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Three economics lessons I learned from my Dad

As long as I’ve known him, my father has always been the entrepreneurial type. Even now, in his seventies, he picks up side jobs both to keep busy and to have a little extra spending money. […]

Growing up, the idea of going to work for a big company for 30 or 40 years, and then retiring to a golf course or rocking chair somewhere, was something completely alien to me. […]

In short, Dad has always been part of a small minority group in America: people who make their living from running their own business. It is estimated that only about 10 percent of Americans actually make their living from businesses they own. The numbers are higher if we look at people who have some small-business income on the side. But when we’re talking about people whose main source of income is their own business, the numbers are smaller.

Not surprisingly, people who are in this minority group have a different way of looking at the world. Read more »

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Truth & bullshit in the Digital advertising age

In sales and advertising it’s always a numbers game. That is to say the more people are impressed upon with a certain pitch, or spiel as it were, the larger the response will be during any given campaign or promotional event.

In advertising, “points” measure percentages of given populations and can be targeted to select demographics (called Target Rating Points) or even subjective measurements (called Index Rating Points) like the propensity to purchase in any given market.

Furthermore “Gross Impressions” quantify the approximate number and cost per thousands of duplicate people reached within a certain demographic; whereas “Reach” and “Frequency” represent math equations based upon algorithms involving unduplicated people impressed upon within a certain demographic and how many times they were imprinted with any given ad or message.

The points are these: There is a mathematical science behind motivating people located in markets (i.e. regions) into action; and this is why companies like Nike and Pepsi will pay hundreds of millions of dollars annually to athletes and movie stars alike to promote their products. It is because advertising works.

Now let’s compare companies and strategies. Read more »

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‘Contributing to climate change’: Meaningless words

Earlier this month, the New York Times featured an article titled “Hockey in the Desert.” The article concluded that by building a hockey stadium in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League was contributing to climate change. The phrase “contributing to” is used over and over by political leaders and the media to voice concern about human-caused global warming, but “contributing to climate change” is a meaningless phrase.

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Trump Defects to Russia?

The turmoil caused this week by US President Trump among NATO allies is approaching surreal. Time to indulge in some satire…


Helsinki was always famed for its Cold War intrigues and secret exchanges between the Americans and Soviets. But no-one imagined this delivery. The 45th president of the United States handed himself over to the care of Mother Russia, renouncing American citizenship and seeking asylum.

While Trump has reportedly gone into hiding somewhere in Russia, the US and its European allies are in an uproar over the “sellout of the century” – to borrow the property tycoon’s phraseology.

His detractors in Washington’s political and media establishment are in paroxysms of condemnation and, strangely, relieved self-righteousness. “We always knew it. That Trump was a Kremlin stooge, a Putin puppet. Now, finally, we have proof,” fumed one pundit.

Trump’s last words explaining his actions were more prosaic. “I’ve had it with this Russia collusion fake news screwing up my life for two years,” he told reporters before being whisked away. “I’m outta here. I got my eye on some nice beach property on the Black Sea.”

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1984 fiction becomes fact: Ten

Concluding the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War

2.) Widespread Surveillance

3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News

4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak

5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink

6.) Censorship

7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen

8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents

9.)  #MeToo Sexual Purges

10.) Historical Revisionism

 

The “memory hole” in 1984 was a chute connected to an incinerator and served as the mechanism by which the Ministry of Truth would abolish historical archives as if they never existed.

 

Had the establishment’s candidate, Hillary Clinton, won the U.S. Presidency in 2016, would any of the Orwellian revelations behind SPYGATE ever have seen the light of day?  Of course not.  Just like in 1984, the “Memory Hole” would have been utilized to make The Party appear infallible.

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1984 fiction becomes fact: Nine

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War

2.) Widespread Surveillance

3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News

4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak

5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink

6.) Censorship

7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen

8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents

9.)  #MeToo Sexual Purges

As mentioned before, in the novel, 1984, the members of the Outer Party were denied sex, other than for procreation.  This was how sexual repression was channeled into enthusiasm for the State. In the eponymously named film (which was actually released in the year 1984), the actors John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton played Winston Smith and Julia, respectively, engaging in a secret love affair as a form of political rebellion.

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1984 fiction becomes fact: Eight

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War

2.) Widespread Surveillance

3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News

4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak

5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink

6.) Censorship

7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen

8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents

Recently, President Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza, which caused those in the Inner Party to speak out against such heresy.   D’Souza was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to eight months of confinement by Obama’s Department of Justice (DoJ) for campaign finance violations that normally would have been settled with probation and community service.

The filmmaker was also subjected to what he said was re-education by way of a court-ordered psychologist and targeted as a conservative in his DoJ file. His real crimes, of course, consisted of writing a book and making a documentary that were both critical of then President Barack Obama.

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1984 fiction becomes fact: Seven

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War
2.) Widespread Surveillance
3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News
4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak
5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink
6.) Censorship
7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen

In all likelihood, the Obama Administration’s spying on its political opposition will one day be known as the largest political scandal in the history of the United States.  The Russian Election Hacking Lie, however, which was initiated in an attempt to concurrently conceal the misdeeds of the guilty government coconspirators and derail the incoming administration, will go down in history as one of America’s greatest frauds.

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1984 fiction becomes fact: Six

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West.

1.) Continuous War
2.) Widespread Surveillance
3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News
4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak
5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink
6.) Censorship

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential Election, alternative-news websites were labeled fake news as the mainstream media propagated actual fake news regarding Russian collusion and election hacking.  But that was just the beginning.  Within a week after the general election, two of the world’s largest internet companies, Google and Facebook, announced their plans for outright censorship.

In Orwell’s 1984, books were outlawed and news was fabricated to align with the agenda of the INGSOC Party.  The Party decided what was true and what was false on behalf of the people.

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1984 fiction becomes fact: Five

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian west.

1.) Continuous War
2.) Widespread Surveillance
3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News
4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak
5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink

Over the past four decades, and as a result of global academia’s embrace of the Frankfort School and Fabian Socialism, the U.S. Department of Education has dumbed down a majority of Americans while vastly increasing their taxpayer-funded budgets over that time. Moreover, whereas emphasis was once placed on critical thinking, logic, classic literature, science, and math, today’s schools have instead prioritized the social sciences while cultivating into young minds attitudes of conformity and political correctness. Now universities around the world offer majors such as global studiesgender studies, and women studies, in order to prepare young people for career government jobs, positions in progressive non-profits, or to move back into their old bedrooms at Mom and Dad’s house.

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