Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lead Wine

The fall of Rome and the empire was preceded by years of lead poisoning among the elite. Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine not only helped preserve wine, but also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture. Water pipes in Rome were often made from lead. Chronic lead poisoning has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of Rome.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hey, Whatever Happened To...

Roger and Jessica?

Holiday Road

Presidential Scorecard

Like everyone else, when I first heard Donald Trump was entering the presidential race, I figured he was doing a bit and predicted he'd go away long before anybody took him seriously. Boy, was I wrong.

Today, however, I have taken a second look.

Trump is waking up some of the RINOs. The criticisms of Trump are clearly unfair and simply display the shrill response from the Left. Long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity than people may think and while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank-you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that. Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others. But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump’s plan is for America. It’s funny how so many people say they don’t know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding his agenda. The information is readily available if people would do a little homework. But, since most Americans won't do their own research, here, in no particular order, is an overview of many of Trump's positions and plans:

1. Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help. Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries.

2. Speaking of the military, Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. As a CINC, Trump is a realist. It's always easier to negotiate from a position of strength.

3. Trump believes his foreign policy must include seven core principles:

· American interests come first. Always. No apologies.\ Maximum firepower and military preparedness.
· Only go to war to win.
· Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.
· Keep the technological sword razor sharp.
· See the unseen. Prepare for threats before they materialize.
· Respect and support our present and past warriors.

4. Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals.

5. Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here. Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U. S., once again creating jobs here.

6. Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.

7. Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering and put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our immigration laws.

8. Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to:

· Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%
· From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%
· From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%
· $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%

9. Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.” He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.

10. Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue. He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country.

11. Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid into the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you do that you stifle the economy. On the other hand, when you lower taxes and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax revenue for the government.

12. Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America needs “a safety net, not a hammock.” He believes in a welfare to work program that would help reduce the welfare roles and encourage people to get back to work. And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.

13. Trump believes climate change is a hoax.

14. Trump opposes Common Core.

15. Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

16. Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.

17. Trump’s view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he also believes that this is a states' rights issue, not a federal issue.

18. Trump supports the death penalty.

Trump believes there is a lack of common sense in the liberal/progressive philosophy and thus he has tapped into a great backlash against socialism and what the past administrations have passed off as reality. who strikes YOU as being better prepared to save the planet? Wait, don't be a sucker. Ya see, the planet isn't in peril at all...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Doom And Gloom

When a government turns against its citizens, patriots become potential terrorists overnight. That's what happened in the US when the Democrats came to power. Democrats and neocons brought socialism, globalism, and deteriorating sovereignty into office with the promise of a global government. They then declared white, Christian men to be the greatest threat to the country. That should have been the first and only hint we needed to rise up and take our country back. Yet, we did not. Instead, bureaucrats and party shills were given all the government jobs and all the fancy grants. The rest of us were placed under surveillance.

Now that the Democrats have actually begun to admit their goals of global dominance (that's what Dr. Evil wanted too, right?), suddenly there's nothing wrong with communism and the loss of personal freedom.

They've lied to us. They've lied to us about what is right and they've lied to us about what is wrong. We American citizens are now members of social experiments by meddling political hacks like Obama, Schumer, Pelosi, Ryan, McCain, ad nausea. If any of these folks are your personal heroes, then you should get a life. They lied to us about their agenda. They've broken the laws of the land and operate outside of the Constitution, claiming the old "living document" argument in order to justify their need to corrupt every institution they touch.

Yes, you!
Here's the thing. Most American men do not have the wherewithal or the cajones to make a stand. They are afraid of losing their phony baloney jobs, or they're afraid of being arrested, or maybe even murdered by the storm trooper authorities. Fear is a great motivating factor -- it can move you to do nothing at all and that is what has happened in the US. There is also the matter of ascertaining the truth. The media is wholly an extension of the US (and global) government and so its lack of truthful reporting obfuscates reality. The Progressives & neocons have committed numerous staged incidents in order to further their agenda. The media plays right along. If you want to know the truth about anything these days. the mainstream media is not the place to go. On one hand, there is the truth; on the other hand, there is what the media tells us.

The lack of truth has become an epidemic. They call it fake news. I call it dishonesty and I see it everywhere. As an example, it seems wherever I go these days, I run into veterans from one of the many wars my government has participated in over the last sixty years. More and more often, these guys tell me about their heroic exploits, the medals they won, the numbers of enemy combatants they killed, their participation in famous military outfits like the SEAL teams or Marine Recons, or Green Berets, or some other killer/assassin role. Everywhere I go, I run into these guys that tell me they are trained killers. What a load of crap. See Don Shipley @ Youtube. The worst is when you discover your own family members making up crap about their service exploits.

Wanna be a big man? Well, just tell everybody what a badass you are. Then you'll be just like the lying media and the political hacks that you keep watching on television.

So. The government has turned on us. As a result, we've turned on one another. It appears (at least so far) that President Trump would stop this slide into globalism and the resulting chaos. If he does not, I can practically guarantee somebody else will, but it won't be by placing edicts from the White House or Congress. Rather, it will be in the form of rebellious acts of public expression and the suppression of local political shills.

If Trump is not successful in his presidency, war and bloody revolution will likely come to America. Will you participate? If so, which side?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Alan Bean's website.

2% or 98% of Population?

Follow these instructions and answer the questions one at a time and as quickly as you can! Don't advance until you've done each instruction. Here we go:

THINK of a number from 1 to 10.

MULTIPLY that number by 9.

If the number is a 2-digit number, ADD the digits together.


DETERMINE which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c,etc.).

THINK of a country that starts with that letter.

REMEMBER the last letter of the name of that country.

THINK of the name of an animal that starts with that letter.

REMEMBER the last letter in the name of that animal.

THINK of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter.

Are you thinking of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?

Isn't that FREAKY!! If not for you, you're among the 2% of the population whose minds are different enough to think of something else. However, 98% of people will answer with kangaroos in Denmark eating oranges when given this exercise.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Somewhere along the line I am going to meet with an arm of this octopus, and when I do it will lead me to a head, and when I find that I shall cut it off.

-– John Drake in “You Are Not in Any Trouble, Are You?”

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Sunday morning coming down and Lord I'm wishing I was stoned. I might as well be with all the nonsense I hear from people these days. Apparently, all my degrees and experience mean nothing because the media tells me I'm a bigot suffering from privileged conditioning by a society that favors my race, sex, and religion. I don't believe it, but that's what they say.

A word of advice: stay away from car dealers and dealerships in Weatherford, Texas. Remember, when you buy a new vehicle, you're buying into a service as well and that service is only as good as those who provide it. Would you buy a car from an organization whose managers hire illegals, demean their employees, and sexually harass the young women in their employ? Well, maybe you would if that manager was related to you. Texas car dealerships are notorious for taking your money. Don't be a victim of those guys in Weatherford.

• Sorry to disappoint, but the reason no one is visiting from the future is that it can't be done. Same thing for traveling to the past. The only location in time that actually exists is the here and now. It's the only place you can be. The implications of this are that time travel will *never* be possible for the simple reason there isn't anywhere to travel to.

If time travel were possible, why aren't there tourists from the future?

• The media, the neocons, and the communists continue to dump on Trump. The intelligence agencies are waging a war against him and the Democrats started planning impeachment proceedings before he gained office! Apparently, the deep state is populated by globalists. We know who these reptiles really are -- they're professional bureaucrats, elitists all.

These globalist bastards think they know better. They think you should stop believing in God, join a local conservation group, and take anger management classes. They believe you are not smart enough to raise your own children. Additionally, you need to be lectured on white privilege. An elitist always knows better. Elitists are not always Democrats, but Democrats are always elitist.

Progressivism is driving the US to civil war and that is exactly what they want. Pelosi, Obama, Clinton? They all want to see the US collapse and a new socialist state with a new socialist constitution. Think I'm kidding?

• It appears more and more likely that Obama ordered surveillance on Donald Trump during the election process. Trump said so last week and has been ridiculed for it. It has been revealed that federal agencies sought permission to conduct surveillance of Trump Tower in 2016. Today, the Department of Justice provided information to the House Intelligence Committee Friday regarding the" wiretap" at Trump Tower.

Nobody uses the word "wiretap" anymore so there may be some pretty contorted definitions coming out in the media (or not) as the media scrambles to cover Obama's flank.

• Lawmakers” give the commands, but it is their faithful enforcers who carry them out. Millions upon millions of otherwise decent, civilized people spend day after day harassing, threatening, extorting, controlling, bullying and otherwise oppressing others who have not harmed or threatened anyone. But because the actions of such “law enforcers” are deemed “legal,” and because they believe they are acting on behalf of “authority,” they imagine themselves to bear no responsibility for their actions. Worse yet, they do not even view their own actions as being their own actions. They speak and act as if their minds and bodies have somehow been taken over by some invisible entity called “the law” or “government.” They say things like “Hey, I don’t make the laws, I just enforce them; it’s not up to me.” They speak and act as if it is impossible for them to do anything other than helplessly carry out the will of a power called “authority,” and that they are therefore no more personally responsible for their actions than a puppet is responsible for what the puppeteer makes it do.

When acting in their “official” capacity, while seemingly helplessly possessed by the spirit of “authority,” “law enforcers” behave in ways which they never otherwise would, and do things that they themselves would recognize as uncivilized, violent and evil if they did such things of their own volition, without an “authority” telling them to. Examples of this occur all over the world, every hour of every day, in a wide variety of ways.

A soldier might shoot a complete stranger, whose only sin was to be out walking in a militarily occupied zone after a declared curfew. A group of heavily armed men might kick down someone’s door and drag him away, or shoot a man in front of his wife and children, because the man grew a plant which politicians proclaimed to be forbidden (”illegal”). A bureaucrat might file paperwork instructing a financial institution to take thousands of dollars out of someone’s bank account in the name of “tax collection.” Another bureaucrat may send in armed thugs upon finding out that someone had the gall to build a deck on his own property, with the approval of his neighbors but without “government” approval (in the form of a “building permit”). A traffic cop may stop and extort someone (via a “ticket”) for not wearing a seatbelt. A TSA agent may rummage through someone’s personal belongings, without the slightest reason to suspect that the person has done, or is going to do, anything wrong. A “judge” may direct armed thugs to put someone in a cage, for weeks, months, or years, for anything from showing contempt for the judge to driving without the written permission of politicians (in the form of a driver’s “license”) to having engaged in any type of mutually voluntary but nonpolitician-sanctioned (”illegal”) commerce.

These examples, and literally millions of others which could be given, are acts of aggression committed by perpetrators who would not have committed them if they had not been directed to do so by a perceived “authority.” In short, most instances of theft, assault, and murder happen only because “authority” told someone to steal, attack, or kill. Most of the time, the people who carry out such orders would not have committed such crimes on their own. Of the 100,000 people who work for the Internal Revenue Service, how many engaged in harassment, extortion, and theft before becoming IRS agents? Few, if any. How many soldiers went around harassing, threatening, or killing people they did not know before joining the military? Few, if any. How many police officers regularly went around stopping, interrogating, and kidnapping non-violent people before becoming “law enforcers”? Very few. How many “judges” had people thrown into cages for nonviolent behavior before being appointed to a “court”? Probably none.

When such acts of aggression become “legal,” and are done in the name of “law enforcement,” those who commit them imagine such acts to be inherently legitimate and valid, even though they recognize that, had they committed the very same acts on their own, instead of on behalf of an imagined “authority,” the acts would have constituted crimes, and would have been immoral. While there are obviously more significant and less significant cogs in the wheels of the “government” machine, from low-level paper-pushers to armed mercenaries, they all have two things in common:

1) They inflict unpleasantness on others in a way they would not have done on their own, and
2) They accept no personal responsibility for their actions while in “law enforcer” mode. Nothing makes this more obvious than the fact that, when the properness or morality of their actions is called into question, their response is almost always some variation of “I’m just doing my job.” The obvious implication in all such statements is this: “I am not responsible for my actions, because ‘authority’ told me to do this.” The only way that makes a shred of sense is if the person is literally incapable of refusing to do something a perceived “authority” tells him to do. Unfortunately, the horrific truth is that most people, as a result of their authoritarian indoctrination, do seem to be psychologically incapable of disobeying the commands of an imagined “authority.” Most people, given the choice between doing what they know is right and doing what they know is wrong when ordered to do so by a perceived “authority,” will do the latter.

• A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

• Everything's going to be all right! Within a quarter century, nonbiological intelligence will match the range and subtlety of human intelligence. It will then soar past it because of the continuing acceleration of information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to instantly share their knowledge. Intelligent nanorobots will be deeply integrated in our bodies, our brains, and our environment, overcoming pollution and poverty, providing vastly extended longevity, full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses (like “The Matrix”), “experience beaming” (like “Being John Malkovich”), and vastly enhanced human intelligence. The result will be an intimate merger between the technology-creating species and the technological evolutionary process it spawned.

• Former DNC chairwoman and disgraced CNN commentator Donna Brazile has admitted she relayed confidential questions to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in advance of last year’s primary debate and is now blaming Russian hackers! This song and dance has gotten old. Somebody needs to tell the Democrats that the Russian Hacker excuse failed. It did not work. The American people don't buy it. What we do buy is that our institutions have become corrupt to the core with Democratic party hacks and philosophical assertions on the proper way to live a life (One musn't do this... One must do that...).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry

The Failure Of Common Core

For hundreds of years memorization was not only the best way for children to learn basic math skills, but it was also the standard used around the world. Yet when academic theorists decided that introducing a convoluted method for problem-solving into the American school system would be a much better way of solving mathematical equations, the results have been less than stellar.

In fact in a new report out from the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 15, American students now rank just 31st out of 35 developed nations in math proficiency.

The U.S. Department of Education has determined its latest ranking of international education systems (Program for International Student Assessment – “PISA”) and performance of U.S. students continues to deteriorate on both absolute and relative terms.

Children held hostage by Common Core.
Perhaps it’s time to have a real conversation about the complete failure of “Common Core” and the idiocy of allowing teachers’ unions to hold our children hostage while hiding behind ridiculous contracts that grant tenure after 6 months and make it impossible to fire underperformers. Just a thought for the Trump administration.

In math, the U.S. ranked 40th in the world and 31st out of the 35 developed countries that provided data.

The decline in math proficiency isn’t the only subject that many American students are deficient in when compared to their peers around the world. In fact, when it comes to literacy and reading comprehension, the U.S. ranks just 17th out of 38 developed nations. I know a guy who runs a car dealership who is barely functional in his reading and writing. He would say his education was good enough. The truth is, his education is good enough to earn money and cheat his customers, but not good enough to be a responsible, thinking citizen capable of casting an intelligent vote. He has passed his attitudes on to wife and kids...

Ah, but we're talking about Common Core and not about some cheating car salesman.

It is ironic that the individuals who demand states pass laws to force businesses to increase their minimum wages to $15 per hour are most often the same individuals who have the lowest literacy rates, and the lowest skill levels in being able to provide real value to businesses from their labor. In the end the root cause of America’s lack of literacy and problem-solving skills does not appear to reside primarily with these individuals themselves, but with the ‘experts’ who are supposed to be the most educated and who have used our children for decades as social experiments to the detriment of the entire future of the country.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Great 21st Century Migration

The US has kept big yearly numbers for immigration in the past few years -- through Obama's term. But that was and still is, part of the larger game to destroy white hegemony and a constitutional government that can't work for everybody just because no persons of color were in charge when the original document was written.

As I'm sure you've heard, the numbers of illegals are in the millions and they are unaccountable -- which drives people nuts because of the lack of associated tax collection, wages being sent back to Mexico and not recirculated back into the economy (it's a global economy now, man, get yer head screwed on straight), disease -- remember the Ebola scare? -- and also to varying degrees because of a perceived threat from Islamist terrorists. Crazed fanatics at the border literally dying to be in America. Exploding with happiness.

Yes, you know what? The public responded with the election of Donald Trump. He's the guy who talks openly about a wall. Because of it, he's been deemed a racist and an enemy of the globalists. Yet the Democrats have made a public spectacle of themselves, exposing their modus operandi and dirty tricks and nasty temper tantrums for the entire world to see. While it makes for fine television viewing, it's not a very well-thought out strategy, in my estimation.

You know, when you think about illegal immigration, you think about cartel thugs, gardeners and landscapers, men who work in the heat of the day, and nannies and those guys that came to repair my roof after the big hail storm, but that's about it because that's how the media portrays immigrants to the public. They're either the baddest of the bad, like Scarface, or a young man dressed like a cowboy, or a woman with a baby. Remember the Super Bowl ad of the Hispanic lady and her child? Did it tug at your heartstrings? It's okay if it did because it was designed that way.

On the other hand, if you call them undocumented workers, you think about the numbers of people. It's not so personal that way. From the stats, you can see most are starting from the bottom up. These folks are laborers, mostly unskilled; they are dirt poor, uneducated, unsophisticated, and likely feel they have nothing to lose. A night in the pokey, a sandwich with a bag of chips, probably Doritos, and a free ride back across the border is no big deal.

That's the usual course for our neighbors from the south.

And maybe it's not a big deal. After all, Jorge Ramos said this week the US (the Southwest? Texas? California? Arizona and New Mexico?) already belonged to Mexico. Huh? Well, the idea is to erase the border and allow sovereignty to fade away as well. Mexico, the US, and Canada would merge into a socialist union. That's the progressive goal.

What the almighty powers are not telling us (because we are the great unwashed) is why is it so important to uproot people from their homes in the Middle East and Africa (Syria, et al) through wars of our own making and then transplant them by the millions into Europe, Scandinavia, and North America? Bear in mind, for years and years, these same folks referred to the US as the Great Satan. We don't see Saudi Arabia opening its arms to its fellow Arabs. Why not? Because they are calling the shots and they don't want all the human refuse either.

Perhaps the deep reason is to intentionally mix bloodlines, to mix races with the intent of what, exactly? Is the idea to permanently remove social discrimination by making everyone look more like one another?

Maybe. I don't get Illuminati email updates, so I can't be sure. An anthropology professor once told me that to get rid of war, populations had to be mixed. He was partly right, I think, in the sense that it would be hard to bomb folks you know, but Americans have done it before. The professor's idea was that the increase of new DNA should be brought into a society via the use of an exchange program where women volunteer to repatriate and inter-marry, thus the addition of the new bloodlines are subtle. A massive immigrant program such as we are witnessing is likely to be designed to destabilize society by causing a strain on resources as well as an in-your-face culture-to-culture facedown.

It's not really a matter of having compassion for others. Rather, it is a common sense desire for protection against outsiders and peoples whose cultures are very different. The media, as usual, has not been honest in its reporting on why the Great Migration of the 21st Century is happening because the nasty secret is that world destabilization is the goal. Out of the following conflagration will emerge... what? Something better? Fat chance.

Whitney's Gin

Before the introduction of the mechanical cotton gin, cotton required considerable effort to clean and separate the fibers from the seeds. With Eli Whitney’s introduction of “teeth” in his cotton gin to comb out the cotton and separate the seeds, cotton became a tremendously profitable business, creating many fortunes in the Antebellum South. New Orleans, Mobile, Charleston and Galveston became major shipping ports, deriving substantial economic benefit from cotton raised throughout the South. Additionally, the expanded supply of cotton created strong demand for textile machinery and improved machine designs that replaced wooden parts with metal. This led to the invention of many more machine tools in the early 19th century.

The invention of the cotton gin caused massive growth in the production of cotton in the United States, concentrated mostly in the South. Cotton production expanded from 750,000 bales in 1830 to 2.85 million bales in 1850. As a result, the South became even more dependent on plantations and slavery, with plantation agriculture becoming the largest sector of the Southern economy. While it took a single slave about ten hours to separate a single pound of fiber from the seeds, a team of two or three slaves using a cotton gin could produce around fifty pounds of cotton in just one day. The number of slaves rose in concert with the increase in cotton production, increasing from around 700,000 in 1790 to around 3.2 million in 1850. By 1860, the Southern states were providing two-thirds of the world’s supply of cotton, and up to 80% of the crucial British market. The cotton gin thus “transformed cotton as a crop and the American South into the globe's first agricultural powerhouse, and – according to many historians – was the start of the Industrial Revolution".

Eli Whitney, cotton Gin Inventor
According to the Eli Whitney Museum website:

Whitney (who died in 1825) could not have foreseen the ways in which his invention would change society for the worse. The most significant of these was the growth of slavery. While it was true that the cotton gin reduced the labor of removing seeds, it did not reduce the need for slaves to grow and pick the cotton. In fact, the opposite occurred. Cotton growing became so profitable for the planters that it greatly increased their demand for both land and slave labor. In 1790 there were six slave states; in 1860 there were 15. From 1790 until Congress banned the importation of slaves from Africa in 1808, Southerners imported 80,000 Africans. By 1860 approximately one in three Southerners was a slave.

Due to its inadvertent effect on American slavery, the invention of the cotton gin is frequently cited as one of the ultimate causes of the American Civil War.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Do you ever have the feeling you are being watched?
By the federal government?

Gone Rogue

Government employees swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

Intelligence workers are no different.

And yet former CIA counterterrorism officer and former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kiriakou writes:

One of the things that most observers don’t understand is that the CIA will do anything – anything – to survive. All CIA officers are taught to lie. They lie all the time, about everything, to everybody. And they justify it by trying to convince themselves that they are doing it in the national interest, for national security. From my very first day in the CIA, it was drilled into me, as it is into every other employee, that “the primary mission is to protect the Agency.” That was the mantra.

Indeed, the CIA has gone rogue.

The NSA as well.

Speaking of rogue government employees, John McCain, senator from Arizona, claims to be a Republican but has never seen a liberal policy he did not like.

Like Obama, McCain's credentials are questionable.
John McCain was the primary opposition to the Senate Select Committee on POWs. In a bizarre twist, he bitterly opposed any attempt to rescue any other POWs. This is very strange since John McCain was himself a POW.
The POWs that might have been rescued and would have been able to give testimony about the 32 propaganda tapes that John McCain made for the communists while in Viet Nam. The 32 propaganda tapes are still "classified" so no one can see them.

Vietnam Veterans Against McCain
Vietnam Veterans call John McCain a collaborator. Additionally, McCain says he would keep our soldiers in Iraq for 100 years. Would he also leave any prisoners there for the rest of their lives? Whose side is this guy on?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

It's Not Alive, Is It?

In the future, robots will have civil rights as well as the right of representation.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Alien Covenant

A new movie in the Alien series is coming out and it looks to be a good one with lots of bizarre alien surprises and edge of your seat thrills. Can't wait for Alien Covenant -- coming up for release in May, I think.

Somewhere, I got the idea that the original sequel and subsequent back story for the Alien movie franchise had a more biblical basis. Allow me to explain.

If you recall, in the last installment, Prometheus, we discovered an ancient race of super-beings, referred to hereafter as The Engineers, seeded the Earth with DNA. Voila! Via genetic engineering controlled by aliens, all life on Earth is formed. Why would they do such a thing? The audience doesn't know, but it is certainly a case of "because they could." I mean, they're super-beings, so why not?

A new crew -- fresh meat.
 As the story progresses, our heroes find themselves led to LV-223, a distant moon in orbit around a planet light-years fro Earth. Holy cow! It's a biological weapons stockpile! The mystery unfolds and the scientists conclude an outbreak of weaponized, nasty, black and sticky stuff killed all the super beings (who, by the way, look kinda like Nephilim but no wings) save for one who happened to sleep through it all. I know, it's hokey, but hang in there. On top of it all, we are told something happened two thousand years ago that caused the super beings to target Earth -- Humanity -- but before they could turn xenomorphs loose on the planet, they had their own little accident. Oops.

So why were The Engineers set to kill off humanity? Could it be that two thousand years ago one of them broke faith and went to Earth to offer salvation and knowledge? Indeed, that was the role of the original Prometheus. Perhaps it was a breakaway Engineer who arranged for the "accident" at the LV-223 weapons facility.

Is the Prometheus super being character actually Jesus? There's your two thousand year tie-in. I doubt whether Ridley Scot or James Cameron would complete that story, and yet stranger tales have been told.

We already know the next Alien film is to be Alien: Covenant with a release date of oh my look at that! It's today! [Edit: I am utterly wrong on this -- it's May 19th for the release date] According to IDMB, Covenant concerns the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. They discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

I don't have a clue how Covenant will fit with Prometheus except what I've seen from the trailers and now I must wait for some fool to record it in a movie theater and then put the results on a torrent so that I may accomplish my sci-fi marketing research. Uh-huh.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat"

The phrase "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad" is a phrase spoken by Prometheus in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Masque of Pandora" (1875).

Folie à deux

It's more fun to go crazy together.
Folie à deux (French for "madness of two") is a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another. The same syndrome shared by more than two people may be called folie à trois, folie à quatre, folie en famille or even folie à plusieurs ("madness of many"). Recent psychiatric classifications refer to the syndrome as shared psychotic disorder and induced delusional disorder, although the research literature largely uses the original name. This disorder is not in the current DSM (DSM-5). The disorder was first conceptualized in 19th-century French psychiatry by Charles Lasègue and Jean-Pierre Falret and so also known as Lasègue-Falret Syndrome.

The syndrome is most commonly diagnosed when the two or more individuals concerned live in proximity and may be socially or physically isolated and have little interaction with other people.

Various sub-classifications of folie à deux have been proposed to describe how the delusional belief comes to be held by more than one person.

Folie imposée is where a dominant person (known as the 'primary', 'inducer' or 'principal') initially forms a delusional belief during a psychotic episode and imposes it on another person or persons (known as the 'secondary', 'acceptor' or 'associate') with the assumption that the secondary person might not have become deluded if left to his or her own devices. If the parties are admitted to hospital separately, then the delusions in the person with the induced beliefs usually resolve without the need of medication.

Folie simultanée describes either the situation where two people considered to suffer independently from psychosis influence the content of each other's delusions so they become identical or strikingly similar, or one in which two people "morbidly predisposed" to delusional psychosis mutually trigger symptoms in each other.

Folie à deux and its more populous cousins are in many ways a psychiatric curiosity. The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states that a person cannot be diagnosed as being delusional if the belief in question is one "ordinarily accepted by other members of the person's culture or subculture" (see entry for delusion). It is not clear at what point a belief considered to be delusional escapes from the folie à... diagnostic category and becomes legitimate because of the number of people holding it. When a large number of people may come to believe obviously false and potentially distressing things based purely on hearsay, these beliefs are not considered to be clinical delusions by the psychiatric profession and are labeled instead as mass hysteria.

Not least of which is that progressivism is a mental illness
Reports have stated that a similar phenomenon to folie à deux had been induced by the military incapacitating agent BZ in the late 1960s.

In the case of twin sisters Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, Ursula ran into the path of an oncoming articulated lorry, sustaining severe injuries. Sabina then immediately duplicated her twin's actions by stepping into the path of an oncoming car; both sisters survived the incident. It was later claimed that Sabina Eriksson was a 'secondary' sufferer of folie à deux, influenced by the presence or perceived presence of her twin sister, Ursula – the 'primary'. Sabina later told an officer at the police station, "We say in Sweden that an accident rarely comes alone. Usually at least one more follows – maybe two." However, upon her release from the hospital, Sabina behaved erratically before stabbing a man to death.

Another case involved Margaret and her husband Michael, both aged 34 years, who were discovered to be suffering from folie à deux when they were both found to be sharing similar persecutory delusions. They believed that certain persons were entering their house, spreading dust and fluff and "wearing down their shoes". Both had, in addition, other symptoms supporting a diagnosis of emotional contagion, which could be made independently in either case.

The 2011 independent film Apart depicts two lovers affected and diagnosed with induced delusional disorder, trying to uncover a mysterious and tragic past they share. In a 2011 interview, director Aaron Rottinghaus stated the film is based on research from actual case studies.

In 2016, a case involving a family of 5 in Australia made headlines when they abruptly fled their home and traveled more than 1,600 km because some of the family had become convinced someone was out to kill and rob them. No such evidence was found by the police.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

People don’t dislike being tricked, they hate realizing they were tricked. Tell lies that cannot or will not be investigated, compulsive lying is the purview of the histrionic fool. -- Machiavelli