A fuse that forever smolders, without igniting a goddamned thing.
Thirty-seven billion more dollars for Ukraine? (That’s thirty-seven thousand millions of dollars, by the way.) Bringing the total this year to a click-or-two over ninety billion (ninety-thousand millions), on top of whatever Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX company funneled through that sad-sack international money laundromat — soon to be the darkest backwater of a European failed state since Field Marshal Melchior von Hatzfeldt of Westphalia left Bohemia a corpse-strewn wasteland after the Battle of Jankau (1645).
It really doesn’t matter how much more money we pound down that rat-hole, you understand, because by the time various parties — the weapons-makers, Volodymyr Zelensky, sundry members of the US House of Representatives, the Biden family, the World Economic Forum — are finished creaming off their fair shares, poor Ukraine won’t have enough cash-on-hand to replace six fuse-boxes in Zaporizhzhia.
Against this backdrop, the USA enters a holiday season near-death spiral as unspooling scandals battle a collapsing economy for supremacy of the alt news sites. Case-in-point: the aforementioned FTX monkey business, a metastasizing tumor of the body politic. This complex fraud will smolder for a few weeks before it explodes into an extinction-grade event for the Democratic Party.
Uh huh, I’m entirely confident our brand spanking new Repugnican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy will get RIGHT ON ALL THAT. Who knows, we may even see Miss Lindsey Graham start another of his “blue ribbon panels” to get to the bottom of the whole shit-circus.
The Bankman-Fried extended family is the quintessence of Woke aristocracy. Dad Joe Bankman and mom Barbara Fried are both law professors at Stanford. She also acted as a money-bundler for the Democratic Party and ran two non-profit “voter registration” orgs (against the IRS laws which only permit non-partisan organized voter registration). Brother Gabe Bankman-Fried headed a non-profit named Guarding Against Pandemics (funded by Sam), which lobbies Congress to construct new platforms for medical tyranny. Aunt Linda Fried is Dean of Columbia U’s Public Health school, and is associated with Johns Hopkins, which ran the October 2019 Event 201 pandemic drill (sponsored by the Gates Foundation) months before the Covid-19 outbreak.
Sam’s girlfriend, Caroline Ellison, ran the Alameda Investments arm of the FTX empire (that is, FTX’s own money laundromat). Her dad, Glenn Ellison, is chair of MIT’s Econ School. His former colleague on the MIT Econ faculty, Gary Gensler, who specialized in blockchains there, is now head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that Sam Bankman-Fried was attempting to rope into a regulation scheme to eliminate FTX’s crypto-currency competitors. Caroline’s mom, Sara Fisher Ellison, is an MIT econ prof specializing in the pharmaceutical industry (fancy that!). Caroline Ellison is currently on-the-run.
The sum total of all this professional and academic accomplishment is also the quintessence of Woke-Jacobin turpitude in service to a political faction that seeks maximum moneygrubbing while acting to overthrow every norm of behavior in the conduct of elections, and perhaps in American life generally. That’s some accomplishment. It’s also a lesson in why the managerial elite of our country are no longer trustworthy. They have gotten away with crimes against the nation for years, which has only made them bolder and more reckless.
And concomitantly, more “elite” too, in a Ruling Class circle-jerk that never, ever ends. As George Carlin once quipped: It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. Moar Carlin, from that same routine:
[Transcript] “There’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got.
Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the REAL owners, now. The REAL owners, the BIG WEALTHY business interests that control things and make all the important decisions — forget the politicians.
The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. YOU DON’T.
You have no choice. You have OWNERS.
They OWN YOU. They own EVERYTHING.
They own all the important land, they own and control the corporations; they’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the City Halls; they’ve got the judges in their back pockets, and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.
They gotcha by the BALLS.
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying — lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want — they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else.
But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They DON’T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that, that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.
That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting FUCKED by system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that.
You know what they want?
They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passably accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.
It’s a big CLUB. And YOU AIN’T IN IT.
You and I are NOT IN the big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe.
Good honest hard-workin people — white collar, blue collar — doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-workin people CONTINUE — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these RICH COCKSUCKERS who don’t GIVE a fuck about them. They don’t give a fuck about you, they don’t GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU.
THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU — AT ALL. AT ALL. AT ALL. You know?
And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care… that’s what the owners count on, the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day.
Because the owners of this country know the truth — it’s called the American Dream…‘cuz you have to be asleep to believe it.”
More words of wisdom from another old white dude.
turtles Ruling Class corruption, all the way down.
GOP establishment leader and Speaker of the House pretender, Kevin McCarthy used FTX cash to defeat conservatives in 2022, as the corrupt, globalist-tied crypto exchange funded the establishment wings of both parties. Now, McCarthy is feeling the heat, as conservative members of Congress, and the voters they’re accountable to, are demanding answers for the GOP’s failed “red wave,” which looked more like a pink trickle.
Throughout the midterm campaign season, GOP establishment leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) used his Congressional Leadership Fund political machine to inject massive amounts of cash into House races nationwide. In doing so, he targeted GOP primary races and even general elections vs. Democrats, in which America First conservatives, aligned with President Trump, were on the ballot.
Millions of dollars worth of the campaign money came straight from corrupt crypto exchange FTX and its top executives.
Along for the ride on McCarthy’s scheme were GOP lobbyist Jeff Miller, described as one of McCarthy’s “closest friends,” and Brian Walsh, an establishment strategist who McCarthy brought in to take down Madison Cawthorne after the young Representative blew the whistle on DC drug use and Capitol Hill pervert parties.
As they often do, over a month ahead of the 2022 primaries, The Washington Post, notoriously used for decades as a uni-party communication rag, openly admitted that McCarthy was using left-wing oligarch money to “sway” the GOP field in favor of his establishment agenda.
Conveniently for McCarthy and the establishment, the piece wasn’t published until after the last of the GOP’s nominating primaries had ended.
“Conveniently.” Well, I guess that would be one word for it, yeah. I can think of several much-less-polite others, right off the top of my head.
It should be remembered that in Trump’s first two years the republicans controlled the house and senate, meaning they could pass any constitutional legislation they wished.
The would not appropriate 15 billion to build the wall. That’s the republican party. And they have no problem sending 100 billion to Ukraine, and the Ukraine is just the tip of the iceberg.
They spend 20 Billion a day now…
I just had someone refer to themselves as an “Oppression Lawyer” to support crypto
Crypto gets created out of nothing and you send them your dollars and that’s not the exact same thing as a Nigerian Prince Scheme.
TurtlesScams all the way down.
Oh and also I get a whole lot of “there was no hysteria over WuFlu” over at Insty now.
Yea, no one has been able to explain, satisfactorily, why “crypto” has any value.
Now do “federal reserve notes”.
Before the Obuttsuck misadministration I’d have agreed with you. Now, with naval vessels driving into other ships, 10% of the crew getting pregnant immediately after orders come to go to a war zone, affirmative action pilots wrecking $50M birds, shortages of repair parts, shortages of munitions, recruitment coming in 30% or more below target … I’m not so sure.
No Argument there.
Performs transactional functions well. Store of Value not so much.
My main point is that as an alternative to dollars that it is supposed to be because it “can’t be created, duh blockchain” is bunk. It was created in the first so it can be created.
Therefore it is EXACTLY the same as US Dollars but has little functional transactional use and hence inferior.
At the very least US Dollars are legal tender, by law, to settle debts and pay taxes.
So absent any OTHER useful attributes, how can crypto NOT be a Scam?
Several crypto currencies are set up with (what seems to be) an honest intent of being a practical, low-cost medium of exchange.
The problem is that it’s almost impossible for Joe Consumer to tell the difference between an (intended to be) honest system and a from-the-ground scam system. Add in exchanges and other intermediaries and the puzzle becomes worse. Add in technical errors creating vulnerabilities, dishonest individual employees, and state actors working to discredit crypto currencies and it’s an impossible muddle.
Go ahead and get small amounts of crypto currency if it’s convenient for purchases or to support content creators. Go ahead and speculate if you’re inclined, but never with more cash than you can afford to lose. Don’t get in any deeper.
My problem is with creating crypto out of thin air. Pretty good deal for the person(s) doing the issuing with no investment in the hardware that protects it.
I see no way to judge value, if any. It can all go poof on a moment’s notice, something the dollar is not liable to do.
Who knows if ANYONE ever created real crypto?