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  • Snowball's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:18 PM
    So.. back to the subject of this thread which is one of the many similar examples I've been discussing here. You admit zero, no role for the legislatures or the executive in market "interference", but at the same time you have to admit that the market interference is extreme. For example, economic so-called laws cannot happen any longer, as price discovery is gone the way of the dinosaur, when, for example, EBT cards buy the foodstuffs of close to half the population. These people do not pay for food, so if they do not pay for food, and have so many other supplementary ways of getting free food on top of the EBT cards, then how does freely-occurring inflation-deflation dynamics take place any longer? It does not. There is no adjustment to the consumer's ability to pay. The consumer's wallet becomes irrelevant because the consumer is the government that just borrows more phony money, and prices do not go down anymore -- because there is no retraction based on consumer's ability or willingness to pay. Rent - same deal. Government pays Section 8. Rents go up because huge firms are financed by banks and encouraged by municipalities to inflate. Higher taxes, higher debts, higher rents, and more government cost for Section 8 and all the other housing programs that are currently being extended to more of the population. It was the politicians who did all these things, but you're totally obtruse to supporting a political retraction of those deeds? How can it be so? Are you familiar with the law? The law in this country gives the power of reversing political decisions only to politicians or the U.S. Supreme Court. That's what I call limited options for retraction.
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    Yesterday, 09:25 AM
    acptulsa = black. snowball = red. ... much like the non-profit requirements for hospitals and health insurance were lifted. You know what happened? Health care prices went through the roof, compounding and doubling in rapid paces. Why? 1. Medicare (a government-enforced government monopoly on health insurance for the elderly, obviously the major consumers of that particular service) began demanding reams of paperwork. The owner of a monopoly is not the buyer of said product. Those selling the product hold the monopoly. Ergo, for-profit corporations gouging the government's coffers is not a government monopoly. 3. Government made it illegal for providers to charge anyone less than they charge Medicare for the same service, even cash customers who require no paperwork at all. Which is how they priced cash customers out of the market, and forced everyone into HMOs.
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    Yesterday, 05:57 AM
    Why did you include this quote of mine: "Simple fixes include housing that is owned by the government, not financiers paid by the government..." Do you suppose that it's "better" or "less commie" for the government to pay banks, corporations and REITs billions of dollars to house the elderly, disabled, incapable, and homeless -- with a built-in profit expense of 50%++, or to directly house these people ? In the 1970's, states were de-institutionalizing. The process was complete by the 1990's... much like the non-profit requirements for hospitals and health insurance were lifted. You know what happened? Health care prices went through the roof, compounding and doubling in rapid paces. Why? Because all the unnecessary costs were just gravy cash paid to Wall Street. At our expense and the expense of our governments. Section 8 was vastly increased, as was cash payouts to these people... for every single need... rather than provide for their needs in a manageable manner that does not incentivize them, the banks, and the business sector to encourage dependency. Are you the type of "libertarian" who would rather pay twice and thrice as much for your oil and gas bill so Big Oil execs and Green execs and Utility execs and their Wall Street owners pocket 60-70% off the top? All because at least your community doesn't own its own power plant, or institute price controls on critical goods, because that would be "Marxist" ?
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    06-30-2022, 02:42 PM
    umm. getting to the point where the real headlines are scarier than the fake ones. President of Belarus calls on Russia to be ready to use nuclear weapons https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/06/30/president-of-belarus-calls-on-russia-to-be-ready-to-use-nuclear-weapons/
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    06-30-2022, 02:27 PM
    US to send 100,000 more soldiers to draw new 'Iron Curtain' in Europe America is to station thousands more troops in Europe as a new Iron Curtain is drawn to deter Vladimir Putin after his brutal invasion of Ukraine. At least 100,000 soldiers will maintain a presence 'for the foreseeable future' in countries near Russia's border. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-to-send-100000-more-soldiers-to-draw-new-iron-curtain-in-europe/ar-AAZ1wvz
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    06-30-2022, 02:18 PM
    Russia is quickly breaking all diplomatic ties with U.S. allies. Lavrov confirms new Iron Curtain plans. Speaking to reporters, Lavrov said: As far as an iron curtain is concerned, essentially it is already descending. The process “has begun”, he said after talks with his counterpart from Belarus, AFP reports. https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/jun/30/russia-ukraine-war-nato-says-moscow-is-biggest-direct-threat-to-west-lysychansk-under-relentless-shelling-governor-says-live-news?filterKeyEvents=false&page=with:block-62bdd25b8f08c684acc0d209#block-62bdd25b8f08c684acc0d209
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    06-30-2022, 01:45 PM
    Biden Announces Plans For 'Permanent' US Army Base in Poland https://cnsnews.com/index.php/article/international/patrick-goodenough/biden-announces-plans-permanent-us-army-base-poland In the The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation that was adopted in 1997, the United States signed a legally-binding document that swore it would never build a permanent base east of Germany. Joe Biden is now going to violate an Act that enjoyed near-unanimous support from all Americans and President Clinton. "In addition, in the negotiations on the adaptation of the CFE Treaty, Russia and the member States of NATO will, together with other States Parties, seek to strengthen stability by further develop* ing measures to prevent any potentially threatening build-up of conventional forces in agreed regions
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    06-30-2022, 01:40 PM
    I certainly do not want the government to take everything over. If you're going to misappropriate my words, use quotations. Nixon used price controls. The Fed uses price controls underhandedly and manipulates our money to its own ends. They have a price control on silver. Which is why it is barely holding 20/oz now. The FF's put the power of money control in the law and in Congress' hands for the sole reason of keeping it out of the bankers realms. I guess you might say they were statists for doing that? If the gov protects consumers by law, then there is LESS gov intervention. What requires MORE gov intervention is when the situation gets out of hand, then fake solutions are provided that don't address the structural achilles heels.
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    06-30-2022, 11:14 AM
    Total B.S. Why? Because more dollars doesn't equal more wealth. The masses are earning far less compared to the elites, real wages are stagnant for decades, and it doesn't matter if your house appreciates 1000% in value when everyone else's does also, that's called inflation. Inflation and Debt are NOT productivity. Human labor and invention produces value, not monopoly money. How do you think Russia can destroy this country in a half hour and spends less than 5% what we do on weapons? Because money is not the driver of real value, it's supposed to be a mere medium of exchange, and a static one at that. An acre of land where I live was $25-50 when my great-grandfather was buying it. A house was $1500. An uneducated, non English-speaking day laborer could work 1 year, buy his own house and land debt-free. Debasement of the currency is not a meal, it's crystal meth. The drug-dealer makes all the money, and the population gets sick and wasted.
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    06-30-2022, 11:09 AM
    Both parties are corrupt. The Dems invested heavily in marijuana and green power. The GOP invests heavily in oil and gas, and advocates shipping it to China and Europe while both agree on important matters, like Russia = Satan, and Israel/Saudis = Jesus.
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    06-30-2022, 05:25 AM
    It is none other than the "free market" which allowed the concentration of wealth and the perversions in our markets and government to occur over time. Financial and political markets serve this tiny group at the expense of the masses, a plot that is approaching its zenith; there is no longer any "free market" but rather, an owned and managed faux-market. The erstwhile imagined "natural" machinations of supply-and-demand are no longer functioning except on micro-scales that are inconsequential. The reasons for this are both financial control and governmental control via the captured levels of American government that function to pay the banking/investment cartel with newly created debts to the same, rather than perform the necessary relief constructs (welfare, etc) themselves. These relief constructs became necessary due to the corruption of finance implemented by the same. Even after we put the governments on the hook for trillions, this tiny group only ascends to greater heights of tyranny over us. There is nothing "woke" about price caps and profit caps, or Anti-Trust legislation, or Tariffs, etc, unless you truly insist that all legislative and executive actions that have historically taken place to help the masses mitigate the damage caused to their lives by the globalist oligarchy was "woke". At that point, you better ask yourself why you are a dupe.
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    06-29-2022, 10:23 AM
    ok. Free markets. yay. Ship the LNG to China and Europe. Pay $500/mo to heat home. Drive up oil to 150 bbl regardless of supply, and pay $15 for a pound of turkey at the deli. Enjoy. But hey, at least muh principles are intact.
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    06-29-2022, 07:29 AM
    Oh, so you think that not being a realist is better? Good luck with no representation. As if this country never survived Nixon's 90-day freeze ? 1971 was a better year than 2022.
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    06-29-2022, 07:25 AM
    Turkey Lifts Objection to Sweden, Finland Joining NATO - News From Antiwar.com https://news.antiwar.com/2022/06/28/turkey-lifts-objection-to-sweden-finland-joining-nato/
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    06-29-2022, 05:29 AM
    Most definitely. If we End the Fed, the banker controls over the financial markets ends. Then we could start passing more laws to restrict market abuses, such as collusion to pervert futures markets in certain commodities. For example, there was a time when participation in the oil and gas and agriculture futures market was restricted only to growers and producers. This meant the futures market at the mercantile exchange performed its intentional function, to act as a hedge against unforseen events, like adverse weather. Unfortunately, over the years, that notion and protection fell by the wayside, and the rest is history. Not unlike the protections of Glass-Steagall were rescinded. I didn't mean to suggest price controls are the most desirable action, but right now, I believe they are necessary since nothing else can or will be done.
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    06-29-2022, 05:21 AM
    Off your rocker. Price controls always work perfectly when they are enforced with rigor. Still, they are medicine for the sick patient. I address this in the next post.
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    06-29-2022, 05:19 AM
    I haven't been in a long time. Although I recall "previews of coming attractions", those were only for movies to be in theatres soon, not actual ads like we have ads on television...
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    06-28-2022, 06:47 AM
    As the concentration of wealth becomes tighter and tighter, and the currency devalues into nothingness, there isn't going to be any sustainable solution to the collapse of top-down capitalism via promulgation of debt, but that's all they can keep doing, because they won't provide the simple fixes. Simple fixes include housing that is owned by the government, not financiers paid by the government, and, like in energy, food, medicine, it's going to require price controls and profit caps, because the greed principle is bankrupting this country. So much for Adam Smith. He was wrong.
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    06-28-2022, 06:38 AM
    Secession must ALWAYS remain a fundamental right. Those who roil against secession are hypocrites if they are Republicans or Democrats. True democrats hold secession in high esteem because it is a function of democracy to choose to leave a Union. True republicans hold secession in high esteem because a republic consists of lesser republics that voluntarily joined a union of republics. Those who seek to criminalise secession are not truly American in their philosophy whatsoever. This country has had more bad presidents than good ones. This country has had more absolutely horrible presidents than great ones. Of them all, the worst was Abraham Lincoln, because Lincoln desecrated the most sacred rights enshrined in all our laws, founding principles
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    06-28-2022, 06:31 AM
    They show ads at the movie theatres now?
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    06-26-2022, 02:48 PM
    Congrats AF. Imagine how many keystrokes that is. Or mouse clicks. Or hours spent.
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    06-24-2022, 10:40 AM
    Does that matter too much ? I don't think too many rioters have significant jobs.
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    06-24-2022, 09:42 AM
    Snowball replied to a thread roe GONE in U.S. Political News
    Notice they target Catholic church but last I checked it was the U.S. Government that overturned its own decision. Don't think there won't be a response if it happens. Remember the Army of God? They torched PP's in the '80s.
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    06-24-2022, 09:40 AM
    Snowball replied to a thread roe GONE in U.S. Political News
    Today at the Court - Friday, Jun 24, 2022 Building closed to the public Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. https://www.supremecourt.gov/ Recent Decisions
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    06-24-2022, 09:40 AM
    You're right, it's mostly a victory for states rights, not as much for pro-life cause.
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    06-23-2022, 12:53 PM
    I just wish we can all live together happily, until that time, I can surely see that some people in some places would feel the need to be protected. Where I live nothing ever really happens so I really see no need for carrying a weapon. And it's not allowed here either... Doesn't stop the criminals from having them, but they tend to shoot each other for the most part. I'm happy that the SC looks at the 2nd for what it says, not what they consider it should be today. That's encouraging. Why does that matter to me ? Well, the outlook on European stability isn't that great. At least, that's my perception.
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    06-23-2022, 11:47 AM
    I commend her intentions. Very good. I've been to Africa many times, there is a lot wrong with a lot of things but there are a lot of very kind people there.
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    06-23-2022, 08:19 AM
    Tell me how you feel when AOC wins the primary, because she is going to be President someday.
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    06-23-2022, 08:15 AM
    Just as often, it's the Federal Government that should have a right of nullification, because with over half our states breaking Federal laws, such as illegal immigration, without repurcussion, that means even a good Federal government cannot enforce its own GOOD laws. For example, 17 states are now issuing drivers licenses and permits to undocumented illegal aliens. Within 2 years, millions - literally MILLIONS of them will be driving on our roads. Many of these same states refused to report and assist Federal agencies tasked with deportation of illegal aliens, many of whom commit crimes. So tell me, where is the Federal government's right to serve and protect those who voted for it here? Nullification is a road to nowhere. The States do not agree. Many states flip from one election to the next. We are trapped in an endless circle of denigration of what it meant to be an American. It means nothing anymore. The Constitution is and always was a trojan horse.
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