Dragon Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon (June 20, 2022)

Posted in China, Foreign Policy, Russia on June 20, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

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[See the e-commentary involving Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon throughout this site.]

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Juneteenth

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Hold ‘em?  Fold ‘em? Who knows? (June 13, 2022)

Posted in Economy, Song Reference, Stock Market on June 13, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Fold ‘em?”

J          “Hold ‘em?”

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K          “Uncertain times.”

J          “Certainement.”

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K        “Every measurement, every metric, every benchmark, every instinct, every impulse, every pulse screams that the financial system should have exploded and imploded years ago.”

J          “The only thing the little person in the American criminal enterprise system can do is buy and hold in and for the long term.  The system is otherwise rigged to plunder the little person and protect the big person.”

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[See the e-commentary at The Great Checkmate And The Great Seesaw: Interesting Rates (April 11, 2022), Careening Toward A Global Totalitarian Authoritarian Behemoth?  And Then There Is The Fed’s Self-Inflicted Great Checkmate. (January 3, 2022) and “Bitcoin”, “Ethereum” . . . “Blockchain Technology” Say What? (July 3, 2017).]

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A day late and a Bitcoin short.

“You’ve got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em,  Know when to walk away, know when to run.  You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”  “The Gambler” written by Don Schlitz and sung by Kenny Rogers.

Hard come, easy go.

Impeach Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Barrett? For Perjury? For Not Good Behaviour? (June 6, 2022)

Posted in Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Supreme Court on June 6, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We agree on something!”

J          “You agree with me on something!”

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J          “The lie is the backbone of contemporary civilization.  But lies are costly and inefficient and not good because you know that you still must commit resources – time and money – to discern the truth. ”

K          “Lying is a way of life.”

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J          “Asking a potential justice how he or she might rule in the future is not allowed in our shallow and faux political politeness.  Asking a justice how he or she respects a ruling in the past – a precedent in a system purportedly underpinned by stare decisis and the rule of precedent – is appropriate.  The ambitious potential Justices were asked about Roe v. Wade . . . and appear to have lied to the Senate to get the job.”

K          “The Constitution states that the judicial officers can remain in office for ‘good behaviour’.  It does not state that they can be removed only for bad behavior.  The test is all well and good and places the burden of proof and persuasion on the judge or Justice.  A procedure should be established to require every federal judge to evince to the satisfaction of the public that he or she has exhibited ‘good behavior’ on the bench every four years.” 

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K          “There is no final decision from the Supreme Beings, so as the lawyers would say the issue is not ripe.”

J          “The Democrats are betting on the January 6 hearings to save them this November not a negative response to the likely decision.”

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[See the e-commentary under the Categories Perjury and Perjury/Dishonesty.]

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“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”  Friedrich Nietzsche (?)

The Life Cycle Of A Novel Idea:  Yesterday And Today.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 30, 2022)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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Yesterday:   “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.”

Today:         “First they ban you, then they block you, then they arrest you, then they suicide you.”

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[See the e-commentary at Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk ; Pax / War. Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 27, 2019), Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018), Memorial Day (May 27, 2013), The Flag (May 31, 2010) and Memorial Day (May 28, 2007).]

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Housing Collapsing Again.  And Then Again In 2029 (May 23, 2022)

Posted in Federal Reserve, Housing, Interest Rates on May 23, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Not again.”

J          “Again.  And then again in 2029.”

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K          “Today the interest rate drives about 86 percent of the decision to purchase a house; the Fed dictates interest rates.  The ‘Wealth Effect’ that arises when one’s paper worth rises substantially drives about 13 percent of the decision; the Fed has distorted and inflated the paper worth of assets to stratospheric and unsustainable levels.  The desire by a few astute characters to rebalance their net worth into real estate drives about 1 percent of the decision; the Fed has distorted the relative value of assets and confounded the balancing act.  Those three drivers are decelerating and will soon crash stupendously.”

J          “Carve out about 17 to 23 percent for those folks who were cooped up and want a bigger coop.  Buckets of ‘helicopter money’ were fluttering and floating around without a home in the hands of folks who want a bigger one.  At the Fed’s direction, interest rates are going up, one’s paper worth is going down, and housing may be too large a percentage of one’s net worth.  However, the value of one’s real estate holdings may remain proportionate because the value of one’s paper worth is also declining.  Someone who had a million dollars in assets and a million dollar home may end up with six hundred thousand dollars in assets and a six hundred thousand dollar home.  And be cured of the deceptive and deleterious ‘Wealth Effect’ that often drives one to be less wealthy in the intermediate run.”

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K          “Again.”

J          “And again.”

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[See the e-commentary at Housing:  Another Bubble Blown By Criminally Low Interest Rates (August 24, 2020) providing a treatise on housing, Housing Again (October 8, 2007) discussing the anatomy of a house, America the Bankrupt: Economics 210 in the Land of the Freeway and the Home of the Wave (January 17, 2005) discussing the “Hyperdive” decline in the economy that is percolating, When the Bubbles Burst (December 4, 2006) discussing the macroeconomic and microeconomic consequences of the housing market collapse when all tools and manipulations finally fail and The Dow Jones (the Murdoch ?) Hits 14 K In A Hollow Economy (July 23, 2007) discussing the decline in the stock market that has been successfully delayed for fifteen years but cannot be avoided forever.]

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Graduation Advice:  Transcend:  Maintain FL 44; Make A Few Discrete Dives And Diversions To TPA (Traffic Pattern Altitude) (May 16, 2022)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 16, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Transcend.”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’22 . . . transcend. . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, . . . transcend.  You have been studying and partying and extracurricularing at a frantic and frenetic pace.  Now is the time to learn to. . . . transcend.  Maintain Flight Level 44 [44,000]; make a few discrete dives and diversions to TPA (Traffic Pattern Altitude) to participate with other members of the community.  Try with all your might to take flight from the Möbius Loop of stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference and arrogance when you can.”

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K          “And eschew fear and wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.  Eat dessert: First.  Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).  Stop, pause, think.  And . . . transcend.”

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J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome, D.C. and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

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[See the original “Sunscreen Column”, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.]

[See the e-commentary at The Möbius Loop Of Stupidity, Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Indifference, Arrogance, . . .  Oh, And Happy Thanksgiving! (November 25, 2019), Graduation Advice: Eschew Fear (May 10, 2021), Graduation Advice:  Stop, Pause, Think (May 18, 2020), Graduation Advice:  Learn To Tie a Bowline (And A Bow Tie) (May 13, 2019), Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018), Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017), Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016) and the advice to youth at Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014).] 

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Transcend

Flee the Mobius Loop

Seventh Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2022 (May 9, 2022)

Posted in Economics, Journalism, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary on May 9, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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            “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Yves Smith (Susan Webber) with Naked Capitalism . . . for stirring the pot, asking hard questions, demanding answers, rejecting lies, spotlighting uncomfortable truths, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  And being a journalist.  And choreographing a collective of journalists who comment with insight and integrity on finance, economics, politics, power and life.”

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[See the e-commentary on the ongoing international crime at The Persecution Of Assange And The Feckless MSM (September 21, 2020).]

[See the e-commentary on the Commentary Award at Sixth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2021 (June 7, 2021), Fifth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2020 (May 4, 2020), Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019), Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018), Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017), First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016), Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013) and Economics And Finance:  Girls v. Boys (June 4, 2018).]

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2023 and a supporting letter by January 21, 2023 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

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“The purpose of arresting Julian Assange is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet and don’t get out of line.  If we, the people, allow the government to control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer America.”  Tulsi Gabbard

Disinformation Governance Board / Ministry Of Truth (May 2, 2022)

Posted in Censorship, Information / Disinformation, Internet, Newspapers, Press/Media on May 2, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Information should be unfiltered.”

J          “Information should be curated.”

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K          “Almost all of our current problems spring from information interference.”

J          “Almost all of our current problems spring from a failure to interfere with misinformation.”

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K          “The people must be obligated to filter information.”

J          “The government must be obligated to curate information.”

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Joint Base State-War (JBS-W) (April 25, 2022)

Posted in Military, War on April 25, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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J          “‘Joint Base State-Offense’ works, but how about ‘Joint Base State-War’ to use the cabinet agencies established in the Constitution and to clarify the mission.”

K        “Like ‘Joint Base Lewis–McChord’ or ‘Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling’ or ‘Joint Base Langley–Eustis’ that consolidate operations of the the military branches.  Then we as a country could establish a cabinet-level ‘Department of Diplomacy’ to handle foreign affairs and international relations.”

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K          “I have shared this concern before.  America has a ‘Department of Offense’ on each side of the Potomac River.  Every time the Metro conductor announces: ‘Next stop . . . Foggy Bottom’, I may be the only one who smiles and realizes that it is the metonym to describe the Department of Offense built literally on a swamp in the D. of C.  America needs to build a cabinet-level ‘Department of Diplomacy’ and critically needs to establish an ‘Office of the Legal Advisor’ and hire the very few Americans who are ‘agreement-capable’ to bring America into the rules-based international community.” 

J          “War is profitable.  Peace is not.  The country needs a more balanced pursuit of peace, but war is a necessary option.”

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K          “I shared a story that I reflect on frequently.  An old experienced law professor who taught comparative law in American and European law schools for over two score years shared his settled observations about the fundamental difference in training and perspective between American-trained lawyers and European-trained lawyers.  With some exceptions, an American-trained lawyer first asks:  “Can we get away with it?”  With some exceptions, an European-trained lawyer first asks:  “Is it lawful?”  Europe and the EU need some European not American thinking.”

J          “You also said something about ‘American-trained Americans’.  What is an ‘American-trained America’?  Is the problem deeper in the state?”

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“I was once asked if I had any ideas for a really scary reality TV show.  I have one reality show that would really make your hair stand on end: “C-Students from Yale.”  George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka Christians, and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.  To say somebody is a PP is to make a perfectly respectable diagnosis, like saying he or she has appendicitis or athlete’s foot . . . PPs are presentable, they know full well the suffering their actions may cause others, but they do not care. They cannot care because they are nuts.  They have a screw loose! . . . So many of these heartless PPs now hold big jobs in our federal government, as though they were leaders instead of sick.  They have taken charge of communications and the schools, so we might as well be Poland under occupation.  They might have felt that taking our country into an endless war was simply something decisive to do. What has allowed so many PPs to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive.  They are going to do something every fuckin’ day and they are not afraid.  Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reasons that they don’t give a fuck what happens next.  Simply can’t.  Do this!  Do that!  Mobilize the reserves!  Privatize the public schools!  Attack Iraq!  Cut health care!  Tap everybody’s telephone!  Cut taxes on the rich!  Build a trillion-dollar missile shield!  Fuck habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and In These Times, and kiss my ass!  There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it.  This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.”  Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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The Other Sabot To Drop (April 18, 2022)

Posted in Society on April 18, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Shoes, not shoe.  And they are all size 15E hobnail combat boots.”

J          “There are as many shoes set to drop as you might find standing around at an Imelda Marcos yard sale.  No one knows which shoe or when, but they know a shoe is going to fall.”

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K          “Everyone was lined up like the figures in the sculpture ‘The Breadline’ by ‘Georg Segal’ displayed at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.  A year ago, they would have staged a fathom apart and dutifully atop the squares on the floor.  Lined up today about a meter apart, each inched closer together as more tax donkeys joined the queue to post their tribute on the last day.  So I did what I do and did field research.  Sullen lugubriousness became sudden loquaciousness.  Others were willing to talk and wanted to talk.  The uncertainty and anxiety are evident.  The fear and dread are palpable.  Then I went about doing the next chore.”

J          “What was terrible before Covid is far worse today.  Nastiness is contagious.  Inconsideration is infectious.  Venality and vileness are viral.  Lying is now a way of life.  Humanity has taken a dive that it will not recover from in our life.”

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[See the e-commentary at Fight Or Flight In The Face Of Fear? A Principled Reaction To Stand (November 30, 2020), Monitoring The Masses:  The Card And The Chip (January 12, 2015), The Populace Is “Dis-ed”: Discombobulated, Disequilibrated, Disquieted, Disconcerted, Dislocated, Disillusioned, Disappointed, Dismayed, Dissed And Dis-ed (February 8, 2021), The Vaccine: The Shot Felt Round The World (November 23, 2020), Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  TSD/PTSD In The New Plague War.  A New Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)? (April 27, 2020) and The Residue of Unrelenting Fear: PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006).]

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