Quote of the day—Brandon Smith

What we are witnessing right now is the final phase of a collapse scenario that was more than a decade in the making, and Biden is about to help finish the job.

Biden will no doubt seek to hyperinflate the dollar in the name of offsetting the losses and keep things afloat for a short time, but the real agenda will be to trigger price spikes in goods as well as eventually killing the dollar altogether. No amount of stimulus will stop the crash that has already been set in motion; the bailout measures from this point on are Kabuki theater, a show put on for the masses to make us believe that the government and the banks “did everything they could” to save us. The elites have no intention of stalling or stopping the collapse; their “great reset” demands it.

One’s initial assumption would be that Biden would then take the blame for the economic crisis, but it appears that the establishment is going to set up a Herbert Hoover narrative and lay all the blame squarely on Trump and conservatives. In the past I have noted that Trump’s trajectory was very similar to Herbert Hoover’s, in that he was a business mogul and Republican that pushed for corporate tax cut policies and also extensive tariff’s.

Brandon Smith
January 20, 2021
Biden’s Presidency Will Be A Catalyst For Secession – And Perhaps Civil War
[I’ve been listening to the book When Money Dies: The Nightmare Of The Weimar Hyper Inflation. There are a bunch of takeaways which I think are relevant to our current situation. The ones I have taken note of so far include:

  • The government was, in a sense, without options because of increasing obligations which they could not pay for. The option of defaulting was “too terrible to confront” and they could avoid the confrontation in the short term by printing more money. Our situation more than parallels theirs.
  • The volume of paper became so large people carried their money in baskets and wheelbarrows. People would have their baskets and wheelbarrows stolen and the thieves would leave the money behind.
  • Things moved quickly. A cup of coffee was priced at 5,000 Marks when you sat
    down on the table but was 8,000 Marks after you drank it and went to pay for
  • One of the things that slowed the increase in the currency supply was the physical creation of the paper bills*. Our digital money will not have these restrictions on the rate of increase.
  • Some people did well in this environment. Among these were people in businesses where their costs were upfront and product sales were much later.
  • People in union jobs with effective striking power producing essential goods were able to avoid the worst of the situation.
  • People in the services industries, include doctors, lawyers, etc. did poorly.
  • People in government jobs and on pensions were the worst hit. They had nothing to barter with and no effective ability to go on strike.
  • Certain areas (I’m thinking these were something like an equivalent of our counties) issued their own currencies with exchange rates based on a quantity of grain or fuel.
  • The masses of the people, including well respected economists, did not understand why it was happening. They needed someone or something to blame. Jews became the “winners” in the scapegoat Olympics.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

* The capacity of the infrastructure for producing and distributing the currency was exceeded. With the denomination of the bills increasing at an exponential rate even the limits on things like the speed of the design of the bills was exceeded. The ability to produce and delivery the paper to the printers, get it through the printing presses, and distribute it to the banks exceeded the truck transportation capacity.

Quote of the day—John

The main idea of MMT is that since government creates money there are exactly no limits to how much money government can create.  Back when money was backed by gold (say, with one ounce of gold being worth $20) there was a physical limit – by definition you couldn’t have more $20 gold coins than you had ounces of gold.  MMT says, “Hey, since Nixon took the world off of the gold standard, we’ve been making up this money stuff anyway.  So let’s go all in.”  This is not exactly like a drunken 21 year old with Mom and Dad’s credit card in Las Vegas.  Not exactly.  The credit card has a credit limit.

January 20, 2021

The Post That Gave The World Bikini Economics: Why MMT Is A Bad Idea.
[It would appear that the U.S. is in the process of testing MMT.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Pam Keith, Esq. @PamKeithFL

One of Biden’s first Executive Orders should be to prohibit the airing of FoxNews, Newsmax or OANN in any federally owned property or any military unit or installation, and to remove it from any cable plans that are offered in government owned business or housing complexes.

Pam Keith, Esq. @PamKeithFL
Tweeted on January 19, 2021
[This is not some random deranged person. From her Twitter profile:

DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FL 18th Cong. District, former US Navy JAG, litigator & expert on workplace law. BC Law School Grad.

This is a lawyer and Democrat nominee for congress openly advocating that the U.S. government suppress opposing political opinion.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Southern states are not Red States. They are suppressed states. Which means the only way we are going to heal is through the actual liberation of southern states, the actual liberation of the poor, the actual liberation of working people, from economic, social, and racial oppression.

That’s the only way.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
January 13, 2021
[It appears she mistakes (giving her the benefit of doubt as to being stupid rather than evil) seeing people is a state of relative freedom as having that freedom forced upon them rather than having the comfort of a nanny state. And hence, they need to be liberated from that freedom.

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four was supposed to be a warning about an impending dystopia instead of an instruction manual:

War is Peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength

I would like to suggest AOC work on liberating her own New York City from such things as the oppressive laws against gun ownership, the size of soft drinks, rent control, and the terrible tax rates.

But that won’t happen. What we view as “features” she sees as “bugs”. There is no common ground between such people.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Ellen Meister @EllenMeister

Every Republican now calling for unity is like the abusive husband who beats the shit out of his wife for 4 years, and then, when he’s finally arrested, says, “Baby, if you don’t press charges we can make this work.”

Ellen Meister @EllenMeister
Tweeted on January 9, 2021
[And this, my psychology students, is called “Projection”.

It has been the Democrats who I have been hearing calling for unity.

These people are evil, incredibly ignorant, and/or have severe mental issues.

The Democrats abuse of President Trump over the last four years, and now Republicans in general has been absolutely legendary. And now they want “unity” as they ban dissent, cause Trump supporters to get fired, and deplatform websites that allow the allow free speech?

Good luck with that guys. You’re going to need it.

One measurement of how unified they have made our country are the 10s of thousands of troops in D.C. we have for the inauguration.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Tony Perkins

This is not just an attack on free speech. This is an attack on an entire movement of people with the intent of driving them underground—keeping them from getting jobs, having legal representation, and even cutting them off from legitimate financial transactions.

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
The Conservative Purge Is Only Just Beginning
January 12, 2021
[See also Big Tech declares war: ‘Woke capitalism instead of freedom’ and Why Conservatives Are Being Blacklisted.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Michal Kosinsk

Ubiquitous facial recognition technology can expose individuals’ political orientation, as faces of liberals and conservatives consistently differ. A facial recognition algorithm was applied to naturalistic images of 1,085,795 individuals to predict their political orientation by comparing their similarity to faces of liberal and conservative others. Political orientation was correctly classified in 72% of liberal–conservative face pairs, remarkably better than chance (50%), human accuracy (55%), or one afforded by a 100-item personality questionnaire (66%).

Michal Kosinsk
January 11, 2021
Facial recognition technology can expose political orientation from naturalistic facial images
[Via Stanford Scientist Can Tell If You’re A Liberal Just By Looking At Your Face

I have often thought I could tell the difference between gun people and anti-gun people just by looking pictures of them. Self defense instructor Greg Hamilton believes, and teaches, something similar.

The research paper cited above is saying that such a thing is possible.

Now just imagine what big tech/government could do with this technology.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Goodreads

Darkness at Noon stands as an unequaled fictional portrayal of the nightmare politics of our time. Its hero is an aging revolutionary, imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the Party to which he has dedicated his life. As the pressure to confess preposterous crimes increases, he relives a career that embodies the terrible ironies and human betrayals of a totalitarian movement masking itself as an instrument of deliverance. Almost unbearably vivid in its depiction of one man’s solitary agony, it asks questions about ends and means that have relevance not only for the past but for the perilous present. It is —- as the Times Literary Supplement has declared —- “A remarkable book, a grimly fascinating interpretation of the logic of the Russian Revolution, indeed of all revolutionary dictatorships, and at the same time a tense and subtly intellectualized drama.”

Darkness at Noon
[I finished listening to this book last Saturday. It was haunting.

If you think Gulag Archipelago, Nineteen Eighty Four, and Animal Farm have something important to say you will find Darkness at Noon at or near the top of that list in the same genre.

It’s a novel, first published in 1940, but it was based on interviews with numerous real people within the USSR during the 1920s and 1930s. The main character is a composite of several real people.

There were a couple of things which really jarred me. One was there was a time, early on during the purges, that political criminals were arrested and sent to prisons which were more like resorts of beautiful gardens and lawns where they could be counseled about their errors of their ways. These “prisons’ had better living conditions than the environments most of prisoners came from. This reminded me of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler thinking that if he just talked to the rioters they would see the error of their ways, and the similar beliefs of the people behind the “defund the police” movement. Apparently the socialist mind cannot, at least initially, comprehend that people could be opposed to implementing the socialist utopia. The alternative is for me to believe the people of today, instead of independently arriving at the same mindset, have a playbook/script they are following and haven’t read the complete book yet to see how it’s really done.

The other thing that really stuck with me was how they got confessions. The confessions came from interrogations which lasted several days or even a month. The prisoner was confronted with evidence that was mostly true but the interpretation was twisted in some way that perhaps didn’t matter all that much in the present context. After sleep deprivation and hours of grilling the prisoner would sign the confession of the slightly twisted interpretation. Then a new piece of evidence would be presented. Again it would be twisted in the same direction as the previous evidence the prisoner had already signed off on. Eventually they would sign off on that one too. The process would continue like this until a complete narrative leading to the conclusion that the prisoner was such of a mindset that it was obvious they could not have had any other motive than the assassination of “Number 1” when they briefly spoke to the cook at the café where “Number 1” was to get his food a week later.

And, of course, as I have pointed out before, the every tightening of the purity tests that made a loyal, decorated, party member on one day into a saboteur the next week.

Today in our country, the mindset of the political left is racing down the same path as Russia of just over 100 years ago. They may believe they are “progressives” leading the world to new utopia, but that belief and mindset is a regression to that of the turn of the 20th century on a different continent. And, again, the destination is not utopia. It is dystopian nightmare of terror.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Jason

By allowing incremental transgressions to go unchecked for centuries, the government has grown exponentially. We have had generations of deliberate and incremental miseducation that has created a positive feedback loop. The people literally do have the power to fix it but lack the knowledge and will to do so. I honestly see no way out unless a massive movement of grass roots education on the principals of liberty, virtue and limited government were to rise, which would be nothing short of a miracle. If and when it all collapses, I have zero confidence in anything good rising from the ashes.

January 14, 2021
Comment to Ghosts of the Constitution, past, present, and future
[I’m an optimist.

I think there is a slight chance something good could rise from the ashes.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Curtis Yarvin

Also, there was a tiny bit of violence. Tell me again about how much you hate violence. Neighbor, after 2020, I am all ears on that one.

Curtis Yarvin
January 8, 2021
The great coup of 2021
[It’s a bit long but I thought he did a good job of summarizing the different sides of the situation with a good bit of psychology.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Chet

Down through history there has been a number of financial mass hysteria periods as well as political mass hysteria periods. And now we a living through another one.

It did not appear out of the blue. It’s been building over the last four years and even earlier. The warning signs have been around for some time with smaller manias including SJW, Orange Man Bad, Me Too, White Privilege, BLM, the 1619 project and, of course, Guns are Evil – all taking hold and gaining acceptance.

Now we’re canceled! And many on our side are rushing towards the non-existent exits. The questions I have are how deep and wide will this one be? Is there anything that can pop this mass mania that has even a moderate chance of success?

As it became clear that Biden was going to take office, I thought about my guns, taxes, and policies that I object to. I’m now concerned that it is going to be far worse.

Comment to Quote of the day—Rick Klein
[I’m reminded of a show I used to watch, La Femme Nikita. In the show “canceled” was an euphuism for assassinated or executed.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Jim Francis

In the past, the rules were that ex-Presidents didn’t trash-talk current Presidents. Obama set a new precedent. If you think Trump is going to sit quiet while Biden/Harris turn the nation into Venezuela, I suggest that you seek therapy.

Jim Francis
Comment on Facebook January 8, 2021
[See also yesterday’s QOTD.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Tucker Carlson

Listen to us”, scream the population.

“Shut up and do what you’re told”, reply their leaders.

In the face of dissent the first instinct of illegitimate leadership is to crack down on the population. But crackdowns never make it better.

Instead they always make the country more volatile and more dangerous.

The people in charge rarely understand that. They don’t want to. They don’t care to learn or listen because all this conversation is a referendum on them and their leadership.

So they clamp down harder. “Obey I tell you! Obey!

This is the Romanov program. It ends badly. Every. Single. Time. But that doesn’t mean they wont’ try it again. Of course they will. Because it’s their nature. It’s how we got here in the first place.

Millions of Americans sincerely believe the last election was fake. You can dismiss them as crazy. You can call them conspiracy theorists. You can kick them off Twitter.

But that won’t change their minds.

Rather than trying to change their minds, to convince them and reassure them the system is real, that democracy works, as you would do if you cared about the country or the people who live here, our new leaders will try to silence them. What happened today will be used by the people taking power to justify stripping you of the rights you were born with as an American. Your right to speak without being censored. Your right to assemble. To not be spied upon. To make a living. To defend your family, most critically. These are the most basic and ancient freedoms that we have.

When thousands of your countrymen storm the capital building you don’t have to like it. We don’t. You can be horrified by the violence, as we said and we’ll say it again, we are horrified. It’s wrong. But if you don’t bother to pause and learn a single thing from it. From your citizens storming your capital building? Then you’re a fool.

You lack wisdom and you lack self-awareness. You have no place running a country.

We got to this sad chaotic day for a reason. It is not your fault. It is their fault.

Tucker Calson
January 6, 2021
Tucker: Our only option is to fix what’s causing this.

[You could nitpick a few things but overall he did a good job of describing the current situation and matching what I think the near future will bring.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Kamala Harris

This is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not gonna stop. And everyone beware because they’re not gonna stop. They’re not gonna stop before Election Day and they’re not going to stop after Election Day. And everyone should take note of that. They’re not gonna let up and they should not. And we should not.

Kamala Harris
June 18, 2020
[This was in regard to the “mostly peaceful, but fiery” riots that caused over a billion dollars in property losses and dozens of deaths.

I find it very telling that instead of calling for her resignation from the Senate for this support of violence the political left made her the Vice President (elect) of  the United States.

Violence by the masses is the political currency of the left and they jealously guard their ownership of it.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Casey Newton

Yesterday, I wrote about the sense that the fracture in our shared sense of reality seems to be accelerating. I asked whether platforms ought to take it as a moral responsibility to reverse that divide — and, if so, how. Today, I advocate for one smaller but still difficult and essential step in that direction.

It’s time for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to remove Trump.

Casey Newton
January 6, 2021
[Note: I original scheduled this for next Tuesday as I had some other content I thought was of higher priority. Things are obviously happening much faster than I expected.


That is so totally ignorant of human, and particularly U.S., psychology that it is hilariously funny.

Deplatforming is a relatively easy obstacle to overcome by someone with Trump’s stature. Even if every platform in the country succumbed to the rage mob he could rent a server, in a different country if necessary, and start his own blog. Individuals will post his material on Facebook and other sites with minor obfuscation to defeat the attempts at automated blockage.

If they block his site at the border encrypted VPN’s will bring his material in. Make it a crime to distribute his material and it will be distributed in a way that makes it attributable to tyrannical politicians.

It will be a fun game! I almost look forward to it.

The attempt at blocking him will make him all the more widely read. And all the time he will be mocking those who tried to silence him.

And that gives Newton a pass, assuming they actually believed what they wrote, on the stupidity of believing an attempt at silencing someone admired by millions is going to bring unity and tranquility. Trump is popular because he expresses a view shared by those millions. It seems the political left believes he created mindless followers. It’s probably more correct to say the masses created Trump.

As Michael Malice said the other day, “They thought Trump was the river but he was the dam.”:

I am of the opinion that if your goal is freedom then having your political enemies rapidly becoming tyrants furthers your long term goal more than hurts it.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Rick Klein

Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part. Cleansing the movement he commands is going to be something else.

Rick Klein
Political Director @ABC
Tweeted on January 7, 2021 then deletedRickKlien
[Via email from Drew who also asks:

Now, do you think the cleansing will happen before or after the common sense gun safety buyback registration law is passed?

I really don’t know the answer to that question. But at this time it appears the political left is a little too eager.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Jaime Huffman

If the game is rigged you don’t play. You flip the table.

Jaime Huffman
January 6, 2020
[This was during a call last night. The entire point of the call was to discuss yesterday’s activities in the U.S. Capital building. She also quoted John F. Kennedy as being particularly relevant in the current context.

This post, from almost exactly six years ago, is quite relevant as well.

After the people made it inside the capital I didn’t expect them to leave without reducing this country’s’ population of communists in positions of power by a significant number. That certainly would have made the voting on the certain issues a lot more “interesting” in the next few days.

Day before yesterday Mike B. sent me this link and asked me for predictions about what would happen at the capital. Here was my response:

  1. Something less complicated than his worst case scenario through the maze of dark and twisty legal passages.
  2. Something more complicated than nearly all other presidential elections.
  3. Perhaps not tomorrow, but by January 20 Biden looks like the winner.
  4. The history books will make a special note of this election.

All vague and mostly difficult to falsify but I, and pretty much everyone else, certainly missed the noteworthy directional twist events took.

We live in interesting times.—Joe]

Quote of the day—A. S. Haley

Did you follow that? At the very least, you can see that the joint resolution adopted by the 117th Congress did not include the requirement of the statute that objections to any given slate of electors be made in writing, nor did it include the time limitations on debate over any given objection. And if you understood the remainder of the statute, you qualify for an advanced degree in statutory construction. But if you didn’t, join the innumerable ranks of legal scholars who have disagreed over the meaning and application of these provisions.

A. S. Haley
January 5, 2020
The Coming Donnybrook of January 6 (Part III)
[Via email from Mike B.

The post describes the maze of dark and twisty legal passages through which our U.S. representatives and Senators are going to traverse today.

It will be a day for the history books.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Ric Grenell

The Democrats have moved from there’s not any fraud, to there’s not widespread [fraud], and now their new mantra is there is ‘not enough fraud to overturn’ the election.

Everybody knows this election was full of fraud.

Ric Grenell
Former Director of National Intelligence
January 2, 2020
Trump in ‘Good Position’ for Electoral Vote Showdown: Grennell
[This is going to be a historic month.—Joe]