Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Warmongers: A non-fiction book: Katz, Howard S.: 9780916728069: Books:

Around 1989 or 1990, my manager lent me this book, which I read.  It is a conspiracy theory.  It accuses the banking system of promoting war to make money.

What I find interesting is that near the end of the book he predicts that the cabal is gearing up for war with China.  At the time, this seemed very unlikely.  It seems more possible now.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Socialism DOES Work | Jeremy Corbyn | Oxford Union

"The great lesson of the 20nth century is that socialism is a failure."

"After the fall of communism, everybody in the world agreed that socialism was a failure. Everybody in the world, more or less, agreed that capitalism was a success. And every capitalist country in the world apparently deduced from that what the West needed was more socialism."

What Orwell Believed

I am shocked to learn that George Orwell was a socialist. 

It is ironic that the type of government he believed in, Democratic Socialism, leads to Totalitarianism.

Why Do We Believe Things That Aren't True?

Best wishes,

John Coffey

The 60's Radicals America Forgot

This is long, but very informative.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Friday, May 6, 2022

Re: I could not believe Bork did not believe in Natual law

For people to have natural rights, there must be some entity granting those rights.  Since the ways of God are at best kind of mysterious, I'm not willing to say that rights are God granted.

People by their nature have the tendency to prefer free choice.  People also have the tendency to exploit, enslave and kill their fellow human beings.   We band together to form government to protect ourselves from externalities.  Thus rights become a legal issue and are sometimes controversial as to what constitutes a right.  I prefer to stick to the Constitution because I think that the Founders had a pretty good thing going.

We could say that natural rights derive from the fact that we own our own bodies. I don't disagree, but this seems limited to me because most of the things we do involve interaction with other people.  Somebody might think that they have a right to my property, and only a legal system protects that.  In order to protect rights, the community has to have a set of core beliefs that they share.

Somebody had to decide to form a town where I live, on land that was probably conquered, and that my land could be privately owned and sold.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 1:17 PM Larry  wrote:
Then I read this amazing 1992 article by Bork explaining why he did not...

conquer and honor and lift up all those have gotten in the way

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Does that sentence make any sense?

On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 1:49 PM Larry wrote:
I might point out — and Jill and I talk about this: If we don't get smart in this country, and the other team doesn't understand what's going on — you know, 25 out of every 100 children in grades kindergarten through senior in high school speak Spanish.  Twenty-five out of every one hundred.  It's overwhelmingly in the interest not only of those kids, but of all Americans that we invest — we invest in the community.  And we'll conquer and honor and lift up all those folks who, in fact, are — have gotten in the way.
Biden 5/5/22

The Intellectual Roots Of 'Wokeness'

Hitler and Economics | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Socialism Does NOT Work | Daniel Hannan

Was National Socialism fascist?

The Fascists wrote, "Everything in the state, nothing outside the state." They claimed that all industries must be used to support the state. Mussolini and his acolytes had been communists before Fascism. Commentaries tend to dance around this state control, which makes Fascism closer to Socialism. National Socialism was socialist and so was Fascism, but people prefer to not focus on the socialism aspect of it.

This video spends half its time talking about and criticizing semantics, so I feel like it misses the mark. After World War II, the political left tried to associate fascism with the political right and mostly succeeded with this smear campaign. However, this was to cover up how they initially embraced Fascism as a form of socialism.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Violent 11-year-old girl is terrorizing unsuspecting people in Boston. Cops know all about her — but can't do much because of her age.

CNN guest's appearance goes viral as he delivers hysterical rant on the need to control unfettered free speech - TheBlaze

"This is dangerous!" he shouted. "We can't think anymore in this country — we don't have people ... in Congress who can make regulations that can make it work. I think we can look to the Western countries in Europe for how they are trying to limit it, but you need — you need — controls on this. You need regulation. You cannot let these guys control discourse in this country or we are headed to hell. We are there. Trump opened the gates of hell and now they're chasing us down."

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Redefining American Capitalism | Libertarianism

I sometimes get annoyed by this guy for his leftism.  He presents some interesting thoughts here.  I share his skepticism of Ayn Rand.

Capitalism is often used as a pejorative.  I think that the correct term is a "free market", meaning that you are free to make choices.  The opposite of a free market is different degrees of tyranny.  

This notion of deregulation in 2008 is inaccurate. There were far more regulations in 2008 than in 2000. Part of that regulation was the Community Reinvestment Act, which was a real thing, requiring banks to lend to people who were not otherwise creditworthy. Since Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs) were buying up most of the loans, this removed risk from the loan market. Banks aren't normally in the business of making bad loans until the government gets involved.

The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Claudia Christian on "The Sinclair Method" for treating alcoholism

I'm not a doctor so I can't make any recommendations, but I think that this video is interesting and it might work for some people.

Claudia Christian was an actress on the TV show "Babylon 5".  A remarkable number of actors on that show are now dead.  Jerry Doyle from alcoholism.  Jeff Conway from addiction.  Andreas Katsulas from smoking.  Some other people died from natural causes.

How Harley-Davidson Killed Itself

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Shanghai Locks Workers in Factories Amid Covid Scare

Study reveals some brain changes, even in mild COVID-19 | CIDRAP

The study authors noted that the imaging differences between the two groups were modest, at about 2% of average baseline values. The typical annual loss of gray matter each year due to aging, the researchers said, is 0.2% to 0.3%.

Cognitive tests identified differences between COVID-19 survivors and controls, including a significant increase in the time taken to complete Trails A (numeric; 7.8%) and B (alphanumeric; 12.2%) of the Trail Making Test in COVID-19 participants. These results held true when excluding the 15 hospitalized patients (Trail A, 6.5%; Trail B, 12.5%).

"The infected participants also showed on average larger cognitive decline between the two timepoints," the study authors wrote. "Importantly, these imaging and cognitive longitudinal effects were still seen after excluding the 15 cases who had been hospitalised."

Not all COVID survivors have brain changes

In addition to the modest COVID-19 effect, the study authors noted that the statistics represent an average effect, meaning that not every COVID-19 survivor will experience brain changes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Carlsen on Karjakin: “These types of attitudes can't be accepted”

I don't have to agree with Karjakin and Karjakin doesn't have to agree with me.  That is how free speech works.  Otherwise, you are living in some sort of tyranny where you aren't allowed to have an opinion.

Re: The Great Delusion with Professor John Mearsheimer

I realized that this is the same guy that I criticized because of a previous video.  (Bottom.)  He blames the West for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

However, his presentation here is very interesting.  He argues that we should be more about the balance of power than trying to make other countries like us.  He appears to value stability over freedom.

However, I have much sympathy for people living under oppression.

I have long leaned toward the idea of liberating Cuba, although I consider it highly unlikely that we would ever do this.  According to the video, we just would get ourselves involved in a quagmire.  If hypothetically we were to liberate Cuba then our goal should be to establish a stable government and get out.  I would offer them statehood, but according to the video, people everywhere are highly nationalistic and prefer to have their own state.

The relevant question is if we are wrong to try to encourage Democracy and free markets in other countries?  I think not, but if it involves an invasion force and war then probably so.  After 9-11, I think that we were correct to go into Afghanistan, but the invasion of Iraq was far more questionable.

I get into arguments over World War I and World War II.  If war broke out in Europe today, why would we want to get involved?


On Wed, Apr 20, 2022 at 12:11 AM John Coffey  wrote:

I am only 35 minutes into this video, but he has been very insightful about U.S. foreign policy and politics.  Four years ago he made predictions about Afghanistan and Ukraine that essentially have come true.

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From: John Coffey
Date: Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 1:55 PM

This video is from 2015, but relevant.

John J. Mearsheimer is a Bernie Sanders supporter.  He even sounds a tiny bit like him.  I don't trust him to be objective.

He repeatedly quotes the Monroe Doctrine as a rationalization for his position.  In 2013, two years before this video, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the Monroe Doctrine is dead.

I agree with him when he says that Ukraine is not in the National Interest of the United States.

He makes claims to the effect that Russia does not want to build a greater Russia and would not want to get involved in the quagmire of an invasion of Ukraine, which seem to be disproven by current events.

I assumed that Putin's security concerns were just an excuse for invasion, but this video gives some legitimacy to Putin's concern.  Nevertheless, Ukraine is an independent country that should be allowed to decide its own alliances.  If it wants to be part of Europe then it is not the right of Russia to block this.

Comparing Ukraine possibly joining NATO, which wasn't even on the table, to the Cuban Missile Crisis is to equivocate two things that are not the same.  It is a poor comparison.

Therefore, this invasion is an unjustified aggressive event.  It has caused a seismic shift in world politics.  Europe is rapidly trying to distance itself from Russia.  Germany has changed its position on where it gets its energy and is contemplating embracing Nuclear Energy again after having closed all its nuclear plants.

There is a possibility that Putin will get the opposite of everything he wants.  I have been predicting a coup in Russia, possibly a military coup followed by a temporary military government.  Reportedly, the Russian military is not happy with this invasion, nor is the public.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

The Great Delusion with Professor John Mearsheimer

I am only 35 minutes into this video, but he has been very insightful about U.S. foreign policy and politics.  Four years ago he made predictions about Afghanistan and Ukraine that essentially have come true.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Canada & The United States's Bizarre Border

Climate Change Is NOT An Emergency — Here Are The Facts

Fearing US Will OVERTHROW the Regime, China’s Communist Party Begins Nuclear Buildup

Opinion | What I wish I’d known when I was 19 and had sex reassignment surgery

I may well have transitioned even after waiting a few years. If I hadn't transitioned, I likely would have suffered from the world in other ways. In other words, I'm still working out how much regret to feel, but I'm comfortable with the ambiguity.

What advice would I pass on to young people seeking transition? Learning to fit in your body is a common struggle. Fad diets, body-shaping clothing and cosmetic surgery are all signs that countless millions of people at some point have a hard time accepting their own reflection. The prospect of sex can be intimidating. But sex is essential in healthy relationships. Give it a chance before permanently altering your body.

Most of all, slow down. You may yet decide to make the change. But if you explore the world by inhabiting your body as it is, perhaps you'll find that you love it more than you thought possible.