Furthest Right

Periscope (February 26, 2019)

  • Sundar Pichai Confirms Google Gave Money to National Review Institute

    We always suspected that the National Review was controlled by the Left, and now we see the bitter truth, which is that with donations pouring in from Leftists, it surely has a bias in their favor. William F. Buckley — an Irishman LARPing as a WASP — “reformed” conservatism by making it compatible with the postwar order, in other words, by throwing out its objections to diversity and pluralism. In doing so, he created modern neoconservatism, which consists of people who believe in conservative methods but the Leftist goal of egalitarianism, including ethnic (which benefited Buckley) and racial egalitarianism. This created a form of conservatism which could appear on the news, but it also denatured conservatism and made it into a series of “principles” such as anti-abortion, pro-business, pro-defense, pro-Israel, in favor of hard work, pro-Christian, and addicted to emotional symbolism like Mom and Apple pie.

    This coincided with a fundamental change in American society. Every time we incorporate diversity, we weaken the dominant culture. Culture keeps capitalism in check by influencing what people are willing to support; businesses which go against cultural norms and values take a loss. With diversity, there no longer is a culture, but a big soft squishy bag to contain all the different cultures, which means that the stringent requirements are relaxed and generalized and what takes their place is a lowest common denominator. After we brought in the Irish, we had an age of unprecedented concentration of wealth because business was no longer constrained by Anglo-Saxon values; after we brought in universal racial/ethnic diversity in the 1940s-1960s, business was cut free even more. By making conservatism a servant of a business, Buckley did it a disservice, and the National Review carries on the tradition by aiming for a pacifying compromise instead of asserting traditional conservative values and principles.

  • Lifestyles of the rich and socialist: Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions

    We on the right do not worship capitalism; we acknowledge it as natural, since people always buy, sell, and enter into contracts, and we also see it as the only functional economic system. Everything else, including variants of socialism like distributism and communitarianism, has failed spectacularly. Even more, socialism is an extension of egalitarianism, the Leftist idea, which we oppose, and nurtures bad habits like parasitism and reliance on the State, which makes the State more powerful and thus, able to go supernova and become full-blown tyranny, since the State is ultimately a self-interested corporation like all the rest. If we placed markets above all else, we would be libertarians (lolberts) but instead we are conservatives, which means that for us, markets must serve the civilization, which is composed of a mosaic of culture, heritage/tribe, customs, values, beliefs, and attitudes. This enables us to utilize capitalism without allowing it to become a self-interested entity which then takes over from other areas of authority, like social, political, cultural, religious, and commonsense norms. If cut free from culture, capitalism will become a runaway reaction just Communism did in the Soviet Union, although capitalism dies from plenty instead of paucity. Socialists have no such endpoint. Their goal is to create Utopia through equality, but their leadership knows that this is nonsense, which is why they all become multi-millionaires after entering office and live in mansions, drive luxury cars, and the like.

  • Chicago is most corrupt big city, Illinois third most corrupt state in country, study finds

    As pointed out before, ethnic diversity shifted America Leftward into a world of corruption, organized crime, and political “machine” politics. This imprint continues today in Chicago and Illinois, which were famously very ethnically diverse with extensive Irish, Poles, and Italians settling there. Seems like it is time to declare the experiment over and the results evident.

  • Judge denies request to free Coast Guard officer accused of mass murder plot

    Lieutenant in the Cost Guard, a “self-avowed white nationalist,” may have plotted to massacre minorities and Democrat politicians. The case against him is thin, however, and this looks more like a media event to unite the Left and obscure the damage done to The Narrative™ by the Jussie Smollett case. Assuming for the moment that there are white people out there inclined toward violence, stop and think: our goal is to save Western Civilization, and that requires seizing power and fixing society, by any means necessary.

    Contrary to what you see in Hollywood, “by any means necessary” does not mean “start shooting,” it simply means use whatever means you can find, starting with the least destructive all the way to the ultimate option (mushroom cloud over Washington, D.C. and outright civil war). First, we need to unite on a simple idea: the Right needs control, and we are doing it in the name of the heritage American population, not the minorities and Leftists who are trying to take over. Next, we need to fix society so that it is no longer a diverse democracy but instead is a hierarchical, traditional, culture-oriented, and nationalist (mono-ethnic) civilization. While we do this, we need to make ourselves better, which means clearing our minds of nonsense and achieving self-discipline more than weight-lifting and collecting rare copies of Siege.

    Currently, the dissident Right — Alt Right, New Right, Identitarians, Neoreaction, etc. — is falling apart because it did not have a leader and so it could not designate a plan. A plan simply means where we are going, and what means we want to use to get there. Because of this disorder, the Right has fallen into infighting, but this is unnecessary. We do not need ten thousand different philosophies; we have the basics and we will figure out the rest as we approach the goal. We do not need lots of little movements, struggling to differentiate themselves from others with bickering and stunts, but people working toward to achieve what we intend. If anything, our problem is the tendency of people to be armchair victims who rage at the screen and then do nothing. If you can do nothing else, amp up the volume and spread the word. We need to reach a critical mass of 2-5% of society that wants an end to diverse democracy and the installation of a traditional hierarchy so that we may restore Western Civilization. Everything else is chatter.

  • Alcohol bans on Chinese campuses backed by 65 per cent of students in poll

    Decadent societies reward degenerate behavior. Why? Most people are happy on the surface, but existentially miserable within. They realize that they are going to spend their lives laboring on nonsense that makes nothing better simply so that society can say it is “in control,” and that ultimately they are going to end up empty people who depend on being told what to do in order to wake up and be effective. Society grinds people up. They spend all their money on high property costs, taxes, and increasingly expensive food. In the end, they will have plenty, but not enough to escape and do anything of their own volition until they are too old to do it. As a result, people engage in whatever they think can kick-start their self-awareness, including alcohol, sex, fetishes, drugs, extreme sports, and other pointless narcissistic things. The Chinese are not fooled: they see a world ruled by China, and they are willing to work for it, since they know that something will result from their labor.

  • Police: Michigan gay-rights activist set fire to own home in fabricated hate crime

    Now that one fake hate crime is in the news, people are speaking up about others. Maybe they will talk about all the church arsons during the Clinton years that turned out to be not the result of black metal fans or white people, but accident, ineptitude, and insurance scams by the property owners. Maybe we will finally learn whether Matthew Shephard was beaten up for being gay, or for stealing meth. Maybe we will finally confront the facts about Rodney King and O.J. Simpson and the orgy of PCP-fueled violence in LA. Maybe we will even look honestly at the Central Park Five. We have been operating for so long in “white people bad, non-whites good” mode — thanks to the Left and its compliant media — that we have entirely forgotten how to be honest about anything. Since we accepted that our goal is “equality,” we will always look for an underdog and a scapegoat, and we will abuse the scapegoat until the underdog is finally equal, which will only happen when we are all poor, grey, cultureless, and living in identical apartments in an urban wasteland which will crowd out all nature, air, light, life, and hope.

  • Palestinians uproot trees planted in memory of slain Israeli teen

    Israelis are slowly learning the lesson of Europe last century: diversity does not work. When a society adopts diversity — of any form: religious, ethnic, cultural, racial — it goes down a path of dissolving its own culture in order to stretch its behavior tolerance to include the Other. That in turn makes it lose sight of who it is, and so collapse becomes inbound at the same time the Other, who realize that until they dominate they are conquered, step up their agitation through crime, violence, terrorism, and eventually outright warfare. Diversity leads only to death.

  • Russia to China: Together we can rule the world

    Eurasians, who share a heritage, are considering forming the third big union competing to be the world superpower. The European Union, United States, and now Eurasian Union are in the running. Who will win? Russia will feel better about the possibility of a Western European invasion, which they fear obsessively, if they have a large ally they can call on to bolster their troops.

  • Major survey finds worms are rare or absent in 20% of fields

    As environmental pollutants accumulate around us, and we can measure one at a time but not the cumulative damage, look toward the small creatures first: they absorb the most, and will start to become unhealthy and die out as the buildup increases. Humanity is now sitting in a warm bath, as blood drips from its wrists, wondering why it does not feel worse. Hint: life does not warn you before doom; it merely happens.

  • Israeli Kahanist Party Sues religious-Zionist Rabbi for Nazi Comparison

    Very few people are willing to break egalitarian taboo and say that diversity is death, but some have:

    The Otzma Yehudit or Jewish Power party, which last week joined at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s urging with Habayit Hayehudi, subscribes to the racist, anti-Arab views of the late Meir Kahane.

    Rabbi Benny Lau, spiritual leader of the Rambam synagogue in Jerusalem and a respected religious-Zionist rabbi, on Saturday told his congregants that voting for The Habayit Hayehudi was like backing Nazi Germany’s anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws.

    Many Jews fear accusations of apartheid because what Jews must do to survive in Israel is to drive everyone else out. Not just the Palestinians, but anyone who is not an ethnic Jew. This terrifies them, since it validates what Hitler was saying: Germany for Germans, Israel for Jews.

  • Bill Maher mocks Middle Americans as less ‘affluent and educated,’ saying ‘they want to be us’

    When we talk about nu-elites, we are talking about Bill Maher’s ‘us.’ They went to Leftist schools, recited the dogma obediently, got rewarded with careers, and now have jobs where they do next to nothing solely for being good Leftists. This is functionally no different than how things happened in the Soviet Union (R.I.P.) where good Communists got all the elite posts, even if they were incompetent, resulting in a wave of mismanagement. America looks like a wasteland; whoever we started appointing to positions of power in the 1990s was just as inept as those Soviet dogmatists.

  • Natacha Jaitt accused close friend of Pope Francis of sex trafficking

    It turns out that Natasha Jiatt made an enemy of a man who has absolutely no business declaring a fatwa against anyone. You see Natasha Jiatt ratted out a pedophile. Normally, this sort of thing would be considered meritorious citizenship. However, this particular short-eyes was a friend of none other than Pope Francis.

    On Argentine daytime TV last year, Jaitt accused members of the soccer leagues of taking sexual advantage of poor, young males. Referring to Newell’s Old Boys, a sports club in Rosario, Santa Fe in Argentina, Jaitt said, “I reported that the kids from the pensions who had no money and were from small towns, kids who played in the minor leagues, were being asked for oral sex by Newell’s Old Boys’ kit man in exchange for cleats. He would ask for this from kids who had no money whatsoever.” Among those she accused was also Gustavo Vera, a longtime associate of Pope Francis, claiming he ran a sex trafficking ring using his anti-trafficking organization as a front group.

    Nice friends His Holiness keeps up with. They say a man is the average of his five best friends. That one, even if an outlier; pulls Pope Francis down into territory no truly holy person of any faith should occupy. Here’s what got Natacha Jaitt The Unholy Nightcap.

  • Ya están los resultados preliminares de la autopsia de Natacha Jaitt con la causal de su muerte

    Missus Kurtz, she be dead. Very dead. The type of dead you get when you mix enough drugs to waste a small battalion inside one human body. Since friends don’t let friends do that, some cynical people are concluding that some very unfriendly individuals made the poor dearie ingest all those substances. Now who would have reason to declare a fatwa against poor Natacha Jiatt?

    According to the first reports prepared by the forensic doctors in charge of the autopsy of Natacha Jaitt , the remains of cocaine, mitelecgonine, norcocaine and Clonazepam consumed in life were detected in the urine of the media. In any case, it is not ruled out that other substances may appear in the final result of the autopsy. The preliminary also gave as a cause of death a ‘multi-organ failure’ that could have been caused by consumption. It was also determined that the death occurred between 12 and 18 hours before the autopsy, which would be between 1 and 6 in the morning of Saturday, February 23.

  • Venezuela ex-spy chief reveals Maduro’s ties to Hezbollah, drugs

    When Presidente Maduro wanted to continue Venezuelan Socialism, he discovered it took something a little more substantial than taxing non-existent rich people. It took actual hard currency. If drugs are the only thing you have left to earn that money, you also need some really hard men. Just how bad a bunch of men?

    Former head of Venezuela’s intelligence services Hugo Carvajal revealed powerful ties between the administration of President Nicolás Maduro and the Hezbollah terrorist group, as well as wide-spread corruption and drug activity, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The nefarious activities were directed by Maduro himself as well as Interior Minister Néstor Reverol and former vice-president Tareck El Aissami. Allegedly, those who were meant to combat drugs were engaged in trafficking them, Carvajal said.

    Now Generalissimo Cuck-Rubio presses this in order to get the USSA sucked into a conflict it has no business pursuing. I’m thinking if some pusher is caught peddling drugs that are traced back to Venezuela, that’s where you send the pusher. Hezbollah will be nice enough to see that he gets shot up. One way or another. Whatever it takes with those boys…

  • Transgender sprinters finish 1st, 2nd at Connecticut girls indoor track championships

    Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face. She shouldn’t be running, they say, not against girls. Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female. She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds.

    The ladies have come a long way. They just didn’t get there fast enough. The Spongebob Gender faired far better at the Connecticut Zhirls Indoor Track Championships. Just wait until next year when Harrison “Harry” Balz enters a few of these races. He wouldn’t be too biologically different than the gentle, young flowers they have running right now.

    If the purpose of High School Athletics is to keep them tired, broke, and too busy to shoot up on drugs; then I guess this makes no difference. I’m sure glad Connecticut isn’t boring us with any propaganda about how their athletes grow as people and learn good sportsmanship. A part of me wants to chuckle when flamboyant lesbians like Martina Navratilova complain about the masculinization of women’s athletics. I mean where are all those Gender Ayatollahs when a little social order and decorum would come in handy?

  • Rubio pushes Venezuelan invasion with Gaddafi image

    Generalissimo Cuck-Rubio is attempting something truly evil in order to troll for Hispanic Popularity prior to the next election. He wants to take out Maduro in Venezuela the way Barack Obama took out Gaddafi in 2011.

    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is invoking the 2011 military intervention in Libya as reason for the U.S. to get involved in Venezuela.

    Neo-Con Warmongers apparantly have short memories to go with the small hands and fingers. I certainly have no brief for the Venezuelan Ocasio-Cortez. However, we should be wise and review the tape before we all line up and run The Obama-Libya F35 Option Pass again. By “liberating” Libya from Gaddafi’s Cult of Gaddafi; Obama did more to support open-air slave markets than any US President after the one who declined to veto The Missouri Compromise. ISIS was filming religious executions on the beaches near Tripoli and putting them up on Youtube. Somehow, amazingly, they enjoyed a vastly longer shelf-life than many Mike Cernovich or Milo videos.

    Cuck-Rubio needs to be reminded of exactly why Trump got nominated rather than he. His preferred policies are the same disaster that filled the “vegetable patches” in US Veterans Administration hospitals after we stupidly invaded Iraq. Cuckservatism must die so that future young Americans can live.

  • Pope compares child sex abuse to ‘human sacrifice’

    Hey! Guess who really doesn’t like sexual abuse of minors in churches all of a sudden? There’s an old joke in there somewhere about how Paris is worth the mass. Upon further theological review, of the most Ancient and Holy Scriptures…. Pope Francis has reached the decidedly reactionary conclusion that Sodom and Gomorrah were where the bad guys used to live.

    “Our work has made us realise once again that the gravity of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors is, and historically has been, a widespread phenomenon in all cultures and societies,” he said. “I am reminded of the cruel religious practice, once widespread in certain cultures, of sacrificing human beings – frequently children – in pagan rites,” he added. Francis was speaking after a four-day meeting which he had opened by calling for “concrete measures” on tackling priests and handing 114 senior bishops a roadmap to shape the debate on how to stop a global scandal. “If in the Church there should emerge even a single case of abuse – which already in itself represents an atrocity – that case will be faced with the utmost seriousness”.

    Sounds like he really means it this time. Never mind his old buddies back in Argentina who run the Youth Soccer Academy just for poor, impoverished kids. I missed the name of that club. Was it Soccer With Sandusky?

    Francis said those who priests who pray on children are “tools of Satan”. “No explanations suffice for these abuses involving children,” the Argentine pontiff said.
    “The echo of the silent cry of the little ones who, instead of finding in them fathers and spiritual guides encountered tormentors, will shake hearts dulled by hypocrisy and by power. “It is our duty to pay close heed to this silent, choked cry,” he added.

    I guess now the optics don’t work so well on this one. Given the outcry of some less Progressive elements in the church, Francis would like a few of his old rowdy friends to settle down for a bit. At least until the guys from 60 Minutes fly back home from The Vatican.

  • Smollett case is so disturbing because risk of hate is so real

    So some LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ concocted about the most sloppy and poorly-executed fake hate crime since The Duke Lacrosse Team was accussed of gang-raping Crystal Mangum. This is a terrible affront to the natural order. You can’t imagine all the hate events like this could stir up. People could lose belief in social cohesion or law and order. And worst of all… Worst.Of.All….. Trump-Nazis could Pounce!

    Smollett’s story risks obscuring a crucial and disturbing fact many Americans face every day: hate crimes are on the rise. The revelation that this high-profile incident involving Smollett may have been staged is one we should all find the more disturbing because of the impact it may have on those who seek justice in the future.

    There is just no jamming the Bat Virtue Signal. It’s high above Gotham City and Commissioner Gordon had better be worried. This part of (((Jonathan Greenblatt’s))) journalistic eruction was just precious. It’s the sort thing that helps put the $ in the $PLC.

    According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)’s analysis of the FBI data, over 90 cities with populations exceeding 100,000 people either did not report any data to the FBI or reported zero hate crimes. Whatever the reasons that police departments did not report credible data to the FBI, the lack of complete information risks sending the message that this is not a priority issue and makes it even harder to address hate violence.

    You heard the man, you !RACISTS! You must report hate crimes even if you don’t have any hate crimes. Invent phantom ones just to show you care. Consider this the Jussie Smollett Full Employment Act. He can tour the 90 cities that don’t care and give each one of them a phony hate crime to report. (((Jonathan Greenblatt))) and CNN can be contacted in advance the way they were with Roger Stone’s arrest. It’s wonderful journalism they’ve got going on over there.

  • Will Your Stock Choke If Your Company’s Too Woke?

    Corporate Goodwill is a wee bit fuzzy when you discuss it in Economic Literature. It can even be somewhat fuzzy if you are talking about hard, materialistic accounting. The theory and the somewhat slippery GAAP rules for economic or corporate Goodwill operate off of a thesis. Consumers with perfect normative information will consider it to some extent when making postive, material decisions.

    If Joe Consumer hates Donald J. Trump, he’ll eat the Offical Steak of The Cory Booker For President Campaign instead of Trump’s brand as a method of virtue-signalling. This should theoretically hold true for some pricing delta. Do you hate The Donald enough to pay an extra 70 cents per pound for your T-Bone? If so, 100% Trump-Free steak becomes a slight luxury good.

    Forbes Magazine describes this as an ongoing experiment in consumer marketing. Nike, Starbucks and Dick’s Sporting Goods have all three made decidedly Leftist overtures to differentiate their brands. If it works, they will either

    A) Successfully occupy a niche, or
    B) Drag a few other competitors over to Leftist Loony-Land until that particular ecosystem gets overgrazed.

    Whether it’s Nike’s ads last fall supporting quarterback turned activist Colin Kaepernick, or Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision last year to restrict its own gun sales, companies are more willing to take sides on politically divisive issues. And such stances can be more than acts of principle: They can boost sales, luring customers who share the same views—albeit while alienating those who don’t—and helping brands stand out in crowded product categories.

    So maybe this will be the future of corporate parasitism. We’ll get de facto “Righty” razors and de facto “Lefty” razors. This is pointless Crowdism. The Vietnamese peasant sharpening your next razor blade really doesn’t care about Animal Rights, or Domestic Abuse. This is one case where even Karl Marx was too intelligent to jump off the lemming-cliff with Nu-Amerika’s leftists. Commodity Fetishism was lambasted early and often in Volume I of Kapital.

  • Could Zion Williamson’s Sneaker-Related Knee Injury Lead to Legal Action Against Nike?

    Nike may have a bigger problem than choosing exactly the right broadcast platform for their virtue signalling.

    Duke freshman star Zion Williamson suffered a right knee injury in Wednesday’s game between the No. 1 Blue Devils and No. 8 North Carolina. The injury occurred 36 seconds into the game as Williamson—the presumptive number one pick in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft—dribbled the basketball as Tar Heels forward Luke Maye defended him. The 18-year-old forward then appeared to lose his footing and fell to the floor. In visible pain, he then grabbed his injured knee. As Williamson was on the floor, it was apparent from the television broadcast that his left Nike sneaker had torn apart. The tear appeared to have occurred when Williamson planted his foot while dribbling.

    So how does that even happen? Are today’s athletes attempting physical maneuvers beyond the tolerance of old kinesiological physics models used to design top-end athletic gear? Perhaps. Tiger Woods famously torqued his knee straight to ruin attempting to “load” on his tee-shots at the start of every hole. Baseball pitchers routinely turn their shoulder muscles into hamburger attempting to consistently exceed 92 MPH on the radar gun. It could stand to reason that the next, best thing since Kobe or MJ could literally play clean out of the best shoes money can design. Nike could do well to argue this.

    Yet, Sports Journalist Michael McCann hypothesizes that Zion Williamson wasn’t emulating Superman when his sneaker blew. This means that Nike Shoes may not be safe for top-level basketball competition. If such is true, their deal with Duke University could turn into a legal free-for-all. Let’s say poor quality gear caused Zion Williams his healthy helping of physical pain and lost money in next year’s NBA draft. Zion’s physical problems could become legal ones for either Duke (who issues Zion Nike Gear) or Nike (who designed and manufactured the defective sneaker).

    That then begs some questions: Do woke companies make shoddy products? Do companies deliberately attempt to hide shoddy production by flashing The Virtue-Signal? Do globalized companies lose control of manufacturing practices and supply chains to the point where they no longer have effective QC/QA? Get a 12 person jury packed with jealous populists to buy a “Yes” on any of those three questions. Then woke and broke may well once again coincide.

  • Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren’s New Pitch: Reparations For Native Americans

    Fresh from Harvard’s Department of Advanced and Futuristic Cranial-Rectal Inversion Studies, it’s Senator Lieawatha. Her campaign advisors just can’t keep her off the warpath. This time, at least; she didn’t have the cultural insensitivity to claim she was a true Cherokee while killing her Old Buddy Weiser. Instead, she wants reparations for her kind.

    Elizabeth Warren blasted the US while stumping in New Hampshire Friday stating, “America has an ugly history of racism. We need to confront it head on. And we need to talk about the right way to address it and make change.” When asked if Native Americans should also get reparations, Warren said, “I think it is a part of the conversation, and I think it is an important part of the conversation.”

    This One Drop Rule stuff is going to revitalize dying law schools who should be pining for the fjords. If 1/1024 of a minority qualifies, do they get full, reparations, partial reparations or proportional reparations? Does someone who is a good, solid 1/4 Apache get to issue a margin call against Cherokee Liz?

    Maybe, if only onewhole Cherokee gets reimbursed, we can start making synthetic securities out of 1/2, 1/4, and octaroon minorities. They can trade shares of their trace-admixtures and form an entire Paper Indian that gets legally reimbursed. Future reparations make for a great future income stream to be fought over in divorce proceedings. Leave it to a lawyer to invent a new, neat weapon of lawfare.

  • Gold Rising Because it Protects Against Government – Martin Armstrong

    Armstrong also points out, “Gold has been rallying right along with the U.S. stock market. This is what I said all along. Eventually, towards the end, they have to align. Why? Because at that stage of the game, it’s us against government. So, tangible assets rise.”

    Wow! This implies inequality acts as a hedge against government failure. At least if you’re one of the animals who succeeds in being more equal. Gold has always been an interesting asset class. People who buy it in case of a downturn, have a temporary hedge for the value of their portfolio. As long as law and order work, you get a counter-cyclical miniature currency. Gold acts as a shadow money anytime it holds value against a wobbly currency.

    Gold becomes useless when hard times go all the way to SHTF. At that point, you’d be better invested in potable water containers and dehydrated rations. First-Aid Kits and shotgun shells become worth more than their weight in Gold.

    Debt Bears always watch Gold Prices as a recessional indicator. They believe debt renders currencies too anemic to serve as value stores and too illiquid to act as mediums of free exchange. Perhaps the death of The Gold Standard may have been the best thing that ever happened to the predictive power of economic paranoids. Gold can be seen as a non-political yardstick to measure economic fantasies against real-world, immutable value.

In honor of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training games. And nothing that even remotely brings the Bad News Bears to mind is complete without the overture from Carmen.

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