Of course the establishment is freaking out over Brexit. What did you expect?

On Friday the world changed. Brexit became reality. The old order was dealt a serious and very public blow. The “establishment” defined by the big banks, the big corporations, and big government was shocked. They couldn’t believe it. How could it be that Britons rejected the system they had spent so many years constructing, a system from which they the cronies had greatly profited?

The media likewise continues to howl in an almost existential bay at the great political wheel in the sky.

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California’s skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents

If it weren’t for the clueless government and traffic why would anyone leave?

The only reasons many people have stuck around as long as they have is because the weather in much of California is fantastic and because one can drive from orange groves to world class or close to world class skiing in 2 hours. (In theory.) One can put up with a lot when it’s 75 degrees, sunny, with low humidity. I know I could.

But there are limits.

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Worried About Prostate Cancer? ( How to thread your way through the swamp of crony medicine to find solutions for this common cancer.)

My own recent experience with prostate cancer may be useful to you in sorting out the options. I am an investment, not a medical, professional. But for that very reason, I have no biases, no axe to grind, and above all, no income that would be put at risk from progress in medicine.

We live in a world of government enforced medical monopolies. The general rule is that doctors will recommend whatever they do,

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Meet the Bounty Hunter Who Is Blowing the Whistle on Medicare

If only huh?

The truth is almost no one in government, with the exception of a very small (but growing) group in Congress, cares about where your tax dollars go. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that the beast is fed, the continents placated with “gifts,” and that the status quo remains the status quo. The folks in Washington, law makers and bureaucracy alike, know that they’ve got a good thing going for themselves.

Consider that roughly half of Americans pay no federal income tax.

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Logical end to socialism in Venezuela – You Won’t Believe What We Saw In Socialist Venezuela!! (VIDEO)

And…Fail.

Another great report out of Caracas. I have to say that these guys have got to be at least a little nuts. Though we are thankful for the light they are shining on the situation in Venezuela.

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(Are you ready?) Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants

 

I’ve been following digital implants and under the skin RFID chips for over a decade. Interestingly the first responses to my posts were incredulous mixed with off the wall conspiracy rants. Then as the reality of such devices has increasingly rushed toward us people have begun to think seriously about what it means to have a tracking chip embedded in their person. What does it mean that the device which holds your financial information also houses you medical information?

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Capitalism Is Good for the Poor (Often spectacularly good)

Not only is it good, it is often spectacularly good.

It’s not just me saying this. This is an assertion which can be measured and seen. Anyone who does not understand that capitalism has made the world a better place, has filled stomachs, cured diseases, has helped people broaden their horizons, and has just generally made things in this life more tolerable either doesn’t understand what capitalism is or has simply never looked into the matter objectively.

It really does blow my mind that so many supposedly educated people do not understand what a force for good capitalism has been.

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Tale of Trump and partner in Azerbaijan real estate project

It has been my experience that real estate guys are generally of a kind. They like to leverage up and often think they are smarter than they actually are. They’ll ride a rising tide and then crash on the rocks when the economy deteriorates. (But this is certainly not always the case.)

Real estate can also be an extremely crony business. Who gets what permit? Do the union construction guys show up on a particular day? What of the homes (and sometimes lives) demolished to make way for a new development?

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It costs $150 to buy a dozen eggs in Venezuela right now

Or $75 for 6.

Being a charitable person I think I should start a project which will bring chickens to this part of Latin America. What’s that you say? Chickens are all over Latin America, everywhere one looks in the countryside? Then why do eggs cost more than $10 apiece in Venezuela? Oh, that’s right, the government is a socialist government that doesn’t understand the simplest of market economics. So that makes sense.

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Dan Rather on Trump: ‘I felt a shudder down my spine’ (An #oldmedia dinosaur laments his own toothlessness)

Dan Rather explains in the attached piece that he’s fearful of Trump and says that Trump’s anti-media statements are out of line and a threat to America. This may or may not be true. However what Rather’s rant really expresses is his frustration with the diminishing power of the establishment media. He misses the days of a solid “liberal” media block. He can’t believe that someone he detests so much, someone who dares call the media out in a way that he does has the support that Trump does.

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How much of US corporate profits comes from cronyism? Maybe a lot and growing

This is a big problem people. Businesses are increasingly getting addicted to the government extracted money which comes from you and me. (And from our children and their children’s children.) Good to see even the folks at Harvard getting hip to this. Now if we could just reduce the key to crony capitalism, the thing which insulates these businesses from competition and which costs consumers billions, crony government. (And really there is no other kind.)

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