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Politics is an International Full-of-Shit Stakeholder Contest
Max Igan

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02.06.23- American Students -
Dumber and More Woke

Robert Weissberg

Professors often complain about the current crop of students being less intellectually talented than when they began their careers decades back. Such griping is, of course, easy to dismiss — it has occurred for millennia. Unfortunately, this time around the grumbling may be true and not the usual nostalgia for “the good old days.”  The anecdotal evidence from textbook reading levels, shortened college syllabi, scrapbook-like research assignments, proliferating college remedial classes, grade inflation, and the popularity of “gut” college majors such as Gender Studies, is indisputable. We have also invested hundreds of millions in our schools yet test results such as the SAT are flat over the past half century. Read More

02.04.23- The United States:
“Flawed Democracy”

Brian Maher

We see the 2022 edition of The Economist’s Intelligence Unit Democracy Index is out.

This tabulation ranks the world’s nations across several categories. These categories include but are not limited to:

Civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation… electoral process, pluralism, and political culture. Read More

02.03.23- Food Shortages Are Starting To Become Quite Serious All Over The Planet
Michael Snyder

The worst case scenario that many of the experts feared is starting to play out right in front of our eyes.  Throughout 2022, I repeatedly warned my regular readers that there were all sorts of indications that the emerging global food crisis would go to entirely new level in 2023, and that is precisely what is happening.  In response to tightening supplies of food, prices are surging all over the planet and the number of desperately hungry people is exploding.  Unfortunately, this crisis is not going to be just temporary.  As I will explain at the end of this article, the global nightmare that we are facing is inevitably going to intensify in the years ahead. Read More

02.02.23- Why The End Of The Petrodollar Spells Trouble For The US Regime
Ryan McMaken

On January 17, the Saudi minister of finance, Mohammed Al-Jadaan, announced that the Saudi state is open to selling oil in currencies other than the dollar. “There are no issues with discussing how we settle our trade arrangements, whether it is in the US dollar, whether it is the euro, whether it is the Saudi riyal,” Al-Jadaan told Bloomberg TV.

If the Saudi regime does indeed embrace substantial trade in currencies other than the dollar as part of its oil-export business, this would signal a shift away from the dollar as the dominant currency in global oil payments. Or measured another way, this would signal the end of the so-called petrodollar. Read More

02.01.23- Poll: One-Fifth of Americans Say Government Is Our Nation's Top Problem
James Howard Kunstler

What's worse than inflation? The government trying to help with inflation… or trying to help with anything, really. You know it. I know it. And a whole lot of other Americans may know it, too. In the latest Gallup poll, more than one-fifth of respondents—21 percent—cited the government and/or poor leadership as the nation's top problem. Read More

01.31.23- How a Massachusetts Town Seized a Farmer’s $370k Property to Cover
a $60k Tax Debt

Patrick Carroll

Alan DiPietro is an alpaca farmer in the town of Bolton, Massachusetts (pop: 5,376). He lives in an RV on the 34-acre property where he keeps his alpacas, and he sells their fleece to make a living.

DiPietro wasn’t always a farmer. He previously worked as a chief engineer for iRobot, a company that makes autonomous home cleaning devices such as the Roomba vacuum cleaner. He became disenchanted with the bureaucracy and red tape of the corporate world, however, so in 2008 he decided to leave that world behind and begin his alpaca-farming venture. Read More

01.30.23- 5 Ways The "Inflation Reduction Act" Is Stealing Your Money
Peter Reagan

Much like the Patriot Act had little to do with making life safer in the U.S., the Biden administration’s “Inflation Reduction Act” has very little to do with reducing inflation.

Thanks to this “Inflation Reduction Act,” our lives are about to get even more expensive for just about everyone. If you’re saving money for retirement, heating your home or driving a car, well, get ready to start paying higher prices. Read More

01.28.23- Global South: Gold-Backed Currencies to Replace the US Dollar
Pepe Escobar

Let’s start with three interconnected multipolar-driven facts.

First: One of the key take aways from the World Economic Forum annual shindig in Davos, Switzerland is when Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, on a panel on “Saudi Arabia’s Transformation,” made it clear that Riyadh “will consider trading in currencies other than the US dollar.” Read More

01.27.23- Pretend-O-Rama
James Howard Kunstler

I doubt that many Americans — even the masses sunk in vaccine smuggery and obsessive Trump-o-phobia — believe that America’s Ukraine project is working out for us. Of course, to even begin thinking about this debacle, you must at least suspect that our government is lying about virtually everything it has its hand in. Name something it is not lying about, I dare you.

So, what was the Ukraine project? To use that sad-ass country as a vector to disable and destroy Russia. You can’t over-state the stupidity of that objective. And why did we want to do that? Because… reasons. Oh? And what were they? Well, Russia was… there. Oh? And what was it doing? Trying to take over the world? Uh, no. It was actually just trying to be a normal European nation again after its traumatic 75-year-long experiment with communism, which ended in 1991. Read More

01.26.23- Give Up on the Idea of a Free Society
Sean Ring

In 2012, I attended the Property and Freedom Society conference.

The conference exposed the organized “State” for what it was – an institution run by crooks, liars and useful idiots.

Not only that, we discussed what a free and natural order would look like. Read More

01.25.23- They Won’t Leave Us Alone: The Invasion of Politics
Joakim Book

The temptation and crucial flaw of a totalitarian mind are that everyone must play a part in a superstructural battle between good and evil. Standing on the sidelines or taking a neutral position on present topics is not allowed; one may not merely observe or ignore the madness played out among the power-hungry.

As a not-so-proud carrier of a Swedish passport, I last year lost track of how many times I was asked about Sweden’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the overreaching military alliance among Western nations. Apparently, there was a war going on somewhere. NATO countries were scrambling, and Finland and Sweden (thoroughly Western social democratic countries) were decades-old NATO holdouts. I did not know; I took pride in not knowing. Read More

01.24.23- The Simpsons “The Fool Monty”
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01.23.23- Hyper Woo - Hyper Code
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01.21.23- A Page Turns
James Howard Kunstler

“People underestimate how much resistance to imperial edicts out of DC there is, they underestimate how many people are waiting for the fall, but they also misunderstand that this resistance is taking a muscular but passive form.”

Of course, the “Joe Biden” classified document scandal is less about the documents per se than it is about the Biden family business, which was taking large sums of money from shady foreign interests for unspecified services rendered. “Joe Biden,” the brand, is owned, perhaps to the degree that he can be called “a sell-out.” Selling out your country is kind of serious. Read More

01.20.23- Banking Institutions Quietly Admit To Inevitable Recession Implosion In 2023
Brandon Smith

As the Federal Reserve continues its fastest rate hike cycle since the stagflation crisis of 1980, a couple vital questions linger in the minds of economists everywhere – When is recession going to strike and when will the Fed reverse course on tightening?

The answers to these queries are at the same time simple and complex: First, the recession has already arrived. Second, the Fed is NOT going to reverse course, though they will probably stop tightening. Read More

01.19.23- In my Lifetime I Have Witnessed the Death of Independent Medicine and Fair Trials
Paul Craig Roberts

I often refer to how much of America has been eroded away during my lifetime, so much so that the country  into which I was born no longer exists.  Younger people don’t know what’s been lost as they never experienced the real America.  What is normal to people is what they are born into and grow up with.  The numerous infringements on individual freedom, for example, that exist today as normal and unquestioned would have been impossible in my youth.  

Is your doctor in private practice or is he an employee of a HMO or a health care provider such as a hospital’s corporate empire? Read More

01.18.23- Poszar Was Right: Saudis Confirm Non-Dollar Oil Trade Plans In Davos
Tyler Durden

Earlier this month, former NY Fed repo guru Zoltan Pozsar wrote one of his most important reports of 2022, in which he described how Putin could unleash hell on the Western financial system by demanding that instead of dollars, Russian oil exporters are paid in gold, effectively pegging oil to gold and launching Petrogold. Read More

01.17.23- Glug Glug, Gurgle Gurgle
James Howard Kunstler

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” — Edmund Burke

You thought the Titanic sinking was an astounding spectacle? Looks like the ship of the Deep State got some holes ripped in its hull and may be fixing to go down sometime in 2023. Read More

01.16.23- Target: Civilization
Jeffrey Tucker

Two weeks ago, Southwest Airlines had a massive meltdown but they weren’t the only airline affected. Flight delays ruined vacations and travel plans for millions the world over. It was never clear why.

Oh sure, blame the weather but that has become a strangely opaque excuse. You look outside and the weather seems fine but then someone snaps at you: Can’t you see that the snow is bad in Buffalo? Read More

01.14.23- One More Massive Socialist-Driven Transfer of Wealth
Justin O. Smith

Many Americans, conservative or not, should be angry that unions now hold so much influence over elected officials and Joe Biden that the Teamsters Union, long fraught with ties to the U.S. Mafia and organized crime, is actually receiving a $36 billion dollar bailout under the $1.9 trillion dollar American Rescue Plan, after years of mismanaging and stealing from their members’ pension fund and the new revelation that the Teamsters Union pension fund was essentially insolvent. This is an act by the executive that takes the hard-earned tax dollars of private citizens to give to a group of collectivists, socialists and outright criminals whose leadership should be placed behind prison bars, instead of being rewarded by Joe Biden. Read More

01.13.23- Don’t Trust the Government with Your Privacy, Property or Your Freedoms
John & Nisha Whitehead

How do you trust a government that continuously sidesteps the Constitution and undermines our rights? You can’t.

When you consider all the ways “we the people” are being bullied, beaten, bamboozled, targeted, tracked, repressed, robbed, impoverished, imprisoned and killed by the government, one can only conclude that you shouldn’t trust the government with your privacy, your property, your life, or your freedoms.

Consider for yourself. Read More

01.12.23- A Government by Experts
Andrew P. Napolitano

I have often thought that after Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson was our worst president. By worst is meant least faithful to the Constitution and most destructive of personal liberty.

With the exception of Lincoln’s dictatorship — during which the federal government used violence to crush the states’ natural right to secede from a compact they had voluntarily joined, and instead brought about the systematic murder of 750,000 persons — America from its founding to the early part of the 20th century more or less enjoyed the James Madison model for the federal government. Read More

01.11.23- China: Death of a Dream
James Rickards

China is reopening.

The China reopening story is the most powerful market narrative going on today. At least for now, it’s more powerful than any Fed analysis, the prospect of a recession, and even lower energy prices in terms of what’s driving investor behavior.

Of course, the key word is “narrative.” It’s a powerful story but that does not mean the story is true. If it affects investor behavior, then investors have to pay attention to avoid getting run over by bull market sentiment. It can take time, but whenever a narrative diverges from reality, the reality always wins. Read More

01.10.23- Repentance
James Howard Kunstler

“You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.” — Anton Chekhov

The doctors of this country — of all Western Civ, really — owe their citizens an apology and an explanation, and even then, they might not be able to save modern medicine. The doctors have dishonored and disgraced their profession. They promulgated a Covid- 19 vaccination program that is now clearly killing a lot of people early in life and unnaturally. To this day, no established professional group of doctors, or formal association, or major journal, has called for an end to the vaxx program. Read More

01.09.23- Is The New World Order
On The Precipice?

Madame DaFarge

The New World Order nobility may be receiving more roadblocks for their plans than they had anticipated. 

The entire scam is based on the ignorance and complacence of the great mass of people in the western based economies.

Control of the West is essential for world domination.  Read More

01.07.23- The Plan to Carve Up Russia
Mike Whitney

For decades, the idea of dismantling the Soviet Union and Russia has been constantly cultivated in Western countries. Unfortunately, at some point, the idea of using Ukraine to achieve this goal was conceived. In fact, to prevent such a development, we launched the special military operation (SMO). This is precisely what some western countries –led by the United States– strive for; to create an anti-Russian enclave and then threaten us from this direction. Preventing this from happening is our primary goal. Vladimir Putin Read More

01.06.23- Time To Get Real About Ukraine
James Rickards

The war in Ukraine remains the most important story in the world today.

Don’t believe the incessant U.S. government and media propaganda about Ukraine. Ukraine is not winning the war; they are losing badly.

But wait, hasn’t the news been talking up Ukrainian gains in recent months, while Russia is retreating and being badly beaten? That’s the mainstream, pro-Ukrainian narrative. Here’s the reality: Read More

01.05.23- The Baleful Cargo
of Woke Diversity Worship

Victor Davis Hanson

What do all our notable fabricators—George Santos, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama—have in common?

Well, quite like the Ward ChurchilIs or Rachel Dolezals of the world, one way or another, they lied about their identities. Or they sought fraudulent ways of suggesting their ancestries were marginalized. Or they had claims on being victims on the theory their constructed personas brought career advantages. Read More

01.04.23- On the Cusp of
a Global Liquidity Crisis

James Rickards

Is there a financial calamity worse than a severe recession in early 2023? Unfortunately, the answer is “yes” and it’s coming quickly.

That greater calamity is a global liquidity crisis. Before considering the dynamics of a global liquidity crisis, it’s critical to distinguish between a liquidity crisis and a recession. A recession is part of the business cycle. Read More

01.03.23- The Third Option - Part 2
Tyler Durden

If you have not yet read Part 1, it can be accessed here.  In it, I make a case for the need for something fundamentally different from the left and right political options that we as humanity are generally being offered in every so-called democratic society on earth. I explain why our political parties of every ilk continue to fail us, because they fail to recognize and address the “gap” in purchasing power inherent in every country on earth, without regard to its political system, and point at who is behind frustrating the achievement of a solution.  In this second part, we are going to dig into what the potential “Economic Cures” to the gap are.  Read More

01.02.23- “Something Big Is On the Way”
Mike Whitney

“The Russians have decided there is no way to negotiate an end to this. No one will negotiate in good faith; therefore we must crush the enemy. And that’s what’s coming.” Colonel Douglas MacGregor (9:35 minute)

“Strictly speaking, we haven’t started anything yet.” Vladimir Putin

The war in Ukraine is not going to end in a negotiated settlement. The Russians have already made it clear that they don’t trust the United States, so they’re not going to waste their time in a pointless gabfest. What the Russians are going to do is pursue the only option that is available to them. Read More

 

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