Monday, December 18, 2017

World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince - The New York Times

World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince - The New York Times

A $300 million chateau is one of a string of

extravagant purchases for a prince who is cracking

down on ill-gotten wealth and preaching fiscal austerity.

Paraphrasing Seinfeld's Newman:  "O the hypocrisy....."

Sunday, December 17, 2017

With interest rates low, facts don’t justify panic over national debt - The Boston Globe

With interest rates low, facts don’t justify panic over national debt - The Boston Globe

It doesn't seem to bother the author of this essay that our national debt increases 50% by 2027.  Other nations are worse off, he says.  We should learn to love the debt -- his words.....

See this

Gordon Gekko said "greed is good."  Now we have "Debt is good."

Are they?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

is Himalayan rock salt really from Himalayas?

We got to wondering.   Turns out:  not.  According to Google:

Himalayan salt is rock salt or halite from the Punjab region of Pakistan. It is falsely marketed as being from the Himalayas.

Sometimes it seems like nothing in this world is as it appears to be.

Illusion vs. reality.

If you can't trust your salt, what can you trust?

Meanwhile, pass the Pakistani salt,, not that one, the one from the Punjab, bro.....

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Walking Into Armageddon -

Walking Into Armageddon -

John Hockenberry, Former WNYC Radio Host, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment - The New York Times

John Hockenberry, Former WNYC Radio Host, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment - The New York Times

We listened many times to Hockenberry scorch right-wing oppressors, himself all liberal, leftist and smugly self-righteous.  Now a real picture of this former NPR heavy hitter comes out.....

The national news director of NPR was similarly brought down....

Friday, December 01, 2017

This Robot Said to Sell Facebook. Next Time It May Be Right - Bloomberg

This Robot Said to Sell Facebook. Next Time It May Be Right - Bloomberg

Those who know AI, machine learning, programming, data analytics will rule the world.  Scratch that.  Make that "already rule the world"......

Flynn could deliver a knockout blow to Trump - The Washington Post

Flynn could deliver a knockout blow to Trump - The Washington Post

The days of Donald Trump appear to be numbered.

May not get a chance to tax the middle class, enrich the rich, and add $1 trillion to deficit after all.......too bad.....for shame......

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Psychiatry in Denial Over Demons -

Psychiatry in Denial Over Demons -

Demons also serve in major roles regarding panic attacks, OCD and they will take people already weakened with PTSD and amplify the problem and milk it for all the misery they can. When nightmares happen, you can be assured there is a demon nearby. They play a major role in the various personality disorder clusters.

Those that unfortunately have been raised or in a relationship with a narcissist, a borderline or even a sociopath all note the uncanny ability of these people to be a step ahead in the torment game. Some even call them "demons incarnate" as they have an unfair advantage because they are heavily influenced by demons, demons that know our weaknesses to a molecule.

Dr. Jerry Marzinsky worked for 35 years as a psychiatrist in mental hospitals and prisons in the US. He states that these thoughts happen to all of us sooner or later: "Think about the last time you were strolling along minding your own business and all of a sudden a horrible, disgusting, revolting thought blasted into your mind to do or say something that you would never do or say and were even shocked that you could even have such a thought. This has happened to all of us at one time or another. The first thing we wonder is, "Where did that come from?" It came from an outside source that doesn't belong to us and is not a part of you."

Could you imagine if these thoughts and images were being blasted at you day and night? Most of these disorders can be cured and with the new energy therapies and it can happen pretty quick.

However, sociopaths and narcissists are a different problem because they will never acknowledge they have a problem nor will they ever introspect and look into themselves.

Feature from the RSS news feed at

Grains: Are They Good For You, or Bad?

Grains: Are They Good For You, or Bad?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

French actor Gerard Depardieu visits Istanbul, eats kokoreç

French actor Gerard Depardieu visits Istanbul, eats kokoreç

Most of what we present here is drop dead serious.  This item in a Turkish newspaper made us they say on ESPN, Come On, Gerard, Come On....

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Alec Baldwin on Classical Music

From his 2017 memoir, Nevertheless:

In 2009, I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Seated in the box next to me were MatIas Tarnopolsky, the vice president of artistic planning for the New York Philharmonic, and the one and only Zarin Mehta, president and executive director of the Phil, brother of Zubin Mehta, and gentleman without equal. "What are you doing here?" Tarnopolsky blurted out. After. I explained that years of being trapped in a car in another life had made me a classical music fan, MatIas and Zarin exchanged a look; then Zarin said, "Come see me." Soon after that, I was hired as the announcer for the New York Philharmonic's weekly radio broadcast. What a great honor, education, and joy that has been.

In the '8os, I would drive around LA, listening to KUSC, KFAC, and other, now lost FM classical stations. As I'd approach the gates of Warner or Paramount to head into an appointment, the symphony on my radio was still unfolding. I'd call the stations' programming directors, whose numbers I kept on speed dial on my Motorola car phone (yes, you'd dial and they would pick up the phone), to find, out all of the details of the piece: composer, ensemble, conductor, recording label. Then I'd hustle over to Tower Classical on Sunset and order the discs.

There was no ArkivMusic back then, no Amazon, so I would have to drive back to West Hollywood to pick up the order two weeks later. But it was so worthwhile. Before the advent of digital downloads, I collected a lot of music. I concentrated on that battery between conductor and ensemble that produced much of the more acclaimed classical recordings, back when many of the majors were recording more frequently: Charles Dutoit with the Montreal Symphony, Leonard Slatkin with the St. Louis, George Szell with the Cleveland, Georg Solti with the Chicago, Bernstein with the New York Phil, Levine in Boston, Previn in London, Zubin Mehta in Los Angeles, Eschenbach, Barenboim, Gergiev, Dudamel, Tilson Thomas, Maazel, Haitink, Masur, Salonen, Dohnányi, Abbado, Boulez, Karajan, van Zweden, Boult, Muti.

Classical music renewed me. Like painting and literature, it put me in a grounded place of peace; So much so that if I did it all over again,. I'd learn to play the piano and become a conductor. Oh, God, would 1 ever. Go online and watch Charlie Dutoit conduct. Dutoit, the most elegant of them all. What I wouldn't give to be him for a year. These men (and a few women, like Mann Alsop) float on a cloud made of God-given genius and intense hard work. In the audience, I have been disappointed countless times at the movies, less often at the theater, but never at the symphony, where the orchestra brings to bear the remarkable talents of men and women who exist in their own aerie atop the performing arts. With all my heart, I urge you to visit the symphony in your town or nearby. Afterward, you just might be renewed.

My taste runs toward the lush, the romantic, the sonorous. I've been compiling the list of the recordings I want played at my funeral for some time:

  • Mãhler's Ninth Symphony, fourth movement, Lorin Maazel conducting the New York Philharmonic.
  • Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat Minor, op. 9, no. i, performed by Yundi Li
  • Mahler's Fourth Symphony, third movement, George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra.
  • Ravel's Ma Mere Wye (the Mother Goose Suite), Charles Dutoit conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
  • Rachmaninov's Symphony no 2 in E Minor, third movement, Andre Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Chopin's Nocturne in D-flat Major, op. 27, no 2, performed by Lang Lang.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams's Serenade lo Music, Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 (Pathetique), fourth movement, Valery Gergiev conducting the Orchestra of the Kirov Opera.

I know, I know. It's a long playlist. But come to my. funeral, if only for the music. For those of you who are classical fans, I know I'm laying up on the fairway here, going for par. But, hey, at that point I'll be dead. Allow me this last indulgence.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Top 10 books about betrayal | Books | The Guardian

Top 10 books about betrayal | Books | The Guardian

Zigs, Zags, Zips: the ever unpredictable Donald Trump makes the right call

Trump To Allow Release Of 3,000 Never Before Seen Documents On JFK Assassination | Zero Hedge

Our new book is in the research stage:  False Flags, Government Deceptions:  A Short History of the Modern Era, and we are greatly interested in this and other such insights into the real working of governments, criminals, intelligence agents, et al.....

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? -

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? -

How Much $ Does It Take to Become a Farmer? | Successful Farming

How Much $ Does It Take to Become a Farmer? | Successful Farming

Keeping the public in the dark

Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files - POLITICO Magazine

Conspiracy theorists of the world, get ready for some bad news.

Trump administration and other government officials say privately that President Donald Trump is almost certain to block the release of information from some of the thousands of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are scheduled to be made public in less than a week by the National Archives.

Administration officials would not identify what specific information related to Kennedy’s murder might be kept secret on Trump’s orders, though they acknowledged concern over classified documents held at the Archives that were created decades after the assassination—specifically, in the 1990s.

The officials held out a slim possibility that the always-unpredictable Trump could decide at the last minute to release all the remaining JFK files held at the Archives—tens, if not hundreds of thousands, of pages of long-secret documents—but said it was highly unlikely, especially because of concern that documents from the 1990s might expose relatively recent American intelligence and law-enforcement operations. Some of those documents could be partially released, with some of the information blacked out, they said.

A previously released, bare-bones index of nearly 3,100 never-before-seen assassination-related documents scheduled for release next week shows that the vast majority were created in the 1960s and 1970s, and many, if not most, of them appear likely to be declassified. Only several dozen date from the 1990s, and most of those were created by the CIA; many are letters written at the spy agency to a special federal review board that, at the time, was trying to decide how much of the JFK record from the 1960s could be made public without damaging national security or U.S. foreign policy.

Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, told POLITICO Magazine that the White House was working “to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public” by next Thursday, Oct. 26—the 25-year deadline set by Congress under a 1992 law signed by President George H.W. Bush that was intended to try to tamp down conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s assassination.

But there has been concern, she said, over classified assassination-related documents stored at the National Archives that were created decades after Kennedy’s murder. “Some of the records within this collection were not created until the 1990s” and they need to be closely reviewed to guarantee there would be no “identifiable harm” to national security if made public, she said. She was not more specific in identifying the documents in question.

A congressional official who has been closely monitoring the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump had been under pressure from the CIA to block the release of some of the assassination documents on national security grounds, possibly to protect CIA tradecraft and the identity of agency informants who might still be alive.

With only days to go before the deadline, “everything is in flux,” the official said. “I guess the president could change his mind at the last minute. But unless there is a dramatic change of heart, there will not be an absolutely full release of this information. I think you’ll see a lot of the files next week. Just not all of them, unfortunately. And a lot of documents that should have been released in full won’t be—there will be deletions.

The 1992 law, the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, was passed by Congress in response to the furor created by Oliver Stone’s conspiracy-laden hit film “JFK,” which was released the year before. As a result of the law, millions of pages of documents related to the assassination were made public in the 1990s—but not all.

A relatively small fraction—the 3,100 documents that the public has never seen, as well as the full text of more than 30,000 files previously released only in part—have been held back until now. Most of those documents were created inside the CIA, the FBI and the Justice Department. Under the law, however, everything must be released, in full, by next Thursday unless Trump decides otherwise.

Until now, Trump, himself no stranger to conspiracy theories, including a seemingly bizarre theory offered during last year’s presidential campaign that connected JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the father of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, has given no clue in public on his plans for the JFK documents. (Cruz and his father adamantly deny the allegations of a family tie to Oswald.)

Almost 54 years after Kennedy’s murder in Dallas, a White House decision to block the release of any of the documents will outrage historians, other researchers and the nation’s army of conspiracy theorists—who have been waiting for years for the release of the last of the assassination files. A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill has joined together in recent months to call for full disclosure of the JFK files.

In an interview this week, Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican who has led the effort, said he has yet to receive word from the White House on its plans for the documents. But he said he is working with Trump’s friend and adviser Roger Stone, the controversial Republican consultant who had recently become entangled in congressional investigations of possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, to pressure the president to agree to a full release.

Stone, author of a book alleging that President Lyndon B. Johnson was the mastermind of JFK’s assassination, has said that he had been told authoritatively that CIA Director Mike Pompeo is urging Trump to block the declassification of some of the agency’s files.

Jones said Stone “tells me he talks to the president regularly—and I think Roger Stone has real influence.” In an interview Thursday with radio talk show host—and ever-outraged conspiracy theorist—Alex Jones, Stone said that he had talked to Trump by phone Wednesday to urge the president to release all of the JFK documents. “He did not tip off his current decision,” Stone said. But Trump was “all ears,” he said, and “I am optimistic the president is going to do the right thing.” Stone said he was hopeful that Trump would decide to declassify the full library of documents “based on his general comments and on his long history of supporting transparency.”

A move to block any of the release would doubtless help keep alive conspiracy theories that have swirled around Kennedy’s murder virtually from the moment those gunshots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Opinion polls in recent decades have shown consistently that the American people believe there was a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death, despite government investigations that concluded Oswald acted alone.


We were reflecting recently on the lethal power of Identity Politics in general, and naming and shaming in particular.  Politico begins its report here with the term "conspiracy theorists."  The use of this term is one such way to label a group of people, and obliterate them -- all in two short words.  The handle is a seemingly handy way to disqualify, ridicule, marginalize those few willing to look beyond misdirection, PR handouts, denials, and outright falsehoods, to get down to the bedrock level of truth.  The connotation of the pejorative term implies something like 'lunatics who wear tin foil hats,' who "know" there is a bogeyman under the bed, who wait expectantly and assuredly that the sky is falling.

Unlike "you and me," who know better, who are superior.


What is in shorter supply, today, than "truth?"  In today's world, where the following is viewed and accepted as "normal"?

  • Debt/insolvency of individuals, governments (U.S. $20 trillion)
  • Tensions between nations, groups, sexes (N. Korea, et al)
  • Mass murders (too many to list)
  • Environmental disasters, hurricanes, fires, latent volcanoes stirring (Yellowstone)


We but barely scratch the surface....

"Conspiracy theorists" attempt to connect the dots, gain understanding, make sense of a senseless world.  We thank God for them.....

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Are Sit Ups Bad for You? The U.S. Military Seems to Think So… : ISSA

Are Sit Ups Bad for You? The U.S. Military Seems to Think So… : ISSA

  • Drawbacks of sit-ups:  
Sit-ups impose extremely large compression forces on the discs and vertebrae of the spine, especially in the lower back. The U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has set the action limit for low back compression at 3300 N and repetitive loading above this level is linked with higher injury rates in workers. Compression readings that surpass this limit are imposed on the spine with each sit up repetition.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Here's what can happen with naval forces entering "hot" area,
a lesson from history

Trump Sends Second Aircraft Carrier To Korean Peninsula With 7,500 Marines Aboard | Zero Hedge

1898:  USS Maine and The Spanish-American War

“Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain

The modern era history of Cuba pre-dates that of the USASpain claimed Cuba in 1492 when Christopher Columbus landed there.  The Italian explorer was working for the Spanish Crown.  British settlers, on the other hand, colonized Jamestown, Virginia more than a century later, in 1607.

As America expanded in the years following, it kept one eye on Cuba, as it did on other Spanish territories, e.g. Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Spanish overlords ruled the Cuban natives harshly for many years;  a series of rebellions took place in the 19th century (1826, 1829, 1837), and rebellion was in the air again by the late 1880s. U.S. newspapermen like William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer took up the rebel cause.

When riots broke out in the capital Havana, on January 25, 1898, the U.S. sent the U.S.S. Maine to the Havana harbor to quell the disturbance, and protect U.S. civilians there tending to sugar and tobacco businesses.  On February 15, the Maine exploded;  266 of the 355 sailor aboard were killed.

Hearst and Pulitzer immediately blamed Spain and called for war.  The New York Journal headlined "Spanish Treachery."  “Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain” would become a handy slogan.  The Navy, for its part, blamed a mine for the explosion, but refrained from blaming Spain.

Feelings over facts held sway for many.  We find a good example of this feeling in a February 16 letter Theodore Roosevelt wrote a friend saying, “Being a Jingo, as I am writing confidentially, I will say, to relieve my feelings, that I would give anything if President McKinley would order the fleet to Havana tomorrow. This Cuban business ought to stop. The Maine was sunk by an act of dirty treachery on the part of the Spaniards, I believe; though we shall never find out definitely, and officially it will go down as an accident.”

President McKinley was indeed amenable.  Backed by Congress, McKinley put on a naval blockage of Cuba on April 21.  Spain declared war on the U.S. April 23, and the U.S. followed suit, April 25.  War lasted until August 12, 1898

President McKinley went to Congress and got permission to place a blockade of Cuba on April 21st. Spain then declared war on the U.S. on April 23rd and immediately following the U.S. followed suit and declared war on Spain on April 25th. The war lasted to August 12, and ended with a U.S. victory.   The Treaty of Paris (signed December 10, 1898) provided for Spain to cede control of Cuba, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and parts of the West Indies.

This marked the end of Spain as world empire, and the taking up of that mantle by the U.S.

Circling back, did Spain actually sink the Maine? In 1911, the Department of the Navy brought up the remains of the ship and undertook another investigation that returned the same conclusion:  a mine did it.

Other investigators thought it possible that there was a spontaneous combustion of coal sitting next to the magazine of ammunition in the forward hull. They said the evidence supporting this was that the blast blew outward from the hull and not inward as a mine would cause.

The Spanish never claimed responsibility for the blast.  In fact, their officials and civilians from the adjacent Spanish cruiser Alfonso XII helped the survivors from the blast, making it unlikely that Spain was itching for war vs. the U.S.  As a result of this assistance from the Spanish, as well as another U.S. ship anchored nearby, some 100 lives were saved.

If this was a false flag, i.e. not the work of the Spanish, it illustrates that a government can manipulate a tragedy to its own end -- whatever the genesis of it.  In the modern parlance, "never let a crisis go to waste."


Final thought:  if nearly two weeks after Las Vegas Massacre, we don't have clarity on the who/what/where/when/how, etc., how much less will we know about what happens in the sea offshore Korea.  Putting major military assets offshore an adversary, may be regarded as one step lower than a naval blockade which is usually construed as an act of war.  Ships offshore are, at the least, a provocation.  Reminds one of the old school street saying, "if you pull a gun on me, you better use it."

Mr. Trump, while we are still in this "calm before the storm," as you say, have you thought this out, step by step, to its full conclusion, all the possible if-thens?  Humanity wants to know.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Not with H bombs, or EMPs, but rather through a new twist in world trade......

The Gold Worm on the Yuan Hook

“There is more than one way to skin a cat” says an old proverb. And there is another way to bring the US to its knees, besides using hydrogen bombs or EMPs."

Brilliant analysis.  Perhaps this is the mechanism by which USA is excluded from Bible prophecy?  A stunning ending to the self-appointed appellation "American exceptionalism"?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Las Vegas as San Bernardino II: Ballistics Evidence Is the Key - - Gmail

Las Vegas as San Bernardino II: Ballistics Evidence Is the Key - - Gmail

When I saw footage of the shooting, I thought to myself, "why two windows?  For one shooter with a machine gun.  Why would he run back-and-forth between two windows, wouldn't that slow his satanic progress?"

Others are asking this and similar questions, as evidenced by this piece just forwarded to me moments ago.....

Las Vegas as San Bernardino II:
Ballistics Evidence Is the Key

Gary North - October 05, 2017

The obvious question in the San Bernardino mass shootings in December 2015 was this: "Does the ballistics evidence at the murder scene show that the alleged shooters' weapons were involved?"

The Washington Post reported this:
Agents from the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the ATF headed to the scene of the shooting to aid local law enforcement, authorities said.
The 10 special agents from the ATF included ballistics experts and explosive specialists as well as two explosive detection canines, said Meredith K. Davis, an ATF special agent.
We are still waiting for the release of that evidence.

I ask the same about the weapons supposedly used by the alleged shooter in Las Vegas. (1) Do the rounds that killed and wounded all those people match the weapons in the shooter's motel room? (2) Are there rounds that do not match, indicating more than one shooter?

The ballistics evidence would answer these questions.

This is technically easy to check. It just takes time, money, and the public's willingness to hold the investigators' feet to the fire.

There are other unanswered (and mainstream media unasked) questions. I have a Ph.D. in history. I know what to ask. I would ask what any reporter would ask: who, what, when, where, why, and how?

1. How and where did he buy the automatic weapons?
2. Where and when did he train to master them?
3. How did he get them into the hotel room(s)?
4. How did he shoot from two windows? [Removed by user shortly after this was posted. Instead, go here.]
5. Was he registered in both rooms?
6. Why did it take the police 
20 minutes to locate which floor and room?
7. Why did it take them 52 more minutes to get to the room?
All of this is easy to check.

If the authorities do not respond, this will add fuel to the fire of disbelief.

If the mainstream media do not keep demanding this information from the authorities, then they are in bed with the authorities.

If reporters in the mainstream media do not investigate these matters independently, then the media are in bed with the authorities.

If the authorities and the media stonewall on these issues, then Obi Wan is on the job in Las Vegas.

16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want To Talk About

16 Unanswered Questions About The Las Vegas Shooting That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want To Talk About

Stephen Paddock Booked Hotel Overlooking Chicago Lollapalooza 2 Months Before Vegas Massacre |

Stephen Paddock Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza 2 Months Before Vegas Massacre |

Woman in Japan dies from ‘overwork,’ a common cause of death - NY Daily News

Woman in Japan dies from ‘overwork,’ a common cause of death - NY Daily News

Monday, September 18, 2017

Did the Taser Co. go out of business?

Knife-wielding campus pride leader killed by police at Georgia Tech - The Washington Post

The Man Who Saved the World

Man Who Saved the World From Nuclear Armageddon in 1983 Dies at 77

Pension Storm Coming: "This Will Become One Of The Most Heated Battles Of My Lifetime" | Zero Hedge

Pension Storm Coming: "This Will Become One Of The Most Heated Battles Of My Lifetime" | Zero Hedge

Here in Dallas I pay about 2.7% in property taxes. When I bought my home over four years ago, I checked our local pension and was told we were 100% funded. I even mentioned in my letter that I was rather surprised. Turns out they lied. Now, realistic assessments suggest they will have to double the municipal tax rate (yes, I said double) to be able to fund fire and police pension funds. Not a terribly popular thing to do. At some point, look for taxpayers to desert the most-indebted cities and states. Then what? I don’t know. Every solution I can imagine is ugly.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Washington Redskins Yield to Pressure, Drop Offensive Name

The Washington Redskins yield to pressure and finally drop that part of their name that is offensive to most people.

Dan Snyder, owner of the NFL Redskins, has announced that the team is dropping "Washington" from the team's name, and it will henceforth be simply known as "The Redskins."

It was reported that he finds the word 'Washington' imparts a negative image of poor leadership, mismanagement, corruption, cheating, lying, narcissism, and graft, and is not a fitting role model for young football fans.

What Lies We Are Fed, as Children, then Ever After; PCR puts this one straight

How We Know The So-Called “Civil War” Was Not Over Slavery -

Apparently Even Asians Can Be White Supremacists If They Are Named Robert Lee

ESPN has pulled an Asian-American named Robert Lee (Lee is a common name among Asians, for example, Bruce Lee) from announcing the University of Virginia/William & Mary football game in Charlottesville this Saturday because of his name.

Two New Totalitarian Movements: Radical Islam And Political Correctness | Zero Hedge

Two New Totalitarian Movements: Radical Islam And Political Correctness | Zero Hedge

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Last Night the Leading Young Female Pianist Brought Down the House at Ravinia Festival

Yuja Wang and the Art of Performance | The New Yorker

See also:

We were mourning the cancellation of Denis Matsuev, leading contender for the Horowitz mantle, from the Ravinia calendar (ill health), when we were more than compensated by Ms. Yang.  Brava, Yuja!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Vladimir Putin: The Most Powerful Person In The World -

Vladimir Putin: The Most Powerful Person In The World -

Former CIA official John Stockwell wrote: “It is the function of the CIA to keep the world unstable, and to propagandize and teach the American people to hate, so we will let the Establishment spend any amount of money on arms.” 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How A High-School Dropout Became The Most Dangerous Man In Financial News - Business Insider

I used to watch the subject of this feature on Bloomberg daily;  a few years ago, however, we cut the cord, as they say, and I lost track of him.

We will always need "print" journalism, imho, because it gives his eminently colorful "back story" (which I didn't know),  and as John Lee Hooker might say, his "front story" -- even more remarkable.

Thank you, Lord, that my father forbade me having a motorcycle......

How A High-School Dropout Became The Most Dangerous Man In Financial News - Business Insider

Thursday, May 04, 2017

What the N. Korean “Crisis” Is Really About -

What the N. Korean “Crisis” Is Really About -

This is where markets meet Bible prophecy....must read

China's Plan To Subvert The Global Dollar Standard | Zero Hedge

Already, China dominates world trade. Her own economy is already significantly larger than that of the US on the purchasing power parity (PPP) estimates. While being the largest consumer of raw materials, China also exports more finished goods by value than any other country. As the Asian powerhouse, she has lifted the economies of all the countries on the western side of the Pacific Ocean, which including her own between them have a GDP of $50 trillion. Her exports into Asia now exceed her exports to the US. Yet despite this dominance, most of China’s trade is conducted in US dollars, something China is bound to change, if she is to contain external economic risk and replace America as the dominant global empire. Both objectives can only be achieved by China replacing the dollar as a medium of exchange.

The answers to these questions are likely to be revealed in the coming months, possibly in only a matter of weeks, if North Korea heats up. But if China decides to revalue gold, western capital markets will be wholly unprepared for the fall-out. China itself will be affected, as will all other nations that trade with the US or trade with countries that trade with the US. The advanced welfare-driven nations dependent on capital markets are at risk. The great financial crisis of nine years ago will be a light rehearsal compared with what could follow.
The irony is that the countries isolated from the dollar, especially Russia and Iran, will come out best. Iran will be significantly stronger relative to Saudi Arabia, with important consequences for the power-play in the Middle East. Russia will also have an interest in pushing China for this action, partly because it should tip the balance in Syria in Russia’s favor, and partly because the destruction of US hegemony will free Western Europe from being tied to America’s apron strings.

This is the final prize for the two leading nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: a free trade area which will eventually include the whole Eurasian Continent, with the rest of the world acting as its feedstock. It has always been the ultimate logic behind the Russian-Chinese partnership. Despite all its military power, America will be isolated, unless, like Britain ditching her colonies in the 1960s, America accepts she no longer controls global commerce.
That is hard to imagine.....
Perhaps China and Russia no longer have the luxury of time. America’s increased military belligerence in Trump’s first hundred days might force their hand. Perhaps America, knowing her demise is becoming increasingly inevitable, has some dramatic plan under wraps to seize the financial initiative, as dramatic perhaps as the Nixon shock, when America abandoned the post-war gold standard. The instability brought into the geopolitical equation by the Trump presidency, and the early signs the US economy is grinding to a halt under the sheer weight of consumer and government debt, are increasingly likely to prompt China and Russia into firm financial action, if only to protect themselves in an unstable financial and monetary environment.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bob Moriarty - War, Precious Metals, Fate of USA

Bob Moriarty - War, Precious Metals, Mining Stocks

If anybody fires a shot whether it’s the North Koreans, whether it’s the United States, whether it’s the South Koreans, whether it’s Japan, whether it’s China, if anybody fires a shot, it will go nuclear. They war gamed it a number of times and every single time it went nuclear.

Trump came in and said, “I’m going to balance the budget. I’m going to rebuild America. I’m going to make America great.” Promptly hands the military another 54 billion dollars that they don’t need and the military is going after him for more. We are broke. There is no solution to it. There is simply nothing you can do other than to declare bankruptcy.

I predicted many of the things that have happened including the assent of both Sanders and Trump and some reflections on what happens when a country goes into a permanent state of warfare. And basically, you’re either defeated militarily or you bankrupt yourself. It happened to the Spanish. It happened to the Dutch and it happened to the French. It happened to the English. It happened to the Russians. And we act like it’s not going to happen to us. Well, it’s going to. We either get bankrupted or we get defeated militarily.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

United passenger hauled from plane is doctor who traded drugs for gay sex with patient, lost license

United passenger traded drugs for gay sex with patient | Daily Mail Online

Met his partner "in church."   "He denied the gay sex even though he was caught on camera shirtless and in his pants with Brian Case, his lover, 26, who was a fellow worshipper at his church," reports say.

License was revoked, later reinstated.

It gets stranger:  "While he was suspended from practicing, he became a semi-professional poker player, and is said to have won a total of $234,664 since 2006," according to PokerNews.

You can't make this stuff up....

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Book publishing 101 or: Riding the Waves of Rejection

A friend told me this week his wife is writing a book.  The topic is “human struggle.”  She is seeking a publisher.

Caused me to hearken back to my own simple, 23-step process to see Extraordinary Comebacks: 201 Inspiring Stories of Courage, Triumph and Success (EC) through publication.  While cleaning out files recently I found these notes on its history.  Here’s how it went:

Concept for EC emerges during jogging.  I resist,  A still, small voice pushes me on.  Can't shake it, and I start to plow some ground.

Lined up a noted self-help guru as co-author.  Why?  The magic of collaboration.  He already had success in the market, an audience and had a big-time agent.  So I started writing, wrote the first 25 of what would (ultimately) become 700 comeback stories.

My guru, and his agent, renege.  I decide to go it alone.

An editor as Crossing Press expresses interest, then never responds again.  Still, I settle in to write the actual book, it would take more than one year.

Finished principal writing.  For the next 16 months or so, I research, rewrite.

Still believing in the power of celebrity, for better or worse, I seek the support of luminaries for marketing reasons, to provide foreword, blurb or otherwise.  I gain the support of a very major luminary.  He agrees to provide material help, then reneges, and repeats this process twice more.  His paranoid PR people provide me with the shabbiest treatment in memory, accusing me of planning a hatchet job on their media star (!!!);   (my background is in PR, and I am astonished).

Bought Publishers Guide, queried all appropriate tradtional publishers.

A nibble.  An editor at a major independent agrees to see proposal.  Immediately sent.

Editor misplaces, asks for a resend.

Breakthrough:  editor requests the ms.

Editor declines, citing derivative nature of stories.  Very deflating birthday present.  I go jogging to try to shake it off.  I resolve not to quit.

Second effort contact with same editor, but no go, editor declines again.

Same time I recontact major agent who had earlier expressed interest.  He sends one email re ms., never responds again. On follow up, no response.

Extensive review of self-publishers, e.g. Author’s House, and many other such.   Not ready to capitulate.

I go back to independent publisher with proposal on how I would make changes to satisfy them.  This time I write to president as well as editor.  President agrees to reconsider.

Publisher accepts ms. for publication

Date of publishing contract

Editor requires major changes or says 'no publication'; I agree to rewrite every word.  I do.

Publisher sends cover art 'with title Try, Try Again" vs. my working title “364 Great Comebacks.”  They had never bothered to inform me of the change.  I hate "Try, Try Again" on a visceral level.  It seems to me sing-song, exasperated and patronizing.  Title dispute goes on for five weeks.

Publisher  relents, chooses instead a title created by my family member as a compromise:  “Extraordinary Comebacks: 201 Inspiring Stories of Courage, Triumph, and Success”

Publication.  Border's buys large quantity, promotes in stores.  (Remember book stores?)

Publisher arranges successful “media tour,” radio interviews.  Extraordinary Comebacks: 201 Inspiring Stories of Courage, Triumph, and Success goes on to become a category best-seller on Amazon.

EC2, EC3, EC700 follow in subsequent years, as well as numerous other titles.

In subsequent years, life happens.  Our poster boy for great comebacks, Lance Armstrong, who beat cancer to win the Tour de France seven times, finally confesses to the doping allegations that dogged him for years.  I change my web site, accordingly.

Others of our stars fell from the firmament as well:  Bill Cosby, Paula Deen, most notably.  One notable symbol of male, Olympian athletic prowess switched genders, creating a media firestorm while winning a major award for his/her courage.

Some climbed even bigger mountains, like debt overcomer and now President, Donald Trump.  Some passed into eternity, like we all will some day.

How fragile this thing, life, and how easily a comeback can turn into a comedown.  And how fast the clock goes by.

And how long the steeplechase, littered with rejection hurdles, from concept to printed book, in this case, six and one-half years.

And so it is that we wish all prospective authors like our friend's wife only the best, and to keep their eye on the prize, no matter how serpentine the road becomes, and no matter how many tell you that you are lost on the way.

You are not lost.  You just have farther to go.....

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Is Bankruptcy For Illinois The Answer? | Zero Hedge

Is Bankruptcy For Illinois The Answer? | Zero Hedge

Should Buyer's Agents Attend Property Inspections?

Should Buyer's Agents Attend Property Inspections?

Release of Arctic Methane "May Be Apocalyptic," Study Warns

Dahr Jamail | Release of Arctic Methane "May Be Apocalyptic," Study Warns

A study published in the prestigious journal Nature in July 2013 confirmed what Shakhova had been warning us about for years: A 50-gigaton "burp" of methane from thawing Arctic permafrost beneath the East Siberian sea is highly possible.
Such a "burp" would be the equivalent of at least 1,000 gigatons of carbon dioxide. (For perspective, humans have released approximately 1,475 gigatons in total carbon dioxide since the year 1850.)
The UK's Met Office considers the 50-gigaton release "plausible," and in a paper on the subject added, "That may cause ∼12-times increase of modern atmospheric methane burden, with consequent catastrophic greenhouse warming."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Perfect Storm -- straight ahead

Did you see The Perfect Storm, George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, the fetching Diane Lane?

We are approaching the convergence.....must read:

Go Ahead -- You Own It in [Market-Ticker]

...... the Federal Government spent $1,417 billion last fiscal year on Medicare and Medicaid, up from $380 billion in 1998, which incidentally was 37% of all federal spending last year -- and it's accelerating at ~8-9% a year as it has been for the last several decades (with some notable outlying years.)

At this rate it will cross $2,000 billion, or more than half (by a good margin) of the current federal budget within 5 years.  That will blow a $600 billion additional annual deficit hole in the budget into a rising rate environment which the government will not be able to finance.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Jew Who Changed Football Forever

The Jew Who Changed Football Forever - The Daily Beast

I grew up in Cleveland.  I was a high school QB.  I went to Ohio State.


I never heard of "Benny Friedman" and his legacy to football until today......what a remarkable story......

Our Age Of Folly

Our Age Of Folly -- Paul Craig Roberts -

.............(Author) Lapham spares no one, least of all his own class. As a young man Lapham was a member of the upper class and remains today a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He could expect a career guaranteed by the preferments bestowed on his class. Returning from Cambridge University, he secured an interview with the CIA, looking forward to an exciting life as a spy serving the cause of freedom and democracy. 
In a passage that is perhaps the most amusing in the book, he describes boning up for the interview by “reading about Lenin’s train and Stalin’s prisons, the width of the Fulda Gap, the depth of the Black Sea. Instead of being asked about the treaties of Brest-Litovsk or the October Revolution, I was asked three questions bearing on my social qualifications for admission into what the young men at the far end of the table clearly regarded as the best fraternity on the campus of the free world.”
His fellow Yalies wanted proof of his upper class bonafides and relied on three questions that would reveal if Lapham were the real goods. Lapham had to answer the question, which club does one take from the golf bag when standing on the thirteenth tee at the National Golf Links in Southampton, followed by the question of the direction at dusk in late August of the prevailing wind on final approach under sail into Hay Harbor on Fishers Island, followed by “Does Muffy Hamilton wear a slip?”

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump And The Third Temple

Trump And The Third Temple

"It is interesting in this context to also consider Michael Snyder's calculations that Trump was born 700 days before Israel became a nation, won the election on Prime Minister Netanyahu's 7th year, 7th month and 7th day in office, and served his first full day in the White House at the age of 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old. 

"While we should be careful of reading too much into these numbers, it would seem that God Himself has had His hand on the unusual rise of Donald Trump and if so would have a particular purpose for his presidency."

The Coyote Principle: CALIFORNIA, TEXAS

The Coyote Principle


• The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog, then bites the Governor.
• The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.
• He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.
• He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.
• The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.
• The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.
• The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness program” for residents of the area.
• The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.
• The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training for the nature of coyotes.
• PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state.


• The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.
• The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
• The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke and Texas is not.