Friday, January 29, 2016

US is Next for Quantitative Easing

TRIGGER: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/01/28/japan-negative-interest/79499096/ 

It's inevitable that the US will follow suit with Negative interest rates. The crazy thing is that those in power have a GOAL to make things more and more expensive for average Americans (AKA 2% annual inflation). Cell phones and other tech have been dropping in price like crazy (a good thing when you want a $5 cell phone!), but when it comes to food, rent, healthcare, and basic survival needs, decreasing prices in that is "bad."

For the US, I predict more rounds of QE to artificially prop the economy, and if need be, NIRP. If the Fed allows the economy to tank, then the Republicans will take the Presidency.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ludwig Von Mises on Beureaucracy

https://mises.org/library/bureaucracy-2 

About one hour and half to listen to at 2x speed. If you want a hard on for Capitalism, and a scathing critique of Socialism / Totalitarianism, listen on.

It's like drinking from a water hose, but you'll be disturbed by how an author writing in the height of Nazi Germany is still as relevant today.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret Thoughts

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3302820/

Definitely worth the watch regardless of your views on diet.

Even if you ignore the fear mongering of the Global Warming portion, there is a very compelling case in terms of efficiency to go vegan. Unfortunately, as long as crony capitalism, subsidies, federally owned lands exist, no private ownership of oceans, etc., we're going to continue see a gross distortion of the real costs of the animal products we eat.

It's a tough position to be in. On one hand I recognize the inherent inefficiency of the animal side of things, but the market indicators and innovations on the vegan side of things to minimize the sacrifices seem to be larger than I'm willing to take at this time.


If the Meatonomics are correct in 62% subsidies and a $4 burger should actually be $10, then that would drastically change eating habits as a whole. If animal products were priced correctly, it would create incentives for innovation in the meat substitute industry.

There will come a day where meat consumption will have no choice but to decline, but as long as Government intervention remains, it hinders this process.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

An Honest Conversation with a Communist

https://youtu.be/1TgdLkGwbTw

I hope Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nominee and there can be a national debate about the definition of the term "exploitative" in the greater framework of immigrant owned small businesses.

I'll admit, I fell into the trap of the poor definition of that word until I considered the full extent of resources, time, risk, etc. initially contributed by entrepreneurs that typically go unnoticed by the layperson.

Why I Spend So Much Effort On My Facebook Replies

Here's my view on why I make such great efforts crafting Facebook replies. This meta-response is from a post I originally made December 31, 2015, on "peaceful parenting."

It discusses my meta views on the differences between Moral Relativism and Moral Absolutism, for which I'm disgusted by those who attempt to declare Moral Relativism as an intellectually lazy way out of attempting to discover Truth and as an an excuse not to back up their statements with Reason and Logic.

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"I wouldn't call this a debate. My comments are just my own beliefs and experiences. I don't actually believe there is a "right" way of parenting. Anyone that states they have it figured out, I would use the word "delusional". You get one shot at parenting and even with multiple kids, because all children are unique, one size does not fit all. I adjust my parenting based on what I perceive my child needs. If I was wrong, its the decision I have to live with. It's a massive gamble having kids...no matter how " rational" you may be. I see what you hope to accomplish by raising your kids as rational human beings, but as I started off by saying, I strongly disagree with this form of parenting and I just share my own belief on how I choose to raise my children. I could debate your choice of words when we went down the "spanking" vs "artificial discipline" discussion...but its how you see it vs how I see it. I can't change your view if you have strong disagreement with spanking to begin with. To draw a parallel, I stopped arguing with gun control people because they're ideology comes from a different place. Hard to have a rational conversation. I have differences with some gun rights supporters as well, but I can definitely understand why they strongly believe what they fight for. Anyway, I digress. At the end of the day, although you disagree with my parenting style and I disagree with yours, they both come from a place of love."

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Thanks for informing me about your views on Moral Relativism. It explains why you remained unresponsive toward sorting out your thoughts to respond coherently toward specific statements I made. When declaring the great "Truth" that there is no "Truth," you expose your own hypocrisy.

You miss the point on why I engage in these discussions. For someone like you, and others who adhere to this nonsense called "Moral Relativism," there is no hope for you to be convinced otherwise through Reason and Logic. Those who don't believe they can come to a greater understanding of what "Truth" is through the use of Reason and Logic are also hopeless to converse with through this medium of text.

Why is it that I engage on this issue? It's so that I can publicly expose how your views don't follow Reason or Logic. That your opinions on matters ultimately stem from some kind of emotionally or psychological baseline, that, when exposed to the light of questioning, can be correctly tossed out with superstitions and old wive's tales. It's for others to see just how poorly your conclusions are formed.

I come from the tradition of Moral Absolutism that one can come to a greater understanding through the use of rational thought. If two people disagree on a topic, then it's a matter of coming to an understanding of the fundamental axioms which anchor those beliefs. One can use questioning to break down each step of the logic train to the core axioms. In simpler terms, it's about living a life on Principles and not one on hypocrisy.

There reaches a point at which core axioms are "taken on faith" and from there one can come to an understanding of why differences emerge.

Unfortunately, for most individuals, taking this journey toward dismantling and questioning all the way down to the core beliefs is too emotionally jarring that psychological barriers get thrown into place. If you look through the history of my Facebook discussions, you will find that those individuals quickly identify themselves, and catch the hint that they don't want to look like idiots when they make their baseless responses. I suspect most of them have defriended or unfollowed me to protect themselves.

Of course, in your world of thinking, me calling out someone for being an "idiot" is a wrong within itself no matter how objective such a statement may actually be in reality. But take heart in the world you rest in, since most people, when their beliefs are questioned, switch between Moral Relativism / Absolutism at their convenience and loudly proclaim, "Anyone that states they have it figured out, I would use the word 'delusional.'"

I don't claim to know the Truth, but I can claim I'm making a good faith effort to discover this Truth through questioning and using Reason despite how much emotional discomfort it causes and the people it may offend. Then I will work to implement such actions to be consistent with those beliefs I understand to be as close to the Truth as possible, despite how imperfect my efforts may be. And as new information comes into play that challenges my core axioms that can be supported with Reason, I will adjust what my views are in order to remain logically consistent.

To simply throw in the towel, become intellectually lazy since it's too emotionally taxing to trace and correct your beliefs, and then plaster it all over by excusing your laziness with the belief that it all, "come[s] from a place of love" is to me, morally reprehensible and the root of many evils perpetuated in the world today.

"It's for your own good!"
"It's for the children!"
"It's for the common good!"

As they say, "Ignorance is bliss" and "the road toward destruction is paved with good intentions."

Friday, January 22, 2016

"Clean Capitalism" in Asian Immigrant Small Business Owners

A white male asked this question in Common Sense with Dan Carlin:

"In this world you want to create [in relation to Libertarian ideology], what would happen if you were born into a poor family. There is no free education, no subsidized healthcare, just what your family could afford. How much of your livelihood, your future, depends on the education and healthcare you receive before you can make decisions for yourself? In a post-modern, information age, how much will your labor be worth? Will you be able to support yourself in the future, could you support your own family? Would your children be destined to start at the same point you had?"


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Here was my response:

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AM I THE ONLY NON-WHITE PERSON IN THIS GROUP? This is NOT a hypothetical, but what goes on TODAY.

I'll give you some homework. Go to the dry cleaner's, nail salon, Teriyaki store, or Asian immigrant owned business and get to know the business owner. Talk to them about their life story, how much money they had when they immigrated to America, what life was like in their home country. Listen to how much they've suffered, and risked. Listen to how many hours they work. Listen to how much government "hand outs" they've received over the course of their life (oh wait, they weren't raised here, so they didn't get much).

And then after you hear all that, lecture them about how they're "exploiting" their workers and that they are horrible people for not paying their employees a "living wage." Then lecture them about how they should be paying maternity leave. And lecture them about how their GREED is destroying people's lives.

Lecture these immigrant entrepreneurs on how they're responsible for the income inequality for blacks and women. In fact, go to the inner-city, and find these Korean liquor store owners and tell them they need to pay reparations. Explain to them how impossible their poverty is, and they shouldn't even try to better their circumstance because they didn't get the proper "education" and proper government "entitlements."

Because many of these laws and regulations are intended to "balance the scales" for past / current perceived "injustices" that go on between the BLACK/WHITE narrative. WHITE GUILT. Get over it.

Asian entrepreneurs are proving false the typical "I'm the victim. I'm too poor" narrative. Get over yourselves, and stop punishing Asian entrepreneurs for the sins of the White man. Get to know the Asian entrepreneurs in your neighborhoods and open your eyes toward upward, economic mobility that doesn't require Government hand-outs.

Then, you will understand how more government regulations actually hurt opportunity, not for the hypothetical, but for the tangible, Asian immigrants living life next door to you right now.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

City Level Bureaucracy Setting "Policy"

https://youtu.be/r2AJjuAMzBY
When I was attempting to run a night club out of one my hotels, I was shocked to see the extent that City bureaucrats and certain police officers exercised power that went above common sense.

One example, I was brought in and lectured about how my $2 beer advertisements were too low, and they wanted me to discontinue the "cheap alcohol" policy. They received the complaint "anonymously." I pointed out I got the pricing from the local competitors.

Second example, I had Karaoke, and the police came in and shut it down because I didn't have a "live music" permit.


Third example, I was lectured that I shouldn't be attracting "those kinds of people" into my nightclub when my alcohol pricing matched my competition.

Fourth example, the same police officer who shut down the Karaoke, also shut down a pool party that was starting at my hotel because I didn't have the proper permits. Of course, the police officer preferred to enforce the shut down notice just before the party began to maximize the disruption.

How naive for me to believe that I could be left alone if I wasn't bothering other people and providing a wanted service. Instead bureaucrats and their cronies decide to exercise their authority because they get off on control and power. Power is a drug and those addicted seem to be attracted to Government.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Fat-Burning Hormone & Low-Carb / Ketosis Diet

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/kat-james/fat-burning-hormone/

This is one major area in which I became extremely angry at the lies spread through government propaganda (AKA public school): low fat diet. And crony capitalism in which the agriculture and vegetarian agendas coopted generations of sugar addicts through the State.

After watching the "Fat Head" documentary on Netflix and discovering r/keto, I actually started doing my own research to discover I've been living a lie.

A BIG FAT BACON DEPRIVED, FULL FAT RANCH, BLUE CHEESE STARVED LIFE.


Once I switched to a high fat, low carb diet, my quality of life drastically improved. Mental clarity, hunger endurance, energy levels, weight loss, and the full richness of full fat food were some benefits. Fancy that evolution / God designed our bodies to consume the tastiest parts of animals (Fat) to operate optimally.

Consider this: if politicians overall, can't be trusted, why would you take on face value the government beuracrats and scientists hired by these very same politicians? Especially public school. The Government is a sham perpetuated by the elites in order to control you, and not to benefit you.

Question everything, especially beliefs that are being indoctrinated through the use of Government funds ultimately controlled by the elite and special interests. The evils of fat and harmless nature of carbs is but one lie of many.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Senator Paul Reveals Who Killed Audit the Fed Bill

https://youtu.be/g0xo4f3W48I

On a vote along party lines, only two Democrats voted to Audit the Fed. Bernie Sanders was one of them. Despicable.

Democrats in bed with Wall Street bailouts. That's right. The Democrats don't want "meddling" from Congress by an organization CREATED by Congress.

"If we allow oversight of the Fed, it could become more difficult to funnel trillions to failed bankers." - @RudyHavenstein


On the other hand, it is surprising that all Republicans, minus one, voted in favor of the bill. We're getting closer to revealing all the shadiness that goes on in the Federal Reserve.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ruby Ridge The Shocking Documentary

https://youtu.be/_boRHclKH6I

I cried watching this as I imagined my own children murdered at the hands of Federal agents. Understanding Waco and Ruby Ridge will give context on why the Federal Government is showing restraint in the latest private citizen vs. Federal Government standoff in Oregon.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Governor Abbott Unveils Texas Plan, Offers Constitutional Amendments To Restore the Rule of Law

http://gov.texas.gov/news/press-release/21829
When the Federal Government becomes bigger and bigger, will there reach a point at which State Governors will directly defy federal mandates? We already see it in the enforcement of Marijuana laws.

Will acts of state nullification result in military enforcement by the Federal government? If so, would Federal troops actually fire upon State troops?

Would a Civil War ensue?


Dark times ahead, as I do not foresee the Federal Government reigning in its own appetite for greater power and control. It is within the nature of Politicians and Bureaucrats to increase, rather than decrease their control.

War and Terrorism will be the vehicles by which the Federal Government will use an excuse for greater Tyranny. "For the greater good," "for your own good," and "for the children" are classic phrases used to lull you to compliance as your individual freedoms are stripped away.

Stay vigilant and be prepared.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Anti-Government Founding Fathers

People who consider "anti-government" as a pejorative term are painfully misinformed. Try and guess which anti-government terrorist wrote this quote:

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Peaceful Parenting and Empathy

Yesterday, Chloe (my 5-year old daughter) got off to a bad morning because we had ran out of milk and Chloe had an expectation that Kendrawould purchase milk the night before. Chloe's frustration of feeling powerless to obtain her own physical sustenance manifested itself in numerous behaviors that caused discomfort to the other family members.

One of these manifestations was that Chloe was complaining in a loud enough volume to be scaring the other children in the family. I understood Chloe's feeling of anger and frustration to come from an inability to manager her anger in non-destructive ways. We all have anger, even as adults, but as adults we've hopefully learned how to channel that anger into productive ways (ie. exercise, breathing techniques, etc). Chloe is still developing those skills.

When I got home, I used physical force to contain Chloe to my room and told her the following:

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[My first goal was for Chloe to feel as though she's being heard and understood through empathy.]

Chloe, it is okay for you to feel angry. Do you feel angry? Then please tell me you're feeling angry. Please yell at me that you're feeling angry. I can handle your anger. You're not going to get in trouble for feeling angry. Let it all out. I can take it.

Sometimes Daddy gets angry too. Remember when I play loud music in the garage and lift weights and I make loud noises like, "Grrrrrrrr."

You have a lot of anger inside of you, and let's try and get it out. Here's my hand. Punch my hand as hard as you can to get it out. Let me help you get that anger out of you.

[My second goal was for Chloe to understand that the physical restrictions I was placing on her was for the safety of others, and not simply artificial punishment imposed by me.]

It's okay for you to feel angry, but you're not going to be able to leave this room until you promise me that you won't be talking so loud that it's scaring and hurting the ears of Genna, Jack, and Vincent.

Do you like it when Genna or Jack screams in your ears? When Genna screams in your ears, you want Daddy to stop Genna from screaming in your ears, right?

When there are bad guys, Daddy protects you. That's why I have guns. Sometimes Mommy, Genna, and Jack may do bad things inside the family, and Daddy has to tell them to stop as well. That doesn't mean they're bad guys, but sometimes we do bad THINGS to each other.

In the same way that I'm required to protect you, I'm also required to protect everyone else in the family if you're hurting them with the volume of your voice. So I'm not letting you out of this room until you promise to stop hurting them with the volume of your voice.

[My third goal was to teach tools in how to manage her anger in healthy ways.]

You have a lot of anger inside of you. How about you and me we go to the garage and listen to some loud music with the yelling and screaming, and we can get out your anger and scream as loud as you want?

Or we can go to the garage and you can play the drum set to get that anger out of you.

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After this talk and some drumming in the garage, Chloe had much of her frustrated energy released and was in a more relaxed state that I typically see her in. I had to leave the house immediately due to date night. Upon reflection, I'll probably have another discussion with Chloe that, if she hasn't already, that she should be apologizing to the people she's hurt with the the volume of her voice, if she cares to maintain a good relationship with them.

This will come from a place of explaining natural consequences of destructive behavior on relationships, rather than using artificial consequences to force an inauthentic response from Chloe. A true apology must come from empathy, and not from the threat of force, violence, or emotional manipulation from the outside.

My ability to reason and empathize with Chloe (and for her to listen) has been built on a foundation of trust and love that Chloe knows I have for her. Not because I simply told her with words, but because I also demonstrate it consistently in my actions in the various discussions we have with one another. There's no additional emotional baggage of confusion or feelings of fear that Daddy will use violence or use emotional manipulation.

Monday, January 4, 2016

#17 - Peaceful Parenting, Rethinking Paradigms, Challenging Spanking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKm0ZYmYlLk

PEACEFUL PARENTING / THOUGHTFUL PARENTING / PARENTING WITH PURPOSE

 

 

  • Throw out “how you were raised”, and try and build a parental strategy from the ground up.



  • Different times



  • Lots of things we take for granted are not based on objective reality, but emotional convenience


 

 

PERSONAL AWAKENING

 

 

  • What kind of relationship do I eventually want with my kids?



  • Love



  • Mutual Respect



  • Accepting each other’s humanity



  • Good Friends



  • Based on Fear or on Reason?


 

 

 

  • What kinds of skills do my kids need to make it in the real world?



  • Critical Thinking



  • Questioning Everything (especially established norms)



  • Determining what is objective reality



  • Reasoned logic



  • Self-Aware of own biases



  • Always Learning


 

 

 

  • How you see the State is often a reflection of how you view parenting, and vice versa?


 

 

 

  • Previous Parenting Philosophy



  • Current Parenting Philosophy: Consultant / Guide


 

 

 

  • Moral Hypocrisy of Churches, military, & the State



  • Living a life consistent with Principles


 

 

 

  • Reliving Past Childhood Trauma


 

 

 

  • Self-Aware of my own selfishness



  • Shower with Jack



  • Empathy


 

 

KEY CONCEPTS

 

 

  • Drill Sergeant vs. Hippie


 

 

 

  • Third-way: Consultant / Guide


 

 

 

  • Logical Knowledge


 

 

 

  • Computer Analogy



  • Hardware (Developing)



  • Software (Self-Aware AI)


 

 

 

  • Artificial vs. Natural Consequences


 

 

 

  • Self-Discipline (internal) vs. Obedience (external)


 

 

 

  • Parental Strategy



  • Early ages, much more physical restrictions



  • As Hardware develops, allow more freedom in software


 

 

 

  • Empathy


 

 

 

  • Self-Awareness


 

 

 

  • “Do as I say, not as I do” - Parental Moral Hypocrisy


 

 



APPLICATION

 

 

  • Spanking as a Tool



  • Pluses and Minuses


 

 

 

  • Christmas Gifts


 

 

 

  • Bedtime





 

EDUCATION

 

 

  • Different Podcast?


 

 

 

  • Going backwards with end objective in mind


 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

 


  • SchoolSucksProject.com


 

 

 

  • Facebook Groups


 

 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

1776 In Context to History

The purpose of using words to speak Truth now that may hurt some feelings is to prevent a much more violent, and bloody future if things are left to Tyranny. The history of humanity is one of State oppression and the people's bloody revolution. I will take words today if that means avoiding bullets later.

1776 was not an anomaly, but a norm of individuals recognizing their Natural Rights for Life, Liberty, and Personal Property. When the State tramples these Natural Rights through coercion, it loses legitimacy and free individuals are left no other option but to defend those rights through all means necessary.


I would prefer to exhaust all peaceful means first, but I worry that if Tyranny and fear remain on the course of today, that a trigger event will ignite a Civil War which is brewing. On one side, you will have those who are on the side of the Founding Fathers, and on the other side will be the Establishment and Progressives.

I would say to speak up, but there is a formidable case that it is too late, that Tyranny has already triumphed, that the people have become indoctrinated to be sheep, and that violent revolution is all that remains. If that's the case, then remain vigilent, be prepared, and consider how much you're willing to sacrifice for the cause of Freedom.

In my particular case, I speak up even if it may be ultimately pointless, because my job situation is such that I'm in no fear of economic retribution, so the furthest extent of my "courage" is not being able to associate with supporters of Tyranny. That's not such a big loss in the long run since they work toward enslaving me and my children anyway.