Monday, September 22, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Slammed for Being a Climatology Hypocrite

Actually, I think he is clueless, rather than a knowing hypocrite. In other words, he is one of the sheeple.

DiCaprio joined 400,000 other clueless protesters in Central Park in New York City on Sunday.

The march took place two days before a United Nations summit brings together more than 125 world leaders to discuss ways to increase Soros profits deal with climate change. Most of the 400,000 are not likely to have a clue about climate or about the carbon use they are protesting.

Enter stage right, the anti-carbon crusader DiCaprio.

The crusader spent the World Cup aboard the fifth-biggest yacht in the world, on loan from a man who just so happens to make his billions from that super carbon producing commodity, oil.


Wake me up if DiCaprio raises concerns about enteric fermentation.

-RW

Feminist Activists Are Really Active In Spreading Untruths

Mossad is Recruiting Via Youtube Video That Features Hot Blond

Bloomberg reports:
Israel’s legendary Mossad agency is courting a new generation of spies through social media, a Homeland-derived video and an 18-page application to be filled out by hand.
The 83-second clip presents a blond agent resembling actress Claire Danes who leaves her son on the beach with a radio-controlled drone toy while she penetrates the computer network room in a nearby Tel Aviv office tower. “It’s not child’s play,” she intones. “It opens doors.”
 Viewers are invited to click on the Mossad home page in Hebrew, English, French, Russian and Arabic. Links carry labels such as “Engineering Management,” “Overseas,” “Farsi,” “Satellites” and “Thinking outside the box.” Each leads to the same form and a separate 8-page questionnaire for one’s spouse.


If You're On a Phone in DC, Someone Could Be Listening

A Nevada-based security technology company says it has discovered proof of as many as 15 cellphone interception devices secretly operating in Washington D.C.

The interceptors are capable of identifying the movements of people, recording audio from mobile phones, listening to calls and reading email.

The company, ESD America  markets a Cryptophone designed to block attempts to hack the phone and alert its user to attempts to hack into it.

ESD employees spent several days surveying Washington, D.C., last week. The company's president, Les Goldsmith, told CNBC that the company discovered that someone was operating cellphone interception devices at some of the most sensitive locations in the nation's capital, including near the Capitol building, the White House, Treasury and in McLean, Virginia, not far from CIA headquarters.

Democracy is Not the Same as Freedom

Richard Ebeling emails:
Dear Bob,

I have a new article on the news and commentary website, "EpicTimes," on, "Democracy is Not the Same as Freedom."

I point out the too frequent confusion that democratic political participation and election of government office holders means the establishment or preservation of freedom.

Democracy is merely a mechanism for selecting those in political power without a recourse to outright violence.

It does not specify or assure any recognition or respect for the individual rights of people or, therefore, any guarantee of a securing of their individual liberty to live their lives as they peacefully choose without governmental coercive interference.

Achievements of democratic systems anywhere in the world is a hollow victory for freedom if it is not grounded in the principle and enforcement of the individual's right to his life, liberty, and honestly acquired property.

http://www.epictimes.com/2014/09/democracy-is-not-the-same-as-freedom/

Best,
Richard

Jack Ma: If You're Poor At 35, You Deserve It

By Zach Ho

You are poor because you have no ambition.
Jack Ma: Before I founded Alibaba, I invited 24 friends to my house to discuss the business opportunity. After discussing for a full two hours, they were still confused — I have to say that I may not have put myself across in a clear manner manner then. The verdict: 23 out of the 24 people in the room told me to drop the idea, for a multitude of reasons, such as: ‘you do not know anything about the internet, and more prominently, you do not have the start-up capital for this’ etc etc.
There was only one friend (who was working in a bank then) who told me, “If you want to do it, just try it. If things don’t work out the way you expected it to, you can always revert back to what you were doing before.” I pondered upon this for one night, and by the next morning, I decided I would do it anyway, even if all of the 24 people opposed the idea.
Jack Ma founding members
When I first started Alibaba, I was immediately met with strong opposition from family and friends. Looking back, I realised that the biggest driving force for me then was not my confidence in the Internet and the potential it held, but more of this:  “No matter what one does, regardless of failure or success, the experience is a form of success in itself.” You have got to keep trying, and if it doesn’t work, you always can revert back to what you were doing before. 
As with this quote by T.E. Lawrence – “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream in the dark recesses of the night awake in the day to find all was vanity. But the dreamers of day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make it possible.”
jack ma serious
Jack Ma: People lose out in life because of these 4 reasons:
  1. Being myopic to opportunity
  2. Looking down on opportunities
  3. Lacking understanding
  4. Failing to act quickly enough
(via Zero Hedge)

IP Debate Round 5: Block and Edelstein versus Wenzel on IP_

Note: The quality of this recording is a little bit on the poor side. We are working out some kinks and should have much better quality in a week or so.




Round 1 is here.

Round 2 is here.

Round 3 is here.

Round 4 is here.

Destroying the Dollar a Penny at a Time

In a  recent article on the Wall Street Journal’s blog draws attention to the high cost of producing a single penny – 1.6 cents each, to be exact. They blame this unsustainable price on the high cost of zinc, which makes up 97.5% of every American penny. The online publication Quartz ran with this story, giving it a new headline: “It costs 1.6 cents to make one penny because of the rising price of zinc”. Time for a short economics lesson.
An alternate, more accurate headline for this story would be, “It cost 1.6 cents to make a penny because of currency debasement.” Rather than pondering whether or not the United States should simply stop producing pennies to save money, Americans should really be thinking about the long-term effects of currency debasement that has been going on for generations.
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To debase a currency is to weaken its purchasing power. This is often done by inflating the money supply through quantitative easing, which the Federal Reserve has been practicing for years. When a currency is debased, a unit of that currency doesn’t buy the same amount of stuff that it once did. The US dollar has been seriously debased over the last hundred years or more. Just take a look at the handy infographic at the end of this blog post to see how bad it has become.
Currency debasement is the same reason why the US ditched the copper penny in 1982, as well as silver half-dollars, quarters, and dimes in 1964. Today we call these old silver coins “junk silver,” and they’re popular physical precious metals investments. However, they’re anything but junk – they actually contain a useful commodity that has held its value for centuries. It’s not that zinc or copper or silver has become “too expensive,” it’s that those coins have lost some of their purchasing power.
The government debases our currency and says it is because it became too expensive to produce instead of the real reason – destructive monetary policies. The policies of central banks around the world are supposed to stabilize economies and protect the people from currency debasement. However, the truth is that these policies only enrich the politically well-connected, while hurting the poor, those on fixed incomes, and savers.
When currencies aren’t debased, prices tend to fall, not rise. This gives more purchasing power to the poor, those on fixed incomes, and savers. It also decreases the need to gamble savings in the stock market, which means you have fewer bubbles like the one we’re experiencing right now.
So the next time a friend brings up the pretty well-know fact that it costs more to produce a penny than its worth, take the time to educate them about currency debasement.
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This article first appeared on Peter Schiff's Gold Blog. 

OMG Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Join Uber

This is just terrible.

According to a post to the Uber website, Gates will join the ride-sharing company as chairman of Uber Military.

From Uber:
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging, but at Uber we understand that veterans are some of our nation’s most talented and skilled leaders. That’s why we’re excited to launch UberMILITARY: our new program to introduce service members, veterans and military spouses to Uber and empower them as entrepreneurs and small business owners. Over the next 18 months, we will on-board 50,000 members of the military community to the Uber platform.
We are honored to have the former Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates, serve as volunteer Chairman of the UberMILITARY Advisory Board. The board—which will include members to represent every branch of the military—will continue to put forward new initiatives to positively impact military communities.




It is great that these people are now in the private sector, but it is outrageous to promote the idea that what they did when they were government trained killers means they need some kind of special treatment after they are done killing.

-RW

Today in the EPJ Daily Alert

Headlines from today's EPJ DAILY ALERT:

THE ONE SOURCE OF SEMI-SANITY AT THE FED IS ABOUT TO RETIRE: IS HE JUMPING SHIP BEFORE THE ECONOMY SPINS OUT OF CONTROL?

THE FED FIRMLY IN THE HANDS OF INFLATIONISTS

EXISTING HOME SALES PLUNGE: THE FIRST SIGN OF THE IMPACT OF SLOWED MONEY SUPPLY GROWTH?

THE DETERIORATING US STOCK MARKET AS EVIDENCED BY POOR BROAD BASED INTERNALS

MAJOR HEDGE FUND TRADER WARNS ON BUBBLES

CHINA DOWN: NO HELP FROM THE PBOC

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"This show has potential."

Russell Lemley emails in response to "Madam Secretary": Hints of Anarchism and Conspiracy Theory.
Last night, during the show, my daughter mentioned that the actors playing the president and the chief of staff have played creepy serial killers in past roles. My first reaction was, "This show has potential."

How ISIS is Able to Sell Oil on the Black Market

FT reports:
Maplecroft, the risk management firm, says in a recent report that Isis now controls six out of 10 of Syria’s oilfields, including the big Omar facility, and at least four small fields in Iraq, including those at Ajeel and Hamreen.
Oil smuggling has deep roots in the region. After the imposition of UN energy sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s, a robust network of smugglers, traders and bootleg refineries have flourished.

Hundreds of entrepreneurs emerged, buying and selling small parcels of Iraq’s oil at discounted prices and transporting them across the Turkish border to sell at a markdown. Many of the business people have grown rich and powerful, with vested interests and political ties. 
Energy experts and western officials say Isis may be laundering up to 80,000 barrels of oil a day worth several million dollars through this shadow market. The oil is smuggled through rugged mountain and desert routes or even legitimate crossings at Reyhanli, Zakho or Penjwan for consumption in Turkey, Iran or Jordan.
“The fact that Iraq was under sanctions for so long led Kurdish and Iraqi businessmen to fill a vacuum and create smuggling networks for Iraqi oil,” says Valerie Marcel, a Middle East and Africa energy specialist at Chatham House, the London think-tank. “Turkish, Iranian, Syrian, Iraqi networks have grown because of decades of bans on exports. From Iraq and now from Syria there is this grey market. That’s becoming a huge problem.”

Black market oil is often refined at plants in Iraqi Kurdistan that are partly the byproduct of the tensions between Kurdish leaders and Baghdad. In recent years the Kurdistan Regional Government looked the other way as homegrown refineries popped up to supply the local market after Baghdad banned the export of petroleum products without its consent.
This means that the Kurds are potentially helping put money in the coffers of the jihadi group that its own peshmerga forces are fighting. “It’s now possible that Isis could be selling crude [via middlemen] to these knock-off refineries,” says Bilal Wahab, an energy expert at the American University of Sulaymaniyah. “The KRG is unwilling to shut them down because it would have to raise the price of gasoline. It can’t raise the price of gasoline because it can’t pay salaries, and it can’t pay salaries because the central government hasn’t given the KRG its budget in eight months. Yes, it’s illegal. Yes, it’s bad. But it is what greases the wheels of the economy.”

Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky Correspondence Revealed; Advice on Radical Activism

By Alana Goodman

Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development.

Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing.

Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part of the archives for the Industrial Areas Foundation, a training center for community organizers founded by Alinsky, which are housed at the University of Texas at Austin.

The letters also suggest that Alinsky, who died in 1972, had a deeper influence on Clinton’s early political viewsthan previously known.

A 23-year-old Hillary Clinton was living in Berkeley, California, in the summer of 1971. She was interning at the left-wing law firm Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, known for its radical politics and a client roster that included Black Panthers and other militants.

On July 8, 1971, Clinton reached out to Alinsky, then 62, in a letter sent via airmail, paid for with stamps featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and marked “Personal.”

“Dear Saul,” she began. “When is that new book [Rules for Radicals] coming out—or has it come and I somehow missed the fulfillment of Revelation?”

“I have just had my one-thousandth conversation about Reveille [for Radicals] and need some new material to throw at people,” she added, a reference to Alinsky’s 1946 book on his theories of community organizing.

Clinton devoted just one paragraph in her memoir Living History to Alinsky, writing that she rejected a job offer from him in 1969 in favor of going to law school. She wrote that she wanted to follow a more conventional path.

However, in the 1971 letter, Clinton assured Alinsky that she had “survived law school, slightly bruised, with my belief in and zest for organizing intact.”

“The more I’ve seen of places like Yale Law School and the people who haunt them, the more convinced I am that we have the serious business and joy of much work ahead—if the commitment to a free and open society is ever going to mean more than eloquence and frustration,” wrote Clinton.

According to the letter, Clinton and Alinsky had kept in touch since she entered Yale. The 62-year-old radical had reached out to give her advice on campus activism.

Read the rest here.

"Madam Secretary": Hints of Anarchism and Conspiracy Theory

Madam Secretary, a new CBS television drama, premiered Sunday night,

I can't give the show two thumbs up. I thought the acting was a bit stiff in spots, the script was not compelling in the sense that the House of Cards is, and some of the pro-government messages in the show were very difficult for me to swallow.

That said, the show has the potential to develop into something special. There's clearly someone on the drama's writing team that is anti-government and some of the best lines in the drama were the anti-government lines.

Specifically what stood out for me in the drama  was:

1. The Secretary of State's son (aprox. 14 years old) in the show is an anarchist and a conspiracy theorist. At this point, I wouldn't classify him as an anarcho-capitalist, but more of an Alex Jones type anarchist. In other words, he is close, but I don't expect him to be quoting Rothbard.

2. In the first episode, there is already the murder of CIA agent, who dies after his car slams into a light pole. Those following the suspicious death of Michael Hastings (SEE: Murder Mystery(?) Michael Hastings and a CyberSecurity Firm Called Endgame) will recognize the similarities in the death, but what is really great is that the show makes clear that the car crash was most certainly a murder.

3. The first episode also has a Syrian kidnap thread, with two American kids kidnapped. What's significant about this part of the show is that the kids are portrayed as, and called, "stupid kids." This falls in line with my view that Americans getting captured in the Middle East by terrorists, are just adrenalin junkies (SEE:While Obama and Rand Flip Out Over ISIS...)  and that there is little justification for the U.S. to go to war to protect such thrill seekers.

The show isn't all good, though. Once the kids are rescued, there is a scene right out of Ronald Reagan's "rescue" of American students from the island of Grenada. As did a student coming off a plane that landed in the U.S. after being rescued  from Grenada, the show has the two kidnapped kids kissing the ground when they arrive back in the U.S. (For more on my view that Reagan's invasion of Grenada was the act that got American juices flowing for war see; The Shocking Direction That the US Military Is Headed In).

Below is the trailer from the first episode. Whoever created the trailer is good, it cuts out most of the stiff acting that is more obvious in parts of the full show.




-RW

Ron Paul and Tom "Establishment" Woods on Libertarianism

‘Flood Wall Street’ Protesters Will Try to Shut Down the New York Stock Exchange

Green activists plan to try to shut down the New York Stock Exchange today as part of a “Flood Wall Street” movement.

The group will be dressed in blue and meet at 9 a.m. in the Battery Park section of lower Manhattan  to listen to speakers, including Climate Justice Alliance activists, Naomi Klein, Rebecca Solnit, and Chris Hedges. At noon they plan to execute a mass sit-in on the steps of the NYSE.

According to the CJA web site, the Climate Justice Alliance is "rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the U.S."

Members of the group include, such lefty interventionist organizations as the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, Jobs With Justice, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Labor Network for Sustainability and the US Food Sovereignty Alliance.

CJA is funded by the 350.org, which is partially financed by George Soros, by the New Economy Coalition, where former managing director at Soros Fund Management was a featured speaker, by the Student Divestment Network and the Responsible Endowment Coalition.

It is unlikely that most of the people involved in these organizations know why fog forms in San Francisco, much less have an understanding of the complex nature of the global climate. But, hey, who needs knowledge, when you can scream and chant?

The protesters will carry a 300-foot banner that says “Capitalism = Climate Chaos. Flood Wall Street.”

I am sure it is all by coincidence that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will deliver remarks on the economic costs of climate change at an event hosted by The Hamilton Project at Brookings, today.

Lew is, of course, another climate genius.

But, bottom line, the climate scare crowd is very much driven by Soros. Soros, through various funds, has invested in green companies including , in the past, scandal ridden U.S. solar panel maker First Solar Inc  and Chinese solar company JA Solar, according to SEC filings.

Besides spending billions to fund left-wing, radical environmental groups, Soros has previously announced his plan to invest $1 billion in clean energy (climate change), and formed and financed ($10 million a year for 10 years) an “advisory group’ called Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), which states they are “an independent, not-for-profit organization with long-term support from financier and philanthropist George Soros.”

FrontPage aptly sums up what Soros is up to:
At a certain point, Soros stopped reacting to situations and began instigating them...“If I abstain from certain actions because of moral scruples then I cease to be an effective speculator,” Soros told the London Guardian.
On 60 Minutes, he once said:
I cannot and do not look at the social consequences of what I do...I don’t feel guilty because I am engaged in an amoral activity which is not meant to have anything to do with guilt, 

-RW

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Top Ten Cities for Sales of "The Fed Flunks"

According to Nielsen Bookscan, these are the Top Ten cities ranked according to sales of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

1. New York, NY

2. Chicago, IL

3.  SF-Okland-San Jose

4. Sacramento-Stockton, CA

5. Washington, DC

6. Atlanta, GA

7. Seattle-Tacoma, WA

8. Houston, TX

9. Denver, CO

10. Boston, MA

NYT: Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

By David D. Kirkpatrick

BAGHDAD — The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.

“We know about who made Daesh,” said Bahaa al-Araji, a deputy prime minister, using an Arabic shorthand for the Islamic State on Saturday at a demonstration called by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr to warn against the possible deployment of American ground troops. Mr. Sadr publicly blamed the C.I.A. for creating the Islamic State in a speech last week, and interviews suggested that most of the few thousand people at the demonstration, including dozens of members of Parliament, subscribed to the same theory. (Mr. Sadr is considered close to Iran, and the theory is popular there as well.)

When an American journalist asked Mr. Araji to clarify if he blamed the C.I.A. for the Islamic State, he retreated: “I don’t know. I am one of the poor people,” he said, speaking fluent English and quickly stepping back toward the open door of a chauffeur-driven SUV. “But we fear very much. Thank you!”

The prevalence of the theory in the streets underscored the deep suspicions of the American military’s return to Iraq more than a decade after its invasion, in 2003. The casual endorsement by a senior official, though, was also a pointed reminder that the new Iraqi government may be an awkward partner for the American-led campaign to drive out the extremists.

Read the rest here.

Who Would Rand Pardon From Ron Paul Inc. If He Becomes President?

Curtis Morrison, of the Louisville Courant, asks the BIG question:

Read Morrison's analysis here. (Includes an updated quote from Rand on pardons.)