Ban Everything

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Posted in category Paternal State

This is how our parents wheeled the brood around in the 60s. Before there were Safety Nazis and an omnipotent Nanny State. Now, such a thing would warrant a visit from Child (un)Protective Services.

safety belt

Unenforceable Laws Work So Well

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Again, government policy to “ban” behavior only shifts the burden to another form of the same behavior. And the results are even worse. Folks now hold their phones down low instead of upward, as they drive, causing them to take their eyes off the road entirely, causing more crashes.

It’s illegal to text while driving in most U.S. states. Yet a new study by researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers. In fact, such bans are associated with a slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for damage to vehicles in crashes. This finding is based on comparisons of claims in 4 states before and after texting ban, compared with patterns of claims in nearby states.

Fed, Yellen, Interest Rates, Capital Markets – Roll Your Dice

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Posted in category Economics

To quote the mediameisters: “U.S. economic conditions are getting close to warranting America’s first interest rate hike since 2006. Or at least that’s what officials at the Federal Reserve thought in July…”

How many times have you seen that scaremongering tactic over the last two years? I peruse the news daily, looking for headlines such as, “The Federal Reserve faces a potential cliffhanger,” or “Fed may have just gotten a red light for rate hike” or “U.S. Economy ‘Approaching’ Interest Rate Liftoff” or “Yellen still thinks Fed will raise rates this year” or “she strongly hinted that rates will go up sooner rather than later” or …. you get the picture. It’s utter central planning, nightmare-ish madness intended to keep all of you in your begging chains and to keep the capital markets in a willy nilly state of absolute uncertainty so that economic actors have to throw darts at a board in their cubicle in order to make economic-financial decisions.

And the folks who *think* they comprehend the ultimate game plan because they can pick up a copy of The Wall Street Urinal, and read it, are the worst kind of tools for the Banksters, Central Planners, and other assorted fascists and hooligans who run this nation’s assorted monetary schemes and promise factories. Ask yourselves: how can the markets possibly function with the present being predictably unhinged and the future completely unpredictable?

Then there’s the propaganda assuring you all that the Bankster cartel is acting based on protecting your interests. So keep piling your dollars into your shoddy 401k catch-all, folks, and keep thinking that it’s an “investment” for which you are rightly entitled to, and for which nothing can go wrong. Somebody beam Janet Yellen up, please. And for all of you who have conveniently forgotten 2007-2008, somebody beam y’all up, too. Because you ain’t seen nothing yet. When all of this recklessness blows up, as it will again, the unsustainable that became the government-guaranteed unshakeable will become the unpronounceable.

Whooping Cough Vaccination Fail

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Posted in category Big Pharma

For all of the “herd immunity” evangelists who believe that everyone should be shamed into or forced to become revenue streams for the medical-pharmaceutical-government-criminal complex. To quote the article:

The Reno County Health Department tells us a majority of the total cases have been vaccinated.

Same thing is going on in Wichita County, Texas. And the same thing in Massachusetts. So the solution, according to the herd, is to get more people vaccinated.

All the children among these cases were all immunized and their immunizations were all up to date.

..Health officials say the best way to protect your child is to get them immunized as well as the whole family including parents and grandparents.

Because even if they still get the disease, they will most likely get a much milder case of it.

These final two statements are completely illogical and unscientific. But I thought the Vaccination Nation argument was entirely sound, and all else was anti-science? This may be a partial explanation for what is actually transpiring here. Additionally, the National Vaccine Information Center reports:

The Hutchinson News reports that, although “scientists say people are protected from the disease if vaccinated” (an inaccurate statement, given the children infected children in Hutchinson school district), people vaccinated against pertussis can spread the disease to others.

And this is precisely the point to bear in mind as you read about pertussis outbreaks. The outbreaks are not necessarily occurring because of the lack of so-called “herd immunity”—not enough people being vaccinated. They may well be occurring because of the vaccinated population itself.

Desperation Move for the Empty Calorie Complex

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Posted in category Food Politics

The “Global Balance Energy Network.” No, this is not a commie-style, climate change coalition, though the name has that kind of ring to it. This is a new organization funded by Coca-Cola that intends to counter the current backlash against the beverage giants by redirecting the focus of consumers from the quality of their food and toward their apparent lack of exercise. The food and beverage you consume is not the problem, and they intend to produce the “science” to prove it.

The video is marketed perfectly: upbeat, pleasant, jazzy music, and a scientist selling the story that there is “no compelling evidence” that one’s poor-quality food choices cause one’s weight and health issues. The man in the video is Steven Blair, PED, FACSM, a Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. That he’s a mouthpiece for “public health” sends a clear message that he is a paid-for shill for the Industrial Food Machine. And then, am I not supposed to notice, or say, that this Professor of “exercise science” is obese?

Sales of sugar-laden sodas have been declining steadily for years and the beverage giants are scrambling to reinvent their products and dodge the blame for health risks associated with those products. PepsiCo just announced that it is killing off aspartame in its diet sodas, as consumers, better educated by way of online access and social media, are starting to avoid the industrial food machine’s aspartame and high fructose corn syrup. To that, a PepsiCo Senior Vice-President says that “consumer demand is evolving.”

From the New York Times article, to quote:

The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media.

This Global Balance Energy Network organization is a coalition of corporate-state beverage giants, scientists, and media organs that is planning to collect data on “energy balance” and sell their accumulated lies and sham science to defend their fake food empires. Blair says, ”we have to get the right information out there…” and ”we’ll be reaching out to media…” And I’m sure they will, using all of the wealth, power, and position of the government-business alliance that props up their industrial food empire.

See Confederate, Dial 911

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Posted in category political correctness

This very story:

A “concerned” resident called police on a man walking “very deliberately” down an Arlington, Virginia sidewalk with a hybrid Confederate flag over his shoulder.

The flag had the Gadsden “Don’t Tread On Me” snake in the middle.

The subversive man also committed the crime of “walking with a purpose,” and also, he “was walking with pride in his step.” That is scary stuff. Stories are actually referring to him as the “Arlington Confederate flag walker.”

Another story tells us of another person – some sissified nitwit – who spotted confederate and Nazi merchandise at a flea market and dialed 911. The local news station made a huge ordeal out of it. He told reporters that when he saw the merchandise he “was shaking and almost vomiting.” I do not make this stuff up.

Tom DiLorenzo is right – we live in a time and place where people have become zombies. Perpetually-offended pansies who cannot think for themselves let alone have the strength to completely ignore that which ruffles their sissified, little comfort zone. Even Orwell, were he alive today, could not possibly be Orwellian enough to describe it all.

Detroit’s Guerilla Road Repair

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Posted in category Detroit

In the little enclave that is Hamtramck, Michigan, they call it Hamtramck Guerilla Road Repair. The county and city can’t get anything done, and the state consistently threatens residents that the roads cannot be fixed without extracting more and more of our money. Consequently, the roads have become awfully bad.

Hamtramck’s potholes are notorious for being some of the worst in the region. In March, a single block of Charest Street was found to have 33 potholes — including one the Free Press described as an “ovalish monster” stretching 5 feet in length.

These Hamtramck residents took it upon themselves to raise the cash and perform the labor. The intention to fill one street boomed into a community effort to raise funds on GoFundMe and fixed more streets. While these residents claim they are “inspired” and “doing right” with the larger community effort, my takeaway is that folks like this are comprehending that government is parasitic and inept, only they are not able to define it as such. So they are learning to improve their own community in spite of, and not because of, government.

Kraft Slices Are Not “Cheese”

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Posted in category Food Politics

Kraft no-cheese. A rather deathly pale, chemicalized product referred to as “food.” In their (Kraft) words:

“A thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If he film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.”

Although this is barely sarcasm, there is almost no difference between the “cheese” and the wrapper, except one has been made to be able to swallow and the other, not. With all the recent exposure due to the recall, I understand that food manufacturing and processing involves risks and human error, so that is the least of the problem, or so I think.

The elephant in the room is this: what is it going to take for folks to stop relying on the most convenience in terms of what they put into their bodies? People still buy this fake food, en masse. With so many easy, still-convenient choices for real cheese at bargain or decent prices, why do people reach for the worst of the bunch? It is because Kraft sliced “cheese,” individually wrapped, is what they know and what they are used to buying. To purchase anything else, for much of the masses, would require some original thought, a new choice, a step out of the comfort zone. Food choice should never been confined within a comfort zone because we live in times where technology, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial freedom are rapidly evolving and allowing all of us – rich, poor, and the middle class – to have more and better choices.

Folks have asked me, “Karen, how is Kraft not cheese?” To them, the ingredients look “normal” for cheese. But really? Look at the photo of the Kraft package (I dare not call it cheese) in the article. It clearly says “Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product.” It does not say “Cheese.” It is an industrial, processed cheese that does not “qualify” to be cheese because FDA regulations forbid this product to be called as such due to the too-low cheese content. Have you ever looked at the color of this product? Might that have been a hint?

As long as Big Food keeps selling convenience, individually wrapped and all, the medical-pharmaceutical complex is well-placed to keep people semi-comatose and alive until their 80s and beyond, with quality of life not ever being an issue.

 

Reflection on 1984

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I love the Students For Orwell website for its deft headline, and I’ll ignore that it hasn’t been updated in two years:

Students for an Orwellian Society

Because 2013 is 29 years too late.

 

Stop Being Brainwashed on Fat

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Posted in category Food Politics

From the article “Why is the Federal Government Afraid of Fat?” from the New York Times.

This fear of fat has had far-reaching impacts, from consumer preferences to the billions of dollars spent by the military, government-run hospitals and school districts on food. As we argue in a recently published article in The Journal of the American Medical Association, 35 years after that policy shift, it’s long past time for us to exonerate dietary fat.

Except the authors get it wrong – the Federal Government is not afraid of fat, but the corporatocracy is. The Industrial Food Complex, which is heavily interwoven with and supported by government subsidies and health policies, is protecting its profits via political policy and special interest bullying. And government regulations, propaganda, and scientific disinformation has kept intact a prodigious fearmongering campaign to make the entire populace afraid of fat. As Michael Pollan has said,

If you are what you eat, and especially if you eat industrial food, as 99 percent of Americans do, what you are is “corn.”

The industrial system, upon becoming addicted to the steady stream of profit margins due to selling chemicals laced with a slight bit of food, embarked upon a massive campaign, along with government institutions, to change the entire landscape of how society will be fed. Pollan adds:

Corn is the keystone species of the industrial food system, along with its sidekick, soybeans, with which it shares a rotation on most of the farms in the Midwest. I’m really talking about cheap corn — overproduced, subsidized, industrial corn — the biggest legal cash crop in America. Eighty million acres — an area twice the size of New York State — is blanketed by a vast corn monoculture like a second great American lawn.

…Overproduction sooner or later leads to overconsumption, because we’re very good at figuring out how to turn surpluses into inexpensive, portable new products. Our cheap, value-added, portable corn commodity is corn sweetener, specifically high-fructose corn syrup. But we also dispose of overproduction in corn-fed beef, pork, and chicken. And now we’re even teaching salmon to eat corn, because there’s so much of it to get rid of.

Years ago, I was viciously attacked – by libertarians – for ramping up my own little war against the War on Fat. This is in spite of the fact that my case was, and is, the absolute free market position. But not all libertarians disagreed. See my recent interviews with Ilana Mercer on the fraudulent food pyramid (Part 1) and grain and the government-Big Agra alliance (Part 2).