More internet censorship

When I initially set up the links to social media that you can see on the left and at the bottom of each post, I included Reddit because I believed that the platform was resisting the efforts of “big tech” to control the narrative and promote the leftist worldview.

I was incorrect.

According to tech censorship watchdog Reclaim the Net, Rumble is facing domain-level censorship on Reddit, similarly to how the platform censored BitChute, another alternative video platform, last year.

Actually, I didn’t know that Reddit was already censoring Bitchute, or I would have never included their link to begin with.

Now that I know, I’ve removed those links and I would request that my content not be shared on that site. My preference would be for all conservatives to stop engaging and patronizing all of the “big tech” sites that engage in such blatant censorship, but I have no control over the actions of others, only my own. I will not support, in any way, a tech company that hates me and would love nothing more than to silence people who share my viewpoints. So. the Reddit link is gone.

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More Black Privilege

I know this is older news being from the ancient times of a couple of weeks ago, and most likely everyone’s moved on to the outrage de jour, but I just ran across it so I thought it was worth mentioning.

We have cops being called murderers for using legitimate deadly force to save someone’s life.

And we have this guy:

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has dropped charges against a man who was arrested in connection with last month’s attack on an elderly Asian man in San Francisco.

Grayson is allegedly heard in the video background saying “I hate Asians.”

District Attorney Chesa Boudin said he dropped the charges in favor of having Grayson go through a city justice program.

Apparently, Asian bashing is only a hate crime when a white supremacist (defined as anyone who’s skin tone is more pale than “olive”) is accused of it. When blacks are involved, it’s just a pat on the head and an admonition to “go forth and sin no more”.

Granted, Grayson wasn’t the one actually doing the bashing, he was just a cheerleader who “hate[s] Asians”, but if someone named Billy Joe Jim Bob was charged under similar circumstances I wonder if a city diversion program would be deemed sufficient.

Somehow I doubt it.

All that hand-wringing about Asians being assaulted sure got real quiet when the media discovered the uncomfortable fact that it wasn’t white MAGA supporters doing the assaulting, didn’t it?

By the way: I wonder if San Francisco’s had any luck in figuring out why their crime rate has been skyrocketing over the past few years?

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No more Good Samaritans

I completely agree with Miguel:

I cannot risk having a mob come after my family because I did something to save a life that some butt-hurt “internet influencer” found despicable. Suddenly I am the most hated person in the world and have people coming after to exact whatever deluded brand of vengeful justice they think I deserve.

I used to criticize people just standing around and doing nothing when someone nearby is in need…especially in a violent confrontation.

Not any more. Miguel has hit it on the head. The incident in Ohio completely confirms it. We’ve had an issue for a long time with people getting sued for trying to be helpful. Or stopping to help someone on the side of the road and getting robbed for their trouble. Now even the cops can’t intervene to save someone’s life without being called a murderer.

The mob is insane and it will destroy you on a whim.

No more. I take care of myself and my family. That’s my responsibility. You and your family are your responsibility.

A dog eat dog, every man for himself world is an unkind and often brutal place to live, but that’s the world our society has created. We’ve proven ourselves completely incapable of changing it, so I guess we now just have to live in it as best we can.

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Our road is dangerous

We live on a fairly busy 4 lane city street. The speed limit is 35mph as it’s a residential area, but recently, it’s become more and more dangerous. We’ve always had issues with people driving too fast, but recently it’s been young people in sports cars or on motorcycles racing or showing off and coming off the light a couple blocks down as fast as they can.

This happened Wednesday right before I got home from Baseball practice with my grandson (watch the upper middle area):

That video is from one of our security cameras and it only caught the tail end of it so we can’t see the cause, but if you watch it again, you might notice a blue Mustang screaming by just before the SUV flies across the median and crashes through the across-the-road neighbor’s fence.

My guess is that either they were racing from the light and the SUV lost control, or the Mustang did something aggressive that made the SUV lose control.

Note the family walking their dog right in front of our house when the Mustang goes screaming by right next to them. That Mustang was probably going 60 or 70 mph within inches of that family. Even with our 4k resolution video system we couldn’t get a good still of the plate of that mustang because it was going so fast the stills from the video were too blurry.

Also, the across-the-road neighbor (a nice family by the way) who’s yard the SUV ended up in has two dogs that spend a lot of time in that yard during the day. It’s a miracle one or both of them weren’t killed.

I’ve lived in our house for a long time (like multiple decades) and there’s always been an issue with people driving too fast on that road, but it’s really started getting ridiculous lately. That’s the second crash in that exact location within about a month. The first one resulted in the car hitting one of those small trees in the median and breaking in two. The driver in that one died. Because the car didn’t make it across the median in that one, we didn’t catch any of it on our video. Can you imagine how fast you have to be going to hit a tree and split your car in two? In a 35mph zone.

With that in mind, I haven’t seen our city’s cops running traffic enforcement for a long time. Used to see them pretty regularly sitting the side streets with radar guns, but not for probably two years or so. It’s like they’ve just given up. Or maybe the number of people willing to work as Police Officers has just gotten so low, they don’t have the manpower for it.

At any rate, even more motivation to get our refuge in the undisclosed location ready for occupation.

By the way, that’s moving along. We still haven’t gotten final approval for the loan or closed the deal yet, but we’re at the point where it looks like it’s a done deal at this point, just waiting for all the T’s to be crossed and I’s to be dotted.

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Segregated Policing

The answer to this is obvious.

It’s tragic, but everything I see in this video indicates it was a legally justified use of lethal force. Yet we have people saying things like this:

[series of twitter posts outlining how evil the Ohio cop was for defending an unarmed girl’s life by using deadly force against the armed girl who was trying to kill her]

White cops should probably just stay out of black neighborhoods or refuse to respond to calls involving blacks. When you can save a young black girl’s life and still be decried as a horrible, evil, terrible person, it’s just not worth it anymore.

If the cop works in a department that requires them to respond when called, show up at the scene and be a good witness. Stand off to the side, let it play out and then dutifully mark where the bodies ended up after it’s all over. Don’t get involved, don’t render aid, don’t do anything until it’s all over with because if you involve yourself in any way, they’ll find a way to make you the bad guy.

The sad thing is, I feel like it’s probably a minority of blacks with these kinds of attitudes, but they’ll all suffer the consequences for the ridiculous actions of a few.

The bottom line is, were I a cop, I’d be vigorously pursuing alternate employment opportunities right now, and, in the meantime, I’d be very, very hesitant to get involved in any type of situation involving blacks.

After I retired from the Military, I actually applied to be a cop at a local PD. I wasn’t selected (perhaps because I didn’t fit the demographic profile they were looking for?) and ended up getting a good job in a field I enjoy so never tried again.

I cannot express how glad I am that I dodged that bullet.

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Armed Insurrection

So, the mostly peaceful protest at the capital on Jan 6 that has been repeatedly characterized by democrat politicians and their PR department in the media as a “deadly attack” and “armed insurrection” resulted in five deaths.

The cause of deaths of the first four came out pretty quickly

Well, we finally got the official cause of death of the last one, the one that the “armed insurrection” has been accused of killing. That we heard was brutally murdered by being beat in the head with a fire extinguisher.

Wellll maybe not:

Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District’s chief medical examiner has ruled.

…the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick’s throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries.

So, the final score. Of the 5 who died in DC on January 6th:

Protesters: 0
Natural Causes: 3
Accident: 1

Capital Police: 1

So, the only homicide that day wasn’t killed by the rioters, she was killed by a capitol police lieutenant who was in no way being threatened with imminent death or great bodily injury at the time (the standard for the employment of lethal force) but was cleared of all wrongdoing in the incident.

Basically, the least violent “armed insurrection” in the history of the world.

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Why would anyone want to be a cop right now?

As I’ve said many times, in the current environment, there are soon going to be only two kinds of cops – the REALLY good ones: who are still doing it because they love the work and have a sense of duty, even though they’re treated like the scum of the earth, and the REALLY bad ones: The ones who “get off” on the power of the badge, who are corrupt, or who are so inept they know they’d never make it in the world of business where you actually have to produce something to succeed.

As the younger generation who’ve come up learning that “All Cops Are Bastards” and that policing is inherently racist reach adulthood, the first kind is slowly going to disappear.

Who, in their right mind, would want a job where you’re hated by half the population, working crap hours, underpaid and expected to perform perfectly in every respect every time without fail…and, even if you do perform perfectly, if the outcome turns out badly, there’s a very good chance you’ll be thrown under the bus, at best lose your job and at worst end up in prison?

Seems I’m not alone in that sentiment.

My advice to my fellow officers is simple: The best thing you can do to take care of yourself and your family is to walk away from the table before the dealer decides to clean you out. If you have the skillset to be successful in this profession, you will be successful outside of it.

It’s worth reading the whole thing.

Be prepared to defend yourself and your family because if we aren’t already on our own out there, we very soon will be.

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Black Privilege

About two years ago, my wife and I were in the garage and we heard a big bang against the garage door. We quickly went outside and saw a group of black kids walking down the street. Now, normally the race of the kids wouldn’t even have crossed my mind, but it becomes relevant in a few minutes.

My wife yelled over to them, did one of you throw something at our house? They all said no, but then she told them, “we have security cameras, we’re going to find out if you’re lying to us”, at which point one of the kids said that he’d kicked a rock and it “accidentally” hit the garage door. My wife told him, “you should have just said that from the beginning, if it was an accident, just please be more careful”. They went on their way.

So then, we went back and checked the cameras…the kid clearly picked up a rock from the ground and threw it at the house.

Well, they had apparently just been going to the 7-11 on the corner, had done their business and were on their way back in the other direction heading home at about that time. My wife went back out and confronted them again. She told the kid that we had him on video throwing the rock directly at our house, not kicking it. She said something like “we live here, this is our home. How would you feel if I came by your place and threw rocks at your home?” The kid apologized and said he wasn’t trying to hit the house, he was just playing around and threw the rock harder than he intended to. She was in the process of telling him, basically, that’s OK, everyone makes mistakes, just please be more careful and be respectful of other people’s property etc etc etc when one of the other kids in the group yelled out something like “why you gotta pick on the black kids? Are you a racist?”. I have to admit that I’m impressed that she didn’t throttle the kid right then and there, but that’s black privilege right there.

You can’t chastise, argue with, correct, heck even disagree with a black person without being accused of being a racist. Cops can’t even arrest a long-time black criminal without being called racists and G-d forbid one of them get hurt or die while resisting arrest or the cops performing the lawful arrest will be charged and put on trial for it.

If you deny that you are a racist, it proves you are a racist. Blacks can do no wrong and cannot be criticized…oh…unless they’re conservative blacks, then all bets are off, they can be called every name in the book.

That was my convoluted way of introducing this incident:

So, backstory as I hear it: twenty something black “kid” in the neighborhood has been known to cause problems, has a criminal record and has been accused by one of the neighbors of assaulting their daughter, and he’s at that neighbor’s house banging on the door and wont’ go away. The neighbor enlists the assistance of an Army drill instructor who happens to live nearby. Drill instructor tries to get the problem “kid” to leave and that’s where the video picks up.

Of course, we miss the beginning so we have no context, we only see the white guy trying to get the black “kid” to leave the neighborhood. I hear no racial overtones at all in the video but since it’s a white guy against a black “kid”, it’s automatically racist. The Army, the City, the Sheriff, everyone in a position of authority automatically, reflexively and without a moment’s hesitation throws the white guy under the bus. He’s been relieved of duty and will probably lose his job and his pension. He’ll already been charged with assault and will be given the maximum sentence. He’ll be “canceled” from social media if he hasn’t already and he’s been doxxed so the “mostly peaceful” demonstrations have already started in his front yard. He and his family are in danger.

All because he had the audacity of trying to help out his neighbor and neighborhood by getting a problem out of the area.

Black privilege is real and it will ruin your life if you let it. My advice: Keep your head down and don’t get involved. Defend your family and your property and leave everyone else to fend for themselves.

That’s not how I grew up and I hate it, but that’s what our society has devolved into.

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Economics 101

Joe Huffman commented on why he doesn’t trust Bitcoin in the current environment and in that post he made one statement that drew my attention:

What if people start losing their faith? Doesn’t the value of Bitcoin decrease exponentially with this loss of faith?

One of the commenters hit on the subject that crossed my mind:

Second observation: all currencies, digital or otherwise, are entirely faith-based. They differ only in the number and fervency of the believers.

But I wanted to expound on that a little bit.

I’m not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence here, but there are a lot of people out there who really don’t grok basic economics. Even some who do insist that the principles don’t apply in some situations. Heck, the entire premise of Keynesian economics is that big governments can just ignore all those common sense rules that your grandpa taught you because if you’re “too big to fail” they don’t apply.

Until they do. Dramatically. Cue the Venezuela reference.

At any rate, back to the subject at hand:

The value of anything is what other people will trade you for it. At the most basic level, people trade because they value something that they have less than they value the item they wish to trade for.

If I grow pigs, and have a bunch of them but what I really need right now is a new pair of overalls, I might be willing to trade a pig or two for a nice pair of overalls. I value the overalls more than I value the pigs (right now) because I have more pigs than I need.
If you make overalls but really, really love bacon, it’s very possible that you might value the pigs higher than the overalls and a mutually beneficial trade can be arranged. In free trade we both win, because we both end up trading something of relatively lower value to us, for something of relatively higher value to us. Plus, depending on what it is we’re trading for, our productivity may be improved causing us to have even more of a surplus of our products enabling more trade and adding more and more value to the overall community. That’s how wealth is “created”…but that’s another discussion.

Currency is nothing more than a proxy for the goods and services to be traded. What if I have an excess of pigs, and you have an excess of overalls, but you HATE bacon and don’t want my pigs? I could try to find someone who does eat bacon to trade with and hope they have something that you might want, but that could get pretty complicated pretty quickly. The glazier likes bacon but you don’t need a window either;  maybe the bricklayer needs a window, and you could use a new fireplace so I trade my pig to the glazier for a window, trade the window to the bricklayer in return for the bricklayer to build you a fireplace so I can get my overalls. Whew. You know what would make this a lot easier? If we had some universal thing that we could all trade with each other for anything. We’ll call it “currency”. I can sell my pigs for however much of this “currency” I can convince someone to pay and, when I’ve sold enough pigs and collected enough “currency” I can trade it to you for a pair of overalls and then you can trade the “currency” for whatever it is you need. That would make things much simpler wouldn’t it?

So…who decides how much of this “currency” we should trade in return for products and services? Well…we all do. If I am a skilled worker who is paid for my labor, I know how much effort I put into earning the amount of currency my employer paid me. How much I’m willing to pay for some other product or service is going to be based on how much value I place on my own labor. If you want me to purchase your goods or services, you’re going to have to negotiate a price wherein I’m satisfied that I’m getting at least as much value from you as I put into earning the currency. Then we get into competition and the free market but again, that’s a discussion for another time.

I know I’m putting this stuff into very simplistic terms and I’m not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence. What I’m trying to do is explain that, even as complicated as things can get when you get a bunch of “financial experts involved” at its basic level this stuff really is this simple.

What it boils down to is that generally people will trade for one (or more) of three reasons: The item they are trading for is of more practical value (by being consumed or used) to them than the item they’re trading away; They have confidence that the item they are trading for is going to increase in value over time more than what they’re trading and thereby increase their wealth; They have confidence that the item they are trading for will at least maintain its value over time and will prove more durable than what they traded for it, thereby preserving their wealth for the future.

When currency is used as a proxy for the traded goods and services, it has no inherent value in and of itself. Currency of any type is only as valuable as the goods and services it can be traded for. If suppliers of goods and services lose faith in the currency and stop accepting it in trade (or will only accept huge amounts of it) it becomes worthless.

That’s just as true for Dollars, Yuan, Euros, Gold, Silver, etc as it is for Bitcoin.

Some would argue that Gold and Silver have intrinsic value that makes them immune from such forces but I strongly disagree. Gold and Silver do have practical uses and when put to such purposes, their value is wrapped up in the practical uses to which they are put. The value of those metals is propped up to a certain level by the value of those practical purposes, but as a currency, their value is primarily based upon the value that others assign to it with respect to the goods and products they produce.

If those producers refuse to accept Gold and Silver in payment for their goods and services (or demand huge amounts of it) then the value of Gold and Silver drops to the level that can be supported solely by their practical uses…which may still be significant, but is likely much less than their potential value as a currency…a result of greatly reduced demand.

Anyway, that’s just a very long way for me to say “yea, that commenter is right”. Hopefully someone, someday reading this post will get something out of it.

By the way, if you’re interested in basic economics, there is a great resource from a world-renowned but completely unpretentious economist named Thomas Sowell that I highly recommend.

Buy Thomas Sowell-Basic Economics at Amazon

I get no kickback or other compensation for you using that link so if you find it somewhere else cheaper, knock yourself out…in fact if you find it somewhere cheaper online, feel free to post the link in the comments so others can save money too.

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