Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Re: Western Disaster - Syria: Russia Launches Air Strikes to Back Ally Assad - Bloomberg Business

Yes.
Game Changer!
Give the middle east to Russia.
Kerry needs to focus on closing the Mexican Border or Trump will send Millions of Mexicans home.
Let Russia get bogged down in the Middle East while USA pays for American needs that needs attention.
Bush wars to inflate the price of oil failed, finally, as oil and commodity global deflation gets worse.
Need to tax the rich 1% and give to the poor 99% to get inflation and interest rates higher in the USA.
Do not allow any $ to get out of the USA.
Remove all $ money from banks.
Put in Post Office accounts, and credit unions that do not have derivatives or any foreign operations.
If Germans need money let them use Euros, etc.
Mexicans can use Pesos, etc.
I suspect US$ have been financing ISIS, terrorists, drugs, guns, and other nefarious actors around the world.
Keep that money at home in the hands of the poor 99%


> On Sep 30, 2015, at 5:05 PM, Lothar wrote:
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> It is a real nightmare for the victims of the western war-campaign !
> The Western GANG, Empire with her Vassals and its agenda of NWO, Regime-Change....
> [Colored Revolutions/Arab-Spring/Coup d ètat....goal...One-World-Tyranny/Enslavement/Prison-Planet]
> ....setting fires and preventing the legitimate 'Owner' not to be able to put out the flames,
> in order to disown, for purpose of STEALING, to brutally conquer.
> The owners friends are held back, so the gang can finish off their victim.
> NOT SO FAST ! A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN !
> A friend has arrived, who is also defending himself against this gang, told the UN
> that the only trusted 'fire brigade' [the owners friend] has arrived, to kick-out all the
> PHONY fire-fighters setting more fires.
> Let's hope the owner with his long-time-friend can extinguish the fires and restore
> normalcy, without the gang succeeding in their evil scheme !
> We have seen where the gang succeeded....in Iraq and Libya. Nothing but misery,
> murder and chaos. Ask the refugees streaming into Europe !
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>>> Subject: Syria: Russia Launches Air Strikes to Back Ally Assad - Bloomberg Business
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>>> Henry MeyerStepan Kravchenko Nicole Gaouette
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>>> SURPRISE- Russia Deploys Military to Support Syria
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>>> • Russian warplanes hit Islamic State targets, ministry says
>>> • Lavrov calls for coordination against Islamic State at UN
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>>> Russia is deploying armed forces in the Middle East for the first time in more than three decades after launching air strikes to defend Syria, beleaguered ally government, of President Bashar al-Assad.
>>> Russia carried out its first air attacks against "Islamic State targets" [TERRORISTS] in Syria, hitting [U.S.] arms and ammunition stores and transport and communication equipment, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said by phone. Syrian state-run TV cited an unnamed military source as saying Russian jets struck several "Islamic State targets" in Syria's central Homs and Hama provinces. U.S. and French officials questioned whether Russia hadn't instead targeted "other opposition groups" [US supported rebels/terrorists] fighting Assad. (OF COURSE, Russians are not stupid)

>>> It's the second time in as many years that Putin has sought and gained approval to use force abroad as he seeks to carve out a bigger role in global affairs. While his actions in Ukraine last year drew western condemnation, he pushed for a wider alliance to counter Islamic State during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama this week


>>> Strikes will target "Islamic State", including several thousand Russians fighting for 'that militant group' who could be a threat if they returned to their homeland, he said.

>>> Increased Pressure

>>> Russia's military involvement "helps increase pressure on the U.S. Empire and her European Vassals to accept that the new parameters of a political settlement in sovereign Syria must include the legitimate Assad Government at the helm of power [no railroading Syria] and that the settlement will be defined by Russia,"

>>> U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Syria by phone on Wednesday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who later called for coordination in the fight against Islamic State and presented a resolution at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fwd: Medical Xpress: Chemical exposure linked to rising diabetes, obesity risk

I agree. I drink coffee, tea, and water from the lake. Reducing milk and fruit juice to nil. Also avoid touching modern cash register receipts that use gender-bender chemicals nowadays. The old fashioned noisy dot matrix ink printers were safer. Best to grow your own food. In Aldi and ethnic grocery stores pick whole foods, produce, nuts, single-ingredient etc. Not processed foods with multiple ingredients. Cheap Robusta Vietnam coffee has less chemicals that expensive Arabica. Tea needs less chemicals but does have natural fluoride, a neurotoxin. Artificial Chemicals the big hazard.

Robusta beans yield a harsher, bitter tasting cup with significantly more caffeine. Robusta is used by some coffee producers because the plants, being hardier and easier to grow and harvest produce a cheaper, though less desirable bean. Robusta is more disease and insect resistant than Arabica because Robusta plants produce as much as three times the amount of caffeine as Arabica plants. The extra caffeine helps protect the Robusta coffee plants from pests because caffeine is a powerful insecticide and anti-microbial agent. So the choice to use Robusta is driven by economic decisions, not by quality concerns.

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> From: "John
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> http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2015-09-chemical-exposure-linked-diabetes-obesity.html
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> Chemical exposure linked to rising diabetes, obesity risk
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> September 28, 2015
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> Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society - diabetes and obesity, according to the executive summary of an upcoming Scientific Statement issued today by the Endocrine Society.
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> The statement's release comes as Society experts are addressing a global meeting, the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), in Geneva, Switzerland, on the importance of using scientific approaches to limit health risks of EDC exposure.
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> The statement builds upon the Society's groundbreaking 2009 report, which examined the state of scientific evidence on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and the risks posed to human health. In the ensuing years, additional research has found that exposure is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes and obesity. Mounting evidence also indicates EDC exposure is connected to infertility, hormone-related cancers, neurological issues and other disorders.
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> EDCs contribute to health problems by mimicking, blocking or otherwise interfering with the body's natural hormones. By hijacking the body's chemical messengers, EDCs can alter the way cells develop and grow.
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> Known EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA) found in food can linings and cash register receipts, phthalates found in plastics and cosmetics, flame retardants and pesticides. The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more. An economic analysis published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in March estimated that EDC exposure likely costs the European Union €157 billion ($209 billion) a year in actualhealth care expenses and lost earning potential.
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> "The evidence is more definitive than ever before - EDCs disrupt hormones in a manner that harms human health," said Andrea C. Gore, Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the task force that developed the statement. "Hundreds of studies are pointing to the same conclusion, whether they are long-term epidemiological studies in human, basic research in animals and cells, or research into groups of people with known occupational exposure to specific chemicals."
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> The threat is particularly great when unborn children are exposed to EDCs. Animal studies found that exposure to even tiny amounts of EDCs during the prenatal period can trigger obesity later in life. Similarly, animal studies found that some EDCs directly target beta and alpha cells in the pancreas, fat cells, and liver cells. This can lead to insulin resistance and an overabundance of the hormone insulin in the body - risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
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> Epidemiological studies of EDC exposure in humans also point to an association with obesity and diabetes, although the research design did not allow scientists to determine causality. The research offers insights into factors driving the rising rates of obesity and diabetes. About 35 percent of American adults are obese, and more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Society's Endocrine Facts and Figures report.
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> The Scientific Statement also examines evidence linking EDCs to reproductive health problems, hormone-related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer, prostate conditions, thyroid disorders and neurodevelopmental issues. Although many of these conditions were linked to EDCs by earlier research, the number of corroborating studies continues to mount.
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> "It is clear we need to take action to minimize further exposure," Gore said. "With more chemicals being introduced into the marketplace all the time, better safety testing is needed to identify new EDCs and ensure they are kept out of household goods."
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> In the statement, the Society calls for:
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> Additional research to more directly infer cause-and-effect relationships between EDC exposure and health conditions.Regulation to ensure that chemicals are tested for endocrine activity, including at low doses, prior to being permitted for use.Calling upon "green chemists" and other industrial partners to create products that test for and eliminate potential EDCs.Education for the public and policymakers on ways to keep EDCs out of food, water and the air, as well as ways to protect unborn children from exposure.
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> The statement also addresses the need to recognize EDCs as an international problem. Society members are currently meeting in Geneva for the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4). Attending members, including Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Liège in Belgium, emphasize key principles of endocrinology that are confirmed by recent research need to be taken into account when developing policies for identifying and regulating endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
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> "Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals during early development can have long-lasting, even permanent consequences," said Bourguignon. "The science is clear and it's time for policymakers to take this wealth of evidence into account as they develop legislation."
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> More information: "Executive Summary to EDC-2: The Endocrine Society's Second Scientific Statement on Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals," was published online in Endocrine Reviews, a journal of the Endocrine Society, atpress.endocrine.org/doi/10.1210/er.2015-1093
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> Provided by: The Endocrine Society
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$$ Gay Republican Hastert RFID coins currency

Record serial numbers of all bills used in every transaction.   Gay Republicans should not be able to hide their sins by using paper money.  RFID for all coins.  The economy could work ok with $1 coins and $20 coins and the occasional check and their bank's online payment system.  

What did Individual A do with the $1.7 million Hastert allegedly gave him before investigators caught on?  And agreement for Hastert to pay a total of $3.5 million, a lot of money even for a lobbyist

Monday, September 28, 2015

Life imitates Art? Dystopian Novel Atwood

Dark novels for a population facing a dark future. Its what people are thinking about so it sells well. Life imitates art. Art reflects life. "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life":

http://www.amazon.com/The-Heart-Goes-Last-Random/dp/0804194912

In a grim near-future, unemployment rates are at an all-time high, and morale is at a fearsome low in this "rust-bucket" landscape. Charmaine and Stan are living in their car, trying to ward of the roving bands of criminals and solitary vandals, not to mention the mosquitos! Charmaine once had a solid job as a hospitality coordinator at the Ruby Slippers Retirement chain, and Stan worked in quality control at Dimple Robotics. But, the bottom has fallen out on the economy, and Stan has lost his job; Charmaine makes a bare income at a bar called PixelDust. Moreover, the once-happy couple are growing distant from one another.

There's a way out of this poverty. The think-tankers have begun a program to banish hardship and crime--if you can be accepted into their Positron Project. They offer housing in a place not dissimilar to a "Pleasantville" type of dwelling/neighborhood. You live in their adult doll houses every other month, and on alternate months you stay in the "Positron" prison, which is supposed to be an upbeat, self-sustaining place free of violent criminals. Everyone has a job on the inside and the outside in the twin town of Consilience/Positron, and the promise of safety is more or less guaranteed. Stan and Charmaine decide to go ahead with it, even though Stan's brother, Conor, a rogue outsider, warns them against getting involved.

Stan scores a job inside the prison supervising the Positron chicken farm, and Charmaine's duties are top-secret as the Medical Administrator. (Sometimes she is referred to as Medication Administrator, which would be better if corrected before the published edition.) On rotating months, while living in the house that they alternate with another couple, Stan is a scooter mechanic (nobody has cars anymore--they ride around on scooters) and Charmaine works at a bakery. The only cars you see are the black, looming, ominous Surveillance cars that patrol the area.

So, this is the set-up. But, as Atwood fans know all too well, there's a sinister gravity beneath the shiny new lifestyle. As a reader, I was reminded of the illusion of unanimity inherent in groupthink, such as explored in Orwell's 1984 Underneath the townspeople's smiles, gratitude, and sense of security lurks a barely suppressed disquiet, which ineluctably leads to some acting out. I could almost taste the barely contained insurrection, and the dangers to come.

In typical Atwood fashion--maybe a little too predictable--the illusions are gradually peeled away, and our two protagonists are surrounded by peril. If you are new to Atwood, perhaps the book will be full of surprises, but if you are a veteran of her work, you can anticipate some of her recycled tropes. Also, the last 100 or so pages plunged into Vegas kitsch, which created a different timbre. The dark menace morphed into a gaudy one, and, for me, dampened the elemental dread. Fortunately, through her precision writing, pulsing pace, and progressive plot, the suspense prevails, but I was less invested in the foreseeable outcome.


Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin.

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around—and fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes.

At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

"Thrilling, sometimes comic, often absurd and entirely engaging, spinning sins into the territory of Elvis-themed escorts, stuffed-animal carnality and customizable sexbots … What keeps The Heart Goes Last fresh, as with the rest of Atwood's recent work, is that while it revisits earlier themes of her oeuvre, it never replicates. Rather, it reads like an exploration continued, with new surprises, both narratively and thematically, to be discovered … Margaret Atwood has become something nearly as fantastical as one of her storytelling subjects: a living legend who continues to remain fresh and innovative on the page."
—Mat Johnson, New York Times Book Review

"At first a classic Atwood dystopia, rationally imagined and developed, [The Heart Goes Last] relaxes suddenly into a kind of surrealist adventure. The satirical impulse foregrounds itself. Narrative drive ramps up … Atwood allows her sense of the absurd its full elbow room; her cheerfully caustic contempt–bestowed even-handedly on contemporary economics, retro culture, and the social and neurological determination of identity–goes unrestrained … Jubilant comedy of errors, bizarre bedroom farce, SF prison-break thriller, psychedelic 60s crime caper: The Heart Goes Last scampers in and out of all of these genres, pausing only to quote Milton on the loss of Eden or Shakespeare on weddings. Meanwhile, it performs a hard-eyed autopsy on themes of impersonation and self-impersonation, revealing so many layers of contemporary deception and self-deception that we don't know whether to laugh or cry."
—The Guardian

"[The Heart Goes Last] opens with an evocation of sub-prime poverty so hopeless, so crushing, and yet so engrossing that within 10 pages you don't know whether to weep or applaud … You never lose the eerie feeling that each feature of this world could rematerialise in our own. It's what makes her fiction the opposite of the escapism of the geek genres. It's the lack of an escape route that shapes the predicaments of Atwood's characters. That and an imagination without equal."
—London Evening Standard

"Ever-inventive, astutely observant, and drolly ironic, Atwood unfurls a riotous plot of corporate rule, erotic mayhem, sexbots, brain-washing, murder, and Elvis and Marilyn impersonators. Her bristling characters range from right-on caricatures to unpredictably complicated individuals, especially the unnerving Charmaine. Atwood's ribald carnival of crazy deftly examines fear and the temptation to trade the confusion of choice and freedom for security, whatever the cost. This laser-sharp, hilariously campy, and swiftly flowing satire delves deeply into our desires, vices, biases, and contradictions, bringing fresh, incisive comedy to the rising tide of postapocalyptic fiction in which Atwood has long been a clarion voice."
—Booklist, starred review


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and her most recent, MaddAddam.She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

If Positron Episode Three was a placeholder, Episode Four is a rollercoaster, hurtling the reader towards the climax of this dystopian satire. Stan has made contact with the underground, both inside and outside Positron, as friendly a bunch of working stiffs as you'll ever meet and Charmaine is trying out her twin roles of grieving widow and coerced murderess. Along the way we are introduced to sexbots and finally learn why the ladies are knitting those endless, sweet, blue bears. Atwood riffs a bit in this section on the tried and true parody that is gender politics and the reader does wonder a bit what market there is for these fancy toys in the economic Armageddon Atwood described in the previous installments, but Atwood fiddling is better than most writing full bore so I'm willing to believe that all of these disparate elements can fit together.

In Episode Four, Atwood's themes become most apparent. Atwood is obsessed not only with mortal evil, but with venal evil and delineating just where to draw the line when little evil transforms into big evil. Is it cumulative? Repetitive? Is it the existence of both the mortal and the venal that undoes us as individuals and as a species? Our willingness to overlook the venal or our unwillingness to look closely at our own harmless pleasures and little vices? All great questions and Atwood doesn't provide easy answers or very hopeful ones. No sweeping redemption here, but there is the everyday grace of personal revelation and forgiveness hidden in the story like change in a couch cushion. Gracenotes of compassion in a sea of bile.

At points in the work entire so far, I felt that Atwood was treading her familiar grounds and themes in ways that didn't always make sense in terms of the world building (take one part consumer catastrophe and mix with with one part late capitalist greed and excess, add a dash of gender division at levels both political and personal and blend well with a dash of zany impossibilities) but I love Atwood's obsessions even when she is mixing up a pork cake. Atwood may not have much hope for us as a whole, but she still cares passionately and her dissection of the parts of our nature we ignore to our peril is keen to say the very least. I'll be buying all of the remaining installments as soon as they're released.

1and1 huge data center in Lenexa Kansas

Google Fiber is in Kansas City 
1und1.de is on the Kansas side that I may use for my new secure internet company.
Kansas City is in both Missouri and Kansas.
Good short interview video:

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2007 article:

1&1 Internet, Inc., the world's largest Web-hosting company this week announced the operation of its new Lenexa, Kansas data center, which will house dedicated servers and Virtual Private Servers (VPS) for the German hosting giant.

The data center is the second in the US for 1&1, which has an existing facility in Philadelphia. The company said the Lenexa Data Center's central location in the U.S. will provide low latency connections from all points in North America. The new data center makes it possible for the company to unveil its new dedicated and VPS line and grow past its current 38,000 global servers. "Since 1&1 sold out servers in October 2006, this new line of servers is a welcome and much requested addition," said Andreas Gauger, Chairman of 1&1 Internet.

"While the dedicated servers continue to be ideal for the professional that wants exclusive control and maximum power, the VPS solutions will appeal to those who seek greater control than with a regular hosting plan and need the flexibility of a root server to install their own security and software," said Gauger. "In this regard, our new range of VPS is filling the gap between the full power of a dedicated server and the 1&1 shared hosting plans."

1&1 Internet Inc. is a subsidiary of United Internet, a profitable public company with 6,000 employees and a market cap of $4 billion. 1&1 was established in 1992 and hosts more than 7 million domain names, while more than 38,000 servers run on the company's five state-of-the-art data centers. 1&1's global community is over 6 million customer contracts strong. The company's U.S. headquarters is located in Chesterbrook, PA.

The US Data Center: Lenexa, KS
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• 55,000 square feet- 5 server rooms provide space for 40,000 servers
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• Superior energy capabilities of Kansas make it ideally suited to host data intensive operations
• Additional steel-reinforced walls, fire protection via the combination of an early detection system + FE-25 system + double-interlock pre-action sprinkler system, backbone routers from two different vendors, redundant cooling systems and redundant UPS systems in addition to diesel generators ensure top-of-the-line security so that our servers will continue to operate regardless of external conditions.
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• Mechanical Room:
3 mechanical rooms supplied by 3 outside industrial chiller plants guarantee a continuous flow of chilled water to the server rooms where it is used by the Computer Room Air Conditioning Systems (CRACs) to provide cold air to the servers. This is a 2+1 redundancy system, i.e. two of these three rooms are sufficient to cool the data center, so an outage of one chiller plant is without effects.
• Electrical Room:
5 electrical rooms supply power to the 5 server rooms in the data center. These electrical rooms contain the battery supported Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) to keep the servers running during an utility outage. In such a case the Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) in each of these rooms start the generators which will then feed the UPS and cooling systems with power until the utility supply gets established again.
• Storage Room/Loading Dock
New equipment can be brought in quickly and efficiently and stored safely.
• Testing Lab
In this room, equipment can be tested to ensure proper long-term operation.
• Server Rooms 
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ozark Missouri Criminals

My father hitch-hiked a ride with Pretty Boy Floyd who was driving a fancy convertible.    Some of my family may have known about Bonnie and Clyde when they hid out in Joplin Missouri.  They were sure to have me see the movie.

I am under the impression that there has been a lot of Mafia and famous criminals around here.  Hideouts in the Ozarks.  Good highways to Chicago.   Hard to get good information on hideouts because criminals don't want you to know.  Al Capone hid out south of here.  


Public enemy is a term which was first widely used in the United States in the 1930s to describe individuals whose activities were seen as criminal and extremely damaging to society, though the phrase had been used for centuries to describe pirates and similar outlaws.    The phrase originated in Roman times as the Latin hostis publicus ("enemy of the people").  The modern use of the term was first popularized in April 1930 by the chairman of the Chicago Crime Commission, in an attempt to publicly denounce Al Capone and other organized crime gangsters.  All of those listed were reputed to be gangsters or racketeers and most were rum-running bootleggers. Although all were known to be consistent law breakers (most prominently in regard to the widely broken Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution banning alcohol)    J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, who used it to describe various notorious fugitives they were pursuing throughout the 1930s.  wanted criminals and fugitives who were already charged with crimes. Among the criminals whom the FBI called "public enemies" were John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker, and Alvin Karpis.

 "Pretty Boy" Floyd was an American bank robber. He operated in the Midwest and West South Central States, and his criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage in the 1930s. Like most other prominent outlaws of that era, he was killed by policemen.  Floyd has continued to be a familiar figure in American popular culture, sometimes seen as notorious, but at other times viewed as a tragic figure, partly a victim of the hard times of the Great Depression in the United States.   Despite his life of crime, Floyd was viewed positively by the general public. When he robbed banks he would destroy mortgage documents, which freed many citizens of their debts. He was protected by citizens of Oklahoma, who referred to him as "Robin Hood 

Bonnie and Clyde were American outlaws and robbers who traveled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "Public Enemy Era", between 1931 and 1935. known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and several civilians. The couple were eventually ambushed and killed by law officers. Their reputation was revived and cemented in American pop folklore by 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde which starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the pair.    Even during their lifetimes, the couple's depiction in the press was at considerable odds with the hardscrabble reality of their life on the road — particularly in the case of Parker. Though she was present at a hundred or more felonies during her two years as Barrow's companion  she was not the machine gun-wielding killer portrayed in the newspapers, newsreels,.   temporary hideout at 3347 1/2 Oakridge Drive in Joplin, Missouri  where the gang hid out.   the Joplin photos introduced new criminal superstars with the most titillating trademark of all—illicit sex. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were wild and young, and undoubtedly slept together.

Born Arizona Clark in Ash Grove, Missouri,  she married George Barker, in Lawrence County, Missouri.  Arizona Barker better known as Ma Barker was the mother of several criminals who ran the Barker gang during the "public enemy era", when the exploits of gangs of criminals in the U.S. Midwest gripped the American people and press. She traveled with her sons during their criminal careers.   After Barker was killed during a shoot-out with the FBI, she gained a reputation as a ruthless crime matriarch who controlled and organized her sons' crimes. J. Edgar Hooverdescribed her as "the most vicious, dangerous and resourceful criminal brain of the last decade". Ma Barker has been presented as a monstrous mother in films, songs and literature.  in Ocklawaha, Florida  mother were killed by federal agents after an intense, hours-long shootout. Allegedly, many local people came to watch the events unfolding, even holding picnics during the gunfire

"Machine Gun Kelly", was an American gangster from Memphis, Tennessee, during the prohibition era.  He was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for smuggling liquor onto an Indian Reservation in 1928 and sentenced to three years at Leavenworth Penitentiary, Kansas, beginning February 11, 1928. He was reportedly a model inmate and was released early. Shortly thereafter, Kelly married Kathryn Thorne, who purchased Kelly's first machine gun and went to great lengths to familiarize his name within underground crime circles; she also helped plot some small bank robberies.vvvbKelly's last criminal activity proved disastrous when he kidnapped a wealthy Oklahoma City resident, Charles F. Urschel. Urschel, having been blindfolded, made note of evidence of his experience including remembering background sounds, counting footsteps and leaving fingerprints on surfaces in reach. This proved invaluable for the FBI in its investigation, as agents concluded that Urschel had been held in Paradise, Texas

Alvin Karpis.  The Karpis-Barker gang became one of the most formidable criminal gangs of the 1930s. They did not hesitate to kill anyone who got in their way, even innocent bystanders. On December 19, 1931, Karpis and Fred Barker killed Sheriff C. Roy Kelley, who was investigating their robbery of a store in West Plains, Missouri. The gang, including Ma Barker and her paramour Arthur Dunlop, fled to St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 1933, on the same weekend as the Kansas City Massacre, they kidnapped William Hamm, a millionaire Minnesota brewer. His ransom netted them $100,000,   FBI located Karpis in New Orleans,  Karpis served the longest sentence of any prisoner at Alcatraz: 26 years. Karpis met a young Charles Manson. Karpis wrote about Manson in his autobiography

Frank Nash  has been called "the most successful bank robber in U.S. history," but he is most noted for his violent death in what has become known as the Kansas City Massacre.  Nash spent part of his childhood in Paragould, Arkansas (Greene County) and was arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas(Garland County) the day before his death.  

"Al" Capone was an American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. Capone became increasingly security-minded and desirous of getting away from Chicago. As a precaution, he and his entourage would often show up suddenly at one of Chicago's train depots and buy up an entire Pullman sleeper car on a night train to a place like Cleveland, Omaha, Kansas City, Little Rock Arkansas, or Hot Springs Arkansas where they would spend a week in luxury hotel suites under assumed names.   Capone never registered any property under his name. He did not even have a bank account, but always used Western Union for cash delivery, not more than $1,000.  

Another well-known associate of the Outfit is Jewish New York mobster Benjamin Siegel. Siegel was a childhood friend of Capone.  Siegel's organization in Las Vegas and Los Angeles was an ally of the Outfit from 1933 to 1961, when the family boss, Mickey Cohen, was imprisoned and the family was decimated.  The Las Vegas crime family, also named the Las Vegas Syndicate, the Siegel crime family, or the Siegel crime syndicate, was a crime family created by New York Jewish American mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in the early 1930s. Siegel ran Los Angeles and later Las Vegas' illegal gambling and prostitution rings with his lieutenants Jack Dragna, Mickey Cohen, David Berman and Moe Sedway.

John Dillinger  was an American gangster in the Depression-era United States. He operated with a group of men, robbed twenty-four banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice; he was also charged with the murder of an East Chicago police officer who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout, prompting him to return fire. In the heyday of the Depression-era outlaw (1933–1934) Dillinger was the most notorious of all, standing out even among more violent criminals. He courted publicity, styling himself as a Robin Hood figure, and the media of his time ran exaggerated accounts of his bravado and colorful personality. The government demanded federal action, and J. Edgar Hoover developed a more sophisticated Federal Bureau of Investigation as a weapon against organized crime and used Dillinger and his gang as his campaign platform to launch the FBI.







Pope, Philosopher Harry Frankfurt On Bullshit, Princeton University Press

Pope is chief thief.
Catholics were the first and major colonials who invaded the Americas.
Theft of continent from those who could manage it better.
If they were so smart their countries of origin would be so good that they would not leave.
America was better before they came - no fossil fuels, electronics, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, etc.
People where healthy and well fed with organics.
Not many wars except in Mexico.
SHTF is the problem of too many invaders in America.
Jews, Muslims, and Christians should go to the Holy Land for the final crusade.

Pope claims to be concerned about the environment but prohibitions on birth control, abortion -> reproduce like rabbits.
Eat wheat grain brain dementia lousy voting lousy crooked politicians.
Leads to the environmental and political problems we have to day.

This philosopher gets at part of the problem.
The pope should read all 67 pages.

"One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit," Harry G. Frankfurt writes, in what must surely be the most eyebrow-raising opener in modern philosophical prose.

"Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted." This compact little book, as pungent as the phenomenon it explores, attempts to articulate a theory of this contemporary scourge--what it is, what it does, and why there's so much of it. The result is entertaining and enlightening in almost equal measure. It can't be denied; part of the book's charm is the puerile pleasure of reading classic academic discourse punctuated at regular intervals by the word "bullshit."

More pertinent is Frankfurt's focus on intentions--the practice of bullshit, rather than its end result. Bullshitting, as he notes, is not exactly lying, and bullshit remains bullshit whether it's true or false. The difference lies in the bullshitter's complete disregard for whether what he's saying corresponds to facts in the physical world: he "does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are."

This may sound all too familiar to those of use who still live in the "reality-based community" and must deal with a world convulsed by those who do not. But Frankfurt leaves such political implications to his readers. Instead, he points to one source of bullshit's unprecedented expansion in recent years, the postmodern skepticism of objective truth in favor of sincerity, or as he defines it, staying true to subjective experience. But what makes us think that anything in our nature is more stable or inherent than what lies outside it?

Thus, Frankfurt concludes, with an observation as tiny and perfect as the rest of this exquisite book, "sincerity itself is bullshit." --Mary Park

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the 2005 Bestseller Award in Philosophy, The Book Standard

"[Frankfurt] tries, with the help of Wittgenstein, Pound, St. Augustine and the spy novelist Eric Ambler, among others, to ask some of the preliminary questions--to define the nature of a thing recognized by all but understood by none. . . . What is bullshit, after all? Mr. Frankfurt points out it is neither fish nor fowl. Those who produce it certainly aren't honest, but neither are they liars, given that the liar and the honest man are linked in their common, if not identical, regard for the truth."--Peter Edidin, New York Times

"The scholar who answers the question, 'What is bullshit?' bids boldly to define the spirit of the present age. . . . Frankfurt's conclusion . . . is that bullshit is defined not so much by the end product as by the process by which it is created. Eureka! Frankfurt's definition is one of those not-at-all-obvious insights that become blindingly obvious the moment they are expressed."--Timothy Noah, Slate

"Immediately, I must say: read it. Beautifully written, lucid, ironic and profound, it is a model of what philosophy can and should do. It is a small and highly provocative masterpiece, and I really don't think I am bullshitting you here."--Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times (London)

"This is what the world has long needed. . . . Bullshit is now such a dominant feature of our culture that most of us are confident we can recognize and rebuff it. But Frankfurt shows the reader just how insidious (and destructive) it can be. . . . This book will change your life."--Leopold Froehlich, Playboy

"Frankfurt's book should be required reading for anyone whose speech or writing are intended for public consumption. Despite his subject, he is definitely not full of it."--Kevin Wood, The Daily Yomiuri

"On Bullshit offers a tightly focused, telling critique of a political and cultural climate that seems positively humid with mendacity, obfuscation, evasion and illusion."--Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle

"There is an interesting problem sketched at the end of the book, wherein sincerity is described as an ideal for those who do not believe that there is any (objective) truth, thus departing from the ideal correctness. . . . Needless to say, there are numerous problems which may be expanded, looked into and analyzed concerning bullshit. And I dare say that Frankfurt's little book is a nice starting point."--Petter A. Naessan, Philosophy Now

"[On Bullshit's] calm, clearheaded deconstruction of everyday deceit is without parallel."--Gordon Phinn, Books in Canada

"With its relevance to contemporary issues and culture, On Bullshit is well worth the read. . . . The analysis is strict and philosophical with the clear intention of seeking the truth."--Karen Boore, The Michigan Review

"Harry Frankfurt, a Princeton philosophy professor, presents a scholarly and formal essay on inflated truth, purposeful obfuscation, and pretentious duplicity. . . . I'm sure he had a blast writing it, and the droll prose is a tasty treat."--Richard Pachter, The Boston Globe

"Professor Frankfurt concludes that bullshit is a process rather than an end product. . . . If you are fed up with hype, spin and bullshit this book will provide insight - and therapy."--Australian Doctor

"Terrific. . . . Has anything truer ever been written?"--William Watson, Montreal Gazette

"If you want to read a succinct, stylish piece of argument that will make you think far beyond the points it makes, you could do no better than invest ten dollars on Professor Frankfurt's handsomely bound essay."--Christopher Jary, British Army Review

• Hardcover: 67 pages

• Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (January 30, 2005)

http://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/0691122946/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442792536&sr=1-1&keywords=bullshit

Friday, September 25, 2015

live in tents great outdoors hi 80. Spyware China

Hi 80, lo 60 beautiful fall weather no rain in a week!  I paid $1.94 for Gasoline on Monday.   I am thinking about moving into a tent.  I see lots of happy campers in tents around here.  I can do that too.  I slept in a tent 2 nights when I was in the military.  I frequently slept on boats in San Francisco, in libraries, on floors, etc.  I can figure out tents and be able to have maximum geographical flexibility to drive quickly to places I need to be.  My ancestors lived 90,000 years in tents in Northern Scandinavia.  Much easier nowadays.   I can do quite a lot of work with a laptop.  Free wi-fi everywhere.  Could do a lot with just a smartphone but I need a keyboard and bigger screen.  I lived out of a briefcase most of my adult life.  I can do that again.    Just like I am going back to using cash and getting rid of all debit cards and most credit cards.    Even reducing the use of checks.  Cash register receipts contain gender bender chemicals.  I pay in cash and avoid touching the receipts.  Go pay electric bill in person using cash for water, sewer, internet, gasoline, etc.    If I use free wi-fi I can reduce paperwork paying for my own internet.  Simplify life.   Try to reduce frequency of on-line banking.  

Houses and apartments and RVs have toxic air.  Furniture and contents add toxins to that toxic air.   Earthquakes shake down buildings and roll RVs.  Tents seem the way to go.  Drive to the best weather all over the USA.  North in Summer, South in Winter.

Try to avoid using computers TV, radio or other electronics.  There are huge security risks to computers such as Dell Microsoft, Apple, etc.  Even worse if made in China.  Try Gentoo Linux for more security!   I am getting offline ASAP as much as possible.  Read real paper newspapers, books, journals, magazines, …  I did this before so not hard for me.  I dislike getting online with all the sloppy websites have to deal with there, even if they are not infested with web bugs

For example:

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has once again been caught installing spyware on its laptops and workstations without the user's permission or knowledge.  One of the most popular computer manufacturers is being criticized for selling some refurbished laptop models pre-installed with invasive marketing software that sends users data directly to the company.  This is not first time Lenovo has allegedly installed spyware onto consumers PCs.

• Earlier this year, Lenovo was caught red-handed for selling laptops pre-installed with Superfish malware that opened up doors for hackers.

• In August, Lenovo again got caught installing unwanted and non-removable crapware into part of the BIOS reserved for custom drivers.

Lenovo Laptops comes Pre-installed with 'Spyware'    Now, is making news once again for embedding tracking software into its laptops and workstations from Lenovo ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and ThinkStation series.

Michael Horowitz from Computerworld has discovered a software program, called "Lenovo Customer Feedback Program 64," that operates daily on these systems and can be categorized as Spyware.   The purpose of this program is to send customers' feedback data to Lenovo servers. According to Horowitz, the company has mentioned this in its EULA, but he "can not recall ever being asked [for] a Customer Feedback program" while ever setting up his Lenovo PC.   Horowitz also found that this program includes some other files,   One of these files belongs to Omniture, which is an online marketing and Web analytics company, which is included to track and monitor users' activities and send that data to this online marketing agency.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Topless college girls Bible Belt culture

They already wear the tightest shortest shorts possible.  Now a nice looking college girl is leading the fight to allow fully topless females in public.  Marches and rallies downtown near the university.  Not sure if I understand this Bible belt culture but the weather is often great, although rather cool and partly cloudy today with a few sprinkles of rain.  

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2015/08/07/nearly-participate-free-nipple-rally/31327057/

nearly 70 people began their march around downtown Springfield in Friday night's Free the Nipple rally, the School of Rock house band, made up of 12- to 14-year-olds, began playing a cover of Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law."   And as the music echoed across the square, it seemed that most, if not all, of the female protesters were fully in compliance with Springfield's indecent exposure ordinance — tape covering the nipples of the women protesting. 

Re: Abolish cash (more voices)

I think coins have potential but money is not important if SHTF. Money is not useful to millions of dead people Society is getting too fragile, worldwide. Priority in SHTF should be how to get water, food, septic, electricity, fuel,… I don't see how this can be done now.

Even if no SHTF people don't have clean healthy water, air, food. Artificial chemicals kill. Needs to be fixed even if no SHTF. More important than banking.

Banks are retreating since 2007. Banking is becoming a commodity business. Laws and regulations are catching up with banks. Ivy League lawyers get rich attacking banks. Government prosecutors get famous by throwing them in jail or "deferred prosecution agreements." The crash the past few weeks shows that there are still many idiots in finance. They may make a few bucks here or there but I would not recommend looking for a job in banking or finance. Focus on getting off the grid. Or buy a balloon to escape.

The most important need in banking is new theories with correct mathematics. Nearly as important is a pure electronic currency to terminate money laundering and funding of ISIS, drugs, terrorists, etc. All transactions must be traced worldwide. US $ must not be allowed out of the USA.


> On Sep 20, 2015, at 9:47 AM, Bob wrote:
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> HI Joe, I love the humor. Banks can NEVER have enough "income," well oops, I guess that's the wrong word because IRS says they can never define "income" in title 26. It would be a problem with our Constitution so we just "don't do it."
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> BB
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> Abolish cash (more voices)
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> Banks have become honest and. gave up money laundering of cash.
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> Banks can make more money on swipe fees debit cards without fines and prison.
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> Consumers like cards unless SHTF very rare.
>
> Interest rates irrelevant to deflated 99% who lack savings.
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>> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/bank-of-england/11874061/Negative-interest-rates-could-be-necessary-to-protect-UK-economy-says-Bank-of-England-chief-economist.html
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>> Bank of England's Chief Economist: Abolish the Use of Cash
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>> Andy Haldane
>> The bankster tools continue to promote the end of cash.
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>> In a speech to the Northern Ireland chamber of commerce, Andy Haldane, chief economist at BOE, said ending cash would help the bank to manage inflation by enabling it to bypass the current constraint against lowering rates below zero, reports FT.
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>> Abolishing cash would remove the option for individuals to remove money from banks, if it ever instituted negative interest rates, he said. [I love that part]
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>> He continued "perhaps central bank money is ripe for its own great technological leap forward, prompted by the pressing demands of the zero lower bound [on interest rates]".
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>> Halande is also thinking global. FT writes:
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>> Highlighting the need for a government-backed electronic wallet, even if it no longer had the Queen's head printed on notes or coins, he proposed a world without cash. "This would preserve the social convention of a state-issued unit of account and medium of exchange, albeit with currency now held in digital rather than physical wallets," he said.
>> In addition to Halande, FT has recently called for the abolishment of cash, as has Citi Group's top economist, Willem Buiter. And Bill Gates has dissed cash.
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Philosophy Harvard University of California book on Assholes: A Theory

Nice white paper cover, smooth ergonomic papers, not too long.

http://www.amazon.com/Assholes-A-Theory-Aaron-James/dp/0804171351

Aaron James:

I'm a philosophy professor (details below) who thinks, writes, and teaches in ethics and political philosophy.

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Harvard University; Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine; awarded the Burkhardt Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies, spending the 2009-10 academic year at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Visiting Professor at NYU for Fall 2013.

I mainly write for academics (in professional journals and in a recent book on fairness in the global economy). I have plans for a book on social practices and global justice, and grander intellectual ambitions, for the long haul, that run across my research areas of moral theory, political philosophy, and the foundations of ethics.

All of this can be strenuous, so I've also begun to dabble in popular writing, in hopes of contributing to public life in more direct and (if I'm lucky) more entertaining ways. I wrote a book about assholes. I've got ideas for a book about surfing and what it shows about the human condition, how to live, and capitalism. (I've been an avid surfer since my early teens, so a book about surfing and philosophy would join my life's two more central preoccupations.)


"James's keen intelligence overwhelms you, and you realize that Assholes is helpful, stimulating, and very timely."
—Nick Hornby, The Believer


What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. We try to avoid them, but assholes are everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, in the public sphere—and we struggle to comprehend why exactly someone should be acting like that.

Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Finally giving us the concepts to discern why assholes disturb us so, philosopher Aaron James presents a provocative theory of the asshole to explain why such people exist, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted and best ignored—a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.

Hot on the heels of Geoffrey Nunberg's Ascent of the A-Word (2012) comes another discussion of assholes and what to do about them. Actually, that's a bit too glib: James, a philosophy professor, takes a slightly different approach than Nunberg. Where Nunberg focused on the history of assholism (with side trips into such subjects as the difficulties in writing about assholes without censorship), James proposes a theory of assholes (a person is an asshole when his sense of entitlement makes him immune to complaints from other people) that explains not only why assholes are a vital part of human society, but also how to recognize them and coexist with them. The author addresses some fundamental questions—such as whether assholes are born or made, a sort of nature-versus-nurture debate for the asshole crowd—and rigorously avoids what must have been a strong temptation to go for the cheap laugh (although it must be pointed out that this is definitely a lighter book than Nunberg's more academic study).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Deficits, zero interest rates, print money for ISIS, drugs, etc.

The federal government can run deficits for a long time and spend that money on war, drugs, prisons, schools, doctors, college loans, home mortgages, welfare, etc. which enriches the rich 1% who run these schemes.  Issue bonds which are bought by banks.   

The federal reserve will buy those bonds to keep interest rates low, flooding banks with money who give bonuses to the rich 1% bankers as reward for derivatives gambles.  They loan out the rest via credit card debt at 18%, auto loans, mortgages, etc.

Any remaining money is printed up as cash and shipped to ISIS, drug kingpins, etc.

This is quite a racket, not likely to change until forced.

China is the big question mark.  All reports are bad but nobody knows much because information is deliberately suppressed.  Probably the boom is over and China may even be in recession due to poor decision making by central planners.  The slowdown will impact many countries.  USA may already be in recession too.  

Big economic changes, and a new president such as Trump or Sanders may put a stop to zero interest rates and finally inflate people who deserve some inflation instead of shipping that money overseas.

Weather is great.  My grandmother's grandfather was probably buried under this lake.  They moved him to higher ground when the lake was built.  Now they have to move him again because Walmart headquarters hotel district wants the cemetery for more expansion.    Lots of wealthy Walmart executives keep houseboats at this marina.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cash and check loopholes enabling crime conspiracies, etc.

Conspiracy theories are a liberal news media conspiracy to divert sheeple attention from true conspiracies that are everywhere. For example use of $ cash, and use of LLC and corporation laws. Ivy League colleges inflate egos and pocketbooks $ by training students how to be great conspirators, $ accumulators, and feel good about that. To where did they move the trillion $ printed cash bills without records? Are they funding ISIS? Nukes? Refugees? Needs an audit.

Cash transactions are a loophole that makes it hard to prosecute crimes. Cash transaction details need to be recorded including parties, serial numbers of coins, bills, product purchased, etc. IRS / FBI needs to audit the finances of suspected crooks. This needs to be done automatically by computer not labor intensive government bureaucrats. Laws need to be strengthened to stop crime before it happens.

There are many ways crooks can illegally get money. Crooks can start a secret company cheap and get a bank account. Name it confusingly similar to target company. Divert checks from target company to secret company. Particularly useful are checks that might not be missed if they do not show up on target company books such as:

Litigation winnings.
Insurance payoffs.
FEMA flood, hurricane, disaster money.
Property transactions.
Fines.
In-house repairs done by employees but billed separately.

Further, regular dues, sales, and assessments can be diverted if there is no audit or a crooked auditor is hired.

Of course cash can always be easily diverted if it never gets onto the books. Cash kickbacks are hard to trace even with an IRS FBI audit of the parties in question. So cash transactions need to be recorded: parties, serial numbers of coins, bills, product purchased, etc.

Company being in good standing simply means the entity has kept all paperwork related to its charter and yearly renewal up to date and that all fees have been paid. It is possible for a corporation or limited liability entity to be simultaneously

• involved in an investigation for labor law violations
• subjected to an audit for unpaid payroll. unemployment, and/or trust-fund taxes
• having its property seized for unpaid state and federal income taxes
• delinquent on its property taxes
• convicted of multiple felony crimes
• under suspicion for securities fraud
• in bankruptcy
• being sued for causing people to die due to its products being defective, and
• have the entire board of directors indicted for suspected criminal behavior

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Coins for transactions. Get rid of currency.

A pure electronic currency requires electricity. USA infrastructure is in danger of collapse, especially electricity, water, sewer, and bridges. Must have contingency plan for no electricity.

Paper currency should be eliminated - expensive and flammable.  

1.  Checks can still be used and cleared by hand.

2.  Coins last for thousands of years.  
Can be used for centuries.  
Use Stainless steel.  
Mint dimes, dollars, tens, hundreds and thousands.  
Put a serial number on each coin and implant it with a corresponding RFID.
Give everybody a coin card for personal identification..
When consumer makes a purchase with coins swipe the coin card.
Computer will record the serial numbers of the coins used and the identity of who made the purchase and what they purchased.
If no electricity then write this information on a slip of paper that can be put in the computer later.

This would allow people to hoard coins so if SHTF the economy could still function using those coins even if all the banks fail or electricity fails for decades.  
It may be cheaper and more efficient to force consumers to use coins for all in-person transactions.

Get rid of all debit cards and checks.

Either use coins or credit cards.

If no electricity just use coins.

Don’t allow USA coins out of the USA or any other forms of USA money.  


All coins need RFID tags and serial numbers.  Record all bill serial numbers until we can get rid of all currency.    Probably do not need any coins smaller than 1 dollar.  Let stores repackage things so they come out to an even number of dollars.  Gasoline is still quoted in tenths of a penny.  Joke.   Give the clerk some $10 coins and let the pump meter out the correct amount of gas.  Cash registers can round off to the nearest dollar when you check out.

All persons need an ID card, and all transactions need to be recorded.  Under current law your cash, cars, guns, can be seized if you are a drug suspect (often seized for no good reason except a cop wants it).  You need a way to prove you got the cash legally.  Also every transaction creates rights and responsibilities for both buyer and seller.  That transaction must be recorded to help you access courts and police to protect your rights and wealth.

All transactions need to kept on permanent file at your bank so you can freely access them in a usable format forever.  I just got double billed to my checking account and a credit card.  Lucky I caught it.  Many people might not.  

I got rid of all debit cards.  I am reducing credit cards down to 2 and the number of banks I use from 5 down to 3 maybe 2 or 1.  Using cash more and more.  Maybe can use all cash and checks and electronic bill pay.  No cards at all?

coins now. 70/50

Beautiful sunny day again (no rain in the past 2 days).  Bass Pro outdoor festival with free camping and numerous information sessions all around the dam.  I saw a live bald eagle they had on exhibit, bats, owls, snakes, etc.  Watched fast setup and takedown of tents. 

All coins need RFID tags and serial numbers.  Record all bill serial numbers until we can get rid of all currency.    Probably do not need any coins smaller than 1 dollar.  Let stores repackage things so they come out to an even number of dollars.  Gasoline is still quoted in tenths of a penny.  Joke.   Give the clerk some $10 coins and let the pump meter out the correct amount of gas.  Cash registers can round off to the nearest dollar when you check out.

All persons need an ID card, and all transactions need to be recorded.  Under current law your cash, cars, guns, can be seized if you are a drug suspect (often seized for no good reason except a cop wants it).  You need a way to prove you got the cash legally.  Also every transaction creates rights and responsibilities for both buyer and seller.  That transaction must be recorded to help you access courts and police to protect your rights and wealth.

All transactions need to kept on permanent file at your bank so you can freely access them in a usable format forever.  I just got double billed to my checking account and a credit card.  Lucky I caught it.  Many people might not.  

I got rid of all debit cards.  I am reducing credit cards down to 2 and the number of banks I use from 5 down to 3 maybe 2 or 1.  Using cash more and more.  Maybe can use all cash and checks and electronic bill pay.  No cards at all?


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Financial Crisis Research at the University of Missouri Professor by Chris Otrok

Temperature high 70 low 50 sunny skies.  Perfect.  Lots of festivals.  A few leaves are starting to fall. 


MU Professor Secures NSF Grant to Develop New Economic Model


Professor Christopher Otrok

University of Missouri Professor Chris Otrok, the Sam B. Cook Chair in Economics, wants to know what factors led to the Great Recession of 2007 and whether this information could help predict future financial crises. 

Otrok recently was awarded a three-year, $280,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to better understand the sources of financial crises and develop policy responses to those events.

"It will allow us to think about how we should set policy, not when these events are occurring but rather when they might occur in the future," Otrok says. "So that's key – to think about what happens in a crisis state and how to get out of it, but also what policies we should be setting when we are not in a crisis, but it looks like there might be one brewing."

Otrok says that economic analysis of macro-financial crises has developed in stages. Positive economic models, which he calls first-generation models, try to explain how financial frictions could cause business cycles, crashes, and recessions.

The second generation of models, which Otrok helped develop in the mid-2000s, are what he calls normative analysis models. He says they took the same models people were using for positive analysis and asked, "What kind of policies would be useful?" But Otrok says these second-generation models, like the first-generation ones, provided theoretical results that were not applicable to specific events such as the 2007 financial crisis.

Otrok will use funding from the NSF grant to develop a third generation of economic models that combine positive and normative analysis models.

"It's going to allow us to ask the questions, 'What actually did cause the Great Recession? What are the shocks?' At the same time it's going to allow us to do policy analysis in real time, not in theory," Otrok says.

He says the new economic model will allow economists to do historical analyses, so they can try to determine what caused the 2007 crisis and analyze what policies might have prevented the crisis or lessened its impact. 

In fact, Otrok says he will use historical data based on a series of financial crises in Mexico in the 1990s to develop the new model, which will then be used to analyze economies in real time.

"So with the new model I would not say, 'There will be a crisis tomorrow.' I would say there is a probability of a crisis, and I would give you some range of probabilities, and when that range gets high, then you should start to worry," Otrok says.

Otrok is a research fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and coordinating editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. 

His studies focus primarily on macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and Bayesian econometrics.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

hackers can shut down electrical grid. Secure your life support systems.

Get off the grid.
Get solar panels and windmills.
Minimize the use of electronics which are not healthy anyway.
Get your own water and sewer systems.
Grow your own food.
Get rid of anything that burns fossil fuels.
There are any number of hazards that can shut down 1 or more essential services.
If even 1 goes down cities will become uninhabitable.
This article indicates that idiots are running your life support systems.

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/10/records-energy-department-struck-by-cyber-attacks.html

The records, obtained by USA TODAY through the Freedom of Information Act, show DOE components reported a total of 1,131 cyberattacks over a 48-month period ending in October 2014.

Of those attempted cyber intrusions, 159 were successful.

"The potential for an adversary to disrupt, shut down (power systems), or worse … is real here," said Scott White, Professor of Homeland Security and Security Management and Director of the Computing Security and Technology program at Drexel University.

"It's absolutely real."

Aldi food, $2 gas, beautiful fall weather.

Huge puffy white clouds everywhere but still a sunny warm day high maybe 85. Really beautiful. Green trees pumping out oxygen. Short days. Now we drop down to 70 or so but still sunny, supposedly.

Deflation continues: I bought Shell gas below $2 today. Then I bought an amazing amount of milk and vegetables at Aldi for $14. German billionaires inflated their wealth by deflating the price of food that people have to buy. I don't mind billionaires who get rich by providing low prices on goods and services that people need. Walmart had the same strategy but Aldi prices are about 30% cheaper than Walmart. Very efficient, lots of people buying lots of stuff real fast, quick checkout. Reminds me of the Korean fruit stands in San Francisco.

Trump is right that hedge fund managers don't earn their pay. It is easy work and they can't even do it right. Many of the supposedly best (notorious?) hedge funds proved to be not hedged at all last week. During the crash they lost money. Supposedly hedge funds are supposed to make money whether the market goes up or down. That is why they are called hedge funds - they hedge their bets. It is not hard to do right by derivatives. Instead they proved themselves to be directional betters, gambling on a continued boom that everybody knew is not going to continue forever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Albrecht

Karl Hans Albrecht (20 February 1920 – 16 July 2014) was a German entrepreneur who founded the discount supermarket chain Aldi with his brother Theo. He was for many years the richest person in Germany. As of February 2014, he was ranked as 21st-richest person in the world. Karl and Theo Albrecht were born and raised in modest circumstances in Essen, Germany. Their father, Karl Sr, was employed as a miner and later as a baker's assistant. Their mother Anna, née Siepmann, had a small grocery store in the worker's quarter of Schonnebeck (de), a suburb of Essen. Theo completed an apprenticeship in his mother's store, while Karl worked in a delicatessen shop. Karl served in the Wehrmacht during World War II and was wounded on the Eastern Front. After the war, the brothers jointly took over their mother's business and founded Albrecht KG

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lana Del Rey Genius songwriter. Not politically correct. Apolitical?

Beautiful voice although a little thin and weak.
Beautiful person but complex and hard to figure out.
Throwback to an earlier era.
Reminds me of French and Italian post WWI WWII movies I watched around Harvard University.
Backdrop of violence, carnage; subconscious fears, dread, anguish lurking beneath a surface of beauty.
Sexiest singer ever and unapologetic.
Beautiful songs and unapologetic.
Complex, prolific, came out of nowhere, a fully formed adult superstar with Jesuit college education.
This video is explosive, literally.
I drove by this house many times north of Santa Monica.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnxpHIl5Ynw

Are you massively hacked already? Felony. Get offline ASAP.

I get paper copies of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times so that my reading cannot be tracked.

I can read paper 10 times faster than computers or smartphones. Also paper resolution and ergonomics is 100 times better than screens.

I think corporation presidents, officers, and directors should be jailed for at least a year for allowing most hacks.

I am moving a lot off-line, eliminating home internet, consolidating banks, changing emails, trying to go offline, mostly.

Good article in the Wall Street Journal. Click on link for the whole article.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-hacked-data-broker-be-very-afraid-1441684860

The Hacked Data Broker? Be Very Afraid

Potential data breaches would make Ashley Madison break-in pale by comparison

Many security and privacy researchers expect a cyber-breach event that will make the hack of infidelity site Ashley Madison look like a footnote by comparison.

It could affect not just people seeking extramarital affairs, but everyone in America.

Even more daunting, it could be under way already, and we don't even know it, say computer security experts.

It's difficult to pick the worst-case scenario for this breach, as each could be devastating in a different way.

It might involve the revealing of everything from shopping habits to the complete Web browsing histories of many Americans.

It could put national security in jeopardy by giving hackers the ability to create spear-phishing attacks—in which people are tricked into compromising their computers via emails from businesses that look legitimate—containing so much personal detail that even the most paranoid of government employees or contractors could be fooled.

These security experts say we have unwittingly built the most perfect online surveillance system ever contemplated—for bad guys.

"What more could you want if you wanted to gather intelligence on our citizens?"

"You'd want to see everything they do on the Web, everything they're buying. We've built this incredible machine that does that and we don't even realize it."

in a technique called "device fingerprinting," websites can identify a person even if they have all the typically identifying information switched off,

Using a mobile browser, turning off cookies, even attempting to eliminate all the varieties of eradication-resistant "supercookies" used by advertisers cannot thwart device fingerprinting,

Monday, September 7, 2015

coins for most shopping, electronic currency.

I may make some efforts to move further out to a more remote area.  
At least if no SHTF I can raise some of my own food and have more quiet and change of exercise routine and weather.
We have been maybe a little above 88/66 but as the temperature approaches 90 clouds form that block the sun.
Sometimes starts to rain even without any rain in the forecast.
But tourists seem happy, finally, as it has been so cold and wet all summer.  
Lakes are still very full.

A pure electronic currency requires electricity.
USA infrastructure is in danger of collapse, especially electricity, water, sewer, and bridges.
Must have contingency plan for no electricity.

Paper currency should be eliminated - expensive and flammable.  

1.  Checks can still be used and cleared by hand.

2.  Coins last for thousands of years.  
Can be used for centuries.  
Use Stainless steel.  
Mint dimes, dollars, tens, hundreds and thousands.  
Put a serial number on each coin and implant it with a corresponding RFID.
Give everybody a coin card for personal identification..
When consumer makes a purchase with coins swipe the coin card.
Computer will record the serial numbers of the coins used and the identity of who made the purchase and what they purchased.
If no electricity then write this information on a slip of paper that can be put in the computer later.

This would allow people to hoard coins so if SHTF the economy could still function using those coins even if all the banks fail or electricity fails for decades.  
It may be cheaper and more efficient to force consumers to use coins for all in-person transactions.
Get rid of all debit cards and checks.
Either use coins or credit cards.
If no electricity just use coins.
Don't allow USA coins out of the USA or any other forms of USA money.  







Sunday, September 6, 2015

USA government tried to exterminate my Sioux ancestors by starvation, killing most Bison.

My Sioux ancestors were peaceful and well fed until the arrival of Negroes and White Trash who killed off bison to starve the native population to death and steal their land. US Army too weak and stupid to defeat Indians with bow and arrow so they resort to indirect means of war.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plains_Indians

The earliest Spanish explorers in the 16th century did not find the Plains Indians especially warlike. The Wichita in Kansas and Oklahoma lived in dispersed settlements with no defensive works.

Three factors led to a growing importance of warfare in Plains Indian culture. First, was the Spanish colonization of New Mexico which stimulated raids and counter-raids by Spaniards and Indians for goods and slaves. Second, was the contact of the Indians with French fur traders which increased rivalry among Indian tribes to control trade and trade routes. Third, was the acquisition of the horse and the greater mobility it afforded the Plains Indians. What evolved among the Plains Indians from the 17th to the late 19th century was warfare as both a means of livelihood and a sport.

Due to their mobility, endurance, horsemanship, and knowledge of the vast plains that were their domain, the Plains Indians were often victors in their battles against the U.S. army in the American era from 1803 to about 1890.

However, although Indians won many battles, they could not undertake lengthy campaigns. Indian armies could only be assembled for brief periods of time as warriors also had to hunt for food for their families. The exception to that was raids into Mexico by the Comanche and their allies in which the raiders often subsisted for months off the riches of Mexican haciendas and settlements.

The basic weapon of the Indian warrior was the short, stout bow, designed for use on horseback and deadly, but only at short range. Guns were usually in short supply and ammunition scarce for Native warriors.

The people of the Great Plains have been found to be the tallest people in the world during the late 19th century, based on 21st century analysis of data. Anthropometric historians usually equate the height of populations with their overall health and standard of living.

The nomadic tribes historically survived on hunting and gathering, and the American Bison was one primary resource for items which people used for everyday life, including food, cups, decorations, crafting tools, knives, and clothing.

The tribes followed the seasonal grazing and migration of buffalo. The Plains Indians lived in tepees because they were easily disassembled and allowed the nomadic life of following game.

When horses were obtained, the Plains tribes rapidly integrated them into their daily lives. The southern Plains Indians acquired vast numbers of horses. By the 19th century, Comanche and Kiowa families owned an average of 35 horses and mules each – and only six or seven were necessary for transport and war. The horses extracted a toll on the environment as well as requiring labor to care for the herd. Formerly egalitarian societies became more divided by wealth with a negative impact on the role of women. The richest men would have several wives and captives who would help manage their possessions, especially horses.

On the northeastern Plains of Canada, the Indians were less favored, with families owning fewer horses, remaining more dependent upon dogs for transporting goods, and hunting bison on foot. The scarcity of horses in the north encouraged raiding and warfare in competition for the relatively small number of horses that survived the severe winters.

The Lakota or Teton Sioux enjoyed the happy medium between North and South and became the dominant Plains tribe by the mid 19th century. They had relatively small horse herds, thus having less impact on their ecosystem. At the same time, they occupied the heart of prime bison range which was also an excellent region for furs, which could be sold to French and American traders for goods such as guns. The Lakota became the most powerful of the Plains tribes and the greatest threat to American expansion.

Before their adoption of guns, the Plains Indians hunted with spears, bows, and various forms of clubs. The use of horses by the Plains Indians made hunting (and warfare) much easier. With horses, the Plains Indians had the means and speed to stampede or overtake the bison. The Plains Indians reduced the length of their bows to three feet to accommodate their use on horseback. They continued to use bows and arrows after the introduction of firearms, because guns took too long to reload and were too heavy.

here were U.S. government initiatives at the federal and local level to starve the population of the Plains Indians by killing off their main food source, the bison. Bison were hunted almost to extinction and were reduced to a few hundred by the early 1900s. They were slaughtered for their skins, with the rest of the animal left behind to decay on the ground.

As the great herds began to wane, proposals to protect the bison were discussed. Buffalo Bill Cody, among others, spoke in favor of protecting the bison because he saw that the pressure on the species was too great. But these were discouraged since it was recognized that the Plains Indians, often at war with the United States, depended on bison for their way of life. In 1874, President Ulysses S. Grant "pocket vetoed" a Federal bill to protect the dwindling bison herds, and in 1875 General Philip Sheridan pleaded to a joint session of Congress to slaughter the herds, to deprive the Plains Indians of their source of food.

Plains Indians depended upon agriculture for a large share of their livelihood, particularly those who lived in the eastern parts of the Great Plains which had more precipitation than the western side.

Corn was the dominant crop, followed by squash and beans. Tobacco, sunflower, plums and other wild plants were also cultivated or gathered in the wild. Among the wild crops gathered the most important were probably berries to flavor pemmican and the Prairie Turnip.

Plains farmers developed short-season and drought resistant varieties of food plants. They did not use irrigation but were adept at water harvesting and siting their fields to receive the maximum benefit of limited rainfall. The Hidatsa and Mandan of North Dakota cultivated maize at the northern limit of its range.

The farming tribes also hunted buffalo, deer, elk, and other game. Typically, on the southern Plains, they planted crops in the spring, left their permanent villages to hunt buffalo in the summer, returned to harvest crops in the fall, and left again to hunt buffalo in the winter. The farming Indians also traded corn to the nomadic tribes for dried buffalo meat. With the arrival of the horse, some tribes, such as the Lakota and Cheyenne, gave up agriculture to become full-time, buffalo-hunting nomads.