Thursday, July 31, 2014

What if the sky IS falling...?

Peter: What really is compelling about the story and what people should really take to heart is the attitude that pervades is that, well, it’s not going to happen here. It can’t happen here. People don’t want to think about that worst-case scenario. They want to assume that things are going to be okay, and if somebody is warning about this potential doomsday, that is the person whom they ridicule, who they say, oh, you’re crazy, that’s never going to happen, and, it happens in places like Zimbabwe. But expand on it, because it’s happening in America.
Doug: Well look, I hate to sound like a Cassandra, a gloomy Gus. I hate to say the sky is falling, and I know you do too. But you’ve got to be realistic. I don’t call it America anymore. I call it the US because although America is a fantastic idea, a wonderful idea, America as a concept is rapidly disappearing from the land area called the United States. So yeah, I hate to sound gloomy, because there are lots of reasons for optimism that we can recount. We have more scientists and engineers alive today now than we’ve had in all previous history put together. So that’s cause for optimism. But there is a lot of cause for real pessimism certainly in the short term, in the next decade or so in the US, and it could get worse from there. So you and I are pretty much on the same page economically, and it makes me a little uncomfortable having to be gloomy, but I have to be. I have to assess the facts.
Peter: Yeah, you can’t ignore the facts. So you don’t like to say that the sky is falling, but then if you see it falling, you don’t want to just pretend that you don’t see what you see because that’s worse. I mean, it’s better to warn about the catastrophes. Maybe your warnings could help put into effect policies that might avert the catastrophe, or if you can’t do that, at least help as many people as possible prepare for it in advance so that they don’t get hit by surprise.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Consent"? Of the "governed"?

Look at it this way...

There are 2 basic ways in which people can interact: by mutual agreement or by one person using threats or violence to force his will upon another. The first can be labeled “consent” – both sides willingly and voluntarily agreeing to what is to be done. The second can be labeled “governing” – one person controlling another. Since these two – consent and governing – are opposites, the concept of “consent of the governed” is a contradiction. If there is mutual consent, it is not “government”; if there is governing, there is no consent.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

(Still) Stuck on Stupid

Note: This is a LRC piece that ran in June 2012. Thanks to some FB correspondence with fellow (and more prolific) contributor Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers, it might not suffer from review...


Gazing at the heady world of International Finance, damn near every country is spending more than it takes in. Those countries whose national debt does not exceed their annual GDP are well down the road of reversing that. The BDMs (Big Decision Makers) believe insolvent nations can be bailed out by printing money.

An insolvent nation wants bail out money to service its existing debt and keep the gravy train running on time. In return for bail out money, the insolvent nation will raise taxes to service the existing debt, keep the gravy train running and service the new bail out debt. Raising taxes reduces revenue and creates more government dependents. This results in more debt and a greater need for bail out money to keep the gravy train runni….well, you get the point.

After tens of thousands of years of evolution how come so few people know the First Rule of Holes? "When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." (Gracias, Will Rogers).

Why do all politicians believe they can play one more round of Russian Roulette and get out of the game before it ends? How can people possibly be this stupid? I hear BIs (Big Intellectuals) on TV stating with conviction: "All we have to do is print more money." Are Underwear Gnomes in charge of the IMF? Do these chuckleheads really believe when the world economy collapses, they can just move to Florida? "Quick Dorothy, click your heels together three times for a solvent world economy!"

I kinda heard in the background Obama saying, "We need to restructure the European bail outs so the Germans don't feel as if they are paying for everyone's welfare." From that I concluded Obama doesn't want to change the reality of German paying for welfare, just the perception of doing so.

We always hear in boring management meetings: "Perception is Reality". And then some Brainiac will add: "But not Actuality!" Being part German, I don’t think my distant relatives are that dense. Once the German people realize the actuality of the Restructuring Game… well, as they say back in the Fatherland: BOO-YAH!

Someone famous once said: "Any festering moron can learn from his own mistakes; it takes a genius to learn from the mistakes of others." (or something similar). Actually, there is a small group of us who have. We never lived under communism but we know it is bad and won't work. We knew Social Security couldn't work. We knew the War on Poverty was a loser going in. We knew Medicare was doom. We knew Obama's stimulus package would harm the economy not help it. We know a constitutional republic works -- when you have one. We know the EBOs (European Bail Outs) are no better than throwing gas on a fire. There is a small, hearty band of us who have knowledge that didn't come from personal experience. When it is shared among so few, it is hard to call it "Common Sense" any more.

I now understand why old men talk about the "good old days." It is more than "once, I was young." I can look to the past and see the unrelenting growth of government. See an ever spreading dark evil covering the land of the free and home of the brave. I feel the smothering regulations of thousands of faceless tyrants. A nanny state enforcing all that is good for me from womb to tomb.

Stossel said recently, "We are freer today than we have ever been."* I say, when you only walk in circles, you never notice the perimeter fence. We are not free. We have only reduced our expectation of freedom to match these oppressive times. If you haven't had contact with today's government, you don't know how vile it is. The government doesn't kick down everyone's door or shoot everyone's dog but isn't even one too many? It you don't know a secret warrant has been used to search your house are you still free? If you don't know a drone is spying on you from the sky, are you still free? When a red light camera is your accuser in court, is there still justice? When the president of the United States can kill an American citizen without a trial, is this still a nation of laws?

I know. I know. We are all way too busy trying to live our real lives to worry about politics and government and idiots running for elected office. I pray we will all find comfort in our excuses - for in the end, our excuses will be all we have.

*Having interviewed John Stossel numerous times, he still has recurring problems properly administering Sarcasm. That’s because Journalists, like CPA’s, Engineers and IRS Agents, are born without a Humor gene. Or maybe it was those two head shots from Dr. D back in his reporting days.
June 22, 2012

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another Facebook encounter

The latest in an occasional series of Facebook post encounters....

In an on-line discussion, I suggested "Greed" was merely an emotive attack word used to compromise pro-capitalism/free market arguments; that it is impossible to define without imposing subjective opinion, resulting in the following exchange...

  • Brian Wilson Define "greed"....
  • Scott Moell CEO making 6-7 figures plus bonus.... Everyone wants to take more n more. More than they need to even live comfortably, while 130+ hard loyal workers just getting by are losing their job... and IMO if you have to ask what greed is or to define it you are part of the problem.... Soldiers putting their life on the  line so you can live free while asshats in office are making 6+ figures a year..... Or pro athletes making millions a year.... Need me to explain more. N sure you'll  throw your judgement at me as whatever but I come from a wealthy family grew up spoiled n greedy now I despise it. Ppl destroy ppl over money something that has no value in the big picture.... You can't take that fat wallet with you. Guess to sum it up greed is 90% of population u want to see it look in the mirror.... 

    Grasping on to anything materialistic is a form of greed..... 


  • Brian Wilson @Scott Moell Who are you to declare what anyone "needs"? What is "live comfortably"? Because you define it one way, how does that deny someone else from defining it differently? Or are you the sole arbiter of Good, Bad or "Greedy"? Greed is an emotive code word, an undefinable pejorative used by the Envy class. To wit: you can't post a cogent response without ad hominens and snarky comments - which simply means you have -0- intellectual ammo to respond to a simple question. "Throw your judgement at me"? Why not? That's all you're doing - or do you reserve "judging" as your personal purview?

     "Grasping on to anything materialistic is a form of greed." - based on semantics and reality is indefensibly stupid. Try for objective analysis, logic, reason and a better vocabulary. I'll wait...........


That was 2 months ago. Still waiting....
BW

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Individual Is Rising

An excerpt: 

History has shown, repeatedly, that the human spirit cannot be conquered.  You may be able to suppress the human spirit for one hundred years or so, but never forever.  The human spirit will always rise.
History has also shown that the collectivist tyrants will do everything in their power to suppress the human spirit and maintain power, and the present day situation is no different.  There are now cameras on every stop light and federal taps on every cell phone for this reason. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Most Important Lesson - Ever

A learned friend tipped me off to this video, The Accelerated Crash Course. Simply put, it is the most important, compelling, instructive, possibly even life-saving video you may ever see. Regardless of your level of education, you will come to learn and understand the perilously fragile status of our economy, society, our world and our future wherever you live, whoever you are, whatever your standing in life.

Ben Franklin said "Lost time is never found again". As you will see, there isn't much of it  left. 

Do yourself and your family the most responsible thing you will do today:  click here...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Prescience and Paranoia

Here's a recent post from a popular buzz board:

"Does anyone else feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with the daily deluge of crap this man [Obama] is doing to our country? I assume everyone here is awake and paying attention and it’s still hard to keep up. The low information folks out there are really going to be screwed when the crap hits the fan. At least we’ll see it coming. I wouldn't want to write the history books pertaining