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Italy’s Parallel Currency

There have been some amazing Italian inventions over the centuries. The newspaper. The pistol. The radio. The stock exchange. The motorway. And who could overlook those staples of modern life, jeans (originally from the French word for Genoa: genes) or the pizzeria.

Few other countries have contributed quite as much to creating the world we live in.

Right now, Italy could be on the brink of another major innovation. A parallel currency to run alongside the euro. It already had the backing of the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the parties supporting it are steadily gaining ground in the polls.

Could it work? The mainstream economic establishment will no doubt heap scorn on the idea. And yet, in reality, a parallel currency could provide an elegant exit from the euro, maintaining some of the advantages of the single currency, while freeing the country from endless recession. If it ever gets off the ground, Italy could quickly become one of the most attractive economies in the world.

It is hard to find any words to describe Italy’s experiment with merging its currency with Germany, France and the rest of the eurozone other than “dismal failure.” Since it adopted the euro, Italy’s average annual growth rate has been zero, according to calculations by the Bruegel Institute. You read that correctly. Absolutely nothing, over almost two decades…

…Italy’s unemployment rate is a crippling 11%, the highest of Europe’s three biggest economies, and youth unemployment is a scary 35%. The national debt has climbed to a giddy 133% of gross domestic product, not because the government is especially extravagant, but because that’s what happens in a zero-growth economy.

Italy's Parallel Currency

The President’s Enemies

The current president* 1 has ‘enemies’. 2 His new 2020 3 reelection video explicitly calls them out, blaming these ‘enemies’ for holding America back…

Jebus H. K-rist on a fucking pogo stick! Can you imagine the carnage were this overgrown infant to get his way? It doesn’t bear contemplation…

The President's Enemies

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  1. I believe Charles Pierce has it exactly right.
  2. One supposes if by ‘enemies’ the president* means foes of fascists and dictators, he’s correct.
  3. The “rallies” the president* can’t seem to live without? Yeah, they’re actually fund raisers for his 2020 reelection bid. Yet another conflict of interest norm to which the president* seems unable to abide. Hell, were Nora to allow us to gamble we the type to place an occasional wager, we’d bet that the president* is out raising as much cash as he can, if only to make a profit off his whole failing administration before he’s tossed from office.

Clear Attacks on Democracy

It should be noted that there was another clear attack on democracy on yesterday.

A journalist, veteran reporter Dan Heyman, was arrested Tuesday for asking questions of a cabinet official. Heyman was attempting to ask questions of HHS secretary Tom Price concerning TrumpCare when he was arrested for “causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price,” the complaint stated.

Welcome to your New Neo-Confederate Kleptocracy. A place where asking questions is a crime and the FBI becomes a weapon to be used against OMP’s many enemies.

Wake up, people.

Clear Attacks on Democracy

Health Care is Complicated

Washington (CNN) – [OMP] noted with some exasperation Monday the complexity of the nation’s health laws, which he’s vowed to reform as part of a bid to scrap Obamacare.

“We have come up with a solution that’s really, really I think very good,” [OMP] said at a meeting of the nation’s governors at the White House.

Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” he added. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

If by nobody OMP means himself, then, yes, that quote makes sense.

Can’t you just see the faces of his sycophants and lackeys as they struggle to reassure OMP that’s he’s not stupid: NO ONE could ever ever evah imagined how difficult a topic heath care is.

Certainly NOT the Obama administration.

And definitely not that Crooked Hillary!

OMP later didn’t say “We’re going to present our plan soon. And it’s going to be a fantastic failure, I promise you! Not everybody will be able to receive coverage, and by everybody I mean those people. It will be yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge..ly expensive!

The Deplorables are deep in denial, still. We wonder what, exactly, it will take to wake them?

Health Care is Complicated

There’s Money in Mass Deportations

Palantir Technologies, the data-mining company co-founded by billionaire and…transition adviser Peter Thiel, will likely assist the…administration in its efforts to track and collect intelligence on immigrants, according to a review of public records by The Intercept. Since 2011, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations has paid Palantir tens of millions of dollars to help construct and operate a complex intelligence system called FALCON, which allows ICE 1 to store, search, and analyze troves of data that include family relationships, employment information, immigration history, criminal records, and home and work addresses…

Working closely with a president-elect who has pledged to dramatically expand ICE, Thiel’s varied connections to the immigration agency place him in a position to potentially benefit financially from a deportation campaign that carries highly personal stakes for millions of Americans…

In addition to containing information on family relationships and immigration history, the records FALCON collects can also include photographs of subjects, employment information, educational background, and “geospatial data…”

Last month, it was reported that [the Manchurian President-elect] and his advisers are drafting plans to launch a campaign of workplace raids across the country to find undocumented immigrants. With a mandate to enforce laws relating to unauthorized employment, HSI has been identified as the primary component within ICE that conducts such job-site raids. This past October, after a lengthy investigation, HSI agents raided several Mexican restaurants in Buffalo, New York, arresting more than a dozen workers, some of whom were charged with criminal counts of “illegal re-entry,” raising an outcry from immigrant advocates. In 2013, after an HSI raid on carwashes in Phoenix, more than two dozen immigrants were reportedly sent to Enforcement and Removal Operations officers for possible deportation.

ICE can conduct such raids even in so-called sanctuary cities that have refused to allow local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE in finding and removing undocumented immigrants…

Palantir, which is backed by the CIA’s venture capital arm, did not respond to a request for comment regarding its ICE contracts and concerns over potential conflicts of interest. Peter Thiel spokesperson Jeremiah Hall declined to comment on a list of emailed queries, including a question asking whether Thiel has yet signed the [Manchurian President-elect’s] transition ethics agreement. 2 3

Fan Mail From Some Flounder

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  1. Who wants a bet? I’m giving 5-8 odds that this is where Kobach ends up.
  2. If all this seems far-fetched, perhaps you ought to reacquaint yourself with the real IBM…
  3. Also? If your an IT engineer working for Palantir, perhaps you ought to visit this site.

False Flag Alien invasion

mars-attacksA group of short-bus denizens 1 recently released a report advising that Hillary Clinton plan on implementing a false flag alien invasion 2 in order to save her failing presidential bid.

Poll-driven narratives have been pushed too far, alienating most of the voting population. The use of polls as a psychological weapon has also been noticed (especially on social media). As the poll-gap narrative becomes ever more extreme, obvious visible evidence (rally-size, yard-signs, bumper-stickers, memes / social-media posts) becomes more and more obviously contradictory. Attempts at shaming outspoken poll-deniers such as Bill Mitchell on Twitter have failed in 2016 where they succeeded (Dean Chambers) in 2012. We are in uncharted territory.

Even hooks into non-philosophically compromised pro-Republican polling outfits such as FOX, Rasmussen, and Gravis have not produced substantial results.

Salvage Options (Recommendation & Alternatives)

We have analyzed a number of potential salvage options and have a strong recommendation.

Ooooooo: do tell! How oh how will ‘murika be salvaged from the orange Trumpmeister??

For almost two decades the Department of Defense and NASA have coordinated on a black book project under the codename FIRESIGN.firesign

FIRESIGN’s aim is to create a religious “awe effect” in enemy populations to create an instantaneous psychological soft-kill (abject submission). The operation uses high powered lasers to project real seeming images on the sodium layer 100km above the surface. These images can cover hundreds or even thousands of square miles and can appear completely real, three dimensional, and can move.

These visual cues are augmented with pulsed ELF electromagnetic emissions (see: PROJECT SANGUINE) that attack the specific areas of the prefrontal cortex that are stimulated during religious experience. In limited tests, subjects have been able to be overwhelmed on both axis of vastness (an overwhelming of the subject’s frame of reference) and a powerful need-for accommodation. The mix of these two will produce inaction, lack of focus on self or individual interaction, and gross transformations in mental equilibrium (a Road-to-Damascus Experience).

firesign2The ability to produce these effects across 23% of the continental United States is the objective of FIRESIGN and field tests in the Levant have proven successful.

The FIRESIGN scenario is that of an invading extraterrestrial force of nearly incomprehensible scale (massive floating cities descending, god-sized “walkers” among the clouds with terrifying weapons, wheels of fire and eyes, etc.). This phenomena, when
activated will bring electoral and social systems to a halt and, in afflicted areas, will permit a narrative wherein POTUS is able to “Call a halt” to the invasion and then “hand over the torch” to Clinton, providing a basic continuity of state. 3

Jebus H. Fucking Kerist On A Pogo Stick! Who the hell are these people?

Wait…more importantly, who commissioned this “study”? And what could they have been injesting thinking when they did? And oh Great Thor, it gets better; among slavage strategies the report doesn’t advise are…

  • Red Dawn: a (simulated) foreign invasion.
  • Cobalt Rain: a “radiological attack”.
  • BLRiot: Referring to BlackLivesMatter riots, the report said: “while staged civil unrest could prevent pockets of America from voting, the damage [from the Alternative Media’s uncovering of the riots being staged] is too wide-spread.”

And my personal favorite…

  • Unnatural Disaster: “HAARP is in skeleton crew mode. Subterranean thermobaric devices in fracking mines are untested. Surveys suggest this might not stop Trump voters.”

Holy shit.

If this report is ‘right’ 4 the polls are skewed and it will take a literal alien invasion for Clinton to win.

Supposedly Anonymous originally revealed the report, gift-wrappend and sent their way by an inner Clinton campaign staffer.

As much as I am waiting for the celestial light-show, could this election get any stranger?

Tech Rodeo

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  1. Joel Beneson, lead paranoiac.
  2. Yes, those aliens; the ones from outer space!
  3. Information posted on WNBTv from Salvage Program is allowed because…reasons. Where “reasons” equal ‘fair use’ of copyrighted material, as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
  4. And from what I can find the Beneson Strategy Group are Clinton’s advisors.

Trump As Constantine

Trump As ConstantineMr. Ullrich, like other biographers, provides vivid insight into some factors that helped turn a “Munich rabble-rouser” — regarded by many as a self-obsessed “clown” with a strangely “scattershot, impulsive style” — into “the lord and master of the German Reich.”

• Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who “only loved himself” — a narcissist with a taste for self-dramatization and what Mr. Ullrich calls a “characteristic fondness for superlatives.” His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity. But Mr. Ullrich underscores Hitler’s shrewdness as a politician — with a “keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people” and an ability to “instantaneously analyze and exploit situations.”

• Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a “bottomless mendacity” that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message. A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.”

• Hitler was an effective orator and actor, Mr. Ullrich reminds readers, adept at assuming various masks and feeding off the energy of his audiences. Although he concealed his anti-Semitism beneath a “mask of moderation” when trying to win the support of the socially liberal middle classes, he specialized in big, theatrical rallies staged with spectacular elements borrowed from the circus. Here, “Hitler adapted the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower-middle-class, nationalist-conservative, ethnic-chauvinist and anti-Semitic listeners,” Mr. Ullrich writes. He peppered his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs of hecklers. Even as he fomented chaos by playing to crowds’ fears and resentments, he offered himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order.

• Hitler increasingly presented himself in messianic terms, promising “to lead Germany to a new era of national greatness,” though he was typically vague about his actual plans. He often harked back to a golden age for the country, Mr. Ullrich says, the better “to paint the present day in hues that were all the darker. Everywhere you looked now, there was only decline and decay.”

• Hitler’s repertoire of topics, Mr. Ullrich notes, was limited, and reading his speeches in retrospect, “it seems amazing that he attracted larger and larger audiences” with “repeated mantralike phrases” consisting largely of “accusations, vows of revenge and promises for the future.” But Hitler virtually wrote the modern playbook on demagoguery, arguing in “Mein Kampf” that propaganda must appeal to the emotions — not the reasoning powers — of the crowd. Its “purely intellectual level,” Hitler said, “will have to be that of the lowest mental common denominator among the public it is desired to reach.” Because the understanding of the masses “is feeble,” he went on, effective propaganda needed to be boiled down to a few slogans that should be “persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward.”

• Hitler’s rise was not inevitable, in Mr. Ullrich’s opinion. There were numerous points at which his ascent might have been derailed, he contends; even as late as January 1933, “it would have been eminently possible to prevent his nomination as Reich chancellor.” He benefited from a “constellation of crises that he was able to exploit cleverly and unscrupulously” — in addition to economic woes and unemployment, there was an “erosion of the political center” and a growing resentment of the elites. The unwillingness of Germany’s political parties to compromise had contributed to a perception of government dysfunction, Mr. Ullrich suggests, and the belief of Hitler supporters that the country needed “a man of iron” who could shake things up. “Why not give the National Socialists a chance?” a prominent banker said of the Nazis. “They seem pretty gutsy to me.”

• Hitler’s ascension was aided and abetted by the naïveté of domestic adversaries who failed to appreciate his ruthlessness and tenacity, and by foreign statesmen who believed they could control his aggression. Early on, revulsion at Hitler’s style and appearance, Mr. Ullrich writes, led some critics to underestimate the man and his popularity, while others dismissed him as a celebrity, a repellent but fascinating “evening’s entertainment.” Politicians, for their part, suffered from the delusion that the dominance of traditional conservatives in the cabinet would neutralize the threat of Nazi abuse of power and “fence Hitler in.” “As far as Hitler’s long-term wishes were concerned,” Mr. Ullrich observes, “his conservative coalition partners believed either that he was not serious or that they could exert a moderating influence on him. In any case, they were severely mistaken.”

• Hitler, it became obvious, could not be tamed — he needed only five months to consolidate absolute power after becoming chancellor. “Non-National Socialist German states” were brought into line, Mr. Ullrich writes, “with pressure from the party grass roots combining effectively with pseudo-legal measures ordered by the Reich government.” Many Germans jumped on the Nazi bandwagon not out of political conviction but in hopes of improving their career opportunities, he argues, while fear kept others from speaking out against the persecution of the Jews. The independent press was banned or suppressed and books deemed “un-German” were burned. By March 1933, Hitler had made it clear, Mr. Ullrich says, “that his government was going to do away with all norms of separation of powers and the rule of law.”

• Hitler had a dark, Darwinian view of the world. And he would not only become, in Mr. Ullrich’s words, “a mouthpiece of the cultural pessimism” growing in right-wing circles in the Weimar Republic, but also the avatar of what Thomas Mann identified as a turning away from reason and the fundamental principles of a civil society — namely, “liberty, equality, education, optimism and belief in progress.” 1

Life...or something like it

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  1. Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.

TTFN, Royals!

DejectedSeriously.

There are 12 games left to play. The Royals need to win 10 of them to qualify for a wild card spot.

Do they have a shot in hell in pulling that off?

No.

TTFN; see you next Spring, boys. 1 2

TTFN, Royals!

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  1. Go, Cubbies! Look forward to you taking the Word Series from the Rangers, 4-2. Don’t let me down, now – I’ve got serious cash riding on this.
  2. $20.