Election 2018:  God Meddled (November 19, 2018)

Posted in Elections, Voting on November 19, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “God meddled in the election.”

J          “That’s the word from on high.”

. . .

K          “James Madison sent an unrelenting torrent of texts and tweets to God decreeing that only divine intervention would to save the Republic he worked so hard to sire and inspire.”

J          “Something happened on high.  If the people had not taken the House of Commons, the Republicans would have rapes and ravaged the Republic without check or balance.”

. . .

J          “Despite all the political gerrymandering and the active voter suppression, the House of Representatives is beginning to look like one of those ads featuring a Noah’s Ark of humanity tableau.”

K          “Whatever floats our boat is fine with me.”

J          “Me too.  Just keep everything in check and everything in balance.”

. . . 

[A “Blue Wave” may be an exaggeration, yet there were some lapis lazuli lappings at the shore.]

[See the e-commentary at “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Blue Splash

“It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.  But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?  If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”  Federalist No. 51, generally attributed to Jimmy Madison of the Publius Brothers 

The United States Military Is A Communist Organization.  Thank God.  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day!  (November 12, 2018)

Posted in Military, War on November 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

J          “According to the DD 214, from August 7, 1996 to March 16, 2004.  Proudly and with distinction.  And one is never an ‘ex’ Marine, one is always a ‘former’ Marine.”

. . .

K          “They focus on the unit not the individual.”

J          “They work an extra half hour to complete the mission without spending an hour and a half completing paperwork seeking two hours of comp time.”

K          “They provide a single payer health care system collectively without bankrupting the individual while providing a basic human right.”

J          “They do not try to distinguish themselves with expensive threads.  Their uniforms are . . . uniform.”

K          “They do not try to distinguish themselves with elaborate bouffants.  They do sport crew cuts and everyone in the crew works together to make the cut.”

J          “They do distinguish themselves by distinguishing themselves.”

K          “They do get the job done.”

. . .

K          “In theory, the military is subordinate to civilian control.”

J          “In practice, for my entire life, the civilian controllers have needlessly killed and maimed the courageous and patriotic kids in the American military in unnecessary and illegal wars of aggression calculated and designed to create chaos and instability throughout the world.”

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[The political events of the past week must stew and gestate and percolate for another week.]

[Savor the speech by Jim Lehrer at the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of the Marine Corps on November 10, 2006 and note his reference to the greatest Marine of all time, Smedley Butler.]

[See the e-commentary at “Vet’s Day; Slavery And Due Process (November 12, 2007)” and “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’; The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Semper fi

Gung-ho 

Vote . . .  Oh, And Happy Election Day! (November 5, 2018)

Posted in Voting on November 5, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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And provide your neighbors with the courage to vote.

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[See the e-commentary on the consequences of large voter turnout in “Sweet Senate Alabama (December 18, 2017)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

My vote cancels your vote; unless you don’t vote

Everything Monopolized, Nothing Economized.  Completion Of “The General Theory Of Economics” Is In Remission . . .  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 29, 2018)

Posted in Economics, Economics Nobel, Market Solutions, Markets, Monopoly, Noble Prize in Eco-nomics, Price, Technology on October 29, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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J          “Bummer.  After all that time and thought.”

K          “And all that fun.  I tell you I realized that if it was going to be done and if it was going to be done right, I would have to do it to get it done right.”

J          “Been there.  Done that.”

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K          “A construct such as the IS-LM model is largely malarkey but is heuristically valuable.  Today, the fundamental problem trying to describe and direct the operation and function of the economy is that there really is not an operating and functioning economy.  With all of the distortion, intervention and manipulation, price is not tied to anything real.  Every business, every single business in every single industry, is a monopoly.  The business is the industry; the industry is the business.  From pork to politics.”

J          “Yet only a few folks have discovered and understand that we cannot discover price.  Price discovery now is so passé.  Without price, we cannot communicate in the economic marketplace.  And the central bankers working alone and together destroyed the language of the marketplace.”

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K          “He left Iowa with his father marketing the hogs to five potential buyers and returned to find that one buyer sets the price.”

J          “And both Senators from Iowa are Republicans.  You don’t have to ‘go figure’ when ‘it figures’ so clearly.”

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J          “And the Swedish central bankers reward those individuals who provide the economic cover for the crimes and misdemeanors of all the central bankers by giving their ignoble ‘Nobel’ Prize in E-con-omics to the most successful errand boy or girl.”

K          “The Noble Prize in Eco-nomics is the part of the answer.”

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J          “The most vexing monopoly is the government/corporate syndicate that precludes any competing alternative entity.”

K          “The twisted irony is that most industries, and all the major tech industries without exception, are basically ‘natural monopolies’ and thus ‘utilities’ such as the water company.  A utility is a monopoly.  A monopoly must be regulated.  Yet the tech companies/tech utilities own the government and quash any regulation.”

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J          “The Republican political monopoly firmly supports the current economic monopolies who in turn own the Republican political monopoly.  The Death Spiral is spiraling but not changing.”

K          “In a fortnight, the slow boiling coup d’état by the Republicans could be completed by the Republicans.  If the Democrats do not take the House, the control of government will be concentrated in one mega-corporation – the Republican Party, Inc. / the Corporation, Inc.  The political ‘campaign’ is aptly namely for battle because the Democrats are charging east up Jenkins Hill trying to retake the southern flank of the Capitol and the House of Commons under intense enemy fire.  We need to hire the friends and fire the enemy.”

J          “The Presidency is a lock, the Judiciary is the stock and the Congress is the barrel.  Lock, stock and barrel.” 

K          “For the next two years at least, the Presidency is indeed a lock for the Republicans.  For the rest of our time on this Planet, the judiciary is a laughing stock and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, Inc. / the Corporation, Inc. doing their bidding.  And the Republican Congress has the ordinary citizen over a barrel.”

J          “Hook, line and sinker.  We are hooked, they have us firmly on the line and all of us are sunk.”

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[See the discussion in “This is Not a Market” in “The Automatic Earth” by Raul Ilargi Meijer dated April 23, 2018.]

[See the scary e-commentary last Halloween at “Are ‘Prices’ Language?  Are Antitrust Laws Grounded In The First Amendment?  How Do We Forestall The ‘Frightful Five’ And Other Monopolies. Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 30, 2017)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Free markets now!

“Free” Speech At The “Free Speech Forum” (October 22, 2018)

Posted in First Amendment, Freedom / Liberty on October 22, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They advertised the ‘Free Speech Forum’ as ‘a gathering open to everyone and anyone committed to free, open, unfettered and unbounded discussion of any and all topics and concerns’ and in the very fine print noted ‘(except topics and concerns that are too complex, painful or difficult to address as determined by the unfettered discretion of the Committee)’.”

J          “Calling it the ‘Forum After The Forum’ is intriguing and inviting.  I am intrigued; I feel invited.  ‘A gathering open to everyone and anyone committed to free, open, unfettered and unbounded discussion of any and all topics and concerns including but not limited to topics and concerns that are complex, painful and difficult to address’ sums it up.”

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J          “There is no entry fee to the Forum, but there is a cost.”

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K          “I hate to see folks doing to themselves what we try so hard to keep the government from doing to us.”

J          “You must make both gigs to find out what cannot be discussed and then to find out what must be discussed.”

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[See the e-commentary at “NFL Protests:  Celebrating And Revering A Great American Tradition (September 25, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Smith/Norman/Carlos tableau is a cross between the Statute of Liberty and the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima

If you want to know who controls you, consider those you are not allowed to criticize

Free Speech, why not?

Free Speech, what good does it really do if it is enslaved?

Third Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 15, 2018)

Posted in Noble Prize in Jurisprudence, Supreme Court on October 15, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “A prize dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the work of someone who or some organization that really knows something about jurisprudence and the impact of courts, judges, lawyers and police on the lives and livelihood of ordinary citizens.  Someone who lives the conviction that men and women should establish and respect some norms and standards that are promulgated clearly to all and enforced equally in favor of and against all.”

J          “Someone who advances the Rule of Law and stuff like that.  I like it.  The law schools are vacant deserts of inbreeding and infighting that gestate little legal gamesters.  But they do surprise and do apparently house two dozen hundred (2400) courageous professors willing to take a public stand against an unqualified individual nominated for the Supreme Court.  And yet the bench remains a magnet for wankers who played the legal game profitably and perpetuate the game for the benefit of the judges and a few lawyers.  Is anyone qualified in America?  Is someone outside American eligible?  Give the nod again to another underappreciated and overworked public defender who somehow managed to make a difference and call it good.”

K          “We should.  Remember that they were included in the group of individuals who received the award two years ago.  The recipient of the third annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence . . . is another group . . . you got it . . . the cohort of courageous law professors willing to take a public stand against an unqualified individual nominated for the Supreme Court.  Many of them hail from the corporatist law factories such as Yale, Harvard, Chicago and Virginia and may have jeopardized their careers by taking a stand.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Second Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 16, 2017)”, “First Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 17, 2016)” and “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

e-mail to a group who shared their concerns with Senator Murky about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh written after she failed to vote “no” despite expressing some reservations:

Were we played?  Were we conned?  Were we duped?  Were we punked?  Were we chumped?

Someone said weeks ago that the only certainty in the confirmation process is that BK will be confirmed at the end of the process.  Everything else is just staged theater.  One thing and only one thing mattered to me – did Murkowtowski vote “no” on the nomination? 

Someone asked yesterday and someone else contended today that everything was just a staged show.  A comment from someone still haunts me:

          I don’t give Murkowski any credit either – she got the greenlight from her leadership to vote “no” only after it became clear that Manchin would nullify her vote.

          Collins and Flake played their usual coy act then voted straight party line as always.  Collins undoubtedly received sufficient promise of support in her next election or some other incentive, and Flake was voting for his post-office employment in the right-wing lobbying/consulting/think tank world.

In one of my seven substantive letters to her (often copied to Collins and Sullivan), the letter on August 18 concluded with a challenge:

          A few years ago, the original vote card tallying the Senate vote on the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that passed in 1964 was displayed at a National Archives exhibit down the street from your shop.  For all time, there are check marks under “No” next to Ernest Gruening’s name and next to Wayne Morse’s name. 

Flake is as advertised.  Murkowski and Collins elected to fail.  So much for electing more women in politics and expecting a positive difference.  Same new same new.  We cannot fail not to elect them in the next go round.

Third Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 8, 2018)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Economics, Economics Nobel, Nobel Prize, Noble Prize, Noble Prize in Eco-nomics on October 8, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “An award dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the work of someone on the planet who really knows something about eco-nomics.  Eco-nomics is about making and sharing; e-con-omics is about taking and stealing.”

J          “The Noble Prize in Eco-nomics is a delightful and playful replacement for the discredited and misnamed ‘Nobel’ Prize in Voodoo E-con-omics.  And I get it.  You get what you reward.  You need to reward what you want to get.  Who gets it this year?”

K          “The recipient of the third annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics is . . . Ellen H. Brown who writes and speaks about money, banking, financial reform and the need for publicly run banks.  A lawyer and political candidate, Ms. Brown is the founder and president of the Public Banking Institute, a nonpartisan think tank researching and advocating for the creation of publicly run banks.  She has authored twelve books including Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution, speaks regularly on these topics and crafts the “Web of Debt Blog.”  Her considerable corpus of work is undergirded by the conviction that eco-nomics should be concerned with pursuing the public good not just producing goods.”

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J          “The ‘Nobel’ Prize in Voodoo E-con-omics is given by the Swedish Central Bank to someone who advances the interests of the central bankers or at least does not threaten them.  Their selections are not surprising.  Ellen Brown is number ‘n’ on the central bankers’ list of possible recipients.” 

K          “Bill Black is a co-number ‘n’ on the central bankers’ list of possible recipients.”  

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K          “The Committee also examined and considered the pioneering work of Professors Mark Skidmore and Laurence  J. Kotlikoff who have contributed immensely and without enough credit to tracking and analyzing federal expenditures that are not on the books or part of the public discussion.”

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[See the “Intergenerational Financial Obligations Reform Act” (INFORM Act), “Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?” in “Forbes” by Laurence Kotlikoff and Mark Skidmore dated December 8, 2017 and “Heretics welcome!  Economics needs a new Reformation” in “The Guardian” by Larry Elliott dated December 17, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary at “Second Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 9, 2017)”, “First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 10, 2016)”, “Announcing The First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (May 2, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “From e-con-omics to eco-nomics? (August 1, 2011)”, and “Skip the Nobel in Economics (October 6, 2009)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The life cycle of American business:  Engineers build, salespersons sell, hedge funders loot

When what is known as “e-con-omics” transitioned to “behavioral economics,” the undertaking should have been moved from the department of religion to the department of psychology.  The undisciplined discipline does not require its own department.

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