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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World—or, at least, it’s a Mad Economy


QEs 1, 2 & 3 didn't really work in the US.  QE in Japan hasn't worked.  Now, the European Central Bank wants to try QE in the EU. [courtesy Google Images]

QEs 1, 2 & 3 didn’t really work in the US. QE in Japan hasn’t worked. Now, the European Central Bank wants to try QE in the EU.  Good luck with that, hmm?
[courtesy Google Images]

Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz, a multinational financial services company.  He recently authored an article in Business Insider about the A.D. 2014 stock markets entitled “Traditional Factors Alone Don’t Explain This Remarkalbe Year For US Stocks”.

Mr. El-Erian observed that,

 

“2014 has been a remarkable year for US equities–not just in terms of the handsome return for investors (15% for the S&P) but also because of how this was delivered.

“In 2014, the S&P,

“Registered 51 record highs (that’s an average of one a week, the most since 1995);

“Never had more than three days of consecutive losses (a new record);

“Consistently decoupled from potentially damaging historical correlations with other markets, most notably government bonds and commodities; and, in the process,

“Always managed to recover quickly from sudden and scary air pockets.”

 

You have to admit that, when viewed from Mr. El-Erian’s perspective, last year’s US equity markets were almost as surprising as flipping a coin that came up “heads” 50 times in a row.  All this “good luck” makes you wonder.  It makes you want to check the coin to see if it has two “heads”.

Clearly, something strange (or even a little crazy) dominated last year’s markets.

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A Lesson In Irony


Feeding (Making?) Dependents

Feeding (Making?) Dependents

This year, the Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to distribute free Meals and Food Stamps to 46 million people–the  greatest amount ever. 

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed  the  Animals.”  Their stated reason for the policy is that, “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends today’s lesson in irony.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in psychological warfare, Values

 

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Good Americans Distrust Government—And they are the Majority


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“Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant or a fearful master.” George Washington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I postulate that being a good American means living in harmony with the spirit of The Constitution of the United States.  If that’s true, should we ever trust government?

Absolutely not.

The reason we have three, separate and independent branches of government (Legislative, Executive and Judicial) is to keep those governmental branches fighting among themselves and thereby prevent the emergence of a single, dictatorial government that worked for its own interests rather than those of the people.  The mandate for three branches of government (separation of powers) is evidence that the Founders didn’t trust the federal government.

The reason we have “checks and balances” in the Constitution is to protect the people from the federal government.  The Founders didn’t trust the feds.

The reason we have the 1st Amendment right to free speech is to allow us to expose government corruption.

According to the “Preamble to the Bill of Rights,” the reason we have the entire Bill of Rights (including the 2nd Amendment) is to prevent “misconstruction or abuse” of the powers granted under the Constitution to the officers, officials and employees of the federal government.

Insofar as the Constitution was intended to allow for only a “limited” government, that Constitution was intended to protect against government’s inevitable and insatiable appetite for more power, more taxes and less freedom.  The Founders didn’t trust the federal government.

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Welcome to Operant Conditioning


Mind Control

Mind Control (Photo credit: drinksmachine)

The following video was reportedly prepared by a mother for the child she’s homeschooling.  It illustrates and explains the mind-control, “brainwashing” and “operant conditioning” that’s taking place in our public schools, right now, in order to create generations of children who are terrified by guns.

I disagree with only one point:  the video describes the conflict as “ideological”; I see the conflict as “spiritual”.  Otherwise, this video is well-done, important and worth your time.

video    00:06:21  (apparently, no sound; I didn’t hear any)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il776_82gpQ