This short piece by Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
Dense, but worth the effort.
This short piece by Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
Dense, but worth the effort.
Blogger Jim discusses The General Flynn Affair. In summary:
So this looks like a creeping coup, and a creeping countercoup, with Trump countercoup successful. Going after Flynn is an act of pointless self destructive vindictiveness, an act of madness…. If they can punish Flynn, they are still in power. If they cannot, not in power. And now, whether they are in power or not is about to be put to the test. If they cannot punish Flynn, no one will fear them any more, and if no one fears them any more, everything falls apart for the plotters.
Reading the entire article is highly recommended. Jim hammers away at this issue with a hard-nosed logic that is difficult to deny, and is, quite frankly, far more reassuring to us black-pilled Trumpists than the endless Q nonsense. Granted, Q may be correct, but the way that info is coming out just makes it seem like bait for nutjobs. I can’t even bring myself to waste my time on it.
The author of this falls under the category of, “he said things critical of Jewry, Israel and/or the Holocaust” which therefore means he must be an anti-semite and a Nazi, even though he’s actually a poet who lives in a small town in Vietnam. Maybe it’s even risky posting that link here and not immediately disavowing everything he says.
But, it’s a good article. For example:
Hedges has written quite a bit about how enthralled we are to illusions and pseudo-events, a make believe universe of distortions and lies that has removed us from reality. The mass produced images are the virtual bricks of this faux cosmos, and it all started with photography, invented during Whitman’s lifetime.
The fact is, there is no need to erase Whitman, for he and every other poet are already all but invisible in this nation of mirages, trivia and distractions, where sexed up, mass produced images have erased contemplation, reflection and, ultimately, thoughts. Poetry is no longer viable in the United States.
I don’t care much about poetry myself, lacking the cognitive ability to process it very well (or maybe I’m just impatient and lazy with what I read). But, taking the gist of what he’s saying, it’s apparent that he is spot on in a general sense. Take poetry as a metaphor for a larger spectrum of experience, things that used to be basic parts of human existence but which no longer fit into a world where everything is part of some media campaign or strategic plan.
Everything is fake now. I go to a nearby wildlife refuge for a walk and the boards in the footbridges there turn out to be made of plastic with a little sawdust mixed in, then imprinted with a wood grain pattern and colored to make them look “real.” Or, have you noticed how hard it’s gotten to find casual clothing that doesn’t have someone’s brand name clearly visible on it? A winter jacket, for instance. Try finding one that doesn’t have a logo on it. Or pants. We’re not wearing pants, we’re wearing “Dockers” or “Levi’s” or whatever the hell are the current brands (I know Dockers and Levis aren’t anymore). Even underwear has the logo of some company obnoxiously emblazoned around the waistband for fuck’s sake. Can a man take off his damn pants without becoming yet another advertisement? Apparently not! Our choice is to either be an ad, or run around completely naked.
We even have fake people now. A woman who I’ve known for pretty much a decade has a personality which I would describe as 100% artificial. The sad thing is, she’s quite intelligent and reasonable, with a good sense of humor, and yet, somehow she manages to not only act as if she’s never had an independent thought in her life, the impression she creates with her persona is that of a scripted TV character, and not a very well written one either. And she’s like that all the time. It’s not an act! It’s just how she is.
It’s a sad day when we don’t just have to put up with endless, tedious ads every damn place we look, or third-rate, one-dimensional characters in our entertainment, but when people start to lose the ability to see how artificial and narrow these things are, to the point where they themselves subsume their entire identities and personalities into them…all I can say is, that’s fucked up. And I have no clue how to fix any of it.
Maybe I should press “f” now.
Excellent article by The Saker:
It’s pretty critical of Trump, but also very critical of pretty much everyone else, particularly those who richly deserve it. It’s also a very good summary of the current mess we find ourselves in.
A very short excerpt:
Nobody can predict how this struggle between the Neocons and the Clinton Gang on one hand and Trump on the other will play out, but my personal guess is that Trump is a disposable President: the Neocons will use him to do all the crazy shit they typically are known for, and when the inevitable disaster strikes, they will blame him, him alone, while hiding their own role in what took place.
Sadly, I am in complete agreement. Failing to keep Trump out of office in the first place, the powers that be will settle for making him their scapegoat for whatever happens to go wrong in the next 10 or more years. And there’ll be a lot that goes wrong.
Additionally: I wasn’t sure what I was going to title this piece, until I came across one of the comments to the above which likened our current situation to the mess that Rome found itself in roughly 1800 years ago. It’s a very apt comparison, IMHO.
Lately we’ve been seeing Democrats, who at this point would more accurately be labelled “Communists”, advocating for 70% or higher tax rates for “the wealthy.”
This is idiocy, but it’s also concerning, given the relentless progress of the left that many of us have witnessed over our lifetimes. They may not be able to achieve 70% now, but, given the utter lack of balls within the GOP, it’s only a matter of time.
Unfortunately, the Commies actually believe that they’ll be able to level out the income distribution graph with this sort of strategy. The reality is closer to the opposite: the wealthiest of the wealthy, aka the 1%, or more accurately the 0.1%, are untouchable. Mere politicians can’t touch them, and that is pretty much an inexorable law of nature. However, Commie politicians are not going to simply accept this fact and go home. No, they are going to guess how much money they would be getting from their 70% rate, apply that to the next lower rungs of the income distribution, and call it a victory, even though it would have the net effect of skewing the income distribution even worse than it already is.
What’s more, I suspect the billionaires know this, and that is part of why they support leftist politicians. It’s sheer greed, knowing they’ll be safe while the Commies wipe out the middle class in the name of “tax the rich!” They know the greatest threat to their hold on power is the middle class.
What’s perversely interesting to speculate on, though, is what might happen after that sort of taxation becomes the norm. When the middle class starts getting taxed at 70%, a lot of them are just going to quit their jobs and join the ranks of the poor, hoping they’ll get something in the process. What then? Will we have something like in the late Roman empire, where something very similar happened and the emperor responded by saying, “No, you’re not allowed to quit.” And then, when people stayed in their unprofitable jobs for their entire lives but their sons, not being fools, decided that no way were they going to throw away their lives like that, the next emperor responded by saying, “No, you’re not allowed to abandon the profession of your father.” Is that where we’re headed? Because that, friends and neighbors, is how feudalism got started: Farmers being bound to the land because, for generations, farming had not been profitable, but if someone didn’t keep them there, then the empire would starve. Meanwhile, other, more mobile professions probably snuck out of the reaches of imperial authority and no doubt contributed greatly to the collapse of the empire by doing so.
Look for this to happen in America over the next few generations, once the Commies get their way. Or, maybe the whole mess will just fall apart before we ever get to that point. One can always hope, right?
I hear tell that there’s a possible “bank run” in the works in France. The Yellow Vests are apparently considering it as a way to cause problems for the elite, a way to get them to accede to some Yellow Vest demands.
I don’t think it’ll work. In fact, I think such a move could actually play into globalist hands in a big way, particularly when you consider moves in recent years towards a “cashless society.”
Most transactions are now electronic, which means that, from the perspective of the banking system, they are not withdrawals at all, but simply transfers from one account to another. You can buy as much food as you want, or gas, whatever, and the system doesn’t lose any funds at all. All that happens is the number in one account (yours) gets smaller and the numbers in the merchant accounts get bigger. As long as everything balances out, the system continues to work.
Cash seems different because the banksters can’t control who possesses the banknotes or where they are spent, nor can they even keep track of these things. So, from that perspective, cash appears to be “out” of the system. This is an illusion, however, as we’ll see in a moment.
The traditional scenario of a bank run is when people withdraw too many banknotes all at once, causing the banks to run out, thereby eroding trust in the system to such a degree that people attempt to withdraw their money even more quickly. A snowball effect ensues which can risk collapsing the entire system. The Yellow Vests are proposing that they create this situation artificially.
Assuming, however, that the immediate response to the threat of a bank run isn’t to simply slap a weekly limit of 100 euros on withdrawals, another possible response on the part of the banksters could go this way:
First, simply wait for it to happen. Wait for most or all of the cash to be withdrawn. Then, call up lapdog Macron to declare a state of emergency. Once declared, his first action would be to wipe out the value of all the banknotes by prohibiting all banks from accepting cash deposits. (The banks could certainly take that action on their own initiative, but it would be better for them to have Macron be the scapegoat.) Once this is done, anyone with large amounts of cash is stuck holding piles of now worthless paper. Meanwhile, people who hadn’t withdrawn lots of cash would still have their accounts full, would still be able to buy groceries, fuel, and so on, but anyone with cash instead of money in the bank would be screwed. The banksters/globalists could leave things that way indefinitely and, not only would they have the cashless society they wanted, but any blame for it would rest on the Yellow Vests for making it “necessary.” Checkmate.
Nowadays, cash is only worth something because the banks say it is.
President Trump is going to address the nation on prime time television tonight, in relation to building The Wall. I will of course attempt to tune in on YouTube or somewhere like that, although I won’t be surprised if I run into problems. (Seems like I always run into internet problems when Trump addresses the nation, but never at any other time. Weird.)
Anyway, my money is on him NOT declaring a state of emergency in relation to building the wall.
If he was really planning on declaring an emergency, he wouldn’t be talking about it and thereby giving the opposition a chance to prepare a solid legal challenge.
It’s a negotiating technique. Hint that something worse could be in store if the opposition doesn’t get their ass in gear and agree to the current terms of the deal.
If I’m wrong, though, that would be really cool. What he ought to do is declare a state of emergency and when some liberal judge inevitably throws up an injunction, declare the judge to be an enemy agent and subject to arrest. We could keep Gitmo populated with liberal judges for the foreseeable future! Heheheh.