Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

One from each side of the aisle today.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/us/privately-owned-armored-trucks-raise-eyebrows-after-attack-on-dallas-police.html?_r=0

NYT hit piece on armored vehicles. Every time some crazy putz commits a crime someone wants to ban something for everyone else.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/06/16/n-y-state-senator-proposes-using-gps-implants-to-track-violent-convicts/
Some Republican NY state senator wants to microchip all prisoners because of the 2 fugitives. Here's a relevant quote. I include this quote because it's got the body part they would like to put the chip in - for future reference.
Experts say the chips would be embedded in the neck, underneath six or seven layers of skin. So simply cutting it out without medical assistance would pose a significant health risk, Kramer reported.
The NYCLU objected to the idea.

I would like to point out that you can fry such a chip with a capacitor of sufficient strength, used like a stun gun. One about the strength of one of those one-use camera flashes should do it. No cutting necessary,

I would also like to point out that one can armor one's own vehicles with steel or Kevlar, which if it became unavailable to individuals is also found in some industrial items like heavy-duty conveyor belts. If I remember right there was even something on Come and Make It about laminating your own bulletproof glass.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Texas Pulls $1 Billion in Gold From the NY Fed - Makes it Non-Confiscatable

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-13/writings-wall-texas-pulls-1-billion-gold-ny-fed-makes-it-non-confiscatable

Texas is forming its own state level gold repository.

Think it might secede?  Texas has legal language allowing it to secede. It's got its own electric grid. It's got oil. And now it will have its own gold repository.  (It would seem the drought has been abated there, too, lately.)

This Jade Helm stuff seems more and more like an excuse to put materiel and troops into or near Texas to prevent secession of them and whoever else might want to secede with them.  Or maybe Texas is responding to a perceived threat by stepping up their preparations.  Either way, life seems to be imitating art.

Monday, June 8, 2015

A few bits of noose, er, news

http://www.backwoodsengineer.com/2015/06/the-empire-strikes-back-against.html
The State Dept. is trying to make it illegal to publish any data about firearms online with some changes to ITAR - defining any information about firearms as "technical data" that shouldn't be allowed to go overseas. Each instance of publication would require a separate permission slip from the State Department. This will probably spread to other things like reloading manuals and ballistics charts, and blogging about guns, unless people holler loudly during the comment period.

Got sneakernet? Got USB sticks and burnable DVD's and a scanner or digital camera? Got encryption?
To the commies: FOAD!

I lifted this paragraph from the article: Public comments on the proposed changes to ITAR will be accepted until August 3, 2015. E-mail comments to DDTCPublicComments@state.gov with the subject line indicating the comments concern the ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”. Maybe we can nip this in the bud.
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David Codrea, the famous "Fast and Furious" breaking journalist, has lost his livelihood - the online newspaper that published his stories was nitpicking him to death with rules about self-reference. But if you break a story, that's all you have for reference. He complained about it in his blog, and then they fired him.

It's hard to resist tyranny with no legitimate income. This is why it's important to not keep all your eggs in one basket. You don't want to make it easy for them to get you. Have failsafes, and several backup plans how to survive, including at least one that assumes you've suddenly become an outlaw.


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Victim of Prison Brutality Kills Himself
A black teenager by the name of Kalief Browder in Manhattan was held for three years without trial for a crime he didn't commit, during which time he was subjected at times to beatings and starvation. Kalief Browder came to our attention (among all the other people in similar situations) when Rand Paul spoke about him on his campaign trail. Other celebrities took up his cause and someone was even putting him through school.

Browder just lost to his demons and killed himself. He had been exhibiting symptoms of paranoia - threw his new TV out because he thought the police were watching him through it *, etc, and there were previous suicide attempts... He apparently hanged himself at home by punching a hole in the wall of his bedroom and jumping out the hole. His mother found him. Sic transit gloria mundi.

*...Except in some cases the TV IS watching you. Some high end digital TV's gather data on what you watch and send it places, and it is almost impossible to change their security/privacy settings. Personally I don't feel I owe anything to data miners, and I try to thwart them when I can.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Greece Kicks the Can to June 30

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/greece-delays-imf-payment-pm-181406503.html

The PM of Greece has announced he will bundle 3 payments due in June to the IMF and pay them all on June 30. He is now lobbying for better terms.  The Greek Parliament is mad at him, and he's supposed to address them today.  He refused to continue austerity, but unlocked a bank bailout fund that had enough Euros in it to get Greece through July.

I still don't have much hope that they will pay their debt after that.  If he unlocked the money, why didn't he pay the IMF right then?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ann Barnhardt compares SCOTUS decision on Tibble v. Edison to Holodomor

I have to say I agree: it's a Catch-22. Pensions are damned if they do and damned if they don't, and the Fedgov has set them up to fail and be nationalized stolen.

Not sure if it will go so far as the USSR did to the Kulaks with executions and mass starvation, but it's exactly the same tactic. I doubt they will take the pensions and then pay a good rate of return on them. I bet they'll just take all the pensions and then give the retirees some kind of chit that is really only redeemable in the next world.

Pregare per la patria...

http://www.barnhardt.biz/2015/05/27/definitely-not-a-norman-lear-production/

The pithy part:
Yes, I saw the SCOTUS Tibble vs. Edison decision regarding pension and retirement funds, which allows for government seizure of said funds if the fund or plan “underperforms”.  Here’s the problem with this, and it is very simple.  Interest rates on anything other than 9th level derivatives are zero to negative.  Good grief, Swiss 10-year bonds have a negative yield.  TEN YEAR!  So the oligarchy drives interest rates to zero or lower, which means the only way to have even a chance of generating a return is to invest in super-risky products and derivatives, and then when either the funds fail to perform due to a lack of yield on “safe products”, or due to losses incurred on a high-risk portfolio, the State rushes in to save the people.  Um, yeah.  This is exactly what we have been warning about for years.  I personally have been saying for years both in terms of retirement funds AND Obamacare, that the regime would willfully and with full malice aforethought destroy both the financial markets AND the health insurance system such that the people themselves would be begging for government takeovers of both sectors.  Speaking of which, did you see that most health insurance premiums are set to double again next year?  Yep.  All according to plan, and also according to SIMPLE MATHEMATICS AND COMMON SENSE.

I am reminded by the whole government-imposed zero-to-negative interest rate paradigm of the engineered starvation in the Ukraine in ARSH 1932-33.  I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating.  So in ARSH 1932, Stalin had decided to exterminate the Ukrainian peasant class.  Ukraine was/is the breadbasket of eastern Europe, and wheat farming was huge.  The Soviet agents running Ukraine refused to give the Ukrainian farmers any seed to plant that year’s wheat crop.  The farmers, growing progressively more panicked with each passing day as the planting window closed, would go to the Soviet offices and BEG the bureaucrats for seed.  They were given none.  Fast-forward to harvest time.  The Soviet bureaucrats showed up at the Ukrainian farms and demanded delivery of that year’s wheat crop.  The farmers, stunned by the sheer audacity of the Soviets’ demands for a crop that they categorically refused to give the farmers seed to plant, were then accused of hoarding the non-existent wheat harvest, were lined up and summarily executed as enemies of the people.  The women, elderly and young children were left to starve to death.  Before it was over, many women, driven insane by starvation, had killed, cooked and eaten their own children.  It is conservatively estimated that 4 million people starved to death in the Holodomor, which means “hunger extermination”.  The similarity is striking.  Synthetically eliminate the time value of money, and then demand the generation of a return.  Just sayin’.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Another dead banker

http://nypost.com/2015/05/28/man-falls-to-death-outside-luxury-building/
A 29 year old investment banker in NYC tried several ways to commit suicide unsuccessfully before jumping out of the window of his apartment. His head was bifurcted by a guard rail.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Flashboard, the COG Secret Channel, Was Used During 9/11

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/05/no_author/the-murder-of-jfk-2/
The link above is an article about someone's new book that's coming out on the Deep State. That's the secret government behind the government, or how the government really works.

A secret communications platform exists that is not under the control of any other branch of government, called Flashboard. It is part of COG, or Continuity of Government, provisions that were put in place during the Cold War and was created for the purpose of surviving a nuclear attack on the United States.

Since it was created, this Flashboard has been used during every single major event that rocked American politics, including the murder of JFK, the Watergate scandal, the Iran-Contra affair, and the events of 9/11/01.

The author of the article is careful to say he doesn't believe the same cast of shady characters is using Flashboard to yank our chain over and over again. Instead, whoever has control of it at the time is tempted to use it to circumvent regulations and scrutiny. 

He goes on to claim that the US deep state shadow government as it relates to our security apparatus has been all Republicans no matter who is in the White House, and blames it for interfering with the Iran hostage negotiations in order to throw the presidential election to Ronald Reagan.