"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up."

Arthur Koestler 


An Interesting Podcast


A Personal Rant

I live in a state where marijuana is legal, but plastic bags aren't. Where in order to help the poor, the state raises the price that the poor pay for cigarettes. Where the more roads they build, the worse the traffic gets. Where your salary is not bad, but you spend it all on rent.  Where people who did not bother to vote protest the election they did not participate in by riots. Where big corporation are hated, but yet they control the economy. Where they build mass transit that doesn't go anywhere. A state where everyone hates Walmart, but everyone shops there, riding in carts because they are too fat to walk. A state that prides itself on organic food, but is filled with MacDonalds. A state that is the porn capital of the world, but the issue recently on the ballot was not should you "do it" in films, but should the actors wear condoms when they do. (They don't have to, the measure failed.)

I live in a nation where the best and cheapest way to get gender reassignment surgery is to join the military. A nation where the president agrees to a ceasefire, and the military "accidentally" breaks it. A nation that is happy when its president only drones a few people, and only supports wars that kill hundreds of thousands, but does not directly participate. A nation that subsidizes large corporations while singing the praises of a free enterprise system. I live in the most prosperous and wealthiest nation in the history of the world, but yet it can't pay its bills.

I live in a nation that thinks that a politician can save them from themselves. As the Bible says, you reap what you sow. Get ready for some karma.

Guess Who? 

Guess who said that the election "accurately reflect the will of the American people.” Click here to find out. 


Doomed By Debt

I am a sucker for a good infographic. Here is one for the problem of sovereign debt.


This is only the debt of the national governments. No personal or corporate debt is included. Also the imputed and unstated debt of the various governmental pensions and senior medical retirement programs like Medicare. 

How much does the average person have in retirement savings

Just how much has the average American family saved up? According to the EPI, the mean retirement savings of all families is $95,776.

But that number doesn't tell the whole story. Since so many families have zero savings and since super-savers can pull up the average, the median savings, or those at the 50th percentile, may be a better gauge. The median for all families in the US is just $5,000, and the median for families with some savings is $60,000.

Note that this is the savings for each family. This means that once you include the national debt the net savings rate is zero because most families have more than one member. 

I am not sure that any president, even St. Trump, can really do much about the lack of savings and high debt level. No one is even talking about the unfunded liabilities.  


Most News Is Fake

Most videos you see on the news is to some extent faked. That is just the nature of the news. There is a narrative, and that narrative determines what is broadcast. You are being played. 

This particular video was immediately removed after it was posted by the "White Helmets." But a copy had already been made: 

The White Helmets are funded by the West:

1: The White Helmets receive funding from UK ($65m via UK Foreign Office), US (US State Dept via USAID $ 23m), Holland ($ 4.5m), Germany ($ 7.87m) and Japan (undisclosed sum from the Intl Cooperation Agency), Denmark (undisclosed sum) – via the Mayday Rescue “foundation” that was set up by the British ex-military trainer of the White Helmets in order to transfer funding to the White Helmets. The White Helmets also receive equipment and supplies from various EU member states. This funding is concealed behind the generic heading of “Emergency Health and Relief Support to the Population Affected by the Crisis in Syria”, through the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO), formerly known as the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office.

You can read the link for an alternative narrative on the White Helmets. 

But remember, you are being played.