If People Believe The Climate Lunatics, Then, They Are Bereft Of The Ability To Think

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Well, once again, we see we’re almost out of time to confront global warming/climate change.  We’ve been told this over  decades.  I don’t know when we’ll actually be out of time, but, I think it will a time considerably longer out than when most of us realize these bastards are only playing the common idiot for more money and power

As I watch this unfold, it’s fantastically incredible!  No one can possibly believe these lunatics!

So, today, president Zero tells us we’re almost out of time ….. as all the other climate loons have been telling us over the years.

President Obama made an ever-more-urgent plea for nations to take action to address climate change Monday, repeatedly telling representatives of Arctic nations meeting in Alaska that “we’re not moving fast enough” to address the challenge.

Kicking off a three-day Alaska trip meant to focus attention on how the Arctic climate affects the rest of the world, Obama used near apocalyptic imagery to drive home his call to action. The result of inaction will be catastrophic in economic and security terms, he said, as more drought, wildfires, floods, leads to more refugees, more conflict and scarce resources.

In Alaska, he said, raging wildfires are helping to thaw the permafrost, releasing carbon dioxide trapped underneath into the atmosphere — “a negative feedback loop, a cycle, warming leading to more warming, that we don’t want to be a part of,” Obama said.

“On this issue — of all issues —there is such a thing as being too late,” Obama said. “And that moment is almost upon us.” He called on nations to make commitments to reduce carbon emissions at a climate summit later this year. “This year in Paris has to be the year that the world finally acts to protect the one planet that we have while we still can,” he said.

As he has done over the past week, Obama also escalated his criticism of “people who are denying the science of climate change.

Heh!!!!  Oh, yes, you moron, I’ll get to that in a moment, but, for now, let’s see what the people who finance your idiotic “science” are doing ……

Coal play: Virginia environmentalist follows Soros, buys into beleaguered fossil fuel

A millionaire environmentalist is buying into coal with a twist he believes can turn the beleaguered black fossil fuel at least partially green.

Tom Clarke, who made a fortune in health care, recently announced a plan to buy bankrupt St. Louis-based Patriot Coal for $400 million, following a major investment in coal by the billionaire liberal activist George Soros. But Clarke said he is not simply bargain-shopping in an industry wounded by federal policies and the emergence of American oil and gas. He said he is looking to transform the industry, and intends to sell his coal at a 10 percent premium — which he will then spend on planting trees. …..

So, these $billionaires, assuming Clarke didn’t sink all of his fortune in this scheme …  are betting on, and hoping for a return to coal, and will benefit beyond imagination if it does.  This is after they so vehemently attacked coal, funding faux studies, and groups, and advocates. 

Soros, who has demonized fossil fuels for years through his think tanks and political contributions, recently snapped up 1 million shares of Peabody and half a million shares of Arch Coal, giving him significant stakes in what’s left of the U.S. coal industry. His company purchased 553,200 shares of Arch Coal for $188,000 and made an investment of $2,254,000 into Peabody Energy for 1,029,400 shares. 

The trades would have cost Soros a lot more six years ago, when Peabody, which trades under the symbol BTU, was at about $90 a share, but shares have now fallen to around $1, in large part, critics say, because of Obama’s pronouncement in 2008 that energy investors can build coal-fired power plants, but his administration will shut them down.

I hope it paid well, you assholes!

In the meantime …..

The Ice War Cometh? Russia makes play for Arctic, Obama seeks more Coast Guard icebreakers

While visiting Alaska and becoming the first American president to enter the Arctic Circle, President Obama announced Tuesday he would speed up the acquisition of icebreakers to help the U.S. Coast Guard navigate an area that Russia and China increasingly see as a new frontier.

The announcement is the latest power play in the Arctic north, where melting ice has led to a race for resources and access.

Forty percent of the world’s oil and natural gas reserves lie under the Arctic. Melting ice also would lead to new shipping routes, and Russia wants to establish a kind of Suez Canal which it controls. More than a Cold War, Russia may be preparing for an Ice War, and the Pentagon is taking note. …..

Yeh, that’s about right.  We need more icebreakers in a place where people, such as Obama, fervently believe the ice is going to melt.  …… because we have to protect our right to exploit the oil and gas there, which causes the ice to melt …. because we’re almost out of time …..

That’s as stupid as the “tree scheme”.  The tree scheme is abject stupidity!  Yes, the trees intake CO2 and release O2.  Let’s think about that for a second.  …. for bright people, a second is all you need!  Well, for people of average intelligence, that’s all you need!  What happens to the “C” in the CO2 formula?  Well, golly!  It becomes part of the tree!!!!!  It’s a “carbon-based” life-form!!!!!!  What happens to the carbon when the tree dies or is burnt? ….. Uhmm……??????? 

Well, burning is the quickest way to create CO2.  But, decay of the tree, which is inevitable, puts that carbon out there to bond with the O2 the tree made!!!!  We call this gay and incestial marriage, carbon dioxide!!!!!  Better known as CO2!  SOB!!!!!  No one can be this abjectly and objectively stupid!!!!  Trees are a reservoir of CO2!!!!  They are banks for CO2!!!!  The CO2 doesn’t go away because the carbon can’t go away, and neither can the oxygen!  All planting trees do is delay some atmospheric CO2.  The more trees, the more the decay and burning of trees will occur (through forest fires and whatnot).  The more decay and burning of trees occurs the more atmospheric CO2 accelerates!!!!  It’s not that hard to understand!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for trees!  I love them! ….. Well, not in the lunatic environmentalist manner, that’s beyond the pale.  But, I think they’re cool things to have around us(the trees, not the lunatic environmentalists!!).  But, over time, they are net neutral towards atmospheric CO2.  (both the trees and the lunatic environmentalists!!!!)

From the earth we came, and back to the earth we go.  And, then tomorrow, from the earth they came, and back to the earth they go.  There’s no getting around this!  We’ve the elements we have! 

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Aww……. If The Poor Stupid Bastards Had Just Listened To Suyts!!!!! Stock Market Continues Spiral!!!!

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So, today gave me the giggles!!!

September Slip: Markets Pounded Amid Factory Fears

Wall Street kicked off September on a sharply negative note as China growth worries slammed global markets yet again.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 467 points, or 2.83%. The S&P 500 shed 58 points, or 2.94%, while the Nasdaq Composite declined 138 points, or 2.92%.

All ten S&P 500 sectors were in negative territory, with energy the most, dropping 3.14% in recent action, followed by financials, which declined about 3.53%.

Today’s Markets

It was déjà vu all over again for global financial markets as manufacturing data ruled the day.

In the U.S., a gauge on factory activity from the Institute for Supply Management saw a bigger-than-expected drop in August to 51.1 from 52.7 in July. Wall Street anticipated a shallower drop to 52.6. The reading, though still in expansion territory, was the lowest since May 2013.

The global picture wasn’t much better, and is what helped drive the selloff in world markets.

Overnight, data from China showed the nation’s manufacturing sector slipped to a three-year low and back into contraction territory for the first time in six months, though mostly in-line with expectations, while the services sector also showed weakness.  

The data suggest a major theme of either moderate gains or declines across the board, according toIHS U.S. Economist Michael Montogmery’s Tuesday research note.

“Almost all of the world manufacturing powerhouses are nestled between 47 and 53 with the eurozone the best example of strength and China the poster child for manufacturing struggling,” he wrote. “U.S. manufacturing is somewhere in the upper third or that range, but no longer the locomotive as it digests bad foreign trade prospects and holding too much inventory in the system.

He added that the rest of this year is likely to be filled with rough waters and the likelihood that U.S. factory activity will revive itself before 2016 are “slim.” ……

So, a month ago I wrote this ….

AP Economy Writers Get Something Right!!!! But, Still Insist On Babbling Inanity!!! More Bad News In US Economy!

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Well, at least this article got something correct.  US Inventories rise again!!!! …….

Last February I wrote this ….

… So, check what’s happening at the wholesale level.  The inventories have gained for 17 strait months ….

I’ve written numerous posts referencing and regarding the rising inventories in the US.  Anytime you see “inventories have gained for 17 strait months”, run!  Now, mind you, this is a “rule of thumb”, there are conditions in which this can be a positive thing.  But, it’s almost always not good news.  Fast forward 5 more months and we see our inventories still increasing! 

It doesn’t matter how good our widgets are, or how efficiently we can produce our widgets if we’ve no one to sell them to!!!!  Who are we going to sell them to?  China?  LMAO!!!!  No, probably not!  Europe?  Uhmm, China can’t sell their widgets to Europe!  That’s why their economy is slowing down! ….. China’s not Europe’s.  Europe’s economy isn’t slowing down, it’s in a full stop mode!  (I’m referencing the Eurozone) 

Now, mind you, the stock markets will jump back up and lose a bit and jump back up for a while.  But, none of that will correct the fact that there’s a bunch of companies holding too much inventory.  You know what corrects that?  One of two things.  Either people suddenly start buying their inventory, or, they’re going to stop producing so much.  When you stop producing, that means people stop working. 

Now, China has learn this, and that’s what’s biting them in the arse, today.  At this point, I would ask readers to extrapolate from there.  I would go into detail, but, I can’t possibly in one blog post, because there are several layers and points of consideration from here.  But, would happily engage in, and absorb, other people’s thoughts. 

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Shock News!!!! AP Showing It’s Leftist Colors, Again!!!! ….. And, Suyts Offering A Little Help For Our Canadian Friends!!!!

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So, many bobble-headed leftards are lurching forward with the notion that Canada is in a recession.  There are now millions of would-be economists declaring Canada is in a recession, and they’re attacking P.M. Harper for not acknowledging the declared recession.  Note!!!!  I’m not an economist.  However, there are things I know about economics which these blithering idiotic advocates obviously don’t know. 

A great example of what I’m on about is this from the AP ….

Canada in recession; PM Harper denies it as election looms

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has fallen into a recession, dragged down by falling energy prices and economic troubles in China.

The Canadian economy retreated at an annual pace of 0.5 percent from April through June after sliding 0.8 percent the first three months of the year, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday. Two consecutive negative quarters are the technical definition of a recession. …….

First of all, before I go any further, let be even more emphatic than this idiotic AP drivel.  The technical definition of a recession isn’t a governmental question.  It’s an academic question; specifically an economic academic question.  Governments can’t declare what is or isn’t a recession!  That’s the most inane stupidity!  

The reason why I bring that up is because the EU defines a recession as two consecutive negative quarters of real GDP growth.  Don’t want to be in a recession?  Just have your government change the definition and then you’ll be set!!!!  How stupid is that?

Two consecutive negative quarters (of real GDP) is not the technical definition of a recession!!!!!

I know this because there is no such thing as a technical definition of a recession.  It is complete and utter sophistry to rely solely on real GDP to determine whether or not a place is in a recession or not.  While we’re here, let’s note that the AP story doesn’t tell us if they’re using real GDP or nominal GDP.  Regardless, real GDP is not a euphemism for “the economy”.    

But, where did the “two consecutive quarters” sophistry come from?  To the would be economic reporters out there, it’s not hard to look up

In a 1975 New York Times article, economic statistician Julius Shiskin suggested several rules of thumb for defining a recession, one of which was two down consecutive quarters of GDP.[3] In time, the other rules of thumb were forgotten. Some economists prefer a definition of a 1.5-2 percentage points rise in unemployment within 12 months.[4]

In the United States, the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is generally seen as the authority for dating US recessions. The NBER defines an economic recession as: “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesaleretail sales.”[5] Almost universally, academics, economists, policy makers, and businesses defer to the determination by the NBER for the precise dating of a recession’s onset and end.

In the United Kingdom, recessions are generally defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth, as measured by the seasonal adjusted quarter-on-quarter figures for real GDP.[6][7] The exact same recession definition applies for all member states of the European Union.

Well, yes, that’s just Wiki.  I would encourage all to read the references.  Shiskin, himself, said it was a “rule of thumb”, he didn’t say it was the emphatic and technical definition of a recession. 

But, let’s go to the above mentioned NBER.

The NBER’s Business Cycle Dating Committee

The NBER’s Business Cycle Dating Committee maintains a chronology of the U.S. business cycle. The chronology comprises alternating dates of peaks and troughs in economic activity. A recession is a period between a peak and a trough, and an expansion is a period between a trough and a peak. During a recession, a significant decline in economic activity spreads across the economy and can last from a few months to more than a year. Similarly, during an expansion, economic activity rises substantially, spreads across the economy, and usually lasts for several years.

In both recessions and expansions, brief reversals in economic activity may occur-a recession may include a short period of expansion followed by further decline; an expansion may include a short period of contraction followed by further growth. The Committee applies its judgment based on the above definitions of recessions and expansions and has no fixed rule to determine whether a contraction is only a short interruption of an expansion, or an expansion is only a short interruption of a contraction. The most recent example of such a judgment that was less than obvious was in 1980-1982, when the Committee determined that the contraction that began in 1981 was not a continuation of the one that began in 1980, but rather a separate full recession.

The Committee does not have a fixed definition of economic activity. It examines and compares the behavior of various measures of broad activity: real GDP measured on the product and income sides, economy-wide employment, and real income. The Committee also may consider indicators that do not cover the entire economy, such as real sales and the Federal Reserve’s index of industrial production (IP). The Committee’s use of these indicators in conjunction with the broad measures recognizes the issue of double-counting of sectors included in both those indicators and the broad measures. Still, a well-defined peak or trough in real sales or IP might help to determine the overall peak or trough dates, particularly if the economy-wide indicators are in conflict or do not have well-defined peaks or troughs.

FAQs – Frequently asked Questions and additional information on how the NBER’s Business Cycle Dating Committee chooses turning points in the Economy

Here’s more from their FAQs ……

Q: The financial press often states the definition of a recession as two consecutive quarters of decline in real GDP. How does that relate to the NBER’s recession dating procedure?

A: Most of the recessions identified by our procedures do consist of two or more quarters of declining real GDP, but not all of them. In 2001, for example, the recession did not include two consecutive quarters of decline in real GDP. In the recession beginning in December 2007 and ending in June 2009, real GDP declined in the first, third, and fourth quarters of 2008 and in the first quarter of 2009. The committee places real Gross Domestic Income on an equal footing with real GDP; real GDI declined for six consecutive quarters in the recent recession.

Q: Why doesn’t the committee accept the two-quarter definition?

A: The committee’s procedure for identifying turning points differs from the two-quarter rule in a number of ways. First, we do not identify economic activity solely with real GDP and real GDI, but use a range of other indicators as well. Second, we place considerable emphasis on monthly indicators in arriving at a monthly chronology. Third, we consider the depth of the decline in economic activity. Recall that our definition includes the phrase, “a significant decline in activity.” Fourth, in examining the behavior of domestic production, we consider not only the conventional product-side GDP estimates, but also the conceptually equivalent income-side GDI estimates. The differences between these two sets of estimates were particularly evident in the recessions of 2001 and 2007-2009.

But, those are just a bunch of economist eggheads sitting around constantly thinking about economics.  We should defer to the members of the media who once heard about an article in the NY Times which stated a “rule of thumb”. 

Well, there are other authorities who we can turn to.  I can’t tell you I’ve read them “all”, because I won’t presume to define “all” of the great economic minds.  But, from Smith to Mises to Friedman to Sowell, I’ve never once read where they advocated or stated such a notion. 

The words “Gross Domestic Production” doesn’t hold the same definition as “economy”!  GDP is an economic indicator, only!!!!  No serious economist would ever presume to assert a “technical definition” of a recession.  There are too many variables which one must look at! 

All that stated, Canada does have its economic problems.  Most of them stem from the US.  The rest of them stem from the global economic doldrums.  Given the state of the world and the state of the US’ economy, Canada is doing pretty darn well.  It would be better for Canada if PM Harper could get a little more cooperation from President Obama, but, he won’t.  Sadly, Obama is an ideologue, and he’s at the opposite end from PM Harper.  Rather than pursue the symbiotic relationship we’ve always enjoyed, Obama would rather cut his nose off to spite his face. 

But, Obama won’t be president for long, and it’s very likely the next president will be much more receptive to, once again, pursuing the fine symbiotic relationship.  It would be folly for the Canadians to insert a leftist statist such as Obama to lead their nation, as the US goes the opposite way.   

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Gems 2015 —- September 1 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 12

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

September 1 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 12

Food for Thought: Prov. 12:25

While there are many causes of depression, the Bible mentions anxiety in the heart as being one of them. And fortunately for us, the Bible also offers very effective solutions for it.

For starters, the most obvious: “a good word makes it (the heart) glad.” A good word in the Amplified version means an encouraging word. People struggling with anxiety can do a lot by faith to improve their situation. To begin with, there are PLENTY of encouraging words for every situation in the Bible on which to meditate and speak out loud. It may at first seem silly and fruitless, but if consistently applied, the Word does produce good results.

More encouraging words can come from our brothers and sisters in Christ. As a matter of fact, the Word tells us to do just that. In I Thessalonians 5: 11 (Amp), it says, “Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.” Conversations with negative people will have the opposite effect, so it is crucial to seek out people who actually do what the Word calls us to do. And don’t forget that congregating with fellow believers in the weekly services can also have a profound effect on a person’s emotional/mental/spiritual condition. Notice in Hebrews 10:24, 25 it says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” It is difficult to “consider one another” and “exhort one another” if you neglect to attend consistently. Much good takes place among the believers—not just by the leaders—when they get together with purpose.

Encouraging words can also come from the faith-based media, IF you are selective. It is very good to hear positive messages of faith on T.V., radio, internet, etc. throughout the day. When planted in the heart, they push out heavy thoughts that lead to anxiety and give them no room to return. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17),” so hear it often, and faith will take care of that nagging anxiety. (Conversely, occupying one’s mind on media with a negative message will have the adverse, opposite effect.)

However you hear the “good word,” the main thing is to meditate on it and make sure that your thoughts are not preoccupied on the anxieties. I Peter 5:7 tells us to cast every care on the Lord, and Philippians 4:6, 7 tells us to be anxious for nothing, but to pray about the things that are robbing our peace. It goes on to say in verse 8 that we should spend our thought-life meditating only on positive things (see the list in the verse). While these measures are certainly not for the passive, unmotivated, they do work when applied with faith. Guaranteed.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Breaking!!!!! Breitbart Almost Gets It Right With Finance Post!!!!! …… By Repeating WaPos Sophistry

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Well, baby steps!  I’ll take them where I can get them!

So, Breitbart ran this story today ….

COMMUNISTS SWINDLED CHINA’S WORKING POOR WITH STOCK PROPAGANDA

One of the important lessons to take away from China’s stock market crash is a lesson nobody on Earth should need repeated: communists lie. Collectivists of every stripe devoutly believe that lying to the people in order to maintain power and further their righteous agenda is not only acceptable, but required.

Knowledge is dangerous. Who knows what the Little People might do, if they have too much of it? Better to give them the illusion of freedom, and manipulate their choices by controlling the flow of information.

The Washington Post ran a heartbreaking story over the weekend about how China’s stock market crash wiped out small investors – poor farmers who wanted a taste of the good life that has been largely restricted to city-dwelling elites, and believed their government when it told them to invest their meager savings in the sure-fire success of the stock market.

This spring, the country was gripped by stock fever, a frenzy of borrowing and buying that saw Chinese markets soar to historic heights, drawing in tens of millions of first-time investors, including dozens of people in this northern Chinese village.

The rally was bolstered by rah-rah editorials in the state-controlled press. Invoking President Xi Jinping’s vision for a powerful and prosperous China, the People’s Daily called rising stock prices “carriers of the China dream.” When the benchmark index hit 4000 points, an editorial in the same party flagship promised it was “just the beginning” of the bull run.

But the bulls would soon retreat, taking with them that official confidence. After trying — and failing — to prop up the market through July, the state has faded from view. The morning after “Black Monday,” the 8.5 percent slide that sent global markets sinking this past week, the People’s Daily led with a rosy report on Tibet.

Now investors across the country are left wondering how what seemed like a sure thing so quickly turned into a suck on their life savings — and what the party leaders many trust might do about it.

The story includes sad vignettes from Nanliu, once the postcard example of a booming, rapidly modernizing China where even rural villagers could spend their afternoon buzzing about hot regime-endorsed stock picks instead of playing mahjong. The village chief became the town’s investment advisor.  Hardscrabble farmers poured their life savings into the market… and then borrowed from relatives to invest even more.

Their money vanished in a matter of hours when the market plunged…. and some of the farmers lost even more by trusting propaganda from Beijing that “hostile foreign forces” were causing the market crisis, so “patriotic” investors should keep their chips on the table instead of cutting their losses and getting out. As one of the messages beamed at these poor folks put it, “Win glory for the country, even if you lose the last penny.”

Now the high-rolling market-savvy village chief has disappeared, and the farmers are mostly back in the fields… although for many, as the Post puts it, “the taste of fast money has been hard to forget.”

Like many around the world who have been taken for a ride by confidence men, they want to play again, and this time they’re certain they’ll win. Several of the farmers quoted in the article expressed unshaken confidence in Beijing’s wisdom – which is, of course, mandatory for good and “patriotic” citizens. The inability to admit mistakes and learn from pain remains a defining attribute of government-corporate fusions around the world.

Yeh, it’s prolly just confined to China.  There’s no parallels to see in the rest of the world, right?

How many Americans took a bath during the crash of 2008?  Every damned one of us who had a 401K. ….. Well, I mean except for those of us who saw and put it in a money market account before the crash.

Let me state this as plainly as I can.  Even after the crash, the stock market was and is horridly over-valued.  That is to say, the money invested in the various companies is much more than the various companies’ actual value.  Ostensibly, stock market investments are bets towards future worth.  But, it is not so, today.  They’re all sucker bets, except for the people in the know.  It’s called profit taking.  The game is easy, but, illegal, if you’re not the right person or entity.  Let’s say you possess a great amount of shares in a company you know is over-valued.  It’s a matter of time before that company’s shares take a dump. What do you do?  …… You convince other people into investing in the company as you divest yourself.  That way the price of the stock doesn’t dive when you sell!  Easy-peasy!  Those left holding the bag?  Well, that’s business! 

But, now, we’ve gone beyond investing in companies.  We all invest in mutual funds, which invest in a myriad of companies.  Apparently, China was able to talk Chinese into doing the same thing Americans do.  Nicely played!  It’s fascinating to see that the markets can actually lose money over any period of time.  How bad does it have to be when that happens?  Hundreds of millions of people automatically and randomly throw money into our stock markets, every day.  It’s our retirement plans!!!!!

For people in the know, this is an automatic win!  For the rest of us peons, it’s an automatic loss. 

If you’ve a job which offers an investment retirement plan (most often a 401K) then, at least every year you’ll have a pitchman from the people who manage your company’s retirement plan.  They’ll show you the history of the stock markets and show you how we’ll all be $ millionaires!!!!! 

But, we can’t all be.  It would violate a the fundamental rule of economics.  It is simply the law of supply and demand.  If we’re all millionaires, then, how much are the millions worth?  Well, nothing.  This is because prices are dictated by the amount the market is willing to bear …….  assuming supply of goods and services are readily available.

A couple of great examples is this ….. Why are the prices of eggs so high?  That’s because of the avian flu, or so we’re told.  It is the supply of eggs which is dictating the price!  Why does a new car cost so much?  It is because there are enough people with enough money to bear the market.  Is a new car worth $30,000, $40,000, $50,000?  Of course, not!  All over this nation, (the US) you can buy a decent home for $50,000!  Is a car worth a home? 

But, it is that there are enough people with such capital which causes the price of vehicles to be so high. That is to say, the supply of the capital in the hands of a few, exceeds the demand of the many!  Would you sell 100 vehicles at $50,000 a pop ($5,000,000) or 500 vehicles at $5,000 a pop ($2,500,000)?

Even when the current stock market scheme works, it creates a two-class system and destroys the working middle class.

When I retire, I plan to ensure the cash-out, or the payments, don’t prevent me from drawing Social Security.  This is why they penalize you for withdrawing your 401K before your retirement age!  You have to keep that money pumping into their system of wealth accumulation! 

Now, don’t worry about me in my future retirement, and don’t worry about you, either.  Assuming you had enough sense to buy a house rather than a $50,000 vehicle.  You did, right?

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Hillary Isn’t Going To Get Around This If People Properly Understand What Was Done!

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I haven’t commented on this aspect of the Hillary email/server scandal, mostly because when putting it in terms I often use, laypeople have their eyes rolled up into the back of their head and I make no headway.  The average reader, here at Suyts, already knows this stuff, so there would be little benefit. 

But, today, it’s out in LSM, so, I’ll try to simplify and explain what happened. And, why we absolutely know Hillary is lying.

I’ll start with this picture, and the go to Fox News ……

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Mystery deepens into how classified emails got onto Clinton’s unclassified server

The daily revelations over classified information finding its way onto Hillary Clinton’s personal email server are raising perplexing questions for former government officials who wonder how classified information made its way onto the former secretary of state’s non-classified server — especially since the two systems are not connected. 

“It is hard to move classified documents into the non-classified system. You couldn’t move a document by mistake,” said Willes Lee, a former operations officer for the U.S. Army in Europe and former operations officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

State Department spokesman Alec Gerlach confirmed the two systems don’t connect. “The classified and unclassified system are separate and you cannot email between the two,” Gerlach told Fox News. 

The Clinton campaign adamantly denies any emails traversing Clinton’s homebrew server were marked classified at the time. The intelligence community inspector general says “potentially hundreds” of classified emails may be in the mix, but acknowledges at least some were not properly marked. 

So if the Clinton denial is to be believed, individuals in her inner circle would have simply typed or scanned classified information into a non-classified system without regard for its contents. In this case, emails would have started in, and stayed in, the unclassified system — albeit improperly, based on the findings of the intelligence inspector general. 

But if it turns out emails literally jumped from the classified to the non-classified system — something the State Department claims cannot happen — it would seem to point to Clinton’s staff going to great lengths to create a work-around to do so. 

A government employee doing so would commit numerous felonies, according to Bradford Higgins, who served as assistant secretary of state for resource management and chief financial officer from 2006-2009. “A violation, in addition to criminal charges and potential prosecution, would likely mean that person who committed the breach would never again be given a security clearance,” Higgins said. 

The State Department has indicated it sees no evidence of this criminal scenario. Classified documents are supposed to be marked, and State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters at an Aug. 13 briefing “we have no indications” any classification markings were stripped. Clinton’s defense has been that the emails in question were later deemed classified, after they traversed her server. 

But Higgins is skeptical. 

“Emails don’t change from unclassified to classified. The originator of the email decides the classification before it is sent out based on basic protocols, not subsequent readers,” Higgins said. “I believe it would be highly unusual for an unclassified email to later become classified.” 

Regardless of how it happened, Lee faulted Clinton and her staff. 

“It is not as if Hillary Clinton and her staff do not know the rules and the law,” he said. 

“I think what it is going to come down to is very sloppy, unprofessional procedures,” said Steven Bucci, assistant to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and deputy assistant secretary of defense who is now at The Heritage Foundation. 

While government watchdogs looking into the Clinton emails say classified material was improperly sent or received, so far they have not publicly alleged that emails jumped between systems. 

I. Charles McCullough, III, inspector general of the intelligence community, and Steve Linick, inspector general for the Department of State, said in a July 24 statement that of 40 emails the State Department allowed them to review in an audit, four contained intelligence community-derived information that remains classified today. But the information did not contain classified markings or dissemination controls, they said. 

They said: “This information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.” 

McCullough said, though, that “we were informed by State FOIA officials that there are potentially hundreds of classified emails within approximately 30,000 provided by Secretary Clinton.” 

He reiterated that while emails they saw were not marked as such, some should have been “handled as classified, appropriately marked, and transmitted via a secured network.” 

One of the emails that sparked the FBI probe was sent in April 2011 from Clinton aide Huma Abedin and covered intelligence from three agencies, Fox News first reported. Other emails that contained classified information came from diplomats with confidential material, according to the AP. 

Pro-Clinton super PAC Correct the Record, which maintained Clinton’s use of personal email followed the precedent of other secretaries of state and she did not violate any laws, said in a recent statement that government agencies often classify information differently from each other and that “government agencies also are notorious for over-classifying material.” 

Another security concern is Clinton attorney David Kendall’s possession of thumb drives, which he recently gave the FBI. 

The State Department would not provide details on the documents given to Kendall. “Removable drives need to be approved,” Gerlach said, adding that he cannot get into specific security requirements. 

Clinton and her staff may have had the ability to use thumb drives, but that would be unusual at the State Department, and it also defeats the purpose of a top secret computer, a classified printer, or what’s known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), Higgins said. 

A SCIF is a room or building where classified material can be reviewed, designed and built so nothing electronic can go in or out except over secured lines.

Higgins noted other differences in how classified and non-classified systems are handled. “At State, your classified hard drive sits in your safe and only comes out for occasional use and must be returned to the safe before you leave at night,” he said. “Even printing out top-secret needs a top-secret printer, which is carefully monitored.” 

He added, “As I recall at State, classified computers didn’t have ports for thumb drives to download secret info.” 

The security implication is clear, he said: “Everything on her server has been compromised.”

Okay, the above contains some very important information in regards to this issue.  And, that’s the reason why I posted the pic.  Here’s an explanation of the picture …..

Internet

This is the world-wide network of computers accessible to anyone who knows their Internet Protocol (IP) address – the IP address is a unique set of numbers (such as 209.33.27.100) that defines the computer’s location. Most will have accessed a computer using a name such ashttp://www.hcidata.com. Before this named computer can be accessed, the name needs to be resolved (translated) into an IP address. To do this your browser (for example Netscape or Internet Explorer) will access a Domain Name Server (DNS) computer to lookup the name and return an IP address …..

Intranet

This is a network that is not available to the world outside of the Intranet. If the Intranet network is connected to the Internet, the Intranet will reside behind a firewall and, if it allows access from the Internet, will be an Extranet. The firewall helps to control access between the Intranet and Internet to permit access to the Intranet only to people who are members of the same company or organisation.
In its simplest form, an Intranet can be set up on a networked PC without any PC on the network having access via the Intranet network to the Internet. ……

SCIF (noted in the Fox article) is an “Intranet”, supposedly in it’s simplest form.  At least, it used to be, according to my understanding.   

What we’re talking about is a system which has no connection to the outside world. 

The article also notes “classified” computers didn’t have thumb drive ports (USB ports).  But, there’s a very easy work-around for this.  It’s called a “laptop”. 

You see, while the secured computers may not have had USB ports, they certainly had NIC cards with network connections (Cat5 …etc….)  Those of us older than days of wireless connections know we used to have to plug a cable into the backs of our computers to get on our networks and the INTERNET.  So, in this particular case, why bother with the cumbersome pulling out a drive from the safe, and then have to remember crap, when you can bring your State issued laptop in?  Just unplug the secured computer and plug the laptop in.  And, yes, the connection is exactly the same. 

That said, some IT people need to go to jail.  Yes, it’s that easy to get a physical connection, but, the laptop still should not have been able to communicate with the other computers on the intranet.  Well, a good hacker could.  Well, not even a good hacker …. one could switch the NIC card of the “secure” computer with a different computer and half of the hacking battle is won!  Regardless, it still takes some knowledge I’m betting neither Hillary or Huma possess.  So, some IT person needs to go to jail along with Hillary and Huma. 

You see, along with ability, it takes intent to circumvent the system, regardless of the ease. 

As I re-read this, I know I failed to make it simple for some people not familiar with computers and networks and how they work.  Still, this needs to be repeated.  

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Gems 2015 — August 31 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 11

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

August 31 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 11

Food for Thought: Prov. 11:1, 10, 11, 18-20, 24

There was a time when most people in the U.S. lived by Christian values, even when they were not born again. They were influenced by the Christians and the Word of God that was taught in the schools and even printed in the daily newspapers, and there were many benefits to the entire society because of it. Even now, we Christians who walk in the integrity of God and are not conformed to this world can have a very positive influence on our community.

Unfortunately, in most places, the lack of Christian values has become so prevalent that some Christians have trouble discerning what is a worldly culture and what goes against the very nature of God. Remembering that we, as born-again believers, have within us the Holy Spirit and the nature of God (II Pet. 1:4), and understanding the characteristics of God help us discern and make decisions of integrity, regardless of the pressures surrounding us. He is righteous, pure, honest, and cannot lie nor be persuaded by a bribe. Nor does He take unfair advantage over anyone. He is love. We can trust Him. And the more we reflect Him and His ways, the more the entire city benefits by our integrity (vs. 11).

The apostle Paul urges the believers in Romans 12:1, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The world cheats and only is concerned about personal gain. From gas pumps that charge for more that what goes into the tank, to rocks added to the purchase of grains, to the proverbial “thumb on the scale,” anything that does not represent a true transaction harms not only the person being cheated but all society. Standards are lowered across the board and is evident even in the justice and banking system. Usury, bribery, shedding innocent blood, false testimony, and the like permeate the society where the Lord’s ways are abandoned, and that leads to poverty (vs. 24). (See also Prov. 19:1; 6:16-19; 15:6, 27; 17:15; Ex. 23:8; Ps. 15:1-5.)

While it is true that we cannot earn our salvation by our own efforts to become righteous, once we are made righteous, the natural result is that we can do good works and influence those around us. Jesus says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Peter echoes this in I Peter 2:11-12: “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.” There is so much to gain by living in the integrity of the Lord!

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Gems 2015 — August 30 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 10

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

August 30 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 10

Food for Thought: Prov. 10:14, 16, 17

Today’s devotional is devoted to all those whose classes begin shortly or to those who have already begun the new school year. (Though in reality, it definitely applies to us all, both in spiritual and natural matters.) The Lord desires success for His children and has provided in His Word some very applicable scriptures by which to live, press ahead, and do well.

Young students especially may resent having to go to school and question why they are required to learn subjects for which they see no practical need. They may lack motivation for applying themselves because they cannot see the relevance. Though there truly may be no relevance or very little, one may not know until much later the benefit for having stored up knowledge in that area. The Bible says that wise people do store up knowledge. One never knows when such information will come in handy.

God honors effort, not necessarily the top grades. He tells us in Proverbs 10:16, 17, “The labor of the righteous leads to life; he who keeps instruction is in the way of life.” This is true whether in school, in the work place, or no matter where we are. So, regardless of the subject or assignment, it pleases the Lord greatly when we to do all for His glory, and heartily (our best), all in the name of the Lord Jesus (I Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17, 23). We would never offer to the Lord half-hearted or sloppy work! As we submit our work to Him as an offering of praise, He receives it and blesses the work of our hands. And that leads us to a prosperous, successful life.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Gems 2015 — August 29 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 9

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

August 29 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 9

Food for Thought: Prov. 9:7-12

It is not beneficial to attempt to correct every person who is living an ungodly life or is making wrong decisions. In fact, doing so can actually cause the one doing the correcting great inconvenience, or at least wastes his/her time. If the person involved is a scoffer of the truth and does not have a healthy reverence for the Lord, he/she may not even understand the reprimand, or will be offended by it, and may try to provoke a heated debate (See Prov. 15:12; 19:25; I Tim. 6:3-5).

It does no good to tell a person to stop sinning when they don’t even acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. Morality just for the sake of it won’t be enough motivation for him or her, and the one who calls their attention to their error will only get scoffed at. Besides, our ultimate goal is not to get everyone to behave well; rather, it is for them to know their Savior Who will have an immeasurable impact on every area of their lives and deal with any fault. In addition, without the power of the Lord working in the person, he/she is not equipped to be free from the bondage of sin, even if he/she would try to.

There are, however, people, as an athlete corrected by a coach, who do receive godly correction when necessary. They are the wise ones who do fear the Lord and desire to live according to the Word by the anointing of the Spirit. Those are the ones who actually express appreciation to the one who calls their attention to the error, or at least admit to the wrong, even when the correction is uncomfortable. King David is one example of a person who was immediately convicted of sin and repented (II Sam. 11; 12:1-15).

There most definitely is a time when correction is very beneficial and restorative to the believer. Galatians 6:1 says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” So when correction is necessary, it should be done gently and in humility, not with a judgmental attitude or one of superiority (II Tim. 2:24-26) and should always be based on the Word of God (II Tim. 3:16, 17). The Word of God is sufficient to convince anyone of wrong if their heart is sincere. That is when, in love, calling attention to someone’s error pays off and reaps a great harvest.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Pic Of The Day!!!

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I’m sure we’ve all seen this or a variant of this, but, it bears repeating.

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