Tab Content
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 AM
    In the market, if you try to sell a product for which there is no demand, you will find yourself unable to make any profit. Soon enough, you will no longer be able to pay the light bill, rent, payroll, and you will be forced to shutter your business. A sad story for your dream boutique but this is actually a happy story for the rest of us. It's good news even for people like environmentalists... the more wasteful businesses in existence, the more literal junk is being produced and the more the earth is being polluted. Economists term this market discipline. No one has to punish bad business ideas for being bad. No law has to be passed or enforced. Spontaneous, distributed action brings about this discipline without any single individual intending it. Inflation is the great enemy of market discipline because it relieves the commercial interests who are cuddled up to the central bank or its cronies in the commercial banks of the harsh reality of market discipline. Unlike legal discipline, market discipline is absolutely dispassionate, absolutely impartial and absolutely merciless. Another analogy of market discipline can be seen in Nature. The various species of life are not regulated by some wise, all-knowing, all-powerful central planner. Rather, they are in equilibrium by virtue of the forces of scarcity in Nature. When food supplies drop, populations dwindle. The landscape of life is altered and it either replenishes when resources become available again or the axe of the evolutionary executioner swings down upon the neck of a species and it goes extinct, freeing up the resources that were once controlled by its genes to be controlled by other, different genes. Unlike domesticated life, wildlife is subject to natural laws that are absolutely dispassionate, absolutely impartial and absolutely merciless. Yet another analogy of market discipline (and Nature) can be found in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 11 contains an almost completely self-contained and thorough description of the covenant that God made with the Israelites: obey me and remain faithful to me, not worshiping other gods, and I will bless you... disobey me and turn away to worship other gods and you will be punished, invaded and scattered to the four winds. Very black and white. While this covenant was ultimately administered by the all-seeing, all-knowing Creator, it was in effect administered through the vagaries of history -- plagues, famines, invasions by foreign powers, and so on. "Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" is the closest thing in human relations to "nature red in tooth and claw." Insomuch as God is held to be just and perfect, his administration of the Old Covenant must be seen to be absolutely dispassionate, absolutely impartial and, since salvation was not possible through animal sacrifice, absolutely merciless. Modern Western culture is a creature of thousands of years of insulation from the long-run effects of unsustainable behaviors. After the Agricultural Revolution, humans expanded out of the Ancient Near East into Asia, Europe and, eventually, over to North America. Each expansion into new territory yielded a wealth of virgin natural resources. This cosmically improbable chain of fortuitous historical accidents relieved humanity, especially in the Westward expansion, from the accumulated consequences of mad social and political structures. At every turn, humanity has been able to escape the hard discipline of resource-constraints that other animals must live under. The closest we have been to equilibrium under constrained resources was during tribal life in the African savanna, before the Agricultural Revolution. Since then, human history has been an almost uninterrupted orgy of plundering virgin resources and moving on to the next frontier. It is not difficult to see that human life on this planet is in the most precarious imaginable position. Nature has at least a million ways to wipe us out without experiencing so much as a...
    0 replies | 62 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    I didn't know that The Sun employs mediums for communicating with the dead... interesting.
    472 replies | 19771 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 09:53 PM
    China's official, published internment and execution numbers are more believable than the Fed's inflation numbers.
    5 replies | 1060 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 04:58 PM
    Duct-tape banana-art starter kit:
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-08-2019, 04:20 PM
    Sun: Jeffrey Epstein co-pilot reveals paedo had ‘underage’ stewardesses dressed as ‘sexy nurses’ on private jet I'm not a fan of these click-bait articles and I have only posted this here to make the following points. The lapdog media is working overtime at full-tilt to spin this story into a narrative about a solitary billionaire pervert and maybe a few of his close, inner-circle buddies who happened to be rich and powerful but, otherwise, had only one real interest in common: underage girls. So, we will get really in-depth coverage of a creepy foam-mattress floor and underage girls in candy-striped adult wear, and so on. The true purpose of this titillating coverage is to intensify the focus onto Epstein alone and maybe a handful of his pervert friends. The idea is to show how opulently Epstein himself lived and use this focus to "radio jam" the public's interest in how he was able to pay for all of that opulence, that is, what purpose it served beyond his own gratification. I don't know how to put this but it is my view that we're on the verge of going "down the rabbit hole", in the truly mental aspect of that phrase. We're being led to believe that there are eyewitnesses just now coming out of the woodwork but this is obviously false since Epstein was already investigated, tried, jailed, etc. when he was first caught in the 2005-2008 era. Wiki says, "federal officials had ... identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, whom Epstein had sexually abused" at that time. So now we're supposed to believe that all of these victims stepping forward to be interviewed are having their "MeToo" moment when, in fact, the justice system has known about what happened to them for more than a decade and did jack squat about it in terms of actually holding the perpetator(s) accountable. I've watched a flurry of news on this since Epstein's death and I can't remember who said it but it was to the effect that Epstein's 2008 deal is beyond belief, that nobody is rich enough to pull off a sweetheart deal like that, the federal government is more than capable of taking down a billionaire if they're guilty of mass sexual crimes as Epstein was. This is really the heart of the matter and it's where the focus needs to remain even as the media tries to spin this story to be all about Epstein in order to bury it with him. There's no way in hell that Epstein was abusing all these girls on his own. No amount of money could have allowed him to purchase his way out of the crimes that federal investigators knew he was guilty of (and didn't even bother bringing charges against him on). The entire weight of the federal justice system came to bear on him and he walked away with a literal slap on the wrist. From the more believable personal accounts and descriptions of Epstein, it sounds like he was not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree (except at doing the one thing he did best: grooming little girls for a life of prostitution). So, the "mastermind billionaire puppeteer" theory where Epstein hatched and implemented some devious plan to escape charges by getting dirt on cops, judges, etc. also doesn't work. The only explanation that actually makes sense is that Epstein was plugged into a much larger network that includes official intelligence agencies with the ability to turn the ship of State this way and that way. Did the dirt that Epstein was generating play a role in keeping the network protected? Doubtless. But no amount of money and no amount of criminal sex tapes could protect a network like this from being taken down if it did not have well-placed guardian angels at the highest official levels of the State -- that means intelligence agencies and the only boss they acknowledge... the sitting executive(s). Does any serious-minded adult believe that federal investigators came to know of 36 girls abused by Epstein, some as young as 14, and did not think to take the opportunity to penetrate the network and flip it into a...
    472 replies | 19771 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    1 replies | 89 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 09:54 PM
    BS "modern art" = money laundering Nothing to see here, move along...
    9 replies | 164 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-07-2019, 09:51 PM
    I, for one, am glad that Trump has taken care of all the various major problems in the United States since 2016 and now all that's left for him to do in this term is tidy up a few old regulations on toilets and what-not. What a great feeling!
    48 replies | 692 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-06-2019, 03:10 PM
    I'd call that an oxy-moron...
    15 replies | 993 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-05-2019, 12:08 AM
    Now that Epstein has apparently died, I have renewed interest in the case. As long as he was (officially) alive, there was no reason to believe his network had actually been shut down... that is to say, he (and/or his handlers) still had enough strings to pull to keep a known pedophile out of prison, so the dirt-machine was still operational. Now, however, it's clear that the network that he and Maxwell built (under the umbrella of unknown actors with the real kind of power that makes running criminal rings like this possible) has been completely shut down although it remains to be seen how many real consequences are going to come out of the whole affair. The spin doctors are spinning like tops and the entire Establishment's cover-up machine is running in high gear. Like any non-psychopathic human being, I hope they completely fail and all the bad actors are held accountable. But even in the best case scenario, the guilty in this whole affair will be subjected to merely human justice. Human justice is as unlike divine justice as a guppy is different from a fully-grown Great White Shark. So, I thought it's worthwhile to take a look at the Epstein network through the lens of spiritual truth. A recent Twitter post shows a large chunk of the known facts about the Epstein network. Most of these facts are merely suggestive. If this were a mob investigation, for example, most of the individuals on the poster would be scheduled for an interview with a detective, not as suspects, but in order to get a more detailed picture of the specific nature of the network... who was going where, when, how often, and so on. Using probabilistic inference (not suitable for legal indictments but extremely useful in ascertaining the general picture of what was almost certainly going on in the Epstein network), we can surmise that the Epstein network was a large, cross-border network of child prostitution camouflaged behind ordinary prostitution and utilizing cover of shadowy actors with detailed knowledge of how, when and where to get away with breaking the law in such a way as to avoid attention or scrutiny from mundane law enforcement agencies. The purpose of the network was not merely to satiate its clients specific sexual appetites, it was also to build dossiers on wealthy and powerful individuals that could then be used to blackmail them or, even better, their families. Prince Andrew appears to have been a "big fish" who was caught early on and compelled to do the bidding of Epstein and Maxwell on pain of having the entire royal family reeled into the scandal. That Andrew is being thrown to the wolves is not the result of any crimes he committed at one of Epstein's parties but, rather, in his having mismanaged the whole situation so badly that it is now bruising the reputation of the royal family. The royals don't often turn on their own blood but he should definitely avoid driving through tunnels just to be safe.
    0 replies | 108 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 09:05 PM
    Twitter users have assembled an enormous map of Epstein's social connections Reminds me a bit of Nash's office in A Beautiful Mind. Hopefully, it will be of some use in holding the Establishment media accountable to stop spinning this story and trying to turn it into a "water under the bridge" narrative now that Epstein is dead. The Epstein/Maxwell network was enormous. They were doing a lot of illegal stuff and many of the wealthiest and most powerful people from all over the globe were involved. I don't buy the narrative that the public can't handle full disclosure, that it would "cause mayhem". I don't give a damn if Mother Theresa herself was involved, the names and detailed charges need to be fully disclosed and the manhunt needs to get underway. Millions or billions of eyes looking for the guilty will be far more effective in catching them and bringing them to justice than a few dozen special assignment detectives in some obscure FBI office. Stop treating this case with kid gloves. The truth hurts but sometimes pain is the only path to catharsis.
    472 replies | 19771 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 09:05 PM
    OK, thanks. Somehow I missed this when scanning the top threads. I'll shift my updates over there.
    3 replies | 109 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 08:35 PM
    I expect I may be posting frequent updates on this developing story. Rather than spamming the board with blow-by-blow updates, I'll post them to this thread... feel free to respond here. Twitter users have assembled an enormous map of Epstein's social connections Reminds me a bit of Nash's office in A Beautiful Mind. Hopefully, it will be of some use in holding the Establishment media accountable to stop spinning this story and trying to turn it into a "water under the bridge" narrative now that Epstein is dead. The Epstein/Maxwell network was enormous. They were doing a lot of illegal stuff and many of the wealthiest and most powerful people from all over the globe were involved. I don't buy the narrative that the public can't handle full disclosure, that it would "cause mayhem". I don't give a damn if Mother Theresa herself was involved, the names and detailed charges need to be fully disclosed and the manhunt needs to get underway. Millions or billions of eyes looking for the guilty will be far more effective in catching them and bringing them to justice than a few dozen special assignment detectives in some obscure FBI office. Stop treating this case with kid gloves. The truth hurts but sometimes pain is the only path to catharsis.
    3 replies | 109 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 03:09 PM
    Trump is "them". Predictably, he's been among the most pro-inflation Presidents in US history. As a creature of Wall Street, he sees it as "juicing the market" ... and that's always a good idea for somebody like him.
    5 replies | 1060 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 02:59 PM
    Footage of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world (if it exists) having sex with underage prostitutes would be invaluable -- it would have to be measured in countries, not dollars. If this theory is correct, Epstein's money wasn't really his own, it was just a budget that he was allocated to generate intelligence having vastly larger, political (non-economic) value. I don't consider this theory to be proven based on the available evidence but it certainly isn't contradicted by the evidence and I'm oh-so-suspicious as to why the Establishment media is so eager to have us buy this narrative about a solitary, pedophile sex-addict (a narrative that clearly isn't true).
    15 replies | 993 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 12:33 AM
    Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were spies who used underage sex to blackmail politicians, ‘ex-handler’ claims I know that none of this is really new material but I think it's an explosive angle on the whole story. The spin-machine is spinning like crazy -- even recruiting victims of the very trafficking ring itself! -- to make this out to be about "Jeffrey Epstein was a very sick man who was addicted to sex with underage girls and he had Maxwell out there scouting for girls to bring back for massages/sex because of the big black hole inside of him that could never be filled no matter how much sex he had." So, here's the "official" story: - Epstein somehow mysteriously became a billionaire all of a sudden - Was also a pedophile sex addict - Realized he had unlimited cash to spend on his addiction - So he just partied behind close doors and had Maxwell combing the globe to add more and more underage girls to his harem
    15 replies | 993 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 12:03 AM
    Yes. You think they have any natural shame or sensible fear? They have none.
    5 replies | 782 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 09:53 PM
    Apparently, Epstein was part of a secretive "global suicide ring" and his suicide has triggered the first of many more to come: Jeffrey Epstein’s Private Banker at Deutsche & Citi Found Swinging From a Rope; Executive ‘Suicide’ Before FBI Questioned Him </sarcasm, in case it wasn't obvious>
    5 replies | 112 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 09:11 PM
    Reminds me of that Rob Zombie song (not everybody's forte, I know), The Lords of Salem: "God hates the Lords of Salem, no can ever save them; God hates the Lords of Salem, no one can destroy them." The more I contemplate the architecture of this horror-show we call Earth, the more I realize that these people in power are the literal bones and sinews of hell itself. I'm not saying we're in hell (we're not), but I think these people already are in a sort of living hell and I think they're actually quite aware of that fact. They spew hatred out into the world because they are projecting the misery that is in their own souls. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." (Matthew 23:27) The Pharisees. The Lords of Salem. The undying children of hell. May God soon deliver us from this house of horror.
    5 replies | 112 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 08:42 PM
    Me: *clicks on YouTube* "Hmmm, I wonder what is on the Interwebz today..." YouTube: "Here watch this video about Epstein/Maxwell accuser Virginia whatever-her-name" (below) Me: "OK, YouTube, challenge accepted..." *a few minutes go by...* "wait, what is this crap?" *skips ahead* "Oh no, my ears are bleeding, my brain is leaking out of my eye sockets! This entire video is so astroturfed I can literally taste old gym socks." If I hear the word "trafficked" one more time out of the mouth of any Epstein accuser... I don't even know what. It's starting to piss me off. Virginia -- if that is your real name -- what I expect to hear from someone who has years of first-hand, inner-circle experience with a criminal mastermind operating an extensive global pedophile prostitution network with impunity is something like this: "I first met Ghislaine when blah blah blah and I was having a bad year in school and so I was kind of distant from my parents and vulnerable but my friend said Ghislaine was super chill and there's nothing to worry about and so I felt like this was my way out of a bad home situation. What I didn't realize was that I was going from bad to worse. Ghislaine is a _____, she manipulated us by __________. She and Epstein enforced order by _______. They kept us from talking by ______. There was this one time that someone was like 'hey, isn't she a little young?' and they were like, 'No, no, she just looks young for her age, right dear? Oh look at that big red fire truck over there! Go be distracted now and stop talking about our criminal goings on.' And then they all laughed." And so on.
    5 replies | 112 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 06:56 PM
    Government, Money, and International Politics is one of my favorite Hoppe pieces (he has so many excellent pieces that it can be hard to choose). In it, he gives a succinct and extremely exact description of monetary imperialism -- why it exists, how it came into being and what its ultimate aims are. When the central banking system is first correctly understood as a system of monetary imperialism, it can feel like "the scales have fallen from my eyes." Prior to going off the gold standard in 1971, the world economy was operating under the Bretton-Woods system. Hoppe explains the nature of monetary imperialism in this system: The insidiousness of this system is easy to miss. The purchasing power of the US dollar does not decline pro rata to the monetary expansion that the German central bank is compelled to accept because the German central bank will not be spending these dollars anywhere. The German central bank acts as a "dollar black-hole" and the Fed throws some "money" into that black-hole in order to "purchase" a Mercedes. One Mercedes is shipped from Germany and nothing of value (a German central bank ledger balance holding "dollars" that cannot be re-spent has no value) goes to Germany. In order to "balance accounts" between the US dollar and DM, the German central bank expands its money supply pro rata to the US expansion by issuing new money. This allows the German government to rip off its citizens again. Note that the German central bank is capable of printing money without US monetary expansion to "back" its expansion. But when the German central bank expands its money supply in unison with the US central bank, this basically allows the US to "export" its inflation onto Germany. And that is the crux of monetary imperialism as it existed during the Bretton-Woods era. Hoppe goes on:
    5 replies | 1060 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 06:18 PM
    It's not that simple. Property is itself a human construct. The propertarian conception of "property as an exercise in slicing up space and time into absolute, error-free units of containment and ownership" is attractive but fails to capture the essence of what property is. Under no conditions should automated machines be taking human life. We allow a certain amount of possibility of injury to be built into certain structures (e.g. barbed-wire topped fence) but we also place a lot of restrictions on these kinds of things so that the public space doesn't get transformed into some kind of booby-trapped hell on earth. The real criterion of how far one's property rights extend in this direction is liability. Parking garages sometimes use directional spikes to enforce entrance/exit. These spikes work well (legally and practically) for several reasons. First, while they can cause mechanical failure of a car's tires, they are unlikely to injure a human being, even if they walk on the spikes (they're not sharp, they just puncture vehicle tires due to the weight of the car). Second, the amount of damage done is, at most, in the low thousands of dollars (a new set of tires). Even if the vehicle driver somehow managed to sue and win, the damages awarded would not be very much. Which makes it unlikely that anybody would try to sue in the first place (although, knowing our litigious population, I'm sure somebody somewhere has tried). In short, the individual who implements some kind of automatic mechanism for destroying property or causing injury is taking on himself or herself legal liability for all the potential consequences of this mechanism's operation. It may feel very propertarian for corporations to use androids to defend their property. But what is overlooked is that corporations are, already, "agency amplifiers". That is, corporations obtain a surplus of legal rights vis-a-vis ordinary citizens by virtue of creating a fictional "person" who can, supposedly be "injured". This is one of the reasons that the rise of corporatism has been coincidental with the demise of genuine free market, which is the opposite of what conservative economists have believed and predicted would happen, since almost a century ago. Conservatives and/or libertarians need to realize that AI and robotics are the ultimate agency amplifier. "You injured my robot and he's going to sue you! (That is, I'm going to file a lawsuit on his behalf but make it sound like you injured a living person)." This kind of nonsense is only the beginning of woes. Soon enough, humanity is going to find itself enslaved not by a gun-wielding Skynet, but by a briefcase-toting VIKI. Sound crazy? So did a music player that could hold more than 1,000 CDs that was the size of a credit card... before the invention of the iPod. It's coming, like it or not and I would issue a general caution to conservatives and libertarians to take care what you blindly cheer on.
    10 replies | 772 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    12-02-2019, 08:54 PM
    Yeah, that legal argument is going to go out the window the moment the mega-corps start deploying humanoid robot security guards. "The robot acted in defense of itself, which is sentient ACME Corp. property and, as such, has the same intrinsic value as human life, your Honor. Of course, we are sad that Mr. Smith made the wrong choice to trespass on ACME property and threaten ACME personnel but he would have been treated exactly the same way by an armed human security guard in the same situation." Next stop: Skynet...
    10 replies | 772 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 09:18 PM
    It would be funny if it wasn't so terrible... they literally appeal to the "who are you to judge?" argument whenever the conflict-of-interest in allowing a private bank with the power to print money to audit itself is pointed out. My response is that, as a follower of Jesus, I do not judge them. In their shoes, I might do exactly as they have done, who knows. But that doesn't change the fact that printing money is theft from all holders of cash balances. Inflation is a maximally regressive tax. It hits the poor (and not just those on fixed incomes!) the hardest because they have very little or no access to the financial instruments that allow upper middle-class and wealthy individuals to escape a lot of the burden of inflation. There is a term in AGI research called reward hacking and I think that is how a Martian would view central banking while examining the human economy. Central bank monetary expansion is, with respect to an otherwise ordinary economy, a lot like directly stimulating dopamine in the brain through drug-inducement. This territory has already been covered many times but I think it's important to continue to emphasize that the comparison of inflation to substance-abuse by an alcoholic or drug-addict is more than just a metaphor. The economy is quite literally addicted to the "thrill" and "excitement" that is made possible (temporarily) by cash injections into the economy. Like any addict, the long-run, destructive effects are ignored until the hangover and, at that point, the addict goes into "the universe is conspiring against me and everyone hates me"-mode. In short, the addict's hangover (economic crash) is everybody else's fault and cannot be the result of the addict's own bad behavior (printing cash like they're going to make it rain).
    11 replies | 254 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 01:31 PM
    A detailed breakdown (warning: strong language, possibly offensive images): To be blunt, I had pretty much exactly the same mental reactions when watching the original video of this interview the first time. However, I consciously dismissed most of them based on the principle of charity -- someone who is nervous under questioning can often be nervous for reasons other than the ones we suppose. This is all the more true of someone with a lot of publicly-visible duties, as Andrew had at the time of the interview (he has since been stripped of all royal duties). If his aim in giving this interview was to deceive the public, he bombed it in a spectacularly bad way. I've known several liars in my own personal life who could have given a performance a hundred times more convincing than this. Although he appears to be guilty as sin, until there is actual evidence of wrong-doing, we're just trafficking in speculation. At worst, the most we know for sure he has done wrong is cavorting with a convicted pedophile. Of course, that's insanely bad judgment for someone occupying countless positions requiring a spotless public reputation. But, in itself, it proves no wrong or illegal conduct on Andrew's part. The tale he is telling, here, is that he was simply passing through Epstein's orbit like many other rich and powerful people because Epstein was a super-connector of the rich and powerful (and it is true that Epstein was such a super-connector). Andrew's nervousness could be the result, not of any criminal wrong-doing while staying with Epstein, but the result of the realization of the stakes of this interview -- his $300k+ royal stipend and his hundreds of positions on the boards of charities (all income-generating). In fact, it seems to me that the only reason that Andrew would have taken this interview in the first place was due to an ultimatum from these very organizations (perhaps delivered through his brother or mother): clear your name on public television or GTFO. If that's the backstory, then Andrew's nervousness and guilty looks are about his association with Epstein, not necessarily about any nefarious goings on while staying at Epstein's properties.
    1 replies | 84 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 12:22 PM
    It might. But spiritual awareness will only grow in response to real facts, not whispers, rumors, suggestions and hyperbole. So far, we have the testimony of several women that have come forward about their personal experiences and it sounds like there was, indeed, a sizeable ring of illegal child prostitution being operated by Epstein and Maxwell (possibly on behalf of unknown third parties). This is a good start but I am always wary of these news stories that start out with a lot of suggestions about the scale and sweep of something, while only presenting a modest handful of eyewitnesses and photos of creepy art as evidence. There might be good reasons for this (perhaps most of the other victims have disappeared or died) but then there ought to be real evidence to back that up. And this is when we get into the spiritual vs. material problem... the investigators are typically only interested in prosecutable offenses. Now that the principal has died, most of this can no longer be prosecuted unless Maxwell is alive (which seems highly improbable to me) and they decide to bring charges against her. I do believe that God has a plan and that these things are happening for a reason... my hope is that human arrogance does not get in the way and derail everything...
    11 replies | 254 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 02:31 AM
    Good point. What I'm trying to point out is that I perceive a certain... preoccupation among the anti-cabal forces with certain kinds of crimes. Pedophilia is an awful crime and it occurs more than any of us would like to even think about. But the "pedo network" and "pizzagate" has the same smell to me as the Satanic panics of the 80's. To be clear, the working of Satan is through utter deception so it's not that these things don't exist and don't happen, it's that the attempt to "smash" Satan's world order with human tools (government, investigations, prison sentences, etc.) is futile. When you "zoom out" and look at the world order that Satan has built from a larger perspective, you will see immediately that the networks of control are far deeper, older and more entrenched, dispersed and insidious than a "global pedophile ring", as terrible as such a thing is (to whatever extent that it really exists). The seat of power on earth is and always has been in the priesthood, not the throne. When Jesus came to Earth, we don't have records of him combing the streets hunting down and exposing pedophiles (he might have, but the Gospel writers did not see fit to include this). Rather, he confronted the religious rulers of the day... and he denounced them as the children of the devil (John 8:44). The seat of Satan's power on earth is in the religious rulership. But spiritual wickedness also emanates from the heavens (Eph. 6) and this requires a spiritual understanding because pursuing evil in terms of purely earthly cause-and-effect (such as a police investigator would) will never get to the root of the problem. In the long run, nothing but the power of God in the end of all things will get to the root of the problem. But people who want to see God's justice restored on Earth as it once was in Eden must begin to look at the evils of the world in proper perspective. Getting obsessed with one particular evil (such as pedophilia) still just plays into the devil's hand. That's infuriating, of course, but it's the reality of how Satan operates. He's just happy to make this latest scandal all about a global pedophilia ring getting shut down. That's a perfectly manageable narrative. The deceptiveness of the devil is why we must be "wise as serpents" and harmless as doves.
    11 replies | 254 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 02:17 AM
    Absolutely. If I am closer to the truth than you are, then it follows that your beliefs are going to have to undergo more transformation than mine will. It can be emotionally difficult to have to process this reality for anyone who finds themselves holding a lot of beliefs that are very far from the truth. But it's possible for the determined individual to overcome this emotional hurdle through persistence. The (sadly widespread) view you are mentioning is "ideological egalitarianism" or, lilterally, equivocation -- all voices are equal with all others. But the very people who assert this most vehemently also tend to have very emotional and deeply-felt opposition to other, very specific ideas. For example, SJWs often expression deeply-felt opposition to neo-nazism. I share their opposition to neo-nazism (or any other flavor of nazism), but there is an important difference between me and the ideological egalitarian SJW -- I assert that the neo-nazis views are categorically false, whereas the SJW begins by asserting that "all voices are equal", then proceeds to have a nervous breakdown when the neo-nazis exercise their (supposedly equal) voices. This nervous breakdown is the inevitable result of trying to hold a logical impossibility to be the case -- that the voices of everyone are equal ("everyone" presumably includes neo-nazis) and the views of neo-nazis are objectively false. The rational perspective is that voices that assert falsehood are not equal to voices that assert truth (in respect to the specific assertions being made). Thus, all views and all voices are not equal. It is no mystery why the SJWs balk at rationalism, however, since a thorough-going commitment to rationalism and fact-based reasoning would eventually compel them to re-examine their own deeply-felt beliefs. This would cause a cascading meltdown in their social network which is based on groupthink enforced by collective shunning, rather than on rational thinking. The prospect of losing one's entire peer-group is terrifying to any normal human being. And so the system of control-and-feelings-based argumentation goes on...
    6 replies | 196 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 12:42 AM
    I don't think that matters to my point. Imagine a flat sheet of paper. At the center is a point labeled "T" for "Truth". Now, imagine two other points A, and B, anywhere else on the page, representing my opinion and your opinion. If I draw an arrow from A to T and you draw an arrow from B to T and we each proceed in the direction of T, we will necessarily draw closer to each other's points-of-view. This is the case even if I am closer to T than you are, or vice-versa. Lest anyone mistakenly conclude they are already at T, we can be sure that the only one who is at T is God himself. The trouble comes when I try to gauge how far you are from the truth and then construct an argument and frame the facts in a way that I think "overshoots" to the other side of T, thus supposedly "speeding" your approach to T. What happens in this case is that you, too, will try to gauge my distance from T and construct arguments and facts that "overshoot" to the other side of T in order to speed my approach to T. Instead of converging on T, we begin circling it. I don't know if this geometric analogy is the origin of the term "spin" but it's an apt description of what happens when we try to involve game-theory in discussions of truth, rather than just setting our compass due North and holding course.
    6 replies | 196 view(s)
  • ClaytonB's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 12:26 AM
    Well, it is going to be consumed with fire along with every other part of this world order, at the end of the Age. We are supposed to believe that the end is going to be deferred for a very long time. We'll see. In any case, there is more than one way to skin a cat. The doors of the Fed do not have to be actually shuttered in order to shut down the institution, in effect. In fact, this kind of "soft fade" as opposed to hard shutdown is often the most effective way to phase out defunct institutions. It is frequently employed in business for liquidation purposes. All the Fed's numbers are meaningless, made-up nonsense, anyway. But that sword cuts both ways -- since they're making up numbers anyway, there's no moral reason that the State shouldn't just put a gun to their heads and order them to keep publishing the same numbers while the printing presses are melted down for scrap and sound money established for the peace and prosperity of the citizenry. The Q-anon folks are pretty exercised about all the evil and corruption of Jeffrey Epstein. And that's pretty terrible stuff. But they're distracted from the real root of corruption: the Fed and its sister central banks all around the world, and their cronies in both business and government. Epstein is a kiddie pool of corruption compared to the ocean of corruption hiding in the global central banking system and all the unimaginable horrors attached to its gangrenous teats.
    11 replies | 254 view(s)
More Activity
About ClaytonB

Basic Information

Statistics


Total Posts
Total Posts
188
Posts Per Day
0.06
General Information
Last Activity
Today 10:06 AM
Join Date
10-30-2011
Referrals
0

11-30-2019


08-21-2019


02-04-2018


11-04-2017


No results to display...
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

12-08-2019


12-06-2019


12-04-2019


12-03-2019


12-02-2019


11-30-2019


11-27-2019


11-26-2019


11-24-2019


02-04-2018


01-21-2018


01-04-2018



Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast