Book Borrowers’ Prison

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Posted in category police state

Okay, so these folks are not good at organizing their lives enough to return library books, but they were hauled off to court for charges of “Failure to Return Rental Property.”

The couple thinks it’s unfair that they never would have been charged, if they had each just paid a $105 “diversion fee” to the Lenawee County Economic Crimes Unit in addition to the monies owed to the Tecumseh Public Library.

And the Retail Recession Continues

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Posted in category Economics

Nordstrom inventory is stale and not moving, profits are forecasted to be 30% down in the first two quarters this year, and 400 employees at corporate HQ are getting the pink slip. Additionally, Intel is cutting 12,000 jobs. This is added to the long list of retail closings and layoffs just since mid-2015.

The cuts confirm a terrifying new reality for high-end retailers: Wealthy shoppers are reining in spending and — along with the rest of American consumers — refusing to pay full price for anything.

Yet Obama insisted he reigned over an era of private sector job creation that is unprecedented.

Junk Food Idiocracy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Posted in category Idiocracy

The Idiocracy flourishes in an boom-bubble environment. This ampm is a convenience store chain owned by BP America, Inc., and apparently, marketing folks there take a dim view of the intelligence of their demographic base. This creature thing in the company’s commercial looks like a derelict version of H.R. Pufnstuf after about two decades of eating at 7-11 and other convenience stores, and sleeping in alleys after meetups with hookers. But apparently, there is a large enough attraction from among the company’s adolescent-adult customer base to keep it all afloat.

More Death and Destruction From the Warfare State

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Posted in category Corporatocracy, War

Detroit media has been running investigative reporting that has unveiled a rarely discussed legacy of the warfare state: its abandoned military bases and toxic aftershocks.

Wurtsmith Air Force base in Oscoda, Michigan (the northeastern-ish lower peninsula) was closed in 1993, but it was known as early as the 1970s that groundwater contamination in and around the base was a problem. PFCs, or perfluorinated chemicals that are used in firefighting foam, have polluted residential wells in the surrounding areas. In 1977, it was discovered that a 500-gallon underground storage tank for storing trichloroethylene had been leaking and contaminating the groundwater.

The leak was repaired, but by the following year, nearby residents off the base were asking questions about the contamination and its potential health impacts to them. The U.S. Geological Survey investigated groundwater at the base and identified plumes of TCE; dicholorethane, or DCE, another potentially harmful chemical; and benzene, a petroleum-based solvent and known carcinogen.

The State of Michigan announced its intent to sue the military over the contamination in 1979, in an effort to speed up the cleanup. By 1980, a private residence off-base was found with TCE contamination in its drinking water well.

In January 1994, the EPA moved to add Wurtsmith to its National Priorities List, essentially making it a Superfund site — the worst of the worst, most problematic contaminated sites in the U.S.  The base was evaluated by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, or ATSDR, created by Congress in the Superfund law with a mandate to conduct a public health assessment for every site on the priorities list.

Nearby individuals have been told their well water contains arsenic, diesel fuel, and firefighting foam. There has been no follow-up of people stationed on the base and their health histories. A similar case came out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. To quote the article:

According to a 2010 federal report, nearly 900 Superfund sites in the U.S. are abandoned military facilities or facilities that provided materials to or otherwise supported the military. The potential liability from connecting people’s health disorders to the toxic pollution they were exposed to at those hundreds of facilities could mean a staggering cost.

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When Achievers Leave

Monday, April 18, 2016

In an environment of class envy, racial strife, rampant crime, and redistributive madness, millionaires and affluent African-Americans are leaving Chicago.

Millionaires are leaving Chicago more than any other city in the United States on a net basis, according to a new report.

About 3,000 individuals with net assets of $1 million or more, not including their primary residence, moved from the city last year, with many citing rising racial tensions and worries about crime as factors in the decision, according to research firm New World Wealth. That represented about 2 percent of the city’s high net worth individuals.

Detroit Public Schools: Broke and Corrupt

Monday, April 18, 2016
Posted in category Public Uneducation

As the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) scandal unfolds, the truth about Norman Shy continues to be revealed. Shy became immensely wealthy, and at least one way he did so was to become an “approved vendor” for DPS, allowing him to run a kickback scheme with the help of at least a dozen school principals.

Here, in this 11,000-square-foot estate, public records show, is where the central figure in a Detroit school corruption case lived for years  while allegedly cheating the Detroit Public Schools out of millions of dollars with the help of 12 principals and one administrator. Shy’s home was featured in a Michigan House Envy article in the Detroit Free Press in 2013.  He sold the home in November 2014.

According to court documents, principals used Shy as their school supply vendor for items such as chairs, workbooks and paper, but the supplies rarely made it to the classrooms.  In return for their help, the principals allegedly received $1 million in kickbacks that came in all forms: payments made to sham companies that the principals had created, cash, gift cards and house repairs, including a new roof and gutter work for one administrator.

DPS unknowingly paid for it all, prosecutors allege, claiming Shy was the biggest benefactor of all. Over 13 years, he billed DPS $5 million, of which $2.7 million was ill-gotten, they say.

After Detroit ran its own schools into the ground, for decades, the state of Michigan took over and further destroyed and corrupted an already broken system. One can wonder how many people lined their pockets over the years with the tax dollars sucked up by DPS.

This weekend’s Detroit Free Press reveals how lavishly Norman Shy lived in a palatial estate of 11,000 square feet in Oakland County. Additionally, he was known for consistently suing small guys, including the contractors building his estate. Mr. Shy sells himself as an expert in communications but you’ll find a whole lot of grammar indiscretions all over his “The Art of Communication” website. It’s actually pretty funny.

One of the principals who was on the take in Shy’s scheme had been on the Ellen Degeneres Show as a recipient of a $500k feel-good award, giving the audience the usual sob story about Detroit Public Schools having dilapidated infrastructures; computers that don’t work; leaking roofs; mold issues; an infestation of insects and rodents; and no books, paper, or pens for the kids. Hence, Hollywood to the rescue. Following the Ellen event, GoFundMe pages appeared all over the place, trying to raise private money to feed into this corrupt rathole.

This video of the Ellen gifting event is about as embarrassing as it gets.

Undoing the Lies About Ty Cobb

Monday, April 11, 2016
Posted in category Sports

This is an absolutely incredible, revisionist story by investigative journalist Charles Leerhsen in Imprimus, a publication of Hillsdale College, on the real Ty Cobb and how his life and career was entirely distorted and misrepresented by mythologists, sensationalists, and the monster Ken Burns, the painfully mainstream TV “historian.”

Through research, fact-seeking, and “shoe leather reporting,” Leerhsen accidentally stumbled upon the great character of Cobb and exposes the sensationalism and falsehoods that have floated unchallenged for decades. His book, Ty Cobb: A terrible Beauty, is available on Amazon.

Cobb’s autobiography was hijacked and made up by Al Stump, a guy with a long history as a liar and fabricator. Cobb was painted as an “avowed racist” when that label had become pc fashionable (when all documented evidence says otherwise). Additionally, Ken Burns used amateur-stereotyping sources to destroy Cobb’s character in his Baseball documentary.

Kochtopus Change of Strategy

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Posted in category Politics

The Kochtopus does nothing at all to influence elections; prop up the status quo; advance statism; curtail freedom; divide the masses along cultural lines; or fund and enforce SJW advocacy.

Nothing to see here. Move on, kiddies, to something you can understand.

Food Politics, Not Science

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A Bloomberg article, “The world is getting fatter and no one knows how to stop it,” blathers on about how world governments will centrally manage obesity, with one avenue being the bureaucratic analysis of the ”negative” impact that free trade has upon health outcomes, and hence the centralized management of trade via tariffs, taxation, and policy. Another Bloomberg piece hilariously gets it wrong on “unchallenged” free trade:

In the black-and-white world of economics textbooks, free trade is good for everyone. Each country figures out what it does best, then exchanges the wine or cloth or software it makes with other nations, creating wealth. Where jobs are lost, they’ll be replaced by more suitable ones. Or so the theory goes. For two centuries, the virtue of free trade went almost unchallenged by economists and politicians. Now it’s under attack. Plans for the most ambitious trade agreements in a generation have brought together an unlikely coalition of unions, religious groups, Internet freedom activists and conservationists to galvanize public opinion against them. They’ve refocused the debate on trade’s winners and losers, arguing that the deals threaten to aggravate inequality, degrade labor and health standards and weaken democracy.

Breaking News: The Libertarian Party is Even More Irrelevant Than Ever

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Posted in category Libertarianism

I couldn’t stop laughing.

Famous computer programmer and businessman John McAfee is one of the top three contenders for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, but one of his greatest weaknesses within the party is a lack of connections within the movement itself.

He may have just solved that problem by asking libertarian photographer and entrepreneur Judd Weiss to be his vice presidential running mate.

McAfee has selected a Belair playboy from the Narcissim.Me, anti-brutalist sphere who follows celebritarians around, snapping photos, to “make libertarianism cool” and “make nerds look cooler.” He calls himself “the guy who single handedly hijacked the image and brand of the liberty scene” by photographing “unfolding legends.” To quote:

Essentially what I do with a camera is go around boosting people’s narcissism.

Um, okay. And, oh yeah, these guys are busy floating the all-important ideas of “sexual libertarianism” and the need to make libertarianism LGBT-friendly. This, they say, will undo the problem of the Libertarian Party having become “a joke”? Ironically, these birds like to note that libertarianism is an “intellectual movement” that needs to be about “style over substance.” (Try making sense of that…but I’ll stop there.)

Of course, all of the other unfreedoms that are Americans are being subjected to – especially in the current environment of economic and regulatory totalitarianism – are mere sidebars relegated to limited lip service. This is how the far down the rathole this whole “Libertarian” thing has gone.