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The Mob, Women’s Hats, and Gold Coins

I was born (a few months before the Crash) at 4:20 PM on February 11, 1929, in the Crotona Park Hospital, the Bronx, New York. My mother: a pert 20-year-old, my father, 26, a bon vivant. Both were homegrown New Yorkers, and I would be an only child. From a poor family, Goldie was eldest of four. The youngest of three, Max was doted on by his parents and sisters. He would remain “spoiled” his entire life. My paternal grandfather earned $10,000 per year as a designer of women’s clothes. Actually, with sketchbook in hand, he shopped the show windows … Continue reading

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Taking Rights Seriously

Shop all books by Judge Napolitano “If the provisions of the Constitution be not upheld when they pinch as well as when they comfort, they may as well be abandoned.” — Justice George Sutherland (1862-1942) In his 2008 book “Taking Rights Seriously,” the late professor Ronald Dworkin explored the origins and governmental treatment of human liberty. He argued that Thomas Jefferson — who wrote the Declaration of Independence — and James Madison — the scrivener at the Constitutional Convention and the author of the Bill of Rights — were clear in their articulations that the premise of America at its … Continue reading

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New App Requires Reporting of People Sneezing or Coughing

The new Google app “Corona Waze” asks users to “tag” individuals who sneeze, cough, are sweating or have a runny nose. You can also tag people who do not use soap or wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, or for other social distancing violations. People can also be tagged for not wearing gloves or masks, or hoarding toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Facial recognition systems deployed through nationwide security cameras will be used to identify offenders who are not carrying cell phones while Google’s Fitbit will automatically report unfavorable biometrics to alert emergency services. Google’s Android phone camera will utilize … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Missives from the Philippines, USA, France, Lebanon, and Germany

In Singapore, you can be jailed for half a year for failing to keep “social distance.” The same offense in New York will only get you fined for up to $500, although an 86-year-old woman has just been killed when she got too close to someone at a Brooklyn hospital. Out of masks, Tennessee doctors strap diapers on their faces. On March 29th, 2020, 756 Italians died from the coronavirus, and that’s considered encouraging news, believe it or not, since 919 lost their lives on the 27th. Half of the world is in lockdown, and should this drag on, riots … Continue reading

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In a Time of Pandemic, the US Prepares For War – But Iran’s Weakness Is Grossly Exaggerated

The US prepares for confrontation with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq while Iran struggles to cope with the consequences of the coronavirus inside its borders. This looks like a good time for Americans to strike – but it isn’t. The US military is engaged in a strategic redeployment of forces inside Iraq, including the deployment of surface-to-air missiles whose only logical purpose was to defend against an Iranian ballistic missile threat. This movement of forces has reinforced concerns that some in the Trump administration might seek to exploit Iran’s perceived weakness brought about by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The reality, however, … Continue reading

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Why JFK Went to Texas

JFK:  “He* sure seemed anxious for me to go to Texas” * John Connally (ergo, Lyndon Johnson) after Connally’s White House visit six weeks before The Big Event That was a very odd thing for President Kennedy to say, given that he had invited Texas Governor Connally to the White House for a visit on October 4, 1963 to make plans for the Texas trip that Lyndon Johnson (who had not been invited to attend) had been pressing so hard for. JFK realized that he needed to have Connally’s firm support for the trip, knowing that the Governor had for … Continue reading

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Reflecting on ‘Crisis and Leviathan’ in the Age of the Pandemic

Not very long ago, President Trump tweeted, “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.”  He was pilloried for daring to suggest that government action with respect to the coronavirus pandemic has both benefits and costs.  Now he appears to be “all-in” on the national lockdown and more in sync with “expert” opinion and the big blue-state governors. Given that we don’t possess the luxury of hindsight, we don’t know if this is the correct move or not.  But what’s indisputable is that this approach to a pandemic is unprecedented in America. Recently, Manhattan’s City Journal published the reflections of Clark Whelton, a former … Continue reading

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No March on Rome, Even

The country is under slow-motion house arrest on the now-limitless authority of people who didn’t even have to march on Rome to snatch it. Because we gave it to them. The Corona Cows, at any rate – who are willing to mosey down any chute, as directed. Moo! Mooooooo! Because Corona! It is the Universal Reason for Everything now. No work, no job, no money – no movement, even. Unless you are “essential” – which of course almost of all of us who aren’t government workers aren’t, as defined by government workers. It’s a nice business to have the power to decree … Continue reading

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The Disturbing Trend To Tax Savings and Eliminate Cash

International Man: Let’s start with the basics. What exactly are negative interest rates? Could they exist in a free market without state intervention? Doug Casey: Right now, over $17 trillion of bonds, and a lot of bank accounts—especially in Europe—are offering negative interest rates. It’s something that can only exist in Bizarro World, something that’s really a cosmic impossibility in a normal world. It’s especially true since almost all the world’s banks are zombies—bankrupt. Fractional reserve banking—which is only possible in a world where central banks control the money supply—is intrinsically unsound. The economy is head over heels in debt. … Continue reading

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Putchists in the Shadow of the Coronavirus

While the public’s eyes are riveted on the progression of coronavirus numbers, a profound reorganization of the executive is taking place, giving primacy to senior health officials over policy. In the shadows, bankers and soldiers are agitating in the hope of confiscating power for their own benefit. The primacy of administrative logic over political logic Many governments in industrialized countries decided to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic by confining their populations. This strategy does not stem from medicine, which has never practised isolation of healthy people, but from good management of medical resources to prevent a massive influx of sick … Continue reading

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Fooled

Anyone with some basic knowledge in mathematical modeling who had taken a look at the structure of the “Imperial College”-model would have noted the faults of this approach and its exaggerations. The model’s prognosis that the United Kingdom would have to count with more than half a million deaths and a complete overload of its health system reversed the British government’s earlier decision to use prudential surveillance and specifically targeted intervention and to shift to the full-control strategy, which required massive intervention into the public and private life of the nation. The leaders of other countries that were somewhat still in doubt jumped on the … Continue reading

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The Newspeaking ‘Free’ Press

The woman on the street can have a hard time understanding what some journalists think free speech is these days. Craig Aaron is the president and CEO of an organization known as “Free Press”. Visiting the “about” section on that website turns up this quote describing their mission statement: “Free Press (501c3) and Free Press Action Fund (501c4) are two separate, autonomous and interrelated organizations. Both organizations are completely independent: We don’t take money from business, government or political parties and rely on the generosity of charitable foundations and individual donors to fuel our work.” On March 24th, Mr. Aaron … Continue reading

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Covid-19’s Meant To Be a New Black Death, But in Britain, No More People Are Dying Than Normal

Many people are waking up to the fact that the Covid-19 “pandemic” is not turning out as billed. When we finally emerge from it, the big question will be how many people have died from the virus. Here’s the most likely outcome. You can bet that the institutions of international government, and the “experts” advising them, will try to massage and cherry-pick statistics to present the version of events that most closely matches their worst-case scenarios. The fact is, according to their early predictions, we are already long overdue millions of Covid-19 deaths that have failed to materialise. But even … Continue reading

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People Dying Equals Coronavirus?

This article is intended for close study. I urge you not to jump to an early conclusion about what I’m proposing here. For example, I’m not ruling out the engineering of a virus. But an unusual twist is involved. This article is also part of a larger position. That position can be defined as: AUTOMATICALLY ASSUMING THE SO-CALLED EPIDEMIC IS CAUSED BY A VIRUS IS INCORRECT. THE TRUTH DOESN’T SUPPORT FEAR. FEAR IS SELF-DEFEATING. FEAR CLOSES DOWN POSSIBILITY. DON’T CLOSE DOWN POSSIBILITY IN ANY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. Among other subjects, this article comments on the hypothesis that the COVID-19 … Continue reading

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