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Nothing Is Real: When Reality TV Programming Masquerades As Politics

"There are two ways by which the spirit of a culture may be shriveled. In the first - the Orwellian - culture becomes a prison. In the second - the Huxleyan - culture becomes a burlesque." Indeed, Donald Trump may be the smartest move yet by the powers-that-be to keep the citizenry divided and at each other’s throats, because as long as we’re busy fighting each other, we’ll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny in any form.

Does A Rogue Deep State Have Trump's Back?

Rather than being the bad guys, as per the usual Liberal world-view, the Armed Forces may well play a key role in reducing the utterly toxic influence of neocon-neoliberals within the Deep State.

Maxine Waters Calls For Trump Impeachment (Before He Takes Office)

"...what I have learn or heard about the dossier, it’s about his involvement with women. It’s probably prostitutes that are involved and those kinds of things. And he has sounded that way. He has acted that way, and it gives you reason to think maybe something is to this and we need to find out more..."

The Psychological Impact Of Loss

Despite all of the arm waving and pounding on the table by advisors touting long-term average returns, time-in-the-market, etc., the psychological impact of loss is all too real. While “buy and hold” investing has its appeal during bullish trending markets, the “impact of loss” on individuals is a far greater emotional pull. This is why investors tend to do everything backwards by “buying high” (greed) and “selling low” (fear).

Trump As Lightning Rod (Not Just For Disaffected Progressives, But For Panicked Insiders)

Trump isn't just a lightning rod for delusional Progressives who were happy to see their real-world fortunes erode away as long as the Insiders in charge kept muttering the desired symbolic speech acts; he is also a lightning rod for Insiders fearful that their Insider apple cart is about to be upended, and they might actually have to work for a living, or actually compete in the real world--something they know they are ill-prepared to survive.

Two More Major Problems For Social Security & Medicare

The healthcare system has been broken to the point that physicians now have a greater incentive to fire their Medicare patients than to treat them. One Florida-based physician summed up the situation like this: “I have decided to opt-out of Medicare, acknowledging that I can no longer play a game that is rigged against me; one that I can never win because of constantly changing rules, and one where the stakes include fines and even potential jail time.”

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Orphaned Liberals

It is fascinating that some 2nd generation liberals when asked why they are Democrats can't talk about ideas, but rather cite the people whose ideas they adhere to. In one instance, I volunteered to defend a liberal Dem friend on an issue. First, I asked him why he was a Democrat before setting out to back him up. His answer to why he was a Democrat was "Because my mother is." His mother was a multi-millionaire now and a long way from being progressive. My progressive liberal friend was a political orphan drinking kool-aid. Meanwhile his mom had long since swapped for Caymus Cabernet.

The Real Value Of Cash

If an individual is “literally” burying cash in their backyard, then the discussion of the loss of purchasing power is appropriate. However, if cash is a “tactical” holding to avoid short-term destruction of capital, then the protection afforded outweighs the loss of purchasing power in the distant future.

"Losers Who Won't Lose" - John Lewis Versus Donald Trump

This is an enormous week in the United States: opening today with the Martin Luther King holiday, and culminating with the Presidential Inauguration. So it’s perhaps interesting to see a small spar between two individuals who are close to each event - Congressman John Lewis, a prominent figure from the Civil Rights Movement era, and President-elect Trump.