skills, accomplishments, or academic or other qualifications that show they have something to offer our country.




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Marxist Democrats Have Torn This Nation Apart

Martin Armstrong traces the origins of class warfare to Karl Marx,
The reason that I call the Left Marxist is that this is where the class warfare begins. This philosophy did far more than simply invoke class warfare. It instigated the entire belief that government could manage the economy and eliminate the business cycle. John Maynard Keynes also followed that segment of Marx taking the position that government could control the business cycle. Therefore, both Marx and Keynes shared a common belief that the government could eliminate the business cycle. Towards the end of Keynes’ life, he relented that he had fought against the business cycle and Smith’s Invisible Hand, and came to realize he was wrong.
After Trump's miraculous victory over the outrageously corrupt Hillary Clinton's cartel with her near-universal "connections" forged by influence peddling bribe payments in return for future favors and access, we've seen 1/2 of this nation in a state of near insanity. Many call it "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

The Clinton-allied media outlets have lost their minds and the entire MSM establishment have turned into even WORSE liars and propagandists than during the campaign season! They lie non-stop and denigrate the Trump administration & flat-out refuse to report on any of the numerous positive accomplishments of the administration. In fact, any positive accomplishment from the Trump administration REALLY incenses these idiots.  This is a clue to why these people are living in an alternative universe: they thought everything was going great under Obama/Hillary!

It's because 1/2 of the nation has been been told nothing but lies for many, many years and subject to non-stop propaganda and lies from the Obama administration and the main street media corporations. Everyone has been told how great things are. Even Janet Yellen says "everything's great." Nobody has been telling the truth for decades. Now and during the campaign, when Trump and his supporters bitterly complained about the state of the nation, the 1/2 of of the nation who have swallowed the lies and otherwise unable to see the truth, are seriously confused and even angry. They want to kill the messenger!  They say the messenger is the liar!  Everything was good under Obama and Hillary, right?


The government has been understating inflation for years which has been overstating real GDP (since higher inflation in the denominator reduces the GDP number). Obama's average GDP growth was poor about 1.8%. Given that inflation was actually closer to 4%, not 2%, real GDP was about ZERO for the PAST DECADE.  Obama bragged that the economy and employment is so good.  But the truth is that was not good.

Speaking of GDP, US Federal debt doubled in the past 10 years to "prop-up" the weak economy. $10 Tiillion of debt-fueled spending is counted as "GDP." So, it's boosting GDP.  Ten trillion dollars of debt-funded spending and under-reported inflation has masked near-recessionary conditions.

Debt-Fueled Spending Has Masked Depression in America for a Decade

Instead, Democrats have been fed numerous false memes. One is that America is an evil place that we should we should be ashamed of. Obviously that's not true, but Democrats believe this crap. They are told that only more government creates jobs which is total bullshit. Police officers are assumed to be outrageously racist. But statistics support none of that. Blacks are told that they are "being held backs by whites" but there's not an ounce of truth to this. Only Blacks are holding back Blacks.

The Obama economy never generated enough jobs to keep up with population growth, so the labor force participation rate has declined to a 45 year low. Into this crappy job market, Obama opened the floodgates of poor and poorly educated Central American peasants into this country despite there were few jobs for them. AND IT WAS ALL ABOUT SECURING VOTES FOR DEMOCRATS. It was a massive fraud on the American people the way they surreptitiously bused these illegals to places far and wide across the country under the cover of night.

For Obama and Hillary, what was best for the country was never of primary concern.  Marxist Demon_crats like Obama and Hillary have intentionally sown discord, promoted victim-hood, failed to help the economy and vilified the true heart of this country, the Deplorables, ie., White and Christian persons.

No wonder they (deranged Democrats) are literally screaming at the moon in frustration as Trump moves to fix all of the problems created or perpetuated by Obama and Hillary.  Slowly long-standing fraud and lies are being revealed to everyone.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Why Our Economy Is In Depression And Will Get Only Worse

I wrote a blog entitled "We're Reaching the End of the Road" where I laid-out a litany of reasons for why our economy is mired in prolonged near-recession conditions and why things won't be improving anytime soon.

I mentioned poor demographics, the declining utility of debt, and the effects of reaching the limits of resources, such as affordable oil, as some of the causes. All these are true and have caused Central Banks all over the world to "pump-up" the money supply to absurd levels, backstopped all markets to maintain desired "wealth effects"and governments have spent borrowed money like never seen before. These emergency measures have continued for 10 years. They are now trying to stop these emergency measures now, but it won't be possible to stop them for long.

Soon, it will become apparent that we're in recession without end; which resembles Depression in duration. It may not be a sharp downturn--since we never had a boom--just a generally slow "sinking" perhaps interrupted for a number of months by the Trump Tax Reform, for example. Think "Japan" for the past 20 years, for example. We're really becoming Japan. This "recession" will not end and emergency spending and "printing"will re-start. Government intervention will only increase. The recession won't end, but the governments may not allow markets to "correct." This is because market declines would worsen the economy and it likely won't be allowed. It's not being allowed even now.

Governments and captive Central Banks have already subverted markets, making them policy tools, by manipulating all of them: first and foremost the bond markets. Governments around the world have manipulated the "risk-free" interest rate (govt bond T-bills) to near zero and below. This itself manipulates all other asset prices. Central Banks have provided a "backstop" to the markets and investors know it. It's causing extreme bubble conditions that will continue. The "appearance" of prosperity must be maintained!

The first chart below shows that world population turns negative this year and declines FOR DECADES.  This means perpetual recession/depression ahead.  If there are a declining number of new workers, there is declining demand for new houses, new furniture, new appliances, new cars, etc. Demand has already been declining because population growth is declining, including young people. All of this causes economies to suffer across the world. These trends are irreversible. We've already been in near-recession but governments are manipulating the data to hide it.

World Population Is Going Negative This Year and Is Negative for Decades Ahead. Declining Population Means Declining Economies For Decades Ahead -- Recession Without End.  (Graph by Chris Hamilton at Econimica blog)

Population Growth in All The Important Economies (Excluding Africa) Has Slowed And Will Decline for Decades Ahead.  Note That Debt Began To Balloon Just After The Peak in Population Growth In 1981. Debt Is Now Rising Exponentially As Pop Growth Slows.  
(Graph by Chris Hamilton at Econimica blog)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Planet Of The Apes Returns to South Africa

Zimbabwe is just now expelling it's idiot President-for-life, Mugabe, a true one-man wrecking ball for Zimbabwe. I guess it's an accomplishment, since it took forever to get rid of that crazy negro Idi Amin in Uganda, who left that country in a entirely predicable economic and human disaster.

There is little evidence that black nations, or any majority black community, can govern themselves in any satisfactory way. Case in point is South Africa. Now that it's governed by the black majority, things are (predictably) going nowhere but downhill. Already, electric power has become intermittent. It gets worse. Now they have a Socialist President (Zuma) who is entirely willing to follow Mugabe's lead to confiscate the land (without compensation) which belongs to white farmers. Mugabe transferred white farm land to blacks, and the nation suffered famine. The blacks had no idea of how to farm!! That set in motion money printing that resulting in devastating hyperinflation years later.

The vast majority (90+%) of farms transferred to Blacks will fail and those people will return to the city or home town. So, the result is just plain and utter destruction. What is not commonly known is that the SA government owns a huge amount of land that could be distributed to potential black farmers. But the truth is that very few Blacks want to be farmers at all!!  So this entire scheme is a joke, just like Black leadership and their so-called intelligence. Welcome to planet of the apes.

It's not just land confiscation, but Zuma wants to put the Central Bank under government control. This of course is a disaster. Excess credit growth and money printing will only end in tears, misery and poverty. Already it's leading to an exodus of foreign investment capital from the country.

The further alienation, and discrimination of White persons will lead to a brain drain as Whites leave the country. This will lead to even further decline. Another scenario is some kind of armed conflict where Whites defend themselves against these radical Negros (like Planet of the Apes?).

But dysfunction, poverty, tyranny, violence and misery is the norm in Africa since there is such little intelligence on the continent---certainly insufficient intelligence for creating any lasting prosperity or peace. It will take 1000s of years for any evolution or change---maybe longer.

I have a proposal.  The USA should allow White South Africans to immigrate here, and we should  simultaneously create a financial package that encourages US Blacks to relocate permanently (irrevocably) to South Africa!! 

From Zero Hedge:

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress gushed a double whammy of capital-flight-creating rulings this afternoon. The Rand is tumbling on Bloomberg headlines that the ANC is said to seek constitutional changes for land expropriation (from whites) without compensation, but perhaps even more worrisome, the ruling party has decided that the Reserve Bank must be wholly owned by the state:
Enoch Godongwana, head of the party’s economic transformation committee, told reporters that ANC’s National Executive Committee will seek an amendment to the constitution to allow for land expropriation, noting that the confiscation must be sustainable and mustn’t damage economy and food production.

South Africa’s ruling party has also accepted a proposal that the central bank should be wholly state-owned rather than an institution with private shareholders, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Delegates at the African National Congress’ elective conference in Johannesburg decided 100 percent of the Reserve Bank should belong to the government, said the people who asked not to be identified because it hasn’t been made public yet.

Welcome to the return to Planet of the Apes in South Africa.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Black Kids Basically Can't Perform in US High Schools Part 2

To a great extent, the US Government's student loan program is a giant welfare program to occupy young adults and "keep them off the streets."  It's especially true of Black kids. 

By the time black kids reach Grade 12, some 50% have already flunked out.  Of the remainder, only 7% and 17% of those kids perform at "proficient" levels in math and reading, respectively.  So less than ~10% of black kids can perform at Grade 12 levels, but 70% are going to college thanks to "free" US Government students loans!!  And virtually none of these loans to Blacks will be paid back. You can safely bet that $Trillions of these loans will be forgiven and put on the taxpayer's debt load and a disproportionate amount of those loans forgiven will be those made to blacks. 

Overall then, only 3.5% to 8.5% of all blacks can do school work expected of 18 year old high school seniors. This is entirely consistent with black IQ distributions where less than ~10% of the black population has an IQ of 100 or more (100 is the white average).  A score of 100 signifies a mental age of 18 years old or that of a high school senior. One half of Blacks are basically stuck at or below the mental age of a 9th grader or age 14 for their entire lives (median IQ of 85). And every other standardized test says the same thing. Latinos are slightly better off but their High School performance and graduation rate is similar to blacks and they too are taking advantage of the US government.

This explains nearly everything about the Black cultural divide in the US. It's not much different for Arab or other minorities either. After all, only N. Europeans and E. Asians have median IQs of 100 or greater. Everyone else's median is MUCH lower at 80 to 90. It's the basis of the cultural clashes with Whites and Arabs in Europe and with Whites and Blacks in the US.

And it explains why Blacks would be happier living in all black communities, since they wouldn't suffer the humiliation of trying to compete with White kids and failing at it. Perhaps segregation was a natural and peaceful way to coexist?  That said, the legal "leveling of the playing field" had to done, but "busing" and "desegregation" was a pet project from judicial activist judges who will NEVER be held to account for their failures.

From Sheriff David Clarke:

When all 164 of Washington D.C. Frank W. Ballou Senior High School’s graduating seniors last year applied for and were accepted to college, the whole community—students, teachers, administrators, parents, and education reformers—had reason to celebrate the achievements of these obviously hard-working graduates. With a graduating class the school system considered “academically disadvantaged,” someone in the school district should have smelled a rat.

After all, 98 percent of Ballou’s 930 students were African-Americans, and two percent were Hispanic/Latino, according to data from the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system. One hundred percent of them were considered “academically disadvantaged” by the system. Kids like this deserve the great opportunity that a high-quality, character-building education can help provide. There was a time when good educators, in fact, would tirelessly fight to give it to them. Those days are apparently over.

Sadly, this happy story collapsed in November, when an investigation by WAMU and NPR found that the much-ballyhooed Ballou graduated dozens of these students despite high rates of unexcused absences throughout their senior year. Half of them missed more than three months of school. One in five was absent more than present. When kids don’t show up for class, no learning can take place. And many continue to be perplexed about the growing achievement gap between black and Hispanic kids and their white counterparts. These truancy rates are a big part of the problem.

Some teachers, saying they felt pressure to pass failing students and get them to graduation, cooperated with the investigation. An internal e-mail shows that in April, just two months before the end of the school year, only 57 students were on track to graduate. Many of the others could scarcely read or write.

All of which means the graduation jubilation in June was not, in any way, justified. Put bluntly, Ballou’s administrators and some teachers cooked the books, used taxpayer money to commit fraud, and above all harmed poor black youths and their futures the most. Quite an indictment.

Perhaps even more alarmingly, NPR’s report led teachers from around the country to share similar situations in many other districts. This is a nationwide academic scandal in K-12 urban school districts, not to mention the serious disciplinary issues they have.

In late November, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced two investigations arising out of the Ballou deceit. One will be conducted by D.C. State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang and is slated for completion later this month. Another will be led by two deputy DCPS chancellors who are examining the problem system-wide. I hold out little hope that anything more will come out of this than for the school district to attribute the problem to a lack of teacher training or a misunderstanding with no intent to deceive.

The D.C. Council’s education committee held a lengthy hearing on the matter in mid-December, and Ballou principal Yetunde Reeves has been reassigned, pending the outcome. That is likely the worst of what will happen to her, because the teaching establishment tends to punish only by reassignment.

Two things were left out of the story. First, where were the parents? They had to have some inkling that their son or daughter was not attending school regularly and certainly were not learning. They have a duty to see that their child shows up to school everyday in a state of readiness to learn. Second, what colleges accepted the kids who can’t read or write? They should be outed.

Whoever is responsible for perpetrating, encouraging, or tolerating this Ballou fraud should be held as accountable as those who were behind the Enron scandal. Having helped to deny real opportunity to mostly poor black kids who deserved it, the fraudsters should receive what every such crook deserves. Jail.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Faith Is Not Believing The Unbelievable

A relative of mine was explaining to me that for Christians to accept the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that they must believe that Jesus was literally and physically resurrected or "the whole thing falls apart."

If you don't believe in levitated dead bodies and the "whole thing falls apart," then it's a very shaky edifice in the 21st century, isn't it? Since no dead body has ever physically re-animated in thousands of years, it's unlikely that it ever happened, so it's a very shaky foundation indeed.

I can't claim to completely understand the symbolism of the Holy Trinity. But do I really need to? And why create a "litmus" test that requires me to believe the unbelievable? Why aren't we satisfied with the simple understanding that the nature of God was revealed by Jesus--and that same God remains the core and ground of our being for each of us today? And with our death, the deepest part of our being likely persists unchanged beyond our physical death. (No one knows if our self-awareness persists after death.)  See my blog post "A Theology For The 21st Century."

Faith should not be about believing the unbelievable. As a man of science, I don't literally believe in most of the miracle stories throughout the Bible. I have good company. Thomas Jefferson worked on a version of the New Testament where he removed all of the miracle stories to leave only the moral teachings.

I don’t believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus; but I accept that it’s a story with huge meaning. Jesus’s followers had just suffered the most humiliating and heart-breaking defeat conceivable. For it to happen to the man in whom his followers could see the divine-itself is beyond horrible. His followers could see that Jesus and his teachings revealed the “the beyond within our midst”,“ultimate ground of our being", "our ultimate reality”and THE MEANING OF LIFE ITSELF!

For his followers to see such a humiliating end at the hands of the ham-handed, amoral political authorities is absolutely intolerable. That could not stand!! So, over time his followers, the early Jesus movement and early Church had to protect and preserve his legacy. The resurrection stories did this and became biblical canon. They COULD NOT ALLOW his devastating and unjust crucifixion to end his story! This is the exact point where life, depth and meaning is captured by myth. So yeah, I believe that Jesus is fully God and fully human.

I recently was at the gym and I noticed one of the young gym instructors working with a disabled man. I was close enough to see how attentive, empathetic and supportive this young guy was, like he was bending over backwards to “will the good” for his client. As I was watching, I could see empathy, goodwill and even beauty. I suddenly understood that I was witnessing something close to the meaning of life-itself; maybe the nature of God working in the world. The young instructor was responding to a need so beautifully but his client was open to receiving help. I had to move over to a quiet corner of the gym so I could let the tears flow. Thanks to education and experience, I was ready and able to see the depth of that moment; something seemingly ordinary in an ordinary setting. Sometimes movies or books bring me similarly to the depths of meaning. I pretty sure that I know what I saw.

Might this be similar to what Jesus’s followers saw? If so, is it really that different to what the followers of Buddha might have seen?

So God is in plain sight if you know where to look; in acts of kindness, good will and desire for justice for others who we meet---the very definition of 'apape' love. Miracles are not where boulders are moved or where waters are parted but where minds are changed and hearts moved by deep understanding and personal interactions. Think of the reconciliation revealed by the parable of the prodigal son. God is pulling all of us toward the "good" by tugging at our hearts and minds.

It’s clear to even conservative scholars that the Christmas stories of Jesus’ birth were added later by the early Church to complete a “picture.” (This happens a lot in the New Testament. There are also many "sayings" of Jesus that were most likely "written-in" by the early Church.) There’s no historical evidence of any miraculous events occurring anywhere near the time when Jesus was born. In fact, we don’t even know when Jesus was born! But isn’t Christmastime really the most wonderful time of the year? Aren’t billions of people’s lives enriched immensely by these wonderful stories (myths)?? Still convinced that myths don’t have meaning??

It’s important to teach these kinds of things or smart young people will continue to be “turned-off” to Christianity because of a “requirement” to believe the unbelievable.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Leftism On The Run In Latin America and EU

Angela Merkel was never elected by a majority of Germans---she has only been elected by a plurality. Despite this, she has dictated policy to member states like she was a tyrant. For example, no member state was allowed to vote regarding the mass Muslim migration policy disaster.

Leftists don't like Democracy because the people will eventually vote you out. Voters recently voted Merkel's party out of power. Her SPD party's support has collapsed in the recent election and Merkel is groveling to somehow stay in power. It's unlikely she'll survive. She SHOULDN'T survive.

Right-wing or Center-Right parties and their candidates have recently won elections in Poland, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary---all vowing to turn away illegal migrants and fight the EU. THEIR governments truly represent the people, NOT the EU.

Leftists don't permit any dissent either. The EU is going after Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic with legal measures to punish their conservative governments that refuse to take any illegal Muslim migrants. These countries weren't given a choice! There is no democracy in Europe! Now Poland is being targeted with the harshest of sanctions for exercising good judgement and following the will of the Polish people.  The EU doesn't give a damn about Polish people!

Only Hungary and Poland have completely escaped the rash of Muslim murders afflicting all the other countries. They were entirely correct to keep these people out.  Such stark truth has to be stifled!!

Orwell's 1984 is in full effect in Europe. Truth telling is now prosecuted. Any politician like LePen and Girt Wilders are prosecuted to force them from politics altogether.  What an incredible shame. It's really criminal.

Britain voted to leave the EU altogether and the EU is determined to punish them harshly. The loss of sovereignty to the EU was the reason. Brexit voters rejected Germany's insane migration power grab, rejected excessive EU regulations and the overruling of British court/law by European courts in Brussels.  It was all too much.

And now the EU wants to punish Britain to make an example. The EU doesn't want any other country think that they can escape their stifling Socialist "paradise" without huge consequences.  But escape they will or they will all go down together. It is widely known that the population of Greece wants to leave the EU. Their people's will has been completely denied by every politician.

Tonight, Catalonia's independence movement won a narrow majority in election results. This is another direct challenge to the dictatorial and pro-EU Prime Minister Rajoy who recently used military force to rough-up little old ladies who had the temerity of showing-up for mass street protests in Catalonia.  

In Italy, the center-right coalition of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is now on the road to a major come-back gathering 36% of the polls, which is the strongest political party in Italy right now. The second party in line is also the anti-Euro Five-Star movement coming in at 28.2%.

If the polls are correct and the election took place in Italy today, 64.2% of the people would vote AGAINST the EU.

In recent weeks, even Corsica elected a an anti-EU politician as President.

Latin America

After the disastrous Christina De Kirchner, Argentina elected a sensible center-right party led by Macri. Argentina has been suffering from 100 years of failure by a constant stream of Leftist and/or Socialist politicians. The people of Argentina never learn. And they

Maybe they'll learn after they suffer the starvation, extreme poverty, hyperinflation and collapse brought by the scumbag Leftists called Hugo Chavez and Maduro??  They won't.

The political right recently won the Presidency of Chile on Sunday, December 16th. The Leftists in Brazil were swept from power after the impeachment of Dilma Rouseff last year.  Evo Morales of Ecuador is facing sharp criticism for his run for a 4th term as President despite a referendum passed by the people which forbids him from running. Leftists are desperate for power. Evo wants to be President for life like so many Leftist scumbags.

The reason for all the retreat of Leftist politicians in the West is that world economies are falling apart due to poor policies, declining freedoms, excessive bureaucracy, excessive corruption, excessive central planning and excessive regulation.

In short, the world is rejecting the Hillary Clinton's and Obama's of the world because they have only brought failure and stagnation.  That's why Trump won in the US and the political reaction and the trend that he represents is accelerating.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

More Government Lies: Inflation Data

From Jim Quinn at Burningplatform blog:

Every month the government apparatchiks at the Bureau of Lies and Scams (BLS) dutifully announces inflation is still running below 2%. Janet Yellen then gives a speech where she notes her concern inflation is too low and she needs to keep interest rates near zero to save humanity from the scourge of too low inflation. I don’t know how I could survive without 2% inflation reducing my purchasing power.

This week they reported year over year inflation of 1.9%. Just right to keep Janet from raising rates and keeping the stock market on track for new record highs. According to our beloved bureaucrats, after they have sliced, diced, massaged and manipulated the data, you’ve experienced annual inflation of 2.1% since 2000. If you believe that, I’ve got a great real estate deal for you in North Korea on the border with South Korea.

The lies built into the politically motivated CPI figure are designed to screw senior citizens, bond investors, and average hard working Americans who depend upon annual salary increases to keep their heads above water. Corporations are able to point to the low levels of CPI as the reason they don’t need to provide higher salary increases. The government can get away with providing little or no Social Security increases to senior citizens by purposely under-reporting inflation based upon academic theories put forth by captured Ivy League pinheads paid off by the Deep State.

The chart below provides the government reported cumulative increases in key categories since 2000. Not only does the government purposely under-report the increases in these costs, they also purposely under-weight the significance of particular categories in order to reduce the reported level of inflation. Some of these categories show significant increases, but they are far lower than what average Americans are actually experiencing in the real world.

CPI Components
Obvious evidence that reported CPI inflation is a fraud from the BLS
One of the outrageous examples of how the government uses academic gibberish about product improvements to drastically under-report CPI is how they report new vehicle inflation. The average price of a new car in 2000 was $22,000. Today, the average price is $34,500. That’s a 57% increase. The BLS bullshit artists have the gall to report new vehicle inflation of a whopping 2% since 2000.

They have “adjusted” away 55% of the actual increase by saying airbags and other unnecessary technological baubles improved automobiles to such an extent, prices didn’t really go up. What a fucking joke. Having your ass warmed with the push of a button didn’t put the extra $12,500 in your bank account to pay for that car. And new vehicles account for 3.6% of the CPI calculation, while health insurance accounts for 1% of the weighting. Yeah, that reflects reality.

Another outrageous example of under-reporting inflation is in the highest weighted category of housing. It is supposed to reflect the cost of rent and home ownership. The owners equivalent rent calculation is purposely opaque in order to suppress the true cost increase. Median home prices were $165,000 in 2000 and are currently $317,000, a 92% increase. The average rent of $475 in 2000 has risen to $910 today, also a 92% increase. So it makes total sense for the BLS propagandists to report only a 53% increase in housing since 2000. I’m sure their academic model adjusted the true increase downward by 39% due to some obscure algorithm created by a Princeton economics professor.

Medical care advancing by 87% since 2000 sounds substantial, but that only equates to annual inflation of 3.5%. I’d love to find anyone in this country who has only seen their medical costs rise by 3.5% per year. The blatantly shameful falsification of medical inflation is evident to anyone living through the current Obamacare nightmare. According to these BLS prevaricators, health insurance has only risen by 21% since the passage of the Obamacare abortion bill. That lie is beyond comprehension as anyone living in the real world has likely experienced insurance premium increases exceeding 100% since 2009.

I work for the largest employer in Philadelphia, with the most leverage in negotiating insurance premiums with the health insurance complex. I also have tracked my expenditures by category since the 1990’s with Quicken. I know exactly what my medical costs and health insurance costs were in 2009 and what they are today. Let’s do a reality check on the BLS inflation figures of 26% for medical services and 21% for health insurance premiums.

Back in 2009 we had no individual or family deductibles, no co-pays for lab work, and low co-pays for doctor visits. Today, with $1,500 individual deductibles and co-pays 70% higher, our annual medical expenses are 140% higher than they were in 2009, with one less person in the house. That’s slightly more than the BLS fraudulent figure of 26%. Our annual health insurance premiums aren’t 21% higher than 2009. They are 90% higher. And I work for an employer that has negotiating leverage. Many Americans are experiencing 200% to 400% increases. This is the real world, not some excel spreadsheet model world created by academics, politicians and bureaucrats.

Could the BLS be as incompetent in capturing medical inflation as they appear or are they massively under-reporting the true inflation and the weighting for the average American family on purpose? I would contend it is purposeful and directed by those in power as a last ditch effort to keep the masses from revolting and hanging them from the nearest lamppost. The Federal Reserve and their Deep State co-conspirators must massively understate true inflation because reporting the truth would require interest rates to be raised, Social Security payments to be increased, and wages to be elevated – blowing a gaping hole in the federal budget and initiating a stock, bond and housing market collapse.

Those in power know their decades of propaganda and social engineering in public schools have dumbed down the masses to such an extent not one in ten could even tell you what CPI stands for, let alone how it is measured. Any critical thinking intelligent person aware of their daily costs knows their true annual inflation rate isn’t 1.9%. It exceeds 5% and has exceeded 5% since 2000. Anyone reading and understanding this article is a dangerous man to the government. We know they are dishonest, insane and intolerable. Our job is to spread discontent until a tipping point is reached. I don’t think we are too far away.

The Real Inflation Rate is Easily Over 4% NOT 2%