Deep State, Deep Trouble

Deep State, Deep Trouble

Authored by Josiah Lippincott via AmericanMind.org,

America’s woke generals and the Military-Industrial Complex must be purged to save the nation…

Revelations from a new book, Peril, by Bob Woodward and Rob Costa, reveal just how deep the spiritual rot in the military goes. In the days after the January 6 protest, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, promised, in the event of a war, to give aid and comfort to China. According to the Washington Post, after the Capitol protest, Milley sent secret communiques to the head of the People’s Liberation Army, promising that “If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.

In a decent country such a brazen act of collusion with a foreign power by one of the most prominent leaders of the armed forces would be met with immediate and unrelenting backlash. Instead, this betrayer of the Constitution and the principle of civilian leadership of the military is a liberal darling. At the inauguration, Joe Biden thanked Milley for undermining President Trump in the final weeks of his presidency.

Milley, before reaching out to China, sat down with the service’s top officers and demanded from them what amounted to an oath—none of them would launch a nuclear weapon without his approval. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff went behind the President’s back to secure control over the nation’s most important weapons.

Our generals are losers abroad, and grifters at home. They parrot MSNBC talking points on Twitter and grovel before Fauci. This is bad enough. But Milley’s actions show that America’s top military officers have reached another level of delusion. They fancy themselves a new praetorian guard to protect the nation—as construed by elite editorial boards—from the people’s elected representatives.

This deep state is in control. It is clear that no populist elected leader can trust America’s security establishment. As Senator Chuck Schumer warned President Trump on Rachel Maddow’s show in 2017, the intelligence community has “six ways from Sunday of getting back at you.”

The military establishment is gloating now and flexing its muscle. After the election, outgoing Syria envoy Jim Jeffrey admitted that the Pentagon and State Department had consistently lied to Trump about troop levels in Syria. Before he left office, Trump’s order to have troops out of Afghanistan by January 15 was overruled by the establishment. Trump, far from trying to start a war on his way out of office, sought to end one.

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki claims that Milley was following “constitutional orders to prevent unlawful military actions.” According to her, Trump “was implementing an insurrection.” The claim that Trump wished to start a war to distract from the election, upon which Milley based his collusion with the Chinese government, was an utter lie. Nor was Trump implementing an insurrection; the FBI has dispensed with this myth, finding that there was no coordinated plot associated with the Capitol riot.

There will be no hearings, serious journalistic investigations, or outcry from the establishment.

Milley will go unpunished.

He will retire with full honors and full pension.

The Pentagon will never reform itself from the inside.

The entire military-industrial complex (MIC) must be dismantled if we are ever to have again an armed forces consistent with the Founders’ republican virtues.

The American Right must be willing to starve the Pentagon of its lifeblood. The most important asset the people have is their bodies.  American mothers and fathers need to stop feeding their children into the machine. Heartland American boys and girls have better things to do and better leaders to serve under. The American people must go on strike until the generals once again learn to subordinate themselves to the people.

GOP politicians must assist their constituents in this noble task. They must find real courage and demand radical institutional change. This starts with deep and abiding budget cuts for the Pentagon and the rest of the MIC. The Founders’ distrust of permanent standing armies must be restored.

America should once again rely on true citizen soldiers for national defense.

The world has changed. America’s grand strategy must change with it. Our current conventional force cannot defeat insurgencies anyway. The proliferation of nuclear weapons, on the other hand, means that “Great Power conflict” is virtually impossible. There is no need to keep buying weapons systems designed to fight a redux of WWII. Our bases overseas are a relic of the liberal humanitarian world order. Having 20,000 troops in Okinawa didn’t prevent the Chinese Communist Party from using Twitter bots to stir up hysteria over Covid. Our dozen aircraft carriers didn’t stop our politicians from implementing lockdowns and vaccine passports. America’s air bases in Turkey, Germany, and Diego Garcia didn’t keep the Taliban from retaking control of their country.

America was never the world’s policeman. An empire in the name of democracy and freedom was always an idiotic idea.

Widespread gun ownership is a much better guarantor of American liberty than any SEAL team or aircraft carrier. The Militia Act of 1792 is a much better model for national defense than our current setup. The act enrolled every able-bodied male citizen between the ages of 18 and 45 into the militia. It also demanded that each of these men provide themselves with a “good musket or firelock” and “a sufficient bayonet.” Far from trying to take away firearms, the Founders demanded every American male citizen possess one.

Self-sufficiency in arms is the foundation of liberty, national sovereignty, and independence. Tyrannies never arm their citizens; republics always do. Our security as a nation should not depend on over-hyped “super soldiers.” The “silent professionals” with their podcasts, book deals, and TV appearances play, in the grand scheme of things, only a very minor role in protecting the life, liberty, and property of the American people.

The unmitigated corruption in the leadership of the armed forces is a sign of deep cultural rot. The patriotic flag-waving of the post-9/11 response has been used to great harm against the American people. An unwillingness by the political class to criticize and hold accountable those charged with defending the nation has led to our current spiritual crisis. America can’t win overseas, her generals sell out her leaders to foreign powers, and the retired members of this elite class do nothing but gobble up fat checks from the corporations they once purchased from. This is an untenable state of affairs.

It is time to restore republican virtue, to sweep clean our military establishment.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 09/17/2021 – 23:40

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How Genetically Similar Are We To Other Life Forms

How Genetically Similar Are We To Other Life Forms

Of the three billion genetic building blocks that make us living things, only a handful are uniquely ours. In fact, as Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes, despite our differences on the outside, humans are 99.9% genetically similar to one another.

But how alike are we to other, non-human life forms? Turns out, we’re a lot more similar than you might think.

Comparative Genomics 101

First, how do scientists compare the genetic makeup of various life forms?

Comparative genomics is a branch of biology that compares genome sequences across different species to identify their similarities and differences.

This field of research is important because it:

  • Helps us better understand evolution, and how living things have adapted over time.

  • Builds knowledge around genes and how they influence various systems in our bodies.

  • Has wider applications in agriculture, especially in conservation efforts among endangered species.

According to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), scientists have already sequenced the genomes of more than 250 animal species, as well as 50 bird species.

Human Genetic Makeup vs. Other Life Forms

Perhaps unsurprisingly, chimps are one of our closest genetic relatives in the animal kingdom.

Because of our similarities, chimpanzees have a similar immune system to humans, which means they’re susceptible to viruses such as AIDS and hepatitis.

Though chimps are one of our closest relatives, other species are strongly linked to humans as well—and not necessarily the ones you’d think.

For instance, according to NHGRI, fruit flies are 60% genetically similar to humans.

This may sound confusing at first, since humans and insects couldn’t be more physically different. However, because we share many of the same essential needs to sustain life, such as the need for oxygen, these similarities are reflected in our genetics.

DNA vs Genes

It’s important to note that being genetically similar to something is different than sharing the same DNA. That’s because genes (the part of DNA responsible for making protein) only account for up to 2% of your DNA, while the rest of your genome is made up of what scientists call “non-coding DNA.”

So while a banana is 60% genetically similar to humans, only 1.2% of our DNA is shared.

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Fri, 09/17/2021 – 23:20

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San Diego City Council Bans Ghost Guns

San Diego City Council Bans Ghost Guns

Authored by Yudi Hu via The Epoch Times,

San Diego City Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday that bans the sale and possession of “ghost guns” in an attempt to combat the rising gun crime in San Diego.

Ghost guns are privately made firearms that lack serial numbers, making them hard to be traced by law enforcement agencies. Under federal law, it is legal for private individuals to make their own firearms, but a license is required for the manufacture of firearms that are for sale or distribution.

The Eliminate Non-Serialized Untraceable Firearm (ENUF) ordinance was introduced by Councilwoman Marni von Wilpert after a deadly shooting in April in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in which a ghost gun was used. San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit told FOX 5 reporters after the shooting that there has been a 169 percent increase in ghost guns from 2020.

The first reading of the ENUF ordinance passed 8-1 in August. At the city council meeting on Tuesday, citizens voiced their opinions regarding the ordinance.

Stephan Abrams is a member of Team Enough, a youth-led organization aiming to educate young people about gun violence. Abrams said he was able to purchase a ghost gun kit and build his own firearm as a minor.

“The idea [that building a gun] is a complicated process is not true. We need to pass legislation because ghost guns bypass all gun violence prevention laws,” said Abrams.

Debbie McDaniel-Lindsey, an attendee of the council meeting, said that the ENUF ordinance would enable a safe culture of sale and possession of firearms. “We are simply asking makers of ghost guns to follow the same rules they would use if they went to a dealer to buy a firearm,” said McDaniel-Lindsey.

Tim Taylor, president of District 3 representing San Diegans For Gun Violence Prevention, said one of the main arguments against the ENUF ordinance was that it is a violation of the second amendment right.

“I strongly disagree,” said Taylor. “Ghost Gun technology created an unintended loophole in the existing laws that are supported by the vast majority of Californians … Closing the loophole gets us back to where we were before the technology existed, where the overwhelming majority of adults can legally possess various types of firearms.”

A man load .223 bullets into an AR-15 assault rifle at FT3 tactical shooting range in Stanton, Calif., on May 3, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

However, other people spoke out against the ENUF ordinance.

Wendy Hauffen, CEO of the San Diego Country Gun Owners, urged a “no” vote on the ordinance. She said the ordinance would only put restrictions on law-abiding gun owners but not criminals.

“The serialization comes before the purchase [of] the raw materials the builder uses to make a firearm. This step is not required for criminals and criminals will continue to break firearm laws. This will only result in the punishment and charges against people who are not career criminals because criminals do not care [about] the serialization of guns,” said Hauffen.

Another attendee, Max, also objected to the ENUF ordinance. He said with the rising gun price passing, the ordinance will add more pressure to low-income residents of San Diego who can not afford a manufactured gun. He added even the ordinance is passed, criminals can always obtain guns from black markets with the serial numbers scratched off.

“No matter what, this is something that can always happen and it’s going to affect only low-income residents … because we can’t build our own,” said Max.

Council members voted after attendees commented on the ordinance. The ENUF ordinance passed 8-1 with only Councilmember Chris Cate from District 6 voting against it.

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Fri, 09/17/2021 – 23:00

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Survey: 40% Of People Would Have Sex With Humanoid Robot

Survey: 40% Of People Would Have Sex With Humanoid Robot

We continue to ponder artificial intelligence and robots and their role in the sex industry. For the last half-decade, we’ve covered the proliferation of sexbots and how they could screw the human race. 

For more on the screwing and a pretty shocking poll by data company Tido, out of 1,200 people surveyed, 42% of respondents said they would have sex with a robot. Males are more open to bonking a silicon robot- at least 48% of them said they would have sexual intercourse with a humanoid bot. Only 33% of females said they would. 

“About 42% of our survey respondents would have sexual intercourse with a robot. Yet, only 39% believe they could have a romantic relationship with an AI. There is also a large discrepancy between men and women. Men are more open to both the idea of sleeping with a robot (48%) and falling in love with an AI (43% of male respondents),” Tido said. 

What’s troubling is that we outlined in 2016 that “if humans begin spending the majority of their intimate hours with sex androids, they will reduce both the energy and biological resources needed to perpetuate the human race.” 

This poll couldn’t come at the worst time. The US population has declined for the first time in this nation’s existence as a demographic timebomb awaits. The younger generation needs to make more children not consider future sexual relations with a silicon robot from China. 

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Fri, 09/17/2021 – 22:40

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Death Of Science

Victor Davis Hanson: The Death Of Science

Authored by Victor Davis Hanson,

The scientific method used to govern much of popular American thinking.

In empirical fashion, scientists advised us to examine evidence and data, and then by induction come to rational hypotheses. The enemies of “science” were politics, superstition, bias and deduction.

Yet we are now returning to our version of medieval alchemy and astrology in rejecting a millennium of the scientific method.

Take the superstitions that now surround COVID-19.

We now know from data that a prior case of COVID-19 offers immunity as robust as vaccination. Why, then, are Joe Biden’s proposed vaccination mandates ignoring that scientific fact? Dr. Anthony Fauci, when asked, seemed at a loss for words.

Is this yet another of the scientific community’s Platonic “noble lies,” as when Fauci assured the public last year that there was no need for masks?

He later claimed he had lied so that medical professionals would not run out of needed supplies.

Fauci also threw out mythical percentages needed for herd immunity, apparently in an attempt to convince the public that it will never be safe until every American is protected from COVID-19 by vaccination only.

And why was it that hard for the scientific community to postulate a likely origin of COVID-19 Some of the very scientists engaged in gain-of-function research oversaw an investigation with Chinese authorities. They confirmed the predetermined conclusion that the virus likely had little to do with gain-of-function engineering. And they saw little proof it was birthed in a Wuhan virology lab. Yet scientific opinion, emerging evidence and basic logic have suggested the opposite.

How can the government hector citizens that they have a moral duty — and soon a legal obligation — to be vaccinated when it does not mandate vaccinations for unvetted refugees flying in from Afghanistan?

How can the government medical community remain largely silent when an anticipated 2 million foreign nationals will cross into the United States in the current fiscal year — almost none of whom are vaccinated or tested for COVID-19?

Why do the media and government blame particular races for the delta variant outbreak on grounds that they were insufficiently vaccinated?

Why wouldn’t officials simply urge the Latino and Black communities to be vaccinated as quickly as possible?

Data shows that both groups have lower vaccination rates than white and Asian populations.

Are woke political agendas discrediting science and losing public health?

We saw just that in June 2020, when more than 1,200 “health care professionals” signed a petition demanding exemptions from lockdowns and quarantines for Black Lives Matter protesters marching en masse. And they concocted medical excuses such as “vital to the national public health” to insist that violating quarantines was less unhealthy than not pouring into the streets.

Why did presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, warn the American people on the eve of vaccination rollouts that an inoculation under the Trump administration could be unsafe, thereby undermining confidence in vaccines?

Why was the medical community largely silent about such dangerous sabotaging of new vaccines, but months later became vociferous in warning the public that any doubts about the safety of these Operation Warp Speed vaccinations were scientifically misplaced? Was there a medical breakthrough on Jan. 20, 2020, to alter their consensus?

From rewarding wokeness in medical school admissions to the peer reviewing of scientific papers, the anti-scientific mania has polluted scientific endeavors.

“Critical race theory” would preposterously tell us that we need racism to fight racism.

“Critical legal theory” ludicrously claims that laws have no rational basis but simply reflect power inequities.

“Modern monetary theory” defies millennia of evidence and basic logic in stating that governments can simply print money without worrying about balancing expenditures with revenues or inflating the currency to ruination.

Corporations are now asked to substitute a new woke agenda theory — “Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)” — in lieu of market realities, rules of investment and economic data.

Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning. And we’ll all soon become poorer, angrier and more divided.

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Fri, 09/17/2021 – 22:20

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Restaurants Remove Crab From Menus Due To Skyrocketing Prices

Restaurants Remove Crab From Menus Due To Skyrocketing Prices

Restaurants have suffered throughout the virus pandemic, and the shortage of everything doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. We told readers in June about a worsening crabmeat shortage that sent prices soaring. Heading into September, crabmeat prices soared to record highs forcing restaurants to either pass along the costs to consumers or remove crab products from menus. 

One of the top crab restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland, called Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, serves customers Maryland crab cakes, steamed crabs, crab soup, and other types of seafood. The restaurant ships crab cakes to customers all over the country and recently warned about “menu prices have recently increased due to the international crabmeat shortage which has decimated our industry.” 

Gail Furman is one of the owners of Max’s Taphouse in the Inner Harbor region of Baltimore. She told ABC News crabmeat prices are at “astronomical” levels that are forcing her to “remove crab products off our menus.” 

“Everyone knows about crab cakes and crab meat in Maryland. The price per pound has gone up from $21 a pound. Yesterday, it was $52 a pound, which is astronomical, so a lot of us have had to take crab products off our menus,” Furman said. “People just aren’t going to pay the prices we would need to charge to produce that product.”

She said: 

“Every supply chain that you look at is broken,” Furman said. “Because of the limited labor, because of the limited product out there, products and costs are dramatically increasing.”

Adding: 

“Chicken wings, pre-pandemic, they were roughly $45 to $50 for a case. Last week, they were $196 a case,” Furman said.

Another restaurant owner just south of Baltimore told local news WJZ that crabmeat prices continue to skyrocket, which has forced menu prices to edge higher. 

“It does hurt, and with COVID, we’re way behind in our sales and our break-even points,” said CindyLee Floyd, the owner of Floyd’s Crossroads Pub. 

She had to raise crab cake prices by $4, but that wasn’t enough to cover her costs.

“Over the weekend, we changed it to $6,” she said. “We’re not losing money. We’re just barely breaking even.”

Bill Sieling, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association, told WJZ that soaring prices are due to “just the old law of supply and demand.” He said there’s no shortage of workers in the labor market and added a lack of mature crabs is the problem. 

“Right now, more people want to purchase crab and crab meat than there is crabs and crab meat,” said Sieling. 

Just north of Baltimore City in a suburban area called Cockeysville, Pappas Restaurant told local news WBALTV about the shortage of crabmeat. 

“It is in very short supply. The quantity is not there, the quality is not there, and they’re asking for enormous prices,” Pappas Restaurant Group CEO Steve Pappas said.

Pappas said he can no longer keep crab cake prices low due to soaring wholesale costs. He had to raise crab cake dishes by $3 and expects to go up even more. 

“If we raise the price the same amount that crab meat has gone up, it would be $60 a crab cake. Right now, it’s $25.99 for two sides and for one crab cake,” Pappas said.

Pappas said crabmeat costs between $50 to $60 a pound. He said he couldn’t get colossal blue crab and jumbo lump due to supply woes. 

“I think there is a shortage of workers, a shortage of transportation and just like many other industries right now, it’s hard to find products of any sort,” Pappas said.

Year-to-date, blue crab meat prices are at record highs. As per individual restaurant reports above, there’s reason to believe crabmeat prices per pound are currently between $50-$60.

By the pound, some websites are selling the meat for up to $121 per pound, shockingly high, consider prices were in the $19 to $30 range for the past half-decade. 

It’s not just blue crabs that have soared in price. According to Sea Food News, king crab prices are well above seasonal averages as the market is tight and demand remains robust. 

… and prices for Asian blue crabs are surging. 

For US importers, buying crabs overseas means paying record-high shipping rates and delays

Some on social media are pointing out the crabmeat crisis at Maryland restaurants. 


For crab processors, their costs have doubled since the pandemic and are being pushed to restaurants, who in return raise menu prices. 

The ripple effect of this all is crushing the low- and middle-classes the most as hyperinflationary food prices shows no signs of stopping. 

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More US Troops & Aircraft Will Deploy To Australia After New ‘Counter China’ Pact Unveiled

More US Troops & Aircraft Will Deploy To Australia After New ‘Counter China’ Pact Unveiled

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

A day after the US, UK, and Australia announced a new military pact to counter China, Australia’s defense minister said more US military aircraft and troops will deploy to the country.

Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton said Canberra made the comments in Washington after a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Dutton said the US and Australia agreed to enhance “our force posture cooperation.”


US Army image

“This will include greater air cooperation through rotational deployments of all types of US military aircraft to Australia,” he said.

When asked about more US troops deploying to Australia, Dutton said, “So I do have an aspiration to make sure that we can increase the numbers of troops through the rotations.”

He also hinted that Australia might host US medium-range missiles that were previously banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the Trump administration withdrew from in 2019. Dutton signaled Australia is open to basing “different ordinances,” which he said was in “Australia’s best interest.”

With the Pentagon focused on China, Australia will play a significant role in Washington’s strategy in the Pacific. The nuclear-powered submarines Canberra gains from this new pact will give Australia more abilities to patrol sensitive areas like the South China Sea.

Australia is a member of the Quad, a security dialogue that also includes the US, India, and Japan, and is seen as a foundation for a possible anti-China NATO-style alliance in Asia. Biden is trying to strengthen the group and will host the first in-person summit between Quad leaders later this month.

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Fri, 09/17/2021 – 21:40

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Watch: Tourist Attacks NYC Restaurant Hostess Over Vaccination Proof To Dine

Watch: Tourist Attacks NYC Restaurant Hostess Over Vaccination Proof To Dine

A hostess at a well-known Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was brutally attacked by a group of tourists from Texas after she asked to see proof of COVID vaccination, a new requirement for indoor diners, according to CBS New York.

A disturbing cellphone video shows an altercation outside Carmine’s Italian Restaurant around 1550 ET Thursday when three tourists beat the living daylights out of the 24-year old hostess. 

The tourists, who were identified as Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, Keita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, and Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, of Texas, got into a heated argument with the hostess about COVID requirements before it quickly escalated into a brawl. The three tourists punched and slapped the young girl, who was sent to the hospital with injuries.  

“This turned into a mess. And from there, it’s inexcusable, ridiculous,” Carmine’s owner Jeff Banks told CBS New York.

“Our employee, thankfully, is safe right now. She’s extremely shaken up,” Banks said. “Two other people had minor issues.”

All three of the tourist were arrested and charged with assault before being released from police custody. 

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer spoke out against the assault and the need for harsher punishments: 

“Do not assault restaurant workers who are doing their job to keep us safe. I can’t believe this happened here,” Brewer said. “We have to increase the fines, if that’s what it takes.”

The New York City Hospitality Alliance was appalled by the incident and issued this statement: 

“It’s a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job – as required by city policies – and trying to make a living. Our focus right now is caring for our employee and the rest of our restaurant family. We are a family-style restaurant, and this is the absolute last experience any of our employees should ever endure and any customers witness.”

Last month, New York City required patrons of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and outdoor music festivals to carry a COVID vaccine card or a digital copy for entry. The enforcement policy began on Monday.

If the tourist had any sense, they could’ve cooled their jets and asked for a table outside, an area that doesn’t need COVID passes. 

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Fri, 09/17/2021 – 21:20

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How Bitcoin Fixes The Money, Saves The World

How Bitcoin Fixes The Money, Saves The World

Authored by Bruce Fenton via BitcoinMagazine.com,

Two things are undeniable: We are living in times of massive change, and Bitcoin is a part of it.

We are living in times of massive change, a “fourth turning.” The book “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss and Howe covers centuries of history and shows that demographics and other factors lead to massive change in societies every 100 years or so.

Generations change distinctly: the ’60s were different from the ’50s and the ’80s. But a fourth turning is a different level of change. If history is any indication, in this fourth turning we will see changes in maps, society, religion, belief systems and we may see the very nature of economics and money itself change.

Bitcoin came into the world at the right time.

Any earlier, and Bitcoin could not have practically been used due to internet usage rates. It is interesting that Bitcoin is here just as the global economy faces such massive change to the old-school fiat system that has been running for the last half century and driving our world into the ground. The old fiat system is unsustainable. Bitcoin presents the ultimate hedge against the failed monetary policies of central banks.

It’s key to remember that central banks don’t just devalue the money of citizens, their very existence causes some of the greatest evils that we see in modern society. In a world of sound money, people would value their hard-earned coins more. People would also have custody and control over their own money. If politicians had to convince people to voluntarily pay for wars, for-profit prisons, and heavy regulations. citizens would exercise much more scrutiny over where their money is spent.

Whether you believe the narrative of bitcoin as better money or not doesn’t matter. It would be hard to deny that we are in a fourth turning right now. The last year and a half has seen some of the most dramatic change that people have seen in the last 50 years or more. So, there is no question that we are in times of massive change. The only question is what role Bitcoin will play in this.

Bitcoin has been around for 12 years now and has created wealth and built an entire industry around itself. Bitcoin is now held by tens of millions of people and has become a global phenomenon. Bitcoin is on the radar of everyone in the world, from the poorest to the richest, from the vaunted halls of power to the streetside corner store.

We will never know how Bitcoin would’ve done without the extraordinary economic events of the last several years. The massive spending which began more than 20 years ago and started reaching unsustainable levels around 2008 with government bailouts has been thought to be unsustainable by many for several years. This last year we have seen more money printing than what we’ve seen ever before in history.

This massive money printing increases Bitcoin’s appeal. Bitcoin is a more major part of the global financial system than most realize. This is not reflected in the market capitalization right now. Bitcoin is still smaller than Apple, but its impact, importance and its message is much greater. We have a country adopting bitcoin as legal tender. We see major banks and brokerages offering bitcoin exposure and bitcoin-related products. We have an entire industry with varying degrees of quality which has cropped up around and adjacent to Bitcoin.

When you think about Bitcoin relative to the current world and the backdrop of the weaknesses in the central banking system, it’s not so lofty to say that Bitcoin just might save humanity. Remember that the problem with central banking only begins at the debasement of the money of the people. The true problem is that it centralizes power and creates these massive money honeypots which contractors vie for. The Afghanistan war alone cost taxpayers — specifically children who will be paying this debt for years — $2 trillion. The most effective way for government contractors to receive handouts in the deca-billion range is to promote fear. So, now we have companies that have a vested interest in promoting fear so that taxpayers will support giving their own money back to those companies. This is the end of an empire with broken thinking — it leads to death and it’s evil. And Bitcoin fixes this.

There is so much broken in the current system that it is very difficult to fight. An alternative way to fight is through peaceful use of another form of money.

If you deny the politicians their money, then you deny the tyrants their money. Money of the people is more peaceful. Money of the people is free of coercion. It’s voluntary. It can be one of the most meaningful revolutions the world has ever seen without anyone needing to fire a shot.

The good news is that we have Bitcoin. The good news is that we can see light at the end of the tunnel. We can starve the beast of war and aggression which is fueled by fake fiat money printing processes. We can build a society based on voluntary exchange of trade and with the foundation of solid, sound money. The kind of money people measure wealth in. Like gold of centuries past. Sound money inspires savings, it inspires wise investment, it inspires people to avoid risks and it fosters innovation.

Some fourth turnings see even more significant epoch shifts in the world, such as the creation of the printing press. The technological revolution that we are in right now and that Bitcoin is a central part of will see our global economic system and monetary systems radically change.

Overall, this change will be for the better. Just as we saw a separation of church and state centuries ago, we can see a just separation of money and state today. People using voluntary decentralized money would be a freer people and centralized powers will have their significance reduced.

The old saying “money is the root of all evil” is wrong. Indeed, this is an easy mistake to make — for money and economics has been at the center of much of our world struggle. Great evils such as slavery, wars and great things like trading routes, art, languages and culture have all been influenced by money. Money has been one of the most crucial tools for the growth of humanity. Money is a way for people to share value based on goods and services provided to them.

We cannot only reduce the power of tyrants and evil, we can increase the power of the people with sound money. Fix the money, fix the world.

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Here Are The States Receiving Bulk Of Afghan Refugees (With D.C. So Far Taking In Zero)

Here Are The States Receiving Bulk Of Afghan Refugees (With D.C. So Far Taking In Zero)

“I strongly oppose the resettlement of these Afghan nationals in Montana,” Republican representative Matt Rosendale said in a Thursday statement after it was revealed Montana is due to resettle 75 Afghan refugees who fled on US evacuation flights in August.

According to recent New York Times estimates, a minimum of 50,000 Afghans are expected to be resettled in the United States over the course of the next month, while some 31,000 have already arrived, many still undergoing DHS processing. Over the next year it’s expected this number will reach nearly 100,000 – based on White House estimates of how many the administration hopes to admit to the country.


Afghan evacuees arriving at Dulles airport, Getty images.

This would end up being more than all Afghan refugees resettled in the US since the war began in 2001, according to prior State Dept. data.

While many of these are said to include translators and their families or other Afghans who over the past two decade long US occupation assisted US and NATO forces in some way, it’s as yet unclear how many were simply Afghans who crowded into military transport planes without any level of vetting. Others who are to be admitted were reportedly deemed “at risk” by the US government – essentially a declaration of asylum.

Fresh State Department data suggests most of the first wave of Afghan resettlement will go to California and Texas, after the majority were initially flown into Virginia and Washington D.C. Fox News breaks down the numbers as follows:

California (5,255) and Texas (4,481) will receive the largest numbers of the first wave, while smaller populated states like Oklahoma and Missouri will receive 1,800 and 1,200 respectively. Michigan, Florida and Georgia will both receive more than 1,000 Afghans each. New York will receive 1,143 and Arizona will receive 1,610.

A number of mid-west and western states will begin receiving smaller numbers, but as Fox points out the irony is that despite Washington officials and pundits at times being the loudest in their calls for resettling Afghan allies, it remains that D.C. is not actually slated so far to receive any.

The report points out that “Washington D.C., along with Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming, will not receive any refugees in the initial wave.” But it remains that Virginia, for example, in prior years of the war already took in a huge amount compared to its population size.

Since 2001 a mere ten states have received the bulk of all Afghan refugees given asylum due to the war…

A handful of Republican leaders, including South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, are among those fighting back against their states being pressured to receive the refugees. Close to a dozen other governors are still said to be undecided on the issue. 

A DHS memo that emerged this month said that homeland security “anticipates processing tens of thousands more” Afghan evacuees and refugees in the coming months. Most were initially taken to Qatar, and others further going to US bases in Europe, before arriving at Dulles airport for further processing in Virginia.

Tyler Durden
Fri, 09/17/2021 – 20:40

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