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 Is New York finished?

The question, ‘Is New York finished,’ may best be answered with a quote from the movie Gladiator. One of Russel Crowe’s generals asks, when facing a beaten Germanic Army, “Doesn’t an army know when they are beaten?”

Crowe answers, “Would you know? Would I?”

When I tell people that large swaths of New York have more poverty than Medellin, Colombia, they think I’m full of it, but this is essentially why I believe New York is finished. Large tracts of NY are total squalor. Entire towns are falling apart. Populations are being decimated and schools are closing, though no one seems to see this.

I have been in dozens of cities around the world and only Mumbai is as decrepit as Buffalo’s west side, which is why I believe New York is finished.

As governor Cuomo has stated, the incentives that Amazon was offered to build its facility in Long Island would cost the state nothing since 90% of the offer was refundable tax credits based on the number of jobs created and the average salary. Also, the rest of the grant would easily be made up by increases in property taxes.

Accounting is about matching income and expenses.

Amazon’s $1.3 billion in refundable tax credits would be spread out over the life of the business, which means New York would yield back about $150 million a year in direct income taxes on wages and shell out about the same in credits. Those jobs would put $3 billion in annual wages into Long Island.

The credits are high because New York’s taxes are in the stratosphere.

It’s sad that morons like Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders don’t see this, but these two spoiled malls rats never see anything. The United States are just that; states that are united in a federal system, which means each state has its own tax structure.

New York used to deserve higher taxes because it had better transportation and educational systems, but that is hardly the case today.

This is one reason why New York is finished. New York’s high schools and colleges are, at best, average, yet few people in New York seem to understand this. New York has some of the most poorly ranked colleges in America, yet New Yorker’s still brag about their education system!

This is the kind of hubris we are accustomed to in England, not the USA. After the London tube terror attacks, a very famous British broadcaster boasted, “we stared down the Germans…” I was stunned. They didn’t stare down anybody. The Germans kicked the fucking crap out of England. England lost almost all of its colonies, including Canada and Australia. They lost India and eventually lost Hong Kong. Singapore and ended up begging the US for money because their people were facing mass starvation.

As Vladimir Putin once said, when commenting on the British evacuation at Dunkirk, “this is the first time an Army declared victory after running away from its enemies.”

How is this any different than Ocasio-Cortez declaring victory after Amazon pulled the plug on moving to New York?

British history was written by Brits, but when you read it written by Indians, it’s entirely different. The Brits lost Singapore even though they had 4 to 1 numerical superiority. In fact, they surrendered. According to Indian historians, they simply wouldn’t fight, being accustomed to living a life of luxury with their Indian maids and servants.

How is this any different than New York. Sitting behind its massive treasure trove of fiat money from Wall Street, they don’t need to fight, and rather than compete to get an Amazon, they run away. Their politicians are money skimmers with no real accomplishments. They are taking a victory lap after losing the battle. It’s been estimated that two-thirds of New York’s immigrants are on welfare.

Yet we all sit back and watch Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders take a victory lap.

And compare this to their victory lap about stopping acking. The US has 300,000 oil and gas wells. Tens of thousands of those are fracked. The US is literally swiss cheesed with pipelines, but where is all this so called ‘environmental degradation?’ As usual, more banal stupidity masquerading as intelligence.

New York has become the ‘no you can’t’ state.

As New York has eliminated its oil and gas industry, an industry that made New York rich, they have lost tens of thousands of VERY high paying jobs and billions in taxes and royalties. They desperately need this money to fund their state teachers, police and firefighters pension plans.

Why does it surprise us that they ran Amazon out of town?

They also ran out IBM, GE, a dozen steel plants and tens of thousands of affiliated businesses. Today, in New York, it’s easier to sue an employer than to find a job. This drop in business and decimation of rural New York has caused a sharp drop in population, which means they are about to lose 2 house seats.

Can the idea that New York is finished be any clearer than in the open support of South American socialists?

Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia was paraded around as if he was the next Roosevelt. He won the Nobel peace prize, and within a year, Colombian cocaine production was at an all time high, their jails were emptied, and the crime rate skyrocketed. Hollywood actors stood in line for photo ops with Hugo Chavez. Within a decade, they went from being rich, to starving. They destroyed what is one of the largest oilfields in the world. Now are South America’s largest source of new drug dealers, prostitutes and refugees.

The Berlin Wall wasn’t built to keep people out.

It was built to imprison them. Think of that while you read this. In fact, liberals are always trying to build walls to keep their people in. A few examples are…

  • In NY, you pay sales tax on sales out of the state and have to declare them on your tax return. Fail to declare is felony tax evasion. You can’t leave even when you leave.
  • In New York, it’s illegal to buy cigarettes on the Native American reservations. You can’t “leave’ to buy cigarettes.
  • In many New York cities you must live in the tax municipality where you work. Another wall.
  • In New York, if you are here for any reason, you pay taxes on money you make in other places, even out of the country.

The next steps to solve the pension problem will be to deny pension payments to people who move out of state. Believe me, it’s coming.

This is how socialism works. It works because, contrary to Trump’s wall, which will keep people out, socialists create hundreds of berlin walls to keep people in.

This is why New York is finished. People don’t want to be imprisoned.

 

 

Global Climate Change is just one thing. (1) explained below. Our biggest problem is pollution. We can beat pollution. Here’s how.

  • Eliminate all take-out food containers. Pizza boxes, cups, all of it. Too much of it ends up on the sides of the road. Trash day where I live looks like a tsunami hit. We have to face facts. The world is flooded with garbage.
  • Double the 5-cent deposit. If that doesn’t work, quadruple it. Homeless people dig through the garbage here and leave it all over the streets because NOBODY IS RECYCLING.
  • Pass a law making it illegal to advertise fast food on television like we have with cigarettes. (2) explained below

  • Build priority bike paths. (Don’t say we can’t. They have them in Boston) No cars can drive, park or cross them.
  • All imported appliances must have a ten-year quality guarantee. (3) explained below.
  • Severely restrict the use of hydrocarbons in products. (4) below.

  • Replace the US income tax with an across the board 25% tax on imports. A 10% consumption tax and eliminate imported food entirely. (5) below
  • Balance the US federal budget and start paying down the national debt. (6) below
  • Ban imported cell phones, computers, and flat-screen displays.
  • Declare global macroeconomics a type of kiddy-porn and treat it as such. (7) below

Most people do not have a global view of pollution and its cause; unrestricted bank lending. In fact, most people, including professional economists don’t understand even bank lending, much less hydrocarbon chains, mining, steel production or the population explosion. Politicians, lawyers in drag, try to attract attention by passing laws and taking stances they don’t understand. It’s the blind leading the blind.

The world is going to crack, and people are going to be in pain.

The “capitalists” who believe the markets are going to solve our problems are every bit as clueless and Sanders and Cortez, they just sound a lot smarter. We are going to instigate draconian laws and controls because people simply can’t control themselves.

Every problem has a solution. That doesn’t mean we’re going to like it.

Notes:

(1) As Vaclav Havel once said, climate change is political. It is. The biggest problem we face is not warming, it’s pollution. Specifically, we have two countries where you can’t drink the water. China and India. Only 15% of Indians shit in a toilet attached to a sewer. I have an Indian friend that CARRIES WATER BACK TO INDIA when he visits his family.

(2) Fast food is destroying the planet.

In poor neighborhoods, the streets are strewn with garbage. We have “recycling” centers that are the size of auto plants. That said, paper with polymer films (Food bags) can’t be recycled. 70% of recycled paper ends up in landfills. Fast food commercials target the poor and the stupid. The vast majority of that shit shouldn’t be eaten at all. I have a friend who won a free Big Mac every week for a year and he told them to keep it. Most fast food isn’t even food, it’s just neurological stimulants.

(3) There’s a concept in accounting called depreciation. It’s the useful life of a product.

40 years ago, a washing machine cost $200 and had a 20-year useful life (and could be repaired.) That means it cost you $10 a year… a pittance even then. Today, a washing machine costs $800, last 5-7 years and can’t be repaired. This is true across the spectrum.

(4) 25 years ago, according to firefighters, if your house started on fire you had 40 minutes to get out. Today, that number is less than 20. The amount of hydrocarbon in a house is stunning. The sheathing, siding, roof, rugs, gutters, window frames, trim. paint, driveway, furniture, I could go on all day. Houses today are like Roman Candles.  We’re blanketing the world with long chain, volatile and highly flammable hydrocarbons.

(5)  Americans consume too much. I find it hilarious that it’s considered liberal to conserve. One might think a conservationist would be conservative, but not in the US. It’s not just that we consume to much, but we are not paying for the shit we import. That’s what a trade deficit is. It’s buying shit you don’t pay for.

Were that not enough. too much of our imported food and drugs are not safe.

(6) In 1996, a group of economists convinced Al Whore… excuse me, Gore (Clinton never really bought onto the idea) that we should eliminate long term treasury bonds and replace them with short term treasury bills. (I know, this is heady) They sold this as a way to save the government money as bills and notes have lower interest rates than bonds. But their REAL reason was far more nefarious.

Foreign central banks cannot use bonds as reserves, because they are too volatile. (in price) A bank cannot take capital losses on bonds or it becomes insolvent. So in order for our free trade gurus to kick start unlimited trade, they had to create a worldwide reserve currency, they dropped interest to near zero. The fact is, this only works if the USA had a budget deficit.

This topic is heavy and hard to fathom. Free trade doesn’t work because, like Santa Claus, it doesn’t exist. The primary cause of global warming is this… UNRESTRICTED DEFICIT SPENDING CAUSED BY BANK LENDING)

(7) 100 years ago, economists, including Marx, measured things like full employment deficits and labor trends.

Along came John Maynard Keynes. After getting wiped out in the 1929 crash, he decided to start a new career as an investment advisor. He invented a thing called the monetarist school, whose focus is on monetary aggregates. These are things like GDP, inflation and target rates.

The whole idea that you can run world economies by measuring and manipulating monetary aggregates is so absurd, that a person would have to be developmentally disabled to believe it. This explains why they are ALWAYS WRONG. Economists are wrong 85% of the time, 35% worse than a coin toss.

Even the 75-year-old virgin Oracles at Delphi were more accurate than these clowns. In fact, if one has no education, no experience, no common sense and a tie, there are three places where a person can look like a genius. They can be a chiropractor, a preacher or run a global macroeconomics blog. No matter how much babble you produce and how bad your predictions are, you won’t be any lamer or any less accurate than guess who?

Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke or Janet Yellen.

 

 

 

 

Why are we having this conversation, AGAIN?

Years ago, when I lived in Dhahran, we had a store behind the compound where the TCN’s (Paki’s and Indians) shopped. It had things they are, curry, chilies, rice, dates, yada yada.

I had never been inside, so I walked in, looked around and was leaving when the proprietor stopped me.

“Oh sir, what are you looking for?”

“I was looking for canned soup,” I said. The store was small and had no canned anything. In fact, they didn’t have any processed food.

“Oh sir, I am sorry, what kind of soup do you want?”

“Progresso, bean and macaroni soup.”

“Come back tomorrow, I will have it for you.”

The next day I waltzed in and there it was, a case of Progresso bean and macaroni soup on the shelf between what looked like dried yak ears and something a witch would put in a hex bowl. Amazingly, it was the same price that it was in Houston when I lived there.

This is why capitalism works. It creates EQUALTY.

Anyone, anywhere on earth can buy the same quality canned soup at the same price. You don’t get better Progresso bean and macaroni soup if you’re rich. You get the same fucking can, take it or…. Leave it? No, you have a million other choices. Let’s make a list of places where only the wealthy can buy Progresso bean and macaroni soup. Venezuela, Belorussia, the old Soviet Union, India 20 years ago, Myanmar… see the pattern?

The only places where you can’t buy shit are the places that claim everyone’s equal.

Geez, what if you can’t afford Progresso bean and macaroni soup? In most western countries, the capitalist, profit-seeking pigs will GIVE YOU THE MONEY.

Socialists are so stupid, they’re not worth listening to.

Here another question. When the Soviet Union fell, all their companies went bankrupt. How much money did the average Russian lose in his 401-k when their stocks became bankrupt? ZERO! They didn’t lose anything because their companies, like the products they produced, were worth nothing!

You can bet your capitalist ass that if Apple, Microsoft, and General Mills go bankrupt (General Mills makes Progresso bean and macaroni soup) you’re going to hear some bitching.

But doesn’t capitalism create a huge disparity between the rich and the poor?

No. It produces disparity between the insanely rich and the perpetual bitching class. The poverty level in the USA is $26,000 a year for a single man. This is more money than 95% of the people in the world makes. The average poor American has more living space than the average middle-class person in 90% of the world.

America is the only place I’ve ever been where people are supposed to give money to drug addicts. I had a guy ask me for “spare change” last week and he was holding a cigarette and a $4 cup of Starbucks coffee. You have people in America that are begging for money in front of businesses that have help wanted signs on the window.

The best capitalists to me were Linus Larabee and Big Jake McClintock.

In the movie Sabrina, Bogart said, (to paraphrase) “What’s money got to do with it? It’s progress. A factory is built, homes go up and some poor stiff who never had a dime now has a dollar.”

And in Big Jake, John Wayne says,

“What are you thanking me for?”

The young man he just hired says, “For giving me a job.”

And Jake responds, “I’m not giving you anything. You’re going to work, and I’m going to pay you. That’s the deal.”

Back in the day, people thought like this. They knew that you don’t help them by coddling them and feeling sorry for them.

It’s true in America some people fail. In Socialist countries, everybody fails.

Years ago I went to East Germany, before the Berlin Wall fell. It was an interesting phenomenon, If you went from West Germany to East Germany, you were called a vacationer. If you went from East Germany to West Germany, you were called a defector, and you were shot!

As I said, Socialists are morons.

 

 

 

 

… and the creation of a new Russian mythology.

One thing that really riles the feathers of Egyptians is the idea that the Jews were in Egypt and built the pyramids. The article below (linked) shows much of the controversy,

Contrary to legend and a slew of movies…

there’s scant evidence. One might think that with hundreds of thousands of hieroglyphs, the builders of the pyramids might have slipped in a few autographs. Sadly, none appear.

Religions seem to revel in trying to prove their myths true, seemingly unaware of what myths are. Were that not enough, things that are true, for example, science, have little use to a church. Myths show the basic flaw in human thinking. That people believe things not because they’re true, but because others believe them. A myth does two things. It creates commonality among believers and excludes non-believers.

You find this often in politics. One of my favorite myths is global warming, which can actually be compared to the “belief” in Jesus.

It seems likely that Jesus existed, but it’s unlikely he ever planned on becoming a Christian. Although it’s likely he healed the sick, since belief is a strong healer, if he was a Rabbi recognized as one in the holiest cities on earth, the idea that he would start Roman Catholicism is a stretch.

The belief in global climate change is structurally similar to the belief in Jesus. It’s likely that CO2 emissions have a detrimental effect on the environment, but that effect is debatable. What isn’t debatable is the cause, which is unregulated, unchecked, unmonitored and criminally corrupt international bank lending. As long as environmentalists, a real nuisance to globalists, focus on global warming, they can go along with global water table destruction, global plastics production, global rare earth element mining, the list goes on and on.

The life and death of Jesus…

weren’t anywhere near as important to the world as the spread of the word by the apostles. Codified by the Catholic Church under the auspices of Constantine and later a slew of popes in the Eastern Orthodox church it created a system of governance that was unequaled by any civilization anywhere else for two-thousand years.

We must always remember civil law has to be enforced by police. Christian law is followed voluntarily.

On the contrary, global climate change is doing the exact opposite. The apostles that carry “the climate word,” are politically motivated and greedy. Led by Al Gore and an Army of camera-loving gadfly’s they’re using their influence to attack and destroy the very world created by the church, all the while getting rich.

Notice that man, defined as white and western is the enemy…

yet Asia, with its 700% increase in coal use is not a problem. In fact, not only does the Paris protocol omit blaming China and India, two environmental shit holes, it excludes Germany and France, who consistently violate it. Global warming is a political movement whose real purpose is to enslave people.

Whether they were ever in Egypt is not important to the mythology of the Jews. The fact they were out of ‘somewhere’ is all that matters. The idea that Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia is more geographical than it is historical, although I have no doubt the leaders of the church will go to war over it. Fighting over piles of stones is what idiots do.

But to me, the more compelling story is the out of Constantinople story.

In 1453, Constantinople, the capital of the Roman empire for 1,100 years finally fell to the Ottomans. The Emperor at that time was  Constantine XI Palaiologos, who, to save his skin, fled to Corfu and then to Rome. After his death, his brother assumed his titles.

His brother had a daughter Zoe, who was sold off in marriage to the Russian prince, Ivan III, of Moscow. As the last legitimate heir to the Roman empire, Zoe’s children are considered, by the Russians, the true emperors of Rome. This is why Russia’s leaders were called Czar’s, as in Caesar and Moscow is called the Third Rome.

It’s important to remember that Rome, Italy became Christian much later in its evolution.

The Rome we know today has the Vatican and the Holy See. But the Roman empire was dominated by Generals and Emperors. The elevation of the Papacy was political, not an outgrowth of the Roman empire. In other words, the Russians can claim a greater connection to being Roman than the Roman Catholics. This is, to Russia, an apostolic tradition, so to speak.

At this point, you may be thinking, interesting but so what?

Mythologies communicate with the subconscious.

That’s why we believe things that are logically absurd. To not understand is this to be duped. People spend their lives investigating their genealogy to find roots to famous people. The desire to connect back is a basic human intuition.

Even though the Apostles spread the word, the religion was created, given its structure and protected by Constantine. Later, in Europe, the Churches property was stolen by the Europeans under Marin Luther, Henry the 8th in England, and by Stalin and Lenin in the Soviet Union, but consider the effect these “apostles” had on their nations.

Contrary to their whitewashing and deification in history books, all three were lunatics.

Martin Luther is largely credited with “liberating Germany,” but he was also the father of modern anti-Semitism. Luther was, arguably, as antisemitic as Hitler. Lenin and Stalin need no introduction. They were two of the biggest mass murders in history. Henry the 8th was a psychopath. Obsessed with sex and his lineage, he destroyed England’s monastic system. Contrary to absurd British history, which makes Jesus walking on water seem believable, he eliminated virtually all of England’s anti-poverty programs. After redistributing all of the church’s wealth to nobles, who ceremonially pissed it away, Henry created an unrestrained capitalistic system that impoverished Britain’s middle class for hundreds of years, finally culminating in the great wars.

If you look at Russian “mythology” today, under Vladimir Putin they are doing something that would have been a death sentence…

perhaps even as late as the Gorbachevian era. They’re creating television that highlights their connections to Rome and Caesar. (see here and here)  Although in Russian and Italian with English subtitles, these are excellent examples. They not only show the creation of a new Russian mythology but the creative genius of Vladimir Putin a man who, if you’ve never seen an interview, makes Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, and Theresa May look developmentally disabled. The man is a mad genius.

It was Constantine that protected the church in 300AD, but it’s Putin that protects it today in Russia. Don’t even for a second think this isn’t important. And, by the way, against a never-ending broadside by leftists, socialists, and progressives, it’s Donald Trump that protects it in America.

And, like Trump, his base is a solid as the rock Jesus built his church on. Vladimir Putin has a 72% approval rate and Trump’s is 52% versus Emanuel Macron’s 13% and Angela Merkel’s 34%.

The current pope notwithstanding, who I like to refer to as Frank the Clueless, the Churches embrace of Greek and Russian Orthodox tradition as equals tells you all you need to know about what is really happening in the world. Frank may be as blind as a bat, but the See isn’t. He got voted in because they had to vote for a Latina, so they picked an Italian from Argentina, but to the church, he’s Rudolf before his nose turned red. He ain’t playing in any reindeer games.

People don’t believe in God because they’re duped, stupid or afraid. They believe in God because he exists…

not only in our history and our “piles of rocks,” but in our hearts and souls. Those who don’t believe this will suffer the sin of death.

 

 Saudis Are Hiding the Real Location of Mount Sinai, Bible Researchers Claim

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16:49 11.02.2019(updated 19:24 11.02.2019)

The biblical Mount Sinai is traditionally placed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula , but some researchers say it could be located over a hundred miles eastwards on the Arabian Peninsula across the Gulf of Aqaba.

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