“Chestfeeding People” is the New Gender Inclusive Term in UK Hospitals

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Chestfeeding People” is the New Gender Inclusive Term in UK Hospitals

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals are part of the UK’s National Health Service network.

In a recent bulletin, the hospitals lay out their new policy on “Gender Inclusion Language Guidance in Maternity”.

“For us, a gender-additive approach means using gender-neutral language alongside the language of womanhood, in order to ensure that everyone is represented and included.”

Apparently the term ‘breastfeeding’ is now offensive according to our social warlords. And it’s even more offensive to refer to a mother who’s nursing as a “breastfeeding woman,” because that terminology is not gender-inclusive.

So the hospitals will therefore begin referring to such people as “chestfeeding people”.

The hospital cites precedents set by the British Medical Association which “recognises that a large majority of people who get pregnant and give birth are women however some may be trans men or non-binary people.”

Therefore, the term “pregnant people” is more politically correct than “expectant mothers”.

Click here to read the bulletin.

Getting the right answer in math class is White Supremacy

A recent update from the Oregon Department of education encourages math teachers to sign up for an online course meant to “Dismantle Racism in Mathematics Instruction.”

The course tells math teachers, for example, that “White supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms when… [t]he focus is on getting the ‘right’ answer.”

Other white supremacist math practices include tracking students’ progress, and requiring students to meet academic expectations.

Click here to read the material.

Google Offers “Black-Owned Business” Label to Online Retailers

Google now allows Black-owned online retailers to add a label which says a business, “identifies as black owned.”

However, there does not appear to be any proof required to change your business identity to black-owned.

We wonder whether Google will eventually have to start auditing some entrepreneur’s claims… or how they’ll set up an adjudication process if someone identifies as Black, but consumers dispute the claim.

In case you’re wondering, Google has no labels for businesses owned by trans, non-binary, Native American, disabled, queer, etc. individuals.

Click here to read the full story.

Singer Fined €3000 for Singing With his Son

A Bavarian court fined a German folk singer €3000 for violating child labor laws.

His crime: allowing his then four year old son to sing a song with him on stage in 2019.

The father and son sang “What a Wonderful World” while the rest of the family, and audience, watched. The German government considered this “employing” the child for the half hour or so he was on stage.

If this had occurred between 8am and 5pm, no crime would have taken place. But because German law prohibits children from from performing after 5pm, the 8pm concert violated the child labor law.

So the German government is treating this dad as if he sent his son down into the coal mines.

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This free gift from the government is going to expire in a few years

In the early first century AD, in the final years of his reign, the Roman emperor Augustus imposed a new tax on his subjects called the vicesima hereditatium.

In Latin this means literally “twentieth of inheritance”, and in effect it was a 5% tax (i.e. 1/20th) on money and property that was inherited after someone died.

Augustus exempted close relatives from paying the tax– so someone’s children, for example, didn’t have to pay. But everyone else had to fork over a piece of the action to the Roman state.

Subsequent Roman emperors modified the law; Trajan, a second century AD emperor, created a ‘floor’ for the tax, so that anyone who inherited below a minimum amount wouldn’t have to pay.

And, as you can imagine, the tax rate rose over time.

Rome wasn’t the first civilization to come up with an estate or inheritance tax; there’s evidence going all the way back to ancient Egypt that the Pharoahs taxed the property of the dead.

And these days, estate and inheritance taxes remain a perennial favorite of bankrupt governments who are in need of cash.

To them, the only good wealthy person is a dead wealthy person, and there’s nothing they love more than stealing the assets of dead rich people.

After all, the political consequences are minimal: dead people don’t cast ballots (unless they’re voting for Joe Biden.)

The mere concept of a death tax is pretty offensive when you think about it. They tax you when you earn. They tax you when you save. They tax you when you spend. And they even tax you when you die.

But like all taxes, there are always ways around it.

There are steps you can take, for example, to dramatically reduce your income tax (i.e. the taxes you pay when you earn). You can maximize tax efficient retirement contributions, move to a lower tax state, take advantage of Puerto Rico’s extraordinary tax incentives, etc.

You can take steps to reduce taxes when you save– for example, establishing a robust retirement account like a solo 401(k), or a foreign structure like a Maltese pension plan.

Similarly, you can take completely legal steps to ensure the government doesn’t confiscate your assets once you’ve passed away.

And frankly now is the best time to think about doing this if you’re in the Land of the Free.

This isn’t just for older people. In fact, thinking about estate tax is especially true right now IF YOU’RE YOUNG!

First– some background.

Just like the Roman Empire under Emperor Trajan, the US federal government has a wealth limit, below which your ‘estate’ is not subject to any tax after you pass away.

But those limits vary from year to year.

2001, for example, was a terrible year to die.

That’s because the estate tax exemption back in 2001 was just $675,000. And the net value of your estate over that amount was taxed at a whopping 55%.

Over time, the exemption went up. And after the tax reform of 2017, the estate tax exemption is now $11.7 million per person, $23.4 million per couple.

Let’s be honest: that’s a lot of money. And most people will think, “Big deal, I’m worth less than $23.4 million, so I don’t even need to think about estate tax.”

But just remember that the $23.4 million exemption is set to expire in 2026, at which point the exemption drops back down to $6 million per person.

Again, though, you might think, “But I’m worth less than $6 million, so I still don’t need to think about estate tax.”

But consider the following:

A) The Bolsheviks who have invaded the media and political establishments LOVE the idea of taxing dead people.

And as the US national debt continues to rise, and the Bolsheviks continue spending unbelievable amounts of money on everything from the Green New Deal to Universal Basic Income (aka ‘Covid Relief’ in disguise), they’re going to need more funding sources.

So it’s totally possible they could whip the estate tax exemption back down to a MUCH lower level.

B) States also have estate and inheritance taxes

Even if the federal exemption level doesn’t change, bear in mind that states have different limits and taxes too.

For example, Rhode Island’s estate tax exemption is much lower– around $1.5 million. Washington state’s estate tax maxes out at 20%, and Nebraska’s top inheritance tax rate is 18%.

C) This matters even more if you’re young.

If you’re a broke 20 year old, you might think that making a few million bucks sounds impossible. Don’t underestimate yourself. Life is long and full of opportunity. And as crazy as the world is, talented people of integrity will always be able to create value and build wealth.

I know it’s a difficult exercise when you’re young, but if you think 70+ years down the road, you could easily find yourself having achieved far more financial success than the estate tax exemption.

So taking steps now while the exemption is high makes a lot of sense.

And that’s the entire point: right now the exemption is far greater than most people’s level of wealth, which makes it a golden opportunity to think about estate planning.

For example, setting up a properly structured domestic trust is a great option to consider.

Through a trust, you could still essentially retain control over your assets, but move them out of your taxable estate forever.

Here’s an example: Imagine you’re starting a new business. On day 1, your business is essentially worthless. So you set up a perpetual, revocable trust in a South Dakota and move, say, 40% of the shares into your trust.

In time, your business becomes successful and ultimately worth $15 million.

But since 40% of it is held in the trust, at the time of your passing, you -personally- would only own 60% of the shares, i.e. $9 million.

Depending on what the exemption level is at that time, hopefully many decades from now, you may or may not owe estate tax.

But the 40% of the shares that your trust holds, worth $6 million, is completely free of estate tax, presuming the trust is properly structured.

This is one way to shield at least a portion of your assets from estate tax.

It makes sense to consider moving appreciable assets into a trust. You might want to think twice before putting depreciating assets (like a car) into a trust.

But putting shares of a well-managed business, cryptocurrency, or real estate, into a trust, means that as those assets appreciate in value, ALL of it can be shielded from estate tax.

Again, even if you’re well below the exemption level, it makes sense to think about doing this. Because the Bolsheviks could decide tomorrow morning that they want to yank the exemption back down to a much lower level.

Right now, for most people, the current $23.4 million is enormous. They’ve given everyone the opportunity to move (in practical terms) virtually unlimited assets out of our taxable estates.

We know this opportunity is set to end in a few years. And they could change the rules and end this exemption much sooner than that.

So it really makes sense to think now about the future while the window of opportunity is wide open.

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This simple Plan B option can make an enormous difference

One of the most important lessons that a lot of people learned the hard way last year was how important it is to have OPTIONS.

Nearly everyone on the planet suddenly experienced, almost in unison, an astonishing loss of freedom, practically overnight.

Local public health officials went from being little-known bureaucrats to being totalitarian warlords with the full power of an entire police state at their disposal.

Before Covid hit, they about as much authority as the local dog catcher. Then all of a sudden they were forcing us to shut our businesses, close our schools, and remain at home, afraid.

Their edicts have been truly ridiculous. They instruct young people how to properly copulate in the Age of Covid. They tell people we must isolate ourselves from loved ones, because we should all be “alone… together.”

They blithely ignore the spiraling rates of suicide, depression, untreated cancers, alcoholism, and domestic violence that have resulted from their policies.

Anyone who disagrees with them is canceled, censored, and ridiculed.

They’ve created a culture of fear, convincing people to be terrified of physical contact with one another.

And their propaganda has dehumanized us all. People are no longer human beings to them— we’re all diseased vermin who need to be tightly controlled.

It’s safe to say that NO voter ever awarded them such vast powers. But it’s unlikely that they’ll relinquish the authority they’ve seized anytime soon.

And that leads me back to having other options.

We’ve written to you a lot about obtaining a second citizenship and passport to open more doors worldwide; a second passport ensures you’ll have someplace else to live and work, outside of your home country.

Simply put, having another citizenship provides another option. If you tire of your local public health warlords, you might find another jurisdiction to be more relaxed and easy-going.

And having a second citizenship means (typically) that you’ll be allowed in, even if the borders are closed.

This isn’t always the case; Australia is a notable exception, where they’ve tried to prevent their own citizens from returning home.

But most countries are nowhere near this level of insanity.

Now, there are plenty of ways to obtain a second citizenship. For example, a number of countries provide citizenship if you can prove an ancestral link. Other countries basically sell passports through their official ‘economic citizenship’ programs.

But these can take a while.

An easier (and typically must faster) approach is to obtain legal residency in a foreign country.

Having legal residency is similar to citizenship; if you’re a legal resident, in most cases they’ll still let you in, even if the border is closed.

And as a legal resident, you still have the right to live, work, invest, do business, etc. in that country.

The key difference is that, with citizenship, you’ll also receive a passport from that country, which means you can travel the world and enter other countries using that passport.

With residency, you don’t receive a passport— although the immigration law in most countries does entitle legal residents to eventually apply for naturalization and citizenship. So obtaining residency can be a good first step towards a second passport.

These days, having a second residency is a great option for a Plan B. It means that, in most cases, you’ll have at least one more option.

So if you decide you’ve had enough of the public health dictatorship, you’ll have another place to go.

Frankly you could even obtain legal residency in 2, 3, or half a dozen other countries, each of which represents another option.

For example, you could obtain residency in Chile (which is counter-seasonal to the northern hemisphere, so it’s summertime in Chile when it’s winter in North America and Europe), and simultaneously have legal residency in Mexico.

We just held a Total Access even in Cancun a few weeks ago, and it was an extremely relaxed environment. Nobody was running over to pepper spray you if you weren’t wearing a mask, or had the audacity to shake hands with another human being.

And Mexico is a pretty easy place to obtain legal residency; you can complete about 95% of the application process without leaving home, simply by sending the paperwork to your nearest Mexican consulate.

Panama is another country which offers dozens of ways foreigners can obtain residency, most notably through Panama’s ‘Friendly Nations Visa’… though there are plenty of other ways as well.

Or maybe Europe is more your style. This could be an especially great option for US citizens, who have been barred from entering most European countries for the better part of the last year.

Portugal, for example, still offers legal residency through its ‘Golden Visa’ program, where you can purchase qualifying property in exchange for residency. https://www.sovereignman.com/golden-visa-programs/

(Portugal’s Golden Visa rules will change significantly starting next January 2022— more on this soon.)

Spain, Greece, and Malta also have Golden Visas. Then there are shorter-term residency visas of one year available from Bermuda, Barbados, or the Republic of Georgia that could be great options for remote workers and digital nomads.

The point is— there are plenty of options around the world. And having more options makes a lot of sense right now.

You might never even use it. But there’s no downside in having another place (or 2, 3, 4 other places) to go.

But if you ever really need it, you’ll be very happy that you invested a little bit of effort into that backup option. And that’s what a Plan B is all about.

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Japan’s stock market finally surpasses its level from 30+ years ago

On April 3, 1948, when Europe and Japan were still smoldering from the devastating effects of World War II, the United States government passed a massive stimulus bill that became known as the Marshall Plan.

The Marshall Plan was highly controversial; the US national debt was at an all-time high in 1945 due to all the wartime spending.

So dumping another $12 billion (more than 25% of tax revenue that year) to rebuild nations that they had just spent four years destroying seemed pretty stupid.

But the administration of President Harry Truman was adamant. Without substantial aid to help Europe and Japan recover, they were concerned that yet another costly war would break out– after all, Hitler’s rise to power was only possible because of Germany’s economic devastation after the first World War.

More importantly, Truman was terrified that if the US didn’t step up to rebuild Europe and Japan, the Soviet Union would fill the void… and communism would rapidly spread.

So the Marshall Plan was passed… and Japan became one of its biggest success stories.

In addition to grants from the US, Japan’s government set out to replicate US-style capitalism in their own country.

They encouraged competition, loosened regulation, and ended government support for the giant conglomerates known as zaibatsu that had previously controlled every Japanese industry.

Within a decade, the Japanese economy had already surpassed its pre-war level– which was an astonishing feat for a nation that had seen two major population centers demolished by atomic bombs.

By the 1960s, Japanese economic growth was so strong that it began to be referred to as a ‘miracle’. And western economists pointed to Japan as an incredible example of how capitalism can build widespread prosperity.

By 1980, Japan was one of the largest, most dominant economies in the world. The Japanese economic ‘miracle’ was starting to terrorize western nations, including the United States.

Japanese factories could manufacture innovative, high quality, inexpensive products and ship them all over the world, threatening many industries in western nations.

So in 1985, US President Ronald Reagan pushed for an international agreement with Japan that became known as the Plaza Accord.

The Plaza Accord was complicated; but Reagan’s ultimate goal was to push the Japanese to strengthen their currency against the US dollar in an effort to make US products more competitive internationally.

But the Plaza Accord didn’t exactly go according to plan. Instead, it created a massive asset bubble in Japan which, to this day, they still haven’t recovered from.

After the Plaza Accord, Japanese policymakers nearly doubled the money supply and slashed interest rates to historically low levels.

And, faced with rising inflation and meager prospects to save their money, Japanese citizens started buying stocks, and real estate. Interest rates were so low, after all, that it was incredibly cheap for them to borrow money and invest.

Property prices in Japan soared; within two years of the Plaza Accord, real estate in the six largest Japanese cities jumped more than 40%.

Property in Tokyo became more expensive than comparable property in London or New York. And within a few years, Japanese real estate was worth five times more than all the property in the United States combined.

Meanwhile, the Japanese stock market went through the roof, with the Nikkei reaching an all-time high of 38,957 on December 29, 1989– more than 5x higher than it was at the beginning of the decade.

But eventually the Japanese central bank grew concerned about the rising debt levels, inflation, and the multiple negative effects that cheap interest rates were having on the economy.

So they slowly began to increase rates.

The stock market dropped almost immediately in response to higher rates.

By October 1990, the market had fallen by nearly half. And then it essentially stagnated for twenty years, finally hitting rock bottom in 2011 when the Nikkei index fell to a level it hadn’t seen since 1982.

In other words, Japanese investors who bought stocks in 1982 and held for 29 years would have realized ZERO return on investment.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the Japanese government tried desperately to reinflate the bubble. They slashed rates, provided direct subsidies to business, created tax incentives… but nothing worked.

Finally, literally today, the Nikkei stock index cross a major milestone– 30,000. This is a level that it had not seen since the bubble started to burst in 1990.

Yet even still, Japan’s stock market would have to increase another 30% for it to surpass its all-time high set in 1989.

There’s an important lesson here.

We’re living through a worldwide financial bubble right now; central bankers around the world have expanded their money supplies to record levels and slashed interest rates to historic lows… including negative rates in many countries.

Their efforts have pushed asset prices– especially stocks and real estate– to record highs.

The stock market is no longer about picking well-managed companies with high quality assets. Nearly ALL stocks have been rising, even companies (like CocaCola) with shrinking businesses and declining revenue.

The stock market is merely a bet on whether central bankers will continue to succeed in pushing asset prices higher.

In a way, they’re handing out free money by engineering gains for everyone holding stocks and real estate. It’s also possible they’re able to keep this up for another few years.

(And there’s nothing wrong with speculating on this, as long as you fully understand the risks.)

But bubbles always end.

They can last a long time. Years. Sometimes decades.

And the longer they last, the longer people think the bubble will continue to last; investors start to believe that property and stock prices will go up forever, and the bubble will never end.

But, again, they always end. Often suddenly and viciously.

Central bankers may try to engineer a ‘soft landing’. But as the story of Japan shows, policymakers are sometimes helpless to prevent a major crash, the consequences of which could last for more than an entire generation.

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New Covid Guidelines: “Stay Away from your Loved Ones”

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

California Public Health Department: “Stay Away from your Loved Ones”

“Love means staying away,” according to the California Department of Public Health.

The agency is using taxpayer funds to run ads with the tagline “Mom’s advice: Send flowers. Write a card. Stay away and protect your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.”

They even coined a new hashtag: #LoveMeansStayingAway.

And the ad campaign wouldn’t be complete without pictures of mom’s sharing photos of themselves with the hashtag written on their masks.

Abandoning your loved ones is heroic.

Shame. Guilt. Obey.

Click here to see the propaganda.

White People Not Qualified to be Foster Parents

A Montreal foster agency has told a white couple that they were not eligible to foster a child because the office is ‘saturated with Caucasian families.’

The Canadian couple applied and were accepted by their local foster agency. But when their file was transferred to another region with more children who needed homes, they were told:

‘[W]e are so saturated with Caucasian families that we have no need to look further for them in other boroughs. What we really need are black families and hispanic families. We don’t need Caucasian families.’

So there are plenty of kids in need. But the families who want to take them in are being denied for having the wrong skin color.

How noble of them. Clearly this foster agency is putting the children first.

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Disney excommunicates heretical un-woke actress

Gina Carano, a mixed martial artist who became an actress in the popular Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” was fired from the show this week because of her “abhorrent and unacceptable” social media posts.

So you’re probably wondering— what qualifies as abhorrent and unacceptable?

It started last year when she posted humorous meme saying “Democratic government leaders now recommend we all wear blindfolds along with masks so we can’t see what’s really going on.”

This was blasted by the media as “mask misinformation.”

She further committed heresy by posting a photo of a man in a crowd of Nazis who was the lone person not giving the Nazi salute. The Twitter mob then inundated her with demands to declare her allegiance to the cause by saying that ‘All Cops Are Bastards’, which she refused to do, so she was branded a “bootlicking racist.”

She also posted a picture of someone wearing multiple masks with a caption, “Meanwhile in California…”

Additionally, she posted a message saying “Jeff Epstein didn’t kill himself,” which is also heresy because it doesn’t conform to the official narrative.

And most recently she drew comparisons to how the Nazi government encouraged people to hate Jews… then wondered how that’s different from fomenting hate over someone’s political views.

This was the last straw, and so she was summarily dumped by Disney for “denigrating people based on their culture and religious identities.”

Pretty remarkable considering the only culture she denigrated is the culture of extreme intolerance and hypersensitivity that dominates the woke Twitter mob.

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Grocery Stores Close After California “Hero Pay” Ordinance

Long Beach, California already mandates a $14 minimum wage.

But the town wanted to reward essential workers who braved the Covid pandemic to serve customers. So it forced all retailers that employ more than 300 workers nationwide to pay an extra $4 per hour to all essential employees.

Faced with the prospect of shelling out a minimum of $18 an hour to all employees, the supermarket chain Kroger announced it would close two grocery stores in Long Beach.

Looks like those hero workers are now out of a job, not to mention all the consumers with fewer food stores available.

In other TOTALLY UNRELATED news, Kroger is launching a pilot program for entirely self-checkout stores— no employees required.

Kroger owns about 2,800 stores in 35 states. As calls mount for a nationwide $15 minimum wage, this is obviously only the beginning.

Click here to read the full story.

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An absurd look at the Marxist, ultra-woke “education” system in 2021

In honor of Black History Month, schools across the Land of the Free are adopting a curriculum that’s being pushed from the organization Black Lives Matter.

Curiously, the “Black Lives Matter at School” curriculum has absolutely nothing to do with history, let alone black history.

Instead, the organization presents an entirely Marxist, ultra-woke agenda.

The first clue is that the website literally states “we engage comrades” through the curriculum’s 13 guiding principles.

One of these guiding principles is “disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” and replace it with “villages that collectively care for one another, and especially our children.”

Wait, what? OUR children? Now we’re supposed to award untold influence over our kids to self-described “trained Marxists” ?

But this only scratches the surface of the curriculum.

Under the organization’s “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” there are lesson plans which endeavor to teach young students about why they should join trade unions when they become an adult.

And they go on to teach that everyone is “entitled to economic, social and cultural help from your government.”

One resource in the curriculum advocates printing money to implement a “systemwide social justice shock,” including “free universal health care… and direct subsidies [i.e. universal basic income].”

Another teaches “that white supremacy is a fundamental component of our founding documents. The Constitution was not a document to promote democracy, but to prevent it… my students engage in an activity where they see this unfold in the classroom.”

One lesson plan instructs teachers to have their students “Write your own hex poem, cursing… specific people who have been agents of police terror or global brutality” including “small micro aggressions… i.e., people who say ‘all lives matter’. . .”

And they do this with incredibly young, impressionable children who absorb everything like a sponge.

For example, the curriculum suggests instructing kindergarten students that ‘Everyone gets to choose if they are a girl or a boy or both or neither or something else’ as part of ‘freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.’

This seems totally appropriate for a five year old!

To be fair, some of the curiculum is grounded in good intentions. They teach kids that everyone has a right to be themselves, and that discrimination is stupid. Those are great lessons.

But the way they cram it down everyone’s throat is appalling.

For example, one curriculum resource was written by an individual who self-describes as a “queer disabled autistic nonbinary femme writer and disability/transformative justice worker.”

You can’t just be a human being anymore. You can’t just be Bob or Maria. You have to provide a laundry list of ways that you self-identify with victim groups.

This is what passes for credentials these days.

It almost reminds me of those silly royal titles that monarch’s use. In Game of Thrones, Queen Daenerys self-stylized as “Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons . . .”

Now it’s “Queen of the Bolsheviks, first of her name, rallier of woke mobs, Arch-Tweetress of problematic vocabulary, Lord-Commander of the social justice warriors, vanquisher of the cis-male, and defender of the nonbinary femmes.”

This curriculum teaches young people that you gain power in our society– not through accomplishments and deeds– but by gathering more titles of victimization. More titles means more power.

The propaganda and indoctrination starts in kindergarten and continues for 13 years.

And you might think when you reach university you can finally acquire a real education.

You pay $70,000 in annual tuition, for example, to attend one of the top schools in the world, Princeton University in New Jersey.

And what greets these students seeking a higher education?

First off— Princeton has a “Social Contract” now that students must sign, obliging them to nearly three dozen requirements ranging from obtaining a flu shot, to not leaving Mercer County until the end of the semester, to ratting out fellow students who do not comply.

But perhaps the most riciculous development yet was when the school newspaper ran a ‘Dear Abby’ style column last month from a “sexpert” explaining how students should engage in sexual intercouse in the age of COVID.

The article advises students to abandon physical contact altogether, and instead use remote sex toys that can be controlled through online apps.

Obviously they haven’t heard the news that such sex toys have been hacked, and users’ private parts were literally being held for ransom by hackers.

The “sexpert” goes on to advise that, if students absolutely must meet in person for sex, they should wear a mask, avoid kissing, engage in an appropriate position, and use “external/male condoms”.

Note the language— you have to say ‘external/male’ when referring to condom so that you don’t alienate men with vaginas, or women with penises.

The sexpert also advises that students wear a “dental dam” for added protection. I had to look this one up— it’s basically a giant rubber barrier around your mouth.

[image of dental dam]

Sexy time!

And just to prove there’s no limit to their ridiculousness, the sexpert concludes by telling students they should “order from your favorite online Black-, female/femme-, or queer-owned sexuality shop.”

God forbid you buy a dental dam from someone without regard to the vendor’s gender, race, or sexual orientation.

There was a time when the purpose of education was expand minds.

Now the intent is to close minds… to strip students of any ability to think critically, and replace intellectual independence with woke, Marxist propaganda.

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Move over Bill Cosby. Here come the Covid Criminals

Earlier this week, the right honorable politicians of the United Kingdom rolled out strict new Covid travel rules.

Bear in mind that the UK already has some of the strictest Covid rules in the world right now. People must stay at home and only go out if they have a “reasonable excuse”.

Anyone who attends a gathering of more than 15 people faces steep fines of 800 pounds (about USD $1,100), and anyone who organizes said gathering faces a fine of 10,000 pounds.

All ‘non-essential’ businesses are closed. And, just like incarcerated felons, Brits are allowed to exercise outside once per day.

Now, those rules have been in place already for the past few weeks. But on Monday, the government established harsh rules for travelers.

Effective immediately, anyone who arrives to the UK from the so-called “red list” of countries, (including all of South America, Panama, most of southern Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, etc.) must purchase a quarantine package that costs around $2,400 per person.

The rules require that travelers from the red list quarantine in government approved hotels (not at home), and the package includes accommodation, testing, etc.

As a further measure, the new rules also threaten fines and imprisonment of up to TEN YEARS if anyone is found lying about their travel history in order to avoid the quarantine package.

You read that correctly. Ten years in prison.

The British government, naturally, has defended the severity of these penalties, with the Health Secretary stating, “I make no apologies for the strength of these measures. . . People who flout these rules are putting us all at risk.”

This is typical, small-minded thinking of the scare class.

They believe that Covid is such a terrible scourge that no measure is too harsh, no liberty is off limits. And anyone who isn’t sufficiently terrified is a threat to public health and national security.

This is the same fanatical logic that cause the wholesale dismantling of our freedoms after 9/11. Terrorism was the terrible scourge twenty years ago, and, similarly, no measure was too harsh, and no liberty off limits, to protect us from it.

Reason has been completely abandoned. Even very prominent voices call anyone who disagrees with them a “murderer”.

In late December, for example, one outspoken British medical researcher told BBC Radio that people who don’t socially distance and wear masks “have blood on their hands.”

But what about all the people who have died or been severely injured BECAUSE of the Covid measures?

What about the dramatic increase in suicides, alcoholism, and domestic abuse?

What about the alarming rise in self-harm among children?

What about the untold numbers of people who don’t realize they have unchecked cancer growing inside of them, because they’ve been scared away from having routine mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopies, etc. that would have caught a malignant tumor early?

It seems to me that these Covid rulemakers… and the house cats who cheer them on… have blood on THEIR hands.

Not to mention– threatening someone with ten years in prison for lying about their travel history seems completely absurd, especially when compared to other sentencing guidelines.

It turns out, for example, that according to section 61(2)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act of 2003, administering drugs to someone in order to engage in unwanted sexual intercourse (e.g. Bill Cosby) can carry a lesser sentence than the new Covid rules.

In fact I’ve taken the liberty to provide a partial list of other crimes in the UK that carry an equal or lesser sentence than lying about your travel history:

Sexual Assault: 10 years [Section 3(4)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act of 2003]

Racially-motivated assault: 2 years [Section 29, Crime and Disorder Act of 1998]

Child Abduction: 7 years [Section 4, Child Abduction Act of 1984]

Sexual Activity with a Child: 5 years [Section 16, Sexual Offences Act of 2003]

Intent to injure her Majesty the Queen: 7 years [Section 3, Treason Act of 1842]

Possession of child pornography: 3 years [Section 66, Coroners and Justice Act of 2009]

Causing death by careless driving: 5 years [Section 20, Road Safety Act of 2006]

So, in summary, rapists, traitors, violent white supremacists, murderers, and pedophiles, can receive lighter sentences for their crimes than someone who lies about having been to Portugal.

This is what constitutes good governance in 2021.

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With apologies to drunken sailors everywhere. . .

The year was 1977.

Disco was in. Star Wars was the biggest movie of the year. The world’s first personal computer was announced– the Commodore PET, which came with 8 kilobytes of memory.

And the Gross Domestic Product of the United States reached $1.9 trillion– more than double what it had been just ten years prior.

As you probably know (or possibly remember), though, most of the GDP “growth” during the 1970s wasn’t because the US economy was strong. Quite the opposite, actually.

The 1970s was a period of economic stagnation and inflation. The economy was in such bad shape that, between January 1, 1970 and December 31, 1977, the S&P 500 grew exactly ZERO percent.

Yet food and fuel prices kept spiraling out of control. This is a big reason why GDP kept rising in the 1970s despite such a weak economy.

We’ll come back to 1970s inflation in a moment; for now, I’ll point out the coincidence that the latest COVID stimulus bill which Congress seems ready to pass, is also $1.9 trillion.

In other words, the amount of money they want to spend in a SINGLE legislative package is the same as the size of the entire US economy in 1977. And 1977 is still fairly recent history.

Even today, $1.9 trillion is nearly 10% of the size of the US economy, and roughly 50% of expected federal tax revenue this fiscal year.

Before this COVID spending plan was announced, the Congressional Budget Office estimated in early January that the budget deficit this year in the Land of the Free would be $2.3 trillion (up from their $1.8 trillion estimate a few months before.)

Now they’ll have to add another $1.9 trillion to the total, tentatively bringing this year’s budget deficit to $4.2 trillion.

It’s important to note, of course, that the politicians and public health officials keep moving the goalposts on when life will go back to ‘normal’.

Their latest estimate is that, after hundreds of millions of people are vaccinated, then possibly by late fall there will be “a degree of normality”.

But naturally if there’s the slightest hint of anyone getting the sniffles this fall, they’ll likely slap everyone back down into stay-at-home orders and quarantines. And this means MORE stimulus.

Stay home. Be afraid. Dehumanize yourself and others. Believe what you’re told. Obey. Collect your free government money.

Among the countless, obvious problems with their plan is that they only have one way to pay for it: debt.

The national debt in the United States is nearly $28 trillion right now (up from $23 trillion pre-COVID). And the debt will sprint past $29 trillion soon and reach $30 trillion within the next few months.

At $30 trillion, the national debt will be roughly 1.5x the size of the entire US economy. That will also be a record high– even higher than when the US was fighting the Nazis in World War II.

The challenges with this approach, of course, are that

(a) someone actually has to have trillions of dollars lying around; and

(b) be willing to lend such prodigious sums to the US federal government.

That’s a pretty tall order.

Most foreign countries don’t have that sort of money. Europe and Japan, for example, are flat broke. And those who do have the money (China) don’t have any interest in financing US government deficits.

You can see this in the data: foreign ownership of US government debt has actually been declining over the past few years, giving a very strong indication that they’re unwilling and/or unable to loan more money to Uncle Sam.

So, with foreign lenders off the table, the Treasury Department will have to look to other sources.

Social Security’s trust funds have long been a source of plunder. But with the program having already turned cashflow negative (and set to run out of money possibly by the end of this decade), this isn’t a viable option any longer.

That leaves the Federal Reserve– America’s central bank. The Fed has the ridiculous authority of being able to conjure unlimited quantities of money out of thin air in its sole discretion. And as a result, they’ve been buying up the vast majority of US government debt for most of the past decade.

Prior to the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the Fed’s balance sheet was around $850 billion. Since then, they’ve created so much money that their balance sheet has ballooned to $7.4 trillion.

This takes me back to the 1970s.

Starting in around 1970, the Federal Reserve began heavily slashing interest rates and pumping more money into the economy in an effort to boost GDP.

The plan was successful; like I wrote earlier, the US economy ‘grew’. But so did inflation and unemployment.

Inflation in particular was miserable during the 70s, reaching 14% by its peak in 1980. And most of this happened because they borrowed too much and created too much money.

I wrote about this recently– economic prosperity isn’t rocket science. All that’s required is some basic fiscal restraint, economic freedom, and a stable currency. The free market takes care of the rest.

History shows that bad things tend to happen when politicians and bureaucrats try to engineer prosperity by debasing the currency.

Yet these people continue to print and spend money like drunken sailors… which is frankly an insult to drunken sailors everywhere. Even drunken sailors eventually realize when they’ve run out of money.

It’s entirely possible that such unprecedented debt and money expansion could cause serious problems with the currency– including 1970s style inflation.

Don’t fall into a logical trap and believe that inflation will never be a problem, simply because it hasn’t been a problem yet.

Rather, acknowledge that the US was extremely lucky for inflation to have been relatively benign over the last decade.

But after the year we just had, it would be foolish to assume that the next decade will be as tame as the previous one.

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Activists claim gang members aren’t diverse enough

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Google Deletes 100,000 negative Robinhood reviews

Last week we talked about how YouTube was deleting “dislikes” on White House videos, because they vastly outnumbered “likes”.

This week Google is helping out Robinhood— the stock trading app caught up in the whole Gamestop stock saga.

Robinhood banned users from buying Gamestop stock. And that was seen by many users as fixing the market in favor of the big hedge funds.

As a result, an army of angry customers left negative reviews on the app store, bringing the Robinhood app’s rating down to one star.

But then, Google removed 100,000 negative ratings, restoring the app’s status back to 4 stars.

And the excuse was the same as last week’s pathetic reasoning to delete White House dislikes: sometimes, Google claims, they delete ratings that they determines to be spam or insincere.

The fix is in— from the stock market to social media likes, and everything in between. Obey.

Click here to read the full story.

Ireland to fine residents €500 for trying to go on vacation

The list of countries that require permission from the government to exit is growing.

Of course North Korea is a classic example of an authoritarian country which requires permission to leave. Australia joined them in 2020, keeping citizens hostage in the name of COVID unless they provided proof of necessary international travel.

Now Ireland has told citizens that, as of February 1, if they are caught trying to go on a vacation, they will be fined €500 (about $600).

Irish residents are are confined to a 5km radius from their homes unless they have an essential reason. Otherwise they face the same €500 fine (which was recently increased from €100.)

Clearly we can’t have the peasants roaming around without permission!

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Woman refuses to testify without mask, so attacker walks free

Several years ago a deranged Oregon man attacked a woman with a sledgehammer. He was convicted by a 10-2 jury decision and shipped off to prison.

But after the Supreme Court ruled jury that decisions must be unanimous, the man was given a retrial last month.

His attorney filed a motion requesting that the victim testify at the trial without a mask on. And the judge granted this request based on the right to see your accuser face-to-face.

But the victim said she did not want to remove her mask to testify because she was afraid of Covid.

Consequently, she did not show up to the trial… and the judge was forced to let the attacker walk free.

Talk about Covid derangement syndrome.

Somehow, the miniscule risk of contracting COVID, coupled with the tiny chance of it being a serious case, appeared a larger danger to her than a man who had almost killer her with a sledge hammer.

The last thing he said to her was, “I’ll kill you and your dog some day. . .” But at least they helped stop the spread of COVID!

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COVID hypocrites: Paris Police Party All Night Long

Paris, France currently mandates a COVID curfew from 6pm to 6am, during which time only essential travel is allowed.

The police have been busy busting parties around Paris that occur past 6pm, in violation of curfew and social distancing. Participants are fined €135 (£120) for the first offense, €200 for a second offense, and up to €3,750 and six-months in jail for a third offense.

But last week, the police officers themselves were caught on video throwing a goodbye party for an officer.

The party occurred at the station, and went until three in the morning. During the event, officers crowded into a small room without masks, in violation of social distancing protocols.

They just enforce the rules. You can’t expect them to follow the rules too.

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When the Internet of Things has you by the balls…

This might be shocking to some of our more conservative readers, but there are sex toy devices called ‘chastity cages’ which lock around the male genitalia.

This is apparently popular among guys who are into some BDSM fetishes. The idea is to lock your private parts in a cage that only your partner has the key to.

But these days, everything is a “smart device” that’s connected to the Internet. TVs, coffee makers, refrigerators, and even sex toys now, are part of the ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’.

So in this case, the chastity cage is controlled with a smart phone app instead of a physical key.

However, many IoT devices are notoriously insecure.

Users of one of these products found that out the hard way when the manufacturer left the API exposed online, allowing hackers to take control of the devices.

This left a number of users in the position of having their genitals literally held hostage by hackers, in exchange for a Bitcoin ransom.

Click here to read the full story.

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Historical lessons in prosperity vs. poverty

As the grandson of Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan had a lot to prove.

So he set his eyes on the biggest prize in the known world at the time: southern China.

Kublai Khan completed his conquest of China in 1279, forging a new empire and creating the Yuan dynasty.

The Mongols were known for their expensive habits— they liked war and women especially. So when the money started to run out, administrators in the Yuan dynasty started printing paper money.

Yuan officials weren’t the first to come up with this idea; the government from the prior Song dynasty had also printed paper money. But there was a huge difference—

Paper currency from the Song dynasty, known as guanzi, was backed by copper, silver, and gold coins.

The Yuan currency, however, was backed by nothing. So whenever the government started to run out of money, they simply printed more.

By 1350, Kublai Khan had been dead for decades. But the Yuan dynasty’s economic overseers were still printing paper money like crazy. And it was causing severe hyperinflation across China.

People’s lives were turned upside down by the government’s fiscal irresponsibility, and rebellions broke out across the country.

By 1368, the Yuan dynasty had completely collapsed, and a destitute peasant farmer-turned-monk named Zhu Yuanzhang rose up to become Emperor and found the new Ming Dynasty.

To stimulate the economy ravaged by inflation, the Ming dynasty created an unprecedented level of economic freedom.

Markets and industries were deregulated; the government abandoned its monopoly on salt production, for example, and merchants were encouraged to allow market competition to set prices.

In time, the government stabilized the currency and reintroduced metallic coins. And by the 1500s Ming officials even allowed foreign currencies like the Spanish Silver Dollar to circulate in China.

This proved a much more stable medium of exchange than fiat currency, and the Chinese economy blossomed as a result.

Wealth rose dramatically. China was able to build canals, bridges, expand and fortify the Great Wall into the brick and stone mammoth we know today, and complete numerous other public works projects.

(Incidentally, as we discussed recently, taxing the rich was not the main method of funding this infrastructure. Instead, merchants were praised, and held in high esteem, for their voluntary contributions to the public good.)

And overall China had become one of the wealthiest, most powerful countries in the world.

It’s not hard to see why. Economic freedom. Deregulation. Stable currency. Responsible spending.
We’ve seen these elements over and over again throughout history.

In the 10th century, the city-state of Venice followed a similar model of economic freedom.

At a time when Medieval Europe was choking on the feudal system, Venice was one of the few places where even peasants could strike it rich.

The Venetian government established limited partnerships, enshrined the rule of law, and eventually established the Venetian Gold ducat– a gold coin that quickly became widely accepted around the world for international trade due to its purity and stability.

As a result of such policies, tiny Venice became one of the wealthiest and most powerful economies in Europe.

Centuries later, the Netherlands advanced this model even further, becoming the most capitalist country the world had ever seen up to that point.

The Dutch established the first stock exchange, the first publicly-traded companies (like the Dutch East India Company), and countless other financial innovations ranging from mutual funds to stock options.

The government stepped out of the way and allowed the private sector to flourish. They kept taxes reasonable and the currency stable; in fact the Dutch guilder– a silver coin– became the reserve currency of Europe during the 1700s.

History is full of more examples that show how economic prosperity is actually a pretty simple formula.

All it takes is economic freedom, fiscal responsibility, and a stable currency. This is also how the United States became the wealthiest country in the world.

But the direction that the US and most of the West are taking now is the opposite.

They demonstrate a complete lack of fiscal responsibility. They spend trillions of dollars now like it’s no big deal. $30 trillion in debt– 50% larger than the size of the entire economy– is nothing to them.

The central banks also keep debasing the currency; they ‘printed’ so much money last year that the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet nearly doubled in the span of a few months.

And there are plenty of examples of that throughout history as well.

The Western Roman Empire collapsed as a result of its never-ending corruption, fiscal irresponsibility, and currency debasement.
The French Bourbon Monarchy, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire— they all ended as corrupt, bloated, highly-regulated bureaucracies with enormous debts.

Sometimes it helps to just step back and look at the big picture— 5,000 years of human history makes it pretty obvious what elements create prosperity versus poverty.

So when you see your government actively embracing extreme deficits, money printing, nationalization of industries, debilitating taxes, and other Marxist principles, ask yourself– are these the principles of prosperity or poverty?

Again, history is quite instructive.

Remember, though, we’re talking about trends here– the bottom won’t fall out tomorrow morning.

But that makes it even more important to think about the future (and your family’s future). Because your government certainly isn’t thinking about it.

You can’t control what politicians and central bankers are going to do. You can’t control the national outcome. But you can control your own outcome… and your own future prosperity.

If they raise taxes, for example, you can be prepared to take legal steps to reduce what you owe.

If devalue the currency, you can preserve your savings in alternative assets.

If they excessively regulate business, you may consider restructuring in a more advantageous jurisdiction.

This is what a Plan B is all about– ensuring that whatever happens or doesn’t happen next, you’ll always be in a position of strength.

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