Does Any Institution In America Function? Oh, And Happy Friday The 13th! (December 9, 2019)

Posted in Academia, Banks and Banking System, Congress, Democrats, Federal Courts, Federal Reserve, Institutions, Jurisprudence Award, Kleptocracy, Law, Medicine, MIC, MICAC, Military, MSM, Noble Prize in Jurisprudence, Pushitzer, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Republicans, Supreme Court on December 9, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “I need one more day.”

. . .

K          “You don’t have to name three, just nominate one.”

J          “One institution after the other after the other after the other after the other after the other after the other has failed and continues to fail.  And that is even after lowering the standards to the point that the bar is on the floor.  One more day, I need.”

. . .

K          “The legal system at every level is a fraud and a racket.  We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.  There is no law, there is only ideology.”

J          “The medical and health care / sick careless system is a racket and a fraud.  I drive by the health insurance company skyscraper and reflect that not one person in the monolith has ever applied a band aid to a patient.  There is no care, there is only profitability.”

. . .

K          “The economic system is rigged at every step and turn to loot every last dollar from the people for the benefit of the Kleptocrats.  What is the end game for the expendable consumers who soon will have nothing left to bleed?”

J          “The MSM media is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kleptocrats.  The message is tightly controlled by obedient droves of stenographers.  As a first step, everyone should skip ‘The Wall Street Journal’ and jump over to ‘Wall Street On Parade’ produced by Pam Martens and Russ Martens.”

K          “Academia is a substantially owned subsidiary of the Kleptocrats.  The message on the critical issues is also controlled and shaped by the corporate sponsors.  The campus buildings are all named for brigands; their kids and grandkids are admitted to skip the classes conducted in the namesake halls.  The hallowed halls are hollow holes.  The MIC is now expanded to include Congress and Academia in the MICAC.”

. . .

K          “Every agency from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) – in the air and on the sea – is corrupt and incompetent.  Regulatory capture exists at just about every regulatory agency.”

J          “Furlough the ‘L’ out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (B“L”S).  To determine the real rates of unemployment, a citizen must search in the shadows at “Shadow Government Statistics” prepared and analyzed by the dedicated and informed John Williams.”

K          “And then there is the Federal Reserve.  Probably no other institution, less one and perhaps two, has inflicted more grief and despair on the ordinary citizen with less publicity and notoriety than the Federal Reserve.”

J          “And related agencies such as the Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are pernicious because they fool the citizen into believing that someone is watching out for him or her.”

K          “And the Department of Defense (DoD) exists primarily to spend money, drop bombs, and kill people but not to provide for the common defense.”

. . .

J          “The CIA and the FBI are a threat to every citizen at home and abroad and now may be affiliated with and advancing the interests of one political party.”

K          “The police in every burg and borough are paramilitary forces occupying the city and the county and the country.  Very few understand that the real Occupy movement in America grinds on.”

. . .

K          “Even many of the vaunted NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) surreptitiously serve the government’s interests.  The  Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a front for the MICAC and shielded by the MSM that advances the propaganda.”

. . .

J          “Local EMTs and fire departments are generally contributing to the public good.”

. . .

J          “The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is a credit worthy institution administering its duties dutifully.”

K          “Despite unrelenting opposition from the White House, Republicans and industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing what it can to reduce the plundering and the pummeling of the Planet.” 

. . .

K          “The ACLU is fighting the good fight.”

J          “Planned Parenthood is improving our plight.”

. . .

[See “Journalist:  Newsweek Suppressed OPCW Scandal And Threatened Me With Legal Action” and other articles in “caitlinjohnstone.com” by Caitlin Johnstone, the 2019 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, dated December 8, 2019 and the discussion of e-con-omics in “Against Economics” in “The New York Review of Books” by David Graeber dated December 5, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “Here Comes Da Judge; Dere Goes Da Justice (August 31, 2015)”, “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”, “Suing Law Schools; Suing Gun Makers.  Oh, And Happy Law Day! (April 30, 2018)” and “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”  Eric Hoffer

America is a racket not a republic.

“If the misery of the poor not be caused by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”  Charles Darwin 

There is nothing you can do to make any material change of any kind in any way today.

“Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”  Arthur Ashe

Impeachment Imbroglio.  Oh, And Happy Saint Nicholas Day! (December 2, 2019)

Posted in Democrats, Elections, Impeachment, Republicans, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on December 2, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Then don’t say anything at all, she would say.  Nicely.”

J          “Mom’s Injunction is one of her enduring legacies.  Before saying anything about him, I sat down with a pen and paper and forced myself to posit some positive attributes about him.  There just is not much nice you can say about him.”

. . .

K          “O’Bama committed one hundred impeachable offenses, but the big players let them slid.  Even Mitch McConnell, the vile and virulent pest and parasite of the Senate, was more of a gnat than a tape worm to O’Bama.”

J          “Our good friend President Cheney and his Vice President Bush committed one thousand impeachable offenses, but the big players let them slid too.  Lettings things slid is the settled practice for those on the inside.”

. . .

K          “I first suspected the existence of what others call the Deep State when I read an MSM article discussing the Pentagon’s actions contrary to President Jimmy Carter’s direct orders and directions.  Youth confronting truth.”

J          “They really do what they want to do.  That is the settled practice for those on the inside.”

. . .

K          “Foreign Service Officers are selected after a rigorous review to guarantee that they will espouse the company message without question or hesitation.  Their testimony is not surprising and not worth much.”

J          “Neo-conservatives in foreign policy and neo-liberals in domestic policy manufactured by what passes for Academia with the homogeneity of McDonald’s hamburgers.  The State Department earned the metonym ‘Foggy Bottom’ from the nearby Metro stop and the miasma that emanates from the swamp it calls home.  Apt and delightfully ironic.”

. . .

K          “Another mole hill being morphed into a mountain to make money for the MSM.  No one even alludes to the real crimes.  Everyone disregards the actual election interference.”

J          “And the MSM are getting rich beyond their wildest fantasy channeling the Congressional zoo the way they ring mastered the election circus.  A side show was turned into the big show.”

. . .

K          “Roving bands of warring Mafia-like criminal families including the Clintoni Gang, the Trumpi Gang, the Bideni Gang and other gangs range the country.  The Clintoni Gang contrived their billion dollar criminal enterprise doing business as the Clintoni Global Initiative and skimmed tens of millions of dollars for themselves.  The criminal enterprise doing business as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is now supporting the Bideni Gang.  I am all in favor of investigating the crimes of the three crime family syndicates.”

J          “Trumpi has never played well with others.  The others are ganging up on him because he is not on the inside.  The Clintoni Gang and the Bideni Gang are conspiring with the Deep State and the MSM to take out and take down the Trumpi Gang.  Bloods versus Crips.”

. . .

K          “The Republican National Committee (RNC) ran a fair and open primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) ran an unfair and rigged primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.”

J          “The great war between the ‘D’ Division and the ‘R’ Division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ rages on.  The Bloods and the Crips, I tell you.  It is a street fight raging in the suites.”  

. . .

K          “From the testimony to date, the Saurian Monster merely jay walked.  Jay walking is not an impeachable offense.  Unless the Democrats focus their undigested and misplaced anger, he will ultimately walk away with the election.”

J          “He did more than jay walk.  Let’s describe it as speeding at an excessive rate in a grammar school zone.  Yet his many other high crimes and deplorable demeanor are rarely and barely mentioned.”

. . .

K          “The biggest challenge for the individual American citizen is to search for not outlandishly and outrageously expensive health care.  The biggest issue facing the nation is the failing financial system on life support via the quasi-legal activity of the Federal Reserve bailing out the banks without any Congressional approval or oversight.  Congress should be holding hearings on that issue.  The biggest threat facing the planet is the threat we pose to the planet.”

J          “Round Four of Quantitative Easing is now in full swing at three trillion dollars and spiraling.  Many kids would not mind the Fed tossing a trillion dollars their way to ease the quantity of their student loans.”

. . .

K          “If he is to be impeached, Trumpi should be impeached by the populace on November 3.  And he should indeed be impeached by the populace on November 3.”

J          “After deciding in 2016 to lose with Clinton rather than to win with Bernie, the Democrats are secretly and realistically anxious that they cannot make a compelling case to the American people next November.”

K          “The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is committed to losing with Biden or a Biden substitute rather than winning with Bernie or a Bernie substitute.”

J          “The Democrats truly are losers.  The impeachment charade may be their last hurrah.”

. . .

[See “Why do some British people dislike Donald Trump?” in “Quora” by Nate White dated February 14, 2019, “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal” in “The New York Times” by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire dated April 23, 2015 and all the trenchant articles by Pam Martens and Russ Martens in “Wall Street On Parade” presented as a public service to all of us.]

[See the e-commentary at “DNC:  ‘We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.’ (February 27, 2017)”, “Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 2, 2015)”, and the e-commentary over five years ago questioning the involvement of the sons and scions of politicians in dubious business deals overseas at “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.”  Nate White

2020  Any Functioning Adult

The Möbius Loop Of Stupidity, Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Indifference, Arrogance, . . .  Oh, And Happy Thanksgiving! (November 25, 2019)

Posted in Society on November 25, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Each day is an interminable Möbius Loop of stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, . . .”

J          “My days are blessedly different and gyrate around incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference, arrogance, stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, . . .”

. . .

K          “Punctuated occasionally by a tincture of truth.”

J          “And permeated once in a while by a cameo of beauty.”

. . .    

J          “There is something to be said for stable health.”

K          “I’ll say.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)”, “America’s Fraud Factories (October 18, 2010)” and “Oh, And Happy Holidays! (December 24, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Think even smaller

Don’t think about it so much

Waiting for Sisyphus

Don’t think about it so much

Peak Stupidity; Peak Ill-advisability

Living (?) Life’s Corrosive Lie (November 18, 2019)

Posted in Gay Politics, Gender, Hypocrisy on November 18, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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W        “I am impressed that the guys don’t give it a second thought.”

M         “What did they probably not give a first thought?”

W         “[Male Name].”

M         “I had a feeling.  Glad you brought it up.  They don’t give it a second thought because they don’t give it a first thought.  They don’t even suspect.”

W         “No.  You can’t be serious.  It’s so obvious.  Within minutes of meeting [Female Name] at their Christmas Party, we shared a knowing nod from across the room.  The threat level from “[Male Name]” is instinctively and palpably less than other males.  And how could a doctor, a lawyer and a college professor not know?  Are they oblivious?”

M         “A male doctor, a male lawyer and a male college professor.  They are members of the oblivious gender, so yes they are perforce oblivious.  You’re a member of the smart gender, they are members of the not-so smart gender.  He spends each waking moment in hiding and living a lie.  It can’t be allowed to be revealed or even suspected.  Tragic and sad.”

W         “Half of us are not fooled.”

M         “Obliviousness can serve a positive good.”

. . .

. . .

W        “You noticed that I noticed that you noticed that I waited a few second before turning and smiling.  ‘He was a man’s man.’  The chant and mantra of the celebration of his life.  And half of them were clueless about the absolute truth of what he was saying about him.”

M         “He took it to his grave.  I sometimes wonder if it did not slowly cripple and corrode and kill him.”   

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Big Decision (December 13, 2010)” and “Less Government Regulation Series: Love and Marriage (May 19, 2008)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Live and let die.  Really?

Sanctions:  Stupid, Absurd, Futile?  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans Day! (November 11, 2019)

Posted in Sanctions, SWIFT, World's Reserve Currency on November 11, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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J          “But stupidity, absurdity and futility may be the unwitting goals.  Or they may not even have a goal.”

K          “Or an idea.”

. . .

K          “At least sanctions have the saving grace of not being more bombing and more killing and more killing and more bombing and more bombing and more killing.”

J          “They are considered tools of diplomacy rather than weapons of war.  However, I am not so sure whether they are not ineffective as tools of diplomacy yet very effective in instigating war.”

. . .

K          “Sanctions imposed on a country unite the country against a common threat and accelerate the drive to be independent of the good or service being withheld.  Denying a people things ranging from exotic fromage to the esoteric internet financial infrastructure to handle business transactions becomes the mother of invention.”

J          “And in the intermediate term, the sanctioned people become more independent and much stronger.”

. . .

K          “Far too many of the sanctions imposed by the United States are illegal under national and international law, weaponize the U.S.’s control of the world’s reserve currency, and/or are simply counterproductive and invite blowback.”

J          “There will be blowback.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary including the discussion of sanctions at “‘Grexit’, ‘GrexEUnt’, Percolating Problems:  PIIGS, BRICS, EU, EC, ECB, IMF, NATO, WTO, WAR (February 23, 2015)”, a discussion of SWIFT and other topics at “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)” and “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“That which does not kill me only makes me stronger.”  Nietzsche

“The real power in America is held by a fast-emerging new Oligarchy of pimps and preachers who see no need for Democracy or fairness or even trees, except maybe the ones in their own yards, and they don’t mind admitting it.  They worship money and power and death.  Their ideal solution to all the nation’s problems would be another 100 Year War.”  Hunter S. Thompson

Wandering E-con-omists:  The Travels And Travails Of E-con-omic Sciences (November 4, 2019)

Posted in Economics, Economics Nobel, Noble Prize in Eco-nomics on November 4, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “For decades, the econ. boys have had their own fraternity house/crash pad/temple and a separate department in academia to give them street cred. and street money.  The peripatetic ghost was harbored first in the Department of Religion / Department of Mathematics and then floated to the Department of Psychology and is now decamped in the current haunt in the Department of Computer Science.”

J          “The great journey from the Monetarists/Mathematicians/Religionists to the Behaviorists to the Coders.  They will be giddy to see the word ‘Science’ on the plaque outside their current hang out.  The great anxiety and anguish for e-con-omists is that the few thinking folks do not regard it as a science.  And the reason the few thinking folks do not regard it as a science is because it is not a science.”

K          “Where will they wander next?  The Department of Astrology?”

J          “The Swedish central bank award for ‘E-con-omic Sciences’ nourishes their delusion and assuages their angst.”

. . .

J          “During the formal religious phase, the Monetarists/Religionists assumed what they proclaimed is an indisputable assumption:  ‘God exists’ and then jumped to the conclusion:  ‘God exists’.  The shamans and the shills collected considerable mammon and lucre for spreading the gospel that the rich and powerful must be rewarded at all costs.  If anyone doubted the conclusion, they dismissed the cavil and reiterated that it followed logically and inevitably from their indisputable assumption.”

K          “They like tautologies.  God is Mammon; Mammon is God.  Their gospel claimed to be air tight, but it lacks any real air.”

J          “It is hot air.  But their God sure made buckets and boat loads of money for those on the inside and spewed a few shillings for those who did their shilling.”

. . .

K          “During their interregnum in the Department of Psychology, at least the Behaviorists claimed to gander at how folks behave en route to positing how folks behave.”

. . .

K          “Now they are into randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that purport to explain and predict behavior.  Testing just like the doctors.”

J          “The real doctors have the Hippocratic Oath and the e-con-omics shamans and charlatans now have their precious computer code.  And they can allay their anxieties because it is after all . . . science!”

K          “But you cannot replicate the studies.  So it is not real science!”

J          “Don’t hurt their feelings.  Don’t undermine their self-esteem.”

. . .

K          “Full circle or moving forward?”

J          “Sideways or backwards?”

. . .

[See “New Nobel Winners Are Latest Bad Sign for Economic Theory” in “Mises Wire” by Peter G. Klein dated October 15, 2019, “Impoverished economics?  Unpacking the economics Nobel Prize” in “Open Democracy” by Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven dated October 18, 2019 reprinted with commentary by Yves Smith in “Naked Capitalism” dated October 18, 2019 and “What randomisation can and cannot do: The 2019 Nobel Prize” in “VoxEU” by Kevin Bryan dated October 29, 2019 reprinted with commentary by Yves Smith in “Naked Capitalism” dated November 2, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary under the Categories “Economics”, “Economics Nobel” and “Noble Prize in Eco-nomics”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Economics:   If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand.  With a nod to Oscar Wilde

Not all who wander are lost, but some are

Tulsi, MSM, NYT, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Real News, Fake News, Neo-McCarthyism.  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 28, 2019)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Boycott Series, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, War and Wall Street Party on October 28, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “She is a direct threat to the Ruling Class and the War and Wall Street Party.”

J          “They absolutely will not tolerate her threat under any circumstances.”

. . .

K          “Defining the MSM as they dub it – this Main Stream Media gang – takes some finesse, yet ‘The New York Times’ is certainly a charter member.  Tulsi spoke truth and sincerity and had to be taken down and out.  The NYT assigned one of their journalist assassins to do the hit job and draft the hatchet report.”

J          “And for her obedient efforts, Lisa Lerer will be given a Pulitzer in 2025 if not in 2020.”

. . .

K          “The corporate mouthpiece MSNBC engages girls and boys who sound like a cackle of envious nerds.  The politicians are trapped in high school; the faux journalists are the wannabees trapped in junior high school willing to conform and perform at any and all costs to be accepted by the high school kids.”

J          “And for their obedient efforts, Kimberly Atkins and Jonathan Allen will be given Emmys in 2030 if not in 2020.”

. . .

K          “I try not to buy any product advertised on the Clinton News Network or Fox or MSNBC.  True to agenda, the Clinton Network also decided that Tulsi represented a threat to CNN’s corporate masters and did not challenge a slanderous comment by one of their mouth pieces that was implicitly endorsed by the others.”

J          “And for his obedient efforts, Bakari Sellers will be given a Kennedy Award for Cowardice in 2035 if not in 2020.”

K          “Anything said or read on CNN, Fox or MSNBC is presumptively false and misleading.  However, the presumption is rebuttable.”

. . .

K          “In the past, the psychopaths and sociopaths congregated in politics, yet now they are finding a haven and a refuge in faux journalism.”

J          “No rational and emotionally health person with a modicum of integrity and courage would enter politics or conventional journalism today.”

. . .

K          “Even one of America’s worst and most vicious and deplorable war criminals, Ms. Hillary, is terrified that the concerns expressed by Tulsi reflect the concerns of the average American and threaten the interests of the War and Wall Street Party.”

J          “Lock her up.  Hillary.  After a fair trial.”

K          “Lock her up.  Lock him up.  After fair trials.”

J          “How about co-ed prisons for politicians whose greatest punishment is seeing each other every day in and every day out for decades out in the Yard.”

. . . 

K          “One of the many problems, both a cause and a symptom, in a failing Empire is the lack of an Elite.  The American Empire is sans an Elite.”

. . .

[See “Everyone Is a Russian Asset” in “Rolling Stone” by Matt Taibbi dated October 21, 2019, “This MSNBC Clip Is Everything Ugly About Russia Smears” in “Caitlin Johnston.com” by Caitlin Johnston, the recipient of the Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019, dated October 20, 2019, “Green Party Torches Hillary Clinton For Claiming Jill Stein Is ‘Totally’ a Russian Asset” in “Rolling Stone” by Tessa Stuart dated October 18, 2019, “Tulsi Nails it on National TV … US Regime-Change Wars” in “Strategic Culture Foundation” by Finian Cunningham dated October 18, 2019, “The Media War On Truthful Reporting And Legitimate Opinions – A Documentary” in “Moon of Alabama” dated April 21, 2018 and “What You Think Is Controlled By What You Watch, And What You Watch Is Controlled By The Elite” in “The Economic Collapse” by Michael Snyder dated October 24, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “The Medium Mandates The Message.  Analog v. Digital: Monopolization & Monetization. Oh, And Happy World Press Freedom Day! (May 7, 2018)”, “A ‘Journalist’ Declares War On Journalists . . . And Journalism (November 28, 2016)”, “Dispatches From The War On Journalism:  The New ‘Nixon’s Enemies List’ (December 5, 2016)”, “DNC:  ‘We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.’ (February 27, 2017)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War? Pressing The Pushitzers. (April 22, 2013)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

ABCNNBCBS does not have many answers; Faux/Fox does not even ask the right questions

“You may think you know what you’re dealing with, but, believe me, you don’t.”  Noah Cross (John Huston), “Chinatown”

Psychopaths and Sociopaths for Hillary

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