Yves Smith is a serious progressive, an advocate of Modern Monetary Theory. True, MMT is on the wealth-from-thin-air fringe of economic thinking, but Smith is quite rational in many areas, e.g. banking and financial laws. Here she agrees with Steve Bannon on trade, and for standard conservative reasons. The world is not as presented in our legacy media, left vs right, black vs white, simple stereotypes of groups of people :
Attempting to force order produces disorder in the nature of nature. Basic Discordian doctrine, no counter-examples exist :
The push to war continues, of course :
The reason I am moving email from google, don’t use FaceBook, don’t use google search, publish this on WordPress, and will move off Youtube as the people I watch do so, which they are. Google has enormous control of opinion via ordering of the links it provides, so don’t use Google search if you value objective information.
However, I strongly disagree with giving the government power to deal with the situation. We have a freer information flow than ever in history. We can make individual decisions to curb Google’s power, FaceBook’s power, just don’t use their services, use and adblocker, use a browser addin that fubars their ad targeting, devalues the ads. Move to paid platforms, not ad-supported platforms. Pay for good journalism.
Make anti-Google videos, post them on Youtube and Facebook, etc. We made these giants rich, there are now enough independent paths for information to make them poor :
George Webb and his crowd of researchers :
X-rays will be horribly inefficient as a way of transmuting elements. It also takes a hell of a neutron flux to transmute elements in gram quantities. I do not know of a mechanism that would transmute an element via microwaves. OTOH, cold fusion is new physics that transmutes elements, so maybe there are other mechanisms. After all, non-nuclear mechanisms aren’t supposed to affect rate of radioactive decay of elements, but pressure and ??maybe temp, but I don’t remember?? do :
I think someone doesn’t understand physics, but yes, obviously we have serious security holes at the ports :
Understand that the Sanctuary Cities are a means of protecting the people running the ratlines, who tend to accumulate felonies. Also, understand that federal funding is the Deep State’s means of corrupting and controlling local police forces. Thus, the correlation of forces is zero, nothing will happen, despite much rhetoric :
Even when the government has entirely good intentions, in every element, it is lousy at producing intended effects. When the CIA works against the good intentions, the results are as the CIA intends, iff the CIA is making money from the effort. As I have always said, only money or other personal gain is a hard enough measure and focus to guide people to the future. Mere good intentions don’t work, exactly the reason the government should not be allowed to pursue ‘the general good’ :
The push against heroin users here in the US, and blaming Mexican traffickers for the problem, is propaganda. The amount of poppy that Mexico raises and Mexican traffickers put into the US is a small fraction of the amount that Afghanistan raises and the CIA brings into the US. Any reality behind the story is more controlling competition than anything else :
Scientific American devotes an issue to science of sex differences in humans. It isn’t simple in any dimension. I stopped reading SciAm because they got political, and maybe will decide that about the issue, but the intro looks OK wrt the science I think I know. OTOH, I have to subscribe to read the rest of it. Not likely, they have been political when they should have been scientific. Too bad for both of us, when I was in college, hanging around with the grad students, SciAm articles were written by the senior scientists who pioneered a line of research, and were used in graduate courses. :
Indeed, Silicon Valley has a diversity problem, but it isn’t what is discussed. After the last crash, I knew an expert in writing drivers who was unemployed so long she and her husband moved out of the valley. She was in her 50s. Older employees are laid off at a high rate and never get hired anywhere again :
Another great comment on ZH, among many on this article :