Report: Top Politico reporter trades favors for access (To Chelsea Clinton?)

Politico’s beat.

The crony media is not a new topic here and the news that one of Politico’s top dogs promised to be extra special nice to Chelsea Clinton in an interview doesn’t surprise us. It probably doesn’t surprise our readers either. But it is worth noting how cuddly the generally liberal but often excellent website is, with, well, politicos. I have been to a few Politico functions. “Lovefest” is too strong a word,

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Washington Post: Inside the Clinton Donor Network

OK future Washington hacks – Dem, GOP and otherwise, this is how you do it. Actually, it’s probably best that you skip this article now that I think about it.

The rest of our readers however, the ones who are actually sane, who would never willingly spend their lives in a blind quest for power, should read this article. Bill and Hillary have raised $3 billion in their careers. That’s a hell of a lot of money and it all came from people who wanted something.

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Statist Brookings Institution is afraid that people actually want a simplified tax code

I love this. The old fashioned 20th Century statism just drips from the attached piece. Vanessa Williamson, fellow at Brookings, arguably the most prestigious statist think tank in Washington, is afraid that people will actually like the idea of closing loop holes in the tax code. She recognizes correctly that if the tax code is simplified, if things are made more simple and more efficient, the government won’t be able to take as much from the citizenry. That is precisely  of course why we need to simplify the tax code.

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Poll: 1 in 3 Independent and Republican voters see the government as an “enemy”

Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.

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Billionaire Paul Singer on Chinese downturn, could cause “Global central bank panic.”

Are we too pessimistic with regard to China? Perhaps, but who really knows. Seriously, who really knows. The data out of the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State is poor. It is politically manipulated. No one really has a hard sense of what’s actually going on, including probably the Chinese government to a large extent.

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Governments Are the Worst Polluters

We’ve made this point many times on this website. You know why the Colorado doesn’t flow into the ocean? Why Chernobyl blew up? Why BP felt it was safe (from a business standpoint) to drill 1 mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico? Why rain forests are being depleted around the world? Why the Aral Sea is no longer a sea? Why oceans are toxic waste dumps? Why nothing lives in the rivers in China any longer?

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Perhaps the best 5 minute geopolitical and economics lesson you’ll ever see. From the movie NETWORK

Ned Beatty isn’t totally right here but there’s a good bit of truth in what he says. Regardless below is one of the greatest scenes in all of cinema and everyone should see it.

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Fed To Hold An “Expedited, Closed” Meeting On Monday

I actually look at it as a positive that they announced the meeting for Monday. If they had scheduled a weekend meeting (Remember those weekend Fed meetings in 2008? I sure do.) I’d be more concerned.

Still, I’d love to know what spurred this. I wonder…Could this be why?

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Blowback: The Washington War Party’s Folly Comes Home to Roost

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Some of the folks in the Military Industrial Complex would be wise to revisit the lessons in this book. Of course much of the Art of War is about being frugal with resources. The contractors aren’t too keen on that.

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United Nations to open lobby shop in DC with Obama’s blessing

“Nothing says ‘human rights’ more than bureaucrats sitting in a new office,”

The last thing we need is a UN “embassy” in Washington DC. Particularly one which will be driven by the deeply corrupt Human Rights Council. The council is believe it or not currently chaired by Saudi Arabia. That’s right, that Saudi Arabia.

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The World’s First Cashless Society Is Here – A Totalitarian’s Dream Come True

I don’t use cash much, but I sure am glad it exists as an option. Governments and central banks however hate cash (they hate gold and silver far more, but they hate cash too) for various reasons.

Fundamentally cash puts just a bit of power into the hands of everyday people. Cash transactions are outside the scope of the big shots. They don’t like that. If the shamans are going to “control” the economy they can’t have anyone operating outside of their control.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club

Not the Laugh Factory

I’m sorry, but is this Cuba, or Prague circa 1980? Since when is it OK for presidential candidates to come after comedians who make fun of them? Even Nixon went on Laugh-In for crying out loud.

Intimidation is a key tool used in crony systems.

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