Who Will Trump Hire in October?

The Palm Beach tourist industry staffs-up for tourist season in October – a few weeks before Election Day. Donald Trump has said that he flies in Romanian workers because American workers are in short supply. When subsequently questioned about the practice, he said that it was wrong, and that he shouldn’t have been allowed to do it.

Now, he has a chance to walk that talk. But will he? Will he actually hire American citizens to staff Mar-a-Lago this fall? Or will he bring the Romanians back? While this seems like an easy question, you have to consider just how stubborn Trump is. Personally, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see him bring back the Romanians. But if he did, the Democrats could have field-day profiling all of the long-suffering black and Latino applicants that Trump turned down.

If Trump did hire Americans, the Democrats could call him a flip-flopper and call the hires cynical. Though Trump could counter with portraits of all the new happy, smiling minorities on his staff.

Whatever he does, I think it is critical to his campaign that Trump sticks the landing on this issue.

Mar-a-Lago:

Read it Here First: The Urban Intifada Intensifies

There years ago, I coined the phrase urban intifada. It didn’t catch on. But maybe it will now in light of the tragic events in Dallas. In my book, Dark Arts of the American Oligarchy, I wrote:

“While offshoring and mass-immigration have harmed the middle class, those policies have pulverized the African-American working class. So, is it any wonder that street crime is reaching Intifada levels of intensity?”

The reason why we have militarized police forces and a massive prison system is because those things are REQUIREMENTS of globalization.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. And all of those trillions squirreled away in the Cayman Islands are no exception. Those ill-gotten gains came directly out of the hides of hard-working American citizens who were kicked to the curb in favor of a scab workforce.

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Brexit, the Urban Intifada, Islamic terrorism – these things are all the fruit of globalization.

Military Reprisals for Brexit?

You would think that this story would be getting a lot more play, but I haven’t seen it even mentioned in any of the blogs I follow.

Before the ink was even dry on the Brexit vote, the Spanish began to agitate for taking over Gibraltar. Shortly after that, the HMS Ambush attack submarine popped up in Gibraltar bristling with Tomahawk cruise missiles.

It seems to me that the Spaniards wouldn’t do something so reckless if they didn’t have a green light from the EU. And this was likely a pre-planned counter-move that they had ready to go in the event of a Leave outcome.

This also brings to mind talk of Greece being forced to sell off islands. And perhaps it is a message to any country planning an exit: you will not get away fully intact.

I wonder whose side we would be on? After all, President Obama scolded the Brits about leaving, and Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to remain. So, perhaps Obama would see it as a proper punishment.

Here’s the story, and here’s the Ambush:

Soros Pulls a Greenspan

Remember when Alan Greenspan said that he had found a “flaw” in his libertarian, honor-system approach to regulating financial institutions? He actually admitted guilt for the 2008 financial crisis.

Well today, George Soros did pretty much the same thing. He didn’t admit guilt like Greenspan did, but he did say flat out that:

“To sum up, the refugee crisis poses an existential threat to Europe.”

That’s a far cry from his previous position:

“Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”

Of course, Soros blamed it all on Merkel for not handling the invasion properly. But still, his statement directly undermines the libertarian idea that all we need to do to create a fabulous Utopia is to throw the borders open to all comers.

Alan Greenspan’s libertarian policy blew up the USA, and now George Soros’ libertarian policy is blowing up Europe.

Are we starting to see a pattern here?

In case you can’t figure it out, it is this: libertarianism is the dumbest political ideology ever invented.

Soros still wants to strengthen the European Union, and keep the refugees coming, but saying what he did today is a large crack in the globalist’s intellectual armor. And that crack is spreading. They know that they have gone too far, and are now in retreat.

Wake Up and Smell the Servitude

In a “shocking” development, Brexit leaders say they have no intention whatsoever of scaling back immigration into the UK. Here’s a quote from the Financial Times:

Daniel Hannan, a Eurosceptic Conservative MEP, told the BBC’s Newsnight programme on Friday that free movement of workers to and from the UK should continue to ensure that Britain stayed part of the common market. “The idea of staying within a common market but outside the political integration, I think that is feasible,” said Mr Hannan. “It means free movement of labour.”

The “free movement of labour” of course is one of the twin pillars of David Rockefeller’s neoliberal, globalist manifesto. The exact opposite of what Brexiters thought that they were voting for.

Funny how that works.

And guess what? The same thing will happen here, Donald Trump not withstanding. If he gets elected, he will be thwarted one way or another. Trust me; “they” have their best minds working on it as we speak.

I put the word “shocking” in quotes at the beginning of this post because such a development is only shocking to people who fancy themselves to be citizens of a sovereign nation. If there were any doubt before, things are now crystal clear for the Brits. We are mere plebs of a rapacious, authoritarian, global, neoliberal empire. We are permitted to have elections, and a measure of control over a few minor things to keep us distracted. But the principles of neoliberalism are not negotiable.

The Brits are learning the hard way that one does not simply vote away tyranny. If they want to stop the rapefugees from flooding into their country, they are going to have to seek other means.

As for the Brits wrecking the EU, the truth is that the EU wrecked itself. The Brits are just fleeing the chaos. Who in their right mind would vote for bringing this into their country:

The Logic of Islamization

If you live in North America or Western Europe, you probably don’t think that there is any logic whatsoever to the ongoing Islamization of western nations. But that’s only because you are thinking like one of the “small people” rather than a robber baron doing “god’s work.”

Imagine that you are a planter in the old south. You buy a batch of slaves, and put them to work growing cotton. One day, while they are out in the fields, you take a look in their shacks. You see a bunch of weird religious artifacts. You don’t recognize them; perhaps they are Bahia? Then, you think “Who cares?” and walk back to the big house because you have a party to attend.

A couple of years later, you have worked your slaves to death – “used them up” – and you go to the market to buy a new batch. This time, when you look in their shacks, you see Buddhist artifacts. You think, “Buddhists, huh?” and then you are off to the next party. The next batch of slaves have Hindu artifacts. The next, Santeria. The next Muslim. Etcetera. The religion of your slaves is never more than a minor curiosity, and certainly not factored into your financial calculations.

Of course, today we don’t have chattel slavery, but our robber barons have arranged the next best thing: they keep the price of their “labor inputs” low by flooding the market with mass immigration of desperate peoples from Third World nations. And many of the most populous and poor nations of the world are Muslim.

So, when a robber baron bangs the table and demands: “WE MUST HAVE MORE IMMIGRATION!” do you think that they have Iceland or Switzerland in mind? Hell no! They are thinking Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Egypt. How many Icelanders or Swiss do you think are willing to work 100 hours per week for $1.24 per hour as the Indians at Electronics for Imagining did in 2013? Not many, I suspect. Probably none at all.

And no, they couldn’t care less if the USA were Islamized. I suppose they think that they would live like Saudi princes, sequestered in their palaces, and not subject to Sharia Law like the small people. Would they care if jihadis were rampaging through the country? I doubt it. They don’t now; why would they change their attitude?

They are being brought now; they will be brought by the millions in the future. Robber-baron logic is not subject to debate. When David Rockefeller decreed that our borders should be open to the “free movement of labor” he didn’t specify any exceptions, and neither do his successors. Robber barons don’t think like that. They import low-cost labor inputs, just as they import low-cost steel from China. And that’s all there is to it. Whatever else happens is just noise.

1,016,518 Legal Immigrants in 2014

Back in January, in White House Suppresses Immigration Stats I reported how the White House was suppressing the 2014 immigration stats until after the election. To my surprise, I was pretty much the only one complaining. Not even the Trump crowd called on the president to release the stats.

And the vast bulk of the stats have still not been released. However, DHS has published a smaller report with the most-important numbers. According to the “flow report” another 1,016,518 legal immigrants were admitted in 2014, with the bulk of them taking up residence in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

In case you don’t know, this level of legal immigration is nearly triple our historic average (see my updated charts here). Did we have a million extra jobs laying around for these new citizens? Well, with the black unemployment rate still way up at 8.8%, I would say no. Not to mention that the Los Angeles zombie hoard is still rapidly expanding, even after the city declared an emergency back in September.

Now that the big number has been released, I’m wondering what else could be in the 2014 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics that the White House doesn’t want out before the election. Perhaps the “known terrorist” quota was raised?

In any case, Donald Trump notwithstanding, the level of legal immigration into the USA is still the most taboo subject in the corporate-owned media, and the corporate-sponsored media. Even Breitbart barely mentions it. Amazing, no?

The Illuminatus – Chapter One

Note: This is my first work of fiction. If you like it, make sure to tell your friends. I will watch the traffic on the page, and if there is enough interest, I will write another chapter. -Matt

The Black Pope

Thurston Levingston Stonefellow IV trained the scope of his sniper rifle down at St. Patrick’s Cathedral across 5th Avenue. Pope Francis was in town, and “Thor” (his security codename) was just itching to pull the trigger. It was only a fantasy, of course; Thor didn’t even have the gun-port open. After all, hunting humans in Manhattan wasn’t a great idea; too many witnesses. But Thor liked to fantasize that one day when the police lost control of a street protest, he could help out by picking off a few dirty hippies.

Bagging a pope would be Thor’s greatest trophy, but this particular pope was special. Francis was a Jesuit; an order which Thor’s French Huguenot ancestors had been locked in battle with for centuries. It had been a long time since Thor had ordered the assassination of any Jesuits – 1989, in El Salvador, to be exact. Those were days…battling the left-wing of the church, and their “liberation theology” with CIA death-squads.

White Pope & Black Pope

White Pope & Black Pope

Traditionally, Jesuits were prohibited from becoming pope. Having one of “God’s Marines” as pope was the equivalent of a military coup in a civilian government. The Superior General of the Jesuit order is known as “The Black Pope” in recognition of the order’s power. Francis was not the Black Pope before becoming the White Pope; he had only been a cardinal. But still, Thor hoped that the Jesuit pope would mix things up again.

Just as Thor was swinging the rifle up 5th Avenue toward Trump Tower, there was a knock on the door, and in came Ivy Stonefellow, Thor’s niece and assistant.

Ivy: “And who are we assassinating today, Thursty? I hear the Pope is in town…”

Thor: “Indeed he is…”

Ivy: “You can’t shoot the pope.”

Thor: “A man can dream, can’t he?”

Ivy: “Yes, but you know as well as I do that we still need the church. After all, if they didn’t teach the masses to turn the other cheek, then how could we keep on slapping them?”

Thor: “Exactly! We have been systematically carpet-bagging the middle class for decades, and the fools have hardly made a peep. Even after they are evicted from their suburban homes and take up residence in refrigerator boxes!”

Ivy: “Praise Jesus!” doing her best evangelical imitation.

Thor: “Stupid Christians!”

This was the attitude of the Illuminized Freemasons who ruled the USA since the St. Andrews Lodge of Boston launched the Revolutionary War.

St. Andrews Masonic Lodge  Headquarters of the Revolution.

St. Andrews Masonic Lodge in Boston.
Headquarters of the Revolution.

Ivy: “Let me have a look.” Thor hands her the weapon and she expertly trains it on Francis. “I’m getting a girl boner…” Swinging the rifle up 5th Avenue: “Now Trump, that’s somebody we could shoot. Millions would cheer.” She handed the gun back.

Laughing heartily, Thor walked back over to his desk and stowed the rifle in its cabinet. On the wall above was a plaque inscribed with a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche:

“Morality is just a fiction used by the herd of inferior human beings to hold back the few superior men.”

This was Thor’s motto, and he accepted no limitations on his behavior whatsoever. Superior genes; superior intellect; superior training; superior purpose. All of these things gave him a moral mandate to rule over the wretched refuse. Without Thor’s guidance, the humans would continue to multiply like rabbits and devour the planet like a horde of locusts.

The superior man must step forward to rule.

Razing Detroit

Ivy: “Back to business. Your 2 o’clock is here. The summary is on your tablet.”

Thor sat down behind his desk as Ivy went out and Dr. Robert Chaloner came in. Chaloner gawked first at the stunning, panoramic view of Manhattan, and then again at the framed photographs by Marchland & Meffre depicting the ruins of Detroit. Thor considered turning Detroit into a smoking crater to be the great work of his life. Genghis Kahn razed enemy cities to grow more fodder for his horses. Thor razed Detroit and used middle-class factory workers as cannon fodder to grow his Cayman Islands account. How’s that for alchemy? And those union scum had it coming too.

Fisher Body Plant in Detroit

Fisher Body Plant in Detroit

Thor rose and shook Chaloner’s hand: “Have a seat.”

A New Species

As the young job candidate waited nervously, Thor swiped through the exam results from the Stonefellow Health Institute for a couple of minutes.

Thor, in a grave voice: “You scored at the top of the spectrum on both the fMRI and PCL-R psychopath tests.”

Chaloner looked aghast and began to stammer: “I don’t know what could have…”

After letting him sweat for a few seconds, Thor stood up and bellowed: “Congratulations! We here at Stonefellow consider the psychopathic brain structure to be a genuine genetic leap forward to a new, superior species of human. A species that operates on pure, cold logic devoid of all emotional empathy. You are a perfect cultural fit for this elite organization.”

Relief and joy washed over Chaloner: “Thank you, sir! You won’t regret hiring me!”

Walking around the desk, Thor shook Chaloner’s hand and steered him toward the door: “I’ve got a speech to give, so they are expecting you down on the Bio floor.”

As he walked out, Chaloner feverishly processed this revelation. He knew that Stonefellow had the reputation of a cultish work environment like Amazon.com, Zappos, or the Church of Scientology. But he did not know that that image was carefully constructed and maintained by the Stonefellow public-relations department to mask something quite a bit darker. Nevertheless, he was intrigued by the idea that he was a member of a superior new species of human. He had always favored Spock over Kirk.

Thor chuckled as he walked back to fetch his tablet. He enjoyed these little hazings that he gave to new hires. Of course, Chaloner would undergo a few more hurdles during his probationary period.

The Capstone

Ivy, coming back in, laughing hysterically: “You scared the shit out of that dude!” She had been watching through the surveillance camera as usual. In a truly bizarre turn of events, scientists have discovered what the Stonefellow family had known for ages: that the psychopath gene is also the happiness gene in females. So, Ivy was a bit of a cut-up – even when she was literally cutting up a victim. When the two caught their breath, Ivy said: “They are waiting for you down in The Capstone.”

Thor: “Ah, yes. Time to inspire the troops.”

Thor’s office was in the capstone of the capstone on top of the Stonefellow Pyramid building. So, he just had to jog down a flight of stairs to get to his theater-sized command center. Normally, he would sit at his workstation in the back where he could easily see all the monitors that covered the walls. But today, he walked down the ramp, through the semi-circles of NASA-like workstations leaving a ripple of whispers in his wake by his elite staff of project managers.

Arriving at the podium, Ivy switched off the monitors, and Thor began swiping through his project files looking for his speech:

The Trump-Hate Campaign
Stopping Sanders
Ransacking Russia
Dissolving America’s Borders
Re-Enslaving Blacks
Smashing Solar Power
The War on Vitamins
The Psychopath Charm Offensive

And several more. Eventually, he arrived at The White Plague, which was not a project, but the fruit of other various projects that had crippled American sovereignty.

The White Plague

Thor began his pep talk:

“While we face a potential rebellion in our American province, rest assured that we will prevail. The sovereignty of the USA will not be restored. Not now, not ever. We will continue to bring in cheap labor as we please, and import goods from our factories in cheap-labor nations such as China, Mexico, and Vietnam. Our financial infrastructure will not be dismantled by Bernie Sanders, and the protesting rabble will not paralyze our capital city.

“These fools have no clue as to the arsenal of sophisticated weapons trained on them around the clock. So, we are not in the slightest danger. Also, Trump and Sanders have no coattails. If elected, they will not be able to get anything through Colonial Williamsburg (his nickname for Congress). In fact, just the opposite will happen: their own parties will act to restrict their power. The laws for our American province will continue to be written right here in this building by our staff of expert, dispassionate lawyers, and then sent over to Colonial Williamsburg for rubber-stamping by stooges who won’t even read the bills. The world will continue to be ruled by the superior species that inhabits this building – the real capital of this New World Order.

“In the short run, we will weather this storm with little inconvenience; those fools don’t even know that we exist! Who wrote the NAFTA bill? Nobody knows! And in the long run, The White Plague of despair, drug abuse, and suicide will polish off these fat, doughnut-eating, television-watching, entitled American scum. How could such a revolting rabble ever aspire to sovereignty? Ridiculous.

“As always, we want the political theater to continue in order to mesmerize the masses. We want them to continue thinking that they are vying for control of a sovereign nation; to continue tilting at windmills. And so, massacres and assassinations are a last resort. But even if such measures are required, rest assured that our mission to bring order to the planet will not be interrupted. We will continue to increase the efficiency of the global economy, sweep the planet clean of parochial nation-states, marshal the capital necessary to colonize the solar system, and take humanity up to the next rung of the evolutionary ladder. A utopia of king & queen bees ruling the mass of obedient worker bees.”

Nuking New York

It was a short speech. Morale was always high in the capstone. The applauding staff knew that they were the real Illuminati, commanding the lion’s share of the globe. Some staffers were just a little concerned by the huge crowds being drawn by Sanders and that puny billionaire, Donald Trump, and needed a little reassurance. A small matter. After all, this is where the 9/11 attack was coordinated, the War on Terror launched, and enormous sums drained from the world’s largest honeypot: the US defense budget. That’s what finally put Thor over the top to become the world’s first trillionaire, though he obviously didn’t advertise that fact.

When Thor first saw the intel of the planned attack in 1999, his eyes nearly popped out of his head. He took numerous steps to grease the skids for the terrorists. But having no respect for the skills of Arab pilots, his team took control of the autopilots, and programmed them to hit the targets. Two cruise missiles were also launched from the Pyramid to strike simultaneously with the planes. Many witnesses reported seeing gray, military-looking aircraft on that day. But what most people didn’t know is that some cruise missiles have wings, and it is easy for civilians to mistake them for aircraft. Not that you ever get a good look at them as they race by at faster than the speed of sound.

DP6US cruise missile.

DP6US cruise missile.

The Stonefellow Defense Industries DP6US cruise missile made its maiden voyage on September 11, 2001. Flying in close formation after catching up, the 20-foot missiles flew just above the huge airliners, and provided the extra oomph to take down the buildings. And while the “success” of the mission could not be trumpeted, it certainly was whispered by sales reps to potential buyers. The Saudis bought them like candy, gearing up for their power struggle with the Iranians. And several companies building self-driving cars licensed some of the algos from the missile’s guidance code.

It was nothing for the Illuminati to flatten the World Trade Center. As psychopaths who truly viewed people as non-human creatures, they could torture, main, and kill humans just as cheerfully as a human boy pulling the legs off of a captured spider. Bombing the WTC was no more significant than blowing up an ant hill with an M-80 firecracker. And they had been commanding generals since they first seized political power in France and sent Napoleon around Europe to dethrone Catholic monarchs. In the USA, General Smedley Butler admitted that he led his Marines to wherever the bankers told him to go. Nationalizing a branch of the Stonefellow Bank was the very best way to ensure a “visit” from the US Marines to your Third World country.

Napoleon in Masonic Pose with Illuminati Bee Symbol

Napoleon in Masonic Pose.
Click to zoom in on the Illuminati Bee Symbol.

More recently, the invasion of Iraq made no sense whatsoever, and yet, America’s most-respected general, Colin Powell, fell on his sword selling it to the American people using bogus intel. At the time, the beloved Powell was Secretary of State, with an excellent shot at becoming president one day. He gave all of that up to try to make Iraq safe for Stonefellow Oil.

Appointing a President

Bounding back up the stairs to his office, Thor mulled over his long-time political dilemma: if you tell the masses that their votes count to placate them, some of them will take it seriously. Similarly, if you say that the president has power, he might actually try to exercise it independently. In practice, presidents were essentially members of what Thor liked to call The Illuminati Acting Corps, and wouldn’t even think of going off-script. Would an actor playing John Wilkes Booth in a Lincoln play shoot the actor playing President Lincoln with a live round? Of course not.

But with loose cannons like Trump or Sanders, there was a small chance of them taking their “mandate” seriously, if elected. It was a very small chance though, and Thor was confident that he could neutralize them without having the frog jump out of the pot. Not that he would mind a little insurrection. However, he preferred to kill two birds with one stone by making his war profits in countries that also had oil to liberate. So, candidates for the next war were countries like Venezuela, Iran, Russia, etc.

Thor didn’t give a second thought to Hillary; she was a solid team player, which is why she was coronated with super delegates, and what was initially considered to be token opposition. People like Elizabeth Warren knew the fix was in. Hillary’s candidacy is a carefully constructed Illuminati sociological experiment to see if the masses would accept having their nominees appointed rather than elected. If she were elected president, then further advances toward fascism could be made on the heels of such popular consent. With the coronation going smoothly, a second experiment was performed by cancelling the Colorado Republican Primary. There were some protests, and they were still analyzing the results, but the initial impression was that further steps toward fascism could be greenlighted. Perhaps in 2020, a large state could cancel its primary. Thor’s style was the scientific manufacturing of consent, and his psyops department conducted such experiments frequently. They never asked for consent; but did indeed try to create it.

Maintaining the fiction of democracy was a delicate balancing act, but Thor was committed to the slow, gradual, boiling-the-frog method of walking the USA into the now decades-old reality of its subordination to fascist, globalist, Illuminati rule. It was very time-consuming and painstaking work though. And the sooner he could get to having presidents appointed, like popes, ironically, the happier he would be. Thor hated the church, but he was secretly jealous of how they could get away with such a blatantly authoritarian organizational structure.

Thor also had a dilemma in managing the global population of humans. On one hand, he loved having a massive source of cheap labor. On the other, the human locusts were devouring the planet. Thor’s strategy was to milk the worker bees for every penny he could, and pour the profits into robotics R&D. Once robots were able to cost-effectively replace humans, he could unleash his bio weapons and mop up the scum.

The burden of ruling over humans was a heavy one. Thor often thought of them like chimps. While very similar to humans, chimpanzees could not be allowed to mix freely with humans; they were just too dangerous and apt to rip your balls off, and your face, their two favorite targets when attacking. Thor dreamed of the day when his robots would do all the work, and the remaining humans would be kept in cages, instead of being able to mix with the Illuminati as they do now. It would be like the Starship Enterprise where you never saw anybody mopping the floors. Presumably, all the maintenance work was done by robots as the crew slept, eliminating the need for a servant class.

Thor’s job as Illuminati boss wasn’t an easy one, but he was satisfied with the way things were progressing. The 56 year-old was filled with the boundless energy and vigor of a young boy – literally.

The Blood of Young Boy

The desperate, wannabe, showbiz parents who enrolled their children in The Stonefellow Academy of the Performing Arts (or SAPS as Thor liked to think of it) signed papers permitting virtually anything. And when they dropped off the kids at the Pyramid, they admonished them: “You do everything they tell you! Do you understand? Everything!

And the children were indeed trained in the performing arts, many going on to star in the wholesome family productions of Stonefellow Studios. But the children were used for several other purposes…

Howard Stern is a Shill

If there is one thing that Howard Stern has been consistent about over his decades-long career, it is his hatred of country music. He has also said that the cowboy hat was a racist symbol, akin to a KKK hat. So, I was jolted to hear him singing the praises of Chris Stapleton and his Traveler album recently.

Stern’s praise was not delivered as a commercial, but as seemingly natural conversation on the show. As if Stern genuinely admired Stapleton. However, it was poorly executed. The last comment I heard from him was: “I hate country music, except for that guy with the beard. What was his name again?” So, how much of a fan could he really be?

On top of that, Stern’s shilling began right after Stapleton’s appearance on Saturday Night Live, not exactly a bastion of country culture either. I would bet that both shows were paid to feature Stapleton, because while Stapleton is certainly credentialed, Traveler is a HORRIBLE album. And I would also bet that the Country Music Awards are bought-and-paid-for since they gave Traveler the “Album of the Year” award for 2015.

Let me be clear, Traveler is only suitable for one purpose: a torture device at Gitmo.

Okay, track 6 “Nobody to Blame” is a hit, and I have it on my iPod. And track 13 “Outlaw State of Mind” has some good parts. But, funny thing, if you look at the credits, you will see that Stapleton had help with those tracks from Barry Bales and Jerry Salley.

I had never heard of Stapleton before I saw Adam Driver introduce him on Saturday Night Live as if he were Jesus. And while he is clearly a talented performer, judging by Traveler alone, I suspect that his song-writing ability is a carefully constructed myth. However, to be fair to Stapleton, there may be a Yoko Effect going on since his wife chose all the songs on the album, probably after fishing them out of Stapleton’s trash can. See the story here.

Nevertheless, if Howard Stern were going to get country-music religion, it wouldn’t be inspired by an atrocity such as Traveler. My guess is that Stern, and anybody else on the show who mentions Stapleton, gets a cash bonus. Maybe $5000 for Stern, and $1000 for everybody else. Even Fred was praising Stapleton.

Back before the internet, I got fed up with buying albums from name-brand musicians that had one good song and eleven duds. So, I decided to not buy any album that didn’t get a top rating from Rolling Stone magazine. I picked up an issue, and they gave the new Van Halen album a perfect score. I was already a Van Halen fan, so I bought it – and it sucked. I think it was one that Eddie did after drying out. Terrible, terrible noise.

You would think that with the internet, we could get away from the perpetration of terrible music. But no; nothing has changed. Remember how Stern used to brag about how “honest” he was? Well, when it comes to music reviews (and probably movies and TV too) he is as bought-and-paid-for as Rolling Stone. (How does that rag even exist anymore?)

Stern’s hours-long interview with Carol Burnett back in September was probably also a paid product-placement for her CD. Why else would he have her on? The twelve-year old boys who comprise the bulk of his audience have no idea who she is.

Don’t get me started on the decline of the Stern show. Suffice it to say that large swathes of it are now probably product-placements.

Note: Track 13 on Traveler, “Outlaw State of Mind” can be fixed by cutting off the last 2:36. I also cut off what I imagine to be the “Stapleton parts” in the first half of the track: the first 58 seconds, then kept the next 17 seconds, cut the next 48, etc. If you do that, what remains is pretty good rockin’ tune 1:08 long. I have never edited a track like this before, but felt compelled to do so in compensation for the suffering that I had to endure to write this post. I listened to every track on Traveler twenty-five times just to make sure that it wasn’t the kind of music that has to grow on you. It isn’t. I hope you appreciate the sacrifice that I made on your behalf.

WARNING: Do not listen to Traveler. It will leave a black mark on your soul that will never come off. This is not a joke. Say a prayer for the DJ’s whose job it is to sift through this crap and find the good music for us.

The Fascist Component of the Unemployment Claims Data

As you have probably heard, unemployment-claims are the lowest they have been in 42 years. However, I believe there is now a substantial political component to the data.

First, Republicans have about 10 more governorships now than they did in 2009. So, in general, it is probably harder to get unemployment benefits today. For example, one study found that Florida’s unemployment benefits are “virtually inaccessible.” Stricter eligibility rules might not effect initial claims, but they certainly would lower continuing claims.

Second, corporate lawyers may have found a loophole when doing layoffs. In a story about a massive IBM layoff, Bob Cringely reports:

“Some companies in some states have been known to report terminations in a way that disqualifies workers, thus saving the company money on unemployment insurance premiums.”

Third, corporations have been assiduously scrubbing their payrolls clean of citizens in favor of foreign employees working on visas such as the H-1B. The size of this scab army is probably large enough now to put a dent in the unemployment-claims data. To qualify for benefits, a worker must be ready and able to go to work immediately at any suitable job. An H-1B worker is only allowed to work for his sponsor, so his only options are to get rehired, find a new sponsor, or go home. I found conflicting opinions on this, but in general, foreign workers have fewer rights, which of course, is the whole reason why corporations favor them over citizens.

Essentially, as the USA moves to a more fascistic system, it is reasonable to expect an impact on the unemployment data. I don’t know how big the fascist component is now, and would love to see some research done by a professional economist.

Because of this, the withholding-tax data might be giving us an even clearer picture of the jobs situation than the claims data.

FICA Flops

Below is a chart that I sent out to my DailyJobsUpdate.com subscribers a couple of weeks ago. So, this is a sample of the kind of analysis you get when you subscribe (click chart to enlarge):

Compare

On the left side is the annual growth-rate of withholding-tax collections plotted daily for 2008. On the right side is the same metric plotted since November 1, 2015. As you can see, things have weakened badly over the last eight weeks.

This plot is similar to a very long moving-average, and it has only turned down twice since 1998: before the 2002 recession, and then before the 2008 recession. It takes a lot of deterioration to bend it over, so this is a significant development. The growth-rate will almost certainly continue to weaken going forward since shorter-term measures are in the 2% area as we speak.

Note: FICA/Payroll/Withholding taxes are reported every business day by the Treasury Department, so the annual growth-rate can be calculated each day for the trailing year.

Apple’s Crappy Computers

Two months ago, I reported on The Apple Fanboi Rebellion. Those complaints were about Apple’s software and developer policies. But now, the complaints have extended to Apple’s horrible hardware. It turns out that there are no Macs that will work with the hot new Oculus Rift virtual-reality rig.

The Oculus Rift needs a high-end GPU, and Apple just doesn’t do that. Not even its top-of-the-line Mac Pro, for which they have the gall to charge $6,000. Apple is still top dog, but they have a lot of huge holes in their game that competitors can exploit. If the Oculus Rift is a hit, there will likely be lots of Mac users defecting to Windows.

Click here to see what Oculus founder Palmer Luckey had to say on the subject.

Rising Wedge Pattern on NASDAQ

The rally since February on the NASDAQ-100 index (NDX, QQQ, NQ) has taken the shape of a bearish rising-wedge pattern. See the green lines on the chart below (click to enlarge):

Rising Wedge Pattern

Rising Wedge Pattern

The NDX may be back-testing the neckline of its 4Q15 top at 4486 (see the blue line and arrows). This sets up a convergence point at the red X where the wedge reaches its apex just as it reaches the blue line. This may be an excellent area to for a short trade.

Widening out the view, we see that the wedge may be forming the right-shoulder of a giant head-and-shoulders top pattern:

Head-and-Shoulders Top

Head-and-Shoulders Top

The left shoulder isn’t well-formed, and the neckline (pink) is raggedy, so it isn’t the best H&S, but it has the look and should be taken seriously. So, if it completes, where would the target be? Answer: way down there. To find a likely target, we have to widen out to a weekly chart and scroll way back. The height of this pattern portends a plunge down to the 2014 lows at 3414 (green line and arrows):

Head-and-Shoulders Targe

Head-and-Shoulders Target

It’s also possible that the NDX will rally up further and print its right-shoulder at 4694, but that wouldn’t change the target of the H&S.

How could such a cataclysm befall the market? There are a few headwinds blowing right now. First, the Fed Heads have started talking hawkishly again. Second, FICA tax-revenue is rolling over in the same pattern that it did in 2008; I will post a chart of that soon. And finally, Bernie Sanders crushed Hills in all three primaries on Saturday, and a recent poll showed him crushing Trump by 20 points in the general. So, we just might be looking at a market-hostile socialist president (to go along with a hostile Fed) in November. It would be a miracle if the market didn’t throw a major tantrum at such a scenario.

To learn how to play the rising-wedge pattern, see Chapter 16 in my book: The General Theory of Day-Trading.

A Final Solution for Joe Sixpack

Since the mass liquidation of the American blue-collar middle class began with NAFTA twenty-five years ago, Joe Sixpack hasn’t complained, let alone resisted, very much. And Establishment oligarchs like Mitt Romney were content of have millions of workers pile up on the food-stamp rolls as they were feverishly shipping factories down to Mexico and over to China. The massive profits they made from cheap labor far outweighed any taxes they had to pay to deal with the wreckage they created in the USA.

But now, something has gone terribly wrong. And the pristine status quo of America’s process of de-industrialization has been disturbed: Joe Sixpack is fighting back. He’s voting for Donald Trump.

America’s carpetbaggers are outraged; incensed, that Joe Sixpack is no longer content to live out the life of poverty they have bequeathed to him. I guess they never thought that it would happen. How ridiculous.

So naturally, something must be done. What that is, is not yet known. It’s early in the process. We are only at Stage One: demonizing the enemy.

Establishment organ Nation Review is leading the charge against Joe Sixpack, publishing a shockingly vitriolic attack by theater critic Kevin D. Williamson who doesn’t waste any time calling Donald Trump a Nazi right in the title: The Father-Führer. But don’t bother reading the whole thing because it is largely incoherent. For example, here’s a quote:

“The family-life numbers, on the other hand, came down on us like a meteor. Before the war, divorce had been such an alien phenomenon that it animated such shaggy-dog stories as The Gay Divorcee, a play in which a fictitious act of adultery had to be invented to move the plot forward.”

WTF, right?

In short, Williamson blames Joe Sixpack’s suffering on his own immorality. Exporting over 50,000 factories and importing tens of millions of workers had nothing to do with it. If only Joe didn’t have that divorce, he would have no worries.

Absurd.

There is a chicken-and-egg question here: Did Joe Sixpack turn to OxyContin before or after the plant where he worked was sent to Mexico? Did his wife divorce him before or after he lost his job? Williamson thinks it was before.

Ridiculous.

Jobs don’t cure all ills, but they do indeed cure quite a lot of them.

Here’s another quote:

“The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles.”

This is the way guys like Williamson used to talk about black people. Not even Vladimir Putin talks like this about America.

What is Williamson’s solution? Keep the borders open, and give Joe Sixpack a U-Haul so that he can move out of fly-over country and get a god-damned job already!

“They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul.”

So, let’s see…if we give a U-Haul to each and every one of the 45 million people on food stamps, and then send them to…where exactly? Williamson doesn’t say, but he did mention fracking:

“…get off your asses and go find a job: You’re a four-hour bus ride away from the gas fields of Pennsylvania.”

I guess he hasn’t heard about the glut of oil and gas and the plummeting rig counts. And what about older Joe Sixpack’s and Jane Sixpack? Could they work on drilling rigs? Probably not. The truth is that in Kevin D. Williamson’s America, people would be living in those U-Hauls.

The most telling quote is this one:

“The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible.”

This is chilling because the Republican Establishment is also known as The War Party. When they start to demonize you, then you need to fear for your life. Literally. Would they carpet-bomb small-town America just to hold onto power? Perhaps justified with a false-flag operation? Maybe so.

Joe Sixpack needs to watch his back.

Did Chipotle Hose Down Their Scabs?

In the photo below we see Mexican Braceros being sprayed with DDT before going to work on US farms – a process not too different from sheep-dipping:

DDT

That was a long time ago, so what does that have to do with Chipotle? Well, if you get your news from the corporate media, you can be forgiven for being baffled as to why Chipotle poisoned so many of its customers. But there is no mystery. Here’s the basic outline of what happened:

Fast-food workers went on strike and won higher wages.

Employers retaliated by sending agents south of the border to put up posters promising “asylum” in the USA.

Mexico cheerfully allowed them to pass through, with employers likely greasing a few palms.

There was a little trouble getting the “refugees” into the USA, but the robber-barons’ PR man, a slick dude called Barack Obama got them in.

The “refugees” were apparently not properly sheep-dipped before being assigned to make tacos at Chipotle, people were poisoned, and the company’s stock was nearly chopped in half.

You can Google up the details.

Would Corporate America poison you just to save a couple of bucks on their payroll? Yes, of course they would. Do “progressives” like President Obama secretly work for the robber-barons? Yes, of course they do. Because in the USA, there is really only one ideology: Neoliberalism, where the ideal of cheap labor trumps all other values, including public health.

Would this change under a Trump presidency? I’m not holding my breath, though Trump’s Romanians at Mar-a-Lago don’t seem to be poisoning the clientele.

Let’s just be thankful that the scabs weren’t jihadis or Ebola-carriers, both of which are also welcomed with open arms. Could a jihadi infect himself with Ebola, come to the USA disguised as a refugee, get a job at a fast-food restaurant and infect thousands of people? Probably.

Note: Being sprayed with deadly chemicals wasn’t the only thing that the Braceros were subjected to, and modern migrant workers aren’t treated much better.

New App: Random Stock Grapher

I just released a new app called Random Stock Grapher. It’s a simple, free app that uses a random number generator to make charts that resemble stock charts. So, if you are trying to decide whether or not stock-price movement is random, you might want to play with this app.

There are RSG versions for Windows, Mac, and Raspberry Pi. I would make an iOS version if I had a lot of time on my hands to jump through all of Apple’s flaming hoops to get it in the App Store. One does not simply distribute an iOS app after all. Maybe someday…

In any case: the RSG home page.

Ted Cruz Sings from the Rockefeller Hymn Book

During last night’s Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz said: “Smoot-Hawley led to the Great Depression.” But if you look at the chart below, you will see that tariffs during the 1930s were not unusually high by historical standards:

Tariff Table

And I might add that tariffs were very high during the period between the Civil War and World War I when the USA grew into a superpower. And that was no accident. In fact, it was our plan. Tariffs were the centerpiece of the American School of Economics. This is historical fact. High-tariff America didn’t have 45 million people on food stamps like free-trading America does today.

Cruz also said: “…a tariff is a tax on you, the American people…” But that’s only half of the transaction. The tariff would bring some production back to the USA, people would get hired, start spending money again, and your business would have more revenue. Or, if you work for somebody else, their revenue would increase and you could ask for a raise.

Both of Cruz’s statements are straight out of the globalist book of talking points. I wouldn’t go out of my way to criticize him if he weren’t posing as an outsider. But the two quotes discussed here are 100% establishment.

It is painfully obvious that the “grand” experiment of free trade and mass-immigration conducted over the past 25 years has failed. These polices need to be reversed, and Ted Cruz is obviously not the man to do it.

Donald Trump’s Scab Man

PetrinaJust like every boxer needs a cut man, every billionaire needs a scab man to acquire his cheap foreign labor. In Trump’s case, it’s a scumbag by the name of Peter Petrina. According to the New Your Times: “To find foreign workers for his resorts, golf clubs and vineyard, Mr. Trump uses a recruiter based in upstate New York, Peter Petrina. Mr. Petrina, who declined to comment, is of Romanian descent and has an office in Romania, which has served as a labor pool for many European countries.

So, if you have an office full of uppity American workers who feel entitled to a middle-class lifestyle, and you want to kick them to the curb to increase your profits and buy that third jet, Mr Petrina is your man. He will fly in planeloads of his hapless countrymen who will work for peanuts on restrictive visas, and not even dare to dream the American Dream.