Half of Us See the System As Rigged …

RiggedPoll: Half of Americans think that the presidential nomination system is rigged. Well, given human history plus our observations of human nature, abetted by the existence of only two political parties dividing up the political soils over so lengthy a period, we suppose so. At least, we can’t think of a more likely explanation.

So, admittedly starting out cynical, what at this point, are we to think of Messers Sanders and Trump?Frankly, not much. Unfortunately.

To us, Senator Sanders is an insider perpetuating himself as the fabricated opposition Hillary Clinton needs to legitimize her anointing as the Democrat’s titular candidate. The Democrats set up their proposed champ with a palooka expected to take a dive for her. A sham candidate. The Republicans, lacking an anointed savior, set up a handful of various losers to knock over on their way to anointing another Bush. Same old, right?

But it hasn’t worked out that way. Stuffed dummy Bernie turned out to appeal to the voters and The Donald added himself to the GOP tourney, apparently uninvited. Both have arouse more enthusiasm than the “legitimate’ candidates. Seemingly, the voters aren’t falling into their assigned line per party orders. Given the sleazy economy in which said voters are forced to exist, courtesy of those same political leaders, the current ah, political angst, seems unremarkable. Predictable, even.

So, are Senator Sanders and/or Mr. Trump th political outsiders that they pretend to be?Senator Sanders is a long time political careerist, lately abandoning hs party to raise his shield as an avowed socialist. You can’t be more insider than a career Senator, can you? Mr. Trump is a big time real estate deal maker, a TV personality, an (Currently) ex Democrat and apparently on a first name basis with all the players and most of the other billionaires. Retired Congressman Ron Paul has called him the “ultimate insider.” We respect Ron Paul’s opinion in such things.

Both men are spouting nonsense for their appeals; neither offers reality. Mr. Trump offers a Mexican border fence but has agreed that the millions of illegals now living here should have some have some path to citizenship. Which side of his mouth can be depended upon? He will return all of America’s emigrant factories somehow as well. And Senator Sanders will give away free to voters goodies well beyond any ability to pay for them. Both are no more than snake oil salesfolk. Both are popular mostly of whom they are not rather than of whom they are. And neither can deliver their promises without an unlikely turnover in Congress.

It seems increasingly to us that there are no political outsiders running at all. We are being hoodwinked by illusion designed for that purpose. The kingmakers are aware that their heretofore tools have worn out their welcomes, aren’t they? So they hand us timely replacements that will appease u but not threaten them or their interests. Same old, once more. The cooperative media help, as they do in most things. How much news have we seen since the primaries popped up? Other than election news, we mean.

It isn’t just the primaries that are rigged, these days, seems to us. Just too much money and power at stake, after all.

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Can A Real Revolution Arise Of Revolting Politicians?

'And exactly where did you find the 'antique salami slicer'?'

‘And exactly where did you find the ‘antique salami slicer’?’

There are ordinary and extraordinary revolutions. The ordinary ones replace rulers with different rulers, leaving most else unchanged. Such may be bloody or not, recalling that elections are one of the means for overthrowing rulers.

Some revolutions though, are special. Nothing is ever the same after them. They change the world, as exemplifies in the histories of North America, France and Russia. .

Some see the Trump/Sandes phenomena as a voter revolution because it features voters turning against their own political establishments. That is a political revolt, sure enough. We doubt that it is a world-changing revolution though; it seems to us merely recognition that what has been promised by politicians is something other than what is being delivered.

Noting that only the presidential slates are disputed by voters seems a clue. Congressmen are largely untouched by the angst. It seems not to run deep. Yet, anyway. The voters are making a point, not throwing the bums out. That is reinforced in noting that no one, not even Ted Cruz, the avowed conservative, is advocating specifics of concrete, serious change to the major policies of the last few decades. Parsing the programs of any of them leave overspending, military adventures and government funded goodies in varying and mostly unspecified degrees. A painless revolution …

But revolutions are never painless and those that go beyond the status quo into massive change are historically distinguished by enormous pain in that process. Indeed, they normally cannot proceed until the pain reaches such a pitch that people will yield up what has been normal for them in hope of improvement, an improvement likely to be unrealized until the next generation. That presumes a lot of desperation.

Until then, any revolutions are likely to remain but a change in leaders’ names. As it seems to us that all of the current U.S. presidential candidates are cut from pretty much the same political cloth and rely upon the same set of resources, we propose this for discussion:

RESOLVED: That the election of any presently likely presidential candidate will provide little change in subsequent United States policy.

Certainly there will be some differences; Democrats support unions more than do Republicans for just one instance. But while the GOP does less for them, the unchanged degeneration of public schools evidences that the Republican anti-unionism is as much talk as action, if not more so. The two play good cop – bad cop with each other to bewilder voters. Or so it seems to us …

One result is that we appear committed to a path increasingly unpopular with growing numbers of voters on both sides. But those are not complaining of the direction we have taken; only that their rewards are insufficient. And neither Trump nor Sanders are revolutionary. Both promise more of the same when you parse it, Sanders overtly as an avowed Socialist. Any significant revolution going beyond who leads seems a ways off …

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Alfred_E__NeumannOur weekly accumulation of sensed, dissents and nonsensical news nuggets:

The Eurozone’s failing “Spend Yourself Rich” policy fix: More of the same … (Well, you put politicians and bankers in charge of the money, right?)

Oil countries’ Doha meeting ended without agreement? So they say …(Oil prices will tell.)

Big Science Is Broken (Article) It has become risky to believe what researchers publish? (Refrain: “Old Global Warming Blues”)

Feds can’t track foreigners overstaying their visas? (Well, there were only a half million last year.)

Poll: Just 6% of people trust the media. (“You can fool some of the people all of the time.”)

The largest health insurer’y plans to exit most Obamacare exchanges. (Costs unsustainable.)

More insurer withdrawals from Obamacare proceed. (The Prez didn’t promise you could keep your insurer …)

A Fedex worker fell asleep  and was shipped to Texas with packages.

Iraq heats up for U.S. troops. (Didn’t Obama criticize Bush for this?)

U.S. rents are rising …

Intel plans to lay off 12,000 workers worldwide as pc computer sales decline.

Press freedom is declining worldwide in a new age of propaganda. (Opinion)

Long hidden plus new evidence suggest a Saudi Arabia government connection to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. The Feds want it suppressed.

The Panama Papers are troubling China, showcasing more corruption than its governors appreciate.

Puerto Rico’s debt bailout is meeting an interparty struggle in Congress. (Socialism is so great … until the bills come in.)

The Culture: Chicago bystanders did not help a victim beaten to the pavement in a crosswalk; he was left to be run over by a taxi, dying thereafter. (Get used to the new normal?)

Americans seem happy to sign a petition to ban cash … (What, me worry?)

Turkey: The government seized all the Christian churches in a southeastern city, declaring them new government property. (Islamic Turkey as Kemal Ataturk revolves in his grave.)

Tesla suffers under new Consumer Reports testing and customer dissatisfaction? (Reality sucks …)

The Senate’s Burr-Feinstein bill opening internet encryption to government snoops   is proceeding against mounting headwinds. (It lets the Feds read your mail and bank deposits, etc.)

In 20% of U.S. families, no one works. (Hmnn … What’s that percentage among government employees?)

The Culture : A 16 year old girl died after a fight in a high school girl’s restroom. (Black kids again)

Inflation is the basic central bank wish, because the bond market bubble has grown too large to tolerate its deflation?

U.C. Berkeley is touting a $15 hr. minimum wage while laying off some 5oo workers.

Illegal alien families have been crossing the U.S. border at a record pace in 2016.

Trump: The anti-Establishment insider who is or isn’t going to attack the massive national debt … depending upon whom he is addressing? (Different interviews, different answers)

A naked man was arrested while walking in the northbound lanes of Highway 441 Sunday morning.

And that is all …

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National Toilet Museum. (No Public Restroom.

National Toilet Museum. (No Public Restroom.

Why would a boy want to share the girls’ restrooms? We mean middle and high school boys here.

  1. Heterosexual (majority) boys out of curiosity and interest.
  2. Homosexual boys (minority) out of what? Fear, anxiety, psychological similarity?

How do we expect to distinguish one of these from the other when we’re running a school? Should we care?

There are gender issues still unsolved when we arbitrarily mingle the sexes. For instance, homosexual boys like girls, enjoy their company and the girls reciprocate. But homosexual girls do not like boys and prefer to avoid them. That’s just how it is.

People living in small tents, small huts or we suppose, caves, had no privacy to complicate their natural imperatives. We weren’t there, but assume that everyone took that for granted. Personal privacy is a recent human acquisition. And even today, it isn’t general. In Europe, young figure skaters of both genders have commonly shared dressing rooms at competitions for decades and show people have done so even longer. No one was excited thereby. European public restrooms are often not divided by gender. Nobody seems to care.

The current bathroom boogie is both a political construct and largely, an American thing, seems to us.Common bathrooms still have private stalls, after all. And urinals are available for both male and female plumbing and need not be side by side. A common restroom can still provide adequate personal privacy. We are making too much of this new political playground, perhaps. And wasting money with unnecessarily duplicated facilities.

A current presidential candidate said of this that he did not want his little girl sharing a bathroom with an adult male. Or, we presume, his little boy either. That’s a different subject, we think. And certainly, one that needs management. Even at home. But in public restrooms, we expect the little boy or girls’s parent to be with him or her.A different subject.

America’s strict sexual separation is both rather American and rather recent. It is not the historic standard. It can be abandoned upon enough of the citizens changing their social attitudes. We are witnessing a wholesale abandonment of the social attitudes that accompanied Christianity in the United States; unisexual restrooms are a part of that. After abandoning Christianity, dumping unisex restrooms seems both inevitable and trivial. We are straining at a gnat while swallowing a a camel. Our leaders have distracted us onto trivia from that which is truly important. Same old, same old. We continue to fall for it.



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What Doesn’t Matter This Week …

ChangeFor those impacted by U.S. news sources, rather little is important so far this week. Primus: The awfulness of Trump. Secundus: The (Ineffectual) superiority of Sanders. After those, the inevitability (sans enthusiasm) of Hillary. Yeah …

Things unimportant include:

1. The President of Brazil is being impeached. So far, at least.

2. Russia is still grabbing Eastern Ukraine.

3. Spain’s most successful 20% is teetering on secession. (Catalonia)

4. Venezuela’s electric lights are going out as its socialist paradise collapses.

5. The Saudi government tie to 9/11 is threatening to leak.

5. Pacific Rim of Fire earthquakes are replicating the pattern that preceded the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. (Sort of, anyway.)

6. Most of Europe and North America is crumbling under unsustainable debt undertaken to bribe voters with social goodies for which the available resources are insufficient.

Never mind; Trump is awful, Zika is coming, Hillary is blah, the black folk are victims, we owe the wetbacks jobs, somebody owes us at least $15 hr (Never mind where they will obtain it.)

Why do we assume that, no matter whom is elected U.S. President, matters are likely to proceed much as they have??   Possibly because it appears that, regardless of whom is elected president, the folk about to be reelected to Congress appear likely to remain the same as at present? Plus ca change’ …

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Old Alaskan Sourdough’s Advice To Newbies Is Still Good …

SourdoughA while ago, before Alaska became a tourist destination and an oil source, the  hardy locals referred to immigrants from the “lower 48” as “Cheeechakos.” That was the Alaskan form for “tenderfoot” or “greenie.” A newcomer who didn’t yet get the program. An enduring piece of sage advice took shape, advice to be offered such newcomers: “Believe nothing that you hear, and only half of what you see.” Alaska remains dangerous and unforgiving.

However, military strategy, natural resources and tourism have smoothed some of its rougher corners, enlarging the population and diminishing the old warning to new arrivals. Some folk even retire to Alaska from down below these days. Bu t the old warning is today no less true, even if less spoken. Nor is it peculiar to Alaska.

In all 50 states plus U.S. territories, most rely now upon the internet for knowledge of their current reality. Augmented in cases of older folk by newspapers and  TV.And all of these have become subjects suited to the old warning: “Believe nothing that you hear, and only half of what you see.”

This Video supplies an education in internet believability. We recommend it for any who accept poll results, newspaper headlines and internet recordings as solid evidence of anything whatsoever. True, you may color us cynical; we prefer that to naivete’. It seems considerably cheaper to be wrong as a cynic than it does to be wrong as a naif.

We only hope that you may enjoy the information and that you may recall it the next time you are presented with testimony from the New York Times, Fox News, Speaker Paul Ryan or President Obama. Or for that matter, us. Eternal vigilance we have been told, is the price of liberty. We suspect that liberty is dearer than that, but that marks a good down payment. We recommend the old saw: “Don’t take any wooden nickels” at least for those who may recall what a nickel is … or was. It’s a lower 48 version of “Believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see.”

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

Alfred_E__NeumannFrom the recent week; consume at your own risk:

A Google robot reveals the future of manual labor? (Only until humans become cheaper than robots.)

TV shows are trying to stay alive by trashing standards. (Sex sells.)

The FBI has waned of a cyberattack on the U.S. electric grid. (Murphy’s Law)

A naked burglar sneaked into a home to do laundry. (Then, a clean getaway?)

A high school student  (black) arrested for a cafeteria fistfight has 102 prior disciplinary referrals.

The Feds have set up a new housing collapse similar to 2008. (Obama is blamed, but it began with Clinton and remained uncorrected under Bush.)

China: Hoping to unload industrial overcapacity upon the rest of the world. (Like Saudi oil prices?) China (financial) death watchers are gathering. (As yet, no government has ever successfully managed an economy long term.)

Oil producers are meeting Sunday in Doha to “discuss a production freeze” but predictions seem risky. (Low oil prices hurt Iran, Russia and Venezuela but the Saudis want a lid on North American fracking.)

The Saudis also want a lid on a current Congressional bill throwing light toward a possible Saudi connection with the 9/11 World Trade Center attack; they are threatening a selloff of their massive holdings of U.S. debt in reaction.

Austria announced that a failing bank’s senior creditors will see 54% of their investment confiscated. (It begins.)

The “Recovery” is an illusion. (Call it “economic warming?”)

Negative interest rates are infecting Europe like Zika is infecting the U.S.

Education:  Your money spent   vs. your kids’ results in the government’s schools.  (And it never changes.)

An American political prisoner: A man sitting silent and quiet was manhandled, arrested, charged and jailed because he had an “Anonymous” mask on top of his head.

Some Political pundits ‘ appear to be for sale. (We’re shocked.)

U.S. tax collections are setting records, but deficits continue. President Obama has collected $18 trillion in taxes and set the nation $9 trillion further into debt since his inauguration. (He spends; who pays?)

Higher wages, higher profits and steady inflation can’t coexist: Doing the math. (Article)

‘Protesters’ are ramping up the demand for a $15 hr. minimum wage and unionized workplaces. (Burger robot makes 350 burgers per hour.)

2016: The year Americans saw that their elections are rigged. (Article) Retired Congressman Ron Paul said that U.S. elections exist only to pacify the public. (Who counts the votes?)

The migrant invasion no one’s mentioning – resistant bedbugs.

Deutsche Bank admitted that it was a gold price manipulator. (Silver too, we hear.)

Microsoft has sued the Obama Administration, contesting its demands for secret access to citizens’ and businesses’ private information.

The Culture: Teachers flocked to a ‘White Privilege” conference in thousands. (Wonder how they’re doing at math, science and English conferences?)

Obamacare: Losses are unsustainable, insurers have warned.

The Climate: Al Gore joined New York’s Attorney General looking for prosecution of climate change deniers.

Uber and Lyft drivers in California are stretched between competing legal status as employees versus independent contractors….  (The first way, the employers will owe drivers withholding taxes; the second, drivers will owe cities for business licenses.)

The new recession:  New statistics reinforce the U.S. decline.

Ted Cruz predicted a stock crash and dissed the Fed for it.(If he keeps it up, he might resurrect the traditional GO)

The U.S. Army approved the first 22 women to be infantry officers. (When an enemy attacks, will the government fund their sexual harassment lawsuit?(

The majority of American public school students have been non-white since 2014.(So whites will now receive minority status and protections, right?)

A major brood of 17 year cicadas is due to hatch shortly in the Northeast, inundating the unpaved ground in millions of bugs. (No, they’re not really locusts.)

The Culture: A ‘smart vibrator’ promises improved orgasms and may advise on foreplay…. (To be sold in school supplies?)

That’s all for the week; we couldn’t stand any more …

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