Big (Data) Brother Cometh: Beijing tracks the elderly as they take buses, go shopping

This might look like a mess to you and me. But for the right algorithm the data is clear as day.

It’s not just the elderly and its not just the Chinese.

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Bernie Sanders does not want to talk (can’t?) about the failure of socialism in Venezuela, Brazil (VIDEO)

Socialism is imploding in South America. People have died and are dying because of the ‘system’ on the continent. What was once called “The Pink Tide”, the rise of socialist leaders in Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia at the turn of the century has become a nightmare. The Pink Tide has evaporated with economic dysfunction, hunger, chaos, and state dependent cronies scurrying on the mud flats in its wake.

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How The Senate Just Took “A Hatchet To American Liberty”

We don’t agree with all of Senator Wyden’s positions but he is pretty darn good on most things privacy. We appreciate his protest.

The only way this sort of thing will stop is if everyday people get angry enough to make it stop. It’s death by a thousand privacy cuts. A little bit of our dignity and sovereignty taken every day.

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Anti-Iran deal lawmaker: NPR whitewashed Obama-boosting, White House created “echo chamber”

As I’ve written before I listen to NPR all the time. I often enjoy it. But I understand that much of the time it is pushing the propaganda envelope.

There is a more than a “liberal” bias at NPR. (Which is just in your face.) There seems, at times, to be a clear policy agenda. And at times the words feel coordinated with the White House. As if the agenda of NPR and the president are simply one and the same.

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Jamba Juice Flees High-Cost California for Texas

When the smoothie guys are leaving California for the Lone Star State one can rest assured that there is something going wrong on the West Coast.

I love California. It’s beautiful. I find the people to be pleasant for the most part. The weather is fantastic in most of the state. But I would never ever start a business there. Talk about just asking to be abused.

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David Stockman: Fed to Push Economy Into Recession

Stockman is deeply critical of the Fed’s grand experiment and he is right, it will end in ugliness. Probably an historic ugliness. When? No one can say, we are operating in sort of an economic hall of mirrors right now. (And have been for a long time.) Things are distorted all over the place. However, even in a hall of mirrors gravity continues to work. Like gravity, the market mechanism also continues to work no matter what the current economic reflection.

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As hunger stalks Venezuela, government encourages city-dwellers to start planting

Apartment friendly potatoes.

Gardens are almost always a good idea. In a country like Venezuela which for the most part is quite verdant naturally and which has a completely dysfunctional economy this is especially the case.

Of course for urbanites (and a good part of the Venezuelan population is urban) to revert to subsistence farming is a challenge to say the least. Venezuela is in desperate need of economic liberalization. It is in desperate need of new leadership.

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Bank of America’s Winning Excuse: We Didn’t Mean To

I remember those days so well. They are burned into my memory. I remember Bank of America taking over Countrywide just as anyone who was paying attention could see that the country and the world was in for a calamitous downturn in housing. A downturn from which much of the world still has not recovered. I remember wondering why B of A would expose itself to all the nastiness which was embedded in Countrywide. Why would such a large and powerful bank,

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Europe continues to blow up, Now FRENCH voters want a chance to leave the the European Union, #Frexit

When the French have had enough with the European experiment, at least as it is now, one can rest assured that the experiment has gone badly awry.

(From The Express)

With Britons set to go to the polls in June, there are increasing signs the UK’s referendum is paving the way for other European countries to question their own relationship with Brussels.

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This is modern Europe, Britain save yourself, Vote Brexit – This is acceptable behavior now in Calais France? (Video)

I was just speaking to an engineer who is originally from Trinidad who expressed hope that Britain will come to its senses and will vote for Brexit. He has family in the UK and knows well the incompetence of the bureaucrats in Brussels.

How can the Europeans allow this to happen to them? Is the welfare state so worth preserving (good luck with that) that you guys are willing to flush what you have down the toilet?

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For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds

Well, some people want the US to be more like Europe. So congrats. In Italy for instance it’s perfectly natural for 30 year old Giuseppe to live off of his parents. That’s the expectation in many cases and it is a reflection not only of a culture but of a poorer society and a less dynamic middle class.

That our president has promoted the below kind of post adolescent adolescence isn’t helpful either.

(From Pew Research)

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Rep. Mulvaney weighs in on the Pentagon’s massive overseas slush fund

Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.

“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.

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The Anger of the Unprivileged Is Rising Globally

This goes nicely with the previous post.

People are waking up. They are using the information at their disposal. Do not take this information for granted.

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Brzezinski: It Feels Like Hillary Clinton is ‘Lying Straight Out’ About Her Emails

A key part of cronyism is the the idea that the connected, the political class, gets to play by different rules than the rest of us. The idea that wealth and status within the Washington “court” gives some a free ride. That these are the people who wish to “lead” the American people is particularly challenging to those of us who are aware of this tiered system of justice.

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