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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UPDATE: Proof trump is a Russian asset.



There is no mystery as to why trump has ordered the release of classified data about the Russian investigation: PUTIN TOLD HIM TO DO IT!

Putin doesn't like it because it is effective.

Same reason Putin told Tillerson to fire all the State Department staffers who were coordinating NATO responses - they were good at their job.

There is a common thread to all this stuff: the weakening of United States intelligence and interference with Putin and the other Russian thugs' plans.

trump is a Russian asset.

The proof -

The scientific evidence for this assertion is based on the Duck codicil to Occam's Razor. As you know, Occam holds that when presented with differing explanations for a phenomenon, the simplest explanation is the most likely to be true.

The Duck Codicil, antecedents unknown, holds that if an outcome has three or more consistencies with an hypothesis for its cause, then it is likely that the hypothesis is correct. The Codicil is useful especially where experimentation is not possible.

More colloquially, 'If it swims like a duck, quacks like a duck, eats like a duck and shits like a duck, then it is a duck.'

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SOCIALISM: A Primer


Socialism as an economic model and also as a political movement has come to the forefront recently.

It seems appropriate to examine some of the idea's structure and history.

SOCIALIST ECONOMIC MODEL

The economic model of socialism is conceptually very simple: the people as represented by the state own all the productive resources in the country. Since all enterprises are publicly owned, there is no profit motive and instead enterprises are organized to provide the maximum amount of well being to the entire population in the form of goods and services delivered at cost with no profit.

CAPITALIST ECONOMIC MODEL

This idea directly contradicts the capitalist model wherein all the productive resources in the country are owned by private individuals and organized to maximize profits for the owners. In this model, individuals supposedly are benefited with the concept that competition in the marketplace will force efficiency on all privately owned companies, resulting in the greatest amount of good delivered to the greatest number of people.

Capitalist Imbalances

However, it is obvious that private owners of capital will, and do, consider customers and employees as adversaries. After all, capitalists want to hire resources and labor at the lowest price and sell products at the highest price: that is how businesses maximize profits.

When there is an imbalance of power between business owners and customers or employees, capitalist theory suggests that the power imbalances will even out over time. But, it happens that national governments can become impatient of the imbalances and create regulations to even the scales; or, governments can be co-opted by wealthy business owners and prevent market forces from balancing the scales. These instances are called 'market failures'.

BOTH MODELS CO-EXIST

In the real world there are usually mixtures of differing structures in all countries wherein some enterprises are owned publicly and some are owned privately. For example, in the United States, private for-profit businesses provide the majority of goods and services. But, there are some exceptions where the enterprise is owned publicly and designed to provide goods and services at cost without making a profit. Good examples include municipal public water systems and sewer systems.

Fear of Socialism

The Socialist model has negative publicity since the model was imposed violently in numerous societies, as in Russia in 1918 and China in 1949. In these cases, the popular armed forces rounded up all the private property owners and shot them.

So, when the idea of socialism is raised as an evil idea, it is largely because of those experiences.

Some commentators may suggest that Socialist or public enterprises are inherently corrupt while such corruption is eliminated from privately owned companies by competition. This argument fails to hold when considering the many criminal and corrupt examples in privately owned enterprises. It simply may be that there is an equal likelihood of criminal behavior in any organization regardless of its ownership structure.

RE-EXAMINING THE MODELS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Perhaps a better method of examining the idea of socialism and public ownership and control in general is to examine any enterprise to see if the goal of the enterprise is to make a profit for its owners; or, whether the goal is simply to recover costs and provide goods and services for the benefit of the employees and customers.

Thus, a 'socialist' enterprise may be either a state owned and managed entity, or a privately owned entity, both with the goal of simply recovering costs in a 'non-profit' organization.

In the United States today there are both private, for profit banks and there are non-profit credit unions. Both types of organizations provide the same range of services, and, arguably, non-profit credit unions do so better for their customers and employees.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Dear trump Supporter



I am liberal and I don't hate you, or fear you.

Someday soon you will awaken from your infatuation with him and see him as liberals see him.

When you do, then you will be welcomed home as Americans - you who were a little lost but now have found your way.

You were a little afraid of changes and reacted with fear; then he played on your fear and stoked hatred.

But, he will be gone soon. And you will be welcomed back to our Country.

Out of many, one.

It is our heritage as Americans.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

'Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy'




Captured - The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Melanie Wachtell Stinnett

One of the most prominent and effective politicians opposing Trump “spells out, in considerable detail, the extent of corporate influence over a variety of issues” in national politics (The New Yorker)

“Sheldon Whitehouse is one of the most respected and thoughtful progressives in the Senate. His energy and enthusiasm make him a powerful voice in defending our American democracy against the relentless, pervasive—and often hidden—power of corporate special interests.” —Senator Elizabeth Warren

As a U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor, Sheldon Whitehouse has had a front-row seat at the spectacle of dark money in government. In his widely praised book Captured, he describes how corporations buy influence over our government—not only over representatives and senators, but over the very regulators directly responsible for enforcing the laws under which they operate, and over the judges and prosecutors who are supposed to be vigilant about protecting the public interest.

In a case study that shows these operations at work, Whitehouse reveals how fossil fuel companies have held any regulation related to climate change at bay. The problem is structural: as Kirkus Reviews wrote, “many of the ills it illuminates are bipartisan.”

This paperback edition features a new introduction by the author, which reveals how corporate influence has taken advantage of Donald Trump’s presidency to advance its agenda—and what we can do about it.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Link to Obama Address



The answer is YOU -

Here is the address in full:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXPmNQRbRLE

Enjoy...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Class War from Roberts Supreme Court



Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D), Prepared Testimony in Senate Judiciary committee showing Roberts 5 Justices rule in favor of Corporate interests in 92% of rulings

Below are the Senator's remarks; apologies for the garbled presentation - the original is a nicely formatted .pdf


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The Roberts Five: Advancing Right-Wing and Corporate Interests 92% of the Time

A review of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence during the Roberts Era reveals that in the most controversial and salient civil cases – those decided by bare 5-4 or 5-3 majorities – when the right wing of the Court has voted en bloc to form the majority, they do so to advance far-right and corporate interests a striking 92% of the time. In those cases, the “Roberts Five” – Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Justice Antonin Scalia (replaced last year by Justice Neil Gorsuch) – have reliably voted in lockstep to help Republicans win elections, to protect corporations from liability, to take away civil rights, and to advance the far right social agenda.

Methodology:

 We identified 212 5-4 and 5-3 cases since Chief Justice Roberts joined the Court in 2006.

 Of these 212 cases, the Roberts Five formed a bare majority in 79 civil cases.

 73 (92%) of these 79 5-4 and 5-3 civil cases advance Republican and/or corporate interests, falling into the following four categories:

o Helping Republicans Win Elections: Dark Money, Voter Suppression & Union-Busting

o Protecting Corporations from Liability: Letting Polluters Pollute & Making It Harder for Americans to Have Their Day in Court.

o Taking Away Civil Rights and Condoning Discrimination


Advancing the Far-Right Social Agenda: Religion, Guns & Abortion
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Helping Republicans Win Elections: Dark Money, Voter Suppression & Union-Busting

1. League of Latin American Citizens v. Perry (2006)
 Upheld aggressive racial and partisan gerrymandering that burdened the rights of minority voters in Texas.
2. FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life (2007)
 Allowed corporations to pour unlimited money into electioneering communications.
3. Davis v. FEC (2008)
 Eliminated the “Millionaire’s Amendment” to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, increasing the influence of wealth as a criterion for public office.
4. Bartlett v. Strickland (2009)
 Made it more difficult for minority voters in racially concentrated districts to challenge their districts.
5. Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
 Opened the door to special interests and lobbyists influencing American politics through unlimited corporate spending.
6. Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett (2011)
 Allowed PACs and dark money sources to fund political candidates without limit.
7. American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock (2012)
 Reemphasized the Supreme Court’s open-door policy for special interests and lobbyists to influence American politics through money.
8. Shelby County v. Holder (2013)
 Gutted the Voting Rights Act, making it far easier for states with a history of racial discrimination to pass discriminatory voting laws.
9. McCutcheon v. FEC (2014)
 Created a loophole that allows a single individual to donate millions of dollars to a political party or campaign.
10. Harris v. Quinn (2014)
 Weakened public sector unions and took a major step toward overturning public sector fee collection from all non-union members in another 5-4 decision, Janus v. AFSCME.
11. Abbott v. Perez (2018)
 Burdened the rights of minority voters in Texas by allowing the use of electoral maps that a lower court determined were drawn with discriminatory intent.
12. Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute (2018)
 Allowed Ohio to purge voter rolls in a way that disproportionately disqualifies minority voters.
13. Janus v. AFSCME (2018)
 Overturned a 40 year old precedent and disrupted thousands of contracts involving millions of employees, potentially crippling public sector unions, a chief opponent of the corporate right.
Protecting Corporations from Liability: Letting Polluters Pollute & Making It Harder for Americans to Have Their Day in Court.
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14. Rapanos v. United States (2006)
 Narrowed the interpretation of the phrase “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act, making it easier to pollute and destroy these wetlands.
15. Leegin Creative Leather Products v. PSKS (2007)
 Allowed manufacturers, distributors, and retailors to raise the prices of goods at retail through vertical price restraints.
16. National Association of Home Builders v. Defenders of Wildlife (2007)
 Limited the reach of the Endangered Species Act and eliminated a major regulatory hurdle for developers.
17. Stoneridge Inv. Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta (2008)*
 Restricted liability for secondary actors, such as lawyers and accountants, under federal securities law.
18. Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council (2008)
 Invalidated an injunction to halt Naval training exercise despite irreparable harm to marine life, furthering the right’s anti-environment, anti-regulatory agenda.
19. 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett (2009)
 Diminished employees’ access to the federal courts and skewed employment agreements in favor of employers through mandatory arbitration.
20. Ashcroft v. Iqbal (2009)
 Heightened the civil pleading standard, making it significantly more difficult for plaintiffs to sue in federal court.
21. Summers v. Earth Island Institute (2009)
 Restricted the right of environmental groups to sue over environmental violations.
22. Entergy v. Riverkeeper (2009)
 Ignored the Clean Water Act’s mandate that power plants use the “Best Technology Available” to protect fish and aquatic life, allowing them to use less-costly, less-effective devices.
23. Conkright v. Frommert (2010)*
 Allowed retirement plan administrators to construct the terms of a plan in favor of employers.
24. Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp. (2010)*
 Restricted plaintiffs from using class arbitration (similar to a class action lawsuit) unless all parties specifically agree to it.
25. Rent-A-Center, West, Inc. v. Jackson (2010)
 Diminished employees’ access to the federal courts and skewed arbitration agreements in favor of employers over employees.
26. Perdue v. Kenny A (2010)
 Dramatically heightened the standards for civil rights plaintiffs’ attorneys to receive compensation for their services.
27. Schindler Elevator Corp. v. U.S. ex rel. Kirk (2011)*

 Limited the ability of plaintiffs to bring suit as whistleblowers on behalf of the government.
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28. AT&T v. Concepcion (2011)
 Reduced consumers’ ability to bring class-action claims against corporations for low-dollar, high-volume frauds.
29. Janus Capital Group v. First Derivative Traders (2011)
 Shielded corporate advisors from liability and limited the rights of individual investors.
30. Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes (2011)
 Threw out a class action lawsuit brought by 1.6 million women in a discrimination case, making it more difficult for individuals who have been injured to bring class-action claims and hold corporate wrongdoers accountable.
31. Pliva v. Mensing (2011)
 Immunized from suit generic drug makers who failed to warn consumers about dangerous side effects.
32. F.A.A. v. Cooper (2012)*
 Made it more difficult for plaintiffs to recover for intangible harms caused by government privacy violations.
33. Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland (2012)
 Limited plaintiffs from bringing suits for damages under the Family Medical Leave Act.
34. Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham (2012)
 Expanded pro-corporate fair wage exemptions under Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions and deprived workers of statutory fair pay protections.
35. American Exp. Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant (2013)*
 Diminished employees’ access to the federal courts and skewed employment agreements in favor of employers.
36. Comcast v. Behrend (2013)
 Made class action certification more difficult and limited suits against corporations for low-dollar, high-volume antitrust violations.
37. Genesis Healthcare v. Symczk (2013)
 Limited plaintiffs’ ability to bring collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
38. Mutual Pharmaceutical v. Bartlett (2013)
 Prevented states from warning consumers about risky drugs.
39. Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District (2013)
 Deprived local and state governments of the flexibility they needed to ensure environmentally sound and economically productive development.
40. Michigan v. EPA (2015)
 Rolled back the EPA’s autonomy and promoted environmental deregulation.
41. California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. Anz Securities (2017)
 Made it harder for individual investors to protect their rights via class action lawsuits.
42. Epic Systems v. Lewis (2018)
 Blocked workers from banding together to redress workplace violations including sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and wage theft.
43. Jesner v. Arab Bank (2018)
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 Held that foreign corporations may not be sued under the Alien Tort Statute, protecting foreign corporations from liability for human rights abuses.
44. Encino Motorcars v. Navarro (2018)
 Expanded pro-corporate exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act and deprived workers of statutory fair pay protections.
45. Wisconsin Central Ltd. v. United States (2018)
 Ruled that railroad executives are exempt from federal employment taxes on stock-based compensation.
46. Ohio v. American Express (2018)
 Stifled price competition and hurt consumers.
Taking Away Civil Rights and Condoning Discrimination
47. Garcetti v. Ceballos (2006)
 Narrowed speech protections for public employees.
48. Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire (2007)
 Made Title VII claims more difficult to bring and ignored the realities of wage discrimination.
49. Morse v. Frederick (2007)
 Limited both the speech rights of high school students and the available civil remedies for constitutional violations.
50. Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (2007)
 Limited the ability of primary and secondary public schools to use affirmative action programs that promote diversity.
51. Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land and Cattle Co. (2008)
 Made it more difficult for Native American plaintiffs to challenge discriminatory conduct by banks.
52. Gross v. FBL Financial Services (2009)
 Heightened the standard for age discrimination claims and made relief for victims more difficult.
53. District Attorney’s Office for the Third Judicial District v. Osborne (2009)
 Limited the ability of plaintiffs to bring suit in federal court for government violations of their constitutional rights.
54. Horne v. Flores (2009)
 Diminished minority students’ access to English as a Second Language programs, making it harder for them to overcome language barriers in their education.
55. Ricci v. Destefano (2009)
 Distorted federal civil rights law to promote the disproportionate exclusion of minority groups from career advancement.
56. Chamber of Commerce of U.S. v. Whiting (2011)*
 Allowed states to pass laws that target immigrant workers.
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57. Connick v. Thompson (2011)
 Made it harder to hold prosecutor’s offices liable for the illegal misconduct of their prosecutors.
58. Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington (2012)
 Allowed strip searches of inmates without reasonable suspicion, reducing the Fourth Amendment protections of arrestees.
59. Vance v. Ball State University (2013)
 Made it harder for plaintiffs to bring workplace harassment claims.
60. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar (2013)
 Increased the standard of proof for employer retaliation claims, making these claims more difficult to bring.
61. Glossip v. Gross (2015)
 Made challenging execution methods more difficult and thus limited prisoners’ Eighth Amendment rights.
62. Jennings v. Rodriguez (2018)*
 Allowed for immigrants to be detained for prolonged periods of time without a bail hearing.
63. Murphy v. Smith (2018)
 Reduced compensation for prisoners when government officials violate their constitutional rights.
64. Trump v. Hawaii (2018)
 Allowed the discriminatory Muslim ban to go into effect and restricted immigration from eight, mostly Muslim-majority, countries.
Advancing the Far-Right Social Agenda: Religion, Guns & Abortion
65. Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation (2007)
 Restricted the ability of citizens to sue the government under the First Amendment for entangling church and state.
66. Gonzalez v. Carhart (2007)
 Made it harder for women to exercise their reproductive rights.
67. District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)
 Drastically expanded the scope of the Second Amendment and limited commonsense gun regulation.
68. Salazar v. Buono (2010)
 Allowed a cross to stay on federal property, chipping away at the separation of church and state.
69. McDonald v. Chicago (2010)
 Continued the expansion of Second Amendment rights and made it more difficult for states to implement gun regulations.
70. Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn (2011)
 Made it harder for plaintiffs to challenge Establishment Clause violations in court, chipping away at the separation of church and state.
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71. Town of Greece v. Galloway (2014)
 Allowed legislative prayer even when a town fails to represent a variety of religions in its meetings.
72. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (2014)
 Permitted corporations to deny contraception based on objections to facially neutral, non-discriminatory laws.
73. NIFLA v. Becerra (2018)
 Reduced the amount of information available to pregnant women, potentially deceiving women into believing that anti-abortion pregnancy centers are medical clinics.
Ideologically Neutral Cases
74. F.C.C. v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. (2009)
 Upheld a Federal Communications Commission regulation that bans “fleeting expletives” on television broadcast.
75. Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Co. Accounting Oversight Board (2010)
 Struck down the dual layer of “for cause” protection against presidential removal for PCAOB members.
76. Stern v. Marshall (2011)
 Held that bankruptcy courts lack the constitutional authority under Article III to enter a final judgement on a state law counterclaim.
77. Clapper v. Amnesty International (2013)
 Ruled that plaintiffs lack standing to bring suit even if they claim a reasonable likelihood that their communications will be intercepted by the government under FISA surveillance.
78. Kerry v. Din (2015)
 Held that the government is not required to give an explanation for denying an alien’s visa based on terrorism-related grounds under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
79. SAS Institute v. Iancu (2018)
 Held that when the United States Patent and Trademark Office institutes a review to reconsider an already-issued patent, it must rule on the patentability of all claims the petitioner challenges.

Catholic Judge Brett Kavanaugh



Considering the impact a Supreme Court Justice appointed for life can have on our secular Republic, it is worthwhile to consider DC Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Catholic faith.

President John Kennedy felt obliged to issue a statement that his Catholic faith would be secondary to his oath to protect the Constitution.

It would seem appropriate to ask Judge Brett Kavanaugh for an equal statement.

It also seems appropriate to question his faith in some detail.

For example, does he think it is moral to hide documents he wrote from Senators considering his nomination?

If he thinks it is not, then will he call for the release of ALL documents from his prior service??

Does he agree with the Church's present position on pedophile priests?

In the light of 800 dead babies buried in a convent septic tank in Ireland [https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/order-nuns-dumped-up-800-9979348], what is his position on birth control??

And also, what is his position on abortion as the law of the land as decided in Roe v Wade? Will he support the law or vote to reverse it.??


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

trump's Gift to Democrats



Democrats have a unique opportunity in coming elections.

trump has generated an astonishing amount of hatred and disgust among the majority of American voters.

Thus, negatively themed campaign ads will be effective in the coming United States Congressional elections.

And, there is both a negative and a positive slant which can be inserted around the trump theme.

Here are some hypothetical examples around different themes which resonate today.

Each is based on a fictional Democrat - John Garcia - running against a fictional Republican incumbent for the United States Senate - Bob Smith (R).

1. COWARDICE

NEGATIVE SLANT -

Incumbent Republican Bob Smith is a coward - he failed to stand and protest against the Alt-right and Neo-Nazis supported by trump.

POSITIVE SLANT -

As your Senator, I John Garcia will STAND to oppose Neo Nazi's and Alt Right thugs, I am not afraid of them.

2. PEDOPHILIA

NEG - Incumbent Republican Bob Smith FAILED to oppose child molesters and pedophiles - he even supported Roy Moore'e election bid.

POS - As your Senator, I John Garcia will EXPOSE AND PUNISH anyone who abuses children. Anyone.

3. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

NEG - Incumbent Republican Bob Smith supported trump's wife beating staff members - he was silent and did not raise any objection

POS - As your Senator, I John Garcia will support criminal prosecution of domestic violence perpetrators.

4. RUSSIAN AGENTS, TRAITORS

NEG - Incumbent Republican Bob Smith supported trump's statements about Putin and Russia. He also has lobbied to remove United States sanctions against Russian criminal oligarchs.

POS - As your Senator, I John Garcia will support sanctions on Russian oligarchs and protect our country from criminals.

5. CORRUPTION

NEG - Incumbent Republican Bob Smith said nothing about trump's obvious corruption and he has been accused of insider trading on information he received while sitting in the Senate for his personal benefit.

POS - As your Senator, I vow to fight against our culture of political corruption.

As a beginning, I will NOT accept any campaign contribution from any corporation or lobbyist.

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Well, the list can be longer, but the point is made.

Let's use this golden opportunity to replace Republican office holders with Democrats!!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Stain Of trump On Our Soul



I write this with a heavy heart.

John McCain's passing marked the end of an era and the functional demise of the Republican Party as a legitimate institution.

The most telling sign of this is the current Republican push for impeachment of President trump.

It appears that the reason some Republicans want to impeach the President is that they think it will purge their soul and restore them as a party to legitimacy.

It will not do that.

The Republican party and individual Republicans are now and forever cowards, pedophiles, wife beaters, violent racists, self-dealing criminals, Russian agents and traitors.

They are those things individually and collectively; and, this is true for them in their hearts.

That will remain even after trump is gone - they will still be all those things.

For my friends and relatives who consider themselves as patriotic Americans who also support trump, I am sorry for you. Your future will be wrenching. Your country will welcome you back when you are free of the stain of trump.

For the security of our country, the United States of America NEEDS two parties. But, the Republican party cannot be one of those parties as it stands today.

The only way forward for the GOP is to purge itself of all trump supporters; luckily for them, that will be taken care of by the electorate.

The danger lies in the fact that it will take several years for the Party to be cleansed. In the meantime the National Security of the United States is in danger.




Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Clearing House Russia Project



NEW BLOG -


The Clearing House Russia Project: Since the United States government treats Russian cyber attacks lightly, this new blog attempts to track Russian hacking activity. It collects information concerning Russia cyber attacks on democracies worldwide. Please post any data about Russia bots, hackers and locations. Information will be unverified. Sources provided will be appreciated.


https://clearinghouseprojectrussia.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Post Trump America

It is time to begin the healing process for the United States of America.

The National Security of the United States of America is threatened when any significant portion of the citizenry feels abandoned.

Today, about one third of our people feel that they have been left out of our general prosperity.

Their complaint has merit, but that complaint has been manipulated by Trump to his personal financial advantage; he has appealed to the population's malaise and promised to repair the damage. But, his actions are extremely cynical and will have the effect of making things worse for those who feel left out.

A case can be made that Russia is advantaged by our divisions and, further, that Trump is actively exacerbating our divisions in order to further the goals of Russia. Regardless, our divisions actively hurt our American citizenry and it is in our interest to reduce those divisions.

Trump will be gone from the stage soon. He will no longer be able to encourage fear and hatred. Then, it will be time for America to heal.

The root cause of the population's malaise is that jobs pay too little in comparison to the cost of living. And, the reason that is so, is because of our political system which functions to encourage monopoly and low wages. When a business owner pays low wages, he keeps the profits and can amass a great fortune. Then, with that fortune, he can bribe the legislature to keep wages low.

Here's the illogical thing in all this - higher wages will create even more jobs and make the monopolists richer. I cannot explain why monopolists fail to act on that since they are not stupid. I can only conclude that they are simply greedy assholes.

Minorities and immigrants do not cause the economic malaise; in fact they contribute to our general prosperity.

We can ask our threatened minority to try to understand that their enemy is really a biased economic system and not any other group of people. In fact, when we act together, we create even more jobs and more prosperity - the pie gets bigger.

We recognize that many of the people who feel left out will not be able to understand that idea for some time; after all, they have heard a false message promoting fear for a long time.

Here's what we can, and must, ask: Be polite to your neighbors.

That's all. Just be polite.

Once we remove some racism and hatred from our daily life, our traditional American values of respect and courtesy will surface again and we can go forward as a single people.

It will be OK for the fearful to think what they want to; it is still a free country. But we ask for civility from everyone until we can restore our traditional American society.

Friday, August 10, 2018

UPDATE - Russian Trolls Here. Terminate With Extreme Prejudice

UPDATE - The space is receiving significant readership in Russia. To the Russkies troll bots - do not take this suggestion as an indication of instability or weakness in the USA. We will unite when this unfortunate episode is over and we will be focused. Make your peace now while you can.

"In a military intelligence context, it is generally understood as an order to assassinate. Its meaning was explained in a New York Times report on the Green Beret Affair (an incident during the Vietnam War),[1] and subsequently popularized by its usage in the film Apocalypse Now.

The expression may also be used as a straightforward statement of intent in some jurisdictions to refer to more overt summary executions, i.e. in the context of a 'death warrant' or 'kill order' issued as part of a 'shoot on sight' or similar policy."

[1] [https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Terminate_with_extreme_prejudice.htmle]

Such an action can be considered in extreme circumstances only.

In a case where the subject of any such potential order is both a repugnant human being and also a clear danger to the National Security of the United States and the Constitution, it is required that any person who took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution consider such an action in order to fulfill his or her oath.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

MSM: Present the Process

This is addressed to all the Main Stream, fact based media:

It especially relates to the commentariat which bases its discussions on news stories.

Trump's war on truth has succeeded in removing credibility from your reporting. The average person in any country now thinks that your reporting is fake and just as valid as any other, contrary opinion on any topic, particularly topics concerning politics.

Needless to say, this is bad news.

And yet, the United States of America relies on your reporting to protect the Constitution and our Democracy.

BUT, you have not sold your reporting. Reporting which is not bought, or believed, has zero impact.

This space presents herewith a suggestion on a process to SELL your reporting so that more people will believe it.

The process will be tedious, humdrum and really BORING; but, IMHO, it is the ONLY way to succeed in re-establishing your credibility.

Here's how it might work:

As reporters, you are required to verify your stories before they can be published. In other words, you have to believe it first, and then you have to PROVE IT.

The writing process should be altered so that the information you rely on the PROVE your story is included in each story. Each source should be described as completely as possible while honoring the request to remain anonymous.

AND, the presentation, whether oral or written, might go something like this [remember you are selling, not pontificating]:

'Ladies and gentlemen, I have a story tonight that you will find hard to believe. I know I did when I first heard about it, but four independent witnesses have confirmed it. There is no doubt for me that it really happened.

I first heard this from a member of the White house staff who wished to keep his name out of the headlines, but I know this man personally and he is a straight shooter. Then I heard from another White House staffer, who also wants to keep the name out of the headlines; this source has been truthful with me many times since I first heard from him 3 years ago. Then, a close acquaintance at the NSA showed me a transcript of the meeting, which confirmed the story in every detail. Last, one of the President's golf partners also confirmed the story and added that the President seemed proud of it.

Of course we reached out to the President through his staff, but he has not offered any affirmation or denial so far.

The story is this: The President of the United States has called Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran a "Booger Brain"!

Unbelievable as it is, there is no doubt that it really happened.

We can only speculate on what it will mean to the ongoing nuclear treaty discussions. And, now this.....'

It may happen that some stories are lost as sources are afraid of being identified.

BUT, the WAR FOR TRUTH is so important that the loss of a few stories is a small price to pay for increasing the share of readers who believe the facts you present.

It is not hyperbolic to suggest that this is an important mission.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

What is an American?

Some have wondered about what is an American - Who are we?

I will take a moment to offer my opinion on that question.

Mostly we are nation of people who honor their family, their country and have hope for a better future.

The institutional structure of the Constitution and our legal system serves to promote those values.

RULE OF LAW

No man or woman, regardless of what position s/he holds, is above the law. We rebelled from England largely because the King thought he was above the law.

Anyone breaking the law will first be granted due process and then be punished according to the law.

WE MAKE OUR OWN LAWS

No foreign person or nation may impose their laws on our citizens on our soil.

But, Americans who break the law in another country are subject to that country's processes.

DISTRIBUTED AUTHORITY

Authority over institutions in the several States is reserved to the citizens of that State except as provided in the Constitution. In practice, this means that the institutions affecting citizen's lives are subject to control by the citizens whose lives are affected; we do not have centralized institutions.

RESPECT AND COURTESY FOR INDIVIDUALS

Every person in the United States is deserving of the respect and courtesy due any citizen, regardless of race, creed, color, faith or citizenship status. And every person shall be subject to the law.

PROTECTION OF THE WEAK

All people who are in the United States are expected to protect the weaker among us from the depredations of the stronger. These can include but not be limited to children, the elderly, the disabled for any reason and any disadvantaged person.

ALL FAITHS ARE HONORED

All religious faiths are welcomed and protected in the United States, but no faith has any prior claim on government processes or policies.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Americans expect that the people who are elected to public office or who serve as civil service employees will place their duty to the greater public good over any personal gain. It is both a crime and a moral outrage when any public official profits from his or her office. Those who do so can expect to be prosecuted criminally.

PRIVATE BUSINESS

While private property and private business ownership remain the foundation of our economic system, Americans expect that those who profit from that system will use their gains to benefit the less fortunate. Andrew Carnegie, who was a Scot born near Edinburgh in 1835 and who made a fortune in America, said it best: 'The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.'

There is an aberration today in the behavior of firms in our market economy; wages for workers have been repressed for about 50 years and the Middle Class is withering away. We hope it will be restored, for a strong Middle Class is the foundation of our success as a country and as a people.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

UPDATE - Handing Americans to Putin

US Senate voted 98 - 0 to prevent trump from doing this, so he changed his mind.

But, he can change that back in an instant.

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Hey TRUMP - You are considering handing over some American Citizens - including Michael McFaul - to Putin for 'questioning'

I am not him, but

IF YOU COME FOR ME. COME HEAVY BECAUSE I WILL F--KING KILL YOU OR YOUR AGENTS BEFORE I GO.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU TRAITOROUS CRETIN.??

You know where to find me...

Here's how Putin 'questions':

'Magnitsky alleged there had been large-scale theft from the Russian state, sanctioned and carried out by Russian officials. He was arrested and eventually died in prison seven days before the expiration of the one-year term during which he could be legally held without trial.[4] In total, Magnitsky served 358 days in Moscow's Butyrka prison. He developed gall stones, pancreatitis, and a blocked gall bladder, and received inadequate medical care. A human rights council set up by the Kremlin found that he had been physically assaulted shortly before his death.[5][6] His case has become an international cause célèbre.[7]'wikipedia

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Class War In the United States of America in 2018


Class war happens when one economic class of people harms another class.

It can happen that the poor, underclass can revolt and simply kill the rich classes as happened in Russia in 1917 and China in 1949; or, it can happen that the rich class uses the political system to steal money from the poor and underclass, as is happening in the USA today.

One of the lesser discussed facets of the Trump phenomenon is the systematic theft of money and property from the American middle and working classes being engaged in by the United States government.

Here are some fronts on the class war:

1. Income redistribution from poor to rich - tax cuts:


'The median household income, adjusted for inflation, has grown by just 1.5 percent ― $839 ― since the beginning of the Great Recession. Over the same period, the total annual economic output of the United States has grown at 10 times that rate.' All that money has been funneled into the hands of the rich. See this for details: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-tax-plan-class-war_us_5a1431dde4b0bfa88c1cfafa

2. Income redistribution from poor to rich - unions:

'In the Great Depression, F.D.R. pushed through the Wagner Act, which gave workers the legal right to found unions and bargain collectively. During the postwar decades, partly thanks to the negotiating clout of the trade unions, many ordinary Americans with no great education did so well that they stopped thinking of themselves as working class...Ronald Reagan fired the striking air-traffic controllers, launching what has turned out to be a thirty-year onslaught on trade unions and workers’ prerogatives. Under successive administrations, labor laws were weakened, and those that remained on the books were no longer vigilantly enforced. Union membership fell sharply—from twenty per cent of the labor force, in 1983, to twelve per cent, in 2011. (In the private sector, the decline has been even more precipitous.)'

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/americas-class-war

3. Income redistribution from poor to rich – education:

The rich class wants public schools cut so that education is a privilege of the rich.

'The administration’s new “America First” budget, released Thursday, follows through on this promise by slashing funds for the Education Department by 13.5 percent, or $9.2 billion.' https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/trumps-education-budget-revealed/519837/

The Secretary of Education is a campaign contributor who has made millions by collecting student loans in default. Additionally, Betsy DeVos has no interest in education beyond creating more students in debt. Today's students are the indentured class of the United States.

4. Income redistribution from poor to rich - Social Security and Medicare:

Welfare reform is '…Talk of “structural changes” is political jargon for the privatization of these bedrock programs upon which hundreds of millions of people depend and their destruction as guaranteed entitlements.'

Privatization is code for ending any government guarantees and handing the trust funds to Wall Street bankers. The rich class has wanted to destroy Social Security since it was enacted in the 1930's because the rich think poor people are stealing money from them to fund a pension.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/12/04/pers-d04.html

This conversation could be extended indefinitely, but the point will be consistent - under Trump and the Republican majority, the Rich class is stealing systematically from the poor and middle class.

It is a little discussed but long lasting issue that will haunt the country for years to come.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Trade War: The Endgame

Among nations today, there are a variety of policies concerning international trade. Some nations use trade as a weapon to enhance their domestic economies at the expenses of other nations.

The United States of America has practiced the idea of FREE TRADE for a number of years. In other words, matters of trade are left to 'free' markets to resolve without government interference.

But, since we compete in a world where our trading partners use trade as a weapon while we do not, some imbalances have been created.

The complete discussion is available here: http://www.mkeever.com/essay.html

A short discussion of historical trading systems is shown below. For now, the best alternative for the United States is to restrain the 'free' trading system of the past and move to a system of BALANCED TRADE [hereafter BT].

BALANCED TRADE - THE ENDGAME

BT is a simple concept which says that a country should import only as much as it exports so that trade and money flows are balanced. A country can balance its trade either on a trading partner basis in which total money flows between two countries are equalized or it can balance the overall trade and money flows so that a trade deficit with one country is balanced by a trade surplus with another country. A discussion of how BT will create jobs and protect the environment follows.

Balanced Trade (BT) considers the nation/state as the crucial decision maker for economic policies. Within a nation/state, BT recommends a free market economy together with individual citizens' political freedom as the proven means of creating wealth and jobs. Note that under this definition entrepreneurial enterprises may be owned by individuals, corporations or government bodies so long as each such enterprise is subject to the discipline of the market.

BT recognizes that the national government must provide the infrastructure for a free market to be effective and that the government has the right to regulate entrepreneurial firms in return. Such regulations reflect the culture of the country and provide for business opportunities within the culture. Ideally such regulation provides for high worker incomes, environmental protection, subjecting all firms, whether publicly or privately owned, to the rigors of the market place, effective fiscal and monetary policies which control inflation, and so forth. The national government has the power to regulate the internal free market to reduce or eliminate environmental degradation. Thus, BT has the capacity to maximize job creation in every country while limiting environmental damage. Some will debate that national governments will do a better job of protecting the environment and that international regulation is required; it is an open question.

Currently, a large part of most governments' national trade policies results from business interests lobbying. Every country has huge lists of products which may be imported, products which may not be imported and how much tax must be paid on imported goods. When domestic manufacturers worry about foreign competition, the taxes on competing products are high and the restrictions are onerous. But, when powerful business interests make money from imports the taxes on imports are low and the restrictions are easily managed.

OTHER TRADE THEORIES

Several economic theories about the proper role of government in managing trade relations have been developed over the centuries. Here is an introduction to some of those theories:

AUTARCHY: No trade. Autarchic governments attempt to eliminate all imports and exports, forcing their subjects to live with whatever the local economy can provide. These governments apparently believe that all other cultures are so evil or corrupt that any contact will harm their people. No responsible government engages in this practice today because the benefits of trade are so apparent. Recently, North Korea and Albania came close.

MERCANTILISM: Trade for national advantage. Mercantilists believe that the world has a finite store of wealth; therefore, when one country gets more, other countries have less. Mercantilists restrict imports and encourage or subsidize exports as a conscious policy to make their citizens better off. Some Asian countries use this policy to good effect in expanding their wealth by expanding exports and curtailing imports. Japan is an example of a country that has taken this policy too far - now its export surplus has raised the value of its currency so high that much of its labor is priced out of the world market. Many developing countries use this practice to secure good markets for their exports while protecting their market from foreign imports.

PROTECTIONISM: Protectionists restrict or tax imports to benefit domestic manufacturers and keep as many jobs at home as possible. Protectionists believe that the benefits from keeping jobs at home outweigh any loss of consumer surplus resulting from higher prices after tariffs. Exports are ignored by protectionist governments as are imports for which there is no domestic competition. Although rarely used as a stand alone policy, protectionism is frequently used as an accusation by those promoting free trade access to foreign markets for their own companies.

STRATEGIC TRADE: This policy requires or encourages domestic companies to make goods needed by the military instead of relying on foreign companies for strategic goods. Also, this policy seeks industries that will grow in the future and provides protection and encouragement to companies in those industries in the home market. For example, some argue that the United States' space program is a method of helping the aerospace industry by providing government funded R & D for new products.

FAIR TRADE: This is a new movement that tries to provide more of the profits from trading directly to the producers in third world countries by using consumer preferences for helping people and by eliminating the middlemen from the trade process: for example, grocery wholesalers in Europe buy fruit directly from growers in Central America, eliminating profits to the large, multi-national trading companies. ("Free Trade vs. Fair Trade", Global Exchange, 2017 Mission Street, Room 303, San Francisco, CA 94110; (415)255-7296) Consumers appear to prefer fruit labelled as coming from a Fair Trade system. This is a laudable idea and will help those producers who benefit from it; unfortunately, it requires so much entrepreneurial effort from the participants that it is unlikely to become a serious, long-term threat to large trading companies except in some limited markets. Further, these efforts rely on the private sector for implementation. Government policies can do little more than remove barriers to their implementation in a free market economy.

FREE TRADE: No restrictions on trade. Free Traders say that unrestricted market forces will create the most good for the most people by directing resources to the most efficient countries. To achieve worldwide efficiency, trade must be conducted without regard to national concerns; therefore any temporary imbalance in a country's foreign exchange settlements or domestic living standards is without consequence. Free Traders also believe that any action to interfere with free trade will result in a "trade war", wherein a country's trading partners will enact retaliatory laws to eliminate any benefit the initiating country receives from a protectionist policy.

To read more, click on this link: Balanced Trade - Essay on Balanced Trade

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fighting Putin in Swing Elections

Here's an idea for combating any attempt to influence voters from Putin and his trolls.

At the FIRST suspicion and/or indication of a Russian attack or hack in a political campaign,

IMMEDIATELY ACCUSE RUSSIAN TROLLS PUBLICLY ON ALL MEDIA AND STATE THAT THE INFORMATION IS SIMPLY FALSE, FAKE NEWS.

It s critical that our denouncement of Russian interference is publicized immediately in all social and other media - do not wait for evidence. This is not about truth or facts, Putin will be trying to stir up emotion. The goal is for the public to remember the denunciation of Russia instead of any fake news.

Most likely content will be

1. Our candidates' past statement taken out of context and provided a malicious interpretation

2. False claim that our candidate supports some abhorrent idea

3. Claims that some group hates and despises our candidate.

4. Claims that our candidate hates some group.

This is not an exhaustive list - be openly looking for any ads, news stories or social media content with any similar theme. Anything that pushes hatred or fear of any person or group is likely a Russian fabrication.

Every candidate in any swing election will need at least one full time staffer devoted to Russian meddling.




Putin WILL Smear Democrat Candidates

Putin's minions in Russia will target democrat Congressional candidates in an attempt to sway the Mid-term elections of the United States of America toward the Republican Party; the goal will be to maintain Republican control of both Houses.

In all likelihood it will be a targeted smear and social media campaign to denigrate Democrat candidates in swing districts.

The Government of the United States will do little to interfere with these illegal campaigns, largely due to Trump's failure to act to ensure the integrity of US elections.

Therefore, Democrat candidates must be vigilant in their campaigns and call out Russian influence whenever and wherever they see it.

It will be ugly and it will be treasonous, but we cannot let it pass unchallenged.

Please take heed.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Trade War

I have been an advocate of more rationality in United States trade polices for a long time. I recommend the book FREE TRADE DOESN'T WORK, by my friend Ian Fletcher [free download here - http://ebooklibrary.space/?book=0578082667] for some background.

Since the fix is fairly simple as seen below, one is led to question Trump's motives in calling for a trade war. Merely fixing trade policy and gaining some votes from tariffs fails to address the overall impact of his actions.

Rather, it is likely that he is attempting to create division in the world where there was none before. This trade war might create a real recession. Methinks perhaps he is serving some mysterious master of discord.

Or, he could be a simple dolt, but that is unlikely.

At any rate, here are some numbers to consider.

US GDP was $18.6 trillion in 2016.

Total imports were $2.9 trillion in 2017 [or 16% of GDP] while the trade deficit [excess of import value over export value] was $0.57 trillion [ or 3% of GDP], also in 2017.

A simple, across the board tariff increase spread among all countries and all goods of $600 billion would solve any economic problem from a deficit. I don't know what percent tariffs would increase by to achieve that goal, but I am pretty sure that our trade agreements allow for such adjustments in the interest of national well-being.

That would amount to a 20% of our current account deficit as an increase in tariff revenue collected and would balance our trade. This would solve our economic issues from trade. Trade would then be in balance with no deficit or surplus.

Since we are the only large economy with a trade deficit, it could be soft-pedaled to our trading partners as a corrective device and not meant to harm them deliberately.



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Exploring Consciousness

I am going to have a go at the idea of consciousness.

'Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.' Wikipedia

Several research scientists are looking into the role of the brain in creating that state. Here are links to some of the work:

1. Christof Koch "https://futurism.com/new-find-may-explain-how-the-brain-creates-consciousness/"

2. "https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/04/19/how-does-the-human-brain-create-consciousness/#ed874b4661a5"

I kind of like Koch's idea that there is a web of neurons which spread over the brain's surface and provide connections to some of the brain structures. This idea might support my thought.

Think for a moment of a dog chasing a ball. The first time that the ball is thrown in that particular field, I expect that the dog simply focuses on the ball without paying attention to the field or the thrower. The dog is living in the moment. It is fair to say that the dog is not conscious of the moment.

Perhaps the next time the ball is thrown, it takes a hop in a direction different from the previous throw. Our dog reacts to the direction change by adjusting his body to follow the new path.

Perhaps he also says to himself - 'wait a minute, the ball bounced differently this time. Maybe I should react differently next time to allow for the possibility of different hops.'

Some part of the dog's brain - perhaps Koch's 'claustrum' - compares the first and second memory and makes a notation: 'I must back off a bit and allow for the possibility of at least two different directions.'

I submit that would be 'conscious' for the dog.

Extrapolating the idea to humans, perhaps our larger brains allow us to make countless notes about differences in how the world works.

If so, that may explain the idea of 'consciousness'.

UPDATE - An article on brain research which may explain it: http://www.physics-astronomy.org/2017/10/researchers-found-multidimensional.html

Sunday, June 24, 2018

WAR and USEFUL IDIOTS


Russia under Putin is systematically attacking the organizations and institutions which provide the United States, NATO and the EU their well being.

It is cyber warfare.

The goal is to destabilize NATO, the EU and the United States. If Putin's war succeeds, then the West will see chaos, depression and political instability.

In this war, Putin uses whatever tools he can. One of those tools are people he calls 'USEFUL IDIOTS'.

USEFUL IDIOTS are people who support Russia's destabilizing tactics without knowing they are doing so.

trump and his administration charitably can be called USEFUL IDIOTS since many of their actions are aiding in the destruction of the NATO, the EU and the United states.

There is the possibility that some of trump's supporters are in fact Russian agents or assets.

But, whether or not they are assets or idiots, the damage they do is real.

It is a war.

AND, it is time to choose sides.

Either you can stand with Putin and chaos or you can stand with the United States, NATO and the EU and democracy and prosperity.

I choose to stand with the United States, NATO and the EU.

Where do you stand??

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Water and Plastic Trash are Coming

Global warming causes ocean water to flood 300,000 coastal properties in the next 35 years.

Copy and paste this link for full report:

https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/sea-level-rise-chronic-floods-and-us-coastal-real-estate-implications?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb#.WypuRNQrKHs


And, the plastic waste will be here soon.

Copy and paste this link for details
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-giant-wave-of-plastic-garbage-could-flood-the-13011220.php

Friday, June 15, 2018

All Families - Show up in DC at 6.00 am June 19.

Please share widely

My dream is for 10,000 American families to go to the U S House of Representatives starting at 6.00 am on June 19 to see the folks who separate children from mothers.

Babies, toddlers, mothers, fathers.

No message - just look. Let them see who we are.

Friday, June 8, 2018

UPDATE What Motivates trump's Treason


trump is fighting in a war with Putin over the political future of the United States.

trump is fighting to harm our country by attacking the foundations of the United States of America on behalf of Putin and the Russian oligarchy.

This is treason of the highest order.

This idea may appear outlandish at first glance, but a study of political motivations will suggest its logic; and, I have studied Russian political motivations for a long time.

One way to interpret governmental actions is to find an explanation - regardless of how illogical the explanation may sound - which can explain past actions and also PREDICT future actions.

It is not enough to claim that he is a con-man creating distractions. He is that of course, but simple greed fails to account for many of his initiatives. It is wise to ask the basic question: What is the broader objective of each specific action?

It is better to examine any action and ask if it furthers the de-stabilization of the United States AND also furthers the interests of the Russian Oligarchs. If the action does those things simultaneously, then it is likely that it is so designed.

In other words, each action which contributes toward the de-stabilization of the United States is a deliberate act agreed upon by Putin and trump.

For example, trump just fired the entire board of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. [https://washingtonpress.com/2018/06/07/the-trump-team-just-fired-every-member-on-the-board-of-key-federal-watchdog-agency/]

This helps trump secure the approval and campaign contributions of the financial services and banking industry. AND, it benefits Putin by furthering the American population's fear that the game is rigged against them.

ALSO, the Congress just approved the DOJ's act to steal the private email and phone records of a reporter in furtherance of finding the leak of classified information.

This act erodes the constitution and contributes to the public mistrust in both the institutions of government and the reliability and patriotism of the press.

Both trump and Putin share this objective.

UPDATE - WHY DOES TRUMP DO PUTIN'S BIDDING??

In the spirit of speculation.....trump has taken a lot of money from Russian thugs or oligarchs; they are the same people no matter what you call them.

When you accept a favor from gangster, he thinks he owns you. When he asks for a return favor, you must grant it. Or, he will hurt you and your family.

And, Putin has demonstrated that he will kill anyone anywhere whom he considers a traitor to Russia. He has said and done exactly that.

trump simply may be afraid that he and his family will be killed if he refuses to grant a favor.

The simplest way out of this mess is to pay trump one billion dollars in exchange for his immediate abdication.

Pence is an offensive dolt, but possibly has taken no money from the Russians


Monday, June 4, 2018

Spring Country Studies

The Mike P. McKeever Institute of Economic Policy Analysis [MIEPA] takes pleasure in announcing the publication of its Spring 2018 Country Studies.

NORDIC MODEL

Of extraordinary interest is the publication of the study on Norway by Specialist Rune Nilsen. Norway participates in the NORDIC economic model which has been suggested as a functional alternative model to the Free Market Capitalism model currently practiced by the United States and several other Western nations.

Specialist Nilsen's Norway analysis is available here: http://www.mkeever.com/norway.html

UPDATED ANALYSES

PERU - Specialist Diana Li Sam has examined the economy of Peru and her study is available here: http://www.mkeever.com/peru.html

TURKEY - Specialist Doga Akpinaroglu has examined the economy of Turkey and his study is available here: http://www.mkeever.com/turkey.html

UNITED STATES - Three Specialists, Carmen Cortina, Mitchell Hom and Simon Shi have examined the economy of the United States. All three studies can be accessed here: http://www.mkeever.com/usa.html

MIEPA home page: www.mkeever.com

Too Much Capital

There is a structural problem within most of the industrialized world's economies. It is most pronounced in the United States of America.

It is an imbalance between the amount of capital available and the level of incomes available to consumers.

Simply put, there is too much capital and not enough income.

The evidence is clear: historically low real [inflation adjusted] interest rates and stagnant real consumer incomes.

In practice it means that capital is available for projects that promise low profits. Historically, the expected profit rate has driven capital toward more profitable, hence more efficient, projects.

Thus some investment is driven toward marginal projects - which do not contribute materially to the economy's well being - since they are the projects available.

More damaging is the trend toward monopoly control of markets and supply chains. Monopolies are incentivized to provide fewer products at higher prices than a competitive market would absorb, thus reducing employment and incomes.

Monopolies and oligopolies also attempt to control the regulation environment so that their dominant positions are sustained. One needs only to look closely to the banking and financial services industries to see the pernicious effects of such regulation control.

The problem is hidden today because the numbers are good - low unemployment rates and GDP growth.

But, these numbers are not sustainable unless consumers have the real purchasing power to sustain them. Real growth happens only when consumer demand is strong.



Monday, May 14, 2018

Please Ignore Trump on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

I address the Government of Iran:

Most of the responsible people in the United States of America recognize the benefits of the nuclear arms agreement your country and several others have signed and adhered to.

Our current President has withdrawn the United States of America from the Agreement.

Please understand that he does not speak for the majority of the country and he will soon be either impeached or ineffective due to our mid-term elections.

Your policy of adhering to the agreement is the correct policy.

Please continue with your current course in the knowledge that most Americans, and Europeans as well, agree with you.

The United States will correct the current aberration in due course.

In the meantime, responsible parties in all countries are encouraged hereby to ignore the President and his foolish actions.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Help the Homeless - Because They Are Us

Our current economic policies are creating more and more homeless people.

This is a note from a reader that deserves wider notice:

'I feel really grateful for all of the information you have on your site for those who are facing homelessness. It’s a subject that means a lot to me personally. At the height of my addiction, I lived out of my car for a few months -- and I know that’s more shelter than many people have.

I was thinking that you might like to update this page with some additional information for those struggling with homelessness, and if you do, here are a few pieces of information I think would fit well there:

[ links below are hyper links]

Homeless Shelter Directory - Homeless Shelter Directory

Talking to Your Kids About Losing Your Home: 4 Mistakes to Avoid -

Talking to Your Kids About Losing Your Home: 4 Mistakes to Avoid


6 Charitable Resources to Use When You Can’t Cover the Basics -

6 Charitable Resources to Use When You Can’t Cover the Basics


Homeless Students and Education: Resources and Advocacy for K-12 and College Students Experiencing Homelessness -

Homeless Students and Education: Resources and Advocacy for K-12 and College Students Experiencing Homelessness


Pets of the Homeless - Pets of the Homeless

Thanks again for helping people who are going through this unimaginable time.


Thank you,

Monica'

Monica Smith, www.recoveringworks.org

Thursday, April 26, 2018

UPDATE: New Links, Robots and Universal Basic Income


Artificial Intelligence machines, popularly known as Robots, are taking over the production and delivery of goods and services. While this trend is exciting and promises a rosy future for many, the inevitable consequence is a large scale loss of jobs for Americans.

With rising unemployment from Robots, society will face an intractable problem: Namely, a loss of consumer demand for all goods and services since a larger share of workers will be unemployed as a result of Robot replacements. It is estimated that this will seen in 2018: In 2018 9% of jobs will be automated while 2% will be created in automation for a net loss of 7% of American jobs.

One of the proposed solutions to maintaining a reasonable standard of living for most Americans is the creation of a Universal Basic Income [UBI] for all Americans who lose their jobs to robots.

While this may appear to be a radical proposal for the United States, UBI or some similar program will be required to avoid a serious recession.

You can read a thoughtful and short paper on this idea by clicking here: Universal Basic Income to see Benjamin D Goodwin's paper on Universal basic Income.

AND, read Cory Booker here: Cory Booker's Big Idea

The Congress of the United States has prepared a report on the National Security implications of AI: Report to Congress

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Short Term Political Future of the United States of America



It is probable that the influence of President Trump will diminish either before, or because of, the 2018 Congressional elections.

The continuing investigations of his possible criminal actions will impede his focus and may contribute to his initiating some irresponsible actions. It is arguable that the recent Syria bombing was timed to divert attention away from his political difficulties.

Potential impeachment or other prosecutions will also cloud his judgment.

It is reasonably certain that after the election the House of Representatives will be controlled by the Democrat party and also possible that the Senate will as well. The President will be less able to initiate actions since some of his actions will require approval of both houses of Congress.

We can hope that America witnesses a resurgence of good will and a lessening of the fear and hate which arose from the negatively populist movement which contributed to his electoral victory.

It is time to find common ground and focus on the values which unite us and Americans.

I expect that Americans will look for that commonality in the near future.

But, underneath the political discussions lie some real economic problems. While we have a good economy at the moment, not everyone is seeing the benefits.

There is a continuing concentration of wealth, income and power among a small minority of citizens. If this trend is not reversed, it will create real instability in the political process. Americans at the bottom of the wealth and income hierarchy are suffering with real problems. Should we continue to ignore those problems, the conditions may lead to a revival of the populist trends in America. These same trends today support potentially Fascist regimes in Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Venezuela and the Philippines, according to Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State.

One of the common causes of these trends is that the governments incrementally lose touch with their populations. As a result, the populations can become frustrated and support a demagogue who appeals to their frustrations and scapegoats a minority while consolidating his power and installing and/or extending corruption.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

For further Reference on the Author



It may be of interest to learn more about this blog's author, Mike P. McKeever. Here are some links to his work:

You can go here to see Mike P. McKeever Institute of Economic Policy Analysis

You can go here to see the Amazon Author page for Mike P. McKeever.

And, you can go here to see the Biography and Lifetime Achievement page

For a Public Relations Announcement Resume, go here: Public Relations Announcement

See also Marquis educators citation here: Top Educators

And, you can go here to see the Linkedin Profile.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The SECRET banks HIDE - BANK SLUSH FUNDS

The SECRET banks HIDE - Revealed in my new book

BANK SLUSH FUNDS: LARGE POOLS OF UNREGULATED MONEY Kindle Edition
by Mike P. McKeever (Author)

Ancient banking practices in use today create large pools of money in private, for-profit banks. These money pools are large enough to destabilize the entire economy

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B6RYQ7C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1520092560&sr=1-1&keywords=bank+slush+fund

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Russian Interference in USA is Real

There is no doubt now that Russians are actively engaged in an attempt to destabilize democracy in the USA and other countries.

It is an actual and virtual war.

Read the Mueller indictments here https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/16/text-full-mueller-indictment-on-russian-election-case-415670

Monday, January 15, 2018

WHY fix banks??

WHY fix banks?? They work fine, don't they?

BUT, traditional banking practices create HUGE incentives for criminal behavior by bankers.

Here's how.

For literally thousands of years bankers have known and used the FRACTIONAL RESERVE SYSTEM. This means that banks do not keep all your money in their vault for you. After all, it's easier for you to leave your money in the bank when you're not using it. Bankers know you will leave your money there as long as you are sure you can get cash when you want it.

They keep a small percentage - say 10% or 20% - in cash on hand for you, knowing that you and other depositors will never ask for all your money at once.

What that means in practice is that when you make a bank deposit of, say, $1,000, you have just given $800 to a banker to do whatever he wants with it. He can, and does, gamble, build big houses, buy back his stock, etc, etc.

After all, it IS a for profit bank run by individual bankers. The only obligation he has to you is to be able to give you your money when you want it. And that's only because he does not want you to take your money out of his bank.

NOW, consider the slush finds of for-profit banks as a group:

According to FORBES, [https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2017/06/13/loan-to-deposit-ratios-for-largest-u-s-banks-show-signs-of-recovery-in-q1/#3500aaa212f4]....the top 5 US banks have $5.2 Trillion in demand deposits while the entire system has S12.9 trillion. That's almost as much as the US GDP!!!

Here's what it really means: the TOP FIVE [5] banks have a slush fund of FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS [80% of the deposits] !!!!

They are: US BANCORP, WELLS FARGO, BANK OF AMERICA, CITIGROUP and J P MORGAN.

What CAN they do with a $4 TRILLION SLUSH FUND!!

Well, here's what they say they do: they make some loans and buy some company shares. AND, they pay a lot of lobbyists to keep restrictive regulations from becoming law.

BUT, here's what they REALLY want: They WANT Depressions!!!

Not to say, banks CREATE recessions on purpose, BUT they do make profits from recessions.

Because, when we are all suffering in a recession, that means they can buy real estate and other assets and bargain basement prices. Then they make a fortune when prices rise again.

AND, if you lose your job and your house in a recession - it's just the 'market' after all.

ONE of the causes of the Great Recession of 2009 is that a few banks sold bonds to other banks which were backed by home loans. Even though many of the loans were non-performing, i.e., were in arrears, the bonds were sold as AAA rated. AND, they bribed the rating agency to keep the rating. [See the aclaimed movie 'THE BIG SHORT' [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Short_(film)].

Non-traditional banks are the ONLY answer to protect consumers. Both of these solutions protect ordinary people from banker's greed by removing the profit potential from criminal activity.

1. Nationalize the commercial banking functions where banks receive deposits and make loans. The Federal government will own them. See detailed explanation here: http://www.mkeever.com/publicbanks.doc

2. Place all deposits into non-profit credit unions. This will prevent individual bankers from taking risks with deposit reserves.

Find a Credit Union near you here: http://mapping.ncua.gov/

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Senate Report Details Putin Attacks on U S Democracy

THE study showing what Putin has been doing to the United States:

https://www.foreign.senate.gov/press/ranking/release/cardin-releases-report-detailing-two-decades-of-putins-attacks-on-democracy

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Long Con at the White House



We KNOW he is a con man, but everybody has bought the hustle.

Folks, he doesn't care about issues, he is just delaying progress with blather.

He is clearing personally ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY [approximately] from his position.

He just wants to stay as long as possible.

Duh.

List of trump conflicts : https://sunlightfoundation.com/tracking-trumps-conflicts-of-interest/

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BREAK THE BANKS!!


Big banks caused the last recession AND also fund lobbyists who support inequality with bad laws.

WE CAN BREAK THEM!!

If One Million people close accounts worth at least $2,000 EACH at BIG BANKS, the banks will lose 2 TRILLION DOLLARS!!!

That's enough to take away their power to ruin us.

WE CAN DO IT - Just transfer your money to a credit union; you'll get the same service including insurance AND higher interest on savings as well as cheaper credit cards.

AND - it'e BETTER for the economy since Credit Unions are more likely to support small businesses than Big Banks who support MONOPOLIES!!

SIGN UP HERE - www.nasafcu.com/

LEARN ABOUT CREDIT UNIONS HERE - www.moneycrashers.com/why-credit-unions-are-better-than-banks/


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Country Studies Published


The Mike P. McKeever Institute of Economic Policy Analysis [MIEPA, at www.mkeever.com] is pleased to announce the publication of seven new country studies, four for the United States of America, two for the Philippines and one for South Korea.

The United States of America is analyzed by Specialists Emma Hogan, Brian Collica, Liam Azulay and Hanna Batla; their analyses can be accessed at http://www.mkeever.com/usa.html

The Philippines has been analyzed by Specialists Lemon L. Calulut and Kimberly Escario; their analyses can be accessed at http://www.mkeever.com/philippines.html

South Korea is analyzed by Specialist Kathy Lee; her analysis can be accessed at http://www.mkeever.com/korea.html

Mike P. McKeever, Founder MIEPA