The only thing I envy anyone for having that I don’t is serious intellect. It must be nice to be a Wolfram-class mind, brilliant and creative and so very good at expressing it. I watched half a dozen in this series discussing whether math is invented or discovered, a fundamental problem in epistemology. This is by far the best answer, and the only one based on real investigation. Science and mathematics are cultural artifacts, the easy road that very much constrains what we can think about :
More serious intellect. Read this and realize how inadequate all of the foreign policy analysts published in the legacy media are and have been. Another example of how only the focus of making money allows predicting elements of the future, academics and other ‘foreign policy’ experts are hopeless. Even The Saker has not achieved this level of analysis. Clearly, no one of stature in the US military or political establishment has done so.
Even Gavekal assumes that military conflict, or its threat, is necessary in the analysis, that trade cannot be peaceful, that historical examples will hold in the future. In fact, US military spending and ability to intervene abroad will collapse in the near future, as did Russia’s after its crash.
Of course, all of this is words with all of their imprecision attempting to deal with fractal dimensions of evolving complex systems, so don’t take it too seriously as prescriptions for building or maintaining an empire. But as investment advice, it seems properly contrarian to me :
Pizzagate researchers have been pushed into the background, but the links continue to build. One suspects there are some good cops and intelligence people interacting with all this, it isn’t going away any time soon :
George Webb and his research team continue outing ratlines. Many journalists have died pursuing these investigations, I hope George’s guardian angels are very powerful :
Jason Goodman and Trish Negron with CrowdSourceTheTruth, very excellent work as usual, but I didn’t have time to listen to it all today. Sorry, Trish and Jason :
Judicial Watch discusses a ratline through El Paso, as well as coverups of previous ratline-corruption. The DOJ is not clean, Sessions is still a dead loss in terms of draining the swamp :
My government contains evil people making evil decisions in our name :
Interesting that I found WillyLoman the day before Scott Creighton was one of the people discussing the fraudster CIA operative Steele on CrowdSourceTheTruth. I liked his writing and he speaks very well, quite a logical and coherent, balanced individual. We should be very encouraged by the way the most rational people with the best depth of context come to the same conclusions about the events of our times. No question, Charlottesville was a psyop, a completely scripted event, Soros funded both sides. Everyone has concluded that Soros is CIA or one of the oligarchs guiding-directing the CIA. I have long thought that he was the CIA’s mechanism for profiting from their intelligence sources wrt information that affect currencies. Given their ability to corrupt high-level members of institutions, one could believe they could arrange actions, timings, publicity, … that would affect currencies and allow profits :
Homan Square was certainly an organ harvesting gateway. There are no records. How many homeless and other people without local connections have disappeared through Homan Square? The out-of-control cops stealing money from drug dealers is ideal cover for more nefarious, and more profitable, activities :
Roger Stone is another of the excellent journalists who have arisen to fill the vacuum left by legacy media’s failures. He is far better than Alex Jones, who I hate listening to, tho I admit they break more serious stories than all of legacy media together :
Antifa protests Soros’s low pay? Seems like it is easy to fake, I need to see corroboration by someone I trust, however much I think it true that Soros pays them, there is solid evidence for that :
Americans don’t even know what racism is :
Indeed, the ‘progressives’ are more tuned to color than Trump supporters, anyone in Middle America. I do a road trip across the US every year or so. Always, I travel secondary roads as much as possible, stop in out-of-the-way places. Everywhere I saw races and ethnicities mixing without seeming to notice, blacks, whites, hispanic side by side at the bar or eating at table, casual discussion :
This is the kind of head-in-the-sand asshattery that sets a society up for another racist problem. The US has a similar problem with crime, including our own versions of ‘grooming’ girls for prostitution, largely, but not exclusively, committed by black men :
This is the conclusion I came to when I looked into the sex trade, it is at least indentured servitude. Women at the very high end, in the films, might have made a voluntary decision, and there are some independents at every level. But not most, and few of the women in the ‘massage parlors’ that have spread across US cities in the last 15 years, the most active new businesses in our metro area. My wife’s salon is right next to very upscale shopping centers, there are 2 in her building and 2 more in adjacent buildings, all new in the last few years.
At the same time, making selling sexual services illegal is wrong, doesn’t help anything or anybody. The answer is for police and prosecutors to take slavery seriously, which they do not do for field workers, house workers or sex workers :
Another aspect of women in technology. It is true history, and also ignores how the original women were selected and how many women wanted to do that kind of work. There has been a huge demand for programmers, anyone with demonstrable talent has been snapped up. I hired programmers, I was one of the engineers acting as corporate interviewer for 2 company and interviewed people at half a dozen colleges. There weren’t many women to be hired. Look at the statistics of who graduated from the CS programs, that determined how many got into jobs.
Every CS graduate for most years got jobs, I guarantee it. We hired them, I never saw discrimination, we were desperate for talent, and knew that there wasn’t much correlation between grades or anything else and ultimate usefulness in job. We hired an amazing range of personalities. I worked with a guy who was working on his 4th PhD from MIT and another who was barefoot and didn’t have a high school degree. Women originated and ran several of the most important projects in the company. :
This is BS. We need more militias, not fewer. Professionalization of police has not brought better policing, less police violence, less corruption. Professionalization of the military has not brought fewer, shorter, won wars. Ditto teaching, professors, management in any area, journalism, prosecutors, lawyers, … Those are all centralizations, the death of evolution, the only algorithm that works for producing better futures in complex, evolving systems :
With Bannon gone, there is little balance in the White House, Trump is isolated from many political influences :
Something is wrong with the Ritzholz analysis. It is very inconsistent with the default rates on car loans and the small amounts of cash people have to fund emergencies. Also, the fact that CC delinquencies are rising :
I spent 10 minutes paging through this FBI release of Marc Rich documents. The FBI has perfected releasing information in the least useful way. If there are tidbits of useful information, they are entirely hidden amongst the redactions of everything that would be useful, and likely also accidental :
ISIS has professional help focusing on its propaganda apparatus. Mossad/CIA, one suspects :
This is both very funny and excellent analysis, a critique of the soporific variety of ‘two sides of the story’ :
Crony capitalism has gone international :
Bald eagles are a pest. Franklin said the turkey was a better choice :