‘Italia Cashless’

The latest front of war on cash   Together with Germans and Greeks, Italians have long been the most stubborn and steadfast of Europeans in their love of cash. For years, they have resisted cards and digital payments and viewed with deep suspicion most campaigns to convert them. To a significant extent, they also saved in physical notes, especially older adults, keeping their “rainy day” funds outside the Italian banking system, which has given them plenty of reasons to question and to mistrust. Just a year ago, there was no reason to think this defiance would waver, at least not … Continue reading

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‘Italia Cashless’

The latest front of war on cash   Together with Germans and Greeks, Italians have long been the most stubborn and steadfast of Europeans in their love of cash. For years, they have resisted cards and digital payments and viewed with deep suspicion most campaigns to convert them. To a significant extent, they also saved in physical notes, especially older adults, keeping their “rainy day” funds outside the Italian banking system, which has given them plenty of reasons to question and to mistrust. Just a year ago, there was no reason to think this defiance would waver, at least not … Continue reading

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Saddest Mustang Shootout Ever?

A reader wanted my take on a “shootout” between the electric crossover-thing Ford styles a “Mustang” and a Tesla Model Y. I almost shot my lunch. My comments follow his query: I saw this review of the new Mustang Mach-E against the Tesla Model Y and it struck me as really sad and depressing.  They seem to spend most of the contest worrying about running out of juice, and the final battle is a struggle to get the charging stations to work.  The one time they actually punch it, the “Mustang” (it’s a disgrace to the name) disappoints quickly.  Old Camaro vs. … Continue reading

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Saddest Mustang Shootout Ever?

A reader wanted my take on a “shootout” between the electric crossover-thing Ford styles a “Mustang” and a Tesla Model Y. I almost shot my lunch. My comments follow his query: I saw this review of the new Mustang Mach-E against the Tesla Model Y and it struck me as really sad and depressing.  They seem to spend most of the contest worrying about running out of juice, and the final battle is a struggle to get the charging stations to work.  The one time they actually punch it, the “Mustang” (it’s a disgrace to the name) disappoints quickly.  Old Camaro vs. … Continue reading

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Is the Establishment Planning a False Flag ‘Insurrection’ for Inauguration Day?

The question in the title is legitimate in light of the extraordinary and unusal letter signed by all members of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff condemning Trump supporters for insurrection and calling on the US military to remain ready for another attempt at sedition on inauguration day. In the Joint Chiefs’ own words: “The violent riot in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the US Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process.”  There was no riot, no assault on the Capitol, and no insurrection. As the videos show, there was no “storming of … Continue reading

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Big Tech’s Purge Is Only Beginning… For Them

There’s nothing easy about living through a political coup. The Big Tech firms long in cahoots with our government have been pushing a false narrative of evil MAGA-Nazis trying to undermine polite society for more than four years now. Suppression started with Milo Yiannopoulos, accelerated to include Alex Jones and InfoWars and reach a temporary peak in 2018 with the persecution of alternative social media platform Gab in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting. I said this then in a piece entitled: Attack on Gab Proves Speech Was Never Free: Friday’s attack by an unhinged, vile piece of human excrement on … Continue reading

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9/11 Was the Prelude. 1/6 Is the Holy Grail

Whether civil war is coming will depend on the degree of stoicism prevalent among the Deplorable multitudes. I hear the sons of the city and dispossessed Get down, get undressed Get pretty but you and me We got the kingdom, we got the key We got the empire, now as then We don’t doubt, we don’t take direction Lucretia, my reflection, dance the ghost with me Sisters of Mercy, Lucretia my Reflection 9/11 was the prelude. 1/6 is the Holy Grail. 9/11 opened the gates to the Global War on Terror (GWOT), later softened by Team Obama to the status of … Continue reading

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A Flawed Impeachment for ‘Incitement’

President Donald Trump was hastily impeached by the House for a second time on Wednesday for “inciting insurrection.” Legislators accused Trump of egging on, instigating, and inciting his supporters to engage in insurrection and overthrow the U.S. government, starting with a violent attack on Congress. Uttering phrases such as, “You will never take back our country with weakness,” during his speech on Jan 6, 2021, Trump encouraged his supporters “to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” at the Capitol building. There are major factual errors in the House’s decision. We know now that the riots started well before Trump’s … Continue reading

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Alert: The Operation To Squash Protests in America

PART ONE The Department of Justice has announced it’s mounting a full-scale operation to arrest and charge people who broke into the Capitol on January 6. There will be a wide-ranging menu of charges, starting with criminal trespass, and moving all the way to weapons possession, theft of National Security data, assault, and sedition. The DOJ list of charges is meant to impress the American people. Of course, an impressive DOJ list could have been leveled against thousands of people who participated in Antifa/BLM-led burning, looting, theft, and assault across the US over the past six months. But that didn’t … Continue reading

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Surviving Tech Purges: What We’re Doing at the Mises Institute

The Mises Institute was born of the “build your own platform” ethos. In the early 1980s few outlets existed for anyone interested in the Austrian school of economics or robust libertarian scholarship. Few universities taught Hayek, much less Mises or Rothbard. Libraries and bookstores carried little of interest for serious economists and thinkers in the old liberal tradition. Lew Rockwell and others set out to build an institutional home for the Austrian school, and to resuscitate Mises as the most important and most comprehensive leader of that school. In those early years the Institute used the platforms at its disposal … Continue reading

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Riots and the Concept of the Physical

What is the actual reward of a riot? Does it come in blood and treasure? Or, does the real prize cash out in rhetorical value? What kind of person is taken in when public figures spill tears over mob mayhem? Their glee at blood spattering theoretical opponents can’t be contained behind the maudlin outrage. You don’t need ESP to sense their disappointment when there are few, or no, victims to be found. It’s exactly like the letdown when a hate-crime hoax gets exposed. So it’s time we set up some ground rules for torching the avenue as the ideological competition … Continue reading

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The Rise of Fascism, Loss of Freedom of Choice, & Dietary Supplements

Americans are looking down the barrel of a fascist gun for the first time in their lives.  Next to onerous restrictions on gun ownership by law abiding citizens, dietary supplements are at the top the list of fascist targets to eradicate. It doesn’t take a prescient fortune teller to predict that dietary supplements are going to come under unprecedented tyrannical oversight by government officials in coming months.  The appointment of anti-supplement hatchet man Dr. David Kessler to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID Task Force, suggests rough times ahead for nutraceuticals.  Former FDA commissioner David Kessler could be re-appointed as FDA chieftain. … Continue reading

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Is The USPS Creating a National Biometric Criminal Background Check Program?

Are Americans ready for a national United States Postal Service (USPS) biometric criminal background check program? What initially started out as an employee criminal background screener program has morphed into a biometric criminal background check program for the public. In 2019, the USPS innocuously began installing fingerprint scanners in post offices so they could scan potential employees. The USPS used fingerprint scanners and the National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) to conduct in-depth background checks. NACI investigations are conducted for all newly hired employees as part of the post-hiring process. Based on the NACI results, the Postal Service makes a final suitability determination … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Gulag of 2021

There has been abundant and over-the-top discussion about the events of this past week and the so-called “insurrection” of Trump supporters—the Deplorables—at the United States Capitol on January 6. Since that day the major news media—the media establishment, including notoriously  Fox News—have kept up a constant and ranting drumbeat, with dire images of “sedition” and “treason,” and the absolute and (for them) undebatable demand to “suppress” and “cancel” anyone who disagrees with their views. Not just of Deplorables with a higher public profile, but ANY person who might in the slightest way demur or dissent from their template. The persecution … Continue reading

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