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Marxism’s Appeal
Numapepi
 July 03 2024 at 02:18 pm
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Marxism’s Appeal Posted on July 3, 2024 by john Dear friends, It seems to me, Marxism appeals to the elite because communism and socialism empower the powerful, by justifying their authority. They need unlimited power to run the economy… for the best interest of the workers, then African Americans, and now, LGTBQ++ migrants. Abandoning, and eventually alienating each special interest group they used to pander to, as they evolve. Nevertheless, the elite who embrace the political might that communism bestows on them, assure us they only serve the interests of others and never their own… even when it looks like they’re serving themselves. “While it was illegal for an animal to sleep in a bed, the pigs had started…” -George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The elite need luxury and opulence to magnify their power. Justified by Marx himself. No wonder they love him. The very term command and control economy says it all. How can one command anything without the authority to? Control, well, the word says it all, doesn’t it? There needs to be people with the authority and power to command and control the command and control economy, ie, a communist or fascist one. It’s like telling a pretty girl she’s pretty, flattery will get you everywhere, because the flattered want to be flattered. Like telling a would be despot, the power and authority he or she lusts after is rightfully theirs, and justified by how they seek to use it! Any counter arguments are mere details to be ironed out after the revolution. That’s why the elite, who openly seek power over us, are so drawn to Marxism, it justifies the authority they seek to usurp and makes them heroes for doing it. The naked exercise of political power requires a distraction. As long as the elite can claim they’re acting on someone else behalf, they can oppress at will… and call it just. As Thrasymachus said they would. The despotic Marxist or Fascist for that matter, never tyrannizes for their own benefit, far be it! They tyrannize for the benefit of a politically favored group. Never mind they created that group from whole cloth, decorated it with patterns of victim hood, and then draped it over their naked despotism. Hiding themselves from the world and appearing to be what they aren’t. This masquerade has worked for over a century now. The con has swindled many a nation out of prosperity and into want. All it takes is a victim group to be created, made politically favored with propaganda, and voila… a costume. There’s no way to get someone to agree with you faster or more completely then to convince them they’re great, wise and deserve unlimited power over others… for their own good. As Marx and Hitler did. The totalitarian despotic Marxist or Fascist can simply use the same argument on the people that’s so enamored them. From the Bronze age on, kings, tyrants and presidents have told their people they deserve to rule the world. All they need do is grasp it and it’s there’s. The same strategy that justifies unlimited power of the elite… justifies conquest. Do you think the Mongols conquered half the world, in an hour and a half, because they didn’t think they deserved it? Flattery works as well on a plebeian as it does on a patrician. Maybe better since plebeians aren’t used to it. What is a wonder then, isn’t that the elite adore Marxism, but that it’s ever been eschewed by any elites. Offering Marxism to an elite is like offering candy to a toddler. Few have the wisdom to deny themselves. The elite will never give up on them no matter how many times Fascism and Marxism fail. The elite’s love of Marxism and Fascism isn’t contingent, it’s absolute. Because it tells them what they want to hear. Their lust for power is good, because they can command and control the economy, to help some politically favored group. The luxury bestows magnificence to the ruler in the eyes of the ruled. Moreover, the same flattery that so beguiles the elite, is used to justify wars of aggression. And so… Marxist and Fascist ideology in truth, appeals to all egoists, big and small. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Pracheta: The Forethinker
Sadhika Pant
 July 18 2024 at 10:35 am
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Significance of the Name "Pracheta" The name "Pracheta" is derived from two Sanskrit words: "pra" meaning "before" and "chetas" meaning "mind" or "consciousness." Thus, Pracheta can be translated as "forethinker" or "one who has foresight." This name signifies a person who possesses a forward-thinking mind, someone who anticipates and plans for the future. In the context of Hindu mythology and philosophy, such a trait is highly valued as it implies wisdom, prudence, and a deep understanding of the consequences of one's actions. Role in Hindu Religion Pracheta, the father of Valmiki, holds a significant yet subtle role in Hindu religion. Valmiki, often referred to as the Adi Kavi (the first poet), is the revered author of the epic Ramayana. Although Pracheta himself is not a central figure in Hindu mythology, his role as the progenitor of Valmiki ties him to the vast narrative of Hindu religious and philosophical thought. The foresight implied by his name suggests that he may have possessed qualities that he passed down to his son, Valmiki, who later became an enlightened sage and a master storyteller. Pracheta’s foresight can be symbolically linked to the prophetic nature of Valmiki’s poetry, which foresees the moral and ethical dilemmas of humanity and offers profound lessons through the story of Lord Rama. According to legend, Valmiki was a notorious highwayman before his transformation into a sage. His encounter with the divine sage Narada marked a turning point in his life. Narada's teachings and the mantra "Mara" (meaning "kill" in Sanskrit) led Valmiki into deep meditation. As he repeated "Mara," it gradually transformed into "Rama" (the name of the divine prince in the Ramayana). This shift in his consciousness symbolised the metamorphosis from a life of sin to one of spiritual awakening. This narrative underscores the power of transformation and the eternal resonance of divine names, illustrating how even the most sinful can attain enlightenment and contribute to the spiritual heritage of humanity. Parallels with Prometheus Prometheus, a figure from Greek mythology, shares a strikingly similar epithet to Pracheta. Prometheus's name is derived from the Greek "promētheus," meaning "forethought." Like Pracheta, Prometheus is celebrated for his forward-thinking and his contributions to humanity. In Hindu philosophy, the concept of foresight is intertwined with dharma (righteousness) and karma (action and its consequences). Pracheta, as the forethinker, represents the ideal of living a life guided by wisdom and prudence, ensuring that one's actions align with the greater cosmic order. Similarly, in Greek philosophy, Prometheus is best known for his defiance of Zeus by stealing fire from the gods and giving it to mankind, an act that symbolises the transmission of knowledge and the overcoming of ignorance to progress toward a more enlightened state of being. Interestingly, the son of Pracheta was given the name Agni at birth, meaning fire, and only later became known as Valmiki. It is worth noting that both Prometheus and Pracheta are associated with the gift of fire to humanity. The discovery of fire was a pivotal moment in human evolution, profoundly impacting brain development and cognitive abilities. Cooking food made it easier to digest and increased its nutritional value, allowing for more efficient energy use. This dietary shift contributed to a smaller gut, freeing up metabolic energy that supported larger brain growth. The enhanced brain size and function facilitated advanced cognitive abilities, social behaviours, and tool-making skills, setting the stage for the complex societies we have today. Fire not only provided warmth and protection but also fuelled the evolutionary leap that shaped human intelligence and societal progress.
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You May Not Know Who Jeff Zients Is, But He...
David Reavill
 July 03 2024 at 01:36 pm
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Jeff Zients and Joe Biden Controversy continues to swirl around President Biden as he campaigns to continue his lease on the White House. After last week’s disastrous presidential debate, family and staff rallied around the tottering President. Dr. Jill carefully guides the President on stage, son Hunter attends staff meetings, reports Zero Hedge. The faces are familiar as we’ve come to know Biden’s closest confidants. Except for one, one figure remains elusive: Biden’s Chief of Staff, Jeff Zients. A man of immense wealth and power, he is virtually invisible, unknown to most Americans. Yet he holds the keys to Biden’s day-to-day meetings and pronouncements. Just who is Jeff Zients? Today, we take an in-depth look at this mercurial figure.** Jeffery Zients was born into an elite class that is more aptly described as America’s Financial Aristocracy. Fabulously wealthy, Zients was born into a well-to-do Jewish family in one of the tonier suburbs of Washington. He attended the finest prep school, St Alban’s, and graduated at the top of his class at Duke University. In his first position out of college, Zients set the tone for a meteoric rise in the corporate world. Like many at the very top, it wasn’t that Zients was set for a career; rather, he was launched on a series of “positions,” each higher than the last. Like many in this role, Zient would join a company, perform a prescribed role (generally designated by the Corporation’s Board of Directors or CEO), complete his task, and move on to the next assignment at the next company. Paladin, an old television program, beautifully describes this kind of position as “Have Gun, Will Travel.” These individuals are always wealthy and not in need of their next paycheck. Instead, they come to a corporation needing help, ideally, fix the problem and move on. However, they must inevitably address the real issue of taking the “heat” away from the Board or CEO. Shareholders (often significant funds) may be unhappy with the company’s recent performance, worried about a legal issue, or concerned that the company is not innovative. Whatever the perceived weakness or issue, it’s the “Hired Gun’s” task to provide the expertise to solve the problem. In short, the Gun’s fundamental objective is to provide cover for upper management. Hired Gunds may be called to lay off staff, repair legal issues, or organize new objectives. That way, the CEO can announce that I’ve hired a so-and-so consultant to take care of everything. Does it matter if, at the end of the day, all the problems are not solved? No, just that the CEO and the Board of Directors escape blame and can now enjoy their cocktails at the country club. With that background, you can better understand Jeff Zients’ record. Right out of college, he begins with one of the best “management/consultant” companies in this rarefied field, Bain and Company. The twenty-something Zients joins Bain around the time that it’s headed by one of the true masters of the trade, Mitt Romney. It was during Romney’s brief stop as CEO before heading to Utah and the U.S. Senate. Son of a Governor, Romney is also a hired gun who has assembled not so much of a resume but a list of “positions.” It’s the same route that young Zients has embarked upon, taking positions here and there while collecting substantial sums of money and stock along the way. After leaving Bain, Zients goes on to a group of, you guessed it, consulting firms. The three interlocking firms were DGB Enterprises, The Corporate Executive Board, and The Advisory Board Company. All wonderfully nondescript corporate names, just the kind that the corporate consultant/hired guns like. In 2001, at 35, Zients and his partner took Corporate Executive Board and Advisory Board Company public, making Zients a multimillionaire and listing him as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40.” The top 40 young executives under 40 years old. Zients was made; from then on, he could call his shots. He joined the Board of X.M. Satellite Radio and Revolution Health Group, where he founded the investment company Portfolio Logic, LLC. To show that he was traveling in all the right circles, he and his partner Colin Powell (yes, that Collin Powell) tried to buy the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Team. Unfortunately, he lost the baseball team to a higher bid. And it’s here that his golden touch begins to waver. Zients Steps Into Government In his first Government assignment, Zients begins at the very top. Many feel that President Obama created the new position of United States Chief Performance Officer, especially for Zients. In Obama’s words: His assignment was to help “streamline processes, cut costs, and find best practices throughout” the U.S. government. The hired Gun was a perfect fit to help Obama with allegations of a wasteful and profligate federal bureaucracy. “Don’t worry, Zients is on the job.” Did Zients solve the problems of government spending? Of course not, but the heat was off Obama. A year later, Zients moved to the Office of Management and Budget, acting as interim Director for four months, leaving and returning as Director a year later. After that assignment, the disastrous Obamacare website was sinking. Unable to handle the sheer volume, the public saw healthcare dot gov as everything wrong with government-mandated insurance. By now, Obama must have had Zients on speed dial. Again, he called upon his hired Gun to at least answer the complaints. After answering what must have been some painful press conferences, Zients was rewarded with the cushy position of Director of the National Economic Council (NEC), where he served out the rest of Obama’s term. Zients had proven to be a loyal representative of Administration policies, which was sure to attract President Biden’s attention in the future. Just after Zients left Washington, Facebook ran into trouble. A British consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, had been pilfering the personal data of several million Facebook users. Anxious to enhance his “technology” credentials beyond the “healthcare dot gov” debacle, Zients immediately joined the social media giant’s board. At nearly the same time, Zients was asked to become the CEO of another investment firm, The Cranemere Group. Another short stop, about a year later, Zients was off campaigning for Joe Biden for President. Again rising to the top, Zients became Co-Chair of the Biden Transition Team. This was his shortest of all assignments, as the COVID-19 Pandemic was underway, and Biden needed someone to handle the vaccine response. Complaints were fling that there weren’t enough “vaxes” to meet the demand. So, like former President Obama, Biden called upon the hired Gun, Zients. So, as the saying goes, Zients’s pattern continues, stopping at each assignment just long enough to know the way to the executive lounge. Zients has moved from position to position, both inside and outside of government. Along the way, he has become fabulously wealthy, with a host of contacts. Each new assignment is enhanced by Zients’ contacts and his ability to call in past favors. In January 2023, as the old Chief Of Staff was leaving, it would be no surprise that President Biden would call on Zients, the hired Gun, again. Biden could use someone who knew the bureaucracy and had contacts on Wall Street and Social Media. When James O’Keeffe broke the story a year ago that Zients was the second most powerful man in Washington and that a Zients subordinate claimed that Biden repeats everything Zients says, it might have seemed an overstatement. But it would come as no surprise to the careful observer. Zients has been doing that for a long time, both inside and outside government. It’s just that now, after that first Presidential Debate, we all realize just how vital Chief of Staff Jeff Zients really is. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Women are great at coercive control
Bettina Arndt
 July 12 2024 at 03:25 am
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Here we go, folk. The new attack on men has been launched. Coercive control is now a criminal offence in NSW, punishable by seven years in prison. Now the fun begins, as the NSW government launches its massive campaign to try to ensure that only the right people are punished for this newly concocted form of evil behaviour - a preview of what will happen in other states as similar laws are rolled out across the nation. Look at this list of people most at risk from coercive control, according to the NSW government website:WomenPeople with disabilityAboriginal peoplePeople from multicultural, migrant or refugee backgroundsLGBTQI peopleOlder peopleChildren and young people Funny that. We’re talking about almost everyone, EXCEPT ordinary, heterosexual blokes. “Cisgender” men, as the government literature calls them, claiming they are overwhelmingly the perpetrators. No matter that our official Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows men just as likely as women to be victims of emotional abuse – defined using many of the same behaviours now listed as coercive control. See this image from the ABS website a few years ago. For just one day some years ago the ABS website referred to “coercive control” in describing this equally common male and female behaviour but that data is now suitably massaged to fit the new narrative. No way you are going to see male victims in any of the new propaganda material pouring out of all our governments, dutifully promoted by the ABC and other compliant media. But this new front in “gendered violence” has hit a bit of a stumbling block. It appears the bureaucrats have discovered the abundant evidence that lesbians are brilliant at emotional abuse, in fact they excel at all types of domestic violence. Hence, we find one of the new propaganda videos featuring Jade being coerced by her girlfriend. The nasty perpetrator is shown pulling meanly on Jade’s pet dog’s leash. “They even hurt the ones you love,” notes the solemn commentary. Hmm, the lesbian theme rather dismantles the gendered violence narrative, doesn’t it? Of course, most of the new videos feature nasty, coercive men. Like the ethnic version featuring Anjali and her controlling husband, who shuts off her laptop, takes away her mobile phone and won’t let her have a job. “They need you all to themselves,” comments the narrator. Sometimes the producers keep you guessing, as in this Queensland government campaign, where Ben, a male “survivor” talks about how “they” persecute him by constantly monitoring his text messages and phonecalls. Sneaky way of avoiding explaining whether Ben’s abuser is a “he” or “she”. But naturally, there’s never, ever any mention of female perpetrators controlling men. Never any mention of men who spend their lives being coerced by vindictive partners. Men who don’t dare leave the relationship because that would mean putting their children at risk by leaving them with a frightening mother. Absolutely no chance of hearing their side of the story. Unless of course, you come to the Restoring the Presumption of Innocence conference where you will hear from a bunch of Australian men who were victims of coercive control. These men were part of a cohort of nearly 1000 local men who took part in the large international survey on male victims of coercive control run by the University of Central Lancashire. Their experiences represent the truth that our governments are so determined to bury. Take a look at the press release we released last week, promoting the conference. As you might imagine, most of our media wasn’t interested. (It would be great if you could share it on your social media.) But what media exposure we have achieved has resulted in fascinating people coming out of the woodwork, all keen to be involved, like former prosecutors, police officers, lawyers. Funnily enough I heard from one woman who had discovered my work through the Long Bay Jail grapevine. Her partner is in prison as a result of a false sexual assault allegation, and was told by other prisoners about our campaigning. Then there was the former social worker and child protection bureaucrat who is now writing blogs on Substack. We’ve managed to squeeze him into the conference program where he will wade into very deep waters indeed. He’s pulling together the abundant evidence that shows that removing dad from the home increases the risk to children, particularly when the single mother pairs up with a new boyfriend. The social worker is writing under the pseudonym, Lori Lavers, since he knows all too well that even though everyone in child protection knows the vulnerability of children in single mum families, woe betide anyone who talks publicly about it. His stories from the coalface will be worth hearing. But it has been chilling talking to potential speakers and realising how many would risk their careers if they told the truth about what is going on in our justice system. We won’t be naming some of the brave speakers who are now joining us – including some who are household names. But it is all looking great. We are squeezing in all sorts of truth-tellers into this remarkable one-day event and tickets are selling well. Do act now if you want to be sure to be able to be part of what promises to be a remarkable day. Or sign in for live streaming if you can’t make it to Sydney on August 31. We’re including a call for action – what can we do to restore that presumption of innocence? There’s no point talking all day about the ways the system is now stacked against men without thinking through what we can do to improve things. We’re hoping for a very exciting surprise speaker to advise us on how we can get action on punishing false accusers. Now wouldn’t that be a step forward? But we’ll also be talking about how people can protect themselves – from false allegations of coercive control, for example. We’ve just had a former prosecutor and a criminal lawyer update our advice for these men – included in our comprehensive coverage of this topic on the Mothers of Sons website. Any man in a shaky relationship really should read this vital information. Plus, there’s advice for male victims. If you have never looked at the MoS information on coercive control, please check it out. We spent many months researching and putting it all together. It is the most comprehensive, truthful analysis of this dangerous new law available in this country. Just this week I spoke to a number of police officers who are tearing their hair out at the prospect of having to charge men over a crime that is undefinable, let alone unprovable. Such a waste of police resources. But lots of lawyers will get richer defending these poor blighters. And feminists are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of more men behind bars.
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A Miracle In Butler, Pennsylvania
David Reavill
 July 14 2024 at 01:32 pm
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Yesterday, this nation received a miracle. A would-be assassin sought to end the life of Donald Trump, candidate for President. By an incomprehensible fraction, his bullet merely grazed the former President’s ear. At an estimated 130 yards, this fractional near miss was a miracle indeed. At that distance, the tolerances are so small that the shooter’s breath, the beating of his heart, or even the blink of his eye meant the difference between life or death for Trump. But, as shots rang out in that small Pennsylvania town, there was tragedy too. One member of the audience was killed, another gravely wounded, along with the shooter, who was also killed. Two lie dead. As Sunday morning begins, we recognize that a miracle happened last evening: Donald Trump was not among them. By some miracle, his life was spared. As Americans, we must realize the significance of this, not because we’re Trump supporters or because we may vote for Trump, but because we still have the opportunity to choose who will next serve as America’s President. It has become apparent that some would take our right to vote away. There are forces in our country that wish to make that choice themselves, to take away the people’s vote and decide by fiat who will represent us. This morning, fingers are pointed at various factions who may have contributed to this climate of hate. Hate that drove a young man to trade his life for a shot at the Presidential Candidate. We can only hope he acted alone or with only a few co-conspirators. Unfortunately, it will likely take weeks, if not months, before we learn of the whole scope of this plot to assassinate Donald Trump. This morning, we can celebrate that the democratic process we call a presidential election has been permitted to continue. Yes, Trump has been spared, but our form of representative government has been spared in the broader sense. Because Donald Trump lives, we, the people, will have a genuine choice in who governs the country. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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The Scope of Selflessness
Sadhika Pant
 June 24 2024 at 10:56 am
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The sun beats down with a relentless fury on North India these days. Summer has reached its peak, the mercury climbing well beyond 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). Heatwave alerts have been issued and the parks are empty even during the ongoing summer break in schools. Fires spring up unexpectedly in vehicles, air conditioning units, and electrical panels, each day bringing a new tale of destruction. Just the other day, one such incident occurred not far from where I live. It was 6:30 in the morning, and I was on my way for my morning swim. As I approached one of the familiar apartment buildings on my route, a massive fire caught my eye. Enormous clouds of black smoke billowed into the sky and there was utter chaos among the bystanders. On the first-floor balcony, an old man, perhaps seventy years of age, teetered on the brink of unconsciousness. Fortune smiled that day, as the fire engine roared up just in time. An ambulance arrived shortly after, followed by the police. Not wanting to be late, I didn’t wait to see what happened next. On my way home, I saw that the building now stood empty and the gates were locked. There was a security guard outside however, and I pulled over and asked him if all the residents had been safely rescued. He reassured me, easing my concerns with a nod and a few quiet words. I told my friends about this incident shortly after, and one of them posed a question that’s been gnawing at me ever since. At the time, I had no answer, and the question has lingered with me, unsettled and insistent. “Why did you come back to see if everyone in the building was safe? What would you have done if they weren't?” The question did stump me, I’ll admit. I couldn't quite say why I stopped to check. Truth be told, I don't imagine I would have done much if I had discovered someone was seriously injured or worse. I didn't know the people in the building, not personally, anyway. Proximity to a crisis stirs a person's actions, be it helping another, fleeing in terror, panicking, or rising to heroism. For me, only the suffering of a loved one—perhaps a family member or my boyfriend—could draw out anything heroic, though I doubt my effectiveness even then. Outside that circle of kith and kin, had the incident happened in the street where I live, I may have still been involved enough to help out in other ways. I might have visited people at the hospital or gone to meet their families. As the crisis moves beyond my neighbourhood, I would care enough to find out, but wouldn’t have taken a very active role. The further the tragedy from my home, the cooler my response. Frankly, had the incident occurred far away, I wouldn't have returned to follow up. At most, I'd check the local news, but I wouldn't go out of my way for strangers. It was the nearness of this event that compelled me to care and seek more. This got me thinking — is empathy just a matter of distance? It seems to be the case, and doesn’t that sound cynical? Many would argue that helping your own—family, friends, or neighbours—stems not from empathy but from selfishness. Perhaps there's truth in that. But thinking further, I realised it’s more hopeful than it seems. Selfishness is investing a part of yourself. When you stake your heart in your family or community, seeing a threat to them as a threat to yourself, you act, even at a personal cost. It is both selfish and selfless. Selfless is the stranger who plunges into the inferno to save an old man he has never met. Selfless, too, is the stranger who enlarges his sense of self so that he is a stranger no more. Great were the men who enlarged their selves to include not only their loved ones, but also their tribe and countrymen. That richness of identity has slipped from our grasp, yet we persist in seeking moments to restore the magnanimity of our diminished selves.
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Some Are More Equal
Numapepi
 June 26 2024 at 02:08 pm
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Some Are More Equal Posted on June 26, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, that “some are more equal than others” (under the law) isn’t only a communist philosophy, but the core philosophy of all elitist ideologies. Aristocracy, oligarchy, socialism, communism, corporatism, fascism… despotism of all breeds hold that the elite are more equal. Only under pure free enterprise are all equal under law. That’s why it doesn’t exist and never will. The elite detest capitalism. It lowers them to the common lot. But, people get rich under capitalism, and the rich have an advantage in court! Which is true. Pareto can’t be denied. Wealth however, when distributed by merit alone, proves a system’s equality under the law. Courts are always corrupt. Elitist systems seek to distribute wealth by political favor instead of merit. To everyone’s disadvantage. Millions of things are distributed on a Pareto curve. The math is simple but has deep implications. Pareto theorized, 20% of sewer pipes do 80% of the work, in a wastewater system. That curve then applied to electrical grids, highways and musical talent. Moreover, if 20% of a group does 80% of the work, then 20% of the 20% does 80% of that work. Meaning 10% does 64% of the work, has talent… or earns money. The scale then becomes logarithmic. Leaving the square root of the multitude having 90% of that thing. That’s how 1% end up controlling 90% of the wealth, singing the top songs or write the best books. Under any system. Except communism… where 1 man controls 100% of the wealth. Which I think we can all agree is far more unequal. Elitists and their ideologies adore unequal treatment under the law. That some are more equal than others is built into the very fabric of every legal system that has ever existed. Think the US is different? Ask any lawyer this question, “Is there any time you know you’ll win in court?” (If they’re honest) Their answer will be, “When I’m facing a pro se litigant.” In other words, the facts, law and justice are irrelevant… the only thing that counts in court is political favor. Defend yourself, and the judge has every incentive to rule against you, and none to rule fairly. Because a judge is an attorney, thus has a monetary interest in enriching lawyers, and so himself. Add to that only the rich can afford good lawyers, and every legal system proves, some are more equal than others. How about pseudo capitalist legal systems then? Why yes, they’re just as skewed to the powerful and wealthy as all others. Unless they provide free lawyers to everyone without favor. Socializing the legal system. No system does that. The elite would never allow it to exist. It would eliminate their legal privilege. The US provides “free” lawyers to poor people, but those free lawyers aren’t even worth the money the defendant pays for them. Often over worked they don’t have time to defend anyone, low pay gives low incentive, and often they could care less about their clients. Since the state pays the bill, they work for the state, not the defendant. Moreover, if a rich person sues a poor person, no where is the poor person given an attorney, they have to defend themselves pro se. Therefore they lose. Then there’s the inherent advantage of political favor above and beyond that of the lawyer. A defendant with huge political favor is unconvictable. Even as one with huge negative political favor, cant win, with video proving him innocent. This factor in and of itself shows legal systems are failures at justice. Because they epitomize the adage, some are more equal than others, under the law. The difference between the past and today is, we see it now, in vivid color. The elite have used the Pareto curve to justify their usurpations. To make everyone economically “equal.” By making some more equal under the law. The courts are inherently biased to the wealthy and politically favored… and always will be. So what’s the answer? Fight to limit the power, role and scope of the government, and especially, the law. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Goals And Results
Numapepi
 June 30 2024 at 01:58 pm
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Goals And Results Posted on June 30, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the world needs idealists, but it can’t be run by them… for that it needs pragmatists. Moreover, idealism is best when the idealists idealize human goods, not the means to them. Because an idealist thinks in terms of ideals not reality. So, when reality diverges from their theory, its reality that’s the problem to be solved… not their theories. They’re ideal. That’s why we have so many people committed to the administrative state. They idealize their imagined outcome… and ignore the reality it delivers. So an idealist will claim regulations make capitalism “fair.” By fair, they mean a politically favored person or group will get an advantage, in an otherwise free and fair exchange. Because idealists focus on goals and ignore outcomes. So they make the same mistakes over and over. Idealism isn’t bad or good, it simply is. When idealists focus on human hearted goods they serve their purpose exquisitely. When they focus on the means to those goals, however, they become single minded despots. Why wouldn’t they? To an idealist their ideal is the wharp and whoof of their life. Climate change zealots honestly believe the world will burn up any second and we’ll all die. If you believed that, wouldn’t you destroy a painting, if you thought that would save us? If you honestly believed communism is the ideal system… it just hasn’t been tried yet, wouldn’t you be a communist? A true sycophant of the administrative state, only sees their ideas of what it could do… not what it has, does or will do. Because they’re not pragmatists, they’re idealists. Pragmatists don’t focus on goals they focus on results. If an action results in a bad outcome, a pragmatist will eschew it in the future, for a different strategy. An idealist will try again and again, because they could care less about results, they’re goal oriented. That’s why we need pragmatists having a say. To control the headlong rush of idealists. Protecting us all. Since pragmatists judge by outcome, when given a goal by an idealist, the pragmatist is in the only position to make the idealist’s dreams come true. Because pragmatism allows us to understand what works and what doesn’t. If a plan doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, no matter how many times it’s tried, or zealously applied. Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results… is the bailiwick of idealists. Pragmatists/realists and idealists are on opposite sides of the philosophical spectrum. To the unwise pragmatist, idealists are insane, and to the unwise idealist, pragmatists are killjoys. Because the unwise don’t see the world as it is, therefore they don’t understand it. A wise idealist will recognize the value a pragmatist brings to the table as a wise pragmatist understands the value of idealism. Both are required for mankind to advance. Idealists set the goals and pragmatists achieve them. When pragmatists are shut out of the process though the process fails. Because, idealists can’t be bothered with results, the world is at stake! A functional society and culture then, needs both idealists and pragmatists… with no one having unlimited power. The end of slavery, civil rights and indeed all the advances of the Enlightenment were born of idealist minds. It was pragmatists that realized those dreams though. Idealists however don’t see the value in pragmatism. The pragmatist is a wet blanket. “Socialism doesn’t work…” a pragmatist tells an idealist, who thinks, “What an idiot, how can we help the poor without socialism, he must hate the poor!” So an unwise idealist will censor, beat down and even jail a pragmatist who gets in their way. The world is at stake! Never understanding, being idealists, that both are needed. An unwise pragmatist on the other hand will try to hold the world in stasis. Which is another fools errand. A healthy civilization needs both idealists and pragmatists, staying in their lanes, and recognizing the value of the other. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The Intersection of Public Health and Tyranny
Nancy Churchill
 July 02 2024 at 06:38 pm
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On June 25th, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy declared “gun violence” to be a public health crisis. The impacts of gun violence on our society cited in his report are absolutely true and horrible, but why are we blaming the guns? Don’t we actually have a crime problem, a law enforcement problem, a mental health problem or lifestyle problems? If a drunk driver kills someone, do we ban cars or alcohol? No, we take action to take the driver off the road and help him or her get treatment. So, what does the declaration of a “public health crisis on gun violence” do? After all, the surgeon general has no real power or authority. He doesn’t make laws, doesn’t adjudicate laws, and doesn’t even do scientific research. The surgeon general is a policy advisor with no obvious power. His real role lies laying the groundwork to move the ball down the field. This declaration of a “public health crisis” will allow state attorneys general to file “public nuisance” lawsuits against gun manufacturers and gun owners. According to an article on public nuisance lawsuits from Bloomberg Law, “The plaintiffs...misapply public nuisance law and inappropriately try to expand it far beyond its original meaning and intent.” Public Health Lawfare This type of lawfare has been used successfully against the tobacco industry during the Clinton era, against opioid manufactures in 2022, and is being currently used against “Big Oil” in multiple states using the supposed “public health crisis” caused by “climate change.” If the progressive left can’t get a law passed to ban something they don’t like, they resort to “public nuisance” lawfare. Now, they’re looking to disarm the average American citizen and remove the most common and effective self-defense tool, in the name of public safety and “saving lives.” How does removing the ability to defend oneself from bodily harm save a life? We can see from Chicago and New York City that removing guns creates more gun violence and more death. Perhaps the most infamous use of “public health” to strip citizens of their civil rights happened during the Covid-19 crisis. “Two weeks to slow the spread” turned into a year of lockdowns, mask mandates and school closures. In some areas in western Washington, proof of vaccination was required to enter restaurants and other businesses. Unvaccinated people were fired, masks were mandated, valid science was censored and vilified, and doctors and pharmacists who prescribed alternative treatments were threatened, fired, censored and blacklisted. This was all justified as “for the public good.” The public health system, starting with the CDC and the NIH, was used to propagandize and terrify the public in order justify the nearly complete cessation of medical privacy, patient choice, scientific freedom, public education and even the freedom to travel, to practice religion or exercise in public spaces. Public health officials demanded that citizens give up constitutionally protected rights in the name of “protecting public health.” They demanded censorship on social platforms, and got it. In the name of “public health,” they lit the constitution on fire and tossed it in the trash and felt proudly justified about it. When you hear the phrase “public health crisis,” you know that more government tyranny is coming, using lawfare from progressive attorneys general, executive actions by Democratic governors, rulings by liberal judges, “standard of care” guidance from health insurance companies, and policy from state and local boards of health. The progressive power play in regards to the “gun violence public health crisis” is to try to redefine firearms as “consumer products,” like drugs, tobacco, automobiles—and create new ways to regulate and control them. Democratic candidates want to disarm you What does Washington state Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Bob Ferguson believe about regulating gun ownership? He believes that “Washington’s regulation of assault weapons fits comfortably within the long historical tradition of regulating dangerous and unusual weapons.” What does state Senator Manka Dhingra, candidate for attorney general, think of gun ownership and “public nuisance laws?” Well, Dhingra sponsored SB 5078 which would “allow individuals to sue gun manufacturers... for harm caused by a firearm and authorizes the Attorney General to declare a product a public nuisance.” Weird. Democratic candidates Bob Ferguson and Manka Dhingra believe in using public nuisance laws to destroy both the gun industry and private ownership of firearms. Americans have a constitutionally protected right to posses firearms. That’s what the Democrats hate. That’s why the U.S. surgeon general is declaring a “gun violence public health emergency.” It’s the next move in the long battle to disarm American citizens and complete the destruction of America. With the Supreme Court punting the decision on Murthy v Missouri (free speech censorship by government, you can expect the government and non-governmental organizations to work even harder to censor those fighting against public health tyranny. Fifteen minutes into the future, only the opinions approved by the surgeon general will be acceptable on the topics of gun violence, vaccine mandates, and environmental scams like global warming. WINNING IS THE ONLY CURE The prescription for curing the scourge of public health tyranny is supporting good candidates and working to win elections. It’s time to get busy and get involved. Research your candidates and work to elect good people who believe in the Constitution. Donate money and volunteer your time to a candidate. Make sure you and your family and friends are registered to vote. Observe elections. Serve on boards and attend public meetings. Talk to your elected officials. There is nowhere to run to escape these phony public health emergencies; we must resist. In the words of Samual Adams, writing as Candidus, “The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.” And as Paul wrote in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Nancy Churchill is a writer and educator in rural eastern Washington State, and the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own. Dangerous Rhetoric is available on thinkspot, Rumble and Substack. Support Dangerous Rhetoric Sources: 1) U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on the Public Health Crisis of Firearm Violence in the United States, June 25, 2024. https://bit.ly/4blEJbT 2) Public nuisance litigation is the real nuisance, Bloomberg Law, Feb. 26, 2024, https://bit.ly/45KZr3G 3) ‘Not tools of self-defense’: Ferguson makes case for Washington’s new semiautomatic rifle ban, Washington State Standard, 05-23-23, https://bit.ly/3XMddB4 4) 2023-24 SB5078, https://bit.ly/4cFf5zK 5) SB 5078, League of Women Voters, Gun Safety Update April 16, 2023, https://bit.ly/3XG6hp7 6) Murthy v Missouri Scotus Decision Analysis, Uncover DC, https://bit.ly/3zpKDLM 7) Who are a free people, Tenth Amendment Center, https://bit.ly/3VLgwWz
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I'm A Right-Wing Jerk?
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 July 03 2024 at 11:53 pm
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Apparently, I am a right-wing jerk! I couldn't help but laugh at this latest headline opinion piece from The Guardian. This isn't the first time I've seen a headline equating fitness and a healthy lifestyle with being right-wing. It seems baseless, possibly because the author dislikes people on the right or those who are healthy. To be clear, I don't align myself with the right or the left. I have a variety of views, but one thing's for sure: I am a fit person. It's unfortunate to see headlines demonizing a healthy lifestyle by associating it with a political agenda. There's nothing wrong with being fit or healthy, and it certainly doesn't turn you into a right-wing jerk. As a personal trainer and health coach who has worked with hundreds of people, I can confidently say the biggest side effect of a healthy lifestyle is feeling good. It's important to laugh at this type of propaganda and dismiss it for what it is. It seems there's an attempt to demonize the healthy lifestyle because the term "right-wing" has become a boogeyman. Some commenters on my posts mention right-wing propaganda, and while that exists, so does left-wing propaganda, though it often goes unmentioned. So, what's the counter to this article? Maybe something as ridiculous as "being a lazy, unhealthy, junk-food-eating non-exerciser makes you a left-wing jerk." It's as nonsensical as the headline I'm addressing. There are plenty of people with different political views who live healthy lifestyles. Do you feel like this headline is true? Why do you think such silly headlines are being spread around in the first place? How do you view the connection between health and politics? 👉 If you're looking for a health coach who can help you get fit and make healthy habit changes without turning you into a right-wing jerk, click the link in my profile to get started with your first session for just $1. You can also check our website for testimonials on how we've already helped many people. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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This Is An Historic Election Year
Numapepi
 July 05 2024 at 02:32 pm
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This Is An Historic Election Year Posted on July 5, 2024 by john Dear friends, It seems to me, this is a critical election year for nations across the planet. Britain just had an election, where Reform received 4 million votes and 4 seats, while Lib Dems received 3.2 million votes and 71 seats. Proving the British elite have saved democracy. In France, National Rally is the biggest vote getter in the first round of elections, and their victory is met with riots from the left. Imagine the outrage if the conservatives rioted in Britain because they lost? Then there’s the US. The administrative state has its hands full. Since deep state Biden is failing at everything. Saving democracy from the voters this year is going to be tough. If they don’t though, and Trump should get elected, the elitists will have their storm troops riot, and make America ungovernable again. Like in 2020. In France Marine LePen’s National Rally is set to win big. Which is a shocking result if you think about it. They’ve faced decades of wall to wall propaganda against their policies, slandered in the press without mercy, and the elite have even talked of banning them. Like they’re talking openly about banning the AFD in Germany. In Europe, nothing speaks of defending elections, more than democracy affirming banning of populist parties. Because everyone should only seek the best interests of the elite. This outrage, the election of National Rally, has so infuriated the left, they’ve called out their “Sturmabteilung” to burn France down. Punishing the French for their treachery. One wonders if the left will get away with it in France, under National Rally, like they have everywhere else? In Britain, the people are so fed up with the communistic policies of the Tories, they’ve voted in Marxists to replace them. Labor will increase the migration crisis, raise taxes and regulations, while rejoining the EU, to insure the British people never get a say in Britain again. Should the conservatives riot however, the press would be quick to call for their arrests, and imprisonment without bail or trial, to make examples of them. Like American fascists did to Jan 6th protesters. Even as Islamists are given room to vent in London. Britain will be in a world of hurt in a year. It may not even exist as a sovereign nation in 10 years. Under Labor it could become the British state of Europe. Like Tibet is a state in China. Britain will be a vassal state under the wise and despotic leadership of Labor. In the US this years election is shaping up to be a hum dinger. In every other avenue the introduction of digital computers has created huge gains in efficiency. Except elections. When we cast paper ballots, counted by hand, the results were known the next morning… now with digital, it takes sometimes weeks. Which is handy when it comes to election fortification by fraud. You don’t want to introduce too many votes into the system, else it becomes obvious… and too few, loses the election. So they need the delay to figure out how many votes are required to win by 10k. With 8 million illegals poised to cast votes in the election the democrats thought they had it in the bag. Except, with Biden crashing and burning, 18 million may not be enough… let alone 8 million. Causing the deep state to panic. What is becoming obvious though, is that where populists win, there will be riots, arson and iconoclasm. To punish the voters. Where the elitists win, there will be despotism, poverty, war and suffering on a national scale. Regardless of who wins an election, the progressive elitists are determined to lower the lot of humanity… whether in power, or out. It’s the left that’s pushing the agenda of chaos, war, socialism, crime and migration. We see it in France with the riots, in Britain with Labor’s policies and in the US, with deep state Biden dismantling our Constitutional system. Yup, this year will show if elections have any ability to change the direction of a nation, despite the wishes of the elites that run it. Giving our votes unprecedented power to make history. Sincerely, John Pepin
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A Flawed System
Numapepi
 July 07 2024 at 02:19 pm
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A Flawed System Posted on July 7, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, a system where what’s legal and what’s illegal, doesn’t rest on common sense, justice, or human heartedness, but on how a microscopic group of elites think it should be… is fundamentally flawed. Flawed in a way so deep and profound that the flaw is a feature. Human systems will naturally have a human element. Even in an AI system of law. Someone had to program the AI. Where a flaw must be introduced, that flaw should be kept as small as possible so it won’t negatively effect the final product. In law however that flaw is magnified not mitigated. Law rests entirely on a judge’s opinion. Certainly not on public opinion. Because, even had the public agreed with Buck v Bell back then, we would have certainly rescinded it by now. Judges, not so much. The US system isn’t unique in this respect. All legal systems have at their core the opinions of a few powerful people. Who follow Thrasymachus’ version of justice… not that of Socrates, Confucius or Jesus. In what universe does it make sense, for an “International Court,” to fine a nation that produces under 3% of the world’s CO2… because it hasn’t done enough to stop global warming? While a pass is given to the nation that single handedly is responsible for over 30% of the CO2 emissions? Where are the rulings condemning the Armenian genocide in Nargono Karabackh? Would you say the courts in Iran are fair? Justice is a tool the powerful use to justify their avarice. Everywhere. How could I say such a thing? Judging by their actions above and rhetoric below. The incessant assault on populism by the elite is an example of anti justice rhetoric. How could an elitist judge, who orbits the right circles, find for a populist over an elitist? In that case what is just isn’t expedient. Moreover, that inexpedience is because of the earlier rhetoric. Judges in the US today take stands on political questions all the time now. (As long as they’re politically correct stands). Judge Merchan had a literal monetary stake in the outcome of the Trump trial he oversaw. Yet the system had no problem with that at all. Giving up even the appearance of fairness. Very progressive. Destroying the appearance of justice for the exercise of power. Even as the rest of us are expected to cheer the innovation in despotism. All of which proves that judges are a flawed instrument of justice. Then there’s the flawed idea of “standing.” A legal innovation to forbid politically disfavored plaintiffs from legal remedy. This flawed notion has been exploited to great effect, in the religious exemption vaccine cases, the 2020 election cases, and even disputes between states themselves! Which is the kind of thing that leads to literal war between the states. Nevertheless, the lazy experts in the legal system claim, standing is a vital doctrine to lower their case load. Because they would rather use their OP authority to step on the downtrodden, than to settle the big questions of law in the name of justice. That would be self harming, and no elite would do that. They didn’t get to be the rich and powerful by charity. Unless they ran a charity fraud like the Clinton’s red barn con in Haiti. All systems of law can be turned on a dime by a court ruling. Constitutional Rights can be nullified, precedent can be overturned and whole new rights created. Like gold from base metal. All at the clap of a gavel. By people with a stake in perverting the system to their own benefit. Self interest goes a long way in effecting human behavior. We see this in cases like Wickard v Filburn, where the court gave the government unlimited power to regulate. Buck v Bell so the government can sterilize us at will against our wishes… and has been used as a silent genocide of Indians as well as the mentally deficient. Until the human element of the legal system is removed, all law will ever be, is the manifestation of the despotic power of the few, masquerading as legitimate authority over the many. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Senator Mullen bill aims to protect children...
angelobottone
 July 09 2024 at 08:45 pm
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In an era where digital content is accessible at the click of a button, the exposure of children to inappropriate material, particularly pornography, has become a pressing issue. In response to these concerns, Senator Rónán Mullen, along with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors, has introduced the “Protection of Children (Online Age Verification) Bill” in Seanad Éireann. This Bill, which will be debated on Thursday, mandates strict age verification measures for accessing pornographic content online, aiming to safeguard children aged under-18 from exposure to such material. Key elements of the Bill include:Age Verification Mandate: Website controllers and app store service providers must ensure that users undergo an age verification process before accessing pornographic content. This can be outsourced to approved third-party organisations, but the ultimate responsibility remains with the service providers.Liability and Legal Defences: Providers will be held liable for any failure to implement age verification measures. However, a legal defence is available if it can be proven that circumvention of the age verification was facilitated by another party.Data Security: The Bill mandates secure storage of age verification data for five years, accessible only for legal proceedings.Focus on Child Protection: Senator Mullen emphasised that the Bill solely focuses on protecting children and does not aim to restrict adult access to pornography. The concern about children’s access to pornography is not confined to Ireland. Various European countries have implemented or proposed similar measures, highlighting the need for a concerted effort to address this public health concern. Spain has recently launched an innovative solution known as the “Porn Passport”. This mobile application aims to verify the age of users before granting access to online pornography. The application, developed to protect minors, requires users to verify their age through a secure and anonymous process. This initiative is part of Spain’s broader efforts to regulate access to adult content and ensure the safety of younger internet users. Italy mandates age verification systems on websites distributing pornography and includes fines and potential site blockage for non-compliance. In France age verification laws have been strengthened, and recently the Court of Cassation ruled that “a child protection can ask the courts to order internet service providers to block access to pornographic sites likely to be viewed by a minor without first having to take action against the host, publisher or author of the content.” The French government is also testing a “double anonymity” verification solution to enhance protection. In Germany, providers must implement age verification mechanisms, and regulatory authorities can block non-compliant sites. Research underscores the detrimental effects of pornography on young people, including the development of addictive behaviours, distorted perceptions of sexuality, and emotional and relational issues. Statistics reveal alarming rates of pornography consumption among minors across Europe, necessitating urgent policy interventions. (More information can be found in the European Child Shield Platform advocacy paper: https://www.fafce.org/european-child-shield-platform-launches-awareness-campaign/ ) The “Protection of Children (Online Age Verification) Bill” represents a critical step towards defending children from the harmful effects of online pornography. By enforcing stringent age verification measures, Ireland aims to join other European nations in addressing this pervasive issue. As Senator Mullen aptly stated, “Everything must give way to the protection of children”. The successful implementation of this Bill could serve as a model for other countries, fostering international cooperation in the fight against the exposure of minors to pornographic material.
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The Coming Bird Flu Pandemic
Numapepi
 July 12 2024 at 04:28 pm
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The Coming Bird Flu Pandemic Posted onJuly 12, 2024 by john Dear friends, It seems to me, as ex-CDC Director Robert Redfield said, “We will have a bird flu pandemic… just a matter of time…” because the government and elite are working diligently to make it happen. We know they had bio weapon labs across Ukraine. That’s proven and admitted. Moreover, Covid was a gain of function experiment that escaped, or was set free, we don’t know yet. Then there’s the monkey pox virus, that the experts are doing their best to make more deadly, and transmissible. To protect us from it. Bird flu is the gold standard of gain of function though. It can kill a cow, chicken or person. At least it can, now, with the billions I’m sure that’s been spent on improving its transmissibility. I believe an expert, when they say there will be a pandemic, like an arsonist who threatens to start a fire. The elite claim that they have to do gain of function to protect us. If they don’t create novel and deadly viruses in a lab, how could they research vaccines for them? Of course, they skirt the elephant in the room, there’s no need of a vaccine for a virus that doesn’t and will never exist. So the experts solve it… by creating them. If a few escape and kill millions, oh well, that’s the price the elite are willing for us to pay, to advance the science of the weaponization of viruses, er… gain of function. Billions of dollars are spent on this noble research… how to exterminate mankind by disease. To protect us from randomly occurring mild colds. The inflation for food, housing and clothing is partially a result of all that spending. No need to thank the elite, they’re happy to do it. Since gain of function has become a dirty word, due to the millions of deaths from Covid, the elite defined it into non existence, so they can continue creating ever more deadly and transmissible viruses, for fun and profit. Fauci claimed in his testimony before Congress, that the NIH never funded gain of function… by their definition. Which is like a bank robber claiming in court, “I didn’t rob the bank at gun point… by my definition.” Both are self serving lies. The progressive faction demanded Roger Stone spend the rest of his life in prison, for a politically motivated perjury frame. That injured no one but Stone. Even as they defend Fauci for actual perjury, and his lies cost millions of people across the planet… their very lives. Hypocrisy at it’s finest. Then there’s the vaccine that isn’t. It provided little or no protection, at a cost of heart enlargement, turbo cancers, eel like blood clots and strange diseases that baffle doctors. A minor trade off when you consider that Fauci made millions for his efforts. A dollar a human life. Not a great trade for the dead but wonderful for Fauci and big pharma. Meanwhile, the latest research shows that the vaccinated are far more likely now, to get and die of Covid… as well as cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc… But hey, Fauci and big pharma meant well, right? I’m sure if your well meaning meth lab created a cloud of poison gas that killed millions, then the meth you cooked up killed a few more million… the government would be as forgiving of you. Even your perjury over it would be allowed. Wouldn’t it? Which brings us to the fact, no one has been punished for anything related to the crime against humanity, that was Covid… so why wouldn’t they release monkey pox and Bird flu on us next? A bank robber who’s allowed to get away with it… isn’t likely to stop. The villains have no motivation to cease creating ever more deadly and transmissible pathogens, and releasing them on us by stupidity, or malevolence. Especially when there’s so much profit in the vaccine. Both immediate, and long term, in treating the life altering side effects. Without actual consequences for killing millions of people across the planet, it’ll happen again… if not now. That’s why I agree with director Robert Redfield, that we will have a bird flu pandemic. Because the experts and elite are working diligently to make it happen. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The First Trump Assassination Attempt
Numapepi
 July 14 2024 at 02:21 pm
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The First Trump Assassination Attempt Posted on July 14, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the Trump assassination attempt exposes the secret service, and indeed the administrative state, as the abject failures they are. The Secret Service failed Trump, the courts fail justice, and our leaders fail us. It’s a system of failure from the top down. Of course there’s the stochastic terrorism angle. Where the elite have been vilifying Trump so hard an assassination or an attempt was all but guaranteed. Making the elite themselves complicit in the attack. Moreover, the very people who’s failure and rhetoric led to the assassination attempt, claim to be smart and wise enough to run the world. No wonder the world is failing so badly, it’s being run by abject failures, stochastic terrorists and criminals of the highest order. The assassination attempt itself was proof of failure of the Secret Service. Which makes them fit right into the administrative state, where failure isn’t an option, it’s a standard feature. Top to bottom the singular attribute of the deep state is it’s failure at everything. Look at the results of three years of bureaucratic rule of the US. The economy is a shambles, as are our Constitutional Rights, we’re in a two fronted war, with another front possibly opening up any time, crime is rampant, kids are dying in the streets of Fentanyl overdoses, inflation is wasting the savings of the few that did save, border patrol abets illegal crossings, the DOJ abets the Biden crime family and the Secret Service abets an assassination attempt on Trump. By ignoring warnings of a man with a gun at a Trump rally. The assassination attempt wouldn’t have happened without the elite and the media pushing the “Trump will end the world” narrative. Projecting their own policies and results on him. The press has gone wall to wall detailing how Trump will start WWIII, destroy the economy and end democracy. The easily manipulated will find this rhetoric to be captivating. While most of us realize democrat rhetoric are just lies they make up to smear their political enemy, the insane don’t. They take it very seriously. Remember when the media vilified Sara Palin when Tulsi Gabbard was shot? Because on one of her campaign ads there was a target over Arizona. The press claimed she caused the attack by that ad. Which makes one wonder, why the Biden ads in Pennsylvania have been pulled, and memory holed? At some point stochastic terrorism becomes a punishable crime. The bar is very low for you and I but apparently very high for the elite. Regular people are charged with incitement at the slightest provocation, while the politically favored can outright call for an assassination, and it’s their first amendment Right. Because in Amerika today some are more equal than others. Every night all night on CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the media that calls itself unbiased, establishing themselves as liars right out of the gate. Can you imagine how the deep state would have treated Julian Assange had they been able to tie and actual assassination attempt to him?!?! Then again, what am I thinking, in the double standard legal system we live under, such things are common. This assassination attempt proves the elite are worthless and have the integrity of a pile of dry sand. By their insane rhetoric against Trump, open double standards and proven incompetency. These same villains claim to be smart enough, wise enough and dog gone it, better people… who should run the world without oversight, consequence or limit. They’re that smart. Yet,we’ve given the elite the benefit of the doubt all throughout this article, and they come across as the wrong people for any job, let alone to run the world. The benefit of the doubt? We could say this was an actual assassination attempt by the deep state against Trump. It would fit with their raising the stakes, starting with election fraud, then weaponizing the law and now… assassination. So you see, I have given them the benefit of the doubt. Sincerely, John Pepin
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What Career Advice Were You Given As A Child?
Sadhika Pant
 July 16 2024 at 11:25 am
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As a child, I was given quite an unusual piece of advice by my parents regarding my career choices. When the time came to select my subjects in high school and later in college, my mother, with her gentle wisdom, said, "Study what you want." My father, standing firm beside her, echoed her sentiment but added his own pragmatism: "Study what you want, but make sure you earn your degree." In a country like India, this was a strangely bold and forward-thinking piece of advice to give a child on the cusp of choosing a career path. Most of my peers were steered toward careers that promised good earning prospects, stability, and societal respect. Broadly speaking, the only careers that met these criteria were engineering, medicine, law or public service. It was, and often still is, believed that any other field was for those who couldn’t achieve the marks to pursue these esteemed professions. At this juncture, let me be clear — I believe it is wise and practical advice to steer a child toward these professions. Most of the people I work with, and many of my friends, studied these very subjects. Today, they enjoy well-paying, respectable, and stable careers in the private or government sectors. One undeniable advantage of choosing these fields is the likelihood of securing a job immediately after completing your course. This isn't the case if, for instance, you're a history or an English major, as I am. For us, the path is longer and more winding: a master's degree, perhaps even a PhD, a teaching credential, numerous internships, and other hurdles before landing a job. India stands apart from many Western nations in that nearly everyone pursues a college education, at least earning a bachelor's degree. This holds true even for those hailing from villages or impoverished backgrounds, as tuition fees at government colleges in one’s home state are often negligible—unless, of course, one aims for the top institutions. Whether the degree carries any real value is a different story altogether. I’ve encountered engineering graduates who struggle with the simplest math, history majors who are oblivious to India’s past before the Mughal era, and political science graduates who seem to believe Lenin was really onto something. To add to the confusion, a host of so-called pseudo-disciplines, like queer studies, have emerged—though this was not the case during my school days. Back then, such courses existed, but garnered little serious interest from those dedicated to genuine education or any pursuit of significance. Without a college education, one might turn to a trade or find work in sectors where skilled labour is unnecessary, like waitressing at a McDonald's or bagging groceries at the local supermarket. Yet, in a society that venerates education, such jobs carry little respect. Many of my friends who studied abroad held these positions alongside their degrees, but to do the same in India would be unthinkable for them. Another significant drawback is that as degrees become as common as buttons, you encounter bricklayers and janitors who proudly declare themselves to be engineering graduates, adding to the tangled fabric of expectations and reality. These are still less obvious drawbacks. My mother’s advice, though well-intentioned, felt a touch unrealistic and impractical, especially in my early twenties when the notion of "follow your passion" clashed with my responsibility to provide for a dependent parent. I have wavered in my assessment of that guidance throughout my life, yet I would be less than truthful if I claimed it brought me no benefit at all. When you’re encouraged to pursue what you want in a profession, you don’t shut the door on the myriad opportunities that so many of my peers did, all because they were told they were destined for greater things. I watched countless friends spend their twenties chasing after competitive exams—truly competitive in India—year after year, clinging to the hope of landing that perfect government job. Others poured their fortunes into one degree after another, emerging from college burdened with loans the day they graduated. Even when they found success, the race was never over. They secured good jobs yet remained perpetually on the lookout for something better, updating their CVs every few months. Many poured their time, money, and energy into self-improvement, and still remained unsatisfied, boosting their self esteem by one upping their friends at Saturday night parties. The ones who were unsuccessful often redefined success as survival, and confused status security with financial security. They genuinely believe they are fighting for their existence, despite the ease with which an engineering degree can land them a job. Even a humanities degree can open doors if approached wisely. Yet, some remain unemployed for a decade, holding the right degrees and connections from college, all while grappling with paralysing anxiety about their financial future. For them, taking a regular job in a smaller company or exploring freelance work isn’t even on the table. I’ve never shared that sentiment. I’ve always felt surrounded by endless options and opportunities, despite having just one degree in the humanities. When they do take temporary work to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams, they intentionally underperform, afraid to shift their goals and lose sight of what they truly desire. My father’s words carried weight as well. He often reminded me that one must earn even what is given by birthright. Rights come not as gifts but through the burden of responsibilities. Citizenship is a privilege earned through service and adherence to the laws of the land. He impressed upon me that if I held a degree—any degree—it should represent the knowledge I had truly acquired. I should have studied deeply enough to claim that title with integrity. "Educating yourself is your responsibility," he would say, "whether we're footing the bill for your tuition or the state is paying your teachers." His principle was clear: never accept anything without earning it. A friend of mine once said, “Right now, we’re all in school together. We laugh at the same jokes, we share our lunches, we pass notes in class. But once we graduate, we may find ourselves in entirely different economic classes. One day, you might be in the top 1%, while I’m struggling in the lower middle class, and we may not even recognize each other. Even if we do, even if we remain friends, our lives will be so different that we won’t relate to each other at all.” Her words linger in my mind still.
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When He Left: John 16:16-33
Cam
 July 02 2024 at 11:12 am
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While Jesus wanted to be clear with His followers, sometimes we as His followers can get things twisted in our minds when reading some of the things that He has said. As an example, a simple reading of a statement Jesus shares with His disciples prior to being arrested and crucified may cause us to be confused over what He actually meant. During this final conversation with the disciples before His arrest, Jesus tells them, “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” (John 16:24 NIV) The next big thing to happen was Jesus’ death, and if we look for evidence that says Jesus went to the Father at death, we may find some verses that could help support that theory. However, just three days later, Jesus clearly stated that He had not yet returned to the Father. Jesus tells Mary, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17 NIV) According to what Jesus told Mary, it was following the resurrection that Jesus ascended to heaven. Did He do this before meeting them in the upper room and while fishing on the lake, or was this a statement that foreshadowed the official ascension forty days later? I don’t know the answer to this, but the clear truth John shares in His gospel is that Jesus did not leave to go to the Father at His death. Instead, Jesus’ death and resurrection marked the completion of His earthly ministry, and signaled the start of His heavenly ministry on our behalf. This means that Jesus is in heaven right now looking at our life’s record. Jesus isn’t doing this to find reasons to keep us out of heaven. There are too many reasons to keep us out of heaven than even He could count. Instead, Jesus is looking for reasons that give us entrance into heaven – and the only reason we have that works is having accepted the free gift God has offered to us through Jesus’ death on the cross. We accept His gift by placing our faith, hope, trust, and belief in Jesus, and when God finds this declaration in our life’s record, we are able to be saved for eternity. This post first appeared on ReflectiveBibleStudy.com What do you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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Biden Is A Deep State Asset
Numapepi
 July 02 2024 at 02:45 pm
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Biden Is A Deep State Asset Posted on July 2, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, since the deep state is so protective of Biden and his criminal enterprise, it leads me to conclude, he’s a deep state asset. Why else would they go so far to protect the man? The Biden laptop lie letter, signed by top intel bureaucrats, proves they will even destroy their own reputations to defend Biden. Turns out many are actual spooks on the payroll! Obviously this breaks a multitude of laws protecting our bureaucracies from being partisan. Which proves the point all the more. Why put yourself in jeopardy for no reward? Unless it’s a function of your already dangerous job. Then there’s the obvious unindicted disclosure of classified information the Biden docs case proves… I, and any rational person can only conclude, Biden must be a deep state asset. People don’t do work to help another unless they have something to gain. That’s simply human nature. When was the last time you put great effort into helping someone for nothing? Even charity gets the laborer a ticket to heaven, goodwill or a tax write off for a donation. Moreover, those who signed that letter put themselves at risk for it. Both reputational and criminal. People who rise to great heights in a bureaucracy don’t put themselves at risk. Certainly not those who’ve scaled the heights of the signers of the Biden laptop lie letter. That’s not the way the game is played. Plus, many are still on the CIA’s payroll! Making their signatures a literal criminal offense. Since the action is apparently so against logic, precedent and self interest… there must have been a powerful reason for it. Those in the national security apparatus are prickly about national security. At least acting as if they are. Going to great lengths, to jail anyone who discloses even the most mundane fact to the public, let alone our enemies. They raided a former President’s house with orders to shoot to kill anyone who balked, even Secret Service agents. Despite those documents being in a secure location and the legal property of that former President. Showing how serious they must take national security in general and secret papers in particular. Which is in stark contrast to the way the same people didn’t lift a finger, to get top secret documents out of a Delaware university, the Penn Biden Center and even Biden’s garage next to his corvette. Until we found out. What explains this disparity in action? Both examples, the lie letter and allowing our national enemies to have access to top secret papers via Biden’s bribery scheme, makes any sense… is if Biden is a deep state asset. The national security apparatus must want that top secret information to be fed to our enemies. They need to protect him at their own risk, maybe because he’s part of a disinformation campaign against the CCP. The huge bribe to the tune of 30 million is simply smoke to cover the operation. Spooks are willing the throw themselves on their own sword to keep a CIA operation going. No matter the cost. Which explains their zealous defense of the criminal… because he’s their criminal. Is that the whole story though? While it wraps up the enigma in a pretty blue bow… there maybe more to it. We have to ask ourselves, “who’s really in charge up there?” Clearly, it’s not Biden. There was no question to anyone with their eyes open before the debate. Now even those with their eyes firmly closed and humming the Star Spangled Banner, see and hear it. It’s the deep state that’s in charge. So, while the deep state may or may not be protecting him because he’s an operational asset… it looks like he’s an actual asset, like a rental property. He pays dividends. Which brings the circle of logic to its start. Of course the administrative state loves Biden, whether or not he’s an operational asset… because he allows them to run the show. They’re not selflessly protecting a disinformation operation, they’re serving themselves. Adding political to their already mighty bureaucratic power. Sincerely, John Pepin
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A Serpent to gaze upon...
unwrapt
 July 24 2024 at 09:38 pm
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Notes from a parent Sorry Millennials and such. Perhaps it was the drugs, but somehow my Boomer generation really dropped the ball. After the sixties, we pulled ourselves out of the purple haze, straightened up and went to work. We found Truth after years of running from it. We never told our kids the disturbing details; we just told them to accept the truth we had found because we didn’t want them to experience a repeat of our wasted youth. We protected them with church, sports, activities, hobbies, video games, before sending them off to trusted institutions where one lefty unraveled all our hopes and dreams in one semester. What we couldn’t possibly imagine was that the original Devil was back at work and “his desire was for” our kids in a new and diabolical way. Like I say, it may have been the drugs, but some of the old Boomers who embedded themselves into dependent clusters of liberalism and government had discovered some new technology with which they could experiment on a generation of confused minds and bodies. Like an “accidental” release of a man-made virus, a cross-media "gender" ideology escaped from the former Psych labs and spread like Kudzu while at the same time, plastic-surgery-on-demand was popularizing “reality” TV, and depressed female patients over-dosing on prescribed hormones were sprouting mustaches. Only the Devil (them-self) could mash these trends into a hellish strategy to cancel a generation in its tracks. Well, that’s pretty much what happened… as I remember it. My family wasn’t spared. Unfortunately, the “experts” do not even hint at the collateral damage done to family, friends, reality, reason, etc., so for the benefit of those who think the Devil (and fiends) somehow missed their family, I have taken some notes along the way and am raising them here in two categories for the potential trans-parent to gaze upon, hopefully before the fiery serpents bite them. Here they are in no particular order (but note you will generally find out about them in the past tense): The Rejections Rejection of biological and scientific reality Rejection of traditional psychology Rejection of physical reality (limitations) Rejection of truth (measurable, proven) Rejection of meaning (language) Rejection of functionality Rejection of participation in biological future (humanity) Rejection of family (name, history, non-compliant members) Rejection of historical data Rejection of common sense (common side-effect of affirmation) The Affirmations Affirmation by sacrifice of healthy tissue Affirmation by human sculpting, manipulation Affirmation by cross-sex hormones Affirmation by re-programming of thought and speech Affirmation by a new legal name (identity) Affirmation by sterilization Affirmation by psychological non-treatment Affirmation by controlled, group filtered exposure to the world Affirmation by public policies (education, human resources) Affirmation by law (enforcement, lawsuits and intimidation) Now, if you are to remain in their life, what all must you affirm or reject? So far (and it’s been five years), I’m okay affirming the new name (in public); I’m just not willing to make self-delusional pretense a permanent feature of my self-perception or personality. I have become adept at pronoun avoidance, rather than falling into the pit of “He’s my daughter,” which, while capturing the preferred pronoun and my relationship to it perfectly, is probably unacceptable in borderline-woke company. Like anyone else, I pretend at many things, but as a child, I learned to stop the pretense when playtime is over. I can’t easily forgive those who continuously and publicly pretend at being understanding influencers, healthcare providers, legal support, teachers, and woke politicians but are corrupting the seed of the future with harmful and deadly “treatments,” propaganda and vacuous pride. You have received your attention and your financial reward; enjoy it while you can. You have caused troubled and confused children to stumble, and their Creator will be your judge - when playtime is over.
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Scrutinize Secrecy, Demand the Truth
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 26 2024 at 03:41 pm
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I'm sure that our nation's intelligence agencies do some important work. I know people who want to do the right thing, and I believe most people, even within these organizations, have good intentions. However, it should be obvious that information is sometimes hidden from us for reasons not necessarily related to protecting national security. This is often the justification given, even if it's not always true. Information can be concealed to protect their power or other interests, even when the public has a right to know. It's important to call attention to this because these intelligence agencies hold a lot of power and have a history of suspicious behavior. We should be very wary of what these agencies tell us and offer as much scrutiny as possible to any organization with the ability to operate in secrecy and influence us in ways we might not be aware of, including covert operations on the public. We must stay vigilant and demand transparency from these powerful entities to ensure they act in the public's best interest. How do you think we can effectively demand more transparency from intelligence agencies? Have you ever encountered or read about an incident where the actions of these agencies were questionable? What steps can we take as individuals to remain informed and critical of the information we receive from such powerful organizations? If you want to work with a health coach who is "awake" and values truth and integrity, click the link in my profile to learn more about Avantia Health Optimization. Your first session is just $1, and you can check out our testimonials to see how we've helped others achieve their health goals. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Power of education in Africa and the Jordan...
EmpowerEDMovie
 June 27 2024 at 04:48 am
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Over the past year, I’ve been working on an independent documentary about the power of education in Ghana and how a school is helping kids out of poverty through education. My documentary, EmpowerED showcases the efforts to give these students a chance to grow and learn, ultimately becoming future leaders, teachers, doctors, or whatever they aspire to be. It also showcases the transformative power of educational institutions on their communities and aims to inspire global conversations about the connection between education and breaking the cycle of poverty. You may know Jordan Peterson as a popular and controversial figure, but the assistance he has provided to this school in Ghana has benefited hundreds of young people in a part of the world we often overlook. I wanted to share this project on this platform to shine a light on the remarkable work done by the Peterson-Keller family, which is rarely mentioned in the news. My personal journey is a blend of my diverse background and my deep-seated love for immersive narratives. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Hawaii, I grew up traveling around the world, and my passion for storytelling is reflected in my experiences. Currently I am a senior in college pursuing a major in documentary film making. You can watch the official short film EmpowerED right here on thinkspot before it becomes publicly available. Follow my channel on thinkspot to view behind-the-scenes footage and discussions on what we can and should do to help uplift young people through education. Your donations are welcome and will go towards creating more content like this. Click here to donate. You can support the school in Ghana directly at: Donations Financial Donations ​We are currently seeking donors to help us build a new school for our students so that we can help as many students as possible. Our current school is at max capacity with a... www.joy2theworld.org
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In Biden's America, When The Negotiations...
David Reavill
 July 16 2024 at 05:13 pm
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On November 15, 2023, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping met. After the meeting, CNN reported that Biden called Xi a dictator, which is hardly diplomatic protocol. ** Our country is currently embroiled in two wars, the War in Ukraine and the Conflict in Gaza, with the possibility of a third conflict over Taiwan. Fortunately, none of these battles currently involve American soldiers. However, each has the potential to widen into a global confrontation that would impact us all. Here is the back story of how America moved away from negotiations as its primary instrument to settle disputes. These changes were exemplified by subtle but unnoticed changes in the State Department's “Mission Statement,” changes that have inevitably contributed to these wars. You may be as surprised as I was to learn that major departments within our government do not have a standard "Mission Statement." For those who are unfamiliar with that term, a "Mission Statement" is simply a declaration used by most companies, and I thought all government agencies, to tell the world what they do. The Ice Cream Shop down the street may have a mission statement saying, "We make the world's best ice cream." You get the idea. However, things don't work that way in the U.S. government, particularly at "Foggy Bottom" (the U.S. State Department). The "mission statement" seems to change nearly every time a new Administration is elected.I saw these subtle but significant changes when visiting the USA.gov website. There a more traditional mission for State was presented: "The Department of State (DOS) advises the President and leads the nation in foreign policy issues. The State Department negotiates treaties and agreements with foreign entities and represents the United States at the United Nations." (My emphasis.) https://www.usa.gov/agencies/u-s-department-of-state Notice that all-important word: negotiates. That's what Diplomats do; they "negotiate." It's the time-honored method that rival countries avoid war. We've quoted Clausewitz before: "War is Politics by other means.”In this traditional view of the State Department, "negotiation" is one of, if not the chief duty of the country's diplomats. Under then-President Barack Obama State added a very provocative preamble to its "Mission Statement:" "Diplomacy is an instrument of power. It is essential for maintaining effective international relationships and a principal means by which the United States defends its interests, responds to crises, and achieves its foreign policy goals. The Department of State (Department) is the lead institution for American diplomacy; its mission is based on the Secretary of State's role as the President's principal foreign policy adviser." As if listening to their inner Clausewitz, the country's diplomats have acknowledged that U.S. Foreign Policy will henceforth include the exercise of "power." Quite a change from the more traditional view of negotiations within a community of nations. The Obama State Department then goes on to deliver its Mission Statement: "Create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community." This statement was in effect from January 20, 2009, until January 20, 2017. It's easy to see how this statement reflects the realities of the post-Soviet world that then existed—a world with one superpower, the United States. The Biden Administration simply modified the Obama State Department statement, effective January 20, 2021:Department of State Mission Statement: "To protect and promote U.S. security, prosperity, and democratic values and shape an international environment where all Americans can thrive." https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/FY-2023-APP.pdf p.5 Words have consequences, and never more so than in an organization's all-important core statement, its "raison d'etre" (reason for being). If you're like me, those opening words sound remarkably similar to the Mission Statement of the Department of Defense. Its mission statement reads, "...to defend the security of our country..." Both Government Agencies focus on protecting (State) and/or defending (DOD) our "Security."Perhaps that's why the recent actions of the U.S. State Department read more like Defense Department Policy rather than the chief agency to "make Treaties" Article II Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. This may also be why we find ourselves embroiled in countless wars instead of reaching multinational agreements/treaties. With that background and understanding that the word "negotiations" has been eliminated from the State Department's Mission Statement, let's look at the State Department's actions in the three conflicts currently underway. Yemen Houthis, or Ansar Allah Rebels, are a lethal paramilitary group that supports the Hamas Rebels in Gaza. Since October 2023, the Houthis have instituted an effective blockade of all ships bound for the Israeli Port of Eilat. That port has been effectively shut down, a major blow to Israel's war effort. In January 2024, the U.S. State Department declared that the Houthis are a "terrorist organization," effectively cutting off any communication between the U.S. Government and the Rebels. To date, the only U.S. response to Houthi actions has been bombing raids using missiles or fighter jets. The most recent raid on Houthi positions took place on Saturday.Diplomatic solution? There appears to be little hope that a diplomatic solution to this conflict will occur anytime soon, as no diplomatic channels exist between the Houthis and the U.S. State Department. Gaza Israel is currently fighting an all-out war with Hamas in Gaza. Hamas, translated as the Islamic Resistance Movement, grew out of a 1987 Intifada against Israel. In 1997, the U.S. State Department designated Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), effectively cutting off any American aid or support for Hamas. The FTO designation also precludes any diplomatic communication between America and Hamas. This led to a bizarre situation where the United States could not have a direct contract with Hamas. The closest we've come to negotiations with Hamas came last month when Secretary Blinken visited Doha, Qatar, to talk with "mediators" for Hamas. I reported on this meeting here: https://valueside.ghost.io/ghost/#/editor/post/667959560f6a4d00015c7eba It raises the question: can America find peace in Gaza when we are prohibited from talking with both sides of the dispute? With Hamas off limits, the Americans must rely on Israel for any negotiated settlement, and that appears highly unlikely. Ukraine America finds itself in the same diplomatic box in Ukraine. Immediately following the Russian invasion in February 2022, all communication between Presidents Biden and Putin were severed. That left negotiations in the hands of the Secretary of State. But Antony Blinken was, if anything, less inclined to call his counterpart than the two Presidents were. The two principal diplomats spoke for the first time, nearly two years into the dispute when they found themselves at the same G20 Meeting. With the US State Department effectively out of the loop, there appears to be no alternative communication between the US and Russia. https://davidreavill.substack.com/publish/posts/detail/145942895?referrer=%2Fpublish%2Fposts Conclusion All three of these disputes have one thing in common: There is no American initiative to move the conflict from the battlefield to the negotiation table. Most often, there is no effort to speak to the other side. Neither Secretary Blinken, our chief negotiator, nor President Biden appears willing to pick up the phone. While America talks to its allies, Ukraine and Israel, there is almost no communication with their opponents, Russia, Hamas, or the Houthis. Is it any wonder that in the natural progression of things, war was inevitable in all these disputes? And, what's worse, these conflicts appear interminable as there is little hope for a negotiated settlement. ** Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Is Peace Possible?
David Reavill
 June 24 2024 at 11:24 am
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs Tel Aviv. ** You can feel the tension build by the day. The world is embroiled in two hot wars: the War in Ukraine and the War in Gaza. These two conflicts continue to escalate almost by the hour. What was considered unthinkable is now accepted as the latest strategy in a long march that threatens to become global. Washington is the common denominator in both conflicts. Without the White House’s military and financial support, neither Kyiv nor Tel Aviv could continue to battle. What is most concerning about both of these conflicts is the chance that they might first evolve into a regional and then global confrontation, a confrontation that would include the two major nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Russian Federation. And this isn’t just our imagination. Speaking before the “Arms Control Association” on June 8th, Pranay Vaddi, the Special Assistant to the President and the Senior Director for Arms Control, commented: “Absent a change in adversary arsenals, we may reach a point in the coming years where an increase from current deployed numbers is required. We need to be fully prepared to execute if the president makes that decision.” https://nuclear-news.net/2024/06/11/1-b1-us-issues-major-nuclear-weapons-alert-amid-fears-of-all-out-war-if-that-day-comes/ That’s our country’s chief arms reduction negotiator telling us that it looks like we’ll need more “nucs” as tensions around the world continue to escalate. However, an all-out nuclear confrontation does not have to be inevitable; there is a long-standing alternative. An alternative that involves the leading member of a President’s Cabinet, the Secretary of State. Since Thomas Jefferson, the country’s first Secretary of State, has been the nation’s lead diplomat. The Secretary of State is the official spokesperson of the US Government with other foreign countries. Twice in the State Department’s listing of SOS duties, “negotiation” is listed as this person’s chief role. The SOS:Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;and,Negotiates interprets and terminates treaties and agreements. https://www.state.gov/duties-of-the-secretary-of-state/ Regrettably, the negotiation tables have been empty since President Biden and SOS Blinken have taken their respective offices. The Afghanistan withdrawal presents a vivid example of how these two operate. In February 2020, under then-President Trump, the US and the Taliban negotiated a deal in Doha, Qatar, that called for a reduction in hostilities. It was the first step in what would become the US withdrawal. Nearly a year later, the Biden Administration took office. For the next four months, there were no official negotiations between the US and the Taliban. Then, on April 14, 2021, President Biden announced his decision to withdraw American troops. The day after that announcement, SOS Blinken flew to Kabul. ABC News notes that talks with the Taliban had been “on ice” until then. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/blinken-visits-afghanistan-bidens-withdrawal-decision-press-diplomacy/story?id=77079705 As anyone who has ever participated in any negotiation will tell you, this is precisely backward. The first rule in any successful negotiation is to bring all parties around the table. Talk. Discuss each party’s aims and objectives. Then, make every effort to reach a mutually inclusive agreement. But that’s not how the Biden Administration operates. Decisions are made in the Biden White House, and only then is the SOS sent out to “sell” that decision to the other side. In today’s multi-polar world, this imperious attitude is highly counterproductive. Another example of the Biden White House’s approach to the international crisis was its response to the Ukraine War. Discussions between President Biden and President Putin were limited before the War began. I believe there had only been two “Skype calls.” But after Russian troops crossed into Ukraine, discussions between the two Presidents ceased. It was a perfect opportunity for the respective Secretaries of State, Sergei Lavrov and Antony Blinken, to talk. Perhaps at the number two level, a resolution could begin. For over a year, Blinken avoided meeting with Lavrov. Finally, at the occasion of the G20 Meeting, when both were scheduled to be in attendance, Blinken met his Russian counterpart face-to-face. Blinken relates that his only comment to Lavrov was, “ End this war of aggression.” This is a remarkable demonstration of Blinken’s diplomatic acumen. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-64825198 While Blinken is reluctant to visit rival countries, such as Russia, he apparently relishes visits to more friendly nations. Since assuming his position as Secretary of State, Blinken has made nine visits to Israel, most of any country. He has a great affinity for the Netanyahu government. But like the conflict in Ukraine, any negotiations aimed at ending the conflict in Gaza are strictly one-sided. Two weeks ago, SOS Blinken traveled to Doha, Qatar, to negotiate with the key Hamas mediators to seek the much-discussed cease-fire. It was all part of a two-day, four-country tour of the Middle East. Arriving for negotiations on Wednesday, June 12th, he departed a couple of hours later. He stayed just long enough for a cup of coffee and a photo op. A profound opportunity to discuss, at length, the objectives for peace with the Hamas representatives was missed. Blinken was in too much of a hurry for his next meeting. Perhaps Blinken was not interested in hearing from Israel’s enemy in the Gaza conflict. By words and deeds, Secretary of State Blinken has demonstrated a reluctance to open a dialog with both sides in today’s greatest conflicts: Ukraine and Gaza. He is unable or unwilling to spend time with the Russians or Hamas, and without engaging with them, a peaceful settlement will be out of reach. As these two conflicts continue to escalate, we may all learn the bitter lesson of Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz, who expressed more than a century ago that the alternative to diplomacy is war. ** Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Modern Bigots
Numapepi
 July 19 2024 at 04:37 pm
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Modern Bigots Posted on July 19, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, a society that gives special treatment to certain groups of people, is at it’s core bigoted. That’s how you can tell which groups have political favor. The elite as a group always have political favor. Due to their status as elites. Others however can become politically favored. By acting as a group, garnering sympathy, and inflicting violence. A way to gauge the political favor of a group is to examine if it’s illegal or uncouth to call it or its members names. Anyone you’re not allowed to criticize, is someone who the political establishment considers more equal than you. Proven by their special treatment of that group and its members. Moreover, those members of groups that are called names by the elite, have negative political favor, proven by the name calling, by the politically favored. To be bigoted doesn’t mean only to be racist, sexist or any other kind of ist… it’s holding some groups as superior and others as inferior. It’s group politics. The definition of the members of that superior or inferior group is irrelevant. As in the Star Trek OS episode Let That Be Your Last Battlefield. A bigot then, is someone who judges others by the irrelevant, while ignoring the relevant. Enlightenment thinkers pointed this out when it comes to appeal to authority, civil rights and the social contract. Appeal to authority is when we’re to believe the mutterings of a certain group because they’re the authorities. Civil rights is all about the rights of groups in politics. Then there’s the social contract. Where the rulers have an unwritten “contract” with the ruled. Each an example of group politics. The problem with vilifying group politics, as the term bigoted does, is that there are bigots who desire to wield the power of group politics. So they do it anyway and gaslight us about it. Calling it protecting the weak. That way the bigots claim their bigotry is virtue. As they’ve always done. Meanwhile, modern bigots openly demagogue their political foes. Calling us the worse names they can come up with. The most privileged justifying their attacks on us as attacks on privilege. Even as they use violence to silence. State coercion. Used against their political foes while they call citizens the enemy of the state. The real perversion of this practice is illustrated when two politically favored groups go at it. The elite go spastic trying to pander to both sides and attack them at the same time. Modern bigots use the law instead of burning a cross on your lawn. Say the wrong thing on Facebook in Europe and the police will knock on your door. With an arrest warrant. Because you called the wrong people names. They can call you anything they want, they have Rights, but you better keep your mouth shut. You don’t. The bigots in the police department will come knocking. In the US, a joke writer is in prison today, because he ridiculed Hillary voters as stupid. While a democrat posted the exact same meme ridiculing Trump voters, and she was lauded for it, not imprisoned. The law has always been the tool of the powerful… aimed by self interest. From slavery, to whistle blowers having to flee the nation, the law has always been the tool of the bigoted despot against their political enemies. The definition of what’s a politically favored group is irrelevant. The relevant fact is that there are politically favored groups. Proven by the fact there are some people and some groups we’re simply not allowed to criticize, let alone call names. This practice has profoundly negative effects on mankind. It’s clearly not human hearted. Nor is it civilized. Using the law and manipulation to enforce bigotry is itself an evil. Plus, forbidding politically disfavored groups from using rhetoric, is hypocrisy writ large. Since the bigot would never tolerate any diminishment of their Rights. Bigots using the law and manipulation to create politically favored groups, will never go away… until the incentive goes away. The only way to derail the incentive is to stop obeying the bigots and call them what they are. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Advantage In War
Numapepi
 July 09 2024 at 02:32 pm
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Advantage In War Posted on July 9, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, history records that in war, the side that commits the most war crimes, loses. During WWI Germany was pretty decent, as far as war goes, but they allied with Turkey, that committed genocide against the Armenians. Which doomed them both. In the war between the states, as much as I agree with many of the points of the South, their war crimes in Andersonville undid them. The crimes of the Nazis are well documented, and again, damned them too. How do I explain the historical examples? I’m not saying the side that’s good wins, nor am I saying the side that’s the defender wins… no, I’m saying the side that respects human rights, has an advantage. Because war is a complex system. In such systems subtle inputs often makes all the difference. Like the fluttering of wings. My understanding of complexity theory is that it seeks to explain complex systems. Such as ecologies, economies, bird flocks, etc… as well as war. Complex systems have a few attributes in common spanning the multitude of regimes complexity theory is applicable. A complex system is made up of individual parts, interconnected, interdependent, with a lack of hierarchy and are self organizing. From these basic components arise an astonishingly effective analogue of reality. Complex systems are resilient, and adaptive. From them are born “emergence.” Explaining the wax and wane of species in an ecosystem, the boom bust cycle of the economy, and the uncanny movement of flocks of birds. In this analogue, war is both an emergent phenomenon and a complex system in itself. When war emerges from the complex system of international politics, it is emergent and itself a complex system. We look at the obvious in war, winning battles. Yet wars have been lost with every battle won. Instead we should look at the intangibles. The will to fight largely depends on the justness of the fight. In the minds of the contestants as well as bystanders. Because in complex systems like war seemingly small inputs can have out sized effects. War crimes have a negative effect on the will to fight of the side that commits them, and enhances the will to fight, in the side that’s victim of them. Plus they turn public opinion against the criminal. To sharpen the point, in a fight between a wolverine and a grizzly, the grizzly will always back down, because the will to fight in a weasel is unmatched. How can war crimes effect the will to fight of people who don’t know about them? Quite easily if you agree with Jung’s collective unconscious. In his theory of collective unconscious, Jung asserted that there is a deep layer of consciousness, the collective unconscious, or as the Kabalists call the unconscious, the super conscious… that’s the foundation of human cognition. We see it manifested in art, literature and iconography. A paleolithic fat woman statue for example. Crimes against humanity then, must be recorded in the collective unconscious… if it exists. Making the knowledge available to everyone. If only as a vague feeling of unease. Intuitive people will understand this more intuitively, than sensing people will sense it, but intuition is available to everyone. What are we to make of this then? Was Jesus right in saying turn the other cheek? Even as he told his disciples to hammer their plowshares into swords? Righteous fighting in war bestows an advantage. An edge that’s subtle and impossible to quantify. Yet cuts like a razor. War crimes lurk in the collective unconscious… nagging at us. Not just at yours, and not only mine… but mankind’s. Every war crime is a butterfly’s flutter in the hurricane of war. As is every act of humanity. History agrees with me. The short term advantage of barbarity becomes a liability. When reality agrees with hypothesis, that hypothesis must have some merit. Else it wouldn’t agree with empirical examination. War crimes are detrimental to a war effort. Unless war crimes are the point. Which would make victory a secondary goal. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Should we stop beginning Oireachtas sessions...
angelobottone
 July 22 2024 at 07:24 am
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A member of Cork City Council has called for an end to saying a prayer at the start of council meetings, appealing to the principle of the ‘separation of Church and State’. Cllr Pádraig Rice noted that more than 50 years ago, the people of Ireland voted to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the 1937 Constitution. “That seems to have been ignored by Cork City Council. With the prayer and the crucifix, it still feels like 1930s Ireland in there,” he said. But prayers are not just said at council meetings, they are also said at the start of sessions of the Dail and Seanad. However, the origins of this tradition are not so much a legacy of our Catholic history, and are much more connected to British parliamentary practice, which we follow. The custom of beginning official proceedings with a prayer is found in a lot of countries that follow the British parliamentary tradition, including the UK itself, the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa. In the UK, prayers have been a fixture in Parliament since around 1558. Every sitting of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords begins with prayers led by the Speaker’s Chaplain in the Commons and a senior bishop in the Lords. The Northern Ireland Assembly begins with a silent period of prayer or reflection. The Scottish Parliament, instead, has a multi-religious ‘Time for Reflection’ at the beginning of each week. Ireland and Malta, which were both under British rule, are the only European countries maintaining this tradition of initial prayers. Aside from the countries listed above, others that have prayers at the start of parliamentary meetings are Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and Namibia, again all of which have historical ties to the UK. In contrast, this is much less common in French-speaking African countries, with Muslim-majority Senegal being an exception. Beginning with the French Revolution, France has enforced a very strict form of secularism, often more than in the US which is almost founded on the separation of Church and State, even though religion remains a prominent feature of public life. In Asia, the Indian Parliament traditionally begins its sessions with a short silent prayer or meditation. Pakistan and Bangladesh start their parliamentary sessions with a recitation from the Quran, while in Sri Lanka, prayers from different religious traditions are offered. Again, these countries have historical links with Britain, all being former colonies. In South America, where Catholicism is traditionally prevalent, formal prayers at the beginning of parliamentary sessions are not customary, with these countries often emphasising the secular nature of their state procedures. Nonetheless, in Europe, some religious elements are still present in legislative bodies even if formal prayers are not common. For instance, a survey by the Oireachtas Library and Research Service found that 10 European countries have a parliamentary chapel or prayer room, and 18 offer religious services within their premises or outside, usually at the start of the year or on special occasions such as Christmas or commemorations. In the United States, both the House of Representatives and the Senate have chaplains. While prayer before proceedings is more of a British tradition, religious iconography in public venues is prevalent in other European traditions. Crucifixes are commonly displayed in public buildings, including government offices and schools, in Italy, Poland, Austria, and some parts of Germany. An absolute ban on such displays is instead a key feature of the French concept of laïcité. Many European countries also have crosses in their flags, a heritage of Christianity, even if the religious symbolism is largely lost today. Praying before parliamentary work has deep historical roots in many legislative bodies worldwide, and the practice varies significantly across different countries, reflecting diverse cultural and religious landscapes. In Ireland, in 2017, after numerous calls to end the tradition, the Oireachtas decided to retain the daily prayer at the start of each business day. Additionally, a 30-second period of silent reflection was incorporated into the Standing Orders. This compromise appears to be a reasonable solution that accommodates individuals of all faiths or none. Removing the prayer entirely would not only have dismissed a long-established and deeply felt custom but also denied a brief yet meaningful moment that many consider important. This approach balances respect for tradition with inclusivity for a diverse population.
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How Viktor Orban Became Europe's Chief...
David Reavill
 July 10 2024 at 01:29 pm
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Viktor Orban is Hungary's bigger-than-life Prime Minister. Never one to back away from conflict, Orban gained national attention when, as a student, he called for the immediate withdrawal of Soviet troops from Hungary in 1989. Just a few months later, the Soviet troops returned home. Hungary was free and independent, and the country had a new hero. Nine years later, Orban, as head of the Fidesz Party, became Prime Minister. Trained as a lawyer, Orban, nonetheless, has a real sense of free market capitalism. During his first term in office, he reduced inflation and brought the government's deficit under control. Under Orban's leadership in 2010, Hungary joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO. So, it should be like old times for Orban when he attends the 75th Annual NATO Summit this week in Washington.But I don't expect it to be without controversy. As we'll see in a moment, Orban is again caught in a swirling cloud of diplomatic consternation. Since July 1, Orban has also been the President of the "Council of the European Union" (not to be confused with the European Council (UGH!)) or simply the Council. This group consists of 27 national ministers, each representing their respective countries. The President of the Council rotates among each member nation, and currently, it is Orban's turn. In terms of international diplomacy, the President of the European Council, now Orban, is considered the lead diplomatic representative of the EU. Although, in real terms, the senior bureaucrats of the EU, such as Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, make the real decisions, this current position gives Orban the "ticket" to visit heads of state on behalf of the EU. And that's just what Orban's been doing. Wasting no time, Orban accepted an invitation that Volodymyr Zelenskyy had extended some time ago to visit Ukraine. Just the day after assuming the Presidency of the EU Council, Orban flew to Kyiv. Orban is a man on a mission, wasting no time to begin. Orban wants to end the conflict in Ukraine; his immediate goal is to bring about a ceasefire. Although this comes as no surprise to any careful observer, it may have caught Zelenskyy off-guard. Although Zelenskyy had welcomed almost all European leaders to Kyiv, this was the first time anyone wanted to talk about peace. All the rest had pledged some sort of military or economic support for Ukraine. But Orban came in search of a way to stop the fighting, not promote it. In a joint press conference, standing next to Zelenskyy, Orban disclosed his objective: "I asked the president to consider whether... a quick ceasefire could speed up the peace talks." https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hungarys-orban-visits-ukraine-with-aid-tensions-running-high-198035 Someone from the West talked about a ceasefire for the first time in this War between Russia and Ukraine. Unthinkable from most of the other NATO countries. For his part, Zelenskyy rolled with the moment, mumbling something about common European priorities and a just peace, but it became apparent that he had no clue where Orban was going. What came next caught the entire European Union, to say nothing about all of NATO, by complete surprise. Orban flew to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. To the collective West, this was a complete breach of decorum and dangerously close to seeing Russia as a responsible member of the global family of nations. If Orban, as titular head of the European Council, met with President Putin, it would give Russia the mantel of respectability that the West has tried to deny for two and a half years. The BBC called Orban "Russia-Friendly." LeMonde noted that it triggered "anger" throughout the EU and amounted to mere "capitulation" from Ukraine. France 24 said that Orban's efforts were "mere appeasement." Zelenskyy outright repudiated Orban, saying that only "strong alliance" members could negotiate for Ukraine. There were even rumblings that the EU may revoke Orban's Presidency of the Council, an unprecedented move. Such was the heated rhetoric coming from throughout the Atlantic alliance. It was the standard "kill the messenger" reaction that we've seen throughout the Russia-Ukraine War. Anytime anyone discusses ending this conflict, they are met with hostility, as if peace is such a bad thing. As Orban noted in Moscow: "The number of countries that can talk to both warring sides is diminishing," Orbán said. "Hungary is slowly becoming the only European country that can speak to everyone." https://apnews.com/article/hungary-russia-orban-putin-visit-ukraine-4755f85d49703be7971b262c18707222 Orban continued his whirlwind tour with a visit to China and talks with Xi Jinping. At the end of these discussions, Xi responded: According to Chinese state media, Xi told Orban, "The international community should create conditions for the resumption of direct dialogue and negotiations between the two sides and provide assistance.It is in the interest of all parties to seek a political solution through an early ceasefire." https://www.reuters.com/world/china/hungary-pm-orban-arrives-beijing-talks-with-chinese-president-xi-2024-07-07/ In a week, Orban had visited three capitals, meeting with the leaders of the two belligerents (Russia and Ukraine) and the two principal leaders of the Global South, China and Russia. Two of the three leaders, Putin and Xi, had indicated their desire to bring peace to Ukraine. Only Zelenskyy had diminished Orban's efforts. Today, Orban will be in Washington, D.C., the capital of Ukraine's principal ally. It will be the 75th Summit Meeting of NATO, an organization that Hungary joined while Orban was Prime Minister for his first term. However, it is likely that his reception will be less than friendly. NATO has invested substantially in Ukraine's ultimate victory; anything less than that, like an immediate ceasefire, will no doubt draw the ire of many. There is only one thing that Orban might do that would draw more anger, and that is to visit Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. Therefore, many Orban observers feel that's precisely what he'll do. Orban's mission is to bring peace to Ukraine, and he'll let nothing get in his way. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Emergent Self Government
Numapepi
 July 10 2024 at 02:06 pm
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Emergent Self Government Posted on July 10, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, I’ve been thinking about alternative ways humanity could organize itself, other than hierarchical government. It must be possible to utterly change the paradigm of government from a hierarchy to a self organizing system. I have an idea of how such a thing would work but a real plan will take someone a lot smarter than me. One reason it’ll take a genius to come up with is because we’re programmed from birth to think we need a hierarchical structure. Because that’s the way it’s always been. And maybe that’s the way it will always have to be. But perhaps not. It would be a culture based society, where individuals are not only empowered to take matters into their own hands, in full view and approval of the public, but are obligated to… whenever an exigency is recognized. A top down government of the kind we’ve become inured to isn’t the only possible game. Though all the systems we talk about are hierarchical. Monarchy, aristocracy, polity/democracy, tyranny, oligarchy and a republic. All types of governments we’re used to are some derivation of these hierarchical systems. The government orders the people take their place. In a complex system, no one would rule, yet all would rule and no one would. People would be absolutely free, within the constraints of the culture, and if that’s too constraining, they would be free to leave for a hierarchical system elsewhere. Meaning ostracism might have to be a thing in a self organizing system. Since there may be people unable to self control, but I think a lack of self control is a childhood issue, carried to adulthood. I’m not talking about hippy communes. A complex system of organization would need a culture that’s conducive, feed backs to limit behavior, like instant punishment at the hands of peers, and rewards for good behavior. Good and bad predicated on it’s effect on everyone else. Judged by the aggregate opinion of the people… not a judge. The basic idea of a complex system of organization, as I see it darkly, would be a culture. Early American Christian culture as Tocqueville explained it, might form a basis. They would have to be combined with cell phones and internet for the transparency required for such a system to work though. Total transparency of public actions would be necessary. For public opinion to be useful. It would be a system of equals, enforced by equals, with great men ostracized. Thrasymacus’ great men would stand in the way. They would argue, how are the immediate hard decisions made? By prime time TV voting? Showing they’re stuck in hierarchical thinking. Democracy itself is a form of hierarchy. It’s simply the majority that tyrannizes the minority, instead of a despot or oligarchy. A complex system wouldn’t need to be led. Like a flock of birds it would self direct. If attacked the system would react like an organism does to infection. Such a system would have to embrace free enterprise since there wouldn’t be anyone to direct us… but ourselves. In this the culture driven feed backs would self limit the avarice of capitalist actors. How? By transparency producing public outrage. That outrage leading to immediate punishment. If only as a general boycott. Replacing hierarchical government with self organization may not be possible. It does make a good thought experiment though. Moreover, perhaps someday it may be possible. Given the right confluence of events… the right culture, along with sufficient moral, philosophical, metaphysical and scientific advancement. Maybe such a self organizing system could be implemented on another planet, if we get that far, before the elite bring on the Beast system and the End times. A system without police, courts, or government to direct us, let alone a command and control anything, is at the periphery of human comprehension. Focusing on it might draw it closer to the middle. Pragmatically… from it, ideas how to limit our present hierarchical governments might be gleaned. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Protecting Freedom of Speech and Biological Sex
Nancy Churchill
 July 10 2024 at 10:51 pm
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Last Tuesday, “A federal district court ruled... to halt the Biden administration’s illegal attempt to rewrite Title IX while the lawsuit, State of Kansas v. U.S. Department of Education, continues.” According to Alliance Defending Freedom, “The injunction covers not only the states of Kansas, Alaska, Utah, and Wyoming but also every school across the country attended by plaintiff Katie Rowland, the members of Female Athletes United, the members of Young America’s Foundation, and the minor children of the members of Moms for Liberty.” The states could lose billions in federal funding for their public schools if they don't comply. “The Biden administration’s radical redefinition of sex won’t just rewire our educational system. It means girls will be forced to undress in locker rooms and share hotel rooms with boys on overnight school trips, teachers and students will have to refrain from speaking truthfully about biological sex, and girls will lose their right to fair competition in sports,” said ADF Legal Counsel Rachel Rouleau. “The court was right to halt the administration’s illegal efforts to rewrite Title IX while this critical lawsuit continues.” According to the Southeastern Legal Foundation, “In May 2024, Moms for Liberty and Young America’s Foundation sued the Biden Administration to stop its overhaul of Title IX—an unconstitutional attempt to gut Title IX’s guarantee that America’s schools afford girls the same opportunities as boys and protect girls and boys with sex-separate private spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms. Represented by Southeastern Legal Foundation, the two organizations assert the claims on behalf of their members whose First Amendment rights are being trampled by the Biden Department of Education’s new regulation, which threatens to punish students for voicing their beliefs in biological sex and forces them to affirm views on gender fluidity, transgenderism, and queer theory.” The “Biden Rule” would redefine “Sex” Southeastern Legal Foundation’s article continues, “Biden issued an Executive Order unilaterally changing the definition of “sex” to include “gender identity” and ordered the Department of Education to rewrite Title IX regulations to forever remove equal access and other legal protections. Soon after, the Department of Education proposed changes to Title IX, claiming it had authority to do so as part of its rulemaking powers. “The Department of Education (DoE) sought to change the definition of “sex” to include gender identity, lower the standard for finding harassment, force individuals to use incorrect pronouns that are not based on biology, and centralize all investigative and disciplinary authority under one campus Title IX coordinator. “…the Department of Education forged ahead and ignored the public’s concerns, issuing a final rule (the “Biden Rule”) in late April 2024, which Moms for Liberty and Young America’s Foundation now challenge in court.” In State of Kansas et al. v. U.S. Department of Education, “the states and organizations argue that the Biden Rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act and separation of powers because the Department of Education changed Title IX without congressional authority; that the Rule violates students’ First Amendment rights because it will compel them to affirm other students’ so-called “gender identity” and discriminates against opposing views; and that the Rule violates other provisions of the Constitution, including the Spending Clause and the Tenth Amendment.” “The states and organizations are asking the Kansas federal court to declare the Biden Rule unlawful and unconstitutional and to stop its enforcement.” The Purpose of Title IX: Protecting Biological Women As the judge noted in his ruling, “Significantly, the purpose of Title IX was to protect “biological women from discrimination in education[;] [s]uch purpose makes it difficult to sincerely argue that, at the time of enactment, “discrimination on the basis of sex” included gender identity, sex stereotypes, sexual orientation, or sex characteristics’; The DoE’s reinterpretation of Title IX to place gender identity on equal footing with (or in some instances arguably stronger footing than) biological sex would subvert Congress’ goals of protecting biological women in education (emphasis added).” “...Plaintiff Organizations assert that the Final Rule violates the First Amendment rights of individuals by compelling speech that aligns with Defendants’ ideology, censoring speech through content-based restrictions and viewpoint discrimination, chilling speech through vague and overbroad language, and forcing individuals to engage in speech that violates their sincerely held beliefs.” “The Final Rule’s interpretation of sex and discrimination are therefore contrary to the statute and historical context of Title IX. The court finds that Plaintiffs are likely to succeed on their claim that the DoE exceed its statutory authority in expanding the definition of sex discrimination in the Final Rule… The DoE simply lacks authority to expand sex to mean gender identity.” ACT NOW: Join one of the plaintiff organizations before July 15 In addition to the four states involved in the lawsuit—Alaska, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming—the injunction covers ALL schools attended by the children of members of Moms for Liberty, as well as the members of Young Americans for Freedom and Female Athletes United. Washington parents concerned about protecting freedom of speech and the rights of biological women under Title IX can join Moms for Liberty here. Students can join Young Americans for Freedom here. Student athletes and their supporters can join Female Athletes United here. According to the order, “Plaintiff Organizations are directed to file a notice in the record identifying the schools which their members or their members’ children, as applicable, attend on or before July 15, 2024.” Take action today and join one of the plaintiff organizations before July 15 in order to protect your child’s school from the Biden Rule while this important lawsuit continues! Nancy Churchill is a writer and educator in rural eastern Washington State, and the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own. Dangerous Rhetoric is available on thinkspot, Rumble and Substack. Support Dangerous Rhetoric Sources:Exempt your school! Join one of these organizations by July 14, 2024 1) Moms for Liberty: https://bit.ly/3zJrGna 2) YAF: yaf.org/membership-request-form 3) Female Athletes United: www.femaleathletesunited.org 4) ORDER – Preliminary Injunction GRANTED: STATE OF KANSAS, et al., v UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, et al., https://bit.ly/4cQH7bx Other Sources: 5) SLF Represents Moms for Liberty and Young America's Foundation in Title IX Lawsuit, https://bit.ly/3VXRL9A 6) Third court puts a stop to Biden admin's illegal Title IX rule, ADF Legal, July 2, 2024, https://bit.ly/4btPIzW Unused Sources: 'Humiliating, degrading, erasing women': GOP states swarm Biden Title IX regulation with lawsuits, Just the News, Link A third judge blocks the feds' addition of gender identity to Title IX, Moms for Liberty (source NPR, July 3, 2024), Link ADF represents Female Athletes United, ADF May 14, 2024, Link Redefining ‘Sex’ Threatens Title IX, ADF, May 30, 2024, ADF Legal, Link Moms for Liberty Succeeds in Halting Title IX Changes, Moms for Liberty, Link
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A Simple Rule Predicts The Future
Numapepi
 July 11 2024 at 03:36 pm
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A Simple Rule Predicts The Future Posted on July 11, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, a measure of the barbarity or civilization of mankind, is how much is built versus how much is destroyed. It’s a pretty simple measure. A metric that’s easily quantified… but is it accurate? I propose it’s not only accurate, it predicts the future. It’s accurate because history tells us it is. Human history is nothing but the record of civilizations rising and falling. When they rise there’s always construction, and when they fall, there’s always destruction. The two are interconnected. They’re not concurrent they’re consequent. The obliteration of cities characterizes the rise of barbarism. Moreover, barbarians don’t create they destroy. Because a barbarian is the avatar of the toddler knocking over a sand castle. A castle carefully built by someone else. If we look at human history from the earliest record of it, we see humanity rising and falling. The collapse of the Bronze age was one such event. While no one knows who the “Sea Peoples” were, there is agreement they were consequential to the collapse. Waging war on The Hittite Empire, the Levant and Egypt. Perhaps driven from their homes by climate change, because of their copious use of fossil fuels for smelting tin and copper. Else they could have been merely conquerors. Nevertheless, we see that the Hittites were ready to collapse due to corruption. So when the Sea Peoples showed up… they collapsed. While Egypt fended them off. The barbaric age that followed didn’t see much construction.. but a lot of destruction. The future can only be gleaned close at hand, due to the rapid onset of chaos in a dynamic system, like history. But we can presume yesterday plus today equals tomorrow. Or a facsimile of it. Using the barbarism civilization measure, of construction versus destruction, we can tell where we are in the cycle. When the amount of destruction is accelerating while construction is decelerating, we can surmise we’re in the destruction phase, and barbarism is coming, if it’s not already here. If there’s more construction, than destruction, then we can presume we’re in the civilization phase. When in the civilization phase, there’ll be good times ahead, and if in the barbarism phase, poverty, crime and want, lurk in the future. We have to look at construction and destruction in the aggregate though. Elitist theory, the theory I subscribe to as opposed to class theory, says that before a civilization collapses, that civilization has been hollowed out by the elite, abandoning their societal myth. In the case of the Sea People’s, had the Hittites been at their zenith the Sea Peoples would have ended up enslaved, instead of conquerors. The conquerors are interested only in conquering. So they ushered in a dark age. This is an important lesson. A force can be considered civilized or barbarian by it’s proclivity to build or destroy. Leading us to the vista of what their advance to power would mean. Barbarians usher in dark ages while civilized people bring civilization to barbarism. Civilization however wouldn’t be vulnerable to barbarians were it not for the elite’s corruption. Looking at the world today, construction is dropping off in China, Europe and elsewhere. Meanwhile war is destroying Ukraine wholesale as well as parts of Russia. The Middle East is struggling to outpace the destruction of war. Even with their riches from oil. American cities are crumbling with abandoned infrastructure rusting in the rain. South America, the Middle East and Africa are and will remain economic basket cases due to their cultures. Who are the conquerors of today? The Islamists and globalists. Neither of which have shown any interest in building… only in conquering. Which means, judged by the measure of building versus destroying, the Islamists and Globalists are, and will, usher in a new dark age. With toddlers in control again, we’ll see if this scale still predicts dark ages. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The next Middle East conflict
ahol888
 July 11 2024 at 10:57 pm
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On October 7, 2003, Hamas unleashed one of the most horrific terrorist acts against Jews since the Holocaust. Of course, Israel retaliated with missile strikes on the Gaza Strip. Israel continues to send missile strikes because Hamas is still holding over 100 people captive in that part of Palestine. Hamas leaders really thought that Israel should not have retaliated even though Hamas started this conflict nine months ago. Their Islamic thinking had Hamas leaders so deluded that they believe that they should be allowed to terrorize anyone throughout the world without an inkling of retaliation. That's not how the world works. If someone starts a fight with you, then you have the green light to fight back. Their wayward thinking explains why Muslims follow a religion in which its main prophet was a pedophile who married a six-year-old while he was in his 50's. The biggest concern now is the next conflict in the Middle East after Israel finishes the job and totally demolishes the Gaza Strip by the end of this year. The next conflict that should start in 2025 between Israel and Hezbollah,the Lebanese group, over the Golan Heights will escalate quickly. We have seen a preview of this new conflict after Hezbollah fired hundreds of rockets into Israel back in April of this year with almost all of the rockets blocked by the Iron Dome defense. Israel retaliated with rockets of their own, but almost all of those rockets were blocked by Hezbollah. Both parties have been in a stalemate since their conflict in 2006. However, this conflict between Israel and Hezbollah will escalate next year because Hezbollah is continuing to become stronger and stronger due to them being backed by Iran and Syria. Iran is not vulnerable to an attack, but Syria is vulnerable to a sneak attack. The book of Isaiah talks about a war in the future that will take place between Israel and Syria. The first part of the battle is listed in Isaiah Chapter 17 where Damascus will be destroyed. In Isaiah Chapter 22, it states that the forces of Elam and Kir will retaliate and will uncover the shield (Iron Dome). Ancient Elam is modern-day Iran; ancient Kir is modern-day Syria. They will torch Jerusalem. The destruction that will be unleashed on Jerusalem will be so furious that the Dome of the Rock will be destroyed. That will allow for Israel to build the 3rd temple on that spot in the future. Finally, as listed in Isaiah Chapter 23, the entire nation of Syria will be destroyed when Israel retaliates after Jerusalem is struck. I was able to put this prophecy into poetic form in order for the masses to gain a better understanding as to what will happen next in the Middle East. You may be reading this and may be thinking that this is all a bunch of malarkey, but the new US defense bill states that every American between 18 and 26 are automatically placed into a military draft. Major war in the Middle East is coming soon.
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As The World Burns
Numapepi
 June 24 2024 at 02:59 pm
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As The World Burns Posted on June 24, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, to borrow a phrase, our elites would rather rule over Hell than serve in Heaven. Which is one reason I worry the elite will burn the world down, before they cede control to populists. Our elite are people driven mad by lust. Lust for power. They start as ignorant teenagers, protesting and demanding others do as they foolishly order. They may not have a clue if their demands make any sense but are all too willing to use violence. Look at how the elite today are so willing to discredit the legal system in their pursuit of power? Breaking their best tool. A sage looks at the world as it is, a pragmatist does what’s effective, and a good person serves mankind. While a fool sees the world as a pastoral, an idealist does what they want, and a bad person expects to be served. There’s a ruler mindset. Plato described it in his work, The Republic. Those who would rule call themselves “Great men.” They consider the rest of us mere bricks for their castles. You see it manifested when a teenager, with zero practical experience and darned little book learning, demands someone else follow their orders. In doing so harming themselves. A thing a solidifying elite would never do. Molding ignorance with hubris in a base of hypocrisy to forge an elite. The climate change vandals are an example. They destroy that which they could never create, to protest a hoax, so the pathological elite can have more power, to make the world worse. That’s the price the elite are willing for the rest of us to pay… so they can have more power over us. Is it really for our good though? Sooner or later they will have started a nuclear war with Russia. NATO has advanced to Russia’s very border and is amassing armies around it. Meanwhile claiming Russia is the aggressor. Then the elite flip out when Russia sends a fleet to Cuba to threaten us back. Psychopaths love victimizing others… especially when the victim is powerless to fight back. They epitomize the typical bully. Russia is ruled by a bully as well though. So, if pushed far enough, there’s no telling if Putin would use nukes. If he did, and the world ends, Western elites won’t be able to blame Putin, they’ll try, but will have to take the blame themselves. If history is recorded, it’ll record them as the worse people to have ever lived. Do you think the elite would nuke the world… rather than accept defeat at the ballot box? If you use a knife as a pry it’ll break. Because tools have limits. A knife slices, a pry bar pries and screwdriver cuts your hand. The elite’s best tool of subjugation is the legal justice system. By using it the way they have, openly and publicly as a tool of political oppression, they’ve broken it. That tool is only as sharp as the people’s opinion of it though. Dull it in our minds by political bias and it doesn’t cut as well. Use it as a pry though and it breaks off. The elite have been using it as a political lever. Dulling it first by public corruption, and now breaking it, with their insane persecution of conservatives, MAGA, Trump and anyone else that stands in their way. Destroying the legal system in the process. How do you think a society functions without an operational legal system? Pragmatists look at results and idealists look at intentions. Our elites could care less about the collapsing standard of living in the US and Europe. They’re ruling for “our” good making their intentions pure. Even if the results are evil. Someone aware, pragmatic, who has the best interest of the nation in mind, would step aside. Without grasping to power by election fraud, criminal prosecution of opponents and propaganda. As a person mesmerized by ideology, idealistic and haughty clutches onto power. Even as our economy collapses, crime escalates, and nuclear war is at hand… our elites call hard working Christian Americans, (the majority), America’s biggest threat. As the world burns, the elite prove daily, they’d rather rule over a hellscape than live in powerless opulence. Sincerely, John Pepin
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How the Fed Sets Interest Rates - Rich In...
David Reavill
 July 12 2024 at 03:43 pm
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Senators Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, and President Jimmy Carter shortly after signing the Humphrey-Hawkins Act. ** This week, we were treated to one of the great traditions of the Western World: the Federal Reserve's biannual report to Congress. Always delivered by the Fed's Chairman this year, that duty fell to Jerome Powell. By all accounts, Powell performed most masterfully. A lawyer by training, Powell transitioned easily among the Fed's favorite measures of GDP, Inflation, and monetary policy. Cognizant of his historic role, Powell reminds the Congressmen and Senators, in his very first sentence, that:" The Federal Reserve remains squarely focused on our dual mandate to promote maximum employment and stable prices for the benefit of the American people." It sounds idyllic. Maximum employment and stable prices are a couple of economic conditions that everyone can agree on. We all would like to see as many people employed as possible, and stable prices would be a relief from the current bout of inflation. But have you ever wondered where the twin mandate came from? Or why were these two economic principles, and not some other verity, chosen? We must travel back nearly half a century to 1978 to find the answer to these questions. Jimmy Carter was President, and the country had not yet emerged from what would become the most extended recession of the post-World War II era. Many economists consider the 1970s to be the "lost decade." This time of high unemployment, low economic growth, and inflation led to the invention of the term "Stagflation," which describes the dismal economy of this time. That year, one of the canniest politicians of all time, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, was in the US Senate. For 29 years, Humphrey has roamed the Halls of Washington, having served as first a Congressman, then a Senator, later Vice President of the United States, and now, in 1978, senator from Minnesota. Humphrey had a long record as a classic political liberal and a defender of the working men and women of the country. 1978 would be Humphrey's last year in Washington, and he was anxious to enhance his legacy. Before him were two institutional mandates: the mandate of the Federal Reserve to set short-term interest rates. The second mandate (from the Employment Act of 1946) is for the Federal Government to pursue "maximum employment." Something that the Federal Government was not achieving. From 1970 until 1978, the unemployment rate in the country ranged from 5.5% to 9%, well above what the public saw as acceptable. Humphrey saw an opportunity to offload the Federal Government's responsibility for employment and put it on the Federal Reserve. Killing two birds with one stone, as they say, enhanced Humphrey's reputation as a pro-labor politician while relieving the Congress and President of a task they proved to be woefully inadequate. Congress, both Senate and House, would be all for this new legislation. So, with the help of fellow Democrat and labor advocate Augustus Hawkins, the Humphrey-Hawkins law was created. The Federal Reserve would then report to Congress on its twin mandate, "full employment and stable prices." It's been 46 years since the Humphrey-Hawkins Law was enacted. This week, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve reported for the 91st time on the twin mandate, indicating that the Fed is doing all it can to uphold those two economic realities. It's a Tradition! Like changing the guard at Buckingham Palace or laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Fed's Report to Congress is a long-standing tradition. But it is a tradition, I fear, that yields little in providing a timely, informative look at the current state of our economy. Timeliness is at the root of nearly all the issues with Fed Monetary Policy. You see, our economy moves at the speed of the internet. The lightning-fast propagation of data moves markets, informs analysts, and impacts our lives. But in Washington, the Committee Calendar sets the pace. So, when Jerome Powell testified before the House and Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday, he relayed the decisions made by the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee on June 11 and 12 a month ago—all based on last month's data—which in today's financial world is surely antiquated. As Powell pulls up his chair and sits before the assembled press and various Representatives, he must present last month's policy decision and underlying data as if it were news, somehow making June's FOMC Meeting Results relevant in mid-July. Now we know why "stand pat" is the most oft-heard refrain from the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. He is under complete restraint. The Fed's Interest Rate Policy has been set for a month now; Powell cannot change that. The Fed was frozen from the moment the FOMC Meeting ended on June 12 until Powell reported those results a month later on July 9th and 10th. All policies are frozen for two months each year, the month before the Fed's March and July testimony before Congress. They cannot change lest the Fed's carefully crafted economic scenarios unwind. While it is true that the Chairman could schedule a "special" FOMC Meeting and change policy mid-month, imagine the "PR" nightmare that would create. No, Powell would rather remain too restrictive than risk any perceived sudden change in policy. Even though unemployment has risen all year, from 3.7% to 4.1%, and inflation (CPI)has fallen all year, from January's annualized 3.66% to June's -0.67, Powell refused to budge: the Fed's policy will remain restrictive. He knows that once your "message" is set, it's best to wait until all the Committees have met before making any change. It's sad, but I fear an authentic commentary on how the United States implements its 1970s Monetary Policy today, in the 21st century. ** Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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A Warning To European Leftists
Numapepi
 July 23 2024 at 03:31 pm
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A Warning To European Leftists Posted on July 23, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, European leftists who just won would be wise to look at the Biden administration, as an example of where they’ll be in four years. They’re high on fumes right now but that’ll wear off soon enough. The moment they enact their policies the economy of Europe will go into free fall. Which will be exhilarating. Soon rampant crime will be normalized making business impossible in many places. The civil war between diverse factions and races will be hard to stop. The elite in Europe think this will manipulate the people to turn to an all powerful state. In Hegelian fashion. Yet, in their transcendent ignorance, the elite fail to consider how self interested those factions are. Which will lead to the loathing of the leftists… as the democrats are experiencing today in the US. Evil always destroys itself… if not by malevolence, then by stupidity. European leftists will not only continue their war on farms but will double down. Attacking their food source with gusto. Which, most would agree, is the summit of stupid. Even if famine is the desired goal, that proves stupidity and malevolence, wrapped up in one putrid package. Of course, the open borders, free welfare to all comers and sharia courts pretending to be European, will sow the seeds of open civil war. Not a war between states, as WWI and WWII were, but a true civil war. A kinetic war between factions within the state itself. Looking at Ireland, Britain, France and Germany, and judging their future trajectory by their past, makes this prediction inevitable. As long as leftist governments are in charge. The economy of Europe will continue to fall… but that fall will accelerate to 9.8 M/S^2. As the childless natives age and retire, with only immigrants who refuse to integrate to replace them, there will increasingly be a shortage of skilled workers. So, not only will the culture be replaced by the migrants, so will the economy. No longer will Europe be a value added economy but an area barely able to sustain itself… until it can no longer. Because there’s no oil in the ground, the coal has been mined and the minerals are played out. The only thing left is to build things. And that takes a culture of innovation, hard work and education. Replacing all three with a culture of conquest, sloth and zealotry, will result in poverty. That’s why so many people have fled it for European welfare. Leftists think they can simply ban parties that disagree with them. Until leftist’s are the only one left. Like in China, North Korea and the former Soviet Union. We see the stirring of this in Germany with calls to ban the AFD. If they manage to get that passed, then expect a wave of party banning to travel across Europe, like bubonic plague. Because leftists have a fundamentally different view of the role of law. They see it as Thrasymachus, Han Fei and Engles did. As a tool of political power. Not as Solon, Socrates, Confucius, Solomon and Christian thinkers have… as a tool to promote social concord, through justice. That’s why leftist parties are so quick to exploit the power of law to political ends. It’s the role of law in their eyes. Which is also why leftist parties always become totalitarian. All adding up to a general revolt in a few years against leftist rule across Europe. Even the factions they’ve empowered will turn on them. Because nothing is as revolting as total utter and complete failure at everything. Economic disaster isn’t magnetic. Civil war doesn’t speak to the wisdom of the rulers. Just as government imposed famines tend to alienate the populace. After a few years of the left’s evil rule, they will have thoroughly destroyed themselves, Europe and their reputations. No amount of legal warfare will stop the seething anger of the people who’ve been subject to the stupidity. So in the end, the leftists will rue the day they finagled this election, to get power. Because, like Biden, being too stupid to keep their tongue out of the socket… that power will electrocute them. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Progressive Leftwing Preference for Violence...
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 July 14 2024 at 04:25 am
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Violence is the foundation of progressive leftwing Democratic Party, socialist politics. Fundamentally, every law is enforced by the police. Progressive leftwing Democrats/socialists prefer using laws, rather than voluntary non-governmental organizations and rational persuasion, to force their ideas on everyone including dissenters. In contrast, libertarians prefer voluntary relationships and rational persuasion. It is this preference for the mass coercion of police-enforced laws that underlies the fact that America’s most recent brushes with political massacre and assassination were carried out by leftwingers against conservatives. Just a nice image for this article. We need calming images after this latest bout of progressive leftwing violence. We had the socialist Bernie Bro, James Hodgkinson, who came close to massacring a group of Congressional Republicans practicing baseball. We have the leftwing nut preparing to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Now we have the left almost assassinating former President Trump after years of violent rhetoric by prominent leftwing voices explicitly and directly advocating that someone assassinate him. The progressive left of Democratic Party socialist has now incited civilization-ending political violence against all three branches of government. Perhaps the only reason these events have not resulted in political catastrophes is that all these progressive leftwing shooters thankfully failed (as they usually do at everything else too such as public education). _______________ Support Non-Violence writing by tipping me at Ko-Fi.com or by donating some Ethereum digital currency at this public address! 0x5ffe3e60a7f85a70147e800c37116b3ad97afd5e  — — — — — — — — —  It does not help that progressive leftwing Democrats have spent the past few weeks engaged in mass hysteria (definitely ginned up by some organized campaign) against the Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025. If you have heard something awful about Project 2025, it likely was a lying hallucination. Every political party throughout history has started planning an agenda in case they win the next election, and Project 2025 is no different. But that’s the leftwing progressive Democratic Party attitude towards a lot of privileges: It is fine when they do it (like violence), but not when their political opponents do it. Right now it is the political left in America that has legions of fascists, Antifa (who act like fascists, and so are fascists despite their deceitful name), Hamas-supporters, and 2020’s Summer of Love and “mostly-peaceful” arson. In contrast, when rightwing extremists attempted to engage in non-violent disruption protests on January 6th (just like how the progressive left has spent decades doing sit-in disruptions of the Supreme Court of the United States, and of state legislative houses like Wisconsin’s), the progressive leftwing Democratic/socialist elites of America engaged in massive gaslighting lying propaganda calling it an “insurrection”. Oh really? A bunch of 2nd Amendment-supporting gun owners supposedly tried to start an “insurrection” and did not bring any guns or even weapons at all??????? That makes no *@(%$# sense. For a round-up of recent violent rhetoric from progressive leftwing Democrats/socialists, including from President Biden himself calling for Trump to be put in a “bull’s eye” a few days ago, just visit Instapundit.com. just another nice calming image True, the American right also engages in violent rhetoric. The difference is that the American right owns far more guns than the American left, yet engages in far less gun violence whether criminal or political. It would take a much higher incidence rate of political gun violence from the American right to even equal, let alone surpass, the severity of the American progressive leftwing Democratic Party’s addiction to violence. So, actually, it is different when conservatives do it. When conservatives engage in violent rhetoric, they have a proven track record of not carrying that over into physical, real violence, whereas progressive leftwing Democratic Party socialists do. And lest you Dearest Reader naïvely reassure yourself that “Surely, this assassination attempt against Trump is just a freak black swan”, ponder over Venezuela. Think back to 1999 when Hugo Chavez, the socialist, took over a country that was the wealthiest in Latin America, with a thriving middle class. Think back to 1999 when American leftwing progressive Democratic Party types were swooning over Hugo Chavez. No one who was swooning over Hugo Chavez should have any influence in America anymore, and yet these are the very people still elitely leeching off and gaslighting the free world. Think that Venezeula's disaster cannot happen in America? You’re kidding yourself. Don't give progressive leftwing Democratic Partisans the coercive government power they crave. UPDATE: According to the most recent information, Trump’s would-be assassin donated money to hardleft organizations while having registered as a Republican, which makes him hard left. If you are deliberately naïve, you might believe that party registration is significant, but donating one’s own hard-earned cash is not, and ignore the fact that political movements have spent decades encouraging their members to register with the opposite side in order to screw with their nominations. _______________ Support Non-Violence writing by tipping me at Ko-Fi.com or by donating some Ethereum digital currency at this public address! 0x5ffe3e60a7f85a70147e800c37116b3ad97afd5e
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Relationship, Communication, and Reasoning
interestsineverything
 June 28 2024 at 04:22 pm
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What is "thinking"? I think most people never take the time to think about what thinking really is. Of course, this is some kind of "meta-thinking". But still, there are important thoughts to think about here: What is it to "think"? Ultimately, wouldn't "thinking" be something like "playing with how to connect ideas"? You may not think correctly. You may not think exhaustively. But really, to "think" is to put ideas together and see how well they work. Well, what are "ideas"? Ultimately, wouldn't "ideas" be basically ANYTHING? Anything can be an idea. A word. An action. A random description. A picture, even. All of it. Any of it. Anything is an idea. Even when you reason with ideas, that's technically an idea in and of itself. Ideas are necessary, but you also should WANT to reason with them in order to fit them together into better ideas. But what is "reasoning"? Ultimately, isn't "reasoning" trying to perfectly connect ideas? By trying to reason, you are trying to come up with the "correct" way to connect ideas. If there is some connection that is "inferior"—something that doesn't work—you tend to throw it out. It's not consistent. You can't depend on it or really use it to do anything useful. If there's an inferior connection, you don't use it because it may or may not work. It's not dependable, something to count on. So really, when you "think", you are trying to correctly connect ideas (anything) together in a perfect way. You are playing with connecting ideas, seeing what works and what doesn't. It's not exact. It's not perfect. It's the PROCESS of working toward perfection. BUT, reasoning is something that you can actually categorize into two categories: 1) There are absolutes, connections that will always work, will always be true, will always be consistent—simply based on the nature and structure of the connection! 2) There are connections that are (more often than not) correct; they may not always work, but they are generally correct, generally true, generally consistent, but they are NOT absolute. These two categories are more basically simplified into 1) absolutes and 2) non-absolutes (things that are probabilities instead). You may know these more commonly as 1) deduction and 2) induction. Ultimately, this captures EVERY mode of reasoning. Even bad reasoning (sometimes called "abduction") is really just misled induction—reasoning from probabilities, but badly performing your probability calculations. Logic is this fundamentally "best" way to reason. It is the best way to orient your connections between ideas. It's funny that "logic" comes from the Greek root logos. It is the thing that connects other things. Logos can mean "ratio". I'm not sure how mathematically minded you are, but a ratio is a comparison of two things. It connects two things (a numerator and a denominator). Thus, LOGIC—reasoning, correctly connecting ideas—is based on having the proper comparison of two things. It's funny that the apostle Paul frequently called Jesus Christ (whom John called the logos) our "high priest" (check out his Hebrews epistle). The reason I find it a bit "funny" is because the priest is the mediator—the CONNECTION—between man and God (the Father). So we have ideas (anything) that are connected by reason (logic/logos). EVERYTHING that is of meaning, which we do in life, is entirely about communication. It's entirely about relationship. It's entirely about the connection of ideas. We communicate with one another. Even experiencing a beautiful piece of music is communication of one idea to the listener. Every child is born of a mother—there is that connection they have, even if not relationally, they still have that connection physically. The DNA of the father and mother communicate with a back and forth to create new genetics in the child. When we enjoy a physical sensation, our body is communicating to our brain. When we work with our hands, we are communicating our idea to the real world. Any ACTION we take is a communication between two things. Spiritually, when we pray we communicate with God. If we don't recognize that communication is necessary, that reasoning is necessary, and that relationship is necessary, we won't see that life is necessary.
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 July 23 2024 at 04:23 pm
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7/21/24 Healthy & Awake Newsletter Hey Critical Thinkers! I hope you're all doing well. Lately, I’ve been on a new health journey that I wanted to share with you. For about three years, I struggled with persistent gut issues. Despite numerous doctor visits and tests, I couldn't find a clear solution. So, four weeks ago, I decided to take matters into my own hands and started a strict carnivore diet. My meals now consist solely of bacon, eggs, steak, butter, tallow, and raw milk—no carbs except for a little from the milk. Remarkably, within just two weeks, I started feeling significantly better. One of the surprising benefits of this diet is that re-quitting coffee has been much easier this time around. I've tried quitting coffee before and always struggled, but it seems like the carnivore diet might have made a difference. Not sure why. However, the challenge is that writing has become almost impossible without my daily coffee fix, which has halted my daily posts. I'm considering having coffee once a week just for a dedicated writing day, but I'm cautious about potential headaches. At least I still feel sharp when recording the podcast. Speaking of which, let’s dive into our latest episodes!🎙️ Current Episode: Sergeant Boone Cutler Today on Healthy & Awake Podcast, I'm excited to bring you an interview with Sergeant Boone Cutler. Sergeant Cutler is a decorated warfighter, author, and a recognized leader in the field of 5th generation warfare, which includes the influence of media and information on public perception and health decisions. We delve into how this modern form of warfare impacts your health choices and discuss practical steps you can take to protect yourself and better understand the complex world we live in. This episode is packed with insights that can help you navigate the complexities of modern information warfare and make informed health decisions. Don't miss this enlightening conversation! Click here to tune in: Rumble, Apple, Spotify🗓️ Next Episode: Shocking Videos w/ Dr. Stephen Luk In our next episode, I speak with Dr. Stephen Luk, a podiatric surgeon and one of my best friends for over 10 years. Dr. Luk specializes in foot and ankle surgery, and in this episode, we explore his professional insights through a series of video clips. You'll see his reactions as a medical professional to some fascinating surgical technologies and a few surprising injuries. While it's not too graphic, if you're squeamish at all, there will be an audio version available as well. This episode is both educational and fun, especially with Dr. Luk's expert take on these topics. Don't miss it!🔥 Post of the Week: Provoking Thought and Sparking Dialogue It seems that with some issues, there is an effort to prevent us from critically thinking. Pejorative terms like "conspiracy theorist" are used for those who challenge the status quo. You're told that you have to sacrifice certain liberties for the greater good and that you're a bad person if you question that. You're told to trust the science. And if you start asking too many questions or the wrong questions, people get upset. For me, those are red flags that warrant further scrutiny. Maybe I have contrarian tendencies, so when someone tells me not to do something, I want to do it. But it's also more than that; it's a healthy suspicion and skepticism. It's unusual that asking questions is discouraged, especially in matters involving my own health or certain freedoms I've always had. In today's day and age, it takes strength to continue to ask questions and challenge the status quo, and I celebrate those who do. Strength and a healthy sense of skepticism are crucial for protecting your health. Have you noticed this sort of effort, or do you think I'm engaging in the types of conspiracy theories I'm referring to? What do you have a healthy sense of skepticism towards, and where do you feel more questions should be asked? 🔍 If you want to work with a Board Certified Health Coach who isn't afraid to ask questions and challenge the status quo, click here to start your first session for just $1 today. While you're there, check out our testimonials to see how we've already helped people improve their health. Stay healthy & awake, Mike Vera Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC) MikeVera.com
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Astonishing Hypocrisy
Numapepi
 June 27 2024 at 02:07 pm
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Astonishing Hypocrisy Posted on June 27, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems astonishing to me, that Israel is supporting Azerbaijan, in its genocide of Armenians!? I thought the words, “Never again,” rang in the minds of Jews across the world? Is it the case that the phrase is hollow? Depends on your definition of “never,” and “again.” While I fully support Israel’s right to exist and defend itself… I don’t support this move. Moreover, Israel is being charged with genocide of Gazans, in their war with Hamas, as a strategy to weaken it. A charge that’s mere rhetoric. Because if they are, Israel is the worse genocider in history. The population of Gaza is growing fast… not shrinking. Like the population of Nagorno Karabackh. Yet Israel is actually guilty now of abetting genocide. Not of Gazans, but of Armenians. Like I said… astonishing! When Hitler proposed the final solution, the genocide of Jews in Europe, he was asked by an astonished OKH, what would history think of Germany for such a heinous act? Hitler slammed his fist on the table and shouted, “What does history say of the Armenians?!” Meaning, no one cared, that the Young Turks had systematically exterminated every Armenian they could get their hands on. Especially relishing cutting the babies from pregnant women, in front of their husbands and fathers. To show their superiority. Since history had recorded these atrocious crimes against humanity, and has passed judgment… that it was perfectly acceptable, Hitler thought exterminating the Jews in a far more humane way, gas chambers, would be even more acceptable. Boy was he wrong. While the continued liquidation of Armenians by famine, is acceptable by the world elites, the arming of Armenia against genocide is not. The world is livid that France had the audacity to send arms to Armenia. The globalist shills in the media are already exclaiming Armenia will attack Azerbaijani occupation forces in Nagorno Karabackh! Where Armenians have been systematically exterminated since it was surrounded by Azerbaijan. As the Armenians are exterminated, their cemeteries are plowed under, their homes razed and their churches burned to the ground. All traces of the existence of Armenians in former Armenia are destroyed. Total erasure of the people, culture and past. As if they never existed. Which is what Hitler wanted to do to the Jews, Gypsies and Russians in Leningrad. None of this would be possible without the coordinated efforts of the unbiased media. The presstitues whore themselves out to the globalist elites, for money, prestige and privilege. While there are lots of articles vilifying France for hindering genocide, and many praising Israel and Azerbaijan, Nargono Karabackh is never mentioned. I suppose, because letting the masses know there is an actual genocide going on there, right now, might change their perspective. Just remember, everything the media tells us is a lie. A lie of omission, commission or yellow gaslight. Even as the media laments the continued war in the Caucuses, because it distracts from the wars in Ukraine, Middle East and the pending war in Taiwan. You can count on the press to lie when the truth would serve them better. Even as the media shouts about a fake genocide, and covers up a real one, we’re left wondering what’s true and what’s not. We become agitated when propaganda is applied in liberal doses. Becoming a mindless mob instead of mindful men. Which is the idea. Bernays would be proud of today’s media. Making genocide palatable and self defense a crime is a rhetorical coup. Which makes it all the more astonishing that Israel, the former victim of genocide, and the present victim of propaganda, is hiding behind the media’s propaganda and abetting genocide. Supporting Israel’s right to exist and right of self defense, as well as Armenia’s right to exist and Armenia’s right of self defense, is no inconsistency. To support Israel, and not support Armenia however, is the acme of inconsistency. It’s hypocrisy. Sincerely, John Pepin
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The Media Protects Big Pharma
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 June 27 2024 at 03:42 pm
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One of the biggest failures of the mainstream media is manipulation by omission—not reporting on big stories. One recent example is the lawsuit against Pfizer by multiple states for fraud. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone paying attention. Many, including myself, have been warning about this from day one. Let's not forget Pfizer has one of the largest criminal fines of any business. They're accused of misleading the public, among other things. I encourage people to check out the story for themselves, wherever they can find it—certainly not from the mainstream media. It’s crucial to stay informed, but if you only trust the mainstream media, you're likely misinformed or uninformed. This omission shapes perceptions and conversations, drastically altering public discourse. You have to wonder why the media covers for these large companies. Just think logically: pharmaceutical companies spend millions on ads with these media organizations. A pharmaceutical insider recently claimed that the reason for these massive ad spends isn’t just to persuade the public to buy their products, but to ensure favorable media coverage. It's essentially buying them off. Enough time has passed for people to have made up their minds. Skeptics have been skeptical from day one and will likely remain so. Conversely, those who trust these companies and the mainstream media continue to do so, seemingly unchangeable. However, I hope this story will develop and gain enough attention to reveal that pharmaceutical companies and the media do not have your best interests in mind. Think for yourself, explore stories beyond what large organizations present to you. If you want the truth, you have to dig deeper. How do you find information? Do you trust the media despite these failures, or are you skeptical? If you want to work with a health coach who believes skepticism is one of the healthiest qualities, especially towards these media organizations, click the link in my profile to learn more about Avantia Health Optimization. Your first session is only $1. Check out testimonials from people we've already helped. Click now to get started today. Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Constitutional Rights
Numapepi
 June 28 2024 at 01:49 pm
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Constitutional Rights Posted on June 28, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, now the precedent has been set that a constitutional Right can be removed, by criminal statute, we can expect to see a full assault on them all. Via criminal law. Since anyone can have their constitutional Right to keep and bare arms removed by a complaint of criminal intent, why not the freedom to speak, freedom of association or of religion? Should those charged with wire fraud be allowed freedom of speech? How can we tolerate crackpots preaching disliked ideas, when all we need do is charge them with something, to remove that Constitutional Right? Why should any criminal have any rights? Then all the state need do is make everyone a criminal, and voila, Constitutional protections only apply to politically favored people. As the elite want. The US Supreme Court recently ruled, all it takes to have one’s second amendment rights removed, is an allegation of domestic abuse. Not a conviction… merely and allegation. Rest assured however, that while an allegation would be sufficient to get you or I disarmed, a criminal conviction wouldn’t be enough to have an elite’s guns taken away. The hypocrites need them for self defense. Bestowing the power on all angry women to have their ex-husbands abused at the hands of the State. Now that’s progressive! Especially because, to remove someone’s firearms over an allegation, negates all Constitutional protections. The politically disfavored already have little access to protection against state abuse, and with this ruling, they’ll have none whatsoever. This ruling shows that our Constitutional Rights are subject to allegations of intent. An ex charged with domestic abuse, who is disarmed, is being charged with the intent to do a crime… not a crime itself. Apparently, our courts are mind readers… or corrupt. Because only a mind reader can know if someone is about to commit a crime. Else are so corrupt they deny their obligations. Now this example has been set, this tactic can be used against all of our Constitutional protections. Freedom of speech could be taken away by the mere allegation of intent to misinform. How is that any different? The mere allegation of intent to do a crime is now enough to have a Constitutional Right removed, therefore, any allegation of intent will be sufficient. SCOTUS has taken us on a slippery slope wearing skis. Why not use the same strategy on all our Constitutional Rights? That simply follows logically. How can we be safe in our person or papers… if there is an allegation we’re considering doing a swindle? That allegation alone should be sufficient, under the new rules, for government to search our premises without warrant or court order. You have to admit, that would be much more effective at law enforcement. The fact violent crimes aren’t prosecuted in many cities now, depending on who the victim is and who the attacker is… only serves to enhance the despotism. What if someone is charged with wanting to start a cult? Can their freedom of religion be taken away? Of course it can! Now that SCOTUS has negated our Constitution, as it pertains to citizens, we’ve entered a brave new world. Constitutional protections are only for the elite and illegal aliens today. Citizens are on the outs with our courts. Today, if the police order you to self incriminate, SCOTUS stands behind them 100%. Proving our Constitution is merely pacifying prose written on friable paper. Hiding their naked despotism behind a cheesecloth of court rulings. We can fight back though. Follow the tactic they used in Scotland. Use the elite’s own despotism against them. Demand local prosecutors charge national elites with their obvious crimes, and order their weapons removed… as well as their security detail. Who are essentially a weapon. Remove their constitutional rights, and you’ll find our Constitution is important to protect after all. But only when their rights are at stake… not and never ours. Sincerely, John Pepin
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A Feminist Argues...
interestsineverything
 June 28 2024 at 04:46 pm
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I heard a feminist the other day arguing: "That's why the terms 'less manly', 'he's less of a man than him', or 'she's not that womanly' makes sense. If gender was truly a binary, those words would make no sense. It would be like 'cat and not cat': that doesn't— You can't have an in-between really. And the same thing applies for gender: there is a spectrum there, that's why the words less womanly, more womanly, less manly, more manly makes sense to us." This is the kind of nonsense that comes from growing up sheltered. "Sheltered?" you may wonder, "What's that got to do with being sheltered?" "Sheltered" is a term we used to use to indicate that someone was protected from ways of looking at things, protected from thinking about different thoughts, protected from hearing different sounds. The children that attend the modern elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and universities are sheltered. Let's consider what this poor girl said: "That's why the terms 'less manly', 'he's less of a man than him', or 'she's not that womanly' makes sense." Firstly, WORDS make sense to us because we're able to bend them around. If someone said "I saw a whole half a cake on the table", a critic might argue "WHAT? What is a WHOLE HALF?" See? Is it a whole? Or half? Of course, the way we use words, we bend the word "whole" to exaggerate a bit. It has nothing to do with the cake existing as some "in between state" of being. It has to do with what we are communicating. You could just say "I was impressed to see as much as a half a cake on the table—I wouldn't have expected that much." But there's a difference between speaking colloquially and speaking technically. "If gender was truly a binary, those words would make no sense. It would be like 'cat and not cat': that doesn't— you can't have an in-between really." OK, Miss Sheltered, let's see: If two alley cats were able to speak and have personality, and one of them said to the other, "You're less of a cat than I am", you don't think that bears the meaning in the exact same way that a man might say to another man "you're less manly than I am"? Of course it does! Actually, here's what's most impressively stupid about her argument: the very FACT that those things ARE binary is what makes the insult so effective. If I tell a man, "You're way less of a man than I am", it's insulting to him. Why? Because a man is a man—there is no in between—so it's like questioning whether he's a man at all. That's the MEANING that it conveys. That's why one woman being MORE womanly than another is considered impressive: she is more capable of ACTUALLY "being a woman"—the absolute category. It's two binary categories, and we can use our words to exaggerate one thing more than another, even when the categories are binary. It's this kind of childish thinking—this lack of focus, concentration, attention to detail—that makes me wish every person left the schools and learned a trade. At least they'd be more in touch with reality.
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WHO’S GONNA CARRY THE BOATS? (THEY DON’T KNOW...
Akira The Don
 June 28 2024 at 07:40 pm
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RING THE ALARMS! IT’S HAPPENING! GOGGINS II SEASON IS GO! That’s right, brave wave-riding individual, the first single from the oh-so long-awaited second GOGGINS album is here! Five years after the first album dropped like oh so many nukes, five years of daily messages from YOU, demanding “WHEN MORE…” At last, the Meaningwave Universe is once more to be blessed with an abundance of the kind of music that cannot exist in any other manner. GOGGINS X MEANINGWAVE = PURE NAPALM WHO’S GONNA CARRY THE BOATS? (THEY DON’T KNOW ME SON!) And for single number one, we took it to the source, and sampled what could well be the most iconic workout video of all time, one that posed a question that haunts and motivates millions… WHO’S GONNA CARRY THE BOATS? AND THE LOGS? THEY DON’T KNOW ME SON! The single is out now on all platforms, and LO, you can enjoy this suitably epic and action (movie) packed music video that I have been slaving over for the past 5 days. An album five years in the making surely deserves an inaugural music video 5 days in the making. The album, GOGGINS II, drops on July 19th and will be preceded by two further singles. GET READY FOR GLORY! LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!AKIRA THE DONDSPDC, June ‘24 ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎‎‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎ ‎
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How To Manage Your Cash: The Warren Buffett Model
David Reavill
 June 29 2024 at 01:39 pm
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Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. ** Recently, my sister-in-law asked for suggestions on where to place some extra cash. She wants to refrain from investing these funds, as she may need them in the future. So, where's a good place to put idle cash?I get this question fairly often, and I'd like to explore this important component of most people's investment profiles.Cash Management Cash management is a vitally important discipline on Wall Street. It's no place to let your money sit idle, as those extra percentages you can gain by investing cash wisely can make all the difference in your long-term returns. And perhaps even more importantly, any cash investment gone wrong can tarnish a sterling reputation. No one knows this better than Warren Buffett. After all, he's likely the most famous investor of our time and has been on Wall Street longer than most people have been alive. What's more, Buffett has accumulated the largest "stash of cash" in history. His holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, has an incredible $163 billion in cash in its latest annual report (for year-end 2023). It's an unimaginable sum, made all the most so when you realize that only four banks in the country, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, and Wells Fargo, have a net worth greater than that. And three of the four have recently been added to the FDIC's list of potentially troubled banks. Banks that the FDIC wants to change how they prepare for the next banking crisis. The FDIC has NOT said these banks are in trouble currently, but their crisis plan needs to be revised. It's not something you and I have to worry about; we're covered by FDIC insurance. But for Buffett, this is a very big deal. His cash position must remain safe, and the only way for him to guarantee that is to hold cash at a safer institution than the nation's largest banks. So, Buffett's only place for his cash is the US Treasury, where he has 80% of his cash holdings. (The other 20% is in various checking accounts, deposit accounts, and other accounts tied to his business activity.)The Berkshire Annual Report tells us that all its cash is in "T Bills," US Treasury Bills. That makes sense because these are the shortest-term, most liquid Treasury Instruments.T Bills generally mature anywhere from one month to one year. It's relatively easy to build a T Bill ladder of maturities. In a T Bill ladder, you divide up your cash into several different portions, investing each portion in a different month or quarter. Say you have $120,000 in cash. In a ladder, you'd put $10k in each month's T Bill (January, February, March, and so on). That way, you'd have one T Bill maturing each month. You'd then roll it over to the T Bill offering 12 months from now. Simple. This gives you a steady stream of cash (T Bills maturing) and helps you ride the fluctuating interest rates up and down. No doubt, this is the method that Buffett uses to manage his T Bill portfolio. And it's worked like a charm. Buffett has been accumulating his cash hoard for several years now. When he began T Bill, interest was only about 1/4%; today, interest on T Bills is nearly 5 1/2%. Buffett didn't have to anticipate any change in the interest rate; by laddering his Bills, he rolled over his older low-interest bills to the newer high-interest bills as the old bills matured. The same will be true if and when interest rates are lowered. But if all of this seems like too much work or if it's above your budget (you'd probably need about $10k on each step of the ladder), then I'd suggest any of a number of Money Market Funds (Buffett would recommend Government Money Market Funds), savings Accounts, or CDs at a solid bank. Check out bankrate.com for an up-to-date list of the best savings accounts. The Macro View Interest-rates for 3 month T Bill (red), 5 year Treasury Note, and 10 year Treasury Note. Normally T Bills have the lowest interest rate (shortest maturity). Currently the Yield Curve is inverted, this has usually meant a slowing economy ahead (and lower interest-rates). **A note about Wall Street's current view of interest rates: I've included a chart of three maturities of 3-month T Bills, 5-year T Notes, and 30-year T bonds. You'll notice that the interest rate of the 3-month T Bill took off in 2022. This is when the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to fight inflation. Consequently, for the last two years, the interest rate on the T Bill has been higher than the Bond or Note. In Wall Street's parlance, the Yield Curve is now inverted. Interest rates are not as they should be. Longer maturities should have higher, not lower, interest. To the Street, this is a sure sign that the economy will slow, and eventually, interest rates will come down. So far, the Street has been wrong about that. They thought the Fed would reduce rates four times this year. But, the Fed has stood pat so far, missing the first two rate declines. Most Wall Street analysts still believe that the Fed will lower rates, perhaps once this year and a couple of times next year. If they're right, this might be the opportune time to capture these higher interest rates before they fall. **I hope this has given you a basic framework for how Warren Buffett and Wall Street approach cash management. **Current Rates T Bills 5.10% - 5.48% (1) CDs 2.5% - 5.4% (2) Savings Accounts 1% - 5.25% (2) Money Market Funds 2.5% - 5.30% (2) (1) (https://home.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/TextView?type=daily_treasury_yield_curve&field_tdr_date_value_month=202406) (2) (www.bankrate.com) Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Military Versus Economic Might
Numapepi
 June 29 2024 at 01:42 pm
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Military Versus Economic Might Posted on June 29, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, instead of being the military engine of the world, perhaps it would behoove the US, to become the economic engine of the world again? Not by financial shenanigans, or service sector growth… but by becoming an industrial power house again. Of course the government would have to get out of the way. That’s the biggest challenge. Regulation and taxes have chained down US entrepreneurs. How do I know this? Ask your friends, “If they’re not, why aren’t they an entrepreneur?” They’ll generally answer, “It’s too hard to start and run a business today.” Proving the point. The elite would ask, why should the US become an economic power house, instead of a military monster? Because, there’s no future in military might, but there is in economic superiority. Financial shenanigans have kept the US economy afloat for the last few decades but they’re losing their effectiveness. How could I say such a thing? Because of the huge budget deficit. If we take the elite Keynesian economic experts at their word, that deficit spending is a means to shore up dwindling aggregate demand to keep up with aggregate supply, then apparently, the US has been in a near permanent recession since the 1970’s. Since we’ve had deficit spending every year since then, with the exception of the years Gingrich was speaker of the House. Lacking the huge deficits shoring up the otherwise crumbling economy, and the literal gaslighting of the government, (as proved by Wikileaks), the US economy would grind to a halt under the friction of regulation and taxes. Regulation and taxes are like a car’s brakes and emergency brake. Regulation is the emergency brake because once they’re in place the friction never goes away. As taxes are the brakes, because they’re raised and lowered depending on the administration. But are never fully released. Which means the government is constantly holding back our economy. Like a granny that rides the brakes with the emergency brake on. Who complains her brake pads are constantly worn out and she gets terrible gas mileage. Failing to see how her own actions are causing the problem. That granny would freak out at the mere thought of lifting her foot from the brake peddle. The car could careen out of control! Which is exactly the reaction we get from the elite when faced with lowering regulation or taxes. Being the world’s policeman is not only a thankless job but a self serving one at that. When you treat people like children they act like children. It’s human nature. We do what’s expected of us. So when the US treats the rest of the world like children, in need of spankings, time outs and naps, the rest of the world is aggravated and lashes out… like children. Meaning, the simple fact the US has become the world’s policeman, makes the world a less mature place. Add to that, most nations across the globe are on US foreign aid… and you get a world ruled by teenagers. With all the negative outcomes associated with it. Living in their parent’s house (receiving US financial aid), eating their parent’s food (getting US food aid) and being defended by the US (military aid)… why grow up? Being a military superpower requires the economy to back it. Deficit spending will only maintain a military for so long. Moreover, hollowing out the population’s wealth, isn’t conducive to recruitment. In order for the US to remain a superpower it needs a roaring economy. But the elite are terrified of lifting their foot off the brake. Like that Granny. Maybe if they also lifted their foot off the Keynesian accelerator, the economy might normalize. Because national power comes from the worn handle of a tool, not the hot barrel of a gun. Many military powers have been swept away by history… but not one economic powerhouse. Until they hollowed out their economy with regulation and taxes. Like Rome. Of the two, leading by example bests leading by might, every time. Our elites should try it. Sincerely, John Pepin
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Let's talk about skills
Rick Petteruti
 July 14 2024 at 04:10 pm
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I have worked on computers and systems since I was 14 years old. My first run into a major problem was crashing the main-frame at my high school just trying to load a paper-tape program. Now I am an Application Support Engineer where my primary duty is to Evaluate the Performance of customer’s applications. In other words, I look at numbers to verify trends. One of the tangents of my work is to identify problems and offer solutions. Most of what breaks is due to changes in code, the rest is due to undefined behavior such as content changes, platform changes, network changes, OS patches, and even user behavior. Some of these translate into outages, some translate into degraded performance. In order for me to effectively do my job, I need a flexible tool-set that allows me to directly look at the raw metrics. I can tell the difference between a subset of tools that point to a problem area and when a tool is needed to recognize a potential problem area. This last part requires a query language and pattern recognition. Many tools assume they know this. Sometimes they get it right but I know when they get it wrong. This is experience. This is a skill. When a company is looking for someone with certain skills, let’s say, C#, many have knowledge of the syntax of this language, many don’t. I personally don’t. But if I was asked to write a program in C# that did ‘such and such’, I would learn the language on the fly. I don’t not need to be a C# expert. I need to know enough to get the job done. In this case, this is an example of C# being a tool. The experience that matters is how to you translate the problem into steps using the canonical structures of decision, repetition and loops. The flow of an application is dictated by imposition of flow as written in the code. AI, on the other hand, is a hybrid but is eventually dictated by the data fed into the ‘program’. Knowing how to dissect a problem into steps is a skill. Knowing how to traverse your dataset is a skill. You DO NOT need to be an expert in the tool used for this task. This ability is a skill. I have many cognitive algorithms based on a duality of data representation and the pattern that is created. I will not get into details because I’m not one to thrown away my ideas and work without compensation. However, the problem I have is that I cannot monetize my ideas without losing my work to the ether. Since I also have run into the wall of my limitations (I prefer boundaries), I need to remove tertiary problems that drain my needed time to get back on track. I know I have an IQ limitation (even though my number at age 30 was 142), my ability to juggle more than 6 deeply complex ideas becomes stressful. Not to mention that I have to spend time on things I see as trivial and a waste of my abilities. I’ll stop there. My research has shown me that a high IQ is not necessary, but only a sufficient IQ is needed. E.G. you may understand the timing of components of an internal combustion engine but you do not need to know the tolerances of pistons inside the cylinder or the length of the push rod and how that impacts power output measured in torque. Your knowledge to rebuild an engine does not need former. Knowing this difference is also a skill. No AI or gatekeeper software to a resume can even pick this up. At best, you may run into a person that could push solutions\ideas forward, but your system is not designed to look for them. There is a probabilistic equation that describes this but the “Antiquated Corporate Model” refuses to look. This is where the widget counters will fail a company into Enron. Thinking dimensionally is a skill. Do you have that capability? I do.
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Reflections On The Nation's Leader
David Reavill
 June 30 2024 at 05:28 pm
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The Leader. He’s spent his career in the halls of Government. He was the number two to a head of state who, although charismatic, was also highly controversial. This experience prepared him for his nation’s highest office. Still, he’s one of the oldest leaders ever to serve in that position, so questions about his health remain at the forefront of his legacy. Early in his term, he was forced to recognize the bitter failure of his country’s incursion into Afghanistan. He finally ordered the complete withdrawal of all military from that country. No doubt this will do down as a blot on his record. Nonetheless, the country’s military continued strong. The economy is always a key metric in evaluating any leader, and the record is not so good here. Economic growth declined to between 1% and 2%, some of the lowest growth rates post-World War II. Some analysts have spoken of “stagnation.” Relations with China have deteriorated dramatically, and unless things settle down on that front, a confrontation is likely. For a long time, there have been rumblings in the Capital that the Leader relies too heavily on his cadre of close advisors—a “brain trust,” if you will, of supporters who have been with the Leader for years and who some feel are making many of the country's most critical decisions. Perhaps most important for the average citizen is the perception that things are getting more complex. The cost of living has escalated, and there is genuine concern that consumer goods may be less available in the near future. Leonid Brezhnev. Leonid Brezhnev I think this is a fair evaluation of the nation’s Chief Executive. As you’ve no doubt guessed, I’m speaking of Leonid Brezhnev, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and General Secretary of the Communist Party for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Did you think I was talking of someone else? The parallels are astonishing, aren’t they? You can’t help but notice the close similarity between the Soviet Brezhnev of 40 years ago and America’s Biden of today. Everything we spoke of was the conditions of the old Soviet Union under then Chairman and General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, who led the USSR for 18 years from 1964 until his death in 1982. Ten years after his death, the Soviet Empire would fall, replaced by the current Russian Federation. One wonders if we risk a similar fate. Both countries project their influence across the globe, with militaries that were/are stretched to their limits. Many historians consider these two countries the closest thing to an empire in the modern world. Interestingly, Afghanistan has been called the graveyard of empires, and it has collected two more scalps from both the Soviets and the Americans. President Biden’s ordered withdrawal was among the lowest points in his Presidential record. Chairman Brezhnev and President Biden set the tone for their administrations in their first days in office. Brezhnev immediately set about arresting any political opposition in a move that brought back the oppression of the Bolsheviks. It is estimated that Brezhnev had 5,000 political prisoners incarcerated within months of assuming office. Whether by coincidence or happenstance, the Biden Administration saw more than 1,000 January 6 demonstrators jailed. Few may remember that the Soviets and China had an ongoing border dispute beginning in 1969. Brezhnev spearheaded the Soviet response, but the two communist countries remained bitter enemies throughout Brezhnev’s tenure. Incredibly, the Ukraine War and the EU and American sanctions against Russia have drawn Russia and China back together. Today, China and Russia are the leaders of the BRICS movement, the most significant economic challenger to the American Dollar-based international financial system since World War II. Additionally, America faces a Chinese challenge in the Taiwan Straights. And like Brezhnev, Biden is not hesitant to rattle his missiles. Speaking at the recent U.S. Military Academe’s Commencement, Biden said: “The U.S. is standing up for peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait…, he said. “I have always been willing to use force when required to protect our nation, our allies, our core interest. When anyone targets American troops, we will deliver justice to them.” Like Brezhnev, Biden is dedicated to diplomacy at the end of a gun. The old Soviet Union maintained one of the strongest armies in the world throughout Brezhnev’s tenure. Indeed, some analysts believe that the Soviet Military may have surpassed the American military capacity in the mid-1970s. However, by the end of Brezhnev’s leadership, it became clear that American military technology had surged ahead of the Soviets. President Reagan challenged the country’s scientists and engineers to produce an effective anti-missile system. Dubbed “Star Wars” after the popular movie, many believe this was a chief motivation in the Soviets' decision to go to the negotiation table and seek an overall reduction in the two nations' nuclear weapons. Three years after Brezhnev’s death, the Americans and Soviets signed the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. This was the first time that the two nuclear powers agreed to reduce the number of atomic weapons in their inventories. Today, the tables may have turned. Many believe that the West has little defense against the new generation of Russian hypersonic missiles. Although a great deal of controversy is associated with these new missiles, several European observers claim that two Kinzhal hypersonic missiles may have defeated the American Patriot Anti-missile system in Ukraine. I cannot determine whether these claims are viable or not. However, we all know that technology, especially military technology, continues to advance. What’s inconceivable today will likely become reality tomorrow. Many historians point to Brezhnev’s health as a key reason the INF Treaty was not signed during his lifetime. Although he was old and sick, no one outside his immediate circle was allowed to know that. Brezhnev had assembled a close cadre of advisors around him to help guide the country and prohibit any outsider from learning just how ill he was. Brezhnev suffered from a series of ailments. But it was a massive heart attack that finally took his life on November 10, 1982. He had remained in power to the very end. Perhaps it is a glorious way for a leader to go. However, for the country, he left a legacy of economic stagnation and political decline that ultimately contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union. Today, most in Russia point to his leadership as the beginning of 30 years of hardship for the average citizen. Only within the last few years has the Russian Federation regained prominence and is approaching its past. A feeble and dying leader had remained in power long past his prime. Rigid in his views, he could not grasp the changing world dynamics. Brezhnev had trapped the Soviets in their past. Only when a new generation took the reins of power could the new Russian Federation fully meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.

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