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    Pet Shop Boys' On social media

    new four-track “Agenda”



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    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuNBJkLLnOs



    Bonus track !

    Give stupidity a chance


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    Rolling Eyes

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    Polar bears invade a Russian outpost.

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    Speaking weather in the Northwest ...
    Down in the Columbia Gorge (river) area to Portland ...

    HITCHHIKING OREGON IN WINTER (Crazy Experience)

    Gabriel Traveler

    "I had to hitchhike across Oregon (again) because the Greyhound bus was cancelled."

    Published on Feb 13, 2019

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    Mr. Sociopath Goes To Washington

    Authored by John Hunt MD via InternationalMan.com,

    "Natural laws are the laws that, if followed, promote the survival and thriving of humans. Natural laws are like laws of physics. We humans don’t write natural laws: we discover them. These contrast with civil laws that are written by humans. One of the natural laws is don’t initiate force or fraud against another person. Another is do what you agree to do. Adherence to natural law, by definition, promotes thriving of individuals and the human species. In contrast, defying natural law leads to distrust, war and death.


    "Sociopaths constitute from 1-3% of the population. Sociopaths are characterized by a disregard for the rights of others, a lack of empathy and lack of remorse, a willingness or eagerness to lie, no conscience, little impulse control or care about cause and effect, a desire to exploit others and to control them. They blame others when the faults are their own. They are narcissistic, defensive, manipulative, callous, hostile.

    How do sociopaths survive, then, living as they do in such defiance of natural law? The answer, I propose, is that sociopaths have written so many of the civil laws. They’ve been able to do so by finding an easy niche in the world of politics.

    Government holds the monopoly on the legal power to initiate force against the innocent.
    In other words, government has given itself the legal right to break natural law. Sociopaths live their lives defying natural law. You can see how politics (the control of government) is therefore a safe and attractive home for sociopaths.

    Normal people like to control how nature affects them. Normal people fight entropy, keep out the rain, put food in bellies, and by so doing create value in the world for themselves and others. Sociopaths are different. It’s not nature’s effects they try to control. Sociopaths like to control people. Worse, the distorted reward mechanism in their brains cause sociopaths to be neurologically incentivized to cause harm to other people. And how can one cause harm to people and get away with? Again: by gaining political power.

    In addition to their magnetic attraction to politics, sociopaths possess a set of strengths that help them be successful politicians. They can be charismatic, and are highly convincing liars. Lie about their political opponent? No problem. Lie about themselves? No problem. Perhaps bribe, extort, blackmail or kill a few people on the way up? No problem.

    Sociopaths are great liars who have a desire to control people. Politics is the nexus of both the sociopath’s strength and his desire. Republican or Democrat? Matters not. The sociopath can lie their way through any election.

    I wrote recently about the removal of neutral unbiased people from the climate science community through a process of multiple distillation, and how that could lead to laypeople receiving biased information regarding the very important issue of our shared climate. Such distillation and bias occur in many fields. Politics follows a comparable pattern of distillation, but one in which sociopaths become increasingly concentrated (distilled) within the halls of Congress (and state and local government too).

    This distillation of the political class into one dripping with sociopathy is accomplished through several layers.


    People desire to go into politics for many reasons. I will categorize them into five groups, the first four of which are all jerks:

    1. Category A politicians think they have the best answers. They think they are wiser, smarter, better than you. They seek power in order to institute their fixes. They will use threats of force and actual force (guns) to assure that you comply with their brilliance. In other words, as a matter of course, they are eager to use the very process that starts all wars—the initiation of force—as their way to accomplish their goals. Obama provided a good example with his compulsory medical insurance, but there are many others in the U.S. headlines regularly. Ocasio-Cortez fits into this category along with Bernie Sanders. The morality of these politicians is that their chosen ends justify the means.
    2. Category B politicians are sociopaths. They want to achieve power over others in order to parasitize off society or simply to cause destruction. There are multiple obvious examples like Hitler and Stalin and Pol Pot, and many others who are less blatant but constantly in the news vying for power over you. These people are immoral to the core. Sociopaths are quite at home in the toxic environment of the swamp, and I expect they swim in its lower depths as well—what is called the Deep State. They are chameleons. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. Fascists in socialist’s clothing. Thieves pretending to be concerned for the poor. They literally don’t care.
    3. Category C politicians believe government “service” to be a lucrative career financially, or a stepping stone to one. Such people are a waste of food.
    4. Category D politicians thrive on attention or think they will earn community respect through politics. They may be grandiose and narcissistic. Ideology is relatively unimportant.
    5. Category E politicians are the rarest breed. They seek power only to protect their freedom against the injuries caused by the previous four categories of politicians. They maintain hope that the political process might be useful to stop the bad politicians from wreaking havoc. Ron Paul is a good example.


    Most aspiring politicians fall into categories A-D. So the first massive distillation step occurs: most people who choose to run for office are the type of people who should not be given power.

    Category A politicians often justify lying, as needed, to accomplish their perceived greater good. In contrast, the sociopaths (category B) lie outright and need no justification to do so. They just do it. Stated with assurance and backed by the media, their lies gain the support of the uninformed, malinformed and ideologically disabled population, which then supports, contributes, and votes for them. Sociopaths out-lie the aspiring politicians from the other politician categories. This improves their election chances and concentrates their ranks further in the political sphere. This is the second distillation step that concentrates sociopaths in politics.

    Once successfully elected into the world of politics, the politician is immersed in a group of colleagues who are culled from among the various groups of political wannabes above—cocky narcissists, crony leeches, and sociopaths. They have to mingle and try to make agreements and compromises with these untrustworthy people. This may be a sociopath’s nirvana, but the good Category E politicians usually can’t endure such miasma for very long, and so are more than likely to flee the political swamp once they have maxed out their tolerance for those who live in it. This attrition removes most of the good guys and leaves mostly the jerks in politics.

    Although some flies and vermin from category C and D linger, politics becomes predominantly a battleground between Category A and Category B politicians: a battle between those who will force their will upon you vs. those who want to parasitize off you.

    Overall, we have a system that attracts and then concentrates the very worst sort of people into positions of power. Yes, we have an opportunity to vote them out of office, but over the decades, these people have been able to rig the system to reinforce their power. They now control the regulatory regimes, the criminal justice system, the medical system, the retirement system, and support the fiat monetary system. They feed the crony-state. Most importantly, they control the education-indoctrination complex. They nurture divisions along racial and class lines. They promote insane economic notions. They start wars. They take away freedom. They make the laws.

    It’s not a conspiracy. It’s simply what happens when we allow government to grow. Washington has grown until it has become intensely attractive to the worst sort of semi-human scum.


    Is it any wonder that Congress is despised? Is it any wonder that it is essentially impossible to obtain justice at the national level? Is it any wonder that government has become a threat to liberty instead of a protector of it? Is it any wonder that government defies the laws of nature?

    Government is a system that attracts the worst sort of people.
    And the effects of it are going to be bad, no matter what political party is running things. Relying on the political process to solve problems makes no sense and doesn’t work. Americans—regardless of party or priority—need to learn to solve each problem, not through the coercive mechanisms of government, but through voluntarycooperation of the people who choose to care about each problem. By using voluntary moral means to solve our problems, instead of relying on government, we will disempower the sociopaths and other jerks.

    Disempowering the jerks should be a goal anyone but a jerk can support.


    N.B.—In this commentary, I am collectivizing sociopaths into one group. But they are not all alike. We need to judge each sociopath individually, and I apologize in advance to any sociopath who has kept his proclivities in check.

    * * *

    Clearly, there are many strange things afoot in the world. Distortions of markets, distortions of culture. It’s wise to wonder what’s going to happen, and to take advantage of growth while also being prepared for crisis. How will you protect yourself in the next crisis? See our PDF guide that will show you exactly how. Click here to download it now.

    Source: zerohedge.com

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    Government by Emergency - #NewWorldNextWeek

    "Welcome back to New World Next Week – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy
    that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news" ...

    All news items link listed below youtube show notes

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    Published on Feb 14, 2019

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    From President Golfcart & Chief ...







    President Trump Has $50K 'Golf Simulator' at the White House —
    an Upgrade of One That Obama Put In: Report


    "The president reportedly installed a "golf simulator" at personal expense in the White House — and it's an upgrade of one President Obama used to have

    Adam Carlson
    February 13, 2019 03:50 PM

    President Donald Trump, a golf enthusiast unafraid of criticizing his predecessors for playing golf, installed a $50,000 “golf simulator” the size of an entire room at the White House, according to the Washington Post.

    The game is actually an upgrade of a previous system put in by former President Barack Obama, the Post reported on Wednesday.

    The paper describes Trump’s new system as “allow[ing] him to play virtual rounds at courses all over the world by hitting a ball into a large video screen.”

    An anonymous administration official told the Post that Trump paid for the golf simulator personally but had yet to use it. The system was installed in recent weeks in the White House’s personal quarters, according to the Post.

    A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE on Wednesday.

    A former Obama White House official confirmed to PEOPLE that Obama did have a golf simulator installed but “it wasn’t particularly fancy or high-tech.”

    The official did not provide more details about the game or Obama’s use of it.

    Trump has golfed often during his downtime while president, despite vocally criticizing Obama for the same. “I play golf to relax. My company is in great shape. @BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain,” he tweeted in 2011.

    According to the Post, Trump has played golf nearly twice as often annually as his predecessor — and at his own properties, fueling concerns from ethics watchdogs about the mixing of personal and business interests.

    Last month, in a disarming sign of disloyalty from within the White House, a Trump official official leaked 51 days of the president’s schedules from November to February showing that he spends hours each day in unstructured “executive time,” a concept that is distinct to his administration.

    Chafing at tight scheduling, Trump has preferred open-ended periods where he can mix favorite activities including watching cable news, tweeting and talking with friends, aides, reporters and lawmakers.

    “He’s always calling people,” an anonymous aide told the political website Axios, which first obtained the schedules.

    The aide added, “He’s always up to something; it’s just not what you would consider typical structure.”

    In a statement to Axios, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not dispute the authenticity of the schedules. She said Trump “has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves.”

    Days later, on Twitter, the president defended himself in even bolder terms: “No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!”

    As The New York Times reported in 2017, the Trump administration has often obscured the frequency with which Trump plays golf. And despite downplaying his time on the golf course, he has made no secret of it.

    Earlier this month, after more than two months away, he shared a photo of a game played with golfing legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. “Great morning at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida,” he wrote.

    Nearly five years earlier, in a swipe at frequent critic and fellow billionaire Mark Cuban, Trump tweeted: “I’ve won 18 Club Championships including this weekend. @mcuban swings like a little girl with no power or talent.”"


    Source: people.com

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