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The Source Of My Trumpophobia

You know why Donald Trump scared me, from the moment he began to gain serious traction? Brownshirts. I saw the quasi-religious zealotry exhibited by supporters and it scared the ever-loving shit out of me.

It terrifies me to see the decay-rate of our society. In 15 years we’ve gone from a country that pretended to be civilized with one another to a nation of people whose chosen tribe is the only matter-of-import to most Americans. We’re black or white, right or left, straight or gay. There is no middle ground allowed anywhere these days. That is firmly in the lap of the new left.

Through the devolution of our society I knew the day would come when a strongman got the attention – and support – of a great many Americans. Barack Obama was the leftist iteration of this political-wing zeitgeist. Progressives got there before us because Barry was the anti-Bush.

Now, the right wing has their strongman. Strongmen are scary because people abandon their values to be part of the groupthink. One need only read a history book to prove this assertion.

The loyalty of Donald Trump’s supporters (not the hold-you-nose-ers) – Trumpions – were ardent in their support. They’d found their prophet and no amount of intellectual discourse was going to sway them. I have no issue with the single-issue voter, the ‘hold-your-nose-er’, or the ‘just not Hillary’ voter.

Whatever their reason, this cult found a personality to rally around – just like the left. That their chosen personality was a lifelong progressive mattered not. He promised to give them all manner of unicorns & pixie-dust which science, history, and a limited Constitutional republic have proven are not possible.

I’m approaching 7 years of writing and debating on this venerable forum. Through all of these years, there has been a single constant: intellectual integrity.

While I have certainly chosen my words carefully on a few occasions, I have never bitten my tongue for fear of offending sensibilities or being unpopular.

I have thrown out many an idea to create a debate and waited to see what if anyone bites. Then, I engage and hope to end with a circumspect view of whatever matter I’d chosen.

I take great pride in having changed some of my most strongly-held beliefs because they were logically inconsistent with the over-riding view I espouse (example: I no longer support the death penalty because it’s logically inconsistent with my view that the right to life has primacy over all other rights).

I have tried – since the Donald’s nomination became a fait accompli – not to disparage the man in my posts. I have no such compunction against arguing my beliefs in the comments section. I don’t give a filthy rat’s ass if people like it or not. I’m here to engage in intellectual discourse and absolutely noting is off topic.

If you want everyone to agree with you and support your turd, go to Breitbart. They don’t give a shit about intellectual integrity. They’re in Trump’s pocket and they’re unashamed. The Real Revo is not.

This is not a Republican website. This is a site for people to enjoy the many facets of a free society by engaging free minds, free markets, and free people. Speaking only for myself, I don’t care if you’re tired of hearing me bash Donald Trump or not. I will continue to avoid bashing him in my essays, but my comments will always be unfettered, unadulterated, and 100% mine.

If that’s troubling to you, you might just as well find somewhere else to hang out or quit reading anything with my name next to it. When Donald Trump is elected, I will continue to rail against any position or action he takes, with which I happen to disagree. I will not change for you or anyone else.

The idea that people now have a problem with this site because we refuse to bend an intellectual knee to Donald Trump is antithetical to everything we stand for and anathema to the free mind. That people who have faithfully read here for years, would discount our values and our efforts because our legitimate criticisms happen to align with a dislike for Donald Trump is as disheartening as it is re-affirming of my fear of a President Donald J. Trump.

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HRC Appointed Donors To 240 Positions At State Dept

It’s not illegal, but it speaks to her character when 40% of her appointments went to donors.

Hillary Clinton placed dozens of her donors on State Department advisory boards between 2009 and 2012, federal records show.

The former secretary of state’s agency appointed 194 donors who had given either to her family’s foundation, her political campaigns, or both, or were affiliated with groups that had.

Those donors represented nearly 40 percent of the 511 advisory appointments the State Department made during Clinton’s tenure.

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The War Of Words & Why We’re Losing

Conservatives take it as a given that those less-fortunate are in the situation they are largely-due to the choices that they’ve made.

The City of Seattle is a perfect example of this. Seattle’s homeless population is just over 3,000 people. Seattle’s progressive policies of allowing the homeless to sleep/camp (anywhere that isn’t zoned residential) have only served to encourage the homeless and exacerbate the problem.

As 3,000 people bed down in the cold, rainy, Emerald City each night, there are hundreds of beds – designated for the homeless – lying empty. Why? Why would a homeless person choose to sleep outside when they have hot meals, counseling, beds, showers, and job skill training available to them? (Hint: Because they don’t want to follow the rules as established by the places with these beds available.)

Most of these establishments have rules regarding the consumption of alcohol, the use of drugs, and minimum hygiene standards. The homeless in the city refuse to abide by these rules, so they sleep outside instead.

Our society used to have laws that allowed for the involuntary committal of anyone who was mentally ill, many of whom comprise today’s homeless population. What we have today, is a massive public-health epidemic, not a homeless problem.

Before the leftist revolution of the 1960’s, conservatives were the voice of compassion.

Private institutions cared for the homeless, the poor, and anyone else who was truly in need. Churches were the backbone of civil society in America. Families stayed together and everyone but the most belligerent seemed to like (or at least respect) the police.

The #BLM movement, while asinine to most thinking people, has several underlying truths which are ignored by parties on both sides of the discussion. From the left, they ignore the culpability of democratic policies in the destruction of the black family & community. From the right, we ignore the fact that blacks are largely targeted by police officers and racism is still very real, though well-masked in a society which no longer accepts anything that hurts someone’s feelings.

Granted, this targeting is (or may be) legitimate (as borne out by impartial FBI crime statistics) but that may not matter to a man who grows up black and experiences race-based mistrust or outright racism or discrimination. He just sees black men getting the short end of the stick and now a movement comes along that’s perfectly-easy to get caught up in.

Conservatives have always stood for the dignity of the individual, but these days it seems like we just jump to draw lines between our tribe and theirs. This is true with regard to race, politics, candidates, sports teams, et al. Humans draw distinctions which separate them from the “others”.

The poor make bad choices.

The homeless are drunks or addicts.

The blacks are just using this #BLM an excuse to ______…

With each of these type of self-reinforcing justifications, we add another brick to the wall that separates “us” from “them”.

We seem to have lost our ability to express our concern for others, when discussing the issues of our day and until we bring our concern for others back into the conversation, we will continue to lose the war of words and thus, degenerate as a society.

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Seattle City Council Effectively Unionizes Private Companies

Seattle’s City Council has passed a new “Secure Scheduling” law. The new law requires employers to do many things which a government should not be involved in including paying 50% of any reduced hours to an employee and fines/fees for changing someone’s schedule with less than 2 weeks notice.

The Seattle City Council Monday had a final vote on regulating how workers are scheduled. The bill was unanimously passed and will take effect in July 2017.

The new law will mean:

Workers will get two weeks advance notice of work schedules
Any changes by the employer will result in the worker getting extra pay
There has to be a minimum of 10 hours between shifts
Employers have to offer any available hours to existing employees before hiring more people

[…]It requires that employees get their schedules 14 days in advance, and get extra “predictability pay”[…]

On top of these restrictions, think about this:

Your business is busy, you need an employee to stay an extra 4 hours. Now, you have to pay that employee 4 hours of time-and-a-half, plus “predictability pay” for altering their schedule. Restaurants exist on razor-thin margins as it is. These regulations, in tandem with the $15/minimum wage, will be the death-knell of many Seattle area jobs.

Can anyone guess what some of the unintended consequences might be for an ill-conceived move like this?

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Trump Manipulated The Media

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Okay, as much as I hate-on Donald Trump, it would be intellectually dishonest of me to call this manipulation of the mainstream media anything short of masterful. Hillary is a sickly gagglef–k of a candidate and the media needed something to divert attention away from her. They brought back the Trump-birther story and pushed it as headline news.

In what can be described as Trump learning new tactics (listening to his advisors), he decided to forego the usual meandering hearth-side conversation (with it’s generous platitudes to himself and an almost unintelligible purpose) and turned the media’s cynicism around on them.

He called for a press conference to address the birther issue. The media got their popcorn and diet sodas, and anxiously awaited the release of Dumpster Fire 14. Sadly, for them, this episode was different.

Donald Trump promoted himself and his business as their anticipation was building, then stepped to the mic, spoke five sentences, (< -video queued up) placed the matter right back in Hillary's lap. Then, he dropped the mic and walked away. It's being called "trolling the media" but whatever it was, it's got the media's panties in a twist and it was brilliant.

All three major cable news networks broadcast Donald Trump’s campaign event live from his new hotel in Washington DC on Friday morning, where they expected to hear Trump finally address his past promotion of the “birther” conspiracy theory.

Instead, Trump spent most of the time touting the new hotel and inviting veterans on up to the podium to shower the candidate with praise.

CNN’s Jake Tapper was not amused by this bait-and-switch, and called out the Trump campaign for pulling a “political Rick Roll” on the media.

“It’s hard to imagine this as anything other than a political Rick Roll,” he said, referring to the internet tradition of tricking people into clicking on the music video for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” “We were told that this was going to be Donald Trump addressing something that his top campaign advisers, people in the Republican National Committee want him to address, and then clear up, and then stop talking about.”

Tapper went on to concede that the move was a savvy manipulation of the media, but he also expressed disgust at its deep cynicism.

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Missouri Overrides Veto In Support Of Individual Liberty!

Missouri joins the ever-expanding trend of states that are empowering their citizens and protecting individual liberty. You know who doesn’t want citizens empowered and individual liberty protected? Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton, along with their alt-right and new-left supporters. Another win for liberty.

Missouri became the latest state to enact Constitutional Carry after the Legislature voted Wednesday to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 656.

Senate Bill 656 contains all sorts of goodies for law-abiding citizens.  In a nutshell, here are some of the main highlights:

  • Allows Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without training or a permit in areas that do not prohibit open carry.
  • Expands Missouri’s “castle doctrine” to allow invited guests (such as babysitters) to use deadly force against intruders.
  • Creates a “stand-your-ground” statute, which removes an individual’s duty to retreat from danger in any place they are legally entitled to be present.

It should be noted that Senate Bill 656 does not completely eliminate Missouri’s concealed carry permit program. Residents may still want to obtain a permit for reciprocity purposes when traveling into other states that honor the Missouri CCW permits.

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The Central Failures Of The Alt-Right

What Is The Alt-Right?

Before you click on the read more link below, stop and think of 5 principles you associate with the alt-right. Seriously. Stop and do that simple mental exercise for us. It’s okay, we’ll wait.

You may proceed:

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Social Media As Arbiter Of Truth?

As a companion piece to this and stories like this and others, I present to you, the biggest overt problem with social media (the biggest covert problem with social media is data-mining, but that’s all voluntary since you agree to the EULA):

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You see, unlike professional media outlets, social media has no ethical standards by which they require journalistic integrity (or even the appearance of same…however thinly-veiled & farcical said appearance may be). Social media is able to delete or alter trend rankings, promote any agenda they wish, or just outright censor information they don’t want to be seen.

They have other tools which mask censorship, like disallowing the monetization of any content which is deemed “not ad-friendly”.

Proper news agencies can apply social pressure to those who step outside the un-drawn boundaries, as they did with Matt lauer. The leftist bent of major media outlets is self-evident, but maintains the appearance of impartiality, at least on the surface. Social media has no ethical structure which even expects it to do so, much less requires it.

As more of the world begins to get it’s news from social media, the more intricate and invasive these covert censorship tactics will become. Social media users already exist in a largely self-imposed political vacuum; only “friending” others with a similar political outlook and “unfriending” those who make waves or cause them emotional or intellectual discomfort. I have lost many “friends” on social media because they don’t understand that you don’t have to agree to remain friends, at least reasonable grown-ups don’t.

As people further isolate themselves from any viewpoints which disagree with their (mostly myopic & undoubtedly biased) worldview, social media outlets will continue to censor and alter the news to create the narrative they wish to propagate. For all of the wonder which has-been, is, and will-be the internet – it has the potential to be used to dominate the information spectrum.

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License To Ill

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British PC Continues To Run Amok

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Brits to allow burkas:

Police have said they may let Muslim officers wear the Burka as they seek to boost diversity in the force[…]

Chief Constable, David Thompson, said he would look into employing officers who wear the burka as he looks to increase black and minority ethnic (BME) officers in the region to 30 per cent. We would need to consider our own rules and cultural sensitivity.

“Clearly we don’t have any barriers relating to the burka.

“As it stands we have not had any approaches from potential recruits asking to wear the burka, but if such an approach was made it is something we would have to consider.”

 

…even as ISIS banned them:

ISIS banned the wearing of burkas at security sites in a northern Iraqi city in spite of previously demanding women wear the garment, Iran Front Page reported.

According to a report by Al Alam News, translated by IFP, ISIS mandated under brutal enforcement that women in their territory in Iraq and Syria wear a burqa and niqab in the last two years. But this changed, a source told IFP, when a fully veiled woman killed several ISIS commanders and members in the last few months.

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I’m Not The Govt-Shelter Kind Of Guy

I read some reports from the recent Louisiana flooding of the Red Cross turning away food, volunteer work, and clothing (resources essentially). The reason offered by the Red Cross spokeswoman was that they are bound by state & federal regulations to only accept items from certified suppliers. Food has to come from certified kitchens, etc.

I have several police officer friends who live in the area and were involved rescue, recovery, and assistance efforts. They were glad to see the Cajun Navy out and about helping people. I can tell you from experience that Cajuns are a git-r-done kind of people. They will spend their own money, their time, and risk their own safety to help those in need. This desire to help crosses all religious, political, and racial boundaries. While racism is still alive & well in the south, it disappears when people need each other.

I also read of a few instances where the Cajun Navy was stopped from assisting people because they hadn’t paid for government training & permits. While there are some minor concerns with the possibility of people creating secondary casualties, those risks pale in comparison to saving real lives. This has even been upheld by in the courts:

“The Seventh Circuit has held that recklessly interfering with private rescue attempts without providing alternatives was a due process violation.”

We are all familiar with the hurricane Katrina debacle where thousands of refugees were packed into the Super Dome and not given proper rations, water, security, or medical attention.

We’ve all seen the grand cluster-maneuver that is FEMA and many of the bureaucratically-entangled organizations that we expect to step up during crises. Stopping people from using the power of social media – and their own resources – to help each other is beyond ridiculous. Of course there are circumstances which require certified/trained responders, but this was a bunch of Cajuns, in the boats they spend all of their free time in, coming out to find and help their neighbors.

“Then it was like, do you have vests? Do you have insurance? Are you truly capable of doing this?” Ricks said. “And as it turned out, we couldn’t have done it without those guys. They were a tremendous asset for our people.”

Instead of waiting for the government to come rescue them, the people of Louisiana used their own privately-owned boats to save their neighbors. This “Cajun Navy” drew its ranks and fleet from Louisiana’s large numbers of sportsmen. People who needed rescue contacted a Facebook group and the boats used smartphone apps such as the GPS app Glympse and the walkie talkie app Zello to coordinate. The “Cajun Navy” was responsible for saving the lives of thousands of Louisianians and their pets and livestock.

Germany & Czechoslovakia have now warned their citizens to prepare for disaster by having a minimum of 10 days of food, water, & medicine on hand. Our own government used to want our people to be prepared.

So, take a few minutes and think about what you will do when the next _____________ happens to you & your family. Where will you go? What will you eat? Where/how will you get fresh drinking water? Where will you find whiskey? These are important questions that you should have answered before disaster strikes.

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Helpful Travel Tips From Air China

Avoid Indians, Pakistanis, and Black people.

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Wow.

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Boat Mechanics, Narrow Capacities & Intellectual Laziness

I was discussing politics with a very bright (if long-winded) moderate (though left-leaning) acquaintance who was seated across from me on the ferry this morning. He holds a senior leadership position in the Engineering division of the Seattle city government. The topic of Trump & Clinton was inevitable as he loves my description of the election cycle as an “unending shit-show”.

Seated to my right was an 60-ish, motorcycle-riding, boat mechanic. His political leanings are exactly what you’d expect of a white, middle-class, blue-collar, American who is nearing retirement. The well of his reasoning is just about as deep as you would expect of most Americans, these days.

We began discussing the fact that Hillary Clinton will merely be a continuation of the same War-Without-End, nation-building (invading), regime-changing destruction which is endemic of the past 15 years and that Donald Trump is an enormous question mark. We deviated to a common rabbit hole for our conversations which is the cost of our military adventurism in hard dollars, unsustainable debt, liberty and lives lost.

This is where the boat mechanic piped in to say “F–k that. We were attacked by terrorists. There ain’t but one way to deal with them. No matter what it costs you take it to them motherf—ers.”

I asked, “If we are taking it to them people who attacked us, why did we invade Iraq (and give it back to them), continue to fight a half-assed war-without-end in Afghanistan, invade Libya, and start a civil war in Syria?” He responded with “It doesn’t matter how much we have to spend to keep them from coming here to fight, we have to keep fighting ’em”.

This all came to a head as the boat was hitting the dock in Seattle, so the conversation was cut short, but I couldn’t help being reminded of this quote from Edmund Burke in his preface to “A Vindication of Natural Society”:

There is an Air of Plausibility which accompanies vulgar Reasonings and Notions taken from the beaten Circle of ordinary Experience, that is admirably suited to the narrow Capacities of some, and to the Laziness of others.

While it is simpler (and thought to be nobler) in the mind of most to use American flag napkins & star-spangled table cloths while shouting “‘Merica!” without ever regarding the true cost of war and regime-changing military adventures, it is the responsibility of those with the capacity and depth of patriotism to call attention to the flaws of this failed foreign policy regime of the past 15 years.

We are creating a self-reinforcing feedback loop that threatens the very foundation of what our nation was intended to be. Stare decisis is the creation of common law from precedence which forces a judge to determine a present occurrence (inre:the law) through the lens of that which has been decided previously.

The intellectual heir of stare decisis is the reasoning of neocon warhawks like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Karl Rove which continually drags America back to the policies of destruction. The boat mechanic either can’t or won’t be troubled to look deeper into the global war on terror – and see it’s true cost – to our nation. The air of plausibility which accompanies the “reasonings” of ordinary experience [read: intellectual laziness or narrow capacity] allows individuals to be comfortably claim a perceived position of moral authority through indignation.

This laziness of thought is one of the primary reasons our country is in the state it currently finds itself. Likewise, I think this is the source of my disdain for Trump’s true believers. Most ideas are deeper and more complex than can be summed-up in a single vulgarity-laced statement, but so many Americans accept this behavior because snippets fit their view of the world and don’t require any original, logical, or independent thought.

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Bringing Today’s Sentiments Together Into A Cohesive Warning

What Washington elites utterly fail to realize is that for many Americans, they have nothing else left to lose if they lose this election. They’ve already lost their job and their health coverage. In many places across America, they’re losing their own national flag and national pride. They’ve been ridiculed, condemned and spat upon by the dishonest media and the crybully leftist f–ktards, and they realize full well that if they don’t draw a line in the sand right here, right now, they’re going to be disarmed, enslaved, impoverished and named “enemies of the state” in the very same country they once fought for (and pledged allegiance to).

The psyche of real America has reached its last straw. With the culture under attack, the Constitution demonized, religious beliefs targeted for merciless condemnation and the industrial base of America utterly gutted beyond restoration, there is nothing left to surrender to the demands of the tyrannical left. It is at that breaking point where, in the minds of many citizens throughout history, they pick up pitch forks and march en masse against the oppressors in power.

We are very, very close to that day in America. It may, in fact, unravel in just the next 100 days. No matter who wins this election, mass violence breaks out across America in one way or another.

As I have stated previously, the aging leftists are seeing their life’s work come to fruition. No longer content with Fabian incrementalism, they are starting to push harder than ever before.

On the flipside of this coin, aging Americans who fought, bled, and/or sacrificed for this country are watching it slip away. The guy Brad quoted above, while over-the-top, is definitely on-point with his analysis.

The Tea Party was the first attempt by mostly-aging middle class Americans to protect what they’d worked so hard for from disappearing.

The second iteration or manifestation of this anger is much more palpable and visible in the almost fanatical support of Donald Trump, by this same demographic. They are essentially hoisting a gigantic “fuck you” flag to the establishment that’s seeking to rob & enslave them.

Americans are being pitted against one another in every conceivable way. The chains are being yanked and soon enough, the handlers will loose the chains, cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war. We are at a dangerous crossroads in American history. Turn left and she disappears forever. Turn right and violence becomes her undoing. Keep going straight and the road gives way to uncertain terrain.

The global economy is reaching a tipping point as Central Banks are being paid to borrow people’s money for up to 30 years. American warmongers are openly fomenting war with Russia (and in due course, China). 104,000,000 (million – 1/3 of all Americans) Americans can’t find work and half of those can’t even provide their own food. Every net job increase over the past 8 years has been part-time. The top half of the age spectrum has everything to lose and the bottom half nothing. The opinion makers are fomenting class-envy, and class warfare. The cities of our nation are burning and our “leadership” openly encourages “giving them space to be destructive”. We are 2 months from the strangest election we have ever faced, where both party’s hatred of their own candidate is eclipsed only by the opposition’s hatred of their candidate. A sickly geriatric Marxist whore versus a classless homage to excess and attention deficit…

We are floating in a pool of gasoline, throwing matches. The danger is very real. Prepare yourselves and your families accordingly.

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Why Donald Trump Is Important For America

Why would someone who is so disgusted with the state of a nation that could nominate a Donald Trump, setting out to explain why he is important for our country? That’s a tough question. The best answer I have is ‘intellectual integrity’.

I have long been a champion of intellectual integrity, meting presumptions and applying reason to them in an effort to prove their veracity (if only to the threshold of confirmation bias in many instances). I am not alone in this predilection. Most of the writers here are the same way. We tend to have a few areas where we may allow for some wiggle room or outright bias, but we generally recognize and admit when it occurs.

I despise Donald Trump as a human being. He tends to the outer limits (and often beyond) any rationalization I could craft to squeeze him into the ethical structure with which I choose to live my life. I use the foundation of this structure to set effective limits on what I will support in “leaders”. If my boss is shrewd and not afraid to step on the line to get things done, I can rationalize that. If he steps over it, I cannot. This is effectively why I can’t support Donald Trump.

I have very few hard lines-in-the-sand. On the flipside, I have many soft lines that are much more malleable and thus, open to rationalization. I cannot support someone who supports abortion. I don’t agree with atheists and rather despise the rabid variety, but I can vote for someone who disagrees. I don’t support any man’s faith governing my life, but I could vote for a devout man who thinks that faith should be involved in government, because his views are tempered by the Constitution. Hopefully this wil suffice to explain my position so I can move on to the topic.

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Qui Tacit Consentit: Media Allows Dems To Lie

This is how it’s done, folks.

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Creative Destruction On Wall St.

Creative destruction refers to the incessant product and process innovation mechanism by which new production units replace outdated ones. It was coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1942), who considered it ‘the essential fact about capitalism’.

Bank tellers lose jobs to ATM. Farriers lose jobs to Auto Mechanics. Welders lose jobs to robots. Assemblers lose jobs to cheaper assemblers. This is creative destruction. It also applies to Wall St.:

UBS’ Trading Floor in 2008:
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And today:
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This shift in labor force was driven mostly by the advancement of Quantitative Analysis Algorithms.

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Advice On Free Trade From A Communist Chinese Capitalist

Chinese billionaire gives solid free trade advice. How does he get it, but most Americans don’t?

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Jack Ma has a warning for those who see globalization as a problem: When trade stops, wars can follow. “We should keep on going along the path of globalization,” Ma said Friday in Hangzhou, China. “Globalization is good… when trade stops, war comes.”

The executive chairman of Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) said he hopes the anti-globalization fervor that currently grips much of the world will ease after U.S. elections in November. China, in particular, has been a target of heated rhetoric […]

For his part, the 52-year-old Ma believes that globalization hasn’t gone far enough. He said international trade must now be improved so that more people can enjoy its benefits.

Ma is hoping to pitch G20 leaders on an electronic world trade platform, or e-WTP, that would help small businesses expand their customer base globally, the way multinational corporations have been able to. It would also help eliminate tariffs, inspections and other red tape that can trip up mom and pop shops.

“We need solutions for young people to leverage the technology we have, so they can buy anywhere, sell anywhere, trade anywhere,” he said. “If you want to get involved, just join.”

The first G20 summit was held in 2008. The annual confab of the world’s 20 largest economies has a mixed record on producing meaningful policy results, but Ma said the summit is a “great opportunity” for politicians to listen to business leaders. “Every government says they love small businesses but what have they done for them?” Ma asked.

“We should pull down all the barriers.”

Notice the HUGELY IMPORTANT distinction between trade globalization and global governance. This is a critical point. Ma makes no mention of global governance, but rather, supports taking down all barriers to free trade. This laissez faire view of trade should be the economic foundation of all who support capitalism, but as this election cycle has shown, it most disappointingly is not. Both sides of the political debate have been fueled by simple-minded, short-sighted protectionist demagoguery.

Intellectually, this is similar to my biggest complaint with the Tea Party movement. The majority of low-to-middle class Americans over the age of 50 supported gutting the federal government (yay!), except for Medicare, Medicaid, & Social Security*.

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot?

How can one support cutting the budget to reasonable levels while leaving the three largest expenditures as sacrosanct and expect to have any measure of intellectual credibility? This view that we should kill all of the pigs, but protect our sacred cows is why no one took us seriously.

Likewise, the idea that we should give up access to goods & services that allow ALL Americans to maintain a standard of living that was simply unimaginable 50 years ago – while supposing that we can protect or return American jobs (that left to produce the cheap goods we now ALL have access to) is laughable on it’s very face.

Jack Ma has good advice for all of you who support the Trump/Sanders protectionist trade view. You’d do well to take it heart before we break treaties and “renegotiate” ourselves into World War III.

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Watch Out Roger: Feds To Combat Internet Trolling

Just imagine the potential uses..

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The National Science Foundation is spending roughly half a million dollars to combat “online trolling.”

A joint project by Northwestern and Northeastern universities is examining how to create “trolling-free environments” on the Internet. The researchers define online trolls as those who try to influence public opinion by boosting “misleading” and “inauthentic comments.” […]

“This project explores re-using this extensive tracking infrastructure for the benefits of both the users themselves and web services, with a goal of preventing online trolling (scenarios in which various groups deploy tactics to influence public opinion on the Internet, by leaving biased, false, misleading, and inauthentic comments, and then artificially amplifying their ratings),” the grant said. “The project aims to show how the tracking infrastructure can be re-used as a user ‘fingerprint,’ allowing a lightweight and privacy-preserving form of identification for third-party web sites.”

The leading researchers on the project, Northwestern University’s Aleksandar Kuzmanovic and Northeastern University’s Alan Mislove, told the Washington Free Beacon that their work could help combat “troll armies” used by Russia and China.

“Public opinion is of paramount importance in any society,” they said. “It is thus not a surprise that many governments, political parties, and various other groups deploy tactics to influence public opinion on the Internet, a practice commonly referred to as trolling.”

…like tracking individuals with dangerous opinions or silencing political opposition. Why, the possibilities are endless. The government could potentially target the 2,500 most influential internet voices and silence them entirely, without ever having to fire a shot or click a handcuff. Then, they’d have no one to oppose them.

This is a prime example of why our government needs to be cut down to a proper, constitutional size. Not one single penny should ever be spent on anything that even affords the appearance of a possibility of censorship by or on behalf of, the federal government. Balkanization. That is all.

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Where My Vote Is Going On Election Day

Say whatever you want about my vote, but I am voting my values. The only party in America that represents my values, is the Constitution Party. That is why on November 8th, I will be casting my vote for Darrell Castle. If that’s a problem for you, piss off.

In an interview with Liberty Hangout, Castle has said he is more libertarian than 2016 Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson.[15] He describes himself as pro-life,[15] and opposes federal funding of Planned Parenthood.[16] Castle supports funding of space exploration.[17] He opposes the war on drugs.[15] When it comes to prostitution, gambling, smoking, polygamous relationships, or any other activities made by consenting adults, Castle says he sees no role for the federal government to get involved.[15] He wants decriminalization of marijuana use, however opposes full legalization.[17] He favors securing the borders[15] and believes Muslims should be banned until screening for foreign terrorists is more sophisticated.[17] He describes himself as having a non-interventionist foreign policy.[15] He favors the United States withdrawing from the United Nations, NATO, TPP, NAFTA, CAFTA, Gatt, and WTO.[15] He favors ending the Federal Reserve.

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As long as you continue to vote for the lesser-of-two-evils, evil will continue to win.

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Electoral College: I’m Confused.

It seems that we on the conservative end of the spectrum (any flavor of conservative – I am a fiscal conservative and social liberal, though I choose to live a socially conservative life) have forgotten a major aspect of our Presidential election process: The Electoral College. For the purposes of this exercise, I will use the State of Washington, since that’s where I live. I started out describe the Electoral College again, but got side-tracked (easily distracted by shiny objects).

Article II of the US Constitution imposes upon the election of the President (and VP), an electoral college. These Electors are chosen under state laws, generally according to party rules & affiliation of each registered political party. When you cast your vote for President, it counts toward an overall popular total, deciding which party won the election. From there, the winning party’s Electors submit their vote to the President of the Senate to be tallied (in every state except Nebraska & Maine which have proportional distribution).

Washington has 2 Senators & 10 Congressmen representing us, therefore we hold 12 Electoral votes. WA has 12 Republican Electors, 12 Democratic Electors, and 12 Independent, Green, et al, etc. When Washington’s popular votes are tallied, the Democratic Party will send the votes from each of the 12 Democratic Electors to the President of the Senate.

I say this because Washington has voted Democrat in the last 7 Presidential elections, and not by a slim margin.

In WA, as in your state, the electors are chosen by the WA State Republican Committee who is elected by the precinct committees who are selected by local precinct (I’m using Republican, though I am not one). All Republican Electors (12) in Washington must vote for the party’s nominee under threat of $1000 fine. If they’d like to pay the $1000 fine and never be allowed into party politics again, they can vote for whomever they choose. In 29 states, Electors are required to vote as pledged, leaving the electors of the remaining states and territories to vote for whomever they wish.

In Jim22’s post earlier the author explored the possibility that one of the nominees died before the election. One law professor said:

“There’s nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College,” says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.

I don’t understand how this would work, since the popular election chooses the slate of Electors by counting which party won each state’s popular vote, but USConstitution.net agrees with Jim’s post, and Slate.com, in saying that an electoral college vote can proceed without a popular election. Can anyone help me with this? If the popular election decides the “slate of electors” to the Electoral College, how could the Electoral vote take place without first deciding the “slate of Electors”?

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George Soros Is Single-Handedly Kicking Our Ass On Social Issues

He owns the entire conversation. This man has his tentacles wrapped around every major issue the American conservative holds dear (and is losing ground on). He directly funds all of the Public Safety & Social Justice causes which are currently in existence. Is there any way to stop someone so deeply entrenched in the progressive movement?

A leaked document from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations exposes the billionaire’s level of involvement in attempting to build what his organization describes as a “national movement” to reform local police forces across the U.S. The reform largely consists of federal guidelines for local police forces.

The document identifies an opportunity in the police killings of African-American men in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston, and Baltimore. It relates that the U.S. contingent of Open Society held a planning meeting titled, “Police Reform: How to Take Advantage of the Crisis of the Moment and Drive Long-Term Institutional Change in Police-Community Practice.”

The extensive memo further documents that Soros-financed groups and personalities influenced President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which last May released a final report consisting of 60 recommendations providing guidance to localities on how to modify policing practices.

Politico has a story (surprisingly) about how Soros is moving in local elections to create the network of progressives he needs to implement his evil agenda

While America’s political kingmakers inject their millions into high-profile presidential and congressional contests, Democratic mega-donor George Soros has directed his wealth into an under-the-radar 2016 campaign to advance one of the progressive movement’s core goals — reshaping the American justice system.
The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district-attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors.

His money has supported African-American and Hispanic candidates for these powerful local roles, all of whom ran on platforms sharing major goals of Soros’, like reducing racial disparities in sentencing and directing some drug offenders to diversion programs instead of to trial. It is by far the most tangible action in a progressive push to find, prepare and finance criminal justice reform-oriented candidates for jobs that have been held by longtime incumbents and serve as pipelines to the federal courts — and it has inspired fury among opponents angry about the outside influence in local elections.

This guy has the largest network of progressive agitators in the world. He is remaking the world in his own image. How do you stop someone like this? Killing him wouldn’t work. His bench is too deep. The world is moving further toward this progressive viewpoint, because they are being unwittingly manipulated.

Our federal system is completely screwed. The more I see things like this, the more I support the balkanization of the United States. Our republic has outgrown the size under which a republic is manageable. We’ve gotten too big for our britches. I am therefore openly advocating secession of any and all states. What do you think? Am I wrong?

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Google Is In The Tank For HRC As Well

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It’s from the 24/7 Trumpfest formerly owned by Andrew Breitbart. You can find the link on Drudge, right near the link where Alex Jones asked HRC to not murder him. Heh…

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Journalism In The Glorious People’s Republic Of America

If one wanted to read an article about Hillary Clinton’s Health at The Huffington Post, one would only need to click the link. Seriously, stop reading and click the link. It shows the Huffington Post article as it appeared, before it was deleted for not fitting the narrative.

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Not only did they delete the article, they banned the author:

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It appears that the Huffington Post isn’t the only organization censoring anything that presents HRC in a poor light, as CNN is pulling the same shenanigans, by removing Trump’s assertion that HRC is “Crooked”:

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When words are censored to paint individuals in a favorable light, and entire journalists are banned for saying that which is verboten, there is no free press. The shameful thing is that it’s not even the government who is doing the censoring. Our enemies are corporations. How do you defeat those?

Anyone who follows the misgivings of these two organizations doesn’t give a shit about the truth, anyway, but it’s nonetheless frightening to see overt censorship in favor of ANY political candidate in what used to be the United States of America.

To see just how in the tank PuffHo is, click on this link. The first two (which question her health) have been deleted. Only opinions friendly to The Party will be tolerated.

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Freudian Schadenfreude Or Pervasive Progressive Projection?

MSDNC was discussing (with the head of the NAACP) a speech Hillary Clinton had given, wherein she accused Donald Trump of being a racist and appealing to a racist segment of the Repugnant party. When they cut to the clip, a KFC commercial played instead, with their logo in the overlay. (I’ve never understood the fried chicken & watermelon thing… Who doesn’t love fried chicken and watermelon?)

So, to evidence Hillary’s point about Trump being racist, I offer a picture of Donald J. Trump being reacist, with a quote:

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Hillary Clinton has publicly stated that she regrets her words being caught on camera. Progressives will still vote for her… 4 or 5 times each.

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