Hatred is a hell of a drug.

Hatred is a hell of a drug. People that thrive on hatred aren’t very good at maintaining healthy relationships. This is why white supremacy is such a shit show of back-stabbing, self defeating ding-bats. In their simple minds, the answer to everything is more hate.

The internet was created, and it was good.

The internet was created, and it was good.

But information became too free. Publishing corporations were no longer able to enforce revenue. People in power no longer was able to control the message.

So, it started with media. The DCMA took down copywrited content, and prevented competition through false claims impossible for the average man to dispute, establishing a monopoly on published works. Individuals and organizations without the right connections were shut down.

Then came the governments. Everywhere around the globe, we saw censorship of information as ruling bodies learned how to manipulate the message. Beholden to their corporate overlords, the US is moving to eliminate net neutrality. To maintain their image of a perfect society, India shut down telecommunications in the event of race riots. China is re-writing history, and is out-right censoring information going to their citizens. The EU is pushing through legislation allowing it to indiscriminately take down content at will. Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as all of the above, are employing legions to alter the message, push blame, and sow discord.

We live in a society where the internet is no longer ours. It has become a battleground between entities with overwhelming resources. And there is no winner in this war. Ultimately, the idea of a free and open internet is dead.

Trump inherited a booming economy, and has since been strangling it

Obama ended his term after spending its entirety fixing the crash of ’08, which was caused by Bush’s reregulation.

Trump inherited a booming economy, very healthy, and has since been strangling it by engaging our allies (and greatest trade neighbors) with trade wars, as well as thousands of deregulations, by destroying the C.F.P.B. and of course the tax scam bill.

Look at the history of the DOW for example and you can see a trend disrupted quite clearly. I’ve met trolls who actually will give trump credit for 2 months of the trend before he was even inaugurated!

Anyways, Yes we bounced back and then trump stomped on it for his wealthy benefactors, and we can see this because the yield curve has inverted.

https://www.thebalance.com/inverted-yield-curve-3305856

Here’s some more info, if you’d like some specifics.

Regulations Cut

Green energy R&D halved by trump while China, India, and EU double it  https://nexusmedianews.com/trump-wants-to-cut-funding-for-clean-energy-research-in-half-cf27a7dbecf6

NAFTA destruction causes Mexico to change corn source  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-effect-corn-exclusive/exclusive-as-trump-trashes-nafta-mexico-turns-to-brazilian-corn-idUSKCN1G61J4

Trumps EPA lowers vehicle emissions standards  https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/2/17189920/environmental-protection-agency-greenhouse-gas

Trump signs enormous bank deregulation order  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/24/trump-signs-bank-bill-rolling-back-some-dodd-frank-regulations.html

Mulveny disbands all consumer protection board members  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/06/06/mick-mulvaney-fires-members-of-cfpb-advisory-board/

Trump’s EPA is influenced by an ultra right Texas group  https://thinkprogress.org/ultra-right-texas-think-tank-wields-power-over-trumps-environmental-and-energy-policy-c0d1db66853b/

Trump admin seeks to further fuck over endangered species:  https://www.apnews.com/68e869b197c4485dab2709c607f28022/Trump-administration-seeks-endangered-species-rule-changes

Trump allows bee-killing pesticide:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/04/trump-administration-lifts-ban-on-pesticides-linked-to-declining-bee-numbers

Tax cuts were used for stock buybacks, not wages  https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/what-did-corporate-america-do-tax-break-buy-record-amounts-n886621

Ivanka’s products spared from tarriffs:  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-china-tariffs-spares-clothing-shoes-ivanka-safe_us_5b42a597e4b09e4a8b2e72c3

Budget Deficit jumps 16% trump’s first year  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-12/u-s-budget-deficit-jumps-in-first-nine-months-of-fiscal-year

Per earlier prediction, deficit aiming at $1Trillion in 2019  https://www.reddit.com/r/investing/comments/901dyr/_/

Deficit $895 Billion – Sep 2018  http://thehill.com/policy/finance/406040-federal-deficit-soars-32-percent-to-895b

 Trump’s opened all the waters he can to oil drilling:

and he’s opened Federal lands like reserves to drilling:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/28/trump-administration-oil-gas-drilling/989066001/

Trump weakening Nuclear safety board:  https://www.propublica.org/article/nuclear-safety-board-information-access-trump-administration

Trump’s EPA allows Asbestos:  https://archpaper.com/2018/08/epa-asbestos-manufacturing/

Meanwhile, Russian company sells Trump-approved asbestos:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/07/11/approved-by-donald-trump-asbestos-sold-by-russian-company-is-branded-with-the-presidents-face/?utm_term=.a76a0b2a8222

Trump withholding $1.4 Billion in public transit funding  https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/08/13/trump-administration-withholding-1-4-billion-in-transit-funds-authorized-by-congress/

Without Republican Policies, US would be in surplus:  https://www.budget.senate.gov/ranking-member/newsroom/press/report-if-not-for-republican-policies-the-federal-government-would-be-running-a-surplus

Trump economy worse than last 7 presidents by 12 metrics:  https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-28/trump-economy-lags-clinton-s-obama-s-reagan-s-and-even-carter-s

Natl debt hits $22T for first time ever  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-national-debt-tops-22-trillion-for-first-time-in-history/?fbclid=IwAR3wbp8U1GKKVa4OkU_yJtLvFYGYEknzZowadaTVMoAGx32K4z9qN-1ozt4

Trade Deficit at record high years into trump’s trade wars  https://www.apnews.com/39d7158364814732ba2fbea3ed3ec40a

I include some EPA related links in here – deregulation against nature robs us as much as financial deregulation imo.

Ahem.

Tarriffs section

3 US companies strangled by trump’s tarriffs  http://thehill.com/policy/finance/391185-three-arkansas-companies-say-theyll-close-if-trump-doesnt-give-them-exemption

Wisconsin hurt by tarriffs:  https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/06/08/tariffs-take-toll-wisconsin-manufacturers/682029002/

China’s oil tarriffs would disrupt $1Billion/month  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-oil-graphic/chinas-tariffs-on-u-s-oil-would-disrupt-1-billion-monthly-business-idUSKBN1JE0CD

Stock market falls amid trade fears  https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44524533

Chip stocks fall as Trump warns of tech investment restriction  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/25/chip-stocks-fall-after-trumps-reported-plan-to-restrict-tech-investme.html

US crops hurting in trade war, Farmers hope for truce:  https://www.apnews.com/1ef13a3121b1486cbb3efe0838eb8b49/Farmers-fret-and-wait-as-US-China-trade-war-escalates

US Taxpayers pay $12 Billion to cover farmer’s losses due to Trump Tariffs:  https://www.newsweek.com/trump-trade-wars-tariffs-farmers-bailout-1040309?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter

PC company tarriff’d to death  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pc-case-maker-caselabs-latest-news-bankrupt-liquidated-us-tariffs-a8487416.html

Stocks drop amid China trade war worries:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets/u-s-stocks-drop-on-china-trade-worries-argentine-peso-roiled-idUSKCN1LF01V?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Trade deficit highest it’s been since 3 years ago, Trump is losing trade war against China  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/05/us-trade-deficit-jumps-by-the-most-in-3-years.html  https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tariff-trade-war-china-eu-deficit-soybean-export-drop-2018-9

US not invited to canada trade talk:  https://globalnews.ca/news/4515734/canada-world-trade-organization-meeting-u-s-invite/

The tarriffs cost nearly as much as obamacare taxes (At $40 Billion+)  https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/oct/12/national-taxpayers-union/trump-tariffs-cost-more-health-care-taxes/

Ford preparing layoffs due to tarriffs  https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ford-prepares-mass-layoffs-losing-002618564.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=fb&fbclid=IwAR28XejR6SPzsNXKduU3HUTXdwHdHYy1OwsYbeIFUWaQ5QV9p3dVadzP0P8

Nebraska hit hard  https://www.omaha.com/money/agriculture/trade-conflicts-have-cost-nebraska-economy-more-than-billion-farm/article_ffdd7816-7fdb-56e4-b6c0-8c48051edf02.html

Farmers forced into bankruptcy  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trade-war-record-farm-bankruptcy_us_5c611dcee4b0910c63f251ad

Farmer debt high:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-farms-perdue/u-s-farm-debt-up-to-1980s-levels-at-409-billion-agriculture-secretary-idUSKCN1QG24Y?il=0

Trade deficit worsened by trade wars:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/27/trade-deficit-in-goods-jumps-12point8-percent-amid-tariff-battle.html

Business confidence globally worsened by Trump Trade Wars  https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-tarriff-trade-war-destroying-business-confidence-around-world-1359017

The biggest political scandal in us history

Original Post : https://www.facebook.com/thedavidbrin/posts/876607489436

You need to read this by my friend, tech-investor Russ Daggatt about possibly the biggest political scandal in US history: “Last August, Jared Kushner, son-in-law and Sr White House official in charge of the Middle East, received over a BILLION dollars from a firm seeking to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Then, the House Judiciary Committee got confirmation Jared uses WhatsApp to communicate with foreign leaders (in violation of US law), including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS known for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi). The Trump administration has kept secret seven authorizations for sharing of sensitive nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that the kingdom hasn’t agreed to the anti-proliferation requirements of US law. (Oh, and Trump intervened to get his daughter Jared and Ivanka and 23 others high-level security clearances when they were denied them through normal national security channels.)

“Let’s go through this step-by-step (links below). In 2007, just before the collapse of the real estate bubble, Jared had the family company buy 666 Fifth Avenue in New York for $1.8 billion, financed by a $1.4 billion loan – the highest price ever paid for a building in New York, and is not among even the top 100 tallest buildings in the city. It was a disastrously overpriced acquisition, about 30% vacant, with its largest tenant saying it planned to leave. The loan was due in February. Jared had been scouring the planet – while serving in the White House – for possible investors to save his family from financial collapse. No rational investor would touch the thing.

‘But then, last August, a savior was found – Brookfield Asset Management – which took a 99-year lease on the building, paying the entire $1.1 billion in lease payments upfront (!) and allowing Kushner to retain ownership of the underlying land (the one thing of real value). Turns out, Brookfield also owns the nuclear services company Westinghouse (purchased out of bankruptcy last year), which is seeking to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. (Trump’s first National Security Advisor (and convicted felon) Michael Flynn, and Trump’s buddy, campaign advisor, and the chairman of his Inaugural Committee, Tom Barrack, were also part of these efforts to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. It gets complicated – among other things, Barrack was the guy who brought Paul Manafort in as Trump’s campaign manager. This appears to be among the matters spun off from the Mueller investigation. But I digress.)

‘It was reported last October that Jared has been communicating with MBS, using his personal mobile phone, through the free encrypted messaging service WhatsApp, which conveniently does not store messages on its servers after they are delivered, leaving no record of the communications. (If only Hillary had used WhatsApp.) That appears to have been confirmed recently by the House Oversight Committee. Jared has also been bypassing the State Department and the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia in his direct dealings with MBS, excluding them from communications and meetings (much like Trump’s direct dealings with Putin).

‘We know Trump ordered John Kelly, to grant Jared and Ivanka security clearances, despite objections from the CIA and the White House counsel, among others. Trump and Ivanka had both previously stated publicly that Trump did not intervene in the granting of those security clearances after they had been held up for over a year. (What exactly is it that Ivanka does that requires a top security clearance? Getting personal trademarks from China?) Who knows what the hold up was. Maybe it was the 40 times Jared had to amend the paperwork for his security clearance, to disclose foreign government contacts he had previously omitted (in possible violation of law). Maybe it was his efforts during the transition to set up a secret back channel to the Kremlin through the Russian Embassy to evade US intelligence services (just one of those details omitted from his paperwork). Or maybe it was his global hunt for money.

‘In any event, we have what looks like a possible billion dollar payoff to a senior White House official (and president’s son-in-law) by a group seeking to sell nuclear technology to the world’s major exporter of Islamist radicalism. And, at the same time, secret approvals of transfers of nuclear technology to that country. And I’ve really only touched on all permutations of this story. You’d think it would be getting more attention than it has.

‘Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: The National Enquirer, which Trump has used for decades to kill scandals, and (apparently) Saudi intelligence services may have teamed up for a hit on Washington Post owner (and Trump target) Jeff Bezos. No way the Saudis and the Enquirer would be doing that except at the direction (or at least, with the knowledge) of Trump. Saudis aren’t going to be going rogue on something like that. My take is that Trump seems to be using the Saudi intelligence services to do dirty work for him that the professional US intelligence services never would (just as he sought a back channel to the Kremlin through the Russian Embassy to evade US intelligence services).’

Thanks Russ. If even just one of you can wrestle a RASR to the ground and pin him long enough to hear you recite the above, aloud, and get him to WAGER whether ALL of the “Clinton Scandals” he clings to – if all of them together were proved (and none ever were) — would amount to 1% of just this one aspect of the Confederate-GOP-Putinist treason.

Cornered by your demand that he put actual money on it, some RASRs have been known to declare that they now realize we’re ruled by a mafia gang. If you – yes you – can haul just one sinner back to the American Enlightenment, then this will be a good day for us all.

from : https://www.facebook.com/thedavidbrin/posts/876607489436

Links:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/politics/kushner-talked-to-russian-envoy-about-creating-secret-channel-with-kremlin.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/us/politics/jared-kushner-security-clearance.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-authorized-nuclear-energy-companies-to-share-technological-information-with-saudi-arabia/2019/03/28/1b5f0816-5180-11e9-8d28-f5149e5a2fda_story.html?utm_term=.c3320648216a
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-westinghouse-m-a-brookfieldbusinesspa/brookfield-business-partners-to-buy-westinghouse-for-4-6-billion-idUSKBN1ET1MQ
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/opinion/sunday/saudi-arabia-jared-kushner-nuclear.html
https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/31/18289296/jeff-bezos-gavin-de-becker-saudi-arabia-accessed-phone-data-national-enquirer
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/03/nyregion/kushners-building-fifth-avenue-brookfield-lease.html

Fuck Joe rogan

Man, I like Joe Rogan but can find a lot of his pod casts infuriating. I’ve seen quite a few episodes where he claims he doesn’t understand why everyone thinks he is a right wing wacko cause he thinks a lot of Democratic party platforms sound great, like legalization of certain drugs, universal health Care, a focus on curbing climate change and even says he’d like to see UBI attempted. But a majority of his content is complaining about the oogey boogey SJWs on Twitter and giving right wing wackos platforms to peddle their shit ideas. Yea Joe, when your content majorly aligns with alt-right talking points people are going to think your alt-right leaning, why is that confusing to you?

I recently saw a clip about him wondering about the Christ Church shooting. I can’t remember the specifics of the actual clip but it left me wondering if he realizes that he appeals heavily to people like that guy that live streamed a murder spree. That a mass majority of terrorists from all over the globe have predominately been young, disaffected men that aren’t entirely happy with their life. That this demographic heavily overlaps with the demographic that watches his programming. I would bet good money that the Christ Church terrorist watched and laughed at many Joe Rogan clips, how could he not when they are all over the we sites he frequented. That watching even just 1 Joe Rogan podcast on YouTube on a fresh account will cause a lot of alt-right programming to be suggested to you.

Fuckin joe…. I hope you see this Joe and make some changes. Love your work but just wish you’d present some of your more healthier ideals and would spend less time freaking out about a small % of people with loud voices that don’t share those same ideals.

The problem with news media

This has been and continues to be my number one criticism of (EVERY) news org.

They’ve completely turned our nations politics into a competition. Every article is “[so-and-so] is handed a huge victory/defeat…”, and we wonder how our nation has become so brutally divided.

When our governmental policies, laws, appointments, court decisions, etc are seen as either just win or lose, EVERYBODY LOSES.