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Mask Hysteria: The Possible Joy of Civil Disobedience

We established the reasoning behind opening up.  The bottom line here is that despite everything you’ve been told there is no reason to keep things shut down. People like Governor BLACK FACE MATTERS Northam have already permanently destroyed enough of our businesses and society for their political gain.  It’s time for it to stop!

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If businesses and schools do open be prepared to be bombarded by propaganda. The media will find the one kid in thousands that dies of COVID. You will see the mourning parents, wretched in their grief. You will be told that opening the schools caused this death. You will not be told about any comorbidity the kid may have suffered from.

Numbers WILL spike. But the numbers you see will be “cases” (people who just test positive) and deaths. The vast majority of the numbers will be captured by the ever increasing testing, especially among children. You won’t be told how many more will likely never get sick or who has recovered. Through this we must persevere. We have done enough damage to our country already. We cannot open and close again. EVER.

When you see headlines about kids dying and disease spreading like a prairie fire, read the whole article, or review whatever sources the story cites.  You WILL find what headlines and opening sentences tout as the key points, will not be so.  Buried in the noise you will find the the shock the stories try to impart is propaganda, hype, what Trump would call “fake news”.


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Places like Walmart and Home Depot did a lot to help carry the economy. But protecting the masses does not justify the disparate treatment of businesses. This is not the Soviet Union. The nanny state doesn’t get to choose winner and losers. If one is shut down, all must be. Let people assess their own risk. Let the market to decide outcomes.

As for schools specifically, send in the kids. If a teacher is too old to be exposed to COVID or is morbid obese or is simply afraid to face COVID, THEN THAT TEACHER SHOULD STAY HOME AND “ZOOM” INTO THE CLASSROOM. I am sure there are plenty of college kids studying to be educators who would be happy to monitor the class in person.

As for you. Well, you can take a page from what the snowflakes and bed wetters are doing in major cities right now.  They are committing acts of violence, pretending it has something to do with people like George Floyd or social justice.  You needn’t go that far.  But a bit of civil disobedience might be in order.  Make your own personal risk assessment.  If you believe you are not a high-risk candidate…GATHER! Or if you are willing to stand against stupidity on the behalf of others in the face of risk…GATHER!

Open your businesses.  Support those who do. Protest in front of closed schools, loudly and in large numbers. Have less frightened friends in for a barbecue.

I listened to the mayor of Washington DC this morning responding to the violence in that Democrat dystopia.  Twenty-one people were shot at a large party.  The mayor threatened people with jail time for having such parties.  Not for the shootings.  The was Black on Black.  So it don’t matter, so to speak.  The pathetic mayor was talking about people having parties against her dictates.  Because [Shriek!] COVID!!!!

Well, if that is the direction our government wants to take, I suggest we do our best to keep them very busy indeed.  My guess is when our interaction becomes too much to deal with, the police will ignore the soft-headed, spineless, corrupt politicians and go back to policing real crime and safety.

There. Done. We can open and survive nicely…mostly.


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Mask Hysteria: Fun for Germaphobes

In a few, short months we have become a nation of germaphobes.  We were discussing going to Walmart and not being able to visit a medical specialist.  It gives me a headache just writing that last sentence.

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source CNN

And what of the “science” employed by those big box stores? Most have two large access points. Some have three. Federal, state and sometimes local authorities required these stores to take steps to keep their customers “safe” from the ChiComm plague. And how did they do that? By and large they decided to close all but on set of doors, funneling access and egress through one set of doors. What mental midget came up with this plan? Why not one in and one out, thinning the exposure between transients? That would be a bit more scientific anyway.

Also, through the magic of SWAG (Super Wild Ass Guessing) governments arrived at
magic numbers for these big stores that dictated how many people could be in the
stores at any given time. So you see one unfortunate employee with a number
clicker in hand counting the numbers going in and out. SOOOOOO scientific.

This is also a lot like how they reached the 6-foot magic distance of disease control…

“Expert” 1: I don’t know, George. We have to give them something.

“Expert” 2: Tell them to stay far apart in public. Make them feel like they are doing something.

“Expert” 1: Right. How about 3 feet?

“Expert” 2: Hmmmm. No. That just doesn’t feel like a big enough number.

“Expert” 1: How about 10 feet? There’s no way you can breath on someone from 10 feet.

“Expert” 2: Are you crazy? Walmart would never go for that.

“Expert” 1: Okay, 6 feet. That’s got to fly.

“Expert” 2: Yeah. It sounds significant and if public places can’t maintain that they can just shut down. Yeah. Perfect.

These are just silly examples of how we are “containing” the virus. But I said at the beginning everything we are being told is invalid. So far we have just discussed the results. These are all based on what we are told is the underlying “science” from the real “experts”.  And that is what has been invalid almost from the beginning.

Find out why.


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Trump’s Potential Fatal Errors: Not for Him, But the Country. Pt. 1

Is he stupid or pretending to be?

To this day, I have been needled by a suspicion that Donald Trump is actually a shill for the sleazy, Clinton wing of the Democratic party. I’ve said many times, including when he was just hitting the political scene, and in my book. I had a hard time coming to grips with his immaturity, impetuousness and utterly disorganized style.

How, as I have often asked, here and elsewhere, can his clearly erratic behavior be actual stupidity and not just political shtick? Is he really trying? Or is he putting a four-year monkey wrench in the GOP, damaging their brand for the next decade?

Don’t get me wrong. When he seems to have at least gotten a basic concept right, I have been happy to say so. But he still gets so much wrong. And so many people seem to have it in their heads that Trump is a genius and worse, they think he is a conservative.

He is neither.

I’ll give you an example The President gets endless praise for his tax cut. But, with just a little ass kissing by congressional leadership, he owned a pathetically watered down version of a cut, without the valuable reform he had promised. If you were paying attention and not just celebrating this fig leaf legislation, you came away thinking what a sucker this guy is. With the slightest stroking of his ego, Trump will sign off on anything.

Continuing the same example, with little preparation and in complete ignorance of history, Trump spiked the entire economic uptick the tax cuts did provide with the monumentally stupid tariff announcements and implementations.

I will go into greater detail about this in my next book.

The costs of the Trump ego

Tariffs are wrong on too many levels to fully catalog here.  But a few aspects do leap out in this case.

1) First, as is ALWAYS true, tariffs help the bottom lines of the protected companies ONLY and, without exception, hurt the wider economy. The very people who are singing the praises of the administration’s get-tough trade policies are the ones being hurt by it, along with the entire world’s economy.  

President Donald J. Trump

2) If you follow the news cycles from Trump’s election, through the tax cuts and through the tariff announcements, you can plainly see that our economy was expanding beautifully. This was the direct result of someone – anyone – other than BHO going to the White House and that someone was talking about free market concepts.

As a result (and because we are still the world’s largest consumer economy) the world’s economies were expanding apace.  Even the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) were suddenly healthy again. 

But along with the rest of the world, our markets were thrown into turmoil and volatility because of this very stupid tariff idea.  The PIGS are now talking about defaulting again.

As ridiculous as the idea of tariffs already is, the way Trump rolled them out (i.e., with no forethought) we have this untenable situation as a result!

3) On top of the damage EVERYONE but the cronies who own the political whores feel, tariffs don’t work. They never have and they never will[1].  This how it will all play out:  We will place tariffs on whatever. Other countries will respond in kind (or maybe not because they already skim money from us on a huge scale.)  There will be “negotiations”.  In the end, when we’ve all had a bellyful of this stupid idea, all parties will declare victory and we will go back to where we all were before, relative to the economies of each country involved.

source: The Spectator

4) As was the case in the Travel Ban and the Zero Tolerance border policies[2], rolled out by executive order early in the Trump Administration, tariff actions were announced and launched impetuously and without any adult supervision. 

The result? Peter Morici, a respected economist, points out correctly that we now have barriers to raw materials for, say, bicycle parts and metal tubes, but no barriers against foreign bicycles.  As a result, American bike makers have to pay more for their raw materials, giving foreign makers a market advantage.  MEANWHILE, YOU NOW PAY MORE FOR A BIKE BECAUSE NO MANUFACTURER, FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC, IS IN THE BUSINESS AS AN ACT OF CHARITY!

5) In order to do what only Congress is permitted to do (introduce tariffs) by executive order, DJT declared our trade deficit vs the rest of the world is a national security issue.  Am I the only person who see how perfectly insane this position is? 

For more about the roots of this tariff debacle, and my earlier warning, read this.

Give me fair trade or I’ll kill you

Was the rest of the world going to attack the United States because we made it too easy for them to sell their goods here?  Were we on the verge of nuking Canada because of their unfair treatment of American dairy farmers? I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say neither was about to happen?

I would submit, and history does insist, that the placing of tariffs, especially by a stronger nation, are more likely to be the catalyst of unrest and even war.

Look at Germany immediately before and then after the clearly discredited Smoot/Hawley tariffs were rolled out.  Germany was struggling mightily to recover from World War II.  As they were beginning to turn the corner, people like Hitler were looked upon as weird opportunists, trying to advantage of Germany’s weakened, but improving, state of affairs.  Our market collapse in 1929 sent shock waves through the world economy. But the suffering was well distributed. Countries like Germany were continuing to work their way into world markets albeit at a slower pace.

Smoot and Hawley, two old men pictured from 1930s.
The authors of Smoot Hawley (that would be Smoot and Hawley themselves) the Dumb and Dumber of 1930.

Then along comes the Smoot/Hawley debacle.  Immediately, what was left of Germany’s chances of recovery were put off by at least a decade.  Already weak, the German economy had the chair kicked out from underneath it.  Suddenly, the blame-the-rest-of-the-world activists, including Hitler and the Communists, were seen as visionary. When you are dangling over the edge of the cliff, you’ll grasp at anything.

Germany, circa 1930 – 31 would be similar to our PIGS now. Their politics and economics are in ever increasing disarray. The tariffs aren’t helping them or the US in any way.

The cliché is: “When goods stop crossing borders armies soon will”.  It’s a cliché because it is true. So the talk of needing tariffs for national security reasons was undiluted bullshit from day one.

But, boys and girls, if I may be permitted the microaggression of noting the difference, we are now facing a far greater threat from Trump than any harm this tariff lunacy might do to us.

In an upcoming post I will outline the greater threat and the stupidity (not just Trump’s stupidity, this is widespread ignorance) behind it. In a separate post I will define the clear solution to our trade deficit.  I will give you a hint about the latter: We are SUPPOSED to have trade deficits with just about every other country because we are stronger and richer than they are.


[1] Read Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.  It is a college education in one easy-to-read book. You can read it free here.

[2] The author supports both concepts, generally

 

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