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Unlimited taxation.... - 03-31-2019, 07:05 AM

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04-20-2019, 12:11 PM

How Empires Fall: Moral Decay




http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com...ral-decay.html

There is a name for this institutionalized, commoditized fraud: moral decay.

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05-09-2019, 05:39 AM

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
The Great Unraveling Begins: Distraction, Lies, Infighting, Betrayal


The good news is renewal becomes possible when the entire rotten status quo collapses in a putrid heap.

There are two basic pathways to systemic collapse: external shocks or internal decay. The two are not mutually exclusive, of course; it can be argued that the most common path is internal decay weakens the empire/state and an external shock pushes the rotted structure off the cliff.

As Dave of the X22 Report and I discuss in The World Is About To Change & It's Going To Be Glorious, we are in the early stages of terminal internal decay.There are a number of dynamics shared by decaying empires/states:

1. The ruling elites lose the moral imperative to sacrifice for the good of the empire/state. Instead they use the power of the state to further their own private interests and agendas.

2. The ruling elites start "fudging" reports (i.e. lies are presented as truths) and promoting narratives to mask their self-aggrandizement and the erosion of the nation/empire under their self-interested rule.

In other words, the elites know the public would resist their leadership if the truth were widely known, so the ruling elites devote tremendous resources to massaging the news to distract the public from reality and reflect positively on their self-serving leadership.

Since the weaknesses of the empire are being hidden, they cannot be addressed, and so rot that could have been fixed early becomes widespread and fatal.

3. Flush with the state's wealth and power, the ruling elite splinters into warring camps which squander the empire's remaining wealth on private battles over which camp will rule what appears solid and eternal--the empire.

4. As the elites battle it out, the nation/empire falls apart as the leadership's focus is on internecine conflicts over the spoils of the empire, rather than on preserving the foundations of the empire's wealth and security.

5. As the truth inevitably leaks out, the public grasps the enormity of the elites' betrayal of the nation and the public interest. Faith in the elites and the institutions they control plummets, and the Great Unraveling becomes unstoppable.

6. In a last-ditch effort to save their wealth and power, the elites distract the public with Bread and Circuses-- "free money" in various guises (Universal Basic Income, Modern Monetary Theory, etc.)--and the distracting Circus of political theater and a surfeit of entertainment.

Whether the elites or the public are aware of it or not, America is well down the path to terminal internal decay: Distraction, Lies, Infighting, Betrayal.


The good news is renewal becomes possible when the entire rotten status quo collapses in a putrid heap of broken promises, dysfunctional institutions, blatant lies, unpayable debts and cascading defaults.

  
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05-19-2019, 12:31 PM


Both Comey And Brennan Voted Communist While Cold War Was Raging




https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...war-was-raging

"I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now."

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More destruction of America's educational system...A nation of Morons - 05-21-2019, 09:17 AM

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The College Board plans to introduce a new “adversity score” as a backdoor to racial quotas in college admissions.





For decades, the College Board defended the SAT, which it writes and administers, against charges that the test gives an unfair advantage to middle-class white students. No longer. Under relentless pressure from the racial-preferences lobby, the Board has now caved to the anti-meritocratic ideology of “diversity.” The Board will calculate for each SAT-taker an “adversity score” that purports to measure a student’s socioeconomic position, according to the Wall Street Journal. Colleges can use this adversity index to boost the admissions ranking of allegedly disadvantaged students who otherwise would score too poorly to be considered for admission.

Advocates of this change claim that it is not about race. That is a fiction. In fact, the SAT adversity score is simply the latest response on the part of mainstream institutions to the seeming intractability of the racial academic-achievement gap. If that gap did not exist, the entire discourse about “diversity” would evaporate overnight. The average white score on the SAT (1,123 out of a possible 1,600) is 177 points higher than the average black score (946), approximately a standard deviation of difference. This gap has persisted for decades. It is not explained by socioeconomic disparities. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported in 1998 that white students from households with incomes of $10,000 or less score better on the SAT than black students from households with incomes of $80,000 to $100,000. In 2015, students with family incomes of $20,000 or less (a category that includes all racial groups) scored higher on average on the math SAT than the average math score of black students from all income levels. The University of California has calculated that race predicts SAT scores better than class.

Those who rail against “white privilege” as a determinant of academic achievement have a nagging problem:
Asians. Asian students outscore white students on the SAT by 100 points; they outscore blacks by 277 points. It is not Asian families’ economic capital that vaults them to the top of the academic totem pole; it is their emphasis on scholarly effort and self-discipline. Every year in New York City, Asian elementary school students vastly outperform every other racial and ethnic group on the admissions test for the city’s competitive public high schools, even though a disproportionate number of them come from poor immigrant families.

Colleges pay lip service to socioeconomic diversity, but that concept is inevitably a surrogate for race. Colleges have repeatedly rejected admissions schemes that purport to substitute socioeconomic preferences for racial preferences, on the ground that those socioeconomic schemes do not yield enough “underrepresented minorities.” Harvard admits richer black students with a lower academic ranking over poorer but more qualified white and Asian applicants; it admits more than two times as many middle-class blacks as “disadvantaged” blacks and confers no admissions preference to disadvantaged blacks compared with their non-disadvantaged racial peers.

The SAT’s critics notwithstanding, no alternative measure of student capacity exists that better predicts student success. “Leadership,” “character,” “persistence”—all these earlier attempts to come up with a more politically palatable proxy for racial preferences are far less valid as a measure of academic capacity than the SAT. The College Board’s “adversity score” will be no different. And it will subject its alleged beneficiaries to the same problem as overt racial preferences—academic mismatch. Students admitted to a selective college with significantly weaker academic credentials than the school norm will, on average, struggle to keep up in their classes. Many will switch out of demanding majors like the STEM fields; a significant portion will drop out of college entirely. Had those artificially preferred students enrolled in a college for which they were academically prepared, like their non-preferred peers, they would have a much higher chance of graduating in their chosen field of study. There is no shame or handicap in graduating from a non-elite college. The proponents of racial preferences, like all “woke” advocates, claim to be against privilege. Yet those anti-privilege warriors adopt a blatantly elitist view of college, holding, in essence, that attending a name-brand college is the only route to life success.

The College Board’s adversity score will give students a boost for coming from a high-crime, high-poverty school and neighborhood, according to the Wall Street Journal. Being raised by a single parent will also be a plus factor. Such a scheme penalizes the bourgeois values that make for individual and community success.

The solution to the academic achievement gap lies in cultural change, not in yet another attack on a meritocratic standard. Black parents need to focus as relentlessly as Asian parents on their children’s school attendance and performance. They need to monitor homework completion and grades. Academic achievement must no longer be stigmatized as “acting white.” And a far greater percentage of black children must be raised by both their mother and their father, to ensure the socialization that prevents classrooms from turning into scenes of chaos and violence.

At present, thanks to racial preferences, many black high school students know that they don’t need to put in as much scholarly effort as non-“students of color” to be admitted to highly competitive colleges.
The adversity score will only reinforce that knowledge. That is not a reality conducive to life achievement. The only guaranteed beneficiaries of this new scheme are the campus diversity bureaucrats. They have been given another assurance of academically handicapped students who can be leveraged into grievance, more diversity sinecures, and lowered academic standards.
  
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From within...traitors! - 06-23-2019, 08:40 AM


Acting DHS Chief 'Sabotaged' ICE Raids By Leaking Plan To Washington Post




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"[T]his will leave an un-erasable mark on his tenure."


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06-28-2019, 05:04 AM

How To Destroy A Civilization




https://mises.org/wire/how-destroy-civilization

There are lots of ways to kill off a civilization. Wars, politics, economic collapse. But what are the actual mechanics? It might be a useful thing to know whether or not we are killing ourselves off...

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07-14-2019, 05:37 PM

An Idiot's Guide To Destroying Your Country In Six Easy Steps




https://www.strategic-culture.org/ne...ix-easy-steps/

The US seems to have a suicide wish as it wanders aimlessly down a continually narrowing path that can only lead to national ruin. Is this a premeditated act of self-annihilation or simply a series of foolish choices?

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Both Comey And Brennan Voted Communist While Cold War Was Raging




https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...war-was-raging

"I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now."

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Obomba buds makes him a sympathizer.


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Acting DHS Chief 'Sabotaged' ICE Raids By Leaking Plan To Washington Post




https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...ashington-post

"[T]his will leave an un-erasable mark on his tenure."


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Acting DHS Chief 'Sabotaged' ICE Raids By Leaking Plan To Washington Post

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 06/24/2019 - 02:30


Since the Washington Post spoiled the surprise and published a report about the Trump Administration's plan to arrest thousands of migrant families who have been denied asylum - prompting the administration to cancel the raids - many have probably been wondering why somebody inside would break President Trump's longstanding policy of not telegraphing your moves in advance.

Well, now that question appears to have been answered by the Washington Examiner: The acting head of DHS, Kevin McAleenan, reportedly leaked the details of the operation (he traveled alongside the WaPo reporter who broke the story earlier this week) in what sources described as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the raids.


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08-03-2019, 11:14 AM

The Rise Of The American Gestapo



https://www.rutherford.org/publicati..._happened_here

“We the people” are in hot water now....is already happening right under our noses.

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And we elect/appoint them to lead us.... - 08-30-2019, 06:05 AM

Ilhan Omar Demands UN Take Control Of US Borders In Mirror Of European Migrant Crisis



“We have to bring in the United Nations high commissioner on refugees...”

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11-05-2019, 06:43 AM

"I Care" - Emotional Billionaire Cooperman Breaks Out In Tears Over American Political Divide



https://www.zerohedge.com/political/...litical-divide

"This is idiocy, this is appealing to the lowest common denominator by promising everyone free stuff..."

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11-23-2019, 11:27 AM

“Four sorrows are certain to be visited on the United States.

First, there will be a state of perpetual war.

Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal ‘executive branch’ of government into a military junta.

Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions.

Lastly, there is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchanges the education, health, and safety of its citizens.”


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